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Weekend Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "Apple's Ive Regains Management of Design Team After 2 Years"  Bloomberg 3:27 PM
  • "Jony Ive Returns to Apple to Oversee Its Design Teams: He had stepped away to focus on the company's massive ring-shaped headquarters" [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 PM
  • "Phil Schiller: 'Face ID data isn't shared with third party developers'/In this exclusive interview with, Apple executive Phil Schiller talks about Face ID, augmented reality and smart homes."  Bright (Netherlands) 2:53 PM
  • "Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam"  TechCrunch 2:48 PM
  • "Apple nears deal to buy music recognition app Shazam" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:31 PM
  • "Apple close to acquiring Shazam: Report/The deal could be worth as much as $400 million and be announced by Monday." ZDNet 4:50 PM
  • "Apple's widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store"  TechCrunch 2:51 PM
  • "Why Apple Should Stop Selling iPhones: Bernstein says the smartphone giant would make more money by leasing hardware."  U.S. News & World Report 7:17 AM
  • "The once and future OS for Apple" ["I know: it sounds crazy. But it's also, to my mind, inevitable. Maintaining two major connected but independent platforms has got to be a challenge for the company. And, frankly, when you get down to it, iOS devices have more commonalities with Macs than differences. And those commonalities seem like a pretty good place to start."]  Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "iPhone: Super-Cycle Or Super Expensive?" Seeking Alpha 7:55 AM
  • "macOS quality as measured by update release rate: There's a lot of chatter out there that High Sierra is potentially the worst macOS release ever, in terms of bugs and broken or missing functionality. From the recent Month 13 is out of bounds log spewage problem to the root no password required issue (whoops!) to a variety of other glitches, High Sierra has presented many users, myself included, with a near-constant stream of issues."  The Robservatory 11:05 AM
  • "Ex-Amazon employee gets 6 months in jail for leaking quarterly results to fraternity brother" GeekWire 6:48 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra, iOS 11.2 and More with Security Fixes" Intego 12:42 PM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Context Menus" MacMost 10:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "Easily Track Employee Leave With Virtual TimeClock 18: New Virtual TimeClock software release makes it easy to calculate and limit employee leave awards, simplifies common tasks and adds enhanced security." Redcort Software 6:05 PM
  • "The typing productivity solution 'PhraseExpress' is around even longer on Windows with more than 1,000,000 downloads. We added Mac and iOS versions earlier this year." Phrase Express 10:51 AM
  • "BetterUnderarchiver is a bit beefier the macOS's built-in utility" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Hello! MacDeveloper is a community built specifically for testing Mac OSX apps." MacDeveloper 6:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Woz Slams The iPhone X, Confirms Google Is Taking Advantage Of Consumers" ["'I think what I would want is Touch ID on the back. I'd want that more than anything. Face ID slows down my Apple Pay, and it fails enough times I have to keep typing the password' 'I have friends who actually turned off Face ID and turned passwords on to make their phone simple to use'. ... Despite his criticism of the iPhone X, Woz claims that Apple's treatment of its customers is different than the other tech giants: 'Of the unicorns, Apple is the one that makes its money off of good products'"]  Channelnews Australia 7:35 AM
  • "Woz says Steve Jobs was like Donald Trump" CNET 2:56 PM
  • "Apple claims it can gather data without violating the privacy of its users" Digital Trends 10:37 AM
  • "Apple's HomeKit security blunder exposes the risk of smart homes" Computerworld 8:48 AM
  • "HomeKit vulnerability allows unauthorized access to accessories, a fix is already in place" iDownload Blog 7:45 AM
  • "Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable" BBC 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Shares 'Turi Create' Machine Learning Framework on Github" MacRumors 4:50 PM
  • "Apple updates Leadership page to reflect Bruce Sewell's retirement, departure of diversity chief Denise Young Smith" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Bitcoin just hit its iPhone moment" Apple Must 9:39 AM
  • "Apple celebrates holidays with Beer Bash featuring Gwen Stefani" AppleInsider 9:21 PM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs channels Ronald Reagan for DACA" Apple 3.0 8:44 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Sprint offers customers $100 for the holidays, but not in cash — in PokéCoins" Digital Trends 2:58 PM
  • "Amazon's new cloud-based IDE could shake up the industry" Mashable 1:11 PM
  • "Lynda Carter stars in amusing PSA to save single-player games" CNET 9:38 AM
  • "More price hikes could be coming to Sprint" BGR 7:56 AM
  • "YouTuber nearly dies after cementing a microwave on his head" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation: Eager to cut ISP regulation, the agency shows concern for privacy of comment forgers" The Register 6:23 PM
  • "FCC Commissioner Blasts Her Own Agency for Withholding Evidence of Fraud" Gizmodo 4:50 PM
  • "Leaked Video Shows FCC Chair Ajit Pai Roasting Himself With 'Jokes' About Being a Verizon Shill" Gizmodo 4:48 PM
  • "Net Neutrality Protests to Ramp Up Before FCC Vote" 24/7 Wall St. 7:59 AM
  • "Net neutrality supporters take protest to Verizon stores" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Getting Over 'Getting Over It' - The TouchArcade Show #333" Touch Arcade 9:21 PM
  • "Is Apple bringing back the iPhone with a metal back? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 113)" CNET 4:47 PM
  • "The MacVoices 2017 Holiday Gift Guide #3" MacVoices 2:46 PM
  • "HomeKit Zero Day Exploit, the iPad Computer Debate -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-08" The Mac Observer 12:40 PM
  • "Siri: The journey to consolidation/Cesar Delgado joins Mick Hollison to discuss how Apple is using its big data stack and expertise to solve non-data problems." [Video] O'Reilly 7:54 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, 2018 iPhones, iOS 11.2, and STEM education with MakeCrate" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Why does net neutrality matter? Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, defends the endangered regulatory policy on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 7:46 AM
  • "2018 OLED iPhones might feature single cell L-shaped battery design, all models to bump capacity"  AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "2018 iPhone X Successor Could Feature Up to 10% More Powerful Battery With New 1-Cell Design" MacRumors 7:20 AM
  • "Component demand for iPhone X weakening, say sources" DigiTimes 7:20 AM
  • "Apple supplier Finisar to scale VCSEL production, suggests Face ID coming to all iPhones in 2018" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "iMac Pro: Everything we know about Apple's powerful all-in-one so far [Video] 9to5Mac 1:10 PM
  • "The iOS jailbreaking community is going nuts over this cryptic tweet by a Google employee" The Next Web 9:21 PM
  • "Google is About to Release an iOS Jailbreak Exploit" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:34 AM

  • "Review: Apple Watch v Fitbit Ionic/Smartwatches are coming into their own but still have some software foibles" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:42 PM
  • "Face ID in iPhone X vs. 'Face Unlock' Facial Recognition in OnePlus 5T" MacRumors 4:47 PM
  • "iPhone X Boot Speed vs iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus [Video] iClarified 2:57 PM
  • "Review: GearMo 75W USB-C Car Charger lets you charge your MacBook on the road" Apple World Today 11:05 AM
  • "WyzeCam review: $20 home security camera is a real steal/This unassuming cube packs the most popular features of cameras ten times its price." TechHive 7:53 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone X" OS X Daily 2:54 PM
  • "How to delete all photos from your iPhone (without losing them for good)" Alphr 2:51 PM
  • "SoundCloud++ iOS 11 IPA Download On iPhone [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 9:38 AM
  • "How to adjust the flashlight brightness on your iPhone X" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "How to adjust your iPhone's ringer with the volume buttons" iMore 7:44 AM
  • "Type 'let it snow' into the Apple Store app on iOS for a surprise holiday easter egg" 9to5Mac 6:24 PM
  • "Verify your identity to ensure smooth Apple Pay Cash transactions" AppleInsider 12:23 PM
  • "Try these great emoji shortcuts on iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 12:22 PM
  • "How to use the one handed keyboard on iPhone" The Loop 8:45 AM
  • "When You Run The Numbers It Makes Sense For Apple To Buy PayPal"  Forbes 7:45 PM
  • "TechCrunch: Apple Is Acquiring Shazam" MacStories 7:29 PM
  • "Apple's iPad Marketing Beats a Dead Horse and Confuses Customers" The Mac Observer 5:01 PM
  • "Jony Ive Returns to Day-to-Day Management of Design Team" Daring Fireball 4:50 PM
  • "Meet iPhone Xc – The Inexpensive Alternative to iPhone X"  iDrop News 4:49 PM
  • "Apple Will Probably Stick With Its 2-Tier OLED/LCD Display Strategy For Next-Generation iPhones"  Seeking Alpha 11:38 AM
  • "Here's how Apple can improve iPhone battery life"  CNBC 9:38 AM
  • "Feature Request: HomeKit support for hotel rooms using standardized names and Scenes" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "What Will an Internet Without Net Neutrality Be Like? Look to other countries for the answer." Slate 2:59 PM
  • "How the net neutrality vote will affect you and why you should care" [Video Report] Business Insider 10:58 AM
  • "The Impact Of Net Neutrality Laws On Your Business" Forbes 8:44 AM
  • "The FCC Says Net Neutrality Cripples Investment. That's Not True" Wired 7:41 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 10:40 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Beats 1 Charity Auction Offers Behind the Scenes Studio Tour With Zane Lowe" MacRumors 12:41 PM
  • "JailbreakMe-style browser jailbreak for iOS 9 in the works" iDownload Blog 12:23 PM
  • "Apple expands iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch accessories w/ Pink Fuchsia cases, new Hermès band, more" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "VLC media player for iOS now optimized for iPhone X screen, HEVC 4K videos" 9to5Mac 10:37 AM
  • "VLC for iOS gains full support for 4K H.265 video & iPhone X display" iDownload Blog 10:37 AM
  • "NTT Resonant Announces Release of Role-Playing Game 'RagnaQuest,' Now Available at App Store and Google Play" PRNewswire 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's TV app expands its reach to U.K., France, Germany" Cult of Mac 8:59 AM
  • "Apple's 'TV' App Starts Showing Up for Users in the UK, France, and Germany" MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "GymKit launch continues with Virgin Active gym in London now supporting Apple Watch syncing" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "iDB app update brings support for iPhone X (finally!) and Smart Invert Colors" iDownload Blog 7:45 AM
Computer Industry
  • "European Commission enters dispute between Microsoft and the US government over Irish data centre" Computing 8:53 AM
  • "The EU to lecture the US Supreme Court on European data protection rules in Microsoft – DoJ case" MSPoweruser 8:51 AM
  • "5 Reasons Jim Cramer Loves Microsoft Here" TheStreet 8:52 AM
  • "Staffordshire University goes all-in on Microsoft Azure for digital transformation" ComputerWeekly 8:51 AM
  • "While Microsoft Stays Mum About Xbox Sales, Sony Says PlayStation 4 Sales Topped 70 Million" Tech Times 8:50 AM
  • "One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates" Computerworld 8:02 AM
  • "Windows 10: UK's GCHQ found out how to hack Windows Defender to own your PC" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire" The Register 8:37 AM
  • "IBM launches advanced artificial intelligence server" BIZ Community 8:36 AM
  • "Why IBM Launched An AI Platform Instead Of A POWER9 Chip" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "IBM unveils POWER9 servers designed for Artificial Intelligence" Business Standard 8:37 AM
  • "IBM unveils power systems servers designed for AI workload" ANI News 8:35 AM
  • "HP to start selling 3D printers in India, says MD Sumeer Chandra" Hindu Business Line 8:31 AM
  • "Intel Optane SSD 900P drives deliver a big chunk of next-gen storage to desktops" The Tech Report 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Uses Cobalt Interconnect for 10nm, Global Foundries Detail EUV Lithography for 7nm" CDR Info 8:29 AM
  • "Intel to use Cobalt for interconnect layers at 10nm" Hexus 8:28 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about PC motherboards, sockets and chipsets" Windows Central 8:28 AM
  • "LattePanda Delta and Alpha boards with Intel chips, Windows and Linux support hit Kickstarter" Liliputing 8:28 AM
  • "A tale of two server processors: Intel Xeon Skylake-SP and AMD EPYC 7000 Series" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Tesla Is Developing Their Own AI Chips With a Little Help From AMD" Guru3D 8:26 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPU Sales Tripled During Black Friday And Cyber Monday Sales" SegmentNext 8:25 AM
  • "HPE Taps AMD For ProLiant DL385, Again" Forbes 8:25 AM
  • "AMD EPYC Enters Azure Cloud Through Microsoft Project Olympus" Forbes 8:25 AM
  • "AMD's CEO Hails Era of 'Immersive Computing'" EE Times 8:23 AM
  • "Titan V and Nvidia's bleeding-edge Volta GPU: 5 things PC gamers need to know" PCWorld 12:32 PM
  • "NVIDIA's 'most powerful GPU' ever is built for AI" Engadget 8:04 AM
  • "Nvidia announces $2,999 Titan V, 'the most powerful PC GPU ever created'" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Nvidia's $2,999 Titan V is a 110 teraflop GPU for AI processing" TechCrunch 7:46 AM
  • "Cisco snaps up to boost enterprise cloud cost-cutting tech" ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Cisco acquires to find low-cost cloud deals" The Register 8:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple stock rises after analyst points to supply-chain strength" MarketWatch 8:45 AM
  • "A Strong Quarter for Broadcom, Thanks to the iPhone" The Motley Fool 7:56 AM
  • "Dialog looks to avoid peril of over-reliance on Apple" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 end at records after stronger-than-expected jobs report: Health care stocks among the strongest of the day" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Get Boost From Stronger-Than-Expected Jobs Report: The tech-heavy Nasdaq once again leads the averages higher on Friday." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow, S&P hit record highs on strength of jobs report" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Strong Jobs Report Lifts U.S. Stocks to Weekly Gains: The Dow and S&P 500 rose this week, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite posted a decline for the second straight week" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "EU, Japan reach free-trade agreement after 4 years of talks: The European Union and Japan said Friday they have finalized a free trade agreement that will cover about 30% of the world's economy, with the deal concluding negotiations that began in 2013." MarketWatch 7:30 AM
  • "European banks rally, leading stocks to 1-month closing high: European stocks rose Friday, scoring their highest close in a month, after the U.K. and the European Union came to terms on a Brexit divorce deal, opening the way to a key phase of talks." MarketWatch 11:53 AM

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