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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren reads the tea leaves from WWDC sees "shape of a few of Apple's plans to come"; Cult of Mac explores Apple's ability to trick "our brains into accepting high prices"; $1 trillion back in Apple's sights with trade deal according to analyst; Tim Cook met with President Trump this week discussing trade, immigration; Adobe shows prototype AI tool that can spot Photoshopped faces; CryptoKit presages iPhone as crypto wallet?; Counterpoint's examination of global true wireless hearables market finds Apple's growth level from last quarter; Apple Maps look-around smoother than Google's according to comparison; will USB-C finally come to iPhones this year?; Rene Ritchie has a go with iPad Pro running iPadOS; Dennis Sellers gets early look at Mutrics sunglasses/speaker combo; Dieter Bohns finally turns on iMessage.

  • "Finisar deal helps Apple block rivals' path to AR features" ["The investment will enable Apple to 'get better supply and better pricing, and it makes it more difficult for Android phones to compete,' said Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher at Loup Ventures."]  Reuters 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Pays Finisar $390 Million to Try and Lock Down Its Supply of Precious iPhone X Sensors" Gizmodo 9:28 AM
  • "The Sound of Music: One of the more common statements out of Apple is that 'Music is very important to us.' This is one of those easily dismissed Apple platitudes. Like caring about products or customer privacy or other such nonsense. But if you pay attention you notice music is always a consideration for the company."  asymco 5:03 PM
  • "It may seem like Apple's India strategy has gone off a cliff, but it's actually working"  Quartz India 8:21 AM
  • "Apple to Add Music-Recognition App Shazam to Its Portfolio" The Motley Fool 8:21 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X introduces 360-degree VR video editing: Apple's Pro Video Editing App Also Adds Advanced Color Grading, HDR Support and More" Apple 8:06 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X Introduces 360-Degree VR Video Editing" Business Wire 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Release Final Cut Pro 10.4, Motion 5.4, and Compressor 4.4 Updates" 8:16 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Launches With 360ยบ VR Video Editing, HDR, and More as Logic Pro X and Motion Also Updated" MacRumors 8:16 AM
  • "Hands-on: Final Cut Pro 10.4 adds 360 VR, advanced color grading, HDR support, and more [Video] 9to5Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Using Spring-Loaded Folders" MacMost 9:29 AM
  • "How to add or remove credit cards in macOS High Sierra's iCloud Keychain" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 64 beta adds stronger pop-up blocker, sitewide audio muting, Windows 10 HDR video" 9to5Google 6:08 PM
  • "Caught between Mac and Windows? This crossover program could help." Mashable 5:33 PM
  • "Apple Updates Support for Multiple Video Codecs with Pro Video Formats 2.0.6" The Mac Observer 4:37 PM
  • "Affinity Publisher for Mac teased on video ahead of 2018 beta release" 9to5Mac 9:48 AM
  • "Artstudio Pro 1.0 for macOS - New Photo Editor - Launched At 40% Off" prMac 8:07 AM
  • "Abvent announces Twinmotion 2018 version 2" Abvent 7:46 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook and Charles Koch: Congress must act on the 'dreamers'"  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 11:36 AM
  • "Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast: The e-commerce powerhouse adds five Apple TV and Chromecast devices to its online store, offering an olive branch to both Google and Apple." CNET 1:45 PM
  • "'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
  • "Apple Shares Tutorial Video on Using Apple Pay With iPhone X" MacRumors 11:36 AM
  • "These are the malls and airports Apple provides indoor maps for" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Trump's FCC repeals net neutrality rules despite Apple's objections" 9to5Mac 1:45 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "NASA uses Google machine learning for exoplanet detection" ZDNet 8:27 PM
  • "Another battle of giants: Amazon and Google/Amazon and Google are fighting an increasingly ugly battle that could drag their customers and their future business plans down with them." CNNMoney 2:26 PM
  • "Harry Potter gets a weird new chapter from a computer" BBC 1:17 PM
  • "Have a cell phone against your ear? You should consider putting it down"  Fresno Bee 11:41 AM
  • "Fact: Broadband really does work over a piece of wet string" ZDNet 9:11 AM
  • "The next front in the net neutrality war: Feds versus the states" Recode 8:27 PM
  • "California, Washington and NY take action after net neutrality vote: Lawmakers from the three states say they will fight to preserve net neutrality after FCC votes down Obama-era rules." CNET 2:25 PM
  • "While killing net neutrality, FCC Chair Ajit Pai unwittingly made an eloquent argument for greater internet regulation"  VentureBeat 2:19 PM
  • "Netflix, Google and others voice frustration with net neutrality vote: Members of Congress have said they'll take the decision to court." Engadget 1:46 PM
  • "Read the full opinions of the FCC commissioners who voted to end net neutrality" CNET 2:25 PM
  • "The FCC's Two Dissenting Voices Defend Net Neutrality To the End" Wired 2:17 PM
  • "The FCC has reversed a 2015 rule that could change how you access and pay for internet service"  CNBC 12:16 PM
  • "FCC net neutrality vote halted due to security concerns (updated): Chairman Ajit Pai paused his speech and the video feed was cut off." Engadget 12:09 PM
  • "This Is When the FCC Net Neutrality Vote is Happening — and How You Can Watch It" Time 8:23 AM
  • "US broadband groups prepare for roll back of net neutrality" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "After FCC Vote, Net Neutrality Fight Moves to Courts, Congress" Wired 8:05 AM
  • "The iMac Pro is here! What will the Apple-Shazam alliance bring? The iMac Pro brings major power with no expansion, the iPhone makes the top search terms of 2017 and our mophie giveaway winner." CNET 7:39 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 151 | Jony Ive's design return, TV app deep dive, Apple buys Shazam" 9to5Mac 1:45 PM
  • "iMac Pro Pricing and Configurations, Hacked Password Database -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-14" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
  • "What public libraries will lose without net neutrality: A Q&A with NYPL president Tony Marx and associate director of information policy Greg Cram" The Verge 8:20 AM
  • "iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today"  Apple 8:15 AM
  • "iMac Pro, the Most Powerful Mac Ever, Available Today" Business Wire 10:08 AM
  • "Apple's most expensive computer will cost you $13,348" Business Insider 9:30 AM
  • "18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
  • "iMac Pro's RAM Can Only Be Upgraded by Apple or Authorized Service Provider" MacRumors 3:06 PM
  • "Apple reiterates a completely modular Mac Pro and a high-end pro display are in the works" iDownload Blog 9:11 AM
  • "Apple says it's working on a new high-end display for Mac Pro" Apple Must 12:03 PM
  • "Apple's new T2 chip in iMac Pro enables a new level of integration and security" iDownload Blog 9:33 AM
  • "Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5" AppleInsider 2:16 PM
  • "Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back" Gizmodo 5:05 PM
  • "A new patent filing involve long-distance swimming features for the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
  • "AppleCare+ for iMac Pro Costs $169, Same Price as Regular iMacs" MacRumors 9:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Pro Will Be Available at Apple Stores by Mid Next Week" MacRumors 5:33 PM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM

  • "The iMac Pro is now available—here's how people are already using it" Ars Technica 8:15 AM
  • "This is who the iMac Pro is for" Mashable 9:28 AM
  • "The iMac Pro is a beast, but it's not for everybody" The Verge 8:19 AM
  • "iMac Pro first impressions: Beauty of a beast" iMore 8:19 AM
  • "iMac Pro first look: Apple's most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast/Made for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple's new pro Mac is an engineering feat." Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Extrapolating iMac Pro GPU Performance Using RX Vega 64" Bare Feats 9:11 AM
  • "Review: JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor" iLounge 2:54 PM
  • "Review: iHome iSS50 SmartMonitor HomeKit-enabled Sensor" iLounge 10:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!' Review - You Are What They Eat" Touch Arcade 10:12 AM
  • "'Inside' Review - Try, Die, and Try Again" Touch Arcade 9:18 AM
  • "How to use 1Password for two-step authentication codes: Have two-step authentication enabled for your online accounts? Use 1Password? Read this." CNET 5:26 PM
  • "How to Disable Tap To Wake on iPhone X" OS X Daily 2:56 PM
  • "How To Downgrade To iOS 11.1.2 For Upcoming Jailbreak And Keep iOS 11.2.1 Data Intact" Redmond Pie 8:19 AM
  • "10 (X) Vital iPhone X Tips and Tricks" iDrop News 2:56 PM
  • "Safari hogging up storage on your iPhone? Here's the fix!" iMore 2:19 PM
  • "iMac Pro: The first shoe drops" Six Colors 7:03 PM
  • "The iPhone X isn't just good for Apple – it's bad for Samsung" BGR 5:33 PM
  • "Why Apple's Stance on Differential Privacy Is So Important" iDrop News 5:04 PM
  • "Video: Which iMac Pro model is right for you?" AppleInsider 3:00 PM
  • "Opinion: How you can profit from Apple's move into lasers" MarketWatch 11:14 AM
  • "Ode to the Mac mini: Craving an update for Apple's little box that can do it all" ZDNet 10:48 AM
  • "Why spending $1,000+ on a phone isn't as crazy as it sounds"  Mashable 9:29 AM
  • "Apple's iMac Pro is a love letter to developers" TechCrunch 9:28 AM
  • "Should you get AppleCare+ for your iMac Pro?" iMore 9:27 AM
  • "The iMac Pro Is Here, And It Is Not For Sending Email To Your Aunt" BuzzFeed 9:27 AM
  • "Here's why I look forward to jailbreaking iOS 11" iDownload Blog 8:59 AM
  • "Wash, rinse, repeat: Pre-dooming the iPhone" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "The difference between good and bad Facebooking" TechCrunch 8:42 PM
  • "T-Mobile Offers Free Netflix. But What's Really Going on?" The Mac Observer 5:54 PM
  • "Does T-Mobile Have A Shot At Success In The Pay TV Market?" Forbes 2:56 PM
  • "How Artificial Intelligence Will Personalize How We Work" Gigaom 8:06 AM
  • "Reminder: These are the members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs (and how much they made doing it)" The Next Web 5:11 PM
  • "Net neutrality vote: Why all the fuss? Here's my simple fix/Yes, the end of net neutrality is here and everyone has an opinion, statement or some scenario. The reality is we're just caught in the middle of a Goliath vs. Goliath power struggle." ZDNet 3:22 PM
  • "FCC Ignores Americans' Wishes, Identity Thefts To Repeal Net Neutrality--But It's Not Over Yet" Forbes 2:54 PM
  • "Net neutrality is dead. It's time to fear Mickey Mouse" The Verge 2:26 PM
  • "FCC Votes with Ajit Pai to End Net Neutrality in Party Line Vote" The Mac Observer 2:20 PM
  • "FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now? The fight is only just beginning." PCWorld 2:20 PM
  • "Net Neutrality Isn't Just a Domestic Issue: By removing net neutrality protections for Americans, the FCC will hurt people abroad too." Slate 1:45 PM
  • "Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What?" Gizmodo 1:18 PM
  • "Save us, Congress. You're now net neutrality's only hope"  Sacramento Bee 12:43 PM
  • "'Net neutrality is the secret sauce that has made the internet awesome': A net neutrality expert on how today's FCC vote will change the internet as we know it." Vox 12:20 PM
  • "The end of net neutrality: What it all means" CNNMoney 10:49 AM
  • "Ajit Pai just released an incredibly misleading video about the death of net neutrality"  BGR 8:23 AM
  • "FCC chief Ajit Pai thinks now is a good time to make net neutrality jokes"  The Next Web 8:18 AM
  • "Network Neutrality Repeal: How Not To Restore Internet Freedom" Forbes 8:06 AM
  • "Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch: Watching the games on TV will still cost you." ["There is a catch, no pun intended: As with Verizon's existing NFL streams, you'll be forbidden from watching live games on your television. The carrier won't offer full games on streaming TV devices, and it will continue to block screen mirroring from your phone through Chromecast and Apple TV's AirPlay."] TechHive 8:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Play Music updated with support for iPhone X" 9to5Mac 7:20 PM
  • "Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February" AppleInsider 5:33 PM
  • "Apple has finally turned on its podcast analytics feature: Podcast creators — and advertisers — know very little about podcast consumption. That's going to change." Recode 5:05 PM
  • "Cisco debuts Cisco Security Connector app for enterprise iOS deployments" AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "Cisco, Apple release security connector app for iOS" ZDNet 1:46 PM
  • "Assembla's new iOS app lets developers manage their repos on the go" TechCrunch 11:13 AM
  • "Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers" AppleInsider 10:49 AM
  • "Companion Medical Announces U.S. Commercial Launch of Smart Insulin Pen System" ["The InPen app is compatible with iOS 10 and later and is available on the Apple Store."] PRNewswire 10:09 AM
  • "LUX Products Launches KONO Smart, a Design-Focused, Super Functional, Zero Degrees of Difficulty™ Thermostat" PRNewswire 10:09 AM
  • "New LUX KONO Smart Thermostat Integrates with Top Three Voice Assistants - the Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit™ and Amazon Alexa" PRNewswire 10:09 AM
  • "Discover Mobile App Users Now Can Log In with a Glance on Apple's iPhone X" Business Wire 10:08 AM
  • "Lineage 2: Revolution's end of year update brings with it more sieges, servers, and strategy opportunities" 148Apps 10:06 AM
  • "Apple Releases VESA-Compatible Mounting Bracket Kit for iMac Pro" MacRumors 9:48 AM
  • "Seeing AI app to 'narrate the world to blind people' gets handwriting recognition and more" 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "MiniCast Offers Apple Watch Podcast Playback" 512 Pixels 9:27 AM
  • "Artstudio Pro has just launched for both iOS and macOS. It uses the latest technologies like Metal, iCloud Drive and 64-bit multi-core processors to achieve the smoothest possible workflow." Lucky Clan 9:12 AM
  • "ISS tracker Sat Seeker relaunches as Free App" prMac 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers: Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, in an opinion that will likely restrict a hedge fund strategy aimed at wringing cash from mergers." Reuters 4:55 PM
  • "Microsoft Has Been Anointed the King of Technology: Sometimes it's not a good thing to be viewed as a bitcoin stock play. Just ask investors in Square about that one. Microsoft, on the other hand, has been anointed the king of technology." TheStreet 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds Artificial Intelligence Features To Bing" UberGizmo 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's Edge browser is really popular on Android" OnMSFT 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft quietly adds native OpenSSH client to Windows 10: Good news for developers; a collective shrug for everyone else" The Inquirer 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft Adding a Built-in OpenSSH Client to Windows 10" Thurrott 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft is adding native OpenSSH to Windows 10: Farewell, PuTTY" The Verge 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft's Seeing AI app for the blind now reads handwriting: The updated iOS app is available in 35 countries." Engadget 7:03 AM
  • "Cortana is coming to Microsoft Launcher and Cheetah CM Launcher on Android" OnMSFT 8:50 AM
  • "AMD re-enters server battleground with lucrative Baidu deal: Search giant puts Epyc chips at the heart of its datacentre servers" The Inquirer 10:01 AM
  • "AMD may soon be launching a Raven Ridge APU with RX 570 performance" PC Games N 7:55 AM
  • "AMD throws down server gauntlet to Intel with major Baidu deal for its Epyc CPU: Baidu takes big bet on AMD by putting Epyc chips at the heart of its datacentre servers" Computing 8:23 AM
  • "LG sticks Intel's 8th-gen processors into a refreshed Gram laptop line up" TrustedReviews 8:23 AM
  • "Dell, GM and others plan to incorporate ocean plastics into supply chains" treehugger 8:04 AM
  • "Oracle Shares Fall on Cloud Forecast: Company's board authorizes a share buyback program of $12 billion" [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 PM
  • "Oracle Earnings: What to Watch/Cloud-revenue guidance a few months ago was weaker than expected but may offer 'room for outperformance'" [Paid Membership Required] 8:50 AM
  • "Oracle shares slip as cloud growth misses but quarterly results top view" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:03 PM
  • "Oracle Down 7%: FYQ3 Revenue View a Tad Light" Barron's 5:05 PM
  • "Oracle profit beats, but shares dip on cloud sales miss" Reuters 5:05 PM
  • "IBM recruits quantum computing partners" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:03 PM
  • "IBM, Walmart, and Tsinghua University eye blockchain for food supply chain safety in China" ZDNet 12:10 PM
  • "IBM Quantum Woos Fortune 500" EE Times 10:34 AM
  • "JPMorgan Chase And Samsung Are Partnering With IBM To Build Business Apps On Quantum Computers" Forbes 9:09 AM
  • "Oracle reports 10 percent rise in quarterly profit" Reuters 3:23 PM
  • "Oracle falls despite earnings beat" CNBC 3:24 PM
  • "Symantec Equips Oracle Cloud with Cyber Defense Solution" Zacks 3:23 PM
  • "Oracle FYQ2 On Tap: Investors Anxious About Cloud, Says Macquarie" Barron's 2:19 PM
  • "The FCC just voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, in a sweeping act of deregulation" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 12:42 PM
  • "F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:42 PM
  • "U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom" Reuters 1:45 PM
  • "The Trump administration just voted to repeal the U.S. government's net neutrality rules: The Republican-led FCC voted on party lines to eliminate rules requiring internet providers to treat all web traffic equally." Recode 1:46 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The Genius Marketing of Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund" The Motley Fool 9:07 PM
  • "Jabil Earnings: Attached to Apple iPhone Demand" Investopedia 10:07 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow retreats from records, snaps 5-day advance: Walt Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal" MarketWatch 4:52 PM
  • "Markets Finish Lower as Marco Rubio Now Opposes GOP Tax Bill: The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined on Thursday after securing new records for four consecutive days." TheStreet 4:52 PM
  • "Wall St falls as investors fret about tax bill passage" Reuters 4:51 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip as GOP Tax Overhaul Hits Late Obstacle: Earlier gains are reversed as Sen. Rubio announces his opposition to bill; Disney, 21st Century Fox rise" [Paid Membership Required] 4:51 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei falls as chip stocks decline, yen rises: Dollar gains vs. yen after Alabama Republican loses Senate bid" MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "European stocks sag with ECB's final policy meeting of the year on deck: Steinhoff to restate results; EU leaders gather in Brussels" MarketWatch 8:55 AM

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