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Weekend Highlights: Strategist makes case that not buying Netflix is "Apple's biggest mistake under Tim Cook"; Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has trimmed stake in AAPL, causing stock drop, though move allegedly not Buffett's idea; Apple buys up AI marketing start-up, DataTiger, possibly looking beyond iPhone; Dan Moren sees three hurdles Apple needs to overcome with news service; Apple files Conflict Minerals Report with the SEC, shows company removed five suppliers; Samsung to open retail stores, and leak indicates AirPods challenger coming from S. Korean company.

  • "Apple blows away the competition with this stunning money-making metric: Apple makes money faster than J.P. Morgan, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and everyone else"  MarketWatch 2:39 PM
  • "Apple Provides Hedge Against Tech Backlash"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:53 PM
  • "Apple seems to have forgotten about the whole 'it just works' thing: I didn't spend the big dollars of Apple hardware only to have to put up with continual software headaches."  ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "Apple's new TV deals signal near-term plans for a Netflix competitor"  VentureBeat 12:51 PM
  • "Apple's Stock Is Dropping After This Bank Slashes iPhone Maker's Outlook: Instinet lowers Apple's full year iPhone sales forecast to 245 million units and says it sees limited upside for first quarter consensus amid tepid iPhone X demand."  TheStreet 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Sued by Chinese Company for Copying App Store Icon Design, Asked to Apologize" PhoneRadar 2:36 PM
  • "A New OS War Is About to Begin: We are about to move into what I call the mini operating systems wars for edge devices, or those that sit at the edge of a cloud-based solution. Think smart thermoStats and smart lights." ["To date, I don't see a similar Mini OS coming from Apple, but I can't imagine it's not on Cupertino's radar."]  PC Magazine 7:16 AM
  • "Apple appoints veteran to revive sluggish India sales" IANS 7:47 AM
  • "Apple reportedly replaces outgoing India chief with South Asia director" AppleInsider 5:46 PM
  • "How to take a screenshot on your Mac" Apple Must 11:26 AM
  • "A quicker way to toggle hidden files on macOS, no Terminal required" iDownload Blog 7:18 AM
  • "How to use AutoFill for credit cards, contacts, passwords, macOS High Sierra's Safari" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "How to set a Reply To in macOS High Sierra Mail with each individual email" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • ".DocumentRevisions-V100" Rixstep 2:29 PM
Press Releases
  • "InnerSpace for Mac will be released on January 16" Mac Gamer HQ 8:23 AM
  • "Omnisphere is a useful flagship synthesizer for the Mac" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "Yummy Software Releases Yummy FTP Watcher 3 Upgrade" prMac 7:09 AM
  • "Plex' new Winamp-inspired music player for your desktop is here" The Next Web 7:14 AM
  • "Plex launches Winamp-inspired Plexamp music player for macOS through Plex Labs incubator" AppleInsider 7:08 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple announces new 'global flagship' retail store coming to Federation Square in Australia" 9to5Mac 5:46 PM
  • "Amazon Prime Video reportedly has the most first-week downloads of any Apple TV app" The Verge 9:52 AM
  • "Apple inevitably hikes iPhone prices in India; appoints new country head: All iPhone models see a marginal price hike in India as Apple brings in Michel Coulomb to lead country operations." iMore 7:17 AM
  • "How Apple Helped a 77-Year-Old CEO Recover From His Worst Error" Bloomberg 4:00 PM
  • "Supposed Apple email describing app review policy changes is fake" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Google pushes YouTube TV app for Apple TV into 2018" AppleInsider 10:06 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Chrome's built-in ad blocker will go live on February 15th: Sites with bad ads will see all their ads blocked" The Verge 5:47 PM
  • "Is Amazon working on its own YouTube service?" CNET 2:42 PM
  • "Facebook's facial recognition now looks for you in photos you're not tagged in" The Verge 9:50 AM
  • "Phishing Heads To The Cloud" Forbes 7:41 AM
  • "Democrats are angrier than Republicans on Facebook" Axios 7:41 AM
  • "When a Google Street View car meets a Bing car, only one can survive" The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "Net Neutrality Fight, Turn Your iPad into a Security Camera -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-19" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "The Christmas last minute gift episode!" The MT Show 9:15 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 218: Close your eyes and cry" iDownload Blog 7:18 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 36 – The Impact of App Pre-Orders on Developers and Their Customers" MacStories 7:16 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 209, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino" Daring Fireball 7:09 AM
  • "Depending Upon Which Way You Scroll – Mac Geek Gab 688" The Mac Observer 6:54 AM
  • "KGI: Analyst believes Apple to launch 'upgraded' AirPods in second half of 2018" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "New Apple AirPods with smaller components could launch in late 2018" AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Expects Upgraded AirPods to Launch in Mid to Late 2018" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Were AirPods on your holiday wish list? You might have to take them off" Digital Trends 11:27 AM
  • "Apple AirPods are the latest Christmas casualty of 2017" TrustedReviews 7:50 AM
  • "Apple does slow down older iPhones - but not for the reason you think" Telegraph 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's Newest Mac Pro Turns Four Years Old Today" MacRumors 7:09 AM
  • "Cydia has been sucesfully launched on iOS 11, jailbreak progress is being made" ModMy 7:16 AM
  • "Cydia For iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak Is Being Worked On, Confirms Saurik" Redmond Pie 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers" MacRumors 12:50 PM
  • "iOS 11.2.5 Beta 2 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 12:50 PM
  • "Apple Rolls Out watchOS 4.2.2 Beta 2 for Developers" The Mac Observer 2:31 PM
  • "New Apple patent hints at Face ID for the Mac and iPad" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:28 AM

  • "Review: UGreen's latest MFi Power Bank for Apple Watch includes a built-in Lightning cable" 9to5Mac 3:38 PM
  • "Review: GoPro Fusion 360 camera" TechCrunch 2:39 PM
  • "Review: Nomad Sport Strap silicone Apple Watch band is perfect for fitness freaks" Cult of Mac 10:24 AM
  • "Airtame, First Take: Enterprise-class wireless screen mirroring" ["The Airtame HDMI stick is different: it promises to work with Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, Chromebook, iOS and Android, and any screen (or projector) that has an HDMI port."] ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "WD My Passport Wireless Pro review: Good backup, but pricey/If you are looking for some professional grade extra storage then the WD My Passport Wireless Pro is a great option." The Indian Express 7:48 AM
  • "Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth speaker review: This Alexa-enabled speaker is loud and proud" TechHive 7:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: 'Bridge Constructor Portal' for iOS brings new ideas to the building puzzle genre" AppleInsider 6:59 PM
  • "How to Use the iOS 11 Files App: Here's your quick guide to the iOS 11 Files app, which lets you connect services, add, manage, and share files, and much more." PC Magazine 7:47 AM
  • "How to check how many battery cycles is your Apple iPhone battery on" phoneArena 7:47 AM
  • "How sharing a Live Photo works" Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "How to fix Contacts and Calendar sync problems on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 7:18 AM
  • "How To Use Apple Pay Cash" Forbes 7:10 AM
  • "tvOS: Use AirPods With Apple TV Much Faster With This Trick" The Mac Observer 2:31 PM
  • "Avoiding Fake Apple Products" MacMost 8:32 AM
  • "11 iPhone email tips you'll wish you'd known all along: Use the iOS Mail app like a pro." CNET 7:28 AM
  • "The iPhone X's best feature looks like a lock for the iPad and Macs" BGR 8:47 PM
  • "New Concept Shows The Dark Mode That iPhone X Needs" Redmond Pie 8:42 PM
  • "Even with iPhone X sales booming, Apple still can't catch a break" BGR 5:35 PM
  • "British college student imagines system-wide dark mode on iPhone X" 9to5Mac 9:52 AM
  • "App Store review ridiculousness: Apple rejects AppleInsider's iPhone X app update because of news story about jailbreaking"  AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "Swing and a miss: The iPhone killing didn't happen" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "Why do you share your location?" The Verge 7:23 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 9:28 AM
  • "Comic: iMac Pro Priorities/In Space Grey, no one can hear you squee." iMore 8:07 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Hangouts, Philips Hue app updated for iPhone X" AppleInsider 5:28 PM
  • "Google Hangouts for iOS Gains Support for iPhone X" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "These standalone smart wireless headphones can do it all" iMore 3:38 PM
  • "Reddit for iPhone and iPad gains new mod tools, theater mode, and more" iMore 3:38 PM
  • "'Arena of Valor' by Tencent 'Soft Launches' in North America - Download Now" Touch Arcade 9:50 AM
  • "Sylvania Smart+ 'Works with Apple HomeKit' Bluetooth Portfolio Breaks New Ground with Industry First Smart Filament Bulb" Business Wire 9:50 AM
  • "The Best Toys That Teach Kids How to Code" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Changes Its Sexual Harassment Policies In the Wake of #MeToo" Fortune 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Moves to End Secrecy in Sexual Harassment Claims" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Making It Easier for Some Employees to Sue Over Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination" Gizmodo 10:10 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17063, with a ton of new features" Neowin 4:32 PM
  • "Microsoft SQL Operations Studio Now Available In Preview" Techgenix 8:39 AM
  • "Microsoft's Monster Run Is Just Beginning: Microsoft may not be one of the FAANG stocks that's captured investors' attention in 2017, but it's rallied like one, nevertheless. And that rally is showing more signs of life this December." TheStreet 12:16 PM
  • "Windows 10's Timeline Feature Finally Comes to Windows Insiders" Thurrott 3:17 PM
  • "Microsoft starts testing Windows 10's Timeline and app tabs features" The Verge 3:18 PM
  • "Microsoft starts testing its long-promised Windows 10 Timeline feature" TechCrunch 3:19 PM
  • "Microsoft Tackles Vehicle Fleet Management With New Bing Map APIs" eWeek 5:28 PM
  • "Dell launches the latest XPS 13 with 8th Generation Intel Core processor in India" OnMSFT 8:36 AM
  • "Intel's claims on FPGAs with HBM don't hold water" SemiAccurate 8:37 AM
  • "Intel Unveils Industry's First FPGA Integrated with HBM Built for Acceleration" Hard OCP 8:39 AM
  • "Sandy Bridge Vs Intel Coffee Lake Overclocking Comparison: Is Coffee Lake Worth The Upgrade?" SegmentNext 8:39 AM
  • "Oracle Buys Australian Software Firm for $1.2B: The acquisition of Aconex will 'significantly advance' Oracle's push to expand its cloud-based software offerings for managing construction projects." CFO 8:40 AM
  • "Qualcomm ups the audio ante for Snapdragon 845" SemiAccurate 8:08 AM
  • "Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious: Sparky stories of dim folks succumbing to electrical shockers" The Register 9:22 AM
  • "Toshiba launches a 2.4GB 10,500RPM SAS drive: It feels a need, a need for... no, it's gone." The Inquirer 9:24 AM
  • "Big data delivers higher revenue and faster growth" BetaNews 9:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple's unstoppable rally will continue in 2018" [Video Report] CNBC 3:59 PM
  • "An analyst downgraded Apple stock because of 'historical patterns'" Business Insider 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's Stock Just Got A Rare Downgrade" Bloomberg 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Downgraded to 'Neutral' at Instinet" Investopedia 7:25 AM
  • "Seats are going to be limited at Apple's annual shareholders meeting" Business Insider 10:24 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting will take place in Steve Jobs Theater" Cult of Mac 7:18 AM
Industry News
  • "GOP Tax Plan Passes House But Hits Snag With Senate; Revote Tomorrow: The GOP-led tax bill passed the Senate but will have to be submitted for a revote after Senate rule-makers objected." TheStreet 7:12 PM
  • "Foolish Take: A contrarian view of bitcoin" USA Today 7:12 PM
  • "Buffett's latest milestone: Berkshire stock hits $300,000" FOXBusiness 8:24 AM
  • "U.S. administrative court deals major blow to patent transfer deals" Reuters 7:13 PM
  • "Tech Sector Leads Stocks Lower: Investors pause as GOP tax overhaul makes its way through Congress" [Paid Membership Required] 7:14 PM
  • "Aussie stocks hit 10-year highs, as U.S. tax plan remains a driver" MarketWatch 8:25 AM
  • "European stocks waver after German Ifo data disappoint" MarketWatch 8:26 AM

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