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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 Plans Combined iPhone, iPad & Mac Apps to Create One User Experience"  Bloomberg 9:40 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018" TechCrunch 9:59 AM
  • "Apple is planning universal iOS and Mac apps, report says" Mashable 4:03 PM
  • "Apple has a plan for universal apps across iOS and macOS, report says" Ars Technica 4:06 PM
  • "iPhone X Plus Prompts Samsung to Quadruple Apple's OLED Supply" iDrop News 4:08 PM
  • "How the iPhone reshaped Asian tech: Apple and its suppliers have thrived but growth worries loom"  Nikkei 8:15 AM
  • "Yet another Chinese company is taking Apple to court: A local clothing brand says Apple's new App Store logo looks too similar to its own."  CNET 7:20 AM
  • "iPhone X's Camera Drives Consumer Sentiment, Finds Strategy Analytics: TrueDepth Camera and Face ID Feature Are Key Market Differentiators"  Strategy Analytics 7:32 AM
  • "Apple reveals plans for Melbourne's Federation Square: Apple today previewed its planned flagship project in Melbourne's Federation Square, introducing a design concept that complements the original vision for the precinct, increases public space and provides a daily program of activity to inspire and educate the community."  Apple 7:30 AM
  • "Apple in Federation Square: Melbourne plan sparks furore/As Victorian ministers hail 'reinvigoration' of cultural hub, others decry 'appalling handover' of civic space" The Guardian 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's new chief in India has a lot to fix" Quartz 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Plans to Let Developers Release Universal Apps That Work Across iPhone, iPad, and Mac" MacRumors 10:03 AM
  • "Apple's project 'Marzipan' will let iOS apps run on the Mac in 2018 - report" AppleInsider 10:03 AM
  • "Report: Apple to support cross-platform apps that run on iPhone, iPad and Mac next year" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Waking the Slumbering Siri by Accident: Q. The Siri voice assistant seems to come on randomly when I type on my Mac. What activates it?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:55 AM
  • "You can't delete purchase history from the App Store and from iTunes" Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "Fixing Persistent Reminders Badges" MacMost 7:48 AM
  • "Long Live HFS?" Rixstep 5:35 PM
  • "Apple Could Combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps: Here's How" Fortune 1:27 PM
  • "Some of My Favorite Mac Applications in 2017" Macdrifter 8:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cisdem DVD Burner for Mac /Ver3.6.0 (2017-12-20)" Cisdem 8:35 PM
  • "Google Chrome's built-in ad blocker goes to work on February 15th" BGR 7:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple HomePod likely a no-show at CES, but could win anyway: The company delayed the release of its smart speaker, missing holiday shopping and potentially CES. Yet, it's still hard to count out Apple."  CNET 7:20 AM
  • "IDC Forecasts Shipments of Wearable Devices to Nearly Double by 2021 as Smart Watches and New Product Categories Gain Traction" ["Smart Watches, led primarily by the Apple Watch, are expected to ship 71.5 million units by 2021, up from 31.6 million in 2017."]  Business Wire 7:34 AM
  • "Can Apple make us play Pokemon Go again?" CNNMoney 9:59 AM
  • "Apple Pay Said to Be Arriving in Poland in Early 2018" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Pay could come to Poland's 38M people in early 2018" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
  • "'Global flagship' Apple Store will open down under in 2020" Cult of Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Apple forgot to strip iOS 11"s non-functioning Facebook Like button from Game Center" iDownload Blog 4:09 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Cable companies are limiting password sharing as cord-cutting picks up speed" BGR 7:20 PM
  • "Samsung DDR4-3600 2nd Gen 10nm DRAM Chips Now In Production" HotHardware 5:37 PM
  • "This is Magic Leap's mixed reality headset" Engadget 8:32 AM
  • "Google's AI can predict whether humans will like an image or not" The Next Web 11:25 AM
  • "Google-backed Magic Leap unveils its first augmented reality headset, shipping in 2018" 9to5Google 8:24 AM
  • "Google says a digital ad industry initiative aimed at cleaning up ad fraud is taking off, but a new report indicates adoption is lagging" Business Insider 8:32 AM
  • "Next-gen Android apps: Google says 64-bit push will boost performance" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Android Nokia 9 squares up to Apple iPhone X with 5.5-inch OLED screen: This will be the first new Nokia smartphone with an OLED display." ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:23 AM
  • "T-Mobile: No Sprint Deal, But That's OK" Seeking Alpha 7:20 AM
  • "Our Apple Management Suggestions, Converging macOS and iOS, Understanding Coinbase – ACM 442" The Mac Observer 6:35 PM
  • "Full transcript: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel answers net neutrality questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask" Recode 7:28 AM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: Tom Cruise Is in Every Starbucks" Intego 7:28 AM
  • "Apple Admits to Secretly Slowing Down iPhones, Explains Why" iClarified 4:17 PM
  • "Apple admits it slows older iPhones -- to prevent battery issues" CNET 4:17 PM
  • "Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life" The Verge 7:37 AM
  • "Developer accuses Apple of slowing down old iPhones to save battery life" Mashable 9:59 AM
  • "Apple revises its controversial guidelines on template-based apps" TechCrunch 7:22 PM
  • "Apple revises developer guidelines, restricts 'loot boxes' & amends template-generated app ban" AppleInsider 8:11 PM
  • "App Store guidelines updated w/ new info on template apps, VPNs, cryptocurrencies & more" 9to5Mac 9:15 PM
  • "Apple will waive developer fees for nonprofits and governments in 2018: It's part of the fight against cookie cutter apps" The Verge 9:22 PM
  • "Developer explains the HomeKit vulnerability first demonstrated to 9to5Mac, expresses frustration" 9to5Mac 7:25 AM
  • "The story behind Apple's nasty HomeKit vulnerability: When the risk of embarrassment outweighs the risk to users" The Verge 7:37 AM
  • "Developer details Apple HomeKit vulnerability that left locks and cameras open for a month" VentureBeat 11:42 AM
  • "Samsung Display to supply 180-200m OLED panels for iPhone X next year" ET News, Korea 8:34 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Video users note downgraded audio quality in Apple TV app: You might not be getting the full experience out of Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV." iMore 5:50 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM

  • "Wireless chargers for your iPhone X: What to buy/These are the features, specs, and design considerations to keep in mind when buying a wireless charger for your iPhone X or iPhone 8." Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "Google Home Max review: smart gets loud" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Hands-on: Nomad Leather cases for iPhone X [Video] 9to5Mac 9:16 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Sonic Runners Adventure' Review - Dreams Come True?" Touch Arcade 11:25 AM
  • "'Bridge Constructor Portal' Review - Remember When You Tried to Kill Me Twice?" Touch Arcade 7:27 AM
  • "iPad Set Up Guide: How to Get Started With Your New Device" The Mac Observer 4:18 PM
  • "How to Stop Enhanced Notifications Waking a Mac from Sleep" OS X Daily 4:17 PM
  • "The 7 biggest iPhone X annoyances and how to fix them" CNET 4:10 PM
  • "Slow iPhone? Here's how to check the health of your battery" Cult of Mac 4:06 PM
  • "Disable Facebook Facial Recognition From Auto Tagging You In Photos, Here's How" Redmond Pie 11:25 AM
  • "Change Lock Screen Text On iPhone / iOS 11 Without Jailbreak, Here's How" Redmond Pie 10:02 AM
  • "How To Stop 'Set Up Apple Pay' Alerts From Other Apps" AddictiveTips 7:27 AM
  • "How to securely erase an iPhone in just 3 steps: Apple makes it relatively easy to wipe data from an iPhone, but there are several steps to consider before you erase everything. Here's what to do." Computerworld 7:23 AM
  • "How to securely erase your Android device in 4 steps: Securely wiping an Android device isn't difficult, but there are some critical steps you don't want to overlook." Computerworld 7:23 AM
  • "How much iMac Pro memory do you need?" iMore 7:35 AM
  • "Apple just confirmed a longtime conspiracy theory — and gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it" Business Insider 8:17 PM
  • "Apple Addresses Why Some iPhones With Older Batteries Are Benchmarking Slower" Daring Fireball 5:35 PM
  • "Why you shouldn't worry about Apple slowing down your iPhone" Mashable 4:18 PM
  • "Apple Security: Touch ID vs. Face ID" Intego 4:17 PM
  • "How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?" The Loop 8:15 AM
  • "Google Maps's Moat: How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?"  Justin Obierne 8:07 AM
  • "The 2017 Stratechery Year in Review" Stratechery 7:28 AM
  • "Seven Steve Jobs Quotes Small Businesses And Tech Startups Should Embrace" Forbes 7:20 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (36) -Notes on the iMac Pro; and Solutions to the Wonders of Microsoft" eXtensions 7:11 AM
  • "Revisiting Fossil hybrid smartwatches: From curiosity to practicality" Ars Technica 10:03 AM
  • "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is...." Tech.pinions 8:14 AM
  • "Why Always Connected PC's will Morph Into an All-Day Battery (and Beyond) Focus" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:14 AM
  • "The Net Neutrality Deregulation Complexity" Seeking Alpha 7:34 AM
  • "Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other/Operating both platforms is a recipe for confusion, so which one deserves the coveted spot in your smart home?" TechHive 7:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "LG's latest PC monitors bring intense HDR and ultra-wide 5K: Nano IPS promises extra-accurate colors on two models." Engadget 8:12 PM
  • "CARROT Weather update brings redesigned widget, new snarky content, and more" 9to5Mac 6:42 PM
  • "Upcoming Pokémon Go patch will add ARKit functionality" Neowin 5:51 PM
  • "This former Apple prodigy just got $25 million from Google Ventures to build giant paper-reading robots" Business Insider 11:25 AM
  • "Firefox lands on Amazon's Fire TV" TechCrunch 11:23 AM
  • "Tidal makes the jump to the big screen with apps for Apple TV and Android TV" The Verge 11:23 AM
  • "Apple to start off 2018 with a New Year's Apple Watch Activity Challenge" 9to5Mac 9:55 AM
  • "'Pokémon Go' on the iPhone is getting a big update, thanks to some new technology from Apple" Business Insider 8:33 AM
  • "Storytelling and Tactical Combat Combine in Ash of Gods - Coming in 2018" Reverb Inc 8:12 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live" The Register 8:51 AM
  • "Google trolls Microsoft with Chrome installer app" TechShout 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft foils Google's bid to smuggle Chrome onto Windows Store" TechRadar UK 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft is having none of cheeky Google Chrome Windows app" Pocketnow 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Kicks Google Chrome Download Link to the Curb on Windows 10 Store" Softpedia 8:40 AM
  • "White House commends Facebook and Microsoft, YouTube TV app coming to Hulu and Apple TV" CNET 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook take action against WannaCry group" CNNMoney 8:55 AM
  • "Facebook and Microsoft team up against WannaCry hacking group" SiliconRepublic 8:51 AM
  • "Homeland Security Says Facebook, Microsoft Averted North Korean Cyberattacks" PYMNTS 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft, Facebook disrupted activities of North Korean hackers:White House" Live Mint 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft brings Sets to select Insiders with Windows 10 Build 17063" MSPoweruser 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 17063 With More Features Than You Can Count" Softpedia 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft promises transparency in sexual harassment cases" GamesIndustry 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft to Stop Requiring that Employees Settle Harassment, Bias Claims in Arbitration" Insurance Journal 8:41 AM
  • "Technology Sector Update for 12/20/2017: MSFT, AAPL, IBM, CSCO, GOOG, BB, MU, DGLY, T" Nasdaq 8:25 AM
  • "Global Data Integration Tool Market Trends, Active Key Players and Growth Projection Up to 2022: SAP SE, SAS Institute, Cisco System, IBM, Information Builders" Industry Today 8:24 AM
  • "Big data and analytics Global Market 2017: Key Players Accenture, Amazon, Amdocs, Facebook, IBM" Industry Today 8:24 AM
  • "IBM's digital badges help keep skills fresh and up to date" FOXBusiness 8:24 AM
  • "Amazon is planning to end support for its online MP3 locker" The Verge 4:09 PM
  • "HP Envy x2 Hands-on (2017)" IDG TV 8:22 AM
  • "ICT Investment in Education Global Market 2017: Key Players IBM, Dell, McAfee, Microsoft" Industry Today 8:20 AM
  • "Krzanich Says Intel to focus on IoT, AI, 5G Wireless for Future Growth" eWeek 7:34 PM
  • "What is the state of Intel's 10nm process?" SemiAccurate 8:17 AM
  • "'Gemini Lake' Pentium and Celeron CPUs launched" CPU World 8:17 AM
  • "The interweb's aflame with AMD Navi Linux driver rumours... but they're all wrong" PCGamesN 8:15 AM
  • "Download: AMD Radeon Adrenalin Edition 17.12.2 Drivers" Guru3D 8:15 AM
  • "#YouToo: What tech should do right now to combat sexual harassment" VentureBeat 7:43 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple made $1,444.76 per second in 2016" Apple 3.0 7:28 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end marginally lower as tax bill awaits Trump's signature: FedEx rises after earnings" MarketWatch 4:28 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower After House Passes Tax Bill: Markets run out of steam on Wednesday." TheStreet 4:28 PM
  • "Stocks end mixed after bouncing around for much of the day" Associated Press 4:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Lower as Congress Passes Tax Overhaul: U.S. stock markets have climbed to new highs recently on hopes tax bill will boost profits" [Paid Membership Required] 4:28 PM
  • "Asian markets close mixed as bitcoin makes noise: Australia's stock gauge notches another 10-yer high; weaker yen barely moves Nikkei" MarketWatch 8:17 AM
  • "European stocks slide as pre-Christmas selling kicks in: European stock markets dropped for a second straight day on Wednesday, with some preholiday selling taking place as the U.S. made a huge leap forward in approving highly anticipated tax reform." MarketWatch 11:36 AM

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