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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 Sued Over Slowing Down Older iPhones When New Models are Released"  TMZ 4:21 PM
  • "Apple hit with lawsuit after admitting to slowing down iPhones with depleted batteries" AppleInsider 4:25 PM
  • "iPhone Battery Scandal: Apple Had Way Better Options Than Slowing Down Your Phone"  Wired 4:26 PM
  • "Apple hit with lawsuit for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models" BGR 6:55 PM
  • "Apple: Yes, we're slowing down older iPhones"  CNNMoney 8:04 AM
  • "How Apple slows down old iPhones: Under pressure, Apple calls its older device performance limit a 'feature'"  Computerworld 8:07 AM
  • "Oh Apple, you really need to rethink how you do things: Quietly inserting code into iOS that measurably slows down the performance of older iPhones is a monumentally boneheaded blunder."  ZDNet 9:07 AM
  • "Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries" BBC 8:14 AM
  • "Apple wins big with U.S. tax bill but faces snag on foreign patents"  Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "Time to Try Apple iBundles: Apple Inc. says it's more resilient than a typical hardware company. This is more hype than reality, but I can't ignore the potential upside if Apple is serious about web video, digital music, and its other internet-centric software."  BloombergGadfly 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Is the Most Valuable Public Company: Ever. But How Much of a Record Is That?"  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:19 PM
  • "Apple working on user experience that combines the iPhone, iPad and Mac apps: Apple working to unite iOS and MacOS - will it standardise its chip platform next?" V3 8:24 AM
  • "How to set up and use call relay on your Mac" iMore 4:27 PM
  • "How to convert a Keynote document to a PowerPoint document" iDownload Blog 9:08 AM
  • "Ethernet or Wi-Fi? Which should you use for macOS cellular phone call handling and Continuity" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Here's How to Monitor Your iPhone Battery Health from your phone or Mac" The Mac Observer 10:42 AM
  • "How to Delete Touch Bar Data from MacBook Pro with Touch Bar" OS X Daily 4:29 PM
  • "How to create an external Mac startup disk for macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
  • "Using Reminders and Notes to Save Links" MacMost 10:34 AM
  • "My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition" MacStories 12:54 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch"  Bloomberg 12:46 PM
  • "Apple Working on EKG Heart Monitor for Future Apple Watch Models" MacRumors 12:54 PM
  • "Apple working on clinical-grade heart monitoring tech for Apple Watch (report)" Business Insider 12:54 PM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple building an Apple Watch with a built-in EKG heart monitor" 9to5Mac 12:54 PM
  • "Apple Watch will reportedly get an integrated EKG heart reader" VentureBeat 2:22 PM
  • "Amazon is losing three content execs to Apple" MarketWatch 4:24 PM
  • "Three More Amazon Executives Move to Apple, Including Kids Programming Head" Variety 7:23 PM
  • "Apple poaches three more Amazon Studios executives for its original content efforts" 9to5Mac 7:23 PM
  • "Apple spaceship headquarters causes split between employees" Business Insider 4:28 PM
  • "Siri can't talk to me: The challenge of teaching language to voice assistants"  Ars Technica 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Quietly Updated the App Store Review Guidelines to Require Disclosure of 'Loot Box' IAP Odds"  Touch Arcade 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Says Apps Must Now Disclose Odds For Loot Boxes" Kotaku 10:59 AM
  • "App Store changes include Apple's first rules regarding loot boxes: Wednesday update to iOS rules also touches on VPN services, cryptocurrency apps." Ars Technica 1:15 PM
  • "Apple issues preemptive refunds to customers who bought fake Cuphead app" Cult of Mac 8:25 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Alphabet: Eric Schmidt steps down as executive chairman" ZDNet 6:56 PM
  • "Facebook, Universal Music strike multi-year licensing deal" Reuters 11:14 AM
  • "Windows 10's face authentication defeated with a picture" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "Can a dreaming AI fix low res digital photos in the edit?" TechCrunch 8:55 AM
  • "Sprint is the worst carrier money can buy, Consumer Reports says" BGR 8:55 AM
  • "Why Net Neutrality Will Be a Campaign Issue in 2018" Wired 7:58 AM
  • "041: iPhone battery life vs. performance roundtable" Vector 8:56 PM
  • "Replay the 10th Final Cut Pro X Virtual User Group" 12:54 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 152 | Living with Alexa, iPhone batteries and speed, and iOS apps back to the Mac" 9to5Mac 12:54 PM
  • "The Apple Slowing Down iPhones Conspiracy, Pokémon GO and ARKit -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-21" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "167: I'm Being Machine-Learned Right Now" The Rebound 11:13 AM
  • "Apple is bringing iOS and Mac apps together (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 115)" CNET 7:57 AM
  • "Developer says now-fixed Apple HomeKit vulnerability was temporarily worsened in iOS 11.2" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "iMac Pro Orders Begin Shipping to Customers" MacRumors 11:02 AM
  • "Apple said to be working on new large-capacity battery technology for 2019 iPhones" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's Upgraded TrueDepth Camera System in Future iPhones Will Necessitate Larger Batteries" MacRumors 8:55 AM
  • "Apple will waive $99/year App Store developer fee for governments and nonprofits in 2018" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "The First Apple Patent Regarding Autonomous Vehicle Navigation was published today by the U.S. Patent Office" Patently Apple 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Car, anyone? Apple patent is for an autonomous navigation system" Apple World Today 8:08 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Selling Refurbished 2017 27-inch iMac Models in Europe" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:57 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:57 AM

  • "Google Home Max Review: The McMansion of Smart Speakers" Thurrott 4:27 PM
  • "Review: MyMe Unity System Case + Cradle for iPhone" iLounge 4:28 PM
  • "Review: Mujjo's Double Layer Touchscreen Gloves are warm, sharp, and functional" 9to5Mac 4:24 PM
  • "Review: MartinLogan Motion 15 Bookshelf Speakers" iLounge 12:53 PM
  • "Review: Mujjo's Double Layer Touchscreen Gloves are warm, sharp, and functional" 9to5Mac 7:38 PM
  • "How to quickly disable Touch ID and Face ID when you need extra security: Can you rapidly force your iPhone to require your passcode or password to unlock? Absolutely — with iOS 11." iMore 8:31 PM
  • "How and where to replace your old, depreciated iPhone battery" The Verge 10:08 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 8: Which Should I Get?" Time 4:23 PM
  • "Has Apple Agreed That It Owes the EU Unpaid Taxes?" Market Realist 2:22 PM
  • "Commentary: 4 Apple Products You Probably Wasted Money on This Year" Fortune 9:45 AM
  • "Here's Why Apple Will Be the Most Valuable Brand for Years to Come" The Motley Fool 9:45 AM
  • "Why Apple Maps still has a ways to go before dethroning Google Maps" BGR 8:55 AM
  • "Is Apple Old iPhone's Stealth Slow Down IOS Update a Scam?"  The Market Oracle 4:27 PM
  • "Apple sued over the slow-down of older iPhones (and brought this situation on itself)" Apple World Today 4:26 PM
  • "Apple's latest iPhone battery fiasco is a betrayal inside of a betrayal"  Mashable 4:24 PM
  • "Was it really necessary for Apple to slow down old iPhones?"  The Verge 4:23 PM
  • "Apple should replace old batteries instead of slowing down aging phones" CNBC 9:53 AM
  • "Apple deliberately slows old iPhones! A story of good reasons and dumb, dumb messaging" iMore 9:46 AM
  • "Comment: Slowing down older iPhones may be the right thing to do, but it opens a can of worms" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "What I hate most about Apple slowing down iPhones with bad batteries"  BGR 8:55 AM
  • "Apple is Slowing Down Your Old iPhone, but There's a Good Reason" The Mac Observer 8:44 AM
  • "Yes, Apple Is Slowing Down Older Phones a Bit; Here's Why" Kirkville 8:27 AM
  • "Yes, Apple Slows Down Older iPhones on Purpose. Now What? (Premium)" Thurrott 8:12 AM
  • "Is the HomePod a canary in a coal mine or a canary cage?" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Apple in 2017: Grading my predictions" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Comment: Will Apple's plans for cross-platform apps lead to the dumbing down of Mac apps?" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Wikipedia for iOS adds new black mode for iPhone X's OLED display" 9to5Mac 7:42 PM
  • "iPad For Dummies Released, by Bob LeVitus, Ed Baig, and Bryan Chaffin" The Mac Observer 4:25 PM
  • "Live Memories for iOS instantly transforms your Live Photos into video keepsakes" 9to5Mac 2:22 PM
  • "YouTube for iOS begins rollout of dynamic player that adapts to vertical, square video" 9to5Google 1:06 PM
  • "AppleInsider's official iOS app updated to support iPhone X edge-to-edge display" AppleInsider 10:59 AM
  • "'Civ VI' arrives on iPad today with quite the discount" Mashable 10:59 AM
  • "Microsoft brings back PhotoSynth in its Pix app for iOS: Microsoft is updating its PhotoSyth photo-stitching technology and making it part of its Pix camera app for iOS devices." ZDNet 10:08 AM
  • "'Sky: Light Awaits' for iPhone, iPad & Apple TV delayed until March 2018" AppleInsider 9:46 AM
  • "LG Announces Upgraded Set of Monitors With Full Thunderbolt 3 Compatibility" MacRumors 8:25 AM
  • "LG announces drool-worthy 34-inch ultrawide '4.5K' monitor w/ Thunderbolt 3" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Cynapse Brings Dashboards to Apple TV with Numerics 5" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "Math SteelCave Challenge: Math in Space" prMac 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 face recognition login can be bypassed using a photo: You'll need to set up Windows Hello again on your device to dodge the exploit" The Inquirer 7:23 AM
  • "Windows 10's face authentication defeated with a picture" The Verge 7:33 AM
  • "Windows Hello Face Recognition Tricked by Photo" SecurityWeek 7:49 AM
  • "Printed photos can fool Windows 10's Hello face authentication: You may want to download that Fall Creators Update soon." Engadget 9:43 AM
  • "German researchers beat Windows 10 face recognition using a photo: Even up-to-date versions of the OS are vulnerable" V3 8:18 AM
  • "Satya Nadella on AI, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft's Soul: The successor to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer stresses empathy and has a strategy for populism. Plus, the best piece of advice he ever got from the company's first leaders." Bloomberg 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft releases new preview build for Windows Insiders: Microsoft's latest preview for Windows Insiders showcases features which can help users be more productive on their Windows 10 PC" Live Mint 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Started Blocking Windows 7/8.1 Updates For PCs Running New Processors" The Hacker News 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft brings back PhotoSynth in its Pix app for iOS" ZDNet 12:45 PM
  • "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15 7000, and Inspiron 13 5000 Launched in India: Price, Specifications" Gadgets 360 7:37 AM
  • "Intel's Krzanich Sees Big Data Future And Vows Bold Ventures In AI, Autonomous Driving" HotHardware 4:46 PM
  • "Dell expands Inspiron notebook line-up in India" Web India 7:37 AM
  • "Intel to take more risks and change to be 'the new normal'" Hexus 7:43 AM
  • "Google Pixelbook variant with Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM finally goes on sale: Looking for a really high-end laptop?" Android Guys 7:47 AM
  • "Acer introduces new Swift 3 notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen Mobile" My Smart Price 7:41 AM
  • "International Business Machines (IBM) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research" Zacks 7:46 AM
  • "All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS/Says X86 doesn't mark the spot... but won't flash its latency numbers" The Register 8:19 AM
  • "Oracle beats Workday to ERP contract in marathon process" Enterprise Times 7:50 AM
  • "Global Blade Server Market 2017 — IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Cisco, HP" Your Niskayuna 24 7:38 AM
  • "Industry body ratifies 5G standard six months ahead of schedule: Vendors can now start working on 5G equipment" V3 8:18 AM
  • "Seagate's New Multi-Actuator Could Double Hard Drive Speeds" ExtremeTech 9:42 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Could Apple Pay Cash Stimulate Apple Pay Uptake?" Market Realist 2:22 PM
  • "Why Apple Remains Morgan Stanley's Top Pick For 2018" Benzinga 1:08 PM
  • "Apple consumes 30% of the world's flash memory" Apple 3.0 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Is Alive in China: 5 Quick Things to Know About Stocks Right Now/Apple looks like it's finally turning things around in China. GNC is getting rocked. And everyone is still focused on tax cut winners." TheStreet 10:07 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Close Higher as Wall Street Dissects New Tax Laws: Major indexes held gains Thursday following passage of a $1.5 trillion U.S. tax bill that will slash corporate taxes." TheStreet 7:07 PM
  • "US economy grew at a solid 3.2% rate in the third quarter" USA Today 12:40 PM
  • "Energy and financials power Wall Street's rise" FOXBusiness 7:07 PM
  • "Euro slips after Catalan vote results tip separatist victory" Reuters 7:08 PM
  • "Bank and Energy Shares Pull U.S. Stocks Higher: Pledges from companies to share tax overhaul's benefits with employees ease investor concerns" [Paid Membership Required] 7:08 PM
  • "Asian markets drop slightly as dust settles after U.S. tax bill" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "European stocks set for a winning 2017, but euro's rise was a challenge" MarketWatch 7:55 AM

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