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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 after it admits to slowing down older iPhones"  CNBC 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone slowdown sparks lawsuit alleging fraud: The plaintiffs contend that an Apple software tweak that slows down older iPhones was a ploy to spur upgrades to pricier models." CNET 10:50 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court" Bloomberg 11:23 AM
  • "Days after iPhone battery fiasco, lawsuits against Apple begin to mount: Customers say they would rather have replaced battery than bought a new phone." Ars Technica 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Sued After It Admitted It Slows Down Older Phones" Investopedia 9:05 AM
  • "Apple faces lawsuits after admitting to slowing down older iPhones" Telegraph 8:26 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court" Bloomberg 4:39 PM
  • "Apple Says It Slows Old iPhones, Stoking Conspiracy Theorists/The Apple Planned Obsolescence Conspiracy Theory Party—of which I'm a vocal, card-carrying member—obtained a substantial piece of new evidence this week: Apple acknowledged it had issued a software update that slows down iPhones with dying batteries." Bloomberg 9:05 AM
  • "iPhone Battery: Slow Down or Die?"  Tech.pinions 8:24 AM
  • "Has Apple Lost Its Design Mojo? A generation of peerless products made Apple the world's most valuable company. Now some in the i-universe are questioning if the magic—in the post–Steve Jobs era—is still there. Don't believe the naysayers."  Fortune 9:03 AM
  • "Framing Apple's Cash Position Post Repatriation; No Change To M&A Philosophy: M&A philosophy likely to remain unchanged. With the new tax structure we expect Apple will bring $214B back to the U.S. using a 15.5% one-time repatriation tax rate. We don't expect this cash will change Apple's M&A philosophy, which will likely continue to be focused on sub-$1b technology acquisitions." Loup Ventures 9:58 AM
  • "Apple Sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC Case for Withholding Documents: A judge granted sanctions against Apple Inc. for dragging its feet in turning over documents in the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of forcing the iPhone maker to use its chips exclusively."  Bloomberg 4:38 PM
  • "Apple 2017 in review: The company's biggest moves this past year/A look at some of the biggest moves that Apple made in the last twelve months, and where it might leave us positioned for the year to come."  Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 46 for Mac Release Offers Bug Fixes and Feature Enhancements" MacTrast 8:31 AM
  • "Concept imagines the Mac Apple will never make: the MacBook Touch" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Working With Files in Keyboard Maestro: Part 1" Envato Tuts+ 8:22 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Renaming Files On Your Mac" MacMost 9:46 AM
  • "iOS apps on macOS would bring hope for Apple Watch, Apple Health support on Mac" AppleInsider 9:43 AM
Press Releases
  • "Joe Kissell Releases Four Take Control Titles Updated for High Sierra" MacVoices 11:41 AM
  • "DWG Viewer 2.0 Released with Powerful New Features" prMac 9:17 AM
  • "Opera just added a Bitcoin-mining blocker to its browser" ZDNet 8:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The iPhone X's Face ID can't approve family purchases, and no one knows why: Touch ID could be used before, but iPhone X owners must enter their passwords." Ars Technica 4:26 PM
  • "Apple recruits Amazon Studios execs for its original content team" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Apple poaches three more Amazon execs for in-house video efforts" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "Apple is developing an advanced EKG feature for the Apple Watch" V3 8:30 AM
  • "The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "Shipments of iPhone X to reach 30-35 million units in 4Q17, say sources" DigiTimes 9:09 AM
  • "Apple's New iPhones Get a Lukewarm Reception From Buyers: U.S. sales of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are on par with lackluster pace of most recent models, analysts say, though China prospects are bright" [Paid Membership Required] 11:44 AM
  • "iPhone X is accelerating both iPhone upgrade and Android switching rates in China, says Morgan Stanley" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "iPhone X demand may be weaker than Apple expected" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Global shipments of wearable devices to nearly double by 2021, IDC says" DigiTimes 9:09 AM
  • "2017 in review: iPhone 10th anniversary, Samsung Note rebound, solid cheap smartphones" ZDNet 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Updates and Expands App Store Review Guidelines to Address Pre-Orders, Loot Boxes, VPNs, and More" MacStories 2:18 PM
  • "Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System" Wired 8:49 AM
  • "Edward Snowden created an app that turns smartphones into security systems aimed at thwarting spies" Business Insider 10:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Newark commits to keeping its fiber network net neutral" Axios 9:48 AM
  • "Sound is the next frontier for Virtual Reality" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "This crypto-mining Android malware is so demanding it burst a smartphone" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Charter promises Internet service to family—then says it'll cost $16,000: Charter falsely told man that service was available at new home." Ars Technica 8:37 AM
  • "Alternative Encryption Methods to Save Net Neutrality" AddictiveTips 8:34 AM
  • "'123456' is sadly triumphant as it tops list of most-used passwords" V3 8:30 AM
  • "Favorite iPhone and iPad Apps Roundup -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-22" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
  • "The wolf of Main Street: Loup Ventures' Gene Munster on the Midwest, AI, and Apple" VentureBeat 12:27 PM
  • "Vergecast: Magic Leap peep and iPhones slow down" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "Episode #84 – Ask Doug And Kirk: Airpods, Ripping Optical Discs, And Moving iTunes Libraries" The Next Track 8:26 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast covers iMac Pro shipping, Apple's battery life debacle, and interviews" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "Google poaches another Apple chip engineer: Google has hired Apple chip designer John Bruno as it advances toward designing its own chipsets for consumer devices."  Silicon Valley Business Journal 4:56 PM
  • "New photos and video show iMac Pro orders arriving ahead of schedule" 9to5Mac 8:46 AM
  • "You will never guess how much Samsung is set to make from the Apple iPhone X" Express UK 9:20 AM
  • "Belkin Halts Sales of 'InvisiGlass Ultra' Screen Protector for iPhone X Following Widespread Customer Complaints" MacRumors 9:42 AM
  • "Is This Apple Inc.'s Secret New Chip Supplier?" The Motley Fool 9:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Now Sprint is Jumping on the BOGO iPhone 8 Bandwagon" PC Magazine 4:25 PM
  • "Buy an iPhone 8 on Sprint, get one free, until 2018: Or knock $300 off an iPhone X with a phone trade-in." CNET 12:26 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM

  • "Exclusive: Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8 Beat iPhone on LTE/In an apples-to-Apples comparison of modem performance, the top Android phones easily beat the latest iPhone."  PC Magazine 8:29 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera comparison" phoneArena 9:20 AM
  • "Alpha Audiotronics Skybuds review: A frustrating pair of true wireless earbuds/You'll likely be happier with a pair of Apple AirPods." Macworld 6:19 PM
  • "Google Home Max: Big and loud/After some time with Google's biggest, loudest, and most expensive smart speaker, here are some initial thoughts." ZDNet 4:27 PM
  • "The DockAll D100 is a good combo Qi wireless charger and speaker" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: Top 9 new AR games for iPhone X" AppleInsider 7:58 PM
  • "How To Get Rounded / Circle App Icons Theme On iOS 11 Home Screen Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 4:25 PM
  • "How to turn off AR+ mode in Pokemon Go" iMore 11:44 AM
  • "Is your iPhone battery dying? Here's how to replace it" Mashable 11:43 AM
  • "How To Check iPhone Battery Health To Determine A Replacement For Speed Boost And Greater Battery Life" Redmond Pie 9:44 AM
  • "Boost Your iPhone Speed By 50%: How To Replace The Battery And Stop Apple Degrading Performance" Forbes 9:04 AM
  • "How To Buy Bitcoin From iPhone Or Android Device The Easy Way" Redmond Pie 8:31 AM
  • "Here's How to Create an Apple ID For Your New Apple Device" The Mac Observer 4:19 PM
  • "Everything You Need to Know About iOS Carrier Settings Updates" iDrop News 12:39 PM
  • "Tips for using Portrait Mode with Christmas lights" iMore 11:23 AM
  • "Why is Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones? All Your Questions Answered" iPhone Hacks 7:23 PM
  • "Is Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones? Questions and Answers" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:15 AM
  • "The guitar meets the iPhone with Fusion" USA Today 9:15 PM
  • "Apple fails to produce documents in FTC lawsuit vs. Qualcomm, gets fined $25K per day" phoneArena 9:15 PM
  • "Apple's forced slowdown is the gift we didn't know we wanted" Seattle Times 7:58 PM
  • "iPhone X Boosting iPhone Upgrade, Android Switching Rates In China" Redmond Pie 7:29 PM
  • "Apple Loop: Apple Throttles Old iPhones, Surprising iPhone X Sales, iPhone Kill Switch Conspiracy" Forbes 6:41 PM
  • "WSJ declares iPhone X customer reception 'lukewarm'" Apple 3.0 6:06 PM
  • "The strange love-hate relationship between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs" Business Insider 4:26 PM
  • "What to do if you think Apple's slowing down your phone" CNNMoney 4:48 PM
  • "When you absolutely should not upgrade your iPhone" Mashable 11:23 AM
  • "The Real Problem With Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones"  Time 4:25 PM
  • "Why Apple Is Replacing the Battery on my iPhone SE" Kirkville 2:17 PM
  • "Planned Obsolescence: Apple Is Not The Only Culprit" Forbes 8:59 AM
  • "People are suing Apple over 'Batterygate' for the wrong reason" BGR 8:45 AM
  • "iPhone Batterygate: The environmental cost of the smartphone explosion/To be better citizens of our planet, we need to reconsider the current disposable smartphone designs."  ZDNet 8:39 AM
  • "Of Course Apple Is Getting Sued Over the Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco" Gizmodo 8:28 AM
  • "Apple battery throttling lawsuits ignite flame war. Fun!" Apple 3.0 8:22 AM
  • "At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision" Wired 6:51 PM
  • "Alcatel Idol 5 review: The Alcatel Idol 5 is on sale under $200. Does it rival the best budget phones?" Digital Trends 2:28 PM
  • "Data integrity could literally save the world from nuclear facility attacks" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "How technology can help you and your kids long as you let it" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "Behind the Fall and Rise of China's Xiaomi" Wired 8:49 AM
  • "The Razer Phone is a demo of tomorrow's display tech" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "This Galaxy X foldable smartphone concept seems smart, but it's never going to happen" BGR 8:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Filmic Pro 6.4 brings AirPods microphone support & new detailed audio meter" 9to5Mac 4:26 PM
  • "3 Fun iPhone Apps to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit" The Mac Observer 11:19 AM
  • "Bye bye, black bars: YouTube for iOS finally adapts to a video's natural format" iDownload Blog 10:37 AM
  • "FiLMiC Pro gains Bluetooth mic support, auto shutter options & expanded iPhone X features" iDownload Blog 9:49 AM
  • "This amusing iPhone X game turns your face into a controller" The Next Web 8:58 AM
  • "Civilization VI Launches for Free on iPad, But Costs $60 to Unlock: The game is free to play for 60 turns, after that it's $60 to unlock the full game." PC Magazine 8:37 AM
  • "Hulu drops prices for those who subscribed to the 'No Commercials' plan through iTunes" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "Wikipedia for iOS picks up black reading theme perfect for iPhone X display" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "'Ace Attorney Investigations 2' Has Released on the App Store and Google Play in Japan" Touch Arcade 8:25 AM
  • "Best phone mounts and holders for cars" PCWorld 8:17 AM
  • "Quitters Don't Play Street Kart" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "Elitenote - A New Note Taking App released for iPhone, iPad" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "Set Alarms to Ring Only if You're Still Asleep with Backup Alarm" prMac 8:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Cybersecurity researchers breach Windows 10 facial recognition with a photo" Mashable 12:23 PM
  • "5 Big Microsoft Predictions for 2018: The software giant could use repatriated offshore cash to finance a big acquisition next year, as well as take advantage of Office 365's pricing power." TheStreet 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Hardens Windows Cloud Instances With AI-Enabled Controls" eWeek 4:54 PM
  • "Microsoft Planner: A Trello rival benefits from Office 365 integration/Though smaller, standalone project management rivals have gained in popularity, Microsoft's ability to bundle Planner with other Office apps give it a big foot in the enterprise door." Computerworld 8:48 AM
  • "Insider Build 17063 shows Paint is gearing up to depart for the Microsoft Store" Digital Trends 2:17 PM
  • "How IBM is Training Its Workforce to Think Like Designers" Fortune 9:11 AM
  • "How IBM builds an effective data science team" VentureBeat 4:27 PM
  • "Missed opportunity bingo: IBM's wasted years and the $92bn cash splurge" The Register 8:57 AM
  • "Lenovo's Mirage Shows Both the Promise and Challenge of Consumer AR" Tech.pinions 9:57 AM
  • "Head in the cloud: How Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is reviving a Silicon Valley icon" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 4:25 PM
  • "Dell XPS 13 Hits The Shelves In India" ZMR Blog 9:34 AM
  • "The Biggest Loser: AMD Drops 3.2%" Barron's 4:25 PM
  • "AMD and Nvidia, Bitcoin Fears Maybe Overblown" Investopedia 4:26 PM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.2" AnandTech 9:25 AM
  • "2 Big Reasons to Avoid Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in 2018" InvestorPlace 9:43 AM
  • "Security concerns and a move to edge computing, 2018 predictions for the IoT" BetaNews 9:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 post fifth straight weekly gain ahead of Christmas holiday: Nike falls after results" MarketWatch 4:58 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower After Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law: Even with Friday's slump, the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished higher for the week." TheStreet 4:57 PM
  • "Wall Street slips heading into holiday" Reuters 4:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip in Quiet Trading: Stocks in Europe drop, weighed down by Spanish shares" [Paid Membership Required] 4:57 PM
  • "Asian markets advance ahead of holiday weekend: Indian stocks finish at record" MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "Spanish stocks slump after separatists win Catalonia election: French GDP upwardly revised" MarketWatch 8:50 AM

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