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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 Stock Tumbles on Reports of Low iPhone X Demand — Is It Legit? Some news outlets and analysts are citing lower demand for the iPhone X. Does the evidence really suggest it to be true?"  TheStreet 10:57 AM
  • "One Headline Doesn't Make Apple Inc. Stock Rotten: Golden AAPL or not, this morning's headline is scary but not to the point of panic. Profit from what others fear!" InvestorPlace 12:16 PM
  • "Wall Street Is Freaking Out Over Possibly Weak Apple iPhone X Sales: Another firm has come out saying that demand for Apple's $1,000 iPhone X has been weak. The news sent Apple supplier stocks down on Tuesday." TheStreet 10:56 AM
  • "Rosenblatt Securities disputes iPhone X order cut rumors, says no changes in Apple's plans" AppleInsider 12:00 PM
  • "Apple supposedly cut iPhone X production in response to lower demand" BGR 8:12 AM
  • "Is the iPhone X a disappointment? Investors think so"  CNNMoney 8:04 AM
  • "If Everyone in China Has a Smartphone, What Does Apple Do Now?"  24/7 Wall St. 8:07 AM
  • "Pro-Putin biz blog spreads Apple FUD: On the slowest news day of the year, Zero Hedge strikes again."  Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "Apple missed 'easy money' by failing to ship the HomePod" ["Shareholder Ross Gerber, CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management, said the delay was a huge failure for Apple. But he's still optimistic on the company's prospects overall."]  CNBC 6:20 PM
  • "Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones: Apple defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change." Reuters 8:04 PM
  • "A doomed-but-revolutionary operating system spearheaded by Steve Jobs will be free to download in 2018"  Business Insider 3:45 PM
  • "Watch out! macOS High Sierra could format your Time Machine drive using APFS, and that's not good" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Acorn: Excellent Alternative to Heavy-weight Graphics Editing Apps for the Mac" eXtensions 7:43 AM
  • "How to enable FileVault on macOS" iMore 8:07 AM
  • "Printing Envelopes With Your Mac" MacMost 9:54 AM
  • "How to select your startup disk and start from it in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "30 free macOS apps every Mac user should have: From useful utilities to handy archivers and transcoders, here are 30 free yet powerful macOS apps you can download today." [Slideshow] Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "These Are the Five Most Important Apple Software Products of 2017" The Mac Observer 5:46 PM
Press Releases
  • "iMac Pro includes a stormy new macOS desktop wallpaper, download it here for free" 9to5Mac 3:39 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Most People in the US Still Don't Use Wearables: Although interest in fitness trackers is diminishing, smartwatches are showing signs of growth." PC Magazine 4:55 PM
  • "Apple said to develop EKG heart monitor for future watch" Bloomberg 8:34 AM
  • "Amazon Alexa and Google Home top App Store charts on Christmas Day, implies smart speakers were popular holiday gifts" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "How a fan with an iPhone beat the country's top photographers to capture the Royals on Christmas Day"  Telegraph 8:32 AM
  • "Apple launches its Boxing Day iTunes sale with album deals in Canada" 9to5Mac 9:17 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs loses 'Man of the Year' award to the PC" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Cord-cutters are about to get cable's last big exclusive" BGR 8:53 PM
  • "FCC approves first wireless 'power-at-a-distance' charging system: The WattUp Mid Field transmitter refills batteries from 3 feet away." Engadget 7:14 PM
  • "'Gaming disorder' may get classified as a mental health condition — here's what that means" Business Insider 3:45 PM
  • "The traditional headphone jack may prevail on Samsung smartphones in 2018" Business Insider 12:16 PM
  • "Google eyeing brick and mortar stores in India to push Pixel: Report" ZDNet 9:13 AM
  • "OnePlus confirms it will bring 'Face Unlock' to the OnePlus 5, but not in first Oreo update" 9to5Google 9:13 AM
  • "Is The Backlash Against Facebook A Backlash Against Women?" Forbes 8:59 AM
  • "Net neutrality complaints rise amid FCC repeal" Axios 8:14 AM
  • "Amazon sells 'tens of millions' of Alexa devices worldwide in record holiday season" GeekWire 9:58 AM
  • "When Alexa Becomes Part of the Family: How people actually use their Amazon Echos after the novelty wears off." Slate 7:51 AM
  • "Best 100 iPhone Games Discussion - The TouchArcade Show #335" Touch Arcade 7:14 PM
  • "Boxing Day with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 689" The Mac Observer 5:08 PM
  • "iPhone Battery Tech, Top iPad Apps for 2017 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-26" The Mac Observer 3:29 PM
  • "044: Ferrite Recording Studio with Canis and Jason Snell/Who said you can't edit podcasts on iOS? Ferrite Recording Studio developer Canis and power user Jason discuss the app's origins, iOS limitations, workflows, tips and tricks, and what might be coming next." Vector 12:00 PM
  • "iPhone X Availability; U.S. In-Store 97% on Christmas Day"  Loup Ventures 8:33 AM
  • "A Christmas miracle: iPhone X now available at 97% of US Apple stores" AppleInsider 9:28 AM
  • "Analyst Says iPhone X Parity Expected by Mid-January" AppAdvice 9:28 AM
  • "Wild report says iPhone X price may drop come early 2018" BGR 8:12 AM
  • "MediaTek may land modem chip orders from Apple in 2018" DigiTimes 8:16 AM
  • "As Qualcomm dispute drags on, Apple said to tap MediaTek for additional 2018 iPhone modem capacity" AppleInsider 9:28 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 / 11.2 / 11.2.5 On iPhone And iPad [Status Update] Redmond Pie 10:09 AM
  • "LiberiOS jailbreak for iOS 11 officially released, includes support for the iPhone X" ModMy 7:59 AM
  • "LiberiOS Jailbreak Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch! [iOS 11.0 - 11.1.2] iClarified 8:01 AM
  • "Apple patent is for 'dynamic aggression management of cellular connectivity" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
  • "Remote Tech Support: Best ways to screen share on iOS, macOS, and more" 9to5Mac 4:17 PM
  • "AirDrop not working? Here's the fix!" iMore 3:45 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Pro available for in-store pickup today at certain Best Buy locations" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "Low End iMac Pro versus two Mac Pros and one iMac 5K" Bare Feats 6:09 PM
  • "iPhone X Leather Folio: Extended hands-on impressions [Video] 9to5Mac 7:14 PM
  • "Tylt Cord Noir Lightning cable review: Beautiful, sturdy, and uber-convenient premium cable" Macworld 12:16 PM
  • "Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase review: This no-frills speaker delivers" TechHive 7:56 AM
  • "How to Disable Automatic Software Updates on Your Apple TV" iClarified 12:38 PM
  • "How To Select The 'None' Payment Option In iOS" AddictiveTips 12:38 PM
  • "How to create an Apple ID for a family member" iMore 8:36 AM
  • "Fix LiberiOS iOS 11 Jailbreak Error 'FUD Something Went Awry' For Missing Offsets, Here's How" Redmond Pie 12:38 PM
  • "LiberiOS iOS 11 Jailbreak, Cydia And Substrate: Here's What You Need To Know" Redmond Pie 7:59 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11 / 11.1.2 Using LiberiOS, Here's How [Tutorial] Redmond Pie 7:38 AM
  • "How to backup and wipe your old iPhone or iPad before selling it or passing it on" AppleInsider 3:47 PM
  • "Adding Even More Life to Live Photos: Q. How long does the camera record when you take a Live Photo on the iPhone? Can you change the amount of time captured in the file or make a video out of one?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 3:39 PM
  • "iOS: There's a 3D Touch Apple Maps Trick for Weather" The Mac Observer 3:29 PM
  • "Quick Start and Set up with Device dramatically simplifies setting up new Apple devices" 9to5Mac 12:16 PM
  • "10 things to try with your new Google Home smart speaker" VentureBeat 9:06 AM
  • "Year In Review: Everything Apple released across 2017" 9to5Mac 7:52 PM
  • "This Galaxy S9 news could make Apple's bad day even worse" BGR 4:59 PM
  • "Buying a MacBook Pro from Apple's Refurbished Mac store was the best decision I've made for getting a new computer" Business Insider 4:17 PM
  • "Here's Why Apple Inc. Couldn't Redesign the iPhone 8" The Motley Fool 3:47 PM
  • "Alexa, Where Art Thou? Missing the Amazon Echo while on the road" ["Said out loud (or written down) such things may sound silly. Asking Alexa to play some jazz music, for example. I mean, I have my iPhone (and iPad) with me as well, so I could just pull up some jazz music on those. But I've grown accustomed to saying the magic words 'Alexa, play some jazz...' and it just working. There's no device to turn on. No app to open. No list to scroll through. The difference is subtle, yet increasingly profound."]  500ish Words 3:46 PM
  • "Why Apple's Siri needs to become an 'ambient' ecosystem to compete against Amazon & Google"  AppleInsider 3:45 PM
  • "Cult of Mac's 2018 Apple wish list" Cult of Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Apple: All You Wanted To Know On The iPhone Throttling Scandal" Seeking Alpha 11:59 AM
  • "Wait, Is the iPhone X Expensive?" Gizmodo 11:06 AM
  • "Apple Design on the Decline (Premium)"  Thurrott 11:05 AM
  • "Overplaying a hand: Mac vs. PC arguments"  Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "Forget conspiracies: Why Apple's reason for slowing your iPhone is hostile" ["Most commentary on this story presents a false dilemma: Either [a] view this as confirmation of 'planned obsolescence,' the conspiracy theory that Apple intentionally slows down old hardware to encourage sales of new phone, or [b] believe Apple, that they slow down iPhones to benevolently extend the life of older devices. Option [a] suggests Apple acted against the consumer, option [b] suggests Apple made the best decision for the consumer."]  Medium: Mark Ryan Sallee 8:04 AM
  • "The 12.9-inch iPad Pro/iOS 11 combo has replaced my 12-inch MacBook" Apple World Today 7:44 AM
  • "The 'How Do You Screw That Up' Award goes to Electronic Arts" VentureBeat 5:03 PM
  • "Gaming PC Names Are Truly Embarrassing" Kotaku 3:45 PM
  • "Playing games on the Nintendo Switch is so nice, you'll buy your games twice" Digital Trends 10:09 AM
  • "Amazon's Lump of Coal for Music Uploaders (and Ways Around It)" PC Magazine 9:28 AM
  • "Face Off Part 3 – Echo vs. Google Home vs. Cortana" Loup Ventures 8:33 AM
  • "Look what Santa scent me! Hilarious video shows thrilled New Mexico woman opening her iPhone X and thinking it is perfume" Daily Mail (UK) 8:17 AM
  • "Comic: The Great iPhone Slowdown" iMore 8:07 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "We Teamed up With MacRumors for Our Top Ten Games of 2017" Touch Arcade 3:47 PM
  • "My Favorite iOS Games of 2017" MacStories 8:12 AM
  • "Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Steve Gadd Loops - App with Drum Loops and Fills by the One And Only" prMac 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft and Amazon employees involved in sex trafficking scandal" Neowin 7:39 AM
  • "Amazon, Microsoft staff busted buying sex workers trapped in trafficking industry" RT 8:34 AM
  • "Workers from Microsoft and Amazon caught buying sex services from trafficked women" TechSpot 9:47 AM
  • "Cloud computing and AI were most used for banking and financial services in 2017: Microsoft" Tech 2 10:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop, Pro, and Book 2 land on iFixit's Worst Devices of 2017 list" OnMSFT 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft explains why a foldable phone makes sense" Windows Latest 8:34 AM
  • "Will Windows phone fans finally get the device of their dreams?" Windows Central 1:42 PM
  • "Hp Envy x2 Windows on ARM laptop pass through the FCC" MSPoweruser 1:42 PM
  • "Intel: Things'll Be Better in 2018, Says Mizuho" Barron's 9:18 AM
  • ": Mizuho says Intel positioned well for 2018" Seeking Alpha 11:11 AM
  • "Intel loses semi lead for first time in 25 years" Seeking Alpha 8:43 AM
  • "Motherboards: Top 5 Intel Z370 Motherboards" TechSpot 8:55 AM
  • "Dell Technologies (DVMT) Given Daily News Impact Score of 0.15" The Ledger Gazette 8:05 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT) : Investors need to focus on Analysts Rating" Wall Street Morning 8:06 AM
  • "Gaps in software slowing down security professionals" ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Lack of cyber security professionals behind recent hacker attacks" Neowin 11:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Sour Apple Didn't Take a Bite Out of the Broader Market" RealMoney 5:06 PM
  • "Why Is Apple Stock Slumping Today?" Zacks 12:00 PM
  • "Here's why investors may have to worry about Apple shares in 2018"  MarketWatch 8:35 AM
  • "AAPL drops as analysts predict reduced iPhone X demand next quarter" 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "Apple suppliers drop on report of weak iPhone X demand; analysts' views mixed" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Reports of Apple slashing iPhone X forecast send shares in suppliers tumbling" iDownload Blog 9:12 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends lower as slide in Apple offsets gains in retail, energy stocks: Retailers book a postholiday boost on upbeat sales reports" MarketWatch 3:35 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Tech Stocks lead indexes mostly lower" Associated Press 3:34 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Lower: Retail sector ticks higher on holiday sales data while Apple and some of its suppliers decline" [Paid Membership Required] 3:34 PM
  • "China stocks rise, while tech losses weigh on Taiwan, South Korea" MarketWatch 8:26 AM
  • "Spanish stocks end lower separatists win Catalonia election: European stocks weaker ahead of long Christmas weekend" MarketWatch 3:33 PM

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