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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 Inc.: Notice of 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement" SEC 9:01 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook Gets 74% Bonus Boost After Sales, Profit Rebound"  Bloomberg 9:02 PM
  • "Tim Cook now required to fly private as AAPL's 2017 performance nets him $102M payout" 9to5Mac 9:02 PM
  • "Apple Is Leading the Charge to Offline AI: While others have aggregated data in the cloud to make use of AI, Apple has taken a different approach, which puts the company at the leading edge of offline AI."  The Motley Fool 8:04 AM
  • "Longtime Apple Analyst: Don't Worry, iPhone X Demand Is Just Fine/Gene Munster of Loup Ventures says that concerns about weak consumer interest in Apple's latest flagship iPhone, the tenth-anniversary X, are overblown for a few key reasons."  TheStreet 11:57 AM
  • "Apple finally got its tax break to bring billions home. Your move Apple..."  CNNMoney 7:51 AM
  • "Apple faces a slew of lawsuits over slowed-down iPhones" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:28 PM
  • "Another lawsuit filed against Apple for slowing down old iPhones: Class action complaint says that instead of Apple telling users to replace batteries to boost performance, they wanted them to upgrade their phones" New York Post 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Now Facing 8 Lawsuits Over iPhone Battery Slowdown Fix" The Mac Observer 9:02 AM
  • "Apple Is Being Slandered For What Chemistry Cannot Fix" ["...this is not an Apple design flaw, as some authors have stated. But rather, it is an issue of the battery developments not keeping up with Moore's law of advancement in hardware and software."]  Seeking Alpha 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's Legendary Lisa Operating System Is Coming to Your Desktop for Free" Gizmodo 3:51 PM
  • "Source code for Apple's legendary Lisa operating system to be released for free in 2018" 9to5Mac 9:05 PM
  • "Can't update macOS High Sierra because it has legacy FileVault users? Here's the fix! If you're having problems updating macOS High Sierra because of 'legacy FileVault users,' the problem might actually be Sonos." iMore 12:05 PM
  • "What to do when a scam site takes over your Safari homepage"  Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Disable tailspind and spindump to speed up your Mac" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
  • "What is FileVault and is it right for you? Are you interested in encrypting your data? We explain Apple's FIleVault!" iMore 1:28 PM
  • "Developer makes his face invisible with an iPhone X" BGR 9:14 PM
  • "Apple app staple PCalc celebrates 25 years since scientific calculator debuted on Mac System 7" AppleInsider 2:02 PM
  • "Apple wants to unify iPad, iPhone, and Mac apps – but will it work?"  iMore 11:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Photolemur 2.2 Spectre + Mac" iLounge 12:08 PM
  • "Best professional-level apps for iMac Pro users in 2017" iMore 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google's Newest Pixel Devices Outperform the iPhone X During Christmas Weekend"  Localytics 9:13 AM
  • "Apple devices again saw the most activations during the holidays" TechCrunch 9:12 AM
  • "A Christmas miracle: Google Pixel 2 activations surpassed iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8" BGR 10:00 AM
  • "Apple Wins 2017 Smartphone Holiday Season" Flurry 11:52 AM
  • "Flurry: Apple led holiday device activations, but Samsung gained ground" VentureBeat 11:52 AM
  • "Apple dominated the competition with new device activations leading up to Christmas" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Inside Huawei's Plans to Challenge Apple in the U.S."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:41 AM
  • "2017 Is the Year the Home Button Died. Soon, You Won't Miss It"  Wired 8:05 AM
  • "Freed From the iPhone, the Apple Watch Finds a Medical Purpose" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:06 AM
  • "Report: Noninvasive Apple Watch Glucose Meter Still 'Years' Away" AppAdvice 11:30 AM
  • "Apple Watch noninvasive glucose monitoring said to be years off" 9to5Mac 1:28 PM
  • "CIRP: iPhone X in Nov. accounted for 30% of total US iPhone sales" Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone X Owners Find They Can't Approve Family Purchases Using Face ID News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 7:57 AM
  • "Face ID can't approve family purchases, likely due to higher risk of false match" 9to5Mac 8:27 AM
  • "This developer made his face invisible with the help of an iPhone X: A terrifying novelty"  The Verge 7:51 AM
  • "The 6 most important phones of 2017: From wallet-busters to wallet-friendly." CNET 8:33 AM
  • "Early indicators of Amazon Echo and Google Home holiday sales highlight cost of Apple's HomePod delay"  VentureBeat 9:10 AM
  • "Amazon's Alexa app hits the top of the App Store for the first time" TechCrunch 8:26 AM
  • "Kanye West gifted his wife Apple stock for Christmas" Cult of Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Second-gen Apple TV hits 1 million sales" Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Report: Snapchat will push content outside its own app" Axios 3:51 PM
  • "Some Sonos and Bose speakers are being remotely hijacked: This exploit only affects a fraction of connected devices." Engadget 11:57 AM
  • "True wireless charging is about to become a thing" Mashable 9:46 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency mining virus spreads across Facebook Messenger" Telegraph 9:11 AM
  • "Library of Congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer character limits" TechCrunch 8:27 AM
  • "HTC to limit number of new smartphones for 2018" DigiTimes 8:14 AM
  • "Obama urges 'leaders' not to split society with online biases" Reuters 8:09 AM
  • "Teens Aren't Partying Anymore. They're on Social Media." Wired 8:05 AM
  • "Energous gets FCC approval for first distance charging system ahead of CES demo" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Google says its AI-powered speech synthesis system almost indistinguishable from human speech" 9to5Google 7:57 AM
  • "Britain is having trouble recruiting new spies because Facebook and Google pay 'five times more'" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017" Gizmodo 7:50 AM
  • "The 6-inch OnePlus 5T costs $500 and you can unlock it with your face" Digital Trends 7:48 AM
  • "#221: I'm Calling HR/Our favorite (or most challenging) tech support jobs of the holidays or year, the tech items we wish we'd gotten as gifts, the biggest tech blunders of 2017, and our wishlists for tech for 2018." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:02 PM
  • "Favorite ARKit Apps for 2017 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-27" The Mac Observer 1:10 PM
  • "Handset all-screen panel shipments to reach 230 million units in 2017" ["Samsung Display's shipments of all-screen displays in 2017 are expected to reach 137 million units, thanks to orders mainly from Samsung Electronics and Apple."] DigiTimes 8:14 AM
  • "Apple is searching for new modem chip suppliers to replace Qualcomm" Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
  • "A new Apple patent hints that its self-driving cars might minimize map usage" Business Insider 11:29 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak Meridian For 64-Bit Devices Demoed, Coming Soon" Redmond Pie 9:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM

  • "Apple iPhone X Review: Apple's iPhone X is chock-full of new technologies and features, and it has a modern, elegant design that I feel will stand the test of time. But it is also more expensive than any other mainstream smartphone. And it has a few bad design choices that may limit its appeal." Thurrott 1:28 PM
  • "First look: Benchmarks put Apple's entry-level $4999 iMac Pro to the test" AppleInsider 3:51 PM
  • "Video: Unboxing Apple's new iMac Pro" AppleInsider 3:52 PM
  • "iMac Pro Geekbench scores begin to surface for the iMac Pro/Just a little under two weeks since Apple began selling its new iMac Pro, users have started posting Geekbench scores. Spoiler alert: it's a powerful machine!" iMore 9:09 PM
  • "Give your Apple Watch a classy, vintage look with Speidel's Twist-O-Flex band" Apple World Today 7:58 AM
  • "Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: A solid mid-range GPS sports watch with wireless payment support/The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the third version of the Vivoactive with a form factor now matching other Garmin GPS sports watches. It accurately and reliably captures workout data for a number of sports and is an excellent option at $300." ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Tech Armor Lightning cable review: Covered by a lifetime warranty/The Tech Armor cable is simple, like Apple's or Amazon's cable, but with premium upgrades that will help it last longer." Macworld 8:26 AM
  • "Aura review: This home monitoring system is more trouble than it's worth" TechHive 8:26 AM
  • "First look: Diminutive Dride Zero dash cam aims at Apple-esque setup and use" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Cinco Paus' Review - A Rosa By Any Other Name" Touch Arcade 11:30 AM
  • "How to Change the Default Notes Account in iOS" OS X Daily 3:52 PM
  • "Need help with your new device? Here's how to use the Apple Support app" iMore 2:02 PM
  • "Installing Fonts On Your iPhone or iPad" MacMost 9:57 AM
  • "How to sell or trade in your old iPhone: You can get cash for your iPhone from buyback sites, trade it in to your wireless carrier for a credit on future bills, or even swap it for a gift card to Target, Best Buy, Amazon, or Walmart." Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "How to Change the Language, Gender, or Accent of Siri on Your iOS 11 Device (Video)" MacTrast 7:52 AM
  • "How to recycle those unwanted gadgets - Video" CNET 7:47 AM
  • "About The New York Times Saying Apple Noninvasive Glucose Monitoring Is 'Years Off" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "Apple has lost the smart speaker war before it even began" BGR 1:28 PM
  • "A World of Deal Making, Gleaned With an iPhone X" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:29 AM
  • "2017 in Review: TNW's favorite iOS Apps Launched this Year" The Next Web 11:26 AM
  • "Going digital: How to turn your music, movie, and book atoms into bits!" iMore 9:12 AM
  • "The iPhone Stockholm Syndrome"  Kirkville 8:29 AM
  • "Analyst failed to stop Apple Boxing Day bloodletting" Apple 3.0 8:28 AM
  • "iOS 11 X and iOS 11 Classic" MacStories 8:00 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (37) -Security Fallout and Merging Platforms" eXtensions 7:40 AM
  • "Here's how technology is shaping the future of education" Business Insider 1:35 PM
  • "Data-hungry Bitcoin processing could be stealing your PC power .Now there's a blocker" ZDNet 1:32 PM
  • "Huawei's $200 Honor 7X is the future of the smartphone industry" ZDNet 1:32 PM
  • "Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read" Mashable 11:52 AM
  • "Pixel 2: The year's best smartphone/I checked them all out and then paid cash money for Google Pixel 2's smartphone." Computerworld 11:51 AM
  • "With autonomous vehicles it's not about the journey, it's about the destination" TechCrunch 8:34 AM
  • "How Blockchain Technology is Redefining Trust" Wired 8:06 AM
  • "10 video games we can't wait to get our hands on in 2018" Mashable 7:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "AppSync Unified iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak Update Has Been Released" Redmond Pie 5:01 PM
  • "Rob's 10 Best Games of 2017 - A Purrfect Year for Mobile Gaming" Touch Arcade 3:57 PM
  • "Meditation apps gain traction among iPhone users" CNBC Videos 2:02 PM
  • "Our Favorite Gear and Accessories of 2017" MacStories 11:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "HoloTouch Claims Microsoft Willfully Infringing Holographic, Human-Machine Interface Patents" IPWatchdog 10:14 AM
  • "Redditor claims that Microsoft copied his PUBG advertising concept" MSPoweruser 10:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Stole a PUBG Ad Concept From a Reddit User" GameRevolution 10:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro With LTE Now Available To Purchase Online" HotHardware 5:00 PM
  • "Anyone can buy the Surface Pro with LTE on the Microsoft Store: Consumers can pick up the business model, which starts at $1,150." Engadget 5:01 PM
  • "2018 Could Be A Great Year For Microsoft's Xbox One X" Forbes 10:14 AM
  • "What It's Like To Compete With Microsoft" Forbes 9:14 AM
  • "Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Award: Emphasizes, But Does Not Require, Deference to Deal Price in Appropriate Circumstances" Lexology 10:08 AM
  • "BC woman sues HP after notebook computer catches fire" ThinkPol 10:06 AM
  • "Intel's Big 'Shift' in 2018: Another Big Disruption? Asks Rosenblatt" Barron's 9:46 AM
  • "Intel outlines changes in the architecture for upcoming Gemini Lake chips" Liliputing 10:09 AM
  • "Intel Is Having a Go at NVIDIA in Driverless Cars. Will It Work?" The Motley Fool 8:31 AM
  • "Intel debuts its initial FPGA integrated with high bandwidth memory built for acceleration" Computer Technology Review 10:09 AM
  • "3 Things to Watch with Intel Corporation Stock in 2018" InvestorPlace 8:31 AM
  • "AMD in 2017: Ryzen hits a blackjack while Vega goes bust" TechRadar UK 10:05 AM
  • "AMD 400 Series chipset appears in PCI-SIG listing" Hexus 10:04 AM
  • "How the smartest company in the world thinks about investing in startups: Nvidia is one of the best-performing companies of 2017, and it has a somewhat unique approach to investing." Business Insider 9:56 AM
  • "Quantum computing: Modular system announced/A modular type of quantum computer, which it is hoped will unlock the potential of this type of computing, is being developed by researchers at the University of Sussex." BBC 8:11 AM
  • "Lenovo's stand-alone Daydream VR headset finally appears on FCC site, with a name" Digital Trends 3:51 PM
  • "Why Oracle Is Plowing $1.2 Billion Into This Australian Cloud Company" The Motley Fool 11:26 AM
  • "Oracle: A Classic Case Of Cannibalization" Seeking Alpha 8:33 AM
  • "The year in crowdfunded PCs: Who succeeded? Who failed?" ZDNet 9:25 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple pullback aside, the chart is still very much intact" CNBC 11:57 AM
  • "Apple smartphone profit share fell in third quarter, analysts say" MarketWatch 9:10 AM
  • "Apple's Stock Tries to Fight Back After Wall Street Attack on iPhone X: Apple shares look set to recover from their steepest loss in six months, but questions linked to iPhone X demand continue to linger over the world's biggest tech company." TheStreet 8:24 AM
  • "Apple lawsuits bite: Tech Stocks hit by iphone X woes" Reuters Videos 8:00 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes with slight gains as energy retreat limits rise: Tesla falls after analyst cuts delivery forecasts" MarketWatch 3:54 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher After Late Rally: A late rally pushed all three indices into the green for the day." TheStreet 3:54 PM
  • "Wall Street edges up as tech snaps skid" Reuters 3:50 PM
  • "US stock indexes mostly lower in afternoon trading; oil dips" Associated Press 3:54 PM
  • "Stocks Edge Up, Led by Real Estate, Utilities: Real-estate and utility shares advance as government bond yields fall for a second consecutive day" [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Struggling shipbuilders drag down South Korea's Kospi: Australia hits another 10-year high, Taiwan stocks recover from Tuesday selloff" MarketWatch 8:38 AM
  • "European stocks seesaw as traders return from Christmas break: U.K.'s FTSE 100 on track for record" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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