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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?

  • "A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance: We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There's been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we're making."  Apple 6:11 PM
  • "Apple apologizes after outcry over slowed iPhones" Reuters 6:17 PM
  • "Apple Apologizes for iPhone Speed Cuts to Prevent Crashing" Bloomberg 6:14 PM
  • "Apple Apologizes for iPhone Batteries and Performance" [Video] Bloomberg 6:14 PM
  • "Apple Apologizes for Handling of iPhone Battery Issue: Company to reduce price of some iPhone battery replacements to $29 from $79" [Paid Membership Required] 6:15 PM
  • "Apple apologises for slower iPhones after update" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:13 PM
  • "Apple apologizes for not telling customers iPhones with older batteries would slow over time" TechCrunch 6:45 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple and Amazon in talks to set up in Saudi Arabia - sources: Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look."  Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Apple execs face jail in France after lawsuit over slowing down iPhones: A French activist group has launched a criminal lawsuit against Apple over its policy of slowing down older iPhones in a case that could see the tech giant 's executives jailed and cost it five percent of its income if convicted of the crime of 'planned obsolescence'."  The Local (France) 12:56 PM
  • "Apple, Epson face French legal complaints over allegedly shortening life of products"  Reuters 11:46 AM
  • "Korea seeks explanation from Apple for unfair practices"  The Investor 8:36 AM
  • "Tim Cook gets a pay raise amid better iPhone profits: Apple's CEO saw a 46 percent increase in total income and was told to fly private for security reasons."  CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook now takes private planes only" CNNMoney 10:48 AM
  • "Tim Cook will take home $102 million this year" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Apple to release source code for pre-Mac computer Lisa" BBC 7:52 AM
  • "Computer History Museum will host Apple Lisa source code following review" AppleInsider 8:36 AM
  • "Apple Just Added an Important Security Feature to Control iMac Pro Boot Drives: Startup Security Utility" The Mac Observer 6:12 PM
  • "Photolemur: Photo Enhancement App for the Mac -Instant Improvements, with Limits" eXtensions 7:40 AM
  • "What to look out for when moving cloud-based files that are stored locally on your Mac" Macworld 8:42 AM
  • "How To Delete Safari Bookmarks" MacMost 10:40 AM
  • "Pro Terminal Commands: Changing How Sudo Works" Apple Gazette 9:19 AM
Press Releases
  • "iThoughts 5 Brings Encrypted Maps" Macdrifter 12:55 PM
  • "Cocktail 10.6 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 10:36 AM
  • "MoneyWiz 2.7.1" TidBITS 8:11 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "With lineup widening, Apple depends less on iPhone X"  Reuters 6:43 PM
  • "Report: Broader iPhone lineup creates more stability for AAPL" 9to5Mac 6:46 PM
  • "Design flaw in Apple flagship store" ["Maybe next time Apple will consider the actual community where their stores are built. Y'know, basic things like in Chicago, the weather gets cold. It snows. The snow falls off the roof. Don't design a slopping roof where the snow can't be caught or guttered off somewhere."]  Spudart 6:46 PM
  • "Apple's flagship Chicago retail store wasn't designed to handle snow" The Verge 6:49 PM
  • "Apple's MacBook Air-like store roof wasn't designed to handle Chicago" 9to5Mac 6:48 PM
  • "Another Exciting Chapter: Over the past few years at Apple Retail, we've been working to amplify our positive impact, and these last twelve months have been especially rewarding as our full vision has now come together."  LinkedIn: Angela Ahrendts 11:47 AM
  • "'The most important Apple executive you've never heard of' is now also Apple's 2nd-best paid"  Business Insider 8:28 AM
  • "Apple's support for wireless charging and AR are the latest signs of 'ubiquitous computing'"  The Next Web 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Scores Most Smartphone Activations In 2017 Holiday Season" Redmond Pie 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone and iPad lead holiday device activations" Business Insider 10:53 AM
  • "Flurry: iPhone share of holiday activations steady at 44%" Apple 3.0 8:14 AM
  • "China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S. Companies to Stay" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:56 PM
  • "China announces new tax exemption, encourages companies like Apple to continue investment" 9to5Mac 12:56 PM
  • "Hoping to capitalize on Apple battery controversy, HTC and Motorola volunteer that they don't slow down old phones" AppleInsider 2:08 PM
  • "Apple in 2017: A year of epic proportions" Cult of Mac 12:55 PM
  • "Year in review 2017: Apple's triumphant, terrible year/Apple had one of its best years ever in 2017. And one of its worst." Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "The Verge 2017 tech report card: Apple" The Verge 8:21 AM
  • "Year in Review: Everything Apple Introduced in 2017" MacRumors 10:07 AM
  • "'Steve Jobs' is an Italian company — and Apple can't do anything about it"  The Verge 8:44 AM
  • "Italian Clothing Company Wins the Right to Use Steve Jobs' Name" MacRumors 9:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "7 Big Google Predictions for 2018" RealMoney 9:25 PM
  • "YouTube on Fire TV? Things just got trickier: At the moment, Fire TV users looking to watch something on YouTube will have to detour to a web browser." CNET 2:09 PM
  • "Uh-oh! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might have its own battery problems" Mashable 10:07 AM
  • "Leaked Image Suggests Galaxy S9 Retains Headphone Jack" PC Magazine 8:30 AM
  • "Gaming addiction set to be recognised as a mental health disorder" Telegraph 8:13 AM
  • "The 2017 cord-cutter awards: Streaming and OTA TV options flourished this year amid cable TV's decline." TechHive 8:12 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 153 | A look back at Apple's 2017 and predicting 2018 announcements" 9to5Mac 6:45 PM
  • "Top Apple Hardware Announcements for 2017 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-28" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "Apple to Offer $29 iPhone Battery Replacements, More Battery Health Info in iOS" MacRumors 6:45 PM
  • "Apple temporarily drops price of iPhone battery replacement, promises iOS update to address battery health in new apology" 9to5Mac 6:45 PM
  • "After iPhone slow-downs, Apple offers battery replacements - but it'll cost you: Apple will discount out of warranty iPhone battery replacements to $29 for one year to make up for battery confusion." ZDNet 6:38 PM
  • "How Apple can get beyond Batterygate" USA Today 8:29 AM
  • "iPhone X too expensive for you? A rumored price cut may change that" Digital Trends 8:29 AM
  • "Rumor: iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus Prices Might Be Reduced In Early 2018" Redmond Pie 8:23 AM
  • "iMac Pro Base Model Teardown Reveals 2x SSD RAID Configuration and Four 8GB DIMM Modules" MacRumors 8:36 AM
  • "Teardown of Apple's iMac Pro shows RAM upgrades possible - with extreme difficulty" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
  • "LG Display might try to steal some of Apple's iPhone X business from Samsung" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "Apple patent involves current, and future, versions of the HomePod" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at Amazon Prime-Like food delivery service" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "Apple KnowledgeBase: 'iPhone Battery and Performance'" Daring Fireball 6:46 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "Living with an iPhone X: Does the latest iPhone live up to the enormous hype? Despite some misses, it's the most exciting phone in years." PC Magazine 2:08 PM
  • "iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac, speakers and FaceTime cameras compared" AppleInsider 11:48 AM
  • "Hands-on: Bento Stack is a great organization tool for Apple accessories" 9to5Mac 8:26 PM
  • "Ventev Chargesync Alloy Lightning cable review: This cable can survive a dog attack" Macworld 8:42 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Duplicate URLs and the Workflow Content Graph" Macdrifter 8:42 AM
  • "iOS Mail filters quickly tame overflowing mailboxes" Cult of Mac 2:08 PM
  • "How to Disable Bad Language in Siri on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 12:56 PM
  • "OWC Tears Down the 2017 iMac Pro, Announces Future Memory Upgrade Programs" Rocket Yard 8:11 AM
  • "How to Speed Up Your Amazon Fire TV Stick" AddictiveTips 10:48 AM
  • "How to rearrange, force quit, and delete apps on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How to Fix 'provision.cpp:168' Errors While Using Cydia Impactor for iOS 11 Jailbreak" iPhone Hacks 7:39 AM
  • "7 signs Apple may be slowing your old iPhone: When should you seek out Apple's new $29 battery replacement? Here are some pretty good indicators." CNET 6:13 PM
  • "Does your old iPhone feel slow? Here's what to do before you sue Apple" BGR 10:45 AM
  • "Apple Sorry for iPhone Slowdowns, Offers Battery Discounts" PC Magazine 9:24 PM
  • "What Apple's Secret iPhone Slowdown Teaches Us About Our Digital Rights" Forbes 7:37 PM
  • "Apple apologizes for slowing down iPhones, but we should actually be thanking them for doing it!" BetaNews 7:09 PM
  • "Apple apologizes, but continues to fight against Right to Repair" iFixit 6:50 PM
  • "Apple's response to its iPhone slowdown controversy is good — and a lesson to be more proactive about communicating" Recode 6:50 PM
  • "Apple Responds to Controversy on iPhone Batteries and Performance"  Daring Fireball 6:45 PM
  • "Batterygate: Apple betrayed its customers and now it faces a world of hurt/It takes decades to build up fierce customer loyalty and just one mistake to completely dismantle it."  ZDNet 6:38 PM
  • "Apple execs could face jail in France for slowing down older iPhones" BGR 12:56 PM
  • "Dear World: Apple Slowing Down iPhones with Degraded Batteries Is NOT Planned Obsolescence" The Mac Observer 6:12 PM
  • "Apple: iPhone Throttling Is Not Planned Obsolescence" Seeking Alpha 12:56 PM
  • "Biggest problems facing Apple in 2018" iMore 11:46 AM
  • "Alexa Everywhere: And what that might mean for Apple's HomePod"  500ish Words 10:48 AM
  • "Opinion: My end-of-year report card for Apple's 2017 performance" 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "Looking into the Presence of Amazon Prime on Apple TV" Market Realist 8:43 AM
  • "Why Amazon Agreed to Sell Google Chromecast and Apple TV Again" Market Realist 8:43 AM
  • "What the Mac needs in 2018: A modular Mac Pro, a Mac mini revival, and more."  Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "Apple is being slandered for what chemistry cannot fix" The Loop 8:30 AM
  • "The iPhone 'forces' Tim Cook to fly private" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "Why I'll stick with my cheap Android over the iPhone X"  The Next Web 8:29 AM
  • "The Current Status of iOS 11 Jailbreak" iPhone Hacks 7:39 AM
  • "How the Xbox One X almost lured me away from PC gaming: I'm running out of reasons to cling to my PC."  PCWorld 8:47 AM
  • "New Technology We're Actually Excited About for 2018" Gizmodo 8:19 AM
  • "Bitcoin Market Cap Passed $300 Billion, Yet They Still Don't See It Coming" Seeking Alpha 7:49 AM
  • "Bitcoin 101: Everything You Need To Know (Part 2)" Seeking Alpha 7:49 AM
  • "All I Want For Christmas Is Bitcoin - Who Is In Control Of Our Digital Future?" Forbes 7:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Crush Escape - a Great Geometry Escape Game Now Available" prMac 6:48 PM
  • "Best Wireless Chargers for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus" MacRumors 6:45 PM
  • "iOS gaming: A year in review/The good, the bad, and the superb! Let's take a look back at all the iOS games we reviewed in 2017." iMore 11:47 AM
  • "CardFree is making it easier for merchants to accept mobile payments" Business Insider 10:52 AM
  • "QiLin Jailbreak Toolkit Released" iClarified 8:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft in 2017: Windows 10, company layoffs are the big stories" ZDNet 12:05 PM
  • "Microsoft Rings Death Knell For Computer Passwords With Windows Hello As The Secure Solution" HotHardware 11:45 AM
  • "Microsoft: It's time to kill the password" Neowin 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft asserts that 'It's time to kill the password'" Hexus 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft says it's time to kill the traditional passwords system" Windows Latest 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft asserts that 'It's time to kill the password'" Hexus 10:05 AM
  • "Microsoft Accused of Copying Xbox One PUBG Ad Concept" PC Magazine 6:43 PM
  • "The company that cares: How Microsoft helped make the world a better place in 2017" OnMSFT 10:05 AM
  • "Another Microsoft patent points to a dual-screen 'Surface Phone,' this one deals with haptics" OnMSFT 10:05 AM
  • "Amazon and Microsoft Employees Caught Buying Sex Workers Through Their Work E-Mails" The Christian Post 8:37 AM
  • "Intel are going to have to be brave to beat AMD in 2018" PC Games N 8:34 AM
  • "Intel Core i5-8600K Review" bit-tech 8:35 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Heiress Alexa Dell's Giant Engagement Ring Can Be Seen from Outer Space" People 10:33 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple's Tim Cook Saw a Nice Spike in His Bonus" [Video] Bloomberg 6:14 PM
  • "Analyst is 'cautious' on Apple iPhone sales due to mixed China data" CNBC 8:43 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow sets fresh record as rise in bank, energy stocks propel market: Jobless claims are little changed for the week at 245,000" MarketWatch 6:17 PM
  • "US stocks close higher in light trading; New high for Dow" Associated Press 6:16 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Up Ahead of Year's Final Trading Day: Shares of financial firms among strongest performers" [Paid Membership Required] 6:16 PM
  • "Tech stocks lead recovery in Asian markets" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks set for a winning 2017, but euro's rise was a challenge" MarketWatch 8:48 AM

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