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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?

  • "Apples Issues Updated Statement On Battery Ageing" ["The statement doesn't address any new information as to cause of the issue and confirms my initial technical explanation of the battery impedance causing the battery to no longer be able to supply a stable voltage supply during transient loads."]  AnandTech 7:52 AM
  • "Apple cuts cost of iPhone battery as it apologises over performance: Company last week admitted it slows down some handsets to protect ageing batteries" Irish Times 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Says It Never Meant to Slow Down Old iPhones" [Video Report] Bloomberg 12:15 PM
  • "Australian lawyers to launch Apple class action over slow iPhones: iPhone owners could cash in on a portion of over $1 billion in what lawyers are touting as Australia's largest-ever class action, after tech giant Apple admitted to slowing down some phones." The New Daily (AU) 7:35 AM
  • "Apple faces lawsuits in South Korea for slowing down iPhones" The Straits Times [Free Registration Required] 8:29 AM
  • "Apple faces at least 12 different class-action lawsuits over iPhone slowdowns" BGR 6:11 PM
  • "Apple's best-paid female employee earns nearly twice as much as CEO Tim Cook" Business Insider 7:16 AM
  • "Chrome Extension Hacked to Secretly Mine Cryptocurrency: The Archive Poster Chrome extension has, for weeks now, been secretly mining the cryptocurrency Monero via users' computers." PC Magazine 3:07 PM
  • "How to run Windows 10 on your Mac using Parallels Desktop 13" iMore 12:07 PM
  • "How to save your iPhone photos directly to an external hard drive on Mac" iMore 3:06 PM
  • "How to Add iCloud Drive to Dock on Mac" OS X Daily 12:06 PM
  • "Working With Files in Keyboard Maestro: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 7:49 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Uninstalling Apps On Your Mac" MacMost 10:50 AM
  • "How to watch Netflix in 4K on Mac (Hint: It's not through Safari)" iMore 7:11 AM
Press Releases
  • "ScreenFlow 7.2" TidBITS 7:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone maintains reign as top tech best-selling product in 2017" USA Today 7:34 AM
  • "Sorry Samsung, the iPhone was the most popular tech product of 2017 – and it wasn't even close" BGR 12:28 PM
  • "Android will keep dominating iOS (despite iPhone X) and 6 other tech predictions for 2018" The Next Web 8:15 AM
  • "What to Expect From Apple in 2018: Three New iPhones and iPad Pro With Face ID, HomePod, Refreshed Macs, and More" MacRumors 3:09 PM
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift" AppleInsider 3:08 PM
  • "From the iPhone X to iOS 11, Apple couldn't keep anything from leaking in 2017" BGR 3:12 PM
  • "High School Student Tyler Barney Was The One Who Discovered Apple's Slowdown Technique" LADbible 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Loses 'Steve Jobs' Branding Legal Battle" PC Magazine 7:40 AM
  • "Italian company 'Steve Jobs' wins trademark battle against Apple" USA Today 7:39 AM
  • "Italian brothers behind 'Steve Jobs' company win trademark dispute against Apple" Telegraph 7:35 AM
  • "Apple Store in Chicago has a big winter design flaw" Mashable 10:53 AM
  • "Apple Takes Heat for Chicago Store's Falling Ice Problem" The Mac Observer 10:50 AM
  • "Apple's Retail Flagship's Winter Weather Woes" PYMNTS 10:53 AM
  • "Ukraine may soon have world's largest Apple museum, thanks to MacPaw founder's obsession" VentureBeat 3:06 PM
  • "Watch Animoji come to life replacing actors on TV" phoneArena 7:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon ordered not to pull in customers who can't spell 'Birkenstock'" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "A digitizing David takes on photo-scanning Goliath" TechCrunch 11:01 AM
  • "DeepMind's CEO told Prince Harry his AI lab now employs 700 staff: 'It's really the biggest collection of brain power anywhere in the world on this topic'" Business Insider 11:01 AM
  • "New York plans to safeguard net neutrality by withholding state contracts from violators" 9to5Google 8:14 AM
  • "Robocalls—and complaints about robocalls—are booming" Ars Technica 7:50 AM
  • "AT&T May Sell the Huawei Mate 10 in the US, Could Challenge Samsung, Apple" ExtremeTech 7:38 AM
  • "US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras" BBC 7:24 AM
  • "In 2017, the FCC made life easier for your internet provider" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Not us! Android makers say they never slow phones because of battery problems" Digital Trends 7:24 AM
  • "Facebook apologizes after report shows inconsistencies in removing hate speech" Digital Trends 12:44 PM
  • "Facebook to use facial recognition to notify users when photos of them are uploaded" BetaNews 7:22 AM
  • "Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn Discuss Uploading and Streaming Music" MacVoices 12:42 PM
  • "Throttlegate, Encouraging Mac Signs, and HomePod and the Holidays - Pop.0 ep.26" The Mac Observer 3:05 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Battery Response, Favorite iPhone Accessories for 2017 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-29" The Mac Observer 12:24 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain rumors, Alexa atop the App Store, Apple's response to battery debacle" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "What's the best Apple gadget of 2017? Catch our picks, on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:14 AM
  • "8-core iMac Pro Available in Apple's Retail Stores" The Mac Observer 10:55 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iFixit Matches Apple's $29 Battery Offer, Adds Older iPhones: Apple's cheap battery replacement offer only applies to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models, iFixit is also supporting the 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c." PC Magazine 8:53 AM
  • "iFixit matches or beats Apple's $29 replacement battery deal for devices too old to qualify" 9to5Mac 7:22 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test" AppleInsider 6:12 PM
  • "Low End iMac Pro Running Pro Apps" Bare Feats 12:14 PM
  • "The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac" AppleInsider 8:51 PM
  • "Mos Spring Lightning cable review: Metal springs reinforce this cable's connectors" Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "Amazon Basics Lightning cable review: Cheap alternative to an Apple Lightning cable" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "Nomad Lightning cable review: Built to take a beating" Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "Native Union Anchor cable review: Lightning cable ideal for your nightstand" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "How to Check iPhone Battery Health in 4 Easy Ways" iPhone Hacks 6:54 PM
  • "How to squeeze the longest life from your iPhone battery" Cult of Mac 3:06 PM
  • "Enable Silent Mute Mode Toggle In iOS 11 Control Center Without Jailbreak, Here's How" Redmond Pie 12:06 PM
  • "How to Stop Apps From Listening in on Your TV Habits" Lifehacker 10:48 AM
  • "How To Share Wi-Fi Passwords Among iOS 11 Devices" MacTrast 8:15 AM
  • "How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11" AppleInsider 9:43 PM
  • "No, your iPad isn't affected by #iPhoneSlow. Here's why! Apple is throttling iPhone performance to maintain battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns. Do iPad owners have to worry about the same thing?" iMore 6:57 PM
  • "Reminder: Get AppleCare+ for iPhone X if You Haven't Already" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "Apple's Courage Needs to be Redirected" iPhone Hacks 7:06 PM
  • "7 Effects of Apple's Controversial Power Management Feature On Older iPhones" iPhone Hacks 6:57 PM
  • "Comment: WeChat is offering official IDs, could Apple ever do the same?" 9to5Mac 3:09 PM
  • "A Steve Jobs Android phone? Oh please don't/Commentary: Two Italian fashion entrepreneurs say they've secured the rights to the 'Steve Jobs' trademark worldwide." CNET 3:08 PM
  • "10 big issues Apple should address in 2018" VentureBeat 3:06 PM
  • "The Apple Holiday Spot Is A Beautiful But Confusing Letdown" Forbes 12:28 PM
  • "Analyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for Apple's iPhone in 2018, forgets iPad exists"  AppleInsider 12:06 PM
  • "Pressing the Side Button to Confirm Payments on iPhone X"  Daring Fireball 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone Users Versus Apple: What Does The Law Say?"  Forbes 3:07 PM
  • "Apple makes its intent on the battery fiasco clear. And not in the way it wanted."  Computerworld 12:07 PM
  • "Why the $29 iPhone battery replacement is Apple's best move of the year: Apple is finally taking iPhone battery life seriously."  Macworld 10:54 AM
  • "Apple's slowdown apology was a public relations nightmare..." CNBC Videos 8:15 AM
  • "The most annoying things about Apple's apology for slowing down iPhones"  BGR 7:45 AM
  • "Just slow down: maybe Apple is doing us a favour"  MCT 7:39 AM
  • "Apple in 2018: Cool tech to look out for" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "Samsung must be dying to mock slow iPhones, but it totally shouldn't" BGR 7:24 AM
  • "Apple's come a long way from 'you're holding it wrong': Steve Jobs also apologized for 'antennagate,' but not like this."  Apple 3.0 7:24 AM
  • "Screen Latency Through the Ages: Computers Have Gotten Slower Since the Apple IIe" The Mac Observer 4:54 PM
  • "Can An Old-Fashioned Mechanical Keyboard Change The Way You Type?" Forbes 12:44 PM
  • "Ceding powers of decision to AI presents a paradox" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:01 AM
  • "Long-term review: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 holds up over time" The Next Web 7:38 AM
  • "How Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog Taught The Internet To Love AR" Wired 7:24 AM
  • "Is 'Big Data' racist? Why policing by data isn't necessarily objective" Ars Technica 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Jared's 10 Best Games of 2017 - Some of the Biggest Releases of the Year and a Few Hidden Gems" Touch Arcade 3:07 PM
  • "Download: LiberiOS 11.0.1 IPA For iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak Released, Here's What Is New" Redmond Pie 12:44 PM
  • "Hydroxycut® Launches New Digital Tools to Help Americans Reach Their Weight Loss Goals in 2018" PRNewswire 8:31 AM
  • "Apple TV Apps To Help You Learn" AppAdvice 7:38 AM
  • "The best ARKit apps and games for iOS 11 you'll actually want to use" Stuff Magazine 7:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft says it's time to kill off the password" TechSpot 9:29 AM
  • "Over half of all Windows 10 PCs now run Fall Creators Update" TechRadar UK 9:29 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1709 Already Running on Half of All Windows 10 PCs" Softpedia 9:25 AM
  • "Windows 10 Is Finally Winning Over Windows 7 [At Least in the United States] WCCFTech 9:29 AM
  • "US Government Says Windows 10 Is Already More Popular than Windows 7" Softpedia 9:24 AM
  • "EDiscovery Software 2017 Global Market Key Players – IBM Corporation, Accessdata, Exterro, FTI Consulting, Guidance Software, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development – Analysis And Forecast To 2022" Industry Today 9:20 AM
  • "Financial Analytics 2017 Global Market Key Players – IBM, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Microstrategy, Symphony Teleca SAS -Analysis And Forecast To 2022" Industry Today 9:19 AM
  • "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw" PC Magazine 9:18 AM
  • "Managed Service Programme 2017 Global Market Key Players – Broadleaf, Oracle, HCMWORKS, Adecco, Microsoft, IBM Corp., Dell Inc.-Analysis And Forecast To 2022" Industry Today 9:15 AM
  • "Dell launches new workstations in Taiwan" DigiTimes 9:15 AM
  • "New Details on Intel's Goldmont plus, CPU Architecture inside Gemini Lake" FARS News Agency 9:12 AM
  • "Intel shares Goldmont Plus microarchitecture information" Hexus 9:12 AM
  • "ASUS Republic of Gamers announces Zephyrus for Bangladeshi market" The Daily Star 9:12 AM
  • "Hyper-convergence, Cisco's mantra for the Mexican datacenter market" BN Americas 9:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Apology Reaffirms 2 Realities Investors Must Be Happy About" TheStreet 7:40 AM
  • "Apple's Millions Could Give Finisar a Massive Boost" The Motley Fool 10:52 AM
  • "Best Buy Today: Apple Or Microsoft? Why?" Seeking Alpha 7:35 AM
Industry News
  • "Top Tech Stock of 2016 Finished Last in Chip Index This Year" Bloomberg 9:36 PM
  • "Stock market drifts lower as Wall Street looks to close out record year: Dow on track for 9th straight monthly gain, longest streak since 1959" MarketWatch 1:36 PM
  • "Trump rally: Stocks put 2017 in the record books" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Wall Street eyes 2018 gains with a side of caution" Reuters 1:35 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip at End of Strong Year: All three major indexes post their best yearly performances since 2013" [Paid Membership Required] 3:54 PM
  • "Nikkei logs a 19% gain for the year, its biggest since 2017: Tech Stocks continue to rebound" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "European stocks flirt with best year since 2013 as tech, mining stocks rally 20%: European stocks traded in tight ranges on Friday, staying on course for their best year since 2013, with technology and basic resources stocks leading the charge north." MarketWatch 7:32 AM

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