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  • "Tim Cook needs to take responsibility for Apple's battery scandal"  Business Insider 8:55 AM
  • "Apple's Battery Controversy Response Is Brilliant"  Seeking Alpha 8:24 AM
  • "PSA: Apple is making its $29 battery replacement pricing effective immediately" 9to5Mac 11:18 AM
  • "Apple finally rolls out its $29 iPhone battery replacement deal" Mashable 11:19 AM
  • "Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements are available a month early" Engadget 2:10 PM
  • "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 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "Apple Says It Never Meant to Slow Down Old iPhones" [Video Report] Bloomberg 12/29
  • "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) 12/29
  • "Apple faces lawsuits in South Korea for slowing down iPhones" The Straits Times [Free Registration Required] 12/29
  • "Apple faces at least 12 different class-action lawsuits over iPhone slowdowns" BGR 12/29
  • "Apple's best-paid female employee earns nearly twice as much as CEO Tim Cook" Business Insider 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "How to run Windows 10 on your Mac using Parallels Desktop 13" iMore 12/29
  • "How to save your iPhone photos directly to an external hard drive on Mac" iMore 12/29
  • "How to Add iCloud Drive to Dock on Mac" OS X Daily 12/29
  • "Working With Files in Keyboard Maestro: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 12/29
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Uninstalling Apps On Your Mac" MacMost 12/29
  • "How to watch Netflix in 4K on Mac (Hint: It's not through Safari)" iMore 12/29
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The iPhone is once again the best-selling tech product of the year" Mashable 11:19 AM
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: iPad gets cheaper than ever, more expensive than ever with new options" AppleInsider 5:26 PM
  • "iPhone maintains reign as top tech best-selling product in 2017" USA Today 12/29
  • "Sorry Samsung, the iPhone was the most popular tech product of 2017 – and it wasn't even close" BGR 12/29
  • "Android will keep dominating iOS (despite iPhone X) and 6 other tech predictions for 2018" The Next Web 12/29
  • "What to Expect From Apple in 2018: Three New iPhones and iPad Pro With Face ID, HomePod, Refreshed Macs, and More" MacRumors 12/29
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID signals major platform shift" AppleInsider 12/29
  • "From the iPhone X to iOS 11, Apple couldn't keep anything from leaking in 2017" BGR 12/29
  • "High School Student Tyler Barney Was The One Who Discovered Apple's Slowdown Technique" LADbible 12/29
  • "Apple Loses 'Steve Jobs' Branding Legal Battle" PC Magazine 12/29
  • "Italian company 'Steve Jobs' wins trademark battle against Apple" USA Today 12/29
  • "Italian brothers behind 'Steve Jobs' company win trademark dispute against Apple" Telegraph 12/29
  • "Apple Store in Chicago has a big winter design flaw" Mashable 12/29
  • "Apple Takes Heat for Chicago Store's Falling Ice Problem" The Mac Observer 12/29
  • "Apple's Retail Flagship's Winter Weather Woes" PYMNTS 12/29
  • "Ukraine may soon have world's largest Apple museum, thanks to MacPaw founder's obsession" VentureBeat 12/29
  • "Watch Animoji come to life replacing actors on TV" phoneArena 12/29
Non-Apple News
  • "Trump: I use social media to fight 'dishonest and unfair press'" New York Post 7:13 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency expert released after $1 million bitcoin ransom" Digital Trends 6:54 PM
  • "Forever 21 confirms hackers breached their payment system" Canadian Reviewer 5:28 PM
  • "Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrations" Reuters 5:28 PM
  • "Taylorism Is Back: How A.I. Is Forging The Hyper-Efficient Workforce Of Tomorrow" Digital Trends 8:28 PM
  • "Guy arrested for 'Nigerian prince' email scams is definitely not Nigerian royalty" Mashable 3:58 PM
  • "T-Mobile CEO is still blathering about 5G in 2020" Mashable 3:35 PM
  • "Amazon ordered not to pull in customers who can't spell 'Birkenstock'" Reuters 12/29
  • "A digitizing David takes on photo-scanning Goliath" TechCrunch 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "New York plans to safeguard net neutrality by withholding state contracts from violators" 9to5Google 12/29
  • "Robocalls—and complaints about robocalls—are booming" Ars Technica 12/29
  • "AT&T May Sell the Huawei Mate 10 in the US, Could Challenge Samsung, Apple" ExtremeTech 12/29
  • "US says Romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras" BBC 12/29
  • "In 2017, the FCC made life easier for your internet provider" CNET 12/29
  • "Not us! Android makers say they never slow phones because of battery problems" Digital Trends 12/29
  • "Facebook apologizes after report shows inconsistencies in removing hate speech" Digital Trends 12/29
  • "Facebook to use facial recognition to notify users when photos of them are uploaded" BetaNews 12/29
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 210, With Special Guest Jason Snell" Daring Fireball 6:03 PM
  • "Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn Discuss Uploading and Streaming Music" MacVoices 12/29
  • "Throttlegate, Encouraging Mac Signs, and HomePod and the Holidays - Pop.0 ep.26" The Mac Observer 12/29
  • "Apple's iPhone Battery Response, Favorite iPhone Accessories for 2017 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-29" The Mac Observer 12/29
  • "AppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain rumors, Alexa atop the App Store, Apple's response to battery debacle" AppleInsider 12/29
  • "What's the best Apple gadget of 2017? Catch our picks, on The CultCastCult of Mac 12/29
  • "Apple offers replacement iPhone batteries effective immediately: Discounted price, offered as part of battery slow-down calamity, were expected to be offered beginning in January." CNET 5:26 PM
  • "Apple's battery replacement program is starting now" iDownload Blog 3:44 PM
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 12/29
  • "iFixit matches or beats Apple's $29 replacement battery deal for devices too old to qualify" 9to5Mac 12/29
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/29
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/29
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/29

  • "Low End iMac Pro Running Games versus Other Macs" Bare Feats 3:40 PM
  • "Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test" AppleInsider 12/29
  • "Low End iMac Pro Running Pro Apps" Bare Feats 12/29
  • "The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's MacBook Pro and 2017 iMac" AppleInsider 12/29
  • "Mos Spring Lightning cable review: Metal springs reinforce this cable's connectors" Macworld 12/29
  • "Amazon Basics Lightning cable review: Cheap alternative to an Apple Lightning cable" Macworld 12/29
  • "Nomad Lightning cable review: Built to take a beating" Macworld 12/29
  • "Native Union Anchor cable review: Lightning cable ideal for your nightstand" Macworld 12/29
  • "Don't restore your iPhone X from backup if you want a clean slate in 2018" Mashable 6:04 PM
  • "How to Disable Apple Pay Lock Screen Access on iPhone X by Side Button Presses" OS X Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Here's exactly how your iPhone gets slower when you have an old battery — and how to replace it" Business Insider 2:09 PM
  • "Wi-Fi wherever you go: Here's how to set up a hot spot on Android and iOS" Digital Trends 8:53 AM
  • "A Simple Guide for How to Take a Screenshot on Your Mac" Fortune 8:48 AM
  • "How to watch live sports on Apple TV" iMore 8:47 AM
  • "How to Check iPhone Battery Health in 4 Easy Ways" iPhone Hacks 12/29
  • "How to squeeze the longest life from your iPhone battery" Cult of Mac 12/29
  • "Enable Silent Mute Mode Toggle In iOS 11 Control Center Without Jailbreak, Here's How" Redmond Pie 12/29
  • "How to Stop Apps From Listening in on Your TV Habits" Lifehacker 12/29
  • "How To Share Wi-Fi Passwords Among iOS 11 Devices" MacTrast 12/29
  • "How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11" AppleInsider 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "Reminder: Get AppleCare+ for iPhone X if You Haven't Already" The Mac Observer 12/29
  • "Marco Rubio Bashes Apple's 'Arrogance' In Light Of iPhone Battery Uproar" Redmond Pie 7:14 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Throttling Apology Tour Continues With Slash in Battery Replacement Price" Gizmodo 3:44 PM
  • "Who Designed Apple's Flagship Store In Chicago? Apparently, It Can't Take The Cold" Newsweek 2:09 PM
  • "Is a Misunderstanding Dragging Down Apple Shares?" The Motley Fool 2:09 PM
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit" AppleInsider 2:08 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple Plans iPhone 8, i Phone 8 Plus, iPhone X Price Cut" Tech Times 8:54 AM
  • "Would you like Apple to launch a gold iPhone X?" phoneArena 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's apology for Batterygate didn't go far enough" USA Today 8:53 AM
  • "Android Device Makers Say They Don't Slow Down Smatphones Like Apple Does" Tech Times 8:53 AM
  • "Cassandra: Bangkok End of Year Trivia -The Uneven User Experience" eXtensions 8:51 AM
  • "Death by rumor: The imagined gloomy outlook for Apple" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "Apple's Courage Needs to be Redirected" iPhone Hacks 12/29
  • "7 Effects of Apple's Controversial Power Management Feature On Older iPhones" iPhone Hacks 12/29
  • "Comment: WeChat is offering official IDs, could Apple ever do the same?" 9to5Mac 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "10 big issues Apple should address in 2018" VentureBeat 12/29
  • "The Apple Holiday Spot Is A Beautiful But Confusing Letdown" Forbes 12/29
  • "Analyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for Apple's iPhone in 2018, forgets iPad exists"  AppleInsider 12/29
  • "Pressing the Side Button to Confirm Payments on iPhone X"  Daring Fireball 12/29
  • "iPhone Users Versus Apple: What Does The Law Say?"  Forbes 12/29
  • "Apple makes its intent on the battery fiasco clear. And not in the way it wanted."  Computerworld 12/29
  • "Why the $29 iPhone battery replacement is Apple's best move of the year: Apple is finally taking iPhone battery life seriously."  Macworld 12/29
  • "Apple's slowdown apology was a public relations nightmare..." CNBC Videos 12/29
  • "The most annoying things about Apple's apology for slowing down iPhones"  BGR 12/29
  • "Just slow down: maybe Apple is doing us a favour"  MCT 12/29
  • "Apple in 2018: Cool tech to look out for" Macworld 12/29
  • "Samsung must be dying to mock slow iPhones, but it totally shouldn't" BGR 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "Screen Latency Through the Ages: Computers Have Gotten Slower Since the Apple IIe" The Mac Observer 12/29
  • "Analysis: Education technology startup funding rebounds, but what is 'edtech'?" GeekWire 5:25 PM
  • "Can An Old-Fashioned Mechanical Keyboard Change The Way You Type?" Forbes 12/29
  • "Ceding powers of decision to AI presents a paradox" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/29
  • "Long-term review: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 holds up over time" The Next Web 12/29
  • "How Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog Taught The Internet To Love AR" Wired 12/29
  • "Is 'Big Data' racist? Why policing by data isn't necessarily objective" Ars Technica 12/29
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pythonista 3.2 Syncs Scripts with iCloud, Supports Open-in-Place via iOS 11"s Files App" MacStories 5:25 PM
  • "The Best Document Scanner Apps for Android and iOS" Digital Trends 3:35 PM
  • "Coming December 30: Gene Steinberg meets cybersecurity 'ninja' Dr. Eric Cole and commentator Peter Cohen, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:23 AM
  • "Jared's 10 Best Games of 2017 - Some of the Biggest Releases of the Year and a Few Hidden Gems" Touch Arcade 12/29
  • "Download: LiberiOS 11.0.1 IPA For iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak Released, Here's What Is New" Redmond Pie 12/29
  • "Hydroxycut® Launches New Digital Tools to Help Americans Reach Their Weight Loss Goals in 2018" PRNewswire 12/29
  • "Apple TV Apps To Help You Learn" AppAdvice 12/29
  • "The best ARKit apps and games for iOS 11 you'll actually want to use" Stuff Magazine 12/29
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063" phoneArena 9:10 PM
  • "The New York Times pulls support for its Windows Phone app" BetaNews 9:10 PM
  • "Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?" Computerworld 8:45 AM
  • "Amazon is dropping major hints it's ready to dominate the fresh grocery business" Business Insider 11:18 AM
  • "Microsoft says it's time to kill off the password" TechSpot 12/29
  • "Over half of all Windows 10 PCs now run Fall Creators Update" TechRadar UK 12/29
  • "Windows 10 Version 1709 Already Running on Half of All Windows 10 PCs" Softpedia 12/29
  • "Windows 10 Is Finally Winning Over Windows 7 [At Least in the United States] WCCFTech 12/29
  • "US Government Says Windows 10 Is Already More Popular than Windows 7" Softpedia 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "Financial Analytics 2017 Global Market Key Players – IBM, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, Microstrategy, Symphony Teleca SAS -Analysis And Forecast To 2022" Industry Today 12/29
  • "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw" PC Magazine 12/29
  • "Managed Service Programme 2017 Global Market Key Players – Broadleaf, Oracle, HCMWORKS, Adecco, Microsoft, IBM Corp., Dell Inc.-Analysis And Forecast To 2022" Industry Today 12/29
  • "Dell launches new workstations in Taiwan" DigiTimes 12/29
  • "New Details on Intel's Goldmont plus, CPU Architecture inside Gemini Lake" FARS News Agency 12/29
  • "Intel shares Goldmont Plus microarchitecture information" Hexus 12/29
  • "ASUS Republic of Gamers announces Zephyrus for Bangladeshi market" The Daily Star 12/29
  • "Hyper-convergence, Cisco's mantra for the Mexican datacenter market" BN Americas 12/29
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Apology Reaffirms 2 Realities Investors Must Be Happy About" TheStreet 12/29
  • "Apple's Millions Could Give Finisar a Massive Boost" The Motley Fool 12/29
  • "Best Buy Today: Apple Or Microsoft? Why?" Seeking Alpha 12/29
Industry News
  • "Top Tech Stock of 2016 Finished Last in Chip Index This Year" Bloomberg 12/29
  • "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 12/29
  • "Trump rally: Stocks put 2017 in the record books" FOXBusiness 12/29
  • "Wall Street eyes 2018 gains with a side of caution" Reuters 12/29
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip at End of Strong Year: All three major indexes post their best yearly performances since 2013" [Paid Membership Required] 12/29
  • "Nikkei logs a 19% gain for the year, its biggest since 2017: Tech Stocks continue to rebound" MarketWatch 12/29
  • "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 12/29

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