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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?

  • "With bigger lineup, Apple depends less on iPhone"  Reuters 8:18 AM
  • "There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to Citi"  Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Apple likely to buy Netflix, say analysts" IANS 8:34 AM
  • "Should Apple Buy Netflix? Apple Inc. is about to get an opportunity to do something useful with the reported $250 billion in cash the company has piled up in overseas banks. ... So let's say Apple brings it all back home. After taxes that leaves the company with a warchest of $225 billion. Now shareholders will want a (good-sized) chunk of that. ... The big plus for Apple is that buying Netflix keeps Inc. from making its own offer."  24/7 Wall St. 8:19 AM
  • "Aussie law firm eyes class action against Apple over iPhone performance woes"  ARN 12/31
  • "Lawsuits Mount As Apple Manages Fallout From Revelation Of Slowed iPhones" NPR 12/31
  • "Over 180,000 Korean iPhone users to join class-action lawsuit" The Dong-A Ilbo 12/31
  • "Is Apple Going to Have a Tough Time Playing on Alexa's Turf?"  PC Magazine 12/31
  • "iPhone X Supply Almost Caught Up To Demand At The End Of The Quarter" Forbes 12/31
  • "Apple in 2017: selling Macs and causing heart attacks with security lapse" TechRadar UK 12/31
  • "Apple Loses Legal Battle With Italian Clothing Company Steve Jobs" Tech Times 12/31
  • "Poisoned Apple Antidote: 11 Ways For Apple To Recover Trust After Its Battery Slowdown Crisis"  Forbes 12/31
  • "Apple recorded its best-ever iPhone sales in the USA during Nov 2017" Gizbot 12/31
  • "Apple Tops Holiday Device Activations, Samsung Follows, Google Still Absent" Tech Times 12/31
  • "Tim Cook needs to take responsibility for Apple's battery scandal"  Business Insider 12/30
  • "Apple's Battery Controversy Response Is Brilliant"  Seeking Alpha 12/30
  • "PSA: Apple is making its $29 battery replacement pricing effective immediately" 9to5Mac 12/30
  • "Apple finally rolls out its $29 iPhone battery replacement deal" Mashable 12/30
  • "Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements are available a month early" Engadget 12/30
  • "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
  • "Copying iPhone Messages to the Computer: Q. I have a long series of text messages on my iPhone between my son and me. Is there a way to copy these from my phone to my computer and save the files in a Microsoft Word document?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 4:30 PM
  • "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
  • "Cisdem Duplicate Finder 4 for Mac" Cisdem 8:15 PM
  • "9 Classic Mac OS Tiling Wallpapers" OS X Daily 11:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: Apple embraces 4K with Apple TV and HEVC, slow and steady approach to creating original video content" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Apple retail 2017: The year of the retrofit" Apple 3.0 11:01 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash won't be the death of Venmo — but I found the little-known alternative that will" Business Insider 11:01 AM
  • "Anthony Davis dunked on Ron Baker so hard his iPhone facial recognition failed" Rappler 8:17 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple IIe becomes a high-profit hit" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch celebrates the New Year with fireworks on the clock face" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Source code for Apple's 1983 Lisa computer to be made public next year" PhysOrg 12/31
  • "The iPhone trick that could save your life" NewsHub 12/31
  • "The Verge 2017 tech report card: Apps" The Verge 12/31
  • "Today in Apple history: Pirate app service Hackulous shuts down" Cult of Mac 12/31
  • "The iPhone is once again the best-selling tech product of the year" Mashable 12/30
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: iPad gets cheaper than ever, more expensive than ever with new options" AppleInsider 12/30
Non-Apple News
  • "ISP: Infringe Copyrights, Lose Remote Access to Your Thermostat" PC Magazine 8:51 PM
  • "Robocalls were worse than ever in 2017" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Samsung acknowledges Galaxy Note 8 battery problems, says very few phones are affected" BGR 8:21 AM
  • "Using AI to mine Google Street View" Axios 8:21 AM
  • "Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations" TechCrunch 8:18 AM
  • "You can help teach a snake-spotting AI to spot snakes better" The Verge 12/31
  • "WhatsApp rings in the new year with global outage" VentureBeat 12/31
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 211: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Holiday Spectacular" Daring Fireball 8:44 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 220: The fit and the feel of it" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "2017 in review, Pixelbook is back, Apple battery replacement (MobileTechRoundup show #417)" ZDNet 12/31
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 210, With Special Guest Jason Snell" Daring Fireball 12/30
  • "Apple planning a wearable touchpad" SlashGear 4:28 PM
  • "Face ID shown unlocking for family members who aren't alike" BGR 12/31
  • "Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement offer is available right now -- but supplies are limited" BetaNews 12/31
  • "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 12/30
  • "Apple's battery replacement program is starting now" iDownload Blog 12/30
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

  • "B&O Beoplay M3 review: A small multi-room powerhouse/Bang & Olufsen's most affordable multi-room speaker is a strong value." TechHive 8:44 AM
  • "Pixelbook Vs. MacBook Pro 13 (Review): Google Closes The Gap" Forbes 12/31
  • "Low End iMac Pro Running Games versus Other Macs" Bare Feats 12/30
  • "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
  • "Video: How to set separate controls in iOS 11 for left and right AirPods" AppleInsider 12:45 PM
  • "How to Avoid iPhone X OLED Screen Burn-in Problems" iPhone Hacks 8:47 AM
  • "How to Activate Siri on iPhone X" OS X Daily 12/31
  • "How to use Siri to make a call on speakerphone" iMore 12/31
  • "iOS 11 Guide: How to Use the New and Improved Features" Tom's Guide 12/31
  • "Don't restore your iPhone X from backup if you want a clean slate in 2018" Mashable 12/30
  • "How to Disable Apple Pay Lock Screen Access on iPhone X by Side Button Presses" OS X Daily 12/30
  • "Here's exactly how your iPhone gets slower when you have an old battery — and how to replace it" Business Insider 12/30
  • "Wi-Fi wherever you go: Here's how to set up a hot spot on Android and iOS" Digital Trends 12/30
  • "A Simple Guide for How to Take a Screenshot on Your Mac" Fortune 12/30
  • "How to watch live sports on Apple TV" iMore 12/30
  • "There's a hidden one-handed keyboard in the latest version of iOS — here's how to turn it on" Business Insider 8:33 AM
  • "How to take advantage of Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement program right now" BGR 8:19 AM
  • "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
  • "What Do You Want to See From Apple in 2018?" MacRumors 11:06 AM
  • "Why I'm not buying the newest and most powerful MacBook Pro anymore" Business Insider 11:05 AM
  • "Apple in 2018: new Mac desktops, Pencil for iPhone, and nuking the notch" Stuff Magazine 8:34 AM
  • "This is how Apple's 2017 looked to me" Apple 3.0 12/31
  • "I've had the iPhone 6S Plus for two years, and I'm so happy I didn't upgrade to the iPhone 7, 8, or X" Business Insider 12/31
  • "The Reports of iPhone X Order Cuts Make No Sense" The Motley Fool 12/31
  • "iPhone X: How Does It Handle Speed, Durability, Drop And Water Tests?" Forbes 12/31
  • "Marco Rubio Bashes Apple's 'Arrogance' In Light Of iPhone Battery Uproar" Redmond Pie 12/30
  • "Apple's iPhone Throttling Apology Tour Continues With Slash in Battery Replacement Price" Gizmodo 12/30
  • "Who Designed Apple's Flagship Store In Chicago? Apparently, It Can't Take The Cold" Newsweek 12/30
  • "Is a Misunderstanding Dragging Down Apple Shares?" The Motley Fool 12/30
  • "Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and VR plus Apple's ARKit" AppleInsider 12/30
  • "Rumor: Apple Plans iPhone 8, i Phone 8 Plus, iPhone X Price Cut" Tech Times 12/30
  • "Would you like Apple to launch a gold iPhone X?" phoneArena 12/30
  • "Apple's apology for Batterygate didn't go far enough" USA Today 12/30
  • "Android Device Makers Say They Don't Slow Down Smatphones Like Apple Does" Tech Times 12/30
  • "Cassandra: Bangkok End of Year Trivia -The Uneven User Experience" eXtensions 12/30
  • "Death by rumor: The imagined gloomy outlook for Apple" Macworld 12/30
  • "Will 2018 Be the Year of Blockchain?" ITPro 11:14 AM
  • "Smartphones with removable batteries are never coming back" Mashable 8:34 AM
  • "The Limits of Amazon: The tech giant is very good at delivering what customers need, but is it as well positioned to sell them things they want?" [Paid Membership Required] 8:34 AM
  • "Analysis: Education technology startup funding rebounds, but what is 'edtech'?" GeekWire 12/30
  • "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
  • "Mom records Animoji of herself coughing uncontrollably and we're screaming" Mashable 8:44 AM
  • "The evolution of Internet prayers..." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 8:13 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of January 1: iCloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Slack" The MUG Center 10:01 AM
  • "Apple Watch celebrates the New Year with fireworks on the clock face" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Pythonista 3.2 Syncs Scripts with iCloud, Supports Open-in-Place via iOS 11"s Files App" MacStories 12/30
  • "The Best Document Scanner Apps for Android and iOS" Digital Trends 12/30
  • "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 12/30
  • "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
  • "NetMarketShare: Windows 10 failed to close the gap in 2017" MSPoweruser 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft patents a new folding phone-related device, but it's not the Surface Phone" MSPoweruser 8:36 AM
  • "So you don't like surprises like Windows Fall Creator update? Defer future updates in Windows 10" Denver Post 8:36 AM
  • "How Microsoft can win the upcoming collaboration wars" Computerworld 8:07 AM
  • "AMD Adrenalin Driver Has Issues With Older DX9 Games" Guru3D 8:20 AM
  • "Donald Trump wants US Postal Service to charge Amazon 'much more'" BetaNews 12/31
  • "Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063" phoneArena 12/30
  • "The New York Times pulls support for its Windows Phone app" BetaNews 12/30
  • "Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?" Computerworld 12/30
  • "Amazon is dropping major hints it's ready to dominate the fresh grocery business" Business Insider 12/30
  • "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 Executive Cash Bonus Plan" Forbes 4:28 PM
  • "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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