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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's battery controversy could cost the company over $10 billion in lost iPhone sales"  Business Insider 12:07 PM
  • "Apple leads race to become world's first $1tn company"  The Guardian 7:04 AM
  • "Here's Why Apple Won't Buy Netflix When It Repatriates Its Billions: Apple can bring its massive overseas-held profits back to the U.S. with far less taxation under the new tax code. But let's not read too much into that."  Fast Company 7:04 AM
  • "Why Should Companies Like Apple and Amazon Buy Huge Companies When They Can Rent Them?" 24/7 Wall St. 7:01 AM
  • "Brazilian agency requires Apple to inform consumers on batteries: A Brazilian state agency responsible for consumer issues notified Apple Inc on Wednesday that it must explain how Brazilian owners of iPhones will be able to buy battery replacements at lower prices." Reuters 2:12 PM
  • "All Apple's Apologies: They're not as rare as you might think." Slate 7:10 AM
  • "Apple Acquires Buddybuild to Assist App Developers: Kleiner Perkins backed Buddybuild, as well as Amplify, Bloomberg Beta and First Round" [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Apple has already partially implemented fix in macOS for 'KPTI' Intel CPU security flaw"  AppleInsider 2:53 PM
  • "8 ways Apple could improve Continuity on Mac and iOS" Computerworld 10:12 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers" MacRumors 12:46 PM
  • "Report: Despite Apple's hype, early developer adoption of ARKit has been slow" 9to5Mac 6:38 PM
  • "How to fix a Safari problem with '': An outdated Acrobat plug-in was fixed, but you may have to install an update manually." Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "How to Fix Night Shift Stuck Enabled in Mac OS" OS X Daily 2:32 PM
  • "How to transfer your contacts from Android to Mac" iMore 12:06 PM
  • "How to use Secure Boot to make sure your iMac Pro boots up a legitimate OS" iMore 7:34 AM
  • "How to repair a disk using macOS High Sierra's Disk Utility" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "I miss writing" ["I was reminded of this fact by two related things. I decided to switch RSS readers from NetNewsWire (which I've been using forever) to Evergreen (which the original developer of NNW is working on). I did this for a couple of reasons..."] Blankbaby 5:35 PM
  • "34 tools that let you make the most of your MacOS" The Next Web 8:57 AM
  • "A change of env: Two years after resolving to switch to Python 3, I've done it. I believe it will stick because I've changed my defaults." Dr. Drang 7:34 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from December 2017: Cap off the year with this month's most enticing new Mac experiences." Macworld 7:20 AM
Press Releases
  • "HSD Versions Cleaner is a solid, inexpensive tool for observing, deleting old files on a Mac" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "B-Eng Introduces a Mac app to Read Loading Cycles of iPhone Battery" prMac 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "What Apple's New Office Chairs Reveal About Work In 2018: The Pacific chair by the British firm Barber Osgerby signals how radically our ideals about work have changed in the past three decades."  Fast Company Design 7:07 AM
  • "Could your Apple Watch save your life? How smartwatch sensors could help tackle a dangerous heart condition: A collaboration between Cupertino and Stanford University's medical school is aiming to conduct what could be the biggest research study into atrial fibrillation."  ZDNet 10:46 AM
  • "Apple 're-programmed' the roof on one of its stores because it had an ice problem"  Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "Apple Developing 'Are You Sleeping' Starring Octavia Spencer"  Variety 2:13 PM
  • "Monitoring software 'Alphonso' used in iOS apps under scrutiny for privacy concerns, uses Apple's Shazam for analytics"  9to5Mac 12:45 PM
  • "Big Trouble For Facebook, Amazon, Google & Apple In 2018" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "Amazon & Google likely lost money on smart speakers in run-up to HomePod launch, say analysts" 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Nintendo's Miiverse lives on in a giant internet archive: The unofficial Archiverse holds hundreds of millions of posts." Engadget 9:13 PM
  • "Roomba Will Soon Be Able to Detect Wi-Fi Dead Zones" PC Magazine 5:13 PM
  • "Google's Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year" TechCrunch 5:10 PM
  • "Google is about to force you to use its new Calendar design" TechCrunch 1:02 PM
  • "After beating cable lobby, Colorado city moves ahead with muni broadband: Fort Collins plans universal broadband, net neutrality, and gigabit speeds." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "Teen Expresses Fears Over Loss of Net Neutrality, Governor of Maine Suggests Reading a Book Instead" Gizmodo 11:20 AM
  • "YouTube moderators 'approved' Logan Paul's dead body video" Telegraph 8:57 AM
  • "Twitter says Trump's taunting North Korea with a 'nuclear button' does not violate its terms of service" Business Insider 7:48 AM
  • "Samsung On Track To Sell 320 Million Smartphones in 2018" HotHardware 5:32 PM
  • "Samsung's next-generation tablets may be able to roll up and fit in your pocket" BGR 7:39 AM
  • "Bitcoin's first block was mined 9 years ago today, the reward was 50BTC" The Next Web 7:34 AM
  • "The FCC Is Still Tweaking Its Net Neutrality Repeal" Slashdot 7:33 AM
  • "Amazon, Google cut speaker prices in market share contest: analysts" Reuters 7:17 AM
  • "Spotify sued for $1.6 billion over Tom Petty, Doors songs" CNNMoney 7:13 AM
  • "Bob LeVitus is Cooking (Literally) for 2018" MacVoices 2:04 PM
  • "The Big Apple Buying Netflix Debate -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-03" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "Podcast editing on iPad with Ferrite" iMore 10:50 AM
  • "#174: 2017 In Review: I've Been Sitting on That Joke for Months/We grade our predictions for 2017 before setting off on a trip down memory lane of the last twelve months of Apple news." Relay FM: Connected 8:27 AM
  • "The Apple Byte: Viewer feedback special 2017" CNET 7:59 AM
  • "Intel's massive chip flaw could hit Mac where it hurts"  Cult of Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Severe Intel security issue may impact all Macs and Windows PCs" BGR 7:38 AM
  • "LG Display to start first OLED shipment for iPhone from H2" ET News 10:41 AM
  • "iPhone battery: Apple will replace yours for $29 even if it's in good health" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "More smartphone chassis makers to vie for orders from Apple in 2018" DigiTimes 2:32 PM
  • "LG Display to Become OLED Panel Supplier for This Year's 'iPhone X Plus'" MacRumors 7:20 AM
  • "The iMac Pro has vastly improved cooling, teardown reveals" Mashable 7:42 AM
  • "iFixit iMac Pro Teardown Shows What Is and Isn't Upgradable" The Mac Observer 2:04 PM
  • "iFixit's iMac Pro teardown finds a sprawling cooling system and some upgradeability" Ars Technica 2:13 PM
  • "Siri now plays daily podcasts when asked about the news in iOS 11.2.5 beta" 9to5Mac 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers" MacRumors 12:45 PM
  • "FAQ: What to Know About Apple Slowing Down iPhones to Prevent Unexpected Shutdowns" MacRumors 8:25 AM
  • "Some Apple Watch users are reporting unexpected reboots possibly caused by ICU equipment " 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "iPhone X 510 Hour Burn-in Test [Video] iClarified 11:10 AM
  • "It takes 17 hours for an image to burn in on the iPhone X, test shows: Samsung phones didn't perform as well, but their owners shouldn't worry either." Ars Technica 7:30 PM
  • "ElevationDock 4: An iPhone Charging Solution That Doubles as a Notification Hub" MacStories 12:06 PM
  • "Review: Shure SE215 Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 2:32 PM
  • "Review: Soma brings HomeKit support to your blinds and shades" iDownload Blog 7:35 AM
  • "Review: Another Excellent Transparent Case for iPhone X (Just Mobile)" The Mac Observer 5:46 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to track 'bomb cyclone' winter storm Grayson on iOS" 9to5Mac 5:04 PM
  • "Track the 'bomb cyclone' with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 6:37 PM
  • "'BBTAN2 by 222%' Review - Winter Break-Out" Touch Arcade 10:44 AM
  • "How to add an EQ and effects master track in GarageBand for iOS" Cult of Mac 2:05 PM
  • "How To Open The Control Center On iPhone X" AddictiveTips 1:02 PM
  • "How to screenshot and screen record on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac" Business Insider 11:21 AM
  • "Using Alexa On Your iPhone" MacMost 10:53 AM
  • "iOS 11: How to Take Notes from the iPhone's Lock Screen" The Mac Observer 8:20 AM
  • "How To Answer a Phone Call Using Apple's AirPods" MacTrast 7:59 AM
  • "iPhone Batteries From Third Parties Might Not Match Apple's Price" The Mac Observer 4:48 PM
  • "How to Tell if You Need a New iPhone Battery: If your iPhone seems slow, but you're not sure if it's slow enough to warrant an upgrade, these steps may help you decide." PC Magazine 1:02 PM
  • "Here's A Way Around YouTube Being Blocked On Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show" Redmond Pie 7:19 AM
  • "Mac Innovation Vis-à-Vis Microsoft's Surface Line" Daring Fireball 7:50 PM
  • "Happy New Year -- and a brief overview of key industry issues and conflicts in 2018" Foss Patents 12:05 PM
  • "People Are Selling the iMac Pro's Space Gray Accessories for Obscene Amounts on eBay" Gizmodo 10:44 AM
  • "Explainer: Why Apple didn't put long-distance charging into an iPhone, and won't for some time" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (38) -Band-Wagon Litigation and a Mea Culpa: Apple Battered and Slightly Bruised" eXtensions 7:39 AM
  • "Why I miss Touch ID on my iPhone X/Sometimes upgrading causes new problems: HomeKit and iCloud Keychain worked better on my iPhone 7 than they do on my iPhone X with Face ID."  Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?" TechCrunch 8:35 PM
  • "'Meltdown' and 'Spectre': every modern processor has unfixable security flaws/Immediate concern is for Intel chips, but everyone is at risk."  Ars Technica 7:24 PM
  • "What We Know So Far About Meltdown and Spectre, the Devastating Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo 9:13 PM
  • "Spotify's massive $1.6 billion lawsuit reveals how it must adapt if it wants to survive" Mashable 2:32 PM
  • "Why Are Samsung's Emoji So Screwed Up?" Mashable 2:31 PM
  • "No, Amazon Isn't Buying Target in 2018" Forbes 1:02 PM
  • "Here's Why Your Gadgets Get Slower Over Time" Gizmodo 9:09 AM
  • "4 ways the everyday internet user can earn from the blockchain" The Next Web 7:48 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency boom: Why everyone is talking about ripple" CNNMoney 7:47 AM
  • "YouTube is equally to blame for Logan Paul's video" TechCrunch 7:34 AM
  • "Huawei Mate 10 Lite review: How many cameras do you need? This phone gives you 4" CNET 7:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief" TechCrunch 6:45 PM
  • "Early Apple Park design concepts shown in new Norman Foster Foundation book" 9to5Mac 5:04 PM
  • "Apple Will Waive Developer Membership Fee for Some Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, Government Entities" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "Firefly is an iPhone case that promises to improve your cellular data or Wi-Fi connection" Mashable 12:06 PM
  • "ConnectSense announces Apple HomeKit and Siri-ready In-Wall Outlet" AppleInsider 10:46 AM
  • "ConnectSense announces new HomeKit Smart In-Wall Outlet" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Netgear's Orbi Satellite takes mesh WiFi networks outdoors" Engadget 7:42 AM
  • "New Danapad Wireless Keypad Extends Secure, Controlled Access of Danalock V3 Smart Lock" Business Wire 7:22 AM
  • "mophie Announces Universal Battery with AC Power Output for Laptops and Other Plug-In Devices" PRNewswire 7:22 AM
  • "Powermat Joins the Wireless Power Consortium to Help Take Inductive Wireless Charging to the Next Level" PRNewswire 7:22 AM
  • "After LG's 34-inch Thunderbolt 3 monitor, Samsung announces the first curved one" 9to5Mac 7:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Refutes Chip 'Bug,' 'Inaccurate Media Reports'" Barron's 2:46 PM
  • "Intel calls reports of major vulnerability 'incorrect'" TechCrunch 2:58 PM
  • "Intel doesn't expect massive vulnerability to hit bottom line" Axios 5:09 PM
  • "Intel working with rivals to fix flaw" BBC 7:33 PM
  • "Intel Responds To Alleged Chip Flaw, Claims Effects Won't Significantly Impact Average Users" HotHardware 5:31 PM
  • "Intel's Liability Could be Bigger than 'Pentium Bug' of the '90s, Says Bernstein" Barron's 12:06 PM
  • "Intel's alleged security flaw could cost chipmaker a lot of money, Bernstein says" CNBC 2:12 PM
  • "Intel Chips Have a Major Design Flaw and the Fix Means Slower PCs: Patches for Linux, Windows, and macOS are required, with the side effect potentially being a major system performance hit." PC Magazine 7:25 AM
  • "Intel CPU kernel bug FAQ: Fix for massive security flaw could slow down PCs and Macs" PCWorld 10:45 AM
  • "Fix for critical Intel chip flaw will slow down millions of computers" Telegraph 7:19 AM
  • "Intel chips have a huge security flaw, and the fix will slow down Windows and Linux machines" BetaNews 7:34 AM
  • "Intel's processors have a security bug and the fix could slow down PCs" The Verge 8:26 AM
  • "Intel Falls, AMD Rises on Alleged 'Kernel' Bug" Barron's 10:49 AM
  • "What Intel's Chip Disaster Means for its Stock and AMD's: Intel is plunging after news hit of a flaw in the firm's processors. Here's what that means for Intel's shares, and for top rival AMD." TheStreet 2:12 PM
  • "What's behind the Intel design flaw forcing numerous patches? There's obviously a big problem, but we don't know exactly what." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "Massive chip flaw not limited to Intel" Axios 2:32 PM
  • "AMD is gaining as Intel scrambles to fix security flaw" Business Insider 11:20 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8809G CPU With Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega Graphics Spotted" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!" The Register 7:13 AM
  • "AMD Soars After Rival Intel Reveals Processor Flaw" Bloomberg 7:43 AM
  • "AMD shares surge on report of an Intel chip security flaw" CNBC 7:43 AM
  • "AMD Faces Brutal Road in Early 2018 With Strategic Moves by Nvidia, Intel: Recent and upcoming product launches from Intel and Nvidia spell stiff competition for AMD. But there could be some light at the end of the tunnel." TheStreet 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft rolling out an emergency fix for the Intel kernel flaw today" Neowin 6:01 PM
  • "How Cloud Heavyweights Microsoft, Amazon And IBM Will Transform Cloud Computing In 2018" Forbes 7:16 AM
  • "Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 storm looms as retirement milestone nears/Migration watch: Windows 10's share of all Windows PCs is now expected to exceed Windows 7's by September 2018. Even so, large numbers of users will still be using the older OS when support ends in two years." Computerworld 7:12 AM
  • "Microsoft Buys Data Storage Provider Avere Systems: Avere had raised at least $86 million from investors" [Paid Membership Required] 1:02 PM
  • "Microsoft to acquire hybrid cloud storage company Avere Systems" VentureBeat 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to further hybrid computing mission" TechCrunch 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Avere Systems, file-storage vendor for Windows and Linux" ZDNet 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires flash storage pioneer Avere Systems, less than a year after Google investment" GeekWire 11:09 AM
  • "IBM sues Expedia, alleging online travel giant built its business on Big Blue's patents" GeekWire 12:46 PM
  • "IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents" The Register 5:06 PM
  • "Oracle may not be the 'next Microsoft' but it's still got some upside, Morgan Stanley says" CNBC 10:25 AM
  • "Oracle's Database Future Could Be Dimming: We believe customer switching costs are decreasing." Morningstar 7:44 AM
  • "Why Oracle Is Eyeing the Construction Industry" Market Realist 7:43 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "FY 18 First Quarter Results: Apple's conference call to discuss first fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple Investor Relations 7:05 AM
  • "LG Display surges to 1-month high on iPhone OLED supply reports: Shares of LG Display surged to a one-month high on Wednesday on a media report that the company will start supplying OLED panels for Apple's new iPhone later this year." Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:17 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq close at records" MarketWatch 5:01 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Rocket to New Records: The S&P 500 broke above the 2,700 level on Wednesday and the Dow surpassed 24,900." TheStreet 5:01 PM
  • "Tech Shares Push U.S. Stocks to New Records: Rally in semiconductor stocks lift broader tech sector" [Paid Membership Required] 4:59 PM
  • "Asian markets close higher, driven by tech and consumer stocks: Hong Kong hits new 10-year high; Samsung boosts Kospi" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "FTSE 100 flounders as weak construction data offsets Next rally: U.K. construction PMI declined more than forecast in December" MarketWatch 7:57 AM

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