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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?

  • "App Store kicks off 2018 with record-breaking holiday season: New Year's Day Sets Record With $300 Million in Purchases"  Apple 4:06 PM
  • "App Store Kicks Off 2018 with Record-Breaking Holiday Season" Business Wire 4:06 PM
  • "Cheap Replacement Batteries Expected to Hit iPhone Sales: 77 percent of iPhone owners have a smartphone eligible for Apple's cheap battery replacement program."  PC Magazine 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's Cheap iPhone Battery Replacement Offer 'To Hurt Sales'" Silicon UK 8:56 AM
  • "iPhone battery swap: Could Apple's $29 offer cut 2018 iPhones sales by 16 million? Analysts fret that if just a fraction of iPhone owners buy a battery instead of upgrading, millions fewer devices will be sold." ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "Apple: You need to do much better in 2018/The company's response to the revelation that it has actively been throttling older iPhones has been poor at best."  ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "The T2 chip makes the iMac Pro the start of a Mac revolution: Sure, it's the fastest Mac ever made, but the T2 chip is what really makes it different."  Macworld 8:50 AM
  • "Apple sues French tax activists who occupied Paris store: Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Attac activist group after about 100 of its supporters occupied the tech giant's flagship store in Paris last month, protesting alleged 'wide-scale tax evasion' by the firm." The Local (FR) 12:02 PM
  • "Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple" BBC 9:19 PM
  • "Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect 'all Mac systems and iOS devices,' but not for long" TechCrunch 7:26 PM
  • "Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6: Chrome-only sites are a problem" The Verge 3:08 PM
  • "Pixelmator Pro has promise, but is missing some features of the standard version" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
  • "2 Show Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac" OS X Daily 4:07 PM
  • "How to create a blank disk image for storage using macOS High Sierra's Disk Utility" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
  • "What happens when you cancel your iTunes Match subscription?" Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Selecting Items On Your Mac" MacMost 10:35 AM
  • "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Mac/Can you run it?" Mac Gamer HQ 8:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Qoppa Software releases Free PDF Reader for MacOS High Sierra" prMac 8:47 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jimmy Iovine Allegedly Planning to Leave Apple in August" MacRumors 5:09 PM
  • "Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine expected to leave company in August" AppleInsider 5:09 PM
  • "Report: Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine to depart Apple in August" 9to5Mac 5:09 PM
  • "Apple's $5 billion campus wasn't always meant to be a 'spaceship' — here's what it could've looked like" Business Insider 8:42 AM
  • "Beats 1 announce launch of two new shows: The Apple Music radio station has reinvigorated its schedule for 2018" NME 12:36 PM
  • "Apple joins alliance to shrink your online videos: The iPhone maker becomes the last of tech's biggest companies to endorse compression technology designed to go easy on your data plan." CNET 3:08 PM
  • "Apple joins group of tech companies working to improve online video compression" The Verge 4:14 PM
  • "Apple wants to shrink your online vids to make it easier on your data plan: Apple recently joined the Alliance For Open Media, seemingly showing the company's support for video compression technology." iMore 5:45 PM
  • "Apple may be behind what fans of 'The Office' believed to be a spin-off revival"  9to5Mac 4:13 PM
  • "Apple is working on a Serial-style crime drama series" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Adds 'Are You Sleeping' to Original Show Lineup" The Mac Observer 9:27 AM
  • "Flagship Apple Store Possibly Still Planned at Yonge-Bloor in Toronto" MacRumors 10:28 AM
  • "People Are Shelling Out $500+ To Own The Darker iMac Pro Keyboard and Mouse" Oh Gizmo! 8:57 AM
  • "Smart speakers are the fastest-growing consumer tech; shipments to surpass 50 million in 2018" ["Alexa's multiple smart home integrations, Google's partnership with Nest and Apple's HomeKit initiatives will continue to excite consumers of the smart speaker and fuel sales in 2018.'"] Canalys 11:56 AM
  • "Smart speakers top AR, VR and wearables to become fastest-growing consumer tech" TechCrunch 11:57 AM
  • "ZTE Settles In Multi-Defendant Cellphone Patent Suit: Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp. is settling in a consolidated IP suit from a licensing company that also accuses Apple, Motorola and other mobile heavyweights of infringing on data transfer patents, according to dismissal papers filed in Texas federal court on Wednesday." Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 11:47 AM
  • "PSA: Nonprofits can now apply to Apple for App Store developer fee waiver" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "TiVo debuts its 'Next-Gen' platform for pay TV providers looking to fight cord cutting" TechCrunch 5:37 PM
  • "Mesh WiFi startup Eeros lays off a fifth of its workforce: The company says it wants to 'focus on its core business'." Engadget 9:55 AM
  • "PyCryptoMiner enslaves your PC to mine Monero: The botnet's creator is quietly cashing in on the craze for cryptocurrency." ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "FCC chairman cancels attendance at CES" BBC 10:28 AM
  • "FCC chairman Ajit Pai just bailed on his planned CES appearance after killing net neutrality" BGR 8:32 AM
  • "Google knew about Spectre and Meltdown processor bugs last year, so its products are (mostly) protected" BetaNews 8:33 AM
  • "Google: Chip flaw affects all makers, and we told them about it last year" V3 8:30 AM
  • "Reddit investigating internal hack after users report stolen Bitcoin Cash tips" The Next Web 8:30 AM
  • "Competing With the Giants in Race to Build Self-Driving Cars" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:03 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch becomes fastest-selling gaming console in US" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:58 AM
  • "Samsung's new Exynos chip teases iPhone X features for Galaxy S9" The Verge 7:47 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 154 | Ringing in the New Year, HomePod challenges, and battery saga continues" 9to5Mac 4:13 PM
  • "Meltdown and Spectre Explained -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-04" The Mac Observer 12:36 PM
  • "Apple Says Meltdown Was Patched in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2, with No Measurable Impact to Speed" The Mac Observer 7:08 PM
  • "ARM security update suggests some iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TVs may be affected by CPU bug"  9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Older, jailbroken iPhones or Apple TVs possibly susceptible to CPU kernel vulnerability" AppleInsider 8:51 AM
  • "Apple acts as digital transformation hits panic mode: Major processor flaws mean everybody's data is at much higher risk than we thought" Computerworld 10:07 AM
  • "New test shows iPhone X is pretty darn resistant to screen burn-in" iDownload Blog 7:50 AM
  • "iPhone X beats Samsung's Note 8 and 7 Edge in OLED display burn-in test" Digital Trends 4:13 PM
  • "What you can do right now about the severe Intel chip security flaw" BGR 8:33 AM
  • "iPhone X Plus: Apple's larger flagship model to get LG OLED display" The Week UK 8:57 AM
  • "iFixit's iMac Pro teardown shows off redesigned internals and modular components" iDownload Blog 8:31 AM
  • "TSMC to outpace Samsung in 7nm volume production in 2018" ["Both Apple and Qualcomm are among TSMC's major customers, with the foundry house contracted to fabricate all the A12 processor chips for the 2018 new-generation iPhone devices, according to industry sources."] DigiTimes 8:42 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves a climate control system for vehicles" Apple World Today 8:28 AM
  • "You can have an authorized service provider upgrade your iMac Pro starting later this month" iDownload Blog 7:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM

  • "Apple's iPad Pro vs. Google's Pixelbook" MacRumors 12:37 PM
  • "iMac Pro with Pro Vega 56 GPU versus optional Pro Vega 64" Bare Feats 11:21 AM
  • "Edifier Luna e25 HD Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, sci-fi looks, surprisingly affordable/The 60s sci-fi look will be a turn-off for some, but these stationary speakers deliver fantastic sound for the money." TechHive 8:51 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best new apps for iPhone and iPad: What are the hottest new apps on the App Store right now? These!" iMore 5:49 PM
  • "Is Apple Throttling Your iPhone? You Can Check" Apple Gazette 9:20 AM
  • "How Do You Know If Your iPhone Needs A New Battery Or Is Being Throttled? Here's How" Tech Times 8:57 AM
  • "How to make your furniture into a wireless charger: Take your wireless charging setup to the next level by buying (or embedding) wireless charger furniture!" iMore 7:51 AM
  • "Watch: Why Apple slows down older iPhones and what you can do about it" AppleInsider 8:00 PM
  • "Replacing your iPhone battery? Here's what you need to know." iFixit 4:06 PM
  • "Back up your photos — before it's too late" iMore 9:17 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine will leave Apple in August, four years after his $3 billion deal: The music producer helped launch Apple Music, but he has had a diminished role at the company for a while." Recode 8:30 PM
  • "Apple in good cheer over a billion-dollar Christmas and New Year on the App Store" TechCrunch 5:48 PM
  • "Apple Could Bring $200 Billion to U.S., But Don't Start Spending it Just Yet" The Mac Observer 4:47 PM
  • "Swap-apocalypse: Upcoming iOS update will swarm Apple Stores with iPhone battery replacements" 9to5Mac 3:08 PM
  • "Why old Android phones don't slow down like iPhones" Mashable 12:56 PM
  • "As Apple acquires Shazam to deepen music knowledge, Microsoft's Cortana loses ability to recognize songs" AppleInsider 11:48 AM
  • "Insidious schemes: Apple has them"  Macworld 9:16 AM
  • "Murdoch to Trump re Apple et al: 'These guys don't need your help'" Apple 3.0 8:31 AM
  • "Cassandra: Thursday Review -Overflowing New Year" eXtensions 6:57 AM
  • "What You Need to Do Because of Flaws in Computer Chips" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:19 PM
  • "A cord-cutting wish list for 2018: What to expect—or at least hope for—from streaming and over-the-air TV this year." TechHive 8:51 AM
  • "Befuddled by blockchain? What to consider before diving in" Computerworld 8:48 AM
  • "The future of AI and the enterprise" Gigaom 8:47 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Death Road to Canada' Gets Another Massive Update on iOS" Touch Arcade 3:09 PM
  • "OWC launches Thunderblade V4, the world's fastest external drive" iDownload Blog 12:56 PM
  • "'Particle Mace' Update with iOS 11 and iPhone X Screen Support is Now Available" Touch Arcade 12:36 PM
  • "RC Club - The Ultimate Augmented Reality Radio Control Simulator" prMac 12:38 PM
  • "Swift Miles - Mileage Tracker for iOS - New Business Expense Tracker" prMac 10:45 AM
  • "Data rich Weather Line app gains iPhone X support, temporary price drop" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "Apple Pay promotion gives Instacart purchasers free delivery through January 10" AppleInsider 9:29 AM
  • "Euclidea: Geometric Construction Puzzles v4.0 for iOS Devices Just Released" PRNewswire 8:55 AM
  • "FRÉ iPhone X for action with LifeProof cases: NÙÙD also available now for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus" PRNewswire 8:55 AM
  • "TiVo's Next-Gen Platform Includes Integration With Apple TV" AppAdvice 10:46 AM
  • "TiVo's Next-Gen Platform aims to help cable TV providers stream to Apple TV, iPhone, iPad" AppleInsider 9:16 AM
  • "TiVo Introduces Next-Gen Platform, a Game-Changing TV Solution" ["TiVo's Next-Gen Platform allows providers to deliver content to customers where they want to watch it—including managed set-top-boxes such as Linux and Android TV as well as unmanaged bring-your-own devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, mobile and web."] Business Wire 8:54 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from December 2017" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "CERT: Only way to fix Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is to replace CPU" VentureBeat 7:51 AM
  • "Intel chip flaw: Millions of Android smartphones may need to be replaced for users to stay safe" The Independent 8:48 AM
  • "Intel claims its new security updates make PCs 'immune' to Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs: 90 percent of PCs will be covered by end of next week" The Verge 5:05 PM
  • "Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know" BBC 7:40 AM
  • "Intel and AMD have CPU meltdown as two major security flaws are blown open" Rock Paper Shotgun 8:18 AM
  • "Intel's Response to Its Security Problem Suggests AMD Has an Opening: The chip giant only says that hardware improvements meant to address performance issues caused by a security flaw will arrive at some point this year." TheStreet 8:07 AM
  • "Intel CEO sold all the stock he could after Intel learned of security bug: Intel claims sale was unrelated, but he planned sale after researchers disclosed bugs." Ars Technica 5:29 PM
  • "Intel CEO is under fire for selling $39 million in stock" Mashable 8:48 AM
  • "Intel CEO share sale under the spotlight" Seeking Alpha 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Delivers Emergency Windows 10 Patch for 'Meltdown' CPU Bug" eWeek 3:30 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 16299.192, 15063.850 - here's what's new" Neowin 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft's Cortana isn't able to identify songs anymore: The feature was tied to the Groove Music service, which ended in 2017." Engadget 11:06 AM
  • "Microsoft, Adaptive Biotechnologies will use AI to decode the immune system" Neowin 6:37 PM
  • "New white and rose gold Dell XPS 13 laptop features 8th-gen Intel CPUs: The svelte $999 notebook has a new fingerprint sensor, too." Ars Technica 7:41 AM
  • "Dell unveils its latest XPS 13 laptop, now more powerful, portable, and in 4K" TechSpot 8:45 AM
  • "Dell releases smaller, lighter XPS 13 performance laptop" New Atlas 8:45 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 hands-on: A makeover inside and out/Smaller, lighter and... cleaner?" Engadget 7:42 AM
  • "Dell unveils new XPS 13 ahead of CES" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Dell's Next-Gen XPS 13 Design Revealed With a Thinner Profile and Improved Performance" Thurrott 8:04 AM
  • "Dell's new XPS 13 packs 8th-gen Intel CPU (er) and a 20-hour battery life: Firm kicks off CES before it's even started" The Inquirer 7:46 AM
  • "The Dell XPS 13 Is Now Way Faster, Smaller, and Available in White" Gizmodo 7:46 AM
  • "Dell refreshes its XPS 13 with facial recognition and more ahead of CES" Neowin 7:45 AM
  • "HP Announces the Latest Chromebook 14 G5 and Chromebook 11 G6: Up to 7th Gen Quad Core Celeron" AnandTech 8:46 AM
  • "HP issues recall on laptop batteries because of overheating" Neowin 8:25 PM
  • "Windows 10 fleet: Lenovo's new ThinkPads get 8th gen Intel chips, webcam shutters" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Lenovo unveils vast lineup of Kaby Lake laptops and premium monitors for 2018" BGR 7:42 AM
  • "Lenovo Unveils Refreshed ThinkPad Line" Thurrott 8:04 AM
  • "Lenovo refreshes its ThinkPads with 8th-gen processors and USB-C charging" Neowin 7:44 AM
  • "Lenovo's new ThinkPads pack 8th-gen Cores and slimmer designs: There's even a webcam cover for the privacy-minded." Engadget 7:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Could Be in for a Rough 2018 on Weak iPhone Demand" InvestorPlace 9:29 AM
  • "Does Apple Have Significant Upside Going Into 2018?" Zacks 9:29 AM
  • "Apple Is Above A 'Golden Cross' And Has A Positive But Overbought Weekly Chart" Seeking Alpha 9:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Finishes Above 25,000 for First Time; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Hit New Highs: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted record closes for the third consecutive day." TheStreet 5:01 PM
  • "Dow closes above 25,000, extending milestone-breaking run for blue-chip stock index" USA Today 5:02 PM
  • "Job-cut announcements in 2017 see lowest level since 1990, Challenger report says" USA Today 8:05 AM
  • "Dow 25,000 powered by fastest 1,000-point advance ever" FOXBusiness 5:02 PM
  • "Dow tops 25,000 milestone; Wall St extends New Year's rally" Reuters 5:03 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Cross 25000 for First Time: S&P 500 also reaches new landmark, logging greatest bull run in postwar era" [Paid Membership Required] 5:04 PM
  • "Nikkei soars on its first trading day of 2018, hits 26-year high" MarketWatch 8:06 AM
  • "European stocks set for 2-week high, boosted by car makers and oil majors" MarketWatch 8:06 AM

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