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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?

  • "Tim Cook Stumbles at His Specialty, Shipping Apple Products on Time/Under CEO Tim Cook, the technology giant has been late shipping new devices" ["One reason for the delays could lie in the differences in approach between Mr. Cook and his predecessor Steve Jobs. Mr. Cook announces products and shipment dates earlier than did Mr. Jobs, who former employees said preferred waiting until a product was ready for shipment before publicizing it, except for unique devices like the iPhone and Apple TV."] [Paid Membership Required] 8:14 AM
  • "Apple under Tim Cook saw increase in product delay times: report" SiliconBeat 9:07 PM
  • "About speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs" ["These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store."]  Apple Support 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Says All Macs, iPhones and iPads Exposed to Chip Security Flaws"  Bloomberg 8:35 AM
  • "Apple, researchers eye patches to solve Intel chip flaws"  Reuters 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Now Faces 23+ Lawsuits for 'Purposefully' or 'Secretly' Slowing Down Older iPhones"  MacRumors 11:33 AM
  • "Innovators No More: Why Apple Could Be The Next Abercrombie & Fitch Cautionary Tale"  Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone Sales Growth Might Accelerate in 2018" Market Realist 2:44 PM
  • "Video: How the Meltdown & Spectre chip flaws affect Apple's Mac and iPhone" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
  • "How Apple users can protect themselves against Spectre and Meltdown" Computerworld 8:34 AM
  • "How to Protect Against Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws" OS X Daily 8:16 AM
  • "4 Options for Clearing Up Space on Your Mac's Hard Drive or SSD" The Mac Observer 6:23 PM
  • "Auto Applying Audio Fades to Groups of Clips in Final Cut Pro X" 8:41 AM
  • "How to restore a disk image to a disk in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 8:06 AM
  • "How to Fix your Mac's clock when it displays the wrong time: If you're Mac is setting the wrong date and/or time, you can use these tips to try and solve the problem." iMore 8:22 AM
  • "PDF Highlights and Notes In Preview" MacMost 11:30 AM
  • "8 Chrome extensions that supercharge Google Drive: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides can be powerful business tools. These extensions for the Chrome browser help you work smarter with Google Drive and its companion apps so you can get more done." Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "Meltdown and Spectre Flaws — What They Are and What to Do" The Mac Observer 3:57 PM
Press Releases
  • "progeSOFT iCADMac 2018 Released—Native DWG CAD Program Gains Features" Architosh 1:24 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August: Sources"  Billboard 8:19 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine is leaving Apple after it dropped $3 billion to help get him — but it's not going to be a disaster" Business Insider 8:19 AM
  • "Reports: Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple In August" RTTNews 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving the company" Mashable 10:52 AM
  • "Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine is leaving Apple, reports say: The exit coincides with his final payout from the Beats acquisition." Ars Technica 2:51 PM
  • "Apple Orders Docuseries 'Home' Straight to Series"  Variety 12:41 PM
  • "Apple gives series order to a show about 'extraordinary homes'" The Verge 2:51 PM
  • "Apple orders 10 episodes of extraordinary home docuseries" iDownload Blog 2:51 PM
  • "Apple orders documentary show from 'Rock of Ages' producer" Engadget 3:53 PM
  • "iPhone throttling lands Apple in hot water with Brazilian authorities" Cult of Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Steve Jobs portrait made out of e-waste is up for sale" Cult of Mac 9:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The Internet of Things now includes everything and the kitchen sink" Mashable 6:10 PM
  • "New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center: A renowned Linux innovator has developed a new mobile operating system, called 'Project eelo,' in an effort to provide a level of data privacy that traditional Android and iOS devices fail to offer." TechNewsWorld 3:13 PM
  • "FCC Commissioner Clyburn's extended dissent guts anti-net neutrality order" TechCrunch 3:53 PM
  • "Net neutrality suit gains support from tech's biggest companies: The internet is suing the FCC." Engadget 2:52 PM
  • "Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement" ZDNet 12:44 PM
  • "Reddit admits its email provider was hacked to steal Bitcoin Cash tips" The Next Web 10:53 AM
  • "Report: Amazon in talks for Premier League soccer streaming" Axios 9:42 AM
  • "Users intimidated by human-like virtual assistants, claim researchers: People don't want to appear stupid in front of so-called smart assistants, suggest researchers" V3 8:25 AM
  • "CES 2018: The biggest news and hottest products we expect at the show" PCWorld 8:11 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple, CES 2018 Predictions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-05" The Mac Observer 1:24 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses Intel's bad week, Apple's iPhone battery situation, Chicago snow, Spotify, more" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "Apple: ARM or Intel, major chip flaw affects all Macs and iOS devices/CPU vulnerability affects almost all Apple products containing either Intel or ARM-based CPUs" V3 8:24 AM
  • "Apple: all iOS and Mac devices are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs" BetaNews 8:32 AM
  • "All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by microchip flaw that leaves devices vulnerable to hackers, Apple says" Telegraph 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Says Chip Flaw Impacts All Macs, iPhones, iPads" [Video Report] Bloomberg 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone X: Actual and Relative Costs Around the World News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:38 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM

  • "iMac Pro PCIe-based Flash Storage: How Fast Versus Other Macs?" Bare Feats 11:31 AM
  • "Music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 is a surprisingly nice feature to have" The Verge 8:19 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands on With Hi-Rez Studios' Upcoming 'Bot Smashers'" Touch Arcade 3:13 PM
  • "'Beyond Helios' Review - Something Sinistar This Way Comes" Touch Arcade 10:53 AM
  • "How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "How to adjust the left/right audio balance for your earbuds on iPhone and Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Can you free yourself from There's only one way to avoid the portal page that appears when you connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot." Macworld 8:21 AM
  • "Run, don't walk, to replace your iPhone battery for $29" Seattle Times 9:07 PM
  • "Apple shipping delays higher under Tim Cook than Steve Jobs, data finds" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "Here's What to Expect From the 2018 Apple Inc. iPhone Lineup" The Motley Fool 8:41 AM
  • "Is Apple behind the latest 'The Office' spinoff rumors?" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "There's no place like HomePod: Apple's delay comes with raised expectations and stiffer competition."  Macworld 8:21 AM
  • "Here's how 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' got those terrifying names" Mashable 7:02 PM
  • "Google just gave its fans a good reason not to buy a Pixel 2" BGR 2:44 PM
  • "Why Google Is Not in Favor of Ad Agency Disintermediation" Market Realist 9:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Panic will soon no longer sell Transmit for iOS" TechCrunch 8:38 PM
  • "Panic to Discontinue Development of Transmit iOS" MacStories 6:10 PM
  • "New Mobile Game App Features YouTuber LugeyPS3: Luge & Boo Tag Team" prMac 3:53 PM
  • "Apple Launches 'Back to University' Promo in Australia/New Zealand: Free Beats With Mac or iPad Pro" MacRumors 2:42 PM
  • "Plugable Thunderbolt 3 drive offers 480GB of NVMe SSD external storage with fast data transfer rates" AppleInsider 1:27 PM
  • "Neutrogena has made an iPhone scanner that magnifies your skin issues" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Neutrogena's iPhone skin scanner tells you what's wrong with your face" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
  • "Kohler Introduces Voice-Command Technology into the Bathroom, Announces New Smart Home Products with 'Kohler Konnect'" ["To provide wider accessibility and optimal functionality to its new portfolio of products with KOHLER Konnect, the plumbing brand is offering support in select products for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit to bring technology into the bathroom in meaningful ways."] Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "Shenzhen Company Beats Apple in Launching Wireless Charging Pad with 'AirPower' Mini" ChargerLab 7:31 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel faces class action lawsuits regarding Meltdown and Spectre: Class action lawsuits have been filed in California, Indiana, and Oregon." Ars Technica 6:27 PM
  • "Meltdown and Spectre: Here's what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it" Ars Technica 9:29 AM
  • "CPU and OS makers go on red alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities" Digital Trends 3:14 PM
  • "Here's everything you can do to protect yourself against Meltdown and Spectre" BGR 9:10 AM
  • "Lawsuits stack up against Intel over Meltdown and Spectre bugs" BetaNews 12:40 PM
  • "Intel facing multiple class action suits over chip security flaw" The Verge 12:32 PM
  • "Intel loses top spot in worldwide semiconductor market" ITProPortal 9:09 AM
  • "Check This List to See If You're Still Vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre" Gizmodo 9:07 AM
  • "Intel Patches CPUs Against Meltdown, Spectre Exploits" SecurityWeek 9:05 AM
  • "Intel says performance impact of security updates not significant" Reuters 9:02 AM
  • "Intel boss sold $25m in shares before chip security flaw disclosure" Sky News 9:06 AM
  • "After Meltdown and Spectre revelation, questions arise about timing of Intel CEO's stock sales" TechCrunch 9:02 AM
  • "Intel Promises It'll Nearly Exterminate Meltdown and Spectre Bugs in a Few Days" Softpedia 9:01 AM
  • "Intel Inside? Our Experts Debate Threat in New Chip Flaw" The Cipher Brief 8:59 AM
  • "Spectre, Meltdown Effect: Tech Firms Rush Out Patches For 'Pervasive' Computer Flaw In Intel, Amd And Arm Chips" IndiaTimes 8:39 AM
  • "Intel will have Meltdown and Spectre patches ready for 90 percent of modern processors next week" BetaNews 8:15 AM
  • "After Meltdown and Spectre revelation, questions arise about timing of Intel CEO's stock sales" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
  • "AMD is big winner from chip flaw fiasco as more than $11 billion in Intel stock value is wiped out" CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "Next Generation AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge CPUs Release Date, Latest News, 400 Series AM4 Motherboards" SegmentNext 8:39 AM
  • "Microsoft, AWS and Google React to Meltdown Discovery" Comms Business 9:28 AM
  • "Windows Meltdown patch: Find out if your PC is compatible" TechRepublic 9:28 AM
  • "Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch? Microsoft's patch for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities isn't arriving to PCs running incompatible third-party antivirus products because the fix can trigger a bad error." PC Magazine 3:51 PM
  • "Meltdown, Spectre: Microsoft patches, US-CERT says replace CPU" Tech Central 9:27 AM
  • "Windows 10 Not Slowed Down by Meltdown and Spectre Patches" Softpedia 9:27 AM
  • "Find out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities" gHacks 9:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Issues Warning for Meltdown Fix" Info Security 9:09 AM
  • "Windows 10 Not Slowed Down by Meltdown and Spectre Patches" Softpedia 9:05 AM
  • "Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4056892 (Meltdown & Spectre Fix) Fails to Install" Softpedia 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Updates for Its Devices to Fix Meltdown and Spectre Flaws" Softpedia 9:00 AM
  • "HP recalls laptop batteries because of fire and burn risks" BetaNews 12:39 PM
  • "HP Recalls 50,000 Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk" UberGizmo 9:18 AM
  • "HP recalls two years' worth of laptop batteries" bit-tech 9:18 AM
  • "HP is forced to recall laptops yet AGAIN over risks their batteries could burst into flames: Here's how to check if you're affected" Daily Mail (UK) 9:18 AM
  • "HP laptop battery alert: We're recalling these models due to overheating fears" ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "HP Canada recalling certain batteries due to fire hazard" Vancouver Sun 9:18 AM
  • "HP announces worldwide recall of laptop batteries due to overheating issues" MSPoweruser 9:17 AM
  • "Zero-day vulnerabilities hijack full Dell EMC Data Protection Suite" ZDNet 12:36 PM
  • "CES 2018: Dell announces thinner, lighter, reimagined XPS 13" OnMSFT 9:14 AM
  • "Dell launch their New XPS 13 with space-age materials ahead of CES 2018" PCGamesN 9:14 AM
  • "Dell announces new aluminium exterior XPS 13 2018 laptop ahead of CES 2018" AI Circle 9:13 AM
  • "IBM appoints new president for Brazil operation" ZDNet 2:52 PM
  • "Java is the most popular programming language, but C is gaining ground" BetaNews 12:38 PM
  • "Graphics Cards for PC Gaming 2017 Global Market Key Players – Nvidia, AMD -Analysis and Forecast to 2022" Industry Today 8:37 AM
  • "Flaws In Intel, Amd, Arm Chips Put Phones, Computers At Risk" IndiaTimes 8:37 AM
  • "2018 Bull Market Outlook: Time for Cisco, Intel and IBM to Boost the Dow Even Higher" 24/7 Wall St. 8:31 AM
  • "Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case" The Register 8:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Stock Pops on 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' Relief, iPhone Demand Bump: A UBS note suggests better-than-expected iPhone demand could boost prices as Apple assures users that it's on top of the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' issues." TheStreet 8:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs 220-point gain to end stellar first week of 2018 for the stock market: Fewer jobs were added in December than expected, but report shouldn't change the Fed's policy path" MarketWatch 6:12 PM
  • "Dow Jumps 220 Points to Score New Record; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Hit New Highs: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at record highs for the fourth consecutive day." TheStreet 6:12 PM
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq post best week in more than a year" Reuters 6:11 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Extend Strong New Year Start: Dow industrials notch their best start to a year since 2003" [Paid Membership Required] 6:11 PM
  • "Asian markets soar to new highs, but show some signs of cooling: though gains show signs of cooling." MarketWatch 7:25 AM
  • "European stocks score biggest weekly gain in 8 months as global rally stays strong: European stock markets rose for a third straight day on Friday, tracking the global equity rally that has sent U.S. stocks to fresh records and Japanese shares to a 26-year high." MarketWatch 11:47 AM

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