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Friday 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?

  • "UK squeezes extra £136m tax payment from Apple: Latest bill for US tech giant comes after 'extensive audit' of marketing subsidiary"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:00 PM
  • "Life after iTunes: Apple's big media challenge/Like all the big tech firms, Apple is spending billions to produce original video content as it builds its place in the future of media, but it faces lots of challenges in its attempt."  Computerworld 7:50 AM
  • "Apple exec Angela Ahrendts recalls telling Tim Cook, 'I'm not a techie,' in first meeting"  ABCNews 8:21 PM
  • "Alexa is eating Siri's lunch at CES 2018, and HomePod isn't going to make a difference: Apple is absent from the show, and not just because it doesn't have a booth."  Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Defends Its Smartphone Practices for Children After Investor Critique: Company says it has been offering parental controls since as early as 2008" [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Apple to introduce new features after child phone addiction concerns were raised" ["An Apple representative told Business Insider on Tuesday: 'Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online.'"]  Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Apple vows new parental controls amid child addiction fears" CNET 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Probed as French Customers Say iPhones Are Designed to Die" Bloomberg 8:34 AM
  • "France probes Apple over iPhone planned obsolescence complaint" TechCrunch 8:16 AM
  • "France investigates Apple for slowing down old iPhones" Associated Press 8:01 AM
  • "It looks like Wall Street's big fear over the iPhone may have been overblown"  Business Insider 11:19 AM
  • "Watch For This iCloud Drive Bug When Upgrading to a New Mac" Lifehacker 11:41 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "Fix Windows and macOS Showing Different Times When Dual Booting" Apple Gazette 9:35 AM
  • "Leawo Tunes Cleaner can help you clean up your iTunes library" Apple World Today 8:49 AM
  • "How to create a secure disk image in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 8:48 AM
  • "How to find and use the custom spelling dictionary on your Mac" Cult of Mac 1:25 PM
  • "Sorting Photos and Photo Albums" MacMost 11:24 AM
  • "Apple's iOS Addiction already has a solution on the Mac" AppleInsider 1:26 PM
  • "Apple security discussion continues on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple patches and shifting documentation, update problems, performance changes, forced updates, etc." MacInTouch 11:32 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 11:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jimmy Iovine Shoots Down Rumors He's Leaving Apple (Exclusive)"  Variety 8:29 PM
  • "No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions"  The Guardian 6:05 PM
  • "Ad firms losing 'hundreds of millions' after Apple clamps down on Safari tracking" AppleInsider 6:05 PM
  • "Siri Semester Exam Grade Improves To C From D+" ["In our latest 800 question test of AI assistant Siri, she was able to understand 99% of queries and correctly answer 75% of them, earning a C grade."]  Loup Ventures 8:29 AM
  • "Voice assistant integration is the top smart-home trend at CES" Business Insider 11:20 AM
  • "Apple's new Federation Square retail store in Australia facing backlash from locals" 9to5Mac 6:05 PM
  • "Smoking iPhone battery forces Apple store evacuation" CNNMoney 11:41 AM
  • "Apple store in Zurich evacuated as phone battery overheats" Reuters 11:19 AM
  • "Swiss Apple Store evacuated & emergency services attend as smoke emitted from overheating battery" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's 2017 Webby-nominated ad featured autism pseudoscience"  The Verge 11:42 AM
  • "New iPhone Overheating Incidents Reported in Orlando, Zurich" iDrop News 6:09 PM
  • "Even the iPhone's designer is worried about phone addiction" CNNMoney 8:28 AM
  • "Second iPhone X Android clone arrives, this one from a mid-tier Chinese brand" 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "On This Date In Market History: Apple Introduces The iPhone" Benzinga 12:01 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes rips its way onto Mac" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "This phone's fingerprint sensor is its display" iMore 8:15 PM
  • "YouTube finally responds to the uproar over Logan Paul's video of a dead body: 'Suicide is not a joke'" Business Insider 6:02 PM
  • "Senate Democrats Promise Vote to Restore Net Neutrality, Call FCC's Order 'Un-American'" Gizmodo 12:33 PM
  • "FBI locked out of 7,775 encrypted devices in 2017, says director: FBI director Christopher Wray said he supports strong encryption but called an inability to access encrypted devices an 'urgent public safety issue.'" ZDNet 11:41 AM
  • "Facebook is purportedly working on an Echo Show killer called Portal" The Next Web 11:41 AM
  • "T-Mobile adds over 5 million customers in 2017" Reuters 11:19 AM
  • "Powermat admits defeat as Qi wins wireless charging" Digital Trends 8:33 AM
  • "The First Google Home With a Screen Already Offers More Privacy Than Amazon's Echo Show" Lifehacker 12:01 PM
  • "Google unleashes 'smart displays' loaded with Google Assistant (take that, Echo Show)" PCWorld 8:08 AM
  • "002: HomeKit ceiling fans, 'floating' CarPlay screens, Apple on iPhone addiction Daily" 9to5Mac 6:05 PM
  • "CES 2018: The Best of Pepcom With LaCie, Zagg, August, Ring and More" MacRumors 2:59 PM
  • "CES 2018 and HomePod Talk, Cool Product Finds -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-09" The Mac Observer 11:46 AM
  • "Are Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon Unstoppable?" [Podcast] Knowledge@Wharton 8:47 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 221: Really really extravagant" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "Apple to invest in LG Innotek's 3-D sensing module biz: US tech giant Apple is planning to invest in Korean electric components maker LG Innotek to secure a stable supply of 3-D sensing modules for iPhones and iPads to be launched this year, according to news reports on Jan. 9." The Investor 10:24 AM
  • "Apple signs deal with LG Innotek for Face ID components" phoneArena 9:19 PM
  • "Sketchy Rumor Claims 'iPhone SE 2' Could Feature a Glass Back and Support Wireless Charging" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "Wi-fi to get security updates in 2018 with new WPA3 protections, old hardware likely left behind" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "iPhone: Apple updates iOS 11 to keep phones safe from worldwide security flaw" The Independent 8:45 AM
  • "Apple issues Spectre fix with iOS 11.2.2 update" Sophos 8:46 AM
  • "Here's why you should update your iPhone now" CNBC Videos 8:34 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad" ZDNet 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5 Beta 4 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:29 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers" MacRumors 12:29 PM
  • "Apple wants to improve text-to-speech conversion on its various devices" Apple World Today 8:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Models" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM

  • "Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Headphones review: These will satisfy athletes but not audiophiles" Macworld 8:07 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on: ESPN MultiCast on Apple TV lets you view up to four live sports streams [Video] 9to5Mac 11:19 AM
  • "'Double Dragon 4' Review - A Pass From the Past" Touch Arcade 11:19 AM
  • "How to Get iPhone Speaker to Light up to Music with This $5 Mod" iPhone Hacks 6:02 PM
  • "How to limit adult content and block private browsing in Safari on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
  • "How to stop your iPhone from tracking locations you frequently visit" iMore 12:02 PM
  • "Qi whiz! Not all wireless charging is alike: Certain cars with Qi charging won't work with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X." Macworld 8:47 AM
  • "How to set up Apple's two-factor authentication" iMore 8:29 AM
  • "The Odd Thing Apple Does with Apple TV 4K in Several Stores" The Mac Observer 4:51 PM
  • "Why the iPhone X isn't the best bet for mobile gamers right now"  148Apps 11:41 AM
  • "Editorial: The super exciting failure of CES 2018"  AppleInsider 11:37 AM
  • "Worst ever: The iPhone X loosely reviewed" Macworld 9:36 AM
  • "What an Intel/AMD partnership means for MacBooks" iMore 9:35 AM
  • "Can Apple Profit From Its Battery Debacle? Consumers are fed up with upgrades. The market is responding."  Bloomberg 8:35 AM
  • "CalSTRS: We want Apple to step up and respond" CNBC Videos 12:02 PM
  • "Apple's response to parental controls and iPhone addiction in children" The Loop 11:36 AM
  • "Apple, kids, and iPhone addiction: Parental controls in iOS are long overdue"  Macworld 11:35 AM
  • "Does Apple have an obligation to make the iPhone safer for kids?" The Conversation 8:46 AM
  • "Smartphone Addiction Is a Problem Apple Won't Solve"  Bloomberg 8:35 AM
  • "There's currently something a little off about Apple's iPhone site" Mashable 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Slowing Down iPhones Should Bring Back Old Feature"  Forbes 7:58 AM
  • "Which iPhone Should I Get: The Thrilling Conclusion" The Mac Observer 7:48 AM
  • "Amazon is still obliterating its biggest competition — and it's not even close" Business Insider 2:59 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: How networking will evolve in 2018" Computerworld 1:26 PM
  • "How eSports has given rise to competitive gaming betting and gambling – with skins and real money" Business Insider 11:35 AM
  • "Two Scenarios for Amazon's Alexa" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:20 AM
  • "Emoji May Finally Get a Direction-Changing Update" Mashable 10:25 AM
  • "Will AI Power Too Many Smart Home Devices?" Tech.pinions 8:30 AM
  • "Do white Google engineers have a case in discrimination lawsuit?" CBS News 8:27 AM
  • "Comic: Classic Mac Meltdown" iMore 8:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Matias' wired, backlit Mac keyboard serves as replacement for discontinued Apple version" AppleInsider 9:19 PM
  • "Dell's Android, iOS notification, screencasting service is locked to 2018 PCs" Digital Trends 8:14 PM
  • "CES -Nite Ize iPhone Stand Marries a Magnetic Holder to a Bendable Arm and Clamp" The Mac Observer 6:03 PM
  • "Best Camera Apps for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus" iPhone Hacks 6:03 PM
  • "Boss' smart wireless guitar amp is designed to work with your iPhone" Cult of Mac 3:06 PM
  • "Khronos Group—Spells Out Details of Neural Network Standard" Architosh 1:27 PM
  • "Dell just unveiled the world's most compact portable Thunderbolt SSD" BGR 1:26 PM
  • "Giraffic Now Boosts FireTV, Apple TV and Android TV Apps with TV SDK Based on its Market-proven Adaptive Video Acceleration™" Business Wire 12:40 PM
  • "Alpine unveils first 9-inch CarPlay head unit with floating design fit for most cars" 9to5Mac 12:01 PM
  • "Seagate unveils Fast SSD, LaCie Rugged Secure & LaCie DJI Copilot drives" AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "CES –┬áCatalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods Featured at Unveiled" The Mac Observer 11:19 AM
  • "HomeKit compatible Incipio CommandKit Smart Wall Switch and Wireless Smart Power Strip debut" AppleInsider 9:35 AM
  • "Incase announces 14,000 mAh battery case for MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 9:06 AM
  • "Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena Expands Beyond PC and Android with Upcoming iOS Release" Reverb 8:48 AM
  • "Orbit To Bring Siri & Apple Home App Integration to Line Up of Irrigation Products" PRNewswire 8:33 AM
  • "First Alert® Ups the Ante on Home Safety and Internet Connectivity at CES in Las Vegas" ["Using the Apple Home app or Siri, simply and securely control Onelink Safe & Sound as well as other HomeKit accessories right from an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch."] PRNewswire 8:32 AM
  • "Frontier SmartSDK Adds Support for Apple AirPlay 2" Business Wire 8:30 AM
  • "Intuit Launches Turbo, A Free Financial App That Shows Consumers Where They Stand Financially – Beyond the Credit Score" Business Wire 8:30 AM
  • "ZAGG Debuts Rugged Book Wireless Keyboard & Detachable Case for iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2" MacTrast 8:28 AM
  • "Phyn Plus lets you monitor your water system from your iPhone or iPad" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "Kingston's 7-in-1 USB-C hub saves your MacBook from the dongle life" Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence uses ResearchKit, is Apple store exclusive" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "Razer moves into wireless power with the launch of HyperFlux, a mouse and pad" TechCrunch 8:16 AM
  • "Faber Acoustical Releases SignalScope X for iOS as a Free Download" prMac 8:34 AM
  • "SlideFlow 1.0 for iOS - Animated Photo Slideshow on TV" prMac 8:06 AM
  • "Blood of Patriots 90s Arcade Fighting Game Reborn With Political Figures" prMac 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Most PCs will get slower because of the chip flaw fix" CNNMoney 7:22 PM
  • "Intel CEO says firm will release 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' patches this month: Says some users may see 'larger impact' on PC performance" The Inquirer 7:01 AM
  • "Intel promises fix for chip flaw that left billions of devices vulnerable to hackers 'within a week'" Telegraph 8:23 AM
  • "Intel CEO Promises Fix for Serious Chip Security Flaw" Time 9:47 AM
  • "Intel shows off its new Loihi AI chip and a new 49-qubit quantum chip" TechCrunch 7:32 AM
  • "Intel and Micron break up NAND partnership" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Intel shows off self-driving car stuffed with Mobileye tech: If you don't have a driverless car to showcase at CES, then go stand in the corner" The Inquirer 10:17 AM
  • "Intel brings out former NFL star Tony Romo at CES keynote to tout company's sports technology" GeekWire 7:01 AM
  • "Intel and Mobileye partner with China's SAIC on self-driving" TechCrunch 7:33 AM
  • "Intel's quantum computing efforts take a major step forward: Intel now has 0.0049 percent of a viable quantum computer." Engadget 7:02 AM
  • "Intel launches motion capture studio in LA to bring cinematic VR to Hollywood studios" TechCrunch 7:33 AM
  • "Here's why some AMD systems are failing to boot after installing Microsoft's patches" Neowin 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft stops distributing Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD devices after fixes brick machines" GeekWire 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers" Reuters 2:49 PM
  • "Microsoft withdraws Spectre and Meltdown patch that's borking AMD machines: As we look forward to the 'Skyfall' and 'Casino Royale' vulnerabilities" The Inquirer 7:41 AM
  • "AMD Slashes Ryzen CPU Prices to Take On Intel's Coffee Lake" ExtremeTech 7:01 AM
  • "Amazon Alexa Set to Become Power Business Tool on Windows 10 PCs" eWeek 7:01 AM
  • "HP Spectre x360: HP's latest Spectre X360 laptop uses new Kaby Lake-G processor" Expert Reviews 9:10 AM
  • "HP Spectre x360 15 specs, release date, price: Features hybrid AMD-Intel processor" Christian Today 9:10 AM
  • "HP recalls laptops over fears they could overheat and catch fire" The Sun 9:10 AM
  • "HP issues laptop recall over battery blaze fears: Around 50,000 laptops recalled over faulty batteries" V3 9:10 AM
  • "Dell Goes for Professional Power, Portability With XPS 15 2-in-1" PC Magazine 1:06 PM
  • "CES 2018: Dell announces new XPS 15" ZDNet 1:10 PM
  • "IBM led on patents in 2017, Facebook broke into top 50 for the first time" TechCrunch 11:09 AM
  • "Cisco has created a Gigabit network for your car and Hyundai will be using it next year" Business Insider 2:59 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Here's when history suggests Apple's stock would be due for a pullback" MarketWatch 8:20 AM
  • "Should Investors Pay Attention To Apple News?" Nasdaq 8:45 AM
  • "Open Thread: What should shareholders ask CEO Tim Cook at Apple's annual meeting on February 13th?" MacDailyNews 11:24 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow industrials log a record, set sights on 26,000 as banks, health-care rally: Boeing adds more than nearly 60 points to Dow industrials" MarketWatch 6:07 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Jump to New Records: Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq scored new records for the sixth consecutive session." TheStreet 6:07 PM
  • "Markets close at records, after Dow dipped Monday Video" FOXBusiness Video 6:06 PM
  • "Banks, Health-Care Shares Push U.S. Stocks Higher: S&P 500 has best start to a year since 1964 as major indexes close at new records" [Paid Membership Required] 6:06 PM
  • "Asian stocks continue their early-year rally: Hang Seng extends winning streak; BOJ reduces long bond purchases" MarketWatch 8:52 AM
  • "European stocks rise for 5th session in a row, stay at highest since 2015: German data beats forecasts, helps maintain positive investing mood" MarketWatch 8:51 AM

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