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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 Home Court Disadvantage: Investing more domestically doesn't change the fundamental structure of iPhone maker's business" [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "'We want to help America,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says of moving foreign money back to US" ABCNews 7:19 AM
  • "Tim Cook: 'Maybe we should have been clearer' over iPhone throttling" ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Why a $38 Billion Tax Payment Is a Good Deal for Apple"  Wired 7:49 AM
  • "Apple to pay $38bn on foreign cash pile" BBC 7:48 AM
  • "Apple promises investment as it pays taxes on overseas cash" [Video Report] CNBC 7:16 AM
  • "Trump: I called Tim Cook and thanked him" CNBC Videos 3:59 PM
  • "The Ghost of Steve Jobs Continues to Disappear"  24/7 Wall St. 7:15 AM
  • "€13bn Apple tax collection to start in March, PAC hears" RTÉ 7:33 AM
  • "EU Tells Apple It Still Has to Show Them the Money" Bloomberg 8:43 AM
  • "Apple's U.S. tax payment does not change EU's Irish tax ruling" Reuters 1:22 PM
  • "How to Do More With Photos in Apple Photos App: Part 4" Envato Tuts+ 7:36 AM
  • "macOS: How to Use 'Reload Page from Origin' in Safari" The Mac Observer 8:16 AM
  • "Tips: How to make Windows 10 install media on macOS High Sierra" AppleInsider 9:37 AM
  • "How to use tags to organize files in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "How to make your Mail signatures more interesting" Apple Must 8:31 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Office for Mac updated w/ real-time collaboration, auto cloud saving, and more" 9to5Mac 3:55 PM
  • "Office 2016 for Mac is Now Aligned with Windows, Android, and iOS" Thurrott 5:40 PM
  • "New Lighting mode coming to rekordbox™, to be released in February" Business Wire 8:42 AM
  • "New rekordbox Lyric Plus Pack Brings World's First Lyric Visualization in Sync with DJs' Tracks" Business Wire 8:42 AM
  • "Think Firefox Quantum is fast? Try Firefox 58, out next week, says Mozilla: The incoming Firefox 58 brings faster page loads thanks to a new compiler and streaming compilation, reports Mozilla." ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "DEVONthink 2.9.17 updates web interface, searches PDF annotations" DEVONtechnologies 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and Samsung are both under investigation by the Italian government over planned obsolescence: Italy's antitrust organization wants to know if the two companies are intentionally slowing down their phones" The Verge 7:59 PM
  • "Opposed by Apple, 'right to repair' bills nonetheless pile up in state capitols" AppleInsider 9:16 PM
  • "Apple said it wasn't in the TV business. Now it's in high-stakes bidding wars with HBO"  Quartz 9:10 AM
  • "Apple to Take Culver City HQ After HBO Backs Out"  Variety 7:33 AM
  • "New leases give Apple a large footprint in Los Angeles for content push" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung under investigation by Italian government over planned obsolescence allegations" AppleInsider 1:21 PM
  • "Apple supplier guilty of unsafe work conditions, report finds: Findings include workers coming in contact with toxic chemicals without training or sufficient protection. Apple says it found no evidence to support the claims." CNET 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations From the App Store/Update: Apple backed off."  Motherboard 1:17 PM
  • "Once-blocked Net Neutrality-tracking app Wehe will be allowed in the iOS App Store" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
  • "Apple Blocks App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations" ExtremeTech 6:08 PM
  • "Tech giants are telling Trump to preserve a program that allows some spouses of high-skilled immigrants to work in the U.S." Recode 7:37 AM
  • "Apple, Google Reroute Employee Buses After Series of Alleged Attacks Near San Francisco" Gizmodo 7:28 AM
  • "Apple and Google charter buses vandalized on highway" CNNMoney 3:59 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mozilla mandates that new Firefox features rely on encrypted connections: Future web-facing features in the browser must now meet a standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted." Computerworld New Zealand 4:58 PM
  • "FCC fact sheet on broadband deployment reveals nothing about broadband deployment: Pai offers no data for claim that Title II repeal boosts broadband construction." Ars Technica 4:00 PM
  • "Google's secret OS that may someday replace Android was just caught on video" BGR 3:59 PM
  • "T-Mobile commits to starting 5G rollout in 2019, scoffs at AT&T's and Verizon's promises" VentureBeat 2:51 PM
  • "156: Apple's TV plans, iPhone X notch future, watchOS 5 ideas Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 1:20 PM
  • "MacBook Air's Legacy, Tim Cook's iPhone Battery Comments -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-18" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "The Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 14: What's Up with My iPhone's Battery?" Intego 10:31 AM
  • "The Rebound 170: Long-Time Listeners" Six Colors 10:08 AM
  • "iPhone owners will be able to disable CPU throttling in future iOS version, Cook says" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "Tim Cook says users will be able to turn off iPhone slowdown 'feature'" Mashable 7:28 AM
  • "Apple will give users the option to control their own battery's destiny" Ars Technica 9:08 AM
  • "Tim Cook: iPhone Owners Didn't Pay Attention to Battery Fix Details" ["While Cook's admission that Apple may not have been clear seems spot-on, his suggestion that users weren't paying attention feels disingenuous. Based on the information Apple published, it's not clear that phone performance could be impacted by the battery fix."] The Mac Observer 9:45 AM
  • "iPhone 'chaiOS' bug can freeze your phone with a single link" The Verge 7:27 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.5 beta 6 fixes the ChaiOS 'text bomb' Messages bug" iDownload Blog 7:37 AM
  • "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Battery Features Releases iOS 11.2.5 Public Beta 6" Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "A bug is messing up the keyboard for some Messenger users on iPhones" TechCrunch 7:25 AM
  • "Annoying bug in Facebook Messenger hitting some iOS users, company investigating" 9to5Mac 7:24 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at OLED displays for Macs (eventually)" Apple World Today 8:13 AM
  • "Samsung found a way to kill the iPhone X notch, but Apple already has a better solution" BGR 3:55 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM

  • "Watch: Apple's iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro with benchmarks and specs" AppleInsider 9:16 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user/A smartphone that plucks at your heartstrings, not always in a good way" The Register 8:11 AM
  • "Hands-on with LG's new Thunderbolt 3 UltraFine displays" iDownload Blog 1:20 PM
  • "Review: Edifier MP200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 3:55 PM
  • "Hands-on: Ugreen's 20000mAh MFi Power Bank with built-in Lightning cable" 9to5Mac 10:11 AM
  • "Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable" TechHive 7:24 AM
  • "The LaVolta turns your iMac into a portable (if you have strong shoulders)" Apple World Today 7:23 AM
  • "Review: Away Travel's USB-powered Carry-On luggage helped me survive CES" 9to5Mac 6:58 PM
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 6:14 PM
  • "VeeR VR Editor is the best editing app for your 360-degree photos" iMore 8:10 AM
  • "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery — first look at wizarding mobile game" VentureBeat 7:42 AM
  • "'JYDGE' Review - Here Comes the JYDGE" Touch Arcade 7:34 AM
  • "How to transfer data from your old iPad to your new iPad" iMore 9:37 AM
  • "How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi" Gizmodo 9:08 AM
  • "Fix: Safari can't load websites or crashes" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "How to install the official Apple SEED training app on iPhone" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "Decline iPhone Phone Calls With a Message" MacMost 7:17 AM
  • "Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for Better Audio Quality and Web-Based Interviews" The Mac Observer 3:55 PM
  • "Tip: stop the Podcasts app from auto-advancing to the next episode from the same show" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "Can you buy insurance for your older iPhone? If you have an out-of-warranty, out-of-AppleCare iPhone, you may still be able to insure it." iMore 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Just Redesigned the App Web Interface For iOS and Mac Apps" The Mac Observer 7:00 PM
  • "Interest in new iPhones at a historic low, study suggests" BGR 6:39 PM
  • "Apple CEO: Trump Tax Plan 'Will Result in Job Creation and a Faster Growing Economy'" Breitbart 6:07 PM
  • "Is CES a trouble spot for Apple?"  Macworld 2:52 PM
  • "Apple and Amazon are expanding. Here's the rest of the story" CNNMoney 2:52 PM
  • "Apple TV 4K Users Won't Be Happy With Sony's Dolby Vision TV Update" The Mac Observer 2:13 PM
  • "The Finance 202: Trump is eager to claim credit for Apple moves. But it's a bit more complicated." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 10:32 AM
  • "It's Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone" MacStories 10:31 AM
  • "Who Might Apple Buy With Its Big Tax Holiday Windfall? Apple claims it will make the largest tax payment ever when it brings back its overseas cash. Expect the iPhone maker to spend big on buybacks and dividends, and perhaps make an acquisition or two." TheStreet 9:08 AM
  • "Apple is the company everybody should pay attention to: Roger McNamee"  Fox Business Videos 8:33 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: Transmit Replacements and FTP Clients" MacStories 7:43 AM
  • "Soon you'll be able to decide whether you want better battery life or better performance on your iPhone" Quartz 10:31 AM
  • "iPhones are fragile — and so are their owners" The Next Web 7:41 AM
  • "Siri needs to become a platform"  iMore 7:37 AM
  • "iPhone fixation: It's all on Apple" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "How Apple can turn the iPhone into an ultra portable MacBook Air: After 10 years, it's time to take the next step." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "Tim Cook talks new Apple site, tax repatriation, battery kerfuffle, and more" The Loop 7:41 AM
  • "A $350 Billion 'Contribution' to the U.S. Economy? No (Premium)" Thurrott 7:20 AM
  • "Recode's Ed Lee: Why I'm questioning Apple's $350 billion" CNBC Videos 7:16 AM
  • "iPhone addiction? You ain't seen nothing yet... iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive and we're spending more time staring at them than ever before."  Computerworld 7:10 AM
  • "Google's Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works!" Ars Technica 9:08 AM
  • "What the newest laptops tell us about 2018 trends" The Verge 7:41 AM
  • "The problem with human moderators" Mashable 7:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Hey Siri, give me the news' leaves beta, works with NPR, Fox, CNN, and Washington Post" Macworld 1:22 PM
  • "Epson Announces Next-Generation SureColor F2100 Printer for High-Performance Direct-to-Garment Printing" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
  • "iQuest, Inc. Announces release of iQagent AR, IOS-based Augmented Reality App for Manufacturing and Industry" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Claims 90 Percent of Affected CPUs Have Live Patches Just as Rumors of New Attacks Arrive" Gizmodo 2:01 PM
  • "Intel fix causes reboots and slowdowns" BBC 9:43 AM
  • "Intel says Meltdown / Spectre patch causes reboots in computers with newer processors too: Data center performance can degrade by up to 25 percent for certain workloads" The Verge 6:24 AM
  • "Spectre and Meltdown patches are slowing down newer Intel chips too: Fixer are causing some systems to slow down up up to 25 percent" The Inquirer 6:28 AM
  • "Intel: Meltdown/Spectre patches also cause reboots on newer processors" Neowin 6:29 AM
  • "Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips: The chipmaker said it's working on a fix for its buggy Spectre/Meltdown patches." Engadget 6:48 AM
  • "Intel Says That Patches for Spectre, Meltdown Affect Newer Chips" CDR Info 6:39 AM
  • "Meltdown-Spectre: Intel says newer chips also hit by unwanted reboots after patch" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "Spectre patch reboot flaw covers most chips, Intel warns" bit-tech 6:40 AM
  • "Intel: Meltdown and Spectre bugs also affect Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake systems" BetaNews 6:40 AM
  • "Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips" ZDNet 12:45 PM
  • "Intel starts shipping two new D400-series 3D cameras unveiled at CES" Neowin 8:11 PM
  • "Windows 10 Meltdown-Spectre patch: New updates bring fix for unbootable AMD PCs" ZDNet 10:05 AM
  • "Microsoft to drop its HealthVault Insights apps" ZDNet 1:21 PM
  • "Microsoft's new drawing bot is an AI artist" TechCrunch 1:22 PM
  • "AMD slapped with class-action suit over 'wrongful' handling of Spectre flaw: Plaintiffs claim chipmaker kept quiet to inflate its stock price" The Inquirer 6:28 AM
  • "IBM May Finally Stop Shrinking. But Is It a Turnaround?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:25 AM
  • "Intel Vega M Release Date, Specs: Lower-Tier Dell XPS 15 Not Getting AMD GPU?" The Christian Post 6:35 AM
  • "HP unveils 2018 strategy for Vietnam/HP Vietnam on Tuesday said that it was focusing on new solutions related to its three main areas: core, growth and future." Vietnamnet Bridge 6:36 AM
  • "New Dell XPS 13 Retails from RM5,999 in Malaysia" 6:35 AM
  • "Delaware Supreme Court reverses Court of Chancery's Dell appraisal decision" Lexology 6:35 AM
  • "Dell announces partnership with AR headset-maker Meta to start selling its dev kit" TechCrunch 3:28 PM
  • "Oracle Fixes 237 Vulnerabilities in January Critical Patch Update" eWeek 1:52 PM
  • "IBM Shows Positive Revenue Growth for First Time in Six Years" eWeek 6:45 PM
  • "IBM Q4 edges expectations, as-a-service run rate now $10.3 billion" ZDNet 7:26 PM
  • "IBM Ends 22-Quarter Streak of Falling Revenue" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:16 PM
  • "Qualcomm's CES press conference was about partners/CES 2018: Partners using chips means partners buying chips" SemiAccurate 6:29 AM
  • "What the newest laptops tell us about 2018 trends" The Verge 11:53 AM
  • "ARM's CEO Simon Segars on Spectre/Meltdown, IoT security and more" TechCrunch 8:11 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Wall Street says forget about the jobs — Apple's big announcement is all about a tax windfall" Business Insider 1:22 PM
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Is a Winner, Even Heading Into Earnings" InvestorPlace 10:31 AM
  • "Here's What Wall Street Thinks of Apple's Cash Repatriation Plan" Bloomberg 8:43 AM
  • "Who gets a serving of Apple's tax pie?" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:20 PM
  • "Apple to Give Employees $2,500 Bonus in Restricted Stock, Will Also Double Charity Contributions" The Mac Observer 7:10 AM
  • "Apple chipmaker TSMC sees Q4 profit edge lower" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:48 AM
Industry News
  • "Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is rebounding after a two-day bloodbath" BGR 9:33 AM
  • "Dow Drops Nearly 100 Points to Finish Lower; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Decline: Stocks finished lower on Thursday after setting fresh records on Wednesday." TheStreet 5:33 PM
  • "Bitcoin bubble could be a billion-dollar problem for banks" USA Today 12:32 PM
  • "Wall Street pauses rally as utilities, industrials fall" Reuters 5:34 PM
  • "Mid-Day Update: Stock Market Wilts as Government Shutdown Spooks Wall Street" MT Newswires 12:32 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Lower After Dow 26000: Falling bond prices contribute to a pullback among shares of real-estate companies and utilities" [Paid Membership Required] 5:35 PM
  • "Hong Kong, Chinese stocks advance while Nikkei pulls back after topping 24,000" MarketWatch 6:46 AM
  • "Turkey's central bank keeps interest rates steady" MarketWatch 6:47 AM

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