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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?

  • "Why not build an iPhone in the USA?"  USA Today 1:57 PM
  • "Apple's enterprise evolution"  TechCrunch 8:42 AM
  • "Tim Cook talks iPhone addiction, Paradise Papers, and more in new interview" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Tim Cook thinks you should put down the iPhone every once in a while"  TrustedReviews 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Leads BCG's 2018 List Of The Most Innovative Companies" Forbes 3:46 PM
  • "Apple's Big Cash Winners: Shareholders/Repatriated overseas money is expected to boost buybacks and dividends, while tax changes help bottom line" [Paid Membership Required] 1/19
  • "World's Most Admired Companies" [Apple #1, Amazon #2, Alphabet #3] Fortune 1/19
  • "Apple tops Fortune's list of the world's most admired companies" Axios 1/19
  • "Apple knows best (or so it would have you believe)"  Macworld 1/19
  • "Apple Brings on Team From Consultant Silicon Valley Data Science: Apple Inc. hired a team from consulting firm Silicon Valley Data Science, adding experts to help the iPhone maker ramp up efforts to use data to improve its products."  Bloomberg 1/19
  • "Apple and Amazon Have Their Reality TV Moment"  Bloomberg 1/19
  • "South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown" Reuters 1/19
  • "Italy's anti-trust opens probe into Apple, Samsung phone complaints" Reuters 1/19
  • "Apple faces more scrutiny over iPhone slowdowns in South Korea, Italy" SiliconBeat 1/19
  • "iPhone battery row: Apple target of new probe that also focuses on Samsung/Apple faces yet another investigation by European regulators over iPhone battery slowdowns." ZDNet 1/19
  • "Apple still wants to teach the world to code (with Swift)" Computerworld 1/19
  • "Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc: Apple font code on iOS, macOS knackered by texted link" The Register 1/19
  • "Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove: Extensions remain the Achilles heel for an otherwise highly secure browser." Ars Technica 1/19
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Beta 6 to Developers [Download] iClarified 1/19
  • "MacOS 10.13.3 Beta 6 and iOS 11.2.5 Beta 7 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 1/19
  • "Safari 11: How to Customize the Way Websites Are Displayed" Intego 1/19
  • "How to install Apple Configurator 2 for macOS" iMore 1/19
  • "How to block access to specific websites on Mac" iDownload Blog 1/19
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Previewing Files On Your Mac" MacMost 1/19
  • "Evergreen Diary #7: Syncing and Immediate and Deferrable Actions" inessential 1/19
Press Releases
  • "Office for Mac is adding real-time collaborative editing" The Verge 1/19
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Is Currently Replacing Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Units With iPhone 6s Plus Until March" Redmond Pie 7:18 PM
  • "London's Regent Street Apple Store uses MOTU hardware and software to control the acoustics for live performances" AppleInsider 2:35 PM
  • "BMW to switch Apple CarPlay to subscription service: It's actually cheaper over the course of a three- or four-year lease than BMW's current $300 charge." Engadget 5:23 PM
  • "Apple finally lets net neutrality testing app onto iOS" Neowin 7:53 AM
  • "Disney hires former iTunes director to lead its upcoming streaming platform" 9to5Mac 10:08 AM
  • "Leading European technical colleges adopt Apple's Everyone Can Code initiative: Apple today announced 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps."  Apple 1/19
  • "Leading European Technical Colleges Adopt Apple's Everyone Can Code Initiative" Business Wire 1/19
  • "iPhone slowdown controversy might boost 'Right to Repair' bills" Cult of Mac 1/19
  • "Apple starts search for retail employees to staff its upcoming Washington D.C. Carnegie Library store" AppleInsider 1/19
  • "Apple begins hiring staff for upcoming retail location in Washington, D.C's historic Carnegie Library" 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'/Apple chief talks about tax affairs and overuse of tech at launch of school coding initiative"  The Guardian 1/19
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: I don't want my nephew on a social network" Business Insider 1/19
  • "Apple CEO becomes latest tech bigwig to warn of social media's dangers" The Next Web 1/19
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: I Don't Believe in Overuse of Technology" MacRumors 1/19
  • "Kristen Wiig Will Star in Comedy Series for Apple, Reese Witherspoon to Executive Produce" The Mac Observer 1/19
  • "Disney Hires Apple Veteran to Launch Its Netflix Killer (Exclusive)" Variety 1/19
  • "Apple's former iTunes director will head up Disney's upcoming streaming service" The Verge 1/19
  • "Apple relents, accepts net neutrality testing app into iOS App Store" Ars Technica 1/19
  • "Missed FBI-Apple Battle? Say Hello to This Years Old War Between Microsoft and Justice Department" WCCFTech 1/19
Non-Apple News
  • "EU says tech companies show 'continued improvement' at removing hate speech" Neowin 11:12 AM
  • "Twitter says 50,000 Russia-linked accounts tweeted during 2016 US presidential election" ZDNet 1/19
  • "A government shutdown probably won't have a big effect on internet security" Mashable 1/19
  • "Google's CEO has no problem releasing employees from nondisclosure agreements so women can speak out" Recode 1/19
  • "Google CEO Sundar Pichai says memo writer James Damore wasn't fired for politics" Business Insider 1/19
  • "FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds" The Register 1/19
  • "Net Neutrality is over: Here are three things to know and do" BetaNews 1/19
  • "iPhone X has the notch but this is Samsung's solution for full-screen displays: Why have a notch when you can cut holes in a full-screen smartphone display?" ZDNet 1/19
  • "Ransomware: Why the crooks are ditching bitcoin and where they are going next" ZDNet 1/19
  • "010: HomePod FCC approval, Apple hiring data scientists, iOS 11 adoption Daily" 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "iMore show 590: Switched on Cardboard" iMore 1/19
  • "Instagram's New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and Apple TV 4K -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-19" The Mac Observer 1/19
  • "How Apple's going to spend it's massive fortune, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 1/19
  • "The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 43: CES 2018 Headlines and Highlights" AnandTech 1/19
  • "AppleInsider Podcast interviews Scott Harkins of Honeywell, talks about Tim Cook's response to iPhone batteries, foreign cash" AppleInsider 1/19
  • "Apple's HomePod smart speaker gains FCC approval; launch could be imminent" phoneArena 3:45 PM
  • "HomePod, Apple's Amazon Echo killer is, could launch very soon" Mashable 3:45 PM
  • "Apple Readies HomePod Amid Speculation About Big Acquisitions" Fortune 8:07 AM
  • "Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon" SlashGear 8:07 AM
  • "KGI: Larger-Sized iPhones Coming This Year Will Offset Weakening Demand for iPhone X in China"  MacRumors 1/19
  • "Analyst: Apple may stop making the iPhone X midyear — updated" Apple 3.0 1/19
  • "If iPhone X demand is less than expected, analyst expects it to be 'end of life' when replacements ship" AppleInsider 1/19
  • "Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at upcoming launch" AppleInsider 1/19
  • "Fix for 'chaiOS' Malicious Link Issue in Messages Coming Next Week" MacTrast 1/19
  • "65% of Apple devices are on iOS 11" The Loop 1/19
  • "iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of Android (since 2015) combined" 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1/19
  • "Apple Redesigns iOS App Store Web Pages With iOS 11 Look and Feel" MacTrast 1/19
  • "Apple brings its redesigned App Store to the web" Engadget 1/19
  • "Apple Seeds watchOS 4.2.2 Beta 5 to Developers [Download] iClarified 1/19
  • "iPod touch 6th Gen - Battery Life Problems - Down and up, and down, and up...etc..." iMore 9:32 PM
  • "Apple May Replace Some iPhone 6 Plus Models Needing Whole-Device Repairs With iPhone 6s Plus Through March" MacRumors 1/19
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/19
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/19
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/19

  • "Video: Apple's iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro - photo editing comparison (Part 2)" AppleInsider 6:59 PM
  • "iMac Pro review: Mac Pro power in the shape of an iMac/The fastest Mac available is for users who demand multi-core performance." Macworld 1/19
  • "iMac Pro Has A Thunderbolt 3 Storage Surprise For You" Bare Feats 1/19
  • "Hands-on: 'Flir One Pro' turns your iPhone into a thermal imaging camera that's helpful for homeowners [Video] 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "ConnectSense Smart Outlet review: A solid smart plug for the HomeKit set" TechHive 1/19
  • "How to trigger Emergency SOS on your iPhone (and shut it off): How do you quickly call emergency services and notify your emergency contacts on your iPhone? With Apple's SOS feature." iMore 3:12 PM
  • "Fix Your iPhone Battery Yourself (All the Cool Kids Are Doing It)" iFixit 2:29 PM
  • "How to reboot, reset, or enter DFU mode on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: How do you reboot or DFU iPhone 7 when the Home button has gone Force Touch? Easily, it turns out!" iMore 8:42 AM
  • "How to download, install and use Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV" Apple Must 8:06 AM
  • "How to use AirPods with Apple TV: Apple's wireless headphones make it easy to enjoy a little private TV time." Macworld 1/19
  • "6 iPhone phone call secrets you probably didn't know" Apple Must 1/19
  • "Apple's Beats is on Tom Brady's side/Commentary: In an ad to coincide with the AFC Championship game, Beats features the New England Patriots quarterback being deaf to criticism." CNET 9:33 PM
  • "Apple Inc. Might Be Planning to Kill the iPhone X Later in 2018: This Fool dives into some interesting implications of a claim made by an Apple analyst." The Motley Fool 3:45 PM
  • "Thoughts on BMW's Decision to Charge Subscription for CarPlay" Schwarztech 3:33 PM
  • "Those $29 iPhone Battery Replacements Are Taking Months — And People Are Mad"  BuzzFeed 1/19
  • "You'd be stupid to turn off Apple's iPhone performance limiter" Yahoo! Finance 1/19
  • "Apple's $350 Billion U.S. Economic Contribution Was Already In The Cards" Forbes 1/19
  • "Voice Control is Coming to the Alexa App Soon" MacStories 1/19
  • "Will This Be Apple's Biggest Mistake Since the Newton? The Cupertino giant rarely makes a misstep, but when it does, it's usually dramatic."  The Motley Fool 1/19
  • "Apple's TV strategy needs a lot more than just original content to succeed"  BGR 1/19
  • "No one on Fortune's 'Most Admired Companies' list is perfect" Mashable 1/19
  • "Why Apple's upcoming iPhone battery update is a bad idea"  Mashable 1/19
  • "Comment: With a rumored new iPhone lineup, it's time for new names" 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "What happens to the traffic you send to the App Store? – iA" iA Writer 1/19
  • "Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/19
  • "Prediction #3 — 2018 foreign profit repatriation is a $591.8 Billion taxpayer ripoff" I, Cringely 1/19
  • "Boats and bros: Bitcoin's millionaire millennials smell like the 1980s" The Next Web 1/19
  • "This Android Phone Is Trying Too Hard To Look Like The iPhone X" Redmond Pie 1/19
  • "Ajit Pai's FCC Can't Admit Broadband Competition Is a Problem" Slashdot 1/19
  • "How the Demise of Net Neutrality Affects Cryptocurrencies" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1/19
  • "Amazon just made a major change — and it forced me to finally cancel my Prime subscription" Business Insider 1/19
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pokémon GO Will Discontinue Support for Some Apple Devices" Geek News Central 8:51 PM
  • "LiberiOS 11.0.3 Jailbreak Released for iOS 11 - 11.1.2 [Download] iClarified 3:32 PM
  • "Gboard just made it too easy to post insane GIF selfies" The Verge 1/19
  • "Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon" TechCrunch 1/19
  • "Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and More Cartoon Network Shows Arrive in 'Magic Jigsaw Puzzles'" Touch Arcade 1/19
  • "Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush" The Register 1/19
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 build 17074.1002 shows up in the Slow ring" Neowin 7:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 Build 17074.1002 Comes to the Slow Ring" Thurrott 9:59 AM
  • "Microsoft's AI Image Generator Construct Life-Like Pictures 'Pixel By Pixel'" Futurism 5:59 PM
  • "Spectre CPU patches can cause unwanted reboots, Intel warns" Brinkwire 8:01 AM
  • "IBM, Salesforce Agree for Watson, Einstein to 'Marry'" eWeek 8:00 AM
  • "NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging" HotHardware 5:58 PM
  • "Earnings report: IBM shares fall despite first growth in 23 quarters/IBM saw its stock go down more than 4.5% after it reported better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017 on Thursday." USA Today 1/19
  • "IBM's Revenue Is Up For The First Time In Five Years" PYMNTS.COM 1/19
  • "IBM posts first revenue boost in six years" IT PRO 1/19
  • "IBM revenues rise for the first time in over five years" .The Drum 1/19
  • "IBM returns to growth after six years" RTÉ 1/19
  • "The Morning Download: IBM Revenue Grows First Time in 23 Quarters, with Boost from Cloud" WSJ Blogs 1/19
  • "Jim Cramer: IBM is a work in progress and an inexpensive story" CNBC 1/19
  • "IBM Slides as 'Tax Headwind' Hits 2018 Outlook After Long-Awaited Sales Win" TheStreet 1/19
  • "IBM Finally Returns To Growth, But It's Not All Good News" Silicon UK 1/19
  • "IBM: 'Shell Game Persists,' Says Bernstein" Barron's 1/19
  • "IBM Joins Microsoft, Amazon Atop Cloud World; Booming Cloud Business Ends Long Revenue Decline" Forbes 1/19
  • "Earnings report: IBM shares fall despite first growth in 23 quarters" USA Today 1/19
  • "IBM shares fall on soft profit outlook" Reuters 1/19
  • "IBM, Salesforce expand AI partnership for deeper customer insights" ZDNet 1/19
  • "Met Police will purge Windows XP from all systems by May this year" The Inquirer 1/19
  • "London's Metropolitan Police are still using Windows XP PCs" MSPoweruser 1/19
  • "Apple, Microsoft, Google ask Trump to retain Obama-era rule on H-1B visa" Business Standard 1/19
  • "Microsoft patches Meltdown patch for boot-locked AMD PCs" Tech Central 1/19
  • "HP recalling faulty laptop batteries in Azerbaijan due to fire risk" Trend News Agency 1/19
  • "Intel ships the RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras" Hexus 1/19
  • "Intel RealSense D400 Depth Camera Series Add 3D Capabilities to Any Device" CDR Info 1/19
  • "Intel's new RealSense cameras bring 'human-like' 3D sight to any device" The Inquirer 1/19
  • "Intel's new RealSense cameras add 3D depth-perception to virtually any device" Pocket-lint 1/19
  • "Intel Notebook Coffee Lake-H Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, Xeon Mobility Lineup Including 4.8 GHz Core i9-8950HK 4.8 GHz CPU Leaked – Upcoming Desktop Parts Get Pricings Revealed" WCCFTech 1/19
  • "Intel confirms more problems with Meltdown and Spectre patches" ITProPortal 1/19
  • "75% of PCs Not Patched Against Meltdown and Spectre, Companies Say" Softpedia 1/19
  • "Intel's Meltdown and Spectre patches cause reboots and hurt performance" IT PRO 1/19
  • "Chip pricing trends could boost AMD, Nvidia and Micron results: analyst" MarketWatch 1/19
  • "Can NVIDIA and AMD Keep Riding the Cryptocurrency Wave?" The Motley Fool 1/19
  • "AMD Ryzen 2 benchmark leaks showing potential speeds of new processor" TechRadar UK 1/19
  • "AMD, Apple Sued Over CPU Vulnerabilities" SecurityWeek 1/19
  • "AMD Outs January Radeon Adrenalin ReLive Graphics Drivers - Get Version 18.1.1" Softpedia 1/19
  • "Oracle extends police presence with Cloud Suite deployment in West Midlands" Computing 1/19
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Cash Repatriation Is a Big Win for Trump" Zacks 1/19
  • "Why the EU Is Claiming $15.3 Billion in Unpaid Taxes from Apple" Market Realist 1/19
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq add to string of 2018 records as investors shake off shutdown fears: Major indexes post third straight weekly advance" MarketWatch 1/19
  • "Stocks Tiptoe Mostly Higher Amid Worries Over a Government Shutdown: Stocks are mostly higher on Friday, as investors grow increasingly concerned the federal government will be forced into a shutdown at midnight." TheStreet 1/19
  • "Wall Street ends higher despite government shutdown threat" Reuters 1/19
  • "S&P 500 Rises as Investors Focus on Earnings, Not Looming Shutdown: Financial stocks advance after several regional banks reported fourth-quarter results" [Paid Membership Required] 1/19
  • "Asian markets jump higher as investors brush off possible U.S. shutdown: As most Asia-Pacific stock markets ended the week higher, Australia has underperformed with a noted drop in energy stocks." MarketWatch 1/19
  • "European stocks score 2 1/2-year closing high: European stocks rose on Friday, with gains for industrial and tech shares helping the region's benchmark bag a third straight weekly win, as investors appeared to set aside concerns about a possible shutdown of the U.S. government." MarketWatch 1/19

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