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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 Addresses Repatriation Issue, but Leaves Big Question Unanswered: Apple has finally revealed some of its plans for the overseas cash, but the answer to one important question remains."  The Motley Fool 6:31 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver Duke University commencement address in May"  AppleInsider 6:36 AM
  • "Tim Cook to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at Duke University on May 13" MacRumors 6:37 AM
  • "Concerns rise over Apple's iCloud move"  Global Times 6:40 AM
  • "Omaha officials might be pursuing part of Apple's expansion plan without even knowing it" Omaha World-Herald 9:13 AM
  • "Prosecutors In South Korea Now Investigating iPhone Batterygate" UberGizmo 5:46 PM
  • "South Korea prosecutors are investigating Apple's iPhone battery controversy: They're looking to determine whether the battery optimizations fall under planned obsolescence" The Verge 5:46 PM
  • "Why not build an iPhone in the USA?"  USA Today 1/20
  • "Apple's enterprise evolution"  TechCrunch 1/20
  • "Tim Cook talks iPhone addiction, Paradise Papers, and more in new interview" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Tim Cook thinks you should put down the iPhone every once in a while"  TrustedReviews 1/20
  • "Apple Leads BCG's 2018 List Of The Most Innovative Companies" Forbes 1/20
  • "Office 2016 For Mac Adds Real-Time Collaborative Editing" UberGizmo 4:28 PM
  • "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
  • "Scrivener for Mac: The ultimate guide/If you're just getting started with Scrivener for Mac, here's your first step!" iMore 2:37 PM
  • "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's 'Everyone Can Code' Adopted By Education Institutions In Europe" UberGizmo 7:06 PM
  • "Apple's Green Hills store in Nashville, Tennessee set to close on February 11th for renovations" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Apple Is Currently Replacing Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Units With iPhone 6s Plus Until March" Redmond Pie 1/20
  • "London's Regent Street Apple Store uses MOTU hardware and software to control the acoustics for live performances" AppleInsider 1/20
  • "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 1/20
  • "Apple finally lets net neutrality testing app onto iOS" Neowin 1/20
  • "Disney hires former iTunes director to lead its upcoming streaming platform" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "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
  • "The Robots of 2018 Are iPads on Wheels: Information robots took over the robot section of CES 2018." Quartz 5:47 PM
  • "There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin's Energy Appetite" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:40 PM
  • "Carillion short seller targets Welsh Apple supplier IQE" Telegraph 4:29 PM
  • "Verizon's lower-cost unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico: Use your service as you would at home... mostly." Engadget 6:37 AM
  • "EU says tech companies show 'continued improvement' at removing hate speech" Neowin 1/20
  • "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
  • "MPU 413 — iPad Productivity" MacSparky 8:47 PM
  • "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
  • "iOS 11.2.5 Home app icons suggest HomePod will support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri, more" 9to5Mac 5:15 PM
  • "Rosenblatt Securities Revises iPhone X Production Estimates; Beliefs Fall In Line With KGI's Earlier Reports Of Smartphone's Demise" WCCFTech 2:36 PM
  • "Is your iPhone slowing down? Apple reveals big update that will speed it up: APPLE has reversed its controversial patching policy for old iPhones - meaning you can prevent it slowing down." Daily Star Sunday 6:40 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod smart speaker gains FCC approval; launch could be imminent" phoneArena 1/20
  • "HomePod, Apple's Amazon Echo killer is, could launch very soon" Mashable 1/20
  • "Apple Readies HomePod Amid Speculation About Big Acquisitions" Fortune 1/20
  • "Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon" SlashGear 1/20
  • "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 1/20
  • "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

  • "iMac Pro review: performance overkill with a price to match" Melbourne Age 4:29 PM
  • "Mate 10 Pro VS iPhone X VS Note 8 In Speed Test" UberGizmo 7:05 PM
  • "The best lightweight laptops you can buy: The best featherweight laptop isn't the one you'd expect" Digital Trends 4:46 PM
  • "Add style and functionality with the best iPad Pro 9.7 cases" Digital Trends 2:38 PM
  • "Review: The Zoom iQ7 Lightning mic is a suitable companion to your Shot on iPhone toolkit" 9to5Mac 2:33 PM
  • "LifeProof Fre and Next for Apple iPhone X: Useful when your phone must be part of your outdoor adventure" ZDNet 12:14 PM
  • "Best Hard Shell Cases for MacBook Pro in 2018: What's the best hard shell case for MacBook?" iMore 11:22 AM
  • "Video: Apple's iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro - photo editing comparison (Part 2)" AppleInsider 1/20
  • "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 Fix your Water-damaged iPhone, iPad, AirPods, or Mac: Do you fear that your Apple device may have met a watery grave? You might be able to save it." iMore 2:39 PM
  • "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 1/20
  • "Fix Your iPhone Battery Yourself (All the Cool Kids Are Doing It)" iFixit 1/20
  • "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 1/20
  • "How to download, install and use Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV" Apple Must 1/20
  • "How to use AirPods with Apple TV: Apple's wireless headphones make it easy to enjoy a little private TV time." Macworld 1/19
  • "Apple iPhone tips and tricks - 15 incredible things you never knew your iPhone could do" Express UK 6:40 AM
  • "6 iPhone phone call secrets you probably didn't know" Apple Must 1/19
  • "Apple HomePod: Late, and pricey, but this smart speaker could still have one advantage over its rivals" ZDNet 8:47 PM
  • "2018's Larger iPhone X Could Offset Weak Demand In China" UberGizmo 8:40 PM
  • "iOS 11"s Lower Adoption Rate" MacStories 9:13 AM
  • "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 1/20
  • "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 1/20
  • "Thoughts on BMW's Decision to Charge Subscription for CarPlay" Schwarztech 1/20
  • "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
  • "Apple's latest ad touts iPhone X selfies w/ help from Muhammad Ali" 9to5Mac 2:34 PM
  • "Pokémon GO Will Discontinue Support for Some Apple Devices" Geek News Central 1/20
  • "LiberiOS 11.0.3 Jailbreak Released for iOS 11 - 11.1.2 [Download] iClarified 1/20
  • "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
  • "Is it time for open processors?" OSNews 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Patches for AMD CPUs Broken by Original Meltdown and Spectre Fixes" Game Debate 7:00 AM
  • "[Updated with details] Skype rolls out a new update for Windows Insiders on Fast Ring" MSPoweruser 8:06 AM
  • "10 things you didn't know about Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen: Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen's sixty-fifth birthday is today. Here are 10 facts about the man you might not have known." Windows Central 10:06 AM
  • "HP Reinvents Family Storytelling with its Mini Big Books Campaign" PC Magazine 7:01 AM
  • "Dell to Distribute Augmented Reality Headset by Meta: The new Meta 2 offers an immersive AR experience aimed at commercial customers looking to adopt AR technologies, particularly in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, and construction" CTech 7:02 AM
  • "How Dell Engineered the XPS 15 to Combine Intel Chips With AMD Graphics" Lockport Press 7:02 AM
  • "Intel Core i3-8300 And Core i5-8500 Quad And Six-Core Coffee Lake Processors Arriving Mid-February" HotHardware 4:41 PM
  • "Windows 10 build 17074.1002 shows up in the Slow ring" Neowin 1/20
  • "Windows 10 Build 17074.1002 Comes to the Slow Ring" Thurrott 1/20
  • "Microsoft's AI Image Generator Construct Life-Like Pictures 'Pixel By Pixel'" Futurism 1/20
  • "Spectre CPU patches can cause unwanted reboots, Intel warns" Brinkwire 1/20
  • "IBM, Salesforce Agree for Watson, Einstein to 'Marry'" eWeek 1/20
  • "NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging" HotHardware 1/20
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why the Apple Inc. iPhone X Isn't Doing as Well as Hoped in China" The Motley Fool 4:43 PM
  • "Apple, Inc.'s Q1 Services Revenue Could Top $9 Billion: Apple's services segment is benefitting from a handful of strong catalysts." The Motley Fool 10:13 AM
  • "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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