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Weekend Highlights: Irish Examiner reveals contractors in Cork, Ireland "were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift", and Apple has "abruptly terminated" their contract; Bloomberg has an curious story of Apple working with a Soy Sauce facility in Taiwan for rooftop solar installs; offers new beta interface; survey says smartphone upgrade cycle slowing down, even going past 3 years for some; Google under fire over Chinese disinformation concerning Hong Kong unrest, company also has new employee guidelines including avoidance of political speech on the job; to VPN or not VPN on your router?

  • "Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position" ["Then as today, Apple was a key customer for LTE baseband chipsets, being an important maker of smartphones and tablets with a premium brand image worldwide. In 2011, Qualcomm signed an agreement with Apple, committing to make significant payments to Apple on condition that the company would exclusively use Qualcomm chipsets in its 'iPhone' and 'iPad' devices. In 2013, the term of the agreement was extended to the end of 2016."]  European Commission 7:38 AM
  • "Qualcomm Fined $1.2 Billion as Apple Loyalty Comes at a Price: Qualcomm Inc. spent billions of dollars buying Apple Inc.'s loyalty."  Bloomberg 7:48 AM
  • "EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion over exclusivity deal with Apple" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "EU Fines Qualcomm $1.2B for Paying Off Apple: Europe concludes Qualcomm paid Apple billions to ensure no rival LTE chip would be used in an iPhone or iPad for years." PC Magazine 8:25 AM
  • "EU fines Qualcomm for paying Apple to use its microchips" Associated Press 7:24 AM
  • "Qualcomm to appeal $1.23B fine from EU over LTE chip dominance in the iPhone" TechCrunch 7:37 AM
  • "Qualcomm 'wins' Antitrust Grand Slam as EU Commission joins FTC, Asian regulators" Foss Patents 7:40 AM
  • "Qualcomm to Appeal European Commission Decision Regarding Modem Chip Agreement" PRNewswire 8:27 AM
  • "Apple-based retail tech shows mobile at the core of commerce: Third-party tech vendors and Apple itself are using iOS technologies to streamline retail transactions." ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "Spike in job openings at Apple hints at renewed focus on design: The past few months have seen an unusual hike in job openings for designers at Apple, potentially hinting at work on a grand new project or a renewed focus on design. " AppleInsider 7:22 PM
  • "Apple is hiring to design something crazy. Or not." Thinknum 7:23 PM
  • "Adblock Plus: Google's new Chrome ad blocker will only block 17% of online ads" Business Insider 8:26 AM
  • "macOS 10.13.4 beta 1 now available for Mac" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:17 PM
  • "Apple to alert users of 32-bit apps in latest macOS dev release" The Loop 12:17 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Displays Warnings When Opening 32-Bit Apps as Part of Apple's Phase Out Plan" MacRumors 2:58 PM
  • "Major changes to macOS Server coming in spring 2018" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
  • "Apple releases Xcode 9.3, includes new battery usage analysis features for developers" 9to5Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Finder Icon Replacement Problems" MacMost 10:27 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind review" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Custom thumbnails make your Apple Notes easier to find" Cult of Mac 1:07 PM
  • "How to Remove Wi-Fi Networks from Your Mac and iOS Device" Intego 11:56 AM
  • "Rocket League Mac Performance Review" Mac Gamer HQ 10:51 AM
  • "Number of days until fifth update for macOS releases" The Robservatory 9:33 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 64 rolling out to Mac, Windows, Linux w/ CPU mitigations, improved pop-up blocker, sitewide audio muting" 9to5Google 3:04 PM
  • "Meet Farrago, Our Great New Soundboard App! Today, we're delighted to unveil a brand-new product! Our new soundboard app Farrago offers the best way to quickly play sound bites, audio effects, and music clips on your Mac." Rogue Amoeba 10:27 AM
  • "Cocktail 10.6.1 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 9:14 AM
  • "FileMaker Named a Leader in G2 Crowd Report for No-Code Development Platforms" PRNewswire 8:27 AM
  • "Gro CRM the Mac CRM Small Business Platform Announces Zapier Integration" prMac 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple announces effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone: Health Records Brings Together Hospitals, Clinics and the Existing Health App to Give a Fuller Snapshot of Health"  Apple 7:44 AM
  • "Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Apple is going after a project Google abandoned — easy access to your complete medical records" Business Insider 10:51 AM
  • "Apple takes on Facebook, YouTube, health system with forthcoming software update: New features include the ability to message businesses and import medical records" MarketWatch 1:23 PM
  • "Everything we know about Apple's new Health Records solution" Apple Must 10:53 AM
  • "Apple shows off first South Korea retail store ahead of grand opening on Saturday" AppleInsider 9:14 PM
  • "Tim Cook says hardware, software integration puts HomePod ahead of competition"  AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: Hardware and Software Integration Will Set HomePod Apart From Competitors" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Music 'deserves' the kind of quality HomePod can offer" Cult of Mac 7:47 AM
  • "End Of Watch: What happens when you try to change behavior without behavioral science? Here's how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok. In meetings. At brunch."  The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Apple adjusting App Store pricing & developer payouts in select countries due to tax changes" 9to5Mac 9:11 PM
  • "Cynical about Apple's move into UK schools? Well, it turns out they need all the help they can get: As the UK's nascent computing curriculum continues to struggle, teachers are desperate for support – even if that means accepting help from Apple" Wired UK 8:15 AM
  • "iPhone battery bursts into flames after man bites on it: Clearly, this is not a good way to verify if your battery is authentic or not." CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Siri now actively used on more than 500M devices, up from 375M in June" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "Samsung, Apple to Vie for Top Honors at MWC Awards: Nominations for the top mobile awards of the year are out, and it looks like it's going to be the big gorillas fighting for dominance." PC Magazine 11:05 AM
  • "Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down: Startup goes silent, scent of burned cash wafts from offices" The Register 9:55 AM
  • "Woz's job goes up in smoke after startup burns through $100 million" Cult of Mac 9:55 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google makes developers solve puzzle to discover I/O 2018 date, venue" ZDNet 11:42 AM
  • "SuperData: Digital game revenues approach $10 billion in December" VentureBeat 9:33 AM
  • "Major credit card processor Stripe drops bitcoin support" Ars Technica 8:42 AM
  • "How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak" The Guardian 8:14 AM
  • "Why quitting smartphones is the new quitting smoking: We need real rules to nudge people away from addiction to their devices"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:24 AM
  • "AT&T urges Congress to rewrite net neutrality rules" Reuters 11:04 AM
  • "AT&T wants Congress to pass a net neutrality law: AT&T is calling on Congress to settle the internet freedom debate by passing a federal net neutrality law."  CNNMoney 7:17 AM
  • "Facebook's VC Backs new Doxel—AI and Computer Vision to Disrupt Construction Industry" Architosh 7:04 AM
  • "13" MacBook Wish List and Why Bitcoin Uses So Much Electricity -ACM 446" The Mac Observer 5:26 PM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 51: Judging The Sparks Of The App Store Academy" AppAdvice 2:57 PM
  • "Apple Unveils iOS 11.3 -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-24" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone slowdown fix coming... sometime (The 3:59, Ep. 344)" CNET 12:17 PM
  • "Apple previews iOS 11.3: Major Updates to ARKit, Messages and More Coming This Spring"  Apple 7:45 AM
  • "Apple's augmented reality tool kit can now detect walls and 2D images in beta" TechCrunch 7:40 AM
  • "Apple to take on messaging rivals with launch of Business Chat" TechCrunch 10:56 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 Will Allow iPhone Users to View Battery Health and Disable Apple's Power Management This Spring" MacRumors 7:51 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 will be about more than just performance throttling options; AR is the focus: iOS 11.3 will add a performance throttling toggle and updates to Messages." Ars Technica 6:23 PM
  • "Apple Adds 911 Location Feature in Latest iPhone Update: Technology sends precise smartphone location data directly to emergency call takers" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Apple reveals 6 huge iOS improvements for 2018" Computerworld 9:14 AM
  • "Get the i out: iBooks rebranded as 'Books' in iOS 11.3 beta 1" AppleInsider 2:58 PM
  • "Apple is adding a new Privacy icon to iOS and macOS to prevent iCloud password phishing: The new icon appears only when Apple's own apps need your personal information" The Verge 3:15 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio playback from iOS 11.3 supported on tvOS 11.3" 9to5Mac 3:51 PM
  • "iOS 12 concept proposes grouped notifications, Android-style widgets & fantasy wish list items" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Japan Display Develops Transparent Fingerprint Sensor: This fingerprint sensor forms part of the touchscreen glass rather than sitting behind it."  PC Magazine 11:05 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X order weakness could hit suppliers: analysts" MarketWatch 8:21 AM
  • "iPhone X Orders Weakening: JPMorgan" Investopedia 7:48 AM
  • "Kernel exploit for iOS 11.2-11.2.1 surfaces" iDownload Blog 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers With New Animoji, Business Chat, Health Records and More" MacRumors 12:17 PM
  • "Messages in iCloud Returns in iOS 11.3 Beta" MacStories 1:23 PM
  • "Apple releases first tvOS 11.3 developer beta for Apple TV" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "HomePod will support lossless FLAC audio playback as it appeals to audiophiles" 9to5Mac 6:22 PM
  • "Buying a HomePod? Here are the Compatible iPhone and iPad Models" The Mac Observer 10:47 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM

  • "Google Home Max review: This is the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy/But Sonos might have more to fear than Amazon (ditto for Apple)." TechHive 7:36 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Everything New in iOS 11.3: iCloud Messages, Animoji, Health Records, AirPlay 2 and More" MacRumors 8:52 PM
  • "What's new in iOS 11.3? Hands-on with new features and changesĀ [Video] 9to5Mac 8:17 PM
  • "Tablet Hotels 2.0 is our new go-to app for booking a hotel" BetaNews 8:02 AM
  • "How to Buy your HomePod in Canada: When is Apple's HomePod coming to Canada? How can you order it now? Will a U.S. HomePod work in Canada? Here's what you need to know?" iMore 6:04 PM
  • "How to Quickly Transfer Images from an iPad to a PC" LAPTOP Magazine 2:59 PM
  • "How to Enable Type to Siri on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 2:58 PM
  • "How to Call Someone From Your Amazon Echo: You can call family, friends, and other contacts who have an Echo or the Alexa app." PC Magazine 11:05 AM
  • "How To Remove A Sticker Blocking A Message In iOS" AddictiveTips 11:01 AM
  • "Scam alert: Identifying and blocking 'Google' robocall spam/Google will not robocall you unless you specifically requested a call. While it's difficult to fight phone spam, we have some suggestions that may help make things a bit less annoying." ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "How to use Home with Control Center in iOS 11" iMore 7:47 AM
  • "Three Ways to Fix a Safari Browser Hijack in iOS 11" The Mac Observer 7:08 AM
  • "Reminder: HomePod can replace an Apple TV or iPad as a HomeKit hub" AppleInsider 2:58 PM
  • "Warning: If you turn off iCloud Photo Library in iOS, you may unintentionally delete optimized images" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Why I'm getting the HomePod: I love my Amazon Echo, but I'm even more excited to use a smart speaker that works with Siri." iMore 3:51 PM
  • "Why Apple Isn't Worried About Broadcom's $105 Billion Bid for Qualcomm" Bloomberg 1:23 PM
  • "Apple's new Business Chat in the upcoming iOS update is a huge deal" CNBC 9:20 AM
  • "Apple: Siri Now Has Over 500 Million Active Users" ["Now, I understand why some might take exception to that number. Siri, after all, is terrible. But with an ecosystem that is over a billion strong between active iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—and the Mac, I find this number a bit more believable than, say, Microsoft's easily-refuted number of Edge users. That said, I still have questions."] Thurrott 9:16 AM
  • "A closer look at expanded health record integration coming to iOS 11.3's Health app" iDownload Blog 9:52 AM
  • "Apple Previews iOS 11.3" ["But the only thing anyone actually gives a crap about is how iOS 11.3 will allow users to configure performance and battery life on aging devices. And to understand that, we'll need to see the first iOS 11.3 beta, which I will be installing on my iPhone as soon as its available."] Thurrott 8:45 AM
  • "What I want in the 2018 iMac: the speakers and FaceTime specs of the pro model" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
  • "HomePod only works with Apple Music, and that's a big mistake" Mashable 3:59 PM
  • "On HomePod and audio quality" The Loop 9:21 AM
  • "HomePod Diary: How I got talked into buying one despite my reservations" 9to5Mac 9:15 AM
  • "Apple HomePod: tell Me where You come from, I will tell You who You are!"  Tech.pinions 8:19 AM
  • "5 ways HomePod will beat Amazon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won't)"  Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (41) -It's all Apple's Fault of Course" eXtensions 7:07 AM
  • "AT&T calls on Congress to create new net neutrality laws — but why?" Digital Trends 3:15 PM
  • "AT&T Is Full of Shit With Its Full-Page Net Neutrality Ads" Gizmodo 1:22 PM
  • "Burger King thinks a Whopper can help you understand net neutrality — it really can't" The Next Web 9:56 AM
  • "Prediction #4 — Bitcoin stays crazy until traders learn it is not a currency" I, Cringely 8:10 AM
  • "As Stripe ditches Bitcoin, it's time to rethink what the cryptocurrency is good for" The Next Web 8:03 AM
  • "Disinformation Is Becoming Unstoppable" Time 7:48 AM
  • "Burger King joins net neutrality fight with a Whopper of an ad" Neowin 5:57 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Layton's Mystery Journey Starter Kit' is a New Free to Try Version of the Charming Puzzle Adventure" Touch Arcade 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0 with Third-Party Subscriptions" MacStories 2:59 PM
  • "Field Trips Just Got Cooler: Waypoint EDU" MacStories 9:17 AM
  • "Angry Birds 2 & Angry Birds Evolution get NFL Super Bowl LII updates [Videos] 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Spectre flaw: Dell and HP pull Intel's buggy patch, new BIOS updates coming" ZDNet 7:58 AM
  • "Intel Is Putting You In The Winter Olympics Thanks To VR" Digital Trends 7:57 AM
  • "Will Intel's CCG and DCG Segments Drive Q4 Earnings?" Zacks 8:05 AM
  • "Even Intel Corporation Is Lifted by the Rising Tide" InvestorPlace 1:22 PM
  • "Linux and Intel slowly hack their way to a Spectre patch" ZDNet 9:12 PM
  • "How AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su Has Made AMD Relevant Again" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:54 AM
  • "Why Bitcoin's Plunge Hasn't Killed Nvidia's Stock" Investopedia 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft President: Government needs to 'do more' on cyber security" FOXBusiness 10:07 AM
  • "Microsoft brings its core Office apps to the Microsoft Store" ZDNet 6:23 PM
  • "Microsoft to expand Montreal research lab in continued focus on AI" OnMSFT 10:07 AM
  • "Microsoft is now selling the Commercial Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro" Neowin 5:53 PM
  • "IBM CEO: I'm a big fan of tax reform and repatriation [Video] CNBC Videos 8:05 AM
  • "US trade deals need to be modernized for the digital future, says IBM CEO Ginni Rometty" CNBC 8:20 AM
  • "IBM: For Blockchain, Food Safety is Just the Beginning" The Motley Fool 8:05 AM
  • "IBM is sending Watson to the Grammys: After helping treat cancer, the world's most advanced AI is diagnosing fashion faux pas." Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "Meg Whitman tapped to lead Katzenberg's mobile media firm NewTV" Reuters 2:58 PM
  • "Meg Whitman named CEO of digital media startup NewTV" ZDNet 2:58 PM
  • "Cisco to bring Country Digital Acceleration programme to Luxembourg" Telecompaper 10:07 AM
  • "Cloud computing: Here's how much a huge outage could cost you" ZDNet 7:58 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "JP Morgan cuts forecasts for Apple's suppliers due to weak iPhone demand" CNBC 3:50 PM
  • "Report: More evidence surfaces about underwhelming iPhone demand" 9to5Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Is Finisar Corporation a Buy -- Especially After Apple's Reward?" The Motley Fool 8:20 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ekes out gains as weak tech shares drag on broader stocks: GE shares lead losses in the Dow after disclosure of SEC probe" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Jumps to New Record as S&P 500, Nasdaq Fall Back: The Dow jumped 41 points to secure a new record close on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow closes at record high, Tech Stocks weigh on Nasdaq" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Edge Higher: Concerns over trade tensions weigh on markets; airlines under pressure" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets waver into the close as dollar slides: Nikkei slips after 26-year high; Taiex snaps 8-session winning streak" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks waver as euro rallies; Suez tanks after profit warning: Euro jumps to 3-year high against dollar" MarketWatch 8:47 AM

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