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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 Getting Back Into the E-Books Fight Against Amazon" ["Apple is working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book reading application for iPhones and iPads and has hired an executive from Amazon to help."]  Bloomberg 7:00 AM
  • "Apple's iBooks to become 'Books' in forthcoming reading app redesign" Ars Technica 9:14 AM
  • "Apple Expands California Self-Driving Test Fleet to 27 Cars: Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles as it accelerates efforts to catch up with competitors such as Alphabet Inc's Waymo."  Bloomberg 10:46 AM
  • "What Apple must do to establish its new video service: An Apple video service is in our future, but a lot needs to happen before you can start streaming original shows to your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or Mac."  Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "HomePod, The Smart Speaker Market, Analyzing Apple's HomePod Strategy" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:10 PM
  • "Apple's $38 Billion Tax Bill? The Company Has Eight Years to Pay" Bloomberg 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Has a New Enterprise Partner: With this recent enterprise tie-up, the Internet of Things just got some really big additions—and Apple just got stickier." ["Late last year, Apple announced that it had bagged another white whale — General Electric"]  The Motley Fool 7:08 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X demand: More data, more questions/Analysts diverge on whether Apple is meaningfully slowing iPhone X production orders, among other disagreements" MarketWatch 11:28 AM
  • "Emerging LA filmmakers create short films with small budgets and big ideas: MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro X and the LA Film Community Boost Local Productions" Apple 11:28 AM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 47 for Mac Release Brings Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacTrast 7:13 AM
  • "External GPU support shows signs of growth in initial macOS 10.13.4 beta [Video] 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "Does a hard drive have to be solely dedicated for Time Machine use?" Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Using the Numbers SUMIF Function" MacMost 10:22 AM
Press Releases
  • "Logic Pro X update includes Smart Tempo feature and powerful effect plug-ins" Apple 11:47 AM
  • "Logic Pro X gets major update: ChromaVerb, Vintage EQs, Multi-Effects, more [Video] 9to5Mac 11:28 AM
  • "Google: Chrome 64 is out now, giving you tougher pop-up blocker, Spectre fixes" ZDNet 7:09 AM
  • "Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute annoying websites" The Verge 7:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple finally enables life-saving iPhone emergency settings" ["Machado is right to be optimistic as a study showed that if AML would deployed everywhere in the EU for all devices, it could save over 7,500 lives and 95 billion EUR over 10 years. AML's greatest strength is that it doesn't require any effort on behalf of the user — no downloads and no forethought — it just automatically activates when you make an emergency call."] The Next Web 6:59 AM
  • "Apple is about to help save thousands of lives" Computerworld 12:05 PM
  • "Apple can win electronic medical record game with Health Records in iOS 11.3: Here's 7 reasons why" ZDNet 7:09 AM
  • "Apple Goes Deeper Into La La Land With Damien Chazelle Project: Apple has taken another step toward becoming a power in the entertainment business by scooping up the rights for a TV project from Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning writer and director of 'La La Land,' the unlikely critical and box office hit from 2016." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:47 AM
  • "Apple's first store in South Korea opens Saturday" Apple 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's South Korean retail store puts it on Samsung's doorstep" Cult of Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Apple vs. Ivanka Trump: Competing ethics collide in China" Associated Press 7:06 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook's Plan to Rate the Media Isn't As Dumb As It Sounds" Slate 7:29 PM
  • "Research into full-body tracking at Facebook hints at broader AR/VR ambitions" TechCrunch 7:29 PM
  • "Another powerful billionaire slams Facebook for being too addictive" Mashable 6:51 PM
  • "Amazon releases its first commercial for the Echo Spot" The Verge 1:14 PM
  • "A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new app right now" Business Insider 11:04 AM
  • "Hands-on video shows Samsung's final Galaxy S9 design" BGR 8:32 AM
  • "LG's latest financials explain its shift in mobile strategy" Engadget 7:13 AM
  • "Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government" Reuters 6:56 AM
  • "Amazon, Hulu, and the resilience of live TV: Curated TV schedules still have staying power, even in the age of the algorithm." TechHive 6:56 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 212, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie" Daring Fireball 8:57 PM
  • "Apple's Ebook Market Push, AirPlay 2 -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-25" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "#177: Whatever State Asparagus Is Born In/After wading through HomePod and iOS 11.3 news, the boys give a status report on how they're feeling about iOS 11 and High Sierra several months into running the releases." Relay FM: Connected 7:15 AM
  • "HomePod Supports User Presence at Home for Personal Notifications" MacStories 7:12 AM
  • "HomePod Disables Calendar, Messages, Notes, and Reminder Features When Owner Isn't Home, But Apple Music Account Remains Accessible" MacRumors 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Previews iOS 11.3 Changes, Due Later This Year" TidBITS 3:01 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 references 'modern iPad,' possibly hinting at TrueDepth camera & Face ID upgrades" iDownload Blog 10:48 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 Books app confirms Apple Books Store overhaul" 9to5Mac 11:04 AM
  • "iCloud Messages Returns to iOS in First Beta of iOS 11.3" Daring Fireball 7:29 PM
  • "First watchOS 4.3 beta made available for developer testing" AppleInsider 12:18 PM
  • "Apple's watchOS 4.3 revives ability to browse an iPhone's music library from Apple Watch" AppleInsider 6:50 PM
  • "Swift Playgrounds 2 Adds Third Party Subscriptions, New Robots" The Mac Observer 10:23 AM
  • "Apple files for a patent for 'touch rejection' on iOS, watchOS devices" Apple World Today 8:29 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM

  • "Apple HomePod hands-on review: Apple's HomePod delivers on brilliant sound, but Siri still has room to grow" Digital Trends 7:42 PM
  • "One Hour With Apple's New HomePod" Refinery29 7:13 AM
  • "The toughest iPhone X cases battle it out - Video" CNET 7:04 AM
  • "SurfacePad is a luxurious, flexible cover for the iPad Pro" Apple World Today 7:15 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'World of Warships Blitz' Review - Smoke (and Shells and Torpedoes) on the Water" Touch Arcade 8:57 PM
  • "'Slime Pizza' Review - Why Don't Doggos Like Slime? I Don't Get It." Touch Arcade 12:39 PM
  • "'Four Last Things' Review - A Sinfully Silly Adventure" Touch Arcade 9:49 AM
  • "'The Room: Old Sins' Review: 'The Room' Series Continues to Amaze" Touch Arcade 7:12 AM
  • "Getting Started With the App Store" Envato Tuts+ 7:12 AM
  • "Getting Those Giant Video Clips Off Your iPhone" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:48 AM
  • "Why you should use True Tone on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:36 AM
  • "3 neat iOS 11.3 features coming this spring" The Next Web 7:13 AM
  • "Apple: Which iPhones Go, Which Stay in 2018?"  Barron's 4:38 PM
  • "Apple in 2017: The Six Colors report card"  Six Colors 3:01 PM
  • "Apple's 'What's a Computer?' Ad is Annoying People: Business Insider" Slashdot 1:09 PM
  • "Apple's 'What's a Computer?' ad for the iPad Pro is just plain annoying" Apple World Today 1:06 PM
  • "There's No 'i' in Books (Premium)" Thurrott 9:49 AM
  • "iPhone, Galaxy's future? Vivo X20 Plus UD debuts world's first on-screen fingerprint scanner" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Health record security: Apple plays the long game" Apple 3.0 8:32 AM
  • "HomePod vs. Libratone Zipp: Which should you buy?" iMore 7:19 AM
  • "Ex-Google engineer says the company is boring. Is the same true of Apple?" Cult of Mac 7:12 AM
  • "Insubstantial contributions: The iPhone X's failure to dominate" Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "You may be big, Netflix, but you don't have to be bad" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 7:47 PM
  • "Are Loot Boxes Gambling? Washington State Lawmakers Are Asking Just That" Touch Arcade 1:10 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency Scammers Are Running Wild On Telegram" BuzzFeed 11:48 AM
  • "Tell me again why I shouldn't buy bitcoin?" CNNMoney 11:48 AM
  • "Paranoia will destroy you: Why Chinese tech isn't spying on us/The notion that the Chinese government would spy on corporations and our agencies with electronic devices manufactured by Chinese companies is not only absurd but would be catastrophic to furthering their ambitions in world trade." ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Samsung needs to kill Bixby on the Galaxy S9: How about an Android flagship without any self-inflicted wounds?" The Verge 7:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Walmart will start selling Rakuten Kobo ereaders and ebooks" Business Insider 8:55 PM
  • "The Frantic 'Flipping Legend' Receives Huge Version 2.0 Update" Touch Arcade 3:01 PM
  • "Sonos responds to HomePod launch with $349 Sonos One 2-pack, reaffirms AirPlay 2 plans " 9to5Mac 9:49 AM
  • "Best Apple Watch games: Our favourite time killers for Apple's smartwatch" Recombu 8:38 AM
  • "DetectaChem Releases MobileDetect for Drug Detection on Smartphones" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Apple adjusts foreign App Store pricing to account for VAT changes" AppleInsider 6:59 AM
  • "Crystalrect - A Challenging Fast Paced 3D Auto-Runner" prMac 6:44 PM
  • "12TB Hard Drive Storage Upgrade for Apple Time Capsule" prMac 6:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel results beat estimates, warns of potential security flaw fallout" Reuters 4:38 PM
  • "Intel CEO tries to calm investor concerns about security flaws" VentureBeat 4:39 PM
  • "Intel Chips With Meltdown, Spectre Protection to Arrive This Year" PC Magazine 8:54 PM
  • "Intel Reports Progress on Patch-Related Performance Issues" TechNewsWorld 7:54 AM
  • "Intel will face some tough questions on chip security when it announces earnings today" Fast Company 7:55 AM
  • "Possible Implications Of The Intel Patch" Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "Intel Security Issues and Cost Management in Focus—Earnings Preview" Dow Jones Newswires 7:55 AM
  • "Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips: Inside Chipzilla's new security measures" The Register 7:49 AM
  • "Huawei, DT and Intel claim first ever 5G NR interoperability test" Telecoms 7:49 AM
  • "Q&A: How Intel Is Getting Inside B2B Customers' Minds" Chief Marketer 7:54 AM
  • "Best Motherboard 2018: Intel and AMD boards for all budgets" TrustedReviews 7:49 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Vs Core i5-8400 Gaming Performance" SegmentNext 7:48 AM
  • "Windows 10 will soon let paranoid punters pry on Microsoft's data-slurping: But who watches the people watching the watchers?" The Inquirer 6:57 AM
  • "Windows 10: How to find out exactly how much data Microsoft is recording from your PC/Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new tool which reveals exactly how much data your Windows 10 PC is gathering behind-the-scenes and sending back to Redmond." Express UK 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10: New tool shows how much of your personal data is being collected" The Independent 8:00 AM
  • "Next Windows 10 Update Reveals What Data Microsoft Collects about You" CIO Today 12:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month/In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too." Computerworld 12:25 PM
  • "Microsoft leverages AI to improve real-time translation" TechRadar UK 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft releases data collection viewer for Windows Insider" Times Now 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Hires New Director For Montreal AI Lab, Announces Plan To Double Workforce" betakit 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 survives journey to space" On Rec 8:00 AM
  • "Ex-Microsoft exec Phil Harrison joins Google as vice president and general manager" PocketGamer 8:01 AM
  • "With 'Ink to Code,' Microsoft is turning back-of-napkin sketches into software: Early prototype is being developed as a 'Garage' project." Ars Technica 8:10 AM
  • "Fall Creators Update is Already on 3/4 of All Windows 10 PCs" Thurrott 8:11 AM
  • "Rugged Dell Chromebook 5000 Series Arrives Next Month From $289" Geeky Gadgets 7:45 AM
  • "Dell's Chromebook 5190 has USB-C and stylus support" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron 13 5000 review: A speedy 2-in-1 ultrabook boosted by Intel's 8th-gen CPU/Quad-core goodness in a slim, swiveling design." PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Tech giant IBM turns to Holloway Road Shell garage to trial futuristic checkout that scans whole basket at once" Islington Gazette 7:53 AM
  • "Deutsche Telekom and IBM to drive NB-IoT research at new Munich hub" Business Chief 7:53 AM
  • "IBM, Mendix announce cloud sales partnership" ZDNet 10:35 AM
  • "Rimini Street attempts to claw back more cash in Oracle copyright dispute: Support biz files court petition to recover additional $32m" The Register 8:02 AM
  • "Scientists develop new memristor technology that could transform electronics: Pioneering research could change the face of electronics" V3 8:46 AM
  • "Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too: Blueprints touted to ASIC, SoC makers to take on GPUs" The Register 8:47 AM
  • "The development of AI ethics must keep pace with innovation" VentureBeat 4:39 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow close at records on robust earnings in volatile session: 'This is beginning to look a little too frothy for our liking,' says Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategist" MarketWatch 4:45 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Jump to New Records as Nasdaq Slips: The Dow soared 140 points on Thursday." TheStreet 4:44 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 reach records; market cools after Trump talks up dollar" FOXBusiness 4:44 PM
  • "Dow Climbs to Record, Buoyed by Upbeat Earnings: Gains in 3M and Caterpillar boost blue-chip index" [Paid Membership Required] 4:44 PM
  • "Weaker dollar sends Asian markets sliding: Nikkei drops on stronger yen; ASX down despite gains in oil, mining stocks" MarketWatch 8:40 AM
  • "European stocks in holding pattern as all eyes fall on ECB: European Central Bank's rate decision due at 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time" MarketWatch 8:40 AM

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