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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?

  • "How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel: The company already makes many of the chips for its iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches."  Bloomberg 7:59 AM
  • "Apple to halve iPhone X production volume in 1Q: Disappointing holiday-season sales see target cut to 20 million units"  Nikkei 7:39 AM
  • "Another January, another misleading iPhone supply cuts story from Nikkei"  AppleInsider 10:31 AM
  • "Why reports of iPhone X production cuts are (probably) not a sign of poor sales" Macworld 1:36 PM
  • "Apple: Bernstein Slashes iPhone Estimates But Urges Calm" Barron's 12:12 PM
  • "Recode's Kara Swisher: Nervousness about iPhone X is very obvious" [Video Report] CNBC 10:32 AM
  • "Can Apple Find Enough Customers Willing to Pay Up? IPhone 'supercycle' more likely to come from higher prices than strong unit sales" [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "Apple set to break its own record for profitability: Sales of new iPhone X expected to drive double-digit revenue rise for historic result" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:48 AM
  • "With iOS 11.3, Apple looks to unite patients and their healthcare data: After touting an EMR-sharing feature in its upcoming iOS 11.3 release, Apple said 12 hospitals have signed on to beta test the software, which will allow patients and healthcare providers to interact on iPhones and iPads."  Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server: All the bits that make it a server are being deprecated"  The Register 7:51 AM
  • "How to make the Mac's Launchpad useful again" Cult of Mac 1:36 PM
  • "Video: How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra to Sierra" AppleInsider 12:24 PM
  • "Here's How You Can Speed Up Your Sluggish Mac" Apple Gazette 8:15 AM
  • "Shuffle Shots in Your Final Cut Pro X Timeline with Random-X" 8:13 AM
  • "Fix: Sign-in required. Enter password for Sandbox Environment" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Expanding Save and Print Dialogs" MacMost 10:15 AM
  • "How to import notes and files to macOS High Sierra's Notes app" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "Five Essential Apps for Your Mac" MacRumors 5:51 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide Device Shipments Will Increase 2.1 Percent in 2018" ["Two markets will drive overall growth in device shipments in 2018. First is the mobile phone market, led by the high-end smartphone segment. Second is the premium ultramobile market, where thin and light Apple and Microsoft Windows 10 devices are stimulating higher demand."] Gartner 7:52 AM
  • "PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner" The Register 7:53 AM
  • "70.8 Percent of US Phones Sold by Samsung, Apple: Their market share is probably even higher when you look at flagship phones. Here's why." PC Magazine 9:00 PM
  • "Apple hires Paramount exec as comedy chief" TBI Vision 10:22 AM
  • "Immersion Reaches Global Settlement With Apple" Business Wire 8:38 AM
  • "Immersion settles with Apple, reaches license agreements" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "Apple reaches settlement, licensing agreement with Immersion following iPhone haptic feedback lawsuits" AppleInsider 8:39 AM
  • "Copyright board boosts songwriters' music streaming fees" ["The new royalties seem unlikely to faze Apple, Google and Amazon — all of whom rank among the world's richest companies and operate their music streaming services as complements to other products that generate most of their revenue."] Associated Press 7:42 AM
  • "Apple's Alderwood Mall store to close for renovations as restoration progresses on Carnegie Library flagship" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Apple welcomes HomePod with four new ads" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple celebrates Brazilian Carnival with lively 'Selfies on iPhone X' ad and more" 9to5Mac 11:26 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: 'The Diesel' is named new COO" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "'Jackpotting' hackers steal over $1 million from ATMs across U.S.: Secret Service" Reuters 4:56 PM
  • "Net neutrality activist 'throttles' street outside FCC building" The Next Web 12:53 PM
  • "FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to a government-run 5G network" The Verge 10:28 AM
  • "FCC chairman slams Trump team's proposal to nationalize 5G" Axios 8:27 AM
  • "Trump Administration Reportedly Considering Nationalized 5G Network To Combat Foreign Attacks" HotHardware 4:03 PM
  • "Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network" Axios 8:02 AM
  • "Podcast Listeners Really Are the Holy Grail Advertisers Hoped They'd Be" Wired 7:49 AM
  • "HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?" PCWorld 7:49 AM
  • "016: KGI on iPhone SE 2, CarPlay gets social, HomePod reception Daily" 9to5Mac 5:51 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Tech.pinions Technical Journalist John Kirk" The Mac Observer 4:50 PM
  • "HomePod and Streaming Music Services, Mac App Store 64-bit App Deadline -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-29" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "Beyond all reasoning we ordered a HomePod." The MT Show 10:30 AM
  • "The future of Apple: Beyond the iPhone" Axios 8:03 AM
  • "Samsung, Apple remain top semiconductor customers" DigiTimes 7:42 AM
  • "Apple's Decision to Slash iPhone X Production Volume in Q1 2018 Could Delay Future OLED Models" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Apple planning to launch new iPad towards end of 2018" phoneArena 8:49 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Casts Doubt on iPhone SE 2, Expects Few Changes Should New Model Launch" MacRumors 10:46 AM
  • "Apple might launch a new cheap iPhone this year — and it feels like the iPhone 5C fiasco all over again"  Business Insider 11:27 AM
  • "KGI on iPhone SE 2: 'we believe Apple may have used up its development resources'" iDownload Blog 11:17 AM
  • "Top Apple insider reveals details surrounding Apple's brand new 6.1-inch iPhone" BGR 11:05 AM
  • "HomePod Owners With an iTunes Match or Apple Music Subscription Can Access Their iCloud Music Library Using Siri" MacRumors 7:50 AM
  • "HomePod version of Siri comes with big limitations" Cult of Mac 11:13 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM

  • "Review: Living with Vitra's Pacific Chair, Jony Ive's choice for Apple Park" 9to5Mac 10:22 AM
  • "Hands-on: Elgato Eve Button lets you program multiple HomeKit scenes with a click" 9to5Mac 4:49 PM
  • "Review: Fiio FH1 In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 2:26 PM
  • "The Best Wireless Chargers for iPhone 8 and iPhone X: Everything you need to know to boost your new device." Slate 7:53 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Lord of Dice' Review - A Loaded Gacha Experience" Touch Arcade 1:37 PM
  • "How to use Wi-Fi Calling on Apple Watch" iMore 11:13 AM
  • "How To Scan A Document Using Notes on iOS" MacTrast 8:09 AM
  • "Here's Why Your Gmail Icon Might Be Blue Now" BuzzFeed 6:31 PM
  • "How To Do An Internet Speed Test Using Google" Redmond Pie 12:25 PM
  • "How HomePod works with Siri" iMore 10:28 AM
  • "These are the Music Services Siri Supports on HomePod" The Mac Observer 10:17 AM
  • "Asking Siri to Play a Newscast" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:49 AM
  • "The 3 Laws of Low End Computing" Low End Mac 8:25 PM
  • "iPhone X Failure Forces Apple Into Drastic Action" Forbes 5:47 PM
  • "True or False: Apple Is Cutting iPhone X Production by 50%?" 24/7 Wall St. 12:53 PM
  • "Five things I want to see in HomePod 2" iMore 10:28 AM
  • "8 Great iPad Launch Memories and 4 Reasons Why Apple Needs A New Steve Jobs"  The Mac Observer 2:24 PM
  • "Steve Jobs, the birth of iPad, and a first taste of 'insanely great'" The Loop 10:28 AM
  • "Opinion: HomePod's hi-fi focus is Apple's first serious dive into pro audio — and that's smart" 9to5Mac 1:51 PM
  • "Comment: How HomePod could be better for early adopters than Apple Watch was" 9to5Mac 11:05 AM
  • "HomePod still available for Feb 9 delivery, suggesting Apple may have over-estimated demand"  9to5Mac 8:57 AM
  • "Thanks to Apple, I'm Going to Beat My Type-2 Diabetes" AppAdvice 8:49 AM
  • "What Apple Must Do to Establish Its New Video Service" MacStories 8:13 AM
  • "Why does Apple want your attention? One decade since the iPhone, the average adult American now spends almost three hours each day on our smartphone. Why does Apple want your attention?"  Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "Is The iPhone X Worth The Price Tag? Eight Tech Experts Weigh In"  Forbes 7:36 AM
  • "Here's How Galaxy S9 Could Rival Apple's Face ID" Tom's Guide 8:50 AM
  • "What About Social-Media Neutrality? Facebook's algorithms have outsize power, both culturally and economically." [Paid Membership Required] 8:31 AM
  • "Hackers are con artists: The perils of social engineering" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "Mark Cuban has a really bad idea for fixing Twitter" The Next Web 8:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple rolls out transit directions in Milwaukee, Wis., and Omaha, Neb." AppleInsider 6:55 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of January 29: John Martellaro, Apple's Photos, Internet Safety" The MUG Center 8:50 AM
  • "Certified Pre-Loved iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Exclusively Available at Virgin Mobile USA in February" PRNewswire 8:28 AM
  • "'Magic Golf' is a Mini-Golf-Style Game with a Full Level Editor, Coming Thursday and Up for Pre-Order Now" Touch Arcade 6:31 PM
  • "'Hearthstone' 10.2 Balance Changes Announced" Touch Arcade 2:27 PM
  • "Bandai Namco Entertainment Announces 'One Piece: Bounty Rush' with Pre-Registrations Now Live on Google Play" Touch Arcade 8:09 AM
  • "Disc Drivin' 2 from Pixelocity Software Is up for Pre-Order Ahead of Its February 1st Release" Touch Arcade 8:09 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from January 2018" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to disable Intel's buggy Spectre fix: If your Windows PC seems buggier than usual after the recent round of Spectre patches, you might want to download this." PCWorld 5:48 PM
  • "Google and Microsoft are speeding ahead with quantum computing technology" Verdict 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft slashes the price of standard Azure support" IT PRO 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Reportedly Reorganizing Mixed Reality Staff" VR World 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires cloud gaming start-up PlayFab" CNBC 1:51 PM
  • "Microsoft Acquires Cloud Gaming Backend Platform PlayFab" Thurrott 2:27 PM
  • "Security warning: Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro has a hardcoded password backdoor" BetaNews 12:23 PM
  • "IBM And Facebook Power Social Security And Social Media" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "IBM-Maersk Blockchain Platform: Breakthrough for Supply Chain?" FinExtra 8:36 AM
  • "IBM Study: Consumers Weigh in on Biometrics, Authentication and the Future of Identity" Security Intelligence 8:35 AM
  • "HP and Lenovo make their educational pitches" ComputerWeekly 8:33 AM
  • "HP urges resellers to help schools make 'difficult decisions'" CRN UK 8:33 AM
  • "Dell may sell itself to VMware, a company it already owns" Engadget 12:27 PM
  • "Dell sell-off saga gets weird: Subsidiary VMware may buy parent in 'reverse merger'" The Register 1:37 PM
  • "Michael Dell Considers His Strategic Options: 100% Upside?" Seeking Alpha 8:32 AM
  • "Intel warned select customers of processor vulnerabilities before the U.S. Government" Neowin 8:30 AM
  • "Intel warned Chinese companies of chip flaw before U.S. Government" FOXBusiness 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Promises New Processors To Fix Meltdown, Spectre Vulnerabilities" Silicon UK 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Hid Meltdown & Spectre from US Government, Shared Info with the Chinese" Softpedia 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases KB4078130 Update to Disable Spectre Variant 2 Patch" Softpedia 8:28 AM
  • "How Dr. Lisa Su Made AMD Relevant Again" FOXBusiness 8:25 AM
  • "AMD stock rises after MKM Partners predicts strong quarter fueled by crypto business" MarketWatch 8:25 AM
  • "AMD Historically Favors Short Play off Post-Market Earnings Moves" Nasdaq 8:24 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700U With Vega 10 Graphics Runs Tomb Raider At 1080p High Settings Impressively Well (Acer Swift 3)" SegmentNext 8:24 AM
  • "Need For High-performance Processing Power Will Increase In The Upcoming Years According To Neil Spicer (AMD)" SegmentNext 8:24 AM
  • "Biostar X470 GT8: One Of The Top Tier AMD AM4 Motherboards Spotted In Config File" SegmentNext 8:24 AM
  • "Tech Data adds to Cisco Momentum programme" Channel Info 8:21 AM
  • "Cisco delivers OC-192 Circuit Emulation to Verizon" Converge 8:19 AM
  • "Turbonomic Showcases Workload Automation For Hybrid Cloud At Cisco Live" turbonomic 8:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's market value drops $45 billion in a week on fears of plunging iPhone X demand"  CNBC 10:35 AM
  • "Apple shares are falling on fears of plunging iPhone X demand"  CNBC 8:49 AM
  • "Can iPhone X & Services Sales Drive Apple Q1 Earnings?" Zacks 10:22 AM
  • "Apple, Alphabet and 3 other tech behemoths could spark a $181 billion shift in market cap this week" CNBC 10:25 AM
  • "Apple stock drops after report of iPhone X production cut" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks have worst day of the year as 10-year bond yield trades at highest since 2014: Fed meeting, Apple earnings, Trump speech, jobs report on tap" MarketWatch 4:58 PM
  • "Dow Dives Nearly 180 Points to Finish Lower; S&P and Nasdaq Also Decline: Stocks fall on Monday as the yield on the 10-year bond spikes." TheStreet 4:58 PM
  • "Nikkei drops to 3-1/2-week low as weakness in Apple suppliers weighs" Reuters 8:58 PM
  • "Technology companies lead modest pullback in US stocks" Associated Press 4:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide, Weighed Down by Real Estate, Utilities: Investors are looking ahead to the Fed's two-day monetary policy meeting later this week" [Paid Membership Required] 4:57 PM
  • "Asian markets pull back along with dollar; China slides on regulation fears: Asian stocks pared gains by midday as the U.S. dollar lost some of its early momentum." MarketWatch 7:24 AM
  • "European stocks end lower as losses for banks, oil firms outweigh AMS rally: European stocks ended a volatile session in negative territory on Monday, with losses for banks and commodity companies outweighing a rally for chip makers that came after Apple-supplier AMS AG reported a major jump in revenue and lifted its sales forecasts." MarketWatch 11:44 AM

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