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Weekend Highlights: Motley Fool looks at the rise of Amazon's music side and the threat it poses to Apple and Spotify; Dan Moren thinks Apple should simplify "complex iPhone lineup" this year; warning to Chrome, Firefox users over massive data leak; green light given by G7 to tax Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, others in countries where they make money, even if no physical presence; Apple has a beautiful new office in Vancouver; data can be scraped from iCloud, among many other services says Israeli security firm; alarm sounding over privacy fears from rapid adoption of doorbell cams; Google says will fix loophole in Chrome which tells sites when you're in incognito mode; TSMC eyes big growth thanks to 5G, Apple among clients; LAPTOP Mag reviews new 13" MacBook Pro; Rob Enderle likes idea of an Apple/Oracle merger.

  • "Apple Park now Apple's official corporate address: Apple this week changed its official corporate address to One Apple Park Way, continuing the lengthy process of moving an entire workforce from One Infinite Loop to the new Apple Park campus built down the road." AppleInsider 6:57 AM
  • "Apple 'Repeatedly Calls Emergency Services' After Multiple Employees Injured Walking Into Glass Panes At New HQ" The Independent 5:48 PM
  • "Apple: How a New iPhone Lineup Could Shake Up Sales"  Barron's 2/16
  • "How the iPhone X drives Apple's smartphone revenue dominance: The iPhone is a money-making machine that allows Apple to grab more revenue that all the other smartphone manufacturers put together."  ZDNet 2/16
  • "Apple's iPhone Is In Much Better Shape Than How It Is Being Portrayed" Forbes 2/16
  • "Apple's New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw – and It Hurts: Some distracted staff are walking into glass panes designed to foster collaboration"  Bloomberg 2/16
  • "People Keep Walking Into Glass at Apple Park: Apple likes to use a lot of glass, but employees are walking into glass walls as there are apparently no markings on them." PC Magazine 2/16
  • "WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention Center" MacRumors 2/16
  • "Twitter just terminated it's abandoned Mac app" iMore 2/16
  • "Twitter puts deadline on Mac application, will drop support in 30 days" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Photos for Mac: The ultimate guide/Photos for Mac brings it into the modern age of picture and video management, tying it into both the operating system and the cloud." iMore 1:44 PM
  • "How to recover lost data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod with iMyFone D-Back for Mac" 9to5Mac 11:57 AM
  • "Hands On: OmniPlan 3.9 is project management for complex jobs on the Mac and iPad" AppleInsider 6:57 AM
  • "Twitter is killing off its Mac client —¬†here's the best alternative" TrustedReviews 7:09 AM
  • "How to screenshot on a Mac: Capture your screen on a MacBook or Apple desktop" Alphr 2/16
  • "High Sierra: Do you use this great little Photos export shortcut?" Apple Must 2/16
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts" MacMost 2/16
Press Releases
  • "As Twitter ends support for its macOS app, Twitterrific drops to $7.99 (Reg.¬†$20)" 9to5Mac 1:46 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Park Employees Are Walking Into Its Clear Glass Walls" Redmond Pie 6:58 AM
  • "Apple Park Employees Keep Running Into Glass Walls" Social Barrel 7:00 AM
  • "HP just announced it will start reselling Apple products" TechRadar UK 2/16
  • "The Apple Watch Just Saved a Woman and Her Baby After a Car Crash: When one woman and her 9-month-old-baby were hit by a drunk driver, she couldn't get to her phone to call 911—but she was able to use her Apple Watch."  Shape 2/16
  • "Apple Watch SOS saved a mom and her baby after a drunk driver hit their car" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Apple's New Speaker Making an Unwelcome Mark in Some Homes" Associated Press 2/16
  • "Sonos One, Like Apple HomePod, Leaves White Marks On Wooden Furniture" Tech Times 2/16
  • "2 years after FBI vs. Apple, encryption debate remains" Axios 2/16
  • "Apple Renews Carpool Karaoke: The Series for a Second Season" The Mac Observer 2/16
  • "Sorry, Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' gets a second season" TechCrunch 2/16
  • "Apple launches rich 'Close Your Rings' webpage to promote healthy living with Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak set for Malta gaming event" Malta Today 2/16
Non-Apple News
  • "To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:25 PM
  • "Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling" Reuters 2/16
  • "Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US" Engadget 2/16
  • "Google just crippled image search, and people are angry" Cult of Mac 2/16
  • "Google is testing a system that makes it easier for 911 operators to locate you in emergencies" 9to5Google 2/16
  • "Governor blames shooting on 'cultural problem' of video games *sighs*" The Next Web 2/16
  • "030: Apple Park pains, Subaru's CarPlay, and Apple Watch impact Daily" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Labor board says Google could fire James Damore for anti-diversity memo" The Verge 2/16
  • "Google's firing of engineer James Damore did not break labor law, NLRB lawyer concludes" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2/16
  • "Mobile Safari Security Tips, HomePod as a HomeKit Hub -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-16" The Mac Observer 2/16
  • "AppleInsider podcast interviews comedian Will Abeles, reviews Apple's HomePod" AppleInsider 2/16
  • "Episode #92 – How They Listen to Music: Chuck Joiner, Podcaster" The Next Track 2/16
  • "Apple's latest patents hint at sleep tracker and continued work on AR" Digital Trends 7:09 AM
  • "Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen" Ars Technica 2/16
  • "Developers must ensure apps are optimized for iPhone X" Cult of Mac 2/16
  • "Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards/It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon" The Register 2/16
  • "Telugu bug: Apple to fix issue that leads iPhone and other devices to crash if they receive special letter" The Independent 2/16
  • "Apple says it'll fix the Telugu bug that crashes iPhones with a single character" BGR 2/16
  • "A frustrating new iOS text bug is wreaking havoc on iPhones worldwide" TrustedReviews 2/16
  • "iOS 11.2.5 – iOS 11 Jailbreak FAQ: All Your Questions Answered" iPhone Hacks 2/16
  • "Old School-Style iOS 10.3.3 Untethered Jailbreak Might Soon Come To Meridian" Redmond Pie 2/16
  • "How to Solve App Related Problems in iOS 11: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 2/16
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "DirecTV Now is offering a free Apple TV 4K when you prepay for 3 months: This deal just got even better." iMore 5:31 PM
  • "You can now get an iPhone 7 for half the price of an iPhone X, and it's a total steal" Business Insider 2/16
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/16
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/16
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/16

  • "No Spotify? That's not so smart, Apple: ROB WAUGH reviews the HomePod (and issues a warning over leaving it on polished tables)" Daily Mail (UK) 9:29 PM
  • "Best Apple Watch Stands and Chargers: Charge your Apple Watch in style and comfort." iMore 4:10 PM
  • "Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod: Apple HomePod won't support streaming via Bluetooth" IT PRO (UK) 12:57 PM
  • "HomePod Review: Apple Aims to Change the Conversation" iPhone Hacks 6:52 AM
  • "Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri" Intego 2/16
  • "HomePod Diary: For me, it's the Apple Watch all over again – but should you buy one?" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Apple iPhone 6 vs world's oldest working computer: Iconic machines from past seven decades do battle/The race will pit seven computers against each other, one from every decade going back to the dawn of computing." TechRepublic 2/16
  • "Review: Sylvania Smart+ Soft White LED Light Bulb, Full Color LED Light Bulb + Full Color LED Flex Strip" iLounge 2/16
  • "Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office" TechHive 2/16
  • "ROLI Seaboard Block review: A full band in a squishy, portable package" iMore 2/16
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Dragon Lapis' Review - Not Exactly a Gem" Touch Arcade 2/16
  • "How To Install Facebook++ App On Your iOS 11 iPhone [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 7:02 PM
  • "iOS: How to make 'Hey Siri' more accurate" Apple Must 12:01 PM
  • "How to replace your iPhone 6s Battery: Has your iPhone 6s battery gone the way of the dodo? If you don't want to visit Apple, you can repair it yourself with little muss or fuss." iMore 10:10 AM
  • "Video: How to use Apple's HomePod, and other stories" Apple Must 8:43 AM
  • "Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod" MacRumors 2/16
  • "How to Rename Files & Folders in iOS Files App" OS X Daily 2/16
  • "How To Fix iPhone 6 / 6s No Service Issue" Redmond Pie 2/16
  • "Set up an Apple HomePod with ease" [Video-based Tutorial] CNET 2/16
  • "How to change Siri's voice on HomePod: Want to give Siri an Australian accent or swap its gender? It's easy!" Macworld 2/16
  • "Learn to use your tablet like an ace with these eight iPad Pro tips and tricks" Digital Trends 9:28 PM
  • "The BBC's tips for how to film movies with an iPhone" Apple Must 2/16
  • "Does the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Replace iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? This Fool answers a question posed by a respected Apple analyst." The Motley Fool 8:38 PM
  • "15 Biggest Apple Fails of All Time"  Tom's Guide 1:47 PM
  • "Did Apple Just Confirm Its Secret iPhone Design Plans for 2018?" iDrop News 2/16
  • "Apple's new 'Close Your Rings' ad definitely wasn't well thought-out" BGR 2/16
  • "Apple installing stickers to prevent employees walking into glass walls, like always" iMore 2/16
  • "Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters"  Gizmodo 2/16
  • "Why Apple's Do Not Disturb should be King of the road" Apple Must 2/16
  • "6 reasons iMac Pro is ready for the enterprise" Computerworld 2/16
  • "Dell XPS 13 9370 (early 2018) Review: Best Windows 10 Laptop Gets Better" Forbes 2:40 PM
  • "Cord cutting and fragmentation" The Loop 2/16
  • "Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'" The Register 2/16
  • "Common afflictions of kitchen appliances!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 2/16
  • "Apple is being mocked in a hilarious video spoof of the 'What's a computer?' ad many find infuriating" Business Insider 2/16
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming February 17: Gene Steinberg meets tech commentators John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, and Josh Centers of TidBITS, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 4:11 PM
  • "4 Accessibility Apps That Help People With Disabilities" The Mac Observer 2/16
  • "CarPlay comes standard with Subaru's brand new Ascent, pre-orders now open" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Apple puts Belkin screen protector for iPhone X back on sale after earlier recall" AppleInsider 2/16
  • "iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch" AppleInsider 2/16
  • "Windows 10: This Microsoft mobile app wirelessly transfers pics from Android, iOS" ZDNet 2/16
  • "This pressure-sensitive stylus makes almost any iPad mimic the iPad Pro via the headphone jack" Alphr 2/16
  • "Apple Pay now accepted at 5,000+ more online stores in Denmark, Finland and Sweden" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Introducing Math Mathews Fractions for iOS - Innovative Adventure Game" prMac 2/16
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft outlines the limitations of Windows on ARM devices" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 on ARM is Windows Lite after all and this is why" MSPoweruser 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Finally Documents the Limitations of Windows 10 on ARM" Thurrott 7:47 AM
  • "Google exposes security flaw in Microsoft Edge" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Google Discloses Microsoft Edge Security Feature Bypass" Bleeping Computer 1:44 PM
  • "Microsoft's Cortana Assistant Gains IFTTT Integration, Supports More Smart Home Products" Gadgets 360 7:06 AM
  • "Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free" ZDNet 11:26 AM
  • "What to expect from Windows 10's Spring 2018 Update (Version 1803/RS4)" MSPoweruser 9:29 PM
  • "Intel 10nm Cannonlake Core i5-8269U Spotted — Quad Core With Mutli-Threading, 2.60 GHz Base Clock and 6 MB Cache" WCCFTech 7:17 PM
  • "Intel Investigation Initiated by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Intel Corporation - INTC" Benzinga 7:06 AM
  • "AMD Offers Loaner CPUs In 'Boot Kits' For Motherboard Updates Supporting New Ryzen APUs" HotHardware 4:38 PM
  • "Dell EMC squashes pair of VMAX virtual appliance bugs" Infosurhoy 7:05 AM
  • "Oracle bets big on data centres to win the cloud war against Amazon" Your Story 7:07 AM
  • "Spectre and Meltdown are now a legal pain for Intel — the chip maker faces 35 lawsuits over the attacks" Business Insider 2/16
  • "Intel currently facing 32 class-action lawsuits for Spectre and Meltdown" Engadget 2/16
  • "Intel facing 32 lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws" The Verge 2/16
  • "Intel is making gaming easier for people without graphics cards" Engadget 2/16
  • "Intel Reverses Itself, Says All Skylake-X CPUs Have 2 AVX-512 Units" ExtremeTech 2/16
  • "Intel 10nm Ice Lake-U Mobility Processor Spotted – Features Gen 11 Graphics With 48 EUs, Cannonlake Core i3-8121U Dual Core Also Revealed" WCCFTech 2/16
  • "Intel pledges $250,000 to bug bounty hunts" ITProPortal 2/16
  • "Intel's New Graphics Drivers Optimize Games For You" LAPTOP Magazine 2/16
  • "Intel's new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings" The Verge 2/16
  • "US intel chiefs warn their citizens off Chinese phones" Tech Wire Asia 2/16
  • "Intel Launches 2.5' U2 and M2 8TB enterprise SSDs" Guru3D 2/16
  • "Intel offers to pay for Spectre-like side channel vulnerabilities" HelpNetSecurity 2/16
  • "Microsoft, Amazon named and shamed in green datacentres report" CRN UK 2/16
  • "Microsoft sues to put electronics recycler in prison for copying Windows recovery discs" TechRepublic 2/16
  • "Microsoft re-launches $500m start-up program" ITProPortal 2/16
  • "Microsoft is turning to the blockchain to help prove your identity online" Alphr 2/16
  • "US Air Force Says It'll Quarantine Every PC Without Windows 10" Softpedia 2/16
  • "If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now" The Register 2/16
  • "Siemens Teams With Airbus to IBM in Cyberattack Defense Plan" Bloomberg 2/16
  • "HP just announced it will start reselling Apple products" TechRadar UK 2/16
  • "HP expands Device-as-a-Service to include Apple" Tech Central 2/16
  • "HP sauces up Device as a Service offerings" Channel Eye 2/16
  • "Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans" HeliHub 2/16
  • "HP extends DaaS offerings for partners" PC Retail 2/16
  • "Forza 7 updated with new features, Dell Gaming Car Pack launched" OnMSFT 2/16
  • "Dell EMC plugs critical bugs in VMAX enterprise storage offerings" HelpNetSecurity 2/16
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APU + Vega Dedicated GPU CrossFire Possible? Here Is What You Need To Know" SegmentNext 2/16
  • "AMD Vega GPU or no, the Ryzen 3 2200G is a great budget gaming CPU on its own" PCGamesN 2/16
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G delidded and temperature tested" Hexus 2/16
  • "AMD Ryzen 2400G And 2200G Are Able To Run PUBG At 60 FPS At 1080p If You Turn Down The Settings" SegmentNext 2/16
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 CrossFire review: more niche than ever before" Hardware.Info 2/16
  • "Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't" PCWorld 2/16
  • "Tech Data brings Oracle cloud credits to Europe" Comms Dealer 2/16
  • "Oracle acquires Zenedge for cloud-based network security" Converge! 2/16
  • "Cisco launches cloud-based endpoint protection for MSSPs" BetaNews 2/16
  • "Cisco CEO: 'We are still only on the front end' of a new version of the network" ITworld 2/16
  • "Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista" The Register 2/16
  • "Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility" InfoWorld 2/16
  • "Apple v. Samsung: Advocacy groups, patent experts concerned about legal uncertainty surrounding design patent damages" Foss Patents 2/16
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's massive bond portfolio makes it a 'screaming sell,' says market watcher" CNBC 2/16
  • "Apple Is Leading a Resurgent Stock Market" TheStreet 2/16
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 book 6th straight gain as stocks post best week in years; Nasdaq lags: Stocks ended well off Friday highs as news on Mueller indictments briefly rattled Wall Street" MarketWatch 2/16
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher for Sixth Straight Day of Gains: The Dow and S&P 500 regained momentum and closed higher on Friday after a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections." TheStreet 2/16
  • "Dow posts biggest weekly rally since 2016" FOXBusiness 2/16
  • "U.S. Stocks Pare Gains After Mueller Probe Indictment: Despite afternoon selloff, S&P 500 still notches its best week since 2013" [Paid Membership Required] 2/16
  • "Nikkei rises as Kuroda renominated to lead Bank of Japan: Stocks in Japan and New Zealand gained Friday, while a number of major markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, as investors regained confidence in equities after sharp slides last week." MarketWatch 2/16
  • "European stocks post best week since 2016 as global appetite for risk ramps up: European stocks finished Friday's session in rally mode, posting their biggest weekly win in more than a year alongside on ongoing recovery in equities on Wall Street." MarketWatch 2/16

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