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Wednesday Highlights: Barron's tackles Apple Arcade and "Apple's quest to own entertainment"; Apple further engages EU in court over back taxes in Ireland; class action allowed to proceed against Apple in which customers accuse company of using inferior refurb replacements when fulfilling AppleCare claims; Macworld reviews Parallels Desktop 15 for macOS; has Apple produced a Truman Show (not for Apple TV)?; Reuters spoke with Apple's Lisa Jackson on company use and recycling of rare earth elements for parts in iPhone; Apple Watch Series 5 reviews are in and there are lots of 'em down in our Reviews section including from John Gruber, TechCrunch, Hodinkee, Dieter Bohn; DxOMark announces new camera protocol scores for Wide and Night modes on smartphones.

  • "Why Apple Is The World's Most Innovative Company: In this exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he explains the culture and approach that led to iPhone X, Air Pods, Apple Watch 3, and HomePod."  Fast Company 9:41 AM
  • "Apple in Talks to Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners" ["The iPhone maker is one of the world's largest end users of cobalt for the batteries in its gadgets, but until now it has left the business of buying the metal to the companies that make its batteries."]  Bloomberg 7:52 AM
  • "The Fascinating Reason Why Apple Wants Its Own Supply of Cobalt"  Slate 11:26 AM
  • "Apple in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners: Bloomberg" Reuters 7:59 AM
  • "Apple reportedly looking to buy cobalt directly from miners: The metal is essential to production of batteries for phones and electric cars." CNET 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's latest iOS healthcare push: When iOS 11.3 arrives later this year, it will allow a limited number of users to more easily access and share healthcare data – part of Apple's ongoing push to connect patients and doctors. Here's what that means and why Apple might actually succeed."  Computerworld 8:05 AM
  • "How Apple Watch Is Affecting the Swiss Watch Industry" Market Realist 12:39 PM
  • "Apple Releases Third Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:39 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 50 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:39 PM
  • "Dashlane review: Why I switched from 1Password password manager" Cult of Mac 3:29 PM
  • "Have a HomePod and a Mac? You need Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil" Apple World Today 11:51 AM
  • "10 Essential Tips for Using the macOS Finder More Efficiently" MacRumors 8:16 AM
  • "What to do when macOS High Sierra's Content Caching isn't working: Trying to use a new High Sierra feature designed to cache Apple downloads? Some advice." Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Using Leading Zeros in Numbers" MacMost 11:19 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (45) -Image Output Options and Printing" eXtensions 7:39 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 11.3.1 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 7:45 AM
  • "McNeel Ships New Rhino 6—Grasshopper Now Built-In" Architosh 7:39 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple: Tim Cook Doesn't Care If You're Impolite/You don't have to be polite to get Tim Cook's attention. Just have something smart to say." Barron's 8:53 AM
  • "Here's what Apple CEO Tim Cook says he would do if he was 'king for the day'" Business Insider 9:44 AM
  • "Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'" AppleInsider 9:46 AM
  • "If your Apple Watch knows you'll get diabetes, who can it tell?" The Outline 8:53 AM
  • "Ahead of Spotify's IPO, Apple says it's not in the music business 'for the money'" CNBC 12:00 PM
  • "Greens fail to win support for bid to block Apple's Fed Square store: An attempt to block the Andrews government's deal with Apple to build a store in Federation Square has failed in parliament, clearing the way for the contentious retail development."  Melbourne Age 8:21 AM
  • "Apple wants to create an #AnimojiKaraoke Twitter storm" Computerworld 9:38 AM
  • "Australian government tosses flagship Apple Store objections out of court" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks out on net neutrality, privacy and Star Trek versus Star Wars at USF" Tampa Bay Business Journal 8:42 AM
  • "Apple QuickTake digital camera YouTube unboxing video" Cult of Mac 11:51 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Disney loses bid to stop Redbox from selling its digital download codes: The studio has been accused of 'copyright misuse' instead" The Verge 8:54 PM
  • "AT&T to Implement First 5G Service in 12 U.S. Cities by End of 2018: AT&T has announced that Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas will be the first cities to gain access to its 5G wireless service by the end of 2018 and that it will announce nine more cities in the coming months." eWeek 6:06 PM
  • "Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign petition with over 1M signatures" 9to5Mac 6:09 PM
  • "The FCC's net neutrality rules will officially expire in late April" Ars Technica 10:53 AM
  • "The Vatican (yes, the Holy City) is organizing its first ever hackathon" The Next Web 8:32 AM
  • "Bluesound raises the bar for Wi-Fi hi-fi. But can it beat Sonos?" Digital Trends 8:32 AM
  • "032: New iPad rumors, first HomeKit baby monitor, Alto's Odyssey Daily" 9to5Mac 5:40 PM
  • "Snapchat: 'We Completely Understand' the Redesign Hate" PC Magazine 4:19 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 goes MIA, How to Improve macOS Update Notifications -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-21" The Mac Observer 12:36 PM
  • "The evolution of Alto's Odyssey: A Q&A with Team Alto" iMore 8:16 AM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: Do You Really Want an AI Listening to You All the Time?" Intego Mac Podcast 8:14 AM
  • "Editing 'Visions of Warriors' Feature Documentary with Final Cut Pro X" 8:14 AM
  • "The keynote of March 2018 is confirmed, with new iPad!" ["Last month, developer Filipe Espósito unearthed references to an 'iPad_Modern' in the source code of the iOS 11.3 beta. This denomination directly echoes a certain 'iPhone_Modern' which corresponds to the iPhone X, and we can easily conclude from this discovery that a tablet equipped with face ID face recognition and reduced margins around the screen will be marketed soon."]  Google French-to-English: Consomac 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Filing Suggests New iPad Launching in March: New device registrations for the Eurasian region point to a refresh for the existing $329 iPad as early as March." PC Magazine 8:16 AM
  • "Apple registers a bunch of new devices in the Eurasian Economic Commission database" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent" AppleInsider 8:31 AM
  • "Apple readies two new iPads for release: Report" ZDNet 11:02 AM
  • "Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources" AppleInsider 9:20 PM
  • "Apple Releases Third Beta of iOS 11.3 for Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:40 PM
  • "watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for Apple Watch developers now available" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "CarrierCrack For iOS 11 T-Mobile, AT&T Might Soon Become A Reality, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 8:14 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile Offers $200 Off iPhone X, Half Off a Second Apple Watch" PC Magazine 12:07 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "The Best Accessories for Your iPhone and iPad" The Wirecutter 5:40 PM
  • "The Battle of Bus-Powered Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Storage" Bare Feats 11:59 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X: Revisiting the Synology NAS, this time with 10GbE" 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "Review: MyIdol is a Weird but Fun 3D Avatar Creator for iOS" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "Merge Cube review: A clever but short-lived augmented reality toy/This cheap foam cube turns into planets, human organs, and games via your iPhone's camera." Macworld 7:56 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Smart Home Diary: Adding HomePod, smart(ish) heating and Nanoleaf Rhythm" 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "Alto's Odyssey Review: Desert Tranquility" MacStories 10:46 AM
  • "'Dice Brawl: Captain's League' Review: Treasure fit for Royale-ty" Touch Arcade 12:39 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to Save a Webpage as PDF & Store in Files App" The Mac Observer 6:13 PM
  • "Using an iPhone X in the Microsoft ecosystem: Is it possible to comfortably use an iPhone while living entirely in the Microsoft ecosystem?" iMore 12:40 PM
  • "New in iOS 11.3: approving family purchases using Face ID" iDownload Blog 11:43 AM
  • "How To Decline A Call From The Lock Screen On The iPhone" AddictiveTips 11:22 AM
  • "These are the 16 commands you'll use most with your HomePod" Computerworld 8:37 AM
  • "iPhone X: How to Go to Your Last App from the Home Screen" The Mac Observer 8:17 AM
  • "How to reset your HomePod" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Turn Your House Into an Apple-Centric Smart Home" AppAdvice 6:27 PM
  • "Which new iPads are coming in March? New iPads are just around the corner. Can you really use mayo to remove HomePod 'white rings'? And Apple employees are walking into the glass walls of their spaceship campus." CNET 7:46 PM
  • "Some Interesting Excerpts from Tim Cook's Fast Company Interview" The Mac Observer 6:14 PM
  • "The Apple HomePod speaker is full of missed opportunities" CNBC 12:00 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 is Gone in iOS 11.3 DB3, but that Doesn't Mean it's Dead" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "Tim Cook Reflects on Apple's Success in Fast Company Interview" MacStories 12:40 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks about the culture that led to iPhone X, AirPods, Apple Watch 3 & HomePod" iDownload Blog 10:46 AM
  • "14 Apple insights from Tim Cook" Apple Must 10:46 AM
  • "Bad Apple #2: Alphabetize Settings in iOS/Welcome back to my Bad Apple column, in which I'll chastise Apple — constructively! — for poor decisions that are easily changed."  TidBITS 8:10 AM
  • "Why batteries are holding up tech breakthroughs — and what's happening now" The Next Web 12:00 PM
  • "You Need a VPN, and Here's Why" PC Magazine 8:46 AM
  • "Artificial intelligence: The saviour of mankind or the end of the world?" Telegraph 8:20 AM
  • "Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple sponsors UK BRIT music awards featuring new Animoji karaoke ad" 9to5Mac 5:39 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge for iOS Gets 3D Touch, Android Tablets and iPad Support Coming Soon" Thurrott 5:38 PM
  • "'My PlayStation' gives you more ways to manage your PSN profile" Digital Trends 10:53 AM
  • "Things 3.4 Brings Powerful New Automation Features and App Integrations" MacStories 9:46 AM
  • "New 'Angry Birds Champions' spin-off for iOS lets players battle for real cash" 9to5Mac 9:42 AM
  • "Pac-Man on iOS gets a visit from... Sonic the Hedgehog?" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Broadcom cuts Qualcomm bid to $117 billion" Reuters 8:11 AM
  • "'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone, iPad, Apple TV ahead of schedule" AppleInsider 8:42 AM
  • "Alto's Odyssey now available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV" 9to5Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Quick'Nap - A simple Power Nap Music Timer for your iPhone" prMac 7:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's DNA storage breakthrough could pave way for exabyte drives" ZDNet 9:41 AM
  • "Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft, SAP And Oracle Join Cloud-Industry Obsession Over New Performance Metric" Forbes 7:44 AM
  • "The Microsoft and Qualcomm Always Connected PC Connects At MWC" Forbes 12:00 PM
  • "Windows 10 bug: Google again reveals code for 'important' unpatched flaw" ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "Learning from scantily clad dancer scandal, Xbox exec calls for inclusivity: Phil Spencer sees 'opportunity and responsibility to make gaming for everyone.'" Ars Technica 5:39 PM
  • "Intel plans $5 billion investment in Israel by 2020: minister" Reuters 7:59 AM
  • "Intel's new Spectre fix: Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake chips get stable microcode" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Intel releases more Meltdown/Spectre fixes, Microsoft feints SP3 patch" Computerworld 10:43 AM
  • "Intel rolls out Spectre updates for 7th and 8th-gen Core chips" The Verge 2:05 PM
  • "New Spectre microcode patches released by Intel to fix security flaws in Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake CPUs" V3 2:05 PM
  • "Intel hurls Spectre 2 microcode patch fix at world" The Register 10:43 AM
  • "Intel ships update for newest Spectre-affected chips" TechCrunch 5:38 PM
  • "Public transit app Moovit raises $50 million in round led by Intel" Reuters 8:00 AM
  • "Intel Leads Moovit's $50 Million Round As Transit App Morphs Into Mobility Platform" Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "Moovit raises another $50M led by Intel for its urban transit app, plans Mobileye collaboration" TechCrunch 7:57 AM
  • "Intel ships new Spectre patches: Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake now, Sandy Bridge next" PCWorld 8:05 AM
  • "AMD debuts embedded EPYC and Ryzen processors" ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "AMD Rolls Out Ryzen, EPYC Embedded Processors" Benzinga 2:04 PM
  • "AMD lures Cisco's server CTO into EPYC new gig" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Arm Introduces New Kigen Technologies To Improve IoT Security" Forbes 8:11 AM
  • "ARM Wants To Integrate A SIM Card Into Your Future Smartphone's Processor" HotHardware 4:16 PM
  • "Cisco Earnings Review: Has 'The Kid' Turned The Corner?" Seeking Alpha 10:43 AM
  • "How Cisco Performed in the Most Recent Quarter" Market Realist 12:39 PM
  • "World's cyber attacks hit us much harder in past year – major infosec chief survey/Cisco report: Smacked orgs forked out $500k due to attacks" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Cisco Close to Picking New Global Sales Chief" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:29 PM
  • "Cybercrime drains $600 billion a year from the global economy, says report" ZDNet 8:45 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow gives up 300-point gain to end lower as bond yields rise after Fed minutes: Bank shares jump after Fed minutes, with further rate hikes expected" MarketWatch 4:17 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Lose Earlier Momentum and Finish Lower: Stocks declined in the last hour of trading on Wednesday." TheStreet 4:17 PM
  • "US stocks pare early gains as bond yields surge" FOXBusiness 4:17 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Sell Off Near Close: Dow industrials, S&P 500 fall more than 0.5% on the day after being up most of the session" [Paid Membership Required] 4:16 PM
  • "Asian stocks overcome choppy moves to advance: Nikkei up slightly, Taiex jumps after weeklong holiday" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks fall as eurozone business activity slows: Investors receive disappointing updates on manufacturing and services" MarketWatch 8:47 AM

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