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Friday 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?

  • "Cellebrite executive insists iPhone unlocking has a 'public safety imperative'"  AppleInsider 12:19 PM
  • "EU eyes tax on tech giants closer to 2 percent than 6 percent of revenue: Le Maire" Reuters 5:27 PM
  • "European Union proposals could tax Apple and other tech giants between 2 percent and 6 percent: The European Union will soon release proposals to change the way it taxes major tech companies operating within the continent, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has revealed, with firms including Apple potentially being taxed at a rate of between 2 percent and 6 percent in the future. " AppleInsider 5:27 PM
  • "What price privacy when Apple gets into bed with China?"  The Guardian 7:27 AM
  • "Cheaper MacBook Air coming later this year, claims report"  ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "Apple may finally debut a cheaper MacBook Air this spring" SlashGear 7:18 AM
  • "New lower cost MacBook Air expected in second quarter of 2018"  AppleInsider 3/3
  • "KGI: Apple to release more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air in Q2, HomePod demand 'mediocre' so far" 9to5Mac 3/3
  • "Apple is reportedly planning to release a cheaper MacBook Air later this year: Apple currently sells the MacBook Air for $999" The Verge 3/3
  • "Apple might offer lower-cost MacBook Air in spring: It would be the first drop below the $1K mark in years." Engadget 3/3
  • "Three Alternatives to Twitter's Now-Defunct Mac App" TidBITS 3/2
  • "Broadcasting From the Mac Without Nicecast" Rogue Amoeba 3/2
  • "How to recover lost data from iCloud" iMore 3/2
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Typing Special Characters" MacMost 3/2
  • "Seven Useful macOS Tricks You Might Not Know" MacRumors 3/2
  • "How to find out who purchased a song from iTunes Store" Macworld 3/2
Press Releases
  • "Reminder: Google Drive for Mac to be Replaced March 12" The Mac Observer 3/2
  • "Duplicate Expert for macOS makes it easy to, well, find duplicates" Apple World Today 3/2
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Family Blames Faulty iPhone For Starting Fire That Burned Down Their Farm" UberGizmo 9:35 PM
  • "New technology developed by A&M professor converts documents for blind readers to access via iPad" The Eagle 8:42 AM
  • "House of pane: Apple was warned of glass danger" ["Apple declined to comment. But in January, Dan Whisenhunt, an Apple vice president of real estate and development, told the Rotary Club of Cupertino that birds flying into the glass had not proved much of a problem. 'Now, the humans on the inside, that's a different story,' Whisenhunt said. 'We've had people bump into the glass. That's a problem we are working on right now.'"]  San Francisco Chronicle 3/2
  • "Cupertino official warned Apple of potential Apple Park glass impacts 9 months ago" AppleInsider 3/2
  • "iPhone Slow: What happened with Apple's performance management and where we go from here/Here's Apple's explanation on what's happening with iPhone batteries and performance."  iMore 3/2
  • "Read Apple's utterly unconvincing testimony regarding scandalous iPhone throttling practice" iDownload Blog 3/2
  • "Apple defends iPhone slowdown in Canadian parliament" Cult of Mac 3/2
  • "German hip-hop artists make world's first AR music Video with iPhone X" Apple Must 3/2
  • "California cops are using a decoy bus to catch whoever keeps shooting at Apple and Google employee shuttles" Business Insider 3/2
  • "NRA-endorsed shooting game gets pulled off iOS App Store" Mashable 3/2
  • "'Angry Birds' maker Rovio is shuttering its London studio and axing 7 staff" Business Insider 3/2
  • "This iPhone X optical illusion is super freaky" Mashable 3/2
  • "Tim Cook Shares 'Shot on iPhone' Photos From Holi Festival" iClarified 3/2
Non-Apple News
  • "LTE security holes could lead to fake emergency alerts: Others can spy on messages and track your location without consent." Engadget 7:13 AM
  • "Amazon and Google Are Back to Feuding, This Time Over Smart Homes and Nest" Gizmodo 3/3
  • "The Nintendo Switch turns one" The Verge 3/3
  • "Amazon flaw costs Apple accessory maker nearly $100k as counterfeiter takes over legitimate listing" 9to5Mac 3/3
  • "Cord-cutting just hit another record, and cable companies are in denial" BGR 3/3
  • "5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/2
  • "YouTube is replacing the green screen with an AI tool" Engadget 3/2
  • "Net neutrality killer Ajit Pai would rather not accept that NRA gun award" Mashable 3/2
  • "Ex-Google CEO is relatively certain robots aren't going to kill us for another decade or two" The Next Web 3/2
  • "FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn reiterates need to fight for open internet" TechCrunch 3/2
  • "FCC's Clyburn urges net neutrality supporters to keep fighting" Axios 3/2
  • "Video game companies unaware of Trump's summit on video game violence" The Verge 3/2
  • "Snap reportedly has two new versions of its Spectacles in the works, with the first arriving this fall" Business Insider 3/2
  • "Amazon is complicit with counterfeiting"  ElevationLab 3/2
  • "'Geek Girls' deep-dives into the secret world of female nerds" CNET 3/2
  • "5G super speeds are coming. Here's what they'll be like" CNET 3/2
  • "The Supreme Court Case That Could Give Tech Giants More Power" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/2
  • "Dropbox to let Google reach inside it and rummage about" The Register 3/2
  • "New Dog Trip Report - The TouchArcade Show #344" Touch Arcade 3/2
  • "iMore show 596: Bunny Slopes and Mosh Pits" iMore 3/2
  • "039: March Apple Watch Activity Challenge, Instagram video calling, best Apple deals Daily" 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Apple Product Lifespan, Better Bluetooth Audio -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-02" The Mac Observer 3/2
  • "AirPods Pro! And the cool HealthKit gadgets you haven't heard of, on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/2
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks about Consumer Reports, Verizon's idea of security, and Apple's handling of iCloud data in China" AppleInsider 3/2
  • "Average Apple Device Lifespan Estimated at Just Over Four Years by Analyst" MacRumors 3/2
  • "An analyst estimated how long Apple customers hold onto their devices — and the findings might surprise you" Business Insider 3/2
  • "1 Reason to Expect a Huge Performance Boost From the Apple Inc. A12" The Motley Fool 3/2
  • "Concepts imagine new Apple over-ear headphones" The Apple Post 3/2
  • "2018 iPhone X Plus Concept Video Shows Gold Color Option, Dual-SIM Tray" Redmond Pie 3/2
  • "New iOS 12 concept offers up refreshed Lock screen, App Bar, Guest Mode, Face ID tricks, and more" 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Beautiful iOS 12 Concept Features Guest Mode, Sound Bar, Quick Unlock, More [Images] iClarified 3/2
  • "How to Fix an Unresponsive iPhone X Screen" OS X Daily 3/2
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 3/3
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/2
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/2
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/2

  • "Apple HomePod review: The iPhone of smart speakers packs a punch but shirks on the smarts" PCWorld Australia 5:34 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod is a pricey predicament for Spotify users: Apple's new smart speaker only helps the company build its case for living in the walled garden"  The Verge 11:16 AM
  • "The best photo inkjet printer: We've narrowed the options to Epson and Canon." Engadget 11:56 AM
  • "Sōlis SO-3000, SO-6000 and SO-7000 Chromecast and Bluetooth speaker review" The Gadgeteer 3/3
  • "iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9: We compare the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 for design, build quality, features, tech specs and price"  Macworld UK 3/3
  • "HomePod review: Stop, Look, and Listen" Six Colors 3/2
  • "Review: Naztech Xtra Drive Mini" iLounge 3/2
  • "The Other Bangkok -Lunchtime in Taladphlu with the iPhone X: A Photographic Essay" eXtensions 3/2
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Classic Games of the App Store" AppAdvice 10:26 AM
  • "iPhone Photos app: 8 cool features you should be using" Macworld 3/2
  • "How to Watch the 2018 Oscars Online for Free" Money 6:28 PM
  • "How to use action and share extensions on iPhone and iPad: Learn how to set up and take control of action and share extensions on your iPhone or iPad." iMore 3/3
  • "How to choose the best TV streaming device for you: Find the right dongle." Popular Science 3/3
  • "How to Mirror or Cast Your iPhone to The Amazon Fire TV Stick" AddictiveTips 3/3
  • "Remove / Uninstall Electra iOS 11 Jailbreak Or Unjailbreak From Your iPhone Or iPad, Here's How" Redmond Pie 3/2
  • "How to Get the Best Volume Control on Apple's HomePod" Lifehacker 3/2
  • "How To Add App Folders To The Dock In iOS [No Jailbreak] AddictiveTips 3/2
  • "Best Pokémon Go cheats for March 2018: What are the best cheats for Pokémon Go that'll help you get ahead faster and easier than ever? These!" iMore 9:02 AM
  • "iOS Tip: How to jump to the top of webpages, Twitter, Facebook, and apps with iPhone" 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Apple Park 911 transcripts reveal perils of glass walls" SlashGear 9:35 PM
  • "A 6.1-Inch LCD iPhone Seems Like a Trial Run for Future iPhone X: If consumers respond well to a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Apple would probably increase the screen size of its baseline iPhone X." The Motley Fool 5:38 PM
  • "iOS 12 concept photos showcase how Apple could easily improve the iPhone user experience" BGR 5:26 PM
  • "Opinion: Giving AirPods the praise they deserve and why I won't upgrade to version 2" 9to5Mac 5:29 PM
  • "Lower priced MacBook Air coming? The Sellers Research Group says 'no'" Apple World Today 1:36 PM
  • "MacBook Air 2018 — Here Are the Promising Features That Apple Could Offer on Its Upcoming Affordable Notebook"  WCCFTech 12:28 PM
  • "Ignore iPhone X Production Cut Rumors. Apple Was Never Going To Sell 40 Million In The March Quarter" Forbes 7:25 AM
  • "The Homepod Is A Prime Example Of One Of Apple's Core Problems" Forbes 7:18 AM
  • "From iOS 12 to watchOS 5: All the new Apple software we expect this year"  9to5Mac 3/3
  • "After Just 6 Months, the Phone Notch Is Already Deeply Uncool" Gizmodo 3/3
  • "There's a VERY good reason NOT to buy a new Apple iPad this month: IF YOU were thinking of splashing the cash on a shiny new iPad this month, you might want to hold-off, as rumours suggest the Cupertino company is planning to launch new models this month." Express UK 3/3
  • "Apple's First Over-Ear Headphones Could Look Like This" Tom's Guide 3/3
  • "Wires forever: Entangled in the wired headphone lifestyle"  Macworld 3/3
  • "The five things that kill your iPhone's battery the fastest" ZDNet 3/3
  • "iPhone X's Face ID vs Samsung Galaxy S9"s Intelligent Scan: The Key Differences Explained" iPhone Hacks 3/2
  • "Here's why we think Apple's iPhone 'zero waste' claim is garbage" [Video] Mashable 3/2
  • "The Path Siri is Taking Towards Human Intelligence. Or Not" The Mac Observer 3/2
  • "Change Infinite Loop's Name to Apple Playground" Bitsplitting 3/2
  • "This is how long your average Apple product will last/Commentary: Analyst Horace Dediu tries to work out the average lifespan of Apple devices. His short answer: about 4.3 years." CNET 3/2
  • "Here's one way the iPhone X beats Samsung's Galaxy S9 badly" Mashable 3/2
  • "Apple fans are bragging about the iPhone X beating Galaxy S9 benchmarks that appear flawed"  BGR 3/2
  • "Things Apple changed, were mocked for, then were copied industry wide" The Loop 3/2
  • "Travel, devices, and cables" Dr. Drang 3/2
  • "Apple's Cure for Soaring Costs? Tech-Savvy Healthcare Clinics" The Motley Fool 3/2
  • "5 Reasons To Buy Samsung's Galaxy S9 Over The Apple iPhone X" Forbes 3/2
  • "3 ways the 'smart office' will change the future of work" ZDNet 6:40 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9 just suffered an EMBARRASSING defeat: SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 has been trounced by a two-year-old iPhone in some benchmark tests, according to blog AnandTech, which described the results as 'awkward'." Express UK 5:28 PM
  • "Your Kid's Phone Is Not Like a Cigarette" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Bad iPhone notches are happening to good Android phones: Copying the iPhone's design has never been done with more speed or cynicism" The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "After a decade of resisting, I finally bought a Kindle" The Verge 3/3
  • "How the Nintendo Switch finally turned me into a gamer" The Verge 3/3
  • "In Wi-Fi routers, you get what you pay for in reach, strength" Seattle Times 3/2
  • "Testing LG V30S ThinQ's hit-or-miss camera tricks: LG's interim 'creators' phone isn't a huge leap forward, but it's not without its charms." Engadget 3/2
  • "Oh God, Not Spectacles 2.0" Gizmodo 3/2
  • "It's 2018 and Android phones still can't compare to the iPhone's Taptic Engine: Just like on your favorite gaming controller, good haptic feedback can make all the difference in the world on your phone."  Android Central 3/2
  • "Here Are 911 Transcripts of Some of the Times Apple Employees Walked Directly Into Glass Walls"  Gizmodo 3/3
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming March 3: Gene Steinberg meets columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/3
  • "Waze update adds new ETA screen showing traffic forecasts & more" 9to5Mac 3/3
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Evoland 2'" Touch Arcade 3/2
  • "Apple 'Lose your wallet' campaign lands in Los Angeles with discounts for local shops" AppleInsider 3/2
  • "Apple holding another 'Lose Your Wallet' shopping event promoting Apple Pay w/ exclusive discounts" 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Play Joust, Robotron: 2048, and other classic games at Ready Player One's online arcade" The Verge 3/2
  • "Chaos Group Initiates 'Total Chaos' — Two-Day Event for 3D Artists and Developers" Architosh 3/2
  • "Apple honoring International Women's Day next week with new Watch Activity Challenge" 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Microsoft's latest iOS accessibility app gives directions via 3D audio to those with vision impairments, recommends AirPods [Video] 9to5Mac 3/2
  • "Check Out Google's Browser-Based Song Maker: Use your finger, mouse, or keyboard to click some blocks and make some music." PC Magazine 3/2
  • "Charge-Up And Lose The Cord! Case-Mate Debuts Fast Charging Wireless Charging Device" PRNewswire 3/2
  • "Gemtactix 2.0, a free multiplayer tactical board game for iOS & Android" prMac 3/2
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Phone 8.1 users are having trouble downloading apps from the Store" Neowin 7:13 AM
  • "Spotify app from Microsoft Store blocks Windows 10's System Restore" MSPoweruser 11:18 AM
  • "New Windows Insider preview build causes issues with Mixed Reality" Digital Trends 11:17 AM
  • "LIFX's smart lights now work with Microsoft's Cortana" The Verge 1:38 PM
  • "Microsoft is optimizing Skype for low-end Android phones" The Verge 4:19 PM
  • "Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:35 PM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 4 Heads Toward the Finish Line" Thurrott 3/3
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 4 Now Feature-Locked as RTM Shows Up on the Radar: No new features are currently in the works for RS4" Softpedia 3/3
  • "Microsoft recently trademarked 'Mixplay,' which sounds a lot like a video editor for gamers: In mid February, Microsoft applied for the trademark 'Mixplay' for a 'Software-as-a-service (SaaS)' product, which sounds a lot like some kind of video editor for gamers." Windows Central 3/3
  • "Microsoft wants you to move on; ditch Windows Media player for Movies & TV" Neowin 3/3
  • "Official Microsoft HTML5 Remote Desktop Web client coming soon" MSPoweruser 3/3
  • "Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Breaks Windows Mixed Reality: Users in the Fast ring of the Insider Program might not want to update." VR focus 3/3
  • "Spectre has another evil sibling that compromises the safe zone created by Intel SGX" Neowin 3/3
  • "AMD Increased GPU Sales See Highest Owner Rates In 3 Years" eTeknix 3/3
  • "Dell Launches Inspiron 17 5000 Series Laptops With AMD Ryzen 5/3 Mobile Raven Ridge APUs" HotHardware 3/3
  • "Dell releases a fresh batch of AMD-powered Inspiron 7000 Laptops" Neowin 3/3
  • "Former Israeli Oracle CEO reportedly on national security adviser shortlist: General H.R. McMaster may leave his position as President Trump's national security adviser later this month, CNN reports; among 3 potential candidates is Oracle CEO Safra Catz, a former Israeli ranked one of the world's most powerful women by Forbes." ynet news 3/3
  • "Mini PCs can be mighty PCs. Here's what you need to build one" PCGamesN 3/3
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow falls for 4th day on trade fears; major indexes post big weekly drops: McDonald's drop takes a 50-point bite out of Dow" MarketWatch 3/2
  • "Dow Tumbles Amid Fears of Global Trade War; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher: The Dow closed lower on Friday as investors reacted to Donald Trump's plans to impose strict import tariffs on steel and aluminum." TheStreet 3/2
  • "Stocks claw back as trade concerns ease" FOXBusiness 3/2
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Lower: Mounting investor anxiety over trade protectionism hits stocks world-wide" [Paid Membership Required] 3/2
  • "Asian stocks drop sharply in wake of Trump's tariff plan: Asian stocks fell sharply Friday, weighed down by greater fears of an escalation of trade protectionism after U.S. President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs." MarketWatch 3/2
  • "DAX sinks 2.3% as Trump tariffs spark trade-war worries: European stocks slid Friday, with shares of steelmakers among those hit hard. The losses came after President Donald Trump said he's imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S., sparking worries that a global trade war could break out." MarketWatch 3/2

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