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Weekend Highlights: Apple Arcade has a challenger on iOS: GameClub which plans to resurrect now dead but classic iPhone games; Apple to build new flagship store in San Jose; and plans second store in Taiwan; Rob Enderle thinks Microsoft's new Edge browser for Mac is major development; with no product to offer, Apple still voted #3 smartglasses player in market survey; Facebook removes more than a million fake accounts every hour; Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders given uncertain future of device; full-screen Touch ID rumored in 2020 iPhones; iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, closer look at new keyboard, AppleInsider doesn't think changes will help issues much; here's a hands-on with new 13" 2019 MacBook Pro; App Store ads frustrate finding apps you want.

  • "Bruno Le Maire wants to sue Google and Apple in court for abusive business practices: Apple responds to the minister by highlighting his 'strong relationship with tens of thousands of developers across France, who earned 1 billion euros on the App Store.'"  Google French-to-English: Le Figaro 1:25 PM
  • "Apple Denies Abusing French Developers, Says They've Earned 1 Billion Euros From App Store" MacRumors 1:25 PM
  • "EU antitrust regulators to decide on Apple, Shazam deal by April 23" Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "Google, Facebook and Apple face 'digital tax' on EU turnover: Proposed Brussels levy will target big-tech revenues rather than profits"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:47 AM
  • "'Hey Siri: give me a product development road map for AI'/Infighting, rushed development and lack of vision have damaged Apple's Siri development, a new report claims, citing sources involved in its development." Computerworld 7:33 AM
  • "Apple, Siri, and Dealing With Failure" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:23 AM
  • "The battle for digital supremacy: America's technological hegemony is under threat from China/'Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China'. For the past decade the words embossed on the back of iPhones have served as shorthand for the technological bargain between the world's two biggest economies: America supplies the brains and China the brawn." The Economist 8:34 AM
  • "Safari exploit successfully demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018" AppleInsider 7:41 AM
  • "Researchers Uncover macOS and Safari Exploits at Pwn2Own 2018" MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "More Safari exploits demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018" AppleInsider 7:44 PM
  • "Safari targeted in two more exploits at the Pwn2Own security conference" 9to5Mac 8:38 PM
  • "How to compose 2:1 video in Final Cut Pro X that's better formatted for today's smartphones [Video] 9to5Mac 2:21 PM
  • "Intego NetBarrier X9 Compared to macOS High Sierra's Firewall" Intego 4:31 PM
  • "Why Apple Watch Series 3 won't work with macOS Sierra — yet: If you've just put the Apple Watch Series 3 on your wrist and it suddenly won't unlock your Mac, don't panic." iMore 9:21 AM
  • "How to make sure Time Machine works when you upgrade your hard drive: You have to turn to the Terminal to make certain kinds of Time Machine swaps work." Macworld 7:44 AM
  • "Declutter Your Mac Desktop" Lifehacker 1:30 PM
  • "How to create a partition on your Mac to run multiple operating systems" iMore 8:05 AM
  • "How and why to use Rules in iCloud Mail" Apple Must 8:41 AM
  • "Using Basic Dictation Commands" MacMost 7:41 AM
  • "It's not quite a Mac mini, but it's my server" Six Colors 9:21 AM
  • "Does anyone else feel that file management still sucks on macOS?" Rixstep 7:31 AM
Press Releases
  • "French-based RealCADD gets update—Now at version 4.8" Architosh 8:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Developer: Apple Watch 3 is now No. 1" Apple 3.0 8:00 AM
  • "Spotify Stays Ahead of Apple, but Profits Remain Elusive" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:00 AM
  • "Apple blocks App Store in Iran" VentureBeat 4:29 PM
  • "The App Store has reportedly been blocked in Iran" AppleInsider 5:28 PM
  • "iPhone could double as driver's license with an mDL" Cult of Mac 4:31 PM
  • "Apple launches new Families page that puts all its parental tools in one place" The Verge 8:05 AM
  • "A New Apple Families Page Arrives Ahead of New Parental Controls" AppAdvice 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Intros 'Families' Webpage with Kid-safe Computing Tips" The Mac Observer 10:20 AM
  • "Avie Tevanian Was on Theranos's Board of Directors" Daring Fireball 2:21 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe tops estimates on higher Creative Cloud subscriptions" Reuters 9:21 PM
  • "Streaming Soon: A Fight Over AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:36 PM
  • "Scientists taught an AI to diagnose brain cancer" BGR 2:21 PM
  • "Amazon docs suggest original TV shows drew in over 5M more Prime members" AppleInsider 9:35 AM
  • "Android Wear becomes Wear OS by Google—let's hope bigger changes follow: A new name won't fix its problems." PCWorld 1:30 PM
  • "Google spent about $270K to close pay gaps across race and gender" TechCrunch 2:21 PM
  • "Google believes Android is as secure as iOS" Engadget 9:47 AM
  • "Google: Android is just as secure as the other guys" CNET 8:33 AM
  • "Fortnite: Drake and Ninja's Twitch battle gets huge crowd" BBC 8:00 AM
  • "This Eerie 'Mario' Tribute Is an Ode to Playing Games With Your Brother" Wired 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung wants to be the world's top camera sensor maker" Digital Trends 7:53 AM
  • "Cleaning up your game library? Use our tips to organize your digital clutter" Digital Trends 7:53 AM
  • "Hackers learn to hurdle two-factor authentication: Biometrics, apps and machine learning are adding layers of security" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "France vs Apple, Apple's Families Webpage -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-15" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "Charging your iPhone wirelessly might damage your battery" ShortList 8:34 AM
  • "Unlikely 'iPhone SE 2' with iPhone X design surfaces in new video" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Highly questionable video claims to show 'iPhone SE 2' with iPhone X styling" AppleInsider 4:27 PM
  • "This is the 'GrayKey' box used by law enforcement to unlock iPhones [Gallery] 9to5Mac 5:54 PM
  • "Taiwan tech companies log their first revenue dip in 15 months: Lackluster iPhone demand and a short February weigh on suppliers" Nikkei 8:47 AM
  • "Falling iPhone X demand means Apple suppliers are suffering" Cult of Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Wistron dismisses report about suspension over faulty iPhone production" DigiTimes 8:23 AM
  • "Wistron refutes claims of factory stop because of of bogus part use in iPhone production" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "iPhone manufacturer accused of using unauthorized parts" Cult of Mac 8:05 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Plus production halted after unauthorized components discovered" BGR 6:23 PM
  • "VR-AR Plans Inching Closer?—Apple Engineers Host AR-VR Sessions at May Event" Architosh 12:44 PM
  • "Pair of Apple patent applications describe partial display updates for VR and AR headsets" AppleInsider 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Keyless Keyboards for Macs and iPad Pro with Morphing Interface Options for Gaming, Music & more" Patently Apple 9:55 AM
  • "Apple seeks patent for 'keyless keyboard' concept with haptic feedback" AppleInsider 10:32 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM

  • "Beyond Music: Comparing the HomePod to Amazon Echo and Google Home" TidBITS 8:00 AM
  • "Video: Anker's new PowerWave Wireless Chargers power your iPhone at 7.5W" AppleInsider 4:27 PM
  • "Colgate's AI Toothbrush Makes Me Never Want to Brush My Teeth Again: Earlier this year, Colgate released a connected toothbrush, an artificially intelligent mouth cleaner that would be sold at Apple Stores for $100 a pop." Gizmodo 10:10 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Fortnite Battle Royale: Everything you need to know! It's go-time on iOS for the Fortnite Battle Royale beta!" iMore 5:27 PM
  • "Jot Takes a Stripped-Down Approach to Note Taking" MacStories 1:37 PM
  • "How to share one iCloud Storage plan with your whole family" 9to5Mac 4:27 PM
  • "How to Share Wi-Fi Passwords from iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:21 PM
  • "What is Apple CarPlay? How it works, the apps, cars and features" What Hi-Fi? 8:33 AM
  • "How to quickly edit screenshots on iPhone and iPad with Instant Markup" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "Pro Tip: One-tap scroll back to the bottom of the camera roll" Cult of Mac 4:30 PM
  • "The 3 Biggest Things Apple May Be About to Announce"  Time 6:31 PM
  • "What HomePod Should Become: A Hub for All Apple-Centric Needs" MacStories 11:23 AM
  • "iPhone X users don't even notice the notch that Android fans seem to hate so much" BGR 10:32 AM
  • "WWDC 2018 Preview: What to expect from Apple's biggest show of the year!" iMore 9:56 AM
  • "Apple support discussion talks about disturbing examples of Apple refusing to take responsibility for both widespread failures and individual device defects." MacInTouch 9:40 AM
  • "Why buying Apple products from Best Buy or Target may shorten your warranty — and how to fix it" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "Have fun: No one has to use iOS" Macworld 7:44 AM
  • "iMessage: 5 changes we'd like to see in iOS 12/Is a good search tool too much to ask for?"  Macworld 7:44 AM
  • "Smart home syndrome: Why big tech companies shouldn't fight on our property" Mashable 9:35 AM
  • "We still have no idea what really happens on Facebook: Researchers want more data — but Facebook isn't sharing" The Verge 8:05 AM
  • "3 Tech Areas in Which Engineers Are Having a Big Impact" Gigaom 7:41 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Teleprompter 2.0 for iOS - Teleprompter + Record + Auto Subtitles" prMac 8:29 PM
  • "New Microsoft Edge beta for iOS adds support for iPad" Neowin 8:29 PM
  • "Latest Microsoft Edge Beta on iOS brings much-anticipated iPad layout" OnMSFT 7:59 PM
  • "Fortnite for iOS is now live in the App Store, here's how to get an invite" 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "'Fortnite: Battle Royale' Invites Now Being Sent, Version 3.3 Patch Available Now" Touch Arcade 4:29 PM
  • "First wave of 'Fortnite Battle Royale' iOS beta invites are rolling out now" BGR 5:27 PM
  • "Microsoft's first major SwiftKey update includes a new toolbar with GIFs, stickers, and more" The Verge 11:23 AM
  • "Apple Music for Android updated with crash fix, playback reliability improvements" 9to5Google 10:10 AM
  • "Saddle Up: Apple Maps Now Shows Bike-Sharing Data For 176 Cities In 36 Countries" Forbes 9:47 AM
  • "Apple Pay promo offering up free jukebox credits for bars & restaurants with TouchTunes" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Finally, a HeartMonitor Apple Watch app that doesn't need Workout" phoneArena 8:32 AM
  • "BCaster Launches the (Un)Official Video App of SXSW 2018" Business Wire 8:30 AM
  • "After The Ring horror scene, developer creates AR version of Street Fighter II [Video] 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Logitech's new G560 gaming speakers bring RGB immersion to your desktop" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Nest Now Shipping 'Hello' Smart Doorbell With Night-Vision Camera and Two-Way Audio" MacRumors 7:41 AM
  • "Star Trek's Klingon language comes to Duolingo" CNET 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft wants bug hunters to go after Spectre and Meltdown-style flaws" The Inquirer 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft launches bounty program for speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities" BetaNews 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft offers $250,000 bounty to prevent the next Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Distributing Spectre, Meltdown, Antivirus Updates" ExtremeTech 10:58 AM
  • "Microsoft forms a new cloud gaming division: It's a big sign that game streaming is headed to the Xbox." Engadget 10:49 AM
  • "Microsoft eyes-up the cloud as its gaming future beyond Xbox: A cloud gaming unit will boldly seek out new publisher and developer partners" The Inquirer 2:28 PM
  • "Microsoft Azure Expands Into Switzerland, Middle East" Silicon UK 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xbox Unit Seeks to Lure Game Makers to Cloud: Software giant turns to gaming partners in hunt for Azure customers." Bloomberg 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft stops pushing buggy Win7 patch KB 4088875, hopefully as a precursor to yanking it: Microsoft no longer installs the Windows 7 March Monthly Rollup automatically, but KB 4088875 is still available in the Update Catalog. Aren't you glad you held off on patching this month?" Computerworld 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft's AI system can translate Chinese to English with human accuracy: Firm's researchers claim major milestone is a 'world's first'" The Inquirer 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Says Its AI Can Translate Chinese to English at the Same Level as Humans" Gadgets 360 8:20 AM
  • "Microsoft Xbox Vs. Enterprise Software: Same Platform, Same Rules, Different Game" Forbes 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's new gaming cloud division readies for a future beyond Xbox: Cloud services seen as the future of games" The Verge 8:21 AM
  • "Intel outlines plans for Meltdown and Spectre fixes, microcode for older chips: Microcodes for Sandy Bridge and newer are now available." Ars Technica 1:19 PM
  • "Intel processors are being redesigned to protect against Spectre: New hardware coming later this year" The Verge 11:39 AM
  • "Intel to fix Meltdown and Spectre in new chips; releasing code for older processors" Neowin 3:02 PM
  • "Intel Releases Spectre-Meltdown Patches For 5 Years Of CPUs, Hardware Fixes Coming For 8th Gen Core, Some Xeons" HotHardware 5:31 PM
  • "Linux Torvalds casts shade on CTS Labs' AMD CPU flaw security report: The reported flaws look to be surrounded by a fug of ulterior motive" The Inquirer 7:55 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds slams CTS Labs over AMD vulnerability report" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds Calls BS On CTS Labs Calling AMD Ryzen Security Flaw Report Pure Stock Manipulation" HotHardware 5:30 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Second-Gen Ryzen Processor Storms Geekbench Database" HotHardware 5:31 PM
  • "What's The Story Behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE:HPE)" Top Chronicle 8:07 AM
  • "HP Omen X Notebook First impressions: This one could break some benchmarks" BGR India 8:08 AM
  • "HP Omen X Compact Desktop First Impressions: If only I had the money for it/The Omen X Compact Desktop seems like a concept high-end PC which has come to production meant to untether VR to some extent." digit 8:08 AM
  • "IBM and Mastercard combine to combat GDPR with Truata" FinExtra 8:17 AM
  • "More than Half of Notebooks to Feature SSDs" EE Times Asia 7:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Still Cheap Despite Approaching A Trillion Dollar Valuation" Seeking Alpha 7:50 PM
  • "How to Know When a Company Represents a Paradigm Shift" ["Apple: The world's most valuable company -- and my bet for first with a trillion-dollar market capitalization -- has revolutionized so many businesses that it is difficult to keep track."] Bloomberg 8:38 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Rises but Wall Street Worries About a Potential Trade War: Stocks rise on Thursday but Wall Street continues to fret over the potential for a global trade war." TheStreet 11:43 AM
  • "Major Averages In Positive Territory In Mid-Day Trading - U.S. Commentary" RTT Newswires 11:44 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb Despite Trade Tensions: Dow industrials and S&P 500 are on track for their first day of gains in four sessions" [Paid Membership Required] 11:45 AM
  • "Asian stocks claw back some ground as investors go bargain hunting" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "FTSE 100 edges up after string of losses, but Unilever falls after London HQ news" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

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