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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?

  • "Tim Cook Meets Treasury Secretary Mnuchin at Apple Headquarters"  Bloomberg 5:17 PM
  • "U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Visits Apple Park" MacRumors 8:29 PM
  • "Siri's co-creator hits back at claims Siri was broken from launch"  Cult of Mac 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Could Show Better Growth than Both iPhone and iPad in 2018 - KGI"  StreetInsider 8:13 AM
  • "KGI: Apple laptop sales to grow ~15% in 2018, beating iPhone and iPad YoY growth" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Apple and Blockchain: Together at Last? A patent filing suggests that Apple might be testing the waters with blockchain."  The Motley Fool 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's App Store was briefly blocked in Iran, but we don't know why: US sanctions? Iranian actions? Simple error?" Ars Technica 4:02 PM
  • "Safari Exploited Again on Day Two of Pwn2Own" MacTrast 7:26 AM
  • "How to Change Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac & Windows" OS X Daily 2:35 PM
  • "With Twitter for Mac dead, here are the best Twitter apps for Mac" 9to5Mac 12:13 PM
  • "Can't unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "How to delete Time Machine snapshots on your Mac" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "How to type accented letters in macOS three different ways" AppleInsider 12:13 PM
  • "How to Hide Purchased Music in iTunes" MakeUseOf 7:32 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide To Renaming Files" MacMost 8:10 AM
  • "Tip: enable the Markup extension so you can annotate stuff from virtually any Mac app" iDownload Blog 3:07 PM
Press Releases
  • "Syncro Soft Announces Version 20 of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of Products" Syncro Soft 10:14 AM
  • "ARCHICAD Now Available Under Subscription Licenses in North America" Architosh 6:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple to Host March 27 Event in Chicago: 'Creative New Ideas for Teachers and Students'" MacRumors 10:22 AM
  • "Apple is holding an education event March 27" TechCrunch 10:22 AM
  • "Apple is holding an event on March 27 — and it looks like new iPads are coming" Business Insider 10:18 AM
  • "Here comes Apple's spring event -and it's an education" Computerworld 11:48 AM
  • "Apple preps education event for Chicago: At the March 27 event, Apple says it will debut 'creative new ideas for teachers and students' at a high school in Chicago." ZDNet 10:18 AM
  • "Apple sends out invitations to developers for workshop in Paris" 9to5Mac 2:26 PM
  • "Apple invites developers to app workshop in Paris' Station F startup incubator" AppleInsider 2:26 PM
  • "iOS 11 bugs are so common they now appear in Apple ads: Blink and you'll miss it"  The Verge 4:01 PM
  • "Google says Android now as secure as Apple's iOS: Here are key features" Financial Express 7:31 AM
  • "Google claims Android is 'as safe as the competition' despite its outdated install base" AppleInsider 10:22 AM
  • "Steve Jobs Employment Questionnaire Sold for $174,757 at Auction" MacRumors 1:53 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' 1973 Job Application Sells for $174K" PC Magazine 9:06 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "FTC Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scammers" PC Magazine 9:06 PM
  • "YouTuber claims ink cartridges are a scam in viral video"  Mashable 7:34 AM
  • "Samsung S9: Newest iPhone challenger goes on sale in UK" The Independent 7:32 AM
  • "Power Outage at Samsung's Fab Destroys 3.5% of Global NAND Flash Output" AnandTech 7:08 AM
  • "iMore show 598: Ok, so there IS going to be an event!" iMore 4:01 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 048 | March 16, 2018" 9to5Mac 4:01 PM
  • "Why Apple bought Texture: Apple just bought Texture, the all-you-can-read magazine app..." [Podcast] iMore 2:46 PM
  • "Noted Brings Audio Recording and Controls To Your Business or School Notes" MacVoices 2:42 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 164: MacBook lineup predictions, Siri status report, Apple unveils two events" 9to5Mac 1:53 PM
  • "Apple's 'Field Trip' Media Event, Waiting for the Mac Pro -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-16" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
  • "Macworld April 2018 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 8:37 AM
  • "The saga of Siri, and why it still sucks, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:15 AM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Siri's rocky start, Google Assistant on iPad, and Fitibit for kids" AppleInsider 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 Apparently Leaks Out in Latest Hands-on Video and Features the iPhone X Notch" WCCFTech 7:31 AM
  • "Exclusive sketches show yesterday's iPhone SE 2 video leak might be real" BGR 10:26 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers" MacRumors 12:12 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 2:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Shuttering Toys 'R' Us stores in United States put Apple products on clearance" AppleInsider 10:34 AM

  • "Apple HomePod vs. two Sonos Ones: Sound quality face-off/You can buy two Sonos One smart speakers for a bit more than the price of a single Apple HomePod. So which sounds better?" CNET 7:04 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+: Which Smartphone Has a Better Camera?" MacRumors 5:18 PM
  • "Camera Comparison: iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2" iPhone Hacks 10:15 AM
  • "iPhone SE review: A perfectly palm-friendly phone" TechRadar UK 8:36 AM
  • "Google and Levi's created a digital jean jacket. Here's what I think of it" David Pogue 3:06 PM
  • "Airthings Wave review: Real-time radon detection" ["The Wave app downloads the latest data whenever you're near the device, so you can track radon levels in real time."] TechHive 7:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Better than the Printed Page: Reading on an iPad" TidBITS 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge Beta is Available on iPad" Thurrott 8:14 AM
  • "A Selection of RAW Photo Apps for the iPhone: The First Rank" eXtensions 7:05 AM
  • "Fortnite for iOS First Look: It's fun, but desktop players will eat you alive" Macworld 5:17 PM
  • "Hands-on with Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS" iMore 1:53 PM
  • "'Armello' Review - Kill the King, He'll Rule no More" Touch Arcade 8:29 PM
  • "'Schemata' Review - Logic is the Only Answer" Touch Arcade 4:33 PM
  • "How to keep apps from disappearing from your iPhone by turning off app offloading" 9to5Mac 3:47 PM
  • "iPhone X — Unlock" YouTube 2:26 PM
  • "How to really use bookmarks on iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 1:53 PM
  • "iOS: How to Send Links in iMessage Without the Rich Preview" The Mac Observer 1:34 PM
  • "Medical ID: This iPhone Feature Could Save Your Life" MakeUseOf 8:37 AM
  • "How to Block Nuisance Calls and Messages on Your iPhone" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "How to enable parental controls on iPhone and iPad so your kids can play Fortnite Battle Royale safely" iMore 7:13 AM
  • "Top 10 iPhone Keyboard Tips and Tricks" iPhone Hacks 10:15 AM
  • "Face ID on the iPhone is Cool. What About When the Police Use it?" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "GrayKey iPhone 'hack-in-a-box' proves you need complex passcodes" Apple Must 11:48 AM
  • "My First Mac, the Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One, Turns 20" Low End Mac 8:30 AM
  • "Why Note Categories Are a Bad Idea" Macdrifter 7:14 AM
  • "The many skills (and pitfalls) of Siri: Siri, its powers and its limitations, have been a hot topic of conversation of late. Dan Moren runs down how he uses (and doesn't use) Apple's virtual assistant."  Macworld 7:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'ARK: Survival Evolved' brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring" Engadget 2:35 PM
  • "Best Apple Pencil Accessories" iMore 1:53 PM
  • "Everything You Need to Know About The Fortnite Mobile Beta" 148Apps 10:50 AM
  • "Fortnite for iOS leaves jailbreakers heartbroken" Cult of Mac 10:26 AM
  • "Ubisoft reboots 'Might & Magic' on iPhone, while beta testing for 'Ark: Survival Evolved' on iOS commences" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "BookArc stand gets even classier with a wood focused redesign" Apple World Today 7:34 AM
  • "You'll soon be able to login to Pokémon GO with your Facebook & Google accounts" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
  • "Google Lens Comes To iOS Via Photos" Forbes 7:08 AM
  • "SwiftKey updated with new 'Toolbar' for quick access to GIFs, emoji and clipboard text" AppleInsider 7:08 AM
  • "Microsoft's Edge browser arrives on iPad in beta" The Verge 7:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft hits back at claims it ignored sexual harassment" Reuters 8:30 PM
  • "Microsoft is planning a Netflix-like service for video games" USA Today 12:55 PM
  • "Microsoft-owned LinkedIn teams up with Google to offer classes for Android developers" OnMSFT 12:54 PM
  • "How Microsoft, Google, And Apple Are Fighting For Your Thumbs" Forbes 12:54 PM
  • "Microsoft offers $250,000 bounty for speculative-execution bugs" The Tech Report 12:53 PM
  • "Dell taking share and talking channel growth across UK and EMEA" ComputerWeekly 9:23 AM
  • "Intel's Core i9-8950HK, i7-8850H and i7-8750H Six-Core CPU Benchmarks Leaked From Lenovo Laptops" WCCFTech 9:18 AM
  • "Intel Reveals Its Plans To Fix Spectre And Meltdown Issues" Tech Times 9:17 AM
  • "Intel to make all future CPUs Meltdown- and Spectre-proof" TechRepublic 9:17 AM
  • "New Intel Chips To Fix Meltdown, Spectre Flaws" Silicon UK 9:17 AM
  • "Intel Chips Designed to Mitigate Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities Will Ship Later This Year, CEO Says" Gizmodo 9:16 AM
  • "Intel details Spectre, Meltdown silicon fixes" bit-tech 9:15 AM
  • "Intel microcodes now updated for all products from last 5 years" Hexus 9:15 AM
  • "Intel fixes Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities with updates and new chips" IT PRO 9:15 AM
  • "Intel reveals details of Meltdown and Spectre-proof CPUs it will release later this year" V3 9:15 AM
  • "Intel Cascade Lake Processors To Get Hardware Protections Against Spectre" Guru3D 9:14 AM
  • "Nowhere is safe now that AMD has suffered its own Meltdown" Digital Trends 9:10 AM
  • "AMD: Was The CTS Report Stock Manipulation?" Seeking Alpha 8:28 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Benchmark Review Leaked: Much Faster Than 1700X" Forbes 8:30 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X spotted in retail listings" Hexus 9:09 AM
  • "Top Of The Line AMD Ryzen 2700X Along With Other 2000 Series Variants Confirmed To Launch April 19" SegmentNext 9:09 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 CPU Pre-Orders Have Gone Live" SegmentNext 9:08 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Got Shortly Listed on Amazon - Available April the 19th" Guru3D 9:08 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2700/X & 2600/X Listed Online, Specs & Prices Confirmed – Launching April 19" WCCFTech 9:07 AM
  • "Start an IT career that pays the bills by getting certified in Cisco" Mashable 9:05 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Back from Asia, Barclays analyst trims Apple target" Apple 3.0 10:21 AM
  • "Apple Bias Aside, It's Time For Me To Take A Bite" Seeking Alpha 7:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after upbeat data, but suffers weekly slide: S&P 500 snaps 4-day losing streak" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher as Consumer Sentiment Hits 14-Year High: Stocks rise on Friday, shaking off reports of more White House turmoil." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "US stocks inch higher as banks and industrial companies rise" Associated Press 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise but Post Weekly Losses: Data including rise in factory production reassure investors that economy on sound footing" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian stocks log mixed finish at the close of a choppy week: Australia's benchmark rebounds after three sessions of declines" MarketWatch 8:27 AM
  • "European stocks waver as traders digest weak inflation data: European stock markets struggled for direction on Friday, as traders absorbed reports of another impending prominent departure from the U.S. administration, fueling worries about uncertainty in the White House, and disappointing inflation data for the eurozone." MarketWatch 11:56 AM

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