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Weekend 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?

  • "Inside Apple's Secret Plan to Develop and Build its Own Screens"  Bloomberg 8:48 PM
  • "Apple is designing and testing screens: Bloomberg" Reuters 9:13 PM
  • "Samsung, Sharp and others tumble following report Apple is producing its own screens"  CNBC 9:15 PM
  • "Samsung Declines After Apple Said to Develop Own Screens" Bloomberg 9:24 PM
  • "Apple Developing Its Own MicroLED Displays for Future Devices" MacRumors 9:14 PM
  • "Here's Why the Expected iPhone X Plus Should Be Popular: The direct successor to the current iPhone X could well prove to be the worst-selling model out of the trio of iPhones that Apple is expected to launch this year."  The Motley Fool 6:08 PM
  • "Apple takes a very un-tech approach to solving fake news: human editors" USA Today 9:32 AM
  • "Democrats Want To Subpoena Apple To Find Out When Key Administration Officials Downloaded Encrypted Messaging Apps"  The Intercept 3/17
  • "Report: Democrats outline plans to ask Apple & WhatsApp for help in the Trump-Russia investigation" 9to5Mac 3/17
  • "Apple, Whatsapp pegged as potential source for encrypted communication app download information in Russia collusion probe." AppleInsider 3/17
  • "Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats: They seek more info about downloads and chats from WikiLeaks and others." Engadget 3/17
  • "Still doing it: The unkillable iPhone X rumor" Macworld 3/17
  • "Safari Exploited Again on Day Two of Pwn2Own" MacTrast 3/16
  • "How to Change Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac & Windows" OS X Daily 3/16
  • "With Twitter for Mac dead, here are the best Twitter apps for Mac" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "Can't unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!" iMore 3/16
  • "How to delete Time Machine snapshots on your Mac" Macworld 3/16
  • "How to type accented letters in macOS three different ways" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "How to Hide Purchased Music in iTunes" MakeUseOf 3/16
  • "A Beginner's Guide To Renaming Files" MacMost 3/16
  • "Tip: enable the Markup extension so you can annotate stuff from virtually any Mac app" iDownload Blog 3/16
Press Releases
  • "IK Multimedia Combines 94 Products into Total Studio 2 Max for Mac/PC" The Mac Observer 3/17
  • "Syncro Soft Announces Version 20 of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of Products" Syncro Soft 3/16
  • "ARCHICAD Now Available Under Subscription Licenses in North America" Architosh 3/16
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Steve Jobs' Half-Assed Job Application Sells for £125,000" Gizmodo UK 7:20 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' job application from 1973 auctioned for $174,757" Neowin 3/17
  • "Apple to Host March 27 Event in Chicago: 'Creative New Ideas for Teachers and Students'" MacRumors 3/16
  • "Apple is holding an education event March 27" TechCrunch 3/16
  • "Apple is holding an event on March 27 — and it looks like new iPads are coming" Business Insider 3/16
  • "Here comes Apple's spring event -and it's an education" Computerworld 3/16
  • "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 3/16
  • "Apple sends out invitations to developers for workshop in Paris" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "Apple invites developers to app workshop in Paris' Station F startup incubator" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "iOS 11 bugs are so common they now appear in Apple ads: Blink and you'll miss it"  The Verge 3/16
  • "Google says Android now as secure as Apple's iOS: Here are key features" Financial Express 3/16
  • "Google claims Android is 'as safe as the competition' despite its outdated install base" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "Steve Jobs Employment Questionnaire Sold for $174,757 at Auction" MacRumors 3/16
  • "Steve Jobs' 1973 Job Application Sells for $174K" PC Magazine 3/16
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook has suspended the account of the whistleblower who exposed Cambridge Analytica" TechCrunch 7:21 PM
  • "YouTube's Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos: It's still difficult to completely scrub the app of foul material." Engadget 7:13 AM
  • "Judge Orrick inclined to grant Samsung an antisuit (anti-enforcement) injunction against Huawei" Foss Patents 3/17
  • "Trump campaign data firm accused of harvesting Facebook data" BBC 3/17
  • "Adrian Lamo, the hacker who gave up Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning, dies aged 37" Telegraph 3/17
  • "FTC Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scammers" PC Magazine 3/16
  • "YouTuber claims ink cartridges are a scam in viral video"  Mashable 3/16
  • "Samsung S9: Newest iPhone challenger goes on sale in UK" The Independent 3/16
  • "Power Outage at Samsung's Fab Destroys 3.5% of Global NAND Flash Output" AnandTech 3/16
  • "iMore show 598: Ok, so there IS going to be an event!" iMore 3/16
  • "9to5Mac Daily 048 | March 16, 2018" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "Why Apple bought Texture: Apple just bought Texture, the all-you-can-read magazine app..." [Podcast] iMore 3/16
  • "Noted Brings Audio Recording and Controls To Your Business or School Notes" MacVoices 3/16
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 164: MacBook lineup predictions, Siri status report, Apple unveils two events" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "Apple's 'Field Trip' Media Event, Waiting for the Mac Pro -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-16" The Mac Observer 3/16
  • "Macworld April 2018 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 3/16
  • "The saga of Siri, and why it still sucks, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/16
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Siri's rocky start, Google Assistant on iPad, and Fitibit for kids" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "iPhone X+ Gets Rendered in New Video Based on Leaked Info, Has 6.5' OLED Display" TechEBlog 6:02 PM
  • "iPhone SE 2 release date, price & tech specs: We examine the latest information, leaks and rumours about the iPhone SE 2's release date, tech specs and price" Macworld UK 12:25 PM
  • "Apple's March 27th Press Event Might Bring New iPads" UberGizmo 4:10 PM
  • "New iPads could arrive next week invite hints at new launch" Express UK 7:20 AM
  • "New 2018 MacBook: IHS Markit Says Display Tech Suggests Two 13-inch Models" Forbes 3/17
  • "iPhone SE 2 Apparently Leaks Out in Latest Hands-on Video and Features the iPhone X Notch" WCCFTech 3/16
  • "Exclusive sketches show yesterday's iPhone SE 2 video leak might be real" BGR 3/16
  • "Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers" MacRumors 3/16
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 3/16
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Shuttering Toys 'R' Us stores in United States put Apple products on clearance" AppleInsider 3/16

  • "Review: Elgato's Eve Button remote with Apple HomeKit" AppleInsider 4:12 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X speed test: One of these phones suffers EMBARRASSING defeat" Express UK 7:21 AM
  • "Kygo A9/600 Headphones Review: A New Option, From Norway" Forbes 12:24 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs. Apple iPhone X: Tough competition at the top" Digital Trends 3/17
  • "I Traded Up For the Apple TV 4K and Here's Why I'll Never Go Back" Popsugar 3/17
  • "Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ cameras compared" AppleInsider 3/17
  • "Best iPhone X Screen Protectors/If you want to protect your iPhone X, a screen protector is the way to go: Here are the best options you can buy right now." iMore 3/17
  • "Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro review: the Android fan's iPad Pro" Pocketnow 3/17
  • "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 3/16
  • "iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+: Which Smartphone Has a Better Camera?" MacRumors 3/16
  • "Camera Comparison: iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2" iPhone Hacks 3/16
  • "iPhone SE review: A perfectly palm-friendly phone" TechRadar UK 3/16
  • "Google and Levi's created a digital jean jacket. Here's what I think of it" David Pogue 3/16
  • "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 3/16
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best FPS Games for iPhone and iPad: Ready, aim, fire! These great FPS games will keep your iPhone and Pad smoking!" iMore 5:53 PM
  • "The 10 best free iPhone games of the week" BGR 9:27 AM
  • "Best Taxi and Ride-Sharing Apps for iPhone: Need a designated driver? Try one of these taxi apps for iPhone instead!" iMore 3/17
  • "Better than the Printed Page: Reading on an iPad" TidBITS 3/16
  • "Microsoft Edge Beta is Available on iPad" Thurrott 3/16
  • "A Selection of RAW Photo Apps for the iPhone: The First Rank" eXtensions 3/16
  • "Fortnite for iOS First Look: It's fun, but desktop players will eat you alive" Macworld 3/16
  • "Hands-on with Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS" iMore 3/16
  • "'Armello' Review - Kill the King, He'll Rule no More" Touch Arcade 3/16
  • "'Schemata' Review - Logic is the Only Answer" Touch Arcade 3/16
  • "How to use color-coded calendars on Mac, iPhone and iPad to maintain balance in your life" 9to5Mac 3:02 PM
  • "How to Make an Alexa Call on Your iPad, Android or Fire Tablet" LAPTOP Magazine 9:06 AM
  • "How To Get PUBG Mobile For iOS Canada / English Version In US, UK And Other Regions" Redmond Pie 3/17
  • "How to turn off iPhone notifications from people who text you too much" CNBC 3/17
  • "How to keep apps from disappearing from your iPhone by turning off app offloading" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "iPhone X — Unlock" YouTube 3/16
  • "How to really use bookmarks on iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 3/16
  • "iOS: How to Send Links in iMessage Without the Rich Preview" The Mac Observer 3/16
  • "Medical ID: This iPhone Feature Could Save Your Life" MakeUseOf 3/16
  • "How to Block Nuisance Calls and Messages on Your iPhone" MacRumors 3/16
  • "How to enable parental controls on iPhone and iPad so your kids can play Fortnite Battle Royale safely" iMore 3/16
  • "AirDrop Is Your iPhone's Most Underrated Tool" Gizmodo 3/17
  • "Hands on: Do more, faster on your iPad or iPhone with Launch Center Pro 2.9"  AppleInsider 3/17
  • "Top 10 iPhone Keyboard Tips and Tricks" iPhone Hacks 3/16
  • "iPhone 8 Plus water resistance in question after shutdown of Wistron production line" Pocketnow 9:14 PM
  • "iPhone X SE Leak Reveals Apple's Design Decision" Forbes 8:10 PM
  • "Here's what Steve Jobs' business card looked like in 1986" Lost at E Minor 5:55 PM
  • "The First Great iPhone App Grows Up" Gizmodo UK 7:20 AM
  • "Apple has a new problem with DRM and device management" Gordon's Tech 3/17
  • "2018 iPhones: Here's what we know so far" NewsBytes 3/17
  • "Mac Pro 2018 release date, news and rumors" TechRadar UK 3/17
  • "Here's what Apple might announce on at its education-focused event" Mashable 3/17
  • "Apple Studio Display Concept [Images] iClarified 3/17
  • "Making The Grade: Making sense of Apple's current MacBook line for education"  9to5Mac 3/17
  • "Why I Downsized from a 27" to a 21.5" iMac"  Kirkville 3/17
  • "Face ID on the iPhone is Cool. What About When the Police Use it?" The Mac Observer 3/16
  • "GrayKey iPhone 'hack-in-a-box' proves you need complex passcodes" Apple Must 3/16
  • "My First Mac, the Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One, Turns 20" Low End Mac 3/16
  • "Why Note Categories Are a Bad Idea" Macdrifter 3/16
  • "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 3/16
  • "China's New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech: Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms." The Atlantic 12:22 PM
  • "One writer's long overdue adventure with mechanical keyboards/Commentary: Time spent with loud, clicky keyboards from Das and Lofree had CNET editor Roger Cheng's fingers flying and keys singing with joy." CNET 9:33 AM
  • "The Smartphone of the Future Still Has a Notch: Should it?" Slate 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming March 17: Gene Steinberg meets John Martellaro of The Mac Observer and Josh Centers of TidBITS, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/17
  • "STEMtrunk: Crowdfunding the next generation of Apple engineers and scientists" Apple World Today 3/17
  • "iPad users rejoice: Microsoft Edge browser beta now available" SlashGear 3/17
  • "'ARK: Survival Evolved' brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring" Engadget 3/16
  • "Best Apple Pencil Accessories" iMore 3/16
  • "Everything You Need to Know About The Fortnite Mobile Beta" 148Apps 3/16
  • "Fortnite for iOS leaves jailbreakers heartbroken" Cult of Mac 3/16
  • "Ubisoft reboots 'Might & Magic' on iPhone, while beta testing for 'Ark: Survival Evolved' on iOS commences" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "BookArc stand gets even classier with a wood focused redesign" Apple World Today 3/16
  • "You'll soon be able to login to Pokémon GO with your Facebook & Google accounts" 9to5Mac 3/16
  • "Google Lens Comes To iOS Via Photos" Forbes 3/16
  • "SwiftKey updated with new 'Toolbar' for quick access to GIFs, emoji and clipboard text" AppleInsider 3/16
  • "Microsoft's Edge browser arrives on iPad in beta" The Verge 3/16
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 Mail Users Will Be Forced To Use Edge For Email Links" UberGizmo 9:12 PM
  • "Microsoft rolls out OneNote's Insider features to regular Windows 10 users" MSPoweruser 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface family unveiled in Singapore" networks Asia 7:38 AM
  • "Dell Technologies (DVMT) vs. Its Peers Head to Head Contrast" The Ledger Gazette 7:36 AM
  • "ASUS X470 2nd Gen Ryzen Motherboard Layouts And Specs Break Cover In Leak" HotHardware 4:09 PM
  • "'Wild West' era for technology firms like Facebook and Google is over, minister declares" Telegraph 6:56 PM
  • "Here's What's Really Happening with Windows 10 (Premium)" [Free/Paid registration required] Thurrott 3/17
  • "HP EliteOne 1000 G1 34-inch review: Productivity like a boss" Neowin 3/17
  • "AMD Ryzen 2700X, Ryzen 2600 Review Leaked Ahead Of Launch, Clock Speeds, TDP, Benchmarks Revealed" SegmentNext 3/17
  • "Dell Technologies (DVMT) and The Competition Financial Comparison" The Ledger Gazette 3/17
  • "Dell Technologies (DVMT) & The Competition Head-To-Head Analysis" Registrar Journal 3/17
  • "Qualcomm's war may be over, but the casualties are just starting to be calculated: Comment" TechCrunch 3/17
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Back from Asia, Barclays analyst trims Apple target" Apple 3.0 3/16
  • "Apple Bias Aside, It's Time For Me To Take A Bite" Seeking Alpha 3/16
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after upbeat data, but suffers weekly slide: S&P 500 snaps 4-day losing streak" MarketWatch 3/16
  • "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 3/16
  • "US stocks inch higher as banks and industrial companies rise" Associated Press 3/16
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise but Post Weekly Losses: Data including rise in factory production reassure investors that economy on sound footing" [Paid Membership Required] 3/16
  • "Asian stocks log mixed finish at the close of a choppy week: Australia's benchmark rebounds after three sessions of declines" MarketWatch 3/16
  • "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 3/16

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