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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?

  • "Apple grabs two-year lead in 3D sensing race: Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters, handicapping Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years."  Reuters 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Has Two-Year Lead Over Smartphone Rivals in 3D Sensing Race" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "How Apple can use Google's simple strategy with Android P to make a better iOS 12: Update the system not the apps."  Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Apple, IBM add machine learning to partnership with Watson-Core ML coupling" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Now every Swift developer can build AI apps, thanks to Apple and IBM: IBM and Apple announce new machine intelligence solutions that let developers deploy Watson and Core ML to create mobile enterprise-grade AI apps." Computerworld 8:59 AM
  • "Apple, IBM add machine learning muscle to enterprise iOS pact: The companies said they are linking up their respective AI and machine learning technologies to make enterprise iOS apps smarter." ZDNet 12:10 PM
  • "Apple and Amazon are talking a lot less about India than they used to" Quartz 7:59 AM
  • "Apple leaks official release notes for macOS 10.13.4 in French, update includes iMessage Business Chat and eGPU support" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "macOS 10.13.4 Final Release Notes Leaked?" Redmond Pie 1:07 PM
  • "Apple moves on HSTS abuse in Safari: WebKit updated to kill 'supercookies'" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Alien Skin Exposure X3 review: This review is based on use of Exposure X3 and a beta version of Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update for Mac." Digital Photography Review 8:10 AM
  • "Connecting 10GigE Macs and Storage Devices Directly Without a Switch or Router" 9:20 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra: How to Change Screenshot Location With Terminal" The Mac Observer 1:00 PM
  • "How to Choose the Right Hard Disk for Your Mac" Intego 11:58 AM
  • "How to Make Web Pages in Safari for Mac Easier to Read" MacRumors 8:10 AM
  • "Export Still Frame Image From a Video" MacMost 10:30 AM
  • "Beware taking your Mac running High Sierra to the Genius Bar: APFS might surprise them" The Loop 8:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Onshape Takes MCAD to Era of Design Data Management 2.0" Architosh 12:09 PM
  • "Twocanoes Software releases Certificate Request for macOS" prMac 7:45 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple poised to jump into video, with over 50 percent of U.S. now subscribed to streaming services" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Photos: Apple's secretive race for new Silicon Valley office space" AppleInsider 9:13 AM
  • "'Ambitious' Apple Store Put Up For Sale by Chicago Landlord: The building on Michigan Ave. goes on the block at a time when retail real estate is under pressure" [Paid Membership Required] 2:39 PM
  • "Smartwatches to Have More Than Just Fifteen Minutes of Fame, According to IDC" ["Over half of all smartwatches in 2017 were shipped by Apple, and while the company will maintain its lead in this category, competing products from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin, and all the Wear OS (previously Android Wear) vendors will gain traction over time."]  Business Wire 7:41 AM
  • "Apple ramping self-driving car testing, more CA permits than Tesla and Uber" Electrek 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's Fleet of Self-Driving Vehicles Has Almost Doubled Since January" MacRumors 11:38 AM
  • "Apple's mysterious self-driving car fleet just keeps growing" Cult of Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Heaven can't wait: Church of England offers faster way to pay/The Church of England is offering its members a faster way to pay - through contactless transactions or Apple and Google Pay." BBC 8:29 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine tells us what he thinks is missing from hip-hop today" NME 7:55 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EU to unveil plan to tax turnover of big U.S. tech firms" Reuters 8:44 PM
  • "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plays ping-pong with robot" CNET 7:52 PM
  • "Amnesty International Calls on Twitter to Release Its Raw Data on Abuse" Gizmodo 7:34 PM
  • "Telegram Loses Bid to Stop Russia From Getting Encryption Keys" Bloomberg 9:35 AM
  • "FTC to Probe Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Incident" PC Magazine 8:46 PM
  • "Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended, and that's not even the worst news for them today" The Register 8:46 PM
  • "Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: Here's what you need to know" The Next Web 8:38 PM
  • "Email fraud warning: Now hackers want your data as well as your money/More people are being targeted with business email fraud attacks- and data is increasingly the target as well as cash." ZDNet 9:14 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's silence amid controversy has Facebook execs frustrated" CNNMoney 7:43 PM
  • "The End for Facebook's Security Evangelist" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 PM
  • "FTC reportedly investigating Facebook on use of personal data by political consulting firm" Seattle Times 7:16 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is 'working around the clock' on the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook says: And Sheryl Sandberg is too" The Verge 6:38 PM
  • "Facebook plans a briefing for state AGs on Thursday" Axios 4:48 PM
  • "Exclusive: Mark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook's Data Leak Damage Control Session" The Daily Beast 4:16 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to explain the Cambridge Analytica scandal to Parliament — more proof this is now a personal crisis" Business Insider 10:42 AM
  • "Facebook to hold crisis meeting without Zuckerberg: The meeting will be led by Facebook's deputy general counsel as CEO Mark Zuckerberg remains silent on the data scandal." Sky News 9:22 AM
  • "UK Tells Mark Zuckerberg to Get His Ass to London, Accuses Facebook Officials of Being 'Misleading'" Gizmodo 9:14 AM
  • "Facebook plans all-staff meeting on Cambridge Analytica scandal" Engadget 8:06 AM
  • "The Dark Web: How much is your bank account worth? Researchers explore just how much our bank accounts, identities, and more are worth to customers in the web's underbelly." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "T-Mobile's parent company lets customers opt-out of bloatware" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work" Computerworld 7:40 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 231: The Bermuda triangle of tech problems" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 47 – Apple App Acquisitions" MacStories 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone X production has met expectations, 'iPhone SE 2' not guaranteed to launch says analyst" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "iPhone X Plus concept lays out the upcoming beast" TechnoBuffalo 8:26 AM
  • "Apple's Swift developers discuss enhancements coming in Swift 4.1" AppleInsider 4:51 PM
  • "Developers will need to go through App Review to edit 'What's New' text and change support URLs" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Apple applies for more than 30 Micro-LED patents in Korea" The Korea Herald 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Has Applied for More Than 30 microLED Patents to Keep Samsung at Bay" WCCFTech 8:28 AM
  • "Apple is engaged in a global effort to safeguard its next game-changing technology" BGR 6:48 PM
  • "tvOS 11.3 beta 6 for Apple TV developers now available" 9to5Mac 12:11 PM
  • "Future Macs, iPhones, iPads could have wraparound, flexible displays" Apple World Today 8:59 AM
  • "Apple granted a patent for an 'intelligent stylus' with haptic feedback, hover ability" Apple World Today 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Granted another Augment Reality Patent that supports the use of Future Smartglasses" Patently Apple 10:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM

  • "Review: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo an Apple-centric set-and-forget network attached storage appliance" AppleInsider 3:56 PM
  • "Review: Beyerdynamic's Aventho Wireless will make you reconsider your giant headphones" The Next Web 7:34 PM
  • "Review: Topping NX5 Portable Headphone Amplifier" iLounge 1:07 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Linea Sketch 2.0: Elegant, Approachable Sketching for the iPad" MacStories 8:11 AM
  • "How to Search Email on iPhone and iPad Mail" OS X Daily 2:41 PM
  • "How to rotate Video iPhone movies" Apple Must 11:33 AM
  • "Fortnite Jailbreak Bypass Of Detection Now Possible, Here's How" Redmond Pie 10:09 AM
  • "Connecting Hardware to an iPad: Q. Is it possible to use external devices with an iPad Pro, particularly for file storage?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:14 AM
  • "How to Get PUBG on iOS and Android" Tom's Guide 8:29 AM
  • "How to stop your friends' Facebook apps from collecting your data" iMore 12:35 PM
  • "Here's How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing" The Mac Observer 10:30 AM
  • "How to see all the apps tracking you on Facebook — and block them" Business Insider 7:50 AM
  • "What is a MicroLED display?" Macworld 2:40 PM
  • "Here's what I'll miss most about my iPhone as I transition away from Apple" Business Insider AU 5:31 PM
  • "Does Apple's Creative New Face ID Ad For iPhone X Rationalize The Incremental Cost?" Forbes 12:46 PM
  • "Analyst: Back from Asia, down on iPhone X demand" Apple 3.0 10:17 AM
  • "Apple Eyes Education Market, Should Google & Microsoft Fret?" Zacks 10:00 AM
  • "HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe two more" 9to5Mac 9:02 AM
  • "This is how Apple can win education: Apple can keep updating and price-dropping iPads and MacBooks, but here's what the company could do to really retake the education market."  iMore 8:12 AM
  • "Man Who Self-Identifies as 'Audiophile' Reviews Apple AirPods" ["He only mentions the sound in one paragraph; the rest is about the technical features of the AirPods and their design. As often in 'audiophile' reviews, it's a lot of fluff and little substance."]  Kirkville 8:11 AM
  • "Apple ducked the Facebook bullet, Google not so much" Apple 3.0 8:10 AM
  • "iPhone X spells doom for pricey smartphones"  Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "Throwing a Fitbit: Smack talking Apple" Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Autonomous Cars That Kill People Will Kill The Technology. For Good" The Mac Observer 4:11 PM
  • "Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and our personal data" I, Cringely 2:23 PM
  • "Facebook's Ad Platform Is Insanely Easy To Manipulate" Forbes 11:59 AM
  • "Facebook is losing control of the narrative — and maybe the platform: How the Cambridge Analytica story became a crisis" The Verge 10:42 AM
  • "How Facebook can be used to target millions" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:02 AM
  • "The FCC Should Use Blockchain to Manage Wireless Spectrum" Wired 8:22 AM
  • "Woman's death pushes self-driving much further away" Axios 8:21 AM
  • "The evolution of systems requires an evolution of systems engineers" O'Reilly 8:10 AM
  • "Comic: How is a Macbook like a Social Network?" iMore 8:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Tesla's Siri integration now works with Model 3" Electrek 6:39 PM
  • "Google Maps for iOS adds restaurant wait times, additional transit details, more" 9to5Mac 5:26 PM
  • "YouTube lets you livestream right from your browser" Cult of Mac 4:10 PM
  • "Apple Pay comes to 25 more US banks & credit unions, Italy & Spain's bunq" AppleInsider 2:40 PM
  • "Skype adds support for easier trip planning via TripAdvisor on Mac and iOS" 9to5Mac 1:07 PM
  • "Trello iOS app sees major update with multi-select support, Custom Fields Power-Up, drag and drop, more" 9to5Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Technogym Becomes First Fitness Equipment Manufacturer to Release Apple GymKit" Business Wire 10:05 AM
  • "Apple grows carrier billing options in UK, France, Germany & other European nations" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Fortnite has earned $1.5 million (and counting) on iOS" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "Linea Sketch 2.0 adds Split View, Drag & Drop, plus loads of new illustrator features" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "StarTech chassis is a solid expansion option for Mac laptops despite some video limitations" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage" Gizmodo 6:38 AM
  • "Microsoft is going to make the Windows update process slightly less terrible" BGR 10:54 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to love Edge: Thin end of the Edge" Alphr 7:23 AM
  • "Windows 10: Movie-grade, real-time 3D graphics near with DirectX Raytracing API" ZDNet 12:17 PM
  • "Microsoft delivers first test build of Windows Server 2019" ZDNet 12:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 15in review: Expensive hybrid brilliance" Expert Reviews 7:22 AM
  • "Microsoft releases a new app to showcase Surface Hub's features" MSPoweruser 7:22 AM
  • "IBM unveils a computer smaller than even a grain of salt" CIOL 7:16 AM
  • "IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)" Hexus 7:17 AM
  • "IBM's Watson-based voice assistant is coming to cars and smart homes: You'll find it in various devices in the future." Engadget 6:38 AM
  • "IBM launches deep learning as a service inside its Watson Studio" TechCrunch 6:40 AM
  • "IBM launches deep learning as a service (DLaaS) for AI developers: Deep Learning as a Service has unique features, such as Neural Network Modeler, to lower the barrier to entry for all users, not just a few experts" Devdiscourse 7:17 AM
  • "Apple, IBM add machine learning to partnership with Watson-Core ML coupling" TechCrunch 6:40 AM
  • "IBM Watson unveils the AI-infused Watson Assistant. It's no Alexa or Siri" USA Today 7:07 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Assistant lets any company build Alexa-like voice interfaces: You get a voice assistant, and you get a voice assistant, and you..." The Verge 6:44 AM
  • "IBM wants to stick AI tech everywhere with Watson Assistant: Google Assistant and Alexa face a new challenger in the virtual assistant arena" The Inquirer 7:14 AM
  • "IBM brings its Power9 servers with Nvidia GPUs to its cloud" TechCrunch 6:44 AM
  • "IBM Building Power9 Ecosystem to Compete with Intel" eWeek 6:38 AM
  • "Google Patches All Intel Chromebooks Against Spectre Variant 2 with Chrome OS 65: The release also patches some Chromebooks against Meltdown" Softpedia 7:08 AM
  • "Intel shows off the Hades Canyon NUC motherboard" Hexus 7:09 AM
  • "Intel launches Hades Canyon NUC with built in RX Vega" Guru3D 7:09 AM
  • "Intel appoints fifth new independent director in just two years: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey joins the board" PC Retail 7:09 AM
  • "AMD Confirms Chip Vulnerability, Says Report Exaggerated Danger" Bloomberg 3:58 PM
  • "AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, but says they'll be fixed soon via routine BIOS updates" PCWorld 4:13 PM
  • "AMD Says Fix for Newly Disclosed Flaws Coming in Weeks, Won't Impact Performance" Gizmodo 4:19 PM
  • "AMD promises firmware fixes for security processor bugs" Ars Technica 5:26 PM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.3.3 driver adds support for Sea of Thieves and A Way Out" Neowin 6:40 AM
  • "AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3 Beta drivers" Ocaholic 7:08 AM
  • "HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) Preview: Here Comes the Future" Thurrott 6:57 AM
  • "HP's tiny laser printers are the length of a pencil" Engadget 7:14 AM
  • "Dell Inc. v. Acceleron, LLC" Lexology 6:57 AM
  • "Dell's tiny 2-in-1 for business has your data locked down" CNET 6:57 AM
  • "Oracle Gets a Bit Cloudier: New program lures more licensing customers to the cloud but at a cost to some visibility" [Paid Membership Required] 7:16 PM
  • "Oracle Rolls Out Java 10 With Features to Boost Developer Productivity" eWeek 11:47 AM
  • "Nimbus smashes SSD records with 100TB monster: Not just that, it's quick too" The Inquirer 6:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Average Selling Price Is Lower Than Reported" Seeking Alpha 10:04 AM
  • "Apple: Looking Beyond Analyst Worries" Seeking Alpha 10:00 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market rebounds from tech selloff as energy sector aids advance: Fed meeting kicks off; Oracle falls nearly 10% after earnings report" MarketWatch 5:28 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Rebound as Oracle and Facebook Tumble: The Dow jumped on Tuesday amid sharp declines for Facebook and Oracle." TheStreet 5:28 PM
  • "Dow, Nasdaq rebound as Tech Stocks hold steady" FOXBusiness 5:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Regain Footing, With Tech Sector in Focus: Facebook extends slide, while Amazon becomes second-biggest U.S. company by market capitalization" [Paid Membership Required] 5:27 PM
  • "Tech Stocks weigh on Asian markets after Wall Street selloff: Nikkei index leads regional losses" MarketWatch 9:00 AM
  • "European stocks turn higher as weak German sentiment reading hurts euro" MarketWatch 8:59 AM

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