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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?

  • "Apple Needs to Get Serious in the Battle Against Netflix, Amazon: If Apple wants to compete in the content game, it needs to think big."  PC Magazine 6:53 AM
  • "Apple Hires Google's A.I. Chief: Apple has hired Google's chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals."  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 4:57 PM
  • "Apple hires Google's former AI boss to help improve Siri: John Giannandrea is joining the iPhone maker to lead its machine learning and AI strategy efforts" The Verge 8:11 PM
  • "Apple steals Google's AI chief" TechCrunch 7:07 PM
  • "Apple reportedly hires Google's former search, AI chief" ZDNet 8:11 PM
  • "Apple poaches Google's head of AI to strengthen one of its weak points: He started working at Google in 2010 and announced his departure yesterday." Ars Technica 8:38 PM
  • "iPhone Users Are Pestered to Enroll in Apple Pay: The tactic is one of the first times the tech giant has used notifications to push one of its own products" [Paid Membership Required] 6:53 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Facing Lawsuits: Apple faces multiple lawsuits over throttled speeds of old iPhones" Market Realist 12:36 PM
  • "Apple discloses gender pay gap at UK operations" Reuters 2:34 PM
  • "FY 18 Second Quarter Results Tuesday, May 1, 2018" Apple 6:52 AM
  • "Apple Issues New Security Updates, Patches APFS Volume Password Bug" Intego 5:01 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 developer beta for Mac" 9to5Mac 7:03 PM
  • "Easier, Faster, Cost-Effective, But Never 'Cheap': How To Build Out A Successful Media Business In Difficult Economic Times By Embracing Simpler Workflows and New Technologies: The Final Cut Pro X success stories keep on coming. This time we look at Norway's largest newspaper VG, whose TV arm switched to FCPX enabling them to expand their online media production." 7:50 AM
  • "How to remedy the very slow import of AVCHD media into Final Cut Pro 10.4" iMore 2:33 PM
  • "macOS: How to use Spotlight's query language to create an All My Files-like feature" Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "Cleaning Out Addresses in Mail App" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Facing Pages In Pages" MacMost 10:13 AM
  • "How to sort Safari bookmarks alphabetically" Cult of Mac 1:06 PM
  • "How to connect an Xbox One controller to your Mac!" iMore 7:10 AM
  • "Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far: Cupertino faces a Windows 8 moment"  The Register 7:39 AM
Press Releases
  • "Adobe announces significant Sensei-powered updates to Creative Cloud video tools, streamlined Lightroom workflows ahead of NAB 2018" 9to5Mac 11:21 AM
  • "Pond5 Enterprise Suite Combines Exclusive Access, Efficiency, and Administrative Tools for Large Media Organizations and Production Companies" Pond5 8:19 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Sets Showrunner Shuffle on Morning Show Drama, Nabs Kerry Ehrin in Overall Deal"  Variety 8:30 PM
  • "Tim Cook v Mark Zuckerberg exposes rifts in Big Tech"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:16 AM
  • "Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and more react to YouTube HQ shooting" CNET 8:11 PM
  • "Apple Music had a better Weeknd than Spotify" The Verge 11:14 AM
  • "Police use Apple Watch health data as evidence in murder case" Mashable 7:02 AM
  • "Apple Watch heart rate data used as evidence in murder trial" Digital Trends 7:02 AM
  • "Apple Watch provides murder case clues" BBC 8:46 AM
  • "Instagram drops Apple Watch app support: Instead of complying with Apple native app rules, Facebook's Instagram is ditching its Apple Watch app in favor of notifications." ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "Instagram joins parade of major apps to abandon Apple Watch" Business Insider 7:10 AM
  • "Instagram app disappears from Apple Watch" Mashable 7:29 AM
  • "Apple continues to tout Apple Pay in latest iPhone X + Face ID ad [Video] 9to5Mac 8:11 PM
  • "Happy 8th birthday to the iPad" Cult of Mac 7:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon says it has 'tens of millions' of paying Music Unlimited users" Engadget 5:05 PM
  • "Tech execs call for gun control after YouTube shooting" Mashable 8:11 PM
  • "Woman 'shoots her boyfriend before killing herself' after going on gun rampage at YouTube's California HQ and injuring four people" Daily Mail (UK) 7:09 PM
  • "Woman wounds three at YouTube headquarters in California before killing herself" Reuters 7:04 PM
  • "Female gunman dead after shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California" Telegraph 7:02 PM
  • "Trolling and sick jokes spread after YouTube shooting" Mashable 7:00 PM
  • "Multiple victims taken to hospitals after shooting at YouTube's HQ" Axios 5:01 PM
  • "Police Responding to Active Shooter at YouTube Headquarters" PC Magazine 4:55 PM
  • "Shots fired at YouTube offices in California, casualties reported" Reuters 4:55 PM
  • "Facebook is banning hundreds more accounts run by Russian trolls: This time, Facebook found and booted 270 IRA accounts." Recode 5:02 PM
  • "Exclusive: Facebook CEO says not planning to extend European privacy law globally" Reuters 4:55 PM
  • "McAfee finds that gamers are strong candidates for cybersecurity jobs" VentureBeat 7:00 AM
  • "Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific" Macworld 2:33 PM
  • "Proprietary Mac Processors, HomeKit's Big Fail -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-03" The Mac Observer 1:21 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 233: Understatement of the year" iDownload Blog 6:54 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 49 – Pick 2: Bear and DEVONthink" MacStories 6:53 AM
  • "Apple plans micro LED panels for small- and large-size devices, says Digitimes Research"  DigiTimes 6:54 AM
  • "Apple Working With TSMC to Develop MicroLED Panels for Future Apple Watch and Augmented Reality Wearable Device" MacRumors 7:03 AM
  • "Apple's MicroLED displays could debut later this year" Cult of Mac 7:03 AM
  • "Apple's AR glasses may be closer than we think" Mashable 10:41 AM
  • "Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn't moving anywhere: Apple's abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable"  The Verge 7:29 AM
  • "Apple reportedly plans to ditch Intel's processors entirely by 2020" The Next Web 6:59 AM
  • "Apple could drop Intel and start making its own chips for Macs" BetaNews 7:00 AM
  • "Analysts Say Reaction to Apple Ditching Intel Is Overblown"  Investopedia 7:02 AM
  • "Analysts: Apple shifting to custom Mac processors to have minimal impact on Intel" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "15-inch MacBook Pro refresh could have Intel's new six-core i9 processor" AppleInsider 8:46 AM
  • "The iPad 6 Fails Our Repairability Test"  iFixit 5:01 PM
  • "Apple's newest iPad makes drop damage repairs cheaper: Air-gapped, separately replaceable cover glass and LCD make it cheaper to fix cracked glass, but adhesive is still a big hindrance to repairs." CNET 12:58 PM
  • "Schools won't like how difficult the new iPad is to repair" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's education-focused iPad isn't designed for rougher students" Cult of Mac 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 11.4 for Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:36 PM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 11.4 + tvOS 11.4 public betas with AirPlay 2" 9to5Mac 12:36 PM
  • "Hidden Code in iOS 11.3 Could Reference Apple AR Glasses" The Mac Observer 5:01 PM
  • "Apple files for patent for an 'energy absorbing assembly' for an automobile" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "DirecTV Now Streaming Service Extends Free Apple TV 4K Offer" MacTrast 7:43 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:54 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 6:54 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:54 AM

  • "Apple's latest iPad may be boring, but it's the perfect tablet for most people" Business Insider 7:03 PM
  • "Apple iPad review (2018): A little better, a little less competition/Exciting? Maybe not, but you won't find a better tablet for the price." Engadget 2:49 PM
  • "Apple iPad (2018) Review: Pencil It In/Apple's bare minimum still beats everybody else" The Verge 7:10 AM
  • "Compared: 2018 iPad shows how far Apple has progressed versus the original iPad in eight years" AppleInsider 9:06 AM
  • "iPhone X Lasts Longer Than Galaxy S9, Note 8 But Charges Slower, Reveals New Battery Test" Redmond Pie 8:12 PM
  • "Twelve South HiRise Duet and Belkin Valet Charge Dock review: Which iPhone and Apple Watch charging dock is better? Each weighty stand can charge both devices with ease, but one of them adds extra perks." Macworld 7:08 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 11.4 beta hands-on: AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud, HomePod stereo pairing & more" iDownload Blog 7:22 AM
  • "Video: Everything you need to know about AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4" AppleInsider 12:36 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge has a promising future on iPad" iMore 11:22 AM
  • "'Peko Peko Sushi' Review - All You Can Eat Sushi" Touch Arcade 12:36 PM
  • "How to restore the default Home screen layout on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 5:01 PM
  • "Here's How You Can Download Your Google Data Into an Archive" The Mac Observer 3:55 PM
  • "How to Mute Dial Sounds on iPhone" OS X Daily 2:32 PM
  • "iPad 6 Teardown" iFixit 7:13 AM
  • "How to Stop Eye Strain: Tips, Tricks, and Apps" Wired 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Hires Google's A.I. Chief, John Giannandrea" Daring Fireball 7:02 PM
  • "Why Is Apple Such A Highly Scrutinized Company?" Quora 2:33 PM
  • "A brief history of the iPad, Apple's once and future tablet" AppleInsider 12:58 PM
  • "Progressive Web Apps on iOS 11.3" MacStories 12:36 PM
  • "Here's How I Finally Accepted HomeKit is a Raging S*#t Storm"  The Mac Observer 11:11 AM
  • "Can Apple be 'User-Hostile' and Care About Its Customers at the Same Time?" iPhone Hacks 10:40 AM
  • "New MacBook Will Throw Out Intel Over Tim Cook's Risky Gamble" Forbes 6:59 PM
  • "For Apple, Quitting Intel Won't Come Easy" Wired 2:33 PM
  • "I can't wait for laptops with Apple's own chips: Apple making its own in-house chips for the Mac makes more sense than ever." Engadget 2:32 PM
  • "Arm Mac's Cometh. How Mac Differentiation Will Deepen" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:41 AM
  • "How Apple's Desire for Control Leads Away From Intel's Chips" Fortune 12:59 PM
  • "Opinion: How Apple dropping Intel would change the future of technology/The iPhone maker engineering more of its own technology would heighten competition"  MarketWatch 9:59 AM
  • "Opinion: An Intel-free Mac in 2020 might seem unlikely, but it is coming soon" 9to5Mac 9:49 AM
  • "Will Macs Switch to an Apple Branded CPU?" Low End Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Tired of minimalism, this designer wants to bring skeuomorphism back"  iDownload Blog 8:45 AM
  • "No good deed: Punishing Apple's Battery Health indicator" Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad or plain 'ol Magic Keyboard?" Apple World Today 6:53 AM
  • "Twitter Is Almost Useless During Tragedies — And It's Getting Worse: Twitter is the beating heart of breaking news. But its usefulness is offset considerably by a growing chorus of trolls, hoaxers, and irresponsible commentators. And it's only getting worse." BuzzFeed 9:09 PM
  • "Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!" The Register 9:09 PM
  • "Don't Fix Facebook. Replace It." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:55 PM
  • "Trump v Amazon: Shares in Amazon sank in recent trade after US president Donald Trump took several swipes at the online retailer" [Video] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:22 AM
  • "Is Amazon Evil and Am I Evil for Using It?" Gizmodo 9:06 AM
  • "Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint? All of your arguments against desktop Linux are outdated and irrelevant." Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "Comic: Are the Chips Down for Intel? It's just a matter of time." iMore 8:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Promised Apple Pay support in Brazil going live tomorrow" 9to5Mac 2:33 PM
  • "Apple adds music Videos to Apple Music app for Android" Apple Must 10:40 AM
  • "Apple Music for Android gains 'new music video experience' in latest update" 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "OWC Demonstrating Powerful New Technology Solutions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas" PRNewswire 8:31 AM
  • "American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) Has Launched Its Novel Mobile App: PCSK9i Access and It's Now Available for Download" PRNewswire 8:31 AM
  • "Discover Plate Tectonics with new iPad apps from Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc." prMac 7:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Unleashes Salvo Of Coffee Lake 8th Gen Core Laptop And Desktop Chips, Core i9 Mobile CPU And 300 Series Chipset" HotHardware 6:52 AM
  • "Intel brings a six-core i9 CPU to laptops: Yes, you read that right." Engadget 6:01 AM
  • "Intel unveils 5GHz six-core Core i9 processors for laptops" BGR 6:02 AM
  • "Intel is bringing its most powerful Core i9 processors to laptops: 'The best gaming and creation laptop processor Intel has ever built'" The Verge 6:17 AM
  • "Intel's new Core i9 chips could make laptops as powerful as desktops" Digital Arts 6:24 AM
  • "Intel aims 8th Gen Core i9 processors at mobile gamers and content creators" VentureBeat 6:24 AM
  • "Intel Core i9 6-core Processor Comes to Mobile" CDR Info 6:25 AM
  • "Intel shows off world's first six-core mobile CPUs, adds Optane to everything" Digital Trends 6:24 AM
  • "Intel just unveiled its most powerful laptop chip yet with new Core i9" ZDNet 6:24 AM
  • "Intel's 'most powerful' six-core Core i9 chips are coming to laptops: Coffee Lake chips take aim at video editing and gaming" The Inquirer 6:04 AM
  • "These are the gaming laptops using Intel's new 6-core processors: Gaming laptops are getting faster and thinner" The Verge 6:16 AM
  • "New lower-power processors round out Intel's Coffee Lake desktop series" TechRadar UK 6:28 AM
  • "Intel Launches New Coffee Lake Pentium Gold And Celeron Processors" Tom's Hardware 6:29 AM
  • "Intel says some CPUs with Spectre v2 can't be fixed" The Register 8:30 PM
  • "Intel Core i5 8600 processor (65W) review - Introduction" Guru3D 6:29 AM
  • "Exploring Intel's H370, B360, and H310 chipsets: These are the mainstream boards you're looking for" The Tech Report 6:24 AM
  • "Dell's new Inspiron all-in-ones have 8th-gen processors and an adjustable stand" Neowin 10:24 AM
  • "Dell refreshes its Alienware and Inspiron gaming lineups with 8th-gen processors" Neowin 10:24 AM
  • "Dell EMC's HPC to cater for burgeoning autonomous driving data" Data Centre News 6:20 AM
  • "MSI launches new Coffee Lake laptops" bit-tech 6:24 AM
  • "Asus unveil new H370 and B360 motherboards for Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 6:55 AM
  • "Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop now packs a six-core Intel processor: Portable gaming just became more practical." Engadget 6:01 AM
  • "Acer's new Nitro 5 gaming laptop has a hexa-core Intel processor and Optane memory" Neowin 6:17 AM
  • "Acer's budget iMac even has a wireless charger" BGR 6:02 AM
  • "AMD Vega 20 GPU in Linux patch reignites hope for an RX Vega refresh coming this year" PCGamesN 6:23 AM
  • "Yahoo Japan deploys single-socket AMD EPYC 7000 series processors" ZDNet 12:11 PM
  • "Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails/Forget the old case, DoJ tells Supremes, all hail CLOUD Act" The Register 10:25 AM
  • "Microsoft responds to new warrant for emails in Irish datacenter case" ZDNet 4:54 PM
  • "Microsoft reinventing Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, 'cos IBM tape ain't enough: Redmond claims to be world's biggest tape user, but wants a faster alternative for AI data" The Register 6:57 AM
  • "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: How Focus Assist Works" Softpedia 8:19 AM
  • "IBM Is Developing a Computer That's The Size of a Grain of Salt: The world's smallest computer uses blockchain technology and could help to track objects, foil counterfeiters, and boost efficiency." Seeker 6:30 AM
  • "Oracle Corporation Wins $9 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Against Alphabet Inc" InvestorPlace 2:32 PM
  • "Oracle expands availability of cloud services from UK datacentre region" ComputerWeekly 6:52 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Executives Receive Stock Worth Up to $22 Million as RSUs Vest" MacRumors 7:00 PM
  • "Apple's homegrown chip could wipe out up to $4 billion of Intel revenue" Business Insider 11:22 AM
  • "Tax Law Quirk Could Help Apple and Microsoft Lower Their Bills" Bloomberg 7:07 AM
  • "Apple's European Chip Suppliers Whipped on Rumors It Will Switch to Own Mac Chip: European Apple suppliers feel pinch on reports that the company will bring chipmaking in-house, and as tech rout persists." TheStreet 7:07 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks broadly rise in volatile session, energy leads day's biggest gainers: Technology and internet stocks remain in focus after recent declines" MarketWatch 5:03 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Higher in Volatile Day of Trading: Stocks rise Tuesday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average claws back some losses following a selloff in the previous session." TheStreet 5:03 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Late rally sends US stock indexes higher" Associated Press 5:03 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rebound After Tech Selloff: FAANG stocks rise, while energy, consumer staples and materials sectors outperform broader market" [Paid Membership Required] 5:02 PM
  • "Tech shares pull down Asian stock markets: China's import duties on $3 billion worth of U.S. products raises fears among investors, analyst says" MarketWatch 9:51 AM
  • "European stocks slump, as techs follow U.S. lead lower: Worries about global trade war, tech weakness persist into second quarter" MarketWatch 9:51 AM

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