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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, Amazon and Google Also Are Bracing for Privacy Regulations: U.S. technology companies have stayed largely exempt from significant government regulation and self-policing of privacy, but that is about to change" [Paid Membership Required] 8:34 AM
  • "Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon have too much power — so it's time for regulators to take on tech's titans"  Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "ARM Mac: Piece of Cake Or Gas Refinery? Here we go again, probably 'for real' this time. In 2020, Apple is to kick Intel out of its Macintosh line. This could merely be the third processor transition since the Mac's 1984 birth, but this one will turn out more 'interesting' than previous CPU switches."  Monday Note 8:56 PM
  • "Apple Is Waving a Fat Wad of Cash at Hollywood"  The Motley Fool 8:34 AM
  • "Apple faces patent lawsuit over Watch's heart rate sensor: The plaintiff claims that he showed Apple the patents it violated." Engadget 8:39 AM
  • "Full audio: Our extended, uncut interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook"  Recode 4/7
  • "Apple is facing its toughest fight since the 1980s: But while the iPhone is singularly important, both to Apple and to the category of devices it's inspired over the last decade, technology companies are now jockeying to usher in the next wave of personal computing. The consensus is artificial intelligence is going to be the key differentiator..."  Quartz 4/7
  • "Apple Hires Former Amazon Devices CTO for Software Role" Bloomberg 4/7
  • "Apple's AI 'Coup,' Explained" Benzinga 4/7
  • "Popular Apps Are Leaving the Apple Watch: Is that a bad sign?"  Slate 4/7
  • "Saudi Crown Prince talks joint projects with Apple's Tim Cook in Silicon Valley"  Al Arabiya 4/7
  • "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Tim Cook at Apple Park to discuss app development, education opportunities, more" 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens: Users spread the blame around as DisplayLink technology goes dark after Apple's update to its PC OS." Computerworld 4/7
  • "Final Cut Pro 10.4.1: ProRes RAW and captions" Alex4D 4/6
  • "Mac Mouse Double-Clicking Instead of Single Clicking? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 4/6
  • "A Windows PC user's guide to the Mac keyboard" iMore 8:34 AM
  • "How to Disable All Vibration on iPhone Completely" OS X Daily 4/7
  • "Adobe Premiere Pro vs. Apple Final Cut Pro X: What's the Difference? Most professional video editors use one or the other. Here's how these two top-rated programs compare, feature by feature." PC Magazine 4/6
  • "How to use Safari's tab management and bookmark stashing to avoid losing web pages" Macworld 4/6
  • "This Tool Can Help Identify Leakers Who Copy and Paste Secret Info" Motherboard 4/6
  • "Numbers Text Import Options" MacMost 4/6
  • "Why Apple's Final Cut ProRes RAW upgrade matters to you" Apple Must 4/6
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Fortnite is making close to $2 million a day from iPhone users: It's killing Candy Crush, Clash of Clans and Pokemon Go. Just wait until it gets to Android..."  Recode 5:22 PM
  • "Saudi Prince Meets Tim Cook at Apple Park to Discuss Education and App Development Opportunities" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "Activists stage 'die-ins' at French Apple stores to protest impact of tax avoidance on social services" AppleInsider 5:23 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: John Sculley takes over as Apple CEO" Cult of Mac 8:37 AM
  • "Apple lights up Shinjuku: Apple Shinjuku opened this morning in Tokyo, welcoming thousands of customers to experience Apple's latest retail design for the first time in Japan." Apple 4/7
  • "After fending off lawsuit, French activist group Attac holds protests & 'die-in' at Apple Stores" 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls #MeToo, DACA and Parkland student activists 'heroes'" CNBC 4/7
  • "Today in Apple history: System 7 gets its final update with Mac OS 7.6.1" Cult of Mac 4/7
Non-Apple News
  • "Forget the Trade War. China Wants to Win the Computing Arms Race" Bloomberg 8:38 PM
  • "New version of YouTube Kids will use humans instead of algorithms" Digital Trends 5:26 PM
  • "Trump keeps insisting that Amazon does not collect sales tax — but his own company only does so in 2 states" Business Insider 5:22 PM
  • "A broken submarine cable knocked a country off the internet for two days: West Africa's internet is more fragile than you might think" The Verge 2:16 PM
  • "Starbucks picked an odd time to force WiFi customers to cough up personal data" GeekWire 1:28 PM
  • "5 questions for Mark Zuckerberg as he heads to Congress" Associated Press 7:56 PM
  • "Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet with U.S. lawmakers Monday: sources" Reuters 7:56 PM
  • "Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica" CNNMoney 5:48 PM
  • "Facebook's data breach could be higher than 87M: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower" New York Post 5:24 PM
  • "Recode's Kara Swisher rips Facebook, says tech giant was 'willfully ignorant'" GeekWire 5:24 PM
  • "Facebook whistleblower says user data could be stored in Russia" CNET 1:05 PM
  • "Facebook's Sandberg says other cases of data misuse possible" AFP 9:53 AM
  • "Man in charge of half the internet, who can never be fired from his job, says he is learning from his mistakes" Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "Homeland Security To Compile A Database Of Journalists, Bloggers And Influencers" HuffPost 4/7
  • "Homeland Security database would track bloggers, social media" Engadget 4/7
  • "U.S. senator warns of possibility of breaking up Facebook over privacy concerns" Digital Trends 4/7
  • "Global cyberattack targets 200,000 network switches" Engadget 4/7
  • "YouTube's new ad rules will drive creators to Twitch" The Next Web 4/7
  • "Chrome OS tablet, OnePlus 6 confirmed, and Apple's new 9.7 inch iPad (MobileTechRoundup #428)" ZDNet 5:22 PM
  • "Podcast: Facebook, Intel CPUs, YouTube" Tech.pinions 4/7
  • "9to5Mac Daily 059: April 6, 2018" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Wolfenstein II' Footage, 'ClusterPuck 99', and More" Touch Arcade 4/6
  • "Geared Up Podcast: The great privacy debate — and how companies like Apple could benefit" GeekWire 4/6
  • "Apple's Latest Mac Pro News -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-06" The Mac Observer 4/6
  • "iMore show 601: Lory's List" iMore 4/6
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 2020 Mac Pro, ARM on Mac, Apple's poaching of Google's John Giannandrea, and more" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Virgin Mobile Memo Says Apple Will Announce (PRODUCT)RED Edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on Monday"  MacRumors 2:16 PM
  • "Apple may introduce red iPhone 8 models tomorrow morning" BGR 5:22 PM
  • "Virgin Mobile claims (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 launching Monday" The Apple Post 5:25 PM
  • "Red iPhone 8, 8 Plus coming via (PRODUCT)Red, Virgin Mobile" SlashGear 9:05 PM
  • "Real 6.5-Inch iPhone X 'Plus' To Arrive Long Before Rumored Curved Screen iPhone" Forbes 8:21 AM
  • "iOS 11.4 beta: AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and more/Apple released its iOS 11.4 public beta, giving us a preview at what's to come." CNET 4/7
  • "3 new features in iOS 11.4: AirPlay 2 support and Messages on iCloud are the big additions to iOS 11.4, currently available in public beta." [Video] CNET 4/7
  • "iOS 11.2.6 Jailbreak Possibility: New Discoveries Give Hope After Apple Stopped Signing The Firmware" Redmond Pie 4/7
  • "AirPlay 2 Support Coming To AirPort Express After All?" Redmond Pie 4/7
  • "Fix Cellular Data Not Working on iPhone X or iPhone with iOS 11" OS X Daily 11:26 AM
  • "iPhone battery life bad after installing iOS 11.3? Here's what you can do: Installing a new iOS update can hit your battery life hard. Here's how you can make things better. (Updated for iOS 11.3)" ZDNet 4/7
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6

  • "Apple iMac Pro Review: A Crazy Amount of Power" Tom's Guide 8:39 AM
  • "9.7-inch iPad (2018) vs 10.5 inch iPad Pro: Which One Should You Buy?" iPhone Hacks 12:45 PM
  • "Review: iBolt's ChargeDock brings easy iPhone charging to the desk or the dashboard" AppleInsider 11:26 AM
  • "I switched to the iPhone X after 13 years on Android — and I have no regrets" Business Insider 4/7
  • "2018 iPad review: Content creation with compromises/This consumption device wants to be a creative one, too, but is a Pencil enough?"  Ars Technica 4/6
  • "iPad 2018 review: Practicality over luxury" Six Colors 4/6
  • "Apple HomePod review: We deliver our verdict after a month with the Siri-powered speaker" The Inquirer 4/6
  • "Compared: 2018 iPad versus the Acer Chromebook 11 in the school" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Apple Watch 3 LTE vs Apple Watch 3 GPS" Macworld UK 4/6
  • "Video: iPhone X vs S9 Plus - Which should you buy?" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Review: Marshall Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones" iLounge 4/6
  • "The C64 Mini review: Nostalgia's not enough" Engadget 4/6
  • "Review: Ugreen's affordable USB-C 8 in 1 Adapter is a great way to expand your MacBook's I/O" 9to5Mac 4/6
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: Does YouTube's new dark theme save iPhone X battery life?" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "Tired Of Safari? Try These Mobile Browsers Instead" Wired 4/6
  • "Use iPhone X Face ID To Sign In Any App With iCloud Keychain Autofill Or Natively, Here's How" Redmond Pie 4/7
  • "7 popular iPhone apps with hidden dark modes, and how to turn them on" Business Insider 4/7
  • "How to clean your dirty AirPods and charging case" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "How to restore an Apple TV 4 from tvOS 10 to tvOS 11 with futurerestore" iDownload Blog 4/6
  • "How to train Face ID to recognize weird facial expressions" iMore 4/6
  • "Stop griping about Siri and get Apple's iPhone assistant to work better" USA Today 4/6
  • "Learning to code with Swift Playgrounds as an adult: Apple's Everyone Can Code initiative is laudable but has a big gap to fill." Macworld 4/6
  • "Safari Tip: cycle through your open tabs with a gesture" iDownload Blog 4/6
  • "When should you replace the tip of your Apple Pencil?" iMore 4/6
  • "Spring Clean: Tips to Free Up iPhone Storage Space" Apple Gazette 4/6
  • "Is Apple's Tim Cook running for president? Part two."  Apple 3.0 11:26 AM
  • "iPhone X Product (RED) May be Announced at WWDC in June, Here's a First Look" TechEBlog 4/7
  • "Tim Cook: Guns, not porn in Apple's corner store" Apple 3.0 4/7
  • "What Siri can learn from Google Assistant" Engadget 4/7
  • "Making The Grade: Where the iPad still excels over Chromebooks regardless of price" 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "Stages: The Apple pundit journey of discovery" Macworld 4/7
  • "iOS 12 concept fixes issues in iOS 11 and adds a ton of new features" BGR 4/6
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is Wrong. Apple's Privacy Stance is Genuine" The Mac Observer 4/6
  • "How Apple Could Benefit from India's Used Goods Import Policy" Market Realist 4/6
  • "A friendly takedown of the most ridiculous anti-Apple article we've seen in a long time" BGR 4/6
  • "Is Apple Planning to Bring Back the iBook as a Low End New Hybrid Mac with iOS?" Low End Mac 4/6
  • "Comment: Having tried an iPhone-based medical consultation, I'm sold" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The 2019 Mac Pro will be what Apple wants it to be, and it won't, and shouldn't, make every 'Pro' happy" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Comment: Apple's latest announcements about the modular Mac Pro really ramp up expectations" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The new Mac Pro: What can we expect from Apple in 2019?" Macworld 4/6
  • "App Store actually shrank in size last year — and that's a good thing" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "On Demonetization And The YouTube Shooter" Forbes 8:10 PM
  • "How many Linux users are there anyway?" ZDNet 7:57 PM
  • "'You Are the Product': Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:55 PM
  • "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gets merciless SNL treatment/Commentary: To warm him up for his congressional appearances this week, Zuckerberg is presented by the late-night show as a desperate nerd with a childish, maniacal laugh." CNET 1:05 PM
  • "Teens Also Sometimes Quit Social Media: Adults talk a big game about #deletefacebook or taking a break from Twitter, but true digital natives actually know how to take a break for their own mental health." BuzzFeed 8:33 AM
  • "An academic ethical review could have prevented the Cambridge Analytica breach" The Next Web 8:33 AM
  • "Beyond Facebook: It's High Time For Stronger Privacy Laws" Wired 8:22 AM
  • "Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "Alexa's creepy laugh is just the beginning of bigger problems in our IoT future" The Next Web 4/7
  • "Is Amazon Holding Back Inflation?" Forbes 4/7
  • "I miss Windows Phone: Microsoft's mobile OS had great features" The Verge 4/7
  • "The (Near) Future of PCs" Wired 4/6
  • "President Trump Keeps Attacking Amazon. See How His Tweets Have Hurt Other Companies" Time 4/6
  • "If Adults Won't Grow Up, Nobody Will" ["The signal fact of Mr. Zuckerberg is that he is supremely gifted in one area—monetizing technical expertise by marrying it to a canny sense of human weakness. Beyond that, what a shallow and banal figure. He too appears to have difficulties coming to terms with who he is."] [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "On Facebook, Zuckerberg gets privacy and you get nothing" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Why Mark Zuckerberg's 15-Year Apology Tour Hasn't Fixed Facebook" Wired 4/6
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Clever project gives any Mac touchscreen capabilities with $1 worth of hardware" 9to5Mac 1:05 PM
  • "Snapchat Seems to Be Bringing Back Chronological Stories Feed" iPhone Hacks 11:21 AM
  • "Gene Steinberg meets Josh Centers of TidBITS and Ben Williams of Adblock Plus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:07 AM
  • "Wanle Case's Game Boy-style iPhone case has one redeeming feature" The Verge 4/7
  • "Twitter Delays Transition to New API That Threatens Third-Party Clients" MacStories 4/7
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook on MSNBC Tonight at 5:00 PT/8:00 ET"  MacRumors 4/6
  • "Canary email client for iOS adds Apple Watch app, first third-party mail client to support LTE without iPhone" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The Best One-Handed iOS Games" Mashable 4/6
  • "Apple Pay launches in Brazil with Itaú" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Bewitching Starman: Tale of Light iOS puzzle game goes free" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "Apple Offers 'Starman: Tale of Light' as a Free Download" iClarified 4/6
  • "Discover happiness through these childhood classic games built into an iPhone case" Pocketnow 4/6
  • "Case-Mate launches iPhone-compatible Power Pad wireless charger" Apple World Today 4/6
  • "myAlarm Clock App - Customize Your Wake Up & Alarm Clock Experience" prMac 4/6
  • "Snapchat's iPhone X-exclusive Lenses look more realistic than usual" Engadget 4/6
  • "Snapchat Finally Enables iPhone X-Exclusive Filters" Thurrott 4/6
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Is Developing A Discrete GPU Called Arctic Sound With A Dedicated Gaming Variant" HotHardware 8:52 AM
  • "Iran: Cisco switch hackers left U.S. flag and message saying 'Don't mess with our elections'" VentureBeat 8:33 AM
  • "'Don't mess with our elections': Hackers stuff US flag into Cisco security hole worldwide" RT News 8:45 AM
  • "Surface Phone: Microsoft Might Be Working On An Upgraded Surface Pen" The Inquisitr 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft and Ghana's Ministry of Education to sign MoU" Devdiscourse 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Shows Signs Of Greatness With 4.05GHz Overclock, 3466MHz DDR4 Speeds" HotHardware 7:46 PM
  • "Microsoft's Dismal Failure Needs To Be Fixed" Forbes 4/7
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Benchmark Leaks Reveal 4.3GHz Overclocking Potential On All Cores" HotHardware 4/7
  • "NVIDIA Dropping Mainstream GPU Driver Support For 32-bit Operating Systems This Month" HotHardware 4/7
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A big week for Apple data out of China and Taiwan" Apple 3.0 4/7
  • "Apple Could Hit $1 Trillion Valuation With Curved iPhone"  Barron's 4/6
  • "Analyst claims a curved iPhone would make Apple the world's first trillion dollar company" BGR 4/6
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends sharply lower on renewed trade war fears: U.S. economy adds 103,000 jobs in March" MarketWatch 4/6
  • "Dow Secures 3-Day Winning Streak For First Time Since Late February: Stocks rise Thursday as worries about a full-blown trade war between the U.S. and China ease with the focus now turning to negotiations." TheStreet 4/6
  • "Stocks dive as US proposes more China tariffs; Dow falls 620" Associated Press 4/6
  • "Markets Right Now: Renewed trade tensions send stocks lower" Associated Press 4/6
  • "Stocks Drop on Growing Trade Concerns: Weaker-than-expected March jobs report unable to reverse losses" [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "Hong Kong bucks wobbly Asian markets after Trump's latest broadside against China: Asian stock markets regained some ground after opening lower Friday, as optimism faded that the U.S. and China would work to resolve their trade spat following President Donald Trump's latest salvo." MarketWatch 4/6
  • "European markets tip lower as trade worries resurface to rattle investors: European stocks fell across the board on Friday, on the heels of the best one-day gain in nearly two years, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened China with additional tariffs." MarketWatch 4/6

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