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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?

  • "New Apple Music Head Named as Service Surpasses 40 Million Subscribers (Exclusive): Oliver Schusser is promoted to head of Apple Music Worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue."  Variety 11:53 AM
  • "Apple Music now has over 40 million subscribers and a new boss" ["Apple confirmed to The Verge that Schusser will report to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, and will be in charge of managing Apple Music, as well as running Apple services like the App Store and iTunes outside of the US."] The Verge 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Taps European Executive to Run Global Music Business: Oliver Schusser to take over the unit as Apple looks to increase services revenue" [Paid Membership Required] 2:33 PM
  • "Apple Music hits 40 million subscribers as it accelerates towards surpassing Spotify" TechCrunch 1:48 PM
  • "Apple Music's Oliver Schusser has deep history in digital music" Apple Must 2:30 PM
  • "Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements: After eight years of dispute, Apple must pay half a billion in damages for secure communications patent abuse."  PC Magazine 7:08 AM
  • "VirnetX wins half-billion dollar verdict in patent case against Apple, for now/Suing over patents hasn't paid off: VirnetX lost over $75M from 2015 through 2017." Ars Technica 3:56 PM
  • "Notorious East Texas court orders Apple to pay VirnetX $502.6m over FaceTime and iMessage patents" V3 8:02 AM
  • "A tale of two hospitals that adopted Apple's Health Record app: Apple's Health Record app allows patients to pull in their healthcare info from multiple providers onto a single record they can share with clinicians, regardless of where they work. Here's how that's working for two hospitals."  Computerworld 7:20 AM
  • "Private by design: Why Apple's iOS meets needs of healthcare IT/Relative to health-focused innovations across history, iOS, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices are very recent additions to the medical care arsenal, but they seem to be good for you, fresh research claims." Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "The most bullish Apple analyst is back — and he thinks it's going to be worth over $1 trillion in 12 months"  Business Insider 11:04 AM
  • "Mac sales return to growth in Q1 amid continued PC market decline" AppleInsider 6:53 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg was prepared to call out Tim Cook and Apple for being hypocrites" BGR 7:01 PM
  • "Apple has begun notifying macOS users of coming 32-bit app incompatibility: Warnings have started, but 32-bit support will likely continue for many months." Ars Technica 7:12 PM
  • "Apple starting to alert users that it will end 32-bit app support on the Mac" TechCrunch 7:22 PM
  • "Apple pushing 32-bit app warning live for macOS 10.13.4 as 64-bit transition continues" 9to5Mac 7:22 PM
  • "New macOS alert notifies users Apple will soon end 32-bit app support" AppleInsider 9:08 PM
  • "Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash, InDesign" ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Numbers 5 for Mac review: Inching closer to being a more full-featured spreadsheet app" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "EPUB in Pages: The best new way to create ebooks on the Mac" iMore 9:28 AM
  • "Pages Master Pages" MacMost 9:57 AM
  • "How to Un-Trust Computers After Connecting Your iPhone" Lifehacker 2:48 PM
  • "Top 15 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know" iPhone Hacks 7:30 PM
  • "How to Use Tags to Organize Files and Folders in macOS" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "How to set a default folder for a new macOS High Sierra Finder window" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "How to remove Drobo Dashboard from macOS" iMore 11:09 AM
  • "There's a New Tab for Content Caching in the Mac Activity Monitor" The Mac Observer 1:37 PM
Press Releases
  • "Bluebeam Unveils New Bluebeam Revu 2018—Redesigned for Maximum Efficiency" Architosh 7:14 PM
  • "Release: Orange is the new CLIX" Rixstep 1:54 PM
  • "Autodesk Releases Revit 2019—Multidisciplinary BIM Application" Architosh 12:15 PM
  • "Maintain releases Cocktail 11.5.1 (High Sierra Edition)" Maintain 12:04 PM
  • "Video converter Handbrake updated with 4K presets, improved user interface" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "Vimeo's Mac app simplifies uploads from Final Cut Pro" Engadget 7:56 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Cuts HomePod Orders After Sales Prove to Be Lackluster" MacRumors 9:14 PM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple lowers HomePod forecasts & orders as early sales prove lackluster" 9to5Mac 9:14 PM
  • "Apple cuts HomePod orders on weak demand, report says" AppleInsider 9:17 PM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's Biggest Challenge to Innovation in Recent Years Has Been Software"  MacRumors 12:06 PM
  • "Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo warns that China is rapidly catching up to Apple in a 'core technology'" Business Insider 12:07 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg was ready to slam Apple if Congress asked him about Tim Cook's privacy comments" CNBC 7:08 AM
  • "Apple has ordered its most ambitious TV series yet: An adaption of Asimov's Foundation" Ars Technica 7:08 AM
  • "Apple is developing a TV show based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series: The adaptation could give Apple an edge against Netflix and Amazon" The Verge 10:02 AM
  • "App guides Parkinson's disease patients through 'freezing': Engineering students at Rice University designed an iPhone app to help patients with Parkinson's disease overcome a symptom known as 'freezing,' in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain's command to lift and move forward." Futurity 10:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Alexa now recaps NBA and NHL game Stats: Amazon can finally tell you more about the playoffs, too." Engadget 6:20 PM
  • "This Random Number Generator Could Be the Most Random Ever" Gizmodo 6:17 PM
  • "Twitter replaces its gun emoji with a water gun" TechCrunch 3:59 PM
  • "Reddit has banned 944 accounts linked to the IRA Russian troll farm" TechCrunch 3:47 PM
  • "AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA" The Verge 12:31 PM
  • "Want to survive the technological revolution? Be an adapter: New report shows why it's important to manage the risks of newer technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things." ZDNet 12:29 PM
  • "A disused coal power station will reopen to solely power crypto" Engadget 11:04 AM
  • "Sprint and T-Mobile restart merger talks" Axios 8:59 AM
  • "Google To Rollout Gmail Redesign For Web Users In The Coming Weeks" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Google Sheets gets macros: It's now easier to automate repetitive tasks in Google's spreadsheets tool." ZDNet 1:48 PM
  • "Google Pixel phones will automatically send spam calls to voicemail: Shutting down spam before it even rings" The Verge 8:55 AM
  • "Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware" Ars Technica 8:04 AM
  • "FTC: You Can't Void a Warranty by Breaking a Seal/The FTC issues a wake-up call for any company demanding authorized parts or services be used to maintain a device warranty." PC Magazine 8:05 AM
  • "FTC makes clear 'warranty void if removed' stickers are illegal: Companies can't prevent you from getting your device fixed by a third party."  Engadget 7:56 AM
  • "Zuckerberg won't give a straight answer on data downloads"  TechCrunch 1:51 PM
  • "Congress Is Unearthing Facebook's Terrible Power"  Wired 1:48 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's personal Facebook profile was part of the Cambridge Analytica leak" The Verge 10:31 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's Congress testimony day 2: live blog and live stream" The Verge 8:59 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg being swarmed by cameras is the perfect metaphor for online privacy today: Dehumanizing, isn't it?" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "The notes Mark Zuckerberg used for his congressional hearing show he was extensively coached for one of the biggest moments of his career" Business Insider 7:17 AM
  • "The Senate Fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg Won: The Facebook CEO charmed, evaded, and sometimes misled his way through the committee-hearing gauntlet." Slate 7:10 AM
  • "Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable: WannaCry was a wake-up call for healthcare, but the sector is still terribly vulnerable to attack" The Register 7:05 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 062: April 11, 2018" 9to5Mac 8:55 PM
  • "New Web Authentication Tech, Apple Lands Foundation TV Series -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-11" The Mac Observer 12:26 PM
  • "Even genuine replacement Apple displays can mess with iPhones: Third-party repair companies believe Apple is gunning for them."  Engadget 8:03 AM
  • "Is Apple Going After Third-Party iPhone Screen Installers?"  AppAdvice 11:09 AM
  • "Unauthorized iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X Display Replacements Can Break Ambient Light Sensor" MacRumors 2:48 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 kills touch, ambient light sensing for iPhone 8/X users with aftermarket displays" iDownload Blog 2:33 PM
  • "iOS 11 also breaks genuine Apple displays on repaired iPhones" Cult of Mac 1:48 PM
  • "Latest watchOS beta warns users when opening watchOS 1 apps, says support will end soon" AppleInsider 7:24 AM
  • "Day of reckoning looms for old, slow Apple Watch apps" Cult of Mac 1:49 PM
  • "The Apple Watch of the future could analyze your bicep curl or golf swing: Patent filing for Apple Watch hits at sensors in the watch band" MarketWatch 7:31 AM
  • "Eight Siri features we want to see in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at the 2018 WWDC" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:57 AM

  • "Video editing on the iMac Pro" TechCrunch 1:50 PM
  • "A close look at Apple's red iPhone 8: It's very red, and this time Apple got the front right" The Verge 7:08 AM
  • "HomeKit Weekly: Using hardware buttons to make smart lights familiar for guests and family" 9to5Mac 3:57 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Numbers 4 for iOS review: Better tools for importing, sorting, and viewing organized data/Relatively minor changes bring Numbers in sync with its Mac counterpart as well as Pages and Keynote for iOS." Macworld 8:36 AM
  • "The best note-taking apps for the iPad and Apple Pencil: With the Apple Pencil, writing by hand feels cool again." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "How to backup your Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 6:52 PM
  • "Apple TV: How to Toggle In and Out of a Movie's Letterbox Mode" The Mac Observer 5:48 PM
  • "How to Offload Apps on iPhone or iPad to Free Up Storage Space" OS X Daily 2:17 PM
  • "Tips and tricks on switching and closing out apps on iPhone X" 9to5Mac 3:56 PM
  • "Regarding Mark Zuckerberg's Unused Talking Points on Tim Cook and Apple"  Daring Fireball 6:00 PM
  • "Facebook isn't 'free' when the cost is your data — and Zuckerberg knows it: How Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg's war of words reveals a profound split — and potential shift — in how technology companies view and respect our privacy." iMore 6:36 PM
  • "Apple losing its lead in Augmented Reality to China" Cult of Mac 2:59 PM
  • "So, About Apple's 100 Percent Renewable Energy Announcement" Earther 12:06 PM
  • "Apple: The future is energy, not iPhones"  Apple Must 9:57 AM
  • "Feature Request: After buying a 'Netflix for magazines,' it's time for Apple to do the same for ebooks"  9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Analyst: Why Apple's new AI chief must not be beholden"  Apple 3.0 8:03 AM
  • "iOS apps that need to be on the Mac: If it's good enough for the iPad and iPhone, it should be good enough for the Mac." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (52): Nikon D850 First Look; Further Decline of News; Mac Pro and other Apple Products" eXtensions 7:03 AM
  • "The Russian Troll Army Isn't The Only One We Need To Worry About" Forbes 2:23 PM
  • "Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' fails to lift virtual reality" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Crime-predicting A.I. isn't science fiction. It's about to roll out in India" Digital Trends 7:32 AM
  • "How Facebook Lets Brands and Politicians Target You" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:54 PM
  • "Willing to Share Your Data for the Greater Good? Facebook might be taking heat for a data leak this week, but the Open Humans Foundation is looking for some quantified selfers willing to share their data for a good cause." PC Magazine 3:53 PM
  • "Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: Is the genie out of the bottle?" [Video] ZDNet 3:53 PM
  • "Is Facebook (And Tech) Having A Standard Oil Moment?" Seeking Alpha 2:58 PM
  • "Facebook: DC folly/Regulating social media is harder than it looks" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:32 PM
  • "Why Facebook Will Never Fully Solve Its Problems with AI" BuzzFeed 10:30 AM
  • "Comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Star Trek's Data is lazy, mean, and dangerous" iMore 9:59 AM
  • "What You Don't Know About How Facebook Uses Your Data" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:39 AM
  • "Could we have more Transparency please, Mr Zuckerberg?" Tech.pinions 8:03 AM
  • "This is how Facebook uses your data for ad targeting: You've got questions. We've got answers." Recode 8:01 AM
  • "What Mark Zuckerberg didn't say" Axios 7:48 AM
  • "Calm Down About Facebook: The Facebook controversy is a media creation developed as a means to kill the monster." PC Magazine 7:32 AM
  • "An open letter to that useless Facebook friend who shared your data" CNET 7:14 AM
  • "Entrepreneurs Are Big Losers If The Government Ham-Strings Facebook" Forbes 7:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coach offers up Apple Watch bands at a discount, including snakeskin, floral print, Rexy and more" 9to5Mac 3:02 PM
  • "T-Mobile now offers Apple Business Chat joining Wells Fargo, Marriott" Mashable 12:33 PM
  • "T-Mobile now supports Apple's Business Chat" Apple Must 11:52 AM
  • "Amazon and HP Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings in the Computer Industry, According to Temkin Group" [Apple in 4th place] PRNewswire 2:16 PM
  • "The AIR4 Audiophile Grade Apple AirPlay and Google Cast Speaker by Etón" PRNewswire 2:15 PM
  • "ABI Research's Teardowns Service Finds First Hidden Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor Bites into Apple's Face Recognition Technology" PRNewswire 9:41 AM
  • "Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge set for Earth Day, 30 minute workout will unlock eco-friendly animated sticker pack" 9to5Mac 9:36 AM
  • "Haunting Russian game The Mooseman is coming to iOS" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "'Fortnite' 3.5 Is another Big Update That Includes the Port-a-Fort, Improved Visuals on Mobile, and More" Touch Arcade 8:04 AM
  • "OWC ThunderBlade SSD: Extreme storage for professionals" ZDNet 7:30 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Is Developing A Desktop Gaming GPU To Fight Nvidia, AMD" Forbes 7:01 AM
  • "Intel Ice Lake Xeon 10nm Processor Leak Confirms 8-Channel Memory And LGA4189 Socket" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Intel FPGAs picked up by Dell EMC and Fujitsu" ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Intel FPGAs step toward mainstream in Dell, Fujitsu enterprise servers: Acceleration cards target financial, data analysis workloads" Network World 6:54 PM
  • "Dear Intel: What's Going On With 10-Nanometer?" The Motley Fool 7:54 AM
  • "Intel's Real Performance Is Lacklustre" Seeking Alpha 7:20 AM
  • "HP first-quarter PC shipments, market share rises while Apple's declines" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "New HP Pavilion Gaming is the highlight of the spring line: HP follows in Dell and Acer's bootprints, creating a new line of cheap-but-appealing gaming gear for nongamers under its Pavilion brand." CNET 7:15 AM
  • "HP debuts Pavilion Gaming Laptops with many choices for mainstream gamers" PCWorld 7:20 AM
  • "HP's Pavilion Gaming line offers entry-level desktops and laptops" The Verge 7:24 AM
  • "HP's latest Pavilion PCs are built for gamers on a budget: They promise the performance and style of gaming PCs without huge prices." Engadget 7:56 AM
  • "HP is jumping into the legal marijuana industry with a technology that could change the way people buy weed — and it's a first for Silicon Valley" Business Insider 8:36 AM
  • "Did IBM underpay its sales staff? Three lawsuits say yes. A jury could decide." Durham Herald-Sun 9:32 AM
  • "Windows 10 on AMD? This new update plus Microsoft's patch block Spectre attacks" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Windows security: Microsoft patch for Outlook password leak bug 'not a full fix'/Attackers can make Outlook leak password hashes just by previewing an RTF-formatted email." ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft-owned Mixer's new partnership aims to simplify livestreaming as it battles Amazon's Twitch" GeekWire 7:21 PM
  • "Dell: Our laptops and PCs are great for cheating at PUBG/Dell launches its hardware in China on the 'plug-ins' it will run and the 'chicken dinners' you can therefore win with it" V3 8:02 AM
  • "Dell was the bright spot in a lousy winter for PC shipments: Most other companies struggled to sell computers." Engadget 8:51 PM
  • "AMD: We're already working on Zen 5 processor (and that's before Zen 2 has even appeared)" V3 8:03 AM
  • "AMD releases chip patches to address Spectre variant two: But you'll have to wait for BIOS updates from your hardware provider to get them." Engadget 8:54 AM
  • "AMD has a fix for Spectre variant II, but will motherboard makers support it?" Digital Trends 9:34 AM
  • "AMD Senior Marketing Director Chris Hook Leaving After Nearly 2 Decades Of Service" HotHardware 5:50 PM
  • "Cisco's encryption helps threat actors and defenders use AI" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS" The Register 7:06 AM
  • "Qualcomm launches its new vision intelligence platform for IoT devices" TechCrunch 7:24 AM
  • "Qualcomm launches systems-on-chips for vision intelligence, IoT" ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Qualcomm's new chips aim to give security cameras A.I. smarts" Digital Trends 9:59 AM
  • "Qualcomm Launches Intelligence Vision Chips For Powering Security Cameras, Robots, Smart Displays" HotHardware 5:49 PM
  • "Worldwide PC shipments effectively flat in Q1 2018" ZDNet 9:14 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is the Richest Company, So Where Are the Billionaires?"  Bloomberg 10:31 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends lower as geopolitical tensions move center stage: Oil prices jump to 3-year high" MarketWatch 3:51 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower Amid Rising U.S.-Russia Tensions: The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined on Wednesday after Donald Trump hinted the U.S. could intervene in the Syria crisis." TheStreet 3:50 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks close mostly lower on Wall Street" Associated Press 3:49 PM
  • "Banks and technology stocks fall; oil rises to 3-year high" Associated Press 3:49 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Slid Amid Geopolitical Tensions, Inflation Data: Combined trading volumes at the NYSE and Nasdaq were the lowest of the year, signaling cautiousness among investors" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed, as trade-war worries don't appear over yet: Nikkei falls, but most other indexes post modest gains" MarketWatch 8:49 AM
  • "European stocks fall as Syria anxiety 'takes center stage': Deutsche Telekom shares jump as T-Mobile and Sprint again consider a merger" MarketWatch 8:48 AM

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