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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?

  • "Lawmakers question FBI over San Bernardino suit against Apple"  Reuters 8:50 PM
  • "Bipartisan Lawmakers Question FBI Suit against Apple over San Bernardino iPhone" The Mac Observer 8:50 PM
  • "In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information"  Bloomberg 2:25 PM
  • "Apple memo reveals 29 leakers caught last year, urges staff to stop leaking confidential information" AppleInsider 2:30 PM
  • "Apple leak memo leaks, threatening employee termination and arrests" VentureBeat 2:42 PM
  • "Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017/In in internal memo obtained by Bloomberg, the Cupertino tech giant revealed it caught 29 leakers in 2017, 12 of whom were arrested." PC Magazine 4:35 PM
  • "Apple innovations that you can't live without: Dan Moren has a few examples of Apple features and capabilities that make life much easier." ["Apple Pay is one of those technologies that it seems like everybody should be using. To my mind, it might be one of the single best innovations to come out of Apple in the last few years, but it also has one of the most challenging uphill climbs ahead of it: the way people pay for things is deeply entrenched."]  Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "RIP, iTunes? Apple rubbishes rumours it's planning to kill off downloads" TrustedReviews 7:53 AM
  • "No, Apple is not pulling the plug on iTunes; here's what it said" IANS 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Sued an Independent iPhone Repair Shop Owner and Lost: Apple said an unauthorized repair shop owner in Norway violated its trademark by using aftermarket iPhone parts, but a court decided in favor of the shop owner."  Motherboard 11:36 AM
  • "Apple's Infringement In $502M Security IP Row Willful: Jury: One day after finding Apple Inc. infringed VirnetX network security patents, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday found the infringement was willful, a decision that has the potential to put the iPhone maker on the hook for more than $1.5 billion in damages after an initial award of over $502 million."  Law360 8:09 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about Apple's GDPR privacy upgrade: Among other improvements, customers will be able to download all the information Apple keeps about them."  Computerworld 10:17 AM
  • "The Artistry of Landscape Designer Eric Arneson—Using Autodesk SketchBook" Architosh 8:05 AM
  • "MacBook Can't Use Mouse & Trackpad at the Same Time? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 4:29 PM
  • "The trouble with Desktop and Documents enabled for iCloud Drive: If you use Desktop and Documents, there's an issue about the files in those folders being properly backed up." Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "How to check your Mac for 32-bit apps before Apple drops support" 9to5Mac 12:20 PM
  • "How to Find Which Apps on Your Mac Are 32-Bit" Kirkville 7:59 AM
  • "How to convert a color PDF to black and white in Preview for Mac" iDownload Blog 10:56 AM
  • "How to customize the Finder sidebar in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:50 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Scroll Bars" MacMost 9:30 AM
  • "A tale of two QuickTimes"  Six Colors 10:18 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Sales data suggests Apple might be about to make the $1,000 iPhone X even more expensive"  Business Insider 9:56 AM
  • "KGI: Apple could sell just 2 million HomePods across all of 2018, company 'mulls' low-cost model" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Considering Lower-Priced HomePod After Potentially Lackluster Sales" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "Apple is considering a low-cost HomePod, according to KGI Securities" Business Insider 10:22 AM
  • "Forget HomePod Mini rumors. Apple just needs a HomePod price cut/Commentary: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is "mulling" a smaller, less expensive HomePod amid a reported sales slump. But there's a quicker, easier way to boost buyer interest."  CNET 7:45 AM
  • "U.S. iPhone users spent 23% more in apps in 2017, have an average of 45 apps installed" TechCrunch 11:15 AM
  • "Apple plans to start making another iPhone in India" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Apple trialing iPhone 6s Plus production in India in bid to cut costs" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker: It reportedly works even on the iPhone X and iOS 11." Engadget 8:28 AM
  • "Apple's ongoing legal battle with Smartflash over iTunes likely over" AppleInsider 9:57 AM
  • "Shegerian & Associates Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Due To Unfair Wage Practices Against Female Employees" PRNewswire 8:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Girl gamers told to 'get back in the kitchen'" BBC 9:23 PM
  • "Drivers using mobile phones could be fined without even knowing they've been caught" 9:20 PM
  • "T-Mobile just quietly killed one of its best deals" BGR 9:19 PM
  • "Google loses 'right to be forgotten' legal battle" CNNMoney 9:20 PM
  • "Google's new book search deals in ideas, not keywords" Axios 9:20 PM
  • " redesign includes self-destructing emails" Ars Technica 12:20 PM
  • "Google's latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills" The Verge 4:28 PM
  • "Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case" BBC 9:26 AM
  • "Google code offers hints that Android Messages is coming to a desktop near you" Digital Trends 8:14 AM
  • "EA says it's learned from Star Wars Battlefront controversy, vows to 'be better'" The Verge 8:07 AM
  • "Google's Speech Recognition Can Now Handle Cocktail Parties: Noisy environments and multiple voices are no longer a problem for Google understanding what is being said." PC Magazine 8:00 AM
  • "Russia to ban Telegram messenger over encryption dispute" Reuters 7:59 AM
  • "Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:36 PM
  • "Revealed: Aleksandr Kogan collected Facebook users' direct messages/People who logged into This Is Your Digital Life shared their news feed, timeline, posts and messages"  The Guardian 7:49 AM
  • "The Cambridge Analytica data breach also harvested people's private Facebook messages" Business Insider 7:49 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 063: April 13, 2018" 9to5Mac 9:11 PM
  • "Facebook's Shadow Profiles -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-13" The Mac Observer 1:52 PM
  • "iPad & iPhone User 131 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 8:28 AM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "FCC Filing Confirms Apple Planned on Launching Gold iPhone X" MacRumors 2:29 PM
  • "FCC appears to leak photos of gold iPhone X" 9to5Mac 9:10 PM
  • "FCC photos hint at future -- or defunct -- gold iPhone X model" AppleInsider 4:28 PM
  • "The Mysterious Case of the Gold iPhone X Photos Published by the FCC" The Mac Observer 8:50 PM
  • "A Major Roadblock to Apple's In-House Mac Processor" ["It'd be smarter, then, for Apple to replace Intel-based processors in its 12-inch MacBook using the same processor that it uses in its iPad Pro lineup and then continue to use Intel-based chips in the higher-performance/higher-power models (MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro)."]  The Motley Fool 8:23 AM
  • "Apple offers up extended repair program for defective iPad Pro Smart Keyboards" AppleInsider 2:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10.5-inch iPad Pro & Apple Keyboard Get Price Cut at Best Buy" LAPTOP Magazine 2:30 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:38 AM

  • "My 9.7 iPad (2018) review: Drawn, written, edited, and produced with an iPad" iMore 2:29 PM
  • "The New Cheap iPad Is All the iPad You Need" Gizmodo 8:39 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED 1st Photo Review: 7 Things You Need To Know" Forbes 7:44 AM
  • "Hands-on: Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8" AppleInsider 9:11 PM
  • "Hands-On With the New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Leather Folio" MacRumors 4:46 PM
  • "iPhone 8 PRODUCT(RED) video hands-on!" iMore 9:58 AM
  • "Apple Watch review: The original iPhone smartwatch remains an expensive convenience gadget" TechRadar UK 8:28 AM
  • "olloclip Filmer's Kit: Take your iPhone photography and videography to the next level" iMore 11:15 AM
  • "Quick Look: Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones" Thurrott 1:56 PM
  • "Review: Aukey's stylish blue fabric adorned 10W Wireless Fast Charger & Graphite Wireless Charger" 9to5Mac 4:46 PM
  • "Rise of Tomb Raider: iMac Pro versus Mac Pro" Bare Feats 9:55 AM
  • "This iPhone X case cured me of my PRODUCT(RED) jealousy" iMore 7:59 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with Apple's new Schoolwork app on iPad [Gallery] 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Just Press Record makes recording your thoughts on an Apple Watch or iPhone a breeze" Apple World Today 7:50 AM
  • "How to create custom vibration pattern ringtones for iPhone" 9to5Mac 4:46 PM
  • "iOS: How to Download the New Toy Box Sound Pack in GarageBand" The Mac Observer 1:52 PM
  • "How to use Workflow with Reminders" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "8 iPad, iPhone typing tips for speed demons" Apple Must 3:29 PM
  • "Beating Those Wireless Printer Woes" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:26 AM
  • "Apple memo warns employees to stop leaking info. Someone leaked it." The Next Web 9:15 PM
  • "Behind Apple's Strategy of Making Its Own Chips"  Market Realist 4:47 PM
  • "Apple ramping up effort to stop leaks with legal action, according to leaked memo" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "Company-Wide Apple Memo on 'The Impact of Leaks' Leaks"  Daring Fireball 2:25 PM
  • "Is Apple's HomePod failing? Two editors talk it out." Engadget 2:29 PM
  • "Apple's Pricey HomePod AI Speaker Falters As Orders Are Cut Due To Low Demand" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "Predictions of HomePod doom and gloom continue, with analyst expecting only 2.5 million sold across all of 2018" AppleInsider 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Music Hits 48M Subscribers; Should Spotify Worry?" Zacks 11:15 AM
  • "Has HomePod flopped like the iPhone X and Apple Watch?" Apple 3.0 8:14 AM
  • "What Google Is Planning for the Pixel: It stopped selling the first generation of its flagship phone. Why that makes sense—and what to expect next." Slate 8:26 AM
  • "Android's trust problem isn't getting better" The Verge 8:24 AM
  • "Opinion: There shouldn't be a 'next Facebook'" The Next Web 11:43 AM
  • "Facebook Has a Profile On You Even If You Don't Have an Account" The Mac Observer 9:33 AM
  • "Will Facebook be regulated?" Recode 8:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Anchor's new Cohost feature matches podcasters with similar interests" Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "iMovie gets some attention with an iPhone X-ready update: And support for Apple's Metal graphics API." Engadget 8:23 AM
  • "iCarMode 4.5 - A CarPlay Substitute for Older Cars?" MacTrast 7:59 AM
  • "Giant update makes Death Road to Canada even greater" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "Firefox for iOS updated with tracking protection, tab re-ordering, drag-and-drop links, more" 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Cute Mary v/s The World Animated Sticker Pack" prMac 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "We just found out why Microsoft was so determined to beat Salesforce in the battle to acquire LinkedIn" Business Insider 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft auditing partner KPMG's anti-piracy work in India after complaint - documents" Reuters 9:05 AM
  • "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update delayed due to massive bug" Pocket-lint 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Store And Esl Launch Esports Academy" IGN 9:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Could Change Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Name Before Launch" Softpedia 9:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Redstone 5 (Fall 2018) Build 17643" Softpedia 9:01 AM
  • "Big Data As A Services Market Is Likely to Experience a Tremendous Growth in Near Future, focusing on top key vendors like HP,IBM,Microsoft,SAP SE,SAS Institute,Teradata,1010data,Dell EMC,MapR Technologies" Industry Today 8:54 AM
  • "Ryzen 2: AMD vs Intel just got a lot more interesting" TrustedReviews 8:52 AM
  • "Nokia, Intel and Telia test out smart factory in Finland" Telecoms 8:52 AM
  • "Adata XPG Spectrix RGB Memory Kit Hits 5000MHz on Intel Z370 Chipset and Adata Rekeases External Hard Drives" WCCFTech 8:52 AM
  • "Chuwi HiGame mini PC packs Intel's 4C-8T Core i5-8305G" Hexus 8:51 AM
  • "Asus Announces Compact Light X407, X507 Paired with Geforce MX110 Discrete GPU" WCCFTech 8:51 AM
  • "ASUS Adds Compact and Lightweight X407 and X507 Laptops" Guru3D 8:51 AM
  • "AMD unveils its second-generation Ryzen CPUs" Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "ASUS Launches AMD X470 Series Motherboards" Guru3D 8:47 AM
  • "AMD launches 2nd-gen Ryzen: $199 to $329, available April 19, pre-orders today" TechSpot 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2nd-gen is on its way" CNET 8:45 AM
  • "AMD announces 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs" bit-tech 8:44 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 Final Pricing Will Be Lower Than Expected, Ryzen 7 2700X And Ryzen 5 2600X Will Be $20 Cheaper" SegmentNext 8:44 AM
  • "AMD's RX 500X Polaris graphics cards are only new by name" The Inquirer 8:44 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X costs 329 dollars" Guru3D 8:44 AM
  • "Report: AMD Navi Won't Be A High-End GPU Chip, Will Roll Replace RX 580, 7nm Vega Not For Gaming" SegmentNext 8:44 AM
  • "Stdlib roadmap: JavaScript will finally get a standard library" InfoWorld 8:30 AM
  • "CFO Moves: Lennar, Cisco Systems" WSJ Blogs 8:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A $30 Billion Asset Manager Turns Cautious on Apple Suppliers" Bloomberg 8:30 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends solid week on a sour note as bank shares slump after earnings: Global tensions hover as investors watch trade tensions, Syria" MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Stocks Decline as JPMorgan Leads Big U.S. Banks Lower: Stocks finish lower even after earnings beats from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup." TheStreet 4:31 PM
  • "Dow slips 123 points but stocks post weekly gains" FOXBusiness 4:30 PM
  • "Global stocks mostly up as trade, Syria uncertainties ease" Associated Press 8:42 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Wobble but Post Weekly Gains: Energy shares rise as oil prices rally on worries over Mideast tensions" [Paid Membership Required] 4:30 PM
  • "Asian markets wobble after China posts surprise trade deficit: Asia-Pacific stock markets gave up some of their early gains Friday after China reported a surprise trade deficit for March." MarketWatch 7:29 AM
  • "European stocks end higher, rise for 3rd straight week, as Syria tensions remain in focus: European stocks edged higher on Friday, with the benchmark index scoring a third straight week of gains, as investors watched for developments in the Syria situation and in the trade spat between the U.S. and China." MarketWatch 11:46 AM

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