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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 Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service: Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services."  Bloomberg 6:46 AM
  • "Apple expected to launch news subscriptions by early 2019" VentureBeat 8:01 AM
  • "Apple to launch a premium news subscription service, report says" TechCrunch 9:20 AM
  • "Apple expands again in Seattle as it aims to best rival tech giants in fierce battle for top talent"  GeekWire 8:05 AM
  • "iPhone X Alone Generated 35% of the Total Handset Industry Profits in Q4 2017"  Counterpoint 7:26 AM
  • "Apple has an iPhone design problem it's getting harder to solve"  CNBC 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Home Pod's Underwhelming Debut Might Be a Cautionary Tale: Weak demand for Apple's $349 home speaker won't have a big impact on its quarterly sales. But it could be a sign that Apple's services strategy can hurt its attempts to crack new markets."  TheStreet 7:14 AM
  • "Apple reportedly cuts production of HomePod amid poor sales" Business Insider 9:27 AM
  • "Music streaming does nothing for Apple's bottom line" Business Insider 8:19 PM
  • "What the Mac 32-bit app phase-out means to you: Apple has been pushing developers to move their software to 64-bit since last summer. Now it's warning end users about the upcoming change. Here's how to suss out which apps are affected." Computerworld 7:09 AM
  • "Opera is Shutting Down its VPN Service at the End of the Month" Gizmodo UK 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to Developers" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Apple issues second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to developers for testing" AppleInsider 12:21 PM
  • "How to scan your Mac for 32-bit apps" Mac Kung Fu 12:18 PM
  • "What to do when Image Capture doesn't see your iPhone and iPad" Macworld 7:26 AM
  • "DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials Safari Extension" MacMost 9:31 AM
  • "macOS: How to Print Only Selected Pages from Preview" The Mac Observer 8:26 AM
  • "How to hide System Preferences panes in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:13 AM
  • "Apple compatibility discussion continues with more about Apple's upcoming termination of 32-bit Mac apps (including some of the Apple's own software), with examples of programs that will be left out in the cold, technical issues and details, etc." MacInTouch 6:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "BricsCAD Shape for macOS—SketchUp Competitor Arrives in Market" Architosh 6:28 PM
  • "Typinator 7.5 with new scripting features and 20 further enhancements" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "macOS Guides launches today Mac guide & troubleshooting website" prMac 7:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax" Reuters 7:27 AM
  • "Apple took on a small iPhone repair shop in Norway, and got served" phoneArena 8:23 AM
  • "34 major tech companies are uniting to fight cyberattacks" ["We'd add that there are notable omissions in the current roster, including Apple, Amazon and Twitter."] Engadget 10:21 AM
  • "Facebook Spent $20 Million on Relatable Guy Mark Zuckerberg's Bodyguards, Flights Since 2015" ["It's not uncommon for companies to cover these types of expenses for high-profile CEOs. Apple recently required its chief, Tim Cook, to travel by private plane for 'all business and personal travel,' according to regulatory filings. Apple spent about $317,000 on Cook's security and travel last year."] Gizmodo 10:23 AM
  • "Six-digit iPhone passcodes no longer offer adequate protection" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's red iPhone 8 earns a sexy TV ad" TechnoBuffalo 8:23 AM
  • "New ads showcase kids' creativity with the Apple Pencil" Cult of Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Photo-hiding app disguised as calculator disappears from App Store following police investigation" 9to5Mac 8:22 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "IRS Extends Tax Deadline Until Wednesday After Its E-Payment System Melts Down on Tax Day" Gizmodo 8:59 PM
  • "Supreme Court Divided on Sales Taxes for Online Purchases" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:46 PM
  • "The Mechanical Keyboards Of Yesteryear Are Back—And Better Than Ever" Fast Company 8:28 PM
  • "Watch Jordan Peele use AI to make Barack Obama deliver a PSA about fake news" The Verge 12:28 PM
  • "China can't control the market in rare earth elements because they aren't all that rare" The Verge 11:27 AM
  • "Researchers finally invented a battery that won't explode when it fails" BGR 10:32 AM
  • "Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told"  The Guardian 8:21 PM
  • "Facebook: Yep, we track non-users -- but everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't we?" BetaNews 10:26 AM
  • "Facebook may face billions in fines over its Tag Suggestions feature: A federal judge ruled in favor of a class action lawsuit certification" The Verge 8:54 AM
  • "Chip demand from Android phone makers picking up" DigiTimes 7:23 AM
  • "Facebook hit with lawsuit over facial recognition technology" Telegraph 7:14 AM
  • "The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far" Wired 7:09 AM
  • "Will technology destroy our democracy?" BBC 6:53 AM
  • "iPhones, Strong Passcodes, and GrayKey -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-17" The Mac Observer 12:34 PM
  • "ShowStoppers -LumaFusion Brings Sophisticated Video Editing to iOS" MacVoices 12:11 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 51 – TMI: Saving Content for Later" MacStories 8:05 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 235: A natural evolution of things" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "Full transcript: Recode's Kurt Wagner and The Verge's Casey Newton answer Facebook questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask" Recode 7:14 AM
  • "The App Store has changed and makes discovering and learning about apps easier." The MT Show 7:08 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s 2018 iPhone Production Plans Look Modest" The Motley Fool 8:05 AM
  • "Airport Express removed from Home app in latest iOS 11.4 beta" AppleInsider 10:32 AM
  • "Apple releases second iOS 11.4 + tvOS 11.4 public betas" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
  • "iOS 11.4 Public Beta 4 Download Of IPSW, OTA Links Now Available" Redmond Pie 12:21 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about 7.5W Qi-charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X" Mobile Reviews Eh 6:28 PM
  • "Apple considers Apple Watch upgrades using replaceable backplates"  AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves using an AirPods case as a transmitter for a wired speaker" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "The Red Giant Annual Spring Sale is Coming April 24th, 30% Off All Plugins" Red Giant 12:11 PM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:52 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 8:52 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:52 AM

  • "Apple iMac Pro: Powerful, Beautiful But Definitely Not For Everybody" Forbes 8:15 PM
  • "15in MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review: Can Apple take on the king of enterprise tech?" IT PRO (UK) 8:23 AM
  • "First look: Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway Puck RX570 delivers on-the-go graphics power to MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 8:19 PM
  • "Back to the Mac 008: Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway Box 650W – the best Apple-endorsed eGPU chassis for macOS [Video] 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "Watch: iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus battery life compared" AppleInsider 8:19 PM
  • "Jabra Elite 65t review: AirPod alternative" The Verge 12:48 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 11.4 beta 2: Hands-on look at new iOS 11 features [Cult of Mac video] Cult of Mac 8:54 AM
  • "How to change your iPhone passcode so the cops can't hack it" Cult of Mac 8:27 PM
  • "iOS: How to set a Siri Reminder to Remind you Content in Apps" The Mac Observer 4:00 PM
  • "How to Play Fortnite: Battle Royale on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 10:42 AM
  • "How to Set an Alphanumeric Passcode on Your iPhone or iPad" The Mac Observer 9:35 AM
  • "A list of all the useful 3D Touch iPhone features you forgot about" BGR 6:28 PM
  • "Apple is poised to take another swing at news subscriptions and this time it might work: If the price and content is right."  Macworld 11:37 AM
  • "3 Ways Apple's ARKit Will Revolutionize E-Commerce" ReadWrite 11:29 AM
  • "What is Apple's Everyone Can Create and why does it matter?"  Apple Must 10:29 AM
  • "Android P's flagrant iPhone X imitation shows how little Google is innovating" PCWorld 7:26 AM
  • "The trust gap: Android's persistent update problem" Macworld 7:26 AM
  • "The Apple Watch and Third-Party Watch Faces"  Kirkville 7:14 AM
  • "The Unseen Opportunities of AR and VR" Tech.pinions 7:14 AM
  • "Comic: To Hackintosh or Not to Hackintosh" iMore 8:17 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HomeKit lights maker Lutron buys Texas-based Ketra smart LED company" 9to5Mac 8:21 PM
  • "Google Chrome for iOS adds support for exporting all of your saved passwords" 9to5Mac 8:21 PM
  • "Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. Pacific" Macworld 8:16 PM
  • "5 Private Chat Apps and How They Compare With Each Other" The Mac Observer 4:01 PM
  • "National Geographic explorer, filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau and Lisa Jackson headlining Union Square Today At Apple event in celebration of Earth Day" 9to5Mac 12:28 PM
  • "Apple Pay expands across US, Canada, Italy, Spain, and China" 9to5Mac 11:01 AM
  • "New Castlevania is a multiplayer mobile game/Konami announces Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls for iOS" Polygon 10:24 AM
  • "Sennheiser's new 300 Pro headphones are made for content creators" The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "WaterField's Rough Rider Rides Again - Now with Plush Laptop Compartment" prMac 7:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft, Facebook, dozens more sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord" ZDNet 12:11 PM
  • "Microsoft, Nokia, Facebook, and other tech companies sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord" Neowin 12:12 PM
  • "Microsoft, Facebook and 32 other tech firms join CyberSecurity Tech Accord" CNNMoney 8:25 PM
  • "U.S. top court rules that Microsoft email privacy dispute is moot" Reuters 12:12 PM
  • "Microsoft's chip push continues with Azure Sphere: Securing gadgets with chips and Linux/Announcing MediaTek as a chip vendor suggests Microsoft's Azure Sphere means business." PC World 5:58 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Linux distro wants IoT developers to sit on their Sphere: It's a tactic for dealing with their insecurities" The Inquirer 5:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Research Reveals Digital Culture's Key Role In Irish Organisations' Competitiveness" Irish Tech News 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft explains (a bit) why we don't have the Windows 10 Spring Update yet: Basically, it didn't work. So that's cleared that up" The Inquirer 7:08 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft to use GPU to scan memory for malware: The company is also using its processors' performance monitoring to detect malicious code." Ars Technica 6:02 AM
  • "Microsoft and Intel to use GPU power to identify cyber threats in memory: New approach to security sparked by Spectre and Meltdown flaws" Computing 6:25 AM
  • "Intel and Microsoft will use GPU power to detect cyber threats in memory: Telemetry and memory scanning tech aims to increase security at a silicon level" The Inquirer 5:59 AM
  • "Intel Enables Virus Scanning with GPU Power, Windows 10 First to Use It: Company announces Accelerated Memory Scanning" Softpedia 6:26 AM
  • "Intel reworks its malware scanner to speed up its processors: Turns out integrated GPUs have their uses." Engadget 9:39 AM
  • "Intel Will Allow Antivirus Software To Use GPUs For Malware Scanning" UberGizmo 7:05 AM
  • "Intel announces GPU-accelerated anti-virus tech" bit-tech 6:26 AM
  • "Intel uses built-in graphics to scan for viruses, making your processor run faster" TechRadar UK 6:26 AM
  • "Intel plans to implement GPU-accelerated virus scanning on 6th, 7th and 8th Gen CPUs" KitGuru 7:06 AM
  • "Intel's new technology will enable Microsoft to use integrated graphics for malware scanning" MSPoweruser 6:22 AM
  • "Intel documents fuel rumours of eight-core Coffee Lake chip: An unclear product road map hints at a direct clash with AMD's Ryzen chips" Tech Central 6:25 AM
  • "Intel Docs Reference an 8-Core Coffee Lake CPU" ExtremeTech 7:06 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8700K review: A superfast CPU" Expert Reviews 6:26 AM
  • "Could an Intel chip flaw put your whole computer at risk?" Sophos 6:26 AM
  • "IBM earnings show AI is not paying off yet/Opinion: Investors' patience may be waning as they await future growth" MarketWatch 8:44 PM
  • "IBM's Post-Earnings Selloff Suggests Investors Are Running Out of Patience: The IT giant once more posted results that look less impressive once one goes over the fine print. And investors seem to be even less forgiving than before." TheStreet 8:44 PM
  • "IBM Reports Higher Revenue, Profit: Revenue up 5% as turnaround continues" [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "IBM Shares Drop Despite Beating First-Quarter Expectations: IBM shares were down more than 5% during after-hours trading, despite beating analysts' estimates." TheStreet 4:04 PM
  • "IBM Declines After Quarterly Margins Narrow and Sales Stagnate" Bloomberg 4:03 PM
  • "IBM: blockchain gang" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:25 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 processors have been overclocked beyond 5GHz: You'll need to have some liquid-nitrogen spare to repeat the feat" The Inquirer 6:24 AM
  • "Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X Overclock to 5.88 GHz" Fudzilla 6:24 AM
  • "Dell adds AMD Ryzen Mobile options to two laptop designs" Hexus 6:10 AM
  • "HPE teams up with industry and academia to launch supercomputing project: The project will help British companies and universities tap into the benefits offered by supercomputers" Computing 6:11 AM
  • "News: HP continues 'Reinvent Mindsets' campaign with #LatinoJobs recruitment focus" The Drum 6:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is rallying after announcing a monthly subscription service for news" Business Insider 11:28 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end at highest level in a month, as earnings drive rally: Netflix hits a record after blowout quarter" MarketWatch 6:07 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Over 200 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Finish Higher: Stocks rise on Tuesday as investors react to strong earnings from Goldman Sachs and Netflix." TheStreet 6:06 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks close higher, extending gains" FOXBusiness 6:06 PM
  • "US stocks add to gains as company earnings reports impress" Associated Press 10:36 AM
  • "Earnings Give U.S. Stocks a Boost: Major indexes post their eighth day of gains in the past 11 sessions; Netflix shares jump" [Paid Membership Required] 6:05 PM
  • "Asian markets get little boost from China's robust GDP: Hong Kong, Shanghai markets get brief lift from economic report" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "European stocks march higher as traders take cue from Wall Street: Pound erases gains after U.K. wage data" MarketWatch 8:28 AM

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