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Friday 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 results allay Wall Street fears demand for iPhones is waning: Profit and sales surge vindicates strategy of selling handsets for $1,000 apiece"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:02 AM
  • "When it comes to Apple's iPhone X sales, Wall Street got it wrong: Apple's second-quarter results and third-quarter projections weren't quite the tragedy analysts expected." CNET 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Earnings Show Growing Immunity to Smartphone Malaise"  Bloomberg 7:38 AM
  • "By the numbers: iPhone X propels Apple's record second quarter" AppleInsider 12:08 PM
  • "Apple just fueled everyone's biggest fear about how companies are going to use their extra tax reform cash" ["Apple's chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, defended the buyback on an earnings call Tuesday evening, saying the company's stock is undervalued and arguing it has enough cash to satisfy multiple corporate needs."]  Business Insider 8:57 AM
  • "Apple announces $100bn share buyback plan" [Video Report] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:02 AM
  • "Breaking down Apple's $100 billion buyback" CNBC Videos 7:08 AM
  • "Why was iPhone X so successful at $999 despite a mountain of false reporting?"  AppleInsider 7:12 AM
  • "How to install macOS updates without an Apple ID: While the Mac App Store wants you to log in, it's not strictly necessary." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "12 ways Siri helps you control your Mac" Apple Must 9:43 AM
  • "How to Snap Back to Your Search Results When Browsing in a Safari Tab" MacRumors 7:19 AM
  • "Web Browsing Between Devices With iCloud Tabs" MacMost 10:20 AM
Press Releases
  • "DiskWarrior 5.1 and DiskWarrior Recovery Maker 1.2 Released for Enhanced Compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra" Alsoft 5:21 PM
  • "Abvent releases Artlantis 7, introduces Twinlinker" Abvent 6:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and Microsoft in Talks with UAE to End Ban on FaceTime and Skype" The Mac Observer 7:28 PM
  • "Apple Gives Series Order to Octavia Spencer Drama 'Are You Sleeping'"  Variety 1:55 PM
  • "20 years of iMac: A story of relentless design iteration"  9to5Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Is 'Very Optimistic' About U.S.-China Relations" Forbes 7:15 AM
  • "China now as big a market for Apple as Europe after strong growth & iPhone X success" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Apple again meets with California DMV to talk autonomous vehicles" Cult of Mac 7:23 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Just Saved This Teen's Life" Tom's Guide 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Watch again credited with saving a life as it leads New York man to discover erupted ulcer" 9to5Mac 7:15 PM
  • "Original iPhone heavy inspiration for Marvel's Iron Man heads-up-display" AppleInsider 11:29 AM
  • "Nokia is ditching its health business a year after striking deal with Apple" Cult of Mac 7:23 AM
  • "This 11-year-old released 7 iPhone apps. His latest takes on AR" CNET 7:15 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Hulu is growing like crazy, and it's finally adding offline videos" BGR 7:07 PM
  • "Spotify grows to 75M subscribers, earnings disappoint Wall Street" AppleInsider 6:20 PM
  • "Amazon suspends construction in Seattle while the city considers a new tax on its biggest businesses" GeekWire 2:12 PM
  • "All We Want to Do Is Eat Junk and Watch Each Other Play Fortnite: Gamers are the new stars. Esports arenas are the new movie theaters." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 12:34 PM
  • "The Internet Women Made: Claire L. Evans's new book is a bittersweet reminder that the internet used to be freer and more fun." New Republic 7:27 AM
  • "Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook user-data scandal: Company's CEO, Alexander Nix, was suspended in March 2018." Ars Technica 1:32 PM
  • "Exclusive: Facebook commits to civil rights audit, political bias review" Axios 7:24 AM
  • "The Myth of the Failing iPhone X and Other Earnings Report Notes -ACM 460" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "Apple Q2 2018 Earnings Report, Mobile Safari Alternatives -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-02" The Mac Observer 12:37 PM
  • "Steve Martin: Working Smarter & Faster in Final Cut Pro X" 7:19 AM
  • "Apple stops signing older code following iOS 11.3.1 release" AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "Apple stops signing iOS 11.3 following the release of iOS 11.3.1" 9to5Mac 6:22 PM
  • "2018 iPhones Could Ship With New 18W USB-C Power Adapters, USB-C to Lightning Cables for Fast Charging"  MacRumors 1:30 PM
  • "Apple faces battery pledge complaints: Apple has been accused of finding unnecessary faults with iPhones and thereby profiting from a battery replacement initiative."  BBC 7:12 AM
  • "Apple could be using shady tactics to cash in on iPhone battery replacements" Cult of Mac 7:23 AM
  • "Report: Apple Is Refusing to Replace iPhone Batteries/Apple points to other damage as an excuse for not fitting a replacement battery without charging a lot more for the repair." PC Magazine 11:13 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Get up to 66% off Star Wars Games! In celebration of everything Star Wars, our galactic catalog is up to 66% off on both Steam and the Mac App Store!" Aspyr 2:06 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM

  • "Notch vs. Notch: LG's New G7 ThinQ Compared to iPhone X" MacRumors 11:27 AM
  • "PodPocket review: Nifty accessory protects your precious AirPods [Review] Cult of Mac 2:07 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Airserver at Your Service" YMP Now 7:51 AM
  • "How to manage Face ID access for specific apps" 9to5Mac 7:21 PM
  • "How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch" iMore 12:08 PM
  • "How to upgrade your older Mac Pro CPU" iMore 11:34 AM
  • "How to use the Breathe app on Apple Watch" iMore 8:08 AM
  • "Pro Tip: Use emoji labels in Safari's Favorites bar" Cult of Mac 2:04 PM
  • "iOS: How to Quickly Delete All iOS Photos and Videos" The Mac Observer 1:28 PM
  • "This iOS Trick Makes it 100% Less Annoying to Move Apps Around" Lifehacker 8:50 AM
  • "AirPlay vs. Bluetooth: Which receivers and speakers should you buy? Trying to decide between Bluetooth and AirPlay? Let me help you choose." iMore 7:19 AM
  • "5 Tips on How to Select the Best Wi-Fi Router for iPhone, iPad and Mac" iPhone Hacks 6:37 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone bucks smartphone market trends, gains marketshare in Q1" AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "Kantar: iPhone X outsold by iPhone 8 + 8 Plus combined, Apple growing quickly in China" 9to5Mac 7:39 PM
  • "2018 iPhones rumored to ship with fast charging power adapters" BGR 7:04 PM
  • "Underneath the Spin on Apple's iPad Sales Lurks a Genuine Puzzle" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "Comment: Apple saying nothing about HomePod sales isn't a problem ... yet" 9to5Mac 11:29 AM
  • "Here we go again: Apple's iPhone battery service terms igniting complaints from users" AppleInsider 11:27 AM
  • "How can the world's biggest PC maker (Apple) be too dependent on IPhone?"  Apple Must 11:10 AM
  • "Luxurious irony" Kottke 8:51 AM
  • "I'm Sorry I Criticized You, Apple. You Win: Tim Cook's company is a rock of common sense in an industry that's gone rogue."  Bloomberg 8:23 AM
  • "11 Apple numbers you need to learn today" Computerworld 8:00 AM
  • "Opinion: Earnings show that the iPhone X was a huge success, even if Apple hoped for more" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "What Apple's latest results say about the future of the iPhone" The Independent 7:44 AM
  • "I quit my iPhone habit using WebMD's advice for dealing with drug addiction" Quartz 7:43 AM
  • "Smead: Apple Very Different From Other Tech Giants" Bloomberg 7:39 AM
  • "Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down" ["So to attribute higher ASPs to The Notched One looks like clutching at straws. There was one significant confirmation that Apple has misjudged demand for The Notched One, and unlike the Apple groupies, Cook addressed it head on. The earnings confirm that inventory levels are way higher than normal, and Apple has taken this seriously."]  The Register 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone X is a flop? Actually, it's Apple's best-selling iPhone model" BGR 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's 'better-than-expected' Q2: What analysts are saying" Apple 3.0 7:21 AM
  • "Best and worst Apple analysts: Q2 2018" Apple 3.0 7:20 AM
  • "Kiss Apple networking goodbye: Maybe Wi-Fi and backup hardware just isn't sexy enough for a company with its headquarters in a flying saucer." Computerworld 7:10 AM
  • "The Wednesday File (55): The Evil Maid; Apple Q2 2018 Results -Before and After" eXtensions 7:01 AM
  • "The Doomy Gloomy Revival of Old-School First-Person Shooters" Wired 8:22 AM
  • "What Mark Zuckerberg Gets Wrong—and Right—About Hate Speech" Wired 7:26 AM
  • "Facebook's latest privacy feature sounds too good to be true" BGR 7:21 AM
  • "Should T-Mobile and Sprint Be Allowed to Merge? Not If You Believe Their Past Statements." Slate 7:04 AM
  • "DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler" The Register 7:04 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 9:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple orders 10 episodes of 'Are You Sleeping' with Octavia Spencer" AppleInsider 6:22 PM
  • "Here are all of the banks that currently support Apple Pay" iMore 11:35 AM
  • "ALM's Investment Advisor Names 'Most Influential' People in Advisory Industry & Related Fields" ["Politics/Regulation/Compliance: Tim Cook, Apple"] PRNewswire 11:33 AM
  • "Vehicle Tracking Solutions® Releases Enhanced Silent Passenger® Apple iOS App" PRNewswire 11:33 AM
  • "Cardhop 1.1 introduces Smart Groups, customized contact printing, more" 9to5Mac 11:29 AM
  • "Newton Mail update drops traditional 'Sent' folder, moving conversations entirely to the inbox" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Newton email app makes the 'sent' folder unnecessary" Engadget 8:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "FTC Gives Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony 30 Days To Abandon Illegal 'Warranty Void If' Policies" HotHardware 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft and Apple could get bans on Skype and FaceTime lifted in the UAE" CNBC 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft, Oracle execs raise $3M for digital identity enterprise blockchain startup Trusted Key" GeekWire 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft partner launches 'mixed-reality-as-a-service'" AV Magazine 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft Unveils A Slew Of New Outlook Features For All Platforms" HotHardware 6:00 PM
  • "Microsoft, VMware, Dell team up on IoT offering" ZDNet 3:55 PM
  • "Dell and Microsoft announce IoT parnership to simplify deployment" Canadian Reviewer 3:51 PM
  • "Why IBM's Blockchain Lead Could Be in Jeopardy" Market Realist 12:34 PM
  • "Why Has IBM Stock Had Its Worst Month in the Last 4 Years?" Market Realist 12:34 PM
  • "How IBM's Mainframe Business Impacted Its Systems Segment" Market Realist 11:30 AM
  • "Dell, HP working on premium Chromebooks that could match the Pixelbook" Android Authority 8:47 AM
  • "Intel are pretending Kaby Lake-X isn't already dead by officially killing it in November" PCGamesN 8:42 AM
  • "Intel Calls End of Life on Core i5 and Core i7 Kaby Lake-X CPUs Just 11 Months After Launch" GameDebate 8:41 AM
  • "Intel Harnesses Blockchain to Fight Opioid Crisis" Cryptovest 8:41 AM
  • "Intel introduces Drone solutions for businesses to expand on aerial data" TechGenYZ 8:41 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8700K vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: AMD just released the second generation of Ryzen CPUs, let's see how it stacks up against the current desktop champion, the Intel Core i7-8700K." Digit 8:43 AM
  • "AMD CPU and GPU Adoption is Increasing Significantly According to New Steam Hardware Survey" Game Debate 8:43 AM
  • "AMD: 7nm Zen 2 processors coming in 2019" Liliputing 8:43 AM
  • "AMD the underdog bites back, as Intel and Qualcomm struggle in their own ways" Marketing Digest 8:43 AM
  • "AMD Adds Netflix 4K Support To Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Drivers" HotHardware 6:00 PM
  • "Cisco is set to acquire AI startup Accompany in $270mn deal" Gigabit 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco follows Ericsson by offloading its SP video business to private equity" TelecomTV 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco launches direct sales site for SMBs" The Register 7:04 AM
  • "Cisco kicks shrivelling video software unit back to Dr Martens owner" The Register 7:03 AM
  • "A critical security flaw in popular industrial software put power plants at risk" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "Tech giants hit by NSA spying slam encryption backdoors: The tech coalition includes Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon and Yahoo's parent company Oath — all of which were hit by claims of complicity with US government's surveillance." ZDNet 11:13 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Inc. (AAPL)FORM 10-Q | Quarterly Report" Seeking Alpha 6:11 PM
  • "Apple the day's big mover. Here's why" CNBC Videos 3:51 PM
  • "Apple caps tech revival and spurs Wall St to rethink pessimism" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:04 PM
  • "3 Bullish Takeaways From Apple Inc.'s Earnings Report" InvestorPlace 11:31 AM
  • "Apple shares rise after sales quell iPhone worries" Reuters 8:55 AM
  • "Apple Just Keeps Going For $1 Trillion: iPhone X's Paradigm Shift, Revenue Diversification, And $100 Billion In Buybacks" Seeking Alpha 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's shares could move 7 percent if it puts its massive cash hoard to work: Analyst" CNBC 7:39 AM
  • "The Reality Is That Apple Continues to Be Awesome: The market is breathing a little easier after Apple's better-than-expected quarter. But it still must contend with a terrible quarter from Snap and what could be a disaster from Tesla on Wednesday evening." TheStreet 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Will Spend $100 Billion of That Cash It Stashed Abroad Buying Back Its Own Stock" Gizmodo 7:18 AM
  • "AAPL up 5% following earnings as investors respond to Q3 guidance and optimism over 2018 iPhones" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Gains Share of Shrinking Smartphone Market" 24/7 Wall St. 6:38 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market slumps as Fed statement signals few changes to policy: Federal Open Market Committee keeps rates unchanged as expected" MarketWatch 3:53 PM
  • "Dow Declines After Federal Reserve Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged: But Apple pops on Wednesday after posting stronger-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings on Tuesday." TheStreet 3:53 PM
  • "Fed leaves rates unchanged; stocks mixed despite Apple rally" Associated Press 3:52 PM
  • "Dow slips 174 points as Fed says inflation approaching target" FOXBusiness 3:52 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Ended Slightly Lower After Fed Meeting: Indexes swung between small gains and losses in the wake of the monetary policy decision" [Paid Membership Required] 3:52 PM
  • "Asian markets quiet, awaiting upcoming economic data: Singapore stocks jump, Nikkei down slightly" MarketWatch 8:25 AM
  • "European stocks rise as upbeat corporate updates roll in: Session's big winners include AMS, Inmarsat, Novo Nordisk" MarketWatch 8:25 AM

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