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Weekend Highlights: Apple's TV ambitions will feature more family-friendly programming as opposed to "violence, politics and risqué story lines"; Colin Grabow argues iPhone production should stay in China; another round of new iDevice comparisons and Reviews are in as T3 reviews screen, speaker of Apple Watch Series 4, AppleInsider compares Series 4 vs. 3, Tom's Guide pits XS camera against Galaxy Note 9, CNET drop-tests XS on sidewalk; The Macalope talks Apple's iPhone strategy.

  • "Apple hits record high after Buffett's Berkshire increases stake"  Reuters 8:41 AM
  • "Warren Buffett wants Apple to spend its cash buying more Apple shares, not on mega-deals" Recode 7:51 PM
  • "Buffett owns 5 percent of Apple. He'd like to own more" Reuters 7:47 PM
  • "Buffett craves more Apple shares, endorses its buybacks" Reuters 7:47 PM
  • "Apple Rakes In Profits As It Awaits the Next Big Leap: Consumers are sated and the technology has plateaued—for now. But so far there's no crisis, with companies still minting money."  Barron's 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Rings Up Hefty iPhone Sales: Stock jumps as Wall Street's worries prove overblown" Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:40 AM
  • "Apple spikes to all-time highs after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway loads up on more shares"  Business Insider 5/4
  • "Warren Buffett: Obsessing over iPhone X sales in the near term 'totally misses the point' on Apple's stock" ["Buffett also reveals Berkshire Hathaway bought 75 million shares of Apple during the first quarter, adding to its already huge position."]  CNBC 5/4
  • "Apple's Diversity An Overlooked Strength" [Video Report]  Investing 5/4
  • "Apple's Quiet Boost From Google May Slow: Licensing fees paid by Google to drive traffic were a major driver of Apple's service revenue growth" [Paid Membership Required] 5/4
  • "The Apple Watch has a secret weapon that helps it dominate the market"  CNBC 5/4
  • "MacBook Pro Owners Demand Recall Over Failing Keyboards"  LAPTOP Magazine 5/4
  • "Apple's Eddy Cue to Be Deposed in Qualcomm Patent Battle"  Bloomberg 5/4
  • "Eddy Cue to be deposed in Qualcomm vs. Apple iPhone patent battle" 9to5Mac 5/4
  • "Apple Responds to Personal Data Request with 9MB File: The personal data archives from Facebook and Google were 881MB and 243MB respectively."  PC Magazine 5/4
  • "Social Engineering: Beware of 'Tech Support' Scams" Intego 5/4
  • "Google changed video autoplay muting in Chrome... again" BGR 5/4
  • "Unofficial Nvidia eGPU support on macOS arrives w/ impressive results for gamers [Video] 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "How to keep using Time Machine without AirPort or Time Capsule"  Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "How to Remove Third-Party Accounts Like Facebook From Your Mac" MacRumors 5/4
  • "Batch Renaming Files in Mac Finder" MacMost 5/4
  • "A line-numbering action for Drafts" Dr. Drang 7:51 PM
  • "Is this the most ridiculous Xcode feature ever?" Erica Sadun 5/4
Press Releases
  • "Loopback's Virtual Audio Devices Now Offer Full Volume Controls" Rogue Amoeba 5/4
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple News had a one-week exclusive on a documentary series" Engadget 2:50 PM
  • "7 Times an Apple Watch Helped Save Someone's Life" iDrop News 2:50 PM
  • "iPhone 6 Parts Spotted In Teaser For Next HTC Phone, HTC Explains" Redmond Pie 8:49 PM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple iPhone X Becomes World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q1 2018" Business Wire 5/4
  • "iPhone X was world's best-selling smartphone model in first quarter" AppleInsider 5/4
  • "Apple iPhone X Becomes World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model" 24/7 Wall St. 5/4
  • "iPhone X may have sold close to 50 million handsets so far" Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "The iPhone X, Apple's 'overpriced flop,' is the best-selling smartphone in the world" BGR 5/4
  • "iPhone, iOS 'dominant' over Android in English-speaking countries" AppleInsider 5/4
  • "Why BuzzFeed News premiered a show on Apple News before Facebook, YouTube, Twitter" Digiday 5/4
  • "Apple News Inking Deals With Publishers for Exclusive Video Content" MacRumors 5/4
  • "6 of the world's most expensive iOS accessories" Apple Must 5/4
  • "Kendall Jenner and Apple Sued by Art Collective Over 'Pizza Boys'" Blast 5/4
  • "Apple's iPhone X exclusively used to shoot Spanish edition of People '50 Most Beautiful People'" AppleInsider 5/4
Non-Apple News
  • "Google says political-leaning advertisers will require an ID to verify their identity" The Verge 2:41 PM
  • "Exclusive: Some new Google app icons, and what they might mean for I/O 2018 [Gallery] 9to5Google 10:00 AM
  • "Control any smart device, simply by waving at it" Mashable 8:42 AM
  • "You can now easily buy movie tickets with Google Assistant" TechCrunch 5/4
  • "Facebook has a backdoor to your account, and you'll never know if it's being used" BGR 5/4
  • "Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone: The format, made popular by Snapchat and Instagram, is the native genre of glass rectangles." The Atlantic 5/4
  • "9to5Mac Daily 067: May 4, 2018" 9to5Mac 5/4
  • "Twitter's Plain Text Password List, MacBook Pro Recall Petition -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-04" The Mac Observer 5/4
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 171: AAPL earnings, state of AirPlay 2, tvOS 12 wish list" 9to5Mac 5/4
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Apple's earnings call, Apple Watch saving lives, and Apple's response to surveillance" AppleInsider 5/4
  • "iOS 13 Project 'Yukon' To Focus Heavily On iPad Exclusive Features, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 2:50 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 13 could feature a revamped Files app and better multi-tasking" Digital Trends 2:47 PM
  • "Here's When iOS 11.4 Beta 4 Is Expected To Be Released" Redmond Pie 2:50 PM
  • "It's Not Just You: Apple's Latest iOS Update Can Disable Microphone on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus" Gizmodo 8:37 AM
  • "Next Year's iOS 13 Update to Feature iPad-Focused Upgrades Like Revamped Files App" MacRumors 5/4
  • "Apple Acknowledges Microphone Issue With Some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Models on iOS 11.3 and Later"  MacRumors 5/4
  • "iOS 11.3 breaks some iPhone 7 microphones" Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "If Your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Mic is Failing After Upgrading to iOS 11.3, Apple Might Replace Your Phone" MacTrast 5/4
  • "There's an iPhone 7 Microphone Bug for Device on iOS 11.3 or Later" The Mac Observer 5/4
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Discounts BeatsX, Beats Solo3, Powerbeats3, and Beats Studio3 Headphones" iClarified 8:41 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/4
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/4
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/4

  • "Watch: Dell XPS 13 9370 vs. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 2:41 PM
  • "Camera Shootout: P20 Pro vs Galaxy S9 Plus vs Pixel 2 vs iPhone X" Digital Trends 8:35 AM
  • "I Knew Buying a Newly Redesigned MacBook Pro Was Stupid And I Did It Anyway"  Gizmodo 5/4
  • "JISONCase Slim Leather Case Review | The Apple Post" The Apple Post 5/4
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Overcast is the best podcast app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #9] Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "I'm obsessed with this AR iPhone app that lets me drift toy cars around my coffee table" BGR 5/4
  • "How to Speed Up Your Slow Apple Watch" iPhone Hacks 8:33 PM
  • "1 out of 5 iPhone users prefers large text — here's how to make the iPhone font bigger" Business Insider 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Watch: How to pair with new iPhone" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "iPhone: How to block texts" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "How to cancel an App Store subscription" iMore 5/4
  • "Building for iOS and Android: Getting started with Google's Flutter/With IO around the corner, it's a good time to take a look at Google's cross-platform mobile development platform - on Android Studio and on Visual Studio Code." ZDNet 5/4
  • "Preventing outgoing calls on an iPhone" Macworld 5/4
  • "Making The Grade: Which case do I recommend for iPad deployments?" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "The tools you need for repairing PCs, smartphones, tablets, and much more" [Slideshow] ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Report: Apple Is Working on Virtual and Augmented Reality Headset" The Motley Fool 7:48 PM
  • "The 'Leo and Mac' Reader Roundup: Edition #1" Low End Mac 2:50 PM
  • "Why Google Assistant will beat Siri, Alexa and Cortana: Apple and Amazon simply won't be able to compete with Google's virtual assistant over the next few years."  Computerworld 8:45 AM
  • "Temporary, repeated insanity: Misunderstanding iPhone part orders" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Our Daily Lives Are All About Privacy and Security on Great Apple Hardware" The Mac Observer 5/4
  • "WSJ tries really hard to gin up negative Apple news and fails laughably" MacDailyNews 5/4
  • "Apple and the Fruits of Tax Cuts" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/4
  • "iPhones Rumors: What you might find (or miss) in the next iPhone" Macworld 5/4
  • "Mingis on Tech: When it comes to Android phones, a notch too far? The all-screen design of Apple's iPhone X necessitated a 'notch' at the top of the display for various cameras and sensors. So Android phone makers naturally (notchurally?) did the same thing." Computerworld 5/4
  • "iPhone vs. Android: Why the iPhone X notch is showing up on Androids" Computerworld 5/4
  • "We need to focus on AI complementing the mind, not replacing it" The Next Web 10:00 AM
  • "Google is wrong: You should not 'bring your whole self to work'" Business Insider 9:36 AM
  • "VR in a social sphere: What MoPOP's cutting-edge Holodome means for the future of shared 'reality'" GeekWire 9:05 AM
  • "Hot take: My emoticon isn't wrong — you are" The Next Web 8:38 AM
  • "When VR isn't immersive, players may bail — for good" VentureBeat 8:36 AM
  • "LG wants us to believe that its notch design has nothing to do with the iPhone X" BGR 5/4
  • "Twitter's Holy Bug Story" Rixstep 5/4
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "10 Best Fun Photo Editing iPhone Apps" iPhone Hacks 8:34 PM
  • "PSA: You can now watch Disney & Marvel films in 4K HDR on the Apple TV with Vudu" 9to5Mac 2:41 PM
  • "FreshCut, SleepX, Taskade, and other apps to check out this weekend" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "Mercedes-Benz's New MBUX System Will Feature Wireless CarPlay" MacRumors 5/4
  • "Apple to Shut Down Recently Acquired Texture's Windows App" MacTrast 5/4
  • "Apple shutting down Texture's Windows magazine app after acquisition" The Verge 5/4
  • "Apple to Shut Down Texture App for Windows Following Acquisition" MacRumors 5/4
  • "Bad news Windows: Apple shutting down acquired Texture magazine app next month" 9to5Mac 5/4
  • "Best keyboards for the iPad Pro, according to customer reviews" Mashable 5/4
  • "Google makes iPhones extremely secure" Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "Goosebumps: HorrorTown promises a scarily good time on iOS" Cult of Mac 5/4
  • "Razer's new mouse is built for budget gaming" Cult of Mac 5/4
Computer Industry
  • "IBM Q brings the power of quantum computing to people who can actually use it" Digital Trends 8:35 AM
  • "Warren Buffet dumps IBM, buys 75 mn more Apple shares" domain-b 8:56 AM
  • "Research Analysts Issue Forecasts for IBM's Q3 2019 Earnings" Ledger Gazette 8:57 AM
  • "More flaws discovered in Intel chips - some serious, expect patches soon" Neowin 9:00 AM
  • "How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown" Scoop 8:55 PM
  • "Why Microsoft No Longer Reveals Xbox Sales Figures" GameRant 9:01 AM
  • "Why Intel Corp. Won't Begin Mass Production of 10-Nano Chips Until Later in 2019" The Motley Fool 7:50 PM
  • "Intel's Z390 chipset will support current Coffee Lake S CPUs" TweakTown 9:00 AM
  • "Intel CPUs Reportedly Vulnerable To New Spectre-Style Critical Security Chip Flaws" HotHardware 7:37 PM
  • "Nvidia Finally Gives Up on Much-Maligned GeForce Partner Program" Beebom 8:56 AM
  • "AMD Reportedly Forbids ASRock From Selling Radeon Graphics Cards In Europe" HotHardware 7:37 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 Zen CPUs Claw Share From Intel Coffee Lake Claims German E-Tailer" HotHardware 7:37 PM
  • "How Microsoft got its mojo back — even as Big Tech faces hostility" Seattle Times 5/4
  • "After Apple, Microsoft Wins the Hearts of Millennials Too" Softpedia 5/4
  • "Warren Buffett weighs in on IBM and General Electric" CNBC 5/4
  • "Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway has sold completely out of IBM" CNBC 5/4
  • "IBM Acquires Armanta For Watson Financial Services Portfolio" PMNTS 5/4
  • "HP shows off printer capabilities with an AR app that places virtual photo frames in the home" Campaign 5/4
  • "HP Enterprise Chief Architect: Computing's New Dawn Beyond the Twilight of Moore's Law" PYMNTS 5/4
  • "Dell promises to keep it simple: Can a simple promise lead to a more prosperous channel?" Tech Central 5/4
  • "Dell EMC freshens high-end SANs with VMAX makeover, PowerMax" ComputerWeekly 5/4
  • "Public companies miss out on long-term investment opportunities - Dell EMC" CRN UK 5/4
  • "Dell EMC unveils Isilon scale-out NAS in the Google cloud" ComputerWeekly 5/4
  • "Intel launches Octane SSD 905P offering up to 575,000 IOPS for random read" Computing 5/4
  • "Intel drones offer high-tech help to restore the Great Wall of China" Digital Trends 5/4
  • "TSMC debuts Wafer-on-Wafer tech, 7nm node at volume production, 7nm+ and 5nm nodes on track" Neowin 5/4
  • "Spectre 2 looms large with 8 potential security flaws" TechRadar UK 5/4
  • "Spectre-NG: Security bods uncover eight new 'Spectre-class' flaws in Intel CPUs" The Inquirer 5/4
  • "Are 8 new 'Spectre-class' flaws about to be exposed? Intel confirms it's readying fixes" ZDNet 5/4
  • "Intel reportedly gears up to patch 8 Spectre Next Generation CPU flaws" Digital Trends 5/4
  • "New 'Spectre-class' flaws in Intel CPUs might be revealed soon" ZDNet 5/4
  • "HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results" The Register 5/4
  • "Steam Survey: AMD hardware shows impressive gains" Hexus 5/4
  • "AMD Ryzen Processors Surge In Gaming Rig Popularity According To Steam Hardware Survey" HotHardware 5/4
  • "AMD are trolling Intel, launching their Z490 chipset months before Intel's Z390" PCGamesN 5/4
  • "German IT distributor shares AMD and Intel 2018 CPU roadmaps" Hexus 5/4
  • "AMD has readied patches against MasterKey, Fallout, and Chimera vulnerabilities" Guru3D 5/4
  • "Extensive distributor leak reveals AMD and Intel Roadmaps - AMD Z490 and Intel Z390, 8-Core CFL" Guru3D 5/4
  • "Oracle Cloud service provider Certus Solutions bagged by Accenture" Comms Dealer 5/4
  • "Serious Oracle Access Manager Vulnerability Patched" Silicon UK 5/4
  • "Tender: International Bank of Azerbaijan to buy Oracle maintenance services" trend News Agency 5/4
  • "Cisco rolls out new wave of must-install WebEx patches" hotforsecurity 5/4
  • "Cisco to set up innovation center in Taiwan: President Tsai" Taiwan News 5/4
  • "How to secure SaaS: Understanding the cloud's security layers" InfoWorld 5/4
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's iPhone X bungee jump" Apple 3.0 7:50 PM
  • "Warren Buffett applauds Apple's share buybacks" MarketWatch 2:51 PM
  • "Apple Valued at $869 Billion on Record High, Warren Buffet Buys Even More Shares" The Mac Observer 5/4
  • "Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake" BBC 5/4
  • "Apple rises after Warren Buffett ups his stake by 75 million shares" Business Insider 5/4
  • "Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Buys 75 Million More Apple Shares" Investopedia 5/4
  • "Warren Buffett just bought a ton more shares of Apple" CNNMoney 5/4
  • "Berkshire Hathaway Bought 75 Million Additional Apple Shares in Q1 2018" MacRumors 5/4
  • "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought another 75M Apple shares in Q1" AppleInsider 5/4
  • "Apple's $100bn share buyback plan" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5/4
Industry News
  • "Dow gains 332 points, books best day in 3 weeks as Apple's stock surges to record: Buffett bet on Apple lifts broader market, supporting tech sector" MarketWatch 5/4
  • "Dow Jumps 332 Points, Stocks Rally as Apple Hits All-Time High: Stocks finish higher on Friday. A strong performance from Apple lifts the Dow." TheStreet 5/4
  • "Dow posts triple-digit gains with help from Apple" FOXBusiness 5/4
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Lifted by Late, Broad-Based Rally: Jobs report offers investors a mixed view of the labor market; Apple shares jump" [Paid Membership Required] 5/4
  • "Global markets mostly lower as investors watch trade talks" Associated Press 5/4
  • "Asian stocks fall ahead of U.S. jobs report: Equities in Asia ended broadly lower Friday, with financial stocks in the region logging sizable declines as investors assessed the rising interest-rate environment." MarketWatch 5/4
  • "European stocks close higher as market finds as euro slumps after U.S. jobs report: European stocks finished firmly higher on Friday, rallying in afternoon trade after a solid U.S. jobs report send the dollar soaring against the euro." MarketWatch 5/4

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