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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 Numbers: Q1 2018 'Surprise'/Doomsayers and rumormongers surpassed themselves this past quarter as they noisily called Apple's most innovative and most expensive iPhone X a dismal failure. On May 1st, actual numbers told a different story."  Monday Note 7:43 PM
  • "Apple Goes From Dud To Stud In Less Than A Week"  Forbes 7:38 PM
  • "Apple and Buffett saw value, and acted: Apple Inc was not the only one to leap on a chance to buy its stock at a fat discount last quarter as Warren Buffett stepped in to scoop up an additional 75 million shares for Berkshire Hathaway at the same time."  Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "iMac 20th anniversary: 8 ways the iMac changed computing/20 years of Apple's most iconic desktop computer."  Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "20 Years of iMac: Steve Jobs iconic internet machine that courageously reinvented Apple" AppleInsider 3:13 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook celebrates the iMac's 20th anniversary: Apple's CEO tweets out his own tribute to the company's all-in-one computer on its 20th birthday." CNET 2:08 PM
  • "Apple hits record high after Buffett's Berkshire increases stake"  Reuters 5/5
  • "Warren Buffett wants Apple to spend its cash buying more Apple shares, not on mega-deals" Recode 5/5
  • "Buffett owns 5 percent of Apple. He'd like to own more" Reuters 5/5
  • "Buffett craves more Apple shares, endorses its buybacks" Reuters 5/5
  • "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 5/5
  • "Apple Rings Up Hefty iPhone Sales: Stock jumps as Wall Street's worries prove overblown" Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5/5
  • "Social Engineering: Beware of 'Tech Support' Scams" Intego 5/4
  • "Google changed video autoplay muting in Chrome... again" BGR 5/4
  • "How to use Disk Utility in macOS to protect your sensitive data" AppleInsider 11:10 AM
  • "Unofficial Nvidia eGPU support on macOS arrives w/ impressive results for gamers [Video] 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "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 5/5
  • "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
  • "Drive-through footage shows inside futuristic Apple Park parking garage" The Apple Post 8:53 PM
  • "20 years ago, the iMac changed the world" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Twenty Years Ago, Steve Jobs Introduced the iMac G3" 512 Pixels 8:13 AM
  • "iMac at 20: How the all-new all-in-one ignited the modern Apple" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "20 years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac" The Loop 2:13 PM
  • "Apple's influential, iconic iMac turns 20" Engadget 8:59 PM
  • "Apple's game-changing iMac computer turns 20 years old" CNNMoney 7:56 PM
  • "The evolution of the Macintosh (and the iMac): We outline the transformation of Apple's most formative desktop computer, from the first Mac to the latest iMac Pro." [Slideshow] Computerworld 3:13 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs shows off the colorful iMac G3" Cult of Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Apple News had a one-week exclusive on a documentary series" Engadget 5/5
  • "7 Times an Apple Watch Helped Save Someone's Life" iDrop News 5/5
  • "iPhone 6 Parts Spotted In Teaser For Next HTC Phone, HTC Explains" Redmond Pie 5/5
  • "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
  • "People Are Sending This WhatsApp Text That Causes Android Phones To Hang" HotHardware 7:27 PM
  • "Ticketmaster Is Developing Creepy Facial Recognition Tech To Track All Concert Goers" HotHardware 7:27 PM
  • "Is the internet good or bad for society? Americans are having a tougher time deciding.: More and more people are mixed on the internet's impact." Recode 9:04 AM
  • "Three-quarters Facebook users as active or more since privacy scandal: Reuters/Ipsos poll" Reuters 7:57 AM
  • "Facebook's friend suggestions helped connect extremists: The online fight against terrorism involves more than just deleting posts." Engadget 7:55 AM
  • "Google's AI-Powered Emoji Scavenger Hunt Shows The Power Of Machine Learning" Redmond Pie 7:52 AM
  • "7 ways we'll interact with computers in the future" Digital Trends 7:48 AM
  • "These smart dolls help young girls get into coding" [Video Report] CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Google says political-leaning advertisers will require an ID to verify their identity" The Verge 5/5
  • "Exclusive: Some new Google app icons, and what they might mean for I/O 2018 [Gallery] 9to5Google 5/5
  • "Control any smart device, simply by waving at it" Mashable 5/5
  • "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
  • "Apple now performing rear camera repairs for iPhone X Face ID issues" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Will Apple Launch a 16K Mixed Reality Headset in 2020?" The Motley Fool 7:43 PM
  • "iOS 13 will boast great updates for iPad users" Cult of Mac 7:43 PM
  • "iOS 13 Project 'Yukon' To Focus Heavily On iPad Exclusive Features, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 5/5
  • "Apple's iOS 13 could feature a revamped Files app and better multi-tasking" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "Here's When iOS 11.4 Beta 4 Is Expected To Be Released" Redmond Pie 5/5
  • "It's Not Just You: Apple's Latest iOS Update Can Disable Microphone on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus" Gizmodo 5/5
  • "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 5/5
  • "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

  • "First Look: Iogear Quantum Thunderbolt 3 Pro 85 dock for 15-inch MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 2:09 PM
  • "Watch: Dell XPS 13 9370 vs. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 5/5
  • "Camera Shootout: P20 Pro vs Galaxy S9 Plus vs Pixel 2 vs iPhone X" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "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 Use Portrait Camera on iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, & iPhone 7 Plus" OS X Daily 2:13 PM
  • "I was terrible at 'Fortnite,' but these 3 simple tweaks turned me into a killing machine" ["I had spent probably a few dozen hours playing 'Fortnite' on my PlayStation 4, unsuccessfully, until I finally tried downloading the game to my iPhone X. I noticed an instant and immediate improvement."] Business Insider 9:18 AM
  • "How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Facebook and Twitter Accounts" Wired 7:25 AM
  • "1 out of 5 iPhone users prefers large text — here's how to make the iPhone font bigger" Business Insider 5/5
  • "Apple Watch: How to pair with new iPhone" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "iPhone: How to block texts" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "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
  • "Apple Music vs Spotify: Which should you choose?" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Making The Grade: Which case do I recommend for iPad deployments?" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "The tools you need for repairing PCs, smartphones, tablets, and much more" [Slideshow] ZDNet 5/5
  • "Siri Is An Embarrassment"  Forbes 8:13 AM
  • "Report: Apple Is Working on Virtual and Augmented Reality Headset" The Motley Fool 5/5
  • "The 'Leo and Mac' Reader Roundup: Edition #1" Low End Mac 5/5
  • "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 5/5
  • "Temporary, repeated insanity: Misunderstanding iPhone part orders" Macworld 5/5
  • "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 love augmented reality, but let's fix things that could become big problems" TechCrunch 7:44 PM
  • "Technical ignorance is not leadership" TechCrunch 7:44 PM
  • "The 1 Reason Why You Should Worry About Google Most of All (It Involves a Word That Might Be New to You): If Companies' visions come from the top, Google's seems to be a particular nightmare." Inc. 2:54 PM
  • "What will all-digital gaming mean for developers, especially indies?" VentureBeat 8:30 AM
  • "In defense of the Goldilocks phone: Boring phone specs? Don't be so quick to sneer." CNET 7:47 AM
  • "We need to focus on AI complementing the mind, not replacing it" The Next Web 5/5
  • "Google is wrong: You should not 'bring your whole self to work'" Business Insider 5/5
  • "VR in a social sphere: What MoPOP's cutting-edge Holodome means for the future of shared 'reality'" GeekWire 5/5
  • "Hot take: My emoticon isn't wrong — you are" The Next Web 5/5
  • "When VR isn't immersive, players may bail — for good" VentureBeat 5/5
  • "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
  • "Make the Kessel Run in Solo's new Millennium Falcon Otterbox Symmetry Apple iPhone X case" [Slideshow] ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Coming May 5: Gene Steinberg meets The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin and Josh Center of TidBITS, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:14 AM
  • "PSA: You can now watch Disney & Marvel films in 4K HDR on the Apple TV with Vudu" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "FreshCut, SleepX, Taskade, and other apps to check out this weekend" iDownload Blog 5/5
  • "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
  • "Google I/O vs. Microsoft Build: Dueling yet similar visions for developers/Google and Microsoft outline their roadmaps and advances for developers. Don't be surprised if two tech giants AI-infused visions rhyme." ZDNet 7:51 PM
  • "Microsoft plans cloudy welcome for developers at its Build conference in Seattle" Seattle Times 7:36 PM
  • "Intel boosts class-leading speed with Optane SSD 905P drives" ZDNet 7:52 AM
  • "Facebook vs. Google: Clash of the privacy infringers" The Next Web 7:49 AM
  • "IBM Q brings the power of quantum computing to people who can actually use it" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "Warren Buffet dumps IBM, buys 75 mn more Apple shares" domain-b 5/5
  • "Research Analysts Issue Forecasts for IBM's Q3 2019 Earnings" Ledger Gazette 5/5
  • "More flaws discovered in Intel chips - some serious, expect patches soon" Neowin 5/5
  • "How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown" Scoop 5/5
  • "Why Microsoft No Longer Reveals Xbox Sales Figures" GameRant 5/5
  • "Why Intel Corp. Won't Begin Mass Production of 10-Nano Chips Until Later in 2019" The Motley Fool 5/5
  • "Intel's Z390 chipset will support current Coffee Lake S CPUs" TweakTown 5/5
  • "Intel CPUs Reportedly Vulnerable To New Spectre-Style Critical Security Chip Flaws" HotHardware 5/5
  • "Nvidia Finally Gives Up on Much-Maligned GeForce Partner Program" Beebom 5/5
  • "AMD Reportedly Forbids ASRock From Selling Radeon Graphics Cards In Europe" HotHardware 5/5
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 Zen CPUs Claw Share From Intel Coffee Lake Claims German E-Tailer" HotHardware 5/5
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple supplier raises fears over US-China trade spat" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X bungee jump" Apple 3.0 5/5
  • "Warren Buffett applauds Apple's share buybacks" MarketWatch 5/5
  • "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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