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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, Influence, And Ive: The greatest designer of our generation talks watches for the very first time."  Hodinkee Magazine 1:52 PM
  • "Apple's Jony Ive discusses his 'best friend' and the origins of the Apple Watch in a new interview" Business Insider 11:44 AM
  • "Jony Ive: Watch was meant to broaden Apple's relevance and prepare for future" VentureBeat 2:22 PM
  • "Apple Plans to Sell Video Subscriptions Through TV App: Apple Inc.'s plan to reinvent cable TV is starting to look a lot like the strategy of its rival Inc."  Bloomberg 3:58 PM
  • "Apple to Sell Subscriptions to Streaming Services Through its TV App" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "Apple Looking to Copy Amazon's Subscription Video Distribution Strategy (Report)"  Variety 7:33 PM
  • "Smartphone shipments fall 6.3% in Europe in Q1 2018" ["Apple outperformed the market and shipped over 10 million units, but this still represented a 5.4% decline. As a percentage of models shipped, the iPhone X declined slightly from Q4, to around 25%, but it remained comfortably the best-shipping smartphone in the region. Apple's larger portfolio strategy will become more important as the year progresses, with over 25% of its Q1 shipments the iPhone SE, 6 and 6S – models that are over two years old. This wider spread of shipments did, however, offset the value growth driven by the pricier iPhone X."]  Canalys 7:07 AM
  • "Huawei smartphone sales surge in Europe as Apple and Samsung stumble" VentureBeat 7:11 AM
  • "European smartphone shipments fall by record margin in first quarter" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:06 AM
  • "Apple sells an iPhone X every three seconds in Europe" Apple Must 8:46 AM
  • "Apple reportedly cracks down on apps sharing location data with third parties: The privacy focused tech giant is removing apps from the App Store that violate its guidelines." CNET 7:11 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly removing apps that share your location data with third parties: Apps must not transmit 'user location data to third parties without explicit consent from the user'" The Verge 7:31 AM
  • "Apple Axes Apps Sharing Location Data With Third Parties: Cupertino seems to be more strictly enforcing existing App Store rules ahead of General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect on May 25." PC Magazine 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Cracks Down On Rogue Apps That Share Your Location Data With Third-Party Firms" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung disagree on how to avoid jury confusion regarding the article of manufacture" Foss Patents 9:22 AM
  • "'Disappearing' Signal Messages Are Stored Indefinitely on Mac Hard Drives: If you use the Signal desktop app, be careful with your notification settings."  Motherboard 11:38 AM
  • "Researchers Discover Flaw in Signal's Disappearing Messages Related to Mac Notification Center" MacRumors 11:38 AM
  • "Signal's disappearing messages discovered lingering on Macs: Messages sent on the popular chat app are supposed to disappear, but default app settings may void that." CNET 7:33 PM
  • "Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash, Creative Cloud" ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "Google Chrome Update To Mute Annoying Videos Is Breaking Web Games" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Firefox 60 adds Yubikey support (and controversially, ads in tabs)" The Next Web 7:43 AM
  • "Basic Questions & Answers About Carbon Copy Cloner APFS Snapshots" The Mac Observer 5:48 PM
  • "MacOS File Settings: The difference between Locked and Sharing & Permissions" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "How to Use Instant Alpha in Keynote in 60 Seconds" Envato Tuts+ 8:16 AM
  • "How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "How to make animated GIFs with Live Photos with macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "Is It Safe To Download Third-Party Mac Apps?" MacMost 11:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "Screen Saver Collection Brings Screen Saver Fun Back to the Mac" prMac 7:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iMac at 20: The reaction after the 1998 iMac introduction/How the Mac clones helped make the iMac live, and why Mac users didn't all embrace Apple's newest creation" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "U.S. to reveal winners of drone program that has attracted top companies: Major technology and aerospace companies including Inc, Apple Inc, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc and Airbus SE are vying to take part in a new slate of drone tests the United States is set to announce on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters." Reuters 7:12 AM
  • "Apple among companies striving to join US drone tests" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "Apple urges FCC to leave 'super-high' radio spectrum available for 5G and future innovation" 9to5Mac 9:20 AM
  • "Walmart just scored a huge victory over Amazon with Apple's help" [" is now a reseller of Apple products, including the iPhone, it announced on Wednesday."] Business Insider 8:15 AM
  • "Apple lands on with deals on MacBooks, iPhone X, Watch" CNET 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Ad Wins ADC Best of Show Award" MacTrast 7:08 AM
  • "Google is mimicking Apple's iPhone X with the next version of Android" CNBC 10:56 AM
  • "Google demo shows how iOS and Android devices can share an augmented reality world" 9to5Mac 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's retail head Angela Ahrendts to join Ralph Lauren as non-exec director" 9to5Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Apple's retail boss will be joining Ralph Lauren's board of directors" Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Why iPod Creator Tony Fadell Is Bringing His Old Co-Workers To France" Forbes 7:19 AM
  • "Apple opens first developer academy in Asia" Jakarta Post 8:25 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EA: Sony PlayStation 4 Cumulative Sales 2.5 Times Greater Than Xbox One" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Alphabet, Intel, FedEx, AT&T among drone pilot winners" Reuters 3:51 PM
  • "Tidal reportedly inflated streaming Stats for Beyoncé and Kanye West" Engadget 2:11 PM
  • "The legislative Hail Mary that may save net neutrality: The internet's on 'red alert' as Democrats attempt some political maneuvering. Here's what you need to know." CNET 7:48 AM
  • "Georgia governor vetoes cybercrimes bill that would have allowed hack-backs" Ars Technica 7:48 AM
  • "How the IoT is keeping traffic moving and the streetlights shining" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Google still doesn't let you magically remove objects from photos like it promised" The Verge 12:30 PM
  • "Google's upcoming app for guiding the blind sounds kinda brilliant" The Next Web 7:43 AM
  • "Android P's Slices and Actions bring smart shortcuts to your fingertips" The Next Web 7:43 AM
  • "Battling AIs build new Doom levels: Even other machines think that the levels are man-made" V3 7:38 AM
  • "Share Buybacks and Apple's Future, Same Old Facebook, Google Duplex -ACM 461" The Mac Observer 9:52 PM
  • "What Apple can take away form Google I/O: Macworld Podcast 604/Google is having its developers conference this week, and the company showed off new tech. Should Apple take notice? We also feature your comments and questions." 6:01 PM
  • "#240: Just the Downfall of Humanity/Google's nifty/creepy AI phone calls, the iMac turns 20, Apple's security feature that disables USB on the iPhone, and the state of developer's percentage on app sales." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:22 PM
  • "Exploring the iPhone Black Dot Bug -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-09" The Mac Observer 12:39 PM
  • "Things aren't always so simple outside of Apple's walled garden." The MT Show 7:04 AM
  • "'Black Dot' Unicode bug crashes iOS Messages app using invisible characters"  AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "'Black dot of death' Unicode bug crashes iOS Messages app" Cult of Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Another Unicode text bomb hits Messages app" iDownload Blog 9:21 AM
  • "Apple: Mac users say 'keep the Mac mini"  Computerworld 7:04 AM
  • "iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Port 7 Days After Last Unlock" PC Magazine 7:42 AM
  • "Apple's iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week" Gizmodo 7:42 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 With Cydia: Video Demo Proof Posted Online By Security Researcher" Redmond Pie 1:50 PM
  • "It's now much faster to get a replacement iPhone battery from Apple" BGR 9:09 PM
  • "How to Fix the 'Black Dot' Unicode Bug Crashing iMessage" MacRumors 9:41 AM
  • "How to fix the 'Black Dot' Unicode bug on iPhone or iPad" iMore 7:42 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM

  • "Review: Rating RAVPower's wireless iPhone charger lineup" AppleInsider 5:50 PM
  • "Review: Push 'The Button' to control your HomeKit accessories" Apple World Today 10:58 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Reivew: Search Faster With WonderSwipe Research Tool" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
  • "How to edit Photos Memories on your iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 3:59 PM
  • "How to download a copy of identifiable information that Apple stores about you" iDownload Blog 2:22 PM
  • "How to use Workflow Sync in Workflow for iPhone and iPad: How to create an account, plus some workflows for backing up" iMore 12:30 PM
  • "Building a Home Theater Network for Apple Fans" Apple Gazette 7:35 AM
  • "iPhone: How to delete all photos" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "iPhone: How to recover recently deleted photos" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "How to create an ebook in Pages on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:06 AM
  • "Pro Tip: Quickly delete numbers in iPhone Calculator app" Cult of Mac 1:15 PM
  • "10 Apple Music tips you'll use a lot" Apple Must 10:42 AM
  • "Jumping Into the New Gmail: Google recently overhauled the web version of its email software, and you can try out the new version — even if you haven't been formally invited yet." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Chinese consumers don't idealize American products the way they used to — and that's bad news for Apple and Tesla"  Business Insider 11:47 AM
  • "Inspiring the future: Why Apple should establish an official public archive"  9to5Mac 11:15 AM
  • "Why Apple and Microsoft are Moving to Become Powerhouses in Services"  Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:58 AM
  • "Google's Digital Wellbeing is schooling Apple on how to combat smartphone addiction: Digital Wellness in Android P is about loving everything more—including your phone."  PCWorld 7:45 AM
  • "MacBook Pro: The butterfly keyboard effect/Negative sentiment and anecdotes concerning the MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard are back making headlines. So what's going on?"  iMore 7:39 AM
  • "Android P vs. iPhone X navigation gestures: Google added gesture-based home screen navigation and I kinda like it better than iPhone X, but for a reason."  iMore 7:39 AM
  • "4 ways Android P's gesture navigation is better than the iPhone X's (and 4 ways it's not): All gestures are not created equally."  PCWorld 7:24 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (56): Sniggering at Analysts; Updates; Privacy; Old iMacs; and the Iron Man HUD" eXtensions 7:08 AM
  • "Hands-On With Android P's New Swipe-Based Gesture System" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "On the phone, nobody knows you're a robot" Six Colors 1:15 PM
  • "Facebook's new election interference firewall got its biggest test yet — and it failed" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "'We're very disappointed in you, Spotify'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
  • "Hard questions: Is Facebook making its own Bitcoin rival?" BGR 7:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Atmospheric puzzle adventure Fracter headed soon to iPhone/Limbo fans pay attention: A new dark atmospheric puzzler is coming to iOS this summer." iMore 9:36 PM
  • "Steam's new app will let you stream games to your phone" The Next Web 6:01 PM
  • "New App Will Let You Play Steam Games on iOS, tvOS" The Mac Observer 5:48 PM
  • "Orbi router having Apple HomeKit problems? Netgear offers fix" CNET 2:10 PM
  • "2018 Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto upgrade" CNET 1:15 PM
  • "Steam Link and Steam Video apps coming soon to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV" 9to5Mac 1:12 PM
  • "Google Introduces News App for iOS to Replace Newsstand" MacStories 12:31 PM
  • "New Ways to Explore and Interact with the World Are Coming Soon to Google Maps and Lens" MacStories 10:53 AM
  • "Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app" TechCrunch 7:30 AM
  • "MagicMount CHARGE is a convenient iPhone mount/charger" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "WaterField's New Professional Backpack is Ready to Hit the Boardroom" prMac 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: 200M now use Windows 10 in the enterprise/The latest numbers from the company show businesses are close to schedule to move away from Windows 7 before the older OS retires in early 2020." Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "This Major Windows Security Flaw Is Being Exploited Right Now As Microsoft Pushes A Patch" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Windows critical flaw: This security bug is under attack right now, says Microsoft" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Patch your Windows 10 PC, now! Hackers are exploiting a zero-day flaw" Digital Trends 9:14 PM
  • "Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, BSD: All hit by same 'serious' security flaw" ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "Windows File Explorer is finally getting a dark mode, and you can try it right now" BGR 7:22 PM
  • "Microsoft Builds On AI Development At The Edge" Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Microsoft drag apps for Win-10-on-Arm into 64-bit world" The Register 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft is giving Always Connected PCs a performance boost and more apps" Digital Trends 9:14 PM
  • "Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "Intel to preserve Moore's Law with startup land's fresh young blood" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "Intel puts back Spectre-NG CPU flaw patches to 21 May" Computing 11:35 AM
  • "Intel and Packet collaborate to offer no-cost access to Optane SSDs" ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Intel CEO Brian is a man living on the edge" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "Report: Qualcomm to Exit Server Chip Market/Intel's domination will continue as Qualcomm is set to quit after just seven months of trying." PC Magazine 8:22 AM
  • "NVIDIA Could Be Prepping A GeForce GTX 1050 3GB For Entry-Level Gaming" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "You can actually afford Nvidia GeForce graphics cards now" PCWorld 1:58 PM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 WHQL: Support for Windows 10 April 2018 Update" AnandTech 8:16 AM
  • "HotHardware, AMD And Corsair Spring Fling Raven Ridge Gaming System Winner!" HotHardware 11:32 AM
  • "AMD Holds Post-Earnings Gains" Baystreet 11:34 AM
  • "IBM, Red Hat Forge Container-Based Hybrid Cloud Tech Partnership" Click Lancashire 11:25 AM
  • "OpenShift, IBM Cloud, Azure, Linux apps on Chrome OS, Twitter, Serious Flaw on AMD and Intel x86 CPUs" Linux Journal 11:26 AM
  • "Upcoming Earnings: Nvidia Reports After Thursday's Close" Benzinga 11:33 AM
  • "Oracle Corporation Promises To Make Available Blockchain-Based Cloud Service To Customers" Market Exclusive 11:31 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple cash machine may be putting profits ahead of innovation" Cult of Mac 10:57 AM
  • "Apple at $186.05: Third all-time high in as many days" Apple 3.0 7:29 AM
  • "Sacconaghi sees the light, raises Apple price target" Apple 3.0 12:30 PM
  • "Is Warren Buffett's Apple bet a value trap?" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "Big Apple Stock Buyer: Société Générale Unit/An American unit of the French bank bought 2.5 million shares of the iPhone maker in the first quarter." Barron's 7:43 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks advance as energy, financials surge: Disney falls despite strong quarterly results" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher as Crude Oil Spikes: The Dow jumps over 180 points on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow notches fifth straight gain as energy shares rally" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Oil jumps, global shares mixed after US leaves Iran deal" FOXBusiness 9:52 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Energy Shares Gain on Trump's Iran Decision: Oil prices continue to climb; 10-year Treasury yield hovers around 3%" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific stocks hold the line after Trump pulls out of Iran deal" MarketWatch 8:17 AM
  • "European equities rally, boosted by gains for oil stocks/Analyst: 'The reason why the broader sentiment was not affected could be Trump's willingness to enter talks'" MarketWatch 8:17 AM

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