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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 scraps plans for Athenry data centre: At the court this morning, counsel for Apple told Chief Justice Frank Clarke that the company will not now proceed with the Athenry project and are withdrawing from the proceedings. 'We've been operating in Ireland since 1980 and we're proud of the many contributions we make to the economy and job creation,' Apple said in a statement released to RTÉ News this morning."  RTÉ 7:14 AM
  • "Huge blow to Athenry as Apple abandons €850m data centre: Apple has abandoned plans for an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, citing delays in the Irish planning process. The company, which was facing a fresh Supreme Court and European Court appeal to a facility it announced more than three years ago, is proceeding with a second data centre in Denmark."  Irish Independent 7:11 AM
  • "Apple scraps plan for €850m data centre in Athenry" Irish Times 7:15 AM
  • "Apple fells plans for Ireland data centre over trees" AFP 7:17 AM
  • "Apple drops plans for data centre in Ireland due to planning delays - RTE" Reuters 7:15 AM
  • "Apple drops plans for a $1 billion data center in Ireland" CNBC 7:17 AM
  • "Supreme Court to decide later on Apple data centre appeal: Objectors argue case raises issues relevant to similar projects" Irish Times 7:16 AM
  • "US DOJ sides with Apple over App Store antitrust allegations in Supreme Court brief" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
  • "WWDC: AltConf announces London, San Jose alternative developer conferences" Computerworld 7:40 AM
  • "Mac-specific vulnerability discovered with Signal's self-destructing messages" 9to5Mac 7:26 AM
  • "Firefox 60 lands: It's world's first browser to give you password-free logins, says Mozilla/Firefox becomes first browser to support the Web Authentication API, taking the world closer to no-password logins." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Video: How to password protect your data using disk images in macOS" AppleInsider 4:09 PM
  • "How to Export Notes as PDF on Mac" OS X Daily 4:11 PM
  • "How To Never Lose A Video Project Again" 7:23 AM
  • "How to Use the macOS App Switcher to Open Files, Hide and Quit Apps, and Launch Exposé" MacRumors 7:23 AM
  • "Apple, HyperCard, and a glimpse of how far we've come"  The Loop 8:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple Releases Xcode 9.3.1 Update" MacRumors 4:11 PM
  • "Apple Releases Xcode 9.3.1" iClarified 9:37 PM
  • "Apple Releases Xcode 9.3.1 Update — Fixes Apple ID Login and Playgrounds Bugs" MacTrast 9:37 PM
  • "Mac Management Made Easy With 42Gears UEM" PRNewswire 8:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple paves the way for breakthrough carbon-free aluminum smelting method: Apple Played Crucial Role in Development of Joint Venture that Could Change Global Manufacturing"  Apple 1:17 PM
  • "Apple Paves Way Towards Carbon-Free Aluminum Smelting Process as Latest Environmental Pledge" MacRumors 1:19 PM
  • "Apple's next revolutionary product launch: Aluminium Plus" Apple Must 3:52 PM
  • "Apple bets on startup to produce aluminum more cleanly" CNET 4:07 PM
  • "Apple May Adopt Amazon's Strategy With New TV App Plan"  Investopedia 7:33 AM
  • "Apple planning to sell video subscriptions directly in TV app" iDownload Blog 12:11 PM
  • "'Growth has been significant': Publishers are falling in love with Apple News"  Business Insider 7:24 AM
  • "Publishers say Apple News growth has been significant" iDownload Blog 7:56 AM
  • "Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't.: Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant."  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:59 AM
  • "Malicious Siri commands can be hidden in music and innocuous-sounding speech recordings" 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Researchers Demonstrate Subliminal Smart Device Commands That Have Potential for Malicious Attacks" MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Apple drone project in North Carolina selected for approval by U.S. DOT"  AppleInsider 7:22 AM
  • "Apple has been given permission to use drones to improve Apple Maps" Cult of Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Apple will use drone imagery to improve Maps" iDownload Blog 12:11 PM
  • "How the Apple v Samsung Retrial Poses a Big Impact for Tech"  Inside Sources 11:50 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung face off in court over design patents once again: Remember that epic legal battle between the two tech giants? It's still going on. Here's what you need to know." CNET 7:34 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs, Apple Team Up on New Credit Card: Card would carry the Apple Pay brand and could launch early next year" [Paid Membership Required] 11:51 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly launch a credit card with Goldman Sachs" The Verge 11:51 AM
  • "Apple reportedly partnering with Goldman Sachs to introduce 'Apple Pay' credit card" The Apple Post 12:35 PM
  • "Jet Becomes Authorized Apple Reseller" PYMNTS 7:16 AM
  • "TrendForce Reports a 35% Quarterly Decline for 1Q18 Tablet Shipments; Education Market Is About to Take Off in 2Q18" ["In 1Q18, Apple took the first place with 9.11 million units of iPad devices shipped, bringing its market share up to 29.1%, 1.2 percentage points up from 1Q17. The shipments of iPads are expected to increase by 12% quarterly in 2Q18 driven by the release of new 9.7-inch iPads."] Business Wire 8:22 AM
  • "Apple kicks out iOS apps that share location data without asking you first: Apple cracks down on apps that don't respect user privacy." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Why It's So Hard to Figure Out Whether Health Apps Work: We can't seem to figure out how to make a good placebo for controlled studies." Slate 7:30 AM
  • "Video: Watch Apple's 'Black Cube' award-winning 'Barbers' ad here" Apple Must 8:42 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver commencement speech Sunday" Duke Chronicle 4:09 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook to give 2018 commencement speech for Duke University" AppleInsider 4:09 PM
  • "Apple VP Eddy Cue puts Lake Tahoe vacation home on sale for $11.9M" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Net neutrality to die on June 11, as Ajit Pai blasts 'special interests'" Ars Technica 12:11 PM
  • "U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will end on June 11 -FCC" Reuters 11:53 AM
  • "T-Mobile-Sprint Merger: Promises Mean Little for Consumers" Wired 7:34 AM
  • "Google Pixel watch coming in fall 2018, says report" CNET 11:54 AM
  • "Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy?" CNET 7:34 AM
  • "Google has subtly retooled its smart TV plans: Android TV, Google's long-neglected streaming-box platform, is showing new signs of life." TechHive 7:23 AM
  • "You don't need a paywall if you have cool ads, The Outline CEO Josh Topolsky says" Recode 7:23 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 172: HomePod calendar clue, I/O impressions, watchOS 5 wish list" 9to5Mac 4:10 PM
  • "186: I Enjoy Setting Up Routers" The Rebound 11:51 AM
  • "LTE Apple Watch Series 3 now available in India without monthly wireless fee [u] AppleInsider 9:36 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE expands to four new countries" 9to5Mac 9:36 PM
  • "Case Maker Olixar Expects iPhone SE 2 to Have a Notch, But Apparent Lack of Home Button and Face ID Cast Doubts" MacRumors 11:52 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 could steal iPhone X's edge-to-edge display (and notch)" Cult of Mac 12:11 PM
  • "Will Smartphones Be Loaded with LCDs Once Again?" ["According to the smartphone industry on May 9, Apple is expected to load its next 6.1-inch iPhone model with an MLCD+ display which LG used in its G7 ThinQ smartphone. The MLCD+ display realizes a bright screen with less power consumption than the IPS LCD display."] Business Korea 7:25 AM
  • "Korean report suggests this year's LCD iPhone will borrow advanced display tech from LG G7 ThinQ" 9to5Mac 7:26 AM
  • "TPK, GIS see mixed iPhone touch panel shipment prospects for 2Q18" DigiTimes 7:37 AM
  • "Don't expect the iPhone to get cheaper in 2018" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Questionable rumor claims Apple's 6.1-inch iPhone will use LG-made 'MLCD+' display" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's Budget iPhone X May Have Ultra-Bright, Low-Power LCD Screen" MacRumors 8:21 AM
  • "Apple will probably launch a cheaper iPhone X this year, and it's all thanks to LG" BGR 4:08 PM
  • "'Black spot of death': Destructive message spreads to iMessage on iPhone, after WhatsApp bug" The Independent 8:59 AM
  • "iPhone replacement batteries are now available without delay" iDownload Blog 12:35 PM
  • "Apple's 'personal assistant activation' patent filing hints at beefed-up Siri features" Apple World Today 8:28 AM
  • "Apple invents a way to Split Record a Video in Wide Angle and Zoom Simultaneously using a Dual Lens iDevice Camera" Patently Apple 7:23 AM
  • "Apple considered offering separate views of dual rear iPhone cameras" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM

  • "Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is Full Size, Backlit and Gorgeous" The Mac Observer 5:05 PM
  • "Review: Rating RAVPower's wireless iPhone charger lineup" AppleInsider 4:10 PM
  • "Hands-on: OWC's Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 SSD is a great mix of price and performance [Video] 9to5Mac 1:18 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Swipe up: How Android P gestures compare to the iPhone X/Looking at how Google's new gestures stack up against the iPhone X" The Verge 1:19 PM
  • "iPhone X vs Android P: Navigation Gestures Compared" iPhone Hacks 11:02 AM
  • "'Moon Surfing' Review - I May Never Come Back to Earth" Touch Arcade 12:11 PM
  • "How to Add AirDrop to Your Mac's Dock for Quicker Access" MacTrast 9:49 PM
  • "Apple Watch: How to enable Power Reserve mode" 9to5Mac 9:31 PM
  • "How to use swipe or glide typing on iPhone" 9to5Mac 4:10 PM
  • "How to measure your heart rate on iPhone — no Apple Watch or external monitor required" iMore 12:11 PM
  • "Download and Store PDFs On Your iPad or iPhone" MacMost 11:02 AM
  • "How to erase documents on a printer before sale or disposal: Most printers don't retain information; multi-function printers might." Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "How to password protect iPhone apps and folders" Tech Advisor 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Working with Goldman Sachs on Apple Pay-Branded Credit Card" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "Apple Helped Finance Development of 'Revolutionary' Carbon-Free Aluminum Smelting Process" The Mac Observer 6:29 PM
  • "The Voice Assistant War: Alexa and Google Assistant Versus Siri" The Mac Observer 10:58 AM
  • "6 Google I/O 2018 Announcements iPhone Users Should Care About" iPhone Hacks 10:57 AM
  • "Another day, another reason to never switch from iPhone to Android" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "Did Google Shamelessly Copy iPhone X Gesture Controls for Android P?" iDrop News 4:12 PM
  • "Forget Android P, all the best things from Google I/O are coming to the iPhone" BGR 7:35 AM
  • "Bear it in mind: Rumors of the iPhone X failure failed" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Cassandra -Formula One: Online Viewing Arrives" eXtensions 9:32 PM
  • "Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design" TechCrunch 4:09 PM
  • "Hands-On with the Android P Beta: Gesture Navigation" Thurrott 12:10 PM
  • "Google has announced it's taking major steps to curb 'tech addiction' — here's the reality" Business Insider 11:53 AM
  • "Will We Really Lose Half our Jobs to Automation?" Gigaom 11:53 AM
  • "Playing by the E-Book Rules: The law treats electronic books and their printed counterparts differently when it comes to what you can do with them." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:48 AM
  • "How AR and VR Will Revolutionize the Classroom"  ReadWrite 8:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft says it would love to work with Apple to bring iMessage support to Windows" 9to5Mac 4:36 PM
  • "Combat Kart Racer 'Rev Heads Rally' Launching on iOS May 17th" Touch Arcade 12:59 PM
  • "'Hello Neighbor' from tinyBuild Is Coming to iOS and Android This July and You Can Sign up for the Beta Now" Touch Arcade 12:11 PM
  • "YouTube HDR comes to iPhone X: Google's streaming service joins Netflix in enabling better picture performance from users of Apple's flagship smartphone." CNET 11:53 AM
  • "iPhone X is the latest device to stream YouTube HDR video: The feature has been out on Android for a while, now." Engadget 9:28 PM
  • "Apple's WWDC 2018 depth art pops to life with this 3D printed DIY kit" 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Apollo 1.2 Is Packed With Redditors' Feature Requests" MacStories 11:51 AM
  • "Apple's Michigan Avenue store recognized for innovative lighting design at IALD Awards" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "USB Type-C With Power Delivery On Power Over Ethernet" PRNewswire 8:23 AM
  • "Steam Link lets you play PC games on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Google redesigns Drive to look more like the new Gmail" Engadget 7:35 AM
  • "Google Drive gets a much prettier, refreshed user interface" Memeburn 7:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Opinion: Microsoft, not Amazon, is the company gaining market share in the cloud" MarketWatch 9:50 AM
  • "Blockchain in the cloud: Microsoft and Amazon look to democratize the distributed ledger for developers" GeekWire 9:36 PM
  • "Nine Reasons Microsoft's Changes Could Bring New Success To The Company" Forbes 9:47 AM
  • "Microsoft pledges $300K to study high-speed train linking Seattle-Vancouver, B.C. in under an hour" GeekWire 9:48 PM
  • "Freeze! Latest fixes to stop Windows 10 crashes causes, err, Windows 10 crashes" V3 9:50 AM
  • "Samsung may want to strengthen its Microsoft alliance with 'powerful' wireless MR headset" Pocketnow 9:48 AM
  • "Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you" The Register 9:44 AM
  • "New patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update appears to break some PCs" TechRadar UK 9:43 AM
  • "What still isn't clear about the future of Windows after Build 2018" PCWorld 8:50 AM
  • "Apple, Microsoft and Uber test drones approved but Amazon left out in cold" The Guardian 9:20 AM
  • "IBM clamps down on leaks, bans workers from using external storage" Digital Trends 4:07 PM
  • "IBM bans all staff from using USB drives out of security concern" Tech Spot 9:28 AM
  • "IBM Employees Can't Use Removable Storage Anymore" PC Magazine 9:28 AM
  • "IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere" The Register 9:26 AM
  • "IBM, Red Hat partner for hybrid cloud adoption" Trade Arabia 9:27 AM
  • "HP announces new EliteBook 700 Series and ProBook 645 G4 Windows 10 notebooks" OnMSFT 9:24 AM
  • "HP's Unveils Trio of EliteBook 700 Notebooks With AMD Ryzen CPUs" eWeek 9:17 AM
  • "ADMCC taps Dell EMC for control centre project" ITP Technology 9:23 AM
  • "Lenovo IdeaPads Get 8th Gen Intel Processors, Discrete Graphics" LAPTOP Magazine 9:22 AM
  • "GPUs are the new star of Moore's Law, Nvidia channel boss claims" CRN UK 9:22 AM
  • "Opinion: Intel is digging in for a fight with Nvidia over artificial intelligence" MarketWatch 9:20 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge (Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G) To Be added to Adrenalin Drivers" Guru3D 9:17 AM
  • "12.5 inch Lenovo ThinkPad A285 with AMD Ryzen coming soon (probably)" Liliputing 9:16 AM
  • "AMD Computex 2018 Conference Confirmed" SegmentNext 9:15 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APU drivers to be added to RSAE software" Hexus 9:15 AM
  • "Delidding The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU: How To Guide And Results" AnandTech 9:12 AM
  • "First Ever AMD Ryzen Powered Lenovo Thinkpads A485 And A285 Listed" SegmentNext 9:12 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2" Guru3D 9:12 AM
  • "Oracle Adds Initial Linux Kernel 4.17 Support to Its Latest VirtualBox Release" Softpedia 9:10 AM
  • "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd: How To Instantly Prevent 95% Of Database Cyberattacks" Forbes 9:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple hits record high amid lengthy winning streak" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "$AAPL Closes at Record High $190.04, Hits Market Cap of $934 Billion" The Mac Observer 4:49 PM
  • "Should You Take a Bite Out of Apple Inc. After Earnings?" InvestorPlace 7:33 AM
  • "A major iPhone supplier is trying to persuade investors that it's not about to be destroyed by Apple — but analysts are worried" Business Insider 7:33 AM
  • "Dialog CEO hints at work on new Apple product lines amid rumors of Apple-designed power chips" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow posts 6th straight gain as tech extends rally; Apple closes at record: Stocks gain after tame April inflation reading" MarketWatch 4:14 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Nearly 200 Points, Posting Its Sixth Consecutive Day of Gains: The Dow gained 196 points on Thursday." TheStreet 4:13 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Technology leads more gains for US stocks" Associated Press 4:13 PM
  • "Dow jumps 197 points, turns positive for 2018" FOXBusiness 4:13 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb as Inflation Fears, Volatility Ebb: Dow Jones Industrial Average rises for sixth straight session, posting its longest winning streak since February" [Paid Membership Required] 4:12 PM
  • "Asian markets lifted by Wall Street, oil prices: Equity markets across Asia-Pacific extended their gains Thursday, buoyed by gains in the U.S. and the rise in oil prices." MarketWatch 8:07 AM
  • "Italian stocks lead Europe lower as populist parties seek to form government: European stocks broke a four-day winning run on Thursday, with Italian shares dragging the benchmark index lower as euroskeptic parties moved closer to form a coalition government." MarketWatch 12:00 PM

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