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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?

  • "Ralph Nader pens open letter to Tim Cook criticizing $100B buyback, suggests lowering prices & more instead"  9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Apple hit with class action suit over MacBook, MacBook Pro butterfly switch keyboard failures" AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "Apple faces class action lawsuit over failing MacBook butterfly keyboards" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Apple hit with lawsuit over the 'completely reinvented' Macbook keyboard it rolled out back in 2015" TechCrunch 2:52 PM
  • "Apple Slapped With Class Action Lawsuit Over Faulty MacBook Pro Keyboards" Gizmodo 5:34 PM
  • "Apple faces class action lawsuit over faulty MacBook keyboards: Owners claim the butterfly switches are inherently prone to failure." Engadget 5:34 PM
  • "Apple kicks out iOS apps that share location data without asking you first" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Revenue Greater Than New Zealand's GDP As It Fights With Amazon To Become First Trillion-Dollar Company" Newsweek 10:07 AM
  • "Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime"  CNBC 5/11
  • "The iMac's lasting legacy: The iMac's influence reaches far beyond the desktop, or even the PC."  Macworld 5/11
  • "Apple says it's found a 'revolutionary' way to make its devices more environmentally friendly"  CNBC 5/11
  • "Apple Facilitates Collaboration to Result in Carbon-Free Aluminum Smelting Process" MacTrast 5/11
  • "Apple Leaves Overseas Cash Out of Its Latest Quarterly Report"  Bloomberg 5/11
  • "AAPL's Paradigm Shift: We're entering a new paradigm related to investing in Apple defined by 4 key themes that we call Apple as a Service."  Loup Ventures 5/11
  • "Harvard Endowment Goes All-In on Apple, Microsoft and Google" Bloomberg 5/11
  • "This Simple Back Door Hack for Your Mac is Exactly Why FileVault Should be Enabled" The Mac Observer 5/11
  • "The Keys That Might Fix Your Mac: If your Mac greets you with a black screen, the fan runs constantly or you notice other power-related issues, a simple home solution might save you a trip to the Genius Bar." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 5/11
  • "When your Mac is slowing down, try this Terminal tip" Apple Must 11:03 AM
  • "Highland 2 review: So much more than just a scriptwriter" iMore 5/11
  • "How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch" Lifehacker 5/11
  • "Photos People: How to Add a Face Photos Doesn't Recognize" The Mac Observer 5/11
  • "8 Apple Notes tips for Mac and iOS you'll probably use" Apple Must 5/11
  • "How to Set Up a System-Wide Word Count Service on Your Mac" MacRumors 5/11
  • "How to tell which macOS apps are 32-bit and which are 64-bit" Apple World Today 5/11
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Display Preferences" MacMost 5/11
  • "BBEdit turns 25 (or 26, who's counting?)" Six Colors 5/11
  • "The 25 Best Mac Games of 2018 (so far and upcoming)" Mac Gamer HQ 5/11
  • "Feature Request: Proper, personalized album and concert alerts by Apple Music" 9to5Mac 5/11
Press Releases
  • "BBEdit Merch: To celebrate BBEdit's 25th anniversary, we're creating some special merch: T-shirts, hoodies, and more. While we're getting it ready, please help us out by letting us know what you think!" Bare Bones Software 5/11
  • "New Vimeo Tools for Final Cut Pro X" 5/11
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "First season of Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' will be free on its TV app: The forthcoming second season will still need an Apple Music subscription." Engadget 5:34 PM
  • "A Drive Through Apple Park's Underground Parking Lot [Video] iClarified 10:47 AM
  • "How an Apple Watch literally saved this man's life and why he wants more people to wear one"  South China Morning Post 5/11
  • "How a Dallas construction company saves nearly $2 million a year by using hundreds of Apple's iPads"  Business Insider 5/11
  • "'Carpool Karaoke' Season 1 Coming to Apple TV App for Free" Billboard 5/11
  • "You can now watch Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' for free" CNET 5/11
  • "Apple Pay: 'Hey Siri, get me a Goldman Sachs mortgage" Computerworld 5/11
  • "Apple Music, Pandora Join Spotify in (Sort Of) Muting R. Kelly: Three streaming services have now removed the R&B singer's music from curated playlists"  Rolling Stone 5/11
  • "Does Apple and Goldman Teaming Up Work? Market Recon" RealMoney 5/11
  • "Tim Cook will deliver Duke University commencement address this Sunday" Cult of Mac 5/11
  • "Olixar producing clear cases for iPhone SE 2" Pocketnow 5/11
  • "Bipartisan bill would make it illegal for the government to demand backdoor access to devices" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Eddy Cue selling $12 million luxury lake house" The Apple Post 5/11
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe CTO leads company's broad AI bet" TechCrunch 6:00 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon: The cryptocurrency boom helped GPU makers score another quarter of huge profits." Ars Technica 1:59 PM
  • "Firm Lets Police Look Up Phone Location Data Without a Warrant: A Securus Technologies web portal lets cops plug in a phone number and pull up real-time location data, but no one's really monitoring their activity. Sen. Ron Wyden wants answers." PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Microsoft's folding phone/tablet concept has three screens -- one in the hinge" CNET 5/11
  • "Corning opens 10.5G LCD glass substrate facility in China" DigiTimes 5/11
  • "Reese Mathers, the most satisfied consumer in the world?" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 5/11
  • "Google will require some Android phone makers to roll out 'regular' security patches" The Verge 5/11
  • "Can Google Conquer the $53 Billion Smart Home Market?" Market Realist 5/11
  • "Google Clips gets better at capturing candids of hugs and kisses (which is not creepy, right?)" TechCrunch 5/11
  • "Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots" BBC 5/11
  • "Google now lets you delete the search, browsing and viewing history it keeps on you" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Google updates privacy policy so you can actually understand it" Engadget 5/11
  • "Google: Expect email from us on our new policy on harvesting your personal data/Google will be emailing millions of its users to tell them about its redesigned privacy policy." ZDNet 5/11
  • "9to5Mac Daily 072: May 11, 2018" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Debating the Mac mini's Fate, iMessage for Windows -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-11" The Mac Observer 5/11
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: What Is a Firewall, and How Does it Work?" Intego Mac Podcast 5/11
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Apple's cancelled data center, LG MLCD+ screens in the 2018 iPhone and more" AppleInsider 5/11
  • "Rumor: 'iPhone SE 2' to debut in September with TrueDepth camera" AppleInsider 9:17 PM
  • "Apple 'iPhone SE 2' glass pops up on social media, but questions abound"  AppleInsider 5/11
  • "iPhone SE 2 Cases Already Up For Pre-Order, Renders Once Again Show iPhone X-Like Notch" Redmond Pie 5/11
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/11
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/11
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/11

  • "Master & Dynamic ME05 earphones review" The Gadgeteer 9:25 AM
  • "The iPhone X, 6 months later" CNET 5/11
  • "NVIDIA Titan Xp Supercharges the 13-inch MacBook Pro" Bare Feats 5/11
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands On: WeatherKit for iPhone and iPad is a beautiful forecasting app for everyone" AppleInsider 5:34 PM
  • "There's No Perfect Transcription App, But Otter Is Getting There" Fast Company 5/11
  • "How a parent can take some control of kids' iPhone, iPad and iPod use" Seattle Times 5/11
  • "Apple Watch: How to enable Water Lock mode" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "How to Enable Elevated Heart Rate Alerts on Apple Watch" iDrop News 5/11
  • "iPhone: How to add email" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "How to disable or enable Activation Lock on your Apple Watch" iMore 5/11
  • "How to turn on Gmail's Smart Compose and let Google AI write your emails" PCWorld 5/11
  • "How to use YouTube's 'Take a break' reminder on iPhone" iMore 5/11
  • "How to see what your friends are listening to on Apple Music" Cult of Mac 5/11
  • "How to set up a new Apple Watch: Before you can start using your Apple Watch, you're going to need to pair it with your iPhone." iMore 5/11
  • "iMessages Out of Order on iPhone? Try This Solution" OS X Daily 5/11
  • "How to find the serial number for your AirPods" iMore 5/11
  • "Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?" Pocket-lint 5/11
  • "Now is the worst time to buy any MacBook laptop from Apple" Business Insider 5:53 PM
  • "Munster: Apple's Paradigm Shift/'Apple as a Service paradigm will not need a super cycle for the Apple story to remain favorable with investors.' —Loup Ventures' Gene Munster"  Apple 3.0 10:04 AM
  • "Making The Grade: How iPads put digital whiteboards on life support"  9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "What would Steve Jobs think of today's Apple?"  ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Video: Changes to the MacBook Pro we want Apple to make" AppleInsider 5/11
  • "New Apple Strategy: Partner with Microsoft For Future Battles" The Mac Observer 5/11
  • "5 Important Features HomePod Needed to Succeed" [Slideshow] iDrop News 5/11
  • "Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware"  AppleInsider 5/11
  • "Will the iPhone soon capture 3D AR?" Apple Must 5/11
  • "Apple is Making iPhone Hacking A Lot More Difficult for Law Enforcement with iOS 11.4" The Mac Observer 5/11
  • "iPhone X Users Hate Siri, Are Fine With the Notch: The iPhone X notch puzzled some longtime Apple watchers, but the design choice does not appear to bother iPhone X buyers, who hate Siri much more than the screen cut-out."  PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Comment: Why I don't believe the iPhone SE 2 renders but wish I did" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "4 New Things Google Assistant Can Do That Siri Just Can't" iDrop News 5/11
  • "Android P's notification shade is so good Apple should just copy the whole damn thing in iOS 12: Seriously, this is getting embarrassing now." ["Android P's notification system isn't just better than iOS 11's, it's a completely different way of thinking about alerts and actions on our phones. And if Apple isn't already far along with a system of its own, it should—as Steve Jobs would say—slavishly copy it."]  Macworld 5/11
  • "Time to break open AI's black box, and keep it open" ZDNet 6:50 PM
  • "Here's Why Amazon Can't Fix Review Spam" Lifehacker 5/11
  • "Should our machines sound human? And what about informed consent?" The Loop 5/11
  • "The Lost Art Of Buttons" Forbes 5/11
  • "Google's News app is a tool for gaining perspective, not an arbiter of facts: AI, not human curation, may help us better understand the world." Engadget 5/11
  • "What do we even mean when we say 'Android'? One word, a multiplicity of meanings" The Verge 5/11
  • "The problem isn't Duplex or AI. It's Google." iMore 5/11
  • "Google's AI advances are equal parts worry and wonder: We cannot put off finding an answer to AI ethics any longer." Engadget 5/11
  • "Google I/O 2018: Key takeaways on Duplex, AI, privacy, Android/Google has clearly gone AI first, and Duplex is just one example. Here's a look at the big themes from Google I/O 2018 and what it tells us about the company's strategy." ZDNet 5/11
  • "Google Duplex Is Classist: Here's How to Fix It/With Duplex, the Google Assistant can trick people into thinking it's human. It's cool, but ultimately turns service workers into inconvenient interfaces. Google can do better." PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Parody of Google Duplex phone call shows the true, terrifying future of AI" Mashable 5/11
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Tiny Bubbles'" Touch Arcade 5/11
  • "The Best Technology Gifts for Apple Users" AppAdvice 5/11
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 With Cellular Launches in Denmark, India, Sweden, Taiwan" iClarified 5/11
  • "MobiLock Pro Launches Mobile Device Management for iOS Devices" PRNewswire 5/11
  • "Northwell Health, Center on Addiction launch app to help providers screen for substance use" PRNewswire 5/11
  • "Google's Material Design update: You'll be seeing new-looking Android, iOS apps" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Support for HDR YouTube videos now widely rolling out for iPhone X" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Watch HDR YouTube videos on your iPhone X" Cult of Mac 5/11
  • "Microsoft Windows team wants iMessage on Windows devices" AppleInsider 5/11
  • "Microsoft wants to bring iMessage to Windows" Cult of Mac 5/11
Computer Industry
  • "Google's flashy A.I. demo overshadowed Microsoft's focus on work: The chief scientist of Salesforce said he was impressed with how Google squeezed many AI technologies into the demonstration of the Duplex robot calling technology." CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "Google Project Zero targets Microsoft Edge Arbitrary Code Guard feature" MSPoweruser 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Flickering Screen Issue Solved: Free Replacements Will End 'Flickergate'" Tech Times 8:41 AM
  • "This is What Microsoft Said About PWAs at Build 2018" Thurrott 5:33 PM
  • "Hands-On with Redstone 5: The Early Days" Thurrott 6:23 PM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 Your Phone Feature Will Mirror Any Smartphone On Your PC" HotHardware 5:54 PM
  • "Some Intel SSDs may crash when updating to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update" OnMSFT 8:41 AM
  • "Why it's a good thing Microsoft has given up on its own mobile OS" Pocketnow 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 April 2018 Update hits show-stopping bug with some Intel SSDs" TechRadar UK 5/11
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 April Update is borking machines with Intel SSDs: Microsoft is blocking the update while it fixes the issue" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "Latest Windows 10 Version Incompatible With Intel SSD 600p" AnandTech 5/11
  • "Microsoft zeros-in on Win 10 April Update Intel SSD crash cause" Hexus 5/11
  • "Microsoft can't fix 'flickergate' Surface Pro 4s with software, so it's replacing them" Ars Technica 5/11
  • "Microsoft Unveils a Surface Pro 4 Replacement Program" Thurrott 5/11
  • "Microsoft to replace for free Surface Pro 4s with screen-flicker problems" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Surface Laptop Also Updated for Windows 10 Version 1803" Thurrott 5/11
  • "Surface Laptop gets Windows 10 April Update Firmware and Drivers update" Neowin 5/11
  • "Windows 10 security: Google Project Zero shreds Microsoft's unique Edge defense" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Microsoft isn't giving up on VR and AR yet: It's playing the long game on Mixed Reality." Engadget 5/11
  • "What is Microsoft 365? Microsoft's most important subscription bundle, explained" ZDNet 5/11
  • "Microsoft and Amazon show Cortana and Alexa can talk to each other, at least on stage at Build conference" PhysOrg 5/11
  • "Intel tipped to launch discrete GPU at next year's CES: Rumours suggest the firm has been busy working on an in-house GPU for two years" The Inquirer 5/11
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Review" bit-tech 5/11
  • "Chipmaker Nvidia sees fewer crypto miners, more gamers in future" Reuters 5/11
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Streamr Partner on Blockchain-Based Car Data System" Thirty K 5/11
  • "Vyriad signs a contract with IBM to build an oncolytic virus anti-cancer vaccines manufacturing facility" Bio Spectrum Asia 5/11
  • "IBM Thinks Blockchain Will Solve Facebook's Data Problems" Fortune 5/11
  • "IBM's cloud chief on closing in on the competition" CNBC Videos 5/11
  • "IBM Employees Banned From Using All Removable Storage" ExtremeTech 5/11
  • "IBM workers banned from using USB sticks" GBC Ghana 5/11
  • "Cisco pulls all online ads from YouTube" Reuters 5/11
  • "Cisco Removes Ads From YouTube: The move follows a recent CNN investigation, which found that ads from more than 300 companies, including Cisco, ran on extremist YouTube channels." PC Magazine 5/11
  • "Cisco Pulls Ads From YouTube Over Inappropriate Content; Will Others Follow?" TheStreet 5/11
  • "ASUS Announces New ZenBook Pro 15 (UX550G)" Guru3D 5/11
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is almost a $1 trillion company, but watch out for Amazon" Reuters 5/11
  • "The loudest mouth on Wall Street sticks it to the Apple doomsayers (Video)" Apple 3.0 5/11
  • "Foxconn April sales higher than expected" DigiTimes 5/11
Industry News
  • "Dow marks longest win streak in 6 months as stock gauges log sharp weekly gains: Nvidia falls after results" MarketWatch 5/11
  • "Dow Jumps 91 Points, Finishes Higher for Seventh Consecutive Session: The S&P 500 also rose on Friday, while the Nasdaq declined." TheStreet 5/11
  • "S&P 500 index has its best weekly gain since early March" Associated Press 5/11
  • "U.S. Stocks Post Biggest One-Week Gain Since March: Fears fade that inflation will prompt higher interest rates" [Paid Membership Required] 5/11
  • "Asian stock markets mostly rise as cooler U.S. inflation reading inspires 'risk-on' buying" MarketWatch 5/11
  • "U.K., Italian stocks secure higher close for Stoxx Europe 600: Trump to talk drug prices on Friday" MarketWatch 5/11

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