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Weekend Highlights: Motley Fool looks at the rise of Amazon's music side and the threat it poses to Apple and Spotify; Dan Moren thinks Apple should simplify "complex iPhone lineup" this year; warning to Chrome, Firefox users over massive data leak; green light given by G7 to tax Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, others in countries where they make money, even if no physical presence; Apple has a beautiful new office in Vancouver; data can be scraped from iCloud, among many other services says Israeli security firm; alarm sounding over privacy fears from rapid adoption of doorbell cams; Google says will fix loophole in Chrome which tells sites when you're in incognito mode; TSMC eyes big growth thanks to 5G, Apple among clients; LAPTOP Mag reviews new 13" MacBook Pro; Rob Enderle likes idea of an Apple/Oracle merger.

  • "Are Apple, Amazon and Facebook the future of banking?"  CNNMoney 9:15 AM
  • "Apple As A Service Part 2: Services Offer Growth, Visibility, And Profitability" ["Apple Services is more profitable than hardware. We estimate the hardware operating margin to be 25% vs Services at 38% operating margin. This yields an overall Apple operating margin of about 27%. Looking forward, we believe overall Apple margins will be stable over the next few years as higher margins in the Services segment will be offset by lower margins in the hardware segment."]  Loup Ventures 7:18 AM
  • "Why Apple, Microsoft Are Focusing on Services"  PC Magazine 7:24 AM
  • "Sources: Research Triangle Park tops Apple's short list: Multiple sources say Silicon Valley electronics giant Apple is zeroing in on Research Triangle Park for a new jobs-heavy campus."  Triangle Business Journal 4:59 PM
  • "Apple CEO Told Trump Tariffs Are 'Not the Right Approach'"  Bloomberg Video 7:24 AM
  • "Apple CEO Says He Told Trump Tariffs Are Wrong Approach to China" ["'It's true, undoubtedly true, that not everyone has been advantaged from that — in either country — and we've got to work on that,' Cook said. 'But I felt that tariffs were not the right approach there, and I showed him some more analytical kinds of things to demonstrate why.'"]  Bloomberg 6:54 AM
  • "Tim Cook finally reveals what he and President Trump talked about behind closed doors last month" Business Insider 8:44 AM
  • "Tim Cook Gently Criticizes Tariffs Against China But Loves President Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts" Gizmodo 7:17 AM
  • "Tens of thousands of Chinese live at the mercy of Apple's factories — and they don't even work there"  Business Insider 11:50 AM
  • "Google is delaying a Chrome audio update that broke countless web games" The Verge 6:40 PM
  • "Adobe sends out second wave of security updates for critical vulnerabilities: A total of 47 vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and Photoshop CC have been tackled in the new security update." ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "Hands On: FileMaker Pro 17 beefs up its app development features" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Tweetbot 3 for Mac Review" MacStories 11:51 AM
  • "How to 'AirDrop' Between Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android Devices" Lifehacker 1:51 PM
  • "How to recover a Mail folder from Time Machine in macOS" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "How to look up anything with one tap on Mac" Cult of Mac 3:44 PM
  • "How to Make Apps Open in Full Screen Mode on Mac Automatically" OS X Daily 1:39 PM
  • "How to add bookmarks for your favorite websites to the macOS Dock" AppleInsider 2:41 PM
  • "How to create an Apple ID for your child in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "Tapbots Releases Tweetbot 3 for Mac" iClarified 11:50 AM
  • "FileMaker, Inc. Releases Updated Platform for Quick Custom App Creation: Latest release delivers development, mobility, administration and integration features that increase productivity" FileMaker 10:54 AM
  • "FileMaker 17 Launches With Improvements to App Development Speed and Interface" MacRumors 8:43 AM
  • "Merlin Project Pro starts public beta phase now" prMac 7:22 AM
  • "Adobe Makes XD Design Software Free Through New XD CC Starter Plan" MacRumors 8:18 AM
  • "Adobe XD: Ten Million and Zero" Subtraction 7:19 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Eight years on, Apple iPhone team still sore about Samsung phones: The trial over damages related to patent infringement also gives a look into how Apple designs its products."  CNET 8:02 PM
  • "Apple Wants $1 Billion From Samsung at Smartphone Retrial" Bloomberg 2:40 PM
  • "Greg Joswiak testifies in Samsung case, says Apple was 'betting the company' on iPhone" 9to5Mac 2:48 PM
  • "Apple's Greg Joswiak talks design, Steve Jobs as first Apple v. Samsung witness" AppleInsider 3:50 PM
  • "Here in Silicon Valley, it's hard to find jurors for Apple v. Samsung patent trial: Plus, jurors aren't allowed to talk about their phones. What's left, the weather?"  CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung fight over what made the iPhone 'revolutionary'" CNET 1:52 PM
  • "Steve Jobs changed the face of Apple and retail forever on May 15, 2001"  AppleInsider 1:40 PM
  • "Tim Cook confirms Apple Music's 50 million users, big push into tv and movies" AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Tim Cook most impactful CEO for company growth by far, new study says" AppleInsider 9:43 AM
  • "Apple is Joining UAS Integration Pilot Program to Collect Aerial Imagery and Improve Apple Maps: The tech giant is joining a slew of new test projects authorized by the Transporation Department last week, with hopes to aerially improve Apple Maps."  The Drive 7:51 AM
  • "Apple and EFF secure podcasting win as Supreme Court refuses case from patent troll" AppleInsider 10:27 AM
  • "Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road" Engadget 7:25 AM
  • "Apple now has second biggest fleet of self-driving test cars in California" Cult of Mac 7:24 AM
  • "Apple's Self-Driving Car Permits Outnumber Waymo's and Tesla's" Fortune 2:40 PM
  • "Don't Let Your Phone Slow You Down: New Data from Ookla Shows the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the Fastest Phones Ever" ["Ookla's Speedtest® results found that consumers experience drastically different download speeds, on the same carrier, depending on which device they're using. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have download speeds that are 37% faster than the Apple iPhone X, 17% faster than the Google Pixel 2, and 38% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7.2"]  Business Wire 7:48 AM
  • "Apple VP Lisa Jackson Receives ELI Environmental Achievement Award" MacTrast 5:59 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator Role" New York Post [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:35 PM
  • "U.S. investigating Cambridge Analytica: New York Times" Reuters 9:35 PM
  • "Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:45 PM
  • "Trump's controversial ZTE order came days after the Chinese government provided millions to a Trump Organization-tied project" Business Insider 6:15 PM
  • "Yes, HTC is working on a 'blockchain phone'" TechCrunch 5:51 PM
  • "Pangu Team Announces Janus Mobile Threat Intelligence Platform" Redmond Pie 1:41 PM
  • "Google employee protest: Now 'Googlers are quitting' over Pentagon drone project" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Google Maps testing Material Theme place cards w/ more details, shortcuts" 9to5Google 7:17 AM
  • "Mining malware hides in Facebook tags and messages - Video" ZDNet 5:56 PM
  • "Facebook transparency report still ignores company's biggest problems" Mashable 6:40 PM
  • "Facebook has already removed 583 million fake accounts this year" Engadget 10:27 AM
  • "Facebook tells kids to take a break from social media" Telegraph 7:20 AM
  • "Facebook launches Youth Portal to tell teenagers how it uses their data" BetaNews 7:17 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 074: May 15, 2018" 9to5Mac 4:14 PM
  • "Apple's Leadership Without Steve Jobs' Influence -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-15" The Mac Observer 1:31 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 55 – iOS System Apps Wish List" MacStories 7:17 AM
  • "How to digitize your DVD library and pass up the check out line..." The MT Show 7:17 AM
  • "Tests of embedded fingerprint reader show that option could have worked for Apple" 9to5Mac 7:28 AM
  • "MLCD+ Display Technology Which Could be Used in 2018 iPhone Explained" iPhone Hacks 1:31 PM
  • "iOS 11.4 looks set to be Apple's most boring iOS release to date" ZDNet 10:46 AM
  • "iOS 11.4 Public Beta 5 Is Alive Pushes Out Final Beta Release" Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "How a 24k Gold iPhone X Is Made" Mashable 4:51 PM
  • "Future Version of iPhone's Face ID Might Scan Your Blood Vessels" iDrop News 3:00 PM
  • "Apple wants to save your sole; patent is for a 'shoe wear-out' detection system" Apple World Today 8:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "B&H is hosting a huge Apple sale on MacBooks, iMacs, and more" Macworld 1:41 PM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM

  • "Logitech MK540 Advanced wireless keyboard and mouse review: Snappy typing, no noise/A tactile, quiet keyboard paired with a solid mouse" PCWorld 6:47 AM
  • "Review: Twelve South AirFly for Wireless Headphones" iLounge 4:14 PM
  • "Aurvana Trio in-ear-headphone review: These balanced-armature headphones are a solid sonic value" TechHive 7:20 AM
  • "Pillars of Eternity 2 Mac review: Can you run it?" Mac Gamer HQ 4:49 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Justice Royale' First Impressions - It Could be a Knockout" Touch Arcade 9:43 AM
  • "Apple Watch: How to turn on and customize the flashlight" 9to5Mac 6:40 PM
  • "How to set up custom text tones and ringtones for your contacts" iDownload Blog 4:14 PM
  • "Cracking the Code: How to Improve Apple Music Recommendations" The Mac Observer 3:40 PM
  • "How to use Live Photos and GIFs as wallpaper on your iPhone" Apple Must 9:27 AM
  • "How to Open Recently Closed Safari Tabs on iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 8:14 AM
  • "Keyboard Position Options On the iPhone" MacMost 8:02 AM
  • "How to try Gmail's AI-powered Smart Compose feature" The Next Web 7:24 AM
  • "How to Use Cloudflare DNS on iPhone, iPad and Mac to Speed up Browsing" iPhone Hacks 6:44 AM
  • "10 Apple accessibility solutions everyone should know" Computerworld 6:44 AM
  • "Apple v Samsung opening statements reveal details of iPhone design process & more" 9to5Mac 8:01 PM
  • "What's wrong with this picture?" BetaNews 4:51 PM
  • "MacBook 2018: Our Wish List/Apple's MacBook is due for a refresh this year. Here's our list of practical and wild requests, ranging from a new CPU to a touch screen." PC Magazine 4:15 PM
  • "Are Wearables Actually Having a Positive Impact on Health and Wellness?"  ReadWrite 2:47 PM
  • "Here's why adding Face ID to the 'iPhone SE 2' could be a good idea"  AppleInsider 1:51 PM
  • "Google One is the value-drive online storage locker I want iCloud to be"  Macworld 10:46 AM
  • "So, Like, What's the Next iPhone Gonna Be Called?" Gizmodo 9:45 AM
  • "Looking Ahead to The Lack of Steve Jobs' Influence on Apple's Next CEO" The Mac Observer 2:32 PM
  • "12 new facts we learned about the legendary Steve Jobs" Apple Must 8:18 AM
  • "Steve Jobs and 'Doom' coder John Carmack's relationship a 'rollercoaster' spanning more than a decade" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's Dividend: An Opportunity Wasted" Seeking Alpha 7:52 AM
  • "10 iPhone features I can't live without: And no, a headphone jack isn't one of them." CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Crazy-making: Apple's reinvention of the smartphone" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft's Office of the Future Seems to Be Missing Something: Where's the voice control?" Slate 6:46 PM
  • "Seattle's new 'Amazon tax' should serve as a model for all major cities" The Next Web 5:49 PM
  • "Analysis: the Seattle-Amazon tax fight is a lose-lose for everyone" CNNMoney 5:04 PM
  • "Opinion: Google, please make Pixel 3 stand out from these notched abominations" 9to5Google 4:32 PM
  • "I stopped using my phone for 2 hours before bed, and it had a more powerful effect than I expected" Business Insider 3:43 PM
  • "Is Facebook Doing Enough to Stop Bad Content? You Be the Judge" PC Magazine 1:40 PM
  • "Facebook Gives Us the First Real Look at Its Cesspool of Terrorist Propaganda and Hate Speech" Gizmodo 1:39 PM
  • "Adding AI and ML to Speech-to-Text and Language Translations Are Game Changers" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:55 AM
  • "Comic: The Top Four Features We Want to See in iOS 12" iMore 8:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Elevation Lab's CordDock is Your iPhone's Bedside Spacewalk Tether" Lifehacker 6:49 PM
  • "Google News lands on iOS with sleek new interface" Cult of Mac 4:34 PM
  • "Podcast app Audioboom faces collapse" Telegraph 1:52 PM
  • "Canal+ gives up on its cable box, switches to Apple TV" TechCrunch 1:51 PM
  • "DirecTV Now for iOS & Apple TV picks up easier UI, beta cloud DVR & more" AppleInsider 1:50 PM
  • "iPad Pro and iPhone X Win 'Displays of the Year' Awards" MacRumors 1:51 PM
  • "Society for Information Display Reveals 2018 Display Industry Award Winners" [Display of the Year: Apple iPad Pro Display; Display Applications of the Year: iPhone X] PRNewswire 1:38 PM
  • "KNFB Reader 3.0 for iOS Devices Launched" PRNewswire 1:38 PM
  • "AirFly lets you pair your AirPods with almost anything" Cult of Mac 10:56 AM
  • "Spigen's new iPhone X cases prey on your nostalgia for retro Apple gadgets" The Verge 9:14 AM
  • "Mercedes Offers iPhone Covers, Laptop And Tablet Cases And Bags" CarScoops 8:42 AM
  • "Mercedes offering upmarket iPhone cases in leather, aluminum and carbon fiber" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "TuneBand Go offers a lightweight, comfortable way to carry your iPhone while working out" Apple World Today 7:30 AM
  • "Gmail's native Offline mode is making its way to users' accounts" Engadget 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 April 2018 Update runs into more SSD woes, this time with Toshiba models" TechRadar UK 6:07 AM
  • "Microsoft blocks Windows 10 April 2018 update to some Intel SSDs" Ars Technica 5:51 PM
  • "Microsoft Makes Bid for IoT Devices with Linux and CASB" IT Pro Today 8:41 PM
  • "Microsoft continues its quest for the HoloLens grail" ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "HPE buys networking startup Plexxi" ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires Plexxi" Seeking Alpha 9:55 AM
  • "HP's new 'all-in-one' PC to come pre-installed with Alexa" Business Standard 6:20 AM
  • "HP's new Envy PC is the first all-in-one with Alexa baked-in: 'Alexa, where to I put this massive desktop?'" The Inquirer 6:20 AM
  • "HP announces updated HP ENVY Portfolio  powered by Windows 10" Win Central 6:21 AM
  • "HP adds a bunch of new notebooks to its Envy and Elite lineup" PC Magazine 6:20 AM
  • "HP Launches State-of-the-Art Large Format Photo Printers" The Financial 6:21 AM
  • "HPE Announces HPE SimpliVity Support for Microsoft Hyper-V and SimpliVity Workspaces for Citrix: The new offerings expand customer hypervisor options and simplify and enhance the ability to provide high-performance virtual applications and desktops." Computerworld India 6:22 AM
  • "Israeli minister says Intel board approves Israel expansion" Reuters 6:07 AM
  • "U.S. Chipmaker Intel Submits Plans for $5 Billion Israel Expansion" Reuters 6:49 AM
  • "The Intel Z390 chipset now (almost) official with Wireless AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 in tow" Notebook Check 6:50 AM
  • "Opinion: New AMD chip goes after $10 billion market that Intel dominates" MarketWatch 6:07 AM
  • "AMD's new APUs mix Ryzen Pro CPUs with Vega graphics on a single chip: The chips are targeted at professional mobile and desktop kit" The Inquirer 6:30 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Pro now comes with built-in Radeon Vega graphics" SlashGear 6:08 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPU release dates, specs and price: Dell, HP and Lenovo introduce Ryzen Pro systems/Dell, HP and Lenovo show off new Ryzen Pro mobile and desktop systems - but new Ryzen Pro parts remain based on first-gen Ryzen" V3 6:21 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2 7nm and Navi Roadmap Confirmed" TechQuila 6:17 AM
  • "MSI unveils MECH 2 Series AMD Polaris graphics cards" Hexus 6:17 AM
  • "IBM execs urge US lawmakers not to adopt GDPR: Firm wants congressman to develop a less onerous 'third way' for data privacy" The Inquirer 6:29 AM
  • "IBM Executives Press U.S. Lawmakers Not to Adopt EU Privacy Law" IT Pro Today 1:52 PM
  • "Google Is Now Under Investigation After Oracle Accused It of Secretly Tracking Android Users" Fortune 6:18 AM
  • "Oracle Accuses Google of Secretly Tracking Users" Investopedia 2:43 PM
  • "Cisco Buys Accompany, Threatens Microsoft's LinkedIn Dominance" Zacks 6:15 PM
  • "Cisco earnings: Focus is on new networking-as-a-service model/New Catalyst 9000 network switch requires something new: a software contract" MarketWatch 6:46 PM
  • "Silicon Wafer Shipments Hit Record Level" EE Times Asia 6:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple on the Verge of Major Profitability Growth?" The Motley Fool 8:02 PM
  • "Apple services growth will likely decelerate later this year, says Bernstein" MarketWatch 10:45 AM
  • "Sacconaghi rains on Apple's parade" Apple 3.0 1:40 PM
  • "Apple Gets Cut by T. Rowe, Fidelity Just Before Stock Rallies" Bloomberg 2:41 PM
  • "Warning: The Stock Market Is Totally Ignoring Epic Rallies in Apple and Facebook" TheStreet 7:52 AM
  • "Options Traders Expect Huge Moves in Apple Stock" Zacks 9:14 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow's win streak comes to a halt as stocks see biggest skid in 3 weeks: A popular measure of volatility saw its biggest spike in five weeks" MarketWatch 4:53 PM
  • "Dow Drops Nearly 200 Points, Ending the Index's 8-Day Rally: Stocks fall on Tuesday as investors await the beginning of the next round of trade talks between the U.S. and China." TheStreet 4:53 PM
  • "Tech and health care lead US stocks lower; bond yields rise" Associated Press 4:52 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks are mostly lower; bond yields rise" Associated Press 1:42 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Snap Winning Streak: Home Depot weighs on blue chips after quarterly sales miss expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 4:52 PM
  • "Asian stocks largely pull lower on weakness in tech shares: Chinese markets are opening up, but some investors are skeptical" MarketWatch 8:45 AM
  • "European stocks waver with data, earnings deluge in focus: Iliad tanks after disappointing earnings" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

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