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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?

  • "Happy Apple and the Curse of the iPhone: Not all blockbuster successes lead to complacency and collapse/Apple's dilemma ranks high in the list of nice corporate problems to have: how to sustain the growth generated by one of the world's most successful, innovative and profitable consumer products?"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:00 PM
  • "Why Apple is winning the silicon race"  iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Apple quietly opens Oregon engineering lab, poaches from Intel"  The Oregonian 6:53 AM
  • "Secret Apple engineering lab pops up in Oregon with Intel, tech alumni" AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "Apple's poaching of Intel employees fuels rumors of custom Mac chips" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Apple reportedly poaches senior Intel staffers for secret Oregon hardware lab" VentureBeat 9:24 AM
  • "What makes a good AR or VR headset and why Apple is positioned to dominate the space"  AppleInsider 2:19 PM
  • "» Apple Released $1.8 Billion in 1st Payment of Disputed EU Tax" ["Even though Apple has appealed the ruling, Ireland must still recover the disputed taxes while waiting for the hearing."] Market Realist 3:16 PM
  • "Apple releases yet another High Sierra beta, while we still wait for macOS 10.13.5" TechRadar UK 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:13 PM
  • "Here's Why 'Messages in iCloud' Is a Big Deal (and How to Enable It)" iDrop News 2:57 PM
  • "How To View Passwords In Keychain On iOS And macOS" AddictiveTips 2:57 PM
  • "How to Check SMART Status on Mac Hard Drives" OS X Daily 12:00 PM
  • "How to use make hard-to-read email legible: There are a couple of things you can do if you find it difficult to read email in Apple's Mail app," Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "macOS: Check Your LaunchAgents for Malicious Software" The Mac Observer 8:19 AM
  • "Rumor: Running iOS Apps on Macs" inessential 2:23 PM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from May 2018: Massive role-playing adventures and quirky, offbeat picks lead May's Mac offerings." Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "Ten to One: I. Ten reasons to get a PC rather than a Mac"  Rixstep 6:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "WidsMob Viewer Browses Photos on Mac with Excellent User Experience" prMac 9:18 PM
  • "Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - May 2018" MacRumors 5:06 PM
  • "Coremelt's Scribomatic & NEW Paint Tracking Plugin" 7:36 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro 1.1 gains HEIF export, web tools, Touch Bar support, more" iDownload Blog 10:21 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro Gains New Exporting Tools, Auto Color Adjustments and Touch Bar Support" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro updated with Touch Bar support, SVG editing, advanced web export and slicing tools" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Create 'surround sound for your eyes' with Philips Hue Sync: Free software for Windows 10 and macOS computers that enables immersive light experiences available now" PRNewswire 6:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tech Leaders Head the Management Top 250: Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and other tech giants dominate the list of the most effectively managed companies in the U.S." [Paid Membership Required] 10:24 AM
  • "Apple Starts Decorating the McEnery Convention Center Ahead of WWDC 2018" iClarified 7:36 AM
  • "China's Mobile E-Commerce Market Overview and Predictions : April 2018" ["Apple led the market by sales volume in April, thanks to a greater than 7% discount of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in ecommerce channels."] Counterpoint 8:14 AM
  • "iPhones lead online smartphone sales in China – Counterpoint" 9to5Mac 8:16 AM
  • "This map shows how much the iPhone 8 costs around the world" Business Insider 2:24 PM
  • "Telegram messaging says Apple has prevented its updates since April" Reuters 9:20 PM
  • "Telegram says Apple has been rejecting its app updates even outside of Russia" The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "Messaging app Telegram claims Apple has blocked updates: Restriction has been in place since Russia's attempt to ban the app, Telegram says" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Apple is seeking a UI designer to help with its AR plans" Cult of Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Verizon is riding high on Apple Watch activations" phoneArena 8:23 AM
  • "Xiaomi Unveils Mi 8 Smartphone With iPhone X-Like Notch Design, Vertical Dual-Lens Camera System, and Animated Emoji Features" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "Apple Watch rainbow-pride face celebrates inclusion" CNET 7:10 AM
  • "'100 Views of Silicon Valley' project combines iPad creativity with traditional painting" 9to5Mac 10:40 AM
  • "Steve Jobs would never approve this toxic portrait" Cult of Mac 12:01 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:38 PM
  • "Hello, this is the FTC. You have been selected for a free lawsuit... Robocall pair sued: Watchdog says fellas made billions of automated calls" The Register 5:41 PM
  • "Decade-Old Steam Bug Could've Been Used to Hijack PCs: Security researcher Tom Court noticed the problem in some 'very old' Steam computer code." PC Magazine 2:35 PM
  • "We fooled the OnePlus 6's face unlock with a printed photo" Mashable 2:23 PM
  • "Evening Standard under fire for selling 'favorable' coverage to Uber, Google: London paper 'sold its editorial independence,' Open Democracy claims." Politico 12:11 PM
  • "Sprint says merger with 'fiercest rival' will 'create robust competition'" Ars Technica 12:01 PM
  • "Teens flock to YouTube, Instagram over Facebook, says Pew study" CNET 10:46 AM
  • "Facebook edged out of top 3 social networks by U.S. teens" VentureBeat 10:40 AM
  • "Monster Cable's Plan for Saving Its Failing Business Is a Cryptocoin Called 'Monster Money Tokens'" Gizmodo 10:40 AM
  • "No, Samsung doesn't have to keep patching old smartphones, court rules: Samsung beats consumer advocates in case over smartphone security updates." ZDNet 9:04 AM
  • "Samsung in-display fingerprint sensor delayed until Galaxy S10? (Updated)" Android Authority 8:45 AM
  • "Galaxy A9 Star line to be unveiled June 7 poster reveals" phoneArena 8:25 AM
  • "Amazon works its way deeper into customers' lives" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:10 AM
  • "Would you watch a full-length VR movie? Hugo Weaving's making one: Can the Matrix and Lord of the Rings star keep you in a helmet for a whole film?" CNET 7:09 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 222, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie" Daring Fireball 6:36 PM
  • "Apple's Intel Engineer Hires, Saved Safari History -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-31" The Mac Observer 12:28 PM
  • "189: Nobody Lets Me Name Anything" The Rebound 10:21 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 175: Apple Watch Pride, HomePod stereo & AirPlay 2, macOS 10.14 wish list" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Apple to Tout Digital Health, AR Features at Software Conference"  Bloomberg 9:24 AM
  • "Gurman: WWDC 2018 to Have Software Focus, New Macs, iPad Pros, and Larger-Screen Apple Watches Coming Later" MacRumors 10:46 AM
  • "MacBook & iPad Pro updates might not make it to WWDC" AppleInsider 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's WWDC 2018 will reportedly be hardware free: Don't expect Tim Cook to announce a single gadget." CNET 12:01 PM
  • "iOS 12 will reportedly show how much time you're spending on your iPhone: Both Google and Apple are trying to help you balance tech and life" The Verge 11:06 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 To Boast Brilliant Edge-To-Edge Screen, Report Claims" Forbes 9:18 PM
  • "Apple cuts smartphone power chip orders from Dialog Semiconductor"  Reuters 2:14 PM
  • "Microsoft and Apple helped build new braille display standard: The non-profit USB Implementers Forum announced the standard today." Engadget 8:38 AM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 11.4.1 public beta" 9to5Mac 12:08 PM
  • "Apple Advances their invention for an iPhone or iPod Touch with a Convex OLED Display" Patently Apple 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Strong Cover Glass and/or Portion of an iDevice Housing using Sapphire or Fiberglass Ribbing" Patently Apple 10:41 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves 'formatting content for a reduced-size user interface" Apple World Today 8:18 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM

  • "Apple HomePod review/Updated: iOS 11.4 gives Siri's speaker extra smarts, with support for stereo pairing and multi-room support audio" Stuff Magazine 8:27 AM
  • "The Sensel Morph trackpad is a digital creative's dream: Use it to code, paint, edit videos, drum and compose music." Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Hands-on: CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 3 RAID external storage enclosure [Video] 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Review: RAVPower AC Outlet 27000mAh Power Bank" BetaNews 8:38 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Music vs YouTube Music in-depth comparison"  AppleInsider 12:13 PM
  • "'Justice Royale' Review – I Beat the Boss and Love, Love, LOVE the ending" Touch Arcade 10:21 AM
  • "Apple Watch: How to customize the Dock" 9to5Mac 9:17 PM
  • "Apple Watch: How to clear all notifications" 9to5Mac 5:06 PM
  • "How to remove autocompleting zombie contacts from iPhone Mail" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "How to add Facebook Events to iPhone calendar (and delete them too)" iDownload Blog 12:01 PM
  • "Allow Important Calls And Messages To Bypass Do Not Disturb" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to upgrade or downgrade your iCloud storage plan" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "WWDC 2018: Start time, live blog, how to livestream, what to expect" CNET 9:16 PM
  • "How to stream PC games on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 2:24 PM
  • "Apple WWDC (What We're Definitely Craving): 7 Wishes For watchOS 5" Forbes 9:13 PM
  • "10 Strikes and You're Out — the iOS Feature You're Probably Not Using But Should" Daring Fireball 5:24 PM
  • "Can Apple's Services Segment See Sustainable Growth?" Market Realist 5:14 PM
  • "Apple must change the perception that it is lagging behind' with Siri – Forrester" Apple Must 12:39 PM
  • "The 2013 Mac Pro, Five Years Later" 512 Pixels 9:24 AM
  • "Here's how Apple could automate stereo pairing for a typical HomePod setup" 9to5Mac 9:24 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X: Attack of the Clones"  Barron's 5:11 PM
  • "Who copied the iPhone X best?" phoneArena 8:21 AM
  • "From Apple HomePod to Google Daydream: All the Things We Loved in May" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "My Subsequent Adventure with Apple's 17-Year Retail Venture" Low End Mac 8:17 AM
  • "ForecastAdvisor and Weather Services" Macdrifter 7:32 AM
  • "Increasingly wrong: The iOS advantage" Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Why Apple Shouldn't Have Released the HomePod Without AirPlay 2"  Kirkville 7:32 AM
  • "Will HomePod make a second splash at WWDC 2018?"  AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "WWDC 2018: Four trends Apple is most likely to showcase" Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "I would happily ditch the selfie camera for a full-screen phone" TechCrunch 5:06 PM
  • "Google Search Labeled the California GOP as Nazis, But It's No Conspiracy" Wired 5:05 PM
  • "This is one of the weirdest Android bugs we've ever seen" BGR 10:21 AM
  • "Moore's Law" Gigaom 9:24 AM
  • "It Looks Like the Pixel 3 Is Already in Trouble" Tom's Guide 8:21 AM
  • "The OS Armageddon Is Coming: Issues with Microsoft's Windows 10 April 2018 Update are a warning of what's to come." PC Magazine 7:13 AM
  • "The tragedy of PlayStation Vue: Sony's streaming TV service earns high marks from users, so why is it struggling?" TechHive 7:10 AM
  • "Podcasting By The Numbers: All About The Folks Tuning Into This Hot Medium" Forbes 6:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Belkin launches new 10W Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and Stand with unique design for iPhone" 9to5Mac 1:00 PM
  • "Microsoft is killing off Groove Music iOS and Android apps" The Verge 12:02 PM
  • "Evergreen Bets Big on Disrupting the IT Marketplace for Apple-Centric Businesses, with Acquisition of Interlaced" Business Wire 10:27 AM
  • "Golfshot introduces Golfscape AR augmented reality feature exclusive to Apple's iOS devices" MacDailyNews 10:27 AM
  • "Google Calendar now lets users send a note when changing event details" 9to5Google 9:38 AM
  • "This ridiculous accessory helps you snap epic pet photos" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "The best new games for iPhone and iPad this week - May 31st" 148Apps 7:32 AM
  • "Get More from Your Wi-Fi Network with Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security" Kirkville 7:32 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Windows shakeup continues internally" The Verge 2:18 PM
  • "Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft's Peggy Johnson on Her Trusted Advisers: The deal maker calls on mentors from former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing to Liberty Media's Greg Maffei" [Paid Membership Required] 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft mixed reality exec Kudo Tsunoda in limbo as engineering reorganization continues" GeekWire 11:56 AM
  • "Microsoft continues to hone its latest reorg with more employee shuffles" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft passes Google in market value. Next up? Amazon" CNN Money 7:44 AM
  • "From AI to inclusive hiring, Satya Nadella seeks further inspiration at Microsoft's Ability Summit" GeekWire 5:14 PM
  • "Mapbox partners with Microsoft, Intel to provide self-driving car maps: Mapbox does not make its own mapping apps but instead provides the geographic data used by other company's apps." Computerworld New Zealand 7:25 AM
  • "Intel dodges every question at Apache Pass/Xpoint launch" SemiAccurate 11:56 AM
  • "Intel brings DDR4 DIMM modules to its Optane range: The SSD slayer takes another form" The Inquirer 7:20 AM
  • "Intel unveils Optane DC persistent memory DIMMs: 'This is a new class of storage'" ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "Intel announces availability of its Optane DC persistent memory DIMMs: Falling somewhere between RAM and SSD" TechSpot 7:36 AM
  • "How Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory could up capacity, lower cost of in-memory databases: The new memory solution leverages 3D XPoint and offers DIMMs in sizes up to 512GB." TechRepublic 7:43 AM
  • "Server sales boom in Q1 as Dell, HPE tied for No. 1, but whitebox dominates for cloud providers" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Is mysterious Windows 10 on Arm dual-screen Dell in the works?" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Dell is reportedly working on a dual-screen Windows ARM device: Microsoft is also working on its own Andromeda device" The Verge 7:35 AM
  • "Dell might be building Microsoft's long-rumored 'Surface Phone'" BGR 6:36 PM
  • "Dell Virtustream secures spot on Australia's certified cloud list" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "Dell Australia tax bill reduces profit to AU$52m" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "IBM Bets On Private Cloud Data Platform: Assembling the pieces to create a modern platform for data management, data governance, and data science can be complex. IBM says it's done the heavy lifting with a private, on-premises cloud platform to do the work." InformationWeek 7:42 AM
  • "Bridget van Kralingen Spearheading IBM's Blockchain Platform" Technowize 7:43 AM
  • "Don't read this, Oracle... It's the rise of the open-source data strategies: Could this be the end of RDBMS?" The Register 7:45 AM
  • "AMD Is Well-Positioned to Take Server Share from Intel: The chipmaker's Epyc server CPU line continues to gain traction, as a new Cisco announcement shows. And going forward, Intel's manufacturing woes could help AMD add to its share gains." TheStreet 3:41 PM
  • "AMD: Expect Better Availability Of Radeon GPUs, US Retailers Stocked Up" Forbes 2:19 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 2300X And Ryzen 5 2500X Processor Details Leaked Plus Two Big Surprises" Forbes 9:18 PM
  • "Cisco unveils AMD EPYC-powered servers" ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "Five Robotics Trends That Soon Will Be Changing IT" eWeek 7:21 AM
  • "Technology that changed us: The 2010s, from Amazon Echo to Pokémon Go" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "ARM Announces Mali-V76 Video Processor: Planning For the 8K Video Future" AnandTech 2:24 PM
  • "Red Hat's only business plan is to keep changing plans" ZDNet 9:13 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow ends 252 points lower as U.S. tariffs reignite trade-war fears: Major indexes log monthly gains; small caps outperform" MarketWatch 5:04 PM
  • "Dow Falls as U.S. to Impose Steel Tariffs on EU, Canada, Mexico: Stocks closed lower on Thursday after the U.S. says it will impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union." TheStreet 5:04 PM
  • "Stocks skid as US imposes tariffs and allies retaliate" Associated Press 5:04 PM
  • "Dow lower as US removes steel, aluminum tariff exemptions on some allies" FOXBusiness 12:37 PM
  • "Stocks Drop After U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum: Investors sell off shares of big industrial manufacturers; Boeing is among the Dow industrials' biggest decliners" [Paid Membership Required] 5:03 PM
  • "Asian markets pick up pieces, make solid gains after big losses: Nikkei rises, though yen does too; Hang Seng on pace for third monthly loss out of past four" MarketWatch 10:19 AM
  • "European stocks edge higher, as car makers fall on U.S. trade worries: Stocks set to eke out a paltry rise for May; eurozone inflation rises to near 2%" MarketWatch 10:19 AM

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