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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?

  • "The Apple of My Eye: Apple Shares Hit All Time High"  TheStreet 1:30 PM
  • "Apple Looks to Expand Advertising Business With New Network for Apps: Increasing ad sales could help offset slowing iPhone growth, but effort would face stiff competition from Google and Facebook" ["It's unclear where Apple's planning for the possible ad network stands. Representatives for Apple, Snap and Pinterest declined to comment. The digital ad effort, if it proceeds, would push Apple into territory dominated by Alphabet Inc.'s Google, which claims 35% of the mobile ad market, and Facebook Inc., which has 25%, according to research firm eMarketer."] [Paid Membership Required] 11:50 AM
  • "Apple's WWDC 2018: Forget the gadgets, it's all about services and software/Apple may want you to use its hardware less, but it still has a way to keep you in its world."  CNET 7:30 AM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018: Why announcement of new iPhone software and more is so mysterious"  The Independent 8:16 AM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018: New iPhone software will 'stop people using it too much'" The Independent 8:16 AM
  • "Apple declines invite to EU hearing, cites appeal against EU tax order"  Reuters 7:25 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung trying to put patent dispute behind them through mediation" Foss Patents 8:12 AM
  • "Apple to debut phone-to-phone augmented reality: sources" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "Apple's Workforce Growth in Oregon Could Point to Desktop-Class CPU Ambitions"  MacRumors 10:18 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 With Messages in iCloud Support" MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update with Messages in iCloud" Macworld 3:07 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 brings Messages in iCloud and security updates" Ars Technica 3:07 PM
  • "What's new in macOS 10.13.5: Messages in iCloud" AppleInsider 3:07 PM
  • "How to sync your text messages to iCloud" iMore 3:07 PM
  • "Simulating Pivot Tables In Numbers" MacMost 9:03 AM
  • "How to enable Messages in iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac (and why you might want to keep this feature turned off)" ZDNet 4:03 PM
  • "Redirect URLs With These Chrome Extensions" Lifehacker 8:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Sources: Amazon eyes downtown Raleigh for HQ2; Apple deal 'imminent'"  WRAL 7:38 AM
  • "Apple announcement of North Carolina campus 'imminent,' report says" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple wants to build the next paradigm of user interfaces"  Computerworld 9:35 AM
  • "Apple reportedly hiring Intel engineers to staff-up chip development lab in Oregon: Report lends weight to rumours of Apple shift from Intel for desktop and laptop computers"  V3 8:55 AM
  • "Toshiba completes $18 billion sale of chip unit to Bain consortium" ["The consortium includes South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix, Apple Inc, Dell Technologies, Seagate Technology and Kingston Technology."] Reuters 12:38 PM
  • "iPhone X clone? Xiaomi Mi 8 has notch, face unlock, top chipset but far lower price: Xiaomi's new flagship Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Android phone with the iPhone X's 3D face unlock."  ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Apple approves Telegram update after Russian government demands app shutdown" AppleInsider 9:29 PM
  • "Telegram says Apple is blocking its app updates globally" BetaNews 9:59 AM
  • "Student Fined $400 for Checking Time on Apple Watch While Driving" iDrop News 12:10 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Fitbit misled consumers with ACCC claiming another scalp" ZDNet 9:50 PM
  • "Google reportedly won't renew controversial drone imaging program: Google will apply its AI expertise to drone footage until 2019, then it will stop." Ars Technica 8:13 PM
  • "YouTube dominates social media use among teens as Facebook fades, survey finds" CBS/AP 3:01 PM
  • "Jeff Bezos on Amazon Web Services and lock-in: 'You never want your customers to be trapped'" GeekWire 10:25 AM
  • "Why Does Gmail Keep Suggesting the Wrong Contact?" Lifehacker 9:59 AM
  • "ARM's powerful new chips might finally help Android phones catch up to the iPhone" BGR 8:13 AM
  • "Duck, cover, and reboot your router? Why the FBI's new warning is no joke" Digital Trends 8:12 AM
  • "Google explains 'weird' 1975 text message bug" BBC 7:49 AM
  • "Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to cede shares as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Google's 'Reserve' tool winning converts, taking search to next level" Reuters 7:29 AM
  • "iMore show 609: Apologies to Red-headed Stepchildren/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 9:25 PM
  • "WWDC 2018 Keynote Announcement Predictions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-01" The Mac Observer 12:33 PM
  • "iOS 12! New Macs! Catch our WWDC '18 predictions on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: Cryptojacking, Russian Router Malware, and Parental Controls" Intego Mac Podcast 8:13 AM
  • "Code 2018: When will Silicon Valley take responsibility for its products? Who's growing up — and who's lagging behind — was a recurring question this week at the Code Conference." Recode 8:12 AM
  • "Podcast: gearing up for WWDC, iOS 11.4, interview with Swiss watch manufacturer" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Carrier Ad Hints Edge-to-Edge iPhone SE 2, AirPower to Launch at WWDC '18"  iDrop News 1:34 PM
  • "OnLeaks: Budget iPhone X to Have 6-Inch Screen With Notch, Single Rear Camera, and Aluminum Frame"  MacRumors 9:06 AM
  • "Renders imagine 2018 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X with single rear camera and aluminum frame" 9to5Mac 9:20 AM
  • "Alleged 'iPhone 9' schematics claim to show entry level 6.1-inch LCD model" 9to5Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Broad leak of Apple's 2018 iPhone design schematics producing realistic renderings" AppleInsider 1:52 PM
  • "Samsung joins triple-camera trend to catch up with rivals" ["One of Apple's next premium smartphones, reportedly named as the iPhone X Plus, is also anticipated to come fitted with three camera lenses on the rear."] The Investor 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone X Plus Said to Feature Triple-Lens Rear Camera in 2018, Despite Most Rumors Pointing to 2019" MacRumors 8:24 AM
  • "Supposed 'iPhone SE 2' screen protector again hints at sensor notch" AppleInsider 7:44 AM
  • "Image Shows Supposed 'iPhone SE 2' Screen Protector With Smaller iPhone X-Style Notch" MacRumors 7:36 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 LCD iPhone Launch Date Reportedly Delayed by Two Months"  Nashville Chatter 7:38 AM
  • "Sketchy Korean report claims new LCD iPhone delayed until November" 9to5Mac 7:39 AM
  • "Rumored LCD iPhone with Face ID may be unavailable until November" iDownload Blog 8:05 AM
  • "Apple to cut orders for power management chips: The decision has sent suppliers' share prices tumbling." CNET 7:31 AM
  • "Apple is already working on custom Mac processors in 'secret' lab: Apple steps up its bid to move everything in-house." Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Apple to launch its own 'digital health' features in iOS 12, says report" TechCrunch 9:19 AM
  • "iOS 12 Beta Delayed? Apple Sneaks iOS 11.4.1 Beta Out To Testers" Forbes 7:29 AM
  • "Ahead of the iOS 12 emoji, Emojipedia lists what we might expect next year" 9to5Mac 8:55 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM

  • "Review: CalDigit's T4 RAID Offers Lots of Fast Storage, Thunderbolt 3, and 85W Charging" MacRumors 3:07 PM
  • "The Riotoro Prism Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review: Making A Strong Debut" AnandTech 7:46 AM
  • "Lifeproof Squamish 20L Review: One Dry Backpack/LifeProof's first backpack does a lot right, but falls short of the mark." Wired 7:35 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "AirPlay 2 Review: A computational audio duet for your HomePod" iMore 9:19 AM
  • "iOS 11.4: Should you install it now or wait for the bug fixes to drop? I've been running the latest iOS release on my devices for the past few days, and it's time to pass verdict on this release." ZDNet 8:59 AM
  • "'Space Pioneer' Review – A Game that's Truly Outta this World" Touch Arcade 3:07 PM
  • "How to Set a Room for Your Apple TV and HomePod for AirPlay 2" The Mac Observer 10:24 AM
  • "How to hide notification badges on iPhone app icons" iDownload Blog 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Family Sharing: Remember, in-app purchases can't be shared" Macworld 7:45 AM
WWDC 2018
  • "Apple's WWDC 2018: Shame we won't get that iOS 12 code rewrite" ZDNet 9:52 PM
  • "Thinking Deeply About the Browser We Use: Chrome, Safari, Firefox?" The Mac Observer 9:37 PM
  • "Apple rumor: the cheaper new iPhone will be delayed until November" Mashable 11:21 AM
  • "The iPhone dongle is still my f***ing nightmare" ["'At some point,' Joswiak told Buzzfeed two years ago, 'we're all going to look back at the furor over the headphone jack and wonder what the big deal was.' He's right; it's not a big deal. It's just Dongle. This is what power does to those without. They want their company to [...] either become normal or just barely irritating that to complain about it would seem silly. Dongle is death by a thousand free cuts — luckily I'm only on my sixth."]  The Outline 10:19 AM
  • "iOS vs. Android: When the market is saturated, who wins?" Apple 3.0 9:55 AM
  • "Sorry, Apple and Samsung. Smartphone innovation is happening in China."  Mashable 9:54 AM
  • "Apple's Self-Reliance Strategy Hurts Chip Suppliers Most" Zacks 8:54 AM
  • "WWDC 2018: What Apple's Big Show Means to You" Tom's Guide 12:38 PM
  • "iOS 12: 8 things we want to see in Apple's new iPhone software" Telegraph 10:29 AM
  • "Apple's WWDC 2018: Shame we won't get that iOS 12 code rewrite" ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "Spoiler alert: Apple's WWDC is probably going to be boring, and that's the way it should be"  Macworld 9:06 AM
  • "What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote — and what not to" AppleInsider 8:59 AM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018 hardware hope: A 'NPU' family" Alex4D 8:51 AM
  • "WWDC 2018: What we expect Apple to announce on June 4" Ars Technica 8:12 AM
  • "A look ahead: Apple's WWDC opportunity" Axios 8:04 AM
  • "I'm expecting (hoping?) to see Apple preview the 20th anniversary iMac at WWDC" Apple World Today 7:50 AM
  • "Will Apple discuss its MacBook keyboard problems at WWDC? Things are coming to a head"  The Verge 7:45 AM
  • "What to expect when you're expecting WWDC" Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018: Here's What to Expect" Wired 7:35 AM
  • "The all-screen phone everyone's going crazy over... isn't an all-screen phone" BGR 9:55 AM
  • "The Map Platform and the Map First UI" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:19 AM
  • "Lenovo Readying Sequel to Weirdest Laptop Ever" LAPTOP Magazine 8:15 AM
  • "4 reasons my love affair with Amazon is fizzling" Digital Trends 8:12 AM
  • "Here's how quickly Facebook rebuilt its profile on me" CNET 7:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple floats new App Store ad network concept to Snapchat, Pinterest & others" AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Apple is Doing a College Apple Pay Promotion at the University of Washington" The Mac Observer 1:05 PM
  • "Complete list of Apple Maps 'Look Inside' for Airports" iMore 10:17 AM
  • "EARTH is the Coolest Desktop Globe on the Planet with an AR iPhone App" The Mac Observer 9:53 AM
  • "Fiji Airways Launches Travel App" PRNewswire 8:22 AM
  • "Researchers Find Autism Screening App Is Caregiver-Friendly & Produces Reliable Scientific Data" PRNewswire-USNewswire 8:22 AM
  • "Some iOS Users Reporting New Netflix App Features – New Volume Indicator and 10-Second Double Tap Controls" MacTrast 8:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "A Microsoft acquisition of GitHub, valued at $2 billion, said to be in the works" Neowin 8:02 PM
  • "Windows 10 Finally Overtakes Windows 7 in the Enterprise" Softpedia 9:21 AM
  • "Apple, Microsoft and Google join forces to create a universal standard for braille displays" Alphr 9:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Redstone 5 (Fall 2018) Build 17682" Softpedia 9:22 AM
  • "Companies can skip a Windows 10 upgrade, but they have to hurry" Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana/Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to really take advantage of it." Computerworld 8:01 PM
  • "Surface 3 gets its first firmware update in a year and a half" Neowin 9:21 PM
  • "Lenovo is working on a successor to its unique Yoga Book convertible" The Verge 7:15 AM
  • "HP Gives Up on ARM for Intel on New Envy x2 Windows 10 Laptop" Softpedia 9:12 AM
  • "It's good to be the king: Dell gives HPE hell at top of server charts" The Register 9:09 AM
  • "HPE wades into Dell EMC's roadmap" Channel Eye 9:08 AM
  • "Dell Virtustream gains certified cloud provider status for Australia" IT PRO (UK) 9:08 AM
  • "Asus launches Chromebox 3 desktops with 8th gen Intel CPUs" Hexus 9:07 AM
  • "New Asus Chromebox 3 looks set to be a speedy micro PC for both work and play" TechRadar UK 9:07 AM
  • "Intel wants PCs to be more than just 'personal computers'" Engadget 12:40 PM
  • "Intel QLC based consumer SSD late this year, also Business SSDs up-to 20TB" Guru3D 9:05 AM
  • "VMware, AMD, GE, and the U.S. Air Force Are Coming to Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2018" Fortune 8:58 AM
  • "AMD stock gains after Stifel hikes price target" MarketWatch 8:58 AM
  • "Acer Announces AMD Gaming Lineup For Computex 2018" AnandTech 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 2300X And Ryzen 5 2500X Processor Details Leaked" CDR Info 8:57 AM
  • "AMD B450 Motherboards Will be Displayed at Computex" Guru3D 8:56 AM
  • "Spark, Cisco team up for 5G Innovation Hub; Vocus-Vodafone tie-up on the cards?" Telegeography 8:52 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Dialog tumbles after Apple confirms chip development plans" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:31 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends over 200 points higher after stronger-than-expected jobs report: U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in May" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Over 200 Points Following Solid U.S. Jobs Report: Stocks rise Friday as Wall Street assesses a stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report for May." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks higher as unemployment falls to an 18-year low: The U.S. economy added 223,000 workers in May, surpassing the 188,000 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8%, an 18-year low and down from April's 3.9%. Wage inflation inched higher, to 0.3%." FOXBusiness 11:43 AM
  • "Stocks turn higher amid strong US data, trade concerns" Associated Press 8:57 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Gain After Strong Jobs Report: Dow industrials recoup most of their losses for the week; worries about eurozone stability ease" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets end mixed, as MSCI's inclusion fails to make a splash in China: Nikkei up as automakers make gains" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "FTSE 100 follows Europe's lead higher as Italy forms a new government: U.K. stocks bounced up Friday as the broader European equity market found cheer from the formation of a new government in Italy, but London's blue-chips benchmark was headed for a lackluster weekly performance." MarketWatch 11:40 AM

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