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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?

  • "Apple Is Close to a Deal for an Animated Movie/Apple Inc.'s foray into Hollywood is taking a step further: feature films."  Bloomberg 2:22 PM
  • "Apple reportedly near deal for animated movie from Irish studio: Cartoon Saloon released Oscar-nominated films The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells." CNET 3:12 PM
  • "Apple's fastest-growing business isn't the iPhone —¬†but that's still what investors care the most about"  Business Insider 2:27 PM
  • "Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple's New Security Feature: 'Grayshift has gone to great lengths to future proof their technology and stated that they have already defeated this security feature in the beta build.'"  Motherboard 7:29 PM
  • "Apple wins praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones: Amid reports that two forensic companies have been helping law enforcement and government agencies break into locked iPhones, Apple rolled out a new feature in iOS 12 to prevent further intrusions. Privacy advocates applauded the move."  Computerworld 3:07 PM
  • "Apple closes law enforcement loophole for the iPhone: Apple is about to make it much harder for law enforcement agencies to gain access to information on iPhones."  CNNMoney 8:11 AM
  • "Apple shuts down iPhone cracking loophole used by police" Telegraph 7:33 AM
  • "Apple is updating iOS to lock out police iPhone hacking tools" BetaNews 7:32 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly closing a security loophole that will prevent police from accessing iPhones" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "iPhone security loophole used by police closed by Apple" BBC 7:53 AM
  • "Comment: No, Apple isn't trying to thwart law enforcement with iOS 12 USB restrictions" ["The reality is that Apple is dealing with one simple fact known to every security professional but seemingly not to the law enforcement agencies that are complaining about the move: you cannot have a security hole that is used only by the good guys. Anything law enforcement can use with good intentions, criminals can use with bad intentions."]  9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), North Carolina work on incentive requirements, new project details" Triangle Business Journal 7:28 PM
  • "Apple is starting a music publishing business. Huh?"  CNNMoney 11:17 AM
  • "WWDC: Industry experts praise Apple's Health Records API/Apple is one of the few companies on the planet that would attempt to connect consumers to the different EHR systems that exist, and perhaps the only one capable of pulling it off." Computerworld 8:13 AM
  • "Rejoice! Apple will let you play DVDs on Mojave Macs" Apple Must 9:31 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Failing to Install on an External USB Drive? Here's the Fix" The Mac Observer 10:17 AM
  • "How to Add Presenter Notes in Keynote in 60 Seconds" Envato Tuts+ 8:02 AM
  • "What to do when iPhoto and Photos take up too much storage space on a Mac" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "How to Use the Unread Email Filter on Mail for Mac" OS X Daily 3:24 PM
  • "How to Format a Drive with GUID for macOS High Sierra, Mojave Installation" The Mac Observer 1:18 PM
  • "Customizing Your Dock's Appearance" MacMost 9:15 AM
  • "How to quickly access Magnifier, Smart Invert, Reduce White Point, other iDevice tools" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Merlin Project 5 is here" prMac 10:00 AM
  • "Sound Siphon 3 brings powerful and easy audio capture to the Mac" prMac 8:43 AM
  • "Popular Mac Image Utility GraphicConverter 10.6.1 Adds New Batch Features" MacTrast 7:42 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X, Motion users will hit it off with HitFilm" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "String Replacer 1.5 the macOS tool to find and replace strings on multiple files in batch mode" Tension Software 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Could a Tech Giant Swoop Into 21st Century Fox Fray? Would one of the internet or technology heavyweights — Google, Facebook, Apple or Amazon — want to own 20th Century Fox Film or other chunks of Rupert Murdoch's media empire?"  Variety 8:06 AM
  • "All Apple employees now get standing desks — and Tim Cook has said that 'sitting is the new cancer'"  Business Insider 6:52 AM
  • "Apple's newest employee perk is standing desks" The Next Web 7:31 AM
  • "Apple in talks to open first Israeli store in country's tallest building, report says" AppleInsider 6:52 AM
  • "New Survey Finds Fewer Merchants Accepting Apple Pay: Kount's 6th Annual Mobile Fraud & Payments Survey Finds Complacency and Regression Among Merchants' Mobile Fraud Mitigation Strategies"  PRNewswire 7:55 AM
  • "Kount claims Apple Pay and Google Pay are losing ground to PayPal and AmEx" VentureBeat 7:37 AM
  • "The Queen harnesses the power of technology to watch foals being born" Horse & Hound 7:36 AM
  • "Here's how the Queen uses her royal iPad" Cult of Mac 7:36 AM
  • "Want a brand new iPhone 3GS? 9 years on, Korean carrier restarts sales at $40 a pop"  phoneArena 9:19 AM
  • "Apple, Spike Jonze and 'It's a Tide Ad' win at AICP Awards" AdAge 8:56 PM
  • "An extreme iPhone X drop test off a bridge has happy ending" Cult of Mac 3:23 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Stanford researchers taught AI to make dank memes" The Next Web 7:38 PM
  • "Facebook's New Political Algorithms Increase Tension With Publishers" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:52 PM
  • "Facebook changes its audit committee charter after privacy issues." Axios 4:19 PM
  • "DeepMind AI learns to reconstruct scenes from images" Axios 4:19 PM
  • "Fortnite players aren't satisfied with Sony's response to the PlayStation-Nintendo Switch controversy" Business Insider 12:47 PM
  • "This is how the pop-up selfie camera works on the Vivo NEX" Android Central 11:56 AM
  • "Verizon launches a third 'unlimited' plan: Someone tell Verizon what 'unlimited' means" The Verge 9:47 AM
  • "These are all the phones LG is releasing in 2018" Android Central 9:36 AM
  • "World Cup Soccer 2018 Draws Fans and Cybercriminals Alike" ITPro 7:33 AM
  • "Automated-driving technology is starting to show up in motorcycles" Recode 7:32 AM
  • "Why hardcore gaming phones are now a thing - Gaming phones overview" Android Authority 7:11 AM
  • "Gorgeous renders show the Pixel 3 XL in color" BGR 7:36 AM
  • "Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data" VentureBeat 11:08 AM
  • "Google updates Ad Settings page and expands 'Why this" Mashable 10:06 AM
  • "Google Helpfully Reminds Us How to Turn Off Invasive Personalized Ads" Gizmodo 4:14 PM
  • "Google purposefully removed loophole from Android that allowed Substratum custom themes" 9to5Google 7:11 AM
  • "Sprint pulling $15 Unlimited mega deal after one week citing high demand" Android Authority 7:10 AM
  • "AT&T finishes acquiring Time Warner, becoming massive media conglomerate" The Verge 7:29 PM
  • "How AT&T's Time Warner acquisition will impact cord-cutters" TechHive 7:08 AM
  • "Tim Cook's Bloomberg Interview, macOS Mojave and External Drives -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-14" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 177: AirPlay 2 growing pains, using iOS 12"s Screen Time, USB-C iPhone rumors" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "iMore show 612: WWDC Reflections at NextDoor" iMore 7:33 AM
  • "Intel starts making modem chips for upcoming iPhones: Chipmaker aims to take the lead in 5G, beyond PCs and smartphones"  Nikkei 8:05 AM
  • "First details emerge about new batch of Intel processor security flaws" AppleInsider 1:03 PM
  • "Apple Supplier CEO Hints Triple-Lens iPhones Are Coming in 2019" iDrop News 4:25 PM
  • "Apple Invents an Autonomous Vehicle Guidance System that Recognizes Intent Signals from Authorized Drivers" Patently Apple 8:53 AM
  • "Apple patent is for an autonomous vehicle guidance system" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Invention Describes Face ID Camera System used for Biometrics, Gaze Tracking & Hand Gesturing on Macs or TV" Patently Apple 9:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Buy One, Get $700 Off Another iPhone Deal Coming to T-Mobile" iDrop News 2:29 PM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM

  • "Reviewed: Apple HomePod goes stereo and multi-room" Yahoo Finance 9:46 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-On With All the New Features in watchOS 5" MacRumors 3:24 PM
  • "Android P vs. iOS 12 notifications: How have Google and Apple changed notifications?" Digital Trends 12:45 PM
  • "Five of my favorite iOS 12 features [Video] 9to5Mac 9:46 AM
  • "'Gleam of Fire' Review – Holy Impostor Batman, it's a Platformer with Great Potential – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 2:29 PM
  • "watchOS 5: How to clear Website Data" 9to5Mac 7:30 PM
  • "How to add your own Siri Shortcuts right now" Cult of Mac 3:12 PM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to enable the new thesaurus in iOS 12" 9to5Mac 1:44 PM
  • "How to limit kids' screen time on iPhone and iPad with iOS 12" iDownload Blog 11:09 AM
  • "How to delete your Apple ID" iMore 9:19 AM
  • "How to Enable and Disable iPhone and iPad USB Restricted Mode" The Mac Observer 9:15 AM
  • "How to find and remove 'Other' files from iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:33 AM
  • "How to obtain your other Apple devices' information with iCloud" iDownload Blog 7:33 AM
  • "How to enable favicons in Safari so you can see website icons in tabs" iDownload Blog 7:32 AM
  • "How to get student or teacher discounts on Apple products: Did you know you can save money by shopping for your next Mac or iPad on the Apple Education Store?" Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "iPhone X — How to shoot Burst mode on iPhone X" YouTube: Apple 7:13 AM
  • "11 Ways iOS 12's 'Screen Time' Will Break Your iPhone Addiction" iDrop News 1:44 PM
  • "When Will Every iPhone Have an OLED Screen?" [Slideshow] Mashable 7:37 PM
  • "On the Sad State of Macintosh Hardware" ["Compare and contrast with the iPhone, which is updated not just annually, but predictably."] Daring Fireball 7:32 PM
  • "On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware"  Rogue Amoeba 7:32 PM
  • "Apple Now Wants to Make an Animated Movie for Some Reason" The Motley Fool 8:07 PM
  • "What movie studio consolidation means for Apple's media ambitions"  AppleInsider 3:38 PM
  • "It's not quite a Mac mini, but it's my server" Six Colors 1:03 PM
  • "eXtensions -Digital Photography and Self-Improvement Over Time" eXtensions 9:24 AM
  • "AppleCare has been 'underestimated' but highlights Apple's reliance on device sales, says analyst"  MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "2018 iPhone really needs a feature you've never heard of" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Should the Apple TV Home screen and TV app merge to become one?" iDownload Blog 7:33 AM
  • "If Only Apple Would Let You Use Your Own Domain for iCloud Email..." Kirkville 7:32 AM
  • "I probably won't buy a MacBook Pro until Apple revives its own display line" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
  • "A thousand noes: Checking out the Android hotness" Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do" TechCrunch 4:59 PM
  • "Mega Merger Mania" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 2:29 PM
  • "How email holds us back, and Artificial Intelligence will move us forward" ReadWrite 8:12 AM
  • "Sony's Weak, Unacceptable Response To The 'Fortnite' Switch Lockout Willfully Misses The Point" Forbes 8:00 AM
  • "Fortnite is changing the video game landscape, but it's also kinda not: It's the biggest thing in video games right now. But not the only thing." CNET 7:42 AM
  • "The BlackBerry KEY2 is awesome, but I desperately want a Priv 2 slider" Android Central 7:11 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Speck's new iPhone cases allow you to show your World Cup team spirit" CNET 7:33 PM
  • "Apple's TV app enables live sports, news coverage in Canada" AppleInsider 7:30 PM
  • "'Super Soccer Jump' is Wacky Physics-Based Soccer from the Makers of 'Stinger Table Hockey' – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 7:30 PM
  • "SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Donkey Kong', 'RBI Baseball 18', and More" Touch Arcade 4:59 PM
  • "Apple Pay promo offers two free rides with Ofo bike sharing service" 9to5Mac 3:31 PM
  • "Single Device Party Game 'Out of the Loop' Hits the App Store and Google Play Store – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 3:07 PM
  • "iWork for iOS and Mac updated,¬†built-in audio recording and Smart Annotation improvements on mobile" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "iWork 4.1 Adds Audio Recording Capabilities, Various Minor Improvements" MacStories 2:28 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 coming to portable Libratone speakers in September from $249" 9to5Mac 1:04 PM
  • "Apple upgrading ResearchKit 2.0 with iOS 12 UI, speech recognition tasks, PDF viewer, more" 9to5Mac 12:45 PM
  • "LastThink releases Catchit Road - Speed Control for iOS" prMac 10:00 AM
  • "ElcomSoft Decrypts iMessages in iCloud" PRNewswire 7:55 AM
  • "Valve Removes Game Purchasing Option From Steam Link in Hopes of App Store Approval" MacRumors 12:02 PM
  • "Valve not giving up, rolls out new Steam Link beta for iOS, Apple TV" AppleInsider 9:18 AM
  • "Valve Updates Steam Link iOS App to Remove Game Purchasing – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 7:32 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google Pixelbook Could Dual Boot Windows 10" UberGizmo 7:05 AM
  • "Google Is Maybe Kinda Trying to Get the Pixelbook Windows 10 Certified" Gizmodo 7:15 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 could be 'heavily redesigned' for 2019: There will be a USB-C port and Intel Coffee Lake processors at least" The Inquirer 7:15 AM
  • "Microsoft reportedly has its own cashierless store technology: Reuters reports Walmart is in talks to try the apparent Amazon Go competitor." Engadget 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft's next-gen HoloLens could arrive in Q1 2019: Maybe people might buy into this one..." The Inquirer 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft revealed why some bugs aren't fixed right away - Video" ZDNet 4:42 PM
  • "Microsoft declares Windows 10 April 2018 Update ready for businesses" ZDNet 12:10 PM
  • "Windows 10 upgrade: Survey finds half of users experience problems" ZDNet 12:11 PM
  • "Dell Launches New Portfolio of Commercial Desktops and All-in-Ones in India" TechVorm 7:27 AM
  • "Dell India unveils new commercial desktops, All-in-Ones" New Kerala 7:27 AM
  • "HP names new Personal Systems President" Opi 7:30 AM
  • "HP PC boss quits tech for fur baby future: Ron Coughlin will no longer doorstep fanbois outside Apple stores" The Register 7:30 AM
  • "Intel's Raja Koduri reveals plan to take on Nvidia and AMD in GPUs with 2020 launch: Ex AMD Radeon Technologies exec Raja Koduri reveals Intel GPU plans" Computing 7:32 AM
  • "You'll want to perk up when it comes to the new 'Lazy State' Intel CPU bug" Digital Trends 7:32 AM
  • "New flaw in Intel processors can be exploited in a similar way to Spectre" TechRadar UK 7:33 AM
  • "Intel warns of 'Lazy FP' chip vulnerability" bit-tech 7:33 AM
  • "Intel Core-based Processors 'Lazy FPU Restore' Lets Local Users Obtain Potentially Sensitive FPU State Information on the Target System" Security Tracker 7:33 AM
  • "Researchers find a way to speed Optane DIMMs still further" bit-tech 7:33 AM
  • "Why Intel's monopoly could soon end (and you should be stoked)" Digital Trends 7:33 AM
  • "Intel starts making modem chips for upcoming iPhones: Chipmaker aims to take the lead in 5G, beyond PCs and smartphones" Nikkei 7:50 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Review" bit-tech 7:33 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.6.1 driver brings additional improvements to Vermintide 2 and more" Neowin 7:22 AM
  • "AMD releases Radeon Software 18.6.1 driver" Fudzilla 7:31 AM
  • "IBM expands cloud availability with 18 new zones" CloudPro 7:50 AM
  • "Equifax names former IBM Watson exec as new CTO" ZDNet 12:11 PM
  • "Oracle launches its very own 'net threat map: Pew! Pew! The whole world is connected, and the Internet is super-dangerous" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "Lenovo's 'VR-ready' ThinkPad P52 packs a hexa-core CPU and 128GB RAM: 15.6in mobile workstation takes aim at CPU and GPU-intensive workloads" The Inquirer 8:16 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Achilles, the Tortoise and Apple's market cap" Apple 3.0 9:19 AM
  • "One of investing's most influential minds has a bold prediction about the future of Tech Stocks — and it's not pretty for the likes of Apple and Facebook" Business Insider 7:47 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks generally gain after data, ECB announcement; tech leads Nasdaq to record: Fox shares rise after $65 billion Comcast offer" MarketWatch 4:40 PM
  • "Dow Drops, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher, as Investors Assess a Hawkish Fed: The Dow finished lower on Thursday as investors assess hawkish signals on interest rates from the Federal Reserve." TheStreet 3:08 PM
  • "Stocks mixed following rate hike, economic data" FOXBusiness 12:15 PM
  • "Stocks Stabilize as Central Banks Signal Gradual Tightening: ECB reassures markets by pledging that rates in the eurozone won't start to rise at least until next summer" [Paid Membership Required] 3:08 PM
  • "Asian stocks swing lower after Fed rate hike: Business activity in China slows in May" MarketWatch 12:16 PM
  • "European stocks drive higher as ECB plans to end bond buys in December: Chinese growth concerns weigh on mining stocks" MarketWatch 12:16 PM

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