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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 legendary Apple research group that shaped our world: Before Steve Jobs gave it the ax in 1997, the Advanced Technology Group developed some of the most influential technology of the century."  Fast Company Design 9:42 AM
  • "Apple Is Figuring Out What's Next"  Above Avalon 2:28 PM
  • "The CEOs of Google and Apple both fell out of favor with employees this year — here's why, according to a survey of tech workers"  Business Insider 9:59 AM
  • "Apple employees voice frustration with work culture under Tim Cook" Cult of Mac 11:25 AM
  • "Imagining how Apple will roll out its new TV service: How will Apple present its video service to compete with the likes of Netfilx and Hulu?"  Macworld 7:58 AM
  • "Apple 'raised the bar' for enterprise IT" ["If you can determine the vitality of a platform within a sector by the activity it generates, then the appearance of new Apple in the enterprise-focused start-up, Fleetsmith, speaks volumes. I caught up with Zack Blum, CEO and co-founder to see why he thinks the enterprise is Apple's space today."]  Computerworld 7:26 AM
  • "iPhone might get caught in Trump tariffs after all" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Teams With Sesame Workshop to Develop Kids' Programming"  Variety 1:23 PM
  • "Sesame Workshop to create new children's TV shows for Apple" Reuters 1:43 PM
  • "Sesame Workshop will produce children's shows for Apple" TechCrunch 1:29 PM
  • "Apple partners with Sesame Workshop for children's programming" CNNMoney 3:37 PM
  • "Apple adds Sesame Workshop kids' programming to its TV slate: The organization behind 'Sesame Street' will create live-action and animated content." Engadget 5:16 PM
  • "Cupertino's 'Apple employee tax' put off for one year: Cupertino elected officials have scrapped a controversial plan — for now — to impose an employee tax on Apple and other businesses in the city, saying they don't want to move forward in haste and will instead ask voters to weigh in during a special election in 2019." San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 3:36 PM
  • "Cupertino delays vote on employee tax for Apple, other local businesses until 2019" AppleInsider 5:17 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 59 With Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.0" MacRumors 11:51 AM
  • "Here's how Apple protects your privacy in Safari with Intelligent Tracking Protection 2.0" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 59 Brings Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2.0" MacTrast 7:00 PM
  • "In praise of customizing your computer: Here's how (and why) I customize my Mac"  The Verge 10:08 AM
  • "What's new in macOS Mojave beta 2?" AppleInsider 2:41 PM
  • "How to do a clean install of macOS High Sierra" iMore 8:39 AM
  • "How to Stop Constant iCloud Password Prompts on Older Macs and iPhones" The Mac Observer 8:08 AM
  • "How to Organize Firefox Bookmarks" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:48 AM
  • "macOS Mojave easter egg scrambles your desktop" Cult of Mac 1:28 PM
  • "Michael Kammes Builds a Hackintosh - Was It Worth It?" 8:07 AM
Press Releases
  • "24U Software launches new Xgode Online Service" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "24U Software releases fmRESTor for FileMaker Data API" prMac 7:59 AM
  • "CryptoEdit 2.2.1 is an absolutely simple, powerful and secure application to create and edit 'encrypted by default' documents." Tension Software 7:59 AM
  • "Menu Calendar 1.3 the utility to make date calculation directly in the menu bar" Tension Software 7:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Angela Ahrendts says the new focus is on 'enriching lives': Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants her company to distinguish itself from other tech companies by embodying a philosophy of enriching lives."  NBC News 9:47 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts discusses humanizing technology, Today at Apple, more in Cannes Lions interview" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple retail head Ahrendts talks demise of retail, 'human business' at Cannes Lions" AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "How retail boss Angela Ahrendts took a risk joining Apple" Cult of Mac 8:57 AM
  • "Oppo And Vivo Are Setting The Pace For Android And Apple"  Forbes 11:19 AM
  • "16 of the biggest leaders in Silicon Valley reveal the one thing they would tell their teenage selves" ["'The joy is in the journey.' Cook has said this multiple times — during a commencement speech for Auburn, for example — but most recently said it in March in response to a question from the audience after an in-person interview."] Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Today at Apple wins Brand Experience and Activation Grand Prix at Cannes Lions" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "Here are the two Apple ads that won Grand Prix at Cannes: That Spike Jonze's Welcome Home took top honors in Music is no surprise." Apple 3.0 5:32 PM
  • "Thieves nab $100K of Apple gear in 'Mission: Impossible-style' raid" Digital Trends 8:15 AM
  • "Thieves Steal $100K of Apple Products Through Best Buy Roof" PC Magazine 8:55 AM
  • "Kristen Wiig Will No Longer Star in Apple Comedy After 'Wonder Woman 2' Scheduling Conflict" Variety 8:15 AM
  • "Steve Jobs business cardand letterhead for sale on eBay" Cult of Mac 3:48 PM
  • "Apple rolls out transit support in Apple Maps to Buffalo, New York" 9to5Mac 5:17 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mylobot Malware Targets Your Windows PC For DDoS, Trojan And Keylogger Attacks" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "A Rare Win for Privacy: Wireless Carriers Will Stop Sharing Your Location" Slate 2:41 PM
  • "Man dies after his smartphone explodes and catches fire in his bedroom" BGR 1:28 PM
  • "FTC will examine tech platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon as part of competition review" Axios 11:29 AM
  • "New system connects your mind to a machine to help stop mistakes" TechCrunch 11:07 AM
  • "Facebook Messenger To Trial Autoplaying Video Ads Intermixed With Your Private Chats" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "Facebook Testing Subscription Groups for Premium Content" Gizmodo 2:27 PM
  • "Facebook tests 'subscription Groups' that charge for exclusive content" TechCrunch 11:06 AM
  • "Scoop: The White House looks to coordinate online privacy plan" Axios 8:39 AM
  • "EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Xiaomi makes its mark among dream employers for Chinese students" CNNMoney 7:44 AM
  • "California's net neutrality bill faces a grim fate: Intense industry lobbying could push state Democrats to water down the strongest net neutrality legislation to date." CNET 7:41 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 096: June 20, 2018" 9to5Mac 5:17 PM
  • "Road to Macstock -Adam Christianson On The Power of Text" MacVoices 2:10 PM
  • "Apple wants to replace your car keys with an iPhone: The Car Connectivity Consortium, which counts Apple among its charter members, on Wednesday announced the publication of new 'digital key' standard that allows drivers to actuate vehicle systems like door locks and the engine via an NFC-enabled smartphon"  AppleInsider 5:34 PM
  • "Cheaper iPhone Xs could bring bigger sales to Apple" [Video Report] CNET 8:41 AM
  • "AirPlay 2 might still be a possibility for Apple's AirPort Express in iOS 12" AppleInsider 11:20 AM
  • "Siri on Apple's latest OS betas is acting up" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "iOS 12 will give your location to the emergency services when you call 911 - Video" ZDNet 3:52 PM
  • "Why Most 2018 Smartphones Have Chin Bezel While 2017 iPhone X Doesn't" Redmond Pie 1:22 PM
  • "Competition for in-display fingerprint sensor market heating up, says Digitimes Research" DigiTimes 8:27 AM
  • "More Proof Emerges Samsung and Apple Want Foldable Smartphones" iDrop News 2:53 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:24 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:24 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:24 AM

  • "This is one way to get your iPhone's headphone jack back: The Audio Mod charging case has a built-in battery along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also protects your phone." CNET 5:34 PM
  • "HomeKit Weekly: Hands-on with Elgato's Eve Aqua sprinkler controller" 9to5Mac 2:58 PM
  • "Toast Leather Cover for MacBook Pro and Air review" Macworld 7:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on: 50 iOS 12 beta 2 changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "Take a hands-on look at the Walkie-Talkie app with watchOS 5 beta 2" Cult of Mac 10:33 AM
  • "Hands-on: Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch with watchOS 5 beta 2 [Video] 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "TouchPal built an AI for its alternative Android keyboard" [iOS version coming soon] Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "watchOS 5: How to manage Walkie-Talkie contacts" 9to5Mac 9:25 PM
  • "How to Hide & Unhide Downloaded Apps from App Store on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 2:28 PM
  • "The USB-C Mess and How to Navigate It" Gizmodo 9:42 AM
  • "Faster iPhone Typing With Predictive Text" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Watch HomePod execute Siri Shortcut automation scripts on other devices" iDownload Blog 9:42 AM
  • "Watch Apple's latest collection of iPhone photography tips here" Apple Must 8:26 AM
  • "Three ways to get great audio while filming on your iPhone" iMore 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4: Rumored specs, price, release date/Will the fourth time around be the biggest change ever?" CNET 7:45 PM
  • "What happens if Apple loses its Supreme Court App Store antitrust appeal?"  The Verge 11:51 AM
  • "What's Apple Pay's payoff?" Apple 3.0 11:24 AM
  • "10+ Apple retail insights we learned today" Apple Must 11:17 AM
  • "Here's why it'll be tough for YouTube Music to catch up with Spotify and Apple" BGR 11:09 AM
  • "I really hate that I'm going to have to buy Apple's $1,000 iPhone X Plus this year" BGR 8:50 AM
  • "This is what the Galaxy S10 and iPhone X of our dreams would look like"  BGR 8:16 AM
  • "7 Untrue iPhone Battery and Charging Myths Busted" iDrop News 8:07 AM
  • "More ARKit 2.0 with image tracking" The Loop 8:07 AM
  • "Invention idea: keypad overlays for Apple's Magic Trackpad" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (62): Politics of Media, Trade and Technology; Upgrading iCloud" eXtensions 7:24 AM
  • "Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:19 PM
  • "How to Get Started in Google's New Podcasts App" Lifehacker 3:59 PM
  • "Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:48 PM
  • "BlackBerry KEY2 first look: Improved physical QWERTY for those who can't give them up" ZDNet 11:29 AM
  • "Follow along as we build a Twitch streaming PC!" PCWorld 11:24 AM
  • "The Oppo Find X is an awful idea – please stop pretending it's not" BGR 10:27 AM
  • "I'm way cooler on the internet than I am in person, and it gives me anxiety" Mashable 8:49 AM
  • "Is Fortnite Addictive? Here's What A Psychiatrist Thinks: The World Health Organization just added 'gaming disorder' to the list of diagnosable mental health conditions. We asked a psychiatrist what that means for Fortnite fans." BuzzFeed 10:27 AM
  • "Fortnite makes me feel like I'm 120 years old/Commentary: I thought music, movies, or weird body augmentation tech would make me feel old. Turns out it was a video game, and that video game is Fortnite." CNET 8:41 AM
  • "Robots that read our minds will actually exist sooner than you think" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "Guy Who Gave Cambridge Analytica All That Facebook Data: Actually, My Data Sucked" Gizmodo 8:16 AM
  • "Google Podcasts is pretty but basic" Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "Here's what we love and hate about Google Podcasts app on Android" Memeburn 8:07 AM
  • "How science fiction is training us to ignore the real threats posed by AI" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Trend Micro review: A great suite, but the privacy protection features need work" PCWorld 7:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay 'fast lanes,' exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals" AppleInsider 8:46 PM
  • "Microsoft introduces its Apple News competitor 'Microsoft News'" 9to5Mac 7:03 PM
  • "Instagram expands into long videos, will compete with YouTube" Reuters 2:29 PM
  • "Snapchat's newest feature aims to create 'a world for your Bitmoji to live in'" Mashable 11:07 AM
  • "JVC Says New True Wireless Earbuds Will Stay Put During Your Workout" Digital Trends 11:07 AM
  • "Google's Flutter pushes forward with its first Release Preview" ["Flutter is a mobile UI framework that aims to help developers make high-quality apps that work on both Android and iOS as easily and seamlessly as possible."] Android Central 10:07 AM
  • "Apple picks up the immigrant anthology series 'Little America' for its streaming service" TechCrunch 9:46 AM
  • "These are the latest Apple Pay banks across the US" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft News aims to take on Apple News and Google News" CNET 11:19 AM
  • "Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as rebranded MSN app" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "Popular Tropico city-building game coming to iPad this year" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "Preorder Pokémon Quest for iOS today, download June 28" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge for iOS is getting one huge improvement" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "LivePerson runs Cannes Lions Concierge on Apple Business Chat, the conversational commerce future" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "Elcomsoft Decrypts User Online Passwords and iPhone Device Secrets" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "New Mobile App Brings Battle Royale to Real Life" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "Feral Interactive Is Bringing Kalypso's 'Tropico' to iPad Later This Year – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Pay debuts in Norway for Santander and Nordea customers" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
  • "mophie's charge stream travel kit gives you juice on the go with your Qi-enabled iPhone" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google, Microsoft, Amazon: Are they responsible for government use? Welcome to the world of politicized capitalism doused with hashtag activism." ZDNet 8:48 AM
  • "Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7? It sure looks like it's regretting promising 18 more months of support for Windows 10's biggest competitor." Computerworld 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Distances ICE Contract From Family Separations as It Denounces Policy: CEO Satya Nadella joins other tech leaders in denouncing forced separation of children from parents cruel" [Paid Membership Required] 10:33 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO plays down ICE contract in internal memo to employees" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Satya Nadella speaks out against 'cruel and abusive' border policy and explains Microsoft's involvement with ICE" BetaNews 8:16 AM
  • "Are Microsoft and Fox complicit in the border crisis?" CNNMoney 2:54 PM
  • "Microsoft staff demand company ends contract with 'inhumane' US border patrol agency" Telegraph 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft agrees to acquire AI startup Bonsai to boost Azure smarts: Machines that think better are a huge deal in computing these days." CNET 2:29 PM
  • "Microsoft is buying a AI startup, Bonsai" TechCrunch 3:10 PM
  • "This new Windows malware wants to add your PC to a botnet - or worse" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Adobe, Microsoft Team on Integrated PDF Services for Office 365" Thurrott 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft to open its first datacenters in the Nordics as cloud battle heats up" VentureBeat 8:45 AM
  • "New IBM Product Can Debate Humans but Can't Turn Around the Company" 24/7 Wall St. 7:22 AM
  • "IBM researchers develop a pair of low-power, high-performance computer vision systems" VentureBeat 8:45 AM
  • "OpenBSD disables Intel's hyper-threading" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Intel diversity chief on retaining black talent: 'You can't hire your way to' diversity" Portland Business Journal 10:33 AM
  • "AMD is set to to be the big winner from Intel's stumbles, Morgan Stanley says" Business Insider 2:28 PM
  • "How Has The AMD Epyc Server Processor Done In Its First Year?" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "Nvidia brings Kubernetes to GPUs for the first time" V3 8:07 AM
  • "Oracle's Soft Guidance and Move to Not Break Out Cloud Revenues Are Worrying" TheStreet 8:32 AM
  • "Oracle shares sink 7% as Wall Street freaks out over a surprise decision not to share specific cloud numbers" Business Insider 3:37 PM
  • "Oracle could be feeling cloud transition growing pains" TechCrunch 2:29 PM
  • "Oracle chases SME business in Brazil" ZDNet 3:59 PM
  • "Oracle Beats Q4 Estimates, but Cloud Business Remains a Challenge" Market Realist 8:32 AM
  • "Broadcom, HPE extend server storage collaboration" Seeking Alpha 5:11 PM
  • "HPE rolls out new ways for businesses to manage data at the edge" ZDNet 6:01 PM
  • "EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could 'censor the internet'" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Europe advances copyright law that could filter the Internet: Copyright crackdown on user-uploaded content moves closer to final vote." Ars Technica 11:25 AM
  • "Internet luminaries criticise EU proposals that could 'destroy the internet' as we know it" V3 8:06 AM
  • "Will Tech Companies Manage to Survive a U.S.-China Trade War?" Zacks 8:32 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Goodbye Steve Jobs, hello Jack Ma and Pony Ma: One of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists has seen the future and it is Chinese." Apple 3.0 8:08 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq notches record; Dow extends losing streak to 7 days: Small-cap Russell 2000 ends at all-time high" MarketWatch 3:55 PM
  • "Dow Finishes Lower as Nasdaq Posts New Record: Stocks finished mixed on Wednesday as investors remain cautious amid the deepening trade dispute between Washington and Beijing." TheStreet 3:54 PM
  • "Stocks Mainly Higher As Nasdaq, Small Caps Make Record Highs; Will Alphabet's Breakout Fizzle?" Investor's Business Daily 3:54 PM
  • "Stocks mixed following Tuesday's plunge" FOXBusiness 3:54 PM
  • "S&P 500 Gains After Trade Selloff: Many investors still expect the U.S. and China will dial down their tariff plans" [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Asian markets struggle to recover from Tuesday's big losses: Chinese indexes fare the worst; Nikkei gives up early gains" MarketWatch 8:52 AM
  • "European stocks stage recovery, but U.S.-China trade tensions remain: Tobacco stocks rise on ratings call" MarketWatch 8:51 AM

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