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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's Moat Is Underestimated: I think people underestimate Apple's moat, focusing far too much on the hardware aspects of the company and not enough on the services segment."  Seeking Alpha 2:08 PM
  • "Apple Music Just Surpassed Spotify's U.S. Subscriber Count"  Digital Music News 7:15 AM
  • "Did Apple Music just eclipse Spotify in the US? Apple has more subscribers than Spotify in the world's biggest market for music, according to a report." CNET 12:07 PM
  • "Siri at Center of Latest Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Apple" MacRumors 7:30 PM
  • "iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Apple: A little more color, please/It's time that the company start painting with all the colors of the rainbow."  Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Releases Second Beta of macOS Mojave to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:32 PM
  • "Apple distributes second macOS 10.14 Mojave public beta for testing" AppleInsider 2:08 PM
  • "How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave" Lifehacker 7:31 PM
  • "How to Use the New Continuity Camera Feature in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "How to move multiple Safari tabs at once in macOS" Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "How to Free Up Space on Your Mac: Apple includes a few tools with macOS to help manage unnecessary files on your computer." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:17 AM
  • "How to View Favicons in Safari on macOS Mojave" LAPTOP Magazine 12:12 PM
  • "Try a (Very Broken) Dark Mode on MacOS High Sierra" OS X Daily 2:22 PM
  • "How to set up email rules in the Mail app on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "The Optimal Settings For Uploading Videos To IGTV In Premiere Pro" The Phoblographer 12:11 PM
  • "Best Kodi Add-ons for Mac in 2018 and How to Stay Safe" AddictiveTips 7:22 AM
  • "'macOS' Defaults Broken" Rixstep 7:30 PM
  • "How Snow Leopard became synonymous with reliability" OSNews 2:22 PM
  • "Moving on from Xcassets: There was a time when toolbars went wild. They were all shapes and sizes, and some of them were way over the top, obscenely egregious. Then one company decided to calm things down, to preach to developers to use their new engine, and cut out the exaggerations." Rixstep 7:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "NSO Group Employee Allegedly Stole Company's Powerful Spyware for Personal Profit: NSO sells its potent iPhone malware to governments, including Mexico and the United Arabs Emirates. But according to a newly released indictment, a disgruntled employee stole the company's code and tried to sell it for $50 million worth of cryptocurrency."  Motherboard 7:18 AM
  • "NSO Group employee allegedly stole, attempted to sell 'Pegasus' iOS malware for $50M" AppleInsider 7:16 AM
  • "10 years of the App Store in 10+ facts" Apple Must 12:00 PM
  • "Berlengas Island Cup 2018 — Shot on iPhone — Apple" YouTube 7:14 AM
  • "The 'Wa' of Soccer — Shot on iPhone — Apple" YouTube 7:14 AM
  • "The Heart of Australia — Shot on iPhone — Apple" YouTube 7:14 AM
  • "Artist brilliantly animates 'This Is America' using Apple computers from the '80s" Mashable 7:12 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC still wants to take broadband subsidies away from American Indians: FCC denies petition to restore $25 Lifeline subsidy for Tribal residents." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "This AI uses sight to isolate the sound of specific instruments" The Next Web 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung Gear S4 may arrive as 'Galaxy Watch' based on Wear OS" ["The Galaxy Watch may also have a way to take blood pressure measurements. This isn't something that's easy to do — it generally involves an inflating band strapped around your arm to cut off blood circulation — but Samsung may have come up with a clever way to do this via the watch (this patent suggests it's technically possible)."] Android Authority 7:39 AM
  • "By the numbers: The robocall scourge" Axios 7:34 AM
  • "Huawei refutes FCC claims of US national security concerns: Allowing Huawei to compete in the US could yield savings of around $20 billion over the next three years in the costs of building out mobile infrastructure, the Chinese company has said." ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Goodbye, Carter! – The TouchArcade Show #361" Touch Arcade 8:06 PM
  • "Randy Ubillos - Back to the Beginnings of Final Cut Pro at the 18th Anniversary LACPUG" 12:10 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 180: Colorful iPhone rumors, A12 chip leaks, Apple Watch Raise to Speak Siri" 9to5Mac 10:58 AM
  • "No Intel 5G Modems for iPhone, Hobbled Twitter Clients -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-06" The Mac Observer 10:29 AM
  • "Podcast discusses Intel's modem woes, analyst predictions for 2018 iPhone, and marketing companies reading Gmail" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "Intel says 5G plans for iPhone are unchanged"  VentureBeat 9:54 AM
  • "No, it's not Intel's 5G chip Apple is ditching – it's the Sunny Peak Bluetooth, Wi-Fi part" The Register 2:41 PM
  • "Is Apple planning to make millions of people's smartphone chargers redundant?" Metro UK 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12 Public Beta 2 for iPhone, iPad" The Mac Observer 7:34 AM
  • "How to prevent random shutdowns on your iPhone or iPad: Does your iPhone keeps shutting down and turning off while the battery still reads 20%, 30%, or even 50%? Here's what to do!" iMore 7:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:53 AM

  • "Audio-Technica R70x review: the definition of neutral studio headphones" The Verge 7:22 AM
  • "ZAGG's Slim Book is my favorite keyboard case for iPad Pro [Review] Cult of Mac 7:39 AM
  • "Is the Anchor Cable the best smartphone charging cable currently available? The Anchor Cable is a versatile, rugged cable that can be used to charge your iPhone, Android devices, Kindle tablets, USB-C MacBook, and much more." ZDNet 7:34 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Cassandra -Rethinking Photo Workflows (4): RAW Images on iOS Devices" eXtensions 9:35 AM
  • "Play Marvel Battle Lines to Unleash Spider Man & Other Heroes on Your iPhone Right Now" Gadget Hacks 9:03 PM
  • "Hands on: Create your own Siri commands with Shortcuts in iOS 12" AppleInsider 7:13 PM
  • "Hands-on: Shortcuts brings powerful automation tools, with support for Siri to iOS" 9to5Mac 7:13 PM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to enable On/Off Labels" 9to5Mac 7:13 PM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 Using Electra On Any iPhone, iPad Or iPod touch [Tutorial] Redmond Pie 7:30 PM
  • "How to jailbreak iOS 11.2-11.3.1 with Electra1131" iDownload Blog 7:12 PM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to use guided access to limit use to one app" 9to5Mac 1:31 PM
  • "How to use a blank home screen on iPad, and why you'll love it" Cult of Mac 1:26 PM
  • "How to access your Photos library on iOS 12 from inside the Messages app" iDownload Blog 12:07 PM
  • "iOS: How to Decline a Call When the Decline Button isn't Available" The Mac Observer 12:00 PM
  • "Getting Started with Apple's new Shortcuts app" iMore 9:54 AM
  • "Technical Terms: Hard Disk Drive and SSD" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "How To Free Up Space on Your iPhone" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:40 AM
  • "How to Disable Snooze for an Alarm on your iPhone and Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 7:06 AM
  • "5 clever little iCloud tips you'll probably use" Computerworld 9:27 AM
  • "7 hours in the spaceship: interviewing for a job at Apple Park" AppleInsider 7:13 PM
  • "Apple's foldable iPhone still years away" Cult of Mac 2:08 PM
  • "Apple wraps itself in AI just in time for another 'AI winter'" Apple 3.0 12:01 PM
  • "Steve Jobs, Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes, and when the 'reality distortion field' fails"  AppleInsider 9:55 AM
  • "Surprise: Android fanboys aren't like iPhone fanboys" BGR 7:44 AM
  • "Chat me: Android Messages, RCS, 'Chat,' and Google's involvement explained" 9to5Google 7:29 PM
  • "Even in the 5G era, Wi-Fi will matter — but it needs to get faster" VentureBeat 1:31 PM
  • "Net neutrality returning to California; new bills 'strong and enforceable'" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Grappling with Google Duplex: What happens when our AI assistants suddenly seem more human" GeekWire 2:41 PM
  • "Is Google Duplex AI about to replace the call center?" GearBrain 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple releases iOS 12 Shortcuts app beta to developers" The Apple Post 7:54 PM
  • "Minimalist Drifting Game 'Absolute Drift: Zen Edition' Heading to iOS Next Week" Touch Arcade 2:09 PM
  • "AirPods Retro bring a classic Macintosh vibe to Apple's buds" Cult of Mac 1:31 PM
  • "Newton launches recap feature to remind you of email you missed" 9to5Mac 9:55 AM
  • "Microsoft at work on iPhone & iPad app for Movies & TV customers" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is a solid addition to your Home app accessories" Apple World Today 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft planning iOS app for its Movies & TV service; joining Movies Anywhere" 9to5Mac 7:16 AM
  • "ThunderWiz: A Signature Randomizer for Thunderbird" prMac 7:55 PM
  • "Space Wall - A Classic Game in Fantastic Surreal Experience" prMac 7:30 PM
  • "Verv - a fresh vision for a Health & Fitness leader" prMac 1:26 PM
  • "iOS 12 Guidebook - eBook guide for iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad released" prMac 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM to Teach Australian Gov't How to Exploit Blockchain in $1 Billion Deal" Sputnik News 8:43 AM
  • "IBM To Develop Blockchain And Tech Initiatives For The Australian Government" Ethereum 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft could bring its Movies and TV to Android and iOS" The Inquirer 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft planning iOS app for its Movies & TV service; joining Movies Anywhere" 9to5Mac 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Bringing the Movies & TV Service to iOS and Android" Bleeping Computer 8:53 AM
  • "Microsoft 'Movies & TV' App Reportedly Coming to iOS" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft 'Movies & TV' app may arrive on Android,┬áiOS" Financial Express 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft may soon roll out Movies & TV app to iOS and Android" ANI 8:51 AM
  • "The best HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 deals in 2018" Creative Bloq 8:40 AM
  • "What's Dell up to? Going public again" Marketplace 8:39 AM
  • "Windows 10 April Update finally rolling out to blocked Dell Alienware PCs" ZDNet 8:39 AM
  • "Dell Precision 7730 Is The World's Most Powerful Laptop That Features Intel Xeon E-2186M CPU" SegmentNext 8:39 AM
  • "Intel says 5G plans for iPhone are unchanged" VentureBeat 12:37 PM
  • "Intel Has Denied Abandoning Work on Its 5G Modems After Earlier Apple Report; Roadmap Has Not Changed One Bit" WCCFTech 8:37 AM
  • "Intel denies it's halting production of 5G modems following Apple snub" The Inquirer 8:37 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 2300X and Ryzen 5 2500X specs leak online" Hexus 8:35 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2500X Benchmarked Ahead Of Its Official Launch, Full Specs Revealed" SegmentNext 8:35 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2500X unofficially benchmarked ahead of release" The Inquirer 8:34 AM
  • "AMD B450 chipset based motherboards spotted in etail" Guru3D 8:35 AM
  • "AMD: First motherboards with B450 chipset listed in the price comparison" Tweak PC 8:33 AM
  • "AMD's Pillars Of Growth Over The Next Decade" Seeking Alpha 8:33 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600 review: the most interesting Ryzen 2!" Hardware.Info 8:33 AM
  • "Cisco defeats Gen-X IT in court" Channel eye 8:30 AM
  • "You can no longer afford to indulge cloud blockers" InfoWorld 8:16 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends week solidly higher after jobs report; Biogen logs best day since 2004: Biogen's stock rallies after successful Alzheimer's drug trial" MarketWatch 7:10 PM
  • "Jobs Report Drives Stocks to Second Day of Gains: Stocks trimmed earlier gains but closed solidly higher in the wake of a strong jobs report Friday." TheStreet 7:10 PM
  • "US stocks snap higher despite escalating US-China trade tiff" Associated Press 7:09 PM
  • "Stocks Post Weekly Gains: Signs of a buoyant U.S. labor market help investors look past escalating trade tensions" [Paid Membership Required] 7:09 PM
  • "Asian markets end higher but still down for week, as U.S., China tariffs kick in/Analyst: Friday's rise is 'a sign of complacency or a suggestion that investors have grown accustomed to this continued spat'" MarketWatch 7:50 AM
  • "European stocks close slightly higher, nab weekly gain: European stocks finished slightly higher Friday, erasing an earlier loss that came as the U.S. and China kicked off a trade war by implementing promised import tariffs." MarketWatch 11:50 AM

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