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Weekend 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?

2018 Q3 Results
  • "Apple Reports Third Quarter Results" ["'We're thrilled to report Apple's best June quarter ever, and our fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth,' said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. 'Our Q3 results were driven by continued strong sales of iPhone, Services and Wearables, and we are very excited about the products and services in our pipeline.'"]  Apple 3:34 PM
  • "Apple Reports Third Quarter Results: Revenue Up 17 Percent and EPS Up 40 Percent to New June Quarter Records" Business Wire 3:31 PM
  • "Apple reports $9.55 billion in services revenue, up 31 percent since last year" CNBC 3:49 PM
  • "Apple sells 41.3 million iPhones, a slight miss" CNBC 3:41 PM
  • "Gene Munster reacts to Apple earnings" CNBC 6:53 PM
  • "Apple beats estimates with $3.74 billion in revenue from wearables, home products" CNBC 3:41 PM
  • "Pricey iPhones lead Apple to forecast-beating quarter" Reuters 6:43 PM
  • "Apple's Revenue, Earnings Top Estimates: Results boosted by increased sales in its services business, which rose 31% from a year ago" [Paid Membership Required] 3:36 PM
  • "Apple earnings beat expectations as it sells pricier iPhones" Reuters 3:44 PM
  • "Apple earnings: The first look/Apple sold essentially the same number of iPhones last quarter as it did a year prior, but sales and profits soared as it made more money from higher-priced devices." CNNMoney 3:40 PM
  • "Apple Forecast Tops Analysts' Estimates on New iPhones, Services" Bloomberg 3:56 PM
  • "Apple results top expectations as growth accelerates" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Apple reports record $53.3 billion revenue in Q3 2018, led by iPhone" VentureBeat 4:02 PM
  • "Apple now has $243.7 billion in cash on hand" CNBC 3:41 PM
  • "Apple earnings top estimates, sees strong quarter ahead" Axios 3:55 PM
  • "Apple nears a $1 trillion market cap as it clears another quarter ahead of expectations" TechCrunch 3:55 PM
  • "Apple is climbing after topping Wall Street's earnings expectations" Business Insider 3:56 PM
Apple News
  • "Apple could be worth $1 trillion if earnings are really good"  CNNMoney 6:29 AM
  • "Apple's shaping up for an earnings beat — and that will push it to $1 trillion, strategist says" MarketWatch 6:50 AM
  • "Apple Could've Been a Trillionaire Long Ago: Buybacks and dividends have rewarded shareholders but probably cost the tech giant the distinction of already being the first company with 13 digits" [Paid Membership Required] 6:51 AM
  • "Apple Earnings: What to Watch/Apple expected to report modest iPhone growth, uptick in services revenue" [Paid Membership Required] 6:46 AM
  • "Apple earnings: All eyes on the next iPhone" CNNMoney 6:29 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X expected to drive strong rise in profits" Telegraph 6:50 AM
  • "FY 18 Third Quarter Results: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET" Apple Investor News 8:58 AM
  • "Apple is losing its personality under Tim Cook, warns former creative director" ["A failure to cash in on customer loyalty through emotional marketing campaigns might prove problematic for Apple as it prepares to weather a market that shows signs of cooling. 'These days, Apple does a different campaign for a different phone..."]  Telegraph 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Comes Under Media Fire in China: The state-controlled media criticism comes amid rising trade tensions with the U.S." [Paid Membership Required] 8:26 AM
  • "App Store/software update discussion talks about update installer lockups and hidden prompts, installer packages and download scripts, installer bugs, iOS update delays, etc." MacInTouch 6:32 AM
  • "Bluetooth discussion talks about startup delays, pairing problems after switching systems, electrical interference and more." MacInTouch 6:32 AM
  • "What's new in macOS Mojave Beta 5: Wallpapers & new eGPU options" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Cheap Tricks | Infinity And Beyond (Avengers: Infinity War Disintegration Tutorial)" YouTube: Red Giant 1:56 PM
  • "Spect: Simple Image Management on the Mac" MacStories 12:58 PM
  • "How to Create eBooks & Print Books With Vellum" iMore 9:05 AM
  • "How To Use Keyboard Accessibility Features On Your Mac" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Spect is a super-fast image browser for Mac" Cult of Mac 1:36 PM
  • "Open Map 1.0.1 bring over 60 types of OpenLayer maps on Mac and iOS and save on disk as PDF and other formats" Tension Software 7:46 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google took a serious swipe at Apple and Microsoft in its new Chromebook advert" Business Insider 7:00 AM
  • "Samsung vs Apple: Who's winning in China?" CNBC Videos 6:51 AM
  • "China Smartphone Market Declined for the Fourth Consecutive Quarter in Q2 2018" ["Commenting on Apple's performance and opportunity, Research Analyst, Flora Tang, highlighted, 'Apple shipments remain flat YoY in China. During the quarter, share of online sales for Apple grew both sequentially and annually due to comparatively higher discounts available on online as compared to offline channels."] Counterpoint 1:43 PM
  • "Apple maintaining iPhone sales volume in plummeting Chinese smartphone market" AppleInsider 1:44 PM
  • "Expect late September iPhone announcement, analyst says" CNBC Videos 6:51 AM
  • "Apple touts Cupertino public works investments ahead of employer tax vote" AppleInsider 6:35 AM
  • "Apple hires Cyber Paint developer for continued VR goodness" iMore 2:24 PM
  • "Walker Sands explains how we use smart speakers and HomePods" Apple Must 12:42 PM
  • "iCloud users targeted by malicious 'Apple Care' phishing scam" Cult of Mac 12:05 PM
  • "OnePlus 6 outsells Samsung and Apple to become the best-selling premium smartphone in India" 9to5Google 9:03 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Why your carrier's coverage map may not match your experience: Maybe it's time for a new phone." Android Central 2:24 PM
  • "U.S. adults now spend nearly 6 hours per day watching video" TechCrunch 11:54 AM
  • "Millions of North Koreans now have smartphones — but they have to go to a physical store to install apps" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "Exclusive: Democrats call for federal review of facial recognition" Axios 7:53 AM
  • "Can regulating Facebook and Twitter stop the spread of fake news? A report by UK MPs has rejected the idea that tech companies are merely platforms." ZDNet 7:04 AM
  • "Amazon AI expert says government should regulate facial recognition" Telegraph 6:50 AM
  • "Dixons Carphone says data breach affected 10 million" BBC 6:29 AM
  • "Apple earnings, iOS and macOS betas: Macworld Podcast" Macworld 3:30 PM
  • "Will Apple hint about next iPhone in Tuesday's earnings? (The 3:59, Ep. 434)" CNET 12:58 PM
  • "Ars on your lunch break: Sitting down with legendary publisher Tim O'Reilly/The granddaddy of tech publishing discusses early days and epic meetings." Ars Technica 11:53 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 72 – What Makes an App a Pro App?" MacStories 6:57 AM
  • "Hands-On Video Shows Alleged 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Dummy Units"  MacRumors 6:35 AM
  • "Video leaks purportedly showing 6.5-inch 'iPhone X Plus' and 6.1-inch model" iDownload Blog 7:04 AM
  • "Apple's Upcoming 6.5-Inch OLED 'iPhone X Plus' to Support iPad-Style Landscape Mode" MacRumors 3:30 PM
  • "New MacBook Air Finally Coming with 8th-Gen CPU (Report)" LAPTOP Magazine 8:04 AM
  • "Apple may include support for a second SIM card in new iPhones: There is code for it in the beta release of iOS 12." Engadget 8:36 AM
  • "Will dual-SIM iPhones have an Apple SIM inside?" Apple Must 11:48 AM
  • "This Is Apple's New Wireless AirPods Charging Case" Thurrott 7:53 AM
  • "Latest iOS 12 beta confirms HomePod is getting all-new calling features" iDownload Blog 8:04 AM
  • "iOS 12 beta 5 confirms HomePod will soon be able to make phone calls" The Apple Post 7:00 AM
  • "Grab Apple's most stable iOS 12 public beta now" Cult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12 Public Beta 4 for iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 12:48 PM
  • "Apple patent would allow two iPads to be linked together" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Lease an iPhone 8 for $8 per month" CNET 1:36 PM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "2018 MacBook Pro Review: Mostly Great, But That Keyboard..." Forbes 6:29 AM
  • "SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Review: Compact, Rugged USB-C External Storage" HotHardware 12:42 PM
  • "Review: Scosche BoomBottle MM Waterproof Wireless Speaker with Built-in MagicMount" iLounge 11:53 AM
  • "Panasonic Wireless Headphones (RP-HD605N) Review: Bose Beaters?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
  • "Mophie Powerstation Plus XL review: Leave your micro-USB cable at home" Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection/Yes, we're having an 80's moment, but retro media requires retro-tech" TechHive 6:45 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12 beta 5 hands-on video shows off all the new features and changes" BGR 6:34 PM
  • "iOS 12 Beta 5 vs iOS 11.4 Speed Test" iPhone Hacks 11:48 AM
  • "'Pocket City' Review – Building Greatness One Zone At A Time" Touch Arcade 2:38 PM
  • "How to Save Media Taken in Notes App to Photos on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:34 PM
  • "How to disable and deactivate iMessage on iPhone or iPad" iMore 2:25 PM
  • "How to customize Control Center on Apple Watch" Apple Must 6:24 AM
  • "Apple TV: How to get the official Apple user guide for free" 9to5Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Contact Names Won't Sync to Your Apple Watch? Here's How to Fix It" iDrop News 1:51 PM
  • "Tim Cook Says Apple Devices Not Affected by Trump Tariffs (So Far)" The Mac Observer 9:41 PM
  • "Why Apple Just Compared AirPods to the iPod" Slate 9:27 PM
  • "Apple needs to steal this iPhone browser concept immediately" BGR 8:57 PM
  • "Steve Jobs marketing guru slags Apple advertising as boring" Cult of Mac 1:36 PM
  • "How Apple Could Use NFC to Improve the HomePod Experience" The Mac Observer 1:31 PM
  • "How to pick the best MacBook or MacBook Pro for any price point" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Why Apple's Create ML matters to your enterprise" Computerworld 11:48 AM
  • "Market sharing: The Apple Watch by the numbers" Macworld 9:27 AM
  • "Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices" PCWorld 8:54 AM
  • "Losing 60 pounds with Apple: Putting Apple-compatible fitness devices through a trial by fire/Does an Apple a day keep the calories away? Let's find out."  Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Will We Someday Be Able to Do Everything Through Online Platforms?" ReadWrite 1:37 PM
  • "Tech Industries Problem of Slowing Growth" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:53 AM
  • "Does Amazon need an Alexa smartphone to continue dominating the voice-first economy? Jeff Bezos says he wants customers to 'ask Alexa' for assistance wherever they are: but can Amazon continue to dominate the next stages of the voice-first digital transformation as it has in the early days?" ZDNet 8:36 AM
  • "Where Did the Concept of 'Shadow Banning' Come From?" Motherboard 8:05 AM
  • "Vivo Nex S review: It seems like the most futuristic phone ever made, until you use it" Digital Trends 6:56 AM
  • "How Amazon's Cheats Music Creators" Forbes 6:29 AM
  • "AI And Machine Learning: Hesitation Turns To High Hopes" Forbes 6:29 AM
  • "Comic: Are Smart Speakers Spying on You?" iMore 8:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Q3 2018 Results: $53.3 Billion Revenue, 41.3 Million iPhones, 11.6 Million iPads Sold" MacStories 3:54 PM
  • "Dropbox Paper update brings new customization options for PDF, PowerPoint, and Illustrator previews" 9to5Mac 12:58 PM
  • "Apple's printing partner launches Motif extension for Photos after native service nixed" 9to5Mac 12:58 PM
  • "AirSnap by Twelve South secures AirPods to your backpack in stylish leather case" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Mazda to Begin Offering CarPlay in September" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "Logitech Acquires Blue Microphones for $117 Million in Cash" MacRumors 7:00 AM
  • "Google Maps for iPhone just got a brand new feature we've been dying for since I/O" BGR 12:58 PM
  • "Google Maps on iOS can now 'match' you with restaurants" Mashable 6:49 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from July 2018" Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Smarty Apps Studio introduces Word Link - new word search game for iOS" prMac 6:45 AM
  • "Good Catch release brand new Simon's Cat sticker pack" prMac 6:45 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Windows Store is nagging users to update to the latest version of Windows 10: If you could see what they can see, when they're Cleanin' Windows" The Inquirer 7:40 AM
  • "Windows 10: Clock's ticking on upgrade, Microsoft warns Creators Update users" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft takes the wraps off TypeScript 3.0, now generally available" Neowin 7:50 AM
  • "HP to hackers: We dare you to break our printers" BGR 5:26 PM
  • "HP Ready to Pay Hackers Up to $10,000 for Finding Software Flaws in Its Printers" Gadgets 360 8:30 AM
  • "HP bug bounty program aims to boost printer security: The paper crowd needs digital safeguards, too." Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "HP will give you $10,000 to hack your printer" ZDNet 7:50 AM
  • "HP Offers $10K Reward for Hacking its Printers: The number of print vulnerabilities has increased substantially this year, so HP is reacting by setting up the printer industry's first bug bounty program. Finding a vulnerability in a HP printer can earn security researchers up to $10,000." PC Magazine 7:53 AM
  • "AMD B450 Chipset Announced for Mid-Range Ryzen PCs; Asus, Gigabyte Models Already Available" Gadgets 360 8:31 AM
  • "How Intel used drones and AI to help fix part of the Great Wall of China: The chip giant is using both its tech and storytelling to illustrate the potential of its products." Fast Company 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Launches B450 Chipset With StoreMI Feature" Tom's Hardware 8:31 AM
  • "AMD brings overclocking to the masses with its Ryzen B450 chipset: The newest mainstream Ryzen chipset offers features Intel doesn't." PCWorld 8:32 AM
  • "IBM Offers Blockchain App Store for Banks" Thirty K 10:04 AM
  • "IBM banks on strong history for success with AU$1b government contract" ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Can Blockchain Reignite Oracle's Cloud Growth?" Forbes 10:05 AM
  • "Oracle Launches Trust Fabric Initiative to Better Secure Identity" eWeek 2:43 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Diving into the details of Apple's (boring?) record quarter" Six Colors 9:35 PM
  • "FANG and Indices Look for Recovery from Apple Beat, Dollar Traders Await Fed" Nasdaq 9:26 PM
  • "Apple R&D spend increases to 7 percent ahead of expected big fall launch cycle: Apple's capital outlay for research and development operations continued to balloon in its third fiscal quarter of 2018, with the company spending $3.7 billion on future products and services, up $760 million year-over-year." AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "Apple just posted the strongest third quarter in the company's history: CEO Tim Cook addressed concern about trade between the US and China as well." Ars Technica 8:57 PM
  • "Huawei surpasses Apple as world's No. 2 smartphone vendor" AppleInsider 7:55 PM
  • "Apple sold 43 million iPhones and it ain't slowin' down: Even the iPhone X's hefty price tag didn't stop people from buying more this year as Apple's earnings report for the third fiscal quarter of 2018 beat expectations." CNET 7:38 PM
  • "Apple inches closer to trillion-dollar valuation following Q3 revenue of $53 billion" Neowin 5:54 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook 'The Smartphone Market is Very Healthy'" MacRumors 5:52 PM
  • "Apple Pay comes to 7-Eleven and CVS later in 2018: It's also coming to Germany." Engadget 5:51 PM
  • "Apple again shatters record for services revenue with $9.5 billion in fiscal Q3" AppleInsider 5:27 PM
  • "Apple's App Store Revenue Twice as Much as Google Play Store" The Mac Observer 5:17 PM
  • "Why Apple Is Still Top Dog After These Earnings" 24/7 Wall St. 4:02 PM
  • "iPhones and Apple services fueled the company's biggest Q3 ever" Engadget 3:56 PM
  • "Apple surprises Wall Street with record-breaking Q3 profits" Cult of Mac 3:55 PM
  • "Apple reports best June quarter ever with $53.3B in revenue on 41.3M iPhone sales" AppleInsider 3:55 PM
  • "Apple results: $53.3B revenue sets a fiscal Q3 record" Six Colors 3:54 PM
  • "Apple Reports 3Q 2018 Results: $11.5B Profit on $53.3B Revenue and 41.3M iPhones" MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "Apple Turns in Record June Quarter Driven by iPhone, Services, and Wearables [Update] The Mac Observer 3:51 PM
Live Blogs
  • "Live blog: Apple's fiscal Q3 2018 earnings call" 9to5Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Apple Shares Rise on Quarterly Earnings Beat — Live Blog: TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa and others analyze Apple's June quarter earnings report and investor call." TheStreet 3:47 PM
  • "Apple Q3 2018 Earnings and Conference Call — Live Blog" [Paid Membership Required] 3:35 PM
  • "Apple earnings: Can Cupertino save the Street? [Live blog] Cult of Mac 2:24 PM
  • "Apple Expected to Report Its Best Third Quarter Ever Today" MacRumors 2:55 PM
  • "Why Apple's share value is touching a trillion dollars" BBC 11:48 AM
  • "Apple shed $24 billion in market value in three days, but one chart points to recovery" CNBC 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Earnings Smackdown: Final spreadsheet Q3 2018" Apple 3.0 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Needs $60+ Billion Revenue Guide To Move Higher" Forbes 9:27 AM
  • "Panicky analyst warns investors off Apple" Cult of Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Apple Shares In Neutral Going Into Earnings" Forbes 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Faces Growth Problem Without 'Fairly Dramatic Move,' Meeks Says" Bloomberg Video 7:53 AM
  • "Apple's Big Earnings Report Is Irrelevant to Plunging Tech Stocks" TheStreet 6:51 AM
  • "Why Apple probably won't be caught in the FANG meltdown" CNBC 6:51 AM
  • "Can Apple Save the FANG Stocks? Maybe Not" RealMoney 6:50 AM
  • "All eyes on Apple as Faangs lose their bite" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:29 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq rise, book 4th straight monthly gain: Dow industrials record largest monthly gain since January" MarketWatch 5:12 PM
  • "Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 End Higher on Tech Rebound: Major indexes gave ground in the final minutes of trade, but managed to stay in positive territory at the close." TheStreet 5:12 PM
  • "Stocks gain momentum following report China and US considering trade talks" FOXBusiness 12:40 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Higher on Trade Optimism: Major indexes also rise as tech shares began to bounce back after a three-session downturn" [Paid Membership Required] 5:13 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed as investors wait on Bank of Japan announcement" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "European stocks search for firm direction as earnings roll in, with inflation data in focus: Stoxx 600 still set for gain in July; Credit Suisse earnings beat expectations" MarketWatch 8:19 AM

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