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Tuesday Highlights: Apple Card and other elite cards not well received at retailers who don't like paying fees which can cut up to half of their profits on sales; Apple sues ex iPhone chip architect alleging contract breach when he set up own chip company after leaving Apple; MacStories reviews Drafts for Mac; did Apple tamper with user privacy over Crimea maps fiasco with Russia?; antitrust regulators in the European Union refining arguments to force tech giants like Apple "to do more to ensure a level playing field"; will a morphing Apple Pencil ever see light of day?; Wired, Computerworld review new 16" MacBook Pro.

  • "Google could pay Apple $9 billion this year to be the default search engine on iPhones, Goldman Sachs says in new report"  Business Insider 11:00 AM
  • "The iPhone XS Max Could Be A Profit Machine"  Forbes 7:46 AM
  • "iPhone XR And XS May Be Apple's Most Profitable iPhones Ever" Seeking Alpha 12:19 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave and the future of the Mac: The latest macOS update proves Apple is still interested in keeping the Mac a tool for power users."  Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "New Apple Watch's ECG feature can detect more underlying heart issues" The Next Web 8:22 AM
  • "U.S. trade judge declines to block iPhone imports: A U.S. trade judge on Friday declined to block the importation of Apple Inc iPhones with chips from Intel Corp, handing a major defeat to Qualcomm Inc in its high-stakes legal dispute with the iPhone maker."  Reuters 2:44 PM
  • "Qualcomm Loses First Round in Apple Patent Fight at ITC" Bloomberg 4:54 PM
  • "Apple Found To Violate 1 Qualcomm Patent; US ITC Will Not Ban iPhone Imports" AnandTech 6:37 PM
  • "Apple scores victory in case that threatened iPhone imports" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:53 PM
  • "Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Apple wins reversal in Univ. of Wisconsin patent case: Inc persuaded a federal appeals court on Friday to throw out a $234 million damages award in favor of the University of Wisconsin's patent licensing arm for infringing the school's patent on computer processing technology."  Reuters 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Gets Reversal for University of Wisconsin Patent Case: Tech firm will no longer need to pay $234 million in damages" [Paid Membership Required] 11:00 AM
  • "Apple sued by ex-engineer over Find My iPhone patent credit, stock revocation after being fired" AppleInsider 8:37 AM
  • "IBM to Assist Banco Inter's Workplace to Adopt Apple MacOS" Zacks 8:37 AM
  • "FBI solves mystery surrounding 15-year-old Fruitfly Mac malware: Fruitfly malware author used port scanning with weak or no passwords to identify potential victims." ZDNet 9:13 AM
  • "The Apple DEP flaw explained – and how to bolster security: Researchers have highlighted a vulnerability in Apple's Device Enrollment Program that, in some circumstances, could leave corporate networks and data insecure. But companies can mitigate the danger." Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "Google deals with fallout over Chrome auto sign-in" Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Releases First macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Public Beta" The Mac Observer 8:34 AM
  • "Troubleshooting Continuity on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" iMore 8:37 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Brings Refinements and Interface Changes" Intego 8:38 AM
  • "Mojave security changes: Make sure your backups are running properly" Apple World Today 12:15 PM
  • "How to Stop Receiving Beta Updates in MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 1:36 PM
  • "How to use the macOS Home app to control your HomeKit accessories" iDownload Blog 6:14 PM
  • "How to Use Dark Mode in macOS Mojave" Intego 8:38 AM
  • "How to manually set your Mac's cooling fan speeds" iDownload Blog 8:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "QuickLicense 9 Adds Code Signing, Interface and License Enhancements" eTradeWire 6:57 PM
  • "HazeOver makes Dark Mode that much darker" Six Colors 6:14 PM
  • "Elder Scrolls Online for Mac is getting Metal support thanks to Metal" Mac Gamer HQ 11:00 AM
  • "Dropshare 5 for macOS receives major update" prMac 7:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Some people are saying Apple's new iPhone selfie camera automatically smooths your skin in photos — and they're calling it 'beautygate'"  Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "No End in Sight to Apple-Qualcomm Dispute" Market Realist 12:41 PM
  • "Android app maker upset at Apple over its use of 'Memoji' name" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Professional queuers left out in the cold at Moscow iPhone launch" Reuters 10:05 AM
  • "iPhone XS — Growth Spurt — Apple" YouTube 2:37 PM
  • "'Dickinson': Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt & Adrian Blake Enscoe Cast In Apple Comedy Series" Deadline 9:35 AM
  • "Apple plans to open corporate office across from Carnegie Library store, report says" AppleInsider 7:15 PM
  • "Apple Leases D.C. Office Space Across From New Carnegie Library Flagship" Bisnow 7:14 PM
  • "17 now charged in Apple store thefts including father and son" KTVU 8:25 AM
  • "California Apple Store robbery gang stole over $1M in goods, cops say: 9 suspects at large, while 7 men now in custody in Alameda Co., another in Sonoma." Ars Technica 8:18 AM
  • "Silly Samsung marketing stunt involves a tiny town called Appel" Android Authority 4:54 PM
  • "Teenage Apple hacker avoids jail for 'hacky hack hack' attack: The self-proclaimed Apple fan stole roughly 90GB of confidential data from the iPad and iPhone maker." ZDNet 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "California governor signs country's first IoT security law: The new Internet of Things law calls for 'reasonable' security features." CNET 7:55 PM
  • "Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro announced: 4 cameras, SD 636, and a notch" Android Authority 4:54 PM
  • "Facebook says it detected security breach after traffic spike" ZDNet 8:59 PM
  • "The Facebook Security Meltdown Exposes Way More Sites Than Facebook" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:07 PM
  • "Facebook Sued in California Over Breach of 50 Million Profiles" Gizmodo 5:48 PM
  • "Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls - sources" Reuters 4:01 PM
  • "Proposed law would ban hidden broadband fees and higher-than-advertised prices: Advertised telco prices would have to include all fees if Democrat's bill passes." Ars Technica 3:57 PM
  • "'LG Watch W7' to arrive alongside LG V40 ThinQ" 9to5Google 10:33 AM
  • "No, Spotify isn't using your GPS to kick you off your family plan" CNET 3:48 PM
  • "Spotify asks family plan subscribers to prove they are family" Cult of Mac 10:42 AM
  • "Spotify criticized for controversial move geared to preventing abuse of family plan" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Senator calls for investigation into Facebook's latest breach" Engadget 4:17 PM
  • "How to check if your Facebook account was affected by the recent hack" Business Insider 3:50 PM
  • "Facebook Uncovers 'Security Issue' Affecting Nearly 50 Million Accounts" MacRumors 12:15 PM
  • "Inside Facebook's massive center storing your personal information: It's one of the few places where you can literally touch the social network." CNET 8:17 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page will be deleted on Sunday, says hacker" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "Google's CEO will testify before Congress about bias and China" Engadget 2:11 PM
  • "Google Search will make trip planning even easier with more personalized information" Android Police 7:49 AM
  • "Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks" The Register 7:41 AM
  • "Dragalia Lost Me at That Dang Free to Play Menu – The TouchArcade Show #371" Touch Arcade 8:46 PM
  • "MacVoices #18200: Scholle McFarland Takes Control of Mojave" MacVoices 2:41 PM
  • "Apple's Unconventional Product Naming Conventions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-28" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "We Spoke To An Ex-NSA Hacker Who Has Organized The First-Ever Mac Security Conference: Despite their reputation, Mac computers have bugs, vulnerabilities, and even malware targeted at them. With their rising popularity in the workplace, it's 'the perfect' time for a Mac-only security conference." Motherboard 10:06 AM
  • "Catch our first-week impressions of Apple Watch 4 and iPhone XS Max, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:42 AM
  • "iPhone XS & Apple Watch reviews, Marzipan, Salesforce, and much more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "Apple said to be working on fixing 'aggressive' skin smoothing in iPhone XS photos"  AppleInsider 8:42 AM
  • "iPhone XS Users Complain About Skin-Smoothing Selfie Camera" MacRumors 3:48 PM
  • "iPhone XS Max costs Apple US$20 more in materials than iPhone X, says IHS" DigiTimes 8:18 AM
  • "Front Camera Lens on Future iPhones Could Be Hidden With Special 'Pure Black' Coating" MacRumors 5:55 PM
  • "iPhone XS Max: How much profit does Apple really make on each one sold?" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's watchOS 5.0.1 addresses bug that may prevent Watches from charging" Ars Technica 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Watch gets a watchOS 5.0.1 update: If you're a fitness fanatic, or your Apple Watch hasn't been charging, this watchOS 5.0.1 update is for you." ZDNet 9:13 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A return to the top of the podium/No matter which Watch you own, Series 4 is a worthwhile upgrade" GearBrain 2:25 PM
  • "Watch the Apple Watch Series 4 Smoke Older Apple Watches in Speed Comparison" MacRumors 4:17 PM
  • "The iPhone XS Is Forever" Gizmodo 1:37 PM
  • "Compared: iPhone XS Max video quality trounces iPhone X" AppleInsider 10:11 AM
  • "iPhone XS water test: Did it survive the deep end? Water, wine, beer and bay: We tested the durability claims of Apple's new flagship to see how liquid-resistant it really is." CNET 7:40 AM
  • "Cam Compare: iPhone XS Max gives the Galaxy Note 9 a run for its money [Video] 9to5Google 10:21 AM
  • "iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: We compare the big phones" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Das Keyboard 5Q Review: Excellent for Typing, Not So Much for Notifications" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Review: iOttie iON Wireless Stand Charger offers good looks, upright iPhone charging options" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra" TechHive 7:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google Maps in CarPlay isn't the dream you've been waiting for: Google's navigation apps in Apple's CarPlay leave a lot to be desired" The Verge 10:33 AM
  • "Here's how to keep advertisers from using your phone number on Facebook" The Next Web 7:32 PM
  • "How to Get iPhone XS Depth Effect Control On iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus" iPhone Hacks 6:58 PM
  • "How to disable automatic gym equipment detection on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 6:45 PM
  • "How to Talk to Siri without Pressing the Digital Crown on Apple Watch" iPhone Hacks 6:44 PM
  • "How to measure altitude with iPhone" 9to5Mac 5:09 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about Facebook's data breach affecting 50M users" TechCrunch 4:02 PM
  • "Have an old Apple Watch? Here's how to use it for sleep tracking" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "How to find your iPhone with your Apple Watch" iMore 2:14 PM
  • "How activity competitions work in watchOS 5" iMore 12:15 PM
  • "How to add a second person to Face ID in iOS 12" iMore 12:15 PM
  • "iPhone XS Max: What is Display Zoom and how do I use it?" Apple Must 11:07 AM
  • "How to remove scratches from your phone" Mashable 10:11 AM
  • "How to use iOS 12 to enter passwords on an Apple TV" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "What to know about iOS 12"s auto-saving of iMessage images to Photos" iDownload Blog 8:57 AM
  • "The most useful Siri Shortcuts for iPhone: Shortcuts can do a heck of a lot more besides opening apps." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Apple vs. Facebook: One of Those Companies Won't Let You Read This" The Mac Observer 5:14 PM
  • "iPhone XS Line Capturing Selfies with the Appearance of Skin Smoothing" MacStories 4:58 PM
  • "Opinion: Snap and Tesla are for sale, and here's who will buy them/Amazon or Disney will buy Snap, and Apple or Google will buy Tesla" MarketWatch 4:53 PM
  • "What Apple's iPhone eSIM support will mean for you" Computerworld 4:02 PM
  • "Remembering the original Apple iPhone: A phone that really was ahead of its time" phoneArena 12:19 PM
  • "Apple Wants To Be Disney In The Future"  Seeking Alpha 12:14 PM
  • "Oh dear, turns out Google Maps sucks in CarPlay" Apple Must 12:07 PM
  • "Apple's Commitment to the Environment Will Create More Low End Mac & iOS Users" Low End Mac 10:42 AM
  • "Apple's Screen Time Report Is Not Accurate for Tracking Your Habits" Lifehacker 10:21 AM
  • "8 industries Apple Watch Series 4 disrupts"  Computerworld 10:05 AM
  • "Here's the Secret Behind Apple's iPhone Release Strategy" The Motley Fool 8:25 AM
  • "Here's how Apple, Google, and Microsoft can stop robocalls: In the war against telephone spam, only superior firepower will win. But it will require cooperation between the competing tech superpowers and their clouds in order to do it." ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Former Apple engineer claims tech giant was 'toxic' after Jobs death" Telegraph 8:42 AM
  • "A former Apple engineer reveals how he reacted to Steve Jobs calling his work 'dog s--t'" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Why should anybody trust Facebook with their personal data? We asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg that same question." Recode 5:56 PM
  • "Linus Torvalds answers 5 questions in BBC letter: In an e-mail to the BBC, Torvalds comes over as a voice of reason in the heated Linux Code of Conduct fights." ZDNet 4:54 PM
  • "Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done." Gizmodo 3:50 PM
  • "Wear OS review: Google puts usability first" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Review: Google's Wear OS 2.0 can't fix its obsolete smartwatch hardware" Ars Technica 8:18 AM
  • "Google's new Wear OS watch update is here, and it's surprisingly good" CNET 8:18 AM
  • "Mashable Comics: Our Awkward Digital Lives" Mashable 12:40 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iPhone XS, XS Max, Apple Watch Series 4 Now On Sale In More Countries, Check If Yours Is On The List" Redmond Pie 7:55 PM
  • "Telegram releases major update for iOS built on Swift with improved speed, notifications, more" 9to5Mac 4:17 PM
  • "5 great apps that bust out the bokeh on iPhone XS" Cult of Mac 3:48 PM
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Monster Hunter Stories'" Touch Arcade 8:15 PM
  • "Halloween Comes Early in 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp'" Touch Arcade 10:42 AM
  • "5 mobile games like Minecraft for iPhone and iPad" 148Apps 9:20 AM
  • "The best email app for iOS and Android" The Verge 8:42 AM
  • "Overcast now offers more Siri Shortcuts & new Apple Watch complications" iDownload Blog 8:26 AM
  • "Addictive new iOS game is all about... throwing strips of bacon?" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "VW and Microsoft team up on cloud services for connected cars" Engadget 12:58 PM
  • "Volkswagen partners with Microsoft on connected car platform" Digital Trends 6:21 PM
  • "Microsoft puts its touch-friendly Office apps for Windows 10 on hold" The Verge 1:37 PM
  • "Microsoft brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10" VentureBeat 2:45 PM
  • "Microsoft is bringing the Robot Operating System to Windows 10" ZDNet 4:00 PM
  • "Microsoft deprioritizes its touch-enabled Office Mobile apps for Windows" ZDNet 1:47 PM
  • "How to delay the Windows 10 October 2018 Update but still get updates" Windows Central 9:01 AM
  • "Cloudflare starts Bandwidth Alliance with Microsoft, IBM to lower data transfer costs" Telecompaper 8:51 AM
  • "AT&T Delves Into Enterprise Blockchain With IBM, Microsoft" PYMNTS 8:51 AM
  • "Google, Microsoft and IBM join the Institute of Coding's Industry Advisory Board" IT PRO (UK) 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft, IBM sign up to cheaper cloud alliance" ITProPortal 8:50 AM
  • "Walmart will use IBM Blockchain to track spinach and lettuce!" LexBlog 8:49 AM
  • "Intel admits 'tight' supply for cheap PC chips, focuses on high-end" Engadget 7:15 PM
  • "Intel Optane 905P with 1.5 TB Is Released (updated)" Guru3D 8:39 AM
  • "Compal warns of ongoing Intel parts shortage" bit-tech 8:39 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-9900K 8 Core/16 Thread Listed For $480 US and Core i7-9700K 8 Core/8 Thread Listed For $370 US, Accidentally" WCCFTech 8:38 AM
  • "AMD May Regain 30 Percent Desktop Market Share By Q4 2018" ExtremeTech 8:36 AM
  • "AMD, Nvidia downplay Trump tariff impacts" bit-tech 8:35 AM
  • "Oracle says Kurian has resigned as president three weeks after he left to take time off" CNBC 5:00 PM
  • "Oracle's Kurian to step down as president of product development" Reuters 6:00 PM
  • "Key Oracle exec Thomas Kurian resigns" ZDNet 6:21 PM
  • "NITI Aayog, Oracle join hands against counterfeit drugs in India" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 8:34 AM
  • "High Education Software Market 2018: Global Analysis by Key Players – Adobe Systems, Blackboard, Educomp Solutions, Cisco" Industry Today 8:32 AM
  • "Cisco issues networking updates for 13 high-severity holes" ZDNet 8:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Is Poised for New Record Highs" Investopedia 8:26 AM
  • "Apple could rally another 11 percent to record highs, says technician" CNBC 8:26 AM
  • "Apple target price boosted at Instinet due to 'robust' iPhone shipment times" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks struggle for direction as S&P 500 poised for best quarter since 2013: Dow set for worst week in three months" MarketWatch 1:40 PM
  • "Stocks Trade Higher, Tesla Tumbles After CEO Musk Sued by SEC: Stocks rise on the last trading day of the third quarter." TheStreet 1:40 PM
  • "Stocks take a breather after tech fueled rally" FOXBusiness 8:39 AM
  • "Stocks Waffle at End of Third Quarter: U.S. shares on track to end third quarter with big gains" [Paid Membership Required] 1:39 PM
  • "Japan leads Asian stock markets higher in bid to end September on bright note: Samsung drags down South Korea's Kospi" MarketWatch 8:39 AM
  • "Italy's stocks set for worst day in about 2 years as budget proposal sets up EU clash: Italy's FTSE MIB is down more than 4% intraday Friday" MarketWatch 8:38 AM

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