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Friday Highlights: Apple Arcade has a challenger on iOS: GameClub which plans to resurrect now dead but classic iPhone games; Apple to build new flagship store in San Jose; and plans second store in Taiwan; Rob Enderle thinks Microsoft's new Edge browser for Mac is major development; with no product to offer, Apple still voted #3 smartglasses player in market survey; Facebook removes more than a million fake accounts every hour; Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders given uncertain future of device; full-screen Touch ID rumored in 2020 iPhones; iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, closer look at new keyboard, AppleInsider doesn't think changes will help issues much; here's a hands-on with new 13" 2019 MacBook Pro; App Store ads frustrate finding apps you want.

  • "In letter to Congress, Apple sends strongest denial over 'spy chip' story"  Bloomberg 11:54 AM
  • "Apple tells Congress it found no signs of malicious chips: The letter follows statements from Britain's National Cyber Security Centre and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that they had no reason to doubt denials from Apple and Amazon."  NBC News 7:54 AM
  • "No evidence of spy chips, Apple insists in letter to US Congress" AppleInsider 7:16 AM
  • "Apple denies claims of China's infiltration through implanted chips" 8:21 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K could be used by big UK cable firm as set-top box: Apple is reportedly in early-stage talks with the UK's BT over a potential new partnership, where customers of the EE broadband service could be offered an Apple TV to watch BT's own pay-TV channels, rather than using BT's existing set-top box." AppleInsider 11:50 AM
  • "Apple seeks broadband partners for Apple TV push" Apple Must 7:12 AM
  • "High Court blocks mass legal action against Google over iPhone data collection" Telegraph 8:22 AM
  • "Mass action against Google over iPhone data blocked by London court"  Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "$1.3 billion iPhone Safari cookie suit against Google shut down by UK courts" AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "UK Court Shuts Down $1.3 Billion iPhone Safari Cookie Suit Against Google" MacTrast 7:45 AM
  • "UK High Court blocks compensation suit against Google's 'Safari workaround'" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.1 to Developers" MacRumors 12:35 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Beta Three of macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Update to Developers" MacTrast 7:58 PM
  • "Top programming languages: Apple's Swift surges in popularity while Python falls back/Only a month after becoming a top-three language, Python loses the title, but interest in it is still growing." ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "How to Electronically Sign a PDF Using Preview on Mac" MacRumors 6:18 PM
  • "Make Spotlight Useful Again: Expert Tips and Tricks" Apple Gazette 10:28 AM
  • "How to Tell What's Waking or Putting Your Mac to Sleep" The Mac Observer 10:15 AM
  • "7+ ways to get more done faster on your Mac: Get more done. Get it done faster. These Mac tips should make your more efficient than before" Computerworld 10:00 AM
  • "'New' Mac App Store Fails to Make a Good First Impression" Dice Insights 10:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Now Supports macOS Mojave" prMac 7:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple to Congress: No sign of microchip tampering" Seeking Alpha 7:11 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon Deny China Installed Tiny Spy Microchips on Their Servers, But We're Still Freaked Out" Gizmodo UK 8:24 AM
  • "UK court blocks iPhone users' privacy case against Google" BetaNews 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Might Face iPhone Pricing Issue as Its Competitors Are Set to Launch 5G-Capable Handsets in 2019" WCCFTech 7:53 AM
  • "Viewers Tricked Into Mistaking iPhone XS Selfies With Google Pixel 2, Receiving A Bevy Of Compliments — Video" WCCFTech 11:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Portal sets up video chat hardware fight with Amazon, Google" AppleInsider 8:35 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore #5 Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford" The Mac Observer 4:38 PM
  • "MacVoices #18205: Briefing -Five Security and Privacy Tips" MacVoices 3:13 PM
  • "Deconstructing Bloomberg's Spy Chip Report, 7 Years of Siri -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-08" The Mac Observer 12:55 PM
  • "Don't Panic, Kernel. It's Just a Kill Switch and a Nuke-and-Pave – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 730'" The Mac Observer 9:07 AM
  • "Mojave has some security settings you need to be aware of to keep things running smoothly." The MT Show 8:26 AM
  • "OmniFocus and Siri Shortcuts Field Guides" Macdrifter 7:22 AM
  • "iOS 12.0.1 arrives with fixes for a couple of early user complaints: It's a minor one, but it's the first update to iOS 12." Ars Technica 6:17 PM
  • "Apple Releasing iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes for Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue [Update: Now Available]"  MacRumors 12:11 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12.0.1, Fixes Placement of '.?123" Key on iOS Keyboard" The Mac Observer 12:27 PM
  • "iOS 12.0.1 update available, fixes Wi-fi connectivity on iPhone XS, Lightning charging issues" AppleInsider 12:52 PM
  • "Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.4.1 Following iOS 12 Launch, Downgrading No Longer Possible" MacRumors 7:47 PM
  • "Apple stops signing iOS 11.4.1, preventing downgrades from iOS 12 to iOS 11" 9to5Mac 7:47 PM
  • "Apple no longer signing iOS 11.4.1, downgrades to iOS 11 now impossible" iDownload Blog 7:47 PM
  • "Apple ceases iOS 11.4.1 signing following release of iOS 12: Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 11.4.1, the last version of iOS to be issued prior to the release of iOS 12 in September." AppleInsider 7:48 PM
  • "The new Mac Pro might get Intel's new 28-core 5 GHz Xeon processor: Intel has revealed its upcoming collection of high-specification processors, including a 28-core Xeon processor for professional users alongside its 9th-generation Core processors boasting high core counts that could be heading for the Mac Pro, along with one eight-core model clocked at 5GHz." AppleInsider 11:44 AM
  • "That New Apple Watch EKG Feature? There Are More Downs Than Ups: The heart monitor should not be considered a medical device and reflects wider problems with health screens."  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:01 AM
  • "Future Apple AirPods may sport 'pose detection' features" Apple World Today 8:26 AM
  • "Safari In iOS 12 Has Built-In Protection Against Fake Keyboards" UberGizmo 7:54 AM
  • "Apple to shut out MacBook and iMac Pro from third party repairs: Cupertino moved towards sealed applicances by shutting out DIY fixes" Tech Central 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 suffers from daylight savings bug rebooting loop in Australia" AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "New Apple Watch models crash with daylight saving time bug in Australia" CNBC 7:54 AM
  • "Apple's daylight savings bug strikes yet again, looping Series 4 Watches" VentureBeat 11:44 AM
  • "iOS 12 Screen Time suspected to cause excessive iPhone battery drain for some" iDownload Blog 11:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:14 AM

  • "Apple iPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Which is best? The super-expensive super-phones battle it out" Stuff Magazine 8:23 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone Xs: The big two go head to head" Expert Reviews 8:21 AM
  • "Apple iPad 2018 (32GB) review: What Hi-Fi? Awards 2018 winner. A prodigious AV tablet. Tested at £319" What Hi-Fi? 7:55 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Bigger Screen and a Whole Lot More" The Mac Observer 6:31 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 review: Apple's smartwatch takes its biggest leap forward ever." 12:22 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 battery life" phoneArena 7:53 AM
  • "The 11 best accessories for the Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Augment your awesome new Apple phone with these add-ons" Stuff Magazine 8:24 AM
  • "Best Apple Pencil Accessories" iMore 10:54 AM
  • "Review: Nomad wireless Base Station is all about convenience" AppleInsider 4:27 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best Apple Watch apps for your smartwatch in 2018: What are the best Apple Watch apps for running, sleep, travel?" TechRadar UK 11:49 AM
  • "Read a spooky story, play a ghostly game, or become a zany zombie. No matter how scary you like your Halloween, we have the apps for you." AppAdvice 10:55 AM
  • "How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving" MacRumors 6:18 PM
  • "How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password With a Friend on iPhone or iPad" MacRumors 6:18 PM
  • "The easiest way to get library books on your iPhone, Android or Kindle: Access your local lender through the Libby app." CNET 1:08 PM
  • "Why does Apple's two-factor sign-in think you're hundreds of miles away? Apple's 2FA doesn't use GPS, which results in locations that aren't exactly where you are." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "What's new with Notifications in watchOS 5: Apple Watch notifications are more useful than ever in watchOS 5" iMore 7:42 AM
  • "Your Facebook Account Probably Wasn't Hacked Over the Weekend" The Mac Observer 8:50 AM
  • "Can you use Sonos One as your TV speaker (and should you)?" iMore 7:28 AM
  • "More Alleged iPad Pro (2018) Details Revealed" UberGizmo 9:00 PM
  • "Apple Watch can help break iPhone addiction without going offline" 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "It's not in anyone's interest to admit whether China hacked us: 'Bloomberg Businessweek' reported mass surveillance by the Chinese army, and everyone, including Apple and Amazon, denies it. What else would anyone do?" The Outline 2:54 PM
  • "After 8 years, IDC admits Apple's iPad is leading the tablet market 'unabated': Since iPad launched in 2010, International Data Corporation has dutifully crafted various media narratives that belittled as it as a toy, dismissed it as merely a 'media consumption' device in a world that needed Windows, and disparaged it as inconsequential in a vast sea of cheap Android tablets (some of which were literally children's toys). But they were wrong, here's why."  AppleInsider 1:14 PM
  • "eXtensions -Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (3): Bells in the Streets" eXtensions 1:06 PM
  • "Who Uses Their Phone on the Toilet? Most of Us: A new survey from electronics trade-in website BankMyCell sheds light on America's dirtiest little tech secret. It doesn't matter whether you're a man or woman, iOS or Android user, from the East or West Coast—you probably use your smartphone on the can." PC Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "No Chinese spy chip, says deep state: How many ways can The Big Hack be denied?" Apple 3.0 7:49 AM
  • "Apple still doesn't understand Daylight Savings Time: Apple has made a watch that doesn't understand time" The Inquirer 7:22 AM
  • "50 Years In Tech. Part 6: Different Apple Distribution Game"  Monday Note 7:11 AM
  • "Two weeks, too big: Goodbye Apple iPhone XS Max/The Apple iPhone XS Max has been out for a couple of weeks and, as expected, it is the best iPhone ever. However, although it may have the best of Apple inside, that doesn't mean it is the best for everyone." ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Google Shuttering Google+ to Consumers, Reportedly Didn't Disclose Data Breach for Fear of Regulation" The Mac Observer 2:55 PM
  • "Ode to the midrange phone. Yes, really: Just hear me out." CNET 11:44 AM
  • "The Morning After: A very early hands-on with Google's Pixel 3 XL" Engadget 7:23 AM
  • ", Progress Report #2: It works." Monday Note 7:11 AM
  • "Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick: Viral craze makes ideal classroom demo of conservation of angular momentum." Ars Technica 7:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple discontinues the Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter" iDownload Blog 6:36 PM
  • "Now there's an iPhone accessory for chemical attack" Apple Must 12:55 PM
  • "Omnifocus 3 task manager updated for Apple Watch Series 4" 9to5Mac 12:30 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of October 8: Apple's Aaron Davis, Jeff Carlson, Joe Kissell, Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, and Chuck Joiner Times 2" The MUG Center 9:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Exclusive: Microsoft's $7.5 billion GitHub deal set for EU approval: sources" Reuters 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft's LinkedIn acquires Glint to improve employee engagement" Neowin 7:59 PM
  • "Microsoft to invest in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab" Reuters 8:59 PM
  • "Windows Insiders reported the Windows 10 file deletion problem to Microsoft months ago" BetaNews 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Help Windows 10 Users Affected By Update To Recover Their Files" UberGizmo 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft promises to recover files deleted by Windows 10 update bug" Engadget 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft stops Windows 10 update after users report a SERIOUS problem - are you affected?" Mirror Online UK 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October Update due to major bug" Alphr 8:46 AM
  • "Don't install Microsoft's Windows 10 October update. Here's why:" ANI 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Release Windows 10 Version 1809 ISOs When Rollout Resumes: Search..." Softpedia 8:45 AM
  • "How to avoid getting screwed by the latest file-deleting Windows 10 update" The Next Web 8:43 AM
  • "Ready To Rumble: IBM Launches Food Trust Blockchain For Commercial Use" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network" Computerworld 7:49 AM
  • "IBM Food Trust blockchain network available, Carrefour joins retailer roster" ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network" Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "Chromebook x360 14 is HP's thinnest Chromebook convertible yet" VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "HP's x360 14 is its thinnest Chromebook convertible yet" Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible costing $599" Android Police 8:29 AM
  • "The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing" PCWorld Australia 8:29 AM
  • "HP Chromebook x360 14" CNET 8:28 AM
  • "HP's new convertible Chromebook is a $599 MacBook killer" BGR 6:35 PM
  • "Omen Mindframe headset review: HP nails the cooling, but the basics need work" PCWorld 7:35 AM
  • "The HP Mindframe gaming headset literally cools down your ears" CNET 8:22 AM
  • "HP is sticking with its agencies because it does not want 'a one-eyed view of the world'" The Drum 8:28 AM
  • "Dell adds Intel 9th Gen K-Series CPUs to XPS tower and Alienware Aurora" VentureBeat 12:50 PM
  • "Intel Core X-Series processor specs" ZDNet 12:54 PM
  • "Intel 9600K, 9700K, and 9900K CPU specs" ZDNet 12:53 PM
  • "Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon: The new array of desktop processors will arrive over the next few months." Ars Technica 6:58 PM
  • "Intel claims best gaming processor with 9th Gen Core unveiling" VentureBeat 12:51 PM
  • "How to watch Intel's Fall desktop event live from NYC" Digital Trends 8:22 AM
  • "Acer updates its Predator Orion desktops with Intel's 9th-gen processors" Neowin 4:57 PM
  • "Asus ZenBook S UX391UA review: has the Dell XPS 13 finally met its match?" The Big Tech Question 8:23 AM
  • "Big Dell investor to vote down re-float plan - Finance - iTnews" iTNews Australia 8:23 AM
  • "Intel 9th generation processor launch live blog: Intel's Desktop Launch Event 2018 as it happens" TechRadar UK 8:21 AM
  • "Intel Fall PC Desktop Event Live Blog (Starts at 10am ET/14:00 UTC)" AnandTech 8:20 AM
  • "Intel to reveal 9th gen CPUs, Z390 chipset at event later today" TechSpot 8:19 AM
  • "AAEON Introduces UPC-GWS01 Industrial Computer with Support for 3G/4G Connectivity" ThomasNet News 8:19 AM
  • "Intel 9th Gen CPUs: What to expect from today's Intel processor launch" TrustedReviews 8:19 AM
  • "Intel's 9th Generation Processors and More Launch Event Live Stream" WCCFTech 8:19 AM
  • "Intel to announce new desktop products today" Guru3D 8:19 AM
  • "Why Unite could be Intel's best kept secret" TechRadar UK 8:19 AM
  • "Intel holding 9th Gen processor event today" The Verge 7:34 AM
  • "Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question" The Register 8:18 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 670 rumoured for launch this weekend" Hexus 8:13 AM
  • "AMD Polaris 30 Could Be Announced Next Week, Similar To RX 580 And 570" SegmentNext 8:13 AM
  • "AMD's new 24-core Ryzen Threadripper processor goes on sale October 29" TechRadar UK 8:13 AM
  • "AMD announces Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X availability" Hexus 8:13 AM
  • "AMD EPYC Rome Cinebench Score Leaked Once Again, With Proof" SegmentNext 8:12 AM
  • "12nm AMD Polaris Up and Coming Alright - Pretty Soon Already" Guru3D 8:12 AM
  • "Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-" The Register 8:08 AM
  • "Cisco and Huawei inch up the Interbrand top 100" Telecoms 8:07 AM
  • "Firmware update: Cisco SMA AsyncOS 11.5.1" tweakers 8:06 AM
  • "Firmware update: Cisco ESA AsyncOS 11.1.1" tweakers 8:05 AM
  • "SAP's road to cloud-native data platforms in a hybrid world" ZDNet 7:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is Fully Valued, Buffett Overpaid" Seeking Alpha 9:04 AM
  • "Report: Apple and BT nearing pay-TV deal" Seeking Alpha 8:27 AM
  • "This week's Apple trading strategies¬†(10/8-10/12)" 24/7 Wall St. 8:23 AM
  • "China Stocks, Apple, Amazon, Ford and Walmart: 5 Things You Must Know: U.S. stock futures fall on Monday following a drop of 3.7% for shares in Shanghai; the Department of Homeland Security backs statements from Apple and Amazon that said their systems weren't compromised by Chinese 'spy chips.'" TheStreet 7:47 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close mostly lower as fears of rising interest rates linger: Bond market is closed for Columbus Day" MarketWatch 6:12 PM
  • "Dow Rebounds to End Higher Monday: The Dow Industrials rebounded to end in positive territory Monday, while other major indexes bounced off their lows." TheStreet 6:12 PM
  • "Stock indexes end mixed, but tech companies slide further" Associated Press 6:13 PM
  • "Ford to cut salaried workforce in restructuring plan: Ford Motor Co. announced it's in the early stages of reorganizing its more than 70,000 salaried workers globally, which will result in job cuts." FOXBusiness 12:04 PM
  • "Selloff in Tech Shares Deepens, Drags Down Market: Monday's declines extended a period of weakness for U.S. stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 6:13 PM
  • "China stocks tumble 3% on return from holiday, even as its central bank takes action: Chinese stocks led weaker action across Asia markets on Monday, as traders returned to work after a weeklong holiday. The latest monetary easing by the People's Bank of China provided little traction for the market." MarketWatch 7:05 AM
  • "Europe stocks pressured by retreat for Italy's bank shares: European stocks fell Monday, with Italian banks under heavy pressure as continued worries over a budget clash between Rome and the European Union contributed to a continued selloff in the country's government bonds." MarketWatch 12:07 PM

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