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Weekend Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity: Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell China hack investigation, in a podcast this week said he felt uneasy after reading the article in part because its claims almost perfectly echoed theories on hardware implants he shared with journalist Jordan Robertson."  AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Source warned Bloomberg off the Apple spy chip story" 24/7 Wall St. 12:07 PM
  • "Bloomberg responds to Apple's denials with fresh evidence of pervasive hardware hacking" MSPoweruser 1:33 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China in possible PR counter-offensive to spy chip story"  9to5Mac 9:14 AM
  • "China spy chip story gets stranger as everyone doubles down: Bloomberg puts out related story while security experts cast doubt on research and quotes" The Register 3:01 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle: Apple's CEO is making a surprise tour of Shanghai, possibly in response to the controversy over a report claiming Chinese spy chips were inserted into Apple servers." AppleInsider 10:45 AM
  • "Inside Apple's War on iPhone Fraud in China"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:34 PM
  • "Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures: Apple has spent the last five years combatting fraud relating to iPhone repairs in China, where parts were stolen from working iPhones and were submitted for repair under warranty, a problem that reportedly cost billions of dollars and forced Apple to investigate." AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Rituals on how Apple is transforming retail" Computerworld 7:58 AM
  • "Apple Hit With False Advertising Suit Over iTunes TV Bundles: The digital giant is accused of tricking customers into buying season bundles by counting promotional clips as episodes." The Hollywood Reporter 3:17 PM
  • "Can't find a file in macOS? Here's what to do: It's time to use the Terminal." Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Supporting Dark Mode: Adapting Colors" Indie Stack 6:09 PM
Press Releases
  • "Latest Office for Mac Insider update comes with Animation triggers, Ideas pane and more" MSPoweruser 1:32 PM
  • "Mailbutler Welcomes Mojave Dark Mode, New Dashboard and Integrations" prMac 7:41 AM
  • "Securely Erase Files on macOS with ProtectStar's iShredder Mac 2" prMac 7:42 AM
  • "Chinese spy chips? DEVONthink uses strong encryption for its sync" prMac 7:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple reportedly looks to BT to kickstart pay TV ambitions: Could be a major boost for footie fans" The Inquirer 7:44 AM
  • "Report: BT and Apple in talks over EE-Apple TV partnership" Digital TV Europe 8:20 AM
  • "Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project" AppleInsider 3:00 PM
  • "Microsoft's Minecraft ends support on Apple TV" BBC 7:31 AM
  • "Apple TV Version of Minecraft Removed from tvOS App Store Due to Lack of Sales" MacTrast 7:53 AM
  • "Paramedic agrees Apple Watch Series 4 will save lives, false positives not a problem" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Most Customers Are Picking the Highest iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max Storage Models, Increasing the Average Selling Price for Apple" WCCFTech 8:20 AM
  • "WeChat rival 'Bullet' removed from App Store over copyright complaint"  Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "Messaging Upstart Touted as WeChat Rival Wiped From Apple Store" Bloomberg 8:05 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The C64 Mini is now available for purchase in North America" Neowin 5:18 PM
  • "Bang & Olufsen unveils David Lynch speaker collaboration: Much like 'Mulholland Drive', there's... a lot going on." Engadget 3:43 PM
  • "SoundCloud finally lets more musicians monetize four years later" TechCrunch 7:55 AM
  • "SoundCloud expands direct licensing to wider array of artists" Reuters 8:06 AM
  • "Google shuts down Google+ after revealing a hushed-up security flaw: We thought we'd tell you as you probably wouldn't notice otherwise" The Inquirer 7:44 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 event: start time, live blog, and live stream" The Verge 7:34 AM
  • "Watch the Google Pixel 3 event here at 11 AM ET: We're expecting new handsets, a new tablet and more." Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL pictures leak for what might be the last time: It can't leak again after this... or can it?" Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "Exclusive Pixel 3 camera features leak ahead of Google's media event" BGR 7:39 AM
  • "The Asus C423 is an ultra-thin mid-range Chromebook: It also has access to Google Play." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Asus' new Chromebook: Mid-range 14-inch C423 comes with touchscreen option/Asus quietly unveils a new 14-inch Chromebook with four USB ports and a 180-degree hinge." ZDNet 7:52 AM
  • "Upgrade #214: Nobody Seems To Know Anything" Six Colors 6:17 PM
  • "Goodbye Google+, USB-C iPad Pro -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-09" The Mac Observer 12:20 PM
  • "Apple's dual-camera iPhones subject of new patent lawsuit: A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Apple's dual-camera iPhone technology, deployed in smartphone models dating back to iPhone 7 Plus, infringes on a patent for enhancing digital photographic images using multiple lenses and sensors." AppleInsider 9:05 PM
  • "Rumor: Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 'Magnetic Connector,' USB-C, support new Apple Pencil/Later this month, Apple is expected to update its iPad Pro lineup with new models featuring Face ID biometric authentication and near bezel-less displays. According to the latest rumors, the redesigned tablets might also be equipped with a new 'Magnetic Connector' and support for an updated Apple Pencil." AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "New iPad Pros will output 4K HDR video over USB-C port, says report" The Verge 7:33 AM
  • "Exclusive: iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video over USB-C, AirPods-like Apple Pencil 2 pairing, more"  9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "New iPad Pros will reportedly get Face ID and lose the home button: And it'll have a USB-C connector." Engadget 7:37 AM
  • "The new iPad Pro's key features were just leaked" BGR 7:38 AM
  • "iPad Pro X (2018): Release date, specs, and features! What's the rumored release date for the next iPad and iPad Pro? What spec speculation has there been? Will it have a new form and new features? Here's our roundup!" iMore 7:41 AM
  • "iPad Pro rumors: 4K HDR video output over USB-C, flexible Face ID, and more/Apple may hold an event later this month to debut the updated tablets." Ars Technica 12:04 PM
  • "Apple Pencil 2 release date, specs & price rumours: When will the Apple Pencil 2 be released, and what do we know about its tech specs, new features, design changes and pricing? We round up the leaks and rumours" Macworld UK 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12.0.1" Thurrott 7:46 AM
  • "Apple patent is for an AirPod case that works with the long-rumored AirPower" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's work on electromagnets could help protect future iPads and iPhones when dropped: Apple is considering ways it could use electromagnets to make changes to the way accessories or devices can magnetically connect to each other, including correcting alignment issues for covers and potentially helping a case provide even more protection for a dropped iPhone or iPad." AppleInsider 10:53 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:26 AM

  • "iPhone XS review: Everything Apple has to offer, but in a smaller package" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "iPhone XS vs CINEMA Camera — Can you spot the DIFFERENCE?" Photos In Color 7:45 AM
  • "Filmmaker compares iPhone XS to professional-grade cinema camera, walks away impressed: A closer look at the video capture capabilities of the iPhone XS" TechSpot 12:06 PM
  • "Logitech Crayon: Apple Pencil for the rest of us" Apple Must 12:10 PM
  • "Hands on: AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Otterbox Pursuit is thin, protective, and a bit stiff under it's broken in" Apple World Today 7:30 AM
  • "Best iPhone Xs case: Protect your new handset with the best cases from £10" Expert Reviews 12:03 PM
  • "Marshall Your Music Collection With These Iconic Rocking Wireless Earbuds" Forbes 9:17 AM
  • "What is the Tile Pro's range?" iMore 6:46 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "watchOS 5 features: What's in Apple's new watch software?" Pocket-lint 9:13 AM
  • "watchOS 5: How to Rearrange Apple Watch Control Center" TekRevue 12:37 PM
  • "How to Quickly Schedule 'Do Not Disturb' in iOS 12" WCCFTech 9:02 AM
  • "How to Hide Pictures From the Photos App in iOS 12" MacRumors 8:17 AM
  • "How to mark all conversations as Read in the Messages app on iOS" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "The best Apple iPhone X tips and tricks" Pocket-lint 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Watch Tip: switch from grid view to list view" iPhone J.D. 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's Greediness Made it a Trillion Dollar Company" The Mac Observer 5:51 PM
  • "Why it's hard to read the time on Infograph" Marco Arment 5:08 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone XS Max is Selling Well, Feeding Our Big Display Appetite" The Mac Observer 4:07 PM
  • "You Can Check a Banana's Heart Rate with Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 2:36 PM
  • "Minecraft on Apple TV was Dropped and Nobody Noticed" The Mac Observer 1:09 PM
  • "Why is Apple putting 4K HDR Video-out on iPad Pros?" Apple Must 10:47 AM
  • "Apple and Amazon hacked by China? Here's what to do (even if it's not true)" Sophos 10:41 AM
  • "Below the Surface, Microsoft is not the new Apple: A meticulous attention to hardware detail does not a company upending make."  ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "'Why has Apple TV's gaming ecosystem bombed?': iOS developers regret an opportunity missed."  Apple 3.0 8:12 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL initial review: Android's new hot shot phone" Pocket-lint 2:41 PM
  • "Google's Pixel 3 won't surprise you, but it might delight you: The appeal of a Pixel phone is in how it works, not how it looks" The Verge 7:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Beats expanding Studio 3 Wireless headphones lineup with gold-accented Skyline Collection" 9to5Mac 12:03 PM
  • "Ubiquiti releases new AmpliFi Instant Mesh Wi-Fi System, sets up in under 2 minutes" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "WaterField Extends Exquisite Vero Leather Sleeve to MacBook Pro Laptops" prMac 7:42 AM
  • "Apogee's Jam+ is an upgraded guitar input for iOS, Mac and Windows: Built-in headphone monitoring and a new audio mode are among the additions" Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "Apogee Jam+ USB interface for Mac and iOS adds USB-C, better sound input: On Tuesday, audio gear maker Apogee revealed the Jam+, an upgraded version of its USB input for musicians looking to connect guitars, keyboards, and other instruments to a Mac or iOS device for recording." AppleInsider 9:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on tech industry spotlight: 'Having the scrutiny is actually good'" GeekWire 3:49 PM
  • "Microsoft's Common Data Model: What users (not just Dynamics 365 ones) need to know/Microsoft's CDM is the linchpin for the recently announced Open Data Initiative and likely even more Microsoft products in the future." ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "Judge: Former Bill & Melinda Gates tech leader entitled to $4.9M in dispute with foundation" GeekWire 4:14 PM
  • "Microsoft deal with Grab brings its AI, cloud tech to ride-hailing: Grab is Southeast Asia's biggest ride-hailing platform, and it has plans to do a lot more." Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft buys into Grab as pair focus on big data and AI on Azure: Grab will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform and Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab" ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft and Grab form strategic partnership" Seeking Alpha 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft Partners with, Invests in Grab" Thurrott 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft to invest in ride-hailing company Grab for undisclosed amount" Social Barrel 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft invests in Grab to bring AI and big data to on-demand services" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft's GitHub acquisition set for EU approval, sources say: Microsoft announced the deal in June" Reuters 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft's GitHub deal set for EU approval" Seeking Alpha 7:29 AM
  • "LinkedIn acquires Glint to better understand how employees feel about their employers" Social Barrel 7:54 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft close to buying RPG game studio Obsidian" Seeking Alpha 1:32 PM
  • "Skype for Windows 10 is testing ability to transfer money" Social Barrel 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft expands Azure towards that $10B Pentagon contract" Seeking Alpha 8:49 AM
  • "HP Chromebook x360 14 Might Be the Chromebook I've Been Looking For" Thurrott 7:41 AM
  • "HP's x360 14 Chromebook is a big change from last year's model: It bears little resemblance to its 11-inch predecessor from last year." Ars Technica 7:35 PM
  • "Intel finally reveals 9th-gen CPUs with 5GHz Core i9-9900K leading the charge: But it's pretty much the incremental refresh we were expecting" The Inquirer 7:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple, other techs offer shelter in a bond storm: Jefferies" MarketWatch 8:21 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close mostly lower after volatile session as bond yields remain in focus: Nasdaq snaps three-day losing streak" MarketWatch 4:16 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 End Lower; Nasdaq Ekes Out Gain as Rates Ease: Stocks ended mixed Tuesday with the Dow and S&P 500 lower and the Nasdaq higher after benchmark yields on the 10-year treasury backed off multi-year highs." TheStreet 4:16 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip, Dragged Lower by Materials Sector: Investors pull back from the sector on concerns of rising costs and slowing global growth" [Paid Membership Required] 4:17 PM
  • "Nikkei slips, but Chinese stocks bounce back after Monday's plunge: Hang Seng logs 6th straight day of losses" MarketWatch 8:08 AM
  • "Major system glitch hits Tokyo Stock Exchange, brokerage transactions restored" Neowin 7:53 AM
  • "Europe stocks mixed as investors keep eye on bond yields" MarketWatch 8:08 AM

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