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Weekend Highlights: Strategist makes case that not buying Netflix is "Apple's biggest mistake under Tim Cook"; Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has trimmed stake in AAPL, causing stock drop, though move allegedly not Buffett's idea; Apple buys up AI marketing start-up, DataTiger, possibly looking beyond iPhone; Dan Moren sees three hurdles Apple needs to overcome with news service; Apple files Conflict Minerals Report with the SEC, shows company removed five suppliers; Samsung to open retail stores, and leak indicates AirPods challenger coming from S. Korean company.

  • "Apple Resorts to Promo Deals, Trade-Ins to Boost iPhone Sales"  Bloomberg 8:11 AM
  • "Apple reportedly reassigned some marketing staff to focus on boosting new iPhone sales" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Apple hopes big discounts will boost slowing iPhone sales" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple iPhone Sales Off To A Slow Start This Holiday Season"  Forbes 8:00 AM
  • "Claps and cheers: Apple stores' carefully managed drama/Those 'geniuses' in the bright, sleek Apple store are underpaid, overhyped and characters in a well-managed fiction story"  The Guardian 9:20 AM
  • "Documenting the overlooked craft of temporary Apple stores" 9to5Mac 10:40 AM
  • "'Google You Owe Us' claimants aren't giving up on UK Safari workaround suit" TechCrunch 8:16 AM
  • "Epic Game Store coming to compete with Valve's Steam, Mac App Store" AppleInsider 1:46 PM
  • "Mac Bluetooth Not Working? Fix" macReports 8:34 AM
  • "Your Mac won't type U, I, O, J, K, L, and M? Here's why: The vestiges of Num Lock remain in macOS in a newer feature, Mouse Keys." Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "How to Delete Unwanted Email Addresses in Mail on Mac" OS X Daily 1:46 PM
  • "License files for Airtable" Dr. Drang 10:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 71 arrives with an expanded ad blocker" VentureBeat 3:53 PM
  • "Chrome 71 for Mac, Windows, and Linux rolling out" 9to5Google 1:45 PM
  • "Omni to Offer Optional Subscriptions to OmniFocus and Its Upcoming Web Service" MacStories 10:23 AM
  • "Calcline 4.4 the Mac math calculator in a small stripe" Ecleti 8:12 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple assembler Foxconn considering iPhone factory in Vietnam: state media" Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "Tim Cook appeared to take a swipe at Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter in a speech railing against white supremacy" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Apple won't tolerate white supremacists, conspiracy theorists/Apple's CEO didn't shy away from big topics when accepting an inaugural ADL award." Ars Technica 10:23 AM
  • "No 5G iPhone in 2019? Verizon CEO isn't worried: Verizon's boss says he's focused on the 5G smartphones the carrier plans to launch next year." CNET 10:22 AM
  • "Britain's spy chief joined the US in sounding the alarm on the Chinese company that sells more phones than Apple" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Apple presents the best of 2018: The Apps, Games, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts and More That Shaped Entertainment and Culture Around the World This Year" Apple 8:16 AM
  • "Apple crowns its best apps of 2018" CNET 7:59 AM
  • "Apple highlights the apps and games which 'shaped entertainment' this year" Cult of Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Apple and Google reveal their 'Best of 2018' apps: Do you agree with their picks?" ZDNet 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Files for 'Apple Music for Business' Trademark covering Music Played in Restaurants, Bars, Retail Stores and more" Patently Apple 9:07 PM
  • "Apple Files Trademark For 'Apple Music for Business'" UberGizmo 9:07 PM
  • "Apple Orders Kevin Durant Drama 'Swagger' to Series" Variety 1:44 PM
  • "Apple security expert moves to ACLU as 'public interest tech' builds: A senior Apple Inc security expert left for a much lower-paying job at the American Civil Liberties Union this week, the latest sign of increasing activity on policy issues by Silicon Valley privacy specialists and other engineers."  Reuters 3:03 PM
  • "Key Apple security expert Jon Callas leaves to take job with ACLU" AppleInsider 3:39 PM
  • "Fun Microsoft Surface holiday ad mocks the iPad: 'my dreams are big so I need a real computer'" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Shares Holiday Ad Promoting Surface Go Over Apple's iPad: 'Big Dreams Need a Real Computer'" MacRumors 8:10 AM
  • "Microsoft Mocks iPads In Surface Go Holiday Ad Telling You To Buy A Real Computer" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Another Apple iPhone Component Supplier Slashes Demand Forecast" WCCFTech 9:05 PM
  • "Charlotte Prodger Wins the 2018 Turner Prize With a Poetic iPhone Video About Gender Identity: The Scottish artist has taken home the top British art prize with her deeply felt work melding her native landscapes with her queer identity." artnet news 5:11 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's target demographic for its foldable phone will be middle-aged professionals" BGR 9:02 PM
  • "Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm: Email accounts of four senior NRCC aides monitored for months." Ars Technica 7:03 PM
  • "This is the year to invest in humans, as backlash against chatbots and AI begins: Will customers revolt against corporate chatbots in 2019? Forrester says yes." ZDNet 3:57 PM
  • "Oath to pay $5 million settlement over children's online privacy: It placed targeted ads on websites aimed at kids." Engadget 9:33 AM
  • "Epic Games takes on Steam with its own fairer game store: With a generous 88 / 12 percent revenue split" The Verge 9:20 AM
  • "Samsung once again gets caught using DSLR photo as Galaxy A8 sample" Android Police 8:20 AM
  • "Wikipedia engages the 'nuclear option' after Trump penis hack" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "How Facebook Groups sparked a crisis in France: The Yellow Vest movement was organized on Facebook — and now it has spilled into the streets"  The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian issued an ominous warning for Facebook: 'We've hit peak social'" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Macworld Podcast Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific: We want your hot takes" Macworld 3:14 PM
  • "Mac Pro or Mini, Yet Another Data Breach – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-04" The Mac Observer 3:04 PM
  • "Want a 5G-powered iPhone? Get ready to wait (The 3:59, Ep. 498)" CNET 1:49 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 268: Any more complaints for the Complaints Department?" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "iOS 12 passes 70% adoption in 77 days while Android Pie remains a mystery" VentureBeat 1:46 PM
  • "Apple confirms 70 percent of iOS devices now running iOS 12" AppleInsider 3:04 PM
  • "The Apple Watch dominated 2018" BGR 3:54 PM
  • "Apple-Certified Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables Expected Early Next Year" MacRumors 10:27 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Air Users Report Terrible 'HD' Camera Quality" iDrop News 10:40 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at future AirPods with more biometric sensors" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
  • "Future AirPods could use more secure ear-fitting methods to enable fitness tracking features" AppleInsider 10:40 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Red Giant's 24 Hour Blowout Sale is Now Live: 40% Off All Red Giant Products" Red Giant 1:40 PM
  • "Apple opens new online store with discounts for veterans and active military" Digital Trends 8:25 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:49 AM

  • "Life Is Beautiful with Apple's New 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018)" iDrop News 3:04 PM
  • "Review: 2018's iPad Pro is Apple's best tablet to date, but it comes at a price" Intego 1:45 PM
  • "The 2018 Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch) Review: Doubling Down On Performance" AnandTech 9:20 AM
  • "Hands-on with iPhone XS Max with physical dual SIMs" 9to5Mac 1:49 PM
  • "Testing how well the Vega 20-equipped MacBook Pro runs Fortnite in macOS and Windows 10" AppleInsider 2:10 PM
  • "Review: Hifiman HE6se On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones" iLounge 1:49 PM
  • "Bellroy Phone Case - 3 Card for iPhone XS review: Class and convenience" iMore 1:45 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Sofa Review: A Simple Tool for Tracking Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Podcasts" MacStories 10:24 AM
  • "How to customize double tap gesture on Apple Pencil" 9to5Mac 7:05 PM
  • "Siri Shortcuts: Applying a Photo Watermark" MacMost 9:22 AM
  • "How to log into on your iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Marriott breach: How to protect yourself if you stayed at a Starwood hotel" Moneywatch 8:02 AM
  • "12 Siri tips you'll wish you'd used before" Computerworld 8:39 AM
  • "Is Streaming Video a Smart Move for Apple? The company has backed off plans for a live-TV streaming service, but still hopes to compete in the on-demand space." The Motley Fool 9:07 PM
  • "With iOS 12"s adoption rate now at 72%, Android should be embarrassed" BGR 7:56 PM
  • "A year after switching from the iPhone to the Google Pixel, I'm sad to admit it wasn't worth it"  Business Insider 1:44 PM
  • "Apple's Services Challenge" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Article] 10:24 AM
  • "Apple's largest supplier reported 24 percent surge in revenues from OLED display, components sales" AppleInsider 9:20 AM
  • "Indignation nation: An unrepairable relationship with Apple" Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "What The iPod Teaches Us About Workforce Adoption" Forbes 7:59 AM
  • "The iPad as a 'Mac buddy' could benefit Apple's tablets and Macs" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "Experts say it's high time to create new cryptography for quantum computing age" GeekWire 9:03 PM
  • "Review: The Google Pixel Slate is a beautiful mess - but mostly just a mess" Android Police 1:46 PM
  • "Someone Tell These Companies That Getting Hacked Isn't a Race" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "The Razer Blade Stealth Has Finally Moved Away From Its Mac Inspiration" Gizmodo 10:23 AM
  • "Aggregators and Jobs-to-be-Done" Stratechery 8:35 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for December 04, 2018" GoComics 1:39 PM
  • "Comic: The Iron Grip of iMessage" iMore 8:25 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nomad Launches iPhone X, Xs Case That Supports Moment's Lenses" UberGizmo 9:06 PM
  • "Best maps apps for iPhone in 2018: Looking for a great mapping app for your iPhone? Here are the best options!" iMore 3:14 PM
  • "'Ravensword: Shadowland' Updated for New iOS Devices" Touch Arcade 3:03 PM
  • "Pre-order Picaso Lab's leather sleve for iPad Pro + Smart Keyboard" iDownload Blog 10:24 AM
  • "OWC Introduces New Dual Drive Dock with USB-C 10Gb/s" PRNewswire 9:43 AM
  • "Deezer lets you discover your next favorite song using Siri" Cult of Mac 9:21 AM
  • "New Apple Pay banks around the world in December" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "Max out your new Mac mini with our new RAM upgrade kit" iFixit 8:34 AM
  • "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life" Ars Technica 8:28 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from October and November 2018" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:16 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Reportedly Killing Edge in Favour of a New Chromium-Based Browser" Thurrott 6:30 AM
  • "Microsoft reportedly looking to ditch Edge for Chromium: The world of web renderers could be down a significant member should Microsoft can its EdgeHTML renderer." ZDNet 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft is rumoured to be ditching Edge in favour of Google's Chromium engine: This would never have happened when Kevin was alive" The Inquirer 6:34 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft to Replace Edge Web Browser/After Internet Explorer came Edge, but Microsoft's web browser failed to make much of an impact and now it's expected to be replaced by a Chromium-based alternative. The EdgeHTML rendering engine is dead, but will Microsoft continue to call the new browser Edge?" PC Magazine 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft reportedly working on Chrome-style browser to replace Edge: Its Windows 10 replacement will apparently use the Chromium rendering engine." CNET 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge Browser To Be Replaced By A Chromium-Powered Web Browser On Windows 10" Redmond Pie 9:41 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone/The move would further cement the desktop browser monoculture." Ars Technica 11:54 AM
  • "Microsoft continues its quest to embrace every developer with Visual Studio 2019: More Linux and more cloud services, too." Ars Technica 5:23 PM
  • "Windows 10 BSOD: Pricey Surface Book 2s bricked by latest 1803 update/Sleuthing Surface Book 2 owners figure out Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update is to blame for Blue Screen of Death woes." ZDNet 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft, Mastercard pledge to work together on digital identity: Mastercard to build identity services on Azure" Computerworld 6:36 AM
  • "New Windows 10 1809 block: This time it's Cisco's next-gen AMP malware shield/Really want to update to Windows 10 1809? Then uninstall Cisco Advanced Malware Protection for Endpoints." ZDNet 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Management Hosts 2018 Wells Fargo Tech Summit (Transcript)" Seeking Alpha 5:15 PM
  • "Intel Looks Beyond CMOS With Low-Power Quantum-Based MESO Logic Devices" HotHardware 5:03 PM
  • "Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law: MESO tech uses magnetic spin for ones and zeroes, instead of olde-worlde electrons" The Register 6:46 AM
  • "Intel researchers aim to replace CMOS with MESO logic devices" Hexus 6:47 AM
  • "AMD CEO Su Claims Navi Radeon GPUs Will Challenge NVIDIA High-End Turing In 2019" HotHardware 5:03 PM
  • "AMD EPYC 7371 Review Now The Fastest 16 Core CPU" Serve The Home 6:47 AM
  • "HP to educate 100,000 people in Africa to tackle unemployment crisis: HP LIFE initiative will offer training in technology and business from centre in South Africa" Channelnomics 6:43 AM
  • "HPE Q4 tops estimates despite net loss from tax charge: The enterprise player reported fourth quarter net loss of $757 million, or 52 cents a share." ZDNet 5:26 PM
  • "HP Enterprise +2% as Q4 EPS tops high end of guidance" Seeking Alpha 3:55 PM
  • "Nvidia Renders Interactive 3D Environments with AI" EE Times Asia 6:38 AM
  • "Oracle Integrates Its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service With The OriginTrail Platform" Invest in Blockchain 6:51 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "As AAPL slides on iPhone sales fears, one major supplier has yet to cut its forecast" 9to5Mac 9:03 PM
  • "Apple shares fall after HSBC downgrade: 'Facing the reality of market saturation'" CNBC 8:33 AM
  • "Apple falls 2% as HSBC joins chorus of banks downgrading shares on iPhone saturation fears" AppleInsider 8:50 AM
  • "Apple slides amid mounting fears of a smartphone slowdown" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Apple (And China) Taking Another Bite Out Of Cognex" Seeking Alpha 10:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes down 800 points as U.S.-China trade, flattening yield curve spook investors: All major indexes tumble more than 3% as stocks log worst day in nearly a month" MarketWatch 5:04 PM
  • "Dow Falls 799 on Doubts About China Trade Deal, Fears of Slowing U.S. Growth: Stocks ended sharply lower Tuesday on doubts over a lack of detail in the recent U.S.-China trade talks and signals from the bond market that suggest slowing growth in the United States." TheStreet 5:05 PM
  • "Stocks slide on Wall Street as markets turn jittery again, Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks 500" Associated Press 11:50 AM
  • "Dow Tumbles Nearly 800 Points as Trade Jitters Return: Bond yields retreat amid worries about pace of U.S. growth" [Paid Membership Required] 5:06 PM
  • "Asian markets take a break a day after big gains: Nikkei snaps 7-day win streak; Chinese stocks manage slim gains" MarketWatch 7:17 AM
  • "Germany's stock market books best day in 4 months as U.S.-China trade tensions ease: European stocks surge on U. S-China trade detente" MarketWatch 7:17 AM

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