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  • "Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking: And there's no way a user would know"  TechCrunch 6:10 PM
  • "Popular iOS apps use Glassbox SDK to record user screens without permission: A number of popular iOS apps paying data analytics services for so-called 'session replay' technology have the ability to record and play back user interactions, often without asking permission, according to a new report." AppleInsider 6:10 PM
  • "Apple and Ahrendts Have Excellent Timing: Ahrendts will leave the company before a squeeze hits her retail division. And Apple will benefit from a fresh approach in China."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:25 AM
  • "Read Tim Cook's email to Apple retail employees announcing the management shakeup"  Business Insider 10:39 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts: Former Burberry boss to step down from Apple" BBC 8:05 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts transformed Apple's stores. But will the changes stick?"  Business Insider 9:05 AM
  • "5 ways Angela Ahrendts changed Apple and the Apple Store forever"  Macworld 9:05 AM
  • "Making sense of Angela Ahrendts' departure and the future of Apple retail"  9to5Mac 10:38 AM
  • "Examining Angela Ahrendts' five-year tenure as head of Apple Retail" AppleInsider 2:19 PM
  • "Apple's Head Of Retail Is Out: What You Need To Know" Benzinga 3:48 PM
  • "Apple hands keys for retail to HR boss amid flagging iPhone sales: Deirdre O'Brien to take reins from Angela Ahrendts" The Register 8:18 AM
  • "House Dems demand answers from Apple on FaceTime bug"  The Hill 7:59 AM
  • "iPhone Facetime eavesdrop bug: Now lawmakers demand answers from Apple/Apple accused of not being transparent about its response to the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug." ZDNet 8:35 AM
  • "U.S. House of Representatives wants answers about Apple's FaceTime bug" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "ITC must hold retrial in Qualcomm v. Apple, says constitutional law scholar: judge not properly reappointed?" Foss Patents 3:41 PM
  • "Security researcher demos macOS exploit to access Keychain passwords, but won't share details with Apple out of protest" 9to5Mac 7:22 AM
  • "New Mac Hack Can Steal Your Passwords: What to Do Now" Tom's Guide 7:45 AM
  • "Researcher demos new macOS Keychain exploit, holds data from Apple in protest" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "macOS Mojave flaw puts your Keychain passwords at risk" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "macOS vulnerability lets attackers access passwords in the Keychain" Neowin 6:13 PM
  • "Security Researcher's Video Demos macOS Mojave Keychain Exploit, But He Won't Share Information With Apple in Protest" MacTrast 6:13 PM
  • "Apple moves further down the road of removing Do Not Track from Safari: The disrespected privacy setting can be used for fingerprinting, so Apple tosses it." ZDNet 7:28 PM
  • "Adobe Premiere CC reportedly blowing MacBook Pro speakers"  9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "Google Chrome will check passwords, and tell you if they're compromised" GearBrain 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 75 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" MacRumors 12:03 PM
  • "Google Chrome Never-Slow Mode Could Put An End To Its Resource Hog Ways" HotHardware 3:51 PM
  • "Using and Configuring Network Preferences in macOS" Apple Gazette 10:22 AM
  • "Divinity: Original Sin II's Mac port is unusually great" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "How to Allow Pop-Up Windows in Safari for Mac" OS X Daily 8:04 AM
  • "How to get more from Terminal and use it to control your Mac" AppleInsider 2:00 PM
  • "Opening Microsoft Word Documents On a Mac" MacMost 12:00 PM
  • "Switch from Mac to Windows: A 3D artist's guide" Creative Bloq 8:58 AM
Press Releases
  • "Firefox to get a 'site isolation' feature, similar to Chrome" ZDNet 3:49 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Preemptively Sues 'Patent Troll' to Address Threats Over USB-Related Power Patents"  MacRumors 10:05 AM
  • "Smartphones in India could benefit from deferred import tax" 9to5Mac 10:05 AM
  • "Sydney dad claims Apple store staff member 'questioned my intelligence', refused to let him pay: A Sydney dad had said he became so frustrated with Apple staff 'questioning my intelligence' he walked out and went to JB Hi-Fi instead." 7:23 AM
  • "Teenager Finds Apple Mac Hack That Steals Passwords With Evil Apps" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "Apple HomePod falls far short of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers" Digital Trends 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Store at Natick Collection in Greater Boston Reopens February 16" MacRumors 2:23 PM
  • "Chinese New Year – Jia Zhangke on Smart HDR – Apple" YouTube 7:22 AM
  • "'Find my iPhone' warned murder victim of assailant's location minutes before death" AppleInsider 3:44 PM
  • "Another '1984' ad factoid: the pre-test results were so bad the ad agency hid them from Apple" 9to5Mac 9:05 AM
  • "German Court Rules Apple Not Liable For Pre-Lawsuit Patent Damages Claimed By Qualcomm" Redmond Pie 7:28 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Flickr will hold off on deleting photos until March 12th" TechCrunch 5:42 PM
  • "Earth's magnetic North Pole has moved — here's what that means for our navigation systems" Business Insider 3:54 PM
  • "Facebook will reveal who uploaded your contact info for ad targeting" TechCrunch 3:44 PM
  • "Spotify, the leading music streaming app, is finally profitable" The Verge 3:41 PM
  • "Virginia governor signs bill paving way for Amazon's HQ2" The Verge 2:23 PM
  • "Google eliminates more spam from Gmail with TensorFlow" ZDNet 2:04 PM
  • "Inside Wisconsin's Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn: A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers." Bloomberg Businessweek [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:55 PM
  • "The pioneering bionic eyes restoring sight: How implantable tech is fighting blindness" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Trump avoids tech in State of the Union address" GeekWire 8:05 AM
  • "YouTube boss admits even her own kids gave the 'Rewind' video a thumbs down" Digital Trends 7:54 AM
  • "Huge leaks reveal all the design secrets of Samsung's answer to the iPhone XR" BGR 7:54 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10e massive leak: phone has no more secrets" Pocketnow 7:46 AM
  • "Spotify Bets Big on Podcasting to Power Battle Against Apple" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:26 AM
  • "Spotify Acquires Podcast Producer Gimlet Media and App Maker Anchor" MacStories 8:05 AM
  • "Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor to combat iTunes' podcast dominance" AppleInsider 7:26 AM
  • "Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "First Ring Daily 558: Cough Goes the HomePod/On this episode of First Ring Daily, the HomePod isn't so healthy, Paul has a cough, and Brad is not sick, yet." Thurrott 3:56 PM
  • "#280: I Swear I'm Not a Vinyl Hipster/Which iOS apps and games we've kept on our devices, what features would make us use Siri and Shortcuts more, the first thing we'd change if we were in charge of Apple retail, and our predictions on the death of physical media." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Retail Changes, Spotify Acquisitions – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-06" The Mac Observer 1:23 PM
  • "Talking iPad workflows and Adobe's Project Gemini with illustrator Tracie Ching" 9to5Mac 12:02 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: February 6, 2019" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Google Assistant is getting sci-fi ambitious: In an exclusive interview, a top Google exec discusses what the Assistant could look like in a decade, possible legislation and the future of privacy." CNET 7:45 AM
  • "How Hackers and Scammers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones: In a novel melding of physical and cybercrime, hackers, thieves, and even independent repair companies are finding ways to 'unlock iCloud' from iPhones."  Motherboard 10:37 AM
  • "Hackers using password phishing kits and fake receipts to access iCloud-locked iPhones" 9to5Mac 12:02 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple modifying iPhone 7 and 8 to work around Qualcomm's German patent injunction"  Foss Patents 9:07 AM
  • "Apple to Raise Barrier Against VR, AR Websites" TechNewsWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Apple no longer signing iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 following recent update" Cult of Mac 7:25 AM
  • "Emoji 12.0 brings us waffles, more diversity, suggestive 'finger pinch' glyph" Ars Technica 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Removes Useless 'Do Not Track' Feature From Latest Beta Versions of Safari" MacRumors 2:19 PM
  • "iPhones are displaying fake '5G E' indicators: Why it matters" Mashable 10:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple starts selling refurbished iPhone X handsets, but they're not cheap: Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhone X handsets, but they're not as much of a bargain as you'd expect last year's technology to be." ZDNet 11:00 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM

  • "Apple iPhone XR Review: Apple's unfairly maligned iPhone XR isn't just the sweet spot of the new iPhone lineup, it's the best of the lot by any objective measure."  Thurrott 8:26 AM
  • "Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW true wireless headphones review: Audio-Technica built the CKR7TW earbuds for sound, but forgot about usability" Digital Trends 7:53 AM
  • "Review: The USB-C uni Dock and Hub are great portable and rugged accessories for Mac owners" AppleInsider 12:02 PM
  • "Review: Anker Powerline II USB-C Lightning cable is cheaper and more durable than Apple's" AppleInsider 3:47 PM
  • "Review: Grovemade's wireless charging pad is a gorgeous luxury accessory" AppleInsider 2:00 PM
  • "RAVPower Alpha Series Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad review: The price is right" PCWorld 7:38 AM
  • "WaterField Designs Sutter Slim Backpack review: A compact but capable MacBook bag/When it comes to comfort, style, and porting Apple products, this backpack is almost perfect." Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "Q Acoustics' Concept 300, first impressions: These speakers make a bold statement" TechHive 7:21 AM
  • "Environmentally-Friendly High-Tech (Paper) Notebook" The Mac Observer 5:25 PM
  • "How to check your Mac trade-in value" 9to5Mac 3:47 PM
  • "What to do if you forgot your Apple ID or password" iDownload Blog 2:04 PM
  • "'System' Storage And What Can You Do To Clear" macReports 7:59 AM
  • "Popular iPhone apps caught recording screens without user knowledge" SlashGear 9:05 PM
  • "7 painful truths about the 2018 MacBook Pro" Cult of Mac 3:41 PM
  • "I work on my iPad every day, and here's what drives me nuts [Opinion] Cult of Mac 2:00 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone lineup is the weakest it's been in years — and it has everything to do with the iPhone XR" Business Insider 12:02 PM
  • "The Next Trillion Tech Market" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:21 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod is a Failure" Thurrott 10:04 AM
  • "Samsung will call its foldable phone what? Apple wouldn't do that/The rumors are rife. The supposed name is, um, ripe for humor. Or even tragedy. Which leads us to wondering: What would Apple do?" ZDNet 10:03 AM
  • "Did Apple's AR Ambitions Just Suffer a Big Setback?"  The Motley Fool 10:02 AM
  • "I Cut Apple Out of My Life. It Was Devastating" Gizmodo 10:02 AM
  • "More From Angela Ahrendts on Whether She Misses Fashion (and London)" Daring Fireball 3:44 PM
  • "Angela Ahrendts quits Apple and no one knows why" Apple Must 9:10 AM
  • "Watch 20 of the best ads Apple ever made" Apple Must 8:06 AM
  • "We need an Apple TV with gesture control as well as Apple-made game controllers" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
  • "How will Apple redesign the iPad home screen? The iPad has essentially used the same home screen for nine years. Here are a few ideas on how it can be updated." Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "The Palm Phone Won't Save You From Your Phone: The deck is stacked against it" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "The Gaming Market Is Preparing for a Significant Shakeup (Premium)" Thurrott 10:03 AM
  • "This Gorgeous Punch Hole Phone Will Fool You Into Thinking It Costs a Lot More" Gizmodo 9:06 AM
  • "There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:15 AM
  • "Facebook Was Late to Mobile. Now, Mobile Is Its Future" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:05 AM
  • "15 Years Later, What Is Facebook?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:05 AM
  • "Are Cyborgs Already Here? An Intro to the Debate and Why It Matters" ReadWrite 8:04 AM
  • "5G can't fix America's broadband problems: Don't expect the new generation of wireless tech to replace fiber, no matter what AT&T says" The Verge 7:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay expansion continues with 20+ new bank partners around the world" 9to5Mac 2:00 PM
  • "CARROT Weather Is More Customizable and Useful on the Apple Watch Than Ever" MacStories 10:40 AM
  • "Introducing Mac mini Open Compute Cloud (OC2)" prMac 10:38 AM
  • "Pwn20wnd releases unc0ver v2.2.6, revises unc0ver v3.0.0 pre-release with fixes & improvements" iDownload Blog 10:02 AM
  • "Apple Maps Launches Revamped Data Collection Website" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Google is killing its Notifications Widget" Engadget 8:14 AM
  • "Sonos launches outdoor speakers for your next garden party - but you'll need to wire them indoors" GearBrain 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Lists New 'Neymar Jr. Custom Edition' Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones" MacRumors 7:30 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM develops new technology to help prevent power outages" Reuters 8:35 AM
  • "IBM Poised to Grind Higher, New Risk Level Suggested: Let's see how this is playing out on the charts." RealMoney 10:21 AM
  • "More IBM i Predictions For 2019" IT Jungle 8:45 AM
  • "IBM's latest cloud deal shows how it's winning business from competitors: SaaS provider Smart Energy Water has signed a multi-million dollar, five-year deal with IBM after beginning its cloud journey elsewhere" ZDNet 5:13 PM
  • "Microsoft dismisses Office 2019 as old and dumb in videos promoting Office 365 subscriptions: Of course Microsoft would rather you pay them regularly for Office, just as you would for any other household utility." PCWorld 7:43 PM
  • "Microsoft roasts its own software in new ads promoting Office 365 over Office 2019: Microsoft would really like you to buy a subscription instead of just paying for Office once" The Verge 9:03 PM
  • "Microsoft Expands the Availability of Azure Service Bus and Event Hubs" InfoQ 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Helps Develop an AI-Powered Bridge to Legal Aid: Microsoft has completed work on the artificial intelligence powering the Legal Navigator, which could change the way that people with limited resources gain access to legal aid." Legaltech News 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft joins open-source foundation that is trying to simplify the software supply chain" GeekWire 12:00 PM
  • "Microsoft: You're being less toxic online but bullying, harassment still rife/Fewer people experience unwanted contact online, but most other bad behaviors remain unchanged." ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Study Claims the Internet Is Getting More Civil. The Internet Throws Side Eye Back" Fortune 8:53 AM
  • "Dell stamps on the gas for backup devices with speed and cloud boost" The Register 8:46 AM
  • "Dell EMC updates security software to protect multi-cloud businesses" CloudPro 8:46 AM
  • "Dell could make a foldable device that has three or four screens" TechRadar UK 8:46 AM
  • "Dell's Frank Azor confirms there will be no 32 GB version of the XPS 15 9575 convertible" NotebookCheck 8:46 AM
  • "Exclusive: HP's Next-gen VR Headset Aims to Raise the Bar on Clarity & Comfort/HP's unannounced headset is packed with pixels" Road To VR 8:47 AM
  • "HP's Next Windows Mixed Reality Features Higher Resolution and Improved Comfort" Thurrott 2:04 PM
  • "HP's next-gen Windows Mixed Reality headset will sport a new design and high-res displays" Neowin 5:12 PM
  • "Intel confirms plans for new Oregon semiconductor factory" The Columbian 8:50 AM
  • "Some of Intel's F-series will utilize thermal paste again" TechRadar UK 8:49 AM
  • "AMD Zen CPU Architecture Leads To Big Q4 2018 Gains In Server, Desktop And Notebook Markets" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Gamers to get a leg up: AMD CEO Lisa Su announces multiple Navi GPUs" MoneyControl 8:48 AM
  • "Oracle Didn't See the Data Reckoning Coming" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Oracle CIO: Every Enterprise Has the Security it Deserves" WebProNews 8:43 AM
  • "Cisco 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study shows organisations gaining business benefits from data privacy investments" IT Web 8:41 AM
  • "Cisco reveals channel-focused IoT strategy" CRN 8:41 AM
  • "Cisco Brings Cloud, Edge & Enterprise Together for New Service Revenues" Light Reading 8:41 AM
  • "Former Cisco Employee Pleads Guilty to 2 Counts Related to Stolen Equipment Scheme" Bay City News 8:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is once again the most valuable public company in the world" CNBC 3:41 PM
  • "Apple regains spot as most valuable US company as shares rebound" AppleInsider 3:41 PM
  • "Here's Apple's Answer to iPhone Demand Problem" Market Realist 2:00 PM
  • "Apple Stock vs. Microsoft Stock: Investors Are Asking the Wrong Question" InvestorPlace 1:52 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower as Trump's State of the Union offers few details on economic agenda: S&P 500 snaps 5-day losing streak" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower as Wall Street Gets No Boost From State of the Union: Stocks ended lower Wednesday as investors found little in Donald Trump's State of the Union address to warrant extending recent market gains." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Wall Street closes down after Trump touts US economic strength" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip, Threatening to Snap Winning Streak: Uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade conflict has had ripple effects around the world, keeping some investors skeptical of global markets' recovery" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks rise in Japan, Australia as most Asian markets remain closed for holiday: Australian bank stocks slip a day after rallying" MarketWatch 8:38 AM
  • "European markets pause, after latest signs of economic distress in the eurozone: German stocks down as Daimler disappoints" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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