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Tuesday Highlights: Former Apple CEO John Sculley sees iPhone decline as biggest problem facing company today; Apple to announce Q3 results on 7/30, estimates coming in from Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha; Apple appears before House Judiciary Committee over antitrust; Jason Cross at Macworld hopes Catalyst in Catalina will pave way for iOS ports of Messages and Maps to macOS; another life saved by Apple Watch; Arabic version of App Store in testing; Facebook under grilling in US Senate over cryptocurrency plans; new MacBook Air "significantly slower" than previous models; warning for those wanting to install public beta of iOS 13 due to bugginess including saved password exposure, app gifting bug.

  • "The Cost of Apple News" ["Probably the most obvious way to understand this story is that it, along with the report that Apple would have a launch event on March 25, appear to be attempts to negotiate through the media. I'm reminded of the January 2010 report in the Wall Street Journal that Apple's impending tablet would cost $1,000; when Steve Jobs announced the iPad three weeks later, the $499 starting price seemed like a bargain."]  Stratechery 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Getting Pushback from Publishers on Fees for New Service: Apple is cooking up a new subscription product to be launched soon, but content publishers are reportedly balking at the tech giant's proposed terms." TheStreet 2:49 PM
  • "Apple Has A Repair Problem In The World's Second Largest Smartphone Market: There are no Apple stores yet in India, and iPhone users have been stranded with third-party service providers, who they say do not live up to the premium brand's promise in the rest of the world."  BuzzFeed News 7:45 AM
  • "Poor customer service is tarnishing Apple's image in India" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple products have a repair shop problem in India" Cult of Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Making Sense of Apple's Frustrating Wearables Comparisons"  The Motley Fool 7:54 AM
  • "Now is the time for Apple to re-think its retail priorities: An executive change is a chance for Apple to adjust what the company wants to accomplish with its stores."  Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Apple is targeting April to launch its new video service, but Netflix won't be a part of it and HBO is in doubt"  CNBC 1:30 PM
  • "Apple's rumored video streaming service won't include Netflix, report says" Business Insider 2:47 PM
  • "Apple, Walmart, IBM CEOs join White House advisory panel" Reuters 10:22 AM
  • "SEC files insider trading lawsuit against former Apple lawyer" CNBC 11:06 AM
  • "SEC accuses former Apple lawyer of insider trading" Reuters 11:06 AM
  • "A former Apple executive was just accused of insider trading by the SEC" Business Insider 11:42 AM
  • "Former Senior Apple Lawyer Charged With Insider Trading: A former Apple lawyer in charge of the company's compliance with securities rules was accused of repeated insider trading from 2011 to 2016." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:57 PM
  • "Former Apple lawyer charged with insider trading" BBC 9:13 PM
  • "SEC charges former Apple compliance lawyer with insider trading, avoiding $382K in losses, and making $245K in profits" TechCrunch 12:11 PM
  • "Apple's insider-trading policy enforcer accused of insider trading: Lawyer accused of avoiding $377,000 in losses by selling ahead of bad news." Ars Technica 6:48 PM
  • "Apple to require two-factor authentication for developer accounts: In a bid to secure developer accounts from nefarious actors, Apple on Wednesday said all app makers will be required to use the company's two-factor authentication protocol to protect their Apple IDs." AppleInsider 6:46 PM
  • "How to Fix App 'is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash' Error on Mac" OS X Daily 1:31 PM
  • "Apple planning to unveil video service at March 25 event, invite Hollywood celebrities" AppleInsider 4:03 PM
  • "Tabs to Links: A Mac Utility for Creating Link Lists" MacStories 10:23 AM
  • "How to Fix Messages When It Breaks on macOS" Apple Gazette 10:23 AM
  • "Let Your Fingers Do the Wandering - Using the Trackpad with FCPX" 8:03 AM
  • "How to delete a file that macOS says is in use" Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Mojave Screen Capture Options" MacMost 9:42 AM
  • "Apple Starts Requiring Two-Factor Authentication for Developer Accounts" Pixel Envy 9:21 PM
Press Releases
  • "Trackpad sketching now available in Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint for Mac" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Room Lighting Calc 2.2 is a native macOS CAD application specialized to perform lighting calculations for prismatic rooms" Brotens 8:12 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Invites Hollywood Stars to Video Service Launch"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:10 PM
  • "Apple's Netflix competitor will reportedly be unveiled next month" The Verge 3:38 PM
  • "Report: Apple Eyeing Spring Launch for Streaming Video Service/Apple could launch its long-awaited streaming service by April, according to CNBC. The platform will include both original content and 'channels' to subscribe to other streaming apps. Netflix will reportedly not participate." PC Magazine 9:12 PM
  • "Apple to Invite Hollywood Stars to TV Service Launch on March 25" MacRumors 3:38 PM
  • "Apple planning to unveil video service at March 25 event, invite Hollywood celebrities" AppleInsider 4:03 PM
  • "Apple To Give Everyone What They Want At March 25 Event - News Subscriptions" Forbes 7:12 AM
  • "Apple tipped to announce $10 news subscription service on March 25" GearBrain 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's streaming video service might finally arrive in April" Engadget 2:52 PM
  • "We May Finally See Apple's Streaming Service and Netflix Rival Very Soon" Gizmodo 9:18 PM
  • "Apple Planning March 25 Event, Are New iPad And Apple News Service Headlining?" Forbes 7:12 AM
  • "Apple event: Latest major launch planned to happen soon – but not for new iPhones or other products" The Independent 11:05 AM
  • "Apple to Hold Services Event but Publishers Unhappy with 'Netflix for News' Proposals" The Mac Observer 10:12 AM
  • "Is US finally falling in love with the smartwatch? More own one thanks to LTE: Rising smartwatch sales suggest this section of the wearables market is gaining mainstream acceptance." ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Apple Watch Leads in Rapidly Growing Smartwatch Market, Report Says" MacRumors 7:36 AM
  • "Home automation and health tech to drive smartwatch sales this year" GearBrain 8:23 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook promises to investigate the Saudi app branded 'abhorrent' for allowing men to track women" Business Insider 7:35 AM
  • "Absher app will be investigated by Apple, promises Tim Cook" 9to5Mac 7:39 AM
  • "Apple to investigate Saudi app" BBC 12:29 PM
  • "Ad-tech firm Criteo is facing an uphill battle after Apple and GDPR threatened to wipe out its revenue — but Amazon's rivalry with retailers could be a big bright spot" Business Insider [BI Prime] 7:34 AM
  • "250 million consumers v. Qualcomm: trial in 2019 no longer realistic" Foss Patents 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Tweaks British and Australian Speaking Voices for Siri on HomePod" MacRumors 9:48 AM
  • "Phil Schiller spotted at Audi e-tron event in Spain" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Grocer Kroger launches QR code-based payment service, snubs Apple Pay: Grocery chain Kroger Co. rolled out a first-party mobile payments solution on Wednesday as it continues to rebuff third-party solutions like Apple's Apple Pay." AppleInsider 9:18 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Heart Rate Alert Yields Another Timely Diagnosis" Redmond Pie 9:22 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "More than 1 million people cut the cord during the most recent quarter" BGR 6:52 PM
  • "Amazon will pay $0 in federal income taxes for the second year in a row" The Week 3:12 PM
  • "FCC's Ajit Pai tells carriers to combat spoofed robocalls... or else: Carriers need to implement caller ID authentication systems by the end of this year." CNET 2:01 PM
  • "FCC chairman warns of 'regulatory intervention' as he criticizes carriers' anti-robocall plans" The Verge 11:33 AM
  • "Consumer technology stores defy retail gloom" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:47 AM
  • "Huge leak shows Samsung's Galaxy S10+ in action in a hands-on video" BGR 7:57 AM
  • "Cutting your screen time isn't curbing your phone addiction, survey says" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "T-Mobile-Sprint in jeopardy? Execs face grilling on Capitol Hill" CNET 7:45 AM
  • "More LG G8 ThinQ renders emerge, corroborate other leaks" Android Authority 7:45 AM
  • "Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Japan sets sights on tighter anti-trust regulations for Big Tech: Japan's government plans to set up a new watchdog to scrutinize big tech companies like Facebook and Google amid growing concerns about monopoly practices and the handling of personal data." Reuters 6:51 AM
  • "Your GPS Devices May Stop Working on April 6: The way in which GPS stores timestamps means that on April 6, the week number will reset to zero unless older GPS devices are patched. Otherwise they could simply stop working."  PC Magazine 6:45 AM
  • "MacVoices #19081: Bryn Brooker of Nextbase Profiles Their Innovative Dash Cams" MacVoices 2:44 PM
  • "Apple as a Publisher, Sony's New Watch Strap – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-13" The Mac Observer 12:33 PM
  • "225: Now We Play Putt-Putt For Real Money!" The Rebound 10:34 AM
  • "Apple's self-driving car project isn't quite ready for prime time" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's self-driving car technology was just ranked dead last in a new DMV report" BGR 8:46 AM
  • "Apple ramped up testing of self-driving cars in 2018: U.S. data" Reuters 12:29 PM
  • "Apple's Self-Driving Car Performance May Not Be So Bad After All" MacRumors 2:47 PM
  • "Apple just made it easier to find and manage subscriptions in iOS: It's about time the company addressed this" The Verge 10:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy? We break down the key differences between the Apple Watch Series 4 and the cheaper Series 3 to help you decide which one is best for you." CNET 7:33 AM
  • "Review: Mophie Juice Pack Access keeps your iPhone running wirelessly" AppleInsider 2:03 PM
  • "Hands on: The Cintiq 16 artist's tablet provides a premium experience at a discount" AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "Review: The Grovemade Apple Watch dock is a premium way to power your favorite wearable" AppleInsider 10:33 AM
  • "This slim wireless mechanical keyboard for the Mac almost gets it right" The Verge 9:49 AM
  • "Hands-on: SliceCharge Pro, an AirPower-style multi-coil charger for $69" 9to5Mac 9:47 AM
  • "Hands-on: Plugable launches 10Gbps USB-C NVMe SSD enclosure with tool-free, aluminum design for $50" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Hands on: Plugable USB-C NVMe drive enclosure brings cost-effective speed to external storage" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "How to activate Apple ID 2fa when you have two accounts" Jonathan T 9:22 PM
  • "How to hide alerts for group texts on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:14 AM
  • "Apple signed 'many' publishers for subscription service at 50 percent revenue split, report says: According to a report on Wednesday, Apple has signed a number of publications to an upcoming subscription news service despite what at first blush appears to be an exorbitant 50 percent revenue split." AppleInsider 7:18 PM
  • "iMessage for Android is the messaging solution we need, not the one we want"  Android Central 2:52 PM
  • "iMessage for Android: Is now the time? Could cross-platform iMessage finally start making the kind of sense that does?"  iMore 2:46 PM
  • "iOS 13 features imagined in hopeful concept video" 9to5Mac 2:03 PM
  • "Important security lessons learned from Apple's creepy FaceTime bug" The Next Web 2:00 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Business Is Taking a Beating in China" The Motley Fool 2:00 PM
  • "Apple's 12 Biggest Product Flops of All Time" Kiplinger 12:28 PM
  • "Amazon's eero buy is the clearest sign yet that Apple should revive the AirPort" AppleInsider 9:57 AM
  • "Apple's new deal for journalism should send publishers running: Nothing the iPhone can do is worth 50 percent of revenue"  The Verge 7:46 AM
  • "What's the enterprise business case for Apple Watch?" Computerworld 8:43 AM
  • "Humanity is killing itself with fat, and we're going to show you how the Apple Watch can save you"  AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Red Magic Mars review: Maybe the best value gaming phone" 9to5Google 1:01 PM
  • "Jack Dorsey's 'chaotic' interview proves Twitter will never be the place for deep conversations" VentureBeat 10:34 AM
  • "Kids and Gaming: Is It Really all Bad?" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:47 AM
  • "Android Things is a Failure (Premium)" Thurrott 8:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Voice for iOS rolling out Material Theme redesign" 9to5Google 2:47 PM
  • "It Looks Like Prettygreat Has Been Bought Out by Snapchat" Touch Arcade 11:59 AM
  • "Pixelmator for iOS Update Brings Optimization for Latest iPad Pros, Apple Pencil 2" MacTrast 8:04 AM
  • "Three games for iPad and iPhone to keep you going until Apex Legends arrives" 148Apps 8:04 AM
  • "Apple kicks off series of health-related events in Apple Stores for Heart Month" AppleInsider 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft patches 0-day vulnerabilities in IE and Exchange" Ars Technica 8:02 AM
  • "Zero-day flaws in Internet Explorer and Exchange patched by Microsoft" IT PRO (UK) 8:26 AM
  • "Pope discusses ethics of artificial intelligence with Microsoft chief" Reuters 11:59 AM
  • "Man vs machine: AI, created by IBM, lost debate to a human" The Economic Times 8:36 AM
  • "IBM Drives Watson AI Everywhere" Forbes 8:36 AM
  • "IBM Watson Announces Partnerships To Improve Worker Safety Through Watson IoT" Forbes 10:23 AM
  • "IBM's Code and Response is open source tech for natural disasters" ComputerWeekly 8:38 AM
  • "Here's why IBM has been asked to pay Rs 620 crore by DRI" GadgetsNow 8:37 AM
  • "Pharma Giant Tests IBM Blockchain in Bid to Improve Clinical Trials" Coindesk 8:37 AM
  • "Intel Submits Ireland Fab Expansion Plan: $8 Billion Price Tag, With a 4 Year Lead Time" AnandTech 2:49 PM
  • "Intel takes on IBM and Microsoft with its own 'off-the-shelf' blockchain" The Next Web 8:20 AM
  • "Intel confirms plans for Oregon semiconductor factory" Associated Press 8:31 AM
  • "Intel Acting CEO Stepping In Full Time, Ready To Invest In Israeli Tech" The Jewish Voice 8:30 AM
  • "HP Spectre Folio, Spectre x360 13 Premium Laptops Launched in India" Gadgets 360 8:40 AM
  • "Oracle in a watchdog fight: Oracle accuses government labour watchdog of 'secret' pact with plaintiffs' attorneys, and says existing claims 'doomed to fail.'" Global Legal Post 8:39 AM
  • "Oracle Boosts Blockchain Efforts" PYMNTS 8:38 AM
  • "Adopt AI or lose competitive edge, warns Oracle chief" Gulf Business 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco Boosts Dividend, Buyback Program After a Strong Quarter: Company swings to a profit and beats analysts' expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 4:03 PM
  • "Cisco quarterly revenue beats estimates" ["The company reported net income of $2.8 billion, or 63 cents per share, in its quarter ended Jan. 26, compared with a loss of $8.78 billion, or $1.78 per share, a year earlier, when it took a charge of $11.1 billion related to the new U.S. tax laws."] Reuters 3:38 PM
  • "Cisco Growth Could Feel Pressure From Tariff, Challenges in Security Sector: What to watch as the networking-hardware company reports its results" [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Cisco pushes silicon photonics for enterprise, webscale networking" Networks Asia 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco Network Assurance Engine Bug Allows Login with Old Passwords" Bleeping Computer 8:38 AM
  • "Cisco Treads Water as Analysts Debate Outlook on Earnings" RealMoney [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Comparable Valuation That Will Surprise You" Seeking Alpha 3:38 PM
  • "Bank Of America: Wall Street is dead wrong on one of its major Apple forecasts/Wall Street analysts are far too pessimistic in their estimates for Apple's hardware sales over the coming years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch research analysts wrote in a note to clients."  Business Insider 10:42 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as U.S.-China trade optimism persists: S&P 500, Nasdaq extend winning streak to 4th session" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off Highs but Optimism Remains Over a U.S.-China Trade Deal: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended higher Wednesday amid optimism that U.S. and Chinese negotiators could reach a trade deal before another round of tariffs kicks in." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks extend week's gains on trade optimism" FOXBusiness 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Close Higher on U.S.-China Trade Optimism: Fears about another partial government shutdown slowing U.S. economic activity have cooled" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly higher, boosted by energy stocks: Inpex, Beach Energy surge on huge quarterly profits" MarketWatch 8:41 AM
  • "London stocks follow global equities higher as trade optimism persists: Miners take the lead; energy companies rise as oil rises" MarketWatch 10:24 AM

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