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Wednesday Highlights: Barron's tackles Apple Arcade and "Apple's quest to own entertainment"; Apple further engages EU in court over back taxes in Ireland; class action allowed to proceed against Apple in which customers accuse company of using inferior refurb replacements when fulfilling AppleCare claims; Macworld reviews Parallels Desktop 15 for macOS; has Apple produced a Truman Show (not for Apple TV)?; Reuters spoke with Apple's Lisa Jackson on company use and recycling of rare earth elements for parts in iPhone; Apple Watch Series 5 reviews are in and there are lots of 'em down in our Reviews section including from John Gruber, TechCrunch, Hodinkee, Dieter Bohn; DxOMark announces new camera protocol scores for Wide and Night modes on smartphones.

  • "Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon"  CNBC 5:15 PM
  • "Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie: It could be for the sake of making Siri a veritable Alexa rival." Engadget 6:49 PM
  • "Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with updated design"  9to5Mac 1:33 PM
  • "As Apple sank, hedge funds bought: The more conservative institutions, by contrast, trimmed their positions last quarter." Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "Apple, Google urged to remove Saudi app that tracks, restricts women's travels" ANI 12:54 PM
  • "Apple's biggest mistake under Tim Cook has been not buying Netflix, strategist says: A strategist told CNBC Friday that Apple needed to acquire a leading production studio to boost its services business with original content."  CNBC 2/15
  • "Apple buys voice app startup Pullstring: Apple has agreed to buy Pullstring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps, Axios has learned from multiple sources."  Axios 2/15
  • "Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString" TechCrunch 2/15
  • "Apple just reportedly bought a startup that specializes in helping companies build voice apps" Business Insider 2/15
  • "Apple to buy AI voice startup PullString, report says: It's the same technology that helps power apps on Alexa and Google Home Assistant" CNET 2/15
  • "Apple's stock is falling after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway trimmed its stake" ["Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway cut its shareholding in Apple, its largest stock investment, at the end of 2018, a bearish signal amid worries about the tech giant's slowing iPhone sales."]  Business Insider 2/15
  • "Berkshire trimmed its Apple stake, but it reportedly wasn't Buffett's idea" CNBC 2/15
  • "Apple reportedly bought an AI marketing start-up as it looks for opportunities beyond the iPhone" CNBC 2/15
  • "Three hurdles Apple's rumored news service will have to overcome: What will Apple's news service need to overcome to be successful?"  Macworld 2/15
  • "Apple upgrades older iPhones to bypass sales ban in Germany" ZDNet 2/15
  • "Rediscover the Magic of Browser Bookmarks—And How to Keep Them in Order" Gizmodo 2/15
  • "How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra software" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "How To Delete Backups On Mac - Macworld UK" Macworld UK 2/15
  • "How to manage bookmarks in Safari on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 2/15
  • "4 Ways To Type Superscript and Subscript On a Mac" MacMost 2/15
  • "Choose Between Free or Paid Antivirus for Mac" Apple Gazette 2/15
Press Releases
  • "ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Publishes First International BIM Standards" Architosh 2/15
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Streaming Video Service to Launch Soon" Tech Times 8:05 AM
  • "Conflict Minerals Report: Summary of Apple's Commitment to Responsible Sourcing" SEC 2/15
  • "Conflict Minerals Report reveals Apple removed five suppliers" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Apple's latest conflict minerals report says five smelters & refiners removed during 2018" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple helps draft blockchain rules for Responsible Minerals Initiative" VentureBeat 2/15
  • "Apple rejects five suppliers for potentially financing wars" Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "Apple Strikes a Landmark Deal with America's Biggest Medical System" Motley Fool 2/15
  • "Apple, Google pressured to drop Saudi app that lets men track and control women" Mashable 2/15
  • "Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US with first full-scale stores" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple sued over Reportedly Defective iPad causing Fire leading to Owner's Demise" Patently Apple 2/15
  • "Apple sued over faulty iPad battery behind 2017 lethal apartment fire in New Jersey" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple Likely To Unveil TV Streaming Service At Star-Studded March 25 Event" Forbes 2/15
  • "Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "8 tech execs who were ousted from companies they helped to build" ["Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously left (or was ousted, depending on who you believe) in 1985, after clashing with CEO John Sculley. 12 years later, Apple bought Jobs' startup NeXT Computer, bringing him back into the fold."] Business Insider 2/15
  • "White House declares 'national emergency' using a (bad) screen-grab from Apple's Notes app" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Depth Control — Bokeh'd — Apple" YouTube 2/15
  • "Dina Alfasi turns lengthy commutes into works of art" Cult of Mac 2/15
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Gives Up on Blu-Ray, Will Not Release Any New Players in the US" Gizmodo 8:38 PM
  • "Samsung will open three new Experience Stores in the US" Android Police 12:54 PM
  • "Behold, the Facebook phishing scam that could dupe even vigilant users: HTML block almost perfectly reproduces Facebook single sign-on Window." Ars Technica 7:56 AM
  • "Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue" Reuters 2/15
  • "Google Is Forcing Some Nest Customers to Reset Their Potentially Compromised Passwords" Gizmodo 2/15
  • "Facebook Privacy Violations Could Result In An FTC Fine In The Billions Instead Of Millions" HotHardware 2/15
  • "The EU's new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet: The EU's new copyright laws will force all websites to check all posts to see if anything ever published might be a copyright violation. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, source code: you name it."  ZDNet 2/15
  • "Huawei eyeing smartphone market crown in 2019" DigiTimes 2/15
  • "Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor 'Galaxy Buds'" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Watch out Apple: Samsung opening three retail stores on February 20" ZDNet 2/15
  • "Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds" TechCrunch 2/15
  • "Samsung's $399 Galaxy Tab S5e Takes on iPad: The new Android tablet is super-thin, light, and shares phone calls and messages with Samsung phones. It's the leading competitor to Apple's base-model iPad." PC Magazine 2/15
  • "Samsung Wearables App Leaks New Galaxy Watch Active" PC Magazine 2/15
  • "America is Awesome. – The TouchArcade Show #388" Touch Arcade 2/15
  • "MacVoices #19082: MIke Potter Puts Us On The Road To Macstock 2019" MacVoices 2/15
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: The Allure of OG Usernames" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/15
  • "Webcams and Post-Its, Scary AI – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-14" The Mac Observer 2/15
  • "Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News Magazines,' and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "An Apple March event is all but confirmed! Catch our expectations, on The CultCastCult of Mac 2/15
  • "Report: Apple AirPods 2 might come in black" Mashable 1:00 PM
  • "Apple Updates Foldable Device Patent" CDR Info 7:58 AM
  • "AirPods 2 (2019) preview: In 2016, Apple deleted the 3.5mm headphone jack. Those jerks. But Apple also introduced AirPods. Making them magnificent jerks." iMore 7:48 AM
  • "Red iPhone XS and XS Max Rumored to Launch in China This Month, Again Dropping PRODUCT(RED) Branding" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Apple Could Launch iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max 'China Red' Edition This Month" iPhone Hacks 2/15
  • "Real-world LTE speed has doubled since iPhone 5s, is big reason to upgrade" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Study Finds iPhone XS Max Users Experience More Than Twice as Fast LTE Speeds as iPhone 5s Users on Average" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Economic Daily News: Updated AirPods in production with black color option, launching alongside AirPower in spring" 9to5Mac 2/15
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Again, Apple extends its 'limited time' iPhone trade-in offer for at least another month" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15

  • "9 of the Best iPhone X Protective Cases on the Market" Apple Gazette 8:16 PM
  • "ideo: Should you get an eGPU for your new 2018 Mac mini? The 2018 Mac mini is a welcome refresh to the compact Mac product line, but the Intel graphics are weak. AppleInsider examines whether it is worth the extra expense of adding an external GPU to the Mac mini." AppleInsider 1:33 PM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans/Can Apple take on the king of enterprise tech?" IT PRO (UK) 2/15
  • "The Radeon Vega VII versus other GPUs" Bare Feats 2/15
iOS Apps
  • "MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your Apple Watch with bookmarks, nearby, and more" 9to5Mac 9:01 AM
  • "Hit the Gym, Visualist, Actiview and other apps to check out this weekend" iDownload Blog 10:05 AM
  • "Trainiac is a fitness expert in the palm of your hands [Review] Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "How to Update iOS Automatically on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2/15
  • "How to stop autoplaying videos in the Home tab of the YouTube app" iDownload Blog 2/15
  • "How to change and customize the face of your Apple Watch" Business Insider 2/15
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: How to close all open Safari tabs on iPhone" Apple World Today 2/15
  • "iPhone vs Android: What your phone choice says about your PERSONALITY" Mirror Online UK 12:53 PM
  • "It Sounds Like It Could Be a While Until We Actually Get Apple's Streaming Service" Gizmodo 12:52 PM
  • "Apple Customer Service has Jumped the Shark" Medium 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Buys Voice App Startup Used to Build Apps for Google Assistant and Alexa" Thurrott 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's AV test run suggests it should shutter its self-driving efforts" Business Insider 2/15
  • "When will Apple release new iPad mini and iPod touch updates?" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Classical Music on Apple Music: What's Wrong and How Apple Can Fix It" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Cassandra -The Evolution from Film to DSLR to iPhone and Back to Film" eXtensions 2/15
  • "Apple March 2019 Special Event Preview" iMore 2/15
  • "Apple video efforts may not help reaccelerate growth, says Jefferies" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "Apple's new acquisition will help it better market to customers" Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "If current trends continue, the world will have a new leader in smartphone shipments this year" phoneArena 8:41 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3 Lite -- A Better iPhone XR?" Forbes 5:15 PM
  • "I was stunned to discover I was spending $132 a month on digital subscriptions — here's how I cut it back" CNBC 1:36 PM
  • "EU Copyright Directive: rejection of entire bill or of Article 13 only realistic options for opponents of idiocy" Foss Patents 12:53 PM
  • "Amazon's HQ2 New York plans didn't need to end this way: When the going got hard, the e-commerce giant bolted." Engadget 10:08 AM
  • "Google vs. DuckDuckGo vs. Bing—is it time to switch your search engine?" Popular Science 2/15
  • "An Open Letter To Game Developers From America's Largest Labor Organization" Kotaku 2/15
  • "Why Companies Shouldn't Be Allowed to Treat Their Diversity Numbers as Trade Secrets" Harvard Business Review 2/15
  • "Steam's iron grip on PC gaming is probably over" PCWorld 2/15
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for February 15, 2019" GoComics 2/15
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Tries Humor In New iPhone XS, XR Depth Control Video" Redmond Pie 8:39 PM
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Linn: Path of Orchards'" Touch Arcade 2/15
  • "Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription to a Friend" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in trespassing lawsuit settlement" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple Launches New Beats Studio3 Wireless NBA Collection Headphones" Redmond Pie 2/15
  • "The new Pictionary has you drawing in thin air: The classic family game gets a digital makeover." Engadget 2/15
  • "Wacom's Pro Pen slim is here to alleviate your hand cramps" The Verge 2/15
  • "iCracked joins SquareTrade as company bought by Allstate" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked, joins 'right to repair' fight against Apple" AppleInsider 2/15
Computer Industry
  • "Intel 9th Generation High-Performance Notebooks CPUs Officially Listed — Core i9-9980HK Flagship With 8 Cores, 16 Threads and Up To 5.0 GHz Clocks" WCCFTech 8:32 PM
  • "Intel Details New 9th Gen CPUs for Notebooks: i9-9980HK to i5-9300H" AnandTech 8:33 PM
  • "Microsoft need to stop being so American — Reader's Feature" Metro UK 8:32 PM
  • "Windows 10's File Explorer Will Soon Let You Access Your Linux Subsystem Files" Thurrott 7:48 AM
  • "Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows" BetaNews 7:54 AM
  • "Windows 10 April 2019 Update Brings Linux File Access With Enhanced WSL" HotHardware 4:06 PM
  • "Latest Microsoft patent envisions 'toxicity shield' for multiuser environments" Neowin 6:50 PM
  • "Google No Longer Considers Cortana a Competitor" Thurrott 7:48 AM
  • "IBM Research Wants to Have Next-Gen AI Chips Ready When Watson Needs Them: The company's researchers expect to improve AI compute performance by 1,000 times over the next 10 years." Data Center Knowledge 2/15
  • "IBM is all-in on hybrid cloud: Big Blue announced a range of changes to its cloud services during its Think conference in San Francisco this week, all aimed at helping customers go truly hybrid" Computerworld UK 2/15
  • "IBM gives Watson $50m healthcare boost" IT Web 2/15
  • "Samsung SDS, IBM collaborate to strengthen Open Source Hyperledger Fabric" MoneyControl 2/15
  • "Microsoft dismantles its update naming scheme again, leaves unanswered questions" Computerworld 2/15
  • "Microsoft just made Windows 10 updates a little easier to understand" ZDNet 2/15
  • "Will Dell Technologies Continue to Surge Higher?" Zacks 2/15
  • "Intel Ready to Start D1X Oregon Fab Expansion" eTeknix 2/15
  • "AMD Stock Will Benefit Even More with the Rise of Cloud Computing" InvestorPlace 2/15
  • "AMD talk to KitGuru about AMD LINK" KitGuru 2/15
  • "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway does a rapid U-turn on Oracle" CNN Business 2/15
  • "Oracle Shares Slide After Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Dumps Stake: Oracle shares fall Friday after Securities and Exchange Commission filings showed that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's investment fund dumped its entire stake in the software group only months after revealing its $2 billion investment." TheStreet 2/15
  • "Billionaire Buffet's Berkshire liquidates $2.1bn stake in Oracle – just months after buying the shares" The Register 2/15
  • "Oracle Seeks Win In Protest Over $10B JEDI Cloud Deal" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 2/15
  • "MTN chooses Oracle for digital transformation" IT-Online 2/15
  • "Cisco launches first Asean co-innovation and cyber-security centres in Singapore" The Straits Times 2/15
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "UBS reiterates $185 Apple target, despite weak China" Apple 3.0 2/15
  • "Why Apple's Bruising Won't Hurt Emerging Markets" Seeking Alpha 2/15
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq exits bear market, tallies longest weekly streak in 3 years on U.S.-China trade-talk euphoria: Trump signs declaration for national emergency to secure funding for wall" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "Dow Gains 444 Points to end Day and Week Higher Ahead of Trade Talks Next Week: Stocks rise on word that trade talks between the U.S. and China will continue next week in Washington." TheStreet 2/15
  • "Dow Jones Leads Big Stock Rally, But Apple Falls On Buffett News: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied Friday to extend its weekly win streak for an eighth week, thanks to big gains from Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan." Investor's Business Daily 2/15
  • "Dow notches 8th straight week of gains on trade optimism" FOXBusiness 2/15
  • "Nasdaq Exits Bear Market as Stocks Rally: The tech-heavy index closed more than 20% above its Christmas Eve low, entering a new bull-market run" [Paid Membership Required] 2/15
  • "Asian markets fall as global uncertainty grows: U.S. retail sales tumble, while little headway apparent in U.S.-China trade talks" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "European stocks headed for best weekly gain since late 2018: Allianz, Scout24, Telecom Italia among the big movers" MarketWatch 2/15

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