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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday 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?

  • "Apple's growing antitrust problem: Apple's expansion into services could test the hardware company in several ways — including the risk of making the company an even bigger antitrust target — because the company already tightly controls its ecosystems, especially the iPhone and iPad."  Axios 9:51 AM
  • "Lawmakers lash out at Apple for censoring a song about Tiananmen Square protests: Apple missed a chance to 'be a stronger voice for freedom around the globe'"  The Verge 2:40 PM
  • "Internet Consolidation Opened the Door to Censorship: Titans like Facebook, Google and Apple defeat the purpose of a decentralized web." ["Problematic websites effectively vanish if deleted from Google, which handles 90 percent of search activity, and apps can be rendered unfindable if Apple and Google simply remove them from their app stores."]  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:33 AM
  • "Opinion: As Apple's stock rides high, 7 reasons investors should worry/Dig a little into Apple's business and you'll find plenty of problems"  MarketWatch 7:12 AM
  • "NoScript extension officially released for Google Chrome" ZDNet 6:45 AM
  • "In Praise of Apple Photos: In my never-ending quest to simplify my photographic workflow (and also my life workflow) — I've discovered that Apple Photos is actually a very strong alternative to Adobe Lightroom (or perhaps– even superior?)" Eric Kim Photography 6:36 AM
  • "Which Mac Renders Cinebench 20"s Test Scene Fastest?" Bare Feats 11:42 AM
  • "How to enable/disable desktop stacks on macOS Mojave" AddictiveTips 8:14 PM
  • "How to automatically mount network drives on macOS: Need more disk space on your iMac or Mac mini? Mount a network drive!" iMore 8:34 AM
  • "How to use iCloud to help manage Photos libraries too large for an internal Mac drive: A solution that can provide the best of both worlds." Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "When 2FA isn't 2FA: How Apple's iCloud authentication system fails to protect your account/Apple's two-factor authentication turns into one-factor authentication on the web." Macworld 6:54 AM
  • "Create Animated Backgrounds For Keynote Slides" MacMost 9:51 AM
  • "The Black Hole: It's time for Apple to ditch the MacOS trash can/You know what is way cooler than a clear plastic bucket that you throw trash in? A singularity that sucks all the garbage out of your life." ZDNet 9:08 PM
  • "On iTunes, Marzipan and Expectations"  512 Pixels 8:16 PM
  • "Compatibility warning: macOS Mojave 10.14.4 cannot display some OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents" The Omni Group 4:42 PM
  • "Is Apple Splitting Up iTunes? Here's How They'll Do It" Intego 1:18 PM
  • "The iTunes break up: What will happen to our favorite features? Many people won't miss iTunes if it's broken up, but there are features worth salvaging." Macworld 6:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Private Contact is an application to manage on Mac an always encrypted address book to keep your contacts really private and protect your privacy." Ecleti 10:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Disney CEO Bob Iger Staying on Apple's Board, Will 'Continue to Monitor' Situation" MacRumors 1:56 PM
  • "Apple's TV Box Will Probably Get Disney+, Despite Rival Platform" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:31 AM
  • "Disney CEO says Disney+ likely coming to Apple TV, intends to stay on Apple board" AppleInsider 6:52 AM
  • "China iPhone sales stabilizing ahead of quarterly results, gaining on Huawei" AppleInsider 1:18 PM
  • "Made-in-India iPhone X from July: Apple began manufacturing in India with the iPhone SE from its factory near Bengaluru two years ago." The Economic Times 7:53 AM
  • "iPhone X production in India to begin in July, says latest report" 9to5Mac 6:54 AM
  • "Foxconn to Begin Production on iPhone X in India This July" MacRumors 8:31 AM
  • "Foxconn says empty buildings in Wisconsin are not empty: While announcing another empty building" The Verge 1:55 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook spends $22.6 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe" Reuters 8:30 PM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Could Offer This Key Performance Boost Over SD855" HotHardware 3:45 PM
  • "Trump says he opposes nationalizing U.S. 5G network" Reuters 2:59 PM
  • "The FCC and White House want to bring high-speed internet to rural areas" Digital Trends 2:37 PM
  • "Ajit Pai proposes $20 billion for 'up to' gigabit-speed rural broadband: $20 billion over 10 years to connect up to 4 million rural homes and businesses." Ars Technica 12:53 PM
  • "This Soccer Fan Makes a Great Case For Not Getting a QR Code Tattoo" Gizmodo 10:31 AM
  • "Disney's AI generates storyboard animations from scripts" VentureBeat 10:30 AM
  • "Google Sued Over Abuse of Search Power, Opening Path for More Claims: The litigation could spark similar action by firms that have hesitated to take on the Silicon Valley giant" [Paid Membership Required] 1:58 PM
  • "Google's AI is growing up" Quartz 8:31 AM
  • "Brand new Pixel 4 leak seems to confirm the phone's main specs" BGR 7:11 AM
  • "As video games make billions, the workers behind them say it's time to unionize" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:02 AM
  • "How Teen and Adult Social Media Usage Has (And Hasn't) Changed" PC Magazine 6:43 AM
  • "Meat Raffle! – The TouchArcade Show #395" Touch Arcade 8:13 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: iPad, The Met's display of rock instruments, and Netflix" The Loop 4:43 PM
  • "Disney+ Debut, Streaming Video Landscape – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-12" The Mac Observer 1:15 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 220: macOS 10.15 Marzipan media apps, HomePod price drop, iPhone 11 rumor mix" 9to5Mac 10:14 AM
  • "Keyboards, MacBook Pro rumors, Amazon has people listening to you, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Solves the Accidental App Store Subscription Problem: It was far too easy to accidentally start an app subscription if you own an iPhone with Touch ID. Apple just solved the problem with a pop-up." PC Magazine 10:38 AM
  • "Apple now asks users to confirm in-app subscriptions" Cult of Mac 6:54 AM
  • "Camera comparison proves iPhone is still one of the best" Cult of Mac 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Patent reveals that Face ID, including a Retina Scan, could be coming to Future Macs" Patently Apple 7:13 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM

  • "iPad mini 5 review: when portability is what's most important" 9to5Mac 8:13 PM
  • "Apple AirPods 2 Review: Worth upgrading your earbuds or not? - Gearbrain" GearBrain 8:34 AM
  • "Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio vs. Third-Party Alternatives" MacRumors 11:40 AM
  • "Review: Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX receiver proves wireless CarPlay is the way to go" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Book Review & Giveaway: 'Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level' is solid account, but lacks input from Cook himself" AppleInsider 8:14 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple News+ Is a Total Mess" Gizmodo 12:53 PM
  • "Fear and nagging: How the Apple Watch annoys you into getting active and losing weight" AppleInsider 10:14 AM
  • "Calory Review: Simple, Convenient Calorie Tracking" MacStories 8:33 AM
  • "'Why is my iPad so slow?': How to get your iPad running smoothly again" Business Insider 3:55 PM
  • "How to turn off passcode on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 3:20 PM
  • "How to mod your AirPods to fit tight in your ears" Cult of Mac 3:20 PM
  • "How to Type the Escape Key on iPad Keyboard" OS X Daily 2:36 PM
  • "How to clear the cache on your iPad to make it run faster" Business Insider 11:40 AM
  • "Alexa keeps listening, so here's how to make her stop" GearBrain 7:12 AM
  • "iPhone Videos Done Right Will Make You Look Like a Big Budget Producer" Forbes 7:07 AM
  • "How to subscribe (and unsubscribe) to iOS apps" Apple Must 6:30 AM
  • "5 ways to conserve battery life on your iPhone, and get the most out of a single charge" Business Insider 2:34 PM
  • "Jackassery Never Goes Out of Style: Daniel Newman, writing for MarketWatch, with '7 reasons investors should worry' about Apple" Daring Fireball 5:29 PM
  • "Apple and Foxconn, a history [Cook book outtakes] Cult of Mac 4:43 PM
  • "'Foxconn Says Empty Buildings in Wisconsin Are Not Empty'" Daring Fireball 3:55 PM
  • "Disney+ sets a high bar for Apple TV+: Disney's streaming service is launching head-to-head with Apple's, and has set a price ceiling that Apple should not break." Macworld 3:58 PM
  • "Disney Plus isn't a 'Netflix killer,' but other streamers like Apple should be worried" Business Insider 1:18 PM
  • "Netflix should certainly feel threatened by Disney+" Engadget 1:18 PM
  • "15 business ideas you can steal from Apple" Computerworld 10:10 AM
  • "The LG G8 is a good phone that can't escape some of the bad ideas behind it" Android Police 11:40 AM
  • "YouTube Gives a New Home to Racist Views on IQ" Motherboard 10:31 AM
  • "The DeanBeat: The landscape of gaming in 2019" VentureBeat 10:30 AM
  • "T-Mobile is launching its TV service this weekend — here's how 5G will unlock its true value" Business Insider 8:42 AM
  • "Pixel 3 review: Six months in, here's what's great and what's not" CNET 7:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Rest in Pieces' Updated with New Booster Abilities, Unlockable Skins and a New Level Still on the Way" Touch Arcade 5:32 PM
  • "Cydia Substrate For Unc0ver iOS 12 Jailbreak On A12 / A12X Devices Still Coming, Reaffirms Developer" Redmond Pie 11:01 AM
  • "Skype for iOS beta adds ability to share your iPhone and iPad screen with others" 9to5Mac 6:54 AM
  • "Skype Adds iOS and Android Device Screen Sharing" PC Magazine 6:43 AM
  • "Disney unveils price, launch date for big streaming push - Reuters" Reuters 6:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's work with Chinese military university raises eyebrows" AFP 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft's latest Windows patches are slowing or locking up some PCs: Due to a conflict with security software including Avira Free Antivirus" TechRadar UK 8:11 AM
  • "April's Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze" BetaNews 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Confirms Latest Updates Are Freezing Windows — Here's How To Fix It" Forbes 7:07 AM
  • "Internet Explorer zero-day lets hackers steal files from Windows PCs" ZDNet 6:57 AM
  • "IBM Watson's AI Technology Is Tracking Over 20,000 Shots At The Master's To Automate The Highlights" Forbes 7:08 AM
  • "While Google agonizes over military AI, IBM is happy to pick up the slack, even for the Chinese military" The Register 11:12 AM
  • "Factors Expected to Influence IBM This Earnings Season" Zacks 8:06 AM
  • "How Intel's Newest Product Enhancements Could Redefine the Future of Infrastructure Design" Gigaom 10:10 AM
  • "Intel's Auction-Only Core i9 Pops Up at Retail With a $3,400 Price Tag" ExtremeTech 8:07 AM
  • "Intel's 'priceless' Core i9-9980XE CPU, er, goes on sale" The Inquirer 8:09 AM
  • "Intel Demos Its First 400GbE Silicon Photonics Transceiver, Outlines Design" Tom's Hardware 8:09 AM
  • "Intel Memory Announcements" Forbes 10:14 AM
  • "Intel staff drive more than €900,000 in donations to 249 organisations" SiliconRepublic 8:08 AM
  • "AMD subsidiary wins reinstatement of computer graphics patents" Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "AMD May Be Heading Into A Substantial Gaming Product Cycle - Northland" StreetInsider [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:05 AM
  • "Former Oracle software seller says company fired him because he's Hispanic: Lawsuit accuses database biz of racial discrimination" The Register 8:14 PM
  • "Pentagon snubs Oracle" Fudzilla 8:01 AM
  • "Cisco maintains top spot in network infrastructure space: IDC" ChannelWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Competition in PC Processor Market Heats Up – Tech.pinions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:31 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple stock gets another downgrade to sell: the iPhone 'air pocket is real'/New Street Research is concerned about iPhone trends"  MarketWatch 10:13 AM
  • "Apple Stock Has Had a Good Run, But Can the Momentum Continue?" SmarterAnalyst 5:43 PM
  • "Apple Shares Downgraded to Sell by New Street Research: New Street's call is based on pessimism about both the hardware and services segments." TheStreet 9:51 AM
  • "Apple supplier Japan Display secures $715m rescue deal" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "The State of Alaska Is Buying More Sirius XM Stock, and Selling Apple and Netflix" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher on robust bank earnings, Disney helps propel Dow up triple digits: Chevron to buy Anadarko Petroleum in $33 billion deal" MarketWatch 5:03 PM
  • "Stocks See Solid Gains, Dow Gets Lift From JPMorgan and Walt Disney: Stocks ended with solid gains Friday following JPMorgan Chase's first-quarter earnings beat and after Walt Disney unveiled its new streaming service." TheStreet 5:03 PM
  • "Stocks rise to 6-month high on bank earnings, Chevron deal" FOXBusiness 5:03 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Higher as Bank Earnings Provide Lift: Two of the nation's biggest banks reported earnings that beat expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 5:02 PM

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