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Weekend Highlights: Motley Fool looks at the rise of Amazon's music side and the threat it poses to Apple and Spotify; Dan Moren thinks Apple should simplify "complex iPhone lineup" this year; warning to Chrome, Firefox users over massive data leak; green light given by G7 to tax Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, others in countries where they make money, even if no physical presence; Apple has a beautiful new office in Vancouver; data can be scraped from iCloud, among many other services says Israeli security firm; alarm sounding over privacy fears from rapid adoption of doorbell cams; Google says will fix loophole in Chrome which tells sites when you're in incognito mode; TSMC eyes big growth thanks to 5G, Apple among clients; LAPTOP Mag reviews new 13" MacBook Pro; Rob Enderle likes idea of an Apple/Oracle merger.

  • "How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster: In interviews, current and former employees say brand building became more important than serving shoppers."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Made a Ton of Progress on Its 'Net Cash Neutral' Goal" Motley Fool 2:51 PM
  • "Tim Cook hopes Apple's $30 million rehab of D.C.'s Carnegie Library will do more than sell iPhones" Washington Post 9:05 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook touts enterprise augmented reality as Apple, SAP further integrate: Apple CEO Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott to talk about the latest advancement of their partnership." ZDNet 9:42 AM
  • "Apple teams up with SAP to help clients develop iPhone business apps" Reuters 10:57 AM
  • "Tim Cook says he's tired of big tech being painted as a 'monolithic' force that needs tearing apart" Business Insider 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Update to Developers" MacRumors 12:31 PM
  • "How to get Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser for Mac now" Pocket-lint 6:33 PM
  • "DriveDx review: Mac utility provides hints and warnings when your drive is about to fail/Diagnostic software that uses S.M.A.R.T. information and other data to provide a comprehensive health report." Macworld 8:38 AM
  • "12 Tips To Help You Type Like a Pro On Your Mac" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "StopTheNews Forces Apple News Links to Open in Safari" MacStories 11:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev builds for macOS now available" 9to5Mac 9:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge Browser for Mac Leaked [Download] iClarified 9:41 AM
  • "Jamf Makes Significant Investment in Education Across its Entire Product Portfolio" Jamf 8:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's impressive buying power, a store coming to WatchOS?" [Video] CNET 8:46 AM
  • "Apple removes sketchy dating apps which allowed for tracking of kids" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "3 business tips from Angela Ahrendts: 'Be you, move fast, be responsible" Apple Must 8:19 AM
  • "Jony Ive will chat with Stephen Fry this June in Dublin at the Dalkey Book Festival" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Wild video shows a Beluga whale retrieving an iPhone someone dropped in the sea" BGR 10:56 AM
  • "Apple Trade In — Do one last great thing with your iPhone — Apple" YouTube 12:31 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook and Instagram don't wreck kids' lives, claims new study" ZDNet 12:46 PM
  • "Google trains its AI to accommodate speech impairments: This could help people with conditions like ALS communicate via voice assistants." Engadget 4:00 PM
  • "Google reveals it's working on foldable phone prototypes: But don't expect a foldable Pixel any time soon" The Verge 3:53 PM
  • "Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained how easy it is to unintentionally create a sexist, racist AI bot" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:07 PM
  • "Google Debuts New Hardware and Shows Off New Search, AR, and Google Assistant Features at Google I/O" MacRumors 2:34 PM
  • "Google working to fix AI bias problems" CNET 1:18 PM
  • "Google's privacy push adds Incognito Mode for Maps and Search" Engadget 1:17 PM
  • "Android now has 2.5B users" TechCrunch 1:17 PM
  • "Android Q's Live Caption feature adds real-time subtitles to any video you watch" The Verge 1:17 PM
  • "Google reveals 'next generation Assistant' w/ 10x faster answers, coming to Pixel 4 first" 9to5Google 12:45 PM
  • "Snap a photo of a menu and Google Lens can tell you what to order" TechCrunch 12:38 PM
  • "Google is bringing Duplex to the web to help book car rentals and movie tickets" The Verge 12:38 PM
  • "Google is bringing AI assistant Duplex to the web" TechCrunch 12:38 PM
  • "Google Duplex expanding to other web tasks, like rental car reservations and movie tickets" Android Police 12:38 PM
  • "Google Lens adding new tools to highlight menus, split checks" 9to5Google 12:26 PM
  • "Google I/O 2019: Pixel 3a XL Press Renders Leak Before Official Announcement" MySmartPrice 12:06 PM
  • "'What is Google One?': Everything you need to know about Google's paid storage service" Business Insider 11:55 AM
  • "Google IO 2019 live blog: Android 10 Q, the Pixel 3A, and more" The Verge 11:25 AM
  • "Samsung Prepares To Cancel Some Galaxy Fold Preorders As Display Failure Fallout Grows" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Samsung Electronics says no anticipated shipping date yet for Galaxy Fold" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 110 – Revisiting the Breakup of iTunes" MacStories 8:58 AM
  • "Apple hit with second class action complaint over iPhone 7 'Loop Disease'" AppleInsider 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Hit With Two Class Action Lawsuits Over iPhone 7 Audio Issues" MacRumors 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Slapped With Lawsuit Over iPhone 7 Loop Disease Defect And Substandard Materials" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Download iOS 12.3 Beta 5 IPSW Links, OTA Update For Your Compatible iPhone or iPad" Redmond Pie 12:07 PM
  • "iOS 13 concept imagines Finder on iPad with external drive support, new multitasking, Dark Mode, more" 9to5Mac 10:58 AM
  • "Apple tipped to bring Android-style swipe keyboard option to iOS" Android Authority 9:13 AM
  • "Apple self-driving car could use 'confidence' algorithm to speed up sensor processing & decision-making" AppleInsider 8:34 AM
  • "Apple wants your iPhone, Apple Watch to replace your car key fob" Apple World Today 8:55 AM
  • "Apple May Replace Your Apple Watch Series 2 In Need Of Repair With Series 3" Redmond Pie 12:31 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple offering 10% bonus for adding credit to Apple ID" AppleInsider 2:34 PM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:18 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:18 AM

  • "Hands-On With Apple's New Powerbeats Pro Earbuds" MacRumors 9:27 PM
  • "Review: Zagg Slim Book Go for iPad Pro adopts a detachable Bluetooth keyboard" AppleInsider 2:40 PM
  • "Review: Logitech Slim Folio Pro" Six Colors 12:48 PM
  • "Review: Brydge Pro 12.9 keyboard" Six Colors 12:31 PM
  • "Master & Dynamic MW65 wireless headphones with active noise canceling review" The Gadgeteer 11:22 AM
  • "MW65 review: Master & Dynamic's first ANC headphones were worth the wait" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
  • "Etymotic ER4XR in-ear headphone review: Top-notch sonics and a comfortable fit" TechHive 8:37 AM
  • "How to add funds to your Apple ID in the App Store on iPhone and iPad: You can add funds to your Apple ID using a debit or credit card right in the App Store app on your iPhone and iPad." iMore 9:28 PM
  • "How to Remove Holidays from Calendar on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 3:56 PM
  • "How to view iCloud Keychain passwords on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 3:42 PM
  • "How to turn off the voice control feature on any iPhone model" Business Insider 9:41 AM
  • "How to stop iPhone from changing screen brightness" iDownload Blog 8:58 AM
  • "10 tips and tricks for using Powerbeats Pro" iMore 8:58 AM
  • "11 little-known iPhone features you should start using: iOS is packed with lots of cool little features that don't get the love they deserve. Here are 11 of our favorites." Macworld 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Watch Could Soon Gain More Independence From The iPhone" UberGizmo 9:27 PM
  • "Apple's Exciting iPhone XR2 Design Suddenly Takes Shape" Forbes 7:50 PM
  • "New Mac Pro At WWDC Will Highlight Frustrating MacBook Pro Delay" Forbes 6:33 PM
  • "Pixel 3a is basically the iPhone SE 2 Apple won't give us"  Cult of Mac 2:34 PM
  • "I swapped out my $1,449 iPhone for Google's new $479 Pixel phone, and it proved that phones don't have to be so expensive"  Business Insider 2:29 PM
  • "iPhone XI: What to expect from Apple's next-generation iPhone" The Apple Post 1:17 PM
  • "An Apple personal data marketplace could be a gold mine for the masses" Cult of Mac 11:55 AM
  • "Hey Siri, what's the future of enterprise voice services?:" Computerworld 10:26 AM
  • "The Apple Store: brand building became more important than serving shoppers" iDownload Blog 10:29 AM
  • "Former Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts upset 'finely tuned balance'" AppleInsider 9:42 AM
  • "Apple Stores risk losing some of what made them great" Cult of Mac 9:42 AM
  • "How to force an iCloud sync – a feature Apple needs to add" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "The unbelievable tech we need for true all-screen iPhones and Androids is almost ready" BGR 8:47 AM
  • "He's no Steve Jobs: Tim Cook's existential failure/The genetic tests are back. Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs." Macworld 8:37 AM
  • "Four Wear OS problems Apple needs to solve with its on-device Apple Watch App Store" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Cassandra -Tuesday Review: Shifting Sands -Apple and its Products in a Changing World" eXtensions 8:18 AM
  • "Everything Google Announced at I/O 2019 That Matters" Lifehacker 3:13 PM
  • "The Pixel 3a XL vs. the competition: Surprisingly capable/Cheaper doesn't mean inferior." Engadget 2:39 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3a XL review: Come for the camera, stay for the experience" Android Authority 2:30 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL Reviews: Best Deal in Android" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:30 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3A Review: The $400 Smartphone You've Been Waiting For" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:30 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3A XL review: Everything you like about the Pixel 3, but bigger and cheaper" CNET 2:28 PM
  • "Android Q exclusive first look: better gestures, live captions, and dark mode" The Verge 1:17 PM
  • "Ethics Matters (Premium)" Thurrott 9:41 AM
  • "Comic: Airpods Are the Opposite of Super-Heroes/Because when they die, they stay dead." iMore 8:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pandora adds new student and military discount plans for its premium streaming service" The Verge 12:07 PM
  • "Microsoft teases 'Minecraft' AR for your phone" Engadget 11:25 AM
  • "Epson Strengthens EcoTank Cartridge-Free Printer Portfolio with Revolutionary Monochrome All-in-One Supertank Printers" PRNewswire 10:07 AM
  • "SAP Paves the Path to Create Outcome-based Intelligent Enterprises With Experience Management (XM): Apple and SAP enable easy integration of machine learning with native apps for enterprise" PRNewswire 10:06 AM
  • "'ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion' for iPhone Finally Has a Release Date and Here Are the Supported iPhone Models" Touch Arcade 9:42 AM
  • "Save the Cats in the City by solving Puzzles in City Cat Rescue" prMac 8:34 AM
  • "WaterField Tech Rolltop Backpack Combines Work, Sports, Travel in One" prMac 8:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella comes to Red Hat Summit/If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain. Or, in this case, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came to Red Hat Summit to announce a new Microsoft/Red Hat partnership: Azure Red Hat OpenShift." ZDNet 9:19 PM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge browser might come to Linux" Neowin 6:36 AM
  • "Windows 10 will get a built-in Linux kernel this summer: 2019 really is the year of the Linux desktop... on Windows." Engadget 6:36 AM
  • "Microsoft's WSL 2 launches the year of Linux on the desktop" bit-tech 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft is finally bringing full Linux to Windows 10" TechRadar UK 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge on Chromium: What Does It Mean? Microsoft has ceased producing its own browser engine in favor of Google's Chromium. The software's project manager explains the reason for the move and what benefits it will reap." PC Magazine 9:20 PM
  • "Microsoft Word AI 'to improve writing'" BBC 6:55 AM
  • "Alexa is now hands-free on every Windows 10 device: Pandora now supported too" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Dell Technologies using 3D printing to transform prosthetics: EVP and COO Karen Quintos described the initiative as one taking the power of technology and combining it with human spirit to scale it for the greater good." ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Intel's Xe graphics cards look set to get ray-tracing chops: Fancy lighting could be the name of the game in 2020"s graphics world" The Inquirer 6:36 AM
  • "AMD's top-spec Navi 20 GPUs might not arrive until 2020: 7nm cards are said to be suffering from efficiency issues" The Inquirer 6:39 AM
  • "Report says that AMD Radeon RX 3080 XT will rival Nvidia RTX 2070" Hexus 6:50 AM
  • "AMD to build world's fastest supercomputer with 1.5 exaflops of performance" KitGuru 6:50 AM
  • "US Dept. of Energy Announces Frontier Supercomputer: Cray and AMD to Build 1.5 Exaflop Machine" AnandTech 6:50 AM
  • "World's fastest supercomputer will be built by AMD and Cray for US government: Frontier is expected to go online in 2021 with 1.5 exaflops of processing power" The Verge 7:43 AM
  • "AMD and Cray are building the 'world's most powerful supercomputer': 'Frontier will accelerate innovation in AI,' Sec. Rick Perry said." Engadget 6:39 AM
  • "Uber, Google, IBM, and others join Urban Computing Foundation to create tools for 'cities of tomorrow'" VentureBeat 10:42 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple set to be final FAANG stock to flash 'golden cross' chart pattern" MarketWatch 8:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends more than 450 points lower as stocks retreat for second day on U.S.-China tariff worries: U.S. officials vow higher China tariffs will kick in by Friday; Vice Chairman Liu He expected to attend negotiations this week in Washington" MarketWatch 5:10 PM
  • "Dow Ends Well Off Day's Lows as Investors Discount Trump's Latest Tariff Threat: Stocks pared their losses Monday afternoon as investors assessed the effects of President Trump's latest threat to boost tariffs on Chinese goods." TheStreet 5:10 PM
  • "Dow falls hard on US-China trade worries" FOXBusiness 11:56 AM
  • "Stocks Sink as Trade Tensions Mount: Dow drops 473 points as U.S. doubles down on tariff threats; Chinese envoy will travel to Washington" [Paid Membership Required] 5:11 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed as traders weigh U.S.-China trade dispute" MarketWatch 6:58 AM
  • "Asia stocks mostly higher after Trump trade threat" FOXBusiness 6:57 AM

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