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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.

  • "Apple Partner Starts Building Chips for the Next Generation of iPhones" ["The processor, dubbed A13, went into early test production in April and mass-production is planned for as early as this month, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing internal matters."]  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:26 AM
  • "New Apple A13 chip coming to 2019 iPhones in fall" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Apple Likely to Be Spared from China Tariffs" Loup Ventures 3:35 PM
  • "Chinese tariff increases begin today, with Apple still threatened"  9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Apple temporarily escapes new tariffs in escalating US-China trade war" AppleInsider 8:42 AM
  • "'I'm Not Apple': Small Businesses Squeezed by Trump's Tariffs"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Wins Lawsuit Over Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug" MacRumors 1:32 PM
  • "Group FaceTime iOS 12.1 eavesdropping bug lawsuit is dismissed" AppleInsider 6:33 PM
  • "Mac's new Music app won't be ported from iOS" Cult of Mac 11:57 AM
  • "How to Hide Holidays on Calendar for Mac" OS X Daily 1:58 PM
  • "How to get more from the Finder's windows and its hidden power features" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "How to remotely monitor employees computers on Windows, Linux, and Mac" AddictiveTips 9:10 AM
  • "How To Customize a Minimalist Mac" MacMost 9:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "Annual Layers design conference speaker lineup announced for WWDC week" 9to5Mac 8:32 PM
  • "Dynamic Wallpaper Club lets users enjoy macOS Mojave's forgotten feature" VentureBeat 8:56 AM
  • "Cisdem Document Reader 4.2.0 Released with Better Reading Experience" Cisdem 8:44 AM
  • "Motif lets you print books, calendars, cards from Photos on your Mac" Apple Must 7:46 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook talks WWDC student program, coding initiatives and SAP"  TechCrunch 1:36 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I Don't Think a Four-Year Degree is Necessary to Be Proficient at Coding'" MacRumors 1:36 PM
  • "People keep dropping their AirPods onto subway tracks"  Mashable 8:44 AM
  • "Dating Apps Removed By Apple And Google After FTC 'Sexual Predators' Warning Are Back" Forbes 11:40 AM
  • "A photo storage app used customers' private snaps to train facial recognition AI" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "Photo storage app Ever is using millions of users' photos to build a facial recognition system" BetaNews 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Saw 19% Decline In iPhone Sales In North America In Q1 2019 As Overall Smartphone Sales Decline" Redmond Pie 9:09 AM
  • "How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage"  Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Lisa documentary will tell the story of Apple's most important 'flop'" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Rare Apple-1 with original documentation goes up for auction" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Former Apple engineers create a smart camera system to stamp out manufacturing defects in gadgets" CNBC 9:03 AM
  • "Privacy on iPhone — Inside Joke" YouTube 6:29 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T's Mexico unit loses class action lawsuit to consumer watchdog" Reuters 8:28 PM
  • "U.S. says Huawei lawyer's prior work at Justice Department poses conflict" Reuters 6:27 PM
  • "IDC: High-end VR grew 60% in 2018, users have smartwatch-level satisfaction" VentureBeat 11:30 AM
  • "Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth" Gizmodo 1:42 PM
  • "Google adds handy playable podcasts to search results" CNET 8:00 AM
  • "People are calling for Zuckerberg's resignation. Here are just five of the reasons why." MIT Technology Review 7:47 AM
  • "Amazon can't yet completely delete Alexa voice transcriptions" ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "The Episode 400 Prequel Episode – The TouchArcade Show #399" Touch Arcade 8:33 PM
  • "An Interview with Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe" MacStories 6:34 PM
  • "Mother's Day Gifts, Family Support Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-10" The Mac Observer 6:24 PM
  • "Robyn Weisman Helps You Take Control of Your Browser" MacVoices 3:30 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 224: Powerbeats Pro review and watchOS 6 rumors" 9to5Mac 1:35 PM
  • "How George Fan created the wacky Plants vs. Zombies a decade ago" [Interview] VentureBeat 9:24 AM
  • "Musician Jimmy Destri about iTunes, Spotify, Facebook, and Steve Jobs, on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:53 AM
  • "WWDC 2019, revealed! This week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Rumor suggests iOS 13 will not support iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Questionable Rumor Says iOS 13 Will Drop Support for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone SE" MacRumors 7:50 AM
  • "Bloomberg: 2019 iPhones Can Charge AirPods, Cameras Will Have Increased Zoom and Auto-Correction Feature" MacRumors 10:21 AM
  • "Is Apple really about to kill the iPhone SE? A rumor claims iOS 13 will not support the iPhone SE" Computerworld 10:13 AM
  • "2019 iPhone XR colors: Two new on the way" 9to5Mac 10:24 PM
  • "Apple releases sixth developer beta of iOS 12.3 to developers for testing" AppleInsider 12:28 PM
  • "iOS 12.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 1:57 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM

  • "Powerbeats Pro review: An upgrade over AirPods in almost every way" ZDNet 1:39 PM
  • "AirPods Suck Compared to the New Powerbeats Pro" Gizmodo 10:20 AM
  • "Powerbeats Pro review: the best Beats/Apple's workout headphones are so much more than just a gym accessory" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Powerbeats Pro review: Beats brawn meets AirPods brains in the ultimate sport earphones" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MW65 over-ear ANC headphones are pricey but lovely" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "Rock Jaw T5 Ultra Connect wireless earphones [Review] BetaNews 10:22 AM
  • "UAG's new Apple Watch Straps are a blessing to my bony wrists" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "Review: Libratone Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2 are our favorite multi-purpose AirPlay 2 speakers" AppleInsider 1:35 PM
  • "WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: NVMe Performance, Dirt Cheap" HotHardware 11:11 AM
  • "Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD review: Fresh design and new features make this battery pack very appealing" PCWorld 8:46 AM
  • "2-in-1 cleaning stick gives you a weapon against on-screen germs [Review] Cult of Mac 10:21 AM
  • "How to check into a free battery replacement for MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 3:31 PM
  • "How to hide messages and message notifications on your iPhone, so only you can read them" Business Insider 11:56 AM
  • "How to install old versions of iOS apps on older iPads, iPhones" Apple Must 11:54 AM
  • "How to turn on iCloud Photos when iOS says you can't: An old iTunes synchronization is probably to blame for this problem." Macworld 8:43 AM
  • "Save $1,000 Or More On A New Mac Part 2: Apple's Big RAM Lie" Forbes 7:57 AM
  • "How to stop iPhone from changing time zones" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
  • "How to make HomeKit work for you automatically with scenes and automations" AppleInsider 3:31 PM
  • "Buying a replacement iPhone battery? Be careful you don't get ripped off" ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "Apple's Retail Stores Are Bending But Not Breaking" The Mac Observer 6:24 PM
  • "Is It Time for Apple to Make a Real Smart Home Hub?" iDrop News 3:35 PM
  • "Why I Have Zero Interest in Cloud Gaming: Apple, Google, and Microsoft are poised to release cloud-gaming platforms to the masses, but the drawbacks outweigh the potential benefits."  PC Magazine 1:38 PM
  • "Right to Repair Laws: Everything You Need to Know in 2019"  Gizmodo 11:56 AM
  • "Postal Address Insanity: Why I Switched from Spotify to Apple Music" TidBITS 10:26 AM
  • "Tim Cook Wants People To View Apple Today As A Consumer Company" MacPrices 9:24 AM
  • "I wrote the book on user-friendly design. What I see today horrifies me" ["When Don Norman says he wrote the book on user-friendly design, he's not kidding. Don is a former Apple VP and his book The Design of Everyday Things is a seminal work."] The Loop 9:03 AM
  • "Three features Apple should borrow from Google's I/O announcements: Apple might benefit from following the lead of one of its most prominent frenemies."  Macworld 8:47 AM
  • "What Intel's latest roadmap updates mean for the Mac: Until Apple starts using its own processors in Macs, the future of Intel is the future of Apple's laptops."  Macworld 8:45 AM
  • "AI is becoming esports' secret weapon" VentureBeat 8:57 AM
  • "Is latency the cloud's Achilles heel? [Q&A] BetaNews 8:51 AM
  • "Alexa, What Is a Conflict of Interest? Digital assistants are both friend and sales robot." Slate 7:57 AM
  • "Why Google believes machine learning is its future: Why we heard so much about machine learning at Google I/O this year." Ars Technica 6:33 PM
  • "If You Build It, They Will I/O" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:35 PM
  • "5 Little Things from Google I/O That Could Be Big News for You" Gizmodo 12:28 PM
  • "Google Tries Again With Pixel 3A" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:24 AM
  • "Google's new Pixel 3a was launched at an awkward time, when everyone is expecting a new flagship Pixel phone in just a few months — but here's why that's OK" Business Insider 8:41 AM
  • "Google Assistant 2.0 isn't just a minor evolution; it's a game-changing upgrade" Digital Trends 7:47 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Accordance Mobile 3.0 Major Update! Accordance Bible Software is delighted to announce the third major release of their software for use on the iPhone and iPad." Accordance 10:15 PM
  • "A BMW outage made Apple CarPlay unusable" Engadget 1:35 PM
  • "UAG unveils first rugged iPad Pro case compatible with Apple's Smart Folio Keyboard" 9to5Mac 10:21 AM
  • "OtterBox now makes smartphone cases with built-in PopSockets that you can swap out whenever you want" Business Insider 10:20 AM
  • "Cool Holdings to Buy Simply Mac from GameStop As It Executes Expansion Plans" PRNewswire 9:03 AM
  • "Cool Holdings plans purchase of Apple Premier Partner Simply Mac from GameStop" AppleInsider 9:03 AM
  • "Google Photos Chief confirms Colorize may come 'soon'" 9to5Google 7:51 AM
  • "Chimera jailbreak updated to v1.0.5 with notable bug fixes & improvements" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's 3-Year Outlook May Be Weak, But Its Technology Roadmap Is Intriguing: The chip giant expects very little sales and earnings growth through 2021. But it also promises to launch cutting-edge data center and notebook products in the coming years, and to improve its manufacturing position." TheStreet 7:51 AM
  • "Exclusive: Intel Engineering Chief Discusses Plans to Speed Chip Making/Dr. Venkata Renduchintala outlined how the chip giant plans to becomes nimbler and less 'monolithic' following years of manufacturing stumbles." TheStreet 9:23 AM
  • "Could Intel's Modem Business Appeal to Samsung?" Market Realist 7:51 AM
  • "Intel Announces Project Athena Open Labs to Speed Hardware Deployment" ExtremeTech 11:14 AM
  • "Intel: Folding Display Laptops at Least 2 Years Away" PC Magazine 7:45 AM
  • "Analyst: Intel flash supply partnership prospects could point to SK Hynix" The Register 11:40 AM
  • "Intel is having its worst week of 2019, and two experts see more pain for the Dow stock" CNBC 11:13 AM
  • "AMD Gains PC CPU Market Share from Intel with Ryzen" Market Realist 1:30 PM
  • "AMD's powerful Ryzen processors are on sale for all-time low prices and bundled with free games: It's a great time to go AMD. The Ryzen 7 2700 is $195 at Walmart, and Amazon has the Ryzen 5 2600X for $160, and the Ryzen 5 2600 for $145." PCWorld 8:59 AM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2: Gaming Driver Support for Radeon Pro" AnandTech 10:21 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 leak points to two 16-core CPUs" The Inquirer 11:14 AM
  • "AMD And Cray Win Frontier Supercomputer DOE Deal" Forbes 11:30 AM
  • "Raja points out Nvidia and AMD datacenter weakness" Fudzilla 11:15 AM
  • "AMD has 'no software ecosystem that's meaningful' without Intel" PCGamesN 11:14 AM
  • "Microsoft: The open source company/The times, they are a-changin'—even bits of Windows will be open source." Ars Technica 10:26 PM
  • "Microsoft pushes ahead with conversation transcription, virtual microphone arrays: Microsoft Research's 'Project Denmark' technology allows users to use the microphones in phones and laptops to create a virtual array that can handle conversation transcription and more." ZDNet 6:33 PM
  • "Microsoft: The open source company/The times, they are a-changin'—even bits of Windows will be open source." Ars Technica 6:33 PM
  • "Microsoft is building a virtual assistant for work. Google is building one for everything else" Quartz 8:51 AM
  • "Cybersecurity: This is how Microsoft Defender ATP tackles password-stealing credential dumping attempts" ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "IBM Sets Its Sights on the $12 Billion Precision Farming Market" Market Realist 3:36 PM
  • "David Webster departs from Dell EMC: Dell EMC unified sales teams in APJ under Amit Midha" New Zealand Reseller News 11:19 AM
  • "Nvidia is sliding after Trump escalates the trade war with China" Business Insider 12:28 PM
  • "Oracle To Lay Off 1,600 Staff In China" SupChina 11:17 AM
  • "Huawei is about to take on Oracle in the database market" Fast Company 11:17 AM
  • "Oracle's legal woes deepen: Big Red sued (again) for age and medical 'discrimination'" The Register 11:17 AM
  • "Oracle workers may find age, industry expectations are hurdles in job hunt" TechNode 11:17 AM
  • "Oracle Malaysia launches Cloud Solution Hub" Borneo Post 11:17 AM
  • "Bushnell v. Cisco: District Court Dismisses Willfulness Allegations Solely Based on Knowledge of Patents by Acquired Entity" Lexology 11:16 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Estimating iPhone, iPad, and Mac Installed Bases, Calculating the Mix of Apple Devices in Use, Thursday Q&A" Above Avalon 11:30 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as U.S. touts trade talks with China as 'constructive': Uber Technologies IPO in spotlight" MarketWatch 6:23 PM
  • "Stocks End Green as Trump Says Trade Talk Will Continue: Stocks rebound on encouraging words from the White House on U.S.-China trade war." TheStreet 6:22 PM
  • "Dow Makes Furious Comeback To Lead Stock Market Higher: The stock market today took investors for a wild ride as the key indexes rallied into the black after falling hard, with the Dow Jones industrials taking the lead." Investor's Business Daily 6:22 PM
  • "US stocks recoup losses on officials' upbeat trade comments: U.S. stocks Friday closed up after rebounding from early session losses, which stemmed from President Trump hiking tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing vowing retaliation, as officials from both countries made positive comments about their negotiations." FOXBusiness 6:22 PM
  • "Stocks Bounce Back, Close Higher as Investors Weigh New Tariffs: Companies reliant on Chinese demand and global trade come under pressure despite afternoon rally" [Paid Membership Required] 6:22 PM
  • "China stocks soar to best one-day gain since March, as U.S. tariffs kick in: Nikkei stands out with 0.3% drop" MarketWatch 8:58 AM

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