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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 Transparency Report: Government and Private Party Requests" [21-page PDF]  Apple 7:49 AM
  • "Apple reveals App Store takedown demands by governments" TechCrunch 7:48 AM
  • "Apple says governments asked for 634 apps to be removed last year: Eighty requests came from around the world." CNET 9:50 AM
  • "Apple: iPhone info requests from Chinese government have exploded" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Apple pulls hundreds of apps from China after requests from Beijing" Telegraph 12:38 PM
  • "How Jony Ive, Apple's design guru, planned his own obsolescence"  Los Angeles Times 8:56 AM
  • "Jony Ive's real legacy, according to Apple designers who worked with him: 'I thought to myself, Jony has no idea how we work in software.'"  Fast Company 8:37 AM
  • "Apple issues second macOS Catalina, tvOS 13 public betas for testing" AppleInsider 7:29 PM
  • "Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Update Block For Apple Mac Users" Forbes 8:52 AM
  • "How to use Sidecar to make your iPad a secondary Mac display in macOS Catalina and iPadOS" Macworld 8:33 AM
  • "Getting 'Unlock with Apple Watch' to Work on Your Mac" The Mac Observer 7:52 AM
  • "How to Adjust Mac Fan Speed Manually with Macs Fan Control" OS X Daily 3:13 PM
  • "How to disable image loading in Gmail, Apple Mail, Outlook, and more" iMore 12:39 PM
  • "Frequently Asked Questions About macOS Catalina" MacMost 9:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "International Space Station 2.1.1 lets you see the Space Station at naked eye" Ecleti 8:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's App Store generated 80% more revenue than Google Play with a third as many installs in first half of 2019" AppleInsider 5:48 PM
  • "OpenID Foundation says 'Sign In with Apple' is not secure enough: In an open letter, the OpenID Foundation says Sign In with Apple 'exposes users to greater security and privacy risks.'" ZDNet 3:44 PM
  • "China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border: The malware downloads a tourist's text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files."  Vice 8:34 AM
  • "'Close Your Rings' videos show how Apple Watch users get their exercise" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "HomePod owners complain Hey Siri is being activated by Apple's new AirPods ad" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs battles climate change with Leonardo DiCaprio" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google, Facebook under investigation in UK for abusing market power" AppleInsider 9:23 PM
  • "Facebook's services are experiencing problems with media files" Neowin 4:51 PM
  • "Judge denies Qualcomm request to stay FTC antitrust ruling enforcement: An attempt by Qualcomm to delay an antitrust ruling against the chip producer from being enforced has been shut down by District Judge Lucy Koh, at the same time as striking a variety of evidence from the record used by Qualcomm to state its case." AppleInsider 4:44 PM
  • "YouTube bans 'instructional hacking and phishing' videos" 9to5Google 3:47 PM
  • "T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger" Ars Technica 3:13 PM
  • "Amazon can be held liable for third-party seller products: U.S. appeals court" Reuters 3:11 PM
  • "Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever" Ars Technica 12:38 PM
  • "Voice assistant offers remedy for physician burnout: Saykara's digital assistant is aimed at freeing doctors from time-consuming EHR data entry and improving their interactions with patients." Computerworld 8:47 AM
  • "Android creator Andy Rubin accused of running a 'sex ring'" The Next Web 8:08 AM
  • "Android founder accused of running 'sex ring' by ex-wife" Telegraph 7:46 AM
  • "Upgrade #252: The Hippie Gets A Haircut" Six Colors 7:43 PM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 108: Jony Ive Takes A Byte Out Of Apple" AppAdvice 7:28 PM
  • "#301: My Vulcan Mind/Jony Ive's departure from Apple, whether we really unplug on vacation, the persistence (or lack thereof) of gamification, and outdoor tech that has our attention." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:12 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 043: 'Accidental spelunking'" 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "245: I Can't Deal with Humanity" The Rebound 12:38 PM
  • "Catalina and the Future of Storage – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-03" The Mac Observer 12:35 PM
  • "9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 1: The Apple Watch warm up" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 232: Jony Ive leaving Apple, Watch Time teaser" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Apple's new iOS 13 feature corrects your gaze during video calls" Engadget 8:09 AM
  • "iOS 13"s new FaceTime feature automagically fakes eye contact for you" The Next Web 8:07 AM
  • "6 secret iOS 13 features show Apple still sweats the detail" Apple Must 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Just Fixed One of My Biggest Annoyances With FaceTime" Thurrott 8:14 AM
  • "iOS 13 May Allow Users to Transfer Data Between Two iPhones Over a Direct Wired Connection" MacRumors 8:33 AM
  • "Dramatic burn photos show why Apple recalled faulty MacBooks" Cult of Mac 11:56 AM
  • "'Budget' MacBook Pro refresh incoming: Looking to buy Apple's 'budget' MacBook Pro? Might be worth holding back on that purchase for a while." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "New MacBook: Mystery Apple computer appears in official documents" The Independent 8:55 AM
  • "Apple was Issued Four Registered Trademarks today covering Logic Pro X and Machine Learning" Patently Apple 3:13 PM
  • "Google Project Zero reveals bad iMessages could have bricked your iPhone: Issue fixed in iOS 12.3 that required wiping of iPhones to remedy." ZDNet 9:11 PM
  • "Damaged 15-Inch 2015 MacBook Pro Demonstrates Why Apple Initiated Battery Recall Program" MacRumors 4:52 PM
  • "Fix Apple Hardware Problems with Deep Cleaning" TidBITS 10:38 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM

  • "iPod Touch gen 7 review: Does exactly what you'd expect it to/It's like 2001 all over again" i News 10:21 AM
  • "Apple iPad vs. iPad Air vs. iPad mini vs. iPad Pro: Which Tablet Should You Buy? Apple has four iPads to choose from, spanning some wide ranges in price and performance. Which one is right for you? Which is our favorite? We compare them all." PC Magazine 10:33 AM
  • "iPad Pro vs Surface Pro features and specs showdown" AppleInsider 3:11 PM
  • "iPhone connected to Sony PSP? Casio graphing calculator? Will It Work?" The Loop 10:16 AM
  • "You can (Binge) bank on this iPhone powerband/phone stand combo" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands-on: iOS 13 beta 3 changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 3:44 PM
  • "Testing the New FaceTime Attention Correction Feature in iOS 13" MacRumors 3:23 PM
  • "Miximum Review: Smart Apple Music Playlists on iOS" MacStories 9:50 AM
  • "How to use Wi-Fi and Instant Hotspot in iOS 13" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "Privacy: How to prevent tracking with 'Superhuman'/marketing emails" Apple Must 12:24 PM
  • "How to set up and send money with Apple Cash" iDownload Blog 8:02 AM
  • "How to create, edit and customize your contact profile for iMessages" iMore 8:02 AM
  • "How to Use Memoji Stickers on iPhone in iOS 13 in Any App" iPhone Hacks 7:52 AM
  • "HomePod Owners Complain of Apple's New 'Bounce' Ad Triggering Siri on Their Devices" MacTrast 8:48 PM
  • "Should you run the iOS 13 beta? All those new features are temping, but jumping in early has consequences." Macworld 8:33 AM
  • "Must-have accessory for all MacBook owners: I'm not a big fan when it comes to dongles and hubs for laptops, but this accessory is perfect for anyone with a MacBook or Windows laptop equipped with only USB-C ports." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "What's really wrong with Apple's Lightning cable?" iMore 11:57 AM
  • "The big picture on Apple's vision for computer vision in iOS 13"  Computerworld 10:12 AM
  • "There's only one important question to ask about Apple's future: Will it compromise user experience to sell services?" The Verge 9:49 AM
  • "Apple's latest laptops are the worst the company has ever made for 4 major reasons"  Business Insider 8:47 AM
  • "The Knight of Apple's Old Republic: Between the lines of Jony Ive's exit from Apple"  500ish Words 7:44 AM
  • "Blockchain and the sharing economy: The technology could potentially disrupt these popular services: but don't expect anything soon." ZDNet 3:49 PM
  • "The Virtual Reality Inflection Point" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:54 AM
  • "Opinion: PC gaming is in a decline — and deserves to be/Modern PC games are derivative, repetitive, hemmed in by politically correct story lines and akin to gambling machines" MarketWatch 8:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple's newest billboards tout its stance of privacy: 'We're in the business of staying out of yours.'" iMore 7:23 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone privacy ad campaign continues with new billboards: Apple recently erected new billboard advertisements in Canada to promote what has become an intense focus on consumer data privacy, continuing an ad campaign launched at CES 2019 in January." AppleInsider 7:28 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency Twin Launches App to help Investors Avoid Losing Billions" prMac 12:38 PM
  • "Moment Pro Camera app adds slow shutter mode in latest update" iDownload Blog 11:58 AM
  • "Elago W6 stand reimagines the iPod as an Apple Watch dock, available now" 9to5Toys 8:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft launches Threat and Vulnerability Management for enterprises" BetaNews 7:44 AM
  • "Why Microsoft Stock Owners Shouldn't Worry About Linux" InvestorPlace 3:22 PM
  • "Microsoft's new Outlook experience on the web is ready to roll out to everyone" Neowin 9:22 PM
  • "HP, Dell and Microsoft join electronics exodus from China: Production shift to create new rivals for world's consumer tech factory" Nikkei 10:15 AM
  • "HP, Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon look to move some hardware production out of China" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "HP, Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon looking to shift some production out of China: report" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "HP, Dell, other tech firms plan to shift production out of China: Nikkei" Reuters 7:58 AM
  • "HP, Dell to Shift Up to 30% of Laptop Production From China, Report Says" Bloomberg 8:03 AM
  • "HP, Dell plan to move 30% of notebook production outside China" Irish Times 10:25 AM
  • "HP and Dell may sharply cut China production to dodge tariffs" Fast Company 10:33 AM
  • "HP CMO Vikrant Batra on meshing the science of security with the art of creative" The Drum 10:25 AM
  • "Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:36 AM
  • "Intel and Baidu partner on Nervana Neural Network AI training processor" TechCrunch 10:29 AM
  • "Intel Sponsors Hyperledger Transact Project In Busy Year For Blockchain" Forbes 8:52 AM
  • "AMD introduces low-profile Radeon Pro WX 3200" Hexus 10:29 AM
  • "AMD's unannounced Navi 14 GPUs enabled in new Linux kernel patches" PCGamesN 10:29 AM
  • "Nvidia Super Lineup Impact On Nvidia And AMD GPU Prospects" Seeking Alpha 3:11 PM
  • "New Work Suits: Northrop Grumman, IBM Hit With Leave Bias Claims" Bloomberg Law 10:27 AM
  • "Govt ropes in IBM for pilot study on using AI, weather tech in agriculture" Business Standard 10:27 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Marketing spinoff launches with agile strategy: The company will focus on delivering marketing solutions that could compete with larger marketing cloud vendors." Marketing Land 10:27 AM
  • "S&P Cuts Oracle Rating on Stock Buyback Worries" CFO 10:25 AM
  • "Inventor Says Cisco's Bid For $5.3M Is Based On 'Hindsight'" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 10:22 AM
  • "Uber, Intel, Cisco, Gap join California equal-pay campaign" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 10:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq close at record high levels in short session ahead of July Fourth holiday: Tesla shares surge on deliveries; Symantec soar on Broadcom buyout talk" MarketWatch 4:02 PM
  • "Dow Jones, S&P 500, Nasdaq Close at Record Highs Ahead of Fourth of July Holiday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 closed at record highs Wednesday in a holiday-shortened session ahead of the July Fourth holiday." TheStreet 4:02 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new records ahead of July 4th" FOXBusiness 4:01 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Close at Record High: The 30-stock index notches its highest close ever and its first record since October" [Paid Membership Required] 4:01 PM

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