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Weekend Highlights: London's Evening Standard interviews Apple's Sarah Herrlinger, head of global accessibility, on how Apple works to bake accessibility into everything they make; AAPL on a tear right now, fueling rise of entire market; Eclectic Light Company on why your Mac keeps waking up; Facebook's allowance of misleading political ads said to help conservative landslide in UK; David Phelan reviews 16" MacBook Pro; and Chrome Unboxed writer switches from AirPods to Razer wireless earbuds; phase one of a US/China trade deal means good news for Apple this holiday season; Dan Moren argues "Apple's next step with the Mac should be consumer-focused"; and Jonny Evans looks at Apple's ambition to make "company's greatest contribution to humankind '[...] in the health area"; Apple announces Ultimate Rivals sports gaming franchise; Little America renewed for season 2 on Apple TV+; and employees of Apple to get free DNA tests; Google Assistant speech translation via Interpreter Mode available on iOS, Android; Apple promises fix for iPhone parental control weakness allowing kids to bypass.

  • "VirnetX patent win against Apple vacated by U.S. appeals court: A U.S. appeals court on Friday set aside a jury's calculation that Apple Inc should pay $503 million for infringing on patents owned by licensing firm VirnetX Holdings Corp."  Reuters 10:37 AM
  • "VirnetX Damage Award Against Apple Vacated; Shares Plunge" Bloomberg Law 11:46 AM
  • "Apple says its App Store is 'a safe and trusted place.' We found 1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior on six apps, some targeting minors."  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Told Congress How Repair Should Work. They Were Intentionally Misleading."  iFixit 9:13 PM
  • "Software bugs have become Apple's greatest vulnerability: Signs point to Apple changing its development practices to combat software bugginess."  Macworld 8:47 AM
  • "Apple News+ stumbled because it's the service most outside Apple's control: Apple's subscription-based news service is its only real stumble in its services push—and that's not entirely its fault."  Macworld 8:48 AM
  • "Apple Tries to Get on Trump's Good Side" Bloomberg TV 9:11 PM
  • "Apple, Cisco Must Redo Fee Requests In 'Reckless' IP Fight" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 11:16 AM
  • "Use Conditional Highlighting Across a Whole Row In Numbers" MacMost 2:33 PM
  • "Microsoft and Apple are better together: A new Office 365 feature shows one way in which the Apple/Microsoft partnership helps you get things done..." Computerworld 8:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook vows to continue fighting for DACA recipients and users' privacy ahead of 2020"  ABC News 3:03 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook will keep fighting for Dreamers no matter who's in the White House" CNET 3:03 PM
  • "Apple Removes All Customer Reviews From its Online Stores: There has been no explanation as to why yet." PC Magazine 7:36 AM
  • "Apple killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Delays 'The Banker' Release Amid Review of Family Accusations" Variety 4:47 PM
  • "Apple Delays Theatrical Release of its Movie 'The Banker'" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:29 PM
  • "Russia bans sale of gadgets without Russian-made software"  BBC 8:39 AM
  • "Russia will reportedly ban devices without preinstalled Russian software" CNET 8:39 AM
  • "Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country" The Next Web 8:46 AM
  • "Algorithms judge us so know their rules" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile confirms customers' personal data accessed in hack" Engadget 9:12 PM
  • "Here are AT&T's first real consumer 5G coverage maps" The Verge 9:08 PM
  • "OnePlus discloses data breach, less than two years after the last one" The Verge 9:08 PM
  • "Mysterious User Hoarded Records on 1.2B People Via Leaky Database" PC Magazine 9:02 PM
  • "FCC Will Deny Funds to Carriers, ISPs That Use Huawei, ZTE Gear" PC Magazine 9:02 PM
  • "FCC votes 5-0 to bar China's Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program" Reuters 10:46 AM
  • "Scammers try a new way to steal online shoppers' payment-card data: Skimmers host fraudulent third-party processor that looks just like the real thing." Ars Technica 8:50 AM
  • "Elizabeth Warren called out Trump's private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as 'corruption, plain and simple'" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Facebook built a facial-recognition app that let employees identify people by pointing a phone at them" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:10 PM
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen gave the greatest speech on why social networks need to be put in check: Actor says six US billionaires more focused on their share prices should be allowed to dictate what it's acceptable online." ZDNet 2:36 PM
  • "Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg's 'twisted logic' on hate speech and fakes" ["'Voltaire was right. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities — and social media lets authoritarians push absurdities to billions of people,' he added."]  TechCrunch 8:47 AM
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen tore into Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over hate speech, violence, and political lies" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Why Rush Google's Cloud Gaming Service? Holiday Shopping Sales" PC Magazine 7:39 AM
  • "Spider-Man Discusses Google Stadia – The TouchArcade Show #423" Touch Arcade 9:12 PM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Control of Automating Your Mac" MacVoices 3:26 PM
  • "Apple's OS Release Approach – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-22" The Mac Observer 12:57 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 252: Apple December 'event', iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases and HomeKit Secure Video" 9to5Mac 11:45 AM
  • "265: The Bearable Lightness of AirPods" The Rebound 11:11 AM
  • "Engadget Podcast: Google Stadia and the future of game streaming services" Engadget 9:07 AM
  • "The impressive power of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, plus Apple's December event, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Servant, Morning Show haters, and the Mac Pro factory on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Barclays: iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max Will Likely Have 6GB of RAM, iPhone SE 2 Production to Begin February"  MacRumors 8:48 AM
  • "It looks like Apple AirPods are super popular and shipments are expected to double to 60 million" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "After iOS 13, Apple To Shake Up iOS 14 Software Testing, Report Says" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Could Soon Allow iPhone AppleCare+ Signup Within 1 Year Of Purchase Instead Of Usual 60 Days" Redmond Pie 10:54 AM
  • "Can't Open PDF On iPhone Or iPad, Fix" macReports 9:03 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM

  • "The 16-inch MacBook Pro is amazing, but it's still a Mac [Review] Cult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "iPhone 11 vs Android's best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ/The iPhone 11 is an incredible phone, but there's one I like a little better." PCWorld 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods Pro have replaced Powerbeats Pro as my go-to workout headphones" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 Review: From an iPhone user's perspective" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Review: iPhone 11 Pro Smart Battery Case levels up with a dedicated camera button" 9to5Mac 9:03 PM
  • "Leather iPhone 11 cases: Mujjo remains my favorite" 9to5Mac 9:03 AM
  • "ChargeHub HomeBase Power Bank Docking Station streamlines overnight charging of multiple devices" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "How to share Apple TV+ with family and friends" 9to5Mac 9:08 PM
  • "How to easily customize your iPhone Keyboard settings" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "Untethered, semi-untethered, semi-tethered, and tethered jailbreaks" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "How to disable accounts on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you sold or gave away: Sometimes a 'dead' device has some life left in it." Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "End of Decade Musings: How Technology Has Robbed and Twisted Us" The Mac Observer 9:03 PM
  • "Apple Quietly Made One Big Change to Its Online Store That Other Retailers Should Follow: A nice idea, but not one that provides much value." Inc. 12:28 PM
  • "2009-2019: How Apple, Google, and friends drove us mad/When a decade ends, it's time to look in the mirror. Do we like what we see? How much should we blame technology?" ZDNet 10:54 AM
  • "John Malone on the Streaming Wars and Media Landscape" GuruFocus 10:23 AM
  • "Steve Jobs: Secrets of life" The Loop 9:52 AM
  • "Is Apple building a team to elevate the podcasting industry?" Apple Must 9:50 AM
  • "Steve Jobs and his 2010 'thoughts on flash' show why Apple still misses him" iMore 8:55 AM
  • "Is Thick The New Thin In Apple Product Design With Jony Ive Out Of The 'Loop'?" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "T-Mobile / Sprint merger FAQ: Here's how it changes the wireless market and how it affects you" Android Central 8:45 AM
  • "(Unofficial) Samsung Galaxy S11 renders are here and boy, that camera bump looks huge" Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa" The Verge 8:16 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Steam Hit 'Gladiabots' is Coming to iOS December 15, Pre-Order with Discount Available Now" Touch Arcade 9:12 PM
  • "Google's G Suite Debuts Gmail Dynamic Email Support For Android And iOS" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "Google is shutting down its Cloud Print feature in 2020" The Verge 12:55 PM
  • "Gmail for iPhone now supports dynamic emails, here's what the new feature can be used for" iDownload Blog 9:54 AM
  • "Call of Duty: Mobile Zombie update is on its way to iOS" Cult of Mac 9:53 AM
  • "Designer AirPods cases look just like tiny purses" Cult of Mac 9:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Xerox Threatens to Go Hostile With HP Takeover Bid: HP rejected Xerox's acquisition offer as too low and not in the best interests of its shareholders" [Paid Membership Required] 11:20 AM
  • "Xerox to HP: Accept buyout offer or face proxy fight" SiliconANGLE 11:21 AM
  • "Xerox Threatens HP With Hostile Takeover Bid" Benzinga 8:45 AM
  • "Amazon files suit, challenging Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft: Amazon filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a week after it indicated it would formally protest the government's decision." MarketWatch 9:09 PM
  • "Amazon files lawsuit contesting Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft" Reuters 7:14 PM
  • "Amazon Sues Over Loss of Pentagon Cloud Deal to Microsoft" Bloomberg 9:08 PM
  • "Microsoft Granted U.S. License to Export Software to Huawei" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft allowed to sell software to Huawei once again: US grants Microsoft a license to export 'mass market' software to Huawei" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Granted a License to Do Business With China's Huawei" TheStreet 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft cleared to sell 'mass market' software to Huawei following reprieve from Trump admin" GeekWire 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Gets License to Resume Software Sales to Huawei" PC Magazine 9:02 PM
  • "Senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei: Commerce Department recently extended a temporary license to allow American companies to do business with Huawei." CNET 9:50 AM
  • "Slack: Microsoft Teams not only copies our product but our ads too" ZDNet 8:51 AM
  • "IBM Showcases A.I. That Can Parse Arguments In Cambridge Union Debate" Fortune 11:23 AM
  • "In a first, IBM's computer debater faces off against itself" Associated Press 11:11 AM
  • "IBM paid $34B for this: Where Red Hat is taking OpenShift" ZDNet 2:36 PM
  • "IBM and ESPN take fantasy football to the next level with Watson AI" TechRepublic 11:24 AM
  • "IBM and VetBloom form veterinary learning credential blockchain" Enterprise Times 11:24 AM
  • "Intel Tiger Lake-Y 10nm CPU Makes Early Benchmark Debut With Gen12 Xe Graphics" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "The Intel-AMD Showdown" Zacks 11:25 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5500 could crush Nvidia in the budget GPU market" TechRadar UK 11:25 AM
  • "AMD releases amazing value Athlon 3000G" Fudzilla 11:26 AM
  • "Nvidia's $160 GeForce GTX 1650 Super launches with GDDR6 and little fanfare" PCWorld 8:46 AM
  • "How Dell Technologies is Balancing Achievements, Goals" eWeek 11:22 AM
  • "Oracle's Largely White Board Draws Congressional Scrutiny" Bloomberg Law 11:18 AM
  • "Oracle EBS flaws leave customers open to ERP system hacks" iTWire 11:19 AM
  • "Oracle India crosses INR 100 billion in revenues, financial services growing" IBSintelligence 11:19 AM
  • "What Cisco's Latest Reorg Means to Partners: After disappointing earnings, Cisco announced its merging two of its biggest business units and renaming its cloud division" Channelnomics 11:15 AM
  • "Cisco Restructures Company To Address Evolving Cloud And Data Centre Market" Data Economy 11:15 AM
  • "Cisco inferno: internal email reveals rapid restructure" CRN 11:17 AM
  • "Exclusive: New Cisco Catalyst Access Point, Embedded Wireless Controller Join Wi-Fi 6 Lineup" CRN 11:16 AM
  • "1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server: Here's the next jumbo data leak, complete with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow ends up over 100 points, but trade concerns pull stock market lower for the week: China's Xi emphasized he isn't 'afraid to fight back' in trade negotiations with the U.S." MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Stocks snap weekly winning streak even after Trump says US, China 'very close' to trade deal" FOXBusiness 4:30 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as China Calls for Better Communication on Trade: President Xi Jinping says China has been 'working actively' to avoid a trade war" [Paid Membership Required] 4:30 PM
  • "European stocks rise modestly as manufacturing data surveys remain downbeat: ECB President Christine Lagarde calls for 'policy mix' to drive economy forward" MarketWatch 8:57 AM

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