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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, December 7, 2016


  • "Inside the secret meeting where Apple revealed the state of its AI research" ["One presentation slide that summarized the company's research featured two pictures of cars, to illustrate 'volumetric detection of LiDAR' and 'prediction of structured outputs.' Both LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging (similar to radar but with lasers), and prediction of physical events are important building blocks of today's self-driving car technologies. However, two attendees of the presentation, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the content, both stressed that the company made no mention of cars or automotive ambitions."]  Quartz 1:12 PM
  • "Supreme Court leaves gap in Samsung-Apple patent ruling: The court did not provide guidance on a test for 'article of manufacture' for determining damages"  IDG News Service 6:54 AM
  • "Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row" BBC 7:01 AM
  • "Americans Are Paying Apple Millions to Shelter Overseas Profits: Over the years, Apple Inc. has become the poster child for U.S. multinationals accused of sheltering overseas profits to avoid the IRS. What's gone largely unnoticed is that it's been paid more than half a billion dollars by the U.S. government to do just that."  Bloomberg 7:55 AM
  • "US paid Apple at least $600M on foreign cash held as bonds since 2012" AppleInsider 7:14 PM
  • "iOS Share Driven Higher by iPhone 7/7 Plus Sales" ["In the US, iOS grew 7% points year-over-year, from 33.5% of smartphone sales to 40.5% in the three months ending October 2016. This represents the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8%)."]  Kantar Worldpanel 6:57 AM
  • "iPhone grabs a bigger slice of US phone market in wake of Note 7 debacle: Missing headphone jack is apparently a 'non-issue' for Americans" The Verge 6:58 AM
  • "Apple on two-year high thanks to iPhone 7" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:55 PM
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn is in talks to invest in the U.S." ["The company was responding to the appearance of Foxconn's name on a document carried by a top Japanese tech CEO in a meeting Tuesday with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. After the meeting, Trump took credit for a planned $50 billion investment in U.S. startups by the Japanese company, Softbank (SFTBF), that he said would create 50,000 jobs."] CNNMoney 6:53 AM
  • "iPhone supplier Foxconn mulls US expansion: Foxconn tells The Wall Street Journal it's in talks to build out its current stateside operations." CNET 3:04 PM
  • "Apple is still thinking about replacing 'everything in your wallet', says Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey: Credit cards, transit passes — are digital ID cards next?"  Recode 7:14 AM