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Tuesday Highlights: Wall Street Journal sounds Apple alarm saying despite efforts, company unsuccesful in attempts to tap India market; Qualcomm accuses Apple of violating China court order to cease iPhone sales—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; new lawsuit vs Apple to trial balloon idea that Apple's iPhone Xx advertisements are shady and give impression there is no notch; two Computerworld articles look at Apple's influence in the enterprise, and how Apple Watch can teach new skills; 9to5Mac feature on 5th Ave NYC Apple Cube store; oops, Apple tweets on Apple Music account using Twitter for Android; YouTuber and former NASA engineer creates package to thwart porch thieves; New York Times examines Russian influence over elections via Instagram; and Walt Mossberg quits Facebook.

  • "'It's Been a Rout': Apple Stumbles in World's Largest Untapped Market/With global smartphone sales flattening, Apple has looked to India for new growth, with little success so far" [Paid Membership Required] 9:56 AM
  • "Declining iPhone sales in India is a sign Apple is failing to adapt its business: Apple has found India to be a difficult market to crack, with shipments of the iPhone reportedly slipping in the market as it struggles to compete against cheaper rivals in the country."  AppleInsider 1:16 PM
  • "Qualcomm says Apple violating Chinese court order, despite new software"  Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "Qualcomm Claims Apple is Still Violating Chinese Court Order Despite Software Update to Remove Patented Features" MacRumors 8:04 AM
  • "Qualcomm isn't happy that Apple is still selling iPhones in China" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple sued for lying about iPhone X notch in ads: Some see Apple's marketing practices as a touch shady. A new lawsuit wants to test that idea."  ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "For Apple, 2018 meant a new enterprise tack: Though it's often seen as a consumer-centric company, Apple now touches a wide variety of enterprise IT operations. That growing corporate influence is likely to continue, and may even accelerate, in 2019."  Computerworld 7:28 AM
  • "Apple Watch and the transformation of enterprise learning: Can wearables like Apple Watch help enterprises teach employees new skills?" Computerworld 9:59 AM
  • "Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is" The Register 5:05 PM
  • "Tips for improving battery life on your MacBook" CNET 3:54 PM
  • "The Best Countdown Timer Apps for the Mac Menu Bar" Lifehacker 9:20 AM
  • "NetNewsWire Diary #3: The Crash Reporter" inessential 3:54 PM
  • "_getdirentries_is_not_available..." ["We've been trying - off and on for weeks now - to get past Apple's new last line of defence. They simply don't want to let people see what they're doing under the bonnet."] Rixstep 7:14 AM
Press Releases
  • "Introducing Monograph—New Office Management Software for Architects and Engineers" Architosh 2:21 PM
  • "Scorpion BarCode 3.00 Released - Mojave Dark Mode Capable!" prMac 11:59 AM
  • "Ecleti announces DB-Text 1.9 a tool to open and edit tab and comma separated documents on macOS" Ecleti 8:09 AM
  • "URL Extractor 4.6 to extract url and emails from the web, search engine and local files" Ecleti 7:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple sent iPhone owners unwanted push notifications to promote Carpool Karaoke: Seemingly in violation of its own developer rules regarding notification etiquette"  The Verge 5:09 PM
  • "Apple Fifth Avenue: When will the cube reopen?"  9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Apple's New Austin Campus To Pressure City's Already Booming Real Estate Landscape" Forbes 10:44 AM
  • "Williamson County officials approve Apple incentive deal" KXAN Austin 11:07 AM
  • "Apple poached another Tesla engineer, fuelling more speculation about an Apple car"  Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "Switzerland says Apple pledges to fix disruptions to rival payment app"  Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "TWINT mobile wallet service ends dispute with Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "Smart speaker or smart snoopers? Or choose HomePod instead" Apple Must 12:57 PM
  • "Four-year-old used Siri to get help for his unconscious mom" AppleInsider 9:41 AM
  • "Wearables outlook 2022: Smartwatches will still rule, Apple will still dominate" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "Some popular apps lost millions of ratings in ongoing glitch; Apple on the case" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Music account tweets using Twitter for Android"  9to5Google 8:08 AM
  • "Another Emoji Fail" Mashable 10:46 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Verizon's Oath brand to be killed off in 2019" ZDNet 6:36 PM
  • "'Y' is for Verizon? Oath is rebranding as Verizon Media Group, but the company appears to have flubbed the announcement" Business Insider 5:59 PM
  • "T-Mobile denies lying to FCC about size of its 4G network" Ars Technica 4:24 PM
  • "Google has completed over 100 ethical reviews of AI 'projects, products, and deals'" VentureBeat 2:27 PM
  • "Prominent computer scientist Andrew Ng says we need AI regulation to avoid 'toxic outcomes' and put the 'most evil, most exploitative companies' in check" Business Insider 2:26 PM
  • "Ex Google engineer completes 3,000 mile coast-to-coast journey in driverless car" Telegraph 1:21 PM
  • "Parents say a man hacked their Nest baby monitors and threatened to kidnap their 4-month-old son" Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "YouTuber pranks package thieves with glorious, stinky glitter bombs" Mashable 8:35 AM
  • "Study: Switching between devices is associated with poorer attention and memory" The Next Web 8:02 AM
  • "Twitter warned of phone country code leak two years ago — but did nothing, security researcher says" TechCrunch 7:57 AM
  • "Truecaller: Spam calls jumped over 300% in 2018" VentureBeat 7:56 AM
  • "Study: Women are abused every 30 seconds on Twitter" Engadget 7:43 AM
  • "Fierce competition to drag down prices for TDDI chips, fingerprint sensors" DigiTimes 7:43 AM
  • "Huawei calls for evidence against company to the shown: Report" ZDNet 9:14 PM
  • "Huawei poised to spend billions to fix its bad security reputation" Android Authority 5:40 PM
  • "Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk" Associated Press 7:36 AM
  • "Youtuber's glitter bomb tricks parcel thieves" BBC 7:36 AM
  • "Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Gets Green Light From U.S. Regulators" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:14 AM
  • "COO Sheryl Sandberg admits Facebook needs to 'do more' to protect civil rights" Business Insider 1:20 PM
  • "Russia's disinformation campaign wasn't just on Facebook and Twitter. Here are all the social media platforms Russian trolls weaponized during the 2016 US elections" Business Insider 3:54 PM
  • "The Russian social media disease spread beyond Facebook and Google" Axios 8:03 AM
  • "Russian Trolls Came for Instagram, Too: A look at posts from the Internet Research Agency reveals that the group used Instagram for several distinct purposes." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:12 AM
  • "Walt Mossberg, Veteran Technology Journalist, Quits Facebook" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:12 AM
  • "Issue 46 of Lightroom Magazine Is Now Available!" Layers Magazine 4:24 PM
  • "Macworld Podcast episode 634" Macworld 3:53 PM
  • "Apple Manufacturing, AI Regulation – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-18" The Mac Observer 3:43 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 92 – Introducing the 2018 MacStories Selects" MacStories 8:12 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 270: Speaking for the masses" iDownload Blog 8:12 AM
  • "Exclusive: Images of Apple's Smart Battery Case leaked in Internal Document" Appleosophy 7:36 AM
  • "iPhone XS Smart Battery Case pictured in 'fall 2018' documentation for Apple resellers" 9to5Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Apple no longer signing iOS 12.1 after release of iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2" 9to5Mac 2:30 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular bugs, but there might be more to it: iOS 12.1.2 is just for iPhones, it seems." Ars Technica 5:37 PM
  • "iOS 12.1.2 patches eSIM activation bugs" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Smartphone with a Wraparound Display allowing Face Content to be controlled by Backside Input" Patently Apple 6:35 PM
  • "Apple patent hints at 'smart clothing' (AppleWear, anyone?)" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
  • "Apple wants to make the Apple Watch more useful for the blind" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:16 AM

  • "Apple Music on Amazon Echo review: Not as good as HomePod, but good enough" Mashable 2:49 PM
  • "Tested: Will the new i7 Mac mini run faster with new thermal paste?" AppleInsider 12:58 PM
  • "Review: Ultimate Ears Boom 3" iLounge 2:27 PM
  • "Review: Fiio BTR1K Bluetooth Headphone Adapter" iLounge 10:51 AM
  • "Review: Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand" iLounge 8:19 AM
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  • "AutoSleep 6: Effortless Sleep Tracking More Accessible Than Ever" MacStories 2:26 PM
  • "Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More" MacStories 11:59 AM
  • "Darkroom 4.0: The MacStories Review" MacStories 9:56 AM
  • "How to reduce screen motion on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 5:06 PM
  • "How to instantly track a flight from the Messages app" Cult of Mac 3:53 PM
  • "How to Remove Screen Time Limit on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:27 PM
  • "How to stop an iOS update that has already started downloading" iDownload Blog 1:17 PM
  • "Play Apple Music With Amazon Echo Devices" MacMost 9:15 AM
  • "Apple is offering up to $20 in bonus App Store credit, but it's hidden inside an iPhone menu. Here's how to find it" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Home Screen Shortcuts for Productivity" Macdrifter 8:19 AM
  • "How to submit corrections for Apple Maps labels: Where reality and Maps differ, you can set things right." Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to view your Activity rings — Apple" YouTube 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to customize your workout metrics — Apple" YouTube 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to stream Apple Music — Apple" YouTube 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to use Walkie-Talkie — Apple" YouTube 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to locate your iPhone — Apple" YouTube 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to customize your watch face — Apple" YouTube 7:16 AM
  • "Here's how to use your fingers to move text on an iPad" Apple World Today 7:15 AM
  • "PSA: Here's a quick and easy way to prep your HomePod for party season" 9to5Mac 9:20 AM
  • "The T-Mobile eSIM App is Ready to Download. But There's a Catch" The Mac Observer 7:26 AM
  • "Why Is the Split Keyboard Not Available on iPad Pros?" Daring Fireball 8:55 PM
  • "Report shows how Apple is essentially handing Indian market to Android" Android Authority 5:40 PM
  • "WSJ report details extremely unpopular iPhone in India as Apple sees diminishing success" 9to5Mac 3:53 PM
  • "Is Apple Car Coming? Its Latest Move Could Be a Hint!" Market Realist 2:27 PM
  • "Qualcomm Calls on China to Enforce iPhone Sales Ban Immediately" Thurrott 9:20 AM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is over a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic, lacks a premium Android audience" Roughly Drafted 8:18 AM
  • "Forbes: iPhone XR sales have 'crashed'/A steaming cup of FUD, fresh ground from the rumor mill." Apple 3.0 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple's Neverending Nightmare" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K is the most essential product Apple makes"  Mashable 8:13 AM
  • "All the same to me: Apple and Google's interest in tracking you" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "The 5G wars have entered the petty stage" TechCrunch 12:00 PM
  • "As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:16 PM
  • "Turning Off Facebook Location Services Doesn't Stop Tracking" Gizmodo 11:59 AM
  • "The Pixel 3 Is Proof That Google Doesn't Care About Hardware" Gizmodo 11:20 AM
  • "A Recession Would Hurt Tech More This Time Around" Tech.pinions [Paid Membership Required] 11:06 AM
  • "Why You'll Still Need Wifi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance" Gizmodo 8:46 AM
  • "Google isn't the company that we should have handed the Web over to/Analysis: Microsoft adopting Chromium puts the Web in a perilous place." Ars Technica 8:24 AM
  • "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination: Without net neutrality rules, telecom-backed streaming services are free to fight dirty" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "All I want for Christmas: Folders for Google Docs" The Next Web 8:03 AM
  • "2018 was a weird notch year — what's next? Android phones are already moving on" The Verge 7:52 AM
  • "This tank of a phone has lasted me a week on one charge: The Doogee S80 is an everlasting brick" The Verge 7:51 AM
  • "How I tried and failed to quit Google" CBS News 7:36 AM
  • "Is Artificial Intelligence Good, Evil, or Both?" PC Magazine 7:12 AM
  • "Funny photo: former Qualcomm president duct-tapes gate to avoid testifying at January FTC trial" Foss Patents 8:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Heavily Promotes the Amazon Echo's Apple Music Integration" MacStories 8:22 PM
  • "Charter Spectrum's Apple TV App and Zero Sign-on May Not Arrive Until 2019" MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "udoq Debuts udoq 400 Power Apple & Android at CES 2019" Thomas PR 2:59 PM
  • "Google's Gboard now supports over 500 languages" VentureBeat 12:59 PM
  • "iPhones can now automate tasks using NFC with Launch Center Pro: Get a feature Android users have had for years, now with a dramatically more complex process" The Verge 12:18 PM
  • "Twitter for iOS fixes one of the biggest timeline complaints with new 'Sparkle' button, no Android version yet" 9to5Mac 12:18 PM
  • "Satechi Launches New 'Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub' for iMac" MacRumors 10:51 AM
  • "EnGenius Launches an Affordable Consumer Wi-Fi Mesh Network System called MESHdot Kit" PRNewswire 8:44 AM
  • "'PUBG Mobile' 0.10.0 Is Now Available on iOS Adding the Snow Map Vikendi, Cross Server Matchmaking, and More" Touch Arcade 8:12 AM
  • "'Tropico' from Feral Interactive Is Out Now on iPad with an iPhone Version Coming Next Year" Touch Arcade 8:12 AM
  • "Fortnite 7.10 brings festive event, big improvements" Cult of Mac 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft to become the Facebook of enterprise collaborative chat: Microsoft is quietly establishing itself as the defacto loader in the business chat app market" TechRadar UK 8:24 AM
  • "It's official: Win10 'seekers' will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch." Computerworld 8:23 AM
  • "Red Hat Announces Mixed Earnings as IBM Gets Ready to Acquire It" Market Realist 7:43 AM
  • "Rejuvenated Intel Highlights Benefits of Competition" Tech.pinions 8:18 AM
  • "Intel's Tailwinds Come with Their Own Headwinds" Market Realist 9:30 AM
  • "Arm Announces Cortex-A65AE for Automotive: First SMT CPU Core" AnandTech 8:35 AM
  • "Arm debuts Cortex-A65AE, a 7-nanometer chip for 'next-generation' driving experiences" VentureBeat 8:38 AM
  • "Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS comes to Dell Precision 5530 and 3530 mobile workstations" BetaNews 8:03 AM
  • "Oracle: Money Can't Buy You Love/Software giant's big jump in buybacks has done little to help its stock price" [Paid Membership Required] 4:24 PM
  • "Oracle Shares Spike After Q2 Earnings Beat, Robust Cloud Outlook: Oracle shares were indicated sharply higher in pre-market trading Tuesday after the cloud computing group posted stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and surprised investors with a bullish global outlook." TheStreet 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle Earnings, Revenue beat in Q2" Investing 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle's Stronger Earnings Boost Its Stock Price" Market Realist 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle CEO: Our growth rates are the best we've seen" CNBC Videos 11:37 AM
  • "Can Oracle's Cloud Momentum Drive Revenue Growth?" Forbes 1:04 PM
  • "Cisco to buy semiconductor company Luxtera in a $660 million deal" CNBC 7:42 AM
  • "Cisco to acquire silicon photonics chip maker Luxtera for $660 million" TechCrunch 8:08 AM
  • "Cisco acquires Luxtera for $660 million" ZDNet 8:13 AM
  • "Micron quarterly revenue misses estimates on falling chip prices" Reuters 3:54 PM
  • "Micron sales, profit miss estimates as chip glut hurts prices" Reuters 9:15 PM
  • "Qualcomm's new line of chipsets and wireless modems nudge the IoT into the mainstream" Business Insider 9:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks stage modest rebound ahead of Fed decision, but fail to end at best levels: All 3 major benchmarks swung between modest losses and hefty gains" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Closes Positive as Stocks Buffeted by Volatile Tuesday Trading: A stock rally lost steam Tuesday afternoon only to regain momentum and close in positive territory, as investors battle with slowing economic growth and rising political uncertainty." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "US stocks overcome late-session swoon to close higher" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "World stock markets stabilize as focus turns to Fed" Associated Press 10:57 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Higher as Oil Prices Slide: Shares fluctuated as a slide in oil prices stymied an attempted rebound by major indexes" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asian markets fall as Fed worries override Xi's reassurance on economic reforms: Nikkei, Hang Seng down after Chinese leader vows to 'stay the course'" MarketWatch 8:41 AM
  • "European markets mixed as oil prices plummet and Fed meeting looms/Royal Dutch Shell may buy Endeavor: report" MarketWatch 8:40 AM

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