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Monday Highlights: Apple facing iPhone 6s—iPhone X import ban in China following court victory in favor of Qualcomm; Apple disputes result, says those phones still available in China—reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh section; Quartz says it's "for better or worse" that nobody wants a cheap iPhone as Apple "a premium products manufacturer"; it used to be Apple was "byword for innovation", IBTimes says "no longer"; Citi latest to slash AAPL targets pushing Apple further into red this year, says tech suffering in trade wars; Cult of Mac shows dark mode coming in Google Chrome for Mojave; Forbes says Linux distro Deepin "more beautiful than Windows 10 and macOS"; damning screen-time report from 60 Minutes finds structure of kids' brain changes; New York Times on location-tracking apps, and how to thwart them.

  • "The Latest: Apple to appeal iPhone ruling in China"  Associated Press 1:34 PM
  • "Qualcomm wins import ban against several Apple iPhones in China" ["The preliminary order affects the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X. ... The court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm's software patents around resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen. 'Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us,' Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement."]  Reuters 8:04 AM
  • "China court grants Qualcomm injunction against Apple, banning sale of some iPhones" CNBC 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Hit With iPhone Sales Ban in China, Qualcomm Says: Chinese court rules that Apple infringed on two nonstandard essential patents related to photo editing and swiping on a touchscreen device" [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Qualcomm wins court injunction banning Apple from importing older iPhones in China: Apple says all iPhones are still available in China" The Verge 9:50 AM
  • "Apple denies iPhone import ban in China" BBC 10:41 AM
  • "Apple Is Being Banned From Selling Many iPhone Models In China, According To A Chinese Court Ruling: The court order presents a headache for Apple in moving some of the company's older models in China, the world's largest market for smartphones." BuzzFeed News 10:50 AM
  • "Legal Quarrel With Qualcomm Adds to Apple Shareholder Anxiety Over China: The news of the injunction is shifting shares sharply downward as has drastically changed the perceived progress of the two companies' relationship." RealMoney [Free/Paid Registraition Required] 10:21 AM
  • "No one wants a 'cheap' iPhone: Apple, for better or worse, is a premium products manufacturer."  Quartz 7:32 AM
  • "Apple falls further into the red for 2018 after Citi slashes target: 'Trade wars are bad for tech'"  CNBC 7:03 AM
  • "EU's Vestager may investigate Apple Pay if there are formal complaints" Reuters 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Update to Developers" MacRumors 12:34 PM
  • "This is Google Chrome's new dark mode for macOS Mojave" Cult of Mac 10:57 AM
  • "How to fix a Secure Note (or anything else) which won't display in Dark Mode" Eclectic Light Company 7:25 AM
  • "The Persistence of.DS_Store" Rixstep 6:58 AM
  • "The Keys to Keystone" Rixstep 6:57 AM
  • "Hiding Columns In Numbers To Perform Complex Calculations" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Meet The Linux Desktop That Blows Away Windows 10 And MacOS" Forbes 7:05 AM
Press Releases
  • "Popular macOS photo editor Luminar 3 launching December 18 with libraries, AI tools" 9to5Mac 11:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Edge browser will support Chrome extensions" Mashable 11:41 AM
  • "International Space Station 2.1 shows exact position of the space station over the earth and let you see it at naked eye" Ecleti 11:41 AM
  • "Simon Says Transcription Workflow Extension Released for Final Cut Pro X" 10:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "More Apple iPhone Users Are Moving to Cheaper Models, Says Analyst"  Barron's 9:50 AM
  • "iPhone XS facing a camera pixel war onslaught from Xiaomi and Honor: How many megapixels is too many?"  T3 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's transparent data policy is a lesson in how to exploit GDPR: Being open about the data you process isn't just a box ticking exercise, it's a means to build customer trust"  IT PRO (UK) 8:00 AM
  • "Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage: A newly enacted law rushed through Australia's parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals." The Star: Malaysia 8:02 AM
  • "Just 100: Companies Doing Right By America" [Apple #300] Forbes 8:18 AM
  • "Desperate Times: Apple Users 'Spammed' with Notifications to Buy 2018 iPhones" Softpedia 8:02 AM
  • "Mass riots hit Apple Store in Bordeaux, France" Cult of Mac 7:22 AM
  • "Looters rob Bordeaux Apple Store during French 'Yellow Vest' protests" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Pay Will Reportedly Launch in Germany This Week, Possibly Tomorrow" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret: Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:58 PM
  • "Delete All Your Apps/It's not just Facebook: Android and iOS's App Stores have incentivized an app economy where free apps make money by selling your personal data and location history to advertisers." Motherboard 1:57 PM
  • "Android adware tricks ad networks into thinking it's an iPhone to make more money" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "This Android adware tells ad networks it's iOS traffic to earn more money" The Inquirer 7:59 AM
  • "Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did" The Register 3:59 PM
  • "Tim Cook praises stunning shot on iPhone surfing image" Cult of Mac 7:22 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Japan bans Huawei and ZTE 5G networking hardware; will Canada be next?" VentureBeat 2:21 PM
  • "Google+ shutdown speeds up, new privacy bug affected 52.5 million users" Reuters 1:34 PM
  • "Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak: The underloved social network will now close in April" The Verge 11:43 AM
  • "John Romero Is Releasing a New Chapter of 'Doom': The 'Doom' co-creator is back with a free 'spiritual successor' to the classic demon-slaying shooter." Motherboard 9:07 AM
  • "Screen Time Changes Structure of Kids' Brains, '60 Minutes' Says"  Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "50 years ago, 'the mother of all demos' foretold our tech future: Doug Engelbart gave the world its first taste of hypertext, a mouse, networking and more."  Engadget 7:49 AM
  • "'Loot boxes' in video games could be giving kids a gambling problem" The Next Web 7:35 AM
  • "Facebook's Arms Race with Adblockers Continues to Escalate" Motherboard 10:42 AM
  • "Facebook's hidden battle against ad-blockers: The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers." BBC 7:24 AM
  • "Samsung and Honor have a plan to fix the smartphone display notch: A8s handset revealed with 'Infinity-O' display, could signal what the Galaxy S10 will look like" GearBrain 8:19 AM
  • "Here's a closer look at the Honor View 20"s display hole camera sensor" Android Authority 9:07 AM
  • "Honor's new View20 gets a 48MP rear camera and an under-screen selfie camera" The Next Web 7:22 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Special Edition #5 With Former Apple Executive Michael Gartenberg" The Mac Observer 3:03 PM
  • "ECG App in use, What Apple Should Do in 2019 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-10" The Mac Observer 12:31 PM
  • "More functionality added to the Apple Watch may help save lives." The MT Show 6:57 AM
  • "On Apple's wireless charger, battery levels show up on the biggest screen: Apple's eventual wireless charger will pick the display, depending on what's being charged at the time" GearBrain 7:35 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone XR: Best single-lens phone yet, say tests" ZDNet 10:22 AM
  • "Apple Watch ECG feature not arriving in Canada anytime soon" AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "Apple Still Mentioning AirPower in Job Listings" MacRumors 9:30 AM
  • "Apple may be working on a case that could drastically increase battery life on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR" Business Insider 8:27 AM
  • "Apple releasing first iOS 12.1.2 and watchOS 5.1.3 developer betas today with 'bug fixes' " 9to5Mac 11:41 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.2 to Developers With 'Bug Fixes and Improvements'" MacRumors 12:35 PM
  • "21 Days Left To Avail Apple $29 Battery Replacement Program For iPhone" MacPrices 8:25 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Save Big on the Latest iPad, Get it in Time for Christmas" PC Magazine 12:57 PM
  • "Apple continues iPhone XS and iPhone XR promo with trade-in price comparison page" 9to5Mac 12:33 PM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM

  • "Apple iMac 27in 5K review: Still a stunner/Not quite the latest model, but it remains one hell of a machine" IT PRO (UK) 8:00 AM
  • "MacBook Pro eGPU Benchmarks: Razer Core X & AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition" TekRevue 2:27 PM
  • "Testing Apple Watch Series 4 with cellular off: over 50% battery after 2 hours" 9to5Mac 2:01 PM
  • "Review: Caviar's luxury $4,600 iPhone has more gold than purpose" AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Hands-On With the iPhone XR Clear Case From Apple" MacRumors 2:34 PM
  • "First look: HyperDrive USB-C Hub for 2018 iPad Pro [Video] 9to5Mac 11:41 AM
  • "Review: iFi xCan DAC/Amp" iLounge 1:29 PM
  • "The MediaOne M50 is a solid, reasonably priced desktop speaker solution" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Innovative anti-phishing app comes to iPhones" Computerworld 10:34 AM
  • "How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:23 AM
  • "How to save email downloaded to an iPhone or iPad via POP3 or a local iOS mail folder: iOS backups don't include email, but you can copy to a synced IMAP email account." Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Apple Books tips for iPhone, iPad users" Apple Must 12:31 PM
  • "Apple's holiday shipping deadlines in 2018" iMore 9:03 AM
  • "China's Ban on Apple's Older iPhones Is Deeply Ironic—and Unsettling: The ban, which is related to Apple's alleged infringement of two Qualcomm software patents, only affects a small percentage of Apple's global revenue. But its timing speaks volumes." TheStreet 3:04 PM
  • "Apple Is Offering a 40 Percent Discount on iPhones. Here's Why Steve Jobs Would Hate It |" Daring Fireball 2:35 PM
  • "Apple fixed my biggest complaint about the iPhone XR: A seemingly small iOS update added a key feature to the iPhone XR." ZDNet 1:34 PM
  • "Apple's reportedly shelved plans that would've significantly curtailed location collection"  iDownload Blog 10:49 AM
  • "Location data privacy could be boosted with one small change" 9to5Mac 9:51 AM
  • "AirPods 2.0 Wish List: 18 Wishes Apple Fans Have For The Next AirPods" Forbes 9:39 AM
  • "eBay's ApplePay Stats show why mobile payments are struggling"  Computerworld 7:23 AM
  • "Cassandra -With Positives of Health and IOT Devices Comes Potential Data Misuse for Users (2): The Ethical Minefield" eXtensions 6:59 AM
  • "Cassandra -With Positives of Health and IOT Devices Comes Potential Data Misuse for Users (1): The Value of Devices" eXtensions 6:59 AM
  • "I tried an LTE laptop for a month, and I wasn't really convinced" Digital Trends 1:33 PM
  • "OnePlus 6T Review: The OnePlus 6T is the best value in flagship-class smartphones, and it offers some subtle improvements over its well-regarded but quirky predecessor. But as I noted in my first impressions article, the 6T also comes with some curious and controversial design choices." Thurrott 11:57 AM
  • "How Do QR Codes Work?" ReadWrite 10:22 AM
  • "Some suggestions to increase iPhone sales..." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Drafts 5.5, MultiMarkdown, and CriticMarkup" MacStories 2:01 PM
  • "Instagram launches walkie-talkie voice messaging" TechCrunch 1:33 PM
  • "iPad Pro's potential becomes clear with this $99 HyperDrive USB-C hub" CNET 10:49 AM
  • "Creaceed Releases App Updates for the New iPad Pro / Apple Pencil" prMac 8:22 AM
  • "OWC Launches Drive Dock with USB Type-C: Two SATA Drives, Up to 981 MB/s" AnandTech 8:19 AM
  • "Google Maps Debuts 'For You' Recommendations in 40 Countries on iOS" MacStories 8:21 AM
  • "Google Maps' 'For You' tab lands on iOS and launches globally on Android" VentureBeat 8:04 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 10: Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Podcasting, and Mojave" The MUG Center 7:32 AM
  • "Bandai Namco Entertainment Confirms English Release for 'Tales of Crestoria' for Both iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Exclusive CEO Interview: Satya Nadella Reveals How Microsoft Got Its Groove Back" Forbes 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft, Amazon Overtake Apple to Become World's Most Valuable Companies: Apple's decline continues as iPhone sales go down" Softpedia 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft President Brad Smith said governments and businesses should work together to prevent the technology being misused" IT PRO (UK) 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft to stop supporting its Azure Container Service in January 2020" ZDNet 3:56 PM
  • "IBM to sell seven major software brands to Indian firm" ITProPortal 8:06 AM
  • "3 Point Analysis | HCL-IBM Deal: More questions than answers" MoneyControl 8:06 AM
  • "UAE's ADNOC, IBM To Use Blockchain For Oil And Gas Production Value Chain" RTTNews 8:06 AM
  • "Adnoc, IBM in oil, gas blockchain application deal" Trade Arabia 8:05 AM
  • "Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Partners IBM to Pilot Blockchain Across its Value Chain" CCN 8:05 AM
  • "Intel wants its fleet of drones to monitor America's aging, unsafe bridges" Digital Trends 1:33 PM
  • "China's teams up with Intel to develop 'smart' retail experiences" TechCrunch 8:36 AM
  • "Intel Ghost Canyon NUC with PCIe x16 slot pictured" Hexus 8:00 AM
  • "Intel vs. Snapdragon: We test HP's Envy x2 with both on speed, battery life and more" PCWorld 8:00 AM
  • "Why working with Intel is helping Delair's drones fly into new markets" ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • ", Intel Launch Joint Research Lab For IoT-Powered Smart Retail Solutions" China Money Network 7:59 AM
  • "Intel Atom® C3000 Processor: Delivering Intelligence to the Edge" InfoWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Mainstreaming IoT: Intel System Studio 2019 Paves the Way" InfoWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-9700K Versus AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: What's The Best 8-core Processor?" Forbes 7:57 AM
  • "Vega II Logo image Trademark filed by AMD" Guru3D 7:57 AM
  • "AMD registers Vega 2 trademark suggesting a 2019 GPU refresh" PCGamesN 7:57 AM
  • "Korean CPU sales agency holds AMD Ryzen 3000 competition" Hexus 7:56 AM
  • "Cisco: Here's How 5G Accelerates Service Provider Opportunities" Light Reading 7:53 AM
  • "Cisco Australia net profit reaches AU$32m for FY18" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "The benefits of a cloud-based testing regime [Q&A] BetaNews 8:53 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Has Been the Market's Biggest Sore Point Lately: Apple can't find support and is subject to new valuation downgrades seemingly every day." RealMoney 10:21 AM
  • "Apple is losing the interest of some big-money investors, RBC says"  Business Insider 9:29 AM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon have both overtaken Apple in market cap" Cult of Mac 9:29 AM
  • "Berkshire Hathaway could lose money in the fourth quarter if Apple and other investments fall further" Barron's 1:33 PM
  • "AAPL stock now down on the year after closing at $168.49" 9to5Mac 7:21 AM
  • "Apple at $165: Look who's underwater now" Apple 3.0 9:39 AM
  • "Apple assembler Pegatron posts 43% YOY revenue growth for November: In addition, Foxconn's Hon Hai is now on track for the fastest annual revenue growth since 2012" MacDailyNews 2:43 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow roars back from 500-point decline as stocks close higher: China's exports slow sharply" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks End Day in the Green as Dow, S&P Overcome Slow Starts: Stocks finished the day higher on Monday as gains by Tech Stocks offset concerns over the fate of U.S.-China trade talks, and after the U.K. delayed a parliamentary vote on Brexit." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: US stocks end a bumpy day slightly higher" Associated Press 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Higher, Erasing Earlier Losses: S&P 500, Dow Jones industrials rebound after following European shares lower" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asia stocks fall after Chinese trade data misses expectations" MarketWatch 8:48 AM
  • "European markets struggle in the wake of last week's big losses: FTSE rises as pound falls on report crucial Brexit vote canceled" MarketWatch 8:47 AM

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