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Agree or disagree with Forbes' Ewan Spence that Apple made a big mistake in cancelling the iPhone SE. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: Apple announces plan to build $1 billion campus facility in Austin, TX with additional sites located in Seattle, San Diego, Culver City; Austin to see creation of an estimated 15,000 jobs—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; given current smartphone climate, Forbes' Ewan Spence considers cancellation of iPhone SE a big mistake; Qualcomm vs Apple saga continues today as iPhone XS and XR now under ban threat in China, and the US International Trade Commission to review whether iPhones infringe on Qualcomm patent; California considering a tax on texting, but WhatsApp and iMessage would be exempt; after spending some time with the new Apple Pencil, Jason Snell is a believer in the new hardware.

  • "Apple to build new campus in Austin and add jobs across the US: New sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California"  Apple 7:27 AM
  • "Apple to Build New Campus in Austin and Add Jobs Across the US" Business Wire 7:32 AM
  • "Apple to invest $1 billion in new Austin campus"  Axios 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Plans Billion-Dollar Austin Campus in Wave of New Sites: iPhone maker says its planned Austin facility could create 15,000 jobs, would come alongside new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City" [Paid Membership Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Apple to Add $1 Billion Texas Campus and Thousands of Jobs Across U.SApple's current campus in Austin, Tex. The company said it was building a new facility that would double the size of its work force in the city." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Apple to build new $1 billion campus in Austin" Reuters 8:15 AM
  • "Apple to Invest $1 Billion for Texas Expansion Plan" Bloomberg 8:21 AM
  • "Apple plans major US expansion including a new $1 billion campus in Austin" TechCrunch 7:36 AM
  • "Apple will build $1 billion campus in Austin amid ongoing U.S. hiring spree" VentureBeat 7:36 AM
  • "Apple to splash $10bn raisin' American bit barns: Apple has said it will spend $10bn on data centres in the US over the next five years, and will set up a new $1bn campus in Texas." The Register 11:37 AM
  • "Triangle reacts to Apple's rejection/Even on politically-charged Jones Street, there was one thing officials on both sides of the aisle shared Thursday: Disappointment over Apple's pick of Texas over Research Triangle Park for a 9,000-job operation."  Triangle Business Journal 3:04 PM
  • "Apple's Big Mistake Was Cancelling A Classic iPhone"  Forbes 7:28 AM
  • "Evidence of Apple switch ruled inadmissible in Qualcomm antitrust case"  Reuters 5:31 PM
  • "Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm" Bloomberg 7:20 PM
  • "Qualcomm to file suits in Chinese courts to ban sales of iPhone XS and XR: Financial Times" Reuters 9:23 AM
  • "ITC decides to review initial determination that Intel-powered iPhones infringe one Qualcomm patent" Foss Patents 9:22 AM
  • "Qualcomm could still win an iPhone ban in the US at the hands of the USITC" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Qualcomm Seeks to Ban Sale of iPhone XS, XR in China Too" Thurrott 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Can't Win Over Media With Its Old Approach: The company hasn't learned from its last unsuccessful foray into digital subscriptions."  Bloomberg 11:48 AM
  • "How to decrypt and copy your old DVD collection on macOS Mojave" iMore 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Keynote Training: 15 Best Tutorials & Videos" Envato Tuts+ 8:04 AM
  • "Linking Cells Across Numbers Tables and Sheets" MacMost 9:15 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple Updates Compressor to 4.4.3" 3:04 PM
  • "macOS Platform Gains New Stunning VR 3D Software—Introducing eyecad VR" Architosh 11:31 AM
  • "Vivaldi 2.2: Focus on details" Vivaldi 11:01 AM
  • "Password Creator 1.5 allows to create on macOS up to half million random unique passwords in a single click" Ecleti 7:50 AM
  • "maGalleryCreator 2.6.0 - Share your unforgettable moments." MoonApp 7:24 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "More bad news for Apple: iPhone is weakening overseas, claims analyst/$250 billion has been wiped off Apple's market cap since November 1, which, to put it into context, is more than the market cap of Verizon."  ZDNet 11:57 AM
  • "Virtual Garage Sales for Used Digital Music Are Barred by Court: Purchasers of digital music files from services such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes cannot resell them through a virtual marketplace, an appeals court said in a ruling that recalls an era dominated by vinyl records and CDs before streaming services reshaped the music industry."  Bloomberg 11:48 AM
  • "Jennifer Garner, J.J. Abrams Reunite for Limited Series at Apple" Variety 1:50 PM
  • "Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year" ["Many business groups, along with individual companies such as big CDT donors Alphabet Inc and Apple Inc, are pushing for a national privacy law before the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020."] Reuters 9:31 AM
  • "Privacy bill proposed by Apple-backed group, but with tiny fines" 9to5Mac 9:32 AM
  • "California considers a texting tax: The surcharge would boost programs that assist low earners." ["Apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage, which already account for the lion's share of messaging traffic, would be exempt from the charge."] Engadget 7:49 AM
  • "One in 10 American adults expected to have a smartwatch next year: Americans over 55 to drive biggest segment growth, thanks to new health features." CNET 7:37 AM
  • "The 25 Best Ads of 2018" [Apple has #19, #8, and #2]  AdWeek 2:31 PM
  • "Apple Music removes ability for artists to post to Connect, posts removed from Artist Pages and For You" 9to5Mac 2:46 PM
  • "Apple's social media efforts fail again as Apple Music Connect to shut down in 2019" AppleInsider 4:23 PM
  • "Apple is shutting down Apple Music's rarely-used Connect feature: Connect shares the same fate as iTunes Ping" The Verge 5:08 PM
  • "Apple Music's Connect Feature is Shutting Down" MacStories 5:08 PM
  • "This mini iPhone concept is as cute as a button" Cult of Mac 7:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Tech giants appear compliant with Australia's anti-avoidance tax law" ZDNet 8:54 PM
  • "The 'father of the internet' says that Google employee backlash to its defense work was just 'a lot of misunderstanding'" Business Insider 6:11 PM
  • "Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail: Group breaches SMS-protected accounts. It's still testing attacks against 2fa apps." Ars Technica 5:00 PM
  • "Tinder and OkCupid have given up on finding you a soul mate. Their ads even admit it." Washington Post 4:25 PM
  • "YouTube is purging fake subscribers this week" 9to5Google 2:32 PM
  • "Amazon delivery thieves beware: Cops plant GPS trackers in fake parcels" ZDNet 7:48 AM
  • "Robot Fear Index: Increased Adoption May Be Fueling Concerns" Loup Ventures 7:32 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 203: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case, XR and HomePod discounts, Apple Watch tidbits" 9to5Mac 12:08 PM
  • "iPhones Have Become Thicker Since 2014, But Thinner Samsung Displays May Break the Trend Next Year" MacRumors 11:40 AM
  • "Apple reportedly plans to build its own modems for iPhones" The Next Web 7:47 AM
  • "In response to serious bug, Saurik disables purchases in Cydia Store" iDownload Blog 3:11 PM
  • "Apple looks to make Group FaceTime audio calls more realistic" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Future iPhones may be flexible and have 'sidewall' displays" Apple World Today 8:20 AM
  • "Apple quoted me $1,500 to repair a MacBook Pro, so I paid less than $500 at an 'unauthorized' Apple repair shop instead"  Business Insider 12:22 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Costco now sells Macs online, with discounts ranging from $50 to $200" Macworld 1:52 PM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM

  • "iPhone XR camera review: Confessions of an Instagram star (wannabe)" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "The new Apple Pencil made me a believer: The Apple Pencil isn't just for artists and hand-note-takers. It just needed better software and hardware to broaden its appeal." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Air? Or Used MacBook Pro 13-inch?" Bare Feats 3:55 PM
  • "Review: Belkin Boost Up Special Edition Wireless Charging Pad" iLounge 3:04 PM
  • "Review: SliQ is the latest AirPods Qi wireless charging case" AppleInsider 5:48 PM
  • "Slope is the best stand for iPad & iPhone" 9to5Mac 1:52 PM
  • "BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock is a great charger for up to three gadgets" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Agenda 4.0 Brings Support for File Attachments, Improved iOS Automation" MacStories 8:13 AM
  • "Watch Apple's iPad Pro chew through Fortnite at 60fps" AppleInsider 10:20 AM
  • "How to access Notes from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 7:21 PM
  • "How I record podcasts on iPad only" Cult of Mac 3:11 PM
  • "How to Limit Social Media Use on iPhone & iPad with Screen Time" OS X Daily 3:04 PM
  • "How to find iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac & Apple Watch with your HomePod" iDownload Blog 8:32 AM
  • "How to create and edit playlists in the Music app on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "How to turn off location tracking on your iPhone or iPad: The iPhone offers a high degree of control over which apps get to see your location. You can even turn off tracking entirely." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "Apple's Attempt to Please Trump May Not Help It Avoid Tariffs" Market Realist 11:39 AM
  • "How Did Steve Jobs Thrive In A Technical Field With A Non-Technical Background?" Forbes 10:00 AM
  • "Apple continues to expand, plans huge campus in Austin" Apple Must 10:00 AM
  • "Apple threw shade at Amazon 'HQ2' calling it a 'beauty contest,' but then it did the exact same thing" Business Insider 9:32 AM
  • "Apple discusses its approach to enterprise IT" Computerworld 9:16 AM
  • "Apple's Services growth could be about to slow down" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple threw shade on Amazon with the stealthy selection of its very own HQ2" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "What To Expect From the First 5G Phones" Tech.pinions 10:35 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iOS filmmaking app Nizo lets you edit video as you shoot" 9to5Mac 5:00 PM
  • "Tumblr's iOS App Returns to App Store as Porn Ban Looms" PC Magazine 2:15 PM
  • "Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The best gift ideas for the frequent traveler" AppleInsider 1:52 PM
  • "Apple Music Gets Unofficial Web Player With Full Library, 'For You' Recommendations, and More" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "Apple Frames Shortcut, Now with Support for the 2018 12.9" iPad Pro" MacStories 10:00 AM
  • "Robinhood launches no-fee checking/savings with Mastercard & the most ATMs" TechCrunch 9:22 AM
  • "CARROT Weather Adds New Data Sources, Including Netatmo Weather Stations" MacStories 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Hummingbird, a personalized news app powered by AI" Android Police 8:32 AM
  • "Google Maps can now direct you to Lime scooters and bikes" The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "Epic Games Wants to Bring 'Fortnite' Cross Platform Tools to All Developers in 2019" Touch Arcade 8:04 AM
  • "Tony Hawk's Skate Jam rolls onto Android and iOS" VentureBeat 7:36 AM
  • "Book of Demons exits Early Access on Steam - Time to face the Archdemon" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Subtitles Viewer 3.0 - Great news for Hearing Impaired" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Radio Control Challenge for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Win10 PC and Xbox" prMac 7:27 AM
Computer Industry
  • "What makes Microsoft tick? Microsoft has morphed into an interesting blend of practicality and aspiration these days. Here's what that meant for the company in 2018 and how it could shape Redmond in 2019" ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "MS-Linux? Lindows? Could Microsoft release a desktop Linux? Yes, yes they could. And I would no longer bet they won't. Here's why." ZDNet 12:03 PM
  • "Microsoft 365 For Consumers Reportedly In The Works" UberGizmo 7:10 AM
  • "Update now! Microsoft and Adobe's December 2018 Patch Tuesday is here" Sophos 7:10 AM
  • "Intel reveals Sunny Cove chip and finally gets its 10nm stuff together: End of 2019 could usher in some interesting Core chips" The Inquirer 6:05 AM
  • "Intel unveils Sunny Cove 10nm architecture slated for 2019 - late 2019: Sunny Cove architecture will sit at heart of 10nm Core and Xeon Intel CPUs" Computing 7:12 AM
  • "Intel Xe is the name of its new discrete GPU... not Graphics McGraphicscardface" PCGamesN 6:13 AM
  • "Intel will be branding its discrete GPUs as the Xe product line" Hexus 6:22 AM
  • "Intel unveils innovations and technologies at Architecture Day 2018" DigiTimes 6:24 AM
  • "Intel Unveils 10-Nanometer Sunny Cove Processors For 2019: Will They Power Future MacBooks?" Tech Times 6:22 AM
  • "Linux Is Already In Good Shape For The New Features Of Intel Gen11 Graphics & Icelake" phoronix 7:26 AM
  • "AMD's new 18.12.2 Adrenalin 2019 Edition drivers go live with a massive feature list" Neowin 12:02 PM
  • "Features: Bad buys, bad buys. Whatcha gonna do..." TechSpot 6:13 AM
  • "Michael Dell to take company public on 28 December after shareholders back deal: Dell's wrestle with activist investors to list company on NYSE seemingly reaching conclusion" Channelnomics 6:11 AM
  • "Nvidia aims Jetson AGX Xavier at powering everything from drones to clever robots: Expect to see the chip in a delivery drone from the near-future" The Inquirer 7:05 AM
  • "Deep-sea explorers turn to Dell to power fleet of intelligent vessels: The Arggonauts are among the finalists competing for the $7 million International Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE" Computerworld UK 6:12 AM
  • "HP India to give education a big push in 2019: MD Sumeer Chandra" The Economic Times 7:26 AM
  • "IBM on what's coming in AI: more trust, less bias and a quantum boost" SiliconANGLE 6:23 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Gain" Seeking Alpha 8:15 AM
  • "Piper Jaffray cuts Apple price target, despite solid U.S. demand" Apple 3.0 8:05 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close mostly lower as trade-fueled rally fizzles out: Trump reiterates desire for the Fed to stop raising interest rates" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Mixed After Late Rally; GE, P&G Gain: Stocks were mixed on Thursday as Wall Street monitors easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Banks, retailers take stocks lower; smaller companies sink" Associated Press 2:16 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: US stocks drift to a mostly lower close" Associated Press 3:59 PM
  • "Blue Chips Edge Higher in Choppy Session for U.S. Stocks: Investors weigh signs of improving U.S.-China trade relations; GE shares jump" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asia stocks rally into a second day with Hong Kong markets in the lead" MarketWatch 6:57 AM
  • "Solid gains for Europe markets as oil climbs, U.S.-China trade optimism grows: Inditex among big decliners after results disappoint" MarketWatch 6:57 AM

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