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Weekend Highlights: Strategist makes case that not buying Netflix is "Apple's biggest mistake under Tim Cook"; Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has trimmed stake in AAPL, causing stock drop, though move allegedly not Buffett's idea; Apple buys up AI marketing start-up, DataTiger, possibly looking beyond iPhone; Dan Moren sees three hurdles Apple needs to overcome with news service; Apple files Conflict Minerals Report with the SEC, shows company removed five suppliers; Samsung to open retail stores, and leak indicates AirPods challenger coming from S. Korean company.

  • "Former Microsoft exec joins Apple's Home division, previously ran $700 smart lock startup" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Hires Ex-Microsoft Exec to Revamp Smart Home Business" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "Here's why we need an iPhone SE 2 right now/Commentary: The gaping hole in Apple's phone lineup has never been clearer." CNET 8:03 AM
  • "Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon"  CNBC 2/16
  • "Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie: It could be for the sake of making Siri a veritable Alexa rival." Engadget 2/16
  • "Gallery: Natick Mall Apple Store reopens with updated design"  9to5Mac 2/16
  • "As Apple sank, hedge funds bought: The more conservative institutions, by contrast, trimmed their positions last quarter." Apple 3.0 2/16
  • "Apple, Google urged to remove Saudi app that tracks, restricts women's travels" ANI 2/16
  • "Rediscover the Magic of Browser Bookmarks—And How to Keep Them in Order" Gizmodo 2/15
  • "How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra software" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "How To Delete Backups On Mac - Macworld UK" Macworld UK 2/15
  • "How to manage bookmarks in Safari on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 2/15
  • "4 Ways To Type Superscript and Subscript On a Mac" MacMost 2/15
  • "Choose Between Free or Paid Antivirus for Mac" Apple Gazette 2/15
Press Releases
  • "ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Publishes First International BIM Standards" Architosh 2/15
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "You might have to wait a while to tune into Apple's streaming service" TechRadar UK 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's Streaming Video Service to Launch Soon" Tech Times 2/16
  • "Conflict Minerals Report: Summary of Apple's Commitment to Responsible Sourcing" SEC 2/15
  • "Conflict Minerals Report reveals Apple removed five suppliers" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Apple's latest conflict minerals report says five smelters & refiners removed during 2018" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple helps draft blockchain rules for Responsible Minerals Initiative" VentureBeat 2/15
  • "Apple rejects five suppliers for potentially financing wars" Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "Apple Strikes a Landmark Deal with America's Biggest Medical System" Motley Fool 2/15
  • "Apple, Google pressured to drop Saudi app that lets men track and control women" Mashable 2/15
  • "Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US with first full-scale stores" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple sued over Reportedly Defective iPad causing Fire leading to Owner's Demise" Patently Apple 2/15
  • "Apple sued over faulty iPad battery behind 2017 lethal apartment fire in New Jersey" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple Likely To Unveil TV Streaming Service At Star-Studded March 25 Event" Forbes 2/15
  • "Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "8 tech execs who were ousted from companies they helped to build" ["Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously left (or was ousted, depending on who you believe) in 1985, after clashing with CEO John Sculley. 12 years later, Apple bought Jobs' startup NeXT Computer, bringing him back into the fold."] Business Insider 2/15
  • "White House declares 'national emergency' using a (bad) screen-grab from Apple's Notes app" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Depth Control — Bokeh'd — Apple" YouTube 2/15
  • "Dina Alfasi turns lengthy commutes into works of art" Cult of Mac 2/15
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Gives Up on Blu-Ray, Will Not Release Any New Players in the US" Gizmodo 2/16
  • "Samsung will open three new Experience Stores in the US" Android Police 2/16
  • "Behold, the Facebook phishing scam that could dupe even vigilant users: HTML block almost perfectly reproduces Facebook single sign-on Window." Ars Technica 2/16
  • "Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue" Reuters 2/15
  • "Google Is Forcing Some Nest Customers to Reset Their Potentially Compromised Passwords" Gizmodo 2/15
  • "Facebook Privacy Violations Could Result In An FTC Fine In The Billions Instead Of Millions" HotHardware 2/15
  • "The EU's new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet: The EU's new copyright laws will force all websites to check all posts to see if anything ever published might be a copyright violation. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, source code: you name it."  ZDNet 2/15
  • "Huawei eyeing smartphone market crown in 2019" DigiTimes 2/15
  • "Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor 'Galaxy Buds'" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Watch out Apple: Samsung opening three retail stores on February 20" ZDNet 2/15
  • "Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds" TechCrunch 2/15
  • "Samsung's $399 Galaxy Tab S5e Takes on iPad: The new Android tablet is super-thin, light, and shares phone calls and messages with Samsung phones. It's the leading competitor to Apple's base-model iPad." PC Magazine 2/15
  • "Samsung Wearables App Leaks New Galaxy Watch Active" PC Magazine 2/15
  • "America is Awesome. – The TouchArcade Show #388" Touch Arcade 2/15
  • "MacVoices #19082: MIke Potter Puts Us On The Road To Macstock 2019" MacVoices 2/15
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: The Allure of OG Usernames" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/15
  • "Webcams and Post-Its, Scary AI – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-14" The Mac Observer 2/15
  • "Amazon buys Eero, March 25 for 'Apple News Magazines,' and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "An Apple March event is all but confirmed! Catch our expectations, on The CultCastCult of Mac 2/15
  • "Apple Patent Confirms It Is Still Working On Folding iPhone or iPad" Forbes 8:11 AM
  • "Report: Apple AirPods 2 might come in black" Mashable 2/16
  • "Apple Updates Foldable Device Patent" CDR Info 2/16
  • "AirPods 2 (2019) preview: In 2016, Apple deleted the 3.5mm headphone jack. Those jerks. But Apple also introduced AirPods. Making them magnificent jerks." iMore 2/16
  • "Red iPhone XS and XS Max Rumored to Launch in China This Month, Again Dropping PRODUCT(RED) Branding" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Apple Could Launch iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max 'China Red' Edition This Month" iPhone Hacks 2/15
  • "Real-world LTE speed has doubled since iPhone 5s, is big reason to upgrade" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Study Finds iPhone XS Max Users Experience More Than Twice as Fast LTE Speeds as iPhone 5s Users on Average" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Economic Daily News: Updated AirPods in production with black color option, launching alongside AirPower in spring" 9to5Mac 2/15
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Again, Apple extends its 'limited time' iPhone trade-in offer for at least another month" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/15

  • "What's the best VPN service for iOS?" 9to5Mac 8:30 AM
  • "9 of the Best iPhone X Protective Cases on the Market" Apple Gazette 2/16
  • "ideo: Should you get an eGPU for your new 2018 Mac mini? The 2018 Mac mini is a welcome refresh to the compact Mac product line, but the Intel graphics are weak. AppleInsider examines whether it is worth the extra expense of adding an external GPU to the Mac mini." AppleInsider 2/16
  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans/Can Apple take on the king of enterprise tech?" IT PRO (UK) 2/15
  • "The Radeon Vega VII versus other GPUs" Bare Feats 2/15
iOS Apps
  • "MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your Apple Watch with bookmarks, nearby, and more" 9to5Mac 2/16
  • "Hit the Gym, Visualist, Actiview and other apps to check out this weekend" iDownload Blog 2/16
  • "Trainiac is a fitness expert in the palm of your hands [Review] Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "How to tether your iPad Wi-Fi to your iPhone using Instant Hotspot: Keep your Wi-Fi-only iPad online on the go with the iPhone's Instant Hotspot." iMore 8:12 AM
  • "How to Update iOS Automatically on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2/15
  • "How to stop autoplaying videos in the Home tab of the YouTube app" iDownload Blog 2/15
  • "How to change and customize the face of your Apple Watch" Business Insider 2/15
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: How to close all open Safari tabs on iPhone" Apple World Today 2/15
  • "His iPad Pro was bent. An Apple Genius found a sneaky way to get it replaced: Perhaps it doesn't happen often, but some Apple Geniuses go out of their way to help. Even flouting the rules, it seems."  ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's Bokeh'd ad: 2.6 million views in two days (Video)" Apple 3.0 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone vs Android: What your phone choice says about your PERSONALITY" Mirror Online UK 2/16
  • "It Sounds Like It Could Be a While Until We Actually Get Apple's Streaming Service" Gizmodo 2/16
  • "Apple Customer Service has Jumped the Shark" Medium 2/16
  • "Apple Buys Voice App Startup Used to Build Apps for Google Assistant and Alexa" Thurrott 2/16
  • "Apple's AV test run suggests it should shutter its self-driving efforts" Business Insider 2/15
  • "When will Apple release new iPad mini and iPod touch updates?" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Classical Music on Apple Music: What's Wrong and How Apple Can Fix It" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Cassandra -The Evolution from Film to DSLR to iPhone and Back to Film" eXtensions 2/15
  • "Apple March 2019 Special Event Preview" iMore 2/15
  • "Apple video efforts may not help reaccelerate growth, says Jefferies" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "Apple's new acquisition will help it better market to customers" Cult of Mac 2/15
  • "It's almost impossible to function without the big five tech giants" The Guardian 8:32 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is gunning for the iPad: This tablet has 'unputdownable' in the description. Bold start." T3 8:31 AM
  • "If current trends continue, the world will have a new leader in smartphone shipments this year" phoneArena 2/16
  • "Google Pixel 3 Lite -- A Better iPhone XR?" Forbes 2/16
  • "I was stunned to discover I was spending $132 a month on digital subscriptions — here's how I cut it back" CNBC 2/16
  • "EU Copyright Directive: rejection of entire bill or of Article 13 only realistic options for opponents of idiocy" Foss Patents 2/16
  • "Amazon's HQ2 New York plans didn't need to end this way: When the going got hard, the e-commerce giant bolted." Engadget 2/16
  • "Google vs. DuckDuckGo vs. Bing—is it time to switch your search engine?" Popular Science 2/15
  • "An Open Letter To Game Developers From America's Largest Labor Organization" Kotaku 2/15
  • "Why Companies Shouldn't Be Allowed to Treat Their Diversity Numbers as Trade Secrets" Harvard Business Review 2/15
  • "Steam's iron grip on PC gaming is probably over" PCWorld 2/15
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for February 15, 2019" GoComics 2/15
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Tries Humor In New iPhone XS, XR Depth Control Video" Redmond Pie 2/16
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Linn: Path of Orchards'" Touch Arcade 2/15
  • "Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription to a Friend" MacRumors 2/15
  • "Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in trespassing lawsuit settlement" AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple Launches New Beats Studio3 Wireless NBA Collection Headphones" Redmond Pie 2/15
  • "The new Pictionary has you drawing in thin air: The classic family game gets a digital makeover." Engadget 2/15
  • "Wacom's Pro Pen slim is here to alleviate your hand cramps" The Verge 2/15
  • "iCracked joins SquareTrade as company bought by Allstate" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "Allstate acquires iPhone repair outfit iCracked, joins 'right to repair' fight against Apple" AppleInsider 2/15
Computer Industry
  • "Intel accidentally posts 9th gen H-series specs online" Guru3D 7:59 AM
  • "Several PWAs in the Microsoft Store found to be mining cryptocurrencies" Neowin 8:01 AM
  • "Intel 9th Generation High-Performance Notebooks CPUs Officially Listed — Core i9-9980HK Flagship With 8 Cores, 16 Threads and Up To 5.0 GHz Clocks" WCCFTech 2/16
  • "Intel Details New 9th Gen CPUs for Notebooks: i9-9980HK to i5-9300H" AnandTech 2/16
  • "Microsoft need to stop being so American — Reader's Feature" Metro UK 2/16
  • "Windows 10's File Explorer Will Soon Let You Access Your Linux Subsystem Files" Thurrott 2/16
  • "Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows" BetaNews 2/16
  • "Windows 10 April 2019 Update Brings Linux File Access With Enhanced WSL" HotHardware 2/16
  • "Latest Microsoft patent envisions 'toxicity shield' for multiuser environments" Neowin 2/16
  • "Google No Longer Considers Cortana a Competitor" Thurrott 2/16
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "UBS reiterates $185 Apple target, despite weak China" Apple 3.0 2/15
  • "Why Apple's Bruising Won't Hurt Emerging Markets" Seeking Alpha 2/15
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq exits bear market, tallies longest weekly streak in 3 years on U.S.-China trade-talk euphoria: Trump signs declaration for national emergency to secure funding for wall" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "Dow Gains 444 Points to end Day and Week Higher Ahead of Trade Talks Next Week: Stocks rise on word that trade talks between the U.S. and China will continue next week in Washington." TheStreet 2/15
  • "Dow Jones Leads Big Stock Rally, But Apple Falls On Buffett News: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied Friday to extend its weekly win streak for an eighth week, thanks to big gains from Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan." Investor's Business Daily 2/15
  • "Dow notches 8th straight week of gains on trade optimism" FOXBusiness 2/15
  • "Nasdaq Exits Bear Market as Stocks Rally: The tech-heavy index closed more than 20% above its Christmas Eve low, entering a new bull-market run" [Paid Membership Required] 2/15
  • "Asian markets fall as global uncertainty grows: U.S. retail sales tumble, while little headway apparent in U.S.-China trade talks" MarketWatch 2/15
  • "European stocks headed for best weekly gain since late 2018: Allianz, Scout24, Telecom Italia among the big movers" MarketWatch 2/15

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