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Agree or disagree? Apple without Jony Ive means more fixes to product design problems created by quest for thinness. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: US court of appeals vacates VirnetX patent victory vs Apple; Washington Post investigates Apple's claim App Store is "safe and trusted place" finding "1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior on six apps"; a couple interesting op/eds from Macworld writers on how "Software bugs have become Apple's greatest vulnerability", the other looks at Apple News+ being "service most outside Apple's control"; like chocolate and peanut butter, Apple and Microsoft are better together; Russia puts broad ban on electronic devices in country that do not have preinstalled Russian software; Sacha Baron Cohen tears into Mark Zuckerberg's "twisted logic" on political lies, hate speech, violence; Barclays says production on iPhone SE 2 begins in Feb 2020; PCWorld compares iPhone 11 to several top Android phones.

  • "VirnetX patent win against Apple vacated by U.S. appeals court: A U.S. appeals court on Friday set aside a jury's calculation that Apple Inc should pay $503 million for infringing on patents owned by licensing firm VirnetX Holdings Corp."  Reuters 10:37 AM
  • "VirnetX Damage Award Against Apple Vacated; Shares Plunge" Bloomberg Law 11:46 AM
  • "Apple says its App Store is 'a safe and trusted place.' We found 1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior on six apps, some targeting minors."  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Software bugs have become Apple's greatest vulnerability: Signs point to Apple changing its development practices to combat software bugginess."  Macworld 8:47 AM
  • "Apple News+ stumbled because it's the service most outside Apple's control: Apple's subscription-based news service is its only real stumble in its services push—and that's not entirely its fault."  Macworld 8:48 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco Must Redo Fee Requests In 'Reckless' IP Fight" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 11:16 AM
  • "Use Conditional Highlighting Across a Whole Row In Numbers" MacMost 2:33 PM
  • "Microsoft and Apple are better together: A new Office 365 feature shows one way in which the Apple/Microsoft partnership helps you get things done..." Computerworld 8:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook vows to continue fighting for DACA recipients and users' privacy ahead of 2020"  ABC News 3:03 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook will keep fighting for Dreamers no matter who's in the White House" CNET 3:03 PM
  • "Apple Removes All Customer Reviews From its Online Stores: There has been no explanation as to why yet." PC Magazine 7:36 AM
  • "Apple killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Delays 'The Banker' Release Amid Review of Family Accusations" Variety 4:47 PM
  • "Russia bans sale of gadgets without Russian-made software"  BBC 8:39 AM
  • "Russia will reportedly ban devices without preinstalled Russian software" CNET 8:39 AM
  • "Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country" The Next Web 8:46 AM
  • "Algorithms judge us so know their rules" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC votes 5-0 to bar China's Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program" Reuters 10:46 AM
  • "Scammers try a new way to steal online shoppers' payment-card data: Skimmers host fraudulent third-party processor that looks just like the real thing." Ars Technica 8:50 AM
  • "Elizabeth Warren called out Trump's private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as 'corruption, plain and simple'" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Facebook built a facial-recognition app that let employees identify people by pointing a phone at them" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:10 PM
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen gave the greatest speech on why social networks need to be put in check: Actor says six US billionaires more focused on their share prices should be allowed to dictate what it's acceptable online." ZDNet 2:36 PM
  • "Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg's 'twisted logic' on hate speech and fakes" ["'Voltaire was right. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities — and social media lets authoritarians push absurdities to billions of people,' he added."]  TechCrunch 8:47 AM
  • "Sacha Baron Cohen tore into Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over hate speech, violence, and political lies" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Why Rush Google's Cloud Gaming Service? Holiday Shopping Sales" PC Magazine 7:39 AM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Control of Automating Your Mac" MacVoices 3:26 PM
  • "Apple's OS Release Approach – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-22" The Mac Observer 12:57 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 252: Apple December 'event', iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases and HomeKit Secure Video" 9to5Mac 11:45 AM
  • "265: The Bearable Lightness of AirPods" The Rebound 11:11 AM
  • "Engadget Podcast: Google Stadia and the future of game streaming services" Engadget 9:07 AM
  • "The impressive power of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, plus Apple's December event, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Servant, Morning Show haters, and the Mac Pro factory on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Barclays: iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max Will Likely Have 6GB of RAM, iPhone SE 2 Production to Begin February"  MacRumors 8:48 AM
  • "It looks like Apple AirPods are super popular and shipments are expected to double to 60 million" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "After iOS 13, Apple To Shake Up iOS 14 Software Testing, Report Says" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Could Soon Allow iPhone AppleCare+ Signup Within 1 Year Of Purchase Instead Of Usual 60 Days" Redmond Pie 10:54 AM
  • "Can't Open PDF On iPhone Or iPad, Fix" macReports 9:03 AM
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  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM

  • "The 16-inch MacBook Pro is amazing, but it's still a Mac [Review] Cult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "iPhone 11 vs Android's best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ/The iPhone 11 is an incredible phone, but there's one I like a little better." PCWorld 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods Pro have replaced Powerbeats Pro as my go-to workout headphones" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 Review: From an iPhone user's perspective" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Leather iPhone 11 cases: Mujjo remains my favorite" 9to5Mac 9:03 AM
  • "ChargeHub HomeBase Power Bank Docking Station streamlines overnight charging of multiple devices" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "How to easily customize your iPhone Keyboard settings" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "Untethered, semi-untethered, semi-tethered, and tethered jailbreaks" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "How to disable accounts on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you sold or gave away: Sometimes a 'dead' device has some life left in it." Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Quietly Made One Big Change to Its Online Store That Other Retailers Should Follow: A nice idea, but not one that provides much value." Inc. 12:28 PM
  • "2009-2019: How Apple, Google, and friends drove us mad/When a decade ends, it's time to look in the mirror. Do we like what we see? How much should we blame technology?" ZDNet 10:54 AM
  • "John Malone on the Streaming Wars and Media Landscape" GuruFocus 10:23 AM
  • "Steve Jobs: Secrets of life" The Loop 9:52 AM
  • "Is Apple building a team to elevate the podcasting industry?" Apple Must 9:50 AM
  • "Steve Jobs and his 2010 'thoughts on flash' show why Apple still misses him" iMore 8:55 AM
  • "Is Thick The New Thin In Apple Product Design With Jony Ive Out Of The 'Loop'?" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "T-Mobile / Sprint merger FAQ: Here's how it changes the wireless market and how it affects you" Android Central 8:45 AM
  • "(Unofficial) Samsung Galaxy S11 renders are here and boy, that camera bump looks huge" Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa" The Verge 8:16 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google's G Suite Debuts Gmail Dynamic Email Support For Android And iOS" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "Google is shutting down its Cloud Print feature in 2020" The Verge 12:55 PM
  • "Gmail for iPhone now supports dynamic emails, here's what the new feature can be used for" iDownload Blog 9:54 AM
  • "Call of Duty: Mobile Zombie update is on its way to iOS" Cult of Mac 9:53 AM
  • "Designer AirPods cases look just like tiny purses" Cult of Mac 9:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Xerox Threatens to Go Hostile With HP Takeover Bid: HP rejected Xerox's acquisition offer as too low and not in the best interests of its shareholders" [Paid Membership Required] 11:20 AM
  • "Xerox to HP: Accept buyout offer or face proxy fight" SiliconANGLE 11:21 AM
  • "Xerox Threatens HP With Hostile Takeover Bid" Benzinga 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Granted U.S. License to Export Software to Huawei" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft allowed to sell software to Huawei once again: US grants Microsoft a license to export 'mass market' software to Huawei" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Granted a License to Do Business With China's Huawei" TheStreet 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft cleared to sell 'mass market' software to Huawei following reprieve from Trump admin" GeekWire 8:54 AM
  • "Senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei: Commerce Department recently extended a temporary license to allow American companies to do business with Huawei." CNET 9:50 AM
  • "Slack: Microsoft Teams not only copies our product but our ads too" ZDNet 8:51 AM
  • "IBM Showcases A.I. That Can Parse Arguments In Cambridge Union Debate" Fortune 11:23 AM
  • "In a first, IBM's computer debater faces off against itself" Associated Press 11:11 AM
  • "IBM paid $34B for this: Where Red Hat is taking OpenShift" ZDNet 2:36 PM
  • "IBM and ESPN take fantasy football to the next level with Watson AI" TechRepublic 11:24 AM
  • "IBM and VetBloom form veterinary learning credential blockchain" Enterprise Times 11:24 AM
  • "Intel Tiger Lake-Y 10nm CPU Makes Early Benchmark Debut With Gen12 Xe Graphics" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "The Intel-AMD Showdown" Zacks 11:25 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5500 could crush Nvidia in the budget GPU market" TechRadar UK 11:25 AM
  • "AMD releases amazing value Athlon 3000G" Fudzilla 11:26 AM
  • "Nvidia's $160 GeForce GTX 1650 Super launches with GDDR6 and little fanfare" PCWorld 8:46 AM
  • "How Dell Technologies is Balancing Achievements, Goals" eWeek 11:22 AM
  • "Oracle's Largely White Board Draws Congressional Scrutiny" Bloomberg Law 11:18 AM
  • "Oracle EBS flaws leave customers open to ERP system hacks" iTWire 11:19 AM
  • "Oracle India crosses INR 100 billion in revenues, financial services growing" IBSintelligence 11:19 AM
  • "What Cisco's Latest Reorg Means to Partners: After disappointing earnings, Cisco announced its merging two of its biggest business units and renaming its cloud division" Channelnomics 11:15 AM
  • "Cisco Restructures Company To Address Evolving Cloud And Data Centre Market" Data Economy 11:15 AM
  • "Cisco inferno: internal email reveals rapid restructure" CRN 11:17 AM
  • "Exclusive: New Cisco Catalyst Access Point, Embedded Wireless Controller Join Wi-Fi 6 Lineup" CRN 11:16 AM
  • "1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server: Here's the next jumbo data leak, complete with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow ends up over 100 points, but trade concerns pull stock market lower for the week: China's Xi emphasized he isn't 'afraid to fight back' in trade negotiations with the U.S." MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Stocks snap weekly winning streak even after Trump says US, China 'very close' to trade deal" FOXBusiness 4:30 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as China Calls for Better Communication on Trade: President Xi Jinping says China has been 'working actively' to avoid a trade war" [Paid Membership Required] 4:30 PM
  • "European stocks rise modestly as manufacturing data surveys remain downbeat: ECB President Christine Lagarde calls for 'policy mix' to drive economy forward" MarketWatch 8:57 AM

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