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Apple Music Connect dies just like Ping ...did you even use it? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: France decides to act, while the EU delays, in the form of a 3% GAFA Tax ("Google Apple Facebook Amazon") to ensure "global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Axios sums up new backlash against Qualcomm by Apple suppliers; Foxconn denies any settlement talks with Qualcomm; designer of Tesla cars poached by Apple; California lawsuit over fatal car crash being caused by driver using FaceTime dismissed; Apple to bring Peanuts show to forthcoming streaming service; Aaron Pressman reviews Apple Watch Series 4; NYTimes feature delves into the time when Apple made computers in the US.

  • "France to introduce new tax for tech giants in 2019" ["France has been pushing hard for a new so-called 'GAFA tax' named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe."]  RFI 9:02 AM
  • "France to tax tech giants from 2019 as EU fails to act" Deutsche Welle 9:04 AM
  • "France to introduce digital tax in new year" ["The move would affect companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon."] BBC 9:02 AM
  • "iPhone contract manufacturers lash out at Qualcomm"  Axios 8:24 AM
  • "Foxconn not in settlement talks with Qualcomm in Apple battle: attorney"  Reuters 7:35 AM
  • "Apple manufacturer Foxconn not negotiating with Qualcomm over $9B royalties dispute" AppleInsider 8:04 AM
  • "China shuns pricey iPhones but Apple clings on" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Apple hires designer Andrew Kim away from Tesla: The hire renews speculation of an Apple-designed car"  The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Apple poaches Tesla car designer Andrew Kim" AppleInsider 8:38 AM
  • "Valve's Steam is dropping support for macOS Yosemite & earlier in 2019" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "Chrome to put an end to sites that won't let you go 'back'" 9to5Google 12:39 PM
  • "Kiwi for Gmail finally makes email manageable on the Mac [Review] Cult of Mac 11:46 AM
  • "How to have iCloud Photo Library photos use less space on your iPhone or Mac" iDownload Blog 8:43 AM
  • "Scan Documents Directly To Your Mac Using Your iPhone" MacMost 9:03 AM
Press Releases
  • "Brave browser goes 'full-Chromium' by adopting Google UI" Computerworld 8:16 AM
  • "To Text Converter 1.5 converts various file formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain TEXT using drag-and-drop" Ecleti 7:35 AM
  • "Ecleti announces My IP 2.5 to detect your public IP on the net" Ecleti 7:34 AM
  • "Excel Software Ships MacA&D 5.1 and MacTranslator 4.1 for Software Developers" Excel Software 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple FaceTime car crash lawsuit dismissed" BBC 11:14 AM
  • "Apple accused of misleading iPhone users over screen size" Cult of Mac 9:26 AM
  • "Lawsuit Filed Against Apple For Deceptively Hiding iPhone XS Notch In Marketing Material" Redmond Pie 9:26 AM
  • "Apple hit with lawsuit for hiding iPhone XS notch and making misleading claims in advertising" BetaNews 11:13 AM
  • "App Store Glitch Leads to Missing Ratings and Reviews" MacRumors 8:04 AM
  • "Apparent App Store glitch sees random drops in star ratings and missing reviews" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Apple to bring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts to its streaming service: STEM content with astronaut Snoopy will be an Apple exclusive." Ars Technica 8:43 AM
  • "iPhone's Face ID obliterates gullible Android rivals" Cult of Mac 8:15 AM
  • "Face ID not fooled in fake head test while Android rivals fail" AppleInsider 12:39 PM
  • "iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan" AppleInsider 9:01 AM
  • "Headspace vs. Calm: but still badly want to beat each other" [Paid Membership Required] 10:59 AM
  • "T-Mobile woos new customers with test drive of new iPhone eSIM app" VentureBeat 12:39 PM
  • "T-Mobile Becomes Third U.S. Carrier to Offer eSIM Support on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR" MacRumors 12:52 PM
  • "iPhone art project turns something obsolete into a thing of beauty" Cult of Mac 1:00 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "This AI Can Insert Your Selfie Into Famous Paintings: Digitally adding objects to photos is trivial, but AI researchers have struggled to replicate the same techniques with paintings." Motherboard 1:00 PM
  • "The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays" TechCrunch 11:46 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg to end year $16bn poorer after Facebook scandals" Telegraph 12:53 PM
  • "Facebook's Post-Cambridge Analytica Privacy Tool Is Still Months Away" Gizmodo 11:52 AM
  • "Facebook promised in May to let users clear their browsing history. But the privacy feature is still months away'It's taking longer than we initially had thought.'" Recode 11:45 AM
  • "The Yoda of Silicon Valley" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:58 AM
  • "Huawei Continues 'Hole-Punch' Smartphone Trend With New Nova 4" MacRumors 8:43 AM
  • "This parrot keeps trying to buy food by speaking to Alexa: African Grey parrot called Rocco adds items to his owner's Amazon shopping list" GearBrain 8:36 AM
  • "How an app can help fight loneliness in old people at Christmas" The Next Web 8:21 AM
  • "Senate-commissioned reports show scale of Russian misinformation campaign" Axios 8:22 AM
  • "Russia 'meddled in all big social media' in US election, says report" BBC 8:05 AM
  • "Tech groups hid extent of Russian meddling in US election, says report" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:05 AM
  • "How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
  • "Break Your Phone Addiction With ... a Second Phone?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
  • "It's Official: More Americans Get News From Social Media Than Print" PC Magazine 7:42 AM
  • "Apple did consider including both Face ID and Touch ID on an iPhone" AppleInsider 9:13 AM
  • "Apple Offering 10% Bonus When Adding Funds Directly to Apple ID" MacRumors 11:12 AM
  • "Apple offering up to $20 bonus for adding funds to Apple ID in App Store promo" 9to5Mac 11:13 AM
  • "TSMC joins forces with academia to develop quantum computer" DigiTimes 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Still Charging Customers Over $300 for iPhone 7 Microphone Defect Despite Previously Offering Free Repairs" MacRumors 11:14 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Healthy Future" Fortune 8:26 AM
  • "Review: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT" iLounge 11:12 AM
  • "Jaybird X4 Review: Great Versatile Sports Headphones" Forbes 8:17 AM
  • "Edifier S880DB Bluetooth speakers review: Small but serious musical performers" TechHive 8:14 AM
  • "Moodo home aroma dispense smells sweet, but the set-up process is stinky" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Capture, an iPhone 3D scanner app, hints at the future of augmented reality" Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "How to add a festive Santa hat to your Memoji this Christmas" The Apple Post 12:39 PM
  • "How to Manage All Those Photos Taking Up Space On Your iPhone" Time 8:44 AM
  • "Portable Dictionaries in Shortcuts" Macdrifter 8:43 AM
  • "How to use Alexa Routines to make your Amazon Echo even smarter" TechHive 8:16 AM
  • "2018 was a wild ride for Apple [Year in Review] Cult of Mac 12:39 PM
  • "What Tech Companies Know About Their Future" Tech.pinions 11:12 AM
  • "Apple has some big media challenges to solve" Computerworld 11:00 AM
  • "A look at Apple's flirtation with Mac manufacturing in California in the 1980s" iDownload Blog 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Music Connect was doomed from the start: Apple is killing its second attempt at a music-focused social network because nobody wants it."  Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Honor 8X review: A notch above expectation Review" ZDNet 12:55 PM
  • "Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Was Supposed To Change The World With 'Lean In.' So What Went Wrong?" BuzzFeed News 11:20 AM
  • "USB-C headphones are not a solution to the missing headphone jack" Android Authority 11:14 AM
  • "Comment: At $360, today's Google Pixel 2 deal makes it the best Android phone to buy" 9to5Google 10:55 AM
  • "LG V40 ThinQ Android smartphone is quite delightful [Review] BetaNews 8:43 AM
  • "Why every super paranoid internet user needs a cheap Chromebook" Mashable 8:31 AM
  • "Facebook's foot-dragging responses deepen its trust crisis" Axios 8:24 AM
  • "Don't worry about screen time – focus on how you use technology" The Next Web 8:21 AM
  • "I was wrong about the Motorola Razr: Long before the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy phone were hits, a thinner, less-powerful phone was all the rage. I failed to see just how popular the Motorola Razr would be." CNET 8:03 AM
  • "Does AI Really Speak Our Language?" PC Magazine 7:42 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Assistant versions of Marshall's retro-inspired smart speakers are now available" Android Police 12:53 PM
  • "Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 for iOS updated with Unreal Engine 4, 12 new leagues" 9to5Mac 11:52 AM
  • "Introducing MacStories Selects: The Best New Apps, App Updates, and iOS Games of 2018" MacStories 11:14 AM
  • "'Pokemon GO' Holidays 2018 Detailed with Special Events, Rewards, and the Return of Delibird" Touch Arcade 8:36 AM
  • "'Dragalia Lost' Gets a New Summon Showcase, New Facilty Event, Year-End Login Bonuses, and a Lot More in Today's in Game Update" Touch Arcade 8:36 AM
  • "Fitbit OS 3.0 brings more third-party app support, including Couch to 5K" The Verge 8:27 AM
  • "Fitbit rolls out OS 3.0 for Versa and Ionic with new apps, more Stats, and a bright future: New Exercise, Scientific APIs give developers more freedom." Macworld 8:27 AM
  • "These are the 10 highest grossing iOS apps this year" Cult of Mac 8:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Growing Dominance in Enterprise Chat Could Topple Slack" Toolbox Tech 8:59 AM
  • "Why the Success of Teams Shows the Strength of Microsoft Stock" InvestorPlace 8:58 AM
  • "Dell IPO Can Act As A Catalyst For HPE's Rerating" Seeking Alpha 7:55 AM
  • "Ireland lacks digital leaders: Digital Transformation Index shows vast majority of Irish organisations face transformation challenges, says Dell" Tech Central 8:56 AM
  • "A.I. in 2019: IBM Exec on Advances in Training, Trust, Transparency" Xconomy 8:49 AM
  • "Lenovo Debuts Updated ThinkPad L390 And L390 Yoga With 8th Gen Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs" HotHardware 8:51 AM
  • "Lenovo's new ThinkPads are its first with Intel's 8th-gen processors" Engadget 8:51 AM
  • "Intel and ESL extend their esports alliance with a $100 million deal" Engadget 8:31 AM
  • "Intel's 28-core Xeon W-3175X will fetch more than £4,000" The Inquirer 8:52 AM
  • "28-Core Intel Xeon W-3175X Is A $4000 Competitor To The $1800 Threadripper 2990WX" SegmentNext 8:53 AM
  • "Oracle's Cloud Struggles Diminish Expectations: Oracle reports fiscal second-quarter earnings after the market closes Monday; here's what to watch" [Paid Membership Required] 8:19 AM
  • "Undersea Servers Stay Cool While Processing Oceans of Data" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "An Apple a Quarter Might Not Keep Berkshire Healthy" Market Realist 11:13 AM
  • "Apple shares could fall another 10 percent before stabilizing, technician says" CNBC 8:38 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow falls 200 points amid worst start to December since 1980: All three major equity benchmarks are in correction" MarketWatch 12:58 PM
  • "Stocks Sink as Wall Street Grapples With Growth Concerns: Stocks fall sharply Monday as investors remain cautious over the health of the world economy." TheStreet 12:58 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks are mostly lower after rocky start" Associated Press 11:15 AM
  • "US stocks trading cautiously ahead of Fed rate-setting meeting" FOXBusiness 8:45 AM
  • "Stocks Extend Decline as Investors Await Fed Policy Cues: Softening economic data and falling oil prices have led many traders to price in a more gradual course of rate increases for 2019" [Paid Membership Required] 12:57 PM
  • "Asian shares struggle ahead of meetings by Fed, China's economic policymakers: Investors hope good news spurs 'Santa rally'" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "European markets drop, as gloom spreads to online retailers: H&M tumbles 9% as retailer take a hit" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

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