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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Checked 10:20 AM; Last Updated 8:50 AM CST; 14:50 GMT


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Mobile-Payment War Is On/Companies ranging from Apple to Uber gave consumers a taste of something new in 2014: What it feels like to make a purchase without a wad of cash or the swipe of a credit card." WSJ Blogs 8:48 AM
  • "Apple Pay set for imminent UK arrival, job listing hints" The Inquirer 8:05 AM
  • "Ad slip-up reveals Apple Pay is about to expand to Europe, Middle East, India and Africa" BetaNews 8:21 AM
  • "Apple announces changes to European App Store taxes to take effect January 1st" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple forms European Apple Pay team for local rollout" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office 'From Ten Years Ago'" ["'We're mostly a fully-functioning office. We're going about or daily business. We just got our voicemail back. Everyone is a little calmer now after the initial shock. A couple of people had their computers removed but people using Macs were fine,' she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones."] TechCrunch 8:37 AM
  • "Sony 'stuck in 1992' after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Apple iBeacons Find Their Way Into McDonald's" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Faith in Apple's future as Woz becomes an Aussie: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially become an Australian resident, is planning to make the Apple Isle his home – appropriately enough – and says one day he'd like it said he lived and died an Australian. The man who formed Apple with Steve Jobs in California back in 1976 has just had ­'permanent residency' stamped in his passport." Australian Financial Review 8:47 AM
  • "Apple profiles the musicians behind its new 'The Song' holiday advertisement" TUAW 8:20 AM
  • "Hyundai Bringing New 'Display Audio' In-Dash System With Apple CarPlay to 2016 Models" MacRumors 8:49 AM
  • "Stolen iPhone recovered at pawn shop, but thief, lesson lost: File a police report - it helps track stolen goods" WCPO Cincinnati 8:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014" PCWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1037 for December 10th, 2014!" Your Mac Life 7:16 AM