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Weekend Highlights: Interesting article from Jeff Sommer at New York Times looks at the impact iPhone has on the US economy, citing JP Morgan economist who believes Apple's phone contributes "[1/4] to [1/3] of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the [GDP]"; with iTunes seeing drop in music sales, will Apple's Beats acquisition and integration be the thing that resuscitates the platform?; Barron's looks at Apple Pay and Apple's locking in of Mastercard and Visa; CVS joins Rite Aid in rejecting Apple Pay; Mashable says new iMac Retina screen so good it could stop traffic; China's official news agency, Xinhuanet, interviews Tim Cook who tells of China's importance to Apple, and that "Apple wants everything it develops to enter China market" — more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Apple Pay continues to be in the news as the service gets off the ground to a few glitches, Jan Dawson examines the service as it stands today, and where it is heading; Benzinga looks into whether Apple Pay is safe or not; Macworld has a primer on what to do if you experienced a post-Yosemite install disaster; The Mac Observer explains "handing off calls to your iPhone"; a couple features from Macworld on iTunes 12; more Yosemite system prefs reviewed at eXtensions, Mission Control and Displays; Kraig Becker thinks Apple's productivity suite "should replace Microsoft Office for Mac users"; apparently knock-offs in China responsible for spam deluge impacting iMessage; Sprint ups the ante with a new plan to rent iPhone and upgrade every year; iPhone 6 Plus seeing app crashing issue?; Six Colors reviews the new Retina iMac, and Kirk McElhearn has one word on his first impressions: "Wow!"
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"New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs" ZDNet 3/23
"Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits" ["That iOS exploit price represents just one of the dozens of deals the Grugq has arranged in his year-old side career as a middle man for so-called 'zero-day' exploits, hacking techniques that take advantage of secret vulnerabilities in software. ... Who's paying these prices? Western governments, and specifically the U.S., says the Grugq, who himself is a native of South Africa."] Forbes 3/23
"What the new iPad and Mountain Lion tell us about Apple's upcoming Retina Macs" 9 to 5 Mac 3/23
"Q&A: MacFixIt Answers/We answer questions about moving data to new user accounts, larger virtual memory allotments, and more." MacFixIt 3/23
"Detecting and removing the Flashback malware in OS X: The Flashback Trojan's latest iterations have evolved to infect Macs in different ways, but there are methods to detect and remove them." MacFixIt 3/23
"Lenovo Dreams of Waterproof Notebooks & Acrobatic Displays" Patently Apple 3/23
"Gene Steinberg meets Avram Piltch of Laptop magazine, John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, and veteran columnist Ted Landau, from The Mac Observer and Macworld, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/23
"MacMall Opening New Chicago Store; We Talk With The President" MacNews 3/23
"New iPad controversies and thoughts on the new iPad after one week (Podcast)" Insanely Great Mac 3/23
"Apple Feels Heat From Steve Jobs' Display Choices: There are widespread reports of a heat problem with the new iPad. The problem is so ubiquitous that it even prompted Consumer Reports to run a test." Forbes 3/23
"Video: Apple's hot new IPad wins over reviewers" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 3/23
"Hey, what's wrong with a small iPhone? Is Apple an oddball because its phones continue to be relatively small? It's a stance that seems to run counter to Android smartphone design trends." CNET News 8:18 PM
"Will a Dividend-Tax Hike Spoil the Party? Apple's dividend announcement this past week is good news for income investors, but bad news might be lurking around the corner." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3/23
"Apple investors sideswiped: briefly: by erroneous trade: A mistaken order causes AAPL shares to briefly plunge 9.4 percent until authorities halt trading. Just another boring day in the life of a high-flying stock." CNET News 3/23
"Apple's Starts Trading Again After A Bizarre Crash Halted The Stock" Business Insider 3/23
"Apple's devoted shareholders get rich, and hang on" Reuters 3/23
"Top 10 more interesting ways Apple could spend its $100bn cash-pile" V3 3/23
"Apple: Oppenheimer Ponders the Downside; Risk Favorable" Barron's 3/23
"Tech stocks eke out late gains: Tech stocks managed to put in a mostly upbeat performance Friday, but it was a glitch in a trading system resulting in confusion and erroneous trades of Apple Inc. and other stocks that stood out during the day's market session." MarketWatch 3/23
"U.S. stocks close tough week on bright note: Energy, resource stocks lead rebound to cap worst week of year" MarketWatch 3/23
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