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Thursday Highlights: Industry experts say Apple's move to buy cobalt directly from miners has a huge non-money motivation, being able "'...to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from'"; Mark Gurman's sources reveal Apple working on new AirPods with better water resistance, and a new wirelss chip with better Siri integration—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Loup Ventures' "Annual Apple Pay Review" finds impressive year over year growth with 127 million active Apple Pay users, among the data; Jonny Evans imagines "Apple's wearable vision" with features like a virtual iMac; Austria's first Apple Store opens Saturday; Apple takes you on a tour of how portrait lighting works; Steve Jobs' 1973 job application seen fetching upwards of $50,000 at auction; Macworld shows what Siri can and cannot do on every Apple device.
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"Apple sued for release of the iPad 4: Processed by question mark by Gradient now IBDI accuses U.S. firm of malpractice to replace the tablet" Google Portuguese-to-English: O Hoje 11:29 AM
"Apple Hit with 'Planned Obsolescence' Lawsuit in Brazil over Fourth-Generation iPad" MacRumors 11:28 AM
"Brazilian lawsuit accuses Apple of 'planned obsolescence' with fourth-gen iPad" AppleInsider 11:40 AM
"Apple may be sued in Brazil for updating the iPad too fast: Local reports in Brazil say that Apple is being sued for updating the iPad too fast, releasing new models just five months apart." CNET News 1:03 PM
"Einhorn takes aim at Apple's cash hoard: David Einhorn went back on the offensive against Apple Thursday, reiterating his call for the tech giant to stop hoarding its cash." CNNMoney 3:31 PM
"Apple: Einhorn Refuses To Stop, Estimates Preferred Stock Plan Could Add $150 A Share" Forbes 4:14 PM
"Einhorn to Apple: Show Me the Money" FOXBusiness 4:24 PM
"In Apple Fight, Einhorn Unveils 'iPrefs'" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:06 PM
"Would you buy an Apple iPref from this man? David Einhorn takes his case for perpetual preferred stock to Apple shareholders" Fortune 4:23 PM
"PCCW Seeks Judicial Review Into Apple IPhone 5 Network Blocking: PCCW Ltd. (8), which controls Hong Kong's biggest telecommunications operator, applied to the city's High Court for a judicial review to challenge the regulator's handling of phone unlocking." Bloomberg 8:41 AM
"Apple Falls After IPhone Builder Foxconn Halts Hiring" Bloomberg News 8:23 AM
"Apple supplier Foxconn freezes hiring at largest plant" Reuters 10:02 AM
"Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5" The Register 9:11 AM
"Judge orders Apple, Samsung to trim 2014 patent spat: A California judge tells both companies that they need to narrow down their upcoming 2014 court battle." CNET News 7:34 PM
"Apple-Samsung Judge Says Companies Must Narrow Lawsuit" Bloomberg 7:34 PM
"Mac malware: New Gatekeeper bypassing Mac OS X virus discovered" Macworld UK 8:21 AM
"Many companies likely affected by hack of popular iOS developer forum: iPhoneDevSDK confirms the site was compromised and hosted a zero-day exploit that was likely used to launch attacks against Twitter, Facebook, and Apple" IDG News Service 8:16 AM
"Stainless lends innovation to PowerPC Macs too" ["PowerPC users are able to remain relevant and have a voice, so long as modern browsers like Stainless are being released for both the Intel and PowerPC platforms."] hittingthesweetspot by Bob Skelley 7:44 PM
"How to disable Java on your Mac" Macworld 8:02 AM
"Native Instruments announces Traktor DJ for iPad, brings the mix to iOS (Video)" Engadget 9:00 PM
"IBM, AT&T Team to Empower Mobile App Developers: IBM and AT&T announced a partnership to deliver tools and other resources to developers building apps for iOS, Android and Windows platforms." eWeek 4:24 PM
"CIO interview: Carol Fawcett CIO of Dell software" ComputerWeekly 11:54 AM
"H.P. Reports Decline in Revenue and Profit" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:06 PM
"HP beats expectations, raises outlook: CEO Meg Whitman notes that HP 'still has a lot of work to do to generate the kind of growth we want to see,' but 'we expect the benefits from our restructuring will accelerate through fiscal 2013.'" CNET News 5:09 PM
"Stocks Add to Losses" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:19 PM
"Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:28 PM
"Wall Street Extends Slide as Energy Futures Tumble" FOXBusiness 9:09 AM
"Mortgage And Deposit Rates Go Their Separate Ways" TheStreet 9:08 AM
"Asia Markets: China stocks lead Asia slump after Fed minutes/Asian stocks tumbled Thursday after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting stoked concerns that central-bank policy-tightening moves will reduce global liquidity, which has supported stocks in recent months." MarketWatch 9:07 AM
"Europe Markets: Europe stocks fall on FOMC minutes, PMIs/European stocks saw steep losses on Thursday, as euro-zone data disappointed a day after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting illustrated a split over the central bank's monetary-easing program." MarketWatch 9:07 AM
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