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Tuesday Highlights: As the US vs. China trade war amps up, CNBC sees Apple as "most at risk" given almost 20% revenue flows from China; Michael Simon thinks "Apple Music has tipped the streaming scale" with new release from Beyonce, Jay-Z; Jonny Evans interviews two leaders at Deloitte on Apple's healthcare records initiative; in Australia, Apple sees US $6.7 million fine for misleading customers—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Tim Cook in Ireland to open Cork expansion; Market Realist takes a look inside Apple's declaration of war on cryptocurrency world; T-Mobile, Sprint put forth case to FCC for merger; Facebook decides autoplay video ads need to be inside your private Messenger chats; rumors of iPhone X Plus surface; PCWorld reviews new TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router setup; iDownload Blog goes hands-on with Animoji in iOS 12.

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  • "Is Apple The iCanary In Madison Avenue's Mine? Tor Myhren, the former creative director of Grey Advertising, was just poached by Apple to be its VP of Communications. The news has stunned Madison Avenue more than any agency acquisition or new business wins in recent years. And, in the end, it may have more to say about the future of the ad agency model."  Forbes 10:57 AM
  • "Apple's music streaming subscribers top 10m" ["The rapid growth of Apple Music, which launched in more than 100 countries in June, raises the stakes in streaming, a form of distribution that offers hope to the music industry after more than a decade in the doldrums."] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Music passes 10m subscribers: Report" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Music Hits 10 Million Subscribers In Less Than A Year" Forbes 7:30 AM
  • "Apple probe goes on as European Commission says Belgian scheme illegal" Irish Independent 9:12 PM
  • "Europe fires warning shot against U.S. tech companies with new tax ruling" ["However, the investigation is part of a broader inquiry into various tax breaks offered by European companies, including those received by Apple in Ireland and Amazon in Luxembourg."]  VentureBeat 8:43 AM
  • "Belgian ruling increases likelihood that AAPL's sweetheart tax deal in Ireland will be ruled illegal" 9to5Mac 8:43 AM
  • "Bernstein: Apple iPhone Biz 'Fundamentally Healthy,' Would Be Looking To Add Shares" Benzinga 9:47 AM
  • "Apple veers out of its lane: iCar could crash and burn" Boston Herald 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "Nylas N1 review: Open-source Mac email client shows promise" Macworld 1:44 PM
  • "Product Review: Graebert ARES Commander 2016 for Mac" Architosh 7:22 AM
  • "PopChar X 7.4 makes searching for Apple Color Emoji flags a breeze" IT.Enquirer 7:22 AM
  • "Turn a song on your iPhone into a ringtone" PC Advisor 8:01 AM
  • "Tips and tricks for increasing the use of the OS X Console" MacIssues 8:32 AM
  • "Is This Mac App 'Photoshop Lite?" Mac 360 7:23 AM
  • "3 Ways This App Is The Mac's Best Screen Capture Tool" TeraTalks 9:52 AM
  • "How the iMac broke my 18-month PC upgrade cycle"  ZDNet 7:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Today, Rogue Amoeba is thrilled to introduce a brand new product: Loopback. Loopback is a tool for enabling powerful audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can easily pass audio directly between apps." Rogue Amoeba 2:51 PM
  • "Default Folder X 5.0" TidBITS 10:46 AM
  • "Default Folder X 5.0 Delivers El Capitan Compatibility, New Features" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "DSync 2.0 for OS X - Are your backups synchronized?" prMac 7:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Survey says 38 percent of all Apple Pay transactions don't happen in a store: Also, few Apple Pay users ever make one purchase a month at the same retailer." Ars Technica 6:57 PM
  • "Apple News App Is Off to a Rocky Start/There's one glitch: Neither publishers nor the company know how many people are reading" [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Apple underestimated how many people were using its News app" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "Who knows how many people are using Apple's News app? No one, not even Apple" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "Apple admits it accidentally gave inaccurate data to publishers about traffic on its Apple News app" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Says It Is Not Working On An iPhone-to-Android Switching Tool"  BuzzFeed 4:04 PM
  • "Apple Denies Working on Tool to Make iPhone-to-Android Switch Easier" Re/code 4:03 PM
  • "Apple Isn't Creating Tool to Help iPhone Users Switch to Android" MacRumors 4:03 PM
  • "Apple develops unpopular Android app, Report claims" Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly being forced to make it easier to switch from iOS to Android" The Inquirer 7:54 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly building a tool to help iPhone owners switch to Android" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Hate iPhone? Apple might help you 'Move to Android'" BGR 8:08 AM
  • "Apple is developing the unthinkable: An iPhone-to-Android data transfer tool" Digital Trends 10:46 AM
  • "Apple now opening four new Apple Stores in China this month alone, as it announces #31 and #32" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Hola! Apple Now Hiring For Apple Store In Mexico" Tech Times 8:57 AM
  • "Bill Ford Isn't Scared of Apple: Henry's great-grandson explains how the automaker can become a software-driven service company that makes cars, too"  Backchannel 8:06 AM
  • "Apple finally put together a full list of cars with CarPlay" The Verge 5:58 PM
  • "Apple's CarPlay Page Adds Comprehensive Car Model List" The Mac Observer 6:27 PM
  • "Best frenemies: How Ford SYNC 3 works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay" PCWorld 8:57 AM
  • "Chevy commercial features Apple CarPlay" The Loop 8:08 AM
  • "Aaron Sorkin and Kate Winslet pick up Golden Globes for Steve Jobs; Michael Fassbender misses out" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Steve Jobs 'flop' bags 2 Golden Globe awards" Cult of Mac 8:10 AM
  • "David Bowie's Internet Service Provider BowieNet Pioneered The Web Before Apple Music And Spotify" Huffington Post UK 8:54 AM
  • "iPod gets new lease of life as ATM PIN stealer" Cult of Mac 11:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Finally, a lithium battery that doesn't explode: No more Hoverboard fires." Engadget 8:24 PM
  • "Carmakers' rush to put latest tech in lower-priced models" Reuters 4:00 PM
  • "CES 2016 didn't change the world, but it showed how the world is changing" CNET 9:45 AM
  • "This lithium-ion battery of the future won't overheat" IDG News Service 9:14 AM
  • "AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data, but Just for TV Plans" The Mac Observer 2:30 PM
  • "AT&T's new unlimited data plans come with a catch" Cult of Android 11:43 AM
  • "AT&T tries to bring sexy unlimited data plans back after 5-year hiatus" Mashable 8:32 AM
  • "Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads" Ars Technica 8:32 AM
  • "Bragi Dash Puts a New Kind of Computer In Your Ears" Wired 7:36 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-11: CES 2016 Wrap Up, USB C" The Mac Observer 12:49 PM
  • "iMore show 492: Stamp of Yay!" iMore 10:16 AM
  • "We didn't win the lottery and there wasn't much interesting going on at CES but we still have a lot to talk about." The MT Show 7:24 AM
  • "App Analytics data now available for tvOS apps" AppleInsider 9:12 PM
  • "Apple's new 4-inch handset rumored to be named 'iPhone 5e,' sport A8 CPU & 1GB RAM" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "Unlikely report claims upcoming 4-inch hardware will be called iPhone 5e, not 6c, and get lower spec" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple's new 4-inch might be called iPhone 5e" BGR 7:06 PM
  • "iOS 9.3 Beta 1 Now Available To Download" Redmond Pie 12:27 PM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, & watchOS 2.2 betas" 9to5Mac 12:29 PM
  • "Apple Previews iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, Health and News Improvements, New Education Features" MacStories 1:32 PM
  • "Apple's next iOS update may save your eyes at night by reducing blue light, just like F.lux" VentureBeat 2:50 PM
  • "Apple adding night mode, education features to iOS" CNNMoney 4:12 PM
  • "Apple iOS 9.3 will be all about education" Mashable 1:48 PM
  • "iOS 9.3 FAQ: What you need to know!" iMore 2:49 PM
  • "Everything new (and exciting!) coming in iOS 9.3" Cult of Mac 2:50 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers" MacRumors 12:29 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First watchOS 2.2 Beta to Developers" MacRumors 12:29 PM
  • "Will Apple Drive Analog ICs? Analog expert Stephan Ohr turns his oscilloscope on the possible impact Apple could have with its new fab in San Jose." EE Times 8:02 AM
  • "Watch An Apple IIgs Boot Over 20 Years After It Was Last Turned Off" TechCrunch 8:47 AM
  • "Pointers: Work around iPhone Alarms failing" MacNN 11:05 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 9:54 AM
  • "Battle Riders For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $4.99)" App Sliced 9:54 AM
  • "Goosebumps Night of Scares For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" App Sliced 9:54 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM

  • "I Tracked Every Moment Of My Life With An Apple Watch, And It Drove Me Nuts: Does tracking your data actually help you take steps toward a healthier lifestyle? Depends how much you want it." The Huffington Post 9:45 AM
  • "Logitech iPad Pro case hits the right key" Boston Herald 7:52 AM
  • "Review: Foscam C2 Indoor HD Wireless Camera" MacNN 8:36 AM
  • "Cowboy up with the Sena Magnetic Holster for the iPhone" Apple World Today 8:13 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Let's Get to Know Peach – The Latest Social Networking App Made by Vine's Co-Founder" Social Barrel 7:18 PM
  • "Pythonista 2.0 Brings Action Extension, iPad Pro Support, Code Editor Improvements, and More" MacStories 11:16 AM
  • "Inside La Presse+ Decisive and Final Move to Digital" Monday Note 8:14 AM
  • "Siri Alternatives For Your iPhone" MacMost 10:15 AM
  • "The Best Recipe Manager for iPhone" Lifehacker 8:09 AM
  • "Sweet Greets – iOS ReviewTapscape" Tapscape 8:17 AM
  • "Is There Life After Apple's Mail App?" NoodleMac 7:30 AM
  • "Kombie - iOS Review" Tapscape 9:47 AM
  • "How to batch resize iPhone photos and videos" iDownload Blog 4:03 PM
  • "How to turn off all vibration on your iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "3 steps to build a photography career with an iPhone" AppAdvice 8:18 AM
  • "Elon Musk Says Apple's Electric Car Project is an 'Open Secret'" MacRumors 7:21 PM
  • "You can now pair multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone, but why?" The Next Web 2:50 PM
  • "Apple Watch 2: What it needs to stay ahead of the competition"  ZDNet 12:27 PM
  • "Video pokes at iPhone and drunks who shouldn't have 'nice things'" Cult of Mac 11:43 AM
  • "Will 12-Inch MacBook Be Passed Over For Skylake Upgrade?" MacPrices 10:14 AM
  • "Cassandra: Monday Review -Art and Artists" eXtensions 9:03 AM
  • "1 Significant iPhone Risk Facing Apple Inc. in Fiscal Year 2016: Average selling prices could erode this year, potentially driving further downside for iPhone-related revenue in FY2016." The Motley Fool 8:54 AM
  • "Will your next iPhone repair itself while you sleep?" AppAdvice 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Doesn't Have Accurate Apple News Reader Statistics" MacStories 8:17 AM
  • "The Big Communication Numbers In Apple's Fragmented Tech World" BohemianBoomer 7:22 AM
  • "Get Ready For iPhone 7" Mac 360 7:22 AM
  • "The Arrival of Electric Light" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:04 PM
  • "The Most Bizarre Things We Spotted at CES 2016" [Slideshow] PC Magazine 4:00 PM
  • "How to test your PC for the Skylake bug" PCWorld 3:45 PM
  • "Building for virtual reality? Don't forget about women" The Verge 2:50 PM
  • "U.S. patent reform activists should prepare for an increasingly possible Donald J. Trump presidency" Foss Patents 8:18 AM
  • "Fiction: Breaking Unbreakable Encryption" Monday Note 8:14 AM
  • "The hilarious things that happen when you actually reply to spam" BGR 12:27 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Record by Under Armour gets a redesign, 3D Touch and more" AppAdvice 5:08 PM
  • "Alien Invasion Offers Retro Game and Watch-Inspired Action for Apple Watch" MacTrast 4:04 PM
  • "1Password 6.2 for iOS Brings Watchtower, 3D Touch, and Better Search" MacStories 3:45 PM
  • "Kindle for iOS gets social sharing features, parallel downloads" AppAdvice 2:50 PM
  • "Apple lists every CarPlay partner and vehicle on its website" iMore 2:31 PM
  • "Zeiss Is Finally Making High-quality Lenses For Your iPhone" Gizmodo 11:17 AM
  • "1Password for iOS adds 3D Touch shortcuts, new security tools, more" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Offline Korean to English Language Dictionary 3.0 for iOS" prMac 10:27 AM
  • "Indie game developer blends trivia and adventure gaming on the iPad" prMac 8:55 AM
  • "Oceanica 1.0 released for iOS - New RPG/Adventure Game" prMac 7:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Is Headed for a Breakdown" TheStreet 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals Windows 10 usage tracking data" netimperative 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Reveals Why Car Makers Want Windows 10 in Their Vehicles" Softpedia 8:14 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone display scaling improvements touted" Hexus 8:09 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone Insider seeds on the way" Tech Central 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Trying to Re-Enable Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7/8.1 Twice a Day" Softpedia 8:02 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone display scaling improvements touted" Hexus 8:09 AM
  • "Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work: US government data shows weekends are when Win 10 shines" The Register 8:02 AM
  • "Several Windows 10 Apps Get Updated" Softpedia 8:06 AM
  • "IBM supercomputer helps lender to figure out customer needs" Asian Review 7:54 AM
  • "Africa: #CES2016 - CTA Foundation, IBM Looking Into Transforming Lives of Persons With Disability Through Cognitive Computing" all Africa 7:53 AM
  • "Hong Leong Bank Partners IBM To Gear Up Credit Card Services" Bernama 7:54 AM
  • "Hong Leong Bank partners IBM to introduce cognitive banking" The Star: Malaysia 7:53 AM
  • "HP Printer Cartridges 'Washing Up Across UK, Europe'" TechWeekEurope 7:52 AM
  • "Dell recognised for Latitude devices including a world's first for laptops and 2-in-1s" Channel Info 7:50 AM
  • "Nigeria: Dell Unveils New Collection of Monitors At CES 2016" all Africa 7:49 AM
  • "Dell Latitude 13 7370 hands-on review" The Inquirer 7:49 AM
  • "Two years on, Dell shows going private was a smart move" ars technica 7:48 AM
  • "Hoverboard butler? Printed trainers? Intel reveals its new innovations" BT 7:47 AM
  • "Intel Skylake bug causes PCs to freeze during complex workloads" ars technica 7:46 AM
  • "Mathematicians Discover Bug That Causes Skylake Chips To Freeze In The Middle Of Complex Workloads" Tech Times 7:46 AM
  • "Intel Expands Compute Stick Family with Cherry Trail and Core M Models" AnandTech 7:45 AM
  • "Intel Skylake bug seizes up PCs running complex workloads" Hexus 7:45 AM
  • "Does Amazon's Recent Chip Move Raise Concerns for Intel?" Market Realist 1:45 PM
  • "Watch Intel's record-setting drone light show" Engadget 7:44 AM
  • "AMD Fury Nano price slashed, plus Polaris GPUs spotted" TrustedReviews 7:42 AM
  • "AMD slashes the Radeon R9 Nano graphics card's price by a massive $150" PCWorld 11:20 AM
  • "AMD Cuts Price of Radeon R9 Nano to $499" AnandTech 7:41 AM
  • "AMD Polaris chips spotted in shipping manifests" Hexus 7:41 AM
  • "What Oracle V Google Teaches Business Owners About IP Law" Response Source 7:40 AM
  • "Cisco's Rebecca Jacoby: 'Define Success on Your Own Terms'" Light Reading 7:37 AM
  • "HP, Dell, Cisco maintain dominance in enterprise hardware" Tech Central 7:36 AM
  • "AT&T Forms Alliance with Ericsson, Cisco, Qualcomm, GE & Others to Build Smart Cities" The Fast Mode 7:36 AM
  • "Huawei Threatens Cisco With Application Driven Networking" Light Reading 7:36 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Inc. Price Target Cut to $120.00 by Analysts at Oppenheimer" Ticker Report 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Analyst Lowers Estimates But Upgrades Shares To Buy" Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung supplier Biel Crystal plans $2 billion HK IPO in 2016: IFR" Reuters 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks eke out small gains amid oil rout/Equities unlikely to rally if oil doesn't bottom: analyst" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Limp Into Earnings Season, Still Buffeted by China, Oil" TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks close mixed as oil tanks almost 6%" USA Today 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Close Mixed as Earnings Season Kicks Off" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks Regain Ground After Volatile Session: Investors look to earnings season for clearer picture of growth prospects for stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Chinese stocks tumble again as Beijing sits on sidelines: Chinese shares plunged Monday, close to their low reached during last summer's crash, while authorities appeared to sit on the sidelines, overshadowing their recent moves to calm markets by steadying the yuan." MarketWatch 7:26 AM
  • "European stocks close at lowest level since September: European stocks markets ended a bouncy session in negative territory, as another slump in commodity prices spooked investors and drove commodity companies lower." MarketWatch 12:16 PM

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