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Jury to decide Apple's $1 billion patent suit vs Samsung. Does Apple keep most of the money, a fraction of it, or none at all? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: Lawsuits, legal issues abound today, jurists deliberate Apple vs. Samsung award; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple will, and should, lose the patent trial vs. Samsung; Powerbeats headphone lawsuit vs Apple given go ahead by judge; Cupertino looking to "squeeze extra taxes out of Apple"; Apple removing CallKit apps from China App Store; meanwhile, in the UK, Google faces possible $4.3 billion lawsuit over iPhone privacy; Apple drops a spot in Fortune 500, from 3 to 4; TeenSafe app compromised, thousands of Apple IDs exposed; former Siri speech scientist at Apple now working for Microsoft; and "Don't be evil" no longer part of Google's code of conduct; Apple Gazette opines on MacBook Pro keyboard lawsuit.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "U.S. trade commission to probe Nokia complaint against Apple: The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it will investigate a complaint by Nokia Technologies alleging that Apple Inc has imported smart phones, tablet computers and other electronics that infringe upon its patents."  Reuters 11:53 AM
  • "Why Apple, Samsung, and the FTC are attacking Qualcomm's royalty model"  Fortune 7:07 AM
  • "Commission's Apple tax ruling tantamount to 'land grab'/Tax Summit: Fergal O'Rourke claims Brussels overstepped remit in demanding €13bn in back taxes" Irish Times 7:09 AM
  • "Apple sued for not using iPhone safety fix it patented to stop distracted driving: Man launched class-action lawsuit hoping to force Apple to implement lockout feature to prevent texting while driving or have phone sales halted in California" The Guardian 12:09 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1, brings Night Shift to the Mac and other new features" 9to5Mac 12:18 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and More with Security Fixes" Intego 6:12 PM
  • "Apple Releases iTunes 12.5.5 Update - Includes 'Minor App and Performance Improvements'" MacTrast 7:44 AM
  • "Apple's Night Shift is coming to macOS" The Verge 1:30 PM
  • "Apple will let developers reply to reviews in the App Store soon, for iOS and Mac apps" 9to5Mac 1:29 PM
  • "Apple Makes App Store Reviews Great Again" Apple Must 3:15 PM
  • "iTunes Update Fixes Network Access Problem" Kirkville 7:10 AM
  • "Chris Lattner on creating Swift, leaving Apple" iMore 10:42 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "macOS 10.12 (Sierra) on Mac Pro: A solid release" Betalogue 1:25 PM
  • "iTunes 12.5.5; Be Careful How You Delete Items from Playlists" Kirkville 7:10 AM
  • "How to speed up your workflow in Safari using the MacBook Pro Touch Bar" 9to5Mac 3:27 PM
  • "Organizing my invoices with Reminders" Dr. Drang 7:09 AM
  • "macOS Sierra: PiPifier Gives You Picture-in-Picture For All Videos" The Mac Observer 7:44 AM
  • "macOS Sierra: How to Put Folders First in Finder Lists" Apple Must 10:30 AM
  • "Using TextEdit Tabs on Mac" OS X Daily 5:06 PM
  • "Use Activity Monitor To Find Out What Is Preventing Sleep" MacMost 10:30 AM
  • "How To Squash Or Squish Photos On A Mac" Mac360 8:51 AM
Op/Ed
  • "The Rocky Road To Mac App Subscriptions" McSolo 8:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Fortify Your Theology Bookshelf" Accordance 11:48 AM
  • "Maintain Releases Cocktail 10.2 (Sierra Edition)" Maintain 10:30 AM
  • "Military Grade Data Deletion for iOS with ProtectStar Data Shredder iOS" prMac 9:00 AM
  • "HDRtist NX 1.0 introduced for macOS - Next generation HDR software" prMac 6:58 AM
  • "Introducing Mosaic. The gold standard in window management for macOS" prMac 6:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Ford Hires Apple Marketing Director Musa Tariq as Brand Leader" MacRumors 10:38 AM
  • "Apple's head of global retail marketing is going to be Ford's first chief brand officer" Recode 10:45 AM
  • "Have We Truly Turned A Corner With Music-Streaming? Thanks to strong growth for Spotify and Apple Music in 2016, the music industry ended last year with more than 100 million paying for streaming subscriptions." Music Ally 7:37 AM
  • "Did Apple Pay Worm Into PayPal's Q4? Apple didn't impact PayPal's Q3, but Q4 was the first full quarter the two payment options went head-to-head." Barron's 3:28 PM
  • "Apple transitioning homepage to its cleaner & more legible San Francisco font" 9to5Mac 6:30 PM
  • "Apple users have higher credit scores than everyone else" Business Insider 11:18 AM
  • "Why Apple's primary Chinese supplier might want a US factory" Yahoo! Finance 12:09 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple ships its first ever Mac" Cult of Mac 9:00 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook, Snapchat Deals Produce Meager Results for News Outlets: Newspapers and other media outlets are struggling to make money from their partnerships with tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat, raising concerns over their business models in a news landscape increasingly dominated by social media platforms." Bloomberg 12:51 PM
  • "The Huawei Watch 2 is reportedly coming next month" The Verge 12:34 PM
  • "Google Home has some new smart friends for your IoT household" Mashable 11:18 AM
  • "A key Microsoft Surface exec just joined the startup that's trying to kill Apple's AirPods" Business Insider 10:45 AM
  • "Target planning in-store payments through mobile app this year while still resisting Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "Yahoo sale delayed following security breaches" BBC 7:15 AM
  • "New FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants to kill net neutrality" The Next Web 7:07 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Connected, Episode 126: iPhone ∞" MacStories 8:57 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 171: Pen Pineapple Apple Pen" iDownload Blog 7:10 AM
  • "We're back from hiatus and we've got some cool stuff to talk about." The MT Show 6:22 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Report suggests hopes of Energous-based long-range charging in iPhone 8 may be dashed" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Brand vendors to launch smartphones with AI applications to ramp up sales in 2017" ["Meanwhile, market sources have also indicated that Apple's next-generation iPhone devices are likely to come with enhanced Siri."] DigiTimes 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Working on 'Enhanced Siri' Capabilities for Next-Generation iPhones" MacRumors 7:25 AM
  • "Apple working on enhanced Siri for iPhone 8 launch in the face of competition from Google Assistant and Alexa" 9to5Mac 9:00 AM
  • "Apple is teaching Siri to learn new tricks" Computerworld 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3 With 'Find My AirPods' to Developers" MacRumors 12:08 PM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 10.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch" 9to5Mac 12:08 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 10.3 beta hits with cricket scores, 'find my AirPods'" CNET 12:27 PM
  • "iOS 10.3 code includes hidden support for a floating one-handed keyboard for iPad users" 9to5Mac 6:15 PM
  • "All the major new additions in the iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 betas: Night Shift for the Mac, finding lost AirPods, and more." Ars Technica 12:03 PM
  • "Apple is trying to limit how often your iPhone apps can bug you to give them a rating" Recode 3:40 PM
  • "'Theater Mode' Coming to Apple Watch" MacRumors 2:21 PM
  • "Upcoming watchOS 3.2 Includes New Theater Mode and Siri Improvements" MacStories 3:28 PM
  • "Apple Watch will dim its bright lights in Theater Mode" Engadget 4:36 PM
  • "Apple Watch To Get Theater Mode With watchOS 3.2" Redmond Pie 8:52 PM
  • "Apple releases first tvOS 10.2 beta for Apple TV developers" 9to5Mac 12:14 PM
  • "Smaller MacBooks Are Having Persistent Problems With Sticking Keys" Digital Trends 8:59 AM
  • "Apple has fixed a bug that was causing battery problems in the new MacBook Pro" Business Insider 7:15 AM
  • "iOS 10.2.1 Might Not Seem Like Much, But It'll Make Security Folks Pretty Happy" Digital Trends 7:06 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 10.3: What We Know About This Mostly Dark Update" AppAdvice 9:00 AM
  • "Apple iOS Gets Improvements in Mobile CAD in Recent HOOPS Exchange Technology" Architosh 6:47 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links" AppleInsider 6:52 AM
  • "Apple Granted 35 Patents Today Covering Apple Watch Smart Links, In-Air Gaming Gesturing and Apple Watch" Patently Apple 7:10 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:16 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "GoPower Plus is a convenient iOS device charger (though there's that adapter issue for 2016 MP Pro owners)" Apple World Today 7:10 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with iOS 10.3 beta 1 [Video] 9to5Mac 7:26 PM
  • "Hands-on: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My AirPods' feature" AppleInsider 6:30 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 10.3 Beta to Developers with 'Find My AirPods', File System Conversion, Miscellaneous Improvements" MacStories 1:26 PM
  • "'Dog Sled Saga' Review – Perfectly Pleasant Pupper Racing" Touch Arcade 1:25 PM
  • "Hands-On with 'Flappy Bird' Creator's Next Game, 'Ninja Spinki Challenges!'" Touch Arcade 12:25 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to create Memories based on specific photos" iDownload Blog 9:00 AM
  • "How To Use Google Maps Offline Mode On iPhone And iPad" Tech Times 7:36 AM
  • "How to add your Square Cash account to Apple Pay" iMore 7:11 AM
Tips
  • "Sorting Playlists, Songs, and Albums in the Music app Tips" iLounge 3:28 PM
  • "PSA: There Are No MFi USB-C to Lightning Cables, Only Apple Makes Them" WCCFTech 7:53 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Advances in Retail Experiences in Bangkok for Mac Users (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 7:08 PM
  • "Perspectives on Mac and PC Shipments and Sales for 2016" The Mac Observer 6:12 PM
  • "Apple Inc.: a pre-mortem" OSNews 2:21 PM
  • "Breaking the Qualcomm tax" iMore 1:30 PM
  • "Apple Without Steve Jobs Again... Whats Next?"  Low End Mac 1:27 PM
  • "The Suddenly Boring iPhone: An analyst downgraded shares of Apple on Tuesday, on concerns that new iPhones just don't hold the excitement they once did." Barron's 11:18 AM
  • "Why Apple should totally steal this awesome new Android feature" BGR 11:18 AM
  • "Apple, Stop Removing Useful Ports" AppleBlend 8:59 AM
  • "On The Problems With Security 101" Mac360 8:51 AM
  • "Why Marketshare Matters To Apple" PixoBebo 8:51 AM
  • "Where Apple Succeeds, Others Do Not" Mac360 8:51 AM
  • "Should a bank brand itself like Apple?" The Banker 7:37 AM
  • "Someone Just Designed the iPhone 8 of Your Dreams" Tom's Guide 7:36 AM
  • "Tax guru thinks Apple's bill from Europe could be overturned" Cult of Mac 7:11 AM
  • "What a week: Apple never has good ones" Macworld 6:59 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Is the world big enough for Huawei?" Fortune 8:48 PM
  • "Netflix's movie download feature is now even better for Android users" Mashable 6:29 PM
  • "Why the New FCC Chair Should Leave You Ajit-ated" PC Magazine 3:54 PM
  • "Comment: I wish Google Home accepted different and fun wake words like the Amazon Echo" 9to5Google 9:00 AM
  • "The War Against Qualcomm Is a Test for Trump" PC Magazine 7:11 AM
  • "Voice Drives New Software Paradigm" Tech.pinions 7:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Final Android Wear 2.0 developer preview adds better iPhone support before expected Feb. launch" AppleInsider 3:39 PM
  • "Best iPhone Gimbals for Better Handheld Video" iMore 11:05 AM
  • "New iOS controllers give you that Nintendo Switch feeling" Cult of Mac 10:40 AM
  • "Gamevice launches new iPhone 7 MFi game controller w/ headphone jack & Lightning charging, new iPad controllers" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Epson Debuts New Large-Format Scanner for Graphic Artists and Pro Photographers" PRNewswire 7:17 AM
  • "Epson's New PowerLite Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays Deliver Bright Images and Versatility for K-12 Classrooms" PRNewswire 7:17 AM
  • "Epson Introduces New BrightLink Interactive Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays for Education" PRNewswire 7:17 AM
  • "plasq Introduces Comic Draw - Full-Featured Comic Creation App for iPad" prMac 10:45 AM
  • "Wild West meets Modern with Waterfield Maverick Leather Laptop Messenger" prMac 6:58 AM
  • "Gro Software Introduce Enterprise Class CRM Sales Platform for iOS" prMac 6:45 AM
  • "The award-winning digital playground Busy Shapes is back with a 3D twist" prMac 6:45 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Court ruling stands: US has no right to seize data from world's servers/Outcome means hot-button privacy topic could reach US Supreme Court." Ars Technica 6:15 PM
  • "Microsoft Ventures backs Illusive Networks, a cybersecurity firm that protects with deception" TechCrunch 7:22 AM
  • "Microsoft wins in court as Justice Departments appeal is denied in Irish email case" On MSFT 12:13 PM
  • "Vivaldi CEO to Microsoft: Stop Stealing the Default Browser in Windows 10/He criticized Microsoft for making Edge the default browser" Softpedia 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft reaffirms UK datacenter plans, says employee comments 'not reflective of the company's view'" On MSFT 12:13 PM
  • "Microsoft's earnings to exceed Wall Street's expectations on growth from the cloud, Pacific Crest predicts" CNBC 12:13 PM
  • "Windows 10: Here's how Microsoft thinks Defender Security Center will make life safer" ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft will make Focused Inbox available for Windows 10 users from February, April for Mobile users" MSPoweruser 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft creates company CTO role, appoints LinkedIn infrastructure SVP Kevin Scott" Seeking Alpha 11:21 AM
  • "HP recalls more than 100,000 batteries for possible overheating" CNET 5:06 PM
  • "HPE to acquire Cloud Cruiser for measuring IT usage" ZDNet 8:45 PM
  • "Cisco to Acquire AppDynamics for $3.7 Billion, Derailing IPO Plans" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:25 PM
  • "Cisco to buy AppDynamics for about $3.7 billion" Reuters 7:26 PM
  • "Cisco to buy AppDynamics for $3.7bn" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:26 PM
  • "Cisco buys AppDynamics for $3.7 billion, plots business performance expansion" ZDNet 8:45 PM
  • "Cisco swoops in with $3.7 billion bid for AppDynamics just before IPO" MarketWatch 7:25 PM
  • "Cisco snaps up AppDynamics for $3.7B right before its IPO" TechCrunch 7:26 PM
  • "Cisco to pluck AppDynamics for $3.7bn, just before IPO" The Register 8:26 PM
  • "Cisco's web meeting plugin for Chrome has a whopping flaw: Any site could use WebEx to silently load malware in a 'driveby' attack." Engadget 7:19 AM
  • "WebEx Chrome extension allowed remote code execution on Windows PCs: Cisco rushes out a shonky fix for plugin's 20 million users" The Inquirer 7:19 AM
  • "AMD Vega 10 vs NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti: AMD Graphics Card Can Finally Compete With Top-End Nvidia's GPU Stack [Video] University Herald 7:28 AM
  • "The key points on Intel's new Linux distribution: Container-focused Linux distro for the cloud is packed with intriguing features" TechCentral.ie 7:29 AM
  • "IBM Security Buys Agile 3 To Help C-Level Executives Better Understand Cyberthreats" PYMNTS.com 7:39 AM
  • "After promising Donald Trump jobs will come home, IBM swings axe" The Register 8:47 PM
  • "Oracle's new cloud push won't be easy/The challenge: AWS, Google, Microsoft, and IBM own the market, enterprises want to drop Oracle databases, and Oracle's short on innovations" InfoWorld 7:47 AM
  • "Oracle Solaris limps on in continuous delivery mode" ZDNet 3:54 PM
  • "Samsung records highest profit jump in 3 years" TechCrunch 7:22 AM
  • "Samsung's chip business posted record earnings in Q4 2016: It's the reason the company did well despite the Note 7 scandal." Engadget 7:09 AM
  • "PC gaming surges, while the rest of the PC market declines" ExtremeTech 7:19 AM
  • "SAP doubles S/4HANA adoption, ups revenue targets for 2020" ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "Exascale supercomputer prototype planned this year by China's National Supercomputer Centre: World's most powerful computer will use microprocessors designed and made in China - and be delivered before America's" V3 7:54 AM
  • "D-Wave's $15 million quantum computer runs a staggering 2,000 qubits: D-Wave's 2000Q quantum computer will ship to select customers but could ultimately be available to others via the cloud" IDG News Service 11:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Cashes in Another $3.6 Million in Stock" MacRumors 6:13 PM
  • "How Will Apple's iPhone Perform in Fiscal 1Q17?" Market Realist 4:25 PM
  • "Strong iPhone 7 Plus adoption seen boosting ASP, Apple's Dec. quarter results" AppleInsider 12:04 PM
  • "Apple stock downgraded at Barclays on sluggish iPhone sales" MarketWatch 7:36 AM
  • "Why Barclays Downgraded Apple" Zero Hedge 7:52 AM
  • "UBS: Solid quarter for Apple, but China is a drag" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:29 PM
  • "Apple: Stifel cuts iPhone sales estimate. Again." Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:40 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq notch new records as Dow moves closer to 20,000: S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite on track to mark closing records" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Scores Triple-Digit Gain; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Post New Records" TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks jump as S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new record highs" Associated Press 3:59 PM
  • "Dow 20K Back Within Striking Distance" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb, Buoyed by Materials Shares: Dow Jones Industrial Average tracking within 100 points of 20000 level" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets mainly higher after Trump pulls U.S. out of TPP" MarketWatch 7:35 AM
  • "European stocks hold modest gains as U.K. government loses Brexit case" MarketWatch 7:35 AM

 
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