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Weekend Highlights: Apple teams with Musical.ly, a social media app targeting teens by letting them create/share own music videos; Financial Times breaks down the costly battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the latter of which releases press accusing Apple of "improperly interfer[ing] with Qualcomm's agreements with contract manufacturers"; and Apple ceases payment of royalties to Qualcomm which cuts chip manufacturer's profit forecast; Dan Dilger says media wrong with narrative of boring iPhone, Apple Watch a dud, and other pronouncements; stealthy malware targeting Macs bypasses Gatekeeper by using an Apple Developer Certificate, also stays under radar of most antivirus apps; TechHive's part 1 of mastering music metadata; Apple's self-driving car, currently in testing on California roads, is a Lexus; first Apple Store in Southeast Asia said to open this May; case leak confirms iPhone 8 with vertical camera cutout, and no rear Touch ID spot, so looks like front is gonna happen; smart speaker using Siri, AirPlay might debut at WWDC according to Sonny Dickson, who spoke with MacRumors; Kirk McElhearn asks why Apple's device authorization/association method is so confusing and difficult.
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"Critics Of Apple Making A Big Acquisition Don't Get It" ["In the note, the analyst (Amit Daryanani) speculated that were Apple allowed to repatriate the money it holds overseas, the odds of a Disney acquisition would go up."] Forbes 7:11 AM
"One Apple GPU, one giant leap in graphics for iPhone 8" AppleInsider 7:18 AM
"Apple Should Leave the Car-Making to Ford: Let's face it, with more than $246 billion in cash Apple could do anything it damn well pleases. But, investors should be happy that it's not going to (yet) jump into making cars." TheStreet 7:30 AM
"Why Should You Get Your Self-Driving Car From Apple: Last Friday Apple received a permit to officially experiments with self-driving cars. Why should consumers buy an Apple car?" Inc. 8:02 AM
"Appeals court revives Apple's patented 'rubber banding' tech because of one small tweak: AOL invented 'snap forward' years earlier, but Apple innovated by snapping backwards." ["On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion about an 'ex parte reexam,' filed against Apple's patent by an anonymous party. The reexam claimed that one of the patents upholding Apple's big win against Samsung, US Patent No. 7,844,915, never should have been issued at all. The '915 patent was described in a general way as the 'pinch to zoom' patent, but its claims describe a way of distinguishing between one-touch and two-touch operations."] Ars Technica 11:33 AM
"Wall Street Rallies in Low Volume Led by Banks, Tech" Reuters 4:04 PM
"U.S. Stocks Climb as Earnings Season Ramps Up: U.S. stocks rose Monday, bouncing back after last week's declines." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
"Asia stocks fall on China regulatory crackdown, North Korea tensions: Stock markets across Asia ended mostly lower on Monday, as China's securities regulator urged tighter supervision of listed companies, while geopolitical tensions in Korea continued to discourage buying." MarketWatch 7:17 AM
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