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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
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"With iPhone 8 release looming, Apple may become the world's first trillion-dollar company" BGR 3:31 PM
"Qualcomm Demands iPhone, iPad Import Ban In US, Accusing Apple Of Patent Infringement" Redmond Pie 7/8
"Will iPhones be banned amid Apple, Qualcomm feud? If Qualcomm has its way with the ITC, future iPhones risk of being banned entirely from entering the US, but there's nothing to worry about." International Business Times 7/8
"From disrupter to disrupted: Apple's profits overtaken by Samsung/ Samsung on course to beat Apple's profits for first time since two giants entered market" Irish Times 7/8
"Contract dispute: Apple fires back at supplier/The graphics provider, Imagination Technologies Group's stock collapsed more than 60%" Bloomberg 7/8
"Nearly 14% of iPhone users long for Apple Homepod: Survey: With Amazon Echo and Google Home dominating the voice-activated device game, iPhone users are now showing more interest in Apples newly-launched wireless home speaker Homepod, a survey has revealed." Financial Express 7/8
"JUST IN: Apple Watch bait-and-switch scam targets Florida retailers" Palm Beach Post 7/8
"I Got Hacked and All I Got Was This New SIM Card" carpeaqua 7/7
"Is there room for both Amazon and Walmart? Recode's Jason Del Rey talks about Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods, what Walmart is doing with Jet.com and more on Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 7/7
"The world's greatest movies are trapped on a terrible website: Must I really pay for this?" The Verge 7/7
"Sears, Microsoft Job Cuts Reveal Seismic Shifts In Nation's Economy" Hot Air 11:51 AM
"Microsoft plans to cut 'thousands' of jobs" Times of Oman 7:13 AM
"Is Microsoft Already Too Late to the Smart Home Speaker Market? Amazon was first, Google is smartest, and Apple has its fanboys and fangirls. With no clear advantage or killer app to differentiate it, why is Microsoft joining the fray with a 'me too' smart speaker?" The Motley Fool 11:52 AM
"Microsoft news recap: CIO leaves the company, BBC Newsnight looks at Microsoft's AI research lab and more" OnMSFT 12:49 PM
"Apple (AAPL) Just Had its Strongest June Ever - Drexel Hamilton" StreetInsider 7/6
"Stock market climbs as U.S. adds 222,000 jobs in June: U.S. stocks rose on Friday following an employment report that showed the U.S. gained 222,000 jobs in June, representing the second-largest job haul of the year and underscoring that the labor market remains healthy." MarketWatch 7/7
"Nearly everyone's a winner: Funds rose again last quarter/NEW YORK — The good times keep rolling for fund investors." USA Today 7/7
"US adds 222,000 jobs in June, keeping Fed on course" FOXBusiness 7/7
"U.S. Stocks Boosted by Financial Shares: Gains in bank stocks offset energy sector losses" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7/7
"Asia-Pacific markets slump, following losses in U.S., Europe: Equity markets across the Asia-Pacific region were lower Friday, tracking declines in the U.S. and Europe, as investors become more cautious about the prospects of global central bank tightening." MarketWatch 7/7
"European stocks fall on stumble in oil prices, central bank concerns: European stocks ended in slightly negative territory on Friday, pushed lower by a slide in oil prices and nagging worries about the potential end of ultraloose monetary policy." MarketWatch 7/7
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