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  • "Apple in 2018: Five questions we need to ask/The company had a big year in 2017. Could next year be even bigger?" ["Though the smart home is still in its early stages, Apple could be missing out on a big opportunity if it takes too much longer to get things right. And it's got to find a way to make Siri not only smart enough to play the music you want but also trustworthy enough to lock your front doors."]  CNET 8:12 AM
  • "Apple to buy Shazam for $400 million: TechCrunch" CNBC Videos 8:19 AM
  • "Apple is apparently looking at snapping up Shazam for £300m" V3 8:33 AM
  • "Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report" The Register 8:03 AM
  • "Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources" Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "Apple aims to block climate, rights proposals with quick use of SEC guidance: Inc is pushing back on shareholder proposals on climate issue and human rights concerns, an effort activists worry could sharply restrict investor rights."  Reuters 8:01 AM
  • "GeForce Now beta impressions: Streaming PC games to your Mac isn't perfect, but it's definitely impressive/Nvidia's cloud service puts high-end PC games on even low-end Macs, and it's free to use in beta."  Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?" Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "High Sierra discussions examine file-sharing, APFS/compatibility, Office 2011, reversion procedures, quality issues etc." MacInTouch 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "12 Days of Christmas Sale!" Accordance 10:41 AM
  • "Chrome 63 revamps Bookmark Manager w/ Material Design on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS" 9to5Google 10:38 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro receives many improvements in the latest update" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
  • "CrazyBot - Best PokeBot for Pokemon Go Now Free" prMac 8:14 AM
  • "MacClean can help you easily free up disk space on your Mac" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Reveals More Details About Self-Driving Efforts" Investopedia 8:19 AM
  • "Apple analyst dispels supply concerns" MarketWatch 8:18 AM
  • "Why This FDA Approval Could Be a Huge Deal for Apple" The Motley Fool 8:48 AM
  • "Apple donating $1M to aid Southern California areas hit by latest wildfires" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world's biggest crypto wallets into the App Store" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "An unofficial version of the MyEtherWallet app is #3 on Apple's App Store" The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iPhone factory deaths spark investigation" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Former Facebook exec says network is 'destroying how society works'"  Mashable 8:31 AM
  • "NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — not just Verizon" The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "Internet Pioneers and Leaders Tell the FCC: You Don't Understand How the Internet Works/Internet creators and leading figures ask the FCC to cancel its vote repealing Net Neutrality protections/We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108)." Pioneers for Net Neutrality 10:02 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak one of 21 tech pioneers to blast FCC for flawed approach to net neutrality" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "How Ajit Pai tore up the rulebook for the information age" Axios 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy"  MacRumors 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Is Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries" Redmond Pie 8:32 AM
  • "Slow iPhone? New Battery Might Fix That" Tom's Guide 8:52 AM
  • "You Can Now Get an iPhone X Delivered in Just a Few Days" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "Apple seems ready to catch up with iPhone X demand" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch 3 shipment growth to benefit Taiwan IC packagers in 2018" DigiTimes 8:11 AM
  • "Going strong: the Apple Watch is en route to set another sales record in 2018" phoneArena 8:52 AM
  • "Many Sprint Customers Unable to Use Wi-Fi Calling on iOS 11.2"  MacRumors 10:08 AM
  • "Sprint customers reportedly unable to use Wi-Fi Calling after updating to iOS 11.2" iDownload Blog 10:50 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM

  • "iPhone X Third Impressions" ["The Third Impression of a product can only be formed after a few weeks of quotidian use. By nature, the impression is stable and thus fuels a company's most potent marketing weapon: Word of Mouth."]  Monday Note 7:49 AM
  • "Hands-on: Logitech MX Ergo wireless trackball mouse/I've been waiting a long time for a new trackball from Logitech. Finally, my patience has been rewarded with the release of the MX Ergo Wireless Trackball." ZDNet 8:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Streets of Rage' Review - I Just Can't Live Without Rageahol" Touch Arcade 10:41 AM
  • "How to Ditch Apple Completely" ["If you're seriously considering ditching some (or all) of Apple's products you're definitely not alone, but it's easier said than done. Cupertino's done such a good job of wheedling its way into every facet of our digital lives that weaning yourself off of its ecosystem of products is a pretty serious endeavor."] Lifehacker 10:09 AM
  • "Using the iOS Podcasts App" MacMost 9:50 AM
  • "How to check if the battery in your iPhone may need to be replaced" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "How to repeat songs, albums, and playlists in Apple Music app" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "The perfect way to show off the notch on your iPhone X" BGR 8:52 AM
  • "How to take your best portrait photos on your iPhone: We've put together our best tips for shooting incredible portraits on your phone." CNET 8:19 AM
  • "10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam" Computerworld 10:29 AM
  • "Face ID rivals on Android? Apple's Phil Schiller says 'they all stink'" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "What's wrong with Foxconn in Wisconsin?"  Apple 3.0 8:32 AM
  • "Always-on voice and an 'iServe' would be a great combo" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Jony Ive's Return to Apple Design Team Caps a Good Year" The Mac Observer 7:50 AM
  • "How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility: As the FCC prepares to eliminate net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs to charge more for some internet traffic based on speed of delivery, companies will have to rethink how mobile apps are created and how they host content." Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 7:50 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 11: Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Time Machine, Holiday Parties" The MUG Center 9:00 AM
  • "Former Apple India Executive Maneesh Dhir Joins Meta as COO" Business Wire 8:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Reports Filed In Microsoft Lawsuit Find 'Significant' Gender Gap At Firm" Forbes 9:19 AM
  • "Like Apple, Microsoft Is Also Likely to Become a $1 Trillion Company" Softpedia 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft, Google rumoured to be against a Broadcom-Qualcomm deal" bit-tech 9:25 AM
  • "EU intervenes in Microsoft and US's data privacy battle" IT PRO 9:21 AM
  • "Not just Apple- Microsoft also left the keys to their kingdom exposed" MSPoweruser 9:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Drops Hint of New 'Mobile Device' in Official App" Softpedia 9:21 AM
  • "Microsoft doubles down on its 'AI for Earth' initiative, pledging $50M at Paris climate event" GeekWire 9:24 AM
  • "Microsoft investing $50 million in climate-change program" Seattle Times 9:22 AM
  • "Microsoft commits $50 million more to its AI for Earth program" VentureBeat 8:33 AM
  • "IBM launches Bot Asset Exchange for enterprise developers" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round" The Register 9:11 AM
  • "IBM unveils server designed for artificial intelligence" Financial News 9:10 AM
  • "Russia's Biggest Bank Pilots Money Transfer on an IBM Blockchain" CryptoCoin News 9:09 AM
  • "Built-in keylogger found in HP laptops...again" TechRepublic 9:08 AM
  • "HP admits to installing keylogger on hundreds of laptops" Digital Journal 9:08 AM
  • "Your laptop could be recording everything you type: Sinister keylogging software that lets hackers spy on users is found on almost 500 models of HP computer" Daily Mail (UK) 9:08 AM
  • "HP issues update to remove 'accidental' keylogger from laptop driver" The Inquirer 9:07 AM
  • "HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger" BBC 9:07 AM
  • "HP Patches New Keylogger Software in its Laptops" CDR Info 9:07 AM
  • "Dormant Keylogger Functionality Found in HP Laptops" SecurityWeek 9:07 AM
  • "Quanta Cloud to team up with Intel, RedHat to develop 5G cloud solutions" DigiTimes 9:00 AM
  • "AMD and Qualcomm team up for LTE PCs" SemiAccurate 8:58 AM
  • "AMD leak confirms Ryzen 2 will launch early 2018, ready for Intel's Coffee Lake refresh" PCGamesN 8:57 AM
  • "AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors could arrive in just a couple of months" TechRadar UK 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge Coming In March 2018, Leaked Slides Reveal Price, Release, Specs And More" SegmentNext 8:57 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 processors are reportedly arriving in early 2018" The Inquirer 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Plans Ryzen 2 February Launch: Intel Faces Tough 2018?" Forbes 8:56 AM
  • "Cisco furthers multi-cloud mission with acquisition" IT PRO 8:52 AM
  • "Cisco buys cloud optimisation firm" Banking Tech 8:52 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple asks SEC for authority to skip shareholder proposals on climate change & human rights" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "If Tim Cook is right about AR, Lumentum is a buy" CNBC 10:08 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks trade flat after minor NYC explosion, ahead of Fed meeting: Bitcoin futures provide the fireworks after trading open on Sunday" MarketWatch 9:00 AM
  • "Wall Street Futures Ease After Explosion at New York's Port Authority: U.S. stocks rise but come off highs after officials confirmed an explosion at New York's Port Authority." TheStreet 9:00 AM
  • "Wall Street to open higher, futures recover after explosion scare" Reuters 8:59 AM
  • "Stock Markets Firm, While Bitcoin Futures Make Debut: U.S. futures slip a bit after reports of an explosion at the New York Port Authority" [Paid Membership Required] 8:59 AM
  • "Banks, oil majors help drive Asian stocks higher; Apple supplier Hon Hai rebounds: Traders keep a close eye on bitcoin futures trading" MarketWatch 8:59 AM
  • "European stocks edge lower as techs fall, but U.K. blue chips rise: Soft pound helps FTSE 100 outperform European stock markets" MarketWatch 8:58 AM

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