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  • "How Apple and Finisar are transforming the future of this Texas town"  Apple 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Awards Finisar $390 Million From Its Advanced Manufacturing Fund: Award Will Create 500 High-Skill Jobs at Sherman, Texas Facility" Business Wire 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Awards $390 Million to Face ID Tech Company Finisar: Investment from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund to help boost production of VCSELs" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production" Reuters 8:53 AM
  • "Apple is investing $390 million into a company that makes chips for the iPhone X and AirPods" Business Insider 8:00 AM
  • "Apple plows $390M into Finisar facial recognition, 500+ jobs" Associated Press 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Security Flaws Give Some Researchers Concern About Deeper Issues"  Wired 8:22 AM
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News
  • "Firefox Quantum: 170 million installs so far, as more Chrome users jump ship" ZDNet 8:37 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How Apple's Safari browser can save your Christmas" Computerworld 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Photos: What do you need to do to get People to sync?" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "An introduction to regular expressions: Decoding simple regex features to match complex text patterns." O'Reilly 8:50 AM
  • "How to Use 'Insert Pattern' in TextEdit to Clean Up Text" The Mac Observer 8:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "Station 1.5 - Multilevel Dock for macOS" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Joyoshare Introduces HEIC Converter - Convert iOS 11 HEIC to JPG, PNG" prMac 7:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Charts of the year: Taiwan – Apple nation" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:34 AM
  • "This chart shows iPhone X adoption has overtaken the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus" Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Was Nearly World's Top Google Search This Year" MacRumors 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone 8 & iPhone X the #2 and #3 most popular Google searches in 2017" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "ABI Research: Apple will be a 'follower' in the 'Post-Smartphone Era'/Surprise Leaders (and Laggards) Identified in New Report" PRNewswire 7:42 AM
  • "Pollution-monitoring app sees 196 Apple suppliers face action for violating environmental rules" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Bought Apple Stock in 1980? Held It? Don't Brag: An investor who purchased at the IPO price is rich today. But nobody can say they saw it coming." Bloomberg 8:07 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Synaptics Starts Mass-Producing In-Display Fingerprint Sensors" PC Magazine 8:49 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppStories, Episode 35 – An Interview with Christian Selig, Creator of Reddit Client Apollo" MacStories 8:50 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple's 'Most Powerful Mac Ever' to Go on Sale Thursday" Investopedia 8:00 AM
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  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:37 AM

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  • "Pad & Quill Heritage and Field Strap Apple Watch bands: High quality, great looks, and full-grain leather" ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Hands on with Ottm's wonderful wooden Apple Watch band [Video] Cult of Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers review: premium PC speakers burdened by average audio" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "Review: Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
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  • "Bear 1.4 Brings Tag and Note Autocomplete, True Black Theme for iPhone X, and More" MacStories 8:50 AM
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  • "Everything you need to know about Apple's GymKit, now out in the US: Pair an Apple Watch with a treadmill, get better data." Ars Technica 8:49 AM
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  • "Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac" Cult of Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Five simple steps to adjust the text size on your iPhone or iPad" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why This Apple Inc. Analyst Might Be Right About a 2018 Supercycle" The Motley Fool 8:58 AM
  • "Why I'm Passing on iPhone X and Face ID—for Now: The facial recognition on Apple's new flagship iPhone X smartphone is cutting-edge tech, but it's just not reliable enough for me."  PC Magazine 8:49 AM
  • "Apple: Revisiting My iPhone X Projections" Seeking Alpha 8:33 AM
  • "Should you buy an iMac Pro? Here are the reasons why and why not: Apple most powerful Mac is an attractive computer. But do you really need it?" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "Comment: Upcoming 'Top 5' Android smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor is too little, too late" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (35) -Dvorak Muddies the Waters and other Inconsequentials" eXtensions 7:32 AM
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  • "Let's calm down. No matter what happens with net neutrality, an open internet isn't going anywhere.: The biggest threat to Silicon Valley innovation and improving consumer experiences isn't net neutrality, it's an internet that stalls and doesn't get better." Recode 8:56 AM
  • "Why I don't care about net neutrality, or our country's future" The Next Web 8:43 AM
  • "France's bonkers phone ban for students actually makes sense" The Next Web 8:42 AM
  • "Total ban on smartphones in schools: Should others follow France's lead?" ZDNet 8:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Announcing Scriptogram - A New Cursive Writing App for iPad" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Gamevice Announces Full Support For iPhone X And iPhone 8 And Precision Control For Sphero's App-Enabled Droids At New Low Price" Gamevice 8:17 AM
  • "Star Wars iPhone cases: Celebrate the release of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "[Bridge Constructor Portal] "The Portal Will Open in Three... Two... One...' - Original GLaDOS Voice Actor Ellen McLain Returns" Headup Games 7:37 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit aims to get boffins started with sci-fi era computing: It's a development kit Jim, just not as we know it" The Inquirer 12/12
  • "Ex-Microsoft Executive Larson-Green Joins Data-Analysis Startup Qualtrics" Bloomberg 12/12
  • "Longtime Microsoft Exec Julie Larson-Green Joins Utah Unicorn Qualtrics As CXO" Forbes 12/12
  • "Microsoft's new Outings app aims to help travelers find their next destinations: Developed for both iOS and Android platforms, the app was designed by the Microsoft Garage Project." Search Engine Land 12/12
  • "Intel doesn't want you to know about Gemini Lake Atoms" SemiAccurate 12/12
  • "Best Intel Z370 Motherboards 2017: the 5 best Coffee Lake mobos/Intel's latest range of processors, dubbed Coffee Lake, refine the firm's existing technology to bring some exciting advancements to consumer computing." TrustedReviews 12/12
  • "New Pentium Silver and Celeron processors launched for affordable low-power PC: New display tech found inside Silver and Celeron CPUs" TechSpot 12/12
  • "Intel launches Gemini Lake Pentium Silver, Celeron parts" bit-tech 12/12
  • "Intel unveils Celeron and Pentium Silver CPUs based on Gemini Lake architecture: Low-end architecture will power low-end Celeron and Pentium CPUs" Computing 12/12
  • "Intel Pentium Silver CPUs introduced" Hexus 12/12
  • "Intel's new chips: Low-power, lower-cost Gemini Lake CPUs for PCs, 2-in-1s, laptops" ZDNet 12/12
  • "Intel Corp. Expects to Sample 10-Nano FPGAs in 2018" The Motley Fool 12/12
  • "AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin adds in-game overlay, mobile app, wider API support" PC Perspective 12/12
  • "Dell spearheads global initiative to combat ocean plastics" edie 12/12
  • "Dell XPS 13: The smallest 13-inch laptop is a joy to use" Telegraph 12/12
  • "Dell's Precision 5720 all-in-one is more about fun and games than serious work" The Next Web 12/12
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (Late 2017) review: Now with added Thunderbolt 3" Rock Paper Shotgun 12/12
  • "HP Spectre 13 review: This stylish ultrabook conceals real power/HP's Spectre 13 makes some smart tradeoffs, betting that you'll be willing to accept an average display and battery life for excellent performance and light weight." PCWorld Australia 12/12
  • "Oracle Earnings Preview: Cloud-Based Segments To Continue To Drive Growth" Forbes 12/12
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is Blowing Minds Again by How It's Using Its Cash/Bitcoin takes a backseat on Wednesday. Here are more important things: the death march for Sears and Apple using its cash to keep rivals at bay." TheStreet 8:06 AM
  • "Lumentum stock falls as Apple makes investment in rival Finisar" MarketWatch 8:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow flirts with 5-day win streak with all eyes on Fed and Alabama election result: Last Fed meeting with Yellen in charge wraps up Wednesday" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "6 Stocks Like Caterpillar Will Boom During 2018's New Industrial Revolution: Given the climate in Washington and a strengthened positive outlook for risk/reward, now is the time to make your picks in industrial stocks." TheStreet 8:54 AM
  • "Markets flat, but hover near record highs as all eyes focus on the Fed" FOXBusiness 8:54 AM
  • "Fed Meeting Keeps a Lid on Stocks: Dollar recovers from losses that followed the Alabama Senate race" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Japan's Nikkei falls as chip stocks decline, yen rises: Dollar gains vs. yen after Alabama Republican loses Senate bid" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "European stocks step back from highest in 5 weeks, but retailers gain ground/Analyst: It's a typical low-volume lead up on a Fed-decision day" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

 
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