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Wednesday Highlights: Sydney Morning Herald credits Tim Cook for doubling Apple's market cap since taking over as CEO; and Tim Cook under pressure from activist Jesse Jackson, speaking for organized labor, to provide "better working conditions for security guards who work at Apple's campus"; Cult of Mac's Luke Dormehl looks into "how Corning won Apple back" by building the strongest, best Gorilla Glass yet; Apple awarded "undisclosed royalties if Samsung infringes certain patents" in future, Samsung promptly appeals, counter appeal from Apple soon; Tim Bajarin opines on how Apple should reinvent iPod; Apple prepping OS X 10.10.2 hopefully tackling WiFi bugs unfixed with 10.10.1 update; no more Google Chrome browser for Intel-based Macs on pre-64-bit architecture, Macs prior to August 2007; Apple and Google's search engine agreement comes to an end in 2015, will Bing, Yahoo vie for default status on Apple products?; Brad Moore, Senior Engineering Manager of Apple Maps, leaves Apple for Uber; couple of Brits have figured out an iPhone case which resolves tangled headphone headaches; iPhone 5c productions said to come to end in 2015; TechnologyTell reviews mPact Glass, a screen protector for iPhone 6; travelling for Thanksgiving? Tuts+ explains how you can prep your Mac for travel; meanwhile, over at TechNN, Microsoft faces $140 million fine from China over tax evasion; prior to company split, HP's Q4 revenue fall, could impact split.
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"Tim Cook's Apple tops $US700 billion valuation with iPhone demand" ["It's a major milestone for Mr Cook, showing he was able to double the company's market capitalisation since being appointed to the chief executive position more than three years ago following the death of Steve Jobs."] Sydney Morning Herald 7:43 AM
"Union pushes for better conditions for security guards on Apple campus" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 6:57 AM
"Rev. Jesse Jackson urges Tim Cook to take a lead in the treatment of low-paid contractors" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
"How Corning won Apple back and built the strongest Gorilla Glass yet" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
"U.S. judge awards Apple undisclosed royalties if Samsung infringes certain patents in the future: Just after this post went live, Samsung filed a notice of appeal. Apple will do so pretty soon, too." Foss Patents 8:06 AM
"Judge rules Apple entitled to potential ongoing royalties from patent-infringing Samsung products" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
"Should Apple reinvent the iPod?" Tech.pinions [Paid Membership Required] 8:59 AM
"Worldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014 along with first year of iPad decline, says IDC" DigiTimes 6:58 AM
"One Of The Men In Charge Of Apple Maps Has Left For Uber" Business Insider 6:57 AM
"Some High-End Luxury Watchmakers Crack Down Hard on Smartwatch Faces" DailyTech 8:05 AM
"Finally, an end to the problem of tangled headphones: Two British designers have solved the problem of tangled headphone cables with an iPhone case which has reached its crowdfunding target in under two weeks" Telegraph 7:42 AM
"Justice Department pushes unnamed smartphone maker to help crack passcodes" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
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