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Wednesday Highlights: It only took three hours for Apple to claim victory over the $1 billion antitrust iPod lawsuit as court found DRM in iTunes as fair, more in our Apple/Macintosh section today; but the legal wars continue, this time in Canada as court there orders Apple to provide records in iPhone probe, and in Tokyo is a "lawsuit against Apple over laptop charger pins"; Macworld offers steps you can take to protect against public WiFi snooping; working on creating your holiday slideshow in iPhoto? Macworld can help; AppleInsider explains ins-and-outs of iCloud Drive; Cult of Mac has a tutorial on reformatting your Mac sans recovery drive/disc; the reason Apple closed online store in Russia was over Ruble fluctuation; Florida's Orlando Magic NBA team partners with Chase to launch Apple Pay for in-arena buying starting Friday; IT.Enquirer reviews iPad Air 2; iMore on three months of iOS 8; BostInno has 10 tips to help you "use your iPhone like a real photographer".

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  • "Apple Defeats $1 Billion iPod Antitrust Suit in Three Hours"  Bloomberg 9:39 AM
  • "Apple wins iTunes antitrust case and gets to keep its cash: 2006 iTunes updates were fair, court finds" The Inquirer 8:29 AM
  • "Apple wins iTunes DRM challenge case and will not pay a fine" V3 8:34 AM
  • "Jury Concludes DRM is Good, Apple Triumphs in 'Billion Dollar' iTunes Case" DailyTech 11:34 AM
  • "Apple 'Not Liable' In Class Action Suit Over Anticompetitive iTunes' DRM" Forbes 8:36 AM
  • "Gene Munster Promises The Apple Television Is STILL Coming"  Business Insider 8:05 AM
  • "Canada court to order Apple to turn over records in iPhone probe" Reuters 11:25 AM
  • "Tokyo court hears lawsuit against Apple over laptop charger pins" IDG News Service 8:46 AM
  • "Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3 beta for OS X Yosimite to developers" iDownload Blog 3:48 PM
  • "Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to developers" 9to5Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Bad guys listening in? Take steps to avoid public Wi-Fi snooping" Macworld 8:53 AM
  • "Yosemite discussion - volume dismount bugs (with sleep); Core Storage problems (with new Retina iMac); file-open bugs and Apple Mail; Adobe Application Manager/Updater; Quickbooks backup; reliability and bug counts; unfettered Jony Ive" MacInTouch 12:47 PM
  • "Review: Need a mellow Markdown editor? Typed delivers" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "The four Mac security options everyone should know" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "How to create an iPhoto holiday slideshow" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "Creaticity: The trick to adding text to a print layout in Lightroom" Macworld 9:00 AM
  • "How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "How to reformat your Mac without a recovery drive or disk" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "How to Send & Receive Text Messages from Mac with SMS Relay for OS X Yosemite" OS X Daily 12:43 PM
  • "Jaksta simplifies conversion of streaming audio/video for personal use" AppleDailyReport 7:59 AM
  • "Check Out The App That Knows When Your Mac's Hard Disk Drive Is Dying" Mac 360 7:56 AM
  • "Free: Step One To Check And Troubleshoot A Wonky Mac" BohemianBoomer 7:56 AM
  • "Here's The App That Tells You How Fast Your Mac Truly, Madly, Deeply, Really Is" Mac 360 7:56 AM
  • "Ten reasons why we think Macs are better than PCs: Why should you choose a Mac over a PC? Here's ten reasons why Macs are better than PCs" Macworld UK 11:33 AM
  • "A brief history of Mac malware: A run-down of Apple's complicated history with malware." Network World 11:20 AM
  • "A Few Words About Building Websites The Not-So-Old-Fashioned Way" NoodleMac 7:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "'Continuity Activation Tool' for Adding Handoff to Older Macs Now Supports Bluetooth 4.0 Dongles" MacRumors 12:42 PM
  • "iOS and Android OS Targeted by Man-in-the-Middle Attacks: Malicious actors target mobile devices; Attacks install remote access Trojans to phish for login credentials" PRNewswire 11:22 AM
  • "GraphicConverter 9.5 Adds QR Code & More To Award-Winning Image Utility" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 2 (OS X): Reboot of Photo Sharing App" prMac 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple says online store in Russia is down due to ruble fluctuations" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "As the Ruble Plummets, Apple Suspends Online Sales in Russia" Wired 8:29 AM
  • "Rouble turmoil leads to Apple halting online sales in Russia" BBC 8:38 AM
  • "Apple halts online sales in Russia as rouble tumbles" V3 8:35 AM
  • "Apple Pay grows to support 90% of US credit cards" TechnologyTell 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Pay gaining momentum as more companies sign up" BetaNews 8:59 AM
  • "Orlando Magic teams up w/ Chase for special promos for Apple Pay launch this Friday" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple Pay for in-arena purchases" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "Apple Pay: a List of Brick-and-Mortar Stores That Accept it" The Mac Observer 3:49 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone gains share, will likely topple second-place Nokia" Electronista 8:53 AM
  • "New Apple video goes behind the scenes of 'The Song' holiday ad" iDownload Blog 2:08 PM
  • "Apple's Behind-The-Scenes For 'The Song' Reveals A Mix Of Old And New Tools" TechCrunch 2:08 PM
  • "Apple once again reverses decision, brings Draft's Today widget back on App Store" iDownload Blog 2:08 PM
  • "TAG Heuer To Take On Apple Watch" ValueWalk 9:17 AM
  • "Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami'" InformationWeek 12:51 PM
  • "Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen" The Mac Observer 11:21 AM
  • "Boiling an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola, for science" TUAW 12:44 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "AnandTech Acquired By Purch" AnandTech 3:51 PM
  • "The top 10 worst security breaches of 2014" BetaNews 11:34 AM
  • "BlackBerry launches the Classic -- a smartphone with an old-school keyboard" BetaNews 11:34 AM
  • "Jeans made that will prevent 'digital pickpocketing'" BBC 8:38 AM
  • "Nintendonitis: The secret dangers of video games" CBS News 8:29 AM
  • "12 Weird Tech Gifts for Your Favorite Oddball" PC Magazine 8:24 AM
  • "Sony Outs Clip-On Smart Glass Module For Sports" TechCrunch 8:02 AM
  • "The MacJury's Holiday Gift Guide #5" MacVoices 3:49 PM
  • "We review the new iMac with 5K Retina display in Macworld's January Digital Edition" Macworld 2:06 PM
  • "Podcast: Apple gift guide of the air" Macworld 9:36 AM
  • "Debug 58: Space Age episode 1: 2013" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "Apple reminds developers about 64-bit iOS App Store requirement, app updates now must also comply by June" 9to5Mac 1:18 PM
  • "New iOS 8.2 Video Shows Update Looking Good" Forbes 8:36 AM
  • "Apple has a surprise iOS 8.1 update in store" BGR 8:52 AM
  • "Cassandra: Akamai Warns of Malware -Android and Jailbroken iOS Devices" eXtensions 7:58 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Drawing With Carl For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 9:35 AM
  • "Gangstar Vegas For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:35 AM
  • "Flick Golf HD For iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:35 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM

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  • "Transcend StoreJet 300 2TB portable hard drive review" Macworld UK 8:45 AM
  • "Arcam A19 integrated amplifier and Arcam airDAC review" Macworld UK 8:46 AM
  • "Review: Twelve South's BookBook is the best iPhone 6 / Plus flip case, while Tech21's Classic Frame and Shells absorb shocks" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Video Review: Uniq Helio+ Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 9:06 AM
  • "Hands On: Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves" Electronista 11:34 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 8 review: 3 months later" iMore 11:24 AM
  • "Google Search App For iOS Gets A Major Makeover – 'Book Mystique Review" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "PDF Office Review: Want to create your own PDF files? Import them from elsewhere? Adapt a web page into a PDF? PDF Office does all that." 148Apps 11:34 AM
  • "Dropbox users, try these: Hands-on with the free Mailbox and Carousel apps" PCWorld 8:30 AM
  • "Review: Foursquare 8" Mac|Life 12:42 PM
  • "Emoji Type: A Predictive Emoji Keyboard" MacStories 9:38 AM
  • "An Easy Way To Turn A Photo Into Comic Book Art" TeraTalks 7:57 AM
  • "Appidemic: Sneaky Sneaky for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch" TechnologyTell 8:51 AM
  • "'Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War' Review - A Freemium Sibling" Touch Arcade 1:17 PM
  • "'BattleLore: Command' Review - Actually, You Get To Battle And Command" Touch Arcade 1:17 PM
  • "'Tales from the Borderlands' Review - Less Loot, More Talk" Touch Arcade 12:44 PM
  • "Wthr Complete Review: Living up to its name, Wthr Complete offers plenty of weather forecasting." 148Apps 12:44 PM
  • "Narborion Saga Review: This choose-your-own adventure style gamebook has some plot holes, but is still enjoyable as a free game." 148Apps 8:50 AM
  • "Spoiler Alert Review: Spoiler Alert is an interesting take on the auto-runner, involving you running backwards through levels." 148Apps 9:38 AM
  • "Hipstify Review: Add filters, quotes, and fancy frames to your images, thanks to Hipstify." 148Apps 1:18 PM
  • "How to enable or disable automatic updates for Passbook cards" iMore 11:34 AM
  • "How to hide (and rearrange) Instagram filters" iMore 11:34 AM
  • "Use Transmit and iCloud to transfer files between multiple Apple devices" TechRepublic 9:06 AM
  • "How to Use Your iPhone Like a Real Photographer: 10 tips from the BostInno newsroom to step up your Instagram game" Bostinno 8:51 AM
  • "3 Ways Steve Jobs Made Meetings Insanely Productive — And Often Terrifying" Business Insider 2:07 PM
  • "Gene Munster Still Believes in the Apple Television Set, Thinks 2016 Launch Likely" MacRumors 2:06 PM
  • "6+ iOS 8 mistakes that make you look dumb" Computerworld 9:21 AM
  • "What's the iPad buying cycle?" iMore 8:59 AM
  • "Apple products we won't see: the iSmoke, iSuck, iEye" AppleDailyReport 7:59 AM
  • "How Apple's iPad Is And Is Not Getting Crushed By All The Android Tablets" Mac 360 7:57 AM
  • "Apple And Microsoft: What Price Loyalty?" Mac 360 7:57 AM
  • "Why Netflix is doomed right after killing cable" Digital Trends 2:06 PM
  • "2014: I'm still sick of Android" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Why I Use Plex (And a Look at My Plex Setup)" TekRevue 7:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Sonnet Now Shipping Echo™ Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology" Sonnet Technologies 3:50 PM
  • "9to5's Last Minute Apple Gift Guide" 9to5Mac 2:08 PM
  • "Facebook turns on auto-enhancement for iOS photos" Macworld 11:25 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xim photo app updated with support for Apple TV streaming over AirPlay" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Pixelmator for Mac, iPad Gain Significant New Features" FairerPlatform 11:19 AM
  • "Yahoo Weather App Gets Updated for iPhone 6, Animated Effects for Lightning and Frost" iClarified 9:38 AM
  • "Google Wallet Now Works with Apple Touch ID" TechnoBuffalo 9:05 AM
  • "Skype's Qik gets optimized for iPhone 6, adds new video menu and holiday surprise" iDownload Blog 8:59 AM
  • "Asphalt 8: Airborne 'Winter' update races into App Store, brings with it tons of goodies" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "Fleksy 5.0 introduces customizable Extensions, a redesign and more keyboard themes" AppAdvice 9:00 AM
  • "Fleksy keyboard for iOS updated with GIF support, extensions, and new themes" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Christmas Apple Deals: Parallels Bundle, 20% Off; Cheap Roku TV, More" FairerPlatform 8:36 AM
  • "Here's How to Use the Predictive Keyboard in Places Where Apple Doesn't Allow You to" Modmyi 8:35 AM
  • "Dropbox Updates Carousel App With Photo Albums, New Time Wheel, Flashback, More" iClarified 8:09 AM
  • "The Muse iOS App is a new way to enjoy art on your phone." seemuse 8:00 AM
  • "Glooze - Intriguing and Addictive Algorithmic Shape Matching Game" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Learn Ukulele Songs with the Latest Release of iUke 2 App" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Announcing Major Update to Popular GPS Navigation App - Maps 3D PRO" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Record, Edit, Take Notes, and Sync to Dropbox with eXtra Voice Recorder" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Power APP releases Draw Keyboard Plus: A Keyboard Draw Extension for iOS" prMac 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "The Holy Grail of Voice Translation, Now on Skype: Microsoft is slapping real-time voice translation into Skype. It'll never work, but it's still way overdue." PC Magazine 8:24 AM
  • " Connects To Microsoft SharePoint" InformationWeek 8:24 AM
  • "Salesforce Will Integrate With External File Storage Providers, With Microsoft Up First" TechCrunch 8:03 AM
  • "EU clears Lufthansa outsourcing deal with IBM" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "Will IBM Stock be Helped Today by EU Approval of Lufthansa IT Deal?" TheStreet 9:08 AM
  • "IBM boosts global data centre network" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:42 PM
  • "IBM Lands Potential $660M NHS Electronic Staff Record Contract" ExecutiveBiz 9:22 AM
  • "IBM to deploy Watson for U.S. Veterans Affairs Department" Infotech Lead 9:22 AM
  • "Skin cancer meets its worst nightmare: IBM" VentureBeat 9:22 AM
  • "IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning" PCWorld 12:43 PM
  • "Rackspace Cuts Reliance On Intel Corporation, Opts For IBM" ValueWalk 9:17 AM
  • "HP and Trend Micro join forces to improve threat detection" CloudPro 9:11 AM
  • "HP's NFV Director Merges Physical, Virtual: HP has updated its NFV portfolio to help network operators control their physical and virtual functions using a single multi-vendor management tool." Light Reading 9:12 AM
  • "When Will Intel Corporation Launch the 14-Nanometer SoFIA LTE 2?" The Motley Fool 9:17 AM
  • "The Funny Thing About Intel Corporation's 14-Nanometer Process" The Motley Fool 9:17 AM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices: Positives in GPU Inventory, Xbox Trends, Says MKM" Barron's 2:18 PM
  • "Confidence in Oracle's Q2 wanes: Summary:Oracle's second quarter results are about to land and analysts are exactly confident that the company can deliver better-than-expected financials." ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "Oracle Earnings: Don't Expect Anything Impressive From ORCL" InvestorPlace 9:20 AM
  • "Oracle to report earnings" USA Today 9:21 AM
  • "What to expect from Oracle's earnings" MarketWatch 2:19 PM
  • "Software Firm Oracle Set to Report, but Beware of Cloud Headwinds" TheStreet 2:18 PM
  • "Dell launches SonicPoint AC wireless access points" Infotech Lead 9:13 AM
  • "Dell Commissioned Research Shows Adoption Rates of Advanced Analytics on the Rise" Broadway World 9:13 AM
  • "China Said to Plan Sweeping Shift From Foreign Technology to Own" Bloomberg 2:18 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is not the key to this soaring semiconductor" MarketWatch 12:43 PM
Industry News
  • "Market math: stronger ruble + higher oil = stock rally" USA Today 11:29 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Stocks Extend Gains as Energy Shares Rise Amid Positive Turn for Oil" TheStreet 11:29 AM
  • "Stocks Extend Rally; Baidu, Alibaba Gain: Stocks extended gains midday Wednesday and are trying to snap a three-session slide." Investor's Business Daily 11:28 AM
  • "US market indexes move higher ahead of latest Fed policy meeting; Ruble stabilizes" Associated Press 11:27 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Drive Higher on Energy Boost Ahead of Fed Decision: Crude-Oil Futures Up Sharply, Leading Energy Firms" [Paid Membership Required] 11:26 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asia Markets Shake Off Global Turmoil/Markets in Shanghai and Japan Rise" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks slump; ruble gains as central bank steps up defense - MarketWatch" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:45 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:45 PM

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