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In celebration of iTunes' 13th birthday, has the software/service gotten better or worse over the years?

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  • "Why Apple's China problem is likely to get much, much worse" ["Earlier this month, China shut down iTunes Movies and iBooks just six months after Apple introduced the services there. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his Apple shares because, 'You worry a little bit — and maybe more than a little — about China's attitude.'"]  CNBC 8:13 AM
  • "Carl Icahn sold his Apple stake because he is worried about China's 'dictatorship' government" Quartz 7:28 AM
  • "Carl Icahn dumps Apple shares over China fears" BBC 7:25 AM
  • "6+ reasons iPhones don't matter anymore"  Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Why not pick Keychain instead of 1Password or LastPass? Keychain has a number of excellent features, but it's not as easy to invoke nor as diverse as 1Password, LastPass, and other third-party password ecosystems." Macworld 6:59 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing apps, accessing your Wish List, and duplicate playlists" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Changing your router's DNS settings to increase speed and security" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Does The Mac Need Another Browser?" Mac360 8:17 AM
  • "How To Scan, Find, Track, And Fix A Wi-Fi Network On A Mac" TeraTalks 8:18 AM
  • "How To Clean Dirty, Dirty Text On Your Mac" NoodleMac 8:18 AM
  • "Apple discussion continues on limited hardware choices vs. longevity, Linux alternatives, changes in the personal computer market, iOS devices vs. Macs, benefits of retina displays, digital asset management (DAM) and Apple's abandonment of QuickTime on Windows." MacInTouch 8:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "iMovie for Mac Gets Some Update Love" MacTrast 8:32 AM
  • "Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Global Tablet Shipments Fell 35% in First Quarter but Sales of Amazon's Fire Tablet Remained Strong, According to TrendForce" ["Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 are the main contributors to the shipment growth of large-size tablets."] Business Wire 8:45 AM
  • "Apple beats Microsoft at their own game while Amazon primes the low end of tablet market, says IDC" DigiTimes 6:59 AM
  • "Apple Beats Microsoft at Own Game; Amazon Primes Tablet Market Low End – IDC" MacPrices 8:52 AM
  • "FBI director doesn't even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device" BGR 7:00 AM
  • "FBI coughed up less than you thought for iPhone unlock" Cult of Mac 7:00 AM
  • "FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works" CNET 8:57 AM
  • "The FBI might soon be allowed to hack any computer in the world: The US Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, so judges across the country now have the authority to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside their district."  The Next Web 7:28 AM
  • "U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power" Reuters 8:04 AM
  • "Rule 41 would make it easier for the government to carry out hacks" Ars Technica 8:05 AM
  • "Apple employee died from self-inflicted gunshot wound" CNBC Videos 8:16 AM
  • "Apple HQ suicide victim has been identified" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Everything we know about the suicide at Apple's headquarters this week" BGR 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Music App Now Lets Users Play Music Videos On Android" Forbes 7:01 AM
  • "LeEco moves its headquarters closer to Apple" CNBC Videos 8:16 AM
  • "Why does Apple's App Store use 'Get' for free apps?" Macworld 7:26 AM
  • "Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture: Readers share retro-computing rebuilds, plus a Microsoft CD fit only to be used as a coaster" The Register 7:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Boys aspire to work in IT, girls find it boring" BetaNews 8:28 AM
  • "HP Chromebook 13 has MacBook specs for a fraction of the price" Pocket-lint 8:18 AM
  • "Rovi to Buy TiVo in $1.1 Billion Deal: Rovi to pay $10.70 a share in cash and stock, which is a premium of about 40%" [Paid Membership Required] 8:28 AM
  • "TiVo is getting acquired by Rovi for $1.1 billion" TechCrunch 7:02 AM
  • "TiVo will be acquired by patent giant Rovi for $1.1 billion" Engadget 7:02 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12" MacBook, talks earnings, Smart Connector, 'iPhone 7' and more" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Autocorrect fail? Apple has a solution" Telegraph 7:00 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:48 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/28
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/27

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  • "Griffin BreakSafe Breakaway Power Cable review: A MagSafe-like power plug for Apple's MacBook" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "How to tweak audio and video settings on Apple TV" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "How to share your location and directions in Maps for iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:00 AM
  • "Tip: how to add a new email to your iMessage account in iOS" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "A New Windows PC for an Old iTunes Library: Q. I want to move my iTunes library from my old Windows computer to my new computer, which runs Windows 10. Which method is the easiest?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:02 AM
  • "How Apple Is Phoning It In" Mac360 8:31 AM
  • "What Apple can learn from Dyson" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:16 AM
  • "CarMax's Brand Is Like Apple's 10 Years Ago" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Who said it: Steve Jobs or Anna Wintour?" Quartz 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Should Make a Smart Camera Case for the 'iPhone 7'" AppAdvice 8:05 AM
  • "First Click: Have we reached peak Apple?" The Verge 7:02 AM
  • "Unpacked: Opinions on Facebook" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 8:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The top games Apple thinks everyone should have on their iPhone" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Armenian Keyboard 2.5 for iPad and iPhone Now Available in App Store" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "FotoJet Adds All-New DESIGN Mode for Making Professional Creations" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "ESPN Classic on-demand videos head to Roku and Apple TV" Engadget 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Oracle to buy Textura for $663 million" Reuters 4/28
  • "Oracle buys Textura for $663M to build up its construction IT business" TechCrunch 4/28
  • "Oracle to Buy Textura for $663 Million: Deal expands Oracle's cloud offerings for construction, engineering industry" [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Oracle's Irish subsidiary reports 14% decline in profits: Software and hardware company's turnover rises 4 per cent to €8 billion" Irish Times 4/28
  • "Microsoft's Mobile Roller Coaster Ride: 9 Contributing Factors/Microsoft has never excelled in smartphones, but its mobile strategy has taken a turn for the worse. What went wrong, what will come next, and are there signs of hope? Here's a closer look." InformationWeek 4/28
  • "Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana" The Verge 4/28
  • "Microsoft finally gets the bugs out of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4" InfoWorld 4/28
  • "Microsoft's futuristic storage solution can hold 1,000,000,000 TB" BGR 4/28
  • "Microsoft Is Storing Data in 10 Million Strands of DNA" Gizmodo 4/28
  • "Hands-on with Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14332" Neowin 4/28
  • "Microsoft delivers new previews of Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016: Technical Preview 5 now ready for release" The Inquirer 4/28
  • "Microsoft Azure offers free one-year support upgrade" Neowin 4/28
  • "Microsoft says Skype has reached over one billion mobile downloads" Neowin 4/28
  • "Microsoft Kicks Off 'Phased' Skype for Business Preview for Mac" eWeek 4/28
  • "Microsoft Issues Excel Data Transformation Updates, Performance Perks" eWeek 4/28
  • "HP's Chromebook 13 is a cheap, pretty, yet powerful new notebook" ZDNet 4/28
  • "HP's new Chromebook 13 has features to match top-line Windows PCs: HP's thin-and-light Chromebook 13 has a 3200 x 1800-pixel display and a Core M processor" IDG News Service 4/28
  • "Google and HP make a Chromebook Pixel replacement for half the price: 3200×1800 IPS screen, up to 16GB of RAM, and Skylake Core M CPUs all sound good." Ars Technica 4/28
  • "HP's new Chromebook 13 is a Pixel for everybody: 16GB of RAM in a Chromebook? Sure, why not." Engadget 4/28
  • "HP Is Finally Making a High Quality Chromebook" Gizmodo 4/28
  • "Tech Tools Review: HP Spectre X2/HP Spectre X2 is a slim yet substantial hybrid device that you can use for work or entertainment" Irish Times 4/28
  • "Confirmed: Intel to cut jobs in Ireland/The company employs 5,000 people on their Kildare campus." The 4/28
  • "Intel's CEO lays out a comprehensive, cloud-based vision for the future" ExtremeTech 4/28
  • "Intel's Credibility Damaged, Stock Still Inexpensive" Seeking Alpha 4/28
  • "Intel proposes that USB Type-C replaces the 3.5mm audio jack" Hexus 4/28
  • "Intel: We Don't Believe You ... You Need More People" Seeking Alpha 4/28
  • "Polaris GPUs To Be Cheaper Than Pascal To Grow PC Gaming Market Says AMD VP Roy Taylor" Game Debate 4/28
  • "IBM Watson and American Cancer Society Team up to Create Virtual Cancer Health Advisor" Healthcare Daily Online 4/28
  • "IBM and SAP: The Impact of the Fall in IT Spending" Market Realist 4/28
  • "A Look Into IBM's OpenStack Meritocracy" eWeek 4/28
  • "IBM Australia takes 47 percent profit tumble" ZDNet 4/28
  • "Consumer Software Deals Power Tech M&A Market" eWeek 4/28
  • "Malware menace with 'scary' backdoor strikes 12 million machines: 'Generic trojan' has a nasty payload" The Inquirer 4/28
  • "OpenStack Security Project Continues to Help Secure the Cloud" eWeek 4/28
  • "Firefox: Mozilla patches critical flaws that let attackers execute malicious code" ZDNet 4/28
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The rise and decline of Apple in one chart" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?" The Register 7:29 AM
Industry News
  • "Apple Wipes Out Any Nasdaq Gains in Another Selloff" TheStreet 4/28
  • "U.S. Economy Stalls in 1Q, Grows 0.5%" FOXBusiness 4/28
  • "Stocks hit after BofJ doesn't boost stimulus, GDP slows, Icahn sells Apple" USA Today 4/28
  • "Dow Suffers Biggest One-Day Loss Since February: Apple and other tech names lead blue chips lower" [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Nikkei crushed after Bank of Japan does nothing at policy meeting" MarketWatch 4/28
  • "European stocks fall, beaten down by BOJ dismay" MarketWatch 4/28

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