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Thursday Highlights: Financial Times on Eddy Cue's proposal that Apple bid on Time Warner, though never got beyond preliminary stage—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; meanwhile, another Financial Times article on Apple contemplating "a push into media"; VirnetX is back after winning $625 million from Apple, now asking court to force Apple to stop FaceTime and iMessage, and force an additional $190 million in damages; India tells Apple, no stores unless Apple uses local sourcing; Macworld reviews QuarkXPress 2016; new Pixelmator 3.5 brings new toys to the photo-editing app; Apple's datacenter in Galway will consume more energy per day than the entire city of Dublin; ZDNet on iPad flunking business school while hybrids pushing for an 'A'; T-Mobile hoping Apple releases iPhone X; new set of iPhone 7 schematics hit web suggesting next iPhone similar thickness as current batch, same front; iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 drop test; Apple applies for patent on lightning-based headphones that also work as smart walkie-talkie; Jonny Evans anticipating big things from Siri at WWDC 2016.

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  • "Source: New Apple TV will compete with Amazon Echo"  VentureBeat 2:40 PM
  • "Sources: Next-Gen Apple TV To Compete With Amazon Echo" RazorianFly 2:41 PM
  • "Apple's Rumored Amazon Echo Competitor Could Be a Next-Generation Apple TV" MacRumors 2:49 PM
  • "Apple executive proposed bid for Time Warner: Interest expressed in meeting last year with owner of HBO, CNN and Turner"  Financial Times 8:14 AM
  • "Apple executive proposed bid for Time Warner" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Apple considered buying Time Warner, but it never got serious: The CEOs weren't involved in talks" The Verge 11:51 AM
  • "Apple contemplates a push into media"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Report: Apple considered buying Time Warner last year, will ramp spending on original TV content" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Apple to Ramp Up Original Content, Considered Buying Time Warner Last Year" MacRumors 8:12 AM
  • "VirnetX Wants Apple's FaceTime Stopped After $625M Win: VirnetX Inc. asked an Eastern District of Texas court Wednesday to enjoin Apple Inc. from continuing its FaceTime and iMessage features, while the tech giant sought to overturn its $625 million patent infringement verdict."  Law360 10:45 AM
  • "After $625M Win in Apple Trial, Patent Firm Moves to Shut Down FaceTime" Fortune 11:08 AM
  • "Patent troll VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime & iMessage, increase damages award by $190M" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "India to Require Apple to Use Local Sourcing: Decision could effectively block the tech giant's plan to open its own retail stores in the country" [Paid Membership Required] 11:11 AM
  • "No Apple Store in India unless it sells more local-made goods: The company reportedly wanted to open three official stores in 2017." Engadget 7:01 AM
  • "India throws a spanner in Apple's plans to open its retail stores" Mashable 7:47 AM
  • "Apple may be exploring charging stations for electric car..." CNBC Videos 8:36 AM
  • "El Capitan notes include problems with Apple Messages, color calibration, hide-and-seek user interface design, QuarkXpress, Apple Mail, and disk compatibility issues." MacInTouch 3:15 PM
  • "QuarkXPress 2016 review: New features help your documents look their best/Converting PDF, EPS, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office items to native QuarkXPress items highlights this fast, stable upgrade." Macworld 8:36 AM
  • "Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon brings new selection tools and a retouch extension for Photos" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Pixelmator Update (3.5): Improved Tools, Several Fixes and a new Photos Extension" eXtensions 10:29 AM
  • "Removing Duplicate Files on Mac OS X: The Complete Guide" Intego 2:49 PM
  • "Why and how to safely eject media drives from your Mac" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "How To Use Yahoo! Mail Without A Browser Window Or Apple's Mail App" Mac 360 7:09 AM
  • "Back to the PC: Finding Windows Equivalents For Mac Programs" Forbes 11:58 AM
Press Releases
  • "CyberDuck 5 brings back Google Drive support, tweaks Mac user interface" BetaNews 10:50 AM
  • "Pixelmator for Mac gains precise selection tools, all-new Photos extension and more" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Google's Chrome 51: Less battery drain from video, simpler site logins - plus 42 bug fixes/Google has rolled out Chrome 51 for Windows and Mac, bringing a ton of security fixes and new features for developers and users." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Hide for OS X: Clean Mac Desktop Clutter With a Mouse Click" prMac 11:07 AM
  • "Cisdem Releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF Password Recovery Support" prMac 7:11 AM
  • "GraphicConverter 10 Adds Face Recognition, Live Photos, Collage, More" prMac 7:11 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Athenry: Centre will need more than Dublin's daily electricity supply - hearing/Over 100 people attended an oral hearing into the planned €850m Apple data centre in Galway yesterday where the company stressed it was committed to using renewable energy." Irish Independent 7:24 AM
  • "Why iPad flunked business school but hybrids could still score an 'A'"  ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "Report: Apple Exploring EV Charging Tech" PC Magazine 11:07 AM
  • "Cost of acquiring app users drops in April as the spring lull hits mobile" VentureBeat 8:13 AM
  • "Apple rehires Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas for security know-how" V3 7:56 AM
  • "Apple debuts Arabic version of with right-to-left reading support" 9to5Mac 11:26 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim" AppleInsider 5:06 PM
  • "A third of new cellular customers last quarter were cars: Most smartphones go to existing customers, with the real growth coming from tablets and other devices." Recode 11:10 AM
  • "New law would let the FBI read your email without a court order" BGR 10:47 AM
  • "Google's plan to kill passwords" CNNMoney 10:46 AM
  • "Smart-Home Gadgets Need a Translator Real Bad—Here's How to Get One" Wired 7:02 AM
  • "Road to Macstock -Allison Hartley" MacVoices 3:13 PM
  • "Can Apple still win in the AI era? The latest from Ctrl-Walt-Delete" The Verge 2:49 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple's Siri Speaker, HP's Envy 34c Display" The Mac Observer 12:29 PM
  • "#138: You Know What You're Signing Up For/Siri API integrations, no Overwatch on Mac, Apple missing the AI wave, and the MacBook Pro's rumored OLED touchbar." Relay FM 11:10 AM
  • "The Rebound: A technology podcast from Apple geeks Dan Moren, John Moltz, and Lex Friedman" The Rebound 11:09 AM
  • "New iPhone 7 schematics suggest similar dimensions, unlikely front changes on iPhone 7 Plus" 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "Don't expect your iPhone 7 to be any thinner" Cult of Mac 10:45 AM
  • "All drop-tests should be done this way: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7 to the death" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
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  • "Three Weeks With Apple's iPhone SE, A Mostly Excellent Starter iPhone" Fast Company 2:41 PM
  • "The Display You've Always Wanted For Your Mac: HP Z34c" The Mac Observer 12:16 PM
  • "Hands-on with the Satechi Aluminum Mini Docking Station" Apple World Today 2:34 PM
  • "Hands On: Amps & Sound Kenzie Headphone Amp" Digital Trends 7:40 AM
  • "Review: Burkley hardshell leather MacBook Air case, premium leather at a premium price" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "PV150 Power Bank provides extra juice to your iOS device — and looks good doing it" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Weed through your emails with natural gestures in Morning Mail for iPhone" iDownload Blog 11:10 AM
  • "10 ways Apple's Siri can help you get things done" Computerworld 6:54 AM
  • "iPad Pro" ["I wanted to post this for those who own the new iPad Pro (12-inch or mini) and iPencil."] MacInTouch 5:08 PM
  • "This hidden trick makes your iPhone read articles and books aloud to you" Business Insider 10:57 AM
  • "Tip: create empty spaces between apps on the Home screen, no jailbreak needed" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
  • "San Francisco's New Apple Store Shows Little 'Think Different' Spirit"  Newsweek 2:41 PM
  • "Apple's Next Moves? Hints From M&A Talks" Seeking Alpha 11:11 AM
  • "Opinion: With Apple finally showing Siri some love, have we hit 'peak app'?" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble" BGR 10:49 AM
  • "Apple Car on the Way? iPhone-Based Key Is Latest Sign" Tom's Guide 11:52 AM
  • "Apple Car, Tesla, and the charging station problem" The Loop 11:08 AM
  • "Apple Thought About Buying Time Warner Cable Last Year But Was Like Nah" Gizmodo 8:34 AM
  • "The Siri Box And Device Fatigue" McSolo 7:09 AM
  • "Forget The iPhone, Apple's Future Is Cars" PixoBebo 7:09 AM
  • "Apple's Cash Is Like Seed Money" Mac 360 7:09 AM
  • "WWDC 2016: Siri is getting much, much smarter" Apple Must 6:54 AM
  • "Why Amazon is the king of innovation: AWS, a cloud above the rest" ZDNet 8:13 AM
  • "Hands on: What's new and noteworthy with Android N" Computerworld 7:57 AM
  • "No, AI isn't going to steal your job, but it will change it - and here's how" ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "The Chewbacca laugh heard round the world" Recode 7:27 AM
  • "Google is making the same mistake now that Microsoft did in the 90s: Apps made for an operating system shouldn't insist on aping the design elements of a totally different operating system." Macworld 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "E!, Syfy, and Bravo applications now available for fourth-gen Apple TV users" 9to5Mac 6:20 PM
  • "Best heavy duty cases for iPhone SE" iMore 11:09 AM
  • "Best waterproof cases for iPad mini 4" iMore 11:09 AM
  • "Full Fat releases Golf Island v1.0 - A Surreal Fun Packed Golf Game" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "Best Gin Rummy Card Game for iOS" Kuralsoft 6:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google beats Oracle—Android makes 'fair use' of Java APIs: Oracle has spent many millions trying to get a chunk of Android, to no avail." Ars Technica 5:06 PM
  • "Google Dodges $9 Billion Bullet" Gizmodo 5:26 PM
  • "Oracle v. Google: jury finds in favor of 'fair use,' as no reasonable, properly-instructed jury could have" Foss Patents 5:26 PM
  • "Google defeats Oracle in the copyright lawsuit that experts were so worried about" Recode 5:57 PM
  • "Google Prevails as Jury Rebuffs Oracle in Code Copyright Case" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:10 PM
  • "Google prevails in Java license legal fight with Oracle" Seeking Alpha 4:45 PM
  • "Jury finds Google's implementation of Java in Android was fair use" TechCrunch 6:10 PM
  • "The future of software depends on a jury's ability to understand this question" Quartz 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft will adjust malware-like upgrade policy for Windows 10 following outcry" ExtremeTech 11:28 AM
  • "Microsoft eats another $1B as phone strategy shrinks to enterprise-only: Consumer-play dead to Microsoft, which will focus remaining hardware goals on corporate" Computerworld 5:15 PM
  • "Report: Microsoft could debut Xbox One game streaming stick and 'Xbox TV' at E3" Tech Connect 1:19 PM
  • "Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14342 Reissued with Bug Fixes" Thurrott 6:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds a Bot to Its News Pro App" eWeek 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Banning Your Dumb Passwords" Gizmodo 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft is banning your stupidly easy-to-guess passwords" The Next Web 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft updates Groove for Windows 10 Insiders on PCs and tablets" Neowin 6:21 AM
  • "HP's new gaming laptops are fast, affordable, and surprisingly professional: Good mix of price and performance, in a laptop that won't look too out of place at Starbucks." Ars Technica 6:14 AM
  • "HP Expands Its Gaming PC Push" Thurrott 6:07 AM
  • "HP's New OMEN Notebooks And OMEN Desktop With GeForce GTX 1080 Showcase Devilish Good Looks, Impending Prowess" HotHardware 4:48 PM
  • "HP goes big on gaming with new Omen laptops and desktop: Omen is now HP's flagship gaming brand." Engadget 6:12 AM
  • "HP unveils a bunch of new Omen gaming hardware" TechCrunch 6:24 AM
  • "HP launches a new line of gaming laptops, desktops, and accessories: Meet the Omen series" The Verge 6:28 AM
  • "HP Inc takes on gaming" IT-Online 6:37 AM
  • "HP outs latest Omen desktop gaming PC and 32-inch display" SlashGear 6:37 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Jumped On Q2 Results & Spin-Off Merger" RTTNews 6:36 AM
  • "Dell Shareholders' Appraisal Claims Denied After Voting Mishap" Lexology 6:36 AM
  • "AMD Polaris 10, Polaris 11 GPU to be unveiled at Computex 2016, Crossfire version beats GTX Titan X" Yibada 6:38 AM
  • "Intel buys a Russian machine vision firm for IoT devices and self-driving cars" Seeking Alpha 6:46 PM
  • "Intel Outside: Chip giant shutting Romanian R&D and education dev hubs" ZDNet 6:39 AM
  • "Intel to shut down Bucharest office - report" Telecompaper 8:26 AM
  • "Intel India unveils three new initiatives to support Digital India" Business Today 6:39 AM
  • "Intel India unveils three new initiatives to support Digital India" The Economic Times 6:39 AM
  • "Ex-Cisco CEO Chambers's Next Act: Grandpa Startup Investor" Bloomberg 7:01 AM
  • "Dropbox, IBM formalize partnership" CIO Dive 8:26 AM
  • "Stratasys taps IBM vet Tim Bohling for CMO" ZDNet 8:26 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple stock could be due for 'long grind sideways': iPhone has reached 'technology S-curve' maturation, analysis contends" MarketWatch 2:40 PM
  • "Time Warner, Netflix Climb on Report of Apple Interest in Media" Bloomberg 7:26 AM
  • "Apple: Carl Icahn Not The Only One Selling" Seeking Alpha 11:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Trade Mixed as Fed's Powell Suggests Rate Hike 'Fairly Soon': Stocks turn narrowly mixed again by mid-afternoon Thursday as talk of a rate hike sooner than later resurfaces." TheStreet 1:22 PM
  • "Busy Day for IPOs on the Big Board" FOXBusiness 1:22 PM
  • "Stocks flat as Dow struggles to extend two-day rally" USA Today 1:20 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Waver After Two-Day Rally" Nasdaq 1:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Waver After Two-Day Rally: Thursday's moves pause a rally that has lifted the Dow and S&P 500 around 2%" [Paid Membership Required] 1:21 PM
  • "Oil's rise buoys Asian energy shares/Investors cautious ahead of Yellen speech, market closures" MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "European shares waver as Spanish banks slide, oil stocks rise/Banco Popular down 26% on $2.8 billion rights issue" MarketWatch 7:19 AM

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