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Wednesday Highlights: Apple announces award of $390 million to Finisar which "will create 500 high-skill jobs at Sherman, Texas facility"—more reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Wired article notes concern from security researchers that Apple's security flaws may hide deeper issues; Financial Times thinks "data and music expertise" behind Apple's plans for Shazam?; ever notice ads with stuff you've been shopping for pop up on sites you visit? Jonny Evans says these can spoil Christmas surprises, so what to do?; iPhone X adoption surpasses iPhone 8 models, and in Google's top searches of 2017, iPhone 8 was #2, iPhone X #3; Republican lawmaker calls on "FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote" and "wait for Congress to create net neutrality law"; Thursday is drop-day for iMac Pro!; Digital Photography Review posts shoot-out between iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2; AppleInsider tip explains accurate pace, calorie measurment setup on Apple Watch; Ben Dickson at PC Magazine says Face ID just not accurate enough for him to stick with iPhone X for now.

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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" [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 is backing up AirPods with American jobs: Apple is pouring $390 million into an American company that helps power AirPods and FaceID -- an investment that will create 500 jobs in Texas." CNNMoney 12:49 PM
  • "Apple's Acquisition Strategies Boosts its Earning Potential"  Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:12 AM
  • "Apple Security Flaws Give Some Researchers Concern About Deeper Issues"  Wired 8:22 AM
  • "Apple's plan for Shazam" ["The deal is one of Apple's largest following its acquisition of Beats Electronics three years ago. Its hope is that Shazam can provide data and music expertise to help with its Apple Music streaming service which is facing tough competition from Spotify."] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:00 AM
  • "Maker of sneaky Mac adware sends security researcher cease-and-desist letters: 'If there's code that's mining data and hiding itself on a computer without any way of removing it, that's malware, plain and simple.'"  ZDNet 1:32 PM
  • "Firefox Quantum: 170 million installs so far, as more Chrome users jump ship" ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Panorama X: Innovative Database Software with Really Innovative Pricing" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "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
  • "Fade Out Background Music in iMovie" MacMost 10:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "GRAPHISOFT Announces 'ARCHICAD-To-Bluebeam Revu' Connectivity" Architosh 12:42 PM
  • "CloudMounter v3.0 - Freemium Cloud Manager with Data Encryption" prMac 9:01 AM
  • "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
  • "This wedding was shot on an iPhone — and the photos will wow you!" iMore 11:51 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
  • "Global internet speeds got 30 percent faster in 2017" Recode 1:44 PM
  • "3D-printed objects can connect to Wi-Fi without electronics" Digital Trends 1:43 PM
  • "FCC's net neutrality repeal 'boggles the mind,' says commissioner" CNET 12:25 PM
  • "A Republican lawmaker urges FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote: FCC should wait for Congress to create net neutrality law, Republican says." Ars Technica 10:41 AM
  • "Samsung's latest patent shows a phone with wraparound display" The Verge 10:36 AM
  • "T-Mobile acquires Layer3 TV, hypes plan to launch 'un-carrier' video service next year" 9to5Mac 10:23 AM
  • "T-Mobile Announces Internet TV Service Coming in 2018" MacRumors 10:23 AM
  • "Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "Synaptics Starts Mass-Producing In-Display Fingerprint Sensors" PC Magazine 8:49 AM
  • "#219: Access to Tim Cook's Checkbook/A wireless charging retrospective, companies or technologies Apple should invest in, the future of the desktop computer, and the potential of AR in education." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:24 PM
  • "AirPort Basestation KRACK Update, Tidal's Potential Demise -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-13" The Mac Observer 1:06 PM
  • "Architosh Exclusive—Nemetschek Group Unveils Its CDE Strategy with Bluebeam Technology at its Core" Architosh 12:43 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 35 – An Interview with Christian Selig, Creator of Reddit Client Apollo" MacStories 8:50 AM
  • "AMD Vega 64 Powered Apple iMac Pro With Up To 18 Cores Coming 14th Of December" SegmentNext 9:14 AM
  • "Apple's 'Most Powerful Mac Ever' to Go on Sale Thursday" Investopedia 8:00 AM
  • "Apple releases new iMac Pro tomorrow" Fudzilla 9:09 AM
  • "HLI becomes VCSEL laser supplier for AirPods" iDownload Blog 10:39 AM
  • "Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access" AppleInsider 12:26 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 Update With HomeKit Remote Access for Shared Users Fix" MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 with Home App Remote Access Fix" The Mac Observer 12:10 PM
  • "iOS 11.2.1 Update Released with HomeKit Security Fix [IPSW Download Links] OS X Daily 1:40 PM
  • "iOS 11 Bug: Fix iMessages Received Out Of Order" AddictiveTips 11:51 AM
  • "Macs Effectively Now Have a Three-Year Warranty in Australia and New Zealand Under Consumer Law" MacRumors 10:37 AM
  • "Download: Apple AirPort Firmware 7.7.9, 7.6.9 Released, Here's What Is New" Redmond Pie 10:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "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

  • "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: Optoma NuForce BE2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 2:05 PM
  • "Review: Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • "Review: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids" AppleInsider 2:05 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Bear 1.4 Brings Tag and Note Autocomplete, True Black Theme for iPhone X, and More" MacStories 8:50 AM
  • "'Fez - Pocket Edition' Review - A Great Game, and an Even Better Reason to Buy an MFi Controller" Touch Arcade 12:25 PM
  • "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
  • "How to make a DIY Qi wireless charging bag" iMore 10:45 AM
  • "Can't see a particular iPhone or iPad in AirDrop? Do Not Disturb might be to blame" iMore 1:55 PM
  • "How to calibrate an Apple Watch for accurate pace & calorie measurements" AppleInsider 10:22 AM
  • "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
  • "3 Reasons Apple Will Reach $1 Trillion in 2018" Zacks 12:26 PM
  • "Why Apple Awarded $390 Million To Finisar" Seeking Alpha 1:55 PM
  • "Why Apple is putting $400 million into lasers" Recode 12:12 PM
  • "Three Things Retailers Need To Learn From Apple About The Experience Economy" Forbes 11:11 AM
  • "Comment: Did Apple buy Shazam for the data, and if so, what now?" 9to5Mac 10:23 AM
  • "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 upgrade to the new iMac Pro?" iMore 1:55 PM
  • "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
  • "Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained/One of the buzziest topics in IT right now involves blockchain, the distributed ledger tech that underpins Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. But it can – and likely will – do much more than that." Computerworld 12:48 PM
  • "The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — here's how it would change how much you pay for internet"  Business Insider 1:40 PM
  • "FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on just what's at stake with net neutrality" Mashable 12:24 PM
  • "New York Public Libraries: the proposal to kill net neutrality is 'appalling'/An open letter from the presidents of the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens public libraries"  The Verge 10:44 AM
  • "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
  • "Google Calendar picks up support for iPhone X, iOS 11 & drag and drop on iPad" iDownload Blog 10:39 AM
  • "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
  • "Windows on ARM Is Back, and It Makes Sense This Time" The Motley Fool 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Ventures invests in SaaS 'Active Strategy Management' startup Workboard" GeekWire 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge is an Outright Disaster (Premium)" Thurrott 10:32 AM
  • "Patch Tuesday: No critical fixes for Windows, but IE and Edge still riddled with security flaws" V3 10:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Cloud May Best AWS in Profits: Bernstein" Investopedia 10:40 AM
  • "HP releases security patch to stop keyboard-tracking bug" IANS [Free Registration Required] 9:11 AM
  • "Your HP laptop may be harboring a secret keylogger in Synaptics touchpad drivers" BetaNews 10:40 AM
  • "Hundreds of HP laptops were found to be recording what people type" MoneyControl 9:11 AM
  • "HP Created 2 Delightful Holiday Films, Reminding the World to Come Together" AdWeek 9:10 AM
  • "Analysts expect AMD to go EPYC" Fudzilla 9:14 AM
  • "AMD set to roll out Ryzen 2 in Q1 2018" KitGuru 9:13 AM
  • "Huge AMD 'Fenghuang APU' with 15FF Graphics Spotted – The Ryzen APU For Desktop" WCCFTech 9:13 AM
  • "AMD launches Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition with latency improvements" KitGuru 9:14 AM
  • "AMD Wins Another: Baidu to Deploy EPYC on Single Socket Servers" HPCwire 9:13 AM
  • "Nvidia's Titan V is a massively powerful GPU for cryptocurrency mining" TechRadar UK 9:14 AM
  • "Intel's VR chief expects virtual reality to divide into multiple gadgets and markets" VentureBeat 11:11 AM
  • "Intel Might Be Trying to Make Up for Lost Time" The Motley Fool 1:40 PM
  • "Intel CPUs To Become More Expensive, Intel Will No Longer Use 'Intel Inside' Marketing Strategy" SegmentNext 9:17 AM
  • "Intel Adding 'Hardware Lock' To Prevent ME Chip Hacking In Future" Fossbytes 9:16 AM
  • "All You Need To Know About Intel Pentium Silver And Celeron Chips: Gemini Lake Is Here" Fossbytes 9:17 AM
  • "Intel releases low-power Pentium 'Silver' and Celeron successors" Fudzilla 9:16 AM
  • "ForeScout integrates with IBM to protect IoT devices" BetaNews 8:44 AM
  • "IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush: Australian tentacle has mucked things up at bank and border security agency" The Register 1:29 PM
  • "Dell Launches World's First Ocean Plastics Supply Chain" TriplePundit 9:09 AM
  • "Oracle launches innovation lab in Brazil: The facility moves to a coworking space and will focus on projects related to emerging technologies in partnership with startups and customers." ZDNet 10:45 AM
  • "How Oracle and Peers Contributed to the S&P 500's Performance in 2017" Market Realist 1:56 PM
  • "An Overview Of Cisco's 2017 Performance" Trefis 9:06 AM
  • "Kenya: Nairobi County partners Cisco for deployment of Digital Business Roadmap" IT News Africa 9:05 AM
  • "Cisco gains sixth Global Gold partner: After launching Global Gold tier in May, Cisco rewards status to another partner" Channelnomics 9:06 AM
  • "How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:19 AM
  • "TSMC still upbeat about HPC chips, says chairman" DigiTimes 8:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Finisar soars after Apple announces $390 million investment" Business Insider 10:22 AM
  • "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
  • "Stocks hold at record levels after Fed raises rates for 3rd time in 2017: Last Fed meeting with Yellen in charge wraps up Wednesday" MarketWatch 1:57 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Hold Gains After Fed Rate Hike: The Dow and S&P are trading at intraday records on Wednesday." TheStreet 1:57 PM
  • "US markets poised for record finish after Fed hikes rates" FOXBusiness 1:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Extend Gains After Fed Rate Increase: Investors cheer improved outlook for economic growth" [Paid Membership Required] 1:56 PM
  • "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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