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Friday Highlights: Analyst Sramana Mitra enjoys how Tim Cook is putting his own "stamp on Apple" that is "quite different from the company that Steve Jobs ran"; and Chris Maxcer at TechNewsWorld is a bit flummoxed by Cook's calling IBM a "kindred spirit" to Apple; Quentin Fottrell quotes Morningstar analyst who believes the days of a $300 billion device are over, that Apple will not have another blockbuster like iPhone anytime soon; Denise Cote, the controversial judge who presided over Apple's antitrust ebook suit, "is troubled" with "clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; and after a TV report in China, one Chinese iPhone user files lawsuit against Apple for privacy invasion; OS X Yosemite beta went live on Thursday, and if you are experiencing bugs, MacIssues has some help, TG Daily on how you can download the beta, Macworld lists 13 things you want to know about the beta, and hit our OS X section on yesterday's page for more; MacTrast tackles "how to move your iTunes library to an external drive"; analyst saying Apple investment in things like product development is an indication of coming revenue explosion; ZDNet's Violet Blue commemorates "the Apple backdoor that wasn't", i.e., the big news earlier in the week that Apple intentionally left backdoors in iOS; don't watch this video if you're squeamish seeing iPhone 5s getting run over by train; Intel prepping a Core M chip slated for notebooks and tablets; Macworld has an article to help you decide which Mac fits your needs.

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  • "Tim Cook Puts His Stamp on Apple" ["Tim Cook's Apple is turning out to be quite different from the company that Steve Jobs ran. Gone are the frenzied excitement around new products that reinvented key categories like music, computing, and communication. Enter a collaborative era that is low on the ego side, strong on business acumen, and steady in its execution. The market likes Tim Cook."]  One Million by One Million 8:37 AM
  • "IBM Is a 'Kindred Spirit': Whoa, Tim Cook, Whoa" TechNewsWorld 8:36 AM
  • "Why Apple may never have another product as successful as the iPhone: Analysts don't foresee another $300 billion gadget on the horizon"  MarketWatch 9:40 AM
  • "This Chart Is The Clearest Sign That Apple Revenue Is About To Explode" Business Insider 11:36 AM
  • "U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal" ["U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found 'most troubling' a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings."]  Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "US judge 'troubled' over Apple's $450m ebook price-fixing deal – report" The Register 8:22 AM
  • "Surprisingly iPad's Drop In Sales Is Not Samsung's Gain, Welcome To Tablet Transformation" Forbes 8:25 AM
  • "Apple faces privacy suit following Chinese TV report: An iPhone user has filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy against Apple, about a week after a Chinese state broadcaster raised security concerns about the device's location-tracking functions." IDG News Service 8:26 AM
  • "Bose suing Apple's Beats: CNBC's Josh Lipton reports Bose is suing Apple's Beat's Electronics over noise-cancelling headphone patents." [Video Report] CNBC 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Takeover Target Beats Sued by Bose Over Headphones" Bloomberg 5:24 PM
  • "Bose sues Apple-owned Beats over noise-cancelling headphone patents" iDownload Blog 1:12 PM
  • "Bose sues Beats over patents on noise-canceling headphones" CNET 5:22 PM
  • "Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services: Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners" The Register 8:25 AM
  • "OS X Yosemite's Share of Mac Traffic Doubles Following Public Beta Launch" MacRumors 5:21 PM
  • "OS X Yosemite Adoption Nearly Doubles Following Public Beta" iClarified 5:21 PM
  • "A Mac That Keeps Working, Even in Sleep Mode: Q. I thought I wasn't getting new mail on my phone when I was out running around, but it turns out my new iMac at home was downloading mail even though I put it to sleep. How is this possible?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:36 AM
  • "Address bugs and problems with the Yosemite beta" MacIssues 8:29 AM
  • "How to revert to Mavericks from the Yosemite public beta" Macworld 1:12 PM
  • "How to download OS X Yosemite Beta on your Mac" TG Daily 8:21 AM
  • "13 things OS X Yosemite beta testers need to know" Macworld 10:03 AM
  • "Numi 2.0.1 review: Not your typical Mac calculator" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "How To Move Your iTunes Library to an External Drive" MacTrast 8:27 AM
  • "How to Remotely Wake a Mac With an iOS Device" Tuts+ 8:27 AM
  • "How to Restore Old Versions of Files From Anywhere" Tuts+ 8:27 AM
  • "Picture Collage Maker 3 for Mac is easy and (too much) fun" Apple Daily Report 7:37 AM
  • "The Sweet Goodness Of Executive Letters And A Mac App Store Problem" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "How To Sketch Art Like A Pro Even Without Talent" TeraTalks 7:28 AM
  • "How To Do On Your Mac What Your Mac Does Not Do Well" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "A Mac Utility You Don't Need Is So Cool You'll Want It Anyway" Mac 360 7:29 AM
  • "What's The Latest And Greatest Modern Photo Technique? Antique Photos" BohemianBoomer 7:29 AM
  • "iTunes 12 and the Case of the Missing Sidebar" Kirkville 10:31 AM
  • "No, Your App Isn't Compatible with Yosemite" Kirkville 8:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Hemingway text editor comes to the Mac with Markdown support" TUAW 8:38 AM
  • "Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse now on the Mac!" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Flux V - Available Immediately" prMac 8:32 AM
  • "Typinator 6.1 comes with 20 enhancements beyond 6.0" prMac 7:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's investment in product development indicates revenue explosion, new product categories this quarter, says analyst" 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Apple spending on manufacturing & parts sees biggest increase since 2007 launch of first iPhone" AppleInsider 8:39 AM
  • "Global Tablet Market Grows 11% in Q2/14 Notwithstanding U.S. Domestic iPad Pullback" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "The Apple backdoor that wasn't/Summary: On Monday, several media outlets mistakenly reported that Apple had installed 'backdoors' on millions of iPhones and iOS devices."  ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "Swiss Apple Store expansion may require first 'open-air' temp shop" MacNN 9:33 AM
  • "Watch the iPhone 5s Get Run Over By a Train [Video] iClarified 8:31 AM
  • "British reality show rigs teens' iPhones to record all their activity" Ars Technica 5:22 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Bill allowing smartphone unlocking approved by the House of Representatives, set to become law" 9to5Mac 5:23 PM
  • "Doom co-creator John Romero skeptical of virtual reality 'fad'" Ars Technica 11:31 AM
  • "EU says right to be forgotten is Google's mess" TG Daily 8:21 AM
  • "Intel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in 4Q14" DigiTimes 7:58 AM
  • "The seven nations where SIM cards outnumber people" The Register 7:57 AM
  • "No guts, all glory at Robot Soccer World Cup" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "iMore show 412: Yosemite public beta, Q3 2014 earnings" iMore 8:38 AM
  • "Top 3 iPad apps that let you get real work done" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "5.5-inch iPhone 6, Next iPad Mini, iPad Air To Enter Mass Production In September?" G for Games 9:01 AM
  • "Apple Begins Mass Production of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6, 5.5-Inch Model and iPads Start in September" MacRumors 9:01 AM
  • "5.5-inch iPhone 6 Phablet Leaked Photos Show SIM Tray, Power And Volume Flex Cables" Redmond Pie 9:02 AM
  • "Chinese sources: mass production of 4.7" iPhone 6 begins, 5.5" and new iPads start in September" iDownload Blog 10:03 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mog Gen Booom For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:08 AM
  • "Bibo Monsters -Logic Puzzle For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:08 AM
  • "Defenders For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $4.99)" Apple Sliced 9:08 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM

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  • "Review: LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker Stand" Run Around Tech 8:22 AM
  • "Review: BACtrack Vio keyfob-sized Bluetooth breathalyzer" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 8's iPhoto to Photos app transition to ditch Journals, Books, and Slideshows" 9to5Mac 1:12 PM
  • "Overswipe's Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone" TechCrunch 10:32 AM
  • "iVox iPhone App Review" Tapscape 8:22 AM
  • "You Should Play: Steampunk Tower" TechHive 7:54 AM
  • "'Secret Files: Tunguska' Review - A Solid Port Of A Less-Than-Classic Adventure" Touch Arcade 10:03 AM
  • "Down the rabbithole of Alfa-Arkiv: A new iOS game seems to be reviving the five-year-old Junko Junsui ARG that had apparently vanished from the web." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review/The fifth entry into the blockbuster Modern Combat series is what mobile shooters should aspire to." 148Apps 9:40 AM
  • "Poptile Review: Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the 'one more go' factor." 148Apps 10:32 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Should you re-rip your CDs?" Macworld 9:40 AM
  • "Which Mac should I buy?" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Could growing frustration with low App Store prices lead to better, more expensive games?" iMore 1:12 PM
  • "How many of you use your iPads as much or more than Tim Cook? Find out!" iMore 1:09 PM
  • "Judge Cote Calls Apple Ebook Settlement Unfair to Consumers" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "With Stickers commercial, Apple wants us to connect with our devices" Macworld 11:29 AM
  • "Apple can't hide the fact they are about to launch the 'iPhone 6,' 'iWatch'" AppAdvice 10:03 AM
  • "What Does the Apple and IBM Partnership Mean for Microsoft?" The Motley Fool 10:00 AM
  • "This Week's Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible" Wired 9:58 AM
  • "The iPhone 6 is last year's Samsung Galaxy, Wait, Wut?" TUAW 9:40 AM
  • "Apple Continues To Lose Tablet Share But Does It Matter?" Forbes 9:02 AM
  • "A Dollar a Day" asymco 8:32 AM
  • "Has the iPad already passed its peak?" Slate 8:22 AM
  • "In One Tweet, Here's Why Apple Will Be Happy To Watch The iPhone 6 Kill The iPad Mini" Business Insider 7:58 AM
  • "iPhone 6: what we know, what we don't know, what we'd like to see" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Apple steals your wallet with future iPhone" Computerworld 7:36 AM
  • "Apple: Rags To Riches To Rags To Riches And Now Heading Back To Rags Again" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "Nothing But More Numbers Coming From Apple's Crazy Product Lineup" NoodleMac 7:28 AM
  • "Is There Life After The iPhone?" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "The Amazon Fire Phone's Headphones Are What All Cheap Earbuds Should Be" Gizmodo 11:35 AM
  • "Take a Trial Separation From Your Smartphone" Mashable 11:35 AM
  • "Amazingly fast Internet speeds are in our future" BGR 9:40 AM
  • "Amazon Fire Phone Review: That's All Ya Got?" TheStreet 8:57 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "AHOY takes the concept of Yo to the next level" Cult of Mac 5:21 PM
  • "Coming July 26: Gene Steinberg meets Adam Engst, from TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Jeff Gamet, from The Mac Observer, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2:34 PM
  • "Limited Edition UE BOOM Designed by Skateboard Artist Don Pendleton Available Now" PadGadget 11:30 AM
  • "iOS-connected AirDog auto-following drone adds obstacle avoidance" AppleInsider 11:29 AM
  • "Best Craigslist apps for iPhone and iPad: How to buy and sell better!" iMore 10:32 AM
  • "Incase Icon Sleeve + Mac" iLounge 10:03 AM
  • "Firefly Online for iPhone and iPad snags TV show's cast to handle voice roles" iMore 9:02 AM
  • "Special Case Gives Your iPhone Heat Vision" Mashable 8:39 AM
  • "Sense sleep sensor monitors your zzz's and wakes you up at the best time" Engadget 8:31 AM
  • "Ukraine: Kiev cathedral launches prayer and guidance app" BBC 8:26 AM
  • "Google Gmail iOS app gets tighter Drive integration" V3 8:22 AM
  • "Comixology goes DRM-free on select comics" TechHive 8:35 AM
  • "Kudos to ComiXology for its new DRM-free backup policy" AppleDailyReport 8:21 AM
  • "Linebo 1.0 released for iOS - a brand new addictive and free puzzle game" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "New app helps parents with summer reading" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "Pick-Up-Sticks-Classic Mikado released for iPhone and iPad" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "What's The Song? 1.0 - Do you know your music?" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "Cynapse Announces Numerics - Business Dashboards for the iPhone and iPad" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "Graphic Node Launches a Scrapbook Template Set for Pages" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "How Files-Finder Edition can help you manage files on iPad" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "Mercury Intermedia Launches Crossly for iPhone and iPod touch" prMac 7:50 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's future under Satya Nadella: a very different, braver company" TechRadar UK 9:36 AM
  • "Microsoft Investors Should Be Thrilled That the Surface Mini Is Dead" The Motley Fool 11:03 AM
  • "Should Microsoft Kill Off the Surface, Windows Phones, or Xbox One?" The Motley Fool 11:03 AM
  • "What Does the Apple and IBM Partnership Mean for Microsoft?" The Motley Fool 11:03 AM
  • "Microsoft To Unify Windows For All Devices?" Misco 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Given New $50.00 Price Target at Oppenheimer (MSFT)" Ticket Report 9:10 AM
  • "Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group gets into bed with Microsoft to deliver cloud guest tablets" Computer World UK 9:09 AM
  • "Going fully online with Chrome OS: the Microsoft response" Telecom TV 9:07 AM
  • "What we know about the next versions of Windows: RUmors are rampant, but here's what we know for sure about Windows 8.1 Updates, Windows 9, Windows 365, Windows Phone, Xbox, and 'Threshold'" InfoWorld 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft May Be A Good Short From Here" Seeking Alpha 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft moves Yammer into Office 365 as co-founder departs" CNET 7:37 AM
  • "The Fed suckered IBM into a failing cloud strategy?" BetaNews 11:49 AM
  • "IBM Delivers Infiniband To SoftLayer Customers" Forbes 11:05 AM
  • "Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app" Reuters 1:12 PM
  • "H-P settles suit with Chubby Checker over Palm male-organ-measurement app" MarketWatch 1:10 PM
  • "Why Intel Corporation Stock Could Yet Again Outperform in 2015" The Motley Fool 11:07 AM
  • "Why Intel Stock Is a 'Buy' at TheStreet" TheStreet 11:07 AM
  • "Intel to launch Core M for use in notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in 4Q14" DigiTimes 7:42 AM
  • "Why TheStreet Ratings Team Rates Advanced Micro Devices Stock a 'Hold'" TheStreet 11:06 AM
  • "AMD Delays New Desktop APUs Until 2016, FM2+ Will Have Time to Grow Old" Softpedia 9:43 AM
  • "EU regulators to decide on Oracle, Micros deal by Aug. 29" Reuters 8:39 AM
  • "Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance" Reuters 5:28 PM
  • "Korea-Russia start-up to face off with Dropbox, eyes global market" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "MTC ditches legacy systems, goes wall-to-wall cloud/Summary: Not-for-profit MTC needed new infrastructure and systems in order to continue its growth and be more productive." ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "Amazon can no longer take its cloud leadership for granted: With Microsoft's strong numbers and Google's continued progress, Amazon Web Services must realize it's in a three-cloud race" InfoWorld 8:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, Inc. bought back another $5 billion of $AAPL stock in Q3 as shares rose 20%"  AppleInsider 5:22 PM
  • "Why Apple announced mixed results ahead of its iPhone 6 launch" Market Realist 1:13 PM
  • "Apple's Q3 Bonanza: The Real Story May Be Not Quite So Bullish" Seeking Alpha 9:59 AM
  • "Apple Completely Ignored Its Retail Stores During Its Earnings Call This Week" Business Insider 8:59 AM
  • "Will Apple Stock Be Affected By Judge's Comments In Proposed E-Book Settlement?" TheStreet 8:57 AM
  • "Update: Apple Q3 Earnings - iWatch Lurking" Seeking Alpha 8:21 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: Facebook shares hit record on stellar earnings/Facebook Inc. was in the tech sector spotlight Thursday in the wake of the social-networking leader's upbeat second quarter earnings. Inc. and Pandora Media Inc. also garnered attention ahead of their earnings reports." MarketWatch 11:00 AM
  • "Stocks end week on sour note: Investors will have to wait until next week to see if the S&P 500 can finally top 2,000. Stocks fell broadly on Friday." CNNMoney 4:58 PM
  • "Stock Market Today: Amazon, Visa Drag on U.S. Markets, S&P 500 Flat for the Week" TheStreet 4:59 PM
  • "US stocks head lower after results from Amazon disappoint Wall Street" FOXBusiness 12:34 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop; Visa Weighs on Dow: Visa Shares Fall After Firm Trimmed Revenue Forecast" [Paid Membership Required] 5:00 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks advance to six-month closing high/Japanese stocks rallied on Friday, marking their highest settlement in six months, as the yen weakened and domestic inflation data came out in line with market expectations." MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "Europe Markets: BSkyB, Vodafone among European stocks on the move/These stocks made notable moves in European trade Friday." MarketWatch 12:33 PM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 12:32 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:32 PM

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