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Apple being unfairly targeted by BBC when other major tech companies use same Chinese factories? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: UK's Telegraph reports that Apple's Tim Cook is "deeply offended" by BBC's report "that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers", also posts an exclusive letter sent by Apple UK SVP Jeff Williams defending Apple's supplier responsibility; Karen Haslam at Macworld UK argues that Apple shouldn't be blamed as there are many Pegatron clients like Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell — reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Foss Patents tells of Apple losing "very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent" case versus Samsung; need to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac? Macworld shows how; MarketWatch looks back at Apple's 2014, covering "the good, bad, and ugly"; Morgan Stanley note reveals expectation of a record 67 million iPhones sold this December quarter; in response to fluctuation of Russia's ruble, Apple raises prices of apps; Woz remains skeptical of wearables like smartwatches, smart glasses; shipping times of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Retina iMacs drop; is it true that rapidly charging your iPhone can damage it?; iMore staff offer thoughts on iPhone 6, 6 Plus after 3 months use; video comparison of iOS 8.1.3 vs 8.2 running on iPhone 4S.

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  • "Apple goes to war with the BBC/Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers"  Telegraph 7:56 AM
  • "Read: Apple's letter to UK staff over Chinese factory conditions"  Telegraph 8:10 AM
  • "Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC investigation: Apple has said it is 'deeply offended' by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices." BBC 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook hits out at BBC report" CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "BBC investigates Apple supplier, saying it found workers asleep on iPhone production line" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "BBC's Panorama Attacks Apple Over Indonesian Tin" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia: BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about 'Apple's factories' and 'Apple's use of illegally mined tin'."  Macworld UK 8:06 AM
  • "Apple loses very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent, Samsung tells appeals court" Foss Patents 8:05 AM
  • "How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Yosemite - Apple Mail account configuration; 'The Humane Interface', 'Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines' and 'Designing for Yosemite' (and Jef Raskin, the Canon Cat, Xerox Star, Lisa, etc.); Preview printing changes; issues with system recovery, Disk Utility, Time Machine, TRIM support etc." MacInTouch 8:26 AM
  • "Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Using multicam in Final Cut Pro X to edit the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference" 8:05 AM
  • "Guest List Organizer a one-stop solution for organizing events" Apple Daily Report 7:48 AM
  • "Yes, There's A List Of Mail Add-on's For Mail Junkies" NoodleMac 7:53 AM
  • "How To Customize Mac Folder Icons" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Free: How To Enjoy iTunes Radio Ad Free" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Try The Mac App For Google-holics" TeraTalks 7:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "Brotens renewed all their 6 Lighting Software for Mac (and Only for Mac)" Brotens 7:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple in 2014: The good, bad, and ugly" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December quarter, survey suggests" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's 10 biggest hits, misses, and head-scratchers of 2014" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Increases App Prices in the Russian App Store" iClarified 8:05 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass" AFP 8:10 AM
  • "After hacks, Sony's 'stuck in 1992' ... except for Mac users" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Delaying worldwide releases can kill song sales, Spotify data shows" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Sorry Zuck: Teens Have Once Again Declared That Facebook Isn't Cool" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Study: More teens are fleeing from Facebook" Mashable 8:02 AM
  • "Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments" Architosh 7:49 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus 16GB, 64GB now ship in one day: All other versions of iPhone 6 still require longer ship times as supply catches up with demand." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Retina iMac ship times shrink away to nothing" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Will Rapid Charging Damage Your iPhone 6 Or 6 Plus?" Forbes 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

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  • "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review: 3 months later" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Review: MOTA's new Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus shows what 4000mAh can – and can't – do for Apple's big iPhone" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Review: Draco Design Draco Bumper for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:14 AM
  • "Case-Mate Barely There review: The iPhone 6 case for case-haters!" iMore 8:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Speed Test: iOS 8.2 Beta 3 [Video] Redmond Pie 8:24 AM
  • "500px App Integrates Adobe Creative Cloud Features and More" Best App Site 8:46 AM
  • "Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Send last-minute holiday photo cards right from your iPhone or iPad" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Appidemic: Corto Maltese: Secrets of Venice for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:08 AM
  • "Watermark Photos On iPhone, iPad, Mac" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "You Should Play: Micromon is the best Pokémon knock-off on the App Store" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director's Cut review" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "Apple comes out swinging against BBC labor report, says no other company does more for workers" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "BBC accused of bias over expose of Apple working conditions in China: Broadcaster clashes with tech giant after secretly filming workers asleep on iPhone 6 production line" Daily Mail (UK) 8:52 AM
  • "3 questions the BBC must answer about its Apple 'abuse" Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "Bad Apple or the best of a bad bunch? The sad reality about Apple's Broken Promises from BBC Panorama" PC Pro 8:19 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations of factory worker mistreatment" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Apple not doing enough for factory workers, BBC probe finds" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's Chinese Factories: Did the BBC Pass Off China Labor Watch's Reporting as Their Own?" Kirkville 8:06 AM
  • "Should Apple double the RAM in next year's iPhones and iPads? [Poll] 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "What Apple Has More Of Than Google, Microsoft, Amazon, And Samsung" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "How A Google Chromebook Is Better For Schools Than An iPad" Mac 360 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New app lets you take awesome interactive 3D photos with your iPhone – and it's free" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can't" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens; iPad gets instant translation within the app" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels" prMac 8:56 AM
  • "Video Zoom 1.0 for iOS - Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Conquer The Solar System With Exciting New Puzzle Game - Atmosflares 1.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Delete Hundreds Of Photos And Videos In Seconds With SwipeDelete 1.0.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "The next big mobile hit? Yabado launches Bird Duel for iOS and Android" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "09apps releases DinoDoc - know the dinosaurs! 1.0 - Dinosaur Quiz App" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "GRAPHISOFT partners with buildingSMART Korea to foster national BIM standards" Architosh 7:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft sues fake tech support service, warns of holiday scams" Gigaom 12/18
  • "Microsoft sues tech support scammers for trademark violation, false advertising: Claims 390,000 residents lost $179 million in California alone." Ars Technica 12/18
  • "Microsoft hits 1.5 million total Windows 10 'Insiders'" Electronista 12/18
  • "Microsoft's Xim app now lets you share smartphone photos on bigger screens" Engadget 12/18
  • "Microsoft kills off the browser ballot menu" Neowin 12/18
  • "Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen: The screen contributed to restoring competition in the EU browser market, the European Commission said" Computerworld New Zealand 12/18
  • "Microsoft no longer needs to remind EU Windows users they have a browser choice: Summary:Microsoft is no longer legally required to remind Windows users in the European Union that they have a choice of browsers beyond IE, as has been the case for the past five years." ZDNet 12/18
  • "Windows 7 Update Brings More Problems than Solutions" The Fuse Joplin 12/18
  • "Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux/More changes, but it'll be different this time, honest" The Register 12/18
  • "Intel's Mobile Milestone: Two Chips in Lenovo Smartphone" WSJ Blogs 12/18
  • "Lenovo To Announce Two Intel-Powered Smartphones In 2015 [Rumor] UberGizmo 12/18
  • "Intel to power two new 4G Lenovo smartphones in early 2015: The chipmaker is expected to expand its smartphone partnership with Lenovo, introducing phones for both China and the global market in the coming weeks." CNET 12/18
  • "Lenovo to Use Intel Chips in New Smartphones in 2015" eWeek 12/18
  • "Is Intel set to take control of IOT market?" ITProPortal 12/18
  • "Intel, IBM Follow Different Strategies On 14nm FinFET" CDRinfo 12/18
  • "Intel confirms that Lenovo will use Atom chips in two new smartphones next year" VentureBeat 12/18
  • "IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'" Reuters 12/18
  • "IBM Brags Of 49 Cloud Data Centers: IBM promised 40 SoftLayer cloud data centers globally by the end of 2014. Through a partnership with Equinix, it's ending the year with 49." InformationWeek 12/18
  • "Oracle, the King of Cloud? Maybe in Ellison's world: Claims that cloud will drive Oracle's future growth ring hollow" The Register 12/18
  • "Oracle gets its cloud due: Can it sustain it?" ZDNet 12/18
  • "Oracle Earnings Review: Cloud's Success Helps Beat All Expectations" Seeking Alpha 12/18
  • "Toshiba launches 6TB enterprise HDD range: Summary:Toshiba's new range of hard disk drives includes 6TB of storage with a 12Gbit/s transfer rate." ZDNet 12/18
  • "Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem/A recent chat with my doctor revealed new insight on lifecycles of connected medical devices and the need for an integrated infrastructure to support future IoT devices." InformationWeek 12/18
  • "Accelerating cloud services deployment with open-source software: Summary:Enterprises can benefit from the experiences of others: both negative and positive: when planning and exploring transitioning to the cloud." ZDNet 12/18
  • "Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 2015: Summary:2014 has been a year of emerging technologies and great IT opportunities in Asia-Pacific. To provide some insights on the year so far and what lies ahead, we've asked a group of Red Hat customers where their priorities lie in 2015." ZDNet 12/18
  • "Creating the 8080: The Processor That Started the PC Revolution" PC Magazine 12/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Goldman Sachs" Ticker Report 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Stock Cheap But Not Ridiculously Cheap: Holland" Bloomberg TV 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Microsoft and IBM led the blue chips to Close 421 points higher" USA Today 12/18
  • "Dow Rockets to First 400-Point Gain in Three Years as Oil Resumes Slide" TheStreet 12/18
  • "Dow jumps 421 points. Best day since 2011: Scrooge has left the building. Heck, he's not even on the same planet anymore." CNNMoney 12/18
  • "Wall Street Extends Rally as Traders Cheer Dovish Fed" FOXBusiness 12/18
  • "Oil's Drop Hits Big Investors Hard: Icahn, Paulson Suffer Large Losses as Energy-Related Bets Sour" [Paid Membership Required] 12/18
  • "Asia Markets: Asian shares rise as Fed shows patience/Stocks in Japan jumped Thursday, leading most of Asia higher as investors were encouraged to take on more risk after signals that the U.S. remains patient in its approach to raising interest rates." MarketWatch 12/18
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks climb; Russian stocks up as Putin speaks/European stocks leapt Thursday, with gains across all sectors after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it's not rushing to raise borrowing costs, a stance that prompted a jump in oil prices and energy shares alike." MarketWatch 12/18
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 12/18
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at the close of trading" Associated Press 12/18
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12/18

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