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Apple on downward trend: FUD or on to something? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Apple doomsayers abound, the latest is Oppenheimer's Andrew Uerkwitz who believes Cook and company are "about to embark on a decade-long malaise", lacking courage with risks to the company having "never been greater"; Jonny Evans calls it FUD; Mark Rogowsky thinks Apple's slow response to long-standing iPhone issues is worthy of fair criticism, but not necessarily a sign of quality downturn; Google Chrome now defaulting to HTML5; wants those who've rejected Final Cut Pro X to watch this video; guilty the charge for senior Foxconn manager caught stealing $1.52 million in iPhones; Apple says random iPhone shut off at 30% battery due to manufacturing issue—more in our Hardware/Software session; investigation into fake Apple chargers found 99% of them result in failure of basic safety test; AppleInsider video compares 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs 2015 MacBook Pro.

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  • "Oppenheimer: 'Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise'" ["The note, by Andrew Uerkwitz and his team, is symptomatic of the new universe of negativity Apple now lives in, one that only began around a year ago. After the company reported its first decline in revenue since 2001 on its earnings call last month, an analyst asked Tim Cook the unthinkable question: Was the company now just a follower of other's innovations? (Cook was none too pleased with the question, or the implication.) None of this was lost on people watching Microsoft's recent product launch event. One theme people tweeted over and over again during the session: Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple."]  Business Insider 7:14 AM
  • "Apple lacks 'courage' and ' risks to the company have never been greater,' claims Oppenheimer: Apple doom-mongering has kicked up a few notches over the course of 2016." ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "On analyst Andrew Uerkwitz's Apple FUD moment" Apple Must 8:07 AM
  • "Battery Woes Just The Latest iPhone Hardware Problem, But Is There Real Trouble At Apple?" ["So while it's fair to criticize Apple's slow response to some of these longstanding iPhone issues and reasonable to ask if the company can't do better given its assets and resources, it seems like a stretch to argue iPhone quality is in a meaningful downward trend."]  Forbes 7:28 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung's product shortages may test customer loyalty" CNBC Videos 11:40 AM
  • "Google Chrome now defaults to HTML5 for most sites" Engadget 11:01 AM
  • "How to rescue your Mac from malware corruption" iMore 7:21 AM
  • "Product Review: Vectorworks Architect 2017" Architosh 6:51 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Consolidating iTunes libraries and library track limits/Kirk McElhearn uncovers a couple of mysteries about iTunes libraries." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "How to see websites visited by other users on your Mac with Parental Controls" iDownload Blog 7:21 AM
  • "How to hide mounted volumes from your desktop and the Finder" iDownload Blog 7:21 AM
  • "New 2016 MacBook Pros default to scaled non-native Retina screen resolution, here's how to change it" 9to5Mac 11:02 AM
  • "Stabilize Video In iMovie" MacMost 10:50 AM
  • "Sierra: A Walk in the Park" Rixstep 6:50 AM
  • "Network Inventory Advisor is a handy inventory solution for macOS" Apple World Today 7:28 AM
  • "How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in macOS Sierra" The Mac Observer 6:52 AM
  • "Great Email On Everything Apple" Mac360 8:06 AM
  • "Another Must-Have Mac Graphics Tool" Mac360 7:36 AM
  • "Send This Video to Everybody You Know Who Has Rejected Final Cut Pro X" 7:15 AM
Press Releases
  • "Plex Cloud Can Now Upload Your Media to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive" Lifehacker 7:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Taiwan Foxconn manager indicted for stealing thousands of iPhones: A former senior manager at Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China to pocket around US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million), Taiwanese prosecutors said Friday." AFP 7:06 AM
  • "Foxconn senior manager stole $1.5M worth of iPhones, faces 10-year jail sentence" 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "Suppliers Try to Wean Themselves Away From Apple" TheStreet 7:33 AM
  • "Apple to set up a distribution centre through its logistics partner in India" The Economic Times 7:16 AM
  • "Apple's App Store switching from USD pricing to local currency for paid apps and in-app purchases in eight countries" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
  • "French protesters hate the idea of a 'Rue Steve Jobs'" Cult of Mac 9:45 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mouse scroll wheel 'inventor' basically says we're all using it wrong" The Next Web 11:01 AM
  • "Motorola gives up on smartwatches, for now" Mashable 7:34 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 096 | 5K fiasco, Apple's Black Friday, and DirecTV Now on Apple TV" 9to5Mac 9:44 AM
  • "Hackintosh monster Macs and iPhone 8's marquee feature, on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Show 028: Steve Martin and Mark Spencer" FCPRadio 8:26 AM
  • "Apple just addressed the flaw that's been randomly shutting off iPhones with 30% battery" Business Insider 10:53 AM
  • "Apple Says iPhone 6s Shutdowns Result of Manufacturing Issue Causing Batteries to Degrade Faster" MacRumors 11:03 AM
  • "Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests: Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test."  BBC 7:16 AM
  • "Friends don't let friends buy fake Apple chargers" Computerworld 7:05 AM
  • "There's a 99 percent chance your fake Apple charger isn't safe: Bought your Apple charger online? Maybe read this before using it next." CNET 7:33 AM
  • "UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail Safety Test" The Mac Observer 8:26 AM
  • "Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 7:13 AM
  • "It's surprisingly easy to crack iOS 10.1.1's Activation Lock" Cult of Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Here comes the OLED iPhone 8" BGR 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Adds Early 2011 13-Inch MacBook Pro to Obsolete Products List" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "How to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for free battery replacement: Apple iPhone 6s devices are shutting down even though battery life indicator shows 30 percent." Network World 10:53 AM
  • "Apple to replace iPhone 6s batteries after fault causes some to randomly shut down" Telegraph 7:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:24 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:24 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:24 AM

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  • "Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 7:04 AM
  • "First Look, MacBook Pro, 2016" NoodleMac 8:01 AM
  • "The LG UltraFine 4K is a great MacBook monitor" The Verge 7:42 AM
  • "Review: iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker" iLounge 11:01 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Photoshop Express 5 for iOS review: Adobe boosts app with brilliant collage feature/New hooks into Google Photos expands cloud-based interoperability." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone" BGR 8:49 AM
  • "Your iPhone, the special property of the left side bezel, and an autocorrect suggestion" The Loop 8:49 AM
  • "My Apple Watch Setup Secrets" TeraTalks 8:02 AM
  • "Having a Shattered Apple Watch Replaced" 512 Pixels 9:45 AM
  • "That New iPhone 7 Is Obsolete" Mac360 8:26 AM
  • "One huge iPhone vs. Android mobile shopping difference no one is talking about" VentureBeat 7:22 AM
  • "The case of the runaway headline" ["Yikes. Sounds like a bitter man slamming Apple — when in fact I'm happy guy dripping with admiration. Really."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 11:38 AM
  • "Apple's 'Think Different' ad creator says its new commercial uses 'oldest trick in advertising book'" CNBC 7:22 AM
  • "How Apple could make international travel easier: The iPhone and Apple Watch are already capable travel companions, but improvements to Maps, Apple Pay, and SIM-switching would go a long way." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "How Apple news gets turned into fake news"  Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Swift Playgrounds' Adds 'Hour Of Code' Challenges For Children (And Parents)" Forbes 8:49 AM
  • "Post Brutal Released: Apocalyptic Action RPG Captures Your Face & Voice" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "The AluCharge is a functional, slim, portable, multi-port charger" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Phone Users Grill Microsoft's Satya Nadella On Mobile Strategy" Silicon 9:01 AM
  • "Windows 10 upgrade - Microsoft's new software is STILL not winning users over" Express UK 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum" The Register 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Programming Chief Julia Liuson: How We Moved From Windows Platform, To Any Platform" Forbes 8:54 AM
  • "How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security" InfoWorld 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft renews Affordable Access Initiative" bit-tech 8:52 AM
  • "It's Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging" The Register 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon" The Register 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse" The Register 8:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update Preview Build 14977" Softpedia 8:37 AM
  • "Erich Bloch, IBM mainframe pioneer, dies at 91" CNET 8:15 AM
  • "IBM iNotes and Domino Input Validation Flaw Lets Remote Users Conduct Cross-Site Scripting Attacks" Security Tracker 8:13 AM
  • "IBM unveils Watson for drug R&D, teams with Pfizer on oncology" FierceBiotech 8:13 AM
  • "HP Elite X3: Hey, Nadella! Microsoft NEEDS More Phones Like This" Know Your Mobile 8:11 AM
  • "Intel weighs into smart home segment with AWS tie-up" Telcoms 8:07 AM
  • "Intel to push SSD products for 4 major markets in 2017" DigiTimes 8:03 AM
  • "Oracle donates $1.4 billion to computer sciences and digital skills learning in Europe" ITProPortal 7:54 AM
  • "NetSuite going global under Oracle's flag" Tech Central 7:54 AM
  • "Big ticket recruiters Microsoft, Oracle, Uber shower up to Rs 1.2 crore annual salary packages on IITians as placements get rolling" Business Insider India 7:53 AM
  • "IIT Guwahati Day 1 placements sees student bag 138 offers, Oracle offering highest package" The Economic Times 7:53 AM
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Apple News
  • "Apple supplier Laird to launch rights issue to bolster finances" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:30 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks edge lower after jobs report; indexes on track for down week: U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline, following a payroll report that wasn't seen as strong enough to justify keeping the market at record levels." MarketWatch 9:15 AM
  • "Jobless rate hits lowest level since 2007" CNNMoney 9:15 AM
  • "Stocks Open Mainly Higher After Jobs Report Tops Forecasts: Stocks opened mainly higher Friday, following a positive November payrolls report and edgy international trade ahead of Sunday's constitutional referendum in Italy." Investor's Business Daily 9:14 AM
  • "World stocks, oil fall ahead of U.S. job data, Italian vote: HONG KONG - World stocks retreated and oil's rally fizzled Friday as wary investors awaited U.S. jobs data and braced for Italy's referendum on constitutional reform." USA Today 9:13 AM
  • "Strong November Jobs Report Sets Table for Interest-Rate Rise: A robust November employment report showed the labor market was nearing full employment, bolstering expectations for an interest-rate increase at the Federal Reserve's December meeting." FOXBusiness 9:13 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Mixed After Jobs Report; Global Shares Down: U.S." [Paid Membership Required] 9:12 AM
  • "Nikkei pulls back from yearly high as Trump effect fades: Asian shares were broadly lower Friday, tracking losses on Wall Street, as equity markets indicate the 'Trump trade' could be overdone." MarketWatch 9:12 AM
  • "European stocks trade at 3-week low as Italy's referendum looms: Stocks in Europe were swept lower Friday, rounding off what's set to be a losing week for blue-chips with oil prices falling and investors bracing for Italy's constitutional-reform referendum." MarketWatch 9:11 AM

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