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Monday Highlights: Business Insider reporting Apple in talks to become a mobile carrier in the United States and Europe; Apple stock being hammered in trading due to news that the company has fallen to 3rd place in China smartphone rankings with Xiaomi, Huawei rising; inform yourself on the latest Mac bug, Thunderstrike 2; Jonny Evans has helps for when your iTunes music library is killed by iCloud Music Library; Macworld goes hands-on with Maps in El Capitan; Siri to transcribe voicemail according to new rumor, more in our General Interest section; Amazon clamping down on sharing of Prime accounts; new iMac to arrive this quarter according to rumor, reports in our Hardware/Software center; TJ Luoma's favorite Mac is the 12" USB-C MacBook; MacNN test drives Apple Music on iOS.

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  • "Apple is in talks to launch its own virtual network service in the US and Europe"  Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Apple Said to Consider Becoming a Mobile Carrier by Leasing Network Capacity in U.S. and Europe" MacRumors 12:14 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple considering becoming a carrier, leasing network from existing wireless providers" AppleInsider 12:14 PM
  • "Apple and Google Know What You Want Before You Do: New technology for smartphones will monitor activity and send information before it is requested; locking in loyal users" [Paid Membership Required] 7:00 PM
  • "Apple just lost its Chinese smartphone crown: But another company should be even more worried."  Fortune 8:46 AM
  • "Apple pushed down to 3rd in China smartphones for Q2" AFP 7:57 AM
  • "Canalys: Xiaomi and Huawei push Apple down into 3rd place in China, but still applying pressure" 9to5Mac 10:25 AM
  • "China concerns bring Apple down to earth" 6:55 PM
  • "A revamped Apple TV could have huge smart home implications"  Business Insider 8:49 AM
  • "Despite fears, Apple Watch will be a success: Munster" CNBC 6:59 PM
  • "0-day bug in fully patched OS X comes under active exploit to hijack Macs" Ars Technica 8:36 PM
  • "Active OS X 10.10 zero-day exploit installs malware without need for system passwords" AppleInsider 8:36 PM
  • "DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit found in the wild for OS X" MacIssues 8:41 PM
  • "Apple issues sixth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers" AppleInsider 7:03 PM
  • "Apple rolls out sixth El Capitan beta to developers" Digital Trends 6:59 PM
  • "This Apple computer bug sounds incredibly nasty" Fortune 12:24 PM
  • "Thunderstike 2 worm can infect your Mac without detection" Cult of Mac 12:32 PM
  • "What to do if iCloud Music Library kills iTunes music" Computerworld 7:39 AM
  • "Mac 911: Safari consistently quits in Yosemite" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Hands-on with Maps in El Capitan: Public transportation gets front and center" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Move to Apple Music 1.1.6 review: Transfer your Spotify and Rdio playlists to Apple Music" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "15 Mac-Hardening Security Tips to Protect Your Privacy" Intego 9:25 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Back to Basics" YMP Now 7:00 PM
  • "Keynote Voiceover Recording" MacMost 12:10 PM
  • "How to edit the Favorites sidebar on Mac" TechRadar UK 8:41 PM
  • "Control Final Cut Pro X with the modular Palette system" 10:26 AM
  • "Hands On: Vox 2.5.1 (OS X, iOS)" MacNN 9:16 AM
  • "How Many Ways Can You Sync Files In One Direction On A Mac?" BohemianBoomer 7:46 AM
  • "Cheap: A New Stats Widget That Monitors Your Mac's System 24/7" NoodleMac 7:47 AM
  • "No Borders: Set Your Photos And Videos Free On The Mac's Screen" TeraTalks 7:47 AM
  • "Opinion: iTunes needs to be rebuilt from scratch, but not split into separate apps" 9to5Mac 6:52 PM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Launches Stingray Game Engine at GDC Europe 2015" Business Wire 8:47 AM
  • "Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition) has been released." Maintain 7:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple pays $138 million for 43-acre building plot in San Jose tech corridor" AppleInsider 7:03 PM
  • "Apple purchases 43-acre developmental plot in San Jose for $138M" 9to5Mac 7:04 PM
  • "Apple Buys 43 Acres in San Jose, Enough to Turn Spaceship HQ into a Fleet" The Mac Observer 8:34 PM
  • "Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages"  Business Insider 7:55 AM
  • "Apple could kill voicemail for good" Fortune 7:56 AM
  • "Apple reportedly wants to turn Siri into your receptionist" Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's enhanced Siri will answer phone calls, transcribe voicemails in 2016 - report" AppleInsider 9:23 AM
  • "Apple may enlist Siri to answer your phone calls" CNET 10:26 AM
  • "Apple's week: Apple Pay at HSBC, iPads losing ground, Apple Watch security concerns" V3 10:34 AM
  • "Telstra offering 12 months free of Apple Music, suggests carrier billing support" 9to5Mac 8:47 PM
  • "Ikea Is Buying Up Whole Forests, and So Is Apple" Gizmodo 7:00 PM
  • "Fake Apple iOS crash reports prove tricky to remove" IDG News Service 7:39 AM
  • "Parrot ditches plans for consumer-centric Apple CarPlay head unit, now targeting car manufacturers" iMore 7:55 AM
  • "Apple opens Japanese YouTube site, uploads a bunch of new Japanese videos" 9to5Mac 10:25 AM
  • "World's first braille smartwatch allows blind to read iPhone messages" Melbourne Age 9:20 PM
  • "Dr Dre's first album in 16 years will be an Apple Music exclusive" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Sharing Amazon Prime benefits just got harder" CNNMoney 12:12 PM
  • "Nikola Bozinovic talks to Architosh about Frame: What it can mean for Apple's Mac Customers" Architosh 2:42 PM
  • "MacVoices #15159: Jackie Dove Presents 10 Great Photoshop Alternatives" MacVoices 2:42 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-03: Apple, BMW and Cars, Plus an iPhone Hologram Projector" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Solve wifi interference problems without ripping out the walls and we answer more listener questions!" The MT Show 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Expected to Launch New iMacs With Improved Processors and Display Quality This Quarter" MacRumors 7:45 AM
  • "New iMac models with upgraded CPUs & displays to drive 1M unit sales in Q3, analyst says" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "More 2015 iMac Models Coming in September Quarter" FairerPlatform 7:56 AM
  • "Purported iPhone 6s screen panels leak showing Force Touch, renders suggest 0.2mm thicker casing" 9to5Mac 7:54 AM
  • "iPhone 6S Images Leak Confirming Biggest New Feature" Forbes 8:48 AM
  • "Bye-bye bendgate: iPhone 6s is going to be thicker than predecessor" Cult of Mac 9:25 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM

Deal Brothers Daily Deal: BuyBack+ offering 20% more for gadget trade-ins

  • "My Favorite Mac: The New 12" Retina MacBook" MacStories 10:26 AM
  • "Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch is Beautiful, Full of Features" The Mac Observer 5:02 PM
  • "Review: 2 tri-band routers push wireless network speeds" Computerworld 7:39 AM
  • "Living With: Knomo Leather Case" MacNN 8:00 AM
  • "Review: BatteryBox – Portable Power for Your MacBook and Mobile Devices" MacTrast 12:31 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Taking Apple Music for a drive: the non-techie point of view" MacNN 8:45 AM
  • "Status Board Goes 2.0 with New Panels, Multiple Boards, and More" MacStories 8:41 PM
  • "Prune review: yard work has never been so beautiful" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "The Lost Treasure Island - iOS Review" Tapscape 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Watch: Sync an Apple Music playlist" CIO 12:10 PM
  • "How to add Apple Music playlists to your Apple Watch" iMore 10:26 AM
  • "How to find Beats 1 show archives and playlists on Connect" iMore 8:44 AM
  • "Pointers: Fix Waiting Apps (iOS)" MacNN 8:00 AM
  • "What's The Likelihood Of Apple Becoming An MVNO?" Seeking Alpha 6:57 PM
  • "How you'll benefit if Apple becomes a cellular carrier" CNET 6:57 PM
  • "Why Apple And Amazon Choose To Be 'Frenemies'" Forbes 10:26 AM
  • "Switch to iPhone: Because accessibility matters" iMore 10:25 AM
  • "Apple Watch is Coming to Best Buy - Above Avalon Premium Week in Review" Above Avalon 9:23 AM
  • "How Apple Inc.'s iPhone Success Is Hurting Qualcomm, Inc." The Motley Fool 8:45 AM
  • "What The Ad Blocker Debate Reveals"  Monday Note 8:42 AM
  • "Why killing Flash may be a huge mistake" BetaNews 8:01 AM
  • "Apple and the Neanderthals: Here's what the smartphone business looks like to an anthropologist."  Fortune 7:56 AM
  • "The Problem with Being YouTube Famous" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:32 PM
  • "Opinion: I'm a human that uses Google+ every day, and (maybe) you should too" 9to5Google 12:32 PM
  • "Don't call it AI: Put away your fears of artificial intelligence. Assistive intelligence is the future" Fast Company 8:41 AM
  • "Guess What? Google, The 'Do Know Evil' Company, Just Did The Right Thing" Mac 360 7:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Literally why does this luxury watch have an Apple Watch attached to it?" The Next Web 8:39 PM
  • "August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys" Macworld 12:22 PM
  • "How to Turn Your iPhone into a Hologram Projector" The Mac Observer 12:09 PM
  • "iOS game could help people with schizophrenia lead more independent lives" Cult of Mac 9:25 AM
  • "Sapphire Glass Market Growing at 6.21% CAGR to 2019" PRNewswire 8:50 AM
  • "Jolly Books Releases Their First App in a Series of History Mystery Apps" prMac 10:26 AM
  • "Rinka: An Atmospheric Game from Japan Now Available for iOS and Android" prMac 8:45 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 3: Dave Marra and Aaron Davis of Apple, Agile Bits and Disc Jockey Software" The MUG Center 7:56 AM
  • "SilverFast 8.5 takes frame finding to a new level, adds iOS JobMonitor and true RAW format" IT.Enquirer 7:46 AM
  • "J|M Lounge Dock: The adjustable-angle charging stand for Apple Watch" Just Mobile 7:45 AM
  • "Back-to-School with Tablet and Smartphone Accessories from Belkin" MacPrices 7:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 tour: The good, the bad, and the missing" InfoWorld 11:54 AM
  • "The Story Of Windows 10 From Inside Microsoft" The Verge 11:22 AM
  • "What does Windows 10 mean for the enterprise?" ITProPortal 8:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 will be a great operating system -- when it's finished" BetaNews 9:26 AM
  • "Windows 10 automatic updates: Get over it" ZDNet 11:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Acquires Sales Contest Platform FantasySalesTeam, Will Integrate Into Dynamics CRM" TechCrunch 11:06 AM
  • "IT departments need to prepare for a world of continual updates with Windows 10" Information Age 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft: Windows 10's Familiarity Is Critical" Softpedia 9:18 AM
  • "Windows 10 Now Installed In Over 18 Million PCs Around The World" Microsoft News 9:29 AM
  • "Windows 10 installs reach 18 million over launch weekend; not 67 million" WinBeta 8:45 AM
  • "Market share begins to shift as Windows 10 rollout starts to affect 7 and 8" The Inquirer 8:44 AM
  • "Windows 10 Gives Microsoft A Fighting Chance In IoT" InformationWeek 9:23 AM
  • "IBM: New business lines falter as old ones die" Geekzone 7:56 AM
  • "The Big Display Company boosts capabilities with HP Latex buy" Print Week 7:54 AM
  • "HP To Acquire ActiveState's Stackato Business To Help Customers Transition To Hybrid Cloud" The HN 7:54 AM
  • "Intel Skylake Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K packaging leaks online" Hexus 7:43 AM
  • "The Intel Broadwell Review Part 2: Overclocking, IPC and Generational Analysis" AnandTech 7:43 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-5775C review: The unwanted desktop Broadwell has one neat trick" PCWorld 7:42 AM
  • "Assessing the power of Intel's SSD 750 ... but check your motherboard before buying" The Register 7:42 AM
  • "Nvidia's GameWorks is unhealthy for PC gaming, says AMD" Lazy Gamer 7:35 AM
  • "AMD Exascale Heterogenous Processor sports 32 Zen cores" Hexus 7:34 AM
  • "Leaked Info on AMD's EHP Processor Shows 32 CPU Cores and 32GB Memory" Softpedia 7:34 AM
  • "AMD reveals Zen-based EHP chip details" bit-tech 7:34 AM
  • "Marketing's Next Big Thing: The Internet Of Things" Forbes 7:32 AM
  • "Charming Charlie demand grows with Oracle solution" Trade Arabia 7:30 AM
  • "Cisco's Tactical Operations Group Brings the Internet When No One Else Can" Motherboard 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco Zooms Into Cloud-based Video Infrastructure Software & Video Network Hardware" The Fast Mode 7:27 AM
  • "How the hybrid cloud has already doomed your data center" ZDNet 11:40 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Falls Below Its 200-Day Moving Average for First Time Since 2013" Bloomberg 12:34 PM
  • "Skyfall! Apple's stock breaks 3 key levels" USA Today 12:34 PM
  • "Apple Stock Retreats, No Longer China's Biggest Smartphone Vendor" TheStreet 12:24 PM
  • "Short- and Long-Term Outlook for Apple Stock" TheStreet 8:55 AM
  • "Morningstar Gives 'AA-' Credit Rating to Apple" Ticker Report 8:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks finish lower, weighed down by oil slump: Energy shares hit as crude slides; ISM weaker than forecast" MarketWatch 7:02 PM
  • "Stocks Slide as Fears of China Slowdown Send Crude Lower" TheStreet 7:02 PM
  • "Stocks end lower as U.S. oil slips below $46 a barrel" USA Today 7:02 PM
  • "Wall Street Ends Lower as Energy Sector Fuels Dip" FOXBusiness 7:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Lower as Oil Prices Drop: U.S. stocks fell Monday, dragged down by steepening declines in the price of oil." [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian markets fall as Chinese factory data show slowdown/Asian shares dropped Monday after disappointing Chinese manufacturing data and a continued slide in commodity prices." MarketWatch 9:38 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks gain; Greek stocks tank after trading resumes/European stocks closed higher Monday, helped by earnings-driven jumps by Intertek and Heineken and shrugging off the Greek equity market's dive as it reopened." MarketWatch 12:35 PM

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