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  • "Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch: The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple's business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple's upcoming offering. DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple's business habits."  The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "Three Reasons Apple Should Acquire IBM"  Forbes 7:51 AM
  • "Apple is a 'disruptive monster' says R1 head of music"  BBC 7:55 AM
  • "Jefferies Sees Apple Pay As A 'Compelling Killer' App For Apple Watch" Benzinga 8:46 AM
  • "Icahn Wants Bigger Share Buyback From Apple" 24/7 Wall St. 7:46 AM
  • "IBM, Apple Partnership Takes Aim at Japanese Seniors: IBM and Apple have teamed up with Japan Post Group to deliver IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions to improve the lives of Japanese senior citizens." eWeek 8:14 AM
  • "FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs seemingly persist in OS X 10.10.3 & 10.10.4 Beta" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Radical Approach Fixes Many iTunes Sync Problems with iOS Devices" Kirkville 8:06 AM
  • "Metadatics review: Forget iTunes, this is a better way to tag your music files" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "Cassandra: Rotating Images in Apple Maps Information Windows" eXtensions 7:49 AM
  • "How To Create And Manage Your Own Mac Spam Machine For Fun And Profit" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "This Mac Alarm Clock Has Muscle" TeraTalks 7:49 AM
  • "The Tale Of Two Mac Timer Apps" Mac 360 7:49 AM
  • "How To Get Free Music And Audio From SoundCloud" NoodleMac 7:48 AM
  • "Looking at the new Vue 2015 Product Line for 3D Artists" Architosh 7:48 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Who exactly is the Apple Watch for? After a year of lusting and longing, the first lucky customers have finally strapped on their brand new Apple Watches." CNNMoney 7:56 AM
  • "Apple iPhone captures 12% smartphone market share in China in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "Apple is on the verge of being China's number one smartphone maker" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Want an Apple Watch right away? Order the 38mm Stainless Steel with Classic Buckle" CIO 8:39 AM
  • "Use Macs to create stuff (cheap)." The MT Show 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Watch diagnostic port: a goldmine for accessory makers" Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Hidden port for Apple Watch can be used to charge it, perhaps more" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "12.9" iPad Pro rumored to feature stylus, NFC, Force Touch input, USB-C connector and more" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "Rumored iPad Pro will feature a Bluetooth stylus and other interesting features" BGR 8:58 AM
  • "Got a problem with your Apple Watch? Try these quick fixes" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "iPad or iPhone battery draining fast? Could be the Amazon Kindle app" ZDNet 7:58 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM

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  • "Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating function" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "M-Edge Folio Plus Pro Keyboard review: Universal keyboard case is ill-suited for the iPad" Macworld 8:08 AM
  • "Review: Speck MightyShell + FACEPLATE for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:09 AM
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  • "Printastic: iOS App Produces Books from User's Photos" eXtensions 7:50 AM
  • "Inside Airbnb's new, beautiful magazine-style iPad and Android tablet app" Digital Arts 8:05 AM
  • "Hands On: Bean Dreams -- Bean's Quest 2.0 (iOS)" MacNN 8:07 AM
  • "Burn it Down is a dark platformer. Literally" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "Pointers: Missed Notifications on Apple Watch" MacNN 8:07 AM
  • "Should Apple Promote Its New Products if It Can't Ship Them?" Kirkville 8:44 AM
  • "Buying the Watch you want from Apple is now harder than ever" BGR 8:07 AM
  • "Uh Oh. Apple And Samsung Sitting In A Tree, Are They K-I-S-S-I-N-G?" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Watch Needs This Killer Feature" Mac 360 7:48 AM
  • "ZTE Blade S6: An iPhone 6 copycat maybe, but a decent mid-range smartphone nonetheless [Review] BetaNews 8:03 AM
  • "Popular YouTube series 'Kids React!' takes on the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 8:34 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Night Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone: First look at a really useful Kickstarter project" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
  • "Cyclopsy - The Free Puzzle Game For iOS and Android" prMac 8:43 AM
  • "U2TOURFANS - U2 Fan Site Launches Mobile App" prMac 8:00 AM
  • "Felix Game Studio launches Spider Smash - Wait, Aim, and Tap Precisely" prMac 8:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "40 Busy Years Later, a Microsoft Founder Considers His Creation" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/3
  • "Three big questions the new Microsoft needs to answer" ZDNet 5/3
  • "Microsoft release the Band SDK to developers" ITProPortal 5/3
  • "What Windows 10's future could look like with more Android" TechRadar UK 5/3
  • "Windows 10 news recap: Build 10074, porting Android and iOS, Continuum and more" WinBeta 5/3
  • "Windows 10 Marks Official Death Of Media Center" HotHardware 5/3
  • "Windows 7 still a safe alternative to Windows 8" USA Today 5/3
  • "Those Salesforce takeover rumors – SAP's out, Oracle's being careful, Microsoft's saying nothing" diginomica 5/3
  • "Dumb 'Smart' Gadgets: The Bubble Is Set to Burst/Startups devote funds, brain power to making everyday objects 'smart,' but a shakeout will likely leave few standing" [Paid Membership Required] 5/3
  • "What You Missed at Microsoft Build 2015" PC Magazine 5/2
  • "Build 2015: With Windows 10, Microsoft is no longer a follower" Engadget 5/2
  • "R.I.P., Windows Media Center" ZDNet 5/2
  • "Microsoft: Media Center Edition won't make it into Windows 10" Engadget 5/2
  • "Windows Media Center is dead" Neowin 5/2
  • "Windows 10 will launch this summer for PCs only" ITProPortal 5/2
  • "Office Mobile Apps to Gain Add-In Capabilities in 2015" Thurrott 5/2
  • "Cortana to Help Windows 10 Users Flag Down an Uber Car" eWeek 5/2
  • "Microsoft is monitoring malicious Android apps to stop them from being ported to Windows" Neowin 5/2
  • "Uber is bringing its ride sharing service to Outlook along with deeper Cortana integration" Neowin 5/2
  • "Microsoft also working on a Swift compiler for iOS developers to come to Windows 10" Windows Central 5/2
  • "Microsoft Wants To Guess Your Age Using Machine Learning And Azure Cloud" HotHardware 5/2
  • "Surface Pro 4 To Receive New N-Trig Pen With Mid-May Launch" WCCF Tech 5/2
  • "Microsoft details HoloLens; first-hand impressions arrive" Seeking Alpha 5/2
  • "Intel Inside Microsoft Halolens And Windows Phone" Seeking Alpha 5/2
  • "Intel: Understanding Multiple Patterning At 14 Nanometers And Below" Seeking Alpha 5/2
  • "What's behind the changes to Intel's worker retirement plans?" The Oregonian 5/2
  • "Hewlett-Packard Company's Threat to 3D Printing Stocks Is Impossible to Calculate" The Motley Fool 5/2
  • "Oracle CEO Safra Catz on competition: 'Silver medal is the first loser'" Business Insider 5/2
  • "Lenovo's super-light LaVie Z laptop is now available" Engadget 5/2
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why IBM and not Apple? Warren Buffett answers" [Video Report] CNBC 8:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks rebound as Dow jumps 183 points" USA Today 5/1
  • "Stocks See Solid Start to May as Dow Jumps Triple Digits" TheStreet 5/1
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stocks Rally, Limit Weekly Losses" MarketWatch 5/1
  • "Stocks head higher on Wall Street, bouncing back from a big drop; LinkedIn slumps." Associated Press 5/1
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Higher: Stock market rebounds from Thursday's sharp selloff" [Paid Membership Required] 5/1
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks edge up, but gains limited as U.S. recovery questioned/Japanese stocks posted paltry gains Friday, helped by several solid earnings results, but struggled to recover from a selloff Thursday following unexpectedly weak U.S. gross domestic product figures earlier in the week." MarketWatch 5/1
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks post first monthly loss of 2015/European stocks fell Thursday and notched its first monthly loss of 2015, as investors weighed a rise in the euro and concerns about slowing global growth." MarketWatch 5/1

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