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Wednesday Highlights: Settlement talks under way between Apple and A123 Systems over employee poaching; in urban China, Apple rises to new high in customer popularity as one in four smartphones sold are iPhones according to Kantar Worldpanel; the news apparently causing Xiaomi to balk on offering their phones in the West so as to regain share on their home turf; Vulkan is "super-efficient" preview of potential OpenGL replacement; Intego has a primer on what you should know about the FREAK OpenSSL bug; ReadWrite provides a first-impression of OS X 10.10.3 beta; The Mac Observer shows how to add pix to existing albums in the new Photos app; Jonny Evans explains the OS X Keychain in a new, handy guide; and what's "other storage" in iTunes, should it be cleaned up?; for first time, Apple passes Samsung in smartphone sales; that Apple Pay fraud? Yeah, overhyped says Forbes, and Trustev says there is no fraud; another gamer death in China, 19 hours straight playing World of Warcraft; The Michael Report claims exclusive news that Retina MacBook Air will be unveiled at "Spring Forward" event; Have a gander at this web site Gigaom points to that offers previews of Apple Watch apps; Ben Bajarin examines what could get the Mac into double-digit market share; .

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  • "Apple in talks with A123 Systems over worker poaching: The company has asked for an extension to respond to the battery maker's charges, citing discussions for a resolution"  IDG News Service 7:25 AM
  • "Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker" Reuters 8:36 AM
  • "Apple reaches highest ever sales share in urban China..."  Kantar Worldpanel 8:09 AM
  • "Apple hits new high in China as Xiaomi balks at phones for the West: One in every four smartphones sold in urban China in the last quarter was an iPhone, new research has found."  ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Apple Grabbed Record 25% Share Of Smartphone Sales In China: Kantar" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
  • "In Chase of Apple, Smartphone Makers Shift Strategies: Big phones, small phones, cheap phones, expensive phones, curved phones — and all of them hoping to take a chunk out of the iPhone." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:00 AM
  • "Opinion: Look at Google, Apple and Facebook compete for coolest new headquarters"  MarketWatch 7:33 AM
  • "Super-efficient 'Vulkan' leaves your games more graphics power" Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "FREAK OpenSSL Bug: What Apple Users Need to Know" Intego 8:54 AM
  • "Mac OS X 10.10.3 Beta: New Photos App, New Emoji, And More/First impressions of a first public OS X beta release." ReadWrite 8:53 AM
  • "Find your missing Wi-Fi adapter and free up that 'Other' storage space" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "The Mail Composition Window" MacMost 9:46 AM
  • "Got Sleepy Disks Connected To Your Mac? Fix The Sleepers With This Free App" BohemianBoomer 7:20 AM
  • "A Mac Notes App Inspired By Microsoft" Mac 360 7:20 AM
  • "If You Do Graphic Design On A Mac, This Is The 'Must Have' Onscreen Tool" NoodleMac 7:20 AM
  • "How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 7: Other Storage" Kirkville 8:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "Sid Meier's Starships Coming to Mac on March 12" Mac Gamer HQ 8:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple sells more phones than Samsung for first time in four years" Telegraph 8:43 AM
  • "Apple takes four years to finally beat Samsung in smartphone sales" The Inquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Dangers Of Apple Pay Fraud Are Overhyped" Forbes 8:21 AM
  • "Nope, there's no 'Apple Pay fraud'" Trustev 8:39 AM
  • "Reports of Apple Pay fraud linked to how cards are verified" [Video Report] CBS News 7:34 AM
  • "Apple, like Google, to hire full-time security guards in Silicon Valley" PCWorld 7:24 AM
  • "Apple's Security Contractors are about to Become Employees" The Mac Observer 9:59 AM
  • "Apple and Google prepare patches for FREAK SSL flaw" ZDNet 8:16 AM
  • "Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear support to iOS" AppleInsider 7:31 AM
  • "Google said to be planning iOS support for Android Wear, could debut at I/O conference" 9to5Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Watch retail plans will have fitness focus" TechnologyTell 8:48 AM
  • "Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City Apple Store grand opening" Apple World Today 10:06 AM
  • "Apple had the most product placement in the films of 2014: And Transformers 4 was the shilliest of them all" The Verge 8:35 AM
  • "How Does the FDA Regulate Mobile Medical Apps?" Gizmodo 8:34 AM
  • "Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm deCarta, will lessen reliance on Apple, Google" AppleInsider 9:46 AM
  • "Apple Watch featured on cover of Chinese magazine Yoho" iMore 10:44 AM
  • "Inside Apple: What it was like to pitch to Steve Jobs/'Are you smart? Are you going to waste my time?'" Fortune 8:24 AM
  • "Kanye's world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs" CNNMoney 8:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Chinese gamer dies after playing World of Warcraft for 19 hours" Telegraph 8:43 AM
  • "You can unlock this smartphone with the blood vessels in your eyes" Engadget 7:42 AM
  • "All-star pitcher Curt Schilling exposes teen daughter's cyberbullies" [Video Report] CBS News 7:34 AM
  • "The Next Job for Fitness Trackers: Teach Us How to Live" Wired 7:26 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple's Pro-worker Stance in Silicon Valley" The Mac Observer 10:42 AM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 97: Jailbreak guru to the stars" iDownload Blog 8:52 AM
  • "Tim O'Reilly: Silicon Valley is massively underestimating the impact of IoT¬†(interview)" VentureBeat 8:27 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 004 | Predictions and expectations for Apple's March 9th 'Spring Forward' event" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple To Unveil The Long-Awaited Retina MacBook Air At Its 'Spring Forward'¬†Event" The Michael Report 8:29 AM
  • "Apple might finally unveil the Retina MacBook Air of your dreams next week" BGR 8:29 AM
  • "A new, slimmer MacBook Air with a better screen may be coming this month" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Sometimes smaller is better: iPhone 6 Plus crushes tablet sales" AppAdvice 11:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch: Recognized with the iF Design Award 2015, Discipline Product - gold" iF Online Exhibition 11:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch receives award before it even launches" AppAdvice 11:17 AM
  • "Preview 24 different Apple Watch apps in your browser" Gigaom 9:40 AM
  • "Video of iOS 8 vs iOS 3 shows the longer animations since iOS 7 reduce responsiveness" 9to5Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Apple wins patent for Maps feature that could help you avoid routes w/ weak cellular signal" 9to5Mac 11:16 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" Apple Sliced 10:23 AM
  • "Octagon -A Minimal Arcade Game With Maximum Challenge For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 10:23 AM
  • "Infinity Image For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:23 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM

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  • "Review: Brydge keyboard for iPad Air/2 — can this all-aluminum model beat the ClamCase Pro?" 9to5Mac 10:11 AM
  • "iPhone 6 case review: Moshi Kameleon kickstand case" TechnologyTell 8:53 AM
  • "Garmin vivosmart fitness tracker review" iMore 8:46 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How 'appflows' reveal the true power of the iPad Air 2" Electronista 8:46 AM
  • "Hands On: Star Drift (iOS)" MacNN 8:13 AM
  • "daWindci Deluxe Review: This updated puzzle game offers some creative gameplay and new mechanics, but still suffers from difficult controls." 148Apps 8:48 AM
  • "5 key reasons why you shouldn't buy an Apple Watch" BetaNews 10:06 AM
  • "What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward' event on March 9" AppAdvice 9:20 AM
  • "Why the Mac may be poised for double-digit market share"  iMore 8:46 AM
  • "Mac Help: Should I buy the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro?" iMore 8:45 AM
  • "How will Samsung Pay compare to Apple Pay?" ["How will Apple respond? Short answer, it might not even have to. LoopPay's MST technology might be yesterday's news before Samsung Pay even gets off the ground. The federal government is requiring retail outlets to adopt fancy new NFC-equipped Europay, MasterCard and Visa terminals by October, which would all but neutralize Samsung's advantage."] Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Health Monitoring, iPhone and Apple Watch: Federico Viticci's Inspiring Story" eXtensions 7:23 AM
  • "Apple, China, Obama, And Karma" TeraTalks 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch: What Wearables Can Do" Mac 360 7:19 AM
  • "What If Microsoft Made FaceTime" Mac 360 7:14 AM
  • "Tech Is Listening, and That's Not Good: All our tech is listening for commands. And someday, it's all going to blow up in our faces." PC Magazine 8:45 AM
  • "Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S6 Edge: What's the difference?" ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "I like my Pebble, but I'm not kickstarting Pebble Time" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Why Samsung Sells Copiers" Mac 360 7:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "ReelSonar's iBobber smartwatch app helps you find fish" GeekWire 10:42 AM
  • "RadPad now lets you easily split rent with roommates using Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "Waze app to get AMBER alerts, help users look out for missing & abducted children" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Urban Airship adds in-app message campaigns, enriched profiles, and Apple Watch support" VentureBeat 8:26 AM
  • "Basil Salad Software releases Scuttlebutt 2.0 for Yammer" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "WaterField Introduces Minimalist Spike Wallet as Apple Pay Gains Ground" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Cozy City 1.0 released for iOS - A Spatial Reasoning Puzzle Game" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Diabetes Cravings - Control blood glucose level with innovative iOS App" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Shyp Returns Makes It Easy To Send Back Stuff You Buy Online" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Event: GRAPHISOFT hosts live webinar on BIMx and BIMx Pro" Architosh 7:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Wide-Moat IBM Aims for New Growth Target: IBM's investor briefing reveals goal of $40 billion in revenue from key analytics, cloud, and engagement businesses by 2018." Morningstar 7:33 AM
  • "IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit" Reuters 8:56 AM
  • "IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities" TechCrunch 8:10 AM
  • "IBM acquires AlchemyAPI to bring deep learning to Watson" VentureBeat 8:27 AM
  • "IBM acquires AlchemyAPI to power up Watson's deep learning skills" The Next Web 8:30 AM
  • "IBM's SoftLayer to use OpenPOWER servers" ZDNet 8:13 AM
  • "IBM taps OpenPOWER for SoftLayer bare-metal service" Gigaom 7:41 AM
  • "IBM details Power8 servers on the SoftLayer cloud for big data applications" V3 9:21 AM
  • "IBM may swing axe on same departments more than once" Channel Register 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft teams up with Deutsche Telekom to expand the Lumia market" BetaNews 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft leak shows plans for cloud-first Nano Server" The Inquirer 8:25 AM
  • "HP updates Helion OpenStack in latest hybrid cloud push" ComputerWeekly 10:51 AM
  • "Misco and HP given extra time on lucrative IT deal" CRN 10:51 AM
  • "Cisco's WLAN Dominance Unlikely To Be Affected By HP's Aruba Acquisition" Forbes 10:51 AM
  • "WLAN market keeps on growing: Combined consumer and enterprise WLAN market hiked seven per cent in Q4 2014 according to IDC" CRN 10:51 AM
  • "China tells U.S. tech: don't panic, just hand over the encryption keys" Reuters 7:33 AM
  • "China Rejects Obama's Criticism of Planned Technology Rules: Draft law requires firms to hand over encryption codes and give China authorities systems access" [Paid Membership Required] 7:29 AM
  • "Global server revenues up 2 percent as demand increases" ZDNet 8:40 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks only 10,000 Editions will be sold in the first year" 9to5Mac 3/3
  • "Could Apple Prove a Game-Changer for Gold?"  WSJ Blogs 3/3
  • "What Investors Should Know About Apple Watch" [Video Report] MarketWatch 3/3
  • "Apple Stock Lower Today Despite Oppenheimer's Price Target Raise" TheStreet 3/3
  • "Munster: Apple has golden opportunity to continue growth ..." CNBC Videos 3/3
  • "Apple stock is making regular Americans rich" CNNMoney 3/3
Industry News
  • "Stocks lower: Dow loses more than 100" USA Today 11:19 AM
  • "Stocks Hit New Session Highs Ahead of Eurozone Meeting on Greece" TheStreet 11:19 AM
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stocks Slump After Private-sector Jobs Report Falls Short Of Estimate" MarketWatch 11:19 AM
  • "US stocks sink in early trading as market heads for a second loss; Alcoa falls most in S&P 500" Associated Press 11:19 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall For Second Straight Session: Private-sector jobs data for February nearly match expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 11:18 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks fall, as markets wait to hear China's plans/India stocks briefly top 30,000 after surprise rate cut" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks waver after mixed eurozone data/European stocks meandered around the flatline Wednesday following a round of mixed economic reports from the eurozone." MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "Early Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares down at 10 a.m." Associated Press 10:45 AM

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