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CEO of Chinese tech firm LeTV, preparing to enter smartphone market, compares Apple to Hitler. Fair game, out of bounds? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Following his features on Apple's Tim Cook, Angela Ahrendts, Fortune's Adam Lashinsky "reflects on more than six years of covering one company–and its current CEO"; one revelation from his interview with Cook is that the CEO intends to give his wealth to charity some day, "after paying his nephew's college fees"; Cook also awarded Fortune's crown of "World's Greatest Leaders"; Wired talks with developer who's company used FoundationDB but faced with dilemma when Apple acquired the database company; across the pond, thanks to court handing defeat to Google, iPhone users can now sue the search giant over bypassing Safari security settings and tracking users—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; TidBITS reviews OS X calendar app, Fantastical 2; The Mac Observer shows how to make use of Numbers' quick calculations bar; CNNMoney article reporting that doctors hoping our iPhones can save both time, money, thereby lowering medical bills at the doctor's office; it's official, Apple Watch to be sold in department stores in London, Paris, Tokyo in mini-stores; from the Facepalm Department comes this gem out of China: CEO of tech firm prepping entrance into smartphone market, decides to compare Apple to Hitler; you've seen the long-haired Steve Jobs of late high school years, but how about his freshman photo?; new tech via Intel and Micron will allow for SSD's up to 10 terabytes!; IT Pro, Macworld UK review the new 13" MacBook Pro Retina, battery life and trackpad impressive; Tim Bajarin discusses "Becoming Steve Jobs", and offers his "unique perspective on Steve Jobs"; AP reviews new Samsung Galaxy S6, says it is "Samsung's best yet".

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  • "Tim Cook, Apple, Fortune and me: A journalist reflects on more than six years of covering one company–and its current CEO"  Fortune 7:50 AM
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  • "Fantastical 2 Aims to Replace Apple's Calendar" TidBITS 9:22 AM
  • "Protect your Mac with Sesame 2 multi-factor authentication" TechRepublic 9:39 AM
  • "Pointers: Outlining with Evernote (OS X, iOS)" MacNN 7:58 AM
  • "How do I get rid of 'xfinitywifi?'" iMore 10:03 AM
  • "A New Way To Sync And Manage Browser Bookmarks On Your Mac" Mac 360 9:08 AM
  • "Here's A Free And Sneaky Way To Save Storage Space On Your Mac" NoodleMac 9:08 AM
  • "Find New TV Shows On Your Mac" Mac 360 9:07 AM
Press Releases
  • "Two new FCPX plugins and a big speed boost to an old favourite skin smoother" 8:25 AM
  • "Synium Software releases CleanApp 5 - Reclaim Valuable Disk Space" prMac 7:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Your iPhone could help lower medical bills: Your iPhone could save you time and money at the doctor's office. At least that's what doctors hope."  CNNMoney 8:54 AM
  • "Apple officially confirms Apple Watch sales in department stores in London, Paris and Tokyo" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Where to try on the Apple Watch? Selfridges, Isetan, Galeries Lafayette, and more" Pocket-lint 9:11 AM
  • "Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple Watch Shops in London, Paris, and Tokyo" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "It's time for Apple Watch mini-stores" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "How Apple is making money off of its landmark solar deal" Fortune 9:09 AM
  • "Apple is Hitler, says Chinese CEO: Chinese tech firm LeTV is rumored to be entering the smartphone market" The Verge 7:47 AM
  • "Keep hate alive: Chinese TV CEO compares Apple to Hitler" VentureBeat 7:54 AM
  • "Apple to launch iPhone trade-in program in China in growth push" Digital Trends 7:56 AM
  • "This is what Steve Jobs looked like as a high school freshman" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "YouTube's new 4k, 60fps videos are gorgeous — but probably won't run on your laptop" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "You'll soon get 10TB SSDs thanks to new memory tech" Engadget 9:08 AM
  • "Toshiba announces BiCS as the first 48-layer 3D flash chip" The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "Debug 63: The Workflow interview" iMore 8:59 AM
  • "MacBook's USB-C Connector, Meerkat, Super Troopers, + More" Insanely Great Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new Intel/Micron technology" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for Greater Than 10TB Solid-State Drives" MacRumors 10:17 AM
  • "As launch nears, iOS apps get Apple Watch support" ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "The first Apple Watch apps are already here" Engadget 7:54 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" Apple Sliced 9:34 AM
  • "Chillaxian For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:34 AM
  • "Oquonie (Puzzle) For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" Apple Sliced 9:34 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM

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  • "Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display (Early-2015) review: A Broadwell upgrade provides impressive battery life for Apple's business laptop." IT PRO 9:12 AM
  • "New 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (early 2015) review: Faster, amazing battery life & a cool trackpad" Macworld UK 8:29 AM
  • "MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Which should you buy?" TrustedReviews 9:11 AM
  • "Becoming Steve Jobs: A Unique Perspective on Steve Jobs" Tech.pinions 8:59 AM
  • "Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox adds 60Wh of portable power to MacBook Airs,┬áPros" 9to5Mac 10:17 AM
  • "uNu DX-6 iPhone 6 Charging Case Review: Power When You Need It Most" Forbes 9:22 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Launcher for iOS Finds the Rock" TidBITS 9:22 AM
  • "Instapaper update adds tweet shots, background updates, speed reading" Six Colors 8:53 AM
  • "Hands On: Flic 1.63 (iOS)" MacNN 7:58 AM
  • "You Should Play: Mr. Jump might just be the most difficult one-touch platformer on iOS" Macworld 7:55 AM
  • "'Five Nights At Freddy's 2' Review - Back On The Job" Touch Arcade 8:31 AM
  • "Rebus iPad App Review" Tapscape 9:30 AM
  • "How to set up a paperless office using your Mac or iPhone" Cult of Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Cleaning Out Gmail: Q. I am close to my storage limit for Gmail but even though I dumped hundreds of messages in Trash, I don't seem to have regained any space. Why?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:22 AM
  • "This Could Be Apple's Plan to Make the Next iPhone Wildly Better: A new patent could mean vastly improved iPhone photos" Time 10:03 AM
  • "Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year" Channel Register 9:12 AM
  • "Living with: Nine years of the Apple TV/Prognostications after long term use of Apple's set top box" MacNN 9:08 AM
  • "Apple Rumors: A 4-inch iPhone 6c And A Competitor Trade-in Program" Mac 360 9:08 AM
  • "How Will Apple Deal with Supply and Demand for the Apple Watch?" Kirkville 8:26 AM
  • "First Click: the great Mac vs. PC touchscreen debate" The Verge 7:47 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about the (rumored) Apple Web TV service" AppleDailyReport 7:44 AM
  • "How Microsoft's Crazy New Strategy Might Work" TeraTalks 9:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Rules!' Is Officially the First Apple Watch Game" Touch Arcade 10:03 AM
  • "Napkin, the best annotation app for Mac, just got better!" iMore 9:22 AM
  • "'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Spoilers - Imagine Dragons!" Touch Arcade 9:08 AM
  • "Färbe Technik Offers iPhone Battery Charge LIfe Optiization Tips" MacPrices 9:00 AM
  • "Fearless Fantasy is Fantastic for the iFone (it was worth a shot)" 148Apps 8:53 AM
  • "Best photo editing apps for iPhone" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "Fast & Furious: Legacy now available for iOS and Android" TechnologyTell 8:26 AM
  • "The Amsys Certification for iOS Developers is here" Amsys 7:58 AM
  • "Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain coming to US decks on April 2" iMore 7:58 AM
  • "Juice for iOS helps you share content your Twitter followers will love" The Next Web 7:55 AM
  • "Dead Skull Jumper is Your New Favorite iOS App Arcade Game" prMac 7:36 AM
  • "DanceMaster - An iOS Music Player That Helps You Rehearse Efficiently" prMac 7:36 AM
  • "Social Prenup App Seeks to Prevent Revenge Porn and Online Embarrassment" prMac 7:36 AM
  • "Bird Flight! - New Game offers a Refreshing Twist on the Flappy Games" prMac 7:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Don't call them Metro: Microsoft rebrands Universal apps as 'Windows apps'/Hopefully the naming of Windows Runtime apps is finally settling down." Ars Technica 3/26
  • "Microsoft's universal apps are now called Windows apps: Forget about Metro, Modern, and everything else" The Verge 3/26
  • "Microsoft has a new secret weapon in its war on Google: 'Dogfooding'" VentureBeat 3/26
  • "From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/26
  • "Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off" Associated Press 3/26
  • "Microsoft tells its contractors: You must give workers paid time off" CNNMoney 3/26
  • "Microsoft Office Likely To Remain Free For Smaller Screen Devices: You can view, edit and create new documents on your smartphones using free version of Office." Techtree 3/26
  • "Microsoft's next Surface could signal the death of RT" Engadget 3/26
  • "Microsoft to simplify Azure migration with bigger VM drives: Enterprises can now migrate virtual machines whose OS drives size exceed 127GB" Computerworld New Zealand 3/26
  • "Microsoft's Dynamics CRM roadmap for 2015: More new codenames, delivery dates" ZDNet 3/26
  • "Windows 10 A Meaningful Catalyst To Microsoft's Consumer Division" Seeking Alpha 3/26
  • "Rumours concerning Samsung acquisition of AMD circulate again" Hexus 3/26
  • "Samsung Rumored to Be Eyeing AMD Acquisition" eWeek 3/26
  • "Intel, Micron Join Shift to 3-D Storage Chips: Collaborators begin shipping chips that stack circuitry in layers instead of shrinking it" [Paid Membership Required] 3/26
  • "New 3D NAND flash will triple capacity of SSDs, Intel and Micron say" PCWorld 3/26
  • "Intel's next big thing: Knights Landing Xeon Phi" ZDNet 3/26
  • "Intel industrial solutions tool aims at faster IoT deployment: Simplifies management of devices running on 4th-gen Core vPro-based platforms" The Inquirer 3/26
  • "Intel brings virtualisation to industrial systems and the IoT" V3 3/26
  • "Intel's Deep Learning Play: Next-Gen Xeon Phi Could Challenge NVIDIA GPUs" Forbes 3/26
  • "End of Intel Payments May Hurt Nvidia's Image: The graphics-chip firm also faces uncertainty as its capital-return strategy could run out of steam." Barron's 3/26
  • "H-P Nears Deal to Sell Control of Chinese Unit: Tsinghua Unigroup emerges as preferred bidder for 51% of H3C Technologies" [Paid Membership Required] 3/26
  • "HP Drops Beats And Taps Bang & Olufsen As Audio Partner" Tech Times 3/26
  • "IBM SoftLayer adds configurable Block Storage and File Storage options for Cloud Servers" V3 3/26
  • "Cisco inks 10-year deal with Australia's Covata" ZDNet 3/26
  • "Cisco patches autonomic networking flaws in IOS routers and switches: The flaws could allow attackers to gain limited access over affected devices or to disrupt their normal operation" Computerworld New Zealand 3/26
  • "Red Hat's better cloud plan: CEO" CNBC 3/26
  • "Cardiff University nabs £17m to pioneer UK semiconductor research: Will fund testing and development of smartphone and tablet processors" The Inquirer 3/26
  • "London steps up fight for spoils from financial tech boom" Reuters 3/26
  • "Study: Half of app makers spend $0 on security" VentureBeat 3/26
  • "Rare earth metals from poop? Not so fast" ExtremeTech 3/26
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks drop for 4th day; S&P down for the year" USA Today 3/26
  • "U.S. stocks ring up fourth straight losing day: Middle East tensions drive up oil, gold prices" MarketWatch 3/26
  • "Volatility Rules as Stocks Fluctuate on Fed Fears" TheStreet 3/26
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stocks Ring Up Fourth Straight Losing Day" MarketWatch 3/26
  • "US stocks indexes end lower after a see-saw day; Oil price gains as tensions escalate in Yemen" Associated Press 3/26
  • "US stocks recover early losses, oil gains on Yemen tensions" Associated Press 3/26
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall For Fourth Session: Stocks end lower but recover from sharpest intraday losses" [Paid Membership Required] 3/26
  • "SanDisk Cuts Revenue Outlook On Weak Enterprise Sales, Pricing: Shares fall as thumb-drive maker withdraws guidance, postpones investor day" [Paid Membership Required] 3/26
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 3/26
  • "Asia Markets: Japanese stocks fall most in two months/ Japanese stocks recorded their biggest drop in two months on Thursday, taking cues from a steep decline in the U.S. markets overnight." MarketWatch 3/26
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks driving sharply lower as global shares sell off/European stocks slid Thursday, with risk-averse investors fleeing equities around the world, but energy shares managed to post gains as airstrikes in Yemen sent oil prices flying higher." MarketWatch 3/26
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 3/26
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 3/26
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 3/26

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