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Friday Highlights: Apple has found itself on the losing end of VirnetX's patent battle, and now the patent firm is seeking more monetary damages as well as suspension of iMessage and FaceTime claiming "irreparable harm"; Apple hard at work bringing Apple Pay to more European and Asian countries; and perhaps a "loyalty program" for Apple Pay is a quick way the company can bring more users into the program; Samsung not sitting still, though, intends to bring SamsungPay Mini to iOS next month; GuruFocus questions whether Apple's $1 billion investment in Didi is more about R&D than a tie-up; CNET reporting that the Apple TV set to rival Amazon Echo will be able to see you thanks to facial recognition technology; Business Insider posts leaked document detailing the importance of Apple's datacenter in Ireland; iTunes guy runs through changes in latest iTunes 12.4 for OS X; Congress apparently not considering a mandatory encryption bill "despite Apple case spotlight"; major government study links cell phone radiation to cancer; mad scientist Rob-ART Morgan looks at the Razer Core GPU Expander for Razer laptop, calls for Apple to release one for MacBooks to expand gaming powers.

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  • "Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessage: A patent-licensing firm is seeking to force Apple to suspend its Facetime and iMessage services claiming it has suffered 'irreparable harm' as a result of the tech giant's actions."  BBC 8:12 AM
  • "VirnetX Goes After Apple for iMessage, FaceTime: While Apple appeals a patent verdict that could cost the company north of $600 million, victor VirnetX wants an injunction against iMessage, FaceTime, and other software features." PC Magazine 9:02 PM
  • "Apple is 'working rapidly' to launch Apple Pay in more countries in Asia and Europe" TechCrunch 7:04 AM
  • "Apple's route to virtual reality: A series of subtle indicators hint that Apple is indeed taking VR seriously, and is laying the groundwork for a future product in the space" Recode 7:48 AM
  • "Is Apple's Didi Investment More About R&D Than Tie-Ups?" GuruFocus 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Signals Interest in Producing Original Content: Apple has expressed interest in purchasing one of the largest traditional cable companies, illustrating its interest to further enter the lucrative original content arena."  TheStreet 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's Echo rival could see you with built-in camera: The company has been exploring the inclusion of facial-recognition tech in its upcoming device, sources tell CNET." CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Apple TV may be working on Amazon Echo rival" CNBC Videos 8:00 AM
  • "This document explains why Apple's Irish data centre is so important to the company"  Business Insider 8:13 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Changes in iTunes 12.4" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "iTunes 12.4 Applies Song Ratings to Albums and Destroys Smart Playlists" Kirkville 7:10 AM
  • "Customizing the toolbar in your Mac Finder window" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
  • "Manage Mac Passwords For Free" Mac 360 6:52 AM
  • "The Coolest Timer App Ever For The Mac's Dock Is Just Nice" TeraTalks 6:52 AM
  • "Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X"  AppleInsider 8:45 PM
  • "Wil, Chris, Waffle, Samuel, Soroush" inessential 3:52 PM
  • "Apple discussion talks about update, installation and compatibility issues with OS X, plus a trick for consolidating Apple IDs, a tip about improving Yosemite's system font and notes on Yosemite performance vs. El Capitan performance." MacInTouch 8:20 AM
  • "El Capitan notes talk about storage and startup compatibility issues between Mac OS X and OS X versions, along with Unix command-line programs that cover holes in Apple's Disk Utility app, plus issues with the Messages app, and more." MacInTouch 8:20 AM
  • "10 Siri for Mac features I hope to see in OS X 10.12" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "First ever Mac Frame rate counter released" Mac Gamer HQ 9:50 AM
  • "Rocket League is still coming to the Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 9:50 AM
  • "New Release of iFotosoft's Photo Viewer for Mac OS X" prMac 3:50 PM
  • "Folx 5.0 released for OS X - New Features and a Redesigned Interface" prMac 7:03 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The next logical step for Apple Pay: a loyalty program"  Quartz 11:01 AM
  • "How Many Hours Does an iPhone Cost?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 AM
  • "Apple spent $1 million on the stairs in the new San Francisco Apple Store" Tech Insider 9:34 PM
  • "SamsungPay Mini to Be Released in Next Month: Samsung Electronics is releasing 'SamsungPay Mini' in next month at the earliest to increase percentage of online payments. It can be used on Android phones as well as iPhones." Electronic Times: Korea 10:00 AM
  • "Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini' to iPhones - report" AppleInsider 10:01 AM
  • "Push for encryption law falters despite Apple case spotlight" Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report" AppleInsider 9:00 AM
  • "Apple Expands iPhone Trade Up Program to France, Italy, and Spain" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "'Trade Up with Installments' iPhone program expands to France, Italy and Spain" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Removed This Lesbian Couple From International Versions Of Its Ad" BuzzFeed 3:51 PM
  • "Steve Jobs is now selling tea/Technically Incorrect: A Polish drinks brand features the Apple co-founder on the box for its cherry-rum tea." CNET 7:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Photos Is 1 Year Old -- Here's What's Next For Photos" Digital Trends 9:34 PM
  • "This backpack computer makes a PC-grade virtual reality experience portable" BGR 8:46 PM
  • "Report: Jawbone has stopped making its fitness trackers, planning a 'clinical-grade' wearable" 9to5Mac 8:46 PM
  • "Ray Kurzweil is building a chatbot for Google: It's based on a novel he wrote, and will be released later this year" The Verge 4:37 PM
  • "Jawbone stops production of fitness trackers" Tech Insider 4:37 PM
  • "How Powerful Is Facebook? It Provides News to 44% Of Americans, Poll Says" Forbes 5:24 PM
  • "Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "Hold The Cellphone — That Cancer Study Isn't What You Think: It didn't prove cellphones are deadly, but maybe take some precautions." The Huffington Post 9:37 PM
  • "U.S. Cellphone Study Fans Cancer Worries: Researchers found incidences of tumor in rats exposed to low-level radio waves, reigniting debate over safety" [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 PM
  • "A Scary New Study Links Cell Phones And Cancer. Don't Stress. At All." Forbes 4:55 PM
  • "Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk" Associated Press 4:47 PM
  • "Here's what to do if you're worried about cellphones causing cancer" Mashable 3:52 PM
  • "A major study just linked cell phones to cancer in rats — here's what you need to know" Business Insider 9:50 AM
  • "'Game-Changing' Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer: It's the moment we've all been dreading."  Mother Jones 8:21 AM
  • "Using your phone could give you cancer, says major new study: 'Where people were saying there's no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement'" The Independent 8:00 AM
  • "Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study: Multiyear, peer-reviewed study found 'low incidences' of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones" [Paid Membership Required] 7:43 AM
  • "The TouchArcade Show - 259 -, the Hottest Bingo Sensation" Touch Arcade 8:46 PM
  • "We really want the Motorola Razr to make a comeback" Mashable 3:52 PM
  • "Does a MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar excite you? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 39)" CNET 3:44 PM
  • "The MacJury Contemplates Choosing and Using Streaming Music Services" MacVoices 2:39 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple's Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue's Time Warner Deal" The Mac Observer 2:39 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about the latest rumors in MacBook, Siri, 'AppleTV 5' and 'iPhone 7' rumors" AppleInsider 8:06 AM
  • "The iPhone Pro could be imminent, analyst says" CNBC 8:42 PM
  • "iPhone 8 will be all glass: Apple supplier confirms rumours of radical redesign for iPhone's 10th anniversary" Mirror Online UK 8:07 AM
  • "AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Out of Stock at U.S. Apple Stores" MacRumors 10:01 AM
  • "AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple Stores" AppleInsider 3:49 PM
  • "Apple patent points to Minority Report-style system operation" ZDNet 9:49 AM
  • "Notifications not forwarding to Apple Watch? Check these likely causes" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM

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  • "OtterBox Universe Review: Modular Case and Accessories Transform Your iPhone/No need to remove your case to connect gadgets from OlloClip, SanDisk, PolarPro and more" [Paid Membership Required] 9:25 AM
  • "Razer Core GPU Expander To Razer Blade Stealth laptop via Thunderbolt 3xThe Razer Blade Stealth got our attention for at least two reasons: Thunderbolt 3 and optional external GPU expander called 'Core.' We finally got our hands on the Razer Core and installed an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti desktop GPU to see what would happen. And we compared those results with the same GTX 980 Ti inside a 2010 Mac Pro tower running both OS X and Windows." Bare Feats 9:02 AM
  • "Review: Pad & Quill Contega Linen for iPad Pro" iPad Insight 9:37 PM
  • "A look at Belkin's elegant Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone" Apple World Today 2:39 PM
  • "I used an un-wearable stress tracker for a week — and it gave me some insight into where the industry is headed" Business Insider 10:07 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "MailTime displays your emails as threaded conversations" iDownload Blog 3:53 PM
  • "Use Your iPhone To Solve Handwritten Math Problems" AddictiveTips 3:52 PM
  • "The Roll review: iPhone app takes intelligent charge of your Camera Roll" Macworld 11:00 AM
  • "'Castles of Mad King Ludwig' Review - Some Assembly Required" Touch Arcade 3:54 PM
  • "'Imbroglio' Review - It's Quite The Hoopla" Touch Arcade 3:53 PM
  • "'Mazes Of Karradash 2' Review - Go Big Or Go Home" Touch Arcade 11:00 AM
  • "How To Upgrade Your MacBook's Storage Quickly And Cheaply" Redmond Pie 8:42 PM
  • "How to manage Game Center on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:00 AM
  • "Bummed by iOS's erratic text selection in Safari? Try this simple trick" iDownload Blog 3:53 PM
  • "10 tips for new and prospective MacBook owners [Video] 9to5Mac 9:25 AM
  • "8 ways to handle Web pages iOS users need to know" Computerworld 9:21 AM
  • "The Pros And Cons of Travelling With an Apple TV" About 6:52 AM
  • "The Pros and Cons of a Proprietary Apple Car Charger" The Mac Observer 9:03 PM
  • "Those rumors of an all-glass iPhone just got a lot more realistic" Mashable 4:37 PM
  • "Is it time for Apple to ditch the MacBook Air? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 4:37 PM
  • "How should Apple & Siri compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home?" 9to5Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Apple's intelligent assistant plans shouldn't just echo the Echo" Macworld 3:49 PM
  • "Siri, are you scanning me? Apple's answer to Echo could include camera" CNET 3:44 PM
  • "Trump Needn't Bother Apple About Manufacturing In America: Foxconn Replaces 60,000 With Robots" Forbes 11:00 AM
  • "WWDC 2016: 40 mostly credible rumors (abridged)" Apple Must 10:57 AM
  • "22 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous" Business Insider 9:47 AM
  • "Comment: Google's use of Android's Material Design in iOS apps is dumb as well as rude" 9to5Mac 9:00 AM
  • "Apple TV as a smart home hub? I think not" iMore 8:12 AM
  • "Why a revamped Apple TV can't truly be an Echo killer" BGR 8:07 AM
  • "The similarity of differences. Google held its annual I/O conference recently, and unveiled some extremely interesting developments for the year to come. Focused ever more heavily on data processing and machine learning, its AI initiatives are being inserted into many of their products, and creating some new ones in the process." Greetings from the Grid 7:47 AM
  • "EMV rules ruining Apple Pay: Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are the latest retailers to see the Apple Pay experience bedeviled by EMV rules"  Computerworld 7:13 AM
  • "10 struggles iPhone users will never understand" Greenbot 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Phone Or iPod Phone. Could Either Be A Budget Handset?" Low End Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Inside Apple's Heart" Mac 360 6:52 AM
  • "No one needs a Wi-Fi router this overkill" BGR 9:06 PM
  • "You Need More Than Rat Tumors to Prove Phones Cause Cancer" Wired 8:42 PM
  • "Review: VAIO's Z Flip ultrabook shows little learned" TechCrunch 8:42 PM
  • "Op-ed: Oracle attorney says Google's court victory might kill the GPL" Ars Technica 4:44 PM
  • "Microsoft is Desperate to Force Customers to Upgrade to Windows 10" The Tech Night Owl 8:24 AM
  • "Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Online retail mastery" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Three reasons why AI is taking off right now (and what you need to do about it)" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Time for Google to have Consumer-Facing Customer Service" Tech.pinions 7:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration" AppleInsider 8:42 PM
  • "Twitter for iPhone Gets Extended 3D Touch Support with Peek & Pop" MacStories 8:42 PM
  • "Nepal Keyboard for iPhone and iPad 1.0" prMac 3:49 PM
  • "Google brings Accelerated Mobile Pages to its iOS app" The Next Web 11:00 AM
  • "Google's app for iOS gets 10% faster, AMP support, and sports highlights in Now cards" VentureBeat 11:00 AM
  • "Google's iOS app gains Accelerated Mobile Pages, sports highlight videos in Now cards" iDownload Blog 10:08 AM
  • "Best iPhone cases for people with kids" iMore 9:25 AM
  • "ADATA's Charge/Sync 2-in-1 can possibly reduce the number of cables you need" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Apple TV debuts new apps for NBCU's Bravo, Syfy and E!" Cult of Mac 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google Bests Oracle in Court, but the Fight Isn't Over" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:00 AM
  • "Google's victory over Oracle: A win for developers" ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "Google Wins Case Against Oracle Over Java Use In Android: Why This Is Important For Everyone" Tech Times 11:00 AM
  • "Google Dodges $9 Billion Lawsuit, Oracle To Appeal" Digital Trends 3:47 PM
  • "'Google stole Java': Oracle loses again, case closed – for now" Sophos 11:00 AM
  • "Google wins legal battle with Oracle, Java in Android is 'fair use'" TechSpot 10:59 AM
  • "Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case" InformationWeek 10:59 AM
  • "Copyright questions remain after Google's fair use victory" TechCrunch 3:48 PM
  • "ACLU Files To Join Microsoft Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Data Requests And Gag Orders" Tech Times 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook want to speed up the Web with a 160 Tbps transatlantic cable" The Next Web 8:43 AM
  • "Facebook and Microsoft team up to build undersea internet cable over 4,000 miles long" The Independent 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook building world's highest-capacity undersea cable" The Inquirer 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook to lay a huge subsea cable across the Atlantic" Gizmag 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft and Facebook to build a high-speed underwater cable connecting the U.S. to Europe" Mashable 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft, Facebook to build Atlantic cable" Telecompaper 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft And Facebook Join Hands For Undersea Cable" Techtree 8:06 AM
  • "Satya Nadella Promises Microsoft's Support for Indonesian Developers" Jakarta Globe 8:24 AM
  • "How Much Did Microsoft's Nokia Purchase Cost Investors?" The Motley Fool 8:46 PM
  • "HP and MSI hope to convince you to carry a VR rig on your back like a Ghostbuster" TechCrunch 11:38 AM
  • "HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend" The Verge 7:58 AM
  • "HP has a backpack for VR coming, and it's equal parts cool and stupid" The Next Web 7:57 AM
  • "HP Wows with Omen X VR Backpack Concept" Tom's Guide 7:56 AM
  • "Strap a VR rig to your back with HP's Omen X VR PC Pack concept" CNET 7:56 AM
  • "HP announces a backpack PC for VR gaming you can strap to your back" Windows Central 7:55 AM
  • "HP and MSI's backpacks put a new spin on VR" TechRadar UK 7:54 AM
  • "Intel buys into machine learning and IoT with Itseez acquisition" Telecoms 7:40 AM
  • "Intel Diving Deeper Into IoT And Self-Driving Cars With Itseez Computer Vision Startup Acquisition" Tech Times 7:39 AM
  • "Intel acquires computer vision firm Itseez for IoT and automated car tech" V3 7:38 AM
  • "Intel snaps up Itseez, a startup that helps your car see better" CNET 3:44 PM
  • "Intel's buys Itseez to give autonomous cars 20:20 vision" SiliconRepublic 7:48 AM
  • "We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Amd Discloses Impressive Zen Performance" VR World 7:34 AM
  • "Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Lets Remote Users Determine Valid Usernames on the Target System" Security Tracker 7:30 AM
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Apple News
  • "Opinion: Why Apple shares are ripe for picking" MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Shares Soar 9% on News of Warren Buffett Stake in Company" MacRumors 7:11 AM
  • "Warren Buffett's $1B investment in AAPL sees stock climb back up 9%, above $100" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 posts biggest weekly gain in 2 months: Equities brush aside Yellen hints at summer rate rise" MarketWatch 4:39 PM
  • "Wall Street Enters Long Weekend With Fed on the Brain: Wall Street closed out Friday's session with slight gains, settling into the long Memorial Day weekend with the topic of rate hikes to muse on." TheStreet 4:39 PM
  • "Stocks end moderately higher, post winning week" USA Today 4:39 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Notching Strong Weekly Gains: Fed chief says rate increase would be appropriate in coming months if economy continues to strengthen" [Paid Membership Required] 4:38 PM
  • "Asian shares log third straight week of gains: Financial stocks rose across Asia on Friday ahead of expected comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, while an oil-led rally in Australia helped the market notch its seventh straight week of gains." MarketWatch 7:07 AM
  • "European stocks edge higher with Yellen speech ahead: European stocks inched cautiously higher on Friday, as investors waited for a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen that could indicate whether an interest rate rise is imminent." MarketWatch 11:23 AM

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