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Apple being unfairly targeted by BBC when other major tech companies use same Chinese factories? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: UK's Telegraph reports that Apple's Tim Cook is "deeply offended" by BBC's report "that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers", also posts an exclusive letter sent by Apple UK SVP Jeff Williams defending Apple's supplier responsibility; Karen Haslam at Macworld UK argues that Apple shouldn't be blamed as there are many Pegatron clients like Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell — reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Foss Patents tells of Apple losing "very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent" case versus Samsung; need to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac? Macworld shows how; MarketWatch looks back at Apple's 2014, covering "the good, bad, and ugly"; Morgan Stanley note reveals expectation of a record 67 million iPhones sold this December quarter; in response to fluctuation of Russia's ruble, Apple raises prices of apps; Woz remains skeptical of wearables like smartwatches, smart glasses; shipping times of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Retina iMacs drop; is it true that rapidly charging your iPhone can damage it?; iMore staff offer thoughts on iPhone 6, 6 Plus after 3 months use; video comparison of iOS 8.1.3 vs 8.2 running on iPhone 4S.

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  • "Apple goes to war with the BBC/Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers"  Telegraph 7:56 AM
  • "Read: Apple's letter to UK staff over Chinese factory conditions"  Telegraph 8:10 AM
  • "Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC investigation: Apple has said it is 'deeply offended' by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices." BBC 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook hits out at BBC report" CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "BBC investigates Apple supplier, saying it found workers asleep on iPhone production line" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "BBC's Panorama Attacks Apple Over Indonesian Tin" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia: BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about 'Apple's factories' and 'Apple's use of illegally mined tin'."  Macworld UK 8:06 AM
  • "BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese iPhone factory, but is it all Apple's fault?" Macworld 12:50 PM
  • "Apple loses very important round over its pinch-to-zoom API patent, Samsung tells appeals court" Foss Patents 8:05 AM
  • "How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Yosemite - Apple Mail account configuration; 'The Humane Interface', 'Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines' and 'Designing for Yosemite' (and Jef Raskin, the Canon Cat, Xerox Star, Lisa, etc.); Preview printing changes; issues with system recovery, Disk Utility, Time Machine, TRIM support etc." MacInTouch 8:26 AM
  • "How to make calls in OS X Yosemite using your iPhone" MacIssues 11:48 AM
  • "Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Using multicam in Final Cut Pro X to edit the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference" 8:05 AM
  • "Guest List Organizer a one-stop solution for organizing events" Apple Daily Report 7:48 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing ringtones and explicit radio" Macworld 11:35 AM
  • "Ask: Create a New OS X Profile Picture" Mac|Life 12:25 PM
  • "Yes, There's A List Of Mail Add-on's For Mail Junkies" NoodleMac 7:53 AM
  • "How To Customize Mac Folder Icons" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Free: How To Enjoy iTunes Radio Ad Free" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Try The Mac App For Google-holics" TeraTalks 7:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "Brotens renewed all their 6 Lighting Software for Mac (and Only for Mac)" Brotens 7:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple in 2014: The good, bad, and ugly" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December quarter, survey suggests" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's 10 biggest hits, misses, and head-scratchers of 2014" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Increases App Prices in the Russian App Store" iClarified 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Raises Prices in Russian App Store Amidst Ruble Meltdown" The Mac Observer 3:05 PM
  • "Tim Cook Makes Big Donation to Gay Rights Campaign: The HRC's Project One American aims to expand LGBT equality in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi." PC Magazine 11:44 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass" AFP 8:10 AM
  • "Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in Steve Jobs film" Cult of Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Kate Winslet reportedly in talks to play female lead in Jobs biopic" iMore 3:54 PM
  • "McDonald's Supersizes Sales with Apple's iBeacon Tech" The Mac Observer 10:13 AM
  • "After hacks, Sony's 'stuck in 1992' ... except for Mac users" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards" Reuters 4:10 PM
  • "Nintendo wins patent troll's appeal and can keep selling the Wii U" VentureBeat 3:55 PM
  • "On the sidelines: how the NFL is making use of the Surface Pro 2" Engadget 3:55 PM
  • "FCC proposes rule change that could kickstart internet TV" The Verge 3:54 PM
  • "T-Mobile will refund up to $90 million for mistakenly billing customers" Mashable 12:11 PM
  • "T-Mobile must pay $90 million in refunds to settle FTC 'cramming' suit" The Next Web 12:10 PM
  • "Sony exec fires back at President Obama" CNNMoney 3:50 PM
  • "Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers" Techworld 11:44 AM
  • "Cassandra: Check Point Reports Serious Router Vulnerability that may Affect Home Users" eXtensions 10:13 AM
  • "Delaying worldwide releases can kill song sales, Spotify data shows" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Sorry Zuck: Teens Have Once Again Declared That Facebook Isn't Cool" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Study: More teens are fleeing from Facebook" Mashable 8:02 AM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Control of Apple Mail Again" MacVoices 1:45 PM
  • "Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments" Architosh 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Patent Hints at More Uses for Touch ID Sensor" PC Magazine 8:05 PM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus 16GB, 64GB now ship in one day: All other versions of iPhone 6 still require longer ship times as supply catches up with demand." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Retina iMac ship times shrink away to nothing" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Watch, WatchKit, and Accessibility" iMore 11:50 AM
  • "Apple will restore blood tracking to Health app with iOS 8.2 release" VentureBeat 2:19 PM
  • "Pippin, Apple's Gaming Console from 1994" Low End Mac 12:10 PM
  • "Will Rapid Charging Damage Your iPhone 6 Or 6 Plus?" Forbes 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "The Hacker For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:13 AM
  • "Remote For Roku For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:13 AM
  • "Wordrive For iPhone/iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:13 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

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  • "Tech face-off: Apple's Mac Pro vs the 5K Retina iMac" Computerworld 11:34 AM
  • "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review: 3 months later" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Review: ThunderBay 4 mini RAID" Bare Feats 1:49 PM
  • "Review: Imation's Link Power Drive adds 16/32/64GB of storage to a compact 3,000mAh Lightning battery pack" 9to5Mac 11:36 AM
  • "Review: MOTA's new Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus shows what 4000mAh can – and can't – do for Apple's big iPhone" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Review: Draco Design Draco Bumper for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:14 AM
  • "Case-Mate Barely There review: The iPhone 6 case for case-haters!" iMore 8:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Speed Test: iOS 8.2 Beta 3 [Video] Redmond Pie 8:24 AM
  • "500px App Integrates Adobe Creative Cloud Features and More" Best App Site 8:46 AM
  • "Hands On: Zen Bound 2 (iOS)" MacNN 12:25 PM
  • "Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)" MacNN 8:06 AM
  • "Send last-minute holiday photo cards right from your iPhone or iPad" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Looney Tunes Dash! - That's All Folks For 3D Runners" Apple'n'Apps 3:49 PM
  • "Appidemic: Corto Maltese: Secrets of Venice for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:08 AM
  • "Watermark Photos On iPhone, iPad, Mac" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "'Kingdom Rush Origins' Review - Maybe the Third Time Isn't the Charm?" Touch Arcade 11:54 AM
  • "You Should Play: Micromon is the best Pokémon knock-off on the App Store" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director's Cut review" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 2:20 PM
  • "Tech traveling tips: What to take, what to leave, and how to manage it all" iMore 12:49 PM
  • "5 reasons why the Apple Watch will fail: Apple crafted a fine product that nobody needs" TechRadar UK 9:14 PM
  • "Which Stars Will Shine Brightest in Apple's Brilliant 2015?" TechNewsWorld 8:05 PM
  • "Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments" The Mac Observer 4:57 PM
  • "Google, Samsung can't Top Apple's Unreleased Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 4:58 PM
  • "Here's One Alarming Statistic That Should Make You Care About Apple Pay" Business Insider 3:50 PM
  • "The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition" The Mac Observer 3:03 PM
  • "Working prototype explores new Apple TV interface with touchscreen gestures via remote" 9to5Mac 11:35 AM
  • "Apple Responds To BBC Panorama's Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions" TechCrunch 3:55 PM
  • "If You're Appalled That Apple Uses Tin From Child-Labor Mud Mines, You Should Stop Buying iPhones (And Lots Of Other Things)" Business Insider 2:55 PM
  • "Apple comes out swinging against BBC labor report, says no other company does more for workers" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "BBC accused of bias over expose of Apple working conditions in China: Broadcaster clashes with tech giant after secretly filming workers asleep on iPhone 6 production line" Daily Mail (UK) 8:52 AM
  • "3 questions the BBC must answer about its Apple 'abuse" Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "Bad Apple or the best of a bad bunch? The sad reality about Apple's Broken Promises from BBC Panorama" PC Pro 8:19 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations of factory worker mistreatment" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Apple not doing enough for factory workers, BBC probe finds" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's Chinese Factories: Did the BBC Pass Off China Labor Watch's Reporting as Their Own?" Kirkville 8:06 AM
  • "Should Apple double the RAM in next year's iPhones and iPads? [Poll] 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "What Apple Has More Of Than Google, Microsoft, Amazon, And Samsung" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "How A Google Chromebook Is Better For Schools Than An iPad" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Lenovo Y70 Touch Gaming Notebook Review" HotHardware 1:06 PM
  • "NSFW: Special Magenta Snowflake" iMore 11:50 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The app that puts Yosemite on your iPad's screen is finally available to download" BGR 9:01 PM
  • "Austin Startup Launches Restaurant Bigwig 2.0, an Entrepreneurship Fantasy Game for the iPad" Business Wire 12:24 PM
  • "Microsoft updates Bing iOS apps with fresh look and translations" TUAW 12:11 PM
  • "'Tomb Raider Pack' Offers All Three Mobile 'Tomb Raider' Games for the Price of One" Touch Arcade 12:10 PM
  • "OtterBox Defender Series Case For iPad mini 3 Now Available" MacPrices 11:34 AM
  • "New app lets you take awesome interactive 3D photos with your iPhone – and it's free" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can't" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens; iPad gets instant translation within the app" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "AAA Video Poker - Classic Video Poker Games" prMac 11:36 AM
  • "taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels" prMac 8:56 AM
  • "Video Zoom 1.0 for iOS - Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Conquer The Solar System With Exciting New Puzzle Game - Atmosflares 1.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Delete Hundreds Of Photos And Videos In Seconds With SwipeDelete 1.0.0" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "The next big mobile hit? Yabado launches Bird Duel for iOS and Android" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "09apps releases DinoDoc - know the dinosaurs! 1.0 - Dinosaur Quiz App" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "GRAPHISOFT partners with buildingSMART Korea to foster national BIM standards" Architosh 7:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "VirnetX, Microsoft Settle Patent Dispute Over Skype" [Paid Membership Required] 2:19 PM
  • "Microsoft Sues Tech Support Scammers" PC Magazine 11:38 AM
  • "Microsoft drags alleged tech support scammers into court" PCWorld 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers" PCWorld 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft takes on tech support scammers" BBC 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Tracks Down Tech Support Scammers, Files Lawsuit" Softpedia 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Promises to Fix 'Dirty Shutdowns' in Windows 10" Softpedia 11:49 AM
  • "2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution" CITEworld 10:23 AM
  • "Microsoft extends open-sourcing spree with Project Orleans" InfoWorld 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft: Don't lock small firms out of big data" Chanel Web 8:16 AM
  • "Love the cloud? Be a 'Cloud Hero' with Microsoft" The Register 8:16 AM
  • "Next build of Windows 10 codenamed Awesome" PC Pro [Free Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Windows 10 Tech Preview hits half a million daily users" Tech Central 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Bing Adds AMBER Alerts In Search Results" Microsoft News 8:07 AM
  • "Surat Partners Up With Microsoft to Become a Smart City" Outlook 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Previews Power BI Dashboards" eWeek 5:15 PM
  • "IBM Channel Chief: Apple Enterprise Mobility Deal Good for Channel Partners" The VAR Guy 2:32 PM
  • "Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit: IBM win means Linux is saved! Again!" The Register 2:32 PM
  • "IBM Extends Its Global Cloud Footprint and Customer Roster" Redmond Magazine 2:32 PM
  • "IBM Stock Climbing Today on New Cloud Data Facilities" TheStreet 11:41 AM
  • "IBM Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts" eWeek 4:56 PM
  • "Epson, HP Compete In 'Tech Tank' Pitch-Off" CRN 2:27 PM
  • "Private cloud tops Intel survey" ZDNet 10:18 AM
  • "Intel Betting on (Customized) Commodity Chips for Cloud Computing" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:37 AM
  • "Intel launches free Easy Migration app to transfer files to Chromebooks" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Intel App Helps Migrate Content From Smartphones to Chromebooks" eWeek 2:31 PM
  • "Employees are the biggest security risk in the cloud" BetaNews 8:46 AM
  • "Cisco Just Fired Another Shot At Its Hated Rival, An Upstart Formed By Ex-Cisco Employees" Business Insider 2:29 PM
  • "Where would Cisco be without her?" CNBC 11:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple spent $56 billion on buybacks in 2014: Apple buyback costs nearly three times those of IBM" MarketWatch 11:54 AM
  • "Apple bought back $56 billion worth of its own stock in 2014" AppleInsider 12:50 PM
  • "Apple Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Goldman Sachs" Ticker Report 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Stock Cheap But Not Ridiculously Cheap: Holland" Bloomberg TV 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Huge stock resurgence hits day 3" USA Today 4:13 PM
  • "S&P 500 Falls Just Short of Record Entering Final Weeks of Year" TheStreet 4:13 PM
  • "Wall Street Rise Modestly After Fed-Fueled Run Higher" Reuters 4:13 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Wrap Close Wild Week With Gains: S&P 500 Rises 3.4% for the Week" [Paid Membership Required] 4:13 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian stocks rise on Federal Reserve stance/Stocks in Japan and Australia led Asia higher for a second day on Friday, as investor confidence continued to be bolstered by expectations the U.S. is in no rush to raise interest rates." MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "Europe Markets: BASF, Air France drop in European trade, but benchmark in for weekly rise/European stocks turned lower Friday, with shares of BASF SE and Air France-KLM SA each weighing on Stoxx Europe 600, but the benchmark remained on track to finish the week higher." MarketWatch 7:51 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:02 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 6:10 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:01 PM

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