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AppleInsider provides an Earnings Preview with Apple's 4th-quarter results due to be reported later today; Apple Pay is on deck to launch today alongside iOS 8.1; iOS 8.1, also slated for release today, promises updates to iCloud photo alongside other compatibility enhancements; Kirk McElhearn reports on how to find your Music Videos in iTunes 12; In case you missed the reports over the weekend, the Mac Mini no longer has user-serviceable RAM.

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Apple News
  • "Spreadsheet of the day: Final estimates for Apple's fiscal Q4" Fortune 11:28 AM
  • "Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 37M iPhones, 12M iPads sold by Apple in Sept. quarter"  AppleInsider 9:35 AM
  • "With earnings, Apple Pay, China iPhone sales, Apple faces many questions today"  VentureBeat 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Earnings: What To Watch" WSJ Blogs 8:29 AM
  • "How Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional payment systems" AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "As Apple Pay launches, Eddy Cue says 'a lot of work to do,' predicts slow retail take-up" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Why Apple Pay May Be the Company's Most Challenging Move Yet" Time 7:51 AM
  • "Apple, IBM deal could reach 42M new users; iPad recovery on deck? Summary: Apple's deal with IBM will see a massive spike in uptake across the iPhone and iPad market, one Wall Street analyst says, at a time where iPad sales continue to stagnate." ZDNet 11:20 AM
  • "Apple launches iCloud Photos Beta Web Client" iLounge 11:20 AM
  • "Chinese government apparently phishing iCloud account info with man-in-the-middle attack" 9to5Mac 10:14 AM
  • "Apple's iCloud targeted in man-in-the-middle attack in China" Macworld UK 7:49 AM
  • "How To: View Your Music Videos in iTunes 12" Kirkville 9:49 AM
  • "System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: CDs & DVDs" eXtensions 9:06 AM
  • "System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: Date & Time" eXtensions 9:06 AM
  • "Carbon Copy Cloner 4: from peace to mind to enjoyable backups" IT.Enquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Rags To Riches Email Apps For Mac" TeraTalks 7:21 AM
  • "Cheap: Sync Clipboards Between Macs" Mac 360 7:19 AM
  • "If Only This Mac App Had An iPhone Version" BohemianBoomer 7:20 AM
  • "Speaking Of Mac Calculators, This One Truly Thinks Different (in a good way)" Mac 360 7:20 AM
  • "Remember 'Read It Later?' It's Now A Digital Pocket; Mac, iPhone, iPad" NoodleMac 7:20 AM
  • "Setting up OS X Yosemite the way you want it" Computerworld 7:25 AM
  • "My 10 Favorite Features in Mac OS X Yosemite" MacNews Blog 7:13 AM
Press Releases
  • "Noodlesoft Releases Hazel 3.3" prMac 12:12 PM
  • "iMobie Upgrades All Products for OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12" prMac 7:48 AM
  • "Reassemble Carved Up Photos In Holiday Jigsaw Halloween 2" Inside Mac Games 11:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "McDonald's CIO says decision to support Apple Pay was 'not difficult'" TUAW 10:12 AM
  • "Known NFC spoofing techniques probably wouldn't work with Apple Pay" Macworld UK 7:49 AM
  • "Bose Banned from All Apple Stores" Tapscape 7:22 AM
  • "Apple wants to cut the price of Beats Music subscriptions to $5 per month - report" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Beats' latest ad is LeBron James' homage to Akron and $200 PowerBeats2 earbuds" 9to5Mac 7:32 AM
  • "Infozone seeks Korean ban on sale of Apple products with iMessage function" AppleDailyReport 8:02 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Tech industry on the offensive against government/Summary: There was a time, not long ago, when the biggest companies were cowed by the national security state. Now they aren't afraid to stand up for the rights and interests of their users." ZDNet 9:29 AM
  • "Spotify introduces multi-user discounts in Family subscriptions" Electronista 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft smartwatch touted for launch within weeks, sale soon after" Electronista 7:43 AM
  • "Here Comes 10Gbps Fiber Broadband, Says SK Telecom" FairerPlatform 7:22 AM
  • "We are using OS X Yosemite and we feel kind of left out." The MT Show 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 8.1 hits Monday with Apple Pay, iCloud photo library: The update, which will be available for download later Monday, adds support for Apple Pay, brings back the camera roll and launches the iCloud photo library."  CNET 8:35 AM
  • "Apple iOS 8.1 To Launch Today. Here's What Is Coming In The Update" Forbes 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's first home computer expected to smash £300,000 mark at auction: APPLE'S first ever home computer is now set to become one of the most expensive at auction." Daily Express 8:29 AM
  • "You can no longer add more RAM to the Mac mini" Cult of Mac 10:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Faded (Photo) For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:27 AM
  • "City Island: Premium For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $4.99)" Apple Sliced 8:27 AM
  • "Trains Boats & Cars For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:27 AM
  • "Retina 5K iMacs (MF886LL) & new Minis (MGEM2LL) hit US retail: Amazon, Best Buy, more" 9to5Mac 11:13 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM

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  • "Apple now makes 56 different iPads – here's how to choose the right one for you" BGR 7:42 AM
  • "Hands on: Apple iPad Air 2 review" PC Pro [Free Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "The new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus have changed my mind about the iPad mini" Quartz 8:37 AM
  • "Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display: There's life in the (high-end) desktop yet/Summary: Professionals in graphics-dominated fields like video production, web and print publishing and product design will always require large, high-resolution desktop displays. Apple's new 27-inch iMac has them squarely in its sights." ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "The Second Most Drool Worthy Mac" Mac 360 7:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Zero Age Review" 148Apps 11:13 AM
  • "Strung Along Review" 148Apps 10:14 AM
  • "Textkraft Pocket – the missing TextEdit for iPhone" MacPrices 7:27 AM
  • "Using iCloud Drive" MacMost 11:10 AM
  • "Retiring an old iPad? Back it up first" USA Today 8:38 AM
  • "What's coming in today's release of iOS 8.1" The Loop 11:43 AM
  • "Editor's desk: In defense of iPad photography" iMore 11:44 AM
  • "Apple iPad sales are set to fall again say analysts - so is this the year we say goodbye to the iPad?" The Independent 8:37 AM
  • "What if Apple's next router was also a smoke alarm?" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3: Why I'm not buying either one/Summary: I have a history of buying each new iPad, but the two new ones have no appeal for me." ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "New Apple Chip Means More Disruption" Mac 360 7:21 AM
  • "Apple And Google By The Numbers" Mac 360 7:21 AM
  • "iMac Touch: 'Not All That Interested in Building One" FairerPlatform 7:24 AM
  • "Forget the iPad Air 2, I'm waiting for iPad Pro" SlashGear 8:37 AM
  • "Amazon's New High-End Kindle Beats Hardcovers" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Skater Now Available on the iOS App Store" prMac 11:44 AM
  • "Rocket Roy for iOS - Just Launched" prMac 10:44 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of October 20: 30th Anniversary Celebrations, iOS 8, Filmmakers and More" The MUG Center 8:16 AM
  • "Dropbox app updated with iPhone 6 optimizations, Touch ID unlocking" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Dropbox app updated with optimizations for iPhone 6 and support for Touch ID on iOS 8" AppAdvice 7:35 AM
  • "Shelf Control: My Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fun app based on Eric Carle's classic book" AppAdvice 7:35 AM
  • "Event: BIMcloud Live Online Seminar by GRAPHISOFT" Architosh 7:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft to enter wearable computing with smartwatch that includes fitness features" VentureBeat 9:16 AM
  • "A Microsoft smartwatch could be here within weeks/Summary: Microsoft's smartwatch could be available before consumers can get their hands on Apple Watch." ZDNet 9:25 AM
  • "Windows 10: The votes are pouring in for these 10 features" PCWorld 9:07 AM
  • "How Will Microsoft Stock Respond to Expected Wearable Device Launch? NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. is expected to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes reports." TheStreet 7:56 AM
  • "Will Microsoft Surprise this Earnings Season?" Zacks 7:55 AM
  • "Nadella speaks about women and raises, post-Hopper" USA Today 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft's Nadella addresses inequality in the workplace: CNBC's Jon Fortt talks with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about equality for women in the workplace." CNBC 7:53 AM
  • "A Microsoft smartwatch could appear in weeks" Engadget 7:52 AM
  • "IBM exits semiconductor business and re-creates itself" Computerworld 9:35 AM
  • "IBM to cast off its semiconductor unit in $1.3B deal" Computerworld 9:35 AM
  • "IBM's $1.5bn chip deal with GlobalFoundries is finally signed" ZDNet 9:19 AM
  • "IBM pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over IBM's chip-making unit" PCWorld 9:07 AM
  • "IBM to Transfer Chip Operations While Revenue Drops Again: Big Blue's Revenue Declines for 10th Straight Quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "IBM shares tumble as profits and sales fall" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "IBM sells chip division, books a steep charge - Fortune" Fortune 8:05 AM
  • "Why IBM Paid Globalfoundries $1.5B to Take Chip Unit" Bloomberg TV 8:05 AM
  • "IBM Plunges Following Huge Third-Quarter Earnings Miss and Asset Sale" TheStreet 8:05 AM
  • "Dow futures fall sharply after IBM profit miss" USA Today 8:05 AM
  • "IBM Drops 7% on Q3 Miss; $4.7B Charge to Divest Chip Unit" Barron's 8:05 AM
  • "IBM to pay $1.5B to spin off chip division" USA Today 8:04 AM
  • "Totally Rotten IBM Earnings, With Lower Backlog and Margins" 24/7 Wall St. 8:04 AM
  • "IBM shares down after it dumps chip unit, posts disappointing earnings" CNN Money 8:04 AM
  • "US STOCKS-Futures lower as weak IBM earnings weigh: * IBM slumps after quarterly results" Reuters 8:03 AM
  • "IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its costly chip division: IBM to pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed profit-eating chip division" Associated Press 8:03 AM
  • "Amid a Shift in Strategy, IBM Reports Weak Earnings" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:02 AM
  • "IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump" Reuters 8:02 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Q4 Earnings: After A Record Quarter, What Next?" Seeking Alpha 10:13 AM
  • "Apple Could Be Overvalued By 20% Based On Fundamental Value Ratios" Seeking Alpha 10:10 AM
  • "An Apple Bear's Wonderful Misadventure Analyzing Apple's Prospects" Seeking Alpha 9:55 AM
  • "Apple Q4 2014 Preview: Expect Solid iPhone Shipment; Focus Should Be On The Long Term" Seeking Alpha 8:53 AM
  • "A Better Entry Point For Apple Will Become Available For Patient Investors: Update #2" Seeking Alpha 8:57 AM
  • "Apple will announce record quarter, predict analysts, with earnings up 11.9%" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Numbers to consider ahead of Apple's fourth quarter FY2014 earnings call" AppAdvice 8:02 AM
  • "Apple iPad Air 2 The Most Financially Meaningful Launch In Years" Seeking Alpha 9:29 AM
  • "Forget About Bending iPhones: There Are Better Reasons To Sell Apple Stock" Seeking Alpha 7:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/Will markets calm down this week? Or will the gut-wrenching turbulence continue?" CNNMoney 7:43 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: For the first time in weeks, corporate news, instead of changing global economic growth forecasts and resulting commodity and bond market volatility, was driving the stock markets." TheStreet 11:10 AM
  • "Weaker IBM Earnings Weigh on Stocks: Coming off another see-saw week, stocks were mixed Monday with the Nasdaq trading in positive territory, and the S&P 500 wobbling between gains and losses. Meanwhile, weak third-quarter results from IBM (IBM) dragged the Dow into the red." Associated Press 11:09 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Mixed as IBM Drags Dow Down: Downbeat earnings from International Business Machines Corp. weighed on the Dow industrials, but other U.S. stock benchmarks rose on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 51 points, or 0.3%, to 16330. All of the Dow's decline could be pinned to losses in just one stock, IBM, IBM -6.73% which tumbled 7.1% to $169.01 after the company's quarterly profit and revenue fell, missing expectations." [Paid Membership Required] 11:08 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan's Nikkei surges 4% as Asian markets rebound/Stocks in Tokyo staged their biggest rally in 16 months on Monday as investors bargain-hunted despite lingering concerns about global growth that sparked volatility in markets last week." MarketWatch 7:40 AM
  • "Europe Markets: The European selloff is back: European stock markets moved sharply lower on Monday, as the late-week rally from Friday ran out of steam." MarketWatch 7:40 AM
  • "Early Glance: Computer companies/NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of some top computer companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:" Associated Press 11:07 AM

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