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Thursday Highlights: Following Apple's victory in iPod antitrust case, judge tells press outlets they will not get Steve Jobs' video deposition—more in our Apple/Macintosh section today; Jonny Evans curates 33 statistics showing just how good Apple's 2014 was for the company; Tim Cook tells employees Apple raised over $20 million for RED charity; what to do when ripping a CD in iTunes, but it can't find track names; WSJ says "mobile-payment war is on"; Apple Pay to launch in UK soon as hinted by job listings, also tipped for launch in Middle East, India, Africa; Sony hack rocks company to core, guess what platforms were safe from harm?; Steve Wozniak officially an Australian resident reports the Australian Financial Review; lesson to learn for anyone who tracks a stolen iPhone: involve the police; Apple's latest patent applications include phone moisture protection; iPad 3D apps; touch ID enhancements, among others in our Hardware/Software section; TekRevue on good, bad, ugly of third party iOS keyboards.

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  • "Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers': Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation." ["Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: 'We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. 'We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.'"]  BBC 12:00 PM
  • "Apple Will Save $3 Billion in 2015 by Selling the 16GB iPhone 6/6 Plus"  Above Avalon 8:13 PM
  • "Judge denies request to release Steve Jobs trial video: A California judge has denied a request by media companies to release a videotaped deposition of Apple's Steve Jobs, taken six months before his death in 2011."  CNNMoney 8:05 AM
  • "We Won't See That Last Steve Jobs Video After All" Time 11:25 AM
  • "Judge: No Steve Jobs for you/Rejects request by the AP, Bloomberg and CNN to release Jobs' 2011 video deposition for just-concluded antitrust case" Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "Apple's Bite at the Enterprise: New IBM Apps Are Serious Business"  Wired 1:53 PM
  • "Canada forces Apple to hand over documents in anti-competition iPhone probe" The Inquirer 8:43 AM
  • "Tim Cook: 2014 was 'unforgettable year'/Apple chief executive Tim Cook has praised employees for an 'unforgettable year' and raising more than $20m for charity"  Telegraph 11:30 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Apple World AIDS Day campaign raised $20 million"  MacNN 8:11 AM
  • "PRODUCT RED Campaign Raised $20 Million to Help AIDS Research" Apple Gazette 8:21 AM
  • "Cupertino grants Apple's request to drop easement near cafeteria" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 1:53 PM
  • "About the security content of Xcode 6.2 beta 3" Apple Support 8:09 PM
  • "Return of the MacBook Pro (3) -Back up to Speed: One Minor Problem" eXtensions 9:20 AM
  • "What to Do When iTunes Doesn't Find Track Names for CDs You're Ripping" Kirkville 9:24 AM
  • "Yosemite discussion includes human interface design issues (and Jef Raskin's book); problems with Core Storage and its lack of support in Disk Utility; Apple Mail signature bug; sleep/wake issues; plus various other issues and observations." MacInTouch 2:38 PM
  • "Airmail 2 for Mac review: Email exactly the way you want it" iMore 3:11 PM
  • "Prevent OS X requesting permission to delete files on external drives" MacIssues 8:12 PM
  • "Review: Intensify Pro" Mac|Life 2:44 PM
  • "Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation?" Intego 12:01 PM
  • "Hands On: Default Folder X (OS X)" MacNN 8:11 AM
  • "If You Pay Bills, You Need This App" Mac 360 7:18 AM
  • "Free: How To Sync A Mac's Folder To A Bunch Of Cloud Storage Services" Mac 360 7:18 AM
  • "Click To Put An Edge On Your Photos" McSolo 7:18 AM
Press Releases
  • "The Hit List 2 now syncs with Mac, available for $9.99 through December 31st" iMore 1:51 PM
  • "Paragon Software Releases Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Professional and Backup & Recovery 15 Home to Secure and Protect Data" PRWeb 11:55 AM
  • "MaBaSoft releases Application Wizard 3.5" MaBaSoft 8:45 AM
  • "Algoriddim takes on Traktor with its djay Pro desktop app" Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "Hacking your iCloud files just got easier, even with two-step enabled" Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai joins the battle on OS X" iMore 8:11 AM
  • "DVDFab Media Player 2.2.00 for Mac: Convert the Video You're Watching" Business Wire 7:56 AM
  • "Mac 3D News: Siemens releases new Parasolid v27.1 geometry modeling kernel" Architosh 7:54 AM
  • "GraphicConverter 9.5 Adds QR Code Creation, More" FairerPlatform 7:17 AM
  • "SceneTool released for OS X - Turn 3D Scenes to Swift/Objective C Code" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Dejal announces Simon 4.0 - Server Monitoring Tool" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Graphic Node Launches the Graphics Set of Illustrations" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "SoTicker - Most minimalist Twitter Client" prMac 7:14 AM
  • "Popular eXtra Voice Recorder For Mac Now Features Dropbox Integration" prMac 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Mobile-Payment War Is On/Companies ranging from Apple to Uber gave consumers a taste of something new in 2014: What it feels like to make a purchase without a wad of cash or the swipe of a credit card." WSJ Blogs 8:48 AM
  • "Apple Pay set for imminent UK arrival, job listing hints" The Inquirer 8:05 AM
  • "Ad slip-up reveals Apple Pay is about to expand to Europe, Middle East, India and Africa" BetaNews 8:21 AM
  • "Apple announces changes to European App Store taxes to take effect January 1st" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple forms European Apple Pay team for local rollout" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Job Posting Suggests Worldwide Expansion of Apple Pay" The Mac Observer 6:43 PM
  • "Apple's Cook makes 'substantial' donation for gay rights in U.S. South" Reuters 4:17 PM
  • "Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South" Associated Press 11:29 AM
  • "Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office 'From Ten Years Ago'" ["'We're mostly a fully-functioning office. We're going about or daily business. We just got our voicemail back. Everyone is a little calmer now after the initial shock. A couple of people had their computers removed but people using Macs were fine,' she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones."] TechCrunch 8:37 AM
  • "Sony 'stuck in 1992' after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Apple iBeacons Find Their Way Into McDonald's" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Faith in Apple's future as Woz becomes an Aussie: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially become an Australian resident, is planning to make the Apple Isle his home – appropriately enough – and says one day he'd like it said he lived and died an Australian. The man who formed Apple with Steve Jobs in California back in 1976 has just had ­'permanent residency' stamped in his passport." Australian Financial Review 8:47 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass" AFP 8:13 PM
  • "Apple profiles the musicians behind its new 'The Song' holiday advertisement" TUAW 8:20 AM
  • "Hyundai Bringing New 'Display Audio' In-Dash System With Apple CarPlay to 2016 Models" MacRumors 8:49 AM
  • "Dutch city of Rotterdam gets the first 3D Apple Maps imagery and Flyover tour in the country" 9to5Mac 11:16 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus captures iconic New York City 'Holiday Wonders'" iMore 11:23 AM
  • "Stolen iPhone recovered at pawn shop, but thief, lesson lost: File a police report - it helps track stolen goods" WCPO Cincinnati 8:43 AM
  • "Siri founder Adam Cheyer tells the story of its creation in this hour long video" 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "Jimmy Fallon gives away free iPads on 'The Tonight Show'" AppAdvice 11:16 AM
  • "Jimmy Fallon's big Apple freebie: iPads for everybody" Fortune 12:25 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown" The Register 8:58 PM
  • "Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources" Reuters 7:10 PM
  • "Morning tearjerker: This pup will melt your heart with his adorable smile and 3D-printed legs" GeekWire 12:54 PM
  • "Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack" Reuters 9:13 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about the Sony hacks" The Verge 1:43 PM
  • "Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014" PCWorld 7:59 AM
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1037 for December 10th, 2014!" Your Mac Life 7:16 AM
  • "iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 Business Day for 16 and 64GB Models" MacRumors 4:14 PM
  • "iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day, Retina 5K iMac back in stock" AppleInsider 8:09 PM
  • "Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers" iDownload Blog 12:00 PM
  • "iOS 8.2 beta 3 is out with WatchKit fixes" Cult of Mac 12:54 PM
  • "Apple brings the iOS 8.1.1 signing window to a close" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "Apple iOS v8.x - Message Context & Privacy Vulnerability" SecurityFocus 8:48 AM
  • "Apple seeks Shanghai-based Apple Pay engineer ahead of anticipated China launch" AppleInsider 9:24 AM
  • "Apple needs more time for holiday podcast submissions" AppleDailyReport 7:54 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple patent application seeks to protect phones from moisture" AppleToolbox 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Files their Third Patent Application for Future iPad 3D App" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Invents New Touch ID Virtual Combination Unlock Feature" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion" AppleInsider 8:53 AM
  • "Apple patent is for 'predictive assistance' on OS X, iOS devices" Apple Daily Report 8:19 AM
  • "Mac Mini discussion continues on the relative merits and features of the 2014 vs. 2012 models, as well as hackintosh options, monitor problems with sleep/wake and more." MacInTouch 2:38 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Fruit Ninja For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:58 AM
  • "Infuse 3 For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $4.99)" Apple Sliced 8:58 AM
  • "Battle Monkeys For iPhone/iPad Is Free Today (Was $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:58 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM

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  • "Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphone review" The Gadgeteer 3:44 PM
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones rival my much-loved B&W P5s" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Review: Duet Display brings fast response to the iPad-as-external-monitor game" Macworld 11:17 AM
  • "Duet Display Offers Tethered Solution to Turn an iPad into an Extra Display for Mac" MacRumors 11:30 AM
  • "LoopPay CardCase review: The best mobile payments system aside from Apple Pay" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases with built-in stands" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Editor's Picks: Our favorite cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "10 Digits Learning Toy Hardware Review: 10 Digits is a classically-styled wooden numbers learning toy that work with the iPad to teach early math concepts." 148Apps 9:24 AM
  • "Hands On: Supreme Ruler (Steam for OS X, Windows)" Electronista 7:40 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of iOS Third Party Keyboards" TekRevue 7:53 AM
  • "Drafts Springboard: The Good Doctor describes why he uses Drafts. It's one of my favorite iPhone apps, for similar reasons. But Drafts has really become much more useful since the Today Widget was rolled out." Macdrifter 11:23 AM
  • "Shift review: randomize filter effects with precision adjustments" iDownload Blog 1:51 PM
  • "Hands On: Habits Pro (iOS)" MacNN 3:59 PM
  • "Hands On: Moxie 2 (iOS)" MacNN 8:49 AM
  • "Hands On: Mazec - Handwriting Input Method (iOS)" MacNN 8:11 AM
  • "Free: The Browser You Never Heard Of Is Better Than The One You Use" Mac 360 7:52 AM
  • "The Incredible Tiles 2048 iOS Game Review" Tapscape 8:20 AM
  • "Appidemic: Polyform for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch" TechnologyTell 8:10 AM
  • "UponPixels Review: Add cool typography and objects to your photos with the easy to use UponPixels." 148Apps 12:58 PM
  • "Mahjong Journey Review: Aimed at the more laid back gamer, Mahjong Journey isn't for everyone, but those looking for some classic solitaire action will be happy." 148Apps 1:51 PM
  • "Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War Review/Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War could be great fun, but its plethora of freemium elements damage its chances." 148Apps 11:16 AM
  • "How To Set A Sleep Timer On iPhone To Automatically Stop Music Playback" Redmond Pie 2:44 PM
  • "How to Use a DualShock PS4 Controller with Your Mac" TekRevue 2:35 PM
  • "How to use Passbook: The ultimate guide" iMore 8:48 AM
  • "How to increase the availability of QuickType in iOS 8" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "The cord-cutter's guide to free (and legal!) TV streaming" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "BBC Films 'Apple's Broken Promises' for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory" The Mac Observer 7:45 PM
  • "Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers,' claims report" ZDNet 4:14 PM
  • "A new BBC reports outlines the apparent poor treatment of workers at Apple supplier Pegatron" AppAdvice 4:13 PM
  • "Apple says 'no other company doing as much' in response to BBC supply chain profile" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "BBC Documentary Claims Apple Fails to Protect Chinese Factory Workers" MacRumors 2:08 PM
  • "How Apple Is Revamping Its iAd Platform" Forbes 1:50 PM
  • "I Had an Apple Customer Experience" Forbes 12:01 PM
  • "This iPhone user switched to the Galaxy Note 4 – and now he can't wait to switch back" BGR 11:26 AM
  • "Revisionist history: Apple chastised for not sticking it to customers" Macworld 9:24 AM
  • "What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Apple, T-Mobile, And Using Steve Jobs Keys To 'Think Different" Mac 360 7:19 AM
  • "How Android Is To iPhone As Windows Is To The Mac" PixoBebo 7:19 AM
  • "Prime-time: Amazon's annual membership is now too good to ignore, and local retailers should be afraid" VentureBeat 2:09 PM
  • "Copyright Is Screwing Over Blind People—and Taking Away Their Right to Read" iFixit 11:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Still Not On Inbox By Gmail? They Just Gave All Users 10 Invites Each" TechCrunch 7:41 PM
  • "Watch ABC opens full episode access to all Apple TV users" Cult of Mac 4:00 PM
  • "Amazon Instant Video Gets Updated for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" iClarified 3:13 PM
  • "Use Your Phone to Diagnose Ear Infections at Home" Digital Trends 3:13 PM
  • "Feature-rich iPad drawing app Procreate updated with Palm Support and other new features" AppAdvice 3:12 PM
  • "Lyft, Seamless & Amazon Instant Video add iPhone 6 & 6 Plus screen support; JetBlue gains Touch ID" AppleInsider 3:12 PM
  • "After Raising $35 Million In 7 Months, And Reaching A $100 Million Valuation, Gossip App Secret Starts Over" Business Insider 12:58 PM
  • "SwiftKey gets into the holiday spirit with a free new theme" TUAW 12:01 PM
  • "This Popular Paid GTA-Like Title For iOS Has Gone Free, Download It Right Now" Redmond Pie 8:57 AM
  • "The console and PC RPG Lords of the Fallen is coming to the iPhone and iPad in 2015" iMore 8:57 AM
  • "Hello Vino Wine App Launches 'Safe Ride Home' Program with Uber for Holidays; Powered by Button" PRNewswire 8:33 AM
  • "OtterBox Announces Defender Series for iPad mini 3" PRNewswire 8:33 AM
  • "BBC launches dedicated iPlayer Radio apps for iPad and Android tablets" Engadget 8:21 AM
  • "500px App Gets a Built-In Camera, Photo Editing, iPhone 6 Support, More" iClarified 8:10 AM
  • "Invaluable Launches New Invaluable App for iPad with Exclusive 'Swipe to Bid' Technology" Business Wire 7:56 AM
  • "Earthcore: Shattered Elements brings Card Crafting magic to Canada" prMac 7:16 AM
  • "Excite Your Child's Imagination With Whiz Kid: Puzzles 1.0 For iOS" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Musical Pairs memory game for iOS - Now available in App Store" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Dive Log for iOS Supports Direct Dive Computer Download" prMac 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft sues fake tech support service, warns of holiday scams" Gigaom 3:59 PM
  • "Microsoft sues tech support scammers for trademark violation, false advertising: Claims 390,000 residents lost $179 million in California alone." Ars Technica 8:09 PM
  • "Microsoft hits 1.5 million total Windows 10 'Insiders'" Electronista 6:54 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xim app now lets you share smartphone photos on bigger screens" Engadget 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft kills off the browser ballot menu" Neowin 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen: The screen contributed to restoring competition in the EU browser market, the European Commission said" Computerworld New Zealand 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft no longer needs to remind EU Windows users they have a browser choice: Summary:Microsoft is no longer legally required to remind Windows users in the European Union that they have a choice of browsers beyond IE, as has been the case for the past five years." ZDNet 12:25 PM
  • "Windows 7 Update Brings More Problems than Solutions" The Fuse Joplin 7:17 AM
  • "Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux/More changes, but it'll be different this time, honest" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "Intel's Mobile Milestone: Two Chips in Lenovo Smartphone" WSJ Blogs 7:15 AM
  • "Lenovo To Announce Two Intel-Powered Smartphones In 2015 [Rumor] UberGizmo 7:18 AM
  • "Intel to power two new 4G Lenovo smartphones in early 2015: The chipmaker is expected to expand its smartphone partnership with Lenovo, introducing phones for both China and the global market in the coming weeks." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Lenovo to Use Intel Chips in New Smartphones in 2015" eWeek 12:45 PM
  • "Is Intel set to take control of IOT market?" ITProPortal 7:19 AM
  • "Intel, IBM Follow Different Strategies On 14nm FinFET" CDRinfo 7:18 AM
  • "Intel confirms that Lenovo will use Atom chips in two new smartphones next year" VentureBeat 3:11 PM
  • "IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'" Reuters 7:07 AM
  • "IBM Brags Of 49 Cloud Data Centers: IBM promised 40 SoftLayer cloud data centers globally by the end of 2014. Through a partnership with Equinix, it's ending the year with 49." InformationWeek 11:14 AM
  • "Oracle, the King of Cloud? Maybe in Ellison's world: Claims that cloud will drive Oracle's future growth ring hollow" The Register 7:30 AM
  • "Oracle gets its cloud due: Can it sustain it?" ZDNet 1:11 PM
  • "Oracle Earnings Review: Cloud's Success Helps Beat All Expectations" Seeking Alpha 4:14 PM
  • "Toshiba launches 6TB enterprise HDD range: Summary:Toshiba's new range of hard disk drives includes 6TB of storage with a 12Gbit/s transfer rate." ZDNet 7:01 AM
  • "Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem/A recent chat with my doctor revealed new insight on lifecycles of connected medical devices and the need for an integrated infrastructure to support future IoT devices." InformationWeek 11:14 AM
  • "Accelerating cloud services deployment with open-source software: Summary:Enterprises can benefit from the experiences of others: both negative and positive: when planning and exploring transitioning to the cloud." ZDNet 7:01 AM
  • "Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 2015: Summary:2014 has been a year of emerging technologies and great IT opportunities in Asia-Pacific. To provide some insights on the year so far and what lies ahead, we've asked a group of Red Hat customers where their priorities lie in 2015." ZDNet 7:01 AM
  • "Creating the 8080: The Processor That Started the PC Revolution" PC Magazine 7:10 PM
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Apple News
  • "One Reason Apple Stock Is Up Today" TheStreet 2:09 PM
Industry News
  • "Microsoft and IBM led the blue chips to Close 421 points higher" USA Today 7:06 PM
  • "Dow Rockets to First 400-Point Gain in Three Years as Oil Resumes Slide" TheStreet 7:06 PM
  • "Dow jumps 421 points. Best day since 2011: Scrooge has left the building. Heck, he's not even on the same planet anymore." CNNMoney 7:06 PM
  • "Wall Street Extends Rally as Traders Cheer Dovish Fed" FOXBusiness 2:40 PM
  • "Oil's Drop Hits Big Investors Hard: Icahn, Paulson Suffer Large Losses as Energy-Related Bets Sour" [Paid Membership Required] 7:05 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian shares rise as Fed shows patience/Stocks in Japan jumped Thursday, leading most of Asia higher as investors were encouraged to take on more risk after signals that the U.S. remains patient in its approach to raising interest rates." MarketWatch 7:27 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks climb; Russian stocks up as Putin speaks/European stocks leapt Thursday, with gains across all sectors after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it's not rushing to raise borrowing costs, a stance that prompted a jump in oil prices and energy shares alike." MarketWatch 7:28 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 9:19 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at the close of trading" Associated Press 9:19 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:12 PM

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