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Friday Highlights: Apple teams with Musical.ly, a social media app targeting teens by letting them create/share own music videos; Financial Times breaks down the costly battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the latter of which releases press accusing Apple of "improperly interfer[ing] with Qualcomm's agreements with contract manufacturers"; and Apple ceases payment of royalties to Qualcomm which cuts chip manufacturer's profit forecast; Dan Dilger says media wrong with narrative of boring iPhone, Apple Watch a dud, and other pronouncements; stealthy malware targeting Macs bypasses Gatekeeper by using an Apple Developer Certificate, also stays under radar of most antivirus apps; TechHive's part 1 of mastering music metadata; Apple's self-driving car, currently in testing on California roads, is a Lexus; first Apple Store in Southeast Asia said to open this May; case leak confirms iPhone 8 with vertical camera cutout, and no rear Touch ID spot, so looks like front is gonna happen; smart speaker using Siri, AirPlay might debut at WWDC according to Sonny Dickson, who spoke with MacRumors; Kirk McElhearn asks why Apple's device authorization/association method is so confusing and difficult.
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"Apple updates iCloud.com wallpaper from static gradient to dynamic blue bubbles background" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
"Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh: Installing macOS Sierra step-by-step [Video] 9to5Mac 12:45 PM
"How to master your music metadata (Part 1): Tired of seeing 'unknown track' by 'unnamed artist' on your favorite music player? We'll show you how to automatically identify, tag, and properly rename all your mystery tracks and albums to whip your music library into shape." TechHive 7:10 AM
"Wall Street Slightly Lower as Weak GDP Data Weighs" FOXBusiness 4:28 PM
"U.S. Stocks End Month Higher, Buoyed by Earnings: The S&P 500 is within about half a percentage point of all-time highs and ends the week up 1.5%" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:28 PM
"Asian markets retreat as investors show caution: Major stock indexes in Asia fell slightly on Friday, mirroring Wall Street's cautious sentiment on risk taking, though strong earnings results from tech companies saw shares in the sector rise." MarketWatch 7:29 AM
"European stocks drop for second day as euro rises after inflation data: European stocks posted mild losses Friday, with investors pushing up both the euro and the pound against the dollar following top-tier economic data for the eurozone and the U.K." MarketWatch 12:49 PM
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