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Agree/Disagree: Tim Cook is right to use his power as Apple CEO in opposing Indiana's "religious freedom" law.
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Monday Highlights: "Apple is still the company it was when Steve Jobs was at the helm" is what "Becoming Steve Jobs" co-author says of "the continuity of Apple's dominance" from Jobs to Cook; Michael Simon at Macworld thinks halo effect of Apple Watch "may be impossible to resist" with "every sale...an opportunity for lock-in ... [which if] as desireable as the iPod, it could lead to tens of millions of more iPhone sales each quarter"; purchasing the Apple Watch Edition - the most expensive model - will entitle you to "24/7 support [and] private 1-hour appointments [with] no lines" according to rumor; Glenn Fleishman encourages getting into the habit of backing up your Mac which will make "migrating to a new Mac easier"; Tim Cook writes op-ed at the Washington Post on Sunday on the dangers of Indiana's (and other states') "religious freedom" laws, Cook seen using his position as a "bully pulpit"—more in our General Interest section; and over the weekend, ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen decides the time is right for his great site on Apple retail to wind down except for keeping existing information updated; filming for 1998 iMac unveil begins in Steve Jobs biopic; Wired looks at the physics behind MagSafe and USB-C, and whether the new connector is as safe as MagSafe or not; looks like Apple needn't worry about FDA "over-regulation of Apple Watch" as oversight will be light; here we go, first rear shell of purported iPhone 6C leaks, it's colored, "lends further credence of new 4-inch model"; it's ready, Apple's trade-in program for "non-Apple smartphones and PCs", that is; speed test between Galaxy S6, iPhone 6; at Grist, Eve Andrews survived a week without her iPhone.
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"Tim Cook, Steve Jobs and the continuity of Apple's dominance" Yahoo Finance 8:09 AM
"The 4-Inch iPhone 6c: Rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone 6c are once again making the rounds. The idea of Apple expanding the iPhone line to include simultaneous development of three different screen sizes is intriguing because it may be the missing piece that allows Apple to reposition the iPhone line for a more sustainable future." Above Avalon 12:13 PM
"Apple Watch's halo effect may be impossible to resist" Macworld 8:02 AM
"Watch out: Will Apple doom the Swiss watch industry?" ZDNet 7:58 AM
"Gold Apple Watch Edition comes with a buying experience worthy of the 1%: Will be sold via one-hour private sessions, followed by 2 years of 24/7 support." Ars Technica 12:11 PM
"Apple Watch Edition customers to receive executive level treatment" ZDNet 8:44 AM
"Apple, Beats developing streaming music service" New York Times 8:00 AM
"Fubon Research Upgraded This Apple Supplier Because Of The iPhone" Benzinga 10:26 AM
"'Stocks rally as the Dow jumps more than 250: Stocks opened with a strong rally Monday as Wall Street seeks to build on Friday's gains sparked by comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that interest rates will rise only gradually." USA Today 11:41 AM
"'Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/U.S. stock futures are moving up, European markets are jumping by about 1%, and nearly all Asian markets closed the day with gains." CNNMoney 7:49 AM
"'Stocks Eye Positive End to First Quarter on Good News Trifecta: Stocks recaptured positive territory on the penultimate day of first-quarter trading." TheStreet 11:37 AM
"'China Hopes, News Propel Apple, Dow Stocks Higher: Dovish comments from China's central bank chief and good news on some Dow Jones industrial average components sent stocks higher by midday Monday." Investor's Business Daily 11:37 AM
"'US stocks open higher, led by gains in energy companies; UnitedHealth rises on deal news: NEW YORK – U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies." Associated Press 11:35 AM
"'Asia Markets: Chinese stocks rally on Silk Road details/Chinese stocks closed at a seven-year high on Monday, after China unveiled more details of its 'New Silk Road' plan to boost trade and economic relations with Eurasia and Africa." MarketWatch 7:45 AM
"'Europe Markets: Germany's DAX 30 reclaims 12,000 as European stocks rally/European stock markets moved sharply higher on Monday, boosted by easing hints from China, a slide in the euro and a round of solid economic data." MarketWatch 11:34 AM
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