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Apple/Macintosh
  • "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
  • "Canada forces Apple to hand over documents in anti-competition iPhone probe" The Inquirer 8:43 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
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "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
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Stolen iPhone recovered at pawn shop, but thief, lesson lost: File a police report - it helps track stolen goods" WCPO Cincinnati 8:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014" PCWorld 7:59 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1037 for December 10th, 2014!" Your Mac Life 7:16 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "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
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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Reviews
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones rival my much-loved B&W P5s" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "LoopPay CardCase review: The best mobile payments system aside from Apple Pay" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "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
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of iOS Third Party Keyboards" TekRevue 7:53 AM
  • "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
How-To/Tutorial
  • "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
Tips
  • "The cord-cutter's guide to free (and legal!) TV streaming" Macworld 7:59 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "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
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "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
  • "The Holy Grail of Voice Translation, Now on Skype: Microsoft is slapping real-time voice translation into Skype. It'll never work, but it's still way overdue." PC Magazine 12/17
  • "Salesforce Will Integrate With External File Storage Providers, With Microsoft Up First" TechCrunch 12/17
  • "Windows 10 Tech Preview: 1300 bugs fixed, 1.5 million registered Insiders" Neowin 12/17
  • "Microsoft: We have more than 1.5 million Windows 10 'Insiders'/Summary:Microsoft officials say there are about 450,000, or 30 percent of its total registered Windows 10 Insiders, actively testing the next Windows release ." ZDNet 12/17
  • "Windows Browser Ballot comes to an end as EC obligation expires" Ars Technica 12/17
  • "EU clears Lufthansa outsourcing deal with IBM" Reuters 12/17
  • "Will IBM Stock be Helped Today by EU Approval of Lufthansa IT Deal?" TheStreet 12/17
  • "IBM boosts global data centre network" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/17
  • "IBM Lands Potential $660M NHS Electronic Staff Record Contract" ExecutiveBiz 12/17
  • "IBM to deploy Watson for U.S. Veterans Affairs Department" Infotech Lead 12/17
  • "IBM Cloud Closes The Year With A Bang--More Data Centers, More Customers" Forbes 12/17
  • "IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'" Reuters 12/17
  • "IBM adds to cloud footprint, inks deal with Equinix: Summary:IBM puts SoftLayer on the Equinix Cloud Exchange in a move that will make it a better option for hybrid cloud deployments." ZDNet 12/17
  • "IBM beefs up cloud worldwide with more data centers" Gigaom 12/17
  • "Skin cancer meets its worst nightmare: IBM" VentureBeat 12/17
  • "IBM detects skin cancer more quickly with visual machine learning" PCWorld 12/17
  • "Rackspace Cuts Reliance On Intel Corporation, Opts For IBM" ValueWalk 12/17
  • "HP and Trend Micro join forces to improve threat detection" CloudPro 12/17
  • "HP's NFV Director Merges Physical, Virtual: HP has updated its NFV portfolio to help network operators control their physical and virtual functions using a single multi-vendor management tool." Light Reading 12/17
  • "When Will Intel Corporation Launch the 14-Nanometer SoFIA LTE 2?" The Motley Fool 12/17
  • "The Funny Thing About Intel Corporation's 14-Nanometer Process" The Motley Fool 12/17
  • "Advanced Micro Devices: Positives in GPU Inventory, Xbox Trends, Says MKM" Barron's 12/17
  • "Oracle's Revenue Rises on Cloud Growth: Results Come in Software Company's First Quarter Without Larry Ellison as CEO" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12/17
  • "Oracle Profit, Sales Top Estimates Amid Shift to Cloud" Bloomberg 12/17
  • "Oracle Rising: FYQ2 Rev $9.6B, EPS $0.69/Sh Beat" Barron's 12/17
  • "Oracle pops after beating forecasts" CNBC 12/17
  • "Oracle Surges After Beating Earnings For The First Time In A Year" Business Insider 12/17
  • "Oracle posts quarterly beat on cloud revenue" MarketWatch 12/17
  • "Oracle Shares Rise as Q2 Beats Street Estimates" Re/code 12/17
  • "Confidence in Oracle's Q2 wanes: Summary:Oracle's second quarter results are about to land and analysts are exactly confident that the company can deliver better-than-expected financials." ZDNet 12/17
  • "Oracle Earnings: Don't Expect Anything Impressive From ORCL" InvestorPlace 12/17
  • "Oracle to report earnings" USA Today 12/17
  • "What to expect from Oracle's earnings" MarketWatch 12/17
  • "Software Firm Oracle Set to Report, but Beware of Cloud Headwinds" TheStreet 12/17
  • "Oracle's Larry Ellison talks cloud catch-up game with Salesforce.com" ZDNet 12/17
  • "Dell launches SonicPoint AC wireless access points" Infotech Lead 12/17
  • "Dell Commissioned Research Shows Adoption Rates of Advanced Analytics on the Rise" Broadway World 12/17
  • "China Said to Plan Sweeping Shift From Foreign Technology to Own" Bloomberg 12/17
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:27 AM
  • "Fed-Fueled Rally Continues as Stock Futures Rocket Higher" TheStreet 7:26 AM
  • "U.S. Equity Futures Surge as Fed-Fueled Rally Continues" Reuters 7:27 AM
  • "U.S. Stock Futures Soar in Wake of Fed's Stance on Rates: Fllowing Global Markets Higher, as Shares in Japan in Europe Rise Sharply" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:27 AM
  • "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

 
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