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What say you to this: "Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy?" Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: Mike Elgan asks if we can trust Apple, Facebook and their roll as gatekeepers to our private information in the broader question of whether the two are bad for democracy; Forbes' Ewan Spence argues that "Apple Music has failed", but Kirk McElhearn explains why it's worth paying for to him; Apple tells Bloomberg that Apple Pay has been seeing "double-digit montly growth...since launch"; Apple once again is Interbrand's best global brand; Siri might sound more human with Apple's purchase of Vocal IQ, a natural speech technolgy company; Aaron Sorkin's biopic of Steve Jobs under fire, reopening "debate over Jobs' legacy"; Steve's widow attempted to block movie, said it paints Steve as inhumane; Tim Cook urges staff to honor Jobs on 4th anniversary of his death; El Capitan can help your efficiency says PC Magazine; Jonny Evans likes the new Notes in El Capitan; here we go again, another call for Apple to bring OS X to PCs - read Derrick Wlodarz's "8 big reasons" why; DigiTimes says sales of new iPhones in Japan "were 10-15% weaker" than previous series; Wired reviews iPhone 6s and 6s Plus; Canadian Reviewer on the iPad mini 4.

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  • "Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy? Apple and Facebook are asserting themselves as gatekeepers of necessary information to the public. Can we trust them?"  Computerworld 9:02 AM
  • "Apple Music Has Failed"  Forbes 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year: Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the 'year of Apple Pay.' So far it's been underwhelming." ["'We're off to a great start and we are seeing continued, double-digit monthly growth in Apple Pay transactions since launch,' Apple said in an e-mailed statement."] Bloomberg 9:48 AM
  • "Apple Pay 1 year in: Slow to grow, but 'off to a great start,' Apple says" Macworld 12:40 PM
  • "Rankings - 2015 - Best Global Brands" [Apple #1] Interbrand 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Remains World's Most Valuable Brand Per Latest Interbrand Rankings" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "Apple and Google top Best Global Brands ranking for third year running" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Apple buys AI outfit VocalIQ to improve Siri and fuel automotive plans" The Inquirer 9:02 AM
  • "Apple buys British AI firm VocalIQ to make Siri sound more human" V3 9:57 AM
  • "Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ" The Mac Observer 9:39 AM
  • "Apple Tax Probe Won't Wound Ireland, Finance Minister Says: The findings of a probe into Apple Inc.'s tax affairs in Ireland won't hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs." Bloomberg 12:33 PM
  • "Apple Co-Founder's Allies Take Aim at Hollywood Over 'Steve Jobs': Movie reopens debate over Jobs' legacy" [Paid Membership Required] 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Working on Fix for Office Bugs in OS X El Capitan" MacRumors 12:33 PM
  • "Poor Outlook for OS X El Capitan" iTWire 8:04 AM
  • "El Capitan discussion includes issues with Microsoft and Adobe apps; Handoff bugs; Keychain problems and questions about eSATA card support for a Mac Pro." MacInTouch 8:01 AM
  • "3 Ways Apple OS X El Capitan Can Help You Be More Efficient: Apple's newest desktop operating system, OS X 10.11, comes with a few tricks that can speed up your work and help you stay organized." PC Magazine 8:58 AM
  • "OS X El Capitan: 5 ways Notes just got useful" Computerworld 8:18 AM
  • "Bartender 2 review: OS X utility cleans up the menu bar" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Mail Designer Pro 2.5: Perfect for creating fancy emails or newsletters" Apple World Today 8:07 AM
  • "Ben Balser reviews Coremelt's DriveX plugin for Final Cut Pro X" 9:58 AM
  • "Spotlight New Features" MacMost 8:51 AM
  • "Want A Mac That Works Like Windows?" Mac 360 8:08 AM
  • "8 big reasons Apple should let Mac OS X onto the PC"  BetaNews 8:21 AM
Press Releases
  • "New sessions & speakers announced at Mac Admin & Developer Conference" Amsys 9:51 AM
  • "Bare Bones Software Releases TextWrangler 5.0 – Now Compatible With OS X 'El Capitan" MacPrices 8:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "In wake of unflattering movies, Tim Cook emails Apple staff asking to honor Steve Jobs on the 4th anniversary of his passing" 9to5Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs tried to block the Steve Jobs movie, saying it painted him as inhumane" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' widow tried to kill new biopic that Apple fears will be too harsh" VentureBeat 8:22 AM
  • "'Steve Jobs' backstage: Danny Boyle" CNBC Videos 8:13 AM
  • "15 inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs on the fourth anniversary of his death" Business Insider 9:50 AM
  • "Publishers Worry That Native Ads Are Vulnerable to Ad Blocking: Experts say native ads can be just as susceptible to ad blocking as banners" [Paid Membership Required] 8:52 AM
  • "Latest 4K drone footage of Campus 2 shows huge glass panels on site as spaceship continues to grow" 9to5Mac 12:07 PM
  • "Study: the iPad Pro and others like it could turn around declining tablet sales" Apple World Today 8:49 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained in a heartfelt speech why he came out as gay" Business Insider 9:49 AM
  • "Bridget Jones ditches her diary for an iPad in new movie" Cult of Mac 9:56 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Pay makes mobile payments slightly less of a mess: It's not their fault. Mobile payments are crazy complicated." The Verge 10:25 AM
  • "Blendle Is Up To Something Big" Monday Note 10:01 AM
  • "Jack Dorsey confirmed as Twitter's new CEO" Telegraph 8:58 AM
  • "Jack Dorsey named Twitter CEO amid executive shuffle" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-05: Apple and the NSA, Samsung Pay" The Mac Observer 12:39 PM
  • "Ep. 27 – Horace Dediu on The Disruptive Nature of Apple TV and Apple Car by The Eric Jackson Podcast" asymco 12:01 PM
  • "David Basulto on the iOgrapher GO for GoPro Cameras" MacVoices 10:50 AM
  • "iMore show 478: OS X El Cap review" iMore 9:56 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus sales in the first 3 days were 10-15% weaker than iPhone 6 series in Japan, say reports" DigiTimes 9:51 AM
  • "Apple TV aims open its universal search to all apps: Searching on the new Apple TV won't always be limited to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO." Macworld 11:10 AM
  • "New Malware Called YiSpecter Is Attacking iOS Devices in China And Taiwan" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "New iOS malware tricks its way onto iPhones in China and Taiwan" CNET 8:58 AM
  • "No iPhone is safe: Newly found malware can harm any iOS device" BGR 11:09 AM
  • "iPhone 6s plagued by mystery shutdown bug" ZDNet 9:56 AM
  • "iPhone/iOS 9 notes include Apple deleting WiFi passwords on multiple devices without warning when resetting network settings on one iPhone; Apple Pay; Apple's Podcasts app; app update problems and a tip for distinguishing between ATT and T-Mobile SIM cards." MacInTouch 8:01 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 11:29 AM
  • "A Dark Room For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" App Sliced 11:29 AM
  • "Night Vision Camera (Photo & Video) For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $3.99)" App Sliced 11:29 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM

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  • "Review: Apple iPhone 6s Plus" Wired 8:19 AM
  • "Review: Apple iPhone 6s" Wired 9:01 AM
  • "Apple Watch Hermès double tour hands-on!" iMore 12:01 PM
  • "The Beats Solo2 Headphones Don't Deserve Their Bad Rap" TidBITS 10:27 AM
  • "Review: Prong's iPhone 6 PWR Case adds folding wall blades + a 100% recharge to 4.7"┬áiPhones" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "Hands-on with Anker's PowerCore 20,100mAh power bank" iMore 8:58 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Adobe Photoshop Fix (for iPad)" PC Magazine 9:52 AM
  • "Review: Adobe Photoshop Fix is a turbo-charged retouching tool for your images" The Next Web 8:21 AM
  • "SoundShare review: a social network for music lovers" iDownload Blog 9:56 AM
  • "The best Glances for the Apple Watch" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "The nPlayer App - iOS Review" Tapscape 10:00 AM
  • "Hands On: Blackwell 4 -- Deception 1.0 (iOS)" MacNN 9:56 AM
  • "Pointers: Re-order apps in Slide Over (iPad)" MacNN 9:56 AM
  • "Digging into Diagnostics & Usage Data" dot info 9:56 AM
  • "How to edit photos in iOS using Photo's Adjustments panel" Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Porn Hub reveals the habits of iOS and Android users" CIO 12:28 PM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Op-Ed: Are 16GB phones really pointless?" YMP Now 12:28 PM
  • "Raising The First Generation Of iPad-Addicted Kids" Forbes 10:59 AM
  • "Why I'm Paying for Apple Music" Kirkville 9:58 AM
  • "So far, Apple Music has failed; it's very difficult to justify the monthly subscription" MacDailyNews 9:39 AM
  • "Ad-Splaining: Feeling a bit confused about the entire ad-blocking situation? These links make a pretty good primer." Macdrifter 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's newly acquired company to transform Siri into HAL9000" BGR 8:52 AM
  • "Amazon vs. Apple: Is Amazon A Tech Innovator? Or, A Cowardly Company?" Mac 360 8:05 AM
  • "Hot? Or, Not? There's An App For That" TeraTalks 8:05 AM
  • "Is Jack Dorsey the Next Steve Jobs? America loves a great comeback story." The Motley Fool 11:10 AM
  • "Making Stuff in Virtual Reality Might Be a Killer App for Creatives" Re/code 11:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple officially launches Hermēs Watch collection, with options starting from $1100" 9to5Mac 9:50 AM
  • "Talk to Your Philips Hue Lights Via Siri" PC Magazine 12:01 PM
  • "'Hue, meet Siri': Philips' color-changing bulbs add Apple HomeKit support" CNET 9:50 AM
  • "Professional Level Retouching on Your iPad or iPhone is Here with Photoshop Fix" Terry White's Tech Blog 9:38 AM
  • "Adobe Introduces New Features and New Apps in Big iOS Updates Today" MacStories 8:52 AM
  • "Adobe Drives Creative Innovation Forward at MAX 2015" Business Wire 8:50 AM
  • "'s New Date Night App Provides on-Demand Sitters for Busy Parents" Business Wire 8:50 AM
  • "Boomerang Commerce's Retail App for watchOS Brings Merchants the Future of Retail" Business Wire 8:50 AM
  • "Dialog Semiconductor Launches Drive into Smart Home Market with Bluetooth Support for Apple HomeKit" Business Wire 8:50 AM
  • "Madagaskar Live Radio Customized for iOS App" prMac 9:49 AM
  • "Power Up Maths: Educational iPad App with Cool Math Games for Kids" prMac 8:54 AM
  • "Tum Tums Features Endless Gameplay, Unforgettable Characters and More" prMac 8:12 AM
  • "New Philips Hue Bridge brings support for Apple HomeKit, Siri voice control" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
  • "Adobe Unveils New Mobile Apps, Adobe Portfolio and Updates to Desktop Apps at Adobe MAX" MacRumors 8:11 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of October 5: Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Joe Kissell, Home Automation and iOS 9" The MUG Center 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Leaked Windows 10 build gives tablet owners a reason to smile again" T3 9:07 AM
  • "Windows 10 is a better Windows 7 — if you can get the upgrade to work" ExtremeTech 9:04 AM
  • "Windows 10 In-Depth: Microsoft Edge, the modern browser" WinBeta 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft launches new reseller programmes" PCR Online 8:55 AM
  • "Apple's CEO Doesn't Think Microsoft's Windows 10 Strategy Can Work" Softpedia 8:54 AM
  • "Recent court ruling may have nudged Google, Microsoft to settle patent disputes" Computerworld 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft, Google bury the hatchet with global patent deal" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "Microsoft gives more weight to gaming plans with Havok acquisition" Tech Central 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires 3D physics experts Havok to boost Xbox and VR businesses" The Inquirer 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Researchers develop new system for increased battery life" ITProPortal 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft proposes smarter laptop battery system" TrustedReviews 8:56 AM
  • "Longer laptop battery life? This is Microsoft's answer to the age-old problem" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "What to expect on Windows 10 front at Microsoft's new devices launch" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Irish middleware giant Havok" bit-tech 8:27 AM
  • "Acquisitions: Microsoft buys Havok, Micron buys Tidal" Hexus 8:27 AM
  • "IBM Kicks Off 'Cognitive Business' Era on MNF Tonight" Direct Marketing 8:43 AM
  • "IBM declares 1.8nm transistor tech breakthrough" bit-tech 8:42 AM
  • "IBM Is Shrinking Transistors With Rows of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes" Gizmodo 8:42 AM
  • "IBM says nanotube contact solution will enable 1.8nm devices" New Electronics 8:41 AM
  • "VIDEO: HP showcases new PCs, printers at Dubai's GITEX Shopper 2015" AME Info 8:38 AM
  • "HP dragged to court after it failed to complete $49 million project" First Post 8:36 AM
  • "Intel to begin shipping Skylake CPUs with SGX enabled" The Tech Report 8:32 AM
  • "Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table" Light Reading 8:27 AM
  • "Four ways Intel helped make Windows 10 great" ITProPortal 8:27 AM
  • "Zen processor block diagram devised from AMD software patch" Hexus 8:22 AM
  • "HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS" Network World 8:17 AM
  • "18 companies launched by former Cisco people" Network World 8:17 AM
  • "Chip Startup Backed by Cisco Systems Lands Eighth Funding Round" [Paid Membership Required] 8:17 AM
  • "Chip Startup Backed by Cisco Systems Lands Eighth Funding Round" Nasdaq 8:17 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Here's One Reason Why Apple Stock is Lower Today" TheStreet 12:07 PM
  • "Apple's stock falls, bucking broad market gains, after Citigroup cuts iPhone sales outlook" MarketWatch 9:57 AM
  • "Why Apple Inc's iPhone 6s Sales Failed to Impress Investors" The Motley Fool 8:52 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks gain after weak jobs count lowers odds of rate hike: U.S. stocks look to follow global shares higher to kick off the new week as investors view a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year as less likely after Friday's weak jobs report raised questions about the pace of U.S. growth." USA Today 7:40 AM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:39 AM
  • "Stock Futures Climb as Global Markets Rally: Stock futures followed global markets higher on Monday to extend Friday's rally. Equities rose to end last week despite a weaker-than-expected jobs report that triggered fears the U.S. economy was on shaky ground." TheStreet 7:38 AM
  • "U.S. Reaches Trade Deal With 11 Pacific Nations: The U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said." [Paid Membership Required] 7:37 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian shares mostly lower ahead of U.S. jobs data/Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, as investors looked to a coming jobs report in the U.S. for clues about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates." MarketWatch 7:35 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks on track for a two-week high/European stock markets kicked off the week sharply higher on Monday, with a jump in commodity prices and for resource companies helping to bolster the region's bourses." MarketWatch 7:34 AM

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