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Thursday Highlights: Amy Wang at Quartz calls Apple Music the "key to Apple's future"; but Spotify considers it competition and is unhappy with Apple's anti-competitive stance when it comes to not approving Spotify's new app; China Media Regulator suing "Apple for infringing the exclusive online broadcast right of a film it made"; Jonny Evans details "story behind Apple's wheelchair Activity app"; Jason Snell takes us back to a couple times when Steve Jobs lost his cool during keynotes; with changes to Evernote, some consider switching to Apple's Notes app, Tech Insider and iMore explain how; Elizabeth Warren chides Apple, Google, Amazon for "abusing their power to unfairly block new entrants to the market"; latest drone footage of Apple Spaceship Campus shows how far along construction is going; Recode chats with John Gruber; looks like we may see iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 7 Pro if latest rumors are true.

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  • "Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z's Tidal Music Service: Sources say talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal" [Paid Membership Required] 7:13 PM
  • "Apple In Preliminary Talks To Acquire Jay-Z's Tidal" BuzzFeed 9:23 PM
  • "Why Apple might buy Tidal: It's a classic tuck-in take-out." Recode 7:32 PM
  • "Apple might buy Jay Z's Tidal music app" TechCrunch 7:26 PM
  • "Apple reportedly in talks to buy Jay Z's Tidal Music Service" SiliconBeat 7:19 PM
  • "Apple reportedly in talks to acquire Jay Z's Tidal music service" The Verge 7:31 PM
  • "Apple might buy Jay Z's Tidal for its A-list exclusives" Macworld 7:32 PM
  • "Apple reportedly in negotiations to buy Jay Z-owned Tidal streaming service" 9to5Mac 7:32 PM
  • "Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z's Streaming Music Service Tidal" MacRumors 7:32 PM
  • "Spotify says Apple won't approve a new version of its app because it doesn't want competition for Apple Music: 'We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.'" ["The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store."]  Recode 12:07 PM
  • "Spotify Complains Apple Trying to Extort Fees, Says Re/code" Barron's 2:53 PM
  • "Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its app, anticompetitively favors Apple Music" 9to5Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Report: Spotify Goes After Apple Over App Store Policies" PC Magazine 5:36 PM
  • "Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store policies, 'causing grave harm' to service" AppleInsider 1:11 PM
  • "Apple Music is a year old today—and it's already key to Apple's future"  Quartz 12:14 PM
  • "Apple Sued Again In China, This Time By Its Media Regulator"  Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "The story behind Apple's wheelchair Activity app"  Computerworld 8:29 AM
  • "Game of Smartphones: Why neither Apple nor Google can win this war with China"  ZDNet 9:32 AM
  • "A look back at Steve Jobs' most colorful keynote moments" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "NIKE, Inc. and Phil Knight Complete Planned Chairman Succession" ["The Company also announced today that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has been appointed lead independent director of the Board, effective immediately. Cook has been a NIKE director since 2005, is chair of the Board's Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee."] Business Wire 7:21 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook named independent director at Nike" ZDNet 9:26 PM
  • "Apple Music 1 year in: What we love, what we hate, and why we stay" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "No more need to memorise Typinator snippet shortcuts with KeyCue 8.1 installed" IT.Enquirer 6:58 AM
  • "Macs and Malware Explained" Tuts+ 7:40 PM
  • "How to transfer Evernote notes to Apple Notes" Tech Insider 11:45 AM
  • "How to switch from Evernote to Apple Notes" iMore 7:23 AM
  • "How to enable and use screen zoom on your Mac" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How to Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-Playing in Your Browser" PC Magazine 7:22 AM
  • "Retrieving Your Google Photos" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:42 AM
  • "iUse iStatistica On My iMac" Mac360 8:10 AM
  • "Cheap: Speed Dial On Your Mac" Mac 360 8:10 AM
  • "Wish List: Voiceprint passwords" Six Colors 7:39 PM
  • "OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Is Still Good Enough for Me" Low End Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Can't Apple Do Better Than Stickers? 7 macOS Features Users Actually Want" Digital Trends 2:54 PM
  • "Apple's Change from OS X to macOS Hardly 'Muddies the Waters" The Mac Observer 5:28 PM
  • "OS X rebranding further marginalizes Mac" Computerworld 11:37 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cloud 3D rendering company Rendicity announces Apple Mac support" Architosh 8:09 AM
  • "Menu Calendar 1.1 the utility to make date calculation directly in the menu bar" Tension Software 7:10 AM
  • "Red Giant has released better Universe" IT.Enquirer 6:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple partners with NASA for short film 'Visions of Harmony' celebrating Juno Mission" 9to5Mac 7:23 PM
  • "Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short film 'Visions of Harmony'" AppleInsider 7:22 PM
  • "Warren: Companies like Apple 'snuff out competition,' and that 'threatens our democracy'" ["The Democratic senator from Massachusetts singled out Apple, Google, and Amazon by name in the speech given in Washington on Wednesday, arguing that they are abusing their power to unfairly block new entrants to the market."]  Business Insider 8:55 AM
  • "Elizabeth Warren accuses Apple and others of trying to hamper rivals" iMore 12:12 PM
  • "Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing Competition" The Mac Observer 5:29 PM
  • "Amazon's Bezos Does Best in Survey" ["Subscriber grading for other CEOs on the list was more mixed, although roughly half gave Bs to Alphabet chief Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook, perhaps the most surprising results of the survey."] The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:21 PM
  • "Apple rolls out the stars for Beats 1 birthday reel" Cult of Mac 12:21 PM
  • "Apple Campus 2 drone flyover captures progress on solar panels & fuel cells, underground theater, and R&D buildings" 9to5Mac 8:38 AM
  • "What Apple's $5 billion 'spaceship' campus looks like 6 months from finish" Business Insider 12:15 PM
  • "Mysterious vans are making 3D road maps for Apple's car" Cult of Mac 8:37 AM
  • "MLB now officially using this iPhone-connected swing analyzer sensor" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Trudeau + Obama show leadership in iPhone selfies" iMore 12:12 PM
  • "T-Mobile's prepaid MetroPCS will start selling the iPhone tomorrow ... in Florida" 9to5Mac 9:24 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: IBM and Apple team up for the first time" Cult of Mac 8:37 AM
  • "Joe Kissell On Speeding Up, Maintaining, Troubleshooting and Backing Up Your Mac" MacVoices 2:47 PM
  • "MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More" The Mac Observer 1:18 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon, and Google Competition Lockout" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "Is there a revolution in headphones coming? The latest from Ctrl-Walt-Delete" The Verge 12:15 PM
  • "Rebound 92: An Infestation of Dans" Six Colors 9:24 AM
  • "How Apple obsessive John Gruber built Daring Fireball, the world's most powerful one-man media company" Recode 7:14 AM
  • "Latest sketchy report out of China backs iPhone 7/Plus/Pro range, suggests 64/128/256GB tiers" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "This is the iPhone 7 leak we've been waiting for" BGR 12:56 PM
  • "Apple supports the average port for 15 years; the headphone socket is at 32 years" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "This is how hot a 3D Touch home button would look on the iPhone 7" BGR 9:13 AM
  • "3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force Touch Home button & black Lightning EarPods" 9to5Mac 7:26 PM
  • "With iOS 10, 'Hey Siri' intelligently activates on just one nearby device at a time [Video] 9to5Mac 7:19 PM
  • "Apple wins patent on technology to stop fans filming gigs: Infrared device would be able to block fans using their iPhones to record shows, films and other live events" The Guardian 7:24 AM
  • "Apple patents concert camera blocker" BBC 7:00 AM
  • "Apple patents a way to stop you from recording video at shows" The Next Web 7:23 AM
  • "TSMC 3Q16 revenues to rise almost 20%, says report: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is expected to post nearly 20% sequential growth in third-quarter revenues, as shipments for Apple's A10 processors will kick off soon, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency." DigiTimes 8:37 AM
  • "iPhone 7 'A10' chip orders to help grow TSMC's quarterly revenue by 20 percent" iDownload Blog 12:20 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Another Apple Waterproofing Invention comes to Light" Patently Apple 8:58 AM
  • "The Invention behind Apple's Force-Sensing Pencil Surfaces" Patently Apple 7:15 AM
  • "Patent Report: waterproof iPhones and Apple Watches, crowd sourced info for Siri, more" Apple World Today 8:33 AM
  • "Apple's 'ResearchKit' and OS X iBooks icon are now Registered Trademarks" Patently Apple 12:20 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM

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  • "Apple MacBook vs HP Spectre: Superthin Laptop Showdown" LAPTOP Magazine 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Watch vs. Garmin: which one should you get? Are you active, or are you seriously active?" The Verge 8:59 AM
  • "Acer H277HU review: USB-C passthrough monitor works well with Apple's MacBook" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "ZAGG Pocket Keyboard review: Little annoyances keep it out of contention" PCWorld 8:21 AM
  • "The best folding Bluetooth keyboards make your tablet or smartphone more productive" PCWorld 8:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you browse & customize watch faces" AppleInsider 9:24 AM
  • "Hands-on with Pokémon Go: Catch 'em all by exploring the real world" Macworld 8:39 AM
  • "'Frantic Shooter' Review - Flick to Dodge" Touch Arcade 7:39 PM
  • "How To Live Stream Wimbledon 2016 For Free On Apple TV" Redmond Pie 3:45 PM
  • "How to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments in an email" Apple World Today 7:12 AM
  • "8 Simple iPhone Security Tips" OS X Daily 2:53 PM
  • "WSJ: Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z's Tidal Music Service" Daring Fireball 7:40 PM
  • "The iPhone 7 Launch Is Apple's Dangerous Gamble" Forbes 7:31 PM
  • "Apple gets patent to disable cameras" Six Colors 2:52 PM
  • "A completely open Siri bot platform? Not so fast" VentureBeat 3:47 PM
  • "Everything You Know About Siri Is Wrong" Fortune 12:24 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it's still better than Android" BGR 12:21 PM
  • "Comment: AppleCare+ to the rescue if you rely on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Sensoria's smart workout clothes could be literal life-savers" Macworld 11:49 AM
  • "A 'more money than sense' iPhone Pro is just what Apple needs" ZDNet 9:33 AM
  • "Siri-ously: Siri's one advantage gets short shrift/Care about it or not, privacy is an actual advantage." Macworld 9:32 AM
  • "Goodbye, iPhone Home Button" Mac360 8:29 AM
  • "Can Apple Prosper When Hardware Is A Commodity?" PixoBebo 8:29 AM
  • "Watch Points To Apple's Future" Mac360 8:10 AM
  • "It's Worse Than You Think, Apple' (or, maybe not)" McSolo 8:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "ZuumSpeed Personalized Speedometer + HUD For iOS Devices" MacPrices 12:53 PM
  • "UFC® And Topps® Launch Knockout 16 Digital Trading Card App" PRNewswire 12:24 PM
  • "Brave Diggers, new iOS/Android title from R2Games launching globally." PRNewswire 12:24 PM
  • "Tekserve to Close After 29 Years" Subtraction 12:20 PM
  • "Sling TV adds NBC, now looks even more like a full cable bundle" Mashable 9:30 AM
  • "MCE's Fovea drives make life better for Mac users who need optical drives" Apple World Today 7:12 AM
  • "Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate Pocket' through Apple Store app" AppleInsider 7:07 AM
  • "Announcing Ditopa - A Fantastic New Brick Breaker for iOS devices" prMac 6:59 AM
  • "Focus Matrix for iOS: Personal Organizer Based on the Eisenhower Method" prMac 6:59 AM
  • "Tweetbot's Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter" The Mac Observer 6:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Hewlett-Packard wins $3 billion judgment from Oracle" MarketWatch 7:40 PM
  • "Jury Says Oracle Should Pay $3 Billion in Damages to Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Legal case focused on fate of 'Itanium' systems" [Paid Membership Required] 9:14 PM
  • "Oracle ordered to pay HP $3 billion in Itanium case" Reuters 9:26 PM
  • "HPE awarded $3 billion in Oracle Itanium suit, but appeal looms" ZDNet 9:26 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise just won $3 billion in a lawsuit against Oracle" Business Insider 7:41 PM
  • "HP is hiring. Here's the expanded Vancouver space where some newbies might work (Photos)" Portland Business Journal 7:52 AM
  • "HP sells PCs in a new way as it tries to speed up upgrades: Companies can buy PCs, support and services for one monthly fee with HP's device-as-a-service offering" IDG News Service 12:21 PM
  • "HP's Lighter, Thinner Chromebook 11 G5 Boasts Touch-Screen Option" eWeek 12:41 PM
  • "Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update will begin on August 2 (in case you were worried)" Neowin 7:40 AM
  • "Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Top 5 Changes Coming Including Microsoft Edge Upgrade, Ubuntu Bash; Full Details Here" Mobile & Apps 8:01 AM
  • "Microsoft: Major Windows 10 update coming in August" CIO Dive 10:06 AM
  • "Here's what got fixed in Windows 10 build 10586.456" Neowin 12:22 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Signs Book Deal: 'Hit Refresh' will focus on personal journey and the change that the technology giant undergoes" [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Signs Book Deal" Nasdaq 8:49 AM
  • "Satya Nadella is writing a book called 'Hit Refresh', coming in 2017" Neowin 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Its Most Powerful Surface Models to 10 New Markets" Thurrott 12:18 PM
  • "Watch Microsoft Accelerator's London Demo Day here" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
  • "Dell stops selling Android devices: Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers" IDG News Service 12:42 PM
  • "Dell is discontinuing its Venue Android tablets" The Verge 3:47 PM
  • "Dell Just Killed One of Its Best Products" Gizmodo 7:39 PM
  • "IBM and Cisco will make Watson into a virtual workmate: The cognitive computing engine could schedule meetings and take notes" IDG News Service 12:42 PM
  • "IBM, Cisco deepen enterprise partnership" CIO Dive 8:47 AM
  • "IBM and Cisco team up on enterprise collaboration to stave off rivals like Slack and Microsoft" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "IBM demos an employee hack for gathering live video data via drone" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
  • "IBM Successfully Tests Blockchain KYC with France's Crédit Mutuel Arkéa: Ultimately, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa could offer its clients blockchain identity verification services for other organizations." Finance Magnates 8:48 AM
  • "IBM/Acxiom Partnership Focuses On Predictive Analytics And More Compelling Customer Engagement" Loyalty 360 8:48 AM
  • "Cisco buys cloud security provider CloudLock" BetaNews 2:53 PM
  • "BMW teams up with tech firms for driverless cars: source" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "Intel, Mobileye, BMW Join Hands On Self-Driving Cars" ValueWalk 8:49 AM
  • "Intel, MobilEye and BMW 'team up on driverless cars'" IT PRO 8:03 AM
  • "Sapphire, Asus and MSI tease custom AMD RX 480 cards" Hexus 8:02 AM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 CPU now supports Google's Tango AR platform: Chipmaker does a Tango with Google" The Inquirer 7:34 AM
  • "Accenture Making Big Moves to Improve Its Standing as a Cloud Leader" eWeek 10:05 AM
  • "Federal regulation of Internet coming, warn FCC, FEC commissioners" Washington Examiner 12:59 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why IBM Will Soar While Apple Stumbles" Fortune 1:26 PM
  • "Fitbit Is a Stock to Avoid Amid New Apple Watch, Rising Competition" TheStreet 12:15 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks surge to end June with best 3-day gain in 4 months: ECB reportedly considering expanding stimulus program" MarketWatch 5:34 PM
  • "Wall Street Closes Second Quarter on a High" TheStreet 5:34 PM
  • "S&P 500 shakes off Brexit to 1.9% 2nd-quarter gain" USA Today 5:33 PM
  • "Stocks Surge To Close Out June With Best 3-day Gain In 4 Months" Dow Jones Newswires 5:35 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Higher, Capping Rocky First Half of Year: U.S. stocks rallied Thursday at the end of a tempestuous first half of the year." [Paid Membership Required] 5:32 PM
  • "Asia shares end mostly higher as post-Brexit relief sinks in" MarketWatch 7:58 AM
  • "European stocks pull lower after post-Brexit surge" MarketWatch 7:58 AM

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