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Tuesday November 11

10:29
Apple Will Face Lawsuit Over Phone-Switching iMessage Issu...

Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners. According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with her...

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10:00
Construction at Apple Campus 2 Progresses, Work on Structu...

Construction at Apple's spaceship is progressing at a rapid pace, with workers on site at the campus seven days a week. A new photo shared by the City of Cupertino suggests Apple is almost finished with the foundation of the structure and has begun construction on the actual circular-shaped building. Back in October, the foundation was nearly done, so it is not surprising that construction has progressed to the actual structure itself. Though much of the construction is hidden behind privacy walls, Apple continues to have two enormous concrete mixers on site, as well as other heavy construction machinery. Over the weekend, a YouTube user who has been capturing a series of videos of the Campus 2 site with a drone shared a...

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09:26
Alibaba's Jack Ma Talks about taking Alipay Going Pub...

It was reported on CNBC earlier today that Executive Chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma said on Tuesday that their finance services arm "will definitely go public," ...

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08:39
Best Buy Discounting iPads, iPhones, Macs, and More for Bl...

Major retailers are gearing up for the upcoming holiday shopping season, which officially kicks off on the post-Thanksgiving shopping day of Black Friday. Following leaked Black Friday sales flyers from both Sam's Club and Target, Best Buy today published its door buster deals ahead of the November 28 shopping holiday. Similar to Target, Best Buy is discounting all iPad Air 2 models, with prices starting at $399 for the 16GB WiFi-only version. While Target is offering a $140 gift card, Best Buy is offering a more straightforward but smaller $100 discount off the purchase price of the device. Best Buy also is slashing the price of the iPad mini 3 by $75, lowering the cost of Apple's latest tablet to $324.99 for the base 16GB WiFi model. Customers looking for Mac hardware can save...

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08:21
Even North Korea's Kim Jong-un loves his iPhone 6

Apple's product appeal is not only for the rich and famous around the world. It's also the favorite choice of dictators. A new report out of Seoul Korean today notes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a preference for Apple products which has led to a iPhone craze in their country, even though very few are likely to be in a position to get one.

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07:06
Here's why an Apple + Alibaba Payment System Alliance...

Earlier today we posted a report about a possible Apple + Alibaba payment system alliance. If you had any doubts as to why Apple would be interested in such an alliance, perhaps this next report will open your eyes.

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06:07
Negotiations in Play for Apple + Alibaba Payment Alliance

On October 28 we reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was in China and one of his primary goals was to talk to the Chinese government about Apple Pay ... Today we learn that there's a possible payment alliance being ironed out between Apple and Alibaba.

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04:23
Alibaba and Apple in Talks Over China-Focused Payments Par...

An Alibaba executive said today that the Chinese e-commerce company and Apple are currently in talks over a partnership to provide a payments solution for China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The comments were shared by Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai, who also noted that the partnership would focus on Apple's presence in China and that the details are still being worked out. A partnership between both companies could potentially see Alibaba's Alipay electronic payments service integrate with Apple Pay to provide a comprehensive mobile payments solution for the Chinese market. The comments from Tsai come weeks after Alibaba founder Jack Ma...

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03:28
Apple Granted 46 Patents Including Design Patents for Mac...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's design patent for their new Mac Pro ...

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Monday November 10

16:15
Apple Expanding Focus on Enterprise, Developing Dedicated...

Apple is planning an aggressive expansion into the enterprise market, hiring a sales team focused on talking with key enterprise customers, reports Reuters. The sales team may also work alongside "a dozen or so" developers focused on creating corporate-facing apps. Apple is said to have developed partnerships with several app development startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, both of which build customized industry-specific apps. ServiceMax, for example, already has customers that could be valuable to Apple, including Procter & Gamble and DuPont. Apple is also pursing other relationships with similar corporate app developers, possibly for an initiative aimed at providing custom-made apps for corporate customers. Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple's...

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15:37
WSJ Posts Full Video of Tim Cook Discussing Apple Pay, App...

In late October, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, the discontinuation of the iPod classic, and more. While we covered the content of interview at the time, The Wall Street Journal has today posted the full 30 minute video of Tim Cook's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching in its entirety. Some highlights of the video include an explanation of why the iPod classic was discontinued (it's impossible to get the parts), the...

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15:14
Apple's iPhone 6 is Dominating Japan's Smartphon...

Apple fans in Japan love the iPhone 6: Today it's being that Apple’s iPhone is dominating Japan’s smartphone sales once again.

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14:40
The iOS Masque-Attack is Laughably Puny Compared to the Ma...

Cyber Security Nightmares Continue: Today the US Postal Service was hacked with 500,000 of its employee's personal data and possibly social security numbers has been compromised as reported on by CNBC. Days ago ...

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13:36
FireEye Releases Details of Masque-Attack on iOS in Q2

Last week we reported that Apple rapidly moved to block malware from launching in China. This afternoon Reuters is reporting that researchers have warned that a bug in Apple's iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

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11:03
Apple's iOS Gains Enterprise Activations in Q3 due to...

Noteworthy is the fact that the Good Technology report noted that Apple's iOS activations in the enterprise continued to grow in Q3 thanks to the iPhone 6. The report further noted that iOS reversed a decline in activation share and won share from Android.

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10:58
'Masque Attack' Vulnerability Allows Malicious T...

Just a week after new WireLurker iOS malware surfaced, there's yet another vulnerability in iOS that can potentially be used to install malicious third-party apps. Called Masque Attack for its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps, the flaw was discovered by security research company FireEye. Masque Attack works by luring users to install an app outside of the iOS App Store, by clicking a phishing link in a text message or email. For example, in a demo video, an SMS message with a link attached was sent with the following text "Hey, check this out, the New Flappy Bird." Once clicked, the link directs to a website, which prompts the user to install an app. The app in the video isn't Flappy Bird, but a malicious version of Gmail that installs...

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09:48
Apple Hires Developers Behind Defunct 'Pin Drop'...

Rumors have suggested that Apple is aiming to open a new research and development facility in Cambridge, England, over the coming weeks, and it appears the company has also made some hires in the area. According to TechCrunch, Apple has hired five employees that created the Pin Drop mapping app. The hires are not part of an acquisition of the Pin Drop technology, but have included multiple former Pin Drop employees. Pin Drop was a map app that allowed users to drop custom created tags and pins that could be shared with others to point out interesting landmarks and spots to visit. Pins could be kept private, shared with friends, or shared with the community. Pin Drop's service was shut down on October 31 and the app was removed from the App Store. On Facebook, the app's...

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08:51
US President Obama Talks about Net Neutrality on Video

US President Obama stated today that "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements ...

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08:31
Pegatron Reportedly Boosting iPhone 6 Production, Adding i...

Apple's assembly partner Pegatron is boosting its production capacity in order to help Apple increase inventory of the popular iPhone 6, reports Nikkei. According to local press sources, Apple may also be turning to Pegatron to supplement production of the iPhone 6 Plus, which has seen tight supplies as Foxconn has struggled to meet demand. Local press reports suggest Apple may also tap Pegatron to produce the iPhone 6 Plus since Foxconn has been struggling to cope with demand. Pegatron officials did not comment directly on the media speculation.Pegatron's Chief Executive Jason Cheng confirmed in a recent earnings conference call that the company has invested more than $200 million this year in capital expenditures to boost production output, with an additional $300 million planned for 2015. Pegatron repeatedly...

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08:00
Barclaycard Launches New Apple Rewards Visa Card With 3x P...

Barclaycard last week announced a revamped version of its credit card partnership with Apple, the Barclaycard Apple Rewards Visa, offering a new Apple rewards program and financing deals (via AppleInsider). The new reward card offers three points per dollar spent at the Apple Store (iTunes and App Stores do not qualify), two points spent in restaurants, and one point on all other purchases. Once a customer breaks 2,500 points, they receive a $25 Apple Store gift card. Within the first thirty days of opening an account, users can also finance purchases made through Apple with deferred interest. Purchases under $498 can be financed for six months, $499-$998 for twelve months, and $999 and over for eighteen...

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06:15
Russia's Rostec Introduces First Dual-Display Smartph...

Chinese president Xi Jinping has become the owner of the world's first dual-screen smartphone branded the YotaPhone courtesy of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The smartphone was developed by Russia's state-owned tech company Rostec.

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05:35
Apple Expands their R&D Footprint to Cambridge England

Last year we learned that Apple had opened their third R&D center in Israel. The UK's Business Weekly now confirms that Apple is set to open its first office in Cambridge ...

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03:36
Apple Reportedly Opening New R&D Center in Cambridge,...

Apple is planning to open a new facility that includes research and development operations in Cambridge, England within the next few weeks, reports Business Weekly (via MacGeneration). 90 Hills Road, which is said to be location of Apple's new offices in Cambridge The company's new offices are said to be located at 90 Hills Road, which is described as a prestigious corporate building and is located near the likes of headquarters belonging to Microsoft and Sony. More than 1000 technology companies have established offices in Cambridge since 1998, with the region earning the nickname of "Silicon Fen" in reference to Silicon Valley. Other companies including microprocessor manufacturer ARM and wireless communications...

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Sunday November 9

16:55
Apple Launches Web Tool to Deregister Phone Numbers from i...

Apple today released a new web tool for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event they switched to a non-Apple device. To deregister a phone number from iMessage, users simply enter their phone number in Apple's web tool, receive a free text message containing a code, and submit the code to complete the process. Users who still have their original iPhone can also transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Users switching from an iPhone to another device were often unable to receive SMS messages from another iPhone due to their phone number still being linked to iMessage. These specific errors with iMessage have been a well-known issue since 2011, which is when the messaging service debuted with iOS 5. They...

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12:32
Apple Seeks Documentary Evidence in Case against GPNE in C...

On October 22 we reported that a patent troll by the name of GPNE Lost their patent infringement case against Apple. Now Patently Apple is first to discover that there may be a little more to this case. Late on Friday Apple applied to the US District Court in Hawaii an ex parte for an order granting Apple leave to obtain targeted discovery from GPNE Corp. for use in a foreign proceeding.

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