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Apple Event Planned for March 25 Around a News Subscription Product

Headlines

The company is expected to show off a long-rumored news subscription service.

Apple’s plan to create a subscription service for news is running into resistance from major publishers who are balking at proposed financial terms.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning a March 25 event to announce both services, according to people familiar with the plan. The iPhone maker invited Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams, to attend, one of the people said.

News

Frank Casanova moved from leading iPhone marketing for wireless carriers into the new role this month. On his LinkedIn profile, Casanova said he’s now “responsible for all aspects of Product Marketing for Apple’s Augmented Reality initiative.”

Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps. A TechCrunch investigation uncovered a dozen hardcore pornography apps and a dozen real-money gambling apps that escaped Apple’s oversight.

Apple’s health team made a rare public appearance at its Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco on Monday evening. The primary topic of the discussion was heart health.

Reviews

Contractors a few miles from the company’s spaceship-like headquarters live in fear of termination—and the bathroom lines.

Back in 2016, Apple’s wireless earbuds were ridiculed by the tech industry. Now, thousands of memes later, the tables have turned

Everything on paper checks out, but I’m not sure the new MacBook Air feels as special as the old one did.

Rumors

Apple has yet to announce the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2019, but MacRumors has uncovered evidence that confirms the event will take place June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

What you’ll love about the next AirPods: improved audio quality with greater bass response, a grip-coated top and a black color offering. What you’ll dislike: a 20% higher price tag.

Apple’s 2019 iPhone models will be equipped with a Lightning connector rather than a USB-C port, according to a new report. Previous reports had claimed that Apple was testing versions of this year’s phone with a USB-C connector.

Others

Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report reveals that it removed five mineral smelters and refiners for failing to meet the company’s human rights standards.

Finally

Apple keeping “about half” of this revenue is nuts. Given the margins in the news industry today, even Apple’s usual 70/30 split would seem a bit greedy, but half is insane.

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