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Inside Apple (Jun 12th, 2019)

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1. Paula Kerger, CEO of PBS, says Apple’s new rules about sharing data from kids’ apps with third parties threatens PBS apps. Apple recently loosened its restrictions on apps that monitor kids’ activity, but it imposed a new rule that these apps can’t share data with third parties, an unambiguously privacy-conscious move. According to Vox, the restrictions will “prevent PBS from being able to track whether its content and game features are working.” As an alternative, PBS could build its own instrumentation instead of sending kids’ data to outside companies. — VOX

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2. Apple is still in talks to buy part of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Previous reports indicated that Apple had given up on Intel, but apparently it’s still interested in its German operations. Intel bought German modem maker Infineon in 2011, and hundreds of those engineers would go to Apple in the event of a deal. The deal would likely also include IP to help Apple advance its goal of building modems in-house. — THE INFORMATION (paywalled)

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3. Apple has launched a new Windows app for iCloud with support from Microsoft. The app enables use of iCloud Drive and Photos on Windows computers with offline storage, as well as access to Mail and Safari bookmarks via Outlook and Internet Explorer. Apple also plans to continue supporting iTunes on Windows computers, so it’s not messing around when it touts its new focus on services. — WINDOWS BLOG

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4. Dropbox has launched a new desktop app that centralizes all its document and collaboration features into a single tool. Dropbox’s proposition used to be a simple folder on your computer that magically stayed in sync on all your devices. Now it’s positioning itself as a power tool for work along the lines of Google Docs, Microsoft Office, or Slack. It features an activity feed and chat features, and it seems intended as an aggregator for work files spread out everywhere, so there’s one clear place for the whole team to work on them. — THE VERGE

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5. More information is trickling out about the slate of original shows coming to the Apple TV+ service launching this fall. Though Apple has tried to tightly control the rollout, only showing as little content as possible, the entertainment industry tends to be a bit more bubbly than tech about upcoming announcements, so tidbits can often be gleaned from entertainment-focused sources. AppleInsider has a comprehensive roundup of as much info as there is to be had about each show. — APPLEINSIDER

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6. The subtle Goldman Sachs publicity tour for Apple Card continues, with CEO David Solomon now saying he and a small number of Goldman and Apple employees are testing the card in the wild. He likes it. Solomon says “early feedback” suggests there “will be a lot of interest” when it launches later this summer. Apple has already seeded a fourth beta of iOS 12.4, which will bring support for the card. — APPLEINSIDER

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7. Federico Viticci, renowned champion of iPad-first working, has posted his initial impressions after a week with iPadOS. — MACSTORIES

8. Apple is expected to build a two-tower development in South Lake Union, Seattle, big enough for 4,200 employees. — PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (paywalled)

9. iMovie for iOS has been updated with support for blue- and green-screen effects, as well as new soundtracks and classroom features. — APPLEINSIDER

10. Legendary Mac and iOS software company The Omni Group has posted its podcast roundtable about the implications of WWDC 2019 for its apps. — THE OMNI SHOW

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Jon Mitchell has been a tech journalist since 2010. He covered Apple, Google, and the societal effects of social media for the storied blog ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). He co-hosts Internet Friends, a podcast about life online with occasional lengthy digressions into Apple news. He’s the author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times from Parallax Press. He has recently, reticently returned to Twitter at @ablaze.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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