Apple Daily Report for August 18, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

The EFF has criticized internet providers for blocking the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, saying it violates the principals of free speech and could backfire. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare did here was dangerous," it said in a blog post. "We would be making a mistake if we assumed that these sorts of censorship decisions would never turn against causes we love."

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Apple has published a series of six iPad commercials to its official YouTube channel, focusing on the new capabilities iOS 11 is set to deliver to tablet users this fall.

Apple and Aetna held a series of meetings last week to discuss the next steps for a partnership. Mandi Bishop, one of the health influencers invited to the event, says topics of discussion included data privacy, the cost of the watch, and ways to get people with chronic diseases to use the Apple Watch.

Apple seems to be discontinuing some color options for its own iPhone cases and other official accessories around the world. Japanese site Macotakara noticed a whole range of options have disappeared from both Japanese retail stores and the local online store.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to receive a $89.6 million bonus after interest in the iPhone 8 boosted the company's share price.