Apple Daily Report for March 8, 2018

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.

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A California federal judge overseeing the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices said Wednesday a confidential agreement between Samsung and Apple appears relevant to Qualcomm’s defense, but those companies urged the judge to find the document is protected under the work-product doctrine, reports Law360.

Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton outlines the case for Apple potentially acquiring Snap. He cites Apple’s lacking social networking presence, a desire to court a teenage audience, and CEO Tim Cook’s belief that augmented reality is the future of tech. 

Apple has today announced that its music streaming service will be sponsoring a free AndersonPaak concert on March 13 in London. The company shared the news via its Apple Music Twitter account.

Earlier this week, Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass, the movie subscription service, bragged about how the app can track the location of its users. Shortly after that comment, MoviePass issued a statement clarifying its actions, and now the iOS app has been updated to remove the features.

Axl Rose, the frontman of Guns N' Roses, has compared Apple CEO Tim Cook to US president Donald Trump — with no further context. Posting on Twitter, the singer wrote: "Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry."