Briefing: A Good Quarter Or The Worst Quarter Ever, etc.

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Apple reported earnings yesterday afternoon, which included Apple's previously projected year-over-year decline in revenue of $50.6 billion versus $58 billion a year ago. iPhone, iPad, Mac sales, and "other products" (which includes the Apple Watch) were also all down compared to a year ago. The one bright spot for Apple — Services — with App Store revenue up 35% and Apple Music subscribers crossing 13 million. Wall Street's reaction to the news? Apple shares are currently down 7% in early morning trading.

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Via The Verge: "Instagram is testing a new black-and-white design." The included design looks a bit too much "throwing the baby out with the bath water," but hey — if this design brings with it a new icon, I'm willing to make adjustments.

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Thanks Obama: "The FBI has provisionally decided not to share an iPhone unlocking mechanism used by a contractor to open the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters because the agency does not own the mechanism, two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday."

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YouTube redesigns the app's Home page with larger thumbnails and fuels its recommendations using deep neural network technology, which according to Google, puts an emphasis on newer content as well as content from users' subscriptions.

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To infinity and beyond. Dropbox previews Project Infinite, allowing users to organize and access their un-synced cloud-based files from within Finder and Explorer as if they were local files. Unfortunately Infinity is currently only being highlighted on Dropbox's business blog, inferring that individual accounts may not be amongst its earliest beneficiaries.