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For the first time since at least Q1 2016, "Hardware" is not the most in-demand hiring category at Apple, being eclipsed by "Software and Services" (Joshua Fruhlinger/Thinknum Media)

[2019-03-04 05:25:02]

Joshua Fruhlinger / Thinknum Media: For the first time since at least Q1 2016, “Hardware” is not the most in-demand hiring category at Apple, being eclipsed by “Software and Services”  —  Apple ($NASDAQ:AAPL) started as a hardware company.  Its first product was a kit: a box of hardware that customers had to assemble on their own.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple shipped 22.5M Apple Watch units in 2018, accounting for about half of global smartwatch shipments (Mikey Campbell/AppleInsider)

Equipment from Cellebrite, popular with law enforcement for hacking into iOS/Android devices, is selling for $100-$1,000 on eBay; new units usually cost $6,000 (Thomas Brewster/Forbes)

Filing: Apple confirms layoffs at its self-driving car division, with 190 employees, mostly engineers, leaving in April (Roland Li/San Francisco Chronicle)

Apple Music appears as a supported service in the Google Home iOS app, suggesting Apple Music integration is coming to Google Home devices (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Sources: Apple has been testing a sleep tracking feature for the Watch for several months in California and could add it to a future version by 2020 (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Source: Apple to close both of its retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas in a bid to deprive patent trolls of a jurisdiction notorious for its lawsuits (Joe Rossignol/MacRumors)

Microsoft previews Dynamics 365 AI and mixed reality services and applications on iOS, Android, and HoloLens for remote assistance, customized bots, and more (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Apple and Goldman Sachs plan to start issuing a joint credit card in the spring, which will be paired with special money management features in the Wallet app (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

Facebook introduces new location controls for Android, letting users limit location data collection, and will prompt iOS and Android users to check settings (Facebook)

Sources: Apple plans to allow developers port their iPad apps to Mac using a new SDK that will be released as early as June at WWDC (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Sources: recent leadership changes at Apple have rattled rank-and-file employees and led several projects to be put on hold as new managers reassess priorities (Tripp Mickle/Wall Street Journal)

Sources: Apple buys Pullstring, an SF-based enterprise voice app developer, for up to $40M; Pullstring has raised around $44M in venture capital (Axios)

Amazon launches Amazon Live streaming site and Amazon Live Creator iOS app for hosts from Amazon and brands to showcase available products (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Google warns about two iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that hackers have been actively exploiting; the vulnerabilities have been fixed in iOS 12.1.4 update (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Apple says it has notified app developers to remove code that lets them record how a user interacts with their apps without explicit user consent (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)