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BC-US--Business Features Digest, US

January 3, 2019

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APPLE-IPHONE SALES-CHINA — Apple Inc.’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China. By Joe McDonald. SENT: Thursday, 960 words, photos.

PEAK SMARTPHONE — Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, in which adoption has saturated, feature innovation has slowed and most people no longer see a reason to keep upgrading frequently. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profits, although Apple’s shortfall in China may highlight the limits of that strategy. By Mae Anderson and Tali Arbel. UPCOMINIG: Thursday, 600 words, photos.

YE-MUTUAL FUNDS-YEAR IN REVIEW — A recap of how mutual funds did in 2018. By Stan Choe. SENT: Thursday, 800 words, photos.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-SMARTPHONE PSYCHIATRY — Smartphones have been blamed for contributing to anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used instead to identify kids at risk? By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: Thursday, 1,280 words, photos.

ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME — The Entertainment Software Association reported this year that 45 percent of U.S. gamers are female, yet women make up a scant portion of the professional esports player pool. The industry has grappled with harassment and toxic behavior since the Gamergate scandal of 2014, when a group of male gamers organized to target women throughout the industry. By Jake Seiner. SENT: Thursday, 1,350 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-ZERO MONEY TRAVEL — Travel accommodations can be costly. Slash the cost of yours by exploring alternative forms of lodging, such as couch-surfing, home exchanges or housesitting. SENT: Thursday,780 words, photos.

US-CHINA TRADE-ECONOMIC PRESSURES — The Trump administration and China are each facing an increasingly urgent reason to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade: jittery financial markets and portents of economic weakness in both countries. The longer their trade war persists, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain of higher prices on imports and exports. Yet those pressures, analysts say, could make a resolution to the conflict in the near future potentially more likely. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019 — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 950 words, photos.

With: SMALLBIZ-2019-THREE THINGS TO KNOW — Now that the new year is here, small business owners may find themselves trying to understand changes brought about by federal and state laws. Here are three things owners need to know for 2019. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 450 words.

PODCASTING INMATE — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter “Earlonne” Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-TIPS FOR BUYING SHEETS — A new year calls for new sparkly sheets. But shoppers looking for high-quality sheets without hurting their budget may want to skip the so-called white sales at mass retailers. Startups, including Parachute, Brooklinen, and Boll & Branch, are cutting out middlemen and selling directly to customers online at a fraction of the price it would normally cost at high-end stores. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: Wednesday, 700 words, photos.

YE--EUROPE’S YEAR — A look at the major events and challenges that will shape the coming year in the 28-country — soon to be 27 after Brexit — European Union. By David McHugh. SENT: Monday, 900 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-WHAT TO BUY — The new year will bring plenty of opportunities to find deals on what you need. If you plan your shopping now, you can save money throughout the year. By Courtney Jespersen. SENT: Monday, 1,600 words, photo.

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