Apple News Is a Proxy, Declining Apple Pay Usage Trends, Google Hires Tesla "Autopilot" Executive

Today's Above Avalon stories: 

  • Apple News Is a Proxy
  • Declining Apple Pay Usage Trends
  • Google Hires Tesla "Autopilot" Executive

We begin today's email by discussing Apple News. Eddy Cue discussed Apple's latest app with CNN, representing the first extended comments from Apple on Apple News since launch. At the end of the day, Apple News is a proxy for a much bigger question facing Apple. We then shift over to new data pointing to declining Apple Pay usage and what may be going on with mobile payments. We conclude with news of Google hiring a Tesla executive and an update on the new talent war taking place in technology. 

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