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They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW.

Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change amidst disappointing Galaxy S5 sales (TUAW)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: Who knows

New rule: any time your headline contains the word "reportedly," there's a pretty good chance the story is total BS.

Meanwhile, the odds that the Wall Street Journal has an accurate line on what's taking place behind the scenes at Samsung are probably equal to its accuracy record for all things Apple. In other words, not very high at all.

iCloud reportedly held back by 'deep organizational issues' within Apple (9to5 Mac)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: Who knows

Here's the second "reportedly" of the week. This time, it's "reportedly" the lack of a centralized iCloud team at Apple that's making the service... we'll use the polite phrase, "not living up to its potential" rather than what probably comes to many people's minds when they think of iCloud.

Of course, it could simply boil down to the fact that getting this stuff right is difficult, and Apple's reach has seemingly exceeded its grasp in all things software-related as of late. It certainly makes for a juicier story to pin it down to "deep organizational issues" though.

Analyst predicts Apple will sell 71.5M iPhones in Q4 (TUAW)

Source: "Accurate" analyst

Chance it's true: 40 percent

Guys. Guys. I seriously don't know how this slipped through the cracks and ended up getting published, but please don't make this a regular thing. It's really difficult to maintain a reputation for publishing only actual, verified news about Apple when stuff like this starts showing up.

"Analyst says thing about Apple" is not real news. Don't go forgetting that.

Apple to Reportedly Stop Production of iPhone 5c in 2015 (MacRumors)

Source: Taiwanese website

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Aaaand it's the third "reportedly" this week.

Guess what? Duh, of course Apple is going to stop selling the iPhone 5c this year. But it's not because of some cooked-up story about "disappointing" sales. It's because it's going to be replaced by the next-gen version, with Touch ID and the internal components of an iPhone 5s.

Apple Reportedly Relying More Heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Components (MacRumors)

Source: Korean website

Chance it's true: 50/50

Here's "reportedly" number four of the week.

Samsung itself is so shady that any time I see a report like this coming from Korea, claiming that Samsung is going to strongly benefit from manufacturing parts for Apple, I can't help but doubt its veracity. What proof do we have that Samsung itself isn't the source of this story?

Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire Displays for Apple's Next iPhone (MacRumors)

Source: Taiwanese website

Chance it's true: None

I have only one thing to say about this:

A guy with a pained expression on his face, saying 'Ah jeez, not this sh*t again'

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