Excuses for a shrinking PC market, and 4 other Apple stories to read today

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: PC market apologists, Apple stores’ policy on selling gadgets to Iran, The Daily isn’t doing that well, how Aereo’s victory could benefit Apple, and Time Warner’s hopes for Apple TV.

A new frontier for clean power: the Middle East

It’s got dry, sunny climate and an addiction to fossil fuels, and it’s set to become a hot spot for renewable energy development, especially solar. It’s the Middle East, where countries such as Saudi Arabia subsidize electricity generation by using their own oil and where natural gas is the main source of power for United Arab Emirates.

Activists vow to defeat Iran’s Internet censorship

Iran is tightening its grip on the Internet before Friday’s parliamentary elections, but activists from Tor and related projects vow to keep up the free flow of information. That’s the best thing the world can do for the country, says the founder of Iran’s Reddit.