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Apple Daily Report: iPhone spyware company sued regarding death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

The New York Times reports that a Saudi dissident close to the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSO Group, an Israeli software company behind the iPhone spyware tool known as Pegasus, helped the royal court take over his smartphone and spy on his communications with Khashoggi.

Apple keeps making Pages better, and Michael E. Cohen continues to revise Take Control of Pages to keep up. After delving a bit into the history of Pages on the latest MacVoices, he goes through a whirlwind list of the changes and updates to the program’s page layout and word processing capabilities.

Verizon is expected to implement support for the eSIM in the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr on Dec. 7, according to an internal employee memo that was shared with MacRumors.

Mobile phone billing for Apple ID purchases is now available in a further seven countries in the world, as noted by 9to5Mac. This allows people to pay through their mobile phone bill for App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Books purchases – as well as Apple Music subscriptions.

Apple’s latest Safari Technology Preview includes support for the WebAuthentication API, which allows users to validate website login credentials via hardware security keys that typically come in the form of a USB stick, per AppleInsider.

Health data from the iPhones of both a killer and his victim provided crucial evidence in a murder case, reports The Guardian. The pharmacist, who murdered his wife in a premeditated attack so he could start a new life with his boyfriend in Australia, has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

TIME has published an interview with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams about the ECG app in watchOS 5.1.2 and the Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple has posted new videos titled Real Stories and Real Stories: Michael about the Apple Watch on its YouTube channel. 

Yikes! Cult of Mac notes that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is pointing out that Apple’s squid emoji is physiologically incorrect. Apparently, the tech giant places the siphon — a muscular structure that expels waste products and spits out water to help the squid move — in the wrong place. It should be located on the back of the squid, but Apple added it on the front.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.