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1. Apple has made available the highly-anticipated electrocardiogram feature for the Apple Watch Series 4 with the release of the watchOS 5.1.2 update. The update will include the ECG app, which will work just on the Apple Watch Series 4, but the irregular heart rate notification will be available for all Apple Watches. “We have tens of millions of watches on people’s wrists, and we have hundreds of millions of phones in people’s pockets,” said Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams. “There’s a huge opportunity to empower people with more information about their health. So this is something we view as not only an opportunity, but a responsibility of ours.” — THE VERGE

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2. Apple shares were down by more than three percent on Thursday after two analysts—UBS and Rosenblatt Securities—cut the tech giant's price target. Both cuts center around iPhone expectations. "We have lowered our iPhone shipment estimates for C1Q19 twice over the last two months," Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang wrote in a note on Thursday. "Although we are at the low end of consensus iPhone estimates, we believe the street will continue to trim down their estimates." UBS slashed Apple's price target to $210 from $225 and Rosenblatt Securities cut its 12-month price target to $165 from $200. — CNBC

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Apple Is Making It Easy to Log In on Your Phone

With the release of iOS 12 this past summer, Apple unveiled a new app integration that allows users to autofill usernames and passwords in Safari and other apps with just a tap. Find out how to set up this feature yourself so you can stop typing on tiny keyboards. Learn More >>>

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3. A Saudi dissident in Canada is suing an iPhone spyware firm, claiming that Saudi Arabia used the spyware to intercept communications with slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The lawsuit not only places scrutiny on the company, the NSO Group, but also Israel—where the company is based—because the country licenses the company's sales to foreign governments. “By continuing to approve of NSO Group, the Ministry of Defense is practically admitting to knowingly cooperating with NSO Group as their software is used to commit human rights abuses,” said Molly Malekar, the programs director of Amnesty International’s Israeli office. — THE NEW YORK TIMES

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4. iPhone health tracking apps are credited with providing evidence in the conviction of a British man who murdered his wife. In the period that followed the woman's death, the man's iPhone monitored frantic activity as he raced around the house to stage a fake burglary. However, his wife's app recorded no activity at the time of her death until it recorded a movement of 14 steps as he took the iPhone and placed it outside to make it appear as though a burglar had dropped it. The husband planned on moving to Australia with his boyfriend, whom he met on Grindr. — THE GUARDIAN

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5. Another Apple iPhone supplier—Taiwan's Largan Precision—is seeing its stock prices plunge following slow iPhone sales. One of the leading suppliers of smartphone camera lenses, Largan plunged 9.94 percent on Thursday after reporting a 28.57 percent decline in its sales for the month of November as compared to a year earlier. "Revenues are only supported by higher selling prices and by the development of services. Flat unit growth has hit Apple's share price and incidentally its key suppliers, HSBC analysts wrote to clients. "What has made the success of Apple, a concentrated portfolio of highly desirable (and pricy) products is now facing the reality of market saturation." — CNBC

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6. The Monterey Bay Aquarium mocked Apple's squid emoji on Twitter on Wednesday for being inaccurate. "[W]asn’t sure they’d try to spin this one for ocean awareness but here we are: apple’s squid emoji is upside down," the aquarium tweeted. In particular, the aquarium took issue with the siphon, the muscular tube which the squid uses to breathe, get rid of waste, and propel itself backwards through the water. Perhaps Apple will rethink the emoji like they did after New Yorkers criticized the company for its sad looking bagel emoji. — THE VERGE

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7. AT&T has turned on the eSIM capability for its phones, allowing owners of the iPhone XS and XR models to access two numbers on a single device. Verizon is expected to roll out the feature on Friday. — CNET

8. Apple is rejecting or pulling third-party screen time monitoring apps from the App Store after the launch of Screen Time. The actions are worrying many developers who fear their apps are being killed simply because they compete with Apple. — TECHCRUNCH

9. Microsoft launched a new version of its Outlook iOS app on Wednesday with many subtle changes to the design—including more animations and new colors—to make the app more in line with Apple's aesthetics. Dark Mode—a much-requested feature—will reportedly be in a future update. — THE VERGE

10. Apple has finally released the clear case for the colorful iPhone XR—more than a month after the launch of the device. — 9TO5MAC

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This newsletter is written and curated by Philadelphia-based freelance journalist Allen McDuffee.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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