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November 24, 2021, 5:40 AM

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Apple sues NSO Group in US federal court, seeking to ban NSO from using Apple products and alleging NSO illegally targeted Apple users with surveillance tools  —  Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of “flagrant” violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.
Apple:
Apple plans to notify targets of state-sponsored spyware attacks like NSO's ForcedEntry and commits $10M to cybersurveillance researchers and advocates  —  Apple also announced a $10 million contribution to support cybersurveillance researchers and advocates
The Verge:
Samsung says it will build a ~$17B, 1,200+ acre chip factory in Taylor, Texas, roughly 30 miles from its Austin facility, operational in H2 2024  —  Creating 1,800 jobs in the city of Taylor  —  Samsung officially announced a new advanced chip-making plant in Texas, that's estimated …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Internal email chain shows over 600 Google employees have signed a document opposing Google's vaccine mandate, which Google says it firmly stands behind  —  - Several hundred Google employees have signed and circulated a manifesto opposing its widened Covid vaccine mandate, according to internal communications viewed by CNBC.
Jordan Pearson / VICE:
ConstitutionDAO's organizers say the project has run its course and will shift its Discord channel into read-only mode in two weeks  —  The attempt by crypto fans to buy a copy of the Constitution has been defined by chaos since it failed.  Now, it's dead.  —  Jordan Pearson
CoinDesk:
Indian government submits a bill to ban most cryptocurrencies and aims to create a framework that would facilitate the creation of a CBDC  —  While the bill might be the same as the draft submitted in January, expectations had grown that the government would submit a final version that would be accommodative to crypto.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts Netflix Hub, collecting official soundtracks, playlists, and podcasts for top Netflix content, in seven countries including the US, UK, and India  —  Looking for the soundtrack from your favorite Netflix show?  Now, it will be easier to find thanks to an expanded partnership between Netflix and Spotify.
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
Sources: French officials were in the final stages of buying NSO's Pegasus spyware in July, but opted not to after claims that French politicians were targeted  —  French officials were close to buying controversial surveillance tool Pegasus from NSO earlier this year.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
HP beats in Q4 with revenue of $16.7B, up 9.3% YoY, Personal Systems revenue of $11.8B, up 13% YoY, and Commercial PCs revenue up 25% YoY  —  CEO Enrique Lores said HP saw strong demand in the fourth quarter and is well positioned with its portfolio of hardware, software and subscriptions.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple delays the release of its digital ID feature in the Wallet app for iOS and watchOS until early 2022  —  Apple recently updated its website to indicate that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let you add your driver's license or state ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Startups like Royal, which helps musicians create and sell NFTs, could potentially upend predatory record deals and further shift power to artists and fans  —  Royal's Justin Blau and Paradigm's Fred Ehrsam on how selling royalties directly to fans could end predatory record deals
Nikkei Asia:
Japan's top banks and 70 other companies are preparing to trial a new digital currency, backed by bank deposits, for large business transactions in H2 2022  —  Top lenders and NTT join test of vehicle for business transactions  —  A consortium of over 70 Japanese companies look to launch a digital currency as early as 2022.
More: Reuters
Bloomberg:
Dell beats estimates with Q3 revenue of $28.4B, up 21% YoY, with revenue from PCs rising 35% YoY to $16.5B, and net income of $3.89B, up 341% YoY  —  Dell Technologies Inc. posted revenue that beat Wall Street estimates, powered by corporate and consumer spending on personal computers …
More: Reuters and ZDNet

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