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Apple Announces Ambitious Plan to Produce Electric Cars by 2024: Report

When production begins, the Chattanooga site will be one of six VW Group assembly plants globally dedicated to producing battery-electric vehicles, and the only one in North America. The 3.4 million-square-foot Chattanooga plant employs about 3,500 workers.

Apple will reportedly manufacture and sell its own electric car within four years, the result of a years-long and secretive effort to enter the market.

Citizen Lab researchers say they have found evidence that dozens of journalists had their iPhones silently compromised with spyware known to be used by nation-states. For more than the past year, London-based reporter Rania Dridi and at least 36 journalists, producers and executives working for the Al Jazeera news agency were targeted with a so-called “zero-click” attack that exploited a now-fixed vulnerability in Apple.

An enterprising writer for The Verge did some virtual legwork and found that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has closed nearly 20% of its brick-and-mortar stores around the world. There are multiple news reports now about the closings, with varying numbers on how many are actually shut, including Apple’s own FAQ that includes recognition of the closings, reminders of the protocols in place at the stores still open.

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