Apple Daily Report: Apple Pay to be an increasingly important component of Apple Services (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.

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Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster sees Apple Pay as an increasingly important part of Apple's services category, which has enjoyed record-breaking growth over the past few quarters, estimating the payment solution now has 253 million users worldwide. 

Early benchmark testing of Samsung's mew Galaxy Note 9 shows the “phablet” is unable to top Apple's iPhone X with A11 Bionic processor despite hitting market nearly 11 months later. 

A former Metropolitan Transportation Authority official was indicted Thursday on accusations he bought nearly $60,000 of iPhones with taxpayer funds then resold them and kept the money.

Qualcomm, the smartphone chipmaker fighting regulatory actions and lawsuits (including one with Apple), has reached a settlement with Taiwan’s antitrust regulators that reverses most of a $773 million fine.

A respected security researcher Ian Beer has publicly criticized Apple's bug bounty program and challenged Apple CEO Tim Cook to donate $2.45 million to charity, the amount he says he should have received had he been a part of the program.