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Recode reports Apple is looking to sell a bundled TV package that would include three of the most lucrative premium channels: HBO, Showtime and Starz.

Should you buy it? Unclear. The package would offer subscribers the chance to pay for those channels, likely at a reduced cost (at this point the price is TBD), as opposed to having to pay for them separately. Currently Apple sells HBO for $15 monthly, Showtime for $11 monthly and Starz for $9 monthly. The channels are currently available on mobile/desktop or on Apple TV.

Why it matters: While most other big telecom competitors are moving to sell a traditional bundle of numerous channels on their digital pay-TV platforms, Apple has insisted that it won't move in that direction. Instead, they're hoping to upsell consumers who already pay for one or two of those channels standalone through Apple.

Why it might not happen: Recode reports that thus far, none of the premium networks have confirmed that Apple has struck deals with them to bundle their content. And even if they did, it's still unclear what type of licensing fees they would charge Apple, which could or could not make the opportunity worth it for the tech giant.

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The pandemic was bound to hit the most economically vulnerable among us the hardest. New polling data from Morning Consult, out this morning, shows the degree to which those difficulties were more concentrated among people of color.

Catch up quick: The Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index has tracked the economic experience of adults in three wage groups since May 2020. We began publishing the findings in May of this year, and six months in, we’re slicing the data a little differently — and looking at inequality between ethnicities.

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WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk

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The World Health Organization said Monday in a new risk assessment that it believes the COVID-19 Omicron variant poses a "very high" risk to the globe because it may be more transmissible than other strains of the virus.

Why it matters: Though the WHO acknowledged there are still many uncertainties associated with the variant, the agency said it believes the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron around the world is "high."