Apple has been working on a non-invasive test to measure blood glucose and has a small team in Palo Alto devoted to the project, CNBC reported Wednesday. Today, such tests require a finger prick and blood, with a non-invasive alternative seen as a "holy grail" for treating diabetes.

According to CNBC's report, "the initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways." An Apple representative declined to comment.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a company Verily that is working on a contact lens that could monitor glucose levels, but its efforts have been delayed. Others have long pursued less invasive options, also without much success.

Why it matters: Adding truly compelling health features, such as this, could make the Apple Watch much more than just a pricey accessory.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.