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Bonus: "This Is Uncomfortable," episode 2

Jun 22, 2019

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Qualcomm ruling raises concern over U.S. competitiveness in 5G race

by Scott Tong May 23, 2019
The company's loss in federal court could require it to overhaul its business model, depriving the U.S. industry-leading semiconductor maker of next-generation R&D funds.
People visit the Qualcomm stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 27.
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Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

by Associated Press May 22, 2019
A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out rivals in the cellphone chip market and charged excessive royalties to cellphone manufacturers such as Apple.
Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Apple might make its own modem chips to get to a 5G iPhone

by Molly Wood Apr 30, 2019
Will we get a 5G iPhone faster this way?
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Apple, Qualcomm settle lawsuits, paving way for 5G iPhone

by Ben Bradford Apr 17, 2019
Apple had sued the chip maker for almost $30 billion.
A Qualcomm chip.
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In a trade war, China has weapons in its arsenal beyond tariffs

by Scott Tong Jul 25, 2018
The American semiconductor titan Qualcomm found itself in the crosshairs of the US-China trade spat when its mega deal — as in $44 billion dollars — to buy a Dutch chip-maker has cleared every global regulatory approval required — except in China.…
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaks during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 7-10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.
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ZTE provides a lens into U.S.-China technology and data war

by Scott Tong Jun 4, 2018
Beijing has ambitious plans to end its dependence on U.S. semiconductors and other technologies.
The ZTE office building in Shanghai.
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Qualcomm CEO isn't too worried about our trade war with China

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar May 23, 2018
"We actually feel like we have a seat at the table on both sides of the trade dispute," Steven Mollenkopf says.
“There is a responsibility to make sure that the technologies that you create have the proper technology built in so that it's used appropriately,” Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf says. Above, he speaks at a tech conference in October.
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Why the biggest tech deal ever got squashed

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Mar 16, 2018
The Broadcom-Qualcomm merger didn't get very far. Here's why President Trump intervened.
Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon speaks during a press event at CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in January in Las Vegas.
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Why Broadcom buying Qualcomm is making people nervous

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Mar 5, 2018
The potential merger would be the biggest the tech industry has seen.
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Qualcomm's CEO on known-knowns and known-unknowns in a new generation of wireless networks

by Molly Wood Jan 16, 2017
Steve Mollenkopf says his company is spreading its chips to new products, and building the foundation for a new kind of connectivity.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaks during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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