May undo part mergers
The US. Federal Trade Commission is prepared to break up major technology companies if necessary by undoing past mergers.
Company executives should be held personally responsible.
Two US senators have slammed reported plans for a Federal Trade Commission settlement with Facebook for misuse of consumers’ personal data.
Apple and Intel now need Qualcomm
The last few weeks were very active for Qualcomm, Apple, and Intel and the first two have finally settled their licensing differences. Intel decided to leave the 5G smartphone business due to the delays and business-related decisions, but FTC judge Koh is still expected to reach a verdict on the Qualcomm-FTC case.
One arm of the US government is helping Apple, China, and Korea
The FTC and a coalition of tech giants, led by Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Intel, and LG, are fighting Qualcomm, more specifically, against the chipmaker’s licensing model and business practices.
Aicha Evans, EVP of mobile, confirmed to FTC
Intel is in the middle of quite a nasty fight where the Federal Trade commission in USA attacked Qualcomm for its business and licensing strategy. Aicha Evans, an EVP and general manager of mobile, who left Intel days after testimony confirmed that even in 2018, Intel's modem business unit was not profitable.
FTC Qualcomm trial
One of the interesting twists that has appeared in the FTC investigation into Qualcomm is that it transpires that Intel had an opportunity to invest in 4G and LTE and it confirmed to the court that it decided not to do it, as part of its business strategy.
Investigation: Chose Not To
Apple COO Jeff Williams’ testimony in the FTC Trial, that Qualcomm did not want to sell modems to Apple, appears misleading. Bloomberg’s Ian King viewed emails between Qualcomm’s CEO, Steve Molenkopf, and Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams, and from his article, it was rather clear that negotiations were ongoing, and that Qualcomm wanted to sell modems despite the licensing dispute.
Samsung, Huawei supply majority of own modem chips
Qualcomm says two largest smart phone makers in the world supply most of their own wireless data modem chips.
We don’t want European style privacy laws here
Big Tech is terrified that the US will adopt the same sorts of privacy laws used in Europe and is lobbying the FTC to overturn similar sounding state laws.