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  • Qualcomm pushed for iPhone exclusivity in response to $1B incentive payment demand, CEO sa...

    Hmm...I am not sure why AI is presenting this (the incentive payment) as some kind of a bribe that Apple offered Qualcomm. Going by Florian Mueller's article on, it appears to be the other way around!

    That is, Qualcomm had a habit of negotiating incentive payments from device makers in return for strategic favours. So, there's really no wrinkle in the FTC case, as suggested by AI. Instead, it's one of four issues related to Qualcomm's conduct that are being investigated. To quote:


    For the FTC, Jennifer Milici outlined the four key issues surrounding Qualcomm's conduct that the FTC is tackling (let's not forget that some other aspects are at issue in Apple v. Qualcomm in San Diego, where a trial will start on April 15), which are interrelated as she also explained:

    • the "no license-no chips" policy;
    • incentive payments (for a brief explanation, those incentives effectively reduce patent licensing fees in exchange for doing Qualcomm some strategically-relevant favors);
    • the refusal to license rival chipset makers (note that Judge Koh's summary judgment in this context was based on contractual obligations, while the focus at this trial is now on an antitrust duty to deal); and
    • past exclusive arrangements with Apple.

    We all know Florian Mueller is paid by Apple and has been Apple support for so many years. His blog is biased and has no credibility.
    What a dumb statement. Even if that were true — although you don’t provide a shred of evidence — that’s like saying, since Mollenkopf is paid by Qualcomm, we shouldn’t believe anything he says. 

    Incidentally then, how do we know you’re not being paid by Qualcomm?
    Trolling or it's meant as satire.  Look at the poster's name and it was his/her/its first post.
  • Amazon, Super Micro executives join Apple's call to retract Bloomberg spy chip story

    tzeshan said:
     The federal agency that regulates media should act now. 
    Hahah!  I’m picking up the saracasm....   I do think Bloomberg is in danger of affecting the landscape.   Freedoms of the press, like speech, were intended for political speech directed at government to prevent tyranny.   I hope Apple, Amazon, others don’t let this story go.  
  • Amazon, Super Micro executives join Apple's call to retract Bloomberg spy chip story

    I don’t see anything influencing Bloomberg into publishing tangible evidence until this impacts their bottom line.  If they stick to their guns, we could see some changes to libel laws or SEC & FTC access to confidential sources and data.
    News agencies are often seduced into reporting rumors.  Bloomberg is usually better than this.

    Damages are easily quantified in the stock price plunge.  We’re talking about 100s of millions.  I don’t see how Bloomberg can “stick to there guns”.  This was supposedly a year long investigation by them that ended in a bombshell report.  They must have planned follow up articles.  The fact we’re getting crickets is damning.  I assume what we’re seeing is already covered by libel laws, but they’re generally ignored when it’s about companies.  A complete retraction seems logical and would probably be good enough for everyone but Super Micro.  

    Bloomberg is probably also looking at a fine by the agencies.  They generally give slaps on wrists...
    I hope this doesn’t come to new laws with government involvement in a free press.  I hope the free market is enough to change the trajectory that Bloomberg (and others) have chosen.
  • Hands on with the 40mm women's Hermes Apple Watch Series 4

    Pink is for girls, blue is for boys  :D 
    I've had the Watch (not the Hermes edition) since it first came out. I have, at this point, 8 or 9 Sports bands of various colors, which I often mix and match, just for fun. Pink is among those colors.

    I think your post is a silly throwback. It's 2018 -- wear the color you like, and move on.
    I was being sarcastic. 
    Yes, I picked up on the dry humor and appreciated it.  Some are a bit sensitive on the trigger.  Oh, can we say, "trigger" anymore?
    There are some really complex and non-obvious norms to follow if someone is trying to be sarcastic in a forum like this. 

    18K posts here and still can’t pick up on the obvious.   Just own it and move on.
  • Storage increases in iPhone XS offers high profits to Apple with minimal production cost

    ireland said:
    Greed alive and well in Cupertino.
    Yes, Apple should be taken private and go non-prof immediately.