Qualcomm Stories March 16, 2021

Apple suing former A-series chip lead Gerard Williams
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Qualcomm announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Nuvia, a startup founded in 2019 by three former engineers from Apple’s silicon team. The deal is worth $1.4 billion, and it will bolster Qualcomm’s efforts to compete with Apple Silicon and create custom-designed CPUs.

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Qualcomm Stories February 25, 2021

UK iPhone owners could be due a payout
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UK iPhone owners could be in line for a payout from Qualcomm, if legal action by a major British consumer association succeeds. Each owner of an iPhone or Samsung smartphone bought since the beginning of October 2015 could receive around £30 ($42).

Qualcomm is accused of abusing its dominant position in the modem chip business to overcharge Apple and Samsung, which then passed costs on to consumers…

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Qualcomm Stories February 12, 2021

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Back in September, Nvidia confirmed that it was going to move forward with the process of acquiring Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion. However, with regulators around the world looking into the deal, it’s surfaced that Qualcomm has been vocal with authorities about its objection to the acquisition.

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Qualcomm Stories February 11, 2021

TSMC on track for 5nm A-Series chips in 2020 iPhones
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US chipmakers sent a letter to President Biden this morning with an urgent request to make a serious investment for semiconductor manufacturing a part of his economic recovery plan. Intel and Qualcomm along with others made the case for the government to incentivize chip production in the US.

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Qualcomm Stories January 11, 2021

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At CES 2021 today, Qualcomm unveiled a new in-screen fingerprint sensor that it says is 50% faster and 77% larger than its previous technology. The new Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 is expected to find its way to high-end Android flagships this year, and it comes as Apple works to bring Touch ID back to the iPhone.

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Apple will lead 5nm chips in 2021
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A new report today says that Apple will be responsible for more than half of all 5nm chips made this year, and that Samsung will be in a distant third place at around 5% of the latest smaller-process chips. The A14 chip was Apple’s first use of a 5nm process.

Apple will also be in large part responsible for Qualcomm coming in second, at around a quarter of the likely production …

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Qualcomm Stories December 18, 2020

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Qualcomm has officially showcased benchmarks for its new flagship Snapdragon 888 processor, which is expected to power top-of-the-line Android devices in 2021. The benchmarks, while respectable, show that the Snapdragon 888 lags behind Apple’s A13 and A14 processors.

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A new report on how the global chip makers stacked up for Q3 suggests that Qualcomm likely has the iPhone 12 to thank for solid growth and taking the number one spot with almost $5 billion in quarterly revenue. That almost a 40% increase from Qualcomm’s 2019 Q3. However, Apple’s work on an in-house modem is a reminder of the looming hit to Qualcomm’s revenue in the future.

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Qualcomm Stories November 4, 2020

Qualcomm 5G iPhone 12
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Qualcomm today reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020, which drove the company’s stock price higher tonight. This comes after the company introduced its 5G modems on several smartphones recently, including the iPhone 12 lineup.

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Qualcomm Stories August 11, 2020

Qualcomm logo as it loses antitrust case
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Last year, not too long after Apple abruptly settled its long-running lawsuit with Qualcomm, the chipmaker was hit with a ruling that its business practices were anticompetitive in a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. After a year-long period to appeal that decision, Qualcomm today has won its bid to reverse that ruling.

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Qualcomm Stories May 28, 2020

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Qualcomm has announced its next-gen wireless chips that support the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. The “E” in Wi-Fi 6E stands for “extended” and supported devices will be able to operate on the newly opened 6GHz spectrum that should offer less network congestion and faster and more dependable connections.

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Qualcomm Stories May 7, 2020

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In a new interview with Bloomberg today, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf touched on the company’s evolving relationship with Apple. Following the bitter legal battle between the two companies, Mollenkopf says things feel “much more natural now.”

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Qualcomm Stories April 29, 2020

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Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q2 2020 earnings today, announcing revenue of $5.21 billion and earnings-per-share of $0.88. Both of those numbers are above Wall Street expectations, but Qualcomm also predicted a forthcoming 30% drop in handset shipments.

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Qualcomm Stories February 25, 2020

Qualcomm 5G iPhone 12
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Originally slated to share the news at MWC which was canceled due to coronavirus, Qualcomm held its “What’s Next in 5G” event today in its hometown of San Diego. At the event, the company highlighted its new 3rd-gen 5G X60 modem with the capacity for super-fast download and upload speeds. Qualcomm announced it is testing the X60 with partners this quarter, could the iPhone 12 lineup that will arrive this fall feature the new chips?

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Qualcomm Stories February 14, 2020

Qualcomm Apple 5G antenna iPhone 12
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After settling its legal fight with Qualcomm last year and securing a 5G chip supply for its 2020 iPhones, things seemed to be looking up for Apple bringing the next-gen cellular standard to its iPhone 12 lineup. However, a new report today says that Apple isn’t satisfied with Qualcomm’s antenna designed to work with its 5G chips and that it may make its own… for this fall’s iPhones.

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Qualcomm Stories December 4, 2019

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After agreeing to end a messy legal battle earlier this year, Qualcomm and Apple are now working closely on bringing 5G capabilities to the iPhone. Speaking at the company’s Snapdragon Tech Summit today, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon emphasized that the relationship with Apple is currently “priority number one.”

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Qualcomm Stories November 6, 2019

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Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q4 2019 earnings today and provided guidance for the fiscal first quarter of 2020. Following the chipmaker’s settlement with Apple, it continues to report strong numbers and remains bullish on the upcoming expansion of 5G.

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Qualcomm Stories September 16, 2019

5G iPhone in 2020 will benefit from two tech developments
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While rival smartphones may tease Apple over launching a non 5G iPhone as its flagship this year, the reality is that there is so little coverage as yet that it’s almost irrelevant.

Waiting a year also enables Apple to benefit from two upcoming developments in 5G chips…

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Qualcomm Stories July 17, 2019

Qualcomm antitrust ruling a threat to national security, says DOJ
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The Department of Justice is arguing that the Qualcomm antitrust ruling back in May poses a threat to national security. It is calling for the remedies issued by the court to be put on hold pending an appeal.

Although Apple settled its civil lawsuit against Qualcomm, the exact same evidence put forward for that case was earlier used by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take the radio chipmaker to court — with judgement awarded against Qualcomm …

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Qualcomm Stories May 31, 2019

Qualcomm antitrust ruling – strong case for reversal, say experts
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The Qualcomm antitrust ruling may well be reversed on appeal, say some legal experts, who think the chipmaker has ‘strong arguments’ on its side.

Qualcomm’s legal showdown with Apple may have fizzled out, but a separate case did go the distance. Earlier this month, the company lost a case brought by the FTC, and was ordered to renegotiate its licensing terms with smartphone makers.

However, that decision was based on a fairly obscure precedent involving a ski company, and some experts think it likely to be reversed …

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Qualcomm Stories May 22, 2019

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Update: Qualcomm unsurprisingly disagrees with the judgement and will be appealing the ruling to the US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit. Original story below.

Judge Koh has filed her ruling on the FTC antitrust suit against Qualcomm, and it comprehensively concludes that Qualcomm business practices were anticompetitive as reported by FOSSPatents.

Qualcomm has been ordered to renegotiate existing licensing terms such that its supply of modem chips is wholly separate to any patent licensing agreement. It cannot enter exclusivity supply agreements and it must license standards-essential patents at fair and reasonable rates.

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Qualcomm Stories May 11, 2019

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Various Qualcomm executives have received bonuses for settling the company’s legal battle with Apple. As first noted by CNBC, the bonuses were revealed in an SEC filing, with CEO Steve Mollenkopf taking home the biggest bonus.

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Qualcomm Stories May 3, 2019

DOJ seeks to intervene in Qualcomm antitrust case
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The US Department of Justice is seeking to intervene in the remaining Qualcomm antitrust case, expressing concern about the penalties that might be applied if the chipmaker is found guilty.

While what was to have been the world’s biggest antitrust battle between Qualcomm and Apple ended with a whimper rather than a bang, we’re still awaiting the outcome of a federal case against the chipmaker …

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Qualcomm Stories May 1, 2019

Apple Qualcomm settlement
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Qualcomm today reported its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2019, revealing some new details about its surprise settlement with Apple. According to Qualcomm, it will record revenue of between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion as part of the deal.

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Qualcomm Stories April 30, 2019

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It didn’t take long for Tim Cook to get asked about Apple’s blockbuster settlement with Qualcomm during its Q2 2019 earnings call. Cook said that Apple is happy to put the litigation behind it.

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Qualcomm Stories April 26, 2019

Apple/Qualcomm settlement nothing to do with Intel, claims company
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There has been much speculation about what led to the Apple/Qualcomm settlement at the eleventh hour.

Did Intel tell Apple it was unable to deliver 5G modems by 2020? Did Apple reach its own conclusion that Intel wasn’t up to the job? Or was there some other factor at play that mysteriously led Apple to have a change of heart about a massive lawsuit centred on Qualcomm’s business practices, despite a long history of vehemently objecting to them … ?

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Qualcomm Stories April 18, 2019

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Apple and Qualcomm came to a surprise agreement to end their legal battle earlier this week. The deal included a one-time payment from Apple to Qualcomm, though neither company was willing to disclose the value of the payment. Now, analysts are trying to gauge the details of the deal.

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An Apple 5G chip could be 5+ years away
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Industry experts have explained why Apple needed to sign a multi-year purchasing deal with Qualcomm after its hopes of switching to Intel finally fell apart: it will take years to design, develop and test an Apple 5G chip.

Indeed, they say, a modem is one of the most complex chips found in a smartphone …

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Qualcomm Stories April 17, 2019

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Apple and Qualcomm announced a surprise settlement yesterday just as their trial was starting in a San Diego federal court. Now, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has offered up a bit more detail on the newfound partnership with Apple.

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How things likely went down between Apple Qualcomm and Intel
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Yesterday brought a dramatic end to a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm – with Intel news following close behind. Here’s a look at what’s likely to happened between Apple, Qualcomm and Intel …

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Qualcomm Stories April 16, 2019

5G iPhones
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Just hours ago, Apple announced that it had reached a deal with Qualcomm to end all litigation between the companies. Now, a report from Nikkei says that the agreement will see Apple use Qualcomm’s 5G modems in the 2020 iPhones.

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Apple Qualcomm settlement
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Despite day one of the trial not having wrapped up yet, Qualcomm and Apple have reached a settlement in their royalty dispute. CNBC first cited sources in saying that the two companies have reached an agreement. Apple has now published a press release detailing the agreement.

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First day of Apple v Qualcomm trial was jury selection: here’s who got picked …

The massive Apple v Qualcomm trial got underway yesterday, though the first day of what is expected to be a four-week case was entirely taken up with jury selection.

The trial is expected to be the biggest patent or antitrust case ever heard, with a total of as much as $30B at stake …

Qualcomm Stories April 15, 2019

Apple versus Qualcomm court battle could be worth a staggering $30B
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The main Apple versus Qualcomm court battle, which starts today, looks set to be by far the world’s biggest patent or antitrust case, making previous lawsuits seem trivial in comparison.

Apple and four of its suppliers are jointly seeking a staggering total of up to $30B in damages and other payments from Qualcomm, dwarfing even the largest of previous patent and antitrust cases …

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Qualcomm Stories April 13, 2019

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The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has grown increasingly tense since it began in early 2017. A new report from The Wall Street Journal explores how and why the legal battle escalated, with a particular focus on the hostile relationship between Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Qualcomm Stories April 6, 2019

5G iPhones
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A report earlier this week described Apple’s growing struggles to add 5G functionality to upcoming iPhones. Now, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon has addressed Apple’s struggle amid the ongoing legal battle between the two companies.

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Qualcomm Stories March 26, 2019

Apple Global smartphone revenue rose 5% in 2018
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Update: The ITC board has just rejected a different case of infringement. The decision below will be reviewed with a final decision by July. No iPhone ban just yet. Apple’s statement is below.

The Qualcomm-Apple patent battle continues. A US judge has ruled that some iPhone models have infringed on Qualcomm patents.

The ruling from the International Trade Commission judge means that the judge recommended an import ban on some iPhone models, however the decision may have to be reviewed by the full commission before a ban comes into effect. The ban is unlikely to affect the latest models like iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

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Qualcomm Stories March 25, 2019

Qualcomm and Apple battle over 5G
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After years of arguments, we do seem to be slowly winding our way toward a final showdown between Apple and Qualcomm over radio chip patents. The two companies are currently arguing one case before the the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and are due to begin a US civil lawsuit next month. And the latest weapon in the former case is 5G.

Each sides is attempting to persuade the ITC that 5G is such a crucial technology it’s essential it prevails …

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Qualcomm Stories March 21, 2019

Qualcomm argues contradictory positions in separate lawsuits
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Qualcomm is arguing completely contradictory positions in two separate lawsuits relating to its battle with Apple.

In Korea, it is arguing that court records relating to the antitrust case brought against it should be sealed, so that Apple cannot view the information the company submitted in its defence. While in the US, it is wants evidence submitted by Apple to the FTC in 2016 to be made public …

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Qualcomm Stories March 15, 2019

Qualcomm logo as it loses antitrust case
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Apple’s latest legal fight with Qualcomm started last week and a jury verdict today spells disappointing news for Apple. The jury for the suit voted that Apple infringed on all three of the patents that Qualcomm based the case on as it seeks $31 million in damages.

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Qualcomm Stories March 14, 2019

Apple Qualcomm settlement
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According to a new report from Reuters, a U.S. federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling this evening that Qualcomm must pay Apple nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments. The ruling comes from Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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Qualcomm Stories March 13, 2019

Galaxy S10+ Compared iPhone Gestures
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After over a week of back and forth, Apple and Qualcomm presented closing arguments today as part of their patent infringement suit in San Diego. Qualcomm zeroed in on a certain patent, while Apple argued Qualcomm is mad it switched to Intel for iPhone modems.

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Qualcomm Stories March 12, 2019

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Yesterday, former Apple engineer Arjuna Siva testified in the company’s ongoing court battle with Qualcomm. The testimony centered on whether Qualcomm purposefully didn’t name Siva as a co-inventor on a  patent. In new filings today, Apple says it has “good reason” to believe someone attempted to sway Siva’s testimony.

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Qualcomm Stories March 11, 2019

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Apple’s court battle with Qualcomm continued this week with a testimony from Arjuna Siva. As reported last week, Siva is a former Apple engineer who now works at Google. Apple says that Siva helped invent technology during his time at Apple that Qualcomm patented without credit. Siva’s testimony today, however, paints a slightly different picture.

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Qualcomm Stories March 8, 2019

Qualcomm seeking $31 million in damages from Apple in latest patent suit

Apple and Qualcomm headed back to court this week in San Diego. Today, Qualcomm has demanded that Apple pay $31 million in damages over the alleged infringement of three patents.

Qualcomm Stories March 7, 2019

Qualcomm logo as it loses antitrust case
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Update: Apple hasn’t lost its star witness after all, now plans to testify next week.

In its latest battle with Qualcomm that headed to court earlier this week, Apple planned on using a former engineer as its star witness. Today we’ve learned that the company has lost that witness and Apple’s counsel has accused Qualcomm’s defense of witness tampering.

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Qualcomm Stories March 5, 2019

Qualcomm patents
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Apple’s latest court battle with Qualcomm kicked off yesterday, with Qualcomm arguing during opening statements that its chip technology is instrumental in the smartphone industry. Today, Apple argued that for one of the patents in question, one of its engineers should be credited.

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Qualcomm Stories March 4, 2019

Qualcomm Apple
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As we noted this morning, the latest court battle between Apple and Qualcomm kicked off today in San Diego. Everything started with Qualcomm arguing that while it doesn’t make a smartphone itself, it’s still an instrumental part of the smartphone industry.

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