Situational awareness: A federal judge in San Jose ruled against Qualcomm in a dispute with the Federal Trade Commission, finding Qualcomm broke antitrust laws and overcharged other firms for access to its patents, per WSJ.
Congrats to the St. Louis Blues, who defeated my beloved San Jose Sharks and will face the Boston Bruins with a shot to win their first Stanley Cup. (I wonder if Kendall Baker introduces Axios Sports with the latest in tech news.)
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The march toward a tech Cold War between the U.S. and China is continuing, but both sides are ignoring the reality of just how much they need each other. The 2 nations certainly would like to be independent, but today neither one's vast tech economy can function without the other.
Between the lines: People think of China's internet as mostly separate from ours, not only because of the language/alphabet differences but also because of different laws, different culture and a separate set of dominant internet firms (like Baidu and Tencent).
Why it matters: A continued trade impasse will likely mean lots of pain on both sides of the Pacific.
By the numbers: According to CompTIA, the U.S. exported $19.3 billion in tech products and services to China last year, accounting directly for more than 52,000 jobs.
The latest: The Trump administration's ban on business with Huawei has highlighted those ties, with the global telecom industry facing a significant quandary.
At the same time, the trade war has sent U.S. companies scrambling to find other countries to produce their gear, hurting one of China's largest tech industries.
Meanwhile, tensions continue to escalate.
What they're saying: While U.S. tech giants are staying largely quiet on the latest escalation, leading trade groups representing those companies told Axios they are urging both sides to come to the negotiating table.
Aiming to address the single biggest criticism of its laptops, Apple debuted new MacBook Pros with what it says is an improved keyboard, along with faster processors.
Why it matters: The so-called butterfly keyboards had become a costly issue for Apple, both in terms of repairs, reputational erosion, and even customers delaying purchases to stick with older models with more reliable keyboards.
Full dislosure: Two of the keys on my MaBook Pro don't always show up and another one tends to show up twie.
How do you get through a long, tedious task? Why, make a game out of it, of course.
Amazon has done just that, creating various video games allowing those in its warehouse to compete against one another, according to a report in the Washington Post. Fast Company managed to grab a blurry photo of one of the games during a recent visit to an Amazon warehouse.
Our thought bubble: Making a game out of work can add some levity, but isn't an answer to more serious issues around working conditions.
Square is taking a baby step into the cannabis industry, with a pilot program processing payments for products containing cannabidiol, or CBD.
What's new: Confirming a report in The New Consumer, a Square representative said it's an invite-only beta program for now. It applies only to products with CBD, not those containing THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.
Why it matters: One of the big hurdles in the canna-business is finding companies to help with the money, particularly as, broadly speaking, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
This hide-the-ball trick play in college softball was evil genius. And won Trine University a trip to the Division III College World Series. (Hat tip to the aforementioned Kendall.)