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We tend to think of a single "digital divide" separating the haves and have-nots in the online world, but inequality in the internet era takes on a vast number of forms.
Economics and geography play the biggest role, with those in cities enjoying far greater connectivity than those in rural areas. Similarly, people with more wealth tend to have more and faster connections. While those are the two biggest factors, there are also differences across race, education and age.
The bottom line: Not all online access is equal. People in rural areas often have significantly fewer and slower options than their city-dwelling counterparts.
The big picture: Over the weekend, Axios took a deep dive into the many digital divides in America, looking at the debate over how much access kids should have to cellphones, iOS vs. Android, the impact of 5G and other issues.
There's lots to dig into, but here are a couple of points that stand out to me...
It may not be a long-term deal, but there's at least a 90-day truce in the ongoing trade war with China.
Quick take: This means that, at least for now, we won't see tariffs imposed on additional Chinese-made goods, including Apple's iPhone.
Plus: Chinese President Xi Jinping also indicated that his country would now be open to approving Qualcomm's deal to buy NXP Semiconductor.
ITI CEO Dean Garfield offers this response, via a statement:
"We’re encouraged by this progress and urge both leaders to stay focused on the benefits of an open and rules-based trade relationship...
"For the United States, those benefits include increased business opportunities for startups and other small businesses, greater exports for American companies, and more jobs for American workers...
"For China, it would enhance trade and investment opportunities in markets around the world and serve as an important signal that China accepts established norms and rules for international commerce."
Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro says in a statement:
"While China's restrictive measures should be addressed, tariffs are taxes — and these past five months since the tariffs went into effect hurt U.S. businesses and consumers...
"Through September, the tech industry alone paid $349 million more on imported goods from China — a nearly 200 percent increase compared to last year — and more than doubling the 10% tariff rate would likely hurt consumers, put several American companies out of business and displace thousands of American workers."
In other Qualcomm news, last week CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested that his company and Apple might the "on the doorstep" of a resolution to their long-running legal battle.
Not so fast. In San Diego Federal Court on Friday, Apple's lawyers suggested in that there were no talks.
Apple lawyer Juanita Brooks said, per Mlex (subscription required),"We are not engaged in settlement discussions and haven’t been in many months. We are ready for trial.”
Qualcomm said Mollenkopf has made it clear in the past that a “resolution” could come from either a settlement or from a decision out of court.
Why it matters: The case is a huge one, pitting together two giants of the tech world used to getting their way.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Nexstar Media Group has agreed to acquire Tribune Media for around $4.1 billion, as first reported by Reuters and confirmed by Axios.
Why it matters: This would make Nexstar the country's largest owner of local television stations, Axios' Dan Primack reports.
Between the lines: A source says that Nexstar's all-cash bid of $46.50 per share was "less than a dollar" per share better than the runner-up offer from buyout firm Apollo Global Management.
Go deeper: The local TV consolidation race is here
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