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A Chinese court has banned the sale of a number of recent iPhone models citing infringement of two Qualcomm patents, the San Diego chipmaker said on Monday.
Why it matters: The preliminary injunction blocks the sale and import of iPhones into China, but not the manufacture or export of the devices, so the direct impact is limited to the domestic Chinese market. Still, it represents a significant disruption to Apple's business and could bring the two parties to the negotiating table in their long litigation war.
Be smart: Companies will often change their software in such cases, where possible, to avoid infringement rather than halt sales of a key product.
The big picture: The two companies have a range of litigation in courtrooms around the world on issues ranging from patents to the breaking of contracts and other issues. Apple recently said in a San Diego court that the two sides have not been in talks and a trial in that case was set for April.
What they're saying:
Guards patrolling the Canadian embassy in Beijing on Dec. 10. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images
Speaking of China, the arrest in Canada last week of Huawei's chief financial officer, for allegedly circumventing sanctions against Iran, might sound like an arcane dispute. But it's becoming a lightning rod for the many conflicts between the U.S. and China.
Why it matters: Repercussions from the dispute could do lasting damage to the deeply interconnected trade channels and supply chains between the two countries, whose relationship is the foundation of today's hardware business.
Because of security fears, the U.S. has long sought to reduce Huawei's position domestically, and this year it ramped up efforts to counter the firm's international reach.
The U.S. is also increasingly worried about China's tech industry more broadly.
The two countries' tech industries are deeply interwoven.
The big picture: The U.S. and China are also in the midst of a trade war involving escalation in existing tariffs and threats of more.
The bottom line: Two decades ago, U.S. business and political leaders dreamed of ushering China into the World Trade Organization and strapping its economic growth engine firmly into the global economy. With tech in the lead, it all worked just as planned — but now both nations are viewing all this interdependence with dismay.
The latest: Hearings are under way in Canada to decide if Huawei's CFO should be extradited to the U.S. Meanwhile, China has waged a diplomatic protest against both the U.S. and Canada over the arrest.
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After months of dodging requests to testify on Capitol Hill, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will get his turn in the hot seat on Tuesday.
Why it matters: Pichai, making his first appearance before Congress, will face the same grandstanding anger Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg encountered when he testified in April. The hearing will provide a fresh gut check on Washington’s willingness to clamp down on tech and start regulating it.
What to watch: Axios' David McCabe writes that Google, once a favorite of the Obama administration, is now a target of both parties. Democrats and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have made clear that they don't plan to go easy on the tech giant in Tuesday's hearing.
The big picture: Google has spent more than a year keeping its head down while rival Facebook took the brunt of America’s outrage toward Big Tech after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal and Russia's online election meddling.
Be smart: Even when Google is acquiescing to the demand that it send its top leadership to Washington to answer questions, it has found a way to keep founder and longtime CEO, Larry Page, out of the spotlight. (Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet, the holding company that Google's owners set up in 2015. Page is the CEO of Alphabet.)
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After his Tesla-related tweets got him in hot water, CEO Elon Musk reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in late September that requires the automaker to pre-approve any of his company-related communications — including tweets.
Yes, but: In a "60 Minutes" interview, Musk confirmed what his Twitter stream clearly shows: that he has yet to start doing so. What's more, Musk continues to express open contempt for the agency that regulates publicly traded companies, of which he heads two (Tesla and Square).
"I want to be clear," Musk said. "I do not respect the SEC."
Asked by Leslie Stahl about his apparent penchant for being erratic or impulsive, Musk said: "I'm just being me."
Why it matters: The settlement came after Musk falsely tweeted that he had "funding secured" for a potential buyout of the company.
Our thought bubble: As Axios' Dan Primack points out, Tesla and Musk technically had 90 days to implement the oversight rules, so it's possible that things could change within the next month. "60 Minutes" didn't ask, Musk didn't volunteer it, and a Tesla spokesman declined comment.
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The first data from a decade-long study of the effects of screen time shows that those who spent more than two hours each day on portable screens (smartphones, tablets and video games) scored lower on thinking and language tests, according to a report from "60 Minutes."
The big picture: In extreme cases, researchers also said that some brain scans of 9- and 10-year-olds who spend more than 7 hours a day using electronic devices show a thinning of the brain's cortex, which usually happens later in development, Axios' Khorri Atkinson reports.
The study was conducted on more than 11,000 U.S. children by the National Institutes of Health.
Caveat: It's worth noting these are early results that have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, so they shouldn't be viewed as definitive. As NIH's Gaya Dowling told "60 Minutes," "We don't know if it's being caused by the screen time."
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