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Apple's surprise deal with Qualcomm not only resolved one of the biggest legal disputes in the tech industry, but changed the balance of power in the chip industry.
What's happening: Just hours after announcing the settlement — which included a multiyear agreement for Qualcomm to supply chips to Apple — Intel said it was scrapping plans to release a 5G modem chip next year.
Why it matters: The shakeup comes as the U.S. seeks to increase its role in 5G and future cellular generations.
The big picture: This is another big setback for Intel, which had already missed out on being a player making the core processor for phones, despite spending several years and billions of dollars in a catchup effort.
There had been reports that Intel was behind on the 5G chip, though. If true, that certainly could have been a key factor in pushing Apple to the bargaining table with Qualcomm.
Yes, but: In settling with Qualcomm and agreeing to a new chip deal, Apple practically guaranteed a dim future for Intel in modem chips. Most other companies prefer to get the modem and core processor in a single chip, something Intel neither offered nor had plans to do.
What they're saying:
"Given the announcement’s timing, it’s clear that Intel management lost interest in — or couldn’t deliver — mobile 5G, which forced Apple to settle with Qualcomm, not that Apple’s settlement forced Intel to exit 5G modems."— Tech analyst Avi Greengart, on Twitter
What's next: The big questions are around the future of Intel's modem business.
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New in-depth reports on Facebook portray CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a tough negotiator and shrewd wielder of corporate power — miles from the geeky whiz kid image that kicked off his public life, Axios' Sara Fischer and Scott Rosenberg report.
Driving the news: NBC's Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar reviewed 4,000 pages of documents — including emails, web chats, presentations and meeting summaries, mostly from 2011 through 2015 — leaked from the proceedings of a U.K. lawsuit brought by the maker of a now-defunct app against Facebook.
Between the lines: Zuckerberg has insisted that Facebook has never sold user data to advertisers or other companies, and that seems to continue to be literally true.
Meanwhile, a Wired account of Facebook's crisis-plagued last year sheds new light on the company's seeming paralysis in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations a year ago, when it took Facebook leaders 5 days before responding to the controversy.
Since then, Zuckerberg has been on a roll. Now, he's reorganizing Facebook around private, encrypted communication, and launching a PR offensive that includes hosting a series of conversations on the future of technology and society.
The big picture: Despite Facebook's endless trials, Zuckerberg has never been more in charge. And his power won't be reined in by either his board or his shareholders as long as he controls a majority of the company's voting shares.
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Parents are relying more than ever on digital babysitters and device-led playtime to entertain their children — and the wide range of content is making it increasingly difficult to monitor what their kids are seeing, Axios' Kim Hart and Sara report.
Why it matters: This goes beyond the old challenges of kids watching too much TV. Modern parents struggle to keep up with the immense variety of kids programming across a multitude of apps. Plus, controlling what kids are exposed to on platforms like YouTube can feel like an unwinnable battle with algorithms.
Not all screen time is created equal, as experts have pointed out that some educational programming, interactive features and personalized content can be beneficial for kids.
Adding to those fears are reports about the dangers of exposing children to user-generated videos online.
Streaming TV plays a role in this, too. A recent Reuters piece describes the onslaught of streaming services targeted towards kids as part of the problem. "Children are the original binge-watchers, with an endless appetite for repeats," it notes.
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Hacking guides for sale on criminal markets are cheap, plentiful, and often only a decade out of date, according to a new report from intelligence firm Terbium Labs.
The big picture: The guides, often sold as giant caches of manuals, are often padded with irrelevant material. For instance, one included ''Cabinetry for Dummies," Terbium VP of research Emily Wilson says. And plagiarism runs rampant.
By the numbers:
Details: "When the guides were current, the techniques would be effective," Wilson says.
Threat level: "One of the things that make these guides dangerous is that they are recipes for digital crime sold alongside the ingredients," Wilson says.
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