I was up late watching Comedy Central's roast of Alec Baldwin. For my intro, I decided to quote all of the family friendly parts of the broadcast.
Anyway, today's Login is 1,355 words, a 5-minute read.
A visitor photographs a display of curved OLED TVs at the LG stand at the 2019 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
You wouldn't have known it from the summer heat this weekend in the Bay Area, but Silicon Valley's fall hardware season is upon us in full force — with giant companies scrambling to seize a bigger slice of the consumer electronics pie even as the pie itself isn't growing as fast as it used to.
Why it matters: The winter holidays remain the biggest shopping season and consumer electronics are always a hot category, including TVs, smartphones and other gadgets. However, the mix of how much consumer spending goes to each category can vary significantly from year to year.
Yes, but: Each of the major categories faces its own set of headwinds this year.
The bottom line: None of that will stop all the big players from trying their darnedest to land a place under the Christmas tree or other religious/secular shrubbery.
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Tech companies are ramping up efforts to support news companies as they face pressure to elevate quality news and information ahead of the 2020 election, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: Tech titans, particularly Google and Facebook, have been blamed for their role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 election that may have impacted voter turnout or results. They've also been blamed by publishers for cutting into media ad revenues.
Driving the news: Last week, Google announced it had adjusted its search algorithms and the guidelines its search raters use in an effort to promote more original reporting. With these moves it joins other tech platforms that have recently shifted resources into journalism.
Yes, but: Snapchat didn't take much heat for fake news during the 2016 election, in part because it has heavily invested in journalists and editors to manage its news and content curation from the start.
Between the lines: Despite the fact that Twitter often takes heat for the misinformation on its platform, it has largely avoided bad skirmishes with news publishers.
RF360's production line. Photo: Qualcomm
Qualcomm is buying out its joint venture partner to become sole owner of RF360 Holdings Singapore, a chipmaker that specializes in a segment of the cellular communications market known as the RF front end.
RF360 had been a joint venture with Japan's TDK Corp. TDK's interest in the joint venture was valued at $1.15 billion as of August. All told, Qualcomm will have spent $3.1 billion, including its initial investment, payments to TDK based on sales from the joint venture and other items.
Why it matters: With the smartphone market not growing and 5G offering an opportunity to rejigger the competitive landscape, Qualcomm is looking to control as much of the value on each phone as it can, in addition to gaining market share.
What they're saying: "Our goal in the formation of this joint venture was to enhance Qualcomm Technologies’ front-end solutions to enable us to deliver a truly complete solution to the mobile device ecosystem, and we have done exactly that," Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said in a statement.
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AI experts are pushing the U.S. to ease immigration policies, arguing that the country is hobbling itself in a critical geopolitical race in which American dominance is slipping, as Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports.
The big picture: Two of the Trump administration's major policy goals seem at cross purposes. Clamping down on immigrants and visitors could hamstring AI development in the U.S., which the White House says is a top priority.
Why it matters: The U.S. has long been the clear leader in AI research, but in recent years China and Europe have made vast strides toward overtaking it. Falling behind could have major economic and military repercussions.
What's happening: It's already becoming harder for businesses and academia to invite the best researchers across borders.
Driving the news: The Partnership on AI (PAI) — a group of tech companies, universities and nonprofits — published a paper this week calling for looser immigration rules and easier-to-obtain visas for short visits.
What they're saying: By way of comment, the White House pointed to an administration proposal to increase the percentage of visas issued for employment by reducing family and humanitarian visas.
The bottom line: Restricting immigration has become the drumbeat of the Trump presidency and reelection campaign. The tech industry's needs are unlikely to outweigh the politics here.
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