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Qualcomm set to win EU approval for $39B deal for NXP
Qualcomm Inc. is set to clinch European Union antitrust approval for its $39 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter.
The approval comes as the the semiconductor company fends off unsolicited bids by Broadcom Ltd.
The EU opened an in-depth probe into the Qualcomm-NXP deal last June on concerns the deal could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation in the semiconductor industry.
NXP has a significant presence in Austin after acquiring Freescale Semiconductor in 2015 for $11.9 billion.
EU Launches $1.2 Billion Supercomputing Plan, Without U.K.
The European Union will spend $1.2 billion to try to catch up to China, the U.S. and Japan in supercomputing, the European Commission said Thursday.
But as the initiative launches, uncertainty over Brexit is creating anxiety among British computer scientists that the U.K. may miss out on opportunities from the plan.
The goal of the project is for Europe to acquire two "world-class" supercomputers, capable of at least a hundred million billion calculations per second, and at least two mid-range systems, capable of tens of millions of billions of calculations per second, by 2020.
Google cracks down on Logan Paul for YouTube suicide video
Google has dished out a stiff punishment to Logan Paul that will limit his earning power and his visibility on YouTube for blasting out a controversial video showing a suicide victim in the Aokigahara, the Japanese forest where dozens of bodies are discovered every year.
The YouTube star has been dropped by Google Preferred, a special advertising program that connects top channels with brand advertisers, and from Foursome, a series on YouTube Red, the streaming service's premium subscription service. YouTube says it's also shelved plans for an upcoming original movie Paul was slated to appear in, "The Thinning: New World Order."
The backlash over the suicide video, which showed a dead body hanging from a tree in what's known as "suicide forest," has raised questions about YouTube's lax approach to videos uploaded to the service.
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