AT&T is proposing to acquire Time Warner for $84.5 billion, raising complicated questions that involve US antitrust law. Kevin Granville and Tiffany Hsu look back at AT&T's antitrust battle history and show that the rapidly changing US media environment is only further complicating the current issue.
Mesh networking can centralize internet of things devices in smart homes and make them easier to manage, per Qualcomm's Connectivity Business unit lead, Rahul Patel. Carrier-class mesh networking could resolve connection issues, and Patel urges internet service providers to consider mesh networking, saying, "If you don't move fast, you lose out on the home becoming a cloud providers' and have no control over what happens in the home."
Cavium, a security chipmaker in San Jose, Calif., will be purchased by Marvell Technology Group for $6 billion. It's expected that the deal will close in 2018 and that Marvell will pay $40, along with 2.1757 Marvell common shares, for each share of Cavium stock.
News aggregator Flipboard expects to turn a profit next year, helped in part by its efforts to combat fake news with artificial intelligence and human intervention. For advertisers, Flipboard is employing cloud applications and ad tech analytics to beat back fraud and ensure ad content is seen by real people.
Developers can now try out their over-the-top television apps using Taplytics. The software works with Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV and allows A/B testing on both the boxes and the apps.
Republic Wireless is working on a smart speaker that will offer a calls-first approach. The Anywhere HQ connected speaker will connect via an LTE network and will offer a built-in virtual assistant.
A Parks Associates report predicts that 55 million smart home devices will be purchased by US households in 2020. The report also notes that 42% of home security systems now include smart home components, while connected appliances and thermostats also remain popular options.
As of Friday, Square's market value has surpassed that of Twitter -- both Jack Dorsey-owned companies -- by more than $1 billion. Square's market performance is attributed to steady gains for its payment processing even as Twitter struggles to keep its audience growing.
Petco is focusing on bringing a personal touch to online shopping in a bid to counter the challenge posed by large online retailers such as Amazon.com. The Petco effort includes a focus on services as well as products, a social platform, and rewards and subscription programs all designed to keep customers engaged.
Industry sources predict Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi Technology, Oppo Electronics and other Android smartphone vendors will incorporate 3D sensing capabilities in their 2018 models. The 3D sensing chips were developed jointly by Qualcomm, Truly Opto-electronics and Himax Technologies.