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US: Broadcom too chummy with Apple: Google, Microsoft?

 |  December 11, 2017

With Broadcom’s Qualcomm buyout offer, Microsoft and Google have expressed private concerns over the potential purchase. That is, at least according to sources close to the matter. Both companies — along with other unnamed tech companies – have expressed several concerns.

The first concern is the possible influence Apple may have over the deal. The second concern revolves around Broadcom’s reputation for cutting costs over investing in upcoming technology. So far, a Qualcomm buyout hasn’t come to fruition as Qualcomm hopes to get more out of Broadcom.

Qualcomm has recently rejected Broadcom’s offers. The company has since nominated a new board of directors earlier this week. Broadcom has even considered boosting its offer. Though, the Snapdragon chip maker has expressed antitrust concerns. Even so, Qualcomm has asked Google and Microsoft — among other tech companies — to keep their concerns private.

Of course, there’s a possibility that Apple will benefit greatly from the Qualcomm buyout. Qualcomm currently provides chips for both the iPhone and iPad. Though, legal battles between Qualcomm and the Cupertino company have strained the relationship. Broadcom chief Hock Tan has expressed a positive outlook moving forward if his company buys Qualcomm.

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