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  • The antitrust case could decide how smartphones get made in the future

    Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips File Photo Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips

    The trial between the FTC and Qualcomm ended Jan. 29, and it's now in a judge's hands to decide a verdict.

    A court case that could affect the future of our smartphones is now in a judge's hands.

    The US Federal Trade Commission two years ago accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology.

    The case went to trial Jan. 4, with executives from tech's biggest companies testifying about Qualcomm's licensing practices. The FTC and Qualcomm presented their closing arguments Jan. 29, and it's now up to Judge Lucy Koh to decide the verdict. At the same time, the two sides continue to negotiate a possible settlement.

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