Amid 30-day delay on Qualcomm's stockholder vote, Broadcom might have to pull its bid

Today, Qualcomm stockholders were supposed to vote on the make up of the company’s Board of Directors. With 11 seats on the Board, Broadcom lobbed in a slate of 6 candidates, hoping that it could win control of Qualcomm and rubber stamp Broadcom’s $117 billion bid for the Snapdragon chip designer. But some other news has come out that might force Broadcom to put the kibosh on its bid for now, and try again at another time.

The U.S. Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) sent a letter to two Broadcom lawyers on Monday, outlining some issues it had with the …


Let's finish that poll: Android One or Xiaomi MIUI 9? Vote here

You may have heard of Xiaomi — the China-based tech company that grew to prominence with its bargain-priced, flagship-grade phones. A lot of them are sold internationally through 3rd party retailers, so you may even be one of the few people that bit the bullet and bought one of these bargains.

Xiaomi is known for another thing besides its affordable phones, though — its super-heavy Android re-skin. Dubbed MIUI, it’s Xiaomi’s own interface that makes the operating system look in a whole different way.

This is why the release of the Xiaomi Mi A1 was such a big deal — the phone is built …

John Chen gets a vote of confidence from BlackBerry's largest stockholder

Fairfax Financial is BlackBerry’s largest stockholder, which means that Fairfax Chairman and CEO Prem Watsa has a lot of input into what goes on with the Canadian smartphone manufacturer. In fact, Watsa had a lot to do with Chen getting the gig back in November 2013, when he replaced ineffectual Thorsten Heins, In a 24-page letter to Fairfax Financial stockholders sent out earlier this month, Watsa wrote one paragraph about BlackBerry’s turnaround. The company is approaching breakeven on a cash flow and earnings basis.

Part of the letter dealt with the licensing agreement that BlackBerry …