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PG&E Chief Says Blackout β€˜Cannot Become the Status Quo’

By Ivan Penn

The head of California’s biggest utility, under fire over the company’s handling of a pre-emptive power shut-off, will face questioning from state regulators.

Businessmen plead not guilty to conspiring with Giuliani associates

By Vandana Rambaran

Two businessmen pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that they conspired with two associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions to prominent Republican politicians they thought could boost their political and business interests.

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Juul Suspends Online Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

By Sheila Kaplan

Facing multiple inquiries into its marketing practices and its role in the rise of teenage vaping, the company suspended internet access to mango, cucumber and other pods.

Juul Suspends Online Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

By Sheila Kaplan

Facing multiple inquiries into its marketing practices and its role in the rise of teenage vaping, the company suspended internet access to mango, cucumber and other pods.

Juul Suspends Online Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes

By Sheila Kaplan

Facing multiple inquiries into its marketing practices and its role in the rise of teenage vaping, the company suspended internet access to mango, cucumber and other pods.

How to Stop the Abuse of Location Data

By Jeff Glueck

There are no formal rules for what is ethical — or even legal — in the location data business. That needs to change.

Commission places interim measures on Broadcom in TV chipset market

By Julian Clover

The European Commission has ordered chip maker Broadcom to relax exclusivity agreements it has placed on six of its main customers.

In a statement, Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said at first sight Broadcom was in breach of EU competition rules.

“We have strong indications that Broadcom, the world’s leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, is engaging in anticompetitive practices. Broadcom’s behaviour is likely, in the absence of intervention, to create serious and irreversible harm to competition. We cannot let this happen, or else European customers and consumers would face higher prices and less choice and innovation. We therefore ordered Broadcom to immediately stop its conduct.”

The announcement comes just four months after the Commission opened an antitrust investigation into whether Broadcom was restricting competition within the “systems-on-a-chip” marketplace.

Systems-on-a-chip are effectively the brains behind the set-top box that bring in the television signals from source to the consumer.

The Commission has concluded that were Broadcom to continue with its practices it would affect a number of forthcoming tenders, particularly those around the introduction of the WiFi 6 standard.

In a statement released by Broadcom to Broadband TV News, the technology company said: “As we previously disclosed in an 8-K filing on June 26, 2019, Broadcom’s contracts with the customers that the European Commission characterizes as exclusivity-inducing remain in force, other than the provisions at issue, and we intend to continue to support these customers going forward. We do not believe that these provisions have a meaningful effect on whether the customers choose to purchase Broadcom products. Rather, the principal effect of the Commission’s decision will be to disrupt the efficiencies that Broadcom and European OEMs have achieved through strategic alignment, which multiple OEMs have testified is critical to maintaining their competitiveness. Accordingly, we continue to believe that this action will not have a material impact on our set-top box or broadband modem businesses. We intend to appeal the Commission’s decision to the European Courts and in the meantime comply with the Commission’s order.”

This Is the Most Realistic Path to Medicare for All

By J.B. Silvers

It’s similar to how we got to Medicare in the first place: the failure of private insurance.

Americans Will Pay a Price for State Privacy Laws

By Michael Beckerman

The modern data economy is too big to regulate at the state level.

E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

By Katie Thomas and Sheila Kaplan

A decade after Congress gave the F.D.A. the power to regulate tobacco products like e-cigarettes, the federal government has repeatedly delayed or weakened efforts that could have protected teenagers.

E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of Federal Inaction

By Katie Thomas and Sheila Kaplan

A decade after Congress gave the F.D.A. the power to regulate tobacco products like e-cigarettes, the federal government has repeatedly delayed or weakened efforts that could have protected teenagers.

In a High-Tech State, Blackouts Are a Low-Tech Way to Prevent Fires

By James Glanz and Brad Plumer

One approach is a microgrid — creating a small power source that can keep the lights on in a small area when the main grid isn’t working.

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