In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, visitors look at a display booth for Qualcomm at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
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The EU Wednesday hit US chipmaking giant Qualcomm with an antitrust fine of $1.2 billion for paying Apple to use its chips exclusively in iPhones and iPads.The fine is the latest blow struck by the EU against US tech giants and also a fresh hit for Qualcomm, the leading global supplier of smartphone chips, following another antitrust fine of $800 million imposed by authorities in Taiwan last year.Qualcomm and Apple are currently entangled in a bitter legal dispute over patents and royalties.The iPhone manufacturer filed a US lawsuit in January 2017 accusing Qualcomm of abusing its market power for certain mobile chipsets to demand unfair royalties.
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