Trump wrote a letter warning Erdogan not to be a ‘tough guy’ over Syria, telling him history will look upon him 'forever as the devil if good things don't happen'
- President Donald Trump threatened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a White House letter the day after he invaded northern Syria, saying Erdogan shouldn't be a "tough guy" or a "fool" as he tried pressing for negotiations to end the hostilities.
- In the letter, dated October 9, Trump struck an aggressive tone while also holding out the prospect of a deal.
- Erdogan was apparently unswayed by the letter, given he's since rejected calls to end military operations in northern Syria against Kurdish militias that Turkey has long treated as a national security threat.
- Trump abruptly withdrew US forces from northern Syria early last week, effectively giving Turkey the green light to launch its military operations.
- The US government has since hit Turkey with sanctions over its campaign in Syria and ended negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal.
- Let's work out a good deal!
EU orders Broadcom to halt exclusivity deals while investigation deepens
- European regulators have hit chipmaker Broadcom with a rare "interim" restriction on its behavior as their antitrust probe into the company's alleged abuse of its market power deepens.
- Broadcom was ordered immediately to stop applying and enforcing "anticompetitive provisions" in its dealings with six major customers, the European Commission's competition bureau said.
- The Broadcom case marks the first time since 2001 that the EU has imposed interim measures on any company, The Wall Street Journal said.
- The agency is reportedly probing whether Broadcom abused its market dominance by requiring customers to sign exclusivity deals—the exact same conduct at the heart of the FTC's Qualcomm case.
- And yet, despite no actual deal ever having existed between Broadcom and Qualcomm, US President Donald Trump in March of last year signed an executive order prohibiting the companies from joining forces for nebulous national security reasons.
Shonda Rhimes signs podcast deal iHeartMedia
- Shondaland, the production company founded by “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, has signed a deal to create a new slate of podcasts for iHeartRadio over the next three years.
- As part of the deal, Shondaland is launching a new division called Shondaland Audio, with executive Sandie Bailey in charge of day-to-day operations.
- Rhimes will be involved as well, overseeing the development of the new podcasts.
- This partnership seems particularly noteworthy since Rhimes helped to kick off the current wave of huge streaming deals for content creators when she signed with Netflix two years ago.
- There haven’t been quite as many eyebrow-raising deals in the podcasting world — but the Obamas did sign with Spotify a few months ago.
The FCC has reportedly approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger
- Today, the Federal Communications Commission formally approved the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in a 3-2 vote falling along party lines, The Verge reports.
- We’ve reached out to the FCC for comment.
- In April, T-Mobile and Sprint announced the proposed $26 billion deal, which unsurprisingly garnered a lot of questions around anticompetitiveness pretty much immediately.
- The companies argued that the two stood a better chance to compete against AT&T and Verizon (disclosure: Verizon owns TechCrunch) as a single entity.
- After considerable back-and-forth, the deal was approved by the Justice Department in July.
- With the FCC’s blessing, the only hurdle is a multi-state lawsuit that both companies have vowed to resolve before the deal closes.
- The report states that Democrats Rosenworcel and Starks dissented in today’s vote, with Republicans Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly voting in favor.
CHEAP: Stop living under a rock, get the maxed out Surface Laptop for just $1,049
- Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.
- Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 3 at its special event.
- While the entry-level configuration starts at $999, you will have to spend more than $2000 to get the top configurations.
- But if you don’t want to spend too much money, and still get top-notch specs on a laptop, we’ve got a great deal for you.
- The maxed-out original Surface laptop is available for just $1,049, down from $2,699.
- Even after two years of its launch, the Surface Laptop’s specs hold its own weight.
- Don’t miss out on this delicious deal.
- Get the maxed-out Mircosoft Surface Laptop for just $1,049 ($1,650 off).
- This post includes affiliate links to products that you can buy online.
- If you purchase them through our links, we get a small cut of the revenue.
The Google Pixel is one of the best Android phones you can buy — here's where you can get one
- Best Buy also offers Pixel phones locked to Verizon or Sprint, though, often with discounts attached if you sign on with the carrier at the time of purchase.
- If your carrier isn't Verizon and you don't want to switch, you can buy the Pixel phone unlocked from a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. If you're on T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T, this is a great way to buy the Pixel phone.
- If you're buying unlocked, Amazon and Walmart are good choices for saving a bit of money off retail pricing if there aren't any other good deals to be had elsewhere and you don't want to wait for a sale.
- There's no advantage to buying an unlocked Google Pixel other than that it allows you to activate your device with the service provider of your choice.
All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’
- Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech.
- With a focus on female venture capitalists and founders, All Raise hosts an annual conference, several in-person and virtual fundraising workshops and networking sessions and, recently, the group began creating curated peer groups for investors.
- Called VC Cohorts, All Raise is for the first time speaking publicly about how these 12-person subgroups will give their members career guidance and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to share deals.
- During the first VC Cohorts meeting, NEA partner Vanessa Larco found an investor to lead the Series B of one of her existing portfolio companies, an Atlanta identity and credential verification startup called Evident.
Dealmaster: Get a $25 gift card when you buy the latest Nintendo Switch
- Today's list is headlined by a modest but notable deal on the Nintendo Switch, as Target is throwing a $25 store gift card in with the purchase of the console at its standard $300 MSRP.
- The deal applies to the full-fat Switch, not the more portable Switch Lite, but it covers the latest model of the larger console, which has significantly improved battery life compared to the original system that launched in 2017.
- Further ReadingNew standard Switch model will improve battery life 40 to 80 percentThis isn't a massive discount, and we wouldn't blame you if you held off until Black Friday before pulling the trigger on a new console.
- On Prime Day, for instance, Nintendo's main Switch deal kept the console at full price but bundled it with a $35 Nintendo eShop gift card.
Tons of Data Center Businesses on the Market. Not All Will Sell
- Kelly Morgan, who tracks the market at 451 Research, pegged the total value of deals as of September at $5.4 billion.
- Some publicly traded giants have been making more frequent strategic acquisitions; many private businesses have grown to a point where their investors are looking to cash out; and growing interest in the space by infrastructure funds, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds has greatly expanded the pool of capital available to private data center businesses, traditionally funded by private equity firms.
- For example, a fund used to investing in toll roads, airports, and power plants now recognizes that a data center housing servers for one of the world’s largest cloud providers is critical infrastructure that’s here to stay – not an esoteric and volatile real estate business.
- In September, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets bought a majority stake in New York-based Netrality Data Centers.
Here's everything you need to know about Cyber Monday 2019
- You can expect your favorite online stores, from Amazon to Target and Best Buy, to offer deals.
- Cyber Monday was created to encourage folks to buy their Christmas presents online, as the Monday after Thanksgiving became an increasingly popular shopping day.
- Over the past decade, Cyber Monday has become the biggest online shopping day in the US, raking in billions for retailers each year.
- Most major stores will offer both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
- Generally, Black Friday is a better day to shop for expensive, big-ticket items, while Cyber Monday is preferable for gadgets, gifts, and older-generation tech.
- The Insider Picks team will be reporting the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in real-time from big-box retailers — like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Nordstrom — and direct-to-consumer startups like Casper, Leesa, and Brooklinen.