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Qualcomm reportedly in talks to buy NXP Semiconductors for $30 billion

Qualcomm is reportedly in talks to buy NXP Semiconductor for about $30 billion in what could be a transformative deal for the San Diego wireless company. Citing unnamed sources familiar with talks, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the two companies are in discussions. A Qualcomm spokeswoman...

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