How a SoftBank buyout of Qualcomm could change the world of technology

Former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, who’s now a board member, is in talks with “several global investors” to buy out the San Diego-based chip maker, according to media reports including the Wall Street Journal.

A potential partner in this deal is SoftBank SFTBY, -0.90% a Japan-based holding company with stakes in companies including semiconductor and software design company Arm, wireless provider Sprint S, +1.90% and e-commerce giant Alibaba BABA, +0.61%

A buyout of Qualcomm QCOM, +1.22% could drastically shift the landscape of the technology market, maybe even more so than an acquisition by Broadcom AVGO, -4.81% would have.

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