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    内容提示: APPLE SHAKES OFF IPHONE SLUMP TO DELIVER STRONG FISCAL 4Q 6FREEBIES ARE THE KEY HOOK IN NEW ‘STREAMING WARS’ 14TWITTER PULLS BACK ON POLITICAL ADS, BUT PITFALLS AWAIT 24SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAYS THIRD QUARTER PROFIT FELL 56% 34LYFT LOSES MONEY AGAIN BUT EYES PROFITS IN ABOUT 2 YEARS 38HACKERS PLEAD GUILTY IN DATA BREACH THAT UBER COVERED UP 44FIAT CHRYSLER MERGER WITH PSA APPEARS HEADED FOR APPROVAL 48LINDA HAMILTON MAKES RETURN COUNT IN NEW ‘TERMINATOR’ FILM 60AUTOMAKERS SIDE WITH TRU...

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    APPLE SHAKES OFF IPHONE SLUMP TO DELIVER STRONG FISCAL 4Q 6FREEBIES ARE THE KEY HOOK IN NEW ‘STREAMING WARS’ 14TWITTER PULLS BACK ON POLITICAL ADS, BUT PITFALLS AWAIT 24SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAYS THIRD QUARTER PROFIT FELL 56% 34LYFT LOSES MONEY AGAIN BUT EYES PROFITS IN ABOUT 2 YEARS 38HACKERS PLEAD GUILTY IN DATA BREACH THAT UBER COVERED UP 44FIAT CHRYSLER MERGER WITH PSA APPEARS HEADED FOR APPROVAL 48LINDA HAMILTON MAKES RETURN COUNT IN NEW ‘TERMINATOR’ FILM 60AUTOMAKERS SIDE WITH TRUMP IN LEGAL FIGHT WITH CALIFORNIA 66INTRODUCING THE BEST FEATURES OF iPadOS 74TURN IT UP: APPLE LAUNCHES AIRPODS PRO 90LIZ WESTON:HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HEALTH PLAN 106APPLE RESUMES HUMAN REVIEWS OF SIRI AUDIO WITH iPHONE UPDATE 114FACEBOOK LAUNCHES A NEWS SECTION - AND WILL PAY PUBLISHERS 118FACEBOOK SUES ISRAELI COMPANY OVER WHATSAPP SPYWARE 126UNIVERSITY-BACKED NEBRASKA FIRM TO OFFER FIREFIGHTING DRONES 134AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER WATCHDOG SUES GOOGLE OVER LOCATION DATA 138SONY SHUTTING DOWN ONLINE-CABLE SERVICE PLAYSTATION VUE 142CONCERT PROMOTERS TURN AWAY FROM FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH 146HBO ORDERS 10 EPISODES OF ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL 154THREAT TO US ELECTIONS IN 2020 IS NOT LIMITED TO RUSSIA 158PENTAGON HANDS MICROSOFT $10B ‘WAR CLOUD’ DEAL, SNUBS AMAZON 168AT&T MAKES CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO ACTIVIST INVESTOR PUSH 174WALGREENS TO SHUTTER IN-STORE CLINICS, ADD JENNY CRAIG SITES 178SURVEY: NUMBER OF KIDS WATCHING ONLINE VIDEOS SOARS 184US PROPOSES CUTTING OFF FUNDS FOR CHINESE TELECOM EQUIPMENT 190AIR FORCE’S MYSTERY SPACE PLANE LANDS, ENDS 2-YEAR MISSION 194DUTCH INVENTOR UNVEILS DEVICE TO SCOOP PLASTIC OUT OF RIVERS 196 6 Apple is still running a well-oiled moneymaking machine despite cooling demand for its hottest product, the iPhone.Sales and revenue in the July-September quarter exceeded Wall Street estimates as Apple’s newest iPhones got of f to a better start than expected, even though the devices aren’t that much dif f erent from last year’s models.Apple said that revenue rose 2% from the same time last year to $64 billion, despite iPhone revenue dropping 9%. The company’s iPhone sales have now declined from the previous year for four straight quarter.Apple’s quarterly prof i t dipped 3% to $13.7 billion, but its earnings per share of $3.03 topped analyst projections.APPLE SHAKES OFF IPHONE SLUMP TO DELIVER STRONG FISCAL 4Q7 In another encouraging sign for the company, Apple’s sales in China recover further from a sharp drop-of f earlier this year. That helped ease worries that Apple might be bruised by President Donald Trump’s trade war with the world’s most populous country.Apple also signaled its conf i dence that the momentum will continue in the current quarter, which spans the crucial holiday season. The Cupertino, California, company projects revenue will climb by about 4% from the same time last year.Part of that growth will likely come from a hotly anticipated video streaming service called Apple TV Plus to compete against industry pioneer Netf l ix and a slew of new entrants, including Disney Plus and HBO Max.“You can tell from the guidance we are bullish,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts during a conference call.Add it all up, and it becomes easier to see why the stock market’s sentiments about Apple have changed dramatically since the company warned earlier this year that iPhone sales were falling, especially in China. That fl op coming out of last year’s holiday season made it clear that the iPhone was losing some of its luster, raising fears that Apple’s best days may have past.Those worries hammered Apple’s stock, driving down the price to $142 in early January.But the stock has been setting new highs this month as investors began to realize Cook had 8 Image: Jef f Chiu9 crafted an ef f ective strategy to counteract the waning demand for iPhones. The stock’s recovery translates to a nearly $500 billion swing in fortune for Apple’s shareholders as the company’s market value has soared back to $1.1 trillion — roughly the same level as its long-time rival, Microsoft.Apple Inc. shares gained nearly 2% to $247.77 in extended trading after the company revealed its fi scal fourth-quarter fi nancial report.Apple’s recent success has been driven largely by strong growth in its services division, which primarily feeds of f the roughly 1.4 billion 10 11 12 iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches already in use. The division already is prospering from app store commissions, device repairs, digital payments and Apple’s music-streaming service.Services generated $46 billion in revenue during Apple’s just-ended fi scal year, accounting for 18% of the company’s revenue. Just three years ago, services accounted for 11% of Apple’s revenue.And now it has another way to reel in more revenue from video streaming.Apple is selling its streaming service for just $5 per month, less than half the price of Netf l ix’s most popular plan. It’s also giving it away for a year to anyone who buys an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer, an attempt to quickly amass tens of millions of subscribers. But many of those subscribers probably won’t be paying for the fi rst year, meaning video service is unlikely to become a big cash cow out the gate.The service also is only starting of f with a handful of TV series, including one starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. But Apple is promising to spend billions of dollars on other shows and movies as part of its ef f ort to catch up with Netf l ix, which boasts 158 million subscribers.Apple could still face another potential stumbling block if Trump follows through on recurring threats to impose a 10% tarif f on about $300 billion worth of products imported from China that have so far been exempted from those taxes in his trade war.Although it’s assembled in China, the iPhone has been among the goods insulated from the tarif f s so far. But that could change Dec. 15 if Trump and China don’t negotiate a truce.13 If you make it free, will they come?Apple, Disney and AT&T’s WarnerMedia want to jump-start their challenges to Netf l ix by of f ering freebies and deep discounts on emerging streaming plans.That includes a free year of Apple TV Plus for customers of new Apple devices and a free year of Disney Plus to higher-tier Verizon customers. Some existing HBO subscribers will also get the super-charged version, HBO Max, at no additional cost.Experts say these services can worry later about holding onto customers — perhaps by of f ering must-see shows they can’t get anywhere else or tying discounts to other services that are dif f i cult to drop.FREEBIES ARE THE KEY HOOK IN NEW ‘STREAMING WARS’14 15 “Next year is a race to aggregate consumers,” said Kevin Westcott, who heads Deloitte’s U.S. telecommunication, media and entertainment consulting business. “The fi rst war is getting them to sign up for a service. The second war is retaining them.”The new services have to attract users with marketing blitzes and the promise of original shows and movies, then build a big enough library of old favorites to help keep them. Already, HBO Max will have “Friends ” exclusively, and Disney is taking back its older movies from Netf l ix.A lot of shows and movies won’t be available at launch, but will be added over time. Free helps in the meantime.16 Netf l ix has spent years building up its 158 million subscribers worldwide. Hulu has 28 million. The new players want to ramp up subscribers quickly to show they can compete.So the services have launched the digital equivalent of the old cable promos: lure you in with discounted rates, then jack up the price after a year or two. But digital customers have more choices than cable customers of yore so a big question is whether they’ll stick around.Apple TV Plus for $5 a month with just nine shows and a few more coming soon. It’s already cheaper than the $13 a month Netf l ix charges for its most popular plan. Buyers of any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod Touch get a 17 year for free. That suggests a market of 40 million customers, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said.Disney Plus, which arrives Nov. 12, is also cheaper than Netf l ix at $7 a month. Disney struck a deal with Verizon to give customers of all unlimited wireless plans and some home-internet customers a free year. Members of Disney’s free D23 fan club were also eligible to buy three years of Disney Plus service up front for the price of two years. Disney is targeting 60 million to 90 million worldwide by 2024.AT&T’s HBO Max, which launches in May for $15 a month, is the most expensive of the new services. That could make it tough for AT&T to reach its goal of 50 million U.S. customers and 75 million to 90 million worldwide by 2025.But AT&T will make the service free for about 10 million existing HBO subscribers, or about a third of its U.S. subscribers. HBO Max will also be included with AT&T’s higher-tier wireless and broadband of f erings.Comcast’s Peacock service will be free for many of its own cable and internet customers. The regular price hasn’t been announced yet. The service launches next spring.“I don’t think customers are going to have to make dif f i cult choices about cutting one in order to add another for the fi rst few years,” said Mof f ettNathanson Research’s Craig Mof f ett.But companies can’t run the services at a loss forever, and when discounts end and prices rise, customers may fl ee. After all, the services add up fast, and signing up to multiple ones could end up costing as much as the cable packages people are ditching for streaming.18 19 20 There’s a lesson to be drawn from the latest TV-industry attempt to counter cord-cutting. Cable-like online packages like Sling TV and YouTube TV have ended discounts or raised prices, causing customers to fl ee and new sign-ups to slow down. Sony announced that it will quit of f ering PlayStation Vue, one of the fi rst to challenge traditional TV packages.Even the dominant player isn’t immune. Netf l ix has raised prices slowly, which helped shield it from price shock, but its latest small increase has hurt customer growth.Westcott, the Deloitte consultant, compared the streaming promotions to ef f orts to lure wireless customers from competing companies.T-Mobile has long of f ered Netf l ix free to many customers. Verizon includes six free months of Apple Music with some of its unlimited plans. Many of f er other deals like paying of f your phone early or getting a phone for free if you switch.“They were constantly looking for ways to steal you of f other players,” he said.How will these services keep users once they’ve reeled them in?The companies can constantly refresh their services with new shows and movies, Dif f usion Group president Michael Greeson said.Cathy Yao, an analyst at Diamond Hill Capital Management, also said companies can try to create “stickiness” by bundling the services with other products and services so a customer is less inclined to unsubscribe.For example, including HBO Max with wireless and broadband services will make consumers more likely to stick around for all three, Yao 21 said. It’s similar to how Amazon packages its streaming service with its $119-a-year Prime loyalty program.Ultimately, content will be king, experts say. The services are investing billions into creating new shows and building up their libraries to fi nd or create the next “Stranger Things.”Apple TV Plus inked high-prof i le deals with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Comcast’s NBCUniversal reportedly paid $500 million to take back “The Of f i ce,” and Netf l ix reportedly paid even more to claim global rights to “Seinfeld.”“The weapon of choice for retention is exclusive programming,” said Peter Csathy, founder of Creatv and an industry consultant. “All of these behemoths are investing billions of dollars in originals with the hope of fi nding the next ‘Game of Thrones’ that becomes ‘Must See TV.’”22 23 Twitter announced an end Wednesday to political campaign and issue ads on its service, calling it an important step in reducing the fl ow of election-related misinformation.But some of its users might face an unintended consequence or two.Among those potentially af f ected could be public-interest nonprof i ts eager to reach an audience larger than their of f i cial followers, challengers to incumbent of f i ceholders, and — obviously — political consultants who make a living placing ad buys for their candidates.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a series of tweets that paid political messages in the targeted environment that social media enables can be fraught.TWITTER PULLS BACK ON POLITICAL ADS, BUT PITFALLS AWAIT24 25 “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very ef f ective for commercial advertisers, that power brings signif i cant risks to politics, where it can be used to inf l uence votes to af f ect the lives of millions,” he wrote.Security and privacy researchers and some Democratic politicians hailed Twitter’s decision as an important way to prevent campaigns from feeding streams of misinformation to targeted voters. The move drew a sharp contrast between Twitter and its much larger rival Facebook, which has come under fi re in recent months for its policy of not fact-checking political ads.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shot back quickly, using an earnings conference call Wednesday afternoon to of f er an impassioned defense of what he called his company’s deep belief “that political speech is important.”“This is complex stuf f . Anyone who says the answer is simple hasn’t thought about the nuances and downstream challenges,” Zuckerberg said. “I don’t think anyone can say that we are not doing what we believe or we haven’t thought hard about these issues.”Google did not have an immediate comment on Twitter’s policy change.Trump’s campaign manager called Twitter’s change a “very dumb decision” in a statement Wednesday.“This is yet another attempt to silence conservatives, since Twitter knows President Trump has the most sophisticated online program ever,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said.Political advertising makes up a small sliver of Twitter’s overall revenue. The company does not break out specif i c fi gures each quarter, but said political ad spending for the 2018 midterm 26 Image: Jose Luis Magana27 election was less than $3 million. It reported $824 million in third-quarter revenue.Candidates spend signif i cantly more purchasing ads on Facebook than on Twitter, company records show.The issue rose to the forefront earlier this fall when Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, refused to remove a misleading video ad from President Donald Trump’s campaign that targeted Biden.In response, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another presidential hopeful, ran her own ad on Facebook taking aim at Zuckerberg. The ad falsely claimed that Zuckerberg endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election, acknowledging the deliberate falsehood as necessary to make a point.Dorsey said the company is recognizing that advertising on social media of f ers an unfair level of targeting compared to other mediums. It is not about free expression, he asserted.“This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has signif i cant ramif i cations that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle,” he tweeted. “It’s worth stepping back in order to address.”Zuckerberg said he has also considered banning political ads, but remains wary of the move’s impact. “It’s hard to def i ne where to draw the line,” he said. “Would we really block ads for important political issues like climate change or women’s empowerment?”A ban on such “issue ads” could limit the ability of such groups to reach wider audiences or disadvantage them in other ways. Ryan 28 Image: Jose Luis Magana29 Schleeter, a spokesman for the environmental group Greenpeace, said a lot will depend on how Twitter def i nes “political.”What the group doesn’t want to see, Schleeter said, is major oil companies running “misleading, greenwashing advertising unchallenged” while “those who confront corporate power are censored.”Political challengers will also fi nd likely fi nd themselves at a disadvantage, since they don’t generally have the name recognition or money that their opponents do, said Matt Shupe, a Republican political strategist.“If you’re a challenger, advertising allows you to make up that dif f erence,” he said. “It’s very hard to organically grow an audience for a state assemblyman campaign.”Shupe, whose public relations fi rm has won awards for its use of ads on Facebook, called Twitter’s decision “incredibly dumb.”Twitter said it will make some exceptions, such as allowing ads that encourage voter registration. It will describe those in a detailed policy it plans to release on Nov. 15, and the policy will take ef f ect Nov. 22.Twitter will still allow politicians to freely tweet their thoughts and opinions, which can then be shared and spread. Trump’s Twitter feed in particular is known for often bombastic and controversial tweets that are shared widely.Federal campaigns are expected to account for the majority of advertising dollars on broadcast and cable channels during the 2020 election, according to advertising research fi rm Kantar. They will also be responsible for roughly 20% of the total $6 billion in spending on digital ads.30 Image: Jef f Chiu31 34 Samsung Electronics said Thursday its operating prof i t for the last quarter fell by nearly 56%, with its robust sales of smartphones, displays and TVs of f set by a continuously weak market for computer chips.The South Korean technology giant reported an operating prof i t of 7.78 trillion won ($6.7 billion) for the July-September quarter, which represented a 55.7% drop from the same period last year. Samsung says third-quarter revenue fell 5.3% to 62 trillion won ($53.4 billion).SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAYS THIRD QUARTER PROFIT FELL 56%35 36 Samsung is the world’s biggest maker of semiconductors and smartphones, but it has struggled with falling prices for DRAM and NAND memory chips since late last year.Experts say chipmakers are suf f ering after misreading industry demand for their products. They invested heavily in 2016 and 2017 to ramp up production, but global orders for chips used in smartphones, internet-connected cars and other products have been slower than expected.Samsung said there are positive signs for its semiconductor business, which could possibly be boosted by data-center customers and the expansion of 5G smartphone services in the coming months. However, the company said semiconductor demand for next year should be “viewed with caution as uncertainties remain in the macroeconomic environment,” a likely reference to the US-China trade dispute.Samsung said 29.25 trillion won ($25 billion) of its revenue was generated from its mobile devices and network business, thanks to strong sales of its Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy A smartphones and increased demand for 5G communication equipment.The company also said it saw increased sales of high-end TVs and stronger demand for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display screens.37 LYFT LOSES MONEY AGAIN BUT EYES PROFITS IN ABOUT 2 YEARS38 Lyft is still losing staggering sums of money as it barrels ahead with impressive revenue growth, but its executives said they believe the company will turn a corner and reach prof i tability in about two years.The ride-hailing heavyweight brought in $955.6 million in revenue in the third quarter, up 63% from the same time last year, the company said Wednesday. That beat expectations of analysts polled by FactSet.But San Francisco company lost $463.5 million in the quarter compared with a $249.2 million loss a year ago. More than half of the loss came from stock-based compensation and payroll tax expenses related to its initial public of f ering.On the bright side, Lyft’s executives emphasized they believe the company will turn a prof i t in the fourth quarter of 2021, a year earlier than they had previously projected.39 40 One reason for optimism: Lyft is providing far fewer discounted rides than it did a year ago, according to Brian Roberts, the company’s chief fi nancial of f i cer.“More people are paying full price for rides,” Roberts said in an interview with The Associated Press.Lyft is also focusing on more prof i table rides, such as airport or business trips, he said.“We are very focused on prof i table growth, not growth at all costs,” Roberts said.Despite higher average prices, Lyft’s number of active riders grew 28% to surpass 22 million.The money-losing company has struggled to demonstrate a path to prof i tability, just like its larger rival Uber.Its share price, which hovered around $44 Wednesday afternoon, has lost about 39% of its value since its stock market debut in March.But Roberts sought to dif f erentiate Lyft from Uber. “We’re not doing food. We’re not doing trucking. We are 100% focused on our transportation network,” he said.To boost its revenue with higher-value rides, Lyft is pursuing more partnerships with businesses, universities and medical organizations to provide rides for their customers and employees, said John Zimmer, the company’s president and co-founder, in a conference call with investors.The revenue growth was solid, but the cost of generating that revenue — expenses such as paying drivers — reached $580.7 million, meaning the cost as a percentage of revenue grew compared to the same time last year, said Dan Morgan, vice president and senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust Company.“Not to pick at a good report, but obviously the goal is to get costs and expenses down as much as possible so they can drive a prof i t,” Morgan 41 said. “You want those numbers to be going the other way.”Lyft’s quarterly losses included $86.6 million in insurance costs to cover potential liability for past claims.That took some of the shine of f its new outlook for prof i tability, said Tom White, senior vice president at D. A. Davidson.“That’s one things investors are scratching their heads on a little bit,” White said.To reduce the frequency of car accidents and related insurance costs, Lyft is increasing its investment in systems for monitoring risky driving behavior such as speeding and hard breaking, Roberts said. It is also using predictive analytics to reduce fraudulent insurance claims.In addition, Lyft is exploring selling its legacy insurance claims to a third party, and if a sale goes through, fees associated with the sale could impact next quarter’s results, Roberts said.After accounting for insurance costs and other expenses such as those related to the IPO, Lyft’s adjusted net loss was $121.6 million in the third quarter, compared with $245.3 million a year ago.Lyft is committed to hitting its new prof i tability timeline despite California’s recent passage of a law that requires ride-hailing companies to treat drivers as employees, Roberts said. That costly change could entitle its drivers to minimum wage, benef i ts and workers compensation, among other things. Uber and Lyft proposed a ballot initiative Tuesday to exempt ride-hailing companies from the new law.Lyft also rolled out a membership program called “Lyft Pink,” which for $19.99 a month gets riders 15% of f all rides and surprise upgrades, preferred pickups at the airport and free bike and scooter rides, CEO Logan Green said.42 43 Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s passengers and drivers.The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, California, federal court by Brandon Charles Glover and Vasile Mereacre resurrected another unseemly episode in Uber’s checkered history.Glover, 26, and Mereacre, 23, acknowledged stealing personal information from companies that was stored on Amazon Web Services from October 2016 to January 2017 and then demanding to be paid to destroy the data.HACKERS PLEAD GUILTY IN DATA BREACH THAT UBER COVERED UP44 45 Uber met the hackers’ demand with a $100,000 payment, but waited until November 2017 to reveal that the personal information of both its riders and drivers around the world had fallen into the hands of criminals.U.S. Attorney David Anderson ripped into Uber for not immediately alerting authorities about the loss of so much personal information that could have been used for identity theft and other malicious purposes.“Companies like Uber are the caretakers, not the owners, of customers’ personal information,” Anderson said in a statement.Uber declined to comment on the guilty pleas and Anderson’s criticism.The San Francisco company has previously said it mishandled the data breach. By the time Uber came clean about the incident, it had ousted its co-founder, Travis Kalanick, as CEO. Dara Khosrowshahi was then brought in to replace Kalanick and burnish an image that had been tarnished by revelations of rampant sexual harassment within Uber’s ranks , attempts to dupe government regulators and accusations of stealing self-driving car technology .As part of their scheme, Glover and Mereacre also tried to blackmail Lynda.com, part of professional networking service LinkedIn, according to authorities. Instead of meeting those demands, LinkedIn tried to identify the extortionists, the government said.The two men each face up to fi ve years and prison and a $250,000 fi ne. A status conference about their sentencing has been scheduled for March 18 before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.46 47 48 In a merger deal that appears to be heading for approval, Fiat Chrysler stands to gain electric vehicle technology while PSA Peugeot Citroen could benef i t from a badly needed dealership network to reach its goal of selling vehicles in the U.S.The Wall Street Journal, citing sources it did not identify, reported Wednesday that the boards of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot approved the deal. The board of Exor NV, the Agnelli family holding company that controls Fiat Chrysler, also af f i rmed the deal, the newspaper said.The merger would create the world’s fourth-largest automaker with a combined market value of around $50 billion. Neither company would comment.Experts say the two automakers would be able to share car, SUV and commercial vehicle designs, helping each other fi ll weaknesses and share costs that will make them a strong global player.FIAT CHRYSLER MERGER WITH PSA APPEARS HEADED FOR APPROVAL49 50 “We view the combination of these two companies as reasonable given global competition, high capital intensity, and industry disruption from electrif i ed powertrain as well as autonomous technologies,” Morningstar analyst Richard Hilgert wrote in a note to investors.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles conf i rmed Wednesday that it’s in talks with French rival PSA in its second try this year to reshape the global auto industry at a time of heightened uncertainty for the business. The talks started after a merger with France’s Renault collapsed earlier this year. FCA for years has been looking for a partner to share huge capital costs to develop future technologies.The timing of any deal is unclear, but the Peugeot board was meeting Wednesday, said a person close to the discussions on condition of anonymity.Here are four areas that could be crucial to the two automakers’ success:TECHNOLOGYFor years, Fiat Chrysler has lagged its rivals in electric vehicle technology, with its former CEO once trying to discourage people from buying its only fully electric car in the United States, the Fiat 500E, because he lost money on each sale. The company has made progress on gas-electric hybrids and may have plans for more fully electric vehicles, but PSA has valuable technology that FCA can use, said Navigant Research analyst Sam Abuelsamid.Peugeot was relatively late to the electric vehicle game but is now working fast to catch up, notably with fellow French rival Renault. CEO Carlos Tavares has made a point of stressing the company’s need to adapt to changing technology at car shows and earnings calls. Last 51 52 year he announced plans to of f er 40 electric models across its lineup by 2025.“Electrif i cation hasn’t been a huge part of their play up until now,” Abuelsamid said. “Between the two of them, I think they could generate some scale for whatever they’re doing, sharing component costs, development costs across electrical platforms,” he said.More electric vehicles also would help FCA meet pollution and fuel economy regulations in Europe.As far as autonomous vehicles, neither company is among the leaders, Abuelsamid said. But that’s a technology that’s years into the future, giving 53 them time to share the huge expenses and catch up together. FCA also has alliances with other companies such as Google spinof f Waymo that could bring autonomous vehicle technology to the market when ready, Abuelsamid said.UNITED STATESAt an appearance in Detroit last year, Tavares said PSA would be selling vehicles in the U.S. within the next decade.“If you want to be a global player, you have to be there,” he said.The company has since been working on ride-hailing services and talking to dealerships, but little progress has been revealed. A deal with FCA could accelerate that goal greatly.With 2,640 dealers across the U.S., Fiat Chrysler would be a ready distribution network for Peugeot and other PSA vehicles. PSA even could remain separate from Fiat Chrysler brands by selling in underutilized Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships.PSA specializes in small and medium-sized cars, which have fallen out of favor with U.S. and even some international buyers who prefer SUVs and trucks. PSA could build its own vehicles of f the underpinnings of FCA’s hot selling Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks, Abuelsamid said.EUROPEFiat Chrysler and PSA are likely to have an easier time completing a merger due to decades of cooperation in both Italy and France on building commercial vehicles. But Europe will also pose one of the bigger problems. There is a large overlap in the types of smaller cars and sedans built under the Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen and Opel marquees.54 55 56 That raises the specter of factory closures to deal with overproduction as European car sales lag. France and Italy will fi ght to protect jobs; Italian plants are already working under capacity despite plans to repurpose them for higher-margin premium brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati.Analysts say that Opel, purchased by PSA from General Motors in 2017, could face the most drastic cuts, as it is now part of a French company even though most of its plants are in Germany. The merger is expected to help Fiat Chrysler get closer to meeting strict emissions standards with analysts expecting PSA’s electric and hybrid powertrains to help speed the transition. But Italian unions say that there needs to also be political involvement in the admittedly painful transition to electrif i ed powertrains.ASIAThe merger is expected to do very little to help the two carmakers in the world’s largest market: China.Despite a 2014 investment in Peugeot by the Chinese carmaker Dongfeng, there has been no real push to expand the French carmaker’s sales in the Chinese market. This seems to indicate that the two carmakers are not as intertwined in China as expected.PSA Peugeot last year reported its sales in China down 34% in a market that slipped just 2%, with the Dongfeng joint venture posting losses last year of 234 million euros.57 Fiat Chrysler, which produces four Jeep models in a joint venture with the Chinese company GAC, saw sales dropped 24% to 163,000 in 2018. It cited higher competition the SUV segment. Fiat had just a 0.8% market share in China last year.While China sales are of f again this year, they are projected to keep growing in future years.58 59 LINDA HAMILTON MAKES RETURN COUNT IN NEW‘TERMINATOR’ FILM60 For the new “Terminator” fi lm, it was seemingly easy to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger as the human-looking cyborg assassin because of his devotion to the franchise. But having Linda Hamilton return as Sarah Connor was a tougher decision considering she’d already turned down a chance to reprise her iconic role.It took Hamilton six weeks to decide whether she wanted to portray Connor, the waitress-turned-warrior who along with Schwarzenegger made the fi rst two “Terminator” movies among the best action fi lms ever...

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