Ian King, Giles Turner, and Peter Elstrom, reporting for Bloomberg:*
Nvidia Corp. is quietly preparing to abandon its purchase of Arm
Ltd. from SoftBank Group Corp. after making little to no progress
in winning approval for the $40 billion chip deal, according to
people familiar with the matter.
Nvidia has told partners that it doesn’t expect the transaction to
close, according to one person, who asked not to be identified
because the discussions are private. SoftBank, meanwhile, is
stepping up preparations for an Arm initial public offering as an
alternative to the Nvidia takeover, another person said.
Good news for Intel, if true.
* Bloomberg, of course, is the publication that published “The Big Hack” in October 2018 — a sensational story alleging that data centers of Apple, Amazon, and dozens of other companies were compromised by China’s intelligence services. The story presented no confirmable evidence at all, was vehemently denied by all companies involved, has not been confirmed by a single other publication (despite much effort to do so), and has been largely discredited by one of Bloomberg’s own sources. By all appearances “The Big Hack” was complete bullshit. Yet Bloomberg has issued no correction or retraction, and their only ostensibly substantial follow-up contained not one shred of evidence to back up their allegations. Bloomberg seemingly hopes we’ll all just forget about it. I say we do not just forget about it. Everything they publish should be treated with skepticism until they retract “The Big Hack” or provide evidence that any of it was true.
★ Tuesday, 25 January 2022