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What's at core of Apple-Qualcomm row : Dispute might be over software access, not licensing fees, emails between companies' executives show.

When Apple Inc. executive Jeff Williams told a courtroom that Qualcomm Inc. had cut off chip supply for iPhones, it was compelling testimony in the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against the semiconductor company.

The FTC argues that Qualcomm won't sell chips if customers don't also pay hefty licensing fees. But a 2017 email exchange between Williams and Qualcomm Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf shows the relationship may have broken down for other reasons.

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