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November 14, 2017

Qualcomm rejects rival Broadcom’s bid to purchase the company, and tricks for better public speaking.

Problems May Arise From the Push to Reduce the Rate on Pass-Through Businesses

New York Times - Paywall

The rush to move tax reform ahead — particularly on the business side, where the most sweeping changes are planned — is alarming tax specialists who warn that new and unforeseen complexity, loopholes and glitches could come back to haunt tax collectors and taxpayers. The push to reduce the rate on pass-through businesses, for example, could allow high-income investors in hedge and private-equity funds using the provision to reduce the tax paid on rent and interest income by as much as a third.

The Largest Tech Merger of All Time That Wasn't

Axios

Qualcomm rejected rival Broadcom's $103 billion bid to purchase the company Monday, stating that Broadcom's proposal "dramatically undervalues" Qualcomm and comes with "significant regulatory uncertainty." Broadcom announced last month that it would move its headquarters from Singapore to the U.S., a move that Axios points out could largely smooth the way for future M&A efforts.

EY Wants to Hire 14,200 Candidates in 2018

Accounting Today

The boost in hiring is aimed at preparing the firm for more future-focused areas. Larry Nash, recruiting leader for EY Americas shared the firm is looking to hire both leaders with traditional accounting and business backgrounds, as well as candidates with "future-focused" skill sets, such as robotics, AI, blockchain and data analytics.

There's a Big Discrepancy in What European Boards Believe About Culture and How They Act

Quartz

A new report from Europe has found a troubling discrepancy in what European boards believe about culture and how those beliefs are reflected in board agendas, data-gathering, and actions. Though two-thirds of respondents ranked “tone at the top” as the most important influence on company culture, 63% of the participants sit on boards that fail to consider the risks associated with their own corporate culture.

When it Comes to Public Speaking, You Need to Get Out of Your Own Way

Stanford Business

Unfortunately for many of us, in business spontaneous speaking is much more prevalent than planned speaking. Rather than striving for greatness, challenge yourself to just accomplish the task at hand. By giving yourself permission to respond in the moment, rather than get it right, you can get out of your own way and speak well.