Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Las Vegas (CNN Business)Apple is opening up its ecosystem to one of its biggest rivals by giving owners of Samsung TVs direct access to iTunes content. Apple showed signs of loosening its grip in November when it announced that Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo devices would support Apple Music. The two companies also struck a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple devices directly, in exchange for cracking down on unauthorized third-party sellers on the site. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV. Still, a deal with Samsung is even more interesting, as the giant smartphone makers have a complicated history. They spent years locked in a costly legal battle over patents after Apple claimed Samsung …

What you’ll see less of at CES this year: Chinese vendors

New York (CNN Business)In another sign of the strains between the American and Chinese business worlds, the countries’ technology cold war has boiled over to America’s largest tech trade show. “It’ll definitely be on the agenda of every meeting we have,” said Josh Sultan, Jetson’s CEO. “10% to 25% tariffs are big numbers. They’re going to affect not just the way we manufacture but the way that our consumers purchase the product.” The retrenchment of some Chinese companies at CES also follows a series of tough actions by the Trump administration, including a request to extradite Huawei’s CFO and tough sanctions against ZTE. And it notably comes amid a big battle between the United States and China over 5G supremacy. …