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Four Big Global Issues Putting Pressure on Silicon Valley

Currency fluctuations, taxes, antitrust probes, and Vladimir Putin are among the major obstacles tripping up tech companies

Earnings season has just kicked off, and we're already starting to get a pretty clear map of where in the world technology companies face the biggest problems. A global tech company's financial performance isn't just about how many gadgets or ads it can sell. Geopolitical tensions, currency swings, and economic turmoil can all affect a company's bottom line.

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