US Business Brief

• A robot conquered one of humanity’s most difficult tasks: assembling Ikea furniture. The researchers behind the technological marvel explain how they did it.
• Qualcomm, the American chip maker, is finding itself in the cross hairs of a looming U.S.-China trade warthat threatens its operations and future growth in both markets.
Advertisers have long had a symbiotic relationship with Facebook. But user concerns about privacy are forcing companies to re-examine how they work with the social network.
• The German authorities raided theoffices of Porsche, one of Volkswagen’s most profitable units, in a widening investigation into an emissions-cheating scandal.
• Southwest’s fatal accident this week is renewing scrutiny of inspections. No problems were detected when the plane was checked two days before the explosion.
• U.S. stocks were down. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

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