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Microsoft to stop packaging Teams with Office to head off EU anti-trust action

Microsoft will stop packaging its Teams videoconferencing app with its Office software in Europe in an effort to head off anti-trust penalties by regulators. The tech giant also said that it would take steps to make it easier for competing products to work alongside its software. The announcement comes a month after the European Union’s […]

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UK watchdog halts legal battle with Microsoft over £55bn Activision takeover

The UK’s competitions watchdog has said it is willing to work with Microsoft over its planned acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard, which could halt an impending legal battle. It comes shortly after a US judge handed Microsoft a victory by saying it would not stop the impending 69 billion US dollar (£55 billion) […]

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EU watchdog orders Google to break up digital ad business over competition fears

European Union regulators have ordered technology giant Google to sell off some of its lucrative digital advertising business in order to address competition concerns. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive branch and top competition enforcer, said its preliminary view after an investigation is that “only the mandatory divestment by Google of part of its services” […]

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Meta sells Giphy to Shutterstock for £46m after UK blocked GIF platform purchase

Shutterstock has said it is buying Giphy from Meta Platforms for 53 million dollars (£46 million), the final step to unwind a deal blocked by British regulators over competition concerns. The stock image service said it is paying cash for the GIF-sharing platform, which has 1.7 billion daily users and partners including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, […]

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Microsoft slams UK move blocking Activision takeover as ‘bad day for Britain’

Microsoft’s vice chair and president has slammed the UK competition watchdog’s decision to block the software company’s 68.7 billion dollar (£55 billion) takeover of gaming firm Activision Blizzard, calling it a “bad day for Britain”. Brad Smith said the UK regulatory environment compared unfavourably with the EU and warned the “English Channel has never seemed […]

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A general view of the Xbox One, at the Violin Factory in south London, ahead of the console's release in November.

UK watchdog blocks Microsoft’s £55bn takeover of Call Of Duty firm Activision

Microsoft’s 68.7 billion dollar (£55 billion) takeover of gaming firm Activision Blizzard has been blocked by the UK competition watchdog, in a potentially fatal blow to one of the technology industry’s biggest ever deals. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it has prevented the mammoth buyout over concerns in the cloud gaming sector. Xbox […]

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