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Amazon sued in US over allegations it inflates prices and overcharges sellers

The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorney generals have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, alleging the e-commerce giant uses its position in the marketplace to inflate prices on other platforms, overcharge sellers and stifles competition. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western District of Washington, is the result of a […]

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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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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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Metaverse is a risk to human social skills, Abba Voyage producer tells British MPs

The metaverse is a concern because it will encourage more screen time and damage human connections, the producer of the Abba Voyage show told MPs. Svana Gisla told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee the technology “scares” her and does not represent an obvious improvement on digital experiences. She told MPs Abba Voyage, a […]

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24% of young people ‘put hearing at risk with loud music on personal devices’

Almost a quarter of teenagers and young adults could be putting their hearing at risk by listening to excessively loud music through earphones, ear buds or headphones, a study has suggested. An international team of researchers estimated that 24% of 12 to 34-year-olds are listening to music on personal listening devices at an “unsafe level”. […]

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