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Microsoft makes case for Activision merger amid EU scrutiny

Microsoft’s Xbox video game division has announced new partnerships with Nintendo and chipmaker Nvidia as it tries to persuade European regulators to approve its planned 68.7 billion dollar (£56.7 billion) takeover of game publishing giant Activision Blizzard. A key audience for the announcements were the European Union competition regulators who held a closed-door meeting on […]

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Meta acquisition of VR company is challenged in court

US federal regulators will open their campaign to block Facebook parent Meta’s acquisition of a virtual-reality company. Opening statements will begin on Thursday in a San Jose, California, courtroom. In a landmark legal challenge to a Big Tech merger, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued to prevent Meta’s acquisition of Within Unlimited and its […]

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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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In-depth competition probe launched into Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal

Microsoft’s proposed 68.7 billion US dollar (£59.7bn) takeover of games publisher Activision Blizzard is to face an in-depth investigation amid concerns the deal is anti-competitive, the UK’s competition watchdog has confirmed. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it has referred the takeover for a so-called phase two probe after Microsoft said it would not […]

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