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Epic Games wins court case against Google over barriers to Android app store

A federal court jury in the US has decided that Google’s Android app store has been protected by anti-competitive barriers that have damaged smartphone consumers and software developers, dealing a blow to a major pillar of the technology empire. The unanimous verdict in San Francisco came after just three hours of deliberation following a four-week […]

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Microsoft completes Activision Blizzard takeover after getting UK approval

Microsoft said that it had completed one of the biggest takeovers in computer gaming history after winning approval from the UK regulator. In a US regulatory filing the company said that the 69 billion US dollars (£56.6 billion) deal, which was announced in January 2022, had been completed on Friday. It comes after the Competition […]

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Tech giants branded online ‘gatekeepers’ in next phase of EU’s digital crackdown

The European Union has targeted Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google parent Alphabet, Facebook owner Meta and TikTok parent ByteDance under new digital rules aimed at reining in the market power of online companies. The six companies were classed as online “gatekeepers” that must face the highest level of scrutiny under the 27-nation bloc’s Digital Markets Act. […]

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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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FILE - A mobile phone with The Weather Channel app, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. IBM has agreed to sell assets of The Weather Company to private equity firm Francisco Partners for an undisclosed amount, the two companies announced Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. The acquisition will include Weather Channel mobile and the — among other digital properties and enterprise offerings across industries and mediums, as well as The Weather Company's forecasting science and technology platform. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

IBM selling The Weather Company assets to private equity firm Francisco Partners

IBM is selling assets of The Weather Company – including and The Weather Channel mobile app — to private equity firm Francisco Partners. The two companies announced the deal on Tuesday that also includes The Weather Company’s forecasting science and technology platform and other digital properties. They did not disclose its price. IBM agreed […]

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EU launches investigation into Microsoft’s bundling of Office and Teams

The European Union will investigate Microsoft over its bundling of Office and Teams. Thursday’s announcement comes amid fears the packaging of productivity software Office with messaging and videoconferencing app Teams gives the tech giant an unfair edge over competitors. The 27-nation bloc’s top competition enforcer, the European Commission, said it will carry out the probe […]

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US regulator takes legal action to block Microsoft’s takeover of Activision

A US regulator has taken legal action in a bid to block Microsoft from completing its deal to buy video game company Activision Blizzard. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a San Francisco federal court for a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop Microsoft’s 69 billion dollar (£55bn) purchase of the California company […]

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OpenAI releases latest version of artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT

The US tech firm OpenAI has released its latest version of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT. The new model, GPT-4, is able to handle “much more nuanced instructions” than its predecessor, the GPT-3.5, its creators said. Its improved capabilities will include the ability to respond to images and process up to 25,000 words – about […]

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