Mergers, acquisitions and funding

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Microsoft appeals against UK watchdog’s veto of Activision Blizzard takeover
CMA says it is defending cloud gaming market, but Microsoft says moves ‘discourages tech innovation and investment’ in UK

Dan Milmo

24, May, 2023 @7:14 PM

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No 10 says UK ‘extremely attractive’ for business after Microsoft broadside
Downing Street responds to stinging attack from US firm’s president over blocking of $69bn Activision deal

Kalyeena Makortoff and Alex Hern

27, Apr, 2023 @3:32 PM

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What does UK’s ban on Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover mean for gaming?
CMA surprised sector by saying deal would give Seattle firm undue power to shape cloud gaming

Alex Hern UK technology editor

26, Apr, 2023 @4:07 PM

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Activision Blizzard calls UK ‘closed for business’ after Microsoft takeover veto
Competition and Markets Authority blocks what would have been biggest acquisition in gaming history

Alex Hern UK technology editor

26, Apr, 2023 @2:41 PM

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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition will harm UK gamers, says watchdog
CMA says Xbox maker’s takeover of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft owner could lead to higher prices

Mark Sweney and Dan Milmo

08, Feb, 2023 @5:29 PM

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Newport semiconductor factory: ‘Losing these jobs would be devastating’
UK government blocked new Chinese ownership on security grounds, but Nexperia bosses had ‘planned to build two new plants’

Jasper Jolly

24, Nov, 2022 @2:08 PM

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Binance to buy FTX in major cryptocurrency exchange merger
Public squabble between the two largest offshore exchanges’ bosses led to run on FTX and forced sale

Alex Hern

08, Nov, 2022 @6:13 PM

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Twitter trolls bombard platform after Elon Musk takeover
Platform says 300 accounts carried out 50,000-plus tweets in ‘organised effort to make users think firm has changed content policy’

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

30, Oct, 2022 @10:54 AM

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Twitter deal may signal point when the ‘everything bubble’ bursts
China’s property meltdown, the unwinding of QE and the tech stock plunge all show a fragile global financial ecosystem under stress

Larry Elliott

30, Oct, 2022 @10:16 AM

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Twitter takeover: fears raised over disinformation and hate speech
EU commissioner says Elon Musk’s platform must ‘fly by our rules’ as UK minister raises concerns over content moderation

Dan Milmo and Alex Hern

28, Oct, 2022 @8:10 PM

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Twitter bosses entitled to $120m in ‘golden parachute’ payouts
Compensation for fired executives adds to already hefty bill for Elon Musk’s debt-funded takeover

Jasper Jolly

28, Oct, 2022 @4:33 PM

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Elon Musk completes Twitter takeover amid hate speech concerns
Shares delisted and top execs reportedly fired as world’s richest man closes deal to buy social media platform

Dan Milmo, Jasper Jolly, Alex Hern in London and Kari Paul in San Francisco

28, Oct, 2022 @4:25 PM

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