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U.K. Flexes New Muscle in Antitrust Probes Over Microsoft and Amazon

LONDON – The United Kingdom’s Antitrust Agency has opened investigations into Microsoft The proposed takeover of Activision Blizzard and inside Amazon Inc.’s business practices. and solidifying the UK as a new regulatory force to be reckoned with in Silicon Valley.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday it was investigating whether Microsoft’s $75 billion bid to buy Activision, the video game giant behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft”, would reduce competition in Britain. The investigation follows a similar investigation in the United States by the Federal Trade Commission.

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