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Microsoft president Brad Smith called it the “darkest day” in the company’s 40 years of operation in the UK. Mr. Smith, responding to Monday’s FTC news, said Microsoft was “pleased to have the opportunity to present our case in federal court” in an effort to convince US authorities to allow the acquisition to go through. “We believe accelerating the legal process in the US will ultimately bring more choice and competition to the market,” he said. Microsoft, which is playing catch-up to industry leader Sony, sees the acquisition of Activision, the creators of Candy Crush, as crucial. Microsoft is essentially…

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The proposed $69 billion (£56 billion) acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft has been temporarily blocked by a court at the request of US authorities. “It is necessary to maintain the status quo while the complaint is pending,” the court states of the interim restraining order. The merger might “substantially lessen competition” in the market, according to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The 22nd of June marks the beginning of a two-day hearing in San Francisco. It would be the largest acquisition in the history of the video game business if Activision Blizzard, the developer of Call of Duty…

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Disney has revealed a new release schedule, delaying the arrival of many highly anticipated blockbusters. US media have reported that several of its highly anticipated Marvel, Star Wars, and Avatar sequels are included. Producer Jon Landau tweeted that the developers of the Avatar sequels needed additional time to finish their work. Disney has not provided an explanation for the holdups. The decision was made while the Hollywood writers’ strike continued, which some feared would lead to production halts and delay movie releases. “Movies like this can’t be made without scripts (despite what some critics might say), and with writers not…

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As much as $1 billion (£790 million) in liabilities forced the creator of Pyrex glassware and Instant Pot multicookers to seek bankruptcy protection. High borrowing rates and sluggish demand are to blame for Instant Brands’ predicament, the company says. With almost 2,400 employees, the firm intends to remain running throughout the transition. This follows an April warning from rival cookware company Tupperware that it may go bankrupt unless it swiftly found fresh finance. Instant Brands claims that sales were particularly high during the outbreak because people were confined to their homes. “tightening of credit terms and higher interest rates impacted…

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On Tuesday afternoon, a widespread outage in Amazon Web Services (AWS) caused problems for a great number of popular websites. When companies use AWS to host their websites and other apps, AWS generates money. The downtime lasted for almost two hours, but the business claims it has fixed the problem. The status page said, “We are continuing to work to fully recover all services.” Immediately, our technical teams became involved and started investigating,” the AWS health dashboard said. We rapidly isolated the problem to a malfunction in the system in charge of capacity control for AWS Lambda, which was…

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“It’s not that I lost interest in the law. Katona said, “I just fell madly in love with this other idea and became obsessed with it.” “What if there is a business in this food of my ancestors?” As it happens, there was. Mowgli, which specializes in authentic Indian comfort food, has expanded to over twenty locations throughout the United Kingdom. Katona has also established a nonprofit, written four cookbooks, and made frequent TV appearances as a cuisine expert. Katona, before she began organizing the first Mowgli restaurant, had been working as a trial attorney (or barrister, as it is…

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The 2017 launch of Trinny Woodall’s skincare and beauty brand, Trinny London, was received with much skepticism. Since then, however, she has transformed it into a thriving business, with sales skyrocketing during the last coronavirus outbreak. Makeup and skincare from Trinny London are available in a broad variety of tones, hues, and levels of coverage, respectively. Customers may find the items that will work best for their skin type and needs with the use of an online tool. Woodall told CNBC’s Tania Bryer last month that she was prepared for the coronavirus pandemic since she ran her company online. While…

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Accel, a venture capital firm, has released a research showing that for every venture-backed business valued at $1 billion or more, there are five digital firms born in Europe and Israel. Based on data from Dealroom, Accel estimates that 221 of the region’s 353 “unicorn” businesses have spawned 1,171 new tech-enabled startup companies as a result of staff departures. According to a survey published by the same company a year ago, 201 of the 344 VC-backed unicorns spawned 1,018 other firms. We may look to organizations like Spotify (32) and Delivery Hero (32) and Criteo (31) as prime examples of…

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An influential activist investor is wagering that postponed return-to-office initiatives will cause more disruption in the commercial real estate market. For the last three years, Jonathan Litt of Land and Buildings has been shorting real estate investment trusts (REITs) with extensive exposure to office space. “If you have no rent growth and your vacancies are going up and you have giant operating expenses to run an office building, you’re going backwards fast,” the firm’s chief investment officer said on CNBC’s “Fast Money” on Tuesday. Before the “existential hurricane” slammed the financial sector in May of 2020, Litt warned Wall Street.…

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After arriving in New York on Tuesday, China’s new ambassador issued a plea to “safeguard the interests of China,” as stated in a statement issued by the Chinese embassy in the United States. After a vacancy of almost six months, China finally appointed Xie Feng as its ambassador to the United States. His most recent position was that of deputy foreign minister. On Tuesday, Xie said the bilateral relationship confronts “serious difficulties and challenges,” and that his goal is to “enhance China-U.S. exchanges and cooperation,” as the statement put it. CNBC sought comment from the U.S. Department of State, but…

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