Microsoft is challenging Britain's decision to block its $69 billion takeover of "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard on the grounds of "fundamental errors" in the assessment of Microsoft's cloud gaming services. News 

Microsoft Sets Ground for Activision Appeal Against UK Regulator

Microsoft is challenging a UK decision to block its $69 billion acquisition of “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard on the grounds of “fundamental flaws” in the valuation of Microsoft’s cloud gaming services. Britain’s anti-trust regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), vetoed the deal in April, saying it could harm competition in the nascent cloud gaming market, sparking a furious row. Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that it had filed an appeal against the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) decision, and published a summary of its arguments on Friday. It…

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Sunak and the tech leaders - OpenAI's Sam Altman, Google DeepMind's Demis Hassabis and Anthropic's Dario Amodei - discussed the risks AI poses News 

UK works with OpenAI and Google DeepMind to ensure society benefits from AI technology

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the bosses of leading artificial intelligence companies OpenAI, Google DeepMind and Anthropic will work together to ensure society benefits from transformative technology, they said in a statement after the meeting on Wednesday. According to the statement, Sunak and the technology leaders — OpenAI’s Sam Altman, Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis and Anthropic’s Dario Amodei — discussed risks posed by artificial intelligence, from disinformation and national security to existential threats. They also discussed security measures, voluntary actions labs are considering to manage risks, and possible avenues…

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Apple has already settled a similar case in the US and offered a free battery replacement to the defective units. News 

Apple is accused of curbing the iPhone in the UK and faces lawsuits worth billions

Apple continues to face accusations that it has deliberately discouraged iPhone users from degrading battery units. We’ve heard of these reports before, and now the company is facing a £1.6 billion lawsuit in the UK accusing Apple of holding back the iPhone 6 and 6s models. Justin Gutmann has filed a lawsuit on behalf of UK users who have been affected by this abuse known as the battery door. The lawsuit alleges that Apple deliberately slowed down the performance of iPhone models to reduce battery drain. Apple has previously faced…

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Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company behind the popular game 'Call of Duty', will not pose a threat to competition in the gaming console market, UK regulators said - clearing a significant hurdle for the $69 billion deal. News 

UK ditches antitrust rules from Microsoft-Activision deal, but remains wary of impact on cloud gaming market

LONDON: Microsoft’s $69 billion purchase of “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard would not harm competition in game consoles, Britain’s competition watchdog said, removing a major hurdle to the deal. In its findings based on new evidence, the Competition and Markets Authority said on Friday that it would not make economic sense for Microsoft to make “Call of Duty” exclusive to its Xbox console and instead would still have an incentive to keep the game available for PlayStation. However, the regulator said it was still reviewing the deal’s impact on…

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Britain said on Thursday it would ban TikTok on government phones with immediate effect, a move that follows other Western countries who have barred the Chineseowned video app over security concerns. News 

Now Britain bans TikTok on government phones due to security concerns

LONDON: Britain said on Thursday it would ban TikTok from state phones immediately, following other Western countries that have banned the Chinese-owned video app over security concerns. “The security of sensitive government data must be a priority, so today we are banning this app from government devices. The use of other apps that harvest data will be monitored,” government minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement. TikTok has come under increasing scrutiny amid fears that user data on the app, owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, could end up in the…

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