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EXPLAINER: Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming

Jan. 19, 2022 16:40 PM EST

Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced this week it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo. Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, said acquiring the owner...

Microsoft buys game maker Activision Blizzard for about $70B

Jan. 18, 2022 19:23 PM EST

Microsoft is paying the enormous sum of nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, the maker of Candy Crush and Call of Duty, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo while raising questions about the deal’s possible anti-competitive effects. ...

Taiwan chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit $6 billion

Jan. 13, 2022 02:00 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips, reported Thursday its quarterly profit rose 16.4% over a year earlier to $6 billion amid surging demand for chips for smartphones and other electronics. Revenue in...

China pursues tech 'self-reliance,' fueling global unease

Dec. 27, 2021 22:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — To help make China a self-reliant “technology superpower,” the ruling Communist Party is pushing the world's biggest e-commerce company to take on the tricky, expensive business of designing its own processor chips — a business unlike anything Alibaba Group has done before. ...

Intel apologizes for asking suppliers to avoid Xinjiang

Dec. 23, 2021 13:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Intel Corp. apologized Thursday for asking suppliers to avoid sourcing goods from Xinjiang after the world’s biggest chipmaker joined other foreign brands that face the fury of state media over complaints of abuses by the ruling Communist Party in the mostly Muslim region. ...

Oregon might dump controversial spyware investment

Dec. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's treasurer is exploring legal options with the state attorney general in the state's large investment in a smartphone spyware company — a firm that has been denounced by human rights groups, the U.S. government and tech giants. In 2017, the Oregon...

Sen. Wyden says Oregon should divest from spyware company

Dec. 15, 2021 15:39 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said Wednesday that the Oregon state employees pension fund should drop its investment in NSO Group, whose smartphone-hacking tool has targeted human rights monitors, journalists, politicians and others. The Oregon Democrat's comments to The...

UN watchdog says Iran will allow new cameras at nuclear site

Dec. 15, 2021 12:29 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The United Nations' nuclear watchdog and Iran reached a deal Wednesday to reinstall cameras damaged at an Iranian site that manufactures centrifuge parts, though inspectors remain limited on what footage they can access. The agreement will see cameras put back...

Japan's Nintendo game console pioneer Uemura dies at 78

Dec. 10, 2021 23:59 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Masayuki Uemura, a Japanese home computer game pioneer whose Nintendo consoles sold millions of units worldwide, has died, according to the university in Kyoto where he taught. He was 78. Uemura, the lead architect behind Nintendo Co.'s trailblazing home game consoles,...

Saudi activist sues 3 former U.S. officials over hacking

Dec. 09, 2021 14:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi political activist who pushed to end a ban on women driving in her country, is suing three former U.S. intelligence and military officials she says helped hack her cellphone so a foreign government could spy on her before she was...