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EXPLAINER: Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming

Jan. 19, 2022 12:29 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 the deal would be...

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. ...

Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

Jan. 18, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on. Nuclear power is emerging as an answer...

In tiny Wyoming town, Bill Gates bets big on nuclear power

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

KEMMERER, Wyoming (AP) — In this sleepy Wyoming town that has relied on coal for over a century, a company founded by the man who revolutionized personal computing is launching an ambitious project to counter climate change: A nationwide reboot of nuclear energy technology. Until...

US regulators aiming at illegal and anticompetitive mergers

Jan. 18, 2022 15:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. competition regulators have mounted an effort to tighten enforcement against illegal mergers, in line with President Joe Biden’s mandate for greater scrutiny to big business combinations. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Microsoft to buy gaming company Activision Blizzard in a deal valued at $68.7 billion

Jan. 18, 2022 08:43 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft to buy gaming company Activision Blizzard in a deal valued at $68.7 billion.

Stocks end mostly higher, but still log another losing week

Jan. 14, 2022 17:02 PM EST

A late-afternoon recovery in technology stocks helped erase most of the market's losses Friday, though it wasn't enough to keep major indexes from posting their second straight losing week. The S&P 500 eked out a 0.1% gain in the final minutes of trading after having been down...

Asian shares skid, tracking Wall Street retreat

Jan. 13, 2022 22:53 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares slipped Friday after a retreat on Wall Street that left the Nasdaq composite down 2.5%. Tokyo fell nearly 2% and Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul also were lower. China reported its global trade surplus surged nearly 30% in 2021 to $676.4...

Microsoft opens harassment investigation sought by investors

Jan. 13, 2022 20:03 PM EST

Microsoft said Thursday it is opening an inquiry into how it responds to workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination, including its handling of allegations about co-founder Bill Gates. The review is a response to pressure from Microsoft investors. Nearly 78% of shareholders...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 10:22 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...