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EU Probes MS/LinkedIn Merger

EU competition regulators are probing a deal which will see Microsoft pay US$26 billion for professional network LinkedIn.

The European Commission has sent feelers out to canvas views on the subject after Microsoft sought approval for its biggest ever acquisition.

The EU is gathering information on social and professional networks and to what extent artificial Intelligence is integrated into customer relationship management that makes business processes quicker and simpler.

The EU competition enforcer is scheduled to rule on the deal by November 22.  The deal has drawn criticism from US software rival Salesforce which cited what it said was a  threat to innovation and competition.

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