The Morning After: Did Microsoft Just Ditch Activision Blizzard?

In a recent report, Microsoft told the New Zealand Trade Commission that Activision Blizzard does not produce any “must-have” games. It’s odd to say when the company plans to spend $68.7 billion to buy the gaming giant behind Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo and World of Warcraft. And many more.

“There is nothing unique about video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is a ‘must have’ for distributors of video games on competing PCs and consoles raising concerns about foreclosure,” Microsoft said in the document.

Trying to downplay Call of Duty is just one of the ways Microsoft has tried to placate regulators. In February, the company pledged that it would continue to make the franchise available on PlayStation consoles beyond any existing agreements between Sony and Activision.

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Its equipment was left on the streets in some cities.

An e-bike and scooter-sharing startup co-founded by Olympian Usain Bolt appears to have ceased operations. Bolt Mobility has offered bikes in five cities, including Portland, Burlington, Vermont and Richmond in California, among others. “We learned two weeks ago (from them) that Bolt had ceased operations,” said a transportation planner in Chittenden County, Vermont. Take Crunch. “They’ve disappeared, leaving equipment behind and emails and calls unanswered.”

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You’ll also see them on the individual application pages.

Apple has been known to not violate your privacy to display ads, but it does have an advertising business on its App Store and elsewhere. The company is now expanding this business by adding a new ad slot to the Home tab today and on individual app pages. The company says these new ad slots will comply with Apple’s policies on privacy and transparency, by never serving personalized ads to users under 18, never using sensitive data and avoiding excessive targeting.

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Whether you have a Series X, Series S, One X, or One S, there’s something for you.

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Microsoft’s console strategy is unique. Someone with a nine-year-old Xbox One has access to an almost identical game library as a brand-new Xbox Series X owner. This makes it difficult to keep different meaningful menus for its different consoles – at least for the time being. But while next-gen exclusives may be few and far between, there are plenty of gamers out there who haven’t tried much of what Microsoft has to offer since the mid-ten years.

In that frame of mind, we’re approaching this list, now updated: What games would we recommend for someone choosing an Xbox today? Expect more updated guides for the best games throughout the week.

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The proposed class action accuses Musk of breaching his fiduciary duty to Twitter shareholders.

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It’s not just Twitter trying to force Elon Musk to buy the company for $44 billion. An investor has filed a proposed lawsuit to try to prevent Musk from backing out of the deal. Luigi Crespo’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty to Twitter shareholders. Musk alleged last month that the company made “false and misleading statements,” and that it misrepresented the number of bots and fake accounts on its platform. Crispo agreed with Twitter’s allegations that Musk was using false claims about bots and spam to get rid of the deal without valid legal status.

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Premium membership benefits.

It’s 2022 and Spotify is adding the most basic functions to its iOS and Android apps: dedicated buttons for playing and switching on playlists and album pages. So far, clicking the button on most playlists will start playback, randomly. However, this vanilla “playback” feature will only be available to Spotify Premium subscribers.

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There is already a “TikTok Music” trademark application filed.

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “TikTok Music”. The service will allow users to “purchase, play, share and download music, songs, albums, lyrics…live broadcast audio and video…edit and upload photographs as cover for playlists… [and] Commenting on music, songs, and albums.

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