Microsoft to acquire Activision for $68.7 billion / Google is building an AR headset / The 5G battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines
Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with games reporter Ash Parrish and senior reporter Alex Heath about Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion and Google building a new AR headset.
Policy editor Russell Brandom joins the show to discuss the battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines over 5G and the antitrust bills in Congress this week.
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Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Read Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s email to employees about the Microsoft acquisition
Read Microsoft Gaming CEO’s email to staff about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
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Microsoft’s Activision acquisition would instantly make it a force in mobile gaming
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Is Microsoft building a gaming monopoly?
Sony expects Microsoft to ‘continue to ensure’ Activision games stay multiplatform
Google is building an AR headset
AT&T and Verizon are limiting C-band 5G expansion around airports even more
AT&T begins 5G C-band rollout in limited number of metro areas
Verizon’s faster C-band 5G is live and off to a promising start
Apple and Google split with startups over antitrust bill
Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai are personally lobbying senators against antitrust legislation: report
Lawmakers approve Big Tech antitrust overhaul, but with strings attached
US competition enforcers launch overhaul of merger approval process
Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’
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