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October 13, 2023, 10:25 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft completes Activision Blizzard acquisition after a 20-month battle with regulators in the UK and US; Bobby Kotick will remain CEO until the end of 2023  —  The Verge exclusively reported last week that Microsoft was planning to close today, and now it's official.
Samuel Tolbert / Windows Central:
The UK CMA approves Microsoft's ~$69B Activision acquisition, after Microsoft restructured the deal to sell some of Activision's cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft  —  The final roadblock has been removed.  —  What you need to know  — UK regulatory authority the CMA granted Microsoft approval to purchase Activision Blizzard.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
CD Projekt used AI to recreate the voice of Miłogost Reczek, a Polish voice actor who died in 2021, for Cyberpunk 2077's new Polish DLC, after asking his family  —  Gamemaker says it consulted with family of the late Miłogost Reczek  —  Polish video game developer CD Projekt SA …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google updates its Search Generative Experience with the ability to generate images using prompts and to write drafts that can be customized for tone and length  —  Google's AI-powered search feature, SGE (Search Generative Experience), is gaining some new skills, starting today.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether promotes long-time CTO Paolo Ardoino to CEO, starting in December, and envisions becoming a “tech-centric organization”; current CEO will be an advisor  —  - Stablecoin issuer Tether promoted its long-time CTO Paolo Ardoino to CEO as it envisions becoming a “tech-centric organization.”
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Google vows to defend users of generative AI tools in Google Cloud and Workspace from copyright claims; Microsoft, Adobe, and others have made similar pledges  —  Google (GOOGL.O) said on Thursday that it will defend users of generative artificial-intelligence systems in its Google Cloud …
New York Times:
In five hours of cross-examination, SBF's lawyers did not elicit any revelations or inconsistencies from Caroline Ellison, who said SBF made “terrible mistakes”  —  Mr. Bankman-Fried's lawyers sought to poke holes in Ms. Ellison's testimony, but her account remained largely consistent.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU opens an investigation into X over hosting disinformation tied to Hamas' Israel attack and sends X a formal request for information under the DSA  —  Investigation is first under bloc's Digital Services Act and follows letter raising concerns about platform
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