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The Morning After: Did Microsoft just neg Activision Blizzard? | Engadget

In a recent filing, Microsoft told the New Zealand Trade Commission that Activision Blizzard does not produce “must have” games. Kind of weird to say when the company plans to spend $68.7 billion to buy the gaming giant behind Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft and much more

In the document, Microsoft said: “There is nothing unique about the video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is a ‘must have’ for rival PC and console video game distributors to raise a foreclosure concern.”

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

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He left his team on the streets of some cities.

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Microsoft’s console strategy is unique. Someone with a nine-year-old Xbox One has access to a nearly identical library of games as a new Xbox Series X owner. That makes it difficult to maintain significantly different rosters for their various consoles, at least for now. . But while next-gen exclusives may be few and far between, there are plenty of gamers out there who just haven’t experienced much of what Microsoft has had to offer since the mid-10s.

It’s in that frame of mind that we tackle this list, now updated: What games would we recommend to someone buying an Xbox today? Expect more updated guides to the best games throughout the week.

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

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premium features.

It’s 2022 and Spotify is adding the most basic features to its iOS and Android apps: dedicated play and shuffle buttons on playlists and album pages. Until now, tapping the button on most playlists would start shuffle. However, this standard playback ‘feature’ will only be available to Spotify Premium subscribers.

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A trademark application for “TikTok Music” has already been filed.

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “TikTok Music.” The service would allow users to “buy, play, share, download music, songs, albums, lyrics… live stream audio and video… edit and upload photos as cover art for playlists… [and] comment on music, songs and albums”.

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