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    British competition regulators has signaled that Microsoft’s restructured $69 billion deal to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard is likely to receive antitrust approval. The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday that the revamped proposal “substantially addresses previous concerns” about stifling competition in the emerging cloud gaming market. The watchdog says the updated offer “opens the door to the deal being cleared,” though there are lingering concerns. Microsoft has offered remedies that the watchdog provisionally decided will resolve those issues, and regulators are now getting feedback on those fixes before making a final decision. Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company is “encouraged by this positive development."

      Hollywood studios and striking screenwriters have spent a second full day in talks that could potentially put an end to the nearly five-month dispute that has brought many film and television productions to a halt. Hopes ran high Thursday that a deal might emerge, but no meaningful updates had yet come from inside the talk between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America. Present at the meetings are a group of top entertainment CEOs including Disney’s Bob Iger, Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav, Universal’s Donna Langley and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

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