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Microsoft’s purchase of  Activision Blizzard would be  the largest gaming industry deal ever. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

If the path to the metaverse runs through today’s video games industry, then Microsoft’s agreed $75 billion (€65 billion) acquisition of Activision Bl(...)

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Sony shares fell 13 per cent in Tokyo on Wednesday, their biggest drop since October 2008, after PlayStation rival Microsoft announced a $69 billion ((...)

Activision’s library of games, such as Call of Duty and Overwatch, also gives Microsoft’s Xbox gaming platform an edge over Sony’s PlayStation. Photograph: David McNee

Microsoft said on Tuesday it would buy Call of Duty video game maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion (€60.4 billion) in cash, the largest deal i(...)

An Ukrainian military forces serviceman walks on a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske village, in Donetsk. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty

Ukraine believes Russia is behind a cyber attack that US technology firm Microsoft suspects could cripple computers on government networks, at a time (...)

Most of Dublin’s leading stocks suffered on Friday, dragging down the Iseq index of Irish shares. Photograph: iStock

Shares slid on Friday as central bankers signalled that interest rate rises may not be far off. DUBLIN Shares in insulation maker Kingspan tumbled 7(...)

Wall Street’s main indices fell on Thursday, dragged down by declines in megacap growth stocks. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks were muted on Thursday as losses in defensive sectors were matched by gains in automakers and technology stocks on hopes of improving (...)

UK financial regulators are preparing to step up their scrutiny of cloud computing providers amid growing fears that an outage or hack of their services could severely disrupt a banking system increasingly reliant on them.

UK financial regulators are preparing to step up their scrutiny of cloud computing providers amid growing fears that an outage or hack of their servic(...)

A Consumer Electronics Show (CES) attendee tries out Yukai Engineering’s Amagami Ham Ham, a cat robot that nibbles your  finger. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP

Image of the week: What happens in Vegas Congratulations to Yukai Engineering for delivering the first great “but why?” of 2022. The Tokyo company ha(...)

Asystec managing director Les Byrne and Ergo chief executive Paul McCann, who says the acquisition ‘is good news for everyone’. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Coalesce

IT services company Ergo has made its biggest acquisition to date, buying Limerick-based Asystec in a €25 million deal. The transaction, which is sub(...)

US stock indices swung between gains and losses after Federal Reserve minutes struck a hawkish note on Thursday. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

Early warning signs of a US interest rate rise sent stocks falling on Thursday as investors shifted to bonds. Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s Decemb(...)

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