EU to Monitor Microsoft ContentGuard Deal

A top European Commission official said on Tuesday that the EU executive would continue to monitor Microsoft's purchase of anti-piracy software firm ContentGuard Holdings Inc. Earlier the Commission said it lacked authority to review the deal once Microsoft had extended its purchase from a two-way joint venture with Time Warner Inc. to a three-way partnership including France's Thomson. Commission Competition Director Philip Lowe acknowledged there was no solution but to withdraw, but added: "That doesn't necessarily remove any antitrust concerns in the long term."

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