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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Carl Chasin
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Microsoft has offered "concessions" in return for letting its $26bn dollar acquisition of LinkedIn move ahead, according to officials from the European Commission.

The officials refused to provide any further details over what those concessions were, however.

The Commission is expected to decide whether to let the purchase of the social media giant move ahead at the start of December.

Last week, it leaked that EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has raised doubts over the deal at a meeting with Microsoft executives.

Vestager had previously expressed concern with the deal, publicly pondering whether it was solely over the valuable data that LinkedIn possesses.

Her skepticism was encouraged by a number of potential rivals, most notably Salesforce, which wrote to the EC asking it to dig into the deal.

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