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August 22, 2023

ABC News

Microsoft budges on video game streaming rights in push for UK to approve Activision Blizzard deal

British competition regulators have opened a new investigation into Microsoft’s revamped bid to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard. ByKELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer. August 22, 2023, 2:37 AM. Britain Microsoft Activision. FILE – A sign outside …

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The New York Times

Microsoft Offers British Regulators Changes to Activision Deal

British antitrust officials said on Tuesday that they were reviewing a revised offer by Microsoft to win approval of its $69 billion merger of Activision Blizzard, an effort to clear the biggest remaining regulatory hurdle to the major video games deal …

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CBS News

Longtime voice of Nintendo’s Mario character is calling it quits

Charles Martinet, the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games since the 1990s, is leaving the Mushroom Kingdom. Nintendo of America confirmed Monday that Martinet will now serve in the role of “Mario Ambassador,” traveling around the world to promote …

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The New York Times

Longtime Voice of Nintendo’s Mario to Step Away From Role

Charles Martinet, who as the official voice of the Nintendo character Mario became instantly recognizable to a generation of gamers with phrases like “It’s a-me, Mario” and the unmistakable “woo-hoo,” is stepping down from the role, the company said.

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Ubisoft shares pop 9% on revised Microsoft-Activision deal

Microsoft submitted a new deal for the takeover of Activision Blizzard Tuesday to try and appease wary U.K. regulators. Under the restructured agreement, cloud rights to Activision Blizzard’s games will be divested to Ubisoft prior to Microsoft’s …

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BBC News

Mario: Voice of Nintendo game star Charles Martinet steps down after 27 years

Charles Martinet, the voice of Nintendo’s mascot Mario, is to step down from the role, the gaming giant has announced. The actor has voiced the Italian plumber in the video games since 1996, starting with Super Mario 64. However, he did not voice the …

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Activision to sell streaming rights to Ubisoft to secure Microsoft deal

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) remains the only regulator to block the biggest ever deal in video gaming, forcing Microsoft to come up with a new proposal to complete the $69 billion purchase of “Call of Duty” maker Activision.

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With a little help from PVC pipe, Wisconsin researchers fool some voice identification systems

Is it possible to fool computer systems that use a person’s voice as a passcode? Some Wisconsin engineers say the answer is yes, and that they’ve done so, partly by using plastic pipe you can find in a hardware store. Some online banking systems use …

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The Irish Times

At what age should I give my child a mobile phone?

As a result, it is worth delaying smartphone ownership as long as possible and to wait until your child really needs access for social reasons. Having the rule of ‘no phone until secondary school’ is a …

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WBAL Baltimore

Charles Martinet, the original voice of Nintendo’s beloved Mario character, steps down

Nintendo of America confirmed Monday that Martinet will now serve in the role of “Mario Ambassador,” traveling around the world to promote the beloved plumber, signing autographs and performing Nintendo character voices. “It’s …

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