Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Russian Anti-Monopoly Service: Microsoft-Skype Deal May Restrict Competition

Russia’s Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) postponed to December 2011 the decision on the petition of software giant Microsoft to approve its acquisition of internet communication company Skype. The agency emphasized in a statement that the deal “can restrict competition.” If the acquisition is not approved by Russia, Microsoft will apparently have to either spin off the Russian part of the business or to abandon the Skype deal altogether. The FAS has denied suggestions that the delay in the approval may be related to Microsoft’s negotiations with Russia’s Federal State Security Service (FSB) on the disclosure of Skype codes to the FSB.

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