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Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision takeover faces competition probe in the UK

Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard’s games character. Dado Ruvic | Reuters The UK’s competition watchdog on Wednesday opened an investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of video game publisher Activision Blizzard. It marks one of the first probes by a major antitrust enforcer into the $68.7 billion deal, which was …

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Your Next Android Phone’s Lock Screen Could Be Filled With Ads

Glance shows dynamic content on the lock screen. But who asked for that? screenshot: Glance While it’s true that the Android lock screen could use a little perking up since Apple revealed what it’s doing for iOS, this isn’t what we were thinking. according to TechCrunchmobile ad company, Glance, is planning to launch its lock …

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Why Is Everyone Using NGL on Instagram?

screenshot: Lindsey Ellefson Since introducing trendy new apps like BeReal and Dimensional is my schtick now, it’s important I bring you news of NGL, an app that pairs with your Instagram account and gives people the ability to send you completely anonymous messages. What is NGL? NGL is just the latest in a long line …

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How To Stop Other People Seeing When You’re Online

Seeing when someone was last online inside an app can help you figure out whether or not they’re available to chat, and can also give you pointers as to whether they’re ignoring your messages or just haven’t gotten around to replying yet. but if you don’t like your status being broadcast to your contacts like …

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The British Army’s YouTube and Twitter Accounts Were Hacked

Over the weekend, while many in the United States were pre-gaming today’s Fourth of July holiday celebrationsin the UK, the British Army was scrambling to regain control its Twitter and YouTube accounts that had both been hacked to promote NFTs and other crypto investment scans. According to the BBC, at one point over the weekend, …

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10 More Fascinating Indie Games To Wishlist On Steam Today

Image: GoldFire Studios / Kotaku As previously establishedtoday is the day all gaming websites that don’t hate their readers, their country, their god, post as much as they can about unknown indie games in penance for all that triple-A blah that occupies our lives. So read on for another 10 games you’ve never heard of …

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Hands Of Necromancy Is So Good It Could’ve Been Hexen III

screenshot: HON Team / Kotaku In the mood for a retro-style FPS, I dug around the new releases on Steam, and poked at a few, not really clicking. Until, that is, I found Hands Of Necromancyand then played it all weekend. This is a Hexen-like FPS, with enormous, sprawling maps, a whole bunch of weapons, …

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10 Unknown Indie Games That You’ll Want To Wishlist And Play

Image: Lumi Finley / Kotaku Welcome! It’s that most famous of national holidays, Indie Penance Day! The day on which major gaming websites attempt to make up for their AAA coverage by dedicating space to unknown indies. Any gaming site you see not joining in both hates indie developers, and America. Not us though, so …

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How to Back Up Your Google Hangouts Data Before It’s Gone for Good

photo: Piotr Swat (Shutterstock) Google Hangouts will be replaced by Google Chats later this year, adding another entry to the ever-growing list of dead Google services. The shutdown is planned to occur some time in October, but Google is already starting the transition. While the process will mostly take place on Google’s side, the company …

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Steam User Spends 5 Years Purchasing All Of Its Hot Dog Emojis

Image: Valve / Kotaku / NotionPic (Shutterstock) 20-year-old Brian Haugh has spent the past six years purchasing thousands of “:steam2016:” emoticonswhich Valve created to promote the 2016 Steam Summer Sale and looks like a hot dog wearing little shoes. On Steam, you can purchase emoticons from other users in the Community Marketplace or create them …

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