Microsoft/LinkedIn: could Big Data be a Big Problem?* On 14 October 2016, Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn was notified to the European Commission for merger clearance. The EU regulator's initial deadline to decide whether to approve the deal or refer it for in-depth investigation is 22 November 2016. Having already been approved by competition authorities in the US, Canada and Brazil, the deal might be expected to have an easy passage through the Commission, there being little obvious overlap between Microsoft's existing businesses and the ubiquitous professional networking platform provided by LinkedIn. Such "conglomerate" mergers rarely trouble the competition regulators. But could
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