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EU unhappy about Intel's McAfee buy

by on20 December 2010

Wants to talk to rivals
It looks like Intel's strange purchase of the security outfit McAfee has raised the eyebrows of the European Union.

The EU has kept a close eye on Chipzilla since it fined the outfit $1.45 billion for anti-trust behavour. According to the Wall Street Journal which has been talking to deep throats within the Commission, a questionnaire is being circulated by European Union investigators over the buy out.

The EU’s antitrust regulator has privately expressed some apprehensions about the $7.68 billion acquisition during its preliminary assessment of the deal. If that is the case, the regulator will want a wide-ranging study of the implications of the McAfee acquisition. The EU has until January 12, 2011, to either issue a judgement on the deal or to initiate the more-extended review.

Apparently the antitrust watchdogs have been snuffling around the hindquarters of rival security-software companies asking their views. The concern is that Intel might give McAfee products exclusive or special access to some chip features; thereby enabling the products to run more effectively.

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