Microsoft’s AI Ventures and Qualcomm’s Autotalks Acquisition Face Regulatory Scrutiny, Global Tech Competition Concerns



U.S. Big Tech’s artificial intelligence investments and takeover plans are increasingly drawing regulatory scrutiny worldwide.

Significant merger deals, including Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ:NVDA) – Arm Holdings Plc (NASDAQ:ARM) and  Intel Corp’s (NASDAQ:INTC) – Tower Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:TSEM), succumbed to regulatory opposition over anticompetitive grounds.

The European Union’s competition watchdog plans to examine Microsoft Corp’s (NASDAQ:MSFTrecent investment in Mistral AI, alongside its ongoing scrutiny of Microsoft’s close relationship with OpenAI Inc. Microsoft has formed a strategic partnership with Mistral, investing €15 million ($16.3 million) to make Mistral’s artificial intelligence models available on its Azure cloud platform. 

Unlike OpenAI’s models, which are proprietary, Mistral’s are open for sharing. 

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