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Microsoft files for EU approval of LinkedIn deal

Antitrust approval has already been granted in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.

A November 22 deadline has been set by the European Commission to review the arrangement. If concerns arise, an extended investigation would be opened.

Salesforce, looking to generate added complication, has attacked the deal claiming competition would be hurt should it go through. With today’s news the company won’t be making a bid for Twitter along with prior commentary, the suggestion LinkedIn (MSFT, LNKD) was the asset Salesforce truly desired to win seems increasingly tenable.