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  • Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters
    Entertainment
    TechCrunch

    Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters

    A federal judge has approved the Department of Justice's efforts to end the Paramount Consent Decrees — 70-year-old court orders that prevented movie studios from engaging in a variety of anticompetitive behaviors, including ownership of movie theaters. Motion picture distributors that are not subject to the Decrees have entered the market since the 1940s — most significantly, The Walt Disney Company, the leading movie distributor in 2018 with about $3 billion in domestic box office revenues ... Other motion picture distributors not subject to the Decrees include Lionsgate (20 films released in 2018), Focus Features (13 films), Roadside Attractions (12 films), and STX Entertainment (10 films).

  • The Mate 40 will feature Huawei's final high-end Kirin processor
    Business
    Engadget

    The Mate 40 will feature Huawei's final high-end Kirin processor

    The Trump Administration's Entity List ban continues to affect Huawei's business.

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    Bloomberg

    Aveva Is in Exclusive Talks to Buy SoftBank-Backed OSIsoft

    (Bloomberg) -- Aveva Group Plc is in advanced talks to acquire industrial software maker OSIsoft LLC for about $5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.Aveva, which combined with Schneider Electric SE’s industrial software arm in 2018, has entered exclusive talks about a purchase of OSIsoft and could announce a deal within weeks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.Aveva, based in Cambridge, England, beat out several other industrial bidders, the people said. Emerson Electric Co. also considered an offer, people familiar with the matter said in June.Aveva confirmed the talks in a statement. “There can be no certainty that the discussions between Aveva and OSIsoft will lead to any agreement concerning the possible acquisition,” the company said.OSIsoft Founder and Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Kennedy, along with minority owner SoftBank Group Corp., have been working with advisers on a potential sale of the company, Bloomberg News previously reported.SoftBank’s stake is held in its Vision Fund.Representatives for OSIsoft, SoftBank, Schneider and Kennedy declined to comment.The world’s biggest industrial companies have been acquiring technology firms for the past few years as they shift their focus from machinery to software and automation.Deals in the technology space have been resilient during the pandemic, with Analog Devices Inc. announcing a $20.9 billion transaction for rival chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. last month. Nvidia Corp. is in advanced talks to buy SoftBank-backed Arm Ltd., Bloomberg News reported last month.OSIsoft, based in San Leandro, California, sells software for use in sectors including oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing and pharmaceutical development, according to its website.SoftBank, which acquired a minority stake in the company in 2017, has been selling assets including a large chunk of its stake in T-Mobile US Inc. to finance stock buybacks and pay down debt. Its Vision Fund lost 1.9 trillion yen ($17.9 billion) last fiscal year after writing down the value of investments in firms including WeWork and Uber Technologies Inc.(Updates with Aveva statement in fourth paragraph, additional background in last paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.