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A Regulator's Ball?

There has been a lot of talk recently about Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) acquiring Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY). Enough that the Swedish firm even took the unusual step of issuing a formal statement to deny the rumors.

As interesting as the prospect seems, there is one very big reason we don't expect Microsoft to partake of a Stockholm smorgasbord. We suspect Gates & Co. would be in a world of hurt with the regulators if they put in a bid for cuddly Kurt Hellström's crew. As usual, only the lawyers would benefit.

Although we don't expect it to happen, it would be most entertaining if Microsoft gave it a shot, just so we could read the list of objections spewed forth by the competition authorities.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung
http://www.unstrung.com
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