US Government probes Microsoft's WebTV acquisition

The US government has asked Microsoft for additional information on its planned purchase of WebTV Networks, a move that could signal anti-trust concerns with the merger. Among information it is seeking are details on what WebTV's plans would have been without the US$425 million acquisition, and a list of the company's competitors.

The US government has asked Microsoft for additional information on its planned purchase of WebTV Networks, a move that could signal anti-trust concerns with the merger.

The US Justice Department late last week made a second request for information on the deal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among information it is seeking are details on what WebTV's plans would have been without the US$425 million acquisition, and a list of the company's competitors, according to the report.

Microsoft announced in early April that it would acquire the Palo Alto, California-based maker of systems that provide Internet access through a television. The companies could not be reached for comment.

Microsoft is preparing the documents and expects the request will not hinder the acquisition, according to the reports.

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