EU probes Intel's $7.68 b McAfee bid

The WSJ said the European Union’s anti-trust regulator had privately expressed concerns during its preliminary review of the deal, which could prompt the regulator to submit the deal to a lengthy examination.

A key focus of the European review, it said, is Intel’s stated desire to incorporate security features into its widely used microprocessor chips. The EU appears concerned that if McAfee, by virtue of being owned by Intel, had privileged access to those features, it could be difficult for McAfee’s rivals to compete, they added.

Since Intel formally notified the European Commission of the deal in late November — a procedural step that kicked off agency’s review — the commission has sent several questionnaires soliciting opinions about the deal from other security-software companies, the WSJ said.

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