Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard, US opens orders for free at-home COVID tests
Speaker 1: This is CNET and here are the stories that matter right now, Microsoft is buying gaming giant avision blizzard for 68.7 billion its biggest purchase ever. The move announced on Tuesday will make Microsoft the world's third largest video game maker and give a control over major franchises in including call of duty and world of Warcraft. The deal comes as avision blizzard faces intense scrutiny over its treatment of employees and its quote, frat boy workplace [00:00:30] culture allegations that have led to staff walkouts and calls for act vision CEO, Bobby Kotick to step down the Microsoft deal is expected to take up to 18 months to close Americans can now order free at home COVID tests. After the federal government's website went live on Tuesday, the site COVID test.gov lets Americans order four free tests per household. Regardless of insurance, those with insurance can now also be reimbursed for up to eight tests per month per person through their [00:01:00] provider, or get tests for free at in network pharmacies. And finally, apple has reclaimed its position at the top of the global smartphone market. According to data from analyst firm panelists, apple accounted for 22% of worldwide smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021, just in front of Samsung, which held 20% of market share the result. According to can us was thanks to high demand for the iPhone 13 and competitive pricing in China. Stay up to date with the latest by visiting CNET.