NEW YORK 11 Reuters] – Microsoft (MSFT.O) rescued artificial intelligence startup OpenAI Helping last month when it was rocked by the abrupt resignation of CEO Sam Altman. CEO Satya Nadella kept his head above water and eventually prevented most of OpenAI’s employees from leaving. While this has stabilized the company, the power of the tech giants faces a new risk: the application of antitrust laws.
Britain’s main antitrust agency announced Friday that it will investigate whether Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI is a merger. Bloomberg later reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is doing the same, but the commission has not yet launched a formal investigation.
Microsoft invested $13 billion in OpenAI, a for-profit company. The deal was not reported to auditors because the company does not have a majority stake.