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The Loudon County Solid Waste Disposal Commission is preparing to enter into a contract amendment with Republic Services for operation of the Matlock Bend landfill.

Microsoft has purchased Activision Blizzard for almost $70bn.

The tech giant - which is the team behind Windows computers as well as the X Box gaming console - acquired the 'Call of Duty' developers in a deal worth $68.7bn (£50.57bn).

In a statement, Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft said: "We're investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.. The fantastic franchises across Activision Blizzard will also accelerate our plans for Cloud Gaming, allowing more people in more places around the world to participate in the Xbox community using phones, tablets, laptops and other devices you already own. Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward"

Fellow Microsoft senior Phil Spencer also made a statement, where he claimed that upon acquisition of the gaming developers, Microsoft will add as many Activision Blizzard titles as possible to their Game Pass susbscipriton library.

He said: "Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalogue. As a company, Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players."

It comes after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard for promoting a culture of “constant sexual harassment" and while Spencer did not go into any detail about how Microsoft may deal with these problems, he did claim that success goes along with "treating every person with dignity and respect.

He added: "We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We’re looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard."

Autonomous vehicle startup fund Wayve has raised $200m (£147) for their new technology following reported backing from Microsoft and Virgin.

The British firm plans to use the funds raised to launch their AV2.0 project, which uses cameras - as opposed to of LIDAR (light detection and ranging) - to map out a vehicle’s environment.

Alex Kendall, co-founder and CEO of Wayve , said in a statement: "Today, we have all of the pieces in place to take what we have pioneered and drive AV2.0 forward. We have brought together world-class strategic partners in transportation, grocery delivery and compute, along with the best capital resources to scale our core autonomy platform, trial products with our commercial fleet partners, and build the infrastructure to scale AV2.0 globally."

Part of the funding will also reportedly go towards hire more AI scientists to develop its platform., which currently has around 120 staff based across its offices in London and California.

In describing the autonomous vehicle, Kendall noted that it will be able to "make its own decisions."

He added: "It’s able to learn to do things that are more complex than humans can hand-program, It can make its own decisions based on what it sees and drive in very complex environments like we have in central London."

Chris Philp, Digital Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, told UKTN: “It’s brilliant to see investors around the world backing our innovative homegrown startups with millions in investment… The UK will continue to lead Europe for tech and AI in 2022.”

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