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EU puts Intel’s McAfee deal under close scrutiny

The European antitrust regulator has put Intel Corp's $7.68bn deal to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc under close scrutiny, a move that could delay completing the high-profile transaction, The Wall Street Journal has reported. A key focus of the European review is Intel's stated desire to incorporate security features into its widely used microprocessor chips. The EU appears to be 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.