Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal to Rivals, $26 billion acquisition


Updated Oct. 22, 2016 10:14 a.m. ET

European Commission asks if LinkedIn’s data can be replicated and about the differences between professional and personal social-media networks.

BRUSSELS—In their review of Microsoft Corp.’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp., European Union antitrust regulators are attempting to measure the rough value of the professional network’s data and whether rival sites can replicate it, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The European Commission, the bloc’s antitrust authority, has sent out questionnaires to competitors as part of its standard merger review process...



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