A massive merger of content recommendations falls apart, Microsoft reveals the release date and price of its flagship game console and Alexa allows phone calls for AT&T customers.

It seems that the two largest companies in the content recommendations market will not be joining forces after all.

Taboola and Outbrain announced an $850 million merger last year, but apparently a "challenging cultural adjustment" and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digital advertising business have spoiled the deal. There has not been a formal announcement yet, but Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch has confirmed the news with both companies.

"We saw changing conditions in the marketplace because of COVID-19, and we decided to end the deal," an anonymous source told us.

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