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Microsoft has bought online advertising firm aQuantive for about $6bn (£3bn), giving it ownership of ad technology provider Atlas; interactive agency AvenueA/Razorfish; and Drive PM, which provides targeting tools for internet advertisers and publishers.
The purchase of Atlas is an especially significant move - it competes against DoubleClick's technology platform, allowing advertisers to place ads more efficiently and publishers to better manage their inventory.
According to Microsoft:
"This deal expands upon the company's previously outlined vision to provide the advertising industry with a world class, Internet-wide advertising platform, as well as a set of tools and services that help its constituents generate the highest possible return on their advertising investments."