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Microsoft in bribery inquiry

SEATTLE — Federal authorities are examining Microsoft’s involvement with companies and individuals that allegedly paid bribes to overseas government officials in exchange for business.

The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have both opened preliminary investigations into the bribery allegations involving Microsoft in China, Italy, and Romania, according to a person briefed on the probe, who declined to be named because the software company considers the inquiry a confidential legal matter.

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