I don't necessarily want to bloat the front page with half-baked rumors. Not when there's editorializing to be done, but I thought this was an interesting story and it seems like other news sources are taking it seriously.
If insider speculation is to be believed, Microsoft has bought US publisher Vivendi, with an announcement to that effect due soon. Take a deep breath and reflect on the implications of that, if true.
Frankly, I think it would be a terrific purchase for everyone involved. Of course, it would be a little scary how many of my gaming dollars would be flowing to Microsoft, but then again, their games have shown a consistent quality and support.