Four things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

Chinese government investigates Microsoft; Ruling paves way for LA Clippers sale; Twitter to release Q2 earnings

Chinese officials are investigating whether Microsoft violated the country's antimonopoly laws. Representatives from China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce raided Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu after receiving complaints from other companies about compatibility issues with the tech firm's software. Last week, a separate Chinese state agency said it was investigating possible antitrust violations by Qualcomm.

Twitter will release its Q2 earnings today. However, do not expect the report to include numbers on its user growth, according to Re/code. Slow user growth has troubled the company since it went public last year.

A California judge issued a tentative ruling that Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, can sell the team. The decision would pave the way for the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who has set an August 15 deadline to complete the deal.

Darden Restaurants chairman and CEO Clarence Otis said he will step down by the end of the year or when a successor is appointed. The decision comes after months of battling activist investors who opposed Otis' turnaround plans for the company. On Monday, Darden completed the sale of its seafood chain Red Lobster. The company has about 1,500 restaurants, including the Olive Garden and LongHorn chains.

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