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DOJ May Prove Hurdle for Google-Yahoo

Justice Department Opened A Formal Antitrust Investigation of the Multimillion-dollar Microsoft-escaping Deal for Google

The Justice Department has reportedly opened a formal antitrust investigation of the multimillion-dollar Microsoft-escaping deal for Google to provide advertising to Yahoo’s search engine, with a demand for documents going out to other than the immediate parties, not just the voluntary collection of information Yahoo and Google were prepared to supply.

According to the Washington Post, “a formal investigation signals that the department may have found some cause for concern.” It’s not the usual routine.

Yahoo claims it’s not worried.

It’s unclear how long the review will really take. It could be more than the three-and-a-half months the pair allotted to the exercise or until the end of September. Heck, it could take into the next administration, a box even Pandora might be reluctant to open.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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