Feeds

DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

While Microsoft seeks partners for renewed bid

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market.

The DoJ is preparing demands for information for executives at both companies and also from rival online advertising firms. The department was already looking at the two week test run by Google and Yahoo!, but a formal investigation would suggest it had concrete concerns.

The DoJ would not normally open a full probe unless the two firms were carrying out a full merger.

Investigators are issuing "civil investigative demands", according to the Washington Post, which suggests the regulator has some big questions about how the deal will work.

By effectively joining the first and second placed players for search advertising the deal was always likely to worry competition authorities. Google had been busy lobbying politicians in Washington who are also expected to look at the deal.

Meanwhile, the zombie deal that just won't die - Microsoft is apparently seeking partners to restart the attempted Yahoo! takeover.

This time round Microsoft has talked to Time Warner and News Corp about possibly dividing up Yahoo!, the Wall Street Journal reports. Microsoft would take Yahoo!'s search business while the other partner got the rest of the company. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.