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The US Justice Department is examining two particular issues as it investigates Google's recent proposed buyout of ITA Software to see if the acquisition would be anti-competitive, according to a report citing sources familiar with the situation.

According to yesterday's Wall Street Journal, antitrust officials are mulling whether the acquisition would prevent rival firms from accessing ITA's data and they are considering whether Google would use its web might to unfairly promote its travel services via the firm's own search engine.

Late last month, the search giant said it had received a "second request" from the DoJ as part of its investigation of Google's $700m takeover of flight data outfit ITA Software, indicating that the investigation has been extended.

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