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Report: Tough Review Of Google-ITA Deal Likely
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Five days ago, Google and ITA Software announced that they’d reached a "definitive agreement" covering an acquisition.  Only – if you hadn’t already guessed – it looks like a government agency may have a thing or two to say, as a new report indicates that antitrust regulators will take a close look at the transaction.

The main concern is that Google might eventually withhold flight data (which ITA provides) from its search rivals (Bing is one ITA customer).  The search giant’s only promised to honor existing agreements so far.

DOJ To Probe Apple’s Music Dominance

The U.S. Department of Justice is in the early stages of an investigation into how Apple runs its digital music business, according to several reports. While the probe is broad in scope, reportedly of particular interest to the Feds are alleged heavy handed tactics used against labels that participated in Amazon’s Daily Deal promotion, which Hypebot reported in early March.

Watchdog Suggests DOJ Break Up Google
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Depending on how you look at it, Google’s either in a whole lot of trouble, or it’s gotten a lucky break.  The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog went after the search giant again today, calling for the Department of Justice to take action, but arguably went too far by suggesting that the company be broken up.

Google Sides With Yahoo In Email Privacy Dispute
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Quite often, a Yahoo loss works out to be a Google win, and it would come as no surprise to see the second company make the first fight its own legal battles.  But Google – along with several other organizations – is attempting to help Yahoo, now, as the Department of Justice is pressing for access to certain Yahoo Mail messages.

DOJ Approves MSFT-Yahoo Deal
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UPDATE: As stated in a press release a Microsoft representative emailed to WebProNews, "Microsoft (Nasdaq ‘MSFT’) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq ‘YHOO’) announced today that they have received clearance for their search agreement, without restrictions, from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, and will now turn their attention to beginning the process of implementing the deal."

Justice Department Objects To Google Books Settlement
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The amended Google Books settlement agreement (ASA) has not impressed the U.S. Department of Justice.  A statement the organization issued late yesterday praised the idea of making rare books widely available, but also maintained that there are a number of problems with the proposed deal.

Revised Google Books Settlement Still Has Critics

Another milestone in a significant legal dispute has passed; a revised version of the Google Books settlement was submitted to U.S. District Court late Friday.  It looks like the book-scanning clash isn’t nearly over, however, since some powerful groups still have qualms about Google’s proposed resolution.

Justice Department Extends Microsoft Antitrust Oversight

It’s not hard to imagine that certain Microsoft execs had started a countdown; as things stood, the Department of Justice would only be monitoring their company for about seven more months.  A new development has pushed the antitrust oversight period’s end date out to May 12th, 2011, however. 

Google and Yahoo! Talk Volume Caps with Justice Department

Google and Yahoo! are in the middle of trying to convince the federal government (namely the Justice Department) that their search advertising deal is not an antitrust issue. This has been going on for months as they’ve tried to convince the entire world of the same.

Google Blames Microsoft for Yahoo! Deal Controversy
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Google held its Zeitgeist Conference yesterday, and during that conference, CEO Eric Schmidt, and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin held a media roundtable at which they discussed a variety of Google’s recent endeavors. Among the topics of course, was the proposed Google-Yahoo! advertising deal, which is currently being scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Yahoo! Gets a ‘Softie
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Joanne BradfordJoanne Bradford has made a lot of career moves in recent memory. She was once Corporate VP of Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions, then climbed up the ladder to Chief Media Officer and Corporate Vice President of MSN.

$100 Billion Enough To Stop Google/Yahoo Ad Deal?

 

MoveOn Blamed For Net Neutrality Failure

What had been a bipartisan look at the future of Internet access, and if broadband firms should be able to charge content providers a premium in exchange for guaranteed digital delivery, became a partisan issue after MoveOn entered the debate.

No Sex Please, We’re Online

Despite many months of flailing away at search engines for data to support their claims that casual searches would lead unsuspecting people (especially kids) to adult sites, a study found only about one percent of indexed sites at Google and Microsoft contain explicit content.

Justice: Save Web Data For Two Years

Companies like Google, Comcast, Verizon, and Microsoft have recently met with the Department of Justice and the FBI on the suggestions that those Internet companies retain user web activities for as long as two years to help fight terrorism and child pornography.