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Another Take on Microsoft-Yahoo Agreement

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| McKenna Long & Aldridge partner and antitrust litigator Philip Bartz doesn't 
| necessarily think it's a foregone conclusion that the partnership will fail. 
| In fact, he says it "will be a close question."  


Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Won't Survive?

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| At the very least, Cantor says, the DOJ will make Microsoft and Yahoo modify 
| their existing deal.  

The corrupted/ible US DOJ might help Microsoft out.


Is the Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Anti-competitive?

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| Matthew Cantor, a partner with the firm Constantine Cannon LLP, told
| ComputerWorld that he believes the deal will not get past regulators - at
| least not as is.


Microsoft-Yahoo! 'Partnership' Is Anti-Competitive

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| Now that Microsoft and Yahoo! have finally reached terms on an Internet
| search deal, it's time to focus on a critical question: Will antitrust laws
| permit it?
| The proposed "partnership," which calls for Yahoo! to exit the search
| business and rely exclusively on Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, has
| been billed as the first real (and, according to the parties, only) challenge
| to Google's leadership of the Internet search market. Yet, if the U.S.
| Department of Justice applies traditional antitrust analysis to the proposed
| deal, it's dead. And that, ultimately, is as it should be.


Google has little to fear from Microsoft-Yahoo deal

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| The 10-year agreement calls for Microsoft's new Bing search engine to power
| Yahoo's search sites, and for Yahoo to sell premium search advertising
| services for both companies. The companies said they expect the deal, which
| must be reviewed by U.S. and European regulators, to close early next year.


Yahoo Searches for an End to Its Dog Days

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| The Web portal alienated much of Wall Street with the terms of its search
| deal with Microsoft. But, with the shares now off 16% since the deal was
| announced, investors may want to step back and look at the bigger picture.


Yahoo Chief Gets âNo Confidenceâ Vote on Search Deal (Update3)

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| âItâs a tremendous vote of no confidence in Carol Bartz,â said Larry Haverty,
| a portfolio manager with Gamco Investors Inc. in Rye, New York. The firm
| manages about $20 billion, including 1.6 million Yahoo shares. âThis is
| anything but a boatload of cash.â


Video: Erick Talks Microsoft/Yahoo On Charlie Rose

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| CHARLIE ROSE: Is this going to work?
| STEVEN LEVY: It has a lot of hurdles. I think the upfront money really isn't
| the key to Yahoo! The key is, Yahoo! is disbanding their search team, their
| engineering, and disbanding the team which built their advertising engine to
| sell ads on search. Now, these happen to be some of the most important
| aspects of engineering at a company there. And really, if Yahoo! wants to be
| a top Internet company, it has to have the engineering chops to keep doing
| that.
| So, it's going to miss out on that. And it will save money by not hiring --
| having those people to pay, but those are the people you want in your
| company.
| [...]
| And the big problem here is that Yahoo! really -- they kind of walked away
| from the most interesting fight on the Internet right now, which is search.
| And they handed it over to Microsoft for less than any of the previous deals
| that were on the table. The four real deals that were on the table going back
| to the $45 or $48 billion offer in February of 2008, the revised search deal
| that Microsoft offered, which included $8 billion to buy 16 percent of Yahoo!
| and $1 billion payment for the search part of the business. The Google deal
| that got squashed, that guaranteed $800 million in revenues. This deal was
| the worst of all the deals.


Microsoft-Yahoo Pact To Face Regulator Scrutiny

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| The new Internet-search venture between Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Yahoo Inc.
| (YHOO) is likely to face considerable scrutiny from federal antitrust
| regulators, according to government officials and analysts.
| The Justice Department will look at the deal carefully to be sure it doesn't
| harm competition by allowing two top Internet companies to team up.


Bartz, Bing tamp down Yahoo-Microsoft talk

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| Bartz says search engine Bing unlikely to make significant mark


Bartz: Yahoo Is Fine, Thank You, Without Microsoft

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| Yahoo will do perfectly fine even if it doesn't strike any type of deal with
| Microsoft, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said Wednesday.

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