JagsLive points out a Reuters story which suggests that Google may walk away from its deal with Yahoo
instead of accepting possible antitrust limitations from the government. The ongoing investigation of the deal
by the Department of Justice has caused new concerns to be raised over whether the two companies have adequately addressed issues such as privacy and competition
. From Reuters:
"'Are they more serious about walking away? Yes. Have they decided? I'm not sure,' one source told Reuters on Friday. 'Yahoo wants the deal, and they're willing to have Google sign anything at the Justice Department to have them do it.' ... Part of the impetus of Google's walking away could be Yahoo's talks with Time Warner Inc about buying the content and advertising operations of its AOL unit. Google initially struck the deal with Yahoo as a way to fend off Microsoft Corp's unsolicited bid. Yahoo and AOL are conducting due diligence to see what a combined company would look like."