May 12 2008
A couple of weeks ago, the possible assimilation of Yahoo by Microsoft caused people to wonder about the future of Google. Now that Microsoft’s bid is off the table, a Yahoo + Google merger is swirling around again. According to BBC, the potential merging of search engine giants is facing a call from activists of regulatory intervention.
In a letter to Assistant Attorney General Thoma Barnett, head of the Justice Department’s anti-trust division, the coalition argues that such a deal would give Google almost 90% of the search advertising market and strengthen its influence over internet users’ access to information.
“We face a possible future in which no content could be seamlessly accessed without Google’s permission,” the letter states.