Feb 18 Microsoft (MSFT.O) is expected to secure
the blessing of the U.S. Department of Justice for its landmark
search deal with Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O), to challenge market leader
Google (GOOG.O), the New York Post quoted a source as saying.
Within the next 20 days to 30 days the Justice officials are
expected to give unconditional approval to the search pact with
an announcement to coincide with approval by the European
Commission, the daily said.
On Friday, Reuters reported that U.S. software company
Microsoft was expected to secure unconditional EU approval for
the deal with Internet firm Yahoo. [ID:nBFA001062]
Microsoft and Yahoo signed a 10-year global Web search
partnership last July, which needs approval by regulators.
The Justice Department has been investigating the
partnership since at least September, even before the two
companies had finalised the deal, the paper said.
Yahoo, Microsoft and the DoJ could not immediately be
reached for comment by Reuters out of regular U.S. business
(Reporting by Archana Shankar in Bangalore, editing by Will