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DOJ May Block Google’s ITA Acquisition

It would be the second time the DOJ has run up antitrust papers challenging Google’s plans

Bloomberg followed by the Wall Street Journal said Thursday that the Justice Department is working on an antitrust suit to stop Google's $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, which provides online flight and ticket information to popular Internet booking sites.

It would be the second time the DOJ has run up antitrust papers challenging Google's plans. It previously derailed a Google-Yahoo advertising pact.

Both Bloomberg and the Journal say the DOJ isn't sure yet whether it will actually try to stay the ITA acquisition.

Google triggered DOJ lawyers into wetting their pencils over Christmas when it demanded last month to know in 30 days whether the deal would be sanctioned or not. The deal was announced last July.

Microsoft, Expedia, Sabre and others oppose the deal.

Google is also facing serious privacy probes particularly in Europe and critics say its search engine directs users to its own properties at the expense of rivals.

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