by Mike Masnick
Tue, Oct 14th 2008 5:07pm
With the Justice Department making it clear that it wanted to go after Google for possible antitrust violations, it appears that Google has recognized the time isn't right to be defiant, but to get a seat at the negotiating table. The company, along with Yahoo, is apparently in talks with the Justice Department to see what it can do to avoid getting sued for antitrust violations. While it's obviously way too early to see whether or not this works, it must be better than waiting until the whole thing gets hashed out in court. It's still difficult to see what sort of antitrust violation there really is here, but that wouldn't stop the government from bringing a costly lawsuit if some sort of deal isn't worked out quickly.
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