Marketplace Off Air

Google leaves Yahoo deal

Melissa Kaplan Nov 5, 2008

Google announced Wednesday it was walking away from an ad partnership with Yahoo to avoid a lawsuit with federal antitrust regulators, according to the New York Times. The move leaves Yahoo once again vulnerable to a merger with Microsoft. Marketplace’s Lisa Napoli reported back in April that Yahoo wasn’t so eager to go forward with that idea. Napoli also explored why Google didn’t really want a Yahoo/Microsoft merger either.

Yahoo said it’s disappointed Google won’t defend the original game plan in court, but Yahoo said it’s “well positioned to continue to compete in the search advertising market,” according to the New York Times. Google said it tried to defend the deal, but in the end failed to sell the idea to regulators.

Will Microsoft move in? The Wall Street Journal reports the company is well poised to try.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.

Latest Episodes From Our Shows

7:59 AM PDT
9:34
3:00 AM PDT
7:54
7:57 AM PDT
1:50
Sep 21, 2021
26:33
Sep 21, 2021
30:05
Sep 21, 2021
3:40
Aug 26, 2021
34:03