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State looks at antitrust in Google-Yahoo deal

San Fransisco Chronicle: "California Attorney General Jerry Brown's office is reviewing documents related to an advertising partnership announced in June by Google and Yahoo, the No. 1 and No. 2 search engines on the Web, in preparation for a possible investigation of the deal.

Brown has taken no formal action and wouldn't comment further on the matter, said deputy press secretary Dana Simas.

But, according to a letter Brown's director of legislative affairs, Marc Le Forestier, sent last month to Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon (San Diego County), the Justice Department is making documents available to Brown's office through "a confidential online document repository."

The letter also references press reports that other state attorneys general are reviewing the deal. In July, Anderson wrote Brown asking for an investigation."

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