Wednesday, June 03, 2009

OpenWeb 06/04/2009 (a.m.)

  • More details on the new DoJ investigation, including confirmations from Google and Genentech.

    Tags: Google, Yahoo!, Apple, Genentech, antitrust

    • WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a possible no talent-poaching pact by big tech businesses, a tech industry source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
    • Genentech said it was cooperating with the probe.
    • A Google spokesman confirmed that the search engine giant had been contacted and was cooperating but had no further comment.
    • "My sense of it is that there are as many as a dozen companies that have been sent CIDs (civil investigative demands)," the source said, referring to requests for information sent out as part of a formal probe. "There's an open question of who are the other companies."
    • The Justice Department is also looking at Google's deal to digitize millions of books, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which also has antitrust responsibilities, has a probe into Google and Apple Inc's overlapping board members.

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