But Google's dominance in the lucrative Internet search market will make it difficult for it to get involved in a Yahoo takeover attempt. When Google struck a deal to sell advertising alongside Yahoo's search results, the U.S. Justice Department threatened to sue because the agency had concluded it would undercut competition. Google backed out of the Yahoo alliance to avoid going to court.
The planned Yahoo takeover isn't going smoothly, however. At one point, shortly after what looked like a major state-sponsored hacking attack on Yahoo, Verizon was about its proposed purchase.
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Any bid, if it were to solidify, would face substantial hurdles – including Yahoo takeover defences adopted two years ago when Microsoft made offers for the Silicon Valley company, which is now valued at more than $21bn.