Heads up, FTC: Google has talked to at least two private-equity firms about financing a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business, according to The Wall Street Journal. They haven’t yet put together a formal proposal, and Google could end up not making a bid. Still, Google sees it as an opportunity to sell advertising on Yahoo sites; sign up many of Yahoo’s 700 million users for Google+; and build relationships with premium-content publishers, such as ABC News. However, federal antitrust lawyers thwarted a previous advertising partnership between the companies in 2008.
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