Google and Yahoo deal going ahead

The two dominant internet companies are pressing ahead with their advertising deal despite US Justice Department probe.

Google will proceed with its search-advertising partnership with Yahoo by early October, regardless of a US Justice Department probe of the deal, Bloomberg has said.

"We are going to move forward," Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Thursday in Denver.

"We are in the process of talking to the government. They've not indicated one way or the other how they're dealing with us," the news agency quoted Schmidt as saying.

Google, with more than 60 per cent of the internet search market, and Yahoo, with 16.6 per cent, agreed in June last month on an advertising partnership under which Yahoo will let Google put search ads on its site.

The deal has raised concerns that it will give Google too much power in the $65 billion (36.04 billion) online advertising market, and the US Justice Department launched a formal antitrust investigation in July.

"We always worry a little bit, but we think our arguments are pretty strong," Schmidt told Bloomberg.

Google was not immediately available for comment.

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