A time for big decisions
Antitrust officials are pushing Google Inc. to accept limits on its behavior in exchange for government approval of the search giant’s purchase of travel software firm ITA Software Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Such an agreement would require ongoing monitoring by government antitrust officials — a first for Google.
Google could still walk away from the deal for the Cambridge, Mass., company altogether, or fight the government in court. A decision from Justice could come within a week or so, but some sources cautioned that negotiations could drag out longer.