The Yahoo and Google deal is now under investigation

US anti-trust regulators have opened an investigation into Yahoo’s search advertising partnership with Google to examine if the $800m (£403m) a year deal restricts competition in the market.

Justice Department investigators behind the anti-trust probe will take evidence from Google, Yahoo and other large companies in the internet and media sectors, according to a report in today’s Washington Post.

Google controls 60% of the total number of internet searches made in the US, while Yahoo is the second ranked player accounting for 16.6%.

Last month Yahoo struck a 10-year deal to allow Google to put some search advertising next to its search listings.

When the deal was struck the two companies said they would give the authorities 100 days to decide whether to look into the deal before launching the search ad collaboration.

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