09 Apr '11, 12am

Google's ITA buy cleared with conditions: WASHINGTON - GOOGLE'S entry into the online travel sector was cleared

WASHINGTON - GOOGLE'S entry into the online travel sector was cleared for take-off on Friday as the US Justice Department gave the green light to its US$700 million (S$879 million) purchase of flight data company ITA Software. The Justice Department's anti-trust division, however, extracted a number of concessions from Google and imposed strict conditions on the Internet search giant to allow the acquisition to go ahead. The proposed legal settlement, which will need the approval of a US District Court, requires Google to notably develop and license ITA's travel software to other companies. Several online travel sites, including Expedia, Kayak and Travelocity, had been seeking to block the Google-ITA deal, claiming it would give Google too much control over the lucrative online travel market and lead to higher prices. The Justice Department said 'the acquisition, as origin...

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