As with any deal of this magnitude, the DOJ must conduct an investigation before it can be finalized. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission may have a say in the matter.
Google Senior Vice President David Drummond announced the DOJ request on the company's Public Policy blog, writing, "Today we received what is called a "second request," which means that the DOJ is asking for more information so that they can continue to review the deal."
He added that he doesn't believe there is any reason to believe the Justice Department will not approve the sale.
However, that doesn't mean there won't be additional hurdles to clear before everything is said and done. At a US Senate antitrust hearing last week Google's Erich Schmidt faced hostile legislators who accused Google of anticompetitive behavior.
Even though the hearing was focused on their search business, more than one Senator intimated Google uses the Android OS primarily to further their dominance.
With national elections for the US presidency and more than half of all legislators coming up next year, political pressure and grandstanding could easily lead to significant delays.
Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 28 Sep 2011 21:10