U.S. Approves Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal

Antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe have approved Microsoft's (MSFT) search advertising partnership with Yahoo (YHOO), giving the two companies a much needed boost in their quest to chip away at market leader Google's (GOOG) lead. The regulatory victories are a major boost for Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, who made the search partnership a key component in her still-young tenure leading the one-time Internet pioneer.