Like many others, I've wondered whether Yahoo! got less than it should have becuase government antitrust regulators prevented Google from bidding up the value of a deal with Yahoo!.
Carl Icahn, who owns 5% of Yahoo! seems happy enough while others still wonder if Microsoft got the better end of the deal, BusinessWeek reports. While many observers have howled that Yahoo! gets revenue-sharing instead of cash up front, Yahoo! Carol Bartz notes that a cash deal "would have had significant tax consequences while contributing only $3 million in annual interest to Yahoo's bottom line."
Whatever the initial terms of the deal, its value depends on speedy approval without onerous conditions being imposed by antitrust regulators--even if they take the form of "voluntary" concessions. Let's hope the government gets out of the way to give this new partnership a real chance to go toe-to-toe with Google in search, as I've suggested here, here and especially here.