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Google may finance an offer to buy Yahoo

Google Inc. is considering providing financing for an acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. by another company or a group of bidders, Bloomberg has reported, citing a person who has been briefed on the matter. The company may decide against taking part in any offer and hasn't engaged in serious discussions with would-be partners, said the person. Regulators might scrutinise any Yahoo acquisition effort that involves Google. The US government threatened to challenge an earlier proposal by Google to place ads on Yahoo's site, causing Google to abandon the effort in 2008.