Microsoft, Allies Discuss Google Issues in Washington

Microsoft and its occasional allies have met separately with key congressional committees that deal with consumer protection and antitrust issues -- both of which announced that they will hold hearings on Google's plan to spend $3.1 billion to buy DoubleClick. The Federal Trade Commission, which must review the merger on antitrust grounds, has also been meeting with Google, Microsoft and those nonprofit consumer groups, according to sources familiar with the meetings.

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