Google mobilized over the weekend to thwart Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile bid for Yahoo. A Google statement said the deal would threaten competition and needed examination by policymakers around the world. Google CEO Eric E. Schmidt reportedly called Yahoo chief Jerry Yang to offer help in fending off Microsoft, possibly in the form of a partnership between the companies. Google's lobbyists in Washington began shaping arguments against the transaction, hoping to prolong a regulatory review at least until after the next president takes office.

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