-by Thomas Rasmussen
The Department of Justice announced this morning that it would file suit to block the planned advertising pact between Google and Yahoo. Google followed quickly by axing the deal. YHOO is up 8% in mid-day trading while the overall market is down sharply. The Google/Yahoo breakup has sparked renewed hope among shareholders that Microsoft could return to the table. It also opens up the possibility of a long rumored partnership between Time Warner’s AOL and Yahoo.