Citing a report by The Wall Street Journal, PCWorld reports that it appears that Google is now working to save its plan to capture ITA by hashing out an "agreement that could head off a court challenge." According to WSJ, PCWorld reports, the proposal would have "Google agree to form a compulsory licensing that would prevent it from withholding ITA's data from competitors. But the details of such an agreement are complex because of the fast-changing nature of the sector."
PCWorld notes, "ITA is the dominant software player in the online air-travel industry, booking nearly two-thirds of web-based flight bookings, so getting the green light would put Google in a powerful position within yet another online sector."
Pamela Jones, a former member of the Federal Trade Commission told Bloomberg that the planned merger "is uncompetitive and should be challenged. It's a dominant firm expanding in an adjacent market acquiring ITA, and the effect would be to dominate flight search."