Morning Reads: Craigslist Erotic Ads, Micro-hoo, Google Antitrust

Craigslist Erotic Services Ads on the Ropes. Less than two weeks after Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called on the site to ban photos in its “erotic services” section, Blumenthal along with state AG’s from Missouri and Illinois will meet with Craigslist officials today, CNET reports. In a statement, CEO Jim Buckmaster said the company “anticipates making further progress toward the common goal of eliminating illegal activity from Craigslist.”

Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Progress? Deal talks between the two companies has become “meaningful,” says BoomTown. Details of a partnership remain hazy, but Yahoo would likely sign over at least some of its search business to Microsoft.

More Anti-Trust Trouble for Google. This is not an advertising story, but it appears Google is, for the second time in just a few days, enduring the scrutiny of regulators. The concern this time, as reported in The New York Times: close ties between the boards of Apple and Google. The FTC wants to examine whether the presence of two execs — Google’s Eric Schmidt and Arthur Levinson of Genentech — on both companies’ boards violates the law.

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