Yahoo Inc. is expected to drop Google as the primary search technology on its site within a few months, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday.
According to the paper, some marketing firms say they have been told Yahoo will switch from Google to its own technology as early as the first quarter.
Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo was widely expected to dump Google in part because it spent more than $2 billion last year to buy search technology through its acquisitions of Inktomi Corp. and Overture Services Inc.
The expected move comes as Google, the No. 1 Web search service, plans to go public this spring.
Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment.