Microsoft, Yahoo Discuss Ad Partnership

Takeover apparently off the table in informal negotiations
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 1:59 PM CDT
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addresses the annual Microsoft shareholder's meeting Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Bellevue, Wash. Microsoft Corp. is no longer interested in buying all of Yahoo Inc., Ballmer...   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – Microsoft and Yahoo have returned to the bargaining table, but their latest discussions concern advertising sales, the Wall Street Journal reports. The advanced, though informal, negotiations have included both firms' CEOs but likely don’t involve talk of Microsoft acquiring Yahoo’s search business, which it tried to do last year. Instead, Microsoft wants a narrower relationship.