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Microsoft has no plans to buy Yahoo! (this time)

A few seconds after Google kicked Yahoo! to the curb by severing an agreement to place AdSense ads on Yahoo! search pages, folks started speculating that Yahoo! might go crawling back to Microsoft. The two companies had engaged in extensive talks earlier this year. But Yahoo! rejected Microsoft's initial buyout offer and everything went downhill from there.

Now Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a message for Yahoo! "We moved on." Ballmer says Microsoft might be willing to look at a partnership that would allow Micorosft to use Yahoo! Search or other technologies. But the software giant has no plans to purchase the internet portal.

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