Microsoft-Yahoo? Don't Bet On It

Though the combination would be a formidable opponent to Google, company sources say merger reports are based on talks a few months ago

On paper, a merger of Microsoft and Yahoo! looks like the perfect foil to the seemingly unstoppable momentum of Google. Combined, the software giant and the online media titan would have easily the largest audience on the Web, a far more potent advertising engine, and finally, a credible position in the all-important Internet search market.

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