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Google execs stew over Microsoft response

Google's triumvirate of top executives is meeting Monday to evaluate what to do in response to a Microsoft offer to buy some Yahoo assets.

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Google's top brass are meeting Monday to figure out a response to how Microsoft's new overtures toward Yahoo affect Google's potential ad deal with Yahoo.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, speaking to reporters at a Google Zeitgeist event in the U.K., said he's meeting with co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin on the matter, according to the Times Online. "After this press conference the three of us will meet and decide what our response is," Schmidt said.

Google and Yahoo have been discussing a partnership under which Google would supply some text ads alongside Yahoo search results; both companies expressed satisfaction with a limited two-week test. However, an announcement of the partnership between the online rivals has been delayed more than once.

Google's top executives have said they'd like to offer Yahoo a helping hand in their travails to fend off Microsoft, then activist shareholder Carl Icahn, and now Microsoft again. And Brin went one step further, saying he'd give Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang refuge within Google if he's ousted from the Internet pioneer, according to press accounts.

"Jerry is very talented, and if he wants to work at Google, we'd be very excited to have him, but I don't think that's going to happen," Brin said, according to the BBC.

Microsoft attempted to acquire Yahoo but now is considering a more limited acquisition of only part of Yahoo, the company said.