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Report: Ballmer still interested in Yahoo search

Microsoft's CEO still has eyes for Yahoo's search, according to a CNBC report from an investment conference. Plus: Yahoo loses a top M&A executive.

Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.
Dawn Kawamoto

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated his interest in landing a search deal with Yahoo during a midyear strategic update with analysts Tuesday, according to a CNBC report.

But while Ballmer is apparently willing to re-engage in a dialogue with Yahoo regarding a potential search deal, the software giant has been "rebuffed and ignored" by Yahoo's new CEO, Carol Bartz, on any overtures it has made to initiate discussions, said a CNBC reporter, citing anonymous sources.

Yahoo was up 5 percent to $12.57 a share in pre-market trading.

Yahoo, meanwhile, apparently is operating without a top M&A executive, following the departure of Gerald Horkan, the company's senior vice president of corporate strategy, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Horkan, who spent most of last year as Yahoo's dealmaker in Microsoft's failed bid to acquire the search company for as much as $33 a share, left Yahoo a few weeks ago and has not been replaced, the Journal reports.