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Less than a week after saying that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) would be “cleaner and simpler without a Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) connection,” Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz threw cold water at the possibility that Yahoo would ever do a deal with AOL (NYSE: TWX). “No, not any time in the forever future,” she said when asked about the possibility during an interview on FOX Business Network. “Yahoo is a much stronger property in a different direction. There is no sense confusing all that.” An AOL-Yahoo tie-up was discussed last year, although the possibility hasn’t been talked about much recently. Both companies have gone on their own separate paths, with Yahoo hiring Bartz and Time Warner finally saying it would spin off its internet business.
During the interview, Bartz also said she was not concerned that Microsoft’s new search engine — Bing — may have surpassed Yahoo in market share for one day last week, according to a report by StatCounter. “One day is one day,” she said. “They didn’t beat us by much. It was one day. I think it’s gosh maybe it was in Omaha some place; It was some small area.” (For the record, the StatCounter statistics were global).
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