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Ballmer: Microsoft Can Live Without Yahoo

This story was written by Joseph Weisenthal.
At least publicly, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is totally unmoved by Yahoo's (NSDQ: YHOO) earnings. Speaking in Milan, reports Bloomberg, Ballmer said: "We are offering a lot of money If Yahoo's shareholders like it, that's great. We are prepared to go forward without a merger with Yahoo.'' You can parse the comment however you want, though he does say 'Yahoo's shareholders', implying that the question will be posed directly to them. As for the part about going forward without a merger: Ballmer doesn't want to sound desperate.

Speaking in Morocco yesterday, prior to the earnings release, Ballmer pre-declared that whatever the results were, it wouldn't affect Yahoo's value to Microsoft.

By Joseph Weisenthal