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Report: Yahoo and Microsoft in 'Informal Talks' About Merger

"MicroHoo" could just happen peacefully after all.

CNET is reporting this morning that Microsoft and Yahoo are now talking, at least informally, about the merger. CNET reporter Dawn Kawamoto cites an unnamed source for the information. "Yahoo has shown some willingness to have a conversation and talk," the source said.

According to the report, by keeping the talks at an "informal" level, the conversations do not have to be reported publicly; however, that also means that they most likely haven't gotten very far.

The source also said that while Microsoft is frustrated about the pace of the process, it's in it for the long haul. "Sure, there has been some frustration in Redmond over the pace, but this is a marathon and not a sprint," the source said.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo declined to comment to CNET about the report.

The report does not say when the communication between the two companies started. Earlier this week, Yahoo lost one of the alternative suitors it was seeking when News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch stated at a conference that he would not battle with Microsoft: "We're not going to get into a fight with Microsoft, which has a lot more money than us."

Just last week, Yahoo temporarily side-stepped Microsoft's attempt to nominate new Yahoo board members who would be more open to Microsoft's bid of $44.6 billion by pushing back the nominating deadline and suspending its annual shareholders meeting indefinitely.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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