Reports indicate that Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer still would like to make a deal with Yahoo! to see if the search engine and Web portal can combine their strengths to improve their position against Google. Ballmer reportedly said during a review of Microsoft's strategic initiatives Tuesday that he'd like a sit-down with new Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz to see if the two companies might "somehow get together and find out how to provide more competition" with Google.

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