Ars Technica reports: Microsoft's attempts to buy Yahoo! outright came to an end about a month ago, when Yahoo! management rejected a final offer of $33 a share. But there were many indications that the deal was simply pining for the fjords, as financier Carl Icahn attempted to replace Yahoo management with executives who would take the money and run, and rumors circulated of a more limited agreement between the companies. Now, Yahoo is stating that its talks with Microsoft have broken down entirely.