Ars Technica writes: "For the past few months, the question of what Steve Ballmer had up his sleeve has been bandied about quite a bit. Would he attempt to acquire every last part of Yahoo? Would he only acquire the company's search? Would he acquire smaller search startups and try to turn things around that way? We just didn't know. Either way, it was abundantly clear that Microsoft understood that its future is online, but it needs to know now that it has a long way to go before it can solidify itself in the advertising and search space.
After countless negotiations with Yahoo about acquiring it outright or only acquiring its search, the negotiations fell through and according to Steve Ballmer, they're "done" for now."