Updated below: The Yahoo-Microsoft talks are apparently no longer active, according to the Wall Street Journal, which just updated its story. The Journal reports: Microsoft and Yahoo in recent months discussed a possible merger of the two companies or some kind of match-up that would pair their respective strengths, say people familiar with the situation.
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