Microsoft CEO jokes about Yahoo bid, search users

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| Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer may be experiencing a case of
| bidder's remorse after making an unsolicited $42.3 billion offer to buy Yahoo
| Inc.
| Speaking to a group of nearly 2,000 Microsoft enthusiasts at a technology
| conference in Seattle, Ballmer asked how many people use Yahoo as their
| primary Web search engine.
| Only a handful of arms went up -- fewer than for Microsoft's Windows Live
| search. The overwhelming majority raised their hands for Google Inc, which
| Microsoft is seeking to challenge as an online advertising powerhouse.


Google revenues surge 42 percent

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| Google employed 19,156 full-time employees as of March 31, 2008, up from
| 16,805 full-time employees as of December 31, 2007. Of the 2,351 added,
| approximately 1,500 were associated with DoubleClick. *

The day before:

Report: Yahoo-Google Deal Moves Forward

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| Yahoo Inc. has made progress toward outsourcing its search advertising to
| Google Inc. after a positive initial test of the system, the Wall Street
| Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.

Google and Yahoo looking good?

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| Yahoo is closer to outsourcing its core ad search business to Google, after
| favorable testing of Google's advertisements on its search pages, according
| to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Report: Google gets even stronger in search

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| Yahoo and Microsoft both fell, to 21.3 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively.