Microsoft Starts Own Yahoo-Buying Rumor

Steve Ballmer apparently wants people to think his Microsoft is buying Yahoo. Here he is from an interview today in New York with Charlie Rose:

Rose: Are you in talks to acquire Yahoo?
Ballmer: If I were, i wouldn’t say anything, and if I weren’t, I wouldn’t say anything.

[Tech Trader via Valleywag]

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Comments

  1. Lee D says:

    More likely he just watched a tv special about outlaw bikers: “Those that know, don’t say. Those that say, don’t know.”

  2. anonymous says:

    For Ballmer not to say anything would defy the law of physics.

  3. Blake says:

    Finally, an executive with some common sense. He answered the question the way every executive should answer a question like that; the way every coach who is considering switching teams should answer. I have never understood why coaches, when asked if they are considering taking another job, answer categorically. Why not just say, “I have made a policy to never comment on coaching job changes. It’s the same thing with Ballmer.

  4. I don’t think Balmer’s comment means anything. Yahoo would be a pretty dilutive (and messy) purchase for Microsoft at this point.

  5. Andi says:

    If I had a comment about Ballmer I wouldn’t say anything, and neither would I comment if I didn’t.