In an entertaining, slightly off color, and by some accounts inspiring performance at D: the All Things Digital conference, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz left the door open for a search deal. That deal would have to be made with someone with the right technology, the right data, and “boatloads of money”, according to numerous tweets coming from the conference. C-NET’s Ina Fried is there and has more.
When asked if Yahoo! was talking to Microsoft, she replied “yeah, a little bit”. Yesterday there was speculation that a new LLC may be being formed to create a new corporation to deal with a Yahoo!-Microsoft search partnership. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to unveil “Kumo” (or “Bing”, or even “Yahoo! Search”) tomorrow at D. It’s unclear whether he will announce either a new name or a search partnership.