"There are a lot of things that are fairly compelling economically in trying to put our two search efforts together in a partnership," Steve Ballmer says of a YHOO/MSFT search tie-up. "I thought that last year - and I got bailed out of this economy by Yahoo on that." Adding, "I'm sure when it's appropriate, we'll have a chance to sit down and talk." YHOO +4.5%. MSFT +0.9%.