Gates Never Wanted To Buy Yahoo; Deal This Weekend or Bust

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Henry Blodget: As Kara Swisher drives herself to southern California for All Things D, she solves some of the mystery about why Steve Ballmer suddenly walked from the Yahoo negotiations a few weeks back (because his partner, Bill Gates, never liked the deal).

Kara also reports that Microsoft really would prefer to buy Yahoo's search business and is not just faking interest so it can swallow the whole company. Kara says neither Yahoo nor Icahn like the a la carte deal and both are hoping to persuade Microsoft to buy the whole thing for $34-$35. Kara says if a deal doesn't happen this weekend, Yahoo will do the search deal with Google (finally).

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