ComScore’s U.S. Internet search share report shows the major players had were little changed in December. Google is still the leader, far and away, with 63.5 percent of the market, unchanged from November. Yahoo, according to comScore, gained a smidge to 20.5 percent. Microsoft continued along in third place with 8.3 percent.
Meanwhile, The New York Times and Valleywag report on a meeting in New York City earlier this week between Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock. This follows an informal discussion between Ballmer and Yahoo’s new CEO, Carol Bartz, at some point since she was picked for the post by the Yahoo board.
These high-level contacts have of course fueled speculation that Yahoo and Microsoft are working toward some sort of search deal.