Wow, read this:
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Say it isn't so.. :-(
I believe it to be a bunch of crap.
It stems from a New York Times story about Ballmer and Shanatu meeting; which then starts to theorize what they may have talked about and suggests an acqusition was "on the table." It quotes no sources. Of course, people took that one line and it extrapolated across the Internet quickly.
I seriously doubt this would happen. Like the article states, the anti-trust factors would make this very difficult.