Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz has kept speculation of a search deal with Microsoft alive by confirming that the two companies are still talking about the possibility.
Microsoft is expected to make an announcement about a deal with Yahoo later today when it unveils enhancements to its internet search service.
Speculation about a deal has been fuelled by Microsoft's recent registration of a limited liability company in Delaware, which analysts say typically signals a merger or acquisition.
Bartz said a deal could still be struck if Yahoo got access to the right data from a Microsoft-led combination and "if there's a boatload of money", according to the Financial Times.
Speaking at the All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California, Bartz said executives have a responsibility to consider any offer and whether it is in the best interest of shareholders
At the annual News Corp conference, also in Carlsbad, Bartz spoke of Yahoo's plans to add more social activity throughout, which will include expanding Yahoo Answers to finance and sports.
Another goal, Bartz said, was to enable users to customise the main Yahoo landing page. This functionality will be available towards the end of the year, she said.
Yahoo is also planning to expand and improve its video offerings and make site registration and ad purchases easier.