Rumor: Steve Ballmer, Dick Costolo Met For Breakfast

    December 10, 2010

Brace yourself for another round of rumors about acquisitions, partnerships, and funding possibilities.  Steve Ballmer and Dick Costolo supposedly met for breakfast this week, and it’s a rare person who will imagine all they discussed was the fat content of donuts.

To be fair: no one’s claimed that they observed the CEOs of Microsoft and Twitter signing a single document or even talking shop.  Plus, the source of the rumor hasn’t been cited.

Victoria Barret just wrote, "This just heard: Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer had breakfast this week in San Francisco with Twitter’s Dick Costolo, who recently took over the top dog spot from co-founder Evan Williams."

Still, there’s reason to believe something significant could have happened.  Bing announced a search deal with Twitter before Google, after all, and yesterday, one Microsoft exec had no problem admitting that his company once tried to buy Facebook.

It’s a simple fact that Microsoft isn’t short on cash, either.

We’ll see what happens.  A colleague did spot the fail whale earlier today, so perhaps Twitter could use some of Microsoft’s technical expertise.