Marissa Mayer is now the CEO at Yahoo, but that may not really mean anything. Remember, Mayer left Google. It seemed pretty clear that even though Mayer was Google employee #20, she hit a ceiling at Google, and it is perfectly reasonable to think that there is a chance Mayer would be upset about that. If that's true, it seems unlikely that she would want to jump to make a deal with Google.Of course, Eric Schmidt saying Google wants to do it doesn't really have any bearing on what will actually happen. The story is getting a bit of extra attention because ex-Googler
The other part of the story that no one seems to be talking about is Google's ongoing trouble with anti-trust claims. Google has already spent quite a bit of time dealing with government inquiries this year, and a deal with Yahoo would make that even worse. Stats vary, but the general consensus is that Google covers between 68-77% of US web searches, and as high as 86% worldwide. A deal with Yahoo would bump Google 10% in the US, and about 7-10% globally. If Google is already troubled with anti-trust claims, a deal like this won't help anything.