The Wall Street Journal is claiming that Google was in “serious discussions” to buy Lala before Apple acquired the company last week. The article suggests that Google has deeper ambitions in the music space than its recently-launched music search service – possibly tied into giving people a way to stream music to netbooks running its Chrome OS platform. Meanwhile, Apple was apparently interested in buying mobile advertising company AdMob before Google acquired it last month for $750 million. The picture painted is of two companies increasingly muscling in on one another’s turf – with startups caught in the middle (although if this means bidding wars, it’s not such a bad place to be caught).
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