Google Buys, Kill Songza

A few months ago Google announced it had purchased Songza. This should not have had a large impact on music lovers or musicians. The owner of the website that streams their music is not necessarily important to listeners. Unfortunately, Google stopped the streaming altogether.

Songza

The fear had been that Google would treat the property the way Apple treated Lala.com. In that case, after Apple bought Lala, they claimed they intended to incorporate Lala into their larger business and only temporarily. Ultimately, Apple just shuttered Lala.

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Bing Using Google Ads?

This afternoon I was astonished to find an ad for Bing in the Google Adsense Ads on my website.

When Microsoft launched Bing its search engine the target was clear. Bing is Microsoft’s attempt to take some of Google huge share of the search market. It would seem like a conflict of interest for Google to take ads from its direct competitor, but I just saw one myself on this very site.

This may be a cagey move by Microsoft to use Google’s own product against them. It’s certainly not a strategy I have ever seen before. If instead of tech companies we were talking about entertainment this would be like Coke placing ads on Pepsi Cans or CBS shows being advertised on Fox.

I will try to update this story if I get more information.

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