Gizmodo posted yesterday about how Apple apparently bought Lala out from under Google, because basically Google first did the same with Admo, a company that Apple very much wanted too buy.
In other words: Apple bought Lala just to spite Google, but is that really the case?
Apparently Google wanted very much to also buy Lala, but despite some serious negotiations on their part to do so, along comes Apple and el zippo...... 85 million bucks later and Lala is now a part of Apple!
The idea that Google and Apple, two of the most innovative tech giants that the entire tech world has ever seen, are now both childishly competing and spiting each other would, in my thinking, be a bad thing, a very bad thing indeed. There is, after all, this saying, "united we stand; divided we fall," and this applies equally to Google and Apple. Together they are unstoppable, and together they are the most likely duo that could successfully challenge and take on big, bad old Microsoft on its own turf and actually win. However, as I see it, if the two huge companies become nothing more then distant competitors, something that they never were before until recently, then in the end, as I've stated before, the only real winner will be Microsoft!
I want to see Microsoft remain as a strong and viable company, but I don't want to see it remain, as it was in the past, a virtual monopoly where it's influence and power was so absolute that it could dictate and enforce their mediocre and buggy software down the throats of the majority, as well as it being able to get away with bullying other company's, or even killing them off as they did with Netscape.
If it wasn't for Apple, trust me, there would be no Windows 7 today, no Microsoft store, no Zune, or Zune market place. Like wise, without the powerhouse known as Google there wouldn't be any Bing search engine either! No, tuff competition from the likes of Apple and Google, among others, is the only compelling reason why Microsoft would have to worry about really cleaning up its act, because without the Google's and the Apple's of this world Microsoft would only have to maintain its status quo, namely that of providing mediocre, buggy, insecure software and support! In other words: there be no incentive for Microsoft to really get its act right, because, without strong competition, Microsoft would be the only act in town!
As Gizmodo brought out, Apple and Google are so huge, so immense, that it's only natural that they're going bump into each other, but the question is how hard are those bumps going to get? Hopefully, rather than seeing these companies spending millions, if not billions of dollars, in a childish manor to spite one another, these two tech giants will work together, as they have in the past, in a much more mature, grown up manor in order to much better compete with their arch nemesis Microsoft. This would not only pay better dividend's for these two respective powerhouses, but also will do likewise for their millions and millions of users, you and me!
So, in conclusion, did Apple really buy Lala to spite Google?
Maybe, maybe not, I'm just not sure? No doubt there are many reasons for Apple and Google to want Lala, Admo and other start ups, but, on the other hand, I'm sure hoping that childish spite, or a spirit of revelry, had anything to do with it.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, December 11 , 2009
Apple/Lala logo via: Gizmodo