Google Caught In Napster Canoodle?

By Ben Charny  |  Posted 2006-01-31

The New York Post reports Google's interested in buying or partnering with online music seller Napster, Inc. The report adds to the specluation that Google is moving aggressively to put its powerful brand behind an online music selling service.

Perhaps the Post should have played this story on its gossip grinding Page Six. Here's Napster, an Internet bad boy turned good, supposedly hand-in-hand with Google, the powerhouse whose not-do-evil promise is hard to believe nowadays.

'ITEM ... Evil in progress? Our spies caught reformed music industry bad boy Napster canoodling with rock star Google at a downtown restaurant.'

(UPDATE: Google says it has no intention to open the kind of music store the report describes.)

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