Apple and Google prepare for mobile ad war

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CNN, 8/26/10

The mobile advertising business is puny. But don’t tell that to Google and Apple.

Advertisers are on track to spend only $1 billion globally on mobile advertising this year, compared to $45 billion on all online ads, according to Sandeep Aggarwal, analyst at Caris & Co.

So it might surprise some people that Google and Apple are making a sizeable bet on mobile advertising. In January, Apple bought mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million. In May, Google completed its purchase of Quattro rival AdMob for $750 million.

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