Skip to comments.Google sets sights on $1.6bn bid for YouTube (Very troubling--censorship)
Posted on 10/06/2006 6:58:19 PM PDT by freedom4me
Reports in America yesterday suggested that Google is in talks to buy YouTube for as much as $1.6bn (£855m) in an effort to capture its huge following of users who view video clips more than 70m times a day
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Who cares? Another one will start to fill its place.
How does anyone put a market price on what this websites are worth? For $1.6 billion, it would seem google could have created their own version of youtube?
Unless they want to control the information it provides through censorship/editing/omission.
"Who cares? Another one will start to fill its place." You got it, there are already so many sites out there where you can load video, just like YouTube. It's just that those sites are not as popular and well known as YouTube.
A couple of years ago I was reading up on "Judaism for Dummies" and I found it to be a nice way learn a bit more about the religion. Online reviews of the book ran from serious to quirky and every flavor in between - some liked it, while others could do without.
After 9-11 I felt that it might be helpful to employ the same series "Islam for Dummies" to prime myself on the religion of peace.
Surprisingly, it was a 5 star read for anyone and everyone that so much as touched the book. I figured I really didn't need to bother with the book.
Google already has, it's Google Video. YouTube it's their main competition, so they are going to buy them out.
but that's what they are buying - the brand name, not the technology. what's "nike", anybody can make sneakers.
You are right, however are also buying the content. YouTube with be nothing without the videos that are already there.
Who's to say that another group won't buy whatever replaces YouTube and proceed to censure that - copying whatever "regulatory" mumbo-jumbo (look for the language to come from California's legislature) google may use to control YouTube content.
Either this process needs to be shut down now or a strategy needs to be developed before the practice spreads.
If this google buyout goes through, we should begin developing a counteractive strategy.
If any company with money like google can buy out YouTube for the express purpose of controlling content (videos like 9-11 Was a Conspiracy... (by Islamic Fascists) would be pulled so fast you'd never know it was ever there), you can bet someone will devise a plan to buyout and "regulate" FreeRepublic. So just think about that.
There are dozens of jihad lecturers on YouTube, including one "former Christian". It is very disturbing.
If we don't post videos expressing our side, we can't complain that there are none.
YouTube will host it, but you have to post it.
Get a copy of the real deal, preferably for free from your neighborhood mosque during Ramadan (haha).
People need to read the Koran for themselves, no cliff notes, etc. Excerpted passages just don't do it justice to get a real understanding.
It will probably take you weeks to read it, since you will lose your lunch/dinner often and have to put it down for a day or two.
Google already has Google Video. Buying out their main competition increases ad revenue, but it doesn't prevent startup sites.
In fact, it opens the door. I don't thing this is a good decision by Google.
It's definitely not going to reduce the number of video sites on the web by more than one.
The problem is that google has become political.
Michelle Malkin got BANNED from YouTube. DougfromUpland posted an anti-jihadi video a couple days ago, but I don't know if he's been banned yet.
Time is of the essence in cornering the information market and its best to pay up front and gain the 2 or 3 years it would take to generate a site with the hits youtube has.
The real cost to Google is just the cash. I would guess it's probably less then 25% of the deal. The stock portion is just an exchange of like value and in a way is just funny money.