Google and YouTube

October 9, 2006

With the impending $1.6 billion acquisition of YouTube, Google is set to become the biggest behemoth in the online video space. TechCrunch and NY Times has reported that the deal may be announced tonite. Google video now has a 10% share while YouTube has a 46% share. If the deal goes through, Google will have a 56% share of the online video market. Should this not raise potetial anti-trust concerns?
Reed Hundt, the ex-chairman of the FCC, gave a talk in the bay area last week where he mentioned that goverment is following an unstated and implicit policy of allowing large merger deals (the likes of AT&T and SBC) to go through. In this environment, I would not be surprised if Google will grow to be as big and dominant in a few years as Microsoft used to be.

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