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Saturday, December 09, 2006

$1.65 billion ... B ... billion!??!?

Dinner last night with friends celebrating a friend. Old friends. Geeky friends.

One friend, Ann, does not want to even talk about the purchase of YouTube by Google.

"$1.65 billion ... B ... billion?" she sputters.

... for what? There's nothing there!

Sure, there is, Ann.

Stuff like this.

Ann, though, was talking about what's behind the content on YouTube, the inner workings, the database, the uploading, the hosting. What exactly was Google buying and why did they think it was worth that much? What sort of IP was there? What sort of patent applications are pending? What is there that's worth $1.65 billion (B) billion?

Those folks at Google are pretty sharp folks. I'm sure they have plans and will have more plans about what to do with the concept.

Here's an article from money.CNN about Google and its non-existent (or at least not headline-worthy yet) copyright woes. Check out Google's deal with CBS and the effect on Letterman during sweeps.

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