Google is in discussions to acquire YouTube for $1.6 billion,
people involved in the talks said yesterday. While the talks are
in the early stages, and may fall apart, the size of Google’s
offer may push YouTube closer to a deal. Other companies have also
expressed interest and could swoop in with a higher offer.
Microsoft, Yahoo, Viacom and the News Corporation, among others,
have all visited YouTube’s headquarters in San Mateo, Calif., in
recent months to inquire about buying the company.