YouTube is a $15 billion-a-year business, Google reveals for the first time

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Well, knowing that YouTube is making $15 Billion a year makes the arguments about "No competition because it's a money pit that Google supports for data and mindshare" seem even less credible. It also makes the amount of petty fuckery that Youtube monetization is famous for a lot harder to justify.
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YouTube generated nearly $5 billion in ad revenue in the last three months, Google revealed today as part of parent company Alphabet’s fourth quarter earnings report. This is the first report under newly instated Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, who took over as the chief executive of the entire company late last year after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped back from day-to-day duties and promoted Pichai, formerly Google CEO, to the top spot.

The announcement marks the first time in YouTube’s nearly 15 years as a Google-owned platform, since Google bought the website in 2006 for $1.65 billion, that the company has revealed how much money YouTube-hosted ads contribute to the search giant’s bottom line.

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