Peter Kafka

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YouTube's New Revenue Plan: Gouge Warren Buffett!

Here’s the full text of a blog post titled “Announcing YouTube Pro *Wink*,” posted on the Google-owned (GOOG) site tonight:

It was with great pleasure that we heard billionaire investor Warren Buffett enjoys hours and hours of YouTube watching his favorite videos.

The “Oracle of Omaha” also suggested that YouTube should be charging him “a lot of money” based on the enjoyment he gets from YouTube. We agree and are happy to announce a new subscription offering: YouTube Pro. Pro will be offered for a limited time at the low price of $100 million/year. We don’t expect to sell many, but if Mr. Buffett wants to make sure he’s paying his fair share, we take cash, credit and, for him, personal check.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik