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BREAKING: YouTube Still Isn't Profitable. But It Will Be, Says Google. Again.

Officially, Google doesn’t talk about YouTube’s profitability, or lack thereof. Except, of course, when Google executives do talk about it.

Then they say that YouTube is very close to becoming profitable.

That’s what CFO Patrick Pichette said in July 2009. And that’s what sales boss Nikesh Arora said in July of this year. And that’s what CEO Eric Schmidt said today, according to Dow Jones Newswires:

“YouTube is ‘nearing profitability and its revenue is doing quite well,’ Schmidt told journalists at the sidelines of a conference at the French university SciencesPo. ‘It looks like it’s going to be very successful,’ he said.”

Okay. So does anyone want to guess when, if ever, Google will tell us that YouTube is actually profitable?


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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