google-youtube.jpgThe WSJ reports (sub required) that Google is in talks to acquire video-sharing site YouTube for roughly $1.6 billion.

But it cites only “a person familiar with the matter,” which is frustratingly vague. As we’ve said before, everyone talks to everyone in this place, and they’d be silly not to. It would be an intriguing play, but also just the sort of buzz YouTube would like to have circulating in order to get Yahoo and Microsoft pounding at its doors. ;)

See chart below for evidence that YouTube continues to leave Google behind:
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