Wenn zwei das Gleich schreiben, scheint es sicher: Google wird wohl Youtube kaufen. Am Freitag gab es ja noch berechtigte Zweifel, was da gerade läuft zwischen Google und Youtube. Nun zeichnet sich ab: Der Deal wird kommen.
Allerdings gibt es weiter ein paar Merkwürdigkeiten. So schreibt die „New York Times“:
„After marathon negotiations over the weekend, Google could announce a deal to buy YouTube.com, the popular video-sharing Web site, for about $1.6 billion as early as Monday afternoon, people involved in the talks said.
Barring a last-minute snag in the talks, the boards of both Google and YouTube were scheduled to hold separate board meetings on Monday to approve the deal, with an announcement possible after the close of regular trading.“
Was bedeuten würde ca. 22.30 deutscher Zeit wüssten wir bescheid. Nur erscheint merkwürdig, mit welcher Hektik hier angeblich agiert wird:
„Negotiations between Google and YouTube began in earnest late last week after a lower bid from Google was initially rebuffed, these people said.
News of the talks spread from Silicon Valley to Wall Street on Friday after speculation about a potential deal was posted on a blog, TechCrunch. That led Google?s negotatiors to speed up the pace of the talks, worried that an interloper could emerge.
Solch eine Beschleunigung der Verhandlungen macht nur dann Sinn, wenn beide Parteien an der Börse sind, sich für einander entschieden haben und nun fürchten, jemand könne Anteile zukaufen, um einen Deal zu blockieren. Doch gerade wenn es mehrere Angebote gibt, hat Youtube keinen Grund, sich drängen zu lassen: Man könnte wunderbar den Preis hochtreiben.
Auch das „Wall Street Journal“ schreibt deckungsgleich mit der „NYT“ Richtung Zusammenschluss:
„Google Inc. is closing in on an acquisition of online video site YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock that could be announced as early as today, says a person familiar with the matter.
If the final deal is approved by both companies‘ directors today, they plan to announce it after the end of the regular trading sessions of the U.S. stock exchanges, the familiar person says.“
Nur einer erzählt derzeit eine andere Geschichte: Techcrunch:
„We don?t have any additional verified information, other than a bizarre story Marshall Kirkpatrick was tracking and that developed on Friday and Saturday. We got word that a lawyer representing Google may have told at least one person that the ?deal has officially gone through.? The person who was supposedly told this then sent an email out to a number of people summarizing the conversation, which we got wind of. I spoke to the attorney, who denied having ?any knowledge of the deal? or making that statement. I also spoke to the person who wrote the email, who backtracked and stated that he exaggerated the lawyer?s statements, and that, in short, the email he wrote wasn?t true. At that point Marshall and I decided to drop it. But I will say this – the fact that the lawyer repeately told me that he had no knowledge of a deal instead of ?no comment? means he was either lying (unlikely), that a deal is happening and he doesn?t know about it (unlikely), or that there is no deal. We?ll see.“