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FTC Approves Google-YouTube Merger

Posted by Andrew on November 2nd, 2006

According to this news item, the Federal Trade Commission has voted not to challenge Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube.

I haven't yet been able to find notice of the decision on the FTC's Web site, but I'm a little puzzled already that the agency didn't even consider it necessary to issue a Second Request in this case. According to Hitwise, the pre-merger shares of YouTube and Google in the online video market were 45 percent and 11 percent respectively, giving the merger a whopping delta (i.e., increase in the HHI) of 990 points in an already highly concentrated market. I know we've come a long way from expecting the agencies to observe the thresholds stated in their own Horizontal Merger Guidelines, but this is ridiculous.

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An examination of the legal and technological structures that keep almost all of us voiceless, by Prof. Andrew Chin (who?) at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Prof. Jay Kesan at the University of Illinois College of Law

voiceless is a new blog. If you like what you've seen so far, please consider making voiceless a little less voiceless by adding a link to it from your blogroll!

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