Google movies, social games and world dominance

On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that Google is in talks with movie studios to offer pay-per-view movies on YouTube, the video-sharing site Google bought in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that Google is in talks with movie studios to offer pay-per-view movies on YouTube, the video-sharing site Google bought in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

The planned partnership will place Google in direct competition with other streaming video, rental and subscription services such as NetFlix and Apple, which markets an AppleTV digital device that connects televisions to the internet.

Reportedly, the streaming movies will cost up to $5 for newer titles.

Technology media site TechCrunch said Google is also moving into the lucrative social game industry by reportedly launching Google Games later this year. It was reported the Mountain View, CA-based tech giant invested heavily in social games maker Zynga. By moving into social games, Google is taking on other game makers such as Playdom and PlayFish, but it also nudges it into the social networking realm currently dominated by Facebook.

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