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Google Launches YouTube Local Language Sites

10:56 am on Jun 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Literally, it might be known as Voustube, Voitubo or Vocetubo, but the world's most popular video-sharing site introduced local-language sites in nine countries on Tuesday that will all just go by YouTube.

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the co-founders of YouTube, which was acquired by Web search leader Google Inc. for $1.65 billion last year, told a news conference here that the nine country sites will eventually feature locally popular content.

YouTube unveiled national sites for Brazil (http://www.youtube.com.br), Britain (http://youtube.co.uk), France (youtube.fr), Ireland (youtube.ie), Italy (http://it.youtube.com), Japan (youtube.jp), the Netherlands (youtube.nl), Poland (youtube.pl) and Spain (youtube.es).

Google launches YouTube local language sites [uk.reuters.com]

11:34 pm on June 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No one else posting? I will go first then. I saw this under the search box in google.co.uk:

Find, share and upload videos: YouTube is now in the UK

However it goes to: uk.youtube.com and not youtube.co.uk as it says in the first post.

Not much else to say apart from will there still be russian p*rn on youtube.co.uk? lol :)

5:29 am on June 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Youtube.jp was actually registered about a year ago by someone Japanese.
Looking at the whois today it looks like perhaps the person had the domain taken from them, because the date is back to June 12, this year.

There's currently a law firm's name on it so I expect Google Japan got it given to them.

Perhaps this actually delayed it...

8:45 am on June 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure Youtube.co.uk was also owned by a aquatter as it just bought up one of those spammy search holding pages. I went there by accident as recently as a month ago, so I'm sure Google has only recently accquired this.
12:29 pm on June 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google can start in more languages even that wont be a problem for them and after all youtube is one of the largest website on internet.