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YouTube Investing in Web Videos Again

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Google Inc. (GOOG)’s YouTube is reaching into its pockets again to develop more Web programming.

The online video-sharing service is investing in its top talent to fund new content, Alex Carloss, head of YouTube Originals, said in a blog post yesterday. The plan, for an undisclosed amount of spending by Mountain View, California-based Google, follows an about $100 million effort in 2011.

Google is bolstering its spending on YouTube as it seeks to become a stronger competitor to traditional television and digital upstarts such as Netflix Inc. (NFLX), based in Los Gatos, California, and Hulu LLC in Los Angeles. The company has already built studios with video equipment in cities such as Tokyo and London and paid for marketing campaigns for popular YouTube stars such as fashion icon Bethany Mota. YouTube unveiled new ad tools earlier this year.

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