UPDATE: (Jan. 19) I am now 95% sure this rumor is innacurate after receiving yet more information.
UPDATE: (Jan. 18) This rumor is highly speculative at this point after reading additional emails I’ve just received:
Whoever the buyer may be, it’s not News Corp. They have confirmed directly to me it has not acquired YouTube.
YouTube raised $3.5 million in venture capital just three months ago from Sequoia. It was founded in February 2005.