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There might be carnage going on over at AOL today, but things are looking decidedly rosier for anyone seeking a job at Google's yet-to-turn-profit video-sharing site YouTube.

Google said it is now hiring at YouTube, and plans to considerably bump up its workforce.

"2010 was a bang-up year," said the company. "And in 2011, we plan to grow the number of people working at YouTube by more than 30 per cent (!), making it the largest hiring year in YouTube’s history. We're looking for top talent from around the world."

In related news, the video-sharing portal deepened its corporate footprint in the Middle East yesterday by launching "local" YouTube sites in Algeria, Egypt, Jordon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen.

Clearly Google wanted to cater its YouTube pages to better serve Middle Eastern sensibilities in those regions that have seen flashes of political unrest and huge public turmoil in recent months.

A cynic might consider such a move as Google simply cashing in on someone else's despair. But then, others would counter that the likes of YouTube and Twitter are allowing protesters' voices to be heard.

There's probably something to be said for both arguments. But if nothing else, YouTube employees are – to fall into Charlie Sheen parlance – WINNING right now. ®

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