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Report: Google had tried to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Feb 2014 13:17

Report: Google had tried to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion Yesterday, we reported that Facebook was buying messaging behemoth WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion in cash and stock. It appears they were not the only company aiming to buy the small company.
According to Fortune, Google tried, unsuccessfully, to acquire the company for $10 billion.

The news comes via sources close to WhatsApp. The report also claims that Google did not offer a board seat to WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum, which Facebook did.

WhatsApp has over 400 million active users and only 35 employees. The other co-founder, Brian Acton, applied to work for Facebook in 2009 and was not hired. I believe the new billions in his account will ease that pain.

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