Google reportedly tried to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

By , Feb 20, 2014

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The entire Internet is abuzz right now with this whole Facebook and WhatsApp deal. For the few that haven’t heard yet, the social network announced yesterday afternoon that it has agreed to acquire the cross-platform messaging giant for a staggering $16 billion.

Since the announcement, details of the buyout negotiations between the two companies have begun to slowly trickle in, and as you might expect, some of them are rather interesting. Fortune, for example, is reporting that Google actually offered to buy WhatsApp first…

In a brief scoop this morning, Fortune’s Jessi Hempel cited two separate sources saying that Google offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion at some point. It’s unclear when this went down, but apparently it wasn’t the only time the search giant courted the app-maker.

The Information is reporting that 6 months ago, Google made another offer to WhatsApp regarding potential suitors. It promised to pay the messaging startup “millions of dollars” simply for the right to be notified if it was entering acquisition talks with other companies.

“More than six months ago, Google approached WhatsApp with an odd offer: It would pay the mobile messaging startup in exchange for the right to be notified if the messaging app entered into acquisition talks with other companies, according to a person involved in the process and two people briefed on it.

WhatsApp rebuffed the offer, which could have been worth millions of dollars, according to the person involved in the process.”

Google’s so-called ‘right-to-notice’ offer is a unique negotiating tactic used by the company to be alerted about potential acquisitions. The strategy was reportedly introduced following Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2012, which caught Google totally off guard.

And finally, Business Insider is reporting that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed the purchase to WhatsApp’s Jan Koum on February 9th, and the deal was finalized on Valentine’s Day. In fact, it says that finalized details were hammered out over chocolate strawberries.

WhatsApp is used by nearly 500 million people every month to send billions of instant messages, across various platforms.It’s currently ranked as the #4 top free app in Apple’s App Store.

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  • Linton Findlay

    dont know why people are complaining they will probably keep the apps seperate from each other like they did instagram

  • Virus

    Trying to decide who likes to trash privacy worse Google for Facebook.
    Decisions. Decisions.

    • USGiftCodes

      Agreed!

  • Raled

    Don’t know which app to switch to. Can’t use whatsapp anymore now Facebook owns it. Viber comes to mind but they got hacked then I think BBM but I can’t shake the feeling that Blackberry is gonna be calling in the administrators very very soon.

    • DJ Focus

      Kik? And I wouldn’t use viber now its been bought

  • http://bookmaggot.com Alan

    Does it really provide some functionality that Facebook Messenger/ Twitter/ SMS doesn’t? Voice messages, I guess, but didn’t we all try that for like 15 minutes with Hey Tell and get bored?

    • Melvco

      I think several factors contributed to WhatsApp’s success. For starters, it was one of the first mobile messaging apps out—2008 I believe, and it also has one of the largest International reaches of any messaging client.

      Then add in that it’s cross platform, so it works across desktop, iOS, Android and BlackBerry—yes BlackBerry, and you have the recipe for a large user base.

      And large user bases usually = big money at some point.

      • http://facebook.com/lodigabriel Gabriel Lodi

        Desktops? I don’t think so…
        Viber does have a desktop client, but that’s not the case for WhatsApp.

  • CollegiateLad

    Good for them…

  • Esir

    Whatsapp is garbage now anyway. Has been for ages. It’s ugly as hell on iOS 7 and compared to its competitors it’s lacking severly featurewise. Only reason they’re popular is because they were first and most people don’t have the brain cells to switch and the ones that do can’t because everyone else doesn’t have the brain cells to switch so there’s no point switching if you can’t get other people to switch.

    • Rowan09

      Some people don’t have as much options as others. I’m natively from Jamaica and Whatsapp is the application of choice.

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    If this happened then I wonder how much longer until Google shuts it down.

  • Brandon Montville

    WhatsApp adds exactly no functionality to Facebook’s platform… or Google. I do not understand what logic underlies these acquisitions.

    • mahe

      Userdata …

      • http://facebook.com/lodigabriel Gabriel Lodi

        Nope. Money.
        Purely money.

      • mahe

        What is you will get for userdata ;)

  • Dante Arellano

    Fuckking numbers 2 billion for that!!

  • Dante Arellano

    We have face time messages face time voice why should I need that shite of wapps’

  • http://www.officialimeiunlock.com/ Nicolas Anderson

    Google should buy me

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    I would rather Google bought Whatsapp than to Facebook to bug Whatsapp to be honest

  • Svs

    What if google buy facebook?