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Google never made an offer to acquire WhatsApp

By Shawn Knight
Feb 26, 2014
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  1. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Google allegedly offered to acquire WhatsApp for $10 billion around the same time that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was courting the company. As it turns out, however, the report from Fortune was completely false.

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  2. Guess my hunch was right all along. It doesn't sense for Google to seek to acquire WhatsApp when they already offer Hangouts which is way better than WhatsApp.
     
  3. google denied it because it was out-witted, out-played, out-lasted...
    ...or the reporter from Fortune is now going to be fired for falsification (and will be rewarded handsomely by the previous owners of WhatsApp)
     
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  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,193   +246

    It must kill the whatsapp owners to still continue working on whatsapp even with $19bill in the bank that needs spending, I know I would be on amazon looking for stuff to buy instead of working if I was actually that rich xD
     
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  5. mosu

    mosu TS Enthusiast Posts: 312   +13

    It's a simple business sting beneficial for both parties, Facebook had the money to spend and WhatsApp owners needed the money.
     
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +116

    "He ultimately hopes the app, which boasts 465 million users and is adding a million new users each day, will help deliver Internet access to billions more people around the globe."
    Can anyone explain the correlation between an App that runs on a smart phone with internet access to people without smartphones... Don't you NEED internet access to use WhatsApp in the first place? Is this supposed to be some kind of incentive for people who don't have internet, because they all of a sudden need WhatsApp now that Facebook owns it?
     


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