Google reportedly in talks to buy WhatsApp for close $1 billion

By Jos
Apr 8, 2013
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  1. Google is reportedly in talks to acquire cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp. According to sources close to the negotiations cited by Digital Trends, talks have been going on over the past four or five weeks, with the team behind WhatsApp supposedly...

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  2. Why not build on their google talk platform?
  3. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 863   +127

    Why did MS not just expand on the Messenger platform? They're picking up the service and the users.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,182   +509

    Damn. If they buy it they'll throw it into a big pot along with all their other faltering social apps and stir it up into a hotchpotch mess of unnecessary complicated and in some instances, overpriced bloatware that has the ability to track your every word, move and even know what color underwear you're wearing that day. Google doesn't know the meaning of the word 'privacy' so whatever you say or write will be on record forever (although they'll vehemently deny it). I hope Whatsapp doesn't sell out to them but refusing an offer from Google is tantamount to refusing an offer from The Mob and they could wind up wearing a pair of concrete shoes. I hope it never happens but if it does, I hope I'm wrong.
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +723

    I hope this doesnt become like Sparrow. A great app company bought by Google and just sent to the junkyard... this is odd considering they just announced a change in infrastructure. To a pay by the year basis.
  6. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    This is a no brainer. whats app is great.... they immediately pick up 300 million users in latin america, north america and europe.
  7. Khanonate

    Khanonate TechSpot Member Posts: 89   +7

  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,182   +509

    Google no longer trying to muscle in on Whatsapps' business? That's good news.
  9. I am glad whatsapp played hardball, no they get nothing from Google.
  10. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +723

    With Googles new chat service, there is no need for this purchase.
  11. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 393   +63

    Who sais whatsapp is not already doing just that anyways? I'd rather stick with the evil I know who is being watched by everyone already than some unknown company with an unknown track record of user privacy.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.


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