Google Offered $10B for WhatsApp Before Facebook Swooped In
February 20, 2014 9:22 AM
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Google's offer lacked the board seat Facebook gave up
Yesterday we mentioned that
Facebook had plunked down a huge amount of cash
to buy the WhatsApp messenger service. The purchase cost Facebook a whopping $16 billion in cash and stock.
A new report from Fortune claims that Facebook wasn’t the only major tech firm sniffing around WhatsApp. Google also reportedly made an offer to buy the company for $10 billion.
Google's offer was not only significantly less than the one made by Facebook, but the Google offer also reportedly didn’t come with a seat on the board as Facebook's did.
Many of our readers have commented that
they are flabbergasted
as to why such a simple app would be worth so much money to Facebook and the reasons are quite simple. The service has 450 million active users and is gaining one million new users each day. Many companies would kill for the information that can be skimmed from those users.
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call following the announcement, "WhatsApp is the only app we’ve ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself."
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RE: I think I see what happened
2/20/2014 5:49:27 PM
Give Kakaotalk a shot. It also supports free messaging, picture and video sharing, voice messaging. But it also has VoIP (internet phone calls with other members), group chat, group (conference) calls, push to talk.
Google Hangouts actually has most of these features too. Kinda makes me wish these companies would stop trying to become the gatekeeper (a la Skype) and just write compatibility layers so you could interconnect their different environments. That's what happened in the 1980s when ARPANet, Bitnet, etc. decided to allow data transfer between each other leading to the Internet as we know it today.
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