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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2/21/2014 3:48:48 PM
After being aware my banking app was taking pictures of me without letting me know, I've been become more aware of these agreements we click yes to. When Whatsapp added the ability to record audio, and take pictures/videos without notifying the user of doing so, I promptly deleted it. Why would a messaging app ever need to do this?
RE: Disturbing trend
2/23/2014 8:19:42 PM
To enable you to take a picture/video/sound bite directly from within the app.
But I agree with you - that was the straw that had me remove the FB app from my phone. I just wish we could block these permissions for each app...including the browsers. Bugger 'convenience' - I'm rather use my 'camera' app to take the photo and then use whichever app to simply upload that photo.
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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