WhatsApp could have gotten more than $19 billion from Google

WhatsApp could have gotten more than $19 billion from Google
It was recently announced that Facebook had agreed to purchase WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion ($12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash), plus another $3 billion in vested payments. The deal is huge, and quite an aggressive move by Facebook. Then, the news came out that WhatsApp had actually turned down a $10 billion offer from Google before agreeing to Facebook's purchase. But, the story doesn't end there.

A new report from The Information is now saying that Google was willing to beat the $19 billion offer from Facebook, even though Google apparently didn't really want to acquire WhatsApp. According to the report, Google was mostly trying to keep WhatsApp from being acquired by Facebook. Google CEO Larry Page also tried to convince WhatsApp to stay independent, in order to keep it away from Facebook. 

In the end, Google apparently "did not seem excited" about purchasing WhatsApp. So, even though Google was willing to pay more than Facebook, maybe the lack of enthusiasm was what sold WhatsApp on choosing Facebook to make WhatsApp employees very rich. 

source: The Information via BGR

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29 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This is fricken illuminati crap, facebook the biggest illuminati company bought whatsapp so they can spy on the people. It's not rocket science to figure that out.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You should try Line, it's a good messenger app. There are also many messenger apps as well, Line Kakaotalk BBM Hangouts Viber etc.

5. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

And you believe that G$$GLE is not spying you. What a joke.

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I know. I have GOOGLE products and even I know theyre spying on us. I mean cmon. Linking google account with google+, youtube, gmail, and hangouts. Not to mention everything on your phone as a backup after backup. I dont even know half of the crap Im connected to because of google.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Every company SPIES on us so what's the point for fighting against them

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Dell, Monsanto are all part of these Global Elite. It does not make any difference if Google or Facebook bought it. Have you seen what Google bought lately? - DARPA Robots, AI Programs, Investment in Transhumanism, Virtual Reality Pods. Android, Windows Phone and iOS both have NSA Codes in them. No matter what you use they are spying are you. Now the latest tech coming out is Pre-Crime base on Minority Report movie. This is simply Agenda 21 work in progress. By 2025 it should be finalized, then say bye bye to the Human Race and welcome Cyborgs.

21. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Let it all out !!! Badmouth WA all you want !!! Certainly no matter how much you hate 'em they won't give a damn. It's $19 billion we're talking about.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FB is stupid spending that much money just because that app have so many users and need more info? I hope they go bankrupt. I hardly use FB. Sok I don't go on there only use it to keep in touch with relatives few friends

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Speaking of Facebook, it's quite boring. My friends told me to open a Facebook account because it's fun and if I don't open it, I'm outdated, which doesn't make any sense. And now, I still don't understand what's the "fun" they're talking about of Facebook. Seriously, I don't understand why people always Facebook...Facebook...Facebook..., I think Google+ is better than Facebook, really, even though I don't use it often. Too bad my friends don't use Google+. Oh well...

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I agree with your point people are do crazy about fb but google+ is not better then fb

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Google+ sucks to the point where there is so much crap, that it makes it hard to know what the hell youre actually doing. I will admit though that I like the way they seperate groups.

16. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

It sucks because,your/my friends are not there..But as a discussion platform, it is awesome.It's like Reddit with more colors..I follow all the android and Ubuntu Developers and couple of Photographers.The quality of Stream Content is much better than FB, but without your friends engagement.

28. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Completely agree with Saiki. Most of my friends aren't using G+ but I've found so many new interesting people to follow and communities that I'm actually enjoying it more that way.

11. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

To tell you the truth man, i don't have a faceboobs account.

17. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

G+ is not better than Facebook , but I do use it for different purposes. Facebook is More about what's happening with my life , G+ is to unleash the inner geek in me . Facebook is not boring , what's the point of the social network when your friends and family are not there ? So go register your FB account kiddo

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL...I have a Facebook account right now, I registered one last month, if I haven't registered one, I won't say how boring it is in comment #2. xperiaDROID big dawg isn't that outdated as you think. I think Facebook is boring, really. It's just my opinion.

22. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Start by adding me , Facebook.com/jonathan.nyt

29. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I agree. Google+ is different from Facebook. I use both and for different reasons. Those reasons don't really overlap. Google+ is for connecting with people who share the same interests as you. It is a place for you to discuss those common interests with others. The people you connect with are likely going to be people you do not know on a personal basis. I have a lot of interests that are not shared by most friends or family. However, there are many people I have never met that do share those interests and I have very engaging discussions with them. Facebook is for connecting with people you know personally. Many friends and family are on there and you can connect with those people even if they live very far away or whom you haven't seen for a while.

31. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

True , stuntman ! That's what I use it for

18. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

But one thing though , why google and facebook hate each other ? They are for different things , I use and like both .

27. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Watch the story Frontline did about Generation Like and you'll see how Facebook is being used by major corporations to get marketing done. It opened my eyes to how Facebook is changing an entire generation of people and how corporations are using free marketing via Facebook and like sites.

3. shimshim

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

19 billion USD. that's more than the worth of the buying company itself. Just how frustrated is NSA (aka facebook) to get all that spy (oh i meant subscriber) base.

9. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

facebook's a fraud, it's good for connecting your long distance friends and family, but beyond that, it's all about money

10. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Google don't have to buy WhatsApp. They just need to make Hangouts as standalone app, like GTalk.

12. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I don't like fb buying whatsapp.... But it is way better than effing google buying it.... Waiting for hemlis

13. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Haha.. Im thinking.. Screw Whats App!, lets move to other apps with similar service just to mess with facebook. Im suggesting a world wide boycott on whats app! so facebook will lose profit.. "Evil Plotting Raccoon"

14. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I have bumped into Telegram, a open source IM, while searching for WhatsApp replacement in Reddit.It's worth giving a try

24. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah it's a very good app.

30. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

If I had a company and had the option of selling to a company that wants me or a company who just doesn't want anyone else to have me, I'd sell to the company that wants me. I'm sure there are other details that we don't and may never know. Overall, it sounds like the owners of WhatsApp did what they felt was best for WhatsApp. I would be interested to see if people actually do follow through on removing WhatsApp. I've seen a lot of people declare they will remove the app. One person I asked said he hardly uses it and uses other messaging options most of the time. In this case, losing not so active users is probably not a huge loss for WhatsApp. For people who do use WhatsApp quite often to communicate with a large number of people, it would impact those users more if they choose to remove WhatsApp. It would require using a different app to communicate and getting a whole group of people to switch apps like that is not very easy.

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