Google Offered To Buy WhatsApp For $10 Billion Before Facebook Swooped In With More Money


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Yesterday Facebook announced that they were buying messaging service WhatsApp for a hefty $19 billion.

But they weren't the only tech giant who wanted to buy in.

Dan Primack has a round-up of the numbers that weren't in the press release Facebook (FB) issued announcing it will acquire messaging service WhatsApp, but according to his Fortune colleague Jessi Hempel, he missed one.


$10 billion dollars.

Hempel writes,

Two separate sources have told me that's how much Google (GOOG) offered to purchase WhatsApp. The bid did not come with promise of a board seat, unlike the Facebook agreement.


Google declined to comment, during a conversation with a Fortune colleague.