Our day began with the announcement of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an outrageous $19 billion. But it seems Facebook wasn t the only suitor courting for WhatsApp s hand. Fortune s Jessi Hempel has been tipped by her sources that Google too had submitted a considerable offer for the messaging platform. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemic
According to Hempel, Google offered $10 billion to WhatsApp, which fell considerably short of Facebook s offer. What s more, Google didn t offer Jan Koum a seat on the company s board like Mark Zuckerberg did. Also Read - Good news! Jio users can now check COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp - here's how
As seen in our acquisition timeline, Facebook s acquisition of WhatsApp wasn t a spur of the moment deal. While WhatsApp grew from strength-to-strength, Zuckerberg had been weaving his web around the messaging platform for the past two years. Things finally fell into place earlier today and now the messaging platform is a part of the social network.
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