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Google did not bid for WhatsApp, the company revealed yesterday. Suggestions that Facebook’s $19bn purchase of the instant messaging service outbid a $10 billion offer from Google are “simply untrue,” the company’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai said.
Mr Pichai, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, praised WhatsApp’s achievements, and said the company had talked to them in the past about working more closely together. “Whatsapp was definitely an exciting product,” he said. “We never made an offer to acquire them. Press reports to the contrary are simply untrue.” Google Denies It Bid For WhatsApp [telegraph.co.uk]