Rumor: Google Negotiating a $1 Billion Buyout of WhatsApp

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elzafir

It's in Google's best interesting to acquire WhatsApp, because in the instant messaging game, user base is everything. With 100,000,000+ downloads on Google Play alone, a $1 billion would mean $10 per user. Not to mention iOS, WP, BlackBerry and Symbian users, $1b is cheap. It's not that easy to make a popular messaging client, just look at Google Talk. Since WhatsApp uses phone numbers as ID, Google could easily integrate it with Messaging/SMS app and make an iMessage killer. Plus they would "own" the IM world.

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wolfing

They should take the money. There are so many examples of companies that 'played hard' when Google or some other giant offered them a lot of money, and after negotiations drop, a year later the stock is 1/4th the offered value.
The Internet business is a fickle monster. Whatsapp today is Whodunna tomorrow. Owners should cash in while they can!

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captainjack

I use WhatsApp to keep in touch with my friend who moved to Austalia! (That and Skype). It's a really nice app and the UI changes they recently made were good improvements

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Mighty BOB!

Never heard of them. But I read this blog of theirs and I like them already.
http://blog.whatsapp.com/index.php/2012/06/why-we-dont-sell-ads/

I already use Google Voice so I don't pay for SMS but GV doesn't do MMS messaging so I have to use my regular phone # for that and pay. :(

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Caboose

I've been using it for going on 2yrs now, and really like the app. I've got my wife on it, my roomate, my sister and a bunch of friends as well. What I'd really like, is to be able to use it on my tablet as well, and have the message sync between tablet and phone.

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