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Whatsapp debunks Google acquisition chatter

Says no deal is on the table
Tue Apr 09 2013, 11:05
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MESSAGING APP OUTFIT Whatsapp has denied rumours that it is in talks to sell the company to Google.

Speculation surfaced on Monday claiming that Google is on the verge of acquiring Whatsapp for $1bn. The rumours claimed that Whatsapp was playing "hardball" in a bid to squeeze more money from the internet giant, which reportedly is looking to Whatsapp to help to develop its own messaging service called Babble.

However, Whatsapp business development head Neeraj Arora told Allthingsd that there was no truth in the rumours, adding that the company is not involved in buyout talks with Google. He declined to comment futher.

Whatsapp would be unlikely to confirm the rumours, so this doesn't fully rubbish the idea that Google is looking to buy the firm. Google might not be the only company eyeing up the messaging app either, as Facebook allegedly has been looking into acquring the firm, a move that would make sense for the social network given its recent push into mobile services.

So much rumoured interest in Whatsapp doesn't come as much of a surprise either, as it is one of the most popular mobile applications. Available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Nokia's now defunct Symbian mobile operating system, the paid-for application allows cross-platform messaging over a 3G or WiFi connection.

Whatsapp recently boasted that its users are sending an average of one billion messages each day, and that New Years Eve saw 18 billion messages sent using its app.

Google has not commented on the rumours. µ


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