Google offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

February 20, 2014: 6:26 AM ET

Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, but it wasn't the only suitor.

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My colleague Dan Primack has written a smart post on the numbers that weren't in the press release Facebook (FB) issued announcing it will acquire messaging service WhatsApp. I'll add just one more:

$10 billion

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.

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Jessi Hempel is a New York-based technology writer for Fortune. She has written extensively about digital media, online advertising and social networking. Before joining Fortune in July 2007, Hempel worked at BusinessWeek and most recently served as their innovation department editor. Hempel is a graduate of Brown University and received a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley.

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