Google offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion

February 20, 2014, 4:26 PM UTC

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.