15 shocking tech mergers that could have happened but never did

One thing that most people don’t realize is that big Internet giants like Facebook and Google were also once smaller companies that were almost bought over or offered to be sold to bigger companies at some point

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Mergers and acquisitions are not a new thing in the business aspects of technology. Companies buy other companies all the time. Sometimes, to great gain and other times, the result is appalling loss.

One thing that most people don’t realize is that big Internet giants like Facebook and Google were also once smaller companies that were almost bought over or offered to be sold to bigger companies at the time.

Here are 15 surprising mergers/acquisitions in tech that could have happened but never did.

  • In 2008,
  • In 2010, Google tried to buy
  • Yahoo tried to buy Facebook for $1 billion in 2006. Facebook declined and is valued at around $245 billion today.
  • Facebook approached
  • In 2008, Google tried to acquire
  • In 2003, Google tried to acquire
  • Google tried to acquire
  • Facebook tried to acquire
  • Google made an offer to buy
  • In 2005, Facebook offered itself up for sale to
  • Google also offered itself up for sale to
  • Twitter tried to acquire
  • In 2002, Microsoft, attempted to acquire
  • In 2009, Google offered to acquire

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