Telegram Google rumour

Russian media says Telegram rebuffed a Google buyout. The firm denies it.

Trade publications in the autocratic state reported1, 2 that Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with the CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, to discuss a potential acquisition of the communications startup.

The reports, which The Register has been unable to confirm, suggest that Durov considered cooperation with Google "out of the question."

A later tweet from Telegram clearly denies these reports:

Durov, who is Russian by birth, is currently in self-imposed exile, having left the country following what he alleged was a Putin-supported investor coup at his social networking site VKontakte. ®

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