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Facebook Acquires Texting Platform WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook Acquires Texting Platform Whats...

Facebook announced last night it will be acquiring the mobile texting platform WhatsApp for $19 billion— broken down into a $4 billion up-front cash payment, $12 billion in stock, and an additional $3 billion of stock paid out to employees and founders vested over four years. Though WhatsApp has developed a dedicated following of roughly 450 million worldwide users, and has already monetized its platform by instituting a $1 annual subscription charge, the acquisition is newsworthy mostly because of the enormous price tag (Facebook’s largest acquisition by far)....