Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 22:20 UTC
Internet & Networking

Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

A huge deal. WhatsApp is one of the biggest messaging services is in the world - maybe even the biggest.

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by evert on Wed 19th Feb 2014 22:37 UTC
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Facebook chat uses XMPP. Whatsapp uses a closed kind of XMPP. Great for the future of XMPP. Hopefully Facebook will keep it open.

Also good for security. Whatsapp really did hit the bottom of security.

Let's fight against SIP as it is mostly used to maintain old-fashioned phone numbers. The XMPP style "numbers" can just be the same as your email address - and that is just how I like it. One address, multiple channels (mail, IM, audio, video). Also, old numbers are controlled outside the own organization, while XMPP is fully controlled by the domain owner.

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