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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RE: XMPP
by WorknMan on Wed 19th Feb 2014 22:50 UTC in reply to "XMPP"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Facebook chat uses XMPP. Whatsapp uses a closed kind of XMPP. Great for the future of XMPP. Hopefully Facebook will keep it open.


I would be happy if Facebook could just figure out a way to deliver notifications properly for private messages, esp on Android. I only get notifications for about 1 out of every 5 PMs I get, across a variety of Android devices, and the Windows 8.1 Metro app.

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RE[2]: XMPP
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 22:51 in reply to "RE: XMPP"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Really? Works fine here (with the Messenger application installed!). Bug, perhaps?

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RE[3]: XMPP
by WorknMan on Wed 19th Feb 2014 23:40 in reply to "RE[2]: XMPP"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Really? Works fine here (with the Messenger application installed!). Bug, perhaps?


I have Facebook Messenger installed on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, as well as the Metro app on Windows 8.1. I get notifications for about 1 out of every 5 messages I receive on the Nexus 4. On Windows 8.1, it works less frequently than that. On the Nexus 7, it almost never works. I eventually told friends and family to just send me an SMS if it's really important ;)

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