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 Troels on Thu 20th Feb 2014 09:20 UTC in reply to "XMPP"
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Just to stop spreading inaccurate information: SIP does not require the use of old fashioned phone numbers, the username can be almost anything, and in fact often is internally in a PBX, and is only translated to a phone number when you try to like, make a phone call :-)

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by evert on Fri 21st Feb 2014 00:03 in reply to "RE: XMPP"
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And please stop misquoting me ;-)

I literally wrote: "Let's fight against SIP as it is mostly used to maintain old-fashioned phone numbers."

That you can use SIP without phone numbers becomes less relevant now that the whole ecosystem is being conquered by traditional telco companies.

That's why I argued for XMPP, which has an ecosystem in which often an email address is being used.

Pidgin and Jitsi are good XMPP clients.

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by shmerl on Fri 21st Feb 2014 03:36 in reply to "RE[2]: XMPP"
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JID isn't logically related to e-mail address. It just has the same syntax. i.e. user@domain but it has nothing to do with e-mail. Such syntax is commonplace in other Internet protocols like FTP. It can happen to match an e-mail address (in case of Google it does for example) but it's not a given thing at all.

Edited 2014-02-21 03:40 UTC

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