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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My phone number
by pysiak on Thu 20th Feb 2014 10:27 UTC
pysiak
Member since:
2008-01-01

Does it mean my resistance to give my phone # to facebook was in vain because they got it through WhatsApp?

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RE: My phone number
by daedalus on Thu 20th Feb 2014 11:17 in reply to "My phone number"
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2011-01-14

Does it mean my resistance to give my phone # to facebook was in vain because they got it through WhatsApp?

Why do you have a resistance to giving your phone number to Facebook, but at the same time have no problem handing it to Whatsapp? What makes them so much better than Facebook in your eyes?

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RE[2]: My phone number
by pysiak on Thu 20th Feb 2014 14:14 in reply to "RE: My phone number"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

"Does it mean my resistance to give my phone # to facebook was in vain because they got it through WhatsApp?
Why do you have a resistance to giving your phone number to Facebook, but at the same time have no problem handing it to Whatsapp? What makes them so much better than Facebook in your eyes? "
That's a good question. I must admit to being an erring human: I hesitated a lot before using whatsapp, I didn't install it in the first place.

I then caved in on a request to keep in touch with a friend far away.

I just deleted the account and uninstalled the app. At least that wasn't a painfull process, but very snappy one.

Anyway... I wanted to point to something else. Lack of control or foresight about your data in a service being sold to a hegemony at any point in time.

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RE: My phone number
by WereCatf on Thu 20th Feb 2014 15:06 in reply to "My phone number"
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2006-02-15

Does it mean my resistance to give my phone # to facebook was in vain because they got it through WhatsApp?


Yes. Then again, if any of your friends are using Facebook on their mobiles and have your phone number stored in their contacts Facebook's already got it and most likely have been able to link your profile to it ages ago.

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RE[2]: My phone number
by pysiak on Thu 20th Feb 2014 16:00 in reply to "RE: My phone number"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

"Does it mean my resistance to give my phone # to facebook was in vain because they got it through WhatsApp?
Yes. Then again, if any of your friends are using Facebook on their mobiles and have your phone number stored in their contacts Facebook's already got it and most likely have been able to link your profile to it ages ago. "
Phew! What a relief ? :-)

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