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 Heard on Thu 20th Feb 2014 11:14 UTC
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2009-12-24

In most german media reporting on Facebook acquiring WhatsApp there is an app called "Threema" mentioned as a more secure alternative. Looks nice to me. I hope it will get more famous.

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RE: Alternative
by Deviate_X on Thu 20th Feb 2014 13:51 in reply to "Alternative"
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2005-07-11

That's nice, but the point is that WhatsApp is that its aggressively available on a vast array of platforms, not just iOS and Android. Where most app developers have been taught the world begins and ends.

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