Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 Billion

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Facebook announced the purchase of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday, in a $19bn deal that represents the social media company’s biggest acquisition yet.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, described five-year-old WhatsApp as an “incredibly valuable” service that was well on its way to connecting 1 billion people around the world.

The deal is a big bet for Facebook, which has until recently struggled to convince investors of its strategy for mobile.

Source : http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/19/facebook-buys-whatsapp-16bn-deal

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WhatsApp only employs around 50 people total. At 32 engineers, that’s $500 million per engineer.
 

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I feel the same about this like I feel about the Google Plus comments on Youtube. Youtube sucks with it and I have a feeling WhatsApp would such as well. For me WhatsApp was a medium to communicate in a way exclusive of Facebook. Now, they are both merged and my messages are going to go through FB again.

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WhatsApp only employs around 50 people total. At 32 engineers, that’s $500 million per engineer.

What would be if every person they employ has stakes in the company.
 

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why care?
the amount of zeroes in the figure
what kind of economy can justify such a purchase..
 
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