It’s not often the case that a company that few people have heard of gets purchased for roughly $19 billion. That is likely the case with the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook ($FB). Not surprisingly there is a ton of commentary on the deal. Below are some links we found of interest.
What’s up? Facebook purchases messaging app WhatsApp. (Recode, TechCrunch, Daring Fireball)
Facebook stilll wants to be the ‘next Facebook.’ (Benedict Evans, GigaOM, Buzzfeed)
Facebook doesn’t care how it reaches users. (stratchery, Felix Salmon)
WhatsApp helps Facebook go even more global, but not so much in Asia. (TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Bloomberg)
Photos. Facebook at it heart is still about photos. (Pando Daily)
Facebook as conglomerate. (The Verge, The Exchange)
Facebook could do the deal due to its high priced stock. (Rational Irrationality)
WhatsApp doesn’t do ads. (Quartz)
What the rise of WhatsApp means for mobile carriers. (Slate)
WhatsApp purchase: bold or stupid? (Henry Blodget)
Are WhatsApp users monetizable? (Kid Dynamite)
Google ($GOOG) wanted to buy WhatsApp. (CNNMoney)
Companies worth less than WhatsApp. (Quartz)
How Jan Koum built WhatsApp from nothing. (Forbes)
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