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Facebook acquires WhatsApp for 16 billion dollars!

WhatsApp, or else the popular application of instant messaging via internet (WiFi or 3G), has enormous resonance to smartphone and tablet users, something which drew the attention of Facebook with the result of being acquired from the most popular social network.

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The total amount that is expected Facebook to spend for the acquisition of WhatsApp Messenger is 16 billion dollars, of which 12 billion dollars will relate to equal value shares and 4 billion in cash. The agreement also contains an amount of approximately 3 billion dollars in shares (RSUs) which will be given after 4 years to the founders and employees of WhatsApp. WhatsApp managed to pull the interest of Facebook, as well as more than 450 million people use it each month, with 70% of these to be active every day and approximately 1 million new users to register daily in the application. The result is that the messages via WhatsApp are approaching in numbers all the SMS sent worldwide.

After the takeover, both Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger, will continue to exist as independent applications. Like Instagram, there will be no absorption of the application. Also, there will be no advertisements in WhatsApp, according to TechCrunch. "WhatsApp is expected to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach this milestone are all extremely valuable" said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. "I know Jan for a long time and I'm excited to be working with him and his team for making the world more open and connected."

Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, said: "The extremely high engagement of users and the rapid development of WhatsApp are being guided by the simple, powerful and instant messaging capabilities that we provide. We're excited and honored to work with Mark and Facebook, as well as we continue to offer our product to more people throughout the world."

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