Facebook to Pay $19B for Message Network WhatsApp
Facebook's shares drop on word of the deal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2014 4:36 PM CST
The Facebook icon on an iPad.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – Facebook is apparently mighty impressed with WhatsApp, a messaging app for smartphones: Mark Zuckerberg's company announced today that it plans to buy WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp claims 450 million monthly users, and the deal is further proof that Facebook "is willing to pay huge sums to acquire rival apps that gain sway with consumers," says the Wall Street Journal. WhatsApp will continue to operate independently. Investors were apparently not so wowed—Facebook shares dropped about 5% in after-hours trading, notes MarketWatch.

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Feb 19, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Facebook pisses away more money they don't have.
Feb 19, 2014 6:43 PM CST
What's wrong with text messages or email?
Feb 19, 2014 6:27 PM CST
19 billion cash should be illegal, nobody should be allowed to have that much while the rest of the world goes hungry.