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What Else Could Facebook Buy With $19 Billion?
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Drew Conry-Murray
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2/24/2014 | 9:53:29 AM
Re: I don't understand the attraction...
My understanding is that WhatsApp is enjoying incredible growth--around a million users a day, according to some reports. That's appealing to Facebook for two reasons. One, it gives them a growth story that Wall Street will like. Two, it takes a potential FB replacement off the table. That said, it still seems like an outrageous amount of money.
athorndike
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2/22/2014 | 4:08:16 PM
$19B is a Whole Lotta Dough
I am still having a hard time comprehending the amount of money, even with these great examples. It seems like AIM, BBM and perhaps even Skype's instant messaging missed a good opportunity here. Or Facebook did - by not buying one of these for a lot less. Then they still could have bought a sports team or an island (or both).
Charlie Babcock
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2/21/2014 | 6:39:52 PM
An island package deal
Interesting, Drew, totally. Bill Gates bought an island off Belize. Larry Ellison bought 98% of a Hawaiian island. I'd like to know what you could get in the way of islands for the whole $19 billion. How about all the Hawaian islands? I wouldn't settle for anything less than the entire Aleutian chain including Kodiak. How about the Hebrides, Orkneys plus the Shetlands as a package deal? I'm sure there's a combination in the Carribean that's worth a lot. Not sure whether Raul is willing to sell.
Thomas Claburn
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2/21/2014 | 5:07:00 PM
Re: Put this up against some gov't purchases
And with that kind of firepower, Facebook could keep its users from jumping ship.
paradisedrummer
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2/21/2014 | 4:42:32 PM
Put this up against some gov't purchases
4.2 Nimitz class aircraft carriers. Largest warship ever built, each with ~6000 crew. 
anon0631711623
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2/21/2014 | 4:22:29 PM
I don't understand the attraction...
This is the first I have heard of Whatsapp, so maybe I am missing something... but from my understabding, it's just a messaging application. I am sure that, if FB really wanted to buy one of those, it could have had AIM for a lot less...


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