Published On: Ven, Ott 10th, 2014

Facebook Inc. announced that it will purchase smartphone-messaging app company WhatsApp Inc. for $19 billion in cash and stock

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epa04091106 The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone in New York, New York 20 February 2014. Facebook announced that it acquired the globally popular messaging system WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. Facebook paid 12 billion dollars in shares and 4 billion dollars in cash, it was explained in a conference call. The deal includes an additional 3 billion dollars in Facebook stock for WhatsApp founders and employees. The deal should close later in 2014 and is still subject to regulatory approval, according to Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said in the conference call that he did not expect any issues. Additionally, WhatsApp co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

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