February 19, 2014: Facebook Acquired WhatsApp
2014 – In a $19 billion acquisition, Facebook acquired WhatsApp – an instant messaging app for smartphones. This cross-platform app allowed messages from Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows phone and more.
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. WhatsApp grew to over 600 million active users around the world. While WhatsApp is still independent from Facebook, the company can use technologies for their Facebook Messenger program. Perfect for those who want a messenger but don’t have Facebook.
Wikazine – Full show notes for February 19
- The first computer Search Warrant
- Pong gets patented
- Analog Cellphone networks shut down