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  • The Acquisition of the Decade

    By CrysTelCall On Technology Comments March 02, 2014

    The Acquisition of the Decade

    The big WhatsApp outage of February 22nd, was the only news that took some publicity away from what had been described as "one of the most expensive deals ever in the technology sector "; as the mobile messaging app was acquired by Facebook last Wednesday for $19 bn.

    Just days after the big Facebook takeover of WhatsApp, came the "longest and biggest outage in years" which lasted around three hours, leaving millions of users frustrated with the "connecting..." notice that appeared on their screens. Sure enough, a wave of posts, tweets, blogs and funny memes flooded the internet, to the extent that some people saw the acquisition as a conspiracy engineered by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, to shut down WhatsApp so people would go back to using Facebook Messenger!

    The conspiracy theory however, could not be any less valid, as Zuckerberg posted the news for the acquisition on Facebook, and explained that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently like Instagram, and that the collaboration between the two of them is aimed towards making the world more open and connected. Likewise, Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp said "Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing"; confirming that the app will operate independently , it will remain ad-free and that its users will still enjoy the service for a nominal fee of 99 cents after the first year. 

    That’s not entirely true though, for WhatsApp introduced new privacy features for Android users in their last software update, which will now allow them to hide their "Last Seen" timestamp, their profile picture and also their status from selected contacts, strangers or everyone.

    After becoming one of the world's 20 most-downloaded apps by 2011, five-year-old WhatsApp now with more than 450 million active users, is on its way to reach a billion users and will, without a doubt, still continue to revolutionize 21st century communication, as there are rumors that WhatsApp will introduce a voice-call feature in the last quarter of 2014.

    What do you think of the Facebook takeover of WhatsApp? Do you think WhatsApp will undergo more changes? Share with us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.