lubricus writes "Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp for four billion cash, plus 12 billion in Facebook shares.
Additionally, WhatsApp employees and founders will receive three billion in restricted stock which will vest in four years. Facebook also agreed to a one billion dollar break up fee.
WhatsApp says they have message volume which approaches the global SMS volume, and hope to have one billion users. Even at those figures, Facebook is paying $16 per user.
I'm guessing WhatsApp will send Snapchat developers a cake."
If their goal is to sabotage companies and be obstacles in front of any possible competition, whatever the price, they're doing a pretty good job of it.
"...any possible competition, whatever the price..."
When you live in a house of cards, the last thing you need is someone grabbing the ones from the bottom. One missing card at the bottom is enough to bring the entire house down.