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."
The jabber community got screwed by Google.
Very much so. To me, this was when they finally became truly evil. It's one thing to build walled gardens and try to trick everyone into using them (i.e. Google+), but closing a previously open service once you have enough momentum is just wrong.