Facebook vient de racheter Whatsapp

C'est le fondateur de Facebook lui-même qui l'annonce sur son compte public, il vient d'acquérir la société Whatsapp.

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Whatsapp, c'est une application mobile utilisée par plus de 450 millions de personnes à travers le monde. Elle est, basiquement, un outil permettant de communiquer en vidéo, texte ou voix sans aucun abonnement téléphonique requis.

Véritable succès planétaire, Whatsapp serait acheté pour la somme de 16 milliards de dollars (12 milliards en actions en 4 milliards en cash – source: lefigaro.fr)

Toujours sur son profil, Mark Zuckerberg annonce que Facebook et Whatsapp auront des destins séparés, il n'y a donc pas d'intégration prévue dans l'immédiat. Cependant, les équipes de Whatsapp rejoindront celles de Facebook.

Le fondateur de Whatsapp intégrera le comité de direction de Facebook.

Avec cette acquisition, Facebook étend encore plus sa suprématie et remet la pression sur Google.

Le message complet de Mark Zuckerberg

I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire WhatsApp and that their entire team will be joining us at Facebook.

Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day.

WhatsApp is a simple, fast and reliable mobile messaging service that is used by over 450 million people on every major mobile platform. More than 1 million people sign up for WhatsApp every day and it is on its way to connecting one billion people. More and more people rely on WhatsApp to communicate with all of their contacts every day.

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we're going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.

WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.

WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.

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