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Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition now has price tag of $22 billion

Facebook Inc (FB.O) closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, with the final price tag rising an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months.

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Facebook wins EU approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid

Facebook (FB.O), the world's most popular social network, gained European Union clearance on Friday for its proposed $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry.

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Google to launch own mobile chat app: Economic Times

Software giant Google Inc plans to launch a mobile messaging app it is likely to test in India and other emerging markets, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources.

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EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3

European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook's $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday.

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SingTel

SingTel no plans to charges customers using OTT services

A spokesperson from SingTel said that the company has no plans to pass charges to its clients who had been using OTT services like WhatsApp, said a ChannelNewsAsia report.

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Rival social messenger apps gain new users following WhatsApp server outage

After experiencing three hours and a half of server shutdown last Saturday, WhatsApp rivals Telegram and Line gained a lot of new global users.

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Lightspeed Venture backs professional Frisbee league in San Jose

Menlo Park, US-based venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners invested an undisclosed amount in San Jose Spiders, a professional Frisbee league owned by Cisco Systems Inc president Rob Lloyd.

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WhatsApp suffers from another chain letter hoax

Messenger app for smartphones, WhatsApp, suffers from a series of chain letter hoax after being purchased by social media giant Facebook last February 19.

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Line Corp

Mobile messaging service Line Corp to get 500 million users on board by end of 2014

Tokyo-based mobile messaging app Line Corp could reach its goal of 500 million instant messaging users by the end of this year even as it thinks about a possible IPO, Bloomberg reported.

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WeChat

Chinese messaging app WeChat undergoes major upgrade

With the spotlight suddenly turned on messaging apps after Facebook acquired WhatsApp, Chinese app WeChat released a major upgrade for the iOS and Android versions with new features such as real-time location sharing and chat history search.

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Threema

Germans switch to Swiss messaging startup Threema for absolute privacy

Within just 24 hours, Zurich, Switzerland-based encrypted messaging startup Threema soared to the top of Germany's paid App Store chart due to a 200,000 subscriber addition, 80% of which are in Germany.

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Sequoia Capital and Jim Goetz emerge as winners in Facebook-WhatsApp $16B deal

From the viewpoint of venture capital, the real victors of the recently-announced acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook are Sequoia Capital and Partner Jim Goetz, TechCrunch reported.

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Facebook to acquire messaging giant WhatsApp for $16B

Facebook will be buying WhatsApp in a cash and stock deal worth $16 billion. The messaging giant will also be retaining its brand and will function as an independent unit, TechCrunch reported.

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