Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook

There’s a funny YouTube sketch by Dublin’s Pork Street comedy troupe called “There’s Too Many Apps For That”, in which comics Jim Elliot and D(...)

Facebook’s great gamble

How is a US start-up technology company, which employs 50 people but has 450 million users of its global messaging application, worth $19 billi(...)

Never in the history of technology acquisitions has a company’s name been so apt. “What’s the WhatsApp app?” was the tongue-twister on a lot of(...)

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who was turned by Facebook for a job in 2009. Photo: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

It turned out to be an expensive mistake for Mark Zuckerberg. A $19bn one to be precise. In the summer of 2009 Facebook turned down WhatsApp co(...)

WhatsApp founders Brian Acton (left) and Jan Koum at company headquarters in Mountain View, California, lst year. PHOTOGRAPH: PETER DASILVA/NEW YORK TIMES

WhatsApp Messenger’s sale to Facebook for up to $19 billion on Wednesday may sound like a classic Silicon Valley success story. Yet Jan Koum an(...)

WhatsApp founders Brian Acton (left) and Jan Koum at the company headquarters in Mountain View, California in May 2013. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

The relationship between Facebook and WhatsApp started in spring 2012 over coffee at a German bakery. It was consummated on Valentine’s Day wit(...)

“No one in the history of the world has ever done something like this,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on the WhatsApp deal. Photograph: Getty

Shares in Facebook fell by 5 per cent in after hours trading on Wall Street after it announced plans to acquire mobile-messaging application st(...)

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