Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp
Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown…”
The screens in this post are sourced from China, via ZOL [Google Translate] so I can’t vouch for them.
But I have to think they got them from the AnTuTu folks or simply ran AnTuTu for iOS themselves.
Let’s pretend for the sake of this post they’re correct.
What they show is something astonishing.
AnTuTu for iOS [iTunes Preview link] is available.
AnTuTu is the benchmarking program that’s been Android-only until now. Many people judge the value of an Android device based on its AnTuTu score.
Now it will be possible to compare iOS versus Android with AnTuTu.
I’m sitting on a bunch of AnTuTu iOS score screensnaps from China that are astonishing. But I don’t trust them. I’m hoping people I know will benchmark their iOS devices and send me snaps to publish.
Let me just say that if these scores are true, 2014 will indeed be the turning for point for tablets that I said.
So if this report — Samsung’s updated smartwatch to shun Android — is to be believed, Tizen isn’t dead.
Believing a new class of hardware can make headway in breaking Google’s lock on portable devices, Samsung will use Tizen instead of Android.
That is going to make for some wild confusion.
Will there be two stores? One for Galaxy Gear Tizen apps — and one for the Android phone or tablet host app?!
How exactly is that going to work? And what if Google prevents Android apps that control Tizen devices from being in the Play Store?
There is one company that could give Tizen a huge boost and make it a legit competitor to Android.
Can you guess which company?