/// Facebook’s WhatApp Deal Preceded by Rakuten’s Viber Buy

February 20, 2014  |  Variety

HONG KONG – The rivalry between global internet conglomerates to get into messaging was underlined by Facebook’s proposed $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. That now makes last week’s purchase of rival message service Viber by Japanese giant Rakuten look prescient. Rakuten, which is one of the world’s largest home shopping groups, Friday unveiled its agreed… Read more


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