Kara Swisher on Facebook’s $19-billion purchase of WhatsApp:
It’s a little like deciding to be Disney, said one source, owning all the good content brands. If Facebook is Disney (by the way, its COO, Sheryl Sandberg, is on the entertainment giant’s board), then Instagram is the Disney Channel (the kids love it!) and WhatsApp is ESPN (everyone loves it!).
Is WhatsApp worth $19-billion (to be fair, it’s a cash and stock deal):
It’s a major bet for Zuckerberg and Facebook, and perhaps — given the stakes — not as expensive as the numbers seem.
That’s $42 per user. WhatsApp users pay $1 per year.