What’s app?! Mark Zuckerberg gets a bargain [CARTOON]

WhatsApp founders sell their company to Facebook for $19 billion, but may wish they had asked for more

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Cartoon showing Mark Zuckerberg walking into the WhatsApp offices saying, 'What's app, my new co-workers? Ha. Get it?' The two WhatsApp founders look at him and one says to the other, 'We should've asked him for more than $19 billion.'

For $19 billion, he can make all the corny jokes he wants

Image credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson

While there were some big tech stories this week, like, say, the maker of Candy Crush filing for an IPO, none were as big as Facebook shelling out a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock to buy WhatsApp. Hoo doggy, that seems like a lot of money for a messaging app, but I guess Mark Zuckerberg feels it will give his company enough of a foothold in the mobile market in developing countries to be worthwhile. We'll see.

Of course, all I can think of when I hear about WhatsApp are the old Budweiser Wazz Up ads. Also, I figure the WhatsApp founders must sick and tired of hearing people say, "What's app?". Of course, if the guy who just gave them $19 billion for their company says it, they'd better smile and laugh like they never heard it before.

Anyway, I hope you had a great week, even if Facebook didn't buy your startup for $19 billion. Maybe next week!

Read more of Phil Johnson's #Tech blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Phil on Twitter at @itwphiljohnson. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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