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Facebook buys WhatsApp in $19 billion deal

Amazing buy, is a facebook step forward !!

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Facebook buys WhatsApp in $19 billion deal
Thursday, February 20, 2014 – 08:25 IST | Agency: PTI

Mark Zuckerberg.

Social media giant Facebook buys mobile messaging company WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal, the largest acquisition by the Mark Zuckerberg-led firm so far that will give it a stronghold in the market for messaging.

The whopping acquisition price includes USD 4 billion in cash, about USD 12 billion worth of Facebook shares and USD 3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years following the closing of the deal.

Under the agreement, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook Board of Directors. Facebook said the acquisition will not impact the WhatsApp’s brand, which will be maintained and the company’s headquarters will remain in California’s Mountain View.

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Facebook buys WhatsApp in $19 billion deal


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Facebook buys WhatsApp in $19 billion deal
Thursday, February 20, 2014 – 08:25 IST | Agency: PTI

Mark Zuckerberg.

Social media giant Facebook buys mobile messaging company WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars in a cash and stock deal, the largest acquisition by the Mark Zuckerberg-led firm so far that will give it a stronghold in the market for messaging.

The whopping acquisition price includes USD 4 billion in cash, about USD 12 billion worth of Facebook shares and USD 3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years following the closing of the deal.

Under the agreement, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook Board of Directors. Facebook said the acquisition will not impact the WhatsApp’s brand, which will be maintained and the company’s headquarters will remain in California’s Mountain View.

WhatsApp’s core messaging product and Facebook’s existing messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications. “WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” Zuckerberg said.

“I’ve known Jan for a long time and I’m excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected.” WhatsApp, which will continue to operate independently, has built a leading and rapidly growing real-time mobile messaging service with over 450 million people using the service each month. Of this number, 70 per cent users are active on a given day. The messaging volume of WhatsApp is approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume and the company is currently adding more than one million new registered users per day.

“WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world,” Koum added. Koum co-founded WhatsApp in 2009 with Brian Acton, both former Yahoo executives.

WhatsApp had received about USD 10 million in funding two years after it was founded. Facebook’s most recent acquisition attempt failed when Zuckerberg tried to acquire SnapChat last year for a reported three billion dollars but SnapChat turned down the offer.

In a blog post, Koum said he would not have agreed to the partnership with Facebook if WhatsApp would have had to “compromise” on the core principles of the company. The deal would give WhatsApp the flexibility to grow and expand and noted that users of the service will not experience any change in usage.

Google acquires audio ID startup SlickLogin

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Google acquires audio ID startup SlickLogin

Warwick Ashford Monday 17 February 2014 08:58

Google has acquired Israeli startup SlickLogin that has developed technology that enables online services to authenticate a user with sound waves.

SlickLogin confirmed the acquisition on its website but did not provide any financial details of the deal.

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Online services that use SlickLogin play a unique sound inaudible to humans over a user’s computer speakers which is picked up by the SlickLogin smartphone app and sent back to confirm identity.

SlickLogin’s technology uses a combination of protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and QR to verify that a user’s smartphone is in the same location as the computer being used to access to the online service.

The technology’s creators claim it offers “military-grade” security as everything is heavily encrypted and the sound transmissions will work only with the user’s smartphone at a particular moment in time.

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Google acquires audio ID startup SlickLogin

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Google acquires audio ID startup SlickLogin

Warwick Ashford Monday 17 February 2014 08:58

Google has acquired Israeli startup SlickLogin that has developed technology that enables online services to authenticate a user with sound waves.

SlickLogin confirmed the acquisition on its website but did not provide any financial details of the deal.

Security-iStock_Henrik5000.jpg

Online services that use SlickLogin play a unique sound inaudible to humans over a user’s computer speakers which is picked up by the SlickLogin smartphone app and sent back to confirm identity.

SlickLogin’s technology uses a combination of protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and QR to verify that a user’s smartphone is in the same location as the computer being used to access to the online service.

The technology’s creators claim it offers “military-grade” security as everything is heavily encrypted and the sound transmissions will work only with the user’s smartphone at a particular moment in time.

According to the firm’s website, SlickLogin’s three founders are recent graduates of the Israeli defence force’s elite cyber security unit, and have more than six years’ experience working on cutting-edge information security projects.

The technology can be used either as a replacement for a password or as an additional security layer to enable two-factor authentication.

Google was one of the first online firms to offer two-factor authentication to users, with several others following suit in light of several high-profile leaks of usernames and passwords.

Most two-factor authentication systems in use rely on one time pass cards sent via text message or codes generated by tokens or other special gadgets.

However, text-based systems are vulnerable because if hackers compromise accounts they can change the mobile number set to receive the codes.

SlickLogin eliminates this vulnerability and does not require users to carry around a separate gadget for generating codes as used by some UK banks.  

Some analysts expect Google to use the technology to enable two-factor authentication for Android devices and all Google services.

The acquisition is consistent with Google’s goal to enable easier, more-secure online authentication.

In October 2013, Google confirmed that it is planning a two-factor authentication token, and the firm is also a member of the  Fast IDentity Online (Fido) Alliance.

The alliance is an open industry consortium set up to develop standards for simpler, stronger authentication and recently published draft technical specifications for a new authentication protocol.

The Online Security Transaction Protocol could eliminate the use of passwords in the future by enabling the interoperability of a variety of multi-factor identity checks.

These include include biometrics, Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), USB security tokens, embedded secure elements (eSEs) and smart cards.

 

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