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WhatsAppenin'? Facebook acquired WhatsApp, which lets you send free messages and make free calls to other users regardless of what mobile platform or provider they have. The price: $16 billion. Sequoia Capital gives four reasons for the buy: WhatsApp's 450 million active users, its lean model (32 engineers!), zero marketing investment, and a note (penned by co-founder Brian Acton) that co-founder Jan Koum keeps on his desk,; the note reads, "No ads! No games! No gimmicks!" A good long-term play if we ever heard one.

If you need more to understand why WhatsApp's a juicy deal, we recommend this infographic by Flagship Consulting. What it comes down to, though, is WhatsApp's huge active paid user base ($0.99 per download) that will also strengthen Facebook's mobile chops. The socnet that owns your online social life will soon own your best pocket pal.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Angela Natividad is a social media strategist, copywriter, and journalist based in Paris. A Bay Area native and lover of vending machine candies, she co-founded AdVerveBlog.com and is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @luckthelady.