Facebook has announced the acquisition of WhatsApp, the famous instant messaging application for mobile devices. The price that Mark Zuckerberg’s social network will pay is $16 billion of which $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook shares. An additional $3 billion in restricted Facebook shares will be paid as a bonus tied to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing. WhatsApp Inc. CEO Jan Koum will enter Facebook’s board of directors.
The rumors of the past few days have been confirmed with the official announcement that Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO. His predecessor Steve Ballmer remains on the company’s board of directors. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role of President of the board of directors to John Thompson to take on the special role of technology adviser.
Google has announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for a total of $2.9 billion. $1.41 billion will be paid at the end of the agreement, $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo shares. The remaining $1.5 billion will be paid over the next three years. Google bought Motorola Mobility in August 2011 for $12.5 billion.
Google has decided to open the counteroffensive against the Rockstar consortium, which in October 2013 sued Google and its partners Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung and ZTE for alleged violation by Android of some patents owned by the consortium. According to Google, Rockstar’s lawsuit has placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform; threatened Google’s business and relationships with its customers and partners, as well as its sales of Nexus-branded Android devices.
The announcement by Qualcomm, who introduced its first 64-bit SoC (system-on-chip), called Snapdragon 410, not only shows the existing normal progress in the field of mobile devices but also a generational shift from the 32-bit processors currently used.