Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp: Behind the eye-popping acquisition

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In February, the news that Facebook would pay an astounding $19 billion to acquire text-messaging start-up WhatsApp caused jaws to drop across the tech world and beyond. The agreement, the fifth-largest technology deal ever, offers interesting lessons to guide business negotiators through their most important deals.

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In 2009, Jan Koum, a Ukrainian immigrant, and

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