Facebook officially closes $2B acquisition of Oculus VR

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Near the close of the market Monday, Facebook and Oculus VR announced that the roughly $2 billion acquisition deal is final.

The acquisition was first announced in March, but has since been finalized by the Federal Trade Commission.

The two companies put out a joint statement about the finalization:

We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.

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Facebook acquires ad tech firm LiveRail to improve video ads

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Video ads are the next big thing for Facebook, something enforced by today’s news of Facebook’s acquisition of advertising tech company LiveRail. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LiveRail, founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, has worked with ABC, Major League Baseball, A&E Networks and Gannett to improve the quality of ads seen in videos.

Brian Boland, Facebook’s Vice President of Ads Product Marketing, explained how LiveRail will help Facebook:

We believe that LiveRail, Facebook and the premium publishers it serves have an opportunity to make video ads better and more relevant for the hundreds of millions of people who watch digital video every month. More relevant ads will be more interesting and engaging to people watching online video, and more effective for marketers too. Publishers will benefit as well because more relevant ads will help them make the most out of every opportunity they have to show an ad.

We’re just getting started with our partnership with LiveRail, but we’re very excited about the future for video publishers and marketers. We believe that LiveRail’s excellent product – known in the industry as a video supply-side platform or SSP – and Facebook’s expertise with relevancy, delivery and measurement will help us make video advertising much better for everyone.

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Facebook acquires Finnish mobile data firm Pryte

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Facebook’s shopping spree continues, this time in Finland. The social network has acquired Helsinki, Finland-based mobile data startup Pryte. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Pryte, which was founded last year, measures real-time user actions, app use and context to trigger marketing decisions. According to the company’s website, Pryte technology “enables the selling of mobile data packages inside (or on top of) any app’s user flow,” without changes to the app.

Facebook confirmed the deal in a statement:

The Pryte team will be an exciting addition to Facebook. Their deep industry experience working with mobile operators aligns closely with the initiatives we pursue with Internet.org, to partner with operators to bring affordable internet access to the next 5 billion people, in a profitable way.

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Infographic: Facebook’s acquisitions in perspective

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Facebook has spent a staggering $22 billion on acquisitions, getting companies such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Face.com.

An infographic by Marketo put that $22 billion into perspective, showing what else Facebook could’ve have bought with that cash — like a country or the production of several blockbuster movies.

Look below to learn more.

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Facebook acquires virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2B

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On the heels of its acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp, Facebook isn’t done shopping. Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that Facebook has purchased virtual reality firm Oculus VR for roughly $2 billion.

The cost includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones.

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Facebook PMD IgnitionOne aquires Knotice

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IgnitionOne, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, announced this week that they completed the acquisition of Knotice, a privately-owned digitial marketing technology company. With this addition, IngnitionOne will provide a comprehensive integrated digital marketing technology solution, adding data management and multi-channel digital messaging. This includes email-based marketing automation capabilities into its Digital Marketing Suite SM.

Will Margiloff, CEO of IgnitionOne said in a press release:

Today we see other large players attempting to piece together point solutions, but we have a strong advantage when it comes to the number of solutions already integrated, level of fidelity and agility we have right out of the gate. Based on the complementary capabilities of Knotice and IgnitionOne’s existing technologies and shared vision of our teams, this integration will move forward quickly and smoothly, to the benefit of our clients.

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Report: Facebook to acquire Titan Aerospace for $60M

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According to CNBC, Facebook is in the process of acquiring a drone maker.

Facebook is reportedly buying Titan Aerospace, which builds solar atmospheric satellite platforms, for $60 million. This comes just a couple weeks after Facebook purchased mobile SMS-replacement app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Facebook has not yet responded to an email asking for confirmation.

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What others are saying about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp

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When Facebook acquired internationally-popular messenger WhatsApp for a total of $19 billion, the tech world was abuzz with reaction, jubilation and speculation.

We talked with several analysts and experts to get their take on if WhatsApp was the right purchase for Facebook — and at the right price.

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WhatsApp: Facebook’s springboard to international influence

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WhatsApp may not be well known to U.S. users, but make no mistake: Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the messaging app is a huge deal. WhatsApp is largely popular internationally, and as Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon, has the chance to grow past 1 billion users.

WhatsApp has more than 450 million monthly active users — 70 percent of whom are active on a given day. WhatsApp users, some of whom pay a nominal fee to use the app on a subscription model, are growing by 1 million users per day. They send more than 19 billion messages per day and receive more than 34 billion per day. 600 million photos, 200 million voice messages and 100 million video messages are sent through WhatsApp every day.

But AppData’s revenue estimates show just why Facebook acquired WhatsApp. According to AppData’s revenue estimates for the Android app, just 8.2 percent of WhatsApp’s global revenue so far this year has come from the U.S., compared to 73.3 percent in Germany and 18.5 percent in the U.K.

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Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16 billion

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Facebook may have failed in its bid to acquire popular messaging app Snapchat, but the social network announced Wednesday that it has closed a deal to buy WhatsApp for roughly $16 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, posted to his Facebook page how WhatsApp will work with Facebook:

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we’re going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.

WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.

WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.

WhatsApp’s brand will be maintained (and ad free, according to the company) and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors.

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