More Bad News for WhatsApp Haters

It was just last week that an army of snarky commentators bashed Facebook (FB) for spending $19 billion on mobile-messaging service WhatsApp. The stock barely paused before resuming its march higher. With Facebook shares reaching an all-time closing high Monday, the know-it-alls have quickly fallen silent. Have no fear; if Facebook falters, they'll be back.

It's amazing how quickly the perception of this deal has spun from reviled to revered. With Monday's announcement that WhatsApp will now offer free voice phone calls (as opposed to the current voice/text method described here), Facebook's motivations for this deal becomes clearer. Of course, Facebook stands to benefit by gaining WhatsApp's overwhelmingly young user base, along with huge client bases in India and Brazil....312 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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