Tech Teardown: Feb. 21

All the latest news and rumors surrounding Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, and Tesla.

Feb 21, 2014 at 8:31PM

In this episode of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses the latest developments in the tech sector with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief.

  • Facebook agrees to acquire WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. That's an awful lot to pay, but Facebook will be getting an awful lot in return.
  • WhatsApp costs users just $1 per year. That insanely low price point is precisely how its disrupting a $100 billion industry, which is why Facebook wants it in the first place.
  • Facebook is choosing to pay for WhatsApp mostly in the form of stock. That transfers some future risk to WhatsApp's prior owners, for better or for worse.
  • BlackBerry jumps on news that WhatsApp is selling for $19 billion. Is this move misplaced?
  • LinkedIn makes a big move into content, in part to boost engagement. However, the professional network relies on engagement much less than its peers.
  • One Street analyst compares Apple's future to Microsoft's past. Will Apple be in store for a lost decade?
  • All the recent talk about Apple buying Tesla is just plain silly. Despite Steve Jobs dreams of making a car, this fantasy will never become reality.

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Erin Kennedy owns shares of Apple. Evan Niu, CFA owns shares of Apple, LinkedIn, and Tesla Motors. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, and Twitter. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Tesla Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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