Beyond WhatsApp: 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Tech Companies [INFOGRAPHIC]

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on February 27 2014 10:04 AM
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When Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, it might been the most any one tech company has paid for another yet, but it certainly isn’t the only tech acquisition to make headlines.

The Internet was abuzz with rumor and speculation when Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion earlier this year, just as news media of the day were abuzz in 1999 when Yahoo! bought Geocites for $3.6 billion and Broadcast.com for $5 billion.

Here’s an interactive infographic from Simply Business that helps put things in perspective. This graphic compares the all the acquisitions by Google, Apple, Amazon, Yahoo and Facebook in the last 15 years.

Click on the image to get to the full-screen, interactive version of this graphic, and click on any bubble more info, or any category, like “mobile” to see tech industry trends:


Click image to see the interactive version (via Simply Business).

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