Peter Kafka

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Instagram Aside, Facebook Spent $87 Million on M&A in 2012

Facebook’s Instagram buy got all the attention, but the social network made a few smaller deals, too: It spent $87 million on other M&A deals during 2012, according to documents filed today. That number doesn’t include stock-based compensation, so you can ratchet it up a bit. Excluding its Motorola deal, Google spent $1.2 billion on its 2012 M&A.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik