Facebook updates status with Instagram deal

World's largest social network acquires photo-sharing company and eliminates competitor in one stroke.

    Facebook, the leading social networking site in the world, has spent $1bn to buy a smartphone app called Instagram which allows users to edit and share photos online.

    Experts have said this is a huge payout for a three-year-old company with 13 employees, no business plan and no profits.

    Even so, with more than 25 million of its own users, the rapidly growing Instagram had become a serious competitor to Facebook in the social networking arena, and on its most important platform – smartphones.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports.

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    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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