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Facebook infected by Google’s antitrust limbo

April 23, 2012

The social network isn’t even public, yet acquisition targets may already be concerned. Instagram commanded a 20 pct break fee if its $1 bln sale isn’t consummated by December. That’s a wise safety measure given the life cycle of apps and Facebook’s lurking antitrust risks.

Facebook’s defensive Instagram M&A raises red flag

April 9, 2012

Online photos are supposed to be a core Facebook competence. Paying $1 bln for the picture-sharing app may boost the social network in mobile. But paying over the odds for revenue-free rivals is usually what anxious, mature firms do - not growth companies seeking to go public.