The $19 Billion WhatsApp Deal Was Big, But Not the Year's Biggest (Infographic)

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Remember when Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion and that seemed crazy? in the tech community were dreaming about being the next Instagram, and from to , everyone was weighing in on whether Facebook paid too much or not enough. That was 2012.

Then, Facebook bought messaging mobile application WhatsApp for $19 billion. That was in February of this year. And suddenly everybody -- entrepreneurs, investors, bakers, grocery store clerks, yoga teachers, train conductors -- was weighing in on whether Facebook had made a good decision or a bad decision. What was Mark Zuckerberg thinking?

Related: Facebook Buys Popular Fitness-Tracker App So It Can Know Even More About You

Turns out that while that $19 billion made our jaws drop, there were three larger acquisitions already in 2014. bought for $45 billion, Charter bought Time Warner Cable for $37 billion and Actavis bought Forest Laboratories for $25 billion, according to this infographic generated by personal finance website FinancesOnline.com.

In most tech acquisitions, the goal is either talent or intellectual property. Take a looksee at the infographic below to see recent trends in mergers along with some of the biggest acquisitions from tech giants , Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.

Related: Love It or Hate It, Facebook Is So Hot Right Now

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The $19 Billion WhatsApp Deal Was Big, But Not the Year's Biggest (Infographic)

 

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