Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten said Thursday it has paid $900 million to acquire Viber, the maker of popular voice and messaging services.
Viber specializes in mobile apps for iOS, Android, and most other operating systems, allowing people to use their mobile numbers in place of usernames and allowing for free calls and multimedia messages over cellular or Wi-Fi connections. Founded in 2010 by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco, the company now counts 300 million users in 193 countries.
Rakuten said the deal for the Cyprus-based mobile voice and chat messaging company "perfectly complements" its digital strategy.
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