How long will Facebook's victory last?

Facebook's WhatsApp buy puts it at the centre of smartphone communications. But there are no guarantees the messaging service will remain ahead in a notoriously fickle market.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg took a victory lap at the world's largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on Monday, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp. But he faces bigger hurdles on the horizon.


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