This failed acquisition makes Facebook’s $US16bn WhatsApp buy look humble

Those who think Facebook's latest deal is drastically overvalued will be blown away by the figures involved in an earlier top-of-the-market merger.

Facebook's purchase of the messaging service WhatsApp for a cool $US16 billion ($A17.8 billion) – or $US19 billion if you include all the extra terms and conditions – has set the web ablaze about the price of tech companies.

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