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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. — Reuters picBrian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Sept 13 — Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook Inc, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for US$19 billion (RM79.9 billion) in cash and stock.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp. — Reuters

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