Facebook's Year in Acquisitions: Ten and Counting


Facebook stepped up acquisitions by tenfold this year, after its first two yielded talent that went on to create the company’s iPhone app and a much more elegant way for third-party developers to interact with the platform.

After turning free cash-flow positive in September of last year, Facebook used its extra spending power to buy 10 companies. They were mostly talent acquisitions — or purchases for engineering talent instead of product or technology — although Facebook did acquire intellectual property in some cases.

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