Facebook did pick up some companies along the way to obtain new technology that they can use to further their social network cause, and just late last year, there was a rumor concerning a possible Facebook buyout of WhatsApp, although nothing came out of it, with the latest potential suitor of WhatsApp being touted to be Google for a cool $1 billion. Having said that, here is something more concrete – Facebook has just purchased mobile app builder Parse, where Parse specializes in powering mobile applications, which would clearly augment Facebook’s intention to roll out a more tablet- and smartphone-friendly social network down the road. The future, after all, lies in mobile devices.
So far, there has been no disclosure on how much money exchanged hands in this acquisition deal, although sources closed to the ground mentioned an $85 million buyout for the San Francisco-based Parse. Facebook posted, “By making Parse a part of the Facebook platform, we want to enable developers to rapidly build apps that span mobile platforms and devices.”