Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint to Stall Facebook's Acquisition of WhatsApp

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When the world's no. 1 social network goes on a buying spree, the world of mobile apps and gadgetry — and apparently, even aerospace technology — is its oyster.

Unless, of course, government regulators crash the party.

That might happen to Facebook, right on the heels of its $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp. News of the deal had barely hit the wires when privacy advocates began crying foul, arguing that WhatsApp, long deemed the “unFacebook” of social media apparati, would have to turn over its trove of phone numbers and address books to Facebook's giant commercial machine.

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