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Could a WhatsApp-type acquisition happen here?

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Could it happen in Boston? Could a local startup attract the kind of blockbuster deal that Facebook is making for the texting application firm, WhatsApp?

The short answer is probably not, but some local app makers may have the type of profile, particularly a growing base of international users, that might entice big tech companies to spend a lot to buy them. Many tech analysts theorized Thursday that Facebook was willing to spend $19 billion on WhatsApp because of its overseas popularity.

WhatsApp has become a preferred way to communicate via mobile devices in many countries, dwarfing Facebook’s mobile users. In Mexico, a recent poll of mobile device users found that 75 percent used WhatsApp’s messaging service, compared with less than 5 percent for Facebook’s.

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