Welcome to the Dear Leaders issue of M&A Daily
In past editions, M&A Daily has brought up the Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) issues in India and Germany; today Facebook is facing problems in North Korea. North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Jong Un announced that he is blocking Facebook as well as Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Google's (GOOG,GOOGL) YouTube. This move towards greater censorship would be more meaningful if average North Koreans can access the internet… or even consistent electricity.
Facebook does not have too much to worry about - in fact, the company is probably more valuable than the hermit kingdom. Last year, it had about $18 billion of revenue, over 60% above the North Korean GDP. In terms of technology, North Korea's homegrown social network has not been able to keep up, either…
We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again.
- Kim Jong Un
Match's (NASDAQ:MTCH) dating app Tinder is buying Humin. The company makes products including a contact manager app and a messaging app.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) wants a stake in high-definition digital mapping company HERE, owned by a group of German car makers. It had previously belonged to Nokia (NYSE:NOK). In the future, this potential deal target could help with plans for self-driving cars.
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Disclosure: I am/we are long MEG, HTCH, YHOO.
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