Feb 20 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions
and disposals were reported by 1430 GMT on Thursday:
mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and
stock in a landmark deal that places the world's largest social
network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may
bring younger users into the fold.
** Billionaire investor Carlos Slim's America Movil
plans a takeover of Telekom Austria via an
accord with its top Austrian shareholder that would trigger a
public offer, News magazine reported.
** Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim plans to increase his
stake in The New York Times Co by exercising at the end
of this year warrants he received when he made a major loan to
the newspaper company, according to a report in Bloomberg.
** U.S.-based Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc,
which provides fee-based debt collection services, said it would
buy Norway's Aktiv Kapital AS for about $880 million to expand
its debt collection services in Europe.