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Economies of scale were squandered.

Top innovators led mature products already bursting at the seams with features while new opportunities went unseized.

Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, will fly that flag.

That might make them less appealing places to work, after WhatsApp veterans like Nikesh Arora were passed over in favor of an installed Facebook exec.

It could spook future acquisition candidates, who might see the reorganization as Facebook reneging on its promise of independence.

Daniels’ days connecting the developing world fits well at WhatsApp, whose users across the globe often deal with slow mobile networks.

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