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What's up, WhatsApp? Facebook's $19B baby hit by outage

In the Interesting Timing Dept., WhatsApp -- the messaging app acquired this week by Facebook for the eye-popping sum of $19 billion -- is in the midst of an outage, after also reportedly experiencing a short run of downtime Friday night.

The service became unavailable to a large number of users starting at about 11 a.m. PT Saturday, after a 20-minute outage Friday night, BNO News reported. And WhatsApp's "WhatsApp Status" Twitter feed confirmed the outage:

sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly.

— WhatsApp Status (@wa_status) February 22, 2014Read more

How to delete your Facebook search history

Each time you look for a friend, business, or personality on Facebook, it gets saved to your search history. Supposedly, this makes it easier for you to find what you were looking for later without much work. Unfortunately, the search history might be cluttered with queries that don't require quick access -- like someone you've already become friends with, a brand you're already following.

If you want to limit some of the information Facebook is keeping about you, or just tidy up the list, it's just a few clicks away. Here's how to get started:… Read more

Mark Zuckerberg's MWC keynote: Join us Monday (live blog)

The HTC First, the first (and thus far only) phone to ship with Facebook Home, is less than a year old and yet is all but forgotten. Needless to say, that big push at a "Facebook phone" was something of a flop, but Mark Zuckerberg hasn't let that stop him or his mobile aspirations. The company's recent Paper release has been met with rave reviews, and of course there's that Whatsapp acquisition...

What's next on the docket? Let's find out from the man himself, who will be keynoting this year's Mobile World … Read more

WhatsApp: Facebook's Trojan horse for subscription services

Opinions about whether the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook for up to $19 billion in cash and stock are all over the map. Mark Zuckerberg is either brilliant for taking out a competitor with the potential to create an adjacent social network with more than a billion users, or he just bought the next MySpace or Geocities.

The Facebook CEO is clearly focused on colonizing and mining the entire planet with his growing collection of social network services.

"Our explicit strategy is for the next several years to focus on growing and connecting everyone in the world," he … Read more

What's the deal with WhatsApp?

CNET Update is a retro texter:

In this episode of Update, learn why the world loves WhatsApp -- and why Facebook dished out $19 billion for this messaging app. The mobile messaging market is evolving quickly, and Facebook wants to be at the forefront.

Some quirky gadgets also made news today. Microsoft is selling a $25 Xbox One remote control that has a dedicated button for accessing the OneGuide for TV shows and movies.

And if you need more tech in your toothbrush, Oral-B has a smart Bluetooth toothbrush that records how well you brush, and reports the data on … Read more

Facebook + WhatsApp: What the experts think

Financial experts are scrambling to make sense of one of the largest buys of a venture-backed startup in history after Facebook announced Wednesday that it was purchasing WhatsApp for $16 billion, plus an additional $3 billion in stock grants.

The $19 billion deal value -- or around 10 percent of Facebook's total market value -- might seem fair when considering WhatsApp's extremely active user base of 450 million people and its potential to help Facebook infiltrate emerging markets. Case in point, Facebook paid about $42 per active WhatsApp user. Meanwhile, the social network's own active audience members … Read more

Google offered to acquire WhatsApp for $10B, report says

Facebook not only made headlines on Wednesday with its acquisition of WhatsApp, but also might have annoyed some folks in Mountain View.

At the same time that Facebook was wooing WhatsApp, Google offered to acquire the messaging service for $10 billion, Fortune reported Thursday, citing multiple people who claimed to have knowledge of those negotiations. Unlike Facebook, Google wasn't willing to offer a seat on the board of directors, according to Fortune.

Facebook announced a blockbuster deal on Wednesday, saying that it would pay an eventual total of $19 billion to acquire the WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook believes that … Read more

If WhatsApp can fetch $19B, what's BlackBerry's BBM worth?

You might think that Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion suggests that BlackBerry is sitting on a gold mine with its BBM messenger service.

Well, not so fast.

Facebook shocked the market on Wednesday with the purchase of messaging app WhatsApp in a deal that included $16 billion in cash and stock, and another $3 billion in restricted stock that would vest over the next four years.

The deal set a new, much higher benchmark on the valuation of mobile messaging companies. Based on the $19 billion figure, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $42 per monthly active user (450 … Read more

Facebook score a bargain with $16B acquisition of WhatsApp?

Facebook's announcement Wednesday of its multibillion-dollar acquisition of WhatsApp might have many wondering why Facebook thinks the popular messaging app is so valuable.

But if you can ignore the eye-popping price tag -- a base price of $16 billion ($4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock), plus $3 billion more in stock options that vest a few years down the road, for an eventual grand total of $19 billion -- Facebook may have gotten quite a deal on WhatsApp. Like the central premise of "Moneyball," it's all about the numbers.

And WhatsApp has plenty of … Read more

Facebook's new 10-year plan? SMS -- aka WhatsApp

The next 10 years of Facebook won't look anything like the last 10 years, thanks in part to the landmark acquisition of mobile messaging sensation WhatsApp, a buy that will help the social network accomplish its ambitious strategy of reaching billions more people around the world.

Facebook said Wednesday that it will buy the app, which comes along with 450 million monthly active users, for $16 billion in cash and stock, and also award the startup's founders and employees with an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units (RSUs), which will take four years to vest once the … Read more