Zuckerberg: In case of Internet emergency, dial Facebook

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday pitched his Internet-for-everyone initiative to skeptics and carriers alike, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as a type of 911-like help line for people without a connection to broadband.

Established in August of 2013, Internet.org is a coalition of mobile technology companies, spearheaded by Facebook, that are working to bring Internet (and Facebook) access to the 5 billion or so people without it.

Zuckerberg, during a keynote interview with "The Facebook Effect" author David Kirkpatrick, explained his grandiose mission with a little more detail. Internet.org, he said, is … Read more

Facebook, Ericsson partner on innovation lab to expand Internet reach

BARCELONA, Spain -- Facebook and Ericsson are looking to spur the connection of the next five billion Internet users.

The companies said on Monday at the Mobile World Congress trade show that they would be building an "Innovation Lab" at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., campus. The lab is part of Internet.org, an initiative designed to bring Internet access to as many people as possible.

The innovation lab is part of Facebook's ongoing push to turn itself more into a mobile company. Despite its origins as a PC browser-based social network, the company has worked hard … Read more

Facebook Messenger to arrive on Windows Phone 'soon'

BARCELONA, Spain -- Windows Phone users will finally be able to use Facebook Messenger.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said the app will come to Windows Phone in the next few weeks.

"Facebook Messenger is probably one of the most requested individual apps we have our customers asking for," Belfiore said during a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Windows Phone has received praise from reviewers, but that hasn't equated to blockbuster sales. Last year, handset vendors shipped 33.4 million Windows Phone devices globally, giving the operating system a market share of 3.3 percent, … Read more

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