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Facebook to buy WhatsApp mobile messaging service for $16 billion

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook has agreed to buy popular mobile messaging company WhatsApp for about $16 billion in cash and stock, the giant social network said Wednesday.<p>WhatsApp's current owners would get $4 billion in cash and about $12 billion in Facebook shares. In addition, $3 billion in …

Huell Howser's Home In The Desert Goes On Sale (And 'It's Amazing!')

It's been over a year since Huell Howser died after his battle with prostate cancer. The beloved <i>California Gold</i> host's Twentynine Palms home is on …

How One Scammer Manipulated Apple’s Top Charts To Earn Tens Of Thousands Daily Using A $10 GameSalad Template

Something fishy has been going on with Apple’s App Store top charts. No, I’m not talking about “Flappy Bird” (well, maybe that too), but rather how on earth two different developers used a $10 GameSalad template to send their respective apps — one free, and one paid — into the App Store’s top …

"Fish Fins and Fingers" Feeding Frenzy

How did we first acquire the limbs that allowed us to crawl onto dry land? Could the fins of our fishy ancestors hold previously undiscovered clues? …

WhatsApp now has 430 million monthly active users, over 35 million in India

Moments ago at DLD Conference in Munich, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the mobile messaging service now has more than 430 million monthly active …

Trojan Horse Messaging

Many in the west do not appreciate the mobile messaging phenomenon that is sweeping through other countries. WeChat, WhatsApp, Line combined have …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Education

From teaching government a thing or two about education reform to deploying a data-centric learning platform that even a kid could use, these are the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Education.<p>1. DonorsChoose.org<p><b>For teaching government a thing or two about education reform.</b> Most of us …

No, Facebook isn’t shutting down WhatsApp

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp, which Facebook just acquired for more than $16 billion, will not shut down in the aftermath.<p>Like Instagram, it will live on in all its independent glory.<p>Facebook Messenger will also continue to run completely independently from WhatsApp.<p>“There’s no plan to change …

Stunner: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp For $19 Billion In Cash, Stock

<i>Check out the inside story of how Jan Koum built WhatsApp into Facebook’s new $19 billion baby.</i><p>Facebook announced on Wednesday afternoon that it reached an agreement to buy popular mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for an upfront total of $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and about $12 …

Apple And Tesla Had A Spring Fling

Reports are out today in The San Francisco Chronicle, and just about every other tech publication, that Apple <i>could</i> be in preliminary talks to buy electric automobile manufacturer Tesla. With the mobile phone and tablet markets becoming increasingly competitive, Apple is interested in expanding to …

5 Signs You're Not a Change Agent

For many leaders, change is less a tool to achieve, and more an itch they have to scratch.<p>It's a good time of the year to start something new.<p>Actually, any time of the year is a good time to start something new.<p>When it comes to change, the time of the year isn't usually at issue. The key issue is …

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A family's 70-year quest to regain treasures stolen by Nazis

Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie.<p>In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles …

Record-breaking art sales preceded the 2008 crash. Now they're back...

Sometimes it's hard not to pity the rich. Because with great wealth comes great power, and what use is that power when the only way to exercise it is through the purchase of over-priced gee-gaws that look as if they've been modelled on Argos's diamonite jewellery range? There is, it turns out, …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally different experiences and yet the science of them is very much the same." --Curtiss Murphy, founder of GiGi Games<p>If you can distract that chatterbox of this nosy bossy, the …

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Apple Launching Updated iPad Air in 2014, No 12.9-Inch iPad or New iPad Mini Until 2015

Apple may be preparing to introduce an upgraded iPad Air this year and will likely hold off the release of a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and a newer iPad mini until next year, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note. The analyst believes that a new iPad Air with an A8 processor and Touch …

Comcast's $45 Billion Purchase Of Time Warner Cable Is Trouble For Apple TV

After years of rumors, speculation, and wishing, we got two solid reports that said Apple was really ready to launch a full-on TV product.<p>Both the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg said Apple was planning to release an Apple TV this year. Bloomberg predicted an April reveal, and the WSJ predicted …

Happy Valentine's Day, lovebirds!

George Clooney demands France returns the Mona Lisa to Italy

George Clooney, the Hollywood actor, has backed Italian demands for the Mona Lisa to be returned to its native land from the Louvre in Paris<p>The 500-year-old Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece was painted in Florence before he took it to France where it has been displayed ever since.<p>Art historian …

Why Traffic To These Google Alternatives Is Soaring

What you look for on the Internet reveals a lot about you, which is why a growing number of people are turning to services that do not track their searches and offer greater privacy protections than Google.<p>“The consciousness is only slowly building on the dangers,” says Robert Beens, CEO of Dutch …

RocksBox Gets A $1.5M Seed Round For Valentine’s Day

Meaghan Rose wanted RocksBox to be a thing so badly that she singlehandedly built a WordPress site for the idea, and stocked it with her own jewelry. She sent out boxes of samples from her own closet so friends who wanted to participate could try on different looks.<p>Rose and RocksBox have come a …

Who Rules The Second Screen, Facebook Or Twitter?

Twitter’s user growth in the last couple quarters may have been less than stellar, but one place the social messenging service hasn’t disappointed is its hold on television viewers. Twitter executives see the so-called second screen experience not just as a lure for users but as an entrée into the …

Scientific method: Statistical errors

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.<p>For a brief moment in 2010, Matt Motyl was on …

What we could learn from industry

You have probably heard a lot of articles, blog posts, tweets, and facebook rants lately about the abysmal state of the job market for aspiring …

Mobile Game Developer Supercell Made $892M Last Year (Oh, And They Paid $345M In Taxes)

Here’s what a top mobile game developer can make in a single year: $892 million off two games across Android and iOS.<p>That’s what Finnish developer Supercell said on a call last that night that it earned last year. Although Supercell is privately held, it still has to report earnings once a year in …

Yahoo is now part of Oath

Before you continue...<p>Yahoo is now part of the Oath family. Due to EU data protection laws, we (Oath), our vendors and our partners need your consent …

Disney Is Launching Its Own Startup Accelerator, With Help From Techstars

The Walt Disney Company is getting into the startup incubator business with the launch of a new program called the Disney Accelerator.<p>Disney says it’s looking for 10 “early-stage companies with innovative consumer media and entertainment product ideas.” Those startups will receive a $120,000 …

Disney starts seed-stage accelerator program for consumer and entertainment startups

Disney is going tech in a big way with today’s announcement of the Disney Accelerator incubator program, which will partner with Techstars to train and fund 10 early-stage consumer and entertainment startups every three months.<p>This will be a big boost for startup entrepreneurs, who need contacts …

Flappy Bird Developer Says He’s Taking The Hit Game Down Tomorrow

The developer of the popular mobile game Flappy Bird just declared that he’s taking the game down tomorrow.<p>Dong Nguyen, an indie game developer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, tweeted, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” He then …

Someone Is Already Auctioning Off An iPhone With Flappy Bird Installed

And it'll run you at least $650.<p><b>Update - Feb. 11, 4:41 p.m, ET:</b> It appears eBay may have squelched the secondary market for <i>Flappy Bird</i>-preloaded phones. A Facebook user posted the following status, after trying to put his <i>Flappy</i> phone up for auction:<p>His reasons are obscure, but he said it had …