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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chatterbox: The Internet Can't Believe Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $16 Billion

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

WhatsApp, Dick? This has to be some kind of record:

Facebook plans to acquire the messaging service WhatsApp, the company announced on Wednesday.

The move marks the social giant’s biggest acquisition to date, as Facebook paid $16 billion in cash and stock for the company. In addition, the deal includes another $3 billion in restricted stock units for WhatsApp employees, which will vest over a period of time.

Outing Picard: The Guardian wrote that Patrick Stewart is gay. Patrick Stewart is straight. Here's his response:


Stewart also tweeted "at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again."

Hot Pockets Not Edible: Over two hundred thousand cases of Hot Pockets have been recalled after scientists discovered that the meat used to make the Hot Pockets were "unfit for human food."

Where the Trolls Are: Slog tipper Cate says: "Came across this study on the motivations of internet trolls today, thought it might be Slog-relevant." She also notes that "This chart confirms my pre-existing ideas about trolls, and therefore I can't help but find it quite satisfying."

Give Us Fiber! We Need Fiber! Google is considering bringing their FIber high-speed internet program to 34 cities including Portland. Not Seattle, though.

Cinematographer Just Can't See Himself Working on a Movie: Roger Deakins will not do the next James Bond movie. Deakins was a huge part of Skyfall's success; he helped make the movie so visually arresting.

"Don't Touch" This very short video of the man who broke the million-dollar Ai Weiwei vase is surprisingly hypnotic:

 

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Gordon Werner 1
To put that Facebook deal into perspective, Qatar Airlines recently placed an order for 50 brand new Boeing 777Xs for $19 Billion
Posted by Gordon Werner on February 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
Why did it take this long for a scientist at the USDA to try a Hot Pocket?

The surprise for me is that I've never heard of WhatsApp but the company is apparently comparable in value to Twitter. It looks like yet another instant messaging alternative. I imagine it was nice while it lasted.
Posted by fletc3her on February 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM · Report this
yelahneb 3
So the vase will cost one million dollars to replace? Crazy! How did the museum even afford them all?

Seriously - assuming we could somehow collectively agree that it/they were worth that much, why in hell's name would you leave them sitting there in the open for any idiot to trip over?
Posted by yelahneb http://www.strangebutharmless.com on February 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 5
I love the way he casually places his hands in his pockets and glances around immediately after smashing it.
Posted by mikethehammer on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM · Report this
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Barnacle = 1/Troll

defn: A Barnacle is a person who haunts Usenet Newsgroups, Bulletin Boards and Fora. They offer a narrow interpretation of the purpose of the board, sometimes bordering on the absurd, or due to their own misinterpretation of the original charter. They make their living by calling almost anyone who disagrees with, or offers dissenting opinions a "troll" (which is grammatically incorrect because troll is a verb, not a noun...as in, to troll for shrimp).


http://you-read-it-here-first.com/viewto…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM · Report this
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The troll study merely reiterated my pre-existing ideas about trolls, and therefore I can't help but finding it quite unsatisfying ... but learning that the "Dark Tetrad" comprises three elements leaves me shaken to my very core!
Posted by RonK, Seattle on February 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 8
I'm not crazy about that troll study. We've made such progress with Seattleblahs recently - getting him to open up about dependency on the government, and his sex worker status. If he hears about this, he may very well regress.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM · Report this
stonato 9
Typical of a Guardian retraction; run it with a picture of the victim sporting the second gayest mustache in history.
Posted by stonato on February 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM · Report this
10
@6 LOL
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on February 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM · Report this
11
Is 'hypnotic' a new word for 'nauseating?'
Posted by treehugger on February 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM · Report this
12
@6, "They make their living..." -- you mean you earn your living being a troll? How?
Posted by sarah70 on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM · Report this
Sandiai 13
Would someone mind telling me how a $0.99 app is worth 16 billion? I don't get the math. They know how many people there are in the world, right? And the site says they don't have ads.
Posted by Sandiai on February 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM · Report this
Sandiai 14
But Picard is bi, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_0dgKgSD… (safe-for-work, sort of, some man-nips)
Posted by Sandiai on February 20, 2014 at 1:59 AM · Report this
16
A lot of 'trolling' comes down to the GIFT: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/0…
Posted by Benjamin Geiger on February 20, 2014 at 6:20 AM · Report this
Sandiai 17
@15, thanks.
Posted by Sandiai on February 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM · Report this

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