Facebook-WhatsApp Deal: Smart Move or Just Plain Stupid?
Feb21

Facebook-WhatsApp Deal: Smart Move or Just Plain Stupid?

There has been another huge purchase by social media site Facebook. It is buying WhatsApp, the fast-growing instant messaging service. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who is paying $19 billion (13.8 billion euros), praised the speed at which his new acquisition has grown: “No one in the history of the world has ever done something like this.” In the five years since it was set up, WhatsApp has amassed over 450 million users,...

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for a Staggering $19bn
Feb20

Facebook Buys WhatsApp for a Staggering $19bn

Facebook has agreed to buy the mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $19bn (£11.4bn), the social network has announced. The company said in a statement that it would pay $4bn (£2.4bn) in cash and $15bn (£9bn) in Facebook shares as part of the deal. The app’s founders and employees will get $3bn (£1.8bn) of the shares as restricted stock that will vest over four years after the deal closes. The purchase marks the largest single...

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New Lie-Dector Initiative for Twitter
Feb19

New Lie-Dector Initiative for Twitter

Efforts to rid Twitter of false posts are to be the focus of a new UK-led study. During the 2011 riots in London, there were widespread and untrue claims that London Zoo animals had been set free. Social media has also been used in global conflicts to spread dangerous and damaging rumours about what is going on. Now, an international group of researchers led by the University of Sheffield aims to find a way to verify information...

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