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WhatsApp for $16 Billion?!

Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $16 billion

WhatsApp’s employees will take home $3 billion in stock over four years

Facebook has entered into an agreement to purchase WhatsApp, the massively popular messaging client, for $16 billion in cash and stock. A document filed with the SEC today confirms the huge purchase. As was the case with Instagram, the company says WhatsApp will continue to operate independently after the acquisition — separate from Facebook Messenger — but claims the deal “accelerates Facebook’s ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world.” Facebook is also throwing in an extra $3 billion in restricted stock units that will go to WhatsApp’s employees; those will vest over a period of four years after the acquisition is finalized.

In a press release announcing the monumental buyout, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.” He also shared news of the deal on his personal Facebook page, saying, “WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community.” Over 450 million people use WhatsApp each month, according to statistics in the press release, with 70 percent of those users active on a given day. WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors as part of the deal, but his team will remain stationed in Mountain View, California.

$16 billion for WhatsApp?!? daaaaaaaaaaamn.

“WhatsApp’s founders have pledged to keep the app ad- and gimmick-free” ….wonder how long they’ll be able to keep that promise. uh huh, yeahhhh.

p.s. What I Saw When I Crashed A Wall Street Secret

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White Girl Twerk

i am unable to process what caused this video to come into existence.

yup, it’s definitely hump day.

(hat tip: roger)

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News

Pussy Gets Whipped

Pussy Riot attacked with whips by Cossack militia at Sochi Olympics

Cossack militia members attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and teargas in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Wednesday.

Members of the group, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who were released from jail in December, were set upon by uniformed Cossacks – who are acting as an informal police force during the games – and plainclothes security men, as they attempted to perform under a sign advertising the Olympics.

The group arrived in Sochi on Sunday and say they have been detained several times since. On Tuesday, they spent several hours in police detention, apparently on suspicion of stealing a woman’s handbag from their hotel. After several hours of questioning, they were released.

man, putin and his russian lackeys really can’t stand these girls… it’s just one thing after another.

p.s. i’m still enjoying the afterglow of that win over the russians in OT this past weekend… seriously, what a game! heh.

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

time to take a mid-week break and enjoy some scenery… here’s to looking forward to spring and summer, mang.

here’s a few more random booties for good measure.

happy hump day!

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Video Game

Titanfall Gameplay

got home last night and jayden let me know that he got into the Titanfall beta – he just shot an email to EA and got a reply right back with a PC code to download/install it… shit, that was easy.

so after watching him play a round or two, i stepped up and played an initial round… the graphics are sweet, and the gameplay is a fucking blast… it’s quick and fast paced, and it’ll take awhile to get used to the running around, up walls, and stuff… i finally got enough kills to get a titan, and that’s where i really had a blast.

lots of loadout options to unlock, but looking forward to figure’n it out after getting some more time in.

can’t wait for the game release, mang.

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Black Car Jack

A Black Guy Breaks Into A Car

damn… it’s both funny and sad at the same time – got a chuckle when the cop car rolled on by.

(hat tip: adam)

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News

Hot Pocket Recall

Hot Pockets Might Have Diseased Animal Meat In Them

Sad day for anyone who hoped never to know what exactly they were eating in their Hot Pockets Philly Steak & Cheese sandwich – according to the USDA it might be the meat of “diseased and unsound animals.”

Specifically, the Hot Pockets Philly Steak & Cheese sandwiches (full list here) may be connected with a USDA recall on Friday of meat from the Rancho Feeding Corporation, which “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”

Giant Supermarket and Nestle have already recalled a “limited amount” of Hot Pockets products after discovering Rancho Feeding Corp. meat was used at a facility that makes Hot Pockets. Racho has recalled nearly 9 million pounds of meat since Friday.

funny, i got a call and voicemail with some automated message about Hot Pockets being recalled — which freaked me out a little since i just picked up a few boxes of ’em for jayden the other day… he seems pretty content as long as there’s milk, gatorade, hot pockets, and popcorn around in the house. *sigh*

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Kate Upton In Zero Gravity

Behind the Scenes of Kate Upton’s Zero Gravity Beauty Photo Shoot!

g’damn man.

(hat tip: adam)

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Titty Tuesday

here’s a few photos of kate upton from the 50th anniversary SI swimsuit edition, which i believe is out now if i remember right.

i’m already kind of wondering who the next “kate upton” is… maybe that’s just me, though.

#funbags

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Movies

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Teaser

it’s only a 15-second teaser, but hot daaaamn.

really looking forward to seeing this one whenever it finally comes out in the theaters.

#fuckyeah

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Movies

Bill & Ted @ 25

Bill & Ted at 25: Dude, Bet You Didn’t Know These 7 Gnarly Facts

Twenty-five years ago today, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure—the seminal burnouts-time-travel-in-a-phone-booth flick of its time—hit theaters. It did pretty well at the box office for a teen comedy, and far better than most anticipated. It went on to become a cult classic, get a Bogus sequel, and spawn timeless catchphrases like “be excellent to each other” and “strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”

However, a lot of the Bill & Ted’s legacy consists of things that aren’t really part of the movie. It came out long before memes were part of the zeitgeist, yet the popular image macro known as Conspiracy Keanu spawned from an image of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan in the film. There were also comics, videogames, a cereal and even a musical (well, kind of).

“It surprised all of us—and I don’t mean that in a lame Hollywood, false modest way. I mean, we really did not expect it at all,” laughs Alex Winter, who played Bill S. Preston, Esquire in the movie. “We really didn’t think it was going to be a phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination. Let’s be honest, it’s not Citizen Kane, you know what I mean? And it’s not Star Wars. It isn’t that magnitude of movie, and yet it seems to last; a lot of other similar movies from that era didn’t.”

it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out 25 years ago… whoa… talk about feeling old! geeesh.

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Online/Web

Barbara Walters Selfie

Barbara Walters Admits She Has a Vibrator, Calls It “Selfie”

Well, this gives new meaning to the word “selfie.” Barbara Walters got a little too personal on The View on Monday, Feb. 17, when the topic of “self-love” came up during a discussion with colleagues Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, and guest host Ross Mathews.

“I was very happy at 65. I liked it more than 66,” the 84-year-old co-host said of getting older.

“Do you have more self-confidence, and more self-love?” McCarthy asked, prompting Walters to quip suggestively, “Self-love?”

“You know self-love, Barbara. Friday night self-love!” Shepherd teased.

“You start talking about that vibrator of yours again, I can’t handle it!” Goldberg interjected, as Walters said, “You know what it’s called? A selfie!”

“The name of Barbara’s vibrator is ‘selfie,'” Goldberg repeated. “Fantastic.”

well there’s something i probably wish i didn’t know.

*blink*

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Web Design

Foo.Refresh(-1)

i’ve been thinking on it quite a bit this past week, and decided to go ahead and try out this original design i put together… there’s just something about that i really dig and to be honest, i just like it better.

i’m still getting my iMac all setup here, and there’s probably more tweaking that needs to be done to really tune and/or optimize it, but that’ll come especially if i decide to keep it around for awhile.

the downside with this design is the comments, but after playing around with it for the last couple days, i really don’t think that having them one-click away is really all that bad… i added the last comment in, which i think helps, and if you want to read the comments and chime in, it’s simple enough to do – still better than most blogs where you click the blog post, then scroll all the way down to the comments section… enter your comment, reload the page, etc… nahmean?

anywho, i really wanted to go ahead and try it out.

as always, your thoughts & feedback is appreciated.

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Personal

iMac Upgraded

well, i was going back-n-forth over whether to upgrade my 2010 iMac at home or bit the bullet and take some of my tax return and get a new iMac – all because of that g’damn beachball i kept getting that was driving me absolutely nuts… but i decided to go ahead with the SSD, since it was far cheaper and would hopefully alleviate the bottleneck.

spent the afternoon over at my buddy ron’s yesterday (thanks again buddy) and we installed the new 480GB SSD and 16GB of ram i bought off amazon, which went surprisingly well as far as hardware upgrades go… the only crappy part was re-installing all my software apps, and getting my local dev environment setup once again (xampp, svn, hosts/vhosts configs, etc).

it’s only been almost a day so far, but g’damn i’m pretty happy with the results! seriously, haven’t had a single beachball yet, apps fire open so much quicker now, and it generally feels like a new iMac.

so everything you guys said was spot on, thanks mang.

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

all the guys are going out to see the new Robocop at the local theater, so it’s time to wrap things up and get this weekend started a little early — so what’s it going to be, left or right?

have a great three day weekend, mang!

** make choice or forever be labeled a dbag around here.

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2014 Sports Illustrated

The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Revealed

3 is definitely better than one. *thumbs up*

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Online/Web

20,000 Tons Of Pubic Hair For V-Day

20,000 Tons Of Pubic Hair Trimmed In Preparation For Valentine’s Day

WASHINGTON—Flushed with anticipation and ready to emerge from another long, cold winter, millions of Americans participated this week in the annual tradition of trimming their pubic regions in time for Valentine’s Day.

A ritual as old as time itself, this year’s pubis-shearing is expected to be among the largest in decades, with more than 20,000 tons of curly clippings predicted to fall by Feb. 14.

“My boyfriend and I are going to see As You Like It and then enjoy a nice candlelit three-course dinner,” said Brooklyn resident Lydia Simonson, who along with many other hopeful lovers will soon excuse herself from her daily duties, retreat to a nearby bathroom, and carefully tend to the area around her genitalia. “It’s going to be so romantic!”

ahhh valentine’s day… the one day out of the year when the price of a dozen roses suddenly jumps up by 500% overnight — if you’re a single guy, you pretty much want to avoid it like the plague… and if not, then you’re pretty much obligated to get some roses, chocolates, cards with the hope that maybe she got some sexy lingerie and will fuck you silly later on.

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam

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Bring It On

pretty amazing to see how these dudes toss the girls up and catch them like that… damn.

(hat tip: jeff)

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Online/Web

SF, By The Numbers

San Francisco’s Class War, By the Numbers

interesting post about high prices of San Francisco, especially those surrounding the tech boom it’s enjoyed even over the past few years… was just talking to a co-worker of mine who was looking at SF, and he was kinda shocked how how much things cost out there – $4,000 a month for a two bedroom apartment? geeeeeesh.

Go Deep Inside a San Francisco Vibrator Factory

p.s. sweet infographic style blog post, too.

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Video Game

Titanfall Beta

i signed up for the Titanfall beta the other day, but have yet to get an email about it.

hoping for a beta invite to i can check it out… perfect timing too, with a three day weekend to look forward to and all.

p.s. haven’t bought a single Xbox One game since i first got it. ugh.

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