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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/20/14: Xbox One remote, Facebook buys WhatsApp

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/20/14: Xbox One remote, Facebook buys WhatsApp

This morning one of the stories you’ll see trampled by bits of information like Facebook’s buy of WhatsApp and the new Xbox One remote is the fact that the FCC isn’t giving up on Net Neutrality. The solidification of the idea that all web traffic should be created equally - that’s what’s being fought over. The FCC is writing up some ground rules right now that you really, really should be aware of.

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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

This afternoon Facebook announced that they’d be acquiring the whole of the app ecosystem called WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion USD. This purchase price includes $4 billion in cash, Facebook shares worth $12 billion, and a cool $3 billion in restricted stock units (RSUs) that will go to both WhatsApp’s founders and employees - these stock units will vest over four years once this deal is closed. Meanwhile YouTube personality Marques Brownlee made note of a very interesting realization soon after the Facebook announcement was made - NASA’s entire budget for 2014 is less than $18 billion.

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Facebook to acquire WhatsApp

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp

According to a regulatory filing that has just surfaced over at the SEC's website and an official statement from the social network, Facebook is acquiring the popular messaging service WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in shares, as well as $3 billion in restricted stock units that will go to WhatsApp's founders and employees.

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Facebook does the math on love: NYC bad, Jedi good

Facebook does the math on love: NYC bad, Jedi good

Love may be in the air today, but Facebook believes it has the numbers to decide whether or not it'll last, with the social site's Data Science team crunching the stats on the impact of religion, age, and other factors on relationships. In a new series showing just what sort of conclusions can be teased out when you have more than a billion users to work with, Facebook suggests relationship tidbits such as that if you and your partner make it to three months, there's about a 50-percent chance you'll last four years or longer.

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Facebook blows open profile gender options in inclusivity push

Facebook blows open profile gender options in inclusivity push

Facebook has added LGBTQ-friendly gender pronoun options for profiles, with more than ten to choose between as the social network makes it easier for users to be clear on how they identify. Where previously only "male" and "female" were available options, Facebook has added a third, "custom" selection which then allows for one of several new options to be picked, including "cisgender" and "transgender", for their account.

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Facebook Paper to remain ad-free… for now

Facebook Paper to remain ad-free… for now

Facebook has no immediate plans to add adverts to its Paper newsreader app, according to COO Sheryl Sandberg, with other products in the social network's line-up likely to be squeezed for monetization first. The company is still in its early stages of analysis, Sandberg said, trying to figure out exactly how Paper users are actually interacting with the app, which combines personal social content from a circle of friends with broader news content from a number of categorized online sources.

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