Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Facebook Spends 19 Billion; Pussy Riot Attack; Patrick Stewart Laughs It Off

Patrick Stewart Laughs It Off

The Guardian recently made a mistake by stating Patrick Stewart was "homosexual." And when Stewart who obviously isn't gay found out about it he took it well and wrote a hilarious tweet.

"Well @guardian it makes for a nice change," he tweeted Tuesday. "At least I didn't wake up to the Internet telling me I was dead again."

You really do have to take all things Internet with a proverbial grain of salt. I have read things about myself on Absolutewrite.com in the form of hearsay that have left me smiling more than once. One big mouth romance author has made a career out of the Absolutewrite forums, but with nothing at all to say. I remember reading on one forum about five years ago that I'd made over twenty-one thousand dollars in royalty earnings my first quarter publishing with Ravenous Romance. I don't even know if I could find that link anymore, but I'm sure it's still floating around out there somewhere. All I can say is in my dreams.

It's nice to see that Patrick Stewart has a good sense of humor. And stay away from Absolutewrite.com forums whatever you do. Or if you do go, don't take anything you read there very seriously. It's mostly hearsay.

You can read more here.

Facebook Spends 19 Billion

It was announced that Facebook is buy WhatsApp for 19 billion, offering 12 billion in FB shades, 4 billion in cash, and another 3 billion for employee retention. But there's a small catch. If the deal doesn't get past regulatory standards FB could wind up owing 1 billion in cash for termination fees.

It sounds fairly boilerplate, with the founder of WhatsApp joing the FB board and WhatsApp continuing to perform independently, but there's also an explanation about why FB would want to acquire this company.

Facebook notes that WhatsApp has over 450 million MAUs, with 70 percent of those active each day. In a staggering comparison, Facebook also notes that the messaging volume of WhatsApp approaches the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry — and that it’s adding 1 million users a day.

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO in a statement.

You can read more here.

Does anyone really doubt it won't pass regulatory standards?

 Pussy Riot Attack

Remember how I posted yesterday about the Pussy Riot group being detained without charges in Sochi. They're a group of women fighting for LGBTI rights who aren't willing to hide in the shadows in Russia. Well a video has surfaced with the actual attack on them, showing Cossacks swinging whips at them and dousing pepper spray.

The Cossacks roughly pulled off the masks and flicked their whips at the group. When the group escaped they tweeted what had happened, providing details and photos. They had been preparing to make a video of a new protest song, “Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland,” when the Cossacks appeared and set upon them.

You can read more here and see photos. There's more about Pussy Riot's history with Russia that goes back a few years. And, an explanation about the Russian Cossacks.

An Olympics Spokesman said this:

“You will have to speak to the local authority about that,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. “It happened in Sochi, but I understand that what happened wasn’t in the context of any protest against the Games .”

When pressed about a possible Pussy Riot demonstration at the Olympics, he said: “What I would say is if they did it would be wholly inappropriate.”

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