Yep, it’s true. For a whopping US$16 billion made up of US$12 billion in stock and US$4 billion in cash. If you include the additional  US$3 billion in restricted stock units to WhatsApp’s founders and employees as part of the deal, the total acquisition price goes up to US$19 billion.

In the unlikely event that the deal does not go through, Facebook will pay a breakup fee of $1 billion to WhatsApp, which is  more than the  amount Facebook paid to acquire Instagram.

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. WhatsApp has over 450 million monthly users, 70% of whom are active on a given day. They are adding more than 1 million new registered users per day.

Facebook stock declined by more than 4.5% in after hours trading following the announcement.

Still, the Facebook Empire grows. They seem to be in the digital expansion mode like the Roman empire in their hey-days (offline mode).

Read all about it on:

Forbes, BBC and  CNBC.


Click picture to read the statement on

Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysia’s Elections

On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Najib on his coalition’s victory in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on Sunday May 5.  We also congratulate the people of Malaysia, who turned out in record numbers to cast their votes, as well as the parties of the opposition coalition on their campaigns, as a vibrant opposition is a foundation of democracy.  We note concerns regarding reported irregularities in the conduct of the election, and believe it is important that Malaysian authorities address concerns that have been raised.  We look forward to the outcome of their investigations.  The United States looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with the government and the people of Malaysia to continue to strengthen democracy, peace, and prosperity in the region.

According to the US Census Bureau’s population clock,  on Tuesday the United States’ population hit 314,159,265.

Geeks of the world united in a state of celebration, I guess with some pi.

So, I discovered this site ( The person behind this site has the feature where you can look up the Number One hit single on any date in history back to 1940. These were the singles that was number one on the US Billboard Charts on my birthday, 20th August, since I was born in 1964.

2009            I Gotta Feeling                                                The Black Eyed Peas

2008            Disturbia                                                Rihanna

2007            Beautiful Girls                                                Sean Kingston

2006            London Bridge                                                Fergie

2005            We Belong Together                                    Mariah Carey

2004            Lean Back                                                Terror Squad

2003            Crazy in Love                                                Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

2002            Dilemma                                                Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland

2001            Fallin’                                                            Alicia Keys

2000            Doesn’t Really Matter                        J            anet

1999            Genie in a Bottle                                    Christina Aguilera

1998            The Boy Is Mine                                    Brandy & Monica

1997            I’ll Be Missing You                                    Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

1996            Macarena [Bayside Boys Mix]                        Los Del Rio

1995            Kiss from a Rose                                    Seal

1994            Stay (I Missed You)                                    Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

1993            Can’t Help Falling in Love                        UB40

1992            End of the Road                                    Boyz II Men

1991            (Everything I Do) I Do It for You            Bryan Adams

1990            Vision of Love Mariah Carey

1989            Right Here Waiting                                    Richard Marx

1988            Roll with It                                                Steve Winwood

1987            Who’s That Girl                                    Madonna

1986            Papa, Don’t Preach                                    Madonna

1985            The Power of Love                                    Huey Lewis & the News

1984            Ghostbusters                                                Ray Parker, Jr.

1983            Every Breath You Take                        The Police

1982            Eye of the Tiger                                    Survivor

1981            Endless Love                                                Diana Ross & Lionel Richie           

1980            Magic                                                            Olivia Newton-John

1979            My Sharona                                                The Knack

1978            Grease                                                            Frankie Valli

1977            Best of My Love                                    The Emotions

1976            Don’t Go Breaking My Heart                        Elton John & Kiki Dee

1975            Fallin’ in Love                                                Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

1974            (You’re) Having My Baby                        Paul Anka with Odia Coates

1973            Brother Louie                                                Stories            Amazon

1972            Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)                        Looking Glass

1971            How Can You Mend a Broken Heart            The Bee Gees

1970            Make It with You                                    Bread

1969            Honky Tonk Women                                    The Rolling Stones

1968            People Got to Be Free                                    The Rascals

1967            Ode to Billie Joe                                    Bobbie Gentry

1966            Summer in the City                                    The Lovin’ Spoonful

1965            I Got You Babe                                    Sonny & Cher

1964            Where Did Our Love Go                        The Supremes

I’d rather not make any commentary on my part but let you make up your own mind with respect to her foreign policy credentials.

I’m guessing though, any policy is foreign to her.