Facebook deal for $19b app no shock to tech execs – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeFacebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the mobile messaging startup WhatsApp was widely labeled a stunner, but the news seemed to surprise no one in local tech circles Thursday. Even…

Verizon jumps into wireless discount fight with ‘More Everything’ – Register

RegisterVerizon Wireless has become the latest US telco to roll out an aggressive price-cutting campaign for its subscribers. The company said that its “More Everything” service plan will expand data…

Celebrities swarming Super Bowl ads – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOne celebrity is no longer enough for Super Bowl advertisers. Big Game commercials are becoming a team sport, too. In an era when Super Bowl marketers are paying $4…

Verizon Wireless Profit Under Threat as Price War Escalates – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(Updates with closing stock price in fifth paragraph.) Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. wireless network, said it’s studying how to respond…

Report: NSA ‘collected 200m texts per day’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe US National Security Agency (NSA) has collected and stored almost 200 million text messages a day from around the world, UK media report. The NSA extracts and stores…

Initial Apple iPhone orders on China Mobile underwhelming – Investor’s Business Daily

Investor’s Business DailyInitial pre-orders of Apple (AAPL) iPhones on China Mobile (CHL) appear underwhelming, according to one report out Monday. Apple investors cheered the company’s long-awaited distribution deal with China…