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  • Stocks defy gravity, resist pull of lousy US data Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    Why are stocks advancing with such poor US data? Though not all indices are up, the S&P 500 has a good shot at posting three up weeks.

  • Morning six-pack: What we're reading Friday Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 8:16 AM ET
    A general view of Rosa Khutor Mountain village cluster is seen from a cable car prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    Happy Friday, which is easy to say anytime you look forward to a weekend free of the icy grip of the Polar Vortex.

  • Stocks drifted higher to close at session highs Thursday, with the S&P nearing its all-time high, as investors seemed to shrug off a mixed bag of economic and earnings reports.

  • Is WhatsApp deal a reason to short Facebook? Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:57 PM ET
    Kevin O'Leary

    Kevin O'Leary, star of "Shark Tank," is not hitting like on Facebook's $19 billion purchase of messaging service WhatsApp.

  • Not in a low labor economy yet: Pro Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:23 PM ET
    Not in a low labor economy yet: Pro

    Andrew McAfee, "The Second Machine Age" author, discusses how Facebook's $16 billion dollar acquisition of WhatsApp will impact the labor market. CNBC contributor Ylan Mui provides insight.

  • What's all the fuss about messaging services? Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:18 PM ET
    WhatsApp displayed on a Samsung Galaxy S4, left, and an iPhone.

    CNBC breaks down the basics of three popular messaging services that let you do more than text.

  • Why 2014 could be the year of the megamerger Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    With three mergers totaling more than $110 billion in just the past week, 2014 could be the year of the megamerger, as cash-rich companies hunt for growth.

  • 'Shark Tank's' O'Leary: Facebook, WhatsApp deal shocking

    "Shark Tank's" Kevin O'Leary raises concerns for Facebook's deal with WhatsApp for $16 billion. Mark Zuckerberg decided the stock is way overvalued, adds O'Leary.

  • WhatsApp's new billionaires Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 3:33 PM ET
    WhatsApp's new billionaires

    Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp will make some unknown investors very wealthy, CNBC's Josh Lipton reports.

  • What Facebook isn't saying about WhatsApp Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 3:27 PM ET
    WhatsApp on phone with facebook logo

    WhatsApp is going to have to make some changes if Facebook is going to profit from its $16 billion purchase, industry experts say.

  • Google lost the WhatsApp deal: Pro Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Google lost the WhatsApp deal: Pro

    Discussing the high price of Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp and what it means Google and Apple, with Amir Efrati, reporter for The Information; Lou Kerner, Social Internet Fund founder & managing partner; and CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • Bitcoin's got the 'Winkdex,' but needs a lot more Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Screen from Winkdex.com

    Bitcoin probably will need more than a little Winklevoss buzz to restore the cachet it has lost through some high-profile embarrassments.

  • Apple looks an awful lot like Microsoft: Pro Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 1:35 PM ET
    An Apple store in San Francisco

    Ben Reitzes of Barclays has been bullish on Apple for the past 10 years, but that changed Thursday.

  • Why WhatsApp's $16 billion price tag makes sense Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 1:32 PM ET
    The mobile-messaging application WhatsApp and the Facebook app are displayed along with other apps on an Apple iPhone.

    Facebook takes a big step toward mobile with its acquisition of WhatsApp, a start-up with a working business model.

  • WhatsApp doubled users in past year Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 1:10 PM ET
    WhatsApp doubled users in past year

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the appeal of WhatsApp comes down to its scale. CNBC's Julia Boorstin says the app as 450 million monthly active users. CNBC's Josh Lipton provides insight on the deal.

  • Did investors miss the message on BlackBerry? Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 1:07 PM ET
    BlackBerry Messenger

    WhatsApp's massive purchase price suggests Blackberry's BBM has real value. But Blackberry may not have what it takes to harvest it.

  • 'Talking Dead'; whassup; and blame NFL Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    This is Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, providing tidbits, insights and sarcastic reflections.

  • Midday movers: Conn's, Blackberry, Coca-Cola & more Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 12:35 PM ET
    NYSE exchange floor

    Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • FM trader Stephanie Link buys Facebook Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 12:22 PM ET
    FM trader Stephanie Link buys Facebook

    FMHR trader Stephanie Link thinks Facebook's story is "very impressive," and explains why she is buying the stock today on its deal with WhatsApp.

  • Facebook trying to own messaging: Pro Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 12:16 PM ET
    Facebook trying to own messaging: Pro

    Facebook is paying $16 billion for messaging service WhatsApp. Dan Primack, Fortune.com senior editor thinks the telecom companies should be worried, and Henry Blodget, Business Insider CEO & editor-in-chief, thinks this is a good deal.