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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Thursday

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Happy Thursday. Today at the Morning Six-Pack we're going to eschew all the silly WhatsApp jokes and get straight to the news.

But seriously ... what is up with the Facebook-WhatsApp deal? Interestingly enough, the $19 billion deal just might be the thing that saves ... Blackberry. (Businessweek)

In dollar terms, the deal amounts to Facebook paying $42 for each user who pays $1 for the messaging service. #Shrewd. (ITWeb)

Frackers are trying to cross the border into Mexico but will have to do business with non-fracking-friendly drug lords first. (Quartz)

Wal-Mart beat quarterly earnings expectations but lowered guidance, and for once a company isn't blaming expected slowness ahead on the weather. (Business Insider)

The year of the activist investor continues as Nelson Peltz amps up efforts to try to split up Pepsico. (Wall Street Journal)

And finally ... Emerging from the rubble of online retail stocks is ... QVC? Yes, as CNBC.com's John Jannarone explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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