'Talking Dead' with Michonne; whassup; and blame the NFL
Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.
So $16 billion to text for free on the Internet? That's what Facebook is spending to buy WhatsApp in a huge bet to capture and keep young people on a Facebook-owned platform.
We eventually did plenty of analysis.
But of course the first thing we thought of when the deal was announced was not the $16 billion price tag, or the future of Facebook or of mobile.
For us, the only thing we could think of was ... Whassup?—you know, that catchy slacker phrase from those old Budweiser commercials.
Of course, we played that sound about 500 times Thursday. We also got serious and started asking top analysts for their thoughts on the shocking price and what's really at the heart of the deal for Facebook.
It's the NFL's fault!
You've got to check this guy out.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera interviewed Jillert Anema, the Dutch speedskating coach, from Sochi on Thursday.
Simply put, Anema said, football is "a sport ... that sucks!"
But it got better. He then came on the air live with "Squawk" co-hosts Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Steve Liesman to debate the issue, which almost created an international incident.
Michelle wrapped it all up in a neat little bow.
Here's some background: Anema coached his team to 21 speedskating medals in Sochi—the most a single team has ever won in a single sport in a single Winter Olympics.
Michelle talked on Wednesday with Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" and his brother Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, about their experiences at the Winter Olympics. They also got into Billy's investment in Jonathan's company, which is up 19,200 percent. These guys were hilarious together. Maybe we'll give them their own show!