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Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition might not have happened if it wasn't for Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast (FB)

Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have happened if it wasn't for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast.  In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said, "My dog Beast, I think, is actually the secret weapon here."  According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum's lap "a second later Jan goes like, 'Okay, I think we’re good.'"  Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Cnn, Wall Street Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Max, Forbes, Acton, Jan, Laurie Segall, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Koums


Acton crash leaves two dead after police pursuit

A third person was injured after the car hit a coach as it drove the wrong way on the A40 in London.
Tags: UK, News, Acton


Addressing the state of our disunion

One ironic thing about our recent State of the Union drama was its clear illustration of America’s disunion, from the fight over whether, how, where and when to have it, to notable eye-rolling and sitting on hands during it, to follow up commentary that shared precious little common ground. And it happened while both sides of the political aisle claimed to be uniters opposed to their “divisive” rivals. To understand this, it helps to remember that unity, in the sense of agreement on the specific...
Tags: Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Pepperdine University, Acton, Jefferson, Independent Institute, John Locke, David Hume, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, Ludwig von Mises Institute a Research Fellow


Transatlantic content featured on first rebranded Acton podcast

Transatlantic content featured on first rebranded Acton podcast After 11 years, the Acton Institute has changed the name of its weekly podcast from "Radio Free Acton" to "Acton Line." And the very first episode of the rebranded podcast features transatlantic content. Rev. Ben Johnson, senior editor of the Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty Transatlantic website, interviews Rev. Richard Turnbull of the Oxford-based Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethi...
Tags: UK, England, Religion, Oxford, Ben, Acton, Acton Institute, Richard Turnbull, Emily Jashinsky, Centre for Enterprise Markets and Ethics, Acton Institute s Religion Liberty Transatlantic, Bruce Walker, Radio Free Acton


EU President: 'A special place in Hell’ awaits Brexiteers

EU President: 'A special place in Hell’ awaits Brexiteers In an age of receding religious faith, politics always borders on idolatry. The latest politician to elevate polemical differences to eschatological significance came on Wednesday, as European Council President Donald Tusk condemned the souls of his enemies to eternal damnation. At a press event at 10:42 a.m. local time, Tusk said, “I’ve been wondering what that special place in Hell looks like for ...
Tags: UK, Greece, Religion, Eu, European Union, West, Theresa May, Nigel Farage, Northern Ireland, Alexis Tsipras, Brexit, Tusk, Donald Tusk, Acton, European Council, William F Buckley Jr


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, New York Times, European Commission, Nyt, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, WhatsApp Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook won't merge the backends of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram until at least 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on an earnings call that the planned integration of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram direct messages won't happen until 2020 at the earliest. He laid particular emphasis on rolling out end-to-end encryption on the new amalgamated service, which is currently a big WhatsApp's selling point. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and its cofounders left in the past two years reportedly after clashing with Facebook executives over user privacy. Mark Zuckerb...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Brussels, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Jesus Is Too Good To Be False

Groundbreaking “Lewis-esque” article now available again! Five years ago I published an article at Touchstone magazine that I titled “Too Good to be False,” and which they titled, “The Gospel Truth of Jesus.” Leading New Testament documents scholar Daniel Wallace paid me the compliment of calling it “Lewis-esque.” For quite a long time Touchstone displayed it for free on their website, but now it’s behind a subscriber paywall. The copyright is mine, so today I’m republishing it here. Being five...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Christ, Lewis, Acton, Touchstone, Daniel Wallace, Posts, Gospel Truth of Jesus Leading New Testament


WhatsApp Ads Target Potential Customers, But Is It Secure?

Rumors about ads coming to WhatsApp have finally been confirmed by its vice president Chris Daniels. This will be similar to utilizing WhatsApp for business. The decision was made to monetize its ‘Status’ feature, which is similar to a story on Facebook or Instagram. Since WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $18 billion in 2014, the trend may have been carried out to advertise to a bigger market. Video credit:Sorav Jain Comments From Previous Owners The creation of a m...
Tags: Facebook, Web Apps, Acton, Daniels, Chris Daniels, Brian Acton, Messenger Facebook, WhatsApp Ads


Man, 21, arrested in Valencia bank robbery

VALENCIA – A 21-year-old man who allegedly robbed a bank in Valencia was taken into custody at a residence in Acton fewer than eight hours after the robbery, officials said Saturday, Dec. 29. Sheriff’s deputies dispatched at 2:55 p.m. Friday to Logix’s Bouquet Canyon branch, 26459 Bouquet Canyon Road, reported that a man handed a bank teller a note demanding money. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, said Shirley Miller, a public information officer with the Los An...
Tags: Crime, News, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Valencia, Miller, Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, Acton, Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, Logix, Top Stories LADN, Shirley Miller, Bouquet Canyon


External Relations Associate

External Relations Associate Grand Rapids, MI actonadmin December 19, 2018 - 3:29pm We are currently seeking an External Relations Associate to join our talented Development Team.  As External Relations Associate, you will play an important role in our Development initiatives by assisting the ongoing efforts of the External Relations Officer in implementing major gift strategies to help grow revenue for the Acton Institute. Roles & Resp...
Tags: Usa, Microsoft, Religion, Grand Rapids, Acton, Acton Institute, Acton University, Acton Institute Roles Responsibilities Collaborate


3 reasons France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests are moral (and 2 reasons they’re not)

3 reasons France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests are moral (and 2 reasons they’re not) French highways found themselves clogged with indignation during the fifth week of the gilets jaunes (“yellow vest”) protests. How should Christians think about these demonstrations? Are their means and ends moral or immoral? Background The leaderless grassroots uprising originally targeted the massive carbon taxes levied on gasoline and diesel in order to reduce carbon em...
Tags: France, Religion, Paris, Vatican, Catholic Church, Strasbourg, Atlantic Ocean, Emmanuel Macron, Ben, Acton, Macron, Jean Luc Melenchon, Social Doctrine of the Church, Edouard Philippe, Christophe Castaner, Sam Gregg


Podcast: How should Christians see the market? Who is Lord Acton?

Podcast: How should Christians see the market? Who is Lord Acton? In this week's episode of "Radio Free Acton," the Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty Transatlantic website's senior editor, Rev. Ben Johnson, speaks with the director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, Rev. Richard Turnbull, about the role the Church should take in the market and how that has played out specifically in the UK. After that, producer Caroline Roberts speaks with...
Tags: UK, Religion, Ben, Acton, Acton Institute, Caroline Roberts, Rev Ben Johnson, Acton Institute s Religion Liberty Transatlantic, Dan Hugger


IBM Aims To Meld AI With Human Resources With Watson Suite

PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from ZDNet (with some commentary): IBM has launched a unit designed for human resources to better find talent and recruit using artificial intelligence. The company is wrapping its latest HR effort, dubbed IBM Talent & Transformation, which includes select Watson services. According to IBM, its suite of AI tools can help HR become a growth engine to enable digital transformation. AI can be used to revamp workflow, employee engagement, recruitment and retention ...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Watson, Acton, Zdnet, Forman, Watson Suite


WhatsApp chief business officer Neeraj Arora resigns

WhatsApp’s chief business officer, Neeraj Arora has quit WhatsApp roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton exited from Facebook. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014 and the company mentioned that it would allow WhatsApp to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Koum, who served as its chief executive officer until abruptly quitting over privacy and data concerns in April. Neeraj Arora joined WhatsApp in 2011 from Google, was rumored to be the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Blogging, Whatsapp, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton, Neeraj


WhatsApp’s chief business officer is leaving

Roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made his highly-publicized exit from Facebook, another executive and early employee of the messaging platform is doing the same. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s chief business officer, announced today that he would be “taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family.” Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and pledged to allow the messaging giant to continue to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Ko...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


Building a company that sells for millions might sound like a dream — but for CEOs who do it, the next chapter can be just as hard

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


'It was validation that our idea was right': After an acquisition, there's a sharp contrast between founders who are thrilled, and those with seller's remorse

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


High-speed rail authority narrows bullet trains routes through LA, San Gabriel Valley, Orange County

State officials on Thursday solidified their support for a “preferred” high-speed rail route through Southern California that would travel through San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and Orange County communities. During the California High Speed Rail Authority’s meeting in Burbank, residents from Acton to communities in the San Fernando Valley spoke against putting the project’s paths through their neighborhoods along the northern section. But a 14-mile portion from Burbank to Los Angeles U...
Tags: News, California, La, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, Bnsf, Anaheim, Santa Clarita, Burbank, Acton, Sun Valley


The Acton Institute awards 2018 Novak Award to Lucas G. Freire

The Acton Institute awards 2018 Novak Award to Lucas G. Freire Fr. Robert Sirico presented the Acton Institute’s 2018 Novak Award to Brazilian professor Lucas G. Freire on Monday, November 5. Freire’s acceptance speech offered reflections on the “idolatrous distortions” evidenced in modern public discourse by placing too much trust in the state, and too little faith in markets and individuals. He then presented insights from the Reformed tradition as expres...
Tags: France, Religion, Ryan Anderson, Lucas, Ben, Acton, Sao Paulo Brazil, Public Square, Michael Novak, Grand Rapids Michigan, Freire, Acton Institute, Robert Sirico, Andrew Abela, Wim Decock, United States Learn


Video: Margarita Mooney, how socialism warps the human heart

Video: Margarita Mooney, how socialism warps the human heart Of all the speeches at the Acton Institute’s 2018 annual dinner, perhaps the one that combined the greatest emotional impact and intellectual heft into the fewest minutes came from Margarita Mooney. The associate professor at Princeton Seminary, Acton University alumna, and decades-long visitor to communist Cuba gave the invocation after a five-minute-long discussion about how socialism crushes th...
Tags: Greece, Religion, Colombia, Yale, New York Times, Venezuela, Cuba, Havana, Ben, Acton, Mother Theresa, Miami Herald, Tim Keller, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mooney, Marriott Hotel


WhatsApp is finally adding stickers

WhatsApp is finally adding stickers to its hugely popular messaging app. The company said today that support for stickers will roll out to Android and iOS users over “the coming weeks.” Initially, the app’s 1.5 billion users will have a seemingly limited selection with the first packs provided by WhatsApp’s own design team and some “other artists” chosen by the company. However, that’s likely to change in the future since WhatsApp will allow anyone to add stickers that can be used inside t...
Tags: Google, Android, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Telegram, Social Network, Jan Koum, Acton, Koum, Brian Acton, Sticker


The spiritual core of political hate

The spiritual core of political hate A new study confirms that creeping tribalism has Americans bitterly divided, acrimonious, and dismissive of others based on political differences. Behind this animosity lies a spiritual principle that Rev. Timothy Keller touched on during his address at this year’s Acton Institute annual dinner. Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, offered his insights in a lecture he titled “Identity, Business, ...
Tags: Religion, Nbc News, America, Spain, New York Times, Dartmouth, Portland, Manhattan, Charlottesville, Grand Rapids, Keller, Ben, JW Marriott, Nugent, Acton, Westwood


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #417

Instagram launches Nametag for easier following IRL Your eyes meet across a crowded bar, and you know, you just know, that you MUST see their Instagram account! Fortunately, the platform is making it easier to follow those rare people that you actually meet in real life with a new QR code type feature called Nametag. You can access your nametag from the menu on the right had side of the app, or scan other people’s tags by hovering over them with your Instagram camera (smooth). It’s launched glo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Yahoo, Facebook Pages, US, Seo, Snapchat, Pandora, Facebook Messenger, Evan Spiegel, Mashup


Freedom, Virtue, & the Good Society: The Dominican Contribution

Freedom, Virtue, & the Good Society: The Dominican Contribution charissa.reul October 4, 2018 - 5:51pm Start Date Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:00 Introduction Text INFO IN ITALIANO (forthcoming) Sections This conference will examine the many contributions made by famous Dominicans over the centuries to the growth and development...
Tags: Washington, Church, Religion, Rome, Vienna, New York Times, Princeton, Jay, Catherine, Zurich, Siena, Zurich Switzerland, Acton, Richards, Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas Aristotle


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Tesla chief executive Elon Musk for making "false and misleading statements." Specifically, the SEC said Musk didn't truly have a deal to take Tesla private, as he claimed in an August tweet. Current and former Facebookers piled into the debate about how the company treats acquisitions, after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton dunked on the firm in a tell-all interview. Several entr...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, London, Softbank, Colin Kaepernick, Trends, Nike, Tesla, Bloomberg, SEC, Julian Assange, Lg, Wikileaks, Alexa, Musk


You know what’s cool? Turning down twenty billion dollars

Brian Acton does not sound like the happy, fulfilled guy the stereotype of billionairedom would have you believe. He sounds like someone racked with regret, guilt, and torment over his decision to sell the most promising rebel base to the empire and then realizing that the empire would do what the empire does.It’s so easy to dismiss such anguish with gifs of a man crying himself to sleep on a bed of money. But that’s as shallow as it is glib. Yes, Zuckerberg made Acton unfathomably rich. He als...
Tags: Facebook, Entrepreneurship, Regret, Blogging, Whatsapp, Purpose, Signal, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Acton, Brian Acton


Whatsapp founder: I sold out, but I walked away from $850,000,000 when I quit Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought the messaging system Whatsapp for $22B; it was a weird fit, because Whatsapp founders had decried Facebook's surveillance-based business model and targeted advertising, and had promised its users "No ads, no games, no gimmicks." Late last year, the cofounders of Whatsapp left Facebook, saying little at the time -- but then, in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Brian Acton, one of the founders, tweeted "It is time. #deletefacebook." Acton has said little...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Post, Business, News, Eu, Whatsapp, Forbes, Acton, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Surveillance Capitalism, Selling Out, Zuboff, DeleteFacebook, Alessio Jacona CC


Facebook’s ex-CSO, Alex Stamos, defends its decision to inject ads in WhatsApp

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, who left the company this summer to take up a role in academia, has made a contribution to what’s sometimes couched as a debate about how to monetize (and thus sustain) commercial end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms in order that the privacy benefits they otherwise offer can be as widely spread as possible. Stamos made the comments via Twitter, where he said he was indirectly responding to the fallout from a Forbes interview with Wha...
Tags: Apple, Android, Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, Instant Messaging, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum


WhatsApp co-founder: Facebook already had plans to serve ads on the app before acquisition

Brian Acton – one of the co-founders of the popular messaging app WhatsApp – resigned from Facebook in 2017. And with that, he left $850 million on the table in the form of non-vested stock options. He stood against the changes Facebook’s management was trying to bring to WhatsApp, and paid the price, literally. Since its inception in 2009, WhatsApp never wanted to show its users any ads. Both Acton and Jan Koum – the other co-founder of WhatsApp – hated the idea of earning money that way. Their...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Jan Koum, Insider, Acton, Brian Acton