WhatsApp Surges To Become Second Largest Facebook Inc (FB) Property

FB – WhatsApp now counts over 1.5 billion monthly active users.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has seen incredible success with two of its largest acquisitions, Instagram and WhatsApp, and the latter has now jumped into second place among its largest platforms.

Recode has more details on just how big the messaging app, which is wildly popular among overseas users, has become:

Facebook and WhatsApp boasted record usership — 2.13 billion and 1.5 billion monthly active users, respectively — according to Facebook’s fourth-quarter earnings yesterday. That’s despite a small decline in the number of users in the U.S. and Canada. Read more

These dating app success stories might just restore your faith in online dating

No, YOU’RE the best

Superficial, just for sex, full of morons: these are just some of the critiques levelled at dating apps.

But my philosophy – and I literally wrote the book on Tinder – is that if you are meeting people then there is the potential to meet someone special

I met my boyfriend on a dating app and I am not alone: there are thousands of us, loved-up thanks to a single swipe. Read more

Watch live: SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy may finally fly today

“I would really like to emphasize that the odds of success are not super high.”

A view of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Monday, from one-quarter of a mile away.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA—Today may finally be the day. After nearly a decade of development, the Falcon Heavy has finally reached the launch pad and undergone all of its preflight tests. All that remains is to fuel the three boosters and light 27 engines.

Weather at the launch site is fine today, with mostly sunny skies and light winds. The official forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions at the time the launch window opens at 1:30pm ET. (UPDATE: The opening of the window has been delayed until 2:50pm ET due to upper-level wind concerns. The launch window closes at 4pm ET.) Read more

Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Dead At 35

Los Angeles (AP) — Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy “Glee,” died Tuesday, several weeks after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. He was 35.

Salling pleaded guilty in December after authorities said a search of his computer found more than 50,000 images of child porn. He was scheduled to be sentenced March 7, and prosecutors planned to ask a judge to send him to prison for four to seven years. A law enforcement official not authorized to speak publicly says Salling was found hanging in a riverbed area in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles. The official says the actor’s death is being investigated as a suicide. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” the actor’s attorney, Michael J. Proctor, said in an email to The Associated Press. “Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment,” Proctor said, adding the actor’s family asked that its request for privacy be respected.

Proctor did not reveal the cause of Salling’s death.

Salling had appeared in only a handful of projects before his breakout role in “Glee,” the popular Fox TV series about students in a high school glee club and their circle of family and friends. It aired from 2009-15. Read more