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1. Iceland is cheaper to buy than WhatsApp
Earlier this month, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, with another $3 billion to be vested by its employees over the next few years. It turns out that the total $19 billion figure for the mobile instant messenger is one of the biggest acquisitions of the year — and one of the biggest Silicon Valley has ever paid out.
So what's cheaper to buy for $19 billion? Iceland is cheaper to buy than WhatsApp, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $13.7 billion for 2012. It's not surprising considering less than one-third of a million people live there, but still an impressive financial feat nonetheless. You could even throw in a Large Hadron Collider with it.
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2. Up to 11 percent of NSA webcam images are "explicit"
Britain's GCHQ, with the help from the U.S. National Security Agency, have hacked into millions of webcams connected to Yahoo Messenger and downloaded snapshots every five minutes.
According to the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Guardian, between 3 and 11 percent of the images were considered "explicit." Those images are, in layman's terms, photos of people's birthday suits — if you catch the drift. Perhaps more interestingly is that the American and British intelligence agencies found that figure to be "surprising."