Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service. Feds warn of shoe bombings. And a shaky truce crumbles in Ukraine.
Welcome to the Thursday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. FACEBOOK ACQUISITION
Snaps up WhatsApp:
Remember when you thought Facebook was too mainstream, too crowded for your taste, and you moved to Instagram? Then Facebook gobbled it up? So then you moved to the messaging service WhatsApp? Well, Facebook's gobbled that up, too, for an insane $19 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp has about 450 million users, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he won't aggressively try to boost WhatsApp's revenue until it has user numbers in the "billions."
2. TRAVEL WARNING
Oh, great. At this rate, we may as well go barefoot to the airport. Not too long after the underwear and toothpaste bomb alerts, feds now say we should still be on the lookout for shoe bombers. Though the new alert is a result of new intelligence, sources say there's no specific threat or known plot.
3. UKRAINE PROTESTS
Second day of killings:
A shaky truce crumbled in Kiev this morning after violence left dozens dead a day earlier. Police and protesters battled for another day in the center of the capital today. As bullets whizzed, several demonstrators tumbled to the ground. At least 20 people were killed today, doctors for the protesters said.
4. WINTER OLYMPICS
Race for gold:
Today, all eyes will be on the U.S. and Canada. It's Round 2 for the rival teams in the women's ice hockey tournament. And boy, has it been a long wait for Team USA. After winning the first hockey tournament in 1998, the U.S. women have had to watch Canada win. Every. Dang. Time. The showdown's at noon ET. Other sports today include figure skating, curling and halfpipe skiing. Then there's the behind-the-scenes drama. American luger Kate Hansen had a special guest.
5. ALLEGED CRAIGSLIST KILLING
A bizarre thing happened yesterday. Our Susan Candiotti received a phone call from the jailed husband of self-professed serial killer Miranda Barbour, 19. And the teen still has a fan in her husband. Elytte Barbour professed his love in the call from a Pennsylvania jail, where he's awaiting trial as well. Police allege the couple lured a man using a Craigslist ad, strangled and stabbed him 20 times, then dumped his body. They allegedly went to a strip club after the killing.