FORTUNE -- Judging from the sheer volume of commentary generated by Facebook's (FB) $19 billion offer for WhatsApp, it seems everybody in the tech world is having a hard time swallowing the sticker price, even if most of it comes in the form of Facebook shares that may or may not be overvalued.
$19 billion puts into perspective the $12.5 billion Google (GOOG) spent on Motorola -- until yesterday the prime example of how quickly Internet billions can be poured down a drain.
Much as I hate to admit it, I think Kara Swisher put her finger on what this is about in her Re/Code post:
"We have now established," she wrote Wednesday, "a price floor for what it costs not to have a mobile operating system in a world in which having a mobile operating system counts for an awful lot these days. And that means, for all intents and purposes, Google's Android operating system and Apple's (AAPL) iOS...
"A mobile presence is a must-do in the current digital environment, and this massive acquisition makes it clear that Facebook has decided that its core strategy will be to create or buy up must-have apps that consumers demand to have on their mobile devices."
Maybe the "D" in AllThingsD should stand for "Deal."
By JP Mangalindan and Dan Primack
FORTUNE -- The future of influential tech website All Things Digital is close to being decided.
Reuters reported in February that AllThingsD co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg had begun discussions with owner Dow Jones, a subsidiary of News Corp. (NWS), about either ending or extending their partnership, which is set to expire on December 31.
Since then, Fortune MOREAug 27, 2013 8:41 AM ET
Apple's CEO exercised his ability to out-wait his interviewers at AllThingsD.
FORTUNE -- In trying to cover Tim Cook's roundly criticized performance at a major technology conference Tuesday evening near Los Angeles, reporters grasped at straws for kernels of news from the Apple CEO. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, whose parent company owns the conference, suggested Cook indicated a "wearable" computing product was imminent. (He merely called the segment "incredibly MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - May 29, 2013 6:02 AM ET
The cofounder of Square is also logging a full workload at Twitter, down the street. His plans for both startups remain grand (think IPO, not buyout).
FORTUNE -- Twitter is not for sale. Jack Dorsey, the cofounder-turned-prodigal son made this clear in an interview Wednesday with All Things D columnist Kara Swisher at the D9 tech conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Instead, it's more likely an IPO is in the compay's MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jun 1, 2011 9:23 PM ET
Notes from from an Apple watcher stuck on the wrong coast
Apple's (AAPL) CEO was scheduled to give the 6 p.m. PDT keynote at All Things Digital Tuesday night, but the show is running late and rumor has it that he's been pre-empted, at least temporarily, by Rupert Murdoch. Makes sense. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher may think this is their show, but Murdoch -- as CEO of the News Corp. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 1, 2010 10:03 PM ET
Cornered by a reporter, he lets slip a few more details about the iPad
All Things Digital's Kara Swisher, who carried a digital camcorder to Apple's (AAPL) iPad event for her BoomTown blog, has posted some rare footage of Steve Jobs in the crush of reporters at the foot of the stage after his presentation Wednesday.
It's framed as a kind of Walt Mossberg sandwich, with slices of the Wall Street Journal's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 29, 2010 12:07 PM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference kicked off Monday night with sharp-tongued bloggers ripping into each other and the companies they cover.
Moderator and Fortune senior writer Adam Lashinsky discussed the competitiveness of the blogosphere with Om Malik of Gigaom.com, Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal's (NWS) AllThingsD.com, and Robert Scoble of Scobleizer.com. He asked the trio what made their sites unique, which quickly devolved into MOREyiwyn - Jul 22, 2008 1:51 AM ET
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