WhatsApp, the popular cross platform messaging app, has been acquired by Facebook for an astonishing $16 billion, as the world's biggest social network continues to overhaul its mobile messaging experience.

The SEC filing reveals that the purchase will be split between cash and stock, at $4 billion and $12 billion respectively. This is equivalent to sixteen Instagrams, two Nokias or seven Motorolas.

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instagramWe knew it was coming, but today is the day that Instagram has finally landed on Windows Phone. The app, which applies filters to photos and allows you to easily share them with your social network, has been heavily requested and rumored for some time. Seeing that the app has been released, it should appease those who are on Windows Phone and have wanted a native application and quiet the critics who claim the Windows Store was incomplete because it was missing this key app.

Sure, you could have used one of the third party alternatives to use Instagram but having an official app, makes the Windows Store seem a bit more mature. Of course, now that there is an official Instagram app, we expect the tens of dozens of people who claimed that they only reason they weren’t using Windows Phone was because of Instagram was missing, to switch.

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BlackBerry finally launched BBM apps for iOS and Android in October, and since then the company has announced it has added over 40 million new accounts to its messenger service. However, BlackBerry apparently has no plans to offer a similar BBM app for the world's third largest mobile operating system, Windows Phone.

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  Microsoft's OS jumped ahead of BlackBerry in terms of sales of new handsets in 2013. Even with that accomplishment, David Proulx, BlackBerry’s Senior Director of BBM Business Development, told TrustedReviews that the decision to not offer BBM on Windows Phone was "entirely market driven". In other words, BlackBerry doesn't feel the ecosystem is big enough for it to bother with Windows Phone yet. Proulx added:

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Just a week ago, Microsoft was very non-committal when we asked them if Xbox Video was coming to Windows Phone, saying only that they "hear users and take their feedback into account as we prioritize new work." Today, Microsoft finally confirmed that an Xbox Video app for its mobile OS is on its way.

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Microsoft listed Xbox Video as one of many new Windows Phone app and games that are "coming soon" in a blog post this morning. The specific description said:

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Surface Pro 2 owners who have waited through the holidays for new firmware drivers may have to wait just a little bit longer. According to an owner of Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 tablet, the next firmware release won't happen until later in January.

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The post on Microsoft's support forums, from user "Jackabite", states:

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BB messenger"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." That old saying will likely be on the minds of many people at BlackBerry's headquarters today as the troubled company announced it is finally ready to launch its BBM online messaging service beyond its own smartphones to iOS and Android devices.
You may remember that BlackBerry was planning on launching those apps about a month ago, but a leaked early release of the Android version caused issues with the BBM services and forced the company to halt its release plans. Today, BlackBerry announced it will roll out iOS and Android BBM services today.

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skydrive-logo2SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, has a new app for iPhone that will automatically upload photos stored in your camera roll to your account.

Users of competing services like Dropbox and Google Drive should already be familiar with this concept. Whenever you open SkyDrive for iPhone, the app automatically detects new photos in your camera roll and uploads them to your online storage account.

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outlook logoMicrosoft released its last update for its Android Outlook.com app in May and today the company has released another update for the software via Google Play. The update contains a number of new features that have previously been made available for Windows 8 and desktop users but are now supported from within the Android app.
  The Outlook blog states that one of the changes in the app allows users to download all of their Outlook.com emails to their Android device, no matter how old those emails are. Another change allows app users to search for emails on their account, even if they are not actually stored on their phones, via a server-side connection. Both of these changes should make it easier for Android device owners to manage their Outlook.com messages.

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Rudy Huyn has launched 6snap, a third-party client for the popular photo sharing messenger, Snapchat, on the Windows Phone store adding to his ever increasing list of high-quality unofficial apps.

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Windows Phone has been lacking some popular apps and Rudy Huyn has been making sure to bring the best ones to the platform by developing quality third-party versions. 6snap is the latest of such apps developed by the Microsoft MVP following 6tag for Instagram and 6sec for Vine.

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BB messengerIf you circled this weekend on your calendar and have been waiting with a Santa Claus-like interest for BlackBerry to release its BlackBerry Messenger app for both Android and iOS, we have good news and bad news for you.
First, the good news: Leaked versions of the Android and iOS apps have already made their way online, so a little sleuthing should allow you to grab and install the apps on your particular devices.

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