Last night, Google announced what the Wall Street Journal says "may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever." Baseline Study will try to create the most comprehensive picture of "what a healthy human being should be" by mapping personal genetic and molecular information. It will start with anonymous data from 175 people and then "thousands more," says the paper.
Ever since acquisition rumors started building in late 2012, WhatsApp—the fast-growing messaging service with serious outer-bubble appeal—seemed destined for a multi-billion exit. But how, pray tell, did Facebook decide 19 was the "magic number"? One source tells Valleywag that it began with a $250 million funding offer.
During last week's rich person confab in Sun Valley, Idaho, the New York Times wondered why Google's chief was absent. Larry Page was "Conspicuous by His Absence," the headline read, and the article noted "he suffers from a chronic illness that affects his vocal cords and breathing." Too sick to attend? Nope! At a wedding. Whoops.