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Saturday, February 22, 2014

WhatsApp says it's back up after extended outage

Days after Facebook said it would acquire messaging service WhatsApp, the company experienced a service outage for several hours. WhatsApp sent out a Twitter message around 3 p.m. apologizing for service issues, saying it hoped to "be back up and recovered shortly." It sent an update shortly before 6 p.m. saying its services were restored, though some users still reported issues on the company's Twitter feed. Some speculated WhatsApp was overwhelmed by traffic following the $19 billion deal. Read more about the outage at Re/code, here. —By James Temple, Re/code.net. CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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