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Web Buzz: Wednesday February 19, 2014

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Social media giant, Facebook, just announced an amazing deal. It’s buying popular messaging mobile startup, WhatsApp, for $16-19 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”  More on this huge Internet purchase and the two WhatsApp owners who are now billionaires on Forbes.

Jada Pinkett Smith has snagged a major part in the new Fox drama, “Gotham.” Smith will play tough sadistic gangster boss, Fish Mooney.  This is a Batman prequel with many of the villains and heroes made famous in the comics. More on Deadline.

For the first time, Bette Midler will perform at the Oscars. The announcement was made today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, details of Midler’s performance are being kept under wraps. More on Time.

“The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” is still packing them in. The second night numbers are in and the late night talker got its best Tuesday ratings in more than 10 years. Variety has a report here.

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