peHUB Second Opinion

We finally learn what happened to those Mashable/CNN merger talks. Oh and Mashable has raised $13.3 mln in funding led by Updata Partners.

Forbes tell us why Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel said no to Facebook’s $3 bln offer.

And, Snapchat has hired lobbying firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, for the first time.

The South Pole  was warmer than Chicago today.

Pinterest has bought VisualGraph, which specializes in image recognition.

BlackBerry hires Ron Louks, a former HTC exec, as its president of Devices and Emerging Solutions unit.

Today is Merrill Lynch’s 100th birthday.

AOL tried to buy Business Insider for more than $100 million.

SNL has a new female black cast member, Sasheer Zamata.

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