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Facebook Stock Jumps as Analysts Call for Better IPO Rules Facebook Stock Jumps as Analysts Call for Better IPO Rules

The following is an excerpt from SUSANNA KIM | May 24, 2012 | abcnews.go.com | Facebook stock closed up for the second day in a row as Facebook's underwriters continued to face heat over whether they gave an unfair advantage to preferred clients. Many average investors lost thousands of dollars betting on Facebook's IPO. A week after the company had the biggest tech IPO in U.S. history, Facebook stock closed up 3.2 percent to $33.03 on the NASDAQ Thursday. Reports that large clients, ... Read More

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How Facebook Can Close the Generation Gap How Facebook Can Close the Generation Gap

The following is an excerpt from MICHAEL HODIN | May 18, 2012 | thefiscaltimes.com | For years, social media was seen as a new toy for the young and hip. But as Facebook’s record-setting IPO has shown, social media is a cultural and economic behemoth. For young and old alike, social is the thing. And with a global population that will include two billion over age 60 in the next couple of decades, even Facebook will respond to the aging population ... Read More

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How Facebook’s Elite Skirt Estate Tax How Facebook’s Elite Skirt Estate Tax

The following is an excerpt from Tax Report | May 11, 2012 | WSJ.com | Investors are focusing on Facebook's FB 0.00% offering price as the company prepares to go public as soon as next week. Tax specialists are paying attention to something else: how half a dozen of the firm's luminaries, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, appear to be using a perfectly legal maneuver called a grantor-retained annuity trust, or GRAT, to avoid at least $200 million of estate and gift taxes ... Read More

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Facebook Strikes Back at Yahoo With Its Own Patent Claims Facebook Strikes Back at Yahoo With Its Own Patent Claims

The following is an excerpt from Mike Isaac | April 3, 2012 | Wired.com | This is getting ugly. Just three weeks after after Yahoo filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, the social giant struck back on Tuesday with a counterclaim alleging Yahoo is infringing on 10 of Facebook’s own software patents. “From the outset, we said we would defend ourselves vigorously against Yahoo’s lawsuit, and today we filed our answer as well as counterclaims against Yahoo for infringing ten of Facebook’s ... Read More

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What’s Facebook Really Worth? What’s Facebook Really Worth?

The following is an excerpt from Richard Beales | March 22, 2012 | Slate.com | Facebook’s 31 underwriting banks are mobilizing for the company’s initial public offering. In such a hyped IPO, any kind of valuation is possible. But a comparison with the history of the social network’s closest thing to a rival, Google, suggests that even $75 billion - at the low end of the talk to date - would be a stretch. A new Breakingviews calculator shows why, ... Read More

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You’ve Been Served… Via Facebook You’ve Been Served… Via Facebook

The following is an excerpt from Joanna Stern | February 23, 2012 | ABCNews.go.com | Social media isn’t only invading the operating room this week; it is also hitting the courts. UK High Court judge Nigel Teare approved the use of Facebook to serve legal documents in a British case regarding an alleged business scam. According to the Associated Press, the case centers on two investment managers who have accused a brokerage firm of overcharging them. Former broker Fabio De Biase is ... Read More

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SecondMarket: We’ll Survive Without Facebook SecondMarket: We’ll Survive Without Facebook

The following is an excerpt from Julianne Pepitone | February 16, 2012 | CNN | NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- SecondMarket rose to fame by offering investors a way to trade shares of the hot private companies they clamored for. Now many of those startups -- including the private market's Goliath, Facebook -- have gone public or will soon. Facebook's IPO filing this month followed a 2011 jammed with splashy public debuts: Groupon (GRPN), LinkedIn (LNKD), Zynga (ZNGA) and Pandora (P). So where ... Read More

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg May Face $2 Billion Tax Bill Facebook’s Zuckerberg May Face $2 Billion Tax Bill

The following is an excerpt from Stacy Cowley | February 7, 2012 | CNN.com | NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Facebook's upcoming IPO will make founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire -- but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion. Industry experts say that might be one for the record books. "I personally have never seen a bill into the billions -- close, but not quite," said Anthony Nitti, a Colorado-based CPA ... Read More

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More Jobs, Less Facebook More Jobs, Less Facebook

The following is an excerpt from Ryndall W. Forsyth | February 4, 2012 | Barrons.com | Facebook. Like the moon darkening the sun during an eclipse, news of the social-networking site's pending initial-public offering seemed to obscure much of what else was happening in the world last week, at least momentarily. For instance, Mitt Romney's double-digit victory margin in Florida's Republican presidential primary was pushed off center-stage after Facebook filed its S-1 registration form with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Which was ... Read More

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Facebook IPO’s Meaning: Zuckerberg Faces Reality Facebook IPO’s Meaning: Zuckerberg Faces Reality

The following is an excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff | January 31, 2012 | CNN.com | Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff, who writes regularly for CNN.com, is a media theorist and the author of "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age" and "Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back." (CNN) -- We all knew he'd eventually get around to it: Mark Zuckerberg is expected to finally bring Facebook public. The company is reported to ... Read More

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