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2:31pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook Stock Priced at $38 A Share Ahead of Friday IPO

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:55 am

The Facebook thumb.
Paul Sakuma AP

When Facebook makes its initial public offering Friday on the NASDAQ, the stock will be priced at $38 per share, a price that's expected to bring in between $16 billion and $18.4 billion to the company. CNBC reports:

"[The price makes] it one of the most lucrative offerings the Street has ever seen. With that valuation taken into consideration, Facebook goes public with the highest valuation — in the $100 billion range — of any company on record at the time of its IPO."

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2:25pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Hewlett-Packard Plans To Announce About 25,000 Job Cuts

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:37 pm

Several news outlets are reporting that computer giant Hewlett-Packard will announce the elimination of 25,000 to 30,000 jobs. All Things D reports that the announcement will come from CEO Meg Whitman when the company announces its quarterly earnings next Wednesday.

All Things D reports:

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4:53pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

'Information' To 'Knowledge Agent': Google Changes The Way It Does Search

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 10:52 am

What a search result may look at on Google now.
Google

Google announced a big change in its approach to search today.

The search giant said the move was the first step in transitioning from an "information agent" to a "knowledge agent."

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3:45pm

Wed May 16, 2012
All Tech Considered

'What Facebook Is Selling Is Us'

A worker sits in the Facebook office in Menlo Park, Calif. The amount of information Facebook learns about its users seems to have entranced Wall Street.
Jeff Chiu AP

Facebook's initial public offering is shaping up to be one of the largest in history. This morning the company told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was expanding its offering ... again.

Now Facebook is planning to raise up to $16 billion from investors by taking a small slice of the company to the public. And it will likely be worth more than $100 billion on its opening day of trading. It could easily go higher.

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1:43pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Planet Money

For $75, This Guy Will Sell You 1,000 Facebook 'Likes'

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:48 am

How much for that thumb?
Paul Sakuma AP

Looking to get more popular on Facebook? Alex Melen will sell you 1,000 "likes" for about $75.

Melen runs an Internet marketing company. About six months ago, companies he worked with started coming to him more and more with a simple problem: They had created pages on Facebook, but nobody had clicked the "like" button.

"You would go there, and there would be two likes," Melen says. "And one of them would be the owner. And people right away lost interest in the brand."

For the right price, Melen can fix that.

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