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Why WhatsApp is worth $19 billion

WhatsApp's $19 billion price tag sent shock waves through the social network world, but it might be worth every penny.  More

Weibo IPO would be a turning point for Sina

Sina Corp. executives ignored the elephant in the room during an hour-long investors' call Tuesday -- keeping mum about a potential spinoff for Weibo,  More

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

The largest messaging service in the world will now be under the command of Facebook  More

Lithium Technologies to buy Klout

Customer engagement service Lithium Technologies has agreed to buy Klout, a service that measures users' online influence.  More

How one founder used Instagram likes to earn $500K in new business

Fueled's Rameet Chawla built a hack for others to "like" their way to Internet fame and real-life fortune.  More

New tool for market junkies on Twitter

LikeFolio's new web extension helps you hone in on the stock chatter in you Twitter stream.  More

Sheryl Sandberg: No ads on Facebook Paper for now

Fans of Facebook's new app, Paper, may be glad to know ads won't be showing up anytime soon.  More

LinkedIn shares sink on weak outlook

Shares of the professional networking site plunged 11% in after-hours trading Thursday after the firm posted solid fourth-quarter earnings and sales but offered disappointing guidance.  More

5 key moments that changed Facebook

Over the last 10 years, Facebook has seen plenty of highs and lows. Here are the key moments that made Facebook what it is today.  More

Flipagram photo app tops the charts

The Flipagram photo app is gaining serious steam, downloaded more than any other app on iTunes.  More

No Terrible Twos for Facebook stock

Facebook will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary. It's less than 2 years old as a publicly traded company, but Wall Street doesn't think there are any growing pains.  More

Uber rival accuses car service of dirty tactics

Gett, an Uber rival, is accusing Uber of questionable tactics regarding its competition.  More

Immigration reform? There's an app for that

In an effort to promote immigration reform, tech-back advocacy group FWD.us launched Push4Reform, an app aimed at helping supporters connect with Congress.  More

Facebook's Sandberg is now a billionaire

Facebook COO Sandberg is one of youngest women ever to become a billionaire according to ranking.  More

Snapchat's porn bot problem

Snapchat users are increasingly receiving spam messages with nude photos.  More

Market has #jitters about Twitter

Shares of Twitter have tumbled as analysts grow increasingly bearish on the stock. But the company will release its first earnings report in early February. Will that get investors excited again?  More

Zuckerberg rarely says the word 'privacy'

An analysis of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly shows that he likes to talk about people. But privacy? Not so much.  More

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launches new app

Biz Stone is hoping to take social search into the mainstream with the new app Jelly.  More

Zynga testing Bitcoin payments for games

Want to buy virtual livestock with bitcoins? Social gaming company Zynga is now accepting the digital currency for FarmVille 2 and other games.  More

Does Snapchat's CEO need to go?

Snapchat's response to its data breach is more troubling than the breach itself.  More

News Corp acquires 'social news agency' Storyful

Another sign of Big Media's appetite for social media and digital video: News Corp is paying $25 million for five-year-old startup Storyful.  More

Want to chat in 29 languages?

Droid Translator is a new app that promises to translate your phone, text and video conversations into 29 different languages.  More

Facebook and Zuckerberg to sell shares

Facebook files for public offering of additional 27 million shares while some shareholders including Zuckerberg will sell 43 million more.  More

Facebook launches video ads

Facebook is rolling out a feature Tuesday that will allow advertisers to play videos in users' news feeds.  More

Startup founders get 'prenups' for billion dollar breakups

Some startup founders are hiring lawyers at the outset to prevent billion dollar lawsuits.  More

Big Tech vs. NSA: Pot calling the kettle black?

Tech firms hate NSA spying, but they admittedly spy on you too. They say it's different for them. The same rules don't apply.  More

Teen millionaire is loving Yahoo

Yahoo is rediscovering its magic and one of the people behind the revival is Nick D'Aloisio, the British teenager who sold his start-up to the company for a reported $30 million.  More

Snapchat ads closer to reality after Instagram exec hire

As Snapchat COO, White will be tasked with monetizing that hockey-stick growth and high user engagement.  More

What is Snapchat?

A quick look at the company that reportedly turned down $3 billion from Facebook  More

When will Facebook be added to S&P 500?

Facebook is one of the largest U.S. companies by market value, and investors are hungry to know when it will join the market's most closely-tracked index.  More

Twitter needs an Asian strategy

Mobile ad sales in Asia are bigger than in the United States. That's why Twitter must expand into Asia soon -- especially China.  More

Twitter Face-off: Can Wal-Mart really afford to pay its workers more?

I took to the Twittersphere to defend my article on Wal-Mart's pay problem.  More

The era of hot consumer tech IPOs is over

Now that Twitter is public, there aren't really any well-known tech companies waiting in the wings that can generate excitement among Main Street investors.  More

Big money dumps Boeing, buys Facebook

The top 50 hedge funds yanked nearly $1.3 billion out of Boeing during the third quarter and added nearly $2 billion to Facebook, according to data from FactSet.  More

JPMorgan in Twitter s#itstorm

JPMorgan planned an #AskJPM Twitter event. But the bank canceled after the tweets quickly got ugly.  More

Twitter stock already downgraded

Twitter stock rose 73% in its IPO, but some Wall Street analysts are worried that the stock is way overvalued.  More

#WOW! Twitter soars in IPO

Twitter flew high in its initial public offering, with shares nearly doubling to $50 a share in early trading.  More

I hate Facebook. But it's a better stock than Twitter

I adore Twitter and don't really "like" Facebook. But FB stock has a better future than TWTR.  More

Twitter sets IPO price at $26 a share

Twitter set its initial public offering price IPO price at $26 a share and will begin trading publicly on Thursday.  More

Investors cheer Twitter's glitch-free IPO

Retail investors appear to have a solid appetite for Twitter's stock on its first day of trading. The lack of any trading snafus certainly helped.  More

Main Street may avoid Twitter IPO. So?

Individuals don't have the same passion for Twitter as they did for Facebook. But there is huge demand from mutual funds.  More

6 IPOs have doubled this year. Twitter next?

Investors have flocked to initial public offerings this year. The market hasn't been this hot since 2000 and investors are waiting to see if Twitter continues the trend.  More

How Twitter's largest outside investor tricked me

Twitter's largest outside investor used a brilliantly simple way to avoid detection.  More

Congress warned to not buy Twitter shares

The House Committee on Ethics sent a letter reminding members of Congress that they're not allowed to buy shares of Twitter until they are widely available to the public due to STOCK Act, which was passed in April 2012.  More

From 140 characters to $13 Billion

Ahead of Twitter's debut in the public market later this week, we take a look at some of the high points for the company and who its newly minted billionaires will be. Laurie Segall reports.  Play

Don't freak out about Facebook's 'teen problem'

Investors punished Facebook's shares after the company admitted young teens are losing interest in the site, but stock analysts think the reaction is overblown.  More

HelloSociety bets on Pinterest

Marketing agency focuses exclusively on distributing content through the social scrapbooking site.  More

Facebook soars 15% after solidly beating Wall Street forecasts

For the second quarter in a row, Facebook's stock is up double-digit percentages after blowing away Wall Street expectations.  More

Starbucks offers Twitter gift cards

Starbucks could be first major retailer to offer Tweetable gift cards  More

LinkedIn, Yelp sink on growth fears

Social media firms LinkedIn and Yelp sank after their earnings report. There are concerns both stocks may be overvalued.  More

Twitter is worth more than $11 billion

Twitter isn't yet making a profit, but analysts think its future is bright -- and that it's worth more than the current $11 billion valuation.  More

Twitter sets IPO stock price between $17 and $20

Twitter would be valued at about $10.9 billion if its IPO prices at the top of the range.  More

Snapchat has a bright (and long) future

Snapchat lets users send photos that last only for moments, but investment analysts believe the social media company's future will be long-lasting.  More

Twitter hires NBC's Vivian Schiller as news chief

Schiller will serve as a liaison between the social network and news organizations.  More

Twitter sets IPO terms

Twitter expects to be worth $10 billion.  More

Facebook playing with fire by policing beheading videos

Rather than set a bright-line policy on violent images, Facebook must now decide what is the right context for clips of people being decapitated.  More

Facebook without some annoyances

Facebook wanted Social Fixer's creator to stop offering the software. A compromise will allow most of the product's features to remain in place.  More

Outrage erupts over Facebook's decision on graphic videos

Facebook has stirred up a storm with a controversial decision to lift a ban on violent videos, including beheadings.  More

Al Gore tried to buy Twitter

Al Gore said in a TV interview that he tried to buy Twitter with former Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt in 2009. Twitter said no to the former vice president ... and to Facebook.  More

Why I am unapologetic about paywalls or promotion

Great journalism doesn't come cheap.  More

Top investor not so bullish on Twitter

Prominent angel investor and TechStars CEO David Cohen says he likes Twitter, but wouldn't make a big bet on the social media's stock rising over the long-term.  More

Facebook kills search privacy setting

Facebook announced Thursday it is officially axing a privacy setting that allowed users to shield themselves from searches by strangers.  More

Want to build a digital community? Let go

Media and tech executives at Fortune's Most Powerful Women conference brainstorm different ways brands can build digital communities.  More

Adobe says hackers accessed data for 2.9 million customers

Adobe Systems said Thursday that hackers had accessed personal information, including credit-card numbers, for nearly 3 million of its customers.  More

A second look at the 'second screen'

Advertisers who want to reach people who use social media while watching TV need to know their target audience: it's very different from the TV audience as a whole.  More

Twitter-hungry investors rush to wrong Tweet shares

Shares of long-closed retailer Tweeter Home Entertainment soar the day after Twitter details its IPO plans.  More

Instagram: Now with ads

After hinting at the possibility of ads all year, Instagram made its plans official.  More

Twitter not yet profitable

Twitter's filing for a $1 billion initial public offering was released to the public late Thursday, and the company revealed that it's unprofitable.  More

I was wrong about Facebook

Facebook has gone from investing loser to tech stock leader thanks to its huge growth in mobile users and ad sales.  More

Spilling secrets via the social web

A number of apps and sites -- from Whisper to Snapchat -- are letting people let it all out without using real names. Is everything old new again?  More

Business leaders should stay out of the culture wars

Barilla Pasta's president says gay customers can get their pasta elsewhere. Why would anyone ever turn customers away?  More

Facebook stock tops $50 for first time

Shares of the social media company are up 88% in 2013 and continue to go higher, topping $50 for the first time ever.  More

Early Twitter employees to miss out on millions

Dom Sagolia and several other early Twitter employees were ousted, leaving them with no stock in the upcoming IPO.  More

Who'll be getting rich off Twitter

As Twitter prepares to go public, here's a look at some of the founders and investors who will benefit  More

It's Angie's List meets Pinterest

A new site, Porch.com, brings social networking to home improvement.  More

More Twitter ads are coming soon

Once Twitter is public, it will be under pressure to make even more money from its 200 million users.  More

Twitter CEO's advice to startups

Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO, gave management advice to startup founders at TechCrunch Disrupt.  More

Twitter files for IPO

Twitter's IPO is confidential, so its financial information won't be immediatly released to the public.  More

Will Twitter avoid Facebook's IPO flubs?

Goldman Sachs and NYSE failed to land the Facebook IPO. Now both companies are poised to play leading roles in Twitter's IPO as Twitter may shun Morgan Stanley and Nasdaq.  More

Funds that already own Twitter fly on IPO news

Shares of GSV Capital and Firsthand Technology Value, which are invested in Twitter, rallied Friday after the company said it has filed to go public. A social media ETF that's expected to buy Twitter after the IPO could pop too.  More
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