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Facebook The Largest Internet IPO In History

Investors snapped up Facebook shares on a much hyped and tumultuous first day of trading. Mark Zuckerberg got it all started by ringing the opening bell for Nasdaq. Then a glitch delayed trading by half an hour. The IPO put Facebook's market value at over $100 billion — more than McDonald's or Amazon.
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TED's 'Explicitely Partisan' Talk, Briefly Barred From Its Site, Now Everywhere

A TED Talk challenging conventional wisdom that rich entrepreneurs are the number one job creators is now available for public viewing, after TED organizers originally kept the video private because it was too "explicitly partisan."
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JPMorgan's Troubles And The Price Of Eggs

JPMorgan Chase says it lost billions of dollars trading "synthetic derivatives." Do these complex Wall Street transactions ever do anything to help average people? To answer that question, we consider the case of an imaginary company, Chickens LLC, that is looking to grow.
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G8 Summit To Discus Greece's Troubled Economy

Greece keeps cutting its budget to help pay debts and avoid default but then its economy keeps contracting, making the problem worse. The new French President Francois Hollande wants to find a way to stimulate Europe's economy.
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Hewlett-Packard Set To Lay Off 30,000 People

Hewlett-Packard reportedly has decided on a restructuring that will eliminate 30,000 jobs worldwide. The company isn't expected to say anything publically until next week when it announces quarterly earnings.
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Reports: Hewlett-Packard Plans To Announce About 25,000 Job Cuts

The company may cut about 8 percent of its workforce as part of a restructuring.
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The Census Bureau's American Community Survey

It's a wonky fight that could have real consequences in neighborhoods across the United States. We consider the purpose and future of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

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Good News, Bad News: Japanese Economy Surges, But Likely Will Slow

The world's third-largest economy grew at a 4.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter. But the boost from rebuilding is expected to wane in coming quarters.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Facebook begins trading this morning in one of history’s largest initial public offerings. President Obama meets with congressional leaders to seek common ground on the looming debt ceiling battle; Facebook makes one of history's largest public offerings with a valuation larger than McDonald's and Kraft Foods; the FBI launches a criminal investigation into the $3 billion trading loss at JP Morgan Chase; and minorities surpass whites in U.S. births for the first time. Michael Scherer of TIME magazine, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal and John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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