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  1. Not Feeling Lucky: Google Stock Plunges After Accidental Release of Poor Earnings Report

    When a document coming from Google literally includes the words "PENDING LARRY QUOTE" on the top, chances are it hasn't been vetted as much as intended. Even so, that's what started off Google's accidentally early press release about their lackluster earnings this quarter. The company's stock dropped $70 before they halted trading after the filing snafu, and now it's just a matter of finding out who's to blame.

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  2. Zynga Insiders Cash Out Right Before Stocks Plummet

    When Zynga stock first went public, everyone thought it was going to be the beginning of a very large evil empire. Gamers were pretty sure this was the beginning of the end for what they would consider real video games, and that the subpar casual gaming Zynga has unleashed upon the masses would be the gloomy future of digital entertainment. Zynga stock went public at ten bucks a share, and at the opening bell, was valued at $8.9 billion. Back in April, Zynga insiders dropped 43 million shares of stock at $12 each. Yesterday, Zynga reported a fairly unhappy quarter wherein their stock dropped all the way to three bucks a share. Those Zynga insiders that dropped 43 million shares? They got out and made around a collective $516 million during the same quarter the prices of shares plummeted. Yes, we know what you're thinking, and everyone else is thinking it too.

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  3. Curious How Much Value Facebook Stock Has Lost?

    All the way back on May 18, Facebook stock finally started trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The highly anticipated arrival of the social networking giant on the exchange was followed by a slow decline, and then lots of finger pointing. Now that company's share price has dipped even lower, you might be wondering how much value the company has lost. The answer: A lot. Better answer: About $35 billion.

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  4. Study Finds Twitter Responses Mirrored Facebook’s Stock Price

    Twitter is sort of notorious for being a big pot of complaints with a few compliments and the odd non sequitur. But after Facebook's big IPO on Friday, perhaps folks will look a bit more closely at the way Twitter can be used to gauge audience reception as a whole. The fine people over at DataSift recorded nearly 100,000 interactions on Twitter and found that the ebb of conversation seemed to indicate where Facebook's stock would soon be going.

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  5. Apple Has So Much Money it is Giving Some Back to Shareholders With Dividends, Share Buy Back

    Apple's CEO Tim Cook has announced that the consumer electronics giant -- and world's most valuable company, be-tee-dubs -- will be paying shareholders a dividend of $2.65 a share starting this July -- the first since 1995. On top of that, the company will also launch a $10 billion effort to buy back shares of its stock, further bolstering its value. The move comes as Apple is enjoying record profits and the launch of a new iPad, and frankly has more money than it knows what to do with.

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  6. Zynga Told Its Employees to Give Back Their Stock or Get Fired

    When that former employee called Zynga evil, maybe said employee wasn't so far off with the claim. When Zynga began preparing for its IPO, it felt it gave away too much stock to certain employees, and asked various employees to return some unvested stock or face termination.

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  7. Gobbling Up Google One Share At A Time

    Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) might be an artistic statement, an economics project, a prank, a subversive attempt to take down "the man" or all of the above. But whatever its motivations, the creators of GWEI have sent a clear message about their feelings toward Google and online advertising. Little by little, a giant corporation can be disabled. The idea is simple: Use Google's own marketing practices against them. GWEI earns money by generating fraudulent clicks on Google ads on a series of hidden websites. With the money earned from clicks on the ads, the owners of GWEI "automatically" buy shares of Google.

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