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  • Turn Raises $80 Million in Funding Round Led by BlackRock

    Turn Inc., whose software helps companies plan digital and mobile advertising campaigns, raised $80 million in a funding round led by BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager.

  • Buying Facebook Before It Goes on Sale

    Kevin Landis hasn't had much to boast about lately. For the decade ending in 2010, his flagship Firsthand Technology Value Fund suffered an annualized loss of 9 percent, compared to a 0.72 percent gain for the benchmark Nasdaq Composite Index. Like every tech fund, it was slammed in the 2008 crash. Unlike most tech mutual funds, however, Firsthand held a slug of private equity. And after investors withdrew cash and liquid securities, Firsthand saw its private equity position swell to 35 percent by March 2009, so it missed out on the full effect of the 2009 stock market rebound.

  • Zillow’s IPO to Test Appetite for Smaller Offers

    Zillow Inc.’s initial public offering, slated to price today, will do more than raise money for the real estate website. It will signal whether other small dot-com companies can join the IPO frenzy.

  • Facebook Insiders Push $100 Billion Value

    Facebook Inc. is already trading like a public company as insiders and wealthy investors use private marketplaces to buy and sell stock in the social- networking company ahead of its initial offering.

  • Facebook Said to Put Off IPO Until 2012 to Buy Time for Growth

    Facebook Inc. will probably put off its initial public offering until 2012, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg more time to gain users and boost sales, three people familiar with the matter said.

  • Facebook Cites Google+, Shift to Mobile Devices Among Its Potential Risks

    Facebook Inc., the social network that filed for an initial public offering yesterday, listed rivalry with Google Inc., regulatory scrutiny, hacker attacks and the shift to mobile technology among the risks it faces.

  • Facebook’s Drop Limits Goldman Sachs Gain as Lockup Ends

    Facebook Inc.’s stock plunge has robbed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Microsoft Corp. of much of the potential gain they could unlock as soon as this week, when a ban on sales of insiders’ shares begins to lift.

  • Equinix Change to REIT Seen Saving $312 Million in Taxes

    Equinix Inc., operator of data centers for companies such as AT&T Inc. and Inc., is the latest technology business to consider changing its corporate status to cut hundreds of millions of tax dollars.

  • Lithium Air Battery Gives IBM Hope of Power Without Fires

    Everyone who’s held a smartphone to the ear or watched a movie with a laptop balanced on their knees knows the devices get hot. Most are unaware the same battery technology is widely used in electric cars and has made few notable advances in a decade.

  • Obama’s Solar Bets May Avoid Solyndra’s Fate With Low Costs

    Three solar-energy manufacturers that received backing from the Obama administration may survive an onslaught of cheap Chinese panels that helped force Solyndra LLC into bankruptcy.

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