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Facebook Q1 revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's (FB.O) mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.
Facebook quarterly profits nearly triple to $642m  RTE.ie
Facebook Leaves Mobile Concerns in Dust With Surge in Revenue  Businessweek
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Allergan adopts 'poison pill' defense in Valeant takeover bid
Takeover target Allergan Inc., the company that makes Botox, has adopted a "poison pill" defense intended to delay a buyout by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman.
Allergan Pursuer Valeant: A Drug Maker With Little Patience for Science  Wall Street Journal
Strict Cost-Cutters Who Want to Spend $45 Billion on a Takeover  New York Times
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GE Said in Talks to Buy France's Alstom for $13 Billion
April 23 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric is in talks to buy Alstom SA, the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Alstom says not informed of any potential takeover offer  Reuters
Alstom denies takeover GE talk  CNBC.com
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Stocks: The win streak is over
Wall Street failed to extend its win streak to seven days on Wednesday as investors took their feet off the gas. The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 posted minor losses while the Nasdaq landed solidly in the red (down 0.83%) amid more biotech ...
Stocks Drop, Snapping Win Streak  Wall Street Journal
Wall Street snaps six-day run; Apple to split stock  Reuters
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Will Apple's cash return get Icahn to shut up?
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Apple Inc. surprised investors with a huge increase in its stock buyback program and 7-for-1 stock split, the kind of shareholder-friendly move corporate noisemaker Carl Icahn has been clamoring for.
Cook Does Icahn's Dirty Work At Apple  Seeking Alpha
Icahn looking to launch an army of mini-Icahns  Fortune
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Housing supply still not meeting homebuyer demand
Demand from homebuyers continues to outpace supply, according to new housing numbers released yesterday, and experts said relief from rising prices and low inventory isn't in sight anytime soon.
NY home sales down in first quarter  Poughkeepsie Journal
Sales of new US homes plunge in March  Finance and Commerce
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WTI Trades Near Two-Week Low as Stockpiles Climb; Brent Steady
West Texas Intermediate traded near a two-week low as crude inventories increased to the highest level in 83 years in the U.S., the world's biggest oil consumer.
Brent climbs, stays above $109 on Ukraine tensions  CNBC.com
Oil prices rebound in Asian trade  The News International
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UPDATE 3-Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround
(Adds details on 2014 outlook, background, "FarmVille2" on mobile). By Malathi Nayak. SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on ...
Zynga founder Pincus steps down, Xbox Live GM to head Zynga Studios  Joystiq
Zynga Founder Leaves Daily Role at Struggling Game Maker  New York Times (blog)
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Qualcomm's Forecasts Show Dependence on China's Rollout of LTE
�The launch of LTE in China is very important to Qualcomm, and it's difficult to predict,� said Qualcomm Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Mollenkopf.
Qualcomm's Forecasts Show Dependence on China LTE Rollout  Bloomberg
Qualcomm could face SEC probe over Chinese bribery allegations  PCWorld
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Jury awards Texas family nearly $3 million in fracking case
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their ...
Plano company loses $3 million verdict in Wise County case  Dallas Morning News
Wise County, Texas, couple win $2.9 million jury award in drilling lawsuit  Merced Sun-Star
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