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Facebook rides mobile ad sales to earnings of $885M
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook continued its magic carpet ride of mobile revenue on Wednesday with boffo results. The company reported first-quarter earnings of $885 million (34 cents per share) on revenue of $2.5 billion.
Facebook's mobile focus is paying off  Engadget
Facebook 1Q earnings soar; CFO to step down  Washington Post
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Apple Stock Split Removes Obstacle to Inclusion in Dow
A customer tries an Apple Inc. iPad during the opening of an Apple store in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Close. A customer tries an Apple Inc. iPad during the opening of an Apple store in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Apple Stock Split Removes Obstacle to Inclusion in Dow Average  Businessweek
Apple's split could pave way into Dow industrials, for whatever that' ...  MarketWatch (blog)
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He's lovin' it: Ronald McDonald rocking a new look
Ronald McDonald is going chic. Or, at least he's certainly trying to. The McDonald's icon famous for his wild red hair, yellow jumpsuit and floppy shoes, has gotten a makeover from a theatrical stylist - really - who has updated just about everything but the ...
'Selfies´┐Ż Here I Come!' Ronald McDonald Gets Cargo Pants, Twitter  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Ronald McDonald gets a new look, takes to Twitter for the first time  Dallas Morning News
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Eurozone deficits shrinking but public debt continues to mount
PUBLIC deficits in the Eurozone fell to three per cent of GDP in 2013, hitting the level that individual member states must aim for under the bloc's rules.
Euro Zone Deficit Hits Target for First Time Since 2008  New York Times
It's official: Austerity drives down Europe's deficits  CNNMoney
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GE's $57 Billion Cash Overseas Said to Fuel Alstom Deal
General Electric Co. (GE) can dip into the $57 billion of cash it has amassed overseas to buy France's Alstom SA (ALO) in its biggest acquisition ever, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
GE Said in Talks to Buy Alstom for More Than $13 Billion  Businessweek
GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg  Reuters
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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
US STOCKS-Wall St snaps six-day run; Apple to split stock  Reuters
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Wanted: Mass. homes for sale
(NECN: Peter Howe, Norwell, Mass.) - As the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday March home sales were down by 14.5 percent across the country, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported the first month of the key spring home ...
Sales of new US homes plunge in March  Finance and Commerce
New-Home Sales Fall to 8-Month Low, in Blow to Housing Recovery  New York Times
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Kiwi flies on hawkish RBNZ, euro eyes ECB speech
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The New Zealand dollar rallied on Thursday after the country's central bank lifted interest rates and signaled more hikes ahead, while caution ahead of a speech by the European Central Bank kept the euro subdued.
Kiwi flies after RBNZ keeps calm on currency strength  GlobalPost
Euro manufacturing and services expand  Irish Examiner
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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 Mark Pincus Gives Up Day-to-day Duties  CIO
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US Plans Changes at Nuclear-Waste Repository After Two Accidents
On April 2, workers prepare to enter the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility in Carlsbad, N.M., for the first time since a Feb. 14 radiation leak.
Management, safety cited for radiation release  WTOV Steubenville
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