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November 14, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Guynn is a Times staff writer.
Microsoft Corp. is making a social networking play. The Redmond, Wash., software giant said Thursday that it was adding social networking features to its latest release of its Windows Live Web services. An investor in popular social networking site Facebook Inc., Microsoft has hundreds of millions of e-mail and instant-messaging users. But, like Yahoo, it has yet to tap the underlying social networks that connect those users.
May 19, 2011
LinkedIn's stock nearly doubled in its market debut because of huge investor demand for the first major U.S. social networking company to go public. The stock traded at $87.11, up 94 percent, Thursday morning after debuting at $83 and briefly reaching $92.99. Renaissance Capital, an IPO research and investment firm, said LinkedIn's 84 percent increase at the open was the biggest for a U.S. IPO since the 2009 debut of OpenTable Inc., a restaurant reservations website. IPO analyst Scott Sweet, the founder of IPO Boutique, credits the increase to LinkedIn selling a relatively small number of shares, 7.8 million.
May 18, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
In another sign that anticipation among investors for a crop of new social networking companies is heating up, LinkedIn Corp. on Tuesday raised the expected price range of its initial public offering 30%. "There is crazy demand," said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners who is not affiliated with LinkedIn. LinkedIn now plans to sell shares for $42 to $45 each, a move that lifts the company's valuation to more than $4 billion, according to a regulatory filing. At the upper end of that price range, LinkedIn could raise more than $405 million.
June 15, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Pandora Media Inc., the online-radio company, gained on its first day of trading as investors raced to benefit from the biggest surge in Internet share sales since the dot-com boom a decade ago. The Oakland company rose 8.9 percent in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol P. It sold 14.7 million shares yesterday at $16 apiece, raising $234.9 million in its initial public offering. That was above the top of the range of $10 to $12. Investors are flocking to technology IPOs after professional-networking website LinkedIn Corp.
June 28, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Zynga Inc., the biggest developer of games for Facebook, will file for an initial public offering Wednesday, according to GreenCrest Capital Management, which cited a "major investor" in the start-up. The company has chosen Morgan Stanley to be the lead underwriter of an offering that will raise more than $1 billion, said Nitsan Hargil, an analyst at GreenCrest, which focuses on closely held firms. He didn't name the investor, saying only that it was an early backer of Zynga. Zynga, known for FarmVille and Texas HoldEm Poker, is joining the biggest wave of Internet IPOs since the dot-com heyday in 2000.
January 31, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Major tech firms including Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to fight email phishing scams. Members say the partnership will lead to better email security and protect users and tech brands from fraudulent messages. The group, which calls itself DMARC — for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance — says it wants to help reduce email abuse by standardizing how email receivers perform authentication. Now email senders will get consistent authentication results for their messages at Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and any other email receiver using DMARC.
May 4, 2012 | Bloomberg News
LinkedIn Corp., the biggest professional-networking website, rose to the highest price since its market debut after reporting first-quarter sales and profit that beat analysts' estimates amid a jump in membership. LinkedIn advanced 8.9% to $118.88 at 6:50 a.m., the highest level since it listed on the New York Stock Exchange in May 2011. The shares have more than doubled since then. LinkedIn said membership increased to 161 million from 150 million in the fourth quarter. Chief Executive Jeff Weiner is pushing mobile technology to woo more professionals to its subscription services and attract advertisers who want to reach the growing user base.
July 1, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Zynga Inc., the social-gaming company known for "FarmVille" and "Texas HoldEm Poker," filed to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering, letting investors bet on the surging market for virtual goods. The IPO will be managed by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Allen & Co., according to a regulatory filing today. The company didn't say how many shares it would sell or at what price. Zynga, which leads the market for games played on Facebook Inc.'s site and other social networks, is joining the biggest wave of Internet IPOs since the dot-com heyday in 2000.
June 3, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Pandora Media Inc., which announced plans earlier this year to sell its stock in an initial public offering, said it and its investors were seeking to raise as much as $123 million — an amount that would value the Internet radio pioneer at about $1.4 billion. The proposal, filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, calls for the Oakland company to sell a little more than 5 million shares, priced between $7 and $9 a share. Pandora's stakeholders, meanwhile, expect to offer 8.7 million shares.
April 6, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. has found a home on Wall Street — Nasdaq will be listing the social networking giant's shares for its hotly anticipated stock market debut, according to Sam Hamadeh, chief executive of research firm PrivCo. No official announcement was made Thursday by the company or the stock exchange. Hamadeh said he confirmed the information with two sources close to the deal that he declined to name. The tech-heavy Nasdaq and its rival, the New York Stock Exchange, had waged a high-stakes competition to land the biggest technology initial public stock offering since Google Inc. went public in 2004.
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