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  • PCs End is Near?

    By Hyuncha Cho - August 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, INTC, IBM, MSFT, NOK

    There are massive problems looming for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and I can’t imagine it to be an easy path to growth anytime soon. The most prevailing and alluring idea going forward is this idea of “universal computing.” The concept is simple, stick a chip in anything.

    Shift in the use of computing

    The idea of having separate devices capable of the same computing functionality has been played around with more »

  • 2 Super-Growth Trends You Shouldn’t Miss at Google

    By HL Chin - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG

    Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) stock price hit a new high of $928 last month, signaling investors' confidence in its future plans. At that level, it sports a P/E of 26  – suggesting that its growth needs to keep up with its valuation. Google’s ambitions, though, are huge. Two super-growth trends in mobile, and the new potential revenue they may hold, present sizable markets to match this online giant's more »

  • Yelp is to Angie’s List What Facebook was to Classmates.com

    By Scott Anderson - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, FB, GOOG, OPEN, YELP

    Once upon a time when the Internet was new, a chat room on AOL would have been the closest thing to “Social Media”. Then suddenly there came a promising website called classmates.com. The web domain was succinct, easy to remember and made it clear what the visitor should expect.

    Over a period of years from the late 1990s into the middle 2000s, Classmates grew at a steady pace. It more »

  • Facebook Makes Revenue Easier with New Payment Processor

    By Stephanie Faris - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EBAY, FB

    Ad revenue isn't the only way Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) makes money these days. The company has long realized the value of apps to its customer base, striving to find a way to encourage the use of those apps through its site.

    So it should surprise no one that the company intends to make it easier to purchase those apps. With a new payment method that was initially rumored to more »

  • Can Facebook Gain From Testing Mobile Payment Arena?

    By Chris Moore - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, FB, GOOG, GRPN, PAY

    You can’t accuse Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) of just resting on its heels, the company just confirmed yet another new product, this time a mobile payment service. In a report from AllThingsD, the company confirmed that it was preparing to test a mobile payment service that allows purchases to be made with just a Facebook login. This isn’t the first time Facebook has tried to get a slice of more »

  • Facebook Remains in Denial Regarding Teen Usage

    By Mark Holder - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, FB, YHOO

    Despite more and more reports that have documented in detail how the younger generation continues to leave the leading social network, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) continues to deny losing that user base. Even with the questions regarding losing the most coveted crowd in social network land, the biggest risk to a negative investment thesis has been the company's ability to increasingly monetize its existing and slowly growing user base around more »

  • Could 2 New Services Create Billions in Annual Sales?

    By Brian Nichols - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, FB

    In late July, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) announced plans to utilize video advertising. Then, on August 15, Facebook confirmed to AllThingsD that a payment processing system is in the works. While these two catalysts complement the company’s surprising quarterly beat, and its impressive monetization of mobile, the big question is how fundamentally impactful could these services be?

    Making Progress

    First, let’s acknowledge the fact that Facebook’s valuation has more »

  • Should You Bet On This Acquisition?

    By Brian Nichols - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBRY, FB

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) has soared higher by 11% in the last three days behind news of a special committee being formed at the company. This committee has one job: to seek strategic alternatives, including joint ventures or a sale of the company. But how will this story end?

    A Run-Down Of Events

    Essentially, 11% has been added to BlackBerry’s stock in anticipation of either a takeover or a partnership more »

  • Is It Time for You to Unfriend Facebook?

    By Jacob Norte - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled "Young, Broke and Foolish" on why Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Linkedin (NYSE: LNKD) were both promising investments, albeit each for different reasons: Facebook for its exponential growth in revenue in mobile advertising and users added to its already global reach, and Linkedin for its efforts to monetize its more business savvy user base and generate meaningful profits from diverse areas.

    This more »

  • How is a New CEO, a Buyback Program, and a Few News Tricks, Working for This Company?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GRPN, OPEN

    It is often said that the fast-moving social media landscape behaves like the weather in San Francisco: If it's foggy and gray one moment, wait five minutes for sunshine and warmth. Although Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is actually based in Chicago, it is nevertheless Exhibit A for this increasingly relevant truism. In late 2012, the company appeared to be on the ropes. Beset by cratering earnings figures and a rudderless more »

  • LinkedIn vs. Facebook: Why Facebook Wins the Battle

    By Chris Johnson - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, MWW

    How many things in life are really, really good, yet still over-rated? Madonna? Justin Bieber?The McRib sandwich? The TV series Mad Men? Well, you can add LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) to that group.

    LinkedIn is a company redefining how employers and employees find and relate to each other. It's a company growing nearly 100% a year. It's a company with 87% gross margins. It's heading for the more »

  • 4 Stocks to Play the Mobile Ad Market

    By Chris Moore - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MM, YELP

    Facebook’s (NASDAQ: FB) recent earnings release confirmed one thing that investors have suspected all along: mobile is the future. More precisely, monetized mobile is the future, which usually means serving quality ads to mobile devices. Facebook isn’t the only company to be interested in tackling this monumental task, with competitors ranging from tech giants Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) all the way to smaller niche competitors like Yelp (NYSE: YELP more »

  • Is Facebook Ahead of Itself?

    By Joshua Bondy - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, FB, GOOG

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is one of the most volatile large-caps, and it looks like investors have forgotten basic online economics. A recent study of almost 250 brands found that Facebook creates around 40 times fewer new customers than search engines, and customers acquired through social media properties like Facebook are worth less than customers acquired through search engines.  Right now Facebook looks too expensive, given its lack of ability to more »

  • Dog Days Anything but Over for Zynga

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, MSFT, ZNGA

    Zynga (ZNGA) is an American gaming company that rose to prominence with its web and mobile titles. The company was founded in 2010 and, at one time, was considered to be among the hottest emerging companies on the social gaming scene.

    Zynga released its breakout hit, “Farmville, on Facebook (FB) back in 2009 and achieved impressive daily active user numbers, spurring unrealistic valuations and an eventual stock collapse from $10 more »

  • Deeper Look Into Shutterfly: Long or Short?

    By Kiran Gulati - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, HPQ, SFLY

    In the recent online photofinishing market report by Infotrends on consumer and professional imaging, Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY) was declared a market leader with a share in the range of 56% to 59%. However, considering that the online photo services sector is undergoing a major consolidation with many online vendors and retailers closing down, it puts the leadership status of Shutterfly under question.

    The company recently unveiled its key growth strategy more »

  • Can More Online Advertising Increase Profits?

    By Erik MacLennan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, FB, GOOG

    With ever-increasing popularity in the internet and social media, the big companies behind these services are trying to up their profits without keeping the consumer's best interests at heart. Being subject to advertisements online has been a fact of life for many internet users, and has been working for companies for many years. For many internet-based companies, this method of money-making has been crucial to their success. It is more »

  • Can Groupon Keep the Growth Going?

    By Diane Alter - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN

    For investors who bought shares in the online daily deals site Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) prior to second quarter earnings, they certainly got a deal.

    Shares soared some 22% following its second quarter earnings release and the announcement of interim CEO Eric Lefkofsky as permanent CEO. It was indeed an impressive one-day gain for the struggling company, but it’s way too early to call Groupon a true turnaround story. “I more »

  • Tech: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    By Marie Palumbo - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MSFT

    Although we may not like to admit it, we can’t all be gun-slinging stock pickers. While shooting from the hip and day trading may look pretty sexy, the stock floor is littered with errant trades made in the heat of the moment. Instead of being a desperado, try being a rancher. The quick trader often relies on luck, but a rancher slowly grows his portfolio and is confident in more »

  • Why Facebook is so Important and Lame.

    By Darnell Jackson - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: FB

    Now that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has finally crossed the extremely important threshold of closing at $38 per share, it's IPO price--everyone wants to know what to do now?

    Should you buy more here or cash out and sell your position or should you just hold on to what you have and wait?

    Before you make your decision it's critical that you understand why Facebook is so important AND more »

  • Can These 2 Companies Grow in the Shadow of Google and Facebook?

    By Leo Sun - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN, YELP

    It wasn’t that long ago when all hope seemed lost for daily deals site Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) and local recommendations site Yelp (NYSE: YELP). Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) had introduced new features that threatened to undermine their very existence. Google integrated its “Places” feature directly into Google Maps, and introduced a Groupon-like daily deals service, Google Offers. Not to be left behind by its nemesis, Facebook more »

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