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  • Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa— Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.

  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever.

  • 'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns Monday to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. Martin Luther King Jr. awakening from a decades-long "coma" into a modern world that both disturbed and disappointed him for its lack of social progress.

  • Florida unemployment rate ticks up slightly Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    However, Florida led the nation with the addition of 22,900 jobs in March. Unemployment in some of the state's larger counties was static, as rates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Duval counties remained unchanged.

  • White House updating online privacy policy Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    "Information you choose to share with the White House may be treated as public information," the new policy says. But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

  • Venture investments highest since 2001 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Startup investments totaled $9.47 billion in the first three months of the year, up from $6.01 billion in the first quarter of 2013. It was the highest since the second quarter of 2001, when investments reached $11.5 billion. Since March, shares of companies such as Netflix, Twitter and Facebook have sagged.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ HONG KONG, April 17- Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters.

  • Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T, are due to report earnings.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp rose 19 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that Chinese censorship will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about lofty tech-stock valuations.

  • COLUMN-Career risk makes the world go round: James Saft Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    April 17- Fund and pension investors who are watching their biotech and social media stakes melt before their eyes may well feel they've had their pockets picked by self-serving investment managers. William Janeway, economist and venture capital veteran, put it well at the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference last week:.

  • April 17- Companies looking to go public in the United States will have to temper their expectations as investors begin to question valuations in a crowded market. Sabre Corp, the airline ticketing technology provider that also owns online travel agency Travelocity, sold fewer shares than expected and priced them below the targeted range.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp rose as much as 41 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that censorship in China will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about the outlook for tech-sector stocks.

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby— provided they have the feature turned on.

  • April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp, the owner of a Chinese Twitter-like messaging service, rose as much as 14.6 percent in their U.S. debut, overcoming worries about the outlook for tech sector and concerns that censorship in China was affecting its user growth. That would make it the biggest internet company IPO since Facebook Inc's $16 billion IPO in 2012..

  • The $9.4 billion Fidelity Select Biotechnology Fund plunged 11.75 percent during the first 14 days of April. That put the fund near the bottom among nearly 3,800 U.S. mutual funds tracked by Lipper Inc. Only six funds performed worse, but they had less than $100 million in assets each.

  • April 17- Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with the shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market. Google shares were down about 3 percent in early trading on Thursday, and at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock.

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 17- Africa's demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit.

  • April 17- Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with a shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market. Google shares were down 2 percent in premarket trading on Thursday and at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock.

  • Earnings beats, lots of misses, hang over market Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    Some high profile earnings beats by General Electric, Pepsico and Morgan Stanley helped counterbalance the hangover of Wednesday's big tech earnings misses.

  • *Initially planned to sell 20 mln ADSs at $17- $19 each. April 17- China's Weibo Corp, a Twitter- like messaging service company, raised a less-than-expected $286 million after it cut the size of its U.S. initial public offering amid a selloff in technology shares and concerns about slowing user growth.

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