• NEW YORK, Oct 5- Small- and mid-capitalization stocks closed flat to lower o n Friday, with shares of Zynga. Shares of Zynga fell 12 percent to $2.48 after the social games maker cut its 2012 outlook for a second time on the poor performance of its live Internet games and the writeoff of an acquisition.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- A young model was insane when he killed and castrated a prominent Portuguese journalist in a New York hotel room, believing he could "harness the power" of the man's severed testicles, a defense lawyer said at the start of the murder trial on Friday.

  • Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference.

  • Stocks Flat, but Dow Logs Best Close in 5 Years Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks ended narrowly mixed Friday, erasing an earlier rally fueled by the monthly government jobs report, but all three major indexes still posted their first positive week in three and the Dow finished at its best level since December 2007.

  • CNBC’s Ego Trip: Big Bird, Zuckerberg or Whitman? Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:16 PM ET
    CNBC's Ego Trip

    Find out who won this week's Ego Trip.

  • Don’t Short Zynga—Here’s Why: Analyst Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    Although Zynga shares hit a fresh all-time low on Friday after the company lowered its full-year guidance, one analyst advised investors against shorting the stock.

  • Zynga Facing Headwinds   Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET
    Zynga Facing Headwinds

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin takes a look at Zynga's plunge, and whether the game is over for social gaming. And CNBC's Robert Frank looks at what the stock's fall has meant to Zynga's founder, Mark Pincus' finances.

  • Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    Six items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits as we head into the weekend, including a ballsy brew in Denver and a possible turnaround in beer shipments.

  • Zynga's Woes Dragging Facebook Down   Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:31 PM ET
    Zynga's Woes Dragging Facebook Down

    Shares of Zynga are tanking after cutting its guidance last night, and JPMorgan cut its estimates on Facebook based on the announcement. CNBC's Julia Boorstin has the details.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 1.18 points, or 0.04 percent, to 3,150.64. **PRIMERO MINING CORP, $7.16, up 32.6 pct. **FLEETMATICS GROUP PLC, $22.98, up 35.2 pct.

  • Mark Pincus Loses $4 Million a Day for Seven Months Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:35 PM ET
    Mark Pincus, founder and chief executive officer of Zynga Game Network Inc.

    Mark Pincus has lost $1 billion in paper wealth over the past seven months -- or about $4 million a day, or $200,000 an hour.

  • Inside-Facebook-Headquarters-mural-200.jpg

    Facebook just passed the one billion user mark. That makes it the only employer on the planet capable of directly impacting a seventh of the world's population, except for the Communist Party of China.

  • For Some, Hewlett-Packard ‘A Screaming Buy’ Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    At the $14 level, shares of Hewlett-Packard present a strong opportunity for the long-term investor, Paul Meeks of Saturna Capital said Friday on CNBC.

  • Goldman Sees S&P 2013 Target of 1,575   Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:15 PM ET
    Goldman Sees S&P 2013 Target of 1,575

    Goldman Sachs says QE has eased financial conditions and will support GDP growth. Meanwhile Paul Meeks, Saturna sr. analyst, discusses whether you should buy Hewlett-Packard and sell Facebook.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index added 8.92 points, or 0.28 percent, to 3,158.38. **PRIMERO MINING CORP, $7.70, up 42.75 pct. The ruling confirms that Primero can record silver revenue and taxes from its San Dimas gold mine in Durango state at the realized silver price rather than the spot price.

  • Angry birds attack French tax on entrepreneurs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    A group of entrepreneurs calling themselves "pigeons" _ French slang for someone who has been taken advantage of _ have mounted a campaign on Facebook and Twitter against a new law that will tax investments along the same lines as salaries _ on a sliding scale _meaning they would have to pay a lot more.

  • US STOCKS-Dow hits 5-year high on jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. Labor Department data showed the jobless rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point in September to 7.8 percent, its lowest since January 2009, even as Americans came back into the labor force to resume the hunt for work.

  • Year After Jobs' Death, How High Can Apple Fly? Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
    Steve Jobs

    Without visionary leader Steve Jobs to guide Apple, how long can the magic ride last? A year after Jobs' death, that question is on many minds.

  • UPDATE 5-Trading errors rattle Indian stock market Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 5- A flurry of erroneous orders placed by an Indian broker sent the country's top stock market tumbling briefly on Friday, raising renewed concerns about the stability of trading systems after a series of global market glitches.

  • UPDATE 4-Trading errors rattle Indian stock market Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 5- A flurry of erroneous orders placed by an Indian broker sent the country's top stock market tumbling briefly on Friday, raising renewed concerns about the stability of trading systems after a series of global market glitches.