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  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Over 100 leading technology companies including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

  • A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks fluctuated on Wednesday as investors cycled out of so-called momentum stocks.

  • *Alibaba IPO filing pressures Yahoo shares. Analysts at BGC Partners and Atlantic Equities told Reuters that Alibaba's valuation disappointed some Yahoo investors. That's why we see pressure on names like Google, Facebook and Amazon today, "said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.

  • Fear of economic blow as births drop around world Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    Six years after the financial crisis, birth rates haven't bounced back. For the economy, that's bad news.

  • Privacy increasingly not a big deal, says start-up Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    People are increasingly more comfortable sharing their location data, said Michael Chasen, CEO of Social Radar.

  • Midday movers: Datalink, Herbalife, Merck & More Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    NYSE EuroNext flag hangs outside the NYSE.

    Some of Wednesday's midday movers:

  • See how fake tweet rocked stocks Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan uses "Heat Map Time-Lapse" technology to look back at the day stocks were shook by a fake tweet about an attack on the White House.

  • Why I'm grateful for my Wall Street beatdown Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    If you survive Wall Street, it will make you better, faster, stronger in everything you do after that, says ex-Galleon trader Turney Duff.

  • *Whole Foods tumbles after earnings, outlook. *Developments in Ukraine helped sentiment, as Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he was ready to discuss a way out of the crisis with the head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

  • PARIS/ BERLIN, May 7- French factories produced much less than expected in March while German industry orders unexpectedly fell the most in 1-1/ 2 years, data showed on Wednesday, feeding speculation of fresh European Central Bank action to support the euro zone recovery.

  • *Twitter bounces in premarket after Tuesday drop. AIG dragged on financial shares after disappointing earnings and a slide in Twitter hurt other names in the technology and internet space. Twitter shares rebounded in premarket trading Wednesday, adding 1.5 percent to $32.32.

  • *Ukraine crisis, slide in tech stocks weigh on markets. LONDON, May 7- European shares fell and the dollar hovered above six-month lows against a basket of currencies on Wednesday on an overnight drop in U.S. tech stocks and on concerns over the deepening crisis in Ukraine.

  • PARIS, May 7- French factories produced much less than expected in March while the country's trade deficit worsened, casting doubt on President Francois Hollande's latest predictions that the economy is finally turning around.

  • Why Matt Damon went on a toilet strike Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:57 AM ET

    Matt Damon said that raising awareness about the issue of clean water was a marketing nightmare, so he had to make a viral video.

  • "Jack Ma is a big traitor," wrote another user on Tencent Weibo, a major Twitter- like Chinese microblogging site. In its IPO prospectus, Alibaba detailed ties with its two principal shareholders- Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank Corp, which owns a 34.4 percent stake, and Yahoo Inc with a 22.6 percent stake.

  • Ukraine crisis, slide in tech stocks weigh on markets. *MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares ex Japan hit 1- mth low. LONDON, May 7- European and Asian shares retreated and the dollar fell against the safe-haven yen on Wednesday as an overnight drop in U.S. tech stocks and the deepening Ukraine crisis hurt global market sentiment.

  • U.S. tech rout, earnings drag down European shares Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    *Results from SocGen, Carlsberg show Ukraine crisis has started to hit. LONDON, May 7- European stocks edged lower on Wednesday, as a selloff on Wall Street unsettled investors and results from brewer Carlsberg and bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.

  • LONDON, May 7- European stocks fell at the open on Wednesday, hit by heavy losses on Wall Street and as results from local blue chips such as brewer Carlsberg and French bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.

  • Japan shares lead Asia lower; SoftBank slumps over 5% Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    Asian equities were sharply sold off on Wednesday on mounting concerns that Ukraine was on the brink of a civil war.