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    The freshly minted tech millionaires and billionaires of Silicon Valley, including those benefitting from Facebook’s IPO today, are selling stock earlier and in larger numbers than previous generations of tech tycoons.

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    The hot-name website is currently ranked the 12th-largest in social media; and you'll keep hearing about it, vice president Andrew McLaughlin says, precisely because it isn't Facebook.

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    In the first quarter, Apple stock was surging. Since then, shares have dropped 16 percent — giving up over $100 a share and now trailing Google by nearly that amount.

  • The market for equities has gone through numerous crises, bubbles, ups and downs since the turn of the century, but when an initial public offering (IPO) hits the market, it creates a lot of excitement for investors, and generates billions of dollars for the company involved. Market conditions can be a major factor in determining when companies decide to file, and market optimism or pessimism can influence the value of shares, often to the detriment of the company or the investor. In 2000, compa

    With the hotly anticipated Facebook public listing in mind, the CNBC Analytics team looked into IPOs from 2000 to the present to see which ones have been the most and least successful.

  • Facebook

    A few hours before the oversubscribed, wildly sought after Facebook shares are priced for the company’s public debut, Max Wolff, analyst at GreenCrest Capital, said buying in now is like “buying a lottery ticket.”

  • Facebook

    Built on participant immersion and increasingly fueled by brand advertiser dollars, Facebook must continue to answer to both its 900 million participants and the growing number of advertisers as it approaches its IPO and beyond.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    If the Facebook IPO is to succeed, it will have to overcome a less-than-stellar history of similar technology offerings that started quickly but soon faltered.

  • Facebook: Venture Investing

    Discussing the hype around Facebook's upcoming initial public offering, with Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital; Tom Forte, Telsey Advisory Group; and the FMHR traders.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook and Google have similar creation stories: Brilliant young founders, prime Silicon Valley addresses, and huge trend-setting IPOs. Here are five ways they are very different.

  • Sheryl Sandberg

    As the social network’s COO, Sandberg runs its all-important advertising business, business development, and oversees hiring. In her four years at the company she’s helped Facebook become profitable, expand internationally, and grow its user base by more than a dozen times over to over 900 million.

  • A gated community situated between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif., counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Google. While North Lake Tahoe is a four-hour drive from the Silicon Valley, Martis Camp serves as a year-round second-home getaway. The homes have rustic touches and incorporate rugged materials, but the community members are not exactly roughing it. The luxury mountain homes in the community start in the $2 million range, and the community buildings such as

    This gated community counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, and Google. Will such upscale communities become standard for the titans of Silicon Valley?

  • Avis rental car

    As the busy summer car-rental season begins, prices are forecast to spike, The New York Times reports. Here are some tips for keeping costs down.

  • Facebook

    With big advertisers not convinced that Facebook is a good platform to propel brands forward and privacy issues plaguing Zuckerberg and company, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Here are five things we can learn and chew on from all the hoopla.

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    It’s the capital markets event of the year. But anyone wanting to buy stock in Facebook’s imminent initial public offering needs unwavering faith in the vision of Mark Zuckerberg, the social network’s founder.

  • Bing homepage

    As part of Microsoft's redesigned Bing, people you know, and in some cases, strangers, are more prominently featured in the search mix that includes Facebook and other networks.

  • Facebook

    Facebook has seen a frenzy of demand in the run-up to its initial public offering. On Monday, the company increased the price range for shares, and 24-hours later, said it would be upping the size of the deal by roughly 25 percent.

  • Jim Cramer

    “I want to invest in businesses that I can understand, not in businesses that even the CEOs find unfathomable,” Cramer said.

  • Groupon

    Mark May, analyst with Barclays Capital, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” that Groupon’s share price pop is just the beginning for the three-year-old company. 

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    Facebook likes Zynga – a lot.  While the social game maker endured some close scrutiny during its IPO because of its reliance on Facebook, the relationship is actually more of a codependent one -- and Facebook will be the first to admit that.

  • The Facebook IPO Primer by Nancy Miller

    The outlook for Facebook’s advertising prowess is central to Facebook, which plans on pricing its initial public offering of 377 million shares on May 17 .