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The Internet and the Over-65 Crowd

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Florence Detlor is now 101 years old, and considering how much technology she’s seen come and go in her lifetime, we’d forgive her if she chose to opt out of things like email and social networking sites. But Florence, like many people over 65, embraces computer technology. Why is that?

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Operavore

When Art is Noble and Beliefs May Not Be

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Takeaway

Tailoring the Candidates to You — Specifically You — Through Social Media

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Politico reported last week that the Obama campaign employs over 150 social media experts who reach deep into data available through social media profiles and craft ads targeted at specific types of potential voters. Some experts claim advertising tailored to voters will determine the outcome of the campaigns. But there’s also the possibility that more specific advertising efforts will only increase the cynicism or apathy of some potential voters.

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The Takeaway

How Old is Old Enough for Facebook?

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Right now, Facebook bans anyone under 13 from joining, but that might soon change. The company is looking at ways to let preteens join the social network while giving parents oversight of their kid’s accounts.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Steve Coll explains to John Cassidy and Nicholas Thompson why he's no longer their Facebook friend.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Steve Coll explains to John Cassidy and Nicholas Thompson why he's no longer their Facebook friend.

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The Takeaway

Is Technology Making Our Children Narcissists?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Does technology hurt a child's character development? Psychotherapist Sheri Noga believes there are potentially negative sides. As she sees it, today’s technology amplifies the mindset of immediate gratification; and that can be bad for children, parents and the world.

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The Takeaway

Companies Don't Have to Go Public, So Why Do They?

Friday, May 25, 2012

By going public, Facebook joined a diverse group of companies. Some, like Apple and Amazon, have had huge success selling pieces of their company to the public. Others, like Enron and Tyco, couldn't take the public scrutiny and failed as a result. Since taking a company public requires jumping through a lot of hoops, fewer companies are doing it. So why go public at all?

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: Facebook, JPMorgan, Layoffs, Attack Ads, and Fair Punishment

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our panel of social, political and pop-cultural experts to tell us about the stories you may have missed this week.

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Matters of Economy

Why So Many Aren't Friends of the Facebook IPO

Friday, May 25, 2012

James B. Stewart, business columnist at The New York Times, joins Jeff Spurgeon to talk about what went wrong with the Facebook stock launch and who bears the responsibility.

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The Takeaway

Facebook and Morgan Stanley's New Legal Issues: What's at Stake?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Facebook and its IPO's underwriter Morgan Stanley are facing at least three shareholder lawsuits alleging that the companies allowed misleading assessments and omissions in their IPO registration statement. This, on the same day that Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin issued a subpoena to Morgan Stanley in response to other allegations. Peter J. Henning, a professor at Wayne State University Law School who specializes in white collar crime, co-wrote an article about this for the New York Times' DealBook.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Facebook IPO Fallout

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin discusses the initial poor performance of Facebook stock, why shareholders are suing the company, and why regulators are investigating possible wrongdoing.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Facebook’s IPO Flop and White Male Board

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Facebook’s much-anticipated debut as a public company has turned out to be a small disaster. The company and its lead investment bank, Morgan Stanley, are under fire from regulators and Congress; and the head of NASDAQ is apologizing for its role in how the stock offering was conducted.

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The Takeaway

Was Facebook's IPO Mishandled?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just days after Facebook’s initial public offering serious allegations are surfacing about whether the IPO was dramatically mishandled by Morgan Stanley. Henry Blodget, the CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider explains how what was supposed to be Morgan Stanley’s crowning achievement is beginning to look like a major misjudgment.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: No Surprise Best and Brightest Don't Wind Up in DC

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

If Washington could attract the same talent as Silicon Valley, maybe Congress wouldn't have the lowest approval ratings in history.

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The Takeaway

In Light of Loss, Is Facebook an Unwise Investment?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

To many Facebook shareholders, yesterday was likely another dispiriting day. Shares only dropped further below its $38 IPO price, leaving many to wonder about its early valuation and the tact of Morgan Stanley's aggressive push, and many others wondering if they made an unwise investment. CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider Henry Blodget was on The Takeaway before Facebook's NASDAQ debut, and he returns to assess his speculations, and what this means for the company and its investors.

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The Takeaway

Facebook Gets Off to a Poor Start as a Public Company

Monday, May 21, 2012

After a shaky debut, Facebook is getting off to a bad start on its first week of trading as a publicly held company. Facebook's stock is sinking nearly seven percent, falling below the $38 IPO price, in the social network's second day of trading as a public company Monday. Joining us is reporter for our partner the New York Times Michael de la Merced.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing Facebook's NASDAQ Debut

Friday, May 18, 2012

Facebook will make its much-anticipated debut today on NASDAQ as a public company. As of last night, Facebook's offer had risen to $38 a share, putting the total value of the company at $104 billion. But for investors who got burned in the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, all of the hype and hysteria over Facebook is a little too familiar.

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WNYC News

At $112B, Facebook Is Worth More Than McDonalds

Friday, May 18, 2012

After all the hype, Facebook's first day as a public company ended where it began. Its stock closed at $38.23, up 23 cents, after pricing Thursday night at $38 per share.

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The Takeaway

Facebook vs. Google: The Ad Model Cage Match

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How much are Facebook ads — and by extension, Facebook itself — really worth? To find out, The Takeaway speaks with Ralph Folz, CEO of Wordstream, a Boston-based software company in the search marketing space, and pitting Facebook's ad model in a cage match against the raining heavy-weight advertising champion, Google.

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Money Talking

The Truth Behind What JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon Said, Facebook Goes Public

Thursday, May 17, 2012

JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon called concerns about a massive trading bet a “tempest in a teapot” last month.

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