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  • Feb 2, 2012
    11:24 AM ET

    How IPO Cash May Rewrite Facebook

    As Facebook prepares for one of the biggest IPOs of all time, analysts say the company’s biggest problem is an enviable one: What do with all that extra cash?

    The social networking giant filed for an initial public offering Wednesday, and hopes to raise as much as $10 billion when it begins selling shares this spring. But as Facebook’s expansion continues, some say Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will likely use the new money to invest moreheavily in technicians and infrastructure to safeguard against the kind of hacking scandals that hit companies like Sony. “Facebook is one of the most targeted social media sites, which means it will be difficult for them to ever eliminate the problem,” says Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos, an online security consultancy.

  • Nov 17, 2011
    10:30 AM ET

    For Angie’s List and Yelp, IPOs May Bring Conflict

    Online review sites like Angie’s List and Yelp are built on the idea that for shoppers, customer experiences are more telling than company sales pitches. But will these populist online communities maintain that same credibility as publicly-traded corporations?

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    Users of Angie’s List, which has its initial public offering today, and Yelp, which is expected to follow in coming weeks, flock to the sites precisely because “they don’t trust what businesses have to say about themselves,” says Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist. Both sites make money by selling ads, although Angie’s List also charges a subscription for the opportunity to read and write reviews of local businesses such as plumbers and mechanics. Yelp also has reviews of restaurants, bars and other local shops.

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