In one crucial way, Facebook is still a private company

Even after it goes public, Facebook will still be controlled single-handedly by CEO Mark Zuckerberg through a special class of stock and voting agreements. In other words, while you may own stock in the company, you will have virtually no say in what happens to it.

Analyst expectations up again ahead of Apple earnings call

In a note to investors today, Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu discussed his company’s expectations for Apple’s earnings call Tuesday afternoon, which were up once again from earlier predictions. Wu’s revised estimate joins a chorus of rosy outlooks about the Mac-maker’s performance.

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If Facebook is worried about the plunging valuations of post-IPO tech stocks it isn’t showing it. According to a front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning, the giant social network is eyeing a $10 billion initial offering sometime in the spring at a whopping valuation of $100 billion for the company. Word of Facebook’s valuation aspirations comes even as Groupon;s newly minted shares have plunged 42 percent since the company went public earlier this month. Another formerly high-flying tech company, LinkedIn, was forced into a hurry-up secondary offering earlier this month to keep its shares from plummeting below its IPO price. Social reviews site Yelp has seen its prospective valuation fall before it has even launched its IPO. Facebook will be going public on much more solid footing than the others, however. With revenue expected by reach $4 billion next year and more than 750 million users worldwide it doesn’t need to go public to become a real business.

Did Groupon investors just get stuffed with a turkey?

How’s this for a happy Thanksgiving present? Groupon’s stock price sank Wednesday to the lowest point since its initial public offering earlier this month, closing at $16.96 a share, well below its $20 IPO share price — sparking pre-holiday buzz (and Schadenfreude) in tech and finance circles.

Empire Avenue gets $1.2M to tell you what you’re worth

Proving that virtual currency can be worth a good amount of real-life cash, social stock market Empire Avenue has landed $1.2 million in funding. Empire Avenue serves a unique and somewhat controversial purpose: It’s a stock market that puts a price on people instead of companies.

Finally: Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.

Apple surpassed Exxon Mobil Corporation to become the company with the highest market cap after trading on Wednesday. It’s an achievement that comes as the result of a long, steady climb for Apple, aided in no small part by the iPhone and the iPad.

The tech IPO delays have begun

The recent volatility in the stock market has had strong effects on many publicly traded companies, and private firms aren’t exactly eager to join their ranks. Five of the 12 companies expected to price IPOs this week have decided to postpone their public market debuts.

Is the tech IPO window closed? Not so fast.

The stock market’s ongoing sell-off has many people wondering whether the wave of tech company initial public offerings will soon sputter to a stop. But some financial industry experts say the current market volatility does not necessarily mean that the IPO window is closed.

Public market newcomers getting crushed in sell-off

The tech industry’s public market newcomers LinkedIn, Pandora and Zillow have become some of the hardest hit stocks in the ongoing stock market tumble. Could this halt the ongoing initial public offering wave that has been building in the tech industry for several months?

Tech stocks are getting hammered

Tech stocks are being punished by the downgrade to America’s triple-A credit rating, with leaders like Apple, Google, Cisco and HP taking it on the chin. Debt concerns and fears for the global economy are dragging down stocks, particularly tech shares that have been performing well.