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     Hewlett-Packard was falling 2.7% to $31.60 Thursday following rival IBM's (IBM) poor quarterly results. In its first-quarter results IBM (IBM) posted earnings of $2.54 a share, missing analysts' estimates by 1 cent. The drop in revenue was largely due to a 23% drop in hardware and chip sales, a segment in which IBM (IBM) and HP compete. Must read: Warren Buffett's 10 Favorite Growth Stocks.

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    Samsung Electronics Co (SSNLF) said on Friday it would license its latest chip manufacturing technology to U.S. firm GlobalFoundries, a move that would help it expand production as it vies with bigger rival TSMC for orders from customers like Apple Inc . Samsung, the world's biggest maker of memory chips, wants to grow its foundry chip manufacturing and mobile processing chips business to match rising ...

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    As Zynga (ZNGA) struggles to stay relevant amongst gamers, Wall Street and the tech community itself, it is turning its eyes back from whence it came: the farm. Zynga (ZNGA) announced this morning FarmVille 2: Country Escape, a new mobile game that will allow players to connect both on and off line to play the new game, any way they want, anytime they want.

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    IBM (IBM) has been cutting a clear path toward a higher-margin business through its willingness to walk away from its lower-margin hardware businesses, and further its aggressive entry into the cloud.

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    Google  has had its price target increased to $735 from $725, Credit Suisse (CS) said Thursday. "The most important takeaways from the 1Q14 report was the positive inflection in the CPC decline rate, which was -9% YOY on what were tougher comps coupled with continued strong volume growth," said Credit Suisse (CS) analysts in the report. The firm kept an "outperform" rating.

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     Google has had its price target decreased to $665 from $675, UBS said Thursday. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 10 Favorite Stocks. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months.

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    Updated from 8:25 a.m. ET to include closing share prices. Weibo (WB), often referred to as the Chinese version of Twitter, began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on Thursday, surging over 19% after the company priced its initial public offering at the low end of its expected range.

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    * Full-year profit would fall 5 points at March forex rates. * Q1 operating profit misses analysts' expectations. * Shares down 3.2 percent. By Harro Ten Wolde. German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results.

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    I had an opportunity to speak with Nissan (NASDAQ-SMALL:NSANY) executives at the New York Auto Show and I came away with what I believe are some important updates and nuances on Nissan's (NASDAQ-SMALL:NSANY) electric car plans. As background, I wrote back on March 27 on the subject of the upcoming estimated 135-mile range Nissan Leaf. So what did I find out that I think is new, important and incremental to the Nissan (NASDAQ-SMALL:NSANY) electric car story?

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    * At least four satellites to be launched in 2014. * Terrestrial fibre networks growing slowly. * New services to drive demand. By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura. Africa's demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit.

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    Alisher Usmanov is Russia's richest tycoon for the third year in a row, with wealth of $18.6 billion, after selling his stake in the social media website Facebook (FB), according to the latest report by the U.S. magazine Forbes. Usmanov is a co-owner of Russia's largest iron ore miner, Metalloinvest, and the country's number-two mobile operator, MegaFon.

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    * Q1 profit T$47.9 bln vs T$43.2 bln analyst view. * Revenue rises 11.7 percent to T$148.22 bln. * Shares fall 0.8 pct before release; benchmark up 0.2 pct. By Michael Gold. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSM) reported its 8th straight quarter of profit growth, as the world's largest contract chip maker booked wider profit margins following a boost in demand from mobile device manufacturers.

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    Sony Corp (SNE) has sold over 7 million Playstation 4 video game consoles as of April 6, the company said on Wednesday. In February, the Japanese company said it surpassed its full-year target of 5 million units by the end of March. The console went on sale on Nov. 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America, around the same time that rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One was released.