Facebook IPO: Social network makes its move

roundup Silicon Valley and Wall Street had been watching since forever, it seems, for Facebook to go public. Now the IPO filing is finally upon us, and we're learning a lot about the social network.

A Lego model of the Facebook logo sits on the desk of a programmer inside the company's office in Palo Alto, Calif., in June 2009.
A Lego model of the Facebook logo sits on the desk of a programmer inside the company's office in Palo Alto, Calif., in June 2009. James Martin/CNET

Silicon Valley and Wall Street had been watching since forever, it seems, for Facebook to go public. Now the IPO filing is finally upon us, and we're learning a lot about the social network.

Forget $100B! Facebook could soon be worth $200B

The financials don't yet justify the lofty valuation people are talking about--but Facebook could earn a place among the ranks of public companies the size of Google and IBM.
(Posted in Digital Media by Peter Yared)
February 2, 2012 4:38 p.m. PT

Does Facebook deserve its astronomical valuation?

Pundits square off over whether the social network has the chops to deliver revenue from its massive user base to support its valuation.
(Posted in Digital Media by Steven Musil)
February 2, 2012 5:00 p.m. PT

Startup opportunities abound in wake of Facebook IPO

Clearly Facebook is a dominant player in social media, but start-ups targeting niche audiences and mobile device access still have a chance to stand out.
(Posted in Signal Strength by Marguerite Reardon)
February 2, 2012 1:58 p.m. PT

Facebook's IPO filing: Top 10 surprises

There was a flood of facts, figures, and other details that came out of Facebook's IPO filing. Here's what you should focus on.
• Hitwise: 1 in 5 U.S. pageviews belong to Facebook
(Posted in Digital Media by Roger Cheng)
February 2, 2012 10:25 a.m. PT

Let's be honest, Facebook is a badly overpriced photo-sharing and gaming site

TechRepublic Facebook is about to launch one of the biggest tech IPOs ever. Don't be fooled. Read 10 reasons why Facebook's future is highly uncertain.
(Posted in Tech Sanity Check by Jason Hiner)
February 2, 2012 1:32 a.m. PT

In Facebook IPO, color this graffiti artist richly rewarded

David Choe, who took shares instead of a few thousand dollars to adorn Facebook's walls in 2005, stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars from Facebook's IPO.
(Posted in Technically Incorrect by Chris Matyszczyk)
February 2, 2012 8:04 a.m. PT

Zuckerberg's challenge: Sticking with 'Hacker Way'

As Facebook's revenue--and employee base--doubles and triples, it will be increasingly hard to just iterate and maintain the "Hacker Way."
(Posted in Digital Media by Larry Dignan)
February 2, 2012 7:50 a.m. PT

The IPO: What Wall Street still wants to know

Facebook showed off some impressive financial and usage figures. But some on Wall Street are left wondering how the company plans to make money off its extraordinary large user base.
(Posted in Digital Media by Roger Cheng)
February 2, 2012 7:25 a.m. PT

Facebook's biggest winners look to rich payday

Here are some of the individuals and firms that stand to make the most from Facebook's IPO, from Accel to, of course, Zuckerberg.
• In Facebook IPO, color this graffiti artist richly rewarded
• Zynga shares soar on Facebook IPO
(Posted in Digital Media by Roger Cheng)
February 2, 2012 5:57 a.m. PT

Facebook's days of hypergrowth may be over

There's not much left for Facebook to conquer from the perspective of user engagement. But as a business, Facebook still has bright days ahead.
(Posted in Rafe's Radar by Rafe Needleman)
February 2, 2012 4:00 a.m. PT

Does Facebook have a mobile problem?

The social network sees big opportunity in getting its service on millions of mobile devices, but it also sees big risks.
(Posted in Signal Strength by Marguerite Reardon)
February 2, 2012 4:00 a.m. PT

Facebook's plea to Zuckerberg: Be gentle, be wise

Post-IPO, Mark Zuckerberg's control over Facebook and its board of directors will border on the absolute. It's good indeed to be the king.
(Posted in Digital Media by Charles Cooper)
February 2, 2012 2:36 a.m. PT

Why Facebook's IPO shouldn't excite you

commentary Before you jump in thinking you finally have a way to make real money from FarmVille and Words With Friends, you had better know your history.
(Posted in CBS MoneyWatch by Larry Swedroe)
February 1, 2012 6:49 p.m. PT

The IPO by the numbers: You like?

Now we know all--OK, many--of the financial details Zuck wanted to keep secret. Check out the highlights and take our poll.
(Posted in Digital Media by David Hamilton)
February 1, 2012 5:26 p.m. PT

Facebook: Mobile could be our worst enemy

Company discloses that its mobile app use is growing but that its mobile app is for the birds.
(Posted in Digital Media by Charles Cooper)
February 1, 2012 5:00 p.m. PT

Facebook faces many threats, but none more than Google

But Google isn't the only risk listed in Facebook's filing. The company cites an unhealthy dependence on Zynga, hackers, and foreign countries as potential risks.
(Posted in Digital Media by Paul Sloan)
February 1, 2012 4:21 p.m. PT

Facebook's IPO filing tracks growth, features (charts)

Facebook's IPO filing is chock-full of data, including numerous charts depicting user growth by region. CNET has pulled together some of the key data points from the massive document.
(Posted in Digital Media by Josh Lowensohn)
February 1, 2012 2:33 p.m. PT

Facebook's IPO: More Yahoo than Google?

commentary Facebook's IPO may be the biggest investment news that high tech has seen, but it's looking like a second tier company.
(Posted in CBS MoneyWatch by Erik Sherman)
February 1, 2012 2:33 p.m. PT

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook has a 'social mission'

Buried in Facebook's IPO filing is an investor letter from Zuck that outlines the company's goals and culture. Read it for yourself.
(Posted in Digital Media by CNET staff)
February 1, 2012 2:31 p.m. PT

Facebook's IPO: Do not buy

Buried in Facebook's IPO filing is an investor letter from Zuck that outlines the company's goals and culture. Read it for yourself.
(Posted in Molly Rants by Molly Wood)
February 1, 2012 2:29 p.m. PT

Facebook's operations: A look at the IT risks

ZDNet Security, scaling, tweaking software and uptime keep Facebook's technology wonks up at night.
(Posted in Between the Lines by Larry Dignan)
February 1, 2012 2:29 p.m. PT

Facebook files to go public, plans to raise $5B

At long last, the social networking juggernaut files for its IPO, opening up its once closely held financial and strategic details for public scrutiny.
(Posted in Digital Media by Roger Cheng)
February 1, 2012 1:55 p.m. PT Registration Statement on Form S1

The impact of Facebook's IPO on enterprise computing

TechRepublic Facebook's IPO just underscores the growing importance of social media within the enterprise.
(Posted in IT Leadership by Patrick Gray)
February 1, 2012, 9:40 a.m. PT

Look who Facebook snubbed in leading its IPO

CBSNews.com Facebook has one word for Goldman Sachs: Nyah! The social-networking service looks set to stiff the "vampire squid" in selecting an underwriter to lead its mega-IPO.
(Posted in CBS MoneyWatch by Alain Sherter)
February 1, 2012, 7:15 a.m. PT

Is Zuckerberg-Page the new Jobs-Gates?

ZDNet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Larry Page will have their duels throughout the years. Those duels are likely to pick up once Facebook raises truckloads of cash.
(Posted in Between the Lines by Larry Dignan)
February 1, 2012, 3:02 a.m. PT

Facebook IPO may be downsized to $5 billion

New sources revise the offering amount from $10 billion down to $5 billion. That would still put Facebook at the top of the stats box on money raised in tech IPOs.
(Posted in Rafe's Radar by Rafe Needleman)
January 31, 2012 2:34 p.m. PT

What will Facebook's IPO filing reveal?

When a company files to go public, it has to lay out its finances, strategy, and other juicy details. Here's what to expect from Facebook.
(Posted in Digital Media by Roger Cheng)
January 31, 2012 11:07 a.m. PT

Facebook prepares for life in public

CBSNews.com Can Facebook can avoid the pitfalls of power and greed, and adhere to its 10 core principles for the online civilization it is creating?
(Posted in TechTalk by Dan Farber)
January 31, 2012 10:28 a.m. PT

Why now? Three reasons Facebook has to go public

Founder Mark Zuckerberg can't hold off going public any longer--and that should be great for the company.
(Posted in Digital Media by Paul Sloan)
January 31, 2012 7:07 a.m. PT

Three killer reasons Facebook's IPO could be worth $100 billion

Is that big social network really worth a potential $100 billion? It certainly has achieved success in three key areas on a scale no other company ever has.
(Posted in Rafe's Radar by Rafe Needleman)
January 30, 2012 11:08 a.m. PT

Facebook IPO announcement on tap?

The social network's initial public offering could be the biggest ever for an Internet company. And when Facebook starts selling shares to the public, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is likely to be worth $24 billion.
(Posted in CBS This Morning by John Blackstone )
January 30, 2012 6:01 a.m. PT

Facebook could file IPO next week, aims for $100B valuation

The WSJ reports that Facebook could file next Wednesday to raise as much as $100B, and that Morgan Stanley may be its lead underwriter.
(Posted in Digital Media by Paul Sloan)
January 27, 2012 10:49 a.m. PT

previous coverage

At Facebook, scripted earnings calls presage IPO

Now expected to go public in the second quarter of 2012 on a $100 billion valuation, the massive social network is working hard to get itself in shape.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
December 22, 2011 5:38 a.m. PT

OopsVille. Was Zynga's IPO a mistake?

After two days on the market, the social gaming giant has seen its stock fall around 10 percent. And some analysts expect that there's quite a bit of floor below today's closing.
(Posted in Geek Gestalt by Daniel Terdiman)
December 19, 2011 1:02 p.m. PT
 

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