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LinkedIn rewards all employees with iPad Minis

How does a CEO appropriately express his love for his employees? By giving them all iPad Minis, of course.

LinkedIn employees celebrate the professional social network's recent milestone of 200 million members. LinkedIn

With Valentine's Day just hours away, LinkedIn employees are really feeling the love -- from their CEO.

Chief Executive Jeff Weiner surprised the company's 3,458 full-time employees Wednesday when he revealed at an all-hands meeting that they were all getting iPad Minis.

"Jeff 'Winfrey' Weiner decided to give every [LinkedIn] employee an iPad Mini today as a special reward for our recent results," Mike Grishaver, a product manager who works on the company's marketing solutions team, posted on the business social network.

Employees are getting 32GB iPad Mini models in white or black. Krista Canfield, LinkedIn's senior manager of corporate communications, confirmed the giveaway, which she called a "small gesture of the company's gratitude."

"We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012," she said.

Employee enthusiasm trickled over to Twitter, where some wasted no time in tweeting about their new toys.

LinkedIn, currently an object of affection for investors, last week reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of 35 cents, revenue of $303.6 million, and net income of $11.5 million. The results handily beat expectations and the company's share price has been on a run ever since.

The company closed at $157.21 a share Wednesday, up nearly 27 percent from last Thursday's $124.05 close.

Perhaps the reward was in order -- especially since the Minis will give employees a chance to browse through all that business content LinkedIn wants to funnel through its network.

(Via Business Insider)