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Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

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This week’s $23.4 billion bid for Forest Laboratories by Actavis PLC and Facebook’s $19.5 billion acquisition of WhatsApp pushed announced US target M&A activity to $308.6 billion for year-to-date 2014, an 84% increase compared to a year ago. US targets account for 65% of overall worldwide deal making, the strongest year-to-date percentage over the past 20 years. Morgan Stanley, an advisor to WhatsApp, holds a narrow lead over JP Morgan in the US target M&A rankings so far this year

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Mark Zuckerberg’s wizardry

Jeffrey Goldfarb and Breakingviews columnists discuss Facebook’s $19 bln acquisition of WhatsApp and the magical logic that needs to be used to explain the deal. Use this Breakingviews calculator to see what Facebook needs to do to make the deal stack up.

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Twitter’s valuation – graphic of the day

Twitter revealed fairly modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. Today’s graphic compares key statistics from Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin based on the full year ahead of each company’s IPO.

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Don’t miss these red flags for IPOs

Burned by Zynga and Groupon? Here’s how to avoid losing money on Twitter, King and other upcoming IPOs.

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Teenager’s Facebook posts after Sandy Hook shootings were threatening, court says

An Ohio appellate court has upheld a finding of delinquency against a 15-year-old boy who posted celebratory comments on Facebook after the shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The 12th District Court of Appeals found that the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, did not commit reversible error in adjudicating the juvenile, identified only as “P.T.,” as a delinquent for inducing panic and menacing.

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Web 2.0 mania rebounds – graphic of the day

It’s been a mixed bag for the newest web giants as some have thrived, some have recovered and others have begun to fade. Today’s graphic shows the share price performance of LinkedIn, Yelp, Pandora, Facebook, Groupon & Zynga since IPO.

share price performance

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Requests for Facebook user data – graphic of the day

Facebook reported that governments have sought information on over 38,000 users in the first half of 2013. Today’s graphic shows the countries with the most requests and other tech companies’ compliance with government requests.

user data

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Techquity: Facebook gets a boost, Qualcomm doesn’t

Analyst raises price target on Facebook and cuts rating on Qualcomm. Plus, latest on Apple legal battle with Samsung.

Facebook tops IPO price

Reynolds Holding talks with Breakingviews columnists about the company’s shares finally rising above $38 and how breakthroughs in mobile advertising made that possible.

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Facebook’s mobile focus – graphic of the day [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The social network posted a jump in second quarter revenue, delivering strong evidence it can thrive on mobile advertising:

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