4 Tech Stock Stories for The Day Before Friday

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Closing price $30.98

Fresh from Wednesday’s unpleasantness, on Thursday Facebook launched gift cards that consumers can use at Target Corporation and a few other businesses, in its latest foray into the retail market. One card can hold multiple gift balances, with each dedicated to a specific retailer. American consumers may purchase the cards for their Facebook friends and choose from four different businesses, according to the firm.

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Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD): Closing price $27.32

Vodafone India wants new 2-gigabyte spectrum auction guidelines taken back, as it thinks that they are “illegal, discriminatory, and benefiting one set of players,” according to The Times of India. More to the point, the operator complained that the guidelines fixed the reserve price of 900 megahertz at three times the price of 800, although the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had recommended placing similar prices for both bands. Further, Vodafone wrote to the Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar, commenting that “Fixing reserve price of 800MHz band at comparatively low levels benefits a certain set of telecom operators.”

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Life Technologies (NASDAQ:LIFE): Closing price $64.69

The firm will provide a complete laboratory solution through which to identify an estimated 20,000 human remains found in various mass graves in Libya, after the uprising of 2011 and also to address missing persons cases from the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi. This identification work is expected to take a number years, and the firm will supply the infrastructure, including the expertise, training, and the forensic instruments and materials to validate the workflow and process DNA samples through its Dubai-based distributor Integrated Gulf Biosystems.

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Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO): Closing price $12.17

On Thursday, Take-Two’s publishing label Rockstar Games said that  that Grand Theft Auto V should launch worldwide for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft Corporation and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system. However, the scheduled date for the release is not until September 17th.

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