4 Tech Stock Stories for the Weekend

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Current price $779.07

The firm’s response to Amazon’s EC2 service, the Google Compute Engine is opening to new users. Technically it is still in preview, but customers who will shell out $400 a month for Google Gold customer support can now obtain access to GCE. To make the price more palatable, Google also reported that it will reduce prices of its instances on average by 4 percent. Those interest may read more on its blog.

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Current price $14.68

The company that was known a short time ago as Research In Motion has slashed 5,000 jobs and closed six of 10 manufacturing sites in the past year, to restore profitability as sales continue to slide. Last week, BlackBerry reported a surprise profit and said it expects to be about break-even this quarter, helped by the cost reductions and demand for the new BlackBerry Z10 phone.

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Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA): Current price $3.53

The social game developer announced Friday that John Doerr, who is general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has joined Zinga’s board of directors. Doerr joined KPCB in 1980, and has since supported some of the world’s most successful firms, such as Google, Amazon.com and Intuit. His favorite thing is helping entrepreneurs to create the “next big thing.”

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $27.27

Mark Zuckerberg said that his company has developed new software to highlight the social network on mobile devices run by Google’s Android operating system, commenting, “You’re going to be able to turn your Android phone into a great social phone,” according to The New York Times. The new interface, Facebook Home, heavily emphasizes photos, quite similarly to the recent modifications made to Facebook’s news feed feature on the Web. Present users of Android phones will be permitted to download the new software via the Play Store, which is Google’s application marketplace, from April 12. AT&T will be the first domestic carrier to offer it, also on April 12.

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