4 Tech Stock Stories Not To Be Overlooked on Thursday

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Current price $767.03

Provo, Utah Mayor John Curtis has reported that Google will make his location its third Google Fiber City, according to the firm’s blog. As it now stands, Utah is home to hundreds of tech firms and startups, among which many are based in Provo, which ranks second in the United States in patent growth, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and do business as well. Google believes that the future of the Internet will be constructed on gigabit speeds, and is certain that “the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they’d build with a gig.”

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Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU): Current price $48.60

On Wednesday, Samsung and Sohu announced that they will establish a three-year exclusive collaboration on mobile video application in China, which might cover 150 million high-end users. Sohu Video will supply pre-installed mobile video application in all Samsung mobile devices sold in that country. Samsung sold 37 million phones in the domestic mobile phone market in 2012, ranking number one with over 30 percent share, according to the American research firm IDC. Also, industry insiders say that the arrangement with Samsung will help Sohu Video to rival Youku and Tudou in the high-end user market.

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Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN): Current price $20.26

Nuance has announced its strategic collaboration with AutoNavi, a supplier of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, in order to bring more intuitive voice-enabled navigation capabilities to the Chinese market. The two firms will work jointly on the voice-enabled navigation product AutoNavi Map, to be made available in the second quarter to the world’s automotive and navigation device makers developing navigation offerings which support Chinese languages.

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $25.69

Facebook has begun a small test of its first ads on Graph Search, but they are not targeted to search queries. Rather, they employ standard Facebook targeting and retargeting, resemble its sidebar ads, and are at the bottom of the page, assuming there is more than one page of results. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg hinted that ads would come to Graph Search when he answered a question by Josh Constine at techcrunch.com in regards to monetization at the intro event for the new internal search engine for people, places, and interests. He replied “You build a good business by building something people want,” but acknowledged that Facebook’s old search typeahead ads “extend quite nicely to this.” Further, Zuckerberg stressed that user experience comes first at Facebook, but conceded that search ads “could potentially be a business over time.”

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