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Groupon sets IPO
Daily deals site Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) opened 40% above its IPO price of $20 a share. It has been a wild ride for the Chicago-based company since first filing for an IPO back in June. From concerns about the profitability of Groupon's business model to unorthodox accounting practices, the jump in its share price proves demand for the stock's offering is strong. Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

Starbucks gains on strong sales trends
Despite the tough economy, the coffee company's fourth-quarter profit popped, with an increase of 29% in net income. Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz attributes the strong quarter to a number of things, including value brought by the company's rewards program, mobile initiatives, and operational excellence. Read the full story at Bloomberg.

Is Google the new cable?
Internet giant Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has its hand in everything these days. Google's latest plans may include an expansion of a high-speed Internet development project to provide paid cable television services to customers.

This move puts Google in direct competition with cable and satellite operators such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSK). Google also faces opposition from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), which both offer digital content and devices for viewing that content outside of traditional television sets. Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

That's a wrap
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