Facebook makes its blockbuster market debut today, and as The New York Times points out, "the trading on Friday is the the equivalent of a must-see Super Bowl Sunday showdown for people who don’t ordinarily watch a football game." The social network's stocks have been priced at $38 a pop, which means the company is valued at $104 billion, making it the second biggest initial public offering ever. If the company's first day on Wall Street follows the tech trend, it could be worth $137 billion by the end of the day.
The next big, and potentially difficult step for the company will be proving it's worth the investment. The site already accounts for 9 percent of all web traffic in the United States, but it's going to need to grab more revenue as time goes on, which means more ads, more Farmville-esque spending opportunities, or breaking off into new territory like smartphones and data analytics.
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A big debate is happening down in Texas over the cost of a college degree from state universities. While educators want to raise tuition to over $10,000 in order to make sure they can keep providing quality services and attracting top-tier talent, many others want to keep costs low to "make sure we are giving students the best bang for their buck."
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Happy Friday! Here is a list of the best stuff ever, courtesy of Buzzfeed.