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Outlook There didn't seem much interest from short-sellers in laying bets against LinkedIn shares yesterday, despite it being the first day after the social network's flotation last week that shorting was allowed. Too little stock is available to borrow and, with all the signs pointing to a second dot.com bubble, placing large wagers on the shares falling is probably a mug's game.

Yandex set for biggest internet float since Google

A Russian search engine is set to embark on what could be the biggest float by an online firm since Google raised $1.67bn (£1bn) back in 2004.

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Stephen Foley: Who is buying LinkedIn – and at what price?

US Outlook: Who is buying LinkedIn shares at $100? At that price, the social networking site is worth $10bn, more than 40 times last year's revenues and an irrelevantly huge multiple of profits. To justify the valuation, investors are obviously looking not to the past, but to the future.

Investors beware: is the new dotcom bubble going to burst?

As ever, Warren Buffett puts it best. "If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy," he says. And in bubble 2.0, just like the first dotcom boom and bust more than a decade ago, the world's most famous investor is staying on the sidelines rather then risk being made the patsy.

Buying frenzy sees LinkedIn stock surge after IPO

LinkedIn, the social networking website for professionals, debuted on the New York Stock Exchange to a frenzy of buy orders yesterday, sending shares to more than double the float price.

David Prosser: Searching for the high-water mark in the second dot.com boom

Outlook LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals that is to make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange today, rather undersold itself when it unveiled plans for the float earlier this month. Pricing was originally set at $32 to $35 a share, valuing the business at $3bn – now, just a few weeks later, LinkedIn has priced the shares at $45, valuing the company at $4.3bn (£2.66bn).

LinkedIn float set to value founder at $600m

Reid Hoffman, the entrepreneur who founded LinkedIn eight years ago, will have a paper worth of more than $600m when the professional networking website floats on the New York Stock Exchange later this month.

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Only a little while ago, networking for most growing businesses meant squeezing a few hours out of an already busy day to attend an indifferent lunch with a few other business people of various kinds in a nearby hotel or restaurant.

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