Markets welcomed the deal reached in Congress Both Asian and North American markets registered strong gains on the first day of trading in 2013.
Facebook has posted a 72-percent year-on-year rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by mobile advertising revenue. Apple's figures were less remarkable, but the company has announced some major plans for its shares.
Some German publishers, including Axel Springer, see themselves as David, taking on the giant Google in a battle for supremacy in the digital information and advertising market. In terms of revenue, the analogy fits.
A French court has upheld a jail sentence for high-risk trader Jerome Kerviel. However, it overturned a hefty fine for the ex-Societe Generale employee, who nearly brought the bank to collapse with his trading habits.
Stock markets in Europe have closed the week on a nervous note amid the uncertainty in Ukraine. Germany's DAX staged an afternoon recovery to close in the black, but only after sinking below the 9,000 mark earlier.
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