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  • Alibaba Erases Gains, Hit by Growth Concerns Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 2:01 AM ET
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    Shares in China's top e-commerce firm, Alibaba.com, erased early gains to fall 2 percent on Wednesday as concern over its premium customer growth and the impact of a slowing globaleconomy offset enthusiasm over its forecast-beating quarterly results.

  • Kobe's Marketing Mojo Returns Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 4:06 PM ET
    Kobe Bryant

    When Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault almost five years ago, the pitchman in Bryant fell off the face of the earth. Coke, which was using him for Sprite, shelved his ads and replaced him with Lebron James when his contract expired. McDonald's didn't renew him, neither did Nutella and Spalding.

  • Wachovia Championship

    With Tiger Woods sitting out, Wachovia was facing the prospect of having a no-name champ win its golf tournament. But the suffering bank gave the average person a reason to care when they announced a national consumer promotion tied to the winner's score in the tournament.

  • E-Commerce Company Alibaba's Earnings Double Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 6:19 AM ET
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    Top Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba.com more than doubled its first-quarter earnings, beating forecasts, on strong demand for online trade and improved profit margins due to successful cost management.

  • $3 Million for 30-Sec Super Bowl Ad in 2009: WSJ Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 5:41 AM ET

    NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric, plans to say next week that the entry price for a 2009 Super Bowl 30-second ad will be $3 million, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday.

  • Yahoo Investors Weighing Possible Bid to Oust Board Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 3:17 AM ET
    Jerry Yang

    Activist investors have been considering whether to mount a proxy fight to oust the Yahoo board because of frustration over the collapsed Microsoft deal, say people familiar with the situation.

  • UPS In Derby Winner's Circle With Big Brown Monday, 5 May 2008 | 2:59 PM ET
    Big Brown

    Sponsoring Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown paid dividends for UPS. The package delivery company garnered $1.4 million worth of exposure from partnering up with the horse that was named after it, according to Joyce Julius & Associates, a sponsorship evaluation firm.

  • Britney's Trash

    Tell me if this isn't the most ingeniously parasitical way to make a living: There are some guys who videotape themselves going around Hollywood digging through celebrity trash, and then they turn that trash into treasure on eBay.

  • Chantix Ad

    While thumbing through “Parade” magazine yesterday, the fluffy publication that you find tucked inside some Sunday newspapers, I noticed an ad for Pfizer’s stop-smoking drug Chantix. It caught my eye because the company had stopped doing what’s called “branded” advertising for the pill earlier this year because of new safety concerns...

  • Yahoo Under the Gun After Microsoft Deal Collapses Monday, 5 May 2008 | 10:43 AM ET
    Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang smiles as he watches the Stanford basketball game against Washington State, Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Stanford, Calif. Yahoo! celebrated their 10th anniversary this week. David Filo and Yang founded Yahoo! as doctoral students at Stanford. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Yahoo's shares tumbled after Microsoft withdrew its $47.5 billion takeover offer, wiping out about $7.6 billion in market value and piling pressure on its leadership, especially CEO Jerry Wang.

  • Yahoo Shares Tumble After Microsoft Walks Away Monday, 5 May 2008 | 8:48 AM ET

    Shares of Yahoo fell 22 percent in premarket trading as hopes for the once dominant search engine dimmed on the withdrawal of a $43.7 billion bid from Microsoft over the weekend.

  • Big Brown Has Big Insurance Policy Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 7:52 PM ET

    Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown was purchased in 2007 by Paul Pompa Jr. in April 2007 for $190,000. Later in the year, Pompa sold 75 percent of the horse to Michael Iavarone and Richard Schiavo of International Equine Acquisitions Holdings for $2.5 million.

  • As Deal Unravels, Pressure Is on Yahoo to Perform Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 6:13 PM ET
    Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    Now that Microsoft has withdrawn it's bid, the pressure is on Yahoo to prove it can revive its languishing stock price.

  • Ballmer's Competitive Zeal Was Key to Yahoo Chase Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 3:59 PM ET
    Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

    For now, it seems Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has kept his passionate side in check in choosing to walk away from ahostile Yahoo offer.

  • Microsoft Ends Courtship Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 9:13 AM ET

    A flurry of last-minute talks between the heads of the  companies preceded Microsoft's decision  to end its bid for Yahoo.

  • Timeline of a Busted Deal Saturday, 3 May 2008 | 11:41 PM ET

    A chronology of events leading to Microsoft's  decision to abandon its offer for Web search and advertising competitor Yahoo:

  • Microsoft Withdraws Offer to Acquire Yahoo Saturday, 3 May 2008 | 11:40 PM ET

    "We continue to believe that our proposed acquisition made sense for Microsoft, Yahoo! and the market as a whole," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

  • Ballmer's 'Goodbye' Letter to Yahoo's Yang Saturday, 3 May 2008 | 9:07 PM ET

    The following is the letter sent by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang

  • Microsoft Raises Yahoo Bid As Merger Talks Heat Up Friday, 2 May 2008 | 6:30 PM ET

    Microsoft, hoping to salvage a takeover of Yahoo, has reluctantly agreed to boost its offer to about $33 a share in cash and stock from $31, though Yahoo is holding out for $37, sources have told CNBC.

  • sharapova_face.jpg

    So I click over to Maria Sharapova's web site today and find this as the top story. "I want all my fans to know that the WTA Tour is forcing me and several of the other top players to do a 4 hour commercial shoot for WTA Tour marketing materials...