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A customer tries the Siri voice assistant function on an Apple Inc.

The search giant's voice-activated search service, Google Now, is now just as good as Apple's Siri, according to test results released Tuesday.

Is this currency the 'best on the planet?' Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 10:26 PM ET

China’s yuan hit a fresh record high on Tuesday and unprecedented demand has made it stand out as one of the world’s most attractive currencies.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Unless you have a spare million, these cars won't end up in your garage. But we can all dream, so here’s a list of ridiculously expensive supercars.

Googlebus protest according to "Tigerbeat" Instagram user.

Protesters blocked a private Google shuttle in San Francisco on Monday, according to a report by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Office party: Career builder or career killer? Tue, 10 Dec '13 | 7:00 AM ET

Ah, the office holiday party. A chance to make or destroy your career. Here are some tips from career coach Marie McIntyre.

ANC members put up posters at FNB Stadium in preparation for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Dec 9, 2013.

At Nelson Mandela's memorial, leaders of most of the world have gathered, presenting the biggest security event in recent memory. NBC News reports.

Buying a Tesla with bitcoin? Not so fast Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 12:56 PM ET
Tesla Model S cars are displayed at a Tesla showroom in Palo Alto, Calif.

Did a luxury sports car dealership in California actually accept bitcoins in a Tesla Model S sale?

Wal-Mart has agreed to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving plastic gas cans.

This 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spyder sold for $27.5 million in August.

U.S. auction sales of collectible cars are set to reach an all-time high in 2013. Plus, why a car sold for $100 million is within reach.

How bad weather's squeezing your orange juice Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 2:44 PM ET
Frozen tangerines are shown with misters running to avoid as much damage as possible during a cold snap in the San Joaquin Valley, Dec. 6, 2013, in Orange Cove, Calif.

Damage in the San Joaquin Valley from a cold snap is estimated at $23 million and growing.

No cuddling, please. We're Wisconsinites Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 5:13 PM ET
The Snuggle House website

A business in Madison, Wis., offering "therapeutic cuddling" for $60 an hour—the Snuggle House—has closed after its owner took too much "grief."

The advice I received from Nelson Mandela: CEO Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 10:03 AM ET
Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein with President Nelson Mandela, at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2009.

Getty CEO Jonathan Klein speaks about what it was like growing up white in South Africa and the advice he received from Nelson Mandela when they met.

Brazil fan violence raises World Cup worries Mon, 9 Dec '13 | 3:36 PM ET
Fans of Rio de Janeiro's Vasco da Gama attack a fan of Parana's Atletico PR, during a Brazilian Championship football match in Joinville, Santa Catarina, on December 8, 2013.

Officials said shocking violence at a Brazilian match is not an indication of what to expect when the country hosts the World Cup.

Middle class getting priced out of ski trips Sun, 8 Dec '13 | 1:00 PM ET
Skiing powder on Aspen Mountain.

The majority of the skiers and snowboarders on the slopes now came from households earning more than $100,000, according to travel industry research.

US report card: $115,000 for a C minus? Sat, 7 Dec '13 | 7:00 AM ET

International results show that American students are mediocre, a pretty disappointing performance given the amount of money spent on educating them.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks for the second time in a row, after months of falling prices.

Nelson Mandela: A man and a country Thu, 5 Dec '13 | 4:05 PM ET
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela not only overcame personal suffering, racism and oppression, he triumphed over them to become a titan of the 20th century. Click ahead to see images from his life.

10 can't miss 'made in USA' holiday gifts Sat, 7 Dec '13 | 11:00 AM ET

With the holiday-shopping countdown on, see a list of 10 cool gift ideas—from men's suit jackets to hand-forged copper bowls. And all American-made.

Caracas, Venezuela.

The Venezuelan capital of Caracas has overtaken Tokyo to become the most expensive city for expatriates, according to a new ranking.

U.S. equities face an ironic headwind that will lead them to underperform global peers, according to Credit Suisse: signs of an economic recovery.

Bars in stores—the latest retail gimmick Fri, 6 Dec '13 | 6:00 AM ET

Clothing retailers are adding more in-store bars, encouraging shoppers to mix Happy Hour and holiday errands.

Meggan Bailey of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" says bad paperwork is one of many mistakes people can make after purchasing a car.

The 2013 rose-gold gift card

The offering marked the second year the coffee chain has partnered with daily deal site Gilt.com to sell the cards.

The 2013 rose-gold gift card

Starbucks is back with its exclusive gift cards. But the company is only making 1,000 of the sought-after gift, and they'll like fly off the shelves.

Lululemon said it is implausible to believe it intended to sell hundreds of thousands of nearly sheer yoga pants and hope consumers wouldn't notice.

NBA rookie phenom plays tight D with his money Thu, 5 Dec '13 | 10:59 AM ET
Millionaire on the court: Philadelphia 76er phenom Michael Carter-Williams

Young pro athletes often burn through big money contracts, but Philadelphia 76ers phenom Michael Carter-Williams is going to an extreme to protect himself.

McDonald's has committed yet another employee advice blunder, listing on its worker resource website pricey suggestions for holiday tipping.

A group of young women at the bar on board the luxury liner SS Manhattan, off New York, 5th December 1933.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The Twenty-First Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933.

The “Kobe 9” basketball shoe, from Nike.

Kobe Bryant debuted his latest pair of basketball shoes this week—the only question now is when he'll take the court in them.

The former Packard Plant in Detroit.

While the Motor City's bankruptcy may be an extreme remedy, the city's fiscal ailments are widely felt in cities and states across the country.