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  • Why didn't I think of this? LavCup urinal shelf Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 12:02 PM ET
    LavCup drink holders for restrooms.

    LavCup is an antimicrobial shelf for toilet stalls and urinals where people can set their drinks while they get down to business. Its tagline: "Because you can't hold it."

  • Ignorance of Obamacare threatens plan's success Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 11:56 AM ET

    Continued widespread public ignorance about Obamacare insurance exchanges could hamper enrollment in those exchanges and ultimately jack up premium prices.

  • Cereal killers: Americans' new breakfast habits Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 10:05 AM ET
    Greek yogurt for breakfast!

    Cold cereal is still the top choice for breakfast in America. However, cereal consumption volume has droped 7 percent in the past four years, an analyst says.

  • El-Erian: No 1990s-style emerging market collapse Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 10:05 AM ET

    Emerging markets are in a better position than they were in the 1990s, even with the recent plunge in places like India and Indonesia, Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian said on Friday.

  • The hidden reason why the Fed will taper: Pro Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 9:42 AM ET
    South American tapir

    The Fed is in a bind, according to this pro. And tapering is their way out.

  • Wall Street asks: Why can't Nasdaq get it right? Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 6:49 AM ET

    After the Nasdaq exchange shut down trading for an unprecedented three hours today, many voices on Wall Street were wondering: Why can't Nasdaq get its act together?

  • What to call the Nasdaq halt? We asked on Twitter Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 4:57 PM ET

    As the Nasdaq tries to figure out why it couldn't process trades for hours on Thursday, investors outside the exchange are trying to figure out what to name the event.

  • CNBC unleashes 'Decabox' for 'Flash Freeze' Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 3:42 PM ET
    CNBC's "Decabox" - 10 people on screen at once.

    The Nasdaq halted trading in all securities due to a problem affecting quotes. CNBC whipped out the glorious 'decabox,' featuring 10 different people on 10 different cameras.

  • Teaching a computer to recognize Miley Cyrus Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 12:21 PM ET

    Computer deep learning will change the way we live: Imagine artificial intelligence that recognizes celebrities, a smartphone with an IQ hundreds of times today's expectations.

  • Three things that could slow down Tesla Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 11:34 AM ET
    Tesla employee works on a Tesla Model S sedan

    As Tesla plans to boost production by another 35 percent next year, several issues could arise to challenge electric carmaker Elon Musk.

  • Cost of Western blazes spreads like wildfire Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    A house is fully engulfed with flames in the midst of the Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo.

    With wildlands in 10 Western states burning over more than 750,000 acres, this is shaping up to be another costly fire season.

  • This is giving US pension funds a chance to reform Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 11:01 AM ET

    Many U.S. public pension funds are benefiting from bigger returns that are giving them breathing space to try to implement reforms and fix gaping deficits.

  • Why Bernanke's absence from Jackson Hole matters Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 10:59 AM ET
    The Tetons are the backdrop to the Federal Reserve's annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Not only is the chairman's absence a break with a 25-year tradition, but it comes at a time when markets crave clarity on the direction of monetary policy.

  • Oops: State treasurer owes $500,000 in taxes Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 10:08 AM ET
    Boston

    Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman has been getting the state's finances in order—his own are another matter. Grossman may owe more than $500,000 in back taxes.

  • The greatest back-to-school welcome of all time Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 9:41 AM ET
    Georgia Tech student Nicholas Selby's epic convocation speech.

    As college students embark on the debt-laden, life-changing experience of a new year, few will be as inspired to change the world as the incoming class at George Tech.

  • US household income is now this bad Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 6:24 AM ET

    The average American household is earning less than when the Great Recession ended four years ago, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • How many 'busted' trades? They don't know! Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 1:51 PM ET

    The exchanges have no idea how frequently that clearly erroneous trades occur.

  • US getting tough on Egypt's army? Don't bet on it Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 12:00 PM ET
    Egyptian army soldiers block Salah Salem highway to prevent supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi from crossing during their demonstration in Cairo.

    The United States is unlikely to make significant cuts in assistance to Egypt, despite calls from Congress to do so and a Cabinet-level meeting this week.

  • Bulletproof school gear: What safety experts say Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 10:20 AM ET
    Chief Operating Officer for Amendment II, Rich Brand, shoots a child's backpack with their Rynohide CNT Shield in it on December 21, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. NBC reports.

  • The myth of the modern welfare queen Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 6:07 AM ET
    Nicole Oman works in the property management office of the YWCA Family Village in Issaquah, Wash., where she also lives.

    Here's one thing both critics and supporters of the modern welfare system agree on: The direct assistance program as we knew it in the 1980s and 1990s is dead and gone.