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  • 8 for '08: My TV Predictions Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    I hope you had a chance to read my 8 for '08 blog predictions. Here now is what I've done for the TV side of CNBC, in using the ole 'crystal ball. A couple of them you'll find similar, but there are plenty that are different. Enjoy!

  • Sex, Drugs, Rock N' Roll: The Perfect Business Model? Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:28 AM ET

    It sounds a little like an angry bee. The tattoo needle doing it's job. The job it's doing right now is on a young women's butt, "freshening up" a couple of cherries. Nice work. And so are the tattoos. The name of the place is Vince Neil Ink, and for rock and roll aficionados, it is "that" Vince Neil, lead singer for 80's rock mega band, Motley Crue.

  • Apple's iPod Touch: The Real "Teardown" Story Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:06 AM ET
    iPod Touch

    I love "teardown" stories. Not the kind that builds a story subject up, then tears it down, but the lab guys who rip apart new devices, study component serial numbers and tell me what's in the guts of the product. Today's version comes courtesy of the wizards at iSuppli, and the center of attention is Apple's iPod Touch.

  • Palm Earnings: Thumbs Down Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 5:35 PM ET

    Palm released its second-quarter earnings and the news looks to be as dire as investors had feared. ... The disappointing news is somewhat surprising since it was just a couple of weeks ago that Palm revised its own guidance lower. It would appear these numbers today miss even Palm's own internal guidance.

  • Fed Meeting: Why This "Insider" Left A Little Hungry Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:49 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    I realize this was a momentous occasion, being allowed to sit in on a meeting of the Federal Reserve board of governors and watch as they considered a proposal critical to the future of the mortgage market. I guess I just expected more. The room is austere, the governors impressive, the staff remarkable, but the meeting was unremarkable.

  • Ellison Sells, But Should Oracle Investors Buy? Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Oracle Corp. will release its second quarter earnings on Wednesday and there's a healthy amount of optimism swirling around these shares. But the stock really hasn't reacted much leading some analysts to wonder whether the company is poised for some kind of break-out, even though CEO Larry Ellison's massive selling streak, started in September, continues.

  • Naspers Buys UK's Tradus for $1.9 Billion, Shares Dip Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 4:42 AM ET

    Africa's largest media firm, Naspers, said on Tuesday it would buy UK Internet auction firm Tradus for 946 million pounds ($1.90 billion) to extend its reach into central and eastern Europe.

  • Look at Palm's stock and it's almost as if investors are ready to wash their hands of the downtrodden handset maker. Talk about a fall from grace: this is the company that virtually invented the smart wireless device, and today, courtesy of siliconalleyinsider, a shocking realization that the company's stock is worth less than its balance sheet.

  • Google Takes On Wikipedia with Online Encyclopedia Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | 12:52 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google is working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as experts and possibly profit from their knowledge.

  • Paris goes green!

    First, you know the green movement has "jumped the shark" when Paris Hilton wants to reduce her carbon footprint. While in Germany, she told the Associated Press, "I changed all the light bulbs to energy safe light bulbs (energy safe???), and I'm buying a hybrid car right now."

  • Elfed Yourself? Come On, Give It Whirl, Go To The Max Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

    If you haven't Elfed yourself, or haven't gotten an email from a friend or relative who has Elfed themselves, you probably haven't logged on to your email recently. For the un-initiated, "Elf Yourself" is an online service from the office supply super-store OfficeMax, and the service is off to the races once again, following its successful roll-out last year.

  • Google's Zeitgeist: The Hottest Cultural List Around Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 3:07 AM ET

    Talk to Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and the company's first female engineer and she'll tell you "Zeitgeist," by definition, is "the spirit of the times. And it really tries to capture the moral, ethical and the popular cultures of the day."

  • Former Yahoo CEO Koogle's Casa de Mexico: Que Bonita! Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:26 PM ET

    We last saw Tim Koogle, in a very public way, on his way out the door as Yahoo's CEO, just as the company was suffering some internal strife and a kind of internal innovation slowdown. The company was mulling layoffs, had issued a Wall Street warning and Koogle tells me he had reached the decision, on his own, to leave the company he had helped build from scratch.

  • Realty Check with Diana Olick Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 3:53 PM ET

    In the spirit of Outlook '08, here are my predictions for 2008. We'll see how I did come this time next year. My personal favorite is number 7!!

  • Funny Business with Jane Wells Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:55 PM ET

    Fake Jane is very excited about 2008! She hopes to afford major reconstructive surgery which will turn back the hands of time. Or maybe she can at least afford better skincare products. Maybe she'll even go on a date! She's very optimistic that, even if she doesn't meet Mr. Right, she'll meet Mr. Desperate. Yes!

  • Mike on America with Mike Hegedus Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:12 PM ET

    The assignment is to come up with some predictions for 2008. A prediction according to Webster's is "to say in advance. To Foretell." You know, like a fortune teller. Here's what I can tell you about your fortune. You won't have it long if you rely on predictions. That said, here are a few guesses as to what might happen next year.

  • Sites To Register By: Wish I Had Known Sooner Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:29 AM ET

    Registries are weird--you tell people what you'd like and then they buy it for you. But what about the surprise and excitement of opening a totally unexpected gift? Well that also comes with the hassle of returns or the reality of stacking up a pile of itchy sweaters you'll never wear again.

  • My Garage Door And The "New" NFL Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 8:46 AM ET

    I wonder if I'll be able to get into my garage when I get back from this trip to Michigan and Ohio? Sure I will. After all it is 2007 right? How long can it take to get a garage door part? "They say it's going to take two weeks." It's my lovely wife on the phone. " I asked them why and the woman didn't know. They say the part has to come from Ohio."

  • Hollywood Strike Bringing Technology Spike? Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:53 PM ET
    Dell Laptops

    With Apple Inc. touching a new, all-time high today on its way to $200 a share, and Hewlett-Packard raising estimates for 2008, there's word that troubles in Hollywood could mean big-time opportunity in Silicon Valley.

  • Google: Cracking Code For A Storage Money Maker? Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 1:08 PM ET

    I was talking to one of our assistant managing editors today and asked him a question: how much is Oprah worth? His response? "I don't keep that data top of mind; I'll have to Google it." A few clicks of the keys and there it was. It's almost as if we've off-loaded a bunch of material we used to keep in our heads, and now we store it on the web, using Google as a way to keep all that data handy.