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  • MTV Gets "Real" As Microsoft Gets Tuned Out Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 3:03 PM ET

    When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.

  • Elton John, The Eagles Respond To Countrywide Crisis Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 3:34 PM ET
    Elton John

    So is my headline true? Not really. But bloggers out there are having a field day with the Countrywide situation, capturing the mortgage mayhem in ways more creative than any no-doc, no money down, 120% Alt-A pay-option mortgage. From paper-money.blogspot.com, come the following song parodies from "Anonymous" (I promise it's not me. I'm not that clever. Not even Fake Jane is that clever.

  • Silicon Valley: Why There's No Mortgage Crunch Here Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 2:00 PM ET

    The stories seem so bleak: The sub-prime mortgage mess threatening to torpedo the global economy and plunge this nation into recession. Yet here in Silicon Valley, something weird is going on. Sure, sales are plunging, but home prices are actually climbing! The experts call it the Silicon Valley Real Estate Paradox. The most recent figures from DataQuick show that sales dropped 11% in July; but the media price of a single family home climbed 7.4% to a record $805,000.

  • Michael Vick: The More Things To Know Edition Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:02 PM ET

    With a grand jury scheduled to meet Monday and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reportedly exploring plea options on his dogfighting charges, we're making this blog today an all All-Vick Edition: What will be Vick's legacy when all of this is over? Vick's Wikipedia entry currently has 4,570 words on his playing career (including high school, college and the NFL) and 3,030 words on his dogfighting charges.

  • TechCheck Gets its Big Break! Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 2:15 PM ET

    Last week, we started a new weekly segment called TechCheck, sponsored by AT&T, that will air each Friday on "Closing Bell" in the 4p ET hour. The 60-second spot is a quick, entertaining look at some of the stories the tech community is talking about from the world of technology. Stories that I might not have a chance to get to on the air during the week, but are still worth a mention because they're interesting and/or fun.

  • You Laugh Because It Hurts Too Much to Cry Pt. 2 Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    The folks who run a song parody site called VERSUS have sent me their "song of the week." If this doesn't make you smile through the pain, well, pour yourself another scotch and then listen.

  • Angelo Mozilo Unplugged Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 11:35 AM ET
    Angelo Mozilo

    The Countrywide Investor Relations site is promoting its 2007 Investor Forum. It takes place Sept. 5-6 and includes a "Servicing Tour"at the company's offices in Simi Valley, followed by a day-long panel discussion and Q&A at headquarters in Calabasas. Discussions include a "Servicing Overview -- Managing Through Turbulent Times" and "Bank Integration and Capital Strategies."

  • The New HP Way: License to Print Cash Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 5:14 PM ET
    Hewlett-Packard

    It's the kind of blowout quarter weary tech investors were hoping for. Just about everyone suspected that HP would beat estimates, thanks to ongoing momentum in the personal computer industry, as well as falling component prices, especially memory chips like DRAMs which have seen a 40% decline in some sectors.

  • First Magnus -- Could Countrywide Really Go Under? Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    A few hours after that sad alert went up on First Magnus Financial's home page, I received a note from a mortgage broker crony of mine. He forwarded me a note from a local First Magnus contact of his.

  • Lack of Online Privacy can be a Good Thing Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    Everyone gripes about the fact that there's no privacy online and Web surfers' personal information is exploited. But sometimes our actions online should be transparent -- there needs to be some accountability in this world of Wikis, where users are counted on to police inaccuracies and update news.

  • Schwab Site Temporarily Malfunctions, Thwarting Traders Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 3:28 PM ET

    Parts of the Charles Schwab Web site and phone system were temporarily knocked out or running slowly Thursday, leading to long waits for clients trying to access their accounts or execute trades, CNBC Silicon Valley Bureau Chief Jim Goldman has learned.

  • Real Estate Valuation Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 12:32 PM ET

    A friend sent this in... not sure where it came from, but oh how true!!

  • Sicko's Ongoing Aftershocks Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 4:53 PM ET
    Michael Moore

    You can always count on Nielsen/Net Ratings to let you know exactly how huge a pop culture issue actually is. Michael Moore's film, Sicko, released back on June 29 -- is still making waves online. Web traffic to blogs discussing Sicko reached 1.2 million unique visitors in May. By June traffic was down to 814,000, though people are still visiting related websites, especially as the presidential political debate on health care heats up.

  • You Laugh Because it Hurts too Much to Cry Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 4:28 PM ET
    Snow monkey sits in snow storm, Central Park Zoo, New York (AP)

    Regarding my earlier blogs on Countrywide spacer calling customers to remind them to pay their mortgages (which Countrywide confirms), I received this email from Michael Paslawskyj. He's a Senior Economist for the American Institute for Economic Research who says he's spent much of the last 25 years working in financial services and says he's never heard of such a policy.

  • A Celebrity-Studded Economic Outlook (And More Erin) Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

    Just putting Erin Burnett's picture on my blog boosted my traffic more than 100% yesterday. Or maybe it was the Fake Jane pic.

  • ITunes Now Selling John Lennon Tracks Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 3:33 AM ET
    Lakshmi Mittal (L), the chairman and chief executive officer of the world's largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, with his son Aditya Mittal (R), who is the chief financial officer.

    Apple has begun selling downloads of tracks from 16 of John Lennon's post-Beatles albums, including "Working Class Hero" and "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," on iTunes, the company said Tuesday.

  • Southern California Real Estate Going South Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 4:55 PM ET
    Map of California

    La Jolla-based DataQuick is out with the latest stats on Southern California, and it's darned near ugly. Home sales are at their lowest since the mid 1990s. Sales in LA, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties were down 11.4% from last month and down 27.4% from July 2006. READ MORE

  • VMware the 'Google' of Virtualization -- Stockwise Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 3:31 PM ET
    VMWARE

    Ever hear of VMware? Probably not since the company works in high end "virtualization software" that makes a computer run better; the way STP or other fuel enhancers increase the performance of your car? VMware does that with software for your PC.

  • Naked, Nigeria, Notes Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 2:10 PM ET

    Ok, so some of you felt a little ripped off by the last blog. You were. But it worked. Wondering what other key words I should use to promote clickage. "Buffett"? "Beastiality"? "Naked.... shorts"? Some suggest the answer might be to actually blog about something meaningful. Oh.

  • The Best Part of "Madden 08" Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 1:02 PM ET

    As many of you know Electronic Arts' "Madden 08" came out last night. You can find the reviews everywhere else. But I'm here to review only one thing: The rings you can get in the game. They are unbelievable. These things are going to be the most surprising success of this franchise.