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  • HUD's Reply to My 'Fuzzy Math' Query Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    The folks at HUD felt that my blog of yesterday left out some key points, namely, their side of the story, so I am happy to post a reply directly from them.

  • Gadgets Galore Fuel 'Black Friday: Part II' Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 10:58 AM ET

    Black Friday has come and gone, but you might want to call today Black Friday: Part II as we usher in the last weekend before Christmas. I'm inside a Best Buy in the heart of Silicon Valley, where business has been more than brisk these last few weeks...

  • RIM Blows Away Expectations: So Can Anyone Catch Them? Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 4:53 PM ET

    These are blow-out numbers for RIM's third quarter no matter how you slice and dice them. And you thought Oracle's good news yesterday was something. This is something else entirely. Research in Motion posts 65 cents a share in earnings per share.

  • Apple Shuts Down ThinkSecret, But At What Cost To Us? Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 4:11 PM ET

    ThinkSecret is no more, thanks to a settlement with Apple Inc. over misappropriation of trade secrets that dogged the Apple rumor site for the past two years. Apple took the unusual step of going after the "little web site that could" after it started posting lots of insider knowledge about upcoming Apple products.

  • Google Gets Go-Ahead to Buy DoubleClick Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission will not block Google's $3.1 billion dollar deal to acquire Internet advertising company DoubleClick.

  • NetSuite CEO on IPO, Options and Ellison's Role Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 12:45 PM ET

    NetSuite began trading on the Nasdaq Thursday after its initial public offering. Chief Executive Zach Nelson told CNBC that the business-management software company is positioned "in the right place and the right time in the marketplace."

  • Google's DoubleClick, "Double Win" Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 11:48 AM ET

    You can't say the Federal Trade Commission made a snap decision when it approved Google's multi-billion dollar take-out of DoubleClick. Today's 4-1 vote in favor of the deal caps an eight-month investigation that ultimately found, the FTC says, no threat to the competitive landscape.

  • RIMM: Are They In A Good Position To Compete? Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 11:01 AM ET
    A Blackberry devise is used

    These are heady times for RIMM, even though shares have suffered a precipitous decline since their highs in November; a bigger decline than Google, Amazon, Apple and so many others, off about 30 percent from those highs in early November, following a better-than-30 percent gain during the previous three months.

  • Pogue: Mini-Reviews of Overlooked Tech Gems Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 9:24 AM ET

    Minireviews of products that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day in this column. Who knows? Some of them might actually make great last-minute, unexpected Christmas presents.

  • Microsoft, Yahoo, Google Settle Gambling Case Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 4:52 PM ET
    Microsoft

    The three largest Internet companies have agreed to pay a combined $31.5 million to settle federal civil allegations they took ads for illegal gambling, the U.S. Attorney for eastern Missouri said.

  • Viacom, Microsoft Execs Tout Deal in CNBC Interview Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 4:11 PM ET

    Microsoft inked a 5-year online ad deal with Viacom, better positioning the software colossus against rivals Google and Yahoo. Philippe Dauman, chief executive at Viacom, and Kevin Johnson, president of the platforms/services division at Microsoft, discussed the strengths of the partnership in an interview with CNBC.

  • 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.