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  • For decades, TV ad time has been sold the very same way: In May, the networks present their new pilots to advertisers, who buy "upfront" ad time, months in advance of the new TV season. And the new TV season always started in the fall, because that's when car advertisers wanted to push their new products.

  • Microsoft Ready To Challenge Google? Yahoo? Both? Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 11:32 AM ET

    If the entertainment and device division performance by Microsoft in its second quarter was a surprise, the company's online business growth is a stunner, especially as the company tries to chip away at Google's near total dominance.

  • When Microsoft's earnings came out yesterday, I had to do a double-take because it was hard for me to process just how strong these numbers truly were. I knew the company was poised for a strong quarter, but it was the breadth of its success, and optimistic guidance that took me, and so many investors, by surprise.

  • If the GOP has any sense of humor (Mike Huckabee's Chuck Norris ads are pretty funny), the party should start looking ahead to the general election and buy the rights to the following film clip. It's from the 1940 film, "The Ghost Breakers," starring Bob Hope, and it would be perfect for an ad campaign.

  • The eBay of Damaged Autos Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 8:24 PM ET

    This online auctioneer of totaled cars is a Cramer favorite.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Microsoft Knocks "Financial Cover" Off The Ball Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 4:45 PM ET

    Microsoft--the world's largest software maker--got a whole lot larger at the end of 2007; the company blowing past Wall Street expectations, and offering up optimistic guidance that could go a long way toward buoying beleaguered equity markets around the world.

  • Tom Cruise Video: For A "Few Good" Scientologists? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    If you haven't seen the video circulating the web showing Tom Cruise talking about Scientology, well, it's still on YouTube, despite reported efforts by the church to have it taken down:

  • Microsoft Earnings: They Really Are A "Big" Deal Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:52 PM ET

    Microsoft's earnings may be the most anticipated report from the tech sector, and possibly the most anticipated report during the earnings season, and here's why: The company is just as big a deal in this country as it is in Europe, Asia, emerging markets.

  • Foreclosed Homes: We're Not Getting The Full Picture Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 1:49 PM ET
    A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    This morning, in response to a question from one of our anchors, I said that the bulk of foreclosed homes are not included in the existing home sales report from the National Association of Realtors because they don’t land on the MLS.

  • Qualcomm Profit Up on Chip Demand; Outlook In Line Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 6:22 PM ET
    Qualcomm

    Qualcomm posted a higher first-quarter profit after items, due to demand for its mobile phone chips, and its shares rose as much as 7.43 percent following the report. The wireless technology and chip supplier also gave a forecast for the current quarter that was in line with analysts' expectations.

  • EBay Dodges A Financial Bullet--Sort Of Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 4:42 PM ET

    It could've been much worse, especially in the crazy climate we're seeing on Wall Street. On the day the company announces CEO Meg Whitman's retirement, on a day when there was so much optimism about eBay's fourth quarter earnings, and on a day when the Street finally began to turn things around, eBay beats earnings expectations on the top and bottom lines

  • EBay Beats Profit Forecasts; Shares Fall on Outlook Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 4:32 PM ET
    An Ebay sign is shown at Ebay offices in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2005. The San Jose-based company said Wednesday that it earned $291.6 million, or 21 cents per share, for the three months ended in June, a 53 percent increase from $190.4 million, or 14 cents per share at the same time last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    EBay reported earnings and sales that beat analysts' forecasts, but the company's guidance was below market expectations.

  • Google Plunges: So Just What's Going To Happen Next? Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:48 PM ET

    I was going to hold off on a Google earnings preview since it's more than a week away, but after watching the company's shares fall, and fall, and fall some more, it seems like today is a better day to do it.

  • Apple: The LIVE Blog From Tuesday's Earnings Call Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    This is the LIVE blog from Tuesday's Apple earnings conference call. Read it for the first time or re-read again. I had fun doing it and I hope you enjoy reading it.

  • EBay's Earnings Put Internet Sector Under Spotlight Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:05 AM ET

    eBay is one of the net's four horsemen, ushering in a spate of online earnings after the bell today, and coming a week ahead of Yahoo (next Tuesday); Amazon (next Wednesday); and Google (next Thursday.) So eBay's earnings will put the entire sector under the spotlight.

  • Texas Instruments reports after the bell, and the company will be forced into Apple Inc.'s shadow, which might be a shame. That's because this company could offer up some surprisingly good news, both in wireless and in flat TV's.

  • Yahoo Plans Hundreds of Layoffs: Source Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 2:38 AM ET

    Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of crucial areas, people close to the company said Monday.

  • With O.J. Simpson back in the news, a colleague of mine at NBC was regaling newbie newsies about the long national nightmare of the ‘90s known as the “Simpson saga.” Some of these young journalists were (gulp) in elementary school at the time, and my friend was trying to explain to them just HOW BIG A DEAL IT WAS.

  • Google Shares: Just How Low Can They Go? Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Google shares continue to slide, and this is getting ugly. The question investors and the Street are asking is how low these shares can go? The Google chart is as ugly as it's ever been. No real surprise in some respects since many of the biggest names in big-cap tech have been torpedoed along with the rest of the market.

  • Gizmos, Gadgets and Steve Jobs, Too Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 12:25 PM ET
    Macbook Air

    New York Times tech columnist David Pogue reviews the four big developments from this year's Macworld.