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  • Foreclosure Bailouts? Don't Mail Out Checks Yet Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    We reported some pretty nasty numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association yesterday: A 51% rise in new foreclosures nationwide to the highest rate in the history of the MBA survey. And it’s a big bad number like that that is going to add more fuel to the fire in Washington among all those folks who have been bandying about the idea of some kind of government...

  • German engineering company Siemens said Friday it will work with Microsoft to develop communication, information, entertainment and navigation products for vehicles.

  • Apple Makes The Right Call On iPhone Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 4:42 PM ET
    iPhone

    News of an iPhone price-cut took just about everyone by surprise, not the least of whom were the 270,000 iPhone buyers that first weekend they went on sale, many of whom stood on line for endless hours to plunk down their $599 for device.

  • Apple iPhone A Wrong Number? No Way! Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 1:49 PM ET
    Steve Jobs showing the new iPod Nano

    Apple Inc. unveils a complete redesign of the iPod Nano: the new iPod "Touch" with Wi-Fi, a long-awaited 160 gig iPod "Classic," what promises to be a lucrative partnership with Starbucks. But the headline that torpedoes Apple shares: the $200 iPhone price cut just two months after unveiling what became known as the "Jesus Phone."

  • Social Networking: What's New And Waiting For You Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    So you're back from vacation and culling through piles of e-mails. Don't be surprised if you find invitations to join the latest slew of social networking sites. There are a couple of trends emerging--social networking niches, if you will.

  • Hot Weather? Come To Fahrenheit 129 Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 8:37 AM ET

    We have been sweltering out here in the West, which leads me to my two favorite hot business pitches: First... they're trying to get people to come up to the Canadian Rockies to celebrate the centennial of Jasper National Park. The pitch: come to the newly-refurbished Miette Hot Springs! Uh, ok. I did a little research.

  • Apple iPod Special Event: The Live Blog Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    The Apple event is over and so is our live blogging. To read the post from the event's beginning, start at the bottom of the page. Thanks everyone, it was a blast to do. 2:20 pm ET:  Event is concluding now. A little technical glitch with her beat machine, but she got that fixed and now KT is performing. Keep watching CNBC and CNBC.com. We may have a special interview coming up.

  • Yahoo to Buy Internet Ad Network BlueLithium Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Yahoo is buying online advertising network BlueLithium for $300 million in cash, building upon an expansion aimed at ending a financial malaise that has ravaged the Internet pioneer's stock price.

  • NBC to Sell New TV Shows on Amazon Unbox Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 8:38 AM ET

    NBC Universal said Tuesday it will sell episodes of its new fall television shows using Amazon's Unbox digital download service, after the network failed to reach an agreement with Apple Inc. last week to offer the shows on iTunes.

  • Yahoo Buys Behavioral Ad Firm for $300 Million Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 5:56 AM ET

    Yahoo has struck a deal to buy BlueLithium, the fifth-largest U.S. online ad network, for $300 million in cash, in the latest move to consolidate the fast-growing behavioral ad targeting market.

  • The Perfect Contest: America's Ugliest Office Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    I have found it. The perfect contest for the miserable office worker. Acco Brands is sponsoring America’s Ugliest Office. Enter at www.americasugliestoffice.com and you have a shot at either a 42” HDTV, or a TRIP TO HAWAII. Talk about bringing hope to the downtrodden! One mock-up of an ugly office has the chair doubling as a toilet, so you never have to leave. Nice. The contest runs through Nov. 30, and, so far, Jerry’s home office in Columbus gets my vote.

  • Apple's 'Beat' To Go On Tomorrow (Be Here!) Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    Apple Inc. calls the gathering "...And the Beat Goes On," but investors wonder whether the news coming Tuesday at the invite-only special event will be enough to pump these shares even more. Speculation abounds at just exactly what Apple will unveil: the big money bet is on a redesigned family of iPods...

  • Buffett, BofA, Countrywide: One Person's Opinion Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
    Countrywide

    An excellent source, Janet Tavakoli, who knows more about the credit markets and asset-backed securities than I ever ever want to, sent me the following note over the holiday weekend. I consider it worth sharing, despite its conclusion, with which some may disagree. Not my place to take a side, but I do think, on the blog, opinions, especially from someone of her caliber, are worth sharing...

  • Tech, Drug Firms Battle Over Patent Reform Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 9:14 PM ET

    U.S. lawmakers returning from their summer break are expected to consider patent law changes that have pitted two of America's most invention-dependent industries against each other.

  • Gizmos, Apple And Star Wars Top CB-TC! Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 3:34 PM ET
    Apple Ipod Nano

    This week's Tech Check during "Closing Bell" offers a nice cross-section of gizmo headlines and a look at the news that's likely to come from Apple next Wednesday. Get ready for a re-designed iPod, the first major changes of the device in two years. Lots of rumors about a full touch-screen, no buttons, bigger memory, the Mac OS on board, and maybe even wi-fi downloads.

  • White House Has It all WRONG On Subprime Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 1:49 PM ET

    I'm incensed. There's no other way to describe it. I called the White House, because after listening to the President's speech and reading the corresponding press release from the White House, I was confused, because of this: "The "FHA-Secure" program will help people who have good credit...

  • NBC Ends Show Contract with Apple's iTunes: Report Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 5:20 AM ET

    NBC Universal has decided against renewing its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on Apple's iTunes after failing to come to an agreement on pricing, the New York Times reported in its online edition on Friday.

  • Credit Crunch Crunching Internet Advertising? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 4:55 PM ET

    From Wall Street to Madison Avenue to Silicon Valley--the subprime credit crunch is taking its toll. Mortgage and lending companies are among the biggest online advertisers, so if they start cutting back on their ad spending, then it'll be noticed. Financial services comprised 16% of the total $17 billion in Internet ad spending in 2006, and that percentage was likely even larger this year.

  • Countrywide's Memo And A Broker's Outrage Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 3:14 PM ET

    A mortgage broker writes into the Realty Check mailbox, quite enraged about a memo she received from Countrywide. I called the nation's largest lender to get the document verified. Officials there say it is real, although part of an even larger document. I've asked for a response from Countrywide, and I will post it should I get it.

  • Dell: Are Tailwinds Now In PC Maker's Favor? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 12:34 PM ET

    It's been a rough year for Dell, characterized by a particularly rough quarter that saw the company try to put deep financial shenanigans behind it: the pay-out of a $40-million-plus severance package for fired CEO Kevin Rollins, trying to deal with a restructuring that cost the company 8,000 jobs, continued loss of market share to rival Hewlett-Packard and shipment problems that hurt its most recent product introductions.