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  • 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.

  • Erin Burnett and Me Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 9:55 AM ET
  • That's Hot Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 5:05 PM ET

    A company called Summer Soles says our feet are sweating sooooo much in this heat that we'd do ANYTHING to stop it. Naturally, the company sells peel-and-stick fabric sole inserts which whisk away foot sweat. Hey, somebody's gotta do it.

  • Times Under Fire Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

    The New York Times may be the paper of record, it might have earned the title 'Gray Lady,' but it cannot escape the changing times. I'm not talking about the fact that that print publications across the board are suffering ad revenue declines and subscription dips.

  • The Winds of Change Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 11:32 AM ET

    You can almost hear it through the fog if you listen very closely. The spinning blades of a wind turbine being turned by the winds of change. "This project particularly represents a paradigm shift for American business." So says Kevin Schulte, a Vice President and "wunderkind" of Sustainable Energy Developments. The turbine we're looking at was made by GE, the plan to install it and make it work belong to Schulte, but the "paradigm shifter" is someone else. His name is Brian Fairbank.

  • Monday Morning Mortgages Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    Don't worry, I'm not quarterbacking the mortgage market, but I am checking the rates, and calling around. I just ran a Bankrate.com search on a 30-year jumbo fixed rate and localized it to Richmond, VA. I came up with rates anywhere from 6.750 with Amerisave to 7.515 with Countrywide to 8.200 with Bank of America.

  • David Beckham

    When I first heard that David Beckham was coming to play in Major League Soccer, I knew the truth. Beckham would be great for the financial success of the league for at least one year, but that soccer wouldn't be any better off. But with Beckham constantly sidelined, I actually think that MLS might actually come out in worse shape than when before Beckham started.

  • NBC Universal

    NBC Universal (parent company is GE which also owns CNBC) and News Corp's joint online video venture doesn't have a name (though in some circles it's referred to as New Site), and it's ostensibly launching in September but there's no specific launch date. But somehow it's worth $1 billion dollars, at least based on a 10% stake reportedly being sold to private equity firm Providence Equity Partners for $100 million.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch has said he might make the Wall Street Journal's Web site free, a shift that could compel Britain's Pearson to do the same with the online version of its Financial Times.

  • Virgin Media: Getting Caught In The Credit Crunch? Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 12:10 PM ET
    Richard Branson

    Richard Branson's Virgin Media, said it has delayed its sale until the environment improves enough for all interested parties to bid. The British billionaire Branson is the largest shareholder of this cable TV company, which received one bid from the Carlyle group for some $23 billion, and some nibbles from other private equity players.

  • Wedding content publisher The Knot, which runs TheKnot.com, said Wednesday its second-quarter profit increased 23% due to stronger sales in wedding supplies and higher advertising revenue.

  • News Corp And Murdoch: Facing Analysts Over Dow Jones Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 1:52 PM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    News Corp earnings come out after the bell, followed by a conference call at 4:30 eastern. Analysts focus on the call (there's always a Q&A period after the presentation) will be much less on the numbers, and much more on CEO Rupert Murdoch's guidance. The hot topic of the day is Dow Jones. Analysts may ask Murdoch to justify the 67% premium he's paying for the company in an industry facing such slow growth.