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  • EBay Quarterly Profit Rises 22%, Beating Forecasts Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 4:24 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)

    Online auctioneer EBay posted a 22 percent rise in quarterly net profit, topping Wall Street's average estimate, as pricing changes drove auction listings and pushed revenue above all forecasts.

  • A New Web Tool For House Hunting: Trulia.com Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 1:47 PM ET
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    For those of you who spend your lunch hours (and your work hours) trolling the real estate pages to see what’s new, what’s for sale, what’s cheap, what’s cheaper and what’s in foreclosure, I want to turn you on to a new tool.

  • EBay's Earnings Challenge: "Beat And Raise" For Investors Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 11:08 AM ET
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    It's been a busy quarter for eBay, highlighted of course by the naming of John Donohoe as Meg Whitman's successor, but investors are focused more on share price than who's sitting in the C-suite.

  • American "Idol" Chatter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 9:34 AM ET
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    If you don’t watch “American Idol,” move on. The other 30 million of you—let’s dish. Here are my thoughts on last night’s show. Email me yours and I’ll post them. The audience is still booing the departure of Michael Johns, or maybe they're still booing Ryan for cruelly leaving the Aussie hanging a few moments last week.

  • Yahoo May Be Gaining on Google in Search Ad Wars Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 3:46 PM ET
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    New industry data out Tuesday showed Yahoo may have started gaining share in the Web search ad market against Google even as Google's share of search audience inched up.

  • Talk about a great couple of days last week: Wednesday into Wednesday night, I get to hang out with Bon Jovi during their Silicon Valley visit for a story on the technology the band uses in its show.

  • What the Execs Say: Earnings and Expansion  Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 9:41 AM ET

    Despite world economic woes, some company executives are optimistic regarding their businesses. Here is what they told CNBC:

  • Investors Weigh Google Futures as Earnings Loom Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 4:04 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Investors are worried that the Web search company's once explosive growth could slow dramatically in the weak U.S. economy.

  • Yahoo's Jerry Yang: He's Already Won Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 2:46 PM ET
    Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang smiles as he watches the Stanford basketball game against Washington State, Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Stanford, Calif. Yahoo! celebrated their 10th anniversary this week. David Filo and Yang founded Yahoo! as doctoral students at Stanford. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    I knew that headline would catch your attention, and it should when you're trying to figure out the vagaries of Yahoo and its dealings with Microsoft, Time-Warner, News Corp. and any of the other suitors, or vultures, out there trying to become part of the company's future.

  • Tech Earnings: Investors Should Go Company By Company Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 12:12 PM ET
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    It's so easy to paint investing with broad brushstrokes, and say "tech" is strong, or "tech" is bad, but with Intel, IBM, eBay and Google all reporting this week, we get to remind ourselves that the sector is made up of individual stocks and individual industries.

  • Yes, tomorrow is tax day. It's also the day Abraham Lincoln died, and the day the Titanic went down. Nice. In observation of all this and more, FlashNews says Bruce Novotny, whom it describes as a "holiday creator" (how does one apply for THAT job?) has dubbed April 15th "National That Sucks Day."

  • What the CEOs Are Saying Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    CEOs from around the globe have their say, from what is going on in the retail sector to how the global slowdown is effecting earnings:

  • Microsoft Said To Prefer Its Own Bid For Yahoo Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | 8:25 AM ET
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    Microsoft Corp wants to stick with its original takeover offer for Yahoo Inc , but is not ruling out News Corp joining its bid or other options, a source close to the company said on Friday.

  • Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    Yahoo's board is meeting by conference call Friday afternoon and the big topic of course, is Microsoft's $42.2 billion dollar bid. The clock is ticking. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer threatened to stage a proxy fight to get the acquisition if the board doesn't take the bid, which it rejected as too low.

  • Microsoft Says It Made Fair Offer to Yahoo Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 8:09 AM ET
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    Microsoft believes it has made a fair offer to acquire Yahoo and is committed to bolstering its digital advertising capabilities irrespective of the outcome, its chief operating officer said.

  • Microsoft Seen Winning as Big Media Circles Yahoo Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 2:26 PM ET
    Exterior view of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Yahoo may have played its top two cards by pulling out possible deals with AOL and Google, but it does not seem to have changed Wall Street's view that Microsoft will eventually win the takeover battle.

  • Barry Manilow Sings The Mortgage Blues--Sort Of Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:19 PM ET
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    Gregory Greenway of Brew City Mortgage (LOVE that name), sent me his new lyrics for the Manilow hit "I Write the Songs," called "I Closed the Loans":

  • Desperate Times, Desperate Measures Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 11:09 PM ET
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    Yahoo is apparently the belle of the ball if you believe the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, both with stories tonight that competing bids will surface Thursday from News Corp. and Time Warner -- Are you kidding me?

  • What the CEOs Are Saying Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    Find out what chief executives are saying about their businesses and the economy on CNBC Europe.

  • Legg Mason to Back Yahoo if Deal Lowered: WSJ Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 4:23 AM ET

    A major Yahoo shareholder, Legg Mason, is ready to back Yahoo's effort to stay independent if Microsoft lowers its buyout offer, the Wall Street Journal said, citing an interview with portfolio manager Bill Miller.