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  • Microsoft Left With "Hostility" In Yahoo Bid? Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 2:12 PM ET
    Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

    Steve Ballmer has plenty of options of what to do next in his brewing battle for Yahoo, but experts and sources within the company are telling me he'll go hostile. At least until Yahoo spacer comes to its senses and comes to the table with a realistic counter.

  • Golden Years of Television Find New Life on the Web Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:05 PM ET
    Golden Years Of Television

    Old television shows - even some long out of syndication - are finding new audiences on the Web.

  • Yahoo

    Hours away now from the Microsoft imposed deadline for Yahoo to negotiate or die. Too dramatic? Not really when you're talking about $40 billion hanging in the balance as well as the future dominance of all things digital.

  • Baidu First-Quarter Profit Surges 71% Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 7:51 PM ET
    Receptionist at Baidu.com office

    Baidu.com, China's top search engine, posted better-than-expected quarterly profits on Thursday, buoyed by strong traffic growth and online advertising revenue ahead of the Beijing Olympics, sending shares up 3 percent.

  • Microsoft's Ho-Hum Report Leaves Investors Hungry Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 6:18 PM ET

    Microsoft follows Apple's lead -- when have you heard that before? -- reporting a good, but not good enough, quarter. And investors are taking profits off the table. Microsoft did beat Street expectations on the bottom line. ... So where was the weakness? That's the issue...

  • Europe Earnings Preview: WPP, Ericsson, Randstad Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:29 PM ET

    Some big companies report tomorrow that will give more clarity on the health of advertising and technology spending, and the health of the European jobs market

  • Apple Shares Rise Despite Dim Outlook; Amazon Skids Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 3:04 PM ET

    Apple and Amazon disappointed investors with lower profit outlooks but Apple shares rose after one analyst upgraded the stock and several raised their price targets.

  • Can Microsoft Do It Again? Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    The last couple of quarters have been remarkably strong for Microsoft, and there's every indication that the company will post an equally strong third quarter earnings report after the bell on Thursday. ... Expect some good theater.

  • Corn Farmers Are Making Money (And Maybe, Enemies) Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    How good is farming? There’s a report saying Afghanistan’s opium crop may plummet this year, as farmers switch to more profitable legal crops in a hungry world. But here at home, it’s a strange time in Iowa. Family farmers are making good profits -- no more Farm Aid concerts. But just as they’re doing really well, they’re taking a lot of heat, especially corn farmers.

  • Apple Earnings Good -- but Good Enough? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    Let me just say from the very outset: any other publicly traded company would kill for growth like this, products like these, customers like those who can't seem to snap up Apple gear fast enough. But Apple is hardly just "any other publicly traded company," and, like it or not, the company is different -- so investors "think different" when it comes to Apple.

  • Amazon Sees Lower Margins, Higher Sales in 2008 Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 4:53 PM ET

    Amazon.com posted a higher profit that beat analysts' estimates and raised its 2008 sales outlook, but said operating income and profit margins, would be lower than previously expected.

  • Hillary's Breakup; $10,160 to Fly Northwest?! Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 3:06 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton won in Pennsylvania, but not everyone wants to stick with her: Here's a funny Web site from naysayers. Also: gripes from a Northwest Airlines captain. And of course: American Idol.

  • Microsoft Willing to Walk Away from Yahoo Bid Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 2:16 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft is prepared to walk away from its $43.6 billion bid for Yahoo if the two sides can't agree on a price, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Wednesday.

  • Amazon's Tall Order: Pleasing Investors Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 11:27 AM ET

    Amazon shares started last quarter right at $100 a share, and since then, it's been all downhill from there. Frustrated investors will be looking for guidance from the company later today that the slide is over, and that the company is poised for a strong, back half of 2008. But that's a tall order for Amazon's executives.

  • Apple Investors Talk Back: 'On Target' or 'Garbage'? Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    Hours away from Apple's earnings, as you might expect, investors are a little nervous -- with a stock going from $119 to just short of $170, and then back to $160 in a matter of weeks. Some of you have written in with your thoughts ahead of earnings. Here's a sampling...

  • Calif. Vineyard Crisis; Free Speech in the South Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 6:06 PM ET

    Farming can be a funny business -- not in a ha-ha way -- as so much depends on the whims of Mother Nature. As I prepare to head to Iowa this week to talk to corn and soybean farmers getting ready to plant, here in California, some farmers who grow wine grapes fear 2008 may not be a good year... Also: Louisiana 'Hearts' Baggy Trousers!

  • Yahoo's Earnings Unlikely to Boost Microsoft Bid Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:34 PM ET

    Yahoo posted quarterly profit at the top end of Wall Street's lowered forecasts, but analysts questioned whether the results would force Microsoft to increase its takeover bid for the company.

  • Yahoo Seems Strong -- But Outlook Remains the Same Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:23 PM ET

    Looking at Yahoo's first quarter earnings, you gotta wonder why this company can report so strongly, and what magic bullet it employed during the quarter that apparently eluded management over the past two years.

  • Yum Tops Forecasts, Raises Full-Year Profit Outlook Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    Yum Brands shares jumped Tuesday as the fast-food company beat earnings forecasts by two cents a share and slightly raised its profit outlook for the full year.

  • Can Content Save the NY Times Co.? Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Today the New York Times Company held its annual shareholder meeting. With shareholders concerned about the company's earnings miss, company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. tried to convince shareholders that the company is becoming as sleek and modern as the wood, steel, glass and tangerine-colored walls they'd passed through to hear his remarks...