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  • Hunting for the Hottest Stocks? Look at Debt Loads Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    This year's best-performing stocks have the best-looking balance sheets, punctuating investors' diminished appetite for risk-taking in the wake of the credit and housing-market turmoil.

  • Portfolio Manager Gives Tech, Bank Stock Picks Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:07 PM ET

    For some time now, the watchword in investing has been "value." As a result, some fund managers think, the prices of growth stocks have slid to bargain levels. Tom Ognar, portfolio manager of the four-star Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund, agrees.

  • Google Goes Mobile With "Android" Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 1:11 PM ET
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    Another big day for Google and its shareholders, thanks to Sanford C. Bernstein and its new $850 target on the stock. This of course comes a week after David Garrity at Dinosaur Research unleashed a $985 target.

  • Google's Spam Czar Wants YOU! (To Use His Product) Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 8:34 AM ET
    Marg Helgenberger

    Google will someday rule the world. Look, it’s true. I’m just saying this so when it happens you're not surprised. Apparently one of the top priorities of the Google Defense Department (the GD Dept.? The Googagon?) will be fighting SPAM! Email spam is, as we all know, like herpes—the best you can hope for is to keep it in check until the next erupt

  • Diller: IAC Companies Better Off Under Breakup Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 2:38 PM ET
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    Barry Diller's IAC  plans to spin off HSN, which includes HSN TV and hsn.com; Ticketmaster; Interval International, which will include its CondoDirect unit; and LendingTree, which will include its RealEstate.com site.

  • Internet Ad Self-Regulation Isn't Working, FTC Says Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    Internet advertisers have fallen short of promised self-regulation in respecting Internet users' privacy, a Federal Trade Commission official said, even as one firm, Tacoda, said it decided to refrain from collecting some sensitive information.

  • Need A Little "Despair.com" In Your Life? Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 12:37 PM ET
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    Thanks to Tim J. for sending me a link to the BEST WEB SITE EVER (ok, I exaggerate): www.despair.com. On Despair.com, they take on the corporate motivational crud you've been forced to eat for years, like those posters which promise to stimulate 'Hope,' 'Success' and 'Teamwork', and turn them on their "corporate head," with a special twist.

  • Hollywood Writers Set Monday Strike Deadline Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 5:19 PM ET

    Union officials say a strike by Hollywood writers will begin Monday morning unless a last-minute deal is reached over the weekend with studios on a new contract.

  • Need A Halloween Hangover Excuse? Get It Right Here Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 9:02 AM ET
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    The internet never ceases to amaze and amuse with its ability to support any business idea, no matter how far-fetched. And advertisers keep lining up. The latest idea may be of help if you stayed out too late at a Halloween party and are too groggy to get to work.

  • Oracle's Ellison Selling Stock: What's Going On? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 5:14 PM ET

    As high drama grips the software industry, with investors watching every detail of Oracle's hostile bid for BEA Systems, there's another drama shaping up behind the scenes involving Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. While he makes headlines for what he's trying to buy, you might be even more interested in what he's trying to sell. His stock. Selling lots of it. Daily.

  • Oracle's Ellison Now Larry "Sell" ison? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 5:13 PM ET

    Just an update on the blog I brought you earlier in the week about Larry Ellison and his recent sales activity in Oracle shares. His breathtaking share-dumps are apparently continuing with 1 million more shares sold today.

  • Google's Fixed Vision: Total Tech Domination Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:59 PM ET
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    Google cracked $700 a share this morning, just three weeks after surpassing $600 for the first time. Sure, as Google becomes more valuable, these $100 milestones will get easier to achieve, but you can't discount a 16% move by a company worth over $200 billion in under a month. It's significa

  • Some Real "Scary" Funny Business This Halloween Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:19 PM ET
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    Here's something that'll scare the pants off you this Halloween--literally. Reuters reports that Travelodge hotels Britain are grappling with a 600% rise in sleepwalkers this year. Most are men. Many are naked. A...600%...jump. What is up with that? Cialis side effects?

  • Terrell Owens' Sharpie "Writes" Way To Auction Block Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:23 PM ET
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    Over the years, I've written about the weird items that have come up for sale: Bill Veeck's Leg, Luis Gonzalez' gum, Thurman Munson's pilot's license. Well, put this in the category of Joe Horn's cell phone, which was purchased by a Saints fan at auction.

  • Google Tops $700 on Wireless Talks With Verizon Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 12:49 PM ET
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    Google's stock barreled through $700 for the first time Wednesday, propelled by a belief that the Internet search leader will become even more profitable as it plants its products and services in new markets.

  • FCC OKs Cable Competition for Apartments Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 12:34 PM ET

    Federal regulators on Wednesday approved a rule that would ban exclusive agreements that cable television operators have with apartment buildings, opening up competition for other video providers that could eventually lead to lower prices.

  • Shutterfly Loss Narrows, Beating Analyst Predictions Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:24 PM ET
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    Shutterfly reported a third-quarter loss of $3.3 million, or 14 cents per share, as compared to a loss of 2.7 million, or 70 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

  • Shutterfly: A Rosy "Picture" For Digital Growth? Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:22 PM ET
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    All of us in California, indeed millions across the country, were gripped by those horrific images of the raging fires in Southern California. And in the midst of the tragedy, when we had a chance to hear from the victims fleeing their homes, they were usually asked what they grabbed as they were evacuating.

  • Industry Standard Magazine to Return Online Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 3:38 PM ET

    The Industry Standard, the high-flying magazine that covered the early Internet frenzy and itself became a poster child for the dot-com boom and bust, is coming back ... sort of.

  • Get Rich Click? Five Internet Stocks to Watch Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    The World Wide Web has given a dramatic new meaning to the phrase "net profits." Just ask five-star fund manager Ryan Jacob, portfolio manager of Jacob Internet Fund. Read his five choices for an investor's Internet interests.