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  • Up Close: Contest Finalist Chuck Chow Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    Chuck Chow

    Here's a look at another of our CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Contest finalists--Chuck Chow. Chuck was one of our weekly winners and that enabled him to become one of the twenty finalists. He's a retired chemical engineer and lives in Bollingbrook, Illinois with his family. He invests in the market for personal, not professional, reasons. His strategy for his winning week was to "go all in on one stock. By the way be sure and check out our slide show on all the finalists.

  • Second Chance: Beating Challenge Finalists' Picks Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 10:55 AM ET

    Well, the Second Chance Contestants are slaughtering the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge finalists--when it comes to total value and % gain. The Second Chance leader is Aric Fanzmeier with a  portfolio at $2,096,987.59. He's outpacing the current leader in the finals contest, Nancy Beaumont--by 57% or $764,984.19, with Nancy's current portfolio value of $1,332,003.40.

  • Finals Leaderboard: Nancy Beaumont Still Rules Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 10:34 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning all. Here's what's happening on our finals leaderboard with three days of trading left. Nancy Beaumont--pictured left--remains in first place--even with losing almost $30K on Pacific Sunwear Tuesday. And Serge Amelyan moves back into 2nd on an almost $5K gain on Vanda Pharma, and helped by Steven Lee's $76K loss on Neurochem.

  • Second Chance: Yet Another Name Takes Lead Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Here's what's happening with our Second Chance Showdown leaderboard. Aric Fanzmeier takes first place moving up from second predominantly on his ValueClick trade making him $171K. Ryan Darichuk moves from 3rd place to second making $48K on a 2.58% gain in Netease.com. And previous leader, Linda Gordon fell to third holding onto aQuantive and losing 0.11% on its decline Monday.

  • Finals Contest: Nancy Beaumont Takes Top Spot Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 9:57 AM ET
    Nancy Beaumont

    Good morning. Chinese gaming stocks are in the spotlight Monday as The9 propelled Nancy Beaumont to the top of the pack on its 10.31% gain. The9 was up on the news that Electronic Arts agreed to buy a $167M stake in the company, and also licensed a soccer game to The9. Steven Lee managed to hold onto second even though he was all in cash after Friday's trading. He has now gone all-in on Neurochem.

  • Is Social Networking Yahoo's Holy Grail? Monday, 21 May 2007 | 10:50 AM ET

    Ever since News Corp snapped up MySpace, media companies are on the lookout for other hot social networking sites. And now Yahoo is hoping to score a similar, if smaller, win in the U.K. Yahoo is working on an acquisition of Bebo, the popular British social networking site.This is the first paragraph/short story.

  • Contest Stocks: Best, Worst, Most Active And More Monday, 21 May 2007 | 10:32 AM ET

    Here's a look at our "stock report" for both the finals and Second Chance Showdown. As we've already posted, aQuantive was the big gainer for many of you in SCS. And Trump Entertainment came in a "winner" as a result of takeover interest. (wonder if The Donald likes being a contest best performer). The most actives and widely held remain pretty much the same.

  • It's All In On AQNT For Second Chance Leaders Monday, 21 May 2007 | 9:48 AM ET

    Here's what's happening with the Second Chance Showdown. We have two new leaders that catapulted to the front of the pack with all-in bets on aQuantive--up 77.84% Friday. That was on news that AQNT has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft at an 85% premium. We noted in the finals post today how the top ten Second Chance Showdown leaders bought AQNT while the contest finalists, didn't. So, it's Linda Gordon in first with a portfolio value of $1,880,916.42.

  • Web Celebs Friday, 18 May 2007 | 2:17 PM ET

    Old media's reluctant fascination with new struck "The Big Idea" last night, with guests even the computer-illiterate couldn't pretend not to know. Web stars, defined not by name but by character, invaded our set, and by day's end, I couldn't get one disturbingly hypnotic word out of my head: SHOES!

  • The 'DoubleClick Dividend!' Friday, 18 May 2007 | 1:17 PM ET

    When is a $3 billion company really worth $6 billion? When you're Microsoft, looking for some kind of answer to the Google online advertising juggernaut, and still licking your wounds after losing the billion-dollar bidding war for DoubleClick.Which leads us to Microsoft's mega-merger with Aquantive, offering an 85% premium to yesterday's closing price. It's a bold move, a pricey move, a move Microsoft had to make, but not surprising given what's been happening in the online advertising world these past few weeks.

  • Google To Combine Different Searches into One Service Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 5:18 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google said it was combining its different Web search services into one Universal Search service that would present Web sites, news, video and other results on one page.

  • Breaking Up, Dog Eat Dog World & Another Survey Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 11:33 AM ET

    A company called YouMail lets you create specific voicemail messages for specific incoming callers, like a professional message when your boss calls, or a warm and fuzzy voicemail message when mom calls. Now it’s put a wicked twist on the idea, called Ditchmail. Originally intended to block telemarketers, Gen X,Y,Z-ers (is there a Z yet?) are using the service to dump bad dates.

  • Responding to recent calls for General Electric to spin off NBC Universal, GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt said he sees strong growth ahead for the news and entertainment unit but that "nothing is safe."

  • Internet media company Yahoo named Blake Jorgensen, co-founder of investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners, as chief financial officer, effective June 4.

  • Outsourcing The News On A "New" Level Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 9:35 AM ET
    iCarta Stereo Dock

    Update on what may be the dumbest outsourcing idea yet that I actually love. Last week the Associated Press reported that a daily news website in Pasadena, California, has hired two reporters based in India to cover LOCAL NEWS. The reason: since things like city council meetings are streamed online, who really needs to be there?

  • Celeb Moneymaker-Money "Loser" But Good Sport Monday, 14 May 2007 | 2:32 PM ET

    Well, with a name like Moneymaker, you'd think he'd do better than last place, but that wasn't the case for world champion poker player Chris Moneymaker. As we told you, Chris finished dead last and in 10th place in Trading with the Stars. But no matter, his favorite charity--Wounded Warriors--got $5,000 for having Chris just play. Thanks Chris for taking the time to be part of Trading with the Stars.

  • Final Standings On Contest Leaderboard Monday, 14 May 2007 | 9:33 AM ET

    Hey folks--here are the final contest standings as we start the last two weeks of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. Serge Amelyan is the owner of the top portfolio by dollar value in the contest followed by Shi Nisman who have both hovered near the top of the list for a few weeks now. Serge did not break the $5M mark but managed to chalk up a 388% return over the last 10 weeks. More than $1M separates Serge in first and Barry in 10th.

  • Trading With Stars: Nothing To Do But Wait! Friday, 11 May 2007 | 12:54 PM ET

    Friday--today--is the last day of Trading With The Stars--and only transactions that were input by 4 pm ET Thursday will make a difference in their standings.  As the Dow fell almost 150 points, Ernie Hudson was the only celeb to show a portfolio gain Thursday--on Gmarket. Jonathan Tucker regained the top spot, and Stephen Collins fell back into second on heavy losses in Golden Telecom.  Meanwhile, Chris Moneymaker got crushed on Allscripts Healthcare, which has cost him $181,862.60 since he purchased it on 5/8, and he is now in last place. James Cromwell was hit hard by Knot Inc. which cost him $160K dropping him from 4th to 8th.

  • Investment Chief Likes Biggest Companies' Shares Friday, 11 May 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    Forget the small fry and medium-cap companies: Andy Bishel thinks some of the market's largest names have the richest potential. The CIO of SKBA Capital Management gave "Morning Call" viewers two stock recommendations that may surprise them.

  • Google Takes Long View of Censorship in China Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 3:53 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Martin Pyykkonen, senior executive director for Internet, media and communications at Global Crown Capital, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” that Google  is betting that censorship in China eventually ends.