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  • Apple iPhone: Let The Hype Die Down Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | 10:13 AM ET

    Apple Inc.'s iPhone is celebrating its first complete weekend on store shelves and early reports suggest blockbuster sales. Piper Jaffray is out with a report saying that Apple and AT&T sold a staggering 500,000 iPhones in 48 hours. Both Piper and Global Crown Capital say AT&T stores sold out of their inventory by Saturday afternoon, and a quick check of Apple's website this morning to gauge availability shows it spotty at best at so many retailers. Only two stores in California, both in San Francisco, show availability of any kind. And Piper says 16% of Apple stores have sold out.

  • WWE: Why Is McMahon "Eliminating" Chris Benoit? Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | 9:02 AM ET
    Chris Benoit who?

    As far as the WWE is concerned, Chris Benoit never existed. That's because they've taken the wrestler who killed his wife and son before killing himself off their Web site. A page that used to be his bio reverts to the current front page of the Web site, as does every major article written on his successes. Strangely, out of all the clicking I did Sunday night, the WWE still has its Benoit tribute piece up on the site. They've also pulled all the Benoit merchandise off the site. When you search for Chris Benoit on WWEShop.com, it comes up discontinued.

  • The media world loves to get revved up about elections and this year the issue is voter registration. Norman Lear is spearheading a campaign called "Declare Yourself." And no surprise, Lear, perhaps one of the most successful television writer/producer in TV history, is using his contacts and his expertise, turning TV humor into a tool. He's gotten two of the stars of "Reno 911" to create four videos to get what they're calling "the target demographic" to vote.

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    Apple’s iPhone has the potential to change everything in the handheld market, but won’t instantly turn competing devices into antiques, making them candidates for the Smithsonian.

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    Apple’s iPhone could change everything in the handheld market, but even competitors are likely to ride the tidal wave of enthusiasm for the device. The lines of customers clamoring to buy the iPhone this Friday will be “staggering,” predicts Kevin O’Marah, an analyst at AMR Research. But he expects Apple’s rivals to respond quickly, which could reinvigorate the telecommunications industry.

  • Apple iPhone: Should You Buy It? Q&A To Help You Decide Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 1:57 PM ET
    Boy in front of Apple Store

    So, here we are a day away now from Apple Inc.'s iPhone release, and after months of hype and endless coverage, consumers still have some questions, like the day-to-day issues that could determine whether this phone is right for you. So, here are some questions and answers that may help you make up your mind.

  • SingTel Unit Gets Funding for Australian Broadband Plan Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

    Singapore Telecommunications said on Monday its Optus unit has secured A$958 million (US$807 million) in funding from the Australian government for its broadband joint-venture.

  • YouTVpc and Peekvid Sued By Movie Studios Over Piracy Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    The Motion Picture Association of America filed suits late Tuesday on behlaf of Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox against YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com. The Wall Street Journal broke the story Wednesday night. The sites don't actually provide copyright-violating material--which is their defence--but they do show users where to find that material, which is the studios' problem with the site.

  • Apple Builds iPhone Buzz with Publicity Blitz Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | 7:22 AM ET

    Even for a company that has mastered the art of product-launch hoopla, Apple appears to have pulled out all the stops to propel iPhone hysteria into the stratosphere.

  • Macy's & Dell: Dude You're Getting A Pink Laptop Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 4:51 PM ET
    Dell XPS M1330

    Color and personalization of the new XPS M1330 notebook are how Dell is choosing to highlight its design innovation and separate itself from competitors. The PC maker debuted its new line of notebooks Tuesday in an unusual way in an unlikely setting: a runway show in Macy's Herald Square. The launch is all part of Dell's efforts to regain marketshare lost to competitor H-P by rebranding with a more stylish edge.

  • Judge Defers to Feds on Google Complaint Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 3:31 PM ET

    The judge overseeing Microsoft antitrust settlement said Tuesday she would not immediately address complaints Google has made about Microsoft's Windows Vista software.

  • The cell phone does it all: You can take pictures, send emails, play music and watch TV. Now, you can add banking to that list.  That's because some of the largest U.S. banks -- Bank of America, Citibank, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and ING Direct – are launching mobile banking services that give you access to your accounts wherever you are. 

  • "Ratatouille": Why Disney Spent $7.5 B On Pixar Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 8:20 AM ET
    Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille"

    "Ratatouille" is Disney/Pixar's first joint venture since the acquisition, and the movie--and its associated merchandise -- is exactly why Disney wanted to snap up Pixar. The film's opening on Friday but I got a sneak peak at the premiere a week early, and I was seriously impressed. Call it "Cyrano de Spice Rack", it's the story of a rat who loves to cook, and befriends the garbage boy in the best restaurant in Paris, becoming his secret chef. I was really impressed.

  • Dell Laptops

    Every once in awhile there is a partnership or corporate event that sort of makes you scratch your head. Journalists and analysts are paid to connect the dots but on both fronts, the people I've spoken with today are wondering what's behind Dell's choice to launch its new product line at Macy's in Herald Square. The launch will be Tuesday morning in Manhattan and Dell executives including Sr. Vice President Alex Gruzen will be on hand for the runway show of products.

  • Internet radio sites are declaring a "National Day of Silence" Tuesday, protesting higher royalty rates. The SaveNetRadio coalition (savenetradio.org) is organizing webcasters to fight the higher rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board, which are due July 15, and are retroactive to January 2006. The leader of SaveNetRadio says these new royalties would bankrupt the smaller players and would render the divisions of the large companies unprofitable, putting them out of business, effectively ending Internet radio as we know it.

  • Some fans of Internet radio may click on their favorite Web site and hear nothing but silence on Tuesday.

  • The Next Big Internet Buy? Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | 9:28 AM ET

    Cramer called Microsoft’s premium acquisition of aQuantive. He’s predicting Omniture is next.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Yahoo Reorganizes U.S. Ad Sales Under Karnstedt Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | 7:56 AM ET
    Exterior view of Yahoo Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

    Yahoo said Sunday the Internet media company was merging the two main parts of its U.S. advertising business under one sales executive, David Karnstedt, and that veteran ad sales executive Wenda Millard-Harris has left the company.

  • Is MySpace Over? Friday, 22 Jun 2007 | 2:06 PM ET

    When MySpace announced the beta launch of its instant messaging system -- MySpaceIM -- I wasn't impressed, I was surprised that MySpace was so late to the game. And what kind of a beta launch is this? It had a soft launch a year ago to give it some legs, before MySpace announced the "official beta." Check out this comparison of traffic ranking of MySpace, YouTube and Facebook traffic.

  • Yahoo Buys Rivals.com: Is The Deal Worth It? Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 11:23 AM ET

    You've probably heard by now, Yahoo is buying Rivals for something close to $100 million. The first question you should ask me is, is it worth it? That's such a hard question to answer, but let me tell you what you need to consider. A lot of people are going to criticize the value of this deal. They're going to say, it would have cost Yahoo a whole lot less to get 200 local journalists in each of the markets and have them build sites. What's missing from that equation is time.