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  • Chinese "Lead Scare" Not Real Reason for Slow Toy Sales Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    I'd like to deconstruct the myth that the China lead-contaminated is responsible for the drop off in toy sales this year. Lead-contamination worries or not, parents are still buying toys and kids are still playing with them this season.

  • Google Gets Go-Ahead to Buy DoubleClick Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission will not block Google's $3.1 billion dollar deal to acquire Internet advertising company DoubleClick.

  • People who read this blog regularly know that I love lists. I also like to dissect them as evidenced by my criticism of BusinessWeek's Sports Power in September. Here's another list: SportsBusiness Journal's 50 Most Influential People In Sports Business In 2007.

  • Auto Branding: Hold That Thought, You Might Be Wrong Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 9:35 AM ET
    2008 Saturn Aura

    Just for a minute, I want you to block out the opinions you have about certain auto brands. So if you always see BMW's as refined and stylish, stop. Or if you think Hyundai's are overrated, hold it. OK, now that you have a clear mind, think about this: Saturn, Suzuki, and Buick are changing their acts and are increasingly being seen in a positive light by car buyers.

  • Web Retailers Race vs. Christmas Clock Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 4:48 PM ET

    It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.

  • So, "Where America Shops," Trees Are Dying? Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 3:11 PM ET

    I haven't leafed through a catalog all year. In fact, catalogs go straight from my mailbox to the recycle trash bin. Take away the catalogs and the other junk mail I ignore, and I'd blissfully have nearly no mail at all.

  • Google Takes On Wikipedia with Online Encyclopedia Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | 12:52 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google is working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as experts and possibly profit from their knowledge.

  • Paris goes green!

    First, you know the green movement has "jumped the shark" when Paris Hilton wants to reduce her carbon footprint. While in Germany, she told the Associated Press, "I changed all the light bulbs to energy safe light bulbs (energy safe???), and I'm buying a hybrid car right now."

  • Sports Biz with Darren Rovell Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 9:54 AM ET

    It's that time of year again. That time of year to tell you what's going to happen next year in the sports business.

  • Funny Business with Jane Wells Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:55 PM ET

    Fake Jane is very excited about 2008! She hopes to afford major reconstructive surgery which will turn back the hands of time. Or maybe she can at least afford better skincare products. Maybe she'll even go on a date! She's very optimistic that, even if she doesn't meet Mr. Right, she'll meet Mr. Desperate. Yes!

  • Mike Ditka Finds Out Charity Work Has Its "Costs" Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:17 AM ET
    Mike Ditka

    Mike Ditka will get crucified today for the negligence over his Hall of Fame Assistance Trust.  He dissolved it yesterday and gave out the $600,000 in the coffers after it was discovered the organization spent more than it distributed. Ditka lent his name to the charity, which made sense because of his drive to boost the pensions of retired NFL players.

  • The Office Christmas Party

    Sad. There are no new episodes left of "The Office" because of the strike, which means we will instead have to experience the real-life insanity of communing with colleagues at the holiday office party.

  • China's Advertising Revolution Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 7:47 PM ET

    The growing middle class in China is looking for ways to spend its hard-earned money. Who better to show them than Focus Media?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.

  • Falcons Doing Just Fine (Financially) Without Vick Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 2:06 PM ET
    Michael Vick

    When everything happened with Michael Vick--who of course got sentenced to 23 months in jail yesterday--many of the critics said the Falcons would take a big financial hit from this. But the honest truth is the Falcons are doing just fine.

  • Lights, Camera, No Action Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 7:43 PM ET

    Entertainment stocks are finally feeling the heat from Wall Street as the writer’s strike drags on with no end in sight. Which media companies are best prepared to weather the storm as they stare at a long, cold winter with no new material?

  • Allison Stokke 18-yr old Pole Vaulter

    You might remember her name: Allison Stokke was a high school pole vaulter who turned into an internet sensation because of her good looks. But, after a Washington Post article that chronicled her apparently unwanted rise , the hits slowed down for Stokke. After the article, the unofficial Allison Stokke Web page even shut down for good.

  • The 2008 Beijing Olympics present an unparalleled marketing opportunity for global brands looking to expand their presence in the dynamic Chinese market.

  • Lenny Dykstra

    Lenny Dykstra, baseball player turned financial analyst, is now adding another title to his resume: Publisher. He's coming out with a magazine called The Players Club in conjunction with Doubledown Media, publisher of Trader Monthly.

  • November may have been sweeter to stores than many thought. Don't get me wrong--stores aren't going to be AHEAD of plan but it is sounding increasingly like they may NOT miss those meager plans they set for themselves at the beginning of the month. Meeting expectations COULD be a real positive for retail stocks tomorrow.

  • Hey, Kids! Watch the Internet Bubble Burst--On Video Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 4:58 PM ET

    For any investor who thinks the Internet bubble is about to burst again, this video is for you.