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    The American Consumer Institute just released a study that examines the perception and the facts as to whether Wal-Mart is the low-priced retailer for consumer electronics products.

  • Tommy Lee Wants You to Be a Rock Star Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:53 PM ET
    Tommy Lee

    You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.

  • Hirschhorn: Steroids & Hedge Funds Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    There are two things I love most in life: trading and baseball. Historically, peak performance in baseball involved finding something that gave players an edge over their opponent. Some players used amphetamines. Others thought steroids gave them the edge.

  • The Gift That Stops Giving Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:29 PM ET
    Motorized Rolling Pin

    The Funny Business Product of the Week! An idea that ensures no one will ever want you to buy them a gift again. 

  • Roginsky: It’s (Still) Change, Stupid Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 12:24 PM ET
    Your Money Your Vote

    Anyone looking to last Tuesday’s elections as the harbinger of things to come can draw several lessons from the bipartisan results across the Eastern seaboard. Quite simply, Tuesday was the sequel to the 2008 “Change” election – and elected officials in Washington would do well to pay attention to voters in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, whose message resonated loud and clear.

  • How Low Will You Go? Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

    I need your help. I'm looking for high-intensity shoppers demanding the absolute lowest prices this holiday season.

  • The Perfect Job On 'The Go' Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | 12:49 PM ET

    If you're like me, just looking at a glass of iced tea or coffee or wine makes you have to go to the bathroom. I sometimes wonder what's the point of actually drinking the stuff—I should just pour it down the flusher and save time. Sound familiar? Then I have the BEST JOB EVER for you.

  • Hirschhorn: Gaining Edge in a Post-Galleon World Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 4:26 PM ET

    Rules are changing when it comes to the way we used to think about having competitive advantages. As the Galleon situation plays out, we no longer know if it's ok to access and actually trade on certain information.

  • Barbie's Sugar Daddy? Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 4:48 PM ET
    Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

    There is one man in Palm Beach who hasn't lost his fortune in a Ponzi scheme: Ken. For those of you who thought Barbie's boyfriend couldn't be any more emasculated, Mattel is releasing the "Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken".

  • What Ribbon To Wear For National Toilet Month? Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

    Did you know that October is also the month where the entire country needs to think about repairing its toilets?

  • Roginsky: The Lieberman Opt-Out Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 10:53 AM ET
    Joe Lieberman (CT -D)

    Now in an a new fit of pique, Lieberman has threatened to join a filibuster of a health care plan that includes a public option, even if there is a state opt-out provision.  His ostensible reasons for joining Republicans in killing health care reform is his concern that Congress is “trying to do too much at once” and that a public option would spell trouble for the growing national debt.

  • See The World, Save On Health Care Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 2:33 PM ET
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    Individual patients seeking healthcare solutions beyond our borders is nothing new. What is new is that Corporate America, facing rising medical costs, is considering sending employees overseas, and paying the bill.

  • Hirschhorn: Viewer Questions Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 1:30 PM ET
  • Technical Workers in Clean Room

    History teaches us that it is unlikely one country will remain a superpower forever. To say nothing of military strength, America’s economic power is shrinking as other countries have quickly emerged as competitive forces in economic might, technology prowess and cultural influence, writes Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.

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    People are understandably cautious about the economy – and their own wallets – as we head into this year’s holiday season, but “value” does not equate only to “lowest price” for most customers, writes Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy.

  • Roginsky: He Who Pays the Piper Fails to Call The Tune Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 11:35 AM ET

    Those who protest these limits on executive compensation are pushing back by arguing that top talent at the 7 firms will flee to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan or hedge funds that have no limit on executive compensation. So what?

  • I Want A New Drug Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    I'm about to head out to my 30th high school reunion in L.A. this weekend. 30 years! Impossible. Seems like only yesterday that I saw my parents off to their 25th.

  • Viceroy: Bean Counters - Vision Or Value? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 9:58 AM ET

    Anthony Viceroy, President of Global Operations, Porter Novelli writes, "Upon peering into its crystal ball late last year, the Economist dubbed 2009 "The Year of the CFO" — which sounds like a pretty exciting prospect for a guy like me. But in its article, the magazine went on to posit, “Recession, credit crunch and the increasingly complex nature of global companies will all play directly into the bean counter’s hands......that’s harsh"

  • Now That It's Everywhere, Has Apple Lost Its Shine? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:26 PM ET

    Apple’s iPhone initially caught the public’s imagination because it was the high-fidelity cell phone. Nothing else looked or acted like it.

  • Whatever Happened to The Sarah Palin XBox? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 12:05 PM ET
    Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin

    It finally listed. It didn't sell. In a shocking development, no bids came through for the $1.1 million Microsoft Xbox autographed by Sarah Palin.