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  • German Government Approves Partial Smoking Ban Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 1:35 PM ET

    Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to ban smoking on public transport and in federal buildings, but left open the possibility of special rooms being set aside for smokers.

  • Microsoft Hit With $1.5 Billion in Damages Friday, 23 Feb 2007 | 6:48 AM ET

    Microsoft on Thursday lost the first of six patent lawsuits brought by Paris-based telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, and a federal district court jury set damages at $1.5 billion.

  • High Court to Hear Microsoft Patent Case Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 4:25 AM ET

    The Supreme Court is ready to hear from lawyers from Microsoft and AT&T as it considers a long-running patent dispute between the industry giants.

  • House Passes Tax Breaks Linked to Minimum-Wage Bill Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 5:28 PM ET

    The fate of a higher federal minimum wage for the lowest paid workers no longer depends on whether small businesses will get tax breaks. The pending question is the size of the breaks.

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    Sports Illustrated chooses Beyoncé to grace the cover of its swimsuit issue. Major League Baseball deals with another fight over a World Series last-out ball. Vegas bookie picks English springer spaniel to win best in show.

  • Google Told to Remove Content From Site Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 2:08 PM ET

    Google lost a copyright lawsuit Tuesday to Belgian newspapers that had demanded it remove headlines and links to news stories posted without their permission. The ruling, if confirmed, could set a precedent for how Web search engines link to copyrighted material in the tumultuous arena of online news.

  • Google Accused of Helping Internet Pirates: WSJ Monday, 12 Feb 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    Google was criticized by a group of major media companies for deliberately providing Internet traffic to Web sites accused of offering illegal film downloads, according to several people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

  • Public Or Private--Who Should Control Muni Wi-Fi? Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 4:01 PM ET

    Cities across the country are rushing to go wireless – it’s cheaper to install, cheaper for users than cable, much faster than dial-up and generally more cost-effective all around. Yet municipalities are running into opposition as they attempt to transform their cities into Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • Options Backdating Doubts in Pixar Deal: WSJ Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 3:55 AM ET

    A payment from animation studio Pixar, thought to have been arranged by Steve Jobs, to the film director John Lasseter, is raising concerns that it included improperly backdated stock options, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

  • Romance At Work: Lose Your Heart, Keep Your Head Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 4:06 PM ET

    The bizarre story of the NASA astronaut who is charged with trying to kill a romantic rival over a love triangle is unfolding almost as if it were the plot of a TV soap opera. The love-struck mother of three is back in Texas today, a day after being charged in Florida with trying to murder the woman she believed was her romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections.  But this true story brings up an interesting real world question; if this can happen at NASA, (which has arguably the best talent in the world) what is keeping it from happening in corporate America?

  • SEC Vets React To Insider-Trading Probe Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 3:41 PM ET

    As CNBC.com reported earlier today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether or not some Wall Street banks are leaking privy information from one client to gain favor with another. But is this illegal? Depends upon whom you talk to.

  • 'Tax Gap': Pot of Gold for Congress? Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 11:42 AM ET

    Now that President George W. Bush has submitted his $2.9-trillion, fiscal-2008 budget, Congress will debate just how much money will actually be spent – and which programs will get that money. But as legislators search for ways to finance their spending agendas, more and more of them are looking to the “tax gap” as the pot of gold they need. But is it?

  • Ethical Debates Bog Down Merck's Vaccine Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 2:59 PM ET

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas recently ordered that all girls entering the sixth grade in that state be vaccinated against cervical cancer. The mandate has become a source of controversy from more than one angle. Does a governor have the right to make such an order? Is the vaccine safe? Could it promote sexual promiscuity? What role does Merck – the company that developed and produces the vaccine – play in all this?

  • Apple Suit Settled; Speculation of a Partnership Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 1:56 PM ET

    Steve Jobs’ Apple Inc. and the Beatles’ Apple Corps. have settled their 25-year trademark dispute. Now there’s speculation of a deal between the two that would put the legendary rock group’s songs on iTunes. CNBC’s Jim Goldman appeared on “Power Lunch” to fill us in.

  • Sahara: Big Budget + Big Bomb = Big Law Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 2:40 PM ET

    Opening statements are scheduled in a trial over the failed film 'Sahara. In fact, the trial is over the fact that it's failed. Producer Philip Anschutz is suing author of the book Sahara, Clive Cussler, claiming that he wildly inflated the amount of his book sales, inducing Anschutz to make a deal he wouldn't have otherwise.

  • Should Government Have Say In Exec Pay? Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 12:01 PM ET

    A controversial U.S. Senate bill on minimum wage is set to be voted on later today – it includes a provision that is designed to reign in executive pay by capping tax-deferred compensation at $1 million or a 5 year average of taxable salary, whichever is less.

  • CNBC: Apple CEO Questioned on Options Backdating Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs was questioned by U.S. investigators last week about stock options backdating at the company, a person close to the situation told CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • One Year Later - Bush Deja Vu "Again" On Oil Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007 | 12:08 PM ET

    We all remember the headlines that came out of last year’s State of the Union address: America is addicted to oil. It’s been a year and the federal government has made little progress in ending our “oil addiction.” But is there even anything the government or the President can do about it? Karen Wayland of the Natural Resources Defense Council..

  • European Online Gaming Shares Decline Monday, 22 Jan 2007 | 10:02 AM ET

    Shares in European online gaming companies fell as much as 14% Monday on news that U.S. prosecutors had launched a probe into Internet gambling.

  • No Consensus On Democrat "Big Oil" Bill Thursday, 18 Jan 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    At this hour, as crude oil futures are trading below $50 per barrel for the first time since May 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a controversial bill that targets the oil industry with higher taxes, fees and royalties. The bill is expected to pass the House with ease. “Power Lunch” covered all the bases of the proposed legislation...