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  • BMW 5 Series

    Is it a sign that we truly are in an iPhone world or a bleak reminder to automakers that it's tougher than ever for them to impress younger car buyers? Either way, the research is fascinating. The latest data from CNW marketing shows that younger consumers (ages 16-29) rank tech gadgets like the iPod/iPhone, gaming systems, and computers as more important than a new car when it comes to impressing friends.

  • Xbox 360

    On the eve of the big (though decidedly more intimate) Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week in Los Angeles, Microsoft drops a bombshell: all those bloggers complaining about the hardware crashes on Xbox 360 were heard in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft will set aside between $1.05 and $1.15 billion dollars to cover a new, 3-year extended warranty program to cover repairs for the device.

  • Google And Valleywag "Fight" Over AdSense Creation Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 5:26 PM ET

    First of all, let me be clear: If you're not reading valleywag.com and think you're following Silicon Valley, you're sorely misinformed. Valleywag is a must-read for anyone trying to get the real, behind-the-scenes story of what's going on around here. They're snarky, fun, creative, connected, and can't wait to spotlight the embarassing, the unfortunate, the inaccurate, the bluster and the misguided spin. And they're usually pretty good about accuracy.

  • Google: Is There A "gPhone" In Our Future? Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 3:38 PM ET
    A gPhone in the future?

    Back in March, when Google hired Andy Rubin, one of the founders behind the Sidekick from Danger, Inc., there was rampant speculation that the company was careening down the path toward a Google-branded cell phone. I was told by sources that he was heading up a 100-person team on this project. Since then, various Google execs have stepped forward to say there wasn't Google hardware in the company's future; but plenty of cool new software on the way designed specifically to take advantage of the wonderful world of wireless.

  • Silicon Chip

    You'd think that with sand being one of the world's most abundant natural resources--and the key ingredient used in chip making--that there'd be no chance of a silicon shortage. You'd be wrong, and you can thank the incredibly fast growing solar panel industry for the problem. These two industries have been fighting for raw material to fuel their growth for some time, but now, an innovative solution may make both sides happy--and generate many happy returns for investors in companies like Intel, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Freescale, AMD and so many others.

  • Apple's iPhone: Breaking Down Who's Making The Money Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | 1:27 PM ET

    While most Mac geeks were worshipping at the iPhone altar this weekend, we here at CNBC got some tech geeks to dissect an Apple iPhone for us (see video below). Called a "tear down", it's when you break apart a gadget to figure out what's inside, and how much those components cost. We got one of the top companies in this field--called iSuppli-to peel apart the (Apple) gadget for us.

  • Oracle: Larry Ellison's "Suite" Deal Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | 1:09 PM ET
    NetSuite's Headquarters

    Did you catch NetSuite's $75 million initial public offering filing? Maybe not, since it's a relatively tiny company, not profitable, and not looking to raise all that much. Ahh, but read the S-1 filing and you get a better sense of the drama playing underneath the paperwork. And that makes this a fun little story during an otherwise slow news week (with the July 4th holiday, post iPhone madness, etc.) Turns out that a company called Tako Investments owns a 74% stake in NetSuite.

  • 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.

  • Apple's iPhone: The iLiners Wait! Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | 12:39 PM ET
    CNBC's Jim Goldman interviewing the "Zooomr" group.

    From our position outside of Apple Inc.'s store in downtown Palo Alto, the line is long, the atmosphere festive and sleep is hard to come by. But the bagels and shmeer from Noah's are plentiful and the entrepreneurial spirit that made Silicon Valley famous is alive and well. At the Walnut Creek, California store in the East Bay, Josh May from iWait.org tells us "We are actually selling our spots in line. We have about 700 hits on our website. We've a couple of seats sold for about $500. Some almost coming up to $700."

  • Palm And RIMM: A Tale of Two Earnings Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 5:05 PM ET

    Both Palm and RIMM numbers are out and the two could not have drawn a more stark contrast to each other. RIMM announced a 3 for 1 stock split on blockbuster earnings: $1.17 vs. the $1.06 the Street was looking for. Revenue also beat: $1.08 billion instead of the $1.05 anticipated. Unit shipments came in at 2.4 million, just as expected. But new subscribers soared: 1.2 million instead of the 1.14 million projected by the Street.

  • Apple: Will iPhone Ring Up The Company's Stock? Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 3:48 PM ET

    If you're holding Apple stock, or want to, and haven't asked these five financial questions, you should. 1. What if the iPhone is a bust? What will that do to Apple stock? "If the device doesn't hit, and continue with a real strong bang, people might be deflated here," says Jonathan Hoopes at ThinkEquity. "Believing that the iPhone, if it's not as successful as those who think it will be, is gonna bring the down the company's other businesses."

  • 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.

  • A Stealth Bull Emerges in the IPO Market Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | 12:16 PM ET

    The new issue market is on track for its best year since 2000.

  • iPhones: iRisk, iRewards With One Week To Go Friday, 22 Jun 2007 | 11:54 AM ET

    Update: I am out of the office Monday the 25th through Wednesday. Be sure and check back with me later this week. One week from today, Apple Inc. will unleash its iPhone on what appears to be a ravenous marketplace; panting about the prospects, pouting about the long lines expected and the chance consumers who want one may not get one on that first day. For Apple though, it's all about ringing up sales, or racking up risk: Will iPhone measure up to all the hype it has enjoyed these past several months. What hype, you might ask?

  • Tech Check Talk Back; Not Back Talk! Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 11:36 AM ET

    After an amazingly busy week of Apple Inc., Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, eBay and the ever-growing valuation bonanza shaping up here in the Silicon Valley, you'd expect a flood of email, and ummm, I'm still dripping! So, in keeping with my earlier promise of not just printing, but answering, the missives, here we go!

  • 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.

  • Yahoo, Apple, And Others Play Valuation Game Wednesday, 20 Jun 2007 | 3:44 PM ET
    Tom Anderson, Co-founder and President of MySpace

    Apple Inc. and the company's iPhone continue to generate the lion share of headlines in the world of tech nowadays; it's the world of tech that may be worth a second look for investors. Something crazy is going on. It seems to have begun on Monday when our David Faber broke the news that Yahoo was in play, and he rattled off a list of companies that might be sniffing around for a deal. Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast, Microsoft, News Corp. The usual suspects, if you will.

  • Yahoo's Day After (Semel Out, Yang In) Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 11:11 AM ET
    Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang smiles as he watches the Stanford basketball game against Washington State, Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Stanford, Calif. Yahoo! celebrated their 10th anniversary this week. David Filo and Yang founded Yahoo! as doctoral students at Stanford. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Yahoo's next chapter begins today with a "what's old is new again" approach. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang moves into the C-suite; and Susan Decker moves next door as the company's president. And with a few hours under our belts to digest Terry Semel's departure, it gives us some opportunity to look ahead at what's next for this company.

  • Google Preparing For Big Brain Drain? Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | 2:43 PM ET

    When it comes to Google say it with me: Here we go again!The company is getting ready to celebrate another key milestone in August: its 3rd anniversary as a publicly traded company. Sure there will be the usual partying (especially if the stock keeps performing as it is today and stays above the nose-bleed $500 a share. (It opened at $85 three years ago, August 19.)

  • Apple Goes On The Offensive Over iPhone Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | 11:14 AM ET
    Apple iPhone

    Apple Inc. shoots down two of the biggest criticisms of its upcoming iPhone, and does so with gusto! Not an easy trick since the iPhone is still almost two weeks away. But that hasn't stopped critics and pundits from taking on the technology inside what some are calling the "Jesus Phone" because of the universal hype surrounding the product. A kind of "Second Coming" for technology brought to us by the High Lord of Cupertino. Well, you get the gist.