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  • Google Wallet

    You may not have heard of it, but near field communication (NFC) is the technology that major companies are betting  will become a central part of every mobile user's life.

  • Is a hidden gem getting lost amid Google's dominating position in Web search and advertising and the tech giant's rising position with its Android software?

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    It's time for my very first conversation of 2012 with contrarian investor Matt Gohd of Revere Capital.

  • A Samsung television displays Google TV enabled by the Logitech Companion Box at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees.

    Aside from 3D, HDTV, and color, changes in television set technology have been slow and subtle over the years, but with today’s changing tech landscape, TVs of the not-so-distant future could be intuitive, interactive devices that “watch us.”

  • The exterior of Yahoo! corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Yahoo confirmed it is tapping Scott Thompson, president of eBay's PayPal division, as its new CEO.

  • Terranova's Worst Trade of 2011: Google

    Joe Terranova, Fast Money trader, and "Buy High, Sell Higher" author, discusses how he bungled his trade on Google, in 2011. "Always have an investment plan," he explains. "One of the greatest mistakes investors make is trading first and rationalizing the trade later."

  • A trader at the New York Stock Exchange.

    In the coming year, one writer from TheStreet.com expects considerable buzz generated from new Apple gadgets and a new Microsoft Windows operating system and details his predictions for the top five business tech trends.

  • NYSE Trader

    Analysts expect that volatility and correlation will continue to afflict markets in the year to come, the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks closed lower in the final trading day of a heavily volatile year. The Dow finished higher for the year, while the S&P erased its gains to close out largely flat. 

  • Google Wrapping Up 2011 High

    Google hit a 52-week high two days ago at $645 a share and one analyst, Colin Sebastian, RW Baird, is raising his price target from $700 to $760, 18% higher than where the stock stands now.

  • Futures were little changed on the last session of the year on Friday, with no notable economic data or earnings reports on tap.

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    Companies that were granted stock options after the 2008 stock market collapse are benefiting from those awards too — in the form of tax savings, the New York Times reports.

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    The stock market’s rebound from the financial crisis three years ago has created a potential windfall for hundreds of executives who were granted unusually large packages of stock options shortly after the market collapsed. The New York Times reports.

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    While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.

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    While 2011 has been a tough year for hedge fund investors, with a new trading year just a few sessions away, investors are looking for a new set of investment ideas for 2012. TheStreet.com analyzes stocks that hedge funds are buying right now.

  • Apple to Memorialize Steve Jobs with iPad3?

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders weigh in on news of Sears planning to close 100-120 Kmart stores due to slowed retail sales this holiday season, Apple's new and improved iPad 3, with Paul Swinand, Morningstar, Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray.

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    It will be "a very complex year across the board" in 2012, with a "slow, painfully but upward, U.S. economy, slowly improving labor markets and 2 percent to 2.5 percent GDP growth, predicted Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman.  Overlaying this will be next year's "close and quite fascinating" presidential election.

  • Stand Out - by Marcus Buckingham

    In this guest post the author writes, "We need to capture and share the best practices of top performers, and match those best practices with people best suited to use them. The catch is that you have to individualize."

  • Facebook's IPO Strategy

    Insight on why Facebook's founder/CEO wants the social networking giant to look and act more like a blue chip business, with Shayndi Raice, Wall Street Journal. The goal is to debut not as a young startup, but as a very sophisticated blue chip company, she says.

  • Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    It is the attack-ad technique of choice for 2012: Anything you have said or done on film will be held against you. Its prevalence has helped make the Republican primary campaign a ferociously negative contest.  The New York Times reports.