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  • Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad in China Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 2:38 AM ET
    Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen.

    In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in onerous work environments, with serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems. The NYT reports.

  • Netflix Beats the Street, Shares Soar After-Hours Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 5:01 PM ET
    Netflix

    It’s been a roller coaster ride for Netflix and now the stock is speeding north after hours on better-than expected fourth quarter results.

  • 15 Companies with Zero Debt Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 11:59 AM ET
    Throughout the financial crisis, large debt loads weighed on company balance sheets and had serious implications for the firms that let their borrowing get out of control. Other companies, however, have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Instead of debt, these companies hold cash and liquid investments in order to make acquisitions, investments and to run daily operations. Although too much debt can quickly turn into a problem, zero debt does no

    Throughout the financial crisis, large debt loads weighed on company balance sheets and had serious implications for many firms. Others are debt free and cash rich...like these 15 companies.

  • Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 6:06 AM ET

    Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like Amazon.com and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply. The New York Times reports

  • On the eve of Apple’s fiscal first quarter earnings release, to be delivered on Tuesday, one analyst is bullish on the tech company’s stock and anticipates further growth from its iPad and iPhone products.

  • Six Things To Learn From the Big Guys: Opinion Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 2:24 PM ET
    The Age of the Platform, by Phil Simon

    In the Age of the Platform, companies that constantly reinvent themselves lead the pack. Here are six things to learn from the big guys.

  • Analysts Doubt CEO Can Change RIM Direction Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    RIM's falling stock shows that investors are realizing "this is a bit of shuffling the chairs on the Titanic," Robert W. Baird senior analyst William Power told CNBC Monday, the day the company announced changes in the C-Suite.

  • Yoshikami: Six Trends for 2012 Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 9:48 AM ET

    With the new year we thought it might make sense to outline our major themes for 2012.

  • How the US Lost Out on iPhone Work Sunday, 22 Jan 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
    Apple iPhone 4S

    Apple once bragged that its products were made in America. But it has since moved most its massive manufacturing operation overseas, raising questions about what corporate America owes Americans.

  • IBM, Intel and Microsoft — the New Tech Leaders? Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    If one technology strategist is correct, IBM, Intel and Microsoft will be the leaders of a new economy 10 years from now.

  • Microsoft Beats Earnings Forecast; Shares Rise Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 8:21 PM ET
    Microsoft

    The software giant reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue that met forecasts on Thursday, sending its shares higher in extended trading.

  • The word "multichannel" is tied to a concept of retailers operating in multiple channels. But one message ran loud and clear at the National Retail Federation Conference in New York this week — that's not enough.

  • Social Media Dominates SecondMarket’s 2011 Trades Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    SecondMarket gave CNBC a first look at its 2011 trading results of private company shares and social media continues to be hotter than ever.

  • 2012 - The Year You Rightsize Your Finances Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    I’m a big proponent of rightsizing personal finances to match one’s goals and desired lifestyle, with the ultimate aim of a seamless transition to retirement. That’s right: retirement.

  • Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    But will the $50 billion retailer’s counterpunches be swift and sharp enough to stay on top?

  • Microsoft 'Buy' Rating Intact Despite Floods: Analyst Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    Although Microsoft warned last week that floods in Thailand could disrupt personal computer shipments, investors are more concerned with the tech company’s defensive characteristics, one managing director said.

  • Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
    Amazon.com

    Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish small competitors with discounted prices and free shipping. The little sites are fighting back with some tactics of their own, like preventing price comparisons or offering freebies that an anonymous large site can’t.

  • Is Apple Set to Revolutionize the Textbook Industry? Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 10:25 PM ET
    iPad

    The textbook industry has been waiting for its big digital revolution but so far, its been slow going. Apple may be aiming to change that with an announcement that the company has planned for Thursday in New York City.

  • Steve Cortes: Amazon Is Reason to Short Retail Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 2:27 PM ET

    Contrarian Steve Cortes saw Amazon.com’s stock performance as reason to short retail, even as one analyst called it a top pick.

  • Why is Google Trading so Poorly?     Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 12:33 PM ET

    Ken Sena, Evercore internet analyst, discusses short and long-term challenges facing Google, though he maintains that he's not concerned about softer pricing for the stock.