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  • Criticism over Google-DoubleClick Deal Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 8:36 AM ET

    Google, the world's Web search leader, said Thursday it was unlikely U.S. antitrust authorities would seek to impose conditions on its $3.1 billion acquisition of advertising company DoubleClick.

  • U.S. Stocks Close Up Modestly on Mixed Economic Data Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 4:27 PM ET

    Stocks ended with modest gains as better-than expected employment data overshadowed negative news from the housing industry. "Jobless claims dropping below 300,000 is a very good sign," said Michael Darda, chief economist at MKM Partners. "It really doesn't look like the labor market is falling off of a cliff here."

  • Microsoft "Halo 3" 1st-Day Game Sales at $170 Million Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 8:13 AM ET
    Tristan Greenwood 12, looks at a display showing the box for Microsoft's latest game "Halo 3" at Universal Studios Citywalk in Los Angles on Monday, Sept 24, 2007. The new version of the most popular Microsoft Xbox 360 video game franchise,  goes on sale at midnight. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Microsoft's "Halo 3" video game set an opening-day U.S. sales record of $170 million, outdoing any video game or movie debut and giving the company's money-losing entertainment unit a strong boost toward profitability.

  • Microsoft Revamps Windows Live Search, Eyes Google Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 5:07 AM ET
    Microsoft

    Seeking to narrow the gap with Google, Microsoft unveiled a retooled Web search service that aims to deliver more relevant results and combines text, video and other information onto a single page.

  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Launches in New York Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 9:18 PM ET

    Its release is as important to Activision as Halo is to Microsoft, so it was no surprise the company pulled out all the stops at today’s New York City launch of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

  • Retailers Hoping for a Green Christmas Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    The latest CNBC Holiday Central survey shows most expect holiday spending to grow 1% to 3% this year, the the smallest annual increase since 2002.

  • Facebook: Is It Really Worth Microsoft's Offer? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 1:38 PM ET

    Rumors are flying about Microsoft's interest in investing in a 5% stake in Facebook--a stake that would value the social networking upstart at some $10 billion dollars. Viacom and Yahoo  have both made bids for the company, Google is reportedly interested (though co-founder Sergey Brin told me back in July that they weren't pursuing Facebook) and now Microsoft's offer is shaping up.

  • The Halo Effect Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    On Tuesday Microsoft (MSFT) will release the highly anticipated Halo 3 in what’s predicted to be the biggest opening for an entertainment product ever. The software giant hopes Halo 3 will reverse 6 years of losses in its video game business. In Face 2 Face, hear from a video game expert who's among the very few to already have played this game.

  • Trading The Online Ad Wars Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 11:31 AM ET

    Microsoft (MSFT) beat Google (GOOG) to the punch and made a 5% investment in the social networking phenomenon Facebook.com says WSJ. This comes as Bill Gates wages a campaign against Google's $3 billion purchase of online advertising firm Doubleclick, which is being reviewed by Congress later this week. How do you trade?

  • U.S. stocks finished lower on Monday as concern about the impact of the housing slump and credit squeeze hurt shares of financial companies.

  • Microsoft In Talks to Invest in Facebook: WSJ Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 4:02 PM ET

    Microsoft is talking to Facebook about an investment in the company that could value the fast-growing social network at $10 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Monday.

  • Halo 3: And The Hype Rolls On (And On) Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:15 AM ET
    Halo 3

    I made the trek cross-country yesterday to front our exclusive Halo 3 release coverage from this Best Buy store at the corner of 44th and 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This is one of 10,000 retailers nationwide that'll be hosting midnight-madness sales tonight to launch Halo 3 onto store shelves.

  • Hello Halo! Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    Inside of a week now to the year's most anticipated entertainment event. Not Shrek. Spider-man. Even Pirates. Nope, I'm talking Master Chief, Cortana. The Covenant. I'm talking "Halo 3."

  • Microsoft has launched a campaign behind the scenes to persuade internet companies, advertisers and regulators to oppose Google's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising group DoubleClick, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Stocks, Housing And A 'Halo' Dominate Week Ahead Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 4:42 PM ET

    Like an orchestra tuning up, financial markets are trying to find the right pitch after the Fed's big rate move. The market moves have been dramatic, and for the time being, it's likely they'll continue that way.

  • Google Headquarters

    Google's stock reached a new high Friday, reflecting Wall Street's renewed faith in the Internet search leader as it introduces new ways for advertisers to reach its steadily expanding online audience.

  • Oracle Edges Forecasts, Helped by Acquisitions Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 11:51 AM ET
    Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Oracle, the world's third-largest software maker, reported higher quarterly profit Thursday as sales of products it acquired over the past year helped boost earnings.

  • Digital Revolution: The PC Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    With emerging markets gobbling up notebook computers, Morgan Stanley raising its 2007 PC growth forecast 4%, and the major PC makers all up more than 5% in a month –- is the PC back to being a cornerstone of the digital revolution?

  • Bill Gates Again Tops List of Richest Americans Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 9:42 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest person in America for the 14th year in a row, followed by investor Warren Buffett, according to Forbes magazine's latest list of the wealthiest Americans.

  • Energy Gains Give S&P Needed Boost Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 9:02 AM ET

    No economic data today but it is quadruple witching expiration, the quarterly S&P rebalancing, and we are approaching the end of the quarter. The good news: for all the worries, the S&P 500 is up 1.02% for the quarter (as of yesterday). The bad news: without the big gains in energy, the index would be down 0.05%. Energy is the biggest sector gainer, up 9.8%.

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