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  • Stocks Slide for 2nd Day; Merck, Sony Gain Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 5:23 PM ET

    Stocks ended lower for a second day Thursday, led by tech and consumer shares, after some disappointing outlooks. Financial and materials rose slightly.

  • Earnings Roundup: July 29 Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 4:58 PM ET

    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, July 29.

  • Stocks Trim Losses; Banks Gain, Techs Fall Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 | 2:29 PM ET

    Stocks shaved some of their earlier losses as financials gained.  Sony and BP shares rose.

  • Job Losses

    Weekly jobless claims will again be a big event for Thursday's markets, and economists think the number will not really show any improvement.

  • Traders Position for Big Activision Rally Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    Activision Blizzard released the potential blockbuster "Starcraft II" on Tuesday, and one large trader is playing for a rally.

  • StarCraft 2

    Normally, the release of a PC game – even a highly anticipated one – wouldn’t be a particularly big deal for investors. But when that game is “Starcraft II,” all the usual rules are thrown out the window.

  • Futures Stall Ahead; Housing News Looms Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 8:48 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Monday in the wake of a strong close for Wall Street Friday and ahead of fresh data on the housing sector.

  • Sony’s Trojan Horse Sneaks up on Microsoft Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:52 PM ET

    Microsoft has known for a while that the trick to getting the Xbox 360 integrated into people’s living rooms is to load it with non-gaming features. It’s a strategy that was worked well for the company.... Now, though, Sony is quickly following suit...which could give it an advantage as the industry prepares for a crucial holiday season.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    Digital distribution has been a hot topic in the video game industry for years – with developers, publishers and retailers trying to forecast when it will become a real threat to traditional brick and mortar stores. New data, however, shows that time might be closer than many were expecting.

  • Microsoft Sets Kinect Price at $150 Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
    Kinect, the motion controller for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

    Microsoft’s gesture-recognition controller, Kinect, set to hit stores this November, will launch with a price tag of $150, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Can Sony and Microsoft Replicate Wii's Success? Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 1:15 PM ET
    Wii

    The attempts of Sony and Microsoft to replicate the success of Nintendo's Wii gaming system has been met with lukewarm reception, CNBC.com's Chris Morris reports.

  • Video Game Sales Plunge Again in June Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 6:45 PM ET
    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Analysts and industry observers were expecting June’s video game sales numbers to be pretty awful. Unfortunately, they were right.

  • Smash ‘Em Up w/ Dennis Kneale Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 5:49 PM ET

    Are some companies just too big for their own good? That's the focus of our series this week called 'Smash 'Em Up!'

  • Kneale: How to Fix Microsoft? Smash It Up! Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 12:04 PM ET
    Microsoft

    Microsoft should look at spinning off its consumer businesses—an $11 billion-a-year, red-ink-stained amalgam—and refocusing on its real core: internal software and the apps that run on it.

  • Video Game Sales Have Smaller Drop in May Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 7:42 PM ET
    Screen capture of "Red Dead Redemption"

    After a surprising—and staggeringly bad—April, the video game industry showed fledgling signs of life in May—but nothing that’s going to cause investors to cheer. Take Two Interactive Software, though, may finally have a hit franchise that will divert investor focus away from “Grand Theft Auto”.

  • Video Games: Shooters Thrive As Court Case Looms Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 11:13 AM ET

    With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments later this year about whether states should be allowed to regulate the sale of violent video games, you might think game makers would consider dialing down the number of shooter titles.

  • What Makes Rich People Happy? (Besides Money) Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    Which brands make the rich happy? A new study from the Affluence Collaborative, a research project formed by several marketing groups, attempted to answer that question, and found that the top brands on that list are all technology names.

  • Android-Related Stocks 'to Avoid' Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 3:35 PM ET

    Recently, market research firm NPD found that during the first quarter of 2010, consumers purchased more Google Android-based devices than iPhones. It was an important win for Google and Android. But for investors, it was eye-opening.

  • Michael Jackson

    All those people who said Michael Jackson might earn more in death than in life are being proved right.

  • What Toy Story 3's Success Means for Movies Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 4:46 PM ET
    Toy Story 3

    Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" blew past expectations and brought in $109 million at the US box office. Sixty percent of the movie's gross was from 3-D screens, which charge $3 more, on average, per ticket. The question is, what impact will this movie really have on Disney and other studios?