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    Shoppers may be snapping up Harry Potter box sets for stocking stuffers, but that's not enough to stop the dizzying decline in DVD sales.

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    Holiday Season 2011 got off to a roaring start with crowds of shoppers lining up at stores from Thanksgiving evening straight on through the morning on Black Friday, but retail executives remained cautious yet upbeat about the rest of the season.

  • Hollywood's Holiday Battle Begins

    Disney, Paramount, Sony are all releasing family movies today, with CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • Disney and YouTube

    Consumers just got yet another option for entertaining their kids with Disney movies. Disney just agreed to rent its movies on YouTube -- it will offer hundreds of films from Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks Studios on YouTube starting today for between $1.99 and $3.99. The studio controls pricing and will receive the majority of revenue.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has historically given investors something to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving week: money. Buying into what is known as the Thanksgiving Rally could earn you profits that make up for Black Friday shopping, according to TheStreet.

  • A customer purchases the Amazon.com Inc. Kindle Fire tablet computer at a Best Buy Co. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Amazon.com Inc.

    With declining categories such as GPS devices and computers, no new must-have videogame console, and little buzz beyond tablets as the next big must-have gadget, consumer electronics is poised to have a blue holiday.

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    On Wednesday afternoon Google will finally launch its long-awaited music store at an event in Los Angeles.

  • Battlefield 3

    While there's little doubt the videogame industry will once again end the year with negative growth, publishers are certainly positioning themselves to go out with a good fight.

  • The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Several top franchises have new installments out and some new games are looking very promising. That's good news for players, but it's even better for gift buyers, since few gamers will be able to keep up with the deluge. Here are some sure-fire suggestions.

    The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Here are ten videogames that won't miss their mark.

  • Greece

    The European Central Bank: The big bazooka. There are plenty of important events this week, from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's presser to the Group of 20 nations (G20) to nonfarm payrolls. But the story most closely watched is ECB President Mario Draghi's first press conference tomorrow. Why? Not just because many believe he may cut interest rates a month early, it's that many are betting he will reiterate that he is going to continue to buy sovereign bonds.

  • E.U. Flags

    European leaders gathering for an emergency meeting Wednesday in Cannes could get more attention than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, unless he has a surprise policy move up his sleeve.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Like an unpleasant relative, the European debt crisis came back for a visit Monday and may still be hanging around on Tuesday.

  • Stocks closed out the final trading day of October with a thud, finishing near session lows amid renewed concerns over the European debt crisis, but logged some record gains for the month.

  • Futures declined Monday as the U.S. dollar shot up to a three-month high against the yen after the Japanese government intervened in the market to curb its currency's appreciation.

  • A Bangkok suburb is flooded October 25, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Thailand announced a five-day holiday on Tuesday to give people the chance to escape floods closing in on Bangkok as the prime minister warned that the capital could face an inundation of 1.5 metres (nearly five feet) of water if barriers collapsed.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

    Shares of Take-Two Interactive Software surged Tuesday as the company confirmed the long-rumored next installment in its hit "Grand Theft Auto" series is on the way.

  • The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about iCloud during introduction of the new iPhone 4s at the company’s headquarters October 4, 2011.

    Buy a movie once, watch it anywhere, on any Internet-connected device, through the cloud . That's the new business model making waves in Hollywood. Apple's in advanced negotiations with the movie studios to offer movies through its iCloud service and UltraViolet, from a consortium of media and tech companies, rolls out its first cloud-enabled DVDs this week. And Hollywood's hoping that these new options will grow digital movie sales to compensate for DVDs' decline.

  • Despite a failed attempt at the end of Friday's session to close the week out on a positive note, stocks finished higher on some tepid signs of recovery for the US economy.

  • Futures rebounded, erasing their early losses Friday following a stronger-than-expected monthly government payrolls report.