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    Black Friday marks the official kick off to the holiday shopping season and the battle over the gaming space is no child's play. This is serious business and it has come a long way from its meager beginnings in 2000 when total video game sales including PC games totaled $7.98 billion. According to researchers at NPD, game sales at brick-and-mortar retail alone has since grown more than 250 percent in recent years.

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    As Viacom joins the growing ranks of content providers blocking access from the Google TV set-top box, there is now less and less programming to watch on the device ahead of the critical holiday season.

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    The workplace needs more than a little "tweaking." Customers are frustrated, brands are unraveling, executive turnover is accelerating and workers are disgruntled. Now more than ever according to award-winning author Stephen Denning, what we need now is a radically different kind of management.

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    Buoyed by strong performances by “NBA 2K11” and “Fallout: New Vegas,” the software side of the video game industry managed to push out of its slump in October, but the good fortune did not extend to the rest of the industry.

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    After being severely disappointed in September, the video game industry is warily eyeing October’s retail sales numbers.

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    The Beatles look set to make their music available for the first time on Apple’s industry-leading iTunes digital entertainment store, the company behind the iPod and iPhone is expected to announce on Tuesday, signaling an end to the company’s disputes with the best-selling band. The FT reports.

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    The nation's second-largest toy maker is set to unveil to investors on Tuesday a handheld device called My3D that attaches to iPods and iPhones.

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    Consumers may be planning to spend less on gifts overall this holiday season, but that frugality seemingly won’t apply when it comes to consumer electronics.

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    Setting an encouraging tone for the upcoming holiday season, retail sales in October continued the momentum that was seen in the prior month, according to a report by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

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    It used to be taboo to talk to your kids about money. Now, if you're not talking to them about money, you're making a huge mistake. Don't feel the need to tackle it all at once. Here are Five Things Your Kids Need to Know About Money.

  • Retail sales might be in the tank, but that doesn’t mean 2010 has been a year of bad video games. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. While shoppers have been more picky about what they buy – and spending more time with games that have extensive multiplayer elements – there are a lot of highly-rated titles on shelves and others coming soon. The good news? That makes it easy for gift-buyers to find something for everyone. Here are some suggestions that can't be overlooked.

    Retail sales might be in the tank, but that doesn’t mean 2010 has been a year of bad video games. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Here are some suggestions that can't be overlooked.

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    Markets turn their focus back to the economy when third quarter GDP is released Friday, ahead of the market open.

  • What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Friday, Oct. 29.

  • The upcoming mid-term elections and the Federal Reserve’s announcement on quantitative easing are likely to have a major impact on your investment strategy. How should you be prepared? Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities and CNBC markets analyst and Terence Dolan, CEO of Benjamin & Jerold Brokerage discussed their insights.

  • Stocks ended slightly higher, but remained at about the same place where they started Tuesday as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Federal Reserve.

  • Stocks rose ahead of the market close Tuesday, led by consumer cyclical stocks. Stocks were pressured for most of the afternoon as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Fed.

  • Apple's $51 billion cash stockpile has led many investors to ponder a possible takeover move. But this company makes the most sense.

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    Speculation stories are fun, especially when they involve a high-profile company. We have a stellar example this week.

  • Stocks struggled to remain in positive territory Tuesday after a rise in consumer confidence offset disappointing reports on home prices and earnings.

  • U.S. stock index futures weakened Tuesday as investors digested a handful of mixed earnings reports and as the dollar made gains against the euro and yen.