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  • Top 10 States for Technology & Innovation Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | 10:33 AM ET
    In our annual CNBC rankings of our   is among the most important measures of success. States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation, so we put those claims to the test. The category ranks states based on their support for innovation, with metrics including the number of patents issued to their residents, the dollar value of federal health and science research grants and deployment of broadband services rankings, per the FCC. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

    States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation — so we put those claims to the test. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

  • 15 Influential Innovations of the Past 50 Years Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | 10:32 AM ET
    Innovation has come at such a dizzying pace in recent decades that it has transformed our world in ways once only imagined in science fiction. As part of our "Future of Innovation" special report, we decided to take a look at some of the most influential innovations of the recent past. Compiling a definitive list turned out to be difficult, if not impossible — and almost certainly up for fierce debate. Nevertheless, we gave it a shot. Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions

    Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions over the past 50 years, created using a variety of studies as reference points, including ones from Knowledge@Wharton and Popular Mechanics.

  • Homes of Talk-Show Hosts Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Television talk-show hosts do more than read monologues and toss softball questions at celebrities. The top players in this field also collect enormous paychecks. CelebrityNetWorth.com puts the net worth of Conan O’Brien at $75 million and both Ellen DeGeneres and Glenn Beck at $85 million, for example. The net worth of Jay Leno and Larry King are both at $150 million, according to the same source. Clearly, these celebrated TV personalities can afford a fabulous home or two or three. The followi

    These celebrated TV personalities can afford a fabulous home...or two or three. The following homes have price tags ranging from a relatively modest $2.2 million up to $60 million.

  • China’s 10 Wealthiest Billionaires Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 12:38 AM ET
    It's been a bumper year for China's super rich, never mind the growing gloom and doom over the global economy. The Shanghai-based Hurun Research Institute's 2011 rich list, which tallies up China's 1,000 richest men and women has, for the first time, a record 271 billionaires on it. The cut-off to make this annual list has doubled from two years ago to $310 million.On the whole, China's 1,000 richest people have an average wealth of $924 million. The country is now also home to about one million

    We've put together a list of the top 10 richest people in China based on the Hurun Rich List. Find out who are China’s top billionaires and which companies they run.

  • Celebrity Million-Dollar Extravagances Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    People love to read about celebrities who spend huge sums of money on luxury items--even in these hard times. After all, who wouldn’t be amused to learn that Paris Hilton owns a $325,000 doghouse that’s an exact replica of her own mansion?The limits of celebrity conspicuous consumption continue to be pushed. Some of the rich and famous have distinguished themselves through the sheer quantities of cash spent on quirky luxury items—up to $1 million or more. Often, the practicality of these purchas

    Who are some of the celebrities who have spent $1 million or more on decadent extravagances? Click to find out!

  • Disappearing Jobs 2011 Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 1:51 PM ET
    Last year, CNBC.com covered  using a list provided by the Department of Labor. This year, we decided to pose the same topic to the online job resource . It compiled the following list by taking the occupations that most consistently declined in the number of job listings over the last eight months (January to Aug 2011). SimplyHired.com excluded from the results jobs that it believed had decreased listings primarily due to the economy (e.g., jobs that have fewer openings due to high supply of qua

    SimplyHired.com compiled the following list of disappearing jobs by taking the occupations that most consistently declined in the number of job listings over the last eight months. Check it out!

  • U.S. Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest 2011 Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 1:46 PM ET
    Although the U.S. housing market continues to struggle, many local markets are doing significantly better than the country as a whole, with some places While shifts in home values are important in any market, a key thing for sellers to determine is the length of time a property can expect to be on the market before being sold. The faster that homes sell, the faster an inventory backlog can be cleared, suggesting heightened demand and an upward trajectory. Additionally, when looking to sell, if a

    The faster that homes sell, the faster an inventory backlog can be cleared, suggesting heightened demand and an upward trajectory. So, where do homes sell the fastest? Find out!

  • 20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop (Q3 2011) Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 4:41 PM ET
    It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at

    With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at which stocks in the S&P 500 have average consensus estimates farthest above their stock prices.

  • Executives With the Most Options Compensation Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 8:00 AM ET
    Boardrooms and compensation committees continue to grapple with heightened scrutiny and controversy surrounding CEO pay packages. In the wake of the “golden parachute” outrage of the financial crisis, payouts in the form of stock options have become a favored form of compensation for public companies. Options typically don’t vest for three to four years, which helps prevent a CEO from taking home a windfall payout in the event he or she is prematurely ousted because of poor performance, scandal,

    In the wake of the “golden parachute” outrage of the financial crisis, payouts in the form of stock options have become a favored form of compensation for public companies.

  • The First Family Vacation Home for Sale Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 6:13 PM ET
    Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put  with Sotheby's International Realty, carrying a price tag of $23.7 million.Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.” (Bill and Hillary Clinton were also guests back in 1998.)Blue Heron Farm is situated in Chilmark, which is known to show up

    Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put on the market with a price tag of $23.7 million.

  • 10 Highly Paid Rookies Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 3:57 PM ET
    For many people, a first job is an entry-level position whose greatest form of payment is experience. People taking these jobs have to slowly climb the ladder and prove themselves before they can earn better money. They have to pay their dues.For professional athletes, there is no entry-level job--they’re put on the field on day one and expected to deliver the goods. Rookie athletes are well-compensated for this, and for many sports fans, the players’ salaries and contracts are almost as fascina

    Check out our list of rookie athletes who received huge paydays to play for major league teams!

  • The Richest Members of the US Congress 2011 Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    Recently, the Capitol Hill publication analyzed the financial assets of U.S. lawmakers, contained in mandatory annual disclosures, to determine the members of the US Congress that have the highest approximate net worth. Although these Congressional disclosures are not exact — they are displayed in a range of estimated value over broad categories — Roll Call, a Capitol Hill news and information provider, analyzed the assets and liabilities of every US representative and senator to come up with th

    Which members of the US Congress have the highest approximate net worth. Check out the list.

  • Child Star Successes Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 5:24 PM ET
    The Hollywood machine loves a fresh-faced, button-nosed, apple-cheeked, sassy child performer. Once that precocious kid dares to grow up, however, the system is not kind.The unfortunate trend is that for every well-adjusted former child star, there are two troubled Coreys. Behind them is a staggering rogues gallery of has-beens such as Lindsay Lohan, Dustin Diamond, and so on, with each of them doing one or more of the following: falling down drunk, overdosing on drugs, crashing a car, committin

    We assembled a list of child stars that have moved on from acting (for the most part) to achieve success in other fields—a handful still in the entertainment world. See where they are now.

  • Who's Delivering Alpha? Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 4:19 PM ET
    Many of the world’s most powerful hedge fund managers are gathering under one roof this fall for the much-anticipated  conference in Manhattan. The hot topic on the agenda – apart from emerging markets, credit yields, and commodities futures – will be to see who’s really delivering alpha. The metric used to measure a portfolio manager’s added value; “Alpha” is also a way for managers to size each other up. Alpha is all about outperforming your benchmark, be it the volatile stock market, or simpl

    Many of the conference attendees are considered industry icons for outperforming their peers. Click to see the Hedge Fund elite, and how much money they’re managing.

  • In Photos: Fashion Week Spring 2012 Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 1:05 PM ET
    There were many crosscurrents as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off on Sept. 8 at New York’s Lincoln Center. The event is always about building buzz in the press about designers’ latest collections, but one piece of news was also buzzing in the tents. British fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired six months ago as the creative director of the fashion house Dior, was found guilty and given a suspended fine for making anti-Semitic remarks by a French court. The first day’s events also w

    The event is always about building buzz in the press about designers’ latest collections, but one piece of news was also buzzing in the tents.

  • Top Ten Cosmetic Surgeries 2011 Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 10:40 AM ET
    Maybe people need a distraction from the bleak economic headlines of the day, or maybe its America's obsession with youth. Either way, business is booming in the business of nips, tucks, and lifts. Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures rose two percent to 1.6 million in 2010, according to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which represents 7,000 board-certified plastic surgeons. "Consumers are willing to spend on themselves again and confidence is up," says Dr. Phil

    Business is booming in the business of nips, tucks, and lifts. What are the most popular cosmetic procedures? Find out!

  • World's 10 Largest Auto Markets Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 2:25 AM ET
    The global auto industry crossed an important threshold last year when the number of cars on the world’s roads surpassed one billion. This year, despite the growing economic gloom, worldwide car sales increased 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to Scotiabank.While sales have slowed in the developed world, emerging markets continue to grow rapidly. Russia, for example, posted a 27 percent jump in July car sales from a year earlier.That difference in growth rates is changing the s

    We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 biggest auto markets based on forecasted new light-vehicle sales for 2011 from the consulting firm J.D. Power and Associates.

  • 15 Failed Celebrity Businesses Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
    In recent years, multiple celebrities have attempted to extend their brand by venturing into the business world. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell found tremendous success with his website, FunnyorDie.com while Rapper Sean Combs (P Diddy) owns multiple businesses including a record label, a clothing line, a movie production company and more. However, despite all the successful celebrity ventures in the world, there are numerous examples of celebrity businesses that have gone bust. A celebrity name

    The following celebrities have learned the hard way that success in the business world doesn’t always come easily.

  • 10 Toys That Failed Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 2:29 PM ET
    Whenever parents put on amateur Santa Claus hats and try to choose toys for their children, they’re often in for a difficult task with several volatile factors. Will the toy make loud, irritating noises? Is it too expensive? Does it have small parts that are destined to be lost forever under the couch?While choosing toys for a child poses many challenges, designing them presents even more. Will it be sold in an eye-catching package? Is it a tie-in with a movie that nobody wanted to see? Will it

    Companies that have dominated the toy market have sometimes rolled out products that may have seemed like a joke to potential buyers. Here are a few examples.

  • Internationally Inspired Homes Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 2:03 PM ET
    For some foreign-born American homeowners, nothing feels more familiar and welcoming than living in a residence styled after those in their homeland. Other homebuyers just want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad. But whether you’d rather call home a casa, a villa, a chalet, or a  (the last which is not, mind you, a hotel), you can probably find it waiting somewhere in this melting pot’s real estate market. That seems to particularly be the case if y

    Some California homebuyers want to live in homes that resemble the beautiful residences they admired while abroad, judging by the locations of the following 10 homes.

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