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  • Companies Climbing to the Cloud Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 11:04 AM ET
    While there's a lot of general confusion about what, exactly, cloud computing is, identifying the industry's big players isn't too difficult. Some have very public faces. Others operate in the background. But they all play a key part in this emerging field, which is just as important to less-than-thrilling business necessities as it is to your home entertainment. And a fair number of players have a foot in both ponds.

    While there's a lot of general confusion about what, exactly, cloud computing is, identifying the industry's big players isn't too difficult.

  • Asia's Fastest Growing Companies Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 8:21 PM ET
    Economists are growing increasingly alarmed about a slowdown in Asia. India’s economy posted its slowest growth in 5 quarters between January and March and Goldman Sachs has cut its growth forecast for 2011 for Asia ex-Japan to 7.8% from 8.2% previously.But despite the lower growth, Asia is the world’s fastest growing region. Consumption in China is expected to drive that economy to grow 9 percent this year, compared to a 2.6 percent growth for the U.S. economy.That growth is helping companies a

    We’ve put together a list of Asia-Pacific’s 15 fastest growing companies based on average annual revenue growth. Check out what we found!

  • Father's Day Gift Ideas 2011 Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 2:10 PM ET
    Dad is finally getting his due, according to a survey conducted by BIGResearch on behalf of the industry trade group the National Retail Federation. Although spending on Father’s Day is typically lower than that of Mother’s Day, the gap is projected to narrow this year, with Americans expected to shell out an average of $106.49 on their fathers, up from $94.32 last year. It’s worth noting that’s the highest projected level since the NRF began conducting the survey eight years ago. According to t

    You can always buy Dad a new golf shirt, tie, or grill apron, but for those who want to be a little more creative, we’ve pulled together some great gift ideas for things fathers will actually use—and enjoy.

  • First Jobs of CEOs Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 10:05 AM ET
    It is probably hard to imagine Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson babysitting, or James Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase cooking French fries. While neither one of those men ever held those particular jobs, many of the wealthiest and most powerful CEOs in the world earned their first paychecks by delivering newspapers, mowing lawns or waiting tables. After all, everyone has to start somewhere. Click ahead to see the first jobs held by some of today’s most powerful CEOs.

    Many of the wealthiest and most powerful CEOs in the world earned their first paychecks by delivering newspapers, mowing lawns or waiting tables. Learn more.

  • Businesses You Can Start for Under $5K Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 5:08 PM ET
    The biggest thing holding most people back from starting their own business is money. But the truth is, you don’t have to have a lot of money to start a business. “If I get one more stinking, whining email about how impossible it is to start a business without any money, I am going to explode!” entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz wrote in his book, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.” In fact, Michalowicz argues that having the money could actually be bad when you’re starting a business. “The lack of mone

    The biggest thing holding most people back from starting their own business is money. But the truth is, you don’t have to have a lot of money to start a business.

  • Fabulous Firehouse Homes Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 4:13 PM ET
    It was recently announced that the Tribeca firehouse famous for starring in  is about to get vacated (along with 19 others) due to budget cuts. With news like this in New York City, thoughts turn immediately to real estate: what can be done with this newly available space?

    It was recently announced that the Tribeca firehouse famous for starring in Ghostbusters is about to get vacated. What can be done with this newly available space? Here are ten ideas.

  • Race Car Drivers' Everyday Cars Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 5:28 PM ET
    No one likes to take their work home, but race car drivers might be an exception. From Talladega to Monaco, the world’s best-compensated drivers tend to fill their garages with collections of prized automobiles. In the slides ahead, you’ll discover which pro driver can’t drive 45 in a Mercedes SUV (and got ticketed and a trip to driving school), and which famed racer has a thing for vintage Camaros, including the 1967 model pictured here.But whether these famously fast drivers are affiliated wit

    Discover which pro driver can’t drive 45 in a Mercedes SUV, who has a thing for vintage Camaros, who made fantastical choices, who made practical ones, and who did a little of both.

  • 20 Stocks with the Potential to Pop Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:37 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

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Find out!

  • 10 Products That Oprah Made Popular Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 1:15 PM ET
    The Oprah Winfrey Show airs its final original episode on May 25, 2011. When that happens, it won’t just signal the end of a popular television show. It will signal the end of a venue that has catapulted obscure businesses to unexpected heights and increased sales beyond their owners’ wildest dreams. It’s known as “The Oprah Effect,” and it’s been known to turn a struggling company into a commercial phenomenon after a single appearance on her show. Click ahead and see some of the products that w

    Click to see some of the products that were put on the map by “The Oprah Effect.”

  • Most Popular Scapegoats for Europe's Crisis Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 10:07 AM ET
    As a sovereign debt crisis rages in the euro zone and countries attempt to get to grips with a spiraling deficit, numerous views on who and what caused it have emerged and the inevitable blame game has begun.

    So who really is to blame? Are these ten commonly named culprits merely scapegoats and victims of the wider global economic meltdown?

  • Top-Selling Prescription Drugs Monday, 23 May 2011 | 4:18 PM ET
    The pharmaceutical business is an extremely profitable one. According to the , spending on medicine in the U.S. alone exceeded $307 billion in 2010. For many drug makers, one money-spinner can carry a company for years, even longer, before the patent expires and low-cost generic versions can be made. The IMS recently released its annual list of the top-10 selling drugs in the US based on sales. Each of them have brought in at least $3 billion dollars in sales. However, a majority of these drugs

    For many drug makers, one money-spinner can carry a company for years, before the patent expires.Here are the ten top-selling prescription drugs in the U.S.

  • Top-Selling Superfoods In The U.S. Friday, 20 May 2011 | 2:01 PM ET
    Sales of superfoods have exploded in recent years as Americans look for easy ways to make their daily diet more healthy. “Consumers are increasingly looking for healthful nutrients from foods rather than from supplements,” says Bob Jones, a principal at Scientia Advisors. Superfoods are touted for their high nutrient content and disease-fighting properties. However, the health effects of these foods are controversial. While there is no set definition for superfoods, the term is often used for ma

    Here's a look at top-selling superfoods grown in the U.S., based on retail sales data from the Perishables Group, a fresh food industry consulting firm.

  • World's Largest Nuclear Power Plants Friday, 20 May 2011 | 7:54 AM ET
    Nearly two months after Japan's nuclear crisis began, the head of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has finally stepped down and the company posted a $15 billion loss for the year. New details have also emerged, showing three of the reactors at the Fukushima plant likely suffered partial meltdowns.The disaster in Japan has major implications for the U.S., the world’s largest producer of nuclear energy, especially since the crippled Fukushima plant shares the same design as other plants in the U.S.In

    We’ve put together a list of the world’s largest nuclear stations by output capacity. Check out the list!

  • Surprising Six-Figure Jobs Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 5:01 PM ET
    When you think of jobs that pay six figures, you think doctor, lawyer -- and anything with the word “chief,” “director,” “engineer” or “petroleum” in it.But there are some jobs that pay six figures that you might not expect. People you may encounter on a daily basis, or some who you may not, but never suspect they make that much.Take, for example the recent story about the lifeguards in Newport Beach, Calif., who  and some of them, over $200,000!“Generally, high-paid jobs require one or more of

    There are some jobs that pay six figures that you might not expect. Here are 15 surprising examples of jobs that pay $100,000 or more.

  • Top 10 Road Trip Cars Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 2:09 PM ET
    Road trips bring the anticipation of the unknown and the thrill of newly discovered vistas. Anyone with memories of a family vacation, spring break adventure, or a cross-country journey on four wheels, knows that the wheels are a major part of the trip. But which cars are the best for the hitting the road? According to Kelley Blue Book, it all depends where you’re at in life.

    Which cars are the best for the hitting the road? According to Kelley Blue Book, it all depends where you’re at in life.

  • 14 spectacularly wrong predictions Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
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    Even the most intellectually gifted prognosticators did not foresee key forces that would cause paradigm shifts in society.

  • The Top 10 Most Diverse Cities in America Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 4:39 PM ET
    Photographers love cities that are culturally diverse because they’re visually interesting, and young people love them because of the energy and creativity that often exists in cities with a wide mix of people.“Diversity certainly makes for a more interesting city,” said Bert Sperling of  It means a ton of restaurants and shops beyond the usual big-box chains as well as festivals and other cultural events that can make you feel as if you’re traveling — right in your own backyard. Plus, it offers

    Here are the top 10 most diverse cities in America.

  • Coolest Car Gadgets Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 4:09 PM ET
    Some auto features are far from standard and are not available as options, so drivers who want ever more futuristic (or simply cool) touches are taking matters into their own hands using specialized gadgets.The following ten products, chosen by Al Carlton of  run the gamut from purely frivolous to innovative and time-saving to downright creepy. Click on ahead to inspect these gadgets.

    The following ten products, chosen by Al Carlton of Coolest Gadgets.com run the gamut from purely frivolous to innovative and time-saving to downright creepy.

  • Potentially Dangerous Places For US Tourists Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 10:12 AM ET
    Summer is the time when the most Americans travel abroad. Some visit family and friends; others simply sightsee. Our neighbors Mexico and Canada are by far the most popular. The U.K. is a distinct third, while Germany, Italy and France are fairly close together in occupying spots 4-6. In all, the government tracks visitors to the top 38. Some travelers like to go to more exotic and far - flung destinations, very few of which make it onto that list. There's another travel list kept by the governm

    Summer is the time when the most Americans travel abroad. But US travelers should be aware of the State Department's list of countries carrying a travel warning. Learn more.

  • America’s Biggest Double-Dip Real Estate Markets Monday, 16 May 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    In its quarterly report on home values, real estate website  painted a bleak picture for the U.S. housing market, with negative equity hitting a new high and with home values showing signs of a double dip. Using the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) as a barometer, the company reported that home values fell faster in the first quarter of 2011 than in any quarter since 2008, falling 3 percent from the previous quarter and 8.2 percent year over year. In addition, foreclosures were on the rise in the

    Zillow analyzed data for CNBC.com in 158 metro areas to identify the cities where home values have seen the biggest recent run-ups before falling below their previous bottoms.

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