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  • 10 Massive Advertising Campaign Failures Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
    The memorable ad campaign is the Holy Grail for advertisers, all of whom hope to come up with their own “Got Milk?” or “Where’s the Beef?” However, some ad campaigns become unforgettable not for their effectiveness, but for the utter lack of common sense involved in making them. These campaigns didn’t just fail to attract business; they offended viewers, generated congressional investigations and occasionally inspired criminal activity. Click ahead to see the advertising campaigns that misfired

    Some ad campaigns become unforgettable not for their effectiveness, but for the utter lack of common sense involved in making them.

  • The Best Websites for Steals and Deals Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 6:11 PM ET
    When it comes to online deals, one name comes up constantly. Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up to count (let’s call them the Grouponites). In fact, there are so many that even the aggregators to collect the best deals from the Grouponites, such as Yipit, are numerous. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty. There are private sale sites and deal aggregate sites, and many of these websites offer bonus for inviting yo

    Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty.

  • The Red Cross's Twitter Mishap Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:48 PM ET
    Gloria Huang, the Red Cross “Social Media Specialist” recently found herself in a social media jam. Huang, who was sober, thought she was sending a personal tweet about drinking Dog Fish Head beer.Major organizations have made similar Twitter gaffes, but this particular one turned out well for The Red Cross, which may serve as a model for handling Twitter mistakes in the future. Click ahead to see how the Twitter conversation went down!

    Major organizations have made similar Twitter gaffes, but this one turned out well for The Red Cross, which may serve as a model for handling Twitter mistakes in the future.

  • Toy Fair 2011: The Coolest Toys Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 11:27 AM ET
    Toy land is a happier place these days. After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. The upbeat tone was felt at the the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, which took place at the Javitz Center in New York City. Attendance at the show was up quite a bit both in terms of the people walking the booths and those showing their wares. The coming year will bring a number of toy-friendly movies such as “Cars 2

    After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. Here are some of the coolest gadgets from the 108th annual American International Toy Fair!

  • Best Educational Family Trips Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we’ve picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover. Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource and the writers at are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options.

  • America's Top Charitable Donors of 2010 Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Despite more than 50 billionaires announcing last year they would devote at least half of their wealth to charity, few made big gifts in 2010, according to a new ranking of the  in America by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.The three biggest names in philanthropy—Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett—don’t appear in the rankings because the money they gave in 2010 ($46.4 million and $1.9 billion, respectively) was to pay off pledges announced in previous years. The list includes only new pledg

    Click to see 2010's top 10 U.S. philanthropists, as ranked by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

  • The 10 Cleanest Cities Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:27 PM ET
    Cities are not exactly synonymous with cleanliness; so how to determine which are the closest to that ideal? Ireland and Australia have their annual Tidy Town competitions, but it takes more than an attractive square and an effective anti-litter campaign for large metropolitan areas to be considered tidy.Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its . The 2010 survey crunched data from 221 cities. Drawing from this data, Mercer also compiles an e

    Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its Quality of Living Survey. Here are the 10 cleanest cities.

  • New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 12:11 PM ET
    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off its second season in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park where thousands of fashion industry professionals will gather to see over 85 of the world’s most established and up-and-coming designers present their Collections for the Fall 2011 season.Each year, the 232,000 attendees at Fashion Week generate more than $466 million in direct visitor spending and contribute $1.6 billion in annual tax revenue to the City’s fashion industry.

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off its second season in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Click to see some memorable images!

  • The Worst Hyperinflation Situations of All Time Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:28 AM ET
    Imagine that during the time it took to drink a cup of coffee, the price of that cup of coffee doubled. Although extreme, this becomes the reality of hyperinflation, where prices change so rapidly that everyday items rise exponentially and money becomes worthless, virtually overnight or even in the course of a working day. Today, inflation has become a major topic of debate in the United States, and although many are concerned about the effects of a devalued dollar on the economy, history shows

    What were some of the worst inflation situations in history and how did they come to be? Click to find out!

  • Irina Shabayeva: Taking Off After Project Runway Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | 2:27 PM ET
    Season Six "Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva has been busy since her 2008 crowning.  Not only has she debuted her Fall 2011 collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but she's also been working on recent projects such as developing a capsule collection for Macy's and designing one-of-a-kind dresses for Campbell's Soup.

    Season Six "Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva has been working on recent projects such as developing a capsule collection for Macy's and designing one-of-a-kind dresses for Campbell's Soup.

  • The Cheapest Cities to Own a Car Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | 4:49 PM ET

    Which cities are the least expensive per year for car owners? Sperling’s Best Places compiled a top-ten list. Click to see which cities fared the best.

  • Riskiest Places to Use Your Credit Card Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 2:12 PM ET
    Even if you use the utmost caution, you can still be a victim of credit card fraud. Credit card companies and banks are more and more often putting the onus of catching phony or incorrect credit card charges on the consumer.The most important thing is to check your billing statment, of course. And there are organizations like Creditcards.com that offer tips on how to keep your cards safe as well. Here, we take a look at 10 of the riskiest places you might use your card, according to , and what y

    Even if you use the utmost caution, you can still be a victim of credit card fraud. We show you where your credit cards are most and risk, and what you can do to keep them safe.

  • Where The Rich Are Moving Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    The nation's wealthiest homebuyers are moving to towns with humble beginnings that have bloomed into millionaire enclaves, and also to a handful of communities that were planned from the start with affluent residents in mind. To determine which towns made up this list, analyzed data for towns with populations over 10,000 where the median home value is over a million, and where they saw the biggest increase in percentage of total home sales. Click on to see fifteen of the nation’s priciest commun

    Click to see fifteen of the nation’s priciest communities that are still open to those with deep enough coffers.

  • Best Places to Travel Alone Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    New York is such a great city for singles, much of its population is single! “You couldn’t feel alone walking down Fifth Avenue!” Weiler quipped. She recommends checking in with a singles organization to find out what type of singles events are going on when you’re there. “You could probably find an event every single night you’re in the city!” It’s highly walkable and the subway system and abundance of taxis make it easy to get around. And, contrary to their surly reputation, New Yorkers are ex

    Here are 10 of the best places to travel alone from the editors at Independent Traveler.

  • Romantic Homes Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
    During the Valentine’s Day season, Americans everywhere feel a bit more romantic. While lovers clamor to purchase gifts for a significant other, some see the ambience of their environment as the biggest component of the holiday. How better to achieve the perfect atmosphere than in a perfectly romantic home. Recently, a real - estate listing website, surveyed realtors across the U.S. and ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy ac

    TopTenRealEstateDeals.com ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy access to a wealth of romantic activities.

  • Heirs to Billionaires Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:39 PM ET
    Every parent wants to be able to help their child. In some cases, this means coming up with the down payment on a car, and in others, it means co-signing an apartment lease. Then there are times when it means offering them a controlling stake in a major US corporation. The fortunes passed down from billionaire parents to their children have allowed businesses to continue under well-known family names long after the principals are gone. Those fortunes have also provided their the resources to get

    See who some of these billionaires are, and how their children are using their resources.

  • Whistleblowers: In Their Own Words Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 8:46 AM ET
    They live in a secret world, risking their careers and reputations to expose corporate fraud—and sometimes make tens of millions of dollars. Wall Street is suddenly paying attention because the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law extends whistleblower provisions to Wall Street for the first time. That means employees who expose fraud and wrongdoing stand to collect 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government. Some of these whistleblowers have already made millions, others have end

    Here are some of the most interesting whistleblowers, in their own words, from interviews with CNBC.

  • Valentine’s Day Splurges & Steals 2011 Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    Sure you can’t put a price on love but let’s face it, treating your sweetie right on Valentine’s Day can come with a hefty price tag. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates spending on Valentine’s Day gifts will be up 11 percent from last year, bringing spending to an average of $116.21 per person, or a total of $15.7 billion dollars in holiday spending. Not surprisingly men will be the big spenders, shelling out more than twice as much as women, the NRF said. What’s the cost of true lov

    What’s the cost of true love for you? We’ve assembled some unique ideas for those who want to splurge on their beloved one, as well as some bargains that will keep the thrifty from looking cheap.

  • A Short History of AOL's Acquisitions Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    AOL has been on a shopping spree for content-driven websites. It's acquisition of Huffington Post is the latest of many similar deals. Click ahead to see which other content sites AOL has added to its roster under Tim Armstrong's leadership.

    AOL has been on a shopping spree for content-driven websites. Here are  other content sites AOL has added to its roster under Tim Armstrong's leadership.

  • The Best Places To Retire Outside the US Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:31 PM ET
    Retiring in another country used to be a foreign concept to most Americans but it’s thanks to two main factors: the Internet and the economy. The Internet has provided some much-needed connectivity and the economy has priced many retirees out of warm-weather cities in the U.S. “You can live better for less in a tropical paradise,” said Dan Prescher, the special projects editor for International Living magazine. “All you have to do is think outside the border.” found 10 of the best places to reti

    Retiring in another country used to be a foreign concept to most Americans but it’s becoming more common. AARP found 10 of the best places to retire outside the U.S. Check out the list!

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