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  • Board Games: Apple 1; Google 1 Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 10:40 AM ET

    It was just a matter of time. Not an "if," but a "when." The only question for former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson was what board he'd choose to stay on: Apple's or Google's. We should all be troubled by such difficult decisions.

  • What Does a Pink Slip Buy? A Couple Days in Vermont Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 4:15 PM ET
    Rabbit Hill Inn

    Unemployment is a nightmare for couples. The owners of one Vermont inn, who know all too well the hardships of job loss, are giving away free two-night stays to help couples who've lost the job ... save the marriage.

  • Wireless Wars Become Frenetic Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 4:20 PM ET

    This is the first paragraph/short story.

  • Costco Makes a Comeback? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

    Plus, get calls on smartphones, advertising, oil and more.

  • Is Your Chronic Impatience Killing Your Business? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 12:30 PM ET
    Confused man

    It’s as if we each have a channel-changing remote control embedded in our restless, fidgety brains. Is someone taking too long to get to the point? Zap. Are you boring me? Click.

  • Notebook PCs Outpace Weak Back-to-School Sales Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 4:40 PM ET

    While most retailers saw bleak sales this back-to-school season, consumer electronics chains saw renewed demand for notebook personal computers, according to a report from market research firm NPD Group.

  • IBM Signs Outsourcing Contract with Telecom Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    IBM Corp. says it has won a $200 million contract to handle some technology chores for a company called Datacom Solutions as it rolls out telecommunications services in India.

  • The Truth Behind Bernie Madoff’s Bull Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 1:55 PM ET

    Pictures have been circulating on the Internet of a sculpture of Bernie Madoff getting gored by a bull. What does it mean? We get to the bottom of the bull.

  • Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 12:21 PM ET
    Close up of someone typing on a laptop.

    For nearly three decades, the Federal Trade Commission’s rules regarding the relationships between advertisers and product reviewers and endorsers were deemed adequate. Then came the age of blogging and social media.

  • Bank of America is trotting back out Merrill Lynch’s iconic bull image and launching a $20 million ad campaign to let you know they're one of the good guys. Will it work? One branding expert says no way—it's going to backfire on them.

  • Executive Decision: CEO Marc Benioff Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | 7:34 PM ET

    This Web software pioneer is up big since Cramer's last call on the stock. Benioff tells us whether investors should expect more upside.

  • Twitter Responds to 'You're Dead to Me' Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | 3:44 PM ET

    Needless to say, my Twitter post is generating lots of reaction, and thanks to all who have taken the time to send me notes that have been, happily, longer than 140 characters. I got an interesting email from Dom Sagolla Friday after my post appeared on this blog. Dom is one of the co-creators of Twitter.

  • Twitter Post  Sparks a Thoughtful Dialogue Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | 12:29 PM ET

    I have written hundreds of posts on this blog over the past couple of years, but seldom have I received the amount of feedback generated from my post on Twitter last Friday; and seldom has the dialogue been this thoughtful, this effective, this informative and reasoned. Even those who disagreed with me offered up some really good counterpoints which I certainly take to heart.

  • IBM Undercuts Google with Discount E-mail Service Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 6:45 PM ET

    IBM is trying to stymie Google's expansion into the business software market. The weapon: a bare-bones e-mail service IBM is selling to companies for $36/year per worker, undercutting a package of software applications that Google sells for $50 per user annually.

  • Elephants Start Car Wash to Help Zoo Beat Recession Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 3:56 PM ET

    Zoos across the country have been mauled by the recession. One zoo got a few of the animals to pitch in to boost sales: The elephants started a car wash.

  • Twitter: You're Dead to Me Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

    A month later, and after a couple of hundred Tweets, and nearly 700 followers (thank you, thank you, thank you!), I've come to the conclusion - like more than a third of other Tweeters out there after their first month, that the site is just not for me.

  • Are We Prime For a Historic Tech M&A Surge? Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 1:10 PM ET

    Cisco's play for Tandberg is a real sign of the times for cash rich tech companies. Here's a company trading at or near its 52-week high, and yet dips into its swollen coffers and pays for the $3 billion deal all in cash. And why not, with $35 billion in cash on the balance sheet, Cisco can certainly afford it.

  • Wanted: 'Marijuana-Dispensary Reviewer' (Pot Critic) Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 1:00 PM ET

    Duuuuude. I just found you a totally awesome job: Westword, an alternative weekly in Denver, is looking for a freelance writer to review marijuana clinics.

  • Cisco Bets on Video Again with $3 Billion Tandberg Buy Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 12:55 PM ET

    Cisco has agreed to buy Norwegian videoconferencing company Tandberg for $3 billion in cash, its latest bet that video will drive demand for its data transmission gear. The acquisition fills the gap between Cisco's high-end video meeting service and its WebEx tool.

  • Who Do We Want On Twitter? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 1:24 PM ET

    For months, we've given you the top monthly Sports Twitter Rankings and it has been fun to keep up with everyone in the business. But we wanted to do something fresh this month. So we give you the top 10 people in sports we WANT to be on Twitter and why.