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  • Gavel

    A weird thing is happening right now, and it borders on the dangerous. Companies want to merge, and partner, and collaborate, and they have lots of cash on the balance sheet, ready to do deals that may help jumpstart their businesses, light a fire under sluggish markets, increase efficiencies, and generate nice returns for their investors. Yet federal agencies in this country and abroad aren't merely getting more active when it comes to scrutinizing the deals, they're getting activist.

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    Yahoo is done with its cost-cutting program and now hiring, Chief Executive Carol Bartz told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Google Headquarters

    Google is acquiring mobile advertising company AdMob for $750 million, furthering the company's push into the fast-growing market of Web-enabled cell phones.

  • Apple iPhone

    Today, we have a new kind of craze, courtesy of Apple, its iPhone, and that incredible engine-that-could, the App Store. Look no further than Radio Shack this morning.

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    Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

  • Tommy Lee

    You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.

  • WalMart

    Wal-Mart Stores is upping the ante heading into the holiday season, trimming the online preorder prices of some upcoming DVDs following last month's price cut on books.

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    Here's the news tech investors were craving: big time beats from Cisco Systems on the top and bottom lines, gross margins, and some very optimistic commentary from CEO John Chambers.

  • Microsoft

    When is a layoff really a layoff? A job cut versus a position elimination? Such was the craziness around Microsoft's "layoff" news today and why there was so much confusion swirling around about whether the company was expanding or even contracting its job-cut plans announced earlier this year.

  • Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed some salacious charges this morning, accusing Intel of using "illegal threats and collusion" to control the microprocessor market.

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    Apple's not-so-secret weapon in its war for mobile dominance reached a stunning plateau this morning: 100,000 apps are now available on the Apple App Store, even as rivals try desperately to play catch-up.

  • Believe it or not, Cramer’s dead serious about this one.

  • Chinese Internet Cafe has been an Internet success story since it went public in 2005. But while the Web search engine dominates the Chinese market, it has only a minor presence outside its home country.

  • Big problems for World of Warcraft fans in China, and there are lots of them, as first reported by GameSpot yesterday. But this could be as big, if not a bigger problem for Activision investors and that's why it's certainly worth mentioning here.

  • Monday ushered in some intriguing news for smart phone makers, with blaring headlines about Research in Motion and Palm, and more subtle pronouncements about Apple and Google.

  • A fountain is shown at the entrance to Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Cisco Systems Inc.'s  quarterly results this week are expected to reflect some recovery in tech spending, but it may be hard to get investors to commit more money to a stock that is already up 40 percent this year.

  • Motorola, Inc.

    Motorola Corp. shares gained Monday and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. declined after Citi Investments Research predicted that Motorola and others could break the BlackBerry's grip on the corporate cell phone market.

  • The UK government's tax department took to social networking for the first time to warn people to come clean about offshore bank accounts by November 30 2009 to avoid penalty charges or even prison.

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    Church volunteers greet visitors entering the lobby. The worship band begins its set and a pastor offers to pray privately with anyone during the service.