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  • The NBA lockout which started back on July 1st has already wiped out the entire preseason and nearly 100 regular season games. A key point of dispute for both sides continues to be focused on the breakdown of basketball-related income (BRI), which was previously guaranteed at 57% for the players. The league has claimed that 22 of its teams lost money during the 2010 season. Some star players including Deron Williams and Tony Parker have already signed contracts to play overseas as the work stopp

    The National Basketball Association lockout, which started on July 1, has already wiped out the entire preseason and nearly 100 regular season games.

  • Skinny homes are built for any number of reasons. It could be space constrictions, tax or code restrictions, the creative muse, or even for the vengeful-minded to grind an axe with a family member.What does it mean to say a house is skinny? You know you’re in one if you can stand in the center of the room and touch opposing walls. Alas, many New Yorkers can identify (and the following homes are all in cities where space is at a premium).  But the Dutch may be more familiar with the phenomenon. T

    Skinny homes are built for any number of reasons. Click to view some slim pickings from across the world.

  • Twitter, the micro-blogging site started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, sees roughly 5 billion tweets every month, according to the company. It’s a social circle that has advertisers giddy with possibility, sparking talk of sky-high valuations in Wall Street and secondary market circles. What makes Twitter so popular is simple: people tweeting. So what makes a moment worth tweeting about? The most tweeted moment in recent memory occurred earlier this month, when Apple (AAPL) Chairman and cultural icon

    The following is a list of the 10 most recent world-breaking moments on Twitter, as measured in tweets per second.

  • The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • Halloween dates back to Celtic celebrations in the 5th century BC, but the tradition of handing out treats has a shorter history. Most likely the tradition originated with the “All Souls’ Day” parades in England, where poor citizens would beg for food and families would hand out pastries called “soul cakes” in return for prayers for their dead relatives. Today, kids are more likely to receive a bite-sized chocolate candy — that’s the most popular treat for Halloween, according to the trade group

    Here are some of the “grossest” (or “coolest,” depending on your point of view) Halloween candy this year.

  • The world economy is once again in a precarious position as governments in developed countries cut spending, while the private sector braces for another slowdown. Unemployment rates in many developed countries are running in double digit percentages, creating a jobs crisis.In the midst of this, some of the world’s largest companies in Western and emerging markets aren’t cutting jobs, in fact they are adding to their payrolls.We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 largest employers among pub

    We’ve put together a list of the world’s 10 largest publicly listed employers. Find out which companies have the world's biggest workforces.

  • The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • Prison: Mid-State Correctional Faiclity, New YorkThe former Tyco CEO was convicted on June 17, 2005 for receiving $81 million in purportedly unauthorized bonuses, the purchase of more than $14 million in art and the payment by TYCO of a $20 million investment banking fee to Frank Walsh, a former Tyco director.Kozlowski was sentenced on Sept. 19, 2005, to serve up to 25 years in prison for his role in the scandal.In September, Tyco announced plans to split into three publicly traded companies, po

    Plenty of well-known people have wound up in the slammer. Here's a look at where some high-profile prisoners have spent their time behind bars.

  • When rock musicians aren’t living in tour buses, trashing hotel rooms, or riding proverbial steel horses from gig to gig, most live in proper homes — and some of those homes are quite impressive. In the following slides we feature the homes of hard rockers, young and old. Some of the residences were just completed this year, while another one was built using materials from the 18 century.We have houses from two rockers who go by single names and the homes of two members of one massively influent

    Check out 10 homes of hard rockers, starting with the rock legend who calls himself the Prince of Darkness.

  • Risk is a key factor in any financial transaction, but investing in stocks may be among the riskiest. The success of a company is about more than financial performance, and shortcomings in other areas, can put the company — and its shareholders — at risk. GovernanceMetrics International, a leader in corporate governance research, has introduced a list highlighting ten companies and risk issues that "are critical for investors and other corporate stakeholders to monitor and respond to." The debut

    Click to see, in alphabetical order, the 10 North American companies on GovernanceMetrics International's risk list.

  • The economy shows no sign of picking up any time soon. Still, life goes on. Bills need to be paid, groceries need to be purchased, and worn out, but necessary, possessions need to be replaced. Sometimes, the replacement has little impact on the wallet, but then there are purchases that can’t be put off -- whether you can afford them or not.For many, a car is such a necessity. Cars don’t take the economy into consideration when they break down, or when they’re so worn out there’s little choice bu

    A consumer buying a used car can sometimes pay more than he or she would for a new one. CNBC.com determined which cars are less expensive to buy new.

  • In chaotic and difficult market environments, Jim Cramer recommends investors seek the protection of stocks with serious dividends. After all, dividend-paying stocks pay investors to wait until the market calms and the economy improves.

    We pulled together a list of Jim Cramer's favorite dividend plays. Read on and pick one or two for your portfolio.

  • There's no dancing around the fact that the vast majority of movies based on videogames stink. Absurd plotlines are attached to games that barely had a story to begin with -- and those rare games that do have a strong narrative typically see that jettisoned by filmmakers for a different story line. Being a bad movie isn't necessarily the kiss of death at the box office — need we remind you of Paulie Shore's cinematic career? Sometimes, however, the audience is just too smart to be fooled and the

    There are some familiar franchises on this list of the biggest game-to-movie stinkers, proving that even if a studio options a game with an enormous fan base, it can't assume those players will show up at the box office.

  • The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. The list of critically successful conversions is even shorter. That doesn't mean there haven't been a few solid hits that got their start in the console world. Popular franchises tend to come with a built-in audience, and when Hollywood supplements that with a big star, it can be an immensely profitable venture — often spawning one or more sequels. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have ma

    The history of financially successful videogame-to-movie conversions is a pretty short one. Here are eight examples of gaming franchises that have managed to succeed on the big screen.

  • Hollywood has remake fever. While nobody ever accused the American film industry of having too many new ideas, the number of remakes being trotted out by the major studios lately is alarming -- as is their choice of movies to remake. For example, on Oct. 14, 2011, remakes of both 1984’s “Footloose” and 1981’s “The Thing” will come to theaters, and although no one can say how much money they’ll make, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make less money than their 30-year-old predecessors. Or will th

    Hollywood has remake fever. What are notable movie remakes that made less money than the originals?Find out!

  • Recently International Business Machines asked more than 8,000 drivers, or about 40 from each of 20 global cities it surveyed, about their daily commutes. (The 20 cities were selected from the world’s top 65 for size and economic activity.) The picture painted by the results of this annual “Commuter Pain Survey” was not pretty: A little over 41 percent of respondents believe their commutes have worsened over the last three years. IBM hopes the results will provoke discussion and eventually inspi

    Check out the 10 worst cities for commuting, accompanied by some of the commuting-related findings specific to each city.

  • In mid-September, a loosely organized group began protesting corporate greed and social inequality in New York City. Since then, had a range of responses, from both the public and the authorities.have been defined by people from all ages and walks of life, protesting a wide range of issues. But underlying most of their concerns is frustration with the economy and the current state of the nation. The protests have been largely peaceful, and many protesters have said it is difficult to understand

    In mid-September, a loosely organized group began protesting corporate greed and social inequality. The movement has now spread to other cities around the world and has been gaining traction on social media.

  • It’s no secret that the U.S. housing market has seen better days. From falling home values and impaired labor mobility, to backed-up inventories and a flood of foreclosures, there are countless ways that real estate affects the economy at large. One of the unfortunate results of a bad housing market is an increase in vacant homes, which has increased by 43.8 percent since 2000, according to the Homes can be vacant for a number of reasons, but are defined as both rental inventory that are unoccup

    From falling home values and impaired labor mobility, to backed-up inventories and a flood of foreclosures, there are countless ways that real estate affects the economy at large.

  • For the past 40 years, has surveyed research directors and chief investment officers at major U.S. money management firms to get their take on the best equity analysts in each sector. Although many top analysts manage to hold onto their No. 1 spot, this year there are 13 analysts claiming top honors in their sectors for the first time — although all are veterans of the financial industry. They have staked out their top spots by making good calls ahead of the curve, responding to clients in short

    So, who are the newest additions to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team? Find out!

  • In today’s world of business, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heir-apparent to the family business. From North America to Europe to Asia, there’s a generation of heir apparents with the skills and experience to run some of the world’s most high-profile firms. All of these women could probably make it without help from ‘Daddy.’ They’re smart and savvy, have earned world-class degrees, and are business leaders in their own right. More important, they have a major stake in the family

    In today’s world, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heirs-apparent to the family business. Find out who they are.

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