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  • Going public is commonly thought of as the endgame for most companies. But many of the world’s biggest and most influential businesses have gone through great lengths and endured great criticism to go the opposite rout – to stay private. It’s a tactic that has certainly been successful for many, with several private U.S. companies raking in hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue without the regulatory and investor scrutiny associated with being a public company. Private companies are

    Going public is commonly thought of as the endgame for most companies, but many of the world’s biggest businesses have gone through great lengths to stay private.

  • It wasn’t that long ago that the mere mention of a hybrid car brought certain images to mind. None were particularly flattering. The perception was these vehicles were only owned by sour-faced tree-huggers who used them to shuttle themselves from yoga class to the organic food co-op. No wonder the last thing anyone associated with such a car was luxury.A lot has changed over the last few years, and hybrid cars have found more acceptance among mainstream car owners. In fact, there are models out

    Using data from the automotive website Edmunds.com, CNBC.com highlights 10 cars powered by gasoline-electric hybrid technology that don’t skimp on comfort or opulence.

  • Victoria’s Secret delivered yet another star-studded and diamond-studded runway event on Nov. 9. Each year, the women’s lingerie chain kicks off its holiday-selling season with a show to generate excitement about its products. Singers Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Maroon 5 performed at the New York City event. The Victoria’s Secret Angels’ collections fell into six themes, according to the company’s Twitter. They were Ballet, Super Angels, Passion, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You and C

    Victoria’s Secret delivered yet another star-studded and diamond-studded runway event on Wednesday. Check it out!

  • The story of the ruined city of Pompeii is one of the best-known examples of a city that suddenly ceased to exist. One moment it was a thriving metropolis, then an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the city in volcanic ash. It was accidentally rediscovered in 1749 and excavated, revealing a time capsule of city life during the era of the Roman Empire. It’s not just ancient cities that vanish, however. The following collection includes a city that disappeared just this past August. And e

    There are many different ways a city can disappear. Click and prepare to feel unsettled by the transience of human settlements.

  • It's a pretty fair bet that someone on your shopping list is a gadget hound. And, while the odds aren't quite as good, it's still better than average odds that you're going to indulge them. Nearly one-third of the money spent on gifts this year will go towards consumer electronics, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. But sorting out the hot items from the ones destined to end up in the clearance bin can be tough. If you're looking for a perfect tech gift for a friend or loved one,

    If you're looking for the perfect tech gift for a friend or loved one, here are a few can't miss suggestions!

  • Pepsi is a globally recognized product of its namesake parent company, PepsiCo, but the conglomerate is made up of three subsidiaries: Frito-Lay, PepsiCo Beverage, and Quaker Foods.Most folks know Frito-Lay manufactures brand names such as Doritos and Stacy's Pita Chips, and that PepsiCo Beverage bottles and distributes a wide range of beverages, including the Tropicana and Gatorade brands. But there are other well-known brands that aren’t widely associated with the PepsiCo family, such as Crack

    There are many well-known food and beverage brands that aren’t widely associated with their parent company, PepsiCo. Here are a few.

  • Despite the rarity of precious metals and gemstones on our planet, there are places in the known universe where these stones and jewels are considerably more abundant.

  • When parents look at their young children and imagine what they’ll be when they grow up, many different possibilities come to mind. They dream of little Junior growing up to be a surgeon, or perhaps a commercial airline pilot, or maybe a banker, and they imagine a rewarding future of power, prestige, and high pay.The reality is actually a little different. The job search portal , created a list of 12 jobs that are traditionally believed to be great occupations, but that actually look a lot bette

    The job search portal CareerCast.com created a list of 12 jobs that look better on paper than they might be in reality. Check to see if your job is on the list!

  • The Halloween costumes are packed away and stores are piping in the carols, it is a signal: Get ready for the busiest shopping season of the year. Consumers plan to spend an average of $704.18 on gifts this year, down 2.1 percent from a year ago, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer survey. To make those dollars count, shoppers want to know they’re buying the right gift. “In 2009, it was all about personal, practical gifts, and last year consumers wanted to treat t

    To make your shopping easier, here’s a guide that offers up ideas that should suit you if you want to give something trendy or something practical, or a little of both.

  • Interested in a long-term investment ? Look no further than history — collecting political memorabilia is a profitable pastime for many. As with most collections — prices can range from just a few dollars for paper items such as postcards to thousands of dollars for antique presidential objects. "With the instability of the stock market people want to put money in value, something that will appreciate in value," says Megan Miller of Juliens Auctions in Beverly Hills. Political memorabilia , espe

    Check out some items that are currently available  in the political and presidential memorabilia market and their values.

  • The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Several top franchises have new installments out and some new games are looking very promising. That's good news for players, but it's even better for gift buyers, since few gamers will be able to keep up with the deluge. Here are some sure-fire suggestions.

    The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Here are ten videogames that won't miss their mark.

  • 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 companies’ business prospects, Wall Street analysts come up with price targets of where they think a stock is headed. With estimates from Thomson Reuters, CNBC’s analyti

    So, which mid-cap stocks do Wall Street analysts predict have the biggest potential to pop from current stock prices? Click ahead to find out!

  • 'Tis the time for giving. This holiday season, affluent consumers are becoming more comfortable with their spending. On average, affluent households spend more than four times the average family on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation industry trade group. “After four plus years of reprioritizing and realigning their spending to match their values, affluent consumers are feeling quite good about themselves and their ability to maintain — and even increase — their family’s h

    For those who want to spare no expense, there are plenty of fashionable items that are on trend. Click for some luxurious gift ideas.

  • As the U.S. and Europe grapple with slowing growth, more businesses are turning attention to emerging markets for expansion and profits. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into countries like Brazil, Russia and Indonesia are at record highs, with Brazil attracting $48.4 billion dollars in 2010, an increase of 87 percent over 2009.While it's difficult to resist the growth opportunities provided by emerging markets, running a successful business in many of these countries is far from easy.We put toge

    Our top 10 rankings are based on the World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' study, which includes 183 countries.

  • American voters will soon be well acquainted with the Republican presidential candidates vying to unseat President Obama. The first primaries are only a couple months away. For those who don’t follow the daily news flow, there are a series of nationally televised debates to get to know the candidates and issues. Having begun in May, the next major debate is  What’s more, this presidential election will be somewhat unique. It is the first one to reflect the  as well as the groundbreaking 2010 Sup

    For those who don’t follow the daily news flow, there are a series of nationally televised debates to get to know the candidates and issues.

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    In 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated the nation's overall infrastructure a "D," with bridges receiving a "C." Here's a list of states with the most structurally unsound bridges.

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    We’ve gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.

  • When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps and mistakes. No matter how steeped you are in business ownership experience, you are bound to run into problems at some point. The key to your success is to quickly identify your mistakes, learn from them and prevent the same mistake from happening again, says Mike Michalowicz, small business expert and author of Most business owners fall into the same traps. It’s those mistakes which could make the difference between owning a successf

    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps, and mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common business blunders.

  • On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

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