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    I remember when eBay bought Skype for that staggering $3.1 billion and scratching my head, wondering what the connection was.  I remember talking to CEO Meg Whitman soon after the deal was announced, listening to her tell me that Skype would make as much sense and be as important to eBay as PayPal was. I remember nodding, listening.

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    It's a consumer electronics invasion here at the Javitz convention center in New York City. 50,000 consumers will attend what's being billed as the biggest electronic expo FOR shoppers. Unlike the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, open only to the industry, everyone is welcome at DigitalLife.

  • Electronic Data Systems has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to settle an investigation into accounting irregularities alleged to have occurred from 2001 to 2003.

  • Halo 3

    I made the trek cross-country yesterday to front our exclusive Halo 3 release coverage from this Best Buy store at the corner of 44th and 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This is one of 10,000 retailers nationwide that'll be hosting midnight-madness sales tonight to launch Halo 3 onto store shelves.

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    Inside of a week now to the year's most anticipated entertainment event. Not Shrek. Spider-man. Even Pirates. Nope, I'm talking Master Chief, Cortana. The Covenant. I'm talking "Halo 3."

  • Microsoft has launched a campaign behind the scenes to persuade internet companies, advertisers and regulators to oppose Google's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising group DoubleClick, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Carl Icahn

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Friday that a sale of BEA Systems to a strategic acquirer would maximize the value of its shares and that he might seek to nominate directors to the software maker's board.

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    What more can be said about the Fed's rate cut? Did Greenspan get us into this mess? Is Bernanke caving in getting us out? Are both trying to be popular? Here's my question: is Greenspan suddenly like Britney (we thought he was so hot but now...), while Bernanke is K-Fed (a strange background ornament who suddenly looks responsible)?

  • Adobe Systems, the world's largest marker of design software, reported quarterly results and current-quarter targets ahead of Wall Street expectations on strong sales of its updated suite of design products, sending shares up 4%.

  • The headlines seemed dire enough: Microsoft Smacked; Microsoft Dealt Severe Blow; Microsoft Crackdown. All of it stemming from a European court's decision earlier today to uphold the $605 million fine levied against the world's largest software maker back in 2004 when the company lost its anti-trust case with the European Union.

  • First Data Corp. plans to consolidate data centers and shift work overseas as it prepares for its purchase by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the payment processing company said Monday in a regulatory filing.

  • Shares in Business Objects rose sharply on Monday following a weekend newspaper report that the Franco-American software group was for sale and had retained Goldman Sachs as advisers.

  • When Europe's second-highest court rules Monday on Microsoft's appeal of its landmark antitrust conviction, more will be at stake for regulators than just the behavior of the world's largest software company.

  • Carl Icahn

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Friday that a sale of BEA Systems to a strategic acquirer would maximize the value of its shares and that he might seek to nominate directors to the software maker's board.

  • Shares of virtualization software maker VMware Inc. continued to climb Wednesday after an analyst raised the stock's 12-month target price to $90 from $60.

  • The entrance to Electronic Data System headquarters building in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. On Tuesday EDS posted a narrow third-quarter profit and reported that new contract signings, an indicator of future revenue, nearly doubled from a year ago. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)

    Electronic Data Systems, the second-largest U.S. technology services provider, said Wednesday it offered early retirement packages to about 12,000 U.S. employees, and expected a charge of $70 million to $130 million in the fourth quarter.

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    "High School Musical's" blockbuster success shows just how dialed in Disney is to its audience. And now the Magic Kingdom hopes to plug in that magic into a new line of consumer electronics...

  • Northrop, Cogent settle lawsuit

  • For the Tech Check segment on "Closing Bell" today, a look back and a look ahead at cool technology making headlines. First up, next Monday will be a big day for chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices. The company has rented out a big chunk of George Lucas' facility on San Francisco' Presidio where AMD will unveil its long-awaited, and long delayed server chip code-named Barcelona.

  • iPhone

    News of an iPhone price-cut took just about everyone by surprise, not the least of whom were the 270,000 iPhone buyers that first weekend they went on sale, many of whom stood on line for endless hours to plunk down their $599 for device.