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  Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 10:20 AM ET

Will You Follow Nintendo to Wii U?

Posted By: Jeff Ryan|Author, "Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America"
Nintendo asks gamers to leave their comfort zone and try something new each time around. It’s usually worked for them, but not always. »Read more
  Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 11:50 AM ET

Apple's Third Co-Founder and the $35 Billion He Left Behind

Posted By: Kerima Greene
Three men founded Apple Computer on April 1, 1976. Two of them are known around the world. The third bailed out early and gave up his ten percent stake in Apple for $800 a stake that if he kept it, would be worth $35 billion dollars today. But he insists he has absolutely no regrets. Now, he's telling his story in a new book. »Read more
  Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

Facebook Plans to Launch Music Platform in September

Posted By: Jon Fortt
Facebook plans to launch a music platform at its f8 conference in San Francisco on 9/22, a source with knowledge of the plans tells CNBC. »Read more
  Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 4:43 PM ET

The Curious Case of Apple's Online Store

Posted By: Jon Fortt
There was a curious bit of downtime on the Apple Store this morning, and perhaps now we see why. »Read more
  Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 4:51 PM ET

RockMelt Will Melt the Skeptics

Posted By: Jon Fortt
I was prepared not to like RockMelt. After all, PC browsers are so five years ago. Sure, FireFox was exciting back when it was first challenging Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and Apple and Google have done nice work with Safari and Chrome. »Read more
  Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 1:19 PM ET

Followers For Sale: Buying Your Way to Twitter Fame

Posted By: Chris Morris
While the social network can be a powerful platform to build brands and reputations, building up a network of followers takes time – even for the famous and powerful. But for some impatient users, it's easier to simply take a shortcut and buy followers. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 1:02 PM ET

Microsoft's Sales Pinch

Posted By: Jon Fortt
Despite a rough environment for PC growth, can Microsoft deliver on earnings? »Read more
  Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 4:24 PM ET

Gigwalk — An App that Pays

Posted By: Seema Mody |Reporter, CNBC
Researching Gigwalk, a Silicon Valley startup that pays its iPhone user base to complete various small tasks and odd-jobs (known as "Gigs"), and speaking to the CEO, Ariel Seidman, made me very curious. How could it be this easy and why didn’t anyone think of this before? »Read more
  Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 1:28 PM ET

Looking Ahead to Apple Earnings

Posted By: Jon Fortt
Here's the thing about Apple's earnings announcement today: It's even more of a puzzle than usual. Why? Mainly the iPhone. »Read more
  Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 3:58 PM ET

The 100 Twitter Rules To Live By

Posted By: Darren Rovell

Late last night, I hit 100,000 followers on Twitter. In honor of the milestone, I'm taking a shot and imparting all I've learned in my 853 days using the platform.

1. Twitter is for everyone. A person in any profession can help his or her career if he or she utilizes it correctly.

2. Only follow your friends if they have something you want to hear. Facebook is for friendships.

3. For the rest of eternity, no one is going to believe you if you said you were hacked, even if you were. Sorry.

4. Please don't link your Foursquare and Twitter accounts. Your Twitter followers signed up for your Twitter content, not the fact that you just became the mayor of Starbucks.

5. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your Twitter account. Developing a strong following takes time and effort.

6. Always credit your source if you find content worth sharing. Think like a journalist when you're passing along quality info.

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