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  • Google became the world's most valuable brand this year, while Coca Cola dropped out of the top ten global brands for the first time, according to the 2011 Brand Finance ranking of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe.

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    Smartphones and tablets will be the headliners at the 2011 CTIA Wireless show in Orlando, where the wireless industry convenes to chart its future the week of March 21. Here are three things to watch for during the week:

  • Black and white versions of the new iPad 2.

    The iPad 2 is entering a much different world than its predecessor. And while Apple still holds a commanding market share position, it may be in for a much tougher fight this time around.

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    As the CTIA Wireless conference gets under way, CNBC.com ran a screen searching for some of the largest percent gainers in the wireless industry in the past year. 

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    Need maps, wait times for rides and restaurant tips for Disney World and other atractions? There's an app for that.

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    The mobile phone as a tool for shopping actually has the potential to bridge traditional retail and digital retail in a way that couldn’t have been otherwise possible.

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    Cell phones are usually used to communicate with people far away. This year, they'll get the ability to do the opposite: communicate with things that are close enough to touch.

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    Telemedicine has attracted major investments from some of the nation's largest companies over the past year. And it has been endorsed by doctors and care takers who believe patients fare better at home.

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    Several key trends will shape the growth and trajectory of the mobile market in 2011, making this an exciting year for brands and consumers alike.

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    Chances are, you or someone you know is planning to purchase a laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar wireless device this year. We want know what kind, so take our poll and tell us what's on your shopping list.

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    Despite the hype about mobile TV, until recently there hasn’t been the widespread adoption of handsets capable of receiving it.  2011 may finally be year mobile TV takes off.

  • Cell phone tower, telcom, telecom

    With consumer adoption of smartphones and tablets on the rise, demands on wireless data networks are escalating dramatically.

  • While its roots might be in the music industry, the annual South by Southwest has had a number of business success stories as well. Its days as a tech showcase might be waning somewhat, but some of the biggest Internet brands took off at the show - and several notable up and coming sites have the Austin get-together to thank. Here are some of the most notable success stories.Click ahead for success stories that have come out of South By Southwest.

    While its roots might be in the music industry, the annual South by Southwest has had a number of business success stories as well.

  • Stocks ended higher on Tuesday as news that Bank of America would boost its dividend amid a stronger profit forecast than analysts expected lifted financials, and oil prices eased amid news OPEC is considering a boost in output. Bank of America and AmEx rose, while McDonald's fell.

  • Stocks ended higher on Tuesday as news that Bank of America would boost its dividend amid a stronger profit forecast than analysts expected lifted financials, and oil prices eased amid news OPEC is considering a boost in output. Bank of America and AmEx rose, while McDonald's fell.

  • Stocks added to strong gains as volatility in the oil markets eased amid news OPEC is considering a boost in output. Bank of America and AmEx rose, while McDonald's fell.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Troubled sitcom actor Charlie Sheen stands to earn $1 million this year endorsing products on such social media sites as Twitter, Arnie Gullov-Singh, CEO of Ad.ly, a website that links celebrities with companies and brands online, told CNBC Monday.

  • Facebook, the social networking giant, is now valued at $65 billion and moving up 30 percent in the last six weeks, making it one of the most highly valued private companies out there today. This high valuation is a function of scarcity of shares that has created a supply, demand imbalance, according to one venture capitalist.

  • On Thursday the S&P 500 sees it’s biggest percentage and point jump since December 1, 2010 and yet the stock that is its best performer (+202 percent!) over the last 52 weeks, does not participate in the rally: Netflix spacer (NFLX). It closed down half of a percent, adding to the steady, quiet decline that has chopped $40 (18 percent) off Netflix’s stock price in 12 trading days.

  • Nintendo 3DS

    Smartphones have absolutely crashed the mobile gaming industry party since the iPhone came onto the scene in 2007 – can Nintendo answer?

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