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Cisco Earnings Hit The Mark, But Stock Slumps On Soft Guidance

Cisco Systems reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that edged the Street’s consensus estimate Wednesday thanks to record operating income and revenue. But the first-quarter guidance on the company’s conference call came up shy of estimates and weighed heavily on shares.<p>Chairman and CEO John …

Amid falling sales, Coke launches campaign to defend sweetener

Coca-Cola launched the first of a series of ads Wednesday defending its use of the sweetener aspartame, attracting immediate criticism from a consumer group that’s been lobbying to have it banned.<p>Rumors about health effects have abounded almost since aspartame hit the market in the 1970s, but …

eBay My Gadgets now open to all, shows you how much your tech items are worth (video)

eBay is clearly not putting all the eggs in one basket: the company's been trying to reach more and more audiences with things like its flourishing one-day delivery service and a portal for 3D-printed products. As part of this growth, the online marketplace behemoth is now <i>officially</i> launching My …

Salesforce tops Forbes innovation list again

Bay Area companies topped Forbes' list of the World's Most Innovative companies, taking three of the top 10 spots and six spots overall on the list of 100 companies, released by the business magazine Wednesday.<p>Salesforce.com, the San Francisco cloud computing company in sales software, was named …

Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by shops to display product information. It could even be used for fun to play interactive active games.<p>Once just a prototype created by the startup Ubi with a Microsoft Kinect for …

Why the joint bank account is a must for married couples

Marriage advice from a personal finance columnist: Have a joint bank account with your spouse.<p>It's the easiest, most sensible way to manage day-to-day spending and saving, and it will save you trouble if your spouse dies before you.<p>"Our recommendation is to have a joint account and to run things …

Blip, Hulu, Vevo and Devour are coming to Chromecast

Google’s (s GOOG) new smart TV dongle Chromecast is getting more love from video publishers: Blip, Hulu, Vevo and Devour all have pledged to add …

Nokia's new Bluetooth 'Treasure Tag' will prevent you from ever losing your keys again

Nokia is preparing to launch a proximity sensor accessory for its range of Lumia Windows Phones. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that the Finnish smartphone maker will debut a "Treasure Tag" accessory that combines Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC to track items from a phone. The …

Here’s What Brick-And-Mortar Stores See When They Track You

Retailers are already able to track your movements and activities in the physical world like websites do on the Internet. Is that creepy? Decide for yourself.<p>In its guidelines for facial recognition technologies, the Federal Trade Commission paints a rather terrifying picture.<p>“Consider the example …

What Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs And Hamburger Helper Can Learn From Social Innovators

This spring, General Mills partnered with Ashoka to present a multi-week speaker series entitled, “Global Innovators: Powerful Stories of Change from Social Entrepreneurs<i>.”</i> Highlighting five Ashoka Fellows over as many weeks, the web-based series showcased their approaches to solving tough …

Three in five renters cannot afford to buy

The proportion of tenants "trapped" in the rental sector has reached its highest level in more than two-and-a-half years, a study has found.<p>The proportion of tenants "trapped" in the rental sector has reached its highest level in more than two-and-a-half years, despite government efforts to make it …

How YouTube Became The Most Popular Video Site In The World

YouTube is far and away the most popular video sharing site in the world. People watch over 6 billion hours of YouTube videos per month.<p>So, how did YouTube become THE place to go to watch videos online?<p>Find out everything you could possibly want to know about YouTube below:<p><i>Produced by William Wei</i>

Video Sharing

20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get

I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings. Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and …

Things Got So Bad At Apple's Stores That It Cut The Budget For Pens And Paper By 30%

According to Ian Sherr and Joann Lubin at the Wall Street Journal, the company's famous stores have struggled from the lack of leadership.<p>While things are returning to normalcy, Apple's stores aren't bringing in as much revenue as they have in the past. According to Apple's latest earnings data, …

Wall Street

Move to mobiles and share rebound leaves Facebook sitting pretty

When Facebook was preparing to float in May 2012, former analyst Henry Blodget – now the high-energy editor of the Business Insider website – was unambiguous. The stock was, he said, "muppet bait" – so widely anticipated and hyped that there was no chance of beating the market by subscribing to the …

Even world leaders care about their Klout score

South Korean president Park Geun-hye has issued a press release to announce that her Klout score went up. Seriously.<p>Klout, a startup that measures influence on social media, is one of those tools that people mock in public while privately checking to see where they stand. Park, who won election by …

Social Media

Toyota is crushing it. Abenomics is the reason.

By Neil Irwin<p>It's been a good year so far for automakers. And it's been an even better year for Toyota. The company reported its second-quarter earnings Friday, which included this whopping number: Sales were up 14 percent over a year earlier. The company hiked its estimate for 2013 earnings by 8 …

The Continued Stupidity Of The New York Times

The New York Times Company released its earnings today and while earnings grew due to lower costs, its revenues actually fell slightly to $485.4 million from $489.8 million.<p>On the surface it seems like a fairly lukewarm earnings report. However, dig a little bit deeper and it appears that it is, in …

Many Americans Earn More Than They Think They Do

How much money do you make? Many Americans know what their wages and salary are. But they might be surprised to know that, on average, wages account for less than half the income of a U.S. household.<p>Others might pull Adjusted Gross Income off their income tax return. That adds sources such as …

Marissa Mayer's Latest Plan For Yahoo: Hiring Dozens Of PhDs

She's hired 30 PhDs so far this year, with plans to hire another 20, Mayer said.<p>The research group is led by Chief Scientist Ron Brachman, who joined Yahoo in 2005. He's a former director for DARPA, the government agency that created the Internet and, he says, his work on artificial intelligence …

Oracle Lands In More Hot Water Over Ads That Slam IBM — And Now The FTC May Investigate

On Thursday, one of the advertising industry's self-regulation bodies, the National Advertising Division, asked the Federal Trade Commission to step in and investigate Oracle's ads for "possible law enforcement action," it said.<p>"Now, IBM has brought NAD's attention to a fourth Oracle advertising …

India eases foreign investment rules in retail sector

<b>India has eased key rules on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in an attempt to attract foreign firms as it looks to boost economic growth.</b><p>Rules governing sourcing of products, infrastructure investment and selection of cities have been relaxed.<p>India had opened up multi-brand retail …

Economic Development

Snowden offered job at Russia's top social network

It's likely that Russia's top social-networking site VKontakte won't be seeking references from previous employers when recruiting U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden to its staff.<p>Despite being a wanted fugitive, Snowden appears to have no problem finding work. VKontakte offered Snowden a job as a …

Amazon gets all Pinterest-like with 'Collections'

Amazon seems to be taking some cues from the social network Pinterest. The e-commerce giant launched a feature on Thursday dubbed Amazon Collections, which lets users categorize shopping wish lists into different categories.<p>While Collections has more of a lean toward shopping, it has the look and …

New 'Jobs' featurette offers best look yet at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

You've heard Ashton Kutcher's thoughts on portraying the late Steve Jobs. Now, as the August 16th theatrical release of <i>Jobs</i> draws closer, a new three-minute featurette offers viewers an extended preview of Kutcher's performance. The clip testifies to the hours of work Kutcher put into studying the …

Uber Confirms That It's Seeking "Hundreds of Millions" to Fuel Expansion

Uber Technologies Inc., the mobile- app car service startup, is seeking “hundreds of millions” of dollars in a new financing round to fund its …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Thanks to smartphones, Amazon is softly killing retail shopping and is better at it than Google

The smartphone revolution has proved to be quite a disruptor. While it has opened new opportuities for many new startups, it has brought whole new …