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FireEye, GM, Ford are Friday’s stocks to watch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Among the stocks to watch during the regular trading session Friday include those of FireEye Inc., General Motors Co. …

Broadcom's Billionaire Chairman Names Seven Big Tech Trends Not to Miss at CES

To fully understand the power of consumer technology, look no further than the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Over the last four decades, CES has been the launch pad for many innovative consumer devices, ranging from the VCR and the camcorder to DVRs and high-definition …

Vodafone eyes deal to become India's biggest operator

Purchase of majority stake in Tata Teleservices would give company further foothold in emerging markets<p>Vodafone is considering a multi-billion pound deal to take control of the Indian mobile phone company Tata Teleservices.<p>It is understood that discussions between the company and the parent Tata …

Tech stocks: Twitter shares still rising

Twitter shares are back on the rise on renewed optimism for its digital video advertising plans.<p>The social network's stock is up more than 3% in Friday morning trading, after gaining $3.85 to close the markets the day before.<p>This new jump in Twitter stock stems from a report from Evercore Partners …

Market for TV sport to hit record £16bn in 2014 as broadcasters play hardball

The market for global sports rights will hit £16bn in 2014, a rise of 14% on last year, as demand for top-flight European football and Major League baseball entices hefty investments from broadcasters.<p>Deloitte said in a report that it saw no end to the rush for premium sports rights, with revenue …

Berlin's 'poor but sexy' appeal turning city into European Silicon Valley

A decade ago Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit tried to attract creative types to the city by declaring "<i>Berlin ist arm, aber sexy</i>" (poor but sexy).<p>It worked. The City's astonishingly low rents compared with other European capitals – a one-bed flat a short walk from Alexanderplatz in the centre of town …

Study finds 'beautiful' CEOs boost stock prices

University research says attractive chief executives are paid better and their shares perform well when the boss goes on television<p>A university study has found that companies can boost their share prices by hiring good-looking chief executives.<p>Economists at the University of Wisconsin, Joseph …

The ultimate contrarian’s bets for 2014

This is the busy time of year at the hedge fund Pariah Capital.<p>Pariah is a super-exclusive, super-elite (and completely hypothetical) fund which …

Mumbai's dabbawallas: proof that tradition can be innovative

Imagine trying to cook – and then deliver, on time – 200,000 hot lunches every day, in the centre of a city where traffic is regularly gridlocked. And then imagine having to pick up and return the food containers, collect the money, and pay the drivers – most of whom cannot read or write.<p>The …

Will Apple Be The S&P's Largest Dividend Payer In 2014?

Somebody alert Carl Icahn: in assessing the dividend outlook for 2014, a new report has named the billionaire’s favorite Twitter-target – Apple, of course – as the year’s likely dividend leader, though the tech company will be closely followed by Exxon Mobil, AT&T and Bank of Americaamong …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Why This Startup Chose The Midwest Over Silicon Valley

A new app on the market claims to helps shoppers shop and spend smarter. Wisely combines the social search functions of sites like Yelp and Foursquare with an easy personal finance tracker, all in one app.<p>Wisely founders Mike Vichich and Tyler Felous met at the global consulting firm Accenture, …

The Secret Second Lives of Pizza Huts