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Top Dividend Growers Of Last Week: Verizon And Seadrill

During the past week, GuruFocus recognized two companies as dividend growers. In order to be considered for this list, the company had to:<p>· Have a dividend yield of more than 3%.<br>· Have a strong history of stable and increasing dividends.<br>· Maintain Guru ownership.<br>· Have a market cap of greater than …

Scientists Create Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees

Last year in April 2012, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology created the first plastic solar cell <i>(Forbes: New Technique Creates First Plastic Solar Cell)</i> which they hope will help change requirements for manufacturing of organic printed electronics. That plastic solar cell was …

2013 Q1 Update: U.S. Solar Industry Keeps Chugging Along

GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association released numbers this morning suggesting that the solar juggernaut is not slowing down. Consider this: in the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 723 MW, just under half of all new generation capacity installed across the …

Adidas Trademark Lawsuit Puts Derrick Rose On Defense

Derrick Rose may be a primary player in the trademark war between his own David and Goliath. The Chicago native may soon be asked to pick a side between his primary endorser and sporting-goods giant Adidas or a small Chicago-area Church. In early July, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will …

Why A Financial Advisor Is Like A Personal Trainer

John Schlifske’s doorbell rings three times a week at 5:30 in the morning. It’s his personal trainer, and John knows there are no excuses. “I have him come not because he’s going to show me exercises that I couldn’t find online,” says Schlifske. “It’s for one simple reason. He’s going to make me do …

LeBron James Gets Set To Slam-Dunk Mark Cuban

Even if the Miami Heat lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals and fail to capture their second consecutive title, the Heat will undoubtedly soon usurp the Dallas Mavericks as the league’s fifth-most valuable team.<p>Since James hit South Beach in the summer of 2010 the value of the Heat has …

Credit Card Basics: Everything You Should Know

The credit card is one of the most divisive products among all the financial tools available. Ask around and you’re sure to find people who pay all their expenses using credit cards as well as others who swear the products are the embodiment of pure evil. Opinions among financial experts and …

Living Abroad? Your 'Tax Home' Could Still Be U.S.

If you live and work abroad you probably know about the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion that can allow you to collect tax-free money. There are disadvantages to being abroad. See Expats Lobby For Tax on Residence, Not Worldwide Income. If you qualify, the foreign earned income exclusion can make up …

Making Green Energy Profitable: The Boom In Distributed Renewable Energy

<b>This is a guest post written by Mateo Chaskel, vice president of operations at Urban Green Energy (UGE).</b><p>The distributed renewable energy (DRE) industry has gone through significant changes in the last five years, as the industry grew from a cottage industry to one with worldwide revenues of $100 …

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center

It’s the ultimate machine of the Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian data center rising in Utah.<p>Remember the Stasi, the secret police who …

Why Conservatives Should Love Bike-Share

New York's new Citi Bike system embodies the privatized, self-reliant ideals they espouse.<p>New York City’s bike-sharing system, Citi Bike, is only two …

Lululemon CEO Steps Down

And the sheer mess continues. Lululemon’s CEO, Christine Day, is stepping down from her post following a five-and-a-half year run at the brand. …

How a Doctor Came to Believe in Medical Marijuana

A California M.D. says it’s time to repeal marijuana-prohibition laws. ‘At long last and practically against my will, I am doing the right thing,’ …

‘The Bling Ring’ Case Revealed: The Stars’ Grand-Jury Testimony

Grand-jury testimony from victims of ‘The Bling Ring,’ including Lohan, Hilton, and Bloom.<p>Sofia Coppola’s <i>The Bling Ring,</i> in theaters Friday, follows …

North Carolina Punishes Owners of Gas Efficient Cars

It’s hard to see why else the state would propose a measure to lay a special tax on owners of hybrid and electric cars, writes Daniel Gross.<p>For a …

Edward Snowden and What It Takes for an American to Get Asylum

Caitlin Dickson on which country is the best for an American trying to claim asylum.<p>Now that we know who is responsible for leaking the details of …

The Mind of Leaker Edward Snowden: An Armchair Analysis

Christine Pelisek asks professional profilers to evaluate Edward Snowden.<p>NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden may just be a naive do-gooder in over his …

Surveillance Program Got You Yawning? Here’s Why You Should Worry

You think the NSA’s program fights terrorism? Josh Dzieza says it’s also ripe for abuse and mission creep.<p>Odds are you aren't upset about the news …

Big Brother Is Watching, and People Don't Care

A non-terrorism-related theory about why Americans are blase about surveillance.<p>The new Pew poll puts the matter plainly. Americans assume Big …