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5 Big Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

This week's top business tidbits include a Sodastream cashing in on its banned Super Bowl ad, and a misguided analyst's too-clever case for upgrading a Best Buy. Also, bad news for Nintendo and VMWare, and good news in real estate.

Apple TV Comes a Step Closer to Home Entertainment Reality

Apple is testing smart TV designs with major Asian component suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports. And executives at some suppliers for the world's most valuable tech company are confirming that designs for a large-screen high-def television are in the works.

12 Holiday Cyber Scams to Watch Out For

As more consumers pick up their smartphones and tablets to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks are trying just about everything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money. To keep you protected, we asked an online security expert to list the season's hottest scams and how to avoid them.

Big Oil Isn't as Profitable as Everyone Thinks

Americans spend a lot of money on oil: about $632 billion a year. And the big oil producers report eye-popping annual profits, like ExxonMobil's $41 billion in 2011. Numbers like that may make you feel like we're getting robbed at the pump ... but it's not that simple.

What JCP's CEO Has to Say About Falling Sales and Rising Cynics

Nearly a year after taking over as CEO of J.C. Penney, Ron Johnson seems all too aware that his image as a retailing miracle worker has been seriously tarnished. But he's not worried about the backward thinking naysayers -- and he's still determined to prove the skeptics wrong.

Wall Street Watch: Day 2 of the IPO Party Has Been Canceled

It had been more than a month since a company had gone public on a stateside exchange, but that dry spell ended with a bang when Trulia began trading on Thursday. On Friday, Smith Electric Vehicles, a maker of plug-in commercial trucks, was all set to follow suit ... until Thursday evening.

5 Ways That the iPhone 5 Will Change the World

Apple has finally introduced the iPhone 5. Smartphone fans and Apple investors are naturally excited: The very nature of the shiny new handset and the bar-raising nature of some of its features will send out ripples far beyond Cupertino.

Walmart's Mobile Payment Test: Checking Out 'Scan and Go'

Walmart is testing a new mobile checkout system. With Scan and Go, customers will be able to scan items with their smartphones as they shop, then pay quickly at kiosks, skipping the checkout line. But the program could be less about making it easier for shoppers to pay, and more about getting you to spend more.

Back-Door Deals: 5 Ways to Save Big by Outwitting Big Companies

Shhhhh ... we have a few savings secrets to share, and they have nothing to do with coupons, daily deals or bargain bins. Brad Wilson of deal-hunting site Bradsdeals.com clues us in to these back-door ways to save that retailers probably don't want you to know.

4 Tips to Beat the Back-to-School Shopping Blues

Ready or not, it's time for back-to-school season. Like the Christmas shopping season, it seems to begin earlier every year, and you have to play the game if you want to catch the sales. Or do you? Personal finance guru Jean Chatzky has some surprising advice for parents.

This Retailer Just Flat Out Stinks

Investors figured that new J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson's "Fair and Square" pricing strategy wouldn't be a hit right away, but no one expected the recently remodeled department store chain would be this earnings season's biggest disaster.

Don't Buy a 'New iPad': Apple Cuts Price of iPad 2 to $399

Apple unveiled its new iPad with its usual pizzazz, and fans will probably rush to pre-order the snazzy new tablet. But if you don't need the absolute latest bells and whistles, the real news is that you can get an iPad 2 now at a very sweet price.

5 Things You Need to Know About the iPad 3

Everybody's been expecting Apple's third generation iPad to hit the market in March, and come Tuesday, that's exactly what will happen. But before you start camping in front of your local Apple Store, let's answer your five most-burning iPad questions.

Is an Amazon Store in the Real World a Good Idea?

Soon, you might be able to buy a new Kindle at an actual, brick-and-mortar Amazon Store. The e-commerce giant is reportedly opening its first pilot store in Seattle. It's an intriguing idea, but the real question is: Why would Amazon want to?

Why J.C. Penney Will Never Be Great Again

J.C. Penney's new CEO plans to remake the tired old department store chain a la the Apple Store and Target, and his fresh ideas are earning him applause. But as investors and industry watchers cheer Ron Johnson's turnaround concepts, they're ignoring some big potholes on the road ahead.

How J.C. Penney Just Might Transform the Way We Shop

New CEO Ron Johnson's plan to revamp J.C. Penney is seriously ambitious. No more coupons, almost no more sales, and a complete rethink of the department store model. So why does think he can pull it off -- and with a chain that has lagged its rivals? Because maybe he can. Here's why:

A Bull's-eye for iPads: Apple May Put Ministores in Target

Target may be planning to add something that's chic but certainly not cheap to some of its stores. Sources say Apple will open small stores within 25 of Target's largest stores later this year. But you may be surprised about which ones.

Are Apple Stores' Slow-Growth Blues Really That Blue?

While Apple%u2019s products and digital media stores continue to thrive, its once-ascendant retail operation is losing some luster. But if stagnant retail growth in Apple Stores is worrisome, it's not time yet to hit the panic button.

7 Retailers That May Become Household Names in 2012

Their brands aren't household names in the U.S. yet, but experts suggest you keep an eye on these seven emerging retailers with hot store concepts that are ripe for expansion. They could soon be headed to a mall near you.

How to Get Great Deals from Desperate Retailers

The holiday season has been strong for retail sales overall, but some chains have still found lumps of coal in their stockings. And as the holiday season winds down, what's bad for retailers may be good for you.