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5 Companies Slashing Their Dividends

Investors love earning dividends, and over the past year, thousands of companies have rewarded shareholders with boosted payouts. But lately, some companies have been cutting back on or eliminating dividends altogether. Here's a look at five that made this unpopular move, and why.

5 Things to Watch When the Market Reopens

The financial markets are closed for the Christmas holiday, but when trading resumes on Wednesday, here's what's likely to help shape the rest of the week on Wall Street.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Schools Nintendo Wii U in the Sales Game

Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles since the system's Nov. 18 launch, plus another 300,000 original Wii units last week. But Microsoft is still the gaming king: Its Xbox 360 outsold both systems combined, moving 750,000 consoles during the Black Friday holiday weekend.

Boxee TV: Walmart Wants You to See It; Your Cable Guy Doesn't

Starting Thursday, Boxee TV will be sold exclusively at 3,000 U.S. Walmart stores. The $98 device features a built-in antenna to grab free over-the-air broadcast TV, and it also tethers to the Internet to stream YouTube, Netflix, and Pandora. Is this a way for you to ditch your cable bill for good?

Your Next Cable TV Provider Could Be Google or Apple

Something big is going down in Kansas City. Google is offering lightning-fast Internet and television at ridiculous prices. And it's only a matter of time before Apple disrupts cable the way it redefined the music and smartphone industries.

Comcast Introduces an Internet Plan for the One Percent

The rich really are different from you and me -- they Web-surf faster. For proof, you need look no further than Comcast's new "Xfinity Platinum Internet" product. Boasting download speeds as high as 305 Mbps, it out-sprints Verizon's best FiOS. What's the catch? The price, of course.

529 College Savings Plans: What You Need to Know

A 529 savings plan may be the most accessible and simplest way to save for college, but it's also one of the most widely misunderstood financial tools among consumers. Let us clear up some of that confusion.

Want to Protect Your Online Privacy? Too Late

Recently, companies have begun to ask potential employees to hand over their Facebook passwords, and the backlash has been loud, widespread and angry. Too bad we hardly have any online privacy left to save.

Linsanity Trips Time Warner Cable: Can it Rebound?

There is no shortage of winners when it comes to the surprising ascent of basketball star Jeremy Lin: the Knicks; Madison Square Garden Inc.; the fans; the NBA; Linsanity T-shirt sellers. But the loser has been Time Warner Cable, and its losing streak could last awhile.

No More Getting Surprised By High Cellphone Bills

The gradual addition of extra fees to your cellphone bill can be a bit like gaining weight -- you don't keep track of your habits, until one day you open your bill and experience "bill shock." The FCC thinks you deserve advanced warning, and starting soon, your cell provider will have to give it to you.

Inside the War Over the Internet's Future

Amid a fierce clash over the Net's next era, tech titans Google and Verizon crafted their own broadband policy plan and shined a light on what might be Washington's most ineffectual regulatory agency -- the FCC. Unknown to many, Google and Verizon worked on that plan since fall of 2008.

The Google-Verizon Deal: Evil or Pragmatic?

The two companies were on traditionally opposite sides of the net neutrality debate. So they initiated a discussion with the goal of finding a compromise where some progress could be achieved in the face of FCC and congressional inaction.

Sam's Club Is Latest Retailer to Offer Free WiFi

Sam%u2019s Club, the discount warehouse owned by Wal-Mart (WMT), will offer wireless Internet at all its U.S. stores through a partnership with AT&T (T). Customers will be able to view Web applications such as Facebook and Pandora on big-screen TVs to better understand how it would appear at home, Sam%u2019s Club said in a statement. The Wi-Fi will be available at all U.S. locations by November.

Starbucks Will Offer Free WiFi and New Content Deals

Beginning July 1, the coffee company is joining -- somewhat belatedly -- other chains that offer free WiFi service. The nationwide partnership with Yahoo will soon after expand to provide free access to many paid websites and services.

How Consumers Will Take Back the Net in 2010

Thanks to the power of the Internet, it's getting harder for companies to control how we communicate and entertain ourselves. Google's new phone runs an app that enables users to make international calls far cheaper than with any wireless carrier. That's just one sign of growing consumer influence through the Net.