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This Christmas, Americans Prefer Microsoft Surface to Peace, Happiness

'Tis the night before Christmas, and all through the house, last minute shoppers are panicking. What do you still have time to get your loved ones that they'll actually want? A new survey sheds some light, revealing what people actually desire more than traditional holiday intangibles like goodwill towards men.

5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

Companies can make brilliant moves, but there are also times when things don't work out quite as planned. Here's a rundown of this week's biggest winners and blunders in the business world, from Google to Starbucks.

Microsoft's Tablet Moves Show Real Trouble Beneath the Surface

On Tuesday, Microsoft put out a chest-thumping press release about how well its new Surface tablet is selling. But read between the lines of the PR puffery, and you'll see a worried tech giant making another big gamble in its attempt to produce a tablet that can compete with the iPad.

Apple Earnings Fall Short, and Amazon's Miss Too

Apple can no longer be counted on to beat Wall Street's profit targets. The world's most valuable tech company posted mixed quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Though net sales soared 27%, this marked the third miss in the five quarters that CEO Tim Cook has been at the helm.

Barnes & Noble's Week: A Disappointment With a Sequel

It's been a rough few days for Barnes & Noble. First the rumors of a big announcement around Microsoft's partnership with the Nook were dashed Monday, and then we received at Tuesday morning's painful quarterly report.