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Wall St.'s Biggest Head-Scratchers

There was plenty of market news last week to stare blankly at, or scrunch up one's nose in disbelief at the sound of. Among the offending stories: HP's abrupt about-face on the TouchPad tablet; an unannounced rate hike from Redbox in Austin; wishful thinking from GameStop's CEO; and, of course, Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Redbox Runover in the Works?

There's trouble brewing at Redbox: President Mitch Lowe has announced his resignation, and parent company Coinstar revised its second-quarter revenue outlook downward last week. Here are some key signs consumers and investors should watch to see if the Redbox business model (i.e. kiosk rental machines) is obsolete.