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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.

The Worst Product Flops of 2012

Sometimes, no matter how many months a company invests in development or how many millions it spends on marketing, a new product can fall flat on its face. That's what happened to these new offerings, the biggest product flops of 2012.

Top 10 Business Stories of 2012

This would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor. At least that's what many had hoped. It didn't happen. So what were the top ten business stories of 2012?

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.

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.

Free Smartphone With That Suit? The Best Deals This Weekend

This weekend represents something of a lull in the holiday season. Black Friday is behind us, and any lingering Cyber Week sales are wrapping up. The remaining big shopping days won't come until later in December. Still, there are deals to be found this weekend. Here are a few.

Is Nokia Toast? Cell Phone Maker Still Has All the Wrong Answers

Nokia's stock price has nearly doubled since hitting bottom last summer, but it's premature to call this a turnaround for the company that, until recently, was the world's largest cell phone maker. If anything, at least one analyst sees this as a selling opportunity.

Amazon Leaps Into the Mobile Gaming Game with 'Air Patriots'

Amazon released its first mobile game, "Air Patriots" on Thursday, The classic tower defense strategy game is a free download for Apple iOS and Android devices; but can the world's largest online retailer compete in a marketplace filled with thousands of nimble little competitors?

Why Electronic Arts Will Never Be Great Again

This should be a good time for Electronic Arts: Madden NFL 13 and The Simpsons: Tapped Out are selling well, FIFA 13 and Battlefield 3 are expected to be big winners, and digital revenue is up 40%. But the outlook for the video game developer and publisher is actually problematic.

Put Your Keys and IDs into Your Mobile Wallet: G&D Has a Plan

Giesecke & Devrient has a big plan to jump-start the mobile wallet revolution: It's SmartTrust Portigo goes beyond a mere transaction tool and aims to be a one-stop gadget that replaces credit cards, keys, ID cards, building and vehicle keys and transportation tickets, too.

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.

Would You Buy a Best Buy Brand Tablet?

If you can't beat 'em, you may as well join 'em. That's Best Buy is reportedly doing in the tablet computer game. A source is telling Reuters that the struggling consumer electronics retailer will roll out its own Android-based tablet next month: the Insignia Flex.

Online Shopping (and Fraud) Likely to Soar This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday shopping, there's one trend you can count on every year: Online sales will grow like gangbusters. But whether you're on a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, it's important to remember that buying online carries extra risks of identity theft and fraud.

Wall Street Watch this Week: Betting Against BlackBerry

All the smartphone hype now is about the iPhone 5 and the latest Androids. But once, it was the BlackBerry people couldn't live without. Well, Research In Motion is still making them, and folks are still buying them. How many will become clearer this week when RIM reports its quarterly results.

Which Is the Best Smartphone Plan for You?

Smartphones are becoming a must-have tech accessory, but the monthly bills can get pricey fast. If you fit one of these profiles, you may save money by signing up for one of these phone plans.

This Should Be a Good Time for Microsoft. It's Not.

These should be good times for Microsoft. It's going on the offensive ahead of the holiday shopping season, with new PCs, tablets with Windows 8, and smartphones running Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the buzz just isn't there.

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.

Why RadioShack Will Still Never Be Great Again

Beleaguered consumer electronics retailer RadioShack wants to be your next no-contract wireless carrier. But its new partnership with Leap Wireless' Cricket has no chance of stemming the decline of the once-popular small-box chain.

Pandora Mobilizes to Lead the Music Industry

Internet radio pioneer Pandora Media continues to make big strides in popularizing streaming audio. Revenue in its latest quarter skyrocketed 51%, in large part due to its success at making money in mobile.

What Apple's $1 Billion Victory Means for Consumers

Apple's $1 billion court victory over Samsung poses a lot of questions for consumers. Will Samsung phones still be available for sale? Will they be more expensive? Will owners of existing phones need to worry?

iPhone 5 Debut: Apple Needs a Hit on September 21

Earlier this week, we confirmed speculation that Apple will roll out its latest iPhone on September 21, a mere four weeks away. An iPhone debut is always an event, but things should be particularly interesting this time around.

Why Hewlett-Packard Will Never Be Great Again

In the past two years, Hewlett-Packard's world has turned upside-down, thanks to CEO woes, costly acquisitions and a doomed attempt to revive webOS. All those problems cost the tech giant 58% of its market value. But as bad as things appear now, they can always get worse.