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Group Buying Companies: Time to Take Stock

When will Groupon and Living Social go public...and how have the sites already changed the way older companies do business? With high profit margins leading to steep valuation, it looks like the group coupon market is poised to explode!

Good Riddance: Warner Bros. Finally Cuts Off Charlie Sheen

Warner Bros. finally had enough of Sheen's antics. The producers figured that the show's star -- who was reportedly paid nearly $2 million an episode --- was no longer worth the considerable trouble he created. Still, the move is a financial risk.

Is Charlie Sheen Insurable? His Career May Depend on It

Whether Sheen can resurrect his faltering career may depend on something as mundane as an insurance physical. Hollywood producers won't shoot a frame of film nor a second of video without insurance policies on their cast members in case they can't do their jobs.

Man vs. Machine Finale: Watson Whips the Humans on Jeopardy!

For Watson, it was elementary. IBM's mighty supercomputer has landed the title of new Jeopardy! champ. No matter how hard Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings -- the two human contestants pitted against the machine -- tried, they were just no match for the brainy Watson.

Week Ahead: Earnings from Dell, Smucker's and More

Dell will highlight a handful of tech company results this week. Also reporting earnings will be food giants Smucker and Campbell Soup, also Marriott and other members of the lodging and hospitality industry, and the first of a long string of results from retailers.

Family-Friendly TV Advertisers Get PTC's 'Green Light'

A conservative TV watchdog group wants consumers to consider patronizing companies that advertise on family-friendly television shows this shopping season, rather than those that buy commercials on racier programs, but price is still likely to be the biggest influence on holiday shoppers.

Generations Clash Over Sandwiches on Undercover Boss

This weekend, Don Fertman, the director of development at the Subway sandwich chain, tries his hand at making sandwiches, baking bread and many of the other jobs that keep a Subway franchise humming -- all under the supervision of a stern and much younger trainer who takes her job very seriously.

Undercover Boss Steven Foster Rolls With the Punches

Steven Foster, CEO of upscale bowling chain Lucky Strike Entertainment, was hands down the most easy-going 'Undercover Boss' yet. The hit CBS reality show is still as phony as the toupee he had to wear, but the episode was fun, and Foster, who founded the Lucky Strike, doesn't need to prove anything to anybody.

On Undercover Boss, Bowling Exec Tries to Avoid the Gutter

On Sunday, Lucky Strike Lanes CEO Steven Foster will get a chance to show America how he rolls. The latest guest on CBS' hit show Undercover Boss, Foster will try his hand at the day-to-day tasks of running of the bowling alley chain that he created.

Chicago Cubs Exec Throws a Curve on Undercover Boss

One pervasive theme of CBS's "Undercover Boss" is that, under the surface, there isn't that much difference between executives and drones. This Sunday, however, promises an interesting confrontation as an American aristocrat meets the workers who keep his family business -- the Chicago Cubs -- afloat.

News Corp. Buries HarperCollins' Earnings

Why did News Corp bury the earnings results of its book publishing unit HarperCollins? Does the media giant view the publisher as merely an afterthought -- or could Rupert Murdoch be contemplating a sale?

Can the Next Undercover Boss Help Nascar Refuel?

A NASCAR executive will see exactly where the rubber meets the road on the next Undercover Boss Sunday night. But unlike past execs featured on the hit series, the honcho learning lessons at the bottom this time won't be the CEO sitting at the top.

Undercover Boss Shows Airline CEO It Isn't All Blue Skies

On Sunday, Frontier Airlines CEO Bryan Bedford will take his turn on the CBS show "Undercover Boss," going incognito to attempt the dull and nasty jobs required to get an plane in the air and keep its passengers happy. No surprise, he'll discover how different the view is from the bottom.

DirecTV's Michael White: The Best Undercover Boss Yet

What separated White from the other Undercover Bosses was his attitude. Maybe because he's fairly new to DirecTV and has no background in the satellite-TV business, White seemed to realize that he has much to learn.

Undercover Boss Gives DirecTV CEO a Job Orientation

This week's Undercover Boss on CBS will explore the recurring theme of disconnect between frontline worker and front office in America's large companies. With his newly acquired scruffy beard, DirecTV CEO Mike White will go on service calls, work in one of the company's call centers, and spend some time in its warehouse.

Seven Bosses We'd Like to See Go Undercover

It's great fun to see big-shot CEOs get out of their corner offices on the TV hit, Undercover Boss. But it would be even more fun to see America's true corporate titans on the show. We imagine undercover assignments for Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, BP's Bob Dudley and others.

Choice Hotels CEO Cleans Up His Act on Undercover Boss

Some CEOs look as though they've never done a day of manual labor in their lives, and Stephen Joyce, the head of Choice Hotels International is one of them. His week in the spotlight of "Undercover Boss" left him sweaty and distressed, and -- as usual -- put him in touch with soul of his company.

Political Ad Spending Will Fatten Broadcasters This Year

TV station political revenues may hit $2.5 billion in 2010, a 25% increase above 2006, SNL Kagan says. Among the biggest beneficiaries: conservative broadcaster Sinclair, which has the largest footprint of all independent station owners in areas with contested elections.

ABC News's David Westin: 'The Right Time' to Leave

ABC News President David Westin is leaving his job after 14 years. A corporate mandate to increase his division's profitability apparently conflicted with his own commitment to high-prestige journalism.

Emmy Awards Win with Jimmy Fallon

The Primetime Emmy Awards Show continues to rebound with host Jimmy Fallon. The bold and new, like Glee, were rewarded, while former favorites, like Lost, were forgotten.

An Emmy Win: It's More Than Just a Golden Statue

Prestige means a lot in Hollywood. TV companies use a show's Emmy Award to help sell commercial time, and advertisers enjoy the bragging rights of being associated with hot shows. Sometimes, an Emmy can even help a show avoid the ax.