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5 Biggest Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

It's been a colorful week in the world of business, from Facebook's accidental hijacking spree to the timely rescue of Dell, to pink slips being passed out at DreamWorks. Here's a rundown of this week's biggest winners and losers.

Market Minute: Coinstar Profit Drops in Fourth Quarter

Coinstar's fourth-quarter profit fell 27 percent due to poor performance at its new ventures. It forecast disappointing earnings ahead, and its shares tumbled in after-hours trading Thursday. The company owns the Redbox DVD kiosks and its namesake coin-counting sites.

13 Money Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself By Age 30

Age 30 has become the new benchmark for people to get their lives together, and advice on how to do that abounds. But in fact, most of us already know how to succeed: We just happen to let ourselves -- and a few convenient lies -- get in the way.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Starbucks Earnings, Hot and Sweet

Starbucks posted strong quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed 11% for the premium coffee house chain to $3.36 billion, with earnings of 46 cents a share. It's a far cry from a few years ago, when the chain was on the retreat due to the recession.

Get a Work-Life Balance: You Can at These Top-Rated Companies

If you're working harder than ever, and feel like you don't have time to breathe, check out Glassdoor's list of the best companies for work-life balance. Some names on it may not surprise you, like Facebook and LinkedIn. But one name that's been in the news constantly lately probably will.

How Many Stars Would You Rate Yelp's IPO?

With all the sturm und drang surrounding Facebook's upcoming May IPO, few media outlets are giving much oxygen to the IPO of online review hub Yelp, due March 2. It will give Yelp a market cap of around $800 million -- and the company isn't even profitable.

The Perils of Social Media Connectivity: We Can't Quit

Hyper-connection means missing an email, text, Tweet or status update -- or a moment of the Kardashians. But is that a good thing? Are we too connected? And if the answer is yes, is it even possible to back away from the smartphones and social media and go back to our old-fashioned ways?

SEC Warns of Social Media Schemes After Fraud Case

Regulators are warning the public to be wary of social media sites that could be offering bogus investment schemes. The warning follows civil charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against an Illinois-based investment adviser who tried to sell fraudulent securities through Linkedin.

8 Stocks That Could Double in Value in 2012

It is unusual for a stock's price to double in a year, but several well-known companies' shares have done it recently. The more important question for investors is: Which stock could be next? 24/7 Wall St. offer their list of S&P 500 companies whose stocks could double in 2012.

How to Invest in the Facebook Craze Before It Goes Public

Facebook will go public someday, but not anytime soon: The IPO market has all but dried up, and flush Facebook doesn't need the cash. Thankfully, there are plenty of other means of investing in social networking. Let's go over five ways to play this phenomenon right now.

Advice for an Exec Laid Off After 37 Years With One Firm

Rhonda, a 57-year-old Californian, was laid off in September after 37 years with a medical laboratory company. Now she needs to dust off those rusty job hunting skills, and figure out her financial next steps too. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley brought in a couple of experts to guide her.

Getting Hired 101: Job Hunting Tips for College Grads

A new study reveals that 68% of recent college graduates either aren't working or are working at jobs not in their chosen field. But the shaky economy doesn't mean finding an entree into your career is impossible. Here's what you need to do to boost your odds of hearing "You're hired."

Advice for a Mom Trying to Reenter the Job Market

Kelly, 51, a mother of five who lives in the Midwest, wants to get back into the workforce after a 20-year absence -- a challenging prospect in today's weak hiring environment. But with the right focus and preparation, she can still transition from stay-at-home mom back to paid employee.

Look Out for Dot-Bomb 2.0

The red-hot success of recent IPOs by internet companies has investors feeling lucky. But like every bubble, Dot-Bomb version 2.0 will leave investors bruised and banker laughing. Here's how you can avoid getting burned, and cash in on the trends driving these stocks without taking on all the risk.

Can Yandex Find Profits to Justify Its Hot IPO?

Russian search engine Yandex saw its IPO soar more than 55% on its first day of trading Tuesday. But while this Russian beauty managed to lure in investors with its ability to crush Google in the former USSR, some analysts are cautioning investors to temper their enthusiasm.

The Three Key Ways LinkedIn Makes Money

Trefis currently has a $30 price estimate for LinkedIn stock -- about a third of the market price. Why the disparity? Take a look at the prospects for the three businesses that bring in the vast majority of LinkedIn's revenue, and the answer becomes clear.

Trefis Values LinkedIn at Just $30 a Share: Here's Why

Trefis put a value estimate of $30 a share on LinkedIn as it launched its IPO Thursday. Shares actually opened at $83, raced past $100, and closed at $94.25. Wondering why the Trefis estimate is so much lower? Let's re-examine the fundamentals, and how they arrived at that number.

Social Recruiting: The Next Big Thing for Job Seekers

When it comes to finding your next employer, online job boards are out and social recruiting is in, says Robert McGovern, CEO of JobFox.com, a free website that enables job seekers to tap into private hiring networks. We chat with McGovern about the new era of online job hunting.