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Six Things That Have Changed for Investors

Friday's employment report has created an even hazier backdrop for stocks. Recent data showed an economy starting to cool, but with 244,000 jobs created in April, this expansion may have legs after all. But the economy's areas of support aren't what you'd have expected a few months ago.

What You Can Buy With a Literal Ton of Cash

With more and more financial transactions being conducted electronically, it's easy to forget the physicality of money. What a dollar weighs, or a pile of them. So just for fun, let's start piling up the Benjamins and see what a pound -- or 10, or 100, or a ton -- of C-notes will buy.

Week in Preview: Discover, Oracle and Tiffany Earnings

Oracle, Discover and Tiffany are all expected to report year-over-year growth for their most recent quarters this week. Meanwhile, many will be looking for an updated snapshot of the housing market, with three sets of real-estate data coming out.

Here's the Next Company Buffett Should Buy

Warren Buffett recently said he was anxious to pull the trigger on another large deal. Sheldon Liber, who has correctly predicted some of Buffett's earlier acquisitions, writes here about which company Buffett could acquire next. You heard it here first.

Facebook Buys Former Sun Site for New Headquarters

Social networking giant Facebook announced Tuesday it's moving its headquarters into the old digs of server and storage maker Sun Microsystems in Santa Clara, Calif. With the relocation from Palo Alto, Calif., Facebook will snag 57 acres and nine buildings that offer roughly 1 million square feet.

HP to Launch Investigation into Hurd's Departure

Hewlett-Packard is planning an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the forced resignation of CEO Mark Hurd last year and the compensation package he received. A shareholder lawsuit claims HP's directors wasted company money by awarding Hurd as much as $53 million in severance.

Measuring Rich People's Toys Against Average Incomes

The gap between America's super-wealthy and the rest of us has grown so vast it's hard to even comprehend the sums they spend on their luxuries. But if you measure, say, a $200 million luxury yacht in terms of the average U.S. family's household income, the picture comes back into focus.

Three Tech Trends to Watch in 2011

What are some things in the tech world to look forward to in 2011? Here are a few things in my crystal ball worth keeping an eye on in the tech sector: Consolidation in enterprise computing, a check-in shakeout and a surge in crowd-sourcing businesses.

This May Be the Best Way to Put CEO Pay in Perspective

To wrap your head around how much someone like Larry Ellison makes, try comparing his compensation to the median income of an American household, $49,777. His 2008 take of $543 million is the equivalent the annual earnings of 10,908 average American families.

Stocks Close Higher for the Week, Once Again

The last full trading week of 2010 has closed and stocks were modestly mixed trading on light volume. While pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck put a damper on the Dow, robust earnings from Oracle and Research In Motion helped lift tech stocks.

Cloud Computing Is Growing Up, and VCs Are Feeding It

Last week, on-demand-software giant Salesforce.com acquired a cloud software startup called Heroku for $212 million in cash. That's par for the course these days as cloud computing goes from buzzword to reality. And venture capitalists are flocking to put money into the next Heroku.

Short Sellers Increase Bets Against Big Tech

Are traders expecting a sell-off in big tech? Short sellers have increased their gambles against big-tech shares in the period that ended Nov. 30, with shares sold sold short in Intel rising 81%.

CEO Sex Scandals: A Rogues' Gallery

CEOs are supposed to know when to say no. But when it comes to the temptation of having an adulterous affair, even some of the toughest-minded bosses just can't hold up a stop sign. Here are nine chief execs (all men) who made headlines for succumbing to the call of lust.

Oracle's Patent War with Google Could Backfire

A few months ago, Oracle rocked the internet world by suing Google for patent infringement based on the Android system's use of Java. Now, Google has laid out its defenses against the Oracle suit, and its countersuit might well invalidate Oracle's Java patents altogether.

HP Chief Won't Testify at SAP Trial

Before taking over the top spot at Hewlett-Packard, Leo Apotheker was CEO of SAP, the German business-software maker now on trial over corporate espionage allegations from Oracle. But HP says Apotheker won't testify at the trial.