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  • As health insurance companies reveal much anticipated first-quarter earnings, it’s the unpredictable impact from the five-figure cost of new Hepatitis C treatments that are the subject of as much  Wall Street worry as the Affordable Care Act. This week, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) executives spent more time answering questions …

  • Heaven Is For Real is to The Grudge as God's Not Dead is to The Ring. As the first major Christian-centric film to drop after the surprisingly successful God's Not Dead, Heaven Is For Real got to capitalize on being the next portion of a newly popular dish. If you recall, The Ring kick-started the Japanese horror remake …

  • It's been an interesting month for mobile games, one that I believe clearly illustrates a split for the scene with the release of two high profile games, Blizzard's Hearthstone and Atari's RollerCoaster Tycoon 4. Hearthstone is a new game drawing from old concepts, but has seen great popularity in its [...]

  • Yahoo's recent results have turned up something of a puzzle for those of us who believe in efficient and rational markets. For we can clearly see that Yahoo!'s core business is profitable. And we can also clearly see that in the company's stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, that it [...]

  • Earlier this month, a study of a much-watched cell therapy that genetically modifies patients' immune cells in order to attack tumors was stopped because the treatment may have caused the deaths of two patients. The trial is now once again enrolling patients, according to Juno Therapeutics, the startup that is commercializing …

  • Ukraine investigating the local subsidiaries of 14 Russian banks for allegedly bribing its military to join the pro-Russia movements in the east.

  • Pebble has defined the terms of success, for now, and other wearable wannabes from Apple to Google to Samsung should study what it has done right.

  • Sony's latest Android handset is the Xperia Z2. Sporting a 5.2 inch screen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, and a lot of glass and metal, it's the Japanese company's flagship for the summer. I've spent some time reviewing the handset and found it to be an impressive handset with many small touches that make it the best all-round …

  • Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur? The trend is toward more independent customers who are able to generate their own electricity -- all spearheaded by advancing technologies that are becoming cheaper and more …

  • The New Role Of Leaders @ Forbes - 12 hours ago

    The role of leadership has changed. It is no longer enough to merely plan and direct action, today we must inspire and empower belief.

  • Lexus has given the GX a facelift 2014, further refining the refined off-roader.

  • Projecting Apple's Guidance, watching the iPhone 5C 8GB take over the world, Does Yahoo Dream Of Electric Search, the size of the wearable economy, revenues and volume in the app stores, will Hearthstone replace Candy Crush Saga, and will Microsoft and Apple fight Google together? Apple Loop is here to bring you the highlights …

  • Everyone’s buzzing today about the trading debut of Weibo, following a performance by the Sina microblogging unit that was filled with mixed signals. Potential investors in the company will inevitably have many questions about Weibo’s future, as it seeks to carve out a secure and profitable place for itself in [...]

  • Just a week ago the stock market was looking quite vulnerable as most of the major averages closed near their lows last Friday, April 11. There were signs of heavy selling, so I concluded last week that “On a short-term basis, the market is getting oversold, so we should see a bounce this week. Unless it is quite strong, …

  • Before filing your 2013 tax return, did you consult an Internal Revenue Service publication for clarification of some confusing point? That’s living dangerously.

  • When you’re planning out your next customer service initiative, your next move to improve your customer experience, think about the arrival of the millennial generation, says customer service speaker and consultant Micah Solomon

  • Activision has pulled the Xbox One version of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'

  • The mobile giant has come to terms with two indie developers in its ongoing trademark disputes.

  • General Mills Consumers Give Up Rights To What, Exactly? @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM EDT

    A Times story about Cheerios customers losing their right to sue is really about class action lawyers losing their right to big fees.

  • Older Job Seekers: Get Social And Mobile @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:17 AM EDT

    How to exploit your social networks and smartphones to find work.

  • Subaru unveiled the next-generation 2015 Subaru Outback at the New York International Auto Show, kicking off what the company promises to be yet another record sales year. The 2015 Subaru Outback is the sixth product generation in 20 years since Subaru introduced the first Outback. Then as now, it’s a close [...]

  • The Patent Drain on Economic Growth @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:51 AM EDT

    Slow economic growth since the Great Recession has been devastating for employment, middle class incomes, and federal and state budgets. Worse, many economists are predicting slow growth for the next generation. A number of policies — from tax and immigration reform to more innovation friendly regulatory treatment of the …

  • Robin Williams Making 'Mrs. Doubtfire 2' Should Make Us Sad @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    It would appear that we're getting a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire. It was reported last night that both original director Chris Columbus and original star Robin Williams are apparently back on board in a sequel to the 21-year old hit comedy about a divorced dad who dresses like an old woman [...]

  • Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:31 AM EDT

    Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday.

  • How Millennials Will Dictate The Future Of Fast Food @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    Millennials have cut back their annual restaurant trips by 21% over the last seven years. But since they comprise a quarter of the U.S. population and carry $1.3 trillion in spending power, restaurants like Starbucks, McDonald's and Panera will need to cater to the tastes and habits of this age group to secure future l …

  • Is Big Tech A Bad Investment Bet? @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT

    Intel, IBM, and Google reported recent quarterly results that were not thrilling. But this does not mean that they are all bad investments. After all, in the last year shares of Google (up 37%) and Intel (up 24%) have performed well; whereas those of IBM (down 10%) have been moribund. The gap [...]

  • If This Keeps Up, Xbox One Has A Big PS4 Problem @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT

    Yes, it's early. Too early for anyone to pop the champagne corks, declare victory and stand over the other guy with the scowl of a champion. But Microsoft has a problem with the Xbox One in its war with the PS4 and it had better solve it soon or else [...]

  • Opportunities Among The Rubble Of The Biotech Selloff @ Forbes - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The selloff in biotech stocks over the past month has hurt Justin Uyehara, one of my top managers who I think just might be one of our generations’ Warren Buffetts. Justin’s portfolio climbed 61% in 2013 but lost 10% in 2014 through April 4, which ranks him last among the four members of the Marketocracy Explore Team. To …

  • FATCA May Have Americanized Switzerland, But Cayman Islands Compliance Is About To Change in a Big Way.

  • Though commonly hailed as a safe-haven, New Zealand has an inflating bubble that will end in tears.

  • 'Titanfall' Tops March Video Game Sales @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:48 PM EDT

    Titanfall was the best-selling game last month according to NPD data.

  • As part of the recent Build conference, Microsoft announced new functionality for Windows developers. The 'unified application' will allow cross-platform apps to be developed and released as a single resource via the Windows Store, and available on Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. While the Xbox side of the equation is …

  • Microsoft Breaks Silence On Xbox One Sales...Sort Of @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:40 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Sony announced that it had sold 7 million PS4s to consumers, a colossal number any way you look at it. It left us wondering how its chief competitor, Microsoft's Xbox One, was faring -- all we had heard was that Microsoft had sold 3 million units in 2013. Well [...]

  • Judge Lets GM Off the Hook by Denying "Park-It" Order @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:15 PM EDT

    General Motors  finally caught a break in its ongoing ignition safety snafu from a federal judge in Texas. GM has already been forced it to recall 2.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The company expects the campaign will cost it $1.3 million. CEO Mary [...]

  • Potential New Treatment for Alcoholism: Ezogabine @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:40 PM EDT

    Alcoholism treatment breakthrough? A recently approved epilepsy drug may help alcoholics stop drinking.

  • Sabre, Weibo Jump Through Closing IPO Window @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:05 PM EDT

    Deals are being downsized, postponed and offered cheaper than planned. Is the IPO market freezing up?

  • FDA Grants Fast Track Status To Amgen Heart Failure Drug @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:03 PM EDT

    Amgen announced yesterday that its new chronic heart failure drug ivabradine had been granted fast track status by the FDA. The company said the fast track designation, which is for drugs that treat serious conditions and fill an umet medical need, will aid the development and speed the review of the [...]

  • Russia Recession Not Out Of The Question @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

    The market awaits the results of talks with Russian officials in Geneva to see if the Ukraine fist-fight will come to an end.

  • 'X-Men' Credit Cookie Stole Spider-Man's Thunder @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

    Yesterday was the opening day of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but thanks to a post-credit cookie, most comic fans were talking about X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 debuted in theaters yesterday in the United Kingdom. As most of you know, the Sony film is opening 2.5 weeks ahead of its [...]

  • The legendary British brand has finally released an unprecedented sub-$100,000 machine, a more athletic version of the Vantage that skips luxury ornamentation and saves buyers $20,000 in the process.

  • In Twitter-Like Leap, Weibo Pops 19% In IPO Debut @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:28 PM EDT

    Chinese social network Weibo has been accused of being a Twitter clone.

  • Is Yahoo A Short? @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:19 PM EDT

    What’s behind the big move in Yahoo’s stock price over the past year? Is it sustainable? Let’s assess the business and figure it out. Yahoo’s turnaround efforts have shown little progress. The acquisitions have not materially contributed to revenues. And, management recently reshuffled the senior executives, yet again. …

  • At the heart of Google's Project Tango, an experimental 3D-mapping smartphone, is a 3D sensor made by PrimeSense, a company acquired by Apple late last year.

  • Why Brazil's Unemployment Rate Is So Low @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

    Brazil's labor force participation rate is lower than the U.S. rate at the height of the financial crisis in 2008-09.

  • Optimism among individual investors is now at levels not seen in 12 months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey

  • Facebook To Ping Users Of Nearby Friends @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT

    The social media giant finally moves into the 'people discovery' space.

  • The inspiring 'Apple Mortgage Cake' TV film premieres this weekend.

  • Twitter's New Ad Unit Is A Huge, Huge Deal. Here's Why. @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT

    As headlines go, "Twitter Introduces Mobile App Promotion Suite" is a snoozer. But the news announced this morning is actually a good deal more exciting than it sounds. It could translate into hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in new revenue for Twitter in a very short space of [...]

  • Determine Your Hierarchy Of Needs For Retirement @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:02 PM EDT

    'The New Retirementality' author shows you how to meet your money goals.

  • Thursday Sector Laggards: Utilities, Services @ Forbes - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 2:38 PM EDT

    The worst performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Utilities sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Within the sector, Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) and TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 1.8% and 1.7%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF [...]

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