Arik Hesseldahl

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IBM Boosts Share Buyback and Dividend

IBM said today that its board of directors has approved an additional $5 billion in share buybacks and a 12 percent hike in its quarterly dividend. The new dividend will be 95 cents a share. It’s the 18th year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly dividend, and it has been paying one consistently since 1916. The move follows a quarterly earnings report that fell short of expectations.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus