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Cash Flow and Destiny

Until you generate cash, you must heed investors, even when they are wrong.
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Amid Tech Slowdown, HP CEO Whitman Under Pressure to Show Progress

Worries that success seen last quarter was a fluke.
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Best Buy Halts U.S. Sales Decline

Best Buy Co. reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss on Friday on its first increase in U.S. same-store sales in more than a year, the latest evidence that the beleaguered electronics retailer is slowly stabilizing its battered business.

Amid Market Difficulties and Layoffs, Chipmaker AMD Faces a Cash Crunch

The money is running out at AMD. Maybe a new strategy expected next week will help. Maybe not.
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Free-Falling Groupon Has Its Problems, but Bankruptcy Talk Is Bunk

At the end of the first quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and was cash-flow positive, so rumors of bankruptcy don’t hold water. Still, questions remain about the daily deals giant.
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J.P. Morgan Plans New-Media Fund

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., riding the wave of investor interest in fast-growing, privately held technology firms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., plans to start a fund that would invest in Internet and digital-media companies, people familiar with the matter said.

RunKeeper Hopes to Be Your App for That New Year's Resolution

The RunKeeper Pro app, usually $9.99, is free from now through the end of January. Since the promotion started yesterday, downloads of the app have been up more than 10 times the normal number for a single day.

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Confident Intel Raises Quarterly Dividend

Intel, which already delivers its shareholders the largest dividends among major technology companies, is boosting its payout again, signaling confidence in its performance and cash flow. The board today approved a 14 percent increase in the quarterly dividend, raising it by 2.25 cents to 18 cents a share. The company, with a cash stockpile near $15 billion, has paid out $2.6 billion in dividends through the first three quarters of the year.

Zillow's COO Rascoff Becomes CEO; Co-Founder Barton to Exec Chairman

In an interesting corporate move, the COO of online real-estate site Zillow, Spencer Rascoff (pictured here), has been promoted to CEO, replacing founding CEO Rich Barton. Barton will remain executive chairman of Zillow, a private company that is based in Seattle and has raised $87 million in funding since its founding in 2005.

Sirius Breaks Even

NetSuite Beats Street by a Penny

IBM Beats Forecasts