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Hey, Groupon… Any Chance of a Discount on Your Fat IPO?

Can coupons really be worth $25 billion? On the heels of my recent rant about overpriced web company valuations, Bloomberg Businessweek cracked a story last week that blows them all out of the water. Big-time. Apparently, Groupon, the massively popular deal-per-day company, has met with investment bankers to consider an IPO. The rumored price tag?...

Believe It or Not: Sculptor Creates Glaciers in the Desert

Its not just a futuristic design – it defies common sense and that is the point. This is a cross between a work of art and a renewable energy installation designed to create a huge ice sculpture in the searing heat of the desert – sustainably. Ap Verheggen’s plan is to draw attention to climate...

Cost for Japan Quake Hits World Record, Tops $300 Billion

The devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan is now estimated to be the world’s costliest natural disaster at more than $300 billion. The figure accounts for damage to roads and infrastructure, but not Japan’s biggest immediate threat: a nuclear crisis – after the earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant. Robert Dujarric, director, Institute...

The $7 Billion Tech Trend Changing the Face of Healthcare

It’s one of the most difficult choices a person has to make: Deciding whether to put a parent or grandparent into an assisted living facility. But when their quality of life is compromised, what other choice is there? Well, thanks to modern technology, here’s one: “Telemedicine.” Let me explain how this new system works, the...

What Wall Street Isn’t Telling You About Buying Japanese Stocks

I’ll admit that in the wake of the earthquake, I wasn’t the first analyst to slap a “Buy” rating on Japanese stocks. Nor will I be the last. Heck, even Warren Buffett jumped into the mix this week. On his recent trip to South Korea, he said, “Frequently, something out of the blue like this,...

Crisis in Japan Piles Pressure on Uranium Prices

The partial meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant has created new uncertainty about the world’s uranium markets. There have been huge price swings in the days since the crisis. Prices have recovered somewhat this week, but only after some of the world’s largest uranium producers saw their prices fall dramatically. Jeffrey Christian, managing director at...

Win Streak Stops at Three for U.S. Stocks

Stocks snapped a three-day winning streak and volume fell to the lowest of the year. Continued concerns over fighting in Libya and Japan’s earthquake aftermath kept stocks in a narrow range. U.S. crude oil rose more than $2 a barrel as unrest in North Africa and the Middle East threatened to further crimp energy exports....

Don’t Believe the Hype… There is NO Netflix Killer

The announcement sent Internet message boards and bloggers into a breathless frenzy. News that Warner Bros. planned to make The Dark Knight available for streaming via its Facebook page (for a nominal fee of course) had people speculating that it could spell doom for one of the most explosive growth companies in America – movie...

Why AT&T’s $39 Billion Bet Threatens to Hose Consumers

AT&T (NYSE: T) is at it again. Four years after it purchased Cingular, the company is now trying to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom (PINK: DTLSF). The price tag? A massive $39 billion – the largest planned merger of the year. The purchase includes $25 billion in cash, with the rest made up of...

The Solar Solution to the World’s Energy Problem

For decades, environmentalists had labeled nuclear power as too dangerous. But Chernobyl aside, the industry earned respect by boasting a strong overall safety record and low emissions. It also offered a viable energy alternative to oil. Then the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. And not only did it cripple operations at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...

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