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  • 10 Holiday Shopping Apps That Save You Money

    By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com

    Yes, Virginia There's an App for That

    In this tough economy, consumers are laser-focused on finding ways to stretch their budgets, and their best tool may be in their pocket.

    There are a number of smartphone applications that can help you to organize your shopping, track your spending, and let you know that you're walking away with the best deal available.
    "Shoppers are looking for deals before they are looking at brands," said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a New York City-based brand and customer loyalty research consultancy.
    About 60 percent of shoppers will use online shopping and price comparison applications to hunt down the best deals, Passikoff said.

    We've gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.
    No doubt, shoppers will also want to look for apps from their favorite retailers

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  • 10 Holiday Shopping Apps That Will Save You Money

    By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com

    Yes, Virginia There's an App for That
    In this tough economy, consumers are laser-focused on finding ways to stretch their budgets, and their best tool may be in their pocket.
    There are a number of smartphone applications that can help you to organize your shopping, track your spending, and let you know that you're walking away with the best deal available.
    "Shoppers are looking for deals before they are looking at brands," said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, a New York City-based brand and customer loyalty research consultancy.
    About 60 percent of shoppers will use online shopping and price comparison applications to hunt down the best deals, Passikoff said.
    We've gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.
    No doubt, shoppers will also want to look for apps from their favorite

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  • Movie Fantasy Jobs

    By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com

    Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood's westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier's messengers of bloody vengeance.

    What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters' day-to-day finances. Was James Bond paid enough to afford all that Beluga caviar, or did he have to expense it? Did Sam Spade earn enough to cover what he spent every day on cigarettes? How many people did "The Man with No Name" have to kill to collect enough bounty to buy his poncho? The movies never answered these questions.

    See the Slideshow: Movie Fantasy Jobs


    CNBC.com looked at several contemporary films and considered how their main characters made their living. Using data from

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  • Reality TV Shows Spawn American Collectible Craze

    By Shelly K. Schwartz, CNBC.com


    Admit it, you're a dumpster diver at heart. Or at least you would be one if it were socially acceptable.

    Thanks to the popularity of trash-to-treasure reality TV shows, however, you no longer need to roll up your sleeves to get your bargain-hunting fix.

    Storage WarsSource: aetv.com Indeed, the show that started it all, "Antiques Roadshow," which debuted in the U.S. some 15 years ago, has spawned a whole new breed of TV programming that uses blind bidding wars and junkyard jockeying to up the emotional ante on the thrill of the hunt.

    Such shows, including A&E's "Storage Wars" and the History Channel's "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars," have frequently ranked among the top 10 cable shows on Nielsen Co.'s weekly TV ratings. ("Storage Wars," in fact, in which teams of eccentric buyers make a blind bid on repossessed storage units, is the most popular series in A&E's history.)

    Their impact goes way beyond the ability to attract ad dollars, says Greg Dove of the National Flea

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  • Women In Power: Yes, They Are Different From Men

    By Mark Koba, CNBC.com

    Male executives may have to swallow their pride when it comes to which of the sexes do a better job at running a company, according to a recent study.

    A report on global businesses called "Women Matter" by McKinsey & Company, suggests that the firms where women are most strongly represented at board or top management levels are also the companies that perform best in terms of growth and earnings.

    Getty ImagesGetty Images The study concludes that "women provide a source of high quality talent in a competitive market and have a positive impact on organizational and financial performance."

    "Women bring forward a passion that men may not have," says Leslie Wilkins, CEO of isABelt Ltd., a fashion-accessory firm that sells products in more than 1,000 stores.

    "That passion is what enables us to not only start and run a business, but to balance it between home and work," explains Wilkins, who started her company five years ago. "I think that's what makes our business run as well or better

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  • Celebrity Entourage Odd Jobs

    By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com

    The less than down-to-earth celebrities out there have been known to surround themselves with helpers, minions, a posse, and/or "yes men." These can be official employees, friends, or a combination of both.

    Some obvious entourage functions include personal assistant, bodyguard, driver, child-care provider, chef, and trainer. A newer task for aspiring hangers-on is social media specialist - someone to ghost-tweet the superstar's comings and goings.

    As you'll see in the following examples, members of an entourage can be essential, or they can be exploitative. The 10 entourage examples start with a king's relatively reasonable gang of associates and work up into the celebrity stratosphere with a lady, a prince, a queen, and concluding with one celebrity who is said to act like the biggest diva of them all. Where possible, we've provided an idea of these special crew members' earnings or compensation.

    See the full list of 10 Odd Celebrity Entourage Jobs

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  • Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers

    By Paul Toscano, CNBC.com

    From its first issue featuring Marilyn Monroe, Playboy magazine has sought well-known women to pose on its pages, a strategy that has made it one of the most iconic American magazines in history.



    Securing some of the world's most recognizable sex symbols to pose for photo shoots has been a key strategy of Playboy,allowing it to sell millions of copies - sometimes with the allure of a single model. Many of the most in-demand women are also reluctant to appear in the magazine, however, leading Playboy to make big offers - some reportedly in excess of $1 million - to encourage well-known celebrities to pose for featured spreads.



    When contacted, Playboy would not comment on offers made to prospective celebrity models, but many have confirmed through news outlets and celebrity publications that they have been offered large sums to appear in the magazine.



    So, which celebrities have reportedly been offered huge sums to appear in Playboy?


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  • World’s First Diamond ATM Launched

    By Antonia van de Velde, CNBC.com

    Takeaway Gems
    Indian jewelry retailer Gitanjali has launched the world's first gold and diamond ATM machine, adding the gems to its offering of precious metals vending machines as it seeks to capitalize on the craze for jewelry in India.

    Gitanjali Launches India's first Gold and Diamond ATM at Mumbai Machine to dispense coins, bars and jewelry.Gitanjali Launches India's first Gold and Diamond ATM at Mumbai Machine to dispense coins, bars and jewelry. The first ATM, inaugurated in Mumbai by two Bollywood stars, will dispense gold and silver bars, coins, and pendants with religious motifs as well as a range of diamond-studded jewelry.

    "The machine is a first of its kind anywhere in the world and will further revolutionize the processes by which precious metals and jewelry is bought," Sanjeev Agarwal, CEO, Gitanjali Export Corporation said in a statement.

    Customers at the ATM will be able to choose from options displayed on a touch screen. They will then be able to make payments using a credit or debit card or cash, Gitanjali, which also cuts, polishes and distributes diamonds, said.


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  • Europe's Most Luxurious Hotels

    By Antonya Allen, CNBC.com

    Impressive European Hotels

    With the euro zone in crisis and the U.S. economy sluggish at best, luxury breaks in some of the world's best hotels might not be at the top of everyone's priority list, but premium hotels are doing surprisingly well, according to research by American Express Business Insights.

    Looking at hotel sector trends in Europe from the 2008 downturn to the first quarter of 2011, Sujata Bhatia, vice president of AMEX Business Insights for Europe and Asia, found that luxury accommodation is rebounding more quickly than premium or mid-range hotels, and visitors from the U.S. and BRIC nations - Brazil, Russia, India and China - are driving the growth.


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    "Luxury spending is back," Bhatia said. "If you talk to people in the industry, they're really starting to feel that there are a lot of people from outside Europe coming in and

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  • Tattooed Barbie Sparks Controversy, Media Frenzy

    By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.com

    The limited-edition Barbie from Tokidoki has several tattoos on her body. Source: MattelThe limited-edition Barbie from Tokidoki has several tattoos on her body. Source: Mattel

    It's time to cue the Barbie outrage.

    Let's face it, Barbie likes buzz and she's gotten herself into another media frenzy just in time for the holidays.

    Mattel has released a Barbie doll designed by Tokidoki, a Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand, and it is stirring up a controversy because the doll, which sports a pale pink bob, is covered with tattoos on her neck and shoulders.

    No doubt, there are plenty of people who will object to the doll, but this is not a mainstream Barbie product intended for young girls. The $50 doll is being marketed to adult collectors. Only 7,400 were made and, according to the Tokidoki Website, they are all sold out.

    Tattooed Barbie Causing Media Frenzy

    The doll is Mattel's latest in a series of dolls it has done with designers over the years. Other examples on the Barbie Collector website include the Countess Dracula doll designed by Bob Mackie, the Bob Mackie Circus doll and a Barbie dressed in a catsuit

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