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Facebook disappointed by hashtags ?

Oops Facebook, you are not as lucky as Twitter it seems! The hashtags maybe a rage on Twitter but seem to be letting down Facebook, folks. They just don’t work that well on this social networking website. They remain a fun strategy for Facebook rather than pay off says the study!

Friendster deleting user data, pics; grab yours and save

Friendster, the once dominant social network, is deleting all user accounts, photos, blogs, comments and other user-created content in order to re-launch the site.

Here's How Las Vegas Sands Makes Money

 Legendary fund manager Peter Lynch said that you shouldn't invest in any idea you couldn't illustrate with a crayon. I'm not much for crayons, but I do love the pithiness of that line. It's something we regularly preach at the Fool: Don't buy what you don't understand. And if you can't simply sketch out a company's business model -- how it, you know, actually makes money -- then maybe you shouldn't be investing in it.

 

Here's How Weight Watchers May Be Failing You


Margins matter. The more Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market.  That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Weight Watchers International’s competitive position could be.

The Best Dividend Stocks of 2011


I love fat payouts from dividend stalwarts. In fact, I've recommended a couple that I called "dividend plays for a lifetime" for their strong competitive positions and hidden assets. Those two stocks -- Microsoft andMcDonald's -- are solid long-term dividend plays. But often, it can be more valuable to find higher-yielding stocks that are slower- growing, rather than a Microsoft that is fattening dividends at a prodigious clip.

9 Consumer Stocks to Anchor Your Portfolio


Have you been buying junk? Have you been thumbing your nose at default risk and chasing after companies that have shown more red than the Philadelphia Phillies? If you have, you've probably been pretty happy with the results. As a recent Bloomberg article highlighted, the seemingly lowest-quality companies have watched their stocks outperform so far this year. Bloomberg notes:


Oil States International Passes This Key Test


There's no foolproof way to know the future for Oil States International (NYSE: OIS) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

TAL International Group Passes This Key Test


There's no foolproof way to know the future for TAL International Group (NYSE: TAL) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

Orioles disavow Scott's 'birther' comments

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles Wednesday disavowed comments made by designated hitter Luke Scott alleging President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

Scott, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports at baseball's annual winter meetings, said Obama "does not represent America" and that "he was not born here," echoing the beliefs of the conservative group known as "birthers."

"Luke Scott's comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization," Orioles Communications Director Greg Bader said in an e-mail to MLB.com. "The fact is that Barack Obama is our president, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."

Singer: Skid Row reunion not likely

New York -- Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach says his old heavy metal band has lost credibility and "is now devoid of all meaning in every way."

Bach's comments to Blabbermouth.net were elicited when he was asked to comment about a report that the band's former drummer, Phil Varone, would appear nude in an upcoming issue of Playgirl magazine.

Bach wrote on his Twitter page that Varone's actions are "further proof that the name 'SKID ROW' has completely lost all credibility, cool, accuracy and is now devoid of all meaning in every way."