iPod Price Cuts

As if their dominant position wasn’t already giving everyone else in the industry fits, Apple goes and introduces a 1 Gig nano, then cuts their prices — significantly.

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I don’t know how anyone else — Dell, Sony, Creative — can catch them, at least over the short term.

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Source:
Apple Shuffles the Deck
The king of digital music players slashes prices and rolls out a low-priced nano

Rick Aristotle Munarriz
THE MOTLEY FOOL, 9:53 a.m. ET Feb. 7, 2006
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11218564/

Category: Music, Technology, Television

Still Short Gold . . .

Category: Commodities

Government Budget Number Crunching

I do Larry Kudlow’s show whenever he asks, and while I am certainly not the
political wonk he is, I do keep track of the budget process. I want to see how the deficit is shrinking or growing, what changes to the tax code might be coming, and which sectors of the economy are getting a spending boost from Uncle Sam.

That’s a lot of stuff to watch — Fortunately, there’s a terrific set of charts today via the online WSJ: Crunching the Numbers (click each for larger graphics).

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Gainers and Losers:
 

A broader view of what’s growing and shrinking in Bush’s 2007 proposal, in budgetary authority

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Sources: Office of Management and Budget, AP      
*Includes miscellaneous, undistributed offsetting receipts

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Receipts and Outlays
A look at how the federal government is counting on bringing in revenue, and how it plans to spend it in fiscal 2007. All figures in billions unless noted.

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Did you know that thee Estat Tax weas such a modest slice?

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Read it here first: ‘Mad Money’ Madness in NYT

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BusinessWeek Cover Story: Disingenuous or Denial?

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