Big Dividends In Technology

Investing in dividend-paying stocks definitely has its advantages. After all, stocks with high-dividend yields generally offer more downside risk protection than growth stocks, but of course they offer much less protection than CDs. However, the cash payout these stocks provide gives investors some peace of mind when the going gets rough. So, dividend-paying stocks typically do not fall as fast or as far as high-flying growth stocks (that typically lack a regular dividend payout) when the market turns south.

But it is important to note that a regular dividend will only help to keep a stock’s price stable as long as the dividend payment continues. If a company decides to decrease its regular dividend amount, or cease it altogether, a stock that was once considered a solid dividend stock can easily take a nasty tumble. So, if you are looking to beef up your portfolio with some dividend stocks, usually the best place to start hunting is with stocks that have consistently paid out increasing dividends over a period of years.

From zero to more than $1 billion in 18 months: Groupon and social buying

Social buying, the hot trend in e-commerce today, had an inauspicious beginning. Eighteen months ago, it seemed like Andrew Mason’s site wasn’t going anywhere.

Palm is up for sale, taking offers this week, says Bloomberg

Smartphone maker Palm has put itself up for sale and will begin fielding offers from buyers this week, sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg.

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EcoFactor makes thermostats smarter with new $3.5M

EcoFactor, a provider of software that automates two-way thermostats for energy efficiency, has just banked another $3.5 million, bringing its recent round’s total to $5.9 million.For a company that just launched in November, it’s doing pretty well — raising more than targeted and continuing its partnership with major Texan utility Oncor.

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