Dell blows past targets, but doubt persists

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc's quarterly earnings and margins blew past Wall Street expectations as component costs slid and corporations replaced aging technology, propelling its shares 6 percent higher.

Issues in Depth

A staffer places charts in place on stage before Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Al) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive to speak to the press in response to President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 14, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

How Obama's budget may hit you

President Obama’s budget proposal still has to wind its way through Congress before it becomes law, but Americans should still pay attention. Here’s a look at some of the key issues that will affect consumers.  Full Article 

Egyptian reformed campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei talks to journalists outside Cairo's airport, January 27, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer
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Is this ElBaradei's moment?

He is one of the best-known figures in Egypt, and appears poised to take advantage of Mubarak's fall. But a Reuters investigation reveals many doubts about Mohamed ElBaradei, in his homeland and abroad.   Full Article 

Builders work on the the roof of a new home under construction in the Montreal suburb of Brossard, August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best

Housing starts expected to rise

Housing starts data for January will be released on Wednesday, with Reuters experts predicting an increase of about 11,000 starts over December's numbers.   Video 

Accused swindler Bernard Madoff exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

How to avoid a Madoff ...

The number of people offering financial advice is growing fast, so how do you find the right adviser in a post-Madoff world? A little faith and these four rules should be a good start.  Full Article 

The Apple logo shines inside of an Apple Store in New York July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apple rolls out pay-media service

The tech titan is launching a long-awaited subscription service for magazines, newspapers, videos and music -- a move that could dent the fortunes of successful services such as Netflix and Hulu.  Full Article 

A image taken from video of the Super aEgis 2 weapons system is seen. REUTERS TV

Killer robot takes aim miles away

A South Korean defense contractor has developed an automated, turret-based weapon platform capable of locking onto a human target nearly 2 miles away.  Video 

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