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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Get started ‘On’ Feb. 6: Apple takes PC sales crown, contractors slashing costs to save profits

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What’s going ‘on’:

The popularity of the iPad was largely responsible for Apple’s market-leading PC sales in 2011. (Chris Ratcliffe - BLOOMBERG)
Apple climbs to top of PC-maker ranks: Apple shipped 120 million personal computers last year, more than any other company, according to analysis from Canalys. That figure includes sales of the iPad, which have been eating away at the tradtional laptop and computer sales over the past year.

Foreclosure deal deadline arrives: States that balked at bank liability releases in a proposed $25 billion nationwide settlement over foreclosure practices must decide by today whether its mortgage relief and reforms are worth the legal claims they’ll give up.

Profitero wins IBM’s top entrepreneur honor: IBM this weekend named Profitero its global entrepreneur of the year and winner of the SmartCamp start-up competition. Profitero analyzes competitor pricing data for retailers to help them determine effective pricing.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Government contractors slashing costs to save profits: Recent earnings reports show that many government contractors have been able to maintain their profits through cost-cutting despite declining or flattening sales, but analysts are questioning how long companies can keep that up.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to talk to employees before they leave (Capital Business)

How to make your brand unforgettable (Open Forum)

How to handle customer complaints (Yahoo Small Business)

How to build a fan-worthy Facebook page (Entrepreneur)

How to decide on Facebook advertising (Miami Herald)

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