Apple took home top grades for "Brand of Year" for the second year in a row, according to the results of a Harris poll. Apple was tops among computer makers, followed by HP, Dell, and Sony. The iPad ... more 
Apple took home top grades for "Brand of Year" for the second year in a row, according to the results of a Harris poll. Apple was tops among computer makers, followed by HP, Dell, and Sony. The iPad was No. 1 among tablets and the iPhone put Apple ahead of other mobile phone makers. Industry groups are still not satisfied with Italy's offer to partially reinstate the film production tax credit, threatening a series of protests and walkouts at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. At the beginning of July, U.S. oil topped $100 a barrel for the first time this year, and it hasn't gone back below that threshold since. And at the pump, drivers are paying more for gasoline, at an average of $3.66 a gallon versus $3.48 a year ago and $3.57 a month ago. But Citigroup analyst Ed Morse, expects gas prices to stabilize and start dropping soon. less 
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