Second Opinion

The controversial Chicago-based investment firm Advanced Equities is shutting down.

Jefferies Group is selling itself to Leucadia National Corp., its biggest shareholder, for a cool $2.76 billion.

In Le Parisien, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer characterizes Microsoft’s Surface tablet as “modest.” Panicked by the unwelcome attention the word attracts by other media, the company elaborates on what Ballmer really meant.

The SEC is apparently investigating L.A.-based money manager Peter Eichler of Aletheia Research and Management over accusations of improper trading practices.

The FTC appears to be on the verge of suing Google if the search giant doesn’t offer to resolve the agency’s antitrust investigation.

Apple is working harder to attract and retain employees; the WSJ recounts some of what’s changed in the last year.

John McAfee, founder of computer security firm McAfee, is reportedly wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Belize.

Dawn of the dad: Father’s are the new video game superhero.

SNL versus Fallon: Which one understands the fiscal cliff?

Photo: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is silhouetted against a video screen during his presentation of the new Surface in Los Angeles, California, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/David McNew