Aunt Jill on the 404: Google at $800, Hotmail, "Girls"

Internet pop culture with snarky commentary.

It's been so long since Jeff Bakalar, Justin Yu, Ariel Nunez  and I were all on CNET's 404 show together, which meant that we ran the gamut on topics. I had to start by showing off my brand new headphones, which I nervously purchased without Justin's help!

Google's stock rose 1.7 percent yesterday to $806.85, breaking through the $800 dollar threshold for the first time ever. The company went public in 2004 at $85 dollars a share and is up 14 percent this year. Of course, we can all remember when another tech company (ahem, Apple) broke through the $700 level, only to see the stock slide 30 percent in the ensuing six months.

Jeff says that a Hotmail e-mail account is nothing like the fuddy-duddy image of an aol one, though Microsoft still wants you to "upgrade" to its new outlook.com mail system. I sort of miss my Outlook system, but no looking back! The guys also filled me in on international calling and texting apps - I diligently downloaded Viber as soon as I got home.

On the pop culture front, while we all wait for the final season of Breaking Bad, we are all watching both "Girls," only Justin and I are admitting our love for "Downton Abbey"!

We were able to answer a bunch of your money questions. If you have anything that's percolating between now and my next appearance on the 404, send it to: askjill@jillonmoney.com.





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    Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated, Business Analyst for CBS News. She covers the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign on TV, radio (including her nationally syndicated radio show), the web and her blog, "Jill on Money." Prior to her second career at CBS, Jill spent 14 years as the co-owner and Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York, following her graduation from Brown University.