ISSUE DATE: November 29, 2004 =Subscribers Only

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  SPECIAL REPORTS
Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

Best Places to Launch a Career
We canvassed career-services directors, employers, and students to rank the best companies for recent graduates

BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
Asia's BusinessWeek 50
Europe's BusinessWeek 50

Customer Service Champs
Companies that excel at pleasing customers, based on J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction data and our own reader survey

Hot Growth 100
From young, upstart companies to those that have been around for centuries: Plus, regional rankings of top-performing small businesses in Asia and Europe:
Asia's Hot Growth 100
Europe's Hot Growth 100

Info Tech 100
Emerging-market cellular players, wireless phone and gear makers, and Web giants are this year's stars

World's Most Innovative Companies
Nurturing, creative cultures allow these companies to wow customers with innovative products and services

More Special Reports

International Business News %26 Technology Articles
COVER STORY

America's Top Philanthropists
The year's list of the Top 50 U.S. philanthropists charted new territory in the sheer size of donations
COVER IMAGE:  America's Top Philanthropists



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

Samsung Design
The Korean giant makes some of the coolest gadgets on earth. Now it's reinventing itself to get even cooler
COVER IMAGE:  Samsung Design
CHART:  Designed For Growth
GRAPHIC:  Redesigning Samsung
GRAPHIC:  From Laggard To Leader
ONLINE EXTRA:  Q&A With Samsung Design Boss Chung Kook Hyun


UP FRONT

Talk Show

New Rules, New Loopholes

Getting A Big Check From Bill

Call It The I.V. League

Name Games

Ho, Ho, Hold The Bubbly This Year

Alex Zoghlin: A Startup Guy Who Never Stops

Pricier Ports For Cruise Ships

Now That's Getting Away From It All


THE GREAT INNOVATORS

Lewis S. Ranieri: Your Mortgage Was His Bond


READERS REPORT

Better Ways To Expand Harvard's Global Reach

Where's The Justice In Dumping Pension Liabilities?

America Gets Hardly Any Electricity From Oil

A Disturbing Gap In Health Savings Plans

Medical Schools Need To Teach Statistics And Study Design

Harvard B-School: Our MBAs Get The Lion's Share Of Job Offers


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Online Ad Surge" (Web Smart Special Report, Nov. 22, 2004)


BOOKS

Is Welfare Reform Working?


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Microsoft Is No Threat To Google -- Yet


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

How Bush's Plan Would Secure Social Security


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Could Trade Imbalances Topple The Greenback?

Japan: Pinning Hopes On Consumers


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Eddie's Master Stroke

March Of The Toys -- Out Of The Toy Section

To The Tech Giants Go The Spoils

Getting Intel Back On The Inside Track

Will Solaris 10 Make Sun Shine Again?

Lessons From The Vioxx Fiasco

Commentary: Big Pharma's Blinders

Why Kraft Is On A Crash Diet


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

Robert Nardelli: Handyman Special

Cleaning Up A Pension Mess

Google Keeps Galloping

Fannie: Pricey Paperwork

SBC: Lights, Camera...

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Did Hispanics Really Surge To Bush?

Immigration: Bush's New Push


ASIAN BUSINESS

Daewoo: GM's Hot New Engine

The Japan That Can Say: "See You In Court"

Commentary: Taiwan: Falling Into China's Embrace
ONLINE EXTRA:  In Taipei, Talk of Arms -- and Amity


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

The De Benedettis Are Back In Business

"A Vaccine Every Woman Should Take"

Commentary: France's Industrial Power Trip


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Iran's Nukes: The Crisis Is Far From Over

India's PM Reaches Out To Kashmir

Another Move By Wilbur Ross In Japan


SPORTS BIZ

Out Of The Office, Into The Ring


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

BEA: A Little Down In The Valley

Commentary: Online Wine: Pull Out The Stopper


SOCIAL ISSUES

Commentary: Minimum Wage: The States Get It


PEOPLE

Jarden Corp: Not A Household Name -- Yet


MEDIA

Commentary: Is There A Market For Nonpartisan News?


FINANCE

Why The Flurry Of Buybacks?

Rating Agencies Get A Credit Check

Commentary: The Amex: Worth More Dead Than Alive?


GOVERNMENT

A New General For Senate Dems


THE CORPORATION

DHL's American Adventure
ONLINE EXTRA:  A "Mercedes" in the Parcel Express Industry


PERSONAL BUSINESS

The Price Of ID Protection

Mickeyfying The PC

A Hired Gun For MBA Applicants?

Insurance: Take A Good, Hard Look

Sweaty Video Games


FOOTNOTES

The Worry Years

The Tang Of Fresh Herbs -- From A Bottle

First American Beauty


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Why A Big-Spending eBay Is A Bummer


INSIDE WALL STREET

Tractor Plows Ahead

Will More Dentists Ask For Biolase Drills?

Why A Suitor May Click On TheStreet.com


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
ONLINE EXTRA:  Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

The High Cost Of Corruption

The Greatest Gifts Of All


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

China vs. Mexico: Cheers And Boos For Both

Brazil: New Party, Same Inflation-Fighting Formula


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Beware The Brawny Euro


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS

Samsung: A Model For China
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