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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, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

The Boss On The Sidelines
How auditors, directors, and lawyers are asserting their power
COVER IMAGE:  Downsizing The CEO
GRAPHIC:  Pressure On All Sides
GRAPHIC:  It's Not Just AIG
GRAPHIC:  For CEOs, A Year of Living Dangerously
ONLINE EXTRA:  Tip For The Board: "Don't Assume"
ONLINE EXTRA:  "Sarbanes-Oxley Is Not Bad"

Online Extra: The Evolution Of Corporate Governance Slide Show



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

iPod Killers?
New rivals take aim at the champ
COVER IMAGE:  iPod Killers?
GRAPHIC:  Bringing Tunes To The Cell Phone
CHART:  Hello Music
ONLINE EXTRA:  P. Diddy Sees Bling in Ring

Online Extra: How iPod's Phone Rivals Stack Up Slide Show

Samsung Is Putting Songs In Its Heart

Ringtones: Music To Music Moguls' Ears
GRAPHIC:  Pennies From Heaven


UP FRONT

Talk Show

BlackBerry's Patent Bramble

Spyware: Suddenly, Eliot Pops Up

Meetup Says: "Pay Up"

Scandal Sheet

Thanks For The Sidewalk, Wall Street

Lou Gerstner: Up The Down Staircase -- Warily

Barry Diller On The Griller

Guaranteed Free Of Terrorists


VOICES OF INNOVATION

The Web's Future Is You
ONLINE EXTRA:  What the Boys of Yahoo See Coming


READERS REPORT

The BusinessWeek 50: Cautionary Notes

The Co-Pilot Who Helped Nucor Soar

Predatory Lending: The Wrong Approach

A Clearer Eye On Oracle And The Database Market

GM: Some Words Of Advice From The Fans

Andy Grove Can Add NBR To His List Of Admirers

Parts Of Social Security That Don't Need Fixing


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Revenge Of Steve Wynn" (The Corporation, Apr. 11, 2005)

"Now That's A Liquid Investment" (Personal Business, Apr. 18, 2005)


BOOKS

Globalization Is Great -- Sort Of


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

So Long To Clunky Web E-Mail


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

A Free-Market Cure For Japan's Chronic Cold


INDUSTRY INSIDER

A Playbook For Taking On Big Blue


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Oil Prices Shouldn't Stall This Growth Engine

The Euro Zone: Why The Central Bank Is In A Straitjacket


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Watchdogs With Eyes Wide Shut

No More Mr. Nice Guy With China?

Commentary: Lazard's IPO May Be Hazardous

When Patients Say: Don't Ban My Drug

"Off-Label" Drugs: J&J Is Pushing The Envelope
ONLINE EXTRA:  Breast Implants: Science vs. Emotion

Intel's WiMax: Like Wi-Fi On Steroids

Y&R: Short On Sizzle, And Losing Steam


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

George Shaheen: I Love Trouble

Boeing's Bonanza

Ford: Bad Road Ahead

Hackers Raise Hackles

All Eyes on The Big Board

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Harley-Davidson


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

A Pro-Business Pit Bull Sets Some Teeth On Edge

The SEC's Top Cop: Big Shoes To Fill


ASIAN BUSINESS

China Unchains Ad Agencies

The Soft Underbelly Of Offshoring

San Miguel's Buying Binge


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

What Ghosn Will Do With Renault

Europe's Dealmakers Are Dialing Again

Italy's Furniture Makers Don't Feel Comfy


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Why Japan And China Are Squaring Off


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Truly, Lord Of The Flies

Whose Molecules Are These?

A Bug's Life: Working Underground

Tiny Drones And Smokers' Grandkids


THE CORPORATION

BW50: Gilead's Big Growth Spurt


FINANCE

Tough Love For Debtors

Phil Anschutz: Media Wildcatter

From Mom And Pop To Megafund
ONLINE EXTRA:  A Triple Play At Calamos


GOVERNMENT

Inside Bush's Supreme Team


SOCIAL ISSUES

A Nest Egg That's A No-Brainer
ONLINE EXTRA:  The Debate Over Nest Egg Math


DEFENSE

Evening The Odds In A Guerrilla War


MANUFACTURING

South Korea: Auto Parts Mecca


PEOPLE

Fat Times For A French Woman
ONLINE EXTRA:  French Women's Svelte Secret
ONLINE EXTRA:  Mireille Guiliano's Morsels Of Wisdom


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Are You Ready For A Hybrid?
Lexus RX 400h
Toyota Prius
Honda Civic
Toyota Highlander
Ford Escape
Honda Accord

Online Extra: A Spin Around the Hybrid Garage Slide Show

Itching To Ditch The Slow Lane


FOOTNOTES

Have A Spring Fling With Art

Cashing In On Abe

GE's Electronic Wine Vault


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Dividend Income Without The Hassle


INSIDE WALL STREET

Affymetrix: A Lab Boost

Can Cintas Get Its Starch Back?

A Clear Signal At Clear Channel


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week

Online Extra: Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

Due Process -- Even For Bigwigs

A Dollop Of Paternalism


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

The Dark Side Of The Oil Economy

A Risk Of Burns From Thailand's Boiling Bourse

China: Why Counterfeiting May Only Get Worse

Lessons From Europe: The Right-Not-To-Work Ethic

Cents And Nonsense In The CPI

GE Should Recall Its Past Management Style


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Bringing Europe Inc. Into Sharper Focus

Spain's Real Estate Conquistador

Japan: Where Financial Security Is One Sexy Beast
ONLINE EXTRA:  How Hartford Insurance Conquered Japan


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS

Defusing Sino-Japanese Tension
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