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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

Blogs Will Change Your Business

Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later.

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Our new blog on blogs debuts online with Stephen Baker and Heather Green

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UP FRONT

Talk Show

The Proxy Is Mightier Than Ever

Overcharging Uncle Sam?

Will Kids Say: "I Want My MP3"?

Moore's Law, Meet Murphy's Law

Are Options Headed For Extinction?

Shawn Nelson: Real Life Trumps Reality TV

Bots Go Bonnie And Clyde

Collision Claims Shift Into Low Gear

The Stat


READERS REPORT

Still Betting On The Housing Boom

The Insurance Biz: Transparency Is Long Overdue

The Juice For Hybrids Has To Come From Somewhere

The Post Office's Books Are A Black Hole

If HP Just Wants To Cut Costs, It Picked The Right Guy


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Busiest Broker On Earth" (Finance, Apr. 18, 2005)


BOOKS

Desktop Factories

Star Scribe


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

At Last, A Phone That Takes Dictation


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

Stop Scapegoating China -- Before It's Too Late


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Why Investors' Heads Are Spinning

Argentina: A Tricky Task For The Central Bank


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Tech's Mixed Signals

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Carving Up Carmakers?

And You Thought Oil Was A Worry

What If Fannie And Freddie Fly The Coop?

Beryllium Exposure: The "Unrecognized Epidemic"

A Ball ESPN Couldn't Afford To Drop


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

W. Douglas Parker: Come Fly With Me

A Merger For The Big Board

Sirius Work For Martha

AIG, You've Got Company

Adobe Seals A Deal

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Borders Group


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Cable TV Could Get Its Mouth Washed Out

Welcome To Fiscal Fantasyland


ASIAN BUSINESS

Dogfight Over India

Sanyo's Surprise CEO
Japan: The Glass Ceiling Stays Put

Singapore: From Straitlaced To High-Rolling

Commentary: Why Beijing May Be Playing With Fire


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Benedict XVI: A Guardian, Not A CEO
ONLINE EXTRA:  "A Leaner, Smaller, Purer Church"?
ONLINE EXTRA:  "A Loyal Son of the Church"

Mixed Messages From The Kremlin

A Cold Shoulder For Coca-Cola in Germany

Coke Pops The Top Off An Emerging Market


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Why Condi's Meeting With Lula Matters

Tensions Over Israeli Arms Sales To China

A Mixed Outlook For Germany's VW


FINANCE

Banks: "Protection" Racket?

Mutual Funds: Why Fees Still Defy Gravity

Hitting Sudan In The Pocketbook


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A Second Chance For ABC News
ONLINE EXTRA:  ABC News Now: "We're Leapfrogging"


PEOPLE

Hair-Pulling In The Dollhouse


MEDIA

Verizon's Video Vision


THE CORPORATION

Squeezing Out Oil, Gas, And Profits
ONLINE EXTRA:  Burning for "Unconventional" Energy


INDUSTRIES

No Longer The Lab Of The World


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

The Moon's Best Real Estate, With A Water View

Powering Plug-Ins: Not To Worry

Tests That Match Drug With Patient

Obesity And Suspended States


SOCIAL ISSUES

Arnold Gets Strict With The Teachers


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Photography's Golden Age

An Onshore Play In Offshoring

A Combo Policy For Long-Term Care

Easing Depression Without Drugs

Wine Savvy In 108 Steps


FOOTNOTES

A Hot Spring Of Art In Houston

Fidelity's New Act

From Bogie To Birdie?


INSIDE WALL STREET

TIBCO: Ripe For Picking?

Less Debt For Asta To Forgive

What Other Biotechs See In Bioenvision


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


EDITORIALS

Doing Religion An Injustice

A Little Logic, Mr. Putin


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

What's Keeping Aid From Those Who Need It


INTERNATIONAL -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The iPod Killers" (International Cover, Apr. 25, 2005)


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Sweden's Seriously Sharp Investor

Europe's Pension Plans: Switching Over To Hedge Funds

Shanghai: What Real Estate Bubble?


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)


INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS

Progess In Unlikely Places
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