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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

COVER STORY

Troubling Exits At Microsoft
Once the dream workplace of tech's highest achievers, it is suffering key defections to Google and elsewhere. What's behind the losses?
COVER IMAGE:  "I'm Outta Here!"
GRAPHIC:  What Ails Microsoft?
GRAPHIC:  Not So Crazy Suggestions
CHART:  Microsoft's Mixed Bag

Online Extra: Steve Ballmer Shrugs Off The Critics
"If you take a look broadly through our company, we've got more empowered, innovative people than any other company in the world"

Online Extra: A Rendezvous With Microsoft's Deep Throat
Meet mystery blogger Mini-Microsoft, an employee who runs a virtual watercooler for his corporate colleagues, also anonymous


SPECIAL REPORT

The Best Of The New Web
The Web is no longer for idle wanderings or passive viewing. It's about socializing, sharing -- and creating
ONLINE EXTRA:  Complete Results of BusinessWeek Online's Survey


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Don't Cry For Warren Buffett

E-Health Gets A Shot In The Arm

Building The Flock In Prime Time

Staying Aloft

A Bond Guru On Your iPod

Steve Ells: Now That's One Hot Chipotle

For UPS, A Fashion Week Fantasy

A Vodka From The Land Of Its Birth


READERS REPORT

What's On The Tube? Here's A Better Answer

A Whopping Diners Club Tab For Expats


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Get Rich: Here's The Math


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Bait, Tackle, And GPS


IDEAS -- VIEWPOINT

Land Of Unequal Opportunity


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Katrina Will Force Hard Choices

Central Europe: What's Delaying The Euro


ASIAN BUSINESS

Stealing Managers From The Big Boys

Not Much Tread On These Welcome Mats

Sounds Great -- It Floats


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Europe Circles The Flat Tax

GM Europe Gets Traction


INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

Warning Flags For Investors In India

Israel Shakes Up Its Banking Sector

EU And Turkey: Talks Still On Track

New Rules For Mexican Voters


AMERICAN NEWS

Tech Deals: Back With A Vengeance

Skype: How A Startup Harnessed The Hoopla

Commentary: For Yahoo, Mistrust Is Popping Up

Open Season On Big Oil

Getting More Miles To The Gallon -- Fast

The Mother Of All Toxic Cleanups

Swept Away, Only To Land On Their Feet

Commentary: The Law Of Gravity Doesn't Apply


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Can Congress Dish Out Relief Without Pork?

Guns And Water: The Rage Of The NRA


MARKETING

Marriott Hip? Well, It's Trying


THE CORPORATION

Turning The Tide

Crawling Out Of The Wreckage


WORKPLACE

Boeing's Strike: Go Figure


ENVIRONMENT

The New Clean Fuel: Coal Producer Goes Green


SOCIAL ISSUES

Taking The Taint Out Of Giving


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Antiquities To Grow Old With

Road Warrior Weight Loss
Travelin' Light

The SUV Refined

Scotch Whisky For The Rest Of Us

Wheels Of Fortune


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

A Flop For Martha's Investors


INSIDE WALL STREET

Hungry For Hyperion?

The Buzzing About Honeywell

Cooper Tire Could Really Make Tracks


INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)


NORTH AMERICA -- READERS REPORT

The Promise And Limitations Of Smart Drugs

Manufactured-Home Parks: A Booby Trap For Buyers

Just How Innovative Is Google?

Kraft's "Healthy" Meal? You May As Well Eat Candy

Begging To Differ On Bush's Handling Of The Economy

China, India -- And What America Needs To Do Now


NORTH AMERICA -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"An Ugly Battle For The Clicker" (Media Centric, Sept. 5, 2005)

"Let That Be A Warning" (Cover Story, Sept. 12, 2005)

"TCL's French Meal Leads To Indigestion" (Global Wrapup, Sept. 12, 2005)


NORTH AMERICA -- FINANCE

Life Without AmEx

The SEC: Cracking Down On Spin
Report From A General In The SEC's War On Fraud

An Unbreached Financial Levee


NORTH AMERICA -- EDITORIALS

Katrina: Help People, Not Places

A Wide-Open Window In Japan
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