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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 MySpace Generation
They live online. They buy online. They play online. Their power is growing
COVER IMAGE:  The MySpace Generation
GRAPHIC:  Can't Find America's Youth? LOL
GRAPHIC:  MySpace.com
GRAPHIC:  Yo, what r u doin online?
GRAPHIC:  Teen Wallets Are Bulging
GRAPHIC:  Xanga.com
GRAPHIC:  Facebook.com

Protecting Your Kids From Cyber-Predators
Tips for parents as their teenagers venture into social networks
GRAPHIC:  Think B4 U Click
ONLINE EXTRA:  Keeping Kids Safe Online
ONLINE EXTRA:  The Networked Life of a 21-Year-Old
ONLINE EXTRA:  Taking the Ypulse of the MySpace Generation



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

Rise Of A Powerhouse
How the young knowledge workers of Central Europe are pushing the region to a new level
Int'l Cover Image: Central Europe: Rise Of A Powerhouse
CHART:  The Goods On Central Europe
CHART:  Where The Brains Are
GRAPHIC:  Regional Report Card
GRAPHIC:  How Central Europe's Workers Stack Up

Hotshots From The Continent's Heart
High-tech startups from Central Europe are overcoming fierce odds to become global contenders
GRAPHIC:  Going Global...Ain't Easy

A New Export: Style
The region's design shops are starting to gain international attention

Sitting Pretty In Prague: DHL's Tech Triumph
It finds plenty of tech talent as it opens a network services center

Based In New Jersey, Thriving In Bulgaria
Bathroom fixtures maker American Standard's Central European factory is humming
The Stat

Looking For Innovation In The East, Where The Engineering Pool Is Deep
The former East Bloc is an R&D gold mine for Microsoft, Nokia, and others
GRAPHIC:  High-Tech Hot Zone
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Central Europe's Passion For Design
ONLINE EXTRA:  Filmmaking's Battle in Bulgaria
ONLINE EXTRA:  Hungary's Gen-X Finance Minister
ONLINE EXTRA:  The B-School Boom Goes East
ONLINE EXTRA:  Central Europe: Tech Hot Spot


SPECIAL REPORT

Top Green Companies
How major companies, responding to the race against climate change, are seizing the initiative to reduce greenhouse gases. Plus, rankings


UP FRONT

Talk Show

And Now, The High Cost Of Pellets

Making The Most Of Cyber Monday

Clearing The Decks At Clipper

Gamer Boys, Shove Over.

Richard Clark: The Right Medicine For Merck?

Hoofy And Boo Have Hot Tips For You

Buddha -- The Case Study


READERS REPORT

The Power Of Open-Source Software

How The Bond Market Sizes Up The Economy

Chinese Designers: Copycats -- Or Worse?

Uncle Sam: 230 And Broke

The Dutch Way To Plug Holes In The Web

FedEx Drivers' Role In Litigation


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Big Picture" (Up Front, Dec. 5, 2005)

"Krispy Kreme Has That Glazed Look" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Dec. 5, 2005)

"The Ground War At FedEx" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Nov. 28, 2005)

"Cars That Brake When You Don't" (Global Business, Nov. 14, 2005)


VOICES OF INNOVATION

George Heilmeier: Flat-Panel Pioneer
How George Heilmeier Met the Future


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Xbox: A Winner Only At Games


MEDIA CENTRIC

Modern (Sigh) Media Maturity


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Low Profiles, High Yields


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Why Economic Growth Is Galloping

The Dollar Is Still Defying Gravity


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Bush's Immigration Strategy

Icahn Goes To War

Surprising Economic Numbers

RIM's Latest Setback

China's Toxic River

A Union Victory

Rolling In Tax Receipts

Why Gold Looks Golden

Spitzer Watch

Cable la Carte?

Forging A Steel Deal

EBay v. MercExchange

Frenzy Of The Week


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Fat Merger Payouts For CEOs
ONLINE EXTRA:  How Golden Parachutes Unfurled
ONLINE EXTRA:  Platinum Promises

What If GM Did Go Bankrupt...

Prepaid Cards: Candy For Criminals?

Norton Gets A Bit Less Secure

E-Tailers Try New Holiday Tricks


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Eyeing A Tax On Company Benefits


ASIAN BUSINESS

Banking On Reform In China

The Buying Of The Indian Ad Industry


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Nano, Nano, On The Wall...


GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Mexico's Elite Has A Message For Politicians

Russia's Civic Groups May Face New Rules

Kirchner Tightens His Grip In Argentina


ECONOMICS

The Melting Pot Is Still Melting


THE CORPORATION

Coldwater Creek's Hot Run

ConocoPhillips: The Making Of An Oil Major


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Can Google Go Glossy?


MANUFACTURING

A Tough Sell For Lenovo


WORKING LIFE

The Easiest Commute Of All


FINANCE

Trump's Angry Apprentice

Making The Fine Fit The Crime

A Stronger Dollar? Don't Bet On It


GOVERNMENT

The Final Frontier At Costco Prices


SPORTS BIZ

ManU Gets Kicked In The Head--Again


PEOPLE

Cancer Cells With A Death Wish


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Bubbly That's Not Only For Toasting

Away From It All On The Slopes

Safari In The Snow

Funds Made To Deliver

Against The Grain Investing


PLUS

Spice It Up With Holiday Brews

A New Year's Bet

Ben Franklin's 300th Birthday


INSIDE WALL STREET

Liberating Liberty's Value

Why Spectranetics Is Special

Sohu.com Spreads Its Web


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

How The Mighty Fall


IDEAS -- VIEWPOINT

Those Manufacturing Myths


IDEAS -- EDITORIALS

Green Leaders Show The Way

Bush's Missed Opportunity


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

What's Really Wrong In France

The Way To Keep U.S. And European Workers Working

Computer Associates: The Board Is Sound


INTERNATIONAL -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"A Growing Taste For Exotic Fare" (Finance, Nov. 28, 2005)


INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE

Patience Pays Off At Investor


INTERNATIONAL -- GLOBAL FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Global Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
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