ISSUE DATE: May 15, 2006 =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, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

Why You Should Worry About Big Oil
Beyond the fat profits, the giants are surprisingly vulnerable worldwide. That's bad news for business -- and consumers
COVER IMAGE:  Why You Should Worry About Big Oil
GRAPHIC:  The New Nationalism
CHART:  The Changing Game
CHART:  Upward Slope
CHART:  The Big Squeeze
Sakhalin Island: Journey To Extreme Oil
GRAPHIC:  Sakhalin Island
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Shell's Uneasy Island Venture
You're Working For Chávez Now
CHART:  The Chávez Chill
ONLINE EXTRA:  BP Remains Confident Despite Big Changes
ONLINE EXTRA:  Venezuela: Open for Business
Slide Show: Why the Oil Giants Look Weaker


EXECUTIVE LIFE

Upwardly Mobile
The portable universe is expanding rapidly -- from tailor-made cell phones to the latest in digital video players. Here's a look at some bright new stars


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Papa Bear Changes His Tune

Giving Yuppies The Heave-Ho

The Guy Who Makes The Signs Knows

Attention-Getters

China, Courtside

The Feds Reel In A Great White

For Smart picks, Ask A Playmate

Soothing The Savage Driver

Cornstarch By Versace


READERS REPORT

Where The Innovation Is -- And Isn't

California's Chamber Of Commerce Begs To Differ

From A Loyalist, A Few Words For GOP Defectors

Immigration: Four Things The Home Countries Could Do

Auditors Are More Honest Than They Get Credit For


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Airbus May Hit An Air Pocket Over China" (Global Business, Apr. 24, 2006)

"Blue-Chip Blues" (Cover Story, Apr. 17, 2006)


VOICES OF INNOVATION

Why We ♥ Milton Glaser


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

An Itsy Bitsy Problem


MEDIA CENTRIC

Local TV's Clear Shot At The Net


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S: Why Profits Will Stay Pleasingly Plump

Housing: Renovations Could Get Hammered


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Immigrants On The March

Do Tell, Ben!

Thunder From Bolivia

KKR Opens the Gates

Aramark On The Block

A Message From Redmond

The Gasoline Price Circus

Options Angst

BlackBerry Back In Court

From Big Oil To Big Ag

Sic Transit

Lawsuit Of The Week


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Big Risk On Campus

Commentary: KKR: Barbarians At Your Gate

From One Male Bastion To The Other

When Gas Rises, Approval Tanks

Mickey D's McMakeover
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: McDonald's Tricky Makeover


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

How The AMT Wallops Capital Gains


GLOBAL BUSINESS

China's Online Ad Boom
Voices From The Street

Hyundai: A Smoother Ride Minus The Big Wheel?


FINANCE

Mixed Signals From Microsoft

Drunk On Ethanol


LEGAL AFFAIRS

White Men Can't Help It


ENTERTAINMENT

Peacock Under Pressure


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Rebuilding Amgen's Bones


GOVERNMENT

Stealth Spending At The Pentagon


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Hauling In The Hollywood Hackers


MEDIA

The Boomlet In Baby News


THE CORPORATION

Ocean Spray's Creative Juices


PERSONAL FINANCE

Why The Housing Bubble Won't Burst


INSIDE WALL STREET

A Shine On Phelps Dodge

Will Praecis Announce A Lucrative Deal?

At Morton's, A Big Helping For The Money


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Blood, Sweat, And Ratings


IDEAS -- FACE TIME WITH MARIA BARTIROMO

Straight Talk From The Fed


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

How To Get Elected Boss 
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