ISSUE DATE: November 27, 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

Secrets, Lies, And Sweatshops
American importers have long answered criticism of conditions at their Chinese suppliers with labor rules and inspections. But many factories have just gotten better at concealing abuses
COVER IMAGE:  Secrets, Lies, And Sweatshops
CHART:  Fooling The Auditors
GRAPHIC:  Gaming The System
How To Make Factories Play Fair
GRAPHIC:  Obstacles To Reform
ONLINE EXTRA:  Table: Global Comparisons
ONLINE EXTRA:  A Lion for Workers' Rights


SPECIAL REPORT

The Top Givers
Philanthropic Sleuthing
Graphic: The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists
ONLINE EXTRA:  The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists Interactive Table

Taking Tiny Loans To The Next Level

A Big Stage For Small Loans

Giving Goes Green

Online Extra: Slide Show: $tar Power

Online Extra: Extreme Givers


INNOVATION

IN: Inside Innovation
Kodak's struggle to reinvent itself; real-world businesses in Second Life; and more


UP FRONT

Talk Show

The Latest Invasion Of North Africa

A Change In Political Fortunes

A Remix For Some Big Brands

One Poker Face You Don't Have To Keep

Wake Up And Smell The Gum

Giving More Weight To "Thin Files"

That `70s Tech Gang

Fun And Gains

These Gifts Don't Keep On Giving


READERS REPORT

What Cap One Gets Right—And Where It Goes Wrong

Trustees: What Clients And Beneficiaries Need To Consider

Berkshire Isn't Pricey For The Value It Delivers

Why The Roles Of CEO And Chairman Are Better Off Apart


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Now That's Commuter Power" (Up Front, Nov. 13, 2006)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Elbowing Into Q Territory


MEDIA CENTRIC

NBC Breaks into the Ad Business


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Exports Are Giving The Economy A Surprise Lift

Extra Pocket Change For Business


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Wooing Delta

Birth Of A Bourse?

Private Equity Goes Hunting Media...

...And Apparel Outfits

Dell Delays

PS3 Problems

IBM, Banker?

Boeing Cruises

DT Hangs Up On Ricke

Russia And The WTO

Exit Of The Week


NEWS & INSIGHTS

Death Of The Car Salesman
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Biggest Car Dealerships in the U.S.
Stuck In The Slow Lane In Japan

Now Boarding: Merger Mania

More Ammo For A Higher Minimum

Commentary: London's Freewheeling Exchange

More Micro, Less Soft


GLOBAL BUSINESS

"Wal-Mart With Wings"
Playbook: The Art Of The Cheap

Searching For An Encore To Skype

Land Of The Lilliput-Putt
Slide Show: Japan's Thriving Mini-Car Market


FINANCE

Media's Favorite Control Freak

A Dicey Win For Blackstone


THE CORPORATION

Did The Election Spur A Drug Deal?


GOVERNMENT

How Bill Clinton Helped Boost CEO Pay


MARKETING

It's Miller Time In China


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Wild Fixes For A Warming Planet


EXECUTIVE LIFE

Season's Readings
Slide Show: Holiday Gift Books Guide

Working Out With...Jim Karas
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Jim Karas Says Take Fitness With You

Napping Your Way To The Top

Putting Your Best Beard Forward
Slide Show: Notes from a Beard Whisperer


EXECUTIVE LIFE -- PARKER ON WINE

Zinfandels Fit For A Thanksgiving Feast
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Parker on Wine: Zins for Thanksgiving


PERSONAL FINANCE

What The Patient Pays


INSIDE WALL STREET

Northwest Flies North

Ametek: On The Alert For Radiation

ISIS Takes Heart From A Promising Drug


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

The Robin Hood Robber Baron


IDEAS -- OUTSIDE SHOT

Where's The "B" In B-Schools?


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

Call It Work-Life Choices 
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