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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

Fear Of Firing
How the threat of litigation is making companies skittish about axing problem workers
COVER IMAGE:  "You're Fired!"...Not So Fast
CHART:  Untouchable Nation
GRAPHIC:  For Every 10,000 Lawsuits, Few Losses, But High Costs
ONLINE EXTRA:  Playbook: Pink-Slip Protocol


SMALLBIZ -- APRIL/MAY 2007

BusinessWeek SmallBiz
In this issue: Five HR mistakes you can't afford to make; easy ways to raise startup cash; secrets of viral marketing; slash your fuel bill, and more


UP FRONT

Talk Show

A Natural Gas OPEC? Not Likely

Dollar-A-Year (Or Less) Men

Now, The Warm And Fuzzy MRI

Ink Jets That Go Lickety-Split

Once And Future Spamalot

Where The Hamburger Joint Is A Way Of Life

Now, That's Really A Turf War

Sharp Ears

Question Of The Week


UP FRONT -- ANALYZE THIS

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me


READERS REPORT

More Miracles Of Motion Capture

Raspberries For Microsoft Search

Union Organizing Via Card Check Is Nothing New

Undergrad B-Schools: What The Rankings Miss

Plenty Of Businessmen, But Only One Thomas Edison


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Hot Properties, Half A World Away" (Personal Finance, Apr. 16, 2007)

"Groundbreakers From Two Originals" (Executive Life, Apr. 16, 2007)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Harnessing Social Networks


MEDIA CENTRIC

These Are Troubled Times


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: The Job Markets Face A Stress Test

Strong Tax Revenues Slow The Red Ink


THE BUSINESS WEEK

A Trade Spat Heats Up

Buffett Hops A Train

Economic Anxiety

Citi Wields The Ax

NASDAQ's New Flame

Biotech Brouhaha

Kerkorian Non Grata

Biggest Buyout Ever?

College Loan Scandal

Pouncing On Puma

Baby Food Behemoth

Costly Comment Of The Week


NEWS & INSIGHTS

What Spending Slowdown?

As Power Shifts, So Do The Dollars

Buyer Beware At Chrysler

Free Information, Please

The Growing Revolt Against The SEC

The Battle Of Britain

Business In Russia Just Got Riskier


GLOBAL BUSINESS

The Race To Build Really Cheap Cars
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: The World's Cheapest Cars

The Great Indian Beer Rush


THE CORPORATION

The Accidental CEO (Not Really)
Playbook: How To Grow A CEO
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Insider vs. Outsider in the Corner Office


FINANCE

PNC May Have A Hedge Fund On Its Tail

Can Wachovia Rewrite The Rules Of Debt?


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Under The Weather At J&J
Vioxx Casts A Long, Long Shadow


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

A Test For Metastatic Cancer

Boeing Adds Some Green To The Wild Blue Yonder

Virtual Help For Real Pain

Of Bipolar Brains, Health-Care Bucks, And Bioplastics


MEDIA

The Marshal Of MySpace


WORKING LIFE

Go-Go-Going To Pieces In China


ENVIRONMENT

Climate Wars: Episode Two


MARKETING

The Sell-Phone Revolution


INFO TECH

How Accenture One-Upped Bangalore
ONLINE EXTRA:  India Takes Tech to a Higher Level


EXECUTIVE LIFE

Steak Chic
Wagyu, The Foie Gras Of Steaks

Bummed Out In Baggage Claim


EXECUTIVE LIFE -- PARKER ON WINE

Napa Wine, Bordeaux Character


PERSONAL FINANCE

The High Price Of Free Insurance

Meet The Parents-Backed Mortgage


INSIDE WALL STREET

SunPower Shines Bright

Avalon's New Lab Partner: Merck

Tougher Pollution Rules Are Buoying ADA-ES


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

A Blast From Iacocca


IDEAS -- FACE TIME WITH MARIA BARTIROMO

Sam Zell, Media Mogul


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

The New Brain Drain 
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