ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2007 =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

Profiting From Mortality
Death bonds may be the most macabre investment scheme ever devised by Wall Street
COVER IMAGE:  Death Bonds
GRAPHIC:  How A Life Insurance Policy Becomes A Death Bond
Even The Insurers Have Hopped On Board
ONLINE EXTRA:  Life Settlements: Betting on Death
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Profiting From Mortality


DESIGN AWARDS

The Best Of 2007
This year's awards run the gamut from "split-head" hammers to ultralight jets to savings plans for shoppers


DEBATE ROOM

Podcast: The Google Debate—Readers Talk Back
Is Google making us dumber? Following up on their Debate Room bout, technology heavyweights Jakob Nielsen and David Alan Grier respond to reader comments on the topic


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Slide Show: Report To The Principal, Big Shot

High-Tech Memory Loss

Kidz Bop: Over The Top?

Getting On The Glitch List

You're Fired! Now Have A Vodka

That's Some Dream Team

Let A Hundred Boutiques Bloom

Art Lessons For Heavy Metal

Sleek, Chic, And Out Of This World


EDITOR'S MEMO

Introducing Ellen


READERS REPORT

The High Court Wasn't Kind To Small Business

What Ails U.S. Health Care: Two Diagnoses

ExxonMobil Plays By School Rules

Kiddie Spas And The Paris Hilton Effect

Microloans Shouldn't Have Macro Interest Rates

Don't Assume The Big Three Are Sitting On Their Hands


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

T-Mobile Dials Up Wi-Fi


MEDIA CENTRIC

Rankings: A New Web Order


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Behind Bernanke's Picture Perfect Forecast

Less Red Ink Now. Lower Rates Later?


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Bear Stearns' Empty Funds

Murdoch Moves Closer

Aluminum Wars

Freeing The KPMG 13

Chemicals Czar?

Houghton Bulks Up

Apollo Takes Wing

Targeting Target

For Sale: Volvo

Where There's Smoke

A Recruiter's Crash

Lawsuit Of The Week


NEWS & INSIGHTS

Paramount & DreamWorks: Splitsville?
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: A Dream Season for Paramount

Zander May Be Running Out Of Minutes

Why Nokia Is Leaving Moto in the Dust (Extended)
Offering products for every corner of the market is paying off for the mobile-phone maker

Why Fannie And Freddie Are Fidgety
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: The States with the Highest Foreclosure Rates: June 2007

If Dow Jones Says No Thanks

Commentary: It's A Mystery Market. Roll With It
ONLINE EXTRA:  Video -- Dow 14,000


GLOBAL BUSINESS

Danger In The Repair Shop

Samsung Is Having A Sony Moment


SPECIAL REPORT

NOT Made In China

Organic, With Pesticides (Extended)
With 21 agencies claiming the right to certify foods, standards are murky—and some unscrupulous farmers are taking advantage


HEALTH

Is Merck's Medicine Working?
Another Risk Factor For Merck


DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH

Toronto's Lights Are Turning Greener

Building A Better Battery

See Bot Run—Uphill

Of Pumpkin Remedies And Drug Trials


INFO TECH

Searching For John Q. Public


EXECUTIVE LIFE -- PARKER ON WINE

The Best Of Kendall-Jackson


PERSONAL FINANCE

When Your Parents Move In

Trouble Is His Business


PLUS

Heads-Up: A Skull And Crossbones

Yup, Google

High Anxiety Over High-Yields


INSIDE WALL STREET

A Breakup At Brink's?

A Promising Pipeline At Pipex

Research Frontiers: Glass That Dims Electronically


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

Save The Planet—Disappear


IDEAS -- OUTSIDE SHOT

The Tyranny Of The Market


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

The Reverse Hostage Syndrome 
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