Table of contents: VOL. 7, NO. 11 - December 1, 2006
COVER STORY
We asked 25 of the brightest minds in business how they do what they do - and how you can cash in on their advice in the year ahead. (more)

Features
Social networking has been great for the kids, but not of much use to business - until now. With Reid Hoffman's MySpace-for-grown-ups at a tipping point, these days you're either LinkedIn or left out. (more)
With shrewd marketing and in-your-face tactics, Bob Parsons made his company the hottest thing in the Internet domain world. Now he's about to see how his act plays on a much grander stage. (more)
There won't be blood in the streets - but a number of surprising innovations are about to change the landscape of their industries. A guide to the coolest products and hottest trends set to emerge in the coming months. (more)
Why 2007 turned out surprisingly well. (more)
hits & misses
Company bets that paid off and those that bombed. (more)
owner's manual
How smart alliances lend a hand to help midmarket growth. (more)
what's cool
Holiday Edition: The stuff we'd like to see in our stocking. (more)
How material in the public domain can be turned into your own private revenue stream. (more)
Now more than ever, top customers of airlines find that loyalty pays. We take a look at the best - and worst - of frequent-flier programs. (more)
To satisfy performance-minded drivers, the German automaker set about reengineering its popular convertibles. With the Cayman S and Targa 4S, satisfy them it has. (more)
Each year Focus Property Group sponsors a charity competition for employees that blends the best of reality TV shows like "American Idol" and "Survivor." (more)
what's next
Former Lands' End exec Bill Blass thinks fair trade can work for more than just coffee. (more)
Bill Gates's smart home cost $113 million. Now you can have the same kind of remote control over your dwelling for as little as $10 a month. (more)
With its high-performance head gear, Swedish startup Poc is winning over skiers at blazing speed. (more)
Researchers are training computers how to listen - and to distinguish, say, the sound of breaking glass from the squeak of a rubber toy. (more)

With object-recognition technology, one day you'll be able to take a picture of a movie poster with your cell phone and instantly get showtimes and trailers for that flick. (more)
With DriveCam, Mom and Dad can monitor what happens when their kids are behind the wheel. (more)
With Windows Vista, Microsoft is rebooting the entire tech industry - and finally taking over the living room in the process. (more)
Still waiting for your flying car? Here's the next best thing: the drivable plane (more)
Subject-specific search engines are proliferating like mad. But the smartest, like Mobissimo, are following the lead of the master. (more)
Richard Rosenblatt helped broker the $580 million sale of MySpace. Now he wants to build millions of sites like it - this time, in vertical niches. (more)
One startup is offering to pay for posts that mention specific products. (more)
what works
Remote-controlled helicopters are red-hot this holiday season, thanks to YouTube video bloggers and other online hobbyists. (more)
Dutch bookseller Selexyz's plan to track every title via RFID looks like a best-seller (more)
Harish Hande's vision of bringing electricity to the countryside is rallying banks, helping low-income workers, and inspiring entrepreneurs. (more)
With help from a curious cat, Blue Line Innovations found a way to make people more aware of how much electricity they use. (more)
The nation's 2 million inmates and their keepers are the ultimate captive market: a $37 billion economy bulging with business opportunity. (more)
With rights to privacy and participation eroding, many employees are heading for the exits. When that happens, everybody loses. (more)
Zappos has become the No. 1 footwear retailer on the Web by making customer service a competitive weapon. (more)
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