Table of contents: VOL. 151, NO. 9 - May 2, 2005
COVER STORY
Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software--and that's Microsoft's turf. (more)

Features
When Morgan Stanley choked on its own merger, the ugliest civil war in recent Wall Street history broke out. Now the old guard is on the march. A dispatch from behind the lines. (more)
The investment bank's pugnacious pretrial tactics have given Ronald Perelman a giant--and improbable--advantage in a massive lawsuit. (more)
Forget Windows. What's it like to spend a day using only Google? (more)
He was the boy wonder of retailing. Then he went down in flames. Now Gap's former CEO has resus-citated J. CREW with some hard-won knowledge: Bigger isn't always better. (more)
Sumner Redstone has a new wife, a new house, and a plan to divide Viacom. Has he finally found his bliss? (more)
Building DNA chips using tricks from nanotech and bioinformatics, a startup aims to cash in on the genomics revolution. (more)

Bing! While You Were Out

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With GM in crisis, Rick Wagoner takes over operations. Gutsy move--but is a turnaround even possible? (more)
Corporations are mishandling your personal data, but the real threat may be closer to home. Here's how a simple paper shredder can help. (more)



You have to give Rick Wagoner credit: He's volunteered for a job few others would want. The GM CEO takes over North American operations with market share shrinking, profits eroding, health-care costs strangling the company, and the stock selling for half what it was a year ago. Yet Wagoner has the full support of GM's board and described himself as "energized" when he met with FORTUNE's Alex Taylor III in Detroit recently. (more)
Like the good doctor, scientists are communicating with critters--but this time it's to detect explosives. (more)
Brian Simmons, general manager of Bacchus Caves, Napa, Calif. (more)
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Health-Care Crisis
Health-Care Solutions
Investing
The managers at this tiny fund company on the Kansas prairie turn in giant-sized returns. (more)
Oil and gas stocks have soared, but bargains remain--if you know where to explore. (more)

Mutual funds have plowed money into big tech in the belief that values abound. Beware--the numbers emphatically say otherwise. (more)
A new law provides an opportunity for debt collectors. (more)
Sketchbook
 THEY MADE VAST FORTUNES BUT NEVER LOST THEIR BOYHOOD DREAMS. THEY WANT TO BE . . . (more)
Special Report : Innovation In Medicine
Boosted by new technology, the burgeoning science of genomics is ushering in an age of personalized medicine. (more)
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