Table of contents: VOL. 153, NO. 8 - May 1, 2006
Net companies are on fire again. Here's the smart way to invest without getting burned (more)

Dick Ebersol lived through the plane crash that killed his son. Now he's trying to lead a recovery at NBC. Will "Sunday Night Football" be the cure his network needs? (more)
Brutal competition. A stock going nowhere. Microsoft is in crisis, so Bill Gates has unleashed his new hire, software genius Ray Ozzie, to remake the company - and conquer the Web. (more)
How to avoid the mistakes we made when we argued about free trade. (more)
business life
Three satirical novels drive home an age-old point--and they're funny too. (more)

Spring colors abound, music is in the air, and picture perfect mobile phones are on the way. (more)

business life: your money at play
The future is now: Cars that drive themselves are taking over the road. (more)
Is the financier bringing a faith-based business model to Hollywood? (more)
At home in Richmond, Rick Wagoner faces some tough questions. (more)
Enron's ex-CEO takes the stand and scores some points. But will it be enough to keep him out of jail? (more)
The global electronics industry has made tin a hot commodity. But that's cold comfort to the miners of Walikale. (more)

Dave Wirtschafter - President, William Morris Agency (more)

Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has won high praise for his plan to cover the uninsured. Good for him, but there's still a long way to go. (more)
Question Authority: Garry Betty, EarthLink CEO (more)
Champion Madaba, 45, leader, MineTech International UXO (unexploded ordnance) clearance team, Amarah, Iraq (more)
fortune small business
When it comes to building their businesses, women lag far behind men--but that's changing fast. (more)
Savvy entrepreneurs are looking to wealthy women for funding. (more)
street life
Emerging-markets whiz Mohamed El-Erian takes over at Harvard. (more)
the index
the johnson magic
Does BET billionaire Bob Johnson have what it takes to conquer the world of finance? The Carlyle Group thinks so. Here's why. (more)
third shift
Foreign contractors make more products than they're supposed to then sell the excess out the back door. New Balance found out just how hard it can be to shut down the "third shift." (more)
while you were out

Teen retailer's results also hurt by falling sales, gross margins. |more|