Monthly Archives: August 2013
  • Lenovo's NFL Fantasy Play

    The Chinese computer maker is betting big on the NFL—and fantasy football—to help it win in PCs in the U.S.

    By Craig Giammona

    FORTUNE— Amid the grim news in the PC business, Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNGVF) has been the rare standout with something to celebrate, last quarter edging out Hewlett Packard as the world's top seller of personal computers. The $34 billion company is still behind in the U.S., though, where MORE

    Aug 30, 2013 11:07 AM ET
  • Ben & Jerry's new flavor: fancier stores

    In its first redesign under Unilever, the funky scoop shop goes upscale and global

    By Anne VanderMey, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Ellen Kresky is trying not to say anything bad about the old Ben & Jerry's store design.

    "Somebody said it best, I don't remember if it was during the consumer research that we did or ... no, I can't say this -- " says Kresky, the brand's creative director. Then she says MORE

    Aug 29, 2013 2:01 PM ET
  • SMU's Death Penalty: The recruiting scandal that refuses to die

    Penn State is still Penn State. SMU will never be anything close to what it once was.

    By David Whitford, editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- While I was living in Dallas in the late 1980s, researching and writing A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption and Football at SMU, I read a memorable essay by a native son, Lawrence Wright, published in Texas Monthly, called "Why Do They Hate Us So MORE

    Aug 29, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Don't expect less corruption in China after Bo Xilai trial

    The trial of Bo Xilai reflects a dark reality in China, where businesspeople have to rely heavily on government officials to succeed.

    By Wenguang Huang

    FORTUNE -- Known as the "secret wallet" for several senior Communist leaders, former billionaire businessman Xu Ming used to brag about his special access and protection. However, after the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood led to the spectacular fall of Bo Xilai, a princeling and MORE

    Aug 27, 2013 10:35 AM ET
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  • Ballmer unbound (Fortune 2004)

    Editor's note: Every Sunday Fortune publishes a favorite story from its magazine archives. This week we turn to a 2004 Fortune profile of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who will retire within the next 12 months after more than 30 years at the company. 

    How do you impose order on a giant, runaway Mensa meeting? Just watch Microsoft's CEO. 

    By Brent Schlender

    FORTUNE -- Steve Ballmer is a man whose reputation exceeds him. Barrel- chested and bombastic, MORE

    Aug 25, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • Wal-Mart's embrace of 'Made in America'

    The retailer wants to rebuild the middle class with good manufacturing jobs -- and enlists Jeff Immelt and others to help at a high-profile confab.

    By Erika Fry, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Right around the time Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) CEO Mike Duke took the stage Thursday at the company's much-heralded U.S. Manufacturing Summit -- a two-day confab including governors, CEOs, and Wal-Mart executives designed to promote American manufacturing -- something less MORE

    Aug 23, 2013 1:31 PM ET
  • Latin America's big China export: The telenovela

    Grupo Televisa, others find their soap operas top the charts.

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- Whenever you see a Western media company doing business in China, you can bet its executives have had nightmares. Between censorship of everyday material like gay culture and violence on television, strict quotas on foreign content, and the near impossibility of obtaining a license to produce in the country, the restrictions China's policies place on MORE

    Aug 23, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Newspapers aren't dying and Jeff Bezos isn't crazy

    Companies change with the times, and newspapers are no different. But they are now emerging in a strong position.

    Aug 22, 2013 12:09 PM ET
  • Ford's long, hard road to rebuild Lincoln

    Ford isn't ready to revamp Lincoln whole cloth, as GM is doing with Cadillac. But it's taking a few important steps in that direction.

    Aug 22, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • All eyes on Qatar, Al Jazeera's money machine

    The tiny nation has a population that would fit in one Manhattan neighborhood, and its sovereign wealth fund is worth an estimated $85 billion.

    By Vivienne Walt

    FORTUNE -- For centuries, one sure way to gauge a country's influence has been by the size of its territory and population. No surprise, then, that the U.S., China, and Russia have complex economies with global reach and serious political clout.

    But what do we MORE

    Aug 21, 2013 1:03 PM ET
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