Monthly Archives: December 2013
  • The hazy business of treating your hangover

    Most medical experts agree that there is no real way to cure a hangover. So why are more and more companies getting into the hangover treatment business?

    By Caroline Fairchild, reporter

    FORTUNE -- On the eve of one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, we have some bad news.

    There is likely no cure for the hangover that you will inevitably wake up with come January 1st.

    Despite this dark truth, a MORE

    Dec 30, 2013 1:55 PM ET
  • Bar Wars: Hershey Bites Mars (Fortune 1985)

    Editor's note: Every Sunday Fortune publishes a favorite story from its magazine archives. This week, we turn to a 1985 story about the Hershey Co.'s battle with Mars to dominate the U.S. market. Twenty-eight years later, the maker of chocolate Kisses and Reese's candies is looking to make its mark in China's growing candy market, having recently agreed to pay  $498 million for China-based Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co. Who might MORE

    Dec 22, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • China's quest for a new energy source heads to space

    Seeking a clean energy solution, China visits the moon in search of helium-3

    By Brandon Southward, reporter

    FORTUNE -- No country had successfully completed a soft landing on the moon since the Soviet Union in 1976, which is why eyebrows were raised when China's rover Jade Rabbit landed on the lunar surface this past weekend. While China's motives for space exploration are not clear and the Chinese government is keeping quiet, MORE

    Dec 20, 2013 2:08 PM ET
  • Is the Salvation Army wiping out its anti-gay rhetoric?

    How an activist campaign against the largest Christian charity in the U.S. just might actually work

    FORTUNE -- It's a story right out of the Bible; an ordinary citizen takes on a Goliath.

    If you use Facebook (FB) or Twitter (TWTR), you may have read one of many recently shared posts or tweets that claim the Salvation Army, the Alexandria Va.-based global Methodist ministry and social welfare provider, is unapologetically anti-LGBT.

    Yesterday, a Methodist MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 11:23 AM ET
  • How we became entrepreneurs in Somalia

    Two American business owners show how private investment is key in the global fight against poverty.

    By Curtis S. Chin

    FORTUNE -- The names of the Somalis who work at the Aran Guest House in Mogadishu -- one of the few in the city with security robust enough for overnight stays for international visitors -- may well be little remembered by diplomats, aid workers, and the occasional businesspeople who pass through here.

    And that's MORE

    Dec 19, 2013 10:21 AM ET
  • Airline hubs in the Middle East, arise

    Fueled by billions of dollars in expansions, airports in the wealthiest Arab nations are becoming the world's busiest.

    Graphic by Nicolas Rapp

    FORTUNE -- A decade ago Dubai's international airport would have been far smaller on this map -- it was the 17th-largest hub for international travelers. Today nearly 60 million passengers move through a year, and a $7.8 billion expansion will see its capacity swell to 90 million by 2018. It MORE

    Dec 19, 2013 7:35 AM ET
  • Robert Downey: A futurist knows

    The actor and producer talks to Fortune about the big ideas that have impacted his views on technology and entertainment.

    FORTUNE -- Robert Downey Jr. has become one of the most powerful players in Hollywood. But the 48-year-old actor admits he's not much of a networker. "I think about people, and I have a conversation with them in my head," he says. "But I tend to not reach out." In an interview MORE

    - Dec 19, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Google to co-head open-source patent defense alliance

    Google's arrival reflects the extraordinary commercial success of its Android operating system and its Chrome OS.

    FORTUNE -- The Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of major technology companies formed in 2005 to minimize patent-aggression against free and open-source software projects, plans to announce today that Google (GOOG) has become its seventh full member.

    OIN's charter members are IBM (IBM), Red Hat (RHT), Novell, Sony (SNE), and Philips (PHG). NEC joined in MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • Whole Foods goes local in Brooklyn, gentrifying area near Superfund site

    An outlet of the health food grocer helps the borough's Gowanus neighborhood on the road to eco-recovery.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- The big question for Whole Foods Market (WFM) when it opens its first store in Brooklyn this morning -- what took so long?

    As the largest retailer of natural and organic foods, the Austin-based supermarket chain would seem like a natural fit for Brooklyn, the borough that has become famous MORE

    Dec 17, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Connie Hilton's Hotel Empire (Fortune 1953)

    Editor's note: Every Sunday Fortune publishes a favorite story from its magazine archives.  This week, we turn to a 1953 article about Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton hotels. The company this week returned to the public market, after being taken private by Blackstone Group in 2007 shortly after the start of the recession. Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HLT) raised $2.35 billion in a record initial public offering for the industry. Here's a look at how its founder built MORE

    Dec 15, 2013 10:00 AM ET
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