Monthly Archives: February 2014
  • Employees at Bloomberg LP are attempting to unionize

    Exclusive: If a drive to organize at the data-and-media giant is successful, it would be a first for the former New York mayor's company.

    By Peter Elkind, editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- Fearful of layoffs and unhappy with work conditions, employees at a unit of Bloomberg LP, the former New York City mayor's private data-and-media giant, have launched a campaign to unionize, Fortune has learned.

    The drive, to join Local 32035 of the Washington-Baltimore MORE

    Feb 28, 2014 5:48 PM ET
  • Fortune investigates: A new beer called Fortune

    MillerCoors looks to create buzz and attract millennials with a higher-alcohol brew -- that, ahem, happens to share a name with a most excellent business publication.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE – Here at Fortune, we're pretty proud of our name. When Time co-founder Henry Luce decided to launch a business magazine in 1930, just months after the Wall Street crash, he wanted a title that would convey the importance of commerce. MORE

    Feb 28, 2014 12:43 PM ET
  • With new online network, WWE hopes to pile-drive its doubters

    Wrestling king Vince McMahon is making a big bet that the company's fans will pay for 24/7 online access to new and classic content.

    By Brandon Southward

    FORTUNE -- This week World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) launched a new venture that's more aggressive than Hulk Hogan busting out a double-knee face-breaker: a 24/7 online streaming channel called the WWE Network.

    The staged-sporting-events company, led by chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, is making a huge bet MORE

    Feb 28, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Is it impossible to reform the food system?

    Four of the food industry's leading critics say when there is little choice of what to eat, choice means little. But they also believe that individual consumers making educated choices is the only hope for reform.

    FORTUNE -- Debates about the health effects of the industrial food system often come down to how big a role, if any, "free choice" or "personal responsibility" should play. After all, nobody's forcing anyone to MORE

    - Feb 27, 2014 10:58 AM ET
  • 10 biggest patent troll targets in business

    Patent trolls filed 19% more lawsuits in 2013 than in 2012.

    FORTUNE -- Wireless carrier AT&T (T) was the top target of so-called patent trolls in 2013, having been sued more than 54 times by them in 2013—more than once a week. This year's list of top ten patent troll targets was published today in a Fortune magazine feature story about RPX Corp.(RPXC), which compiled the statistics.

    The article, called "Taking on the Trolls," MORE

    - Feb 27, 2014 8:51 AM ET
  • Obama's high-tech manufacturing push: Where are the jobs?

    The President is promoting investments in a series of cutting-edge innovation hubs. But the employment payoff may not come any time soon.

    By Tory Newmyer, writer

    FORTUNE -- Here's the thing about President Obama's big push for manufacturing jobs: It's not actually going to create jobs.

    Or not necessarily. In fact, in the short run it could well end up costing some. That's the assessment of some of the experts closest to the MORE

    Feb 27, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Declining America? Fuhgeddaboudit!

    Joel Kurtzman's 'Unleashing the Second American Century' argues the country still has plenty of creativity, capital and knows how to "make stuff."

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- After digesting a steady diet of stories about weak employment growth in the U.S., political gridlock over the debt crisis, calls to raise the minimum wage, blight in urban centers and the inexorable rise of China, a typical American might be fairly pessimistic about her country's MORE

    Feb 26, 2014 11:07 AM ET
  • Supreme Court may endorse fee-shifting in frivolous patent suits

    The justices will hear a pair of cases that have drawn intense interest from companies ranging from Apple to Google to GE. Will the ruling have a chilling effect on patent trolls?

    FORTUNE -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning in two cases with the potential to reshape the legal landscape in so-called patent trolling cases. They relate to when a federal judge can order a plaintiff to MORE

    - Feb 26, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Surveys can't account for people who ignore surveys

    And other self-evident, yet still surprising truths from David J. Hand's new book, The Improbability Principle.

    By Sam McNerney

    Fortune.com selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from "250 Words," a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books—wherever they may be published.

    FORTUNE -- It's easy to confuse what you don't see with what doesn't exist. In a fascinating new book, The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare MORE

    Feb 25, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Frigid winter drives sizzling demand for long underwear

    Shivering from the Arctic cold, shoppers have been emptying shelves of warm base-layer gear -- and manufacturers are scrambling to keep up.

    By Caroline Fairchild, reporter

    FORTUNE -- This year's unusually severe winter -- the coldest in decades for much of the U.S. -- has had dramatic and far-reaching effects. Wal-Mart (WMT), the world's largest retailer, said its same-store sales dropped in the fourth quarter because shoppers were staying home and bundling up MORE

    Feb 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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