Yearly Archives: 2014
  • The man with the most (in)famous business card in the world

    Before he gained notoriety with his visit to New York, idiosyncratic mogul Chen Guangbiao attracted plenty of questions in China.

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- When you hit the New York media circuit with "Most Influential Person of China" … and "China Moral Leader" … and "China Top Ten Most Honorable Volunteer" among the distinctions listed on your ming pian ("business card" to you and me), you can expect to MORE

    Jan 12, 2014 4:10 PM ET
  • The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare (Fortune 2004)

    Editor's note: Every Sunday Fortune publishes a favorite story from its magazine archives.  In light of the polar vortex causing freezing temperature across the county this week, we turn to a 2004 article predicting the Pentagon's worst enemy: Mother Nature. 

    The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues.

    By David Stipp

    Global warming may be bad news for future generations, but let's face it, most of us MORE

    - Jan 12, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Just how close to commercial reality is a self-driving car?

    Maybe the real question is what the technology means for the business (and culture) of driving.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Informed conversations about self-driving cars no longer are about feasibility. New key talking points are "When?" and "Which automakers first?" and "Who will be responsible when an accident happens?"

    Nissan has said it will sell a driverless car by 2020. IHS forecast several models available by 2025. Both of these are MORE

    Jan 10, 2014 2:54 PM ET
  • Cheerios' GMO-free claim is marketing, enabled by industry critics

    There are problems with GMOs, just as there are problems with high fructose corn syrup. But critics divert attention from them to make spurious health claims.

    FORTUNE -- We can make fun of General Mills (GIS) for bragging that it will soon offer "GMO-free" Cheerios. It's an essentially meaningless marketing stunt. But we should also know that it is in part the actions of many critics of genetically modified crops that MORE

    - Jan 10, 2014 1:32 PM ET
  • The homeowner's guide to solar power

    Here's what a Fortune writer learned when he installed solar panels on his house.

    By David Whitford, editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- American homeowners added more solar power generating capacity during the third quarter of 2013 than ever before, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association: 186 megawatts, up nearly 50% year over year. A tiny part of that -- 0.002% -- was recently installed on the gently sloping, south-facing roof over my MORE

    Jan 10, 2014 10:17 AM ET
  • Denny's tries to move beyond breakfast

    A new ad campaign attempts to entice customers to order different fare. Grilled tilapia, anyone?

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- Denny's is making a case for itself as more than just a spot for breakfast food.

    On Thursday, the 60-year-old restaurant chain is launching a new ad campaign called "Welcome to America's Diner." It's the most recent step in Denny's (DENN) three-year-long bid to rebrand itself as a place where MORE

    Jan 9, 2014 11:23 AM ET
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  • My afternoon with Imelda Marcos

    The former Filipino first lady is alive and well -- and pitching a massive energy project.

    Jan 9, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Diddy gets into Tequila joint venture with Diageo, DeLeón

    The rapper-producer-entrepreneur announces a new tequila joint venture with liquor giant Diageo.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- Sean "Diddy" Combs has just upped his bona fides as a businessman.

    On Wednesay the rapper-producer-entrepreneur and global liquor behemoth Diageo announced a new 50-50 joint venture that has acquired DeLeón, a luxury tequila brand. "Today is a big day for me as a businessman," Combs tells Fortune. "This is the first company I've ever MORE

    Jan 8, 2014 4:14 PM ET
  • Audi's CES laser light show

    In Las Vegas, the German automaker unveiled its new headlight technology along with some of its "piloted driving" systems.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Among the innovative technologies that distinguish today's cars from the flivvers of yesteryear are headlights. Conventional halogen bulbs begat xenon which begat LED (light emitting diodes), now all the rage and featured in several luxury models.

    Audi is stepping things up a notch with laser light headlamps. The MORE

    Jan 8, 2014 1:11 PM ET
  • Chinese businesses on the next U.S. ambassador: Max who?

    Companies there are tepid on Sen. Max Baucus, expected to be appointed as ambassador to China, as some have to look his name up on Baidu (and others joke about what his name means in Chinese).

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- The expected appointment of Max Baucus as the next U.S. ambassador to China is receiving mixed reviews in that country so far.

    "Initially many in the China-watching business and political MORE

    Jan 8, 2014 10:52 AM ET
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