Business Giants

Starbucks : Opinion Brief
The "highly recognizable brand" tests the alcoholic waters with a wine-bar coffee house.

Starbucks' gamble on beer and wine: Will it work?

In an effort to keep up with the times, the 40-year-old coffee giant may be turning to booze

Starbucks : Twitter Take
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The latest Tweets on 'Starbucks'

Unfiltered, real-time commentary from the world at large

Walmart : Opinion Brief
Walmart's initiative to sell local fruits and vegetables could have a big impact, given the chain's size and national reach.

Walmart's 'ground-breaking' plan to sell local vegetables

The world's biggest retailer announces a push to help small farms and the environment. Has Walmart really gone green, or is it just PR?

Starbucks : Opinion Brief
Starbucks baristas have been ordered to focus on quality over quantity.

Should Starbucks slow down?

In response to quality complaints, the company is ordering baristas to brew each cup less hastily. Will the result be tastier lattes or just longer lines?

Walmart : Fact Sheet
The superstore chain is hoping to squeeze it's big box stores into some small urban spaces.

Walmart's 'aggressive' new convenience-store strategy

Hungry for profits, the retail giant plans to start building smaller stores in urban areas. Will Walmart conquer America's cities?

Starbucks : Best Column
Big coffee companies aren't the only ones fighting for fans. Smaller companies are gaining momentum with new selling strategies.

Who won the coffee wars?

While Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's took on Starbucks, writes Jason Notte at Newsweek, lesser-known companies were quietly changing the battle rules

Starbucks : Petty Controversy
Starbucks has changed its drive-through menus, cutting the number of items featured down from about 75 to around 25.

Petty controversy: Starbucks' 'sneaky' menu switch

Is the coffee chain pulling one over on drive-through customers by quietly removing its smallest (and cheapest) size option from the menu?

Goldman Sachs : Best Column
Goldman executives tell analysts they won't experience any kind of pay cut.

Why Goldman Sachs is expecting to make as much money as ever

Financial reform should have made it hard for Goldman to make money off reckless bets, says Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone, but it's not working out that way

Warren Buffett : By the numbers
Warren Buffett: Giving away a sizable chunk of his fortune.

Warren Buffett's billionaire donors club: By the numbers

Buffett has teamed up with Bill Gates to convince 40 billionaires (so far) to give half their fortunes away to charity. A look at the numbers behind the "Giving Pledge"

Goldman Sachs : Opinion Brief
Goldman Sachs wants employees to watch their language.

Goldman Sachs' ban on email swearing

The Wall Street bank has banned swearing in emails. Will Goldman's new ban dirty words clean up its corporate image?

Walmart : Opinion Brief
Wal-mart: Too "big brother" for comfort?

Walmart's 'creepy' underwear-tracking scheme

Walmart is preparing to attach remote-tracking tags to jeans and underwear. Too much information, or just good business?

Goldman Sachs : Opinion Brief
More worries for Goldman Sachs?

Did Goldman Sachs provoke a world hunger crisis?

A nonprofit accuses the bank's traders of starving people by dramatically bidding up prices for wheat, corn and rice. Is that fair?

Goldman Sachs : Opinion Brief
Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein has some explaining to do.

Are Goldman's best days behind them?

Goldman's (relatively) bad quarter has killed its air of invincibility, some analysts say. Can the elite Wall Street bank recapture the magic?

Goldman Sachs : Winners and Losers
Goldman Sachs has to pay $550 million. Is that enough?

Goldman Sachs' SEC settlement: Winners and losers

Goldman Sachs' $550 million fraud settlement is the largest ever paid by a Wall Street firm. But who came out ahead?

Starbucks : Flashback
Starbucks: Soon to offer a stiffer brew?

Starbucks: Coffee, tea, and beer?

Hit hard by the recession and fast-food competitors, the coffee giant is testing the idea of selling alcohol — but will it turn off core customers?

Warren Buffett : Fact Sheet
Warren Buffett wants other billionaires to spread the wealth.

Pay up, billionaires: Buffett and Gates' charity pressure tactics

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are challenging their fellow billionaires to commit to giving away half their money. Will anybody go along?

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