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Microsoft starts CEO search after Steve Ballmer exit

It's during the doldrums of August that companies often like to let out their most shocking news, and Microsoft did just that on Friday.<p>The company disclosed that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will retire within the next year. A committee that includes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will …

Business Development

The Quieter Side of Ibiza

The Spanish do it. The French, the Brits, and the Italians are all doing it. But Americans? We haven’t yet joined the ranks of Ibiza lovers.<p>Last month, I gave in to a nagging feeling that I was missing something and packed up my family for a week of sun and sea on Spain’s “white island.” What I …

Warren Buffett, age 44, explains the futility of playing the market

In 1975, shortly after joining the board of the Washington Post Company, Warren Buffett wrote a letter to the chairman and chief executive, Katherine Graham. He had some advice as to how the company should invest its pension accounts.<p>All 19 pages were recently published by Fortune, and are well …

Investing

The truth stings: Still no answers for collapsing bee colonies

The honeybee die-off crisis is jeopardizing America’s food supply, yet we’re still no closer to solving the problem<p>In 2006, long before I worked at this magazine, <i>OnEarth</i> contributing editor Sharon Levy visited a farm in California’s Sierra foothills and let honeybees swarm all over her body. …

Closing The Deal: The Value Of A Sales Specialist

Many large companies in business-to-business (B2B) markets struggle to contain the cost and complexity of their sales teams. As customers increasingly demand deeper expertise, and B2B companies add more offerings and pursue new markets, these companies have been augmenting sales teams with industry …

'Pitch Perfect' Cast to Record Holiday Album, Anna Kendrick Shocked 'Cups' So Popular

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Z100<p>"Pitch Perfect" was so aca-awesome that it's spawned a sequel, and now an a capella holiday album to boot.<p>Actress Hana Mae Lee, perhaps better known as whispering Lilly in the 2012 comedy, spilled the beans on the cast's festive offering to MTV News at the Teen Choice …

13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

Mexico City

Unmissable South America

South America is home to dramatic landscapes, archaeological splendours from the past and a dizzying variety of wildlife - the largest collection of plant and animal species on earth, in fact. For the sheer awe factor, it's hard to top seeing Incan ruins through mist-covered cloud forest, spying …

South America

How Spirit Airlines Runs Its Flights Like Onboard Cash Machines in the Sky

At the headquarters for low-cost Spirit Airlines Inc., the word “cheap” is not an insult. It’s a business philosophy championed by the airline’s …

Chilean Chronicles, Part I: On the Plane and About to Land in Santiago.

We're almost there.<p>Thirteen years after I first applied to the Fulbright program, six months after we began the process of preparing to sell our house, and one day after countless trips in and out of the house, we are an hour or so from landing in Santiago, Chile.<p>My wife Dunreith, who is sitting …

Human Rights

5 Destinations in Belize for Nature Lovers

By Maria Russo<p>A tiny country with an even tinier population, Belize is one of the few places on earth where you will find undisturbed jungle, long stretches of placid beach, plenty of organic farms and a healthy handful of people who go without modern conveniences such as electricity and plumbing, …

Central America

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Tax havens offer US multinationals a fantastic deal, and so will tax reform

Attempts to reform the US corporate tax rate have been falling flat for many reasons, but chief among them is that multinationals enjoy such a good deal from tax havens: a 6.9% average tax rate on billions of overseas cash.<p>Eighty-two of the the one hundred largest US companies take advantage of tax …

Tax Havens