The Russian president thought he could outlast the opprobrium of the easily distracted West. It's a gamble he's lost
With few new buyers, the superjumbo's fate is up in the air
Instead of fighting for more regulations, they're pushing for market-based solutions
Vessel wants YouTube stars to focus on another platform
JPMorgan's chief helps kill a Dodd-Frank rule and does the heavy lifting for Wall Street
MetaMind customizes its deep-learning software for businesses that want to learn faster
The final installment of "Serial," a cult-favorite podcast about a murder, will begin just like every other episode—with the name of a prison telecom provider
"These colleges are ranked the top in the country, and it's surprising to me that they can't send out a simple email."
Customer service is one area where small businesses can beat big-box competitors
As economies imploded, unemployment soared, companies went bust, and so-called experts threw up their hands and admitted they hadn't a clue, one could be forgiven for thinking that 2008 was unremittingly bleak. Not so. Though it's ending on a sour note, the year had plenty of highs that round out the lows. For a reminder, kick back with this BusinessWeek list of the best and worst in just about everything—from global economics and sports to design and entertainment, from advertising and food to medicine and efforts to go green.