The 7 percent unemployment rate accompanied a gain of 203,000 jobs
A Needham & Co. report estimates that most cable TV channels would vanish if consumers could—as they say they'd prefer—spend $30 monthly on 15 to 20 channels
Democrats have a lock on the dozen largest cities in the U.S.
It lets customers go off the grid when utilities charge their highest rates and provides a backup during outages
The settlement ends an eight-year legal fight waged by African American brokers
Jeff Bezos's plan to deliver packages via unmanned aerial drones is crazy—which means you shouldn't bet against him
After selling out 5,000 designer Starbucks cards in six minutes last year, Starbucks is offering a mere 1,000 of them at noon on Friday
Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management reclaims the top stop after a two-year absence
Immigrant entrepreneurs and companies with intellectual property are more likely to hire
"More than ever, having empathy for people's needs is the key to driving growth. But many executives face the challenge of piercing the bubble that surrounds them and tapping into what everyday folks are really going through. Companies are starting to use custom Web 2.0 tools to do just that: The revamped Skittles.com aggregates people's ideas and comments from Facebook and YouTube, informing both fans and internal brand leaders. 'Social buzz dashboards' show feeds from what people are saying and thinking on blogs, video sites and virtual worlds, with analytics detailing how they've changed over time. Some CEOs like Zappos' Tony Hsieh then complete the communication loop, pushing their ideas back out to folks with regular Twitter updates and live blogs. Beyond just getting feedback, such tools help leaders gather, aggregate and exchange unfiltered information about what keeps people up at night and thereby make better business decisions."
Udaya Patnaik, principal
San Mateo, Calif.