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Love It / Hate It

One company, two different points of view.

Wal-Mart: The Leaders We Deserve
Wal-Mart is all America likes to claim to be, right down to being impervious to the slings and arrows of those who hold the chain in contempt. It’s one of the few corporate giants still standing using the same strategy upon which it was founded: It sells discount goods at a fair price.
Wal-Mart: Abusing Its Power for 40 Years
When you have to hire an army of people to help improve your image, you’ve been doing something very wrong. That’s a lesson Wal-Mart seems incapable of learning..
Apple: What’s Not to Love?
People talk about the cultish following Apple has attracted over the years. But given the strength it’s shown investors throughout this economic downturn, are there any doubters left out there?
Apple: Drunk With Power
When will it end? Apple's behavior has become that of an alcoholic relative: You're pleading with them to stop and you despise what they've turned into. Has success gone to its head? What will it take for it to show some humility? How much will Apple customers take before they leave in droves?
Starbucks: The Free Market at Its Best
If you still really, really hate Starbucks and wouldn't be caught dead drinking its coffee, might I offer this suggestion: Vote with your wallet and buy your coffee somewhere else.
Starbucks: Bad Coffee, Bad Business
In fact, Starbucks is becoming a bohemian McDonald's, minus the lip-smacking grease and inexpensive, hearty coffee lacking "top notes." You've got to love the comic opera tone of the latest scam -- and hate the company that hatched it.
Google: Handling Power Responsibly
With so many accomplishments under its belt, Google continues to expand into more areas -- to the point, some would say, of overreaching. A Google Chrome operating system will provide consumers with an alternative to the Big Two -- Windows and Mac OS X.
Google: Snobby, Sanctimonious, Loathsome
"The perfect search engine," says Google co-founder Larry Page, "would understand exactly what you mean and give back exactly what you want."
Exxon: Oiling the Engine of Our Economy
ExxonMobil earns its money by turning gloppy, stinky crude oil into the fuel needed to keep the US economy moving.
Exxon: Slick, Slimy, and Dangerous
Exxon is kind of like Italy at the end of World War II, switching sides only when the outcome is clear.
Goldman Sachs: They've Earned It
Goldman may not reflect your personal value system but if you can't see its merits as an investor you should get out of the market.
Goldman Sachs: Amoral and Oblivious
This is tough, Goldman. We want to like you, we really do. But you make it impossible for that to happen.
Whole Foods: Where Both the Food and Profits Are Healthy
The US may not be much of a market for ideas these days, but there’s still a place for a well-run company like Whole Foods.
Whole Foods: Junk in a Healthy Wrapper
What’s good for the time-strapped shopper isn't necessarily nice for Mother Nature.
AT&T: Bigger, Better, Faster
Why the telecom giant won’t let its critics beat it down.
AT&T: Run Like It Really Wants to Lose
Dropping calls, offending customers, and ignoring reality.
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