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How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars'

How Disney CEO Robert Iger engineered the deal, and whether George Lucas can really retire:

"Iger understood Lucas’s concerns. 'George said to me once that when he dies, it’s going to say "Star Wars creator George Lucas," ' he says. Still, Iger wanted to make sure that Lucas, who was used to controlling every aspect of Star Wars, from set design to lunchboxes, understood that Disney, not Lucasfilm, would have final say over any future movies. 'We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are,' says Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

"Lucas agreed, in theory."
PUBLISHED: March 7, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3466 words)

The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

Phillip Herr finds the USPS fascinating: ubiquitous, relied on, and headed off a cliff. Its trucks are everywhere; few give it a second thought. "It's one of those things that the public just takes for granted," he says. "The mailman shows up, drops off the mail, and that's it." He is struck by how many USPS executives started out as letter carriers or clerks. He finds them so consumed with delivering mail that they have been slow to grasp how swiftly the service's financial condition is deteriorating. "We said, 'What's your 10-year plan?' " Herr recalls. "They didn't have one."
PUBLISHED: May 26, 2011
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4446 words)

What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service

Connecting people to one another is not just Caterina Fake's hobby — she has made it her career. As the cofounder of Flickr, the landmark photography site, Fake provided a place for shutterbugs to share their work; they have uploaded more than 4 billion pictures. It was a seminal service that helped launch the era of user-generated content, spurring entrepreneurs to build Web sites and businesses based on volunteer contributions. Now, with Hunch, Fake is back, and she’s using her social skills to tackle one of the most vexing problems in computer science: online recommendations.
PUBLISHED: July 28, 2010
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4173 words)

Who's Afraid of Steve Jobs?

Not Consumer Reports. Over the past year the 74-year-old magazine has carved up Apple and made Toyota roll over. Pretty good for a lab in Yonkers
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2010
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1969 words)