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Table of Contents:VOL. 163, NO. 7 - May 23, 2011
Cover story
Fortune 500
Fortune 500
America's Largest Corporations  
Features
Inside apple
How America's most successful?and secretive?big company really works. By Adam LashInsky 
Caterpillar is absolutely crushing it
Thanks to astute planning, the company came blazing out of the downturn. By Geoff ColvIn 
J.P. morgan's hunt for Afghan gold
A team of bankers starts to tap the country's vast mineral riches, with help from the Pentagon. By James Bandler 
The inside man
Can onetime corporate executive Bill Daley restore President Obama's ties to business? By Nina Easton 
The directors
Our annual look, in pictures, at seven of the most photogenic boards in the U.S. Photographs by Gregg Segal. Reporting by Jessica Shambora 
General Mills' global sweet spot
The food giant's key overseas brand isn't Cheerios. It's Häagen-Dazs. By David A. Kaplan 
The war over lipitor
Uncertainty over the rights to a generic version of the drug has resulted in market mayhem. By Katherine Eban 
First
By the numbers
In Google data centers around the U.S., computer networks respond to millions of commands instantaneously. By Tara Moore 
Closer look
While attention is focused on the Middle East, euroland's financial troubles are worsening. By Chris Redman 
The chartist
Forty years ago, Harold Geneen put omnivorous conglomerate ITT into the top 10 of the 500. Then shrinkage began?and it's never stopped. By Carol Loomis 
The briefing
Derivative cinema, Android on the rise, and more. 
Education
Forget politics. The big threat to teachers unions is the digital revolution and distance learning, which will bury the AFT and NEA. By David A. Kaplan 
Tech
The future is now
Manufacturing 2.0: Three-dimensional printers are coming to a desktop near you. Should designers and factories be worried? By Johnny Ryan 
Invest
Investor interview
Anne Gudefin, Pimco's top stock picker, sees bargains in the consumer sector and safety in precious metals. By Mina Kimes 
Editor's desk
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