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Universities to Their Alumni Networks: Give Our Grads Jobs

Matthew Garza is graduating from Colby College this month. Like many members of the class of 2020, he doesn’t have a job lined up. But unlike many of his peers, he isn’t too worried.That’s because Colby, a private liberal-arts college in Waterville, Maine, has pledged to find a job, internship or fellowship for every senior…


Coronavirus Forces Tech Startup Founders to Grow Up Fast

Coronavirus Forces Tech Startup Founders to Grow Up Fast

The motto for Silicon Valley startups was often “Move fast and break things.” Now it’s “Cut fast and cut deep.” Francis Davidson’s biggest challenge last year at his short-term apartment-rental website, Sonder Inc., was fending off a dozen new rivals fueled by a flood of investor capital. It wasn’t the worst problem a 27-year-old could…


Shoes to Masks: Corporate Innovation Flourishes in Coronavirus Fight

Shoes to Masks: Corporate Innovation Flourishes in Coronavirus Fight

True Value Co. heard from its more than 4,500 affiliated hardware stores last month that hand sanitizer was flying off the shelves, leaving store staff with none for themselves.At the company’s factory in Cary, Ill., which makes cleaning products and paint, John Vanderpool, the company’s divisional vice president of paint, recalled asking, “What can we…


Four Dispatches From the Pandemic’s Front Lines

Four Dispatches From the Pandemic’s Front Lines

A nurse holds a patient’s hand, seeing fear in his eyes. A two-doctor couple struggles to care for twin girls. As an emergency-room physician walks home alone after a long night, the only sound is the piercing wail of ambulance sirens, one after another. These are some of the medical workers on the front lines…


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GM Hustles to Pump Out Ventilators to Fight Coronavirus

When President Trump last week criticized General Motors Co.’s effort to produce ventilators, GM executives were flabbergasted. They felt the company was being unfairly targeted by the president, say people familiar with their thinking.GM had begun collaborating with a ventilator company a couple of weeks earlier. It had mobilized more than 1,000 employees and nearly…


Coronavirus-Era Food Supply: America Has a Lot. Moving It Is Tricky.

Coronavirus-Era Food Supply: America Has a Lot. Moving It Is Tricky.

You wouldn’t know it from the bare grocery store shelves across the country, but America has plenty of food. The challenge is getting it from the farm to your table.Companies that supply meat, vegetables and other staples are struggling to redirect the nation’s sprawling food supply chain to meet a surge in demand caused by…


Bob Iger’s Next Move

Bob Iger’s Next Move

The most powerful man in Hollywood, Robert Iger, is big on timing. This morning was typical. After awakening to an alarm set to 4:15 a.m., the Walt Disney Co mpany’s chairman and CEO spent five minutes getting dressed, washing his face and securing his earbuds before heading to a gym inside the house in Brentwood…


U.S. Says Russia Orchestrated Chechen Rebel’s Murder in Germany

U.S. Says Russia Orchestrated Chechen Rebel’s Murder in Germany

Russia was behind the murder last month of a former Chechen rebel in Germany, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, rekindling concerns that Moscow is ramping up an assassination campaign against the country’s perceived enemies abroad.The victim, a 40-year-old Georgian who once commanded forces against Russia during a Chechen uprising, was gunned down in a Berlin…


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Airbus Poised to Overtake Boeing as Biggest Plane Maker

Boeing Co. BA -0.89% is poised to lose its place as the world’s largest plane maker to Airbus EADSY 0.28% SE after a reign of seven years, as its jetliner deliveries fell by more than a third in the first half of 2019 with the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft. The U.S. aerospace giant’s…


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‘Friends’ to Move to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s New Streaming Service

WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer service will be the exclusive streaming home of the classic sitcom “Friends” as well as more than a dozen original shows and movies, as the entertainment giant sharpens its strategy to take on Netflix Inc.The new service, HBO Max, will launch widely in the spring, following a limited launch late this year,…