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  • MySpace Is Glam, Facebook Is Geek

    Do you Facebook or MySpace? Increasingly, membership in one social network does not necessarily rule out the appeal of belonging to the other. Of course, each company wants you to visit their site more often than the other, if not exclusively. But both sites have been taking steps to sharpen the differences between them. "MySpace is Hollywood and Facebook is Silicon Valley," says David Card, a senior analyst for Jupiter Research. Or you could put it this way: MySpace is glam; Facebook is geek. Not that there's anything wrong with either.MySpace seems to be morphing into an entertainment portal where everyone is in your extended network and a potential member of your audience. Its splashy licensing agreement with Sony BMG—the world's second largest label—announced earlier this month will give its members access to streaming videos, music and other types of content (the social-networking giant and the music studio plan to share advertising revenue). In a bid to conquer the social...
  • Fit for a King

    Ask any Londoner about the King's Cross area and you'll likely get an earful about drugs, prostitutes and run-down buildings. But that view is fast becoming outdated. More than $2 billion is being spent to regenerate the neighborhood, including a makeover of the vast St. Pancras station, new office complexes, swanky restaurants, hotels, boutiques and markets. The rebirth officially kicks off on Nov. 14, when the new Eurostar terminal opens at St. Pancras (stpancras.eurostar.com), bringing Paris and Brussels 20 minutes closer by high-speed link.The interior houses Europe's longest champagne bar, a daily farmers market and several shops, including Hamleys toy store.Renaissance Marriott is taking over an abandoned hotel inside the terminal, planning to open a 245-room, five-star hotel in 2010; 67 loft-style flats, which have all been sold for between $500,000 and $12 million, are expected to be ready for occupancy in 2009 (marriott.com).The area is also the new hot spot for cutting...
  • Driving the Little Boxster that Could

    Porsche may be a luxury brand, but its entry-level Boxster is anything but a cheap version of the real thing. And if you're worried about fuel consumption, the 2007 Boxster has improved economy, besting the majority of the cars on the road. Handling: The Boxster handles like nothing else in its class. It is perfectly balanced, weighted 50-50 front and rear, and responds the way the driver wants it to. Climb in, secure the seat belt and wear this car. Convertible top: Unlike many cars' tops that can't be put up or down while in motion, the Boxster's automatic roof can be activated at speeds below 40mph. Great for when the rain starts to fall. Trunk: Though the Boxster is a two-seater, there's plenty of trunk room, front and back, owing to the car's mid-engine placement. Mileage: 23mpg city, 32 highway Engine: 2.7-liter, V-6 Price: $45,600
  • The Thigh’s the Limit for Boots

    Over-the-knee boots are sexy, chic and warm. Try Christian Louboutin's Pretty Woman Cuissarde Tag python boots ($4,030; christianlouboutin.fr). Anna Sui's metallic leather boots feature a sundial appliqué ($1,080; net-a-porter.com). Manolo Blahnik makes a classic black suede version ($1,695; neimanmarcus.com) and Stuart Weitzman's are two-tone: black in front and dark blue in back ($566; footlux.com). Kickin'.
  • Do-Gooders Gone Bad

    Activists have brought issues like Darfur into living rooms. But they may be doing more harm than good.
  • ‘The Gap Society’

    Japan still prizes social harmony, but with a hint of nostalgia now that inequality is political issue No. 1.
  • How Brazil Reversed the Curse

    Latin America used to suffer the deepest gap between rich and poor. Now it is the only region narrowing the divide.
  • Gated Gardens

    Singapore has basically two kinds of real estate—luxury, or state-run.
  • Homegrown Luxe

    Asia's elite have fueled the growth of Western high-end brands. Now, they are creating their own.
  • Christine Lagarde: An American (Style) in Paris

    Christine Lagarde is a French powerhouse with an American sensibility. A former head of the global law firm Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, she is now the Finance minister of France—the first woman to hold that post in any G7 country. Helping President Nicolas Sarkozy dial back the 35-hour workweek and other perks of the cushy French labor market has put her on the front line just as unions shut down transport nationwide on Oct. 18. NEWSWEEK's Tracy McNicoll caught up with Lagarde in suburban Paris, where she talked of French pessimism, and why reform can succeed. Excerpts: ...
  • Mail Call: Greenspan Speaks

    Readers of our Sept. 24 cover story on Alan Greenspan found our story—and his views—refreshing. One approved of "his criticism of the Republican Party for abandoning small government." Another wrote, "It would have been vitally helpful for us if we had known earlier that 'the Iraq war is largely about oil'." ...
  • The New German Zeitgeist

    Angela Merkel's agenda is all but finished. Germans now prefer "social justice." Whatever that means.
  • The Best Is Yet to Come

    The Anglo-Saxon habit of borrowing against the house to buy a second car is all but unknown in much of Continental Europe.
  • Beware Pashtunistan

    Benazir Bhutto's narrow escape from assassination recently was a grim reminder she'll be lucky to get through the coming election alive. Even if she does, the vote may prove a charade, and Bhutto could end up providing civilian camouflage for continued military rule—provoking unrest and strengthening separatist forces in this deeply divided country.The January parliamentary race, like most Pakistani elections under military rule, will likely be rigged by the Army and intelligence agencies. EU observers called the 2002 presidential election "deeply flawed," and during the five decades I've covered Pakistan, I've witnessed repeated cases of intimidation of opposition figures. The country's Election Commission, appointed by President Pervez Musharraf, has already made an outlandish attempt to cook the books this year. In 2002, 71.8 million voters registered to vote. With the population growing at 2.7 percent a year and a voting age of 18, the number should have increased to about 82...
  • Split By Decision

    The rich are getting richer due to market forces—and to very human choices.
  • Pakistan Under Martial Law

    Pervez Musharraf holds onto power by declaring a state of emergency. But how will the opposition and the world react?
  • Q&A: Saban on Mideast Peace

    Haim Saban wants to discuss his latest Mideast initiative. Others prefer to focus on how he produced 'The Power Rangers.'
  • Q&A: Turkey vs. Iraq

    Turkey's ambassador warns that patience is running short. The military option is open.
  • Ethiopia-Eritrea: Border On-Scener

    As Ethiopia and Eritrea edge toward another conflict, refugees in a border camp are watching with trepidation. An on-scene report from Shimelba.
  • Periscope

    Progressive Dutch social attitudes on hot-button issues like drug legalization, euthanasia and gay rights may seem quirky to foreigners. But where the Dutch have boldly gone, other European countries seem to follow. Britain, Italy and Spain have all decriminalized the personal use of marijuana, and, like the Dutch, the Swiss have set up needle exchanges for heroin addicts. Spain now allows same-sex marriage. Berlin and Paris both have gay mayors. Doctor-assisted suicide is legal in Belgium.But now the Dutch have turned to the right, making one wonder where Europe is headed. For years, authorities have been cracking down on the nation's famed "coffee shops," where the purchase and use of small amounts of marijuana is permitted. But two weeks ago the government also banned hallucinogenic mushrooms. Beyond that, while euthanasia is allowed (though tightly regulated), abortion, legal since 1984, is now coming under scrutiny. In February, a new, more socially conservative government led...
  • The Sky Isn’t Falling—Yet

    Bubbles tend to peak when stock prices reach 50 to 60 times projected earnings. China's domestic market is around 35.
  • What You Like

    The goal of social search is to combine Facebook's personal touch with Google's speed.
  • When Movies Follow The Storm

    In the recently traumatized societies of Romania, Thailand and Nigeria, upheaval is inspiring a new wave of film.
  • The Golden Hordes

    China's surprisingly steely retail investors are snapping up billions of dollars of foreign assets.
  • Media Meccas

    Mideast nations eager to develop entertainment hubs are pouring money into Hollywood.
  • It’s Not About The West

    Turkey is risking ties to the U.S. and Europe for a simple reason: its eyes are on the eastern front.
  • Mail Call: Free to Be Gay?

    Our Sept. 17 cover story on gay rights led readers to share their nation's position on the issue. One wrote, "Israel's gays are protected under law as in Europe." Another opined, "The Western formula may be unfit for all." A third said, "When two adults commit to each other, that's their business." ...
  • HotSpot: The Collection, Shanghai

    This eclectic three-story nightspot is composed of Pure, a contemporary Japanese restaurant; Sugar, a dessert parlor, and Cube, a silver-black Bond-esque bar and terrace. Puritanical about making comestibles from scratch, it's also perhaps Shanghai's first establishment to ban smoking from eating areas. ...
  • Gone Fishing

    Fly-fishing holidays provide the perfect chance to cast away the stresses of daily life. But that doesn't mean anglers want to rough it. Hotels and travel companies are offering packages that allow guests to get back to the simpler things in life during the day while enjoying luxury dining and accommodations by night.For a regenerative experience, book the Blue Tower suite at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. Guests will receive a full Scottish breakfast, expert advice during two hours of trout fishing and a three-course table d'hôte dinner. And should your fishing foray be a success, the chef will happily cook up the catch of the day ($4,108 a night for two people; gleneagles.com).Beginning in November, Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand, will offer a new "Fly-Fishing—The Ultimate" package, which pairs anglers with expert guides who will share their knowledge of the local rivers and streams. The package also includes a helicopter ride to a secret location where the size...
  • Recliner Bicycles

    Comfort bikes let riders sit upright to ease lower-back strain, with raised handlebars to remove weight from the wrists and oversize seats to eliminate saddle soreness. Geared toward baby boomers, comfort bikes are ideal for cruising bike paths, commuting to the office and pedaling to the corner grocery store.The Lime by Trek features one of cycling's hot new gimmicks—an automatic three-speed shifter that changes gears as you speed up or slow down. With its pedal-operated brakes and puncture-resistant tires, the Lime is sweet on flat ground, but the auto-shift can make for some tough going on steep hills ($589; trekbikes.com).Available in 2008, the Amsterdam Balloon 8 has eight speeds, precision brakes and oversize, Kevlar-reinforced tires. Retro faux-leather seats and hand grips make this bike the boomer's answer to the midlife-crisis sports car ($650; electrabike.com).The EZ Sport AX's recumbent bike is like a cushy club chair on wheels. The reclined seating eliminates back...
  • The Power of Petroleum

    Record prices have made oil nations much more confident and less dependent on traditional powers.
  • A Terrorist Walks Free

    Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi already escaped from jail once. This time the government opened the door.
  • Rendition: Judgment Day for CIA?

    In a real-life version of 'Rendition,' a determined Italian prosecutor is hunting down those charged as the Bush administration's contract kidnappers.
  • Darfur: Packaging a Tragedy

    What the Save Darfur movement did right, where it went wrong—and what its strategy can teach us about the future of political advocacy.
  • Syria's Nuclear Site

    A satellite image appears to show that Syria had a nuclear project that was a secret from the CIA
  • Q&A: U.N. Envoy on Darfur Talks

    The U.N.'s special envoy to Darfur discusses the difficulties of the Libya talks, the problem of peacekeeping without a peace agreement and whether Sudan can be healed.