Stories by Polly Sprenger

E-Trade's New Global Plan

E-Trade wants its good name back. The online trading company, which since 1998 has licensed out the E-Trade brand to a string of international licensees, is bringing those ventures back into the fold. Industry watchers say the licensees weren't as aggressive as the parent company, and are now seeing their autonomy evaporate as E-Trade tries to develop the first global online trading network.

AOL Fallout: Bertelsmann Pulls Back

Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO Thomas Middelhoff said Tuesday that he would resign from the board of America Online, on the grounds that he cannot remain on the board of a competitor. Bertelsmann, the German media giant that is one of Time Warner's fiercest competitors, owns 50 percent of AOL Europe.