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Innovation of Many Stripes

We all love lists, right? They're a quick read. Nice and digestible. Quick flashpoints that make for marvelous conversation fodder, if not much else.

So here's this from over the transom, courtesy of BusinessWeek. For the last four years, the publication has offered a listing of the world's most innovative companies. Returning to the apex of the list are two of the ones we here write about with metronomic regularity. That seems a fair reward for pretty well reinventing their industries and making a mint doing it.

The whole list is heavy on tech companies. Check out Microsoft at No. 5, Amazon at No. 11, and ______ at No. 25?

- 1 Apple
- 2 Google
- 3 Toyota Motor
- 4 General Electr
- 5 Microsoft
- 6 Tata Group
- 7 Nintendo
- 8 Procter & Gamble
- 9 Sony
- 10 Nokia
- 11 Amazon.com
- 12 IBM
- 13 Research in Motion
- 14 BMW
- 15 Hewlett-Packard
- 16 Honda Motor
- 17 Walt Disney
- 18 General Motors
- 19 Reliance Industries
- 20 Boeing
- 21 Goldman Sachs
- 22 3M
- 23 Wal-Mart
- 24 Target
- 25 Facebook

Wow. In the *world*! Well, nicely done Facebook. No top-25 love for Yahoo, MySpace, alas.

And how about stodgy old IBM, checking in at No. 12. Maybe they're onto something with this whole "Enterprise 2.0" press, after all.

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