Last month, two girls trafficked for sex through the website Craigslist wrote an open letter to its founder, Craig Newmark, pleading with him to get rid of the adult services section, where sex ads are placed.
On a late afternoon in early June, undercover police officers circled a one-story highway motel north of Washington. Inside was a 12-year-old girl who told her mother she was being forced to work as a prostitute.
We continuously make decisions every day, from which restaurants and dry cleaners to patronize to who to vote for. Sometimes we know enough to make those decisions ourselves, but often we rely on friends, or on friends of friends, or even on strangers.
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and a customer-service guru, was riding on a public train in San Francisco, California, recently when something common but annoying occurred: The railcar filled with people and became uncomfortably hot.
In a move that pits two of the Internet's most popular sites against each other, EBay Inc. sued Craigslist on Tuesday, alleging the classifieds company unfairly tried to dilute the online auctioneer's stake in it.
Most Americans believe that if you play fair and work hard, you'll get ahead. But this notion is threatened by legislation passed Thursday night by the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow Internet service providers to play favorites among different Web sites.
To really get inside the way today's business leaders do their jobs, FORTUNE spent an entire day shadowing three top executives: the laid-back techie who runs online classified site Craigslist; the pioneering boss of ad sales at CBS; and the nonstop CEO of an NBA team. From coast to coast, sunrise to sunset, we logged every meeting, e-mail and coffee break. Right up to the final buzzer. See scenes from their day.
My found-through-Craigslist inventory runs deep. My last two apartments. My dining room table. My living room couches. My futon. Red Sox tickets. Freelance writing assignments. I sold my car through the service.