From Slate, Matthew Yglesias on how Penney CEO and former Apple retail czar Ron Johnson thought he could reinvent the department store — instead he’s destroying it. From TNR, a bite from the Apple Store: Lydia DePillis on what JCPenney's failed imitation says about retail — and identity; and what happens to Mac fanatics when the brand bums them out? Don’t believe Apple: The company got great PR when its Chinese supplier unveiled a new worker policy — the full story's more complicated. Alfredo Lopez on Microsoft and Google’s pathetic, revealing and frightening war. Instead he’s destroying it. From Fortune, a look at 7 most admired companies that fell off the map: In 1983, they were some of the most admired companies in the world — so what went wrong?