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Published January 31, 2007


Apple shuffles shades of little music player

Apple Inc., which dominates the market for digital music players, said it started selling its lowest-priced and smallest iPod in four additional colors to encourage customers to view it as a fashion accessory. The iPod shuffle, shown above at roughly actual size, now comes in blue, pink, green and orange in addition to its original silver color, Apple said Tuesday. The 1-gigabyte iPod shuffle, which holds as many as 240 songs, sells for $79. Apple began selling an updated version of the iPod shuffle in November, adding a clip to the device that allows users to attach the player to their clothing. At 1.62 inches long, the iPod shuffle is almost half the size of the original model, released in 2005. Apple sold a record 21.1-million iPods last quarter, but doesn't break out how many units it sells of each model.

Hershey to spread sweetness in Asia

The Hershey Co., the nation's largest candymaker, has struck a deal with a Korean confectionery and ice cream manufacturer to expand both companies' business in Asian markets. Hershey's venture with Lotte Confectionery Co. will produce Hershey and Lotte products at a manufacturing facility near Shanghai for distribution in China. The facility is expected to be operating by June, with products available in retail locations in China by August. Lotte and Hershey also will cooperate to distribute Hershey's products in Korea and Japan. Terms of the joint venture, announced by Hershey on Monday, were not disclosed.

Manchester beats odds, lands casino

Beating the odds-on favorites Blackpool and London's Millennium Dome, Manchester was chosen Tuesday as the site for Britain's first Las Vegas-style supercasino. The advisory panel said that Manchester, an industrial city of 440,000 in northwest England and home to Britain's wealthiest soccer club, badly needed economic development. Bookmakers had expected London or Blackpool to claim the license. Paddy Power, Ireland's largest bookmaker, had Blackpool as favorite at 8-15 ahead of London at 15-8. "Nobody saw this coming," said the bookmaker, which reaped a windfall from the result.

Famous fries find oily companion

McDonald's Corp. has finally selected a new trans-fat-free oil for cooking its famous french fries after years of testing, the fast-food chain said Monday. While it has developed a healthier new oil, the company is still not saying when it will be used in all 13,700 U.S. restaurants. It already trails competitors in committing to a zero-trans-fat oil. Spokesman Walt Riker said the oil is already in more than 1,200 U.S. restaurants after extensive testing, but declined to provide details on timing for new locations. Riker said the new oil is canola-based and includes corn and soy oils.

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