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Food Network grows e-commerce business

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NEW YORK Food Network is partnering with Cooking.com to expand its e-commerce business with a new online store, FoodNetworkStore.com. According to the companies, the site, which launches on Oct. 1, will increase Food Network’s product offerings from 1,000 to 20,000. Cooking.com will provide customer service support and fulfillment for the online orders, as well as operations for the Web site.

“We know Food Network viewers enjoy buying products related to the network, and our goal is to establish the FoodNetworkStore.com as the place to go for all kitchenware products,” said Sergei Kuharsky, general manager of Food Network. “Partnering with Cooking.com allows us to expand our product assortment exponentially and build a site that allows viewers to quickly and easily purchase the products they see our chefs using on-air all with an exceptional level of customer service.”

The expanded e-commerce site will allow the Food Network to better leverage its brand, the companies said, and enable more connections between the Food Network Web site and Television station.

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Wal-Mart offers MP3 downloads online

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BRISBANE, Calif. Wal-Mart announced today that it is now offering DRM-free MP3 music downloads online at http://www.walmart.com. According to the company, Wal-Mart is one of the first major retailers to offer MP3 digital tracks with music content from record labels such as Universal and EMI Music. Each track costs 94 cents and each album costs $9.22.

“As we consistently strive to help our customers shop smart at Wal-Mart, our new ‘DRM-free’ MP3 digital tracks give them the ease and flexibility to play music on virtually any device at a great value,” said Kevin Swint, Wal-Mart’s senior director and divisional manager for digital media. “Also, we’re excited to launch our MP3 catalog with major record labels such as Universal and EMI Music that includes music from popular artists like The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse, Maroon 5, George Strait and Nelly.”

Wal-Mart will continue to offer its existing WMA-format music downloads. Thus, customers may select the option of MP3-format downloads at 256 kbps for 94 cents per track and/or WMA-format downloads at 128 kbps for 88 cents per track.

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Time Warner names diversity head

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NEW YORK T. Hudson Williams has been named vp of diversity and multicultural initiatives of Time Warner Inc. She will report to Lisa Quiroz, senior vp of corporate responsibility.

In her new role, Hudson Williams will lead continuing efforts to promote a culture of inclusion at Time Warner, working with corporate and divisional leadership to implement strategies that support diversity across Time Warners businesses.

Hudson Williams comes to Time Warner from Toyota, where she held several roles. Most recently, she was corporate diversity director, managing diversity programs, policies, and initiatives for Toyotas North American operations. She joined Toyota in 1996 to develop systems and procedures that monitor the companys supplier quality and delivery performance.

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