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Apple Computer has hired the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller to help the personal computer maker polish its image. . . . A group led by financier George Soros has acquired a 5.4% stake in Gymboree, the Burlingame, Calif.-based operator of play centers and children's clothing stores. . . . Trans World Airlines said it's testing an electronic ticketing system as it prepares to offer ticketless travel to U.S. customers this summer. . . . Fidelity Investments said money manager Daniel R. Frank quit, one day after he was removed as manager of the $630-million Advisor Strategic Opportunities Fund. . . . Nordstrom board co-Chairman James F. Nordstrom, 56, has died of cancer.

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