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* Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, named Mark P. Mays to succeed his father, Lowry Mays, as president and chief executive. Mark Mays, 41, has been interim chief executive since May 7. Lowry Mays, 69, will remain chairman.

* Kazaa's long-standing position as the most popular online file-sharing software appears to be over. Last month the daily average of file swappers on the FastTrack peer-to-peer network, which includes Kazaa and related programs, was surpassed for the first time by users on the EDonkey/Overnet network, according to online tracking firm BayTSP Inc.

* Comcast Corp., the world's largest cable television operator, said it would jointly create a television channel for preschool children with HIT Entertainment, the Public Broadcasting Service and Sesame Workshop.

* Alcatel won a $1.7-billion contract as the primary supplier to build fiber-optic networks to support digital television service for SBC Communications Inc.

* With In Demand canceling plans for a Nov. 1 pay-per-view telecast of the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," filmmaker Michael Moore said a number of independent video stores nationwide had agreed to rent the film for free next week.

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