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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:56

Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Scottie dog has a new nemesis after Monopoly fans voted to add a cat to the game and eliminate the iron token. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced the changes Wednesday, hours after voting on Facebook closed, marking the first time that fans had a say on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it. The eight tokens identify the players and have changed quite a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game from its original designer in 1935. The online contest to change the tokens was sparked by chatter on Facebook, where Monopoly has more than 10 million fans. The iron, wheelbarrow and shoe were neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting. Rhode Island-based Hasbro says fans from more than 120 countries voted in the Save Your Token Campaign.

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:53

25 billion served up: iTunes reaches milestone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The answer to the trivia question will be: "Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch."  That's the 25-billionth song purchased on iTunes. Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13, 500. It took the Cupertino, Calif., company almost 10 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute from the iTunes music store, which was launched in April 2003. The digital retailer's catalog is 26 million songs deep.

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