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The superstars come out

   The superstars of business get big play in today's Buffalo News Business Today section.

- CDs, video game reignites Beatlemania
   It's been nearly 40 years since John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr announced their breakup, but the new game and discs caused a worldwide buzz as the Beatles returned to the top of the charts in Britain, the land where it all began.

- Steve Jobs returns to the stage at AppleImback
    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned Wednesday to the showman role that has helped define his company leadership, taking the stage for the first time since his medical leave to announce such new products as an iPod Nano that records video. [Video of Jobs' presentation is here.] 
   Jobs, who had a liver transplant this spring from a young adult who died in a car accident, got a vigorous standing ovation from many in the audience.
   Looking thin and speaking quietly and with a scratchy voice, the 54-year-old CEO urged everyone to become organ donors.
   “I wouldn’t be here without such generosity,” Jobs said.
   [In Silicon Valley, what Jobs says and does is really big news, as today's San Jose MercNews P.1 shows.]

- BNE cites 19 ‘wins’ despite tough economy
    Buffalo Niagara Enterprise is reporting 19 project “wins” from its fiscal year ended June 30, down just one from the year before. [Report is here.] 
   The 19 wins consist of 810 pledged new jobs and 544 retained jobs, for a combined total of 1,354 jobs, BNE officials said. The projects add up to a pledged investment of $336.8 million, a figure dominated by the $300 million associated with a Yahoo! data center planned for Niagara County.

And, oh, yeah, the Fed says the recession is sort of over.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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