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HYUNDAI RACES TO THE FRONT IN QUALITY RACE

And the surprise winner is: Hyundai Motor Co. It led in five categories in the annual vehicle quality study by Strategic Vision Inc., a market research company. Once known best as the maker of cheap cars, the South Korean automaker outperformed its Japanese, European and U.S. rivals in a survey based on interviews with about 27,000 people who bought 2007 models in September-November 2006. Last year, Hyundai had no winners. This year's champs are: Azera, above, in large cars; Santa Fe in small sport utility vehicles; Entourage tied for best minivan with the Nissan's Quest and the Sedona by Hyundai affiliate Kia Motors Corp. The Kia Sorento led among medium SUVs.

China determined to censor the Web

China will license no new Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industrywide inspection, the government says. Investigators will look into whether Internet cafes are improperly renting out their licenses or failing to register their customers' identities. The communist government encourages Web use for business and education, but authorities are worried it gives children access to violent games, sexually explicit material and gambling Web sites. President Hu Jintao has ordered Chinese authorities to clean up "Internet culture."

Blu-ray has bout of price shrinkage

With dominance of the market for high-definition movie discs still up in the air, Sony Corp. said Monday it is including a small surprise with the new Blu-ray disc player it is shipping this week: a price tag $100 lower than previously announced. When Sony announced the BDP-S300 player, shown above, in February, it put the price at $599, but it has now set a list price at $499 - half the price of the first Blu-ray player launched just six months ago. The new player has essentially the same capabilities as the older BDP-S1 but is smaller.

Fox wins a cussing battle with the FCC

Fox Television Stations Inc. won a court challenge to a Federal Communications Commission rule that expanded broadcast indecency policy by targeting "fleeting expletives" on live shows. A federal appeals court in New York found the rule "arbitrary and capricious" and ordered the FCC to hold proceedings on revisions to its 30-year-old policy. Fox challenged the FCC's decision to cite the network for violating indecency and profanity rules by airing expletives during live awards shows.

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"Almost my whole life, I tried very hard to be a success. But today I stand in front of you a failure."

Former Enron broadband unit executive Kevin P. Hannon, before being sentenced to two years in prison for fraud conspiracy.

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