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October 24, 2003

* EchoStar Communications Corp. said it had withdrawn its bid to buy the assets of Loral Space & Communications Ltd., a satellite maker that filed for bankruptcy protection in July.

* Ticketmaster, a unit of InterActiveCorp, will close its customer service center, eliminating 573 jobs in Virginia Beach, Va., as increasing online sales reduce the need for telephone personnel.

* Tetsuo Shimura was appointed chairman of UnionBanCal Corp., succeeding Kaoru Hayama at the San Francisco firm and its Union Bank. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi owns 63% of UnionBanCal.

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