Friedman joins Tyco unit

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Tyco Toys has hired Neil Friedman, president of MCA/Universal Merchandising, to take over its Playtime division as president-CEO. Mr. Friedman will be charged with reviving the Playtime business, which has been a money loser for Tyco for two years. MCA/Universal has yet to name a replacement.

MCI Communications Corp. on Wednesday signed off on its venture with News Corp. and will invest an initial $1 billion in the deal that will link the two global giants in certain alliances. The two entities are expected to announce within a few weeks their plan to combine the efforts of News Corp.'s Delphi Internet Services Corp. and MCI's internetMCI operation. Separately, MCI will lay off 3,000 employees as a result of company restructuring.

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