Arts and Entertainment Beyonce secretly released her entire new album on iTunes

On Friday, as Beyoncé was casually posting pictures of vegan cupcakes to her Instagram account, the internet was in a state of frenzy over the news that she had also uploaded something else to the web – her long-awaited fifth album.

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TERESA POOLE ("Cola wars break out in China", 23 August) asks if the Chinese people's Future Cola is "the world's first patriotic cola". No, it was Coca-Cola. When America joined the Second World War in 1941, one of its greatest anxieties was that the rationing of sugar would restrict Coca-Cola supplies. Roosevelt broadcast: "...we are fighting for the American way of life and, therefore, the right of every American man and woman to drink one bottle of Coca-Cola a day".

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ASIA'S ECONOMIC woes may have taken the fizz out of China's retail spending this year, but a new high street battle has been bubbling away during the long hot summer. Cola wars have broken out in China, pitching "The Chinese People's Own Cola" against the might of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

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JUDGING BY the length of Cadbury Schweppes' presentations to the City, the confectionery and soft drinks group sometimes seems to be trying to bore its audience into submission. But though a 90 minute session may test the stamina, there is no arguing with the fact that Cadbury is proving to be a powerful performer under chief executive John Sunderland.

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A DEFIANT Bill Gates yesterday declared that Microsoft, the company that has made him the world's richest man, was innocent of charges being laid against it by the United States government and was ready fight to defend itself in what promises to be one of the biggest anti-trust court cases in American history.

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Cries & Whispers

ON MONDAY, I spent 40 minutes watching the video of summer blockbuster trailers that comes with this month's Empire magazine. Look, it was the Bank Holiday, and - what can I tell you? - I've always been a trailer fan. Handing over pounds 9 to peer at a screen not much larger than my TV probably has something to do with it, but up until now I've always felt cheated if I didn't get into the cinema auditorium as soon as the doors opened. Never mind the 20 minutes of irritations that awaited me: moving to let "latecomers" take their seats, enduring commercials I'd seen far too many times already. (Does anyone else scream when they hear the words "Reef Radio"? And who are those people who go to the cinema so rarely that they still laugh at the punchline, "Say bollocks to it, and enjoy the sunshine while you still can"?) The trailers made it all worthwhile. I could never tuck into the main course of the Feature Presentation without the hors d'oeuvres of the Coming Attractions.

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Maths and fizzics for the pupils of Dr Pepper

MY SON is barely out of kindergarten, but I have this vision of his graduation day some time in the next millennium. He will be wearing a gown that will not be black but a certain shade of red. In his hands will be the all-important diploma. It will read: "This education has been brought to you by Coca-Cola."

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The Investment Column: Challenging time for UB's sales line

UNITED Biscuits has proved a dismal investment over the past five years, but the company was expressing confidence yesterday that it is now turning the corner. It has cleared out disasters like the Keebler business in America and last November it conducted a pounds 241m asset swap with PepsiCo under which it sold its French and Australian snacks operations in return for PepsiCo's French biscuit business. The deal has enabled United Biscuits to return pounds 150m to shareholders which will be effected by the issue of "B" shares that will then be bought back.

The Investment Column: IMI bashes out the goods for Pepsi

AT FIRST GLANCE it is not easy to see what Midlands metal basher, Gary Allen, has in common with the Spice Girls. But both are heavily involved with Pepsi. While the singers provide advertising jingles, Allen's IMI group produces drinks dispensers and good business it is too.

John Lyttle

This is no pigment of the imagination. The other half are plainly - and playfully - thinking pink again. So: what are we going to do about it?

Branson takes on Coca-Cola in US

In a career not lacking for audacious gambles, Richard Branson is about to make one of his biggest. The daredevil entrepreneur who turned Virgin Group into Britain's biggest private company will introduce his Virgin Cola in the US this spring, taking on Coca-Cola in its home territory.
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