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Companies news of 2006-12-14 (page 1)

  • Cox Enterprises Elects Janet Morrison Clarke and S. Taylor Glover to Board of...
  • PSi Technologies Regains Nasdaq Compliance
  • Tyco International Sets Record Date for Its 2007 Annual General Meeting and Special...
  • Conolog Reports Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2007
  • California Micro Devices Confirms December Quarter Outlook
  • Tektronix Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2007Orders Up 18% Year Over...
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    Cox Enterprises Elects Janet Morrison Clarke and S. Taylor Glover to Board of DirectorsCarl Gross and Paul Rizzo Will Retire from Board at Year-End

    ATLANTA, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises, Inc. today announced the retirement of Carl R. Gross and Paul J. Rizzo from its board of directors. The retirement for both directors will be effective December 31, 2006. At its meeting today in Atlanta, the board elected Janet Morrison Clarke and S. Taylor Glover to join as directors effective January 1, 2007.

    Clarke will serve as chair of the Compensation Committee of the Board. Glover will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

    Gross began his career with Cox Enterprises as vice president and controller of Dayton Newspapers in Dayton, Ohio. When Cox Enterprises was formed in 1968, Gross was named treasurer and relocated to the company's new headquarters in Atlanta. In 1970, Gross was elected a director of Cox Enterprises. Following the merger between Cox Enterprises and Cox Broadcasting in 1985, Gross was named senior vice president and chief administrative officer. On December 31, 1987, Gross retired from this post and became president of a newly-created company, Cox Newsprint Supply. In addition, Gross continued to serve as a director of Cox Enterprises, coordinated the activities of the James M. Cox Foundation and represented Cox on the board of what is now SP Newsprint Co. In 1993, Gross retired from his post as president of Cox Newsprint Supply and from the board of SP. He retired as a trustee from the James M. Cox Foundation on December 31, 1995.

    Rizzo currently is chairman of the board of directors and a partner in Franklin Street Partners, an investment company. Rizzo joined IBM Corporation in 1958 and retired as vice chairman of the board of directors in 1987. From 1987 to 1992, he served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). In 1993, he returned to IBM Corporation and served as vice chairman of the board of directors until his retirement in 1994. Rizzo also has served as a director of Pozen, Inc. and Maersk, Inc. in addition to Cox.

    "We are grateful to Carl and Paul for the wise counsel, work, time and energy provided to us through many years of service," said Jim Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises. "Today we also welcome our two newly-elected directors, Janet and Taylor, with whom we are excited to work as we continue to grow our company."

    Incoming Directors of Cox Enterprises

    Clarke currently serves as president of Clarke Littlefield, LLC, a marketing technologies firm specializing in database work for the financial services and publishing industries. Clarke's career includes experience as a managing director for Citibank Consumer Business, chairman and chief executive officer of KnowledgeBase Marketing, and as chief marketing officer of DealerTrack, Inc. Earlier in her career, Clarke served in a number of sales and management positions at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. She served as a director and chair of the Audit Committee of Cox Communications, the company's cable and telecommunications subsidiary when it was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 to 2004. She also serves on the boards of Princeton University, eFunds Corporation, ExpressJet Holdings, Asbury Automotive Group and Forbes Media LLC.

    Glover currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Turner Enterprises, Inc. In February 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Cousins Properties, Inc. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College, the National Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and is Chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Current affiliations also include the campaign committee for the Atlanta Police Foundation, Board of Directors of The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Central Atlanta Progress and advisor to the board of the Turner Foundation, Inc., the United Nations Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Mr. Glover is an Elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Former affiliations include: Board of Directors, CARE - Atlanta; Founding Director of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; Chairman of the Board, the Schenck School; the Board of Trustees, the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, Presbyterian College, the Westminster Schools and the Woodruff Arts Center; Chairman of the Investment Committee, Columbia Seminary; and member of the Finance and Investment Committee for Ducks Unlimited. Also active in the business community, his former board affiliations include the Buckhead Bank, which was acquired by Bank of America, and Web MD.

    Cox Enterprises, Inc. (http://www.coxenterprises.com/)

    Cox Enterprises is one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services, with 2005 revenues of $12 billion and 78,000 employees. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access and other advanced broadband services); Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, local and national direct mail advertising and customized newsletters); Cox Television (television and television sales rep firms); Cox Radio, Inc. ([NYSE: CXR] broadcast radio stations and interactive Web sites); Manheim (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products) and Cox Auto Trader (automotive publications and a majority stake in AutoTrader.com

    Cox Enterprises, Inc.

    CONTACT: Bobby Amirshahi of Cox Enterprises, Inc., +1-678-645-4518, or
    bobby.amirshahi@coxinc.com

    Web site: http://www.coxenterprises.com/




    PSi Technologies Regains Nasdaq Compliance

    MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PSi Technologies Holdings, Inc., , a leading independent provider of assembly and test services for the power semiconductor market, today announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Letter, dated December 12, 2006, advising that the Company has regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing found in Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4320(e)(2)(E)(i). On July 17, 2006, the Company had received a Nasdaq Staff Deficiency letter, indicating that the Company failed to comply with the minimum bid price requirement of $1.00 over the previous 30 consecutive business days as required by the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules. During the subsequent 180-day compliance period provided under the Marketplace Rules, the closing bid price of the Company's American Depositary Share has been at $1.00 per share or greater for at least 10 consecutive business days. Accordingly, the Nasdaq Staff determined that the Company has regained compliance with the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules.

    About PSi Technologies

    PSi Technologies is a focused independent semiconductor assembly and test service provider to the power semiconductor market. The Company provides comprehensive package design, assembly and test services for power semiconductors used in telecommunications and networking systems, computers and computer peripherals, consumer electronics, electronic office equipment, automotive systems and industrial products. Their customers include most of the major power semiconductor manufacturers in the world such as Infineon Technologies, ON Semiconductor, Philips Semiconductor, and ST Microelectronics. For more information, visit the Company's web site at http://www.psitechnologies.com/ or call:

    At PSi Technologies Holdings, Inc.: Thelma G. Oribello (63 2) 838 44 89 tgoribello@psitechnologies.com.ph At Financial Relations Board: Lasse Glassen (310) 854 8313 lglassen@frbir.com Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the pace of development and market acceptance of PSi's products and the power semiconductor market generally, commercialization and technological delays or difficulties, the impact of competitive products and technologies, competitive pricing pressures, manufacturing risks, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of third parties, product defects, costs of product development, manufacturing and government regulation, risks inherent in emerging markets, including but not limited to, currency volatility and depreciation, restricted access to financing and political and social unrest and the possibility that the initiatives described herein may not produce the intended results. PSi undertakes no responsibility to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect PSi's financial results is included in the documents PSi files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    PSi Technologies Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Thelma G. Oribello of PSi Technologies Holdings, Inc.,
    (63 2) 838 44 89, tgoribello@psitechnologies.com.ph; or Lasse Glassen of
    Financial Relations Board, +1-310-854 8313, lglassen@frbir.com, for PSi
    Technologies Holdings, Inc.

    Web site: http://www.psitechnologies.com/




    Tyco International Sets Record Date for Its 2007 Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting of Shareholders

    PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyco International Ltd. today announced that its board of directors has set Jan. 12, 2007 as the record date for both its 2007 annual general meeting of shareholders and a special general meeting of shareholders. Both meetings will be held on March 8, 2007 at the Hamilton Princess Hotel, 76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton, Bermuda. The annual general meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m., Atlantic Time, and the special general meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., Atlantic Time.

    ABOUT TYCO INTERNATIONAL

    Tyco International Ltd. is a global, diversified company that provides vital products and services to customers in four business segments: Electronics, Fire & Security, Healthcare, and Engineered Products & Services. With 2006 revenue of $41 billion, Tyco employs approximately 250,000 people worldwide. More information on Tyco can be found at http://www.tyco.com/.

    Tyco International Ltd.

    CONTACT: News Media: Sheri Woodruff, +1-609-720-4399,
    swoodruff@tyco.com; or Investor Relations: Ed Arditte, +1-609-720-4621 or
    Karen Chin, +1-609-720-4398, all of Tyco International

    Web site: http://www.tyco.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/897850.html




    Conolog Reports Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2007

    SOMERVILLE, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Conolog Corporation announced today the results for the three months ended October 31, 2006.

    Product revenues for the three months ended October 31, 2006 totaled $127,661, representing a net decrease of 32% or $60,277 from the $187,938 reported for the same three-month period last year. The Company's Iniven division was unable to accelerate deliveries during the first quarter of fiscal 2007, due to continued delay and extended deliveries by the Company's utility customers.

    Product cost for the three months ended October 31, 2006 totaled $65,488, a decrease of 21.5% or $17,998, compared to the three months ended October 31, 2005. The Company attributes the decrease to the continued outsourcing of assembly boards and the introduction of new assembly standards under ISO-9000, which are more cost efficient.

    In accordance with its inventory management policy, for the quarter ended October 31, 2006, the Company expensed $76,802 of cost relating to parts that had become obsolete.

    Gross profit for the three months ended October 31, 2006 was $62,173 or 48.7% of product revenue, offset by the expense of obsolete parts noted above, compared to $104,452 or 55.5% of product revenue for the same period last year.

    Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $111,043 for the quarter ended October 31, 2006 as compared to the same quarter last year. The Company attributes this decrease to the reduction in research and development costs and to the decrease in non-cash Stock Compensation expense.

    Interest income for the three-month period was $40,175, an increase of $15,406 over the same period last year.

    As a result of the foregoing, the Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $710,613 or ($0.41) per share for the three months ended October 31, 2006 compared to a loss of $690,011 or ($0.56) per share for the three months ended October 31, 2005.

    About Conolog Corporation

    Conolog Corporation is a provider of digital signal processing and digital security solutions to electric utilities worldwide. The Company designs and manufactures electromagnetic products to the military and provides engineering and design services to a variety of industries, government organizations and public utilities nationwide. The Company's Iniven division manufactures a line of digital signal processing systems, including transmitters, receivers and multiplexers.

    Contact: Conolog Corporation: Robert Benou, Chairman, 908/722-8081; National Financial Network, Geoffrey Eiten, Investor Relations; 781/444-6100, ext.613 or email geiten@nfnonline.com.

    Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition, new products introduced by competitors, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Conolog Corporation

    CONTACT: Robert Benou, Chairman of Conolog Corporation, +1-908-722-8081;
    or Geoffrey Eiten, Investor Relations of National Financial Network,
    +1-781-444-6100, ext.613, or geiten@nfnonline.com

    Web site: http://www.conolog.com/




    California Micro Devices Confirms December Quarter Outlook

    MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- California Micro Devices today confirmed its financial outlook for the third quarter of fiscal 2007, which ends December 31, 2006. As previously reported, the company expects revenue between $16.5 and $18.5 million compared to $19.6 million a year ago. On a GAAP basis, EPS is expected to be between ($0.02) and $0.01 compared to diluted EPS of $0.11 a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding Arques Technology acquisition costs and employee stock-based compensation expenses, and using a cash basis tax rate, diluted EPS is expected to be between $0.03 and $0.06.

    "Our previous revenue and earnings guidance for Q3 remains unchanged," said Robert V. Dickinson, president and CEO. "Moreover, as the quarter has progressed we have seen further signs that the softer demand for our mobile handset protection products this quarter is the result of market and customer specific issues as well as the price decreases and market share erosion we have previously noted." He added that bookings are significantly below where they were at the same point last quarter reflecting weaker demand both this quarter and next and that design wins are expected to be somewhat down from the record levels achieved in the last two quarters.

    Conference Call and Webcast Today

    California Micro Devices will hold a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its updated December quarter outlook. Within the USA, interested parties may access the call by dialing 800-218-0713. International parties may access by dialing 303-262-2175. No password is necessary.

    A replay of the conference call will be available on the company's web site at http://www.cmd.com/ (Investor Relations Link) beginning at approximately 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time today, and continuing until the company announces its actual December quarter financial results on January 18, 2007.

    About California Micro Devices Corporation

    California Micro Devices Corporation is a leading supplier of application specific analog and mixed signal semiconductor products for the mobile handset, digital consumer electronics and personal computer markets. Key products include Application Specific Integrated Passive(TM) protection devices for mobile handsets, digital consumer electronics products such as digital TVs and personal computers as well as analog and mixed signal ICs for mobile handset displays. Detailed corporate and product information may be accessed at http://www.cmd.com/ .

    All statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They are not guarantees of future performance or events. Rather, they are based on current expectations, estimates, beliefs, assumptions, and goals and objectives and are subject to uncertainties that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results may differ materially from the statements made. Often such statements can be identified by their use of words such as will, intends, expects, plans, believes, anticipates, and estimates. Forward-looking statements made in this release include our expected revenues, both overall and for certain markets; our expected GAAP and non-GAAP earnings and loss per share; and our expected design wins for the 2007 third fiscal quarter. These forward-looking statements are based upon our assumptions about and assessment of the future, which may or may not prove true, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to whether our distributor sell through, drawdown of vendor managed inventory, and turns and other orders being as anticipated during the final few weeks of the quarter; there being no interruption in the supply of quality product from our contract manufacturers, contract assemblers and test houses; and design wins for the final few weeks of the quarter being sufficient to achieve our design win outlook for the quarter as well as the risk factors detailed in the company's Form 8K, 10K, and 10Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Due to these and other risks, the company's future actual results could differ materially from those discussed above. These forward-looking statements speak only as to the date of this release, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly release updates or revisions to these statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

    When disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company also has been disclosing non-GAAP financial measures which, among other items, exclude the effects of employee share-based compensation and the requirements of SFAS No. 123R, "Share-based Payment" ("123R"). The expected 2007 third fiscal quarter results have likewise been disclosed in this news release on a GAAP basis and with non-GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the company should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. For further disclosure about the non-GAAP financial measures, please see Form 8-K dated October 19, 2006 which the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 19, 2006.

    NOTE: ASIP(TM) and Application Specific Integrated Passive(TM) are trademarks of California Micro Devices.

    California Micro Devices Corporation

    CONTACT: Kevin Berry, Chief Financial Officer of California Micro
    Devices Corporation, +1-408-934-3144, or kevinb@cmd.com

    Web site: http://www.calmicro.com/




    Tektronix Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2007Orders Up 18% Year Over Year

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tektronix, Inc. today reported net sales of $272.8 million and net earnings from continuing operations of $19.6 million or $0.24 per share for the second quarter ended November 25, 2006. This compares with net sales of $253.4 million and net earnings from continuing operations of $19.9 million or $0.24 per share for the same period last year. Excluding acquisition-related costs, business realignment costs, one-time items, and share-based compensation expense, net earnings from continuing operations were $29.0 million or $0.35 per share for the second quarter as compared with $25.8 million or $0.31 per share for the same period last year.

    "This was a good quarter for Tektronix in many respects. We saw orders growth of 18% driven by strong demand for general purpose instruments and continued success in network monitoring for next generation networks. In addition, we saw orders growth in every geography," said Rick Wills, Tektronix Chairman and CEO. "Strong orders resulted in sales growth of 8% over the prior year, and our strongest level of backlog in recent years. Pro forma earnings per share grew 13% on improved interest income, currency, and tax rate -- partially offset by lower gross margin."

    Orders for the Instruments business were up 20% driven by a significant digital design win for logic analyzers, continued strong growth in oscilloscopes and excellent demand for our spectrum analyzer products -- which grew over 50%.

    Orders in the Communications business were up 7% driven by continued demand for next generation telecommunications network monitoring solutions. Wills continued, "However, we saw order growth slow modestly as a result of delayed capital expenditure investments and the timing of new installations."

    We continued to execute our growth strategy in the Instruments business by bringing to market several major products beginning with the introduction of the DSA8200 sampling oscilloscope, modules and software that represent significant performance advancements for testing the newest generation of serial data technologies. In addition, we made considerable progress in our two newer product categories. We introduced a high performance signal source for testing high-speed serial data buses and wideband digital RF technologies. Based on a new platform, it is the fastest and most versatile product in its class. And, we saw continued strong customer response to the recently introduced RSA6100A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers. These products, which began shipping this quarter, increase our addressable market and contributed to strong growth in our spectrum analyzer products overall.

    In our Communications business, we introduced the K1297-G35 WiMAX -- the industry's first protocol monitoring platform for functional test of mobile WiMAX broadband technologies. In addition, just after the close of the quarter, we completed the acquisition of Minacom, a leading provider of active probe test solutions used by telecommunications carriers, cable multi-service operators, and wireless and VoIP providers worldwide. This acquisition will expand Tektronix' leadership and addressable market in monitoring next generation networks.

    "Looking forward, we are encouraged by customer response to recent product introductions. We believe our markets for Instruments products remain stable and in spite of the recent slowing in the growth rates for our Communications products, we remain optimistic about our long-term opportunities in this business," concluded Wills.

    Third Quarter Guidance

    For the third quarter of fiscal 2007, the company expects net sales to be approximately $275 - $285 million. Earnings per share from continuing operations are expected to be between $0.34 and $0.39 before mostly non-cash acquisition-related costs, business realignment costs, one-time items and share-based compensation expense.

    Recent highlights include the following: New product introductions, including: -- The introduction of the new DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer sampling oscilloscope, modules and software, which represent the most significant performance advancement in TDR (time-domain-reflectometry) test technology in 20 years, in direct response to the demanding needs and compliance requirements of high-speed serial data standards. -- The introduction of the new AWG7000 Arbitrary Waveform Generators which are built on a new platform and are the fastest, most capable and versatile AWGs available for testing of high-speed serial data and wideband digital RF signals. -- The availability of the K1297-G35 WiMAX solution, the telecommunications industry's first protocol monitoring platform for functional testing of Mobile WiMAX radio access products that are based on the IEEE 802.16e standard. -- The introduction of the world's most powerful WiMAX R&D Test Set, a new application specific test tool utilizing the RSA3408A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, which will enable engineering teams to more quickly detect, diagnose and resolve design issues for WiMAX end-user products. -- The addition of TD-SCDMA -- the mobile telecommunications standard developed for China -- as an option to the market leading NetTek Wireless RF Field Tester. Tektronix is the first manufacturer to provide TD-SCDMA RF field test and measurement capabilities in a handheld form. -- The availability of Spectra2|VQM (Video Quality Measurement) version 2.0, a next generation network test tool that delivers robust multi-user diagnostics monitoring for multicast and unicast IP video services and extends Tektronix' IP video leadership for the diagnosis and analysis of Internet Protocol TV (IPTV). -- The announcement of further extensions of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) performance monitoring capabilities to the industry-leading Unified Assurance suite to enable true end-to-end performance monitoring and testing of current and next generation fixed, mobile and converged networks. Key customer wins, including: -- The selection by France's Institut national de l'audiovisuel, the world's first audiovisual archive center, to install the Tektronix MTS4EA Elementary Stream Analyzer software to augment its world-class training center and to help educate the next generation of AV and broadcast professionals. -- The selection by Teligent, a global supplier of value added services to telecommunications carriers, of Tektronix' Spectra2 portable diagnostics platform and conformance test suites to provide on-site testing and analysis of next generation networks. Product awards, including: -- A STAR Award from the Service & Support Professionals Association (SSPA) recognizing technology companies that display exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment to service excellence. Tektronix was the only test and measurement industry firm that received a SSPA STAR Award for service and support delivery. -- Just after the close of the quarter, Tektronix announced that the DPO4000 Oscilloscope won the Elektra 'Product of the Year' Award for quality of design, technical innovation and usability as judged by an independent panel of industry experts, including representatives from companies, trade bodies and academia, as well as editors from Electronics Weekly.

    In addition, today Tektronix declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.06 per share on the outstanding common shares of the Company, payable on January 22, 2007 to shareholders of record as of the close of market on January 5, 2007.

    Tektronix will be discussing its second quarter results and future guidance on a conference call today, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific. A live Webcast of the conference call will be available at http://www.tektronix.com/ir . A replay of the Webcast will be available at the same Web site for one year.

    Tektronix presents pro forma measures of net earnings and net earnings per share from continuing operations that exclude the effects of acquisition- related costs, business realignment costs, share-based compensation and one-time items. The "Reconciliation of Pro Forma Measures to GAAP" reconciles the results of operations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to the pro forma results of operations. Tektronix presents pro forma results of operations to help readers differentiate the results of ongoing operating activity from results that include acquisition-related costs, business realignment costs, share-based compensation and one-time items. Some of these items pertain to events that have not yet occurred and are not possible to ascertain with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Therefore, no reconciliation to GAAP for projected amounts is provided. In addition, in line with common industry practice and in order to enable comparability with other technology companies, guidance for pro forma results of operations excludes the effects of share-based compensation under FAS123R. Management of Tektronix uses these pro forma measures to evaluate the Company's results of operations and for forecasting purposes.

    Statements and information in this press release that relate to future events or results (including the Company's statements and expectations regarding sales and earnings per share, markets, market position and market growth opportunities, strategic direction and the introduction of new products) are based on the Company's current expectations. They constitute forward-looking statements subject to a number of risk factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently expected or desired. Those factors include: worldwide geopolitical and economic conditions; current and future business conditions in the electronics, communications, computer and advanced technologies industries; changes in order rates and customer cancellations, including changes in seasonal buying habits and timing of large orders; competitive factors, including pricing pressures, loss of key employees, technological developments and new products offered by competitors; changes in product and sales mix, and the related effects on gross margins; customer acceptance of large orders with delayed acceptance criteria; the Company's ability to deliver a timely flow of competitive new products, and market acceptance of these products; the availability of parts and supplies from third-party suppliers on a timely basis and at reasonable prices; risks associated with compliance with the "Restriction of Hazardous Substances" worldwide regulatory provisions, including the associated conversion of current and future product designs and manufacturing processes to procure or produce lead-free products, and with export regulations; inventory risks due to changes in market demand or the Company's business strategies; changes in effective tax rates; currency fluctuations; and the ability to develop effective sales channels. Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is included in filings made by the Company from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to annual reports on Form 10-K and the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

    About Tektronix

    Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries - as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, advanced and pervasive technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is http://www.tektronix.com/ .

    Consolidated Statements of Operations Quarter Ended Two Quarters Ended November November November November (In thousands, except per share 25, 26, 25, 26, amounts) 2006 2005 2006 2005 Net sales $272,789 $253,396 $540,902 $488,456 Cost of sales 113,493 101,171 218,256 200,274 Gross profit 159,296 152,225 322,646 288,182 Research and development expenses 49,012 45,673 99,881 89,278 Selling, general and administrative expenses 84,164 73,103 164,037 141,668 Business realignment costs (credits) (227) 1,880 2,369 4,361 Acquisition related costs and amortization 1,369 2,095 2,840 5,531 Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net (33) 23 521 27 Operating income 25,011 29,451 52,998 47,317 Interest income 4,263 2,888 8,933 5,980 Interest expense (83) (146) (182) (243) Other non-operating expense, net (1,597) (1,993) (2,608) (2,979) Earnings before taxes 27,594 30,200 59,141 50,075 Income tax expense 7,997 10,322 19,431 16,029 Net earnings from continuing operations 19,597 19,878 39,710 34,046 Gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (4) 17 3 (65) Net earnings $19,593 $19,895 $39,713 $33,981 Earnings per share: Continuing operations - basic $0.24 $0.24 $0.49 $0.41 Continuing operations - diluted $0.24 $0.24 $0.48 $0.40 Discontinued operations - basic $-- $-- $-- $-- Discontinued operations - diluted $-- $-- $-- $-- Net earnings - basic $0.24 $0.24 $0.49 $0.41 Net earnings - diluted $0.24 $0.24 $0.48 $0.40 Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 81,535 82,833 81,791 83,718 Diluted 83,151 83,584 83,379 84,438 Cash dividend declared per share $0.06 $0.06 $0.12 $0.12 Reconciliation of Pro Forma Measures to GAAP (in thousands, except per share amounts) Quarter Ended November 25, 2006 Adjustments Share- based Compensa- GAAP Acquisitions tion Other Pro Forma Net sales $272,789 -- -- -- $272,789 Cost of sales 113,493 (4,722)(A) (167) -- 108,604 Gross profit 159,296 4,722 167 -- 164,185 Gross margin 58.4% 60.2% Research and development expenses 49,012 -- (1,622) -- 47,390 Selling, general and administrative expenses 84,164 -- (3,887) -- 80,277 Business realignment costs (credits) (227) -- -- 227 -- Acquisition related costs: Write-off of IPR&D -- -- -- -- -- Amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,284 (1,284) -- -- -- Amortization of stock option compensation 63 (63) -- -- -- Transition expenses 22 (22) -- -- -- Total acquisition related costs 1,369 (1,369) -- -- -- Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net (33) -- -- -- (33) Operating income 25,011 6,091 5,676 (227) 36,551 Operating margin 9.2% 13.4% Other income, net 2,583 -- -- 2,734 (B) 5,317 Earnings before taxes 27,594 6,091 5,676 2,507 41,868 Income tax expense 7,997 2,253 1,808 821 12,879 Net earnings from continuing operations $19,597 3,838 3,868 1,686 $28,989 Earnings per share - diluted $0.24 $0.35 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 83,151 83,151 Quarter Ended November 26, 2005 Adjustments GAAP Acquisitions Other Pro Forma Net sales $253,396 -- -- $253,396 Cost of sales 101,171 (4,703)(A) -- 96,468 Gross profit 152,225 4,703 -- 156,928 Gross margin 60.1% 61.9% Research and development expenses 45,673 -- -- 45,673 Selling, general and administrative expenses 73,103 -- -- 73,103 Business realignment costs (credits) 1,880 -- (1,880) -- Acquisition related costs: Write-off of IPR&D -- -- -- -- Amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,293 (1,293) -- -- Amortization of stock option compensation 84 (84) -- -- Transition expenses 718 (718) -- -- Total acquisition related costs 2,095 (2,095) -- -- Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net 23 -- -- 23 Operating income 29,451 6,798 1,880 38,129 Operating margin 11.6% 15.0% Other income, net 749 -- -- 749 Earnings before taxes 30,200 6,798 1,880 38,878 Income tax expense 10,322 2,298 471 13,091 Net earnings from continuing operations $19,878 4,500 1,409 $25,787 Earnings per share - diluted $0.24 $0.31 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 83,584 83,584 Two Quarters Ended November 25, 2006 Adjustments Share- based Compensa- GAAP Acquisitions tion Other Pro Forma Net sales $540,902 -- -- -- $540,902 Cost of sales 218,256 (10,695)(A) (167) -- 207,394 Gross profit 322,646 10,695 167 -- 333,508 Gross margin 59.6% 61.7% Research and development expenses 99,881 -- (2,850) -- 97,031 Selling, general and administrative expenses 164,037 -- (6,860) -- 157,177 Business realignment costs (credits) 2,369 -- -- (2,369) -- Acquisition related costs: Write-off of IPR&D -- -- -- -- -- Amortization of acquired intangible assets 2,619 (2,619) -- -- -- Amortization of stock option compensation 144 (144) -- -- -- Transition expenses 77 (77) -- -- -- Total acquisition related costs 2,840 (2,840) -- -- -- Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net 521 -- -- -- 521 Operating income 52,998 13,535 9,877 2,369 78,779 Operating margin 9.8% 14.6% Other income, net 6,143 -- -- 2,734 (B) 8,877 Earnings before taxes 59,141 13,535 9,877 5,103 87,656 Income tax expense 19,431 5,006 3,270 1,725 29,432 Net earnings from continuing operations $39,710 8,529 6,607 3,378 $58,224 Earnings per share - diluted $0.48 $0.70 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 83,379 83,379 Two Quarters Ended November 26, 2005 Adjustments GAAP Acquisitions Other Pro Forma Net sales $488,456 -- -- $488,456 Cost of sales 200,274 (9,815)(A) -- 190,459 Gross profit 288,182 9,815 -- 297,997 Gross margin 59.0% 61.0% Research and development expenses 89,278 -- -- 89,278 Selling, general and administrative expenses 141,668 -- -- 141,668 Business realignment costs (credits) 4,361 (4,361) -- Acquisition related costs: Write-off of IPR&D 365 (365) -- -- Amortization of acquired intangible assets 2,577 (2,577) -- -- Amortization of stock option compensation 174 (174) -- -- Transition expenses 2,415 (2,415) -- -- Total acquisition related costs 5,531 (5,531) -- -- Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net 27 -- -- 27 Operating income 47,317 15,346 4,361 67,024 Operating margin 9.7% 13.7% Other income, net 2,758 -- -- 2,758 Earnings before taxes 50,075 15,346 4,361 69,782 Income tax expense 16,029 5,465 1,247 22,741 Net earnings from continuing operations $34,046 9,881 3,114 $47,041 Earnings per share - diluted $0.40 $0.56 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 84,438 84,438 (A) Amortization of acquired intangible assets and non-cash expense for inventory step up adjustment to fair value (B) Increase to Environmental Reserves Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands) November 25, 2006 May 27, 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $155,918 $215,587 Short-term marketable investments 115,035 121,346 Trade accounts receivable, net 196,044 174,599 Inventories 162,350 156,351 Other current assets 77,499 69,002 Total current assets 706,846 736,885 Property, plant and equipment, net 128,891 127,510 Long-term marketable investments 172,121 103,839 Goodwill, net 306,978 307,189 Pension asset 233,968 239,128 Other long-term assets 101,963 119,539 Total assets $1,650,767 $1,634,090 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $142,700 $133,323 Accrued compensation 68,304 71,718 Deferred revenue 89,033 66,677 Total current liabilities 300,037 271,718 Deferred income taxes 57,363 65,935 Other long-term liabilities 108,346 108,868 Shareholders' equity: Common stock 548,570 540,718 Retained earnings 611,631 620,465 Accumulated other comprehensive income 24,820 26,386 Total shareholders' equity 1,185,021 1,187,569 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,650,767 $1,634,090 Shares outstanding 82,370 83,719 Selected Additional Financial Data Quarter Ended Two Quarters Ended November November November November % 25, 26, % 25, 26, (Dollars in thousands) Growth 2006 2005 Growth 2006 2005 Orders Data: Orders 18% $302,193 $256,910 11% $557,592 $502,425 U.S. 22% 116,879 95,723 17% 213,073 181,854 International 15% 185,314 161,187 7% 344,519 320,571 Instruments Business 20% 248,096 206,484 17% 446,375 381,255 Communications Business 7% 54,097 50,426 (8%) 111,217 121,170 Sales Data: Net Sales 8% $272,789 $253,396 11% $540,902 $488,456 U.S. (3%) 89,378 92,079 6% 187,357 176,482 International 14% 183,411 161,317 13% 353,545 311,974 Instruments Business 7% 205,244 192,250 9% 403,456 369,619 Communications Business 10% 67,545 61,146 16% 137,446 118,837 Income Statement Items as a Percentage of Net Sales: Cost of sales 42% 40% 40% 41% Research and development expenses 18% 18% 18% 18% Selling, general and administrative expenses 31% 29% 30% 29% Business realignment costs (credits) 0% 1% 0% 1% Acquisition related costs and amortization 1% 1% 1% 1% Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net 0% 0% 0% 0% Operating income 9% 12% 10% 10% Capital Expenditures and Depreciation: Capital expenditures $7,752 $9,889 $13,876 $18,633 Depreciation and amortization expense $7,245 $6,931 $14,542 $13,937 Balance Sheet: Quarter Quarter Year Ended Ended Ended November 25, August 26, May 27, 2006 2006 2006 Cash and Marketable Investments: Cash and cash equivalents $155,918 $200,360 $215,587 Short-term marketable investments 115,035 129,002 121,346 Long-term marketable investments 172,121 105,351 103,839 Cash and Marketable Investments $443,074 $434,713 $440,772 Accounts receivable as a percentage of net sales 16.8% 16.1% 15.9% Days sales outstanding 65.4 57.8 61.1 Countback days sales outstanding 54.6 49.3 46.6 Inventory as a percentage of net sales 15.0% 15.0% 13.8% Inventory turns 2.8 2.6 2.9

    Tektronix, Inc.

    CONTACT: media, Alisha Goff, +1-503-627-7075, or
    alisha.goff@tektronix.com, or investors, Paul Oldham, +1-503-627-4027, or
    paul.r.oldham@tektronix.com, both of Tektronix

    Web site: http://www.tektronix.com/




    Nordson Corporation Completes Purchase of Dage Holdings, Ltd.

    WESTLAKE, Ohio, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nordson Corporation today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Dage Holdings, Ltd.

    Dage is a leading manufacturer of testing and inspection equipment used in semiconductors and printed circuit board assemblies. The company's bond testing and digital X-Ray systems are used to analyze the integrity of electronic connections on chips and printed circuit boards used in electronic devices.

    Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Dage employs more than 200 people and had revenues of approximately $59 million during the 12-month period ending October 31, 2006.

    "We are pleased to add Dage to Nordson's portfolio of companies in our Advanced Technology Systems segment. Though not in the same business as Asymtek and March Plasma, Dage's growth is being driven by many of the same factors driving the above-average growth of those companies," said Edward P. Campbell, chairman and chief executive officer, Nordson Corporation. "As the demand for increased features and performance in today's electronic devices continues to rise, the equipment supplied by Nordson's Advanced Technology businesses has become crucial to the manufacturing of these products."

    Nordson Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson Corporation has 3,800 employees worldwide, and direct operations and sales support offices in 30 countries.

    Contact: Derrick Johnson, Director Corporate Communications Phone: 440.414.5639 E-mail: djohnson@nordson.com

    Nordson Corporation

    CONTACT: Derrick Johnson, Director Corporate Communications of Nordson
    Corporation, +1-440-414-5639, or djohnson@nordson.com

    Web site: http://www.nordson.com/




    Personal Information of 100 Million Americans at RiskCSIA Renews Urgent Call to Congress to Enact Comprehensive Legislation to Secure Americans' Privacy

    ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) today called on the new Congress to make it a top priority to enact a comprehensive law to secure sensitive personal information regardless of where it is held, be it within government or the private sector. To date, 100 million Americans -- more than one-third of the population of the United States -- have had their personal information compromised, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

    The continued mishandling of personal information is a problem affecting every corner of the country and a wide range of organizations, including private sector corporations, government agencies, financial firms, educational institutions, healthcare and insurance companies. The types of personal information that have been lost range from medical records to social security numbers to bank account details. Furthermore, the burden is on the victims to determine what degree of risk they face and how best to protect themselves from future incidents, creating a frustrating and daunting situation for so many Americans.

    "The time is now to establish a single standard for securing citizens' personal information regardless of whether it is housed within federal, state or local government, private sector or educational institutions," said Paul Kurtz, executive director of CSIA. "Americans are being victimized by data breaches and current laws are inadequate to protect and notify them. The 110th Congress needs to make it a priority to pass a comprehensive federal law that addresses both of these concerns, alleviating the complex web of regulations that has been created by numerous state-level data security laws."

    To accomplish the dual goals of prevention and notification, a national law should establish reasonable security measures, create a consistent and recognizable notification standard, encourage best practices such as encryption, and include effective enforcement capabilities.

    Added Kurtz, "Congress should be very concerned about this milestone not only because of the sheer number of individuals affected, but also because the decline in consumer confidence in the security of personal information is a serious drag on our economy. By passing a federal data security bill, Congress has the power to alleviate much of the fear, uncertainty and doubt that Americans are facing right now."

    About the Cyber Security Industry Alliance

    The Cyber Security Industry Alliance is the only advocacy group dedicated exclusively to ensuring the privacy, reliability and integrity of information systems through public policy, technology, education and awareness. Led by CEOs from the world's top security providers, CSIA believes a comprehensive approach to information system security is vital to the stability of the global economy. Visit our web site at http://www.csialliance.org/.

    Members of the CSIA include Application Security, Inc.; CA, Inc. ; Citadel Security Software Inc. ; Citrix Systems, Inc. ; Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTCBB Pink Sheets: CRDS.PK); Entrust, Inc. ; F-Secure Corporation ; Fortinet, Inc.; Internet Security Systems Inc. ; iPass Inc. ; McAfee, Inc. ; Mirage Networks; MXI Security; PGP Corporation; Qualys, Inc.; RSA, The Security Division of EMC ; Secure Computing Corporation ; Surety, Inc.; SurfControl Plc ; Symantec Corporation ; TechGuard Security, LLC; and Vontu, Inc.

    Cyber Security Industry Alliance

    CONTACT: Michelle Schafer of Merritt Group, +1-703-390-1525,
    schafer@merrittgrp.com, for CSIA

    Web site: http://www.csialliance.org/




    Three Charleston Area Literacy Programs Receive $115,000 in Grants From Verizon FoundationInnovative Reading Programs Take New Approaches to Student, Family Literacy

    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verizon Foundation today announced grants of $115,000 to three Charleston organizations for literacy initiatives designed to help children and parents learn to read. The largest grant -- a $75,000, three-year commitment with West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension -- will fund a model reading program at six Charleston public housing sites for children in grades K-6.

    Verizon also will award a grant of $20,000 to a technology-centered literacy program at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs on the West Side and in St. Albans, and a $10,000 grant to a family-centered literacy program at the East End Family Resource Center's Roosevelt Site.

    "Literacy and learning are connected and absolutely required for all West Virginians to succeed, especially as technology helps advance our society," said Verizon West Virginia President H. Stan Cavendish. "These grants are not simply about teaching nonreaders to read. They are about helping people develop the skills they need for jobs in the 21st century."

    The WVSU Bee a Reader, Bee a Leader Literacy Program is designed to increase literacy awareness and comprehension skills by at least one grade level for kindergarten through sixth-grade pupils. Monthly themes and activities related to a particular book engage students in reading. The model program also is designed to be shared with other colleges and universities, or literacy programs. A conference is slated for next spring to introduce the program. Students from WVSU and the University of Charleston will serve as mentors to middle and elementary school children who reside in low-income communities.

    "Reading will be encouraged and practiced, not just taught," said Dr. Hazo W. Carter Jr., president of WVSU. "Our focus will be on encouraging children to read and helping them to succeed in school and other facets of their lives."

    WVSU is one of several partners in the East End Association's 2007 family literacy program, Reading for LIFE, a model espoused by The National Center for Family Literacy, which has expanded to more than 2,500 schools and programs nationwide. Both programs will help parents read to succeed.

    "Our project will address Family Literacy through community and family education and support," said Derrick Gibson, executive director of the East End Family Resource Center. "We will increase the community's awareness of the importance of reading and the impact that it will have on our children's future."

    East End will involve families in special activities, special speakers and entertainment with additional support from Charleston Parks and Recreation (the Roosevelt Center), Kanawha County Schools (Piedmont, Horace Mann, Stonewall, and Capitol High), Kanawha County Library, RESA III (Adult Basic Ed), United Way of Central WV and Kanawha Regional Transit.

    The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Charleston will incorporate technology created by the Morgantown-based Edventure Group in its after-school literacy-focused programs and plans to use its program as a model for other Boys and Girls Clubs across West Virginia.

    The program, which also is receiving $25,000 from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the Emmy Lou Tompkins Foundation, will serve children in grades K-3 attending JE Robins Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Watts Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, Alban Elementary, Anne Bailey Elementary, Central Elementary and George C. Weimer Elementary.

    "Literacy is a critical social issue for economically disadvantaged children," said Capt. Lewis Reckline of the Salvation Army. "More than 90 percent of the 320 youths in our program fit that description."

    During the past year, Verizon has made $150,000 in contributions to literacy programs statewide, including programs in Clay County, Oak Hill, Wheeling, Huntington, Fairmont and Elkins.

    Verizon delivers technology that touches life. The Verizon Foundation uses that technology and its financial resources to improve literacy and K-12 education; help families victimized by domestic violence; and improve the delivery of health care. In 2005, the foundation awarded more than $74 million in grants to charitable and nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, which is one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the United States and responsible for 2 million hours of community service since 2000 and $35.6 million in combined contributions to nonprofits in 2005 alone.

    For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizon.com/foundation.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , a New York-based Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

    Verizon

    CONTACT: Harry Mitchell, +1-304-344-7562, harry.j.mitchell@verizon.com

    Web site: http://www.verizon.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/094251.html




    Newegg.com Selects NeuStar to Enhance Site Performance and SecurityInternet Retailer's Tenth-Ranked E-Commerce Company Upgrades Its Infrastructure With NeuStar's Managed DNS Solutions

    STERLING, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeuStar, Inc., , a provider of essential communications services to the global communications and Internet industry, today announced that Newegg.com, a leading online e-commerce company for IT components and consumer electronics based in California, has selected NeuStar's managed DNS solutions to strengthen its network and improve performance, reliability and customer satisfaction.

    "NeuStar was the obvious choice when it came to enhancing our network infrastructure," said Albert K. Chong, Newegg's director of IT. "By utilizing NeuStar's failsafe and scalable infrastructure, we experienced a measurable improvement in site response time. In addition, we continue to benefit from the security enhancements of leveraging the most robust DNS infrastructure in the world."

    NeuStar offers a suite of managed services built on a fault-tolerant global directory infrastructure that provides critical layers of network security and reliability. NeuStar's technology and services allow enterprises to seamlessly migrate their entire DNS infrastructures without any additional hardware or software deployments. Utilizing advanced routing technology, NeuStar ensures that all DNS requests are directed to and answered by the topologically closest server constellation - thus ensuring the fastest and most reliable network resolution.

    "NeuStar is proud to be affiliated with such a visionary online retailer," said Ben Petro, senior vice president, NeuStar Ultra Services. "Newegg.com's business relies on its online presence for all of its revenue, and NeuStar ensures both 100% availability and significant network performance enhancements. In a rapidly growing e-commerce market, NeuStar is pleased to add Newegg.com to our industry-leading portfolio of e-retail customers who rely on NeuStar to ensure the highest levels of network performance and customer satisfaction."

    About Newegg.com

    Newegg.com is an online e-commerce company that has created a powerful channel for manufacturers of computer hardware and software, consumer electronics and communications products to reach the do-it-yourselfers, hard- core gamers, students, small to medium-sized businesses, IT professionals, resellers and consumers that desire a comprehensive digital lifestyle. At the Newegg.com website, consumers can find the latest technology parts and products, along with product information, pictures, how-to's, customer product reviews and opportunities to interact with other members of the technology and game enthusiast community.

    Founded in 2001, Newegg.com has more than 5.75 million registered customers. Newegg.com headquarters are in City of Industry, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.newegg.com/.

    About NeuStar, Inc.

    NeuStar is a provider of essential clearinghouse and directory services to the global communications and Internet industry. Visit NeuStar online at http://www.neustar.biz/.

    NeuStar, Inc.

    CONTACT: Marc Abshire of NeuStar, Inc., +1-571-434-5151, or
    marc.abshire@NeuStar.biz; or Carlos Donahue of Newegg.com, +1-626-271-1420, or
    public_relations@newegg.com

    Web site: http://www.neustar.biz/
    http://www.newegg.com/




    Citysearch Announces Its 2006 Top Ten New Restaurants and BarsCitysearch Editors Selected Restaurants and Bars Across Its Top 20 Markets

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Citysearch, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp , announced its Top Ten New Restaurants and Bars lists for 2006. From Seattle to New York and Houston to the Twin Cities, Citysearch's editorial staff selected the best new restaurants and bars that opened in 2006 by menu selection, atmosphere and customer service.

    Top 10 New Restaurants (http://national.citysearch.com/feature/40668). This year's winners are: 1. Cut: Los Angeles 2. NOPA: San Francisco 3. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: New York 4. Schwa: Chicago 5. Lineage: Boston 6. Ecco: Atlanta 7. Chambers Kitchen: Twin Cities 8. Simpatica Dining Hall: Portland 9. RA Sushi: Houston 10. Jack's La Jolla: San Diego Top 10 New Bars (http://national.citysearch.com/feature/41190). This year's winners are: 1. Bourbon & Branch: San Francisco 2. 230 Fifth: New York 3. Pi-rem: Portland 4. Area: Los Angeles 5. Stingaree: San Diego 6. Havana: Seattle 7. Stone Lotus: Chicago 8. The Belmont: Austin 9. Libertine Bar: Dallas 10. DC10: Denver

    "We take great pride in offering up-to-date information and reviews on the hottest, new spots in cities across the United States," said Jeremy Reed, Vice President, Content of Citysearch. "Our editors spent the year eating and drinking across their cities. As a result we've compiled Our Top 10 New lists to help our readers know where to go and spend their money."

    In addition to the Top 10 New Restaurant and Bars lists, Citysearch also offers its 2006 Best of Citysearch lists. Based upon input from millions of users and Citysearch's editorial staff, the Best of Citysearch lists highlight the best local businesses in many top-level categories that apply to most cities nationwide (Best Nightlife, Best Services, Best Hotels, etc). These lists can be viewed at http://best.citysearch.com/allcities

    About Citysearch

    Citysearch is a leading integrated local search, directory and media company that connects consumers and merchants through trusted content, local expertise and user-friendly tools. By delivering trusted content, including user reviews, editorial reviews and ratings on local businesses, Citysearch empowers users to make informed decisions about where to spend their time and money. Through its unique Local Pay For Performance (PFP) service, Citysearch enables businesses to capture their most relevant customers online while paying only for the leads received. Citysearch is both a leading provider of in-depth restaurant information and local directory on the web, supplying information for every domestic zip code. Citysearch is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp . For more information, visit: http://www.citysearch.com/.

    Citysearch

    CONTACT: Brandi Willard of Citysearch, +1-310-360-4602,
    Brandi_Willard@citysearch.com

    Web site: http://www.citysearch.com/




    Mitek Receives First Patent for Signature Forgery DetectionFirst of Seven Patents Associated With Revolutionary Approach to Check Fraud

    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mitek Systems, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MITK) (http://www.miteksystems.com/), a leading provider of check image analytics and intelligent character recognition software, today announced that the company has been allowed its first patent for the invention of a 'System and Method for Check Fraud Detection Using Signature Validation', further reinforcing the company's innovative leadership in image-based forgery detection.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041117/LAW022LOGO)

    The company received official notice from the US Patent and Trademark Office on November 16, 2006 that application number 11/009,252, an application filed initially on December 10, 2004, had been allowed. Mitek scientists created a system and method of image-based fraud detection which validates the authenticity of a signature on a financial document such as a personal check without the need for a connection to a signature archive database. The invention features signature encoding software for creating a unique fingerprint and converting the fingerprint into a two-dimensional barcode that is printed onto a series of checks. The invention also provides a method of validating the authenticity of a signature on a check by comparing the actual signature against the fingerprint, thus rendering the check self-authenticating.

    The company believes this invention will be particularly useful as the banking industry's Check21 image-based check clearing trends accelerate. A unique characteristic of the invention is that it enables signature verification at various points of check presentment, for example at bank teller stations or at retail store registers. The signature authentication technology protected by this patent is currently embedded in the check fraud solution available from the John H. Harland Company marketed under the brand Validify. This same technology is also embedded in a system to prevent illegal drug sample diversion, marketed by Stay In Front, Inc to pharmaceutical companies.

    "The patent is part of an ongoing effort to protect Mitek's intellectual property," said James DeBello President & CEO of Mitek Systems, Inc. "It is a tribute to the innovative spirit and determination of our scientific teams, and the first of a number of applications filed in this domain."

    About Mitek Systems

    Mitek Systems (BULLETIN BOARD: MITK) (http://www.miteksystems.com/) is a global leader in Image Analytics used by financial institutions to detect fraud and improve customer service. The Company also develops and markets the most comprehensive suite of intelligent character recognition software used to test, clean, read and authenticate imaged documents. Sold to partners and directly to end users, the Company's software is used in the processing of over 8 billion transactions per year. For more information about Mitek Systems, contact the company at 8911 Balboa Ave., Suite B, San Diego, CA 92123; 858-503-7810 or visit http://www.miteksystems.com/.

    Forward-Looking Statement Disclosure

    This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and other expressions of management's belief or opinion that reflect its current understanding or belief with respect to such matters. Such statements include, without limitation, projections of revenue and operating expenses. These estimates and projections and the company's business prospects in general are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the fact that the company has a history of losses, may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability. These and other risks are detailed from time-to-time in the Company's SEC reports, including our most recent Form 10-QSB and our Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005. Actual results may differ materially from those projected. These forward-looking statements represent management's opinions and beliefs as of the date of this news release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

    Media Contact: Emmanuel de Boucaud Marketing Mitek Systems, Inc. 8911 Balboa Ave., Suite B San Diego, CA 92123 edeboucaud@miteksystems.com 858-503-7810 x351

    Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041117/LAW022LOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Mitek Systems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Emmanuel de Boucaud, Marketing of Mitek Systems, Inc.,
    +1-858-503-7810, ext. 351, edeboucaud@miteksystems.com

    Web site: http://www.miteksystems.com/




    Bill Trachsel to Retire as UTC Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Succeeded by Charles Gill; Debra Valentine Appointed Deputy General Counsel; Don Cawley Named Carrier's General Counsel

    HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Technologies Corp. today announced that Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bill Trachsel will retire as of the company's Annual Meeting in April 2007. Succeeding him will be Charles Gill, who currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for UTC's Carrier Corp. business unit.

    Also, Debra Valentine, 53, was appointed Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Secretary, and Don Cawley, 54, was named to succeed Gill as Carrier's General Counsel.

    Trachsel, 63, will complete a 42 year career with UTC that began in 1965 as a Pratt & Whitney engineer. After earning a law degree in 1971 from the University of Connecticut, he joined the legal department at Pratt & Whitney and later went on to serve as Vice President-Counsel at both Hamilton Sundstrand and UTC's former automotive business unit. He became Deputy General Counsel at UTC headquarters in 1983 and held several increasingly higher positions until being elected to his current position in 1998.

    "Bill's contributions have been many and extraordinary over these years, and we will miss him," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George David.

    Gill, 42, joined UTC in 1994 from the law firm of Robinson & Cole and has held his current position at Carrier since April 2005. He previously worked in the legal departments at both Carrier and Pratt & Whitney and served as Vice President, Legal Affairs for Carrier's Asia Pacific Operations, based in Singapore and Sydney, Australia, before serving as the UTC CEO's Executive Assistant from October 2002 to April 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Yale and law degree from Boston College. He will relocate to UTC headquarters at year-end, working with Trachsel to allow a smooth transition. "Charlie combines extensive knowledge of our businesses with solid foundations in corporate law and established and effective relationships with executives and employees throughout UTC," David said.

    Valentine joined UTC in 2004 from the Washington law office of O'Melveny & Myers, having previously served as General Counsel to the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to her new appointment she served as UTC's Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Secretary. She holds a Princeton bachelor's degree in history and a Yale law degree.

    Cawley's appointment as Carrier's General Counsel is effective Jan. 1, 2007. He has 13 years of experience with UTC, including as Vice President and General Counsel at UTC Power, Assistant General Counsel at UTC headquarters, and Deputy General Counsel at Carrier. Before joining UTC he was a partner in the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin for 10 years. Since April 2005, he has served as the CEO's Executive Assistant. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Brown and law degree from Yale.

    United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified Fortune 50, Dow Jones Industrial company that provides high technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries worldwide.

    Contact: Paul Jackson (860) 728-7912 http://www.utc.com/

    United Technologies Corp.

    CONTACT: Paul Jackson of United Technologies Corp., +1-860-728-7912

    Web site: http://www.utc.com/

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    AT&T California Announces Over $300,000 in Grants to Support Technology and Educational Development for Los Angeles Area Communities

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, AT&T California announced more than $350,000 in Foundation grants to support education and technology initiatives for communities in Los Angeles. The new grants include a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Urban League to support its Website Expansion project. With today's announcement, AT&T California will have provided communities across the state with more than $5 million dollars in grants this year.

    "We're pleased to continue our long-standing efforts to support key educational and technology initiatives here in California, recognizing the increasingly critical role they play in today's technology-driven world," said Denita Willoughby, AT&T vice president, External Affairs, Los Angeles.

    The funds for the Urban League will be used to support its Website Expansion project, which will provide interactive web-based applications, such as e-fundraising and volunteer recruitment. This will increase outreach activities and services for African Americans and other minorities.

    With an interactive web-based application in place, the Los Angeles Urban League will be able to disseminate agency and program information more efficiently and more quickly. They will also be able to reach more clients with the convenience of website communication; as well as promote and solicit membership, conduct event fundraising and manage general fiscal development activities with immediate return. In addition, they will now be able to build the agency constituency database, conduct on-line surveys to determine agency effectiveness and community impact, and eliminate staff labor with basic data entry administration tasks that can be handled interactively on-line.

    "This funding from AT&T will be a vital element of the Los Angeles Urban League's efforts to improve the technological capacity of our community by constructing 21st Century communication models, building knowledge transfer systems and supporting our community's participation in the technology revolution," said Blair H. Taylor, President and CEO of the League.

    Other key grants include: - More than $225,000 in AT&T Excelerator grants for more than 20 organizations across the Los Angeles area. These include: * $25,000 to Hollywood Arts to support a Computer Lab/Digital Literacy project, which will provide a computer lab for teaching at-risk youth basic computer skills and web design. * $25,000 grant to the Congress of California Seniors Education and Research Fund. Funds will be used to support the Expanded Outreach and Service to Seniors project, which will provide network upgrades and strengthen the interactive features of the website for seniors. * $20,000 grant to Ocean Park Community Center to support the Safe Haven project, which will provide computer hardware and software for a new computer lab to be used by low-income homeless men and women served at the new Safe Haven facility. About the AT&T Foundation

    The new AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training, and professional skills development. The new AT&T Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country. The new AT&T Foundation combines more than 40 years and $1.7 billion of philanthropic commitment to communities across the country.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 58.7 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at http://www.att.com/.

    AT&T is a registered trademark of AT&T Knowledge Ventures. Subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. provide products and services under the AT&T brand.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: H. Gordon Diamond of AT&T Inc., +1-414-778-1230, or
    hgdiamond@att.com

    Web site: http://www.att.com/




    AT&T California Announces Half a Million Dollars in Grants to Support Technology and Educational Development across San Francisco Bay Area$100,000 Grant Earmarked for Berkeley's Center for Accessible Technology

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, AT&T California announced some $500,000 in Foundation grants to support education and technology initiatives for communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. The new grants include a $100,000 grant to the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley. With today's announcement, AT&T California will have provided communities across the state with more than $5 million dollars in grants this year.

    "AT&T is pleased to add to our long-standing efforts supporting education and technology initiatives here in the Bay Area," said Sylvia Samano, AT&T vice president, External Affairs, Bay Area. "AT&T and other California corporations not only understand the critical role that technology plays in the development of today's workforce, but also how its' importance in the marketplace continues to accelerate."

    The funds for the Center for Accessible Technology will be used to support a new lab and research technologies to provide solutions for the disabled community. This program will be a major component of the Ed Roberts Campus(ERC) which will be an international model of disability collaboration, a universally designed, transit-oriented center located at the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley.

    "By making this grant, the AT&T Foundation has shown its commitment to full inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital revolution" said Dmitri Belser, Executive Director of the Center for Accessible Technology. "AT&T is a company with a long history of providing support for people with disabilities, and this project works to make sure people with disabilities can benefit from emerging technologies. We are extremely proud of this project, and honored to have AT&T as our partner."

    Other key grants include: - More than $225,000 in AT&T Excelerator grants for some 13 organizations in the Bay Area. These include: * $40,000 grant to Napa County Cybermill in support of a project that provides computer literacy training to low-income and Hispanic students, seniors, the disabled, and migrant workers. * $30,000 grant to the YMCA of San Francisco to support a leadership development and empowerment project for underserved low-income and minority youth in computer skills. - $30,000 to Community Gatepath in Burlingame to support a technology upgrade for the newly renovated Children's Center; - $30,000 to the Dolores Street Community Services in San Francisco to support technology upgrades and a technology consultant to improve programming services; About the AT&T Foundation

    The new AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training, and professional skills development. The new AT&T Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country. The new AT&T Foundation combines more than 40 years and $1.7 billion of philanthropic commitment to communities across the country.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 58.7 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at http://www.att.com/.

    All rights reserved. AT&T is a registered trademark of AT&T Knowledge Ventures.

    Subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. provide products and services under the AT&T brand.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: H. Gordon Diamond, of AT&T, +1-415-778-1230, or
    hgdiamond@att.com

    Web site: http://www.att.com/




    BestNet Communications Announces Name Change

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BestNet Communications Corp. (BULLETIN BOARD: BESC) announced today that it is in the process of making a number of basic changes as a result of entering the medical device field, which will include changing its name from BestNet Communications Corporation to "Oncologix Tech Inc."

    In addition to the name change, the other changes in process are increasing the authorized capital and increasing the number of shares allocated to our Stock Plan for the compensation of key employees. These changes, which were adopted by the written consent of a majority of the shareholders, are expected to become effective upon the completion of a number of procedural steps required by law, including filing of an Information Statement with the SEC, mailing it to all of the shareholders and filing necessary papers with the State of Nevada, where BestNet is incorporated.

    According to Mr. Stanley L. Schloz, chief executive officer; "We believe the new name, Oncologix Tech, Inc., better reflects the new direction of BestNet and its wholly owned subsidiary Oncologix Corp. This new branding, along with the increased authorized capital and the greater number of shares for the stock plan, will enable Oncologix Tech Inc. to promote and support itself as a biotechnology company."

    Mr. Schloz went on to explain that doubling the number of authorized common stock shares from 100,000,000 to 200,000,000 would facilitate the raising of additional capital. He also stated that the increased allocation of shares to the Company's Stock Plan would "provide a means of attracting and retaining the kind of skilled people we will need as we move ahead in the medical field."

    Additionally, Mr. Schloz commented that Dr. Andrew S. Kennedy, Chief Science and Medical Officer of Oncologix Corp., has been invited to present on "Factors Related To Toxicity and Response in 680 Treatments of Resin 90Y- Microspheres Radioembolization in Hepatic Malignancies" at the 18th International Congress on Anti Cancer Treatment (ICACT) in Paris, France on February 8, 2007.

    The ICACT is an annual international educational and scientific meeting. Its aim is to provide comprehensive updates and the state of the art treatments in the management of cancer. Leading scientists from around the world participate at this scientific meeting giving educational lectures on the state of the art in cancer treatments.

    Dr. Kennedy was quoted as saying, "It is a privilege to share this collaborative data on behalf of my co-investigators. The presentation at this important meeting will represent the largest collection of data presented to date on the treatment of liver cancer with microsphere brachytherapy. The ICACT provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the results and developments in cancer treatments like microspheres with leading researchers in the field."

    About BestNet Communications Corp. and Oncologix Corp.:

    BestNet Communications is a global solutions provider of long distance; conference calling, ClicktoPhone and custom application-based communication services. BestNet's services are accessed worldwide via the Internet, standard phones and wireless devices and are delivered using standard phone lines and equipment. This results in a cost effective high quality service for both businesses and consumers.

    Under the brand name Bestnetcall(TM) (http://www.bestnetcall.com/) the services offer subscribers premium quality calls and conference calling, at significantly lower rates. Calls and conference calls can also be launched via a desktop application or handheld devices including Palm(TM), Pocket PC(R) and Blackberry(TM) and used with any standard or wireless phone. In addition the company's new ClicktoPhone(TM) service (http://www.clicktophone.com/) enables clients to add secure and anonymous voice communication connectivity anywhere in the world to web sites, web banners, pictures, electronic documents, and customized e-mail calling buttons.

    Contact BestNet at: investors@bestnetcom.com

    Oncologix Corporation, based in Atlanta GA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BestNet Communications. Oncologix develops advanced medical treatments for soft tissue cancers.

    This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created thereby. These statements include the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including plans and objectives. The forward-looking statements herein are based on current expectations that involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond control of the company. Although the company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any one of the assumptions could be inaccurate and, therefore, can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this release will prove to be accurate.

    BestNet Communications Corp.

    CONTACT: Michael Kramarz of BestNet Communications Corp.,
    +1-616-977-9933, investors@bestnetcom.com




    Microsoft Expands Scope and Partner Benefits of Security Software Advisor ProgramUpdates Reflect Feedback From the Program's Partner Base, Which Has Grown to Over 1,700 Security Partners in First Four Months

    REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of measures aimed at expanding its Security Software Advisor (SSA) program, including higher payouts to partners and a broader set of eligible deals. As of Dec. 1, 2006, Microsoft will pay advisory fees to eligible security channel partners of up to 30 percent on most commercial, government and educational licensing programs. These adjustments have been made in response to growing demand for the Microsoft(R) Forefront(TM) security product lineup from business customers and feedback from the SSA program's partner base, which has swelled to over 1,700 members in only four months.

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    "As members of the Security Software Advisor program, we are pleased that Microsoft has listened to our calls for a broader advisor fee program," said Michael Goldstein, vice president of LAN Associates. "We are seeing a great deal of interest for Microsoft Forefront solutions from enterprise customers and, these adjustments will help us cater to a wider customer base."

    The SSA program has incentives for partners that advise on the purchase decision and deploy Microsoft security and access products. The program was launched in July to support security partners as they incorporate Microsoft Forefront products into their security practices. Microsoft Forefront solutions are designed to address key customer pain points associated with protecting IT environments against the latest threats, while providing secure access to applications and data.

    "We are making these modifications to the SSA program to further recognize the critical role of our partners in helping keep customers secure," said Steve Brown, director of product management for the Security and Access Products Group at Microsoft. "To support our security partners in that role, we are committed to continued investment in both the Forefront product line and innovative partner programs like SSA."

    The SSA program delivers additional value to Microsoft's Security Solutions Competency, a program for partners that specialize in the sale and deployment of security solutions and services. As part of the overall Microsoft Partner Program, the competency provides substantial business opportunities and supports partners as they develop their businesses around Microsoft security solutions and services.

    This program's expansion follows a number of recent Microsoft Forefront product announcements. Forefront Security for Exchange Server and Forefront Security for SharePoint(R) were launched earlier this month to help businesses protect Exchange Server 2007 and 2007 versions of SharePoint Products and Technologies against malware, spam, inappropriate content and unwanted files. In November, the Microsoft Forefront Client Security public beta was launched to protect laptops and server operating systems from viruses, worms spyware, rootkits, and Trojan horses.

    More details about the SSA program and what it means for security partners can be found at https://partner.microsoft.com/securitysoftwareadvisor .

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    NOTE: Microsoft, Forefront and SharePoint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT: Nicole Catalano, +1-415-547-7036, or
    nicolec@waggeneredstrom.com, or Rapid Response Team, +1-503-443-7070, or
    rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, both of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, for Microsoft
    Corp.

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Parrot et Paser annoncent un accord mondial visant à fournir aux utilisateurs les commandes au volant pour toujours plus de sécurité sur la route

    PARIS, December 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Parrot, le leader du périphérique Bluetooth(R) autour du téléphone portable, annonce un accord commercial mondial avec Paser, entreprise italienne spécialiste de l'électronique au service de l'automobile. Les deux sociétés se sont en effet associées pour la production et la distribution d'un système électronique de commandes au volant dédié aux produits Parrot. L'accord a donné naissance à un dispositif qui permet de transférer les commandes des kits mains-libres Bluetooth Parrot CK3000 EVOLUTION et CK3100 directement sur le volant du véhicule.

    << Chez Parrot, nous sommes constamment à la recherche de partenaires spécialisés capables d'augmenter la valeur de nos produits, commente Henri Seydoux, PDG et fondateur de Parrot. Notre objectif : apporter toujours plus de confort et de sécurité aux utilisateurs. Pour ce projet, nous avons choisi de collaborer avec la société italienne Paser qui nous a d'emblée convaincu par sa créativité et ses compétences techniques. >>

    Rosa Larotonda, PDG de Paser, ajoute : << Nous sommes fiers de mettre nos compétences techniques au service de Parrot. La plateforme née de cet accord constitue une évolution considérable pour le marché du kit mains-libres Bluetooth. C'est une nouvelle étape dans l'intégration de ces produits dans les véhicules. >>

    Deux versions du dispositif Parrot/Paser seront commercialisées :

    - Parrot MULTICAN : intégrant le protocole bien connu CANBUS, cette version est compatible avec les véhicules des principaux constructeurs automobiles : OPEL, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, PSA, etc.

    - Parrot MULTICOMM : << customisable >>, cette version s'adapte au protocole utilisé par les constructeurs automobiles qui n'utilisent pas le protocole CANBUS, comme Fiat, Ford, ou Toyota.

    Parrot MULTICAN et Parrot MULTICOMM seront disponibles mondialement auprès du réseau de constructeurs automobiles clients de Parrot, et auprès du réseau de distribution Parrot (équipementiers et revendeurs automobiles Parrot) à partir de janvier 2007.

    Prix public : à partir de 79 euros dans le réseau de distribution Parrot.

    A propos de PARROT

    Créée en 1994, Parrot s'est rapidement hissée au niveau des principaux acteurs mondiaux des périphériques sans fil pour téléphones mobiles. S'appuyant sur un savoir faire éprouvé en matière de technologies de reconnaissance vocale et de traitement du signal, Parrot a été l'une des toutes premières entreprises à produire des équipements de téléphonie mains-libres pour automobiles utilisant la norme Bluetooth(R), dont elle avait compris, dès 1999, le formidable potentiel. Elle a vendu plus d'1 million d'unités de produits au cours du premier semestre 2006.

    Déterminée à accompagner la percée irrésistible du téléphone portable dans l'univers quotidien, Parrot a développé deux nouveaux produits en 2006: Le PARROT PHOTO VIEWER, un cadre photo LCD qui affiche les photos transmises via Bluetooth par un téléphone mobile et le PARROT SOUND SYSTEM un système Hi-fi sans fil comprenant des enceintes reliées entre elles par Bluetooth.

    Parrot est aujourd'hui une entreprise particulièrement ouverte sur l'international, tant en ce qui concerne sa clientèle, puisque 87% de ses ventes se font hors de France, qu'en termes de production, sous-traitée auprès de partenaires minutieusement sélectionnés et contrôlés pour atteindre le meilleur niveau de qualité et de réactivité. Parrot est aujourd'hui une entreprise particulièrement bien positionnée pour tirer parti du formidable avenir promis aux périphériques de la téléphonie mobile.

    Parrot affiche une forte croissance de son chiffre d'affaires consolidé, passant de 80,9 millions d'euros pro forma en 2005 à 116,4 millions d'euros sur les 9 premiers mois de l'année 2006.

    Contacts Nathalie Balourdet Relations Investisseurs T.: +33-(0)-148 03-74-04 E mail: nathalie.balourdet@parrot.fr Sandrine Nizard Relations Presse T.: +33-(0)-1-48-03-60-30 E mail:sandrine.nizard@parrot.fr www.parrotcorp.com

    Parrot SA

    Contacts : Nathalie Balourdet, Relations Investisseurs, T.: +33-(0)-148 03-74-04, E mail: nathalie.balourdet@parrot.fr. Sandrine Nizard, Relations Presse, T.: +33-(0)-1-48-03-60-30, E mail: sandrine.nizard@parrot.fr




    J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Tracking Changes in the Online Habits of Distinct Types of New-Vehicle Buyers Is Crucial for Online AdvertisersNiche Groups of Consumers Can Be Reached by Monitoring Web Site Visitation

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Web sites such as AOL Sports and mySpace are receiving more traffic from very distinct types of new-vehicle buyers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Online Media Study(SM) -- Wave 2 released today.

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    For example, recent buyers of midsize premium sporty vehicles, such as the Lexus SC Series, showed a 9 percentage-point increase in visitation to the AOL Sports site in August-October 2006 compared with data from the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Online Media Study(SM) -- Wave 1, which measured Internet usage and behavior among new-vehicle buyers in April-May 2006. Buyers of compact utility vehicles such as the Jeep Liberty increased their visits to mySpace by 13 percentage points over the same time period.

    "This suggests that online automotive advertisers need to be more precise in selecting sites for advertising," said Steve Witten, executive director of automotive research at J.D. Power and Associates. "Buyers of specific vehicle model segments demonstrate visitation patterns very different from the mass of all new-vehicle buyers."

    When examining all new-vehicle buyers as a whole, the most visited sites experienced visitation increases of only 4 percentage points or less. Yet many sites experience double-digit percentage increases among buyers of specific vehicle segments.

    The online patterns of specific segment buyers display is evident even within the channel sites of large portals such as Yahoo! Buyers of compact utility vehicles, such as the Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser, visited Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Games at a much higher rate compared to six months ago (12 and 7 percentage-point increases, respectively).

    "These differences make it clear that looking at new-vehicle buyers by the type of vehicle they are interested in is crucial for determining the most efficient sites for advertisement placement," said Witten. "Automakers and their online advertisers can capitalize on the opportunity to target a niche group of consumers that would be interested in their vehicles by watching for visitation increases at particular Web sites."

    While people are reading about travel on the Internet at basically the same rate as six months ago -- 27 percent frequently read about travel online compared with 28 percent in the Wave 1 study -- many of the specific travel sites have dropped in visitation. Expedia.com dropped 6 percentage points, Priceline dropped 4 percentage points and ORBITZ dropped 3 percentage points. The drop in visitation to travel sites is likely due to seasonality, with more people investigating their summer vacation options in late spring. Yet, buyers of compact premium conventional and midsize CUVs, such as the Acura TL, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Highlander, are visiting MSN Travel more often, with a 5 percentage-point increase compared with the Wave 1 study.

    The Online Media Study also measures new-technology usage among new-vehicle buyers. For new-vehicle buyers using the Internet, wireless broadband is now as common as dial-up, with the vast majority using wired broadband connections (69%). Subscriptions to satellite radio are also up to more than one-quarter of new-vehicle buyers with Internet access (26% compared to 22% in Wave 1).

    The Online Media Study Wave 2 is based on a random national sample of 11,384 verified new-vehicle buyers with Internet access who purchased a new vehicle in February or March 2006. The study takes an in-depth look at the Internet usage and behaviors or new-vehicle buyers to identify Web sites that most effectively target desirable advertising audiences in terms of reach, scope and cost.

    About J.D. Power and Associates

    Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is an ISO 9001-registered global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

    About The McGraw-Hill Companies

    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2005 were $6.0 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

    Media Relations Contacts: John Tews Jeff Perlman J.D. Power and Associates J.D. Power and Associates Troy, Mich. Westlake Village, Calif. (248) 312-4119 (805) 418-8976/ cell: (818) 317-3070 john.tews@jdpa.com jeff.perlman@jdpa.com

    No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of J.D. Power and Associates. http://www.jdpower.com/corporate

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    CONTACT: John Tews, +1-248-312-4119, john.tews@jdpa.com, or
    Jeff Perlman, +1-805-418-8976, or cell, +1-818-317-3070, jeff.perlman@jdpa.com,
    both of J.D. Power and Associates

    Web site: http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/

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    Endwave to Present at the Needham & Co. Growth Conference

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Endwave Corporation , a leading provider of high-frequency RF modules for telecommunications networks, defense electronics and homeland security systems, today announced that Endwave executive management will present at the 9th Annual Needham and Company Growth Conference in New York on January 10, 2007.

    Presenting on behalf of Endwave will be Ed Keible, Chief Executive Officer and President of Endwave, and Brett Wallace, Chief Financial Officer. Endwave's presentation will be webcast on January 10 at 8:00 a.m. ET and will be archived for 60 days. The webcast can be accessed from the Investor page of the company's Web site.

    About Endwave

    Endwave Corporation designs, manufactures and markets RF modules that enable the transmission, reception and processing of high-frequency signals in telecommunications networks, defense electronics and homeland security systems. Our RF modules are typically used in high-frequency applications and include integrated transceivers, amplifiers, synthesizers, oscillators, up and down converters, frequency multipliers and microwave switch arrays. Endwave has 39 issued patents covering its core technologies including semiconductor and proprietary circuit designs. Endwave Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with operations in Diamond Springs, CA; Andover, MA; and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Additional information about the company can be accessed from the company's web site at http://www.endwave.com/ .

    Contact: Mary McGowan Summit IR Group Inc. Phone: 408-404-5401 mary@summitirgroup.com

    Endwave Corporation

    CONTACT: Mary McGowan of Summit IR Group Inc., +1-408-404-5401, or
    mary@summitirgroup.com, for Endwave Corporation

    Web site: http://www.endwave.com/




    The Future of TV Arrives as Verizon Launches FiOS TV in Greater Richmond AreaCompany Begins Offering FiOS TV in Henrico County; Expects to Expand to City of Richmond by End of YearVideo Service Is Delivered by Verizon FiOS, Nation's Largest Digital, All-Fiber-Optic Network

    RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of television is arriving for consumers in parts of the greater Richmond area as Verizon introduces FiOS TV over its revolutionary fiber-optic network.

    Verizon delivers FiOS TV over the nation's largest digital, all-fiber network. Only this network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes.

    "The holidays now are a bit merrier for Richmond-area consumers, who have waited a long time for a better choice in TV service," said Robert W. Woltz Jr., president of Verizon Virginia. "FiOS TV will bring something to consumers they've never had before: incredible picture and sound clarity and innovative new services -- all from a brand they know and trust. Customers who liked what FiOS has done for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV."

    Verizon FiOS TV is available now to more than 15,000 households in parts of Henrico County, including parts of Innsbrook, Springfield Road, Three Chopt west of Parham Road and some portions of the Nuckols Road corridor.

    In addition, Verizon expects to offer FiOS TV to more than 20,000 households in the city of Richmond by the end of the year, including portions of the Fan, Randolph District, Brookland Parkway, Laburnum Park and West End areas, including Byrd Park.

    Consumers can check online at http://www.verizonfios.com/pa/tv to see if FiOS TV is already available in their area, or to request that Verizon contact them when FiOS TV is available. Consumers also can call their local Verizon sales office or 1-877-4-FIOS-TV (1-877-434-6788).

    Service Highlights

    Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package delivers 200 all-digital channels for $42.99 per month. The package includes 15 high-definition (HD) channels in the Richmond market and access to approximately 4,000 on-demand titles, 60 percent of which are free. Sports fans subscribing to FiOS TV Premier in the Richmond market will also receive Mid-Atlantic Sports Network at no extra charge. MASN carries the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, and various NCAA teams.

    Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $4.99 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.99 per month; and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.99 per month.

    Verizon also offers innovative features not available from other providers, such as Home Media DVR (digital video recorder) and FiOS TV Widgets. Home Media DVR, at $19.99 per month, has a multi-room DVR feature enabling up to three simultaneous viewings of recorded programs without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment. Customers also can access photos and music on their PCs and play them on their TV. FiOS TV Widgets is a free interactive feature that provides viewers with local weather and traffic information while they're watching their favorite shows.

    "Our all-fiber-optic network delivers a superior customer experience today, and has an abundance of bandwidth for the exciting services we'll offer in the future," said Robin E. Stennet, Verizon's senior manager of regional marketing operations for Virginia.

    Verizon will bring FiOS TV in 2007 and beyond to additional communities in the Richmond area and other markets in Virginia where it has obtained franchises. The company has video franchises in 17 municipalities in Virginia.

    Nationally, Verizon's video franchises cover approximately 5.3 million households in 10 states and more than 250 franchise areas.

    In addition to Virginia, Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in parts of California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. The Verizon FTTP network is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services.

    Since Verizon began building its fiber-optic network in Virginia in 2004, the company has placed more than 25.5 million feet of fiber and created hundreds of new full-time positions to build and support the network and FiOS services.

    The network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps as well as high-quality voice service.*

    "Our all-fiber-optic upgrade is a complete transformation of Verizon's communications network," said Woltz. "This transformation will offer consumers the very best services: super-fast Internet speeds, superior TV and crystal-clear voice, all at competitive prices with Verizon's unmatched customer service."

    The value of FiOS TV extends to the installation and customer support. Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon is waiving the installation fee for up to three existing TV outlets, and there is no charge to install a needed optical network terminal at the subscriber's home. Charges for other installation services, such as additional outlets, may apply. Verizon provides 24x7 technical assistance by phone from its specialized Fiber Solutions Centers, including one in Hampton.

    *NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , a New York-based Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 57 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

    Verizon

    CONTACT: Harry Mitchell of Verizon, +1-804-772-1460,
    harry.j.mitchell@verizon.com

    Web site: http://www.verizon.com/
    http://www.verizonfios.com/pa/tv

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    XM to Air Special Holiday Episode of Bob Dylan's 'Theme Time Radio Hour'Two-Hour Episode to Include Reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' by Bob Dylan and Eclectic Mix of Holiday Music Spanning the Decades

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM will air a special holiday episode of Bob Dylan's hugely popular and award winning weekly program, "Theme Time Radio Hour," on December 20, it was announced today. In addition to music, the two-hour show will also feature a complete reading by Dylan of the classic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," as well as his recitations of other holiday-themed anecdotes and insightful commentary on holiday traditions around the world.

    This special episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" will be devoted to the theme of "Christmas and New Year's," with a song list that spans the decades, including "Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas" by The Staples Singers, "Sock It To Me Santa" by Bob Seger, "Jingle Bells" by Johnny Paycheck and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Nancy Wilson, among many others. The two-hour holiday episode of "Theme Time" will debut on Wednesday, December 20 at 10 a.m. ET on XM's Deep Tracks channel (XM 40), with additional encores airing on XM through the end of the month.

    As a special holiday gift to radio listeners and Bob Dylan fans across the country, XM will make the "Christmas and New Year's" episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" available to non-commercial radio stations for broadcast. Interested stations should contact Trina Tombrink at Columbia Records (trina.tombrink@sonybmg.com).

    In addition, XM will ring in the New Year with a "Theme Time Radio Hour" marathon, broadcasting every episode of Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" back- to-back, beginning December 31 at 12 noon ET on The Village (XM 15), continuing through New Year's Day.

    In May 2006, Bob Dylan's exclusive radio show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," debuted to popular and critical-acclaim on XM. Each weekly show features an eclectic mix of music based around a theme, with host Bob Dylan offering stories about the music and topics of interest. New episodes of Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" air on XM's Deep Tracks channel Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ET, with additional encores airing throughout the week. Complete show details are available online at http://www.xmradio.com/bobdylan.

    Bob Dylan is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers, having sold nearly 100 million albums and performed thousands of shows around the world in a career spanning five decades. His newest album, Modern Times, has already sold more than two million copies, reaching the number one slot in 13 countries. The album was recently nominated for three Grammy(R) Awards. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded "Things Have Changed" for the 2000 film Wonder Boys, for which he received both the Academy Award and Golden Globe. The first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles, was one of the most acclaimed and best-selling non-fiction works of 2004, and last year's No Direction Home film, directed by Martin Scorsese, captivated audiences worldwide as it documented Dylan's early career and rise to fame. The film won a Peabody Award in 2006.

    About XM Satellite Radio

    XM is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

    XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

    Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-9-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

    XM Satellite Radio

    CONTACT: Anne-Taylor Griffith of XM Satellite Radio, +1-212-708-6171,
    annetaylor.griffith@xmradio.com

    Web site: http://www.xmradio.com/




    Autonomy Wins Best Government Solution Award

    CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc , a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that it has received the "Best of Government Solution Summit" Award at the Government Solution Summit, a Gartner, Inc. event.

    The Awards are part of the annual Government Solution Summit event dedicated to building business partnerships in the federal IT channel. The awards recognize vendor excellence, innovation and leadership for technology products and services used by federal government agencies. Award winners and nominees are determined by attending solution providers focused on the federal government, including prime contractors, systems integrators and small and disadvantaged businesses.

    "The more than 100 Solution Providers in attendance review many products and services at Government Solution Summit. We congratulate Autonomy on winning this award, as it is an honor to be recognized for your technology by this elite group," said Pete Prentice, senior global director for Government Solution Summit.

    "Now more than ever, the U.S. federal government agencies are challenged with their ability to manage and exploit unstructured information. Digital information such as emails, Web pages, telephone conversations and videos now represent 80% of the information within government," said Stouffer Egan, chief executive officer of Autonomy, Inc. "Autonomy technologies are used by more than 40 government agencies across Intelligence, Defense, Civilian, Regulatory, and other branches, to automatically process unstructured information, regardless of format, language, or location. We are honored to receive this award."

    About Gartner Government Solution Summit

    The Gartner Government Solution Summit is the only event of its kind focused on building partnerships in the federal IT channel and delivering the insights of the world-renowned Gartner analyst team. The Summit offers a uniquely interactive forum designed to facilitate dialogues between Federal System Integrators and the world's leading Technology Providers. More information is available on the website: http://www.governmentsolution.com/.

    About Vision Events

    Vision Events, a Gartner, Inc. company, is a leading producer of highly focused business events that bring resellers and end users together with leading and emerging technology providers in case study presentations to form strategic partnerships and secure new business in the technology sector. Additional information about Vision Events can be found at http://www.visionevents.com/.

    About Autonomy

    Autonomy Corporation plc is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and is spearheading the meaning-based computing movement. Autonomy's technology forms a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data including unstructured information, be it text, email, voice or video. Autonomy's software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including information access technology, BI, CRM, KM, call center solutions, rich media management, compliance and litigation solutions and security applications, and is recognized by industry analysts as the clear leader in enterprise search.

    Autonomy's customer base comprises more than 16,000 global companies and organizations including: ABN AMRO, AOL, BAE Systems, BBC, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Hutchison 3G, Kraft Foods, Lloyd TSB, NASA, Nestle, the New York Stock Exchange, Nomura, Reuters, Shell, T-Mobile, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autonomy also has over 300 OEM partners and more than 350 VARs and Integrators, numbering among them leading companies such as BEA, Business Objects, Citrix, EDS, IBM Global Services, Novell, Stellent, Sybase, Symantec, TIBCO and Vignette. The company has offices worldwide.

    The Autonomy divisions include: Aungate, specialist in real-time enterprise governance; Virage, a visionary in rich media management and security and surveillance technology; etalk, award-winning provider of enterprise-class contact center products and Cardiff, a leader in content capture and business process management solutions.

    Autonomy and the Autonomy logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autonomy Corporation plc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Autonomy Editorial Contacts: Winifred Shum Autonomy (US) +1-408-542-2363 wshum@autonomy.com Edward Bridges Financial Dynamics (UK) +44-207-831-3113 edward.bridges@fd.com Marijke Shugrue Bite Communications (US) +1-212-857-9376 marijke.shugrue@bitepr.com Ali Merifield Bite Communications (UK) +44-(0)20-8834-3441 +44-(0)20-8741-1123 ali.merifield@bitepr.com

    Autonomy Corporation plc

    CONTACT: Autonomy Editorial Contacts: Winifred Shum, Autonomy (US),
    +1-408-542-2363, wshum@autonomy.com. Edward Bridges, Financial Dynamics (UK),
    +44-207-831-3113, edward.bridges@fd.com. Marijke Shugrue, Bite Communications
    (US), +1-212-857-9376, marijke.shugrue@bitepr.com. Ali Merifield, Bite
    Communications (UK), +44-(0)20-8834-3441, +44-(0)20-8741-1123,
    ali.merifield@bitepr.com




    Sussex County Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network ExpansionInvesting to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access and Music

    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and visitors in Sussex County, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site.

    The new Sussex County cell site will improve network coverage and capacity in Wantage, along Mt. Salem, Skytop, Greenville and Unionville roads, as well as in portions of neighboring Orange County, NY.

    Verizon Wireless invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $30 billion across the nation in the past six years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, like text and picture messaging; VZ Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions; and V CAST Music which allows customers to download full songs directly to their V CAST-capable wireless phones and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP-based PCs."

    "Reliable networks are not built overnight," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro Region. "Our New York customers are among the most demanding and tech savvy in the nation and Verizon Wireless continues to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the reliable and innovative services customers want."

    Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter as the company added 1.9 million net new customers and improved upon its industry-leading customer retention rates. Verizon Wireless now serves 56.7 million customers nationwide.

    Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. BroadbandAccess service, now available in much of the New York Metro area and nationwide to more than half the U.S. population, provides customers with high-speed Internet access, access to corporate intranets and traditional e-mail functionality via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

    Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 95 specially equipped vehicles approximately 220,000 miles every quarter on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to make sure that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than 4 million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

    For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: David Samberg, +1-845-365-7212,
    david.samberg@verizonwireless.com, or Kimberly Ancin, +1-845-429-3839,
    kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com, both for Verizon Wireless

    Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia




    U.S. Library of Congress Selects Autonomy for its Enhanced Website Search FeaturesAutonomy Supports Congressionally-Mandated XML Standard

    CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc , a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that the U.S. Library of Congress has selected Autonomy's enterprise search infrastructure platform to offer enhanced search features on several of its websites, including Thomas and the Legislative Information System.

    The Autonomy technology allows online visitors to the Library's legislative databases to find the information they need quickly and accurately. It also provides a framework for organizing and managing the legislative information, providing multiple guided navigation paths, and new flexibility in searching. More importantly, the Autonomy technology provides support for the Congressionally-mandated standard for document formats: XML. The Autonomy technology also enables sophisticated indexing of audio and video data, including the ability to provide close-captioning of text, as required for Federal government public access sites (section 508).

    "Autonomy products are used by more than 16,000 global organizations to discover, analyze and process all the information within their enterprises," said Dr Mike Lynch, Autonomy's chief executive officer. "We are very pleased that our enterprise infrastructure platform has become an important part of the Library of Congress' information systems."

    About Autonomy

    Autonomy Corporation plc is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise and is spearheading the meaning-based computing movement. Autonomy's technology forms a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece of electronic data including unstructured information, be it text, email, voice or video. Autonomy's software powers the full spectrum of mission-critical enterprise applications including information access technology, BI, CRM, KM, call center solutions, rich media management, compliance and litigation solutions and security applications, and is recognized by industry analysts as the clear leader in enterprise search.

    Autonomy's customer base comprises more than 16,000 global companies and organizations including: ABN AMRO, AOL, BAE Systems, BBC, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Hutchison 3G, Kraft Foods, Lloyd TSB, NASA, Nestle, the New York Stock Exchange, Nomura, Reuters, Shell, T-Mobile, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autonomy also has over 300 OEM partners and more than 350 VARs and Integrators, numbering among them leading companies such as BEA, Business Objects, Citrix, EDS, IBM Global Services, Novell, Stellent, Sybase, Symantec, TIBCO and Vignette. The company has offices worldwide.

    The Autonomy divisions include: Aungate, specialist in real-time enterprise governance; Virage, a visionary in rich media management and security and surveillance technology; etalk, award-winning provider of enterprise-class contact center products and Cardiff, a leader in content capture and business process management solutions.

    Autonomy and the Autonomy logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autonomy Corporation plc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Autonomy Editorial Contacts: Winifred Shum Autonomy (US) +1-408-542-2363 wshum@autonomy.com Edward Bridges Financial Dynamics (UK) +44-207-831-3113 edward.bridges@fd.com Marijke Shugrue Bite Communications (US) +1-212-857-9376 marijke.shugrue@bitepr.com Ali Merifield Bite Communications (UK) +44-(0)20-8834-3441 +44-(0)20-8741-1123 ali.merifield@bitepr.com

    Autonomy Corporation plc

    CONTACT: Autonomy Editorial Contacts: Winifred Shum, Autonomy (US),
    +1-408-542-2363, wshum@autonomy.com. Edward Bridges, Financial Dynamics (UK),
    +44-207-831-3113, edward.bridges@fd.com. Marijke Shugrue, Bite Communications
    (US), +1-212-857-9376, marijke.shugrue@bitepr.com. Ali Merifield, Bite
    Communications (UK), +44-(0)20-8834-3441, +44-(0)20-8741-1123,
    ali.merifield@bitepr.com




    Verizon Wireless Extends Rollout of 3G Network to Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, WisconsinCustomers Now Can Get High-Speed Wireless Internet, E-mail Services and Ability to Download Video Clips and Songs to Handsets

    DULUTH, Minn., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its national rollout of its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network to the Twin Ports area of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

    The expansion means that Verizon Wireless customers in these communities and surrounding areas can access the company's high-speed business and consumer network and enjoy two prime services: BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network, which is geared toward mobile professionals and business customers and has average user speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps); and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and short content on-demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather and sports.

    "This expansion is part of our continuing focus to invest in our network reliability and provide innovative high-speed data services to our customers in the Twin Ports area and throughout the country," said Nancy B. Clark, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "With BroadbandAccess, mobile and business professionals in Duluth and Superior can now take their desktop experience wherever they go in the coverage area, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls."

    Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. The Twin Ports communities are the latest markets to be added to Verizon Wireless' EV- DO network coverage area, available to more than half the nation's population. Verizon Wireless broadband network was first introduced in Minnesota in the Twin Cities area in August 2005 and in Wisconsin in Milwaukee in September 2004.

    BroadbandAccess

    BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

    Business customers can access information with BroadbandAccess when they are on the road, at customer locations, at job sites or in taxis. BroadbandAccess customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint(R) presentation or a large PDF file) or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Also, customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network and can experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.

    "BroadbandAccess service gives our enterprise customers two key advantages in wireless communication -- speed and mobility," said Clark. "With that comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

    V CAST

    The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of broadcasts including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

    V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music download service. Customers with V CAST Music can download full-song tracks directly to their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows(R) XP operating software. The V CAST Music on-demand service includes access to a catalog of more than 1.5 million songs.

    Coverage

    Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage extends from the city of Duluth heading north on U.S. Highway 53 to the Cloquet River; west on U.S. Highway 2 to state Route 33; and east to the Saint Louis/Lake County border. Coverage also extends from Superior, Wisconsin, south along U.S. Highway 2 to Solon Springs.

    Product Offering

    For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access with a new two-year customer agreement. Otherwise, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.

    Wireless PC Cards for BroadbandAccess customers include the Verizon Wireless PC 5740, Verizon Wireless V620 and Kyocera KPC 650. A new Novatel Wireless V640 ExpressCard is available for laptop owners with ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slots rather than a traditional PCMCIA slot.

    In addition, several handsets have the ability to "tether" to a laptop's USB port, with the purchase of a Mobile Office Kit. BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the Motorola Q(TM), the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700w and the Palm Treo 700p. Popular BlackBerry(R) options include the new 8703e, the 7250 and 7130e.

    To access V CAST video and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled handset and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Currently, nearly 20 music capable handsets are available, including the popular Chocolate by LG and the Motorola RAZR V3m.

    Customers with a V CAST Music-enabled handset can pay as they go to download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 per song plus airtime, download songs to their PC for 99 cents, and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V CAST Music-enabled handset or memory card at no charge from their PC. Purchases from the handset include two copies of every song, one for the handset and one for the PC.

    For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com/.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Karen Smith, of Verizon Wireless, +1-612-590-3511, or
    Karen.Smith@verizonwireless.com; or Alex Cook, For Verizon Wireless,
    +1-952-893-7140, Adc@lilja.com

    Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/




    Ahoy, Mateys! Pirates Constructible Strategy Game(TM) Online Now Available for PCSOE-Denver Creates Online Version of Popular Collectible Game

    DENVER, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, announced that an online version of the Pirates constructible strategy game(TM) (CSG) is available for purchase via digital download at http://www.piratesgameonline.com/.

    Developed by SOE-Denver, Pirates CSG Online is based on WizKids' successful and critically acclaimed constructible tabletop strategy game, where players use die-cut cards to construct 3D galleons, sloops and frigates and plunder the high seas in search of treasure. Similarly, the digital version of the CSG allows players to build and customize fleets, explore islands for treasure and attack fellow online buccaneers for their booty. Players can also communicate in real time with opponents and allies to trade treasure and ships to round out their collections.

    "Bringing the immensely popular Pirates CSG to 3D online play is the next step in collectible gaming," said Scott Martins, director of development, SOE-Denver. "We've taken the fun of high seas treasure hunting and ship-to-ship combat and made it accessible to a worldwide audience in a shared experience."

    A variety of Digital Starter Packs are available for $9.99; each contains five ships, including two Limited Edition bonus ships from the Pirates of Davy Jones Curse(TM) CSG. Registration Packages range in price from $6.99 to $39.99, and include ships, crew, access to tournaments and other special events, unlimited play of the digital Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold(TM) board game, and the ability to trade ships and crew from your fleet with other players. Game packs for expanding player fleets are also available for download for $3.99 each.

    A free trial version of the Pirates CSG Online game is available at http://www.piratesgameonline.com/ and includes the game tutorial and access to practice games in a Casual Game lobby.

    About Sony Online Entertainment

    Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest(R), EverQuest(R) II, Champions of Norrath(R), Untold Legends(TM), and PlanetSide(R), as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies(TM), SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

    About WizKids

    WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its HeroClix(R) and Pirates brands are among the most successful games on the market today, and the company has sold hundreds of millions of game pieces worldwide. For additional information, visit http://www.wizkidsgames.com/.

    SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

    (C)2006 WizKids Inc. All rights reserved. HeroClix, Pirates of Davy Jones' Curse, Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold and WizKids are trademarks of WizKids Inc.

    Sony Online Entertainment LLC

    CONTACT: Michael Shelling of Sony Online Entertainment, +1-858-790-3521,
    mshelling@soe.sony.com; or Jennifer Berg of WizKids Incorporated,
    +1-425-460-3388, jenny@wizkidsgames.com

    Web site: http://www.piratesgameonlinecom/
    http://www.wizkidsgames.com/




    PPT VISION Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2006 Financial Results

    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PPT VISION, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: PPTV) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2006. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $1,326,000 compared to revenues of $1,239,000 for the same period in fiscal 2005. Net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $418,000 or $0.10 per share compared to a net loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 of $601,000 or $0.20 per share.

    For the year ended October 31, 2006, the Company had revenues of $5,693,000 as compared with revenues of $5,648,000 for the year ended October 31, 2005. The net loss from continuing operations for the year ended October 31, 2006 was $1,287,000 or $0.35 per share compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $2,320,000 or $0.77 per share for fiscal 2005. Net loss from discontinued operations for the year ended October 31, 2005 was $55,000 or $0.02 per share. There was no income or loss from discontinued operations for the year ended October 31, 2006.

    "PPT VISION's IMPACT(TM) intelligent camera product line realized a unit volume increase of 40% and a dollar sales increase of 27% in fiscal year 2006 in comparison to fiscal year 2005," stated Mr. Joe Christenson, President of PPT VISION. "In fact, the Company shipped over 1,000 IMPACT intelligent cameras for the first time in a given fiscal year, an important accomplishment. This is a trend we expect to continue and is a result of the positive customer acceptance that the IMPACT product line is receiving in the manufacturing marketplace and the growing strength of our global network of distribution and integration partners. The fact that total revenue in fiscal year 2006 was flat in comparison to the prior year is due to the fact that sales of our phased out, legacy products declined by 81% on a year over year basis. Going forward, we now expect almost 100% of the Company's revenue to be based on the IMPACT intelligent camera product line. PPT VISION is intensely focused on supporting our growing network of global distribution and integration partners and on continuously improving our IMPACT intelligent camera product line in direct response to user feedback. We believe that as we remain focused on executing this strategy, the sales trend of the IMPACT intelligent camera product line will continue to improve as it has in fiscal year 2006 in comparison to fiscal year 2005," concluded Mr. Christenson.

    Conference Call

    The Company has scheduled a conference call for 10:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 14, 2006. In the conference call, the Company will discuss the results for the recent quarter and expectations with respect to future performance. The dial-in number to participate in the call is: 877-407-8214. It will also be broadcast live over the Internet by World Investor Link's Vcall. To listen live, go to http://www.vcall.com/ .

    A digitized replay of the fourth quarter and year end conference call will be available beginning the afternoon of December 16th until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on December 21st. To access the replay please use the following numbers: U.S. = 877-660-6853 or International = 201-612-7415. The replay passcodes are: Account #286 and Conference ID # 2230003. The full conference call will also be available for replay at http://www.vcall.com/ .

    About PPT VISION

    PPT VISION, Inc. ("the Company") designs, manufactures, and markets machine vision based intelligent cameras used for automated inspection, measurement, and guidance applications in the manufacturing marketplace. The Company's IMPACT intelligent camera product line enables manufacturers to realize significant economic paybacks by increasing the quality of manufactured parts and improving the productivity of manufacturing processes. The Company's IMPACT intelligent camera product line is sold through a global network of distribution and integration partners to end-user manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM's), and manufacturing machine builders, in a wide variety of manufacturing markets including electronics, automotive, medical device, and packaged goods industries. The Company's Common Stock trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol PPTV.OB. For more information, please see the PPT VISION, Inc. web site at http://www.pptvision.com/ .

    Forward Looking Statements

    The discussion above contains forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions and strategies regarding the future. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the extent and timing of future revenues and expenses and customer demand. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

    The Company's actual results are subject to risks and uncertainties and could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the Company's expectations regarding a number of factors, including the Company's ability to obtain additional working capital if necessary to support its operations, the success of the Company's new IMPACT machine vision micro-system, changes in worldwide general economic conditions, cyclicality of capital spending by customers, the Company's ability to keep pace with technological developments and evolving industry standards, worldwide competition, and the Company's ability to protect its existing intellectual property from challenges from third parties. A detailed description of the factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the Company's recent results or those projected in the forward-looking statements are contained in the section entitled "Description of Business" under the caption "Important Factors Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" contained in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-KSB for the year ended October 31, 2005 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    PPT VISION, Inc. Condensed Statements of Operations (In thousands, except share and per share data) Three Months Ended Year Ended October 31, October 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Revenue $1,326 $1,239 $5,693 $5,648 Cost of sales 657 785 2,675 2,943 Gross profit 669 454 3,018 2,705 Operating expenses: Sales and marketing 564 528 2,211 2,360 General and administrative 247 216 959 1,022 Research and development 338 347 1,372 1,343 Restructuring Charges - - - 390 Total operating expenses 1,149 1,091 4,542 5,115 Interest and other income 62 36 237 90 Loss from operations Loss from continuing operations (418) (601) (1,287) (2,320) Loss from discontinued operations - - - (55) Net loss $(418) $(601) $(1,287) $(2,375) Basic and diluted loss per share: Loss from continuing operations $(0.10) $(0.20) $(0.35) $(0.77) Loss from discontinued operations $- $- $- $(0.02) Net loss $(0.10) $(0.20) $(0.35) $(0.79) Shares used to compute basic and diluted loss per share 4,241,269 2,998,747 3,675,120 2,997,329 PPT VISION, Inc. Condensed Balance Sheets (In thousands) October 31, October 31, 2006 2005 ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $753 $778 Accounts receivable, net 903 1,197 Inventories 470 490 Other current assets 135 160 Total current assets 2,261 2,625 Fixed assets, net 308 438 Intangible assets, net 22 90 Total assets $2,591 $3,153 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $625 $590 Deferred revenue - customer advances 2 9 Total current liabilities 627 599 Total shareholders' equity 1,964 2,554 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,591 $3,153

    PPT VISION, Inc.

    CONTACT: Joseph C. Christenson, President and Chief Financial Officer,
    of PPT VISION, Inc., +1-952-996-9500, or ir@pptvision.com

    Web site: http://www.pptvision.com/




    Darwin Professional Underwriters Targets Tech//404(R) for Health Care OrganizationsBreakthrough Insurance Liability Product Addresses Threats to Network Security and Data Privacy Losses for Health Care Organizations

    FARMINGTON, Conn., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc., (Darwin) , a leading specialty insurance company, today announced the expansion of Tech//404(R), an innovative liability product for health care organizations, in response to increasing exposure to network security and data privacy losses.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060829/NETU014LOGO )

    Tech//404 for health care organizations is the first specialty liability insurance product to address the exposures of both technology and enterprise information risk in a single, comprehensive insurance policy.

    While much attention to date has focused on data theft in technology and financial service companies, other industries, such as health care, are increasing their data risk profile at an alarming rate. With the introduction of electronic medical records (EMR's) and software enabled medical care, hospitals themselves are becoming their own data warehouses with a much greater sensitivity to network intrusions and network interruptions.

    Tech//404 for health care organizations is designed for technology- dependent health care companies, which today include most health care firms as the industry undergoes rapid digitization and centralized storage of third- party data. The current market for technology errors and omissions (E&O) liability insurance is estimated at $650 million, according to a recent Betterley Report. Most projections indicate health care technology liability as one of the fastest growing segments within that estimate.

    "It seems we read about security lapses and other data security problems at health care organizations in the news every week," states Drew Bartkiewicz, assistant vice president and lead underwriter for Darwin's technology and information liability group. "Even though there are clear standards for protecting patient privacy, medical organizations are increasingly concerned about the perils of aggregating data, automating responses, and allowing access. Additionally, health care is one of the most regulated industries for data privacy standards so that is an added dimension of the professionals' concern."

    "Tech//404 is unique in addressing both technology and information risk in a single policy," said Bartkiewicz. "This is an innovative product that helps the medical field keep pace with the rapid advances in technology and the liability resulting from these advances."

    The product is designed, according to Bartkiewicz, to protect companies from exposures like these three recently reported incidents:

    * The September 6, 2006 security breach at Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio. The files of some 230,000 patients were accessed and sensitive information, including social security numbers and bank account records, was stolen. * The Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being sued in federal court after a July 28, 2006 security lapse that may have exposed the private information of more than 260,000 patients. That suit seeks damages of no less than $5,000 for each affected claimant. * The biggest data breach ever was reported in Oregon, where 365,000 patient records were stolen. Ten computer disks and tapes belonging to Providence Health & Services were stolen from an employee's vehicle. To date Providence has spent $7 million responding to the breach.

    For health care organizations contemplating growing risks, such as ID theft, network outages, and regulatory violations for data privacy, Darwin's Tech//404 for can be a significant component in an enterprise risk management program.

    Product coverage includes: * Notification expenses under regulatory requirement to warn of security breaches * Fines, fees, or penalties arising from privacy or consumer protection errors * Errors and omissions for delivery of technology professional services * Network security protection, unauthorized access, and rogue employee coverage * Breach of privacy, including 3rd party liabilities * Malicious code, cyber-attacks, and inadvertent transmission of viruses * Optional contingent bodily injury, crisis management expense, and cyber extortion

    Businesses eligible for Tech//404 for health care organizations include: ambulatory surgery centers; health care data processors; health care software providers; image delivery systems; long-term care facilities; physicians groups; hospitals; managed care organizations; third-party administrators; pharmacy delivery systems, and others.

    Tech//404 is also available for financial services, e-commerce, and technology companies.

    ABOUT DARWIN

    Darwin is a specialty insurance group based in Farmington, Connecticut. The company is focused on the professional liability insurance market and underwrites directors and officers ("D&O") liability for public and private companies, errors and omissions ("E&O") liability insurance, and medical malpractice liability insurance. Coverage descriptions are summaries only, and the complete policy should be read. Darwin member companies include Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc., Darwin National Assurance Company (DNA), and Darwin Select Insurance Company (DSI). DNA and DSI have earned a financial strength rating of "A- (Excellent)" from A.M. Best Company. Darwin is traded on the NYSE Arca exchange under the ticker symbol, "DR." The company became NYSE Arca's first listed company with DR's initial public offering in May 2006. For more information about Darwin, visit http://www.darwinpro.com/.

    Policy descriptions are provided as a general overview. Actual coverage may vary and is subject to policy language as issued.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc.

    CONTACT: Wendy Marx for Darwin, +1-203-445-2850, or
    wendy@marxcommunications.com

    Web site: http://www.darwinpro.com/

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