Companies news of 2008-03-05 (page 2)

  • AT&T Recommends 'Certified Fresh' U-verse TV Video On Demand Movie Picks With Rotten...
  • AT&T Delivers $140 Million in Network Services to Help Kentucky Schools Leverage...
  • Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Altera, Xilinx, Intersil, and...
  • SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc. Creates a Unique Solution With for...
  • Launches 2008 Six Sigma Compensation SurveyOffers the Most Comprehensive...
  • Softchoice Sees Big Opportunity in Microsoft Online Services
  • At Technische Universitat Dresden, SGI Altix Accelerates Three Months of Research Into a...
  • First Industrial Realty Trust Expands Landholdings in Strategic Southern California...
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    AT&T Recommends 'Certified Fresh' U-verse TV Video On Demand Movie Picks With Rotten TomatoesAT&T Is First TV and VOD Provider to Offer Recommendations From Popular Online Movie Review Site

    SAN ANTONIO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T U-verse(SM) TV customers can now select Video On Demand (VOD) titles with the help of Rotten Tomatoes (, the ultimate online movie destination. Rotten Tomatoes will provide recommendations on movies, including those that have the "Certified Fresh" accolade, to AT&T U-verse TV customers. AT&T Inc. is the first television and VOD provider to include Rotten Tomatoes' "Certified Fresh" seals for its VOD movie titles.

    U-verse customers have many ways to find out which VOD movies are Certified Fresh: on-screen via the AT&T U-verse Theatre channel, in the U-guide monthly entertainment magazine that is provided at no charge to all U-verse customers, in monthly VOD brochures mailed to customers and online at the AT&T U-verse U-connect entertainment site.

    "We're excited to join two great entertainment brands with AT&T U-verse and Rotten Tomatoes," said Hestia Lei, AT&T executive director of U-verse Member Marketing. "Customers love having their own video store right at their fingertips. U-verse customers get an easy-to-use VOD library with a wide selection of the latest releases, and we're making it even easier for them to choose the perfect movie."

    Rotten Tomatoes is the ultimate online movie destination, offering the most comprehensive guide to movies and detailed profiles on nearly 200,000 films. Rotten Tomatoes awards the "Certified Fresh" accolade to the best-reviewed films. "Certified Fresh" movies have been reviewed by 40 or more accredited film critics and have achieved a score of 75 percent or more on the Tomatometer(TM), a trusted measurement of movie quality for millions of moviegoers.

    "Rotten Tomatoes is the largest online community of film critics, and millions of movie-lovers rely on us each month to see if a movie is fresh or rotten," said Geoffrey Pay, general manager, Rotten Tomatoes. "We're glad to work with AT&T to provide that same critical insight to their U-verse TV customers. Bringing our movie reviews to U-verse VOD customers is a natural extension of the Rotten Tomatoes brand."

    All U-verse TV customers have access to the U-verse VOD library, which features a variety of free and rental VOD titles. U-verse VOD offers titles the same day as DVD releases, Spanish and international movies, modern classics, independent films, family and kids programming, television series on demand and exclusive content. Three-day rental periods are also available for select titles, unlike with some competitors.

    Customers who want additional information on AT&T U-verse TV -- or t o find out if it's available in their area -- can visit U-verse TV customers can get more information about U-verse TV programming and television events by visiting

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

    (C) 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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    About Rotten Tomatoes

    Rotten Tomatoes ( is the ultimate online movie destination offering the most comprehensive guide to movies. RT's Tomatometer(TM) -- based on the published opinions of hundreds of film critics -- is a trusted measurement of movie quality for millions of moviegoers. In addition, RT features detailed profiles on nearly 200,000 films as well as seasonal, award and genre-based lists and compilations. Users can customize personal profiles, create their own ratings, write blogs and interact with one of the largest online communities of movie critics and fans. Founded in 1998, Rotten Tomatoes is a unit of Fox Interactive Media.

    AT&T is not affiliated with Rotten Tomatoes and does not administer

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Destiny Belknap Varghese of AT&T, +1-214-665-1314,; or Alison Kurtz, +1-310-969-7876,,
    for Rotten Tomatoes

    Web site:

    AT&T Delivers $140 Million in Network Services to Help Kentucky Schools Leverage Technology and Improve Education

    FRANKFORT, Ky., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. today announced the completion of the Kentucky Education Network (KEN), a $140 million service recently added to AT&T's Kentucky Information Highway contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Education Cabinet. KEN will bring high-bandwidth broadband services and Internet access to 174 school districts located in 120 counties. The solution will also allow students and teachers to access information from post-secondary institutions in the state.

    In addition to the local and long distance voice service currently provided by AT&T, this new solution will establish Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for state school operations across Kentucky. The flexible network infrastructure of AT&T's solution will enable the state of Kentucky to scale its network services according to the state's needs and leverage advanced performance and security features.

    "In today's education environment, school applications are requiring technology and more bandwidth to give our teachers the tools they need to enhance each student's educational experience and to better prepare them for college and membership in a global workforce," said David Couch, commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Education Technology. "AT&T's network services are helping us address the different learning and teaching styles of students and teachers by providing educational content in the forms of video, audio and text. This content can now be delivered much better and faster to each classroom throughout our K - 12 system."

    Other major benefits provided through this network solution include analysis and improvement of student test scores online using Web-based diagnostic tools and the development of electronic individual learning plans for more than 300,000 students. These electronic plans can be accessed and reviewed at home by parents who are interested in their children's school activities.

    With AT&T's services, Kentucky is also establishing a K - 12 "data warehouse" that is expected to become a one-stop shop for assessment data, curriculum guidance and instructional tools, which can be accessed nearly in real time by students, parents, teachers and administrators.

    For more information about AT&T solutions for the state and local government market, please visit

    About the Kentucky Education Network (KEN)

    In direct support of Governor Beshear's Educational Vision, the Education Cabinet seeks to continue to build on the successes and lessons of the first 18 years of KERA, seven years of postsecondary reform and the research and technology improvements during that time by implementing a seamless education-centric network that equitably supports lifelong learning for all Kentuckians. Key features of KEN include equity in terms of cost, geographic availability, access, and support for all learning styles. KEN also supports the availability of audio and video-intense learning and research opportunities, scalable and adaptable network design that easily supports future growth, and 24 x 7 network availability and support. The goal of KEN is to develop a seamless education-centric network that will grow and scale to meet new, increasing, and unforeseen needs to support equitable life long learning for all Kentuckians. KEN further will help to break down the physical and political barriers between secondary and postsecondary education and share learning content and resources, both virtual and physical, throughout the education system.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

    (C) 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

    Note: This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at For more information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Drew Giblin of AT&T Inc., +1-404-739-0154, Mobile,

    Web site:

    Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Altera, Xilinx, Intersil, and STMicroelectronics

    PRINCETON, N.J., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, a subscription service focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has updated outlooks for Altera , Xilinx , Intersil , and STMicroelectronics .

    Without a doubt, 2008 has been a challenging year for investors. However, with challenge comes opportunity. Some analysts say that tech stocks are bad and others say they are good. Editor Paul McWilliams says there are tech stocks fitting both categories. In his reports, he provides the insight investors need to pick the winners and avoid the losers:

    In his report on worldwide semiconductor sales, McWilliams wrote: "I think the simplest way to view the analog markets today is that some of the higher volume applications are moving down the food chain. Where laptop power control started out with companies like Linear Technology earning towards 70% gross margins and moved on to companies like Intersil, which realized gross margins in the mid-50% area, we're now seeing a trend that will push these applications on to companies that earn only around 40% gross margins..."

    McWilliams also looks at these topics: -- After a rather dismal 2007, does McWilliams think 2008 will mark a positive turning point for Altera and Xilinx? -- Does McWilliams expect Intersil to top its Q1 guidance? What upsides does he see for Intersil that may offset the risks of potentially stiffer competition he expects to build in PC power control market next year? -- Might Wall Street be weighing economic conditions too heavily in the case of STMicro? Does McWilliams believe that the stock is overlooked by Wall Street?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 206% since its inception versus 75% for the Nasdaq.

    About Next Inning:

    Next Inning is a subscription financial newsletter focused on technology stocks. Editor Paul McWilliams is a 20+-year industry veteran.

    NOTE: This release was published by Indie Research Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor with CRD #131926. Interested parties may visit for additional information. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security.

    CONTACT: Marcie Martin, Next Inning Technology Research, +1-888-278-5515

    Indie Research Advisors, LLC

    CONTACT: Marcie Martin, Next Inning Technology Research,

    Web site:

    SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc. Creates a Unique Solution With for Merchants and Consumers

    SAN ANTONIO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As Stated by SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc. (SMKG: Pinksheets), " is being recognized as 'a most unique solution' for the Internet as a payment gateway. SMKG continues to market its product and services to the international business community while establishing a new paradigm for creating payment services that combine off-line and online markets in a secure environment - which creates compliancy with KYC (know your client) governance.


    Currently there is an average of 2 to 5 independent outlets signing up to become Velocitymoney(TM) service locations per week offering the following services: activation, funding and multi-currency remittance payments. In addition, is signing up 30 to 40 new consumers weekly through existing marketing campaigns and merchants. SMKG anticipates doubling the amount of new independent merchants signing up on a weekly basis by mid April (this does not include franchise types or multiple location requests); and furthermore increasing the number of new sign ups by 300 to 500 weekly by the end of April. Also, the new targeted marketing campaigns will allow SMKG to continue its financial growth and create a stronger brand awareness, gaining momentum and popularity."

    We seek safe harbor.

    SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc.

    CONTACT: Max Barone of Smart Card Marketing Systems Inc.,

    Web site: Launches 2008 Six Sigma Compensation SurveyOffers the Most Comprehensive Annual Compensation Data & Trends Report for Positions within Popular Quality Improvement Job Category

    WALTHAM, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --, Inc. , a leading provider of on-demand compensation and talent management solutions, today announced that its 2008 Six Sigma Compensation Survey is now available for employers' participation. For the third year in a row, will provide valuable information on compensation and organizational practices for companies with Six Sigma quality initiatives.

    Six Sigma is the data-driven, problem-solving approach that emphasizes efficiency, productivity, profitability, and quality. Made popular in the 1990s, the Six Sigma strategy continues to be implemented by many major companies today. Employers that have adopted Six Sigma initiatives hire and train certified Six Sigma employees to manage this critical quality initiative. These roles and programs vary from business to business, so it is vital that organizations have accurate data in order to make important compensation and practice decisions.'s past surveys of Six Sigma pay and practices reported some interesting findings related to the key quality-related jobs of 182 employers:

    -- The most highly leveraged position in 2007 was the Top Six Sigma Executive, earning a median short-term incentive of 35% of base salary; by contrast, the least leveraged job was the Green Belt in Manufacturing/Engineering, with a median short-term incentive of just below 9% of base pay. -- Organizations in the Finance and Insurance, and Manufacturing industries typically compensated above market medians while organizations in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry had pay levels lower than market median. -- Organizations rarely recruit Six Sigma professionals exclusively from outside their organizations -- depending on the position, 82% - 95% look both internally and externally to fill Six Sigma roles. -- Almost half (49%) of the organizations offer a rotational Black Belt program. These programs last an average of 24 months.

    The 2008 Six Sigma Compensation Survey will collect and report data by organization industry, size, location, and ownership type. The seven specific Six Sigma functions will be further broken down by job level -- Management, Professional, and Non-Exempt. For more information and participation requirements for the 2008 Six Sigma Compensation Survey please visit:

    About Six Sigma

    Six Sigma is a rigorous and disciplined methodology that uses data and statistical analyses to measure and improve an organization's operational performance, practices, and systems. To achieve Six Sigma, a process must produce a failure rate of not more than 3.4 defects per million.

    About, Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand compensation and talent management solutions helping businesses and individuals manage pay and performance. provides companies of all sizes comprehensive on-demand software applications that are tightly integrated with its own proprietary compensation data sets, thereby automating the essential elements of the compensation management process and significantly improving the effectiveness of its clients' compensation spend. For more information, visit

    (SLRY-F), Inc.

    CONTACT: Karen Peabody of, +1-781-464-7544,;
    or Bill Keeler of Schwartz Communications, +1-781-684-0770,, for

    Web site:

    Softchoice Sees Big Opportunity in Microsoft Online Services

    TORONTO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week Microsoft Corp. announced the expansion of its Online Services program, a set of subscription-based services that enable businesses to access e-mail, calendaring, shared workspaces, webconferencing and videoconferencing over the Web. The announcement represents an important step in Microsoft's 'software plus services' strategy and a significant growth opportunity for Microsoft Large Account Resellers (LAR) like Softchoice.

    "Our software plus services strategy is about offering greater choice and flexibility in how Microsoft technology is accessed - and that's creating new opportunities for customers and our partners," said Lynne Frankel, General Manager of U.S. Reseller Sales. "We are pleased to announce that existing customers with Software Assurance on their Microsoft Client Access Licenses will be able to purchase user subscriptions at a discount from their dedicated LAR. These customers will also have rights to blend both Microsoft Online Services with access to on-premises server software."

    Microsoft Online Services include a subscription-based model for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Access to these programs is managed through a single high-security Web interface, allowing IT professionals to monitor performance, add and configure users, and manage users and licenses. These services entered a limited beta trial this week for business of all sizes and will be generally available through the LAR channel in the second half of this year.

    "By complementing on-premises Microsoft implementations with online services, Microsoft is offering customers the best of both worlds," said David MacDonald, President and CEO of Softchoice. "The incentives they have put in place for Software Assurance subscribers are compelling. We are looking forward to helping our customers take advantage of this opportunity and to creating integrated software solutions that address their unique requirements."

    About Softchoice

    As one of North America's leading providers of technology solutions and services, Softchoice helps businesses and organizations of all sizes to select, acquire and manage their software and hardware technology resources. Softchoice offers a full range of capabilities, including face-to-face consultations and IT asset management services designed to help customers save time, money and risk in IT procurement. In 2006, Softchoice was named Software Value Added Reseller (VAR) of the Year by VAR Business magazine. Softchoice currently has more than 950 employees operating from more than 40 branch offices located in major cities across the U.S. and Canada.

    Softchoice stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the trading symbol "SO." The Common Shares of Softchoice are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and are not publicly traded in the United States.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction and enhancement of our services, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "expect" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our ability to integrate the business of Software Plus with our own, including the ability to maintain its customers, the ability to eliminate costs, and changes in technology and general market conditions, many of which are set out or incorporated by reference in the Company's latest Annual Information Form. Due to the many risks and uncertainties, Softchoice cannot assure that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

    Softchoice Corporation

    CONTACT: Eric Gardiner, Softchoice Corporation, (416) 588-9002 x2358,
    Contact Softchoice Corporate Communications

    At Technische Universitat Dresden, SGI Altix Accelerates Three Months of Research Into a Single DayUniversity's SGI InfiniteStorage Environment Addresses Growing Thirst for Data

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At Technische Universitat Dresden (TU Dresden), a massive deployment of compute and data management solutions from SGI is enabling researchers throughout Germany to break through information processing barriers in a broad range of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering, bioinformatics and nanotechnology.

    A team of German researchers is running complex simulations to determine how medical device makers might fuse biological materials with plastics or ceramics to create the ideal hip replacement. Another group is semantically analyzing 16 million scientific articles to efficiently grasp the world's combined understanding of gene expression and protein structures.

    TU Dresden's Center for Information Services and High-Performance Computing (ZIH) installed an SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 system powered by 2,048 Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processor cores and 6.5 Terabytes (TB) of main memory. The supercomputer can deliver 11.9 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS), making it the most powerful system in the East German Federal States.

    To ensure fast, easy access to data, ZIH also implemented a massive SGI(R) InfiniteStorage Data Management Facility (DMF) infrastructure. The hierarchical mass storage and retrieval system includes online disk space via SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 systems. By leveraging high-performance SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(TM), DMF and SGI-enhanced NFS, TU Dresden researchers can rapidly move and store large volumes of data. The data management infrastructure also includes a tape robot system featuring a Petabyte of capacity.

    Three months of research in a single day

    The SGI Altix 4700 supercomputer offers TU Dresden researchers up to 50,000 core hours of operation daily and as much as 1.5 million hours every month. Access to this much compute power has translated into real-world benefits. For instance, a complex simulation of large eddy formations that once required more than three months to compute now can be completed overnight on the SGI Altix 4700 system. This boost in productivity also allows the TU Dresden researchers to integrate theory with simulation and experimentation more closely than ever before. This collaborative, teamwork-based workflow has lead to faster, more accurate insights, as researchers assess and compare information garnered from model calculations and experimental evidence.

    "With SGI, we have obtained a well-balanced computer and storage environment that we hope will fuel innovation, not just here at the university, but throughout the region," said Dr. Hermann Kokenge, rector of TU Dresden. "With this SGI environment, we can offer our own institutes and other academic communities additional computing power in a working environment perfectly suited for data-intensive study. We already are witnessing major advances in traditional spheres of research and in emerging fields."

    Data management and storage prove critical

    An important component of the productivity improvements realized by TU Dresden's ZIH is the SGI InfiniteStorage environment, enabled by CXFS and DMF. For instance, the InfiniteStorage online disk system is integrated with the SGI supercomputer at the speed of 8 Gigabytes per second. That translates to extremely fast results for researchers working on even the largest problems: TU Dresden engineers have shown that CXFS can load 4 TB of data from the network into the system memory of the SGI Altix 4700 supercomputer in just 10 minutes, and 25 TB of data can move from the tape archive system to the SGI Altix in only four hours.

    "High bandwidth for the fast movement of large volumes of data is extremely important for our capability computing approach," said Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel, director of ZIH. "The SGI solution exceeded our goals for the speed and efficiency of data movement and management. This is outstanding."

    SGI -- Innovation for Results(TM)

    SGI is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server, visualization and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI helps customers solve significant challenges, whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate change, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at

    (C) 2008 SGI. All rights reserved. SGI, Altix, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks of SGI in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

    MEDIA CONTACT Marla Robinson 256.773.2371 SGI PR HOTLINE 650.933.7777 SGI PR FACSIMILE 650.933.0714


    CONTACT: Marla Robinson of SGI, +1-256-773-2371,, or SGI
    PR HOTLINE, +1-650-933-7777, or SGI PR FACSIMILE, +1-650-933-0714

    Web site:

    First Industrial Realty Trust Expands Landholdings in Strategic Southern California Markets to 1,300 Acres Developable to 26 Million Square Feet of Distribution SpaceAble to Serve Customers' Growing Supply Chain Needs Driven By Rising International Trade and Population Growth

    CHICAGO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. , a leading provider of industrial real estate supply chain solutions, today announced that its landholdings in Southern California now total 1,300 acres, developable to approximately 26 million square feet of industrial space.


    "We have strategically grown our landholdings in Southern California to fulfill rising demand for industrial space," said Mike Brennan, president and CEO of First Industrial. "More and more customers are attracted to the Inland Empire and other markets in Southern California as a critical distribution hub for goods moving through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach."

    The land investments and related developments are being financed principally through First Industrial's joint ventures with the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second-largest public pension fund in the United States.

    "Our landholdings in Southern California allow us to serve our customers through the development of state-of-the-art distribution facilities that accommodate increasing demand for industrial space from rising trade volumes and population growth," said Phil Bowman, senior vice president of development of First Industrial.

    During 2007, First Industrial and its partner acquired nearly 900 acres of land in Southern California through 16 transactions. Year to date, First Industrial and its partner have acquired an additional 400 acres of developable land in the Inland Empire that can accommodate approximately 9 million square feet of development.

    First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. provides industrial real estate solutions for every stage of a customer's supply chain, no matter how large or complex. Across more than 30 markets in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands and Belgium, our local market experts buy, (re)develop, lease, manage and sell industrial properties, including all of the major facility types -- R&D/flex, light industrial, manufacturing, and regional and bulk distribution centers. We continue to receive leading customer service scores from Kingsley Associates, an independent research firm, and in total, we own and manage more than 100 million square feet of industrial space. For more information, please visit us at

    This press release contains forward-looking information about the Company. A number of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including changes in: national, international, regional and local economic conditions generally and real estate markets specifically, legislation/regulation (including changes to laws governing the taxation of real estate investment trusts), availability of financing, interest rate levels, competition, supply and demand for industrial properties in the Company's current and proposed market areas, potential environmental liabilities, slippage in development or lease-up schedules, tenant credit risks, higher-than-expected costs, changes in general accounting principles, policies and guidelines applicable to real estate investment trusts, and risks related to doing business internationally (including foreign currency exchange risks). For further information on these and other factors that could impact the Company and the statements contained herein, reference should be made to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    PRN Photo Desk, First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sean O'Neill, SVP, Investor Relations and Corporate
    Communications, +1-312-344-4401, or Art Harmon, Director, Investor Relations
    and Corporate Communications, +1-312-344-4320, both of First Industrial Realty
    Trust, Inc.

    Web site:

    AOL, Lilly and VeriSign Return as Sponsors & NSA Returns as Patron of 2008 TopCoder OpenCompetitive Programming's Top Tournament Underway with Continued Support of AOL, Lilly, NSA and VeriSign; Expanded Field of 120 Finalists to Compete for $260,000 Prize Money in Las Vegas

    GLASTONBURY, Conn., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder(R), Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development, today announced AOL, Eli Lilly and Company and VeriSign, , will be encore sponsors of the 2008 TopCoder Open, with live finals scheduled for May 11th - May 15th at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. In addition, the National Security Agency (NSA) continues as an event patron. Online competition is underway with more than 4,600 competitors worldwide, and will run through March. The top 120 finalists spanning four competition tracks will compete for a share of $260,000 in prizes. Full details including event schedules, rules and guidelines are available online at:

    "We are excited to have the continued support of such a high profile and forward thinking group of innovation leaders," said Rob Hughes, president and COO of TopCoder, Inc. "Given the recent explosion and growing importance of social networks and Web 2.0 companies, the TopCoder Community is a recognized leader in delivering tangible results on the global stage."

    The TCO sponsor track will for the first time offer sponsors more equal billing -- each will be afforded the same opportunities for global branding and interfacing with the TopCoder community and onsite finalists. The annual TopCoder Open draws the world's top software developers from around the world to match skills in a variety of competitions, with more than 4,600 talented competitors registered across all competitions.

    This year's TCO features four highly contested tournament tracks -- the Algorithm Competition, Component Design and Development Competitions, Marathon Match Competition and Studio Design Competition. TopCoder competitions offer sponsors a powerful branding platform within the TopCoder global community of proven developers that provides a unique opportunity to build valuable relationships and to hire some of the best developers in the world.

    About TopCoder Competitions

    TopCoder tournaments are known worldwide as the most grueling, comprehensive test of skill in the field of competitive programming. The events allow competitors to solve complex algorithmic problems and design and develop working pieces of reusable software. All current industry standard technologies are incorporated, including Java, C++, C#, VB.NET, UML, J2EE and .NET.

    The TopCoder Open (TCO) is host to both professional and collegiate developers, who compete head-to-head over several online elimination rounds until the best are flown in to compete in person at the onsite finals. This event is dominated by the highest rated members in the TopCoder community, but enjoys heavy participation and spectatorship from developers and business professionals of all levels. The TopCoder Software Symposium, held onsite at the TCO, features a series of seminars just for developers, with special guests on hand as keynote speakers.

    About TopCoder, Inc.

    TopCoder is the world's largest competitive software development community with over 140,000 developers representing over 200 countries. TopCoder hosts the largest and most comprehensive developer ratings and performance metrics available. The TopCoder community builds software for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. This methodology results in a highly consistent set of software components allowing a software-as-parts approach to application development. TopCoder makes this large library of software components built through competition available to all of our clients. Utilizing a world-wide member base and this library, TopCoder seeks to lower the cost of software development while increasing both the speed at which applications can be developed and the quality of the ultimate application. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events, recruiting TopCoder members and utilizing TopCoder's software services, visit

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    Everything Channel Teams with VARStreet to Launch a Set of Information Services, Providing Business Advantage for the CommunityNew Service Provides Real-Time Product Catalog, Availability and Pricing on Demand

    MANHASSET, N.Y., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Everything Channel, the number one destination for technology vendors and marketers looking to reach the $390 billion sellers of technology channel, announced it will be working with VARStreet, the leading provider of specialized e-commerce services to launch new information services that will provide business advantages for technology sellers. VARStreet developed these key information services for Everything Channel's community leveraging its established industry experience and proven track record in providing comprehensive on-demand E-Commerce solutions for IT Manufacturers, Distributors and VARs.

    VARStreet's relationship with Everything Channel's ChannelWeb (, which is accessed by more than one million Solution Providers, will provide subscribers with live product availability and pricing from multiple distributors and e-tailers as well as detailed product information through its catalog service. This service saves technology sellers valuable time and helps them to respond quickly to their customers on product, price and availability.

    "Being able to respond to customers quickly is critical to technology sellers. This new set of information services is easy to use and saves a tremendous amount of time in accessing multi-vendor, multi-distributor product, price and availability information," said Rad Sundar, CEO of VARStreet. "We are very excited to be partnering with CMP Channel to offer this new information service to resellers."

    "We are pleased to add another innovative tool to our already broad portfolio of solutions to help technology sellers accelerate their businesses," said Robert Faletra, Chief Executive Officer, Everything Channel. "Besides the free information service -- technology sellers can sign-up for VARStreet's on demand E-Commerce solutions that helps technology providers streamline their sales and purchasing processes, and meet customer demands of easy online ordering -- driving higher productivity and profitability."

    In addition to this new information service and on demand E-Commerce solutions from VARStreet, Everything Channel has a strong portfolio of business tools for the vendors and the sellers of technology helping them accelerate sales and grow their businesses. They include a workflow tool that helps create efficiencies in Request for Proposals (RFPs) and proposal building through configuration technology solutions (eXalt's multi-vendor workflow tool); a promotions tool to manage incentives (MTC Performance's spiff solutions); and a business growth and management tool (M&A Forum).

    For additional information on Everything Channel, visit For additional information on VARStreet, visit

    About VARStreet

    VARStreet is the leading provider of On-Demand B2B, B2G and Partner Commerce solutions to IT Manufacturers, Distributors and VARs. The XC platform today connects 400 VARs to serve over 100,000 Corporate, Federal, State and Local customers. Businesses that sell and purchase IT products and solutions have successfully leveraged VARStreet's XC E-Commerce platform to support diverse customer requirements. VARStreet is located in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, call (408) 562-5634 or visit the VARStreet web site at

    Everything Channel (, Everything Channel is the global leader in Channel execution and serves as the one stop shop for the indirect sales channel that drive 75 percent of technology sales throughout the world. IT suppliers and Solution Providers turn to Everything Channel to manage and accelerate their business. Everything Channel provides the answer to strategy and branding, online marketing, market intelligence, lead generation, branded and custom events, education and workflow tools targeted to those who buy and sell through the Channel. Everything Channel is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

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    Boston's Historic Old North Church Embraces Philips LED TechnologyBoston's oldest church building implements LED lighting to properly accentuate historic architecture while minimizing energy consumption

    BURLINGTON, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips' acquisition of Color Kinetics, announced today the interior lighting "makeover" of a historic landmark: Boston's Old North Church. Pivotal to Paul Revere's famous midnight ride and a beacon during the American Revolution, the Old North Church uniquely combines the best of 18th century architecture with cutting-edge LED technology - demonstrating the ease with which solid-state lighting adapts to even the oldest of existing lighting environments.

    As part of on-going refurbishment, the 285 year-old church sought a sustainable and low-maintenance light source to replace the dated, linear incandescent tube system lining 18 interior niches. Boston lighting designer Lana Nathe of Light Insight conceptualized the lighting scheme and was aided by Boston Light Source, who donated the product. She specified Philips eW(TM) Cove Powercore - a low-profile, linear LED fixture that delivers 5X the efficiency of common incandescent click-strip lighting. It boasts a projected lifetime of 50,000 hours, compared with the 1,000 - 2,000 hours of the previous source, and is expected to cut energy consumption by nearly 85%.

    "By incorporating warm white LED lighting, we can better showcase the charm of the architectural details of this classic structure that plays an integral role in the birth of our nation," said Nathe. "We were able to achieve precisely the right visual impact while creating an energy-efficient and sustainable design for the future. We did not have to sacrifice on quality of light to conserve energy - a true testament to how far LED sources have advanced. 21st century results: reduced energy plus longer life equals lower maintenance."

    Approximately 130 eW Cove Powercore units were installed along interior niches of the church's upper gallery casting a warm white glow and accentuating the historic arches and moldings. Each 8-foot run of eW Cove Powercore consumes just 40 watts of energy, compared to the 240 watts consumed by each 8-foot run of the previous incandescent system. The fixtures incorporate proprietary power management and dimming technologies, which translate to greater operational efficiency and ease of use. They are capable of smooth dimming via the church's existing ELV-type dimmers, and their low profile and simple line-power installation allows them to fit within the narrow alcoves where light sources that require ballasts, transformers and other auxiliary equipment could not.

    "This is a great example of how even America's oldest buildings can quickly and easily integrate LED lighting, demonstrating that the technology isn't solely limited to new construction," said Bill Sims, CEO, Philips SSL Solutions. "Once illuminated by gas lanterns, this historic landmark now benefits from the most cutting-edge form of lighting technology available today, and represents the staggering improvements recently made in lighting technology. We developed fixtures like eW Cove Powercore for the very purpose of bringing sustainable, energy-efficient lighting to retrofit projects with ease."

    Digital images available upon request. About Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions

    Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips' acquisition of Color Kinetics, transforms environments through new, dynamic uses of light. Its award-winning lighting systems and technologies apply the benefits of LEDs as a highly efficient, long lasting, environmentally friendly, and inherently digital source of illumination - reinventing light itself as a highly controllable medium. Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions also enables widespread adoption of LED lighting through OEM and licensing partnerships in diverse markets. The company is headquartered in Burlington, MA with offices in the UK and China. More information is available at

    About Royal Philips Electronics

    Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering people-centric, innovative products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 123,800 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $36.8 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2007, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, as well as lifestyle solutions for personal wellbeing. News from Philips is located at

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    Synopsys Enters Embedded Memory Market With Highly Differentiated IPCollaboration with Novelics Features Cost-Effective SRAM-1T and Low-Power Standard SRAMs

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc. , a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing and Novelics, a leading provider of semiconductor embedded memory IP, today announced the expansion of Synopsys' DesignWare(R) IP portfolio with the addition of an innovative SRAM-1T embedded memory IP that is implemented in bulk logic CMOS technology, requiring no additional manufacturing costs. As part of a cooperative technology licensing and development relationship with Novelics, Synopsys will also offer a family of low-power and high-performance standard SRAM IP. The new silicon-proven DesignWare embedded memory IP will enable the design and manufacturing of higher performance and more power-efficient system-on-chips (SoCs).

    DesignWare coolSRAM-1T(TM) Memory IP

    Content and feature-rich products require faster, more power-efficient SoCs with increasingly large amounts of on-chip memory. High-density SRAM-1T memory IP enables integration of up to three times more memory than a standard 6T-SRAM, enabling chips to incorporate more system memory on-chip, thus lowering power and overall system cost. The DesignWare coolSRAM-1T is implemented on a bulk logic CMOS process and does not require additional masks or manufacturing steps. This implementation provides designers with a true zero-added-cost solution, offering up to 15 percent reduction in manufacturing costs compared to existing SRAM-1T products.

    Unlike competitive solutions, the DesignWare coolSRAM-1T memory IP is a compiler-based solution providing designers with immediate access to the specific memory IP instance they need without any compromise on instance storage capacity or topology. The combination of not having to pay a premium on wafer price coupled with the flexibility of the compiler-based technology enables designers to reduce system-level power and cost, even for designs with small amounts of memory.

    DesignWare coolSRAM Memory IP

    In addition to the SRAM-1T offering, Synopsys will provide a family of high-performance and low-power standard SRAMs that include single port 6T, dual port 8T, register file and ultra high density ROM. The new DesignWare coolSRAM memory IP enables the implementation of a 32Kb Cache memory operating well over 1GHz while drawing less than 6uW/MHz as measured on a leading 65nm low-power process. The compilers also include advanced power control features such as leakage control and block-level sleep mode to implement system-level power management, enabling increased battery life for portable devices.

    "Embedded memory often represents well over 50 percent of the transistors on a chip, and therefore plays a crucial role in a designer's ability to differentiate their designs," said Joachim Kunkel, vice president and general manager of the Solutions Group at Synopsys. "Synopsys is expanding into this high growth IP market with a unique SRAM-1T embedded memory IP solution that allows designers to lower system cost and integration risk, while also offering a set of standard SRAMs that provides low power and high performance characteristics."

    "We have put a tremendous amount of engineering effort into differentiating our SRAM-IT technology," said Cyrus Afgahi, chief executive officer at Novelics. "Joining forces with Synopsys enables us to mutually benefit from the cooperative technology development efforts, and collaborate on a very robust characterization and quality assurance methodology to ensure the highest quality designs."

    "Our latest and most advanced designs implement coolSRAM and coolSRAM-1T embedded memory IP," said Mohy Abdelgany, chief executive officer at fabless semiconductor company Newport Media. "We have been able to reduce our overall power consumption and silicon area significantly and are shipping in volume. We are looking forward to the future developments on the coolSRAM and coolSRAM-IT technology driven by Synopsys and Novelics."


    The SRAM and SRAM 1T IP will be available in the first quarter of 2008. For more information on the DesignWare Embedded Memory IP, visit

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing. The company delivers technology-leading system and semiconductor design and verification platforms, IC manufacturing and yield optimization solutions, semiconductor intellectual property and design services to the global electronics market. These solutions enable the development and production of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems. Through its comprehensive solutions, Synopsys addresses the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, including power management, accelerated time to yield and system-to-silicon verification. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

    About Novelics

    Novelics, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., supplies a portfolio of innovative embedded memory IP for low power and high performance ASIC, ASSP, and SoC designs. Novelics' compiler-generated "cool" and "zero-leakage" Memory IPs include coolSRAM-1T(TM), coolSRAM-6T(TM), coolOTP(TM), high-speed coolCache(TM), coolCAM(TM), and coolROM(TM). All Novelics memory IP is implemented for standard logic CMOS processes with no additional masks or process steps to minimize cost and maximize reliability and portability. Novelics' customers compete in low-power consumer, wireless, high-speed computing, industrial, and networking applications. For more information, please visit

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press 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, including statements regarding the potential market demand, expected benefits, availability, and performance characteristics for the new SRAM-1T embedded memory IP and the new family of low power and high performance standard SRAM IP. These statements are based on current expectations and beliefs. Actual results could differ materially from those described by these statements due to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, unforeseen market forces, discontinued collaboration between the parties, engineering difficulties, uncertainties attendant to any new product offering, and other risks as identified in the section of Synopsys' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007, and subsequent forms 10-Q, entitled "Risk Factors."

    Synopsys and DesignWare are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Any other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

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    Craig West of NetSuite Recognized as a Leading Channel Chief by CMP Channel's CRNChannel Sales Executive's Strategy Leads the Way in SaaS ERP Software / CRM

    SAN MATEO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetSuite Inc. , a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business software suites that include Accounting software / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce software for small and midsized businesses and divisions of large companies, today announced that Craig West, Director of Channel Sales, Americas at NetSuite has been named a 2008 Channel Chief by CRN, the flagship publication of CMP Channel, the No. 1 destination for technology vendors and marketers looking to reach the $373 billion Solution Provider channel. CRN Channel Chiefs are recognized as influential executives who consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies. For more information about this please visit

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    Mr. West was recognized for his strategic Channel Sales leadership for NetSuite, a SaaS based ERP software and CRM company, resulting in notable year-over-year gains, significant partner growth and successful execution of its vertical industry solutions strategy for partners.

    This is the sixth consecutive year that CRN has developed the Channel Chief list. Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through software resellers, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel sales activities.

    "NetSuite is honored to have Craig West recognized as a CRN 2008 Channel Chief," said NetSuite Chief Executive Officer Zach Nelson. "Craig and his team work tirelessly to help make our partners successful in promoting customer adoption and sharing in the success of the only fully integrated Software as a Service (SaaS) product on the market for growing and medium-sized businesses."

    "Successful channel programs and strategies help fuel the booming Solution Provider ecosystem, and each of this year's Channel Chiefs should be applauded for building and advocating the most successful of those programs and strategies," said Dan Dignam, Vice President and Publisher of CMP Channel.

    About NetSuite

    NetSuite Inc. is a leading vendor of on-demand, integrated business software suites for small and midsized businesses. NetSuite enables companies to manage core business operations in a single system, which includes Accounting software / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Ecommerce software. NetSuite's patent-pending "real-time dashboard" technology provides an easy-to-use view into up-to-date, role-specific business information.

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    About CRN (

    CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at

    About CMP Channel (

    CMP Channel is the one stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its print products which include CRN and VARBusiness, their accompanying websites, the broader ChannelWeb network, the Group's XChange worldwide face-to-face conferences and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers and best practices for vendors.

    About CMP Technology (

    CMP Technology is a marketing-solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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    TrustedID Selects Edentify to Complement its Proactive Consumer Identity Protection SolutionEdentify's IDAlert Product Monitors Identity Records to Protect Against Identity TheftEdentify Expands Footprint in the Consumer ID Management Market

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Edentify, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: EDFY) (, a leading provider of identity management and data analysis solutions, has announced today that TrustedID, a leader in consumer identity protection, has selected Edentify to enhance its proactive consumer identity protection solution, IDFreeze.

    As part of the agreement, Edentify will license its IDAlert(TM) product to TrustedID. IDAlert, which continually monitors consumers' identity records and can detect early signs of identity fraud, will be added to TrustedID's IDFreeze service.

    "We are continuing to gain traction in the consumer space and this agreement marks another major milestone in our market penetration," says Terrence DeFranco, Edentify's Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the consumer market represents a very significant opportunity for growth, and we expect that our partnership with industry leader TrustedID will help provide consumers with superior tools and a greater sense of security."

    TrustedID provides Americans with the strongest proactive protection against identity theft, including credit report controls, credit freezes, opt- out from pre-approved credit card offers, and identity restoration services. The company's solutions are available to consumers through leading financial institutions and consumer brands, as well as directly on the company's website,

    Scott Mitic, Chief Executive Officer of TrustedID, comments, "We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible protection against identity theft and fraud, and Edentify's IDAlert is a valuable addition to our product services. It will help us better serve our customers and provide piece of mind against identity theft."

    About Edentify, Inc.

    Edentify, Inc. ( is among the leading organizations in the field of developing and deploying data analysis technology solutions for preventing identity theft and fraud. It is currently a later-stage development company and expects shortly to begin a period of increased growth. Edentify analyzes the means by which identity crimes are perpetrated, and develops new technologies and procedures to assist corporations, the government, and consumers in the fight against identity fraud and related crime.

    About TrustedID

    TrustedID is a leading provider of proactive consumer identity theft protection solutions, helping hundreds of thousands of consumers protect their identities.

    The company's flagship product, IDFreeze, is the most powerful solution available today to stop identity theft before it happens, and includes the ability for customers to freeze their credit reports at Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. TrustedID's services are backed by a $1,000,000 Service Warranty. IDFreeze is available to consumers through the nation's leading financial institutions and consumer brands, as well as directly through TrustedID's website,

    Forward-Looking Statement

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements of future goals and similar statements reflecting other than historical facts constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which are described in Edentify's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. Edentify undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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    Texas Instruments new audio processor with digital output brings greater performance for higher fidelity in consumer audio

    DALLAS, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Reinforcing its commitment to provide high-quality integrated circuits for consumer audio electronics, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced a new addition to its line of high-performance digital audio processors. The new TAS3308 audio System on a Chip (SoC) is a single-chip solution that offers exceptional processing power for audio equipment manufacturers to create demanding applications such as digital television (DTV) audio subsystems, mini/micro component systems, 5.1 speaker bars and other consumer audio electronics.

    Further improving upon TI's legacy of developing high-end audio solutions, the TAS3308 integrates an analog multiplexer and stereo analog-to-digital converter (ADC) along with a high-performance digital audio processor and six Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) output channels. This high degree of hardware integration is complemented with the intuitive PurePath Studio software development environment to allow customers to bring products with advanced digital audio signal processing to market with minimal investment in both hardware and software development resources.

    High performance, system-level integration

    Texas Instruments' new processor features a fully-integrated digital audio signal chain including PWM outputs, reducing system cost and complexity and allowing for the direct drive of class D power stages. The TAS3308 audio SoC builds on proven technology introduced in the highly-successful line of TI audio processors, which have already been implemented in a broad array of consumer audio products from leading manufacturers. The core of the new device is a high-performance digital audio processor based on TI's industry-leading digital signal processing technology. Superior high-resolution audio processing comes from a 48-bit data path that supplies the high level of precision required by advanced audio algorithms. Running at 135 MHz, the TAS3308 processor also includes an on-chip microcontroller that handles control and communications in order to optimize system performance. Integrated analog functionality includes a stereo single ended ADC with 100 dB Dynamic Range (DNR), a 10 input analog multiplexer and six differential PWM outputs with 105 dB DNR.

    The processing performance advantage offered by the device enables designers to deliver value in such products as HDTV, where consumers expect the high fidelity of the audio to match the picture quality. For more information see

    "Texas Instruments' TAS3308 audio SoC gives system designers a wide range of easy-to-use digital output options for implementing HDTVs and other high-end audio consumer electronics," said Cecelia Smith, product line manager for TI's Mixed Signal Audio and Video group. "With the TAS3308 and other audio solutions, TI is working to give designers the performance, flexibility, cost-efficiency and support they need to compete effectively with value-added products in the consumer market."

    Time-saving development support

    The flexibility and depth of software support for the TAS3308 speeds time to market, promotes customization and product differentiation, and allows developers to provide consumers with high quality audio at an affordable cost. The device is fully supported by a traditional digital signal processor(DSP) software development tool kit and by the PurePath Studio graphical development environment, a highly efficient drag-and-drop development environment that accelerates the creation of new audio products. Developers have full control of audio processing and can draw on an extensive portfolio of pre-programmed basic audio functions and advanced audio algorithms from TI and leading third parties.

    PWM amps for a complete solution

    The TAS3308 SoC is complemented by TI's TAS5xxx line of PWM power stages. The TAS3308's PWM control and the TAS5xxx power stages are designed using TI's market-proven PurePath PWM technology and are engineered to work together seamlessly at the board level, ensuring simple system integration and high-quality audio performance with minimal development effort. The TAS5xxx devices are pin-compatible and power-scalable, so that audio designers can create a variety of multi-channel system configurations with outputs ranging from 13 to 315 watts per channel using virtually the same TAS3308 board layout.

    The TAS3308 Audio System on a Chip is sampling now, with volume availability scheduled for the first quarter of 2008. The device is packaged in a 100-pin quad flatpack (QFP). Suggested retail pricing is $5.60 in quantities of 10,000.

    Extending TI's offering for home entertainment audio

    The TAS3308 joins TI's complete offering for home entertainment audio. From industry-leading DSPs and high-performance analog (HPA) solutions, TI delivers the most reliable, scaleable and power-efficient solutions for simple and complex audio designs. For more information see the Audio Solutions Guide at

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to


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    Tektronix Provides World's Fastest ProbeP7520 TriMode(TM) Measurement Switching Probe Provides 20 GHz Bandwidth to Meet R&D Design Needs for Next Generation High-Speed Serial Data Rates

    BEAVERTON, Ore., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today announced the world's fastest probe to complement the world's fastest four- channel real-time oscilloscope. At 20 GHz, the new P7520 probe matches the DSA72004 Digital Serial Analyzer (DSA) oscilloscope for bandwidth, providing electrical engineers with the most advanced oscilloscope and probe combination. The P7520 is the latest addition to the P7500 probing family and sets a new record for bandwidth, provides superior signal fidelity with fast risetime and low circuit loading, a "needle nose" form factor, and patented TriMode(TM) measurement switching. When used with the DSA72004, the P7520 enables R&D engineers to debug and validate high-speed serial data circuits up to 10Gbit/s.

    Customers in the consumer, communications, computer, and semiconductor areas are increasingly tasked with designing for rapidly evolving standards and having to use more exacting measurement techniques. Moving from a signal environment with moderate consideration for RF effects to one that is dominated by them, they now need to connect to and acquire multiple, fast, complex, signals simultaneously. To do this, they need fast, accurate, and easy-to-use test instruments, beginning with the probe that provides the connection to the device under test (DUT). To meet the latest needs, Tektronix is introducing the 20 GHz P7520. This speed allows customers to debug and validate the 3rd harmonic of 10 Gbit/s signals and do compliance testing to the 5th harmonic on signals up to 8 Gbit/s including PCI-Express 3, SATA Gen-3, and HDMI 1.3. The new probe provides the fastest probing solution in the marketplace.

    "Engineers developing state of the art computing and communication equipment need high bandwidth test equipment to efficiently and accurately design, debug, and test their high-speed serial devices," said Mike Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Measurement Accessories Product Line, Tektronix. "With breakthrough capabilities, excellent signal fidelity, new connectivity features enabling easy access to test signals, and with the highest bandwidth in the market, the new P7520 probe sets the standard for performance, efficiency and ease-of-use. When used with Tektronix' real-time oscilloscopes, customers will have the highest performing, most efficient measurement system enabling engineers to do more in less time."

    As much as the speed, engineers need instruments that work well together to form complete solutions. When used with Tektronix' ultra high-performance oscilloscopes such as the DSA70000 and DPO70000 Series, the Tektronix P7520 probe provides the highest signal fidelity and acquisition performance in the industry. The result is a superior test bench to speed design and test of the most advanced products with the fastest and most complex signals.

    TriMode Probing

    Each new Tektronix P7500 series probe provides patent-pending TriMode measurements providing greater efficiency and ease-of-use. TriMode probing addresses an unmet need in the market by enabling engineers to switch between differential, single-ended, and common mode measurements without moving the probe connections. This allows the engineer to work more efficiently through an ability to probe three points simultaneously and make three different kinds of measurements with one probe and one setup rather than the multiple probes and multiple setups that are currently necessary.

    Easy Connectivity

    With less chip real estate available for connecting probes, engineers often have difficulty attaching a probe to the DUT. The probe body of the P7520 is streamlined so that several probes are able to fit into confined spaces. Interchangeable probe tip modules provide miniature solder-in tips, interchangeable extension cables assist with reaching difficult to probe areas, and a needle-nose handheld style probe module can be used for both fixtured and handheld applications.

    Pricing and Availability

    U.S. MSRP pricing for the P7520 is $16,900. Shipments for the P7520 are expected to begin before the end of March, 2008.

    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, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

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    CONTACT: Gary Grossman, Worldwide Sr. PR Manager of Tektronix,

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    FileMaker Features New Bento Personal Database Software and FileMaker Pro K-12 Solutions at 2008 Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Conference'The Complete Teaching Toolbox,' based on FileMaker Pro, is a featured conference workshop

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FileMaker, Inc. will feature Bento, the new personal database software for Mac OS X Leopard, and FileMaker Pro 9 at the 2008 Computer-Using Educators (CUE) conference, March 6 to 8, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, Calif. (, in Booth No. 412. Conference goers will see demonstrations of Bento as well as FileMaker Pro solutions for educators designed to help them manage classroom administrative tasks.

    Bento is the stylish new personal database software for Mac OS X Leopard that is as easy to use as a Mac. Its iTunes-like interface puts Address Book, iCal and other Mac information in one place, making organization easy. More than 140,000 copies of Bento were downloaded during its two-month public preview. Bento trial software is available at

    FileMaker Pro will be featured in the conference session "The Complete Teaching Toolbox: From Lesson Plans to Improved Student Performance." This session will demonstrate education training tools targeted at technology topics such as database usage, teacher and administrator classroom observation, lesson plan and test design, parent participation, and IEP development. The session will be presented Saturday, March 8 from 11:00 a.m. to noon and will be led by Bob Barboza, Teacher on Special Assignment, California Association of Resource Specialists.

    FileMaker database software helps schools collect, manage and report on student and administrative data. More than 10,000 K-12 schools use FileMaker in their data-driven decision-making processes to achieve greater operational efficiency, comply with federal and state reporting requirements and track student performance.

    At the FileMaker booth, educators can receive free 30-day trials of Bento and FileMaker Pro 9 while supplies last.

    FileMaker also offers the K-12 Education Starter Kit, featuring five education starter solutions, and other helpful K-12 resources. The Starter Kit with a trial version of FileMaker Pro 9 can be downloaded at

    About FileMaker, Inc.

    FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the new Bento personal database for Mac. FileMaker Pro won 46 awards, more than its next eight competitors combined, from 2003-2007. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organizations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

    (C) 2008 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. FileMaker and Bento are trademarks of FileMaker, Inc., and FileMaker is registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Speakers and sessions are subject to change without notice.

    Customer contact: 800-325-2747

    FileMaker, Inc.

    CONTACT: Customer, 1-800-325-2747, or Media, Kevin Mallon of FileMaker,
    Inc., +1-408-987-7227,

    Web site:

    NAVTEQ Continues Asia Pacific Expansion With First Release of New Zealand and Expanded Coverage in ThailandThe Industry's Largest Regional Footprint Now Includes Ten Countries

    CHICAGO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced its first release of a 100 percent coverage map for New Zealand and expansion of the Thailand map to full coverage.

    "Asia Pacific is an exploding region with huge growth potential across all product segments. Over the next four years, all available forecasts are projecting extremely high growth in the Smartphone and PND markets, and growth in the vehicle navigation segment is expected to approach 50 percent," stated Rich Shuman, NAVTEQ Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales. "Optimizing NAVTEQ(R) map expansion and connectivity in this region supports both our customers' business plans and positions NAVTEQ to be a leading provider of digital map data for navigation."

    Detailed coverage, NAVTEQ's most highly attributed and verified standard is available to 50 percent of New Zealand's population in the cities of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Detailed coverage is obtained by using the resources of NAVTEQ's geographic analysts who also provide continuous map maintenance and enhancements.

    "Field expertise is invaluable in verifying NAVTEQ data in the real world," said Aaron Dannenbring, Director, Product Management Asia Pacific. "Our geographic analysts verify the road network against up to 260+ attributes such as one-ways, turn restrictions and number of lanes, allowing us to collect the road information as the end-user would experience it."

    In addition to road network coverage the New Zealand map contains a full set of features including points of interest (POI) across approximately 74 categories enabling users to select their destination either by address or the POI listing. Thailand also has a full set of features with POI included in the NAVTEQ map across 52 categories.

    NAVTEQ expanded coverage for Asia Pacific now includes maps for the following countries: Australia, Brunei, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

    About NAVTEQ

    NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has more than 3,300 employees located in 174 offices in 32 countries.

    NAVTEQ is a trademark in the U.S. and other countries. (C) 2008 NAVTEQ. All rights reserved.

    This document may include certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts and statements identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" or words of similar meaning. The statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those set forth under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in each of the Company's most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. NAVTEQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document.


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    Better Buys for Business recognizes Lexmark color lasers with Editor's Choice awards

    LEXINGTON, Ky., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Better Buys for Business, an independent reviewer of document imaging equipment, has awarded an Editor's Choice rating to Lexmark International, Inc.'s C530, C532, C782 and C935 families of color laser printers.

    The printers were recognized in Better Buys for Business' 2008 Color Laser and Business Inkjet Printer Guide. The cover of the guide featured Lexmark's C935hdn departmental color laser printer.

    In its review, Better Buys for Business gave accolades to Lexmark's C530 and C532 series for their rapid speed and affordability, calling them "another Lexmark breakthrough in speed and price for color laser printing." The Lexmark C530 and C532 are great for small business workgroups, offering speeds of up to 22 pages per minute (ppm) in color and 24 ppm in monochrome for prices starting at $499*. In 2007, the Lexmark C530dn, C532n and C532dn also received Editor's Choice ratings from Better Buys for Business.

    The Lexmark C782 series was recognized for its versatility, impressive speed and value. Better Buys for Business commented that the printers in the Lexmark C782 series are "capable color printers that offer serious production capacity at a moderate price." With prices ranging from $1,299* to $1,899*, the Lexmark C782 series can print up to 35 ppm in color and 40 ppm in monochrome and offers extensive paper handling options for larger workgroups. The Lexmark C782n has "excellent speed and good features," said Better Buys for Business.

    Noting the features and speed of Lexmark's C935 series, Better Buys for Business said, "Lexmark's new, faster entry in the color ledger-size printer market is a standout." Starting at $3,199*, the Lexmark C935 series offers wide-format printing and advanced finishing options. Designed for workgroups that print high volumes, the Lexmark C935 series prints at speeds up to 40 ppm in color and 45 ppm in monochrome. Better Buys for Business also recently awarded Lexmark's C935 family of color laser printers with a 2007 Innovative Product of the Year award, which is given to a product or family of products that introduce an exciting new technology.

    "The customer is our top priority when we design our products and services. We have a unique ability to anticipate their needs and help them accomplish their goals over the long term," said Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. "Lexmark is honored to receive the Editor's Choice distinction from Better Buys for Business for these printers."

    For more information about Lexmark's color lasers and entire line of printing and imaging devices, visit

    About Lexmark

    Lexmark International, Inc. provides businesses and consumers in more than 150 countries with a broad range of printing and imaging products, solutions and services that help them to be more productive. In 2007, Lexmark reported $5.0 billion in revenue. Learn how Lexmark can help you get more done at

    Lexmark and Lexmark with diamond design are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    All prices, features, specifications and capabilities are subject to change without notice.

    *All prices are estimated street prices in U.S. dollars - actual prices may vary.

    Lexmark International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Emily Rardin of Lexmark International, Inc., +1-859-232-7818,

    Web site:

    Diebold Sends Letter to United Technologies Corporation

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diebold, Incorporated today sent the following letter to George David, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corporation ("UTX"), in response to UTX's unsolicited $40 per share offer, which was made public on Sunday, March 2. Diebold's board of directors on Monday, March 3, unanimously rejected UTX's unsolicited proposal to acquire the company:

    Mr. George David Chairman and Chief Executive Officer United Technologies Corporation One Financial Plaza Hartford, Connecticut 06103 Dear Mr. David:

    While our rejection of your unsolicited proposal to acquire Diebold, Incorporated ("Diebold" or the "Company") has been publicly disclosed, I want to take this opportunity to emphasize our position with respect to the Company's long-term strategy and prospects, to reiterate that our focus is on building and delivering value for our shareholders, and to respond directly to mischaracterizations regarding the history of discussions between Diebold and United Technologies Corporation ("UTX").

    UTX is opportunistically seeking value that belongs to Diebold shareholders

    Your $40.00 per share offer is 27 percent below Diebold's 52-week high of $54.50 reached only seven months ago. Moreover, your offer is an opportunistic attempt to acquire Diebold at an inadequate price that does not reflect significant progress against our current strategic initiatives, a U.S. ATM and financial self-service environment that is anticipated to improve in 2009 from recent lows, important opportunities for growth overseas and cost initiatives that are on track to eliminate an initial $100 million from our cost structure by the end of 2008. The Company is also in the process of finalizing additional strategic initiatives that would result in further substantial cost savings. In short, we are confident in the management team's ability to significantly grow margins in the near term and achieve stand-alone value well in excess of your offer.

    We are confident that our performance is on a strong upward trajectory. We remain committed to our strategy and believe that our shareholders should be the beneficiaries of this momentum.

    No basis for Diebold shareholders to accurately determine appropriate value

    As we have clearly stated, given that we are in the process of working to become current in our financial results, there is simply insufficient financial information for investors to assess valuation. Accordingly, we have been unable to provide forward-looking guidance to date. As we have previously reported, the Company is working diligently to complete this process as quickly as possible. Hence, it would be imprudent for us to engage in any change-of-control discussions at this time. We believe that no responsible, objective management team or Board would assert otherwise and have heard from a number of our shareholders in the last few days that share this view.

    Our customer relationships are a key component of our value

    Diebold was built on a foundation of customer focus and loyalty. We have carefully cultivated our strong brand for nearly 150 years. Our intense focus on the financial industry and our unwavering commitment to customers is evident in all that we do. We are mindful of the potential consequences any action we take could have on our global customers and the communities in which we operate. A loss of confidence in the focus on our industry or stability of our operations could have dramatic and material impact on our growth and profitability.

    Misleading characterizations by UTX

    We take exception to your assertion that UTX has "sought for more than two years to engage Diebold in constructive discussions." This statement is inaccurate and misleading. Prior to your letter dated February 29, 2008, UTX had never made a firm proposal to acquire Diebold. In fact, UTX approached Diebold on only two occasions with non-specific inquiries -- first a brief, informal conversation that took place roughly two years ago between an investment banker (who did not identify his client) and a Diebold Board member; and second, your letter dated February 19, 2008, which referenced a vague proposal without any specific price. Two points of contact separated by two years does not, in our opinion, represent "constructive discussions to increase shareholder value" as you have publicly stated.

    Our focus is on creating value for Diebold shareholders

    To be clear, our Directors are -- and have consistently been -- focused on building and delivering value for our shareholders. We are extremely mindful of our fiduciary duties to all shareholders and unanimously committed to the view that your unsolicited and opportunistic $40.00 per share offer is not in their best interests.

    Simply put, UTX's proposed offer is far below what Diebold is worth. Furthermore, your overture, which comes at a time when we cannot responsibly engage in discussions, and the hostile nature of your approach, has convinced the Board that discussions now will not likely result in the best outcome for our shareholders.

    Sincerely, /S/ John N. Lauer John N. Lauer Non-executive Chairman of the Board Diebold, Incorporated About Diebold

    Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self- service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 17,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of $2.9 billion in 2006 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'DBD.' For more information, visit the company's Web site at

    Diebold, Incorporated

    CONTACT: Media Relations: Mike Jacobsen, +1-330-490-3796,, Investor Relations: Chris Bast, +1-330-490-6908,, both of Diebold, Incorporated

    Web site:

    Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Announces Ten New Content Provider Subscribers- AMC, Gospel Music Channel, Independent Film Channel, Kabillion, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New Frontier Media, RHI Entertainment, Sundance Channel, The Weather Channel, WE tv Join On Demand Authority Rentrak -

    PORTLAND, Ore., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rentrak Corporation today announced ten new content provider groups to its OnDemand Essentials(R) roster of subscribers. In addition to the new multi-year deals signed with AMC, Gospel Music Channel, Independent Film Channel, Kabillion, Martha Stewart, New Frontier Media, RHI Entertainment, Sundance Channel, The Weather Channel and WE tv, several existing Content Provider subscribers have added additional channels to their multi-year deals. NBCU has added Sci-Fi and USA, while MTV Networks have added MTV2, MTV Tr3s, VH1 Classics and Nick Espanol to its agreements.

    With the addition of these new customers, Rentrak's reach now encompasses more than 90 content provider subscribers across all genres with the company's extensive on demand data being used to make strategic programming and advertising decisions for the cable, broadcast and on demand industry.

    "As a leader in the on demand industry, we remain committed to the further growth of the platform focusing on the importance of establishing metrics in order to provide better insight and understanding of on demand performance across all genres and content types," said Carol Hinnant, Vice President of Business Development at Rentrak. "The addition of our new content provider subscribers and the expansion of our network deals with our existing clients further demonstrate the excellent data and analytic tools from Rentrak."

    Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials provides access to daily on demand performance data to enable strategic selection and scheduling of on demand programming to complement their content partners' business goals. Content owners have access to reports such as Performance By Title, Title Audience Sharing, Weekly Top Titles and Competitive Performance by Network Category.

    About OnDemand Essentials(R)

    OnDemand Essentials, a service of Rentrak's Advanced Media & Information Division, provides operators, content providers (including broadcast/cable networks, studios) and advertisers with a transactional tracking and reporting system to view and analyze on demand content. The product is an extension of Rentrak's Essentials suite of business intelligence products customized for the entertainment industry. OnDemand Essentials clients have password protected, near-real time, Web browser-based 24/7 access to on demand consumer usage data at various access levels based on business and privacy rules. A sophisticated toolset aggregates and reports data across multiple vendors in one easy to use report system. Clients using the OnDemand Essentials system are able to instantly analyze and interpret their own business data to identify trends, program and promote more effectively, as well as track their performance against the broader business sector in which they operate.

    About Rentrak Corporation

    Rentrak Corporation, based in Portland, Oregon, is an information management company serving clients in the media, entertainment, retail, advertising and manufacturing industries. The company's Entertainment Essentials(R) suite of services is redefining media measurement in the digital broadband era. Entertainment Essentials provides customers with near-real time, actionable insight into performance of content distributed over a wide variety of modern media technologies. Available by license or subscription, each Entertainment Essentials application allows executives to analyze detailed industry-wide and title-specific data to make decisions that enhance the bottom line and provide competitive advantage. For further information, please visit Rentrak's corporate Web site at

    Contacts: Sallie Olmsted/Amanda Bartz Rentrak Corporation 310/854-8124/8151

    Rentrak Corporation

    CONTACT: Sallie Olmsted, +1-310-854-8124, or Amanda Bartz,
    +1-310-854-8151, both of Rentrak Corporation

    Web site:

    Conspiracy Entertainment's Highly Anticipated Wii: 'Cocoto Magic Circus' Ships to U.S. Retailers

    LOS ANGELES, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Conspiracy Entertainment Holdings Inc. ("Conspiracy") (BULLETIN BOARD: CPYE) , a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software in North America and Western Europe, announced today that the Company's highly anticipated gaming title for the Nintendo Wii(TM): Cocoto Magic Circus was shipped to U.S. retail stores on February 26, 2008.

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    Cocoto Magic Circus, a mini game compilation developed by Neko Entertainment, was first marketed under the name Cocoto Fun Fair to Europe in 2006. Conspiracy gained the U.S. rights to develop the game for the Wii(TM) console under the name Cocoto Magic Circus, which is currently being distributed through Conspiracy's agreement with SVG Distribution, Inc.

    Featuring 40 mini-games "one more original than the next," Cocoto Magic Circus is an arcade-style shooter game focused on freeing a magical fairy. The game's four progressive modes -- Arcade, Training, Duel and Tournament -- can accommodate up to four players. "Families and their children nationwide are catching on to the recurring and loveable character Cocoto. The simple, cartoonish and fast-paced style of our latest release is ideal for children six years and up, and at its affordable price points are poised to add to sales in the first quarter of 2008," said Sirus Ahmadi, president of Conspiracy Entertainment.

    Keith Tanaka, CFO of Conspiracy Entertainment, said, "The fourth quarter of 2007 was a very strong quarter in terms of the number of released titles and revenues, and we are continuing this aggressive growth trend in the first quarter of 2008. Cocoto Magic Circus is the third title to be released in March. Combined with strong Wii: Winter Sports sales, our new releases provide for significant sales growth in the first quarter of 2008, a significant turnaround from no revenues in the first quarter of 2007."

    About Conspiracy Entertainment Corp.

    Conspiracy Entertainment Corporation is a developer, publisher and marketer of entertainment software in North America and Western Europe. The Company develops and licenses properties from several sources, including global entertainment and media companies and publishes software for DVD media, wireless devices, personal computers and videogame consoles, including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Microsoft Corporation. Conspiracy Entertainment was founded in 1997 and is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, please visit

    Safe Harbor Statement: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "Safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain of the statements contained herein, which are not historical facts, are forward- looking statements with respect to events, the occurrence of which involved risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements may be impacted, either positively or negatively, by various factors. Information concerning potential factors that could affect the company is detailed from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    for Conspiracy Entertainment Holdings Inc., +1-781-444-6100, ext. 625,

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    Innovations 2008: CGI conference to focus on helping banks devise strategies for today's credit marketStock Market Symbols GIB.A (TSX) GIB (NYSE)

    MONTREAL, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leader in information technology and business process services, is pleased to announce that it will host the annual Innovations conference at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA, April 6-9, 2008.

    Innovations 2008 is the premier networking and education event for senior executives and managers working in credit and trade. CGI has organized a slate of top-notch keynote speakers, including industry analysts from TowerGroup and Financial Insights.

    "The Innovations 2008 conference is an opportunity to bring together members of the financial community to discuss short-term action plans to minimize the impact of the current downturn in the banking industry, while devising longer-term strategies to continue expanding their business," said Jame Cofran, Senior Vice-President Credit Solutions for CGI. "The conference program offers attendees exposure to targeted subject matter expertise and networking among industry experts, analysts and peers."

    Sessions will focus on specific issues facing the banking industry, and the techniques and tools necessary for banks to transform their systems and processes to enable true relationship banking. In addition, Dr. Ken Mayland, President, ClearView Economics, LLC, will address the economic future of the banking industry. Dr. Mayland has spent more than thirty years studying the business cycle and providing economic analyses to a variety of constituencies. He has won several awards and in 2007 was the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy, presented to the person who best forecasted key economic indicators over the 4-year period 2003-2006.

    About CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,500 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.7 billion and at December 31st, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.04 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Web site:


    CONTACT: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice President, Global Communications
    and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355,; Media: Lee
    LoPriore, Executive Consultant, Banking and Investments, (843) 881-2441,

    China Security & Surveillance Technology Announces Reporting Date for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Financial Results

    SHENZHEN, China, March 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. , a leading provider of digital surveillance technology in China, today announced that it plans to report fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 financial results on Monday, March 10, 2008 after the market closes. The Company will also hold a conference call to discuss the financial results the same day at 5:00pm ET.

    Listeners may access the call by dialing 913-312-1235. To listen to the live webcast of the event, please go to and click on the Investor Relations section where conference calls are posted. Please go to the website 15 minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software.

    A replay of the call will be available from March 10, 2008 to March 17, 2008. Listeners may access the replay by dialing # 719-457-0820; Passcode: 4517900.

    About China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc.

    Based in Shenzhen, China, China Security manufactures, distributes, installs and maintains security and surveillance systems throughout the PRC. China Security has manufacturing facilities located in China and a R&D facility which maintains an exclusive collaboration agreement with Beijing University. China Security has built a diversified customer base through its extensive sales and service network that includes numerous points of presence throughout the PRC. To learn more about the Company visit .

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release includes certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "will" "believes", "expects" or similar expressions. Such information is based upon expectations of our management that were reasonable when made but may prove to be incorrect. All of such assumptions are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies beyond our control and upon assumptions with respect to future business decisions, which are subject to change. We do not undertake to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a description of the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, see our most recent Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Form 10-K, and our subsequent SEC filings. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at

    For more information, please contact: Company Contact: Kewa Luo Tel: +1-212-588-0885 Email: Investor Contact: ICR: Bill Zima & Ashley Ammon MacFarlane Tel: +1-203-682-8200

    China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc.

    CONTACT: Company Contact: Kewa Luo of China Security & Surveillance
    Technology, Inc., +1-212-588-0885, or; Or Investor Contact: Bill
    Zima & Ashley Ammon MacFarlane of ICR, +1-203-682-8200

    Omnicom Media Group Subscribes to TiVo's Stop||Watch(TM) Audience Research Service

    ALVISO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. , the creator of and a leader in advertising solutions and television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that Omnicom Media Group has purchased a subscription to TiVo's Stop||Watch(TM) ratings service. The Group's full service media companies, OMD, PHD, and Prometheus Media Services, will use the comprehensive, second-by-second DVR audience behavioral data to help their clients better understand Live and Timeshifted audience viewing habits and the effectiveness of ad campaigns.

    "DVRs are changing the television advertising playing field," said Michael Atkin, Director of Media Research, OMD. "Having the ability to analyze second-by-second snapshots of audience viewing habits provides a clear advantage to our clients and can significantly impact the business and creative elements of a marketing campaign. TiVo's Stop||Watch(TM) service allows us to better evaluate program and commercial DVR viewing habits at the most granular level possible, which, in turn, helps us determine ROI for media investments and enables us to better understand what is resonating with our clients' target audiences and what needs retooling."

    OMD, PHD and Prometheus can utilize the TiVo Stop||Watch(TM) ratings service to access an anonymous sample of 20,000 TiVo households to research and analyze viewer behavior on an unmatched second-by-second basis. The data is offered via an easily sortable database designed to track the specific viewership for nationally run programs and advertisements in both a Live and Timeshifted viewing context.

    Todd Juenger, Vice President & General Manager, TiVo Audience Research & Measurement said, "We are very delighted that Omnicom Media Group, one of the largest and most innovative media companies in the world, recognizes the tremendous value that TiVo is bringing to the market. TiVo's audience research service has quickly emerged as a 'must have' for all media industry participants trying to solve significant strategic challenges in the age of the DVR."

    Additionally, TiVo's advertising sales team will work with OMG to help them bring their clients the most up to date opportunities available on TiVo's interactive DVR platform.

    TiVo Stop||Watch(TM) ratings service data is derived from a daily, aggregate, anonymous, stratified random sample of 20,000 TiVo units -- from which the second-by-second "clickstream" of behavior and viewership is collected and assessed. The Stop||Watch(TM) service includes data for: Total Viewing, Live Viewing, Timeshifted Viewing (less than 1 hour, 1-6 hours, 6-24 hours, 24-48 hours, 2-7 day, and 7-14 day delay), Program Ratings, Commercial Ratings and a Commercial Viewership Index. The Stop||Watch(TM) service uses ad occurrence data from TNS Media Intelligence to identify commercial spots. For more information on the TiVo Stop||Watch(TM) ratings service, visit

    Additional subscribers to TiVo's Stop||Watch(TM) service include: NBC Universal, CBS Corporation, The Interpublic Group, Starcom, Carat USA, MPMA, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Media IQ and Euro RSCG New York.

    About TiVo Inc.

    Founded in 1997, TiVo pioneered a brand new category of products with the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers and our website, TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo's DVR functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass(TM) recordings and WishList(R) searches and TiVo KidZone, have elevated its popularity among consumers and have created a whole new way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room, TiVo's DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features, such as TiVoToGo(TM) transfers and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way. (R)" The TiVo(R) service is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers and audience research measurement.

    TiVo, 'TiVo, TV your way.' Season Pass, WishList, TiVoToGo, Stop||Watch, and the TiVo Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. (C) 2008 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    About Omnicom Media Group:

    Omnicom Media Group is the media division of Omnicom Group Inc. Its businesses include leading media service companies OMD Worldwide and PHD Network, as well as a number of specialized companies in areas including search engine marketing, branded content production, asset barter, out-of-home media, insert media and discount newspaper. Omnicom Group Inc. ( is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, media, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

    TiVo Inc.

    CONTACT: Michael Boccio For TiVo, Inc., +1-212-446-1867,

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    JDSU Introduces New Additions to WaveReady(TM) Family of Optical Network Modules and Systems

    MILPITAS, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JDSU today announced the release of new additions to its WaveReady(TM) product line of scalable wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) optical transport solutions designed for metro, access and enterprise optical networks. Added to the portfolio are the flexible WRT-780 compact dual transponder designed for the transport of any service (OTN, SONET, Ethernet, Fibre channel) between 125 Mbps and 4.25 Gbps and new WRA-series user-configurable erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) designed to transport DWDM optical network services up to 43 Gbps.

    The new WaveReady products will be on display at CeBIT 2008 in Hannover, Germany, March 4-9 (Hall 13, stand B20).

    "Leveraging its position as the premier supplier of optical communications technology, JDSU designed WaveReady to address the full range of requirements for today's optical network operators," said Bill Mortimer, vice president and general manager of JDSU's Lab, Production and Fiber Optic test businesses. "Whatever the technology-specific optical network requirements, WaveReady offers high-value solutions that service providers need to maximize the capacity of their networks, improve service delivery flexibility, and ensure long-term investment protection."

    WaveReady WRT-780 Dual Transponder

    Requiring no provisioning, the WRT-780 is a carrier-grade dual transponder that is simple to use, allowing service providers to easily and rapidly turn-up any new service (including OTN, SONET, Ethernet, and fibre channel) between 125 Mbps and 4.25 Gbps. The WRT-780 is a flexible, high-bandwidth transport solution that can be combined with other WaveReady WDM modules and chassis to provide cost-effective and industry-leading density for WDM transport, including Ethernet-over-WDM transport, 4.25 Gbps fibre channel for storage area network (SAN) extension, and many other WDM transport applications.

    WaveReady WRA Optical Amplifiers

    The new WRA series of user-configurable EDFAs are designed to transport DWDM optical network services up to 43 Gbps. The series includes configurable and cost-effective WRA-100 single-channel optical amplifiers which are offered in four different gains or output powers to accommodate various optical link budgets, boosting service providers' ability to rapidly deploy new services in their network and increase their revenue. The WRA-200 series features C-Band multichannel optical amplifiers with an ultra-fast transient response that reduces the complexity of DWDM optical networks and increases their robustness by greatly reducing the impact of optical transients on existing wavelengths and network elements. The WRA-217 and WRA-219 are user-configurable multichannel optical amplifiers well-suited to agile optical networks with their industry-leading transient response of 75 micron/sec.

    About WaveReady

    Addressing existing customer needs and anticipating future requirements of optical networks, JDSU's WaveReady product line offers a wide variety of transport solutions giving services providers and network operators a simple and cost-effective optical platform to address their diverse optical networking needs. The WaveReady platform offers compact and flexible CWDM and DWDM optical transponders and regenerators capable of transporting services (including OTN, SONET, Ethernet, and fibre channel) at any rate between 125 Mbps and 11.1 Gbps. The platform also includes single channel and multichannel (DWDM) optical amplifiers, CWDM/DWDM optical multiplexers/demultiplexers, optical add/drop multiplexers (OADMs), dispersion compensation modules, as well as optical protection and network monitoring solutions. The platform offers a robust "plug-and-play" solution that is very simple to operate and manage using the WaveReady node manager graphical interface. The flexibility, density and compact size of the WaveReady platform makes it an ideal optical transport solution.

    About JDSU

    JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; and TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovation in the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovative optical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductor processing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, and decorative applications. More information is available at

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    JDSU Introduces Industry-First 30 MHz Bandwidth Tester to Support High-Bandwidth Service DeploymentTest Process Once Requiring Two Technicians Now Takes One

    MILPITAS, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JDSU today announced the addition of the industry's first 30 MHz far-end device (FED), the UltraFED, to its leading portfolio of triple-play service testers. Designed to meet the test needs of field technicians who install and maintain VDSL access networks, the UltraFED is fully interoperable with the JDSU HST-3000 and enables the turn up and troubleshooting of 30 MHz VDSL2, typically the "last mile" technology in FTTx networks. The UltraFED will be on display at CeBIT 2008 in Hannover, Germany, March 4-9 (Hall 13, stand B20).


    The UltraFED combines advanced copper FED test features and process improvement applications using a variety of user-configured test states and modes. In the past, two high-end test instruments (like the HST-3000) operated by two technicians at each end of the circuit were required for VDSL pre-qualification and troubleshooting. Using the UltraFED and an HST-3000, only one technician is needed.

    Challenges associated with the deployment of VDSL services emerge because the VDSL technology uses frequency bands in the copper plant outside of the current ADSL usage spectrum. This makes VDSL services more susceptible to impulse noise (unwanted electrical signals of short duration) and short bridge taps. Bridge taps are copper wires connected to, but not part of, a direct electrical path between the central office and the user premise. Detection of short bridge taps 20 feet to 100 feet in length is critical because they dramatically impact digital services carried across copper lines by introducing unwanted disturbances that increase electrical loss.

    "The increase in broadband access speeds to accommodate services like IPTV, and the associated need to pre-qualify and troubleshoot high-bandwidth copper access networks, have created an ever-increasing strain on service provider field teams," said Jim Nerschook, vice president and general manager of JDSU's telecommunication field services (TFS) Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "The addition of the JDSU UltraFED puts greater testing power in the hands of field technicians and enables them to turn up and troubleshoot with 'one man out'."

    About JDSU

    JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; and TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovation in the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovative optical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductor processing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, and decorative applications. More information is available at

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    JDSU Introduces New Features to Industry's Most Complete DSL Field Test Instrument

    MILPITAS, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JDSU today announced added functionality to the HST-3000, the market's most complete handheld DSL test unit, including a new VDSL service interface module (SIM) using an Infineon Technologies (FSE, NYSE: IFX) chipset and a licensed option for Dr. DSL(R) diagnostic solutions from Aware, Inc. . Both new features provide additional testing power for field technicians who install and maintain access networks and high bit-rate triple-play services, including IPTV and HDTV.

    The HST-3000, an all-in-one handheld tester for more efficient broadband access network service installation and maintenance, will be showcased at CeBIT 2008 in Hannover, Germany, March 4-9 (Hall 13, stand B20).

    Using the HST-3000 Infineon VSDL SIM, technicians are able to test across VDSL and ADSL/ADSL2+, including Ikanos, Accelity, and Broadcom VDSL 2 chipsets. The HST-3000 with Dr. DSL enables technicians to perform far-end and in-home physical layer loop diagnostics, DSLAM and customer premises modem emulation, ATM layer testing, and end-to-end IP connectivity.

    "DSL continues to evolve to meet the needs of broadband users worldwide, and JDSU has the most complete DSL test set on the market in the HST-3000," said Jim Nerschook, vice president and general manager of JDSU's telecommunication field services (TFS) Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "As DSL test needs expand, the HST-3000 will continue to provide the most complete set of solutions available in a single, field-proven instrument."

    Telecommunications network operators worldwide have adopted the HST-3000 because it provides a broad set of capabilities engineered for the rapid, reliable and efficient deployment of broadband services. In addition to its complete set of DSL test features, the HST-3000 also provides licensed test support for vendor-specific versions of IPTV such as MSTV.

    About the JDSU HST-3000

    The JDSU HST-3000 is a modular, hand-held test tool that scales to address a broad spectrum of different access network technology testing needs, from the physical layer to the application layer. It was the first hand-held field test tool to provide basic turn-up and troubleshooting of VoIP deployment, supporting physical layer analysis through packet metrics, signaling analysis and voice quality determination. HST-3000 capabilities allow packet capture of live VoIP calls, including VoIP call storage and an integrated FTP capability to send captured VoIP calls to be analyzed by JDSU's PVA-1000 software. The HST was created to improve efficiency and lower the costs of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting business and residential services and networks. The HST-3000 combines copper, voice and data service testing features with unparalleled process automation capabilities in a lightweight, battery-operated unit.

    By adding ADSL2+, VDSL and IPTV test options, the HST-3000 provides a comprehensive and industry-leading portable test solution for triple-play service deployments and extends its capabilities for installation and maintenance crews who are responsible for the turn-up and troubleshooting of these new services.

    About JDSU

    JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; and TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovation in the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovative optical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductor processing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, and decorative applications. More information is available at

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    PECO II Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2007 Results

    GALION, Ohio, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PECO II, Inc. , a full-service provider of engineering and installation on- site services and manufacturer of communications power systems and equipment to the communications industry, today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

    PECO II reported net sales of $8.1 million in the fourth quarter, a 28 percent decrease from the $11.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a 24 percent decrease from reported third-quarter net sales of $10.7 million. The Company also reported a net loss of $5.6 million, or $0.20 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter, compared with a net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2006. Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2007 totaled $37.5 million, compared with $47.7 million in 2006, a 22 percent decrease. Net loss for the year was $9.2 million, or $0.34 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.31 per basic and diluted share, for 2006.

    EBITDA was a loss of $5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared with an EBITDA loss of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. For the year ended December 31, 2007, EBITDA was a loss of $7.1 million, compared with $5.4 million loss for the year ended December 31, 2006. Excluding a $4.4 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge, EBITDA was a loss of $689,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007 and $2.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to EBITDA and EBITDA excluding the non-cash goodwill impairment charge is included as Attachment A.

    The additional $1.6 million in net loss for the fourth quarter of 2007 compared with the fourth quarter of 2006 was attributed primarily to a non- cash goodwill impairment charge of $4.4 million and a non-cash corporate building impairment charge of $0.2 million, partially offset by $0.9 million from improved product and services gross margins, $0.8 million from reduced operating expenses, and $0.5 million from an impairment recovery on the sale of surplus manufacturing equipment.

    Bookings decreased 27 percent during the fourth quarter of 2007, resulting in a sales backlog of $4.4 million as of December 31, 2007, compared with $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2007. The bookings-to-billings ratio reflects customer orders received compared with the same period's billings and is an indication of future periods. For the fourth quarter of 2007, the ratio was 0.9 to 1.

    On February 13, 2008, the Company announced that it has requested a hearing before a NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel to appeal the determination that the Company's common stock should be removed from listing on NASDAQ. The hearing is scheduled for March 20, 2008. There is no assurance that the Panel will grant the Company's request for continued listing. In order to regain compliance with NASDAQ's listing requirements, the Company's Board of Directors intends to seek shareholder approval of a reverse split of the Company's common stock at a ratio of one-for-10 shares at the Company's 2008 annual meeting on May 6, 2008.

    PECO II CEO John Heindel stated, "The 2007 business year was one of transformation for the Company. In a year where the financial performance was negatively impacted by the continued weakness in carrier spending for the wireless segment, PECO II completed its strategic outsourcing activities and significantly reduced its operating expense levels. With these strategic changes implemented, the Company is positioned to gain market share in 2008."

    Heindel said the operational improvements noted above resulted in the Company delivering $0.6 million in positive cash flow from operations for 2007, PECO's first year of positive operating cash flow since 2001. Additionally, the Company made progress in gross margin performance, notwithstanding the revenue decline. These gains, while signifying progress, must continue to accelerate for PECO II to return to profitability, he emphasized.

    The significant non-cash charge to fourth-quarter 2007 results relates to a goodwill impairment charge of $4.4 million. As required under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, PECO II performs an annual goodwill impairment test and determined that due to the decline in PECO II's stock price in 2007, combined with the continued weakness in carrier spending for the wireless segment, the Product Goodwill recognized as part of the Delta acquisition is fully impaired.

    Heindel added, "Over the past two years, PECO II has dramatically re- engineered its business. Starting with the 2006 strategic technology relationship signed with the Delta Group, the Company has introduced a significant number of new products. In 2007, 37 percent of the Company's product revenues came from products introduced in the past 18 months. In 2007, we also implemented a strategic outsourcing program that is intended to increase flexibility, improve quality and accelerate our speed in addressing customer requirements. Lastly, over this same period the Company has upgraded its management team, which has facilitated a number of key business process improvement activities. This type of business transformation, while never easy to implement, has greatly improved PECO II's capabilities to serve its customers in this very competitive space."

    Conference Call on the Web

    PECO II will hold a conference call with investors and analysts on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The call will be available over the Internet at . To listen to the call, go to the Web site to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be archived and available shortly after the call.

    About PECO II, Inc.

    PECO II, headquartered in Galion, Ohio, provides engineering and on-site installation services and designs, manufactures and markets communications power systems and power distribution equipment. As the largest independent full-service provider of telecommunications power systems, the Company provides total power quality/reliability solutions and supports the power infrastructure needs of communications service providers in the local exchange, long-distance, wireless, broadband and Internet markets. Additional information about PECO II can be found at .

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Statements in this release that are not historical fact are forward- looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, a general economic recession; a downturn in our principal customers' businesses; the growth in the communications industry; the ability to develop and market new products and product enhancements; the ability to attract and retain customers; competition and technological change; and successful implementation of the Company's business strategy. In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. PECO II does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in PECO II's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    PECO II, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except for per share data) For the Three For the Twelve Months Months Ended December 31, Ended December 31, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net sales: Product $5,661 $7,448 $26,683 $34,094 Services 2,434 3,783 10,774 13,607 8,095 11,231 37,457 47,701 Cost of goods sold: Product 5,230 7,836 23,512 29,660 Service 1,945 3,377 8,556 12,554 Product segment asset impairments (453) 812 (453) 812 6,722 12,025 31,615 43,026 Gross margin: Product 884 (1,200) 3,624 3,622 Services 489 406 2,218 1,053 1,373 (794) 5,842 4,675 Operating expenses: Research, development and engineering 476 725 2,296 3,282 Selling, general and administrative 1,958 2,512 8,506 9,906 Impairment of product segment goodwill 4,426 - 4,426 - Real estate impairment 220 - 220 - 7,080 3,237 15,448 13,188 Loss from operations (5,707) (4,031) (9,606) (8,513) Interest income, net 109 81 416 439 Loss before income taxes (5,598) (3,950) (9,190) (8,074) Income tax benefit (expense) 1 (13) (43) 34 Net loss $(5,597) $(3,963) $(9,233) $(8,040) Net loss per common share: Basic and diluted $(0.20) $(0.15) $(0.34) $(0.31) Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted 27,323 27,164 27,235 25,934 PECO II, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except for share data) December 31, 2007 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,935 $ 5,259 Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $90 in December 31, 2007 and $105 in December 31, 2006 3,685 6,611 Inventories, net of allowance of $1,906 in December 31, 2007 and $2,446 in December 31, 2006 11,433 11,057 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 263 438 Assets held for sale 219 825 Cost and earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 514 1,142 Restricted cash - 3,500 Total current assets 24,049 28,832 Property and equipment, at cost: Land and land improvements 195 195 Buildings and building improvements 7,251 7,252 Machinery and equipment 2,869 2,998 Furniture and fixtures 5,527 5,646 15,842 16,091 Less-accumulated depreciation (11,360) (10,798) Property and equipment, net 4,482 5,293 Other assets: Goodwill 1,515 6,017 Intangibles, net 3,822 4,895 Investment in joint venture 2 4 Total assets $33,870 $45,041 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Borrowings under line of credit $ - $ 2,249 Capital leases payable - 353 Accounts payable 4,485 3,289 Accrued compensation expense 722 1,057 Billings in excess of cost and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 510 826 Accrued income taxes 81 94 Other accrued expenses 1,800 2,170 Total current liabilities 7,598 10,038 Shareholders' equity: Common stock, no par value: authorized 150,000,000 shares; 27,391,574 and 27,173,550 shares issued at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively 3,475 3,447 Warrants 5,078 5,012 Additional paid-in capital 116,412 116,004 Accumulated deficit (98,693) (89,460) Total shareholders' equity 26,272 35,003 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $33,870 $45,041 PECO II, Inc. Fourth-quarter and Full-year Fiscal 2007 Results/6 Attachment A

    EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other financial measure so calculated and presented. We define EBITDA as net income/(loss) before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash stock compensation expense. Other companies may define EBITDA differently. We present EBITDA because we believe it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management also uses this information internally for forecasting and budgeting. You should not consider EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

    In the fourth quarter of 2007, we were required to take a SFAS 142 goodwill impairment charge of $4.4 million. We have presented EBITDA excluding the goodwill impairment charge because we believe that such charge is a non-recurring, one-time charge and that its exclusion will be useful to our investors to compare our period-over-period and year-over-year performance.

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to EBITDA and EBITDA Excluding Goodwill Impairment (unaudited) For the Three Months For the Twelve Months Ended Ended December 31, December 31, (In thousands) 2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 and 2006 EBITDA Breakdown Net Loss per GAAP $(5,597) $(3,963) $(9,233) $(8,040) Interest expense $ 2 $ 41 $ 22 $ 137 Taxes (1) 13 43 $ (34) Depreciation/ amortization $ 405 $ 566 $ 1,658 $ 1,899 Non-cash stock-based compensation $ 76 $ 163 $ 440 $ 626 EBITDA $(5,115) $(3,180) $(7,070) $(5,412) Goodwill impairment $ 4,426 $ - $ 4,426 $ - EBITDA excluding goodwill impairment $ (689) $(3,180) $(2,644) $(5,412)

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    Verizon Employee Featured in Upcoming Episode of mtvU's 'The Opening'Employee's Work Showcased on FiOS TV Channel 182, V Cast and Online Through FiOS Internet and Verizon High Speed Internet

    NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon employee Samantha Trinh, who helps to manage customer experience for Verizon FiOS TV, will be featured on mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, broadcast on Verizon FiOS TV and to 750 college campuses nationwide. Trinh will be profiled in an episode of "The Opening," a television series that gives college students an inside look at what to expect from their first post-collegiate job and the opportunity to apply for similar jobs online at

    "It's exciting to be featured on mtvU's 'The Opening' and help to show college students what an average workday is like for me," said Trinh. "I'm eager to show others all of the great opportunities at Verizon to work on some of the hottest new entertainment and broadband services available today. The work environment and benefits are incredible and would make a huge impact on anyone's career. I know they have on mine."

    Trinh's episode will debut Thursday (March 6) at 1 p.m. EST/PST on mtvU, which is offered on channel 182 on the FiOS TV lineup. Verizon Wireless customers can watch this and other short video clips on their V CAST-enabled phones. The program also can be accessed online - Verizon customers can use their FiOS Internet or High Speed Internet service to access the site, "The Opening" is sponsored by MonsterTRAK, the division of Monster(R) focused on today's emerging workforce.

    Television crews followed Trinh for two days to showcase a behind-the- scenes look at her typical days. The crew joined her in Santa Monica, Calif., and followed her to meetings in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon's operational headquarters.

    Trinh, a graduate of the University of Washington, joined Verizon in 2004 as a participant in the company's Management Development Program (MDP), a two- year program designed to provide recent college graduates with exposure to Verizon's consumer and business-to-business marketing initiatives. This program is part of Verizon's Leadership Excellence and Development Program (LEAD), which provides new employees who have recently graduated from college with mentoring, a core training curriculum, exposure to Verizon senior leaders, personalized development plans and assessments.

    While participating in the MDP, Trinh worked with the Verizon team that helped launch Verizon's FiOS TV service in 2005. FiOS TV is provided on the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes and businesses and is now available to 5.9 million homes in 13 states. The service recently surpassed the 1 million subscriber mark.

    "I jumped at the chance to work on FiOS TV," said Trinh. "It is a thrill to help the company develop such an amazing product, which delivers incredible picture and sound clarity and innovative new services to compete in the video marketplace."

    Today, Trinh is a senior product manager, handling strategy and planning for the FiOS TV customer experience. This includes design and delivery of process improvements and identifying customer insights to ensure overall enjoyment and satisfaction for Verizon FiOS TV subscribers.

    Verizon has long been committed to investing in the success of its employees and provides them with an extensive range of training and educational programs. Through its Tuition Assistance Plan, Verizon invested $112 million to help employees pursue their professional goals at accredited educational institutions in 2007 alone. From e-learning courses to instructor-led classes, Verizon employees completed more than 10.8 million hours of training in 2007.

    About mtvU

    Broadcast to more than 750 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of over 7.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others - reaching 2.6 million viewers in 700 college communities nationwide. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and pro-social initiatives. mtvU is always on campus, with more than 500 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit

    mtvU also owns and operates the College Media Network, the largest interactive network of online college newspapers in the US, and, the Internet's largest listing of collegiate professor ratings. The College Media Network comprises 550 campus publications that serve institutions including Brown University, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University, with a combined enrollment of over 5.5 million students, reaching an average of 5 million unique users each month. reaches approximately 2.9 million college students each month, via the site's more than 6.6 million student-generated ratings of over 1,000,000 college professors.

    About MonsterTRAK

    MonsterTRAK is the division of Monster(R) focused on the emerging workforce. Founded in 1987 as JobTRAK, the company was acquired by Monster, the leading online global careers and recruitment resource, in 2000. MonsterTRAK provides students and career centers with access to the most extensive selection of part-time, internship and entry-level positions, across all industries and locations nationwide. With more than one million student members and relationships that span thousands of college and university career centers, employers benefit from unprecedented reach to the most qualified entry-level candidates. More information about MonsterTRAK is available at

    About Verizon

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, 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 66 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit

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