Companies news of 2009-07-15 (page 5)

  • Gold One International Ltd. Joins OTCQX
  • Verizon Business Receives Major European Partner Accolades From CiscoCompany Named '2008...
  • Officially Opens Singapore Data Center to Serve Increased Global Adoption...
  • Metropolitan Housing Partnership to Deliver Blended Learning with NetDimensions' EKP
  • New SAFC Hitech(R) Product Roadmap Plots Route for Future Generation Semiconductor...
  • M2B Launches Hollywood Entertainment News on WOWtvSingapore-based broadband entertainment...
  • Microsoft Research and Bill Gates Bring Historic Physics Lectures to WebLecture series by...
  • Microsoft Recognizes Outstanding Partners' AchievementsAwards recognize Microsoft Dynamics...
  • SMIC (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) Schedules Second Quarter 2009 Webcast Conference Call
  • Perot Systems Enters IT and Engineering Services Agreement with Zoomlion Heavy Industry...
  • 'No Service Fee Wednesday' Belongs to the Fans as Live Nation Asks Concert Goers to Pick...
  • CARBO Ceramics Schedules Second Quarter 2009 Earnings Call for July 30, 2009; Announces...

    Gold One International Ltd. Joins OTCQX

    NEW YORK, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Pink OTC Markets Inc., the leading electronic inter-dealer quotation system, trading technology and financial information provider for over-the-counter (OTC) securities, today announced that Gold One International Ltd. , an Australian and African gold resource company, has chosen to list its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) on OTCQX. Gold One International's ADRs began trading today on OTCQX International. Investors can find current financial disclosure and real-time Level 2 quotes for the company on and

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    "We are pleased to welcome Gold One to OTCQX," said R. Cromwell Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Pink OTC Markets. "OTCQX gives Gold One a visible market tier to increase U.S. investor awareness and is a natural choice for international companies that wish to have a reputable and liquid secondary market for their U.S. shareholders, in accordance with home country compliance requirements."

    Gold One International Ltd. was created via inward listing of Gold One - formerly BMA Gold - on the JSE and the subsequent acquisition by Gold One of all the issued ordinary shares in Aflease Gold, which formerly traded on the JSE with ADRs trading on OTCQX.

    The Bank of New York Mellon, which acts as Depositary for Gold One International's ADR program, will serve as Gold One's Principal American Liaison ("PAL") on OTCQX, responsible for providing guidance on listing requirements.

    Gold One International's ADRs will trade in the United States on OTCQX under the ticker "GLDZY" where each ADR will represent 10 ordinary shares. Gold One's shares are also listed on the ASX Limited, operated by the Australian Stock Exchange and the JSE Limited, operated by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

    About Gold One International Ltd.

    Gold One International Limited is an Australian and African gold resource company listed on the financial markets operated by ASX Limited (the Australian Securities Exchange: GDO) and JSE Limited (the Johannesburg Stock Exchange: GDO). The company is developing the new Modder East mine on the East Rand, some 30 kilometres from Johannesburg, and also owns the nearby existing Sub Nigel mine, which has recently been recommissioned. Its other projects and targets include Ventersburg, a large project with indicated resources of 1.43 million ounces, and Bothaville, both in the Free State goldfields, the Tulo concession in Mozambique and the Etendeka greenfields project in Namibia. It has an indicated and inferred resource base of some 13 million ounces of gold.

    About OTCQX

    OTCQX provides a gateway to U.S. securities markets for international companies that are listed on a qualified non-U.S. exchange and provide ongoing disclosure in English to U.S. investors. More importantly, OTCQX distinguishes the reputable international issuers from the other 9,000 over-the-counter (OTC) securities traded in the U.S. Only leading companies that have substantial operating businesses and provide credible disclosure to the public are eligible for inclusion on the premium-tier OTCQX, which commenced trading on March 5, 2007. For more about OTCQX, visit

    About Pink OTC Markets Inc.

    Pink OTC Markets Inc. provides the leading inter-dealer electronic quotation and trading system in the over-the-counter (OTC) securities market. We create innovative technology and data solutions to efficiently connect market participants, improve price discovery, increase issuer disclosure, and better inform investors. Pink OTC Markets operates the third largest U.S. equity trading venue which includes both the elite OTCQX market tiers for strong OTC-traded companies that can satisfy financial and disclosure listing standards and Pink Sheets for all other OTC quoted securities.

    Pink OTC Markets is headquartered in New York City.

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    Verizon Business Receives Major European Partner Accolades From CiscoCompany Named '2008 Service Provider Partner of the Year' for Benelux Region and Recognized for 'Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence' in France

    READING, England, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Business has received two significant accolades from Cisco for the company's activities in the European market. Cisco has named Verizon Business its 2008 Service Provider Partner of the Year for the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), and has also given the company's French operations Cisco's prestigious Customer Satisfaction Excellence accolade.

    Stuart Curzon, Verizon Business' EMEA group vice president, said: "These awards recognize the close working relationship we have developed with Cisco, which benefit our mutual customers through the combined strengths of our two companies in delivering innovative IP services that power global enterprises. While these two regions have deservedly received special recognition, Verizon Business over the past year has further accelerated our close collaboration with Cisco worldwide, enabling Verizon Business to quickly and efficiently deliver services based on advanced Cisco-based technologies to enterprise customers around the globe."

    The 2008 Service Provider Partner of the Year Award -- Benelux recognizes Verizon Business' support of Cisco's Advanced Technologies during the early stages of their development in the Benelux region. In particular, the award recognizes Verizon Business' ongoing success in the managed services arena, incorporating managed networks, unified communications and security solutions.

    The Customer Satisfaction Excellence gold star granted to Verizon Business in France is the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program. Based upon Cisco customer satisfaction ratings, the awards are granted quarterly to those certified partners that have achieved consistently high customer satisfaction ratings within their geographic region.

    Andy Lockhart, vice president of Cisco for Benelux, said: "Cisco believes strongly in rewarding outstanding partner achievements that make a significant contribution to market growth and success. These two awards are testament to the Verizon Business team's knowledge and expertise - but also the company's overall commitment to excellence in partnering."

    Verizon Business manages 270,000-plus devices on more than 4,000 customer networks in 142 countries and territories, overseeing non-Verizon connections from more than 60 network providers around the world. Verizon Business' industry-leading service-level commitments and award-winning IMPACT management platform underscore its legacy of service and innovation. Verizon Business also offers a suite of professional network and security services to help customers optimise network design, scalability and protection.

    Verizon Business has also received recognition for the company's work in the U.S. and Canada. The company has been named Cisco 2008 U.S. Managed Unified Communication & Collaboration (UC&C) Partner Provider of the Year, Cisco Public Sector Partner of the Year for the U.S. and Canada, the Cisco Top U.S. Public Sector Service Provider Partner for Services, and the Cisco U.S. Enterprise Partner of the Year for the South region. Verizon Business and Northrop Grumman were also named Collaboration Excellence Partners of the Year - U.S. and Canada for the companies' efforts to transform the state of Virginia's IT infrastructure by executing enterprisewide technology initiatives.

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications , is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world's most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at

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    Company News On-Call: Officially Opens Singapore Data Center to Serve Increased Global Adoption of Enterprise Cloud surpassed 5,000 customers in Asia-Pacific in first quarter of fiscal 2010, including industry leaders Crocs, Pacnet, Ricoh and more Demonstrates industry leadership with major international investment in global real-time cloud computing infrastructure

    SINGAPORE, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- , the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that customers are adopting Salesforce CRM applications and the platform in record numbers across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

    (Logo: -- The company surpassed 5,000 customers in APAC in its first fiscal quarter of 2010, including industry leaders Crocs, Pacnet, Ricoh and more. -- cloud computing applications, including the Sales Cloud and the Service Cloud, as well as the platform for developing and deploying custom cloud applications, allow customers to focus on managing their businesses - rather than managing the cost and complexity associated with software and hardware infrastructure. -- To further accelerate international expansion and adoption of enterprise cloud computing,'s first international data center is now live in Singapore. -- Along with its two North American data centres, the new Singapore facility allows the company to meet the service demands of its rapidly growing international customer base as well as extend the capacity, redundancy and scalability of its infrastructure. -- Supporting the data centre infrastructure will be a new Network Operations Centre (NOC) headquartered in Singapore. The NOC enables 24x7, follow-the-sun monitoring of the company's data centres in North America and Singapore.

    "Asia-Pacific is our fastest growing market, and there has never been a better time for enterprise cloud computing," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, "Our new Singapore data center represents continued investment in our global real-time infrastructure to accelerate customer success with cloud computing worldwide."

    "We welcome the decision of to locate its first data centre outside the U.S. in Singapore. This significant development will add to the richness of Singapore's infocomm landscape, increasing the confidence of SMEs in using SaaS for business productivity and contributing to our Cloud Computing eco-system," said Mr. Andrew Khaw, Senior Director and Group Head, Industry Development, of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. "As an established trusted hub, with excellent infocomm connectivity, Singapore is in a strong position to support fast-growing international infocomm companies such as in delivering innovative web-based services to customers here and globally."

    "We congratulate on the launch of its first international data centre in Singapore, just three years after establishing its Asia-Pacific headquarters here.'s rapid growth in the region and decision to host its enterprise cloud computing applications and information here attests to our reputation of being a stable, secure and trusted hub for businesses," said Mr. Manohar Khiatani, Deputy Managing Director, Economic Development Board of Singapore.

    Enterprise Cloud Computing Momentum in Asia Pacific

    Springboard Research forecast that the Asia Pacific Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market will reach US$1.16B by 2010, based on a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 66 percent. By then, SaaS will comprise 15 percent of the enterprise software applications market in Asia Pacific.

    "SaaS is moving beyond its roots in customer relationship management (CRM) into every area of the enterprise, including platforms for application development," said Dane Anderson, CEO of Springboard Research. "With all segments of the cloud computing market growing, we are seeing applications and platforms being adopted across the board by enterprises in the region and, perhaps most importantly, the enterprises we interview are very satisfied."

    Asia Pacific Industry Leaders Adopting the Cloud

    In its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, noted 36 percent revenue growth in Asia Pacific compared to the same quarter a year prior, as customers continue to adopt enterprise cloud computing to run their businesses.

    More than 5,000 customers across the Asia-Pacific region are now using enterprise cloud computing from to run their businesses, including AAPT, Acer, Amcor, CGU Insurance, Challenger Financial Services, Crocs, Datacraft, Flight Centre, Hang Seng Bank, Mizuho Private Wealth Management, Ottagi, Pacnet, Ramco, Ricoh, SPH Search, VSNL and Telecom New Zealand.

    "With and the cloud computing model we were able to get up and running in record time compared to the on-premise CRM alternatives," said Mr. Richard Carden, Managing Director (Asia) of Pacnet. "We were able to quickly customize Salesforce CRM to the specific needs of our business, which in turn has driven strong user adoption with our employees."

    "CIOs and IT departments at Asia-Pacific enterprises recognize the innovation, time-to-value and ease-of-use that delivers with cloud computing," said Lindsey Armstrong, executive vice president of international enterprise sales, " Enterprises are realizing that this is the era of cloud computing, and gives businesses the ability to harness the power of cloud computing to better their companies."

    Customers named in this release are part of the 59,300 customers of all sizes, industries and geographies that comprised the customer base as of April 30, 2009.

    About is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of Salesforce CRM applications, available at, has revolutionized the ways that companies collaborate and communicate with their customers across sales, marketing and service. The company's platform ( enables customers, partners and developers to quickly build powerful business applications to run every part of the enterprise in the cloud. Based on's real-time, multi-tenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and offer the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing.

    As of April 30, 2009, manages customer information for approximately 59,300 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

    Copyright (c) 2009, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of, inc., and owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    Metropolitan Housing Partnership to Deliver Blended Learning with NetDimensions' EKP

    HONG KONG, July 15 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- NetDimensions (London Stock Exchange, AIM: NETD), a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems, announces that Metropolitan Housing Partnership (MHP) is implementing the Enterprise Knowledge Platform (EKP) learning management system (LMS) to deliver blended learning programs.

    A family of not-for-profit organizations providing housing, regeneration, community and support services, MHP is a diverse business with employees in various geographical locations, business disciplines and types of workplaces.

    This presents many challenges to MHP's Learning & Development team in terms of delivering a program that provides employees with consistent level of support whilst ensuring their individual needs are met. EKP will enable MHP to create blended learning, both working with and underpinning face-to-face training.

    Jenny Wright, Learning & Development Adviser at MHP, says: "EKP will help us create consistency and common understanding across the business units, reduce the time spent away from the workplace and introduce blended learning that is stimulating and interactive.

    "Although the online offering will not totally replace face-to-face learning, it will enable the Learning & Development team to make the best use of resources available in these tough economic times."

    Stronger reporting and tracking features

    During the LMS selection process, MHP focused on prioritising what was important in terms of immediate application and future development. "What made EKP stand out was its ability to produce complex reports that could be tailored to specific needs and the future scope for mapping competencies and job profiles to the range of learning we have available," notes Jenny.

    "MHP operates in a highly regulated environment, so part of the appeal of EKP was that we can track who has completed what training and, where appropriate, what they scored in related exams. When combined with its impressive reporting capability, EKP is a valuable tool for MHP as a business."

    EKP to reduce costs and expand MHP's learning offering

    MHP will replace expensive classroom-based training with equally effective online training programs. "If face-to-face training is still necessary, it can be supplemented by online learning to cover the basics. This means more time can be spent focusing on the complex issues in the classroom so MHP will get better value for money," adds Jenny.

    EKP will also enable MHP to widen its learning and development offering. "For example, where low numbers of attendees may mean specific programs are run infrequently as a classroom-based course, this is not an issue when the course is delivered online," Jenny explains.

    Pat Macpherson, NetDimensions' Account Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa Regions, says: "We are pleased that EKP will also be able to support MHP's medium and long-term learning and development strategies.

    "NetDimensions will work together with MHP to integrate EKP with their Oracle HR system, as well as develop EKP so that it will enable business unit managers to map achievements and create reports to monitor their teams, as well as enhance individual, team and business unit capabilities."

    About Metropolitan Housing Partnership

    Metropolitan Housing Partnership (MHP) is a family of successful not-for- profit organisations providing housing, regeneration, community and support services. One of the most progressive and respected social businesses in the United Kingdom, MHP consists of seven member organisations which work together to make a difference to communities in London, Cambridgeshire, the Midlands and South Yorkshire. For more information, visit

    About NetDimensions

    Established in 1999, NetDimensions (London Stock Exchange, AIM: NETD) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems. The company's key products include the Enterprise Knowledge Platform (EKP), the Enterprise Assessment Platform (EAP) and the Enterprise Content Platform (ECP).

    NetDimensions products and services help companies deliver and manage corporate training, career development, assessment and certification programs, and help clients around the world address growing regulatory compliance needs.

    Recognized as one of the top-rated learning technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by multinational organizations worldwide including HSBC, ING and Cathay Pacific.

    NetDimensions is certified ISO 9001:2000 compliant by BSI Management Systems.

    Enterprise Knowledge Platform and EKP are trademarks of NetDimensions Ltd. For more information, visit .

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    New SAFC Hitech(R) Product Roadmap Plots Route for Future Generation Semiconductor Materials

    ST. LOUIS and SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMICON West -- SAFC Hitech , a business segment within SAFC , a member of the Sigma-Aldrich Group, today announced details of its new materials roadmap for Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) processes on silicon semiconductor substrates. The roadmap outlines the development paths across current and future advanced memory and logic devices, which includes barrier layers, interconnects, dielectrics and metals, that the company expects to see play out between now and 2014.


    SAFC Hitech last reviewed its semiconductor materials roadmap in mid-2007. However, regular monitoring is required in order to ascertain whether the market for semiconductor materials has evolved as expected. "There are numerous variables that can affect the selection, timing of insertion point and volume demand for electronic materials," commented Dr. Geoff Irvine, SAFC Hitech's Vice-President of Business Development. "SAFC Hitech routinely analyzes external guidelines such as the ITRS roadmap, trends in device development and economic conditions, and performs evaluations of our own research and development programs, allied to what we are seeing in our partnerships with customers. Through assessment, for example, if there are certain materials that have been adopted more rapidly than anticipated or adapted for an alternative application and, conversely, if there are some that may have seen a delay or reconsideration in use, our review process enables us to recast the materials requirements of the semiconductor industry and revise our roadmap accordingly."

    While so-called 'traditional' semiconductor materials, such as the commonly used dielectric silicon dioxide, are still found in high volume applications, the pace and breadth of new materials exploration and adoption beyond these traditional materials is occurring at a rate not seen before in the industry: "Historically, the lifecycle of materials for semiconductors on a per unit process basis extended across multiple technology nodes," continued Irvine. "What we are experiencing now is a shortening of the lifespan of materials used across node generations as progress in the development of next generation devices demands integration of new materials to meet performance criteria. The rapid adoption of materials such as aluminum, hafnium and zirconium oxides, and mixed silicates, in production processes for both memory and logic applications, is one such example."

    "This rapid adoption and developmental trend is perfectly illustrated by deposition materials and, the rate of adoption and subsequent change of materials employed for dielectric materials for metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors in the manufacture of DRAM devices," expanded Ravi Kanjolia, SAFC Hitech's Chief Technology Officer. "Precursor chemistries have transitioned rapidly from providing solutions for growing high quality conformal amorphous films of Al2O3 to HfO2 followed by ZrO2. Similar trends regarding timescales for the adoption and integration of new materials in other functional layers of the devices are now also being seen."

    Looking ahead, SAFC Hitech is continuing its focus on next generation high-K for gate applications, high-K and ultra high-K dielectrics for capacitor applications, the further development of metal gates, new electrode materials for DRAM and materials for copper barrier and copper seed, amongst areas of interest. The company has also made significant progress in developing germanium antimony telluride (GST) precursors for use in high volume phase change memory (PCM) applications. PCM, a non-volatile computer memory that allows for the scaling of ultimate feature size further than is possible with conventional Flash memories, offers greater storage capacity and superior performance for memory devices and is a technology widely viewed as a strong replacement candidate for NAND Flash.

    For further information, visit SAFC Hitech during Semicon West at booth 5465 in the North Hall, or go to

    About SAFC: SAFC is the custom manufacturing and services business unit within Sigma-Aldrich that focuses on high-purity inorganics for high technology applications, cell culture products and services for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, biochemical production and the manufacturing of complex, multi-step organic synthesis of APIs and key intermediates. SAFC has manufacturing facilities around the world dedicated to providing manufacturing services for companies requiring a reliable partner to produce their custom manufactured materials. SAFC has four business segments - SAFC Pharma , SAFC Supply Solutions , SAFC Biosciences , and SAFC Hitech - and had annual sales of over $620 million in 2008. SAFC is considered a top 10 fine chemical company. For more information about SAFC, visit

    About SAFC Hitech: SAFC Hitech provides a unique chemistry service translating application understanding into performance materials worldwide. Through collaborative partnerships and an integrated approach from research and development, process development and scale up to commercial manufacturing, SAFC Hitech invests in innovation and manufacturing enabling current and future technology needs. Further information can be found at

    About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and other high technology manufacturing. The Company has customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 38 countries and has 7,800 employees providing excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating Customer Success through Innovation and Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its award-winning Web site at

    Cautionary Statement: This release contains forward-looking statements relating to future strategic actions and initiatives and similar intentions and beliefs and other statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions and the like, which involve assumptions regarding the Company's operations and conditions in the markets the Company serves. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

    Sigma-Aldrich , SAFC , SAFC Supply Solutions SAFC Pharma , SAFC Biosciences and SAFC Hitech are registered trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology L.P. and Sigma-Aldrich Co.

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    M2B Launches Hollywood Entertainment News on WOWtvSingapore-based broadband entertainment company inks content deal with FCCE to offer Hollywood entertainment news videos on WOWtv sites

    SINGAPORE, July 14 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- M2B World Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of US-based Amaru, Inc (AMRU) and Asia's leading broadband entertainment provider, has signed an agreement with FCCE Asia Pacific to make available videos of Hollywood's latest entertainment news on WOWtv websites.

    In the two-year agreement, M2B will license FCCE's content to be showcased via IPTV and broadcast through on-demand TV delivered over the internet, set- top-boxes and portable handheld devices. The licensed territories include Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

    FCCE's three program series - Films & Stars, Hollywood Buzz and Kids Flix are currently offered on WOWtv's Singapore site ( ) and will soon be available to viewers on WOWtv's China site ( ).

    Films & Stars is a sneak preview of Hollywood's hottest new films and the stars that make them, presented in an entertaining half-hour weekly magazine. Some of the stars regularly featured here are among the movie industry's creme de la creme such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet and many more.

    Hollywood Buzz is a half-hour weekly magazine packed with the latest entertainment headlines and hottest celebrity profiles.

    Kids Flix is a fast-paced weekly show aimed at keeping kids up to date on the hottest new movies, DVDs and games.

    "As one of the region's first and leading broadband television providers, M2B is consistently delivering new and quality entertainment to our viewers. With the addition of FCCE's shows to our comprehensive range of content, M2B will continue to be the one-stop online entertainment hub for our viewers," said Mr. Colin Binny, President and CEO of M2B World Asia Pacific.

    "We are very pleased to be able to launch our top quality shows in the Asia Pacific region on M2B's WOWtv platforms. We look forward to growing our business in this region with M2B as one of our partners," said FCCE Distribution's Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Justus A.G. Verkerk.

    The three programs are currently available on a pay-per-view basis on WOWtv Singapore with new episodes updated every week.

    M2B engineered Singapore's first broadband TV service with an extensive premium content library in July 2006. To date, its US-listed parent company Amaru Inc. has invested more than US$20 million in building and developing M2B's content library and broadband infrastructure in Singapore.

    About M2B World Asia Pacific and Amaru Inc.

    M2B World Asia Pacific has established its competitive edge by offering access to an extensive range of content libraries for aggregation, distribution and syndication on broadband and other media. Its content covers diverse genres such as movies, dramas, comedies, documentaries, music, fashion, lifestyle, edutainment and more.

    Its parent company Amaru Inc., a Nevada Corporation, is a leader in the broadband media entertainment business and a major provider of interactive entertainment on demand and e-commerce services streamed over broadband channels, internet portals and 3G devices with multiple channels designed to cater to various consumer segments and lifestyles. Since 2006, Amaru Inc. has invested US$21 million in M2B World Asia Pacific to build its content library as well as to establish its video streaming infrastructure and video-on-demand sites. In 2007 and 2008, Amaru Inc. raised a total of US$8.5 million in new funding for M2B World Asia Pacific. Amaru Inc. owns 81.6% of M2B World Asia Pacific. For more information, visit .

    About FCCE Distribution

    FCCE Distribution is an international top-level distribution and consultancy company dedicated to providing movie-related content services and international successful formats. FCCE owns a unique archive containing over 10,000 hours of exclusive and original Hollywood-related content. With a proven track-record in the Dutch and international markets, FCCE presents high-quality programming with solid ratings and business cases for all possible media: broadcasters, digital & VOD channels, online, mobile platforms and narrowcasters. FCCE Asia Pacific is a subsidiary of FCCE International, and is serving the Asia Pacific region from its regional office in Singapore. For more information, visit , Tel: +31-20-6301030 or Email:

    This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to change. The information posted in this release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, growth and demand for broadband services, the unproven nature of the advertising model, the ability to execute content deals on favorable terms, government controls on media in various regions, the ability to manage rapid growth, disruptions to networks, competitors and new entrants, changes in product mix, our efforts to establish independent broadband sites in countries where conditions are suitable, our ability to expand our offerings of content and various other factors beyond the Company's control.

    For media enquiries, please contact: Alexis Ng Senior Marketing Manager M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Tel: +65-6332-9421 Email:

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    Microsoft Research and Bill Gates Bring Historic Physics Lectures to WebLecture series by celebrated physics professor Richard Feynman is now available to all.

    REDMOND, Wash., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Research, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, today launched a Web site that makes an acclaimed lecture series by the iconic physicist Richard Feynman freely available to the general public for the first time. The lectures, which Feynman originally delivered at Cornell University in 1964, have been hugely influential for many people, including Gates. Gates privately purchased the rights to the seven lectures in the series, called "The Character of Physical Law," to make them widely available to the public for free with the hope that they will help get kids excited about physics and science.


    The historic lectures and related content can be seen at The name "Tuva" was chosen because of Feynman's lifelong fascination with the small Russian republic of Tuva, located in the heart of Asia.

    Feynman was one of the most popular scientists of the 20th century, equally regarded for his scientific insights as well as his ability to convey his enthusiasm for science through his lectures and writings. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and was also known for his quirky sense of humor and eccentric and wide-ranging interests.

    "No one was more adept at making science fun and interesting than Richard Feynman," said Gates. "More than 20 years after first seeing them, these are still some of the best science lectures I've heard. Feynman worked hard during his life to popularize science, so I'm sure he'd be thrilled that now anyone, anywhere in the world, can just click a button and experience his lectures."

    Curtis Wong, a principal researcher with Microsoft Research, enhanced the experience of viewing the lectures by integrating the historic video with a Microsoft Silverlight-based video player that allows viewers to search the lectures for references to particular subjects, take notes that are synchronized to the video, and click on hyperlinks to related Web content, among other customized operations.

    "There is a lot of public interest in building innovative educational resources online," Wong said. "This is an opportunity to take some existing educational content and utilize software and the wealth of resources available on the Web to create a richer learning experience. And because people can annotate the lectures with their own comments and links to related resources, I expect this experience to become richer and richer over time."

    Microsoft Research has been exploring video annotation for many years and chose to publish the Feynman "Messenger" lectures with a new enhanced video player. Neither Microsoft nor the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were involved in the acquisition of the rights to the lectures.

    About Microsoft Research

    Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies. Researchers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and collaborate with leading academic, government and industry researchers to advance the state of the art in such areas as graphics, speech recognition, user-interface research, natural language processing, programming tools and methodologies, operating systems and networking, and the mathematical sciences. Microsoft Research currently employs more than 850 people in six labs located in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Cambridge, England; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. Microsoft Research collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to enhance the teaching and learning experience, inspire technological innovation, and broadly advance the field of computer science. More information can be found at

    About Microsoft

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

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    Microsoft Recognizes Outstanding Partners' AchievementsAwards recognize Microsoft Dynamics partners' success.

    NEW ORLEANS, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans, Microsoft Corp. honored an elite group of Microsoft Dynamics partners for their commitment to customers and success in extending the Microsoft Dynamics platform to drive business advantages in companies worldwide.


    "Microsoft strongly values its partners' contributions, and we want to highlight these top partners' commitment of delivering exceptional solutions and unsurpassed value to customers," said Doug Kennedy, vice president of the Microsoft Dynamics Partners team. "We're delighted to acknowledge their strong performance, tremendous contributions and outstanding achievements over the past year."

    In recognition, 12 Microsoft Dynamics partners were presented with the Microsoft Partner Program Awards at the conference. More than 195 entries were submitted by partners worldwide; the award winners were selected from a group of finalists based on their innovative use of Microsoft Dynamics to provide strategic and high-value solutions to meet their customers' needs. The solutions-based awards and the recipients are as follows:

    -- Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year: Hitachi Consulting Corp. -- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year: Ascentium -- Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner of the Year: Cogsdale Corp. -- Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner of the Year: Sistemas de Gestion de Baleares S.A. SGB -- Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale Solutions Partner of the Year: POSitive Technology -- Microsoft Dynamics SL Partner of the Year: SIS Software LLC -- Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year: Fullscope Inc. -- Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Partner of the Year: Young & Partners -- Microsoft Dynamics Retail Partner of the Year: Columbus IT Partner A/S -- Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services Partner of the Year: Client Profiles Inc. -- Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Partner of the Year: Customer Effective Inc. -- Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year: Infoma Software Consulting GmbH

    In addition, out of thousands of partners, Microsoft honored 16 with the 2009 Microsoft Dynamics Regional Partner of the Year Awards. From this group of top performers, Ascentium was honored as the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding Reseller of the Year, and To-Increase was honored as the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding ISV of the Year. Several key criteria were reviewed in selecting Certified for Microsoft Dynamics Partners for the special recognition, including outstanding sales performance, exemplary technological expertise on Microsoft Dynamics products and services, consistently high levels of customer satisfaction, and feedback from peers and team members. The performance-based awards and the recipients are as follows:

    -- Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding Reseller of the Year: Ascentium -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Asia-Pacific: Tectura Asia and South Pacific -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Canada: Vox ISM -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Western Europe: AlfaPeople -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Central and Eastern Europe: AutoCont -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Middle East and Africa: Columbus IT Middle East -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for Latin America: WA Consultoria -- Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year for United States: Fullscope Inc. -- Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding ISV of the Year: To-Increase -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for Asia-Pacific: Zap Technology Pty. Ltd. -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for Western Europe: LS Retail -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for Central and Eastern Europe: Laurel -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for Middle East and Africa: Link Egypt -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for Latin America: Tridea Consulting -- Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year for United States: Serenic Corp. -- Microsoft Dynamics Hosting Partner of the Year: Sandhills Publishing Co.

    During the recognition ceremony, a select group of Microsoft Dynamics partners were named to the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle and Microsoft Dynamics President's Club.

    The Inner Circle recognition is awarded to a limited number of companies whose sales achievement ranks them in the highest echelon of the Microsoft Dynamics global network of partners. These top partners are recognized for their exceptional overall company performance in delivering solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers. Microsoft Dynamics President's Club recognition honors Microsoft Dynamics reselling partners in the top 5 percent of partners within each region whose commitment to customers is reflected in their business performance and high level of sales achievement.

    A list of the 2009 Inner Circle award winners can be found online at

    A list of the 2009 President's Club award winners can be found online at .

    About Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

    Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft's partner community with access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More information can be found at and on the Partner Program home page at

    About Microsoft Dynamics

    Microsoft Dynamics is a line of financial, customer relationship and supply chain management solutions that helps businesses work more effectively. Delivered through a network of channel partners providing specialized services, these integrated, adaptable business management solutions work like and with familiar Microsoft software to streamline processes across an entire business.

    About Microsoft

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

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    SMIC (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) Schedules Second Quarter 2009 Webcast Conference Call

    SHANGHAI, July 14 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --

    Please join SMIC's: -- Dr. Richard Chang, Chief Executive Officer and President -- Morning Wu, Acting Chief Financial Officer -- Gareth Kung, Senior Director, Finance and Accounting -- En-Ling Feng, Director, Investor Relations

    as they announce the company's second quarter results and take questions from investors on Wednesday, July 29, 2009.

    The second quarter 2009 results will also be released and available at before the start of trading on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 29, 2009.

    CONFERENCE CALL / WEBCAST ANNOUNCEMENT DETAILS DATE: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 TIME: 8:30 A.M. (Shanghai and Hong Kong) 8:30 P.M. (New York *please note that because this call is live, it will be taking place on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 EDT) WEBCAST:

    The call will be webcast live with audio at under the "Investor Relations" section.


    For those without internet access, you may participate in the conference call by dialing the following numbers:

    US 1-617-614-3672 / 1-800-260-8140 (Passcode: SMIC) HK 852-3002-1672 (Passcode: SMIC) REPLAY:

    The live audio webcast will be archived for replay at , along with a soft copy of our news release, for a period of 12 months following the webcast.

    For more information, please contact: Email: Enling Feng Investor Relations Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x16275 Email: Stephanie Cheung Investor Relations Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x16113 Email: Anne Wong Chen Investor Relations Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x12804 Email: Beverly Liu Investor Relations Tel: +86-21-3861-0000 x16099 Email:

    Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

    CONTACT: Email:; Enling Feng of Investor Relations, +86-21-
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    Relations, +86-21-3861-0000 x16113, or; Anne Wong
    Chen of Investor Relations, +86-21-3861-0000 x12804, or;
    Beverly Liu of Investor Relations, +86-21-3861-0000 x16099, or

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    Perot Systems Enters IT and Engineering Services Agreement with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and TechnologySets Framework for Expansion into Construction Equipment Industry

    CHANGSHA, China, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perot Systems Corporation today announced that it has entered an agreement with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., to explore utilization of technology and engineering services to give both companies an increased presence in the construction equipment industry in China.

    "The agreement with Zoomlion gives us the opportunity to provide advanced engineering services, opening a new door for Perot Systems in China," said David Miller, Perot Systems Managing Director for China. "Bringing our engineering services to China to work with domestic manufacturers should jointly strengthen our research and development capabilities and provide a means to reduce the cost of engineering while decreasing time to market for new products and platforms."

    Founded in 1992, Zoomlion is a pioneer corporation in the China construction machinery industry and is one of the first 103 innovative experimental enterprises in China. The company is engaged in researching and manufacturing the key machineries needed for construction projects, energy source projects and transportation projects, among others. With more than 18,000 employees, Zoomlion produces over 350 types of leading products and maintains complete intellectual property. It is ranked as one of the Chinese Top 500 Enterprises, Chinese Top 100 Machinery Manufacturers and Chinese Top 10 Independent Innovation Enterprises.

    As a leader in both information technology and engineering services outsourcing, Perot Systems is uniquely equipped to handle the needs of companies in the construction equipment industry. Working with Zoomlion, Perot Systems has the ability to collaborate with an experienced machinery provider to pursue new product and market opportunities in China.

    About Perot Systems

    Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. For factors that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed after such Form 10-K, for additional information regarding risk factors. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

    Media Contacts: Perot Systems Corporation Joe McNamara +19725776165 Marvin Singleton +1 214 934-0470 David Miller +1 (8610) 6592-8058

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    'No Service Fee Wednesday' Belongs to the Fans as Live Nation Asks Concert Goers to Pick Next Promotion

    LOS ANGELES, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Entering its seventh week, Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesday" promotion has saved fans millions of dollars on more than 500,000 tickets across North America. This week's promotion, the All-In Ticket Concert Experience, includes a ticket, parking, all fees, a hot dog and a soda for only $29.99 on the lawn and $49.99 for select reserved seats*. The promotion kicks off tomorrow at 12:01am local time exclusively on

    Instead of picking a new offer for next Wednesday on its own, Live Nation announced that beginning today the company will ask concert fans across the country to go to and choose the promotion they want for next week's "No Service Fee Wednesday." Fans simply go to and click on the "You Pick the Next Promotion" button to vote for one of three offers for next Wednesday, July 22nd . Voting will continue until midnight Eastern tomorrow, July 15th, with results announced on the following Monday.

    "Since launching 'No Service Fee Wednesday,' I have received a lot of feedback from fans in emails, messages on my Facebook page and in comments posted on Twitter and regarding our promotion," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "We've worked week after week to use that fan input to determine our offers, but this week I wanted to take it a step further and put fans in the driver's seat by giving them the opportunity to vote at"


    Live Nation's mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000 concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to Live Nation is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and building the industry's first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company, please visit

    *Participating Shows. Subject to availability. General admission or reserved seats where applicable. Includes print at home and US mail delivery, parking where applicable. Serving size may vary per venue.

    Live Nation

    CONTACT: John Vlautin of Live Nation, +1-310-867-7127,

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    CARBO Ceramics Schedules Second Quarter 2009 Earnings Call for July 30, 2009; Announces Headquarters Move to Houston, Texas

    HOUSTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CARBO Ceramics Inc. , announced that it plans to release earnings results for the second quarter of 2009 on July 30, 2009 and will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. central time (11:00 a.m. eastern) that day, from its new headquarters in Houston, Texas. The call will be hosted by Gary Kolstad, President and CEO, and Ernesto Bautista, III, Vice President and CFO.

    The company's new offices are located at Energy Center II, 575 N. Dairy Ashford, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77079. The company's new phone number is (281) 921-6400. Sales and technical staff will remain in Irving, Texas to address the needs of locally based clients.

    To participate in the teleconference, investors should dial 1-800-860-2442 about 10 minutes before the start time and reference the CARBO Ceramics conference call. International callers should dial 1-412-858-4600. The conference call can also be accessed by visiting the company's Web site,

    CARBO is the world's largest supplier of ceramic proppant, the provider of the world's most popular fracture simulation software, and a leading provider of fracture design and consulting services. The company also provides a broad range of technologies for geotechnical monitoring.

    The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Among these factors are changes in overall economic conditions, changes in demand for our products, changes in the demand for, or price of, oil and natural gas, risks of increased competition, technological, manufacturing and product development risks, loss of key customers, changes in government regulations, foreign and domestic political and legislative risks, the risks of war and international and domestic terrorism, risks associated with foreign operations and foreign currency exchange rates and controls; weather-related risks and other risks and uncertainties described in our publicly available filings with the SEC. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

    CARBO Ceramics Inc.

    CONTACT: Ernesto Bautista, III, CFO of CARBO Ceramics Inc.,

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