Companies news of 2009-10-05 (page 13)

  • DQ Entertainment Honors J.K Rowling With Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Internet Gold's 100% Subsidiary Smile.Media, Acquires the Remaining 48% of TIPO, Israel's...
  • Trident Microsystems and NXP to Combine Digital TV and Set-Top Box Businesses to Create...
  • Trident Microsystems Provides Upward Revised Guidance for Fiscal First Quarter
  • Motorola Provides World's First Live 2.6GHz TD-LTE Drive Demonstration for CMCC at ITU...
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    DQ Entertainment Honors J.K Rowling With Lifetime Achievement Award

    HYDERABAD, India, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DQ Entertainment had instituted The Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the Cannes Film Festival "MIPCOM 2008" to be presented annually to artists who during their lifetime have made creative contribution of outstanding significance to entertainment that goes beyond cultural, linguistic and other boundaries. The recipient of the award is selected by an eminent jury comprising leading broadcasters, producers & senior journalists from the media & entertainment industry.

    The 2008 DQE Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Rene Goscinny in recognition of his contribution towards children entertainment. Rene Goscinny is the creator of characters like 'Le Petit Nicolas' 'Asterix' and 'Lucky Luke'. Anne Goscinny - Daughter of the late Rene Goscinny, received the award on his behalf.

    The 2009 DQE Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to J.K. Rowling for her outstanding contribution towards children entertainment. J.K Rowling is the author and creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The esteemed jury were almost unanimous in their choice of J.K. Rowling - who has inspired the minds of millions of people around the world, and has given rise to a whole new generation of young readers. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention; won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies and a string of films have been produced based on the series.

    The award ceremony was held at Hotel Martinez at Cannes on 4th Oct, which was star-studded with Industry peers from ZDF, Classic Media, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, Marvel, M6 France, BBC, Disney, Mike Young Productions, Gruppo Alcuni, Turner Asia, France 3, Moonscoop, Method Animation, TF1 and a host of others.

    Mr. Josh Berger, President and MD Warner Brothers Entertainment UK received the Award on behalf of J.K. Rowling.

    About DQE:

    DQE is a leading animation, gaming and entertainment production and global distribution group engaged in production, co-production and original IP development with a workforce of 2,788 and a global client - partner base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group, M6/ France TV/ TF-1 Broadcasting groups from France, ZDF Germany and many more world-wide.

    DQ Entertainment Group has produced/co-produced and distributed brands such as Iron Man - the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing properties like Little Prince and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 350 hours of international programs for distribution.

    DQE is also developing and producing 'The Jungle Book', the 100% home grown global production as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV feature. The other major co-production partners are ZDF Enterprises and ZDF Broadcasting - Germany, TF1 Group, France and Moonscoop, France. DQE is also developing and producing Lassie which will be a 26 x 22 minute CGI animated series, Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series as well as Indian IPs which are on production like Feluda, and Omkar.

    DQE's production facilities are based in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Manila and it has international sales offices in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.

    Media Contact: DQ Entertainment Limited Sumedha Saraogi +91-40-2355-3726/27 or sumedha@dqentertainment.com

    DQ Entertainment International

    CONTACT: Media Contact: DQ Entertainment Limited, Sumedha Saraogi,
    +91-40-2355-3726/27 or sumedha@dqentertainment.com




    Internet Gold's 100% Subsidiary Smile.Media, Acquires the Remaining 48% of TIPO, Israel's Leading Children's Portal

    PETACH TIKVA, Israel, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Internet Gold today announced that it's wholly owned subsidiary, Smile.Media, has acquired the remaining 48% interest in Hype Active Media Ltd . Hype is the owner and operator of TIPO (tipo.co.il), Israel's leading children's portal. In September 2009, TIPO achieved approximately 700,000 unique users, making it Israel's highest rated portal targeting children aged 8 -15.

    Launched in 2003, TIPO offers a broad selection of exciting content and youth-oriented applications, including instant messaging, chat-rooms and forums, as well as personal website building and hosting services. During August 2005, Smile Media first acquired 50% of Hype's shares and then during September 2006 acquired an additional 2%.

    "This acquisition is another step in our efforts to expand Smile.Media's position in Israel's growing Internet advertising market," said Mr. Eli Holtzman, CEO of Internet Gold. "With Internet advertising already accounting for more than 10% of Israel's total advertising expenditures, advertisers are recognizing the benefits of this highly-targeted media and TIPO offers them a superb channel for reaching a highly desirable demographic audience."

    About Internet Gold

    Internet Gold is one of Israel's leading communications groups with a major presence across all Internet-related sectors. Its 74.79% owned subsidiary, 012 Smile.Communications Ltd., is one of Israel's major Internet and international telephony service providers, and one of the largest providers of enterprise/IT integration services. Its 100% owned subsidiary, Smile.Media Ltd., manages a portfolio of Internet portals and e-Commerce sites.

    For further information, please contact: Ms. Idit Azulay, Internet Gold idita@co.smile.net.il / Tel: +972-72-200-3848

    Internet Gold

    CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Ms. Idit Azulay,
    Internet Gold, idita@co.smile.net.il / Tel: +972-72-200-3848




    Trident Microsystems and NXP to Combine Digital TV and Set-Top Box Businesses to Create Industry Leader in the Digital Home Market

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. and EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. and NXP Semiconductors today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Trident will acquire NXP's television systems and set-top box business lines. Trident would remain fabless with a significant presence in Asia and as a result of the transaction would have a global leadership position in the digital home entertainment market. Under the terms of the transaction, NXP will receive newly issued shares of Trident common stock equal to 60% of the total shares outstanding post-closing, including approximately 6.7 million shares that NXP will purchase at a price of $4.50 per share, resulting in cash proceeds to Trident of $30 million.

    "As the fragmented consumer IC market continues to consolidate, the ability to leverage IP across multiple segments is becoming increasingly important due to the R&D investments necessary to deliver leading-edge innovation," said Sylvia Summers, President and CEO of Trident. "Through this transaction, Trident will become one of the leading global suppliers with the product portfolio, IP and operational infrastructure required to effectively serve the large, high-growth digital home entertainment market."

    Including revenue from the acquired product lines, Trident would have estimated revenue of approximately $500 million in calendar 2009, with approximately 60% attributable to television and 40% to set-top box. Upon closing, Trident will have an extensive portfolio of consumer IP applicable to a range of markets, with over 2,000 granted and in-process patents including motion estimation/motion compensation and conditional access, as well as advanced 45nm SoC technology. The combined product portfolio will enable Trident to offer a broad range of semiconductor solutions to the digital home market, which Trident estimates will reach $5 billion by 2010.

    "Success in the consumer business requires a company culture based on rapid decision making, a fast pace of innovation, and a highly competitive cost structure," stated Summers. "This proposed transaction enables Trident to achieve the economies of scale required to compete in the digital home market, while also taking advantage of our start-up culture and cost-efficient Asia-based engineering and operations. As a result, Trident will be well positioned to address a larger market, accelerate our time to breakeven and achieve our long-term financial objectives."

    In order to drive cost-efficient innovation that is competitive with the industry's most aggressive consumer IC suppliers, Trident expects to retain a core set of technology centers of excellence in Europe and North America, while growing and leveraging the substantial engineering presence that each of NXP's Home business unit and Trident already has in Asia. Following the close of the transaction, Trident intends to continue supporting the existing customers and design wins of each company. In addition, Trident plans to develop a converged product roadmap, leveraging the substantial IP of both companies and cost structure of Trident to provide the competitive products required for the next generation of customer designs.

    "We believe the consumer IC business is a large, high-growth opportunity, best served by a company dedicated to this market with a highly efficient operating infrastructure," said Rick Clemmer, President and CEO of NXP. "This proposed combination is the ideal structure to position the considerable technology and market assets of our digital TV and set-top box lines for growth and financial success. As the single largest shareholder in the expanded Trident, NXP can continue to take part in the significant upside opportunity for this business while achieving another major milestone in NXP's plans to focus and lead in high-performance mixed signal."

    Reaffirming its long-term commitment to the digital home technology market, under the terms of the transaction, the primary shares being issued to NXP would be subject to a lock-up for two years.

    Upon closing, Sylvia Summers will remain the CEO of Trident and Christos Lagomichos, EVP of NXP's Home business unit, will become President. Pete Mangan will remain senior vice president and chief financial officer of Trident. In addition, after closing, NXP and Trident intend to cooperate in the development of complementary end-to-end solutions in other selected high-growth technology areas, including NXP's car entertainment and silicon tuner product lines. Trident will be fabless and will have the ability to access state-of-the-art technology and manufacturing capacity from NXP's manufacturing facilities, as well as the partner foundries and subcontractors of both companies. As a result of the terms and conditions agreed between the parties, NXP will account for its investment in Trident under the equity method.

    The Boards of Trident and NXP have unanimously approved the agreement and the transactions contemplated by the agreement. The transaction is subject to the approval of the stockholders of Trident, consultations with employee representatives in certain jurisdictions and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2010.

    Trident expects to generate $140 million to $160 million in revenue in the calendar quarter ending June 30, 2010, its first full quarter post-closing, and expects to break even on a non-GAAP operating basis as early as the end of calendar year 2010.

    Trident Investor Conference Call Today at 8 AM Eastern Time

    Trident management will host a conference call at 5:00 am Pacific Time today (8:00 am Eastern Time). The domestic dial in is 866-730-5769; the international dial-in is 857-350-1593. Passcode: 59258241. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks, beginning approximately two hours following the conference call and will be accessible by calling 888-286-8010 (domestic) or 617-801-6888 (international) using access code 26148685. This call is being webcast by Thomson/CCBN and can be accessed at Trident's web site at: http://www.tridentmicro.com/ . The webcast also is being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call at http://www.fulldisclosure.com/ http://www.fulldisclosure.com/ ; institutional investors can access the call via Thomson's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (http://www.streetevents.com/ http://www.streetevents.com/ ).

    Press Conference Call Today at 9 AM Eastern Time/3 PM CET

    Rick Clemmer, President and CEO, NXP Semiconductors and Sylvia Summers, President and CEO, Trident Microsystems, will host a conference call at 6:00 am Pacific Time today (9:00 am Eastern Time) for members of the press.

    For Journalists; you may use following dial in number; from Europe (via NL): +31 45 6316903 from US/Latam (via US): +1-480-629-9822 from Asia Pacific (via Singapore): +65-6823-2087

    There will be a Q&A session after the introduction. You may register for questions during the conference call.

    For listen only participants; we advise you to listen in via webcast via: http://www.nxp.com/news/ About Trident Microsystems:

    Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, designs, develops and markets integrated circuits, or ICs, and associated software for digital media applications, such as digital televisions and LCD televisions. Trident's products are sold to a network of OEMs, original design manufacturers and system integrators worldwide. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: http://www.tridentmicro.com/.

    About NXP Semiconductors:

    NXP is a leading semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 29,000 employees working in more than 30 countries and posted sales of USD 5.4 billion (including the Mobile & Personal business) in 2008. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, mobile phones, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at http://www.nxp.com/.

    Cautionary Statement:

    Statements about the ability of Trident to complete the transaction contemplated by the agreement with NXP, including the ability to satisfy the conditions set forth in the definitive agreement, and the possibility of the termination of the definitive agreement, Trident's market share and the expected competitive position of Trident following the completion of the proposed acquisition, are forward-looking statements. A number of the matters discussed in this presentation that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments. The discussion of such matters is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: failure to achieve the economies of scale, revenue growth, operating synergies and efficiencies of the acquisition; the result of any regulatory review of the proposed transaction; approval of the acquisition by the stockholders of Trident and satisfaction of various other conditions to the closing of the acquisition; and the risks that are described from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including Trident's annual report on Form 10-K for fiscal the year ended June 30, 2009.

    Important Additional Information

    In connection with the proposed acquisition of assets of NXP and solicitation of approval of the Trident stockholders, as well as in connection with its 2009 annual meeting of stockholders, Trident plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of Trident after clearance with the SEC. Trident will also file with the SEC from time to time other documents relating to the proposed combination. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT IS FILED WITH THE SEC, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY TRIDENT WITH THE SEC RELATING TO THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION WHEN THEY ARE FILED, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION.

    The final proxy statement will be mailed to stockholders of Trident. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and other documents when filed with the SEC at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/. In addition to the proxy statement, Trident files annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports, statements or other information filed by Trident at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-732-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Trident's filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and free of charge at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/. In addition, Trident's SEC filings may be obtained free of charge from Trident's website (http://www.tridentmicro.com/) or by calling Trident's Investor Relations department at (408) 764-8808.

    Trident, and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its stockholders in connection with the proposed acquisition. Information about the directors and executive officers of Trident and the interests of such participants in the proposed acquisition will be included in the proxy statement and the other documents filed by Trident with the SEC relating to the proposed acquisition when filed.

    Trident Microsystems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Press, Pieter van Nuenen of NXP, +31 40 27 25398,
    pieter.van.nuenen@nxp.com; or Kelly Karr of Trident, +1-408-718-9350,
    kelly.karr@taniscomm.com; or Investors, Albert Hollema of NXP, +31 40 27
    25610, albert.hollema@nxp.com; or John Swenson, +1-415-302-2324,
    john@swenson-partners.com, for Trident

    Web Site: http://www.tridentmicro.com/




    Trident Microsystems Provides Upward Revised Guidance for Fiscal First Quarter

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. , a leader in high-performance semiconductor system solutions for the multimedia and digital television market, today provided revised guidance for its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, 2009.

    The company currently expects to report revenue of approximately $31 million for the quarter, up from prior guidance of $22-$25 million. The increase primarily relates to increased sales of discrete products. The company expects to report a lower non-GAAP operating loss in the range of approximately $10 million, as compared with earlier guidance of $12-$14 million. The company expects to report cash of approximately $161 million at quarter end which is slightly lower than guidance based upon the timing of working capital in the quarter.

    The company expects to report its full results for the fiscal first quarter the week of Oct. 26, 2009.

    Separately today, Trident and NXP Semiconductors announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Trident will acquire NXP's television systems and set-top box business lines. Trident would remain fabless with a significant presence in Asia and as a result of the transaction would have a global leadership position in the digital home entertainment market. Under the terms of the transaction, NXP will receive newly issued shares of Trident common stock equal to 60% of the total shares outstanding post-closing, including approximately 6.7 million shares that NXP will purchase at a price of $4.50 per share, resulting in cash proceeds to Trident of $30 million.

    Investor Conference Call Today at 8 AM Eastern Time

    Management will host a conference call at 5:00 am Pacific Time today (8:00 am Eastern Time). The domestic dial in is 866-730-5769; the international dial-in is 857-350-1593. Passcode: 59258241. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks, beginning approximately two hours following the conference call and will be accessible by calling 888-286-8010 (domestic) or 617-801-6888 (international) using access code 26148685. This call is being webcast by Thomson/CCBN and can be accessed at Trident's web site at: http://www.tridentmicro.com/. The webcast also is being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call at http://www.fulldisclosure.com/; institutional investors can access the call via Thomson's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (http://www.streetevents.com/).

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

    To supplement the consolidated financial results prepared under GAAP, Trident uses a non-GAAP conforming, or non-GAAP, measure of net income (loss) that is GAAP net income (loss) adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses and gains. Non-GAAP net income (loss) gives an indication of Trident's baseline performance before gains, losses or other charges that are considered by management to be outside the company's core operating results. In addition, non-GAAP net income (loss) is among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be materially different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Trident computes non-GAAP net income (loss) by adjusting GAAP net income (loss) for stock-based compensation expense, expenses related to the stock option investigation and related matters, restructuring charges, expenses related to software license fees adjustment, amortization of intangible assets from the acquisition of Trident's Beijing subsidiary and the purchase of the minority interests of Trident's Taiwan subsidiary (Trident Technologies, Inc.), impairment loss, backlog amortization, capital gains and losses and dividend income. Upon release of its full financial results, a detailed reconciliation between net income (loss) on a GAAP basis and non-GAAP net income (loss) is provided in a table following non-GAAP Consolidated Statements of Operations.

    Forward-Looking Information

    This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding financial expectations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The forward-looking statements made above are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results could vary materially depending on a number of factors. These risks include, in particular, the risk that our reported results may be materially different from our expected results, our failure to complete the acquisition with NXP, our failure to achieve the economies of scale, revenue growth, operating synergies and efficiencies of the acquisition; the result of any regulatory review of the proposed transaction; approval of the acquisition by the stockholders of Trident and satisfaction of various other conditions to the closing of the acquisition; our ability to build upon our core strengths, including our technology, engineering team, competitive cost structure and strong balance sheet; the timing of product introductions; the ability to obtain design wins among major OEMs for Trident's products; competitive pressures, including pricing and competitors' new product introductions; the impact of the deteriorating global macroeconomic environment, the increasingly competitive DTV market; and our ability to retain key employees following completion of the acquisition. Additional factors that may affect Trident's business are described in detail in Trident's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at http://www.sec.gov/.

    About Trident Microsystems, Inc.

    Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, designs, develops and markets integrated circuits, or ICs for digital media applications, such as digital television and LCD television. Trident's products are sold to a network of OEMs, original design manufacturers and system integrators worldwide. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: http://www.tridentmicro.com/.

    NOTE: Trident is a registered trademark of Trident Microsystems, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC

    This communication is being made in respect of the proposed acquisition involving Trident and NXP. In connection with the proposed Acquisition, Trident plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Proxy Statement as well as other documents regarding the proposed transactions. The definitive Proxy Statement will be mailed to stockholders of Trident. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF TRIDENT ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS.

    Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Trident through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/ and at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-732-0330 for further information on the public reference room. In addition, Trident's SEC filings may be obtained free of charge from Trident's website (http://www.tridentmicro.com/) or by calling Trident's Investor Relations department at (408) 764-8808.

    Trident and its directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding Trident's directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on September 11, 2009, and its proxy statement for its 2008 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on October 17, 2008. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

    Trident Microsystems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors, John Swenson of Swenson Partners, +1-415-302-2324,
    john@swenson-partners.com, for Trident Microsystems

    Web Site: http://www.tridentmicro.com/




    Motorola Provides World's First Live 2.6GHz TD-LTE Drive Demonstration for CMCC at ITU Telecom World 2009

    GENEVA, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. announced today that it has successfully deployed a Time Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in the streets of Geneva to support China Mobile Communications Corporation's (CMCC) presence at the Geneva PALEXPO during ITU Telecom World 2009.

    During Motorola's Home and Networks Mobility TD-LTE drive tour, visitors will ride in Motorola's LTE van to experience the real-life performance of TD-LTE, including mobility and hand-over and a number of demanding applications. These applications will include High Definition (HD) video streaming on the downlink and uplink, Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Video Conferencing and High-speed Internet browsing. In addition, Motorola will be providing a demonstration of TD-LTE on the CMCC exhibition booth, showcasing downlink throughput of over 100 megabits per second (Mbps).

    "We are very excited to support CMCC in bringing the world's first live 2.6GHz TD-LTE drive demo that delivers compelling media mobility to a trade show as important as ITU Telecom World 2009," said Bruce Brda, senior vice president and general Manager, wireless networks, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility. "This demonstrates the maturity of our TD-LTE solutions running effectively in a challenging real-life environment. We are seeing great interest in TD-LTE, because it enables operators with TDD spectrum to deliver increased capacity and a lower cost per bit. TD-LTE accelerates the delivery of rich personalized media experiences to consumers and makes LTE a truly encompassing global technology standard."

    The drive tour showcases Motorola's second-generation Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based products and a set of core networks running the latest specifications software and related application servers. Within the van, a TD-LTE device will receive and transmit the Over-the-Air (OTA) data including HD video from and to the application servers and high-speed data from and to the application servers and high-speed data from and to the Internet.

    Following Motorola's live 2.6GHz FDD-LTE tour in Barcelona and the live 700MHz FDD-LTE demonstration in Las Vegas, Motorola's live 2.6GHz TD-LTE drive tour in Geneva is another testament to Motorola's expertise in commercialized OFDM solutions and continues Motorola's industry-leading LTE successes.

    Motorola's TD-LTE solution is comprised of second-generation OFDM-based products, which include:

    -- A Base Controller Unit (BCU2) that supports TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and WiMAX -- A Remote Radio Unit (RRU) that supports both WiMAX and LTE

    Motorola is making steady progress on TD-LTE commercialization and ecosystem expansion. Recently, Motorola announced the successful completion of its joint OTA trial with operators as part of the collaborative trials scheduled throughout 2009. Motorola is also actively engaged with the TD-LTE trials initiated by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

    Motorola's LTE Solution

    Motorola continues to build on LTE momentum after a series of successful advancements in the first half of 2009. Recently, Motorola announced that it has been selected by KDDI as a key development vendor to help develop and implement KDDI's nationwide LTE network. Following the successful live LTE experiences in Las Vegas and Barcelona, Motorola's LTE drive tour also went to Sweden. Motorola is engaged in LTE trial activity with operators in North America, Europe and Asia, and recently launched its LTE trial network and testing lab in Swindon, UK.

    Motorola's LTE solution is comprised of its OFDM broadband platform and a selection of radio options that include MIMO and smart antennas. It also features Motorola's advanced self-organizing network (SON) solution. Motorola's WBR 500 series LTE eNodeB offers flexible deployment options with frame based-mounted radios, remote radio heads and tower top radios to support a wide variety of LTE deployment scenarios across numerous spectrum bands to meet the needs of the global market.

    Motorola's LTE portfolio also includes its evolved packet core (EPC) solution - the Wireless Broadband Core (WBC) 700 portfolio, backhaul, network management solutions, video solutions that monetize LTE investment, and a complete portfolio of professional services. The Motorola WBC 700 is comprised of Motorola's mobility management entity (MME), packet and serving gateways (P-GW and S-GW), and a policy and charging rules function server (PCRF).

    Motorola's LTE portfolio has won multiple awards, including recognition for SON in the Service Management category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Competition, EPC as a finalist in the 2009 InfoVision Awards, and the eNodeB receiving a 2009 Next Generation Networks Leadership Award.

    For more information about Motorola's LTE solutions please visit: http://business.motorola.com/experiencelte/home.html or http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Solutions/Technologies/LTE_US-EN.

    About Motorola

    Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com/.

    Media Contacts: Gemma Priscott Motorola, Inc. +44-7970-882994 gemma.priscott@motorola.com Guo Tian Motorola China +86-10-8473-4992 tianguo@motorola.com

    Motorola, Inc., Home & Networks Mobility MOTOROLA and the stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2009. All rights reserved.

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    gemma.priscott@motorola.com; or Guo Tian of Motorola China, +86-10-8473-4992,
    tianguo@motorola.com

    Web Site: http://www.motorola.com/




    DiagnoCure signs distribution agreement in the UK for its colorectal cancer testTicker Symbol: CUR

    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DiagnoCure Inc. (TSX: CUR), a life sciences company commercializing high-value cancer diagnostic tests and delivering laboratory services, announced that it signed an exclusive agreement with a new partner, Lab21, a global provider of diagnostic products and services, for the promotion, marketing and selling of its Previstage(TM) GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Lab21 will offer the Previstage(TM) GCC test as part of its oncology testing services, and patient samples will be processed in DiagnoCure's U.S. clinical laboratory.

    "This new partnership is a key initial step in reaching out to the European market. Lab21 is a leading provider of state-of-the-art diagnostics and world class customer service. This new avenue will support the global growth for our Previstage(TM) GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test," stated John C. Schafer, President and CEO of DiagnoCure.

    Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    Each year, 36,400 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.K. Of that number, about 9,600 will be considered free of metastases (stage I or II) following the surgery and may benefit from the more accurate staging offered by Previstage(TM) GCC.

    Presentation at BioContact

    On October 7th, John C. Schafer, President and CEO of DiagnoCure, will present an update of the Company's activities at BioContact 2009, a biopharmaceutical partnership symposium, held in Quebec City.

    About DiagnoCure

    DiagnoCure (TSX: CUR) is a life sciences company commercializing high-value cancer diagnostic tests and delivering laboratory services that increase clinician and patient confidence in making critical treatment decisions. DiagnoCure Oncology Laboratories, a subsidiary of DiagnoCure Inc., launched in 2008 the Previstage(TM) GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test, the first GCC-based molecular test for the management of colorectal cancer. A major study published in the February 18, 2009, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that GCC, to which DiagnoCure owns exclusive worldwide diagnostic rights, is the strongest independent predictor of colorectal cancer recurrence. The Company has a strategic alliance with Gen-Probe for the development and commercialization of a second-generation prostate cancer test using PCA3, DiagnoCure's proprietary molecular marker. This test is available through laboratories in the U.S. using PCA3 analyte specific reagents (ASR) from Gen-Probe, in Europe as the CE-marked PROGENSA(R) PCA3(TM) PCA3 in vitro assay, and in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.diagnocure.com/.

    About Lab21

    Lab21 is a global provider of state-of-the-art diagnostic products and services, supporting blood bank screening, medical diagnostics and drug discovery. Its customers include international healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The product division of the Company manufactures immunodiagnostic kits and reagents that are distributed into 110 international countries and is focused on infectious diseases for the blood-banking market. The service division has a growing test portfolio providing companion diagnostics and high technology molecular assays for the growing integration of personalized medicine into healthcare. These services are currently in infectious diseases, oncology and pharmacogenetics areas with emerging interests in cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Lab21's clinical reference laboratory and corporate office is based in Cambridge and has additional UK manufacturing sites in Newmarket, Bridport and Ipswich. It also has R&D operations in Cape Town, South Africa. The Company's investors include Merlin Biosciences, Nexus Medical Partners, Medicis Capital, Rowan Dartington and Kreos Capital. Website: http://www.lab21.com/

    Forward-looking statements

    This release contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expected. By their very nature, forward-looking statements are based on expectations and hypotheses and also involve risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, many of which are beyond DiagnoCure's control. As a result, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements regarding the outcome of research and development projects, clinical studies and future revenues are based on management expectations. In addition, the reader is referred to the applicable general risks and uncertainties described in DiagnoCure's most recent Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors". DiagnoCure undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein unless required by the applicable securities laws and regulations.

    DiagnoCure Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors: J. F. Bureau, CFA, Sr. Vice President and CFO,
    DiagnoCure Inc., (418) 527-6100, communications@diagnocure.com; Media: Paule
    De Blois, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, DiagnoCure Inc., (418) 527-6100,
    p.deblois@diagnocure.com




    EXCHANGE MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP announces Corporate update

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arshad Shah, President and CEO of Exchange Mobile Telecommunications Corp., (EMXT.PK) announces on behalf of the Board of Directors that the Company wishes to update its shareholders.

    The Company has completed all its filings with the Pinksheets bureau to be in the current category.

    The Company plans to offer bulk SMS messaging to various corporate clients and add other Mobile Wireless applications that have already been developed to offer potential customers.

    The Company has already agreed to retain the services of Al Media Ltd, of New York, NY, USA.

    Global GSM and 3GSM Mobile Connections : 3,972,950 October 4, 2009. About Exchange Mobile Technologies Corp.

    Exchange Mobile is a mobile solutions company, focused on providing innovative means of enabling mobile subscribers to stay connected in various network environments. With its unique interoperable platform, global SMS network and patent pending/trademarked technology; Exchange Mobile delivers SMS content worldwide with faster response time. Exchange Mobile enables corporate clients to capture their audience in an entirely new way; Exchange Mobile is the SMS solution of the future operating today!

    For more information about Exchange Mobile Telecommunications Corp. please visit our website at http://www.xcmobile.com/ or contact us at 604-687-7472.

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    The statements contained herein which are not historical are forward-looking statements that are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed, including but not limited to, certain delays beyond the Company's control with respect to market acceptance of new technologies or products, delays in testing and evaluation of products, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's press releases.

    Exchange Mobile Telecommunications Corp.

    CONTACT: Exchange Mobile Telecommunications Corp., 1220 6TH Avenue,
    Suite 102, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6H 1A5, Phone: (604) 687-7472, Fax: (604)
    677-0808, Email: info@xcmobile.com




    VimpelCom Welcomes Transaction Proposed by Altimo and Telenor

    MOSCOW and NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" (the "Company") welcomes today's decision by its two major shareholders, Altimo and Telenor, to combine ownership of VimpelCom and Kyivstar under a new company, VimpelCom Ltd., to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

    "This exciting development strengthens VimpelCom's position as a global player in the telecommunications industry. It provides us with renewed clarity on a strategy of growth and expansion," said Company Chief Executive Officer Boris Nemsic. "We are delighted that our two major shareholders have agreed on a framework to create a powerful new vehicle for growth with VimpelCom and Kyivstar joined together under the newly listed VimpelCom Ltd. as one group. We believe this transaction will have positive strategic, synergistic and operational value for both companies, their shareholders and their customers."

    The Company's Board of Directors has expressed its support for this proposal, based on the review by a special working group comprised of its three independent directors unaffiliated with either of Altimo or Telenor. This statement of support from the Board of Directors is based on current facts and circumstances, the proposed structure and terms of the transaction as disclosed by Altimo and Telenor and the diligence the Company and its advisers have conducted to date.

    The terms of the exchange offer proposed by Altimo and Telenor are described in their joint press release issued today. The proposed exchange offer cannot commence until a registration statement has been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and until the relevant offering document has been reviewed by the Federal Service for the Financial Markets of the Russian Federation. Once commenced, the completion of the proposed exchange offer will be subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions. This statement by the Company is not a recommendation or solicitation with respect to the proposed exchange offer. Consistent with SEC rules and Russian law, the Company's Board of Directors will make a formal recommendation to the Company's minority shareholders with respect to the proposed exchange offer following the commencement of the exchange offer, which is not expected to occur for several months.

    Advisors

    The Company has engaged UBS Investment Bank to act as its financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to act as its legal advisor.

    About VimpelCom

    The VimpelCom Group consists of telecommunications operators providing voice and data services through a range of mobile, fixed and broadband technologies. The Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, as well as Vietnam and Cambodia, in territories with a total population of about 340 million. VimpelCom was the first Russian company to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"). VimpelCom's ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbol "VIP".

    Statements contained herein are forward-looking and are made in compliance with safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, without limitation, those concerning the commencement and completion of the proposed exchange offer by VimpelCom Ltd., the expected timing of the transaction, plans relating to integration of the companies' businesses and the benefits of the transaction. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events because of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the possibility that the parties are not able to complete the transaction, that the potential transaction terms change or that the parties are not able to resolve their legal disputes. Additionally, the Company, Kyivstar and/or VimpelCom Ltd. may not realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction as a result of unforeseen developments in competition, or current or future changes in the political, economic and social environment or current or future regulation of the Russian, Ukrainian and CIS telecommunications industries. Additional information concerning factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's public filings with the SEC, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2008.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: The proposed exchange offer described in this communication has not yet commenced, and the description of the proposed exchange offer contained in this communication is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell securities.

    If the proposed exchange offer is commenced, the Company expects that VimpelCom Ltd. will file with the SEC a registration statement and other related materials with respect to the proposed exchange offer, and the Company will file with the SEC a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the proposed exchange offer. Investors and shareholders are urged to read the registration statement and other related materials, the solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 and any amendments, exhibits or other applicable documents regarding the proposed exchange offer if and when they become available because they will contain important information. Those materials will be made available to the Company's shareholders at no expense to them. In addition, all of those materials (and all other exchange offer documents filed with the SEC) will be made available at no charge on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/.

    Vimpel-Communications

    CONTACT: Alexey Subbotin of VimpelCom, +7-495-974-5888,
    Investor_Relations@vimpelcom.com

    Web Site: http://www.vimpelcom.com/




    New Study Says IT Sector to Help Drive Global Economic RecoveryResearch from 52 countries forecasts the creation of 5.8 million new IT jobs worldwide and 75,000 new businesses over the next four years.

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global IT research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft Corp. today released the results of global research, finding that the information technology (IT) industry will create 5.8 million new jobs and more than 75,000 new businesses over the next four years.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO)

    The expected growth rate for IT employment of 3 percent a year is more than three times the rate of growth of total employment and a strong indicator that investing in IT will contribute to economic recovery and growth.

    "In this fundamental economic reset, innovative technologies will play a vital role in driving productivity gains and enabling the creation of new local businesses and highly skilled jobs that fuel economic recovery and support sustainable economic growth," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "Countries that foster innovation and invest in infrastructure, education and skills development for their citizens will have a major competitive advantage in the global marketplace."

    The IDC study, commissioned by Microsoft, investigates the contribution of IT to gross domestic product (GDP), job creation in the IT industry, employment in the software sector, formation of new companies, local IT spending, and tax revenues in 52 countries, representing 98 percent of total worldwide IT spending. The research found that Microsoft and its ecosystem of local partners, vendors and service providers are a major catalyst of local economic growth and opportunity, during both the current economic difficulties and recovery.

    Summary of Key Findings About the IT Industry -- IT spending is expected to grow at triple the rate of GDP growth in the 52 countries. Although forecasted growth of IT spending is muted since the advent of the global recession, it is pegged at 3.3 percent per year between now and the end of 2013. -- The Microsoft ecosystem, defined as local companies that develop and/or sell products that run with or on Microsoft software, or that service and distribute Microsoft software, is a critical economic catalyst in every country where Microsoft operates. For every unit of local revenue that Microsoft will earn in 2009, other companies will earn an average of 8.70. -- In 2009, the companies in the Microsoft ecosystem will generate more than $535 billion in revenues for themselves. These revenues will remain in local economies. -- Global spending on IT will create 5.8 million new jobs between the end of 2009 and the end of 2013. The expected growth rate of 3 percent a year is more than three times as fast as the growth of total employment. -- Software drives IT growth. Spending on software is growing faster than spending on IT overall -- 4.8 percent a year between 2008 and 2013, compared with 3.3 percent for all IT spending. During 2009, total IT employment in the 52 countries dropped a fraction of a percentage point, yet software-related employment grew 4 percent. -- The IT market will create more than 75,000 new businesses over the next four years. Most of the new companies will be small and locally owned organizations.

    "Over the past 20 years, we've seen transformative power in how investments in IT innovations foster economic growth," said Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D., founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. "Continued innovation and investment in information technology will help jump-start recovery from the current recession and will significantly contribute to the growth of employment and new businesses."

    Because of its extensive partner network, the Microsoft ecosystem creates economic opportunities for companies selling products that run with or on Microsoft software, or that service and distribute Microsoft software.

    "Being part of the Microsoft ecosystem is creating opportunities not only for our company, but also for other companies and individuals that we partner with to provide our service," said Dan Merrits, vice president of marketing for Eduify. "It's ignited a ripple effect that extends value and growth to local communities around the world."

    Additional Findings About the Software Industry -- The emerging countries on the list of 52 -- all countries excluding the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Western Europe -- will account for only 21 percent of IT spending in 2009 and 39 percent of IT-related employment. But, over the next four years, they will account for more than 50 percent of net new IT spending and 70 percent of new IT-related jobs. -- IDC estimates that cloud services could add $800 billion in net new business revenues between the end of 2009 and the end of 2013. -- Companies in the Microsoft ecosystem employ 6.1 million people. IT-using organizations employ another 8.8 million IT professionals who work with Microsoft software or the products and services based on it. Together, those 14.9 million people account for 42 percent of the people working in the IT industry or as IT professionals in the 52 countries. -- IT spending provides revenues for more than 1.2 million companies selling or distributing hardware, software and services. Those companies, in turn, employ more than 13 million people. Another 22-plus million IT professionals work in IT-using organizations. -- Software accounts for a modest slice of overall IT spending but has a disproportionately positive impact on local economies. Software drives activity in the services and distribution sectors, as well as in organizations using IT, so although worldwide spending on packaged software will be only 21 percent of total IT spending in 2009, 51 percent of employment in IT will be software-related. -- The employees and companies in these 52 countries will pay nearly $1.2 trillion in taxes in 2009. In the next four years, there will be nearly $366 billion in net new tax revenues.

    Full results of the study can be found at http://microsoft.com/economicgrowth.

    About IDC Methodology

    This study applies IDC's Economic Impact Model, which assesses the IT industry's impact on job creation, company formation, local IT spending and tax revenues in addition to assessing Microsoft's partner ecosystem. The study's spending figures accounted for hardware, software, services and data networking expenditures by consumers, businesses, governments and educational institutions within each country. Tax revenue figures were based on potential VAT or sales tax revenues from the sale of hardware, software or services, as well as business and personal income taxes and social taxes. IT employment included the number of people employed (full-time equivalent) in hardware, software, services or channel firms, and those individuals managing IT resources in an IT-using organization (e.g., programmers, help desk, IT managers). All data was cross-checked against published information and census data available from government sources and validated by local government officials. A report on IDC's methodology is available at http://microsoft.com/economicgrowth.

    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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    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com Microsoft Corp.

    CONTACT: Rapid Response Team of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide,
    +1-503-443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, for Microsoft Corp.

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




    AT&T Unveils Lineup of Full Web Browsing PhonesNew Quick Messaging and Touch Screen Phones from Pantech and Samsung to Arrive in Time for the Holidays

    DALLAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* today announced four new mobile phones, two each from Pantech and Samsung that feature full Web browsers as well as physical and virtual keyboards. The Pantech Reveal(TM) and Impact(TM) will join the Samsung Mythic(TM) and Flight(TM) at the head of AT&T's quick messaging and touch screen phone portfolio heading into the holiday season.

    The new phones are the first to come preloaded with AT&T's new richer and faster HTML mobile browser and att.net service, combining the best of full HTML browsing with unique features for personalizing favorite bookmarks and local searches. The new att.net mobile platform utilizes advanced data compression from Opera Software, allowing for much faster delivery of HTML Web pages.

    "Customers expect to see the hottest mobile phones at AT&T stores and we've upped the ante for consumer handsets with our quick messaging phone portfolio over the past year," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Not only do these four new consumer phones have either a virtual or physical full keyboard, they now come with our richer and faster att.net mobile browser."

    Pantech Reveal(TM)

    On shelves October 18 in red and blue, Reveal is a slim and snappy slider that features an open-faced numeric keypad on the front of the phone which slides up to uncover a full keyboard underneath. Uniquely, both sets of keys stay active simultaneously, giving users fast access to numbers and letters at the same time. Whether updating your status with new pictures and videos, or texting, IMing or emailing friends, Reveal keeps you connected to your digital life at every turn. Reveal utilizes AT&T Navigator and the power of 3G to make GPS, surfing the Web and listening to music fast and convenient.

    Pantech Impact(TM)

    Bringing a new form factor along with a more color choices to the quick messaging portfolio, Impact features an OLED touch screen that lets users send text messages, make calls, and control their music library without having to open the phone. Impact's screen features haptic controls which register each key-press with a soft, tactile buzz. A sideways flip of the phone reveals a full physical keyboard and a second display screen, allowing for a fuller experience when typing longer messages. Additionally, Impact's bright screen and tri-band 3G functionality, lets users manage social networks and explore the Internet with quickness and ease. Available in two colors, pink and blue.

    Samsung Mythic(TM)

    A touch screen-only device, the AT&T Mobile TV-capable Mythic will be available in black in November. The large 3.3 inch touch screen scrolls left to right on the home screen for additional applications with the touch of a finger. With the swipe of a finger you are a touch away from your favorite apps including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Social Net, att.net and more. Samsung's TouchWiz(TM) user interface allows for quick access to your favorite features and has specially designed widgets to customize and personalize the way you use your phone.

    Samsung Flight(TM)

    The next generation messaging device from Samsung, the Flight has a vertical sliding form factor, with full keyboard underneath. A textured design and subtle ridge on the back make it easy to text or use the touch screen with one hand. The main display features a unique user interface which provides one-touch access to functions like shortcuts, favorites and messaging. The Flight, available in red and silver color options, will be available in November.

    New AT&T Mobile Browser

    "The new browser powering the att.net service brings the best of the open Web to consumer feature phones while making the mainstay of the mobile Web easy to find and also delivering local tools and bookmarking management," said Ted Woodbery, vice president of Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Products for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "It's a rich hybrid experience that gives you a HTML experience similar to your PC browser at home -- and works really well on a feature phone. Plus, it gives you easy, one-click access to the tools and content you find most valuable."

    AT&T's new att.net mobile browser gives customers three windows to the Web. From the homepage, users can easily browse the global Internet as well as assign bookmarks and shortcuts or set other preferences so they have quick access to their favorite content. A second window gives users location-aware local news and weather; one-click results for nearby restaurants, nightlife venues, ATMs and other points of interest; and access to maps, driving directions and traffic information. A third window delivers the latest headlines from popular news, sports and entertainment sites.

    Additionally, customers accessing att.net from their PC can customize their mobile att.net page by sending shortcuts to popular Web sites through a "Send to Mobile" feature.

    For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com/. For photos of the new phones, visit http://www.att.com/mobilephones-news.

    For more information and detailed disclaimer information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    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. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.

    Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at http://www.facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

    © 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. 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.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Warner May of AT&T, +1-404-986-1807, wmay@attnews.us; or Jeff
    Bratton of Fusion PR for Pantech, +1-310-481-1431, Ext. 13,
    jeff.bratton@fusionpr.com; or Tracy Calabrese of MWW for Samsung,
    +1-214-414-3332, tcalabrese@mww.com

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




    AT&T and HTC Debut HTC Tilt(TM) 2 and HTC PURE(TM) Windows PhonesPairing the Best of Both Worlds, the HTC Tilt(TM) 2 and the HTC PURE(TM) Unify Personal Communication in Two Very Different Form Factors

    DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* and HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Tilt(TM) 2 and the HTC PURE(TM) with Windows® Mobile 6.5. The HTC PURE delivers a touch screen experience in an alluring, compact form factor, and the HTC Tilt 2 features the convenience of a tilting touch screen combined with the practicality of a slide out full QWERTY keyboard.

    Powered by the nation's fastest 3G network and the Windows phone platform, the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE deliver an enhanced TouchFLO® 3D interface on a large vibrant touch screen that makes navigation intuitive and rich while enabling smooth access to desktop like web browsing . Both devices embody HTC's approach to put people at the center of the communications experience by providing full access to voice, text, or email in a single contact view, regardless of whether voice, text or email was used. This view can be accessed from the contact card or in the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest conversations are always at hand.

    "As one of the first carriers to support Windows Mobile 6.5 in the U.S. and the largest distributor of Windows phones worldwide, AT&T has a long history of leadership in smartphones and Windows Mobile," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Twice as many smartphone users choose AT&T over any other carrier and the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE will lead our Windows phone lineup into 2010."

    AT&T will support Windows Marketplace for Mobile in 2009 for access to a variety of applications on new AT&T devices, including the HTC PURE and HTC Tilt 2. Additionally, AT&T customers' purchases from Windows Marketplace can be added to their monthly statements. After Microsoft delivers Windows Marketplace later this year for other versions of Windows Mobile, AT&T will make it available to customers using those versions.

    Windows Mobile 6.5 received several upgrades that enhance ease-of-use, such as a touch-friendly user interface and improved browser with Flash support. Content and applications are just a fingertip away on the redesigned Start Menu and Internet Explorer Mobile will support the rich experiences that many Web pages offer for desktop computers.

    "AT&T and HTC have a long history of innovation with Windows phones," said Andy Lees, senior vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business. "AT&T, by bringing out the both the HTC Pure with its touch slate, and the HTC Tilt 2 with its keyboard, gives people the ability to choose a Windows phone that matches their preference."

    HTC Tilt 2

    Designed for the business professional, the HTC Tilt 2 is designed with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. The HTC Tilt 2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen WVGA display which can be easily tilted for an expanded viewing area and a large QWERTY keyboard, which is optimized for heavy email use. A quality speakerphone experience is enabled by dual speakers and dual microphones with advanced noise cancellation, and HTC's Straight Talk(TM) which allows for simplified conference calling and activation of the speakerphone by simply turning over the device. The HTC Tilt 2 also features a 3.2 megapixel camera.

    HTC PURE

    Leveraging HTC's TouchFLO 3D experience, the all touch screen HTC PURE offers an advanced touch experience that is optimized for one-hand use, which further evolves the compact smartphone design. Incorporating a large, brilliant 3.2-inch WVGA touch screen, the HTC PURE is crafted to fit perfectly into the hand and accentuates one's sense of style. With a crisp advanced five megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the HTC PURE brings many of the most sophisticated features to a broad consumer audience looking for the professional benefits of a smartphone, without sacrificing size, looks or functionality.

    "The HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE are not only powerhouse devices, they also provide a natural simplicity in the way we communicate with the people in our lives whether through voice, text or email," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. "Our desire is to put people at the center of every mobile experience, and we are pleased to work with AT&T, who shares this common vision."

    Pricing and Availability

    The HTC PURE is available at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at http://www.wireless.att.com/ for $149.99. The HTC Tilt 2, will be available in the following weeks for $299.99. (For the HTC PURE, pay $199.99 and receive $50 mail-in-rebate, for the HTC Tilt 2, pay $349.99 and receive a $50 mail-in-rebate. Two-year agreement on a minimum $69.99 plan required.)

    Small business customers also can subscribe to AT&T's new, industry-first BusinessTalk voice plans, which start at $60 a month for five users and 700 Anytime Minutes and can be expanded for $9.99 a line to accommodate up to 40 users and 20,000 Anytime Minutes. AT&T Music, AT&T Navigator, Video Share, Push-To-Talk and MobiTV all require separate monthly subscriptions.

    For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com/

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    For more information and detailed disclaimer information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.

    About HTC Corporation

    HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry and continues to pioneer industry-leading mobile experiences through design, usability and innovation that is sparked by how the mobile phone can improve how people live and communicate. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit http://www.htc.com/.

    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. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.

    Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at http://www.facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

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    AT&T Inc.

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    AT&T U-verse Launches a New Kind of Home Phone Service in Middle Tennessee With AT&T U-verse VoiceNext-Generation Voice Service Offers Convenient Integrated Wired and Wireless Applications, Reliable Call Quality

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T U-verse is using the most advanced technology to revolutionize what Nashville area consumers can do with their home phones. AT&T* today announced the availability of AT&T U-verse(SM) Voice in parts of the Nashville area and Middle Tennessee, bringing consumers a next-generation digital voice service delivered over the AT&T U-verse Internet Protocol (IP) network.

    AT&T U-verse Voice is available to all eligible U-verse TV customers in the Nashville area, and brings together your home phone, wireless, broadband and TV services -- all on one bill -- with unique features that provide a new level of integration, convenience and control.

    Since introducing AT&T U-verse across the greater Nashville area in December 2008, AT&T has continually made the service available to more customers on an ongoing basis.

    "The expansion of our IP-based services further demonstrates AT&T's strong commitment to roll out new technology to Nashville area residents," said Gregg Morton, AT&T Tennessee president. "Our deployment of U-verse Voice is an integral part of the major investment that AT&T has delivered in Tennessee as a result of progressive reform legislation that was enacted by The Competitive Cable and Video Service Act of 2008, HB 1421, signed into law by Gov. Bredesen on May 15, 2008."

    AT&T U-verse Voice is a managed IP-based service that is delivered over AT&T's fiber-rich network. This allows U-verse Voice customers to enjoy great sound quality and reliability, as well as unmatched calling features that combine with your AT&T U-verse TV, broadband and wireless services. Customers benefit from a single, combined voice mailbox for AT&T U-verse Voice and AT&T wireless messages; U-verse Central, an online portal to manage your call preferences and settings from any PC; an online voice mailbox; the ability to view your call logs from your PC or your recent incoming calls on your TV screen; the ability to initiate a call from your PC or TV using Click to Call; and more. All U-verse Voice customers have 911 service.

    "AT&T U-verse Voice is one more way we're making all of our services work together for you and connecting you to your world," said Bryan Klamer, general manager-Home Solutions for AT&T Tennessee. "We are thrilled to offer this innovative service to Nashville customers and make the AT&T U-verse experience better once again. Just like U-verse TV has changed the way people watch television, U-verse Voice will change the way people use their home phone."

    U-verse TV customers can choose from two flexible U-verse Voice calling plans. U-verse Voice Unlimited includes unlimited nationwide minutes to any location in the U.S., Canada or U.S. territories for $30 a month, and U-verse Voice 250 includes 250 Call Anywhere minutes to any location in the U.S. or U.S. territories for $25 a month.

    A second phone line, which shares the primary line's calling plan, can be added for $15 a month, and each plan features competitive international rates with no recurring monthly charge. Professional installation is included for new AT&T U-verse customers who order U-verse TV and Voice.

    Since the December 2008 launch in parts of the Nashville area and Middle Tennessee, AT&T U-verse has introduced several enhancements to U-verse TV customers at no extra cost including:

    -- U-verse TV Multiview, a new app that lets you watch four channels at once on your TV screen. -- New Total Home DVR capabilities, which give you the freedom to watch and manage recordings from a single DVR on any connected TV in the house. -- Media Share, which lets you stream your personal photos and music files located on your home computers to any connected TV in the home. -- Regular additions to the U-verse High Definition (HD) channel lineup, which now offers access to more than 110 HD channels -- more than the local cable providers. -- TV Awards and New Shows, a new app that helps you stay on top of this season's award shows and season premieres. -- Weather On Demand, an app that gives you instant access to check the current weather conditions and detailed forecasts in any U.S. city. -- Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football, an app to help you manage your fantasy teams from your U-verse TV screen through the AT&T U-bar. -- College Basketball from Yahoo! Sports, which gives basketball fans the ability to view tournament brackets, their personalized completed bracket, game summaries and box scores, and more through the AT&T U-bar. -- A 20 percent speed increase for AT&T U-verse Internet Max customers from up to 10 Mbps to up to 12 Mbps downstream. -- Continued enhancements to the U-verse Web and Mobile Remote Access applications to deliver more functionality and a new user interface. For additional information on AT&T U-verse, visit http://uverse.att.com/.

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    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. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.

    Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services.

    IMPORTANT OFFER INFORMATION: All promotional offers expire 3/20/10. Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to http://www.uverse.att.com/ to see if you qualify. Residential customers only; Prices, programming, and offers subject to change without notice Credit and other restrictions apply. Credit and other restrictions apply; Fiber-optics apply to part or all of the network depending on your location. Other Charges: Taxes, video cost recovery fees, and other fees extra; Equipment rental fees included in monthly service charges. Customizing options require AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet Service. Wireless phone with Internet access required and standard data charges may apply. Full Total Home DVR functionality requires a receiver for each additional TV at $7 per month each. HD Service. A monthly $10 HD Technology Fee applies for access to HD service. Subscription to an AT&T U-verse programming package and an HDTV required for optimized HD viewing experience. HD channel availability varies by package selected. HD Premium Tier available for an additional $5 per month and requires subscription to HD service for $10 per month. THDVR: Four channels can be recorded to the DVR or viewed simultaneously, up to 2 can be HD, subject to availability. Full Total Home DVR functionality requires a receiver for each additional TV at $7 per month each. DVR not included with U100 or U-basic packages. Media Share requires Windows XP or Vista operating systems and streams only photos or songs that are supported by Microsoft Media Player. Multiview: Channels/content available for viewing in Multiview are based on TV package subscription and additional programming purchased.

    AT&T U-verse Voice: Available in limited areas and only with purchase of AT&T U-verse TV. Prices subject to change. Residential customers only. Installation, Universal Service Fund Fees, taxes, fees, and other charges apply. International calls billed at additional per-minute rates; higher rates may apply for calls terminating on mobile phones or other wireless devices. U-verse Voice, including 911 dialing, will not function during power outage without battery backup power. Non-returned equipment charges will apply if equipment is not returned within required timeframe upon disconnect of services. Service is not portable; will function only in your home. May be incompatible with monitored home alarms and medical monitoring systems. Refer to Learn More pages for U-verse Voice at http://www.uverse.att.com/ for more information on 911, battery backup, and home alarms. Acceptance of Terms of Service and 911 Acknowledgement required. Credit and other restrictions apply. AT&T U-verse Messaging may not be fully compatible with all AT&T wireless voice mail systems. Caller ID and Call Waiting might not work simultaneously with AT&T U-verse Voice. Unlimited Plan: Includes unlimited calling within the U.S. and to Canada and U.S. Territories. 250 Plan: Includes 250 minutes of calling within the U.S. and to U.S. Territories; 5 cents/minute thereafter. Minutes are rounded up.

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    CONTACT: Cathy Lewandowski of AT&T, Office, +1-615-214-5874, or Cell,
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    Deere & Company Notified of Contract Ratification by United Auto Workers

    MOLINE, Ill., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Deere & Company has been notified by the United Auto Workers that a new six-year master agreement has been ratified today by UAW-represented employees at 15 Deere locations. The new agreement is in effect from October 5, 2009 until the first day of October 2015.

    "To continue building and growing a great business, John Deere must remain competitive around the world," said Samuel Allen, president and chief executive officer. "This agreement is good for our employees and good for the company. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our workforce as we team together to retain our position as a leader in the various markets we serve."

    A tentative agreement had been reached September 30th, 2009. Deere said it would not publicly comment on the details of the new agreement, which covers approximately 9,500 employees and 17,000 retirees.

    The locations represented by the UAW/Deere Master Factory Agreement include the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL; John Deere Seeding Group/Cylinder Division in Moline, IL; John Deere North American Parts Distribution Center in Milan, IL; John Deere Davenport (IA) Works; John Deere Des Moines (IA) Works; John Deere Dubuque (IA) Works; John Deere Ottumwa (IA) Works; John Deere Waterloo (IA) Works; John Deere Engine Works (Waterloo); John Deere Waterloo Tractor Cab Assembly Operations; John Deere Product Engineering Center (Waterloo); John Deere Foundry (Waterloo); John Deere Coffeyville Works (Kansas) and parts depots in Atlanta and Denver.

    Deere & Company

    CONTACT: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public Relations,
    +1-309-765-5678, for Deere & Company

    Web Site: http://www.deere.com/




    City of Los Angeles Wins AFP Pinnacle Grand PrizeAssociation for Financial Professionals and Wells Fargo Recognize City's Treasury Achievement

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association for Financial Professionals and Wells Fargo & Company announced the City of Los Angeles won the 2009 Pinnacle Award Grand Prize for excellence in treasury and finance at AFP's Annual Conference.

    An independent panel of eight judges declared the Office of the Treasurer of Los Angeles had the superior entry out of a record number of submissions.

    The Los Angeles Office of the Treasurer: -- Updated its 30-year-old system and reduced unidentified deposits from 1,220 to fewer than 20 per month; -- Automated general ledger posting, resulting in the reduction of 107 FTE hours per week; -- Realized annual float savings of $1.13 million from implementation of four controlled disbursement accounts; -- Decreased compensating balances with an associated increase in return on investment of $4 million.

    "AFP is extremely proud to honor the City of Los Angeles as the 2009 Pinnacle Award Grand Prize winner," said Jim Kaitz, president and chief executive officer of AFP. "Despite seemingly insurmountable external and internal challenges, the City of Los Angeles transformed its treasury and finance operations to benefit residents by more efficiently handling taxpayer revenue -- and leading the treasury and finance industry in the process."

    Judges were impressed by the sheer scope of the project: Los Angeles reengineered entire processes and systems while winning buy-in from multiple city agencies and political figures.

    For winning the AFP Pinnacle Grand Prize, the City of Los Angeles receives a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo to the charity of its choice. Los Angeles will donate the award to Angel's Flight for runaway and homeless youth, run by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. The center is a refuge for runaway teens, most of whom are fleeing abusive families. Teens are welcomed with shelter, food, clothing, mental health care, counseling and education. The program includes a drop-in center and an outreach component, and reaches at least 3,000 adolescents a year.

    "Wells Fargo is proud to honor the accomplishments of treasury and finance organizations while helping their communities," said Danny Peltz, head of Wells Fargo's Treasury Management Group. "In the current economic climate, with shrinking staffs and increasing responsibilities, these groups face innumerable challenges that have led them to seek innovative ways to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. We applaud their successes."

    About AFP(R)The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) serves a network of more than 16,000 treasury and finance professionals. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, AFP provides members with breaking news, economic research and data on the evolving world of treasury and finance, as well as world-class treasury certification programs, networking events, financial analytical tools, training, and public policy representation to legislators and regulators. AFP is the daily resource for treasury and finance professionals.

    AFP's global reach extends to over 150,000 treasury and financial professionals worldwide, including AFP of Canada, AFP's gtnews, an on-line resource for the treasury and finance community, and the London-based bobsguide, a financial IT solutions network.

    Association for Financial Professionals

    CONTACT: Ira Apfel of the Association for Financial Professionals,
    +1-301-961-8881

    Web Site: http://www.afponline.org/




    Merck Serono à nouveau désigné comme l'un des meilleurs employeurs par le magazine Science

    GENÈVE, Suisse, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Merck Serono, division de Merck KGaA spécialisée dans les médicaments pharmaceutiques et biotechnologiques innovants, a été classé 6e parmi 575 employeurs de l'industrie pharmaceutique et biotechnologique

    GENÈVE, Suisse, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    Merck Serono, division du groupe Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Allemagne), a annoncé aujourd'hui avoir été désigné par le magazine Science comme l'un des meilleurs employeurs de l'industrie pharmaceutique et biotechnologique au monde. En occupant la 6e place cette année, Merck Serono améliore encore sa place au palmarès comparé aux deux années précédentes (7e en 2008 et 17e en 2007).

    "Nous sommes très honorés car l'enquête réalisée à l'initiative du magazine Science repose sur l'opinion de membres de la communauté scientifique qui connaissent très bien l'industrie pharmaceutique et biotechnologique," a déclaré Bernhard Kirschbaum, Vice-Président Exécutif Recherche & Développement de Merck Serono. "C'est une reconnaissance du dévouement, des compétences et du travail intensif de nos employés. C'est aussi un message clair adressé au reste de la communauté scientifique, indiquant que Merck Serono est un employeur qui offre un environnement de travail agréable, favorable au développement professionnel, et qui donne également l'opportunité d'aider l'humanité."

    Un total de 2334 personnes a participé à l'enquête 'Meilleurs Employeurs 2009' du magazine Science. Ces personnes résident en Amérique du Nord (73%), en Europe (15%) et dans la Région Pacifique (8%). Les participants à l'enquête devaient noter le nom des sociétés qu'ils considèrent comme 'excellentes', 'moyennes' ou 'mauvaises' en tant qu'employeur. Les participants ont également évalué ces sociétés selon 23 critères différents incluant l'image de l'entreprise, sa solidité financière, ses dirigeants, sa culture et son environnement de travail, sa localisation et ses challenges académiques et intellectuels.

    Merck Serono a été particulièrement récompensé pour la loyauté de ses salariés, son sens de la responsabilité sociale et la qualité de sa recherche.

    Le magazine Science et l'American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) ont confié la réalisation de l'enquête à Cell Associated et à The Brighton Consulting Group, dont l'objectif était de déterminer quelles sociétés de l'industrie biotechnologique et pharmaceutique bénéficiaient de la meilleure réputation en tant qu'employeur.

    Les questionnaires ont été adressés par courrier électronique aux membres de l'AAAS, aux personnes inscrites dans la rubrique "Carrière" de Science, aux personnes consultant le site Web de Science et enregistrées auprès de l'AAAS, aux personnes ayant participé aux enquêtes précédentes, ainsi qu'aux contacts en ressources humaines de la base de données "Carrière" de Science.

    A propos de Merck Serono

    Merck Serono est la division spécialisée dans les médicaments de prescription innovants de Merck KGaA, compagnie pharmaceutique et chimique basée à Darmstadt (Allemagne) et opérant à l'échelle mondiale. Merck Serono, dont le siège est à Genève (Suisse), découvre, développe, produit et commercialise des médicaments innovants visant à aider des patients dont les besoins médicaux sont insatisfaits. Merck Serono dispose d'une expertise à la fois pour les médicaments obtenus par synthèse chimique et pour ceux issus de la biotechnologie. Aux États-Unis et au Canada, EMD Serono opère par le biais de filiales juridiquement indépendantes.

    Merck Serono met à la disposition des patients des médicaments phares dans les domaines de l'oncologie (Erbitux(R), cetuximab), de la sclérose en plaques (Rebif(R), interféron bêta-1a), de l'infertilité (Gonal-f(R), follitropine alpha), des troubles endocriniens et métaboliques (Saizen(R) et Serostim(R), somatropine), (Kuvan(R), dichlorhydrate de saproptérine), ainsi que les maladies cardiométaboliques (Glucophage(R), metformine), (Concor(R), bisoprolol), (Euthyrox(R), lévothyroxine). Ces médicaments ne sont pas tous disponibles sur tous les marchés.

    Avec un budget annuel d'environ un milliard d'euros consacré à la Recherche & Développement, Merck Serono a pour objectif de poursuivre la croissance de ses activités dans des domaines thérapeutiques spécialisés, dont les maladies neurodégénératives, l'oncologie, la fertilité et l'endocrinologie, ainsi que dans de nouveaux domaines thérapeutiques tels que les maladies auto-immunes et inflammatoires.

    A propos de Merck

    Merck est un groupe pharmaceutique et chimique mondial, dont les ventes se sont élevées 7,6 milliards d'euros en 2008. Fort d'une histoire qui a commencé en 1668, Merck construit son avenir grâce à environ 33 000 employés répartis dans 60 pays. L'une des clés de sa réussite tient au sens de l'innovation de ses employés. Les activités de Merck sont chapeautées par la société Merck KGaA, dont le capital est détenu à hauteur d'environ 70% par la famille Merck et à hauteur d'environ 30% par des actionnaires extérieurs. L'ancienne filiale américaine Merck & Co. est totalement autonome depuis 1917, et n'a depuis plus aucun lien avec le groupe Merck.

    Plus d'informations sur http://www.merckserono.net et http://www.merck.de

    http://www.merckserono.com

    Merck Serono

    Merck Serono, 9 Chemin des Mines, 1202 Genève, Suisse. Relations Presse: Tél:+41-22-414-36-00.




    Babylon 8 domine l'univers des langues

    NEW YORK, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Babylon 8, société majeure internationale spécialisée dans les dictionnaires et les logiciels de traduction, vient d'atteindre 55 millions d'utilisateurs

    Babylon LTD., le plus grand fournisseur de logiciels de traduction et de dictionnaire en un clic, a sorti la toute dernière version de son logiciel Babylon 8 (http://www.babylon.com/) il y a quelques mois et vient de passer la barre des 55 millions d'utilisateurs.

    (Logo : http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090706/352552)

    Le 26 mai 2009, Babylon (http://www.babylon.com/), le logiciel de traduction le plus avancé et répandu au monde, a lancé Babylon 8 (http://www.babylon.com/) et dépasse déjà les 55 millions d'installations sur des ordinateurs de bureau.

    L'application primée Babylon 8 (http://www.babylon.com/) présente une interface simple et peut fonctionner avec n'importe quelle application. Elle délivre des traductions et définitions instantanées sur les ordinateurs des utilisateurs en un simple clic.

    55 millions d'utilisateurs peuvent désormais considérer Babylon comme un outil essentiel pour n'importe quel utilisateur ou organisation désireux de passer au dessus de la barrière des langues et communiquer plus facilement. Il s'agit d'une solution idéale pour les personnes ayant besoin de traductions à la demande sans devoir interrompre leur flux de travail.

    Babylon 8 permet la traduction immédiate de pages web et de documents en général depuis et vers 33 langues.

    Babylon 8 s'incorpore sans problème aux correcteurs orthographiques de Microsoft Office et propose à l'utilisateur des définitions et traductions simples qui permettront à celui-ci d'identifier et de sélectionner les éléments qu'il préfère.

    Babylon 8 permet d'accéder, en un simple clic, à plus de 6,5 millions d'articles et de définitions à partir de Wikipédia dans plus de 21 langues.

    Babylon 8 présente également les résultats provenant des plus grandes maisons d'édition au monde, notamment : Britannica, Oxford ( http://www.babylon.com/dictionary/oxford/), Larousse ( http://francais.babylon.com/dictionnaire/larousse/french/)Merriam Webster (http://www.babylon.com/dictionary/webster/), Pons, Duden, Larousse, Langenscheidt, Aurélio (http://portugues.babylon.com/dicionario/aurelio/), Michaelis (http://portugues.babylon.com/dicionario/michaelis/) et bien d'autres.

    À propos de Babylon Ltd.

    Babylon.com (TASE: BBYL) est l'un des principaux fournisseurs de dictionnaires et de solutions de traduction en ligne et hors ligne. La base d'utilisateurs de Babylon.com dépasse maintenant les 55 millions d'installations sur des ordinateurs de bureau.

    Babylon a vendu plus de 2,5 millions de licences de logiciels aux utilisateurs et organismes privés dans plus de 200 pays.

    Pour plus de renseignements sur Babylon, rendez-vous sur http://www.babylon.com, sur l'un des dictionnaires gratuits en ligne de Babylon (http://dictionary.babylon.com/) ou sur ses sites de traduction gratuite (http://translation.babylon.com/).

    Contact avec la presse : Dalia Preisler Babylon Ltd. E-mail : press@babylon.com

    Babylon

    Contact avec la presse : Dalia Preisler, Babylon Ltd., E-mail : press@babylon.com




    Accor Services devient leader sur le marché des titres-restaurant en République Tchèque avec l'acquisition de l'opérateur local Exit Group

    PARIS, October 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Dans le cadre de sa stratégie de développement, Accor Services annonce aujourd'hui l'acquisition d'Exit Group, 4ème opérateur tchèque de titres-restaurant. Exit Group s'est fortement développé sur le segment des PME et a réalisé un volume d'émission de 77 millions d'euros en 2008.

    Grâce à la complémentarité d'Exit Group et d'Accor Services Tchéquie en termes de couverture géographique et de type de clientèle, cette acquisition permet à Accor Services de prendre une position de leader sur une zone à fort potentiel. Le marché des titres-restaurant en République Tchèque est évalué à environ 600 millions d'euros pour 1,2 million d'utilisateurs. Les produits d'Exit Group porteront rapidement la marque Ticket Restaurant.

    Accor Services est aujourd'hui présent en République Tchèque avec une offre portant sur 2 familles de produits:

    - Avantages aux salariés et aux citoyens : Ticket Restaurant, Ticket et Carte Benefits, Benefity Café (<< Employee Benefits >>) Ticket Services (<< Government Benefits >>) ; - Récompenses et motivation : Tickets Compliments

    Par cette acquisition, Accor Services accroît sa part de marché sur les titres-restaurant et pourra également proposer ses produits et services à valeur ajoutée auprès des 165 000 utilisateurs d'Exit Group.

    Cette opération a été réalisée à un prix de 15 millions d'euros. Le volume d'émission généré par Accor Services Tchéquie post acquisition sera de l'ordre de 250 millions d'euros.

    << Cet investissement s'inscrit dans la stratégie de développement mondial de Accor Services, qui conjugue croissance organique et acquisitions ciblées pour renforcer rapidement nos positions dans les pays à fort potentiel de développement >>, explique Serge Ragozin, Directeur Général de Accor Services.

    Accor Services, leader mondial des titres de services prépayés, conçoit et développe pour les entreprises et les collectivités, des produits et services innovants au bénéfice du bien-être individuel et de la performance collective. En délivrant des solutions prépayées sécurisées, Accor Services s'emploie à faciliter la vie des salariés, des citoyens et des consommateurs, tout en répondant aux exigences des politiques sociales, économiques et marketing des organisations. Son offre s'articule autour de trois domaines : avantages aux salariés et aux citoyens, récompenses et fidélisation et, gestion des frais professionnels. Aujourd'hui, 32 millions de salariés et 490 000 clients utilisent les prestations de Accor Services dans 40 pays.

    http://www.accorservices.com

    Accor, groupe mondial et leader européen dans l'hôtellerie, leader mondial dans les services prépayés, est présent dans près de 100 pays avec 150 000 collaborateurs. Il met au service de ses clients le savoir-faire acquis depuis plus de 40 ans dans ses deux grands métiers:

    - l'Hôtellerie, avec les marques Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 et Motel 6, représentant 4000 hôtels et près de 500 000 chambres dans 90 pays, ainsi que ses activités complémentaires, avec notamment Lenôtre; - les Services Prépayés, 32 millions de personnes bénéficient dans 40 pays des prestations de Accor Services (avantages aux salariés et aux citoyens, récompenses et fidélisation, gestion des frais professionnels).

    Accor

    Contact Presse: Accor services, Monique Denoix, Image7, Tél: +33(0)1-53-70-74-57, mdenoix@image7.fr, Tél: +33(0)1-45-38-47-15; Contacts Investisseurs: Eliane Rouyer-Chevalier, Directeur Relations Investisseurs et Communication Financière, Tél: +33(0)1-45-38-86-26; Solene Zammito, Directeur Adjoint Relations Investisseurs, Tél: +33(0)1-45-38-86-33




    Avec Cognizant, ELEXON améliore ses capacités en gestion de la réglementation du marché de l'électricité en Grande-Bretagne

    LONDRES et TEANECK, New Jersey, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --

    - L'étendue des services de Cognizant aidera ELEXON à développer le cadre réglementaire ou Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) en fonction des besoins marché tout en améliorant ses services et en rationalisant ses coûts -

    Cognizant (Nasdaq : CTSH), l'un des principaux fournisseurs de services technologiques, de conseil et d'externalisation de processus métier (BPO), a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'elle a été choisie par ELEXON, la société responsable du code de normalisation et de la réglementation du marché de l'électricité en Grande-Bretagne (Balancing and Settlement Code, BSC) pour l'aider dans la gestion des codes marché. Cognizant contribuera également à améliorer ses services existants, à rationaliser ses coûts et à renforcer sa capacité à répondre aux problématiques futures du marché avec un code BSC adapté.

    Cognizant s'est engagé, sur une période de cinq ans, à fournir à ELEXON une vaste gamme de services pour le développement stratégique, la gestion des applications et le support. ELEXON compte ainsi clarifier les options proposées aux professionnels concernant l'évolution des codes du marché, Balancing and Settlement Code. ELEXON renforce également sa capacité à réglementer plus efficacement les coûts appliqués sur le marché, notamment entre les fournisseurs et les producteurs. Par ailleurs, ELEXON et Cognizant ont privilégié une démarche durable. Elle fait partie d'un nouveau service de développement stratégique qui s'inscrit parfaitement dans le contexte actuel. Les grands débats énergétiques se concentrent, en effet, non seulement sur les technologies émergentes et les problèmes de sécurité de l'approvisionnement mais également sur la viabilité sur le long terme.

    Saluant cette relation comme étape clé dans l'évolution de leur collaboration, qui profitera tant à ELEXON qu'aux parties BSC, Stuart Senior, président-directeur d'ELEXON, a déclaré : << Nous sommes aujourd'hui dans une période charnière de l'industrie caractérisée par de grands changements. En choisissant Cognizant comme partenaire, nous pensons qu'ELEXON s'est placé en position idéale pour surmonter les défis associés à l'élaboration et au développement du Balancing and Settlement Code, et ce bien au-delà de la prochaine décennie. Nous avons choisi Cognizant en raison de son modèle de distribution global, de ses niveaux de service élevés et de son engagement exceptionnel en matière d'innovation. Son approche avant-gardiste, ainsi que son investissement en termes de collaboration avec ELEXON et le marché ont aussi été des critères clés. >>

    << Nous sommes ravis d'avoir été choisis par ELEXON >>, a affirmé Sanjiv Gossain, vice-président et chef national de Cognizant au Royaume-Uni et en Irlande. << Nous mettrons à profit notre expertise étendue alliant services et conseils, avec la maîtrise tant des processus marché que de la technologie, pour accompagner ELEXON dans sa démarche de transformation. Nous nous positionnons en tant que partenaire d'ELEXON fournissant des conseils avancés et des solutions technologiques appropriées aux besoins de son marché. Grâce à cette collaboration, ELEXON identifie plus efficacement les tendances marché. La société peut également génèrer plus de valeur en optimisant les processus et en réduisant les coûts. Elle peut ainsi surmonter sur le long terme les défis découlant d'un marché de l'énergie en mutation rapide. >>

    À propos d'ELEXON

    ELEXON est la Balancing and Settlement Code Company (BSCCo) pour la Grande-Bretagne. Son rôle est défini et créé par le Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC). Le BSC contient des règles et des accords de gouvernance pour la normalisation et le règlement du marché de l'électricité en Grande-Bretagne, et toutes les entreprises d'électricité doivent le signer (les autres peuvent choisir de le faire ou non).

    ELEXON offre, gère et exploite des services et systèmes qui permettent la normalisation et le règlement des déséquilibres du marché de gros de l'électricité et de la concurrence au détail au sein de la chaîne d'approvisionnement en électricité.

    En collaboration avec le comité du BSC, qui supervise quelques-unes de nos activités, il s'agit de la première source d'expérience et d'expertise sur le BSC. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez consulter le: http://www.elexon.co.uk

    À propos de Cognizant

    Cognizant (Nasdaq : CTSH) est un fournisseur majeur de services technologiques, de conseil et d'externalisation des processus métier (BPO). Cognizant s'engage à développer les activités de ses clients en travaillant à leurs côtés et en leurs offrant des technologies et un savoir-faire international reconnu. Le groupe y parvient en leur faisant bénéficier de ses capacités d'innovation, de son expertise sectorielle et de ses ressources mondiales. Avec plus de 50 centres de services et 64 000 employés dans le monde au 30 juin 2009, Cognizant propose un modèle unique avec une offre de services qui combine centres de proximité dans les plus grands pays d'Europe, aux Etats Unis et en Asie à des centres offshore en Inde et en Chine. Ce modèle, par lequel Cognizant se distingue, vise à développer la satisfaction de ses clients. Cognizant est coté au NASDAQ-100 et au S&P 500 ; la société figure également aux classements Forbes Global 2000 et Fortune 1000. Elle compte en outre parmi les premières sociétés de technologie de l'information dans les classements Hot Growth de BusinessWeek et Top 50 Performers. Site Web: www.cognizant.com.

    Énoncés prospectifs

    Le présent communiqué de presse contient des énoncés qui peuvent constituer des énoncés prospectifs conformément aux clauses de la règle refuge de la Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, dont l'exactitude est nécessairement assujettie à des risques, à des incertitudes et à des hypothèses liés à des évènements futurs pouvant s'avérer inexacts. Les facteurs pouvant entraîner des écarts considérables entre les résultats réels et ceux mentionnés ou sous-entendus dans les énoncés comprennent la conjoncture économique générale ainsi que les facteurs décrits dans nos documents sur formulaire 10-K les plus récents déposés auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission. Cognizant rejette toute obligation de mettre à jour ou de réviser tout énoncé prospectif, que ce soit à la lumière de nouveaux renseignements, d'évènements futurs ou autrement.

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    Contact pour les médias, Royaume-Uni : Michele Cotton, +44-07979-504927, michele.cotton@cognizant.com ; ou Contact pour les médias, États-Unis : Catherine Marenghi, +1-781-223-8673, catherine.marenghi@cognizant.com

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