Companies news of 2010-01-06 (page 3)

  • Wireless Safety and Emergency Preparedness Encouraged During Inclement Weather
  • comScore Reports $29.1 Billion in U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending for Full...
  • Market Launch of Brew Mobile Platform Open Operating System to Be Accompanied by Host of...
  • Food Network's Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event and HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour...
  • ClearOne Awarded Attorney Fees and Costs Against Biamp Systems Corp., Wideband Solutions,...
  • Community Bank System Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Earnings Conference Call
  • Berge Ayvazian, Ex-Yankee Group CEO and Veteran Telecom Analyst and Consultant, to Join...
  • IBERIABANK Corporation to Announce Fourth Quarter Results
  • Philips Adds Songbird Media Player to its Most Popular MP3 PlayersPhilips GoGear portable...
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  • Ford F-Series Does It Again: Best-Selling Truck for 33 Straight Years; Best-Selling...
  • Corus Entertainment's first quarter financial results to be released January 13, 2010
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  • Magnum Closes Institutional Financing Totaling $3,500,000

    Wireless Safety and Emergency Preparedness Encouraged During Inclement Weather

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Because of recent and expected severe weather, including ice and snowy conditions looming in Oklahoma, Verizon Wireless is encouraging drivers to remember emergency preparation and wireless safety. Drivers should use hands-free devices or stay off cell phones while driving, particularly in rainy, snowy or icy weather when roads can be slick and dangerous.

    In addition to supporting legislation that requires people who talk while driving to use hands-free devices, Verizon Wireless has also supported bans on texting while driving. In fact, in October, the company launched an awareness campaign, "Don't Text and Drive" to further its long-standing wireless safety message and encourage safe driving habits.

    "Cell phones can be a big help in weather emergencies," said Steve Smith, region president for Verizon Wireless. "If you don't have a hands-free device, avoid making calls until you have stopped at a safe location."

    Emergency Preparedness Tips

    Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network, offers Oklahoma residents these emergency preparedness tips for consideration during severe weather and other emergencies:

    -- Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged, in case local power is lost. -- Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power. -- Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. -- Program phone numbers of family, friends, co-workers and emergency contacts in your phone. -- Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends. -- Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from home. About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Lucie Pathmann, Verizon Wireless, +1-501-905-5553,

    Web Site:

    comScore Reports $29.1 Billion in U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending for Full November-December Holiday Season, Up 4 Percent vs. Year AgoSeason Highlights Include Growth Surpassing Forecasts and First $900 Million Spending Day on Record

    RESTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the entirety of the November - December 2009 holiday season. For the full holiday online shopping season, $29.1 billion was spent online, marking a 4-percent increase versus the same period last year. The season featured distinct periods of strong spending growth surrounding the Thanksgiving-Black Friday timeframe and the final shopping week leading up to Christmas.

    2009 Holiday E-Commerce Season vs. Year Ago Non-Travel (Retail) Spending Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Millions ($) ------------ Percent 2008 2009 Change ---- ---- ------- November 1 - December 31 $27,982 $29,084 4% ------------------------- ------- ------- --- Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26)* $288 $318 10% --------------------------- ---- ---- --- Black Friday (Nov. 27)* $534 $595 11% ----------------------- ---- ---- --- Cyber Monday (Nov. 30)* $834 $887 5% ----------------------- ---- ---- --- Green Monday (Dec. 14)* $859 $854 -1% ----------------------- ---- ---- --- Tuesday, Dec. 15* $754 $913 21% ----------------- ---- ---- --- Weekend Before Christmas (Dec. 19-20)* $677 $767 13% ------------------------------ ---- ---- --- *Versus corresponding shopping days from 2008, not same calendar dates

    "The 2009 online holiday shopping season was a positive one as its growth rate slightly surpassed our forecast and returned to solidly positive rates after nearly a full year of marginally negative growth," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "Among the highlights of the season was the first $900 million online spending day and a strong late season spending surge, propelled by effective retailer promotions, guaranteed shipping and a major snowstorm on the eastern seaboard that convinced many to shop from the comfort of home. It's possible that this better-than-expected end-of-year performance is a harbinger of renewed vigor and optimism for 2010 as the consumer economy seeks to rebound from one of the worst years in memory. At the same time, we need to remember that consumers' spending power remains constrained by high unemployment levels, substantial debt and a new-found desire to save."

    "Green Tuesday" Emerges as Top Individual Spending Day as Nine Surpass $800 Million in 2009

    Tuesday, Dec. 15 ranked as the heaviest online spending day of the year - and of all time - at $913 million, one of nine individual spending days to surpass $800 million during the 2009 holiday season. The heavy spending on this day represented a surprise total on the heels of a somewhat lower than expected $854 million spent on Green Monday (Dec. 14, 2009).

    Meanwhile, Cyber Monday (Monday, Nov. 30), propelled by aggressive retailer promotions, ranked as the second heaviest spending day of the season, the highest it has ever ranked on this list, with $887 million in spending. The third heaviest spending day of the year was Tuesday, Dec. 1 with $886 million in spending, followed by Wednesday, Dec. 16 with $874 million and Green Monday (Monday, Dec. 14) rounding out the top five with $854 million.

    Ten Heaviest U.S. Online Retail Spending Days of 2009 Non-Travel (Retail) Spending Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Spending in Date Millions ($) -------------------------------- ------------ 1 Tuesday, Dec. 15 $913 --- --------------- ---- Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 (Cyber 2 Monday) $887 --- ---------------------------- ---- 3 Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 $886 --- --------------------- ---- 4 Wednesday, Dec. 16 $874 --- ------------------ ---- Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 (Green 5 Monday)* $854 --- ---------------------------- ---- 6 Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 $852 --- ----------------------- ---- 7 Tuesday, Dec. 8 $828 --- --------------- ---- 8 Thursday, Dec. 17 $809 --- ----------------- ---- 9 Thursday, Dec. 3 $809 --- ---------------- ---- 10 Wednesday, Dec. 2 $797 --- ----------------- ---- *Green Monday occurs on the Monday with at least 10 days prior to Christmas and tends to be the heaviest online spending day of the season.

    Jewelry & Watches and Consumer Electronics Rank as Top Performing Online Retail Categories

    Jewelry & Watches, following a disastrous 2008 holiday season in which sales plummeted 29 percent, rebounded strongly to rank as the top performing online retail category for the 2009 holiday season growing 20 percent versus year ago. Consumer Electronics ranked second with 15-percent sales growth, bolstered by strong sales of flat panel TVs (which experienced significant price cuts this year), mobile devices and e-readers. Other categories performing quite strongly included event tickets (up 8 percent), computer hardware (up 7 percent) and books & magazines (up 6 percent).

    Top Growing U.S. Retail E-Commerce Categories for 2009 Holiday Season November-December 2009 vs. Year Ago Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore, Inc. ---------------------- Percent Change Retail Category in Dollar Sales --------------- --------------- Jewelry & Watches 20% ----------------- --- Consumer Electronics 15% -------------------- --- Event Tickets 8% ------------- --- Computer Hardware 7% ----------------- --- Books & Magazines 6% ----------------- --- Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

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    About comScore, Inc.

    comScore, Inc. is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. For more information, please visit


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    Market Launch of Brew Mobile Platform Open Operating System to Be Accompanied by Host of New OEM and Developer Support Benefits from Qualcomm- Qualcomm Investing in Brew MP to Fulfill Ecosystem Need for a Mass Market OS -

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated , a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that the 2010 market launch of its new open Brew Mobile Platform(TM) (Brew MP(TM)) operating system will be accompanied by a host of new and revamped support offerings for OEMs and developers. In a separate announcement today, AT&T said it will launch Brew MP-based devices later this year as the operator continually seeks to deliver highly engaging mobile user experiences across its entire lineup.

    "Our quick messaging device users have been underserved in terms of the quality and quantity of apps available to them. Using Brew MP will dramatically increase app development for this segment," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

    Brew MP is a mobile operating system that delivers high-end features across all 3G technologies and virtually all market tiers of mobile devices, including the emerging low-cost smartphone category and other data-rich feature phones, including AT&T's quick messaging devices. The Brew MP operating system is backwards compatible with past Brew versions, enabling instant access to the thousands of existing Brew applications.

    "Brew MP, as a native and fully realized mobile OS, boasts new APIs that give developers the ability to directly access ASIC hardware for optimal application performance functionality, while abstracting the various chipset hardware interfaces for software reuse and easier chipset handset migration," said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Although Brew MP functions well on all tiers of devices, Brew MP will help drive the emerging low-cost smartphone category, giving operators and developers the ability to differentiate services and monetize their most innovative ideas in the mass consumer market globally."

    Brew MP's flexibility, openness and operator focus, combined with its ability to be integrated with virtually any mobile content delivery system, make it the best choice for mass-market devices. In anticipation of devices with Brew MP coming to market later in 2010, Qualcomm is making a significant investment in a host of new tools and services that will benefit both new and established application publishers and developers. In early 2010, Qualcomm will unveil its revamped online resources, leveraging the best elements of its current support site, while making major improvements based on Brew MP developer feedback. In addition, Qualcomm will be standardizing Brew MP application testing and it has significantly lowered testing costs to better support developers' business and technical needs as they compete in today's highly dynamic mobile content market. To access the AT&T and Brew MP tools today for developers interested in creating Brew MP applications for AT&T's coming Brew MP devices, visit

    "The market launch of Brew MP as a mass-market mobile OS is a significant milestone for Qualcomm and the Brew MP developer community," said Jason Kenagy, vice president of Brew MP product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our dedicated developer ecosystem team has been working on all aspects of developer support. In addition to new Brew MP tools, including a multi-platform SDK, we will be improving online access to key support features while continuing to provide direct account support for key publishers and developers."

    Qualcomm anticipates commercial Brew MP-based devices to be available in the U.S. and key international markets by the late summer of 2010, with volume availability in the fall prior to the holiday buying season.

    About Qualcomm

    Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2009 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit Qualcomm around the Web: Blog: Twitter: Facebook:

    Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully deliver Brew MP and related tools and services, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2009, and most recent Form 10-Q.

    Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Brew Mobile Platform and Brew MP are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Qualcomm Contacts: Kira Lee, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Phone: 1-858-651-1554 Email: Emily Kilpatrick, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-845-5959 Email: Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-2983 Email:

    Qualcomm Incorporated

    CONTACT: Kira Lee, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, +1-858-651-1554,, or Emily Kilpatrick, Corporate
    Communications, +1-858-845-5959,, or Warren Kneeshaw,
    Investor Relations, +1-858-658-2983,, all of Qualcomm

    Web Site:

    Food Network's Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event and HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour to Get Special Encore Airing on Local StationsUnprecedented Culinary Competition To Be Showcased On New York's WPIX and Hartford's WTXX Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 pm HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour Will Air on WPIX on January 8 at 3pm

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Food Network and HGTV are teaming up with two local TV stations, WPIX-TV in New York and WTXX-TV in Hartford, Conn., to bring Cablevision subscribers the chance to view two encore presentations from the popular lifestyle networks' blockbuster New Year's weekend programs.

    Viewers in the New York Tri-State area will be able to see the unprecedented culinary competition Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event in a special, one-time airing on Sunday, January 10th from 8-10pm ET on WPIX-TV (New York's Channel 11) and on WTXX-TV (Hartford's Channel 20). The special episode, which premiered on Food Network on January 3rd, stars Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in an unprecedented culinary competition.

    HGTV fans will also see HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour in a special one-time airing on Friday, January 8 at 3pm on WPIX.

    "We have the greatest fans in the world," said Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network. "Nobody likes the situation, with Cablevision customers being the only viewers in the country who can't watch our networks as we introduce a number of new special and series in January. These encore presentations are just a small way to say 'thank you' for their support and understanding while we do everything we can to get our networks back on Cablevision."

    In Super Chef Battle, Iron Chef America commentator Alton Brown explains that the Chairman has sent the three Food Network chefs to Washington, D.C. for a very special battle and introduces Chef Cristeta Comerford, who will also take part in the competition. The group is then greeted by Michelle Obama, who explains that the chefs will be allowed to use anything found in The White House Kitchen Garden to help them create their meals. After receiving their challenge, the chefs are split into two teams: Flay and Comerford versus Batali and Lagasse. The chefs immediately head to the garden where they are tasked with harvesting their ingredients. Then it's off to Kitchen Stadium where the battle begins. Each team must produce five dishes that showcase the ingredients they selected from the garden and that represent the ultimate American meal. The judges include: chef and best-selling cookbook author Nigella Lawson; Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin; and actress, author and designer Jane Seymour. Ted Allen (Chopped) assists as a guest floor reporter. Iron Chef America is produced by Triage Entertainment.

    Installed in the spring of 2009 under the Obama Administration, The White House Kitchen Garden measures approximately 1100 square feet and is located on the west side of the South Lawn. The four-season herb, fruit and vegetable garden features 75 varieties of seeds planted in slightly raised beds using succession planting methods. Cultivated by White House staff and volunteers, produce from the garden and honey from the adjacent beehives are available to the White House Chefs for preparing meals for the First Family and for official functions, and all extra food is donated to Miriam's Kitchen, a soup kitchen near the White House.

    In the HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour, viewers will see the new, contemporary Pueblo-style home, as enchanting as its southwestern location near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The HGTV Dream Home 2010 is part of a $2 million grand-prize package that includes a 2010 GMC Terrain and $500,000 that will be awarded to one lucky viewer in March.

    FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network and Web site that strives to be way more than cooking. The network is committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food - through pop culture, competition, adventure, and travel - while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information. Food Network is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and averages more than 9 million unique Web site users monthly. HGTV ( is America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, HGTV is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. The network's companion website,, is the nation's leading online home and garden destination, attracting an average of 5 million unique visitors per month. Both Food Network and HGTV have branded programming airing in more than 150 million homes.

    Owned by Scripps Networks Interactive , Food Network is headquartered in New York, while HGTV operates out of Knoxville, Tenn. Scripps Networks Interactive also owns Travel Channel, DIY Network (, Great American Country ( and Fine Living Network (

    ABOUT PIX 11

    Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX-TV has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, WPIX became the flagship station of the CW Television Network, and its successful primetime programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children's programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station's success. WPIX has earned over 170 Emmy Awards, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Newscast. The station has been honored with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, specials and features. In addition, WPIX has been the official home of the New York Mets since 1999. For more information, please visit

    ABOUT TXX 20

    WTXX-TV is owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, and is an affiliate of the CW Network in Hartford, CT. For more information, please visit

    Scripps Networks

    CONTACT: Food Network: Carrie Welch, +1-212-401-2420,, or WPIX-TV: Jessica Bellucci, +1-212-210-2626,

    Web Site:

    ClearOne Awarded Attorney Fees and Costs Against Biamp Systems Corp., Wideband Solutions, Inc., and Others, in Federal Trade Secret Misappropriation Case

    SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An order awarding over $2 million in attorney fees and costs (the "Attorney Fee Order") was issued by a federal magistrate judge on December 30, 2009, in favor of ClearOne.

    The Attorney Fee Order comes in the case that was presented to a jury in October and November 2008 (the "Intellectual Property Case"). The Intellectual Property Case was against Biamp Systems Corporation ("Biamp") and a group of defendants sometimes termed the "WideBand Defendants," which group consists of WideBand Solutions, Inc. ("WideBand"); three of WideBand's principals - Dr. Jun Yang, who was a former ClearOne employee, Andrew Chiang, who was previously affiliated with an entity that sold certain assets to ClearOne and Lonny Bowers; and Versatile DSP, Inc.

    In the Attorney Fee Order, the judge awarded ClearOne attorney fees and costs of $2,009,551 as follows: $983,880 against Biamp and the WideBand Defendants jointly and severally; another $118,025 solely against Biamp; and another $907,646 solely against the WideBand Defendants, jointly and severally.

    The court has under consideration additional requests for relief from ClearOne, including ClearOne's request for an award of attorney fees and costs from DialHD, Donald Bowers, and David Sullivan.

    On November 5, 2008, the jury returned a verdict in the Intellectual Property Case in favor of ClearOne. Subsequently, the court entered a final judgment against the defendants for approximately $9.7 million. The court issued injunction orders remain in place, prohibiting WideBand, its principals, and others acting in concert with WideBand, from (among other things) the use, marketing, or sale of ClearOne's trade secrets or WideBand's infringing products found to use these trade secrets.

    At trial and throughout the Intellectual Property Case, ClearOne was represented by the Utah law firm of Magleby & Greenwood, P.C.

    About ClearOne

    ClearOne is a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing systems and other related products for audio, video, and web conferencing applications. The reliability, flexibility, and performance of ClearOne's comprehensive solutions create a natural communications environment, which saves organizations time and money by enabling more effective and efficient communication. For more information, visit ClearOne's website at Contact: ClearOne Communications, Inc. Investor Relations (801) 303-3555


    CONTACT: Investor Relations of ClearOne Communications, Inc.,

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    Community Bank System Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Earnings Conference Call

    SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Community Bank System, Inc. invites you to participate in a conference call to discuss the Company's financial and operating performance during its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

    Event: Earnings Conference Call - Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 When: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time How: By conference call or from a simultaneous web cast Access: Conference Call Dial-In: 866-790-1863 904-520-5759 - Outside the U.S. & Canada Web Cast:

    Mark E. Tryniski, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Scott A. Kingsley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide an overview of the fourth quarter and year end results. The management presentation typically lasts approximately 15 minutes, followed by investor questions and discussion.

    The company's fourth quarter and year end results will be released before market open on January 25, 2010, and will also be available in the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website,

    Anyone desiring to access an audio recording of the call will be able to do so approximately one hour after its completion by dialing 888-284-7564 (904-596-3174 - Outside the U.S. & Canada) and entering the pass code: 2422241. The audio recording will be available through March 31, 2010.

    The call will also be archived on the company's website for one year, and can be accessed at any time and at no cost during this period.

    Headquartered in DeWitt, NY, Community Bank System, Inc. has $5.4 billion in assets and over 150 customer facilities across Upstate New York, where it operates as Community Bank, N.A., and Northeastern Pennsylvania, where it is known as First Liberty Bank & Trust. Its other subsidiaries include: Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc., an employee benefits administration and consulting firm with offices in Upstate New York, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, and Houston, TX; the CBNA Insurance Agency, with offices in three northern New York communities; Community Investment Services, a broker-dealer delivering financial products throughout the company's branch network; and Nottingham Advisors, a wealth management and advisory firm with offices in Buffalo, NY, and North Palm Beach, FL. For more information, visit: or

    COMMUNITY BANK SYSTEM, INC. For further information contact: 5790 Widewaters Parkway Scott Kingsley DeWitt, N.Y. 13214 E.V.P. and Chief Financial Officer (315) 445-3121

    Community Bank System, Inc.

    CONTACT: Scott Kingsley, E.V.P. and Chief Financial Officer,

    Web Site:

    Berge Ayvazian, Ex-Yankee Group CEO and Veteran Telecom Analyst and Consultant, to Join Light Reading

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- TechWeb's Light Reading (, the leading research-led media company serving the global communications marketplace, today announced that Berge Ayvazian, one of the highest-profile industry analysts and consultants in the telecom and mobile industry, has joined Light Reading as a Senior Consultant with its telecom business technology research unit, Heavy Reading.

    Ayvazian has spent more than 20 years conducting research and consultation projects focused on mobile broadband business strategies for all of the major telecom equipment vendors and a Who's Who list of the largest service providers in the world. In his tenure at Yankee Group he held a number of positions, including CEO from 1999 to 2001 and Strategy Director for the Reuters Research and Advisory Unit.

    At Heavy Reading, Ayvazian will be leading a new integrated research and consulting practice on 4G Network and Mobile Internet Evolution. This practice will help operators develop their 4G technology roadmaps based on Heavy Reading research on packet core, service platforms, and mobile backhaul, and then build a complete mobile Internet business case by leveraging worldwide demand-side research on 4G and mobile Internet service adoption from Pyramid Research, the world's leading authority on emerging telecom markets and service opportunities, which was acquired by Light Reading in 2008.

    Ayvazian will also have a regular column on Light Reading and will participate in its Webinars, podcasts, videos, and select conferences. He is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events, and has served as contributing editor of the 4G Trends newsletter and co-chairman of the 4G World, WiMAX World, and Mobile Internet World conference programs, which were operated by Trendsmedia, Yankee Group's events group. He will remain on the 4G World Advisory Board.

    "We are very excited to have Berge Ayvazian join our Heavy Reading team of industry-leading senior analysts and consultants," says Joseph Braue, Group Director and SVP of Light Reading. "As an integrated research and media company, we provide the perfect platform for Berge to use his strategic insight and experience in the mobile and telecom industries to meet the complete research and marketing needs of the entire mobile Internet ecosystem, including service providers and the vendor community that serves them."

    Berge Ayvazian will be based in the Pyramid Research office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    About Light Reading

    Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis for more than 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

    About TechWeb

    TechWeb (, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

    *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

    About United Business Media Limited

    UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to

    CONTACT: Amy Averbook Director of Corporate Marketing Light Reading Communications Group O: +1-212-600-3373

    Light Reading

    CONTACT: Amy Averbook, Director of Corporate Marketing, Light Reading
    Communications Group, +1-212-600-3373,

    Web Site:

    IBERIABANK Corporation to Announce Fourth Quarter Results

    LAFAYETTE, La., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBERIABANK Corporation , the parent holding company of IBERIABANK and IBERIABANK fsb (, announced today that it would release fourth quarter results after the close of business on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, and follow with a conference call the next morning.

    The fourth quarter release of earnings will be distributed through PR Newswire the evening of Wednesday, January 27, 2010, followed by a live conference call, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, January 28, 2010. Interested persons may access the conference call by dialing 1-800-288-8961. The confirmation code for the call is 141829. A replay of the call will be available until midnight Central Time on February 4, 2010, by dialing 1-800-475-6701. The access code for the replay is 141829.

    At September 30, 2009, IBERIABANK Corporation had total assets of $6.5 billion, shareholders' equity of $851 million, and a Tier 1 Leverage capital ratio of 11.55%. The Company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol "IBKC."

    IBERIABANK Corporation is a multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Company has 206 combined offices, including 135 bank branch offices in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Florida, 26 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana, and mortgage representatives in 45 locations in 12 states.

    IBERIABANK Corporation

    CONTACT: Daryl G. Byrd, President and CEO, +1-337-521-4003, or John R.
    Davis, Senior Executive Vice President, +1-337-521-4005, both of IBERIABANK

    Web Site:

    Philips Adds Songbird Media Player to its Most Popular MP3 PlayersPhilips GoGear portable audio video players to ship with state-of-the-art software for an easier to use and seamless on-the-go media experience

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Philips Electronics and Songbird today announced a strategic partnership to include the Songbird media player on the 2010 line of Philips GoGear portable audio video players. Philips Songbird, one simple program to discover, play, and sync music and media, will be available worldwide for the 2010 line-up of Philips GoGear players including the new GoGear Muse, GoGear Vibe, GoGear Mix, GoGear Aria, GoGear Spark, GoGear Raga, and GoGear Cam.

    Philips Songbird enables consumers to transfer their music collection to their GoGear portable audio video players, share playlists, find new music, purchase songs over the web, sync videos and photos and discover favorite bands that will be playing in their area. Consumers can add media to Songbird by importing their CD collection and from the music that is already on their PC. The first set of integrated partners for Songbird include the 7Digital and Songkick online stores. 7Digital makes recommendations for new music based on what customers have actually been listening to recently, while Songkick notifies listeners when their favorite bands and artists are coming to town and lets them buy tickets right from Songbird.

    "Creating a fun and engaging experience for our consumers is paramount, which is why we chose Songbird. It gives consumers one simple program that works with all our portable devices." said Jasper Vervoort, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Philips Consumer Lifestyle. "Songbird is also an open platform, which means it gives consumers choice and offers opportunities for developers, web media/content, and commerce providers to offer an even more compelling, differentiated consumer experience".

    Philips GoGear and Songbird

    Philips Songbird will be available worldwide for the GoGear players beginning in March 2010. More information about each of the devices as well as Philips Songbird can be found online at GoGear hardware can be purchased at major retailers in the U.S. and throughout the world.

    "We are thrilled to have forged a strong partnership with Philips," said Jerrell Jimerson, CEO of Songbird. "For too long people who wanted to enjoy their music on the go have been forced to endure difficult solutions for transferring content to their portable devices. The Philips Songbird media player will offer a simple, flexible way to discover, download, manage and sync music for millions of Philips customers around the world."

    About Royal Philips Electronics

    Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 118,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 26 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

    About Songbird

    Headquartered in San Francisco, Songbird was founded in 2006 with the vision of delivering a free and open media player for people to find new music, listen to old favorites and experience a deeper connection to the music they love. Today, Songbird is also available on a variety of portable media players and smart phones, so people can enjoy their media on the go. Songbird is built by a group of designers and developers that have previously worked on Winamp, Netscape Navigator, and Mozilla Firefox. Thousands of developers passionate about music, media, and open source platforms have contributed to Songbird by writing code and creating new features that bring the best of the open media web to the newest generation of smart phones and media players.

    About 7digital

    Established in 2004, 7digital is a leading digital media delivery company based in London and operating globally. Through 7digital's download store ( consumers can access over 8,000,000 legal high quality MP3 music tracks as well as audio-books and videos at competitive prices across 16 countries in Europe and North America.

    Combining 7digital's secure and robust technology platform with the broadest agreements in the digital media industry, the company provides comprehensive digital download services to a wide range of partners around the world. 7digital have worked with record companies, artists, FMCG brands, retailers, consumer electronics companies, fashion brands, advertising agencies and many other organizations to harness the power of digital entertainment - music, video, audio-books and e-books - to engage customers. For more information visit


    Songkick is the home for live music online. Fans can track their favorite artists and Songkick alerts them when they announce a tour, with links to the cheapest tickets. After the gig, they can see and share photos, videos, posters, and setlists. Songkick is the largest database of concert information in the world with over 1.2 million concerts from 1960 to the present day.

    Royal Philips Electronics

    CONTACT: Ilissa Wood of Philips Consumer Lifestyle, +1-203-351-5093,; or Lisa Hempel of Songbird, +1-650-823-5410,

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    Daniel Tosh's Comedic Affront to the Internet Continues With the Second Season Premiere of COMEDY CENTRAL's Weekly, Topical Series 'Tosh.0' on Wednesday, January 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PTPremiere Episode To Feature The "Web Redemption" David After Dentist, The Insanely Popular Viral Video Of A Dad Interviewing His Son High On Nitrous Oxide After His Dentist Appointment

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Daniel Tosh returns at a new night and time to take on the World Wide Web and all the absurdities that it encompasses. The second season of COMEDY CENTRAL's weekly series "Tosh.0" debuts Wednesday, January 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

    The "Web Redemption" segment to kick off the second season is David After Dentist. Remember the dad who interviewed his young son in the car after his dentist appointment who was all whacked out on nitrous oxide??? Find out what happens when Tosh takes on the dad and the skewering commences.

    Future "Web Redemption" segments include: -- Football Player Tackles Teammate: Tosh redeems a football player who tackled his own teammate on punt coverage. All Pro linebacker Bill Romanowski lends a hand. -- Average Homeboy: The infamous Average Homeboy, Denny Hazen, brushes up on his rap skills with the help of Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. -- Ricky Business Girls: Two teenage girls who failed in an attempt to recreate the famous Risky Business floor slide get a second chance. In the process, they recreate other famous Tom Cruise movie scenes. -- Hoodrat Driving Kid: Famous seven-year-old who stole and totaled his grandma's Dodge Durango gets his chance at redemption...and to drive a much cooler car. -- Phillies Fan: The Dad whose daughter threw back the foul ball he caught at a Phillies game gets the chance to hand the ball back to her dad. In the process, she learns to throw or not throw a variety of things, like candy, a John Mayer CD and a grenade.

    "Tosh.0" features the razor sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh and delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this weekly, topical series. In addition, the series features viral clips of the week and original videos created by and starring well-known actors and comedians. Each episode features the segment "Web Redemption," which gives subjects of infamous viral videos (i.e. Nintendo 64 Kid and Crying Giants Fan) a second chance to redeem themselves from the embarrassment with which they've become synonymous.

    The "Tosh.0" blog ( will maintain its presence by offering users new content with daily chances to interact with Tosh and the show.

    "Tosh.0" is executive produced by Tosh and Scott Tomlinson. Gary Mann is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

    Tosh has a long history with COMEDY CENTRAL having hosted the network's "Live at Gotham" stand-up series and performed on "Premium Blend" and "Friday Night Stand-Up." Tosh has also been featured on the all-comedy channel in a half-hour stand-up special "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents..." (2002) and on his first hour-long stand-up special, "Completely Serious" (2007). His premiere CD, "True Stories I Made Up," was released in 2005 through COMEDY CENTRAL Records.

    COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 95 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site at

    COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

    CONTACT: Renata Luczak, COMEDY CENTRAL, +1-212-767-8661,

    Web Site:

    Ultra Clean to Present at the Sidoti & Company First 2010 Micro Cap Conference

    HAYWARD, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , a leading outsource solution provider for a variety of complex modules ranging from liquid & gas delivery systems to turnkey system integration for the semiconductor capital equipment, medical device, research, flat panel, and energy industries, announced that Clarence Granger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer, will address the Sidoti & Company First 2010 Micro Cap Conference. The presentation will take place at The Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 11:50 AM Eastern Standard Time.

    About Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , is a leading outsource solution provider for a variety of complex modules ranging from liquid & gas delivery systems to turnkey system integration for the semiconductor capital equipment, medical device, research, flat panel, and energy industries. Ultra Clean offers its customers an integrated outsource solution including improved design-to-delivery cycle times, complete product realization capabilities, global supply chain, and low cost region manufacturing. Ultra Clean's customers are primarily original equipment manufacturers of semiconductor, medical, research, flat panel, and energy capital equipment.

    Ultra Clean is headquartered in Hayward, California

    Additional information is available at

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer of Ultra Clean
    Technology, +1-510-576-4704,

    Web Site:

    Ovi Store by Nokia Delivers Content and Applications With Convenient Billing to AT&T CustomersAT&T Customers Using Select Nokia Devices Can Now Download Numerous Pieces of Content Through Ovi Store With Convenient Automatic Billing

    WHITE PLAINS, New York, January 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Nokia and AT&T announced that Ovi Store by Nokia is now available to AT&T customers using the following Nokia devices - the Nokia E71x, Nokia Surge, Nokia Mural, Nokia 6650, Nokia 6555 or Nokia 6350 - with more devices to come. These AT&T customers will also be able to download free and paid content from Ovi Store with the convenience of charging their paid content purchases directly to their monthly AT&T bill.

    To get started, AT&T customers with these select Nokia devices* can simply visit from their device browser to begin downloading personalized content, like apps, games, ringtones, productivity tools, movie trailers and more.

    - Step one: go to from your Nokia device from AT&T - Step two: once at you will be prompted to download the Ovi Store application - Step three: enjoy great content and applications for your Nokia device with AT&T.

    "Nokia is happy to bring the exciting content available through Ovi Store by Nokia to AT&T customers in an easy way with a convenient billing solution," said David Petts, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T account, Nokia. "Ovi Store provides consumers with mobile content and applications from some of the most recognized developers and publishers from around the world, and we are now thrilled to deliver compelling content to AT&T customers with a payment solution that simplifies access and use."

    Ovi Store is Nokia's one-stop-shop for free and paid content, with support for a range of device types from smartphones to feature phones. Globally, Nokia device owners, in more than 180 countries, across more than 100 Nokia device models in 30 languages have access to Ovi Store.

    Many of the content industry's biggest names along with independent application developers are distributing their media, applications and games through Ovi Store by Nokia. Content providers and application developers interested in distributing their content through Ovi Store should visit

    About Nokia

    Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world's leading maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different ways - fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

    * Nokia E71x, Nokia Surge, Nokia Mural, Nokia 6650, Nokia 6555 and Nokia 6350

    Nokia Corporation

    CONTACT: Media Enquiries: Nokia, Communications, America, Tel.
    +1-972-894-4573, Email:

    AT&T Launches Major Initiative to Bring 'Apps to All'Company also plans to launch five Android-based devices in first half of 2010

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T today announced plans to launch five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. The company also announced a major initiative to expand the universe of mobile applications beyond smartphones to more mobile phones - and spur future app development for emerging consumer electronics devices, its U-verse TV platform, and enterprise and small business workplaces.

    At the 4th annual AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, executives outlined details including:

    -- New devices that will give customers the most robust choices of major operating systems (OS), including Android(TM), in the U.S. -- A goal to offer all major smartphone OS app stores -- An agreement with Qualcomm to standardize apps development for mid-range Quick Messaging Devices using BREW Mobile Platform. These devices are used by millions of customers who historically have not had the same convenient access as smartphone customers to the market's hottest apps -- A new AT&T SDK (software developer kit) to help developers immediately begin to develop apps for these devices -- Future initiatives to enable developers to create more apps for AT&T's U-verse TV, emerging consumer electronics devices, and businesses -- A new AT&T Virtual Innovation Lab and two new Innovation Centers, which will help developers and spur apps development

    "Applications help consumers realize the full value and benefits of mobile broadband networks, services and devices," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Today some AT&T customers can take advantage of more than 100,000 apps - but only if they have the right handset. Our goal is to bring more apps to millions more of our customers who want convenient access to the market's hottest apps. At the same time, in the future, we plan to go well beyond mobile devices to spur apps development."

    In addition to ultimately giving more customers more choices of applications, the long-term strategic initiatives announced today will make it easier for developers to cost effectively create applications and reach broader audiences, and help AT&T drive data revenues.

    Extend Smartphone Leadership

    AT&T will further its leadership in smartphones with the planned launch of five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. Those devices, which are scheduled to be available during the first half of 2010, include:

    -- A Motorola smartphone, powered by MOTOBLUR, with a unique form factor and an AT&T exclusive -- Dell's first smartphone, based on the Android platform and an AT&T exclusive -- An HTC smartphone, based on the Android platform, and an AT&T exclusive

    AT&T customers with these devices will benefit not only from the nation's fastest 3G network but also the ability to simultaneously talk on the phone while surfing the Web or reading email. Customers can sign up for email notifications as more details are available at

    In addition, AT&T announced its goal to lead the industry in application choices for smartphone customers by offering all major app stores. It will preload the corresponding store for each device -- giving customers convenient access to thousands of apps optimized for their smartphone. Today, AT&T added to existing agreements with Nokia for Ovi store and Microsoft for Windows Marketplace by announcing an agreement for Android Market. It expects to announce more app store agreements in the near future and will offer carrier billing as an easy and convenient payment option.

    'Apps for All' by Standardizing Apps Development with Brew Mobile Platform

    De la Vega also announced a significant new agreement with Qualcomm to standardize apps development by adopting BREW Mobile Platform. With this agreement, AT&T intends to make BREW Mobile Platform its primary operating system platform for Quick Messaging Devices, one of the company's fastest growing categories of devices.

    AT&T customers with these devices historically haven't had the same convenient access as AT&T smartphone customers to thousands of compelling, new applications. Since AT&T launched its pioneering line-up of Quick Messaging Devices in fall 2008, about 30 percent of the company's postpaid customers who are new or upgrading have purchased this type of device. AT&T is committed to spurring innovation and apps development for the millions of customers in this category.

    Quick Messaging Devices are integrated devices that are value priced and texting centric; they have full QWERTY keyboards, either physical or virtual, and, since this past fall, full Web browsing capabilities. Customers with these devices are more likely to demand apps, subscribe to messaging and data plans, and are a large potential market for application developers, according to AT&T research.

    AT&T Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher announced plans to begin rolling out Quick Messaging Devices with BREW Mobile Platform in the second half of the year, so that by year end 2011, about 90 percent of AT&T's devices in this segment are planned to be based on BREW Mobile Platform. AT&T announced that Samsung will be its first device maker to launch a Quick Messaging Device featuring BREW Mobile Platform. HTC, LG and Pantech also are building devices featuring BREW Mobile Platform for planned availability in late 2010 or early 2011.

    "Today, developers must essentially rebuild apps for different handsets and operating systems, increasing their costs, slowing the pace of innovation and stalling the delivery of mobile apps to customers," Christopher said. "We want to tear down the barriers and make it much easier for developers to reach our customers - and for our customers to access apps. Moving to one platform for this fast growing segment of devices will help developers reach millions more customers who want easy access to the hottest mobile apps."

    To help developers jumpstart apps development for AT&T's BREW Mobile Platform devices, Christopher announced a new AT&T SDK which features support for BREW Mobile Platform, continued support for Java and widgets, and includes tools to help developers tap into AT&T network capabilities as they design and code their applications. The new AT&T SDK is available starting today at

    Taking the AT&T Developer Program to the Next Level

    AT&T has a longstanding commitment to the developer community. It was among the first major carriers to offer a developer program and has been rated the top carrier development program for the past three years by Evans Data. Today, AT&T executives also announced plans, including some launch schedules, for a series of new or enhanced developer resources including:

    -- Technical support for developers via live chat -- something no other carrier, operating system provider or handset maker offers today - and a tripling of overall tech support by mid-2010. -- Revenue share featuring a standardized 70/30 split for third-party developers in the AT&T App Center. -- AT&T Sandbox, a virtual network environment for developers to test and evaluate applications, which is planned to be available in 2Q 2010. -- AT&T Developer Dashboard, a tool that will let developers track the status of their app once submitted to AT&T, support digital signing of business agreements with AT&T, allow developers to set prices for their apps, and provide performance metrics and customer satisfaction feedback. The dashboard is available now for enterprise application developers and the certification of emerging devices. And for AT&T's consumer development community, the dashboard will also provide needed automation which is planned for the first quarter of 2010. -- AT&T Developer Council, an advisory group hosted by AT&T and made up of leading development and technology companies and other influencers, such as EA Games, Telenav and Bonfire Media.

    AT&T also announced a trial program with WaveMarket to make network location information accessible through Veriplace, WaveMarket's cloud location aggregation platform currently in use by more than 1,000 developers. Veriplace allows SMS, Web, WAP and IVR developers to develop location-aware apps and services across device categories and participating carriers. The trial program will launch in the coming weeks.

    AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan also said that a new AT&T Virtual Innovation Lab will open in Atlanta in the second quarter to provide developer support for speech, location and messaging APIs (application programming interfaces). In addition, two new Innovation Centers, one in the East and one in the West, are planned for late 2010 to provide 3G and 4G RF (radio frequency) development support, testing and demos.

    *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.

    Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

    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 This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at and as part of an RSS feed at Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at to discover more about our small business services.

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    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Andy Shaw of AT&T Inc., +1-214-757-3556,

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    Ford F-Series Does It Again: Best-Selling Truck for 33 Straight Years; Best-Selling Vehicle for 28 Years

    DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    -- Ford's F-Series is America's best-selling truck for 33 straight years, outselling its nearest rival by 97,000 units, largest margin in three years -- December sales for F-Series were 48,209, a 16 percent increase over last year and the best sales month since March 2008

    For the 33rd year in a row, Ford's award-winning F-Series is America's best-selling truck with 2009 sales of 413,625. F-series outsold its nearest truck rival by more than 97,000 units, the largest margin in three years.

    In addition, for the 28th consecutive year, F-Series is once again America's best-selling vehicle of any type - car, crossover, SUV, truck or van.

    F-Series sales for 2009 totaled 413,625, which increased its segment share by 4 percentage-points. December sales for F-Series were 48,209, a 16 percent increase over December 2009 and the best sales month since March 2008.

    "When it comes to trucks, only one stat matters - how customers vote with their wallets," said Doug Scott, truck group marketing manager. "And the results are clear - the capability, productivity, technology and value of Ford F-Series is unmatched."

    The F-150 was redesigned inside and out for 2009 and set a new benchmark for full size pickups with new high-strength, lighter-weight chassis that delivers more class-leading towing and hauling capability and unsurpassed fuel economy.

    During the past six years, the "core trucker" - those who use their truck's towing and hauling capability for work and play - has jumped to 40 percent from 30 percent of the light-duty full-size pickup market. In the commercial/fleet portion of this core trucker sub-segment, Ford F-Series continues to dominate. The F-150 has 44 percent of the light duty commercial/fleet market; and Super Duty is stronger still with over 56 percent of heavy duty commercial/fleet market.

    New to F-Series for 2010 is the F-150 Harley-Davidson and the off-road F-150 SVT Raptor, winner of the 2009 Truck of Texas.

    F-Series also offers the industry-first Ford Work Solutions, an innovative suite of options including an in-dash computer with Internet access, Tool Link to track tools, Crew Chief technology to dispatch workers and reduce vehicle operating costs and Cable Lock to improve security of tools and equipment.

    When the 2011 F-Series Super Duty hits dealership showrooms this spring, it will feature an all-new Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V-8 diesel engine.

    The top-selling Ford truck dealerships in the country are located in Texas, Nebraska and Missouri. Among them: Woodhouse Ford, Blair, Nebraska; Philpott Ford, Port Neches, Texas; Planet Ford, Spring, Texas; Midway Ford Truck Center, Kansas City, Missouri.; Five Star Ford, North Richland Hills, Texas; Sam Pack's Five Star Ford, Carrollton, Texas.

    About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company , a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 200,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

    Ford Motor Company

    CONTACT: Anne Marie Gattari, +1-313-323-7809,; Robert
    Parker, +1-313-845-0784,

    Web Site:

    Corus Entertainment's first quarter financial results to be released January 13, 2010

    TORONTO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B; NYSE: CJR) will release its first quarter financial results on January 13, 2010.

    A conference call with Corus senior management is scheduled for January 13 at 9 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. CT / 7 a.m. MT / 6 a.m. PT. While this call is directed at analysts and investors, members of the media are welcome to listen in.

    The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-800-909-5034 (toll-free North America) or 416-981-9007 (local or international).

    - Please call five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. - PowerPoint slides for this call will be posted on the Corus Entertainment website in the Investor Information section.

    A replay of this call will be available beginning January 13 at 5 p.m. ET on the Corus Entertainment website at in the Investor Relations section. The call will be archived on in the Investor Relations section.

    PLEASE NOTE: This conference call is also available through a live webcast on the Corus Entertainment website in the Investor Relations section. Corus Entertainment's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will also take place on January 13, 2010 beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. MT / 1 p.m. PT. A live webcast of the AGM will also be available on the Corus Entertainment website in the Investor Relations section.

    About Corus Entertainment Inc.

    Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at

    Corus Entertainment Inc.

    CONTACT: Tracy Ewing, Vice President, Communications, Corus
    Entertainment Inc., (416) 642-3792

    Ingram Micro Announces New Consumer Electronics DivisionIndustry Leader Rebrands DBL Distributing and Launches New Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division

    SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. , the world's largest technology distributor, today announced it will begin transitioning DBL Distributing into a formal division known as the Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division.

    Founded upon the same product line card, expert people and high quality service, the new Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division will build upon DBL's comprehensive mix of over 20,000 products from more than 500 product lines and continue to operate as a separate, yet synergistic line of business within Ingram Micro's growing portfolio.

    As part of the new Division, consumer electronic (CE) retailers and vendors will benefit from Ingram Micro's worldwide logistics and operational efficiencies. In addition, customers will gain access to the most robust CE and information technology (IT) portfolio in distribution, along with the benefit of single source distribution, multiple stocking locations and enhanced service levels.

    "As the convergence of CE and IT products continues to grow, Ingram Micro has positioned itself as the leader in the industry through careful planning and execution," states John Soumbasakis, senior vice president of Strategic Divisions. "The formation of our Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division represents a key milestone in our company's growth strategy and will serve as a catalyst for generating growth from consumer electronics and IT products with loyal Ingram Micro partners, as well as the 30,000+ DBL consumer electronics retailers."

    Under this new Division, DBL customers will continue to experience dedicated support on their CE needs with world-class operations, logistics and services. "DBL has developed an expertise in assisting our retail partners with product merchandising and marketing for their online, and offline storefronts. This new division will expand on this expertise and add-in credit and logistics benefits not offered by other competing distributors," Soumbasakis added.

    Advantages gained as a result of the new Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division include enhanced credit availability, the widest assortment of CE and IT products, exclusive product merchandising and marketing support, real time inventory, as well as world class logistics from multiple warehouses across the U.S. This new Division will also allow Ingram Micro vendors to tap into an incremental base of the largest set of CE retailers available through any one distributor.

    "We are embracing the Ingram Micro name to showcase our strengths as a focused consumer electronics distributor, while leveraging the resources and operational efficiencies of a Fortune 100 logistics company," states Brent McCarty, vice president and general manager of DBL Distributing.

    The new Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division will remain in Scottsdale, AZ and position the industry leading distributor for future success and growth within the consumer electronics and IT industries.

    About Ingram Micro

    As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves approximately 150 countries and is the only global broad-based IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit

    About the Ingram Micro Consumer Electronics Division

    Ingram Micro's Consumer Electronics Division is the top national distributor of consumer electronics accessories and related products, solutions and services. With more than 30,000 retail customers nationwide, it is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with distribution centers located in Jonestown, PA and Mira Loma, CA. The Division carries a large technology portfolio of more than 20,000 products from more than 500 product lines and offers a "no minimum" order policy and same day shipping for orders placed before 5:00 pm PST. Ingram Micro's Consumer Electronics Division is an active member of CEA, CEDIA, PMA, PARA, NAMM and APRO. For more information please visit or call 800.733.6766.

    Ingram Micro Inc.

    CONTACT: Jayne Tomasz, Manager of Marketing Communications of DBL
    Distributing, a division of Ingram Micro, +1-480-422-5512,; or Marie Rourke of WhiteFox Marketing,
    +1-714-680-0335,, for Ingram Micro Inc.

    Web Site:

    Callaway Golf's Product Line Tops Golf Digest's 2010 'Hot List'Callaway and Odyssey Win Medal Count in Annual Equipment Review for Fourth Straight Year

    CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Callaway Golf Company once again took top honors within Golf Digest's annual "Hot List" issue. The Hot List is a comprehensive golf equipment evaluation conducted by Golf Digest Publications' 32-person team of equipment editors, scientists, player panelists and retailers. Together they considered 403 separate entries for the 2010 Hot List. When the results were posted, Callaway Golf® and Odyssey® combined to earn more medals than any other golf equipment manufacturer for the fourth straight year.

    Two of Callaway's new drivers led the way; the FT-iZ(TM) Driver and the Callaway Diablo Edge(TM)/Diablo Edge Tour(TM) Driver both earned Gold Medals. The FT-9 Driver was also distinguished with a 2010 Hot List medal.

    In the game-improvement irons category, the new Diablo Forged(TM) Irons announced their arrival with a Gold Medal. One tester said of the Diablo Forged Irons: "This is like jet fuel in your hands. It stays in the air forever." Callaway's new Diablo Edge(TM) Irons earned a Gold Medal in the super game-improvement iron category. "These clubs are so good even better players should take a look," said one tester of the Diablo Edge Irons. Other Callaway irons and wedges distinguished with 2010 Hot List medals include the X-22(TM) Irons, X-22 Tour(TM) Irons and the X-Forged® Wedges.

    Odyssey is once again atop the Gold Medal count in the putter category, tying for the most Gold Medals in the test. In the blade category, Black Series® Tour Designs Putter and the White Ice® line both captured Gold Medals. Odyssey's third Gold Medal came in the Mallet category for the White Ice line.

    This year's "Hot List" featured an additional section called the Editor's Choice, which focused on the one club that each of the four Hot List judges found "uniquely intriguing, paradigm-shifting or generally remarkable in ways others have overlooked." The Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball was identified as one of these clubs, with Golf Digest saying "{Odyssey's} designs aren't typical, just better, and the new insert somehow plays firm and soft at the same time."

    Callaway's new Diablo Edge lineup enjoyed a full sweep of Gold Medals across every category in which the line was nominated. That includes Driver, Fairway Wood, Hybrid, Game Improvement Irons (Diablo Forged) and Super Game Improvement Irons (Diablo Edge).

    The February Hot List issue of Golf Digest also contains several Callaway Golf and Odyssey advertisements featuring new, interactive Microsoft Tag technology. These Tags allow readers to snap a picture on their smart phones and instantly view Callaway Golf product videos. Callaway Golf is the first equipment manufacturer to feature such technology within the pages of Golf Digest.

    Overall, Callaway and Odyssey won 15 Golf Digest Hot List Medals, three more than the closest competitor. The full list of distinguished products includes:

    GOLD MEDAL WINNERS Drivers ------- FT-iZ Diablo Edge/Diablo Edge Tour Fairway Woods ------------- Diablo Edge/Diablo Edge Tour Hybrids ------- FT-iZ Diablo Edge/Diablo Edge Tour Game Improvement Irons ---------------------- Diablo Forged Super Game Improvement Irons ---------------------------- Diablo Edge Blade Putters ------------- Black Series Tour Designs White Ice Series Mallet Putters -------------- White Ice Series SILVER MEDAL WINNERS Drivers ------- FT-9/FT-9 Tour Fairway Woods ------------- FT-iZ Game Improvement Irons ---------------------- X-22 Players Irons ------------- X-22 Tour Wedges ------ X-Forged

    High-resolution images of all Callaway Golf products are available for immediate download via the Media Center portion of Callaway Golf's website:

    About Callaway Golf

    Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company creates products and services designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf®, Odyssey®, Top-Flite®, and Ben Hogan® brands in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information please visit or

    CONTACT: Tim Buckman Callaway Golf (760) 804-4133 (Logo:

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    Gameloft Hits 10 Million Paid Downloads on App Store

    PARIS, January 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Holiday Sales Spiked with Success of N.O.V.A-Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and James Cameron's Avatar

    Gameloft(R), a leading developer and publisher of downloadable video games, announced today it has reached 10 million paid downloads since the launch of the App Store(TM) in July 2008. Holiday sales were driven by the huge success of N.O.V.A.- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance(TM) and James Cameron's Avatar(TM). Both games placed in the top grossing applications chart across all key markets such as United States, Japan, Canada, Austrailia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Spain.

    Over the holidays, N.O.V.A.- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance was the #1 best selling game in the U.S and Japan; #2 in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and #4 in the U.K. and Italy. James Cameron's Avatar secured the #1 spot in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland; #3 in the U.K.; #4 in the U.S.; #5 in Canada and #6 in Italy.

    "We have had a remarkable year on the App Store," said Michel Guillemot, chairman and CEO, Gameloft. "Our success is defined not only by great production values, but a vested interest in bringing to market games that are commercially friendly and appeal to a mass consumer base. Taking into account that the App Store is only 18 months old, 10 million paid downloads is an achievement we are quite proud of."

    In addition to the success of N.O.V.A.-Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and James Cameron's Avatar, other top sellers over the holidays include Driver(R), Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X(R), Asphalt 5, The Settlers(R), Skater Nation and Shrek(R) Kart.

    Games that did well overall in 2009 include Dungeon Hunter, Modern Combat: Sandstorm, Let's Golf(R), Uno(R), Gangstar West Coast Hustle(TM), Assassins Creed(R): Altair Chronicles(TM) and Real Soccer(R) 2010.

    The company ended the year with 55 games available on the App Store, 35 of which were launched in 2009.

    About Gameloft

    Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of downloadable video games. For 10 years, Gameloft has been established as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile phones, smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch. Gameloft games are also available to players on WiiWare(R), DSiWare, Microsoft(R) Xbox LIVE(R) Arcade and PlayStation(R)Network.

    Partnership agreements with leading licenses such as UNO(R), Ferrari(R), Shrek(R), CSI(TM), Spider-Man(R) and Brothers in Arms(R) allow Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Real Football, Asphalt and Brain Challenge(R).

    Gameloft is present on all the continents with its own production studios, employing over 3,500 developers, and distributes its games in over 100 countries. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)

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    Freddie Mac Prices New $4 Billion Five-Year Reference Notes(R) Security

    MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Freddie Mac announced today that it priced its new 2.875% $4 billion five-year USD Reference Notes® security due on February 9, 2015. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EACH0, was priced at 99.974 to yield 2.88%, or 27.5 basis points more than five-year U.S. Treasury Notes. The issue will settle on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

    The new five-year Reference Notes security was offered via a syndicate of dealers headed by Barclays Capital, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., and Citigroup Global Markets. An application was made to list the issue on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

    Including today's offering, Freddie Mac has approximately $261 billion in Reference Notes and Reference Bonds® securities outstanding.

    This announcement is not an offer to sell any Freddie Mac securities. Offers for any given security are made only through applicable offering circulars and related supplements, which incorporate Freddie Mac's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 11, 2009, and all documents that Freddie Mac files with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c) or 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, excluding any information "furnished" to the SEC on Form 8-K.

    Freddie Mac's press releases sometimes contain forward-looking statements. A description of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these and other forward-looking statements can be found in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, filed with the SEC and available on the Investor Relations page of the company's Web site at and the SEC's Web site at

    Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

    Freddie Mac

    CONTACT: Michael Cosgrove, +1-703-903-2123; INVESTOR CONTACT: Sean
    Forde, +1-571-382-4090

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    PSE&G Selects Sites and Developers for 4 NJ Solar Projects Totaling 12 MWWould include the two largest solar projects in New Jersey; Edison to host public info session Thursday night

    NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PSE&G is starting the New Year by announcing it has selected four sites and developers for over $50 million in investments in 12 megawatts of grid-connected solar energy. PSE&G hopes to start construction at its sites in Edison, Hamilton, Linden and Trenton this spring, with projects completed this summer and fall. All four ground-mounted solar farms would be among the largest to be developed in New Jersey, with the Hamilton project being the largest in the state and the project in Linden the second largest. Approximately 150 jobs will be created when installation begins. A public information session is planned for Edison residents tomorrow night and similar sessions are planned for other towns later this month.

    "We're moving ahead with clean energy projects that will put people to work, installing tens of thousands of solar panels that will help the environment and stimulate the economy," said Ralph LaRossa, president and COO of PSE&G. "Investments like these will help New Jersey attract manufacturing jobs and help workers build the skills required to compete in the new green economy."

    The design and installation work will be completed by four different solar developers: J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, headquartered in Hackensack, NJ (Edison; 2 MW); American Capital Energy; headquartered in North Chelmsford, MA (Hamilton, 5.1 MW); Advanced Solar Products; headquartered in Flemington, NJ (Linden, 3.6 MW) and Sun Edison, headquartered in Beltsville, MD (Trenton, 1.3 MW). With permission from local zoning and permitting boards, construction will begin in the spring. All four sites will utilize crystalline solar panel technology and have monitoring and communications functionality.

    These four solar firms were chosen through a highly competitive and technical review process. By selecting multiple qualified solar firms, PSE&G is helping create jobs in New Jersey and grow the solar industry.

    "We're excited to partner with PSE&G on this project, which will have a positive economic and environmental impact on our company and on the state of New Jersey. With a green light from local officials, we'll begin mobilization of a workforce, including new hires, who will design, construct and install thousands of solar panels that will bring green energy to Edison," said Joseph T. Walsh, president of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., a Hackensack-based general contractor. "This project gives us an opportunity to grow our business and to help increase solar generation capacity in New Jersey."

    Edison's public information session will be held on Thursday January 7th at 7 pm in Council Chambers, giving residents an opportunity to learn about the benefits of solar energy and to talk with experts about the solar system planned for PSE&G's property off of Silver Lake Avenue.

    "Investments in renewable energy help both the environment and the economy," said Edison's Mayor Antonia Ricigliano. "This meeting will give the residents of Edison Township the opportunity to learn about solar energy and PSE&G's plans to develop renewable energy resources in Edison."

    Together, the four projects will produce enough energy to power about 1,300 homes and eliminate some 6,700 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 1,200 cars from the road for one year.

    The projects are part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, which was approved by state regulators in July. The program involves a total of $515 million investment in 80 megawatts of solar, creating green jobs and nearly doubling the size of New Jersey's installed solar capacity. The state has made

    significant inroads in the last few years, installing more than 100 MW of solar energy, making it second only to California in terms of the amount of solar capacity installed.

    Proposed sites on PSE&G-owned property: Silver Lake Solar Farm in Edison Township, located on the site of PSE&G's property on Silver Lake Rd. About 8,500 solar panels on 5.7 acres 2 MW Solar Firm: J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons Yardville Solar Farm in Hamilton Township, located on the site of PSE&G's substation off of S. Broad St. About 19,000 solar panels on 16 acres 5.1 MW Solar Firm: American Capital Energy Linden Solar Farm in Linden located on PSE&G property off of South Shore Sound Rd. About 15,000 solar panels on 10 acres 3.6 MW Solar Firm: Advanced Solar Products Trenton Solar Farm in Trenton located on PSE&G property adjacent to the utility's gas and appliance service building on Brunswick Ave About 5,500 solar panels on 5.5 acres 1.3 MW Solar Firm: Sun Edison

    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) , a diversified energy company (

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    Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)

    CONTACT: Jenn Kramer, +1-973-430-6027

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    Duke Energy Declares Quarterly Dividend

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duke Energy has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.24 per share. The dividend is payable on March 16, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business Feb. 12, 2010.

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    This is the 84th consecutive year that Duke Energy has paid a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock.

    Duke Energy is the third largest electric power holding company in the United States, based on kilowatt-hour sales. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky -- representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Duke Energy's commercial power and international business segments operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

    Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

    MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Shiel Phone: 704-382-2355 24-Hour: 800-559-3853 ANALYSTS: Bill Currens Phone: 704-382-1603

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    CONTACT: Tom Shiel, +1-704-382-2355, 24-Hour: +1-800-559-3853, or
    Analysts: Bill Currens, +1-704-382-1603, both of Duke Energy

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    AirTran Airways Customers Affected by Winter Storms in Atlanta May Change Travel Plans Without Penalty

    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., , advises passengers that a winter weather system expected to affect Atlanta could result in flight delays and/or cancellations.

    Passengers scheduled for travel from 12:00 noon January 7, 2010, through 9:59 a.m. January 8, 2010, on AirTran Airways to/from Atlanta, may change their reservation without penalty as long as travel is completed within five days from the date of the original scheduled departure date, based on space availability without fees or fare adjustments.

    Passengers holding reservations for travel to/from Atlanta should check under "Flight Status" for updates or call 1-800-AIRTRAN (247-8726).

    AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and a Fortune 1,000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. AirTran is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

    Contacts: Christopher White Cynthia Tinsley- Douglas 678.254.7442

    AirTran Airways

    CONTACT: Christopher White, or Cynthia Tinsley-Douglas, both of AirTran
    Airways, +1-678-254-7442

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    Anpath Group, Inc. Consolidates Korean Distribution with New Exclusive Agreement Valued at $2.5 Million

    MOORESVILLE, N.C., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anpath Group, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ANPG) , a manufacturer of safe and eco-friendly disinfectant products, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, EnviroSystems, Inc. (ESI) has consolidated its Korean distribution channels by entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Clebio (

    The Company reported the new arrangement was recently completed and consolidates distribution of its EnviroTru® Disinfectant & Deodorizing Cleaner into all segments within the Korean market. ESI has worked with Clebio since 2007 with an initial focus on the airline industry while expanding into other key markets. Most recently ESI worked through multiple distribution channels in Korea but in an effort to continue its growing presence in the Korean market and to capitalize on Clebio's growth and planned expansion, the Company entered into the exclusive agreement with Clebio. Anpath disclosed that the agreement is a three-year commitment valued at a minimum of $2.5 million. An initial order for approximately $80,000 was recently placed.

    J. Lloyd Breedlove, President and CEO of Anpath Group, Inc. stated, "Over the past couple of years we have developed a solid relationship with Clebio who has been successfully developing strong, widespread business relationships. We are pleased to work exclusively with Clebio to assist them with the execution of their aggressive infection prevention business plan."

    Clebio CEO, Dexter Bong Keun Cho, commented, "We look forward to this next phase of our relationship with ESI. Our past experience validates the unique advantages of the ESI product platform and we intend to capitalize on our strong reputation and offer those advantages to multiple market segments."

    About Anpath Group, Incorporated:

    Anpath Group, Inc. (Anpath), through its wholly-owned subsidiary EnviroSystems, Inc., produces cleaning and disinfecting products that it believes will help prevent the spread of infectious microorganisms while minimizing the harmful effects to people, equipment or the environment. Visit for more information.

    EnviroSystems, Inc. is focused on safe infection prevention technologies that the company believes will position the company in the forefront of the industry at a time when there is rapidly growing awareness of the critical need to prevent biological risks -- both natural and man-made. Visit for more information.

    Forward Looking Statements:

    This release may contain forward-looking statements, which reflect expectation or belief by Anpath Group, Inc. concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Anpath Group can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in forward looking statements will prove correct and various factors could cause results to differ materially from Anpath Group expectations, including, but not limited to U.S. EPA and state registration of Anpath Group's products, foreign registration of its products, its ability to carry out its business plan, successful development and commercial acceptance of its products, ability to fund development of its technology, the risk that products may not result from development activities, protection of its intellectual property, need for regulatory approvals, and other factors discussed in periodic Anpath Group, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the above cautionary statement. Anpath Group assumes no duty to update its outlook or other forward-looking statements as of any future date.

    Anpath Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: J. Lloyd Breedlove, President & CEO of Anpath Group, Inc.,
    +1-704-658-3350,; or Investor Relations: Art Batson,
    Arthur Douglas & Associates, Inc., +1-407-478-1120

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    Smart Balance to Present at Cowen and Company Consumer Conference

    PARAMUS, N.J., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smart Balance, Inc. announced today that Alan Gever, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Smart Balance, Inc., will make a presentation at the Cowen and Company 8th Annual Consumer Conference in New York, NY, at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

    Smart Balance's presentation will be available via webcast and will be approximately 25 minutes in length. Only conference attendees will be able to ask questions during the presentation. The webcast will be accessible through a link in the Investor Center of the Company's website at An archive of the webcast will be available for ninety days. Presentation slides will be available on the website in the Investor Center in the Corporate News folder.

    About Smart Balance, Inc.

    Smart Balance, Inc. is committed to providing superior tasting heart healthier alternatives in every category it enters by avoiding trans fats naturally, balancing fats and/or reducing saturated fats, total fat and cholesterol. The Company's products include Smart Balance® Buttery Spreads, Milk, Butter Blend Sticks, Sour Cream, Peanut Butter, Microwave Popcorn, Cooking Oil, Mayonnaise, Non-Stick Cooking Spray and Cheese. For more information about the Company's products and the Smart Balance(TM) Food Plan, visit

    Smart Balance, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media Contact, Brent Burkhardt, Executive Vice President,
    Managing Director, TBC Public Relations, +1-410-986-1303,;
    Investor Contact, John Mintz, Vice President Finance & Investor Relations,
    Smart Balance, Inc., +1-201-568-9300,

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    Lockheed Martin Announces Briefing Schedule for Surface Navy Association 22nd National Symposium

    BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin will present a number of program briefings for members of the media prior to and during the Surface Navy Association (SNA) 22nd National Symposium in Crystal City, Va. The SNA show takes place Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Thursday, Jan. 14, themed "Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for The Hybrid War."

    The company will highlight accomplishments, product developments and new capabilities to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy and its sailors serving around the world.

    Journalists may sign up to follow Lockheed Martin's major SNA media activities on Twitter: Additionally, Lockheed Martin will post news, information and Podcasts during SNA at

    Briefings will take place at the Corporation's Demonstration Center in Crystal City on Monday, Jan. 11 and in the Fairfax Room of the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Briefings are slated to last no longer than half an hour.

    Lockheed Martin Press Briefings/Events Monday, Jan. 11 Lockheed Martin Washington Operations Building 2121 Crystal Drive, Global Vision Center A Arlington, VA 22202 8:30 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast 8:50 a.m. -- Welcome 9:00 a.m. -- CANES: Extensive Experience Leads to Robust Design Presented by Karen Conti, vice president, Lockheed Martin CANES team

    In early 2010, the U.S. Navy is expected to competitively award two initial system design and development contracts for its Consolidated Afloat Networks & Enterprise Services (CANES) program. Lockheed Martin will explain how its assembled industry team has the experience to address the technology and security challenges faced with consolidating all of the Navy's afloat information system networks into a single, common approach, leveraging innovation, new technology, flexibility, agility and cost savings.

    9:30 a.m. -- AMF JTRS -- Interoperable Extension of the Aerial Network

    Presented by Alex Dimitrew, Lockheed Martin AMF JTRS Strategic Business Development

    In late 2009, the Lockheed Martin team successfully completed a Critical Design Review for the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio Systems (AMF JTRS) program. AMF JTRS is a secure, internet-like tactical network that will provide joint warfighters with unprecedented access to voice, data and video communications, as well as a level of interoperability never achieved before. This briefing will highlight 2009 accomplishments, as well as provide a look ahead at expected 2010 milestones, including live-fly experiments and the delivery of the first engineering development model for the AMF JTRS small airborne radios.

    10:00 a.m. -- DDG 51 & DDG 1000 Advanced Engineering Automation and Controls Update

    Presented by Pat Allen, senior manager, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Simulation Training & Support

    In 2009, the Lockheed Martin / U.S. Navy team met several critical milestones in delivering advanced engineering automation and controls as part of the DDG 51 modernization and DDG 1000 new construction guided missile destroyer programs. This briefing will highlight accomplishments of 2009 and look ahead at expected 2010 program advancements, including the first DDG modernization install aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) taking place mid-year and with the anticipated completion of major DDG 1000 software development.

    10:30 a.m. -- ExLS: Lockheed Martin's Newest Launching System Continues to Evolve

    Presented by Timothy R. Fouts, manager, Lockheed Martin Launching Systems

    Lockheed Martin will provide an update regarding the successful production of Extensible Launching System (ExLS) prototypes and munitions adapters for the Nulka Electronic Warfare Decoy and the NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile (PAM). Utilizing tactical MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) hardware and the ExLS prototypes, Lockheed Martin will conduct PAM restrained fire testing in the early spring and an extensive Nulka live fire test program in May. Originally conceived in 2005, the ExLS concept was developed as an affordable way to integrate smaller missiles and munitions into the U.S. Navy's MK 41 or MK 57 VLS.

    11:00 a.m. -- Canadian Navy Halifax Class Frigate Combat System Modernization Program Update

    Presented by Don McClure, vice president, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Canada

    In November 2008, a Lockheed Martin Canada-led industry team was awarded two contracts totaling approximately C$2 billion for the installation, integration and long-term in-service support of a new combat system -- including a new command and control system, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities -- for the Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates. With the first frigate now scheduled to enter an 18-month mid-life modernization re-fit in October 2010, Lockheed Martin will speak to how its team is working collaboratively with the Canadian Navy to ensure compliance to the scheduling demands of the contract.

    Tuesday, Jan. 12 Hyatt Regency Crystal City 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fairfax Room Arlington, VA 22202 9:00 a.m. -- Aegis: The Mainstay of the Surface Navy's Combatant Strategy

    Presented by Lisa Callahan, vice president for Lockheed Martin Maritime Missile Defense Programs; Nick Bucci, director, Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Development Programs; Jim Sheridan, director, Lockheed Martin U.S. Navy Aegis Programs; and Rick Rushton, director, Lockheed Martin Business Development

    Lockheed Martin representatives will hold an open discussion with reporters about recent 2009 Aegis milestones -- including Aegis Open Architecture, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and our international partnerships -- along with an informative look ahead to expected Aegis events in 2010.

    9:30 a.m. -- BMD-Flex: Open System Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Domestic and International Defense Market

    Presented by Rick Rushton, director, Business Development, Lockheed Martin MS2

    Lockheed Martin and Danish defense industry leader Terma A/S have responded to the U.S. Navy's challenge to develop an integrated air and missile defense capability built on an open, flexible, modular set of software components for the domestic and international defense market. Lockheed Martin will provide a background on the program and explain how BMD-Flex components are already in use by the Royal Danish Army today and are in the field with NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    10:00 a.m. -- Delivering Results on SEWIP

    Presented by Joe Ottaviano, manager, Advanced Electronic Warfare Programs, Lockheed Martin Radar Systems

    On Sept. 30, the U.S. Navy selected Lockheed Martin to provide the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 Upgrade -- an evolutionary series of enhancements to its SLQ-32 EW system and a next-generation of EW systems for surface ships, which will significantly improve the ability to detect threats to the fleet. Lockheed Martin will talk to its progress so far and how it remains on track to deliver a preliminary design to the Navy by June 2010.

    12:00 p.m. -- Littoral Combat Ship... A Needed Capability

    Presented by Paul Lemmo, vice president, Business Development, Lockheed Martin MS2

    With a live feed from Marinette Marine Corporation Shipyard, Lockheed Martin will provide an update on its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program and the construction of Ft. Worth (LCS 3), as well as how its team stands ready to support the Navy's single-design acquisition plan for 10 more ships, while introducing increased affordability into the program. As the Navy prepares to deploy USS Freedom (LCS 1) two years early and introduce a modular capability to support wide ranging missions, more than 85 percent of Ft. Worth is currently under construction.

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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    Luminex Corporation to Present at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Luminex Corporation today announced that management will present at the 28th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference to be held January 11-15, 2010, in San Francisco, CA.

    The investor presentation by Patrick J. Balthrop, president and chief executive officer, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time (11:30 a.m. Eastern time) on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed at Luminex Corporation's website at Simply log on to the web at the address above, go to the Company section and access the Investor Relations link. Please go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the event to register, download and install any necessary audio/video software. If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the presentation will be archived for six months on the website using the 'replay' link.


    Luminex Corporation develops, manufactures and markets proprietary biological testing technologies with applications throughout the diagnostic and life sciences industries. The Company's xMAP® multiplex solutions include an open-architecture, multi-analyte technology platform that delivers fast, accurate and cost-effective bioassay results to markets as diverse as pharmaceutical drug discovery, clinical diagnostics and biomedical research, including the genomics and proteomics markets. The Company's xMAP Technology is sold worldwide and is already in use in leading clinical laboratories as well as major pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology companies. Further information on Luminex Corporation or xMAP technology can be obtained at

    Statements made in this release that express Luminex's or management's intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of future events are forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "will," "could," "should" and similar expressions are intended to further identify such forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is important to note that the Company's actual results or performance could differ materially from those anticipated or projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Luminex's actual results or performance to differ materially include risks and uncertainties relating to, among others, market demand and acceptance of Luminex's products, the Company's dependence on strategic partners for development, commercialization and distribution of products, concentration of the Company's revenue in a limited number of strategic partners, fluctuations in quarterly results due to a lengthy and unpredictable sales cycle and bulk purchases of consumables, Luminex's ability to scale manufacturing operations and manage operating expenses, gross margins and inventory levels, potential shortages of components, competition, the timing of regulatory approvals, the implementation, including any modification, of the Company's strategic operating plans, risks and uncertainties associated with implementing our acquisition strategy and the ability to integrate acquired companies or selected assets into our consolidated business operations, as well as the risks discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Luminex's Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of Luminex as of the date of this press release, and Luminex expressly disclaims any intent, obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in Luminex's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

    Contacts: Harriss T. Currie Mimi Torrington Vice President, Finance and Chief Director of Investor Financial Officer Relations 512-219-8020 512-219-8020

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    AT&T Offers Winter Storm Tips for Georgians

    ATLANTA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With freezing temperatures and an expected forecast of snow across metro Atlanta and Coastal, Middle and Southern Georgia this week, AT&T* is providing important communications tips for use before, during and after a storm.

    AT&T realizes the important role that communications plays in an emergency situation, and has invested millions of dollars to toughen its networks and further bolster its disaster recovery capabilities. AT&T is committed to keeping its customers connected, and has taken steps to ensure its wireless networks are ready.

    AT&T Winter Storm Tips:

    Have a family communications plan in place. Designate someone out of the area as a central contact, and make certain that all family members know whom to contact if they become separated. Most important, practice your emergency plan in advance.

    Use text messaging. During a peak emergency situation, text messages will often go through quicker than voice calls because they require less network resources. All of AT&T's wireless devices are text messaging capable.

    Take advantage of weather text-alert programs. AT&T participates in a number of text alert school closing notification programs. AT&T's customers should check their local news websites to see if weather related text alert programs are available in their area.

    Make sure you have a "Winter Storm Phone." It is a good idea to have a wireless phone on hand and at least one corded (landline) telephone that is not dependent on electricity in case of a power outage. Cordless telephones usually have receivers that require electricity, so they won't work if you lose your power.

    Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

    Program all of your emergency contact numbers and e-mail addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as your family members.

    Keep your wireless phone's battery charged at all times. Have an alternative plan to recharge your battery in case of a power outage, such as charging your wireless device by using a car charger or having extra charged mobile phone batteries or disposable mobile phone batteries on hand.

    Keep your wireless phone dry. The biggest threat to your device during a storm is water, so keep your equipment safe from the elements by storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering.

    Track the storm and access weather information on your wireless device. Many homes lose power during severe weather. If you have a wireless device that provides access to the Internet, you can watch weather reports and get regular updates on your phone.

    Take advantage of location-based mapping technology. Services such as AT&T Navigator and AT&T FamilyMap can help you avoid traffic congestion from downed trees or power lines, as well as track a family member's wireless device in case you get separated.

    Use your camera phone, take photos -- even video clips -- of damaged property for your insurance company from your device.

    AT&T monitors and maintains its networks 24/7 and conducts readiness drills throughout the year to ensure that the networks and personnel are ready to respond in a moment's notice.

    AT&T's wireless network storm preparations include: -- Adding capacity to the wireless network to accommodate increased call volume. -- Routine testing of high-capacity backup batteries located at every cell site. -- Topping off generators with fuel at cell sites and central and field-level switching facilities. -- Staging mobile cell sites and portable generators in safe locations for their immediate deployment once a storm has passed. -- Expanding the number of fixed power generators at our wireless cell sites. These permanent generators are in addition to the battery backup power that we have at every wireless cell site across Georgia.

    AT&T representatives at any of its more than 60 Georgia retail store locations can provide additional tips for charging extra cell phone batteries and learning to text. More information on AT&T's disaster preparedness can be found at:

    *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

    © 2010 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.

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    Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

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    Continental Resources Continues to Improve Initial Well Production Rates in the North Dakota BakkenHendrickson 1-36H Sets New Company Production Record for Bakken Company-Operated 4Q09 Three Forks/Sanish Wells Average 1,242 Barrels of Oil Equivalent per Day

    ENID, Okla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. today announced a 29 percent increase in initial production rates for fourth quarter 2009 wells completed in the North Dakota Bakken Shale play, compared with initial well rates for the third quarter of 2009.


    Continental participated in completing 17 gross wells (6.3 net) in North Dakota in the fourth quarter of 2009. They produced an average 980 Boepd (barrels of oil equivalent per day) during their initial seven-day test periods, compared with an average of 761 Boepd for the third quarter of 2009. The Company noted that final well results for the fourth quarter of 2009 may vary slightly when it reports year-end results, because data from a few additional wells are still being collected and may be reported as fourth quarter 2009 completions.

    On a year-over-year basis, the 980 Boepd initial production average for these fourth quarter 2009 wells was 80 percent higher than the average of 546 Boepd for wells completed in the fourth quarter of 2008.

    All initial production period results in this press release are seven consecutive day averages.

    Continental-operated wells produced even stronger results for the fourth quarter of 2009. Continental completed eight gross wells (4.6 net) in North Dakota during the quarter, with six gross wells targeting the Three Forks/Sanish (TFS) zone:

    -- Hendrickson 1-36H (95% WI) in McKenzie Co. - 1,990 Boepd; -- Simmental 1-21H (59% WI) in McKenzie Co. - 1,271 Boepd; -- Hartman 1-28H (37% WI) in Dunn Co. - 1,225 Boepd; -- Tande 1-23H (47% WI) in Williams Co. - 1,148 Boepd; -- Schroeder 1-34H (53% WI) in Divide Co. - 915 Boepd; -- Cuskelly 1-7H (47% WI) in Dunn Co. - 901 Boepd.

    "These are outstanding results, with our TFS wells averaging 1,242 Boepd in their initial production test periods," said Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The Hendrickson 1-36H in McKenzie County established a new single-well record for Continental with initial production of 1,990 Boepd."

    In terms of the Continental-operated wells, completions involved 18 frac stages and approximately 100,000 pounds of sand and proppant injected per stage. In addition, the Company noted that its two strongest wells for the quarter, the Hendrickson 1-36H and Simmental 1-21H, are in northeast McKenzie Co., an area in the Bakken where the Company acquired additional acreage in 2009.

    Continental's drilling efficiency for the fourth quarter of 2009 remained in line with its third quarter 2009 results, averaging approximately 24 days from spud to rig release.

    Continental's dual-reservoir development in the North Dakota Bakken play continued in the fourth quarter with the completion of the Omar 2-1H (46% WI) in Williams County.

    The Omar 2-1H targeted the Middle Bakken zone and produced 694 Boepd in its initial test period. It was drilled parallel to and offset from the Omar 1-1H, which was completed as a TFS producer in the third quarter of 2008. The Omar 1-1H has produced a cumulative 137.3 Mboe as of year-end 2009.

    The Company also announced the completion of the Traxel 1-31H (74% WI) well in Mercer County, an exploratory test on the southeastern perimeter of the Bakken play, where there has been minimal drilling activity. The Traxel 1-31H was horizontally drilled and completed in the Scallion limestone zone, which is located immediately above the Upper Bakken shale zone, and produced 71 Boepd in its initial test period. The Company initially tested the Middle Bakken shale zone, but did not encounter significant oil shows.

    "This discovery in the Scallion limestone establishes the potential for another producing reservoir in the Bakken petroleum system of the Williston Basin. Productivity would have to increase for it to be economic," Mr. Hamm said. Continental plans to monitor activity by other operators in this part of the play before drilling additional test wells.

    The Company has begun drilling its first operated well in western Williams County, North Dakota, where other operators have recently reported strong well results.

    In the past six months, Continental has acquired an additional 70,000 net acres in leases strategically located on the western and eastern edges of the Nesson Anticline, as well as expanding westward into Williams County. Continental currently has 483,000 net acres leased in the North Dakota Bakken.

    Mr. Hamm noted that Continental's drilling program is accelerating rapidly, as planned. "We increased to 12 operated rigs overall at year-end 2009, with seven of those in the North Dakota Bakken," Mr. Hamm said. "We plan to increase to 23 operated rigs by mid-2010, at which time we plan to have 15 in the North Dakota Bakken. Six rigs will be focused on ECO-Pad development in the play."

    The Company's ECO-Pad(TM) concept consists of a single drilling pad located on the shared boundary of abutting north/south, 1,280-acre spacing units. Four wells will be drilled from each ECO-Pad, with one Middle Bakken and one Three Forks/Sanish well each into the north unit, and a similar pair of wells drilled into the south unit. The ECO-Pad approach is expected to reduce well cost and to allow for a longer horizontal bore in each well, generating higher initial productivity and reserves.

    "We're very excited at our opportunity to grow production and proved reserves in North Dakota in 2010. With continued strength in crude oil prices, we look forward to accelerating our activity and setting the stage for additional growth in 2011," Mr. Hamm said.

    Conference Presentations Continental management plans to present at the following research conferences: January 7, 2010 Pritchard Capital 7th Annual Energize Conference, San Francisco March 8-10, 2010 Raymond James 31st Annual Institutional Investors Conference, Orlando Presentation materials will be available on the Company's web site on the day of each presentation.

    Continental Resources is a crude-oil concentrated, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The Company focuses its operations in large new and developing plays where horizontal drilling, advanced fracture stimulation and enhanced recovery technologies provide the means to economically develop and produce oil and natural gas reserves from unconventional formations.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release includes forward-looking information that is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. All information, other than historical facts included in this press release, regarding strategy, future operations, drilling plans, estimated reserves, future production, estimated capital expenditures, projected costs, the potential of drilling prospects and other plans and objectives of management are forward-looking information. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Although the Company believes that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated due to many factors, including oil and natural gas prices, industry conditions, drilling results, uncertainties in estimating reserves, uncertainties in estimating future production from enhanced recovery operations, availability of drilling rigs and other services, availability of crude oil and natural gas transportation capacity, availability of capital resources and other factors listed in reports we have filed or may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    CONTACT:Continental Resources, Inc. J. Warren Henry Brian Engel Investors Media (580) 548-5127 (580) 249-4731

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    FDA Seizes More Than $1 Million Worth of Food From Nashville Food Processor and WarehouseAgency acts to prevent distribution of food from rodent-infested facility

    SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized bulk restaurant food products at Won Feng Trading Company, a food processor and warehouse in Nashville, Tenn. The products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they have been held under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth. The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions.

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    U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated foods, including a wide variety of bulk restaurant foods, such as 44-pound bags of rice, fresh produce and frozen food products that are susceptible to contamination by rodents, insects, or other filth.

    The agency has not received any reports of consumer illnesses.

    Won Feng receives food from throughout the United States and distributes its products within the state of Tennessee. The FDA estimates the value of the seized goods to be more than $1 million. U.S. Marshals executed this seizure pursuant to a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

    "The violations at Won Feng Trading are both serious and repetitive," said Michael Chappell, the FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA will take actions against any food companies that fail to provide adequate safeguards to ensure that products they produce or hold for sale remain free of contamination."

    The FDA had previously issued a Warning Letter to Won Feng in May 2009, citing numerous deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements, including ineffective measures taken by the firm to exclude pests. The firm stated in a June response to the FDA that it had corrected the violations cited in the Warning Letter.

    In a follow-up inspection completed in November 2009, the FDA investigators found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation in the building, including live and dead rodents, rodent hair, rodent nesting material, evidence of rodent-gnawed food, and rodent urine. The FDA investigators also observed insect filth and live birds in the building, and found that the building had defects that could allow pests to enter food storage areas.

    These unsanitary conditions and practices led to today's seizure action. Media Inquiries: Tom Gasparoli, 301-796-4737, Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

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    Magnum Closes Institutional Financing Totaling $3,500,000

    HUDSON, Colo., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magnum D'Or Resources, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MDOR) (the "Company"), announces the closing of $3.5MM of Senior Secured Convertible Notes due December 2010 with institutional investors. Furthermore, the capital raise was completed at fair market value at a conversion price of $1.21 per share, the closing price of its MDOR.OB on Dec 21, 2009.

    As previously announced the net proceeds of the financing will be used for general corporate purposes that include procuring equipment to complete production facilities at Hudson, infrastructure improvements, and additional heavy equipment.

    Joseph Glusic, President & CEO of Magnum stated, "Anyone that has had to raise commercial financing in the current economic climate can appreciate the significance of this event. The fact that the terms are 'at market' and were not discounted implies the strength and potential of the Company. The fact that these institutional investors also chose to accept additional warrants at 'market price' indicates the support and commitment that these institutional investors have in Magnum. The warrants issued with this transaction alone can potentially generate an additional $8.75 MM over the next five years for the Company."

    Glusic went on to say, "This financing will allow us to accelerate our production schedule and increase capacity more expeditiously than if we relied on internal funding. This year, 2010, looks to be an exciting year for Magnum."

    On another note, financing sought through 'the SIMCO Group' is still proceeding forward although it has been delayed several times. Magnum will update the market on the current status of this funding avenue in the near future.

    Magnum would also like to take this opportunity to thank Michel Boux for his passion and tireless efforts exhibited during the start-up of the Magog facility. Mr. Boux has recently stepped down from his Vice President and Director positions due to personal reasons, but will continue to assist the Company on a consulting basis for the foreseeable future. Mr. Marc Boulerice has stepped in to fulfill the vacancy and has worked through the transition over the last several months to ensure a smooth and orderly transfer of responsibilities.

    Mr. Boulerice is bilingual in French-English having twenty years of experience as a Director of Manufacturing. Established quality controls for 200 active injection molds, personnel assessment, supervision, and trained staff (50) on three shifts 7 days a week. College Certified in Quality Integral Management ISO 9000 standards, 15+ years experience in the retail business, expertise in inventory control, management supervision, quality control, and implementation strategist. Mr. Boulerice has expertise in developing, strategic planning, managing budgets, establishing performance indices, task analysis and workload. Develop and prepare the schedule for internal and external audits.

    Updated Photos: SRI visits the Magnum USA facility to plan for Magnum/SRI Next Generation Custom Compounds:

    About MDOR: Magnum's positioned to become a global leader in rubber recycling solutions by utilizing proprietary "Green" technology that provides a one-of-a-kind resolution to all of the challenges in eliminating stockpiles of rubber scrap & tires worldwide. Through its partner SRI (, Magnum controls exclusive rights to a variety of Next Generation technologies & patents that could potentially revolutionize the rubber recycling industry Worldwide. Magnum/SRI are currently using these technologies to produce next generation custom compounds, retread compounds, processing aids, advanced state-of-the-art equipment, and reactivated ambient/cryogenic rubber powders for the global market. Magnum/SRI premium compounds can be substituted in high specification compound applications with no appreciable loss in properties or performance, thus adding a substantial & meaningful reduction in raw material cost for clients without compromising product performance and quality.

    Magnum's Quebec facility is 98,000+ sq. ft. and currently produces rubber buffing, nuggets, and crumb from recycled scrap tires. Company holds over $130 Million USD in open contracts.

    Magnum's Colorado facility consists of 120 acres of commercially zoned land, buildings, equipment, and inventory of roughly 30 to 40 million tires. The facility is one of the largest tire landfills in the world.

    Magnum Engineering International ('MEI'): is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magnum specializing in developing turnkey recycling plants and complete environmental & economical 'Green' solutions.

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    Contact: Magnum D'Or Resources, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL 1-954-315-3883 Green Tech International Advisors Corporate and Business Strategies 1-561-674-2169

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