Companies news of 2011-01-06 (page 2)

  • comScore Reports November 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market ShareGoogle Android Reaches...
  • Consumer Electronics' Industry Veteran Tom Campbell Joins Family Cyber Security Leader...
  • Saints Medical Center and ZOLL Medical Corporation Enter Collaborative AgreementHospital...
  • Send Destinations On-the-Go with Mercedes-Benz mbrace(TM)New service adds innovative ways...
  • DISH Network First Pay-TV Provider to Give Customers Ability to Watch Their Live TV on...
  • Manchester Dental Education Centre choisit Mediasite pour l'enregistrement de conférences...
  • FDA Launches Website To Help Regulated Industries Save Time, Resources
  • Cooper Industries to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results
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    comScore Reports November 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market ShareGoogle Android Reaches #2 Spot among Smartphone Platforms

    RESTON, Va., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending November 2010. The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber's primary mobile phone. The November report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.5 percent market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 33.5 percent market share.


    OEM Market Share

    For the three month average period ending in November, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 24.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, up 0.9 percentage points from the three month period ending in August. LG ranked second with 20.9 percent share, followed by Motorola (17.0 percent), RIM (8.8 percent) and Nokia (7.2 percent).

    Top Mobile OEMs --------------- 3 Month Avg. Ending Nov. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 ---------------------------------------------- Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+ -------------------------------------- Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers ------------------- Point Aug-10 Nov-10 Change ------ ------ ------ Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A ------------ ----- ----- --- Samsung 23.6% 24.5% 0.9 ------- ---- ---- --- LG 21.2% 20.9% -0.3 --- ---- ---- ---- Motorola 18.8% 17.0% -1.8 -------- ---- ---- ---- RIM 9.0% 8.8% -0.2 --- --- --- ---- Nokia 7.6% 7.2% -0.4 ----- --- --- ----

    Smartphone Platform Market Share

    61.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in November, up 10 percent from the preceding three-month period, as RIM led with 33.5 percent market share of smartphones. After several months of strong growth, Google Android captured the #2 ranking among smartphone platforms in November with 26.0 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Apple accounted for 25.0 percent of smartphone subscribers (up 0.8 percentage points), followed by Microsoft with 9.0 percent and Palm with 3.9 percent.

    Top Smartphone Platforms ------------------------ 3 Month Avg. Ending Nov. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 ---------------------------------------------- Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+ ------------------------------------------ Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers ----------------------- Point Aug-10 Nov-10 Change ------ ------ ------ Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A ---------------- ----- ----- --- RIM 37.6% 33.5% -4.1 --- ---- ---- ---- Google 19.6% 26.0% 6.4 ------ ---- ---- --- Apple 24.2% 25.0% 0.8 ----- ---- ---- --- Microsoft 10.8% 9.0% -1.8 --------- ---- --- ---- Palm 4.6% 3.9% -0.7 ---- --- --- ----

    Mobile Content Usage

    In November, 67.1 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 0.5 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 35.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 0.8 percentage points). Subscribers who used downloaded applications comprised 33.4 percent of the mobile audience, representing an increase of 1.1 percentage points. Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.0 percentage points, representing 23.5 percent of mobile subscribers. Playing games attracted 22.6 percent of the mobile audience while listening to music attracted 15.0 percent.

    Mobile Content Usage -------------------- 3 Month Avg. Ending Nov. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 ---------------------------------------------- Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+ -------------------------------------- Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers -------------------- Point Aug-10 Nov-10 Change ------ ------ ------ Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A ------------ ----- ----- --- Sent text message to another phone 66.6% 67.1% 0.5 -------------------- ---- ---- --- Used browser 34.5% 35.3% 0.8 ------------ ---- ---- --- Used downloaded apps 32.3% 33.4% 1.1 -------------------- ---- ---- --- Accessed social networking site or blog 22.5% 23.5% 1.0 ------------------- ---- ---- --- Played Games 23.0% 22.6% -0.4 ------------ ---- ---- ---- Listened to music on mobile phone 14.7% 15.0% 0.3 -------------------- ---- ---- ---

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    Consumer Electronics' Industry Veteran Tom Campbell Joins Family Cyber Security Leader Safe Communications as Senior Advisor-Board Member

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe Communications, Inc., a leader in secure advanced technology for family communication, today announced that tech expert Tom Campbell has joined their team as a senior advisor-board member. Campbell, who is internationally recognized as a technology counselor to both the public and private sectors, has served as White House technology advisor in three administrations and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and special recognition on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

    Over the years, Campbell has also worked with leading manufacturers in the national launch of a number of new products, including the compact disc, GPS, and DVD. Most recently, Campbell introduced high-definition television and 3D TV to the U.S. His technology strategies have supported countless events, including Presidential debates and inaugurations, political conventions and industry events.

    "We're most excited to have Tom join our board given his vast experience in technology and communications," said John Venners, President, Safe Communications, Inc. "He will be a valuable asset to our continued growth in secure family communication initiatives."

    Safe Communications is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to launch their free filter program that helps thwart cyberbullying , sexting and other inappropriate language to children. Improper words and unknown contacts sent to kids' computer e-mails and cell phone texts are forwarded directly to parent accounts to help manage their children's relationship to the Internet.

    About Safe Communications, Inc.

    Safe provides open and secure family communications that are in step with today's advances in the social media. While protecting our most precious asset, our children, our systems are designed to enhance the quality and frequency of day-to-day communications among family members. We allow users to experience the marvel of advanced technology without fear or danger.

    Investor Contact: Murdock Capital 212-421-2545 Alan "Skip" Davidson 702-868-7855

    Safe Communications, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sean McCabe, Pinkston Group, +1-703-260-1076,, for Safe Communications; Corporate Contact: John
    Venners, President and CEO, Safe Communications Inc., +1-480-385-3893,

    Saints Medical Center and ZOLL Medical Corporation Enter Collaborative AgreementHospital Adopts R Series Resuscitation Solution to Drive Outcome Improvement

    LOWELL, Mass., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saints Medical Center, a leading non-profit healthcare facility in the Greater Lowell area, is pleased to announce it has entered into a multi-faceted agreement with ZOLL Medical Corporation of Chelmsford, Mass., a leader in comprehensive hospital and EMS resuscitation solutions. This agreement includes the Saints-based EMS service working with ZOLL to collaborate on and test new product concepts and technology concepts.

    Recently Saints purchased ZOLL R Series(R) "Simple, Smart, Ready" defibrillators as a part the hospital's resuscitation solution to improve survival-to-discharge results. The R Series makes code-readiness possible for every hospital department with its advanced, cost-effective defibrillation capabilities. In addition, Saints also recently acquired ZOLL technology for its EMS service, which will allow for a more seamless delivery of care from the pre-hospital to the intra-hospital environment.

    "ZOLL selected Saints Medical Center to be a partner because their operation embodies a commitment to healthcare excellence provided by a dedicated team of highly skilled paramedics and emergency providers who have proven their ability to effectively respond in critical care situations," said Jonathan A. Rennert, President of ZOLL. "This partnership will be most beneficial in our continued effort to bring the most innovative, outcome-improving technology to the communities they serve."

    "We are continually advancing our capabilities to provide Lowell and the surrounding communities with the most up-to-date and advanced life saving technology possible," said Stephen Guimond, CEO, Saints Medical Center.

    The need for advanced cardiac resuscitation technology in the Greater Lowell area is huge. Last year Saints' paramedic team received the largest number of calls per vehicle in the entire state. "We have been waiting for the technology offered in ZOLL's innovative products for twenty years," said Saints Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Gary DeLong. "We are now able to better respond to and care for the clinical needs of patients experiencing a cardiac emergency. With ZOLL's advanced product capabilities, we anticipate improved outcomes. In addition, our very progressive EMS team looks forward to participating with ZOLL in new product and technology development.

    Saints is the second largest hospital-based provider of 9-1-1 Advanced Life Support response in Massachusetts serving Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

    Other new technology that Saints Medical Center has deployed in order to save lives includes therapeutic hypothermia, the RESQPOD(TM) threshold impedance device, and EZIO(TM) intraosseous vascular access devices. The utilization of these devices in the field has greatly improved cardiac patient neurological outcomes. In the past few years Saints Medical Center has received recognition for its exemplary "door to balloon" process based on its ability to diagnose and treat acute cardiac situations.

    About ZOLL Medical Corporation

    ZOLL Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies which help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care.

    A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company in 2007, 2008, and 2009, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe. For more information, visit


    About Saints Medical Center

    Saints Medical Center is a not-for-profit, full service, acute care community hospital serving greater-Lowell and the Merrimack Valley since 1839. A 163-bed licensed medical center, Saints provides advance health services to 315,000 residents in 25 towns. With nearly 400 physicians and 1,400 employees, Saints Medical Center is well known for outstanding medical care and patient-centered facilities including its Centers of Excellence in Cancer Care, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular Services and Women's Health. Saints also offers community-based care at several ambulatory sites and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community. Saints has clinical affiliations with leading Boston academic medical centers and is proud to be one of the top-rated hospitals in Massachusetts according to the Joint Commission.

    Copyright (C) 2010 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. 269 Mill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105. R Series and ZOLL are registered trademarks of ZOLL Medical Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

    Contact: Joe M. Grillo Kevin Coughlin Nicolazzo & Associates Saints Medical Center 617-951-0000 978-458-1411 617-429-6933 (cell) 978-697-1487 (cell)

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    Send Destinations On-the-Go with Mercedes-Benz mbrace(TM)New service adds innovative ways to interact with the vehicle and expands mbrace communication to 'friends' and 'family'

    ATLANTA, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) announces a new mbrace(TM) service planned to launch in early 2011. Developed by its partner, Hughes Telematics, Inc. ("HTI"), , the new feature allows customers to safely and conveniently send destinations to their Mercedes-Benz in-vehicle navigation system. Also included is an innovative networking function called Drive2Friend(TM), which enables customers to connect and navigate to contacts and/or "friends."

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    The new mbrace service extends remote access beyond traditional map websites, offering nine different ways to send destinations to Mercedes-Benz vehicles. mbrace customers can experience enhanced flexibility, using the new service to send destinations with a new mbrace Mobile Application feature, website and browser toolbar widget.

    "The convenience of mbrace is once again extended beyond the vehicle, giving Mercedes-Benz customers the freedom to enjoy personalized service even when they're not in the driver's seat," said Sascha Simon, head of advanced product planning, MBUSA. "This unique upgrade integrates the Web and smartphone with the vehicle's navigation system to provide an easy way for our customers to connect with their contacts."

    Specifically, as an update to the mbrace Mobile Application, the new mbrace service provides options for customers to search and send points of interest, directly enter an address, send contacts from their contact book as well as send current location all from the palm of their hands. The new app also allows customers to use the Drive2Friend feature to send requests to their "friends."

    "As mobile apps and networking become more prevalent in the marketplace, it is our goal to work with Mercedes-Benz to remain at the forefront with connected innovation integrated within the vehicle and beyond," said Erik Goldman, president, HTI. "The new mbrace service and Drive2Friend feature provide new and exciting ways for customers to stay connected -- not only to their vehicles but also with friends and family."

    About Mercedes-Benz USA

    Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.

    MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at and

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    About HTI

    Hughes Telematics, Inc. ("HTI") is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services. The company offers a portfolio of location-based services for consumers, manufacturers, fleets and dealers through two-way wireless connectivity. In-Drive, HTI's aftermarket solution, offers safety, security, convenience, maintenance and data services. Networkfleet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HTI located in San Diego, Ca., offers remote vehicle diagnostics, an integrated GPS tracking and emissions monitoring system for wireless fleet vehicle management. A majority owned subsidiary of HTI, Lifecomm, located in Atlanta, Ga., plans to offer mobile personal emergency response services through a wearable lightweight device with one-touch access to emergency assistance. Additional information about HTI can be found at

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    HTI, +1-770-649-0880, ext. 307, or Mobile, +1-770-329-1479,

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    DISH Network First Pay-TV Provider to Give Customers Ability to Watch Their Live TV on Android TabletsFree DISH Remote Access App Transforms Android Tablet into a TV

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DISH Network L.L.C., today announced that DISH Remote Access, the free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops, is now optimized for the higher-pixel Android(TM) tablet screens.


    DISH Network customers with a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled(TM) device such as the Sling Adapter(TM) - a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP(R) 722 or 722k HD DVRs - can enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on Android tablets.

    "DISH Network is the only pay-TV provider to offer a true TV everywhere solution, and now we've optimized that experience for the larger screen size of the Android tablets," said DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr. "Now Dish Network customers can enjoy their TV Everywhere experience on tablets like the Galaxy Tab, as well as the dozens of new Android-based tablet devices soon to be introduced."

    In addition to TV viewing, the DISH Remote Access app also gives DISH Network customers with compatible DVRs the ability to browse and search up to nine days of programming, schedule DVR recordings, manage conflicts, delete shows on multiple receivers, and transform the Android tablet into a fully-functioning remote control.

    The DISH Remote Access app for Android tablets can be downloaded for free through the Android Market. DISH Remote Access is also available on compatible iPad, iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), Android mobile phones and Blackberry(R) devices.

    For more information about DISH Remote Access, visit

    About DISH Network

    DISH Network Corporation , through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides more than 14.2 million satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2010, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy industry-leading customer satisfaction, the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit

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    Manchester Dental Education Centre choisit Mediasite pour l'enregistrement de conférences et la webdiffusion d'événements- La technologie d'enregistrement de conférence Mediasite est sélectionnée pour créer un centre d'éducation moderne

    MADISON, Wisconsin, January 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC) a élargi son audience en ajoutant Mediasite par Sonic Foundry, Inc. , le leader reconnu du marché pour la webdiffusion de média enrichi, l'enregistrement de conférence et la gestion des connaissances, à son offre de technologie pédagogique.

    << La plateforme de webdiffusion de Mediasite nous permet d'explorer davantage de technologie éducative moderne >>, a déclaré le Dr Craig Barclay, directeur de l'éducation pour MANDEC. << Nous sommes réellement un centre éducatif traditionnel en ce qui concerne la présentation d'exposés magistraux ; les gens se présentent, écoutent et rentrent chez eux, ou se présentent pour leurs cours, s'instruisent et rentrent chez eux. Les gens utilisent différents types d'outils pédagogiques en ligne, Mediasite permet à ceux qui cherchent une éducation, une plus grande flexibilité dans la manière dont ils peuvent y accéder. Cette technologie éducative nous a permis d'envisager d'autres moyens de dispenser un enseignement sans que les gens aient à se présenter au centre. >>

    Ouvert depuis 1997, MANDEC utilise Mediasite pour prodiguer des études supérieures et une formation professionnelle continue pour les dentistes, les hygiénistes et les techniciens. Depuis son emplacement à l'étage supérieur d'une école d'art dentaire à Manchester, en Angleterre, MANDEC réalise également la webdiffusion de travail clinique en direct du centre de formation vers ses délégués. Récemment, le centre a commencé à utiliser Mediasite pour élargir son audience pour le contenu pédagogique, les conférenciers réputés et des événements.

    << Je pense que cela ne sert à rien de faire plusieurs centaines de miles pour présenter une conférence dans une petite communauté ou une petite partie de la Grande-Bretagne, lorsque nous pouvons couvrir un auditoire beaucoup plus important à l'intérieur du Royaume-Uni ou dans l'ensemble de l'Europe. Mediasite a offert la possibilité d'avoir une séance qui peut être consultée par bien plus de gens à l'extérieur, qu'en personne au centre >>, a déclaré le Dr Barclay.

    Au printemps dernier, le Dr Barclay a organisé une séance à Glasgow, en Écosse, où plusieurs centaines de dentistes se sont réunis pour entendre 12 conférenciers internationaux présenter leurs travaux portant sur l'implantologie dentaire. Le conférencier principal est tombé malade la veille de la conférence et il était incapable de donner sa conférence devant un auditoire. Huit mois plus tard, de retour à Glasgow pour un autre événement, le professeur Tomas Albrektsson, réputé pour ses travaux concernant les implants dentaires, a accepté de présenter son exposé.

    << L'obstacle principal, c'était qu'un grand nombre de délégués qui se sont d'abord présentés à la conférence printanière, demeurent dans diverses régions du Royaume-Uni, il allait donc être très difficile pour l'ensemble de ces personnes qui s'étaient regroupées en mars, de se réunir à nouveau à Glasgow en novembre pour une seule conférence >>, a déclaré le Dr Barclay.

    Il a fait appel à Mediasite pour une solution hybride d'événements. Le Dr Barclay a invité les délégués à des salles de conférences existantes à Londres, Manchester et Glasgow, et a employé Mediasite pour diffuser en direct la conférence et la projeter dans chacun des sites éloignés sur un réseau protégé.

    << C'est un système extrêmement ingénieux. J'aime la manière dont les gens qui sont éloignés peuvent quand même interroger le conférencier via la fonction de requête de Mediasite et plusieurs personnes l'ont employée. Le professeur Albrektsson a été impressionné par le fait qu'il faisait sa présentation à Glasgow et qu'il était interrogé à partir de Londres >>, a déclaré le Dr Barclay. << Le personnel de Sonic Foundry a joué un rôle important en nous aidant à faire de l'événement une réussite. >>

    << Nous sommes très heureux d'appuyer les efforts pour développer la technologie éducative de MANDEC, et nous nous réjouissons de l'expansion continue de la webdiffusion de média enrichi pour rejoindre de nouveaux auditoires, à la fois dans les salles de classe, pour le perfectionnement professionnel et au-delà >>, a déclaré Rimas Buinevicius, président et directeur général de Sonic Foundry.

    À propos de Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

    Sonic Foundry est le leader mondial de la webdiffusion de média enrichi et de la gestion de connaissances, en fournissant des solutions de communication d'entreprise dans les domaines de l'éducation, commerciale et administrative. Dirigée par Mediasite, la plateforme brevetée de webdiffusion qui automatise l'enregistrement, la gestion, la distribution et la recherche de conférences, de formations en ligne et de sessions d'information, Sonic Foundry permet aux personnes de transformer leur manière de communiquer. Grâce à sa plateforme Mediasite et à son groupe << Events Services >>, la société aide les clients à raccorder un monde dynamique et changeant de connaissances partagées, et imagine un avenir où les étudiants et les travailleurs du monde entier utiliseront la webdiffusion pour réduire le temps et la distance, accélérer la recherche et améliorer les performances. Les noms de produits ou de services mentionnés dans le présent document sont des marques de commerce de Sonic Foundry, Inc. ou de leurs propriétaires respectifs.

    Certaines déclarations contenues dans ce communiqué de presse qui ne sont pas des faits historiques constituent des énoncés prospectifs. Étant donné que ces énoncés prospectifs comportent certains risques et incertitudes, les résultats réels pourraient être sensiblement différents de ceux indiqués directement ou indirectement par ces énoncés prospectifs. Certains des facteurs qui pourraient causer un écart entre les résultats réels et les énoncés de ce communiqué incluent, en partie seulement, les incertitudes que l'on associe avec l'acceptation future des produits de Sonic Foundry par le marché, sa capacité à obtenir des revenus considérables dans les services et/ou les systèmes de médias, l'impact des nouveaux concurrents dans son marché, l'intégration des activités rachetées et les autres facteurs de risque identifiés périodiquement dans ses rapports déposés auprès de la Commission des opérations de bourse (Securities and Exchange Commission).

    Sonic Foundry, Inc.

    CONTACT: Tammy Kramer de Sonic Foundry, Inc., +1-608-237-8592,

    FDA Launches Website To Help Regulated Industries Save Time, Resources

    New FDA report contains 19 action items to improve transparency to companies

    SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today introduced a new Web resource called FDA Basics for Industry ( to help companies and others save time and resources in their interactions with the agency.


    The website includes basic information about the regulatory process, including information that is frequently requested by industry.

    "Clarity and consistency are pillars of an effective regulatory system that efficiently regulates products essential to health," said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. "In order to succeed, the FDA must clearly communicate standards and expectations to the industries it regulates."

    Part of the agency's ongoing transparency initiative, the site is one of the 19 action items contained in a 46-page report titled "FDA Transparency Initiative: Improving Transparency to Regulated Industry." Other action items include:

    --  setting an agency-wide expectation that e-mail questions to the FDA
    involving the regulatory process will, whenever possible, receive an
    answer within five business days, or a response stating when an answer
    can be expected
    --  making agency presentations at key meetings widely available
    --  developing and executing a project to promote uniform processes and
    procedures across field districts.

    The entire list of action items contained in the report is available here.

    "We have heard from small and large companies about the need for the FDA to more clearly communicate about its standards and expectations - both for regulated products generally and for specific applications," said Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., chairman of the agency's Transparency Task Force.

    The report also contains five draft proposals to improve FDA's transparency to regulated industry. The draft proposals, available for public comment for 60 days, include publishing a timeline on the FDA website for high priority guidance documents in development. The FDA would disclose dates for publication of the draft guidance, receipt of public comments, and publication of the final guidance.

    Commissioner Hamburg launched the FDA's Transparency Initiative in June 2009 in response to President Obama's commitment to openness in government and steps taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make transparency a priority.

    Since that time, the FDA has created a new Web page titled FDA Basics that features questions, answers, videos, and other materials describing how the FDA works to protect and promote public health. The page has been viewed by more than 900,000 people worldwide.

    The agency also has established an online performance program for FDA offices nationwide. Called FDA-TRACK, the program features monthly metrics for more than 100 agency offices and provides insight for the public into the FDA's decision-making and regulatory activities.

    For more information:

    FDA Basics for Industry

    FDA Transparency Initiative: Improving Transparency to Regulated Industry - Report

    FDA Transparency Initiative: Improving Transparency to Regulated Industry - Executive Summary

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    Cooper Industries to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results

    DUBLIN, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooper Industries plc , a global diversified manufacturer, today announced it will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year of 2010 on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Copies of the Company's press release will be available on the website,


    Cooper will hold a conference call at 12 p.m. EST on January 26, 2011, to provide shareholders and other interested parties an overview of the Company's fourth quarter and full-year performance. Those interested in listening may do so via telephone by dialing (888) 873-4896 using passcode 98251838, or over the Internet through the Company's website, International callers should dial (617) 213-8850 and use passcode 98251838.

    Informational exhibits pertaining to the Company's fourth quarter and full-year 2010 performance that may be referred to during the conference call also will be available in the "Investors" section of our website,, prior to the beginning of the call. The conference call also may include references to non-GAAP financial measures.

    A reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures will be included with the other financial exhibits.

    A replay of the briefing will be available by telephone and on the Company's website until 11 p.m. EST on February 4, 2011. The telephone number to access the replay is (888) 286-8010 and the passcode is 60525033. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 and use the same passcode.

    About Cooper Industries

    Cooper Industries plc is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2009 revenues of $5.1 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2009, sixty-one percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-nine percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2009. For more information, visit the website at

    For information contact: Mark Doheny Director, Investor Relations Cooper Industries 713-209-8484

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    Advanced Photonix, Inc. Announces $4 Million Underwriting

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Photonix, Inc. (NYSE-Amex: API) announced today that it entered into an underwriting agreement with B. Riley & Co., LLC, providing for the sale of 2,702,703 shares of its Class A Common Stock at a purchase price of $1.48 a share, less an underwriting discount of $0.089 a share. The underwriting agreement includes an overallotment option exercisable for a 30-day period for the purchase of up to an additional 405,405 shares of Class A Common Stock on the same terms and conditions.

    The shares of common stock are being sold pursuant to the Company's registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-171390), which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 5, 2011.

    A prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained at the SEC's website at or directly from the Company by written request to Investor Relations c/o Richard Kurtz. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor will there be any sale of the shares referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

    About Advanced Photonix, Inc.

    Advanced Photonix, Inc.(R) is a leading supplier with a broad offering of optoelectronic products to a global customer base. We provide optoelectronic solutions, high-speed optical receivers and terahertz instrumentation for telecom, homeland security, military, medical and industrial markets. With our patented technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing we offer industry leading performance, exceptional quality, and high value-added products to our OEM customer base. For more information visit us on the web at

    The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions that management believes to be reasonable but are subject to inherent uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, unforeseen technological obstacles which may prevent or slow the development and/or manufacture of new products; potential problems with the integration of acquired companies and their technology and possible inability to achieve expected synergies; obstacles to successfully combining product offerings and lack of customer acceptance of such offerings; limited (or slower than anticipated) customer acceptance of new products which have been and are being developed by the Company; and a decline in the general demand for optoelectronic products. API-G

    Contact: Richard Kurtz, Advanced Photonix, Inc. (734) 864-5600

    Advanced Photonix, Inc.

    CONTACT: Richard Kurtz of Advanced Photonix, Inc., +1-734-864-5600,

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    Media Advisory/Alert: Synopsys Showcases DesignWare Sonic Focus, Arc Processor Cores and MIPI IP at CES 2011

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. , a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, will showcase its latest DesignWare(R) IP at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. See live demonstrations of the DesignWare ARC(TM) configurable processor cores, Sonic Focus(R) audio post-processing IP, and MIPI CSI-2 IP and speak with our product experts. As a trusted IP partner, Synopsys provides high-quality IP solutions that help reduce SoC integration risk, lower costs and speed time-to-market.

    WHAT: Synopsys at CES 2011

    WHEN: January 6-9, 2011

    WHERE: The Venetian Hotel, Venetian Tower, Suites 30-334 and 30-336, Las Vegas, NV

    EXHIBIT HOURS: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm


    -- DesignWare Sonic Focus Audio Post-Processing IP Experience a new generation of audio post-processing and enrichment technology, enabling high-quality and immersive audio for advanced consumer electronic multimedia products. -- DesignWare ARC 32-Bit Configurable Processor Cores See the DesignWare ARC synthesizable processor cores utilizing the latest software stack to implement mobile and consumer products. -- DesignWare MIPI CSI-2 Host Controller and D-PHY IP See streaming data from a standard MIPI-based camera to a display using the DesignWare MIPI CSI-2 Host controller and D-PHY IP.

    For more information on Synopsys' participation at CES, please visit:

    For more information on DesignWare IP, please visit:

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 70 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at

    Editorial Contacts: Sheryl Gulizia Synopsys, Inc. 650-584-8635 Stephen Brennan MCA, Inc. 650-968-8900 x114

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

    Synopsys, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sheryl Gulizia of Synopsys, Inc., +1-650-584-8635,; or Stephen Brennan of MCA, Inc., +1-650-968-8900,
    ext. 114,, for Synopsys, Inc.

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    Powermat Moves Beyond Current Retail Success; Pushes Wireless Technology Forward to Enable Adaptation on Many Fronts

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show -- Powermat, the leader in wireless power technology, is paving the way for the future of wireless charging to impact a surface near you. From the announcement of a groundbreaking deal with General Motors to wirelessly enable vehicles, to airports, offices, and even more of today's most popular smartphones, Powermat is going where no wireless technology has gone before: into new venues designed to enhance the way consumers experience wireless energy in their everyday environments.

    In addition, Powermat is strengthening its core capabilities within the consumer electronics category with the announcement of an LOI with Qualcomm Incorporated , a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services to work together in the development of cutting-edge wireless power solutions.

    In partnership earlier today, General Motors and Powermat announced a commercial agreement to eliminate the need for charging cords in future GM products. The integration of wireless charging into the automobile will be implemented into the entire GM portfolio with The Chevrolet Volt, winner of all of the Car of the Year awards to date, being among the first to debut wireless capability. The announcement represents an unprecedented step forward for the wireless industry, expected to grow to over $11 Billion by 2020 (Pike Research), as it will open new market potential and options.

    "The integration of wireless power into the automobile is a necessary convenience that will eventually be a standard addition to every vehicle," said Ran Poliakine, Powermat CEO. "It brings us that much closer to fulfilling our vision of a world without wires."

    Further expanding the options available to consumers to experience the freedom and convenience of wireless power in all areas of the home, Powermat and Haier are partnering to embed wireless technology into white goods and digital products. Refrigerators, coffee makers and blenders will all become wirelessly enabled.

    Seeking to provide maximum flexibility and convenience for consumers in all settings where wireless energy delivery will significantly impact consumer's lives Powermat is also expanding into office settings. In partnership with Teknion, a leading international designer, manufacturer and marketer of mid- to high-end office systems and related furniture products, Powermat is creating a line of wirelessly-enabled office furniture and accessories. The Powermat/Teknion line features an array of solutions for "smart" surfaces designed to operate as wireless energy hubs where users can drop and charge their favorite electronic devices.

    "We have fundamentally changed the way in which people charge and power mobile electrical devices. By eliminating cords and power supplies from homes, offices, and automobiles we are creating new unprecedentedly convenient, safe and green user experiences," said Mr. Poliakine.

    The airline industry too will benefit from Powermat's technology, as Powermat will unveil a solution specifically catering to the airline traveler at this year's show. Earlier today Powermat announced a venture with Arconas, a Canadian-based manufacturer of airport seating to incorporate Powermat technology into airport settings.

    Adding to Powermat's ability to integrate into new environments and set standards for multiple applications is the company's technology leadership and its demonstrated capacity to miniaturize its wireless technology. For example, since launching its first generation of wireless chargers, Powermat has successfully been able reduce the bulk of its receiver electronics package by more than 50% with a further reduction to over 70% planned in 2011. The company will also showcase its ultra-thin, super high efficiency laptop electronics package, which is ready for integration. Other technology advancements on display include zero standby power draw - another intelligent and green feature in Powermat's advanced power management system.

    Building on the company's two successful product lines already in the market and furthering its commitment to providing consumers with wireless charging solutions that maximize convenience and complement even the busiest of lifestyles, Powermat will not only debut its third generation line of products but also work with industry-giant Qualcomm to investigate the convergence of tightly and loosely coupled wireless power technologies to deliver a flexible coupling wireless power solution, while working together to build an industry alliance that supports flexible coupling wireless power. The two companies will also investigate the development of dual mode receiver ASICs that work with Qualcomm's WiPower(TM) technology and are backward compatible to Powermat's charging mats. Finally, as part of the LOI agreement, Powermat will offer a single mode wireless power solution based on Qualcomm's WiPower technology.

    Throughout the coming year, Powermat will also continue to develop dedicated receivers for even more of today's most popular smartphones, roll out a wirelessly-enabled car charger solution, expand the company's portable power line, and introduce new options in color and design.

    Throughout the past 15 months, since the company's launch, Powermat has played the pivotal role in the establishment of wireless power as a category, gaining brand awareness to the extent that Powermat has become synonymous with wireless power in the mind of the consumer. Analysts too, have recognized the significance of Powermat's role as the driving force. Kevin Nolan of Strategy Analytics noted that "Powermat continues to lead the way in the wireless charging industry, delivering not only an advanced technology solution, but also a great customer experience. The company's speed to market, full suite of products and dedicated consumer focus continues to be impressive."

    Powermat is located in Central Hall, Booth #7905 at this year's CES.

    About Powermat

    Powermat was the first company to perfect inductive-based wireless charging and to bring it to consumers in a widely available, meaningful way via mainstream retail channels. The undisputed leader in wireless charging, Powermat leads the category in all facets including technology, retail footprint, consumer experience, and brand. Powermat allows users to enable their electronic devices once with a Powermat receiver and then set down up to three devices on the charging mat for fast, safe and effective wireless charging. It's simple, effortless, and provides consumers with first-of-its-kind freedom from the need to constantly plug/unplug as well as the angst of running on empty.

    Contact: Scott Eisenstein Jodi Brooks Powermat Weber Shandwick (212) 810-6544 (917) 520-7312


    CONTACT: Scott Eisenstein, Powermat, +1-212-810-6544,;
    or Jodi Brooks, Weber Shandwick, +1-917-520-7312,

    Web site:

    Belo Corp. (BLC) Television Stations Provided 151 Candidates Free Airtime During 2010 Political Season

    DALLAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Belo Corp. , one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, announced today that its stations provided free airtime to 151 congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the U.S. during the 2010 election season through the Company's "It's Your Time" program. In addition, Belo maximized the impact of its voter education efforts by broadcasting more than 162 hours of political coverage on its 15 news-producing television stations in the seven weeks leading up to Election Day.

    From September 19 to November 1, Belo television stations aired an average of 72 local and national election-related stories each week. The coverage included 14 debates that gave viewers a focused look at the candidates and their platforms. Belo re-broadcast an average of 144 stories weekly on the Company's six regional and local cable news channels. The Company also streamed and archived election-related stories and the debates on its 20 station Web sites through Election Day.

    Other highlights of the Company's election coverage included:

    --  a one-hour gubernatorial debate aired on KGW-TV, Belo's NBC station in
    Portland, between incumbent Oregon Democrat Governor John Kitzhaber and
    Republican Chris Dudley;
    --  a one-hour Arizona U.S. Senate debate aired by KTVK, Belo's independent
    station in Phoenix, between incumbent Republican John McCain and
    challengers Democrat Rodney Glassman, Libertarian David Nolan, and Green
    Party candidate Jerry Joslyn;
    --  a one-hour gubernatorial debate hosted by KTVB, Belo's NBC station in
    Boise, between incumbent Idaho Republican Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter
    and challengers Democrat Keith Allred and Independent Jana Kemp; and,
    --  a one-hour Kentucky U.S. Senate debate aired on WHAS-TV, Belo's ABC
    station in Louisville, between Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack

    Many Belo stations extended their political coverage this election season to multi-media platforms through Webcasts, mobile media and interactive polls. KGW NewsChannel 8 broke new ground with live coverage on multiple-media platforms. The station deployed 14 crews across Oregon and Washington, airing unique election coverage on its primary channel, its digital subchannels, its Web site and mobile applications.

    "The political coverage our stations provide our local communities creates a more informed electorate and enhances dialogue with the voting public," said Dunia A. Shive, Belo's president and Chief Executive Officer. "Belo is pleased to give candidates a platform to air their positions on important issues through the 'It's Your Time' program."

    About Belo's "It's Your Time" Program

    Belo pioneered the "It's Your Time" program in 1996 to educate viewers on issues facing their local communities. Each eligible candidate participating in "It's Your Time" receives five minutes of free airtime. Since the program's inception, Belo has provided free airtime to almost 1,000 candidates in eight consecutive election cycles, including 2010.

    About Belo Corp.

    Belo Corp. , one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations, at 214-977-6835.

    Belo Corp.

    CONTACT: Paul Fry, vice president of Investor Relations & Treasury
    Operations of Belo Corp., +1-214-977-6835

    Web site:

    Smoothstone and Sprint to Offer Enterprise Class Converged Communications Solutions From the CloudCompanies collaborate to extend the reach of Smoothstone's powerful cloud-based enterprise communications applications and services to Sprint business customers.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Smoothstone, the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise communication applications and services, and Sprint today announced the availability of Smoothstone's cloud-based voice solutions combined with Mobile Integration delivered over the Sprint Global MPLS network to provide unprecedented flexibility and performance for the most dynamic and demanding businesses.

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    For enterprises needing PBX functionality from the cloud extended to Sprint mobile phones, providing mobility, accessibility, and enhanced productivity for employees, the integrated solution from Smoothstone and Sprint delivers converged technology without the significant capital investment of on-premise PBX systems. Users benefit from having a single number where they can be reached in or out of the office, a single voice mail, abbreviated dialing plans and sophisticated group and personal call controls. The integration of Smoothstone's cloud-based applications and services platform with Sprint's award winning Global MPLS network and full Quality of Service (QoS) management, creates a powerful suite of Smoothstone tools that provide real-time monitoring of call quality and application performance.

    "Smoothstone's unique portfolio of cloud-based voice solutions go way beyond the capabilities of a standard on-premise IP-PBX," said Jon Jorgl, Smoothstone's Chief Development Officer. "We deliver all the functionality you would expect from a cloud based IP-PBX along with full disaster recovery and survivability features, advanced corporate governance tools including real-time call reporting and comprehensive call recording options, and optional contact center applications that meet the needs of centralized or distributed agents."

    Smoothstone's applications and services can be fully integrated with a customer's existing IP or legacy TDM infrastructure where required, preserving investments already made in telephony infrastructure and providing a seamless enterprise-wide solution.

    "The flexibility of deployment that Smoothstone offers is a big advantage for our business customers," said Monnie McGaffigan, vice president of wireline, international and strategic alliances Sprint. "The largest enterprises see the value of converged IP communications with full mobile integration, but many do not have the resources or budgets to completely replace their existing infrastructure. Our combined solution enables a complex enterprise to migrate to a fully converged solution at a pace that makes sense for their business."

    Smoothstone's application and services are available to Sprint customers now.

    Sprint Global MPLS, Mobile Integration and other converged solutions are available through Sprint Business, which is composed of sales, support, marketing and operations personnel solely dedicated to enterprise, small and medium-sized business and public sector customers. Sprint delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on its 3G and 4G wireless capabilities, push-to-talk network, Global IP network and growing portfolio of M2M partners and solutions. To join in the latest discussions and learn more about business solutions available through convergence, visit or

    About Smoothstone

    Smoothstone IP Communications is the leading provider of cloud based communications for the enterprise - including MPLS-based application network management, enterprise voice, unified threat management, advanced contact center solutions, unified messaging and collaboration tools-all delivered as a unified suite of cloud-based applications. Smoothstone s scalable, on-demand applications and services can be integrated with a customer's existing network and telecommunications infrastructure, operational processes, and employee activities, enabling a customer to migrate to unified IP communications as their business requirements dictate. For more information, visit or call 800.773.3037.

    About Sprint Nextel

    Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

    PRN Photo Desk, Smoothstone IP Communications

    CONTACT: Bill Yackey, Manager of Marketing Communications, Smoothstone IP
    Communications, +1-502-315-5129,; Stephanie
    Greenwood, Sprint, +1-913-315-1612,

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    Fast Teradata Performance Keeps SKECHERS on the Right FootIndustry knowledge and load-and-go Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance mean rapid time to value

    DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Teradata Corporation , the world's largest company solely focused on data warehousing and enterprise analytics, today announced that SKECHERS USA, Inc. , a global leader in the footwear industry and the number two footwear brand in the United States*, has selected a Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance as the keystone to its next-generation business intelligence infrastructure.

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    "SKECHERS is constantly moving, growing and expanding. We needed a partner that could keep up with our demands for business intelligence technology. Teradata has deep industry knowledge, offers proven applications in both manufacturing and retail, and provides a seamless path to grow with us," said SKECHERS Senior Vice President of Information Technology Clay Irving. "Moreover, with many powerful capabilities such as load-and-go already built into the appliance, we will start reaping benefits from the system sooner and enjoy a significant reduction in ongoing system-administration costs."

    SKECHERS plans to expand the system in 2011 to include its retail operations. Key to the decision was the Teradata Retail Logical Data Model, which will help SKECHERS identify the data assets it has or needs to meet its retail business management objectives, and will support applications in other areas including demand-chain management.

    "Data models are key to successful data warehouse implementations," said Steve Hoberman, author of several books including the bestseller Data Modeling Made Simple, and inventor of the Data Model Scorecard. "Many data warehouse and business intelligence projects fail due in part to a lack of effective data modeling practices and data modeling tools. These tools can be used to resolve critical metadata management issues."

    The company's selection of Teradata followed an intensive review of competing vendors and technologies. By adopting the Teradata store once, use many approach, SKECHERS will now be able to reduce operating costs by eliminating both redundant data and data-management processes.

    The company's new data management strategy also enables its employees to actively query data at any time, without the assistance of dedicated database professionals. Teradata's systems will provide the company increased agility in serving their trading partners and consumers.

    "In the highly competitive retail environment it is critical for wholesalers to consistently meet their customers' needs. Teradata was chosen because our superior technology and demonstrated industry expertise will give SKECHERS a critical market advantage and directly reduce its operating costs," said Ted Senemar, Teradata Corporation vice president.

    About SKECHERS USA, Inc.

    SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the SKECHERS name, as well as under several uniquely branded names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the Company's global network of distributors and subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia. For more information, please visit

    *Sporting Goods Intelligence, June 21, 2010

    About Teradata

    Teradata Corporation is the world's largest company solely focused on raising intelligence and achieving enterprise agility through its database software, enterprise data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, consulting, and enterprise analytics. Visit Teradata on the web at

    Teradata is a trademark or registered trademark of Teradata Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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    CONTACT: D'Anne Hotchkiss, Teradata Corporation, +1-609-433-1715,

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    GE Technology to Empower the Connected Home of the Future Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show-- Approximately 20 GE technologies on site can help people manage their energy use and costs from generation to consumption.-- CEO Jeff Immelt to speak on CES Innovation Power Panel on January 7.

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GE will unveil its smart home technologies at the company's first appearance at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These ecomagination(SM)( )and healthymagination technologies - including Nucleus(TM) energy manager with Brillion(TM) technology, the GE WattStation(TM) electric vehicle charging station, an advanced small wind turbine, and more - will help consumers reduce health- and energy-related costs and redefine the benchmark for household performance.

    "GE's innovative technology addresses the needs of our rapidly changing lives and does so at a lower cost for consumers," said David McCalpin, general manager, Home Energy Management, GE Appliances & Lighting. "Consumers expect near real-time information to inform household decisions. We provide this at GE. From Nucleus(TM) energy manager with Brillion(TM) technology, to the WattStation electric vehicle charger, digital-energy technology is enabling an energy transformation that will make peoples' lives easier."

    Highlighting GE's leadership in innovation, Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, will join two other Fortune 500 CEOs on the CES Innovation Power Panel taking place at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7. Immelt will discuss GE's ecomagination business strategy, as well as GE's growth in digital energy.

    GE's Booth in the CES Connected Home Appliance TechZone (booth 26100) will feature ecomagination and healthymagination technologies:

    GE smart meter technology - GE smart meters enable two-way communication between the electric utility and the customer via smart devices in the home, empowering consumers to manage their energy use and utilities to manage demand. With smart meters in place, utilities will have the option to charge different rates for electricity throughout the day, with lower prices when energy demand is lowest (off-peak). This will call for new consumer technologies, like GE's Brillion(TM) suite of home energy solutions, that not only improve overall household efficiency, but also help people manage their electricity use - including the charging of electric vehicles (EVs) - in response to utility price signals.

    Nucleus(TM) energy manager with Brillion(TM) technology - At the core of the smart, connected home is GE's Nucleus(TM) energy manager with Brillion(TM) technology, a communication and data storage device that "talks" to the utility smart meter to provide consumers with secure information about their household electricity use and costs so they can make more informed choices about how and when to use power. Additionally, consumers who have the GE programmable thermostat with Brillion(TM) technology and GE Profile(TM) appliances enabled with Brillion(TM) technology in their homes will also have access to estimated consumption data on their home heating and cooling and major appliances. Future planned software upgrades will further enable Nucleus(TM) to monitor water, natural gas and renewable energy sources, as well as plug-in electric vehicle charging.

    GE energy display with Brillion(TM) technology - New at CES, the energy display communicates with the utility smart meter to provide consumers with near real-time energy data to help them make smarter energy choices by boiling energy use down to dollars and cents. This intuitive display provides a continuous audit of household energy consumption in kilowatt-hours and in estimated dollars spent.

    GE Profile(TM) appliances enabled with Brillion(TM) technology - Brillion(TM)-enabled appliances can automatically react to utility price signals from the smart meter and delay or reduce the wattage consumed by the appliance until lower-cost, off-peak periods. GE Profile appliances enabled with Brillion(TM) technology will include ENERGY STAR(R)-qualified refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, and the new GeoSpring(TM) hybrid water heater, as well as ranges, microwaves and clothes dryers.

    GE WattStation(TM) -- Named a "2011 CES Best of Innovations" by the Consumers Electronics Association(R), the GE WattStation is an easy-to-use EV charger that helps consumers reduce EV charging time from 12 to 18 hours to as little as four to eight hours, compared to standard charging.(1) Using smart grid technology, the WattStation also allows utility companies to manage the impact of EVs on the local and regional grids. The development of the WattStation is part of GE's commitment to cleaner technology innovations for a more sustainable future.

    Energy Smart(R) Lighting - New innovations in lighting mean more efficient homes. GE will showcase the latest in high-efficiency lighting technologies, including the new 9-watt GE Energy Smart(R) LED bulb - producing the same light output as a standard 40-watt incandescent, while reducing energy consumption by 77 percent. The best part: the bulb is rated to last more than 22 years.

    Advanced Small Wind Turbine - Debuting at CES, Southwest Windpower's Skystream 600 is the most efficient power grid-connected small wind turbine in its class, producing 74 percent more energy for commercial and residential use than its predecessor. Depending on the wind resource, siting and energy efficiency, a Skystream 600 could provide up to 80 percent of an average home's energy requirements. Skystream 600 will be the first fully smart grid-enabled wind turbine when available to the public in March 2011, making it easy for consumers to connect their homes or businesses to wind-generated electricity. As the country's leading supplier of large wind turbines, GE invested in Southwest Windpower, the world's largest supplier of small wind systems, in early 2009 through its energy-investing arm, GE Energy Financial Services.

    Solutions from Intel-GE Care Innovations - Innovations in healthcare will empower consumers with tools to remotely manage their health and increase their independence. GE and Intel's new healthcare joint venture, Care Innovations, will develop technologies that support healthy, independent living at home and in senior housing communities. The Intel(R) Health Guide will provide remote health management, connecting more engaged patients with more informed clinicians. The Intel(R) Reader will help increase independence by making printed text accessible for anyone who has difficulty reading standard print. GE QuietCare(R) will transform eldercare by helping improve response times and identify potential problems before they become emergencies.

    For more details on GE's products at CES, click here.

    Staying Energized - in Vegas

    Just as important as managing your household energy is managing your personal energy. CES and Las Vegas can drain your energy if you don't manage it wisely. Inspired by Nucleus(TM) and GE's WattStation, GE has developed an interactive game for CES attendees - GE Desert Quest - to help CES attendees play across the Vegas grid, complete tasks and unlock clues to rack up points and win daily prizes. Stationary electric vehicle WattStations will be positioned along the strip as game targets.

    After registering at GE's CES booth, people with Internet access on their smart phone can access Desert Quest. Connected to Twitter, the game will let people Tweet about Vegas hot spots, and player activity will be displayed on a heat-map monitor in GE's booth, which highlights all game activity.

    About GE's ecomagination

    GE is driving a global energy transformation with a focus on innovation and R&D investment to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology. Since its inception in 2005, more than 90 ecomagination-approved products have been brought to market with revenues reaching $18 billion in 2009. With $5 billion invested in R&D its first five years, GE committed to doubling its ecomagination investment and collaborate with partners to accelerate a new era of energy innovation. The company will invest $10 billion in R&D over five years and double operational energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. As part of the business strategy GE launched the "GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid", a $200 million financial commitment that challenges innovators to join in building the next-generation power grid. For more information, visit the ecomagination website at

    About GE

    GE is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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    McGraw-Hill Education to Utilize IMS Global Learning Consortium Technology Standards in Partnership With BlackboardStandards Allow Seamless Connection of McGraw-Hill's Content and Digital Tools With Blackboard Learn(TM)

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At HigherEdTECH, McGraw-Hill Education today announced seamless integration of its Connect platform and Blackboard Learn(TM) using certified standards initiated by IMS Global Learning Consortium. IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) v1.0 provides a single framework or standard way of integrating rich learning applications with platforms like learning management systems.

    McGraw-Hill is one of the first major educational content providers to adopt the LTI framework and by doing so:

    --  increases options for students and instructors when selecting learning
    --  reduces support costs for institutions, and
    --  enables easy integration of applications within the learning system or

    "As we continue to develop innovative technologies for the classroom it is critical that these technologies are able to connect seamlessly without having to develop and maintain custom integrations, thereby improving efficiency and lowering costs overall," said Bruce Marcus, senior vice president, Information Technology, McGraw-Hill Education. "By utilizing the LTI framework we will be able to offer all course resources in a single, online environment, designed to significantly improve faculty and student workflows. As technology moves forward in education, standards and frameworks will be essential to enabling innovation," added Marcus.

    "Providing leadership in the implementation of the LTI open standards indicates that McGraw-Hill and Blackboard are committed to providing faculty and students with a seamless and elegant user experience," comments Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive of IMS Global Learning Consortium. "This is the beginning of a new era of integrated and innovative learning tools that are easy to integrate in a secure way regardless of their source or location on the Internet."

    The partnership between Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Higher Education leverages the strengths of both organizations to develop a best-of-breed integration between Blackboard Learn and McGraw-Hill digital content and tools. Unique in higher education, the partnership of McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Blackboard preserves the spirit of academic freedom and openness. Blackboard remains publisher agnostic, McGraw-Hill remains LMS agnostic, and students, instructors, and institutions collectively benefit.

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    About IMS Global Learning Consortium

    The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the "Learning Impact" of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, IMS's influential community of educational institutions, suppliers, and government organizations develops open interoperability standards, supports adoption with technical services, and encourages adoption through programs that highlight effective practices.

    IMS GLC represents more than 160 member organizations and Common Cartridge & Learning Tools Interoperability Alliance participants. These participant organizations represent every sector of the global learning community. They include hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, publishers, government agencies, systems integrators, multimedia content providers, and other consortia. IMS provides a neutral forum in which members work together to advocate the use of technology to support and transform education and learning.

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    McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning digital solutions for postsecondary and higher education markets worldwide. Through a comprehensive range of traditional and digital education content and tools focused on improving student learning outcomes, McGraw-Hill Higher Education empowers and prepares professionals and students to connect, learn and succeed in the global economy. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at

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    Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Dell, Intel, McAfee, Hewlett-Packard and Compellent Technologies

    CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Analyst Blog features: Dell Inc. , Intel Corp. , McAfee Inc. , Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compellent Technologies Inc. .


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    DELL on Acquisition Spree

    Dell Inc. continues to expand its enterprise technology portfolio with the intention of taking over another information-security services firm, SecureWorks Inc. The back-to-back acquisitions are expected to beef up Dell's products and services targeted at the corporate world. However, Dell has also mentioned its intention of not acquiring any more security firms.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is expected to be wrapped by early 2011.

    Atlanta-based, privately held SecureWorks Inc. provides information-technology services to companies across different industries. The company specializes in managed security services, security and risk consulting, and threat intelligence.

    The recent consolidation in the security space is perking up. We have seen a couple of acquisitions in the past few days. Of them, Intel Corp.'s acquisition of McAfee Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s acquisition of ArcSight Inc. are worth mentioning. The need for the highly scalable and flexible network and information technology security across different industrial sectors has actually prompted consolidation in this area.

    With SecurityWorks' input, Dell will be able to expand its Security-as-a-Service offerings and facilitate customers to easily access reliable, capable and innovative information security to fight frequent and severe cyber attacks.

    Dell's firm footing in the storage space is encouraging. Recently, the PC maker acquired enterprise data storage solutions provider Compellent Technologies Inc. to strengthen the existing level of its storage offerings. We believe that the enhanced storage platform will attract new users from different industry sectors.

    But soft demand in the Consumer segment, a high debt level and stiff competition in computing and emerging cloud-computing spaces are concerns.

    Currently, Dell has a short-term Hold recommendation, as indicated by the Zacks #3 Rank.

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    Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Automatic Data Processing, D.R. Horton, Ford, Caterpillar and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated

    CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Analyst Blog features: Automatic Data Processing , D.R. Horton , Ford , Caterpillar and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated .


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    ADP Sees Great Job Growth!

    The Automatic Data Processing employment survey was FAR better than expected in December. It shows that private sector employment rose by 297,000 in October, almost triple consensus expectations for a 100,000 increase. The November numbers were revised slightly lower to a gain of 92,000 jobs rather than the original estimate of a gain of 93,000 jobs.

    ADP, as the largest payroll processing firm in the country, is in a very good position to look at the state of the job market. This is evidence of an economy that is not only growing, but is accelerating very nicely.

    For most of 2010, the ADP report has consistently been more pessimistic than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report -- due out Friday morning -- although that was not the case in November. Some of this huge pop could be a statistical catch-up to the BLS numbers, but certainly not all of it. This is the sort of the level we need to make a serious dent in the vast army of the unemployed.

    Small businesses, defined as those with fewer than 50 employees rose a total of 117,000 jobs in the month. Medium-sized firms, those with between 50 and 499 employees, gained 114,000 jobs while large firms with 500 or more employees added 36,000 jobs. Large businesses are a relatively small share of total employment in the country, accounting for just 17.544 million out of a total of 107.512 million private sector jobs in the country. Small business is the largest source of employment at 48.499 million, followed by medium businesses at 41.469 million.

    Goods Producing

    The goods producing sector added a total of 27,000 jobs. Overall, goods producing industries are not that big a source of jobs in this country, just 17.489 million (16.3%) in total. Employment in goods producing industries tends to be more volatile than in the service sector, and thus the goods producing industries have an outsized influence on the overall strength of the job market.

    Goods producing jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, have been in a secular decline, particularly as a share of total employment, for more than 30 years now. Relative to the overall increase, it looks like that trend is continuing. The goods producing sector is made up of Manufacturing, Construction and Mining. While construction jobs did increase during the housing bubble, those jobs were particularly hard hit in the Great Recession.

    Construction Industry

    Construction industry employment was unchanged in December. That is actually good news as it is the first time since June of 2007 that the industry has not shed employees. Over that period has shrunk employment by a total of 2.306 million. That is more than one fourth of the total jobs lost in the entire economy since the recession started.

    Historically, construction employment (especially residential construction) is one of the first areas to recover when the economy starts to rebound, but that is not happening this time around. With the extraordinary weakness in new home sales in recent months, there is very little reason to believe that construction employment is going to pick up anytime soon.

    High vacancy rates in most forms of commercial real estate also means that there is not going to be much of a pick-up in commercial construction anytime soon. Still, just by not being a drag on the rest of the economy, things will start to look better overall.

    Eventually higher employment is going to lead to higher rates of household formation. That, combined with population growth, will increase the demand for housing and the massive inventory overhang we have now will be absorbed. That, however, is not a first half of 2011 story, but it could well start to occur late in 2011 or in 2012.

    Manufacturing and Homebuilding

    Manufacturing had been a bright spot in this recovery, but it faltered in the fall. It looks like it is getting back on track with a gain of 23,000 jobs in December. There were 11.525 million manufacturing jobs in December, or just 10.7% of the overall private sector workforce.

    ADP does not break out mining jobs separately, but given the overall rise in goods-producing jobs, we can surmise that the number of mining jobs was up 4,000 on the month. Within the goods-producing sector, most of the gains came from the medium-sized firms, which added 21,000 jobs. Large firms added 9,000, while things were still tough among the small goods-producing firms, which lost a net of 3,000 jobs for the month.

    The disparity in the goods-producing sector between small and large-sized firms is probably related to the differences between construction and manufacturing. There are lots and lots of small construction firms.

    Most of the major homebuilders like D.R. Horton outsource most of their work to smaller subcontractors, and do not directly hire or fire lots of framers and roofers. Manufacturing, on the other hand, tends to be more dominated by the big household names like Ford and Caterpillar . The parts they use tend to be mostly made by medium-sized firms.

    Jones Lang Upbeat on U.S. Hotel Market

    According to a report published by Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated , a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), hotel sales and acquisitions would increase to the tune of 25% in 2011 in the Americas with investors vying for premium assets. Jones Lang further anticipates that transaction volume would total approximately $13.0 billion in 2011, significantly up from about $10.5 billion in the previous year.

    The report cites that a healthy rebound in the U.S. business and leisure travel has attracted a wide array of investors in the hotel industry, including investors from the Middle East. According to Smith Travel Research Inc., an independent research company in the lodging industry, hotel revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the top 25 U.S. markets rose to $76.61 during the first 11 months of 2010 from $71.55 in the year-ago period.

    Jones Lang expects REITs to be the dominant buyers in 2011, with private equity groups and institutional investors increasingly joining the party as leverage levels and terms pick up with improving market fundamentals.

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    USA TODAY Launches Windows-Based Slate App

    MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, the nation's top-selling print newspaper, today announced the USA TODAY App for Windows-based slate PCs is now available.

    The USA TODAY App for slate features the signature look and design that readers have come to trust from USA TODAY providing them with eye catching photos and graphics while delivering the latest award-winning USA TODAY content in a convenient interactive package. The USA TODAY slate application has all the latest news, sports scores, weather, stock quotes and photos available.

    "We're excited to announce our latest application for tablet and slate devices. USA TODAY remains committed to launching new products so our readers can receive their news in any platform they choose," said Steve Kurtz, vice president of digital development of USA TODAY.

    The App was developed in cooperation with Cynergy Systems, a leading software product concept, design and development agency, in Washington, D.C.

    USA TODAY is now available on major platforms and devices including iPhone, Android, iPad, Google TV, the Chrome Web Store and Windows-based slate PCs.

    USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.8 million daily, and, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.9 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than seven million downloads on mobile devices. The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. .


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    Sakar Brews Up Scary Cool Gadgets for Mattel's New Monster High(TM) PropertyBranded Electronics from Room Doorbells to Computer Accessories Due in Q1

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sakar International is cooking up a 'monster chic' line of branded youth electronics for Monster High(TM), the new Mattel franchise that brings together the fashionable teenage descendants of the world's most famous monsters. The products, being developed under a license agreement between Sakar and Mattel, will range from gaming, computer and cell phone accessories to a karaoke machine.

    For girls' rooms, Sakar will offer Monster High-branded merchandise such as a light-up message board, room doorbell answering machine, room phone and mini-fridge. In the personal electronics arena, products will include text messengers, wireless intercom sets, earbuds, MP4 and CD players, walkie talkies, digital cameras and digital video recorders. Also on tap are headphones, speakers, flashlights, mousepads, laptop sleeves, Apple iPhone cases, gaming kits and more. All SKUs will incorporate the franchise's pink and black graphic motif and skullette logo.

    This is the first time that Mattel has rolled out a new intellectual property across a number of diverse consumer products categories simultaneously at launch. The property delivers rich content and relatable storytelling via publishing, web, animation and live-action theatrical entertainment as well as consumer products in notable categories including apparel and accessories, and toys.

    "This license gives us the opportunity to work closely with an original property that is literally rewriting the rules of the entertainment franchise marketplace. It's a completely different challenge than working with a brand that has been an icon for decades," said Liza Abrams, Sakar Vice President of Licensing. "With its on-trend pop-goth aesthetic and relatable characters and storyline, Monster High has the potential to develop a monster-sized fan base."

    "Integral to Mattel's launch of the Monster High franchise has been securing the right strategic partners for the brand," said Susie Lecker, VP Marketing for Mattel. "Sakar's notable success in the electronics space and their creative integration of the Monster High aesthetic into their designs are in line with our objective to keep the brand on trend and relevant to today's gadget-focused girls."

    Product prototypes are being shown at Booth #9841, Central Hall at the 2011 International CES show that opens today in Las Vegas. The line is scheduled for release over the next few months in the U.S. and Canada.

    Separately today, Sakar also announced a licensing agreement with Street Players for a line of Gummy Bears-branded youth electronics. Sakar's licensing portfolio also includes other top-tier brands such as Kodak, Made for iPod, Crayola, LeapFrog, Sanrio's Hello Kitty, The Biggest Loser, The Weather Channel, Iron Man 2, Batman, EA SPORTS and multiple Nickelodeon properties including iCarly and SpongeBob SquarePants.

    About Sakar International

    Sakar International Inc. designs and manufactures a wide range of technology, toy, and consumer electronic products. Founded in 1977, the company is the manufacturer of Vivitar camera equipment and accessories, a market leader in youth electronics and rechargeable batteries, and a producer of licensed products for leading consumer brands. Products range from digital cameras and camcorders with related accessories to computer, iPod, GPS and gaming accessories, binoculars, MP3 players, clock radios, gift and toy electronics. The company is privately held and headquartered in Edison, N.J. For more information, visit

    About Mattel, Inc.

    Mattel, Inc., is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie(R), the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R), Radica(R) and Tyco R/C(R), as well as Fisher-Price(R) brands, including Little People(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2010, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the third year in a row, and was ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Mattel also is recognized among the "World's Most Ethical Companies." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 27,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play."

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    Five Star Implements AT&T Telepresence Solution(R) for Improved Global Collaboration

    HONG KONG, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced that the leading mainland electrical appliance retailer Five Star, a wholly-funded subsidiary of Best Buy, has signed a three-year contract for AT&T Telepresence Solution(R) in China. Five Star is tapping the power of AT&T Telepresence Solution to provide an "in-person" meeting experience to facilitate global collaboration with its leadership team at its United States headquarters, employees, and with inter-company partners worldwide without having to travel cross-continent.

    Best Buy already has four AT&T Telepresence Solution rooms globally; two at the global headquarters in Minneapolis, one in London, and one in Toronto. By teaming up with Cisco and Shanghai Symphony Telecom Co., Ltd. (SST), AT&T recently completed the deployment of two new telepresence rooms for Five Star at Nanjing and Best Buy in Shanghai, China respectively.

    In collaboration with SST, AT&T has the industry-leading AT&T Telepresence Solution in China. AT&T has been in China for more than 20 years. With both the first Sino-foreign telecom services joint venture in China and network interconnection agreements with local carriers, AT&T services have nationwide coverage in more than 135 cities, providing global connectivity services to multinational corporations in China.

    "AT&T Telepresence Solution enables us to communicate and collaborate more effectively not only with our U.S. headquarters, but also with our inter-company suppliers and business partners around the world. It helps us to reduce our travel cost and enhance employees' productivity," said Nicolas Wang, retail president of Five Star.

    "We are working aggressively to expand our operations and open more stores in China in 2011. AT&T Telepresence Solution allows us to connect with our offices in China, and with the leadership team of Best Buy in the U.S. to seamlessly accelerate business decision making, which is critical to our expansion in China," said Joseph Cheng, chief operation officer of Five Star.

    "AT&T Telepresence Solution offers an effective collaboration option for Five Star to experience real-time, face-to-face meetings with the U.S. headquarters, other suppliers and business partners worldwide," said Johnny Ng, AT&T Greater China general manager. "We are committed to providing customers with leading-edge solutions to transform the way they communicate and collaborate, helping them to increase business velocity while reducing carbon emissions."

    AT&T Telepresence Solution is a flexible, scalable service offering with a full range of management options. It supports telepresence sites in 75 countries and territories, with plans to add other countries in the future.

    *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.

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    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 mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also 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(R) and AT&T |DIRECTV 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 Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE(R) magazine.

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    Microsoft and Samsung Unveil the Next Generation of SurfaceSamsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface uses new technology that gives large displays the power to see.

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of the Microsoft Surface experience featuring PixelSense technology, which gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras. Building from the innovation of the first version of Microsoft Surface and Samsung's leading display technology, it is now possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen. This experience will come to life in the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface for business customers later in 2011 in 23 countries. Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp., Red Bull GmbH, Royal Bank of Canada and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced that they will deploy the new product.


    "Microsoft continues to innovate in vision-based interaction and software designed for touch. With the introduction of the next generation of Surface, using PixelSense technology, we'll bring more tables and walls to life with amazing natural experiences for people to enjoy together," said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. "We partnered with Samsung because of its strengths in LCD technology, hardware design and manufacturing, and worldwide marketing and sales of large-format displays. The companies have built an incredibly successful collaboration that moved from invention to development to manufacturing and sales of a high-quality, industrialized commercial product."

    "Samsung collaborated with Microsoft to bring the Surface experience to a new, thin design with powerful vision-based capabilities in the LCD market. The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface delivers an interactive experience not available anywhere else and will change the way companies engage with their customers," said Jeong-Hwan Kim, senior vice president of Display Sales & Marketing team at Samsung Electronics.

    Microsoft and Samsung worked closely to develop the LCD panel and the new hardware product, which is being manufactured by Samsung and will be sold to business customers through its broad distribution and reseller network.

    "With Samsung's cutting-edge interactive LCD technology and Microsoft's innovation in vision-based systems, together we were able to define a new LCD architecture," said HyungGuel Kim, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics LCD Business. "This brand-new concept of LCD provides image-sensing technology along with massive multitouch capability and enhanced horizontal durability, which are specialized for the Microsoft Surface experience."

    Product Details

    Samsung SUR40 will bring companies around the world new ways to help drive sales, showcase their brand, and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. The product features include these:

    --  PixelSense. PixelSense gives an LCD display the power to recognize
    fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen, including more than 50
    simultaneous touch points. With PixelSense, pixels in the display see
    what's touching the screen and that information is immediately processed
    and interpreted.
    --  Microsoft Surface software. Microsoft Surface software provides business
    customers with a premier touch-first experience for their end users,
    built on the principles of direct interaction and together computing,
    with a new look and feel. It also allows commercial application
    developers to use a new version of the Microsoft Surface SDK and
    familiar Microsoft development tools to take full advantage of the
    massive multitouch and object recognition capabilities of PixelSense and
    deliver experiences not possible on any other platform.
    --  Designed for commercial environments. The product is designed to meet
    the challenges of active usage in demanding locations such as retail,
    hospitality and education.
    --  Thin form factor with multiple configuration options. The product is
    four inches thin, which makes it easy to use horizontally, hang
    vertically with the VESA mount, or embed in walls or custom enclosures.
    Standard legs are available or customers can design and attach their
    --  Forty-inch full high-definition (HD) 1080p screen. The 40-inch screen
    enables unparalleled multi-user experiences in full HD 1080p, with a
    16:9 aspect ratio and 1920x1080 resolution.
    --  Powerful embedded system. The product uses the embedded AMD Athlon(TM)
    II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz paired with the AMD Radeon HD 6700M
    Series GPU featuring DirectX 11 support to deliver significant
    processing horsepower and outstanding graphics capability.

    Customer Adoption

    Today, the following customers are announcing that they will purchase and deploy Samsung SUR40 to offer unique experiences to their customers:

    --  Dassault Aviation, a French company that designs, manufactures and sells
    aircraft, will build on its first-version internal deployments and move
    to using Samsung SUR40 to serve as a marketing tool for the company's
    Falcon line of aircraft. The Falcon application will enable sales
    associates to deliver datasheets, customized videos and an interactive
    flight range map. In addition, Dassault will use Samsung SUR40 to
    deliver a customized HR application for employees to use to manage
    certificates, training, vacation and other personnel functions.
    --  Fujifilm, one of the world's largest photographic and imaging companies,
    is planning an initial Samsung SUR40 deployment of 40 units starting in
    the Australian market with plans for eventual worldwide deployments.
    Fujifilm's Surface application will deliver a photo-booth-of-the-future
    experience, allowing groups of people to come together and to create
    their individual photo books or other individual photo products in a
    matter of minutes at point of sale and in a variety of retail locations.
    --  Red Bull, a producer of energy drinks, and Red Bull Media House,
    provider of media content from Red Bull extreme sports events, have
    selected T-Systems Multimedia Solutions, a Surface Strategic Partner, to
    develop a Surface application in an innovative project for use in bars
    and clubs. Red Bull is investing in Surface for its ability to enhance
    the brand experience in a variety of locations, as well as its presence
    at worldwide extreme sports events. Using the Microsoft Surface
    application, fans of Red Bull will be able to interact with the product
    and multimedia content at the same time. When guests place their tagged
    Red Bull cans on the display, video content of Red Bull events and
    current news is shown on the display and can be saved for viewing later
    by snapping a photo of a QR tag with a smartphone.
    --  Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America's leading diversified
    financial services companies and Canada's largest bank, currently uses
    Surface in its newly designed "retail store" branches. The new "retail
    store" brings to life a dramatically new retail banking environment,
    combining best-in-class retail shopping with financial services. Surface
    is a key part of the Discovery Zone, which offers a unique and
    interactive way to engage clients to explore the ways RBC can help them
    and increase their financial literacy. RBC intends to expand its "retail
    store" model and deploy Samsung SUR40 over the next year in RBC branches
    across Canada. RBC worked with Surface Strategic Partner Infusion to
    create five applications for clients: The Big Picture, which allows
    customers to explore all the ways RBC can help them meet their financial
    needs; the Drop a Coin application, which allows users to slide coins
    across the screen to display the value of regular investing; Meet our
    Experts, which profiles the local branch staff; the Instant Win
    application, which allows customers to drop a direct-mail letter on the
    Surface screen to see if they have won a prize; and the Kids Corner,
    which offers a fun, interactive puzzle for children to explore while
    their parents do their banking.
    --  Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide helps guests make connections at
    more than 400 hotels in 70 countries around the world. Sheraton plans to
    expand its Surface footprint globally and deploy Samsung SUR40 as part
    of The Link@Sheraton to further enhance the guest experience. The
    Surface applications on the units will provide interactive fun for
    guests, as well as local mapping information allowing them to stay
    connected during their travels.

    In addition, Microsoft will showcase Samsung SUR40 in Microsoft Stores. Microsoft Surface is an important part of the store experience today, and the new product will further enhance that experience, providing customers with games, maps, music and applications to allow for product comparisons. Microsoft intends to deploy two to four Samsung SUR40 units per Microsoft Store location.

    Pricing and Availability

    The manufacturer's suggested price for Samsung SUR40 starts at $7,600 (U.S.). Samsung SUR40 will be available later in 2011 in 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

    About Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Surface provides a new way to experience and use information and digital content, engaging the senses, improving collaboration and empowering people to interact. Microsoft Surface is at the forefront of developing software and hardware that uses vision-based technology to fundamentally change the way people use computing devices. More information can be found at

    About Microsoft

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

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    CONTACT: Vanessa Whorley of Edelman, +1-206-268-2276,, for Microsoft Surface; or Michael Steavenson
    of Allison & Partners, +1-917-821-3830,, for Samsung
    Enterprise Business Division

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    Synopsys' New DesignWare Sonic Focus IP Solutions Deliver Exceptional Sound Through Standard SpeakersAudio Post-Processing IP Significantly Enhance Audio Quality in Low-Power DSP-based Consumer Electronics Devices

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. , a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced the availability of two new DesignWare(TM) Sonic Focus(TM) IP products that enable system-on-chip (SoC) designers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to significantly enhance audio quality and deliver an immersive audio experience for a broad range of low power, DSP-based consumer electronics devices. The DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo and Stereo HD (High-Definition) IP are audio post-processing solutions that help restore clarity, warmth, detail and realism to compressed digital audio content in consumer electronics devices. The Sonic Focus Stereo IP, targeted at low-power, portable devices such as handheld game consoles, mobile phones, docking stations and Bluetooth headsets, enables high-quality sound to be delivered through the smallest of speakers. The Sonic Focus Stereo HD IP delivers high-performance virtual surround sound for tethered stereo devices such as digital TVs, advanced stereo speakers, speaker sound bars and digital signal processing (DSP) enabled headphones.

    As multimedia consumer electronics products get smaller and thinner, audio suffers tremendously due to the limited size of the speakers and audio cabinets. The DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo and Stereo HD IP solutions help restore audio fidelity that is obscured by compression. They also overcome audio limitations due to creative industrial designs and recreate the original user experience from digital content. In addition, the Synopsys solutions include a robust set of components that enable designers to meet the performance, power and memory requirements of their stereo-enabled applications.

    --  The DesignWare Sonic Focus Audio Software IP uses advanced,
    multi-channel internal processing algorithms, enabling devices to accept
    and process multi-channel stereo audio content (including 5.1 and 7.1
    audio channel input modes) and reproduce a rich audio experience
    --  The DesignWare Sonic Focus Surround IP expands the sound field of the
    device's audio output, helping to create the desired immersive impact
    and effect from high-performance stereo products
    --  The DesignWare Sonic Focus Product Mastering tools, which work directly
    with the embedded Sonic Focus audio algorithms, providing designers with
    real-time feedback and control of the audio software to create a
    high-quality audio experience

    "DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo post-processing IP has been successfully implemented by leading PC manufacturers to deliver a rich, compelling audio listening experience for end users," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys. "The Sonic Focus Stereo IP solutions extend this benefit into low-power DSP and cost-effective embedded stereo audio applications, delivering enhanced performance in ultra-thin speaker-based designs. In addition, by using the new Synopsys Sonic Focus logo on their products, OEMs and ODMs can further differentiate their leading consumer multimedia products that take advantage of this unique audio technology."


    The DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo IP solutions are available now. For additional information, please visit To see the DesignWare Sonic Focus Stereo and Stereo HD IP demonstrations at CES 2011 visit Synopsys in the Venetian Suite exhibits, room 30-334.

    About DesignWare IP

    Synopsys is a leading provider of high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. The broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes complete interface IP solutions consisting of controllers, PHY and Verification IP for widely used protocols, analog IP, embedded memories, logic libraries, embedded test & repair IP, audio post-processing software and configurable processor cores. In addition, Synopsys offers SystemC transaction-level models to build virtual prototypes for rapid, pre-silicon development of software. With a robust IP development methodology, reuse tools, extensive investment in quality and comprehensive technical support, Synopsys enables designers to accelerate time-to-market and reduce integration risk. For more information on DesignWare IP, visit: Follow us on Twitter at

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 70 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at

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

    Editorial Contact: Sheryl Gulizia Synopsys, Inc. 650-584-8635 Stephen Brennan MCA, Inc. 650-968-8900 x114

    Synopsys, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sheryl Gulizia of Synopsys, Inc., +1-650-584-8635,; or Stephen Brennan of MCA, Inc., +1-650-968-8900
    x114,, for Synopsys, Inc.

    Web site:

    ComCam Welcomes 2011 with a Backlog of Orders and New Contracts

    WEST CHESTER, Pa., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ComCam International, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has a backlog of over $3 million in contracts. The backlog is comprised of work in progress and new contracts. Successful bids in the New Year have accounted for over $1 million of these contracts, the most recent of which were awarded by new state and federal clients for the installation of command and control systems at correctional facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

    ComCam CEO Don Gilbreath stated, "We have started 2011 ahead of expectations and with follow-on contracts for existing federal and state facilities in addition to several new security and software contracts. We are cautiously optimistic for new purchase orders in Q1 for our US/Mexico border product line that includes long range view (7km) network thermal and visual imaging and analytics solutions."

    ComCam International ( develops leading-edge network video command-and-control products, and provides solutions and technical services to U.S. government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, research facilities, OEM, systems integrators and dealers worldwide. The company specializes in wireless IP, mobile, and wearable devices that are ideal for remote use in inhospitable environments.

    A number of statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including technological obsolescence, market acceptance of future products, competitive market conditions, and the sufficiency of capital resources. The actual results ComCam International may achieve could differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. ComCam International encourages the public to read the information provided here in conjunction with its most recent filings on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. ComCam International's public filings may be viewed at

    Contact: Pete Ianace ComCam President (972) 365.4848

    ComCam International

    CONTACT: Pete Ianace, ComCam President, +1-972-365-4848,

    Web site:

    Savvis Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant in Leading Analyst Firm's Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP)

    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Savvis, Inc. , a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced that industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned it in the visionaries quadrant in the Magic Quadrant for "Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), North America" published Nov. 29 and authored by Kelly M. Kavanagh and John Pescatore.

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    According to Gartner, "Companies in the visionaries quadrant have demonstrated the ability to turn a strong focus on managed security into high-quality service offerings for the MSS market. These service providers are often strong contenders for enterprises requiring frequent interaction with MSS analysts, flexible service delivery options and strong customer service. Visionaries quadrant MSSPs have less market coverage and fewer resources or service options compared with leaders quadrant firms."

    In the report, Gartner projects continued growth for MSSPs in North America, but with a shift to mid-size or smaller buyers driving price erosion for core services, and the introduction of lower-price, multifunction firewall, log management and other new offerings. Gartner also states that increased enterprise use of software-as-a-services (SaaS) and the "consumerization of IT" will lead to more cloud-based security-as-a-service offerings, which will grow faster than the customer-premises-equipment-focused MSSP market in the second half of 2010 and 2011.

    Gartner also states in the report that in 2009, North American MSSPs generated revenue of $1.8 billion, representing growth of 24 percent over 2008, while the number of firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) devices under monitoring/management grew more than 20 percent. Gartner predicts that revenue will have grown to $2.3 billion for 2010.

    "We are excited to be positioned in the visionaries quadrant in the Managed Security Services Magic Quadrant because we believe it represents significant industry validation of Savvis' managed security services," said Chris Richter, vice present of security products and services for Savvis. "Managed security is a core element of Savvis' virtualized and cloud compute solutions, allowing our enterprise clients to reduce risk as they streamline and optimize their IT infrastructures."

    Savvis continues to advance its IT infrastructure services delivery platform and operational support systems throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Savvis currently operates 31 data centers globally, encompassing nearly 1.5 million square feet of space designed to support enterprise and government IT operations.

    About the Magic Quadrant

    The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the leaders quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    About Savvis

    Savvis, Inc. is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. Nearly 2,500 unique clients, including 33 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information, please visit

    PRN Photo Desk, Savvis, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media: George Csolak, +1-314-628-7266,,
    or Investors: Peggy Reilly Tharp, +1-314-628-7491,

    Web site:

    Lighting Science Group Hires Prominent Industry Sales Executive--Travis Jones

    SATELLITE BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighting Science Group Corporation , a leading American maker of LED-based lighting, has hired Travis Jones as vice president of national accounts. Jones will play an integral role in the management of existing national accounts, and the pursuit of new accounts. He will report to John Bono, Lighting Science Group's vice president for strategic accounts.

    Prior to joining Lighting Science Group, Jones worked for Cooper Lighting where he was most recently the business development manager for national accounts. Prior to his work at Cooper Lighting, he worked for NESCO as their director of national account sales. Jones also worked for 6 years at Acuity Brands as vice president of sales and marketing in the Austin Division and was responsible for a 52-person staff that managed 4 brands and 3 sales channels, achieving record sales and profits growth.

    "Lighting Science Group has seen rapid sales growth over the past year. I'm confident that Travis' tremendous knowledge and experience in the lighting industry sales and marketing arena will have an immediate and positive impact on our business," said Ted Russ, chief business development officer of Lighting Science Group.

    Jones, his wife Carmen and their 3 children reside in Austin, Texas. He serves on the Board of Directors for Lakehills Church in Cedar Park, Texas. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland College Alumni Association in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Business Administration.

    About Lighting Science

    Lighting Science Group Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets LED lighting solutions that are environmentally friendlier and more energy efficient than traditional lighting products. Lighting Science Group offers retrofit LED lamps in form factors that match the form factor of traditional lamps or bulbs and LED luminaires for a range of applications including public and private infrastructure for both indoor and outdoor applications. Lighting Science Group Design Works business unit designs, develops and manufactures custom LED lighting solutions for architectural and artistic projects. Lighting Science Group is headquartered in Satellite Beach, Florida; the Company's European operations are based in Goes, The Netherlands; and, the Company has a sales office in Sydney, Australia. Lighting Science Group has over 400 workers in its Satellite Beach, Florida manufacturing facility that build lighting products from domestic and imported parts. Lighting Science Group is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company. More information about Lighting Science Group is available at

    Forward Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding the performance of LSG and the performance of LSG's products using terminology such as "will," "should," "would," "could," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," or "believe." Such statements reflect the current view of LSG with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements. In evaluating these statements, you should specifically consider various factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors detailed under "Risk Factors" in our most recent Form 10-K and subsequent Form 10-Qs on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Lighting Science Group Corporation

    CONTACT: Andy Beck, MWW Group, +1-202-585-2288,

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    UBM Live Presented Call Centre & Customer Management Expo Live, Targeted to Call Centre Industry - Now Available on DemandVirtual Event Leader UBM Studios Provided 3D Platform

    CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Live presented Call Centre & Customer Management Expo Live on November 30, 2010, targeted to the call centre industry. UBM Studios, a leader in virtual events and virtual business solutions, provided the 3D platform for the event. The event is now available on demand.

    The virtual event drew 708 registrants and 288 live attendees. Attendees spent an average of 2 hours and 27 minutes in the environment.

    "We were very pleased with the overall results of the event, as were our customers," said Jonathan Collins, Publishing & Event Director, Customer Management Portfolio, UBM Live. "In particular we were impressed with the comprehensive functionality the event offered and delivered two webinars as part of the event. In addition, both British Telecom and DHL were delighted with the success of the event and the leads that were generated."

    In the Auditorium, the seminar program offers presentations on "Building the business case for engagement," "Coping with social media, how the big brands are going to survive," "How every organization must evolve - to serve today's always-on customers," "How Will the Contact Centre Change in the Next Ten Years," "Press '1' to Get Lost: Improving the Contact Center Customer Experience," and "What Does the Perfect Contact Centre Look Like?"

    The Exhibit Hall showcases booth from Goldcrest Solutions, Sword Ciboodle, ContactBabel, ICMI, ASC, DPG plc, Nexidia, Previsor, RightNow, Aquira, Business Systems, Ctalk, Britannic, Red Box Recorders, WhosOn, CallScriptor, Jabra, Genesys, ISV, Vantage Point, Mystery Shoppers and Protocall One.

    Additionally, in the Networking Lounge event attendees were able to chat with peers one-on-one or in group chats.

    All presentations were immediately available on demand.

    For additional information on UBM Studios or to purchase a virtual business solution, contact Kate Spellman, SVP, Managing Director, UBM Studios at 516 562 7383 or

    To follow UBM Studios on Twitter, visit, to follow on Facebook, visit UBM Studios and to follow on LinkedIn, visit UBM Studios.

    About UBM Live

    Operating internationally, UBM Live operates a number of market leading exhibitions, awards, websites/online products and publications in twenty different business sectors. Its brands include CPhI, IFSEC, Food Ingredients. Cruise Shipping Miami, Technology for Marketing and Advertising, International Confex, Informex and many more. With offices in the UK, Netherlands, USA, UAE and Brazil, UBM Live has successfully geo-cloned its leading CPhI, Food Ingredients, TFM&A and IFSEC brands into territories such as China, Japan, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa. As well as building relationships with our customers, we help wider communities through our corporate responsibility programme.

    About UBM Studios (

    UBM Studios is a leader in virtual events and virtual business solutions. A pioneer with virtual platforms, UBM Studios delivers deep expertise in live and online events that brings business value to customers. UBM Studios connects, educates and enables virtual communications through a portfolio that fits every budget. UBM Studios is the only virtual event provider to offer platform, content, audience recruitment, reporting and social marketing and gaming. UBM Studios virtual events include Virtual Trade Shows, Virtual Career Fairs, Virtual Seminar Centers, Virtual Resource Centers, Virtual Product Launch, Virtual Business Continuity, Virtual Corporate Meetings, Virtual Sales Meetings, Virtual Focus Group Centers and Virtual Training. UBM Studios delivers a complete global communication solution in Asia, Europe and North America in industries including, health, finance, technology, building and education.

    About United Business Media Limited

    UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization 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 organized 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 Kate Spellman UBM Studios 516 562 7383

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    CONTACT: Kate Spellman, UBM Studios,,

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    MAM Software Group Reports Gain of Debt Prepayment

    BARNSLEY, England, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MAM Software Group, Inc. , (the "Company" or "MAM"), a leading provider of business automation and ecommerce solutions for the automotive aftermarket, announced today that effective December 31, 2010, the Company has prepaid the 7% note issued April 2010. The balance of the obligation was settled for $670,000 and the Company recorded a gain on the settlement of approximately $52,000.

    Commenting on the prepayment, MAM's CEO, Michael Jamieson, said, "During the past several months, the Company has been able to increase revenues, profits and cash flow and in October raised $3.3 million of new equity and secured a 3.4% term loan for $2 million." Jamieson further commented "this prepayment represents a prudent opportunity to use a portion of the Company's cash position. In addition to recording a gain, on the prepayment, the Company also will avoid interest payments of approximately $25,000 in this fiscal year and $28,000 in the following year. As we move into calendar year 2011, we are pleased to be able to do so with a strong balance sheet, devoid of these legacy liabilities. We are now squarely in a position to focus 100% of our efforts on running and growing our business."

    About MAM Software Group, Inc.

    MAM Software Group, Inc. is a supplier of business and ERP supply chain management solutions to automotive parts manufacturers, distributors and retailers. MAM Software Group provides the automotive aftermarket with a combination of business management systems, information products, and online services that together deliver benefits for all parties involved in the timely repair of a vehicle. For further information, please visit

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties impacting the company's business including, increased competition; the ability of the company to expand its operations through either acquisitions or internal growth, to attract and retain qualified professionals, and to expand commercial relationships; technological obsolescence; general economic conditions; and other risks detailed time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    MAM Software Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Charles F. Trapp, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
    Officer, +1-610-336-9045 ext. 240

    Web site:

    Raytheon's Andover Facility Named IndustryWeek 'Best Plant'

    TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IndustryWeek magazine has named Raytheon Company's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass., one of its "Best Plants" for 2010.

    The annual competition evaluates manufacturing facilities in multiple categories, including quality, on-time delivery, worker safety and focus on continuous improvement, which will increase competitiveness and customer satisfaction.

    "Continuous improvement is an on-going journey for us," said Dan Ryan, vice president of Operations and Integrated Supply Chain at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Our philosophy is everybody, everyday - ideas from across all areas of the operation are essential for us to continue to increase our efficiency and capacity while maintaining our quality."

    Since 2007, the Integrated Air Defense Center has achieved a 6 percent year-over-year increase in productivity and a reduction of manufacturing floor space requirements of 45,000 square feet. One of the center's largest programs is the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. In the past two years, it has had a 100 percent on-time delivery and no-customer rejections since 2005. Approximately 4,500 people work at the facility.

    Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

    Contact: Guy Shields 978.858.5246

    Raytheon Company

    CONTACT: Guy Shields for Raytheon Company, +1-978-858-5246

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    Harris Corporation Awarded IDIQ Contract with Potential Value of $475 Million to Provide Tactical and Land Mobile Radios to International Partners of United States

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


    --  IDIQ contract from the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command has
    $475 million ceiling over five years.
    --  Contract is part of the Foreign Military Sales program, which promotes
    coalition cooperation and interoperability.
    --  Harris uniquely situated to address requirements for integrated
    communication systems that promote improved command and control and
    situational awareness.

    Harris Corporation , an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a potential total value of $475 million to supply military and land mobile radio systems to international partners of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Defense.

    The five-year contract, awarded by the U.S. Army's Communications Electronics Command (CECOM), certifies Harris as a provider of radios, accessories, communication systems and services to assist U.S. partners with their tactical communication needs. The contract is part of the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program, which support coalition building and interoperability through sales of defense equipment, training and services.

    The contract covers the Harris RF Falcon II(R) and Falcon III(R) radio portfolio -- such as the RF-7800M Multiband Networking, and RF-7800S Secure Personal radios -- as well as public safety and professional communications land mobile radios.

    "This contract provides us a vehicle to continue our partnership with US Army CECOM to support international customers with advanced tactical radios and integrated communications system solutions," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications. "These radios and systems are used in a wide range of important applications, such as command and control, border security, counter-terrorism and other missions requiring secure networked communications."

    Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon(R) family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications(R) systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets -- with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

    About Harris Corporation

    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(R) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available online.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

    Harris Corporation

    CONTACT: Kevin Aman, RF Communications, +1-585-241-8186,, Jim Burke, Corporate Headquarters, +1-321-727-9131,

    Web site:

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