Companies news of 2007-10-29 (page 2)

  • Launches Vertical Search Engine for the Aerospace & Defense Industry
  • Microsoft, Miami Offer Seniors Free Computer Training, Customized PCsNew technology...
  • Microsoft Accepting Applicants for Next-Gen PC Design CompetitionThis year's focus on...
  • Motorola Rolls Out First ROKR(TM) for the Car with Portable In-Car Speakerphone and Music...
  • General Dynamics Awarded $20 Million Contract to Analyze Target Recognition and Combat...
  • MTV, VH1 and CMT Create Entertainment, Gaming Experiences Built Around Music LyricsOn-Air,...
  • PacificNet Subsidiary Receives Order for 5,000 Slot Machines from Gaming Operator in...
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    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIATION WEEK, the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, today announced the launch of an aerospace and defense industry vertical search engine at The vertical search engine provides users with a single resource to obtain aviation-specific information from highly specialized sources in a matter of seconds.

    The new search capability was developed in partnership with Inventory Locator Service, ILS, using the Industry Eyes filtered web search along with content from AVIATION WEEK including selected news, company information and product/service listings.

    "AVIATION WEEK's new vertical search capability adds even more power to the world's leading online destination for aviation, aerospace and defense industry professionals," said Tom Henricks, President of AVIATION WEEK. "Vertical search enables our users to more readily find relevant information, and offers our advertisers a cost-effective method of reaching a very focused and engaged audience," he said.

    "Industry Eyes and AVIATION WEEK are an excellent fit," said Bruce Langsen, president of ILS. "Industry Eyes will expand upon the already wide array of information available from the site. This relationship enables us to provide a valuable resource for the global aviation and defense industries."

    The new vertical search capability is the latest in a series of enhancements to, which was relaunched in January 2007. The site now includes the latest industry news and insight; multimedia content, including news, videos, audio podcasts, photo galleries, blogs across all aerospace and defense sectors as well as forums and discussion groups. boasts a current average of 800,000 views and over 200,000 unique visitors per month, who are predominantly executives and engineers from aerospace and defense manufacturers, airlines, armed forces, government agencies, MRO service providers, educational and R&D institutions.

    To experience the new vertical search engine, visit For more information about ILS, visit or call 1-901-794-5000.


    AVIATION WEEK, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, and includes the publications Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Business & Commercial Aviation, Overhaul & Maintenance, ShowNews, Aviation Daily, The Weekly of Business Aviation, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report and the World Aerospace Database. The group's web portal,, offers the industry's most reliable news, information, intelligence and features, and its Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) at is the industry's most integrated business tool for managers, business developers, buyers and technical professionals across the entire aviation and aerospace field. The group also produces 12 major conferences and exhibitions in the MRO, defense and programs sectors. Information is available at

    About The McGraw-Hill Companies

    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2006 were $6.3 billion. Additional information is available at


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    Microsoft, Miami Offer Seniors Free Computer Training, Customized PCsNew technology packages from Microsoft, tailored to seniors, complement training at neighborhood senior centers in Miami.

    MIAMI, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. and the City of Miami -- both leaders in digital inclusion -- today announced eSeniors, a public-private partnership that will provide free computer training and the opportunity to purchase customized technology packages to Miami seniors at learning hubs located in neighborhood senior centers throughout the city.


    "eSeniors aims to provide Miami seniors with technology tools and training that can empower them to improve their quality of life, simplify many everyday tasks, access community and government services more easily, and participate fully in our increasingly digital society," said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

    The eSeniors program is part of ELEVATE Miami, a broad initiative designed to enable all Miami residents to participate and compete in the digital economy. For eSeniors, the City of Miami is providing free training and computer access at senior centers, using recycled computers equipped with the Windows XP operating system, the Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Encarta. In June 2007, Mayor Diaz received the prestigious City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in recognition of ELEVATE Miami's comprehensive and innovative approach to the reduction of poverty, which includes digital inclusion as one of its four cornerstones.

    "As personal computers and the Internet become increasingly important in our society, many seniors are being left out, not because of too little interest but because of too little access and too few opportunities to learn the necessary skills," said Rob Sinclair, director of the Accessibility Business Unit at Microsoft. "Miami is providing a model for other cities to follow by making it easy for seniors to get the tools and training they need to gain full membership in today's digital lifestyle."

    New Senior PC Technology Packages Available Online

    As part of the eSeniors initiative, Microsoft is releasing several technology packages tailored to the needs and interests of seniors. The new technology packages are available to seniors who want to purchase a computer of their own, or to adult children who may want to buy a computer for their parents.

    People can choose either a desktop or notebook HP computer running Windows Vista and Microsoft productivity software geared toward seniors. In addition, the senior PC packages come with a color printer and software applications designed to help seniors manage their household tasks, keep track of their prescriptions, and sharpen memory with games. Seniors can also choose a larger keyboard or trackball mouse for easier typing and mouse pointing. One package, available only in a desktop model, includes the Spanish-language version of Windows Vista.

    All the technology packages can be purchased online at To make the technology packages more affordable, any Miami senior who completes the city's training program will receive a voucher to help offset the cost of purchasing a computer for his or her home.

    Microsoft and City of Miami Partnership Empowers Seniors

    For Microsoft and Miami, the new eSeniors program is an extension of longstanding commitments to digital inclusion and service to seniors, and their shared belief that technology can serve as an equalizer for people of all ages, removing workplace barriers and increasing employment opportunities while reducing social isolation.

    "Gaining new technology skills and access to accessible technology will give many seniors a wider range of social and economic opportunities, enabling them to change careers, work part-time, stay employed longer, and expand their ability to contribute to their communities through volunteering," said Lori Parham, Florida state director for AARP. "By bringing seniors into the digital age, Microsoft and Miami are empowering them with more choices about how they live their lives."

    In addition to being part of ELEVATE Miami, eSeniors is an extension of the successful eParks program that began in 2004 and now offers technology training and computer access to children, their parents and other Miami residents at 27 city parks. To reach seniors more effectively, the city decided to set up similar learning hubs in senior centers, starting with two centers to establish the model, and expanding to 10 senior centers by early 2008.

    "Mayor Diaz and the Miami city commissioners have shown tremendous vision in reaching beyond traditional strategies to find creative ways to help the people of Miami participate in the digital age," Sinclair said. "Microsoft is proud to partner with the City of Miami on providing seniors with new opportunities, and we look forward to working on similar initiatives with other U.S. cities."

    City of Miami

    Elevate Miami is a program that prepares all residents of Miami for a leadership position in the global economy, creating unparalleled areas of opportunity by establishing public and private partnerships which facilitate access to affordable technology, including mobile and low-cost internet access, and therefore enhancing the quality of life for all Miamians. ELEVATE MIAMI seeks to reach this goal through a multi-faceted approach that incorporates the following: eParks -- equips 27 City of Miami parks with 264 computers and offers open lab hours available to all residents; eSenior Centers -- equips senior centers with computers and offers computer literacy training to the elderly (currently available in 2 senior centers with 142 seniors attending training); Education Compact -- creates a Curriculum for all sixth graders which integrates technology and life experiences. If students meet the expectations of the program, they will earn a computer.

    About Unlimited Potential

    Microsoft Unlimited Potential expands and accelerates Microsoft's commitment to facilitate sustained social and economic opportunity for the more than 5 billion people living in every country around the world who do not today benefit from technology. More information about Unlimited Potential is available 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: Kelly Penton of the City of Miami, +1-305-416-1440,; or Amy Butchart, +1-253-249-5769,, or Rapid Response Team, +1-503-443-7070,, both of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft

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    Microsoft Accepting Applicants for Next-Gen PC Design CompetitionThis year's focus on futuristic PC designs inspires people to pursue their passions.

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp.'s annual Next-Gen PC Design Competition is open for online entry submission until 11:59 p.m. EST Dec. 14. The competition aims to encourage ongoing enthusiasm for Windows-based PCs by engaging the imagination and creativity of the industrial design (ID) community and delivering a resource for the PC industry at large.


    With this competition, Microsoft hopes to identify great talent and spur a dialogue between the ID field, the PC industry and their shared customers regarding what makes a great PC fit their customers' digital lifestyle.

    This year's competition theme focuses on designs that help people fuel their passion, whether it's music, traveling or photography. This year's next-generation PC designs must contain scenarios and features that address ways to help people pursue their passions more easily, more powerfully and more enjoyably -- and even how to help users obtain results they had never thought possible. This is also the first year the competition will look at software and hardware as part of the PC design. Applicants will need to focus not only on exterior design, shape and color, but they must pay attention to programs that will enhance what people feel passionate about. Successful entries will clearly define and thoroughly understand the audiences that the PC is designed for as well as the culture, lifestyle, habits and practices of the user.

    All eligible entries will be reviewed January through April 2008 by a distinguished panel of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)-member judges from the international PC and industrial design community in addition to representatives from leading hardware manufacturers. The entries will be scored by the following criteria:

    -- Innovation. Is the design new and unique? -- User experience and interaction. In what ways does the design make the PC easier to use? -- Aesthetics. How does the appearance enhance the emotional appeal of the product? -- Technology integration. How is the design enhanced by new technologies? -- Windows software. How does this design enhance or expand the users' experience with Windows? -- Market viability and manufacturability. Who does this design appeal to, and what are the viable markets? -- Ecology. How is the design environmentally responsible?

    Five winners will be selected, and up to five honorable mentions may be chosen by the judges. From Feb. 15 through March 15 the selected finalists will be posted on the Next-Gen PC Design Competition Web site,, where the public will be invited to vote for its favorite entry to determine the Public's Choice Award. The winners will be announced in May 2008 and honored at the 2008 Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC). More information about the competition, including how to enter, is available at

    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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    Rapid Response Team, +1-503-443-7070,, both of
    Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for Microsoft Corp.

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    Motorola Rolls Out First ROKR(TM) for the Car with Portable In-Car Speakerphone and Music SystemWith the new MOTOROKR(TM) T505, Drivers Simply Clip, Tune and Go to Enjoy Wireless, Hands-Free Connectivity and Music

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMA SHOW -- Motorola, Inc. is dialing up the experience of hands-free driving with the introduction of the MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth(R) In-Car Speakerphone and Digital FM Transmitter, its first road-ready, music-oriented ROKR accessory and the latest addition to its portfolio of in-car solutions. The MOTOROKR T505 enables consumers to connect a compatible Bluetooth enabled phone(1) to the car sound system and enjoy hands-free calling and their own personal music collection in outstanding stereo sound. Motorola will unveil its newest Bluetooth automotive accessory here at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, the premiere automotive specialty products trade event.

    The T505 is extremely portable and requires no wires or installation. Drivers simply clip the device to a car's visor and pair the T505 using Motorola's EasyPair(TM) technology to a compatible Bluetooth device. When the T505 is connected to a stereo Bluetooth phone, such as a MOTORAZR(2) or MOTOROKR Z6, or an MP3 player, calls and music are streamed wirelessly with the perfectly-tuned clarity and wide-ranging volume of a car stereo. Drivers with standard Bluetooth phones can use the T505 to make and take their calls over the car stereo. And when the ride's over, the T505 can be easily unhooked and taken to another car for the next trip.

    "Today's drivers demand convenience and connectivity without missing a beat to what's important to them -- their calls and their music," said Jason Few, corporate vice president, Motorola, Inc. "We're excited to introduce a portable, music-optimized ROKR to the car to enhance the mobile experience while consumers are on the road."

    The T505 also features StationFinder(TM), a breakthrough technology that announces where the best FM connection can be found on the user's car radio. When calls come in, the T505 automatically mutes the music and audibly announces the Caller-ID(2), so drivers can keep their eyes on the road. Cutting-edge echo and noise reduction technology and a built-in microphone and 2-watt speaker also ensure that drivers have outstanding sound and zero static throughout their ride.

    Motorola, a global leader in the Bluetooth accessories market, offers a selection of portable and fixed automotive-focused Bluetooth solutions for drivers including speakerphones, headsets and other accessories.


    The ROKR T505 is expected to become available in Q1 2008. For more information, please visit

    About Motorola

    Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of seamless mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you connect simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $42.8 billion in 2006. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit

    The use of wireless phones while driving may cause distraction. Discontinue a call if you can't concentrate on driving. Additionally, the use of wireless devices and their accessories may be prohibited or restricted in certain areas. Always obey the laws and regulations on the use of these products.

    (1) This device supports Bluetooth Advanced Audio Delivery, Audio Video Remote Control, Hands-free, and Headset profiles. In order for Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer.

    Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.

    (2) Network and/or SIM card dependent feature, not available in all areas. Airtime, data charges, and/or additional charges may apply.

    MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Motorola, Inc. under license. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2007. All rights reserved.

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    CONTACT: Media, Molly Sheehan of Motorola, Inc., +1-312-953-6006,; or Onsite at SEMA, Jeremy Adams of Fleishman-Hillard,
    mobile, +1-312-209-9548,, for Motorola, Inc.

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    General Dynamics Awarded $20 Million Contract to Analyze Target Recognition and Combat Identification Technologies

    DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics , has been awarded the Target Recognition and Advanced Identification Development and Evaluation (TRAIDE) contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The contract is valued at $20 million over a 64-month period of performance.

    General Dynamics will conduct operational and technical analyses of advanced combat identification systems to determine which technology concepts perform best in realistic Air Force missions. This includes defining combat identification requirements, assessing operational effectiveness of combat identification technologies, planning and conducting ground and flight data collections, developing target recognition algorithms, developing and populating signature data bases, and supporting transition of combat identification technologies and systems to the warfighter.

    General Dynamics and its predecessor companies in Dayton have been doing related work for the Air Force Research Laboratory since 1997.

    "General Dynamics, in conjunction with our industry partners and Air Force researchers, is providing the leadership and technical solutions for the next generation of critical combat identification systems for the Air Force," said Mark Kusiak, vice president of sensing and imaging systems for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "Our team is well positioned to help the Air Force analyze and quickly utilize the most promising and cost- effective combat identification technologies."

    TRAIDE's operational and technical analyses are being performed at the General Dynamics facilities in Dayton, Ohio, and Ypsilanti, Mich. Teammates on the program include Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md.; Exemplar Systems, LLC, New Carlisle, Ohio; RNP Engineering, Inc., Beavercreek, Ohio; Aerial Productions International, Inc., Marana, Ariz.; and Dr. Hugh Washburn, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the company specializes in ground systems; imagery processing; mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is available on the Internet at

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 83,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information can be found online at

    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

    CONTACT: Mike Greenwood of General Dynamics Advanced Information
    Systems, +1-480-284-0782, fax, +1-480-892-2949,

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    MTV, VH1 and CMT Create Entertainment, Gaming Experiences Built Around Music LyricsOn-Air, Online and Mobile Experiences Tap Into Emotional Rush of Lyric Discovery

    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks' Music Group today announced that its MTV, VH1 and CMT music brands are creating innovative entertainment and gaming experiences built around the universal appeal of music lyrics. The experiences will live across each brand's multiple touchpoints - from on-air to online and mobile - and will be designed to tap into the emotional rush and sense of discovery that music fans feel when they learn the true lyrics to their favorite songs. By creating experiences across all its music brands and their screens, MTV Networks becomes the first media/entertainment company to deeply thread lyrics into the fabric of its programming on all platforms.

    "Powerful lyrics speak to everyone in deeply emotional ways, so it's only fitting that we create equally moving experiences that bring an artist's words to life," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks' Music & Logo Group. "By tightly linking lyrics with video and other curated programming, we're harnessing the full power of all of our screens to strengthen the emotional connections so many of us have with our favorite songs."

    "Our audiences love searching for their favorite lyrics," added Courtney Holt, Executive Vice President of Digital Media for the MTVN Music & Logo Group. "By threading innovative ways for them to seek out and interact with lyrics throughout our musical eco-system, we're creating even more unique ways for them to connect with their favorite music."


    MTV's "Spankin' New Music Week," which begins Nov. 26, will become "Spankin' New Lyrics Week," in which lyrics - and the artists' inspirations for their words - take center stage during the weeklong celebration of new music. VH1 will integrate lyrics into music programs like "Boxset," the online music series that made the jump to TV last year. And CMT is exploring ways to air interviews with heartland viewers discussing the meaning behind their favorite country songs. Lyrics also will be integrated into MTV Networks' recently green-lit "Name That Tune" series, which will air on all three networks. "Name That Tune" and the lyrics search capabilities both appeal to viewers' strong charge they get when they can quickly identify a song or decipher an elusive line.


    Online, each music brand will augment lyrics search capabilities with comprehensive artist information and unique editorial. Viewers who search for lyrics on, or will get the full lyrics, as well as links to music videos, links to purchase the song, and comprehensive artist information, such as bios and discographies. will launch a similar lyrics experience next year. Over time, the brands also will deliver unique editorial perspectives that highlight the important social, political and historical implications of select artists' lyrics.

    On the handset

    In the mobile realm, MTV Mobile, VH1 Mobile and CMT Mobile will let viewers discover lyrics directly on their handsets. Viewers who text an artist's name, song name or a portion of a line will receive a link to a special WAP, or mobile Internet, page displaying the full lyrics, along with other artist and track information.

    Additionally, all three brands will develop single and multiplayer trivia games for online and the mobile platform.


    The lyrics-based experiences will be rolled out in phases beginning in November and continuing through the first half of next year.

    The online and mobile lyrics data is provided by Gracenote(R).

    Today's announcement follows several recent digital highlights and milestones reached across MTV Networks. In September, MTVN attracted nearly 45 million unique visitors in the U.S., and nearly 92 million worldwide, across its online portfolio, according to comScore Media Metrix. The company recently unveiled plans to roll out Flux, a next-generation social media platform that will grow to span the company's young adult-and adult-directed websites and be open across the Internet. MTVN also has announced a development slate of two dozen targeted websites that will bring the company's global website portfolio to more than 300 sites by year's end. In August, the company announced that it will invest more than $500 million over the next two years in the development and distribution of its gaming business, to deeper serve and drive engagement among its core demographic audiences.

    About MTV Networks

    MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 140 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

    MTV Networks' Music Group

    CONTACT: Matthew Hutchison, +1-212-846-8052,, or Erica Cantwell, +1-212-846-3683,, or Mariana Agathoklis, +1-212-846-5755,, all of MTV Networks

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    PacificNet Subsidiary Receives Order for 5,000 Slot Machines from Gaming Operator in Europe

    BEIJING, Oct. 29 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- PacificNet, Inc. , a leading provider of gaming and mobile game technology, e-commerce, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in China, announced today that its Take1 Technologies ("Take1") subsidiary has received an order for 5,000 electronic slot machines from a leading gaming operator in Europe. This new sale is the largest order received by Take1 to date. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for competitive reasons.

    PacificNet's Take1 subsidiary designs and manufacturers electronic multimedia entertainment kiosks, coin-op kiosks and machines, Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM), bingo and slot machines, AWP (Amusement With Prizes) games, server-based downloadable game systems, and Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) such as Keno and Bingo machines, including hardware, software, client- server systems and cabinets. PacificNet's Take1 subsidiary is based in Hong Kong with offices and a hardware manufacturing facility located in Shenzhen, China. Software for the Take1 bingo machines is co-developed by PacificNet's software outsourcing unit, Pacific Solutions Technology, a CMM Level 3 certified software development center with over 200 software programmers located in Shenzhen, China. Recent regulatory changes in Europe and Asia have opened the door to more widespread electronic slot operators and PacificNet's Take1 subsidiary has had success in entering the European and Asian market as a full-service provider of electronic slot machines.

    "We are proud to announce the largest order of gaming machines received by Take1 to date," said Victor Tong, President of PacificNet. "Our machines are receiving a very warm reception in Europe as marked by this and previous orders. With our re-audit now behind us our focus is now, more than ever, to advance our gaming business and increase shareholder value. With Italy's new Comma 6A gaming legislation, we anticipate a big demand for slot machine replacement in Europe and PacificNet Take1 is well positioned to take advantage of this unique opportunity."

    About PacificNet

    PacificNet, Inc. ( is a leading provider of gaming and mobile game technology, e-commerce, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in China. PacificNet's gaming products are specially designed for Chinese and Asian gamers with focus on integrating localized Chinese and Asian themes and content, advanced graphics, digital sound effects and popular domestic music, with secondary bonus games and jackpots. PacificNet gaming products include: Multi-player Electronic Table Games -- Baccarat, Sicbo, Fish-Prawn-Crab, and Roulette machines, Server-Based Games (SBG) with multiple client betting stations, slot and bingo machines, Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), Amusement With Prizes (AWP) machines, gaming cabinet and client/server system designs, online i-gaming software design, and multimedia entertainment kiosks. PacificNet's gaming clients include the leading hotels, casinos, and gaming operators in Macau, Asia, and Europe, while e-commerce and CRM clients include the leading telecom companies, banks, insurance, travel, marketing and business services companies and telecom consumers in Greater China such as China Telecom, China Mobile, Unicom, PCCW, Hutchison Telecom, Bell24, Motorola, Nokia, SONY, TCL, Huawei, American Express, Citibank, HSBC, Bank of China, Bank of East Asia, DBS, TNT, China and Hong Kong government. PacificNet employs about 1,200 staff in its various subsidiaries throughout China with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Macau and Zhuhai China, USA and the Philippines.

    PacificNet's Major Operation Subsidiaries: -- PacificNet Games Limited (, is a leading provider of Asian multi-player electronic gaming machines, gaming technology solutions, gaming related maintenance, IT and distribution services for the leading hotel, casino and slot hall operators based in Macau, China and other Asian gaming markets. -- Take1 Technologies (, is in the business of designing and manufacturing electronic multimedia entertainment kiosks, coin-op kiosks and machines, Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM), bingo and slot machines, AWP (Amusements With Prizes) games, server-based downloadable games systems, and Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) such as Keno and Bingo machines, including hardware, software, and cabinets. -- Pacific Solutions Technology, is a CMM Level 3 certified software development center with over 200 software programmers located in Shenzhen, China, and specializes in the development of client-server systems, internet e-commerce software, online and casino gaming systems and slot machines, as well as banking and telecom applications using Microsoft Visual C++, Java, and other rapid application development tools. -- PacificNet Epro ( CRM Call Center and Customer Services Outsourcing -- PacificNet Clickcom (, VAS, SP, SMS, WAP -- Guangzhou Wanrong ( VAS, SP, SMS, MMS, IVR, WAP, Java Games -- PacificNet Communications Limited, iMobile, (,, Safe Harbor Statement

    This Company's announcement contains forward-looking statements. We may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in our periodic reports to the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, etc., in our annual report to shareholders, in our proxy statements, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by our officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, PacificNet's historical and possible future losses, limited operating history, uncertain regulatory landscape in China, and fluctuations in quarterly and annual operating results. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in PacificNet's Form 10K and other filings with the SEC.

    For more information, please contact: PacificNet USA office: Jacob Lakhany Tel: +1-605-229-6678 PacificNet Beijing office: Becky Zhao 23rd Floor, Building A, TimeCourt, No.6 Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100028 Tel: +86-10-5922-5000 PacificNet Shenzhen Office: Alin Chen Room 4203, JinZhongHuan Business Center, Futian District, Shenzhen, China 518040 Tel: +86-755-3322-2088 PacificNet Macau office: Unit A-C, 12th Floor, Edificio Commercial I Tak, No. 126, Rua Da Pequim, Macau, China Tel: +853-2870-4154

    PacificNet, Inc.

    CONTACT: At the PacificNet USA office: Jacob Lakhany at +1-605-229-6678;
    or at the PacificNet Beijing office: Becky Zhao at +86-10-5922-5000; or at the
    PacificNet Shenzhen Office: Alin Chen at +86-755-3322-2088; or the PacificNet
    Macau office at +853-2870-4154

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    Management Company for Temporary Labor Launches Successful Viral Video to Promote New OfferingClearPoint's Online Video Promotion Was Top Video of the Day on YouTube

    CHALFONT, Pa., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ClearPoint Business Resources ("ClearPoint" or the "Company"), a management company for temporary labor, showed clients and prospects last week that even a business-to-business company can promote a complex new offering using online video and consumer-generated media ("CGM"). CGM refers to the rapidly growing online voice of consumers, as expressed in blogs, public discussions and forums, and more recently the explosion of online video. Marketers are taking note of CGM because buyers tend to trust it more than traditional marketing and advertising according to research ( Until now, most sponsored online-videos were for large consumer brands like Coke and Mentos. ClearPoint, a workforce management solutions provider based in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, bucked that trend before last week's Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit in Dallas, debuting a comedic viral video preceding the conference. The company hired a local viral-video marketing expert and one of YouTube's most popular comedians, Kevin Nalts, to produce the video. The video was ranked one of the top 3 comedy "videos of the day" on YouTube and was viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube within days of its launch.

    "Our I-Labor Network is a difficult offering to convey via traditional advertising," said Mike Traina, ClearPoint's CEO. "And it was a creative challenge to make an exciting viral video about a workforce solution that streamlines the complex process involved in procurement and management of contingent workforce. I-Labor is an entirely new and revolutionary way of staffing a contingent workforce, a paradigm shift in the industry, which is very akin to the evolution of CGM as a revolutionary new way to advertise. "

    ClearPoint distributed DVDs of "Mr. Complicated" and a series of Nalts' videos, and launched ClearPoint president Chris Ferguson states, "Quite frankly we were surprised by the reception of the video on YouTube and by those attending last week's Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit. It has been great to get this much early exposure for our I-Labor Network".

    "This was one of the most interesting 'behind the scenes' stories I've seen with a sponsored video," said Kevin Nalts, who has won numerous video contests that promote such brands as Mentos, Butterfingers and Panasonic. "Typically a client will provide me with a marketing objective, and I return with some ideas about how to make them interesting online. But Mike and his team decided to have a company brainstorm one Friday evening. We started with some flat ideas, but got excited about the idea of Mr. Complicated, who is reminiscent of a Saturday Night Live character."

    "We needed to find a way to make our video communicate I-Labor Network's benefit but ensure that the video would be funny and viral," remarked Traina. "We also wanted to have fun spoofing the 'status quo' in purchasing, without offending traditional procurement managers."

    The team began by describing to Nalts the difficulties and unnecessary complications associated with procuring contingent workforces without I-Labor, and how many phone calls, faxes, contracts and headaches are involved for the procurement and HR teams of large corporations. "Initially we thought we'd portray a purchasing agent in the depths of complexity, but that risked offending a potential target and -- more importantly -- boring someone who couldn't relate to that experience," said Nalts, who also has a full-time job as a Marketing Director, and blogs about online video on "The breakthrough was when we decided to take this character and portray him in an everyday experience." One of the Clear Point staff members suggested having the character ordering a pizza, and the room lit up with energy on that idea."

    In the 3-minute debut video, "Mr. Complicated" and his embarrassed wife invite friends over for dinner. Instead of simply ordering a pizza, Mr. Complicated proceeds to spend the evening on the phone trying to bargain for different ingredients from various suppliers. The delivery people bring various parts of the pizza while Mr. Complicated's wife and friends fall asleep on the couch. Finally, one of the guests (played reluctantly by Mike Traina) decides to order pizza on his own, and minutes later a delivery person provides the box branded with I-Labor Network. The spoof matches the functionality of I-Labor which allows purchasing agents to have one contract, one contact point and no costly system integration to order temporary staff.

    "The feedback has been almost entirely positive and many people didn't feel like they were watching an advertisement," concluded Nalts. "We also explored a new approach by building a website devoted to the character rather than asking people to make the leap from a funny video to a promotional site for ClearPoint. The site is helping bridge the otherwise chasm between entertainment and promotion, and serves as a platform for additional videos we're launching next month.

    To view the "Mr. Complicated" video in its entirety and learn more about ClearPoint, please visit


    ClearPoint is a workforce management solutions provider based in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. ClearPoint's business was founded in 2001 and currently operates through 29 branches across the United States with over 140 employees and over 3,500 field associates. ClearPoint operated under the name Mercer Staffing, Inc. until it changed its name to ClearPoint in 2006. ClearPoint focuses on human resource/staff outsourcing, vendor management services, customized managed service programs, and workforce optimization. It also provides business services including business process outsourcing, support services for the transportation, logistics and staffing industries, and benefits solutions and administration. ClearPoint is also known for its project-based staff augmentation service which includes full service project solutions, executive search and permanent placement services, contract recruiting services and short- and long-term hourly-based assignments. ClearPoint was recently recognized in an elite group of 100 companies in its industry with at least $100 million in revenue in the May 2006 issue of Staffing Industry Report, which published its annual list of top staffing and human resource outsourcing companies. ClearPoint (referred to as Mercer Staffing, its prior name, in the article) was also recently recognized as the 17th fastest growing private company in the United States in the "Inc. 500" in the September 2006 issue of Inc. Magazine.


    WillVideoforFood is the website of Kevin Nalts, a self-proclaimed "viral video genius." Nalts is one of the most subscribed YouTube comedians, with more than 15 million views on YouTube. He has posted more than 500 short online videos, and has a blog and forum for video creators and marketers.


    The Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit is the only conference designed especially for corporate managers of contingent workforce programs. Attendees included leaders from a variety of functions, including HR, procurement, IT, and line management. Through presentations from top thinkers and innovators in the field, practical case studies, and extensive networking with peers, attendees left with best practices and next steps to take to optimize their contingent workforce programs.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements relating to ClearPoint's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions and are intended to be made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates" or other comparable terms. The risks and uncertainties discussed in the section "Risk Factors" included in the reports filed by ClearPoint with the SEC should be considered in evaluating ClearPoint's forward-looking statements. Such risk factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on ClearPoint's forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and ClearPoint undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

    Contact Information: Investor: Company: Bryan Kobel Chris Ferguson, President Hayden Communications ClearPoint Business Resources, Inc (646) 383-7621 (215) 997-7710

    ClearPoint Business Resources

    CONTACT: Investors, Bryan Kobel of Hayden Communications,
    +1-646-383-7621,; or Company, Chris Ferguson, President of
    ClearPoint Business Resources, Inc, +1-215-997-7710,

    Web site:

    Supermicro Unleashes Dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions

    SAN JOSE, California, October 29 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Energy-efficient Standard PCI-Express and Universal I/O Adapters

    Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI), a leader in application optimized high performance server solutions, today announced its first 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) solutions. The energy-efficient Supermicro AOC-UTG-i2 Universal I/O (UIO) and AOC-STG-i2 standard PCI-Express network adapters, based on the Intel(R) 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, enable the mainstream server market with dual-port PCI-Express-based 10GbE connectivity for optimal I/O performance.

    "These new Supermicro 10GbE adapters empower our existing customers to upgrade right away to dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. "The flexibility of our UIO architecture enables the AOC-UTG-i2 card for installation in 1U, 2U, 3U and 4U systems equipped with UIO motherboards, while the low-profile AOC-STG-i2 can be installed in any standard PCI-Express x8 slot. With outstanding performance and power efficiency, these products are ideal for a wide range of enterprise server environments like those running virtualization, demanding storage and high performance computing applications."

    "We are pleased that Supermicro has selected the energy-efficient Intel(R) 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller for the new AOC-UTG-i2 Universal I/O card and the AOC-STG-i2 card," said Tom Swinford, general manager of Intel's LAN Access Division. "The Intel(R) 82598 is designed for today's multi-core processor-based servers and has optimizations to address the I/O bottlenecks associated with server consolidation and virtualization. Its low power and outstanding performance make it ideally suited for multi-port adapter and LAN On Motherboard (LOM) designs."

    Providing dual-port 10GbE at an average of just 6.5 watts, these network adapters address the need created by the extensive growth in dense computing environments for efficient, high-bandwidth designs. Both the AOC-UTG-i2 and AOC-STG-i2 feature the reliability necessary for storage applications such as iSCSI, the dual-port redundancy needed for networking applications, as well as the throughput and low memory latency required for high-performance computing applications.

    For even greater flexibility, Supermicro offers a CX4-to-Optical cable option, which increases the viable cable length from 15 meters over CX4 copper cable to up to 100 meters over optical cable. These controller cards also support Intel(R) Virtualization Technology for Connectivity including Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and Intel(R) I/O Acceleration Technology (I/OAT). These new technologies improve overall system performance, lower CPU utilization, reduce system latency and, improve networking and I/O throughput in a virtualized environment.

    Supermicro Server Building Block Solutions(R) offer exceptional flexibility and feature advantages. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of server and workstation solutions go to

    About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

    Supermicro emphasizes superior product design and uncompromising quality control to produce industry-leading serverboards, chassis and server systems. These Server Building Block Solutions provide benefits across many environments, including data center deployment, high-performance computing, high-end workstations, storage networks and standalone server installations. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of advanced motherboards, SuperServers, and optimized chassis, visit, email or call the San Jose, CA headquarters at +1 408-503-8000.


    Supermicro and Server Building Block Solutions are registered trademarks, and 1U Twin is a trademark of Super Micro Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Web site:

    Super Micro Computer, Inc.

    Michael Kalodrich of Super Micro Computer, Inc., +1-408-503-8000,

    Vital Images and Sectra Extend Marketing and Reseller Agreement to Include European MarketIntegrated Enterprise Imaging Solution to Provide Advanced Visualization and Analysis Tools to Physicians Across Multiple Specialties

    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The IT and medical-technology company, Sectra, and Vital Images , a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization and analysis solutions, today announced the companies have signed a reseller and marketing agreement. Under this agreement, Sectra will be able to integrate Vital Images' Vitrea(R) software as part of Sectra PACS (picture archiving and communications systems) to offer a comprehensive solution to its European customer bases.

    "We've enjoyed a strong relationship with Sectra in the United States and are excited to build on that relationship to provide our European customers with an integrated solution that streamlines clinical workflow," said Phil Smith, executive vice president of corporate development for Vital Images. "This agreement supports our mutual commitments to simplifying complex data and enhancing communication enterprise-wide."

    Sectra's installed base of approximately 950 hospitals worldwide and more than 50% market share specifically in Scandinavia represents a significant opportunity for Vital Images to offer a comprehensive advanced visualization solution to new customers and to Sectra's existing European installed base.

    "This agreement is a key element of our overall growth strategy for the European market and we are excited to extend our existing partnership," said Marc Lamont, managing director for Vital Images Europe.

    Sectra will offer to its customers a solution that incorporates Vital Images' advanced visualization and analysis tools with its powerful image and data management package.

    "We see a growing demand for clinical visualization tools and by adding ViTAL's products to our offering we can provide a full portfolio responding to this demand," said Anders Brodin, sales marketing manager at Sectra.

    About Sectra's Medical Operations

    Sectra is one of the world's major diagnostic imaging system (PACS) providers. More than 900 hospitals worldwide use the system daily and more than 40 million radiology examinations are diagnosed in Sectra's system annually. In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Outside Scandinavia, Sectra's system is installed at customers in North America and most major countries in Europe and the Far East. In the US, Sectra has a dedicated sales, service and support organization focused on the North American market.

    About the Sectra Group

    Sectra successfully develops and sells cutting-edge products in the expansive niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. The company was founded in 1978 and has its roots in the Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden. Today, Sectra has offices in eleven countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2006/2007 fiscal year totaled SEK 673 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nordic Exchange in Stockholm. For more information about Sectra visit

    About Vitrea(R) Software

    Vitrea(R) software is Vital Images' advanced visualization solution that creates 2D, 3D and 4D images of human anatomy from CT (computed tomography) and MR (magnetic resonance) image data. Vitrea uses an intuitive clinical workflow and automation to improve speed to clinical decisions and workflow simplicity over other visualization techniques. With these productivity-enhancing tools, physicians can easily navigate within these images to better understand disease conditions. Vitrea addresses specialists' needs through various clinical applications for cardiac, colon, neuro and general vascular analysis.

    About Vital Images, Inc.

    Vital Images, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software solutions. The company's technology gives radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists and other medical specialists time-saving productivity and communications tools that can be accessed throughout the enterprise and via the Web for easy use in the day-to-day practice of medicine. Vital Images also has offices in Den Haag, The Netherlands and Beijing, China. For more information, visit

    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause results to differ materially from those projected, including but not limited to dependence on market growth, challenges associated with international expansion, the timely availability and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on major customers, fluctuations in quarterly results, third-party reimbursement and other factors detailed from time to time in Vital Images' SEC reports, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

    Vitrea(R) is a registered trademark of Vital Images, Inc. Vital Images disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

    Vital Images, Inc.

    CONTACT: Michael H. Carrel, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial
    Officer of Vital Images, Inc., +1-952-487-9500; or Torbjorn Kronander,
    President of Sectra Imtec AB, +46 13 23 52 27

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    DuPont Launches Customer Technical Center in India for Printing TechnologyReinforces Growth in DuPont Science & Innovation for Print Packaging

    MUMBAI, India, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DuPont today announced the launch of the DuPont Customer Technical Center (CTC) here in partnership with the SIES School of Packaging. The DuPont CTC, through its state-of-the- art laboratories and innovative processing equipment, will offer DuPont(TM) Cyrel(R) flexographic printing technology and training to equipment manufacturers and industry partners in the domestic printing and packaging industry.

    The new DuPont CTC, located at the SIES School of Packaging, also will demonstrate the efficacy of DuPont(TM) Cyrel(R) printing solutions, offer test and qualification facilities and provide services for equipment handling and plate-making. In addition, the DuPont CTC will provide students with the latest printing technologies and help study the cause and effect of plate making parameters.

    The India center is the ninth CTC facility that DuPont operates or is affiliated with worldwide, and the third in the Asia Pacific region, after Shanghai, China, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    "DuPont pioneered the digital revolution in flexographic printing by introducing the first digitally imaged plate and system, as well as the DuPont proprietary Cyrel(R) FAST thermal processing technology which eliminates solvent processing and improves productivity," said Barry Granger, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Imaging Technologies. "India is one of the fastest growing markets for flexographic printing technology. We are committed to supporting that growth, and our customers, with our state-of-the- art technology."

    Cyrel(R) FAST is one of the fastest growing technologies for advanced packaging graphics, with installations in 26 countries and on six continents. The business has exceeded industry growth rates annually, targeting multi- billion dollar industries that include graphic arts and consumer packaging.

    DuPont developed its totally integrated Cyrel(R) offering to cover the majority of flexo applications, which consists of the following products:

    -- Cyrel(R) FAST 1000TD, Cyrel(R) 1000 ECLF and Cyrel(R) Digital Imager, suitable for plates up to 90 x 120 cm and designed to bring the benefits of direct imaging to Tag and Label printers and lower volume trade shops, and; -- Cyrel(R) FAST TD4260, Cyrel(R) 2000 ECLF and Cyrel(R) Digital Imager, suitable for plates up to 106 x 152 cm and designed to bring the benefits of direct image exposure to flexible packaging printers and higher volume trade shops.

    Cyrel(R) FAST is a dry, thermal technology for processing flexo plates exposed digitally by the Cyrel(R) Digital Imager or conventionally with film. The Cyrel(R) FAST system eliminates conventional chemical solvents and aqueous washout solutions. In addition to environmental benefits, this technology may reduce platemaking times by up to 70 percent, saving customers time and money compared to alternative processing methods.

    DuPont is the global technology leader in flexographic printing systems. DuPont(TM) Cyrel(R) FAST is part of DuPont Imaging Technologies, which provides products for industrial print markets, commercial graphics, textile printing, packaging graphics, signage and electronic displays.

    The DuPont relationship with India began in 1802 when it received its first shipment of raw materials from India to produce black powder for explosives. Today, DuPont India markets a wide range of products for varied market segments. With about 700 employees, DuPont India is growing at a rate of more than 25 percent annually. It has six production facilities in three locations representing DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Engineering Polymers, DuPont Refinish automotive paints and Pioneer Hi-Bred.

    DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

    The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), and Cyrel(R) are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.


    CONTACT: Cathy Andriadis of DuPont, +1-302-774-4249,

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    Kaman Corp. to Broadcast Second Quarter Conference Call Over the Internet

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kaman Corp. today announced that it intends to release its results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2007 on Thursday, November 1, 2007, after the close of the market. The following morning, the Company will host a conference call to discuss these results, which will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Paul R. Kuhn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert M. Garneau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Russell H. Jones, Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, will host the call.

    Friday, November 2, 2007 11:00 AM EDT 10:00 AM CDT 9:00 AM MDT 8:00 AM PDT

    Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet through a link on the home page of the Company's website at:

    Please allow fifteen minutes prior to the call to visit the site to download and install any necessary audio software.

    The archived version of the call may be accessed at this site or by dialing (888) 286-8010 for domestic callers and (617) 801-6888 for international callers, beginning approximately two hours after the call ends and until November 9, 2007 at 11:59 pm ET. The access passcode for all callers is 40821819.

    Kaman Corp.

    CONTACT: Russell H. Jones, SVP, Chief Investment Officer & Treasurer of
    Kaman Corp., +1-860-243-6307,

    Web site:

    Company News On-Call: Ranks in Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50Technology Companies Awarded Based on Five Year Revenue Growth

    NEW YORK, October 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Answers Corporation , creators of the leading answer engine offering and, announced today that was named Number 25 on the 2007 Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Israel.

    According to Deloitte: "To determine the fastest growing companies, we reviewed fiscal year revenues over five years (2002-2006), calculated the revenue growth percentage over five years, and compared the growth of technology companies."

    "We're pleased by the recognition of this award," said Bob Rosenschein, Chairman and CEO. "In such an exciting and competitive time, we've worked hard to innovate our product offerings, and our approach to monetization and financial growth."

    "Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is a testament to a company's commitment to technology," said Asher Mechlovich, partner in charge of the Deloitte Brightman Almagor Israel Technology Fast 50 Program. "With its 532% growth rate over five years, has proven that its leadership has the vision and determination to grow in difficult conditions."

    About Answers Corporation

    Answers Corporation operates the award-winning Answers.comTM answer engine, delivering comprehensive content on over four million topics spanning health, finance, entertainment, business and more. Content includes over 180 licensed titles from leading publishers such as Houghton Mifflin Company, Barron's, Encyclopedia Britannica, All Media Guide and others; original articles written by's editorial team; and user-generated questions & answers from's industry-leading WikiAnswers(TM) ( Founded in 1999 by CEO Bob Rosenschein, can be launched directly from within Internet Explorer 7, Firefox and Opera browsers, and its service is integrated into sites like The New York Public Libraries', The New York Times, and others. is also available for mobile devices at For investment information, visit (answ-f)

    Investor Contact: Bruce D. Smith, CFA, VP of Strategic Development,, +1-646-502-4780; Press Contact: Alison Minaglia, Technology PR for,, +1-917-902-3404.

    Answers Corporation

    CONTACT: Investor Contact: Bruce D. Smith, CFA, VP of Strategic
    Development,, +1-646-502-4780; Press Contact: Alison
    Minaglia, Technology PR for,,

    Gannett to Join Tribune and Partner on National Network of Local Entertainment SitesJoint Venture Will Expand to Top 30 Markets

    CHICAGO and MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gannett Co., Inc. and Tribune Interactive, a division of Tribune Company , today announced a joint venture to expand a national network of local entertainment Web sites under the Metromix brand.

    The newly formed company, Metromix LLC, will focus on launching in the nation's top 30 markets plus other key metro areas in the coming months. It will be co-owned equally by the two parent companies. Terms of the venture were not disclosed.

    Metromix currently is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other large Tribune markets. Each Metromix site is a one-stop guide to area restaurants, bars and clubs, events, concerts, movies and more. The award-winning product targets young, socially active adults looking for an insider's perspective on local trends and hotspots. Users are typically 21-to-34 years-old with significant disposable income.

    "Gannett and Tribune are a powerful combination of deep local market experience, superior content and national scale," said Tim Landon, Tribune Interactive president. "With this partnership we can grow Metromix into a true national brand, adding value for advertisers who want to reach a highly desirable demographic."

    "We are pleased to join with Tribune in expanding Metromix," said Jack Williams, president of Gannett Digital. "Together we can take the established and successful Metromix brand and deliver it -- with local authenticity -- to all the nation's top markets. The concept is simple: make it fun, make it relevant, make it the place to go. That's what Metromix is all about."

    Metromix, originally launched by the Chicago Tribune, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary as the "go to" source for entertainment information in the city. The site's searchable database features more than 45,000 reader reviews, 5,000 current events and 20,000 destinations, including 10,000 restaurants and 3,000 bars and clubs. It has earned numerous awards including the EPpy Award for Best Entertainment Site and the Digital Edge Award for Best Advertising Program.

    "Metromix is a truly authentic, credible and up-to-the-minute entertainment resource -- as millions of Chicagoans can attest," said Kara Walsh, Metromix LLC chief executive officer. "Our users depend on technology to manage their lives, and use Metromix to stay 'in the know' about the social scene. As we expand our rollout across the country, we will bring the same 'must-see' qualities to users in other top markets."

    Metromix also is online in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Orlando, South Florida and other markets. The current network receives more than 14.5 million page views from over 1.6 million unique users per month (Omniture, Sept. 2007). Under the joint venture, Metromix expects to be in 25 of the top 30 markets and more than 40 markets overall by the end of 2008. In cities where Gannett and Tribune do not currently have operations, Metromix LLC may partner with other media companies to serve as local Metromix affiliates.

    Metromix LLC will be headquartered in Chicago. Its national content group will remain based in Los Angeles, close to movie and television industry contacts.

    GANNETT CO., INC. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

    TRIBUNE is one of the country's top media companies, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. It reaches more than 80 percent of U.S. households and is the only media organization with newspapers, television stations and websites in the nation's top three markets. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.), The Sun (Baltimore), South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant. The company's broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, Superstation WGN on national cable, Chicago's WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.

    Tribune Company

    CONTACT: Gary Weitman of Tribune Company, +1-312-222-3394,; or Tara Connell of Gannett Co., Inc., +1-703-854-6049,

    Web site:

    SAP Announces U.S. Partners to Sign Up to Assist Delivery of SAP(R) Business ByDesign(TM) to MidmarketExisting SAP(R) Business All-in-One and SAP(R) Business One Resellers Intend to Invest in Making SAP Business ByDesign an Integral Part of Their SAP SME Solution Portfolio

    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAP AG today announced 13 North American SAP resellers -- as part of 22 SAP resellers worldwide -- will assist SAP in its further rollout of SAP(R) Business ByDesign(TM), the company's most complete on-demand business software solution specifically addressing a new market of prospective, fast-growing midsize customers. Formally introduced on September 19, 2007, SAP Business ByDesign enriches SAP's existing small and midsize business offerings by providing an intuitive, highly adaptable, user-friendly on-demand solution allowing for easier consumption, faster time to value and minimized overall IT costs for the growing midsize market.


    The rapidly growing partner ecosystem, a core component of the SAP go-to-market strategy, signifies recognition by resellers of the value-add that SAP Business ByDesign provides for a previously untapped segment of the small and midsize business landscape. The "early partners" of SAP Business ByDesign who have signed memoranda of understanding with SAP are currently developing business models for SAP Business ByDesign that address the specific requirements of a high-volume market. SAP intends to include SAP Business ByDesign within the SAP(R) PartnerEdge(TM) program in the future. The SAP PartnerEdge program provides comprehensive support and communications to the greater partner ecosystem.

    "We are proud to introduce our 'early partners' today as allies who will play a significant role in our go-forward strategy for SAP Business ByDesign," said Michael Sotnick, senior vice president, Small and Midsize Enterprise, SAP Americas. "We will continue to work closely with these SAP resellers to jointly shape our future channel model for SAP Business ByDesign and set the foundation for a successful ecosystem surrounding this unmatched solution in the industry."

    Omega Business Solutions operates in the Pacific Northwest with offices in both Oregon and Washington, and has been an SAP Business One partner since 2003 with an extensive roster of SAP Business One customers.

    "Our support of the rollout of SAP Business ByDesign will expand our existing portfolio," said Forrest Koch, president, Omega. "In contrast to SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign is addressing customers that do not want to operate and own IT infrastructure. We plan to establish our own sales model that will allow us to integrate our core competencies. As a service provider, we take care of maintenance, administration and adaptation of the solution, so our customers will always be able to work with the most recent technology and features."

    IDS Scheer Americas, Inc., an SAP Business All-in-One partner since 1998, focuses on vertical solutions in the consumer package goods, professional services, pharmaceutical life sciences, wholesale distribution and chemical industries.

    "We have enjoyed many years of success as an SAP Business All-in-One partner specializing in solutions for small and midsize businesses," said John Haddad, managing director SME, IDS Scheer. "In our consulting engagements with customers across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, we see that midsize companies often balk at the high investments necessary to set up an IT architecture required for flexible integrated business solutions. SAP Business ByDesign is attractive for partners because it will allow us to fill the requirements in the marketplace and expand our business model to include this customer segment."

    Other U.S. partners will include: -- Apollo Consulting, LLC - headquartered in California, provides SAP Business One for wholesale, apparel and consumer business in California and Florida -- Bramasol Inc - headquartered in California, is a leading SAP partner for selling, delivering and supporting SAP Business All-in-One in the SME marketplace -- Business-First, LLC - headquartered in Minnesota, with other offices in Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, is a Gold-level SAP Business One software reseller and solutions provider -- Clients First Business Solutions (North America), LLC - headquartered in New Jersey, works with service providers, high technology and wholesale customers across the United States with SAP Business One -- Crossroads Partner - headquartered in Massachusetts, enables clients in the wholesale, automotive and medical device industries to better manage their business with SAP Business One -- Guidemark Systems, LLC - headquartered in New Hampshire, provides wholesale, discrete and professional services customers with SAP Business One -- itelligence, Inc - headquartered in Illinois, delivers the power of SAP to mid-market companies with a broad range of unique SAP Business All- in-One solutions customized for different industries, including automotive, chemical, consumer products, industrial machinery and components, and wholesale distribution -- Navigator Business Solutions, Inc - headquartered in Utah, with offices in Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada. Enables wholesale distribution, manufacturing and services businesses with SAP Business One -- Netsirk Technologies Inc. - headquartered in Florida, offers SAP Business One throughout Florida and the southeast to wholesale distributors, manufacturers, retailers and professional services firms -- Omega Group Inc - headquartered in Oregon, serves customers in the Pacific Northwest in the wholesale and discrete industries with SAP Business One -- Softbrands, Inc. - headquartered in Minnesota, operates worldwide and caters to multiple manufacturing verticals including food and beverage, process and industrial machinery with SAP Business One -- Vision33, Inc. - headquartered in California, serves customers in distribution with SAP Business One

    These partners are gearing up for business by sending consultants to deployment training for SAP Business ByDesign, which is available to the U.S. and German markets today. The early partners will be working side by side with SAP's own consultants in early customer projects. Adding to the 13 U.S. partners, nine partners in Germany will become early partners for SAP Business ByDesign, including All for One, CIB, Denker & Lenker, itelligence, KIRBIS, Seeburger, Steeb, TDS and Versino, all of whom are announced by SAP AG today.

    About SAP Business ByDesign

    SAP Business ByDesign is the industry's most complete and adaptable on-demand business solution for growing midsize companies. Based on SAP's innovative business process platform, SAP Business ByDesign delivers immediate business value and ongoing support, enabling customers to quickly and cost-effectively adapt their IT solution to unique and changing needs. Supporting the complete array of business processes, SAP Business ByDesign lowers total cost of ownership by bundling software, e-learning, services and support for easy configuration, adaptation and ongoing operation without requiring extensive IT infrastructure and resources. SAP Business ByDesign is the latest addition to the SAP portfolio of distinct solutions for small businesses and midsize companies and complements the existing solutions - SAP Business One and SAP Business All-in-One. Delivered through a comprehensive network of qualified, professional partners, SAP solutions for small businesses and midsize companies remain affordable, easy to implement and scalable to grow with business needs.

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    SAP is the world's leading provider of business software*. Today, more than 43,400 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP(R) applications-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver(R) technology platform to drive innovation and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail, financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at

    (*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

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    BOS Receives a Follow-on Order for 0.5 Million Dollars of Electronic Components From a European CustomerThe Order Will be Supplied in 2008

    RISHON LEZION, Israel, October 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- B.O.S. Better Online Solutions Ltd. ("BOS" or the "Company") , announced today that its subsidiary, Odem Technologies 1992 Ltd. ("Odem"), has received from a European customer a new order for circuit breakers and switches valued at 0.5 million dollars. This is the second order made by this customer.

    Shmuel Koren, BOS's President and CEO said: "This follow-on order by a strategic customer, demonstrates our ongoing and developing relationship with new customers, and is the result of our increased distribution efforts in Europe."

    Avidan Zelicovsky, Odem's CEO added: "We are very pleased with this order, which reflects the continuing positive momentum that we are experiencing in our business. We are focusing on further identifying new opportunities in the global markets."

    About BOS B.O.S Better Online Solutions Ltd. ("BOS") was established in 1990.

    BOS's operations consist of: (i) Software Solutions, providing specialized enterprise software, including IBM System i middleware, data and license management, mobile connectivity and RFID solutions, and (ii) Supply Chain products, reselling electronic systems and components for security, aerospace, networking and RFID.

    BOS is traded on NASDAQ and on the Tel-Aviv stock exchange. Our website is

    For further information please contact: B.O.S Better Online Solutions Ltd. Mr. Zvi Rabin +972-50-560-0140 or Mr. Eyal Cohen, CFO, +972-3-954-1000

    The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect management's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of BOS. These risk factors and uncertainties include, amongst others, the dependency of sales being generated from one or few major customers, the uncertainty of our being able to maintain current gross profit margins, inability to keep up or ahead of technology and to succeed in a highly competitive industry, inability to maintain marketing and distribution arrangements and to expand our overseas markets, uncertainty with respect to the prospects of legal claims against BOS; and additional risks and uncertainties detailed in BOS's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. BOS undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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    Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Microsoft, Intel, LanOptics, and O2Micro International

    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, a subscription service focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has updated outlooks for Microsoft , Intel , LanOptics , and O2Micro International .

    During the first two weeks of earnings reports, McWilliams has batted a near perfect score. Last week he advised subscribers to buy EMC and Zoran and to sell RF Micro Devices. His report for the week of October 29th is now available to subscribers accepting his 21-day free trial:

    In his earnings coverage, Editor Paul McWilliams wrote: "The big news for the week was a bang up quarter from Microsoft. To a great extent, this was a wake up call for Wall Street and more evidence that the strength I predicted we would see in the PC sector during the second half is real. However, rather than giving Intel a meaningful boost, the optimism Wall Street provided the number one semiconductor producer in the world was token at best; instead, the focus was on Microsoft's quarter, which in fact did show the highest calendar Q3 growth the company has seen since 1999..."

    McWilliams also looks at these topics: -- What change did Microsoft make to its revenue recognition policy for Vista that boosted its calendar Q3 results? -- Does McWilliams think Wall Street is missing the boat with Intel? -- What led McWilliams to alter his view on LanOptics last year? -- During the summer of 2006, McWilliams encouraged subscribers to buy ON Semiconductor at $5.50. Now that it is trading in the $12s, what does he think will happen next?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 336% since its inception versus 117% for the Nasdaq.

    About Next Inning:

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

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

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    Leading Aviation Companies Form Alliance to Advance System Wide Information Management for National Airspace

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin , along with The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Harris Corporation, today announced the formation of an industry alliance to help advance the transformation of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) initiative.

    The SWIM Alliance(TM), which is led by Lockheed Martin, is being established to help improve the efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS). The alliance will test existing technologies to further Next Generation (NextGen) Air Transportation System concepts. By connecting disparate, proprietary systems, the alliance will improve safety, reduce risk, and enhance decision making and operational efficiencies for the NAS, air navigational service providers and other stakeholders.

    "By teaming with the FAA," said Sandy Samuel, vice president for Aviation Solutions for Lockheed Martin, "the alliance can ensure delivery of a seamless, interoperable capability and help provide the vital improvements necessary to take air transportation to the next generation."

    The alliance's focus is to build a net-centric national airspace based on a service-oriented architecture that will facilitate data sharing.

    "As SWIM will define the integration infrastructure tying NAS applications together, the SWIM Alliance is bringing together industry best practices to define information sharing and net-centric operations across aircraft, airline and FAA systems," said Kevin Brown, Boeing vice president and general manager of Advanced Air Traffic Management.

    "A critical enabler for our nation's NextGen air transportation system, SWIM will deliver the net-centric solutions that meet aviation's information integration challenges for today, tomorrow and beyond," said Harry Part, vice president of Transportation Solutions for CSC's North American Public Sector business unit.

    "The alliance is proactively testing existing technologies to deliver vital improvements," said John O'Sullivan, vice president of FAA Programs for Harris Government Communications Systems. "Through collaboration, the SWIM Alliance members will ensure that FAA SWIM systems and products work together."

    Introducing the alliance during the 52nd Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference and Exposition being held in Washington, D.C., October 28-31, the companies used exhibits in their booths to demonstrate how organizations such as airlines, pilots, air traffic management authorities, homeland security and defense agencies can interact seamlessly and effectively by sharing real time information.

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation reported 2006 sales of $39.6 billion.

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    L'UIT et Microsoft lancent une plate-forme en ligne pour suivre le développement des TIC

    KIGALI, Rwanda, October 29 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Engagement pour le renforcement des capacités et l'infrastructure des TIC au cours du Sommet Connect Africa

    ITU Global View, une plate-forme en ligne basée sur Microsoft Virtual Earth destinée à suivre et à aider à accélérer l'implémentation des objectifs du Sommet mondial sur la société de l'information (SMSI) en Afrique, a été lancée aujourd'hui à l'ouverture du Sommet Connect Africa.

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    Les gouvernements, ainsi que le secteur, les banques de développement et les organisations internationales, sont réunis à Kigali pour mobiliser les ressources humaines, financières et techniques requises pour étendre le développement de l'infrastructure des technologies de l'information et la communication (TIC) et assurer qu'elle est utilisée efficacement pour poursuivre les objectifs de développement du SMSI pour l'Afrique.

    L'UIT et Microsoft Corp ont signé aujourd'hui un mémorandum d'accord (MOU) lors du Sommet Connect Africa décrivant comment elles travailleront ensemble pour construire une société de l'information inclusive, interopérable et dotée d'une meilleure sécurité. Elles ont convenu de soutenir des programmes permettant le développement des compétences et le renforcement des capacités, ainsi que la fourniture d'applications et de services pertinents en Afrique. Celle-ci pourrait comprendre la fourniture d'une nouvelle solution en ligne pour que toutes les parties prenantes exposent et suivent l'implémentation des projets de développement en Afrique.

    De plus, l'UIT et Microsoft collaboreront au niveau mondial sur la cybersécurité et fourniront un support aux entités de réglementation des pays en développement.

    << Nous sommes très heureux que Microsoft, en tant qu'un des premiers signataires de l'initiative << Connect the World >>, augmente son engagement pour aider à aborder la question de l'utilisation efficace de l'infrastructure des TIC en Afrique >>, a déclaré le Dr Hamadoun Toure, secrétaire général de l'UIT. << Connect Africa est un appel à l'action pour le secteur privé, et nous sommes encouragés par les progrès que nous avons réalisés ensemble avec Microsoft et l'étendue du renforcement des capacités en Afrique. >>

    << Apporter les bénéfices de la technologie à 5 autres milliards de personnes nécessitera de nouvelles approches du développement et de nouveaux partenariats entre les organisations internationales, les gouvernements et le secteur privé >>, a déclaré Michael Rawding, vice-président du Groupe Unlimited Potential chez Microsoft, en se référant au 1 milliard de personnes déjà connectées à Internet. << Par le biais de Unlimited Potential, nous sommes engagés au niveau mondial à appliquer la technologie pour faire progresser les opportunités sociales et économiques, et nous nous réjouissons à la perspective de travailler avec l'UIT sur des objectifs de développement et technologiques partagés. >>

    Dans le cadre du mémorandum d'accord, Microsoft et l'UIT lancent une plate-forme phare de visualisation en ligne appelée ITU Global View, présentée au Sommet Connect Africa à Kigali. Basé sur Microsoft Virtual Earth, ITU Global View intègre un large éventail de sources de données nouvelles et existantes sur les TIC mondiales pour des réalisations de développement supportant les objectifs du SMSI. Facile à consulter, le logiciel a été développé en collaboration avec IDV Solutions. La plate-forme en ligne sera hébergée et maintenue par l'UIT, et sera ouverte à toutes les parties prenantes -- les gouvernements, le secteur, les organisations internationales et régionales, ainsi que la société civile -- permettant aux utilisateurs de vérifier la situation, d'identifier les brèches et d'éviter les chevauchements dans les efforts collaboratifs pour atteindre les objectifs du SMSI.

    L'alliance UIT-Microsoft se concentre aussi sur la fourniture d'opportunités numériques pour les jeunes. Le renforcement des capacités et du pouvoir des jeunes est essentiel pour accélérer la croissance sociale et économique durable vers une Afrique compétitive. Microsoft et l'UIT fourniront un accès à une formation sur les technologies informatiques, ainsi que des opportunités pour gagner une expérience de travail précieuse dans le secteur.

    L'UIT et Microsoft s'efforceront de contribuer au développement du Programme mondial sur la cybersécurité et son programme de travail associé pour aider les pays en développement en matière d'implémentation. Elles exploreront aussi des opportunités pour que Microsoft supporte les programmes de l'UIT destinés à la formation d'entités de réglementation et de responsables de politique de TIC dans les pays en développement, alors qu'ils abordent les nouveaux défis associés aux nouvelles technologies de l'information et la communication.

    A propos de l'UIT

    L'UIT est la principale agence des Nations Unies pour les questions portant sur les technologies de l'information et la communication, et le point focal mondial pour les gouvernements et le secteur privé en matière de développement de réseaux et de services. Depuis plus de 140 ans, l'UIT coordonne le partage de l'utilisation mondiale du spectre radio, promu la coopération internationale pour attribuer les orbites de satellites, travaillé pour améliorer l'infrastructure des télécommunications dans le monde en voie de développement, et établi les normes internationales promouvant la parfaite interconnexion d'un vaste éventail de systèmes de communication.

    L'UIT organise aussi des expositions et des forums internationaux et régionaux réunissant les représentants de gouvernement les plus influents et le secteur des télécommunications pour échanger des idées, des connaissances et des technologies pour le bénéfice de la communauté internationale, et en particulier du monde en voie de développement.

    D'Internet haut débit aux technologies sans fil de dernière génération, de la navigation aéronautique et maritime à l'astronomie radio et à la météorologie basée sur les satellites, des services de téléphonie et fax à la diffusion télévisuelle et aux réseaux de prochaine génération, l'UIT continue de jouer un rôle central pour aider le monde à communiquer.

    A propos de Microsoft Unlimited Potential

    Microsoft, par le biais de sa vision Unlimited Potential, est engagée à rendre la technologie plus abordable, pertinente et accessible pour les 5 milliards personnes dans le monde qui ne profitent pas encore de ses bénéfices. La société vise à réaliser cet objectif en aidant à transformer l'éducation et à promouvoir une culture de l'innovation, et à permettre, grâce à ces moyens, de meilleurs emplois et opportunités. En travaillant avec les gouvernements, les organisations intergouvernementales, les organisations non gouvernementales et les partenaires du secteur, Microsoft espère atteindre son premier cap majeur -- atteindre le prochain 1 milliard de personnes qui ne réalisent pas encore les bénéfices de la technologie -- d'ici 2015.

    A propos de Microsoft

    Fondée en 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq << MSFT >>) est le leader mondial des logiciels, des services et des solutions qui aident les individus et les entreprises à réaliser pleinement leur potentiel.

    A propos de Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Moyen-Orient et Afrique)

    La présence de Microsoft dans les territoires de l'EMEA remonte à 1982. Microsoft y compte plus de 13 000 employés répartis dans 60 filiales et offre ses produits et services dans 138 pays et territoires.

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    Mid-Size Physician Groups Select Allscripts Web-Hosted Electronic Health Record and Practice Management

    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, today announced from the floor of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Annual Conference several mid-size physician groups that have selected a web-hosted version of the company's Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) software. Like many of the groups attending MGMA, these physician practices want to focus on delivering healthcare while leaving the information technology management to someone else. Hosting Allscripts remotely provides a simple, affordable means of delivering vital patient information to caregivers, anytime and anywhere, without the need to purchase servers or hire new IT personnel. This Application Service Provider (ASP) delivery model also speeds deployment of the technology and is becoming an increasingly important option for mid-size and independent practices.


    To provide this service, Allscripts works closely with Tellurian Networks and other hosted service providers to deliver the company's integrated EHR-PM solution remotely. Tellurian, a nationwide provider of hosting solutions, ensures that Allscripts is disaster-proof, secure and accessible by authorized caregivers anywhere in the world.

    "Allscripts and Tellurian believe that many physician practice groups want to focus their time, effort, and money on caring for patients, not managing technology," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "By combining our proven leadership in the electronic health record and practice management market, together with the power of Tellurian's ASP hosting model, we're making it easier for mid-sized physician practices to enter the electronic healthcare highway."

    Among other physician groups across the country, Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Hills, New Jersey; HealthFirst Physicians of Arkansas, in Hot Springs, Arkansas; and The Heart Center in Poughkeepsie, New York have all chosen the Allscripts ASP option to add or extend services to their physician and provider groups.

    "Our physicians were already convinced that they wanted Allscripts because they feel it is the best electronic health record available, and the value proposition of no initial capital outlay for servers and maintenance sealed the deal," said Julie Lennox, Administrative Director of Ambulatory Care for Deborah Heart and Lung Center, which will implement Allscripts in its Advanced Heart Lung and Vascular Care ambulatory care center, as well as other community-based physician practices. "We also like that the hosted solution provides instant access to patient information at both our hospital-based outpatient clinic and our ambulatory clinic."

    David Daniello, Chief Financial Officer of The Heart Center, said his organization wanted to own and control the software and database but felt they lacked the resources to host the solution internally. "Our physicians want to be in the business of providing excellent patient care, not maintaining a complex technology system," said Daniello. "We were impressed that, by working with Tellurian, Allscripts is able to offer 24-7 redundancy, monitoring and support by expert technicians, and HIPAA-compliant security."

    The Electronic Health Record functionality of the integrated Allscripts solution automates everyday clinical tasks such as prescribing and refilling medications, ordering and reviewing tests, and documenting patient care. Allscripts Practice Management functionality combines sophisticated scheduling and financial management tools in a single package. The combined solution enables the clinical and business sides of a practice to work hand-in-hand for greater efficiency and improved quality of care at lower cost.

    To learn more about Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management, visit Allscripts at MGMA (booth #608) or online at

    About Tellurian Networks

    Tellurian Networks is a nationwide provider of electronic practice management and medical records hosting solutions. Tellurian was founded in 1995 and has over 10,000 clients around the world to which it provides Internet connectivity, email hosting, spam protection, web hosting, co-location and managed hosting services. For more information, visit, or phone 1-888-TELLURIAN.

    About Allscripts

    Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The Company's business units provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. Allscripts award-winning software applications include Electronic Health Records, practice management, e-prescribing, document imaging, emergency department, and care management solutions, all offered through the Company's Clinical Solutions units. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) unit, and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services unit. To learn more, visit Allscripts on the Web at

    This announcement may contain forward-looking statements about Allscripts Healthcare Solutions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are developed by combining currently available information with Allscripts beliefs and assumptions. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance. Because Allscripts cannot predict all of the risks and uncertainties that may affect it, or control the ones it does predict, Allscripts' actual results may be materially different from the results expressed in its forward-looking statements. For a more complete discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may affect Allscripts, see the Company's 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at

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    Schwab Institutional Readies Two New Trust Services to Help Advisors Win and Retain Assets

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Schwab Institutional, a leading provider of custodial, operational and trading support for independent investment advisors, today announced its new line-up of trust services for independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs).

    The new services were introduced to advisors at the IMPACT(R) 2007 conference in Las Vegas, where Schwab is celebrating its 20th anniversary serving the independent advisor industry.

    Both new services are designed to help advisors retain the management of trust assets. Independent RIAs have estimated that as much as 80% of their current assets under management will end up in trusts within the next 10 years* as growing numbers of baby boomers prepare to transfer their wealth to the next generation and reduce estate taxes. The ability to serve clients as these trusts are being created enables them to establish relationships with the next generation. Banks have traditionally had a stronghold in the trust arena, but more advisors are recognizing that trusts are the gateway to managing the total wealth of their affluent clients: more than 28% of Schwab Institutional's total assets are in trusts, up 27% from the prior year (as of September 2007).

    "The stakes are high for advisors," said Cathy Clauson, vice president of Schwab Institutional. "There was more than $3.3 trillion in trust accounts as of 2005, and that number is expected to more than double by 2010**. Much of the great wealth transfer that is expected in the next 20 years will flow into trusts."

    The new trust services are designed specifically for advisors, whose needs vary based on who the trustee is on the trust account. The Personal Trust Reporting Services will help advisors manage assets when an individual or family member is serving as trustee on an irrevocable trust. The Charles Schwab Bank will be offering an administrative or directed trustee option (pending regulatory approval) for advisors who manage accounts that require a corporation to act as trustee. Both these offers support the advisor in their core competency of managing the client relationship and the investment management of these trust assets.

    Schwab's new custom-built Personal Trust Reporting Service enables advisors to offer a fully integrated trust accounting and trading platform for their clients who act as trustees, eliminating the need to access multiple systems with:

    -- Principal and income reporting and trust accounting -- Separate, periodic trust reports -- Tax lot accounting -- Scheduled payment to beneficiaries (calculated and fixed) -- Recordkeeping for personal tangible property owned by the trust, not held by Schwab Institutional -- Tax worksheet creation and optional tax preparation

    "Advisors need an efficient, scalable trust solution that helps them deliver the high level of service their clients expect without changing the way they do business," said Clauson. "By providing individual trustees with complex accounting, recordkeeping and reporting for trust accounts, we are helping advisors win and retain assets even as they are transferred from generation to generation."

    Schwab began testing its new Personal Trust Reporting Service with advisors in March; since then, more than $100 million has flowed through the system.

    According to Marr Leisure of Leisure Capital Management, who has been using the service since March, "Trustees have been relying on simplistic brokerage statements that fail to report cost basis and income distributions correctly. The needs of the income beneficiary and remaindermen are different, and Schwab's service ensures that expenses and fees are properly allocated, adding a level of sophistication that reduces potential conflicts and enables advisors to better serve the next generation."

    For advisors who wish to work with Schwab as a corporate or directed trustee, the new Administrative Trustee Service*** enables them to focus on investment management while Schwab Bank handles the administrative fiduciary duties of the trust. The same fully integrated trust accounting and trading platform offers:

    -- Favorable trust status -- Principal and income distributions -- Accounting and recordkeeping -- Preparation and filing of federal and state taxes and distribution of K-1s to beneficiaries

    Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and Charles Schwab Bank are separate but affiliated companies and wholly owned subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation. Charles Schwab Bank Personal Trust will be a division of Charles Schwab Bank and is pending regulatory approval. Charles Schwab Bank Personal Trust will serve as administrative trustee of trusts, the investments of which are managed by independent investment advisors. Schwab Institutional will provide custody securities brokerage, trust accounting and related back office services to Charles Schwab Bank Personal Trust in connection with the Bank's Administrative Trustee service.

    About Schwab Institutional

    Schwab Institutional is a leading provider of custodial, operational and trading support for independent investment advisors. Since 1987, Schwab Institutional has supported independent investment advisors by offering support and services to help grow their businesses and help their clients reach their financial goals. As of September 30, 2007, client assets custodied with Schwab Institutional stood at $581 billion. These assets, managed by the approximately 5,500 independent advisor firms Schwab Institutional currently serves, represent approximately one-third of total client assets custodied with The Charles Schwab Corporation. Brokerage products offered by Schwab Institutional are not FDIC insured, are not guaranteed deposits, and are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal invested. Schwab Institutional is a division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

    About Charles Schwab

    The Charles Schwab Corporation is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 306 offices and 6.9 million client brokerage accounts, 1.2 million corporate retirement plan participants, 212,000 banking accounts, and $1.4 trillion in client assets. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC,, and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through its Schwab Institutional division. The Charles Schwab Bank, N.A. (member FDIC) provides banking and mortgage services and products. CyberTrader(R), Inc. (member SIPC, is an electronic trading technology and brokerage firm providing services to highly active, online traders. More information is available at (1007-1500)

    * Franklin Templeton white paper, January 2007 ** Advisor News article on estate planning, June 2006 *** Administrative Trustee Services provided by Charles Schwab Bank Personal Trust Division pending regulatory approval.

    Charles Schwab

    CONTACT: Alison Wertheim of Charles Schwab, +1-415-636-5812,; or Gauri Mundkur of Makovsky + Company,
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    Schwab Institutional Issues New Report on Technology Best Practices for Independent Investment AdvisorsReport Provides Insight on How to Make Best Use of Technology Dollars

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The rapid expansion of the independent financial advisory business in recent years has led many firms to invest in technology to accommodate new business and manage growth. According to a report just published by Schwab Institutional, the best-managed advisory firms have clear and long-term strategies for their technology investments, but many advisors are under-utilizing existing systems and spending money on new solutions without gaining much efficiency. The new report, Technology Best Practices: Making the Most of Your Technology Investment, was announced at the IMPACT(R) 2007 conference in Las Vegas, where Schwab is celebrating its 20th anniversary serving the independent advisor industry.

    Schwab Institutional developed the report based on information and data gleaned from the more than 1,000 advisor appointments conducted by Schwab Institutional's team of technology consultants each year. The report also draws on studies conducted by or on behalf of Schwab Institutional in 2007, including Schwab Institutional RIA Benchmarking: Growth Trends Study and Best Managed Firms: It's About Time, and includes three real-life case studies of advisory firms.

    "Our research has shown that what's most important is not how much money you spend on technology, but where you spend it and whether the investment is part of a larger strategic business plan," said Dan Skiles, vice president of technology for Schwab Institutional. "Top firms have three- to five-year plans for their businesses, which include how investments in technology contribute to meeting their objectives."

    According to the report, top-performing advisory firms spend roughly the same amount on technology as their peers, approximately two percent of revenues annually. However, best-managed firms view technology as a key asset in building their businesses and have plans for where and how it will be used to achieve their established goals. Before purchase or implementation, these firms ensure that new technologies are compatible with, and can be integrated into, the firm's processes, people and existing technology. A clear, effective training program for employees to learn the new technologies is also a key differentiator for successful firms.

    "We've seen great firms spend good money on systems that no one in the firm is using to their full potential," said Skiles. "But best-managed firms bring their employees in on technology investment decisions at the onset and then ensure that the right people have the right training to maximize their investment."

    Top 10 Areas for Tech Investments

    A previous Schwab Institutional study, Best Managed Firms: It's About Time, showed that best-managed firms have median productivity ratios that are, on average, 30 to 35 percent higher than other firms, with optimal technology usage accounting for much of this difference. Making the Most of Your Technology Investment explores 10 key areas where targeted spending in

    technology can lead to sharp improvements in efficiency and a high return on invested capital:

    -- Quarter-end processing and related client reporting -- Customer relationship management systems (CRM) -- Electronic document management -- Trading and rebalancing tools -- Web presence -- Business continuity -- Security -- Training -- Outsourcing -- Data aggregation Deciding When and How to Make Investments in Technology

    The report reveals that best-managed firms tend to invest in technology when the scalability of the firm is in question. Top firms also think long-term and develop a roadmap of the technology improvements that should be made over the next three to five years. The report offers four steps to help advisors select the appropriate technology solution:

    -- Step 1: Understand how the new technology will be integrated with existing systems. -- Step 2: Make sure your employees are prepared to use the new technology. -- Step 3: Ensure that the investment considers potential changes to your physical environment. -- Step 4: Assess the risk if the investment does not ultimately meet your needs.

    This report is the latest in a series of Schwab Market Knowledge Tools(TM) (MKT) reports, an ongoing program of industry research reports, white papers and how-to guides from Schwab Institutional designed to keep investment advisors on the forefront of trends and competitive challenges facing the industry. Offered exclusively to Schwab Institutional clients, the MKT program delivers relevant and timely information for future business planning. The MKT reports are a part of Schwab Institutional's GrowthPoint(TM), the company's integrated practice management program for RIAs seeking proven ways to manage and evolve their businesses. GrowthPoint comprises four offerings: Business Strategy and Planning, Human Capital, Marketing and Business Development, and Transition Planning.

    About Schwab Institutional

    Schwab Institutional is a leading provider of custodial, operational and trading support for independent investment advisors. Since 1987, Schwab Institutional has supported independent investment advisors by offering support and services to help grow their businesses and help their clients reach their financial goals. As of September 30, 2007, client assets custodied with Schwab Institutional stood at $581 billion. These assets, managed by the approximately 5,500 independent advisor firms Schwab Institutional currently serves, represent approximately one-third of total client assets custodied with The Charles Schwab Corporation. Brokerage products offered by Schwab Institutional are not FDIC insured, are not guaranteed deposits, and are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal invested. Schwab Institutional is a division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

    About Charles Schwab

    The Charles Schwab Corporation is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 306 offices and 6.9 million client brokerage accounts, 1.2 million corporate retirement plan participants, 212,000 banking accounts, and $1.4 trillion in client assets. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC,, and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through its Schwab Institutional division. The Charles Schwab Bank, N.A. (member FDIC) provides banking and mortgage services and products. CyberTrader(R), Inc. (member SIPC, is an electronic trading technology and brokerage firm providing services to highly active, online traders. More information is available at (1007-1511)

    Charles Schwab

    CONTACT: Lindsay Tiles of Charles Schwab, +1-415-667-3997,; or Gauri Mundkur of Makovsky + Company,
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    Harris Corporation Showcases Advanced Interoperable Communications During MILCOM 2007Assured Communications(TM) Solutions Support Military's Global Information Grid

    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (MILCOM, Booth #905) -- Harris Corporation , an international communications and information technology company, is demonstrating state-of-the-art products, advanced capabilities and architectures that support all layers of the Department of Defense Global Information Grid (GIG) during MILCOM 2007 in Orlando, Florida. The company's complete range of products and systems incorporate the highest levels of performance and reliability and support the Harris commitment to "Assured Communications - Anytime, Anywhere."

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    Harris is this year's industry host of the premier military communications conference, which features both classified and unclassified technical sessions led by distinguished representatives from military, industry and academia, as well as the largest technical exposition in MILCOM's 26-year history.

    On display in the Harris exhibit are mobile networking solutions, advanced tactical radio systems, military satellite communications systems, information technology services and digital asset management solutions that can be linked through real-time networks to transfer secure voice, data, images, and video to the warfighter - anytime, anywhere - throughout the GIG.

    Harris will feature its Falcon(R) III RF-300M manpack radio, a wideband networking radio that delivers secure Internet Protocol data to the tactical Internet at on-air rates of up to 10 Mbps. The high data rate - coupled with mobile ad-hoc networking, automated network establishment and maintenance, and integrated security - provides a powerful networking solution. The RF-300M-MP and its software-defined architecture is interoperable with currently fielded radios, and incorporates SINCGARS, Havequick II, and the High Performance Waveform (HPW), as well as MIL-STD-181B Tactical Satellite (TACSAT) capability. The system utilizes the Software Communications Architecture (SCA.)

    The Falcon III manpack is the companion radio to the JTRS-approved Falcon(R) III AN/PRC-152(C) multiband, multimission handheld tactical radio system. The AN/PRC-152 offers SINCGARS capability, ultra-high frequency ground-to-ground line-of-sight communications, close-air support, tactical satellite communications and programmable encryption.

    Further demonstrating its leadership in tactical networking, Harris also will feature its Harris Highband Networking Radio (HNR) for mobile networking applications. The HNR is the first radio to provide wireless, long-range, high-bandwidth, on-the-move communications to the warfighter through the use of a Harris-developed waveform that enables the network to select the best communications route.

    The company also will be displaying the Harris Border Security Shelter, a system that links information and communications technologies used to detect illegal border crossings or other threats to national or military security. The Border Security Shelter is a rugged, self-contained field command center that combines communications, command and control, and sensor systems under a single roof, tied together with either the Harris Falcon(R) II tactical radio network or existing networking infrastructure.

    In the area of digital asset management, Harris will be showcasing FAME(TM) v. 1.0, its Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine that speeds the process of analyzing a wide range of intelligence information. FAME integrates video analytics, video and audio coding and processing/storage capabilities into a single digital asset management platform and provides the infrastructure for changing the way video is processed, catalogued and reviewed.

    "The products and capabilities that we are presenting at MILCOM not only address the assured communications requirements of the GIG, but also the interoperability theme of this year's conference," said Bob Henry, Harris chief operating officer and executive chairman of MILCOM 2007. "Many Harris technologies and products, such as our multiband, multimission, tactical radios and SATCOM terminals, are key enablers of interoperability and play a major role in the emerging GIG."

    More than 4,000 people are expected to attend MILCOM 2007, which is co- sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society. The annual defense communications forum is being held October 29-31. The theme for this year's conference is "Interoperability: Policy to Performance."

    About Harris Corporation

    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government, defense and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

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    Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Employed in RFID Roll-OutTektronix RSA6114A Used to Prepare for Japan Deployment of UHF-band RFID Tags

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tektronix, Inc. , a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced that the company's RSA6114A Real-time Spectrum Analyzer has been successfully deployed in testing UHF-band tags contracted by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). The objectives for this testing have been to resolve real world technical issues and to construct a sophisticated operating model, as well as the formulation of necessary guidelines and rules in relation to usage in preparation for the full-scale dissemination of UHF-band RFID tags. Live RF spectrum displays on the RSA6114A enables researchers to observe success or failure in obtaining RFID channels.

    There are a variety of different frequencies and modulation methods used in digital RF applications such as RFID, and each of these requires a specific type of measurement technology. For situations where signals can change instantaneously, such as pulsed RF signals or carrier frequency in a frequency hopping systems, accurate meaningful measurements using conventional swept spectrum analyzer are difficult.

    Testing of electronic tags was also carried out by Japan Automatic Identification Systems Association (JAISA) in 2006, and at that time situations were discovered in which readings were not effectively conducted due to two technical issues. In the first case "tag confusion" occurred, with mutual interference causing defective signal transmission when using a UHF-band electronic tag system in a multi-vendor environment where space was limited, such as in a warehouse or a distribution facility. In the second case, there were issues relating to maintaining effectiveness when reading electronic tags in real-time, such as on high-speed conveyors, which were caused by a reader not operating correctly when another reader nearby used the same channel. The RSA6114A was deployed for the recent testing to resolve these issues and with these environments in mind.

    "After the original testing at JAISA we found that the Tektronix RSA6114A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer is an extremely effective measuring device, as it enables direct visual confirmation of the for UHF-band RFID in real-time," said Hiroshi Nakahata, RFID Staff, R&D Center, JAISA. "Analysis of communication conditions had been impossible with conventional spectrum analyzers where data is not viewable on a timeline, because the data that is transmitted between the reader/writer and card cannot be identified. This problem has been solved with the Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer."

    Utilization of a high-performance real-time spectrum analyzer with a broad dynamic range was required for this testing, and the Tektronix RSA6114A Real-time Spectrum Analyzer has played a major role in the successful execution of this task. In terms of experiments carried out for the purpose of avoiding tag confusion, high-power transmission signals from reader devices and weak response signals from electronic tags were measured, and existence of the occurrence of tag confusion was observed. For determining real-time effectiveness, the Live RF spectrum display enabled by the DPX(TM) waveform image processor allowed real-time confirmation of all-channel read/write and tag behavior. Success or failure in obtaining channels was observed using Live RF to display channel acquisition status in real-time.

    METI will continue to carry out testing for the spread of UHF-band electronic tags in the future, and is planning to make it compatible with the active tag system currently under consideration. Details concerning the methods used for and results of this testing are clarified in a report titled, "Research into ascertaining mutual interference and operation of UHF-band electronic tag systems," from Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc., a contractor for METI. The research report is published on the METI website:

    More information about the Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers can be found at:

    About the RSA6100A Series

    The RSA6100A Series Real-time Spectrum Analyzer brings together excellent real-time performance, acquisition bandwidth, and dynamic range in response to varied and cutting-edge digital RF application needs. In addition, the RSA6100A enables display of enormous amounts of live RF spectrum data in real-time via its DPX trace image processing technology, making possible observations that formerly could not be made, such as observations of RF signal behavior and abnormal signals. The spectrum display can show live displays by raising the rate of measurement, and its speed of measurement can reach approximately 1000 times the speed of fast sweep spectrum analyzers and vector signal analyzers (VSA). As this innovative live RF spectrum display enables easily comprehensible observations with colored display of RF signals that change with time, it is possible to confirm design reliability, and it is also possible to promptly display problems when a failure occurs.

    About Tektronix

    Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries -- as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, advanced and pervasive technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

    Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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    EMC Information Heritage Initiative Extends Support to the Search for the Jikji Campaign and the Leonardo3 Multimedia Laboratory

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced it will provide technological expertise and financial support to the Leonardo3 multimedia laboratory in Italy and the Search for the Jikji Campaign in Korea as part of the EMC Information Heritage Initiative. Introduced in May 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative advances the preservation and protection of humanity's information heritage to make important historical documents and cultural artifacts readily accessible for the future.

    The Search for the Jikji Campaign is an international effort to locate the world's oldest book produced with movable metal type, a Buddhist text printed in 1377. To support this effort, EMC will provide the Cheongju Early Printing Museum of Cheongju City, South Korea, with networked storage systems, servers and software needed to digitally archive and manage more than 2,600 relics, books, web sites, literature and images of important documents. The museum displays information about Korea's printing traditions and history, promoting public understanding of the great achievements of Korea's culture.

    Leonardo3 is an innovative media company with the mission to study, interpret and make artistic and scientific heritage accessible through the use of innovative techniques. Its multimedia laboratory is dedicated to researching, interpreting and enabling people to visualize Leonardo da Vinci's astonishing engineering conceptions and innovations through high-resolution, three-dimensional reconstructions at educational exhibitions in cities around the world. For instance, Leonardo3 has reconstructed the "Codex of Flight" in which Leonardo produced detailed studies of the flight of birds and plans for several flying machines. EMC has provided financial support to Leonardo3, and the laboratory will be using EMC technologies to further develop the reconstructions to preserve and unlock the scientific value of this masterpiece.

    "Much of the world's priceless, irreplaceable information remains undigitized and at risk," said William D. Jenkins, EMC's Senior Vice President, Global Marketing. "Over the last decade, EMC has provided the expertise and information infrastructure technologies to help organizations, such as the Search for the Jikji Campaign and Leonardo3, optimize their information preservation projects and increase their presence globally."

    To date, EMC has donated more than $20 million to information heritage preservation projects at organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library. In conjunction with this initiative, the EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports projects in local communities around the world that are designed to protect invaluable information and improve access to it. Any public or private local organization, institution or individual may apply or be nominated for this recognition and support, which includes cash grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Nominations for this year's EMC Heritage Trust Project are due on Friday, November 30, 2007.

    About EMC

    EMC Corporation is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at

    EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    Hadley Weinzierl, +1-508-293-7642, , both of EMC

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    Juergen W. Gromer Joins Marvell Technology Group's Board of Directors

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marvell(R), , a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that Dr. Juergen W. Gromer has joined the Company's Board of Directors, effective immediately.


    "I am very excited that Juergen Gromer is now a member of Marvell's Board of Directors," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "Juergen's experience, particularly in his position overseeing the great advancements at Tyco Electronics, makes him a perfect fit for Marvell and I know that his leadership and industry know-how will be a great asset to the Board and to all of Marvell."

    "It is an honor to be a part of the Marvell Board of Directors," said Dr. Gromer. "I am eager to work with my fellow Board members and to help Marvell capitalize on the great opportunities ahead."

    Dr. Gromer will serve as a member of the executive compensation and governance committees of the Board. Dr. Gromer's term will extend until the 2008 annual general meeting of shareholders.

    Juergen W. Gromer has been the President of Tyco Electronics ("Tyco") since April 1999, a position from which he will retire on December 31, 2007. He has served on Tyco's board of directors since its inception in June 2007 and has announced that he plans to remain on Tyco's board of directors beyond his retirement. Dr. Gromer has more than twenty years of experience at Tyco and AMP Incorporated (acquired by Tyco in 1999), serving in a wide variety of regional and global assignments, including Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Service; President, Global Automotive Division Corporate Vice President; Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe; and General Manager of AMP Germany. He is chairman of the board of the Society for Economic Development of the District Bregstrasse/Hessen, a member of SAE and the Advisory Board of Commercebank, a director of the board and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, a member of the board of RWE Rhein-Ruhr AG and a member of the board of WABCO Holdings, Inc.. Dr. Gromer received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

    About Marvell

    Marvell is a leader in development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking.

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    MicroPlanet Products Recognized by Australian Government

    SEATTLE, Washington, October 29 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Energy Minister Says MicroPlanet Products Will Improve Power Quality and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    - Stock Symbol: MCTYF: OTC

    - Outstanding Shares: 29.8 million

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    MicroPlanet (TSXV:MP; OTC:MCTYF) a high technology, energy conservation company, announced today that The Hon. Geoff Wilson, Minister for Mines and Energy for the State Government of Queensland, Australia officially addressed the implementation of MicroPlanet products in Queensland.

    Minister Wilson in his address to the Parliament said, "Ergon Energy had signed a multi-million dollar contract for 3,000 (MicroPlanet) low voltage regulators to boost its electricity network. These (MicroPlanet) regulators are designed to reduce power surges and maintain a steady voltage to homes and businesses. The (MicroPlanet) low voltage regulators will be particularly helpful for businesses that use industrial machinery and other equipment. Ergon Energy advises it will lead to reduced wait times in fixing voltage problems and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."

    Minister Wilson continues, "This is about quality control and it will fix problems such as lights going dim, when at other times they are bright. Low voltage regulators stabilize the voltage and keep the quality of electricity steady. Customers expect reliable power, and that's the main reason why these (MicroPlanet) low voltage regulators appealed to Ergon Energy."

    "They trialed the new technology (MicroPlanet) for about six months, and achieved excellent results. According to Ergon Energy, the way in which the simple innovation worked was better than anything else they had seen," said Minister Wilson. "Previously, some voltage problems on the network had been difficult and even impractical to solve by conventional means. These (MicroPlanet) regulators, the size of a briefcase, have been adapted to suit our Queensland climate."

    The Minister said Ergon Energy planned to install the (MicroPlanet) regulators on power poles in parts of its rural network, including remote parts of Torres Strait. Delivery is expected early next year from US-based company, MicroPlanet.

    "We thank the Minister and the State Government of Queensland for recognizing MicroPlanet's products as an effective solution to improve power quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their region," said Bruce Lisanti, President and CEO of MicroPlanet.

    "MicroPlanet is working with more than 20 utilities worldwide, in addition to many large commercial accounts. We have now installed over 600 systems in pilot programs with customers that have the potential to place significant commercial orders. Our pilot programs continue to return very positive results. 5-8% reductions in energy consumption in residential applications and 5-12% in commercial environments are common without requiring any changes in customer behavior patterns," said Lisanti.

    To view The Hon. Geoff Wilson, Minister for Mines and Energy official release, visit the Company Media section at

    About MicroPlanet Technology Corp.

    MicroPlanet's technology helps to reduce the total amount of energy we need to produce by significantly increasing the efficiency of the electric grid. MicroPlanet's products dynamically manage the voltage delivered to a business or home to optimal levels, which saves energy, lowers electricity bills and helps reduce greenhouse emissions. The Company's products also reduce peak period demand and can improve utility services. Visit MicroPlanet at



    MicroPlanet Technology Corp.

    For further information: MicroPlanet Company Contacts: Bruce Lisanti, President & CEO, Tel: +1-206-625-0851, Fax: +1-206-625-0999,; MicroPlanet Investor Relations: Gerry Wimmer,, Tel: +1-416-360-8895, Toll Free: +1-888-894-8222,

    EDS' Eight Cyber Security Tips

    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- According to a CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Study, cyber crimes cost the United States economy an estimated $67 billion in damages(i), which is comparable to the U.S. federal government's estimated information technology (IT) spending for fiscal year 2008(ii).

    Corporations and governments have long known an effective IT security program requires dedicated resources - people, processes and technology. Investing wisely in cyber security is a fundamental cost of doing business in the relatively new wired world.

    "The big business and government approach to cyber security contrasts sharply with many small business and home computer users who can unsuspectingly be the 'back doors' to a full-scale cyber attack," said Dave Morrow, EDS chief security and privacy officer. "This weakness at the grassroots level requires all users to be responsible citizens in the collective online world with equal time and energy spent to protect these computers. Everyone must practice safe computing habits and good personal computing hygiene."

    In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, EDS security and privacy experts have identified EDS' eight tips to help consumers secure their part of cyberspace:

    1. Know the threat. The online world is a dangerous place. Just like any city or town, there are "good" neighborhoods and "bad" ones. Likewise, the Internet community has an overwhelming number of good, decent people mixed in with a few "bad guys." The bad guys can be right next door or across the globe, but both can be equally harmful to you and your personal data. 2. Use the tools. Every home or small business user should install commonly available security tools such as anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a personal firewall. It's also important these programs and the computer's operating system must be maintained with the most recent patches or updates. Probably the most common -- and most easily remedied -- security problem in home or small business computers is out-of-date software. 3. Be smart online. Like the physical world, cyberspace has its "con-artist side" typified by bogus e-mails advertising "get-rich-quick" schemes, "can't-miss" stocks and come-ons from the opposite sex who "can't wait" to chat. All too often, these are teasers drawing users to Web sites with viruses, bot programs or other cyber risks. In many cases, anything goes and relatively few rules apply. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. 4. Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal information. Be wary of e-mails from organizations or individuals asking for your personal information. Always ask or look for contact information on unsolicited requests and be skeptical. No reputable bank, for example, will e-mail you asking you to provide personal information for "account verification." If you believe the content may be suspect, contact the company directly to verify. 5. Beware of "phishing" e-mails. Phishing is one of the fastest-growing forms of online fraud for identity thieves. Phishing e-mails appear legitimate, often addressing you by name, which makes them even more convincing. Thieves sending these e-mails usually ask you to click on a link in the email that takes you to a phony Web site -- if you are interested, it is best to go to the site yourself by typing the Web site name directly into your browser rather than clicking on the link provided in the e-mail. A skeptical attitude toward unsolicited e-mails is always the best policy, especially if you have never done business with a company before receiving an e-mail solicitation from it. 6. Do not use personal information for passwords. Using information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, names, e-mail addresses or telephone numbers as passwords can make you an easy target. Be sure your passwords contain at least eight characters and include numbers or symbols. To avoid misuse, do not write down passwords. 7. Review privacy and security policies for the companies you do business with online. All reputable companies post a privacy and security policy or statement on their Web site. This should tell you what information the company collects, how it is used and what is shared. If you are concerned about your information being shared with other companies, make sure there is an option to keep your information confidential. 8. Monitor online activity regularly. If you conduct business online, review your account statements regularly and consider using a separate credit card for online purchases or payments to ensure all transactions are in order. By reviewing online statements and transactions frequently, you could detect a theft and limit its damage. Identity thieves typically use stolen information for only a short period of time to avoid being caught. If you suspect a security breach, act quickly by contacting the companies you do business with immediately.

    Corporations and governments, while certainly not perfect, devote a lot of effort to foster a safe online world -- it is simply good business and sound government. This same thinking has to exist everywhere, with everyone. The power of the Internet comes with a great shared responsibility of cyber security.

    About EDS

    EDS is a leading global technology services company delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and to governments around the world. Learn more at

    (i) 2005 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey (ii) Nick Wakerman, "Report: Fed IT spending to top $67 billion in 2008," Washington Technology, October 18, 2007. Contact: Julie Basa -- EDS 972 605 1862

    Electronic Data Systems Corporation

    CONTACT: Julie Basa of Electronic Data Systems Corporation,

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    Evite Scares Up Record Number of Halloween PartiesOnline Leader in Social Event Planning Sees 22%+ Increase in Halloween Parties Planned

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Evite, the leading social event planning service on the Web, proves that Halloween bashes are bigger than ever. More than 100,000 Halloween parties were planned this year using Evite to send spook-tacular online invitations to over 4 million guests, a 22%+ increase over last year.

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    Overall, Halloween continues to be a growing business with more than $5 billion in costumes, candy and party supply sales in 2007 (Source: the National Retail Federation). More than 30% of party store sales are now generated by Halloween alone (Source: the National Retail Federation), further confirming how big the holiday has become for seasonally driven businesses.

    By using Evite to plan their Halloween festivities, hosts have access to countless party planning ideas in addition to the creative online invitations for which Evite is so well known. According to Evite Editor and Trend Expert, Eva Ingvarson, Halloween is one of Evite's highest-volume holidays. Said Ingvarson, "Halloween really brings out party hosts' creativity, and Evite offers them lots of inspiration through our party-planning guides and new party blog."

    Ingvarson continued, "This year, some of our favorite Halloween party ideas we've seen from Evite users range from innovative spins on the traditional haunted house scare-fests, such as "A Night to Dismember" and "Circus of Death, Sideshow of Terror," to food-focused get-togethers like "October Stew and Witches Brew!" and "Annual Witches Tea." We also saw a lot of clever themed costume parties - like "Celebrity Look-a-Likes" and "Heaven and Hell" - which are a great way for hosts to add a unique twist to their parties while giving guests some help with their costume selection."

    Evite's easy-to-use invitation tool lets hosts choose from over 30 haunting (or happy) Halloween design templates or create their own design using hundreds of easy point-&-click options and personal photos. According to Ingvarson, "Some of Evite's most popular invitations this year were our new scary, photographic designs. Our wicked "Do You Dare" jack-o'-lantern and menacing "Halloween Skull" designs were particularly big crowd favorites."

    URL for Do you Dare --

    (NOTE: To view this site, please copy and paste the link into a new browser) ou_dare&eventType=halloween_adults&productPos=1%3A4

    URL for Halloween Skull --

    (NOTE: To view this site, please copy and paste the link into a new browser) oween_skull&eventType=halloween_adults&productPos=1%3A5

    Evite provides users with everything they need to throw a great Halloween event, with not only its free online invitations, but also creative theme ideas, fun party activities, helpful planning checklists, a budget estimator, and even a drink calculator to make sure hosts don't run out of their witches' brew.

    About Evite

    Evite is the leading social event planning service on the Web facilitating more than 15 million invitations to more than 450,000 events each month. With Evite, hosts become the life of the party by having access to everything needed to throw a great event, including complete social planning and creative party theme ideas, free online invitations, planning checklists and other tools. Evite makes planning easy and saves hosts both time and money. Launched in 1998, Evite is headquartered in Los Angeles. Evite is a Web property of IAC Search & Media, a wholly-owned business of IAC .

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    CONTACT: Lariayn Payne of Evite, +1-310-360-4657,

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    Commerce Bank Selects the DealerTrack Specialty Solutions Network to Facilitate Internet-based Loan OriginationsThe DealerTrack Specialty Solutions Network (formerly Curomax) application connects recreational vehicle and marine dealers directly with Commerce Bank

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. today announced that Commerce Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. , has signed an agreement to participate on DealerTrack's online specialty financing platform. DealerTrack is a leading provider of on-demand software and data solutions for the automotive and specialty retail industries. Once implemented, recreational vehicle (RV) and marine dealers nationwide will use the DealerTrack Specialty Solutions platform to electronically submit consumer loan applications as well as complete the loan contracts with Commerce Bank.

    "Commerce Bank maintains a significant presence in the recreational lending industry, and we value the relationships we have with our dealers," said Leonard Metzger, Commerce Bank senior vice president of dealer financial services. "Commerce Bank's partnership with DealerTrack goes back many years in the auto industry and I'm excited that we'll now have the ability to offer this technology to our dealers in the RV and marine industries. The reality is that consumers expect and demand that the loan process be handled quickly and efficiently. DealerTrack's platform will help Commerce Bank meet both our dealers' and customers' needs."

    "It is our commitment to provide dealers with access to a wide variety of products and services that will help them be more successful," said Patrick Staudt, DealerTrack Specialty Solutions Group vice president. "Adding Commerce Bank to our growing lender community is a continuation of that commitment."

    About DealerTrack

    DealerTrack is a leading provider of on-demand software and data solutions for the U.S. automotive and specialty retail industry. Our solutions enable dealers to receive consumer leads, submit credit applications, compare financing and leasing options, sell insurance, vehicle accessories and other aftermarket products, document compliance, and execute financing contracts electronically. In addition, the company provides dealer management systems (DMS) through its Arkona, Inc., subsidiary. Over 22,000 dealers, more than 425 financing sources, and many other service and information providers are active in the DealerTrack network. For more information, visit

    About Curomax

    Curomax Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. , a leading provider of on-demand software and data solutions for the U.S. automotive, recreational vehicle, marine and motorcycle industry. The company's online credit application processing product automates and accelerates the financing process, while its integrated subscription-based software enables dealers to receive consumer leads, compare financing and leasing options, sell insurance and other aftermarket products, document compliance, and execute financing contracts electronically. Over 3,000 dealers use the Curomax channel.

    About Commerce Bank

    Commerce Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. , a $15.5 billion regional bank holding company. For more than 140 years, Commerce Bancshares has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses. Commerce Bancshares provides a diversified line of financial services, including business and personal banking, wealth management and estate planning and investments through its subsidiary and affiliated companies. Commerce Bancshares' banking companies currently operate in approximately 360 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado. Commerce Bancshares also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking, leasing, credit-related insurance, venture capital and real estate activities.

    Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

    Statements in this press release regarding DealerTrack, Curomax Limited, benefits of the Curomax platform, their growth prospects, plans regarding new products or services, and all other statements in this release other than the recitation of historical facts are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

    Factors that might cause such a difference include: the ability to retain our customer base, the ability to implement Commerce Bank, N.A. as a lender, additional risks associated with international operations, and other risks listed in DealerTrack's reports filed with the SEC, including its 2006 Form 10-K. These filings can be found on DealerTrack's website at and the SEC's website at Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and DealerTrack disclaims any obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.

    CONTACT: Debbie Oberender DealerTrack 905.281.6229 TRAK-G

    DealerTrack Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Debbie Oberender of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc.,
    +1-905-281-6229, or

    Web site:

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