Companies news of 2006-10-02 (page 1)

  • Netflix Announces Webcast of Third Quarter 2006 Earnings Conference Call
  • Novellus Announces Availability and Timing of Third Quarter 2006 Earnings Conference Call...
  • Rogers Communications to Participate at Upcoming Investor Conference
  • Techniline : résultats semestriels - marge opérationnelle supérieure à 5%
  • OEConnection and ADP Dealer Services Form Alliance to Provide Integration for Auto...
  • eCollege(R) Partners With Thomson Higher Education to Seamlessly Integrate ThomsonNOW...
  • Taleo Reporting and Analytics(TM) Named Product of the Year by Human Resource Executive...
  • Celsia Technologies' New MicroSpreaders Cool the Rising Heat Wave in Electronic...
  • MTI Micro Demonstrates Mobion(R) Units for Key Customer- Air Force Research Labs gets a...
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    Netflix Announces Webcast of Third Quarter 2006 Earnings Conference Call

    LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. announced that it will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2006 financial results and business outlook on Monday, October 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, following the release of the Company's quarterly financial results. Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder and Barry McCarthy, CFO will host the call.

    The live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Netflix website at . Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the website. For those without access to the Internet, a replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 23, 2006 through October 28, 2006. To listen to a replay, call +1-719-457-0820, access code 4010317.

    About Netflix

    Netflix is the world's largest online movie rental service, providing more than five million subscribers access to over 65,00 DVD titles. The company offers a variety of subscription plans, starting at $5.99 a month. There are no due dates, no late fees and no shipping fees. DVDs are delivered for free by the USPS from regional shipping centers located throughout the United States. Netflix can reach more than 90 percent of its subscribers with generally one business-day delivery. Netflix offers personalized movie recommendations to its members and has more than one billion movie ratings. Netflix also allows members to share and recommend movies to one another through its Friends(SM) feature. For more information, visit

    Netflix, Inc.

    CONTACT: IR Contact, Deborah Crawford, Director, Investor Relations,
    +1-408-540-3712, or PR Contact, Ken Ross, VP, Corporate Communications,
    +1-408 540-3931, both of Netflix

    Web site:

    Novellus Announces Availability and Timing of Third Quarter 2006 Earnings Conference Call Webcast

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novellus Systems, Inc. , today announced that it will provide its third quarter 2006 earnings in a conference call to be held Tuesday, October 17, 2006, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PDT. The call will be available via an audio webcast that can be accessed on Novellus' Investor Relations home page, located at . A replay of the webcast will be available until October 17, 2007.

    About Novellus:

    Novellus Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry. The company's products deliver value to customers by providing innovative technology backed by trusted productivity. An S&P 500 company, Novellus is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with subsidiary offices across the globe. For more information please visit .

    Novellus Systems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Robin S. Yim, Investor Relations of Novellus Systems, Inc.,

    Web site:

    Rogers Communications to Participate at Upcoming Investor Conference

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rogers Communications Inc. will be participating in the CIBC World Markets 5th Annual Institutional Investor Conference being held in Montreal, Quebec October 3rd - 5th, 2006. Rogers will be presenting on October 4th, 2006, from 3:25 - 3:55 p.m. (ET).

    A live audio webcast of the presentation, as well as an on-demand replay following the presentation, will be accessible through Rogers' Investor Relations website at

    About Rogers:

    Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG) is a diversified Canadian communications and media company engaged in three primary lines of business. Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider and the country's only carrier operating on the world standard GSM technology platform. Rogers Cable and Telecom is Canada's largest cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet access, residential telephony services, and video retailing, while its Rogers Business Solutions division is a national provider of voice communications services, data networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large businesses across the country. Rogers Media is Canada's premier collection of category leading media assets with businesses in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, publishing and sports entertainment. For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit

    Rogers Communications Inc.

    CONTACT: Deborah DeRoche, (416) 935-3551,

    Techniline : résultats semestriels - marge opérationnelle supérieure à 5%

    GENEVILLIERS, France, October 2 /PRNewswire/ --

    Comptes consolidés résumés

    En kEUR S1 2006 S1 2005 Var Chiffre d'affaires hors protection 28 525 26 043 +9,5% Sandisk[1] Chiffre d'affaires consolidé net 27 475 26 400 +4,1% Résultat d'exploitation 1 419 696 +104% Résultat financier (112) (728) Résultat courant 1 307 (32) Résultat net avant écarts d'acquisition 812 (116) Résultat net après écarts d'acquisition 690 (269) 30/06/06 30/06/05 31/12/05 Capitaux propres 10 420 4 801 9 730 Dettes financières 2 825 5 134 2 928 Trésorerie 4 503 2 385 3 149

    Chiffre d'affaires en progression sur les principaux segments d'activité

    Mis à part sur la photographie traditionnelle, en baisse de 18% à 4,2 MEUR due essentiellement à un effet marché, l'activité de Techniline progresse sur tous les segments d'activité.

    Le numérique, avec la reprise des approvisionnement en mémoires flash dès le mois de janvier, affiche une progression de 12% avec 17,7 MEUR (hors protection Sandisk1). La forte augmentation des volumes, ainsi qu'une stratégie de positionnement sur des produits de haute capacité et de haut de gamme, compense largement la baisse des prix naturelle du marché.

    L'audiovisuel progresse pour sa part de 29%, avec un chiffre d'affaires de 5,2 MEUR : Techniline a désormais une position de leader sur ce segment, notamment sur les vidéoprojecteurs sur lesquels Techniline est le 1er distributeur Epson, leader français et mondial.

    Le segment vidéo professionnelle et cinéma progresse de 9% à 1,4 MEUR.

    Marge d'exploitation en forte hausse

    La stratégie de volume ciblée mise en place par Techniline, sur le segment numérique notamment, s'est avérée payante : avec un résultat d'exploitation de 1,4 MEUR, Techniline affiche une marge de 5,2%, soit un niveau supérieur à ce qu'elle était en 2004 (4,4%). Techniline prouve ainsi sa capacité à croître dans un contexte de baisse des prix tout en améliorant ses marges.

    Un effet de change favorable

    L'évolution positive du résultat financier (+0,6 MEUR entre le S1 2005 et le S1 2006) s'explique principalement par les écarts de change, qui passent de -0,43 MEUR à +0,15 MEUR. Pour mémoire, la sensibilité du groupe aux variations de change porte uniquement sur les encours de factures fournisseurs en dollar. Une forte hausse du dollar, peu probable à l'heure actuelle, n'entamerait pas la compétitivité de Techniline, dans la mesure où le groupe a la latitude et la réactivité nécessaire pour réajuster ses prix.

    Forte génération de cash

    Entre décembre 2005 et juin 2006, la trésorerie s'améliore de 1,35 MEUR qui se décompose en :

    - une capacité d'autofinancement de 1,1 MEUR

    - une diminution du BFR de 0,4 MEUR, en partie liée à l'allègement des stocks qui avaient été constitués en fin d'année 2005 en prévision du déménagement

    - des remboursements d'emprunts pour 0,15 MEUR

    Une acquisition stratégique

    La situation de trésorerie largement excédentaire de Techniline permet au groupe d'initier sa politique de croissance externe ciblée.

    La société vient ainsi d'acquérir le fonds de commerce de la société Phaselys, spécialisée dans la distribution de produits péri-informatiques (cartes graphiques et vidéo, moniteurs et accessoires...). Cette acquisition va permettre à Techniline d'élargir la gamme de produits offerte à ses partenaires distributeurs dans le domaine des péri-informatiques. L'intégration de cette activité représente aussi pour Techniline l'opportunité d'étendre ses positions sur un marché en forte croissance.

    Prochaines publications

    Comptes semestriels complets et certifiés : 16 octobre 2006

    Chiffre d'affaire du troisième trimestre : 16 octobre 2006

    A propos de Techniline

    Créé en 1966, le Groupe Techniline, au travers de sa filiale TechniCinéPhot, est le fournisseur de référence pour les distributeurs dans l'univers de l'image : photographie, cinéma, audiovisuel... TechniLine se positionne en tant qu'acteur de la convergence numérique et comme le spécialiste français de la distribution de produits numériques et audiovisuels.

    Positionné à l'origine sur le marché de la photo argentique et de l'audiovisuel, Techniline a su prendre le tournant du numérique et adapter sa stratégie visant simultanément le référencement d'une offre diversifiée - basée sur les grandes marques de l'industrie - et la pénétration de l'ensemble des canaux de distribution (grande distribution, distribution spécialisée, e-commerce et revendeurs indépendants).

    Techniline est côté sur Alternext depuis juin 2005 (codes : FR0010212480 - ALTEC)

    Techniline : +33(0)1-40-10-55-55 Emmanuel Santiago Julia Temin Euroland Finance : +33(0)1-44-70-20-80 Alain Ouelhadj Calyptus : +33(0)1-53-65-37-91 Mathieu Calleux Marie Ein

    [1] A noter que sur le segment produits numériques, une partie des ventes Sandisk fait l'objet d'une rétrocession de la part du fabricant en cas de baisse des prix : c'est ce qui explique la différence entre le chiffre d'affaires << hors protection Sandisk >> et le CA consolidé net. Dans la mesure où cette protection est entièrement prise en charge par Sandisk, elle n'a aucun impact sur les résultats de Techniline.


    Techniline : +33(0)1-40-10-55-55, Emmanuel Santiago; Julia Temin, Euroland Finance : +33(0)1-44-70-20-80; Alain Ouelhadj,; Calyptus : +33(0)1-53-65-37-91, Mathieu Calleux, Marie Ein

    OEConnection and ADP Dealer Services Form Alliance to Provide Integration for Auto Dealership Services

    RICHFIELD, Ohio, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- OEConnection LLC, a leader in e- commerce parts exchange and analysis solutions for the automotive original equipment replacement parts business, announced a strategic alliance with The Dealer Services Group of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), a leading provider of dealer management systems (DMS) to car and truck dealerships. OEConnection and ADP have agreed to develop and deploy integration between their products to benefit their mutual automotive dealership customers.


    President and CEO of OEConnection, Chuck Rotuno, said, "This alliance is terrific news for auto dealerships because two quality organizations are joining forces to further streamline OE parts procurement. This relationship furthers OEConnection's mission of improving dealership efficiency and profitability through advanced technology and is a significant step toward enabling dealerships to take full advantage of the power of the Internet. Our team is excited to work with ADP to build a foundation for future opportunities and to provide dealers with end-to-end e-commerce solutions for OE parts."

    Steve Anenen, president of ADP Dealer Services, commented, "As the industry becomes more automated, dealerships expect greater interoperability between the applications they use. ADP continues to look for integration solutions with established, value-added technology providers like OEConnection. We see significant advantages for our customers and the industry with this relationship. All with the common goal of helping dealerships sell parts more profitably, improve service cycle time and increase customer satisfaction."

    Phase one of this project is the immediate integration of OEConnection's D2DLink parts sourcing system with ADP's w.e.b.Suite(TM) DMS products. That means with just one keystroke, thousands of ADP dealers can now access D2DLink's online database of parts locations saving time, eliminating duplicate data entry, speeding service bay transactions, helping reduce overhead in fixed operations departments and improving efficiency on every auto dealership transaction that requires OE parts. D2DLink has over 5.5 million unique auto part numbers in its daily-collected and updated inventory. The system is used 4 million times each month by an estimated 50,000 users at 12,000 auto dealerships nationwide.

    Moving forward, potential synergies between OEConnection and ADP will provide dealers with wholesale parts e-commerce solutions between ADP's DMS and OEConnection's suite of dealership products.

    In addition to providing nationwide dealership inventories, D2DLink is already accessible from select electronic parts catalogs, and provides inventory visibility to authorized tire distributor locations, alternate parts locations, and OEM parts distribution centers. With D2DLink now accessible from ADP's DMS, ADP dealers will soon realize these additional parts sourcing locations for even more advanced parts sourcing benefits.

    About OEConnection LLC: OEConnection is a provider of web-based technology solutions for automakers, their affiliated dealers, and others in the automotive parts business. Serving over 12,000 dealerships and 2,500 collision repairers, OEConnection provides the industry's largest ecommerce parts exchange and analysis tools enabling users to better market, manage and move their original equipment parts inventory. Depended on for over 4 million parts decisions monthly, OEConnection solutions facilitate an estimated $8 billion in annual parts trade. OEConnection is a joint venture created by DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and ProQuest. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area. For more information, visit

    About ADP Dealer Services: ADP Dealer Services provides integrated computing solutions to nearly 25,000 auto, truck, motorcycle, marine and recreational vehicle dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, China, Europe and the Middle East. ADP Dealer Services is the third largest business unit of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. . ADP, with $8.5 billion in revenues and approximately 590,000 clients worldwide, is one of the largest providers of a broad range of premier, mission-critical, cost- effective transaction processing and information-based business solutions.

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    CONTACT: Janice Schenk of OEConnection LLC, +1-888-776-5792 x1891

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    eCollege(R) Partners With Thomson Higher Education to Seamlessly Integrate ThomsonNOW Suite of Online ResourcesResources Help Improve Student Mastery of Learning Outcomes and Drive Retention

    DENVER, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eCollege(R) , a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary education industry, is expanding its partnership with Thomson Higher Education by providing seamless access to the ThomsonNOW online resources through the eCollege platform. By leveraging Web services, this initiative allows for single sign-on and gradebook integration between the eCollege platform and ThomsonNOW. Students easily move between their eCollege courses and the ThomsonNOW online assignments, assessments and "Personalized Study," and all student results automatically are transferred back to the eCollege Gradebook.

    "Retention is a top priority for our customers, and we are continually working to provide access to resources that can help improve student mastery of learning outcomes and increase student success in an online program. Our customers are telling us that ThomsonNOW can do just that," said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. "Additionally, the integration is yet another example of our commitment to delivering an on-demand software application adaptable to our customer's evolving needs."

    eCollege uses Web services to pass data between the two systems. This integrated approach builds on eCollege's focus on providing an open architecture, which will be fully realized with the release of eCollege .NExT. eCollege .NExT is the company's next generation eLearning platform designed around increased flexibility and customization.

    The collaboration with Thomson Higher Education, a global provider of teaching solutions for higher education and part of The Thomson Corporation , allows eCollege to provide more options for faculty enhancement of online courses, as well as a more engaging student experience through the integration of ThomsonNOW. With ThomsonNOW, faculty can efficiently target areas where a student may need additional help, assign the relevant assignments and assessments specific to a student's individual learning needs, and track student grades and progress. Students can use ThomsonNOW's pre-test, personalized study plan and post-test to improve their understanding of course content and performance on tests.

    "ThomsonNOW provides personalized services and tools that lead to a more effective and efficient teaching and learning experience. Overall, ThomsonNOW saves instructors time and improves student performance," said Susan Badger, CEO, Thomson Higher Education. "By partnering with eCollege, we are able to broaden our support of full online programs, and help students and faculty excel in the online environment."

    For more information on ThomsonNOW, visit: About eCollege

    eCollege is a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries. The Company's eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country. The Company's Enrollment Division, Datamark, Inc., helps institutions build new enrollments and increase student retention. Customers include publicly traded for-profit institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts and state departments of education. eCollege was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Chicago, with the eLearning Division headquartered in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit and

    About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Higher Education

    The Thomson Corporation (, with 2005 revenues of $8.40 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC). Thomson Higher Education is a leading provider of higher education textbooks, software, and Internet materials for the humanities, behavioral and social sciences, mathematics and the sciences, and business and economics. It publishes under the brands of Thomson Wadsworth, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Thomson South-Western, Thomson Heinle, and Thomson Schirmer.

    This news release contains statements that are not historical in nature and that may be characterized as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. Examples of these forward-looking statements would include statements about the expected timing of product or service releases, the expected benefits to customers of our products or services, the expected impact on customers of upgrade deployments and any other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. Actual performance and results may differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the Company's industries as well as the more specific risks and uncertainties facing the Company, including those identified in the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which you are encouraged to review in connection with this release. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. We are not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

    eCollege is a registered trademark of eCollege.


    CONTACT: Kristi Emerson of eCollege, +1-303-873-3788,; or Lindsay Brown of Thomson Learning, +1-203-539-8634,

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    Taleo Reporting and Analytics(TM) Named Product of the Year by Human Resource Executive MagazineTaleo earns third HR Product of the Year Award since inception; Taleo's newest solution recognized for driving value and insight into global talent management strategies

    DUBLIN, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Taleo , the leading provider of on demand talent management solutions, today announced that Taleo Reporting and Analytics(TM) was named one of Human Resource Executive magazine's Top 10 HR Products of the Year for 2006. Taleo will be honored in an awards ceremony this week at the 2006 HR Technology Conference & Exposition in Chicago.

    Selected from hundreds of entries, Taleo Reporting and Analytics was selected as a winner based on its innovation, value, and business benefits delivered to organizations looking to gain deeper insight into their global talent management programs.

    Taleo Reporting and Analytics provides a powerful and intuitive new way for organizations to measure, analyze, and optimize their workforce strategies. It provides a single source of detailed workforce data to enable complete reporting and analysis -- from standard monthly recruiting reports to sophisticated workforce planning and trend analysis.

    "Taleo's innovation and efforts to help organizations drive business performance are evident in Taleo Reporting and Analytics," said David Shadovitz, editor in chief, Human Resource Executive magazine. "We congratulate Taleo for its achievement. Taleo has clearly put much thought into this product, which takes recruiting analytics and reporting to a new level."

    Taleo President and CEO Michael Gregoire said, "We are honored to be recognized by Human Resource Executive magazine for HR Product of the Year. This award is evidence of the creativity, agility and operational excellence under which our development team operates and consistently delivers award winning talent management solutions. Unlike other vendors who have chosen to acquire new applications and face integration struggles, Taleo Reporting and Analytics was developed by Taleo in under a year and is fully integrated with our suite of talent management solutions. We remain committed to delivering additional on demand talent management solutions that meet the ongoing and evolving needs of our customers."

    This is Taleo's third HR Product of the Year award since the company's inception in 1999. Taleo Enterprise and Taleo Assessment were both named Product of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine in previous years.

    For more information about Taleo Reporting and Analytics, please visit

    About Taleo Corporation

    Taleo delivers on demand talent management solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to assess, acquire, develop, and align their workforce for improved business performance. Taleo's customers use its suite of solutions to improve their talent management processes to reduce the time and costs associated with these processes and to enhance the quality, productivity, and effectiveness of their workforces. Taleo currently has more than 620 customers with approximately 750,000 registered users who use our services to fill positions in almost 100 countries. For more information visit

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    CONTACT: Media, Kate Leeson of Taleo Corporation, +1-925-452-3659,; or Investor Relations, Carolyn Bass of MarketStreet
    Partners, +1-415-445-3232,

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    Celsia Technologies' New MicroSpreaders Cool the Rising Heat Wave in Electronic DevicesIndustry's Thinnest and Lightest Thermal Management Products Can Scale to Fit Miniature LED Lights to Large CPUs

    MIAMI, Fla., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celsia Technologies (BULLETIN BOARD: ICUR) today announced the availability of its MicroSpreader(TM) line of thermal management products equipped with an optimal cooling design for all types of systems and devices. MicroSpreaders, the thinnest and lightest two phase heat spreaders in the industry, are built on Celsia's patented micro thermofluidic design. They are flexible to easily integrate with any electronic device and minimize the required space for cooling. In addition to being thinner and lighter, the MicroSpreaders deliver significantly higher thermal conductivity (heat transfer capacity) versus conventional options such as aluminum, copper, heat pipes and other metal materials used for cooling.

    "As a manufacturer and provider of thermal management components and accessories for the electronics industry, we are always looking for the best new innovative solutions to offer to our customers," said Gary Kuzmin, director of ThermaFlo. "We are integrating the Celsia MicroSpreaders into a total solution for telecom base stations and LED lighting applications. The solution, including the high-performance MicroSpreaders, will meet the highest quality standards."

    With thermal conductivity of more than 5,000 watt per meter Kelvin (w/m K), MicroSpreaders have a heat transfer capacity 25 times greater than aluminum and 13 times greater than copper, the two most commonly used metal heat conductors. In a given application, MicroSpreaders can increase the cooling system's performance by 25 to 60 percent over other industry solutions. In the area of LED lighting, tests have shown that MicroSpreaders can improve the life of devices by 10-15x.

    "The electronics industry needs effective, compact, inexpensive and innovative cooling solutions to keep pace with increasingly small and mobile electronic devices," said George Meyer, Celsia's chief marketing officer and general manager of the Americas and Europe. "What we've done at Celsia is leverage micro thermofluidic technology to create an innovative, cost-effective solution for products across the electronics supply chain. Implications range from increasing the processor speed in a computer or cutting lighting energy costs by an order of magnitude."

    Measuring at 1.4mm thick and weighing only 25 grams, the spreaders boast a 28 percent reduction in thickness and 33 percent reduction in weight over competitive products. The razor thin plates or tubes can be built to fit a variety of small and large devices. With no mechanical parts, the MicroSpreaders are noise and vibration free, eliminating the need to reconfigure product design to accommodate the cooling device. Within the plate or tube is an extensive network of micro channels through which pure water moves rapidly, changing from water to vapor and back to water, removing excess heat. The MicroSpreaders can be attached directly to the heat source to enhance cooling capability.

    Pricing and Availability

    Celsia's MicroSpreaders are shipping now worldwide through Celsia's strategic partnerships. Pricing starts at less than $10.00 (USD) per unit. For more detailed product information or to request a quote, visit, call 1-305-529-6290 or email info@celsiatechnologies.

    About Celsia Technologies

    Celsia Technologies is a full solution provider and licensor of thermal management products and technology for the PC, consumer electronics, lighting and display industries. The company is a leader in developing and commercializing next-generation cooling solutions built on patented micro thermofluidic technology. Celsia Technologies' extensive intellectual property portfolio includes patents registered in Korea, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan, with patents pending in the EU, Russia, India and in China. Celsia Technologies is the brand name of iCurie, Inc. For more information visit: /.

    NOTE: MicroSpreaders is a registered trademark of Celsia Technologies. Editorial Contact: Linda Quach The Hoffman Agency (408) 975-3013

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    MTI Micro Demonstrates Mobion(R) Units for Key Customer- Air Force Research Labs gets a preview of 30 Watt system -

    ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. ("MTI Micro"), the developer of the award-winning Mobion(R) micro fuel cell technology and a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology Incorporated , announced today it achieved its third quarter milestone of demonstrating a product-intent military portable power system with its Mobion(R)-30M product platform.

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    Officials from both MTI Micro and The Air Force Research Laboratory -- Information Directorate ("AFRL"), one of MTI Micro's key customers in military applications, were present for the demonstration of a Mobion(R)-30M prototype -- a system designed to produce potentially up to 600 Watt hours of run-time per cartridge which would allow airmen to power an average laptop over seven (7) times longer than its current Lithium-ion battery. In addition, since the Mobion(R)-30M prototype can support up to 30 Watts of average power and over 100 Watts of peak power, it can power a wide-range of rugged electronic devices in the field. When compared to the number of batteries required for a 72 hour mission, one (1) Mobion(R)-30M unit and two (2) additional easy-to-swap, 100% methanol fuel cartridges are expected to weigh about one-half the weight of currently used batteries. For the same amount of power, deployed airmen would have to carry nine (9) BA5590 batteries.

    "The design of MTI Micro's Mobion technology enables us to create systems that are lighter weight and longer lasting in the field," said William Cook, Senior Engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York. "This demonstrates the viability of fuel cell technology and MTI Micro's commitment to working with the Air Force to bring this new technology into the field for testing."

    MTI Micro received a purchase order for fuel cell evaluation kits from AFRL earlier in the year. The purchase order includes the delivery of Mobion(R)-30M prototypes and fuel refills as well as initial training and technical support. AFRL intends to use these fuel cell evaluation kits in a program for the development of satellite communication terminals ("SATCOM"), which are portable high data rate transmission systems used in communications by special operations forces. AFRL plans to integrate Mobion(R) into these terminals -- providing weight reductions and mobility benefits if deployed into the field.

    "We recognize what our military customers need -- a rugged, light, compact, power-pack that can work in most operational environments, and run longer than batteries," said Juan Becerra, Vice President of Market and Business Development for MTI Micro. "We are focused on developing products that can meet those requirements and improve the mobility and effectiveness of our soldiers."

    AFRL's interest in researching these fuel cells to power SATCOM systems is receiving Congressional attention and support. The conference report to the defense appropriations bill includes language that encourages AFRL to continue to develop and test hybrid fuel cell power systems for SATCOM applications and also encourages the Air Force to continue this important research as it pertains to current and future missions.

    This release follows an earlier announcement by MTI Micro on achieving its milestone of exceeding the energy density of a Li-Ion battery with a consumer prototype designed to produce over 95 Watt hours of continuous run-time with the capability of being refueled instantly, allowing users to charge a number of portable electronic products including GPS systems, gaming devices, MP3 players, and digital cameras.

    About MTI MicroFuel Cells

    MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI) , is the developer of the award-winning Mobion(R) direct methanol micro fuel cell technology. MTI Micro has a world- class team of entrepreneurial business executives, researchers and scientists; a number of system prototypes demonstrating size reductions and performance improvements; significant related intellectual property; and has received government awards and developed strategic partnerships to facilitate efforts to achieve commercialization. More information is available at

    Statements in this press release which are not historical fact including statements regarding management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, among others, future prospects and applications for fuel cell systems, including those adapted for military use; MTI Micro's future business prospects, technology and performance; the market potential for and progress MTI Micro is making in developing its Mobion(R) fuel cell systems, including fuel cell systems or prototypes suitable for use by the U.S Military; the timing or success of entry into the military market by MTI Micro; MTI Micro's ability to meet its stated milestones on time, if at all. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and MTI and MTI Micro disclaim any duty to update such statements. It is important to note that MTI Micro's and MTI's actual results could differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the anticipated results not to occur include, among others, risks related to financing; uncertainties in development, manufacturing, competition and military demand for DMFCs; and the risk factors listed from time to time in MTI's SEC reports including but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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    Xilinx Announces Industry's First ESL for FPGA Workshop

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. today announced the first ever ESL for FPGA workshop to be held in San Jose, Calif., on November 6, 2006. The event will provide an opportunity for the design community to experience first hand the value and immediate benefits of the emerging electronic system-level (ESL) methodologies as they apply to field programmable gate array (FPGA) design.

    The workshop, to be held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown San Jose, is being jointly hosted by Xilinx and seven participating members of the Xilinx ESL Initiative: Celoxica, CebaTech, Codetronix, CriticalBlue, Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Poseidon Design Systems and Teja Technologies. The program will feature seven different training tracks and a hands-on, lab-based learning format in which attendees will take real-world design applications from a high-level description to an FPGA implementation. For more details and to register, please visit .

    "There is a wealth of new system-level tools and methodologies available today," said Steve Lass, senior director of Software Product Marketing at Xilinx. "This industry-first training event provides an excellent opportunity for FPGA users to experience them first-hand and learn how ESL tools can address their design challenges through the application of best practices."

    "This is a 'must attend' event for both system-level hardware designers and software programmers who want a fast track to exploiting the benefits of ESL design for FPGA," said Jeff Jussel, vice president of worldwide marketing for Celoxica. "Attendees will get hands-on experience and learn how to quickly generate low-level digital circuits from high-level system and algorithmic descriptions. Proven in real FPGA designs, the capabilities of today's ESL tools enable cost and risk reduction, faster time-to-market and an overall more responsive design methodology."

    ESL Initiative Update

    The ESL for FPGA workshop is the latest in a series of activities under the charter of the Xilinx ESL Initiative. In July, Xilinx published an ESL-themed edition of its Xcell Journal, the industry's authoritative publication for programmable logic users worldwide, titled "ESL Expands the Reach of FPGAs." Xcell Journal Issue 58 includes 17 articles contributed by Xilinx and its partners with a guest commentary by FPGA Journal editor Kevin Morris. The magazine gives system-level designers a comprehensive view on the current state of the technology and the impressive advances that have been made in this critically important area of electronic design.

    The Xilinx ESL Initiative has attracted wide interest from tool providers. Since its launch in March this year, five new members have joined the program to bring the total participation to 14 companies. The new members are AutoESL, Binachip, Cebatech, Codetronix, Mimosys, and Mirabilis Design. The ESL initiative members offer a wide spectrum of innovative and leading-edge tools that provide users with unprecedented flexibility and productivity.

    ESL for FPGA

    ESL is an emerging design methodology that allows designers to work at higher levels of abstraction than typically supported by register transfer-level (RTL) and gate-level hardware descriptions. Its growth has been driven by the continuing complexity of IC design, including the use of third- party intellectual property (IP) blocks and embedded cores, which has made RTL and gate-level methods less efficient. The proliferation of FPGA-based ESL tools and methodologies will make it easier for designers to leverage programmable devices for critical system applications such as algorithm acceleration, high-performance computing, high-speed packet processing, and rapid prototyping.

    About Xilinx ESL Initiative

    The Xilinx ESL Initiative is a multi-faceted program aimed at proliferating high-level design methodologies and tool flows for FPGAs. The goal is to make it easier for hardware designers and software programmers to leverage Xilinx programmable devices for their next generation systems. Xilinx and participating companies are focused on improving ease of use, quality of results and interoperability standards through technical collaboration, cooperative marketing and joint educational activities. For more information about the Xilinx ESL Initiative, visit .

    About Xilinx

    Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit


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    Companies Continue to Choose to Control and Reduce Operating Expenses

    CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- FFE Transportation Services, Inc. , Strata Marketing, Inc. and Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company each recently implemented to control and reduce operating expenses and to provide real-time visibility into company spending. provides on-demand operating expense controls for small-to-mid-sized businesses. Customers automate their expense control policies with modules for travel and entertainment, purchasing and invoice management that stand alone and work together as a fully integrated suite.

    Dallas-based FFE Transportation, a refrigerated trucking company, is using modules for purchasing and invoice management. The service has been in place for four months. Already, the company is reporting positive changes as a result.

    "We have successfully automated many manual processes and improved our workflow in accounts payable and purchasing," said Ned Flottman, director of corporate purchasing for FFE. "Our suppliers are being paid within terms, enabling us to take advantage of all early payment discounts, and our purchase orders are processed in a timely manner."

    Strata Marketing, a fast-growing, media-industry software firm based in Chicago, is using's modules for travel and entertainment and invoice management. According to Strata, the company was able to train its entire sales force on the system in just a few weeks, significantly improving its T&E management.

    Similarly, Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company, based in Souderton, Pa., is using modules for travel and entertainment and invoice management. Craft-Bilt's finance department also reports that because of, it is able to better manage T&E spending and process invoices more efficiently without hiring additional staff.

    "The fact that FFE Transportation, Strata Marketing and Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company are achieving results from their implementations in such a short period of time is a testament to the value that complete operating expense control and software-as-a-service can provide," said Bill Vergantino, president and CEO of "The same way that a customer relationship management system helps companies manage revenue, provides complete operating expense controls in the least amount of time, for the lowest cost and with minimal risk."

    As a Web-based operating expense control solution, policies, budget management, compliance, real-time reporting, updates, support and training are all included in the subscription pricing.

    Currently, thousands of people in more than 15 countries are using the service. Founded in 2000, the company is privately held. On the Net:

    Contact: Jonathan Morein 484-362-1278 (phone) 215-565-5377 (cell)

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    Seagate Introduces New Maxtor Desktop and Notebook Hard Drives to Expand Choices for Distributors and ResellersDiamondMax and MobileMax From Seagate Give System Builders and Resellers Worldwide Greater Choice of Hard Drive Features, Warranties, Service and Support

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seagate Technology today announced the availability of new Maxtor-branded desktop and notebook PC hard drives to the worldwide distribution channel in a move that gives system builders and resellers a broader selection of product features, warranties, service and support, and pricing. Designed and manufactured with Seagate's hallmark quality and reliability, the Maxtor DiamondMax desktop and MobileMax notebook disc drives will enable system builders to reach a wider range of customers.

    "With Maxtor DiamondMax and MobileMax hard drives from Seagate, system builders and resellers will be able to deliver our desktop and notebook PC hard drives across a fuller spectrum of customers and applications," said Karl Chicca, Seagate senior vice president and general manager of Personal Storage. "Seagate-branded hard drives will continue to deliver leading-edge technologies, top capacities and performance, rich feature sets and best-in-class channel service and support, while our Maxtor drives feature mainstream capacities, features and performance to meet basic notebook and desktop needs."

    With the launch, Seagate is refreshing Maxtor's popular line of DiamondMax 3.5-inch desktop hard drives and introducing the new MobileMax 2.5-inch line for notebook PCs. DiamondMax drives initially will be offered in capacities up to 320GB and with mainstream features, cache sizes, and performance.

    MobileMax drives will feature capacities up to 80GB and a 5400-RPM spin speed to support mainstream laptop and white book applications.

    The new Maxtor drives come with a three-year warranty, while the Seagate-branded hard drives offered through the channel, including Barracuda and Momentus drives, will continue to carry an industry-leading five-year warranty.

    "Distributors and value-added resellers often have a different set of requirements compared to system OEMs," said John Rydning, IDC's research manager for hard disc drives. "Seagate's decision to preserve the Maxtor brand for the distribution channels provides more choice for its customers, and options for Seagate to profitably package, price, and deliver products and services for a variety of unique market requirements."

    Two Strong Brands - More Choice

    Seagate will continue to provide distributors and resellers with tools, programs and incentives designed to create demand for and sell a broad range of computers built with Seagate brand hard drives. That best-in-class support includes pricing incentives, rebates, quarterly profit sharing, stock rotation, early pay discounts, price protection and a regulated hierarchy of authorized distributors.

    Seagate's support for Maxtor brand hard drives will include volume incentive programs and basic levels of service and support for resellers and system integrators. The Maxtor brand business model also will be based on open distribution with a standard pricing structure and volume discounts that will enable Maxtor authorized distributors to respond quickly to customer needs.

    Channel Lauds Seagate's Dual-Brand Approach

    With the addition of Maxtor DiamondMax and MobileMax hard drives to its product portfolio, Seagate now offers distributors, resellers, system integrators and direct marketers two powerful brands for expanding their business as more of the world's information is converted to digital form. Here's what some of Seagate's channel partners have to say:

    "By adding a line of desktop and notebook hard drives that offers Seagate's signature quality and reliability but in a different value tier, Seagate is going right to the heart of our business -- the bottom line," said Steve Ichinaga, senior vice president and general manager of the System Integration Division at Synnex. "The new Maxtor drives will help us protect the profitability of our Seagate premium drives and compete much more effectively with drives offering great value and basic levels of support."

    "Seagate's dual-brand strategy gives CDW customers more choice, enabling them to meet their precise I.T. requirements," said Chuck McEwen, manager of CDW's storage specialty team, which provides in-depth advice on storage solution design and selection. "The Maxtor line provides capabilities for entry-level systems while Seagate-branded drives are for high-performance solutions with the largest storage capacities."

    "Newegg prides itself on delivering the best computer hardware values and selection on the web," said Sean Tang, director of product management at Newegg. "By extending its hard drive portfolio to include DiamondMax and MobileMax drives, Seagate is helping us meet our customers' diverse storage needs."

    "The addition of DiamondMax and MobileMax to the Seagate family of hard drives is a boon to Microbytes and our customers," said Paul Filion, vice president of operations at Microbytes Computer Wholesalers Inc. "The expanded line of Seagate drives will broaden our reach and enable us to better meet the needs of customers who want basic drives with a basic support infrastructure."

    "The new Maxtor hard drives give us a way to address more value points in the market using a single vendor, increasing our reach and effectiveness," said John Luo, general manager at Shanghai Co-side Enterprise Co., Ltd. "The drives also allow us to better fit the hard drive to the customer requirement and ultimately improve customer satisfaction."

    About Seagate

    Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award- winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at .

    NOTE: Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Maxtor, Barracuda, DiamondMax, MobileMax and Momentus are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.

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    CONTACT: Michael Hall, +1-831-439-2731, or,
    or Woody Monroy, +1-831-439-2838, or, both of

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    SupportSoft Paints a Clear Picture on Successful IPTV Service Delivery at Broadband World Forum Europe

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SupportSoft, Inc. , a leading provider of software and services that automate the resolution of technology problems, will discuss at this week's Broadband World Forum the importance of driving business growth through the introduction of new, high value services such as IPTV. SupportSoft's James Morehead will host an interactive session entitled, "IPTV: Turn the Prospect of High Churn into High Earn," featuring industry leaders from FASTWEB, Cisco, Microsoft TV and Belgacom.

    Value-added services such as IPTV and VoIP, combined with high speed data, offer significant, new revenue potential for service providers. Retaining customers by creating the best possible experience for any triple play service they may choose will be critical to success. The panel led by Mr. Morehead will show how IPTV holds the potential to provide consumers with even more entertainment value than they receive through traditional TV service. And, for service providers, that value begins with successful, automated installation of an IPTV connection and ongoing customer support for problem resolution.

    A recent whitepaper published by SupportSoft entitled, "IPTV: The Clear Picture," outlines the key challenges and opportunities for profitably delivering IPTV. To receive a copy of the whitepaper, please register at .

    The Broadband World Forum Europe conference and exhibition will examine broadband technology developments, challenges, services, and applications with particular emphasis on the European market. This four-day event will feature top industry executives sharing their real-world experiences and offering the latest perspectives on broadband content, entertainment, access strategies, service management, and integration.

    WHAT: Panel: "IPTV: Turn the Prospect of High Churn into High Earn" WHO: Chairperson: James Morehead, VP of Product Management and Marketing, SupportSoft Speakers: Giampaolo Bandini, Program Manager - Multimedia Interactive Television, FASTWEB Theo Langton, BB & NGN Solutions/BD, Cisco Hemang Mehta, Product Management Director, Microsoft TV Carlos Van Hove, Expert Process Manager, Belgacom WHERE: IEC Broadband World Forum Europe 2006 CNIT La DefenseParis, FranceFor more information, visit: WHEN: Wednesday, October 11th 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. local time About SupportSoft

    SupportSoft is a leading provider of software and services that automate the resolution of technology problems. Digital service providers benefiting from SupportSoft solutions include Belgacom, BellSouth, Bharti Airtel, Charter Communications, Comcast Communications, Cox Communications, Time Warner, TeliaSonera, UPC and Verizon. Enterprises that have licensed SupportSoft products include ADP, Bank of America, BT, Kimberly-Clark, Sony and Symantec. Managed service providers that utilize the Company's solutions to provide outsourced services to their enterprise customers include CGI, CompuCom, CSC and IBM Global Services. For more information visit .

    SupportSoft, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jennifer Massaro of SupportSoft, Inc., +1-650-556-8596, or

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    Verizon Wireless Extends Rollout of 3G Network to Metro Omaha/Council Bluffs AreaCustomers Now Can Get High-Speed Wireless Internet, E-mail Services, Ability to Download Video Clips and Songs to Handsets

    OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network to Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both cities are the first in their respective states to join the company's coast-to-coast broadband network.

    The expansion means that Verizon Wireless customers can access the company's high-speed wireless broadband network while traveling throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs area and that they can enjoy two additional services: BroadbandAccess, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network, which is geared toward mobile professionals and business customers and has average user speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps); and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather, sports and more.

    "This expansion is part of our continuing focus on investing in our network reliability and providing innovative high-speed data services to our customers in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area and across the country," said Nancy B. Clark, president, Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "With BroadbandAccess, Omaha's mobile and business professionals now will be able to take their desktop experience wherever they go in the coverage area, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls."

    Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. The Omaha/Council Bluffs area is the latest metropolitan market to be added to Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network coverage area, now available to more than half the population of the U.S.


    BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

    Business customers can access information when they are on the road -- at customer locations, at job sites or in taxis -- with BroadbandAccess. With BroadbandAccess, customers could download a 1 megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint(R) presentation or a large PDF file) or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds. Also, customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network, in which customers experience average data transmission speeds between 60 and 80 kbps with bursts up to 144 kbps.

    "BroadbandAccess service gives our enterprise customers two key advantages in wireless communication -- speed and mobility," said Clark. "With that comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

    V CAST

    The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of broadcasts, from breaking news and weather to sports highlights, the hottest entertainment clips and more.

    V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music download service. Customers with V CAST Music can download full song tracks directly to their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows(R) XP operating software. The V CAST Music on demand service includes access to a catalog of more than 1.4 million songs.


    BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage will be available to 92 percent of the population of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area and surrounding communities. The coverage area extends north from Omaha to the Douglas/Washington County border, west to U.S. Highway 6, south to U.S. Highway 370 (including the city of Bellevue) and east of Council Bluffs to Interstate 29 just south of Interstate 80.

    Product Offering

    For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access with a new two-year customer agreement. Otherwise, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook computers, including laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP and Toshiba.

    Wireless PC cards for BroadbandAccess customers include the Verizon Wireless PC 5740, Verizon Wireless V620 and Kyocera KPC 650. A new Novatel Wireless V640 card is available for laptop owners with ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slots rather than a traditional PCMCIA slot.

    In addition, several handsets have the ability to "tether" to a laptop's USB port, with the purchase of a Mobile Office Kit. BroadbandAccess-powered PDAs offered by Verizon Wireless include the Motorola QTM, the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700w and the Palm Treo 700p. Popular BlackBerry(R) options include the new 8703e, the 7250 and 7130e.

    To access V CAST video and games, customers need a V CAST-enabled handset and a $15.00 monthly subscription added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Currently, nearly 20 music capable handsets are available, including the popular Chocolate by LG and the Motorola RAZR V3m.

    Customers with a V CAST Music-enabled handset can pay as they go to download songs directly to their phone for $1.99 per song plus airtime, download songs to their PC for $0.99, and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V CAST Music-enabled handset or memory card for free from their PC. Purchases from the handset include two copies of every song -- one for the handset and one for the PC.

    For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a local Verizon Wireless Communications Store or go to

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To receive broadcast- quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

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    CONTACT: Karen Smith of Verizon Wireless, +1-612-590-3511,; or Tom Albers, For Verizon Wireless,
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    Aviation Leader Reports It Can Design Up to 10 Times Faster With Autodesk Civil 3DDynamic Modeling Significantly Reduces Manual Processes, Saves Firm Time and Money to Perform Complex Airspace Analysis

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. today announced that Landrum & Brown, the world's oldest commercial aviation consultancy, is using Autodesk Civil 3D software to speed the design of airports, terminals and even airspace above airports at locations around the world. Autodesk Civil 3D is an industry-proven civil engineering solution that allows users to realize their ideas and complete transportation, site, sewer, storm drain and subdivision projects up to 75 percent faster.

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    "To have a company as respected and established as Landrum & Brown use Autodesk Civil 3D is a strong validation of our product," said Chris Bradshaw, vice president, Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions. "More and more companies are realizing how much they can streamline their processes by standardizing on one powerful product for all their civil engineering design, drafting and GIS needs."

    Frequently, Landrum & Brown faces the challenge of designing runways that allow multiple air approaches, which are free from all potential obstructions, such as communications towers, buildings and freeway overpasses. Even approaches over water must account for the possibility of tall ships. On the ground, the firm must grapple with rigorous environmental and community review processes. Until recently, Landrum & Brown was forced to depend on a combination of manual calculation processes and tedious redrawing to keep projects moving forward.

    When attending a demonstration of Autodesk Civil 3D, the company was immediately struck by the software's potential to accelerate airspace analysis. Civil 3D could quickly build corridors and surface models and change them dynamically. Although many of the surfaces Landrum & Brown modeled were in the air, the design principles remained the same as if the firm was creating land-based assets. Moreover, with its dynamic design capabilities, Autodesk Civil 3D was clearly applicable to more than just analysis-it was the perfect tool for creating multiple versions of designs.

    "It doesn't matter if it's below-grade, above-grade or at-grade," said Bob Endres, corporate manager of Landrum & Brown's CAD engineering department. "A surface is a surface. With Autodesk Civil 3D, we can upload whatever points we need to build a surface, convert them to dynamic objects in Civil 3D, and begin our analysis or design. We recently created an airspace model from 500,000 points for a major airport in four hours. Before Autodesk Civil 3D, it would have taken two weeks."

    From Nine Days to One

    Now, when Landrum & Brown begins an airspace analysis, it gathers the point information it needs from multiple sources, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and private data vendors. The analysis team loads the data in Autodesk Civil 3D, and the software converts the data to the correct grid system. The firm then analyzes the data within Civil 3D to find runway approaches that avoid obstructions and meet all FAA requirements.

    "Before mapping technology, it took about nine days to do the analysis for a single runway," explained Endres. "With mapping software, we got that to about two days. Now, with Autodesk Civil 3D, we're reducing that to one day or less."

    Landrum & Brown's impressive productivity boost underscores the power of the 3D dynamic engineering model that lies at the heart of Autodesk Civil 3D. All team members work from the same consistent, up-to-date model, so they stay synchronized throughout all project phases, including survey, design, drafting, reporting, analysis and visualization. A change made in one place instantly updates the entire project, helping companies to complete projects faster and more accurately.

    About Autodesk

    Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading 3D software company for the manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project efficiency and maximize profits.

    Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit .

    About Landrum & Brown

    Landrum & Brown is the oldest privately owned consultancy dedicated solely to the needs of the commercial aviation community, focusing on environmental and airport planning solutions for today's results-oriented aviation decision makers. Landrum & Brown believes that its focus on the highly specialized issues of the aviation industry provides its clients with a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other organizations. Through experience and technology, Landrum & Brown ideas are shaping the future of aviation.

    NOTE: Autodesk and Civil 3D are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

    Contact: Alan Dunton, 415-318-4141


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    Listen Up. Cingular Teams With Melodeo to Offer Mobile PodcastingMelodeo's Mobilcast Service Gives Cingular Customers On-the-Go Access to Thousands of Podcasts

    ATLANTA and SEATTLE, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, and Melodeo Inc. today announced the availability of Melodeo's Mobilcast podcast service. Cingular customers can now search and listen to thousands of podcasts that interest them, including news, sports, entertainment and more, on their Cingular phone -- virtually anytime, anywhere.

    "Mobilcast further enables the mobile news and entertainment capabilities of your cell phone by providing quick and simple access to podcast favorites while on the go," said Jim Ryan, vice president, consumer data services, Cingular Wireless. "We are excited to team with Melodeo to provide a rich selection of audio content that appeals to an array of interests."

    Cingular customers can listen to continuously updated podcast episodes from popular sources such as NPR, The New York Times, CBS, FOX and MSNBC, as well as thousands of independent podcasts from all over the world. The programs cover a wide range of subjects including comedy, music, sports, education, health, music and politics.

    "For the first time, Cingular customers are able to use their mobile phone to tune in to their favorite podcasts, stop at any point in a podcast to answer a call, and then pick up from the exact place they left off," said Don Davidge, Melodeo Founder and Senior Vice President of Sales.

    The Mobilcast service is compatible with most Cingular handsets. The service is available for a monthly subscription cost of $4.99 and kilobyte usage charges apply. For more information, visit

    About Cingular Wireless

    Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 57.3 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corporation , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER (R) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at

    About Melodeo, Inc.

    Melodeo Inc., the leader in mobile podcasting is dedicated to bringing consumers the best selection of on-demand podcasts and radio programs for the Web and mobile phone. Melodeo combines powerful content, a simple user interface and access from any device, making it easy to enjoy and share podcasts on any topic with friends.

    Cingular Wireless/Melodeo, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jennifer Bowcock of Cingular Wireless, +1-404-236-6319, or ; or Nate Murphy of MWW Group, +1-206-505-8390,

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    Blue Coat Ships Secure Remote Access With Integrated Host Security for Managed & Unmanaged EndpointsSteak 'n Shake Corporation Selects Blue Coat RA to Provide On-Demand, Comprehensive SSL VPN and Endpoint Security

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blue Coat(R) Systems , the leader in secure content and application delivery, today announced that it has begun to ship its new Blue Coat RA appliances for secure remote access with integrated endpoint security. More comprehensive than a conventional SSL VPN product, Blue Coat RA appliances include capabilities for on-demand connectivity for both Web and non-Web applications; keylogger and frame grabber detection and suppression; active information control; host integrity checks; and browser security.

    At the same time, Blue Coat announced that Steak 'n Shake Corporation, a restaurant chain with over 430 restaurants in 20 states, has selected Blue Coat RA to provide secure remote access for store managers to an internal online web application and to protect the data and session on managed and unmanaged clients. The comprehensive SSL VPN and endpoint security solution enables Steak 'n Shake to provide secure access from corporate-owned machines as well as unmanaged devices, such as a store managers' home computer or an Internet kiosk, while protecting against inadvertent information leakage or malicious data theft.

    "We needed a remote access solution that would allow our store managers to use their own home computers to utilize our enterprise applications without the risk of sensitive corporate information leaking out onto desktops we don't own," said Sean Smith, Director of Strategic Technology Services for The Steak 'n Shake Corporation. "Blue Coat RA's on-demand clientless technology enables us to provide the secure remote access that our store managers demand while minimizing the risk of information loss at the endpoint."

    On-Demand Clientless Access to Web and Non-Web Applications

    Through Blue Coat RA's unique, patent-pending Connector technology, Steak 'n Shake provides store managers secure on-demand access to its applications, such as many of its browser-based enterprise applications-from corporate desktop computers and also from home computers and other non-IT managed devices, without requiring the installation of client software. Unlike other SSL VPNs, Blue Coat RA never requires the installation of client software, such as a network extension, and does not need local administrator rights. This clientless capability proved critical to Steak 'n Shake as they looked to deploy secure connectivity and data protection to hundreds of store managers without the burden of installing client software. In addition, Blue Coat RA supports both Web and non-Web applications without any kind of URL re-writing or prior knowledge of an application or its protocol.

    Endpoint Security-Keylogger and Frame Grabber Detection and Suspension

    In addition to clientless access, Blue Coat RA protects against inadvertent information leakage and malicious data theft at the endpoint. To thwart spyware, such as keyloggers and framegrabbers, Blue Coat RA performs a pre-authentication scan using specialized heuristics technology and then suppresses any suspicious processes during the user's session. Steak 'n Shake can protect the data on an unmanaged client even in the presence of malware.

    Active Information Control

    Blue Coat RA offers active information controls that prevent functions such as Print, Print Screen, Save and certain clipboard operations that might expose sensitive data. In addition, Blue Coat RA-enabled sessions encrypt all information stored by the browser, including the cache, cookies and application temp files, and then clear it at the end of the session using DoD 5220.22-spec file deletion. Steak 'n Shake IT has control over what users can do with the information they access and can prevent the unintentional loss of sensitive corporate data, such as a user inadvertently leaving information on a public machine.

    Host Integrity Checks and Browser Security

    Blue Coat RA can check a variety of parameters on the host computer as a condition to allowing remote access. Checks include personal firewall settings, anti-virus software updates, operating system patches and service packs, and more. These checks can trigger various actions which can be applied on a very granular basis according to company policy. Actions include, preventing application access until updates and settings conform to company requirements, or restricting access to only certain applications, including, perhaps, the IT Helpdesk server. Blue Coat RA also provides tools to create customized host checking, including registry settings, processes running, processes that should be running but are not, the existence of certain files or applications, and more.

    "Blue Coat RA delivers the remote access and information protection features that Steak 'n Shake required to extend their enterprise web applications to their store managers," said Steve Mullaney, vice president of worldwide marketing for Blue Coat Systems. "Our unique on demand technology allows us to extend these security and information protection features without ever requiring touching the remote machine, allowing Steak 'n Shake to provide ubiquitous access without the risks of information loss."

    About Blue Coat Systems

    Blue Coat secures Web communications and accelerates business applications across the distributed enterprise. Blue Coat's family of appliances and client-based solutions -- deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers -- provide intelligent points of policy-based control enabling IT organizations to optimize security and accelerate performance between users and applications. Blue Coat has installed more than 25,000 appliances worldwide and is ranked #1 by IDC in the Secure Content and Application Delivery market. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or .

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Blue Coat Systems' expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and including statements regarding the capabilities and expected performance of Blue Coat Systems' products. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Blue Coat Systems as of the date hereof, and Blue Coat Systems assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These and other risks relating to Blue Coat Systems' business are set forth in Blue Coat Systems' most recently filed Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2006 and Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2005, and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    NOTE: All trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

    Blue Coat Systems

    CONTACT: investors, Carla Chun, +1-408-220-2318, or, or media, Steve Schick, +1-408-220-2076, or, both of Blue Coat Systems; or Kevin Kosh of CHEN
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    Scott Fedewa Promoted to Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Interactive Products at Live Nation

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Live Nation , a leading live event and venue management company, announced today the promotion of Scott Fedewa to the position of Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Interactive Products.

    Since joining the company last year as Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of Interactive Products at the company, Mr. Fedewa has overseen the transformation of into the fourth-ranked event site in the United States, according to Nielsen. Building his department from scratch, Mr. Fedewa led the consolidation of more than 90 local websites and brands to create, the most comprehensive live music search engine and e- commerce platform on the Internet.

    "Over the last nine months Scott has done a fantastic job assembling and motivating his team to completely refocus Live Nation's web strategy and presence," said the company's President of Digital Distribution, Bryan Perez. "Scott's promotion recognizes his contribution to building into the leading online resource for live music fans. I look forward to the continued successful introduction of new products from his team in 2007."

    A pioneer in interactive entertainment, Mr. Fedewa has been building creative online entertainment businesses for over 10 years. He has worked with many venture capital-backed startups and top broadcasting clients including Bill O'Reilly, Larry King, Glenn Beck and, as well as founded the pioneering online music community, He is also a former record label executive and investment banker. His book, "Internet Riches," was published this summer by the American Management Association. He is also widely recognized for having written the first published scholarly legal article predicting the impact of the Internet on the music business in 1994.

    Mr. Fedewa is a member of both the Recording Academy and the Television Academy, where he serves as a judge for the Emmy Awards in Interactive Television. Mr. Fedewa received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

    About Live Nation

    Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for more than 150 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company's website at

    Live Nation

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

    Web site:

    Cognos and Customers to Present at IBM Information On Demand 2006- Sessions will cover business intelligence, search, and managing complex data silos -

    BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cognos (Nasdaq: COGN; TSX: CSN), a world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, today announced several conference sessions to be led by Cognos and select customers at IBM Information On Demand 2006, Oct. 15-20, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee will be presenting a session on using unstructured information available through IBM and Cognos to improve sales and service on Oct. 18, 8-9:10 a.m. (session 2033). The company will also be leading a session on business and innovation in the healthcare industry on Oct. 18, 9:30-10:45 a.m. (session 2603). Canadian Tire will be discussing how it is using Cognos and IBM technologies to manage complex data silos to deliver a unified business view on Oct. 17, 8-9:15 a.m. (session 2049). In addition, Caroline Seymour, director of IBM Strategic Alliance marketing at Cognos, will lead a session on driving business value through enterprise search and business intelligence on Oct. 16, 2:15-3:30 p.m. (session 2051).

    Cognos is a diamond sponsor of IBM Information On Demand 2006 and will be exhibiting at Booth D501. For more information on Cognos and IBM joint solutions, visit

    About Cognos:

    Cognos, the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, provides world-class enterprise planning and BI software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

    Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give customers a complete performance system. The Cognos performance system is an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and database investments. It gives customers the ability to answer the questions - - How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? -- and enables them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

    Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries, and its top 100 enterprise customers consistently outperform market indexes. Cognos performance management solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers. For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at

    Cognos and the Cognos logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cognos Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Note to Editors:Copies of previous Cognos press releases and Corporate and product information are available on Cognos' Web site at, and at PR Newswire's site at

    Media Contacts: Amy Shanler Cognos, Inc., 781-313-2464 Jolene Bonina Lois Paul & Partners, LLC, 781-782-5849 Investor Relations: John Lawlor Cognos, Inc., 613-738-3503


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    John Lawlor of Cognos, Inc., +1-613-738-3503,

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    National Consumers League (NCL) and Buongiorno USA Launch Joint Education Campaign on Mobile Services

    WASHINGTON, DC, October 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Consumers League (NCL) announced a joint collaboration with Buongiorno USA, operator of, to conduct a consumer education campaign on "mobile entertainment services" - content consumers download from Web sites and other locations to their wireless phones and/or personal digital assistants (PDA).

    "More and more consumers are downloading ringtones, games, stock quotes, sports scores and other material to customise their mobile devices," said NCL President Linda Golodner. "We hope this campaign will help consumers understand how these services work - and show them what to watch out for - when they make these purchases."

    The National Consumers League is the nation's oldest consumer advocacy group, based in Washington, DC. The organisation's mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and Abroad. This year NCL celebrates its 107th anniversary fighting for consumers and workers. is a direct-to-consumer mobile entertainment Web site that offers wireless customers the ability to download items such as ringtones, music, and games on a monthly subscription basis. NCL's collaboration with Buongiorno, USA, will result in new materials for consumers at NCL's Web site (, a new print publication to be launched this fall, and other opportunities to call consumer attention to this growing trend in mobile commerce.

    The popularity of these services has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of providers offering them. However, many vendors fail to provide consumers with appropriate customer support, privacy protection, and billing notification to make sure only those who want to purchase the services receive it. These practices can create consumer confusion and frustration when they are charged for services they did not intend to purchase or sign-up to receive or are not given clear information when they do make a purchase.

    NCL and Buongiorno USA are working together to make sure consumers who download this content to their wireless phones understand:

    - exactly what products or services they're buying

    - whether it is a one-time purchase or an ongoing subscription

    - how and when they are billed

    - cancellation terms

    - how to reach the content provider in case there is a problem

    The NCL / Buongiorno USA collaboration will also identify a list of responsible industry practices that consumers should look for when purchasing mobile entertainment items from providers online.

    "We are thrilled to be working with NCL on this initiative," said Fernando González Mesones, President of Buongiorno Americas & Iberia. "Consumers need access to information that will help them make responsible decisions regarding these services. Given NCL's long-standing history as one of America's most recognised authorities on consumer protection, we're excited to join the organisation in raising awareness for these important issues."

    About NCL

    The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America's pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit

    About Buongiorno

    Buongiorno (Italy, MTAX STAR: BNG) is a multinational leader in digital entertainment and is one of the first groups worldwide in the mobile value added services area. Buongiorno USA is based in Miami, FL. For more information, visit and

    National Consumers League (NCL) and Buongiorno USA

    Contact: Carol McKay (National Consumers League) +1-202-835-3323; Contact: Noelia Amoedo (Buongiorno USA)+1-305-695-3478 x12 or +1-305-409-6365

    State Auto Selects TeaLeaf to Ensure Optimal Agent Portal Usability and EffectivenessLeading Insurance Supplier Utilizes TeaLeaf to Provide Efficient and Seamless Online Transactions

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- TeaLeaf, the leader in Customer Experience Management, today announced that the State Auto Insurance Companies, a leading property and casualty insurance group, are using TeaLeaf CX solutions to diagnose and proactively respond to Web customer experience issues that may arise as agents are transacting on their business-to-business Web portal. By capturing and analyzing each agent's online session interactions on a 24/7 basis, TeaLeaf enables State Auto to effectively detect and diagnose obstacles that can impact agency sales and service.

    State Auto turned to TeaLeaf to enable efficient and seamless online interactions through superior web visibility. TeaLeaf's solutions provide State Auto with the unique ability to identify hard-to-find application issues that could prevent successful online transactions for any of its 22,500+ agents across America. Complete visibility of each transaction at the browser- level enables State Auto to evaluate the business impact of any issues and respond accordingly, by fixing application-related problems or enhancing agent training programs.

    "Our success hinges on our ability to provide our agents with a Website that is easy to use and produces accurate information. A glitch in our program can lead to customer frustration and lost time. With TeaLeaf, we are able to address issues instantaneously, reducing customer service costs and improving customer satisfaction and loyalty," said David Russell, assistant vice president of Enterprise Network Systems for State Auto. "TeaLeaf's products ensure that the agents who use our Web portal can accurately manage every aspect of their customers' needs, including rates, quotes and policies to facilitate sales."

    "State Auto is one of the nation's leading insurance providers, and a key driver of the company's success is their continued efforts to deliver a premium service to the agents processing business transactions," said Geoff Galat, vice president of marketing and product strategy at TeaLeaf. "State Auto chose TeaLeaf's solutions to ensure secure visibility into their critical agent portal in order to detect, quantify and respond to customer experience issues affecting their agents, remove these obstacles and enhance agent and customer service effectiveness."

    About State Auto

    The State Auto Insurance Companies, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, are engaged primarily in writing personal and commercial insurance products through more than 22,500 independent agents associated with approximately 3,000 agencies in 27 states. The State Auto Companies include State Auto Financial Corporation , named Forbes Magazine's "Best Managed Insurance Company in America" for 2006. STFC also received the 2006 Mergent Dividend Achiever Award for having increased its dividends for ten or more years in succession. The State Auto Insurance Companies are rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company. Additional information on State Auto can be found at .

    About TeaLeaf

    TeaLeaf is the leading provider of online customer experience management solutions. TeaLeaf's CX family of solutions provides unprecedented enterprise- wide visibility into every user's unique online interactions. This "360-degree view" of the online customer experience enables a clear and consistent understanding of the customer for Ebusiness, IT, customer service and legal and compliance executives and their organizations across a wide range of vertical industries including retail, banking, travel, insurance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and transportation. Founded in 1999, TeaLeaf is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and is privately-held. For more information, visit .

    TeaLeaf products and services mentioned herein are the registered or unregistered trademarks and service marks of TeaLeaf Technology, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

    TeaLeaf Technology, Inc.

    CONTACT: Tea Leaf Media Enquiries, Geoff Galat of TeaLeaf Technology,
    +1-678-513-4143, or; or Rebecca Geller, of Schwartz
    Communications, +1-415-512-0770, or, for TeaLeaf; or
    State Auto Media Enquiries, Winford L. Logan, Director, Corporate
    Communications of State Auto Insurance Companies, +1-614-464-5326, or

    Web site:

    Warwick International Hotels Migrate to MICROS OPERA

    COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. , a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that Warwick International Hotels has chosen the MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution for all 10 of its corporate-owned properties located in the United States and Europe. Implementation has commenced for US properties and will be followed by the European properties. Full deployment will be complete by the end of 2006.

    During the first phase of deployment, Warwick Hotels will implement the OPERA Property Management System and OPERA Sales and Catering System. Upon completion of the initial phase, all properties will then be connected to their new OPERA Customer Information System (OCIS).

    Warwick Hotels will leverage OPERA's powerful OCIS application to centrally manage guest profiles, history, and loyalty programs. And with the advanced membership module, Warwick will be able to manage membership upgrades and downgrades, referred to as tier management, awarding members with points which can be redeemed, as well as provide its members a tool with which to generate real-time member statements. In addition, the campaign management module in OCIS will allow Warwick to send mail campaigns electronically to its valued guests.

    "The OPERA Customer Information System truly redefines the meaning of the phrase 'customer relationship management' and provides us the tools necessary to manage our most valued guests," stated G. Paul LeBlanc, Vice President Marketing & Sales. "We look forward to providing the ultimate guest experience by specifically catering to our loyal clientele's preferences and needs at all touch points."

    The multi-language, multi-currency capabilities of the OPERA system, where screens can be in multiple languages based on the user's log-in language, were a major deciding factor for Warwick Hotels. "Being an international company, it is essential to have a system that can handle not only system requirements for our US-based properties, but also handle language, currency and tax requirements for our European properties," continued Mr. LeBlanc. "These global features are a standard part of the OPERA Enterprise Solution."

    "Warwick Hotels has been a valued customer of MICROS for over 9 years," stated Tom Giannopoulos, Chairman and CEO of MICROS Systems. "We are quite pleased that Warwick Hotels, even after an extensive evaluation of other solutions, continues to recognize the value in MICROS solutions and in sustaining its partnership with MICROS."

    About Warwick Hotels

    Warwick International Hotels' collection of over 35 hotels in select international cities such as Paris, New York, Brussels, Barcelona and San Francisco offer personal service in prime locations. Our unique collection of world-class hotels, resorts and spas are known to complement each guest's stay whether it be for business, attending or hosting a conference or seminar or just enjoying a relaxing holiday stay. For more information visit

    About MICROS Systems, Inc.

    MICROS Systems, Inc. provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 220,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 130 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 20,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point- of-sale and loss prevention products through its subsidiary Datavantage for more than 50,000 specialty retail stores worldwide. MICROS stock is traded through NASDAQ under the symbol MCRS.

    For more information on MICROS and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, please contact Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing at (443) 285-8144 or (866) 287-4736. You can also visit the MICROS website at or send an email to

    The MICROS logo is a registered trademark of MICROS Systems, Inc. All other product and brand names are the property of their respective owners.

    MICROS Systems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Louise Casamento, Vice President of Marketing of MICROS
    Systems, Inc., +1-443-285-8144

    Web site: Search Engine Data Proves RevealingAmericans' Search Queries Provide Pulse on the Trends and Tendencies Taking Shape TodayThe President, E.Coli and Tattoos


    Who could have predicted the rise of Bush's "devilish" approval ratings, following Venezuela president Hugo Chavez's comments at the UN? America's fastest-growing search engine,, could have. has discovered there's an inverse relationship between Bush's approval ratings and the frequency of Bush-related online searches. In fact:

    -- Bush-y searches plummeted 249% in the days following the UN incident, showing that perhaps Americans don't mind a little red in the White House. -- But in Jan 06, when Bush's approval ratings were at their lowest, experienced a spike in online searches, with people searching for terms such as "George Bush," "President Bush," "George W. Bush," and just plain "Bush." -- And while fewer people conduct Bush-related searches when he's in good graces, those that do are a jovial lot. When ratings are up, lighter searches (i.e. "Bush jokes," "Bush funny images" and "Bush comics") prevail 3:1 over serious searches (i.e. "impeach Bush," "Bush stinks," and "Bush is the devil"). ******************************************** THREAT-RELATED SEARCHES OFFER WINDOW INTO AMERICA'S PSYCHE data on Americans' Internet searches during times of crisis offer a window into our collective psyche. Take those recent e.coli headlines. It wasn't further insight on the outbreak that most Americans sought, according to, but rather more primal information:

    e.coli?! What is it, and how do I NOT get it! -- Following the e.coli news break, recorded a 3,460%* increase in searches for "e.coli". -- Searches for "e.coli symptoms" jumped 2,000%*, showing that once the scourge is defined, most Americans want to be sure that they, in fact, DON'T have it (whew!). -- Others, perhaps Popeye himself, just wanted to know more about the leafy green at the center of the crisis, logging a 1,275%* increase in spinach searches. -- But the proactive minority sought healthy alternatives, logging a modest 179%* increase in searches for broccoli, asparagus and other greens.

    * Search data analyzed 1 week prior to the FDA's announcement compared to the day the FDA issued the e.coli warning.

    ******************************************** TATTOO YOU!

    LA fashion week reminds us once again that trends come and go. But, while the Devil may wear Prada, Search Engine reveals that tattoos have been stealing the scene as the #1 searched beauty term since 2003. No longer taboo, the popularity of tattoos prove that skin is always in.

    -- Virtually every language is searched for in tattoo designs: from Aztec sayings to Russian phrases, but Japanese and Chinese characters/symbols are among the most frequently searched. -- Location, location, location: Backs rank the highest in searches (lower, upper and all over). But, not far behind: necks, arms, wrists and ankles. Unmentionables also rank high. -- Angelina's number, choice and types of tattoos rank the highest in the celebrity category. searchers are also intrigued by other celebs. Most notably, Nicole Richie, Alyssa Milano and heavy metal rockers Metallica. -- As for who searches for tattoos more: given the top five ranked designs, which are tribal, cross, stars, butterflies and fairies, we'd say women. is in the know. If you'd like more information on this and other interesting insights into American's search habits, please give us a call.

    CONTACT: Lauren Kanner of eLuminate PR for, +1-714-277-4199

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    AXCESS International Names New Vice President of Engineering to Lead Next Generation Technology Push

    DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AXCESS International Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: AXSI) , a leading provider of Dual-Active(TM) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), announces the addition of Raj Bridgelall as Vice President of Engineering for the company. Previously with Symbol and Alien Technologies, Mr. Bridgelall will utilize his vast experience and innovations in the barcode and passive RFID industries to expand the capabilities of AXCESS' high performance Dual-Active(TM) RFID technology platform. AXCESS specializes in "active" RFID, where power sources such as batteries are embedded into personnel cards, plus asset and vehicle tags providing corporations and government enhanced visibility, productivity, and security.

    AXCESS created the new position to address the myriad of new customer applications and technological options evolving with the rapidly growing active RFID marketplace. The active RFID marketplace is expected to be the fastest growing RFID segment through 2010, comprising one-half of the expected $3 billion market according to the market forecast consensus. Fueling the growth in part are new technology options now becoming available which will enable the more flexible and reliable active RFID tags and readers to evolve to very low cost, small form factor devices. Also available are alternative power sources, micro-sensors, new antenna manufacturing techniques, data storage, and RF signal design, all of which characterize an exciting time for active RFID as a technology solution for business. The AXCESS Dual-Active(TM) RFID technology serves as a natural platform for delivering these solutions in what can be called the next generation of enterprise tagging.

    "Active RFID technology is the future for providing unlimited visibility of enterprise assets of all kinds with capabilities for automating management, security, sensing, and data storage," commented Raj Bridgelall. "The technology will revolutionize the current world of wireless communication between people into the wireless communication between things."

    Prior to AXCESS, Mr. Bridgelall was Vice President of Research and Development at Alien Technology, responsible for advanced product development related to the company's future wireless systems, enterprise networking platforms, and architectural extensions to the electronic product code (EPC) standards. Raj was also Chief Technologist for RFID at Symbol Technologies, where he held a series of positions in engineering and R&D over a 14-year period. He led Symbol's activities at the MIT Auto-ID Center and EPCglobal(R) Hardware Action Group, and was the architect of Symbol's approach for integrating RFID data capture into wireless. In the areas of analog circuitry, digital signal processing, RF, RFID, RTLS, digital communications, and mobile commerce, Mr. Bridgelall has been responsible for over 54 patents, with more than 40 in process. He has published numerous papers and won numerous awards for his pioneering work in RF technology. He holds both BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University, New York.

    About AXCESS International Inc.

    AXCESS International Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: AXSI) , headquartered in greater Dallas, TX, provides Dual-Active(TM) RFID (radio frequency identification) and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) for asset management, physical security and supply chain efficiencies. The battery-powered (active) RFID tags locate, identify, track, monitor, count, and protect people, assets, inventory, and vehicles. The patented technology enables applications including: automatic "hands-free" personnel access control, automatic vehicle access control and logistics management, automatic asset management, and sensor management. AXCESS is a portfolio company of Amphion Innovations plc.

    Media Contact -- AXCESS Kelly Stark 972-407-6080 Investor Relations -- Darrow Associates Jordan Darrow 631-367-1866 Public Relations -- Financial Dynamics Jessy Adams 212-850-5684

    This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts.

    AXCESS International Inc.

    CONTACT: Media: Kelly Stark of AXCESS International Inc.,
    +1-972-407-6080,; or Investor Relations: Jordan Darrow of
    Darrow Associates, +1-631-367-1866,; or Public
    Relations: Jessy Adams of Financial Dynamics, +1-212-850-5684,

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    Bell Microproducts Appoints Jens Hartmann as Vice President and General Manager of Continental Europe

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bell Microproducts Inc. , one of the world's largest value-added distributors of leading-edge network storage technology, today announced it has appointed Jens Hartmann as vice president and general manager of continental Europe. In this newly created position, Hartmann will be responsible for all Bell Microproducts Middle Eastern, African, and continental and Eastern European operations, including in-country operations in Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.

    Bell Microproducts' European business has grown rapidly over the past few years. Along with the appointment of Hartmann to this new position, in 2006 Bell Microproducts has added new warehouses in Amsterdam and Munich to better serve the needs of its European customers. In December, 2005, Bell Microproducts acquired MCE, a leading European distributor based in Munich, proactively positioning the company for profitable growth. The company is steadily progressing toward its ultimate goal of improving its value to customers, gaining market share, and improving its return on investment.

    In his new role, Hartmann will ensure that the specific needs of customers in each European country, as well as the Continent as a whole, are served in an exceptional manner. Hartmann will also be responsible for the implementation of Bell Microproducts strategies and tactics that will make the company successful in the European market. In this new position, Hartmann will report directly to Graeme Watt, president of Bell Microproducts Europe.

    "Jens brings a wealth of experience to this role. I am delighted to welcome him to our European management team," said the company's president and CEO, Don Bell. "We have a strong presence in the UK with both our Ideal Hardware and Open PSL divisions, and continue to expand throughout continental Europe. As our operations and footprint grow, it is important that we have a senior management structure based in the area."

    Hartmann has more than 25 years of international sales, marketing, and business development experience, of which more than 20 years have been spent in the IT industry. He most recently served as CEO of pan-East European distributor, the ELKO Group, where he was responsible for a revenue increase to more than $600 million in three years. During his tenure, operating profit grew significantly as the company signed new leading vendors and strengthened relationships with existing vendors.

    Before joining ELKO, Hartmann spent six years with Western Digital Corporation in various executive European management and sales positions. There he was responsible for the company's distribution, OEM and retail channels throughout western, central and eastern Europe. During his long career, he has held various executive positions at Texas Instruments, Acer Computer, Digital Equipment, Compaq and Toshiba with a range of responsibilities including sales and marketing, development of product distribution strategies, business restructuring and transition of operation specifics.

    Hartmann graduated from Munich Business University, where he studied business and engineering. As a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, he studied business administration at Chicago Roosevelt University with an emphasis on marketing and advertising.

    About Bell Microproducts Inc.

    Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

    Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

    Safe Harbor Statement for Bell Microproducts:

    This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and the other risks described from time to time in the Company's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K). Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

    Bell Microproducts Inc.

    CONTACT: Dena Jacobson of Lages & Associates, +1-949-453-8080 or, for Bell Microproducts Inc.

    Web site:

    SupportSoft Solution Selected as Finalist for Prestigious IEC InfoVision AwardSupportSoft ServiceGateway(TM) Software Honored in Association With Broadband World Forum Europe

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SupportSoft, Inc. , a leading provider of software and services that automate the resolution of technology problems, today announced that its ServiceGateway(TM) software has been selected by the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) as a finalist for its prestigious 2006 InfoVision award. The award, which will be presented on October 10th at Broadband World Forum Europe held in Paris, honors technologies, applications, products, and services judged to be the most unique and beneficial to the telecommunications industry. With hundreds of submissions for the eight categories, the highly-coveted award gives tribute to those companies catalyzing positive change in technology, business, and academia, in line with the IEC's mission.

    This is the second time the IEC has recognized SupportSoft's software this year. The Company's Service Automation Suite(TM) software was named a finalist and subsequently won the International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) 2006 InfoVision award for best Network Services Management and Operations solution at Broadband World Forum Asia in May.

    SupportSoft ServiceGateway provides "zero touch configuration" of DSL customer premises equipment (CPE), allowing service providers to automate the installation of a CPE device within minutes of a broadband subscriber receiving their new DSL modem. ServiceGateway is designed to automatically detect and discover CPE devices that conform to the DSL Forum's TR-069 specification, as well as remotely configure the device for the proper service level ordered by the high-speed data customer.

    As a result, service providers have the flexibility and assurance that ServiceGateway can interoperate with any CPE manufacturer's equipment that conforms to the TRS industry standard. ServiceGateway is part of SupportSoft's comprehensive suite of solutions which manage, diagnose and resolve problems with one comprehensive set of support automation solutions -- no matter which service -- high speed data, VoIP or IPTV -- is the source of the problem.

    "SupportSoft is honored to have SupportSoft ServiceGateway software recognized by the IEC InfoVision awards competition as the latest SupportSoft product to meet its standards for excellence," said James Morehead, vice president of product management and marketing for SupportSoft. "SupportSoft software enables broadband service providers to have a single view of both 'the last mile' of the network and the devices within the customer premises to avoid problems or more quickly resolve them once they occur."

    The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high technology industries and their university communities. For more information on the IEC InfoVision award, please visit .

    About the Broadband World Forum Europe

    Initiated in 2001, the Broadband World Forum Europe conference and exhibition has grown proportionately since its inception, offering a wide range of information and communication technologies topics under the large umbrella of broadband. This year's World Forum features more than 250 industry leaders to speak in nearly 70 sessions, complemented by more than 100 top vendors from around the globe displaying the latest products and services in broadband technology. Additional featured annual programming offered includes the WiMAX Global ComForum, a co-located event, and the InfoVision Awards. With the support of France Telecom as the official host sponsor, the IEC expects to draw more than 7,000 executives, industry professionals, academia, and high-technology press to the CNIT La Defense in Paris this 9-12 October. Visit .

    About the IEC

    A nonprofit organization, the IEC is dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high-technology industries and their university communities. Since 1944, the IEC has provided high-quality educational opportunities for industry professionals, academics, and students. In conjunction with industry-leading companies, the IEC has developed an extensive, free, on-line educational program. The IEC conducts industry- university programs that have substantial impact on curricula. It also conducts research and develops publications, conferences, and technological exhibits that address major opportunities and challenges of the information age. More than 70 leading high-technology universities are IEC affiliates, and the IEC handles the affairs of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association and Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers. The IEC also manages the activities of the Enterprise Communications Consortium. Please visit

    About SupportSoft

    SupportSoft is a leading provider of software and services that automate the resolution of technology problems. Digital service providers benefiting from SupportSoft solutions include Belgacom, BellSouth, Bharti Airtel, Charter Communications, Comcast Communications, Cox Communications, Time Warner, TeliaSonera, UPC and Verizon. Enterprises that have licensed SupportSoft products include ADP, Bank of America, BT, Kimberly-Clark, Sony and Symantec. Managed service providers that utilize the Company's solutions to provide outsourced services to their enterprise customers include CGI, CompuCom, CSC and IBM Global Services. For more information visit .

    SupportSoft, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jennifer Massaro of SupportSoft, Inc., +1-650-556-8596, or

    Web site:

    Armor Holdings, Inc. Announces $12.5 Million MOLLE Load Carrying Equipment Award

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Armor Holdings, Inc. , a leading manufacturer and distributor of military vehicles, vehicle armor systems and life safety and survivability systems serving military, law enforcement, homeland security and commercial markets, announced today that it has received multiple delivery orders for $12.5 million from the U.S. Army Natick Contracting Activity. The Company stated that the new orders bring the total accumulated awards to $61.5 million that have been issued under a $258.9 million multi-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract received in August 2006 for the supply of Modular Light-weight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE). Production will be performed in 2007 by the Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group at its facilities located in Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

    Robert Schiller, President of Armor Holdings, Inc., said, "We are pleased that our decision to expand four Armor Holdings individual equipment manufacturing sites is supported by the customer's demonstrated confidence in our MOLLE system. This core product is an important component of the ensemble of critical equipment that our employees proudly manufacture for the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities of our soldiers."

    About Armor Holdings, Inc.

    Armor Holdings, Inc. is a diversified manufacturer of branded products for the military, law enforcement, and personnel safety markets. Additional information can be found at

    Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The Company may use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "expects," "intends," "future," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-3, its 2005 Form 10-K and amendments thereto and most recently filed Forms 8-K and 10-Q.

    Armor Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Robert R. Schiller, President & Chief Operating Officer of
    Armor Holdings, Inc., +1-904-741-5400; or Media, Michael Fox, President,
    Corporate Communications, +1-203-682-8218,, or Investor
    Relations, James R. Palczynski, Principal, +1-203-682-8229,,
    both of Integrated Corporate Relations, Inc.

    Web site: Launches Ask Sponsored Listings 2.0

    OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --, a wholly-owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp , today introduced version 2.0 of Ask Sponsored Listings, offering powerful new features to search marketers and partners.

    "Since the launch of Ask Sponsored Listings just over a year ago, we have been working with advertisers to create a better paid listings product. Consistently we heard that they wanted more control over ever expanding campaigns and keyword lists. They also wanted more inventory, and above all, they wanted it all to be easy," said James Speer, vice president of products and marketing at "Everything we are introducing today is in direct response to the feedback we've heard. We expect advertisers will be very happy with the new platform."

    New Version 2.0:

    Version 2.0 of Ask Sponsored Listings offers a range of new and enhanced capabilities that simplify the management of marketing campaigns, while improving visibility into campaign performance. Improvements include:

    -- Daily Budgeting: ASL now supports daily budgets, providing advertisers with more control over their spending patterns -- Variable Refill Amount: Self-serve advertisers can now specify the refill amount to control the frequency of credit card charges. In addition, the minimum monthly spend has been eliminated -- Hourly Billable Data: Billable data is posted hourly allowing advertisers to track ROI in near real time -- Bulk Upload Enhancements: All aspects of the campaign can now be set and controlled from desktop tools, including MS Excel. Uploads are processed in the background, and ads/keywords from many campaigns can be included in one file. This allows marketers to perform several tasks simultaneously -- Dashboard Reports: A simplified view allows marketers to track the performance of multiple campaigns from a single dashboard. Enhanced custom reporting tools expose more detailed data about campaigns including keyword cost reporting across campaigns and accounts New Open Platform Partner Program and ASL API

    The Open Platform Partner Program is a new initiative that provides technology partners with access to a robust API (Application Programming Interface). By leveraging the API, partners can develop tools and services that augment the ASL 2.0 platform. Some of the first solutions available from leading marketing tool providers offer integrated campaign management and bid management tools operating across ASL, Google Adwords, Yahoo! Marketing Services and Microsoft AdCenter. The API is provided for free to new and existing partners, with unlimited access.

    "Open APIs are essential for improving search engine marketing performance across an ever-expanding set of distribution outlets, including," continued Speer. "As new outlets emerge, marketers will turn to technology providers to help maximize returns efficiency and transparently. Ask Sponsored Listings is levering industry-leading technologies and strategic partnerships to provide the best options for search engine marketers seeking multi-search engine buys."

    Key features of the ASL API include: -- Unlimited, Free API Access: ASL delivers unlimited, free API access that provides more business opportunities -- Support for Industry Standards: The new API supports Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), an industry standard communication protocol. In addition, a dedicated API support team, and extensive documentation, accelerate solution development -- Access to Enhanced Data: Complete access to the Ask Sponsored Listings keyword pricing and auction marketplace creates new opportunities for solution developers. In addition, all major functions from the ASL 2.0 console are supported via the API

    "The Ask Sponsored Listings API makes adding another high-quality search engine to our search marketing mix very easy," said Nilesh Dherange, chief technology officer, BON Marketing Group, Inc., and program beta-user. "Its ease of use, keyword-level and campaign-level bid options, and particularly real-time reports, make advertising on very appealing, and our clients have responded enthusiastically. Plus, the API is flexible and well supported, and absolutely free. You don't get all of this with other APIs in the space."

    Companies interested in the Open Platform Partner Program can call 510-985-7630 or email to

    New Inventory

    As part of the launch, Ask Sponsored Listings has expanded the paid search inventory available to direct buyers. Now, marketers can bid for the top three listings on IAC properties, including, Evite, CitySearch and

    About Ask Sponsored Listings

    Ask Sponsored Listings, introduced in the Fall of 2005, is an automated open-auction system allowing marketers to purchase, manage and optimize campaigns on and its publisher network. ASL sources more than 5 billion queries each month, and supports over 10,000 advertisers bidding on more than 10 million keywords.

    IAC Advertising Solutions is also demonstrating its commitment to stemming click fraud as a member of the IAB Task Force on the issue.

    About IAC Advertising Solutions

    One the world's largest online advertising solutions and sales groups, IAC Advertising Solutions offers complete solutions for a variety of communication needs and a comprehensive range of advertising products, including search, media, and direct marketing. Search solutions include Ask Sponsored Listings, an automated open-auction system allowing marketers to purchase, manage and optimize campaigns on and its advertising syndication network. Media solutions include online templated ad units and integrated sponsorships, as well as offline media capabilities on IAC's network of leading online brands, including Ticketmaster Citysearch, Evite,, iWon, Excite, Expedia, and The Huffington Post. Direct Marketing solutions include email, lead generation, co-registration, sweepstakes and promotions. IAC Advertising Solutions is a division of IAC Search & Media, a wholly-owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp. IAC Advertising Solutions can be contacted at or 212-404-1000.

    CONTACT: Michelle Andersen of Dotted Line Communications,
    +1-415-292-3677 or, for; or Patrick Crisp
    of, +1-510-985-7696 or

    Web site:

    Medialink Sells Newswire Division for $18 Million to $23 MillionU.S. Newswire Acquired by PR Newswire in All-Cash Transaction

    NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medialink Worldwide Incorporated today reported that it sold U.S. Newswire, its press release distribution division, to PR Newswire Association LLC, a subsidiary of United Business Media plc, for a sale price of between $18.0 million and $23.0 million in cash. The final sale price will be based on the performance of U.S. Newswire for the trailing 12-month period ended September 30, 2006, the effective date of the transaction. The initial sale price was $19.0 million, of which the Company received $16.1 million at closing with the remainder being held in escrow for a period of up to one year.

    "Public affairs and public policy professionals regard U.S. Newswire as a vital communications resource renowned for peerless client service and powerful effectiveness in reaching the news media," said Laurence Moskowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medialink. "Co-founder and President, Bill McCarren, along with his management team, created extraordinary distinction in U.S. Newswire and we are pleased that this transaction realizes that value."

    In connection with the transaction and in addition to the sale price, Medialink and PR Newswire have entered into a mutual long-term service agreement. Under this service agreement, Medialink will be paid a minimum of approximately $2.0 million for providing media services to PR Newswire and its affiliates over a three-year period, and PR Newswire will be paid approximately $850,000 for providing wire distribution and photography services to Medialink over a five-year period. Bill McCarren will remain a Medialink executive.

    "Since its inception in 1986, U.S. Newswire has done an exemplary job serving the needs of both the media who cover politics and public policy as well as PR professionals inside the Beltway," said Dave Armon, chief operating office of PR Newswire. "We are committed to building on this legacy and providing additional technology and product innovation expertise to U.S. Newswire customers."

    "This is truly a win-win transaction for both parties: PR Newswire acquires an incomparable brand to continue to expand its distribution client base and service portfolio, while Medialink generates the capital necessary to fully develop its global Teletrax video tracking service and exploit Internet- based video opportunities for its media communications business," Moskowitz continued.

    "The accelerating market acceptance of Teletrax and the exciting opportunities presented by the dramatic growth of video on the Internet convinced us to redeploy our assets," Moskowitz said. "The proceeds from the transaction will provide the capital required to propel these initiatives and dramatically strengthen our balance sheet.

    "Teletrax is now becoming a business intelligence standard in such large sectors of the broadcasting industry as television syndication, news, direct response advertising, and entertainment promotions," Moskowitz concluded. "Armed with this substantial new capital, we plan to expand our presence in these markets and much more aggressively pursue the entire array of content producers and owners, ranging from sports organizations to traditional advertisers."

    Medialink will host a teleconference with a simultaneous webcast at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 3, to discuss the Company's sale of U.S. Newswire. Participating on the teleconference will be Laurence Moskowitz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Kenneth Torosian, Chief Financial Officer. To access the teleconference, please dial 1-866-700-6067 (domestic) or 1-617-213-8834 (international), using access code "75223568", approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call will be webcast live on Medialink's website at The webcast is also being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network via (for individual investors) and (for institutional investors). To listen to the webcast, please go to any of these websites about 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.

    For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company's Web site or by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (domestic) or 1-617-801-6888 (international), with playback access code 30391796, beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and available until October 10, 2006.

    About Medialink:

    Medialink is a global leader in providing unique news and marketing media strategies and solutions that enable corporations and organizations to inform and educate their target audiences with maximum impact on television, radio, print, and the Internet. The Company offers creative services and multimedia distribution programs including video and audio news and short-form programming. Through its subsidiaries, Medialink also provides Teletrax(TM), a global television tracking and media asset management service to help clients determine return on investment from their programming and advertising efforts. Based in New York, Medialink has offices in major cities throughout the United States and an international hub in London. For additional investor and financial information, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site (

    About PR Newswire:

    Founded in 1954, PR Newswire is the world's leading corporate news distribution service. Headquartered in New York, PR Newswire provides news distribution, targeting, measurement and broadcast services on behalf of tens of thousands of customers including many of the world's top companies, agencies and associations. PR Newswire has offices in 11 countries and routinely sends its customers' news to outlets in 135 countries and in more than 40 languages. PR Newswire's services include ProfNet Experts(SM), eWatch(TM), MEDIAtlas(TM), Search Engine Optimization, MediaRoom, MediaSense(TM) and MultiVu(TM). For more information, go to

    With the exception of the historical information contained in the release, the matters described herein contain certain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements in this release are not promises or guarantees and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. We caution you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein. Such statements may relate, among other things, to our ability to respond to economic changes and improve operational efficiency, the benefits of our products to be realized by our customers, or our plans, objectives, and expected financial and operating results. Forward-looking statements may also include, without limitation, any statement relating to future events, conditions or circumstances or using words such as: will, believe, anticipate, expect, could, may, estimate, project, plan, predict, intend or similar expressions that involve risk or uncertainty. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, our recent history of losses, our ability to achieve or maintain profitability; potential regulatory action; worldwide economic weakness; geopolitical conditions and continued threats of terrorism; effectiveness of our cost reduction programs; the receptiveness of the media to our services; changes in our marketplace that could limit or reduce the perceived value of our services to our clients; our ability to develop new services and market acceptance of such services, such as Teletrax; the volume and importance of breaking news, which can have the effect of crowding out the content we produce and deliver to broadcast outlets on behalf of our clients; our ability to develop new products and services that keep pace with technology; our ability to develop and maintain successful relationships with critical vendors; the potential negative effects of our international operations on the Company; future acquisitions or divestitures, which may adversely affect our operations and financial results; the absence of long term contracts with customers and vendors; and increased competition, which may have an adverse effect on pricing, revenues, gross margins and our customer base. More detailed information about these risk factors is set forth in filings by Medialink Worldwide Incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's registration statement, most recent quarterly report on Form 10- Q, most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other publicly available information regarding the Company. Medialink Worldwide Incorporated is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    For more information: Kenneth Torosian Chief Financial Officer Medialink Worldwide Incorporated Tel: (212) 682-8300 Jordan Darrow Investor Relations Darrow Associates, Inc. Tel: (631) 367-1866

    Medialink Worldwide Incorporated

    CONTACT: Kenneth Torosian, Chief Financial Officer of Medialink
    Worldwide Incorporated, +1-212-682-8300,; or Jordan Darrow,
    Investor Relations of Darrow Associates, Inc., +1-631-367-1866,, for Medialink Worldwide Incorporated

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