Companies news of 2008-12-01 (page 1)

  • Chairman and CEO to Deliver Keynote Presentation at Credit Suisse...
  • Synopsys to Acquire ProDesign's CHIPit Business UnitAsset Acquisition to Facilitate...
  • Comarco Receives Shareholder Approval for the Sale of Its Wireless Test Solutions...
  • Flextronics Announces Modified Dutch Tender Offer for 1% Convertible Subordinated Notes
  • Yatinoo, Inc. to Begin Trading in U.S. Market Place
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    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- , the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of, will deliver a keynote presentation at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm (PT) / 7:15 pm (ET), in Scottsdale, Arizona.


    A live audio webcast of Mr. Benioff's presentation will be available on's website at and a replay will be available for 90 days following the event.

    About is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of SaaS applications, including its award-winning CRM, available at, has revolutionized the ways that customers manage and share business information over the Internet. The company's PaaS enables customers, developers and partners to build powerful on-demand applications that deliver the benefits of multi-tenancy across the enterprise. Applications built on the platform, available at, can be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via's AppExchange marketplace available at

    As of October 31, 2008, manages customer information for approximately 51,800 customers including ABN AMRO, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, Sprint Nextel, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

    Copyright (c) 2008, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of, inc., and owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    Synopsys to Acquire ProDesign's CHIPit Business UnitAsset Acquisition to Facilitate Expansion in the Fast-Growing Rapid Prototyping Segment

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc. , a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the CHIPit business unit of ProDesign, a leading provider of high-speed ASIC and System-on-Chip (SoC) verification systems. The acquisition of complementary talent, technology and products expands Synopsys' total addressable market by addressing the needs of customers who want to deploy more automated prototypes with additional co-verification features.

    "This acquisition establishes Synopsys as a technology leader in end-to-end verification by enabling us to extend our strong presence with Confirma in the rapid prototyping market segment to adjacent hardware-assisted verification segments," said Gary Meyers, vice president and general manager, Synplicity Business Group, Synopsys. "By combining Synopsys' and CHIPit's strong teams and technologies, we can accelerate our ability to address every phase in the verification cycle, in particular for system validation and embedded software development."

    ProDesign is a privately held company headquartered in Bruckmuhl, Germany. Its CHIPit line of ASIC prototyping tools provides verification and validation through the SoC and ASIC project life cycles. Based on the latest FPGA technologies and an integrated set of tools with comprehensive debug capabilities, the modular CHIPit tools give design engineers unprecedented productivity and flexibility to verify chip implementation and system functionality, thus significantly reducing overall verification time.

    The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close within Synopsys' first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, software-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at

    Safe Harbor Statement/Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements regarding the expected closing of Synopsys' acquisition of the CHIPit business unit of ProDesign, impact on Synopsys financial results, potential benefits of the proposed transaction to Synopsys, and integration of CHIPit products and technologies into Synopsys' products and solutions. All forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, our ability to integrate the businesses and technologies of the merged companies, and customer demand for the integrated technologies and product offerings. Additional information concerning other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Synopsys' most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Synopsys assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release.

    Synopsys is a registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

    Editorial Contact: Yvette Huygen Synopsys, Inc. 650-584-4547 Investor Contact: Lisa Ewbank Synopsys, Inc. 650-584-1901

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    Comarco Receives Shareholder Approval for the Sale of Its Wireless Test Solutions BusinessTransaction Anticipated to Close on January 5, 2009

    LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Comarco, Inc. today announced that its shareholders approved the sale of substantially all the assets of its wireless test solutions (WTS) business to Ascom Holding AG , an international solution provider with comprehensive technological know-how in mission-critical communications, during a special meeting held on November 26, 2008 to vote on the proposal. The terms of the transaction provide for a cash payment to Comarco of $12.75 million, which after amounts held back in escrow, estimated taxes, and estimated transaction costs, is expected to net approximately $9.5 million. The transaction is anticipated to close on January 5, 2009 in accordance with the terms of the definitive purchase agreement between the parties.

    "This was another significant milestone in our announced strategy to focus our full attention on building our ChargeSource(R) business," said Sam Inman, president and chief executive officer of Comarco. "We are pleased that our long-standing partner Ascom will be purchasing WTS and will continue to drive this business to its full potential."

    At the special shareholder meeting held on November 26, 2008, the proposal received the affirmative vote of 6,197,485 shares (representing approximately 85 percent of Comarco's outstanding shares of common stock). In addition, 8,827 shares voted against the proposal and 2,973 shares abstained on the proposal. Accordingly, the proposal was approved by Comarco's shareholders. The asset purchase agreement provides that the closing of the contemplated asset sale will take place on January 5, 2009, following the satisfaction or waiver of the closing conditions to the obligations of the parties to the purchase agreement, or at such other time as agreed upon by the parties to the purchase agreement.

    About Comarco

    Based in Lake Forest, Calif., Comarco is a leading provider of innovative mobile power solutions through its ChargeSource(R) line of multi-function universal mobile power products which can simultaneously power and charge multiple devices such as notebook computers, mobile phones, BlackBerry(R) smartphones, iPods(R), and many other rechargeable mobile devices. More information about Comarco and its product lines can be found at and

    Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements in this communication may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Comarco intends that all such statements be subject to the "safe-harbor" provisions contained in those sections. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements containing the words "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "future," "intend," "estimate," "seeks" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the anticipated closing date of the asset sale, the amount of estimated net proceeds, and any other statements which are not historical fact. The forward-looking statements in this communication are subject to many risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the fact that actual taxes and transactions costs and fees may be more than estimated, and the fact that the proposed asset sale may fail to close for any reason, including factors outside the control of Comarco, the failure to fulfill any remaining closing condition, or the occurrence of any event, circumstance or change that could give rise to the termination of the purchase agreement. Comarco undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

    Comarco, Inc.

    CONTACT: Company, Winston Hickman, Chief Financial Officer of Comarco,
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    Flextronics Announces Modified Dutch Tender Offer for 1% Convertible Subordinated Notes

    SINGAPORE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Flextronics International Ltd. ("Flextronics") announced today that it is commencing a cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to purchase its outstanding 1% Convertible Subordinated Notes due August 1, 2010 (the "Notes") in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $250,000,000 (the "Maximum Acceptance Amount"), at a purchase price per $1,000 principal amount determined in accordance with a modified "Dutch auction" procedure. The terms and conditions of the Tender Offer are described in the Offer to Purchase dated December 1, 2008 (the "Offer to Purchase"), copies of which may be requested from Georgeson Inc., the Information Agent for the Tender Offer, using the phone numbers set forth below. The Tender Offer is not conditioned on any minimum amount of Notes being tendered. The Company is making the Tender Offer in order to acquire outstanding Notes in an aggregate principal amount up to the Maximum Acceptance Amount.

    The consideration payable pursuant to the Tender Offer per $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase by Flextronics will be a price not greater than $870 per $1,000 principal amount and will be determined based on a formula consisting of a base price equal to $780 (the "Base Price") plus a clearing premium not to exceed $90. The clearing premium with respect to the Notes will be the lowest single premium at which Flextronics will be able to purchase the Maximum Acceptance Amount by accepting validly tendered Notes with bid premiums equal to or lower than the clearing premium. If the aggregate amount of Notes validly tendered at or below the clearing premium would cause Flextronics to purchase more than the Maximum Acceptance Amount, then holders of the Notes tendered at and below the clearing premium will be subject to proration based on the principal amount of Notes tendered by each holder. Flextronics will pay accrued and unpaid interest on all Notes tendered and accepted for payment in the Tender Offer from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the date on which the Tender Offer consideration is delivered to the Depositary.

    The Tender Offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on December 29, 2008, unless extended or earlier terminated (the "Expiration Date"). Tendered Notes may be withdrawn at any time on or prior to the Expiration Date. The Tender Offer is not conditioned on financing, but is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions.

    Tender Offer for 1% Convertible Subordinated Notes due August 1, 2010 Total Consideration Outstanding Maximum (Acceptable Series of Principal Acceptance Bid Price Notes CUSIP No. Amount Amount Range)(1) 1.0% 33938EAK3 and $499,992,000 $250,000,000 $780.00-$870.00 Convertible 33938EAL1 Subordinated Notes due 2010 (1) Per $1,000 principal amount of Notes that are accepted for purchase.

    Flextronics has retained Citi to act as the dealer manager for the Tender Offer. The Information Agent for the Tender Offer is Georgeson Inc. and Computershare Trust Company, N.A. is the Depositary. Questions regarding the Tender Offer should be directed to the Dealer Manager at 800-558-3745 (toll-free) or 212-723-6106 (collect). Requests for documentation should be directed to the Information Agent at (212) 440-9800 (for banks and brokers only) or (800) 843-9819 (for all others toll-free).

    This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase with respect to any Notes. The Tender Offer is being made solely pursuant to the applicable Offer to Purchase and related documents.

    The Tender Offer is not being made to holders of Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities laws or blue sky laws require the Tender Offer to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Tender Offer will be deemed to be made on behalf of Flextronics by the dealer manager, or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction.

    About Flextronics

    Headquartered in Singapore (Singapore Reg. No. 199002645H), Flextronics is a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering complete design, engineering and manufacturing services to automotive, computing, consumer digital, industrial, infrastructure, medical and mobile OEMs. With the acquisition of Solectron, pro forma fiscal year 2008 revenues were more than US$33.6 billion. Flextronics helps customers design, build, ship, and service electronics products through a network of facilities in 30 countries on four continents. This global presence provides design and engineering solutions that are combined with core electronics manufacturing and logistics services, and vertically integrated with components technologies, to optimize customer operations by lowering costs and reducing time to market. For more information, please visit

    Certain statements made in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. The words "will," "may," "designed to," "believe," "should," "anticipate," "plan," "expect," "intend," "estimate" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. These statements include Flextronics's plan to purchase up to $250,000,000 million in aggregate principal amount of Notes in the Tender Offer. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements include those described in the Schedule TO-I that Flextronics plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in respect of the Tender Offer and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, as well as in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Given these risks and uncertainties, the reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

    Flextronics International Ltd.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, Warren Ligan, or Cindy Klimstra,
    +1-408-576-7722,, or Renee Brotherton, Vice
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    Yatinoo, Inc. to Begin Trading in U.S. Market Place

    MALAGA, Spain and BOSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Yatinoo, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: YTNO) announced today that following NASD approval of the Company's application to trade on the Bulletin Board, its shares will begin trading at the market open on December 2, 2008. The trading symbol is YTNO.

    Mr. Khaled Akid, Yatinoo's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "This is an important milestone for our company. Our entrance into the public market place is an indication of the progress that we have made in a short period of time. We believe that our new status as a publicly traded company will provide tremendous opportunities for us to continue to grow our Company to the benefit of our stakeholders." is a trilingual (English, French, Arabic) innovative Internet based web 2 portal, online community, and proprietary search engine offering a suite of cutting edge Internet based services, tools and content to a global audience. Yatinoo delivers industry-leading Internet based portal technology to the emerging, high-growth Arabic, African and Asian markets. Yatinoo's greatest market advantage and unique selling proposition is its focus on the Arabic, African and Asian emerging markets (currently over 671 million users) as well as members of the Arabic, African and Asian Internet communities currently residing abroad (e.g., approximately 17% of the 300 million U.S. population have a direct African, Asian or Arabic background which represents an additional target market of over 50 million users in the U.S.). In comparison to larger competitors, Yatinoo offers tailor-made and highly targeted services, which fit its users' needs and are customizable to suit their unique and personal "look and feel" requirements.

    Yatinoo was developed and made available in the Middle East and North Africa region through the introduction of its media properties including, which was officially launched in October 2007.

    In just the past 5 months,'s traffic has increased dramatically by 79.23% and continues to grow significantly by the day. Based on this initial positive international response, the Company anticipates that there will be substantial interest in the United States for its products and services and therefore, has recently established a U.S. headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

    In addition to its innovative search engine, email, weather and news, also offers videos and mp3 streamings, ecards and forums and specialized websites focusing on games, sports, and personalities in the African and Arabic world.

    About Yatinoo is a trilingual (English, French, Arabic) innovative Internet based web 2 portal, online community, and proprietary search engine offering a suite of cutting edge Internet based services, tools and content to a global audience. Yatinoo delivers industry-leading Internet based portal technology to the emerging, high-growth Arabic, African and Asian markets. Yatinoo's greatest market advantage and unique selling proposition is its focus on the Arabic, African and Asian emerging markets (currently over 671 million users) as well as members of the Arabic, African and Asian Internet communities currently residing abroad (e.g., approximately 17% of the 300 million U.S. population have a direct African, Asian or Arabic background which represents an additional target market of over 50 million users in the U.S.). In comparison to larger competitors, Yatinoo offers tailor-made and highly targeted services, which fit its users' needs and are customizable to suit their unique and personal "look and feel" requirements.

    Yatinoo International S.A., based in Malaga, Spain is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yatinoo, Inc., a Delaware corporation (formerly known as Stone Consulting Services, Inc.) which acquired the Spanish company on November 13, 2008, pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 12, 2008 by Stone Consulting Services Inc.

    Yatinoo is a trademark of Yatinoo International SA. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believe," "anticipate," "plan," "expect," "seek," "potential," "estimate," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to the Company's future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

    Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors which could impact the Company and the forward-looking statements contained herein are included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

    Yatinoo, Inc.

    CONTACT: Holly A. Ruma, Vice President of IR/PR and M&A, Yatinoo,
    +1-978-208-4426,; Marilynn Meek, Vice President,
    Financial Relations Board, +1-212-827-3773,, for Yatinoo

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    Hybrid/Electric Tech Companies Meet in DC as Top Officials Debate 'Detroit Three' Rescue PlansCEO of Lithium-Ion Automotive Battery Maker Ener1 Says Aggressive Investment in Advanced Energy Storage Systems Is Key to Industry Survival, U.S. Competitiveness

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As Congress and the new administration weigh sweeping measures to rescue the U.S. auto industry, advanced lithium-ion battery maker Ener1, Inc. is joining dozens of companies that develop and build technology for hybrid and electric vehicles this week to show their latest innovations and discuss how they fit into this changing landscape. Ener1 CEO Charles Gassenheimer says companies like Ener1 have a crucial role to play in the federal retooling effort.

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    "The technology is here," says Gassenheimer. "The question is who is going to win the race to get it to market. Decisions we make as a nation today will determine whether or not our country remains competitive in the global automotive industry."

    By coincidence, the conference and technological showcase put on by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center from December 2-5 corresponds with this week's deadline for the Detroit Big Three automakers to present their individual recovery plans to Congress in hope of receiving a $25 billion rescue package.

    "Whether it is a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt or a fully electric car like the Th!nk City, the future depends on better batteries," Gassenheimer says. "We need dedicated federal support to ramp up production and drive down costs. That's already happening in China, Korea, and Japan, as well as in Europe. It needs to happen here, and it needs to happen quickly or we will miss the boat."

    Ener1 is the first company to commit to producing advanced lithium-ion batteries in the U.S. on a commercial scale for the automotive market. In addition to its plant in Indianapolis, Ener1 recently gained an Asia foothold by acquiring South Korea's third largest lithium-ion battery producer.

    More than 75 hybrid models will hit the market by 2011. President-elect Barack Obama has promised to put one million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015, and he has made clear that Detroit will not get the federal help it wants without clear commitments to change the way they do business. That means swift transition to next-generation technology and a concrete commitment to better fuel economy.

    "Advanced batteries are as important to this new market as the microprocessor was to the emergence of the personal computer revolution," Gassenheimer says. "You can't have one without the other. Unfortunately, the U.S. manufacturing capacity is just not there today to produce them in anything approaching the numbers we need over the next few years at costs the market demands."

    Automakers are already putting lithium-ion batteries on the road in small numbers today, and growth is expected to be rapid. While it may be a few years before truly mass-market scale is achieved, Gassenheimer says the competitive foundations for the entire sector are being built today.

    Auto industry leaders have publicly echoed the call for more aggressive battery development:

    "One of the things we need to sort out as a country is batteries," Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. was quoted as saying in the New York Times last week. "We really don't want to trade one foreign dependency, oil, for another foreign dependency, batteries."

    "It's a game that we are behind in," GM CEO Rick Wagoner said when the Washington Post recently asked him about the need for advanced batteries. "It doesn't mean it's a game that we lost. If we choose to go at it as a country we are really going to have to pick up the pace."

    "From a technological standpoint, the future is now," Gassenheimer explains. "We know this is going to be a multibillion-dollar market; the question is who will control it. High oil prices will be back the minute the economy begins to recover. This is not a change we can afford to put off."

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    About Ener1, Inc.:

    Ener1 develops and manufactures compact, high performance lithium-ion batteries to power the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles. The publicly traded company is led by an experienced team of engineers and energy system experts at its EnerDel subsidiary located in Indiana. EnerDel has developed proprietary battery systems based on technology originally pioneered with the assistance of the Argonne National Lab.

    Ener1 is seeking to become the first company to mass-produce a cost- competitive lithium-ion battery for hybrid and electric vehicles. Demand for battery solutions is being driven by a need to reduce dependence on oil as well as growing concern about vehicle emissions. In addition to the automobile market, applications for Ener1 lithium-ion battery technology include medical, military, aerospace, electric utility and other growing markets.

    Major shareholders of Ener1 include Ener1 Group, Inc., a privately held, global investment and advisory firm, and ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese trading company and distributor of manufacturing equipment essential to lithium-ion battery production. ITOCHU has annual revenue of approximately $90 billion and offices in more than 80 countries. Ener1 has also received funding from a growing number of institutional investors.

    In addition to battery technology, Ener1 develops commercial fuel cell products through its EnerFuel subsidiary and nanotechnology-based materials and manufacturing processes for batteries and other applications through its NanoEner subsidiary.

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    Comcast Launches Setanta Sports in Boston and BrooklineComcast Delivers Access To Best Live European Sports Coverage, Including Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League & Six Nations Rugby Union

    BOSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that it has launched the U.S. version of the United Kingdom and Ireland-based sports network Setanta Sports in Boston and Brookline, providing its customers 24-hour access to the best live European sporting events, including top flight soccer and world class rugby.

    The channel, available on Channel 761 for $14.95 per month, covers some of the world's top sporting contests in leagues and tournaments like the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Guinness Premiership, Heineken European Cup, Six Nations and much more.

    The launch, like the recent and upcoming launches of other international and High Definition programming unique to Comcast's Boston and Brookline systems, will occur in other New England communities as the rest of the region converts to the nearly all digital network that Comcast created last year in Boston and Brookline as a national model for high-capacity broadband. Comcast also recently has launched international networks for customers in Boston and Brookline who are interested in Russian, Korean, Arabic, Filipino, Brazilian, South Asian and Vietnamese sports, news and entertainment programming.

    "We're thrilled to enhance our sports programming in Boston and Brookline with the addition of Setanta Sports," said Paul D'Arcangelo, Vice President of Comcast in Metro Boston. "Customers in Boston and Brookline are the first in New England to experience the consumer benefits of converting to a nearly all digital network. As other communities enter the 'digital world,' our customers will be amazed by what Comcast's advanced fiber-optic network can deliver -- even faster Internet speeds, even more HD choices and even more international programming."

    "We are excited that Comcast will be providing subscribers in Boston and Brookline the best international sports programming, 24 hours a day, on Setanta Sports," said Roger Hall, Managing Director of Setanta Sports International.

    To learn more about Comcast or to order Setanta Sports, customers can contact Comcast at 1-800-COMCAST.

    About Comcast Corporation

    Comcast Corporation ( is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.4 million cable customers, 14.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

    Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including ( Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

    About Setanta Sports in the US

    Setanta Sports operates the only dedicated International soccer and rugby channel in the US and Canada. In 2007, the 24-hour, digital pay TV network aired more than 1,000 live events, focusing on programming designed to meet the growing demands of international sports fans. Setanta Sports US is part of Dublin-based Setanta Sports, a leading, international pay television broadcaster and the number two sports broadcaster in the United Kingdom, providing top sports leagues and events to more than 100 million digital television homes globally and to commercial venues in six countries.

    Setanta Sports

    CONTACT: Robert Ryan of Setanta Sports, +1-646-274-5281,; or Jim Hughes of Comcast, +1-617-562-4340,

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    Advantest Kyushu Systems Introduces ADS1911 Analog Test SystemSystem offers low-cost test for analog devices

    TOKYO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advantest Kyushu Systems Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advantest Corporation , today announced its new analog test system, the ADS1911. Available from January 2009, the ADS1911 offers low-cost test for comparatively low-pin-count analog ICs (up to 32 pins). Its features will be presented at SEMICON Japan 2008, to be held at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo, on December 3rd - 5th.

    Today's semiconductors are extremely diverse, ranging from multi-functional, high-pin-count devices such as the LSIs used in personal computers to single-function discrete devices such as transistors and diodes, as well as analog ICs, which have comparatively low pin counts. Analog ICs and discrete devices, used in large numbers in cellular phones, consumer electronics, game consoles, and automobile electronics, have especially low unit prices. The ADS1911 answers manufacturers' needs for a system that can deliver lower test costs for these devices.

    ADS 1911 Key Features -- Parallel Test of Up To 8 Discrete Devices & Analog ICs

    In its module configuration, the ADS1911 can perform parallel test of up to 8 discrete devices and analog ICs, thus lowering test cost.

    -- Improved Yield for DC Test*

    To ensure accurate DC test, the ADS1911 is equipped with a highly accurate DC calibration function. This allows for minimal performance gaps between multiple installed systems, improving yield and bringing down cost.

    -- User-Friendly Test Program Creation Tool Saves Time, Boosts Productivity

    The ADS1911's test program creation tool allows selection of test parameters from pull-down menus. This simplified format eliminates the need for specialized programming languages and makes the creation of test programs quick and easy.

    * DC test: measuring the DC characteristics of a DUT's input and output current, input and output voltage, power source, etc.

    Pricing: Analog Test System ADS1911 from 10 million yen (price may vary depending on configuration) Key Specifications: Target Devices: Commodity analog ICs, discrete devices, optical semiconductor devices, commodity logic ICs Parallel Test Capacity: Up to 8 devices Voltage / Current Measurement Function: Device power source: Max. 8 channels, +/-128V/+/-32mA, +/-64V/+/-64mA, +/-4V/+/-2A (pulse) Input / output power source: Max. 64 channels, +/-64V/+/-32mA, +/-4V/+/-64mA About Advantest

    Advantest Corporation is the world's leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and also produces electronic instruments and systems. A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions, and serves the industry in every component of semiconductor test: tester, handler, mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software. Its logic, memory, mixed-signal and RF testers and device handlers are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has subsidiaries worldwide. Among them, Advantest America, Inc. is based in Santa Clara, CA., Advantest (Europe) GmbH is based in Munich, Germany, and Advantest Taiwan Inc. is based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. More information is available at

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    Shenandoah Telecommunications Closes on Cable Properties in Virginia and West Virginia

    EDINBURG, Va., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) announces that today it has completed the acquisition of cable assets and customers in Virginia and West Virginia from Rapid Communications, LLC. The transaction was previously announced on August 6, 2008. RBC Daniels was Shentel's advisor for the transaction.

    Starting early next year, Shentel will begin construction under a two year upgrade program to provide additional services including High Definition TV, Video on Demand, High Speed Internet and Voice services.

    About Shenandoah Telecommunications

    Shenandoah Telecommunications Company is a holding company that provides a broad range of telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries. The Company is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SHEN." The Company's operating subsidiaries provide local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring, and telecommunications equipment, along with many other associated solutions in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

    Shenandoah Telecommunications Company

    CONTACT: Earle A. MacKenzie, EVP-COO of Shenandoah Telecommunications
    Company, +1-540-984-5192 (w), +1-540-335-5192 (c),

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    Service providers can accelerate femtocell trials and deployments with new products from Texas Instruments

    DALLAS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is providing equipment manufacturers the necessary tools for success in the femtocell market with its new high-performance, volume-based digital signal processor (DSP) solution. By leveraging years of proven TI technology already deployed in their networks, service providers can confidently initiate femtocell trials such as those currently underway with Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Softbank and others. TI's technology is currently shipping into femtocell products from Samsung, Airvana, Huawei, Lyrtech, ZTE and Airhop. For more information, go to

    According to Jagdish Rebello, director and principal analyst with iSuppli, volume shipments for femtocells could begin in 2010 if the technical challenges and business case issues can be resolved. "The participation of a company like TI is needed to address cost models and deployment challenges facing the femtocell market. With its incumbent position in wireless infrastructure - across all air interfaces - they bring a tremendous amount of knowledge to this emerging market."

    The global market for femtocell solutions is diverse, with service providers requiring adaptable solutions. TI's DSP-based products support all major 2G/3G and 4G solutions including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and LTE. These femtocell products leverage TI's market-leading installed base of wireless and wired infrastructure silicon and software. Understanding the service providers' network architecture and requirements is critical to successful femtocell trials and deployments and roughly 90 percent of the world's operators have TI's technology deployed in their networks.

    "Airvana chose TI's DSP because it allowed us to implement both CDMA2000 1xRTT voice and data, and EV-DO broadband data on a single programmable chip," said Sanjeev Verma, VP of femtocell business and corporate development, and co-founder, Airvana. "Having the flexibility to offer a broad and constantly growing feature set is a critical part of our strategy for this market."

    Solution shipping to market leaders

    TI is currently shipping its DSP solutions to several femtocell OEMs. Traditional wireless infrastructure OEMs can leverage the industry-leading TMS320TCI6484 which offers both MAC and PHY processing without external ASICs or FPGAs. This programmable product allows for field firmware upgrades and enables infrastructure OEMs to cost-effectively enter the femtocell market. As the market matures, this SoC + accelerators solution will enable basestation OEMs to design optimized solutions.

    Networking and cable equipment manufacturers will find the C6000-based DSP platform easy to use giving OEMs multiple ways to architect their systems to meet unique service provider requirements. Leveraging TI's experience in cable, DSL, Voice over IP, networking, WLAN and wireless handsets, OEMs can have confidence that their TI-based products will speed trials and deployments with all types of service providers.

    TI is also working with leading femtocell software provider Continuous Computing to port their Trillium Femtocell Access Point software stack to the TCI6484. By offering this solution bundle, OEMs can rapidly deploy carrier-class femtocell products.

    In addition to providing a robust, roadmap-based DSP solution, TI also provides analog products including data converters, RF solutions, amplifiers, clocks and power management devices. TI is a recognized leader in delivering the most complete solutions for wireless infrastructure applications.


    The TCI6484 product is shipping to customers today. For more information, go to

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to

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    KEMET Has Expanded Its High-Voltage Multilayer Capacitor Series

    GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation The Capacitance Company, announced today that it has expanded its high-voltage multilayer capacitor series to include a 630V product offering.

    The primary features of the 630V product are: -- Low ESL -- Low ESR at high frequencies -- Surface mount capability -- 100% matte tin (Sn) termination (standard)/ Pb free process -- SnPb termination available -- RoHS compliant

    "KEMET has expanded its High Voltage MLCC product offering to include 630V in order to meet the growing demand for this specific voltage offering from a number of the markets we serve," stated Corey Antoniades, Associate Technical Marketing Manager for KEMET. "We continue working in partnership with our customers to develop the technologies and products they require."

    The new 630V product offering is available in case sizes ranging from 0805 thru 2225, in both C0G and X7R dielectrics. These capacitors provide excellent humidity resistance and are designed as a surface-mount replacement for a wide range of high-frequency and high-voltage applications including snubbers in high-frequency power converters, and filters in switching power supplies and DC to DC converters.

    KEMET Corporation (KEM) applies world-class service and quality to deliver industry-leading, high-performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world. KEMET offers the world's most complete line of surface-mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. KEMET's common stock is listed on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KEM. Additional information about KEMET can be found at .


    Certain statements included herein contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal security laws about KEMET Corporation (the "Company") financial condition and results of operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets in which the Company operates, as well as management's beliefs and assumptions. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's judgment only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

    Factors that may cause actual outcome and results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements include, but are not necessarily limited to, availability, sourcing and pricing of raw materials, pressures on sales prices and volumes due to competition and economic conditions, reliance on and financial viability of significant customers, operating performance of joint ventures, alliances and other equity investments, technological advancements, employee relations, changes in construction spending, capital expenditures and long-term investments (including those related to unforeseen acquisition opportunities), continued availability of financial resources through financing arrangements and operations, outcomes of pending or threatened legal proceedings, negotiation of new or modifications of existing contracts for asset management and for property and equipment construction and acquisition, regulations governing tax laws, other governmental and authoritative bodies' policies and legislation, and proceeds received from the sale of assets held for disposal. In addition to these representative factors, forward-looking statements could be impacted by general domestic and international economic and industry conditions in the markets where the Company competes, such as changes in currency exchange rates, interest and inflation rates, recession and other economic and political factors over which the Company has no control. Other risks and uncertainties may be described from time to time in the Company's other reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Contact: Dean W. Dimke Director of Corporate and Investor Communications 954-766-2806

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    Appeals Court Affirms District Court Ruling That Qualcomm Abused Standards Setting Process and Engaged in Litigation Misconduct

    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a decision by a federal judge in San Diego that Qualcomm violated its duty to disclose its patents to a standards body and that, as a result, the patents are unenforceable against products practicing the standard at issue.

    In today's ruling, the appeals court agreed with the district court "that Qualcomm intentionally organized a plan to shield its patents from consideration by the JVT, intending to later obtain royalties from H.264-compliant products."

    The appeals court ruling is the latest chapter in a case that began in 2005 when Qualcomm sued Broadcom, alleging infringement of two patents related to the H.264 digital video compression standard, promulgated by the Joint Video Team (JVT). A jury unanimously found that Broadcom did not infringe the patents, and also recommended that the judge find that Qualcomm misled the JVT by failing to disclose its patents.

    U.S. District Court Judge Rudi Brewster agreed with the jury's recommendation, subsequently ruling that Qualcomm had engaged in standards abuse and attempted to cover it up through aggravated litigation misconduct: "In light of all of the . . . evidence finally revealed, the eventual collapse of Qualcomm's concealment efforts exposes the carefully orchestrated plan and the deadly determination of Qualcomm to achieve its goal of holding hostage the entire industry desiring to practice the H.264 standard." Judge Brewster held that Qualcomm thereby waived its rights to enforce the patents, and ordered Qualcomm to pay all of Broadcom's reasonable attorneys' fees and costs reasonably incurred by Broadcom in defending the patent infringement case that led to the rulings.

    "Qualcomm's standards abuse in this case is just the tip of the iceberg," said David Rosmann, Broadcom's Vice President, Intellectual Property Litigation. "We believe Qualcomm has violated the rules of the cellular standards bodies as well, a fact we are determined to bring to light in our other pending cases."

    About Broadcom

    Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art, system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

    Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 3,000 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,500 additional pending patent applications, and

    one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.

    Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at

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    All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with our litigation with Qualcomm include, but are not limited to:

    -- our ability to prevail in the various federal and state lawsuits and other proceedings against Qualcomm, including any appeals; -- the ability of our patents to protect our intellectual property and products; -- our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights; and -- the risks associated with litigation in general, including the costs and time that must be devoted to litigation, the potential diversion of attention of management and key employees that may result from being engaged in litigation, and the possibility of adverse results.

    Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at

    Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

    Broadcom(R), the pulse logo, Connecting everything(R) and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Qualcomm and QChat(R) are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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    Brocade Corporate Controller, Charles Read, to Present at Credit Suisse Technology Conference

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brocade(R) Corporate Controller, Charles Read, will present at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The presentation will webcast live at

    Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Conference: Credit Suisse Technology Conference Presentation: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time Location: The Phoenician Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ Webcast: About Brocade

    Brocade is the leading provider of data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information. Organizations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimize their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit Brocade's website at or contact the Company at

    Brocade, the B-wing symbol, DCX, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView and StorageX are registered trademarks, and DCFM and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. All other brands, products or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.


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    St. Paul Radiology Selects AMICASOne of the country's largest and most progressive radiology groups partners with AMICAS to enable productivity and growth

    BOSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMICAS, Inc. , a leader in radiology and medical image and information management solutions, today announced a new partnership with one of the nation's largest radiology practices, St. Paul Radiology of St. Paul, MN. This partnership will enable St. Paul Radiology to achieve its aggressive growth initiatives while standardizing their workflow for a highly distributed imaging environment.

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    St. Paul Radiology is a private 84-radiologist practice providing reading services for more than one million annual exams at seven imaging centers, multiple specialty clinics, and eleven hospitals throughout the upper Midwest. St. Paul Radiology, a full-service radiology practice, provides leading-edge diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services.

    "Our partnership with AMICAS is a critical part of our strategy at St. Paul Radiology," said Mark Kleinschmidt, chief executive officer of St. Paul Radiology. "In order to realize our growth objectives, we need access to both state-of-the-art technology and a partner that truly understands the dynamics of the market for radiology practices. After a lengthy search where we evaluated nearly 20 vendors, AMICAS clearly stood out in the market on both of these fronts."

    St. Paul Radiology will utilize new, Web-based technology for integrated scheduling, reading, marketing, teleradiology, customer service, and results distribution initiatives. Included in the partnership deal are AMICAS RIS(TM), AMICAS PACS(TM), AMICAS Teleradiology(TM), AMICAS RadStream(TM), and AMICAS Reach(TM) solutions. The AMICAS solution will be tightly integrated with NightHawk Radiology Services' TALON(TM) Clinical Workflow Solution, which is already in use within St. Paul Radiology. This combination will create a powerful workflow solution that leverages the best technology from both organizations.

    "We are a very large radiology practice that provides reading services for a highly heterogeneous imaging environment," said Joseph H. Tashjian MD, president of St. Paul Radiology. "AMICAS' excellent technology platform integrates with our existing infrastructure, which is essential to our practice delivering optimal patient care while achieving maximum productivity levels. With AMICAS, we found a solution that will drive productivity for our radiologists by allowing them to read from a single worklist and viewer with excellent clinical tools - regardless of the physical location of the patient or the radiologist.

    "The AMICAS solution will also equip St. Paul Radiology with an excellent toolset to communicate more efficiently with our referring physicians and other providers," said Dr. Tashjian. "This improved communication will further enhance our ability to provide high quality diagnoses in a timely manner."

    As 100 percent Web-based solutions, AMICAS RIS, AMICAS PACS, AMICAS Teleradiology, AMICAS RadStream, and AMICAS Reach were designed to enable radiology groups to realize the benefits of a uniform, flexible, and powerful workflow. This design helps radiology groups to realize a superior return on investment by maximizing the use of existing resources and by establishing a standardized and uniform work environment for radiologists.

    "We are very excited about partnering with St. Paul Radiology, one of the largest and most progressive radiology groups in the country," said Stephen Kahane MD, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of AMICAS. "Our partnership with St. Paul Radiology will help us continue to solve the most challenging and important workflow problems for radiology practices across the country today and in the future."

    AMICAS, AMICAS PACS, AMICAS RIS, AMICAS Financials, AMICAS Documents, AMICAS Dashboards, AMICAS Watch, AMICAS Reach, AMICAS RadStream, RealTime Worklist, Halo Viewer, and Cashfinder Worklist are trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks and service marks of AMICAS, Inc. All other trademarks and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

    About AMICAS, Inc.

    AMICAS, Inc. ( is a leader in radiology and medical image and information management solutions. The AMICAS One Suite(TM) of products provides a complete, end-to-end solution for imaging centers, ambulatory care facilities, and radiology practices. Acute care and hospital clients are provided with a fully integrated, hospital information system-independent PACS that features advanced enterprise workflow support and scalable design. Complementing the AMICAS solution suite is AMICAS Professional Services(TM), a set of client-centered professional and consulting services that assist our customers with a well-planned transition to a digital enterprise.

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    TV Choice and Competition Near for Residents of Two More New York CommunitiesMunicipalities in Western New York and on Long Island Approve Video Franchises for Verizon

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of two more New York communities are a major step closer to having a real choice for their cable television service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service, delivered over the most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.

    The City of Lackawanna in Erie County and the Village of Atlantic Beach in Nassau County both recently granted video franchises to Verizon, paving the way for video choice in these communities.

    The latest approvals bring to 143 the total number of New York municipalities that have authorized Verizon to provide FiOS TV service.

    "This is great news for residents of these two communities, who now will have a new choice for their video entertainment," said Andres Irlando, Verizon senior vice president for the New York region.

    "Consumers in Lackawanna and Atlantic Beach will be able to choose their cable provider as easily as they choose their phone company. Competition like this drives innovation and value and puts the consumer in control, and we will compete aggressively for customers in these areas," he said.

    As with all local franchise approvals in New York, the agreements between Verizon and the two communities are subject to review by the New York State Public Service Commission.

    Verizon's FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite, offering a broad collection of all-digital programming, up to 100 high-definition (HD) channels in the New York market and access to more than 11,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles, 8,500 of which are free. The VOD library also includes more than 1,000 HD titles.

    Verizon's fiber network delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon's fiber network also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice service.*

    Lackawanna and Atlantic Beach join a growing list of New York communities that are paving the way for competition and choice in the television market. In addition to these two communities, Verizon has been granted video franchises in the following municipalities:

    City of New York Long Island

    Amityville, Massapequa Park, Cedarhurst, Laurel Hollow, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Hills, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Valley Stream, Freeport, Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Sands Point, Bayville, Old Field, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Garden City, Nissequogue, Northport, Poquott, East Williston, Head of the Harbor, Hewlett Bay Park, Mill Neck, Stewart Manor, Centre Island, Lawrence, Lindenhurst, Malverne, Manorhaven, Huntington Bay, The Branch, Oyster Bay Cove, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Munsey Park, North Hills, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Port Washington North, Rockville Centre, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Thomaston, Bellerose, Lloyd Harbor, Baxter Estates, Hempstead, Cove Neck and Brightwaters; and the towns of North Hempstead, Huntington, Smithtown, Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Islip and Babylon

    Westchester County

    Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Irvington, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Elmsford, Port Chester, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Rye Brook, North Castle, Mount Vernon, Mount Pleasant, Yonkers, Scarsdale, Bronxville, New Rochelle, Cortlandt, Peekskill, Buchanan, Rye, Larchmont, the Village of Mamaroneck, the Town of Mamaroneck, New Castle, Pelham Manor, Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff Manor, the Town of Ossining, the Village of Ossining and the Town of Yorktown

    Rockland County

    Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview-on-Hudson, Clarkstown, Orangetown, Piermont, Airmont, the Town of Haverstraw, West Haverstraw, Chestnut Ridge, Ramapo, Spring Valley, Stony Point, the Village of Haverstraw, Suffern, Hillburn, Wesley Hills, Montebello, New Hempstead and Pomona

    Dutchess County

    Wappinger, Wappingers Falls and Village of Fishkill, Town of Fishkill, City of Poughkeepsie

    Orange County Town of Newburgh and City of Newburgh Erie County

    Amherst, Blasdell, Village of Hamburg, Town of Hamburg, West Seneca, Tonawanda, Village of Orchard Park, Town of Orchard Park and Kenmore

    Putnam County Kent * NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

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    Compuware Uniface 9.3 Simplifies Application Development and DeploymentNew Version Features Standard Deployment Capability for Simplified Application Maintainability, Improved Mobile Application GUI

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Compuware Corporation today at the CU2008 Worldwide User Conference announced the immediate availability of the Compuware Uniface 9.3 Application Platform Suite, its enterprise application development solution. This newer version enables support for easier deployment, an improved mobile application GUI and introduces a new cross-reference feature.

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    Uniface applications are typically dispersed amongst shops and offices across various international locations, some of which don't have an IT specialist on hand. This makes installing or upgrading applications more complex. The new version of Uniface addresses this issue by introducing a single, standardized deployment mechanism that significantly simplifies the application deployment process for Uniface applications.

    "Easy deployment of enterprise applications is expected these days by all organisations who are running their applications 24/7 at remote locations and do not have the qualified IT staff on-site to install new components, application servers and databases," said Bola Rotibi, principal analyst, MWD Advisors.

    Uniface 9.3 further enhances its Mobile Interface GUI. Traditionally, mobile devices have limited visual space available to users. This new version of Uniface introduces a number of techniques that allow the user to see as much data as possible on the device screen. Other features include user definable keys as well as utilities that enable the end user to configure mobile devices.

    The ability to cross-reference information is crucial in a world where application architectures are becoming service oriented. Uniface 9.3 introduces new facilities for generating, maintaining, reporting and using cross-reference information.

    "Helping our customers to easily deploy and upgrade enterprise applications is very important," said Aad van Schetsen, Vice President, Uniface, Compuware. "Compuware Uniface 9.3 fully integrates with all of the previous versions making it easier for our customers to make use of the latest features we have introduced."

    Uniface is Compuware's development environment for building, renewing and integrating the largest and most complex enterprise applications. Offering high developer productivity and leading-edge functionality, Uniface helps IT organizations reduce the cost of ownership of business-critical applications and increase the return on investment for the IT budget. The Uniface Application Platform Suite (APS) delivers an enterprise capable solution. It provides application development, integration, business process management and user interface frameworks through software products that can be used both individually or together. To learn more about Compuware Uniface please visit .

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    Compuware Corporation makes IT rock around the world, helping CIOs optimize IT performance to achieve business goals. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including 92 percent of the Fortune 50 companies. Learn more about Compuware at .

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    Active Control receives purchase order to integrate gas monitors into ActiveMine SystemIntegration of additional services enabled by ActiveMine's robust and open-standards Wi-Fi networkTSX-V: ACT

    TORONTO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) announced today that Stacey Lynn Coal Co., a West Virginia coal producer, has signed a purchase order to integrate gas monitoring into their ActiveMine(TM) system.

    The purchase order is in addition to Stacey Lynn's previously announced order for ActiveMine, the premier wireless voice communications and locating system for mines, in May 2008.

    The carbon monoxide gas monitoring system, provided by Rel-Tek Corporation, a Monroeville, PA manufacturer of gas, pump, and belt monitoring and control systems, will be installed by ACT in December 2008. Network integration of the system was engineered collaboratively by both companies.

    The ActiveMine installation will begin with deployment of the above-ground network and gas monitoring system. This will be followed by installation of the underground ActiveMine wireless nodes and voice components.

    Stacey Lynn initially purchased ActiveMine's basic digital voice system, which provides unsurpassed quality. Once the mine extends beyond 5,000 feet, tracking functionality will be added without the need for additional network hardware. In addition, data communications enabling the transmission of safety, maintenance and production information can be supported by the same network.

    "Stacey Lynn's decision validates ActiveMine's unique 'layered approach' value proposition," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "This capability over a single wireless network is unique to ActiveMine, making it the system of choice for forward-thinking mine operators "

    ACT's business partner in the U.S., Fairmont Supply Company, played a key role in linking ACT with Stacey Lynn.

    The company also announced that Dr. Annie Wang has left Active Control to pursue other career opportunities. Mr. Barrett thanked Dr. Wang for her service to the company and looks forward to working with her as ACT continues its China expansion.

    About ActiveMine

    ActiveMine's communications, data and tracking system enables monitoring of production, personnel and equipment in all types of surface and underground mining environments, including coal and base metal mines. The system is designed to:

    - Operate on a 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi network backbone. - Be less susceptible to water and mechanical damage of all sorts, including rock fall. - Use open-standards technology. - Meet federal MINER Act requirements for wireless systems as established in MSHA policies. - Provide a wireless communications and data network above-ground, linked seamlessly to underground networks. About Active Control Technology

    ACT designs and markets wireless network control and communication systems for buildings and extreme environments. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, the company trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ACT. For more information, visit the company's website at

    About Rel-Tek Corporation

    Rel-Tek manufactures a complete line of gas monitoring and control systems, including PC-based data logging and telemetry software and a full complement of field I/O hardware. Clients include underground mines, tunnels, factories, water treatment, office buildings, municipal bus garages and other hazardous sites. For more information, visit the company's website at

    About Fairmont Supply Company

    Founded in 1921, Fairmont Supply Company is one of the largest full-line distributors of industrial maintenance, repair and operating supplies in the United States to the energy and mining industry, with the headquarters located in the Southpointe Business Complex, Canonsburg, PA. Fairmont Supply Company currently operates 25 service center facilities and 9 on-site stores management locations across the United States. Fairmont Supply Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consol Energy. More company information can be found at

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    Insurity's Policy Decisions for Personal Lines Powers Farmers FastQuote(R)Customers Get Quotes in Under Five Minutes; Farmers Agents Get More Qualified Leads

    HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Insurity, a LexisNexis company, and a leading provider of software and services to the property-casualty insurance industry for over 25 years, today announced that Farmers Group Inc. has implemented Insurity's policy processing solution called Policy Decisions for Personal Lines to power their online quote service called Farmers FastQuote.

    Insurity's Policy Decisions for Personal Lines is designed for insurance carriers to help them manage the entire policy lifecycle from application intake to rating and underwriting, from policy issuance to renewal.

    "Insurity's Personal Lines platform enabled us to upgrade the quality and richness of the online consumer quoting experience, while still meeting aggressive speed-to-market requirements," said Bill Bowman, Farmers Vice President, Personal Lines Marketing. "We are very pleased with the look, feel, and function of the finished product."

    With Farmers FastQuote, clients and prospects are able receive online quotes for auto, home and term life insurance in less than five minutes. Farmers FastQuote captures key quote information that is routed seamlessly into Farmers backend systems and delivered to either the customer's current agent, or the Farmers agent nearest the prospect, for subsequent follow-up. Insurance agents receive leads instantly allowing them to contact customers in real time.

    "Farmers is a valued customer and we are proud to provide them with an industry-leading product that satisfied their aggressive timeline for completion," said Insurity Senior Vice President Bob Larew. "Insurity has the experienced staff and comprehensive products in place to meet the needs of our customers, enabling them to achieve their objectives, from online quoting to enterprise solutions."

    Policy Decisions for Personal Lines Delivers: -- Automated rating and issuance support for all personal lines of business -- Support for the full policy lifecycle transactions -- Integrated workflow and business rules engine -- Prebuilt integrations with powerful underwriting decision support data services such as C.L.U.E.(R), MVRs, Credit Scoring and Current Carrier(R) About Farmers(R)

    Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group. Property and casualty products are underwritten and issued by the Farmers Exchanges and their subsidiaries, which Farmers Group, Inc. manages but does not own. Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the insurers comprising the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at .

    About LexisNexis and Insurity

    LexisNexis(R) ( ) is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis(R) and Nexis(R) services. A member of Reed Elsevier ( NYSE: RUK) (, LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.

    Founded in 1983, Insurity has served the property and casualty insurance industry for over 25 years. Insurity delivers complete end-to-end insurance processing solutions to insurers including systems for commercial, personal, and specialty lines policy administration, claims administration, billing, reinsurance, business intelligence and advanced analytics, and data warehousing. Insurity's solutions address the needs of all carriers - large and small, national or regional, commercial, personal, or specialty lines writers, as well as MGAs. For more information about Insurity, call 860-616-7721 or visit .


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    Microsoft Hosts Global Education Leaders at School of the Future World SummitElites will discuss what's possible for 21st century learning and education investments in a time of global economic slowdown.

    SEATTLE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week, school administrators and policymakers from more than 30 countries are gathering in Seattle for the fourth annual School of the Future World Summit, hosted by Microsoft Corp.'s Partners in Learning. The theme, "What's Possible," will enable more than 250 participants to facilitate a global discussion on what schools in the future can look like by examining the areas of instruction, organization design, technology, the challenges of implementing new policy and emerging trends everyone faces as they prepare students for the 21st century global workforce.


    "Educators today face many economic and political challenges, including decreases in funding in tough economic climates as well as the pressure to generate performance results that allow students to compete on a global stage," said Mary Cullinane, director of Innovation for U.S. Public Sector Education at Microsoft. "We fundamentally believe improving education is a global imperative and strong investment is vital to our future success. This event will push people to collaboratively address new ways of thinking and provide specific strategies to implement within their local context, allowing them to turn possibilities into reality."

    Innovative Agenda and Speakers to Demonstrate the Possibilities

    Summit participants will explore the evolving role of technology as a disruptor and accelerator in education and address factors that enable sustained change and transformative innovation in classrooms. Attendees will learn from education, business and policy leaders who will discuss what's possible with systems, processes and integrated technology, specifically in this time of a global economic crunch. Leading speakers include the following:

    -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray will welcome the international audience to Seattle and challenge the group to spend its time looking at what's possible through collaborative community partnerships to ensure the needs of tomorrow's global workforce are met. Murray, who has prominently focused on education as a core reform area, will showcase how investment in 21st century career pathways is critical to securing a bright economic and job future.

    -- Michael Horn, co-author of "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns," will explore how disruptive innovation can and will change the way the world learns.

    -- Randy Fielding, chairman of Fielding Nair International, a design firm focusing on creative and interactive learning spaces, will discuss the need to design environmentally responsive campuses that foster personalized learning and strong connections to the community.

    -- Tony Wagner, author of "The Global Achievement Gap," will discuss how we can better teach, motivate and prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

    -- Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm, and author of "The J Curve," will discuss globalization, the effects on education, and the paradigm shifts happening across the world that will help countries think about how they want to invest resources.

    Education leaders from around the world will share their best practices at the summit, including the following:

    -- Australia. How teachers and students can create multi-lingual virtual Avatars and immersive 3-D learning environments in their classrooms.

    -- India. Discussion on the right technology integration model and how educators can unleash the benefits of technology without getting in the way of educating their students.

    -- Mexico. A solution to encourage teachers to share and leverage course content via the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement worldwide.

    -- Netherlands. New learning strategies in a digital age where educators need to adapt to the uses of technology and how that affects students' learning behavior.

    -- Northern Ireland. How teachers can be creative and innovative in their learning and drive their professional development activities via e-Portfolios.

    -- Singapore. The possibilities of emerging technology and its transforming teaching and learning effects at the elementary school level.

    -- U.S. How the Web is forcing education leaders to rethink the ways they operate and the basic foundations of teaching and learning.

    New U.S. Partners in Learning Resources Available Today

    The U.S. delegation will also showcase an innovative approach to ensuring students understand the 21st century jobs awaiting them. CareerForward, a project that started in Michigan in partnership between the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Virtual University and Microsoft Partners in Learning, is now being made available free in the U.S. Students, teachers and schools can implement it either through classroom instruction or individually. The media-rich online learning program helps to get students thinking about what they want to do with their lives, what types of careers they may want to pursue and what they need to do to succeed. Students who take the CareerForward course will be better prepared to embrace the global 21st century workplace by learning more about globalization, career planning, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. More information about CareerForward is available at

    In light of the economy and recent surge in the number of partnerships between corporations and school districts promoting student achievement and workforce readiness, the U.S. Partners in Learning team is publishing a policy paper and sharing its lessons learned on the critical elements required for establishing effective and successful public/private partnerships. Case studies from Michigan, New Mexico and Washington state Partners in Learning projects are evaluated and candid feedback is shared on how businesses, government agencies, universities and school districts worldwide can determine whether to engage in a new partnership, and if so, how to advance beyond the image of just granting money to becoming a full and collaborative strategic partner.

    About Microsoft's Partners in Learning

    The School of the Future World Summit is part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning program, a global initiative under the company's Unlimited Potential commitment designed to help increase technology access for schools, foster innovative approaches to education, and provide educators with the tools to manage and implement change. Since its inception in 2003, Partners in Learning has reached more than 123 million teachers and students in 103 countries. Microsoft employees, school districts, community members and government officials work side by side in Partners in Learning projects around the world. More information about Microsoft Partners in Learning is available at More information about the School of the Future World Summit is available at

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    Imaging in Living Color with Siemens Molecular CTDemand for Siemens Biograph mCT supports need for new way of thinking in integrated imaging

    CHICAGO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- First introduced at the European Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting in October, Siemens Biograph mCT hits the ground running, experiencing high demand in a time when the current economical situation demands maximum utilization of existing and new imaging equipment. Biograph mCT reaches the United States as a pioneer, not only in hybrid imaging, but as an integrated imaging and workflow concept. Siemens brings Biograph mCT to RSNA as the world's first integrated imaging device to offer routine, whole-body PET scanning in just five minutes with ultraHD-PET technology, Adaptive Spiral CT and patient friendly features, such as a large bore and small tunnel, which adds up to a smart imaging solution considering today's shrinking imaging budgets. The resulting utilities from this combination of advanced PET and CT technologies in one compact system will drive change in the way institutions think about integrated diagnostics.

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    "Since the introduction of molecular CT, we've seen a tremendous response from customers all around the world. Biograph mCT has already begun to change perceptions in the marketplace about integrated imaging devices that provide a better return on investment," said Michael Reitermann, chief executive officer, Molecular Imaging, Siemens Healthcare. "As the forerunner in integrated imaging solutions, Siemens is leading this change in perception and combining two modalities to provide incredible clinical value. We created Biograph mCT to serve the needs of both radiology and molecular imaging -- all while offering institutions cutting-edge technology, the greatest level of patient care and maximum return on investment."

    Molecular CT Makes Sense

    Already installed at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Biograph mCT will begin commercial installations second quarter of 2009. Several facilities from the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia have already placed orders and will become the first adopters of molecular CT. Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., is one of them. The facility will install a 128-slice Biograph mCT in its new outpatient imaging center, where it will be utilized as a dedicated CT and in parallel, as a PET-CT.

    "We are extremely proud to be a national leader in the introduction of the Biograph mCT integrated imaging technology," said Marjorie Calvetti, director of Radiology at Memorial Medical Center. "This is consistent with our philosophy of making leading-edge technology available as a means of fulfilling our mission of improving the health of the people and communities we serve," Calvetti added. "It is also directly aligned with our vision to be a national leader for excellence in patient care."

    "Memorial Medical Center was also first to install Siemens Symbia T16 system, and a Biograph mCT will represent their continued commitment to being a leader in patient care," adds Reitermann.

    The Power of Advanced CT and PET Working Together

    Tremendous advances in CT have enabled clinicians to prove the value of multislice capabilities, speed and resolution. Functional as well as anatomical imaging is achieved with today's cutting-edge CT technology, but by adding "living color" to CT using molecular imaging biomarkers, such as FDG, the clinician is now able to visualize cell metabolism within tumors, offering personalized and very specific information about patients' disease. Biograph mCT, with ultra HD·PET technology, that combines time-of-flight (TOF) and point-spread-function (PSF) reconstruction, is the world's only PET system that offers 2 mm uniform resolution throughout the entire field of view (FOV) and 4x enhanced lesion contrast compared to standard PET scans. In addition, Biograph mCT can achieve an unprecedented whole-body five minute PET-CT acquisition time by leveraging the combination of ultraHD-PET technology and Siemens exclusive extended field of view, TrueV.

    Unprecedented Utilization Opportunity

    From a bottom line perspective, to use one integrated scanner that offers shared services between molecular imaging and radiology departments is a highly efficient means of making the most of an institution's imaging equipment and strengthening the existing workflows between the two departments. Biograph mCT offers scalability for both CT and PET, offering from 40 to 128 slices in CT, and a broad range of PET features from TrueV to ultra HD-PET, providing unmatched throughput, image quality and scan speeds. All of these features can be upgraded in the field.

    Biograph mCT is the ultimate in efficiency: one team, one room, one machine, and one comfortable patient. With Biograph mCT, an institution may only need to purchase one imager instead of two, representing a huge cost-savings potential in a time when healthcare budgets are tight. The consolidation of equipment, staff and scan times can enable major cost savings, return on investment and excellence in patient care, as well as patient and staff satisfaction when innovation and integration work together.

    The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs around 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2008 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of ‚¬11.2 billion, orders of ‚¬11.8 billion, and Sector profit of euros 1.2 billion. Further information can be found by visiting

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    Cancer Treatment Centers Supports Critical Oncology Environment With EMC Information InfrastructureFaster, 24x7 Access to Medical Data Enables Clinicians to Deliver Better Care to Cancer Patients

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a national network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs, has successfully implemented an EMC information infrastructure to support its comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) initiative. EHRs, digital files containing patient medical data, enable physicians to increase efficiency and better serve their patients. By implementing EMC technology to support this initiative, CTCA has achieved more responsive patient care, faster and uninterrupted access to medical data and increased operational efficiency. In addition, massive storage and server consolidation and automation of data recovery, backup and restore functions have enabled CTCA to manage its growing information infrastructure more cost-efficiently and without adding storage administrative staff.

    Chad Eckes, Chief Information Officer, CTCA, said, "We've fully embraced the EHR because of its potential to help improve patient care and safety more than any other IT initiative. Unlike the traditional approach of incrementally adding new applications and IT components to achieve an EHR, CTCA engineered a complete transformation of our IT application architecture all at once. We now have a cohesive, centralized system that integrates every aspect of a patient's care and delivers unprecedented information security and availability."

    "The EHR is already running in our three existing cancer hospitals, and we'll extend the benefits even further when we open our first all-digital hospital in Phoenix in December 2008. The CTCA system will help CTCA enhance each patient's treatment experience from the point of admission forward. Everything from viewing medical history in the operating room to submitting insurance claims to filling prescriptions will be done electronically."

    To launch the EHR project, CTCA replaced storage directly attached to its servers with a centralized EMC CLARiiON(R) storage area network (SAN). CTCA also deployed several new applications, such as Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, as well as integrated existing applications, such as Lawson enterprise resource planning software and Microsoft Exchange email, and into the new infrastructure.

    "Each year, we are adding vast quantities of new medical data and clinical applications online; EMC's SAN has enabled us to scale smoothly to storage capacities that have grown by 600% to 60 terabytes in less than two years," said Eckes. "Even though the environment is significantly bigger and more diverse, we've been able to maintain our storage needs with a team of two employees who manage all of the SAN, replication and backup support on a part-time basis. With the SAN's ease of use and simplified management, we're able to do a lot more with the same amount of resources."

    In the latest phase of its EHR deployment, Schaumberg, Ill.-based CTCA implemented EMC RecoverPoint to replicate all of its clinical and administrative information stored on the EMC CLARiiON to another CLARiiON located at a remote datacenter 40 miles away.

    Rakesh Patel, Director of Infrastructure and Security, CTCA, said, "We use EMC to replicate new data every second so our clinicians always have a current view of a patient's status. If our datacenter failed, we would recover from clean data as opposed to data that is hours old. We also can bring up our production systems at our remote site in less than two hours compared with the three to four days a recovery used to take us."

    In addition, VMware(R) virtualization solutions have contributed to improving CTCA's information availability. With VMware, CTCA was able to consolidate 70 percent of its physical servers as virtual machines, reducing the number of physical servers. CTCA utilizes RecoverPoint to replicate the virtual machines stored on the EMC CLARiiON and to integrate with VMware Site Recovery Manager to automate the recovery process in case of a site failure. If a virtual machine needs more resources than is being provided, CTCA uses VMware's VMotion to move the virtual machine from one physical server to another - online, and without service interruption. In addition, if a physical server fails, VMware High Availability automatically fails over the virtual machines to operational servers.

    Patel said, "That consolidation alone contributes to a more reliable environment because there is less complexity. And, using VMware and EMC recovery tools together ensures that our physical and virtualized environments can be centrally managed and well protected."

    CTCA also uses EMC NetWorker(R) software to back up its entire production environment to an EMC Disk Library 4100, which is replicated to another Disk Library. The disk backups are eventually ported to tape for longer-term storage.

    Patel said, "It used to take 12 hours to back up 1.8 terabytes to tape. With NetWorker and Disk Library, we back up more than twice that much data in less than four hours. In a 24-hour operation like a hospital, it's crucial to get the data backed up quickly so it's not slowing down the applications."

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    Founded in 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America provides a comprehensive, patient-centered treatment model that fully integrates traditional, state-of-the-art medical treatments with scientifically-supported complementary and alternative therapies such as nutrition, naturopathy, psychological counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support to meet the special, whole-person needs of advanced-stage cancer patients. With a network of cancer treatment hospitals and community oncology programs in Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Washington, Cancer Treatment Centers of America encourages patients and their families to participate in treatment decisions with its Patient Empowerment MedicineSM model.

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    MICROS to Present at NASDAQ OMX 22nd London Investor Conference

    COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. , a leading supplier of information systems to the hospitality and retail industries, today announced that its Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, Peter J. Rogers, Jr., will present at the NASDAQ OMX 22nd London Investor Conference on December 2, 2008.

    Mr. Rogers's presentation about MICROS is scheduled from 11:45 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to 12:15 pm GMT (6:45 am U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to 7:15 am EST) Tuesday, December 2, 2008. The presentation is being webcast with a web address of C71CFE60C73FC7CC9989ECBAD99FD.

    MICROS's investors and other interested parties who are not attending the conference are invited to listen to the presentation via the webcast. The webcast, in audio and slide format, will be available for 90 days after the presentation.

    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.

    Additional information about MICROS can be obtained by calling Peter J. Rogers, Jr., MICROS Executive Vice President of Investor Relations at 443.285.8059.

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    Allin Achieves Microsoft Unified Communications Competency - Voice SpecializationAllin Helps Customers Realize the Full Potential of Microsoft's Collaboration Technologies

    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allin Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: ALLN) , a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner technology consulting company, having already achieved specializations in messaging and IM/presence, is pleased to announce that they have earned the third Unified Communications competency specialization in Voice through the Microsoft Partner Program.

    Earning the Voice specialization requires the completion of competency testing and a rigorous technical readiness program that includes specific staffing requirements and an internal deployment of the complete Microsoft Unified Communications offering. Microsoft partners who achieve the Microsoft Unified Communications competency Voice specialization are qualified by Microsoft to deploy Microsoft unified communications technologies such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, including VoIP and audio-, video-, and Web- conferencing.

    "Microsoft partners that have achieved Voice specialization are distinguished experts at integrating VoIP, unified messaging and conferencing with Microsoft unified communications technologies," said Eric Swift, Senior Director of product management for the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft Corp. "The Microsoft Partner Program and Voice specialization provides partners with technical, marketing, networking and sales resources necessary to drive stronger, more profitable business results for customers."

    "Allin provides enterprise organizations with cutting edge telephony and unified communications solutions," said Andrew Saletra, strategic relationship manager at Allin. "As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner who has achieved the Microsoft Unified Communications competency Voice specialization, our customers are assured they are hiring an expert to deploy Microsoft's latest unified communications voice technologies. Allin recently completed our own internal communications infrastructure migration to a full Microsoft unified communications solution. We have been enjoying enterprise presence and IM, including collaboration with Microsoft, for some time now. Our conventional phone system was replaced with a Microsoft platform solution with full VoIP capability including the ability to work with Office Communications Server 2007 and voicemail hosted on Exchange Server 2007. Voicemail messages appear seamlessly in our Inbox and we can access our Inbox and voicemail on the road with Microsoft Outlook Voice Access capability. In addition everyone at Allin can take advantage of the integrated media experience offered by Office Communications Server 2007 for conference calls and meetings. Using the Microsoft RoundTable conferencing device, we now conduct our weekly sales meetings virtually. Of course all of the technical handiwork was complements of our Infrastructure Practice team!"

    About Allin Corporation

    Allin Corporation is a leading provider of solutions-oriented application development and technology infrastructure consulting and systems integration services. Allin specializes in Microsoft-based technologies and was recently recognized as Worldwide Partner of the Year for Competing to Win: Search and Partner of the Year for Microsoft's Western region. These awards were in addition to being recognized as Partner of the Year for the Eastern Region in Microsoft's prior fiscal year. Allin's operations are centered on four practice areas: Technology Infrastructure, Collaborative Solutions, Business Process and Interactive Media. Allin leverages its experience in these areas to work with clients through a disciplined project delivery framework to ensure that solutions are delivered on time and on budget. Allin delivers these services through the trade names Allin Consulting, Allin Interactive, CodeLab Technology Group and The Company maintains offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Wakefield, Massachusetts; and San Jose and Walnut Creek, California. For additional information about Allin, visit the Company's Internet sites on the World Wide Web at, and

    Allin Corporation

    CONTACT: Dean C. Praskach, Chief Financial Officer of Allin Corporation,
    +1-412-928-2022, or Telefax, +1-412-928-0225,

    Web site:

    Tower Semiconductor Continues Execution of $60 Million per Year Cost Reduction PlanAnnounced Today a Reduction in Force of 280 Jobs, Comprised of 200 in Tower and 80 in Jazz

    MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel, December 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. , an independent specialty foundry, continues to execute its previously announced cost reduction plan, expected to result in approximately $60 million of annual run-rate savings commencing in 2009. This plan focuses on synergies inherent in the merger and integration with Jazz Technologies, Inc., such as operational and organizational efficiencies, and also includes stand alone Tower and Jazz cost reductions.

    A number of cost savings initiatives are being implemented, including reduction in manufacturing and materials' cost through multiple sourcing of materials and spare parts, substitution of expensive materials and parts by less expensive alternatives and price negotiations with suppliers, and a reduction in sustained capital expenditures. With respect to its workforce, Tower announced today a reduction of approximately 200 employees resulting in a total reduction of approximately 400 positions in its workforce since the announcement of the signing of the merger agreement with Jazz on May 19 of this year. In addition, Jazz Semiconductor's work force is reduced by approximately 80 employees.

    In addition to the elimination of overlapping positions following the completion of Tower's merger with Jazz, the workforce reductions announced today take into consideration the current global economic downturn and its impact on the semiconductor industry as well as the fact that Tower has not yet received from the Israeli government grants related to its capital investments from 2006 to 2008, performed in accordance with its investment plan filed on 2005, which were promised, committed and are over two years past due. In response, Tower has filed a petition with the Israeli High Court of Justice targeting an approval certificate from the State of Israel for up to $80 million of grants.

    Together with the recent 15 to 20 percent increase in the United States Dollar (USD) to New Israeli Shekel (NIS) exchange rate and the reduction in the interest rate on Tower's outstanding bank debt as part of its restructuring agreement announced in September of this year, the cost reduction plan is designed to improve future gross, operating and net margins in fiscal year 2009 and beyond.

    "As recently announced, we are optimistic that we will exceed our original annual savings estimate and are targeting approximately $60 million of annual run rate cost reductions," said Russell Ellwanger, CEO of Tower Semiconductor. "Tower will continue to place a strong emphasis on cost efficiencies in consideration of the current global economic downturn, which necessitates careful but decisive planning to further drive down expenses resulting in a leaner, stronger company poised to emerge from this downturn as the number one world-wide specialty foundry. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate opportunities to improve our cost structure across the organization, as well as accelerate our top line growth."

    About Tower Semiconductor Ltd.

    Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is a pure-play independent specialty wafer foundry. Tower manufactures integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron; it also provides complementary technical services and design support. In addition to digital CMOS process technology, Tower offers advanced mixed-signal & RF-CMOS, Power Management, CMOS image-sensor and non-volatile memory technologies. Through access to the process portfolio of its wholly owned subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor, Tower offers RF CMOS, Analog CMOS, Silicon and SiGe BiCMOS, SiGe C-BiCMOS, Power CMOS and High Voltage CMOS. To provide world-class customer service, Tower maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel with access to Jazz Semiconductor's fab in the U.S. and manufacturing capacity in China through Jazz's partnerships with ASMC and HHNEC. For more information, please visit and

    Safe Harbor:

    This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect Tower and Jazz's business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower's most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-4, F-3 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

    Contacts: Tower Semiconductor Noit Levi +972-52-457-8266 or: Shelton Group Ryan Bright +972-239-5119 ext. 159

    Tower Semiconductor Ltd

    CONTACT: Contacts: Tower Semiconductor, Noit Levi, +972-52-457-8266, or: Shelton Group, Ryan Bright, +972-239-5119 ext. 159,

    Texas Instruments to webcast its 4Q08 mid-quarter financial update

    DALLAS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) will webcast its 4Q08 mid-quarter financial update, Monday, December 8, beginning at 4 p.m. Central time. Ron Slaymaker, vice president and manager of Investor Relations, will provide the update and answer questions from the investor audience.

    You may access the webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at An archived copy of the webcast will be available shortly after the call concludes and will be available through December.

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to


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    Autodesk University's 2008 User Conference Webcasted With MediasiteLive and on-demand sessions avoid scheduling conflicts and ensure knowledge transfer continues 24/7

    MADISON, Wis., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. , the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced that the company's Event Services group will webcast Autodesk University's (AU) user conference for the third consecutive year.

    AU 2008 (, taking place this week at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's largest annual gathering of design professionals, industry experts and Autodesk executives. Nearly 10,000 individuals will convene during the four-day comprehensive learning event. Sonic Foundry's Event Services group ( will record almost 600 hours of session content and make them available both live and on-demand giving participants the option to either attend sessions in person or view them later. In addition to this year's sessions, attendees and Autodesk Subscription customers have access to the Mediasite catalog of more than 500 webcasts from AU 2007 and 2006.

    "Webcasting with Sonic Foundry Event Services has become the backbone of AU's online resources. With more than 640 multi-level classes and labs in 20 discipline-specific tracks, it's essential to give participants the ability to customize their learning by choosing classes that are right for them and their organizations. AU is a once-a-year, concentrated opportunity to get the training and make the business contacts to take organizations to the next level. With the ability to access these sessions on-demand via Mediasite, the AU experience doesn't end when the conference does," said Joseph Wurcher, manager, AU Program Development.

    "For the time and money spent, I would be hard pressed to find this many people willing to share as much as they know as there are here. Usually there are too many good classes to take, but because I am able to get the information off the web after the fact, I can fill in the holes that are in the 'would like to take' department," said one AU participant.

    Other feedback on the online content from previous AU User Conferences includes:

    -- "AU Online allows me to continue with education and explore resources through seminars, webcasting, online support groups, etc." -- "Great all inclusive price! Tons of information. AU Online afterwards really seals in the value." -- "The online content is a great resource to help those who attended." -- "Networking is important to me. Plus the classes, handouts, and online content make a difference in my day-to-day use of AutoCAD." -- "A lot of value-packed courses from great instructors with handouts and the ability to review with AU Online."

    For a sample of what's available on AU Online, visit

    Sonic Foundry Event Services consists of systems engineers and project managers with an extensive knowledge of audio/video production and event webcasting. The group and its strategic partners supply technical webcasting services and expertise to organizations who seek to complement their conference or event with viewing over the web. Since its launch in January 2007, the Event Services group has provided live and on-demand webcasting for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and university associations to sporting events and charitable organizations.

    Since its introduction in 2003, Sonic Foundry's Mediasite has set the standard as a transformational communication medium for delivering critical information and sharing knowledge. The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

    About Autodesk

    Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit

    Autodesk and AutoCAD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

    About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

    Sonic Foundry is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for more than 1,200 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.

    Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Sonic Foundry, Inc.

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

    Web Site:

    Easy Energy Announces the Completion of the Yogen Max(TM) Prototype, a Foldable Laptop Charger

    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Easy Energy, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ESYE) , inventor and manufacturer of the Yogen(R) product suite, a series of highly innovative man-powered generators for recharging cellular phones and small electronics devices, today announced that it has completed the first prototype (Alpha -- site) of its patented foldable laptop charger, known as the Yogen Max(TM), a product that charges laptops without the need to depend on any external power source.

    "This unique product will allow for the complete charging of a laptop anywhere in the world, inside or outside, wired or not," said Guy Ofir, Chief Executive Officer of Easy Energy. Mr. Ofir continued, "Our Chief Engineer, Mr. Alexandar Sromin, and the rest of the team are working hard to move the development process of the Yogen Max(TM) forward towards the consumer market, a goal we anticipate meeting during 2009."

    About Easy Energy

    Easy Energy, Inc (BULLETIN BOARD: ESYE.OB) is the sole owner of the Yogen(R) man-powered charger products. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas Nevada with offices in Naariya, Israel. For more information, visit, the content of which is not part of this press release.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include our statements regarding our goals, beliefs, strategies, objectives, plans, including product and service developments, future financial conditions, results or projections or current expectations. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue," the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. For example, when we say that our Yogen Max(TM) will allow for the complete charging of a laptop anywhere in the world, inside or outside, wired or not, or that our team is working hard to move the development process of the Yogen Max(TM) forward towards the consumer market, a goal we anticipate meeting during 2009, we are using a forward looking statement. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Further information on potential factors that could affect our business is described under the heading "Risks Related to Our Business" in Part I, Item 1, "Description of Business" of our Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 and in our registration statement on Form S-1 no 333-150468, which was declared effective on October 31, 2008. Except as otherwise required by law, Easy Energy, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Easy Energy, Inc.

    CONTACT: Guy Ofir, CEO of Easy Energy, Inc., +1-702-442-1166,

    Web site:

    Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Intel, Cree, OmniVision Technologies and Analog Devices

    PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, a subscription service focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has updated outlooks for Intel , Cree , OmniVision Technologies , and Analog Devices .

    Throughout 2008, McWilliams has advised Next Inning readers that there were two things we could count on this year; a big dip in October and a subsequent Q4 rally. On November 20th, after encouraging readers to buy during what was yet another down day, McWilliams outlined what it would take to ignite a rally. Interestingly, by the next afternoon we were given one of the rally catalysts and on Monday, teased with yet another. To read what McWilliams thinks needs to happen next and how investors should position themselves, please accept our invitation to take a complimentary test-drive by visiting the link below.

    In his report covering worldwide semiconductor sales, McWilliams wrote: "Intel can out-fabricate not only any other semiconductor company on the planet, but also virtually all consortiums that I can envision coming into existence. While AMD's partnership with the nearly trillion-dollar Sovereign Wealth Fund of Abu Dhabi clearly can outspend even Intel, the record for private equity in the semiconductor sector is dismal at best..."

    McWilliams also looks at these topics: -- Are analysts being overly skeptical of Intel's ability to maintain its gross profit margin through the downturn? -- Why might 2009 be a watershed year for Cree investors? -- What circumstance could lead to a doubling or tripling of OmniVision's stock price? -- What are the risks facing Analog Devices and how might the company overcome them?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 113% since its inception versus 19% for the Nasdaq.

    About Next Inning:

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

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

    CONTACT: Marcie Martin, Next Inning Technology Research, +1-888-278-5515

    Indie Research Advisors, LLC

    CONTACT: Marcie Martin of Next Inning Technology Research,

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    Berlin and Kensington, Connecticut Residents to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network ExpansionInvesting to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Voice, Multimedia and Internet Access

    BERLIN, Conn., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Hartford County, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site. The new site increases wireless data coverage and capacity for the towns of Berlin and Kensington, Connecticut, as well as the surrounding area.

    Verizon Wireless has invested more than $48 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. Regionally the company has invested over $2.2 billion into its New England network, including over $100 million during the first six months of 2008. As the wireless carrier with America's largest 3G network, every Verizon Wireless cell site in New England provides wireless broadband connectivity.

    "We've always believed that even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said director for Network Systems Performance for Verizon Wireless, Richard Enright. "We continue to aggressively invest into our wireless networks across New England to increase coverage and capacity for our customers."

    BroadbandAccess offers computer users the nation's most reliable high-speed wireless mobile broadband network, operating at average upload speeds between 500 and 800 kbps, and download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 mbps over Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess with EV-DO Revision A network. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones.

    The company's 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "can you hear me now" national advertising campaign. Nationally, these test men and women drive more than 90 specially equipped vehicles almost 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at .

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Michael Murphy of Verizon Wireless, +1-781-932-1213; or Marcia
    Simon of Thomson Communications, +1-860-399-0191, for Verizon

    Web site:

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