Companies news of 2010-10-01 (page 1)

  • McGraw-Hill Introduces New Digital Writing Program for Texas Middle and High School...
  • Smartphone Subscribers Now Comprise Majority of Mobile Browser and Application Users in...
  • EMC Appoints Industry Veteran Prasad Rampalli as Senior Vice President, Global Solutions
  • Insider Pages(TM) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Partner to Fight Breast Cancer and...
  • More Wireless Data and Call Capacity Activated for Normal Heights, CaliforniaVerizon...
  • Time Warner Cable Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With the Launch of the 'Alcanza La...
  • Northrop Grumman to Supply Radio Communications System for UK MoD's Camp Bastion Airfield,...
  • RadioShack Joins Awareness Campaign for LIVESTRONG Day Oct. 2
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    McGraw-Hill Introduces New Digital Writing Program for Texas Middle and High School ClassroomsWriter's Workspace offers an interactive online approach to developing and refining writing skills for 21st century students

    DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill School Education Group, the leading provider of both print and digital educational materials for students at all grade levels, has developed its first online writing and grammar program for middle and high school students. This program is designed to engage 21st century students through online, interactive writing workshops, while providing rigorous writing and grammar instruction. Glencoe Writer's Workspace will launch in Texas this year and will roll out to other states in 2011. For more information, visit:

    Adhering to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Writer's Workspace supports guided writing and grammar instruction through a three-step process. First, students are expected to think about and respond to literature in the genre they will be writing in, then bridge to writing through short and focused exercises, and finally, continue building acquired skills by writing longer compositions.

    Key student components include 24 writing workshops per grade level, interactive student models, and interactive graphic organizers, as well as a comprehensive grammar and composition eBook. Teachers are provided with a management system to review and comment on student writing during any stage of the writing process. The teacher guide offers suggestions to differentiate instruction for a variety of different learners. Teachers can assess student writing using a rubric generator or an online essay grader, which automatically scores students' compositions.

    "When we think about K-12 education and college and career readiness, there is perhaps no more important skill than solid writing," said Stephen Mico, senior vice president of McGraw-Hill Education's Literacy and Humanities group. "Our hope is that students in Texas and around the country will develop the foundational skills necessary to write skillfully - from a research paper to a letter of application - which will set them up for a lifetime of academic and professional success."

    For additional information on McGraw-Hill Education offerings, please visit

    About McGraw-Hill School Education Group

    The McGraw-Hill School Education Group, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for K-12 education markets, offering traditional and digital instructional, assessment, and reference content and tools for teachers and students. The School Education Group addresses critical areas in primary and secondary education through Learning Solutions Centers focused on improving student learning outcomes and promoting digital innovation in literacy, STEM, college and career readiness, and intervention and special needs education. All of McGraw-Hill's content for elementary schools and secondary schools is available in digital form. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies , has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at

    About McGraw-Hill School Education Group Literacy & Humanities Center

    Literacy and civic skills develop critical thinking and are the foundation of educational success. The McGraw-Hill Education Literacy & Humanities Center helps students establish these skills as well as expands their knowledge of literature, social studies, and world languages. A variety of proven PreK-12 programs and digital platforms combine to improve students' literacy skills and build a strong foundation for success.

    Contact: Tom Stanton McGraw-Hill Education (212) 904-3214

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    Smartphone Subscribers Now Comprise Majority of Mobile Browser and Application Users in U.S.Males Lead the Charge on Smartphones but Females Gaining Ground

    RESTON, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report on mobile application and browser usage among Smartphone subscribers based on data from its comScore MobiLens service. The study found that the number of Smartphone users accessing mobile content through browsers and applications now surpasses that of Non-smartphone users. In the 3 month average ending August 2010, Smartphone subscribers made up 60 percent of those who used a downloaded application and 55 percent of those who used a browser. The study also described the demographic profile and top content categories for Smartphone subscribers accessing applications and browsers.



    App and Browser Usage by Mobile Device

    In August, 75.6 million mobile subscribers ages 13 and older used downloaded applications, with Smartphone users representing 60.4 percent, up from 43.6 percent in August 2009. For the same period, 80.8 million mobile subscribers used their browser, with Smartphone subscribers comprising 55.5 percent, up from 41.4 percent a year ago.

    Smartphone vs. Non-Smartphone Share of Subscribers -------------------------------------------------- 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2009 ---------------------------------------------------------- Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+ -------------------------------------- Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Used Downloaded App Used Browser ------------------- ------------ Aug-09 Aug-10 Aug-09 Aug-10 ------ ------ ------ ------ Smartphone 43.6% 60.4% 41.4% 55.5% ---------- ---- ---- ---- ---- Non-Smartphone 56.4% 39.6% 58.6% 44.5% -------------- ---- ---- ---- ----

    "That Smartphone owners now represent the majority of the U.S. mobile audience accessing downloaded applications and browsers represents a watershed moment in the industry," said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. "Although Smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the U.S. mobile market, they are generating the lion's share of mobile content consumption. With Smartphones' share of the pie destined to get greater over time, marketers and content providers should begin to shift their focus towards developing with primarily these devices in mind."

    Female App/Browser Users on the Rise

    In August 2010, males accounted for 56 percent of smartphone subscribers who used downloaded applications or browsers. Females however are narrowing the gap with the remaining 44 percent, representing a 5.5 percentage point increase versus the corresponding August 2009 period. Among the various age segments, 13-17 year olds are exhibiting the strongest growth in using downloaded apps or browsers, up 1.4 percentage points versus year ago to 6.9 percent of the audience. Persons ages 18-24 are also accelerating adopters of app/browser usage, representing 16.7 percent of the audience, a 0.6-percentage point increase.

    Smartphone App/Browser User Demographic Profile ----------------------------------------------- 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2009 ---------------------------------------------- Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+ ------------------------------------------ Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Used Downloaded App or Browser ------------------------------ Point Aug-09 Aug-10 Change ------ ------ ------ Gender ------ Male 61.5% 56.0% -5.5 ---- ---- ---- ---- Female 38.5% 44.0% 5.5 ------ ---- ---- --- Age --- Persons: 13-17 5.5% 6.9% 1.4 -------------- --- --- --- Persons: 18-24 16.1% 16.7% 0.6 -------------- ---- ---- --- Persons: 25-34 29.7% 29.2% -0.5 -------------- ---- ---- ---- Persons: 35-44 24.2% 23.7% -0.5 -------------- ---- ---- ---- Persons: 45-54 13.8% 14.1% 0.3 -------------- ---- ---- --- Persons: 55-64 7.2% 6.4% -0.8 -------------- --- --- ---- Persons: 65+ 3.6% 3.0% -0.6 ------------ --- --- ----

    Weather and Search Represent Top Content Categories

    Weather and maps represented the top content categories accessed through downloaded applications in August, used by more than one-third of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Social networking applications were used by 30 percent, while search and news applications were used by 18 percent.

    Search was the most popular category accessed through browsers, reaching 54 percent of the smartphone audience. 43 percent of smartphone subscribers accessed social networking sites via browser, followed by news (40 percent), weather (36 percent) and sports information (32 percent).

    Top Content Accessed through App/ Browser --------------------------------- 3 Month Avg. Ending Aug. 2010 ----------------------------- Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+ --------------------------------- Source: comScore MobiLens ------------------------- Share of Smartphone Subscribers ----------- Used Downloaded App ------------------- Accessed weather 37.8% ---------------- ---- Accessed maps 35.7% ------------- ---- Accessed social networking 30.7% --------------- ---- Accessed search 18.9% --------------- ---- Accessed news 18.2% ------------- ---- Used Browser ------------ Accessed search 54.1% --------------- ---- Accessed social networking 43.3% --------------- ---- Accessed news 40.2% ------------- ---- Accessed weather 36.0% ---------------- ---- Accessed sports information 31.5% --------------- ----

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    EMC Appoints Industry Veteran Prasad Rampalli as Senior Vice President, Global Solutions

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that 27-year Intel veteran Prasad L. Rampalli has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Global Solutions. Reporting to Frank Hauck, EMC Executive Vice President. Mr. Rampalli will lead EMC's Global Technology Solutions Business including Global Solutions Centers in the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, China and Singapore; EMC's Global Integration and Proof of Concept teams; and the company's solutions practices responsible for helping sales take EMC Proven infrastructure, application and industry solutions to market that demonstrate end user value.

    "Prasad is a very welcome addition to EMC's leadership team," said Pat Gelsinger, President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products. "With his extensive experience building transformative IT solutions for mission critical applications and EMC's industry-leading technologies and services, we will continue offering customers unrivaled proven solutions to reduce cost and complexity while increasing IT agility on their journey to the private cloud."

    "Cloud computing is completely reshaping IT business models, applications, and their underlying architectures," said Rampalli. "There's no question that information infrastructure is the central design point around which evolving cloud models are being built.

    "I am very excited to be part of EMC's mission to deliver the absolute best information infrastructure technologies and most comprehensive, targeted, value-add solutions to help customers along their journey to private cloud computing," Rampalli added. "Having watched EMC closely for many years, I'm proud to be joining a winning team and look forward to making significant contributions as EMC continues to set the pace for the industry."

    Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Rampalli served as Vice President and Director of End-User Platform Integration, Intel Architecture Group. In this role, he drove usage model innovation and standards across Intel's enterprise and embedded telecommunications platforms with a focus on cloud computing and end user value. During his long and distinguished Intel career, he also led significant transformational roles across Manufacturing, Information Technology and Platform Business Units.

    Named to CIO Magazine's Top 100 Honoree List in 2001 and 2002, Mr. Rampalli has a master's degree in industrial engineering from University of Texas, Arlington and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. He is an adjunct professor at the Beijing Jaitong University and advisor to the Ministry of Railways (MOR) and Ministry of Health (MOH), People's Republic of China as part of its Government stimulus plan.

    About EMC

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

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    Insider Pages(TM) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Partner to Fight Breast Cancer and Raise Awareness of Top Doctors in the Bay AreaBay Area Residents Who Review Their Healthcare Providers During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Earn $1 Per Review for Komen of SF

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Insider Pages(TM) (, a subsidiary of CityGrid Media, an operating business of IAC , and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate ( today announced a fundraising partnership during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the month of October, Bay Area residents can log on to Insider Pages and post reviews of local doctors, and for each review posted on the site, Insider Pages will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen San Francisco affiliate. The partnership is aimed at raising needed funds for breast cancer research, as well as building a free, community resource for Bay Area residents to find great doctors for all health conditions, including breast cancer.

    "Thousands of women in the Bay Area have been affected by breast cancer and had to assemble a team of healthcare providers to help them battle and recover from the disease," said Eric Peacock, General Manager, Insider Pages. "We wanted to give them and the entire community a way to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure simply by writing reviews of their favorite healthcare providers. Breast cancer survivors can review the oncologists, surgeons, therapists, nutritionists and other providers who helped them beat breast cancer. Anyone in the Bay Area can contribute by reviewing their doctors, dentists or health care providers too. Every review will raise needed dollars to help find a cure for this terrible disease."

    For women who have battled breast cancer, this fundraiser offers the opportunity to thank and recognize the team of doctors and other providers who have been with them on their journey, as well as create an online resource for other local women and families impacted by the disease now and in the future. All Bay Area residents are encouraged to join the fundraiser. You do not have to be a breast cancer patient or survivor to participate and all health care providers reviews count including family doctors, ob-gyns, pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, dermatologists or even orthodontists.

    "Our partnership with Insider Pages is helping to create a wonderful resource for the breast cancer community in San Francisco," said Maria Sousa, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. "Not only will the fundraiser help us with a monetary contribution to fund local programs and breast cancer research but it will ensure that those fighting this disease have another place to turn to for information. This is a simple, yet effective way for everyone and anyone to join the fight against breast cancer and do so without writing a check."

    To help support your family members and fellow residents who have been affected by breast cancer, log on to during the month of October, join the fundraiser and begin reviewing your healthcare professionals. For each review written, Insider Pages will donate $1 to the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

    For additional information, or to write a review, please visit us at:

    About Insider Pages

    Insider Pages(TM) ( is a place where people go to read and post first-hand reviews of local businesses and service providers such as doctors, dentists, therapists, contractors, personal trainers and more. Insider Pages has over 2,000,000 customer-written reviews and over nine million people visit Insider Pages each month. In May of 2010, Insider Pages launched Doctor Finder, a tool that enables users to find highly rated doctors near them that meet key search criteria of the user such as insurance accepted, specialty, years of experience, gender and location. Doctor Finder includes comprehensive profiles of over two million doctors and dentists and one million alternative and complementary care providers in the United States. Insider Pages is a subsidiary of CityGrid Media (, an IAC operating company, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

    About the Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate

    Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Last year the Komen SF Bay Area Affiliate was able to grant $1.2 Million for local breast cancer programs. Through events like the Komen San Francisco Race for the Cure(R), the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate has invested over $12 million in community breast health programs in the 9 Bay Area counties that it serves. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the San Francisco Bay Area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. Last year, KomenSF directed $461,000 to the Komen research program. For more information, call 415-397-8812 or visit

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    More Wireless Data and Call Capacity Activated for Normal Heights, CaliforniaVerizon Wireless adds capacity to cell sites to stay ahead of demand for calls, email, text and web surfing

    IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Even more San Diego County residents, businesses and visitors can now enjoy high-speed wireless data and voice connections on the East side of Texas Street, the West side of the I-15 Freeway and residential area along Adams Avenue and Madison Avenue thanks to recent Verizon Wireless network upgrades. Hundreds of upgrades since December 2009 have increased the company's 3G data and voice capacity by nearly twenty-five percent in Southern California. The increased capacity means more users are empowered to surf the web, download applications and content, and exchange email and other messages.

    "People expect their cell phones and wireless devices to work whenever and wherever they need them," said Bill D'Agostino, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless in Southern California. "That's why we continue to invest in our network. By meeting the growing demand for data services on our network, we empower each of our customers to Rule the Air in their own unique, individual way."

    To learn more about how Verizon Wireless empowers its customers to Rule the Air, visit:

    Businesses can tap into the power of Mobile Broadband

    Mobile Broadband allows users to connect to the Internet wirelessly to download applications, business documents and music, as well as accessing e-mail and corporate data while on the go. Small business owners interested in Mobile Broadband can visit where they can:

    --  Watch videos about how mobile technologies can improve business results
    --  Check out case studies and articles on business strategies to become
    more productive
    --  Learn about the latest promotions and discounts for small businesses
    --  Read white papers about wireless security and connectivity options for

    4G LTE services

    Verizon Wireless will launch its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company's aggressive network build includes plans to launch in 25 to 30 markets, covering approximately 100 million people. The company will cover virtually all its current nationwide 3G footprint with the 4G network by the end of 2013.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone . 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

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    Time Warner Cable Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With the Launch of the 'Alcanza La Fama' ContestJimmy Smits and Esai Morales, Co-Founders of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, will serve as the celebrity judges on the panel to select the winning artist

    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Time Warner Cable , in partnership with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, today announced the launch of "Alcanza La Fama" - a national talent contest that offers young artists the opportunity to showcase their singing skills for a chance to star on their own music video and be the face of an upcoming Time Warner Cable Spanish advertising campaign.





    The "Alcanza La Fama" contest will be judged by a panel of judges including NHFA co-founders Jimmy Smits (NBC's Outlaw) and Esai Morales (SyFy's Caprica), who will select the winner of the singing contest (along with a public vote) by November 19, 2010. The contest will feature Karen Rodriguez, a twenty-one year old rising Latina artist from New York City, who TWC recognized for her enormous talent and produced her first professional record and music video. Through Ms. Rodriguez's experience, TWC and NHFA are offering customers a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in a music video and compete for the chance to be featured in the next "Alcanza La Fama" commercial.

    "We are excited about creating and supporting this initiative, which underscores Time Warner Cable's commitment to serve the Hispanic community by giving them the control to stay connected to the people and entertainment they most passionate about in ways that are simple and easy," said Marisol Martinez de Rodriguez, Senior Director of Hispanic Segment Marketing for Time Warner Cable. "Music is an integral part of our Latino culture so what better time than during Hispanic Heritage Month to empower Latinos to pursue their passion for music and achieve their dreams."

    To enter the contest, customers will need to submit a video-clip of the "Es Tu Manera" song via Time Warner Cable's Mi Cultura Facebook page ( anytime between now and November 11. In addition, for every customer who "likes" the Mi Cultura Facebook page during the contest, Time Warner Cable will donate $1 to the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), up to a maximum amount of $30,000.

    "NHFA's mission is to create opportunities for 'la nueva ola' of Latinos ready and waiting in the wings," said Felix Sanchez, NHFA's Chairman and Co-founder, "and this competition will use social media to provide unprecedented access to participants from every imaginable location in the country."

    Time Warner Cable is also sponsoring the Universal Music Latin Entertainment's 2010 Machete Music Tour, a multi-city concert featuring the hottest Reggaeton and Latin urban music stars as a way to engage concert goers to participate in the Alcanza la Fama contest. The concert tour's performing artists include: Don Omar, Ivy Queen, Chino y Nacho, Rkm & Ken Y, Tego Calderon, Flex, Cosculluela, Jowell y Randy, and JKing & Maximan.

    Concert Dates and Venues are as follows: 10/22/10 - Theatre at Madison Square Garden - New York 10/23/10 - Bojangles' Coliseum - Charlotte, North Carolina 11/4/10 - El Paso Coliseum - El Paso, Texas 11/6/10 - Nokia Theater L.A. Live - Los Angeles, CA

    For the official rules and complete details of the Alcanza La Fama contest, visit No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. The Time Warner Cable Alcanza la Fama Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of 9/27/10. The Entry Period starts 12:00:01 p.m. EDT 9/27/10 & ends 12:00:01 p.m. EST 11/11/10. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable Inc.

    About Time Warner Cable

    Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas -- New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14.7 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at, and

    About National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

    The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) is the premier Latino organization outreaching to the Latino entertainment community and the entertainment and telecommunications industries. Based in Washington, D.C., NHFA also provides outreach and scholarship support to graduate students at the following universities: New York University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Chicago, The University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Southern California. NHFA was co-founded in 1997 by actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Merel Julia and Washington, D.C.-lawyer Felix Sanchez.;;

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    Northrop Grumman to Supply Radio Communications System for UK MoD's Camp Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan

    LONDON, October 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a ground-to-air voice radio system for air traffic control operations at the MoD's Camp Bastion airfield in Helmand Province, the main handling airfield for UK operations in Afghanistan.

    The complete radio system, which will include the T6 VHF / UHF transmitter and receiver equipment, will be fitted into deployable mobile cabins designed to be air-lifted into theatre. The cabins will be fitted out at Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems' facility in Market Deeping, UK. This approach will ensure rapid insertion into current air traffic operations with a delivery target of late 2010.

    An emergency radio system will also be provided in the new air traffic control tower being built at the Camp Bastion Airfield. A communications training programme based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Leeming will also be supplied under the contract.

    "Our high performance ground-to-air communications systems will help improve the effectiveness of air traffic management operations at Bastion airfield," said Sir Nigel Essenhigh, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Europe. "We are pleased to be part of the programme of equipment enhancements being put in place to support the complex and intense air operations at Bastion."

    Camp Bastion airfield was set up in April 2006 by the RAF Tactical Air Traffic Control Unit and has now become one of the busiest UK-operated airports. Combat operations, medical evacuations and logistics sustainment flights all operate from this vital military hub and the air traffic controllers based at Camp Bastion are integral to the support of the UK's operations in southern Afghanistan.

    Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems communications equipment is used extensively throughout the MoD, on naval ships, shore stations and at RAF bases. The company currently provides through life support to the MoD for air traffic control equipment and in-service support for VHF and UHF radios used by the Royal Navy and RAF. The company has also supplied T6 air traffic management radio equipment into Kandahar, Afghanistan on behalf of NATO.

    Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, based in Peterborough, UK, and in Oslo and Horten, Norway, supplies communication, navigation and surveillance systems for air-space operations worldwide.

    Northrop Grumman has a well-established presence in the UK with a heritage spanning nearly 100-years. Northrop Grumman operates from primary locations in London, Fareham, Chester, Coventry, New Malden, Peterborough, RAF Waddington and Solihull and provides avionics, communications, electronic warfare systems, marine navigation systems, unmanned ground vehicle systems, C4I solutions and mission planning, aircraft whole life support, IT systems and software development.

    Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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    RadioShack Joins Awareness Campaign for LIVESTRONG Day Oct. 2

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- RadioShack(R) will again join LIVESTRONG in support of its annual day of action in the global fight against cancer on Saturday, Oct. 2. Since entering this special partnership last year, RadioShack and its customers have generated more than $4 million for LIVESTRONG in its mission to support people and families with cancer. RadioShack will again engage its stores nationwide to promote the messages of wellness, awareness and empowerment through several key activities in the days ahead.

    Oct. 2, 2010, marks the 14th anniversary of LIVESTRONG founder Lance Armstrong's cancer diagnosis. Since his own diagnosis, Armstrong's inspiring journey of advocacy has united a vast grassroots community in support of the estimated 28 million people worldwide who are living with cancer today.

    "This year marks a painful milestone in which cancer is expected to become the world's leading cause of death," said Julian C. Day, chairman and CEO of RadioShack Corp. "We're proud to stand with Lance Armstrong and his foundation in bringing the fight to cancer head-on. On behalf of the entire RadioShack team, it's an honor to join this effort to empower cancer survivors everywhere to live in strength and dignity."

    "LIVESTRONG Day provides us a powerful opportunity to change the way people think about cancer," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG President and CEO. "Every single person who joins the fight against cancer brings us closer to our goal of a world free from the disease. We salute RadioShack for its innovative support of the LIVESTRONG mission and its partnership in supporting people and families touched by cancer."

    In observance of LIVESTRONG Day 2010, RadioShack will unveil a giant digital rendition of the "Team 28 Mosaic" in New York's Times Square for one day only on Saturday, Oct. 2. The mosaic is based on the iconic photograph of Armstrong taken at the final stage of the 2010 Tour de France, composed of photos of all the Facebook and Twitter supporters who have tagged their profiles with the Team 28 symbol (see #team28 or via Twitter).

    RadioShack will donate $1 to LIVESTRONG up to $100,000 for every person who tags their social media profile with the Team 28 symbol in 24 hours on Oct. 2. Video of the billboard at Times Square's Military Island will be streamed live online during the day at, allowing supporters to see profile images appear larger-than-life on the digital mosaic as they are added. More than 20,000 supporters already have joined Team 28 on Facebook and Twitter, generating nearly 9 million impressions online.

    RadioShack's nationwide network of nearby locations make it easier for customers to get involved on LIVESTRONG Day by adding a donation to LIVESTRONG of $1, $5 or $10 with any purchase. In addition, RadioShack offers an exclusive line-up of LIVESTRONG mobile accessories specially designed to offer users another visible, tangible connection to the LIVESTRONG community while contributing a portion of proceeds to the foundation. In honor of LIVESTRONG Day, RadioShack will offer these accessories at 20% off through Oct. 2.

    About RadioShack Corporation

    RadioShack is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. The Shack(R) offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 35,000 people globally, including a team of friendly and helpful sales experts who are recognized for delivering the best customer service in the wireless industry. RadioShack's retail network includes 4,680 company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, more than 550 wireless phone kiosks in the United States, and approximately 1,300 dealer outlets worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit; to purchase items online, please visit and The Shack(R) are registered trademarks licensed by RadioShack Corporation.


    Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit

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    Howard University Blanketed With Red Flags to Raise Awareness of Dating ViolenceIn Recognition of Domestic Violence Month, Verizon Foundation, Verizon Wireless Host Special Screening of 'Telling Amy's Story,' and Panel Discussion With Community Leaders, Health Experts and Local Law Enforcement

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In May, the University of Virginia was rocked by the murder of senior Yeardley Love by a fellow student. Even more shocking than Love's tragic death was the number of fellow students who had witnessed the many incidents of abuse she had endured. Officials at Howard University are building on efforts to increase student awareness of dating violence through an innovative public education campaign to help more students identify the red flags of abusive relationships and take action.

    Timed to coincide with October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Howard University is launching its Red Flag Campaign and blanketing its Northwest Washington campus with attention-getting red flags and a series of posters that underscore the warning signs, or "red flags," of abusive relationships. Students are being urged to speak up and seek assistance when they see signs of dating violence in their friends' relationships.

    In 21 percent of all college dating relationships, one partner is being abused, and women ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence.

    Created in 2007 by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance with funding from the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless HopeLine (R) program, the Red Flag Campaign now appears on more than 50 college campuses across the U.S.

    "The Yeardley Love tragedy was a wake-up call for all of us who work with young people," said Barbara Griffin, vice president for student affairs at Howard University. "What we like so much about the Red Flag Campaign is that it challenges students to watch out for friends who may be involved in an unhealthy relationship. Our message is: 'When you see a red flag, speak up.' "

    In addition to kicking off the Red Flag Campaign, Howard University will screen "Telling Amy's Story," a documentary that Penn State Public Broadcasting produced with funding from the Verizon Foundation. This documentary, airing on PBS stations nationwide, tells the story of Amy Homan McGee, a Verizon Wireless employee who was murdered by her estranged husband in 2001. Howard University and Verizon also will host a panel discussion with students, community leaders, health experts and local law enforcement officials following the screening.

    Mike Maiorana, regional president for Verizon Wireless in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, said: "It's important for young people to know that abuse does not have to be physical to be damaging. Emotional abuse needs to be taken just as seriously, and this campaign helps us all identify it. We're proud to fund this award-winning, effective program, which is being embraced by colleges across the nation."

    The Red Flag Campaign was developed by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates to explore the nature of dating relationships on college campuses and to identify the hallmarks of healthy relationships versus abusive ones.

    Campaign posters, which feature young men and women who look like typical students, deal with a number of "red flags" that students should be aware of, including emotional abuse, isolation, coercion and excessive jealousy. Three of the posters are geared toward female students, and three toward male students. In order to heighten interest and generate more attention, the red flags will be dropped on the grounds of Howard University prior to the launch event, without warning or explanation, followed by the posters.

    Howard University received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Wireless HopeLine(R) program to support the campus' Red Flag Campaign. Through HopeLine, no-longer-used wireless phones - all models, from all wireless carriers - are collected and accessories are refurbished, recycled or sold. Proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence through grants and the donation of wireless phones and service.

    Since HopeLine's recycling program was launched nationwide in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 7 million phones and awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants. More importantly, the program has kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills. Phones are accepted at Verizon Wireless stores across the nation and on Howard University's campus at the Blackburn Center. For additional program information, visit

    About the Verizon Foundation

    The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone . 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

    About the Red Flag Campaign

    The purpose of the Red Flag Campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence in their friends' relationships. Supplementing the poster series is the Red Flag Campaign website,, which offers resources for students and campus personnel wanting to learn more about dating violence and how to help. Schools participating in the Red Flag Campaign also receive an extensive Campus Planning Guide on CD, which helps campus planners incorporate the Red Flag Campaign materials into campus programming.


    CONTACT: Melanie Ortel, Verizon Wireless, +1-240-568-1429,, or Sandra Arnette, Verizon,

    Web site:

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    Microsoft Announces New Leadership PromotionsPresidents appointed for Microsoft Office Division, Mobile Communications Business and Interactive Entertainment Business.

    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today promoted Kurt DelBene to president of the Microsoft Office Division, Andy Lees to president of the Mobile Communications Business, and Don Mattrick to president of the Interactive Entertainment Business.



    "Today's promotions underscore the strength of Microsoft's collective leadership team and set us up well to execute against a powerful lineup of products this fall," said Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. "Not only is the team ready to capitalize on major momentum with our existing products like Office, SharePoint and Halo: Reach, but they are simultaneously bringing entirely new experiences to market with Windows Phone 7 and Kinect for Xbox 360."

    DelBene, 50, has been with the company for 18 years and most recently led the engineering and development teams for the Microsoft Business Division, including the development of the recently launched Office 2010 products and services. Office 2010 has already become the fastest selling consumer version of Office, Microsoft Online Services have already surpassed 40 million paid seats, and more than 20 million customers have adopted the recently released Office Web Applications in the first 100 days. As president, DelBene assumes responsibility for the Microsoft Office Division, including both the engineering and marketing functions for clients, servers and services for information workers, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, Visio and Speech@Microsoft.

    As President of the Mobile Communications Business, Lees, 45, will continue to oversee the overall marketing and product development for Microsoft's mobility efforts. Lees, a 20-year Microsoft veteran, has led the Mobile Communications Business since February 2008 and was at the center of the company's efforts to rebuild the mobile business, including the development of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 to be released this holiday season. Windows Phone 7 is designed to make every-day tasks faster by doing more in fewer steps and providing timely information in a "glance and go" format.

    Mattrick, 46, joined Microsoft in 2007 to lead the Interactive Entertainment Business, and has helped drive exceptional growth in the company's global Xbox 360 business, increasing the Xbox 360 install base to 42 million owners worldwide and more than 25 million Xbox Live users. This holiday season is shaping up to be the strongest ever for the Interactive Entertainment Business, with the new Xbox 360 console already the #1 selling system in North America and Europe, the recent blockbuster release of Halo: Reach, and the scheduled Nov. 4 release of Microsoft's new Kinect for Xbox 360, the world's first controller-free gaming and entertainment system.

    As President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Mattrick will continue to oversee a wide array of businesses and services focused on consumer entertainment, including Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, Kinect, Zune Music and Video, and Mediaroom, as well as PC and mobile interactive entertainment, which were added to his portfolio in May when Robbie Bach, long-time president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, announced his intention to retire later this year.

    In related organizational moves, Kirill Tatarinov will continue overseeing Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and will report to Steve Ballmer. MBS develops and markets the line of Microsoft Dynamics products that manage financial, customer relationship and supply chain management functions (ERP and CRM) for organizations of all sizes.

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

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    Royal Caribbean Receives Top Recognition From InformationWeek Magazine

    MIAMI, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean International received recognition for its innovative information technology initiatives onboard the global cruise line's largest and most revolutionary ship, Oasis of the Seas during last week's InformationWeek 500 Conference. Taking place in Monarch Beach, Ca. more than 500 companies were in attendance to discuss how technology innovation was being used to advance the agenda of business. During the awards gala, the cruise line was awarded a ranking of 41 out of a list of 500 companies for the most innovative uses of technology as well as a coveted spot on InformationWeek Magazine's 20 Great Ideas to Steal list. In addition, Royal Caribbean won the best in Customer Intimacy award.

    "This special recognition is truly a testament to Royal Caribbean's continued dedication to innovation, and a reflection of true business and IT collaboration," said Bill Martin, vice president, Chief Information Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. "I am extremely proud of our employees for their hard work and the sacrifices everyone made to build this incredible ship which has drawn so much attention in the travel industry."

    Royal Caribbean achieved the recognition, and the spot on InformationWeek Magazine's "20 Great Ideas to Steal" list for its innovative uses of digital signage aboard Oasis of the Seas. The signage consists of a network of more than 300, 46-inch monitors strategically placed around the ship to provide information and improve the guest experience. The displays vary from passive screens with safety demonstrations and information on guest activities to fully integrated and interactive touch panels that provide real-time information regarding amenities on the ship such as the capacity at the dining venues. In addition, to support the global nature of the guest mix, the digital signage supports multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese.

    The InformationWeek 500 is an annual survey which analyzes and ranks the most innovative corporate users of information technology. Now in its 23rd year, it tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of some of the best-known organizations in the country.

    Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruisetour land packages in Alaska, Dubai, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and South America. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Travel professionals should visit or call (800) 327-2056.

    Royal Caribbean International

    CONTACT: Tracy Quan, +1-305-539-6577,, or Lyan Sierra-Caro,

    Web site:

    ICG and Three Key Partner Companies to Present to InvestorsRemarks from CEOs of ICG, GovDelivery, InvestorForce and ICG Commerce to be Webcast Live

    WAYNE, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Internet Capital Group, Inc. ("ICG") today announced that on Thursday, October 7, 2010, the company and three of its key partner companies will present to investors from 9:30 a.m. ET until noon ET and from 1:00 p.m. ET until 2:00 p.m. ET. Presentations will include remarks from Walter Buckley, CEO of ICG, Scott Burns, CEO of GovDelivery, Jim Morrissey, CEO of InvestorForce, and Carl Guarino, CEO of ICG Commerce. Following each presentation, there will be a brief question and answer session.

    The audio webcast of the live presentations and replay, as well as the related slide presentation, will be accessible to the public through the investor relations section of ICG's website at

    About ICG

    ICG identifies, capitalizes and grows companies in the SaaS, tech-enabled BPO and Internet marketing sectors. These partner companies transform the way business is done by enabling enterprises to increase efficiencies and improve critical processes. ICG leverages its unique expertise to carefully identify companies based on their potential to become market changers and market leaders. ICG focuses on building successful businesses in the SaaS, tech-enabled BPO and Internet marketing sectors by providing them with access to management expertise and strategic and operational guidance, as well as growth capital.

    Safe Harbor Statement under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

    The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks associated with the effect of economic conditions generally, capital spending by our partner companies' customers, our partner companies' ability to compete successfully against their respective competitors, our partner companies' ability to timely and effectively respond to technological developments, our ability to have continued access to capital and to deploy capital effectively and on acceptable terms, our ability to maximize value in connection with divestitures, our ability to retain key personnel, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in ICG's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These and other factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.

    Internet Capital Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Karen Greene, ICG, Investor Relations, +1-610-727-6900,

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    QVC Launches Fifth Global MarketLeading Multimedia Retailer Says 'Buon Giorno' to Italian Shoppers

    WEST CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- At midnight local time today, QVC Italy began broadcasting live from its new studios in Milan, Italy to an audience in more than 18 million Italian homes. The launch brings QVC Inc.'s reach to approximately 200 million homes worldwide.

    "QVC's track record of success in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany and Japan proves that our business model can cross borders, and gives us confidence that Italy is the ideal choice as our next market," says Mike George, QVC's president and CEO. "We're excited to introduce Italian consumers to a whole new way to shop."

    QVC Italy will feature informative presentations of the latest products from some of the world's most respected brands in fashion, beauty, jewelry, electronics and home. Beauty brands include: Bare Escentuals, Mally Beauty, L'Occitane, Perricone MD, Ojon and Decleor; Jewelry brands include: Honora, Veronese, Skagen, Paola Valentini, Unoaerre, Morini, Murano and Falcinelli Italy; Fashion and Accessories brands include: Kathy Van Zeeland, Tignanello, Kipling, Nina Leonard, Bric's, Bills and Sesto Marino; Electronics and Home brands include: Dell, Panasonic, Krups, Pioneer, Moulinex, Dyson, KitchenAid, Bialetti, Severin, Jura, Lavazza, Saeco and Moneta.

    The first product QVC Italy offered at midnight was the Bare Escentuals Intro to Bare Beauty Six-Piece Makeup Kit as the Today's Special Value(R) (TSV) -- an item offered at an exceptionally low price -- good for that given day, until 11:59 PM, unless it sells out sooner. The kit includes the bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Warmth, the bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Original, the bareMinerals Original Foundation in two shades, the Full Flawless Application Face Brush and the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. Available in four shades: light, medium, tan or dark, the TSV Price is 38.00 EUR (approximately US $51).

    The new Milan headquarters was designed from the ground up, combining administrative offices, a full HD broadcast studio, and a call center, all under one roof. Customer orders will be fulfilled out of QVC's state-of-the-art distribution facility in Huckelhoven, Germany. At launch QVC Italy reaches more than 18 million Italian households 24 hours a day with 17 hours of live programming. The channel is available on all primary distribution platforms: digital terrestrial television (DTT) and on satellite via Sky Italia SpA and TiVu Sat.

    QVC Italy's management team blends seasoned veterans from some of QVC's other markets, along with local talent. As with QVC's other international operations, all on-air and customer service operations are conducted in the local language. "Italian may be a new language for QVC," added George, "but shopping is the international language."

    About QVC

    QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group , is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 200 million homes worldwide. The company's website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 24-year history. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

    QVC, Inc.

    CONTACT: Tara Hunter, QVC, Inc., +1-484-701-8163,

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    A. O. Smith to Hold Third Quarter Conference Call on October 19

    MILWAUKEE, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A. O. Smith Corporation will release its third quarter financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and has scheduled an investor conference call to follow at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

    The call can be heard live on the company's web site An audio replay of the call will be available on the company's web site after the live event. To access the archived audio replay, go to the "Investors" page and select the Third Quarter Conference Call link.

    A. O. Smith Corporation, with 2009 sales of $2.0 billion, is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products marketed worldwide. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment, offering a comprehensive product line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China. A. O. Smith is also one of the largest manufacturers of electric motors for residential and commercial applications in North America.

    A. O. Smith Corporation

    CONTACT: Media, Mark A. Petrarca, +1-414-359-4100, or Analysts/Investors,
    Patricia K. Ackerman, +1-414-359-4130, both of A. O. Smith Corporation

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    General Dynamics Awarded $25 Million by U.S. Army to Produce MK47 Weapon Systems

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $24.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce MK47 advanced lightweight grenade launcher (ALGL) systems. The contract supports a foreign military sale and is a firm fixed price award for 130 MK47 systems that each include the lightweight video sight systems, spare parts and technical support. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2012 and be completed by August 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics .

    The TACOM Contracting Center (TCC) in Rock Island, Ill., awarded the contract in July. Program management will be conducted in Burlington, Vt., with production occurring at General Dynamics' Saco, Maine, facility. Work will be completed by the company's existing workforce.

    "The MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat infantry units, particularly against soft and lightly-armored targets," said Mike O'Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "The MK47 has been demonstrated in combat to be a one-shot, one-kill weapon system."

    The MK47, also known as the STRIKER(40), is an ALGL capable of firing air bursting munitions. General Dynamics is partnered with Raytheon to build the lightweight video system fire control, which assists in the detection, recognition and first-round engagement of target threats.

    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provide a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at

    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at

    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products

    CONTACT: Karl Johnson, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products,

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    NI Technology Updates Outlooks for Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Skyworks and MEMC

    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, has published updated outlooks for Apple , Hewlett-Packard , Dell , Skyworks Solutions and MEMC Electronic Materials .

    Editor Paul McWilliams has displayed uncanny accuracy in identifying winners and losers during this challenging and historic period for the markets. After calling the rally that started in March 2009 to the day and providing Next Inning readers with buy recommendations that in some cases returned in excess of 400%, he advised readers on May 3, 2010 that the markets were heading for a correction. By the end of the day, the correction started.

    In his June 7th Strategy Review, McWilliams advised readers we would see stocks rally in July, but that the rally would be followed by another selloff in August. As we know now, both events materialized as predicted. On August 30th, Next Inning published McWilliams' Fall Strategy Review that outlines what he expects from the markets during the coming three months and naming five stocks he thinks will hit new highs before the close of the year. Investors are invited to read McWilliams' market insights with no obligation during a 21-day risk-free trial.

    Trial subscribers will receive the Next Inning Fall Strategy Review and highly acclaimed State of Tech reports that offer in-depth, sector-by-sector coverage of over 65 leading tech companies and specific guidance on which stocks he thinks investors should own and which should be avoided. These reports, as well as McWilliams' regular commentary and detailed earnings previews, are available for free to trial subscribers.

    In addition, subscribers will have access to McWilliams' daily commentary and actionable alerts. To take advantage of this offer and receive these reports for free, please visit the following link:

    McWilliams covers these topics and more in his recent reports:

    -- Apple is up over 220% since McWilliams advised Next Inning readers to buy the stock as a good strategic investment in late 2008. Possibly more important though is the fact he went to great detail to reveal the accounting issues that were disguising Apples real earnings power six months before they became a topic on Wall Street. Today Apple is facing new challenges and so are its investors. What is McWilliams forecasting for Apples earnings next year? How long does McWilliams think it will take the price of Apple to double again? What does he estimate to be a near-term fair value target?

    -- After suggesting that Next Inning readers buy Hewlett-Packard shortly after Mark Hurd was hired as CEO and the stock was trading in the mid-$20s, McWilliams flipped to a sell opinion on August 9th when the stock traded up that morning to $43.40. While he lamented the stock was still trading at a very attractive valuation, there were simply too many wildcards in the deck to quantify risks without Hurd's hand on the wheel. Now that some time has passed to digest the changes and we know who will take Hurd's place, has McWilliams changed his tune? What price does McWilliams think the stock would trade for if Wall Street becomes comfortable with HP's new leadership and pushes its valuation multiple into a more normal range?

    -- McWilliams advised his readers to take profits with Dell when the stock hit his targeted value of $17 last spring. What caused Dell's fall from glory and why did the Dell business model break? Can Dell fix this model or should it focus its attention on building a different model? What does he see as Dell's big weakness? What does Dell need to do to correct this problem? Is Dell's new "open system" marketing strategy the right move or better thought of as a stop-gap fix while Dell addresses bigger problems? With shares of Dell trading again in the low teens, does McWilliams think there is again room to speculate in another run to the mid-teens or above?

    -- McWilliams presented a compelling story to buy Skyworks at the close of 2008 when the stock was trading for only $4.41. Does McWilliams maintain a bullish outlook for the company? What does he see as the company-specific strengths? How much upside potential does he think is available for investors? What macro-trends are driving demand for Skyworks and its competitors like Anadigics, RF Micro Devices and TriQuint? Which of these stocks does he think presents the most upside for investors today or does he think splitting bets between two or more is a better way to go?

    -- McWilliams frequently calls profitable short-term swing trades and MEMC is one of his favorites. As a matter of fact, after calling a fresh buy last August at just over $10, he's sitting now with nearly 20% profit on his third swing trade with MEMC this year. What is his exit strategy for this trade and what other opportunities in the tech market does he think investors should consider today?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 285% since its inception versus 25% for the S&P 500.

    About Next Inning:

    Next Inning is a subscription-based investment newsletter that provides regular coverage on more than 150 technology and semiconductor stocks. Subscribers receive intra-day analysis, commentary and recommendations, as well as access to monthly semiconductor sales analysis, regular Special Reports, and the Next Inning model portfolio. Editor Paul McWilliams is a 30+ year semiconductor 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: Marcia Martin, Next Inning Technology Research, +1-888-278-5515

    Indie Research Advisors, LLC

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

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    New AT&T Voicemail Viewer App Delivers Home Phone Messages to SmartphoneU-verse Voice Customers Benefit from More Integration, Visual Voicemail On the Go

    DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced the launch of the AT&T Voicemail Viewer app, which lets AT&T U-verse(R) Voice customers easily check and manage their home phone messages with visual voicemail on their smartphone.

    Much like an email inbox, the Voicemail Viewer app lists your home voicemail messages and allows you to choose the order in which you wish to listen to them. The app also provides a notification when a new voicemail arrives on your home phone, plus the ability to delete voicemails remotely. Additional features include:

    --  The ability to mark messages as read or unread
    --  Forward voicemails via email
    --  One-touch click on a voicemail to return a call
    --  View and add contacts to your smartphone address book

    "This app is another example of how we're integrating our services for U-verse customers in a meaningful way," said David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "With Voicemail Viewer, our customers can stay connected and manage their home mailbox while on the go using their smartphone. They can pick the messages they want to listen to, forward them through email, or return the call with one click. It will provide a new level of convenience."

    The AT&T Voicemail Viewer app is available to U-verse Voice customers at no extra charge. For smartphone availability, visit

    AT&T U-verse offers numerous features and apps that enhance your experience, including the many ways that TV, home phone and wireless services work together.

    For example, U-verse Voice customers can opt for a single, combined voice mailbox for convenient access to both home phone and wireless messages. They can also view their call logs on their PC or TV screen, initiate a call from their PC or TV, and view voicemail notifications on their U-verse TV screen as well as experience Caller ID on TV.

    Delivering more integration across platforms, the recently launched U-verse Mobile app lets customers manage recordings, as well as download and watch hit TV shows on qualifying smartphones. With our YP.COM TV app, customers can search for local business information on their U-verse TV screen and send the call to their home or wireless phone with the click of their remote.

    AT&T is using wireless technologies to mobilize everything that's important to customers -- their favorite content, apps, entertainment and social networks. AT&T today delivers the nation's fastest mobile broadband network.

    For additional information on AT&T U-verse -- or to find out if it's available in your area -- visit

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(R) and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE(R) magazine.

    Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at and as part of an RSS feed at Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at to discover more about our small business services.

    (C) 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

    AT&T U-verse services are provided by AT&T local telephone companies. Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to to see if you qualify.

    AT&T U-Verse Voice: Prices subject to change. Residential customers only. Installation, taxes, fees, and other charges apply. International calls billed at additional per-minute rates; higher rates may apply for calls terminating on mobile phones or other wireless devices. U-verse Voice, including 911 dialing, will not function during a power outage without battery backup power. Non-returned equipment charges will apply if equipment is not returned within required timeframe upon disconnect of services. Service is not portable; will function only in your home. Compatible with many monitored home alarms and medical monitoring systems. Refer to Learn More pages for U-verse Voice at for more information on 911, battery backup, and home alarms. Acceptance of Terms of Service and 911 Acknowledgement required. Credit and other restrictions apply. AT&T U-verse Messaging may not be fully compatible with all AT&T wireless voice mail systems. Some call information may be blocked or otherwise not displayed, including information for some calls originating outside of AT&T's network and calls carried over facilities that do not transmit Caller ID information.

    U-verse Mobile: Download and watch capability available for select shows and requires select smart phones, Wi-Fi connection, and qualifying U-verse TV plan. Downloaded shows are available for viewing for limited time periods. Standard data charges may apply.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Jill Rountree of AT&T, +1-512-495-7186,

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    HCL Technologies Named 40th on Software Magazine's 28th Annual Software 500Software Magazine Ranks HCL Technologies as One of the World's Largest Software Companies

    SUNNYVALE, California and NOIDA, India, October 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HCL Technologies today announced its inclusion on Software Magazine's Software 500 ranking of the world's largest software and service providers, now in its 28th year.

    HCL Technologies was ranked 40th, up four spots from last year's ranking, with software revenues up 6.2% YoY.

    "The 2010 Software 500 results show that revenue growth in the software and services industry was healthy, with total Software 500 revenue of $491.7B billion worldwide for 2009, representing virtually flat growth from the previous year," says John P. Desmond, editor of Software Magazine and

    "The Software 500 helps CIOs, senior IT managers and IT staff research and create the short list of business partners," Desmond says. "It is a quick reference of vendor viability. And the online version, to be posted soon at, is searchable by category, making it what we call the online catalog to enterprise software."

    The Software 500 is a revenue-based ranking of the world's largest software and services suppliers targeting medium to large enterprises, their IT professionals, software developers and business managers involved in software and services purchasing.

    Some 47% percent of the 2010 Software 500 companies are privately held.

    The ranking is based on total worldwide software and services revenue for 2009. This includes revenues from software licenses, maintenance and support, training and software-related services and consulting. Suppliers are not ranked on their total corporate revenue, since many have other lines of business, such as hardware. The financial information was gathered by a survey prepared by King Content Co. and posted at, as well as from public documents.

    About Digital Software Magazine, the Software Decision Journal, and

    Digital Software Magazine, the Software Decision Journal, has been a brand name in the high-tech industry for 30 years., its Web counterpart, is the online catalog to enterprise software and the home of the Software 500 ranking of the world's largest software and services companies. Software Magazine and are owned and operated by King Content Co.

    About HCL Technologies

    HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services company, working with clients in the areas that impact and redefine the core of their businesses. Since its inception into the global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL focuses on 'transformational outsourcing', underlined by innovation and value creation, and offers integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and BPO. HCL leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure and network of offices in 26 countries to provide holistic, multi-service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Consumer Services, Public Services and Healthcare. HCL takes pride in its philosophy of 'Employee First' which empowers our 64,557 transformers to create a real value for the customers. HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, had consolidated revenues of US$ 2.7 billion (Rs. 12,565 crores), for the year ended as on 30th June 2010. For more information, please visit

    About HCL Enterprise

    HCL is a $5.3 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise comprising two companies listed in India - HCL Technologies and HCL Infosystems. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India's original IT garage start-ups. A pioneer of modern computing, HCL is a global transformational enterprise today. Its range of offerings includes product engineering, custom & package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems integration, and distribution of information and communications technology (ICT) products across a wide range of focused industry verticals. The HCL team consists of over 71,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 29 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. HCL has partnerships with several leading Global 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information, please visit

    Forward-looking Statements

    Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward looking statements, including but not limited to the statements containing the words 'planned', 'expects', 'believes', 'strategy', 'opportunity', 'anticipates', 'hopes' or other similar words. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding impact of pending regulatory proceedings, fluctuations in earnings, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services, Business Process Outsourcing and consulting services including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, customer acceptances of our services, products and fee structures, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, our ability to integrate acquired assets in a cost effective and timely manner, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, the success of our brand development efforts, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies / entities in which we have made strategic investments, withdrawal of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, and unauthorized use of our intellectual property, other risks, uncertainties and general economic conditions affecting our industry. There can be no assurance that the forward looking statements made herein will prove to be accurate, and issuance of such forward looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company, or any other person, that the objective and plans of the Company will be achieved. All forward looking statements made herein are based on information presently available to the management of the Company and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

    For more information, contact: Kirsten Paragona Director of External Communication for HCL Technologies +1-857-350-5393 Danielle Millerick BluePoint Venture Marketing for HCL Technologies +1-781-861-7800 Tracy Kunichika Software 500 Project Leader

    HCL Technologies

    CONTACT: For more information, contact: Kirsten Paragona, Director of
    External Communication for HCL Technologies, ,
    +1-857-350-5393. Danielle Millerick, BluePoint Venture Marketing for HCL
    Technologies, , +1-781-861-7800. Tracy
    Kunichika, Software 500 Project Leader, .

    Lionbridge Launches Real-Time Online News and Information Portal for Executives Managing Global Communications, Marketing and Support

    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. , a leading provider of translation, development and testing solutions, today launched Global Communication Today, an online news and social media portal dedicated to global enterprises that manage global brands, marketing, technical support and other communication in worldwide markets.

    A highly dynamic, free online resource, Global Communication Today offers real-time aggregated industry news, blog posts, analyst commentary, opinion pieces and thought leadership articles, while providing a forum that fosters dialogue and drives marketing and communications best practices. The site's engine aggregates relevant news, trends and content derived from dozens of online news sources, and provides users the ability to search for and view key topics and organizations.

    "By delivering high-quality news, trend stories and in-depth features each day, Global Communication Today eliminates the need for time-consuming web searches by global marketers and communications professionals and provides a trusted, single industry resource for deep insight and valuable information about global content creation, delivery and consumption," said Paula Shannon, Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President, Lionbridge. "As the market leader in translation technology and services, Lionbridge has a rich history of market innovation and thought leadership. We are applying our deep domain expertise by providing compelling content to global decision makers through the new Global Communication Today portal."

    Global Communication Today can be accessed now at


    --  Global Communications News home page
    --  Quotes section with insights from key industry visionaries and thought
    --  Access to the Lionbridge Translation Blog
    --  Real-time Twitter feed that delivers a snapshot of relevant marketing
    conversations in the "Twittersphere"
    --  Global Communications News free daily newsletter

    Lionbridge has developed this highly targeted and engaging news and information portal through technology innovator, HiveFire and its leading content curation solution, Curata.

    About Lionbridge

    Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. Global organizations rely on Lionbridge services to increase international market share, speed adoption of global products and content, and enhance their return on enterprise applications and IT system investments. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centers in 26 countries and provides services under the Lionbridge and VeriTest brands. To learn more, visit

    Lionbridge is a registered trademark of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. in the US and throughout the world.


    Lionbridge, Translation, Development, Testing, Global, Marketing, Communications, Multilingual, Outsource, Speed, Content, Enterprise, Newsletter, Twitter, Social Media



    Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

    CONTACT: Tim Hurley, ThinkMedia Partners, +1-617-201-9152,

    Web site:

    AT&T Names Amy Hines Kramer Legislative Director of AT&T New YorkAlbany Credit Union Association Advocate to Lead Legislative Affairs in New York State

    ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T today tapped Amy Hines Kramer for the company's top state legislative affairs slot in New York State. Kramer will be responsible for developing strategies and plans for achieving AT&T's legislative objectives, as well as for reaching out to key elected officials and policymakers in the state to disseminate the company's perspective on a range of issues.

    "Amy is already a respected leader in Albany and beyond," said Hal Lenox, president of AT&T New York. "She possesses the expertise and savvy to work directly with every brand of official and policymaker in the state. This capability is especially critical in a telecommunications industry climate where public policy and issues management have become intertwined with the 'business of the business.'"

    "What is most critical is that AT&T's New York customers and public officials are always afforded the best possible service and partnering in the telecommunications industry," said Lenox. "Amy will be a key player in that endeavor."

    Prior to this assignment, Kramer was vice president, government affairs, at the Credit Union Association of New York, where she held similar and increasing responsibilities, helping the association achieve its legislative goals in the state. "Amy's achievement in Albany and breadth of knowledge about the workings of the State Capitol - make her a perfect fit for this pivotal role," said Lenox.

    Before the credit union association position, Kramer was Senate Fellow/Legislative Coordinator for the New York State Senate, and assistant curator for the Shaker Museum & Library in Old Chatham.

    Kramer has a Master of Arts degree in public history from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Minnesota.

    Kramer will be located in Albany, New York.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(R) and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE(R) magazine.

    Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at and as part of an RSS feed at Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at to discover more about our small business services.

    (C) 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Ed Bergstraesser, +1-845-546-8300,,
    for AT&T

    Web site:

    STMicroelectronics Wins Award from Nokia for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

    GENEVA, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics , one of the world's top semiconductor chip makers, today announced it had been recognized for its achievements in 'Sustainability' by Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia presented its award for 'Outstanding Achievement in the Category of Sustainability' to ST at Nokia World 2010 in London, during the Nokia 'Collaboration Day.'

    "Nokia and STMicroelectronics have worked closely together over many years, sharing concepts and best practices for sustainability, most intensely within the area of environmental protection," said Jean-Francois Baril, Senior Vice President and Head of Sourcing, Nokia. "This award acknowledges STMicroelectronics' outstanding commitment and efforts in sustainable business practices."

    "The long-term partnership between ST and Nokia has its roots in integrity in business conduct, state-of-the-art technology and product portfolio, and the dedication of people," said Andrea Cuomo, Executive Vice President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Region, STMicroelectronics. "An award of this nature from a world-leading company such as Nokia is a very significant recognition of ST's efforts to accomplish excellence in sustainability in its business operations. ST's continuing endeavors to achieve excellence in quality, customer satisfaction and world-class environmental performance."

    ST's Sustainable Excellence program was designed to embed Corporate Responsibility into every level of the Company's activities. The term reflects ST's firm belief in its ability to balance stakeholders' expectations to make the Company 'sustainable' - successful now and in the future - in the short and long term, and also enable it to contribute to sustainable development at a global level.

    ST's Corporate Responsibility Report for 2009 is available online at:

    About STMicroelectronics

    STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the Company's net revenues were $8.51 billion. Further information on ST can be found at


    CONTACT: Michael Markowitz, STMicroelectronics, +1-781-591-0354,

    Web site:

    Northwest Savings Bank Announces Mobile Banking App

    WARREN, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- An iPhone application is now available for Northwest Savings Mobile Banking customers. The Northwest Savings "App" for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad became available on September 30, 2010. Luke Boger, Online Banking Manager of Northwest Savings Bank, made the announcement.

    "The new app provides full integration with Northwest's Mobile Banking platform, which has been redesigned to look and feel better than ever," said Mr. Boger when he made the announcement. "The app takes full advantage of the iPhone's built-in GPS and Google Maps to not only give customers an overview of branches and ATMs in their area, but also precise directions to and contact information for the location of their choice. It also allows customers to call the bank's toll-free Bankline telephone banking number with the press of a button."

    Anyone owning a compatible device can download the app for free by searching the keyword "Northwest" in the iTunes store. Customers may also visit to download the app to a computer and sync with their mobile device at a later time.

    To experience everything the app offers, customers should be enrolled in Northwest Savings Bank's Mobile Banking program. Enrolling is done quickly and easily at

    Northwest Savings Bank

    CONTACT: Luke Boger of Northwest Savings Bank, +1-814-728-7360,

    Web site:

    VirtualScopics Revenues Hit Another Quarterly RecordThird quarter 2010 revenues increase over 25%

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VirtualScopics, Inc. , a provider of quantitative imaging for clinical trials, today announced revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010 exceeded $3.5 million, representing a greater than 25% increase over the comparable period in 2009 and a greater than 9% growth over the preceding quarter ended June 30, 2010. Year-to-date revenues increased over 30% for the period ended September 30, 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

    "We are extremely pleased to deliver another quarter of record revenue," stated Jeff Markin, president and chief executive officer of VirtualScopics. "Our growth this year has been spurred by the demand for our services within later stage clinical trials and as a result, our 2010 year-to-date clinical trial revenues have already exceeded what we recognized for the full year in 2009." He added, "Our strong value proposition within the industry is one of the main contributors to our ability to report our 13th consecutive quarter of revenue growth." He concluded, "We are excited about our opportunities as we enter the fourth quarter and anticipate a solid close to 2010."

    VirtualScopics plans to report its complete third quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Jeff Markin and Molly Henderson, VirtualScopics' Chief Business and Financial Officer, will provide a business update and discuss the third quarter results during the conference call that morning at 11:00 a.m. EST.

    About VirtualScopics, Inc.

    VirtualScopics, Inc. is a leading provider of imaging solutions to accelerate drug and medical device development. VirtualScopics has developed a robust software platform for analysis and modeling of both structural and functional medical images. In combination with VirtualScopics' industry-leading experience and expertise in advanced imaging biomarker measurement, this platform provides a uniquely clear window into the biological activity of drugs and devices in clinical trial patients, allowing sponsors to make better decisions faster. For more information about VirtualScopics, visit

    Forward-Looking Statements

    The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected benefits of the Company's investment in infrastructure and new customer contract signings and awards and/or statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "believes," "could," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "projects," "seeks," or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements deal with the Company's current plans, intentions, beliefs and expectations. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and in any subsequent reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC's website at These include without limitation: the risk of cancellation or delay of customer contracts or specifically as it relates to contact awards, the risk that they may not get signed. Other risks include the company's dependence on its largest customers and risks of contract performance, protection of our intellectual property and the risks of infringement of the intellectual property rights of others. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations: Company Contact: Tim Ryan Molly Henderson Chief Business and Financial The Shoreham Group Officer 80 Eighth Ave, Ste 1107 500 Linden Oaks New York, NY 10011 Rochester, New York 14625 +1 212 242 7777 Direct +1 585 249.6231

    VirtualScopics, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations: Tim Ryan, The Shoreham Group,
    +1-212-242-7777,, or Company Contact: Molly
    Henderson, Chief Business and Financial Officer, +1-585-249-6231

    Web site:

    WebMD to Present at the William Blair 4th Annual Emerging Growth Stock Conference

    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WebMD Health Corp. today announced that Wayne Gattinella, President and CEO, will deliver a presentation at the at the William Blair 4th Annual Emerging Growth Stock Conference on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 4:15 p.m. ET and Anthony Vuolo, COO and CFO, will join him for a Q&A session immediately following.

    Investors, analysts and the general public are invited to listen to a live audio broadcast of the presentation over the Internet. The broadcast can be accessed at (in the Investor Relations section). A replay of the broadcast will be available at the same web address.

    About WebMD

    WebMD Health Corp. is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and health-focused publications. Approximately 80 million unique visitors access the WebMD Health Network each month.

    The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicine, eMedicine Health, RxList, and

    All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on WebMD's current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties, including those described in our SEC filings.


    CONTACT: Investors: Risa Fisher,, +1-212-624-3817, or
    Media: Kate Hahn,, +1-212-624-3760

    Web site:

    National Instruments Appoints Alex Davern as Chief Operating OfficerCEO Truchard to Intensify Focus on Long-Term Vision and Product Strategy

    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments announced today that Alex Davern has been appointed executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. As COO, Davern will focus on enhancing the alignment between sales, manufacturing, legal, finance and IT functions to maintain the strength of the core business and drive system-level sales growth. Davern will continue to serve as the National Instruments CFO.

    Davern joined National Instruments in 1994 and has been serving as CFO and senior vice president of manufacturing and IT operations since 2002. During Davern's tenure, he has overseen key business functions within finance, manufacturing and operations, all of which play a key role in enabling the success of the company.

    "I believe appointing Alex to chief operating officer formalizes the way we have been doing business for years and will allow us to expand our system-level business more effectively, optimize interaction with target customers and partners and maximize the efficient use of resources," said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments. "This step also allows me to intensify my focus on product strategy and the long-term vision of the company."

    "Over the past several years, our system-level business has more than doubled, and we have targeted more of our resources toward high-potential market and regional opportunities," said Alex Davern, EVP, COO and CFO of National Instruments. "The complex nature of system-level orders and our interest in aggressively pursuing new market opportunities heighten the importance of an efficient organizational structure. I am excited about the opportunity to help drive alignment between our customer-facing functions as well as allocate resources to support our core business and drive system-level sales growth."

    About National Instruments

    National Instruments ( is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing or visiting (NATI-G)

    LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, and are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

    Contact: Veronica Garza Investor Relations (512) 683-6873

    AP Archive:
    PRN Photo Desk, National Instruments

    CONTACT: Veronica Garza, Investor Relations of National Instruments,

    Web site:

    Priceline Returns With Big Deal Days II Hotel PromotionNew promotion features even bigger deals, $50 hotel bonus cash coupons and the popular Big Deal Hotel Price Guarantee

    NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- You can't have too much of a good thing, according to . Today, Priceline announced the launch of its Big Deal Days II Name Your Own Price(R) hotels promotion. This time around, the promotion is showcasing even bigger deals - up to 60% off published rates. Customers also can earn $50 Hotel Bonus Cash Coupons good toward future Name Your Own Price(R) hotel stays.

    And, of course, there's's Big Deal Hotel Price Guarantee. If a customer books a Priceline Name Your Own Price(R) hotel room and finds a better price any time up until the day before check-in, will match that price, pay a $25 bounty and give the customer a $50 Priceline Vacation Package coupon.*

    For full details on the Big Deal Days II Hotel Promotion, which runs until October 31, 2010, visit

    "Our original Big Deal Days was such a hit that we decided to bring it back, only this time we're featuring even bigger deals and more customer incentives," said's Chief Marketing Officer, Brett Keller. "To help customers locate the best destinations for maximum savings, is temporarily expanding its Winning Bids section to show the cities and neighborhoods where Name Your Own Price(R) hotel customers have successfully bid up to 60% below published rates. This way, we're making it even easier for customers to get a great deal on their next hotel stay."

    "We also want to encourage Big Deal Days II customers to come back and use our Name Your Own Price(R) hotel service again," added Keller. Customers who book an eligible Name Your Own Price(R) hotel stay during the Big Deal Days II promotion will receive a $50 Hotel Bonus Cash Coupon that can be used on a future Name Your Own Price(R) hotel booking. is an industry leader in increasing savings for traveling consumers. In November 2007, became the first major online travel agency to eliminate booking fees for all domestic and international airline tickets. Then, in July 2008, became the first major online travel agency to slash booking fees on its published-price hotel rooms. also is known for being the only major online travel agency to offer a sunshine guarantee for its vacation packages in 2008 and is the only major online travel agency to offer hotel rooms, airline tickets and rental cars with the Name Your Own Price(R) service.

    *Priceline's Big Deal Hotel Price Guarantee covers hotels of at least two stars or higher. The $50 Vacation Package coupon is being offered to customers with a valid U.S. billing address. The $25 bounty will be paid as a refund to the customer's credit card. For full details and restrictions, visit

    About The Priceline Group of Companies

    The Priceline Group of Companies is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with approximately 61 million room nights booked in 2009. The Group is composed of four primary brands -,, and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in 38 languages in 99 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

    Based in Amsterdam, is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 89 countries in 37 languages. offers its customers access to approximately 100,000 participating hotels worldwide.

    In the U.S., gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of's famous Name Your Own Price(R) service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. also operates the following travel websites:,, and

    Singapore-based is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 30 languages. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries. Customer support is provided in 20 languages.

    CONTACT: Press: Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167,, or
    Investor Relations: Matthew Tynan, +1-203-299-8487,

    Web site:

    Tyco Electronics' Board Approves a $750 Million Increase in Share Repurchase Program

    SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyco Electronics today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the company's share repurchase program of $750 million.

    Any repurchases by the company will be made in accordance with applicable securities laws in the open market or in private transactions. The repurchase program is subject to business and market conditions, and may be commenced, suspended or discontinued at any time or from time to time without prior notice.


    Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and subsea communication systems, with fiscal 2009 sales of US$10.3 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems and consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace, defense and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at

    Tyco Electronics Ltd.

    CONTACT: Media Relations: Sheri Woodruff, +1-610-893-9555 Office,
    +1-609-933-9243 Mobile,; or Investor Relations: Keith
    Kolstrom, +1-610-893-9551 Office,

    Web site:

    Tyco International Completes Sale of European Waterworks Business

    SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyco International Ltd. today announced that the company has completed the sale of its European Waterworks business to the private equity firm Triton for approximately $245 million.

    The European Waterworks business designs, manufactures and supplies equipment for commercial and residential customers in the water supply chain under a number of brand names including Erhard, Belgicast, Bayard and Atplas. The business generates about $350 million in annual revenue, has 13 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 1,500 people.

    The transaction was first announced by Tyco in late July.


    Tyco International Ltd. is a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers around the world. Tyco is a leading provider of security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, valves and controls, and other industrial products. Tyco had 2009 revenue of more than $17 billion and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. More information on Tyco can be found at

    Tyco International Ltd.

    CONTACT: News Media, Paul Fitzhenry, +1-609-720-4261, or Investor
    Relations, Antonella Franzen, +1-609-720-4665, both of Tyco International

    Web site:

    Self-Service Contact Center Research Study Launched Today by the International Customer Management InstituteSurvey examines call center industry's best practices and greatest challenges around customer self-service; takes stock of ROI and purchase trends.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), now in its 25th year, today launched its 2010 Self-Service Contact Center survey in an email solicitation to call centers and vendors around the world, and online at

    The survey will provide the most comprehensive analysis of call center best practices in self-service and multichannel customer touchpoints. The results will show how contact centers are interacting with their customers and how those contact channels and strategies are affecting contact center operations and the customer experience.

    ICMI (, which offers self-service and multichannel training, conferences and consulting, conducted a similar survey in 2007.

    ICMI's most recent Contact Center Operations Report, which polled over 430 contact center professionals worldwide representing a range of industries and professions, indicated that only a little more than one-third of contact centers were using self-service applications (IVR- and Web-based) in 2008. Yet, more than 37% of those surveyed said they planned to invest in self-service technologies in 2009.

    "Our survey will reveal the types of investments contact centers have made and how they're paying off," said Layne Holley, ICMI's Director of Community Services. "We'll also learn how organizations are approaching self-service offerings from a strategic as well as a tactical perspective. How are they developing their self-service strategies? How are they managing the customer experience in that environment?"

    Respondents who complete the ICMI Self-Service Center Survey by Friday, October 8 (midnight EDT), will be entered for a chance to win a seat in the ICMI virtual course, "Improving Your Customer Experience Through a Seamless Multi-Channel Approach" (a $299 value). The winner will be notified by phone or email, and will be announced in the October 21 edition of ICMI's e-newsletter Call Center Insider.

    All respondents who complete the survey by October 22 (midnight EDT) will also be entered into a drawing to win a free All-Access Package to ACCE 2011 (a $2,495 value), taking place June, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. The winner will be announced in Call Center Insider.

    The final results of the survey will be provided in a comprehensive report on self-service and multichannel practices in winter 2010. Each survey participant will receive survey results highlights after the survey closes.

    In winter 2010, a free whitepaper on the survey results will be posted on, and the complete research report, with cross-tab analysis and expert commentary, will be available for purchase.

    Additionally, results and commentary will be presented around the world via a live webinar and podcast, (also featured on

    Funding for the survey is provided by contact center solutions software provider inContact ( (The underwriter, inContact, does not have access to individual survey responses, nor will they be shared with the underwriter.)

    About ICMI

    The International Customer Management Institute (ICMI), celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, is the leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals - from frontline agents to executives - who wish to improve contact center operations, empower contact center employees, and enhance customer loyalty. ICMI's experienced and dedicated team of industry insiders, analysts, and consultants are committed to providing uncompromised objectivity and results-oriented vision through the organization's respected lineup of professional services including: Training and Certification, Consulting, Events, and Informational Resources. Founded in 1985, ICMI continues to serve as one of the most established and respected organizations in the call center industry.

    ICMI is a part of UBM Live, which provides leading integrated media solutions and professional services across 20 different markets. Operating across the globe, its events, training, publications, award programs, and websites offer professionals in Interiors, Security, Venues, Customer Management, Safety & Health and Facilities the ultimate experience in learning, networking, and business development.

    For more information, visit

    About inContact

    inContact ( helps contact centers around the globe create profitable customer experiences through its powerful portfolio of cloud-based contact center software solutions ( The company's services and solutions enable contact centers to operate more efficiently, optimize the cost and quality of every customer interaction, create new pathways to profit and ensure ongoing customer-centric business improvement and growth.

    Learn more about inContact at

    International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)/UBM Live

    CONTACT: Marta Kelsey, ICMI, International Customer Management Institute,

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