Companies news of 2011-08-23 (page 1)

  • New General Dynamics Fortress Technologies' Commercial Off-the-shelf 'Suite B' Encryptor...
  • Lender Processing Services, Inc. Responds to American Home's Press Release
  • Myriad Group Expands Global Footprint in Key Markets- Myriad adds new offices to support...
  • TRX's Data Intelligence Solution, TRAVELTRAX, Helps Fortune 500 Corporations Gain New...
  • AT&T Hiring U-verse Technicians in Connecticut to Help Support Fastest Growing TV Service...
  • Analyst Updates Coverage On AVT As Pilot Programs Move Into ProductionReport States that...
  • Launches Android AppMobile Q&A Service Combines Search Plus Live Community to...
  • UBM Electronics' Amandeep Sandhu Named to the Audience Development All-Star ListRecognized...
  • TRX Continues Innovation Streak with Latest Enhancements to TRUEXPENSE
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    New General Dynamics Fortress Technologies' Commercial Off-the-shelf 'Suite B' Encryptor Provides Protected Network Access to the EdgeThe DS310 PC card encryptor that extends secret communication over wireless premieres at LandWarNet 2011.

    WESTFORD, Mass., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortress Technologies, part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, today announced the release of its DS310 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) 'Suite B' encryptor for secret communication between wired or wireless devices and networks. Suite B enables a simpler process for connecting to classified networks while maintaining security. Delivered in a driverless PC card and supporting multiple layers of encryption, the DS310 meets stringent security guidelines, including those of the National Security Agency (NSA).

    "The DS310 Suite B encryptor enables levels of classified communications to users previously achieved only at high cost and with specialized products," said Janet Kumpu, director of General Dynamics C4 Systems Fortress Technologies. "It uses a standard PC card, with built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet communications along with high throughput hardware encryption capabilities that can be easily adapted to a miniature size for integration into other client devices."

    The DS310 is part of a prototypical implementation of the NSA Suite B initiative awarded to Fortress Technologies in 2009 to develop a short-range wireless sensor network for protecting secret wireless communications within Department of Energy Nuclear facilities. With estimated savings in the millions of dollars per plant, this project highlights the cost savings of using COTS products for secret communication through secure wireless access vs. traditional wired solutions.

    The DS310 is a hardware device that uses well-established, public domain cryptographic Suite B algorithms specified by the NSA, providing sufficient encryption for U.S. agencies and its allies to connect to classified networks. This commercial off-the-shelf, competitively priced product expands General Dynamics' initiative to deliver secure communications from the core to the very edge of the network.

    At LandWarNet 2011, General Dynamics will showcase the DS310 operating with a General Dynamics Itronix rugged computer platform at the Fortress Technologies booth (#202) and the General Dynamics booth (#901).

    General Dynamics C4 Systems' Fortress Technologies delivers a broad portfolio of COTS products based on industry-proven technology with added security features to support tactical wireless communications for global defense and civilian users. Its deployable, secure, wireless mesh network solutions are designed specifically for highly mobile, rugged-outdoor, tactical military and secure government environments. Leveraging the FastPath Mesh(TM) self-forming, self-healing, path-optimizing meshing protocol, Fortress' products incorporate the highest level of security algorithms and meet stringent environmental standards for use in austere environments.

    For more information about General Dynamics C4 Systems Fortress Technologies, visit

    For more information about General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics , please visit

    Information about General Dynamics is available at

    General Dynamics C4 Systems

    CONTACT: Media: Graham Celine, General Dynamics C4 Systems,
    +1-978-923-6400, or Investors: Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics,

    Web site:

    Lender Processing Services, Inc. Responds to American Home's Press Release

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lender Processing Services, Inc. , a leading provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries, noted that it was surprised to learn that American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. ("AHMSI") announced earlier today the filing of a lawsuit against LPS and its subsidiary DOCX, LLC concerning issues related to the surrogate signing practice at DOCX. As LPS has previously disclosed, when it discovered the practice at DOCX, LPS immediately notified AHMSI of its discovery of the practice; immediately discontinued the practice; and voluntarily reviewed and remediated assignments of mortgage executed by DOCX using this practice. Upon completion of the remediation in January 2010, and at AHMSI's direction, LPS returned the remediated documents to the attorneys who had originally requested them on AHMSI's behalf.

    Since that time, LPS has engaged in several discussions with AHMSI concerning the impact of the surrogate signing practice and has offered to reimburse AHMSI for fees and costs associated with AHMSI's evaluation and re-recording of the remediated assignments of mortgage. During those discussions, LPS also offered to address any additional claims by AHMSI for any other actual losses resulting directly from the assignments of mortgage executed on AHMSI's behalf using the surrogate signing practice. Unfortunately, to date, AHMSI has refused to provide information evidencing such actual losses.

    Although LPS regrets AHMSI has resorted to litigation, LPS remains ready to review any demands made by AHMSI to the extent AHMSI is willing to provide evidence supporting those claims. Notwithstanding LPS's willingness to resolve these issues amicably, LPS disagrees with the allegations contained in the complaint and is prepared to vigorously defend against them.

    About Lender Processing Services

    Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and loan performance data and analytics to the mortgage, consumer lending, capital markets and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation, portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company's award-winning customer support and professional services. Almost half of all U.S. mortgages are serviced using LPS' Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). For more information about LPS, visit

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Those forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future economic performance and are not statements of historical fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The risks and uncertainties to which forward-looking statements are subject include, but are not limited to: our ability to adapt our services to changes in technology or the marketplace; the impact of adverse changes in the level of real estate activity (including among others, loan originations and foreclosures) on demand for certain of our services; our ability to maintain and grow our relationships with our customers; the effects of our substantial leverage on our ability to make acquisitions and invest in our business; the level of scrutiny being placed on participants in the foreclosure process; risks associated with federal and state inquiries and examinations currently underway or that may be commenced in the future with respect to our default management operations, and with civil litigation related to these matters; changes to the laws, rules and regulations that regulate our businesses as a result of the current economic and financial environment; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; the impact of any potential defects, development delays, installation difficulties or system failures on our business and reputation; risks associated with protecting information security and privacy; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the "Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information," "Risk Factors" and other sections of the Company's Form 10-K, the Company's subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Lender Processing Services, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors: Parag Bhansali, +1-904-854-8640, Media: Michelle
    Kersch, +1-904-854-5043

    Web site:

    Myriad Group Expands Global Footprint in Key Markets- Myriad adds new offices to support rapid growth in Asia, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America- Expansion enables Myriad to scale and locally support growing customer base in key regions

    ZURICH, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Myriad Group AG (SIX: MYRN), a global leader in mobile technology having shipped over 3.8 billion software applications on more than 2.2 billion phones, today announces it is expanding its global presence with new offices opening in India, Mexico and Dubai.

    The three new locations are part of a broader global expansion effort which adds to Myriad's extensive global presence, with offices in Switzerland, UK, France, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and the US. As a result of the expansion, Myriad will be better positioned to scale and support its existing and new customers' growing needs.

    In Mexico, the recently opened Myriad office is supporting the company's five-year exclusive partnership with Telefonica, delivering social networking to over 140 million customers in 13 countries. The new offices in Dubai and India will set out to capitalize on the ever-increasing demand for key mobile software and services, as well as supporting existing regional and global customers.

    "Our new offices will not only enable us to meet and capitalize on growing demand, it will also allow us to better serve our customers in these rapidly growing markets," said Simon Wilkinson, CEO of Myriad Group. "The increase in our global footprint underlines our commitment to both our customers and our desire to be at the forefront of partnership-led innovation in these regions."

    About Myriad Group

    Myriad Group AG is a global leader in mobile technology and has shipped over 3.8 billion software applications in more than 2.2 billion mobile phones. Its comprehensive portfolio includes browsers, messaging, Java, social networking, user interfaces and middleware for all types of mobile phones, from ultra-low cost handsets to advanced smartphones.

    The company provides both individual components and complete solutions, which enable handset manufacturers and operators to deliver amazing experiences on mobile phones. Myriad also develops USSD-based customer self-care platforms that deliver over 10 billion messages a year to 220 million mobile users across more than 35 mobile operators worldwide.

    Myriad was created from the combination of industry leading companies, Esmertec and Purple Labs. It operates worldwide, with offices in Switzerland, France, UK, USA, Mexico, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. Headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, Myriad is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange .

    For more information:

    Myriad Group

    CONTACT: Kate Hamilton or Jaime Tero, +1-415-989-9803, +44 208 322 1922,, for Myriad; or Myriad Group AG, India Office,
    +918800677997; or UAE Office, +971 4 371 2538, mobile, +971 5555 33406 and
    +971 5055 20195, or Mexico Office, +52 55 52 73 31 52

    Web site:

    TRX's Data Intelligence Solution, TRAVELTRAX, Helps Fortune 500 Corporations Gain New Insights Into Cost Savings

    ATLANTA, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TRX, Inc. ( (OTCQB: TRXI), a world-leading provider of travel technology, process automation, consulting and data services, announced continued success in providing its data intelligence solution to several leading companies in the pharmaceutical, technology, financial services, travel, and consulting industries seeking better ways to manage their travel and procurement reporting needs.

    TRAVELTRAX(R) helps over 6,000 corporations gain a better understanding of corporate travel data and more effectively manage their global T&E costs.

    Fortune 500 corporations manage large and complex travel and procurement programs and need clear insight into their T&E spend in order to better administer and drive costs out of these programs. In a digital economy with multiple sources of data that can make disintermediation a serious challenge, clear insight is difficult to obtain.

    TRAVELTRAX, with connections to all of the major corporate card issuers, credit card associations, GDSs, TMCs, HR systems and key direct connect vendors, has the unique ability to aggregate and enhance data from virtually any source and to provide actionable intelligence to travel and procurement managers resulting in significant cost savings.

    "Data is key for corporations to understand where their money has been spent but more importantly where their money could be better spent," said Kevin Austin, Executive Vice President - TRAVELTRAX, TRX. "Our unmatched record in the number of data connections, deployments, and users, coupled with our vast report library containing thousands of reports, and our ability to further customize these reports based on the individual needs of our clients makes TRAVELTRAX the most widely-used independent reporting platform today."

    "Corporate buyers face a number of difficult issues when managing their T&E expenses such as airline ancillary fee spend, channel compliance, and travel policy adherence," said Shane Hammond, President and CEO, TRX. "It's easy to understand why firms like Hitachi, Gilead and Visa, all recent client additions, see great value in TRAVELTRAX, no other solution can aggregate and normalize the number of data sources, TRAVELTRAX has analyzed over $35 billion in spend last year which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of savings for our clients."

    About TRX

    TRX is a world-leading travel technology and data services provider, offering more than 20 software-as-a-service utilities for online booking, reservation processing, data intelligence, and process automation. We deliver our technology applications in an on-demand environment to travel agencies, corporations, travel suppliers, government agencies, credit card associations, credit card issuing banks, and third-party administrators. We provide patented savings maximization solutions via our travel analytics consulting practice, extending spend management services to travel buyers all over the world. We complement all of these offerings with a global workforce focused on travel process automation and reengineering. For more information about TRX or to contact a TRX sales office, phone 404.929.6100 or visit the Company's website at

    TRX, Inc.

    CONTACT: Stephen Carroll, Senior Director, Product Marketing, TRX, Inc.,, +1-214-346-4758

    Web site:

    AT&T Hiring U-verse Technicians in Connecticut to Help Support Fastest Growing TV Service in U.S.Governor Malloy Joins AT&T in Announcing Additional Hires, Network Investments; U-verse Now Available to More Than Half of Living Units in Connecticut

    NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced its plans to hire over 80 technicians across the state to support its AT&T U-verse(R) business, the fastest growing advanced television service in the country. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined AT&T at an event today where AT&T outlined its hiring plans and underscored its commitment to expanding its mobile broadband network in Connecticut.

    AT&T also announced that AT&T U-verse(R) services (including AT&T U-verse TV, AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet and and/or AT&T U-verse Voice) are now available to more than half of the living units in Connecticut.

    "I commend AT&T for continuing to grow jobs here in Connecticut," said Governor Malloy. "These are 21st century technical jobs that provide competitive wages and benefits that are among the best in the telecommunications industry."

    The announcement was made at AT&T's Connecticut corporate offices in New Haven. Governor Malloy was joined at today's event by AT&T New England Vice President And General Manager Steve Krom and AT&T Connecticut President Rodney Smith.

    "We are expanding the availability of our award-recognized AT&T U-verse services and signing up new customers every day, and we have to hire more U-verse technicians to keep up with the growing demand," said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T New England. "We're proud to serve so many local communities in Connecticut with our advanced U-verse services and proud of the quality jobs our U-verse investment has created."

    From 2008 through 2010, AT&T has invested more than $750 million in its Connecticut wireline and wireless networks.

    In addition to adding new jobs and expanding AT&T U-verse to more living units across the state, AT&T also plans to add new and upgrade existing cell sites across Connecticut as part of its 2011 initiative to deliver the nation's most-advanced mobile broadband experience. Already this year, AT&T has expanded its mobile broadband network capacity in Litchfield County and eastern Connecticut, and activated new mobile broadband coverage in Waterford that will enhance the wireless experience for back-to-school shoppers and retailers at the Crystal Mall. The new mobile broadband coverage was added to the Distributed Antenna System (DAS), or in-building wireless system, at the Crystal Mall to help serve wireless customers throughout the facility, which is owned by Simon Property Group.

    AT&T has enhanced wireless network capacity in more than 135 Connecticut communities this year.

    "A more advanced mobile broadband experience helps to drive economic growth, stimulate jobs and equips Connecticut businesses to meet the rapidly increasing demand for mobile broadband service," said Rodney Smith, AT&T's Connecticut state president. "We've significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Connecticut consumers better speed, better reliability and better availability."

    "Our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA also represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network in Connecticut," added Steve Krom. "If approved, this deal means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband - 4G LTE - from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent."

    AT&T is one of the largest employers in America and the nation's largest private employer of full-time union employees. With highly competitive wages and benefits, AT&T jobs are among the best in the U.S. AT&T premises technicians are responsible for service installation and customer care, working both inside customer homes and outside on AT&T's advanced network. About 120 new AT&T U-verse(R) technicians hired earlier this year in Connecticut are currently completing their job training.

    *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, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, 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.

    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 @ATT.

    (C) 2011 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.

    Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to to see if you qualify.

    AT&T U-verse TV: Residential customers only. Prices, programming, features and offers subject to change without notice. A one-time TV service activation fee of $29 applies. AT&T U-verse is the fastest growing TV provider in the country with more TV subscribers added than any of the major TV providers reported over the last 10 quarters combined. Based on 2Q numbers.

    Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Meaghan Wims, Duffy & Shanley for AT&T New England,

    Web site:

    Analyst Updates Coverage On AVT As Pilot Programs Move Into ProductionReport States that AVT market capitalization could double next year

    CORONA, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AVT, Inc., (formerly Automated Vending Technologies) (, was recently the subject of an in depth research report and profile by Francis Gaskins, editor of Company founder Shannon Illingworth and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Kiser were also interviewed.

    The report stated that AVT has been growing steadily and is positioned for explosive growth in the near future as more pilot programs are transitioned into production. The research also noted that AVT's growth validates the company's core competencies and leadership in the business of automated, self-service retail solutions.

    AVT spent years developing cutting-edge, proprietary technologies that were put into dozens of pilot programs. Many of those pilot programs are now entering the production phase, which is one driving force behind AVT's impressive sales growth, according to the analysis. The report stated that AVT has "20-30 successful pilot and production programs with blue chip retailers," which is dramatically increasing production and profits.

    Furthermore, the company is poised for long-term growth due to their competitive advantages, including, "Intellectual property based on five pending patents enhances AVT's ability to deliver high tech services such as acceptance of credit and debit cards for cashless payment, dynamic advertising, remote tracking, and inventory management."

    Growth in international markets also showed substantial gains, according to the report.

    Gaskins also interviewed Shannon Illingworth, AVT company founder, and Mike Kiser, Chief Marketing Officer, about AVT's current position and forecast for the remainder of the year. To listen to the interview, follow this link:

    To read the full research report and profile, visit

    For more information on AVT and their self-service retailing systems, customized vending solutions, automated retailing, and automated stores, visit AVT's Websites at: or

    About AVT:

    AVT, Inc. is a leading developer of automated and self-service retailing systems. AVT's stock is currently traded through the OTC Markets, Ticker Symbol: AVTCD.PK

    AVT, Inc.

    CONTACT: James Winsor of AVT, Inc., +1-951-737-1057

    Web site: Launches Android AppMobile Q&A Service Combines Search Plus Live Community to Deliver Android Users Immediate Answers to Questions

    OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- today launched its flagship mobile application for the Google Android Platform, the only app to integrate Q&A-focused web search with timely answers from real people in a single, on-the-go experience. The availability of on Android follows the launch of its popular Q&A app for iPhone, which recently passed one million downloads and is one of the top reference apps in the iPhone store. The Android app is now available in the Android Marketplace and Amazon AppStore for Android.

    "We have placed a big bet on mobile as part of our growth strategy, and it's paying off with four times the answer rate as our site users," said Jason Rupp, senior director of product management at "Over the last three quarters there was triple digit growth in traffic from smartphones to the mobile site, and 60 percent of that was Android. To win in mobile, you must win on Android." on Android includes all of the functionality of its iPhone application, with some unique enhancements. Features include:

    --  Voice to text: Simply ask questions, no typing required.
    --  Web combined with real people: Get web results as well as top-voted
    published answers from other users in milliseconds.
    --  Send a question to a real user: Want another opinion? Route the question
    to a live person in the Q&A community, or browse and respond to
    other users' questions.
    --  Set it and forget it: Push notifications alert you to when a new answer
    has arrived.
    --  Personalize Q&A by interest: New for Android users, the app allows you
    to filter Q&A by topics that match your profile.
    --  Follow feature: Follow users who provide interesting answers, and
    personalize your Q&A experience with content from these connections.

    To download the Ask for Android app, go to

    About is the number one online brand for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC . The Ask Network of sites is the fourth largest property in the US for unique searches according to April 2011 comScore data with 94 million domestic unique monthly users. also syndicates search and advertising solutions to a network of affiliate partners.

    CONTACT: Jenny Davis of Dotted Line Communications, +1-925-935-2558,, for

    Web site:

    UBM Electronics' Amandeep Sandhu Named to the Audience Development All-Star ListRecognized as One of the Magazine Industry's Most Innovative Audience Marketers

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Electronics, a UBM company and the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry's decision makers, today announced that Amandeep Sandhu, Director of Audience Engagement & Analytics, was named to Audience Development Magazine's 2011 list of Audience Development All-Stars. This is the fifth annual list of industry professionals identified by Audience Development as the most creative individuals in circulation, consumer marketing and online audience development. Sandhu was named for his expertise and inventiveness in the "Data Integration" category.


    Since joining UBM Electronics in 2009, Sandhu has become a critical asset to the UBM Electronics management team. Several of his accomplishments include:

    --  Consolidating  13+ databases into one to provide a complete customer
    --  Developed a state-of-the-art registration strategy and system for, which doubled the number of product registrations.
    --  Transitioned from a long qualification form to an easy-to-use short
    qualification form that captures business card data.
    --  Added personalized messaging to subscribers, resulting in increased user
    --  Created and developed the audience for EE Life newsletter, which now has
    the industry's best open rate of almost 75 percent.
    --  Successfully promoted ARM TechCon and DesignCon, which resulted in
    record attendance at both of the events.
    --  Facilitated groundbreaking live database integration with to
    accommodate user subscriptions and requests immediately.

    "We are pleased that Amandeep has received this industry recognition for creating new opportunities and driving innovation at UBM Electronics," said Paul Miller, CEO, UBM Electronics. "Our audience recruitment and development strategies are a critical component to our overall strategy. The state-of-the-art technologies and solutions that Amandeep has instituted help keep, manage and attract new audiences."

    As Director of Audience Engagement & Analytics, Sandhu is responsible for the global audience engagement strategy for the UBM Electronics media properties. Sandhu began his career as a Senior Software Developer with Cadence Design Systems Inc., where he worked on the development of the next generation PCB Design Entry tool, developing algorithms and GUI's, and developed an intelligent Language Sensitive Editor (LSE), which was used to edit design files written in Verilog or VHDL. Most recently, Sandhu was a Project Throughput Manager in Semiconductor Insights' Engineering Group, where he collaborated with the senior management team to develop strategic plans regarding many facets of the business.

    Sandhu received a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering) from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India. He also attended the University of Ottawa, Canada obtaining his Master's in Business Administration degree.

    About UBM Electronics

    UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry. UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research. UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

    About UBM LLC

    UBM LLC is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

    For more information on UBM Electronics please contact:Felicia Hamerman, Vice President, MarketingT: 516.562.5652, E:

    PRN Photo Desk, UBM Electronics

    TRX Continues Innovation Streak with Latest Enhancements to TRUEXPENSE

    ATLANTA, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TRX, Inc. ( (OTCQB: TRXI), a world-leading provider of travel technology, process automation, consulting and data services, today announced enhancements to TRX's expense solution, TRUEXPENSE(R). The enhancements include improved user communication tools, corporate compliance with new regulatory requirements, and updates to the user interface which further streamline the expense management process for the user.

    Leveraging real-time feedback gathered from users, TRX's automated expense solution, TRUEXPENSE, was quickly modified to include a more intuitive drag and drop expense management interface and a new home page display of personal action items for both travelers and approvers. These and other innovations make TRUEXPENSE one of the easiest expense solutions to use in the marketplace. Enhancements include:

    --  Improved support documentation queue which allows users to upload
    supporting documentations from their mobile device or desktop,
    pre-loading travelers' documentation and accelerating the expense
    approval process.
    --  Advanced per diem handling which allows administrators to use published
    government per diem rates or choose to upload their own per diem rates
    to ensure compliance with T&E policies.
    --  Support for pharmaceutical and medical companies' compliance with the
    "Sunshine Act" legislation introduced in HR3590 for 2012. Companies can
    now track participants at the level required for compliance, and
    TRUEXPENSE is able to synchronize its library of health care providers
    with each company's internal health care provider database.

    "We believe our clients and users are the best source of qualitative research for TRX products and services," said Shane Hammond, President and CEO, TRX. "They know their business better than anyone else. We constantly hold focus groups and leverage the feedback to create state of the art products like TRUEXPENSE, which in turn helps our clients cut costs, find efficiencies, and improve visibility into their travel spend."

    TRX will demonstrate the new TRUEXPENSE enhancements at the GBTA Convention, booth 1495, August 21 - 24 in Denver, CO.

    About TRX

    TRX is a world-leading travel technology and data services provider offering more than 20 software-as-a-service utilities for online booking, reservation processing, data intelligence, and process automation. We deliver our technology applications in an on-demand environment to travel agencies, corporations, travel suppliers, government agencies, credit card associations, credit card issuing banks, and third-party administrators. We provide patented savings maximization solutions via our travel analytics consulting practice, extending spend management services to travel buyers all over the world. We complement all of these offerings with a global workforce focused on travel process automation and re-engineering. For more information about TRX or to contact a TRX sales office, phone 404.929.6100 or visit the Company's website at

    TRX, Inc.

    CONTACT: Stephen Carroll, Senior Director, Product Marketing, TRX Inc.,

    Web site:

    Verizon Wireless Network Prepared to Serve Florida Customers as Hurricane Irene Approaches U.S.

    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hurricane Irene continues its path toward the Southeastern Coast of the United States, Verizon Wireless is well-prepared to serve customers in Florida and across the region with the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G coverage and services.

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    Final fine-tuning measures are underway in Florida, and local network teams also are prepared to travel up the East Coast to assist other regions hit hardest by the storm. The efforts are part of a year-round plan to make the network strong and reliable during storms and any other circumstances.

    Network enhancements in Florida since last year's storm season include launching the most advanced 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) services in numerous markets across the state; adding capacity to more than 700 high-speed 3G cell sites in Florida; installing new in-building network systems at hospitals, government and emergency facilities, high-traffic public venues and other key locations; and integrating former Alltel cell sites and technical facilities into the Verizon Wireless network.

    In addition, the company has five "super-switch" network processing centers across Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jupiter and Pembroke Pines), which are designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes. With hardened shells, these facilities also feature large-scale on-site power generation, various redundant operations and technologies, and other back-up systems to ensure the company's Florida network remains strong, running and reliable.

    "It looks like Florida will dodge a direct hit from Irene, but the storm is a reminder to residents that wireless communication can be critical during emergencies," said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. "We work hard all year-round to ensure the strongest network and provide the most advanced, reliable service to our customers when they need it most."

    Other Verizon Wireless ongoing efforts to ensure a reliable network include:

    --  A comprehensive emergency response plan, including preparing emergency
    command centers across Florida in the case of a storm or other crisis.
    --  Network technicians travel hundreds of thousands of miles across Florida
    in six high-tech vehicles to measure the quality of Verizon Wireless
    voice and data service calls all across the state.
    --  The company has a fleet of dozens of Cells on Wheels (COWS), Cells on
    Light Trucks (COLTS), and generators on trailers (GOaTS) that can be
    rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that need extra network
    --  Pre-arranging fuel delivery to mobile units and generators to keep the
    network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended
    period of time.
    --  Erecting new digital cell sites, of which about 75 percent have their
    own on-site generators and new expanded fuel tanks to extend their
    power-generating capacity.

    These initiatives are part of a network investment exceeding $2.2 billion in Florida since the company formed in 2000. Nationally, the company has invested more than $65 billion to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network, and to add new services.

    For more information on the Verizon Wireless network, products and services, visit

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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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    Verizon Wireless' Network is Ready as Hurricane Irene Set to Impact Georgia CoastCompany Offers Consumers Emergency Communications Tips

    ATLANTA, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With Hurricane Irene potentially impacting the Georgia Coast, residents should be ready with an emergency communication plan to keep their families safe and in touch.

    Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, offers these tips:

    --  Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry,
    accessible location.  Consider waterproof accessories or simple zip-lock
    storage bags to protect devices.
    --  Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged - in case local power is
    lost - well before warnings are issued.
    --  Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for
    back-up power.
    --  Maintain a list of emergency numbers - police and fire agencies; power
    and insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. - and
    program them into your phone.
    --  Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
    --  Download from a wide variety of weather- and safety-related applications
    for smartphones, tablets and other devices. Many of these apps are free.
    --  Use services such as Backup Assistant, a free Verizon Wireless
    application that stores a phone's address book on a secure server in
    case the phone is lost or damaged.

    If the storm threatens the region further, Verizon Wireless urges the following:

    --  Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless
    networks for emergency agencies and operations.
    --  Send brief text messages rather than voice calls for the same reasons as
    --  Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
    --  Check weather and news reports on wireless phone applications when power
    is out.

    "Early preparation is the key to staying safe," said Jeff Mango, president - Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless. "As for our network, we continually invest in its infrastructure to make sure the Verizon network is at optimum capacity for Georgia residents and first responders during any emergency."

    As previously announced, Verizon Wireless made numerous network enhancements the first half of 2011. From January through June, the company installed additional network capacity in 249 cities across Georgia - an investment worth $130M. New cell towers were turned on with the company's 4G LTE access in Palmetto, Cumming, Covington, Conyers, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austell, Douglasville, Woodstock and Peachtree City. The company's ongoing network investment in Georgia now totals more than $1.9 billion.

    For more information on the Verizon Wireless network, products and services, visit

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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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    Vote Now for Your Favorite Southern California Choir From Verizon's How Sweet the SoundOnline Votes Help Determine the Southern California V CAST People's Choice Award-Winner

    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online voting is now open for Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration, America's premier gospel music experience. Gospel music fans in Southern California can visit to review and vote on video essays submitted by local choirs who will perform in the How Sweet the Sound regional celebration at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on October 1. Online votes will be combined with votes from the live audience at the Los Angeles concert to determine the V CAST People's Choice Award-winner. Online voting is open now through Wednesday, August 31.

    For their video essays, choirs share their personal mission, the effects their music ministry has on their local communities and how they are helping others and uplifting those in need. Gospel enthusiasts can view each of the advancing choirs' essays and may vote for one regional finalist, once per day on At the close of online voting, the results will be tallied and announced on the website. Later, the online voting results will be combined with votes from the live audience - who will text to vote for their favorite choir based on the performances on stage. The combined results will decide the Southern California V CAST People's Choice Award-winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize at the live event.

    Details about Verizon's How Sweet the Sound, including schedules, online voting, judging criteria and official rules, are available online at

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: Broadcast-quality B-Roll featuring 2010 Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration coverage is available online. Log on to Verizon Wireless' Multimedia Library at to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally or by tape.)

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 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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    CenturyLink Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

    MONROE, La., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors voted to declare a quarterly cash dividend of $.725 per share, payable on September 16, 2011, to shareholders of record on September 6, 2011.


    CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink(TM) Prism(TM) TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms. CenturyLink's customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country's largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit

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    ERT Appoints Linda Deal Head of Health Outcomes Research

    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ERT, a global technology-driven provider of clinical services and customizable medical devices to biopharmaceutical and healthcare organizations, announced today the appointment of Linda Deal to lead ERT's Health Outcomes Research initiatives. This strategic appointment extends ERT's commitment to health outcomes research and augments its Patient Reported Outcomes capabilities and multi modality product offering with deeper scientific expertise.

    Jeffrey Litwin MD, President and CEO of ERT comments, "Linda's expertise and extensive industry knowledge will assist us in increasingly providing innovative outcomes research solutions to better serve our clients' developing needs. Having worked inside sponsor organizations and across a number of entities within the PRO community, Linda brings insight and perspective on the creation and implementation of Patient, Clinician and Observer reported outcomes. Her domain knowledge will enable her to add considerable value to ERT's offerings and to our clients."

    Ms Deal brings a breadth of experience in health outcomes and in the development and validation of patient reported assessments. Most recently she was the Immunology Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Lead at Janssen Pharma, a division of Johnson & Johnson, where she was responsible for developing and integrating the PRO strategy within the end to end development process. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Linda was head of the PRO Center in Global Health Outcomes Assessment (GHOA) at Wyeth Research, now Pfizer. She has also supported health economics and outcomes research for Wyeth, Research Triangle Institute, and Glaxo Welcome.

    Over her career, she has designed a number of assessments used in clinical trials today and has prepared over 20 regulatory briefing documents addressing PRO development and validation for supporting registration and labeling. She now brings this wealth of experience and expertise to benefit ERT's clients.

    In the context of health outcomes research ERT's multi modality ePRO solutions offer the advantages of simplicity, mobility and immediacy of use over traditional paper-based methods. The company offers its customers truly independent solutions and advice providing the appropriate ePRO modality considering the complexity, length, site location, patient population, budget and size of trial. ERT's ePRO suite comprises an IVR solution (VIAPhone(R)), a digital pen (VIAPen(R)), a handheld device (VIAPad(R)) and an internet application (VIAWeb(R)).

    For further information on ERT and its technology and services, please email , call +1 215 972 0420 or visit

    For further press information, please contact Fiona Robinson, the Scott Partnership, 1 Whiteside, Station Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 8AA, United Kingdom. Phone +44 1477 539 539, Fax +44 1477 539 540, Email

    About ERT

    ERT ( is a global technology-driven provider of clinical services and customizable medical devices to biopharmaceutical and healthcare organizations. It is the market leader for centralized cardiac safety and respiratory efficacy services in drug development and also collects, analyzes and distributes electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO) in multiple modalities across all phases of clinical research.

    Statements included in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied from such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's ability to obtain new contracts, variability in size, scope, and duration of projects, integration of acquisitions, competitive factors, technological development, market demand, and other factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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    Sears and Kmart Offer Enhanced Online Layaway Options to Ease Back-to-Campus SpendingNew Shopping and Pick-Up Options Help Parents and Students Better Manage Budgets

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent survey, conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and BIGresearch*, found that four out of five respondents think that the economy will impact their back-to-campus spending (83.7 percent). To help students manage their school year budget and simplify their shopping experience, Sears and Kmart have expanded their online layaway plans to make going back to class a breeze. New technology available on and allows college students and their parents to shop online and stretch their payments out over time. What's more, parents and students can now pick up their online layaway items at a Sears or Kmart store nearest their college campus to ease moving hassles and avoid added costs of shipping supplies.


    "At Sears and Kmart, we aim to give college students quality products, services and shopping solutions while maintaining sensible affordability," said Salima Yala, divisional vice president, Layaway, Sears Holdings. "The opportunity to help students and their families cut costs and make smart decisions lets them know that, as a customer, they can count on Sears and Kmart for their shopping needs."

    This year, parents and students also report that advanced planning and online shopping tools help in maximizing budgets and facilitating the transition back to campus. According to the same NRF survey, approximately 53 percent of back-to-campus shoppers will head to a mass merchant retailer to source items such as bedding, mini refrigerators and electronics. Students will also take inventory of what they already have and use online shopping tools, such as layaway, to stretch their budget and find good deals to round out their school needs.

    Layaway at Sears or Kmart is available year round and allows shoppers to purchase items using an eight- or 12-week payment plan. Following a $15 or 10 percent down payment, bi-weekly payments are made for the length of the contract. The initiation fee on all new layaway contracts is just $5. Busy consumers can also visit or to shop using online layaway and manage payments. Cancellation fees may apply.

    About Sears Holdings Corporation

    Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with over 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Sears Holdings is the 2011 ENERGY STAR(R) Retail Partner of the Year. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at

    *National Retail Federation, 2011 Back-to-School / Back-to-College Survey

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    Discovery Communications Expands Commitment to American Job Growth and Job Skills Development-- Partnering with Montgomery College on job skills program for students in Maryland ---- Discovery Education to launch new community college service to deliver high-quality digital content --

    SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Communications today announced the expansion of its 'Discover Your Skills' public affairs job skills program, including a partnership with Montgomery College focused on better preparing students with the necessary skills to take advantage of available job opportunities, and the airing of eight public service announcements (PSAs) across its U.S. networks and digital platforms highlighting career opportunities in the skilled trades, and the importance of training workers to fill critical jobs in manufacturing, health care, energy, technology, construction and other industries.

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    Also today, Discovery announced that its Discovery Education division will introduce a community college service for the 2012-2013 academic year. Leveraging Discovery Education's position as the leading provider of digital content to U.S. K-12 schools, the new service will provide curriculum-based content to support post-secondary institutions and prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in today's job market.

    The partnership with Montgomery College will include internships, guest lecturers, resume development and other programs designed to prepare students with marketable job skills.

    The new initiatives and three of the PSAs were unveiled today at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Md., by Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Penny Pritzker, Advisory Board Chair, Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute.

    "If we want to compete, win, and prosper in the global economy, then we must be leaders in the ways we advance and strengthen the skills and education of our people," said Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. "Growing our economy takes more than just attracting business and creating jobs, it also requires equipping those businesses and filling those jobs with a world-class Maryland workforce. We are pleased to partner with Discovery Communications to help provide more of our people with the education and skills to be successful."

    "Addressing the growing gap between the needs of employers and the skills of America's workforce is a critical issue for the country's success, and a key to lowering unemployment and boosting the economy on both the local and national level," said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. "We are proud to be launching Discovery Education's community college service that will target the critical training needed for citizens to get the skills necessary to find employment opportunities, and by partnering with Montgomery College, we are helping the local communities where Discovery operates to give students marketable skills that will provide greater access to job opportunities."

    "We are proud to partner with Discovery to provide our students with greater access to career opportunities that will prepare them for success in today's competitive global economy," said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College. "At Montgomery College, we recognize that higher education benefits both the individual and the broader community, and we are working to increase degree completion by nearly two-thirds by 2025. With support from Discovery and other business partners, our graduates will contribute to the future economic growth of Montgomery County and the state of Maryland."

    'Discover Your Skills' is a multimedia public affairs campaign designed to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise, and to raise awareness of career opportunities. It includes, an online resource providing links and information to help educate, prepare and advance entry to the workforce.

    As part of 'Discover Your Skills,' Discovery is partnering with Skills for America's Future, a non-partisan partnership of businesses and community colleges, announced by President Obama, with a mission to address the dual problems of unemployment and the difficulty many employers face in finding workers with the right skills. Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav is a member of the Advisory Board of Skills for America's Future. Skills for America's Future, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor collaborated with Discovery on the development of

    "Community colleges and workforce partners are absolutely essential to helping Americans gain the skills to obtain and keep good jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We all have to work together to educate our way to a better economy, and partnerships like these can give Americans the tools they need to have more opportunities in today's global marketplace."

    "I'm excited to see a company with the strong reputation and reach of Discovery making this type of commitment to connecting the public to training and career opportunities in skilled trades," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Labor Department offers many free programs and tools to help expand opportunities and get America back to work, and it is fantastic to see them highlighted as a central component of this effort."

    "The most effective economic development investment we can make today is an investment in tomorrow's skills," said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. "Our Skills2Compete initiative has helped us build a trained workforce to compete in the New Economy. I commend Discovery Communications for standing up and being a corporate leader in the effort to build the skills for America's future."

    "I commend Montgomery College and Discovery Communications on the foresight behind this partnership that has the potential to affect the futures of many local employers and employees," said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. "Good preparation is vital to the success of any endeavor, mission, project or job. The value of the partnership lies in the fact that it will help ensure that students with certain job skills are sufficiently prepared to use those skills to benefit themselves, their employers and, in turn, the economy."

    "Through raising awareness about career opportunities and working hand-in-hand with community colleges, Discovery Communications has shown a true commitment to helping Americans obtain the skills they need," said Penny Pritzker, Advisory Board Chair, Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute. "This collaboration between Discovery Communications and Skills for America's Future will help America's workers and businesses succeed."

    Content for Discovery Education's community college service is being developed in collaboration with the Higher Education Research & Development Institute (HERDI) and its advisory board of community college presidents to ensure that it is current, accurate and relevant for both instructors and students. Discovery Education also will work with like-minded companies to develop additional resources that will be available at no additional cost.

    "Discovery Education is committed to working with community college systems across the country to develop a service and provide ongoing support specifically designed to meet their needs," said Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education. "As the leading provider of digital educational content to U.S. schools, we will leverage our expertise to deliver the highest quality content for adult learners regardless of how they best learn or where they are in the learning process."

    The eight 'Discover Your Skills' PSAs feature Discovery on-air talent including Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel's DIRTY JOBS WITH MIKE ROWE, Buddy Valastro of TLC's CAKE BOSS and Jeannette Torres from Discovery Familia. The PSAs unveiled today can be viewed online at and The PSAs will begin airing across Discovery's U.S. networks on August 29.

    'Discover Your Skills' is part of Discovery Impact, which leverages the power of Discovery's brands, businesses and employees to give back and make a direct impact on the communities in which we live and work.

    About Discovery Education

    Discovery Communications revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at

    About Discovery Impact

    Through its Discovery Impact programs, Discovery Communications leverages the power of its brands, businesses and employees to give back to the world. From programming that inspires and educates to annual events that make a direct impact on the communities in which we live and work, Discovery strives to celebrate, support and sustain the majesty of the earth's people, animals and natural beauty. For more information about how Discovery is making an impact, please visit:

    About Discovery Communications

    Discovery Communications is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 139 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including For more information, please visit

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    Beloit College Mindset List Announced Via Mediasite WebcastFor the fourth consecutive year, Mindset authors share thoughts about the class of 2015 via Mediasite

    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beloit College announced its 14th annual Mindset List via webcast using Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc. , the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management.

    The webcast is now available at

    The Mindset List, conceived by Beloit's former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. It was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. Mindset List websites at Beloit College, Mindset Moment, the Mediasite webcast and their Facebook page receive more than a million hits annually.

    "The single most frequent comment we get is from people asking if we're trying to make them feel old with this list. Every year when they read it they feel more and more out of touch," said McBride. "It's not that we're all getting old. It's that the pace of culture and information change is faster than it ever was before."

    "The themes that show up in this year's Mindset List are that it's always been a different world for these students. It's significant that this class was born the year the internet became accessible to the public so there's always been an internet ramp on the information superhighway. The internet has always been a part of their daily lives," said Nief.

    Some of the authors' favorites from the Mindset List for the Internet Class of 2015 include:

    --  They "swipe" cards, not merchandise.
    --  Their school's "blackboards" have always been getting smarter.
    --  "Don't touch that dial!"....what dial?
    --  O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson
    and Ronald Goldman.
    --  Women have never been too old to have children.
    --  Japan has always been importing rice.
    --  We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
    --  They've always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus.
    --  There has never been an official Communist Party in the Soviet Union.
    --  Faux Christmas trees have always outsold real ones.
    --  Music has always been available via free downloads.
    --  Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as
    a doorstop.
    --  Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
    --  Electric cars have always been humming in relative silence on the road.

    New this year, Nief and McBride have released a new book based on the list, The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley & Sons).

    "We've been following the Mindset List since its early years and believe it offers value not only to faculty on the popular perspectives of the class of 2015, but also to the technology partners of colleges and universities. As an educational technology company, we believe it's critical to pay attention to the mindset of students in order to understand the ultimate consumer of the learning innovations we produce," said Sean Brown, vice president of education for Sonic Foundry.

    The authors use Mediasite by Sonic Foundry for their webcast. Trusted by more than 900 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.

    About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.

    Sonic Foundry is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Event Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

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

    Sonic Foundry, Inc.

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    McGraw-Hill Education Professional Development Launches Affordable Online Training for TeachersInteractive Professional Development Workshops and Resources are Accessible Anywhere and Use Engaging Multimedia to Increase Teacher Effectiveness

    NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Education is offering to teachers nationwide a new series of online, media-rich professional development programs. The Gibson Hasbrouck Online Workshops offer teachers high quality professional training resources, which cover key issues including differentiated instruction, managing behavior and Response to Invention (RtI).

    "The McGraw-Hill Professional Development (MHPD) workshops have the potential to transform classroom practice by providing teachers with the easy-to-access training programs they demand," said Beth McBride, vice president of MHPD and School Custom Solutions. "The online workshops are an affordable alternative to conventional onsite sessions, which is so important at a time when budgets and resources are already spread so thin."

    The MHPD online workshops feature the work of renowned education authors Vicki Gibson, Ph.D. and Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., who have partnered with McGraw-Hill to develop e-learning modules for teachers. The modules are interactive, video-rich, and accessible at all times through the McGraw-Hill ConnectEd platform. The workshops are designed for teachers who experience real challenges in the classroom and need practical implementation strategies that transform classroom practice.

    With Common Core State Standards just around the corner, teachers must prepare for an increasingly collaborative classroom, one in which students build foundational communication skills. These workshops develop an understanding of the instructional routines and procedures needed to create an environment focused on collaborative communication.

    The MHPD workshops offer a cost-effective alternative to onsite professional development that features an engaging experience using video clips, demonstrations, animations, and online practice activities - all aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and driving overall student achievement.

    Teacher and administrators taking the workshops are invited to join the Gibson Hasbrouck online community on, the free social networking site developed exclusively for teachers, students, and schools. This McGraw-Hill community connects teachers and administrators to Gibson Hasbrouck associates and provides a venue for them to share ideas and strategies with other educators implementing the workshop techniques.

    The Gibson Hasbrouck Workshops, available this fall, can also be delivered as on-site professional development through the McGraw-Hill Center for Comprehensive School Improvement.

    For more information about Gibson Hasbrouck Online Workshops, visit

    To learn more about McGraw-Hill's complete professional development offerings, visit

    About McGraw-Hill School Education

    McGraw-Hill School Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading global 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. McGraw-Hill School Education 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

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

    McGraw-Hill Education; McGraw-Hill School Education

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    The Dallas Morning News Enhances Local CoverageNeighborsgo distribution growth and Metro's regional focus benefit readers, advertisers

    DALLAS, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dallas Morning News announced the successful launch of its enhanced approach to local coverage in neighborsgo and the Metro section of the newspaper last weekend. The improvements were designed to increase the community-specific coverage of the weekly neighborsgo publications and bring a more regional focus to the daily Metro section.

    Neighborsgo is now distributed in Briefing and continues to be delivered inside the Friday edition of The Dallas Morning News. This new home delivery strategy increases the distribution of neighborsgo by nearly 200,000 households for a combined total of more than 340,000 households in North Texas. Neighborsgo will also be available online, inside the Friday eEdition of The Dallas Morning News. Single-copy and free rack distribution of neighborsgo have been discontinued.

    Community coverage has increased from 44 to 71 neighborhoods and suburban areas throughout the Dallas area. Grouped into 11 weekly zoned editions, neighborsgo follows shopping patterns and demographics, key criteria that provide new opportunities for advertisers to drill down to their geographic targets in a more specific, cost-effective way.

    "As the leading provider of local news and information in the Dallas area, we are continuing to invest in our in-depth local news coverage and distribution," said CEO and publisher Jim Moroney. "The increased coverage area and distribution of neighborsgo improves our service to the many communities that make up our distribution area and also gives advertisers more visibility and exposure in more neighborhoods."

    As part of its identity as a "window on your community," neighborsgo now includes Good Kid, Police Blotter, School Briefs and Community Voices, all features that were previously published inside Metro. Each edition also features rotating columns by city officials and community leaders. Published stories and photos will continue to be a combination of consumer-generated and staff-written articles first posted on

    "People want to see local news and ads that are relevant to them," said Oscar Martinez, publisher of neighborsgo. "This move clarifies the roles of Metro and neighborsgo and puts us in a position to further engage both readers and advertisers."

    At the same time, the Metro section of The News has been repositioned to have a regional focus. Content has been organized thematically for readers' convenience, with topics including public safety, education, transportation, neighborhood profiles and much more.

    "In all, these changes have two important and positive effects," continued Moroney. "We are giving our engaged readers more focused, meaningful content in a greater number of communities, and we are giving our advertisers more targeted and cost-effective tools to reach audiences. I am confident that the improved focus and distribution of our content will be well received by both the communities and the advertisers we serve."

    About The Dallas Morning News

    Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News ( is Texas' leading newspaper. Its portfolio of print and online products reach an average daily audience of more than 1.1 million. The newspaper has received nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. In 2010, The News received the Pulitzer Prize for an editorial series highlighting the economic disparity between the northern half and southern half of Dallas. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, Al Dia and the nation's first editorial blog. In 2007, the paper established one of the country's first consumer-generated community news sites, In 2008, the paper launched the free, home-delivered quick-read, Briefing. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation.

    About A. H. Belo Corporation

    A. H. Belo Corporation , headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished newspaper publishing and local news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and a diverse group of websites. A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the U.S. and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), serving the Inland Southern California region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Company publishes various niche publications targeting specific audiences, and its partnerships and/or investments include the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium and Classified Ventures, owner of A. H. Belo also owns and operates commercial printing, distribution and direct mail service businesses. Additional information is available at or by contacting David A. Gross, vice president/Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis, at 214-977-4810.

    Statements in this communication concerning A. H. Belo Corporation's (the "Company's") business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, dividends, capital expenditures, investments, impairments, pension plan contributions, real estate sales, future financings, and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements.

    Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, changes in capital market conditions and prospects, and other factors such as changes in advertising demand and newsprint prices; newspaper circulation trends and other circulation matters, including changes in readership methods, patterns and demography, and audits and related actions by the Audit Bureau of Circulations; challenges implementing increased subscription pricing and new pricing structures; challenges in achieving expense reduction goals, and on schedule, and the resulting potential effects on operations; technological changes; development of Internet commerce; industry cycles; changes in pricing or other actions by existing and new competitors and suppliers; labor relations; regulatory, tax and legal changes; adoption of new accounting standards or changes in existing accounting standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting standard-setting bodies or authorities; the effects of Company acquisitions, dispositions, co-owned ventures, and investments; pension plan matters; general economic conditions and changes in interest rates; significant armed conflict; and other factors beyond our control, as well as other risks described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The Dallas Morning News

    CONTACT: Stephanie Hoefken, +1-214-891-7693,, for The Dallas Morning News

    Web site:

    Infrax (IFXY) Open Letter Announcing Our Recent Corporate ActionAn Open Letter from the Co-Chairman and the CEO

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- INFRAX SYSTEMS, Inc. , a global provider of unified Smart Grid-related products and services for the Energy and Utility industries, announced today that its Board of Directors, as approved by their majority shareholder, has filed to reverse split the Company's common stock with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA").

    The 1 for 500 reverse stock-split is scheduled to take effect on or about September 9, 2011 with the "Record Date" of August 26th, 2011. Upon approval of the Reverse Split, FINRA will change our trading symbol from IFXY to IFXYD temporary for trading purposes. The Certificate of Change was approved and adopted by the Board of Directors in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Nevada Revised Statutes. After the effectiveness of the Reverse Stock Split, the Board will file with the State of Nevada to decrease the number of authorized shares of the Company's Common Stock from 5,000,000,000 to 200,000,000 shares. The reverse will also affect all series of Preferred.

    "The Board of Directors feels that the time is right for this action given our pending acquisitions, discussions with large utility customers and licensers' of our technologies," stated Sam Talari, Infrax Co-Chairman. "Deciding on this event was not an easy decision and a very hard pill to swallow, but the clarity began more apparent with the overall market condition and our declining stock price in which we believe showed only a resemblance of our net tangible & intangible book value hence exposing us to a potential hostile takeover. We believe that our current technology holdings, our current customers, our future smart grid customers, our future licensers of our technologies and our current and future patent portfolios are and shall demand valuations exceeding far above what we have traded at the highest point within our trading history. Although there is an inherent risk in any corporate actions, we believe that this decision by our board will enable us to execute our business plan most efficiently while safe guarding our Company and its valuable assets for our shareholders."

    The Reverse Split/Share Reduction Amendment was approved for several reasons including but not limited to:

    --  At the stage we are in with several utility clients, it is important
    that our share price be perceived positively;
    --  As we proceed with our relationship with major meter manufacturers, it
    is important that they and their distributors perceive Infrax as a long
    term partner in the smart grid sector;
    --  A stronger company will aid in the continued recruitment of world-class
    talent as we expand operations, increase production, and enter new
    global markets;
    --  To help close our open acquisitions hence increasing our patent and
    technology portfolio.

    "We have made great progress over the past few months and it is important that going forward we are viewed as a legitimate Company within our market sector by our clients and partners," said Paul J. Aiello, Infrax CEO. "With the recent actions or filings by our major competitors to go public, we expect that our action will increase institutional and analyst interest in our products and services."

    About INFRAX Systems

    Infrax Systems offers a series of interrelated operational management, communications, and grid security related products and services known as Secure Intelligent Energy Platform (SIEP). Our products enable a comprehensive and unified solution for communications and applications management of the Smart Grid. SIEP(TM) incorporates a wide array of communications, security, device and data management tools for Smart Grid applications such as advanced metering solutions and grid optimization. SIEP platform creates a unified solution to securely manage Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation. Infrax's secure smart grid platform, incorporates a communications transport and management system, (Grid Mesh(TM)), device and data security management, and ultimately secures intelligent endpoint devices (SIED). The secure management of the "last mile" backhaul will be necessary for utilities to implement Smart Grid applications including AMI, real-time pricing, Demand Side Management (DSM), Distribution Monitoring and Automation. When combined, these applications can offer economic, operational and environmental benefits for utilities, and ultimately the utility's customers.

    For INFRAX Systems information, contact or visit

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements covered within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply and demand conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact and involve risks and uncertainties. Our expectations regarding future revenues depend upon our ability to develop and supply products and services that we may not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in pervasive markets.

    Contact:Media Contact:Infrax Systems, Inc.investors@infraxinc.com727-498-8514


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    IBM Helps Business Partners Reach New Markets With Netezza Appliances

    ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitalizing on the successful integration of its Netezza acquisition, IBM has launched a global initiative to help its Business Partners expand their analytics portfolio with IBM Netezza appliances. The initiative includes sales, marketing, and technical resources to make it easier for partners to market and sell Netezza into industries with strong demand for business analytics such as financial services, healthcare, and energy and utilities.


    Netezza appliances are an attractive entry point into business analytics for IBM partners. Unlike competing appliances, Netezza can be up and running in 24 hours and analyze petabytes of data significantly faster at a lower cost per terabyte. The simplicity and ease-of-use of Netezza allows partners to quickly place analytics directly into the hands of business users within every department of a client's organization including sales, marketing, product development and human resources.

    With today's news, IBM partners can help credit-qualified clients finance Netezza appliances through IBM Global Financing with fast approvals on zero percent financing for 12 months. Clients can also take advantage of flexible payment options and terms including competitive 24 and 36-month rates with options that let them match payments to anticipated cash flow. Credit-qualified IBM partners in North America can take advantage of a new 24-month lease to place Netezza inside their data centers for demonstration, development, testing and training purposes.*

    "Netezza appliances provide IBM resellers, systems integrators and independent software vendors with a unique opportunity to grow their business," said Arvind Krishna, general manager, IBM Information Management. "Business analytics is going mainstream and IBM's goal is to arm its partners with the right skills and support to help our clients take advantage of this trend. These resources are geared to make it easy for our partners to quickly infuse Netezza into their business model."

    Netezza Resources for Partners

    --  Global Skills Bootcamps: IBM partners have access to more than a dozen
    no-charge skills bootcamps to gain hands-on training on how to set up,
    manage and maintain Netezza appliances. These four day bootcamps cover
    both technical and business best practices and participants can earn
    mastery certification upon completion of the course. Bootcamps are
    scheduled at client sites and IBM locations in key markets including the
    United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Malaysia, Taiwan,
    Argentina, Columbia, Belgium and Poland. Additional markets will be
    scheduled throughout the year.

    --  Proofs of Concepts: IBM partners can bring clients into any of IBM's
    global network of 40 Innovation Centers to test Netezza appliances.
    Partners can also build and optimize a new generation of business
    analytics applications to run on top of Netezza appliances.

    --  Software Value Plus (SVP): On October 1, qualified IBM partners can
    become authorized to resell Netezza appliances under the Software Value
    Plus program. SVP is IBM's authorized distribution model which offers
    partners the potential to maximize profits by reselling Netezza and
    other IBM products based on client needs and a partner's investment in
    skills. Authorization will help ensure that clients get the right
    technology, reduce the risk inherent in any deployment and increase
    return on investment. Benefits to partners can include incremental
    co-marketing funds to drive new leads, the use of a mark to distinguish
    partners from their competitors, joint go to market planning, and
    financial incentives rewarding industry solution sales.

    --  Software Value Incentive (SVI): On October 1, qualified IBM partners can
    earn fee based incentives for identifying new sales leads and actively
    engaging in Netezza sales. SVI rewards partners for their contribution
    throughout the sales process with a focus on midmarket opportunities.

    IBM partner Fuzzy Logix is a predictive analytics software and services company that enables clients to embed analytics directly in their business processes, enterprise applications, mobile devices and Web services using in-database analytics that run inside the data warehouse. "Fuzzy Logix will use these resources from IBM to uncover global business opportunities and deliver higher value services to our clients," said Mike Upchurch, COO at Fuzzy Logix. "Our company has a long history of working with Netezza and our joint technologies are proven to help businesses quickly realize the benefits of analytics."

    Netezza appliances are workload optimized systems based on IBM BladeCenter Technology. A workload optimized system is integrated hardware and software designed for industry-specific needs. Just as Netezza defined the data warehouse appliance market, IBM defined workload optimization with decades of experience building vertically integrated systems.

    IBM partner Aginity specializes in reselling large databases and high-performance analytics to help clients turn their data into intelligent, profitable and actionable insight. "Aginity relies on IBM Netezza technology to help our clients bring big data and analytics together to create actionable and operational customer intelligence, especially in the retail and media industries," said Ted Westerheide, Chief Architect at Aginity. "We welcome IBM's extensive business analytics portfolio as we add depth to our offerings and expand into new markets."

    On September 15, IBM will host a worldwide Webcast that details how IBM Business Partners can take advantage of these resources to market and sell Netezza appliances. For more information on this and additional Netezza Webcasts for partners, visit:

    For more information on IBM Global Financing, visit:

    For more information on IBM Netezza skills bootcamps, visit:

    For more information on IBM Innovation Centers, visit:

    * Additional terms and conditions may apply. IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates for credit-qualified clients and are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension or withdrawal without notice. Software financing is for one-time charge items only and is provided by means of a loan.

    Contact:Payal Patel

    PRN Photo Desk, IBM

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    ZipRealty Introduces Rich New Features to its Android AppNew features include all available MLS listings of homes for sale, complete home data, unique action bar, cross-platform synchronization and Facebook Connect

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZipRealty, , the nationally-ranked, full-service real estate brokerage powered by proprietary technology and effective online marketing, announced today the introduction of a rich new feature set for its free mobile real estate application for Android OS devices. The new and improved ZipRealty for Android application is available for download now via the Google Android Market and the Amazon App Store for Android.


    The ZipRealty for Android application provides a reliable, high-quality, on-the-go mobile real estate search that allows users to sync up their home search wherever they are, and search for homes in over 5,000 cities and neighborhoods in the 23 major U.S. metro areas that ZipRealty serves.

    New features within the ZipRealty for Android application include:

    --  All available MLS listings of homes 'for sale' and more complete MLS
    data on each home
    --  An action bar that enables users to easily request a visit, ask a
    question, contact their ZipRealty agent, and save any home they are
    interested in from every home details screen within the app
    --  Cross-platform synchronization: any homes saved are now synced with each
    user's ZipRealty website account and vice versa allowing users to sync
    up their search wherever they are
    --  The option to log in using Facebook Connect
    --  Share home details with friends and family via Facebook or email
    --  Home estimates from HomeGain and eppraisal from each home details screen
    --  Create a ZipRealty account from within the app
    --  Upgraded, visually rich map search results with embedded 'for sale' and
    recently sold prices

    "Providing a high-quality mobile app that mirrors the same excellent user experience our customers have on our website is important because the home buying process is extensively a mobile one - driving streets, touring open houses, walking neighborhoods, and looking at schools," said Lanny Baker, CEO of ZipRealty. "The real killer app, however, lies in the combination of our local, knowledgeable real estate agents and our technology."

    The ZipRealty iOS and Android mobile applications have been downloaded over one million times since their initial launch in December 2009 and March 2010, respectively. ZipRealty applications are consistently ranked among the top 10 real estate apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Android Market. According to a recent report by Gartner Research, the projected market growth for Android devices is expected to jump from 38.5 percent in 2011 to 48.8 percent in 2015, or 539.3 million Android devices worldwide.

    Additional information and screenshots of the application may be found on the ZipRealty website at

    About ZipRealty, Inc.

    ZipRealty is a leading full-service residential real estate brokerage focused on finding better, faster ways to connect clients with the information, tools and professional services they value to complete their residential real estate transactions. The Company serves its clients through its combination of a leading online presence, robust proprietary technology and knowledgeable local real estate professionals in the field. The Company's award-winning, user-friendly website and mobile applications give its clients on-the-go access to comprehensive local Multiple Listing Services home listings data, as well as other relevant market and neighborhood information and tools. The Company's proprietary technology, including its agent productivity platform, helps increase the efficiency of real estate agents while reducing customer acquisition and management costs, allowing the Company to invest in making its value proposition differentiated and more attractive to both clients and agents. Founded in 1999, the Company operates in 23 major markets in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The Company also has referral arrangements with third-party brokerages in two markets where it does not conduct its own brokerage operations. For more information on ZipRealty, visit or call 1-800-CALL-ZIP.

    Media Contacts: Mindy M. Hull Ginny Cain Mercury Global Partners for ZipRealty Mercury Global Partners for ZipRealty Tel. +1 415 889 9977 Tel. + 1 510 918 0331

    PRN Photo Desk, ZipRealty

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    NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, the Miss Universe Organization will offer a fan vote and an on-screen interactive technology to increase fan engagement worldwide during the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE(R) Competition. The pageant will air LIVE from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday, September 12th at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Launching today is a pre-pageant fan vote built by CommerceTel that will grant one of the 89 contestants automatic advancement to the semifinals, which will be announced during the LIVE telecast. On the night of the show, the iPowow "In The Now" technology will enable the home audience to 'gamify' their viewing experience by voting in real-time for their favorite contestant during the live telecast.

    "CommerceTEL and IPOWOW technologies are two ways that we are incorporating our fans into our show and having them play an active role in the competition," says Colin Hornett, Director of Digital Multimedia at the Miss Universe Organization. "We are constantly searching for new ways to involve our fans, and hope that we can continue to be at the forefront of fan engagement with our incredible global reach of approximately 1 billion followers from all over the world during the Miss Universe competition."

    Fans Vote Their Favorite Contestant Into the Semifinals

    Leading up to the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE(R) Competition, fans in represented countries will be able to vote online for their favorite contestant to automatically reach the semifinals using CommerceTel's voting interface. Fans can vote online at or through Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. ET. Fans may rank the contestants a total of 10 times per day. The contestant with the highest average score will advance to the semifinals.

    Fans Can Play Along As "Virtual Judges" During the Telecast

    The collaboration with iPowow takes fan involvement to the next level by allowing viewers to play the role of 'virtual judge', while watching at home. The free web application will be available at or as soon as the show starts on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Viewers can score each contestant on iPowow's 'Second Screen' voting system from their smartphone, tablet or PC. While the fans are ranking each contestant during the live pageant, they can also share their responses via Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile, the "fan voting meter" on the home audience's television screen will instantly reveal which contestant is most favored by the fans. The show's celebrity judges will ultimately decide who will be crowned the next Miss Universe. The iPowow technology captivated audiences of the 2011 MISS USA(R) Pageant with more than 12.6 million total votes and an average of 30,000 votes per second.

    The MISS UNIVERSE(R) Competition is in its 60th year of production. The delegate crowned Miss Universe 2011 will take home the coveted crown and spend her reign supporting charitable alliances worldwide!


    The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. For more information, visit:

    Follow Miss Universe:



    Twitter: TheRealMissU


    The iPowow platform gives broadcasters, TV producers and advertisers the power to create a new breed of participation television using compelling engagement: Live-and-in-the-Now. Best of all, it generates significant advertising and sponsorship revenue streams from mobile browsers. For more information on how the mobile web and participation television is changing the way we watch TV, visit:


    CommerceTel is an award-winning provider of proprietary mobile marketing technologies and the inventor of C4, a unique, enterprise-grade platform empowering brands to engage mobile consumers via multiple channels. The only system of its kind, C4 is a cloud-based solution providing broad mobile communications and extensive CRM features. It is integrated with multiple tier-one PSTN/ IP carriers and micropayment processing facilities as well as with carrier premium SMS billing systems. Customers include CNN, Miss Universe Organization, Disney, Sony Pictures, AT&T, Verizon, USA Network, numerous professional sports franchises, the Golf Channel, and NBC Universal.

    Miss Universe Organization

    CONTACT: Miss Universe Organization, Brenda Mendoza,, +1-212-373-4983, or Miss Universe Organization,
    Kristen Spirko,, +1-212-373-4986; or Rubenstein
    Public Relations, Dara Busch,, +1-212-843-8079

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    Washington Trust Selects EMC and VMware for Private CloudBank's 90% Virtualized Private Cloud Infrastructure Drastically Simplifies Provisioning, Consolidates 50 Servers to 4, Increases Performance, and Reduces Backup Data Capacity 95%

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation today announced that The Washington Trust Company, the nation's oldest community bank, has built a high performance, cost effective private cloud with EMC(R) unified storage , EMC backup and recovery , and VMware(R) vSphere(R) virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. With a 90% virtualized infrastructure, the bank has achieved faster delivery of new server and unified storage resources, substantial cost savings and improved backup and disaster recovery of core applications, including Oracle and Microsoft Exchange.

    Customer Benefits:

    --  Improved simplicity--servers and unified storage are provisioned in a
    few hours compared to weeks with their previous storage solution.
    --  Dramatic cost savings and return on investment--operational and
    maintenance costs decreased substantially due to a 15:1 server
    --  Increased performance--90% virtualized private cloud infrastructure
    based on EMC unified storage, VMware virtualization and cloud
    infrastructure technology delivered faster response times for branch
    employees and Internet banking customers who access online check images.
    --  Better efficiency--95% (20x) reduction in backup data capacity
    requirements as well as rapid restores and network-efficient replication
    for disaster recovery were achieved with EMC Data Domain(R) systems.

    Unified Storage and VMware Server Consolidation in the Cloud

    Washington Trust's growth strategy was beginning to present challenges to its existing IT infrastructure. Managing and scaling their previous IT environment was becoming a more time consuming and expensive process.

    Washington Trust decided to build a private cloud using EMC unified storage and VMware vSphere virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. They virtualized environments using VMware technology including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server-based check and statement imaging, loan processing, as well as Oracle test and development servers.

    "After we moved to a cloud computing environment we began seeing exponentially better performance," said Mark Smithey, Washington Trust Vice President of Technology Services. "This made a big difference to branch customer service representatives and online banking customers who need immediate access to check images."

    "Now, our server and unified storage resources are ready in a few hours at no additional IT operational cost. Because we virtualized 90% of our IT infrastructure, we reduced our servers from 50 to just 4, resulting in additional cost savings in our data center operations. With our EMC and VMware cloud, IT has become an enabler of growth and banking services to our customers," said Smithey. "Supporting our users in a faster, more efficient and agile way has been amazing. We can develop strategic plans and solutions that will allow us to scale three to five years down the line."

    The Bank also plans to virtualize its Oracle core banking servers as well as any new servers. In the next phase of its journey to cloud, Washington Trust is looking at virtualizing desktops with VMware View(TM) and a Vblock(TM) Infrastructure Platform from VCE, the Virtual Computing Company, formed by Cisco and EMC, with investments from VMware and Intel.

    Next-Generation Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

    Washington Trust's tape backups were also becoming a challenge for the Bank because of their environment's enormous data growth. Specifically, backup windows were increasing and backup and recovery was becoming less reliable. As a result, Washington Trust evaluated new backup options and selected EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems.

    Washington Trust replaced tape backup with two Data Domain systems. One Data Domain system protects local backup data and replicates it to a second Data Domain system at the remote location for disaster recovery.

    "Our Data Domain backup systems are core to our disaster recovery strategy," said Smithey. "Not only did we eliminate tapes, but our data reduction rate is 95%, meaning our backup storage capacity requirements are 20-times less than before. It's also much faster and easier to restore. A typical 10 megabyte file used to take over an hour to restore. With Data Domain, we get it back in five minutes. And our backups are fully replicated to our remote site which allows us to sleep easier at night."

    Washington Trust depends on EMC RecoverPoint(R) continuous remote replication (CRR) to replicate business-critical applications, such as Exchange, Oracle core banking and other applications. VMware vCenter(TM) Site Recovery Manager integrates with RecoverPoint to automate disaster recovery of the bank's virtual infrastructure.

    "With our EMC and VMware powered private cloud if we need to switch over to our remote site, we just press a few buttons and everything is recovered in minutes compared to the hours it used to take," said Smithey. "For example, our remote copy of our Oracle database and primary database are synchronized within five minutes or less when before there was a 30-60 minute lag."

    Additional Resources

    --  View the customer video

    About EMC

    EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset -- information -- in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at

    EMC, Data Domain and RecoverPoint are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. VMware, VMware View, VMware vCenter and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

    EMC Corporation

    CONTACT: Jen Boucher of EMC Corporation, +1-508-249-6837,

    Web site:

    TI-Nspire CX Handheld from Texas Instruments Enables Math and Science Learning Wherever Students GoValue of New Color-Display TI-Nspire CX Handheld Extends Beyond the Classroom

    DALLAS, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether they're in the classroom or library, studying at home or doing hands-on data collection in the field, students heading back to school with the new color-display TI-Nspire(TM) CX handheld can easily bring math and science concepts to life.

    Many schools provide calculators for use in the math classroom for a few hours a week. Yet learning real-world math and science concepts can take place anytime, anywhere when students have access to their own interactive learning tools such as the new color-display TI-Nspire CX handheld. Using the TI-Nspire(TM) Student Software, which is included with a retail purchase of the TI-Nspire CX handheld, students can work either on the handheld or work on exercises on their PC or Mac(R) computer at home.

    Research(1) indicates that students tend do better in math when they use a graphing calculator both in class and at home. Research(2) also indicates that the more students use graphing calculators during instruction, the higher they tend to score on tests.

    The TI-Nspire CX handheld is permitted for use SAT*, AP*, PSAT/NSMQT*, IB(R), and ACT(R) college entrance exams, as well as many state standardized tests. Students can even download sample SAT and ACT test questions for practice.

    Students can also use their TI-Nspire handheld in science class whether in the classroom, the lab or the field. Using TI-Nspire handheld or Student Software version 3.0, students can collect rich, real-world data using the TI-Nspire Lab Cradle and more than 60 data collection sensors. The TI-Nspire Lab Cradle and data collection sensors are science classroom equipment purchased by schools.

    Owning a TI-Nspire CX handheld is an investment that students can use from middle school through high school and college for both math and science courses.

    "It's really helpful for me to have a TI-Nspire calculator at home so I can move at my own pace," said Tina Liu, who recently graduated from Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio. "For example, the teacher will do something in class and perhaps move slower or faster than I go. When I go home with my own calculator and the document we used in class, I can look over stuff I didn't understand before or move faster on parts I understood but other students didn't."

    Jon Michael Valantine, who also recently attended Fitch High School, agrees. "It's really nice to be able to take the calculator home. You can get documents off of the class web site or you can share documents with other students. It's great just being able to have the same technology at home while you do your homework or study for the test."

    Both Liu and Valantine studied math with TI-Nspire technology throughout their high school careers, and both participated in the first classroom pilot of the TI-Nspire CX handheld.

    The new TI-Nspire CX handheld, with its 16-bit, 320 x 240 pixel, high-resolution color display, helps students better visualize formulas and scientific equations; interpret data, charts and graphics; and view full-color images and animations to highlight concepts and deepen understanding. The TI-Nspire CX handheld's ability to show multiple representations of a math activity using color enhances students' connections to key ideas as they view and analyze their work side-by-side as an equation, table, graph or text problem.

    For a list of retailers where TI-Nspire products are available for the back-to-school 2011, visit For more information on TI-Nspire CX handhelds and the full line of TI-Nspire technology and resources, visit

    About Texas Instruments

    Education Technology, a business unit of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore mathematics and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit

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    (1) Center for Technology in Learning (2007), "Why is having access to portable handheld devices in a teacher's own math classroom better than going to an ICT suite?" Research Note 11, Menlo Park, CA

    (2) Heller, Curtis et a, 2005

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    AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage in Old Town AlexandriaNew Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Alexandria that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With access to AT&T's mobile broadband network, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.

    Activation of the new cell site is part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. In the past two years, AT&T has increased mobile broadband capacity by deploying "carriers," or additional layers of capacity, at cell sites throughout Alexandria to more efficiently manage available spectrum. These enhancements are designed to improve quality, increase data speeds, and provide a better mobile broadband network experience. The company also installed two new in-building Distributed Antenna Systems to help manage wireless capacity more efficiently in heavily-trafficked areas and added 12 new cell sites in the area. From 2008 through 2010, AT&T invested more than $775 million in its Washington, DC area wireless and wireline networks. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

    "Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the Alexandria community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that," said J. Michael Schweder, President of AT&T's Mid-Atlantic states. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network. If approved, this deal means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband - 4G LTE - from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent."

    "We want you to have an extraordinary experience whether you are sharing videos and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or keeping your business mobile on your AT&T device," said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Washington/Baltimore area. "Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere. We're investing in a combination of technologies right here in Alexandria to meet these needs and provide an advanced mobile broadband experience for all our customers."

    AT&T's mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.

    AT&T also operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 27,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.

    For more information about AT&T's coverage in Alexandria or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

    For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

    *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.

    ** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.

    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, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, 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.

    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 @ATT.

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    Pace Launches Powerful Set-Top Box Range

    SALTAIRE, England, August 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

    New Pace devices help operators take first steps in connected home services

    Pace , a leading developer of technologies, products and services for global broadband and broadcast markets, today launched a set of powerful new HD set-top boxes that energise the home network, delivering an advanced viewing experience for payTV subscribers. The devices can be used as standalone HD set-top boxes or as IP clients within a home network. This enables operators to supply a single set-top box now, but with the option to incorporate it into a wider home network as they develop their services.

    Pace's new set-top boxes offer full HD and 3D capabilities and are IP ready, so able to receive OTT, On Demand and broadcast content. Whatever an operator's preferred home networking method, the clients seamlessly integrate into Wi-Fi, Powerline or coaxial networks.

    As standalone devices, they provide payTV subscribers with immediate access to a wide variety of high quality content, while also offering operators a flexible platform that serves as a conventional HD set-top box today, or a home networking client tomorrow. This allows operators to deliver new services and move towards a converged home offering without the need to replace their deployed hardware.

    Darren Fawcett, chief technical engineer, Pace, commented: "PayTV companies across the globe want to provide entry level set-top boxes at one end, but also cater for the consumer who wants to light up all screens with a great payTV experience. The challenge for operators is how to achieve the right economics and a consistent quality of experience, while ensuring their systems are simple to install and operate."

    "Pace's stylish new range helps operators to meet this challenge in the appropriate stages, without the need for unsightly and expensive new cable installations. By lowering the costs associated with introducing and developing home networks, Pace is helping to place payTV providers firmly at the centre of the connected home."

    The new set-top boxes are Wi-Fi, Powerline and coaxial network ready, and receive content via IP and traditional broadcast. The devices are available in various designs, according to customer requirements, all with the ability to deliver a converged broadband and broadcast big screen experience. Options include an 802.11n wireless HD IP client, a Powerline home networking HD IP Client and an ethernet/MOCA HD IP Client.

    The devices are the latest addition to Pace's expanding product and service portfolio, which enables operators to evolve digital services at the speed they want, how they want. This portfolio includes a wide range of pioneering set-top boxes and gateways, sophisticated software, highly specialised customer care call centres, and business consulting and product delivery services. These products and services are designed to support telco, cable and satellite operators in different global markets, regardless of their technology needs or market stage.

    About Pace

    Pace creates pioneering technologies, software, hardware and services for the broadband and broadcast industries. Pace solutions empower cable, telco and satellite operators to simply and cost-effectively innovate at the speed they want, in the way they want for their subscribers. Pace has built up its experience and expertise over 25 years and this is now recognised by a customer base of over 160 operators around the globe.

    Headquartered in the UK, Pace operates in markets across the world, and employs around 2300 people in locations that also include the USA, France, India and China. For more information on Pace, please visit


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    OpenText Establishes No. 1 Status in Enterprise Fax Server Market

    New Independent Report by Davidson Consulting Confirms OpenText Fax Market Leadership

    WATERLOO, ON, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Following on the heels of the release of OpenText RightFax 10 comes news from Davidson Consulting, a fax industry analyst firm, stating that OpenText Corporation continues to extend its positioning as the world's leading provider of enterprise fax server software based on 2010 sales.

    As detailed in the "Computer-Based Fax Markets, 2010-2015" report (available at, OpenText secured a more than 25 percent share of the overall market and notably took over the leadership position in the fast-growing Fax over Internet Protocol (FoIP) segment.

    "OpenText is on a roll. The company now offers RightFax 10 and is not only the leader in overall fax, but has taken the lead in IP fax as well. OpenText now has Cisco-compatible offerings that challenge Sagemcom in its area of traditional strength," Peter J. Davidson, president of Davidson Consulting, writes in the recently released report.

    The release of RightFax 10 in June represented a significant milestone in the product's history. In addition to enhanced support for cloud-based office systems, the new release features a number of enhancements that make it easier, faster and more secure for customers to integrate faxing into their business processes and workflows. These new features include barcode routing, searchable PDF delivery and enhanced Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Lotus Notes 8.5 integration. It also added optional accessibility support that meets mandates under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The Davidson report cites OpenText's innovation and focus on helping customers increase efficiency and lower costs as key factors in RightFax's growing market acceptance. "RightFax production fax offerings provide electronic document delivery and receipt solutions to reduce costs, speed communications and improve business process efficiency," Davidson writes.

    The report cites a number of factors in the expected fax server market growth including compliance regulations and the need for corporations to track all messages, make them retrievable, and to ensure security and confidentiality; MFP (Multi Function Peripherals) integration with fax servers; and fax enabling Microsoft SharePoint among other factors. The top five industries using fax servers were healthcare, financial services, government, legal and manufacturing.

    "OpenText's emergence as the leader in FoIP and the release of RightFax 10 is a testament to the quality of our products and speaks to the dedication of our team to build and maintain the ongoing trust of our customers," said Matthew Brine, Vice President, Fax and Document Distribution, OpenText. "While we are pleased with our market results, we're not slowing down. We will continue to work hard to drive innovation and help our customers to further improve their business processes and lower faxing costs."

    For more information about OpenText Fax Solutions, go to

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    OpenText, a global ECM leader, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. OpenText brings two decades of expertise supporting 100 million users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts(TM) to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information, visit

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    WESCO International, Inc. Announces New $400 Million Revolving Credit Facility and Amendment to $450 Million Accounts Receivable Facility

    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WESCO International, Inc. , a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, today announced that its wholly-owned operating subsidiary WESCO Distribution, Inc. ("WESCO Distribution"), together with certain other subsidiaries, has entered into a new senior secured revolving credit facility (the "Revolving Credit Facility") which replaces its previous secured revolving credit facility, and has amended its accounts receivable securitization facility (the "Accounts Receivable Facility").

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    The following provisions are included in the new Revolving Credit Facility:

    --  The aggregate commitment amount is $400 million with an accordion
    feature allowing up to $100 million in the aggregate.
    --  The term is five years with a maturity date of August [22], 2016.
    --  The applicable interest rate is determined in accordance with a pricing
    grid providing for interest rates based on available borrowing capacity.
    Interest rate spreads range from 1.50% to 2.00% for LIBOR-based
    borrowings, compared to 2.25% to 2.875% under the previous facility.
    --  WESCO International is permitted to pay dividends, repurchase common
    stock or repurchase indebtedness without limitation so long as pro forma
    combined availability under the Revolving Credit Facility and the
    Accounts Receivable Facility exceeds $125 million and the adjusted fixed
    charge ratio (as calculated under the Revolving Credit Facility) is not
    less than 1.1 to 1.0.

    The Accounts Receivable Facility amendment includes the following changes:

    --  The current aggregate commitment amount remains unchanged at $450
    million, but the Accounts Receivable Facility now includes an accordion
    feature providing for increases of up to $100 million in the aggregate.
    --  The term is three years with a maturity date of August [22], 2014.
    --  The interest rate spread and commitment fee are reduced from 1.75% to
    1.10% and from 0.75% to 0.55%, respectively.

    Richard Heyse, WESCO's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer stated, "The new revolver and amended accounts receivable facility provide long-term, low cost access to bank funded capital. These facilities support our strategy of maintaining ample liquidity to fund our working capital requirements, growth initiatives and future acquisitions. In addition, these two facilities further strengthen our efficient, low cost, capital structure."

    WESCO International, Inc. , a publicly traded Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services. 2010 annual sales were approximately $5.1 billion. The Company employs approximately 6,800 people, maintains relationships with over 17,000 suppliers, and serves over 100,000 customers

    worldwide. Customers include industrial and commercial businesses, contractors, governmental agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates seven fully automated distribution centers and over 400 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.

    The matters discussed herein may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Certain of these risks are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, as well as the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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