Companies news of 2011-09-01 (page 1)

  • PANDORA(R) Executives to Present at the William Blair & Company 5th Annual Emerging Growth...
  • Pangea3 Dedicates Taskforce to Mortgage-Backed Securities ("MBS") Document ReviewTeam of...
  • Charter Completes Acquisition of Broadband Systems From US Cable in Missouri
  • Expedia, Inc. Announces CFO Transition
  • QVC, Inc. Appoints John Thomas Chairman and CEO, QVC Japan
  • Update: Urbanspoon and Zagat Partner to Bring Rich Content to UsersTrusted Zagat Reviews...
  • 99 Cents Only Stores(R) To Sell Philips(R) 22" Flat Screen LCD TVs for Only 99 Cents Each...
  • Launches Human-Powered Q&A to All 63 Million UsersNew site redesign better...
  • Three Credit Unions Choose Vantiv for Credit Card ProcessingPayments and Technology Leader...
  • Ultra Clean to Present at the 8th Annual ThinkEquity Growth Conference
  • Hop-on Expands in Cancun, Mexico for South America Distribution
  • Alrov Selects MICROS Technology Exclusively for All of Its Luxury HotelsAll MICROS...
  • AT&T Invests in Wisconsin Network to Deliver Most-Advanced Mobile Broadband...
  • OpenText Solutions Named KMWorld 2011 Trend-Setting Products
  • Verizon Communications Raises Quarterly Dividend 2.6 Percent to 50 Cents per Share
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  • VimpelCom Names Robert Conway Chief of International Affairs

    PANDORA(R) Executives to Present at the William Blair & Company 5th Annual Emerging Growth Stock ConferenceEvent to be Audio Webcast live on the Pandora Investor Relations website

    OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora , the leader in internet radio, today announced that the company's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer will present at the William Blair & Company 5th Annual Emerging Growth Stock Conference on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 in New York, NY.


    Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Cakebread will present at the William Blair & Company 5th Annual Emerging Growth Stock Conference at 9:30AM (EDT) / 6:30AM (PDT).

    Live audio webcast of the presentation will be available on Pandora's Investor Relations website at


    Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project(R), a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora(R) internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love.

    PRN Photo Desk, Pandora

    CONTACT: Dominic Paschel, VP, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations,
    +1-510-842-6960,, or Deborah Roth, VP, Corporate
    Communications & Public Relations, +1-510-842-6996,, both
    of Pandora

    Web site:

    Pangea3 Dedicates Taskforce to Mortgage-Backed Securities ("MBS") Document ReviewTeam of highly specialized securities litigators support clients in reducing risks, burdens and costs related to MBS-related document review

    NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world's most respected companies and law firms, has established a taskforce dedicated to Mortgage-Backed Securities-related document review. As the preferred document review provider for many of the largest international banks, the Pangea3 Mortgage-Backed Securities Taskforce will provide clients with unsurpassed experience, acquired first-hand through work on dozens of MBS-related litigation and investigations.

    The Pangea3 Mortgage-Backed Securities Taskforce is spearheaded by senior U.S. litigators with experience managing complex securities litigation at the nation's top law firms and is supported by over 200 full-time attorneys. Since 2010, members of the Taskforce have conducted well over 200,000 hours of review in MBS-related litigations and investigations, as well as over 100,000 hours of review in other complex financial matters. Through this experience, each member of the Taskforce has developed a deep understanding of the financial services industry generally, and, more importantly, is familiar with the legal structures and terminology unique to MBS-related documents. Relevant experience includes matters involving:

    --  Mortgage-backed securities;
    --  Short-term asset backed commercial paper;
    --  Allegations of improper short selling/securities trades;
    --  Breaches of financial services contract and fiduciary duties;
    --  Structure products, including credit default and total return swaps;
    --  Complex tax products;
    --  U.S. Department of Justice, SEC and IRS investigations;
    --  Investigations by non-U.S. governmental bodies; and
    --  Internal investigations.

    "The surge in private Mortgage-Backed Securities lawsuits, and the sheer volume of associated documents to review, has overwhelmed in-house counsel and their outside law firms," says Greg McPolin, Vice President & Managing Director, Global Litigation Solutions. "We have listened and responded to the needs of our clients and the legal industry by dedicating a team of attorneys experienced at working hand-in-glove with top outside counsel to provide efficient and cost-effective MBS-document review, while reducing risk."

    To learn more about Pangea3's MBS Taskforce, please visit or call (212) 689-3819.

    About Pangea3

    Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, is the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world's most respected companies and law firms. Since 2004, Pangea3 has offered under one roof the most comprehensive suite of legal solutions including corporate, litigation, compliance and IP-related services to hundreds of clients around the globe.

    Combining legal DNA, award-winning services and process expertise with Thomson Reuters' intelligent information, tools and platforms, Pangea3 delivers intelligent legal outsourcing solutions that improve clients' efficiency, extend their capacity and provide cost and timeline certainty. Pangea3 is seen as the world standard in the LPO marketplace, which is growing at more than 20 percent annually and projected to exceed U.S. $1 billion this year. For more information about Pangea3, visit

    About Thomson Reuters

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    CONTACT: Angela Chitkara, +1-646-520-6630,

    Web site:

    Charter Completes Acquisition of Broadband Systems From US Cable in Missouri

    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of broadband systems serving, in aggregate, approximately 16,000 customers in Missouri from US Cable of Coastal Texas, LP.


    "This transaction demonstrates Charter's disciplined approach to capital allocation and M&A," said Charter President, Operations Steven Apodaca. "Our objective is to provide value to our customers and enhance their experience with Charter. This acquisition is aligned with our strategy of strengthening and growing core system clusters to enable significant operational synergies," he added. Charter is headquartered in St. Louis and serves the entire metropolitan area and customers in 25 counties in the state.

    Charter will ensure a seamless transition for customers from the former US Cable operations in Hannibal, Mexico, Moberly and surrounding areas, and anticipates building on the products and services US Cable has offered in these communities.

    The purchase price was not disclosed.

    About Charter

    Charter is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV(R) video entertainment programming, Charter Internet(R) access, and Charter Phone(R). Charter Business(R) similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at

    PRN Photo Desk, Charter Communications, Inc.

    CONTACT: Media, Anita Lamont, 314-543-2215; or Analysts, Robin Gutzler,

    Web site:

    Expedia, Inc. Announces CFO Transition

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia, Inc. today announced that chief financial officer Michael Adler has decided to leave the company after six years in his position. Adler will remain with the company during a transition period that will include the completion of the pending spin-off of TripAdvisor. Mark Okerstrom, currently senior vice president of corporate development, will be appointed as the company's new CFO and will assume the role after the transition period.

    "Mike has been a core member of our senior executive team and a driving force in our global and product led growth strategy. During his tenure, Mike helped drive a doubling of our GAAP earnings per share, effectively steered the company through the global financial crisis and positioned us with a rock-solid balance sheet as we approach the date of the TripAdvisor spin-off," said Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, Inc. president and CEO. "We will miss his guidance, leadership and sense of humor and thank him for helping shape Expedia into the company that it is today."

    Okerstrom joined Expedia in 2006, and currently leads the company's corporate strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions functions. Prior to joining Expedia, Okerstrom was with strategy consultancy Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco and was also a mergers and acquisitions attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Okerstrom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.

    "Mark brings deep knowledge of Expedia's business and the travel industry to his new role. Over the past five years, Mark has helped to shape the Expedia, Inc. corporate strategy and has played an integral role in tackling some of our most important strategic and financial issues. During his tenure, we have added more than 20 new brands to our family and, as a result, have established and strengthened our leading positions in key products and markets around the world," said Khosrowshahi. "Given his experience and tenure with the company, Mark will be able to transition seamlessly into the CFO position."

    About Expedia, Inc.

    Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes more than 90 localized and sites; leading U.S. discount travel site Hotwire(R); leading agency hotel company; Egencia(R), the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company; the world's largest travel community TripAdvisor(R) Media Group; destination activities provider ExpediaLocalExpert(R); luxury travel specialist Classic Vacations(R); and China's second largest booking site eLong(TM). The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers vast opportunity to reach the most valuable audience of in-market travel consumers anywhere through TripAdvisor Media Group and Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world's leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia(R) Affiliate Network.

    Trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2011 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50

    Expedia, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, +1-425-679-3555, Communications,

    Web site:

    QVC, Inc. Appoints John Thomas Chairman and CEO, QVC Japan

    WEST CHESTER, Pa., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- QVC announced today the promotion of John Thomas to the role of Chairman and CEO of QVC Japan, effective immediately. Thomas has served as interim CEO since May and Chairman of the Board of QVC Japan since 2009, building strong relationships with QVC's Japan team. Thomas will continue in his Chairman role in addition to his CEO responsibilities.

    "John is a seasoned executive who will lead our team to provide outstanding customer experiences and deliver strong business results," said QVC's President and CEO, Mike George, to whom Thomas reports. "John embodies our values and is a great culture fit with our Japan team. His pioneering spirit, commitment to excellence, and ability to collaborate effectively with our global team members will guide him as he takes on this new leadership role."

    Thomas joined QVC in January 2011 as Senior Vice President, Global Business Development. In this role, Thomas was responsible for developing QVC's market expansion strategy, which included leading efforts to investigate markets, prioritize expansion plans, prepare detailed entry plans, and negotiate agreements with potential partners. He also shared best practices and provided general project management support across all of QVC's business markets for major facilities projects and headquarters expansions.

    Thomas previously served as Project Manager for the launch of QVC Italy and oversaw the design and construction of the Milan headquarters. As a consultant, he established close working relationships with QVC leaders as they established global growth plans, and helped guide the company's developing network of global support systems.

    Prior to joining QVC, Thomas served as the President and CEO of Global Marketing and Consulting Enterprises, Inc. since 2000. From 1997 to 2000, he was Executive Vice President of Samkoo Corporation of America, Samkoo System Integration L.C., where he managed the U.S. buying office for Samkoo Shopping Korea. He also served as President and Partner of Specialty Products Global L.C. since 1994, where he researched, funded, and implemented the national rollout of retail store operations.

    "Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in CEO and executive assignments within fast-paced, high-growth industries, with a focus on technology and marketing companies," added George. "His varied roles across global, retail operations will greatly benefit QVC Japan and build upon the strong leadership team already in place."

    QVC is the majority shareholder of QVC Japan, Inc. An interest in QVC Japan, Inc. is also held by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Tokyo, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is a diversified comprehensive trading, investment, and service company.

    About QVC

    QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group , is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 195 million homes worldwide. The company's website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 25-year history. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

    QVC, Inc.

    CONTACT: Paul Capelli, Vice President, Corporate Communications and
    Community Affairs, QVC, Inc, +1-484-701-8836,; or
    Yuichiro Ito, Director of Corporate Communications & Strategy, QVC Japan,
    Inc., +043-388-5362,

    Web site:

    Update: Urbanspoon and Zagat Partner to Bring Rich Content to UsersTrusted Zagat Reviews Now Incorporated on Urbanspoon

    SEATTLE, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Urbanspoon, the leading mobile restaurant app, today announced it has signed a deal with Zagat, the original provider of user-generated restaurant content. Through the content partnership, excerpts from over 25,000 trusted Zagat reviews will now be featured prominently on Urbanspoon, giving users even more rich content about local restaurants.


    "Our goal at Urbanspoon is to give users, in-depth content to help inform their decision about what restaurants to try and which favorites to keep on their go-to list," said Kara Nortman, general manager, Urbanspoon. "Bringing in content from Zagat, arguably the most famous name in restaurant reviews, adds another layer of trusted insight to help people find the best restaurants in their cities."

    Through the partnership, excerpts from Zagat's curated restaurant reviews will run alongside Urbanspoon's leading critic reviews and trusted consumer "likes." Users can access Urbanspoon's complete snapshot of the restaurant that includes general business information, photos of the restaurant or dishes on the menu and related popular blogger posts, in addition to user reviews.

    Urbanspoon's mobile app, which features the signature restaurant slot machine shake to help users find a restaurant that fits their needs, recently hit a milestone with one billion shakes. In addition, the app has been downloaded more than 20 million times across mobile platforms.

    About Urbanspoon

    Urbanspoon is a leading online local restaurant guide, aggregating restaurant reviews from across the Web including newspapers, professional food critics, bloggers and diners. Urbanspoon allows diners to make restaurant reservations through its online booking service, Urbanspoon Rez. In addition, Urbanspoon offers restaurants a complete reservation and table management system built to run on the Apple iPad, Urbanspoon Rezbook. Urbanspoon is a subsidiary of CityGrid Media (, an IAC operating company, and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

    Media Contact:
    Jenny Davis for Urbanspoon
    Dotted Line Communications
    Phone: 925-935-2558

    PRN Photo Desk, Urbanspoon

    99 Cents Only Stores(R) To Sell Philips(R) 22" Flat Screen LCD TVs for Only 99 Cents Each to the First 9 Customers to Celebrate the Grand Opening of Its New Store in Temecula, California on Thursday the 8th of September

    CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 99 Cents Only Stores(R) will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Temecula store on Thursday the 8th of September at 8am by selling a Philips(R) 22" Flat Screen LCD TV - a $230 value - for only 99 cents to the first nine customers in line!


    The next 99 customers in line on the 8th at the new store may purchase a Scooter - a $29 value - for only 99 cents! The following 99 customers can purchase a Bell South Visual Director Caller ID Box with Call Waiting and Voicemail Sync - a $16 value - for only 99 cents! The next 99 customers can buy a Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse - a $10 value - for only 99 cents!

    The new Temecula, California store is located at 40355 Winchester Road on the northeast corner of Margarita Road, just a few minutes east of Interstate 15. This will be the first 99 Cents Only Stores(R) in the Temecula area and the 212th store in California. The Temecula store is 17,000 gross square feet. The new store will feature a large perishable food department, including produce.

    Additionally, for the next six days, the new Temecula Winchester Road store will continue to offer many extraordinary grand opening specials. On Friday the 9th of September, the first 99 customers can buy an i.Sound iPod(R) Shuffle Tripod - a $30 value - for 99 cents! On Saturday, September 10th, the first 99 customers can buy Samba Maracas for Wii(R) - a $20 value - for 99 cents! On Sunday, September 11th, the first 99 customers can purchase a Friends 3-pack DVD Collection - a $12 value - for only 99 cents!

    On Monday, September 12th, the first 99 customers can buy a Targus Portable DVD Charger - a $10 value - for only 99 cents! On Tuesday, September 13th, the first 99 customers can buy Hasbro's The Moment of Truth Board Game - a $10 value - for 99 cents! On Wednesday, September 14th, the first 99 customers can purchase The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean coffee table style book - a $50 value - for only 99 cents!

    About 99 Cents Only Stores(R)

    Founded in 1982, 99 Cents Only Stores(R) currently operates 286 extreme value retail stores consisting of 211 stores in California, 35 in Texas, 27 in Arizona, and 13 in Nevada. 99 Cents Only Stores(R) emphasizes quality name-brand consumables, priced at an excellent value, in convenient, attractively merchandised stores. Over half of the Company's sales come from food and beverages, including produce, dairy, deli and frozen foods, along with organic and gourmet foods. The Company's New York Stock Exchange symbol is NDN.

    Media Contact: Ana Gamez at 323-881-1247 or

    99 Cents Only Stores

    Web site: Launches Human-Powered Q&A to All 63 Million UsersNew site redesign better spotlights answers from real people

    OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- today opened its live Q&A community of users to 100 percent of its audience. Previously only accessible to a portion of its traffic as part of a limited beta, Ask People is now available to any user looking for an answer from a real person. As part of this milestone, the company also unveiled a new look and feel to more deeply infuse user-generated answers across the site and within search results. The redesign accelerates's transition from pure algorithmic Web search to a Q&A site and mobile service fueled by the ability to search the Web for answers or connect with other users for personal opinions.

    "Ask's approach to Q&A is unique - we embrace questions where we can deliver answers in milliseconds from content on the Web, but also deeply appreciate that crawlers can't replace human experience," said Doug Leeds, CEO, "Our limited exposure beta period allowed us to learn where humans and search best intersect as mechanisms for getting credible answers to the millions of questions - fact-based or subjective - we receive each day. Today's launch combines the best of these two worlds into a single, comprehensive Q&A destination."

    The new launch and redesign make the following available to's 63 million users:

    --  Flexibility and Choice - With a new tabbed interface on the homepage,
    users can choose which experience makes sense for their question:
    searching the Web for a published answer immediately, or tapping a
    community of users for personal answers and recommendations.
    --  Ask People - The ability to join Ask People and exchange questions and
    answers with others is now available to all users. Answers with
    positive user feedback are indexed and will surface in response to
    relevant searches conducted in the Search the Web tab. Ask People also
    includes the ability to browse Q&A content by social connections or
    topic areas.
    --  Web Search tailored for Q&A -'s Q&A focused algorithms go beyond
    page rank and link counts to actually match queries with real answers. A
    search on benefits from a number of these technologies working
    in the background, including Ask-curated Smart Answers and a database of
    more than 700 million Q&A pairs, to produce a real answer at the top of
    the page instead of ten blue links.
    --  User Q&A Content Front and Center - A new, streamlined design showcases
    more user-generated Q&A throughout the homepage and overall site via
    "People Are Asking" and "Related Q&A" sections.
    --  Improved Sharing and Social Features - Users can now share questions and
    answers of interest across multiple social platforms.

    The new and improved Ask Q&A experience is also accessible via applications on the iOS and Android platforms. To download the Ask app for Android or iPhone, please go to

    About is the number one online brand for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC . is the fourth largest site in the US for unique searches according to May 2011 comScore data, with 63 million domestic unique monthly users.

    CONTACT: Denise Welch, +1-781-710-7611,

    Web site:

    Three Credit Unions Choose Vantiv for Credit Card ProcessingPayments and Technology Leader Expands Services

    CINCINNATI, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vantiv, LLC (formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC) is pleased to announce that three credit unions have recently signed contracts with the company for comprehensive credit card processing services. Two of the credit unions, Paducah Federal Credit Union and Border Federal Credit Union, are existing processing clients and will be expanding their services with Vantiv.

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    The Paducah Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, has been serving the western Kentucky area since 1939. With more that $190 million in assets and five locations, Paducah Federal Credit Union delivers the highest quality of services possible to its more than 17,000 members. To learn more visit

    "We are looking forward to the opportunities of this expanded partnership," said Dale Adams, vice president, Paducah Federal Credit Union. "The Vantiv debit card program has worked extremely well for us, and because of the success we have already enjoyed, it made sense to partner with Vantiv for our credit card program as well."

    Border Federal Credit Union, located in Del Rio, Texas, was established in 1954. Today the credit union offers a wide variety of financial services including a full service website that allows for a true "Banking from Home" functionality to their membership of over 21,000. With more than $98 million in assets, Border Federal Credit Union offers four locations and 15 ATMs. To learn more visit

    "By improving our credit card product, we will be able to offer additional benefits to our members," said Ruben Cisneros, COO of Border Federal Credit Union. "With Vantiv, we will now be able to offer our members a competitive card at a lower rate, which will give our members more reason to rely on us for their financial services." Cisneros added, "Vantiv gives us everything we were looking for in a card processor and more. We are looking forward to leveraging their expertise in order to grow our card portfolio."

    Sonoma County Grange Credit Union was established in 1948 and is a family oriented financial cooperative which continues to provide affordable financial services to individuals working primarily in the field of agriculture. This includes farmers, ranchers, those in business of processing, marketing, transporting or producing agriculture commodities or selling equipment or supplies to agriculture business. Today, with $42 million in assets and 3,000 members, the credit union is located in Santa Rosa, California. To learn more visit

    "Vantiv has taken the complexity out of starting a credit card program, and offers the capabilities and support we need to manage it," said Pam McNatt, CEO, Sonoma County Grange Credit Union. "Our new credit card will give members one more reason to do business with us."

    Vantiv's product suite also includes ATM terminal driving and monitoring, ATM and debit card transaction authorization and processing, credit issuing and processing services, national and regional gateway services, comprehensive ancillary services including fraud detection, card production, Rewards! product, and other consultative services.

    "We are excited to be chosen by these credit unions to deliver innovative credit card processing solutions to help them gain entry into new markets for member growth and retention," said Royal Cole, president, Financial Institution Services, at Vantiv. "A robust credit card program can help further distinguish these institutions from their competitors while maximizing portfolio performance."

    About Vantiv

    Vantiv, LLC is one of the largest providers of payment strategies and technology solutions for financial institutions and businesses worldwide. Formed in 1971 and most recently known as Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC, the Company builds strategic partnerships with its customers, helping them become more efficient, more secure and more successful. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Vantiv, LLC is a joint venture between Advent International and Fifth Third Bank, a subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB).

    Vantiv, LLC supports more than 400,000 merchant and financial institution locations and 12,000 ATMs in 46 states and 8 countries. The company processes more than 11.4 billion ATM and POS transactions and nearly $400 billion in debit and credit sales volume annually. Its subsidiary, NPC, is one of the largest providers of payment processing services exclusively focused on the small-to-medium merchant processing market. According to the Nilson Report (March 2011), the Company is the largest PIN Debit U.S. acquirer and third largest U.S. merchant transaction acquirer ranked by general purpose transaction volume. For more information, visit

    Lynn M. Rhoads, Senior Vice President
    Communications Director

    PRN Photo Desk, Vantiv, LLC

    Web site:

    Ultra Clean to Present at the 8th Annual ThinkEquity Growth Conference

    HAYWARD, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , a developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, medical device, energy, research, and flat panel industries, announced that Clarence Granger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer, will address the 8th Annual ThinkEquity Growth Conference. The presentation will take place at The Le Parker Meridien in New York City on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 11:00AM Eastern Daylight Time.

    A link to the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at during the live presentation. A replay of the webcast will be available approximately one hour after the live presentation.

    About Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. is a developer and supplier of critical subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment, medical device, energy, research, and flat panel industries. Ultra Clean Technology offers its customers a complete outsource solution for a variety of complex modules ranging from liquid & gas delivery systems to turnkey system integration. Ultra Clean Technology's customers are primarily original equipment manufacturers for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, energy, and medical device industries. Ultra Clean is headquartered in Hayward, California. Additional information is available at

    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Casey Eichler, Chief Financial Officer of Ultra Clean Technology,

    Web site:

    Hop-on Expands in Cancun, Mexico for South America Distribution

    TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hop-on, Inc. (Pinksheets: HPNN) announced today it has opened offices in Cancun, Mexico to expand its operations in South America. Hop-on successfully launched its Hop 1806 with Telcel one of the world's premier wireless carrier previously.

    Thru Hop-on's subsidiary, Hop-on Mobile, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. at Av. Bonampak SM6 Spectrum Corporate Ctr. Piso 8, Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico, Hop-on is now fully operational.

    Peter Michaels, CEO of Hop-on stated, "Hop-on Mobile is fully staffed and operational in Cancun, Mexico. Cancun is a great area in which to launch our products into South America territories."

    About Hop-on, Inc.

    Hop-on, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of electronics. Since the company's inception, it has been known for developing the world's first $10 disposable cell phone. Today, Hop-on remains one of the few U.S. based manufacturers of cellular technology. The Company currently develops and manufactures electronic cigarettes and cigars for distributors throughout the U.S. and internationally. Hop-on also offers multi-media services and has secured licensing agreements from essential patent holders for GSM, CDMA and WIFI technologies.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933, and are subject to Rule 3B-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the company, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and other results and further events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements.

    Danny Coleman
    Email Contact:
    Mexico Contact:

    Hop-on, Inc.

    Alrov Selects MICROS Technology Exclusively for All of Its Luxury HotelsAll MICROS technology will be hosted in the MICROS Data Center located in Frankfurt, Germany

    TEL-AVIV, Israel, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MICROS Systems, Inc. , a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is delighted to announce that Alrov Properties & Lodging Ltd. has selected MICROS technology for all of its hotels located in Europe and Israel. Alrov will implement the MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution, including property management, sales and catering, and reservations, in all of its properties by 2013. The stunning Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam will kick off the project in the fall of 2011. MICROS will host its advanced solutions for Alrov in its data center located in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Alrov sets new standards for luxury as a developer, owner, and operator of exclusive lifestyle hotels whose architecture and design, superior service, and prime locations attract attention from around the world. In order to expand its network of hotels, Alrov chose the comprehensive MICROS OPERA Enterprise hotel management software to help standardize its hospitality strategy across its enterprise and support its ability for international expansion.

    "After a thorough evaluation, we concluded that MICROS offers the best technology to help improve our operations, increase reservations, and meet the expectations of the most demanding travelers," stated, Ronen Yarden, Head of Development for Alrov. "The advanced architecture of MICROS solutions will allow Alrov to expand easily and incorporate new technologies to support a superior guest experience."

    "We are pleased to strengthen and expand our partnership with Alrov Properties as it standardizes its technology across its enterprise," stated Kaweh Niroomand, President MICROS-Fidelio EAME. "MICROS offers the most comprehensive solutions available in the market, with reliable local service and support. We look forward to supporting Alrov as it expands internationally."

    About Alrov Properties & Lodging Ltd.

    Alrov Luxury Hotels is a leading collection of hotels that provides a refined, proficient and personal hospitality experience. The hotels combine prime locations, unique heritage, luxurious design and contemporary environments for international and local communities.


    MICROS-FIDELIO GmbH in the EAME region is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc., which provides enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 330,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 160 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions under the brand MICROS-Fidelio for more than 26,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point-of-sale, loss prevention, and cross-channel functionality through its MICROS-Retail division for more than 100,000 retail stores worldwide.

    For more information on MICROS-FIDELIO GmbH and its advanced information technology solutions for the hospitality industry, please contact your local Account Manager.

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    AT&T Invests in Wisconsin Network to Deliver Most-Advanced Mobile Broadband ExperiencePlans Call for Addition of New Cell Sites and the Expansion of Backhaul in 2011 as Part of Initiative to Drive 4G Speeds, Increase Wireless Network Capacity

    MILWAUKEE, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced plans to add and upgrade cell sites across Wisconsin as part of its 2011 initiative to deliver the nation's most-advanced mobile broadband experience.

    The Wisconsin network enhancements are part of AT&T's plan to invest in the $20-billion range in its national wireless and wireline networks. The investment will support plans to enable 4G speeds over an increasing portion of the country throughout the year, including the planned initial launch of LTE beginning mid-year and the deployment of enhanced backhaul connections that enable 4G speeds**.

    The 2011 investment will also support the build and upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide designed to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. AT&T also plans to install additional radio "carriers" at more than 30,000 cell sites nationally this year, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. This additional capacity enables AT&T to support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which have increased more than 8,000 percent over the past four years. AT&T has already invested more than $100 million in its Wisconsin wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.

    "Wisconsin residents are relying more and more on wireless technology to communicate with each other and access information," says State Representative Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee). "Network enhancements like these benefit countless consumers while making our state an attractive place to work, live and play."

    Today's announcement builds on the momentum established with AT&T's 2010 wireless investment, when it added more than 25 new cell sites in Wisconsin and upgraded more than 80 existing sites to mobile broadband. AT&T invested nearly $800 million in its Wisconsin wireless and wireline networks from 2008 through 2010.

    "I am pleased to see these new investments in our state to help ensure that Wisconsin residents have a strong and reliable network to communicate and access the Internet," said State Senator Rich Zipperer (R, Pewaukee). "Improving our infrastructure is vital to competing in the global economy. Creating an environment that allows private companies like AT&T to anticipate the needs of the consumers and take proactive steps to meet those needs is incredibly important for job creation in our state."

    "A more advanced mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Wisconsin businesses to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow," says Scott Vander Sanden, AT&T Wisconsin president. "We've significantly ramped up our wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Wisconsin consumers better speed, better reliability and better availability. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA also represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network in Wisconsin. 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."

    Across the country, AT&T also continues to drive innovation in network technologies to provide maximum efficiency and performance for customers. In 2011, AT&T will focus on continuing to enhance its wireless network forecasting capabilities to better predict usage trends and build network capacity to always stay one step ahead of customer need. AT&T also continues to pioneer broadband solutions for high-traffic areas like stadiums and public places, deploying technologies including Distributed Access System networks and AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones.

    "Smartphones, tablets and laptops are continuing to drive unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere," says Dave Fine, AT&T's vice president and general manager for the Wisconsin area. "We're investing in and deploying a combination of technologies to meet these needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience."

    AT&T 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.

    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.

    For more information about AT&T's coverage in Wisconsin or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.

    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.

    ** 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at

    *** 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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    OpenText Solutions Named KMWorld 2011 Trend-Setting Products

    Award recognizes OpenText's Continued Innovation in Helping Enterprises Take Control of Content and Improve Business Processes

    WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - OpenText announced that KMWorld Magazine has named the OpenText ECM Suite 2010 a "Trend-Setting Product of 2011" along with business process management (BPM) offerings from OpenText Metastorm and OpenText Global 360. Multiple OpenText products have been named to the KMWorld list of trend-setting products over the years, and in recognition of the company's ongoing innovation KMWorld last year inducted OpenText into its Hall of Fame.

    KMWorld's Trend-Setting Product awards were first launched in 2003. This year, more than 800 products were assessed by KMWorld's judging panel, which consisted of editorial colleagues, analysts, system integrators, vendors, line-of-business managers and users. All products selected demonstrate identifiable technology breakthroughs that serve the vendors' full spectrum of constituencies, especially their customers.

    "We're consistently impressed by the level of innovation and product excellence OpenText has demonstrated year after year," said KMWorld Editor-in-chief Hugh McKellar. "That said, we take a fresh look at every product in compiling this list, and once again OpenText's ECM and BPM offerings stood out as true trend-setters in knowledge management."

    OpenText products named to the KMWorld list included:

    OpenText ECM Suite 2010 - Representing the largest innovation effort in the company's history, the latest release of the OpenText ECM Suite is the industry's most comprehensive, fully integrated ECM solution suite. It adds wide-ranging new functionality linked through numerous integration points covering 90 products and modules, and spanning compliance, portals, enterprise information archiving and mobility.

    OpenText Metastorm - The latest OpenText Metastorm software, enhanced by extensive Social BPM capabilities, delivers a complete business transformation platform for enterprise and business architecture, business process analysis, and business process management to help companies outperform their business goals. It helps organizations close the gap between strategy and execution and includes support for requirements gathering, design, deployment and optimization of complex business processes.

    OpenText Global 360 - By tapping into all the advantages of the cloud, OpenText Global 360 introduces enterprises to collaborative process discovery driven by friendly wizard-based guides based on BPM best practices and extensive research. Using Global 360, organizations can design Microsoft Visio(R) process models and simulations, develop a reusable knowledge base, inform stakeholders of the latest discovery efforts, and track projects milestones and deadlines.

    "If there's one thing you can count on in the knowledge management market it is rapid change, and to stay relevant as a vendor continual innovation is a must," said Lubor Ptacek, Vice President, Strategic Marketing and General Manager for the Microsoft Solutions Group at OpenText. "Therefore, it is important for us to always be pushing forward with new product capabilities and driving innovation that helps our customers, and this award reflects that commitment."

    Follow OpenText on Twitter @OpenText and on Facebook at

    About OpenText

    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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    Copyright (C) 2011 by OpenText Corporation. OPENTEXT and OPENTEXT ECM SUITE 2010 are trademarks or registered trademarks of OpenText Corporation in the United States of America, Canada, the European Union and/or other countries. This list of trademarks is not exhaustive. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names, company names, brands and service names mentioned herein are property of OpenText Corporation or other respective owners.

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    Verizon Communications Raises Quarterly Dividend 2.6 Percent to 50 Cents per Share

    NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 50 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 1.25 cents per share, or 2.6 percent, from the previous quarter. On an annual basis, this increases Verizon's dividend 5 cents per share, from $1.95 to $2.00 per share.

    The quarterly dividend is payable on Nov. 1, 2011, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on Oct. 7, 2011.

    "Verizon's hallmark continues to be a business strategy that drives strong cash flow while continuing to invest in long-term growth," said Francis J. Shammo, Verizon executive vice president and chief financial officer. "This dividend increase once again shows the resolve of Verizon's board to return value to our shareholders."

    This is the fifth consecutive year that Verizon's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend increase.

    Verizon has approximately 2.7 million shareowners and approximately 2.8 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The company made $2.8 billion in dividend payments through the first half of 2011.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit

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    Exceptional Student Response to the First Edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

    JOHANNESBURG and PARIS, September 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

    International Jury Chaired by Professor George Smoot, Nobel Physics Prize Winner, Meets in Johannesburg on 12 September to Select Winners

    Student response to the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat Communications, has exceeded all expectations for its first edition. With final submissions coming in on 26 August, the total number of entries from secondary school students reached more than 500.

    The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards take the form of a competition open to 14-19 year-old students in 42 countries. Students were invited to write an essay or design a poster on satellite technology and how it can assist further development of their communities, country or the African continent. The overall winner will be invited to see a live rocket launch and to visit Eutelsat's satellite installations in France. The winner of the Second Prize will visit Eutelsat in France and Merit award winners will win a trip to Johannesburg to see DStv's technical facilities and television studios at the MultiChoice Africa offices. They will also tour the Mindset education broadcasting facilities.

    Following the designation of country winners by local juries set up in each participating country, a final international jury will meet in South Africa, Johannesburg on September 12 to select the overall African winners.

    This prestigious international jury will be chaired by Professor George Smoot, astrophysicist and Nobel Prize winner for physics in 2006. He will be joined by representatives known both for their commitment to development, education, science and technology, and to building science skills among African school children. The jury members are:

    - Professor George Smoot, Jury Chairman - Nadi Albino, Chief of Education: UNICEF South Africa - Lauren Beukes, Author and Winner of the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award - Professor OyewusiIbidapo-Obe, President of the Nigerian Academy of Science - Dr Phethiwe Matutu, Chief Director: Human Capital and Science Platform, Department of Science and Technology of South Africa - Khulu Sibiya, council member of the University of Johannesburg

    A resource booklet for teachers and students was developed for the competition in addition to two 26-minute programmes, produced by Eutelsat, on the conquest of space and how satellite applications impact directly or indirectly on everyday lives. To give this material the broadest distribution, MultiChoice Africa leveraged multiple communications platforms including a specially-created website, its network of MultiChoice Resource Centres (MRCs) and the Mindset Learn channel. With over 400,000 visitors to the website in the first month, Eutelsat and MultiChoice decided to extend the closing date of the competition by three weeks to give students maximum opportunity to participate.

    About Eutelsat Communications

    Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 27 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2011, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 3,800 television channels. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates access to high speed internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 700 commercial, technical and operational employees from 30 countries.

    About MultiChoiceAfrica

    MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is an African pioneer of pay TV services in sub-Sahara Africa, having launched the first digital satellite service in the 1980s. The company is registered in Mauritius, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Naspers Group. MultiChoice Africa provides multi-channel digital pay television services containing channels from Africa, America, China, India, Asia and Europe. The company has over twenty years experience as a Pay TV operator in Africa, offering cutting-edge digital technology and a selection of DStv bouquets containing premium television channels for subscribers in 47 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands.

    MultiChoiceAfrica provides its digital satellite television service - DStv - to subscribers' homes from two different satellites, namely: the Intelsat 7 ("IS 7") Ku BAND and Eutelsat W7 ("W7") Ku Band.

    MultiChoiceAfrica provides a dynamic technology platform and assembles a range of bouquets built around compelling news, as well as premium movies, documentaries and sports channels for subscribers. Our mission is to constantly be at the cutting edge of new technology that enables DStv subscribers to enjoy the very best home television experience.

    Eutelsat Communications

    CONTACT: For further information: Press: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel. : + 33 1
    53 98 37 91, ; Frederique Gautier, Tel. : + 33 1 53 98
    37 91, . Analysts and Investors: Lisa Finas, Tel. :
    +33 1 53 98 35 30, ; Leonard Wapler,
    Tel. : +33 1 53 98 31 07, . Contacts:
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    . Responsable Communication Corporate (Head Corporate Affairs) MultiChoice

    SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard Shows Hiring Down for Second Consecutive Month in 18 of top 35 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

    GLENVIEW, Ill., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SurePayroll, the online alternative in payroll services, today announced August results for its monthly Small Business Scorecard, which recently expanded to include hiring and wage data for the top 35 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.

    For August 2011, hiring is down from the previous month at 2.6% YTD and paycheck levels remain down at 0.3% YTD. In addition, optimism among small business owners stayed flat at 48% after plummeting to 47% last month from 67% in June. Write-in responses to the SurePayroll Optimism Survey indicated that regardless of whether small business owners were optimistic or pessimistic about economic recovery, they had minimal confidence in the government's ability to stimulate the economy. Numerous respondents felt at the end of the day, it is up to small businesses to generate economic recovery themselves.

    SurePayroll President and CEO Michael Alter, a small business advocate who regularly analyzes economic data to provide insights into the small business economy, points to the positive growth in cities such as Orlando and Greensboro- which led the metro data last month as well -and San Antonio. He says that overall, however, the recent figures once again illustrate the trend of flat or decreased hiring for the 11th month in a row.

    "With a challenging outlook on the economy, and low confidence in our government's ability to stimulate the economy, it's no surprise that we don't yet see an investment made in hiring," says Michael Alter, president and CEO, SurePayroll. "Business owners need confidence before they can risk the extra head count, and most just don't have it yet."

    As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll Scorecard has provided a monthly look at national hiring and wage trends since September 2004. SurePayroll's Scorecard compiles data from over 30,000 small businesses, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the nation's "micro businesses" - those with an average of eight employees. The full SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard, including data for the top 35 MSAs, is available at For more information, please contact Marissa Hermo at, 212.886.6711.

    About SurePayroll

    SurePayroll, The Online Alternative, is dedicated to providing a convenient and easy-to-use small business payroll service that keeps business owners in control. Over 30,000 customers rely on SurePayroll to process payroll on demand in as few as two minutes. In addition, SurePayroll offers efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening and more. For accountants and banking partners, SurePayroll provides private-label and co-branded services that enable them to offer online payroll processing to their small business clients. The company has received numerous prestigious awards for its innovative technology, and outstanding customer service and sales teams, including recognition from PC Magazine, Accounting Today, the American Business Awards and many others. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit

    About Paychex

    Paychex, Inc. is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex(R). Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 564,000 payroll clients nationwide as of May 31, 2011. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit


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    Formidable succès de participation pour la première édition du concours DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

    JOHANNESBOURG et PARIS, September 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

    Le jury international, sous la présidence du Professeur Georges Smoot, prix Nobel de physique 2006, se réunira le 12 septembre 2011 à Johannesbourg pour désigner les lauréats toutes catégories.

    Lancé auprès des élèves des écoles de 42 pays d'Afrique, le concours DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, organisé conjointement par MultiChoice Africa et Eutelsat Communications, a clos la période de réception des candidatures le 26 août sur un formidable succès de participation, réunissant plus de 500 oeuvres en compétition en provenance des quatre coins du continent.

    Ouvert aux étudiants de 14 à 19 ans, le concours DStv Eutelsat Star Awards invite ses jeunes participants à rédiger une composition ou concevoir une affiche sur le thème des satellites et la manière dont ces derniers peuvent accompagner le développement de leur communauté, de leur pays, ou de l'ensemble du continent africain. Le lauréat toutes catégories se verra offrir un voyage vers une base spatiale pour assister au lancement en direct d'un satellite et visiter les installations d'Eutelsat à Paris. Le gagnant du second prix sera également reçu par Eutelsat en France. Les prix d'excellence seront invités à Johannesbourg pour y découvrir les installations techniques et les studios de télévision du bouquet de télévision DStv au siège de MultiChoice en Afrique du Sud. Ils visiteront également les studios de télé-enseignement de Mindset.

    La compétition entre à présent dans une phase de désignation des gagnants nationaux par des jurys mis en place dans les différents pays participants. Ces lauréats nationaux concourront ensuite entre eux pour une phase finale arbitrée par un jury international qui se réunira le 12 septembre 2011 à Johannesbourg.

    Ce prestigieux jury international sera placé sous la présidence du Professeur Georges Smoot, astrophysicien et Prix Nobel de physique 2006. Il réunira, aux côtés du Professeur Georges Smoot, des personnalités connues pour leur engagement en faveur du développement, de l'éducation et de l'enseignement des sciences et des technologies en Afrique :

    - Prof George Smoot, Président du jury - Nadi Albino, Chef du département Education : UNICEF SA - Lauren Beukes, Ecrivaine et Prix Arthur C. Clarke 2010 - Professeur OyewusiIbidapo-Obe, Président de l'Académie des Sciences du Nigéria - Dr PhethiweMatutu, Directeur : Human Capital and Science Platform, Département de Science et Technologie d'Afrique du Sud - Khulu Sibiya, Membre du conseil de l'Université de Johannesbourg

    Pour accompagner la réflexion des candidats, Eutelsat et MultiChoice ont mis à la disposition des élèves un livret pédagogique ainsi que deux films documentaires de 26 minutes sur la conquête de l'espace et les impacts directs et indirects des applications satellitaires sur la vie quotidienne. Afin d'en faciliter l'accès au plus grand nombre, MultiChoice Africa a mis en oeuvre un ensemble de moyens comprenant la création d'un site web dédié à la compétition, l'appui de son réseau d'écoles - centres de ressources MultiChoice (MRCs) ainsi que la diffusion par satellite des films sur la chaîne Mindset Learn. La fréquentation du site ayant dépassé le nombre de 400 000 visiteurs dès le premier mois d'ouverture du concours, les organisateurs avaient décidé de prolonger de trois semaines la période de réception des candidatures pour donner au plus grand nombre une chance de pouvoir participer.

    A propos d'Eutelsat Communications

    Eutelsat Communications est la société holding d'Eutelsat S.A. Avec des ressources en orbite sur 27 satellites offrant une couverture sur toute l'Europe, le Moyen-Orient, l'Afrique, l'Inde et de larges zones de l'Asie et du continent américain, Eutelsat est l'un des trois premiers opérateurs mondiaux en termes de revenus. Au 30 juin 2011, la flotte des satellites d'Eutelsat assurait la diffusion de 3 800 chaînes de télévision vers plus de 200 millions de foyers en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique. La flotte d'Eutelsat transporte également une large gamme de services fixes et mobiles de télécommunications et de diffusion de données pour les réseaux vidéo professionnels et les réseaux d'entreprise, ainsi qu'un portefeuille d'applications haut débit au départ de terminaux fixes et pour les transports routiers, maritimes et aériens. Filiale d'Eutelsat dédiée à l'exploitation de services IP sur les téléports d'Eutelsat en France et en Italie, Skylogic exploite une gamme de services à valeur ajoutée pour les entreprises, les fournisseurs d'accès Internet, les collectivités locales, les administrations, et les organisations humanitaires en Europe, en Afrique, en Asie et sur le continent américain. Eutelsat, qui a son siège à Paris, emploie, avec ses filiales, 700 collaborateurs commerciaux, techniques et opérationnels originaires de 30 pays.

    A propos de MultiChoice Africa

    MultiChoice Africa Limited (" MultiChoice Africa "), pionnier de la fourniture de services de télévision payante en Afrique subsaharienne, a lancé son premier service numérique par satellite dans les années 1980. La société est immatriculée à l'île Maurice et est une filiale contrôlée à 100% par le groupe Naspers. MultiChoice Africa exploite des bouquets de télévision numérique payants réunissant des chaînes africaines, américaines, chinoises, indiennes, asiatiques et européennes. La société a plus de vingt ans d'expérience en tant qu'opérateur de télévision payante en Afrique, et offre une technologie numérique de pointe ainsi qu'une large sélection d'offres premium et régionales sous la marque DStv dans 47 pays africains et dans les îles voisines de l'Océan indien.

    Eutelsat Communications

    CONTACT: Contacts: Presse: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel. : + 33 1 53 98 37 91,; Frédérique Gautier , Tel. : + 33 1 53 98 37 91,; Analystes/ Investisseurs: Lisa Finas, Tel. : +33 1 53
    98 35 30,; Léonard Wapler, Tel. :
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    (Head Corporate Affairs) MultiChoice Africa

    LIONSGATE JOINS SCRIBD, DONORSCHOOSE.ORG, AND SCHOLASTIC, FOR THE HUNGER GAMES NATIONAL LITERACY MONTH CAMPAIGNInnovative Collaboration Allows For 'Social Reading' Of Book ContentSweepstakes Winner Will Receive Library Of Books To Donate To School Of Choice

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This National Literacy Month, LIONSGATE(R) , in cooperation with Scholastic and Scribd, is thrilled to announce that new fans of The Hunger Games can read a never-before-released sample - the entirety of Chapter 2 - from Suzanne Collins' bestselling book.

    Fans can read and share the previously released first chapter along with the exclusively released second chapter of The Hunger Games using a new application built in partnership with Scribd, the world's leading social reading platform. The app enables users to read the chapters from directly within Facebook and share them with their friends on Scribd, Facebook and Twitter.

    Both the content and the application are part of Lionsgate, Scholastic and Scribd's efforts to promote reading and books during National Literacy Month. To that end, the three companies have joined with, a non-profit organization that was named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies," to create a sweepstakes. Throughout the month of September, any fan that reads The Hunger Games in the Scribd social reader application will be entered in "Read a Chapter, Win a Library" for a chance to win a classroom library of books for one of the public schools served by

    All four companies are supporting the program with their full online weight, including website promotion, social media support including Facebook and Twitter, email blasts, blog posts and in-app featured placement on iPhone and iPad apps.

    Said Lionsgate's Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen of the four way collaboration, "People who read The Hunger Games adopt a must see attitude to the film - the story is so gripping and urgent that fans of the book literally can't wait to see it translated to the big screen. We are so lucky to have the partners we do at Scholastic, who have recognized from the beginning how momentous the synergy between the book and movie could be. This is a great joint marketing initiative for the books and the film, and we're very excited that it was made possible in such an innovative way by Scribd. The fact that we are also able to partner with the ingenious charity to donate an entire library of books to a school is a true honor. The Hunger Games is an incredibly powerful book- the experience of reading it is exciting enough to turn people of all ages onto books with a new fervor, so the National Literacy Month connection couldn't be more fitting."

    Lionsgate is releasing the feature film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

    About the film THE HUNGER GAMES

    Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

    Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

    THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, from a trilogy that has over 12 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.

    Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

    About Lionsgate

    Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with the comedy "Blue Mountain State, " the upcoming drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", the upcoming "For Better or Worse," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?".

    Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, which was #1 at the North American box office for two weeks, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards(R). The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

    About Scribd

    Scribd is the largest social reading and publishing site in the world with more than 75 million readers each month. We've made it incredibly simple for anyone to share and discover informative, entertaining and original written content on the web and mobile devices. Our mission is to liberate the written word, to connect people and organizations with the information and ideas that matter most to them. Our innovative HTML5 document reader technology has lowered the barriers to publishing by enabling anyone to easily upload and share their work in any file format. Scribd is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit


    Founded in 2000, ( is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom requests, from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Then individuals can browse and fund projects that speak to them. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 212,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $86 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through, individuals from all walks of life have helped 5.1 million students.

    About Scholastic

    Scholastic Corporation is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at

    For More Information Contact:

    Lionsgate - Film Division
    Kate Hubin Piliero

    Lionsgate - Corporate Inquiries
    Peter D. Wilkes


    Web site:

    SteelCloud Announces New DoD Platforms for Securing Good Technology and Apple iOSMobileWorks DE Delivers STIG and Security Compliant Platform for Good and Apple iOS

    ASHBURN, Va., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ ---- SteelCloud, Inc. (OTCQB: SCLD.PK), a leading developer of mobility appliance and VMware(R) solutions today announced the release of MobileWorks(TM), its newest mobile appliance developed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In conjunction with the recent approval of the use of Apple(R) iOS devices within the DoD, SteelCloud is pleased to offer the immediate availability of MobileWorks DE for the STIG and security configuration guidance compliant platform deployment of the Good For Government(TM) mobile security suite.

    As announced in July, SteelCloud has partnered with Good Technology to deliver new mobile security management solutions to the DoD and Federal Government. In response to the approval to deploy Apple iOS devices, MobileWorks DE for Good helps military commands minimize new technology learning curves and complex security challenges, such as compliant system deployment, security hardening and Apple iPad(R) and iPhone(R) device management.

    "The DoD's recent approval to allow the deployment of Apple iOS devices represents a quantum change in how mobility solutions are embraced by our military," said Brian Hajost, President, and CEO of SteelCloud. "Our timely announcement gives the military a powerful option to quickly embrace Apple mobility on the DoD network. With the only securely configured 'out of the box' STIG and security compliant platform for Good and Apple iOS, SteelCloud is ready to help our military take mobility to the next level."

    Available as a specialized appliance or as VMware software, MobileWorks DE deploys the Good for Government enterprise-class mobile mail and personal information management system in under 60 minutes. SteelCloud also offers STIG360(TM), a compliancy support service that ensures deployed systems are kept up to date with the appropriate STIG and security guidance, significantly reducing the burden on budgets and staff. As a result, military commands are able to re-allocate IT resources to other mission-critical tasks rather than committing weeks or months to manual system deployment, hardening, and maintenance.

    SteelCloud has created several special implementation bundles that include everything needed for any size command to get their STIG and security configuration guidance compliant Good and Apple iOS infrastructure up and running in under an hour instead of weeks or months. SteelCloud's new MobileWorks platform for Good/iOS joins its existing SteelWorks(R) STIG-compliant solutions for BlackBerry(R). For more information email

    About SteelCloud

    SteelCloud designs and architects specialized appliance and virtual solutions for mobile computing technologies. The company delivers integrated hardware/software appliance solutions that focus on ease of deployment, policy compliance, and high availability, to commercial and government enterprises. SteelCloud is a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. Over its 24-year history, SteelCloud has won numerous awards for technical excellence and customer satisfaction. SteelCloud can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at or by email at

    Good, Good Technology, Good for Government are trademarks of Good Technology, Inc. iOS, iPhone, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple. Other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including statements regarding SteelCloud, Inc.'s (the "Company") beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the Company's ability to obtain financing in the short term; general business conditions and the amount of growth in the computer industry and the general economy; competitive factors; ability to attract and retain key sales and management personnel; the price of the Company's stock. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise.

    SteelCloud, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations: Brian Hajost, +1-703-674-5600 or

    Web site:

    Appfluent and iGATE Patni Form Strategic Alliance

    Rationalize Reference Data Management Costs and Mitigate Risks

    ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Appfluent Technology, Inc., the leader in business activity and data usage software for Big Data, and iGATE Patni, one of the leading global providers of information technology services and business solutions today announced a strategic alliance that will enable enterprises to leverage Appfluent's data usage analytics within iGate Patni's Reference Data Management solutions.

    iGATE Patni will embed Appfluent's software in "iGATE Patni RADAR", a multi-step Reference and Data Rationalization program that will help financial services companies mitigate their risk and rationalize the cost of managing their reference data. The iGATE Patni RADAR enables an institution to understand the volume, expense, source, and flow of reference data within the institution, allowing IT to better align with the business and reduce total cost of data management while driving the success of business intelligence and data warehouse initiatives.

    With Appfluent, iGATE Patni customers will be able to:

    --  Measure how business units and departments are utilizing data to better
    justify costs and more efficiently prioritize resources
    --  Gain insight into how data is being used in data warehouses to retain
    and optimize the most relevant data
    --  Audit user activity across BI applications, reports, and databases to
    ensure the trusted usage of sensitive corporate information.

    "To help reduce operational costs and risks, financial firms need a good understanding of how reference data is sourced, cleansed, transformed and consumed throughout the firm. iGATE Patni RADAR as a service addresses these issues and our alliance with Appfluent will enable us to efficiently model data consumption throughout the enterprise" says Fred Cohen Group Vice President Capital Markets & Investment Banking at iGATE Patni.

    "IT organizations lack visibility into the business usage of data leading to escalating data management costs, operational inefficiency and risk." said Frank Gelbart, Appfluent CEO. "Appfluent and iGATE Patni have partnered to enable FORTUNE 1000 companies to better leverage strategic value of data, contain costs and mitigate data access risks."

    About Appfluent Technology, Inc. Appfluent enables enterprises to manage Big Data smarter and better aligned with the business . Appfluent Visibility(R) provides visibility into business activity, exposes how data is used and what data is unused, and tracks inappropriate user activity. With insight provided by Appfluent, IT organizations can rationalize costs and plan investments, respond faster with fewer resources and more efficiently manage exploding data growth. Visit

    Appfluent is a registered trademark of Appfluent Technology, Inc. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Contact Information: Santosh Chitakki, 1-301-770-8643

    About iGATE Patni'iGATE Patni' is the common brand identity of two organizations - iGATE and Patni as a result of the acquisition of Patni Computer Systems Limited by iGATE Corporation. Between the two companies, the brand iGATE Patni provides full-spectrum consulting, technology, business process and product engineering outsourcing services on a Business Outcomes-based model. Armed with over three decades of IT Services experience and powered by the iTOPS (Integrated Technology and Operations) platform, iGATE Patni's multi-location global organization with a talent pool of 26000+ people, consistently delivers effective solutions to over 360 Fortune 1000 clients spanning across verticals like: banking & financial services; insurance & healthcare; life sciences; manufacturing, retail, distribution & logistics; media, entertainment leisure & travel; communication, energy & utilities; public sector; and independent software vendors. Visit:

    iGATE Corporation is listed in NASDAQ (IGTE) and Patni Computer Systems Limited in BSE (532517), NSE (PATNI) and NYSE listed (PTI).iGATE Patni Media Contact: Prabhanjan Deshpande "PD" Corporate Communication and Media Relations +91 80 4104 5006

    Appfluent Technology, Inc.

    CONTACT: Santosh Chitakki, Appfluent, +1-301-770-8643

    Web site:

    CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves to Participate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference

    NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS Corporation announced that Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in a question-and-answer session at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

    The discussion will begin at 12:00 PM, PT. An audio webcast of the session can be accessed here. A replay of the discussion will be available in the Investors/Events & Presentations section of the CBS Corporation Web site,

    About CBS Corporation

    CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW - a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Networks and CBS Sports Network), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment), motion pictures (CBS Films), and sustainable media (EcoMedia). For more information, log on to

    CBS Corporation

    CONTACT: Press, Dana McClintock, +1-212-975-1077,, or
    Stacy Roughan, +1-212-975-1942,; or Investor, Adam
    Townsend, +1-212-975-5292,, or Jessica Kourakos,

    Web site:

    Verizon Offers Up to $10,000 for Information on Copper Cable Thefts in Southern California

    NEWBURY PARK, Calif., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individuals responsible for a recent spate of copper cable thefts that have put public safety at risk for hundreds of customers in Southern California and caused unnecessary telephone service outages.

    In recent weeks, thieves have cut and stolen thousands of feet of copper cable at nine locations, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.

    "These thefts not only are an inconvenience for customers whose phone and Internet services are disrupted needlessly, but they also remove a vital communications link for people who may not have another way to reach loved ones or emergency responders," said Margaret Serjak, president of Verizon California. "We will not tolerate these deliberate and malicious acts against our communications network and our customers."

    Verizon is working closely with state and local law enforcement authorities to find and prosecute those responsible.

    The company urges anyone with information about these crimes to contact Verizon Security at 800-997-3287, or the local law enforcement agency.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at To receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.


    CONTACT: Jarryd Gonzales, +1-213-337-1118,

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    Magic Software to Present at the Rodman & Renshaw 2011 Annual Global Investment Conference on September 13, 2011

    OR YEHUDA, Israel, September 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

    Magic Software Enterprises Ltd [ ]. , a global provider of mobile [ ] and cloud-enabled application [ ] and business integration [ ] platforms, today announced that Mr. Guy Bernstein, CEO of Magic Software, is scheduled to present the company to investors at the Rodman & Renshaw 2011 Annual Global Investment Conference [ ] on September 13 from 12:05 to 12:45 PM at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

    The conference will include a series of one-on-one meetings with institutional investors. Investors interested in scheduling a meeting with Mr. Bernstein should contact their Rodman & Renshaw representative directly. For additional information, contact

    About Magic Software

    Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. is a global provider of mobile and cloud-enabled application and business integration platforms.

    For more information, visit

    About the Rodman & Renshaw 2011 Annual Global Investment Conference

    Rodman & Renshaw, LLC will host its 2011 Annual Global Investment Conference in New York from September 11 to 13, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The conference will feature corporate presentations from companies in tracks devoted to Healthcare, China, Metals & Mining, Energy, Technology, Cleantech, Financial Services, Israel, and Growth/Special Situations.

    For more information, visit [ ].

    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Magic is the trademark of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.

    Press contacts: Tania Amar Magic Software Enterprises Tel: +972(0)3-538-9300 Email:

    Magic Software Enterprises Ltd

    CONTACT: .

    Power Technology Enters Discussions to Energize Apple iPhones & iPods

    CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Power Technology, Inc. (Pinksheets: PWTC), which recently acquired Flipside USA &, announces today that the Company has entered into discussions to partner with the maker of a portable solar powered battery charger system for iPhones & iPods.

    Key benefits to the solar charger system include maximizing the performance and stabilization of the battery with cell tuning engineering as well as promoting green energy and energy recycling.

    This system will allow iPhone & iPod (including iPhone 3G & iPodTouch) users the ability to charge their devices instantly from the sun. This rechargeable power pack system will provide on-the-fly power to these devices with a service voltage of 5V. When fully charged, the power pack can supply the backup energy by taking in the light of the sun or any electrical bulb and converting it into power for the device.

    Apple has sold over 30 million iPodTouch/iPhone units to date. If every iPhone/iPodTouch sold was fully charged every day (averaging the battery capacity) via solar power instead of fossil fuel power, approximately 50.644gWh of energy could be saved. That is roughly equivalent to 75,965,625 lbs. of CO2 in the atmosphere per year.

    CEO Kara Guire stated: "We are impressed with their technology as well as the professionalism they have displayed thus far. One of the key interests at the moment is bringing their technology to the US markets which will enable us to tap into a big portion of the iPhone & iPad market".

    About the Battery Industry

    Batteries represent about $36 billion in revenues today and are expected to grow to more than $50 billion over the next five or so years, with rechargeable batteries leading the way. The growth will take place worldwide.

    The hybrid vehicle battery, which accounts for 1.7% of the world's rechargeable market, is expected to grow to 4.2% of the market by 2013. This surge is based on conservative assumptions about hybrid car growth.

    The ultracapacitor and fuel cell battery growth forecast may also be low, given potential technology/performance breakthroughs in the next few years. Dependent on the performance of their materials, they store and release more energy faster than conventional batteries, and they have an almost limitless cycle life.

    Growth in renewable energy, like solar and wind power, will drive additional demand for storage capacity, especially with increased smart grid electricity deployment all over the world.

    Very few storage technologies have actually reached the scalable commercial deployment phase. Several companies produce lithium-ion batteries, but utilities have only begun to experiment with them for balancing loads or storing power. General Electric recently jumped into the market for sodium batteries, computer-sized batteries that can store large amounts of power at wind farms.

    About Snakeboarding

    Snakeboarding, a sport started in 1989 with the invention of the Snakeboard by college students James Fisher, Oliver Macleod-Smith, and Simon King, who were looking to simulate and combine the sensations of surfing, snowboarding, skiing and skateboarding, has a colorful history and has attracted riders from all across the world. The key advantage of the Snakeboard is that riders can generate a forward motion, even uphill, from a standstill position without their feet ever touching the ground. The Snakeboard's steerability makes it easy to maneuver and fun to ride.

    Within 5 years from being invented, the sport gained a considerable amount of popularity and the First Annual World Championship was held in Guernsey, an island off the coast of England. The sport continued to spread globally under the name "Snakeboard International" from 1994 through 1998 when the founders sold their patent.

    After 1998, the sport continued to increase ridership and build their fan base worldwide while gaining events coverage on top networks including Fox Sports Net, ESPN, and MTV Sports.

    In 2001, in an effort to capitalize on the growth of the sport, Kara formed Flipside USA and began buying boards in bulk and whatever other boards she could get her hands on to keep up with the growing demand, many times selling out of inventory on pre-orders. Since 1998 the sport has retained its hard core rider base and hosted Annual World Championships in various cities all around the world. However it has yet to have a company step in with a coordinated marketing effort and a thorough enough understanding of the logistics necessary to significantly ramp up production and grow their audience. There are only currently three manufacturers of boards, and the industry is ripe for an aggressive campaign.

    For more information visit and

    Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

    CONTACT: Power Technology, Inc. Kara Guire, (847) 796-0534

    Power Technology, Inc.

    Web site:

    EarthLink Supports Muscular Dystrophy Association's 46th Annual Labor Day TelethonEarthLink donates wireless routers to enable real-time donations at locations nationwide

    ATLANTA, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. a leading IP infrastructure and services company, today announced the donation of wireless router equipment and Internet access to support 13 locations participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Labor Day Telethon on Sunday, September 4th. The EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized) routers will provide Internet connectivity for telethon sites in eleven states, enabling staff at these locations to monitor crucial, timely information on the Telethon's donation website.

    "Without this critical and generous contribution by EarthLink, 13 MDA Labor Day Telethon locations would be unable to access our donation website to update tote boards in real-time," said MDA President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald C. Weinberg. "We've found that communities respond best to Telethon appeals when they can see the momentum of local donations helping to speed treatments and cures for progressive muscle diseases. Thanks to EarthLink, this best practice will continue in all Telethon markets."

    For the well-known MDA Telethon, televised each year on Labor Day weekend, EarthLink also builds a secure data tunnel from the Telethon headquarters in Las Vegas into its MPLS cloud to create a temporary remote MDA office with security features and benefits. As MDA's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors, the ability to take donations securely via Internet and phone is extremely important during the telethon and year-round.

    EarthLink is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's complete managed network solution provider. MDA's private, nationwide Multi-Protocol Layer Switching (MPLS) data network and managed security platform from EarthLink connects the agency's headquarters in Tucson, AZ with its data centers and hundreds of regional offices. Leveraging EarthLink's private, dedicated and secure MPLS network also provide the MDA with consistent service levels and the Quality of Service (QoS) required for the MDA to utilize Voice-over-IP (VoIP) as a cost-effective alternative for its voice service.

    "We applaud the efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and understand its limited resources and exceptional needs as a non-profit organization," said Rolla P. Huff, EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "EarthLink is pleased to offer additional assistance and provide Internet connectivity at these sites during this year's Telethon. Our partnership with MDA is important to us, and we've worked diligently to provide a solution which also offers the network security, performance and centralized infrastructure management MDA requires."

    About EarthLink
    EarthLink, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website

    About MDA
    MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive healthcare and support services, advocacy and education. See the award-winning MDA "Make A Muscle, Make A Difference" PSA.

    In addition to funding more than 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics; orchestrates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; facilitates extraordinary local summer camp opportunities for thousands youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases. Known globally for the MDA Labor Day Telethon, the Association is the first nonprofit to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association "for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."

    About MDA Labor Day Telethon

    The original reality-television program, the MDA Labor Day Telethon has been inspiring tens of millions to annually support the lifesaving mission of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1966. Broadcast by more than 150 television stations, the 2011 Telethon will be telecast from 6 p.m. to midnight in every U.S. time zone on Sunday, Sept. 4. Entertainment icons including Celine Dion, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Lopez, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Steven Tyler, Jon Secada, Randy Jackson, and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks are making special appearances on the 2011 Telethon. Joining these music artists in encouraging even greater public support of MDA are The View's Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck; plus NFL legend Kurt Warner and NBA great Dwight Howard.


    CONTACT: Michele Sadwick, +1-404-748-7255, +1-404-769-8421 (mobile),

    Web site:

    Mastech Holdings, Inc. Announces Expansion of Credit Facility With PNC Bank

    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mastech Holdings, Inc. , a national provider of information technology and specialized healthcare staffing services, announced today that the Company has amended its loan agreement with PNC Bank. Under the amended credit facility, the maximum borrowing amount will increase to $19 million from $10 million. The amended credit facility will expire on August 31, 2014.


    The amended credit facility is comprised of a $15 million revolving credit loan, to be used for general corporate purposes, and a $4 million delayed draw term loan, to be used to facilitate acquisitions.

    Thomas Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Mastech, stated, "I'm pleased to announce the continuation of our long-standing relationship with PNC Bank as a valued business partner of Mastech. Throughout our relationship, PNC Bank has demonstrated a keen understanding of our business objectives and a willingness to provide us with a credit facility to accommodate our business needs."

    Commenting on the transaction, Jack Cronin, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "This amended facility gives us added financial flexibility to invest in our business, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, in efforts to strengthen our business model and accelerate our growth trajectory."

    About Mastech Holdings, Inc.:

    Leveraging the power of over 20 years of IT experience, Mastech provides Information Technology Staffing services in the disciplines which drive today's business operations and Specialized Healthcare Staffing services to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. More information about Mastech can be found at Mastech's website:

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "scheduled," "estimates" and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which include but are not limited to projections of revenues, earnings, and cash flow. These statements are based on information currently available to the Company and it assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements as circumstances change. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, the level of market demand for its services, the highly competitive market for the types of services offered by the company, the impact of competitive factors on profit margins, market conditions that could cause the Company's customers to reduce their spending for its services, and the company's ability to create, acquire and build new lines of business, to attract and retain qualified personnel, reduce costs and conserve cash, and other risks that are described in more detail in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

    PRN Photo Desk, Mastech Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Donna Kijowski, Manager, Investor Relations, Mastech Holdings,
    Inc., 1-888-330-5497

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    TI introduces Qi-compliant, single-chip wireless power transmitter IC to lower implementation costDigital demodulation scheme reduces solution components and size

    DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today introduced its next-generation bqTESLA(TM) wireless power transmitter integrated circuit (IC). The bq500210 lowers the transmitter bill of materials cost by more than 50 percent, compared to existing solutions, by integrating the transmitter and supporting components into a single chip. The small, highly intelligent IC integrates the functionality required to safely and efficiently control wireless power transfer in a contactless charging base station. By utilizing Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)-compliant inductive power transfer, the transmitter provides power to Qi-compliant portable devices, such as smartphones, portable gaming systems, digital cameras and Bluetooth(R) low energy systems, as well as medical and industrial equipment.

    Together with the available bq51013 or bq51011 receivers, the bq500210 offers a complete Qi-compliant wireless power solution. For more information or to order samples of the bq500210, visit:

    Key features and benefits of the bq500210

    --  Digital demodulation signal processing significantly reduces total
    system components from previous generation analog demodulation
    --  Single-chip wireless power transfer controller compliant to WPC Qi
    specification 1.0.2, which allows for a simple, cost-effective,
    interoperable design implementation.
    --  Integrated real-time efficiency analyzer maximizes power transfer
    efficiency, reduces power consumption, and protects the transmitter and
    receiver from excessive power loss and heat.
    --  Parasitic metal object detection (PMOD) provides protection from power
    transfer to metal objects, overheating and power loss.
    --  Overload and over temperature protection ensures safe and reliable
    --  Small 7-mm x 7-mm, 48-pin QFN package minimizes impact to end equipment

    Tools and support

    TI offers a variety of tools and support to speed the implementation of wireless power:

    --  bq500210EVM-689 wireless power transmitter evaluation module (EVM):
    --  bq500210 data sheet:
    --  bq51013EVM wireless power receiver EVM:
    --  bq51013 wireless power receiver:

    Availability and pricing

    The bq500210 wireless power transmitter is available now in a 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package, priced at $4.50 in quantities of 1,000.

    Find out more about TI's bqTESLA wireless power portfolio by visiting the links below:

    --  Visit TI's wireless power solution web page; view wireless power video
    --  Download the following:
    --  bq51013 data sheet or order samples:
    --  Ask questions; help solve problems in the Wireless Power forum in the TI
    E2E(TM) Community:
    --  Download the new Power Management Guide:

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    VimpelCom Names Robert Conway Chief of International Affairs

    AMSTERDAM, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VimpelCom Ltd. is pleased to announce that Robert Conway is joining its senior management as Chief of International Affairs. Conway joins VimpelCom after serving as the long time CEO and member of the Board of GSMA, which under his leadership became the world's preeminent mobile industry association. He will report directly to VimpelCom Chief Executive Officer Jo Lunder and will formally start on September 1, 2011.

    As a corporate officer and member of the management board, Conway will help shape and drive the global strategic positioning of VimpelCom as well as communicating that positioning externally and internally.

    "Rob brings great expertise and an unrivaled strategic understanding of the global telecommunications sector to his new role at VimpelCom," said Jo Lunder. "As head of GSMA, Rob worked tirelessly to connect people, expand the availability of mobile services and develop real world solutions to the critical issues facing our industry. His unique skill set, knowledge and experience will undoubtedly play a vital role in helping VimpelCom enhance its value and relationships with the communities and countries we serve."

    According to Robert Conway: "I was drawn to VimpelCom because it is a truly unique global telecoms company covering half of the territory of the world spanning four continents, 19 countries and possessing an enviable balance of customers in both developed and developing nations. I look forward to contributing to this remarkably progressive and entrepreneurial company."

    About VimpelCom

    VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators offering a wide range of wireless, fixed, and broadband services in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 868 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of March 31, 2011 VimpelCom had pro forma 186 million mobile subscribers. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (VIP). For more information visit:

    VimpelCom Ltd.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, Gerbrand Nijman, +31 (0)20 79 77 203
    (Amsterdam),; or Media and Public
    Relations, Elena Prokhorova, +7(495) 725-0708 (Moscow),,
    both of VimpelCom Ltd.

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