Including Two Touchscreen Models With SonicMaster Technology, Full HD Video and DTS
ASUS has today launched 4 All-in-One PC models in India. These include the ET2012IUKS,
ET2210INKS and touch screen models ET2012IGTS and ET2411INTI. The various models launched
feature stylish and ergonomic, space-saving designs and are wall-mountable. They also
feature exclusive ASUS SonicMaster Technology for improved audio clarity, louder volume
and more detailed audio, Full HD video and DTS stereo sound, USB 3.0 for high speed data
transfers, integrated graphics and HDMI-output for cinematic multimedia experience.
Commented Mr. Vinay Shetty - Country Head - Component Business, ASUS (India) about the
launch of these new All-in-One PCs, "The AIO market is growing at 7 percent per annum and
we expect to gain a substantial market share in our focus segments. The Indian market is
now getting aware of AIOs, their usability, and starting to adopt them in households as
well as in commercial set-ups. We are therefore entering the market with a new strategy
and will be targeting senior executives, medical practitioners, professionals and
students." For the go-to-market strategy, ASUS will continue to work with its 136 partners
across the country. The company will also engage with 27 exclusive and trained retailers.
Mr. Shetty also said that they would be launching one 27-inch touchscreen model later in
the year specifically targeting gamers and media professionals.
ASUS will adopt a 2-pronged strategy for its metro and non-metro customers. "We will
work with local partners in Class C and D cities, and make the products available in
select retail stores in metros. Our focus will be more toward the smaller cities because
the real market for AIOs lies there and not in the metros which are already saturated,"
Shetty said. ASUS expects its partners to make at least 10 percent profits on the AIOs.
The company will train the partners under its Sales Promotion Incentive Fund program,
conduct road-shows, and set up demo centers at retail outlets.
The ASUS-exclusive SonicMaster Technology employed in the AIOs refines every acoustic
detail in pristine quality to deliver lossless audio - reproducing richer and more
distinct vocals at a wider frequency range. ASUS utilises a host of innovative solutions
to deliver crystal-clear, immersive audio that is perfect for both music and movies.
Engineered by audio experts, SonicMaster technology utilises a fine-tuned digital signal
processor to deliver an expanded sound range, improved fidelity and more distinct vocals.
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Taomee Launches Online Destination for Cartoon Network's Ben 10
Dedicated website for the hugely popular franchise in China
SHANGHAI, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Taomee Holdings Limited ("Taomee" or the "Company") (NYSE: TAOM), one of the leading kids' entertainment and media companies in China, today announced the launch of a dedicated Chinese online zone, ben10.61.com, for Cartoon Network's global franchise Ben 10.
Jointly developed by Taomee and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., the parent company of Cartoon Network, ben10.61.com offers Chinese kids and cartoon fans the ultimate Ben 10 online entertainment experience. As a premier online destination, the website features videos, online games, downloadable wallpaper, e-comics and character profiles.
"We're delighted to partner with Cartoon Network to launch the Ben 10 franchise's Chinese online zone." said Mr. Benson Wang, co-founder, director and chief executive officer of Taomee. "As Cartoon Network's most successful original global franchise and leveraging Taomee online video site, we believe it will deliver exceptional entertainment to Taomee's millions of trusted parents and caregivers across Asia."
"Ben 10 has been embraced by fans around the globe and we are very excited to collaborate with Taomee to develop a dedicated online portal for this brand in China," said Ringo Chan, Senior Vice President, Greater China, Turner International Asia Pacific Limited. "Cartoon Network is committed to bringing the best, engaging entertainment experience for kids and the young-at-heart. ben10.61.com is the ultimate online destination for Chinese kids to interact with Ben Tennyson through diverse content whenever they want."
In China, the Ben 10 TV series is available on channel CCTV-6. Parents and kids can also find Ben 10 story and activity books nationwide at XinHua bookstores and other leading retail outlets.
Ben 10 follows the adventures of alien-morphing boy hero Ben Tennyson and his saving-the-world adventures span four hit animated series - Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien and the latest installment Ben 10: Omniverse.
About Ben 10
Ben 10 is Cartoon Network's most successful original global franchise that has transcended geographical borders and has reached beyond television to become one of kids' most celebrated brands.
Since the premiere of the original Ben 10 series, created by Man of Action Studios, in 2006, the franchise has spawned four animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, a feature film currently in development, a widely-popular consumer products line and has captured the imaginations of viewers on a worldwide scale.
About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific
Cartoon Network, the number one kids' channel in the Asia Pacific region, offers the best in original animated entertainment while drawing from the world's most iconic cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles. Original series showcased on Cartoon Network include the globally popular series Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Chowder, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Powerpuff Girls and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Cartoon Network is available in 23 territories throughout the Asia Pacific region and is currently seen in about 69 million cable homes. Online, Cartoon Network Asia Pacific reaches nearly five million unique visitors a month.
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of multiplatform news and entertainment content around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
About Taomee Holdings Limited
Taomee Holdings Limited is one of the leading children's entertainment and media companies in China driven to deliver exceptional entertainment to children and families. Founded in 2007, Taomee is one the first companies in Greater China to develop animated franchises for children through online virtual world that are both fun and educational. The Company's virtual worlds are widely trusted by millions of parents and caregivers across Asia. The Company's Mole's World and Seer franchises and characters have reached millions of children and families through virtual worlds, books, monthly print magazines, mobile applications, animated television series and movies. For more information, please visit: http://www.taomee.com/en_taomee.html.
This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "potential," "continue," "is/are likely to" or other similar expressions. Among other things, the management's quotations and outlook information contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company's business strategies and initiatives as well as business plans; future business development, results of operations and financial condition; expected changes in revenues and certain cost or expense items; expectations with respect to increased revenue growth and the Company's ability to sustain profitability; the Company's services and products under development or planning; the Company's ability to attract users and further enhance the Company's brand recognition; and trends and competition in the children's entertainment and media market and industry, including those for online entertainment. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Taomee's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on its final prospectus dated June 10, 2011 and its annual report on Form 20-F dated April 18, 2012. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as required under applicable law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that their expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.
The Official Launch of Tenpay American Express(R) Virtual Pay
BEIJING, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tenpay, a leading third-party online payment platform in China, announced the launch of "Tenpay American Express(®) Virtual Pay" - the first virtual pay product introduced by Tenpay on its platform with state-of-the-art security features supported by the American Express network, making overseas online shopping more secure than ever.
Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay comes with a "one time password" security function which automatically generates a different password for each online transaction made by Tenpay customers. Customers need not worry about their passwords being compromised as the password can be used only once thus safeguarding their Tenpay accounts when doing overseas online shopping.
Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay also enables Tenpay customers to shop for fashion, electronics, cosmetics, books and audio & video products, and other retail goods at many overseas online merchants accepting American Express, such as Bloomingdales, Beautyexpert.co.uk., Apple AppStore. They can also shop at international airlines and hotels websites, such as Finnair, Agoda, for air tickets and hotel accommodations.
Jim Lai, General Manager, Tenpay, said, "Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay customers can settle in RMB when they shop at overseas online merchants to enjoy the same settlement experience that they are used to with domestic online merchants."
Shopping at online merchants that require U.S. shipping addresses will no longer be a problem for Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay customers. With globaleshop from American Express -- a transshipment service for Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay customers, customers would be designated a U.S. address to complete their purchases, and have the goods forwarded to their home address in China.
To encourage Tenpay customers to use this new service, Tenpay is offering multi-promotional offers including Tenpay Points and Q coins for customers who activate their Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay. The first 1000 customers who use their Virtual Pay privilege will also stand a chance to win cash vouchers. Customers can also enjoy exclusive offers provided by Finnair, Agoda, Beautyexpert.co.uk, Bloomingdales and comGateway. More offers and benefits will be added in the future exclusively for Tenpay American Express Virtual Pay customers.
Kula Kulendran, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Network Services, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia, American Express, said, "The partnership with Tenpay is a milestone for American Express' development in China. The "one time password" security function provides Chinese consumers with peace of mind in terms of security. We believe this new product will drive further business opportunities for both Tenpay and American Express."
Jim Lai, General Manager, Tenpay, said, "Our partnership with American Express will not only strengthen our competitive edge against other third-party payment service providers in China, but also greatly accelerate our business development in cross-border online payment market segment by providing Chinese consumers great value and convenience with online shopping."
Tenpay, an integrated payment platform launched by Tencent to meet the needs of its 1.1 billion QQ users, has grown into one of China's leading online payment platforms. Tenpay commits to provide airlines, logistics, insurance, games, B2C business and other industries with professional and secure online payment solutions. As the end of 2011, the registered Tenpay users accounts amounted to 190 million.
About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Since 1996, American Express has been pursuing a strategy of opening its merchant network and card product portfolio to third party issuers around the world. By leveraging its global infrastructure and the powerful appeal of the brand, American Express has gained even broader reach for its network worldwide. American Express has now established 146 partnerships in 159 markets across the world. Learn more at http://www.americanexpress.com/gns.
Sony Computer Entertainment Initiates The PlayStation®Mobile Developer Program
Official Version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK Now Publicly Available
Program Allows a Wider range of Developers to Create Dedicated Content for PlayStation(TM)Certified Devices and PlayStation®Vita
TOKYO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it initiates the PlayStation®Mobile Developer Program which includes the official version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK*(1) from today, in an effort to further expand the world of PlayStation® on open operating system-based devices*(2) through PlayStation®Mobile.
Allowing a wider range of developers to create dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile, the PlayStation®Mobile Developer Program becomes available in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia. The forthcoming phased roll out will start from Hong Kong and Taiwan and with more countries and regions to follow. This program enables developers to distribute easily their content through PlayStation®Store*(3) on a commercial basis and market their games to millions of dedicated gamers with PlayStation(TM)Certified*(?) devices and PlayStation®Vita. The license agreement fee is 7,980 yen annually*(5).
After receiving the feedback from developers who have used the open beta version since this April, the official version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK enhances its system stability. Along with the technical support from SCE through the developers forum where developers can exchange useful information, developers are also be able to seamlessly continue to develop content which was created with the open beta version.
(Please refer to the special site link for more detailed information)
SCE will further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation(TM)Certified devices and continue to collaborate with content developers to drive the delivery of compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStation®Mobile.
*1 A set of development tools and software libraries for PlayStation®Mobile.
*2 As of November 20, Android based PS Certified devices and PS Vita.
*3 Users can download vast digital content including games through PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP, PS Vita and PS Certified devices.
*4 The license program to expand PlayStation®Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support. Please kindly refer to the URL for the line-up of PS Certified devices.
*5 The fee is for the Japanese market. The fee differs by countries and regions. After closing the license agreement, developers are able to use PlayStation®Mobile SDK and conduct verification on PS Certified devices and PS Vita to distribute their content on PS Store.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develop and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.
PlayStation and PS3 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB. "Sony Tablet" is a trademark of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, vWorker has over 2.5 million enterprise and professional users from around the world, who have been paid over US$139 million through the site from 1.3 million projects. Founded by Ian Ippolito in 2001 originally as Rent A Coder, the marketplace was one of the earliest companies of its kind in the world. It rapidly developed an exceptional reputation for attracting quality programmers and grew at an astonishing pace. From 2007 to 2010 RentaCoder.com was named by Inc. magazine as one of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the USA. In 2010, Entrepreneur Magazine called Rent A Coder "one of the hundred smartest, most innovative, hands-down brilliant companies on our radar."
Originally focusing on programming and IT-based work, in 2010 the site expanded to include a wide selection of work categories including graphic design, writing and more. To reflect this expansion, the company changed its name to vWorker - short for "virtual worker".
A true innovator in the space, vWorker was the first company to introduce the trialsourcing model and one of the first innovators in crowdsourcing and time tracking technology.
With a huge pool of 2.5 million professionals spanning the globe, the acquisition of vWorker represents a massive boost to Freelancer.com's already market-leading user-base of 4.4 million professionals. This undisputedly affirms Freelancer.com as the largest marketplace globally with 6.6 million users, greater than the combined user population of its two nearest competitors. Combined with Freelancer's 2.7 million projects to date, the marketplaces have completed 4 million projects as the largest online freelance economy in the world by far.
"I am immensely pleased to announce the acquisition of vWorker, which has the absolute best reputation in the industry for sourcing the finest programmers," said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive of Freelancer.com. "Through Ian's incredible leadership over the last 12 years, vWorker was a pioneer in the development of many technologies and processes that the industry today takes for granted."
Ian Ippolito, Chief Executive and Founder of Exhedra Solutions, Inc. (owner of vWorker), said, "We're elated to be joining forces with the global leader in the space. Our highly skilled freelancers will now be able to increase their earnings potential by accessing more projects, and our employers will be able to tap into a larger and more diversified skill base to get things done."
Today, small businesses are able to hire freelancers for projects in 600 skill categories which today are in areas as mainstream as Website Design, Graphic Design, Copywriting and SEO; but are also as diverse as Astrophysics, Aerospace Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, Manufacturing and Industrial Design.
Freelancer.com is also the global leader in web traffic for the industry, currently ranking at #412, according to Alexa. Freelancer enjoys a cult following in some countries, regularly ranking in the top 20, 50 or 100 websites in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, where freelancing is the vanguard of an economic revolution sweeping the developing world as the Internet connects the rest of the world's population together. Freelancer today has 22 regional marketplaces, allowing transactions in 15 currencies and is available in 10 languages, with a 24x7x365 support team that speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Filipino and Indonesian.
Freelancer.com has aggressively consolidated the online outsourcing industry since May 2009 when the company was started by Australian and BRW Entrepreneur of the Year Matt Barrie. The company's acquisition of vWorker (United States), adds to a list that includes GetAFreelancer (Sweden), Scriptlance (Canada), LimeExchange (United States), Freelancer.co.uk (United Kingdom), Freelancer.de Booking Center (Germany), Freelancer.com.au (Australia) and Freelancer Hong Kong (China), together with the Freemarket.com virtual content marketplace (United States) and the Webmaster Talk (United States) forums.
Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the world. Through Freelancer.com, entrepreneurs and businesses connect with 6.6 million professionals from all over the world. Employers can hire freelancers in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design, right through to engineering and the sciences, sales & marketing and accounting & legal services. The average job is under US$200, making Freelancer.com extremely cost effective for small businesses, which often need a wide variety of jobs to be done, but cannot justify the expense of hiring full time.
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With a sprawling inventory of bulk designer handbags, online retailer NP Fashion makes holiday shopping easier
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holidays approaching, many of us start to think of hosting parties, visiting with loved ones, and gift-giving. You might be expecting a full house in November of December, with family flying in for Thanksgiving or Christmas break. With people taking time off work this season, it is the perfect time to assemble girlfriends or get the ladies in the family together for a gift exchange. While various friends, sisters, aunts, or nieces have differing personalities and interests, women share many similarities, one of them being that most carry handbags each and every day. As this is the case, why not make gift-giving a little easier this year, and purchase an assortment of wholesale handbags from NP Fashion for family and friends? Buying in bulk from the online retailer saves money, and with so many styles and colors offered, there are numerous designer purses to suit every style aesthetic.
NP Fashion's designer handbags at wholesale prices are not cheap imposters of purses designed by leading manufacturers. Rather, our purses feature design elements that have pleased fashion-forward women for years. Each item in our inventory is a distinctive creation, and many come in a variety of shades to coordinator with the predominant colors of every wardrobe.
The self-motivated entrepreneur may also develop an extra profit through partnering with NP Fashion this holiday season. NP Fashion is pleased to offer wholesale purses directly to the consumer, but the company also aims to supply shop owners with their own inventory. NP Fashion offers large discounts based on the number of purses purchased. Shipping is quick, so the customer may make their selections and quickly receive their purses to turnaround to potential customers before they resort to hitting the malls. This way, the customer can browse a collection of gorgeous, quality handbags and avoid combing through the picked-through section of an overrun department store.
The categories of beautiful wholesale handbags available through NP Fashion are numerous. For a fun look, the online purse emporium offers animal print bags. For durability and everyday versatility, one may choose a denim or leather handbag or a messenger bag. NP Fashion offers an assortment of fashionable backpacks for school-going relatives, and younger females might enjoy one of the girlish handbags that feature a flower applique. There are of course a huge selection of evening handbags and clutches available for the most sophisticated purse owners. NP Fashion customers are sure to find bags to suit the taste of every female, as the shop constantly adds to their catalog of available items.
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WatchESPN Now Available Through ESPN on Xbox to Verizon FiOS TV Customers
Live Programming From ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater now Available on the Xbox 360 Console to Xbox LIVE Gold Members
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon FiOS TV customers can now experience WatchESPN in a unique interactive sports viewing experience with today's launch of the new ESPN on Xbox. HD-quality live programming and events from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater are now available to Xbox LIVE Gold members.
Customers that receive their video subscription from Verizon FiOS will now be able to access popular shows like "SportsCenter," "PTI," "First Take," "NFL Live," "Baseball Tonight," "College GameDay," "Mike & Mike in the Morning," and others as well as live events from the NFL, MLB, NBA, soccer, tennis, golf, motor sports and more through ESPN on Xbox. Additional features include:
-- My Sports - By choosing favorite sports and teams, fans are able to find
games and content most important to them.
-- Mini Guide - Gives fans a preview and quick access to all live events
and highlights right at the bottom of the screen.
-- Split Screen - Watch two events at once. Watch live events on both
screens or a live event on one and highlights on the other.
-- Kinect - Allows fans to navigate through the entire experience all with
the wave of a hand or through voice control.
-- ESPN BottomLine - Provides breaking news and score updates from around
the world of sports.
FiOS TV customers can access ESPN on Xbox by finding ESPN Live on Xbox in the on screen library. Once customers access the new app, they can begin watching all that WatchESPN has to offer.
WatchESPN through ESPN on Xbox adds another platform for the authenticated networks service, which is also accessible online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to all FiOS TV customers who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), 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 nearly 96 million retail customers 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 with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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MetroPCS Receives Request for Additional Information from DOJ Regarding Proposed Combination with T-Mobile
DALLAS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS; "MetroPCS") today announced that, on November 19, 2012, MetroPCS received a request for additional information (the "Second Request") from the U.S. Department of Justice (the "DOJ") in connection with MetroPCS' proposed transaction with T-Mobile USA, Inc. ("T-Mobile") pursuant to the business combination agreement, dated October 3, 2012, by and among Deutsche Telekom AG, an Aktiengesellschaft organized in Germany ("Deutsche Telekom"), T-Mobile Global Zwischenholding GmbH, a Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung organized in Germany and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom ("Global"), T-Mobile Global Holding GmbH, a Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung organized in Germany and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Global ("Holding"), T-Mobile, a Delaware corporation and direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Holding, and MetroPCS. The Second Request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR Act").
The effect of the Second Request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the HSR Act until 30 days after MetroPCS and T-Mobile have substantially complied with the Second Request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the DOJ.
MetroPCS intends to cooperate fully with the DOJ to obtain approval of the transaction as soon as possible and remains confident that the DOJ will find that the transaction is both pro-competitive and pro-consumer. Completion of the transaction is subject to MetroPCS shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. MetroPCS continues to expect the transaction will close in the first half of 2013.
About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of no annual contract, unlimited wireless communications service for a flat rate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their service in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2012, MetroPCS had approximately 9.0 million subscribers. For more information please visit http://www.MetroPCS.com.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This document relates to a proposed transaction between MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom. In connection with the proposed transaction, MetroPCS filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a preliminary proxy statement on November 16, 2012. The preliminary proxy statement is not final and will be superseded by a definitive proxy statement to be filed by MetroPCS with the SEC. Investors and security holders are urged to read carefully the preliminary proxy statement and the definitive proxy statement and all other relevant documents filed with the SEC or sent to stockholders as they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. All documents, when filed, will be available free of charge at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents by contacting MetroPCS' Investor Relations department at 214-570-4641, or via e-mail at email@example.com. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to MetroPCS' stockholders. This communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval.
Participants in the Solicitation
MetroPCS and its directors and executive officers will be deemed to be participants in any solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about MetroPCS' directors and executive officers is available in MetroPCS' proxy statement, dated April 16, 2012, for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the preliminary proxy statement and will be contained in the definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available. Investors should read the definitive proxy statement carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions.
This document includes "forward-looking statements" for the purpose of the "safe harbor" provisions within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Any statements made in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about when the parties expect that the proposed transaction will close, whether the DOJ will approve the transaction, MetroPCS' timeframe for compliance the Second Request, and statements about our beliefs, opinions, projections, and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. These forward-looking statements often include words such as "anticipate," "expect," "suggests," "plan," "believe," "intend," "estimates," "targets," "views," "projects," "should," "would," "could," "may," "become," "forecast," and other similar expressions.
All forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, many of which are generally outside the control of MetroPCS, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile and are difficult to predict. Examples of such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that the proposed transaction is delayed or does not close, including due to the failure to receive the required stockholder approvals or required regulatory approvals, the taking of governmental action (including the passage of legislation) to block the transaction, the failure to satisfy other closing conditions, the possibility that the expected synergies will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period, the significant capital commitments of MetroPCS and T-Mobile, global economic conditions, fluctuations in exchange rates, competitive actions taken by other companies, natural disasters, difficulties in integrating the two companies, disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships, actions taken or conditions imposed by governmental or other regulatory authorities and the exposure to litigation. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in MetroPCS' 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed February 29, 2012, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, filed October 30, 2012, and other filings with the SEC available at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov).
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Encoding.com Launches Browser-Based User Interface And High-Speed Desktop Uploader Up To 100x Faster Than FTP
New user-friendly cloud integration tools empower anyone to utilize high-speed, infinitely scalable, enterprise-grade encoding
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Encoding.com today announced the launch of new Desktop Uploader and Web UI integration tools for high-speed batch uploading and simplified job processing over the company's public and private cloud video processing platforms.
Encoding.com's new Web UI and Desktop Uploader expand upon the company's popular suite of cloud platform integration tools, which include API and Watch Folder offerings. "Our community of API and Watch Folder users have increasingly requested a simple, drag-and-drop batch uploader tool and browser-based UI with optimized output presets to simplify one-off jobs and address a multitude of unique use cases," explains CEO Greggory Heil. "Also, we are excited to offer user-friendly solutions for the growing segment of our community without the technical expertise or development resources to support API integration."
Encoding.com's new browser-based Web UI delivers an intuitive and feature-rich environment for managing encoding jobs. Options include over 46 new format presets, customizable encoding renditions, optional data center selection, an advanced encoding queue and statistics page, a new user interface for Vid.ly Universal Playback URL and much more.
The company's new Desktop Uploader leverages Aspera UDP technology to enable batch uploading of multiple source files directly from any computer desktop to the Encoding.com public and private clouds at speeds up to 100x faster than FTP.
Encoding.com, the world's largest video encoding service and provider of Vid.ly, the universal video URL platform, powers thousands of companies, including leading brands across media and entertainment, eLearning, retail, telecommunications, lifestyle, and advertising. Blending a flexible SaaS model, using cloud-computing platforms, Encoding.com enables publishers and developers to instantly scale, while eliminating expensive video infrastructure investments. Encoding.com supports all popular web and mobile formats, utilizing its proprietary Encoding Intelligence(TM) to accelerate processing, reduce errors and optimize video for any device. Gartner recognized Encoding.com as a "Cool Vendor 2011." For ongoing Company updates, please see http://www.encoding.com/blog or follow @encodingdotcom on Twitter.
Free budgeting tool from Pioneer Services helps military families this holiday season
HolidaySpendingPlanner.org sets budgets, creates wish lists, and tracks spending
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, millions of Americans get carried away with their holiday spending as the joy of giving leads to the sorrows of high debt. To help service members and military families spend smart and not get in over their heads, Pioneer Services, a Division of MidCountry Bank, has created a unique budgeting tool at HolidaySpendingPlanner.org.
This free online tool allows families to keep tabs on their spending; they can even make wish lists that include a budget for each friend and family member on the list. There is also a way to determine how much you should spend compared to your income, and links to helpful websites, articles, podcasts, and blogs on how to spend smart this holiday season.
"Far too often, families set a limit but don't realize they've gone over it until it's too late--and that's usually when they get their credit card bill," said Karen Von Der Bruegge, chief marketing officer for Pioneer Services. "So the heart of the site is a free online tool that lets families track their holiday spending and, hopefully, stay within that limit."
To get started on a holiday spending plan, or listen to a related podcast, visit HolidaySpendingPlanner.org. The podcast can also be found on iTunes, or on Pioneer Services' website at PioneerServices.com/Podcast.
Pioneer Services, the military division of MidCountry Bank, provides financial services and award-winning education to members of the Armed Forces. For more than 25 years, Pioneer Services has been a leader in military lending, offering military loans, retail lending, VA loans, Certificates of Deposit, savings accounts, and award-winning financial education programs through a network of offices and on the Internet. Pioneer Services is proud to support military families and communities through a variety of partnerships, programs, and sponsorships.
For more information, visit PioneerServices.com. For information about our parent company, visit MidCountryFinancial.com.
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Deals2Buy.com's Revamped Site Infused With Hot Deals Helping More Consumers Save Money on Everything From Consumer Electronics to Travel
- Now offering more hot deals than ever, Deals2Buy maintains its leadership role among professionals and tech enthusiasts with "best of web" deals on everything from laptops and cell phones to digital cameras and other consumer electronics
- Site has increased its offering to include more discounted deals and close-out inventory deals for products in retail categories like apparel, home & garden and health & beauty
- With new site features, users will be able to find the hottest deals faster, browse the new "expiring deals" section and vote on "Great Deals" so that the best deals rise to the top of the page more quickly
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Deals2Buy (http://www.deals2buy.com), a leading shopping website for discounted products and services, announced today that its revamped site now better features thousands of deals available to budget-savvy consumers across categories such as laptops, cameras, mobile phones, tablets and numerous retail categories from apparel to jewelry to sporting goods.
Founded in 2002, Deals2Buy was acquired in 2009 by WhaleShark Media, the largest coupons and deals marketplace in the world and operator of some of the biggest deal and coupon sites on the web, such as RetailMeNot.com, VoucherCodes.co.uk and web.Bons-de-Reduction.com. Deals2Buy is WhaleShark's largest product-specific deal website in the United States. The site, already well-known among technology professionals and enthusiasts as a leading destination for deals on laptops, computing hardware and other technology products, has recently expanded its category offerings.
"The redesign of Deals2Buy fulfills the promise of WhaleShark Media in action, where we reinvest in the websites we acquire and strengthen relationships with retailers in order to secure better deals for our users and drive more sales for our merchant partners," said Cotter Cunningham, CEO and Founder of WhaleShark Media, Inc., the operator of Deals2Buy.com. "With the recent site redesign and a heightened focus on aggregating great deals and offers for consumers, Deals2Buy has positioned itself as a leading website for consumers with 'best of web' pricing from thousands of merchants--selling everything from clothing and hard drives to tax-prep services."
Site features include:
-- A continued focus on offering tech professionals and enthusiasts the
best technology deals on the Internet for items like laptops, cameras,
mobile phones, tablets and other computing hardware products
-- More discounts and close-out inventory offers for products in retail
categories like apparel, home & garden and health & beauty
-- A faster search experience for thousands of deals
-- New "expiring deals" section and ability for consumers to vote on "Great
Deals" so that the best deals rise to the top of the page
An example of some of the deals as of November 19, 2012, include:
-- Apparel: 30% Off + Free Shipping on Any Tommy Hilfiger Purchase at
-- Computing: Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop for $399.99 at Dell.com ($169 off
regular price of $568.99)
-- Computing: HP Pavilion g6-2210us Laptop for $419.99 at Shopping.HP.com
(18% off regular price of $509.99)
-- Consumer Electronics: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50U50 50-Inch 1080p Full HD
Plasma TV for $549.99 at Amazon.com ($350 off regular price of $899.99)
-- Consumer Electronics: Save Up to 75% + Get Free Shipping w/ $75 Purchase
-- Health & Beauty: Gillette Fusion Proglide 3-in-1 Styler Special Pack for
$9.47 at Amazon.com (53% off regular price of $19.99)
-- Home & Garden: Orion Entertainment Center, Black for $58 at Walmart.com
(30% off regular price of $83)
-- Jewelry & Watches: Skagen Women's Swiss Watch (595SMXM) for $69 + Free
Shipping at Ashford.com (77% off regular price of $295)
-- Photography: Canon EOS Rebel T3 SLR Digital Camera w/ 18-55mm & 55-250mm
Instant Rebate Bundle for $649.98 at BuyDig.com ($173 off regular price
-- Travel: 3% Off Sale & Regular Fares at Emirates.com
To celebrate the new site redesign, Deals2Buy is excited to announce a new Fandango giveaway where 100 consumers can win 2 movie tickets by visiting http://www.deals2buy.com/contests on Monday, November 19(th) and Tuesday, November 20(th). Winners will be notified shortly thereafter and can reward themselves with a movie after enjoying great Black Friday deals.
Merchants interested in working with Deals2Buy.com can email WhaleShark Media at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2002, Deals2Buy (http://www.deals2buy.com) focuses on delivering consumers time-sensitive last-minute deals on thousands of products and services. Known among tech professionals and enthusiasts as a leading destination for deals on items like laptops, computing hardware and other technology products, the site has since expanded its discounted offerings to include promotions for products and services -- everything from clothing and credit card offers to jewelry and tax-preparation services. Deals2Buy is a WhaleShark Media website. Follow Deals2Buy on Twitter , Facebook and Google+.
World's Largest Crowdfunding Platform, Fundly, Launches #GivingTuesday Initiative to Support Crowdfunding Gifts That Give Back
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst controversy around retailers opening their stores for "Black Thursday" Thanksgiving Day shopping, and subjecting their employees to working marathon hours on "Black Friday", the world's largest crowdfunding-for-good platform, Fundly (http://fundly.com/), today launchedits #GivingTuesday initiative at givingtuesday.fundly.com to help more people give more during the holiday giving season.
In launching givingtuesday.fundly.com, Fundly is partnering with #GivingTuesday(TM) - a nationalcampaign to create a national day of giving on Tuesday, November 27 to mark the start of the annual holiday season. #GivingTuesday(TM) celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations working at the local, national and international level and promotes creating ways to give more, give better and give smarter.
With holiday giving starting earlier than usual this year due to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Fundly's #GivingTuesday campaign makes it easy for anyone to discover and support inspiring causes or quickly and easily launch their own personalized fundraising campaign that leverages their social networks through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Givingtuesday.fundly.com features dozens of compelling causes, including:
-- "A Very Jersey Xmas" campaign for Hurricane Sandy relief in the hardest
hit parts of New Jersey and New York.
-- GiveMiracles - the first-ever crowdfunded hospital holiday gift catalog.
-- Habitat for Humanity's 2012 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project led by
former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
In addition to finding innovative campaigns to support, Fundly's givingtuesday.fundly.com campaign also enables individuals, volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations to quickly and easily create their own customized #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns on behalf of any cause they care about.
"Fundly's mission is to help more people give more, and we are proud to partner with #GivingTuesday to promote more giving this holiday season," said Dave Boyce, Fundly CEO. "Giving is more fun and more successful when you team up with others, and engaging your social networks to join you in giving is a fast, easy and enjoyable way to support the causes you care about."
To date, Hurricane Sandy relief campaigns have raised more than $2 million on Fundly's platform, and Fundly has enabled its customers to collectively raise more than $300 million for their causes.
Fundly's more than 28,000 customers include nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America and Children's Miracle Network, as well as volunteer groups like local PTAs and individual fundraisers such as Run-Walk-Ride events. More about Fundly is at http://fundly.com/
The world's #1 crowdfunding platform for social good, Fundly's mission is to help more people give more. To date, Fundly has enabled more than 28,000 nonprofits, political candidates, volunteer organizations and individual fundraisers large and small to collectively raise more than $300 million on its platform. Fundly is the proven social fundraising platform for grassroots campaigns to the world's largest charities, including Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America.
Contact: Jennifer Kern / email@example.com / 415-277-6975
Verizon Wireless Expands 4G LTE Network In Poughkeepsie Area
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network
WHAT: Verizon Wireless recently activated new 4G LTE coverage on six sites in the Poughkeepsie area, expanding and
filling in coverage on the high-speed data network it launched locally in December 2011. 4G LTE lets Verizon
Wireless customers use their 4G LTE-enabled devices to surf the Web, post status updates and photos, share
music, and download files at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G networks.
WHERE: New 4G LTE sites are located in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Clinton Corners, Hopewell Junction, Kingston and West
BACKGROUND: The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors' networks combined.
As of November 15, the network is available to more than 250 million people in more than 440 markets
throughout the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, users will see average data
rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
To learn more about how 4G LTE is changing the ways Verizon Wireless customers communicate, please visit http:/
For a full list of 4G LTE markets please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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CONTACT: John O'Malley, Verizon Wireless, +1-585-321-7264 or +1-585-261-5899, John.firstname.lastname@example.org, http://twitter.com/VZWjohno
Verizon Wireless Expands 4G LTE Network In Buffalo Area
BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network
WHAT: Verizon Wireless recently activated new 4G LTE coverage on 11 sites in the Buffalo-Niagara area,
expanding and filling in coverage on the high-speed data network it launched locally in October 2011. 4G
LTE lets Verizon Wireless customers use their 4G LTE-enabled devices to surf the Web, post status
updates and photos, share music, and download files at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G
WHERE: New 4G LTE sites are located in Buffalo (two sites), Amherst (two sites), North Tonawanda (three sites),
Colden, Grand Island, Newfane and Orchard Park.
BACKGROUND: The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors' networks
combined. As of November 15, the network is available to more than 250 million people in more than 440
markets throughout the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, users will see
average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
To learn more about how 4G LTE is changing the ways Verizon Wireless customers communicate, please visit
For a full list of 4G LTE markets please visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: John O'Malley, Verizon Wireless, +1-585-321-7264 or +1-585-261-5899, John.email@example.com, http://twitter.com/VZWjohno
NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Hampshire based online retailer of consumer and home products, SEG Enterprises LLC, today introduced a new online shopping mall at http://www.SEGdiscounts.com.
Founded in 2012, SEG Enterprises LLC is committed to providing online consumers with a great variety of competitively-priced products for personal use and the home. Through an extensive variety of products and convenient shipping and processing options, the Company makes gift giving and online shopping easier.
The new website, http://www.SEGdiscounts.com, offers a variety of products within the following categories: apparel, shoes, jewelry, electronics, computers, health and beauty, home and garden, kids, baby, toys, outdoor and sports.
All items purchased can be economically shipped anywhere within the United States and Canada. With the holidays quickly approaching, SEGdiscounts.com is letting customers know that multiple items found on the website can be gift wrapped or shipped within a holiday-themed gift box. SEGdiscounts.com gift certificates are also available for purchase.
SEGdiscounts.com and its product descriptions can be translated into several different languages with the click of a button for added customer convenience. All major credit cards are accepted and by creating a personal user account at SEGdiscounts.com, customers are able to shop faster, be updated on an order's status, and keep track of previous purchases.
Newly Developed Business Units Enhance Client Experience.
HOUSTON, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ExtremeTix, Inc. announced today the creation of three new Business Units, each one focused on a strategic group of entertainment channels. The change, intended to align the company's market experts alongside their specific areas of expertise, ushers in an exciting time for ExtremeTix. Sales, Marketing and Account Management professionals will work closely together, providing a best-in-class level of support through all stages of new and existing client relationships.
ExtremeTix's Business Unit General Managers
Clint Cobb, a 17-year industry veteran whose unit will specialize in Fairs, Festivals, Theaters, Rodeos and Professional Sports Organizations.
John Haak, a recognized ticketing expert with unrivaled experience in Motorsports, leads the charge in Racing, Air Shows, Auto and Boat shows.
Michael Patrick, a senior executive and founder of The Venue Alliance will focus on Arenas, Concerts, Attractions, Venues and Collegiate Sports.
ExtremeTix is proud to work with many marquis clients and will continue to provide its services to General Admission, Reserved Seating and Performance-Timed events of all types.
"Merging our Sales and Client Services groups enables our folks to step up the quality of support and value of experience we can provide to clients," commented Vice President of Operations, Tony DiCamillo. "Our mission has always been to make our clients more successful and this new organizational structure enhances our ability to do so. We're looking forward to a more client-centric approach!"
In support of this new corporate structure, ExtremeTix is building its sales force. Deciding to break the traditional mold, the company recently hired market specialists with experience in the individual channels they will serve. "They know the product and the industry so they can hit the ground running," added John Haak, Motorsports Business Unit GM. "They have a firm grasp on client needs--not just through the sales cycle, but also when the rubber hits the road."
ExtremeTix is a leading provider of innovative ticketing solutions and event services, secure scanning infrastructure and fraud prevention tools. Additionally, ExtremeTix supports clients with intuitive event creation and management dashboards and a full suite of social media and interactive engagement features. Based in Houston, the company has branch offices in Denver, Tampa, San Diego, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and services clients across the US and Canada. For more information on our products, services, events and people please visit http://www.extremetix.com.
For additional information, please contact:
Tony DiCamillo, Vice President of Operations
firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-370-2364, x318
7600 W. Tidwell, Suite #806
Houston, TX 77040
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BSA | The Software Alliance today announced that Oracle Corp. has joined BSA as a global advocacy member to help advance policies that promote technology innovation.
"BSA is dedicated to advancing software industry issues such as intellectual property rights and technology innovation, which are of great importance to Oracle and its customers," said Jason Mahler, Vice President of Government Affairs at Oracle. "We are pleased to join BSA and look forward to collaborating with fellow member companies to protect intellectual property, promote open markets, and foster the growth of cloud computing."
BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said, "Oracle's industry view is closely aligned with BSA's membership on the key issues affecting software. The addition of Oracle's expertise and thought leadership to our global advocacy programs and initiatives will help us accomplish even more on priority issues."
Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in data centers. With more than 380,000 customers -- including 100 of the Fortune 100 -- in more than 145 countries around the globe, Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is engineered to work together as a single system. Oracle's industry-leading on-premises and cloud-based solutions give customers complete deployment flexibility and unmatched benefits including unbreakable security, high availability, scalability, energy efficiency, powerful performance, and low total cost of ownership. For more information about Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), visit http://www.oracle.com.
Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
BSA | The Software Alliance (http://www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.
Two-thirds of adults say kids should be 13 to use Internet alone; most support stronger protections
Public supports expanding federal laws regulating Internet and social media, according to U-M's National Poll on Children's Health
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Internet is full of information, but also full of real risks for children, like online predators or the pitfalls of losing privacy when kids share too much information. In a new University of Michigan poll, the majority of the public supports updating federal laws that require Internet safety standards to protect kids.
The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health recently asked adults nationwide about Internet use and proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, known as COPPA.
COPPA was enacted to protect young children from some of these Internet dangers by prohibiting collection of personal information through websites if the user is under age 13. But COPPA was written in 1998, before the dawn of smartphones, applications and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The Federal Trade Commission is considering updating COPPA to reflect technology advances in the past decade.
The poll found that two-thirds of adults think children should be at least 13 years old to use the Internet on their own. But 29 percent of the parents with children age 9 to 12 said their children have their own handheld Wi-Fi enabled devices, which may mean children are online and unsupervised.
Although social networking sites like Facebook restrict access to users under age 13, 18% of parents polled said their children age 9-12 have their own social networking profile.
So it's not surprising that adults think COPPA needs updating, says Matthew M. Davis M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
"For parents, COPPA may be the most important piece of federal legislation you've never heard of," said Davis, who is also associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
"So much has changed in the 14 years since COPPA was enacted: Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, along with applications. This report underscores the concerns among the general public to make sure proper safeguards are enacted to protect kids."
The Federal Trade Commission has suggested updating COPPA to reflect technology advances in the past decade, and this fall sought comments on proposed revisions.
In the poll, most adults expressed strong support for the proposed updates. The poll found that 60 percent of adults expressed strong support for prohibiting websites and applications designed for kids from collecting personal information of children under age 13.
The respondents showed similarly strong support to require websites and apps to ask users to confirm they are at least 13 years old and to require cell phone service providers and app developers to comply with COPPA regulations for users under age 13.
"Updating COPPA is a start, but parents must realize the digital landscape is continually evolving," says Davis. "It is important that parents play a key role in protecting their children online. With so many young children using the Internet every day, parents must talk to their kids about Internet safety and help teach them to identify and avoid dangerous situations."
Website: Check out the Poll's new website: MottNPCH.org. You can search and browse over 60 NPCH Reports, suggest topics for future polls, share your opinion in a quick poll, and view information on popular topics. The National Poll on Children's Health team welcomes feedback on the new website, including features you'd like to see added. To share feedback, e-mail NPCH@med.umich.edu.
Purpose/Funding: The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health - based at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan and funded by the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and the University of Michigan Health System - is designed to measure major health care issues and trends for U.S. children.
Data Source: This report presents findings from a nationally representative household survey conducted exclusively by GfK Custom Research, LLC (GfK), for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital via a method used in many published studies. The survey was administered in September 2012 to a randomly selected, stratified group of adults (n=2,137) from GfK's web-enabled KnowledgePanel® that closely resembles the U.S. population. The sample was subsequently weighted to reflect population figures from the Census Bureau. The survey completion rate was 60% among panel members contacted to participate.The margin of error is +/- 2 to 8 percentage points.
LandAirSea Offers Special Thanksgiving Pricing On Its Passive And Real-Time GPS Tracking Systems
CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LandAirSea Systems is offering Special Thanksgiving Pricing for its best-selling GPS Tracking Key(®) passive data logger, SilverCloud(®) Real-Time GPS Tracking System and the SilverCloud(®) Sync Real-Time GPS Tracker with On-Board Diagnostics.
The passive GPS Tracking Key(®) is a pocket-sized GPS tracker that accurately records the complete movement history of a vehicle or asset to within 2.5 meters while logging detailed driving activities every second.
With the GPS Tracking Key(®) users will be able to log the precise number of miles they drove, where they traveled and even their driving speed. This is the perfect GPS data-logging tool for those who drive long distances, such as semi-truck drivers and college students who are driving back home for the holidays.
And during the limited time Thanksgiving promotional period, the popular GPS Tracking Key(®) will be available for $109.00.
SilverCloud(®) Real-Time GPS Tracking System
The SilverCloud(®) real-time GPS tracking system offers a wealth of innovative and useful tracking features, such as ShareSpot(®), which give users of the SilverCloud(®) system the ability to share the live GPS location of the device in real-time via a webpage link (URL). ShareSpot(® )is a great resource to utilize during the busy holiday traveling season.
The months of November and December are usually the time of the year when friends and family members get together to celebrate the holiday season. And with ShareSpot(®) users will be able to share their real-time GPS location with their loved ones while they are on the road.
The SilverCloud(®) real-time GPS tracking system normally sells for $369.00 on LandAirSea's(®) website, but during the special limited time Thanksgiving price reduction, the SIlverCloud(®) will be available for $239.00.
SilverCloud(®) Sync Fleet Tracker
Along with all the useful tracking features offered by LandAirSea's(®) SilverCloud(®) online mapping interface, the SilverCloud(®) Sync also provides on-board diagnostic reports, such as odometer readings, low battery, harsh braking, idling and rapid acceleration warnings.
With the SilverCloud(®) Sync fleet tracker, fleet managers can see the live, active location of a single vehicle or an entire fleet in real-time. The SilverCloud(®) Sync with on-board diagnostics is the perfect efficiency and productivity tool for fleet vehicle and logistics companies during the busy holiday delivery season.
And during the limited time Thanksgiving promotional period, the SilverCloud(®) Sync fleet tracker will be available for $179.00.
All of the passive and real-time GPS tracking systems that manufactured and developed by LandAirSea(®) have been designed with precision, simplicity and durability. For more information email email@example.com or call 1-847-462-8100.
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LandAirSea Systems, Inc.
Network Introduces Kids' Entertainment Brand For Windows 8
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon will reimagine Nick.com, the number-one kids entertainment website*, for Windows 8, tailoring it to the platform's fun and unique gesture-based interface. Providing a hub for all things Nick and available for free download in the Windows Store, fans can play more than 1500 games, view photos and watch videos featuring their favorite hit series including iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, The Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, and more.
"Nickelodeon strives to be everywhere kids are - with this multiscreen generation, it is especially important to offer companion experiences featuring their favorite content," said Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President and General Manager Digital, Nickelodeon Group. "We are thrilled to bring Nickelodeon to Windows 8 as we further extend our offerings to platforms where our fans are."
Said John Richards, senior director of Windows App Marketing for Microsoft Corp., "Nickelodeon is one of the top brands for kids, and we are excited to bring the brand to Windows 8."
Nickelodeon, now in its 33(rd) year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
*Source: comScore Media Metrix - Claim based on comScore US data, average monthly unique visitors for July 2012 - September 2012.
Stanley® Launches New Virtual Level App for the iPad® and iPhone®
NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley® announced today the introduction of its redesigned level app, now for iPad® and new iPhone® models. This free app is available online at the Apple App Store and brings users the accuracy and reliability they are accustomed to with traditional Stanley® levels in virtual form. "With over five million iPhone 5s sold in its first weekend alone, we are excited to offer our customers a revamped app compatible with features like Retina(TM) display," said Todd Langston, Director of Brand Marketing. Two virtual levels are included in the app which emulate existing Stanley® levels; choose from our classic cherry wood or popular yellow FatMax.
The Stanley® level app is ideal for simple jobs like hanging pictures, mounting shelves and more when you don't have a conventional level available. "Convenient and portable, it's a must have app for everyone from the professional contractor to the novice DIY-er," says Langston. This app combines more than a century's worth of hand tool manufacturing experience with today's latest digital technology. It harnesses the technology of an accelerometer and a digital gyroscope located in select iPhone and iPad models, to generate an understanding of where the device is in space. After an initial calibration, the bubble will read an angle up to 90 degrees and will indicate 0 degrees when you are level, with crisp, easy to read numbers.
The Stanley® Level App is available for free at the Apple App Store and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Stanley®, a brand of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., is a diversified worldwide supplier of tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, woodworking, construction and do-it-yourself use. For over 165 years, the trusted Stanley® brand has been synonymous with quality, value and reliability. Its well-known hand tool and storage brands include Stanley®, FatMax® and FatMax Xtreme®. Headquartered in New Britain, Conn., Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. operates multiple manufacturing facilities and sales offices throughout the globe. For more information, visit http://www.stanleytools.com or follow Stanley on Facebook and Twitter.
iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Retina is a trademark of Apple Inc.
Contact: Kristin Perra, Marketing Communications
Stanley Black & Decker
Chloe + Isabel Launches New Merchandiser Platform, Giving Company's Merchandisers Greater Opportunity to Monetize Their Social Networks
E-commerce jewelry brand develops new platform that will revolutionize direct sales
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chloe + Isabel, the innovative e-commerce jewelry brand, today announced the launch of a new online platform for its network of merchandisers. With the launch of the new platform, Chloe + Isabel integrates social media and direct selling - taking the traditional Avon-model for direct sales into the digital age, and demonstrating its leadership in the social commerce space.
The innovative new platform is designed to improve user experience and sales opportunities for Chloe + Isabel's network of merchandisers. Through its merchandiser opportunity, Chloe + Isabel gives its merchandisers an opportunity to earn income through a new model of direct sales that focuses on social networks and online influence.
"We're proud to be the first social commerce company that allows our users to monetize their social networks," said founder and CEO Chantel Waterbury. "Chloe + Isabel's mission is not just to create beautiful jewelry but also provide entrepreneurship opportunities to young women. Our new platform creates a better experience that will undoubtedly improve their potential sales and income."
With its merchandiser opportunity, Chloe + Isabel is disrupting the 100-year-old direct sales model. In developing its network of merchandisers, Chloe + Isabel empowers a new generation of female entrepreneurs, providing valuable training on fashion merchandising, social media marketing, and building and running a business.
Features of the merchandiser platform include:
-- Highly personalized online boutique: Each merchandiser has her own
virtual storefront with a unique URL where she can create custom
collections of Chloe + Isabel jewelry.
-- Instragram integration: Merchandisers can market and editorialize their
curated jewelry collections by pulling in imagery from their personal
-- Comprehensive analytics dashboard: Merchandisers can access data
comparing the performance of her personal business with that of the
overall company - giving her insights on how to increase sales based on
performance of the larger community, and incentivizing her toward
important business goals with bonuses and promotions.
-- Streamlined shopping platform: The new platform streamlines the order
and purchase process for the merchandiser - allowing average Millennials
(who make up the majority of Chloe + Isabel's merchandisers) the ability
to shop for their customers as easily as they would shop for themselves,
as well as provide better customer service.
-- Social insights: Merchandisers gain insight into the effectiveness of
sharing to their social networks.
ABOUT CHLOE + ISABEL
Chloe + Isabel is the innovative e-commerce jewelry brand designed to empower and connect women through a social shopping experience. Sold exclusively online, Chloe + Isabel provides customers with one-stop shop for gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry. In addition, Chloe + Isabel is disrupting the hundred-year-old direct sales model and reimagining it for the digital age. Through its merchandiser program, Chloe + Isabel provides digitally savvy young women with a virtual storefront and the opportunity to harness their social influence to earn income. A 14-year veteran of the fashion industry, Chantel Waterbury founded Chloe + Isabel in 2011, and has since been named as an 'Under 40 Retail Star' by Fortune. More information is available at http://www.chloeandisabel.com; you can also follow Chloe+Isabel on Twitter (@chloeandisabel), Facebook (facebook.com/chloeandisabel) and Instagram (@chloeandisabel).
New KODAK Kiosk Connect App allows consumers to create photo gifts wirelessly and on-the-go using their smartphone photos
Free Mobile app is connected to select CVS/pharmacy and Bartell Drug stores nationwide
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, creating prints and photo gifts from a smartphone is now easier than ever before. Starting today, consumers can wirelessly transfer images directly from their ANDROID and APPLE Smartphones using the new KODAK Kiosk Connect App at KODAK Picture Kiosks in CVS/pharmacy and Bartell Drug stores throughout the U.S.
The KODAK Kiosk Connect App is a fun, fast, and convenient way for consumers to print and share memories this holiday season and beyond. Consumers can create and print customizable gifts, including KODAK Photo Books, KODAK Personal Greeting Cards, calendars, photo cards, collages and prints, within minutes after wirelessly transferring their images to the KODAK Picture Kiosk.
"Our customers are always on-the-go and their images are increasingly captured on their smartphones. A key focus of ours is to provide easy solutions for them to convert these smartphone images into prints and tangible memories gifts," said Larry Trevarthen, Vice President of Marketing, Retail Systems Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company. "The new KODAK Kiosk Connect App makes it easier than ever to convert smartphone images into beautiful, personalized keepsakes."
The free ANDROID OS and iOS enabled KODAK Kiosk Connect App can be easily downloaded through the GOOGLE PLAY or the iTunes Store. Currently, more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and 58 Bartell Drug stores are equipped with Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosks. Visit http://www.Kodak.com/go/mobile for more information.
Kodak recently announced the extension of its relationship with CVS/pharmacy through 2016.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
MIAMI, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AAG Health & Wellness, a recognized leader in hormone replacement therapy for men, is excited to announce the release of a video that follows the trials and tribulations of a client over the course of his first six month hormone treatment plan.
Watch:Harvey's story. His hormone therapy experience.
The video's subject is a 61 year Miami Beach executive named Harvey who turns to AAG Health for help to get his busy life back on track. After years of declining energy, loss of libido and lack of motivation, Harvey is determined to take action to improve his quality of life and regain peak performance.
"I just got to a point where I said enough is enough. I couldn't keep up with my kids, I wasn't getting results from my workouts, I wasn't paying enough attention to my business and I wanted to get back in the dating scene," explained Harvey, father of 3 children and recently divorced.
The video starts with Harvey going to AAG Health's Age Management center in Miami for his initial evaluation and then goes on to document his progress from month one through month six.
"This is a unique account of how an otherwise healthy man, who is experiencing issues associated with low hormones, reacts to a progressive hormone therapy program that incorporates exercise and good diet," says Frank Welch MD, one of Harvey's treating physicians at AAG Health.
"Harvey came to us wanting to get back the vitality and vigor he had so he could accomplish more. I think we certainly delivered what he was looking for." Dr. Welch continues, "We've treated thousands of men over the past ten years and we're delighted to showcase another success story in this video."
About AAG Health & Wellness
AAG Health & Wellness is the leading nationwide provider of age management medical services that promote hormone medications. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Miami, FL, AAG Health is a concierge-style medical practice that provides successful mean and women cutting-edge treatment plans that deliver peak performance and higher quality of life. AAG Health has a network of over 25 medical health centers throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.aaghealth.com
MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SurDoc, an innovator of cloud-based storage and document technology, today announced that consumers can now get TruPrivacy(TM) - a breakthrough development in cloud storage security technology - that providesabsolute privacy protection for users, while keeping cloud storage provider costs low. With TruPrivacy, consumers now can confidently use cloud-based storage, knowing that their data and files are finally safe from hackers or any other unauthorized third-party, such as the government, industry associations, or even employees within a cloud service provider.
"As the cloud becomes the de facto storage center for personal as well as business data, it is critical that consumers and IT professionals understand that there are substantial risks of data leakage, exposure and even theft that go along with cloud-based storage," said Alex Wang, CEO of SurDoc. "Data protection and privacy is paramount, and users want to be assured that their cloud storage service provider does not put sensitive data at risk. With TruPrivacy, these concerns are now moot."
TruPrivacy - Changing the Way Files are Secured in the Cloud
Today, most cloud-based storage providers utilize a data storage technique called deduplication. Although highly efficient, deduplication is fraught with security and privacy holes that can expose customer files and their contents. However, coupled with TruPrivacy technology, data deduplication becomes highly secure whereby no one can access, view or share customer data.
For utmost security and privacy, most cloud storage providers encrypt customer data via an encryption methodology that uses an encryption key to encrypt customer data. Unfortunately, the mismanagement of these keys can lead to data loss, exposure or theft.
With TruPrivacy, SurDoc performs encryption in a way that has never been done before. Rather than always use a key to encrypt a file, TruPrivacy technology includes a step to use the file to encrypt the security key. As part of this, SurDoc invented a new algorithm to manage encryption keys, further ensuring that data is kept completely private.
With TruPrivacy, every file is encrypted with a unique encryption key, which is then encrypted before being stored on a server. As part of the TruPrivacy process, only the user who owns the file can calculate the encryption key; the server has no knowledge of both the encryption key and the unencrypted file. Because of this, only the user who owns the particular file can access their file.
Wang concludes, "As more personal and business information moves to the cloud, the risks of loss increase exponentially. Now with TruPrivacy, cloud storage providers can instill trust and confidence among their customers that sensitive data remains what people expect - secure and private."
Pricing & Availability
SurDoc provides TruPrivacy for free along with its cloud-based storage offerings. Customers can get a 10GB account free, permanently, with opportunities to earn additional storage with referrals. SurDoc's 50GB plans are just $19.99 and $29.99, respectively. There is also an unlimited plan for $100.
To celebrate the official launch of their TruPrivacy Technology, SurDoc is giving away free 50GB for 1 year accounts until the end of November with code PRIVACYFORALL.
Licensing of TruPrivacy technology is available for qualified service providers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SurDoc is the technology leader of secure, cloud-based storage and document technologies based on 100+ issued and pending patents. With its TruPrivacy(TM) technology, SurDoc is the only provider that can completely protect file confidentiality by ensuring that only the actual file owner has access to it. SurDoc's cloud services combine this ultra-secure file storage with crystal-clear document viewing via its unique VisiDoc(TM) technology and powerful signing/editing and sharing features. With SurDoc, users can access all of their files from any device, anywhere, while maintaining absolute confidentiality of their data. SurDoc is backed by $4 million from IDG Ventures. For more information, go to: https://SurDoc.com or fan/follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mySurDoc and http://www.Twitter.com/SurDoc.
SurDoc is a registered trademark of SurDoc Corp. TruPrivacy is a trademark of SurDoc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.
Health Care Analytic Reports Now Available in Online Store
PointRight launches e-commerce functionality to make industry reports readily accessible.
LEXINGTON, Mass., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PointRight Inc., the leader in data-driven analytics for health care and insurance, announces the launch of e-commerce capabilities from its website, http://www.pointright.com. Its latest, instant, custom report, Survey Insights®, an analytics-driven tool which provides focused direction in preparation for a skilled nursing facility's survey by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is already available from the site. More valuable reports that summarize customer-specific results of PointRight's vast data resources will soon be added, so customers can gain quick access for more informed decision making.
"Ease-of-access to the right information is often the key to being able to gain value in-the-field from data analytics," said Mary Chmielowiec, PointRight's Executive Vice President, Insurance. "Take Survey Insights as an example, nursing and compliance directors at skilled nursing facilities don't have time to compile or study volumes of data. They need to get what's pertinent to them and begin planning when they have spare time to do it. By making the reports accessible online, it only takes minutes to start applying the information to improve performance." All of PointRight's instant-access reports use both public and proprietary data and algorithms to not only provide data, but also benchmark performance and risk, and predict likely outcomes and translate the analysis into an action plan. Instant-access reports can be securely purchased using any major credit card.
The online store launched on November 13, 2012 in conjunction with the introduction of Survey Insights.
About PointRight Inc.
PointRight is the industry leader in providing data-driven analytics and Web-based tools that measure risk, quality of care, rehospitalization, compliance and reimbursement accuracy in the healthcare and insurance industries. Using some of the largest and best databases in the industry, our nationally recognized clinical staff, researchers, and technologists expertly translate disparate data into usable information and insight. For more information, visit http://www.pointright.com.
TrueCar Corporate Evolution Continues With New Ad Campaign And Redesigned Website
Leading Online Automotive Website TrueCar has enhanced its business model and product to create a 'no-hassle' and sustainable car-buying environment for consumers and dealers
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TrueCar, Inc., which publishes new and used car pricing information, trends and forecasts, today debuted its "Smart Consumer" print and TV ad campaign, as well as an entirely new consumer experience developed in cooperation with the TrueCar Dealer Council and auto industry experts. The campaign is a result of "a transformation in the company's culture brought about by our listening and learning," says TrueCar President and CEO Scott Painter.
"It's about fairness for both buyers and sellers," says Painter. "TrueCar delivers clear data for auto dealers to supply a fair deal, and consumers receive similar pricing data that empowers and educates. The result creates a balanced process and a trust-based buying experience, between the consumer and dealer, which is precisely the message relayed by our new ads and our website."
The $7.7 million campaign, developed by DW+H in Santa Monica, Calif., includes multiple formats, is focused to position TrueCar as a national brand and is being delivered in all U.S. media markets simultaneously. The TV spots, with fast-cut driving sequences and computer-generated graphics, are designed to reflect TrueCar's "Institutional obligation to provide the most accurate, comprehensive and insightful data ever published about automotive transactions," says Painter.
TrueCar's first foray into the TV ad arena was November 2011. While the ads were well-received by consumers, it caused genuine concern by dealers and manufacturers due to the focus on discounted prices. "We never intended for TrueCar Certified Dealers to become associated with heavy discounting," says Painter. "TrueCar does not sell cars nor do we set prices; we provide market based information that helps buyers and sellers to recognize a fair price."
In conjunction with the newly developed web experience and consumer advertising campaign, TrueCar has developed a suite of market-based analytical tools that will provide dealers and manufacturers the ability to leverage the power of transactional data as they tap into the science of pricing to gain customer trust while retaining margin. "This is a fundamental shift in how dealers set prices that can result in a win-win," says Painter.
Beginning in early 2012, a TrueCar Dealer Council of industry specialists was formed to offer insights and expertise. The result was an overhaul of consumer-facing products and services at TrueCar.com, which shifted the way dealers interact with the site, and a new crop of experienced auto experts was added to the management team. Painter and company then previewed their new ads for auto dealers, automakers and industry insiders, taking all the input and modifying the final cut.
TrueCar was founded in 2005 and began making a profit by 2009. The TrueCar Dealer Network currently consists of more than 5,200 certified dealers nationally. (Certified dealer levels reached more than 5,700 before the 2011 ad campaign and went as low as 3,200 by March 2012.) During the past seven years, TrueCar has also developed relationships with 350 affinity and employer partners (including USAA, American Express and multiple credit unions), helping their members, customers and employees receive a positive car-buying experience from TrueCar Certified Dealers.
"Everybody intuitively understands how powerful this information can be, and as a result of consumer relevance, we had to invest heavily in making TrueCar more balanced," says Painter. "The idea of 'leveling the playing field' must be sustainable for both parties and TrueCar had to learn that lesson the hard way over the past year. The industry demanded balance, we listened and the new TrueCar results in fairness for everyone and confidence that nobody will be making a mistake on such an important decision."
About TrueCar, Inc.
TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers. As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for similarly-equipped new cars in their geographic area. TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information to the automotive industry that has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.
TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources and compiles car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry. This is why, since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 600,000 vehicles across the country. Its national network of more than 5,200 Certified Dealers is committed to provide a no-hassle car buying experience for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.
You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.
Houston Chronicle Media Group launches HoustonChronicle.com, a premium subscription-based website
Site offers exclusive content, enterprise reporting and in-depth analysis
HOUSTON, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Chronicle Media Group (HCMG) has launched HoustonChronicle.com, a premium news website available by subscription. Chron.com, the media company's flagship digital product and Houston's most-read local news site, remains free.
The launch of HoustonChronicle.com aligns with the HCMG's strategy of offering a wide range of digital products to a variety of readers via their choice of platforms. HoustonChronicle.com is a premium news website, offering deep analysis of issues that matter most to Houstonians, expanding upon exclusive coverage found in the company's 111-year-old Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas.
HoustonChronicle.com subscribers have access to updated coverage throughout the day, unique stories and photos, enterprise reporting, and opinions from award-winning columnists, including all stories from the daily paper. The site is built in HTML5 and features a responsive design that renders across a variety of platforms, from personal computers to tablets to mobile phones. Users seeking content that resides on Chron.com will find links directing back and forth between the sites.
"Our primary goal is to deliver to all of our subscribers the valuable information they want, when they want it, via the device that is most convenient to them, and at a fair price," HCMG president John T. O'Loughlin said. "As a premium website, HoustonChronicle.com is a natural extension of our digital offerings and will be an integral component of all our subscription packages going forward."
As the portal to all things Houston, Chron.com continues to focus on breaking stories and news-you-can-use, including real-time sports coverage, weather and traffic information, pop culture items and utility such as events listings and city guides.
HoustonChronicle.com is a cornerstone of HCMG's new Star Access membership program. In addition to access to the premium website, Star Access offers members entry into unique experiences, exclusive events and special sweepstakes.
Star Access memberships begin at $9.95 per month and include access to HoustonChronicle.com, the iPad edition, and the daily eEdition, a digital version of the newspaper. Subscribers of any print or digital products in the portfolio who already pay that amount or more are eligible for Star Access at no extra charge.
The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas with the nation's second-highest Sunday total average circulation, has evolved into a multi-media company publishing online and commercial print products, in English and Spanish, reaching specific audiences with unique delivery programs. In addition to the Houston Chronicle's 943,000 daily readers and 1.6 million readers on Sunday, Chron.com, the Chronicle's online site, averages nearly 85 million page views and 12 million unique visitors each month. The Houston Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation. Follow the Chronicle on Twitter at @Houstonchron.
Duane Reade To Launch "Show Us Some Leg" Facebook Campaign
The campaign uses integrated digital marketing platforms to introduce New Yorkers to premium, affordable and stylish Duane Reade legwear with options for every wardrobe
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Duane Reade, the largest drugstore chain in New York City, has announced a seven week social media campaign to raise awareness of Duane Reade(TM) brand hosiery products--produced by Doris Hosiery Mills. The campaign will help New Yorkers find the perfect legwear for a multitude of events in time for the winter season. The "Show Us Some Leg" contest(1), calls for entrants to upload their original photos wearing Duane Reade (TM) brand hosiery via a Duane Reade Facebook page application, commenced at midnight on Sunday, November 18(th) and will run through Monday, January 7, 2013.(2)
"The 'Show Us Some Leg' Facebook campaign allows New Yorkers to engage with Duane Reade on strategic digital, social media and in-store platforms," says Calvin Peters, Online/Public Relations Manager of Duane Reade. "By promoting the affordability and quality of Duane Reade legwear and the ubiquitous nature of Duane Reade stores, we are helping busy New Yorkers find the right legwear option for all occasions. The quality is without question, working with Doris Hosiery Mills which produces the hosiery for leading fashion brands, reinforces the trendsetting appeal and the incredible value these products represent."
Initiatives to create and foster interest along with participation in the contest are integrated using multiple digital marketing platforms, including: a dynamic promotional video featuring celebrity blogger, Jess Zaino(3), of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours, that will run on the Duane Reade website, Facebook page and YouTube TV channel; Twitter parties; vlog posts by Duane Reade(TM) VIP bloggers; the publishing of photos submitted by entrants on Pinterest, Foursquare, Twitter and other social media sites; in-store signage, in-store radio announcements and POS flyers in Duane Reade stores.
During the first six weeks of the competition, celebrity judge Zaino will select a weekly winner. Winners will be chosen based on their photo submissions on Facebook. Each week will introduce a different occasion for entrants to wear Duane Reade legwear, including: Out on the Town; Date Night; Working Girl; Girls' Night Out; Layer Your Look and Holiday Party. Judging criteria will include enthusiasm, pose originality, public appeal, the alignment of the photo with the weekly theme, and Duane Reade "brand spirit."
Each individual entrant will be restricted to a single submission per week, and each week there will be 3 winners (18 weekly winners in total), with a 1(st) prize of an iPod Touch®, a 2(nd) prize of $200 worth of Duane Reade gift cards and a 3(rd) prize of $100 worth of Duane Reade(TM) hosiery products. The winner of the Grand Prize for the best overall photo will be chosen by public vote on the Duane Reade Facebook page. The GPW will receive an Apple iPad®, $200 worth of Duane Reade gift cards and $100 worth of Duane Reade(TM) hosiery products.
Duane Reade(TM) brand hosiery products include socks, tights, sheer hosiery, toe covers, foot covers, knee highs and leggings; offered in classic and fashion colors in the very affordable $3.99 to $14.99 retail price range - perfect for every occasion and wearer, from boardroom to boardwalk, from casual to chic to formal. From a fashion standpoint, there are tights with various textures, back seams and Lurex, in addition to solid classic styles for $7.99 and $8.99; the increasingly popular ultra-sheer style retails for $6.99. The Microfiber legging has been a consistent best seller and is ideal for all wardrobes and favorably retailing at $14.99.
About Duane Reade
Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in New York City. In keeping with the company's brand vision of New York Living Made Easy, Duane Reade provides New Yorkers with prescriptions, health products and services, beauty products and services, food and convenience items for daily life in the City...everything for "How I Feel", "How I Look", and "What I Need Now". The company operates 250+ stores throughout the metropolitan New York region. Duane Reade is part of the Walgreens family of companies, the nation's largest drugstore chain with more than 7,900 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
About Doris Hosiery Mills
Established in 1955 and the leading hosiery manufacturer and distributor in Canada--and 4th largest in North America--Doris' strength is built on strong research and development, category and market expertise, state-of-the-art-on-premises North American manufacturing. Close attention to quality, detail and market forecasting ensures that Doris products are on trend with unparalleled quality, longevity and affordability. Doris's private label division successfully manages many department and specialty store programs as well as its house brands, such as Kushyfoot (a favorite to Duane Reade).
(1) Participants must be legal residents of CT, NY, NJ or PA and at least 18 years of age at time of entry.
(2) To enter, during the contest period go to http://www.facebook.com/duanereade and click on the "Duane Reade(TM) Show Us Some Leg Contest" app. Photos must not feature or refer to any hosiery other than Duane Reade(TM) Brand Hosiery Products.
NI Instrument Driver Network Reaches 10,000 Drivers for Automating Stand-Alone Instrumentation
- NI's Instrument Driver Network (IDNet), the industry's largest collection of free open-source instrument drivers, has reached over 10,000 instrument drivers for automating more than 100 instrument types from over 350 instrument vendors including Agilent, Tektronix, Keithley, Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu and LeCroy.
- NI also offers the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio, a free tool that saves time and ensures consistency when developing LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers to automate stand-alone instrumentation.
- By combining the power of LabVIEW software and IDNet instrument-specific drivers, engineers can create reusable measurement solutions to meet evolving needs.
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that the NI Instrument Driver Network (IDNet) has reached a new milestone of 10,000 instrument drivers for automating stand-alone instrumentation. From IDNet, you can access free, NI-certified instrument driver downloads for NI LabVIEW system design software, NI LabWindows((TM))/CVI and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. IDNet instrument drivers simplify instrument control across a variety of buses including GPIB, USB, PXI, PCI, Ethernet, LXI and RS232.
NI also released a free tool for creating LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers called LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio, so engineers can easily develop their own drivers and upload them to IDNet. LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio provides a powerful and flexible platform that speeds up development through functional SCPI command templates for common instrument types and automatically generates LabVIEW source code for the instrument. Engineers can easily develop consistent instrument drivers by loading and modifying the source code from an existing driver and create sophisticated driver architectures with the drag-and-drop interactive user interface. NI can then certify the instrument driver to verify that it meets established standards.
"We typically check the NI Instrument Network for instrument driver availability prior to selecting equipment for purchase because we are well aware of the amount of development time lost when creating drivers ourselves," said Ernest Clifford, senior systems engineer at Alpha Research and Technology. "If the equipment manufacturer has a LabVIEW driver available, we'll always select that device over one that does not have a LabVIEW instrument driver."
"For over 20 years, NI has been the industry's preferred provider for free open-source LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers," said Ray Almgren, vice president of core platforms product marketing at National Instruments. "We are thrilled that IDNet now provides over 10,000 instrument drivers for automating stand-alone instrumentation."
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About National Instruments
Since 1976, National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
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