Companies news of 2008-09-26 (page 1)

  • Salesforce.com Grants Equity Awards Under Its Inducement Equity Incentive Plan
  • Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc. Announces 2008 Second Quarter Financial Results
  • Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Applied Micro Circuits, EZchip Semiconductor,...
  • Verizon Wireless Network Primed and Ready for Presidential Debate
  • National Instruments Expands Leadership Team with Six New Vice PresidentsPromotions...
  • Popular Eurodam News Blog Exceeds 10 Million Hits and 1 Million Page Views
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  • NII Holdings to Host Conference Call
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    Salesforce.com Grants Equity Awards Under Its Inducement Equity Incentive Plan

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com , the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today reported that it granted equity awards under its 2006 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan (the "Plan") to new employees of salesforce.com in connection with its previously announced acquisition of InStranet, Inc. The Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors in May 2006 in accordance with New York Stock Exchange Rule 303A.08.

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    Salesforce.com announced the acquisition of InStranet, the leading provider of knowledge management technology for business to consumer (B2C) call centers, on August 20, 2008. InStranet has solved the customer service and support challenge by taking a completely different approach to knowledge base management through its patented Dimensions technology. Dimensions adds the customer's context, such as product or geography, to the knowledge base, quickly delivering the right solution and eliminating irrelevant search results. This powerful technology provides call center agents with accurate answers to customer questions at an unmatched speed and greatly improves customers' Web-based self-service experience.

    Under the Plan, salesforce.com has granted options to purchase a total of 124,050 shares of its common stock to 35 non-executive employees. On September 9, 2008, salesforce.com granted 2 options to its French employees to purchase a total of 29,250 shares at an exercise price of $57.20 under the terms and conditions of the Plan's French Sub-Plan. On September 23, 2008, salesforce.com granted 22 options to its French employees to purchase 37,300 shares at an exercise price of $52.43 under the terms and conditions of the Plan's French Sub-Plan, and granted 11 options to its employees outside of France to purchase 57,500 shares at an exercise price of $52.23 under the terms and conditions of the Plan. All of the above stock options were granted on terms that include the following: 5 year term and vesting over 4 years with 25% of the shares vesting on the first anniversary of the grant date and the balance vesting monthly thereafter in 36 equal installments.

    Salesforce.com has also granted or will grant a total of 41,316 restricted stock units ("RSUs") to 40 non-executive employees under the Plan. Salesforce.com made 2 awards for a total of 5,249 RSUs on August 23, 2008 and plans to make 38 additional awards for a total of 36,067 RSUs in November 2008. For employees in France, terms of the RSUs are as follows: 5 year term and vesting over 4 years with 50% of the RSUs vesting on the second anniversary of the grant date and the balance vesting quarterly thereafter in 8 equal installments. For employees outside of France, the terms of the RSUs are as follows: 5 year term and vesting over 4 years with of 25% of the RSUs vesting on the first anniversary of the grant date and the balance vesting quarterly thereafter in 12 equal installments.

    About Salesforce.com

    Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The company's portfolio of SaaS applications, including its award-winning CRM, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that customers manage and share business information over the Internet. The company's Force.com PaaS enables customers, developers and partners to build powerful on-demand applications that deliver the benefits of multi-tenancy across the enterprise. Applications built on the Force.com platform, available at http://www.force.com/, can be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com's Force.com AppExchange marketplace available at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/.

    As of July 31, 2008, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 47,700 customers including ABN AMRO, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, Sprint Nextel, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

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

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    CONTACT: Jane Hynes of salesforce.com, +1-415-901-5079,
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    Web site: http://www.salesforce.com/




    Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc. Announces 2008 Second Quarter Financial Results

    HUIZHOU, Guangdong, China, Sept. 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc. today announces its un-audited second quarter operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2008.

    The Company is only reporting its second quarter operating results because a third party valuation is currently being conducted for the purposes of accounting for the $70 million convertible notes issued by our major subsidiary, Qiao Xing Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. ("Qiao Xing Mobile") , on May 15, 2008.

    Within the announcement made by Qiao Xing Mobile dated on September 12, 2008, the second quarter operating result of QXM represented a big decrease from the corresponding period of 2007, which lead to a drop of operating result in XING also.

    Mr. Wu Rui Lin, Chairman of XING, commented, "The performances of both XING and QXM were negatively impacted by the recession of the macro-economic environment. With the earthquake in Sichuan Province ("the Earthquake") and the increase of Consumption Price Index ("CPI"), the consumption in Chinese consumer market was slowed down. However, a delay in the release of new product, VEVA S60, by CEC Telecom Company, Limited ("CECT"), a subsidiary of QXM, also contributed to the decline in sales in the second quarter. "

    "VEVA S60 was test-launched in May and production was ramped up in June. Given the success that we are having with VEVA S60 and the planned launch of more VEVA-series models, we are optimistic that the operating results in the second -half of 2008 would be better.

    "Despite the significant decline in sales of mobile phone due to the Earthquake and the increase of CPI, we saw an over 50% increase in our indoor phone sales revenue due to the increase of sales to overseas"

    Second Quarter 2008 Operating Results

    Revenue was RMB509.4 million (USD74.3 million) in the second quarter of 2008, compared to RMB 1,001.1 million for the same period of 2007.

    The sales revenue was primarily contributed by our major subsidiary CECT, which is in the mobile phone handset business with its 'CECT' brand and 'VEVA' brand.

    For CECT, in the second quarter of 2008, handset shipments were approximately 566,000 units, representing a decrease of 46.4% compared to 1,055,000 units in the second quarter of 2007. The decrease in CECT-branded handset shipments in the second quarter of 2008 was primarily due to lower demand caused by the earthquake in Sichuan province in May and a delay in new product launch. In addition, shipments in the second quarter of 2007 were significantly higher due to the shipment of about 610,000 units of C1000, part of which was used to clear the backlog of orders that were placed in the first quarter of 2007.

    Gross profit decreased RMB163.5 million from RMB312.2 million for the second quarter of 2007 to RMB148.7 million for the second quarter of 2008. The decrease was mainly attributable to the decrease of the sale of CECT-branded mobile phone handsets.

    Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were RMB78.5 million (US$11.4 million) in the second quarter of 2008, which was an increase from RMB75.2 million in the second quarter of 2007. The increase in SG&A expenses in the second quarter of 2008 was primarily due to airtime costs incurred on the sale of the C6000, W100, C3100, T150 and VEVA S60 models through the infomercial arrangement. Airtime costs were RMB31.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, compared to RMB13.0 million in the second quarter of 2007.

    Income from operations amounted to RMB 70.2 million (USD 10.2 million) for the second quarter of 2008 compared to RMB 237.0 for the same period of 2007.

    Outlook

    Our subsidiary, CECT has launched VEVA brand handsets, VEVA S60, and has achieved great success to-date. VEVA S60's retail price currently stands at RMB1,980 (US$289) and its gross margin is approximately 61%. Nearly 100,000 units were shipped in the second quarter of 2008 and we are targeting to sell another 300,000 units in the coming quarter. The success of VEVA S60 has greatly enhanced our confidence of building a high-end luxury mobile handset brand in China. To this end, we are planning to set up specialty retail stores in up-market shopping malls in China to serve as a direct channel for the distribution of our VEVA brand handsets. We believe that this will enhance the shopping experience of our customers and help position VEVA as a luxury brand. We have also hired Mr. Sangwoon Kang, who has 20 years of experience in the marketing division of LG Electronics ("LGE") and formerly the director of brand communication for LGE in China, to help roll out our plans for VEVA.

    In terms of product pipeline, CECT have lined up a number of handset models for VEVA brand, including VEVA S70, S80, S90 and V6. VEVA S70 will be launched later this month at a retail price of RMB2,980. VEVA S80, S90, and V6, which will feature new luxury designs and enhanced user interface, are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2008.

    Besides our plans for VEVA, we also plan to enter the CDMA market through the launch of two CDMA models later this year. We have established strategic cooperation with a Taiwan-listed company, VIA Technologies, Inc. ("VIA"), to supply CECT with the necessary CDMA chipsets. In addition, CECT and VIA will also work together towards the bundling of the CDMA mobile phones with China Telecom.

    For our COSUN-branded mobile phone business, allowing for the significant decrease in the first half year of 2008, we think the whole year growth rate will be adjusted from 40% to around 15%. Our indoor phone business is expected to increase significantly compared to 2007.

    About Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc.

    Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc. is one of China's largest manufacturers and distributors of telecommunications products in China. QXUT's product portfolio includes telecommunications terminals and related products, including fixed wireless phones, VoIP telephones, mobile handsets, PDAs and consumer electronic products, including MP3 players, cash registers and set- top-box products. The Company primarily conducts its business through its operating subsidiaries CEC Telecom Co., Ltd (CECT), and Huizhou Qiao Xing Communication Industry Co., Ltd (HZQXCI), a company engaged in R&D and distribution of indoor telephone sets and economy mobile phones under the COSUN brand. The Company Group has built a strong distribution network comprised of more than 5,000 retail stores throughout China and has established partnerships with major retailers in Europe, North America and Latin America, including Bellsouth and Wal-Mart. For more details, please visit http://www.cosun-xing.com/ .

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This announcement contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is /are likely to," "may," "plan," "potential," "will" or other similar expressions. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Qiao Xing Universal's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward- looking statement. Information regarding these factors is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Qiao Xing Universal does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release is as of August 26, 2008, and Qiao Xing Universal undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

    For more information, please contact: Rick Xiao Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc. Tel: +86-752-282-0268 Email: rick@qiaoxing.com

    Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc.

    CONTACT: Rick Xiao of Qiao Xing Universal Telephone, Inc., +86-752-282-
    0268, or rick@qiaoxing.com

    Web site: http://www.cosun-xing.com/




    Next Inning Technology Updates Outlooks for Applied Micro Circuits, EZchip Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, and QLogic

    PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (http://www.nextinning.com/), a subscription service focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has updated outlooks for Applied Micro Circuits , EZchip Semiconductor , NetLogic Microsystems , and QLogic .

    In his extensive August 22nd Strategy Review, Next Inning Editor Paul McWilliams not only predicted the decline we've endured during the last three weeks, he also described the catalysts. On September 17th while stocks were busy setting new lows, he encouraged readers to accumulate shares and predicted prices would rebound on 9/18. To learn which tech stocks McWilliams thinks investors should consider buying now and to receive a free copy of our exclusive quarterly State of Tech series that will be published during the next three weeks, please accept our invitation to enjoy a complimentary 21-day Next Inning test drive by visiting the following link.

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    In his State of Tech report covering Specialty Semiconductor companies, McWilliams wrote: "QLogic is standing in a position that is likely to get more competitive going forward. However, it is also standing in a spot where it is possible to leverage differentiation at least temporarily as the virtualization trend sweeps through the mass storage sector..."

    McWilliams also looks at these topics: -- Is Wall Street focusing too much on Applied Micro's checkered past and underestimating the company's potential? -- Should concerns about Cisco's and Juniper's demand trends be hitting EZChip, or can investors be optimistic about the stock? -- Will NetLogic's extraordinarily strong position in certain technologies prove to be immune to economic slowing? -- Is QLogic now trading in value territory?

    Founded in September 2002, Next Inning's model portfolio has returned 202% since its inception versus 66% for the Nasdaq.

    About Next Inning:

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

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    Verizon Wireless Network Primed and Ready for Presidential Debate

    OXFORD, Miss., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The presidential candidates weren't the only ones prepping for the foreign relations debate in Oxford at the University of Mississippi. Verizon Wireless has enhanced coverage and call-handling capacity so that the best possible wireless experience continues on the nation's most reliable network before, during and after the debate. Democrats and Republicans alike won't be worried about dead zones and dropped calls during the debate with additional capacity and coverage deployed by Verizon Wireless at the University of Mississippi.

    Verizon Wireless customers will also experience 3G Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology allowing the most advanced high-speed wireless network enabling customers to browse the Internet, download music, send e-mail and multimedia messages, as well as access other advanced wireless services more reliably and at even faster broadband speeds. The Rev. A network allows customers to access the latest productivity and entertainment applications on their wireless phones, laptops and other wireless devices with average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

    Two mobile units have been deployed, a COLT (Cell on Light Truck) and a COW (Cell on Wheels) to provide additional voice and high-speed data channels that can handle hundreds of phone calls and data transmissions simultaneously. These units are part of a fleet of mobile cell sites the company maintains not only to enhance service surrounding large-scale events but also in times of natural disasters. They strengthen the already robust, Verizon Wireless network in the Oxford area and across the state during the expected spike in wireless calls, text messages, picture and video messages, Internet connections and other wireless traffic related to the presidential debate.

    "It's clear that wireless devices are essential communications tools especially during a historic presidential debate," said Jerry Fountain, president Carolinas/Tennessee region. "These units allow us to provide the most advanced and reliable network allowing customers to capture history in the making with reliability when and where they need it."

    Verizon Wireless has invested over $30 million since 2006 in Mississippi to enhance services and coverage to customers throughout the state. Nationwide, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion in its network since the company's inception.

    For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.

    Verizon Wireless

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    Sheryl.Sellaway@verizonwireless.com

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    National Instruments Expands Leadership Team with Six New Vice PresidentsPromotions Reflect Strong Track Record of Growth and Position Company for Future Success

    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 26, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments today announced that it has expanded its leadership team with the promotion of six longtime employees to vice president positions. The promotions, which are a result of the company's continued strong revenue growth and expansion into new application areas, position NI and its customers well for future success.

    General and Administrative (G&A) John Roiko, Vice President, Finance Research and Development (R&D) Robert Canik, Vice President of R&D, Instrument and Distributed Control Andrew Krupp, Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement Scott Rust, Vice President of R&D, Modular Instruments Sales and Marketing John Pasquarette, Vice President of Product Marketing, Software Eric Starkloff, Vice President of Product Marketing, Test

    "I am pleased that our leadership development program has enabled us to promote these key executives from within NI, where each has distinguished himself through key contributions that have driven company growth and propelled innovation," said James Truchard, NI president, CEO and co-founder. "With 88 combined years of service to NI, these additions to the NI management team are part of our long-term plan to deliver on customer success, streamlined decision making and critical strategic direction."

    G&A

    John Roiko joined National Instruments in 1998 and has served as the Global Corporate Controller since 2002. Prior to NI, he served as the Divisional Controller for the Defense Division at Honeywell. Under Roiko's direction, the finance organization has consistently delivered the highest ethical standards for NI financial reporting and management while fulfilling vital responsibilities that include the evaluation of foreign exchange risk, treasury and cash management, financial business systems and tax. During the expansion of the company's manufacturing operations in Europe, he played a key role in the site selection, evaluated alternative tax structures and grants and participated in recruiting the senior management team. Roiko serves a critical role in the evaluation and integration of all acquisitions. As Vice President of Finance, Roiko is responsible for all NI finance functions worldwide.

    Research and Development

    Robert Canik joined National Instruments in 1985 and has served as Director of R&D for Instrument and Distributed Control since 1998. During his 23-year career at NI, Canik has played a key leadership role in the development of the company's instrument and distributed control technologies, PXI embedded and remote controllers and the PXI Express specification. He chaired the IEEE working group that developed the HS488 extension to the IEEE 488 specification and helped develop the VXIbus specification and design guidelines as a member of the VXIbus Consortium. More recently, Canik assumed responsibility for the company's CompactRIO platform. He is inventor or co-inventor on five NI patents. As Vice President of R&D for Instrument and Distributed Control, Canik is responsible for the global development and strategic direction of these NI product areas.

    Andrew Krupp joined National Instruments in 2001 as R&D Director of Quality. Prior to NI, he worked at Honda of America Manufacturing, where he was responsible for the Quality Assurance for all North American-produced engines, transmissions and suspensions. Throughout his career at NI, Krupp has been at the forefront of continuous system improvements, including an overhaul of the company's quality reporting and follow-up system that resulted in substantial improvement in areas including warranty, customer satisfaction and on-time delivery. He also directed a significant revision of the National Instruments quality management system that positively impacted more than 2,400 NI employees in Austin and at other manufacturing and R&D locations globally. As Vice President of R&D for Quality and Continuous Improvement, Krupp is responsible for the NI quality initiatives and management system worldwide.

    Scott Rust joined National Instruments in 1990 and has served as the Director of R&D for Modular Instruments since 2004. Throughout his 18-year career at NI, Rust has provided critical leadership in the development of the company's Instrument Driver Libraries and IVI (interchangeable virtual instruments) technology as well as the expansion of the company's remote R&D facilities. Using his extensive experience in developing public specifications, Rust chaired the Instrument Driver Technical Working Group for the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance, joined the SCPI Consortium Board of Directors and founded the IVI Foundation. He is the inventor or co-inventor on seven NI patents. As Vice President of R&D for Modular Instruments, Rust is responsible for the global development and strategic direction of NI measurement products including RF, digitizers, signal generators, digital multimeters, high-speed digital I/O, switching and power supplies.

    Sales and Marketing

    John Pasquarette joined National Instruments in 1990 and has served as the Director of Product Marketing for Software since 2005. Prior to this role, he held leadership positions as Group Manager of Software Marketing; Director of Web Marketing, where he led the development of ni.com and the evolution of its online store and technical community; and Director of Product Strategy for Software in R&D, where he was responsible the long-term strategic direction of the company's flagship product, LabVIEW. Pasquarette is inventor and co-inventor on eight NI patents. As Vice President of Product Marketing for Software, he is responsible for leading product marketing for the company's software platforms and for the company's customer education and services programs.

    Eric Starkloff joined National Instruments in 1997 and most recently has served as the Director of Product Marketing for Modular Instruments, PXI and Instrument Control since 2004. Prior to this role, he held leadership positions as Group Manager for PXI Modular Hardware and Test Software. He has represented NI within several industry groups, including the PXI Systems Alliance and the Semiconductor Test Consortium, and serves as a board member for the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin. As Vice President of Product Marketing for Test, Starkloff is responsible for leading the product marketing of the company's modular instruments, PXI and instrument control hardware and test software, as well as the sales and marketing efforts of the RF team.

    About National Instruments

    National Instruments (http://www.ni.com/) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,800 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

    This release contains "forward-looking statements," including statements related to the company's product portfolio expansion and the growth of the NI field sales force being key to continuing expansion into new application areas; investment in R&D and sales force expansion by NI driving new product success; NI expansion of its sales force to benefit from eventual recovery in the industrial economy; systems growth; and NI guidance for Q3 2008 and Q4 2008, including, as applicable, revenue, GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS, the estimated impact of stock-based compensation and acquisition-related intangibles. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk of further adverse changes in the global economy, delays in the release of new products, fluctuations in customer demand for NI products, manufacturing inefficiencies and foreign exchange fluctuations. Actual results may differ materially from the expected results. The company directs readers to documents filed with the SEC for other risks associated with the company's future performance.

    CompactRIO, HS488, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

    Editor Contact: Julia Betts, (512) 683-8165

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    Popular Eurodam News Blog Exceeds 10 Million Hits and 1 Million Page Views

    SEATTLE, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's popular Eurodam News Blog passed the 10-million-hit threshold and million-page-view mark this week. The Eurodam News Blog can be accessed at http://www.eurodamnews.com/ and was designed as the primary portal for information about the construction and operation of the premium line's first Signature-class ship, ms Eurodam, which launched July 1, 2008.

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    The high traffic numbers can be attributed to compelling and entertaining postings such as the recent "Surf's Up - Catch a Bulb!" showing correspondent Pam Kern hangin' ten on the bulbous bow of Eurodam and providing an explanation for the function of the ship's protrusion.

    "Eurodam News Blog has been an innovative new way for Holland America Line to engage guests and others in learning about Eurodam and how all our ships operate," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "As an interactive forum, we've received countless questions and requests for specific information and have responded with photos and posts. It's been a great project to engage guests, crew, travel agents, journalists, employees and cruise enthusiasts."

    Live since June 2007, Eurodam News Blog provides unique insights into every aspect of the new ship. Regular posts cover a wide variety of topics, from interior decor to new public rooms to entertainment and dining venues and menu developments. In addition, it features profiles of the officers and shipboard staff. The site averages 6,000 a week and has topped 400,000 visits and 175,000 unique visitors.

    Since the ship's inaugural in July and its entry into service, the blog has featured content submitted by guests -- some while they were still on board. Such categories as "Postcard from . . . ." enable guests and crewmembers to submit photos and stories from Eurodam's ports of call.

    The site has a blog board composed of top Holland America Line executives from various departments who are involved in the shipbuilding process and serve as sources of site content. Visitors are encouraged to register and post comments and questions for responses.

    Built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, the 2,104-guest Eurodam was first of the Signature Class series. The ship features 11 guest decks and new dining venues Tamarind, a pan-Asian restaurant, Canaletto, an Italian restaurant in the Lido, and the Slice pizzaria.

    Other features are the addition of spa staterooms, an Explorer's Lounge Bar, atrium bar area, Culinary Arts Center presented by Food and Wine magazine for food demos, The Explorations Cafe -- powered by The New York Times and a reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating. Sister, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is to be delivered in 2010.

    - http://www.hollandamerica.com/ -

    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc ]

    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108- day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.

    World's Leading Cruise Lines

    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

    CONTACT: Rose Abello PHONE: 800-637-5029 FAX: 206-262-5934 EMAIL: pr@hollandamerica.com

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    CONTACT: Rose Abello of Holland America Line, 1-800-637-5029, fax,
    +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com

    Web site: http://www.hollandamerica.com/




    Valassis Releases Findings on Consumer Behaviors and Motivations for Seeking Savings and Value

    LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Valassis , one of the nation's leading media and marketing services companies, revealed insights that define today's primary household budget manager and the motivations behind savings behaviors. In addition to tough economic times, the thrill of savings and a sense of community are just some of the motivations learned during recent consumer research focus groups with women between the ages of 25 to 54 with household incomes over $50,000.

    There are both rational and emotional insights that truly resonate with today's savers and together build a profile of our target consumer's mindset. Rationally, saving on staples helps them liberate their budget to spend on other things they really want, particularly spending time with their family. Many see managing the household budget as their job, even more important to those with children and in today's challenging economic environment. Emotionally, participants indicated they felt smart while looking for coupons and deals. Getting the best deal for their family motivates them to do so. Happiness, success, power, relief, winning, confidence and caring are emotions associated with saving as revealed in the focus groups.

    "People are very passionate about savings and value and like to talk about it," said Suzie Brown, Valassis Chief Marketing Officer. "We've all had an experience when we found a great deal and couldn't wait to share the story with a friend or family member. Not only do consumers like to brag about their finds, they truly enjoy the thrill associated with saving money and see it is as playing a game, making them feel more powerful. This consumer research provides a glimpse into the hearts and minds of our target consumers and how they're spending, saving and relating these savings activities to caring for their families."

    Consumer research indicates big-ticket purchases require substantial research driven by household budget and the level of complexity. Electronics, appliances, furniture, autos and trips top the list of more expensive items that require planning. When seeking big-ticket purchases, participants said the Internet is central to finding value. Redplum.com, a savings and lifestyle site launched earlier this year, provides consumers local and national deals and offers. The site also features original, weekly editorial articles on parenting, fashion, beauty, dining, home, yard, entertainment, pets, autos, electronics, healthy living and money.

    Couponing and deal seeking have become time-honored rituals that save Americans nearly $3 billion annually. According to the Promotion Marketing Association's (PMA) Coupon Council, spending just 20 minutes a week taking advantage of coupons and special offers can save consumers up to $1,000 a year or more. For more facts about saving in today's economy, please visit http://www.valassis.com/combo/pdf/redplum_economy.pdf .

    "Based on what we've learned from our research, I have never been more confident than in today's tough economy that RedPlum is relevant to today's consumer," Brown added. "RedPlum is a leading provider of consumer-oriented deals and savings on brands consumers want most and provides the savings they seek with ease and convenience, which is important to today's budget manager."

    Editor's Note: September is National Coupon Month. The PMA has declared September as National Coupon Month since 1998. This year, the economy is the theme of the 11th annual Coupon Month.

    About Valassis

    Valassis is one of the nation's leading media and marketing services companies, offering unparalleled reach and scale to more than 15,000 advertisers. Its RedPlum media portfolio delivers value on a weekly basis to over 100 million shoppers across a multi-media platform -- in-home, in-store and in-motion. Through its newest offering -- redplum.com -- consumers will find compelling national and local deals online. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan with approximately 7,000 associates in 28 states and nine countries, Valassis is widely recognized for its associate and corporate citizenship programs, including its America's Looking for Its Missing Children(R) program. Valassis companies include Valassis Direct Mail, Inc., Valassis Canada, Promotion Watch, Valassis Relationship Marketing Systems, LLC and NCH Marketing Services, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.valassis.com/ or http://www.redplum.com/ .

    Safe Harbor and Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements found in this document constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Valassis to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: price competition from our existing competitors; new competitors in any of our businesses; a shift in customer preference for different promotional materials, promotional strategies or coupon delivery methods including as a result of declines in newspaper circulations; an unforeseen increase in our paper or postal costs; changes which affect the businesses of our clients and lead to reduced sales promotion spending including a decrease in marketing budgets which are generally discretionary in nature and easier to reduce in the short-term than other expenses; challenges and costs of achieving synergies and cost savings in connection with the ADVO acquisition and integrating ADVO's operations may be greater than expected; our substantial indebtedness, and our ability to incur additional indebtedness, may affect our financial health; certain covenants in our debt documents could adversely restrict our financial and operating flexibility; fluctuations in the amount, timing, pages, weight and kinds of advertising pieces from period to period, due to a change in our clients' promotional needs, inventories and other factors; our failure to attract and retain qualified personnel may affect our business and results of operations; a rise in interest rates could increase our borrowing costs; the outcome of ADVO's pending shareholder lawsuits; possible governmental regulation or litigation affecting aspects of our business; and general economic conditions, whether nationally or in the market areas in which we conduct business, may be less favorable than expected. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional risks include, but are not limited to those risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2007 (the 2007 Form 10-K) and our other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    Valassis

    CONTACT: Mary Broaddus, Director, Investor Relations and Corporate
    Communications, Valassis, +1-734-591-7375, broaddusm@valassis.com

    Web site: http://www.valassis.com/combo/pdf/redplum_economy.pdf
    http://www.valassis.com/
    http://www.redplum.com/




    NII Holdings to Host Conference Call

    RESTON, Va., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NII Holdings, Inc. , will host its 2008 third quarter financial results conference call with its senior management.

    When: Thursday, October 23, 2008 Time: 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM EDT Phone: Domestic 800-706-7748, verbal pass-code NII Holdings International 617-614-3473, verbal pass-code NII Holdings

    All participants are asked to dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. If you are unable to participate, a rebroadcast of the conference call will be available for two weeks following the call. The rebroadcast numbers are as follows:

    Replay: Domestic 888-286-8010, pass-code 60293059 International 617-801-6888, pass-code 60293059 About NII Holdings, Inc.

    NII Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of mobile communications for business customers in Latin America. NII Holdings, Inc. has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile offering a fully integrated wireless communications tool with digital cellular voice service, data services, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect(R) and International Direct Connect(R), a digital two-way radio feature. NII Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol NIHD and is a member of the NASDAQ 100 Index. Visit the Company's website at http://www.nii.com/.

    Nextel, the Nextel logo, Nextel Online, Nextel Business Networks and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.

    Investor Relations: Tim Perrott (703) 390-5113 tim.perrott@nii.com Media Relations: Claudia E. Restrepo (786) 251-7020 claudia.restrepo@nii.com

    NII Holdings, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations: Tim Perrott, +1-703-390-5113,
    tim.perrott@nii.com, or Media Relations: Claudia E. Restrepo, +1-786-251-7020,
    claudia.restrepo@nii.com, both of NII Holdings, Inc.

    Web site: http://www.nii.com/




    Fox's National Advertising Partners Sales Group Enters Into Agreement With ProLink to Drive Integrated Advertising Sales on Television Project Across ProLink Network

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Advertising Partners ("NAP"), the Fox-owned sales unit that represents sports networks across the country, announced today that it has signed an agreement to partner with ProLink Solutions LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ProLink Holdings Corp. (BULLETIN BOARD: PLKH) , the world's leading provider of Global Positioning Satellite ("GPS") golf course management systems and digital out-of-home on-course advertising.

    NAP will represent and sell a variety of ProLink's GPS media inventory, with a focus on integrated advertising campaigns, offering advertisers broad on-course, on-air, and on-line opportunities. ProLink expects to begin recognizing revenue under this agreement beginning in the 2009 first quarter.

    The first media and advertising opportunity which is planned to be launched in early 2009 is a television program highlighting America's great public golf courses that also use ProLink's GPS System. The show would feature the best the courses have to offer, along with tips and strategies, as well as the amenities offered by the club and location. NAP would be responsible for arranging in-show sponsorships and placement of all ad inventories in connection with the program. Advertiser benefits would include television time and lead features on the ProLink Network at leading golf courses across the country. The integration of the program would also include an internet and print marketing program targeting the golf community.

    "The ProLink Network is a corner stone for the success of this programming," said Kyle Sherman, executive vice president, ad sales, Fox Sports net. "Clustered with ProLink, we can offer our advertisers a unique solution crossing many mediums, all targeted at a highly desirable audience. To our knowledge this is the first time that a sponsor using broadcast budgets will be able to buy a multi-focused platform offering including a leading digital out of home venue from one provider designed for maximum impact and substantial ROI for the advertiser."

    "Through a wide array of cost-effective, focused advertising vehicles, we believe that this is the first time that a sponsor will be able to reach a highly targeted affluent audience," said Lawrence Bain, ProLink's Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to enter into this agreement with NAP. Fox has extensive relationships with widely respected national brands, and we believe that the exposure generated will offer advertisers the unique ability to reach affluent audiences with a target message."

    As part of this potential program ProLink's golf course partners will enjoy a national branding opportunity with commercials running in major markets promoting the use of ProLink on the courses and the location of ProLink's product in the markets.

    About ProLink

    ProLink Solutions, a subsidiary of ProLink Holdings Corp., is the world's leading provider of GPS golf course management systems and revenue-generating on-course advertising. ProLink Solutions' core philosophy is to be a "Trusted Partner" to its golf-course customers. From enhancing golfers' overall experience and improving pace-of-play, to increasing current revenue streams and creating new profit centers for golf courses, ProLink Solutions' products and services have captured markets both nationally and globally.

    About NAP

    National Advertising Partners (NAP) is the Fox-owned sales unit that represents 35 regional sports networks across the country, including 16 Fox owned-and-operated networks, as well as nearly two dozen others, such as Comcast SportsNet, NESN, YES, Liberty Sports, and MSG. NAP's current client roster features more than 1000 active advertisers.

    Safe Harbor

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about ProLink Holdings Corp. (ProLink). Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of ProLink's management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward looking statements which are set forth in greater detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. ProLink does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

    For more information about ProLink, visit http://www.goprolink.com/, call 480.753.2337 or email info@goprolink.com.

    CONTACT: Daniel Mitchell Buffalo Communications 253.312.4536 dmitchell@billycaspergolf.com Investor Relations Contact: CEOcast, Inc. Gary Nash 212.732.4300 gnash@ceocast.com

    ProLink Holdings Corp.

    CONTACT: Daniel Mitchell of Buffalo Communications, +1-253-312-4536,
    dmitchell@billycaspergolf.com; or investor relations, Gary Nash of CEOcast,
    Inc., +1-212-732-4300, gnash@ceocast.com, both for ProLink Holdings Corp.

    Web site: http://www.goprolink.com/




    CTC Wins Nine Prestigious Russian Television Academy Awards

    MOSCOW, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CTC Media, Inc. , Russia's leading independent media company, announced today that it has received Russia's most prestigious television award -- TEFI 2008 -- in nine categories.

    TEFI was established 14 years ago by the National Television Academy to honor professional achievement in television broadcasting. On September 25, the annual TEFI National Television Awards ceremony was held in Moscow. This year, CTC Media's channels CTC and Domashny were nominated as finalists in 18 out of 50 categories, with CTC earning nine awards, including:

    -- Alexander Rodnyansky, President of CTC Media, Vyacheslav Murugov, General Producer of CTC Media, and Konstantin Kikichev, General Director of COSTAFILM received an award in the "Movie/Series Producer" category for producing the first original Russian sitcom Daddy's Girls. -- Daddy's Girls was named "Best Sitcom" of the year. -- Thank God You Have Come! received an award as "Best Comedy Show". -- Stories in Detail was the TEFI winner in two categories -- "Infotainment Program" and "Cinematography". -- Mikhail Shvytkoy and Elena Perova were named "Best Entertainment Program Anchors" for Life is Beautiful. -- Alexandra Zelenova and Alexandra Belousova were TEFI winners in the "TV Program Sound Producer" category for Good Jokes. -- "CTC is a Wonderland" -- CTC's latest promo-campaign -- received an award for "Best Channel Branding". -- Series "Thirtysomething" won "Best Promo" award.

    Vyacheslav Murugov, General Producer of CTC Media, commented, "Nine bronze Orpheus statuettes and 18 nominations are the result of hard work by the CTC Media team throughout the year. I am especially pleased to receive the award in the "Producer" category together with Alexander Rodnyansky. We have come a long way to bring this project to life and are proud of receiving acknowledgement from both viewers (according to ratings) and, importantly, professionals."

    About CTC Media, Inc.

    CTC Media is a leading independent media company in Russia. It owns and operates the CTC television network, whose signal is carried by more than 350 affiliate stations, including 21 owned-and-operated stations; the Domashny television network, whose signal is carried by over 230 affiliate stations, including 13 owned-and-operated stations; and the DTV television network, whose signal is carried by a number of affiliate stations, including 3 owned-and-operated stations. CTC Media owns two TV content production companies: COSTAFILM and SOHO MEDIA, and operates Channel 31 in Kazakhstan and a TV company in Uzbekistan. The company's common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol: "CTCM". For more information on CTC Media, please visit: http://www.ctcmedia.ru/.

    Contacts: CTC Media, Inc. Katya Ostrova (investors) + 7 495 783 3650 ir@ctcmedia.ru Daria Shuvaeva (media) + 7 495 797 4168 Brainerd Communicators, Inc. Jenna Focarino (media) Michael Smargiassi (investors) +1 212 986 6667

    CTC Media, Inc.

    CONTACT: Katya Ostrova (investors), +7-495-783-3650, ir@ctcmedia.ru, or
    Daria Shuvaeva (media), +7-495-797-4168, both of CTC Media, Inc.; or Jenna
    Focarino (media), or Michael Smargiassi (investors), both of Brainerd
    Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667

    Web Site: http://www.ctcmedia.ru/




    CBS Corporation to Hold Investor Conference to Discuss CBS Interactive BusinessCBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith and CBS Interactive President Neil Ashe to Host Presentation and Q&A

    NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CBS Corporation announced that it will host an investor conference to discuss the Company's Interactive business on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. The event will feature Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation; Quincy Smith, Chief Executive Officer, CBS Interactive; and Neil Ashe, President, CBS Interactive.

    CBS Corporation will begin reporting its Interactive business as a separate segment for the first time in the third quarter. At the presentation, management will discuss CBS's overall interactive strategy, the progress of the CNET Networks integration, and how the expanded Interactive business fits into the Company as a whole.

    The formal presentation will begin at 4:30 PM, ET, followed by a question-and-answer period. An audio webcast of the session can be accessed here (http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=99462&eventID =1978483). A replay of the audio webcast will be available in the Investor Relations/Presentations section of the CBS Corporation Web site.

    About CBS Corporation

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

    CBS Corporation

    CONTACT: Press, Dana McClintock, +1-212-975-1077, dlmcclintock@cbs.com,
    Andrea Prochniak, +1-212-975-0053, andrea.prochniak@cbs.com, or Investor
    Relations, Adam Townsend, +1-212-975-5292, adam.townsend@cbs.com, Debra
    Wichser, +1-212-975-3718, debra.wichser@cbs.com

    Web Site: http://www.cbscorporation.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/965075.html




    EMC Positioned in 'Leaders' Quadrant in 2008 Report on Enterprise Content Management

    HOPKINTON, Mass., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Leaders" quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management"* report. Gartner describes enterprise content management (ECM) market leaders as having:

    "The highest combined scores for ability to execute and completeness of vision. They are doing well and are prepared for the future with a clearly articulated vision. In the context of content management, they have strong channel partners, a presence in multiple regions, consistent financial performance, broad platform support and good customer support. In addition, they dominate in one or more technology or vertical market. Leaders deliver a suite that addresses all six core components, though these are not necessarily tightly integrated or best-of-breed in each area. Greater emphasis is given this year to demonstrated enterprise deployments; integration with other business applications and content repositories; incorporation of Web 2.0 and XML capabilities; and vertical-process/horizontal-solution focus. Market leaders can, and should, drive market transformation."

    "It is an honor to be recognized by the analysts at Gartner in their prestigious Magic Quadrant report," said Mark Lewis, President, Content Management and Archiving Division at EMC. "For more than 20 years, EMC has been the driving force and thought leader in content management. And we continue to take this leadership to the next level today -- driving comprehensive interoperability standards and delivering premier Enterprise Content Management solutions for the Web 2.0 world. We're pleased the experts at Gartner have chosen to recognize EMC for our completeness of vision and our ability to execute on that vision."

    EMC addresses the market for Enterprise Content Management with its Documentum family of products. EMC's Documentum Enterprise Content Management 6.5 is a suite of products that embraces Web 2.0 to foster the dynamic new ways people work and network -- without compromising enterprise requirements for security, performance and compliance. With Documentum ECM 6.5, business users gain a more flexible working environment in which they can perform their content-related tasks more efficiently. Additionally, IT managers can give users this flexibility while still ensuring corporate security, compliance, archiving, and scalability. The EMC solution introduces a number of innovations to support and secure Web 2.0 technology and collaborative work:

    Fostering New Ways People Work -- New knowledge worker experiences -- Dynamic interfaces for rich media -- Transparent content management for everyone -- New business process experience -- High-fidelity e-forms Mitigating New Elements of Risk -- End-to-end XML-ready infrastructure -- Archive-grade scalability -- High-volume content processing -- Limitless records management -- New IT user technologies About EMC

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

    About the Magic Quadrant

    The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted September 24, 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    *Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant Enterprise content Management, 2008" by Karen M. Shegda, Toby Bell, Kenneth Chin, Mark R. Gilbert, Mick MacComascaigh, September 24, 2008

    EMC Corporation

    CONTACT: Craig Librett of EMC Corporation, +1-914-806-2809,
    librett_craig@emc.com

    Web site: http://www.emc.com/




    CTC Wins Nine Prestigious Russian Television Academy Awards

    MOSCOW, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CTC Media, Inc. , Russia's leading independent media company, announced today that it has received Russia's most prestigious television award -- TEFI 2008 -- in nine categories.

    TEFI was established 14 years ago by the National Television Academy to honor professional achievement in television broadcasting. On September 25, the annual TEFI National Television Awards ceremony was held in Moscow. This year, CTC Media's channels CTC and Domashny were nominated as finalists in 18 out of 50 categories, with CTC earning nine awards, including:

    -- Alexander Rodnyansky, President of CTC Media, Vyacheslav Murugov, General Producer of CTC Media, and Konstantin Kikichev, General Director of COSTAFILM received an award in the "Movie/Series Producer" category for producing the first original Russian sitcom Daddy's Girls. -- Daddy's Girls was named "Best Sitcom" of the year. -- Thank God You Have Come! received an award as "Best Comedy Show". -- Stories in Detail was the TEFI winner in two categories - "Infotainment Program" and "Cinematography". -- Mikhail Shvytkoy and Elena Perova were named "Best Entertainment Program Anchors" for Life is Beautiful. -- Alexandra Zelenova and Alexandra Belousova were TEFI winners in the "TV Program Sound Producer" category for Good Jokes. -- "??? is a Wonderland" -- CTC's latest promo-campaign -- received an award for "Best Channel Branding". -- Series "Thirtysomething" won "Best Promo" award.

    Vyacheslav Murugov, General Producer of CTC Media, commented, "Nine bronze Orpheus statuettes and 18 nominations are the result of hard work by the CTC Media team throughout the year. I am especially pleased to receive the award in the "Producer" category together with Alexander Rodnyansky. We have come a long way to bring this project to life and are proud of receiving acknowledgement from both viewers (according to ratings) and, importantly, professionals."

    About CTC Media, Inc.

    CTC Media is a leading independent media company in Russia. It owns and operates the CTC television network, whose signal is carried by more than 350 affiliate stations, including 21 owned-and-operated stations; the Domashny television network, whose signal is carried by over 230 affiliate stations, including 13 owned-and-operated stations; and the DTV television network, whose signal is carried by a number of affiliate stations, including 3 owned-and-operated stations. CTC Media owns two TV content production companies: COSTAFILM and SOHO MEDIA, and operates Channel 31 in Kazakhstan and a TV company in Uzbekistan. The company's common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol: "CTCM". For more information on CTC Media, please visit: http://www.ctcmedia.ru/.

    Contacts: CTC Media, Inc. Katya Ostrova (investors) + 7 495 783 3650 ir@ctcmedia.ru Daria Shuvaeva (media) + 7 495 797 4168 Brainerd Communicators, Inc. Jenna Focarino (media) Michael Smargiassi (investors) +1 212 986 6667

    CTC Media, Inc.

    CONTACT: Katya Ostrova (investors), +7-495-783-3650, ir@ctcmedia.ru, or
    Daria Shuvaeva (media), +7-495-797-4168, both of CTC Media, Inc.; or Jenna
    Focarino (media), or Michael Smargiassi (investors), both of Brainerd
    Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667

    Web Site: http://www.ctcmedia.ru/




    Allin Interactive Selected by Costa Crociere as ITV Provider for Its Two Newest Cruise Ships

    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Allin Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: ALLN) announced that it has secured an agreement with Costa Crociere to install Allin's digital interactive television solution on the Costa Luminosa and the Costa Pacifica, Costa's newest cruise vessels scheduled to be delivered in April and May 2009.

    Allin's solution on Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica will provide exciting in-cabin entertainment and information including the ability to pause and bookmark on-demand movies, preview and purchase shore excursions and learn about onboard offers and highlighted events via in-cabin messaging. All services will be available in six different languages which can be selected at the touch of a button.

    "We are very pleased to have Allin continue as our ITV solution provider of choice," stated Mr. Antonio De Rosa, Costa Cruises V.P. Cruise Operations. "We look forward to utilizing the newest tools in Allin's ITV modules such as ship-to-cabin messaging and shore excursions to provide more services to our guests and increase our promotional capabilities."

    "We are happy to be selected by Costa to install our latest ITV platform on Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica," stated John Troutwine, Director of Business Development at Allin Interactive. "This will be our seventh and eighth installations for Costa Crociere which shows Costa's continued commitment to delivering the best in-cabin entertainment and information to its passengers."

    Costa Luminosa, currently under construction by Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, will be the 13th ship in the brand's fleet and is scheduled for delivery at the end of April 2009. The 92,700-ton ship is a new class for Costa, with a sister ship, called Costa Deliziosa, on order for delivery in January 2010. Costa Luminosa will have 1,130 staterooms and suites, with 772 of them having private verandas, the largest percentage (68%) of any Costa ship. She will be a unique ship, a trendsetter in contemporary design, with a perfect blend of service excellence and stunning, lavish interiors. At the cutting edge of the fleet, the Costa Luminosa will be Costa Cruises' most exclusive and innovative cruise ship, made to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning customers. The many innovations include a 4D cinema, a show lounge with spectacular special effects, a Golf Simulator featuring 37 virtual golf courses plus a 90 square meter outdoor area with a putting green as well as a jogging and rollerblading track.

    Costa Pacifica, currently under construction at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard near Genoa, Italy, will be the 14th ship in the brand's fleet and is scheduled for delivery at the end of May 2009. Costa Pacifica will be a sister to the 114,500-ton Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, and will have 1,500 staterooms and suites, many of which will have direct access to the spa area. Costa Pacifica will be the "music" ship: the best music from every era will not only be the central "theme" for the interior design of the various public areas, but also the basis of a total experience that will take guests on a "musical journey" around the ship.

    Both Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica will deliver the successful design features of the latest Costa ships such as: the Samsara Spa (including the spa itself, conveniently located cabins with direct access, and a dedicated restaurant); a Grand Prix driving simulator; unique to the Costa fleet, with the most accurate representation ever of GP driving on the world's best racing circuits; and a central lido extending over two decks, fitted with a sliding glass roof as well as a giant 18 square meter video screen.

    The naming ceremonies of the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica will be a first for the cruise industry; the two new fleet members will be christened together on June 5, 2009 in Genoa, the city where Costa Cruises -- this year celebrating its 60th anniversary -- has always been headquartered.

    About Allin Corporation

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

    About Costa Crociere

    Costa Cruises is Italy and Europe's number one cruise vacation line. For the past 60 years its ships have plied the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream holidays with the utmost in terms of fun and relaxation. In 2007 over 1.1 million guests chose to go cruising with Costa, a record for the European cruise industry. The Company's fleet of 12 ships, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style, all fly the Italian flag and sail each year to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean. Five more vessels are on order and will enter service by 2012. Costa Cruises has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 2004), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000). All of Costa's ships have been awarded RINA's voluntary "Green Star" notation based on the highest environmental protection standards. Costa Cruises is also an official partner of the WWF for the protection of the marine ecoregions of the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles and Brazil.

    Allin Corporation

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

    Web site: http://www.allin.com/
    http://www.codelabtech.com/
    http://www.sharepointhosting.com/




    Boeing to Acquire Tapestry Solutions to Enhance Its Growing Global Services & Support Business

    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company today announced an agreement to acquire Tapestry Solutions, a San Diego-based company specializing in services and software systems that improve the tracking and distribution of equipment, spare parts and personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense and other government and non-government agencies.

    Tapestry Solutions' tools, such as the Joint Distribution Logistics Model and Battle Command Support Sustainment System, are U.S. Army standards that increase asset visibility, optimize distribution and enable dynamic logistics planning.

    Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the acquisition should accelerate the growth of the company's service and support business.

    "Boeing has a great opportunity to address an expanding market where we can bring together our proven large-scale integration capabilities with Tapestry Solutions' unique logistics management, decision support systems, and cutting-edge modeling and simulation technologies," Albaugh said. "It's all about meeting our customers' enduring needs for heightened readiness and supply-chain situational awareness."

    Dennis Muilenburg, president of IDS Global Services & Support, added, "Combining Tapestry Solutions' capabilities with Boeing's expertise in supply chain management and integration, we are positioned to help our customer solve real-world problems and drive a transformation in distribution processes. Tapestry Solutions' data fusion, logistics and knowledge management products and services will enhance our global logistics support network. From point of origin, inter-modally into theater, to point of use, we'll be able to offer services with better ability to pinpoint the location of assets wherever they are in the supply chain, improve predictability on arrival times, streamline logistics command and control, and reduce operating costs."

    Once acquired, Tapestry Solutions will operate within IDS Global Services & Support. Terms of the cash transaction were not disclosed. This transaction, anticipated to close by the end of October following regulatory approvals, does not affect Boeing's financial guidance.

    "Tapestry Solutions is thrilled to be working with Boeing. Boeing has a vision for the future of logistics command and control that is right in line with our experience supporting customers worldwide," said Galen Aswegan, president and CEO of Tapestry Solutions. "Tapestry Solutions' products and expertise in real-time monitoring, training and support of world-wide distribution channels will benefit from Boeing's large-scale commercial and military operations and product offerings."

    Tapestry Solutions has approximately 350 employees with the majority located in San Diego where the company has its headquarters. Approximately 150 employees are embedded with customers in Iraq and at other operational locations throughout the world.

    A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.1 billion business with 71,000 employees worldwide.

    Forward-Looking Information Is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty

    Certain statements in this report may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward- looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements regarding future results as a result of our growth and productivity initiatives, our 2008 and 2009 financial outlook and the benefits of the IDS structure. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. As a result, these statements speak only as of the date they were made and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results and future trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including the continued operation, viability and growth of major airline customers and non-airline customers (such as the U.S. Government); adverse developments in the value of collateral securing customer and other financings; the occurrence of any significant collective bargaining labor dispute; our successful execution of internal performance plans including our company-wide growth and productivity initiatives, production rate increases and decreases (including any reduction in or termination of an aircraft product), availability of raw materials, acquisition and divestiture plans, and other cost-reduction and productivity efforts; charges from any future SFAS No. 142 review; ability to meet development, production and certification schedules for the 787 program and the ability to meet scheduled deliveries of the 787 airplane; technical or quality issues in development programs (affecting schedule and cost estimates) or in the satellite industry; an adverse development in rating agency credit ratings or assessments; the actual outcomes of certain pending sales campaigns and U.S. and foreign government procurement activities, including the uncertainty associated with the procurement of tankers by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and funding of the C-17 program; the cyclical nature of some of our businesses; unanticipated financial market changes which may impact pension plan assumptions; domestic and international competition in the defense, space and commercial areas; continued integration of acquired businesses; performance issues with key suppliers, subcontractors and customers; significant disruption to air travel worldwide (including future terrorist attacks); global trade policies; worldwide political stability; domestic and international economic conditions; price escalation; the outcome of political and legal processes, changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government or foreign government defense and space budgets; termination of government or commercial contracts due to unilateral government or customer action or failure to perform; legal, financial and governmental risks related to international transactions; legal and investigatory proceedings; tax settlements with the IRS and various states; U.S. Air Force review of previously awarded contracts; costs associated with the exit of the Connexion by Boeing business; and other economic, political and technological risks and uncertainties. Additional information regarding these factors is contained in our SEC filings, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2008.

    Boeing Company

    CONTACT: Fernando Vivanco, +1-562-797-4582, fernando.vivanco@boeing.com,
    or Chris Haddox, +1-314-234-6447, chris.d.haddox@boeing.com, both of Boeing
    Communications

    Web site: http://www.boeing.com/




    Appointment of New CFO

    MACAO, China, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. ("Nam Tai" or the "Company") today announced that Mr. John Farina ("Mr. Farina"), President and Chief Financial Officer of Nam Tai, had tendered his resignation to the Company due to personal reasons related to family considerations with immediate effect. The Company would like to express sincere gratitude to Mr. Farina for his valuable contributions to Nam Tai in the past.

    Upon the resignation of Mr. Farina, Mr. Chan Sze Chung, Anthony ("Mr. Chan"), was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (Acting) of the Company with effect from September 26, 2008. Mr. Chan, aged 38, joined Nam Tai as a Financial Controller of one of its subsidiaries in 2000. He was later promoted to Financial Controller of the Company in April 2001. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wales in 1991 and a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University in England in 1992. Mr. Chan is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst in the United States.

    Mr. Chan is familiar with the finance and operations of Nam Tai Group. The Board of Directors is confident that Mr. Chan can take the position of Chief Financial Officer (Acting) to support the continuous growth of the Company.

    ABOUT NAM TAI ELECTRONICS, INC.

    We are an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world's leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. Through our electronics manufacturing services operations, we manufacture electronic components and subassemblies, including LCD panels, LCD modules, RF modules, DAB modules, FPC subassemblies and image sensors modules and PCBAs for headsets containing Bluetooth wireless technology. These components are used in numerous electronic products, including mobile phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, electronic toys, handheld video game devices, and entertainment devices. We also manufacture finished products, including mobile phone accessories, home entertainment products and educational products. We assist our OEM customers in the design and development of their products and furnish full turnkey manufacturing services that utilize advanced manufacturing processes and production technologies.

    Nam Tai currently has one Hong Kong listed subsidiary, Nam Tai Electronic & Electrical Products Limited ("NTEEP"). Interested investors may go to the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong at http://www.hkex.com.hk/ to obtain information specific to NTEEP. The stock code of NTEEP in The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong is 2633. Investors are reminded to exercise caution when assessing such information and not to deal with the shares of Nam Tai based solely upon reliance on such information.

    WEB: http://www.namtai.com/

    Nam Tai Electronics, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors, Mr. Chan Sze Chung, +853-2835-6333, or FAX,
    +853-2835-6262, shareholder@namtai.com

    Web Site: http://www.hkex.com.hk/
    http://www.namtai.com/




    Herley's Micro Systems, Inc. Awarded $8.2 Million Contract by U. S. Navy

    LANCASTER, Pa., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Herley Industries, Inc. announced today that its Ft. Walton Beach subsidiary, Micro Systems, Inc., has been awarded contracts valued at $8.2 Million from Naval Air Systems Command PMA 208 of Patuxent River, MD.

    The award is for additional system hardware and target transponders to replace units that have been consumed in normal operations of the System for Naval Target Control (SNTC) and for sustaining logistics and engineering support of the products that have previously been delivered.

    Micro Systems' president, Wayne Armstrong commented, "We are delighted to continue our support of the SNTC Program. We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the Navy on the program and are proud to remain a valued member of their team."

    Herley Industries, Inc. is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of microwave technology solutions for the defense, aerospace and medical industries worldwide. Based in Lancaster, PA, Herley has eight manufacturing locations and approximately 1,000 employees. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at http://www.herley.com/.

    For information at Herley contact: Tel: (717) 735-8117 Peg Guzzetti http://www.herley.com/ Investor Relations

    Safe Harbor Statement - Except for the historical information contained herein, this release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. When used in this report, words such as "anticipated," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "may," "plans," "potential" and "intends" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the belief of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company's management. The Company's results could differ materially based on various factors, including, but not limited to, cancellation or deferral of customer orders, difficulties in the timely development of new products, difficulties in manufacturing, increased competitive pressures, and general economic conditions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments.

    Herley Industries, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investor Relations, Peg Guzzetti of Herley Industries, Inc.,
    +1-717-735-8117

    Web site: http://www.herley.com/




    BOOMj Announces Partnership With HAPPYneuron Online Brain GamesHAPPYneuron online brain games are now available free to members of social network, BOOMj.com

    HENDERSON, Nev., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BOOMj, Inc. (http://www.boomj.com/), the leading social networking community for Baby Boomers and adults over the age of 35, announces that they have partnered with HAPPYneuron online brain games (http://www.happy-neuron.com/). HAPPYneuron is a leading provider of scientifically-based online brain fitness solutions designed to help slow the natural effects of aging on the brain and stay mentally fit. The partnership provides BOOMj members with free access to HAPPYneuron's brain fitness games featured on the BOOMj website.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070131/BOOMJLOGO )

    "We realize that BOOMj members are looking for ways to stay healthy, not only physically but mentally as well," said Wendy Borow-Johnson, president of BOOMj, Inc. "By teaming up with HAPPYneuron, BOOMj is offering members a unique way in which they can stay mentally fit and engaged."

    Increasing scientific evidence shows that actively participating in appropriately designed brain fitness workouts aids mental agility. HAPPYneuron games were developed by a team of neurologists, cognitive psychologists and educational scientists to offer these activities in the form of entertaining, interactive online brain games. HAPPYneuron currently offers 35 unique, fun and challenging games that target the five major cognitive brain functions of memory, attention, language, executive functions and visual/spatial skills. Such "Brain Games" are free on BOOMj.com and are part of BOOMj's effort to provide life enhancing content to Baby Boomers.

    "By working with BOOMj.com, HAPPYneuron will be able to effectively reach a segment of the population who will highly benefit from our scientifically-based brain games," said Laura Fay, CEO of HAPPYneuron. "This is an exciting partnership and we look forward to providing the tools for BOOMj members to improve their brain's overall health."

    HAPPYneuron brain games are available on the "MY BOOMj" page of http://www.boomj.com/. BOOMj members will also receive reward points towards purchases in the BOOMj store for playing the brain games. Membership for BOOMj is free and provides great opportunities like access to HAPPYneuron games, social networking, and reward points for brand name items. BOOMj has also created an opportunity for sponsors to be associated with the brain fitness effort by placing their messages around the HAPPYneuron games.

    About BOOMj, Inc. (TM)

    BOOMj, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BOMJ) owns and operates BOOMj.com http://www.boomj.com/ the leading niche portal with social networking and e-commerce serving Baby Boomers and Generation Jones. BOOMj.com integrates content, social networking, e-commerce, and advertising, in health, finance, politics, technology, entertainment, travel, and lifestyle. BOOMj, Inc. also operates LocalAdLink http://www.localadlink.com/, bringing local advertising to the global market and I-Supply http://www.i-supply.com/, the comprehensive e-commerce solution for websites and social networks. For more information regarding the company, please visit http://boomj.ir.stockpr.com/

    About HAPPYneuron

    HAPPYneuron Inc, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was founded in 2000 to offer a broad range of scientifically-proven and personalized brain training workouts. Designed for people of any age, the programs maximize the brain's capacity to learn, adapt to new information, enable mental sharpness and minimize the natural effects of aging. Used by both direct consumers and in senior facilities worldwide, program effectiveness is optimized through the availability of thousands of hours of fun and challenging brain games, guided by an online personal coach. To learn more about HAPPYneuron, Inc. visit http://www.happy-neuron.com/.

    Safe Harbor Statement:

    Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting BOOMj's operations, markets, products and prices and other factors discussed in the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com/ BOOMj, Inc.

    CONTACT: Liz Wong, Director Investor Relations of BOOMj, Inc.,
    +1-949-679-7000, Liz@boomj.com

    Web Site: http://boomj.ir.stockpr.com/




    Microsoft Partners With BIC to Expand Business Offerings to Hispanic Entrepreneurs During USHCC National ConventionMicrosoft continues its commitment to advancing Hispanics through technology as New Technology Founding Partner for National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse.

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In celebration of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 29th Annual National Convention, Microsoft Corp. today announced its partnership with the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse (BIC) as part of the company's commitment to advance Hispanic entrepreneurs and businesses in the United States through the use of technology.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO)

    "The BIC is a unique, multilingual Web site that provides Latino entrepreneurs and small-business owners with top-rated business resources," said Sal Gomez, founder and CEO of BIC. "At http://www.nhbic.org/, you will find a wealth of information on starting, marketing and managing your business, as well as local resources and training to help you succeed."

    A 2002 U.S. Census Bureau study showed that close to 70 percent of all Hispanic-owned businesses make less than $50,000 a year in gross sales and close to 70 percent have fewer than four employees. According to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, nearly one-third of all Hispanic-owned businesses fail to survive four years. Much of the success of a business depends on operations and management.

    Microsoft has teamed with the BIC as the founding technology partner of this online initiative for Hispanic business owners and entrepreneurs. "Technology is a critical tool that will help Latinos advance in both their life and career," said Jose Pinero, director of Multicultural Marketing for Microsoft. "At Microsoft we are very excited to provide content for the BIC's technology section and empower Latinos to succeed in their business enterprises."

    As Hispanic entrepreneurs strive to start their businesses and keep them alive and profitable, access to resources and technology becomes a key component of their entrepreneurial success. "Our partnership with Microsoft will allow us to provide greater content and tools, including several free software solutions, technology disaster planning and recovery guidance, and even a technology budget worksheet for entrepreneurs," said Michael Barrera, president of the BIC and former president of the USHCC. "These tools will also give local chambers another tool to help Hispanic entrepreneurs run a more efficient business and eventually obtain more contracts."

    The BIC site is a free, bilingual online service for new and existing entrepreneurs, offering business solutions in the following areas:

    -- Technology. A new technology section that includes content from Microsoft, providing software solutions and technology tips for Hispanic entrepreneurs -- Business articles. A vast collection of articles on the most pressing issues for small-business owners: money, markets and management -- Business training videos, templates, tools and resources. Created through the Entrepreneurial Development Center Inc.'s Web site -- Local assistance resources. With localized listings of organizations that can help entrepreneurs start their business -- Small-business search engine. Provides access to hundreds of hand-picked small-business Web sites -- Demographic reports. Includes demographic information about the residents and businesses within a specific city or region -- Geographically based content. Constantly updated, including links to local community resources -- Content translated in English and Spanish

    The new technology portal will be available by visiting the BIC's Web site at http://www.nhbic.org/ and includes access to software solutions from Microsoft, available to new and existing entrepreneurs starting in October.

    As part of Microsoft's commitment to Hispanics, the company is supporting the USHCC and its 29th Annual National Convention by sponsoring the International Luncheon and by co-sponsoring the IT panel "Investing in Technology Will Grow Your Business."

    About BIC

    BIC, a not-for-profit organization, launched its bilingual web site in 2007 to provide information to Hispanics starting or expanding a business. Its purpose is to empower new and established entrepreneurs, build wealth in the Latino community, and boost Hispanic contributions to the U.S. economy.

    BIC's lead corporate sponsor is Western Union, to date contributing $2 million through its "Our World, Our Family" global economic opportunities program. BIC is also funded by a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    About Microsoft

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

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    CONTACT: Tania Llavaneras of Edelman Multicultural, +1-323-202-1418,
    Tania.Llavaneras@edelman.com, for Microsoft; or Michael Barrera of BIC
    Headquarters, +1-877-502-6771, mbarrera@nhbic.org

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/
    http://www.nhbic.org/




    ASAT Holdings Limited Celebrates 20 Years of Superior Semiconductor Packaging ServiceMilestone Accentuated With Renewed Focus

    HONG KONG and MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ASAT Holdings Limited (BULLETIN BOARD: ASTTY) (the "Company" or "ASAT"), a global provider of semiconductor package design, assembly and test services, is celebrating 20 years of providing superior semiconductor packaging, assembly, and test services.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080325/AQTU023LOGO)

    Throughout its history, ASAT has been a leading innovator of industry first technology for the semiconductor packaging and assembly market. This includes being the first to introduce the LPCC(TM) (Leadless Plastic Chip Carrier), the industry's first QFN, in 1998, as well as the next generation QFN, TAPP(R) (Thin Array Plastic Package) introduced in 2000.

    With the convergence of market requirements such as higher levels of integration, cost effectiveness and better thermal and electrical performance, ASAT is poised to continue its role as an industry advocate due to its knowledge, experience and advanced service structure for the semiconductor packaging industry.

    ASAT's longevity in serving a rapidly changing semiconductor market can be attributed to the constant innovation of better packaging solutions and assembly techniques as well as the interconnecting technologies to meet the need for increased input/output counts in the semiconductor devices. Critical to this longevity is the knowledge and expertise to advise their customers based on that accumulated experience to help them find the best solution for their applications.

    "From the beginning of our existence, ASAT focused on being an advocate for the semiconductor packaging, assembly and test technologies industry," said Tung Lok Li, acting Chief Executive Officer of ASAT. "Looking ahead, we remain committed to our corporate legacy of providing our customers with the service and solutions they require for another 20 years and beyond."

    "I firmly believe the next few years will be the most exciting time in our history for ASAT's customers and employees," said Jeff Osmun, President of ASAT. "All of our core capabilities and competencies fit in perfectly with the needs of our customers presently and in the coming years. We have a great opportunity to blend the best of our past with our vision for the future."

    The 20th anniversary celebration underscores ASAT's commitment to delivering stable and proven solutions. This includes its expanded manufacturing operations. ASAT's state-of-the-art facility is strategically located in Dongguan, China, about 90 minutes from Hong Kong. With approximately 560,000 square feet of manufacturing space, ASAT has one of the largest and most advanced semiconductor subcontract assembly and test manufacturing facilities in China. This manufacturing center offers higher productivity, improved efficiency, and close proximity to ASAT's key end users.

    About ASAT | http://www.asat.com/

    ASAT Holdings Limited's full suite of semiconductor package design, assembly and test services address the needs of integrated circuit companies whose products must keep pace with the growing demand for smaller, faster, and cost effective devices and at the same time offer adaptations for legacy applications within the commercial, communications and consumer electronic markets. ASAT technology services include standard and thermally enhanced leaded packages, chipscale packages, standard and high thermal performance ball grid arrays, leadless plastic chip carriers (LPCC(TM)), thin array plastic packages (TAPP(R)), system-in-package, stacked die and flip chip. ASAT has operations in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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    CONTACT: Media, Ed Varga, +1-408-964-7400, ed_varga@asat.com, or
    Investors, Jim Fanucchi, +1-408-404-5400, ir@asat.com, both of ASAT Holdings
    Limited

    Web site: http://www.asat.com/




    PokerTek Selected as Exclusive Supplier of Automated Poker Tables for Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and Installs at First Property in Iowa

    MATTHEWS, N.C., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PokerTek, Inc., the industry pioneer and worldwide leader in automated poker tables and related software, is pleased to announce that they have been selected by Ameristar Casinos, Inc. as their exclusive supplier of automated poker tables. PokerPro is now installed at Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs, which is the first installation of PokerPro in the state of Iowa.

    "We are pleased to partner with PokerTek for our automated poker needs," said Jerry Colgrove, Table Games Operations Manager for Ameristar Casinos, Inc. "PokerPro is a revolutionary technology, and we are excited to bring this innovative offering into our properties."

    "Signing a corporate agreement with Ameristar is a significant event for PokerTek," said Chris Halligan, CEO of PokerTek. "We value their industry leadership, and look forward to introducing our technology to their players. Council Bluffs is an ideal property for PokerPro, and we're happy to be their poker solution of choice."

    The Ameristar Council Bluffs riverboat casino consists of 38,500 square feet of gaming excitement. The casino has more than 1,500 of the latest and most popular slot and video poker machines and all of the most popular casino table games with a variety of table limits. The Four Diamond hotel overlooks the Missouri River, and consists of 160 luxury rooms.

    Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is an innovative, Las Vegas-based gaming entertainment company known for its distinctive, quality-conscious hotel casinos and value orientation. Publicly held since November 1993, the corporation owns and operates eight properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi.

    About PokerTek:

    PokerTek, Inc. , headquartered in Matthews, NC, develops and markets products for the casino and amusement industries. PokerTek developed PokerPro automated poker tables and related software applications to increase casino revenue, reduce expenses and attract new players into poker rooms by offering interactive poker that is fast, fun and mistake-free. Heads-Up Challenge is a two-player table that allows bars and restaurant patrons to compete head-to-head in various games for amusement purposes, increases earnings for game operators and provides patrons unique and challenging on- site entertainment. Both products are installed worldwide. For more information, please visit the company's website at: http://www.pokertek.com/, or contact Tracy Egan at 704.849.0860 x106.

    This press release contains 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, which are made in accordance with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements herein include, but are not limited to, the expected adoption of the PokerPro systems by casinos and other customers and the expected acceptance of the PokerPro systems by players. Our actual results may differ materially from those implied in these forward-looking statements as a result of many factors, including, but not limited to, overall industry environment, customer acceptance of our products, delay in the introduction of new products, further approvals of regulatory authorities, adverse court rulings, production and/or quality control problems, the denial, suspension or revocation of permits or licenses by regulatory or governmental authorities, termination or non-renewal of customer contracts, competitive pressures and general economic conditions, and our financial condition. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in more detail in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur, except as required by applicable laws, and you are urged to review and consider disclosures that we make in the reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission that discuss other factors germane to our business.

    Contact: Tracy Egan

    704.849.0860 x106

    PokerTek, Inc.

    CONTACT: Tracy Egan, of Pokertek, Inc., +1-704-849-0860 x106

    Web site: http://www.pokertek.com/




    Kinetic Energy Interceptor Team Completes Missile Defense Test of Enhanced Rocket Motor

    TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The Raytheon Company and Northrop Grumman Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) team fired a Stage 2 rocket motor featuring an enhanced nozzle and upgraded ballistics. The firing occurred at the Alliant Techsystems' test facility in Elkton, Md., Sept. 25.

    KEI is a land-based missile defense system featuring the Missile Defense Agency's newest rapid acceleration interceptor. Fully deployed, the mobile system will have the capability to destroy medium, intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missiles in their boost, ascent and midcourse phases of flight.

    "This test builds additional confidence in our booster design and demonstrates significant progress toward our first flight test in 2009," said Chuck Ross, Raytheon Missile Systems' vice president of KEI. "This firing paves the way for future tests in high-altitude environments."

    KEI features a compact, lightweight design that enables mobility and flexible deployment.

    Northrop Grumman is leading the team charged with developing and testing a KEI capability for the Missile Defense Agency. Raytheon leads the program's interceptor development work. Alliant Techsystems is Raytheon's principal subcontractor and is responsible for performing Stage 1 and Stage 2 rocket-motor development work.

    Orbital Sciences will integrate the booster and prepare range operations for the 2009 flight.

    Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

    Contact: John Patterson 520.794.4559 john_b_patterson@raytheon.com

    Raytheon Company

    Contact: John Patterson of Raytheon Company, +1-520-794-4559,
    john_b_patterson@raytheon.com

    Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/




    Tiverton, Rhode Island Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network ExpansionInvesting to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Voice, Multimedia and Internet Access

    TIVERTON, R.I., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Newport County, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site. The new site increases high-speed wireless data coverage and capacity along Route 138 and Fish Road in the northern part of Tiverton, Rhode Island, as well as the surrounding area.

    Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. Regionally the company has invested over $2.2 billion into its New England network, including over $100 million during the first six months of 2008. As a result of these investments, every Verizon Wireless cell site in New England provides wireless broadband connectivity.

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

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

    Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2008 as the company added 1.5 million net new customers and, for the fifteenth consecutive quarter, reported the lowest customer turnover (highest customer loyalty) rate in the wireless industry.

    The company's 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "can you hear me now" national advertising campaign. Nationally, these test men and women drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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 .

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Michael Murphy of Verizon Wireless, +1-781-932-1213,
    Michael.murphy@verizonwireless.com; David Thomson of Thomson Communications,
    +1-978-808-7700, David@thomsoncommunications.com, for Verizon Wireless

    Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia




    CCID Consulting Reviews China's Mobile Phone Channels in 2008H1

    BEIJING, Sept. 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- CCID Consulting, China's leading research, consulting and IT outsourcing service provider, and the first Chinese consulting firm listed in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Stock Exchange: HK08235), recently released its article on China's mobile phone channels in 2008H1.

    In 2008H1, China's mobile phone channel market kept its development trend in convergence and innovation. CCID Consulting's data shows that distribution agents, direct supply and carriers' customization are China's mobile phones three major sales channels. Affected by market demands and industrial market policy, mobile phone channel partners actively adapt to market changes. CCID Consulting considers that China's mobile phone channel market has the following four characteristics in 2008H1:

    Three Channel Modes Form Tripartite Confrontation, Retail Grows Rapidly

    In 2008H1, the sales volume of China's mobile phones reached 82.951 millions sets. Distribution, direct supply and carrier modes are the major sales modes. CCID Consulting's data shows that these three channels form a tripartite confrontation. Direct supply has the rapidest growth, up 0.6% year-on-year.

    Figure 1: Structure of China's Mobile Phone Channel Market in 2008H1 http://www.ccidconsulting.com/upload/13827.jpg Source: CCID Consulting, July 2008

    On the other hand, in various mobile phone retail modes, the retail chain has the rapidest development. In 2008H1, the share of retail chain shops reached 54.4%, up 17% year-on-year. Retail operation's brand and scale effect, modern logistics, information flow and business flow management ability bring low costs, high efficiency and consumers' high cognition so as to establish its major retailers' position. Mobile phone chain stores and appliance malls acquire large scale development through resource integration. Mobile phone manufacturers' channel modes' flat reform, especially direct supply's mass adoption, further strengthen mobile phone chain stores' and appliance stores' product line advantage and price advantages.

    Channels Have Obvious Flat Trends, Distributors Have Diversified Services

    Flat and diversified channels change the operation mode that distributors are manufacturers' single agents; distributors could play several roles in the channel market. Based on former foundation, distributors expand manufacturers' direct supply platform, FD platform and carrier platform. Compared with mobile phone distributors, products need to adopt diversified management modes so as to improve market penetration. According to their own characteristics and market changes, distributors need to adopt adaptive modes.

    In 2008, part of a distributors business expanded to downstream retail channels. Enterprises actively extended their own retail stores. Also, Guangzhou Postal Mobile continued to increase its retail scale through its subsidiary company CentreYou, with Shenzhen Telling Telecom increasing its brands' chain scale. Faced with new market demands, based on their strengths and channel advantages, distributors are actively participating in product management, price management, retailing, marketing and after-sales services. Channel partners are transforming to distributing comprehensive service providers.

    Chain Direct Supply Grows Rapidly, Market's Concentration Improves

    In 2008, based on their own sales network and with the market chain directly supplying retailers' penetration ability, their market share will gradually increase.

    Competition in the mobile phone market is heating up. There is also competition in retailers. Competition drives the acquisition and reorganization of retailers, which also drives enterprises to develop brand management so as to lead mobile phone channels to develop to centralization. Chain direct supply retail enterprises gradually centralize; some small-scale mobile phone retail stores will be gradually integrated. Chain direct supply retailers acquire large-scale development opportunities through resource convergence; mobile phone manufacturers strengthen cooperation with large- scale chain direct supply retailers. When retail stores such as GOME and SUNING cooperate with manufacturers, their stores' numbers will increase rapidly so as to speed up mobile phone retail's large-scale process.

    Chain direct supply retailers' large-scale development will sort out the terminal retail market's messy status. Channel resources' convergence and strategy adjustments becomes the key of channels' large-scale development. Retailers with strong brand advantages will acquire better upstream resources in the aspects of brand, management, logistics and capital.

    Carriers Have Great Potential, 3G Becomes Breakthrough Point

    Carriers mainly operate in the talking business era; the production and sale of mobile phones currently does little to attract carriers' attentions, and there is no economic interests to drive carriers to set foot in the mobile phones sales field. In recent years, in order to contest new users, detain old users, promote data services and 3G development, carriers actively developed customized services for mobile phones' and carriers are playing a more and more influential role in the industrial chain. With customized services' deepening, demands' increase and 3G licenses' released, carriers' whole network competition is inevitable.

    Because of the ambiguous 3G policy, carriers' modes' share in channels don't have obvious growth. With 3G market enlargement, carriers will present their services in terminal customized products. The carriers' position in channels will be improved. Carriers will improve their abilities in operations, management and R&D.

    About CCID Consulting

    CCID Consulting Co., Ltd. (hereinafter known as CCID Consulting), the first Chinese consulting firm listed in the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange (GEM) of Hong Kong (stock code: 8235.HK), is directly affiliated with China Center for Information Industry Development (hereinafter known as CCID Group). Headquartered in Beijing, CCID Consulting has so far set up branch offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Chengdu, with over 300 professional consultants after many years of development. The company's business scope has covered over 200 large and medium-sized cities in China.

    Based on major areas of competitiveness: industrial resources, information technology and data channels, CCID Consulting provides customers with public policy establishment, industry competitiveness upgrading, development strategy and planning, marketing strategy and research, HR management, IT programming and management. CCID Consulting's customers range from industrial users in electronics, telecommunications, energy, finance, automobile, to government departments at all levels and diversified industrial parks. CCID Consulting commits itself to becoming the No. 1 advisor for enterprise management, the No. 1 consultancy for government decisions and the No. 1 brand for informatization consulting.

    For more information, please contact: Cynthia Liu Coordinating Manager CCID Consulting Co., Ltd. Tel: +86-10-8855-9080 Email: liuyan@ccidconsulting.com

    CCID Consulting Co., Ltd.

    CONTACT: Cynthia Liu, Coordinating Manager of CCID Consulting Co., Ltd.,
    +86-10-8855-9080, or liuyan@ccidconsulting.com

    Web Site: http://www.ccidconsulting.com/upload/13827.jpg




    Compunetix Media Processor Achieves Level 3 Certification

    MONROEVILLE, Pa., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Compunetix, Inc. today announced that the industry leading CONTEX Summit(TM) media processor has passed the extensive Level 3 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Voice Certification Program assuring customers interoperability and consistent quality of service. The certification program is designed to enable software and product developers to bring innovative new IP voice services to market easier, faster, and more cost effectively, reducing configuration and engineering time. Compunetix Summit customers can now experience a plug and play scenario with Level 3's SIP-based VoIP services. The rigorous certification included tests against Level 3's standard SIP interface specification and insured interoperable solutions for next-generation networks, as well as today's advanced unified collaboration infrastructures.

    "Compunetix is dedicated to assisting Service Providers in the quest for business growth," stated Mr. Ben Krokosky, Director of Software Engineering at Compunetix. "Level 3 certification for the CONTEX Summit provides our VoIP customers additional assurance that our media processor has been rigorously tested against and interoperates with the emerging IMS and IP infrastructures for packet voice."

    The CONTEX Summit platform is IP-optimized without the need for gateways and boasts true hybrid capabilities while assuring the highest standards of voice quality in the industry. The Summit is a tightly integrated hardware and software solution delivering superior quality and performance over general purpose media server/application server deployments.

    About Level 3 Communications

    Level 3 Communications, Inc. , an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, connecting 180 markets in 18 countries. The company serves a broad range of wholesale, enterprise and content customers with a comprehensive suite of services including: Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice and voice over IP services, and content delivery and media distribution services. These services provide the building blocks to enable Level 3's customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications solutions. The company's Web address is http://www.level3.com/.

    Compunetix is the leading manufacturer of multipoint collaboration equipment and Web collaboration software in the world. With nearly 500,000 ports installed in more than 28 countries, the company has the industry's largest worldwide deployment of digital teleconferencing systems. Dedicated to customer-focused and innovative technology, Compunetix engineers and manufactures all aspects of its conferencing equipment, ensuring its customers that their media processors are the highest quality, most reliable and most flexible solutions available. For more information call Robert Haley at (800) 879-4266 or (412) 373-8110, or visit the newly redesigned Compunetix website at http://www.compunetix.com/.

    Compunetix, Inc.

    CONTACT: Robert Haley, 1-800-879-4266, +1-412-373-8110, Fax:
    +1-412-373-6990, csdmarketing@compunetix.com

    Web Site: http://www.compunetix.com/
    http://www.level3.com/




    China Digital TV Obtains Sales License from the Chinese Encryption Authority

    BEIJING, Sept. 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. , the leading provider of conditional access (CA) systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market, today announced that it has successfully obtained a sales license from the Chinese national encryption authority, the State Cryptography Administration (SCA).

    SCA is the Chinese government's administrative and enforcement body responsible for supervising all Commercial Encryption Product (CEP)-related activities. In March 2007, the SCA passed new regulations requiring all TV users in China to use only those encryption products certified by the SCA and only purchase these products from vendors that hold an encryption product sales license.

    China Digital TV is one of the few CA system providers in China that secured a sales license during the encryption regulation transition period. The sales license allows vendors to sell commercial cryptography products certified by SCA to their customers.

    "We are pleased to announce that we have obtained the SCA sales license," said Mr. Jianhua Zhu, China Digital TV's chief executive officer. "Our success in obtaining this license shows our deep understanding of the local regulatory environment and our ability to stay ahead of new guidelines in this rapidly developing market. It also reduces our forward-looking business risks and gives us a competitive edge that we expect will help us continue to attract new customers."

    Safe Harbor Statements

    This announcement contains 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. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions. These statements include, among other things, China Digital TV's anticipated repurchase of its ADSs. China Digital TV may repurchase all US$40 million of its ADSs, no ADSs, or any amount in between, depending on the trading price of its ADSs, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the share repurchase program, market conditions, determinations following the date of this announcement to use such funds for other purposes, or for other reasons. China Digital TV may also make forward- looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about China Digital TV's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections contained or implied in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding such risks and uncertainties is included in China Digital TV's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

    About China Digital TV

    Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of conditional access ("CA") systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts its CA-related business through its subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co. Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co. Ltd. and its value-added services business through its subsidiary, Beijing Novel- Super Media Investment Co. Ltd.

    For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn/ .

    For investor and media inquiries, please contact: In China: Eric Yuan China Digital TV Tel: +86-10-8279-0021 Email: ericyuan@novel-supertv.com Helen Plummer Ogilvy Financial, Beijing Tel: +86-10-8520-3090 Email: helen.plummer@ogilvy.com In the United States: Jessica Barist Cohen Ogilvy Financial, New York Tel: +1-646-460-9989 Email: jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com For media inquiries, please contact: Ceren Wende Ogilvy Financial, Beijing Tel: +86-10-8520-6514 Email: ceren.wende@ogilvy.com

    China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

    CONTACT: In China: Eric Yuan, China Digital TV, +86-10-8279-0021, or
    ericyuan@novel-supertv.com; or Helen Plummer, Ogilvy Financial, Beijing, +86-
    10-8520-3090, or helen.plummer@ogilvy.com; In the United States: Jessica
    Barist Cohen, Ogilvy Financial, New York, +1-646-460-9989, or
    jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com; For media inquiries: Ceren Wende, Ogilvy Financial,
    Beijing, +86-10-8520-6514, or ceren.wende@ogilvy.com

    Web site: http://ir.chinadtv.cn/




    China Digital TV Announces Appointment of New Independent Director

    BEIJING, Sept. 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. , the Company or China Digital TV, the leading provider of conditional access (CA) systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market, today announced the appointment of Dr. Songzuo Xiang as an independent member of its board of directors, effective September 25, 2008.

    Dr. Songzuo Xiang is editor-in-chief of Global Business & Finance magazine, a Chinese business publication sponsored by the Development Research Center of the State Council. Dr. Xiang is currently a director of Hurray! Solutions Ltd., a Chinese media company that is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market. Dr. Xiang was also the chairman of Hurray! Solutions Ltd. from 2000 to 2003. From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Xiang was deputy director of the Fund Planning Department at the Shenzhen branch office of the People's Bank of China. Dr. Xiang holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University in New York City, a doctorate degree and a master's degree in economics from Renmin University of China, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, also in China.

    With the appointment of Dr. Xiang to the board of directors, four out of the seven board members of the Company are independent directors. As a result, China Digital TV has met the New York Stock Exchange requirement that a majority of a listed company's board of directors are independent directors. Other members of China Digital TV's current board are Dr. Zengxiang Lu, co- founder and chairman, Mr. Jianhua Zhu, co-founder and chief executive officer, Mr. James Ho, Mr. Louis T. Hsieh, Mr. Gongquan Wang and Dr. Rui Lu.

    Safe Harbor Statements

    This announcement contains 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. Such forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

    These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "may," "should" and similar expressions. China Digital TV may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about China Digital TV's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections contained or implied in any forward-looking statement. Further information regarding such risks and uncertainties is included in China Digital TV's annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.

    About China Digital TV

    Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of conditional access ("CA") systems to China's rapidly growing digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts its CA-related business through its subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd. and its value-added services business through its subsidiary, Beijing Novel- Super Media Investment Co., Ltd.

    For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV's website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn/ .

    For investor and media inquiries, please contact: In China: Eric Yuan China Digital TV Tel: +86-10-8279-0021 Email: ericyuan@novel-supertv.com Helen Plummer Ogilvy Financial, Beijing Tel: +86-10-8520-3090 Email: helen.plummer@ogilvy.com In the United States: Jessica Barist Cohen Ogilvy Financial, New York Tel: +1-646-460-9989 Email: jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com For media inquiries, please contact: Ceren Wende Ogilvy Financial, Beijing Tel: +86-10-8520-6514 Email: ceren.wende@ogilvy.com

    China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

    CONTACT: In China: Eric Yuan, China Digital TV, +86-10-8279-0021, or
    ericyuan@novel-supertv.com; or Helen Plummer, Ogilvy Financial, Beijing,
    +86-10-8520-3090, or helen.plummer@ogilvy.com; In the United States: Jessica
    Barist Cohen, Ogilvy Financial, New York, +1-646-460-9989, or
    jessica.cohen@ogilvy.com; For media inquiries: Ceren Wende, Ogilvy Financial,
    Beijing, +86-10-8520-6514, or ceren.wende@ogilvy.com

    Web site: http://ir.chinadtv.cn/




    WABCO Expands Global Testing Capabilities; Opens New Vehicle Dynamics Area at Company's Test Track in Germany for Rapid Certification of Electronic Stability Control Systems

    BRUSSELS and HANOVER, Germany, September 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WABCO Holdings Inc. , one of the world's leading providers of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission automation systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles, yesterday opened the vehicle dynamics extension of its existing test track located in Jeversen, Germany.

    An investment of approximately EUR 3.2 million, WABCO's test track extension provides safe and efficient capabilities for dynamic and stability testing on trucks, truck/trailer combinations and buses at high speeds, offering optimum development conditions for the company's innovative stability control systems such as electronic braking systems (EBS), roll stability support (RSS) and electronic stability control (ESC).

    WABCO pioneered ESC for commercial vehicles in 2001 and has continued to drive ESC innovation ever since. Furthermore, the European Union will mandate ESC technology for new heavy class commercial vehicles starting in 2012, resulting in a sharp increase in the number of tests to be conducted at WABCO's proving ground in Germany, as ESC systems need to be adapted and certified for different ranges of commercial vehicle models.

    "Our test track extension in Germany enables a significantly accelerated process for development and certification of new stability control systems in partnership with our customers ahead of market introduction," said Kurt Lehmann, WABCO Vice President, Product Development. "Inaugurating this new facility further marks our technology leadership and strongly supports our growth as we continue to outpace the commercial vehicle industry."

    Welcoming industry and public sector guests at the inauguration ceremony, Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chief Executive Officer, cut the ribbon of the renamed "Erich Reinecke Test Track," honoring the memory of the company's late Vice President for Group Engineering, Erich Reinecke, who pioneered a multitude of electronic control systems for commercial vehicles during his 38 years at WABCO.

    "Ongoing vehicle testing throughout the product development process, from the first prototype to the start of series production, is indispensable for achieving excellent system quality," said Christian Wiehen, WABCO Chief Technology Officer. "In anticipation of regulatory requirements, our extended test facilities in Germany allow faster certification of new systems, as part of our worldwide partnership with customers to validate their leading-edge products while shortening their time to market."

    Industry's Only Supplier with Three Test Tracks

    WABCO is the only commercial vehicle industry supplier that operates three exclusive test tracks. Besides its facilities in Jeversen, Germany, WABCO has test tracks in Rovaniemi, Finland, at the Arctic Circle, since 1988, and in Chennai, India, opened in 2001. Consistent with WABCO's global approach to further improve road safety, the company's three proving grounds allow testing on a variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions, from subfreezing arctic temperatures to extreme heat.

    Facts about WABCO's "Erich Reinecke Test Track" in Jeversen, Germany: - Opened in 1995 - Located north of Hanover, nearby WABCO's center for manufacturing, research and development - Oval of 2,000 meters (1.24 miles) with two steep curves and two 550 meter (1,804 feet) long straight sections consisting of different road surfaces - Circle with an inside radius of 100 meters (328 feet) and a road width of 30 meters (98 feet) - Hill with gradients ranging from 3.5 percent to 12 percent - Dynamics area of 56,000 square meters (67,000 square yards) with diameter of 220 meters (722 feet) About WABCO

    WABCO Vehicle Control Systems is one of the world's leading providers of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission automation systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles. Customers include the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. Founded in the U.S. in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company, WABCO was acquired by American Standard in 1968 and spun off in 2007. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO employs more than 7,700 people in 31 countries worldwide. In 2007, WABCO's total sales were $2.4 billion. WABCO is a publicly traded company and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the stock symbol WBC. Website: http://www.wabco-auto.com/

    Media contact: Tobias Mueller, +49-69-7191-6834, tobias.mueller@klenkhoursch.de Investors and financial analysts contact: Mike Thompson, +32(2)663-9854, mike.thompson@wabco-auto.com Jason Campbell, +1-732-369-7477, jason.campbell@wabco-auto.com

    WABCO Holdings Inc.

    CONTACT: Media contact: Tobias Mueller, +49-69-7191-6834,
    tobias.mueller@klenkhoursch.de; Investors and financial analysts contact:
    Mike Thompson, +32-2-663-9854, mike.thompson@wabco-auto.com, Jason Campbell,
    +1-732-369-7477, jason.campbell@wabco-auto.com




    VendTek announces agreement with United Bank CardTSX Venture Exchange: VSI

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VendTek Systems Inc. (TSX-V: VSI) ("VendTek"), a leading provider of automated transaction systems software, is pleased to announce that it has signed a prepaid services marketing agreement with United Bank Card, one of the largest Independent Sales Organizations ("ISO") in the United States.

    United Bank Card, Inc. ("UBC") is a payment and transaction processor serving a wide range of businesses throughout the U.S. The company currently handles over 100,000 merchant locations and processes in excess of 9 billion dollars annually. Consistently recognized as an industry leader, they were nominated by The Green Sheet as "Best of the Best" in 2003 and were a three-time consecutive Inc. 500 honoree. UBC is also currently ranked by the Nilson Report as the 32nd largest payment processor in the United States.

    United Bank Card CEO Jared Isaacman states, "We feel that this partnership will be a perfect addition to the merchant services that we already offer. We are always striving to make improvements and additions to our offerings and we believe that prepaid services will allow us to reach a previously untapped market. We are looking forward to a long lasting, mutually beneficial relationship between UBC and VendTek."

    Doug Buchanan, President and CEO of VendTek, agrees, "We are very excited about working with United Bank Card. This partnership is part of our strategy in the United States which has already worked very well for us in Canada: to partner with entrepreneurial organizations which recognize the value of our software to their customers.

    Mr. Buchanan continued, "With the addition of United Bank Card, we have three ISOs and one license partner focusing exclusively on the United States. Our partners in the United States have a larger customer base than all of our partners in Canada. The fact that these large payment processors are interested in pre-paid products is a very encouraging sign for our industry. Their belief in our organization is a very positive sign for VendTek."

    About United Bank Card

    United Bank Card, Inc. (UBC) is one of the largest, most reputable and fastest growing payment processors in the country. UBC currently handles the merchant accounts for over 100,000 locations and processes in excess of 9 billion dollars annually. United Bank Card is a three-time consecutive Inc. 500 honoree and among the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. United Bank Card assists independent sales offices around the country in building profitable merchant portfolios. For additional information about United Bank Card, visit http://www.unitedbankcard.com/.

    About VendTek

    VendTek develops and licenses automated transaction system software and supporting technologies that improve the efficiency of product delivery, reduce costs to clients and offer superior safety measures. VendTek's customers and its division, Now Prepay Corp. and its subsidiaries are using e-Fresh(TM) software to build electronic, prepaid services networks, which enable consumers to purchase prepaid services via POS and self-serve terminals connected to a central e-Fresh(TM) server. This system creates significant value through improved efficiencies compared to the traditional distribution paradigm. e-Fresh(TM) reduces shrinkage and inventory requirements while improving consumer access to prepaid services by completely eliminating physical cards and vouchers. For further information please visit the Company's websites http://www.vendteksys.com/ and http://www.nowprepay.com/.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept

    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    VendTek Systems Inc.

    CONTACT: Samantha Haynes at (604) 805-4653 or 1-800-806-4958 or
    shaynes@vendteksys.com.

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