Companies news of 2009-06-01 (page 1)

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    LDK Solar to Present at the UBS Global Technology and Services Conference

    XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar") , a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, today announced that members of its management team will present at the following conference:

    Event: UBS Global Technology and Services Conference Date: June 9, 2009 Time: 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time Location: The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York, New York

    A live and recorded webcast of LDK Solar's presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.ldksolar.com/.

    About LDK Solar

    LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells multicrystalline wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cell and module manufacturers. LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.

    LDK Solar Co., Ltd.

    CONTACT: Lisa Laukkanen of The Blueshirt Group, +1-415-217-4967,
    lisa@blueshirtgroup.com, for LDK Solar; or Jack Lai, Executive VP and CFO of
    LDK Solar Co., Ltd., +1-408-245-8801, IR@ldksolar.com

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




    Eileen McPartland Joins Allscripts as Chief Operating OfficerFormer Oracle, SAP and Misys executive brings extensive software technology operations experience

    CHICAGO, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that Eileen McPartland has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. McPartland brings to the position extensive operational experience from senior leadership roles within some of the world's best-known technology software and services companies.

    Ms. McPartland was most recently Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services for Misys plc (FTSE: MSY.L), the global applications software and services company, where she was responsible for directing all customer-facing activities and over 2,500 people. She played a key role in delivering the Misys turnaround, implementing world-class processes and driving the transformation that helped to return Misys to a growth company.

    "We are very excited that Eileen is joining Allscripts, building on our solid performance during the past year," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "Her exemplary leadership, focus on operational excellence, and broad knowledge of the healthcare industry and of Allscripts will help ensure that we continue to deliver world-class client service while preparing to meet what we expect will be significant growth in demand for electronic health record solutions in the next few years."

    Prior to joining Misys in January 2007, Ms. McPartland was Senior Vice President, North America Consulting, at Oracle. In that position, she held responsibility for Oracle's application, technology and Indian offshore consulting practices. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. McPartland held the position of Executive Vice President at SAP America, where she helped grow revenues from $100 million to over $1 billion.

    Ms. McPartland joins Allscripts at a time when demand for the company's solutions and services is likely to significantly increase in response to a new federal "economic stimulus" package that provides a maximum of between $44,000 and $64,000 in incentives for physicians to adopt and use Electronic Health Records. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides for the incentives over five years, beginning in fiscal 2011, for physicians who demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR system.

    "I am excited to join the senior leadership team of Allscripts, the clear leader in healthcare information technology and the company best placed to help physicians benefit from the federal stimulus package by connecting their practices with our broad suite of industry leading solutions," said Ms. McPartland. "I'm excited to put my experience to work helping the Company and our clients maximize the value of our solutions while taking full advantage of the Stimulus dollars available."

    Ms. McPartland will assume the duties of Chief Operating Officer from Lee Shapiro, who will continue in his role as President. Mr. Shapiro, who has been President of Allscripts since 2000, has held the interim COO position since October 2008. Mr. Shapiro will continue leading the company's strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business development, emerging businesses and strategic partnerships.

    "I am looking forward to partnering with Eileen on the significant business opportunities in front of Allscripts," said Mr. Shapiro.

    Ms. McPartland and Mr. Shapiro will both report directly to Mr. Tullman. About Allscripts

    Allscripts uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000 post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, medication services, hospital care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com/.

    This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events, developments, the Company's future performance, as well as management's expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are outlined below. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: the volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles and the installation process; the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; undetected errors or similar problems in our software products; compliance with existing laws, regulations and industry initiatives and future changes in laws or regulations in the healthcare industry; possible regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the possibility of product-related liabilities; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions, manage our growth and integrate acquisitions; the ability to recognize the benefits of the merger with Misys Healthcare Systems, LLC ("MHS"); the integration of MHS with the Company and the possible disruption of current plans and operations as a result thereof; maintaining our intellectual property rights and litigation involving intellectual property rights; risks related to third-party suppliers; our ability to obtain, use or successfully integrate third-party licensed technology; breach of our security by third parties; and the risk factors detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K available through the Web site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov/. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    Allscripts

    CONTACT: Dan Michelson, Chief Marketing Officer, +1-312-506-1217,
    dan.michelson@allscripts.com, or Todd Stein, Senior Manager/Public Relations,
    +1-312-506-1216, todd.stein@allscripts.com, both of Allscripts

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




    Navarre Corporation Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009Company to host conference call on June 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. ET

    MINNEAPOLIS, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Navarre Corporation , a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, today reported fiscal year 2009 fourth quarter and fiscal year-end results.

    Cary Deacon, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The Quarter's results were very positive relative to the unprecedented market conditions. We are well positioned to benefit as the economy recovers and we remain committed to efficiently serving our customers and investing in our business to build a stronger company for the future. We are optimistic and excited about our opportunities for this upcoming fiscal year."

    Financial Results Fiscal Year 2009 Fourth Quarter -- Net sales were $147.1 million, as compared to net sales of $160.2 million for the same period last year. -- Earnings from continuing operations, before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation expense, and impairment and other charges was $7.4 million; as compared to EBITDA from continuing operations of $5.7 million in the prior year's fourth quarter, an increase of 30%. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below) -- Operating income, prior to a non-cash goodwill impairment charge, was $5.4 million, as compared to operating income of $3.0 million in the prior year. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below) -- Net income from continuing operations was $3.2 million during the quarter or $0.09 per diluted share; as compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share in the prior year. Net income includes the impact of a $3.1 million pre-tax non-cash goodwill impairment charge recognized during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. -- Debt, net of cash, on March 31, 2009 was $24.1 million; as compared to debt, net of cash, of $36.6 million on March 31, 2008. Financial Results Fiscal Year 2009 -- Net sales were $631.0 million, as compared to net sales of $658.5 million for the 2008 fiscal year. -- Earnings from continuing operations, before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation expense, and impairment and other charges was $22.7 million; as compared to EBITDA from continuing operations of $28.9 million for fiscal year 2008. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below) -- Net loss from continuing operations was $88.4 million, or a net loss of $2.44 per diluted share; as compared to net income from continuing operations during fiscal year 2008 of approximately $7.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. This net loss includes the impact of impairment and other pre-tax charges of $111.1 million during the 2009 fiscal year.

    Reid Porter, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Expense control was excellent during the quarter as operating expenses, prior to a goodwill impairment charge, were $4.4 million lower than the previous year's quarter - a 21% decrease. We look forward to seeing the continued benefit of these expense initiatives as we move through our fiscal year and into periods in which we have traditionally seen higher seasonal sales volume."

    Porter continued, "Sales continued to be soft during the fourth quarter as the retail environment remained difficult, due in part to the bankruptcy of Circuit City. However, our sales shortfall compared to the prior year began to improve late in the quarter and this trend has continued into the April period."

    Goodwill Impairment Charge

    During the fourth quarter the publishing segment recognized a $3.1 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge, primarily resulting from the Company's sustained reduction to its market capitalization. The Company has no goodwill on its balance sheet following this non-cash impairment charge. The recognition of this impairment charge does not have any impact to the Company's compliance with the financial covenants in its credit agreement with its lender.

    Publishing Segment

    The publishing segment includes the results of the wholly-owned subsidiaries FUNimation Entertainment, Encore and BCI. For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009, the publishing segment had net sales, before inter-company eliminations, of $22.0 million, a decrease of 25.0%, as compared to net sales of $29.4 million in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. Net sales at BCI contributed only $400,000 to the publishing segment's net sales in the fourth quarter, as compared to $3.5 million during the same period of the prior year. Fiscal year 2009, net sales, before inter-company eliminations, in the publishing segment decreased by 12.4% to $102.8 million, as compared to net sales of $117.4 million for fiscal year 2008. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

    Operating income for the publishing segment, prior to the impact of the non-cash goodwill impairment charge, was $2.6 million, as compared to operating income of $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Included in operating income for the publishing segment was a $1.1 million operating loss in connection with the wind-down of the budget video business. The Company does not anticipate any significant additional wind-down costs to impact future periods. Net sales of anime products contributed substantially all operating income in the segment. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

    Distribution Segment

    The distribution segment includes the results of the wholly-owned subsidiary Navarre Distribution Services, which distributes PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. It should be noted that the Company has presented historical information related to the distribution segment without including the results of the independent music distribution business which was sold May 31, 2007, and is now reflected as discontinued operations.

    For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009, the distribution segment's net sales, before inter-company eliminations, decreased by 6.8% to $138.4 million, as compared to net sales of $148.5 million for the same period last year. For fiscal year 2009, the distribution segment achieved net sales, before inter-company eliminations, of $592.9 million, as compared to net sales of $611.0 million for fiscal year 2008, a decrease of 3.0%. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

    Operating income in the distribution segment was $2.7 million during the fourth quarter, as compared to $0.3 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Initiatives undertaken to improve margin and control expenses, in conjunction with efficiencies resulting from the Company's ERP implementation, provided enhanced profitability during the fourth quarter.

    Outlook

    Cary Deacon commented, "While the economy is still very unstable, we feel it would be in the best interest of our stakeholder's to provide guidance around management's view of FY 2010. We believe that sales will continue to be soft in this environment but we feel that gross margin and expense initiatives will help deliver the following results."

    The Company's guidance for fiscal year 2010 is as follows: -- Net sales are expected to range between $550 million and $600 million, with the shortfall from the prior year's results primarily occurring in the first two fiscal quarters, and due in part from the impact of the wind-down of BCI and the bankruptcy of Circuit City; -- EBITDA is anticipated to range between $20 million and $23 million; and -- Cash flow from operations is anticipated to be positive for fiscal year 2010 results. Conference Call

    The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, June 2, 2009, to discuss its fiscal year 2009 fourth quarter, and full 2009 fiscal year financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 510-0146, conference participant passcode "48106705", ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. In addition, this call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed in the "Investors" section of the Company's web site located at http://www.navarre.com/. Those wishing to access the call through the internet should go to the Company's web site fifteen minutes prior to the start time to register and download any necessary software needed to listen to the call. A replay of the conference call will be available at the Company's web site following the call's completion.

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

    In evaluating our financial performance and operating trends, management considers information concerning our net sales before inter-company eliminations, operating income before restructuring and other charges, EBITDA, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and share-based compensation expense, and impairment and other charges, are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States of America. The Company's management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because they provide supplemental information that facilitates comparisons to prior periods and for the evaluation of financial results. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its financial results, develop budgets and manage expenditures. The method the Company uses to produce non-GAAP results is not computed according to GAAP, is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies and should not be regarded as a replacement for corresponding GAAP measures. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these preliminary non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable preliminary GAAP results, which is attached to this release and can also be found on the Company's web site at http://www.navarre.com/.

    About Navarre Corporation

    Navarre(R) Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. Navarre licenses and publishes anime content through FUNimation Entertainment(R), and PC software through Encore(R). Navarre Distribution Services distributes this content, as well as the products of other major publishers and studios, to a broad spectrum of retail channels. Navarre was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in New Hope, Minnesota. Additional information can be found at http://www.navarre.com/.

    Safe Harbor

    The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors provided therein. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and the actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: difficult economic conditions that adversely affect the Company's customers and vendors; the Company's revenues being derived from a small group of customers; a pending investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or litigation arising out of this investigation may subject the Company to significant costs; the seasonal nature of the Company's business; the potential for the Company to incur significant additional costs and to experience operational and logistical difficulties in connection with its new ERP system; the Company's dependence on significant vendors; uncertain growth in the publishing segment; the Company's ability to meet significant working capital requirements related to distributing products; and the Company's ability to compete effectively in the highly competitive distribution and publishing industries. In addition to these, a detailed statement of risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in particular the Company's Form 10-K filings, as well as its other SEC filings and public disclosures.

    Investors and shareholders are urged to read this press release carefully. The Company can offer no assurances that any projections, assumptions or forecasts made or discussed in this press release will be met, and investors should understand the risks of investing solely due to such projections. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this report and the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

    Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of the public filings through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/ or at one of the SEC's other public reference rooms in Washington D.C., New York, New York or Chicago, Illinois. Please contact the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information with respect to the SEC's public reference rooms.

    NAVARRE CORPORATION Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 Net sales $147,090 $160,188 $630,991 $658,472 Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation 125,245 136,307 563,944 556,913 and amortization) Gross profit 21,845 23,881 67,047 101,559 Operating expenses: Selling and marketing 4,877 6,448 25,334 27,371 Distribution and warehousing 2,698 3,041 12,166 12,689 General and administrative 6,832 8,971 32,664 34,096 Bad debt expense (recovery) 100 (100) 300 (15) Depreciation and amortization 1,945 2,540 10,972 9,587 Goodwill and intangible impairment 3,108 - 82,729 - Total operating expenses 19,560 20,900 164,165 83,728 Income (loss) from operations 2,285 2,981 (97,118) 17,831 Other income (expense): Interest expense (1) (755) (1,270) (4,630) (6,127) Interest income 37 92 86 259 Other income (expense), net (168) (65) (1,255) 366 Income (loss) from continuing operations before tax 1,399 1,738 (102,917) 12,329 Income tax (expense) benefit 1,772 (819) 14,483 (5,273) Net income (loss) from continuing operations 3,171 919 (88,434) 7,056 Discontinued operations, net of tax: Gain on sale of discontinued operations - 178 - 4,892 Loss from discontinued operations - (411) - (2,290) Net income (loss) $3,171 $686 $(88,434) $9,658 Basic earnings (loss) per common share: Continuing operations $0.09 $0.03 $(2.44) $0.20 Discontinued operations $- $(0.01) $- $0.07 Net income (loss) $0.09 $0.02 $(2.44) $0.27 Diluted earnings (loss) per common share: Continuing operations $0.09 $0.03 $(2.44) $0.20 Discontinued operations $- $(0.01) $- $0.07 Net income (loss) $0.09 $0.02 $(2.44) $0.27 Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 36,237 36,167 36,207 36,105 Diluted 36,445 36,189 36,207 36,269 (1) Twelve months ended March 31, 2009 interest expense includes approximately $950,000 of a non-cash write-off of debt acquisition costs. NAVARRE CORPORATION Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet (In thousands) March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $- $4,445 Receivables, net 72,817 76,806 Inventories 26,732 32,654 Other 23,199 23,661 Total current assets 122,748 137,566 Property and equipment, net 15,957 17,181 Other assets 44,464 128,715 Total assets $183,169 $283,462 Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities: Note payable - line of credit $24,133 $31,314 Note payable - short-term - 150 Accounts payable 106,708 92,199 Other 14,040 18,257 Total current liabilities 144,881 141,920 Long-term liabilities: Note payable - long-term - 9,594 Other 1,281 7,537 Total liabilities 146,162 159,051 Shareholders' equity 37,007 124,411 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $183,169 $283,462 NAVARRE CORPORATION Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (In thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 Net cash provided by operating activities $25,295 $21,405 $16,469 $18,385 Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 1,050 (2,689) (334) (13,941) Net cash used in financing activities (26,477) (17,650) (20,580) (13,051) Net cash provided by (used in) continuing operations (132) 1,066 (4,445) (8,607) Net cash (used in) provided by discontinued operations - (869) - 12,086 Net increase (decrease) in cash (132) 197 (4,445) 3,479 Cash at beginning of period 132 4,248 4,445 966 Cash at end of period $- $4,445 $- $4,445 NAVARRE CORPORATION Supplemental Information (In thousands) (Unaudited) Reconciliation of Net Sales Before Inter-Company Eliminations to GAAP Net Sales and Business Segment Information Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 % 2008 % Net sales: Publishing $22,049 13.7% $29,403 16.5% Distribution 138,436 86.3% 148,505 83.5% Net sales before inter-company eliminations 160,485 177,908 Inter-company eliminations (13,395) (17,720) Net sales as reported $147,090 $160,188 Income (loss) from continuing operations: Publishing (1) $(460) $2,686 Distribution 2,745 295 Consolidated income from continuing operations $2,285 $2,981 (1) Three months ended March 31, 2009 includes approximately $3.1 million of goodwill impairment charges Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2009 % 2008 % Net sales: Publishing $102,828 14.8% $117,423 16.1% Distribution 592,893 85.2% 611,007 83.9% Net sales before inter-company eliminations 695,721 728,430 Inter-company eliminations (64,730) (69,958) Net sales as reported $630,991 $658,472 Income (loss) from continuing operations: Publishing (2) $(98,261) $12,693 Distribution (3) 1,143 5,138 Consolidated income (loss) from continuing operations $(97,118) $17,831 (2) Twelve months ended March 31, 2009 includes approximately $110.5 million of impairment and other pre-tax charges. (3) Twelve months ended March 31, 2009 includes approximately $591,000 of impairment and other pre-tax charges. Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations to EBITDA Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 Net income (loss) from continuing operations, as reported $3,171 $919 $(88,434) $7,056 Interest expense (income), net 718 1,178 4,544 5,868 Tax expense (benefit) (1,772) 819 (14,483) 5,273 Depreciation and amortization 1,945 2,540 8,943 9,587 Impairment and other charges 3,108 - 111,102 - Share-based compensation 246 246 1,033 1,072 EBITDA $7,416 $5,702 $22,705 $28,856 Reconciliation of Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations to Income (Loss) Before Impairment Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 Publishing Distribution Total Income (loss) from continuing operations: $(460) $2,745 $2,285 Impairment and other charges 3,108 - 3,108 Income (loss) from continuing operations before impairment: $2,648 $2,745 $5,393

    Navarre Corporation

    CONTACT: Navarre Investor Relations, +1-763-535-8333, ir@navarre.com

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




    Comcast Creates Digital Broadcast Transition Rapid Response TeamCompany Offers Same-Day Installs To Consumers Preparing For June 12 Digital Switch

    BOSTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With less than two weeks left until the federal government's June 12 deadline for broadcast TV stations to transition their signals to digital, Comcast today announced the creation of a "rapid response team" to perform same-day installations for New England consumers who still need a digital TV solution.

    Starting today through June 12, consumers who call Comcast weekdays by 12:00 p.m. can get their cable TV service installed by the newly created rapid response team the same day. For calls that come in after 12:00 p.m., installation will be scheduled for the next day. If contacted after 12:00 noon on Fridays, Comcast will provide installation by Monday.

    "We know that there are some consumers who have not yet found the right solution to continue watching their favorite broadcast TV channels after June 12," said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Greater Boston Region. "We want them to know that Comcast is one of their options, and that our rapid response team is standing by ready to make their transition as smooth, easy and affordable as possible."

    Comcast created the rapid response team to support consumers who may still need to take last-minute action to prepare for the digital broadcast transition on June 12. Television sets connected to Comcast or to other cable or satellite providers will not be affected by the digital transition. Newer TVs that rely on antennas but are already equipped with digital tuners also will not be affected.

    After the June 12 deadline, consumers with older analog television sets that still rely on antennas to receive signals from full-power broadcast TV stations will no longer be able to watch those stations. Potential options for these consumers include purchasing a new TV equipped with a digital tuner, obtaining a digital converter that will enable older analog TVs to receive digital broadcast signals or subscribing to Comcast cable or another cable or satellite TV service.

    Last fall, Comcast announced special service pricing and packages for consumers looking for a digital broadcast transition solution:

    -- Free Basic Cable service for a year if a consumer also signs up for Comcast Digital Voice or Comcast High-Speed Internet service; -- Basic Cable service for a year at the price of $10 per month as a standalone solution; and -- Current Comcast customers also can add Basic Cable to additional TVs at no additional monthly service fee.

    In most areas, Basic Cable offers about 20 channels, including broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision, PBS), shopping and local public television channels. Comcast Basic Cable does not require the purchase of any new equipment for cable-ready TVs, so consumers can continue to use their existing TVs and remote controls. Since no antenna is needed, choosing cable also eliminates the worry about potential reception problems associated with using an antenna following the transition.

    For more information on the digital broadcast transition, go to http://www.dtv2009.gov/. For more information on Comcast service and comparisons of Comcast's solutions to other digital-transition solutions, go to http://www.comcast.com/dtv.

    About Comcast Corporation

    Comcast Corporation (http://www.comcast.com/) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers and 6.8 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

    Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (http://www.comcast.net/). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

    Comcast Cable

    CONTACT: Marc Goodman, +1-617-562-4305, Marc_Goodman@cable.comcast.com,
    or Jim Hughes, +1-617-562-4340, Jim_Hughes@cable.comcast.com, both of Comcast

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




    Sono-Tek Announces Year End Results

    MILTON, N.Y., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sono-Tek Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SOTK) today announced sales of $6,409,000 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2009, compared to sales of $5,699,000 for the previous fiscal year, an increase of $710,000, or 12%. Sales increased versus last year in spite of a decline in some of our markets, particularly the North American electronics segment. Shipments of circuit boards by our customers, to whom we provide spray fluxing equipment, was down by 35%, according to industry sources. These customers were seriously affected by the slowdown in the economy, particularly the housing market. We were able to offset the decline in our electronics sales by adding new products to serve additional segments in the electronics industry, and also by product development in newer areas of our business such as clean energy (fuel cell and solar cell coating equipment), medical coaters, spray drying equipment, and glass line coating equipment.

    For the year ended February 28, 2009, we incurred a net loss of ($1,513,028) compared to net income of $11,205 for the previous fiscal year. The loss was a result of our decision to commit resources to diversify our business, and to persist with this important effort even during the recession. Approximately half of the reported loss was due to non-cash accounting items such as depreciation, stock based compensation, and the writeoff of a deferred tax asset, which can be reversed if the Company demonstrates future profitability.

    According to Dr. Christopher L. Coccio, Sono-Tek's Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing clear signs of growth in many of the new areas we have been pursuing, with large percentage increases in sales of ExactaCoats and FlexiCoats for fuel cell and solar cell coatings, a significant increase in sales of coaters for semiconductor applications, and increased sales of our ultrasonic spray dryers for pharmaceutical research and development applications. During the fiscal year ended February 28, 2009, we won a New York State contract to develop a machine to apply a nanostructered barrier material to biodegradable food packaging films. In addition, we placed a trial coating unit at a major food product company, which was converted into our first major food application sale just prior to this earnings release."

    He further indicated that "Late in the fiscal year we began to reduce program costs with the goal of bringing the business back to a profitable mode again. We have been reducing certain expenditures that were needed to fulfill the business development objectives, as we believe that the new products, technology developments, and increased marketing and sales coverage we established will continue to generate new business in the clean energy, medical, and food areas for us going forward. The combination of these sales with the cost reductions may lead the way to profitability later this year, particularly since a part of the US stimulus plan is aimed at increasing domestic capability in clean energy technologies which include both fuel and solar cells."

    For further information, contact Dr. Christopher L. Coccio, at 845-795-2020, or visit our website at http://www.sono-tek.com/

    Sono-Tek Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of liquid spray products based on its proprietary ultrasonic nozzle technology. Founded in 1975, the Company's products have long been recognized for their performance, quality, and reliability.

    This earnings release contains forward looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Sono-Tek Corporation that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These factors include, among other considerations, general economic and business conditions; political, regulatory, competitive and technological developments affecting the Company's operations or the demand for its products; timely development and market acceptance of new products; adequacy of financing; capacity additions; restoration of profitability and the ability to enforce patents. We refer you to documents that the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which includes Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs containing additional important information.

    Sono-Tek Corporation Selected Financial Data Fiscal Year Ended February 28, February 29, 2009 2008 Net Sales $6,408,796 $5,698,602 Net (Loss) Income ($1,513,028) $11,205 Basic (Loss) Earnings Per Share - ($.11) $0.00 Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Share - ($.11) $0.00 Weighted Average Shares - Basic 14,381,857 14,360,618 Weighted Average Shares - Diluted 14,381,857 14,394,010

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    Video: Xbox Unveils Entertainment Experiences That Put Everyone Center StageMicrosoft rewrites the rules on fun with controller-free entertainment, Facebook for your TV, plus instant on 1080p HD streaming video.

    LOS ANGELES, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The future of home entertainment has a new name: Xbox 360. Today, Microsoft Corp. opened the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a historic Xbox 360 briefing that rocked, tweeted, revved and awakened the world to a new era of fun and entertainment. In addition to premiering 10 exclusive new games, revolutionizing the way we watch TV, and making it easier than ever to connect to friends, Xbox also welcomed visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg to introduce "Project Natal" and controller-free gaming.

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    "Today with cultural visionaries at our side and controller-free gaming on our horizon, Xbox 360 authored a new page in home entertainment history," said Don Mattrick, senior vice president for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "For us, this E3 is about breaking down barriers -- between generations, between games and entertainment, and most important, between video game players and everyone else -- in a way that only Xbox 360 can."

    During its briefing, Microsoft showed why Xbox 360 continues to defy industry sales trends. First: A lineup of blockbuster games to ignite every passion, including "Forza Motorsport 3," "Alan Wake," "Halo 3: ODST" and "The Beatles: Rock Band." Next? A host of groundbreaking Xbox LIVE services, from instant on 1080p HD streaming movies and television to Facebook and Last.fm tailor-made for your TV. And rounding it all out, "Project Natal," a whole new way to play, no controller required.

    "Project Natal": No Strings (or Controllers) Attached

    Unveiled for the first time to the public was "Project Natal," pronounced "nuh-tall" and a code name for a revolutionary new way to play, no controller required. See a ball? Kick it, hit it, trap it or catch it. If you know how to move your hands, shake your hips or speak, you and your friends can jump into the fun. The only experience needed is life experience.

    Compatible with any Xbox 360 system, the "Project Natal" sensor is the world's first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device. Unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, "Project Natal" tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions and even a shift of emotion in your voice.

    In addition, unlike other devices, the "Project Natal" sensor is not light-dependent. It can recognize you just by looking at your face, and it doesn't just react to key words but understands what you're saying. Call a play in a football game, and players will actually respond. Want to log onto Xbox LIVE? Simply step in front of the sensor.

    "The next step in interactive entertainment is to make the controller disappear," said Steven Spielberg, visionary director and producer. "With 'Project Natal,' we'll see games that bring everyone together through technology that actually recognizes us."

    The Best of the Internet, Custom-Made for Your TV

    Groove, party or connect with a friend. Xbox LIVE, the world's largest social network on TV, today announced that Facebook and Last.fm would be tailor-made for your TV, only on Xbox 360. Microsoft also announced Xbox LIVE Party for movies, which allows movie experiences to be shared -- on the couch or across the country over Xbox LIVE in supported movies.

    "We are always asking ourselves how to make the TV more social," said John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, Software and Studios at Microsoft. "By bringing Facebook, Last.fm and Xbox LIVE Party for movies and TV shows to Xbox LIVE, we're not only extending the walls of your living room beyond your home to your friends in different corners of the world, we're creating the definitive social network, uniting more than 200 million people to share status updates, pictures, thoughts on music and the world's best online gaming experience."

    The addition of Facebook to Xbox LIVE means friends are always connected, anytime, anywhere -- from virtually any couch. But updating your status and sharing photos won't be the only things you can do. Using Facebook Connect, you can share your greatest moments in gaming by posting updates and screenshots from supported games directly to Facebook. Don't let your moment of glory fade away -- make sure everyone sees it with Facebook Connect, starting with the future version of the premier EA SPORTS golf franchise "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R)."

    A first for TV, Last.fm(1), part of the CBS Interactive Music Group, will give Xbox LIVE subscribers access to millions of songs streaming through Xbox 360 to the best speakers in the house. Xbox LIVE subscribers will be able to create their own free, personalized radio stations and listen to them with friends in the living room or across the country.

    Xbox 360 also solidified its place as one of the leading social entertainment networks by announcing Xbox LIVE Party for movies. Go to the cinema with your friends whether you are sitting on the same couch or in living rooms across the country. Starting this year, you can share a virtual theater, see your avatar (a virtual you) on the screen, all while you listen to each other laugh and cry at the movie through voice chat on Xbox LIVE. With movie parties, the only thing you can't share is the popcorn.

    1080p HD in an Instant

    Continuing a pioneering effort that began with the introduction of the industry's first video marketplace in November 2006 and broke new ground with the announcement of the first live TV straight from a gaming console last week in the U.K., Microsoft today announced that Xbox would deliver yet another first-to-the-world: instant on 1080p movies and TV with 5.1 surround sound -- direct to consoles connected to compatible HD TVs through the Xbox LIVE social entertainment network.

    Starting this fall, a broad selection of movies and TV shows from Zune video on Xbox 360 will be available to start and stream instantly, in the highest video quality and at the push of a button.(2) No discs, no waiting for downloads and no delays. Get the selection of a video megastore, the best video clarity available and the convenience of on-demand, only on Xbox 360.

    In addition, Microsoft announced it will more than double the number of markets where Xbox LIVE offers its TV shows and movies, growing from eight to 18, by adding Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Xbox LIVE members in these markets will have access to instant on 1080p video. New Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace advancements also came for the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, specifically:

    -- More choices with Netflix. Watch movies instantly streamed from Netflix.(3) Browse and add selections to your instant Queue -- right on your TV with your Xbox 360. Plus now with Xbox LIVE Party, you can watch and share supported movies with up to seven friends on Xbox LIVE. Debating between comedy and horror? Recommend your favorites to friends and see your virtual you as an avatar on the silver screen. -- Live TV with BSkyB Ltd. The Xbox LIVE commitment to providing the best global entertainment gains momentum with its newest partner, Sky. Now, for the first time, watch live or on-demand TV from Sky on Xbox 360, including Sky Sports. Never miss a moment of your favorite live TV shows, sports, movies and family-friendly entertainment across the U.K. and Ireland on Xbox LIVE. You can even share your favorites with up to seven friends in an Xbox LIVE Party. Games for Everyone

    Get behind the steering wheel of the sleek Audi R8. Rock out with your friends to the latest music and party games. Discover a new chapter set in the iconic universe of "Halo." Xbox 360 has the most celebrated, highly anticipated games and experiences in the industry. With more than 1,000 titles to date, there's more than just one for you.

    -- Get behind the wheel. Hit the straightaway in more than 400 cars on the world's most beautiful tracks in the definitive racing game for this console generation, "Forza Motorsport 3." Or get your avatar in the driver's seat as you tear up the track with your friends in "Joy Ride." -- Adrenaline-rushing exclusives. Xbox 360 is your top destination for the biggest exclusives this year and beyond, including "Halo 3: ODST," "Crackdown 2," "Alan Wake," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)" and "Left 4 Dead 2." -- Tap into your inner musician. Xbox 360 continues to be the preferred venue for the music games you love. Discover the magic of music and The Beatles with "The Beatles: Rock Band" or start a spontaneous singing party with "Lips: Number One Hits." -- The best blockbuster experiences. Third-party games play better on Xbox 360. Pairing must-have titles such as this year's blockbuster from Infinity Ward, "Modern Warfare 2" with Xbox LIVE, Xbox 360 offers more friends to play with and an exclusive collection of Game Add-ons. About Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 is a premier video game and entertainment system. It is home to the best and broadest games as well as the largest on-demand library of standard- and high-definition movies and TV shows connected to the television -- with music coming this fall. The digital center of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with the largest online social network of 20 million members on Xbox LIVE to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. With the addition of currently code-named "Project Natal," Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play -- no controller required. More information about "Project Natal" and Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/projectnatal and http://www.xbox.com/.

    About Xbox LIVE

    Xbox LIVE is the largest gaming and entertainment network and delivers more entertainment than any device connected to the television, including movies, TV, music and games. Xbox LIVE is also the only entertainment service to provide instant on 1080p streaming HD video from Zune video. With an active community of more than 20 million people across 26 countries, Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy the largest on-demand library and, coming soon, listen to millions of songs -- all while connecting to friends anytime. An Xbox LIVE Gold membership provides you with exclusive benefits and premium access to entertainment from the top studios and services, all in one place. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/live.

    About Microsoft

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

    1. Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required.

    2. Users will need a 1080p-compatible HD TV, an HDMI cable and broadband speeds greater than 8 Mbps for instant viewing at 1080p and 5.1 surround sound.

    3. Netflix is available in the U.S. only.

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    Xbox 360 Primes Every Passion With Games That Rock, Race and SizzleMicrosoft unveils 'Forza Motorsport 3,' 'Halo: Reach,' 'Crackdown 2,' 'Shadow Complex' and 'Alan Wake' on Xbox 360.

    LOS ANGELES, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rock out. Duck and cover. Shift into overdrive. On the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. today made it perfectly clear: No matter who you are or what games you crave, Xbox 360 is the only gaming and entertainment console for you.

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    At a time when, according to NPD Group Inc., nearly seven in 10 consumers plan to spend the same or more on video games compared with last year, Xbox 360 today unveiled a lineup that is sure to tip the scales in favor of more - more fun, more entertainment value and more games available only on Xbox 360.

    A "who's who" of hot games, the list of Xbox exclusives includes "Forza Motorsport 3," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)," "Left 4 Dead 2," "Alan Wake," "Shadow Complex," "Crackdown 2," blockbuster "Halo 3: ODST" and the surprise announce of "Halo" trilogy prequel "Halo: Reach." Sharing the stage were blockbusters Infinity Ward's "Modern Warfare 2" and "The Beatles: Rock Band."

    "We know that your fun and our success boil down to one thing: our ability to make games that are creative, diverse and entertaining. Period. And this year, we deliver in spades with the biggest and best lineup in our history," said Phil Spencer, general manager of the global Microsoft Game Studios business. "From the core first-person-shooter fans who've enjoyed Xbox since the first 'Halo' to new audiences who are discovering us today with genre-defining games like '1 vs 100,' we have something for everyone with our best and broadest lineup ever."

    Xbox 360 has the most celebrated, most played, most coveted and most E-rated games in the industry - and with 1,000-plus titles to date, there's more than one for you.

    Heart-Thumping Entertainment, Exclusively on Xbox 360

    Get behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10 in "Forza Motorsport 3," jump into the immersive movie-like action of "Alan Wake," and download "Shadow Complex," the newest Xbox LIVE Arcade game from the minds behind the blockbuster "Gears of War" franchise. Some of the most exciting games in 2009 and beyond are only on Xbox 360, including the following:

    -- "1 vs 100" (Microsoft Game Studios). Are you ready to win big? The "1 vs 100" U.S. and Canadian beta launches today, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. PDT. For the first time, "1 vs 100" on Xbox LIVE combines the best of TV gameshow experiences with social gaming to create the largest interactive game show in the world. Based on the hit TV game show of the same name, "1 vs 100 Live" is regularly scheduled and features a live studio host who provides comedic commentary throughout the show and fresh content from a team of trivia writers and experts. Players can play as "the one," "the mob" or "the crowd," for the chance to win real prizes. Check your local Xbox LIVE listings to join "1 vs 100 Live."(1) -- "Alan Wake" (Remedy/Microsoft Game Studios). "Alan Wake" is the all-new psychological action thriller from the renowned creators of the "Max Payne" franchise. Coming in spring 2010 and exclusive to Xbox 360, "Alan Wake" will immerse players in an intense cinematic thrill ride of dreams and reality, where light is the only ally. -- "Crackdown 2" (Ruffian Games/Microsoft Game Studios). The sequel to the award-winning "Crackdown," "Crackdown 2" is the premier open-ended action experience that lets you be judge, jury and executioner for a vast city. Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 in 2010, "Crackdown 2" will take multiplayer(2) gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City - by any means necessary. -- "Forza Motorsport 3" (Turn 10/Microsoft Game Studios). Launching this October, "Forza Motorsport 3" is the definitive racing game for everyone from hardcore tuners to anyone who's ever dreamed of driving at full-throttle. Backed by breathtaking HD graphics and bone-jarring physics, you'll take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. "Forza Motorsport 3" includes driving assists and adjustable skill levels to make the game a gripping pick-up-and-play experience for audiences of all ages and skill levels, while new customization and sharing tools will further fuel the imaginations of the thriving "Forza Motorsport" community on Xbox LIVE. -- "Gears of War 2: Dark Corners" (Epic Games Inc.). The "Gears of War 2: Dark Corners" Game Add-on includes seven brand new multiplayer maps and a new campaign chapter, "Road to Ruin." "Dark Corners" launches on Xbox LIVE Marketplace on July 28. The entertainment blockbuster of 2008, "Gears of War 2" has now surpassed 5 million copies sold worldwide. -- "Halo 3: ODST" (Bungie). Launching Sept. 22, "Halo 3: ODST" is a new game in the landmark "Halo" saga that lets players experience the events leading up to the epic story told in "Halo 3" through the eyes of a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). In addition to an all-new campaign, "ODST" includes three new "Halo 3" multiplayer maps and the complete, stand-alone "Halo 3" multiplayer experience.(2) The game also introduces Firefight, an exciting new cooperative multiplayer mode that pits up to four players against increasingly challenging waves of enemies. As a special bonus, "Halo 3: ODST" also includes an invitation to the "Halo: Reach" multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE. Also, launching on the same date with "Halo 3: ODST" is the "Halo 3: ODST Collector's Pack," which offers "Halo" fans a new and exclusive wireless controller and the game title in one package at a great price. -- "Joy Ride" (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios). Avatars, start your engines! Full of wild driving fun, "Joy Ride" will get your adrenaline pumping as you tear up the track with your friends, or jump, flip and trick your way through the Stunt Park as you work with the whole community to unlock rewards. "Joy Ride" is completely free to download and gives you all new ways to play, whether you're looking for a quick game or a deep, custom social experience, all on Xbox LIVE.(2) Design your dream car or purchase new tracks, game modes and avatar items. You can share the racetracks and game modes with your friends so no one is ever left out. -- "Left 4 Dead 2" (Valve). "Left 4 Dead 2" is the sequel to the best-selling and critically acclaimed cooperative multiplayer smash from Valve, creators of "Half-Life," "Portal," "Team Fortress" and "Counter-Strike." Introducing melee weapons and new enemies to the original's award-winning gameplay, "L4D2" casts players as one of four new "Survivors" battling zombie hordes as they travel from Savannah, Ga., through New Orleans' French Quarter. -- "Shadow Complex" (Epic Games Inc. and Chair Entertainment Group/Microsoft Game Studios). New from Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, "Shadow Complex" combines the best of old-school side-scroller design with modern, cutting-edge gameplay and incredible high-definition graphics. Collect power-ups, discover new abilities and evolve your character into a force of destruction as you explore an original story set in the world of Orson Scott Card's best-selling novel, "Empire." "Shadow Complex" marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the accessibility you love, exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE Arcade. -- "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)" (Ubisoft). Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 this fall, unleash the ferocious skills of renegade agent Sam Fisher and uncover a deadly terrorist plot in "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)." Completely reinvented and revolutionized, "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)" ushers in a new breed of action gameplay leaving players fully immersed in the life of the world's most dangerous spy. Take full advantage of the 20 million member Xbox LIVE community in this latest installment of the award-winning "Splinter Cell" franchise. Blockbusters Here, There, Everywhere on Xbox 360

    It's a simple truth: third-party games play better on Xbox 360. Why? Because only Xbox 360 can pair must-have titles like this year's blockbuster from Infinity Ward, "Modern Warfare 2"; "The Beatles: Rock Band"; and "Tony Hawk(R): RIDE(TM)" with Xbox LIVE, the world's largest social network on your TV. The result? As the world's largest online gaming network, Xbox LIVE gives you more friends to play with and its exclusive collection of Game Add-ons ensures the fun never ends. It leaves only one question: Why would you play these blockbusters anywhere else?

    -- "Final Fantasy(R) XIII" (Square Enix). The world-renowned "Final Fantasy" will continue making its home on Xbox 360 with the upcoming release of "Final Fantasy XIII," the eagerly anticipated title from Square Enix. "Final Fantasy XIII" uses the power and cutting-edge technology of Xbox 360 to deliver seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and in-game cinematics as gamers summon the courage to execute powerful attacks with an evolved Active Time Battle system and ultimately fulfill their destiny. Scheduled to be released only in North America and Europe. -- "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" (Konami Digital Entertainment). "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" is the highly anticipated debut of Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed "Metal Gear Solid" franchise on Xbox 360. "Metal Gear Solid: Rising" will star Raiden, one of the most popular characters in the "Metal Gear Solid" universe, in a new, thrilling adventure on Xbox 360. -- "Modern Warfare 2" (Infinity Ward/Activision). On Nov. 10, 2009, Infinity Ward will make its return with the release of "Modern Warfare 2" on Xbox 360, the most-anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time, "Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare(TM)." "Modern Warfare 2" continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. Xbox LIVE gamers will also be the first to get their hands on two "Modern Warfare 2" map packs coming first to Xbox 360. -- "The Beatles: Rock Band" (Harmonix/MTV Games). On 09.09.09, "The Beatles: Rock Band" will allow fans all over the world to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles' extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career. In addition, "The Beatles: Rock Band" offers Beatles fans the opportunity to rock out with new hardware replica controllers modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr throughout their careers. And, for the first time, players will be able to download music and make a change: Available only on Xbox 360, all Apple Corps, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds from downloads of "All You Need Is Love" will benefit Doctors Without Borders. -- "Tony Hawk: RIDE" (Activision). "Tony Hawk: RIDE" redefines the sports genre by offering a dynamic hands-free gaming experience featuring an innovative skateboard controller. Using full motion sensing technology, players physically control the action by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly translate into amazing tricks in the game. The skateboard controller provides an accessible and social gaming experience on Xbox 360 that allows players of all skill levels to battle for skateboard supremacy by challenging gamers worldwide over Xbox LIVE, the largest social gaming network. About Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 is a premier video game and entertainment system. It is home to the best and broadest games as well as the largest on-demand library of standard- and high-definition movies and TV shows connected to the television -- with music coming this fall. The digital center of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with the largest online social network of 20 million members on Xbox LIVE to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. With the addition of currently code-named "Project Natal," Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play -- no controller required. More information about "Project Natal" and Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/projectnatal and http://www.xbox.com/.

    About Xbox LIVE

    Xbox LIVE is the largest gaming and entertainment network and delivers more entertainment than any device connected to the television, including movies, TV, music and games. Xbox LIVE is also the only entertainment service to provide instant on 1080p streaming HD video from Zune video. With an active community of more than 20 million people across 26 countries, Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy the largest on-demand library and, coming soon, listen to millions of songs - all while connecting to friends anytime. An Xbox LIVE Gold membership provides you with exclusive benefits and premium access to entertainment from the top studios and services, all in one place. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/live.

    About Microsoft

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

    (1) Full details, including prize rules, are available at http://www.xbox.com/1vs100.

    (2) Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required for online multiplayer. "Halo Reach" beta will require a hard drive and Gold membership.

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    .BIZ One- and Two-Character Domain Names Approved by ICANN for Public AvailabilityBusinesses Now Able to Submit Proposals or Bid at Auction to Secure Unique Web Addresses, Says Registry Operator NeuStar

    STERLING, Va., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeuStar, Inc. , a provider of market-leading and innovative services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications, and enterprises around the world, announced today that it has received approval from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to make one- and two-character .BIZ domain names (such as http://www.i.biz/, http://www.my.biz/ and http://www.3.biz/) available to the public.

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    In a phased rollout, NeuStar will now make these highly desirable domain names available to the global business community through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, followed by an offering at auction of those domains not allocated to RFP respondents. Specifically, NeuStar will begin accepting RFP responses for the 36 one-character letters and numbers on June 1, 2009, with a response deadline of July 30, 2009. Once the one-character RFP round is concluded, NeuStar will proceed to an auction phase for those names and will begin accepting RFP responses for the two-character domains. Proceeds from the auction of the remaining one- and two-character domains will be used to further promote the .BIZ brand for the benefit of all .BIZ domain users.

    "The decision by ICANN to approve NeuStar's one- and two-character marketing effort within the .BIZ domain represents an important opportunity for the .BIZ registry to generate greater brand recognition in today's TLD marketplace, particularly among the global business community," said Tim Switzer, NeuStar's vice president of Registry Services. "Through the initial RFP round, we will identify the candidates who present plans that best exemplify innovation, creativity, brand recognition and financial commitment."

    "The hyper-competitive domain name sector is far from commoditized, with some bits of DNS real estate having far greater values than others," said Daniel Golding, vice president and research director at Tier1 Research. "It isn't very often that precious one- and two-letter domain names become available. Tier1 anticipates heavy demand among content providers, software-as-a-service vendors, entertainment and social networking companies, retailers, and numerous others."

    According to VML, one of the top digital marketing agencies in the United States, the new .BIZ domain names present a unique opportunity for businesses to build their brands and open new revenue streams online.

    "At VML, we increasingly employ innovative domain names as key ingredients for inspired digital marketing," said Jon Cook, president of VML. "Single and double-character .biz domains open entirely new avenues for our creative process and the digital programs we deliver for our clients, which include many of the top global brands."

    The 1,332 one-and two-character domain names in .BIZ were reserved for use when the .BIZ top-level domain (TLD) was launched in 2001. Today, the .BIZ TLD has grown to over two million names and remains focused on small and mid-sized businesses around the world. For more information on NeuStar's planned release of one- and two-character .BIZ domain names - including the list of domains, timing and the Request for Proposals - please visit http://www.neustarregistry.biz/announcements/announcement.

    About NeuStar

    NeuStar provides market-leading and innovative services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications, and enterprises around the world. For more information, visit http://www.neustar.biz/.

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    john.schneidawind@NeuStar.biz

    Web Site: http://www.neustar.biz/




    CSC Signs $99.5 Million Contract Extension With AMP

    FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- CSC today announced that leading Australian wealth management company AMP Limited has extended its relationship with CSC. The new six-year, $99.5 million (AUD$150 million) contract was awarded during CSC's fiscal 2009 fourth quarter. It extends the two companies' original engagement, which started in 1993, making it one of the longest running strategic information technology (IT) outsourcing relationships in Australia.

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    Under the new agreement, CSC will continue to provide AMP with fully outsourced managed infrastructure services for mainframe, midrange, network, desktop and service desk, as well as information and system security.

    "CSC and AMP have worked successfully together over the past 16 years, delivering programs that strengthen AMP's operating platform and improve business efficiencies," said Lee Barnett, AMP chief information officer. "Extending this contract enables CSC to provide AMP with services that further leverage operational efficiencies year on year."

    "We are pleased to announce this new extension with AMP," said Nick Wilkinson, president of CSC's operations in Australia. "Our long-standing relationship has set a benchmark not only for CSC but the outsourcing industry in Australia as a whole. Introducing solutions that achieve economic efficiencies is imperative in the current climate, and CSC has continued to deliver the results AMP needs to excel in such a competitive industry. Through our collaborative and trusted approach, we were able to offer a proposal that addressed AMP's requirements while providing flexibility to address future objectives."

    About AMP

    AMP is a leading wealth management company, providing financial advice and retirement savings and income, investment, insurance and banking solutions to more than 3.4 million customers. It is Australia's number one provider of superannuation, it has the largest financial planning network in the country, and it is one of the region's most significant investment managers. For further information on AMP, visit http://www.amp.com.au/.

    About CSC

    CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions & Services, Global Outsourcing Services and the North American Public Sector. CSC's advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.74 billion for the 12 months ended April 3, 2009. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.csc.com/.

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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com CSC

    CONTACT: Sheila Dhillon, Head of Corporate Affairs, CSC in Australia,
    +02.9034.2041, sdhillon@csc.com, or Janet Herin, Sr. Manager, Media Relations,
    +1-310-615-1693, jherin@csc.com, or Bryan Brady, Vice President, Investor
    Relations, +1-703-641-3000, investorrelations@csc.com

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




    PECO II Names Eugene Peden as Senior Vice President / Operations

    GALION, Ohio, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PECO II, Inc. , a full-service provider of engineering and installation on-site services and a manufacturer of communications power systems and equipment to the communications industry, announced today the promotion of Eugene Peden to Senior Vice President / Operations. Peden, who had served as Vice President of Operations since joining PECO II in January 2008, has spent his career in corporate operations positions in Ireland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    "During his tenure with PECO II, Eugene Peden has demonstrated the operational leadership that is fundamental to world-class performance," said John G. Heindel, Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. "His promotion reflects our tremendous confidence in his ability to take our operations team to new levels of success."

    Peden earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    About PECO II, Inc.

    PECO II, headquartered in Galion, Ohio, provides engineering and on-site installation services and designs, manufactures and markets communications power systems and power distribution equipment. As the largest independent full-service provider of telecommunications power systems, the Company provides total power quality and reliability solutions, and supports the power infrastructure needs of communications service providers in the local exchange, long-distance, wireless, broadband and Internet markets. Additional information about PECO II can be found at http://www.peco2.com/.

    PECO II, Inc.

    CONTACT: John G. Heindel, Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer,
    Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of PECO II, Inc., +1-419-468-7600

    Web Site: http://www.peco2.com/




    DocVelocity Announces Release of Version 2.0 With New Features and Enhancements

    TROY, Mich., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DocVelocity, a paperless processing service for mortgage bankers and brokers, today announced the release of DocVelocity 2.0. The new release includes numerous enhancements to make paperless processing easier and faster for users while providing tools for better compliance. DocVelocity is a wholly owned subsidiary of Flagstar Bancorp.

    "We've taken the feedback from our customers and other mortgage professionals and created a new version of DocVelocity that gives users a better paperless experience," said Andrew Schmitt, DocVelocity manager of operations. "We even redesigned docvelocity.com to make it easier to use and find information."

    Notable enhancements in version 2.0 include: -- Workflow alerts - Eight new optional alerts to keep mortgage originators on top of important changes to their loans. -- Better integration with loan origination software (LOS) - Each folder created in DocVelocity has its own unique URL for even easier access and sharing. Folder links can be placed in virtually any LOS for instant access to the corresponding folder in DocVelocity. -- Audit logs - DocVelocity 2.0 helps mortgage originators stay compliant by logging and recording all folder activity. Whether documents are deleted or added, statuses are changed, or folders are moved, it's all logged - even the contents of all transmissions.

    In developing DocVelocity and its 2.0 release, Flagstar Bank partnered with Capsilon Corporation, an innovative leader in Web-based paperless technologies.

    To learn more about DocVelocity, call (877) 362-8356 or visit http://www.docvelocity.com/.

    About DocVelocity and Flagstar Bancorp

    DocVelocity is the flagship product of Paperless Office Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Flagstar Bancorp . With $16.8 billion in total assets, Flagstar is the largest publicly held savings bank headquartered in the Midwest. At March 31, 2009, Flagstar operated 177 banking centers in Michigan, Indiana and Georgia and 61 home loan centers in 18 states. Flagstar Bank originates loans nationwide and is one of the leading originators of residential mortgage loans. For more information, please visit http://www.flagstar.com/.

    About Capsilon Corporation

    Capsilon Corporation, based in San Diego, Calif., is a leading provider of Web-based paperless technology solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.capsilon.com/.

    Flagstar Bank, Inc.

    CONTACT: Andrew Schmitt, Flagstar Bank, Inc., +1-248-312-2242

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




    IntercontinentalExchange Chief Technology Officer Named to InfoWorld CTO 25 for 2009

    ATLANTA, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IntercontinentalExchange, Inc(R) , a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets today announced that its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Edwin Marcial, was named to the InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards list for 2009. The awards feature was published on International Data Group's (IDG) InfoWorld website today.

    Said Galen Gruman, Executive Editor/News and Features, InfoWorld: "The diversity of challenges that a CTO faces was very evident in this year's InfoWorld CTO 25 entries. But what was common across the 25 CTOs we chose as the year's top CTOs was a combination of management savvy, technological insight, and the ability to lead a team to success even in difficult circumstances. This year's honorees reinvented untenable legacies, provided game-changing insight, and managed both their own teams and key organization stakeholders to make their businesses succeed through the use of technology. Our honorees did much more than implement technology well; they brought its use to a new level."

    Chuck Vice, ICE President and Chief Operating Officer, said: "As one of the founding members of the ICE team, Edwin has led the development and growth of the ICE platform, which is today one of the most sophisticated trading platforms globally. In addition to the launch of ICE Clear Europe in 2009, Edwin managed a range of other initiatives that continue to contribute to ICE's growth as a company."

    InfoWorld credited Marcial with guiding the development of and transition to ICE's new European clearing house, while simultaneously working on other projects including the continued build out of the core ICE derivates trading platform that operates all of ICE's exchange business to achieve industry-leading sub-3 millisecond transaction times for futures markets.

    About IntercontinentalExchange

    IntercontinentalExchange(R) operates leading regulated exchanges, trading platforms and clearing houses serving the global markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index markets. ICE Futures Europe(R) trades half of the world's crude and refined oil futures. ICE Futures U.S.(R) and ICE Futures Canada(R) list agricultural, currency and Russell Index markets. ICE offers trade execution and processing for the credit derivatives markets through Creditex and clearing through ICE TrustTM. A component of the Russell 1000(R) and S&P 500 indexes, ICE(R) serves customers in more than 50 countries and is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York, London, Chicago, Winnipeg, Calgary, Houston and Singapore. http://www.theice.com/

    About InfoWorld Media Group

    InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com/.

    About International Data Group

    International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG's media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

    Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com/.

    Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 - Statements in this press release regarding IntercontinentalExchange's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of additional risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see ICE's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors in ICE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 as filed with the SEC on February 11, 2009.

    IntercontinentalExchange, Inc

    CONTACT: Investor & Media, Kelly Loeffler, VP Investor Relations and
    Corporate Communications, +1-770-857-4726, kelly.loeffler@theice.com; or Sarah
    Stashak, Director, Investor & Public Relations, +1-770-857-0340,
    sarah.stashak@theice.com, both of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc

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




    Floridians Urged to Make Emergency Communications Plans for 2009 Hurricane Season

    TAMPA, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2009 Hurricane Season officially beginning today, June 1, Floridians are urged to prepare an emergency communications plan. Verizon Wireless, which makes intensive preparations to maintain strong network coverage during and after storms, offers these tips to help residents stay safe and in touch:

    -- Keep wireless phone batteries fully charged - in case local power is lost - well before warnings are issued. -- Have additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for back-up power. -- Keep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location. -- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers - police, fire, and rescue agencies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. - programmed into your phone. -- Distribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends. -- Forward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you will be away from your home or have to evacuate. If a storm already is on the way, Verizon Wireless suggests these tips: -- Limit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless networks for emergency agencies and operations. -- Send brief text messages rather than voice calls for the same reasons as above. -- Check weather/ news reports available on wireless phone applications when power is out.

    "We know proper planning and preparation is the key to staying safe and in touch during emergency situations, so we urge residents to take the necessary steps now," said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "And to ensure that our wireless services will perform for customers in any situation, Verizon Wireless teams have been working hard throughout the year to strengthen our wireless network."

    Verizon Wireless has continued the intensive investments and preparations that proved critical during and after past years' extraordinary storm seasons. In the aftermath of even the most devastating hurricanes, the Verizon Wireless network in Florida remained strong while many other wireless communication networks struggled to serve emergency response officials and residents reaching out to insurance providers, family, friends and co-workers.

    Additional highlights of the Verizon Wireless 2009 Hurricane Season preparation and network enhancement include:

    -- A comprehensive emergency response plan, including preparing emergency command centers across Florida in the case of a storm or other crisis. -- Verizon Wireless network technicians, who serve as the inspiration for the famous TV Test Man commercials, traveled nearly 50,000 miles across the state this past year in six vehicles ($250,000 each equipped with phones, wireless data devices and computers) to measure the quality of voice and data calls on Verizon Wireless and other carriers. -- The company has a fleet of dozens of Cells On Wheels (COWS), Cells ON Light Trucks (COLTS), and Generators On A Trailer (GOATS) that can be rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that need extra network capacity. -- Pre-arranging fuel delivery to mobile units and generators to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended period of time. -- Erecting during the past year nearly 90 new digital cell sites, of which about 85 percent have their own on-site generators and new expanded fuel tanks to extend their power-generating capacity. -- The completion of the Verizon Wireless 3G high-speed wireless network throughout the state, allowing customers to access advanced wireless services more reliably and at even faster broadband speeds. -- Updating and optimizing technology at regional network switching facilities throughout the state, as well as completing the first phase of construction of a high-tech $50 million switching facility in west Broward County. The new switch, which will be completed late this year, will reinforce wireless network capacity and help enhance services for customers throughout South Florida. All of the company's "super switches," which are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, are equipped with large-scale back-up power generation.

    These new technologies, facilities and network-strengthening efforts are part of an investment exceeding $1.8 billion in the state since the company was formed. Nationally, in that time period, Verizon Wireless has spent about $50 billion to enhance its digital wireless network.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Chuck Hamby, Verizon Wireless, +1-813-404-6029,
    Chuck.Hamby@VerizonWireless.com

    Web Site: http://verizonwireless.com/




    Supermicro Optimizes Full Line of AMD-based Server, Blade, and Workstations for New Six-Core Processors

    SAN JOSE, California, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    - New 2U Twin2 ("Twin Squared") with 48 Cores, 1U Twin and Quad Servers with 24 Cores Optimized for Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors

    Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI), a leader in application-optimized, high performance server solutions, today announced that its full range of A+ Server, SuperBlade(R) and workstation platforms have been fully optimized to support the new Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors (code-named Istanbul). This comprehensive line of solutions includes the new 2U Twin2 with four hot-swappable dual-processor computing nodes which supports up to 48 processing cores, as well as 1U Twin(TM) and quad-processor 1U servers which support up to 24 processing cores in a 1U form factor.

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    "Our six-core A+ solutions deliver great value to customers in all segments of the server, blade and workstation marketplace," said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. "With a comprehensive selection of high-quality Server Building Block Solutions(R) to choose from, Supermicro offers truly application-optimized platforms. The leading system-level power efficiency of our cutting-edge server designs enables us to offer earth-friendly solutions with exceptional performance-per-watt capabilities that empower customers to grow, adapt and scale as their business demands evolve."

    "With their continued support of AMD64 technology, Supermicro is supplying the channel with innovative, high-end solutions that deliver the cost and power efficiencies customers need most," said Patrick Patla, Vice President and General Manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD (NYSE: AMD). "AMD's industry-defining multi-core technology and Direct Connect Architecture enable superior overall system performance and efficiency, addressing the compute-intensive demands of the high-performance market."

    In addition to the many performance enhancements in Six-Core AMD Opteron processors, Supermicro offers Six-Core A+ solutions with the following high-performance design features:

    - 2U Twin2 designs: Provide four hot-plug DP nodes, up to 256GB memory, 12 hot-swap 3.5" drives, optional 20Gb/s InfiniBand and redundant power - 1U Twin designs: Provide two DP nodes, up to 128GB memory and optional InfiniBand - Universal I/O designs: Provide flexible I/O customization and investment protection - High memory capacity: 16 DIMM and 32 DIMM models with high capacity memory support to dramatically improve memory and virtualization performance - Dual Hyper-Transport(TM) technology link designs: Superior system bandwidth and performance - Hyper-Transport Extension connector design: Helps to enlarge product support scope with Hyper-Transport connection devices - High-efficiency VRMs: Save energy and reduce electricity costs - High-efficiency power supplies: Further increases overall system power savings - Up to 10 quad-processor (MP) or dual-processor (DP) Blades in a 7U enclosure: Industry-leading density and power efficiency with up to 240 processor cores and 640GB memory per 7U enclosure

    The full range of Six-Core Supermicro A+ solutions includes both DP and MP servers and workstations in 1U, 2U, 4U, tower, and blade form factors. For more detailed information on Supermicro's Istanbul solutions, please visit www.supermicro.com/Istanbul/.

    Supermicro Server Building Block Solutions(R) offer exceptional flexibility and feature advantages. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of server, workstation and blade solutions go to www.supermicro.com.

    About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

    Supermicro emphasizes superior product design and uncompromising quality control to produce industry-leading serverboards, chassis and server systems. These Server Building Block Solutions provide benefits across many environments, including data center deployment, high-performance computing, high-end workstations, storage networks and standalone server installations. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of advanced motherboards, servers, and optimized chassis, visit www.supermicro.com, email Marketing@supermicro.com or call the San Jose, CA headquarters at +1-408-503-8000.

    SMCI-F

    Supermicro, SuperBlade and Server Building Block Solutions are registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Super Micro Computer, Inc.

    Michael Kalodrich, MichaelK@supermicro.com / Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090601/AQ24915




    Energizer(R) Partners With XPAL PowerEnergi To Go(R) Rechargeable Power Packs provided by Energizer/XPAL to power wide range of consumer electronic devices from smart phones to laptops

    TAIPEI, Taiwan and ST. LOUIS, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Energizer Battery, Inc. and TennRich International Corporation/XPAL Power today announced that they will partner to develop a line of Energizer(R) Energi To Go(R) branded lithium polymer rechargeable power packs and emergency charger products and services for all types of mobile electronic devices. The rechargeable power packs are an extension of the existing Energizer Energi To Go line of instant cell phone chargers that use two Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium AA batteries.

    The portable electronic device category with continued exponential growth and handheld network devices will reach 100 million in the next few years. Devices like smart phones and netbooks are getting smaller, decreasing battery size and capacity while devices are increasing functions, like GPS and faster connectivity with more robust graphics. Battery capacity is being put to the test more and more as digital devices get smarter and faster.

    Through the partnership, XPAL will offer Energizer Energi To Go branded lithium polymer rechargeable power packs for use with a wide variety of mobile electronic devices including smart and cell phones, iPhone(R), MP3 players, GPS, digital cameras and camcorders, netbooks and laptops. Over 10 product SKUs will be made available and be shipped by July 2009. The product offerings include:

    -- Energizer(R) Energi To Go(R) XP line of portable power systems includes seven models designed to power up to three devices at once including cell and smart phones, MP3 players, GPS units, Bluetooth(R), portable DVDs, digital cameras and camcorder batteries, netbooks, and laptops. -- Energizer(R) Energi To Go(R) AP Charger for use with iPhone(R), two sleek new portable power cases made to give extra power even when used with the high-drain Apple(TM) iPhone(R) 3G, anytime, anywhere. Using moldable lithium polymer battery cells designed to mimic the shape and styling of the iPhone(R), these models give iPhone(R) users up to double the life. -- Energizer(R) Energi To Go(R) SP, a line of portable solar-driven power packs with models designed to be used with power up cell and smart phones, iPod(R) and MP3 players, GPS units, Bluetooth(R), and digital cameras.

    "Energizer, a global leader in batteries and battery technology for over 100 years, is the ideal partner for XPAL," said Christian Scheder, XPAL President. "Energizer invented the first AA and AAA lithium batteries, and leads market share in lithium and rechargeable batteries. We think their strong leadership and trusted brand is the right match for XPAL's new portable power solutions."

    In addition to the benefits of reusable rechargeable portable power, XPAL has developed several other benefits that will be included in the Energi To Go(R) Rechargeable Power Packs, including a TipFit Guarantee, a free "Tips for Life" service and a Tip Finder to find and provide tips for any device, an online diagnostic to check remaining charge cycles, and its products come pre-charged and ready to use out of the box - guaranteed to hold a charge for one year from born date.

    Energi To Go Rechargeable Power Packs also have multiple safety features, including patented "PowerSafe(TM)" Technology, as well as charge, temperature, and short circuit protection. They are ENERGY STAR certified with full charge auto shut off. Users can plug their Energi To Go power pack into an AC outlet and their device simultaneously to both charge the power pack as well as discharge power to the device at the same time. Additionally, the power pack reduces the number of and bulk of AC adapters and cords.

    "Partnering with XPAL enables a great extension of the Energizer(R) Energi To Go brand and build on our current Energi To Go offering," said Bob Kearns, Director New Business Development. "At Energizer, we are committed to delivering innovative solutions to power people's lives. In particular, XPAL's dedication to technology, innovation and quality made this a natural partnership."

    The line of products from Energizer and XPAL will be available through office supply, mass merchandise, online and other retailers. For more information, http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/, Energi To Go Facebook profile, or Twitter profile (@EnergiToGo). An online press kit is also available at http://www.tinyurl.com/EnergizerEnergiToGo.

    About Energizer

    Energizer Holdings, Inc. , http://www.energizer.com/, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of primary batteries, battery-powered devices and flashlights. Energizer, a global leader in the dynamic business of providing portable power geared toward the new digital age, offers a full portfolio of products including the Energizer(R) MAX(R) premium alkaline brand; Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium; Energizer(R) Advanced Lithium and Energizer(R) Rechargeable(R) batteries and chargers.

    The Energizer product line also includes specialty batteries for hearing aids and medical devices, health and fitness devices, as well as for keyless remote entry systems, watches and other uses. Through its flashlight and lighting products unit, Energizer helps bring consumer insight and innovation to these important household devices. Energizer continues its role as a technology leader for on-the-go lifestyles with its Energizer(R) Energi To Go(R) line of portable battery-driven power packs for cell phones and for use with iPod devices.

    About TennRich International Corporation/XPAL Power

    TennRich International Corp. was established in 1986, and started as a trading company, which dealt primarily with self-adhesive tapes and electronics applications. In the ensuing 22 years, TennRich was supported by a high level of technology, nurtured and developed under its company ideals of Pioneering Spirit and Creativity. Thanks to these advanced technologies, TennRich has been manufacturing and selling a variety of product lines including EMI/RFI conductive fabric/foil over foam gasket, Flexible Flat Cable, Thermal Interface Materials, Electronics Adhesive Tapes, Computer Label Stocks for 3C industries and eventually (in 2001) Portable Power Banks. In 1999 TennRich was awarded ISO9002 quality certification. For over 20 years, TennRich has served as a strong supplier and partner to many of the top brands in electronics worldwide and has distributed product and components in over 100 countries. TennRich has over 2000 employees and colleagues around the world.

    XPAL Power is based in California and is the sales and marketing arm and Brand Name (XPAL) for TennRich International Corp's line of lithium polymer portable power packs. XPAL Power products target a specific need - portable power for mobile electronic devices - and provide a convenient and compact source of power to charge or power any device, anywhere. XPAL Power owns numerous product and service patents, trademarks and offers over 15 products currently in its line up. XPAL Power provides award-winning design innovation and focuses on battery quality and safety first and foremost.

    For more information go to http://www.xpalpower.com/ For more information, contact: Ann Balsamo, Weber Shandwick, (314) 552-6723 abalsamo@webershandwick.com Jacqueline Burwitz, Energizer, (314) 985-2169 JacquelineE.Burwitz@energizer.com

    Energizer Battery, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jacqueline Burwitz of Energizer Battery, Inc., +1-314-985-2169,
    JacquelineE.Burwitz@energizer.com; or Ann Balsamo of Weber Shandwick,
    +1-314-552-6723, abalsamo@webershandwick.com, for Energizer Battery, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.energizer.com/
    http://www.xpalpower.com/




    Hagens Berman: Judge Orders Expedia to Pay Consumers $184 Million for Breach of ContractCase claimed Expedia profited through breach; Judgment largest for consumer class action in state history.

    SEATTLE, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A King County Superior Court judge ruled on May 28 that Expedia , the world's leading online travel booking site, pay $184 million for repeatedly breaching its contractual obligations to consumers by charging service fees under false pretenses in millions of hotel transactions.

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    The judgment is the largest in Washington state history for a consumer class action.

    Filed in 2005 by Steve Berman, managing partner of the Seattle law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro (HBSS) on behalf of Expedia customers, the suit claimed that the travel giant paid taxes based on the wholesale price, but collected taxes from consumers based the higher retail price, pocketing the difference.

    According to Andrew Volk, a partner at HBSS, the firm found that Expedia's scheme went further, involving the addition of a 'service fee' to each transaction, purporting to cover the company's expenses incurred in servicing a reservation.

    According to court documents, Expedia bundled the service-fee charges with taxes into a single line item, failing to disclose the separate amounts of each to consumers.

    "Because Expedia only remits taxes based on the wholesale price -- which it never disclosed to consumers -- the taxes appear higher to consumers than they actually are, and Expedia is able to mask the considerable size of its service fees," Volk added.

    In its Terms of Use agreement, which governs every hotel transaction, Expedia promised that it would collect service fees only to "cover the costs" of servicing a given hotel reservation. The Court found that Expedia breached that promise by collecting service fees as pure profit.

    Superior Court Judge Monica Benton ruled that Expedia collected a total of $184,470,452 in service fees, which she is ordering the company return to consumers who purchased hotel or travel packages including a hotel stay from Feb. 18, 2003 to Dec. 11, 2006.

    "In actuality, Expedia used the service fees to sweeten the deal for the company at the direct expense of the consumer," Berman noted. "They apparently thought no one would notice if they padded each transaction by a few dollars, money that went straight to profit."

    In the court's ruling, the judge includes an excerpt from an e-mail dated Dec. 2001 between employees at Expedia explaining the additional fees, "As a company, this will add between $2-3 million in our net profit (the bottom line) next quarter."

    "This case revolved on the issue of transparency and honesty," said Steve Berman, managing partner of HBSS. "Consumers deserve to know what they are paying for, and companies like Expedia have an obligation to be upfront."

    The complaint also claimed that Expedia intentionally designed its invoices and Web site to de-emphasize the service-fee charges, and to lead consumers to believe the service fees are associated with legitimate expenses incurred as the result of a particular reservation.

    "We are obviously very pleased with the ruling and are heartened that we were able to help millions of Expedia consumers through this action," Berman added. "This is the largest judgment in a consumer class action in Washington state history."

    In her seven-page summary judgment ruling, Judge Benton ruled that Expedia breached its contract with its customers.

    Expedia still must defend charges it violated Washington's Consumer Protection Act in a trial slated for July in Kent.

    "Our goal is to get the money in the hands of consumers as quickly as possible," Volk noted.

    More about this lawsuit and court documents are available at http://www.hbsslaw.com/expedia.

    About Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro is based in Seattle with offices in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and New York. Since the firm's founding in 1993, it has developed a nationally recognized practice in class action and complex litigation. Among recent successes, HBSS has negotiated a pending $300 million settlement as lead counsel in the DRAM memory antitrust litigation; a $340 million recovery on behalf of Enron employees which is awaiting distribution; a $150 million settlement involving charges of illegally inflated charges for the drug Lupron, and served as co-counsel on the Visa/Mastercard litigation which resulted in a $3 billion settlement, the largest anti-trust settlement to date. HBSS also served as counsel in a $850 million settlement in the Washington Public Power Supply litigation and represented Washington and 12 other states in lawsuits against the tobacco industry that resulted in the largest settlement in the history of litigation. For a complete listing of HBSS cases, visit http://www.hbsslaw.com/.

    CONTACTS: Steve Berman (206) 623-7292 Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro Steve@hbsslaw.com Mark Firmani (206) 443-9357 Firmani + Associates, Inc. Mark@firmani.com

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    CONTACT: Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, +1-206-623-7292,
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    +1-206-443-9357, Mark@firmani.com, for Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

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




    Microsoft Signs Agreement With Merck & Co. Inc. to Acquire Assets of Rosetta Biosoftware, Strengthening Position in Life Sciences IndustryMultifaceted agreement enhances Microsoft Amalga Life Sciences to accelerate basic research and drive personalized medicine.

    REDMOND, Wash., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed an agreement with Merck & Co. Inc. to acquire certain assets of Rosetta Biosoftware, a business unit of Rosetta Inpharmatics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc. The deal allows Microsoft to incorporate genetic, genomic, metabolomic and proteomics data management software into the Microsoft Amalga Life Sciences platform for enhanced translational research capabilities. In addition, Microsoft will establish a strategic relationship with Merck to enhance the Amalga Life Sciences platform to meet emerging pharmaceutical research needs.

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    Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will become a customer of the Microsoft Amalga Life Sciences 2009 platform and also will provide strategic input to Microsoft on the direction and evolution of new solutions incorporating Rosetta Biosoftware technologies. The software platform will help drive improvements in Merck's already advanced research capabilities.

    "This agreement establishes a stable and sustainable platform for the Rosetta Biosoftware technology. In addition, we look forward to collaborating with Microsoft to develop new bioinformatic solutions to enable and expedite drug discovery and development," said Rupert Vessey, vice president, Merck Research Laboratories. "This is part of our previously announced strategy designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our Basic Research operations to ensure long-term pipeline productivity."

    "We're excited to collaborate with Merck and augment the capabilities of Amalga Life Sciences with the complementary assets of Rosetta Biosoftware," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president, Health Solutions Group, Microsoft. "The newly combined offering will enable customers to improve the management and analysis of genomic, biological and research data, helping to bring lifesaving drugs and therapies to market faster and accelerate the realization of personalized medicine."

    Introduced in April 2009, Microsoft Amalga Life Sciences is a new software platform designed to transform health and life sciences research data into the critical knowledge needed for the discovery of new treatments. The platform helps organizations across the life sciences spectrum accelerate research and discovery efforts by automating the management and analysis of massive, heterogeneous research data. This gives scientists and researchers the opportunity to redesign, manage and control research processes to increase productivity, reduce errors and improve decision-making.

    The deal is expected to close at the end of June 2009, and the new Amalga Life Sciences platform incorporating Rosetta Biosoftware technologies is slated to be available in early 2010. Microsoft is pursuing hiring Rosetta Biosoftware employees who can fill roles that are critical to the effective incorporation of Rosetta Biosoftware technologies into the Amalga Life Sciences platform. Until the deal is closed, Rosetta Biosoftware will continue to operate as a business unit of Rosetta Inpharmatics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck.

    About Microsoft in Health

    Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 12 years Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health, with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers, and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and develops its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga and HealthVault. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to advance a vision of unifying health information and making it more readily available, ensuring the best quality of life and affordable care for everyone.

    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: Caitlin McCabe of Ruder Finn, +1-212-593-5812,
    mccabec@ruderfinn.com, for Microsoft Corp.

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




    Appro's Servers and Supercomputing Solutions to Support the New Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) ProcessorAdvanced Performance and Energy Efficiency for Multi-threaded Compute Intensive Applications

    MILPITAS, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Appro (http://www.appro.com/), a leading provider of supercomputing solutions, today announces the support of the new Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2000 and 8000 Series processors, codenamed "Istanbul," across all product lines.

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    Appro's dual and quad socket servers, Appro HyperGreen(TM) Cluster and Appro Xtreme-X(TM) Supercomputer, will now support Six-Core AMD Opteron processors, built on 45 nm process technology and featuring significant enhancements to AMD's industry-defining multi-core microprocessor technology. The new processors are expected to deliver up to 30% more performance compared to the previous generation in the same power and thermal envelopes,* helping offer customers a business advantage when it comes to managing power costs.

    Appro servers and supercomputing solutions based on the new AMD Opteron processors are expected to provide superior price/performance for a variety of compute intensive applications that require substantial workload optimization and floating-point capabilities.

    "Appro is proud to collaborate with AMD to offer Six-Core AMD Opteron processor-based server clusters and supercomputing solutions. The release of the new Six-Core AMD Opteron processor continues AMD's commitment to offering superior price/performance and performance-per-watt for multi-thread environments, while helping to improve customers' overall value," said John Lee, VP of Advanced Technology Solutions for Appro. "Working together, Appro and AMD provide the performance and energy efficiency to meet the demands of our High-Performance computing customers."

    "AMD and Appro have a long history of collaborating to provide leading-edge solutions that offer customers incredible levels of performance, reliability and flexibility," said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD . "The new Six-Core AMD Opteron processors offer a higher performing Integrated Memory Controller with increased HyperTransport(TM) 3 technology (HT3) bandwidth, and also feature the entire AMD-P suite of power saving technologies to deliver six-core performance in a quad-core footprint** for customers who are looking to get more computing power with less wattage."

    For more information about the Appro AMD Clusters and Supercomputing Solutions, go to http://www.appro.com/product/opteron_main.asp.

    About Appro

    Appro is a leading developer of supercomputing solutions. Appro is uniquely positioned to support High Performance Computing markets focusing on small to large-scale deployments where lowest total cost of ownership is a primary consideration. Appro accelerates technical applications and business results unlocking the value of IT through outstanding price/performance, balanced architecture, open standards and engineering expertise. Appro headquarters is in Milpitas, CA with offices in Korea and Houston, TX. To learn more go to http://www.appro.com/.

    * Internal testing at AMD performance labs as of 3/27/09 showed the following performance gains for Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 2435 ("Istanbul") over Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor Model 2384 ("Shanghai"): SPECint(R)_rate2006 (estimate) 42%; SPECfp(R)_rate2006 (estimate) 19%; virtualization 41%. Configuration for SPECint_rate2006 & SPECfp_rate 2006 estimates: Supermicro A+ Server 1021M-UR+B server, 32GB (8x4GB DDR2-800) memory, 300GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux(R) Enterprise Server 10 SP1 64-bit. Configuration for virtualization: Dell R805 server, 64GB memory (8x8GB DDR2-533), VMware(R) ESX 3.5 Update 3.

    SPEC, SPECint, and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

    ** Compared to Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors codenamed "Shanghai."

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    CONTACT: Maria McLaughlin of Appro International, Inc, +1-408-888-6661,
    mmclaughlin@appro.com

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




    Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison Come Together for World Premiere of The Beatles(TM): Rock Band(TM)Unique Experiential Journey Through The Beatles' Career to Feature Introduction of Three-Part Vocal Harmonies, 45 Songs On-Disc and Reveal of First Downloadable Album, Abbey Road"All You Need Is Love" To Be Released Exclusively as Downloadable Song Through Xbox LIVE on 9/9/09 with Charity Proceeds to Benefit Doctors Without Borders

    NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Original band members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, came together today to kick off the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit with the world premiere of The Beatles: Rock Band. The first-of-its-kind music-based video game offers a revolutionary tour of The Beatles' music, career, and legacy. Presented by Apple Corps, Ltd., and MTV Games' Harmonix Music Systems, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks , The Beatles: Rock Band will be released worldwide on 9/9/09, as will the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue.

    Unveiled at Microsoft's E3 press conference, the game represents the first time fans will be able to experience The Beatles' musical career for themselves. From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop, fans can follow in the band's footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania. Adding to the experience is the introduction of three-part vocal harmonies to game play, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of the Fab Four. Beatles fans will also be thrilled to hear previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago.

    Of The Beatles' epic catalogue, 45 songs will be available on-disc. Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project and Music Supervisor / Creative Producer for The Beatles: Rock Band, unveiled the first ten songs that will be available on the game-disc: "I Saw Her Standing There," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Feel Fine," "Taxman," "Day Tripper," Back In The USSR," "I Am The Walrus," "Octopus's Garden," "Here Comes The Sun," and "Get Back." Additional songs will be announced at a later date. Along with these 45 songs, the entire Abbey Road album will be available for future download purchase, as will additional music from The Beatles' catalogue.

    It was also announced today that "All You Need Is Love," will be released exclusively on Xbox 360(R)video game and entertainment system from Microsoft as a downloadable song for The Beatles: Rock Band through Xbox LIVE on September 9, 2009 with all Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds benefitting Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, personally selected the international emergency medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971 as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the sales of "All You Need Is Love" for The Beatles: Rock Band. Doctors Without Borders provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.

    The Beatles: Rock Band story mode will take fans on an interactive, experiential journey through The Beatles career. Along the way, venues, set lists, clothing and instruments will replicate the band's rise to fame, represented in The Beatles' touring period from 1963 to 1966 and their studio days from 1966 to 1969.

    The game begins during the band's earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Gamers will then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band's unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles' memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. The Beatles' studio years will come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles' genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters. The Beatles: Rock Band will be displayed during the 2009 E3 Media & Business Summit in the MTV Games booth in the South Hall # 2023.

    As previously announced, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a new set of hardware replicas representing the instruments made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Featured in the set are the Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars--hailed as two of the celebrated, signature instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison throughout their careers. Also included is a Hofner bass controller--a large-scale replica of the bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney. Rounding out the set is a Ringo Starr inspired, Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drum set with a classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head.

    The Beatles: Rock Band will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox(R)360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system from Sony, and the Wii(TM) home videogame console from Nintendo on September 9, 2009. The game will be compatible with all Rock Band(TM) instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero(R) and other third party music video game peripherals and microphone.

    The Beatles: Rock Band marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Harrisongs Ltd and Startling Music Ltd has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive video game format. The Beatles: Rock Band will be published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world's premier music video game company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band. Electronic Arts Inc. will serve as distribution partner for the game. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

    For more information on The Beatles: Rock Band, as well as art and video assets, please visit http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/press.

    To access b-roll footage, including: -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison -- 30 seconds The Beatles: Rock Band on-stage demo performance -- Alex Rigopulos CEO And Co-Founder of Harmonix Music Systems -- Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music Group -- Giles Martin, Music Supervisor and Creative Producer for The Beatles: Rock Band North American Satellite Coordinates Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 Times: 4:30 - 5:00 PM EDT & 7:00 - 7:30 PM EDT Satellite: Galaxy 3C at 95.0°W Transponder: C-04/ Analog 36 MHz. Downlink Freq.: 3780 MHz. Vertical Polarity Audio: 6.2/6.8 MHz. European Satellite Coordinates Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 Time: 20:30-21:00 GMT Satellite: Eutelsat W2-A @ 10.0 Degrees East Transponder: F-06 (Digital) 9 MHz. (Ku Band) Channel: "D" Downlink Freq.: 12,703.83 MHz. Vertical Polarity FEC: 3/4 Symbol Rate: 6.1113 Audio: Ch. 1 & Ch. 2 FTP Details Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 Time: 4:30 PM EDT URL: http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c99362/thebeatlesrockband.mov About Apple Corps. Ltd.

    Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to look after the group's own affairs. The London-based company has administered the catalogue of The Beatles releases of the 1960s that have sold to date more than 600 million records, tapes and CDs. Since the 1990s, Apple has piloted new Beatles projects that have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment and which have included The Beatles Anthology projects, the 28-million selling album The Beatles 1 and The Beatles LOVE show and CD. Further information on The Beatles' projects can be found at http://www.thebeatles.com/.

    About MTV Networks

    MTV Networks, a division of Viacom is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, LOGO, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, Addicting Games, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Aton, GameTrailers and Xfire.

    About MTV Games

    MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.

    About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

    Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of ground-breaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit: http://www.harmonixmusic.com/.

    About Electronic Arts Inc.

    Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EATM, EA SPORTS Freestyle(TM) and POGO(TM). In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is http://www.ea.com/. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com/.

    About Doctors Without Borders/Medecins San Frontieres (MSF)

    Doctors Without Borders delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to victims of armed conflict, medical catastrophe, natural disasters, malnutrition, and neglected disease. The organization brings quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation, and operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Doctors Without Borders was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. More information at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/.

    (C) 2009 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Harmonix, Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., an MTV Networks company. Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band are developed by Harmonix Music Systems, inc. MTV: Music Television, MTV Games and all related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS Freestyle and POGO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Guitar Hero is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Wii and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

    'Hofner ' and the design of the Hofner bass guitar are the trademarks of KARL HOFNER GmbH & Co. KG, Germany. All rights reserved.

    Ludwig is a registered trademark of Conn-Selmer, Inc.

    Rickenbacker, the Triangular Name Crescent Design, and logotypes are among the trademarks and service marks in the United States and other countries of Rickenbacker International Corporation.

    GRETSCH, BIGSBY, and DUO JET are the trademarks of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. and used herein under license. All rights reserved.

    The photo of The Beatles from "A Hard Day's Night" is part of the private collection of, and appears courtesy of, Mr. Bruce A. Karsh.

    MTV

    CONTACT: MTV Games / Harmonix - U.S. Media, Jeff Castaneda,
    +1-212-846-6774, jeff.castaneda@mtvstaff.com; or Mariana Agathoklis,
    +1-212-846-5755, mariana.agathoklis@mtvstaff.com; or For Apple Corps Ltd. -
    U.S. Media, Matt Hanks, +1-718-522-7171, mhanks@shorefire.com, or Brendan
    Gilmartin, +1-718-522-7171, bgilmartin@shorefire.com, both of Shore Fire
    Media; or For Apple Corps Ltd. - UK / International Media, Moira Bellas,
    0207-483-9213, moira@mbcpr.com, or Barbara Charone, 0207-483-9268,
    bc@mbcpr.com, both of MBC PR; or Doctors Without Borders/Medecins San
    Frontieres (MSF), Emily Linendoll, +1-212-763-5764, cell, +1-646-206-9387,
    emily.linendoll@newyork.msf.org

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




    Supermicro Optimizes Full Line of AMD-based Server, Blade, and Workstations for New Six-Core ProcessorsNew 2U Twin2 ("Twin Squared") with 48 Cores, 1U Twin and Quad Servers with 24 Cores Optimized for Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors

    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. , a leader in application-optimized, high performance server solutions, today announced that its full range of A+ Server, SuperBlade(R) and workstation platforms have been fully optimized to support the new Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors (code-named Istanbul). This comprehensive line of solutions includes the new 2U Twin2 with four hot-swappable dual-processor computing nodes which supports up to 48 processing cores, as well as 1U Twin(TM) and quad-processor 1U servers which support up to 24 processing cores in a 1U form factor.

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    "Our six-core A+ solutions deliver great value to customers in all segments of the server, blade and workstation marketplace," said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. "With a comprehensive selection of high-quality Server Building Block Solutions(R) to choose from, Supermicro offers truly application-optimized platforms. The leading system-level power efficiency of our cutting-edge server designs enables us to offer earth-friendly solutions with exceptional performance-per-watt capabilities that empower customers to grow, adapt and scale as their business demands evolve."

    "With their continued support of AMD64 technology, Supermicro is supplying the channel with innovative, high-end solutions that deliver the cost and power efficiencies customers need most," said Patrick Patla, Vice President and General Manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD . "AMD's industry-defining multi-core technology and Direct Connect Architecture enable superior overall system performance and efficiency, addressing the compute-intensive demands of the high-performance market."

    In addition to the many performance enhancements in Six-Core AMD Opteron processors, Supermicro offers Six-Core A+ solutions with the following high-performance design features:

    -- 2U Twin2 designs: Provide four hot-plug DP nodes, up to 256GB memory, 12 hot-swap 3.5" drives, optional 20Gb/s InfiniBand and redundant power -- 1U Twin designs: Provide two DP nodes, up to 128GB memory and optional InfiniBand -- Universal I/O designs: Provide flexible I/O customization and investment protection -- High memory capacity: 16 DIMM and 32 DIMM models with high capacity memory support to dramatically improve memory and virtualization performance -- Dual Hyper-Transport(TM) technology link designs: Superior system bandwidth and performance -- Hyper-Transport Extension connector design: Helps to enlarge product support scope with Hyper-Transport connection devices -- High-efficiency VRMs: Save energy and reduce electricity costs -- High-efficiency power supplies: Further increases overall system power savings -- Up to 10 quad-processor (MP) or dual-processor (DP) Blades in a 7U enclosure: Industry-leading density and power efficiency with up to 240 processor cores and 640GB memory per 7U enclosure

    The full range of Six-Core Supermicro A+ solutions includes both DP and MP servers and workstations in 1U, 2U, 4U, tower, and blade form factors. For more detailed information on Supermicro's Istanbul solutions, please visit http://www.supermicro.com/Istanbul/.

    Supermicro Server Building Block Solutions(R) offer exceptional flexibility and feature advantages. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of server, workstation and blade solutions go to http://www.supermicro.com/.

    About Super Micro Computer, Inc.

    Supermicro emphasizes superior product design and uncompromising quality control to produce industry-leading serverboards, chassis and server systems. These Server Building Block Solutions provide benefits across many environments, including data center deployment, high-performance computing, high-end workstations, storage networks and standalone server installations. For more information on Supermicro's complete line of advanced motherboards, servers, and optimized chassis, visit www.supermicro.com, email Marketing@supermicro.com or call the San Jose, CA headquarters at +1 408-503-8000.

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    Atmel Introduces Industry's First ARM Cortex-M3 Flash MCU With On-Chip High Speed USB Device-and-Transceiver

    SAN JOSE, California, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    - SAM3U is Code Portable from Atmel's Established ARM7- and ARM9-based MCU Families

    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the SAM3U, the industry's first ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 Flash microcontroller integrating high speed (480 Mbps) USB Device-and-Transceiver, 4-bit 192 Mbps SDIO/SDCard 2.0, 8-bit 384 Mbps MMC 4.3 Host and 48 Mpbs SPI interfaces on-chip. This connectivity, together with the SAM3U's 96 MHz/1.25 DMIPS/MHz operating frequency, makes the SAM3U the unique Cortex-M3 device suited to applications with intensive communications requirements, such high speed gateways in industrial, medical, data processing and consumer applications. The introduction of the SAM3U expands Atmel's 32-Bit MCU portfolio consisting of ARM and AVR32 products.

    To fully exploit the SAM3U's high speed communications peripherals, the device is built around a high data-bandwidth architecture with a 5-layer bus matrix, 23 DMA channels and distributed on-chip memory including up to 52k Bytes of SRAM split in three blocks and up to 256k Bytes of Flash in two banks. The dual bank Flash offers in-application programming (IAP) where one memory bank is written with a new version of the firmware while the processor executes from the other bank. A programmable boot feature enables switching between the two Flash banks at the next MCU reboot.

    Additional features include an 8-channel each 10- and 12-bit ADC, the latter with integrated Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA), differential and single ended input to remove external OpAmps and a one Msps sample rate, 4 UARTs, 5 SPI, 2 I2C, I2S, timers, PWM, 128-bit unique ID, and power and reset management. The External Bus Interface offers the choice between 8- and 16-bit data bus widths for extended memory or connection to external FPGAs and ASSPs. The SAM3U's supply voltage ranges from 1.62V to 3.6V, a feature not commonly found on Cortex-M3-based MCUs.

    Jacko Wilbrink, Atmel's Marketing Director for ARM-based Microcontrollers , commented, "Atmel was the first to adapt USB Full Speed in its ARM Flash MCUs as a de-facto standard peripheral and we are now driving the deployment of USB High Speed in the embedded space. USB Full Speed at 12 Mbps displaced the UART; USB High Speed at 480 Mbps has the potential to replace parallel wire interconnections, reducing cost, improving reliability and improving EMI characteristics."

    Power optimization - The SAM3U incorporates a sophisticated power management regime that minimizes power consumption under all conditions of use. The device can be put in Backup mode with the core and peripherals powered down, in which power consumption is only 2.5 uA. Wake-up from backup mode can be triggered by multiple sources and is accelerated via a high speed on-chip RC Oscillator reducing the average power consumption critical for battery operated systems.

    Code portability between SAM7 and SAM3 MCUs - The Cortex-M3 core has a completely new instruction set architecture, different from previous ARM cores. Migrating legacy ARM7 code to the Cortex-M3 requires a complete re-write of the assembler code. Atmel has taken steps to ensure maximum code portability between its ARM7-, ARM9- and Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers. Its SAM7, SAM9 and Cortex-M3-based SAM3 MCUs have identical hardware abstraction layers and a unified programming model, as well as common peripherals that provide near-recompile-and-go code portability between devices.

    Comprehensive support eco-system - Atmel's SAM3U flash MCU is supported by a rapidly growing number of development tools, real-time operating systems (RTOS), middleware products and technical support services from industry-leading third parties that include IAR(R), Keil(R), Micrium(R), and Segger(R). Atmel provides a software package with register descriptions and device drivers for all peripherals, along with project examples that ease the use of the microcontroller. The SAM3U Evaluation Kit is available for benchmarking and a quick start in application development.

    Availability and Pricing - The AT91SAM3U is available in Flash memory densities of 64k, 128k and 256k Bytes and ships in 100 and 144 pin 0.5mm pitch QFP and 0.8 mm pitch BGA packages. Samples are available now. Production volumes will be available in 4Q09, with prices starting at US$3.50 in quantities of 10k units.

    About Atmel

    Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

    (c) 2009 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel(R), Atmel logo and combinations thereof and others, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. ARM(R) and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of ARM Ltd. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

    Information:

    Atmel's AT91SAM product information may be retrieved at http://www.atmel.com/products/at91/default.asp

    Atmel Press Contacts: Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, Atmel Rousset Tel: +33-(0)4-42-53-61-50, Email: peter.bishop@atmel.com Helen Perlegos, Public Relations Tel: +1-408-487-2963, Email: helen.perlegos@atmel.com

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    Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, +33-(0)-4-42-53-61-50, peter.bishop@atmel.com, or Helen Perlegos, Public Relations, +1-408-487-2963, helen.perlegos@atmel.com, both of Atmel




    ASAT Holdings Limited Announces Additional Forbearance Period Through July 1, 2009

    HONG KONG and MILPITAS, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ASAT Holdings Limited (BULLETIN BOARD: ASTTY.OB) (the "Company"), a global provider of semiconductor package design, assembly and test services, today announced that it has received an Extension of Forbearance Period under the Forbearance Agreement with its Noteholders and lenders under the Purchase Money Loan Facility dated as of March 2, 2009. The extended duration of the forbearance agreement is for an additional period of 30 consecutive days, commencing on June 1, 2009 and expiring on July 1, 2009 ("Additional Forbearance Period"). The same terms and conditions of the original Forbearance Period will stay in effect for the Additional Forbearance Period.

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    Under terms of the forbearance agreements, the lenders agree to forbear from exercising their rights and remedies against the Company with respect to certain designated defaults until after July 1, 2009, subject to certain early termination events. For further details regarding the terms of the forbearance agreement, see ASAT Holdings' report on Form 6-K dated March 2, 2009 furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at http://www.sec.gov/.

    The Company requested the additional time as it continues discussions with its Noteholders and the lenders under the Purchase Money Loan Facility to finalize an appropriate capital structure to support ASAT's long-term business objectives.

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is advising ASAT. The Noteholders are being advised by O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

    About ASAT Holdings Limited

    ASAT Holdings Limited is a global provider of semiconductor package design, assembly and test services. With 20 years of experience, the Company offers a definitive selection of semiconductor packages and world-class manufacturing lines. ASAT's advanced package portfolio includes standard and high thermal performance ball grid arrays, leadless plastic chip carriers, thin array plastic packages, system-in-package and flip chip. ASAT was the first company to develop moisture sensitive level one capability on standard leaded products. Today, the Company has operations in the United States, Asia and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.asat.com/.

    Safe Harbor

    This news release contains statements and information that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements and information constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws including Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected revenues, liquidity and financial position, our manufacturing cost structure, our operational efficiencies, our relocation and reorganization costs, our customer retention, growth and expectations, our continuation as a going concern and our capital needs, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause the actual performance, financial condition or results of operations of ASAT Holdings Limited to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from those contained in these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including: whether the Company can remain a primary source of packaging and assembly services in the semiconductor industry and continue to stay at the leading edge of packaging technology; the ability of the Company and its shareholders, noteholders, and other lenders to agree to and effectively implement a debt restructuring plan that will materially improve its capital structure and financial flexibility, in a timely manner or at all; the risk that the Company may not be able to continue as a going concern if such a plan is not so implemented and that its operations may be materially adversely affected during or after its discussions with noteholders if, for example, its customers and/or suppliers determine that the Company presents credit or supply risks; the Company's ability to maintain and enhance its operational metrics on an ongoing basis; the risk that the Company will not be able to obtain adequate future funding for its operations and to service its outstanding debt obligations (including, without limitation, its payments obligations under its 9.25% Senior Notes), particularly in light of the current global economic downturn and credit crisis; the Company's dependence on the highly cyclical semiconductor market; acceptance and demand for the Company's products and services; and those risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors stated in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2008 and the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our current reports on Form 6-K filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission containing quarterly financial information. The forward-looking statements in this release reflect the current beliefs and expectations of the Company as of this date, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update these projections and forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this news release.

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    CONTACT: Jim Fanucchi of Summit IR Group Inc., +1-408-404-5400,
    ir@asat.com, for ASAT Holdings Limited

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




    Atmel Introduces Industry's First ARM Cortex-M3 Flash MCU With On-Chip High Speed USB Device-and-TransceiverSAM3U is Code Portable from Atmel's Established ARM7- and ARM9-based MCU Families

    SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation announced today the SAM3U, the industry's first ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 Flash microcontroller integrating high speed (480 Mbps) USB Device-and-Transceiver, 4-bit 192 Mbps SDIO/SDCard 2.0, 8-bit 384 Mbps MMC 4.3 Host and 48 Mpbs SPI interfaces on-chip. This connectivity, together with the SAM3U's 96 MHz/1.25 DMIPS/MHz operating frequency, makes the SAM3U the unique Cortex-M3 device suited to applications with intensive communications requirements, such high speed gateways in industrial, medical, data processing and consumer applications. The introduction of the SAM3U expands Atmel's 32-Bit MCU portfolio consisting of ARM and AVR32 products.

    To fully exploit the SAM3U's high speed communications peripherals, the device is built around a high data-bandwidth architecture with a 5-layer bus matrix, 23 DMA channels and distributed on-chip memory including up to 52k Bytes of SRAM split in three blocks and up to 256k Bytes of Flash in two banks. The dual bank Flash offers in-application programming (IAP) where one memory bank is written with a new version of the firmware while the processor executes from the other bank. A programmable boot feature enables switching between the two Flash banks at the next MCU reboot.

    Additional features include an 8-channel each 10- and 12-bit ADC, the latter with integrated Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA), differential and single ended input to remove external OpAmps and a one Msps sample rate, 4 UARTs, 5 SPI, 2 I2C, I2S, timers, PWM, 128-bit unique ID, and power and reset management. The External Bus Interface offers the choice between 8- and 16-bit data bus widths for extended memory or connection to external FPGAs and ASSPs. The SAM3U's supply voltage ranges from 1.62V to 3.6V, a feature not commonly found on Cortex-M3-based MCUs.

    Jacko Wilbrink, Atmel's Marketing Director for ARM-based Microcontrollers, commented, "Atmel was the first to adapt USB Full Speed in its ARM Flash MCUs as a de-facto standard peripheral and we are now driving the deployment of USB High Speed in the embedded space. USB Full Speed at 12 Mbps displaced the UART; USB High Speed at 480 Mbps has the potential to replace parallel wire interconnections, reducing cost, improving reliability and improving EMI characteristics."

    Power optimization - The SAM3U incorporates a sophisticated power management regime that minimizes power consumption under all conditions of use. The device can be put in Backup mode with the core and peripherals powered down, in which power consumption is only 2.5 uA. Wake-up from backup mode can be triggered by multiple sources and is accelerated via a high speed on-chip RC Oscillator reducing the average power consumption critical for battery operated systems.

    Code portability between SAM7 and SAM3 MCUs - The Cortex-M3 core has a completely new instruction set architecture, different from previous ARM cores. Migrating legacy ARM7 code to the Cortex-M3 requires a complete re-write of the assembler code. Atmel has taken steps to ensure maximum code portability between its ARM7-, ARM9- and Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers. Its SAM7, SAM9 and Cortex-M3-based SAM3 MCUs have identical hardware abstraction layers and a unified programming model, as well as common peripherals that provide near-recompile-and-go code portability between devices.

    Comprehensive support eco-system - Atmel's SAM3U flash MCU is supported by a rapidly growing number of development tools, real-time operating systems (RTOS), middleware products and technical support services from industry-leading third parties that include IAR(R), Keil(R), Micrium(R), and Segger(R). Atmel provides a software package with register descriptions and device drivers for all peripherals, along with project examples that ease the use of the microcontroller. The SAM3U Evaluation Kit is available for benchmarking and a quick start in application development.

    Availability and Pricing - The AT91SAM3U is available in Flash memory densities of 64k, 128k and 256k Bytes and ships in 100 and 144 pin 0.5mm pitch QFP and 0.8 mm pitch BGA packages. Samples are available now. Production volumes will be available in 4Q09, with prices starting at US$3.50 in quantities of 10k units.

    About Atmel

    Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

    (C) 2009 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel(R), Atmel logo and combinations thereof and others, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. ARM(R) and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of ARM Ltd. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

    Information:

    Atmel's AT91SAM product information may be retrieved at http://www.atmel.com/products/at91/default.asp

    Atmel Press Contacts: Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, Atmel Rousset Tel: (+33) (0)4 42 53 61 50, Email: peter.bishop@atmel.com Helen Perlegos, Public Relations Tel: (+1) 408 487-2963, Email: helen.perlegos@atmel.com

    Atmel Corporation

    CONTACT: Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, +33(0)4 42 53 61 50,
    peter.bishop@atmel.com, or Helen Perlegos, Public Relations, +1-408-487-2963,
    helen.perlegos@atmel.com, both of Atmel

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




    Level 3 Expands Operations in SeattleLevel 3 Increasing Presence in Seattle Area; Committed to Providing Competitive Alternative for Businesses

    SEATTLE, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc.'s Business Markets Group (BMG) today announced that it is expanding its operations in the Seattle area. This initiative is designed to provide a world-class customer experience for mid-market business customers throughout the area.

    "We understand that the national economy is struggling right now and many companies are curbing or halting expansion plans. But Seattle remains a thriving business community and we believe it is an ideal time to expand and take advantage of business opportunities," said Todd Holton, Level 3's Seattle general manager. "Level 3 has a rich legacy of serving enterprise customers with a complete range of products and services - now we are taking our services to the next level to better serve our customers in the Seattle area and provide a competitive alternative for mid-market businesses."

    This initiative will give mid-market businesses even greater access to Level 3's robust voice, Internet and data services. The company continues to expand its portfolio of service offerings for enterprises to include an array of technologies, such as Ethernet, a flexible, scalable technology that provides cost-effective, high-bandwidth access for businesses. Level 3's network reach and breadth of services coupled with a widely distributed sales force enables customers to Link Globally and Connect Locally.

    In addition to expanding its service portfolio, Level 3 will continue to expand its fiber-optic footprint, which already passes nearly 7,000 locations in the Seattle area.

    As part of this increased local focus, Level 3 is growing and realigning its workforce in Seattle to create more intimacy with customers and enhance the customer experience. As such, the company will be expanding its sales and customer support employees in the area.

    Level 3 will be hosting an Open House event in Seattle on June 3 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event or to register, please visit http://www.level3.com/golocal/seattle.

    About Level 3 Communications

    Level 3 Communications, Inc. is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit http://www.level3.com/.

    Level 3 Communications, Level 3, the red 3D brackets and the Level 3 Communications logo are registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service, product or company names recited herein are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

    Forward-Looking Statement

    Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company's ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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    CONTACT: Media, Vince Hancock, +1-720-888-2146, or Investors, Mark
    Stoutenberg, +1-720-888-2518, both of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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




    AT&T Shares 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series With American Cancer Society and Boys & Girls ClubCancer Survivors Honored and Local Youth Learn About Teamwork During the Games

    DALLAS, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The best of the best in college softball will soon take the field in Oklahoma City. The 2009 NCAA Division I Women's College World Series championship games run June 1 through June 3 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, and AT&T* and the NCAA will be sharing the games with the American Cancer Society and The Oklahoma City Boys & Girls Club.

    The opening game will be televised live June 1 on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern; and, thanks to AT&T and the NCAA, the ceremonial first pitch will also be thrown by a local cancer survivor. In support of the American Cancer Society's "Strike Out Cancer" initiative, AT&T and the NCAA are also recognizing 25 cancer survivors during the opening game.

    Extending the value of teamwork and perseverance to local teens, AT&T is also hosting 10 youth from a local Oklahoma City Boys & Girls Club at the championship games. Attending teens will enjoy the games and a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.

    "At AT&T, we work hard to connect fans with the sports and teams they love through our sponsorships," said Tim McGhee, executive director, AT&T corporate sponsorships. "In addition to celebrating some of our favorite hard-working teams, these games and events also provide great opportunities to share the value of teamwork and leadership with youth -- and to salute and celebrate local heroes. We're glad to extend these events to The Boys & Girls Club -- and the many cancer survivors who will be with us this week to help Strike Out Cancer."

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

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE(R) magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.

    (C) 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Amanda L. Ray, Office, +1-214-665-1359, Mobile,
    +1-214-538-2114, aray@attnews.us, for AT&T Inc.

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




    IBM Global Survey Shows Information Gap in 'Green,' Sustainability Strategies:Companies collecting data infrequently, not engaging customers and suppliers

    ARMONK, N.Y., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM's second annual global corporate social responsibility survey of senior business executives again shows significant gaps between their goals and their ability to attain them.

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    Nearly all of the 224 respondents said they remain committed to incorporating CSR principles into their business strategies -- despite the global recession -- to improve business performance, societal contribution and reputation.

    But the survey results (http://www.ibm.com/gbs/csrstudy) identified three specific problems:

    -- Companies aren't collecting and analyzing all the right information about CSR or aggregating it often enough. That means they can't implement real changes that would fundamentally increase efficiency, lower costs, reduce environmental impact and improve reputation with key stakeholders; -- Few are collecting enough CSR data from global supply chain partners -- missing a major opportunity to reduce inconsistency, inefficiency, waste and risk that can ripple through a global supply network; -- Most still don't understand the concerns of their key stakeholders, particularly customers, and are not actively engaging them. That means they're not capturing valuable insights that could improve their businesses and provide access to new opportunities.

    For example, only 19 percent are collecting data on CO2 emissions weekly or more frequently. The rest are collecting it no more than monthly, and most only quarterly -- ample perhaps for meeting government or stakeholder demands for information, but not nearly enough to make systemic changes that would reduce environmental impact.

    However, respondents who reported outperforming competitors are doing all those things better -- collecting and analyzing the right data frequently to make better decisions, incorporating CSR information from suppliers, and engaging with customers.

    "Our survey participants clearly understand that integrating CSR considerations into their business strategies is essential to their growth and performance," said Eric Riddleberger, IBM's business strategy consulting global leader, who heads up the company's corporate social responsibility consulting efforts. "But it's also pretty obvious many of them don't know what they need to know to actually make changes that would improve both business performance and societal impact."

    Companies are coming under increasing pressure from governments, advocacy groups, investors, prospective employees, and consumers to make their operations, products and services more socially responsible. This covers a range of topics, including environmental concerns, labor practices, product safety and traceability, and procurement practices. At the same time, they are under tremendous economic pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency wherever possible.

    Businesses that are successful in addressing CSR issues as part of their overall strategies will have a significant advantage attracting investors, talent and customers, developing new products and services, and gaining access to new markets and new opportunities. It also will help them improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, and meet regulatory requirements, which can allow them to qualify for incentives and avoid penalties.

    Key findings of the survey include: -- Eight-seven percent of executives responding to the survey say they are focusing CSR activities on improving efficiency, and 69 percent say they are using CSR to help create new revenue opportunities; -- Only 30 percent are collecting data frequently enough to make strategic decisions that address inefficiencies across eight major categories -- CO2, water, waste, energy, sustainable procurement, labor standards, product composition and product lifecycle. Twenty-four percent are collecting this information only monthly and 32 percent no more than quarterly; -- Twenty-nine percent aren't collecting any data at all from their supply chains. Eight in 10 aren't collecting supplier data for CO2 and water, and six in 10 aren't checking supplier data for labor standards. -- Sixty-five percent say they still don't understand their customers concerns about CSR issues. And 37 percent aren't conducting any research on the topic; -- Outperformers among the respondents rank consistently higher in collecting every type of CSR information frequently or in real-time across all major green and sustainability categories -- from CO2 emissions and water conservation to ethical labor standards and sustainable procurement. They also ranked higher in information collection from suppliers; -- Nearly twice as many of the outperformers said they understand customer concerns about CSR. They are also more proactive in collaborating with key stakeholders and twice as likely to rate open sharing of information among business partners and stakeholders of the highest importance in achieving their CSR objectives; -- Despite the current global recession, 60 percent said CSR is more important to their businesses now than it was a year ago, with only 6 percent saying it was less important.

    For a podcast and a video about IBM's global CSR survey, go to: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27512.wss

    For news video, go to The Newsmarket at: http://www.thenewsmarket.com/IBMCSRSurvey09

    To learn more about IBM's green and sustainability consulting offerings visit: http://www.ibm.com/gbs/sustainability

    Contact Information Jay Cadmus IBM Media Relations (o) 914-766-2326 (c) 203-948-2351 jcadmus@us.ibm.com http://twitter.com/jaycadmus

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    Environmental Tectonics Corporation's Common Stock Begins Trading on OTC Pink Sheets, Delists from NYSE AMEX LLC, New Ticker Symbol is ETCC

    SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation (Pink Sheets: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") today reported that, effective June 1, 2009, the Company's common stock began trading on the Pink Sheets on the Over-the-Counter Market under the symbol "ETCC".

    On May 30, 2009, the Company's common stock was delisted from trading on the NYSE AMEX LLC ("AMEX"). On May 20, 2009 the Company had filed a Form 25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and AMEX requesting the delisting of its common stock from AMEX. The Board of Directors' decision to voluntarily delist its common stock from AMEX resulted from a compliance issue related to certain terms and conditions as contained in the proposed issuance of Series E Preferred Stock to H.F. Lenfest ("Lenfest"), a significant shareholder and member of the Company's Board of Directors. ETC was not able to secure the Lenfest financing transaction on terms that would allow ETC to comply with the AMEX listing rules.

    The Company has applied to have its common stock traded on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board ("OTC-BB"). Given the light trading volume of its common stock, the Company believes that investors will be adequately served by trading on the OTC-BB. Additionally, to function as a market maker in the Company's stock, an independent broker-dealer has filed a Form 211 with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") which is currently under review.

    The Company has also applied for listing in Mergent Investor Relations Services (formerly Moody's). Listing in Merchant will allow our investors to access current information about the Company.

    The Company intends to continue to comply with its reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

    ETC was incorporated in 1969 in Pennsylvania and this year we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. Our core technologies include the design, manufacture and sale of Training Services (TSG) which includes (1) software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight; (2) high performance jet tactical flight simulation; (3) driving and disaster simulation systems, and Control Systems (CSG) which includes: (1) steam and gas sterilization; (2) testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry; (3) hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers. Product categories included in TSG are Aircrew Training Systems (ATS) and flight simulators, disaster management systems and entertainment applications. CSG includes sterilizers, environmental control devices and hyperbaric chambers along with parts and service support.

    This press release includes 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. These forward-looking statements are based on ETC's current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about ETC's and its subsidiaries that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

    These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Company's vision, mission, strategies, goals, beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates, intentions, financial condition, results of operations, future performance and business of the company, including but not limited to, (i) potential additional funding by H.F. Lenfest, a member of our Board of Directors and a significant shareholder and PNC Bank, (ii) the trading of the Company's common stock on the Over-the-Counter market (iii) projections of revenues, costs of materials, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, capital expenditures, growth prospects, dividends, capital structure, other financial items and the effects of currency fluctuations, (iv) statements of our plans and objectives of the Company or its management or Board of Directors, including the introduction of new products, or estimates or predictions of actions of customers, suppliers, competitors or regulatory authorities, (v) statements of future economic performance, (vi) statements of assumptions and other statements about the Company or its business, (vii) statements made about the possible outcomes of litigation involving the Company, (viii) statements regarding the Company's ability to obtain financing to support its operations and other expenses, and (ix) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words, "may," "could," "should," "looking forward," "would," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties which are subject to change based on various important factors. Some of these risks and uncertainties, in whole or in part, are beyond the Company's control. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a material difference include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10 K for the fiscal year ended February 27, 2009, in the section entitled "Risks Particular to Our Business." Shareholders are urged to review these risks carefully prior to making an investment in the Company's common stock.

    The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Except as required by federal securities law, the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

    Contact: Duane D. Deaner, CFO Tel: 215-355-9100 (ext. 1203) Fax: 215-357-4000 ETC - Internet Home Page: http://www.etcusa.com/

    Environmental Tectonics Corporation

    CONTACT: Duane D. Deaner, CFO of Environmental Tectonics Corporation,
    +1-215-355-9100, Ext. 1203, or Fax, +1-215-357-4000

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




    'Atom TV' Returns! COMEDY CENTRAL's Late-Night Series Featuring All Original Broadband Programming Continues Its Second Season With 4 All-New EpisodesNew Episodes Of The All-Original Broadband Programming Series Return Monday Night, June 15 At 2:30 A.M.*Videos Include Atom.com Hits "White People Problems," "Old People News" And "Klingon Night School"

    NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- COMEDY CENTRAL's on-air half-hour late-night series featuring all original broadband programming from Atom.com is returning to the television screen to continue its second season with four new episodes. New episodes of "Atom TV" return to COMEDY CENTRAL on Monday night, June 15 at 2:30 a.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL. Both COMEDY CENTRAL and Atom are divisions of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom .

    "Atom TV" is a weekly comedy show featuring a selection of random and hilarious Web videos, each one of them developed or handpicked by Atom and COMEDY CENTRAL. Each episode of "Atom TV" features a line-up of original programming that includes animation, live-action narratives and sketch comedies.

    Atom shows featured on the June 15 return of "Atom TV" are:

    "White People Problems": Everyone's got problems -- if only they could all be white people problems. Through the miracle of music video, Zach and Jesse Selwyn take viewers on the journey through the trials and tribulations of a white person living in the modern world.

    "Old People News": Senior Citizens report the news. At least, they will as soon as they can figure out how to open their e-mail attachments.

    "Modern Day Jesus: Mary": Starring "Attack of the Show!" host Olivia Munn as Mary Magdalene, Jesus and Mary discuss their control freak dads and get flirty with each other.

    "Haunt 2": A reenactment of one couple's story about the gay ghost who haunted their home. Created by Oren Brimer and starring Pete Holmes (VH1) and Matt McCarthy.

    "Puppet Rodeo": Puppets and live animals team up for a rodeo, and it goes well -- until one dog rips the puppets to shreds.

    "Dutch West Short Shorts": 2 episodes of completely random, quick and ridiculous micro-sketches created by the NYC comedy group Dutch West.

    "Klingon Night School": This G-Man short about a Klingon class and its dedicated teacher won Atom's Upload Showdown contest, earning a full-length airing on Atom TV.

    About Atom.com

    Atom.com, a division of Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, is a digital comedy network for young men that reaches millions of consumers each month on the Atom.com Web site and millions more through multiplatform distribution on television, mobile phones, and the Internet. Atom.com's programming lineup features daily new releases of original comedy including animation, live-action narrative, topical videos, sketch comedies and spoofs. The site also offers a library of thousands of comedy productions previously developed by, licensed by and uploaded to AtomFilms and COMEDY CENTRAL. Drawing on a strategic partnership with COMEDY CENTRAL and its own 10-year history of online video innovation and leadership (formerly as AtomFilms), Atom.com delivers Web comedy like nobody else.

    About COMEDY CENTRAL

    COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 95 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.'s MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com/. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site at http://www.comedycentral.com/press.

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    COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

    CONTACT: Kelly Campbell, +1-310-407-4728,
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    Web Site: http://www.comedycentral.com/




    Exclusive Marketplace for Nursing Professionals Launched by Nurses Service Organization

    PHILADELPHIA, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aon Affinity, a subsidiary of Aon Corporation , announced that its Nurses Service Organization has launched the NSO Marketplace(SM) to offer a broader array of products and services to continue to meet the insurance, risk management, professional and personal needs of the nursing community. For more than 30 years, NSO has been the leading provider of professional liability insurance to over 675,000 nurses in the United States.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041215/CGW049LOGO)

    "The launch of NSO Marketplace represents a change for NSO by offering products and services outside our core insurance solutions while expanding our current insurance portfolio," said Michael Loughran, executive vice president of Aon Affinity.

    NSO Marketplace offers a unique differentiator in the industry by providing nursing professionals access to negotiated savings with top merchants, including discounts on mobile phone services, medical software, career tools, uniforms and brand-name professional shoes.

    "We really wanted to bring additional value and something new to nursing professionals. With their help, we identified an initial set of products that were important to them, and leveraged our purchasing power to negotiate best-in-class pricing on their behalf," added Loughran.

    Visit http://www.nso.com/marketplace to learn more about products and services offered through NSO Marketplace.

    CONTACT: Catherine Schneider at 215.293.1288 OR catherine_schneider@asg.aon.com

    About Aon Affinity

    Aon Affinity combines the specialized knowledge of affinity program management with the extensive resources of a global company to bring an everyday commitment to helping clients achieve their goals. Aon Affinity offers full service capabilities; technical expertise and industry knowledge to add value through an innovative approach to program strategy, from the design of products and services to the delivery of the marketing message. Log onto http://www.aon.com/affinity

    About Aon

    Aon Corporation is the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human capital consulting. Through its more than 37,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon readily delivers distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. Aon's industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered locally through more than 500 offices in more than 120 countries. Named the world's best broker by Euromoney magazine's 2008 and 2009 Insurance Survey, Aon also ranked highest on Business Insurance's listing of the world's largest insurance brokers based on commercial retail, wholesale, reinsurance and personal lines brokerage revenues in 2008. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on brokerage revenues in 2007 and 2008, and Aon was voted best insurance intermediary, best reinsurance intermediary and best employee benefits consulting firm in 2007 and 2008 by the readers of Business Insurance. For more information on Aon, log onto http://www.aon.com/.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041215/CGW049LOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com Aon Corporation

    CONTACT: Catherine Schneider of Aon Corporation, +1-215-293-1288,
    catherine_schneider@asg.aon.com

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

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