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October 20, 2006



PHOTO: The new BodyGard 5-in-1 Emergency Tool from SwissTech prevents vehicle entrapment due to failed windows or doors from damage, fire or submersion. It combines five life-saving tools, including an automatic glass breaker and seat belt cutter, in a device small enough to fit on a key chain or in a pocket. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Verizon Wireless launches Shock and Water Resistant Verizon Wireless G'zOne Type-V Rugged Phone

G'zOne Type-V Meets U.S. Military Standards for Water Resistance, Humidity, Shock and Dust.


PHOTO: Exclusively available through Verizon Wireless, the Casio G'zOne Type-V is built to withstand harsh environmental conditions and provides reliable performance for customers with outdoor lifestyles. The V CAST-enabled, 2.0 mega pixel camera-equipped G'zOne Type-V passed eight tests required for a device to meet military standards, including exposure to temperatures in excess of 140F, extreme vibrations, solar radiation, conditions set to simulate storm conditions of two inches of rainfall per hour with high winds and submersion in one meter of water.

This phone becomes available online from today (October 20) via Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTSI). StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Bejazzling' Pianist Puts the Heart Back Into Jazz with Live CD/DVD Set and Award-Winning PBS-Aired Documentary.

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 -- Lithe and graceful, the elegant pianist closes her eyes, takes a deep breath, and whispers her story straight into our hearts while never uttering a word.


PHOTO: Pianist Lynne Arriale performs with her trio at Burghausen Jazz Week, April 2006. This critically acclaimed two-hour concert, filmed at one of Europe's oldest and most prestigious festivals, is the core program of Arriale's new CD/DVD set, now out on the Motema label in the U.S and on IN+OUT Records in Europe and the UK. Also on the DVD is the award-winning documentary "Lynne Arriale: Profile of a Performing Artist," seen on PBS stations in the US.

Arriale's music has the rare quality of attracting both seasoned jazz lovers and those who may not think they like jazz.

The New York Times counts Arriale "among the top pianists of the day," and the London Times says, "Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz." That music is now on sale at retail outlets in the U.S. and Europe and at StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 19, 2006

Avoid eBay Scams This Holiday Season

Authors Ed and Steve Klink reveal a dastardly cast of Scrooge-like characters who make eBay shopping a sorry experience.

HILLSDALE, N.J., Oct. 19 -- Think You've Found the Perfect Holiday gift on eBay? Better check twice! While many auctions take place without a hitch, most people have no idea how easy it is to get ripped off.


In a recent book, "Dawn of the eBay Deadbeats: True Tales of Treachery, Lies, and Fraud from the Dark Recesses of the World's Largest Online Auction Marketplace" authors Ed and Steve Klink reveal a dastardly cast of Scrooge-like characters who make eBay shopping a sorry experience.

Compiled from their eBay watchdog website,, the book is packed with lurid stories of auction rip-offs: a woman whose wedding was tainted by moth-ridden tuxedoes, a collector duped out of a $16,000 vintage Spiderman comic, and the family-man trucker who lost a whopping $27,000 buying a rig that didn't exist. "It looks like the Grinch got a computer in his cave and is now selling on eBay," the authors say.

Steve Klink, a New Jersey police officer and his brother Ed, a New York City business writer, wrote Dawn of the eBay Deadbeats to tell the stories of these victims.

The Klink brothers offer these tips to help honest eBay users avoid getting ripped off:

• Be wary if the person requests only one form of payment

• Read carefully, some scams depend on a lengthy description that can be

• Never be put off for two weeks on a deal or you risk being unable to
stop the credit card transaction

• Don't use Western Union or MoneyGram when paying for auction purchases

• Ask yourself the following: Who is this person? Is there a sob story?
Does this money have to be sent immediately? Does this offer sound too
good to be true?

Dawn of the eBay Deadbeats ($12.95) is available on Amazon, eBay, through the authors' site, and in select bookstores. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Motorola Global Day of Service



PHOTO: Motorola Chairman and CEO Ed Zander helps clear brush at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, Ill. as part of the Motorola Global Day of Service Wednesday, October 18, 2006. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Sanrio and Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products Announce Creative Partnership to Launch Nickelodeon's Hit Property Blue's Clues in Japan

America's Favorite Puppy and Japan's Best Known Kitty Join Forces With an Innovative Co-Licensing Venture to Create Limited-Edition Blue's Clues and Hello Kitty Line.

Sanrio Named Master Licensee for Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues In Japan, as the Hit Series Continues to Celebrate a Decade of Success.

TOKYO and NEW YORK, Oct. 18 -- Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), one of the world's leading licensing businesses and Sanrio, the world-renowned Japanese character licensing group, announced today a multi-faceted creative partnership that includes an exclusive co-licensing joint venture and master license agreement to develop Nickelodeon's hit property Blue's Clues in Japan.

Nickelodeon, Sanrio, Viacom

The co-licensing deal, a creative and business first for any Nickelodeon property, will see the two companies bring together their famous characters, Blue the beloved puppy from the hit Nickelodeon preschool series Blue's Clues and global superstar Hello Kitty in a specially designed product line created specifically for tweens and young adults.

Blue's Clues is an award-winning, play-along, think-along, half-hour animated series. The show stars a live-action host and an energetic, bright blue puppy named Blue. In each episode, the host invites viewers into his computer-animated storybook world to help him and Blue solve the day's puzzles. Blues Clues can currently be seen on Nickelodeon Japan.

Hello Kitty is a twinkling-eyed cartoonish character which was invented and promoted by a Japanese company called Sanrio in 1974. Sanrio is famous for their adorable and cute cartoon characters, including Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Melody and more. This line of cute little characters soon attracted millions of people around the world. Hello Kitty is the most successful out of all the Sanrio characters.

Hello Kitty has produced different products all around the world, including wallets, watches, clothing, fabrics, Polaroid and digital cameras, portable CD players and stereos, handkerchiefs, stationery, cutlery, lunch boxes, puppets and more.

Sanrio's principal business activities include the design and sale of social communications gifts and greeting cards, the publication and distribution of books and magazines, character licensing and adaptation services, and others. Nickelodeon is the most widely distributed kids' network in the world and the only multimedia entertainment brand dedicated exclusively to them. First launched in the U.S. in 1979, Nickelodeon today consists of 34 channels, 20 branded program blocks, 7 mobile TV channels, 32 web sites and TurboNick, Nickelodeon's broadband video service in Australia, the US and UK.

The upcoming line is a wholly original concept based on Blue the dog and Hello Kitty the cat imaginatively adapted by Sanrio into Hello Kitty's familiar world and product range.

Further deepening their partnership in the market, NVCP has granted Sanrio the master license for Blue's Clues across all toys, apparel, packaged goods, home furnishings, stationery, gifts, accessories, consumer electronics, party supplies and sporting goods. Blue's Clues merchandise will roll out in Japan in Summer 2007.

"As a huge fan of Hello Kitty, it's exciting to forge a creative partnership with Sanrio to co-develop and manage Blue's Clues. It is also a significant step in the growth of our business in Japan and a tremendous opportunity to bring new creative dimensions to one of our most successful properties," said Leigh Anne Brodsky, President, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products. "Blue and Hello Kitty represent both Japanese and American creativity and licensing success. Bringing the characters together in this highly innovative product line will bring their popularity and charm to new audiences."

"We are delighted and excited to have this opportunity to further our partnership with a global media company like Viacom and Nickelodeon," said Akito Sasaki, Director and General Manager, Character and Licensing Division, Sanrio Company, Ltd. "With the marketing efforts planned for the Hello Kitty and Blue's Clues product line, we are well poised to establish Blue as one of the most beloved characters here in Japan."

"It is incredibly heartwarming that Blue has been invited to become part of Hello Kitty's fantastic world," said Traci Paige Johnson, Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Director of Design, Blue's Clues. "Hello Kitty was a tremendous inspiration in the creation of Blue's Clues and has been one of my favorite characters since childhood."

In June 2006, NVCP entered a multi-year agreement with Sanrio Far East Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanrio, to represent Nickelodeon's multi-billion dollar global franchises, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer and Comedy Central's South Park in Japan. SpongeBob SquarePants merchandise launched to select retailers in January 2006 and has already generated $20 million at retail.

Considered the gold standard in interactive preschool television, Blue's Clues has continued to prevail over the last 10 years as one of the top five preschool series on all of commercial television in the US. Recently celebrating its 10th Anniversary on air, Blue's Clues is currently syndicated to 120 countries and has been translated into 15 languages. Blue's Clues has earned $3.6 billion at retail since 1998, selling more than 25 million "Handy Dandy Notebooks" and 35 million books to date.

Blue's Clues was created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero. Santomero serves as Executive Producer and Head Writer, and Johnson is Executive Producer and Director of Design. Jennifer Twomey also was Executive Producer and writer for the original series.

Hello Kitty has produced different products all around the world, including wallets, watches, clothing, fabrics, Polaroid and digital cameras, portable CD players and stereos, handkerchiefs, stationery, cutlery, lunch boxes, puppets and more. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Walt Disney World

PHOTO: Walt Disney World "Top Mouse" dropped by the set of "The View" to celebrate show co-host Rosie O'Donnell and "All My Children's " Susan Lucci's participation in the "ABC Super Soap Weekend," Nov. 11-12, 2006. Lucci will headline an exciting lineup of ABC's Daytime stars at Disney-MGM Studios with special guest appearances by O'Donnell. Throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to interact with more than 30 stars from "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital." StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 18, 2006

Honda Begins Sales of its HondaJet Advanced Light Jet

Price, Sales and Service Network, Production Specifications Announced.

ORLANDO, Fla., -- Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. today began sales of HondaJet at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention with the announcement of the price, specifications, and a sales and service network for the production version of its advanced light jet. Scheduled to go into production in the U.S. in 2010, pricing is set at $3.65 million for HondaJet in its standard configuration.


Photo: Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announces the start of sales of HondaJet at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Orlando, Fla.

Key specifications and performance figures establish HondaJet as the fastest and most fuel efficient aircraft in its class, while setting a new standard for interior space and comfort. HondaJet features a class-topping cruise speed of 420 knots with an IFR range of 1180 nautical miles(1), and a 30-35 percent gain in fuel efficiency at cruise speed versus other jets of comparable performance. HondaJet's cabin is about 1-foot longer than even larger 'light jet' offerings and features a fully-private lavatory along with a spacious 57-cubic foot aft cargo hold.

Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, producing more than 21 million products annually at more than 120 factories around the world. Honda products cover a broad spectrum of categories, from automobiles, motorcycles and motor scooters to all-terrain vehicles, marine engines, general purpose engines and power equipment products. Widely recognized for its world-class engineering and technology development, the company is responsible for innumerable product and technology firsts, including the first and only U.S. EPA-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (Honda FCX) and America's first gas-electric hybrid vehicle (Honda Insight).

Honda also took another step toward the market introduction of HondaJet with the announcement that it submitted, on October 11, its application for FAA type certification of HondaJet. The company anticipates achieving both type and production certification within 3 to 4 years.

"A passion for aviation propelled HondaJet into the air, but a strong business case is what is taking it to the customer," said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "In every one of our business activities, our goal is to create new value for the customer. HondaJet meets this challenging objective."

Sales and Service Network

HondaJet will be sold through five regional sales groups -- HondaJet East, HondaJet Southeast, HondaJet Midwest, HondaJet Southwest and HondaJet Northwest -- operating 14 offices around the country to provide HondaJet customers' with a truly superior sales and ownership experience. The HondaJet dealer network was developed in collaboration with Piper Aircraft, Inc., as a result of a business alliance announced in July 2006. Honda Aircraft Company will also seek to establish a network of service facilities within 90-minutes flight time from any location in the U.S. to further advance its goal of creating a new level of customer service and support.

"Just as we have targeted real innovation with HondaJet design itself, we are equally committed to creating an innovative sales and service network," said Michimasa Fujino, president & CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. "We will be working with our retail partners to ensure that every HondaJet customer is the recipient of unprecedented levels of sales and service for the life of their ownership experience."

HondaJet innovation

HondaJet sets new standards for performance, quality and comfort with a series of new technologies and design features that signify a revolutionary departure from conventional light jet designs. It's most unique and recognizable feature -- the over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) configuration -- liberates precious fuselage space by eliminating the carry-through structures of conventional fuselage-mounted engine designs while significantly reducing aerodynamic drag at high speeds. Its natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose further reduce drag, contributing to HondaJet's class-topping speed and fuel efficiency.

HondaJet's all-composite fuselage uses a combination of honeycomb sandwich and stiffened panel structures cured integrally using a patented co-curing process. This unique construction results in lower fuselage weight and larger cabin while contributing to HondaJet's unusually sleek and smooth appearance.

An advanced, customized, all-glass cockpit based on the state-of-the-art Garmin avionics platform, will boast new features and capabilities unique to HondaJet.

HondaJet Performance

With a top speed of 420 knots, a 43,000-foot service ceiling and a 30-35 increase in fuel efficiency versus comparable light jets, HondaJet embodies Honda's commitment to superior efficiency and performance through the application of advanced technology. In addition, HondaJet's optimized control surfaces results in a highly refined, sporty and responsive flying characteristic.

Two GE-Honda HF120 turbofan engines, each rated at 1880 pounds (at take- off thrust) deliver higher fuel efficiency and the lowest engine emissions and quietest operation in their thrust class(2).

HondaJet Comfort

HondaJet will be offered in two interior configurations: with seating for seven (2 pilots and 5 passengers) in standard configuration; and with seating for eight (2 pilots and six forward-facing passenger seats) in air taxi configuration.

HondaJet's cabin offers its passengers unprecedented levels of comfort with as much as six inches more leg room (per passenger) than competitive offerings. HondaJet's 57 cubic-foot aft cargo hold is as much as 50 percent larger than other jets in its class. Additional cargo storage is provided by a nine cubic-foot nose cargo hold.

HondaJet Quality

HondaJet was developed with Honda's legendary commitment to quality and world-class engineering. Attention to detail in every aspect of its design, testing and construction ensures an aircraft of the highest quality and design integrity. To date, HondaJet has logged more than 260 hours of in-flight testing with superior results.

Production Plans

HondaJet will be produced in the United States beginning in 2010 with a projected production volume of 70 jets per year. The company will maintain a significant degree of flexibility in its production plan and will continue to evaluate demand as it moves closer to actual production.

Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. is a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., established in August 2006 to oversee certification, production, sales and service of HondaJet. More information about HondaJet including complete specifications is available at StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 17, 2006

HA Schult: "AutoDom" Made From Car Parts From Ford Models Fiesta and Fusion Builds a Bridge From Cologne to New York

COLOGNE, Germany, October 17 -- The "AutoDom" sculpture, a piece of art created by action artist HA Schult together with fifteen Ford-Werke GmbH apprentices in Cologne using parts from Ford Fiesta and Ford Fusion cars, is set to build a bridge between Cologne and New York.

Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion

Photo: HA Schult, his muse Elke Koska, and the sculpture against the backdrop of Cologne Cathedral.

The sculpture, which stands five metres tall and weighs 220 kilos, is on display as of today for two months at Cologne Bonn Airport, after which time it will be flown to New York. HA Schult announced today that the sculpture would be erected against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline in spring 2007 before being auctioned to raise money for the Bloomberg Foundation set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the children and widows of fire-fighters who lost their lives following the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Pure Digital Introduces World's First Camcorder to Enable Direct Uploads to Video Sharing Web Sites

Simple, Pocket-Sized Device Integrates with Google Video and Grouper Networks to Deliver True End-to-End Solution for Capturing and Sharing Home Video.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16 -- Video sharing on the Internet is not just for the techno-savvy anymore, thanks to the new Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder available the first week of November at retailers throughout USA for just $129.99. Through the company's new relationships with Google Video and Grouper Networks, the Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder has taken sharing home videos online to a whole new level of simplicity and convenience. The camcorder has built-in software that enables users to connect directly to video sharing web sites, paving the way for everyone from moms to teens to share video easily -- privately or publicly -- on this popular new breed of sites.

Pure Digital Camcorder, Google Video

Since its initial introduction, the pocket-sized, affordable Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder has been heralded as revolutionary in its simplicity. Now, using the camcorder, consumers are able for the first time to go from shooting video to sharing it on Internet sharing sites in just three steps: shoot video with the touch of a button; plug the camcorder's built-in USB arm into a PC or Mac; and upload video directly to sharing web sites Google Video or Grouper Networks via on-board software. The software includes other convenient sharing options, such as one-step emailing, video greeting cards for a variety of special occasions, and custom-edited movie mixes.

Pure Digital Point & Shoot Camcorder users can choose to share their home movies exclusively with friends and family they invite to watch their video or post it publicly on the sites where it can be viewed by anyone around the world. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 16, 2006

College Preparatory Workshops by The New York Times

Preparing for College: How to Navigate College Admissions and Financing.

Venues: Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

New York Times College Workshops

NEW YORK, Oct 16, 2006 -- The New York Times announced today that it will present a second series of college preparatory panel discussions this fall at key venues in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island. The Times conducted a similar series of workshops in April 2006. The new series, called "Preparing for College: How to Navigate College Admissions and Financing" and sponsored again by Astoria Federal Savings, will offer panels of college admissions and financing experts who will provide comprehensive information on the college admissions process, strategies for financing a college education and tips on money management for students. The panel will also discuss coping methods for stressed families contending with one of life's milestones - sending a child to college. Each panel will be moderated by a New York Times representative and will be free to the public.

"The New York Times believes strongly that a college education is an essential step for young people to take in building bright futures for themselves and our country," said Alyse Myers, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, The New York Times Media Group.

The four panel discussions will be held at the following schools:

• Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m., Massapequa High School, Massapequa, Long Island

• Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m., Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, Queens

• Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m., Huntington High School, Huntington, Long Island

• Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m., Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn

"Through our Education First initiative, which promotes lifelong learning for people of all ages, we're pleased to be able to work closely with The New York Times and our education partners from Massapequa, Townsend Harris, Huntington and Edward R. Murrow High Schools to bring these hands-on workshops to the many communities we serve," said Brian Edwards, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing, Astoria Federal Savings. "We invite parents, teens and other family members to attend the evening programs. It's a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about how to successfully prepare for higher education."

Information about specific events is available at All events are free, but advance registration is requested. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Renault Dacia Introduces Logan New Collection

Renault Dacia Logan.

Renault Dacia Logan

With Logan New Collection, Renault Dacia strengthens its attractive line-up. In addition to the introduction of new upholsteries and body colors, special attention has also been paid to Logan New Collection's details, including new rear crystal lights and a redesigned boot lid with thumb-push release button. The launch of Logan New Collection coincides with the arrival of a high-range Prestige version boasting specific exterior features. It is also the only Logan to be powered by the Renault 1.6 16V engine which delivers 105hp (77kW) at 5,750rpm, making this car especially pleasurable to drive and taking it to new levels of performance.

In light of Logan's success in Russia, Renault took the decision in June 2006 to step up production there by 30 per cent to reach 80,000 cars by 2007. The car will also shortly be produced in Iran, then in India and in Brazil in 2007. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Lands' End Launches its 2006 Outerwear Collection Combining Function and Fashion

Outerwear Headquarters(TM) is now easier to shop with a new Outerwear Finder(TM) and exclusive temperature ratings.

When it comes to finding the perfect winter coat, the 2006 Lands' End Outerwear survey confirms that women seek warmth first, then style. Lands' End offers the best of both, along with coordinating accessories to build an outerwear wardrobe.


According to the survey, 78 percent of women say the single most important factor influencing their family outerwear purchasing decisions is warmth. While at the same time, 57 percent of women indicate they will purchase a winter coat to update their own outerwear style. At Lands' End, function and fashion go hand in hand.

Whether shopping, through the catalog or at one of the new Lands' End outerwear Shops at Sears, Lands' End offers warm and stylish options through six complete outerwear collections for the entire family - even the pet. Exclusive, new temperature ratings and an Outerwear Finder at make it even easier for customers to sort the entire collection and select outerwear.

Established in 1963, Lands' End(R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, is a direct merchant of traditionally styled, classic clothing offered to customers around the world through regular mailings of its catalogs and online at A selection of Lands' End Best Sellers also is available at selected Sears(R) stores. Lands' End offers a complete line of clothing for women, men, children and infants, as well as a collection of fine-quality goods for the home. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 15, 2006

NEWSWEEK COVER :: Special Report: North Korea


The October 23 issue of Newsweek, "Special Report: North Korea," looks at the secret history of how North Korea acquired nuclear capabilities and how its actions have changed the rules of the "nuclear club."


• An interview with new UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon
• Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's plans if the Democrats win back Congress
• The Iraq war and strained military marriages
• A new book on "Social Intelligence,"
• Annette Bening on "Running With Scissors"
• How to download your favorite TV shows.

Newsweek Investigation Looks at How North Korea Went Nuclear, Why Diplomacy Failed to Stop it and What Options Remain.

Includes: Terrible Human Costs on North Korea's Scientists...Pakistan's Role...Evidence That Bush Administration May Have Tried to Manipulate intelligence ...Why China Might Intervene.

Last week's nuclear test made North Korea the first new declared nuclear power in eight years, and undoubtedly the most unstable of the eight in the world today. The trail of events that led to this perilous moment had a great deal to do with years of misplaced pride and prejudice between Pyongyang and Washington, of deep misunderstanding and disastrous missed chances. In the October 23 Newsweek cover story (on newsstands Monday, October 16), "Special Report: North Korea," an international team of correspondents investigates how North Korea may have acquired its nuclear capabilities, why diplomacy failed to halt the program and what might still be done to avoid a conflict. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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PowerBar donates $200,000 to Lance Armstrong Foundation

POWERBAR, Lance Armstrong Foundation

Photo: Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France champion, meets with PowerBar marketing manager Deanna Moen to accept the $200,000 corporate donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) this past weekend at the Ride for the Roses race in Austin, TX. PowerBar supports the mission of the LAF to inspire and empower people with cancer raising public awareness about the link between living and healthy lifestyle and the reduction of cancer risk factors through the LIVE WELL LIVESTRONG(R) campaign. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Clarins Groupe USA Signs Global License Agreement With David Yurman

David Yurman and Clarins Groupe USA have announced that they have entered into an exclusive global license agreement for the creation and distribution of prestige beauty and fragrance products bearing the David Yurman name. The first fragrance initiative will be launched principally in the United States and Canada.

David Yurman Jewelry

Photo: David Yurman Jewelry

David Yurman is a phenomenon in the world of fine jewelry and timepieces. Established in 1980 and based in New York, David Yurman is today recognized as America's leading fine jewelry and luxury watch brand for men, women and children. David Yurman's signature gold and silver designs, diamonds, pearls, gemstones, and Swiss-crafted timepieces are recognized as the essence of relaxed American luxury. The collections are sold at David Yurman retail stores and at authorized fine jewelry and timepiece retailers.

CLARINS is one of the world's leading cosmetics companies renowned for its shares in high market prestige skin care products. Founded in 1954 and based in Paris, CLARINS and its subsidiaries are creators, marketers and distributors of skin care, make-up and fragrance products worldwide. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 14, 2006

BusinessWeek Cover: The Best B-Schools of 2006

The cream of the crop, according to BusinessWeek’s 2006 ranking of full-time MBA programs.


In the cover story of its October 23, 2006 issue, BusinessWeek ranks the top MBA programs by measuring student and recruiter satisfaction.

What makes a great business school? It’s a combination of many things, including a great faculty; an overriding vision of what a business education should be; intelligent, engaged and motivated students; and effective career services that help students get the jobs they want and deserve. Every two years, BusinessWeek looks at the best B-schools and ranks them with the help of students, recruiters, and academic research.

"Of course, the MBA revival has as much to do with the ebb and flow of the economy as it does the ongoing reform efforts at the nation's B-schools. But many deans are grateful that the sturm und drang of recent years got them thinking about how to build a better manager. They recognize that a reassessment is long overdue and vital if the MBA is to remain relevant for the next generation of business leaders." StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 13, 2006

Bono and Bobby Shriver Launch (RED)(TM) in the U.S.

Gap, Motorola, Converse, Giorgio Armani, Apple and MTV Networks Join Forces to Launch Massive Product, Retail, Marketing and Online Campaigns Designed to Eliminate AIDS in Africa.

BONO, Oprah Winfrey

Photo: Bono and Oprah Winfrey shop on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" as part of the U.S. launch of (RED) where Gap, Motorola, Converse, Giorgio Armani, and Apple have joined forces to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 -- Harnessing the power of some of the world's most iconic brands, Bono and Bobby Shriver announced today the U.S. launch of (RED), the groundbreaking initiative that marries the private sector with the buying power of the public in an effort to generate a sustainable flow of private sector funds towards the fight to eliminate AIDS in Africa. Gap, Motorola, Converse, Giorgio Armani and Apple are the first five companies to partner with (RED) in the U.S. The partnerships include licensing the (PRODUCT) RED(TM) mark and launching major integrated commercial efforts encompassing national and global product launches, retail, marketing and online activities. MTV Networks has joined (RED) as the first media sponsor in the U.S. to help build the brand and create awareness. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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NVIDIA Partners and Customers 'Get Ready' for Microsoft Windows Vista

High-Quality Computing Experience With Microsoft's Upcoming Operating System.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 12 -- NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) , the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced support for the Microsoft "Certified for Windows Vista" logo program and the certification of an extensive line of graphics processing units (GPUs). The program, the latest in a series of milestones leading up to the launch of Windows Vista, identifies the industry partners working closely with Microsoft to help educate consumers so they make the best choices when buying or upgrading their PC.


Photo: Dell XPS M1710 with NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX built for Microsoft Windows Vista(TM)

"The Certified for Windows Vista logo program helps people identify hardware that works optimally with Windows Vista-based PCs," said Dave Wascha, director of partner marketing for Windows Vista at Microsoft Corp. "NVIDIA GPU products help bring to life the 3-D graphics possible with Windows Vista, typifying customers with the great experiences that the Certified for Windows Vista logo promises."

NVIDIA will offer broad support for Windows Vista, certifying three generations of GPUs, from the latest GeForce 7 series to the GeForce FX series, launched back in 2002.


Microsoft is providing a host of resources to help consumers "Get Ready" for Windows Vista. The Certified for Windows Vista logo is the latest in a series of programs and tools designed to help consumers learn more about their options when planning for the move to Windows Vista. For more details and to see how to configure a new PC or upgrade a current PC for Vista, visit . StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Colgate Total Unveils New Ad Featuring Actress Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields Reprises Her Role as Star of Colgate Ad to Promote Oral Health.

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 -- Colgate-Palmolive and Brooke Shields have partnered once again to create a new ad for Colgate Total to remind people that having a healthy mouth is important. Ms. Shields, who first debuted in a now classic print ad for Colgate in the 1970s, candidly shares in her first TV commercial for the brand, why she relies on Colgate Total to keep her mouth healthy and protected all day.

Colgate Palmolive, Brooke Shields

The new TV spot, called "Healthy Mouth," begins airing this week. The spot showcases Ms. Shields and her famous healthy smile while communicating how Colgate Total delivers advanced protection.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet pet foods. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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