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March 31, 2008

Be ready to get your Internet ID Card!

Siemens ID Card

Siemens ID Card

Siemens ID Card

Siemens, in cooperation with a partner company, has developed an Internet ID card the size of an ATM card that enables users to provide authentication prior to a bank transaction. The device uses a fingerprint and an integrated key. The ID card doesn't require any additional software or hardware, so it is safe from attacks and can be used on any computer. The solution is slated for market launch in the summer of 2008. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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March 29, 2008

SABEW 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest Winners

American Business Journalist


Recognizing top publications and the best business news reporting during 2007, The Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. (SABEW), a not-for-profit organization made up of business journalists in North America, has announced the winners in its 13th annual Best in Business Contest. SABEW is headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

SABEW started the contest in 1995 to help set standards and recognize role models for outstanding business journalism. It has grown steadily since then. Categories for magazines and online sites were added this year. A record 842 entries were submitted for work in 2007 by daily newspapers, business weeklies, magazines, wire services and news Websites.

SABEW will hand out the awards during a ceremony at its annual conference, at 6 p.m. April 27 at The Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Following is the full list of winners:

Overall Excellence

Giant Newspapers
(Average daily circulation above 325,000)
Arizona Republic
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
USA Today
Certificates of Merit:
The Boston Globe
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Large Newspapers
(circulation from 225,000 to 325,000)
The Miami Herald
Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
The Seattle Times
Certificates of Merit:
The Indianapolis Star
The Orange County Register
Detroit Free Press

Mid-sized Newspapers
(circulation from 125,000 to 224,999)
The Charlotte Observer
The Des Moines Register
The Detroit News
Grand RapidsPress
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Certificates of Merit:
St. Paul Pioneer-Press
Salt Lake Tribune

Small newspapers
(circulation under 125,000)
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Certificates of Merit:
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)
The Post & Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

Weekly Business Newspapers
Advertising Age
Boston Business Journal
Crain's New York Business
Financial Week
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Certificate of Merit:
Mass High Tech

Small Magazines
(circulation under 500,000)
Bloomberg Markets

Large Magazines
(circulation 500,000 and over)
Fast Company

Small Websites
(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)
Certificate of Merit
Crain's Chicago Business

Mid-sized Websites
(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)
Certificate of Merit, Arizona Daily Star

Large Websites
(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)
The New York Times Dealbook
The Wall Street Journal Online

Business News Reporting

Breaking News

Giant publications
• Patti Bond, Robert Luke, Tom Walker, Maria Saporta, Matt Kempner,
Marilyn Geewax, Duane D. Stanford, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"Nardelli's departure from Home Depot"
• Krishna Guha, Michael Mackenzie, Saskia Scholtes and Gillian Tett, The
Financial Times: "Federal Reserve"
• Robin Sidel, Aaron Lucchetti, Monica Langley, Carrick Mollenkamp, David
Reilly and David Enrich, The Wall Street Journal: "The fall of a
Citigroup Prince"

Large publications
• Staff, Detroit Free Press: GM/UAW settlement
• Staff, Detroit Free Press: Pfizer breaking news
• Roger Fillion, Chris Walsh, David Milstead, Charles Chamberlin,
Joyzelle Davis, Rob Reuteman and Jane Hoback, Rocky Mountain News:
Coors-Miller merger

Mid-sized Publications
• Stella M. Hopkins, Adam Bell, Gail Smith-Arrants, Sharif Durhams,
Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, Tommy Tomlinson, Kat Greene, Marion
Paynter, Mark Johnson and David Ingram, The Charlotte Observer: "Philip
Morris quits North Carolina"
• Amos Maki, Commercial Appeal (Memphis.): "Toyota's decision"
• Sharon Terlep, Bruce G. Hoffman, Eric Morath, Christine Tierney, Daniel
Howes, Louis Aguilar, Nathan Hurst, Brian J. O'Connor, Josee Valcourt
and Bill Vlasic, The Detroit News: "UAW strike"

Small Publications
• Jack Gillum, Christie Smythe and David Wichner, Arizona Daily Star:
"First Magnus meltdown"
• Kathy Jumper, George Talbot, Russ Henderson, Sebastion Kitchen, Dan
Murtaugh, Kaija Wilkinson and Jeff Amy, Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.):
"Towering triumphs"
• Carol Benfell, The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.): "Hospital

Weekly Publications
• Brent Snavely, Crain's Detroit Business: "Icahn on Lear: company
positioned well in industry"
• Andrew Osterland, Marine Cole, Matthew Quinn, Nicholas Rummell and
Frank Byrt, Financial Week: "Credit crunch"

Real-time News Organizations
• Scott Lanman, Brendan Murray, Matthew Brockett, Caroline Salas, Anthony
Massucci, Lynn Thomasson and Shannon Harrington, Bloomberg News:
"Bernanke's world unravels"
• John D. Stoll and Stephen Wisnefski, Dow Jones News Service:
"DaimlerChrysler stock moves into high gear"


Giant Publications
• David Barboza, The New York Times: "A Chinese reformer betrays his
cause, and pays"
• Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times: "Crisis looms in mortgages"
• Kate Kelly, The Wall Street Journal: "Bear CEO's handling of crisis
raises issues"

Large Publications
• Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Bet the farm"
• Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News: "Harsh side of the boom"
• Kristi Heim, The Seattle Times: "China's eco-city"

Mid-sized Publications
• Rick Rothacker and David Ingram, The Charlotte Observer: "Is this a
• Sharon Terlep and Bill Vlasic, The Detroit News: "Inside story"
• Rebecca Mowbray, New Orleans Times-Picayune: "Same house. Same repairs.
Same insurer. Why different prices?"

Small Publications
• Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star: "First Magnus: Boom to bust in three
• Dan Kelley, Corpus Christi Caller-Times: "Is the city growing or
• George Talbot, Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.): "Several factors are key
to deal"

Weekly Publications
• Ron Leuty, San Francisco Business Times: "The fight of his life: Bay
Area tech execs and VCs rally to aid one of their own battling a rare
• Daniel Kaplan and Mark Mensheha, Street & Smith's SportBusiness
Journal: "American invasion: What's driving the gold rush to English
• Dan Monk and Tom Demeropolous, Business Courier of Cincinnati: "Dark
side of progress: The transformation of UC has taken more of a
financial toll than many in the campus community realize"

Real-time News Organizations
• John Schoen, MSNBC: "Mortgage mess"
• John Lippert, Bloomberg News: "Fall of Detroit"
• Melissa Davis, "Shattered hopes"


Giant Publications
• David Leonhardt, The New York Times
• Joseph Nocera, The New York Times
• Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post

Large Publications
• Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun
• Mary Jo Feldstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Al Lewis, The Denver Post

Mid-sized Publications
• Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
• George Gombossy, The Hartford Courant
• Liz Benston, Las Vegas Sun

Small Publications
• Gregory Karp, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
• Dan Voelpel, The News-Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)
• Susan Miller, Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.)

Weekly Publications
• Brian Kaberline, Kansas City Business Journal
• Greg David, Crain's New York Business
• Steve Symanovich, San Francisco Business Times

Real-time News Organizations
• Jon Markman, MSN Money
• James Saft, Reuters
• Brett Arends,


Giant Publications
• Patricia Callahan, Maurice Possley, Michael Oneal, Evan Osnos, Ted
Gregory and Sam Roe, Chicago Tribune: "Hidden hazards"
• Charles Duhigg, The New York Times: "Golden opportunities"
• Walt Bogdanich, The New York Times: "Toxic pipeline"

Large Publications
• Suzanne Rust, Meg Kissinger and Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel: "Chemical fallout"
• Mike Casey and Rick Montgomery, Kansas City Star: "Fatal failures"
• Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News: "Ethanol boom: Kernel to car"

Mid-sized Publications
• Binyamin Appelbaum, Lisa Hammersly, Ted Mellnik, Peter St. Onge, Stella
M. Hopkins, Liz Chandler, Mike Drummond, Pam Kelley, Gary Schwab and
Patrick Scott, The Charlotte Observer: "Sold a nightmare"
• Lee Rood, Lynn Hicks, Philip Brasher, Paula Lavigne, Jerry Perkins,
Perry Beeman, Jon Benedict, Jeff Bruner, Suzanne Behnke and Don Tormey,
Des Moines Register: "Fueling Iowa's future"
• Christine Tierney and Bill Vlasic: The Detroit News: "Death of a

Small Publications
• Winston Ross, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.): "Big fish in a big
• Richard M. Hogan, Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press: "Southwest Florida real
estate sellers beware"
• James L. Martin, Erie (Pa.) Times-News: "Made in Mexico"

Weekly Publications
• Bryant Ruiz Switzky, Katharine Grayson, Nancy Kuehn, Eric Johnson and
Dirk DeYoung, The Minneapolis- St. Paul Business Journal: "Operation
• Jeanne Lang Jones and Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal:
"Industrial land"
• Christopher Tritto, The St. Louis Business Journal: "Fig"

Real-time News Organizations
• David Dietz, Gary Cohn and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg News: "The
insurance hoax"

Magazine Cover Stories

Large Magazines
• Brian Grow and Keith Epstein, Business Week: "The poverty business"
• Ellen McGirt, Fast Company: "Al Gore's $100 million makeover"

Small Magazines
• David Evans, Richard Tomlinson, Seth Lubove and Daniel Taub, Bloomberg
Markets: "Toxic debt"

Online Excellence

Breaking News

Large Websites
• Tom Krazit, Caroline McCarthy, Erica Ogg, Kent German, Leslie Katz,
Brian Cooley, CNET News: "Launch of the iPhone"
• Staff, "Turmoil in the mortgage and credit markets"

Small Websites
• Steve Daniels, Senior Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business: "LaSalle's
Richman near deal to join private bank"
• Alby Gallun, Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business: "Kennedy, developer
plan big Wolf Point project."
• Chad Eric Watt, Staff Writer; Dave Moore, Staff Writer, Dallas Business
Journal: "Questions dog press club"


Large Websites
• Rex Nutting, Amy Hoak and Alistair Barr, Marketwatch: "Subprime
shakedown: Will 'lemming loans' drive economy off cliff?"
• Art Lenehan, Anh Ly, Suzanne McGee and Chris Oster, MSN Money: "Keeping
up with the Wangs"
• David Barboza, Keith Bradsher, Howard French, Joseph Kahn, Jim Yardley
and the staff of The New York Times and "Choking on
growth: China's environmental crisis"

Mid-sized Websites
• Ted Mellnik, Bill Pitzer, Phillip Hoffman, David Enna, The Charlotte
Observer: "Sold a nightmare"

Small Websites
Certificate of Merit
• Rich Laden, Nichole Montanez, Mark Reis, Christian Murdock, David
Bitton and Joanna Bean, The Gazette (Colorado Springs): "Academy
Boulevard at a crossroads"

Audio/Visual Reports

Large Websites
• John Authers, Financial Times: "Short view"
• Jenalia Moreno and Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle: "Olive oil"
• David Pogue, The New York Times: "The iPhone challenge: keep it quiet"

Mid-sized Websites
• Hoag Levins, Ad Age: "3-Minute Ad Age"
• Stephanie AuWerter and Stacey Bradford, "Smart Advice
video: avoiding foreclosure"


Large Websites
• Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle: "Techblog"
• Staff, The New York Times: "Bits"
• Staff, The Wall Street Journal: "Deal Journal"

Mid-sized Websites
• Bill Bowen, Jim Fuquay, Dianna Hunt, Mike Lee, Richard Stubbe and Scott
Nishimura, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Barnett Shale: Drilling for
answers about the natural gas boom in North Texas"
• Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register: "Lansner on real estate"
• Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog"

Creative Use of Online

Large Websites
• Roben Farzad, Business Week: Narrated slideshows
• Staff, MarketWatch: "The heat is on"
• Staff, "2007 best places to live"

Student Contest

For stories written for professional publications
• Daniel Johnson, Seattle Times: "Grape-growing town not on wine lovers'

For stories written for student publications
• Jessica Nunez, Columbia Missourian: "Funding farming"

Source: The Society of American Business Editors and Writers

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America's Best Graduate Schools: U.S.News & World Report Announces the Publication of the 2009 Edition

US News

U.S.News & World Report today announced the publication of the 2009 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. Examining more graduate programs than before, this year's edition of America's Best Graduate Schools is a comprehensive guide to graduate schools across the USA. The guide contains the exclusive rankings of over 1,500 graduate school programs in categories such as business, education, engineering, law, and medicine.

US News

Following are the listings of the top 10 schools in each of the main disciplines.

2009 Graduate School Rankings

Schools of Business

1. Harvard University (MA)
Stanford University (CA)
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)
University of Chicago
7. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)
University of California-Berkeley (Haas)
9. Columbia University (NY)
10. New York University (Stern)

Schools of Education

1. Stanford University (CA)
2. Vanderbilt University (Peabody) (TN)
3. University of California-Los Angeles
4. Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
5. University of Oregon
6. Harvard University (MA)
7. University of California-Berkeley
University of Washington
9. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
10. University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas-Austin

Schools of Engineering

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stanford University (CA)
3. University of California-Berkeley
4. Georgia Institute of Technology
5. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
6. California Institute of Technology
7. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
8. University of Southern California (Viterbi)
9. Cornell University (NY)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Schools of Law

1. Yale University (CT)
2. Harvard University (MA)
Stanford University (CA)
4. Columbia University (NY)
5. New York University
6. University of California-Berkeley
7. University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
9. Northwestern University (IL)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Virginia

Schools of Medicine (Research)

1. Harvard University (MA)
2. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
3. Washington University in St. Louis
4. University of Pennsylvania
5. University of California-San Francisco
6. Duke University (NC)
University of Washington
8. Stanford University (CA)
9. University of California-Los Angeles (Geffen)
Yale University (CT)

Source: U.S.News & World Report

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March 28, 2008

General Motors was the Heaviest Online Advertiser Among Auto Manufacturers in January 2008: comScore Ad Metrix


2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Photo 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid


2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-door

Photo: 2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-door

GM delivers 27 percent more display ads than Toyota in total, but Toyota delivers 32 percent more ads per person reach, this was revealed today by edcomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR). edcomScore, Inc. released a study using data from the comScore Ad Metrix service that examined online advertising by auto manufacturers in January 2008. comScore Ad Metrix provides detailed reporting of the number and types of online display ads viewed by Internet users (from both the publisher and advertiser perspectives) for the U.S. market, with January marking the first public release of the advertiser- level data.

comScore Ad Metrix measures the number of times each advertisers' ads are viewed and where they are viewed, along with information on the demographics and online behavior of those Internet users being reached. comScore Ad Metrix also provides reach and frequency calculations, samples of the creative ad units delivered, and information on ad sizes.


2008 Honda Civic Coupe

Photo: 2008 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda Acura 2009 TSX

Photo: Honda Acura 2009 TSX

GM Leads in Online Ads among Auto Manufacturers: General Motors was the top online advertiser among auto manufacturers in January, delivering nearly 1.7 billion total display ad views in the U.S., followed by Toyota (1.4 billion) and Ford Motor Company (1.1 billion). General Motors also led in reach, with approximately 103 million unique individuals receiving their display ads during the month, followed by Ford which reached 95 million people and Toyota which reached 62 million. But, both General Motors and Ford were outnumbered by Toyota in terms of ads delivered per person reached. Toyota delivered a frequency of 22 ads per person during the month, compared to 16 for General Motors and 11 for Ford.

Top Auto Manufacturer Online Advertisers
(by Total Display AdViews in January 2008)

Advertiser • Ad Views (000) • Share • Visitors (000) • Frequency

General Motors • 1,687,065 • 32.8% • 102,574 • 16.4
Toyota • 1,356,782 • 26.4% • 62,428 • 21.7
Ford Motor • 1,075,831 • 20.9% • 94,987 • 11.3
Honda • 377,863 • 7.3% • 57,923 • 6.5
Nissan • 291,666 • 5.7% • 31,262 • 9.3
Chrysler LLC • 123,868 • 2.4% • 22,142 • 5.6
Hyundai Motors • 95,246 • 1.9% • 16,723 • 5.7
Volkswagen • 60,498 • 1.2% • 7,126 • 8.5
Suzuki Motor • 42,491 • 0.8% • 5,389 • 2.8
Harley Davidson • 35,287 • 0.7% • 6,109 • 5.8

Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Ad Metrix

"GM has really led the auto industry in its use of online advertising," says Alistair Sutcliffe, vice president of comScore Advertising Solutions, "And, their recent announcement that half of their $3 billion annual advertising budget would be spent online in the coming years is likely to be a bellwether for many industries. Many traditional advertisers are beginning to understand that the Internet enables them to efficiently build their brands by achieving their demographic reach and frequency goals while at the same time reaching the most attractive, behaviorally-defined target segments. This is a winning recipe for achieving an attractive return on one's advertising investment."


2008 Toyota Camry

Photo: 2008 Toyota Camry

2008 Toyota Sequoia

Photo: 2008 Toyota Sequoia

Auto Manufacturers Advertise Heavily on Portals and Auto Resource Sites: The top publisher sites on which auto manufacturers advertise are primarily portals and auto resource sites. Yahoo! Sites (936 million display ad views) and Microsoft Sites (585 million display ad views) deliver the most total impressions for auto manufacturers, and both also deliver significant reach with these impressions.

Auto resource sites also factor prominently into auto manufacturers' online advertising strategies, with AutoTrader (114 million display ad views) and (98 million display ad views) leading the way. Though these sites have a narrower reach than portals, they represent a desirable and highly targeted audience for auto manufacturers.

Auto Manufacturer Display Ads Appearance
Top Properties in January 2008

Property • Ad Views (000) • Share • Visitors (000) • Frequency

Yahoo! Sites • 935,550 • 18.0% • 72,041 • 13.0
Microsoft Sites • 584,889 • 11.2% • 39,615 • 14.8
Fox Interactive • 550,288 • 10.6% • 41,660 • 13.2
AOL LLC • 316,772 • 6.1% • 33,808 • 9.4
AutoTrader • 113,764 • 2.2% • 3,698 • 30.8 • 97,579 • 1.9% • 4,359 • 22.4 • 83,529 • 1.6% • 4,669 • 17.9
eBay • 80,918 • 1.6% • 15,027 • 5.4
Time Warner (Excl. AOL) • 53,674 • 1.0% • 8,855 • 6.1
Google Sites • 50,306 • 1.0% • 16,192 • 3.1

Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Ad Metrix

Toyota Scion xB Has Most Viewed Display Ad among Auto Manufacturers in January: The majority of the top 10 auto manufacturer display ads in January were for new model introductions, with the Toyota Scion xB 120 x 240 flash (swf) ad ranking atop the list with 12.6 percent of all display ad views in the category. Honda's "Battle of the Bands" ad ranked second with 2.9 percent, followed by a Chevy Malibu new model ad with a 2.4-percent share.

Top Online Display Ad (Creatives)
(Among Auto Manufacturers in January 2008)

Company • Make • Model • Ad Size & Type • % of Total

Toyota • Scion • xB • 120 X 240 swf • 12.6%
Honda • Honda • n/a • 175 X 110 gif • 2.9%
GM • Chevrolet • Malibu • 350 X 200 swf • 2.4%
GM • Saturn • All • 350 X 200 swf • 2.2%
GM • Chevrolet • Malibu • 728 X 90 swf • 2.1%
GM • Chevrolet • Malibu • 300 X 250 swf • 2.0%
GM • Chevrolet • Malibu • 300 X 250 swf • 2.0%
Toyota • Toyota • Sequoia • 300 X 250 swf • 1.7%
Toyota • Toyota • n/a • 88 X 31 gif • 1.5%
Honda • Acura • n/a • 468 X 60 gif • 1.3%

Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Ad Metrix

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March 26, 2008



India's largest automobile company, Tata Motors today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Ford Motor Company for the purchase of Jaguar Land Rover, comprising brands, plants and Intellectual Property Rights.

Land Rover

2008 Land Rover Range Rover

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Photo: 2008 Land Rover Range Rover

The transfer of ownership to Tata Motors is expected to close by the end of the next quarter, subject to applicable regulatory approvals.

The total amount to be paid in cash by Tata Motors for Jaguar Land Rover upon closing will be approximately US $2.3 billion. At closing, Ford will then contribute up to approximately US $600 million to the Jaguar Land Rover pension plans.


2008 Jaguar XK

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Photo: 2008 Jaguar XK

Commenting on the agreement, Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors, Mr. Ratan N. Tata, said, "We are very pleased at the prospect of Jaguar and Land Rover being a significant part of our automotive business. We have enormous respect for the two brands and will endeavor to preserve and build on their heritage and competitiveness, keeping their identities intact. We aim to support their growth, while holding true to our principles of allowing the management and employees to bring their experience and expertise to bear on the growth of the business."

Ford Motor Company

Mr. Alan Mulally, President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, said, "Jaguar and Land Rover are terrific brands. We are confident that they are leaving our fold with the products, plan and team to continue to thrive under Tata's stewardship. Now, it is time for Ford to concentrate on integrating the Ford brand globally, as we implement our plan to create a strong Ford Motor Company that delivers profitable growth for all."

As part of the transaction, Ford will continue to supply Jaguar Land Rover for differing periods with powertrains, stampings and other vehicle components, in addition to a variety of technologies, such as environmental and platform technologies. Ford also has committed to provide engineering support, including research and development, plus information technology, accounting and other services.


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Photo: Land Rover recently announced a multi-year relationship with Wimbledon Champion and one of the world's most talented female athletes - Maria Sharapova.

In addition, Ford Motor Credit Company will provide financing for Jaguar and Land Rover dealers and customers during a transitional period, which can vary by market, of up to 12 months.

Jaguar Land Rover's employees, trades unions and the UK Government have been kept informed of developments as the sale process progressed and have indicated their support for the agreement.

Founded in 1922, Jaguar has been amongst the premium brands for luxury saloons and sports cars. Since its very first design appeared in 1948, Land Rover has been identified as "the ultimate in four-wheel drive vehicles". Jaguar and Land Rover have been under Ford's ownership since 1989 and 2000 respectively. The two together have about 16,000 employees.

Speaking on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover, Geoff Polites, chief executive officer, said: "Jaguar Land Rover's management team is very pleased that Ford and Tata Motors have come to an agreement today. Our team has been consulted extensively on the deal content and feels confident that it provides for the business needs of both our brands going forward.
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March 24, 2008

New Jersey Tourism's Spring Advertising Campaign: "You Have Arrived"

As Travelers Plan Spring and Summer Itineraries, Multifaceted Campaign Uses Popular GPS Imagery to Spotlight New Jersey's "Great Destinations in Any Direction"


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New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism debuts the state's new multifaceted Spring advertising campaign today March 24. Two compelling new television commercials take center stage in a media mix featuring radio, billboards and the Internet. The 30-second TV spots go beyond simply suggesting a visit to the Garden State -- they draw viewers in by highlighting New Jersey's signature attractions as well as a sampling of the state's artistic, cultural and historic destinations.


The campaign, which features images of GPS navigation screens and the familiar "you have arrived" broadcast voice-overs, capture New Jersey's range of experiences -- from bicycling to birdwatching, from starfish to spa treatments.

NJ Tourism Spring TV Commercial

According to the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, viewers will see historic venues such as Red Bank's revitalized Count Basie Theatre, exciting dining and nightlife, and families bonding over Wildwood's exhilarating rides and nostalgic "Doo Wop" culture. New Jersey's great destinations will be splashed across the Eastern seaboard -- from Toronto, Ontario to Roanoke, Virginia, and from Cincinnati, Ohio to Long Island, New York. Drivers will see billboard images of the state's diverse tourism gems -- as colorful GPS screens -- along major thoroughfares. Web surfers can explore online through Internet advertising. And radio listeners will hear "mini itineraries," perfect for a quick getaway. " || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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RICOH JAPAN OPENING SERIES 2008: Boston Red Sox will Wear EMC Sleeve Patch on their Right Shoulders

EMC Boston Red Sox

Photo: EMC is running this ad on Tokyo Metro trains during the Ricoh Japan Opening Series, featuring the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's March 25-26 at the Tokyo Dome. In English, the ad's headline says: "The moment when confidence becomes conviction. IT strategy based on EMC's technology is the winning approach."

Boston Red Sox

Photo: Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throws a ball during his team's practice in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, March 24, 2008. Matsuzaka is expected to pitch against the Oakland Athletics in Tuesday's Major League Baseball regular season opener at the Tokyo dome. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO, March 24 -- As Major League Baseball travels to Tokyo for the RICOH JAPAN OPENING SERIES 2008, the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox will begin their quest to repeat with a pair of games against the Oakland A's at the Tokyo Dome on March 25 and 26. Just as it was throughout their 2007 championship season, the Red Sox' EMC information infrastructure will be working in the background to help provide an information advantage. This time, though, the Red Sox also will be wearing an EMC logo patch on their sleeves when they take the field.


Photo: Boston Red Sox will take the field with this EMC sleeve patch on their right shoulders for the Ricoh Japan Opening Series March 25-26 at the Tokyo Dome. This will mark the first time in their history the Red Sox have worn a sponsor logo on their uniforms.

EMC Corporation, a world leader in information infrastructure solutions, is an Official Sponsor of Major League Baseball (MLB) Japan, and has expanded its partnership with the Boston Red Sox to support the RICOH JAPAN OPENING SERIES 2008. For the games in Japan, the Red Sox will wear specially designed sleeve patches featuring the EMC and "JAPAN 2008" logos, marking the first-ever sponsor logo on the team's uniforms. The initiative would reinforce EMC's expanding brand awareness in Japan, one of the world's largest and most advanced markets for information technology.

EMC provides state-of-the-art mobile information storage, which allows Red Sox players and coaches to access digitized video of their own performances and mechanics as well as their opponents', whether the team is on the road or at Fenway Park in Boston. The system will be up and running at the Tokyo Dome.

As the Official Information Infrastructure Provider of the Boston Red Sox, EMC provides the systems, software and services that enable a variety of traditional business applications, such as e-mail, transaction systems, and online editing of video and other content for the broadcast and print news media, as well as some highly specialized ones, such as digitized video access. In total, the Red Sox have deployed nearly 100 terabytes of capacity on EMC networked storage systems.

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March 23, 2008

Volvo's Development of Plug-in Hybrid Car: Volvo ReCharge Concept

Plug-in hybrid with battery-only range of 60 miles - and a combustion diesel engine for backup power.

Volvo Hybrid

Volvo Hybrid

The Volvo ReCharge Concept is a plug-in hybrid with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be recharged via a regular electrical outlet for maximum environmental benefit.

Recharging allows the car to be driven about 60 miles (100 km) on battery power alone before the car's four-cylinder diesel engine is needed to power the car and recharge the battery.

The ReCharge Concept has been developed at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center (VMCC), the Volvo Car Corporation's think-tank in Camarillo, California.

"This is a ground-breaking innovation for sustainable transportation. A person driving less than 60 miles a day will rarely need to visit a filling station. In the USA, this may apply to almost 80 percent of drivers," says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Cars. According to him, this plug-in hybrid car, when used as intended, should have about 66 percent lower emissions of carbon dioxide compared with the best hybrid cars available on the market today.

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An electric motor at each wheel -- the Volvo ReCharge Concept shown combines a number of the latest technological innovations into a so-called "series hybrid" where there is no mechanical connection between the engine and the wheels.The battery pack integrated into the luggage compartment uses lithium-polymer battery technology. The batteries are intended to have a useful life beyond that of the car itself. Four electric motors, one at each wheel, provide independent traction power. Four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine (109 hp) drives an advanced generator that efficiently powers the wheel motors when the battery is depleted.

Electric car with a combustion engine as backup -- in principle, the Volvo ReCharge Concept is a battery electric car with an efficient generator, an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), that steps in when battery charge becomes insufficient for adequate driving performance.

The driver can choose the power source -- the combustion engine starts up automatically when 70 percent of the battery power has been used up. However, the driver also has the option of controlling the four-cylinder diesel engine manually via a button in the instrument panel. This allows the driver to start the engine earlier in order to maximize battery charge, for instance when out on the highway in order to save battery capacity for driving through the next town.

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Photo: Ichiro Sugioka, project manager for the Volvo ReCharge Concept, in front of the ReCharge Concept car.

"There is a considerable difference between our plug-in hybrid and today's hybrids. Today's hybrids use the battery only for short periods to assist the combustion engine. Our solution is designed for most people to run on electric power all the time, while providing the extra security that comes with having a combustion engine as a secondary source of electrical power," says Ichiro Sugioka, project manager for the Volvo ReCharge Concept. He adds: "What is more, our C30 with plug-in hybrid technology retains its lively and sporty driving properties. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 9 seconds and top speed is 100 mph."

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The Volvo ReCharge Concept is best suited to car drivers who cover moderate distances every day. For example, a commuter who has less than 60 miles to drive between home and workplace can cover the entire round trip on electric power alone, making the car a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) for most everyday driving.

Meanwhile, Volvo Car Corporation has just launched a unique cooperation for the development of plug-in hybrid cars in Sweden. Together with electricity provider Vattenfall, Saab Automobile, ETC and the Swedish state, Volvo Car Corporation is launching a joint broad-based research venture to develop spearhead technology in the area of plug-in hybrid cars. Sweden will be the arena for the field tests.

The aim of the project, which is being carried out jointly by Volvo Car Corporation, Saab Automobile, Vattenfall (electric supplier) and ETC (battery provider), is to develop and demonstrate the next-generation hybrid cars. A fleet of 10 plug-in hybrids will be produced that can be recharged directly from the mains wall socket.
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March 21, 2008

All-New 2009 Honda Fit makes World Debut at New York International Auto Show

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Photo: The all-new 2009 Honda Fit was introduced by Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., during the New York International Auto Show. The Fit promises to further its leadership in the subcompact segment with top-of-class feature content, including an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System; improved interior functionality, including one-motion dive-down rear seats; enhanced sporty demeanor through improved suspension, steering and body rigidity; and high levels of standard safety equipment, including Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.

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The all-new 2009 Honda Fit, set to go on sale in the U.S. this fall, is making its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show. According to American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Fit promises to further its leadership in the subcompact segment with top-of-class feature content, including an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™; improved interior functionality, including one-motion dive-down rear seats; enhanced sporty demeanor through improved suspension, steering and body rigidity; and high levels of standard safety equipment, including Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

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Dimensionally compact on the outside, the interior provides large passenger and class-leading cargo space to maximize comfort and utility.

Adding further refinement, Fit Sport offers an available factory-installed Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition, featuring a 6.5-inch screen. All Fit Sport models feature a USB audio interface1 compatible with current generation iPods and many USB storage devices. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Subaru to Evaluate Quick Charge Electric Car with New York Power Authority

• 50-mile Charge Costs Less Than $2 Dollars

• 80-Percent Re-Charge in 15 Minutes


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Subaru today announced that it would begin evaluating its R1e electric vehicle (EV) in the United States this summer. The Subaru R1e will be on display at the New York International Auto Show, from March 21-30 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Based on the Subaru R1 minicar sold in Japan, the R1e was developed by Subaru in partnership with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO). The utility has been testing a fleet of R1e electric cars since 2006. As part of a U.S. test program, two of the Subaru R1e electric cars will join the New York Power Authority (NYPA) fleet (NYPA is USA's largest state-owned electric utility).

The Subaru R1e employs state-of-the-art, fast-charge lithium ion battery technology that eliminates typical lithium ion battery issues of charge memory loss, allowing partial charges and quick charges that do not decrease battery life. The two-seat Subaru R1e is capable of driving at speeds up to 65 mph with a range of up to 50 miles, making it an ideal urban commuter. The Subaru R1e can be "quick-charged" to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes using quick-charge technology. The vehicle can be fully charged overnight (eight hours) while connected to a standard household electrical outlet. The R1e uses an AC permanent magnet synchronized motor producing 40 kW.

There are currently 40 Subaru R1e vehicles in use and Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries will place an additional 100 electric vehicles for test marketing in Japan in 2009. Subaru is focusing on the development of new battery technology for future power train applications. Compared with nickel metal hydride or nickel-hydrogen battery technology, lithium-ion battery technology offers a number of advantages, among them easier packaging, higher power density and better cooling for longer life.

Service life for the high-density lithium-ion battery is estimated at 10 years and 100,000 miles, another environmental benefit. The battery pack is also designed to be easily recycled. The laminated battery packs are flat, rather than cylindrical, offering EV manufacturers wide latitude in vehicle design and packaging. The battery's basic design and composition consist of laminate, manganese, and lithium ion.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan.
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March 20, 2008

Pininfarina unveils the Sintesi, the new concept car that explores the car of the future


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Turin, Italy -- Three years after the Birdcage 75th, Pininfarina returns with the Sintesi, a new concept car that explores ideas and solutions for the car of the future.

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The Sintesi is a sports car with four doors and four seats, developed by a highly innovative approach: it does not consider the car as a shape that covers the mechanicals, but one that gives a shape to the mechanicals around the passengers, starting from the latter. This approach, which is known as "Liquid" Packaging, tends to improve weight distribution and lower the centre of gravity, which are important elements for driving dynamics.

Pininfarina made this possible by close collaboration with Nuvera, which developed the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components of which were distributed around the car, with four fuel cells positioned near to the wheels. The result is that the space for passengers is much more generous - in proportion to the total volume of the car - without detracting from the sporty line with its relaxed, elegant profile which is sleek, tapered and aerodynamic. The modular nature of the fuel cells, combined with the batteries and a sophisticated overall electronic architecture (developed with PI Shurlok), allows for modular use of the available power depending on driving conditions.


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The Sintesi was imagined in a setting of Transparent Mobility which (according to Clancast, the radio technology developed by Reicom after years of research) envisages that all cars act as nerve cells, creating a dynamic communications network managed by a disseminated intelligence. A real "living connective tissue" on which data and information about traffic and security, audio and video, Internet and cross-media content can travel. A concept of wireless connectivity that establishes a continuous, transparent dialogue between the town, the road and the vehicles that we will drive in the future, without limiting the motorist's autonomy, but increasing his sense of freedom.

This futuristic scenario opens the door to advanced active safety solutions which in turn have made it possible to design the car with volumes that are not conditioned by today's bulky passive safety systems.

The important role played by electronics in the Sintesi project is also evident in the design of the interior and the lights. Inside, the dashboard reflects the flow of information in which the car moves.


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Photo: The ultramodern headlight design emphasizes Sintesi's car-of-the-future concept. Instead of two standard separate headlights, the Sintesi headlight is comprised of 16 OSRAM OSTAR(R) Headlamp LEDs that formed a continuous, narrow strip of light. The ultra-bright and efficient LED-powered headlight is one of several LED packages illuminating this concept car. The OSRAM OSTAR Headlamp LED technology platform allows for infinite options in the design and manufacture of traditional headlights.

The lights become focal points through which the car dialogues with its environment. In addition to the innovative LED system supplied by Osram, which made it possible to create a simple, strong shape that underlines the car's central axis, the 'headlights' also incorporate the telecameras and the proximity radar system.

With a history dating back to 1930, Pininfarina is a leading service company within the automotive industry, able to offer to the OEM's creative solutions based on its know-how and flexibility through each stage of Concept & Design, Product & Process Engineering, Niche Vehicle Manufacturing, as a full-cycle turn-key partner, or a provider of specific services.

The company has more than 3,000 employees and operations in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Morocco and China. The current car input includes 5 new models: Volvo C70, Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider, Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet, Mitsubishi Colt CZC. Some other customers are: Ferrari, Maserati, Peugeot, Renault, Jaguar, Honda, Daewoo, Hyundai, AviChina, Brilliance, Chery, Changfeng, and JAC. ||

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March 19, 2008

Maserati GranTurismo S arrives in New York


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Photo: The Maserati GranTurismo S arrives in New York, after its worldwide debut at the Geneva Autoshow earlier this month. The glamorous setting for the New York debut is the Maserati Showroom on Park Avenue in Manhattan, where the GranTurismo S premiered before US clients and collectors. In 2007, Maserati delivered more than 2600 units in the United States, marking a 20% growth in relation to the previous year. (Photo Credit: Maserati North America) || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Dick Colliver Receives Prestigious J.D. Power and Associates 'Founder's Award' for Distinguished Service in the Automotive Industry


Photo: J.D. "Dave" Power III, founder of J.D. Power and Associates (left), presents the Founder's Award to Dick Colliver. The award was presented at the 2008 Wall Street Automotive Awards Dinner Tuesday evening at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, March 18.

J.D. Power III, founder of J.D. Power and Associates, presented the prestigious Founder's Award to Dick Colliver of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for his outstanding commitment to customer service in the automotive industry.

Power presented the Founder's Award to Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., during the Wall Street Automotive Awards Dinner held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, March 18.

A discretionary award presented periodically, the Founder's Award recognizes individuals or companies demonstrating dedication, commitment and sustained improvement in serving customers. In the 40-year history of J.D. Power and Associates, only 19 companies or individuals have previously received the award.

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Honda is one of the world's leading producers of mobility products including its diverse line-up of automobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, power products, marine engines, personal watercraft, and aircraft. Founded in Japan in 1948, Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. The company has invested more than $9 billion in its North American operations with 14 major manufacturing facilities, employment of more than 35,000 associates, and annual purchases of more than $18 billion in parts and materials from suppliers in North America.

Colliver joined Honda as senior vice president of the Honda Automobile Division in 1993 and was promoted to executive vice president in July 1997. Prior to joining Honda, Colliver worked for more than 20 years with Mazda Motors of America. His automotive career, which began in 1962, included a variety of sales and marketing positions with General Motors and Chrysler.

Under Colliver's leadership, the Honda Automobile Division has set sales records each year, and Honda and Acura dealers are among the most profitable in the automotive industry.


Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP) is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Boeing Delivers First 777-200LR for a U.S. Carrier to Delta Air Lines

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Boeing has delivered the first widebody 777-200LR (longer range) airplane for a U.S. carrier to Delta Air Lines. The airplane was revealed and then dedicated by the airline's management in honor of Delta employees, 150 of whom attended the delivery ceremony at Boeing Field.

The airplane is the first of eight Boeing 777-200LRs ordered by Delta Air Lines, enhancing the airline's ability to connect customers and cargo between virtually any two cities around the globe, nonstop. The aircraft entered scheduled service March 8 flying between Atlanta and Los Angeles, and on March 9 from Atlanta to Tokyo.

In tribute to employees and to the original "Spirit of Delta" -- a Boeing 767-200 given to the airline in 1982 by employees, retirees and friends -- the new Boeing 777-200LR, Ship 7101, is called "The Delta Spirit" in gratitude to the many accomplishments of Delta's employees worldwide. The aircraft was officially dedicated to Delta employees in a celebration March 6 in Atlanta. ||

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March 17, 2008

New York International Auto Show: Saab 9-X BioHybrid Makes American Debut

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NEW YORK -- Following its world premiere at the Geneva auto show earlier this month, Saab 9-X BioHybrid premium compact concept is scheduled to make its American debut at the New York International Auto Show media days, beginning March 19.

GM explains that the 9-X BioHybrid is a vivid vision of what a future compact car from Saab could look like. It is designed to reflect the priorities of youthful customers who seek progressive looks, responsible performance and high-tech communications, all in a sporty, fun-to-drive package. The interior showcases an entirely new expression of Saab's driver-focused cockpit design, together with innovative, seamless connectivity for personal nomadic devices and a rear cargo deck with a "low-friction" loading system.

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Anthony Lo, director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe led the 9-X BioHybrid design team in cooperation with the Saab Brand Center in Sweden. According to him, this car is all about efficiency in design and performance

With its turbine-style wheels placed at all four corners, minimal bodywork overhangs and an extended roof line, the proportions of the three-door Saab 9-X BioHybrid bring a dynamic, new dimension to conventional compact hatchback looks.

Echoing Saab's roots in aircraft design, the 9-X BioHybrid also explores the potential for using active aerodynamics to reduce drag - and fuel consumption - at cruising speeds.

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The four-seat cabin introduces an entirely new execution of Saab's driver-focused cockpit design. The central, floor-mounted console, with its angled controls and displays, is now eliminated. Instead, the driver-focused layout incorporates a main instrument panel that sweeps out from the top of the door molding, arching across the driver. The embedded 3-D graphics appear to be "frozen" in ice, continuing a Scandinavian design theme first seen in the Aero X.

Reflecting the needs of youthful customers, who expect easy access to multi-media both inside and outside the car, Saab has cooperated with Sony Ericsson to provide seamless, in-car connectivity for a range of nomadic devices. The result is a wireless interface for streaming data, entertainment and satellite navigation functions for display and use. The interface also allows the simultaneous use of multiple devices when passengers are in the car.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. ||

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Coty Inc. Announces Fragrance Partnership With Hollywood Icon Halle Berry

Hollywood Star to Debut Her First Fragrance


NEW YORK -- Coty Inc., a leader in the global beauty industry has announced the signing of Oscar-award winning actress Halle Berry to market her debut fragrance.

Set to debut globally in spring 2009, the yet-to-be named fragrance is the first for the iconic actress. Berry will play an integral role in the conception to market process and will work with Coty's talented marketing, creative and product development teams.

Starring in more than twenty major motion pictures, Halle Berry is one of Hollywood's most respected and successful actors. She is the only African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, and is recognized as one of the most beautiful women in the world, consistently appearing on People magazine's list of the "50 Most Beautiful People."

Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today, Coty Inc. is the world's largest fragrance company and a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of $3.5 billion. Coty Inc. has developed a portfolio of notable brands and delivers its products to consumers in 91 markets worldwide. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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March 13, 2008

CarMax Reports Most Popular Vehicle Colors

Black Ranks No. 1 Car Color Choice for Shoppers on


Photo: Black is a much liked Car Color (2006 Cadillac Star Black Limited Edition XLR).

RICHMOND, Va., March 13 -- CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX), USA's largest retailer of used cars, reports that the color black has topped the list as the most popular color for vehicle searches conducted on in February.


"We find color choice is a very important consideration for customers when car shopping," said Mark Simmons, Purchasing Manager in San Diego, California. "I am not surprised that black tops the list. The color black looks good on nearly every make and model."

Used car shoppers' top five color choices for online searches in February were:

Color Choice / Percent of Searches
1. Black / 36%
2. White / 17%
3. Blue / 11%
4. Red / 10%
5. Silver / 9%

Other colors of interest to online shoppers included Gray (6%), Green (4%) and Yellow (2%).

Online shoppers can use the CarMax website to search the company's inventory of more than 25,000 new and used cars. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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Diamonair Unveils New Look With Bridget Moynahan


NEW YORK -- US-based fine jewelry company, Diamonair brings their brand to modern elegance with model and actress Bridget Moynahan. The marketing campaign honors Diamonair's 40-year-old tradition, while offering a nod to iconic Hollywood glamour.

The imagery, shot by famed photographer Wayne Maser, is modern and glamorous yet echoes an ageless charm. Set in a boudoir, constructed on-site at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles, the photos are dramatic and intense. Black-and-white shots complimented by partnering shots in color showcase the brilliant, rich hues of the jewels.

As pioneers of the simulated diamond, Diamonair is constantly moving forward while honoring their original commitment to making women feel beautiful with innovative, stylish jewelry. The company is best known for creating a replica of a diamond for Elizabeth Taylor to wear in her travels, a gift to her from Sir Richard Burton. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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March 9, 2008

A320 SelectOne Engine Test Flights

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As part of Airbus' commitment to offering its customers the most eco-efficient aircraft and also to driving down aircraft related maintenance costs, the Airbus A320 test aircraft successfully performed the first in a series of test flights on 26th February.

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An A320 performed the first test flight with International Aero Engine's new fuel-efficient SelectOne™ powerplant, which is designed for lower CO2 emissions and longer on-wing time

A series of test flights will validate the SelectOne™ engine's performance and handling characteristics, leading to its certification and availability on the A319, A320 and A321. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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March 8, 2008

Actress Martina Gedeck to Perform German Narration of DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D Slated for Release on March 13th in Germany

European premiere to take place this Monday at the Cinestar IMAX 3D Kino im Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in the presence of Martina Gedeck, film ambassador Jean-Michel Cousteau and filmmakers the Mantello Brothers.

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Photo: Actress Martina Gedeck recording the German narration for DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D in Berlin. Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the film will invite audiences on a journey of discovery with these tribes of the ocean. Its European premiere will be held at the Cinestar IMAX 3D Kino in Potsdamer Platz (Sony Center) in Berlin on March 10 and will then roll out at select IMAX (R) 3D Theatres and Digital 3D cinemas across Germany as of March 13. (3D Entertainment Distribution Ltd.)

Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D immerses viewers in the daily lives of small and giant cetaceans as they interact socially, play, communicate, feed, breed, migrate and fight for their survival. It also delivers a powerful message in favor of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources. The film marks the first time that humpback whales, belugas, orcas, bottlenose dolphins and manatees have been filmed in 3D for the world's biggest screens.

Three years in the making, the film required no fewer than 12 international expeditions and 600 hours spent underwater at some of the remotest locations on Earth, including off the Pacific Ocean atolls of Moorea and Rurutu (French Polynesia), Vava'u Island (Kingdom of Tonga), Pico Island (Azores) and the Valdez Peninsula (Argentina). Unlike other IMAX(R)-type films, it was shot entirely in the wild and consists solely of underwater footage, with no humans on screen.

The film is produced and released by 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, Ocean Futures Society, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), PADI's Project Aware and Reef Check. || StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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