AsiaNet Daily Summary - Press Releases for Friday Dec. 4, 2009

General Press Releases Friday December 4, 2009 16:13
SYDNEY--4 Dec--AsiaNet/InfoQuest
MICROSOFT AND CONSUMERS...
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. today announced a surge of voluntary
reports - more than 150,000 in the past two years - from people who unknowingly
purchased counterfeit software that was often riddled with viruses or malware.
This increase, more than double the amount of previous records, reflects
growing concern for the harm caused by counterfeit software and
Microsoft's efforts to give people a voice in the fight against software
counterfeiting.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass
ONEWORLD JAL...
VANCOUVER - The leaders of all Japan Airlines' partners in the oneworld(R)
alliance issued this declaration today to their colleagues at the airline, to
the Japanese government and to the country's flying public: oneworld is by far
the best alliance for JAL.
OMANI ARCHITECTURE...
LONDON - Oman is celebrating the unprecedented success of The Wave, Muscat
at the prestigious CNBC International Residential Property Awards. Michael
Lenarduzzi, CEO of The Wave, Muscat, accepted the award for Best International
Architecture which was announced at a glittering ceremony held in San Diego,
California this week.
http://www.thewave-press.com
LIGHTLAKE THERAPEUTICS...
HELSINKI - After two decades of scientifically and medically proven success
in their field, Lightlake Therapeutic's experts have been granted ethical
approval to begin selecting and gene testing subjects for a trial of a simple,
safe and effective treatment for what the World Health Organisation has
described as a global epidemic of unhealthy eating and obesity.
http://www.lightake.org
ICON2009 SUCCEEDS...
BUSAN - The bureau of ICON2009 (Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA),
President: Gyucheol Kim) announced that it has successfully hosted ICON2009
(International Contents Creator's Conference) for 2 days from Nov. 26 to 27, in
the biggest scale ever for the event.
http://www.iconconf.or.kr
COGNIZANT OPENS...
TEANECK, N.J., - Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), a leading provider of consulting,
technology, and business process outsourcing (BPO) services, has announced the
opening of an expanded delivery center in Toronto. The delivery center will
continue to serve a growing roster of U.S. and Canadian clients, as well as the
Canadian subsidiaries of global clients that seek the resource flexibility and
time zone advantages of near-shoring.
www.cognizant.com.
BUREAU VERITAS...
HSINCHU - Bureau Veritas ADT, a leading WiMAX Forum Designated Certification
Lab (WFDCL) for WiMAX Forum Certification Testing, today announced that it has
cooperated with MediaTek, a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless
communications and digital multimedia solutions, and supported MediaTek to
acquire its first WiMAX Forum Operator
IOT (Operator Interoperability Testing) & Conformance certificate.
http://www.mediatek.com
BEIJING COURT...
MCLEAN, Va.- The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has upheld the
right of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to protect its
copyrights in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) from infringement
in China. The GMAT exam is used by more than 4,700 graduate business
programmes in almost 2,000 schools around the world as a critical part of the
admission process.
www.mba.com.
TAG HEUER CELEBRATES...
WOKING - Motor-racing greats Lewis Hamilton joined Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren Automotive Chairman Ron Dennis, TAG
Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer, TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and
more than 120 international journalists at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC)
on Wednesday to celebrate TAG Heuer's 150th anniversary and the 25th year of
its winning partnership with McLaren in F1.
http://presscorner.tagheuer.com/
JOHN LENNON MISSING...
LAS VEGAS - Recently some rare and unreleased John Lennon recordings were
discovered in a vault. These recordings were taped on August 19, 1980. They
were done separately from the mysteriously missing video footage that was
filmed at what is believed to be John Lennon's last recording session with his
band prior to his death. Even more incredible, these recordings have never been
released until now.
www.LennonTapes.com
FANNIE MAE...
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Fannie Mae will redeem the principal amount of MTNR
securities issues amounting to a total of US$60 million on Dec 13, 2009 at a
redemption price equal to 100 per cent of the principal amount redeemed plus
accrued interest.
http://www.fanniemae.com
SOUTHERN AIR...
NORWALK, Conn. - Southern Air Holdings, Inc. today announced that Daniel J.
McHugh has been named chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2010. Mr.
McHugh succeeds James K. Neff, the company's founder and CEO who is retiring at
the end of the year and will remain a board member and significant
shareholder.
BREATH POWERED...
HENDERSON, Nev.- Zyxio, the pioneer in next-generation Human Media
Interaction, debuted the patented SensaWaft(TM) blowing interaction technology
through the Be a Mind Blower contest. The company invited the tech community at
large to unleash its creativity and submit ideas for applications using
its breath powered microchip and is today announcing the top 25 concepts from
which the five winners will be selected.
www.zyxio.com.
AUDI A3 GREEN...
LOS ANGELES - The 2010 Audi A3 TDI has been named Green Car Journal's 2010
Green Car of the Year(R). The clean diesel from Audi rose to the top in a
stellar field of hybrids and advanced diesel models that all offer exceptional
fuel economy and low emissions. This marks the second year in a row that a
clean diesel vehicle has taken the top prize.
www.LAautoshow.com.
FANNIE MAE PRICES...
WASHINGTON - The following is being issued by Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM):
2-Year
Pricing Date December 3, 2009
Settlement Date December 4, 2009
Maturity Date January 12, 2012
Issue Size $3 billion
Coupon 0.875%
Price 99.790
Yield 0.976%
Payment Dates Each January 12th and July 12th, beginning
January 12, 2010
Spread +25 basis points / 0.750%
11/30/11 U.S. Treasury
CUSIP 31398AB43
Listing Application will be made to list the securities
on the EuroMTF market of the Luxembourg
Stock Exchange
Citigroup Global Markets Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., and Morgan
Stanley & Co. are the joint lead managers. The co-managers include Banc of
America Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, FTN Financial
Capital Markets, Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Loop Capital Markets.
RISI ANNOUNCES...
BOSTON -
RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry, today announced the launch of a new website -- www.woodbiomass.com --
dedicated to providing solutions to North America's emerging wood biomass
industry.
www.risi.com.
CHINA GRANTS CANADA...
BANFF NATIONAL PARK - Canada's iconic tourism destination has been proudly
hosting international visitors for over a century. Today's announcement by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fantastic news and Banff and Lake Louise are
ready to welcome leisure travellers from China to our world class destination.
www.banfflakelouise.com.
JETBRAINS RELEASES...
PRAGUE - JetBrains(R), the creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing
development tools, announced today the public availability of TeamCity 5.0, the
company's award-winning distributed build management and continuous
integration tool.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
REESE WITHERSPOON...
LONDON - Avon's Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon today hosted an
exclusive tea party for eight Avon independent sales Representatives. The tea
party was held to celebrate the successful launch of Reese's debut fragrance
for Avon, In Bloom.
http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/avon/37732/
FREELANCER.COM COMPETITION...
SYDNEY - FreelancerTM, formerly known as GetAFreelancer, the world's top
freelance jobs micro-outsourcing marketplace, today announced that the winner
of the US$15,000 global logo competition was Edward V. Sutrisno from Indonesia.
http://www.freelancer.com
FRIENDSTER LAUNCHES...
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Friendster, Inc., a top global web site based on
traffic, today announced a new brand and web site packed with new features
representing a significant milestone in the company's history and further
signifying the company's evolution to focus on the Asian youth market. The
notable changes include a new fun-centric brand, and a redesigned web site with
an emphasis on local relevance, enhancing the overall user experience. The new
direction and focus reflect Friendster's dominant position among the youth
audience in Asia.
www.friendster.com
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