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September 19, 2006

Newest Video Game in Nintendo's Popular Pokemon Series

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon:

NINTENDO POKEMON


Red Rescue Team for Game Boy Advance SP, the newest video game in Nintendo's popular Pokemon series, for the first time lets players actually become Pokemon. The game will be available on Sept. 20.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 375 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.


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Actress Roselyn Sanchez Presents One-Of-A-Kind Mercury Milan to Auction Winner in Motor City

Actress Roselyn Sanchez, currently starring in the hit TV series "Without a Trace," presents the 2006 Mercury Milan Voga to Rick Schmidt, winner of the eBay auction for the customized vehicle designed by Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo.

Ford Mercury Roselyn Sanchez


DETROIT, Sept. 18 -- After sharing the spotlight with Latin America's top designers during Miami Fashion Week, the Mercury Milan Voga returned to Motor City where actress Roselyn Sanchez presented its keys to new owner, Rick Schmidt of Ocala, FL. Schmidt is the winner of the eBay auction for the exclusive vehicle that was customized by Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo to capture the spirit and style of the American Latino culture.

All proceeds from the Milan Voga auction were donated to MANA, a National Latina Organization that strives to empower and improve the lives of Hispanic women through leadership development, community service and advocacy.

Mercury is a brand of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., USA. Ford manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents.


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September 18, 2006

Word Records: Amy Grant To Release First Live CD and DVD Recording in 25 Years

"Time Again...Amy Grant Live" on September 26th.

Grant to Be Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 19th.

World Records Amy Grant


After selling over 25 million albums worldwide, winning numerous GRAMMY(R) Awards and countless other career milestones, Amy Grant is releasing her first live recording in 25 years with "TIME AGAIN...AMY GRANT LIVE" on September 26th. In anticipation of this release and in celebration of her illustrious career, Grant will be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 19th. She is the first artist with roots in Contemporary Christian Music to receive such an honor.

The Word Records Amy Grant project offers Christian and mainstream hits from the past 25 years including "Lead Me On," "Good For Me," "Stay For A While," "Simple Things," "Saved By Love," "Out In The Open," "In A Little While," "Thy Word," "Father's Eyes," El Shaddai," "Oh How The Years Go By," "Baby Baby," "Eye To Eye," "Ask Me," "After The Fire," "Carry You," "Believe," "Every Heartbeat" and "If These Walls Could Speak." The CD additionally features a new studio recording of "In A Little While" and bonus material on the DVD includes behind the scenes/making-of footage, song-by-song descriptions, breakfast with Amy's fan club, "fan cam" footage, "hanging with the band" and more.

Word Records is a part of Word Label Group, a division of Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company. The Word Label Group leads the industry with over fifty years of music-making history.


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NEWSWEEK COVER: SEPTEMBER 25, 2006 ISSUE

NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE


In the September 25 issue (on newsstands Monday, September 18) "Women & Leadership: The Next Generation," Newsweek looks at the next generation of leaders and talks to some of America's most dynamic pioneers as part of Newsweek's ongoing leadership series and the second installment focusing on women. Plus: The Dems' 'Entourage,' an exclusive inspection of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhood, Bush on torture, the Pope and Islam, abused spouses target a controversial custody strategy and baby boomers and classic cars.


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September 17, 2006

The New York Times Launches Brand Campaign

Campaign Created In-House with Emphasis on the Depth of NYT Journalism.

THESE TIMES DEMAND THE TIMES.


New York Times, New York City


The New York Times has announced its new branding campaign, "These Times Demand The Times", focusing on the high-quality journalism produced by the Times reporters in print and online.

The campaign will launch to coincide with the new fall television season. A 30- and 60- second TV commercial will illustrate, in reverse, the unfolding story of how news is reported, beginning with the finished paper in the reader's hands and working backwards to the reporter on the ground. The spots can be viewed at TheseTimesDemandTheTimes.com, a microsite specially created for the campaign. Other ads will highlight the path of several reporters, editors and columnists with vignettes of their personal stories and how they work as journalists. A special 24-page insert in the paper as well as radio, video and banners online, and targeted marketing on Yahoo! will also convey the message.

The campaign launch includes high-profile TV spots that are planned to air during the "Today Show," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "Nightline," and during season premieres of "Lost," "The Office," "Boston Legal," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Law and Order." Sixty-second radio spots will air on local radio. There will be online banners posted at NYTimes.com, IHT.com and About.com, and extensive positioning in the trades including a four-page consecutive insertion in AdAge.

"In these incredibly exciting, technologically fast-paced times, consumers and advertisers more than ever are searching for a trusted brand that reports the news with authority, accuracy and clarity," said Alyse Myers, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, The New York Times Media Group. "Our new campaign speaks directly to these issues: these times absolutely demand The Times."


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September 16, 2006

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton Contribute Forewords in New Reader's Digest Book

For America: Simple Things Each of Us Can Do to Make Our Country Better by Sacha Zimmerman.

Despite challenges in the Middle East, the war on terrorism and steep gas prices, America remains a resilient and optimistic nation. Reader's Digest today announced plans to publish a collection of simple yet empowering actions every American can take to continue to make America a better place. For America: Simple Things Each of Us Can Do to Make Our Country Better, by Sacha Zimmerman, will be available wherever books are sold on October 19, 2006 (http://www.rd.com/foramerica).


Reader's Digest, For America


For America contains forewords written by Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton.

Written by Reader's Digest Washington Bureau Senior Editor Sacha Zimmerman, For America will be released in conjunction with an editorial event in the October issue of Reader's Digest magazine titled "America 2.0: The Upgrade."

For America is a powerful, motivational book organized into eight broad themes such as Ending Hatred, Influencing Leadership, and Improving Communities. Each section includes 10 to 20 simple deeds that people can do immediately for the benefit of their families, their communities, and America as a whole.

An elegant, gift-sized (5 1/4" x 7 1/4") 208-page hard-cover book with an embossed cloth cover and cream ragged-edged pages, For America is priced at $15.00 (ISBN: 0-7621-0829-0).

The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. is a global publisher and direct marketer of products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages and cultures around the world. Global headquarters are located at Pleasantville, New York. The company's main Web site is at www.rd.com.


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Posted by Editors at 8:58 AM

Montblanc Presents Katherine Jenkins as International Brand Ambassador

Montblanc has appointed opera star Katherine Jenkins as one of its international brand ambassadors. In her new role, Katherine will feature in Montblanc's advertising campaign and will perform at the opening of the new Montblanc boutiques in Tokyo and London. Subscribing to the brand's commitment to arts and culture, Montblanc will also be sponsoring Katherine's UK tour later in the year and will support her international development.

Montblanc Ambassador Jewelry Jewellery


Montblanc has identified Katherine Jenkins' astounding talent and youthful beauty. Her individual style and personal values mirror the cornerstones of the Montblanc brand. As Montblanc's women's collections are young and flourishing, Katherine, herself a young rising star has been chosen by the brand to be a face for Montblanc watches, leather, fine jewellery and writing instruments.

Katherine Jenkins has already established herself as one of the biggest names in classical music with her albums Premiere, Second Nature and Living a Dream, which made her the fastest selling classical artist ever. It seems no major event is complete without an appearance by the Welsh singer. She has performed at Live8 and has won two consecutive awards for best album at the Classic Brits.

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the international luxury brand: Montblanc. It is today a diversified luxury goods company offering writing instruments, timepieces, leather, jewellery, eyewear and fragrance.


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Posted by Editors at 7:53 AM

September 15, 2006

PRESIDENT KARZAI INAUGURATES COCA-COLA'S KABUL PLANT

Coke Coca-Cola Kabul


Kabul, September 10, 2006 - President Hamid Karzai inaugurated the brand new, state-of-the-art Coca-Cola bottling plant in Kabul. The modern non-alcoholic beverages production plant has been set up on a 60,000 square meters plot in the Bagrami Industrial Area.

The substantial investment of up to 25 million US Dollars made in the Coca-Cola Kabul Plant is seen as a significant endorsement of the Afghan Government's efforts to push ahead with the country's reconstruction on all fronts and to attract local and foreign investment.

Inaugurating the plant, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai described this investment as "an important step forward to economic growth, self sufficiency and better future of Afghanistan."

President Karzai was accompanied at the inauguration ceremony by members of the Afghan Cabinet, senior government officials as well as diplomats and representatives of International organizations.

"Afghanistan is a country promising a lot of growth opportunity for our business," stated the Country Manager of Coca-Cola for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Rizwan U. Khan.

Coca-Cola's business in Afghanistan will be managed by Southern Eurasia Region, headquartered in Istanbul.


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Lucky Race Fan Earns Spot as Honorary Grand Marshal for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Bank of America to provide fans with greater access to the sport and to personal banking with inaugural race sponsorship.

Past champions of the October race to be honored during pre-race program.

Bank of America NASCAR

Racing fan and Columbus, North Carolina resident Mickey Jackson, and five-year-old son, Kalob, earned the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the 'gentlemen, start your engines' command live at this year's Bank of America 500. Bank of America today announced Mickey as the winner of the Bank of America 500 Honorary Grand Marshal contest, a consumer promotion supporting the company's title sponsorship of the October 14 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

MICKEY JACKS Bank of America NASCAR


For winning the contest, Mickey earns the title of "Honorary Grand Marshal" of the Bank of America 500 and the opportunity to deliver the race- start command, a VIP experience on race day for him and a guest, including pit passes, seats in Bank of America's newly created, exclusive fan section in the fourth turn terrace at Lowe's that provides access to a private food court, food and beverage vouchers - and a gift pack of Bank of America 500 racing merchandise.

"Never in my life did I think I would have the chance to start a NASCAR race under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway," said Mickey Jackson, a carpenter from Columbus, NC. "Standing before thousands of passionate fans and an even larger national television audience to start the Bank of America 500 is any racing fan's dream come true."

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services.


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September 14, 2006

Macworld Launches 'Mac Basics' Superguide

Indispensable Mac resource offers troubleshooting and security advice along with utility recommendations.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 -- Macworld, the world's foremost Mac authority in print and on the Web, announced the debut of the third installment of its popular Superguide series, "Mac Basics." Developed by Macworld's award-winning editorial team, this Superguide is a tool to aid all levels of Mac OS X users with tips, tools, and recommendations. Commercially available in three formats, the Superguide can be downloaded immediately as a PDF for $12.95, or purchased as a CD-ROM for $15.00 or full-color book for $24.99 (price for CD-ROM and book includes shipping and handling). All versions are available at: http://www.macworld.com/1733 .

MACWORLD Apple Macintosh


"Apple continues to attract more new people to the Mac platform," said Jason Snell, VP/Editorial Director of Macworld. "And 'Mac Basics' is the perfect starter guide for new Mac users, Windows switchers, and people who feel that they've only scratched the surface of what their Mac can do. If your mom just bought a new Mac, this is the perfect guidebook for her."

Edited by Macworld Senior Features Editor Kelly Turner, the Superguide boasts a collection of the most important and indispensable advice for Mac users. Vital troubleshooting and security recommendations, add-on utilities, introductory advice, and customization tips are all included, making this a valuable resource for all Mac users and owners.

The Macworld "Mac Basics" Superguide is the latest release in the Superguide series. Other Superguides currently available for sale are the Macworld Digital Photography Superguide and the Macworld iPod and iTunes Superguide:

Macworld Digital Photography Superguide: www.macworld.com/0996
Macworld iPod and iTunes Superguide: www.macworld.com/1370

Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing, LLC publishes the world's leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. The Mac Publishing sites include: Macworld.com, PlaylistMag.com, MacOSXHints.com, MacworldProductFinder.com, and MacUser.com.


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Chevy - Year in Country Music : Calendar 2007

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Gretchen Wilson, who was nominated this week for "Female Vocalist of the Year" for the 40th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, is pictured in the 3rd annual "Chevy - Year in Country Music" calendar, available this October. Wilson is pictured with the all-new Chevy Silverado, coming this fall. This is the first released image from the 2007 "Chevy - Year in Country Music" calendar.


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Posted by Editors at 8:39 AM

NVIDIA Powers World's First DVB-H-Based Mobile TV Cell Phones

NVIDIA(R) GoForce(TM) Handheld Technology Powers Global Mobile TV Roll-Outs Enabling a New Viewing Experience for Consumers.

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has announced that its NVIDIA GoForce handheld graphics processing units (GPUs), are powering some of the world's first mobile TV production roll outs.

NVIDIA SAMSUNG


DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for handheld devices, delivers digital broadcast quality TV to your mobile phone. NVIDIA GoForce handheld GPUs provide hardware acceleration for Mobile TV, delivering higher quality visuals than devices using only software, and with less drain on the battery.

The first of these devices to launch was the Samsung P910 in Italy, and due to launch in 2006 in the US is the Forseer device, designed and manufactured by HTC, and coming to market with Modeo, a subsidiary of Crown Castle International.

Launched first in Italy shortly before the commencement of the 2006 World Cup, 3G operators '3' and TIM, rolled out the Samsung P910, one of the world's first DVB-H handsets. While the handset resembles a basic clamshell design, once opened, the screen can be rotated 90 degrees to allow for a more natural angle for television viewing.

During 2005, Modeo successfully piloted its DVB-H mobile broadcast network in Pittsburgh. Modeo plans to launch completed DVB-H networks during 2006 in select major US markets, including New York City. Modeo is currently working on a nationwide deployment of its network to the top 30 US markets, with launches targeted throughout 2007.

It has been predicted that around 24 million US mobile users will be paying for some form of TV/Video content and services on their mobile devices by 2010.


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Posted by Editors at 6:40 AM

September 13, 2006

Motorola Announces Title Sponsorship of Danica Patrick's Andretti Green IndyCar

Three-Year Deal Brings Together the World's Leading Wireless Communication Company, Most Famous Female Driver and the Indy Racing League's Winningest Teams.

MOTOROLA

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) and Andretti Green Racing (AGR) today announced the company's title sponsorship of Danica Patrick's IndyCar for the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Motorola will serve as the major sponsor on Patrick's #7 car, while continuing to provide critical two-way communication solutions for all four Andretti Green teams. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DANICA PATRICK


Patrick, who rose to prominence in 2005 by becoming the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, went on to win rookie of the year honors. She has become a global superstar, transcending open-wheel racing with her rare combination of talent and style. A native of Roscoe, Illinois, Patrick will drive a jet-black Motorola/AGR IndyCar with blue accents inspired by the company's signature design elements found in their iconic handsets and Bluetooth(R) wireless technology.

In addition to Motorola's major sponsorship, Team Motorola will also include sponsorship backing from XM Satellite Radio, Argent Mortgage, Go Daddy.com and AirTran Airways.

Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications.


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Posted by Editors at 10:39 AM

September 12, 2006

Fortunoff Announces Petra Nemcova, Supermodel and Activist, as their New Fresh Face

Fortunoff, the 84-year-old iconic brand has announced supermodel and humanitarian, Petra Nemcova, as their new face. She is the first personality associated with the brand since Lauren Bacall served as Fortunoff's spokesperson twenty six years ago. Petra, known for her beauty as well as her compassion and charitable endeavors, will serve as the face of Fortunoff's regional advertising campaign and their Fall and Holiday Jewelry catalogs, reaching over two million consumers in the USA. The latest images of Petra's campaign have recently been unveiled in the windows of Fortunoff's flagship Fifth Avenue location. This new imagery is in keeping with Fortunoff's desire to appeal to a new consumer, by introducing Fortunoff in a more fashionable, more youthful manner.

Petra Nemcova Fortunoff


In addition to serving as the face of Fortunoff, Petra will take on the role as designer for the very first time. She collaborated with the jewelry design team to create a new collection called the "Petra for Fortunoff Collection," available this holiday season in all Fortunoff retail locations, as well as online. Fortunoff is widely known for its vast selection of classic and chic jewelry at accessible prices. In keeping with this philosophy, the "Petra for Fortunoff Collection" incorporates pieces in gold, sterling silver, and pieces with diamonds and gemstones that retail from $125 to $5,000. This collection is derivative of Petra's keen eye for design and unique sense of personal style. A portion of proceeds from select items will benefit the Happy Hearts Fund, Petra's personal charity of choice she founded in 2005. The Happy Hearts Fund provides aid to children in need who have suffered loss or hardship as a result of natural, economic or health related disasters.

Petra Nemcova is a Czech born model and tsunami survivor. Since her introduction to modeling, Nemcova has worked with some of the industry's most prominent photographers, such as Mario Testino, Gilles Bensimon, Patric Demarchelier. Her sultry looks have been featured in major magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and has appeared in advertising campaigns for high-profile brands such as La Perla, Clarins, and Max Factor, among others.

Fortunoff, a New York legend since 1922 has propelled itself from its roots in Brooklyn through stores in New York and New Jersey to the World Wide Web. Fortunoff provides customers with necessities and niceties such as fine jewelry and watches, antique jewelry and everything for the home.


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Posted by Editors at 11:27 AM

September 11, 2006

RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Pearl

Determined to develop one of the smallest and lightest smartphones in the world while staying true to the iconic BlackBerry user experience, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) has announced its latest innovation in mobile handsets - the small, smart and stylish BlackBerry Pearl™.

BlackBerry Perl RIM


This feature-rich smartphone incorporates best-in-class technology that is remarkably small and incredibly easy-to-use. The BlackBerry Pearl comes complete with digital camera, multimedia capabilities and an expandable memory slot for the first time, while continuing to provide the BlackBerry experience.

BlackBerry Pearl is incredibly small, easy-to-use smartphone. And, it offers the full BlackBerry experience - including email, phone, web browser, text messaging, organizer applications and more.

The BlackBerry Pearl will be available from T-Mobile USA in the United States beginning September 12. It will also be available in October from Rogers Wireless in Canada and a variety of carriers in Europe. Availability in Asia-Pacific and Latin America is expected later this year.

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information, including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.


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September 10, 2006

Saks Fifth Avenue Unveils WANT IT!

Saks' Innovative Celebration of Fall's Irresistible Styles.

Saks Fifth Avenue has announced Want It!, a storewide fashion event featuring the most riveting runway trends of the season and original artwork by Vanity Fair fashion and style director Michael Roberts.

WANT IT Saks Fifth Avenue

Want It!, which is set to launch September 13, 2006 in Saks Fifth Avenue stores around the USA, is a brilliantly edited list of fall's most promising, must-have looks and fashion-forward trends.

Saks Fifth Avenue will announce the event to consumers with a national advertising campaign, Want It! themed catalogs, direct mail and promotional activities

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's preeminent fashion retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, as well as its first-rate selling services and expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, cosmetics and accessories for the home. Today, Saks operates 55 full-line stores in 26 US states, 2 stores in the Middle East in Dubai and Riyadh, 50 OFF 5th Outlet Stores and a website, http://www.saks.com/.

The lead sponsor of Want It! is Extra Fine Merino Wool(TM). Other sponsors include Mercedes USA, Mastercard, BCBG, Theory, Elie Tahari, Chanel, Chloe, Birger Christensen, Seven, Wolford, Stuart Weitzman, Andrew Marc, Armani, LaCoste and Cole Haan.

"Want It! is a key tenet of the Saks business strategy this fall. It focuses on a broad range of our customers and offers key fashion trends in an array of price points and styles," said Andrew Jennings, President and COO, Saks Fifth Avenue. "Want It! is a remarkable collaboration between our vendors, our managing partners and our sponsors and we are especially grateful to Extra Fine Merino Wool(TM) for their sponsorship. So many of the designers we feature at Saks prefer the natural elegance of wool, and the emergence this fall of Extra Fine Merino Wool made this partnership an ideal opportunity for us. I would also like to thank the wide array of vendors who have supported our efforts to make this fall fashion campaign a huge success."

"For Want It!, we singled out the items we were truly enthusiastic about and bought them in a full range of styles and designers, so there's something for the customer who's just starting to shop with us as well as something for the die-hard fashion lovers," said Ron Frasch, Vice Chairman and Chief Merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. "Our goal with Want It! is to give all of our customers the chance to tap into these trends in a way that complements his or her own personal style."

The anointed Want It! items run the gamut and the essentials for Women include: the Voluminous Sleeve; the Narrow Pantsuit; the Romantic Blouse; Wide-Leg Pants; the Textured Knit; the Fur-Trimmed Coat; Leggings; the Flat Boot; the Satchel Bag; Gloves; Skinny Jeans; the Red Lip; and anything in Wool.

For Men, Want It! pieces are: the Leather Blazer; Straight-Leg Jeans; Velvet; the Cardigan; the Sport Boot; the Fancy White Shirt; the Fine-Gauge Knit; the Pea Coat; and again, anything in Wool. (See Attached Sheet for more details.)

Michael Roberts

Providing the eye-catching visual presence of the campaign is Michael Roberts, former fashion director at The New Yorker and newly appointed fashion and style director at Vanity Fair. Mr. Roberts has created over 20 original works of art to illustrate Saks Fifth Avenue's Want It! items in his signature snippy style, giving each trend its own unique, colorful personality.

Before joining Vanity Fair earlier this year, Michael Roberts held the title of fashion director at The New Yorker for nine years. He has also served as fashion editor of The Sunday Times, style director and art director of Tatler, design director of British Vogue, Paris editor of Vanity Fair, and contributing editor to Conde Nast Traveler.

Mr. Roberts has published four books of his trademark illustrations: The Snippy World of New Yorker Fashion Artist Michael Roberts (L7/Steidl, 2005), Snowman in Paradise (Chronicle, 2004), Mumbo Jumbo (Callaway, 2000) and The Jungle ABC (Callaway, 1998). He also served as art director and editor of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue (Steidl, 2002).

"Michael Roberts' immaculate collages, each showcasing one of the Want It! items and many with a wink to fashion and art world icons such as Bruce Weber, Polly Mellen and Andy Warhol, provide the colorful, witty and charming spirit that drives the campaign," noted Terron Schaefer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Saks Fifth Avenue. "Michael Roberts' Want It! artwork will appear in Saks Fifth Avenue stores, advertising and other marketing materials, and we're thrilled to collaborate with such a brilliant artist and celebrated name in fashion."

Saks Fifth Avenue will announce the event to consumers with a national advertising campaign, Want It! themed catalogs, direct mail and promotional activities -- all leading up to a pair of opening night galas in New York City and Beverly Hills on September 13, 2006, benefiting a charity to be announced at a later date. The next day, Want It! will roll out in all 55 stores and on saks.com. A variety of Want It! related festivities, special appearances and in-store events will drive the campaign in the following weeks.

WANT IT! WOMEN'S

VOLUMINOUS SLEEVE
* get a little drama up your sleeve with this brand-new proportion
* go soft and romantic or architectural and cropped
* pump up the volume on blouses, jackets and coats

NARROW PANTSUIT
* long, lean lines turn you into a tall, cool sip of water
* a wardrobe classic, updated with a slim, tapered shape
* soften its sleek tailoring with a romantic blouse or long gloves

ROMANTIC BLOUSE
* put a little woo in your fall wardrobe
* the feminine mystique lives on in ruffles, lace and bows
* with jeans or a tuxedo, it'll make them swoon

WIDE-LEG PANTS
* join the elegant ranks of Hepburn and Garbo
* the fluid silhouette gives you plenty of wiggle room
* go for proportion control: a fitted jacket or knit top

TEXTURED KNIT
* be a wrap star in layer upon knitted layer
* choose from chunky cables, cowls and cocoons
* wear it out: from swing cardigans to sweater coats

FUR-TRIMMED COAT
* think mink (and beaver and lamb and chinchilla)
* long-haired and funky furs drive classic coats wild
* indulge in thick bands of fur at collar and cuffs

LEGGINGS
* the shape to be in: form-fitting, sleek and always opaque
* stretch into textured territory or stay smooth
* absolutely essential with minis and long sweaters

FLAT BOOT
* well-heeled for fall means 1 inch or down to the ground
* wear them to the calf, to the knee or over-the-knee
* boot up with skirts, skinny jeans and leggings

SATCHEL BAG
* a ladylike frame holds a soft, roomy shape
* the short handle fits comfortably in your gloved hand
* the perfect ally to the season's coats and suits

GLOVES
* give yourself a hand in wool, suede or leather
* from opera length to scrunched at the wrist to fingerless fun
* the newest arm candy to wear with cropped sleeves

SKINNY JEANS
* play it straight with super-slim denim
* from classic blue to sleek black to the latest dark grey
* pair them with flats or tuck them into boots

RED LIP
* the perfect pout starts here
* bold, beautiful shades of scarlet, crimson and bordeaux
* sculpted and matte for day with a slick of shine at night

WOOL
* get your hands on the natural softness of Extra Fine Merino Wool(TM)
* Extra Fine Merino Wool combines a luxurious feel with the properties
that made wool famous
* wool t-shirts, knits and tailored clothing effortlessly weave into your
wardrobe

WANT IT! MEN'S

LEATHER BLAZER
* double-agent operating as both evening jacket and street-wise coat
* identified by soft leather, peak lapels and roguish charm
* conspires with fall's newest straight-leg jeans

STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS
* the new streamlined denim architecture
* an engineering marvel, from classic cut to extreme stovepipe
* towers over sneakers, drivers, boots (and the competition)

VELVET
* luxurious velvet epitomizes masculine sensuality
* show your soft side: textured, printed or patterned
* simply irresistible with flannels or jeans

CARDIGAN
* it's open season for the sweater
* slimmer, trimmer and more photogenic than your grandpa's
* layer under a blazer or show it off as outerwear

SPORT BOOT
* rugged good looks always gather a crowd
* fans love the laces, grommets & buckles galore
* wear with jeans for mountain climbing & a suit for social climbing

FANCY WHITE SHIRT
* don't get hung up on the same old plain white shirt
* the rebel's in the details: pintucks, ruffles and embellishments
* walk the line between dressed up and dressed down

FINE-GAUGE KNIT
* a global landmark, renowned for its artisanal construction
* super-fine ribbing makes a monumental difference
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THE ONE MILLIONTH VISITOR TO THE APPLE STORE ON FIFTH AVE

Apple Store New York City


Elizabeth Rodriguez receives prizes for being the one millionth visitor to the Apple Store Fifth Avenue on September 9, 2006. The store opened on May 19, 2006 and quickly became Apple's highest volume store with customers visiting around the clock. Rodriguez received a prize package including a MacBook, iPod, iPod Hi-Fi and an Apple ProCare membership for personal training and other special services.


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September 9, 2006

Boeing Delivers 1st In-Seat Video System on Next-Generation 737

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first Next-Generation 737 equipped with an in-seat video entertainment system.

Boeing 737


The airplane, a Jet Airways 737-800, has 7-inch video monitors mounted in the back of every seat in economy class and 9-inch video monitors mounted in the seat arms in business class. The system offers passengers audio and video on-demand movies, games and in-fight information.

"Our goal is to help our customers continue to succeed by providing technologies that add value to their operations and make flying more enjoyable for passengers," said Mark Jenkins, vice president and general manager of 737 Airplane Production.

To date three customers have ordered the in-seat video system option, which is manufactured by Panasonic and Thales.

In addition to the Panasonic eFx in-seat video system, the Jet Airways 737-800 also is equipped with 110-VAC power outlets throughout the cabin and gooseneck personal reading lights in business class.

"Jet Airways strives to provide service of the highest standard to our customers, both while on the ground and in flight," said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways. "We are especially proud to be the first 737 operator both in India and the world to offer this service to its customers. We strongly believe that we are bringing innovative ideas and setting new standards in commercial aviation."

Jet Airways


The India-based carrier currently operates a fleet of 43 Boeing Classic and Next-Generation 737-400/-700/-800/-900 airplanes. The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world.

The Next-Generation 737 airplane family is the most technologically advanced single-aisle jet family on the market today. Known for its versatility, reliability, fuel efficiency and economical performance, the Next-Generation 737 models have been selected by leading full-service airlines and low-cost carriers throughout the world, and continue to be the company's best-selling airplane model.


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New SANYO High-Definition Digital Media Camera

Features Optimized Recording for Portable Video Players and 16:9 Still Mode Ideal for Widescreen Viewing.

SANYO Xacti HD1a Offers In-Camera Editing, 2.2-inch LCD Display.

A video recording mode optimized for the video iPod(R) and other portable video players tops the advanced feature set of the new SANYO Xacti HD1a high-definition compact digital media camera. Following quickly on the strong sales and critical success of the SANYO Xacti HD1 introduced in January 2006, the new high-definition HD1a also adds such compelling features as a selectable 16:9 widescreen still picture mode and easy, convenient in-camera video editing.

SANYO XACTI Digital Media Camera


The SANYO Xacti HD1a retains its title as the world's smallest and lightest high-definition digital media camera. Featuring ergonomic, one-handed operation, the camera can record both 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card.

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:SANYY) is a $23 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and telecommunication products. Based in Chatsworth, California, SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.) markets digital cameras, PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, DVD players, dictation devices, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems.

"The remarkable success of our precedent-setting Xacti HD1, along with user feedback, prompted SANYO to incorporate several new key features into the new HD1a," said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager, for SANYO Fisher Company's Audio Video Division. "Our inclusion of a 30 frames-per-second 320 x 240 pixel video recording mode -- optimized for viewing MPEG-4 video clips on a video iPod or other portable video player -- reflects a shift by consumers towards on-the-go viewing."

Video recording optimized for personal media players

The HD1a's new "Web-SHQ" recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for the video iPod and other popular MPEG-4 capable personal media players. For optimal playback on such devices, video is captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a smooth and natural 30 frames per second.

16:9 still shooting

An all-new 16:9 shooting mode allows users to capture 3.8 megapixel stills in the same widescreen format as their high-definition videos for eye-catching viewing on a 16:9 television screen.

Convenient in-camera video editing

The HD1a features enhanced video editing functions, enabling quick A>B deletions and easy combining of video clips. In-camera editing makes it easy to remove unwanted material and helps conserve memory card space.

High-definition engine

The SANYO Xacti HD1a is powered by high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) circuitry for advanced, high-definition image processing. This powerful "high-definition engine" quickly executes a vast number of calculations and enables the HD1a to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

2.2-inch LCD display

The HD1a features a large Sanyo-developed 2.2-inch LCD display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptional viewability. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images even in difficult locations.

10x optical zoom

The HD1a features a generous and highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. Built from 12 elements designed in 9 groups and with a built-in neutral density filter, the 10x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations. Combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD1a is capable of a total 100x zoom.

Digital video and stills, all in one

Like the Xacti HD1 and all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the HD1a can record still images in addition to video clips. Utilizing the 5.36 megapixel (total) CCD, the HD1a captures beautiful 5.1 megapixel still images which are recorded directly onto a standard SD memory card. The camera can record both 5.1 megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video at the same time with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip.***

21 minutes of HD video per Gigabyte of memory

The HD1a can record up to 21 minutes of 720p HD video per Gigabyte on a standard SD or SDHC memory card. That's up to 42 minutes on a 2-Gigabyte card or 84 minutes on the soon to be released 4-Gigabyte SDHC card (cards sold separately). Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to one hour per Gigabyte of recording capacity. Users can quickly switch between high-definition and standard-definition recording modes by simply pressing the "HD/Norm" button located beneath the LCD display.

Ergonomic and lightweight

Designed for convenient, one-handed operation and one-thumb control of most key functions, the truly ergonomic SANYO HD1a is ready to use whenever inspiration strikes, at home or away. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD1a measures 3.1" W x 4.7" H x 1.4" D.

Key SANYO Xacti HD1a features include:

- 320 x 240 "Web-SHQ" video mode; optimal for playback on many personal
media players
- 16:9 widescreen MPEG-4 video (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)
- 16:9 widescreen digital still mode for stunning widescreen TV playback
- Highly efficient 10x optical zoom
- 2.2" rotating LCD display
- CD-quality AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) stereo recording
- Enhanced video editing functions for quick A>B deletions and easy
combining of clips
- 60 fps Fluid Motion Recording (640 x 480 TV-HR Mode)
- Rapid 5.1 megapixel sequential still shooting
- Pop-up flash with double the brightness of conventional models
- Anti-shake digital image stabilizer
- Talking navigation guide for first-time users
- Super-fast 1.7-second camera startup
- Versatile manual mode enables advanced-control shooting
- Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)
- Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)
- Voice recorder function: over 33 hours recording time with optional 2 GB
SD Memory Card
- Red-eye reduction mode
- Multifunction docking station
- High-capacity SANYO rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
- Remote control included
- Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
- PictBridge-capable for PC-Free printing with PictBridge-compatible
printers


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September 8, 2006

MGM Expands Worldwide Television Distribution Group

Studio to Launch Sales Campaign for 'Casino Royale' and 'Rocky Balboa' as Well as Movie Franchises 'Legally Blonde,' 'WarGames,' 'Species' and 'Into The Blue'.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) is reinvigorating its worldwide television distribution operation, hiring senior management and bringing a number of new high profile programs to buyers around the globe.

MGM Metro Goldwyn Mayer


Adding fuel to its distribution pipeline, MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group will handle the international television sales for "Casino Royale" the new James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, and "Rocky Balboa," the sixth and final Rocky movie starring Sylvester Stallone. Leveraging proven properties within the massive MGM library, the MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group will launch a worldwide sales campaign.

In addition to its new program offerings, the MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group will continue to handle distribution of over 4,000 movie titles and 10,000 television series that make up the MGM library, the world's largest modern filmed and television library. Among the key television properties featured in the MGM catalogue are "Stargate SG-1," the sci-fi series that is celebrating its record-setting 200th episode on the Sci-Fi Channel, and the immensely popular drama series "The L Word," which airs on Showtime in the U.S.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries.


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