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December 18, 2006

Siemens increases its commitment to early science education

Siemens Corporate Technology


Photo: Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt, head of Siemens Corporate Technology, at the ceremony handing over the 500th company experiment kit to a kindergarten in Munich's Hasenbergl district. In fiscal 2007, Siemens will substantially expand its commitment to promote early interest in the sciences, and will be donating 1,000 additional research kits to German kindergartens.


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Saturn Aura - Car Of Year Finalist

Saturn Aura


Lisa Hutchinson, director of brand and product development for Saturn (right) and Automotive News Editor Edward Lapham discuss a 2007 Saturn Aura after it was announced as a finalist for the North American Car of the Year Award Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. Lapham was a member of the jury that selected the finalists. (General Motors Photo/John F. Martin) (USA)


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December 17, 2006

NEWSWEEK COVER: DECEMBER 25, 2006 ISSUE

NEWSWEEK


PHOTO: The December 25, 2006-January 1, 2007 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, December 18), "The Race is On" explores whether America is ready for a historic first in the White House in 2008: the first woman president or the first black president -- Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama. Plus: "Who's Next in 2007" looks at the up-and-comers from the worlds of politics, business, the arts, science and education most likely to be newsmakers in the coming year. (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)


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SONY’S NEW F23 CAMERA FOR CONTENT CREATORS AND PROGRAM PRODUCERS

Sony F23 camera


PARK RIDGE, N.J. – Sony Electronics has introduced the F23 camera, which will support 4:4:4 1920 by 1080 RGB imaging.

“With this new system, content creators and program producers will have one more extremely versatile high-end production tool in their arsenal,” said Rob Willox, Sony’s director of marketing for professional content creation products. “Developed for cinematographers, this system will offer the technical and mechanical flexibility they need, as well as a compact and rugged design to withstand the challenging conditions often encountered on location.”


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Lufthansa further expands Airbus A340-600 long-range fleet

Lufthansa, Airbus


Lufthansa German Airlines is expanding its Airbus long-range fleet with an order for seven additional Airbus A340-600 aircraft. The new order raises the total number of A340s in Lufthansa's fleet to 52. With this order Airbus passes the milestone of 1000 aircraft sales of the A330/A340 Family.

The A340-600s will have about 300 seats in a three-class configuration and will be delivered from early 2008. Lufthansa plans to use the aircraft on high passenger demand long haul routes out of Frankfurt and Munich, to destinations like the US West Coast and Asia.

Lufthansa is one of the longest standing and largest Airbus customers worldwide, and one of the launch customers for the A340. Currently Lufthansa has nearly 140 Airbus aircraft in its mainline fleet.


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December 16, 2006

Heavenly Star' By Genki Rockets Makes iTunes Debut

Q Entertainment Showcases Newly Formed Group to Game and Music Fans.

TOKYO, Dec. 15 -- Tokyo-based Q Entertainment, best known for its music and luminary action puzzle game series "Lumines(TM)," announced that their self-produced hit song "Heavenly Star" is now available for purchase at the iTunes Store US and Japan (http://www.itunes.com/), with other territories to follow. Fans can purchase the song for US$0.99 or 150 yen.

Q Entertainment, GENKI ROCKET

Performed by a new group called Genki Rockets and produced by Q Entertainment's own Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the song's catchy and uplifting tune combined with equally striking video has caught the attention of many gamers and was recently nominated Best Song at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards. Genki Rockets is a hybrid group that consists of a few artists and will be collaborating with other artists in the future to bring new music and videos.

Formed in 2003, Tokyo-based Q ENTERTAINMENT, Inc. creates, produces, and consults in digital entertainment content across multiple game consoles, PC broadband and mobile units. It is best known for their critically acclaimed music and luminary action puzzle game series "Lumines," which was released worldwide in 2004/2005.


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Renault Mégane F1 Team R26, going for the title

Renault Mégane


Photo: To celebrate its second title in the F1 Constructors World Championship, Renault will offer a new version of the Mégane Renault Sport – the Mégane F1 Team R26. Its distinctive lines reinforce its positioning as a true sports car.
The special F1 Team R26 combines a Cup chassis with completely new settings and a limited slip differential for even crisper handling whether driving on open roads or round a circuit. Its enhanced 230hp 2.0 turbo engine and Brembo brakes make it one of the highest performance hatches on the market.


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LAGERFELD LAUNCHES NEW DENIM INSPIRED COLLECTION FOR FALL 2007

LAGERFELD NEW DENIM


PHOTO: KARL LAGERFELD launches a new Women's and Men's denim inspired collection K KARL LAGERFELD for Fall 2007.


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December 15, 2006

General Motors at North American International Auto Show 2007

GM Showcases Its Brands In Style at its All-New Exhibit.

GM North American International Auto Show 2007


Photo: Rendering of the new entrance to GM's display at the North American International Auto Show in January 2007.

DETROIT – When hundreds of thousands of 2007 North American International Auto Show visitors step inside the 121,000-square-foot General Motors exhibit beginning Jan. 13, they’ll experience more than beautifully designed and executed cars and trucks. The all-new GM exhibit – the show’s largest – will be transformed into the auto show equivalent of an art gallery.

GM Pontiac


Photo: Rendering of GM's new Pontiac display at the North American International Auto Show 2007.

A more intuitive layout supported by enhanced, high-tech overhead and vehicle lighting; open spaces and clean lines; minimalist architecture and premium materials will allow visitors to experience GM’s eight distinctive brands in unique, gallery-type settings within a unified, GM-themed environment. The individual brand displays surround GM’s advanced technology-themed corporate display.

GM Chevrolet


Photo: Rendering of GM's new Chevrolet Truck display at the North American International Auto Show 2007.

GM Design played a key role in the vision and execution of this year’s exhibit, taking an esthetic approach remarkably similar to its globally influenced vehicle design process.

GM Cadillac


Photo: Rendering of GM's new Cadillac display at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.

The individual brand displays surround GM’s corporate exhibit, featuring LED screens and projected laser images on glass that demonstrate GM’s vision for reinventing the automobile. During the media preview, the space will be used for major vehicle launches. For the public, the space will be transformed into a dramatic vehicle design and technology display highlighting GM’s leadership in design, technology, safety, quality and fuel efficiency.

“While the stars of the show are the vehicles, we wanted the exhibit space to reflect the corporation’s design-driven direction in a way that complements the brand essence of each vehicle and the overall GM brand,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design. “The finest work deserves to be displayed in the best galleries, and I believe we’ve accomplished that with this exhibit.”

Visitors will know they’ve arrived at a special destination the moment they approach the exhibit, with its dramatic center entrance featuring a stainless steel ribbon 261 feet wide and 26 feet high, sporting a jeweled GM corporate logo. Five award-winning global concept vehicles will be positioned at the entrance to reinforce the strength of GM vehicle design and future products.

Throughout the exhibit, 615 linear feet of LED lighting will be suspended above visitors’ heads, complemented by additional lighting in the brand displays that bathes the vehicles in light. Each of the brand areas will have back wall video projection for product messages, as well as synchronized corporate messages.

Here’s a tour of GM’s 2007 North American International Auto Show exhibit:

Chevrolet: GM’s largest brand builds on a global auto show concept called “Chevy Moments.” The display consists of a series of graphic towers, feature vehicle displays and LED screens, along with unique flooring that defines specific vehicle areas. Chevrolet is unveiling the new 2008 Malibu at the Detroit show.

Cadillac: The display for GM’s luxury marque is inspired by the sharp lines and faceted architecture of its vehicles. It features an angular ceiling canopy, premium materials such as frosted glass and stainless steel surfaces, and high-tech lighting that befits Cadillac’s technology legacy. Cadillac is revealing the new 2008 CTS at the Detroit show.

GMC: Professional Grade goes decidedly upscale with an all-new space that features textured blue steel, precast concrete, and chrome, perforated metal that evokes the grille design of GMC’s premier Denali lineup. Mechanical elements abound, executed with style and precision.

HUMMER: Capability is the name of the game, and GM’s go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles are displayed against a deep orange backdrop complemented by architectural cues such as massive ID plinths, concrete and glass floor panels.

Saab: Very clean and open with crisp, white surfaces and glass flooring, the Saab display features unique LED technology as well as LED screens that create a special product environment.

Saturn: As refreshing as its brand-new product lineup, the Saturn display breaks convention with unique architectural elements and distinctive materials. The “Aura Box” features bright Obscura projection technology focusing on the 2007 Aura Green Line hybrid.

Buick: The Buick environment exudes the premium elegance associated with its new design direction. It features sophisticated materials such as wood, polished stone tile and gossamer lighted fabric back walls that underscore the display’s water theme, and illuminated ceiling coves. A Buick Lucerne will showcase OnStar’s Turn-by-Turn Navigation technology on a windshield-projected narrative.

Pontiac: Pontiac's all-new display evokes the energy and atmosphere of a hip club. Polished stainless steel surfaces, gloss black paint and glass convey the brand’s seductive performance theme. The space comes alive with carefully choreographed sound, light and the use of video presentations that create excitement.


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The XC60 Concept a Glimpse of the Next Volvo XC

Future of Volvo's Design Language.

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 14 -- Volvo Car Corporation today released the first official images of the XC60 Concept that will be unveiled at the upcoming North American International Auto Show. Scheduled to be shown to the world January 7, 2007, the XC60 Concept looks towards Volvo's future on two significant fronts: it offers the world a sneak preview of the next XC model to come from Volvo Cars and it reveals several design elements that will be part of future Volvos.

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Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin and his team have designed the XC60 Concept while keeping their eyes firmly focused on one clear goal. "In recent years we have successfully emphasized the Scandinavian characteristics that base prestige on timeless, functional elegance. Now we're elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally pumping up our cars' visual volume," says Mattin. "With more expressive, emotive shapes, it will be a magnet for the viewer's eyes. If a Volvo is recognizable from 100 feet away today, I want to get to the point where you will instantly spot it from twice that distance in the future."


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DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche to Open Washington Auto Show

Top Name in Auto Industry Headlines D.C. Show.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- In a joint statement, The Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) and the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) today announced that Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and the Head of Mercedes Car Group, will deliver the keynote address to the Washington Auto Show during International Media Day on Jan. 23, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center.

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Photo: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and the head of Mercedes Car Group.

"We are proud to host Dr. Zetsche, not only an automotive icon, but a man listed among TIME Magazine's most influential people this year," said George Doetsch, show chairman. Marc Stertz, president of WAPA, added, "On behalf of the Washington automotive press corps, we look forward to welcoming an automotive leader of his stature."

DaimlerChrysler is one of the world's leading automotive companies. Its passenger car brands include Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Chrysler, Jeep(R), Dodge and smart. Commercial vehicles are produced under Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, Setra, Thomas Built Buses and Orion.


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AMERICAN EXPRESS MEMBERSHIP REWARDS PROGRAM: ICE CUBE COLLECTION

AMERICAN EXPRESS


PHOTO: The Chopard 18K white gold and diamond "Ice Cube Collection" Ladies Bracelet Watch is one of the rewards as part of the just-launched First Collection - a distinctively elegant collection of boutique-style, premium offers exclusively available to American Express Platinum Card(R) and Centurion(R) Card members through the Membership Rewards program from American Express.


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December 14, 2006

Mazda to Debut Ryuga Design Concept and New Tribute SUV at 2007 North American International Auto Show

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13 -- Mazda North American Operations will unveil an all-new concept car, Ryuga, and its all-new Tribute SUV Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. All attending media are invited to the company's formal unveiling on the Mazda show stand at 10:15 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007.

MAZDA RYUGA


Ryuga builds on Mazda's concept of flow. Nagare -- Japanese for "flow" -- debuted at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show and introduced the company's new design future. Ryuga -- Japanese for "gracious flow," and the next generation of this exciting concept -- will reflect a higher level of sophistication achieved through the use of rich fabrics, engineered fits and hidden details. Ryuga is elegant and refined, but with spirit and edge, portraying unique Japanese beauty.

"Ryuga is Zoom-Zoom defined," said Laurens van den Acker, Mazda's global design director. "It combines vibrance, confidence, fun and youth all in one ingenious package."

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers.


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Smilebox and Hallmark Partner to Deliver Photo Expressions

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 13 -- Smilebox, Inc., the photo expressions service, today announced a distribution and content partnership with Hallmark Cards, Inc. With the holidays quickly approaching, this partnership will enable customers to access an online catalog of seasonal e- cards, animated scrapbooks, slide shows and interactive postcards that can be customized with their own photos, messages, music and backgrounds. The new photo expressions service marks the first time that consumers can integrate their personal photos with Hallmark online content.

SMILEBOX Hallmark


PHOTO: A popular holiday slideshow designed by Hallmark for the Smilebox service. Hoops & Yoyo, Hallmark's popular characters, throw snow balls which turn into the user's photos.

"Greeting cards, whether traditional paper or electronic, help fulfill an enduring need for people to maintain connections with one another," said Steve Ruschill, marketing technology manager at Hallmark. "Smilebox's digital services, combined with Hallmark's creative excellence, provide a new holiday greeting solution for family and friends."

The new photo expressions service, delivered via the Smilebox(TM) platform, utilizes a complete new line of creative content developed by Hallmark's creative staff of writers and designers. Much of the content is developed around popular Hallmark intellectual properties such as the Hoops & Yoyo characters.

The Hallmark Smilebox service is now live and can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.hallmark.com/smilebox. Consumers can email the basic version of a design to family and friends for free with a short ad, purchase the premium version for a one-time fee of $0.99 or $1.99, or subscribe to Club Smilebox for $4.99/month or $39.99/ year and get unlimited premium designs.


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MANHATTAN RECORDS: EMI MUSIC MARKETING DIANA ROSS

Diana Ross Presents 'I Love You,' a New Studio Album.

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 -- For her new studio album, Diana Ross has drawn inspiration from romantic songs that have touched her heart through the years, and she has dedicated the album to this most powerful universal emotion: love. "I Love You," to be released by Manhattan/EMI in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on January 16, presents 14 songs personally selected for the album by Diana Ross in appreciation of their timeless, classic expressions of love and romance, including a brand new song, "I Love You" a gentle ballad that captures the emotion of romance.

Diana Ross


PHOTO: Diana Ross "I Love You" cover art image; Manhattan Records/EMI Music Marketing.

Recorded at multiple studios in Southern California, New York and London, "I Love You" features soaring orchestral arrangements to accompany the broad range and sensitivity of Ms. Ross' vocals, one of the world's most cherished musical instruments. The best players and singers from Los Angeles, New York and London were involved with the new album, and Ms. Ross attended every session, from the initial demos to tracking, overdubs and mixing. "When I was in the studio, sharing these songs, I was filled with strong emotion," says Ms. Ross. "These songs, these singers, these musicians and all my fans are a gift of love to me."

The CD's package includes stunning photos by Herb Ritts, Randee St. Nicholas and Douglas Kirkland and a letter to fans from Ms. Ross, who executive produced "I Love You." The package also contains notes from the album's co-executive producer, Marylata E. Jacob, a Grammy-nominated music supervisor and producer whose professional relationship with Ms. Ross spans 22 years, Peter Asher, who produced nine of the album's tracks, and who has collaborated with Ms. Ross on many of her most cherished recordings, and the producer of five of the album's tracks, Steve Tyrell, has produced many recordings with Ms. Ross including "Big Bad Love" with Ray Charles, and in 2005 produced her duet with Rod Stewart, "I've Got A Crush On You," the lead single from Stewart's "Thanks For The Memory: The Great American Songbook I." "I Love You"'s deluxe edition adds a DVD with a photo gallery and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album.

Beginning and closing with Harry Nilsson's "Remember," the song that inspired Ms. Ross' vision for her new album, "I Love You" takes the listener on a vibrant journey through many of music's most timeless and recognizable affirmations of love. All of the songs chosen for the album are important and meaningful to Ms. Ross, from the sweet bounce of "More Today Than Yesterday," to the sultry allure of "I Want You," a song first recorded by Marvin Gaye that was co-written by Ms. Ross' brother, T-Boy Ross.

"We wanted to create the quintessential album to be played at celebrations of love and life: weddings, family gatherings, intimate moments," explains Marylata Jacob. "'I Love You' is Diana's personal offering to honor these celebrations of love, from the glance of your first true love, through the joy of children, and love everlasting."

Says Peter Asher, who returns to working with Diana having produced her 1991 hit album, "The Force Behind The Power," "I am proud that not only have Diana and I remained friends for 41 years, but that I have again been given the opportunity to work with her extraordinary voice in the studio. Her contribution in the studio was very significant, above and beyond her singing -- itself seemingly unchanged by the passing years in its emotional intensity and brilliance, yet having gained a certain wisdom and clarity that makes you believe every word she sings. On this record she tells us an eternal story, and does so with ineffable brilliance and accuracy."

The Songs:

"Remember" by Harry Nilsson inspired the album and its concept as Ms. Ross listened to it while reminiscing over her family's photo albums. Its dreaminess conjures up memories of love and present feelings. Ms. Ross feels a connection to Nilsson's work, as she has often performed songs from Nilsson's acclaimed musical, "The Point," in concert.

"More Today Than Yesterday"
is a classic first performed by Spiral Starecase in the mid-1960s. Destined to be an audience favorite at Ms. Ross' concerts, the song is also one of her favorites. Ms. Ross' fun and bouncy new recording of the song is an inspired tribute to the joy of everlasting love.

"I Want You," first recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1974, was co-written by Ms. Ross' beloved brother, T-Boy Ross, with Leon Ware. Ms. Ross delivers a smoldering, sultry take on this track that honors the original while making it wholly her own.

"I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)" is a new original song, a gorgeous, heartfelt ballad. The writer, Fred White, has been touring with Ms. Ross as a back-up singer for six years. His experience of her live persona and vocal range inspired this song, written specifically with Ms. Ross in mind. Ms. Ross fell in love with the song, saying, "To be loved for who you are is the deepest expression of the purest love, wholly selfless and spiritual."

"What About Love" was written for Oprah Winfrey's stage production of "The Color Purple." The composers are Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Ms. Ross' relationship with Brenda Russell and her great friendship with Oprah inspired Ross' interest in the soundtrack, and she selected this powerful and moving song of love.

"The Look of Love" -- Ms. Ross captures all of its romance and anticipation. This classic song was written by two of the finest song writers of all time, Hal David and Burt Bacharach.

"Lovely Day" has a groove and a simple lyric that has universal appeal. "This song makes me dance," Ms. Ross says. "Everyone wants a lovely day." Written by Bill Withers.

"Take My Breath Away"
is the decade's quintessential love song. Ms. Ross adds her own signature style to it with her new recording. The original recording is by Berlin.

"Only You" -- A new version decidedly Ms. Ross. Growing up in Detroit, listening to records while slow dancing under a single source of light was as close to heaven as it could get for Diana Ross, her own personal experience of young love.

"To Be Loved" was written by the legendary Berry Gordy, Jr. and was originally recorded by Jackie Wilson in 1958. It is the ultimate declaration of love, and Ms. Ross deftly balances the emotion of the song's sensitive lyrics with an upbeat and boundless delivery.

"I Will" -- Paul McCartney's simplicity of lyric and song melody made it a welcomed song for the heart of "I Love You." Ms. Ross' sweet vocals and Peter Asher's long history with the Beatles brought a lovely perspective of range and depth to the new recording.

"This Magic Moment," originally recorded by the Drifters, is made brand new with Ms. Ross' rendition. With its calypso-leaning arrangement and backing vocals, Ms. Ross' new version really pops.

"You Are So Beautiful" -- The song was chosen for its universal message of love and kindness. "It reaches out and speaks not only to lovers, but to relationships of all kinds, mother to child, child to grandparent, sister to sister, friend to friend," says Ms. Ross.

"Always And Forever" was written by famed songwriter Rod Temperton and originally recorded by Heatwave. Ms. Ross brings her brilliant sensitivity and gorgeous vocal delivery to the timeless love song for a magical contemporary classic.

Closing the new album's romantic journey is a reprise of the song that started it all, "Remember."


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GM's Hottest Designs and Entertainment's Big Names to Cruise a Runway on the Riverfront

GM Style Celebration.

Rick Wagoner, Camaro Concept

Photo: General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner poses with the award-winning Camaro concept after announcing GM will build an all-new production version of the Chevrolet Camaro in August 2006 in Traverse City, Mich. The sport coupe will be nearly identical to this Camaro concept that was introduced at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year. Production will begin at the end of 2008 and the Camaro will go on sale in the first quarter of 2009. (General Motors Photo/John F. Martin) (United States)

DETROIT – Each January, the automotive world turns its attention to Detroit and the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This year, the worlds of fashion and celebrity will also look to Detroit when General Motors hosts a celebration of automotive design in the shadow of the company’s world headquarters to kick off NAIAS media activities.

Saturn Sky Red Line


Photo: 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line will be showcased at the North American International Auto Show 2007.

Named “GM Style,” an exclusive event is planned for Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007 . In addition to a number of famous GM vehicles -- some never before seen in North America -- GM is also inviting some of the hottest names in entertainment to join the vehicles for a walk – or drive – down the runway.

GM is finalizing the celebrity line-up. Currently confirmed are:

Cheryl Hines – Emmy-nominated actress from HBO’s hit comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Vivica A. Fox – Star of numerous films and television series, including the most-recent edition of “Dancing With The Stars”

Petra Nemcova – One of the world’s top supermodels and a regular in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues

Danny Masterson – Best-known for his role on “That 70’s Show,” Masterson will be the evening’s guest DJ

Rachel Zoe – This “stylist to the stars” will prep all the celebrities at GM Style.

“This event is a tribute to style and a celebration of GM’s design renaissance,” said Ed Welburn, global vice president, GM Design. “GM Style will bring Detroit a unique intersection of the worlds of fashion, automotive design and entertainment. Like Paris to the fashion industry and Los Angeles to entertainment, Detroit is the epicenter of auto design. GM's vehicles will take their rightful place on the runway along side some of today's top names in fashions and entertainment."

GM will construct a pavilion just east of the Renaissance Center on the Detroit River to host this salute to style. The pavilion, the first of its kind, will be longer than a football field, climate controlled and able to accommodate a runway for cars and stars.

“The GM Style event will be like none other at the North American International Auto Show,” said Mike Jackson, GM North America vice president, marketing and advertising. “Not to be eclipsed by the star power in the room, Style’s pristine fleet of GM vehicles will captivate the audience with the world debut of a concept vehicle.”

The first-ever GM Style will showcase 17 GM vehicles. Additional details on the event as well as a full list of vehicles will be unveiled at a later date. Confirmed already are:

2006 Camaro Concept – Unveiled to rave reviews from around the world last January, the award-winning Chevrolet Camaro Concept combines dramatic design and exciting performance. A thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic sport coupe, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans.

1951 Buick LeSabre Concept -- One of the most famous concept cars of all time, the Buick LeSabre concept was designed under supervision of GM Design Icon Harley J. Earl. The car took styling cues from jet fighter planes, and Earl personally drove the car for years. Among a myriad of technologies revolutionary at the time, the LeSabre concept could raise its own convertible top if it began raining when the owner was away from the car. Under the watchful eye of Welburn, GM recently restored this automotive icon at their Design Center in Warren , Mich. , the same facility where the vehicle was created.

2006 Pontiac Solstice Weekend Club Racer Concept – A Detroit debut, GM Performance Division built the Solstice Weekend Club Racer concept to showcase how a racing version of the car might be configured. With a custom bronze paint job, power for the car comes from a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 325 horsepower.

2006 Saab Aero X Concept – Another Detroit debut, the Saab Aero X concept harnesses the power of Saab's aviation and Scandinavian roots to make a unique statement in performance car design. Saab Aero X adopts a cockpit canopy, just as you would see on a jet aircraft. It offers the Aero X pilot full 180 degree vision. The Aero X concept, powered by a 400 hp BioPower engine using 100 percent ethanol fuel, made its world premiere at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show and its North American debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show.

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line – After being unveiled at the 2006 New York Auto Show, the Saturn Sky Red Line went on to critical acclaim and is now reaching Saturn retailers. The Saturn Sky Red Line boasts one of the most powerful engines (260 hp/260 foot-pounds of torque) GM has ever produced based on its size (2L). Its 0 to 60 mph time is just over five seconds, and Edmunds.com called it “the most interesting blend of style and performance.”


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December 13, 2006

TAG HEUER EYEWEAR LS SUNGLASSES

TAG HEUER EYEWEAR


PHOTO: These new, limited-edition LS Sunglasses for women, complete with python skin and set with 23 genuine diamonds, have been created by TAG Heuer Eyewear to herald the launch of their L-Type optical collection. Both the optical and sunglasses collections feature exotic leathers; brushed platinum and ceramic-coated finishes; and lightweight, hypoallergenic elastomer-coated arms developed with the same technology found in F1 racing tires. A limited-edition men's version of the LS Sunglasses, featuring alligator skin arms, is also available.


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United Airlines Unveils Details About Its New International First Class Suite

United Focuses on Providing Premium Customers With Luxury International, Overseas Travel Experience.

CHICAGO-- United Airlines has unveiled initial details about the previously announced $165 million upgrade to its international widebody fleet that includes a new luxurious United First Suite, which provides passengers with more privacy, personal space and comfort on overseas flights. The new suite was designed to be the optimal space to work, sleep or relax while enjoying the latest entertainment and exclusive amenities.

UNITED AIRLINES FIRST CLASS


"Our premium customers have told us what would make them more relaxed and comfortable, and we're using their feedback to shape our new first class products and services," said Graham Atkinson, United's executive vice president and chief customer officer. "Our goal is to improve space, amenities and services, so we can enhance the entire international premium travel experience on United, from check-in to arrival."

The new First Suite is nearly three inches wider than the existing, popular United First Suite and reclines to multiple angles or serves as a fully flat 6-foot, 6-inch bed.

United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) operates more than 3,700 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 210 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States.


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December 12, 2006

Dorland Healthcare Information Launches Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide

Publication Answers Need for a Patient Education Tool That Rates the Best Websites on Health Conditions.

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 -- In a move that redefines the way consumers search for online health information, Dorland Healthcare Information has launched Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide, a series of books that identifies, describes, filters and rates the best websites on the 60 most common diseases and health conditions. This series is the first of its kind, directing consumers to only the most credible Web information.

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Photo: Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide, Individual Topic Guide -- Stroke.

"Finding reliable online health information is no easy task," says Robert Graham, CEO of Dorland Healthcare Information. "Results from major search engines can be overwhelming. How much time can you allot to sorting through thousands of deceptive, random and often outdated results, and how do you know if the information found is credible? Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide has solved this problem for Web users who are increasingly going online for health information."

Dorland Healthcare Information (DHI), based in Philadelphia, is a nationally recognized publisher known as the leader in healthcare business information for the past 50 years. DHI publishes several magazines - enrich, your Health & Life distributed quarterly to over 1,000,000 consumers, Case in Point for medical professionals in case management, and the Good Neighbor Health Guide for multi-cultural marketing. DHI also publishes a variety of industry print and online reference books, such as the Case Management Resource Guide; Dorland's Medical Directory; Medical & Healthcare Marketplace Guide and Dorland's Healthcare Website Guide.


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Photo: VITRA's ADA Corina two-piece toilet is designed with the homeowner in mind offering an extended height seat.


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