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October 4, 2007

Di MODOLO Announces Catherine Zeta-Jones as the New Face of the Brand

Diamond Jewelry House Premieres the Tempia Timepiece Collection and Di MODOLO Haute Couture.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 4 -- The jewelry house Di MODOLO has announced actress Catherine Zeta-Jones as the new face of the company. The Di MODOLO campaign, featuring Mrs. Zeta-Jones, will debut in the November 2007 issues of top fashion and lifestyle publications, including: W, Vogue, In Style, and Town and Country. She will be representing all facets of the brand that has expanded to include the new TEMPIA Timepiece Collection and Di MODOLO Haute Couture. She will celebrate the campaign today at an exclusive reception at the flagship store in New York City.

The Di MODOLO brand has evolved since its launch in 2001. To continue this trend, the brand has created Di MODOLO Haute Couture. Di MODOLO Haute Couture combines chic design with beautiful diamonds. The pieces are typically singular, exclusive, or limited edition. Continuing in their effort to revitalize the high-end jewelry market, Di MODOLO also launches the much anticipated TEMPIA Timepiece Collection. |GlobalGiants.com|


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October 3, 2007

Microsoft unveils Zune Social, new Zune devices, innovative Zune software and redesigned Zune Marketplace

Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With Community Web Site Built Around Music.

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Photo: Microsoft Corporate Vice President, J Allard, and Chairman, Bill Gates, unveil the newest Zune media players. From Redmond, Wash., today, Microsoft Corp. announces updated devices and a new community music site.


SEATTLE, Oct. 3 -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Corporate Vice President J Allard unveiled the next generation of Zune(R) portable media players, software and online store. Gates and Allard also introduced Zune Social, a beta online community Web site built around and powered by people's passion for music.

The two new models of Zune portable media players feature the new Zune Pad, an innovative touch-sensitive button for navigating on the device, as well as wireless sync, a feature that allows Zune devices to automatically sync over the device owner's home wireless network when it is connected to an AC adaptor, in a dock or speaker dock accessory. Existing Zune owners will automatically receive new software features, the redesigned PC and device software and access to the new Zune Marketplace when everything is released to the public in mid-November.

"Twenty years ago we bet the company on an integrated productivity suite of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, and we changed the way people work," Gates said. "Today we're making big bets on games, music, video and connecting these entertainment experiences to help change the way people play."

"By tapping into customers' passion for music with Zune Social, we're starting to change the game," Allard said. "This lets us start building a new, more valuable kind of relationship with consumers that, combined with other Zune innovations, will start to drive the entire music industry forward."

Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment brand that provides an integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, the Zune Marketplace online store, and Zune Social, a beta online community Web site created to help people discover music. Zune is part of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division and supports the company's software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. |GlobalGiants.com|


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October 1, 2007

Siemens Systems at BBC and ITV

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London, October 1, 2007 -- The United Kingdom's broadcasters are getting equipped for the digital age. Siemens is installing integrated digital production systems at the broadcasters ITV and BBC. In the future, the editors will edit their reports on the PC, and will be able to access the archives, research, cut and provide the finished report to production all from the same place. The result will be more current reports and more flexible program production. The picture shows the BBC building in Scotland. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 7:56 AM

September 26, 2007

18th Longines Prize for Elegance awarded unanimously to Anna Bessonova of Ukraine

28th Rhythmic World Championships Patras, Greece.

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Photo: Anna Bessonova holds high the trophy of the Longines Prize for Elegance.


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Photo: Longines BelleArti Watch, a part of the prize.


Patras (Greece), 25 September, 2007 - Longines, Official Timekeeper and Data Handler at the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2007 has awarded the 18th Longines Prize for Elegance to Anna Bessonova, of Ukraine. This distinction honours the athlete having demonstrated the most remarkable elegance in the course of the international competition. Anna Bessonova, amongst great applause, was awarded the trophy created by the Swiss artist Piero Travaglini, a wristwatch from the Longines BelleArti collection and a cheque for US$ 5,000, and was subsequently consecrated overall individual world champion.


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Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition on rope.

In gymnastics, the challenge of movement demands both flawless execution, as in any sport, and the intangible grace, beauty and harmony of movement known as "elegance". At the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, all participants in the individual finals held on 21st September 2007 in Patras, Greece, were nominated for the Longines Prize for Elegance.


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Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition with hoop.

The athletes under consideration for the prize were evaluated according to a number of complementary criteria. In addition to technical considerations, each athlete's performance was evaluated with respect to emotional appeal, beauty, charm, charisma, and grace and harmony of movement. Although clearly, each member of the jury may interpret these criteria individually, the result was unanimous as Anna Bessonova's performance on this occasion was quite exceptional and won the heart of the whole audience. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 7:03 AM

September 25, 2007

MOBILE IMAGING AND PRINTING CONSORTIUM: Knicks City Dancers Up Close and Digital

MOBILE IMAGING AND PRINTING CONSORTIUM


Photo: KnicksCityDancers Up Close and Digital: Sponsored by MIPC (The Mobile Imaging & Printing Consortium) Digital Life 2007 attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- The Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC) announces that on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2007, New York's Digital Life attendees will have the opportunity to pose for camera phone photos with the Knicks City Dancers and walk away with their prints in seconds.

MIPC will showcase how widely available technologies such as Bluetooth and PictBridge can unlock a world of convenience for cell phone users to capture photos on the go and get great results in their hands instantly. MIPC will demonstrate how users can gain the flexibility to go from shoot to print in just a few simple steps.

"You will be surprised by the ease and simplicity of today's camera phone printing solutions. Digital Life attendees will be able to capture their memories with The New York Knicks City Dancers and print them instantly to show their friends at home," said MIPC Board member and Kodak Senior Marketing Manager, Jack Rieger.

Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Lexmark are among several major companies supporting the MIPC Mission. Ramon Garrido, MIPC Chairman and HP program director, said the consortium enables consumers to free their photos from their phones. "These representative companies have come together on behalf of the consumer to streamline the mobile imaging and printing process. It is the MIPC Mission to enable customers to easily print from their camera phones however, whenever, wherever."

The Knicks City Dancers will be appearing at New York's Digital Life Show in the MIPC booth of the Javitz Center on September 28 and 29 from 12pm to 4pm. MIPC is encouraging the visitors to have their pictures taken with the Knicks City Dancers and experience the ease of printing from camera phones firsthand.

The MIPC is a non-profit industry association founded in 2004 by Canon, Epson and HP, leading companies in home photo printing. The MIPC enables mobile printing solutions by fostering collaboration across the hardware, software and wireless technologies involved in mobile imaging and printing.

MIPC Members represent the most prestigious companies in the mobile imaging and printing space. Those represented companies include: Aplix Corporation, Brother Industries Ltd., Canon Inc., Cerience Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Fujifilm Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., Lexmark International, Inc., MCCI Corporation, Micron Technology, Motorola Inc., NEC Corporation, Nokia, Olivetti, Olympus Corporation, Ricoh Company, Ltd., Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., and Seiko Epson Corporation. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:15 AM

September 22, 2007

AutoWeek Editors Honor the Best of the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show

The magazine's Editors' Choice Awards recognize Best in Show, Best Concept, Most Significant and Most Fun.

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Photo: AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award: Lamborghini Reventon, Best in Show, 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Photo by Motor Forecast.

The AutoWeek editorial staff will announce its Editors' Choice Award winners for the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show in its September 24 issue.

For more than a decade, the editors of the weekly automotive-enthusiast magazine have scoured show floors in Detroit, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo selecting winners in four categories: Best in Show, Best Concept, Most Significant and Most Fun.

The 2007 Best of Frankfurt winners include:

BEST IN SHOW: Lamborghini Reventon - "The sexy, brutal look of this ultra-sonic Lamborghini is something that will mesmerize car enthusiasts for generations," said AutoWeek Editor and Associate Publisher Dutch Mandel. "Our Best-in-Show award is bestowed on the car we all will remember years from now. That's clearly the case with this near $1.4 million Lamborghini, all 20 of which are sold out."

BEST CONCEPT: Mercedes-Benz F700 - "With so many slick-tech tricks in the F700, this was an easy choice as Best Concept."

MOST SIGNIFICANT: Ford Verve Concept - "As the next generation Fiesta sub-compact hatchback, the slightly bigger and bulkier Verve allows space for higher hood and rooflines and raised seating. With concern that the small car will be too expensive to engineer in the United States and South America, how Ford resolves the dilemma is what makes an already significant car even more so."

MOST FUN: BMW 1 Series Coupe - "We can't wait to get behind the wheel of what will be, if the car holds true to its promise and its pedigree, one of the most fun products from BMW since it recreated the Mini Copper. Only this time, the fun comes in rear-wheel drive," said Mandel.

The AutoWeek editorial staff will announce its 2007 Editors' Choice Awards for the Tokyo Motor Show next month and will continue the circuit in January by selecting the best of the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 5:59 AM

September 20, 2007

Go Play: Nokia unveils new devices optimized for entertainment, music and games

London, UK -- Alongside the introduction of Ovi, the door to Nokia's new Internet services, Nokia has unveiled new mobile devices specifically optimized for entertainment, music and games. Each device offers dedicated music or gaming keys, expanded memory, large screens and extended battery performance to provide quick and easy access to entertainment content.

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Nokia N81 8GB -- Entertainment made simple. With dedicated music and gaming keys, 3.5 mm headphone connector and 3G and WLAN connectivity, the Nokia N81 multimedia computer is a mobile entertainment powerhouse. With a sleek, polished surface and keys that light up when you activate them, accessing content on the 3D multimedia menu is fast and intuitive. Nokia N81 is configured to find, buy, manage and play music and games purchased from the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage games service.

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Nokia N95 8GB: Stunning screen, massive memory. The Nokia N95 is a multimedia computer. With all the key features of its predecessor, including a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide, the Nokia N95 8GB now offers up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory. The N95 8GB also boasts a new luminous 2.8" QVGA display - one of the largest ever for a multimedia computer - so that watching videos, browsing the Internet or viewing maps is easy. With its expanded memory, the N95 8GB offers up to 20 hours of video or up to 6000 songs. The N95 8GB multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 3:20 AM

Good Luck Chuck Premiere

Jessica Alba Good Luck Chuck Premiere

Photo: Jessica Alba at the premiere of "Good Luck Chuck", September 19th, in Los Angeles. (Star Max Photos) |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:54 AM

September 19, 2007

ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC. & GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS NASCAR

ANHEUSER BUSCH NASCAR


Photo: NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, Tim Schoen and Tony Ponturo of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and George Gillett and Ray Evernham of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, announce Kasey Kahne as the new driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 12:40 PM

September 14, 2007

Hollywood Premiere - In the Valley of Elah

Charlize Theron


Photo: Charlize Theron attends the premiere of her new film directed by Paul Haggis, "In The Valley of Elah" at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, September 13, 2007. Photo by Lionel Hahn/ABACAUSA. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:49 PM

September 8, 2007

The 17th Longines Prize for Elegance to be Awarded to the Most Elegant Gymnasts

40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2007 in Stuttgart.


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Stuttgart (Germany), Septembre 8, 2007 - In cooperation with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Longines will be awarding the prestigious Longines Prize for Elegance for the seventeenth time at the 40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart. The prize honors the team or athlete judged to be the most elegant during a world or continent-wide artistic or rhythmic gymnastics competition. The winners of the Longines Prize for Elegance will receive the famous statue by Swiss artist Piero Travaglini and a Longines Evidenza Watch.

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In gymnastics as in any other sport, movement is a challenge requiring elegance as well as flawless execution. At this year's World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, all participants of the individual all-round competition held on Friday September 7, 2007 have automatically become nominees for the Longines Prize for Elegance which will be awarded on the Stuttgartner Schlossplatz on Saturday September 8, 2007 and in the competition hall on Sunday September 9, 2007.

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The basis for evaluating, judging and awarding the Prize includes emotional appeal extending beyond technical considerations to beauty and femininity, charm and charisma as well as grace and harmony of movement. The jury evaluates each participant on these three criteria, attributing marks ranging from one to four points according to each member's personal opinion. The points awarded to each athlete by the members of the jury are computed into a grand total. The athlete with the highest score will receive the Longines Prize for Elegance. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 6:43 AM

September 7, 2007

Apple's iPod touch has Revolutionary Multi-touch Interface & Built-in Wi-Fi Wireless Networking

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SAN FRANCISCO--September 7, 2007--Apple has introduced the new iPod touch featuring Apple's revolutionary multi-touch user interface that enables users to find and enjoy all of their music, videos and more on its widescreen display with just the touch of a finger.

First introduced on iPhone™, the multi-touch interface uses pioneering new software to present the perfect user interface for each application. The iPod touch also includes Wi-Fi wireless networking, the first on any iPod, and three applications that use it -- (1) Safari™, the most advanced browser on any mobile device; (2) Apple's YouTube application that lets users wirelessly watch over 10 million free videos from the Internet's most popular video website; and (3) the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store that lets users wirelessly browse, preview and buy songs and albums from the popular online music store. The iPod touch is only 8 mm thin, and is priced starting at just $299. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:32 PM

Apple Reduces Price of iPhone; Offers $100 Credit to Early Buyers : GlobalGiants.com

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SAN FRANCISCO--September 7, 2007-- After receiving hundreds of emailed complaints from existing Apple iPhone customers angry about a steep price drop, chief executive Steve Jobs says the company will give a $100 credit to certain customers who bought the gadget.

Customers who purchased an iPhone from Apple or the iPhone's sole service provider AT&T and did not receive any rebates, will receive a $100 credit toward any purchase at an Apple retail store or on its Web site.

Earlier, Apple announced September 5 that it is on track to sell its one millionth iPhone™ before the end of September, and to make iPhone affordable for even more customers this holiday season, it is lowering the price of the most popular iPhone model with 8GB of storage from $599 to just $399.

"The surveys are in and iPhone customer satisfaction scores are higher than we've ever seen for any Apple product," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We've clearly got a breakthrough product and we want to make it affordable for even more customers as we enter this holiday season." |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 11:47 AM

September 6, 2007

MOTOROLA RAZR2

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Photo: London, September 6, 2007 -- Motorola's much anticipated MOTORAZR2 is ready for its U.S. debut. Sleeker outside and more powerful inside, the next generation MOTORAZR is now available at several national U.S. wireless carriers and through Motorola's online store. (Photo Credit: Motorola Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:50 PM

ABAETE SPRING 2008 COLLECTION

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Photo: Following the previous five Abaete for Payless seasonal collections, Payless and Laura Poretzky unveiled the Spring 08 collection on the runway at the Abaete show at New York Fashion Week. The footwear and accessory line features bold Miami hues, vintage-inspired silhouettes and ruched pleat details in silk crepe fabric, perforated kidskin leather, stretch linen and snake skin. The collection will be offered at traditional Payless prices and will be available in select Payless stores next spring. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 1:47 AM

September 2, 2007

NEWSWEEK Cover: Lazy Like A Fox

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Photo: In the September 10 issue of Newsweek (on newsstand Monday, September 3): "Lazy Like a Fox." Newsweek profiles Fred Thompson, looking at whether he's got the fire to do what it takes to win a presidential campaign. (Photo Credit: NEWSWEEK)

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 -- As Fred Thompson prepares to formally begin his campaign for the White House this week, after months of "testing the waters," the conventional wisdom in Washington is that Thompson doesn't want it badly enough, isn't willing to work hard enough -- put bluntly, that he is lazy. Thompson knows what people say about him -- and it bugs him, Newsweek reports in the current issue. "Fred was grumping to me about that the other day," Howard Baker, the former Tennessee senator and Reagan White House chief of staff who was one of Thompson's political mentors, tells Newsweek. "I told him, 'They've got to criticize you for something, and that's not a bad one, because you can disprove it'."

In the September 10 Newsweek cover, "Lazy Like a Fox" (on newsstands Monday, September 3), White House Correspondent Holly Bailey examines Thompson's career as a politician, lawyer and lobbyist and the impact it will have on his presidential campaign. "He needs to show he has the appetite for a presidential campaign, and he hasn't shown that yet," says a top White House official who did not want to be named sticking a knife in the back of a fellow Republican. "It's the hardest work in the world. I'm not sure he wants to work that hard." |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 11:36 AM

August 31, 2007

U.S. Open: Action Heats Up in New York

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Photo: Czech's Nicole Vaidisova defeats, 6-2, 7-6, Italy's Flavia Pennetta in their second round match of the Tennis US Open tournament held at the Arthur Ashe stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York City, NY, USA on August 30, 2007 (Abaca Press)

The U.S. Open is heating up with favorites Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin all advancing to third round action. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 3:34 PM

August 30, 2007

"Project 2000: The Rise and Fall of Oldsmobile." GM Insider's Book Reveals Secret Project Leading to Crumbling of GM's Empire : GlobalGiants.com

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MIAMI, Aug. 30 -- As General Motors' empire started to crumble, automotive expert Bob Horvath was hardly surprised.

"In fact, Detroit's Big Three forgot how to satisfy customers and dealers back in the eighties," says Horvath, a 40-year GM veteran, who details one of the carmaker's notable missteps in "Project 2000: The Rise and Fall of Oldsmobile."

In the mid-80's, when GM had Oldsmobile, their world market share was 54 percent. In 2007, it has declined to 13 percent, according to Automotive News.

The key to success in the car industry is simple. Keep customers happy by giving them the products they want, and keep your dealers happy too. Horvath says GM forgot about all that and squandered its market dominance in the process.

Horvath continues, "GM's attitude and regime change in the mid-80's allowed Japan to make significant inroads in the U.S. and world-wide auto industry."

Failure to recognize consumer demand for a Toyota Camry-type or Honda Accord-type car, and failure to compete in this market, partly led Toyota to becoming the world's number-one auto manufacturer through June of 2007, Horvath says.

Tatsuya Mizuno, a Fitch Ratings auto analyst, said it was inevitable that GM would hand over its crown to Toyota at the end of 2007, ending its 76-year reign as the world's best-selling automaker.

"One key element in GM's demise was the closing of the Oldsmobile Division. From 1970 to 1985, the Olds Cutlass was the number-one selling car in America and Oldsmobile was the most sought-after franchise in the world. Oldsmobile went from best to worst in 20 years and became a dinosaur in October 2005," says Horvath.

Horvath said another key element contributing to GM's declining share was a secret project that GM called "Project 2000" which was the systematic elimination of dealers to take place by the year 2000. This benefited GM's upper management at the expense of the dealers who were betrayed.

Horvath, who had a front seat to the "Project 2000" scheme hatched by GM, offers an insider's viewpoint in his book why GM has lost its spot as the perennial number-one carmaker to Japan's Toyota, and backs it up by hundreds of documents contained in the book. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 2:10 PM

Fashion Rocks Update

Fashion Rocks

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 -- Conde Nast Media Group announced today the following updates regarding New York Fashion Week's most star-studded event:

• Mary J. Blige Joins Stellar Performance Line Up

• Show will feature duet performances from Mary J. Blige and Usher, Fergie and Ludacris, and Alicia Keys with Santana

• Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Teri Hatcher, Jessica Alba, Denis Leary, Mischa Barton, 50 Cent, Sean Lennon, Tyra Banks, LeAnn Rimes, Tommy Hilfiger, among others join a star-studded lineup of previously announced performers.

• Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Keep a Child Alive.

The show, hosted by Entourage star Jeremy Piven, will include performances by Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood, Chad Kroeger, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Martina McBride, Santana and Usher.

The concert returns to the legendary Radio City Music Hall on September 6, 2007 and will air the following night, Friday, September 7, 2007 in a two-hour special on the CBS television network (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

FASHION ROCKS(TM) is a production of Conde Nast Media Group, a unit of Conde Nast Publications, which includes corporate sales, marketing, interactive and direct sales efforts for all of Conde Nast's consumer magazines and websites. Conde Nast Media Group is recognized as an industry leader for its creation and execution of large-scale, integrated, multi- platform advertising programs and events.

FASHION ROCKS(TM) is sponsored by Chevrolet, Citi, Revlon, Dillard's, and Nexxus. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 10:35 AM

August 29, 2007

Amy Grant's First Ever Career-Spanning Hits Collection to be Released on October 2 by Sparrow/EMI America Records

EMI CHRISTIAN MUSIC AMY GRANT

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 29 -- During her award-winning 30-year music career, Amy Grant has sold more than 30 million albums around the world. EMI CMG Label Group and EMI Music Marketing have partnered with Amy Grant Productions for an in-depth global catalog campaign, including remastered catalog titles and digital sales initiatives. On October 2, Amy Grant's first-ever career and label-spanning hits collection, Greatest Hits, will be released around the world in CD and Special Edition CD/DVD packages and digitally. In the U.S., the new title will be released by Sparrow/EMI America Records.

Amy Grant has achieved unparalleled success as a crossover Contemporary Christian artist. In the U.S. alone, Grant's achievements include nine platinum and platinum-plus albums and nine gold albums, six Grammy Awards and 21 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Posted by Editors at 2:37 PM

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