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MediaTek Appoints Johan Lodenius as Its New Chief Marketing Officer

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HSINCHU, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced that Johan Lodenius has been appointed as Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In the role of CMO, Lodenius will lead a corporate marketing organization responsible for global marketing and business development. He will report to MK Tsai, Chairman of MediaTek.

“Johan possesses outstanding marketing and product strategy skills,” Tsai said. “His experience with growing new business into world-leadership and building successful new companies from the ground up makes him uniquely well positioned in the industry. I am pleased to announce Johan as our chief marketing officer.”

A seasoned industry veteran, Lodenius started his career in 1988 as a chip design engineer at Ericsson and was the original Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Qualcomm’s QCT division. During Johan’s tenure from 1996-2004 Qualcomm grew its chipset business from a small internal ASIC team to become the world’s leading wireless semiconductor supplier. Since then Johan founded and managed several new technology companies including Coresonic, a DSP core company that was acquired by MediaTek earlier this year.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The company is a market leader and pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, and DVD and Blu-ray products. Founded in 1997 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code “2454”, MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and has sales or research subsidiaries in Mainland China, Singapore, India, U.S., Japan, South Korea, Denmark, England, Sweden and Dubai. For more information, please visit MediaTek’s website at http://www.mediatek.com.

SOURCE MediaTek Inc.

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December 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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The Canal+ Group Selects Wyplay for its Next Decoder Software

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MARSEILLE, France, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The CANAL+ Group has teamed with Wyplay to develop its future decoder software. Recognized as a global leader in innovative software solutions for TV operators, WYPLAY brings its expertise and know-how to the table, in particular through:

The implementation of a new generation HTML5 UI,
Improved overall performance in terms of fluidity, speed, and responsiveness,
And most importantly, the ability to benefit from an open software foundation enabling the CANAL+ Group entities and partners to autonomously develop any application.
“After over six months of testing and prototyping we proved to the CANAL+ Group that we can meet the challenge and support them in the process of continuous innovation and new use cases, all the while confirming their deployment strategy for the current decoder known as ‘The Cube’,” said Jacques Bourgninaud, Wyplay CEO. “Canal+ Group is a global success story. Today we are very proud to be at their side.”

About Wyplay:

Independent and internationally recognized, Wyplay develops software solutions that are open, modular, and innovative for IPTV, Cable, Satellite, Terrestrial operators and broadcasters around the world.

The technology developed at Wyplay enables operators to easily select, configure, and deploy solutions from the richest list of pre-configured functionality in the market (Zapper, Recorder, Media center, home connectivity, Social TV, HTML5, Android, OTT platform, multi-screen, multi-room …).

Wyplay’s professional services are able to create a user experience that exactly match and complement the operators and broadcasters’ product and market strategies.

Wyplay is now a strategic partner for such leading brands that include SFR, Vodafone, Belgacom, and now more recently the Canal+ Group.

To learn more about Wyplay, visit http://www.wyplay.com

About CANAL + Group:

Leader in payTV in France, the CANAL+ Group publishes the CANAL+ channels in the form of a general premium offer of five channels and a twenty thematic channel offer. It distributes CANALSAT, an offer with more than 250 channels and other services available on all its platforms. A pioneer in new uses, notably in mobility and on-demand, the CANAL+ Group initiated the first VOD platforms and catch-up TV in the market, CANALPLAY, and CANAL+ on demand respectively. Present in France, the French overseas, and the francophone African countries, the CANAL+ Group has also developed international payTV operations, in particular, in Poland and Vietnam. It has recently diversified into free TV creating a special unit dedicated to three national channels: D8, a general channel for 15-30 year olds; D17; and a non-stop information channel i> TELE. The CANAL+ Group is a major player in the acquisition, production, and distribution of films in Europe through its subsidiary STUDIOCANAL. Its global portfolio base reaches nearly 13 million subscribers.

Julie GERET, +33-4-91-45-71-80, info@wyplay.com

SOURCE Wyplay

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December 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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Compass Offices Announces New 8 Floor Serviced Office and Co-Working Space in Meguro, Tokyo

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Building on the success of the existing Tokyo Kamiyacho centre, Compass Offices will add a substantial second location in Meguro in January 2013. The new centre is comprised of 3,900 square metres of office and meeting space across 8 floors and is located directly opposite the Meguro JR station. At the forefront of the flexible workspace trend in Japan, the Meguro centre will combine residential, retail, traditional office, serviced office, virtual office and co-working solutions in one work-life habitat.
“As the largest space in the Compass Offices portfolio, the new Meguro location allows us to provide a wide range of workspace and meeting solutions for our clients in Tokyo,” Andrew Chung, CEO and founder of Compass Offices.
With investment in IT infrastructure, office space fit-out, co-working spaces and meeting rooms, Compass Offices are striving to make Meguro a new destination for clients seeking workspace solutions.
“This is truly a 21st Century solution which will be priced at a level extremely attractive to local entrepreneurs and market-entry companies alike. Compass Offices continues to lead through innovation and by providing flexible solutions to our customers. We look forward to welcoming many new friends to our Meguro centre,” Jeremy Sanderson, Chairman, Compass Offices Japan.
Compass Offices was founded in Hong Kong in October 2009 and opened in Japan in 2011. Compass Offices has rapidly grown to become Hong Kong’s largest Serviced Office provider with additional locations in Singapore. Meguro will be the 31st location in the Compass Offices network with further regional growth in the pipeline. Renowned for high quality locations, transparent pricing and flexible terms, Compass Offices are the preferred solution for businesses looking to grow with a flexible office space provider.
CONTACTS:
Reiko Kunieda
Phone Number: +81-3-4530-9888
Email: jpsales@compassoffices.com
Source: Compass Offices

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December 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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Densan System Co. Expands the Western Union(R) Money Transfer(SM) Service in Japan

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Densan System adds seven more locations across Okinawa, Fukuoka and Gunma in partnership with Tisco and Esu Ai Doh
TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, today announced that Densan System Co. has expanded its Western Union® Money Transfer(SM) services to seven more locations through its cooperating partners, namely Tisco Japan at Okinawa and Fukuoka and Esu Ai Doh at Gunma in Japan.
The newly expanded locations in Okinawa marks the first time that consumers can access Western Union® services at Will Call locations in this prefecture.
Commencing mid-December, Tisco Japan, provider of phone rental services for overseas travelers, will offer Western Union Money Transfer services through six locations in Okinawa and Fukuoka.
Esu Ai Doh, retailer of electronic goods specializing in overseas customers will offer Western Union Money Transfer Services through its store in Gunma.
On December 21st, Edoya will also open 2 locations in Okinawa prefecture.
“We are very pleased to work with Densan System to expand our footprint in Japan. It further realizes our network expansion strategy of offering Western Union’s convenient, reliable and fast money transfer services through our continuously expanding network,” said Yasuhiro Sakamoto, country manager, Western Union Japan.
“More than two million people around the world live in Japan [according to the Japan Immigration Association], including Brazil and the United States, and they are often sending money back home. With newly opened locations we are very proud of making it easy for them to move money wherever and whenever they want,” said Sakamoto.
“We are delighted to expand Western Union and its location network in Japan. The combination of Western Union’s expansive global network and our local vantage — Tisco and Esu Ai Doh’s strong consumer and migrant base — offers real convenience and more choices to our customers in Japan, especially in Okinawa, Fukuoka and Gunma,” said Mr. Yasutesu Tanaka, CEO, Densan System Co.
Western Union’s retail network tops more than 130 (Note 1) Agent locations let by Travelex, Philippine National Bank, Daikokuya, H.I.S. and Japan Ticket Association. This is supplemented by Seven Bank’s 16,000 ATMs and 9,000 FamilyMart’s Famiports.
Note 1: Network data as of 30 September 2012.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business payments. For more information, visit http://www.westernunion.com.
About Densan System
Established in 1967, Densan System Co. is a provider who offers information processing, including 1) utilizing the expertise of data processing services; 2) system solutions which dispatches technicians, develop systems and software products by commissioning; 3) system integration which develops and builds system device and OA equipment-based system; 4) distribution of application software, system devices, OA equipment and supply products. In 1997, Densan System became the first private company that provides payment acceptance service at convenient stores. Currently, it expands its footprint as an integrated payment services provider. For more information, please visit http://www.densan-s.co.jp.
Source: Western Union

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December 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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Clarification Regarding an Article Published by The Wall Street Journal

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — In response to the erroneous statement about Mr. Chan Ting Lai (“Mr. Chan”) in an article “Vegas Bet on Chinese VIPs Raises Red Flags With Feds” published in The Wall Street Journal (“The Journal”) on 20 September 2012 (“the Article”), Mr. Chan has made a statutory declaration under oath and issued a clarification letter to the Journal. Mr Chan has stated that he has never, at any time, held or been in control of cash and assets worth US$250 million. In addition, he has never been queried by any regulatory authority or investigators referred to in the Article about US$250 million of cash or assets, and furthermore, he has never, at any time, encountered any situations in which he could not account to any relevant regulatory authorities for any cash or assets held by him or in his control. The Journal accepted his clarification and published that letter “Your News Article is Mistaken About Me” (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323297104578179271477553336.html) on 19 December 2012. The Journal also published a supplement under Correction & Amplification on the same day.

For enquiries, please contact:
PR Concepts Asia Limited
Ms. Eliza Li / Ms. Emma Kong
Tel: +852-2232-3909 / +852-2232-3911
Email: eliza@prconcept.com / emma@prconcept.com
Source: Chan Ting Lai

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December 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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Industry Gears up for SATTE 2013

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NEW DELHI/PRNewswire/ —
SATTE has always played a vital role in promoting diverse segments of tourism and has now evolved as a primary travel mart in South Asia, centered around a growing India-centric business
SATTE 2013, which will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from 16-18 January, 2013 will witness a vast participation of many major Indian and global players. These participants have great expectations from SATTE as they see it as a platform to give their business from India momentum.
P Manoharan, Director, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, believes SATTE is the right platform for the tourism board to update and equip the travel agents in India with all the relevant information they need to market Malaysia to their customers. Echoing his sentiments Runjuan Tongrut, Director, New Delhi Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “Being one of the largest exhibitors at SATTE 2013, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thai travel trade are expecting to meet more potential buyers and trade partners from India.”
Representatives from State tourism boards, who have confirmed their participations at SATTE 2013 also have similar expectations from the expo; O V Choudhary, Chief General Manager (Operations and Marketing), MP Tourism Department is seeing SATTE as an opportunity to draw private investment to strengthen the hospitality infrastructure of the state through PPP mode.
Apart from NTOs, state tourism boards, hotels, airlines and tourism products also have bigger expectations from SATTE. “We will be targeting quality B2B customers – tour operators, DMCs and MICE operators and will expect to get the best return from the show,” Dhananjay S. Saliankar, Regional Director – Starwood Sales Organisation, India and South Asia, said. Similarly, Accor expects to accelerate their business by promoting their brands at SATTE 2013. For the first time at SATTE, Ethiopian Ministry Of Culture and Tourism, Changi Airport Singapore and Seychelles Tourism Board, also expect to establish their products in a big way in India.
Some of the other exhibitors that are participating include Argentina, Abu Dhabi Tourism, Dubai, Accor Hotels, Cox & Kings, Department of Tourism – Goa, Bulgaria, Fiji Tourism, Indonesia, Spain, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Keys Hotels, Kenya Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism Government of India, Israel, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation, Nepal Tourism Board, Oman, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, Peppermint Hospitality India, Tourism New Zealand, Sri Lankan Airlines, Sahara Hospitality, Turkish Airlines, The Venetian Cotai, The Lalit Suri Group, Tourism & Civil Aviation Government of Himachal Pradesh, among others.
According to organisers, SATTE 2013 will maintain a good visitor turnout including the right buyers, quality audience and repeat participants, who perceive SATTE as a great platform to reinforce relationships with their company’s current partners and also believe that SATTE 2013 will help in fuelling their business. The enhanced buyer programme for SATTE 2013 offers an incentivised Pre-Scheduled Appointments (PSAs) system that allows buyers to schedule appointments ensuring opportunities for international and regional senior level buyers and decision makers to source new destinations, travel products and services on the show floor. International organisations and governing bodies including World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), US Commercial Service and International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), Indian trade associations such as TAAI, TAFI, IATO, ADTOI, ATTOI, ETAA, OTOAI, IAAI and FHRAI, will continue to actively support SATTE this year too.
SATTE Mumbai, its companion event, will be held at World Trade Centre on January 21-22, 2013. Considering exhibitors’ feedback, overwhelming response by buyers and overall success, SATTE Mumbai West show in 2013 will be B2B exhibition format (showcase products & services at booths under bare or shell scheme) unlike its previous format of table top expo.
About UBM India
UBM India is a subsidiary of UBM plc, which is the second largest independent exhibition organiser in the world. It is the largest trade exhibition organiser in India, responsible for 26 exhibitions in different locations across the country. The company is also involved in the organisation of conference programmes throughout India and in the publications of trade journals and magazines.
Media Contact:
Jayesh Kanaskar
Email: jayesh.kanaskar@ubm.com
UBM India Pvt Ltd.
119, Sagar Tech Plaza – A, Saki Naka Junction
Andheri -Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072, India
Tel: +91-22-67692400
Fax: +91-22-67692426
Mobile: +91-9819586780
Event URL: http://www.satte.in
Website: http://www.ubmindia.in
Source: SATTE 2013 – UBM India Pvt Ltd

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December 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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Cooliris Photo App Launches in China with Renren Integration

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Crossing 1.5 million installs and 250 million photo views in four months, Cooliris expands with its first international localization
PALO ALTO, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Cooliris, world leader in immersive media experiences and creator of the Android Gallery app, today announces the launch of the localized Cooliris social photo discovery app in China. Having already reached a #1 iPad app ranking in 75 countries for Lifestyle and 250 million photo views in the app, Cooliris launches a fully localized version that is customized for Chinese users and integrates photos from Renren, the leading real-name social networking internet service in China.
The Cooliris app for iPad and iPhone is a beautiful, modern way to browse all of the photos from various sources all in one place, and selectively share them with customized audiences in private groups. With the new Renren integration in Cooliris, Chinese users will be able to experience and share all of their photos privately from their mobile library, Instagram, and Renren in the immersive Cooliris 3D Wall. The new release will also include a local-language experience for Chinese readers.
“Our goal is to create the most beautiful and delightful photo discovery experience on mobile devices everywhere,” says Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. “With China quickly becoming one of the world’s largest smartphone markets, we’re thrilled to launch our first international version of Cooliris with local content in China. Now, Chinese users can enjoy all of their personal photos in the Cooliris experience.”
The new Chinese version of Cooliris is available for free on iPad and iPhone in the China iTunes App Store. Follow Cooliris on their Renren page for updates.
About Cooliris
Cooliris is the leader in creating world’s most immersive and media-centric experiences for mobile and web consumers. The successful adoption of the Android Gallery app boosted Cooliris into comScore’s Top 10 Smartphone Properties as measured by Total Unique Visitors. Cooliris has now launched an all-out focused effort to creatively disrupt the modern photo experience by building from scratch a new photo experience for creation, curation and consumption.
The team of 14 collaborators is located in Palo Alto with presence in Berlin, Singapore and Taipei. Cooliris is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures, The Westly Group, T-Venture, and DOCOMO Capital. For more information, visit http://www.cooliris.com.
Media Contact
Jenny Lum
Cooliris
jenny@cooliris.com
Source: Cooliris

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December 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

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IceLink Watches and Jewelry Take Starring Role in New Movie “Time Framed” starring Ian Somerhalder

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The Future is Now: IceLink Stars as “Time Link,” a Device that Allows People to Harvest Unlimited Free Energy without Pollution in New Cutting Edge Fashion and Spy Movie
GENEVA /PRNewswire/ — IceLink, the creators of the first-ever 6Timezone watch, steal the show in the new short film called “Time Framed” with its compelling presence and strategic role woven throughout the film’s action. The fast-paced spy movie which was executive produced by IceLink, starring Ian Somerhalder and supermodel Xian Mikol, features the company’s cutting edge watches and bracelets throughout the film, which are a critical focal point in the storyline as a spy hero, Agent Black (Ian Somerhalder), works to save the world from destruction resulting from the invention of a revolutionary device, The “Time Link,” which allows people to harvest unlimited free energy without pollution and other harmful side effects.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121218/LA31193-a)
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121218/LA31193LOGO-b)
“IceLink is thrilled to be a part of a groundbreaking marketing platform, especially one that has created such a meaningful and authentic presence for our products,” said IceLink Founder Andy Sogoyan.
When the “Time Link,” created especially for the film by IceLink, falls into the wrong hands, the brave undercover agent (Ian Somerhalder) embarks on a mission to save humanity. IceLink’s newest timepiece, the limited-edition Zermatt is showcased in the film on Somerhalder’s character Agent Black as he undertakes his mission. Additional IceLink products are featured on key characters in the film including the 6Timezone 18k Snow timepiece & the Chill timepiece. IceLink’s top selling Bicycle Bracelet plays a key role in the film when Somerhalder’s character finds a clue engraved on the bracelet.
“Time Framed” is a short film executive produced by IceLink and produced by SinFactory Media. This film will premiere in Los Angeles and is set to be released on January 23rd, 2013. It will be available to viewers on http://www.timeframedthefilms.com. For behind-the-scenes images, visit Facebook.com/timeframedfilms.
About IceLink
IceLink is the maker of luxury timepieces for the style-conscious, globally-connected consumer. The company’s Swiss made watches infuse the craziness of Los Angeles, hometown of creativity, and the universe of the Swiss watch-making industry and its century of know-how. IceLink products featured in the film can be purchased by visiting the IceLink boutique located at 666 N Kilkea Dr. in West Hollywood, CA, 323-782-8666, or by visiting http://www.IceLinkwatch.com.
Source: IceLink

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December 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

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