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Monday, September 30, 2013

Linear Technology PR: LTC2338-18 18-Bit, 1Msps, ±10.24V True Bipolar SAR ADC Simplifies Input Signal Conditioning for ±10 Volt Applications

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Linear Technology PR: LT3090 600mA Negative LDO+ Offers Rail-to-Rail Operation, Programmable Current Limit & Output Current Monitor

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BMC Software Delivers Big Data Value

BMC Software News Release:

BMC Software Delivers Big Data Value

BMC Control-M for Hadoop capitalizes on rapidly growing $11 billion big data market

SAN JOSE, Calif.September 30, 2013 – BMC Software today announced the availability of BMC Control-M for Hadoop, a new big data management solution that dramatically reduces the batch processing time for extremely large collections of data sets, simplifying and automating Hadoop batch processing and connected enterprise workflows.  The new BMC solution is a purpose-built version of the company’s market-leading Control-M workload automation offering.
 
BMC Control-M for Hadoop and MetaScale
 
MetaScale, a unit of Sears Holdings, performs big data analytics for Sears and other major companies worldwide.  Working with large integrated retailers, finance and healthcare companies, MetaScale works with vast amounts of structured and unstructured data from various channels.  The company moved to Hadoop to better intake, manage, process and analyze this data.
 
MetaScale implemented BMC Control-M to quickly process and transform this data in their Hadoop environment.  It was critical that MetaScale be able to analyze data at a more granular level and further back in time, requirements that were beyond the capabilities of traditional mainframe or Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) software.  Using BMC Control-M, MetaScale subsequently was able to slash Sears’ batch-processing time, resulting in the company turning off a mainframe system and realizing significant savings.
 
Apache Hadoop is an open source technical framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications, typically running applications on large clusters of commodity hardware.
 
Other Key Points to Know
  • The only predictive workflow analytics solution available today. BMC Software specifically designed Control-M for Hadoop to improve service delivery by detecting slowdowns and failures with predictive analytics and intelligent monitoring of Hadoop application workflows. Specifically, it enables clients like MetaScale to:
    • Implement Hadoop applications faster – by automating the development and management of batch workflows using a drag and drop interface that is integrated with Hadoop projects.
    • Enable rapid business change – by connecting Hadoop workflows to enterprise processing for an end-to-end view of service. 
    • Integrate with HDFS, Pig, Scoop, Hive, and MapReduce to automate the Hadoop workflow process.
  • Emerging market with significant cost savings.  According to Wikibon, the market for managing big data is estimated at $11 billion dollars. It is estimated to be growing at 50 percent or more annually.
  • Business model transformation spreads value into the enterprise. Part of the Sears family of companies, MetaScale offers end-to-end services for Hadoop and big data. 
Supporting Perspectives
 
Scott LaCosse, technical operations leader, MetaScale:
“BMC Control-M provides MetaScale with a control point that allows us to integrate all those big spokes to our hub which is big data.  By processing and analyzing large data on Hadoop, we are able to quickly react to changing market conditions and better serve our members through improved competitive pricing and new product launches. And by performing intensive calculations on very large and complex data sets very quickly using Hadoop, we can now reliably meet our production schedule and largely eliminate use of traditional ETL tools.”
 
 
Shamoun Murtza, director, Office of the CTO, BMC Software
“Nearly 100 percent of the processing jobs that Hadoop executes are batch jobs and Control-M is the world’s best batch job scheduler. If you’re a company relying on insights from big data and Hadoop for competitive differentiation, you want the best job scheduler.  BMC Control-M has rapidly emerged as the compelling solution to the complex requirements Hadoop customers encounter across the spectrum of big data.”
 
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Amazon Introduces New Kindle Fire HD and HDX Tablets

Amazon Introduces New Kindle Fire HD and HDX Tablets

New British Cyber defense force will protect industry - and “if needed, strike in cyberspace” - We Live Security

New British Cyber defense force will protect industry - and “if needed, strike in cyberspace” - We Live Security

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chirantan “CJ” Desai Joins EMC as President, Emerging Technology Products Division

EMC Press Release:

Chirantan “CJ” Desai Joins EMC as President, Emerging Technology Products Division

HOPKINTON, MASS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 - 
EMC® Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced that Chirantan “CJ” Desai has joined EMC as President of the company’s newly-formed Emerging Technology Products Division. In this role, Desai will report to David Goulden, EMC President and COO. The new division will develop and launch new products and grow new businesses based on emerging technologies, with a special focus on disruptive technologies. Initially, the Emerging Technology Products Division will focus on all-Flash scale-out enterprise storage arrays (through XtremIO™), server-side storage hardware and software (through ScaleIO™, XtremSF™ PCIe cards and the XtremSW™ Suite), hybrid Cloud Gateways and High Performance Computing storage.
David Goulden, EMC President and COO, said, “We consider ourselves highly fortunate to welcome to EMC an executive of CJ’s stature and relevant technical and business credentials. CJ brings to EMC a depth of expertise and track record in growing successful storage and security businesses perfectly aligned with the charter and vision of the new Emerging Technology Products Division. CJ and this new division will bring an elevated level of focus and scale for converting the full potential of key emerging technologies into the most powerful solutions for our customers.”
CJ Desai, added, "EMC stands out as one of the IT industry’s greatest success stories; I’m both thrilled and humbled to be joining the EMC team and energized to begin doing my small part to take this remarkable company to even greater heights. EMC’s proven expertise in reading technology and market shifts, moving swiftly and decisively, and adapting itself has kept the company on the forefront of delivering customers those technologies and solutions that are spot on with their ever-evolving needs. My mission is to help continue that trend.” 
Desai most recently served as Executive Vice President of Information Management at Symantec Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s backup and recovery, storage, cluster file system, high availability and archiving products. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of the company’s Endpoint and Mobility Group and also lead engineering for the Endpoint and Message Security Groups. He earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will be based in EMC’s Santa Clara offices.
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EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

ESET Warns of Sharp Spike in FileCoder Ransomware

ESET Warns of Sharp Spike in FileCoder Ransomware

Friday, September 27, 2013

New Microsoft Surface 2 Tablets Have Arrived

New Microsoft Surface 2 Tablets Have Arrived

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Rackspace Weekly Digest: September 27 - The Official Rackspace Blog

Rackspace Weekly Digest: September 27 - The Official Rackspace Blog

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YTL Communications and Red Hat Transform the Way Students are Educated in Malaysia with E-Learning

Red Hat Press Release:

YTL Communications and Red Hat Transform the Way Students are Educated in Malaysia with E-Learning

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia, Global, September 27, 2013

Red Hat enables YTL Communications to deliver flexible learning opportunities in schools on schedule and within budget

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – September 27, 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the completion of its collaboration with telecommunication service provider, YTL Communications to deliver a scalable, cost-effective cloud platform for e-learning in schools. Red Hat’s enterprise open source solutions have enabled YTL Communications to complete the cloud platform project – known as 1BestariNet –  six months ahead of schedule and within budget, while achieving lower cost of ownership and reducing project risks.

“Red Hat was selected as a key partner for the 1BestariNet project due to its ability to provide a cost-efficient platform by leveraging open source software. Red Hat’s highly scalable, affordable, open source model was the most effective in running a large-scale cloud deployment project like the 1BestariNet,” said Wing K. Lee, CEO, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

According to Damien Wong, general manager, ASEAN, Red Hat, “Our alliance with YTL Communications has been a very fulfilling experience for both parties. Red Hat’s ability to deliver enterprise-ready, reliable open source solutions enabled YTL Communications to achieve greater efficiency in services and cost-savings on their IT infrastructure for this project. We expect more businesses to adopt open source solutions as it is a mainstream technology that not only liberates resources, but at the same time, provides an IT infrastructure that is secure, robust, and agile.”

Building a virtual learning infrastructure for 10,000 schools in 12 months
In December 2011, YTL Communications was contracted by the Ministry of Education to equip 10,000 primary and secondary public schools in Malaysia with a virtual learning infrastructure and provide high speed 4G Internet network access in just 12 months. Meeting the aggressive timeline required an unconventional departure from the traditional approach of deploying application servers in schools, to a cloud-based approach where 10,000 virtual learning environments (VLEs) and schools are deployed into the 1BestariNet cloud. This approach would enable all schools to access their individual school’s VLE via 1BestariNet or through any Internet connection.

YTL Communications based its search for a cloud solution based on criteria such as reliability, support, performance, and scalability. After evaluating solutions from various vendors, YTL Communications selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Red Hat Satellite Server, which met all of the above requirements.

The 1BestariNet VLE system currently runs on 60 Dell and Intel Xeon-based servers with 2,400 cores for virtualization hypervisors to support the distribution of applications to the schools.

Flexibility and Scalability with Enterprise Open Source Technology
Built on a flexible Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization infrastructure, the VLEs can continue to scale and support additional processing or storage capacity as and when needed. “This can be achieved by scaling out horizontally and through adding more physical processing and storage capacity to the virtualization farms,” Wing explained.

Cloud Environment Increases Efficiency of Application Deployment
Adopting a cloud-based approach has enabled YTL Communications to standardize and control its IT infrastructure, as well as roll out new applications, application modules, updates and content to schools in an efficient manner – all which contributes to meeting its deployment and budget requirements.

With Red Hat’s open source solutions, VLEs for 10,000 schools were built and deployed within the first six months of the project. Today, 5.5 million students, 500,000 teachers, and 5 million parents have access to the cloud-based VLE in 1BestariNet.

The success of this project has spurred YTL Communications to take the VLE one step further. “We are in the midst of rolling out further applications and promoting the use of mobile devices to access the cloud environment,” said Wing.
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Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

Spear-phishing is “super-strain” of bacteria threatening business, investor warns - We Live Security

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IBM Helps Inland Northwest Health Services Deliver Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution

IBM Press Release:

IBM Helps Inland Northwest Health Services Deliver Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution

Provides Electronic Health Records Services for 40 hospitals, 750 physicians
Armonk, N.Y. - 27 Sep 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Inland Northwest Health Services is improving patient care via their cloud-based electronic health record services delivered to physicians and medical facilities with IBM server and storage technology.
The solution based on IBM System x servers, Storwize and DS8000 Storage systems, SAN Volume Controller storage virtualization technology and storage software, ensures high reliability, availability and efficiency for the EHR services INHS provides to 40 hospitals and 750 physicians in the northwest United States.
"The core application we provide to our clients is a comprehensive system covering a full range of healthcare activities -- hospital operations, admission of patients, pharmacy orders, lab services, and patient clinical information," said Chad Skidmore, director of INHS. "Because it covers so many critical aspects affecting patient care, we needed a cloud solution that could provide the highest quality of service, and the performance of the technology IBM is providing is just amazing." 
INHS chose IBM's data center solution for their cloud to help them address key pressures on their existing IT infrastructure. The company is experiencing annual growth of 25 percent, and is rapidly rolling out new services, significantly increasing their transaction volume. These combined demands were growing faster than their existing server and storage infrastructure could handle, driving a need to increase system efficiency and utilization. In addition, INHS wanted to reduce the footprint of their data center in terms of physical space, power consumption and cooling requirements. 
With the IBM solution, roughly 95 percent of their 1,200 servers are virtualized, increasing system uptime, doubling performance for end users of cloud services applications, and meeting or exceeding all of the client's service-level requirements. With the flexibility of the solution, INHS can rapidly respond to changing business demands because new storage can be added with no downtime, resulting in no loss of service to INHS customers. At the same time, the amount of capacity in the data center has increased while floor space has been reduced by 28 percent and overall power consumption has held steady. For end users at the organizations served by INHS, performance is two times faster and far more reliable. 
"The cloud-based services INHS is providing to their clients demonstrate how our technology can help improve the quality of healthcare services for doctors, medical facilities and ultimately patients," said Jane Munn, vice president and business line executive for Cloud, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Based on the performance of our System x and Storage offerings for their current data center requirements, INHS is now evaluating adding PureFlex systems to their infrastructure."   
The solution, provided through IBM Business Partner Solutions-II, consists of System x3850 and x3650 systems, BladeCenter H Chassis and BladeCenter HX5 servers. For storage, the solution uses Storwize V7000 and DS8000-series storage systems, and System Storage SAN Volume Controller software, serving the core MEDITECH healthcare information system and about 400 ancillary applications. It also uses IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center software for data reporting and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for centralized, automated data protection. IBM Global Financing provides financing services for the project. 
The combined solution has enabled new levels of uptime and stability, increased business agility, faster end-user performance and greater operational efficiency -- critical benefits for what INHS describes as the largest single instance of the MEDITECH MAGIC software environment currently running in the world. 
About INHS
INHS is a healthcare IT vendor providing advanced clinical and financial systems, electronic health record and Meaningful Use services and solutions, and consulting services for hospitals and physicians nationwide. INHS hosts and manages hospital information technology systems, which allow physicians and healthcare providers to securely access patient information utilizing wired and wireless technologies. The INHS health information technology network includes more than 4,000 physicians, 450 clinics and physician offices and 3.5 million electronic health records. More than a dozen hospitals that utilize INHS technology services have attested to Meaningful Use criteria. For more information, visit www.inhs.org 
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Linear Technology PR: LT3090 600mA Negative LDO+ Offers Rail-to-Rail Operation, Programmable Current Limit & Output Current Monitor

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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IBM News room - 2013-09-26 New IBM Smarter Cities Software on the Cloud Helps Cities Transform - United States

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Alibaba Vows to Battle Counterfeits and Fakes

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Fortinet Blog | News and Threat Research Behind the Firewall: Rogue Wi-Fi

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SAP Channel Executive Named Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive by Midsize Enterprise

SAP Press Release:

SAP Channel Executive Named Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive by Midsize Enterprise

SAP NEWSBYTE - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Kevin Gilroy, senior vice president of Global Indirect Channels, has been named to the Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list. The list, compiled by XChange Events, features the most influential executives who serve the midmarket.

Gilroy has nearly 30 years of experience in the channel and is responsible for helping SAP and partners target the small and midsize enterprise (SME) customer segment, which includes close to 200,000 customers. Working with market-leading SAP® solutions, including business applications, enterprise mobility tools and business analytics, Gilroy and his team have helped partners consistently deliver the right technologies to SMEs globally. In 2012, SAP partners experienced 45 percent year-over-year growth in software revenue as they expanded their reach in the midmarket.

“I am honored to be listed as one of the top midmarket IT executives,” said Gilroy. “This recognition would not be possible without the significant efforts of the team and our ecosystem of partners that are committed to helping SMEs expand their businesses. Together, our goal is to understand the needs of the midmarket and help implement solutions designed with SMEs in mind.”

The SAP ecosystem has more than 12,000 partners worldwide and is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s SME customer base through solutions designed specifically for small and midsize companies, including the SAP® Business One application, the SAP® Business All-in-Onesolution and the SAP® Business ByDesign® solution. 

IBM and Boston Children’s Hospital Team to Improve Care of Critically Ill Children Across the Globe

IBM Press Release:

IBM and Boston Children’s Hospital Team to Improve Care of Critically Ill Children Across the Globe

International health initiative combines clinical expertise with cloud-based social networking technologies to build pediatric medical skills
ARMONK, N.Y. and BOSTON, Mass. - 26 Sep 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Boston Children’s Hospital today announced the world’s first Cloud-based global education technology platform to transform how pediatric medicine is taught and practiced around the world. The initiative aims to improve the exchange of medical knowledge on the care of critically ill children no matter where they live.
                         The Global Pediatric Skills Epidemic: Boston Children's Hospital Uses Cloud-based, Social Learning Tools to Fill Gaps in Medical Knowledge
Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria despite the availability of life-saving medical solutions. The new Cloud-basedtechnology platform – called OPENPediatrics – equips doctors and nurses with the knowledge and skills they need to save children’s lives during intensive care situations. As the platform grows, content will extend beyond critical care. 
Developed in IBM Labs in Cambridge, Mass., OPENPediatrics trains medical professionals using a unique on-demand, interactive, digital and social learning experience, equipping them to perform life-saving procedures and treatments for children who would not otherwise have access to intensive care. The content is supplied by experts at Boston Children’s Hospital and includes seminars from international expert clinicians. 
The benefit of Cloud, particularly in under-developed nations, is that it overcomes the need to build a global technology infrastructure in favor of a highly efficient, cost-effective model. IBM has invested more than $4 billion in software acquisitions and organic development to build out its global cloud portfolio, which is based on open standards. By putting OPENPediatrics in the cloud, clinicians are guaranteed to have access to the latest medical information, training modules, best practices, and social interactions between users. 
“Nothing breaks down walls and brings people together like caring for a critically ill child," said Jeffrey Burns, MD, MPH, chief of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. “With IBM’s technology and services arsenal and our critical care expertise, we partnered to bring our vision of stronger pediatric care to countries across the globe. In doing so, we’re extending the reach of medical education to help save children’s lives and laying the groundwork for the Digital Hospital of the future.” 
IBM will supply the technology infrastructure, including its social networkingclouddata analytics, video, and simulation technologies, and combine it with the world-class knowledge and medical expertise of Boston Children’s Hospital to bring pediatric care to global communities. IBM interactive, the company’s digital agency, developed the technology interface.  
Medical personnel can access state-of-the-art simulations, video seminars and illustrations in real-time to treat critically ill patients. For example, these visuals can train a physician through simulation to use a pediatric ventilator. To fuel social interactions and learning, OPENPediatrics will host a global social collaboration forum that connects experts from around the world to share break through findings, best practices and patient care examples. 
OPENPediatrics was conceived after Dr. Burns received a phone call from a pediatrician in Guatemala who needed advice while caring for a girl with a serious infection. After helping the physician complete treatment, the girl survived. Dr. Burns wanted to open this type of critical care dialogue between physicians around the world.
Early reports show that OPENPediatrics is changing the course of treatment. One physician in Israel reported that OPENPediatrics video demonstrations helped him master a feeding tube procedure, to ensure adequate nutrition and hydration in critically ill children and at the FundaciĆ³n Aldo CastaƱeda in Guatemala, physicians using OPENPediatrics learned new ways to avoid infections, resulting in a new infection prevention program. In its pilot phase, OPENPediatrics is being used by more than 1,000 doctors and nurses in 74 countries on six continents. 
“Boston Children’s Hospital recognized a need to enable smarter medical decisions when children’s lives are at stake,” said Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, Software Solutions Group, IBM. “Through the power of social networking and cloud technologies, IBM has been able to significantly advance the dissemination of knowledge around the world to help ensure better patient outcomes. OPENPediatrics is a perfect example of the transformative power of technology to help solve healthcare’s most pressing problems.” 
OPENPediatrics: Changing the Course of Treatment
OPENPediatrics is a cloud-based education platform that uses advanced social networking technologies to share knowledge on best practices in caring for critically ill children through training modules, video demonstrations, simulations, and knowledge-sharing between clinicians. The OPENPediatrics platform includes:
·        A social network that connects the global community of pediatric care providers to exchange ideas on best practices and to discuss questions between peers.
·        On-demand curricula and medical literature on pediatric specialty care. Current curricula include information on diagnosing and treating blood infections, high blood sugar, brain trauma and more.
·        Training videos of advanced procedures such as chest tube placement.
·        Simulation experiences that create an interactive learning environment, allowing physicians to practice comprehensive treatments in virtual settings. 
OPENPediatrics is designed to work online or offline. It can be loaded on a PC or even a thumb drive so doctors in remote locations with low bandwidth can access or share the data. Once connected to the Internet, the program automatically synchs with the most up-to-date training information and social interactions via the cloud. 
Version 1.0 of OPENPediatrics is anticipated later this year. IBM's new social learning platform powering OPENPediatrics will also be introduced more widely into new industries later in 2013. 
Learn more about OPENPediatrics at www.openpediatrics.org. Join the conversation on Twitter at @BCH_Innovation, @OPENPediatrics and #OPENPeds.  
Learn more about IBM Smarter Healthcare at www.ibm.com/smarterhealthcare and join the conversation at @IBMHealthcare on Twitter. 
About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the Institute of Medicine and 14 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Boston Children’s is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about research and clinical innovation at Boston Children’s, visit: http://vectorblog.org.

* Source: The Lancet, Vol. 376, December 4, 2012

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Children’s National and Cerner Collaborate in First Pediatric Health Information Technology Institute in the Country

Cerner Press Release:

Children’s National and Cerner Collaborate in First Pediatric Health Information Technology Institute in the Country

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. and KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Children’s National Health System and information technology leader Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced the formation of The Bear Institute, a joint effort that will be the first exclusively pediatric health informatics institute in the nation.
The Bear Institute is a seven-year agreement that will advance evidence-based pediatric care delivery, research, and education through innovation in electronic health information technology (IT). We believe this is the only such institute devoted solely to IT innovation in pediatric care. The Institute will accelerate the development of fully-integrated electronic health records, accessible to care providers, patients and families, health care facilities, educators, and researchers within, and affiliated with, Children’s National. The Institute also will facilitate the rapid development of sophisticated health IT capabilities including: linking genomic profiles to decision support for personalized health care; matching patient information with a database of open clinical trials for research opportunities; and more nimble patient and family engagement with their health through secure web-enabled portals and mobile devices.
“If we are to achieve healthier societies, we will need innovation in two critical areas: Information Technology and the health and well-being of children. As information technology becomes more central to delivering world-class care, we see an opportunity to lead IT practice for children’s health,” said Kurt Newman, President and CEO, Children’s National. “We share this vision with Cerner, and that shared vision was the determining factor in the selection of Children’s National to be the partner for the Bear Institute. Together, we will serve as innovators for children and families.”
With the formation of The Bear Institute, Cerner and Children’s National will invest in innovative programming and product development. Successful developments will translate into intellectual property development and research.
“Cerner is thrilled to collaborate with Children’s National in creating the first pediatric health informatics institute. Their 140-year history of excellence in serving the health needs of children, commitment to research, and proven record of incorporating health information technology in care all make this a very compelling collaboration,” said Neal Patterson, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Cerner, recently ranked 7th among Forbes’ Most Innovative Companies in America. “Children in the region, across the country, and around the world will benefit from the work of The Bear Institute.”
Children’s National brings to the Institute its existing and ongoing significant investment in digitizing health care delivery, as well as its national leadership among pediatric health care organizations in using the electronic health record system to benchmark and track quality and safety initiatives. Additionally, Children’s National has led the development of the Children’s IQ Network®, a pediatric health information exchange for children, which provides the foundational information technology capability to realize an integrated health care delivery system reaching across the mid-Atlantic region.
“Imagine having all of the essential health information, robust workflow-integrated support for decisions, as well as patient-specific genomic information available at clinicians' fingertips thereby allowing them to make well-informed prevention, diagnostic, and treatment decisions,” said Brian Jacobs, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief Information Officer/Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Director, Center for Pediatric Informatics and The Children’s IQ Network. “We are very close to making this an everyday reality. This collaboration will accelerate that momentum.”
The Bear Institute will amplify Cerner’s role with Children’s National, with the assumption of operational and administrative responsibilities for Children’s National information technology via its Cerner Millennium®solutions and services, including remote hosting, monitoring and system performance capabilities, including data protection. Additionally, the current Children’s National IT team will become Bear Institute/Cerner associates, offering career development, training, and advancement within one of the nation’s health IT leaders.
Contact:
Children’s National Public Relations: Paula Darte or Emily Hartman – 202-476-4500
Cerner Media Contact: Matt Tidwell, (816) 201-1859, matt.tidwell@cerner.com
Cerner Investors Contact: Allan Kells, (816) 201-2445, akells@cerner.com
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Lenovo and NextWorth Announce Consumer Electronics Trade-in Program

Lenovo Press Release:

Lenovo and NextWorth Announce Consumer Electronics Trade-in Program

The world’s largest PC manufacturer’s online trade-in program is powered by NextWorth
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and BILLERICA, MA -- September 24, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the largest PC manufacturer in the world today announced a new trade-in program agreement with NextWorth, a leader in consumer electronics upgrades and trade-ins.  Geared toward making laptop and tablet upgrades more affordable, the online trade-in program, powered by NextWorth, is now available at lenovo.com/trade-in-program.
 
The Lenovo trade-in program managed by NextWorth allows customers to conveniently trade-in used laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, music players, digital cameras and more online and receive Lenovo eGift Cards for the value of their used gadgets. By turning used electronics into gift cards, customers can affordably upgrade to the latest Lenovo laptops and tablets. The easy-to-use platform allows customers to receive an instant quote for their electronics as well as a free, prepaid shipping label to mail devices into NextWorth.
 
“We’re thrilled Lenovo has chosen NextWorth to power its trade-in program as the company embraces device trade-in as a critical sales tool,” said Dave Chen, CEO of NextWorth. “Customers are more likely to upgrade their laptops and other electronics sooner when they receive money for older items, and our industry-leading pricing and easy-to-use interface put us ahead of the pack for partnering with Lenovo. We are looking forward to innovating the market with Lenovo and creating newfound value for customers.”
 
“As technology refreshes with greater frequency, our customers are looking for ways to future-proof their purchases as well as be environmentally sensitive,” said Lewis Broadnax, executive director, Lenovo.com. “We have looked at various options and NextWorth offers a very effective service as well as a great user experience.  We are looking forward to the benefits that our partnership with NextWorth will bring to our existing and future customers.”
 
NextWorth's services, such as its program with Lenovo, bring the reuse of electronics into the mainstream, reducing e-waste and increasing the lifetime use of electronics. By trading in with NextWorth electronic products are diverted from the waste stream and re-directed from the landfill. These programs instead place devices into the hands of new users, increasing the lifetime use of products, which preserves natural resources. If a product is deemed to have no resale value, a certified recycling partner will responsibly recycle the product.
 
At launch, the Lenovo trade-in program offers a limited time $20 bonus value for any competitor’s laptop traded in. Customers simply need to enter “TRADEINFORLENOVO”at checkout.
 
For more information on the Lenovo trade-in program, or to start the trade-in process today, please visit lenovo.com/trade-in-program.


About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com.

About NextWorth
NextWorth is a leader in consumer electronics upgrades and trade-ins. NextWorth buys quality electronics and pays the sellers cash, helping people trade up, gear up or simply cash in and move on by providing an open, fair exchange. NextWorth’s unique, flexible platform enables people to trade in for top dollar, both online and in-store at over 1,500 locations nationwide. Providing industry-superior service through personal commitment to professionalism, honesty, openness, security and quality, NextWorth’s real-time market pricing provides the best possible value for our customers. NextWorth is out to fundamentally change the way people buy, own and disown consumer electronics. By not only extending the life of consumer electronics through promotion of reuse, but also ensuring electronics that are no longer usable are recycled responsibly through our certified partners, NextWorth simultaneously addresses the global e-waste problem, offering fair value and providing the channel of choice.

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APPLIED MATERIALS AND TOKYO ELECTRON TO COMBINE, CREATING A NEW GLOBAL INNOVATOR TO SERVE THE SEMICONDUCTOR AND DISPLAY INDUSTRIES

Applied Materials Press Release:

APPLIED MATERIALS AND TOKYO ELECTRON TO COMBINE, CREATING A NEW GLOBAL INNOVATOR TO SERVE THE SEMICONDUCTOR AND DISPLAY INDUSTRIES

September 24, 2013
- All-stock transaction creating a new company as a merger of equals with combined market capitalization of approximately $29 billion (2.8 trillion yen)
- Accelerates development of breakthrough products to address future technology inflections and create greater value for shareholders, customers and employees
- Tetsuro Higashi to be chairman; Gary Dickerson to be CEO
- Expected to be accretive to EPS exiting the first full fiscal year following transaction close with a strong commitment to returning cash to shareholders
- $3 billion stock repurchase program targeted for first 12 months following completion of transaction
- Combined company to maintain dual listing on NASDAQ and Tokyo Stock Exchange and dual headquarters in Santa Clara, California and Tokyo, Japan
- Live press conference in Tokyo at 7:00 p.m. JST and live conference call and webcast today at 8:00 a.m. EDT/5:00 a.m. PDT
TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Materials, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AMAT) and Tokyo Electron Limited (TSE: 8035) today announced a definitive agreement to create a global innovator in semiconductor and display manufacturing technology via an all-stock combination which values the new combined company at approximately $29 billion (¥2.8 trillion). This combination, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, brings together complementary leading technologies and products to create an expanded set of capabilities in precision materials engineering and patterning that are strategically important for customers. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including approval by Applied Materials' and Tokyo Electron's shareholders and review by regulators.  The companies expect the transaction to close in mid to second half of 2014.
Tetsuro Higashi, Chairman, President and CEO of Tokyo Electron, said, "Today, we are launching a new company and taking a bold step forward for our industry.  Built on a foundation of people, technology and commitment, we are creating a truly global company that we believe will expand the value we deliver to our customers and be able to achieve new levels of financial performance."
Gary Dickerson, President and CEO of Applied Materials, said, "We are creating a global innovator in precision materials engineering and patterning that provides our new company with significant opportunities to solve our customers' high-value problems better, faster and at lower cost.  We believe the combination will accelerate our momentum for profitable growth, increase the value we deliver to shareholders and create great opportunities for our employees."
The combined organization is intended to accelerate the existing strategic visions of Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron and increase the new company's opportunity to enable major, future technology inflections and advance customers' roadmaps in both semiconductor and display.  Extraordinary advances in semiconductor and display technology have made it possible to mass produce affordable personal electronics, putting PCs, smartphones, tablets and other amazing devices in the hands of consumers around the world.
Today, the mobility trend is driving a new phase of industry growth and introducing dramatic and fundamental technology changes in the way devices are made.  Materials innovation is the most significant lever for customers to drive cost-effective performance gains in mobile chips and displays. With the best and broadest capability in materials engineering, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron believe this new company will be well-positioned to provide valuable, differentiated device performance and yield solutions that enable the new device architectures and cost-effective scaling that customers need to win.
Said Higashi and Dickerson jointly, "We are building this new company in the spirit of a merger of equals.  For five decades, we have each made significant contributions to the semiconductor industry and we have deep respect for the capabilities that the other brings to this combination. Both companies have a strong heritage of customer service and an enduring commitment to push the boundaries of technology and engineering.  We share many common values and are confident we will execute together to achieve our strategic and financial goals."
As a clear signal of the commitment to create a new global enterprise, the company will have a new name, dual headquarters in Tokyo and Santa Clara, a dual listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, and will be incorporated in The Netherlands.
The new company will have a shared leadership team. Tetsuro Higashi will serve as Chairman, and Gary Dickerson will serve as Chief Executive Officer.  The board will be made up of eleven directors with five directors appointed by each company and one additional director to be mutually agreed upon. Seven of the eleven directors will be independent. Bob Halliday of Applied Materials will serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Under the terms of the agreement, Tokyo Electron shareholders will receive 3.25 shares of the new company for every Tokyo Electron share held. Applied Materials shareholders will receive 1 share of the new company for every Applied Materials share held. After the close, Applied Materials shareholders will own approximately 68% of the new company and Tokyo Electron shareholders approximately 32%.
The companies expect to achieve $250 million in annualized run-rate operating synergies by the end of the first full fiscal year and $500 million in run-rate operating synergies realized in the third full fiscal year.  In addition, the new company expects to realize meaningful savings as a result of the new corporate structure. The new company intends to commence a $3.0 billion stock repurchase program targeted to be executed within 12 months following the close of the transaction. On a non-GAAP basis, taking into account the buyback, the transaction is expected to be EPS accretive at the end of the first full fiscal year after transaction close.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as Applied Materials' exclusive financial advisor, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto, and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek acted as legal counsel to Applied Materials.  Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. acted as Tokyo Electron's exclusive financial advisor, and Jones Day, and Nishimura & Asahi acted as legal counsel to Tokyo Electron. 
More information on the announcement can be found at www.newglobalinnovator.com.
Press Conference InformationApplied Materials and Tokyo Electron will hold a live press conference today at 7:00 p.m. JST at the Tokyo Electron, Akasaka Biz Tower, 3-1 Akasaka 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6325.
Conference Call and Webcast InformationApplied Materials and Tokyo Electron will also hold a conference call that begins at 8:00 a.m. EDT/5:00 a.m. PDT today. A live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of www.appliedmaterials.com. Dial-in details are also available: 1-877-356-9175 (United States) or 1-706-679-5064 (outside the United States); Conference ID: 70356685.
About Applied Materials Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.
About Tokyo ElectronTokyo Electron Limited (TEL), established in 1963, is a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor, flat panel display and photovoltaic panel production equipment worldwide. All of TEL's semiconductor and flat panel display production equipment product lines maintain high market shares in their respective global segments. TEL has located research & development, manufacturing, sales, and service locations all over the world.http://www.tel.com