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Brightcove Inc., the leading global Internet TV platform, announced the formation of a majority-owned Japanese subsidiary, Brightcove KK. The new subsidiary is backed by $4.9 million in new investment from Brightcove Inc. and four market-leading Japanese strategic partners: Dentsu, Inc., J-Stream, Inc., transcosmos, Inc. (transcosmos), and Cyber Communications, Inc. (CCI). Three of the investment partners, Dentsu, J-Stream, and CCI, along with Brightcove Inc., will be sales agents for Brightcove KK in Japan, giving Brightcove KK immediate and powerful access to the Japanese market.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Brightcove KK will operate a localized version of Brightcove’s award-winning, on-demand Internet TV platform, which is currently used by media companies and marketers across North America and Europe. With Brightcove KK, Japanese media companies and marketers will gain access to the most powerful and scalable software as a service (SaaS) solution available for online video players, distribution, and advertising.

“Brightcove enters the Japanese market at a time when household broadband penetration has surpassed 50 percent, presenting enormous opportunities for media companies and advertisers to build online businesses and engage audiences,” said Jeremy Allaire, chairman and chief executive officer, Brightcove. “It is a great privilege to be partnering with the market leaders in Japan for digital media and advertising. By combining the proven Brightcove technology with the capabilities of our partners, Brightcove KK will give media companies and marketers in Japan a unique solution for implementing their online video strategies and unlocking the potential in the market.”

The Brightcove KK partners represent the market leaders in Japan in digital media, advertising, and content delivery.

  • Dentsu, Inc. is the largest advertising company in Japan with a market share of approximately 30 percent and has over 6,000 clients Groupwide.
  • J-Stream, Inc. is Japan’s largest content delivery network specializing in streaming media for content providers and business corporations.
  • transcosmos is Japan’s leading information processing outsourcing company adopting the latest Internet technology through the strategic investment and business development.
  • CCI is Japan’s largest interactive adverting company that currently has more than 30 percent of the country’s digital brand marketing, a popular advertising serving technology, and online advertising network.

These companies bring tremendous reach into the media and marketing sectors in Japan, and will help ensure the success of Brightcove KK in the Japanese market.

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Coldplay has announced their “Viva La Vida” North American Tour in support of their new album of the same name, which will be released on June 17th. The tour, which will be produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 29th in Philadelphia, PA. Ticket information is available at http://www.coldplay.com or at http://www.livenation.com.

Before kicking off the “Viva La Vida” tour, Coldplay will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at http://www.coldplay.com beginning today. The contest will run May 9th through June 1st. Winners will receive notification on June 5th.

Coldplay Viva La Vida North American Tour.Viva La Vida, Coldplay’s upcoming album, will be released by Capitol Music Group on June 17th. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record is the follow-up to 2005’s X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide to date.

The album’s lead single “Violet Hill” was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which the band made the song available to fans for free. It is now for sale at all digital retailers and is quickly rising to the top of the charts at Modern Rock and AAA radio. Coldplay will perform “Violet Hill” on the “TODAY” show on NBC on Friday, June 27th. Fans are encouraged to check out the performance in person. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the show’s Window on the World Studio, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The band will also perform on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on June 26th.

“(Lead singer Chris) Martin broods over a lost lover with a snarling acidity that makes him sound more human than ever – miles away from the dreamy romantic he was on soaring ballads like ‘Speed of Sound,'” said Rolling Stone, naming “Violet Hill” a must-have in a recent “Downloads” column. “Jonny Buckland rips jagged, bluesy riffs that match Martin’s mood while drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman maintain a stalking beat … primal rock & roll.” The Los Angeles Times pronounced the single a “promising return,” also marveling at its harder edge.

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

COLDPLAY – “VIVA LA VIDA” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
(all dates are subject to change)

Date / City / Venue / Public On Sale Date

  • 6/29 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center 5/16
  • 7/2 Washington, DC – Verizon Center 5/17
  • 7/3 Hartford, CT – XL Center 5/17
  • 7/5 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills 5/17
  • 7/6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena 5/17
  • 7/8 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center 5/17
  • 7/9 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center 5/17
  • 7/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center 5/16
  • 7/12 Phoenix, AZ – Jobing.com Arena 5/17
  • 7/19 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena 5/17
  • 7/21 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
  • 7/24 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
  • 7/27 Pemberton, BC – Pemberton Festival
  • 7/29 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
  • 7/30 Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
  • 8/1 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
  • 8/3 Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
  • 8/4 Chicago, IL – United Center
  • 10/20 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
  • 10/21 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
  • 10/26 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
  • 10/29 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 10/30 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
  • 11/3 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
  • 11/11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • 11/18 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
  • 11/19 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • 11/21 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
  • 11/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena

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Martin Dawes Systems, an international provider of solutions for the convergent communications market, announced the appointment of Sir Julian Horn-Smith to its board as a non-executive director. As a senior figure in global telecommunications, Sir Julian will have an influential role in assisting the company to advance its international development.

A pioneer and thought leader in the mobile communications arena, Sir Julian was one of the founding members of Vodafone Group Plc and played a leading role in building Vodafone into a successful international brand and business. He retired from the Vodafone board in July 2006 when he held the title Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Welcoming Sir Julian to the board, the Chairman, Martin Dawes, said: “Sir Julian and I have worked closely together on many occasions since the launch of Vodafone’s UK network in 1985, when he appointed Martin Dawes Communications to be one of the first, and most successful, service providers to the new mobile network. He has unrivalled knowledge and experience of the global telecommunications industry and I am delighted that he has accepted the challenge of working with us as we continue to grow and develop our business as a global provider of choice to the telecoms sector and beyond.”

Commenting on his appointment, Sir Julian said: “I am pleased to be joining the board at such a significant time for the company and the industry in general. Martin Dawes Systems is already a leader in this space and I am excited to be part of this company as it continues to make significant strides in a dynamic and exciting global market.”

In addition to his role at Martin Dawes, Sir Julian Horn-Smith is a member of the board of Digicel Limited, the Caribbean and Pacific mobile telecoms operator, and a member of the advisory boards of The Company Agency and Altimo, the telecoms arm of Alfa Group, which has extensive investments, notably in Russia and Ukraine.

He is also a senior adviser to UBS Investment Bank, in London, and a non-executive director of the board of Lloyds TSB Group Plc.

About Martin Dawes Systems

Martin Dawes Systems is a leading software and services vendor specialising in billing and subscriber management solutions for the convergent communications market. Combining an informed and inspired approach with robust and proven systems, Martin Dawes Systems offers service providers attractive propositions that build customer loyalty and increase ARPU. Employing the latest technology and solutions, Martin Dawes Systems helps its customers drive revenues up while keeping operational costs to a minimum. Its company philosophy is one of partnership to promote enduring business relationships and mutual opportunities for growth. Headquartered in the UK, Martin Dawes Systems operates internationally from offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

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Whirlpool Corporation today announced that it has taken aggressive, new legal steps against LG Electronics Inc., of South Korea, and its U.S. and Mexican affiliates.
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Whirlpool has asserted four additional patents against LG in an action pending in Delaware district court. Whirlpool Corporation’s claims in that action state that several LG-manufactured refrigerator products imported into the U.S. infringe on these additional patents. Whirlpool is asking for injunctive relief and monetary damages in the matter.

The patents safeguard proprietary technologies associated with product reliability, performance and quality, including:

  • Structure and stability of the refrigerator interior;
  • Quality and performance of ice dispenser; and
  • Food storage features.

“Whirlpool Corporation is again taking aggressive legal steps to vigorously protect our proprietary products and technologies from infringement,” said Phillip Pejovich, vice president, refrigeration, Whirlpool Corporation North America Region.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion, more than 73,000 employees, and more than 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

Additional Information: This document contains forward-looking statements that speak only as of this date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity and material and oil-related prices. Many risks, contingencies and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool Corporation’s forward-looking statements. Among these factors are:

  1. Intense competition in the home appliance industry reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors, including Asian and European manufacturers;
  2. Whirlpool’s ability to continue its strong relationship with Sears Holding Corporation in North America (accounting for approximately 12% of Whirlpool’s 2007 consolidated net sales of $19.4 billion) and other significant trade customers, and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or increase market share;
  3. (Changes in economic conditions, including the strength of the U.S. building industry and the level of interest rates;
  4. The ability of Whirlpool to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control, leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of innovation;
  5. Fluctuations in the cost of key materials (including steel, oil, plastic, resins, copper and zinc) and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases;
  6. The ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective manner;
  7. Our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and other qualified employees;
  8. Health care cost trends and regulatory changes that could increase future funding obligations for pension and post retirement benefit plans;
  9. The cost of compliance with environmental and health and safety regulations;
  10. Litigation including product liability and product defect claims;
  11. The impact of labor relations;
  12. Whirlpool’s ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights;
  13. The ability of Whirlpool to manage foreign currency fluctuations; and
  14. Global, political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in Whirlpool’s significant geographic regions, including uncertainty and disruptions arising from natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Whirlpool Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K.

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