Veterans sought

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EAST SUSSEX: Second World War veterans in the county are being sought by English Heritage so their memories can be recorded to coincide with a weekend of events at Battle Abbey next weekend.

The search is on to find as many experiences and recollections as possible from those who lived and worked in the area through the dark days of wartime in East Sussex.

It will then be brought vividly to life when a host of wartime military personnel will be stationed at the abbey to give a taste of what life was like as the threat of invasion loomed.

Write to Estelle Cable, English Heritage, Eastgate Court, 195- 205 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3EH or email estelle.cable@english- heritage.org.uk. For more on the WWII Home Front weekend call 01424 775705.


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Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Wireless Network in Boxford, Massachusetts

11:15, 2010-Jul-14 .. 0 comments .. Link

BOXFORD, Mass. -- To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access in Essex County, Massachusetts, Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network. Since 2000, the company has invested $2.6 billion into its New England network, including $192 million in 2009, and recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for “Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Northeast???*.

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“People across Massachusetts are increasingly relying on smartphones and 3G apps to manage their busy lives and stay connected at home or on-the-go,???said director for Network Systems Performance for Verizon Wireless, Richard Enright. “The $2.6 billion we’ve invested into our New England network has kept us ahead of consumer trends, provided our customers a 3G advantage and underscored our belief that any mobile device is only as good as the network it runs on. Proactive and sustained investment has made Verizon Wireless the 3G leader in New England and nationwide.???

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The company has invested more than $59 billion since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in New England provide 3G wireless data connectivity.

Engineering America’s Most Reliable Wireless Network

The company’s ‘America’s most reliable wireless network???reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas ??? the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world ???the test men and women confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at .


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VeriSign Code Signing Certificates Help MuvEnum Improve Online Sales by 21.1 Percent

11:09, 2010-Jul-14 .. 0 comments .. Link

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, today announced it helped MuvEnum increase its online software sales by more than 21 percent in the month after MuvEnum began using VeriSign Code Signing Certificates .

MuvEnum, whose flagship MuvAudio application converts audio files for same-quality playback on any audio device, has been selling software online since 2005. But by 2007 the company realized it was losing revenue opportunities because many users of 64-bit Microsoft operating systems were receiving intimidating warning messages when they tried to download MuvEnum software. The warnings said the application lacked digital code signing certificates and could be harmful. A code signed digital certificate acts as "virtual shrinkwrap" to assure the recipient of downloaded software of the authenticity of the publisher and that the software has not been tampered with in transit.

MuvEnum attempted to address the issue initially by using another vendor's code signing certificates, but the warning messages persisted, thus costing the company valuable time and money. MuvEnum didn't realize that most Certificate Authorities (CAs) are not authorized to provide certificates for 64-bit Windows® drivers.

The company then turned to VeriSign. Unlike most CAs, VeriSign is authorized and able to provide the Class 3, cross-signed certificates Microsoft requires for its 64-bit platform drivers. That includes the 64-bit version of Windows 7, which is increasingly popular with MuvEnum's quality and performance-oriented customers.

The once-troublesome warning messages disappeared after MuvEnum introduced VeriSign® Code Signing Certificates to its customers. The impact on customer confidence was immediate: online software sales leapt 21.1 percent the month after the certificates were introduced and have continued rising steadily since. MuvEnum identified VeriSign Code Signing as a key element in achieving the revenue boost. Read case study at

"The bottom line is that VeriSign is one of the very few CAs whose code signing certificates do the job for MuvEnum, or indeed for any publisher whose software contains drivers and who wants to tap the burgeoning 64-bit market," said John Rennemeyer, MuvEnum's owner. "We checked each of the authorized vendors out, and VeriSign was the most reasonably priced."

Rennemeyer added that VeriSign certificates offer other advantages over the competition. "VeriSign has outstanding name recognition and trust," he said. "When customers open their certificates, they can view the details and see the familiar VeriSign name that helps assure them that the software comes from MuvEnum so they can safely install our software without fear of viruses or other kinds of malware. Choosing VeriSign added security and peace of mind about the whole E-commerce experience for our customers and for us as well. From all points of view it was the right direction to go."

"Consumers who download software want to trust the source," said Jay Schiavo, director of product management at VeriSign. "That means software providers who fail to digitally sign their code run the risk of losing customers and revenues to the inevitable warning messages that appear when consumers download unsigned software. MuvEnum's experience shows how effective VeriSign Code Signing Certificates can be in turning revenue losses into increased sales."

About MuvEnum Since 2005, MuvEnum LLC has been developing and marketing Windows desktop software. MuvEnum's products include MuvUnder Cover: The Album Art Sleuth, digital music software that helps complete your album cover collection; MuvAudio, a Windows utility that quickly converts audio files that other programs cannot handle properly; and MuvEnum Address Bar, a desktop utility to replace the missing Windows XP address bar and search bar tool. MuvEnum offers multiple freeware, trial, and registered versions of their Windows desktop software programs. MuvEnum products are enjoyed by thousands of users daily. For more information about MuvEnum, visit .

About VeriSign VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at .

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as the inability of VeriSign to successfully develop and market new products and services and customer acceptance of any new or current products or services, including VeriSign Code Signing Certificates; the possibility that VeriSign's announced new or current services may not result in additional customers, profits or revenues; and increased competition and pricing pressures. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.


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Venture Outdoors to offer Brush Creek Park hike

11:03, 2010-Jul-14 .. 0 comments .. Link


- Venture Outdoors will lead a blueberry pie hike through Brush Creek Park from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11. Cost is $8 for kids, $12 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

- The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold an ecology, history and transformation hike through Highland Park July 14. The guided walk will focus on improvements made to the park over the years. Hikers should meet at the Entry Fountain. Call 412-682-7275.



- Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a "pond dipping" program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Too Nature Reserve. Participants will explore the chemistry and biology of a pond habitat. Wear shoes to get muddy. Cost is $2 for members, $5 for nonmembers and reservations are required by calling 412-963-6100.

- McConnells Mill State Park will host a program on wild edible plants starting at 2 p.m. July 19 at Kildoo picnic area. Participants will learn some basic plant identification and take home some recipes. Call 724-368-3612.

- Venture Outdoors will host a program on wilderness navigation from 11 a,m. to 3 p.m. July 25 at Hartwood Acres. Participants will spend time in a classroom learning the parts of a compass and associated tools and how read a topographic map, then head into the park to put those skills to use. Minimum age is 16. Cost is $15 for kids, $20 for members and $27 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.





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Venables accused of child porn offences

10:57, 2010-Jul-14 .. 0 comments .. Link

JON Venables, one of toddler James Bulger's murderers, has been charged with child pornography offences, it has been confirmed.

Venables, now 27, is to appear in court accused of downloading indecent images and making them available to others via the internet.

Released on licence in 2001, Venables was returned to prison in February when authorities became aware of the alleged offences, and is expected to enter his plea from his cell via videolink on July 23.

The Ministry of Justice's handling of the case was branded "a disaster" yesterday by the lawyer acting for Bulger's father, Ralph, amid anger over reporting restrictions.

Until last night, the charges could not be specified without breaking the law because of an injunction set by Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Bean.

If he claims to be innocent, Venables would face trial by jury under a false identity, which the media would not be allowed to disclose for fear of prejudicing the hearing.

Venables served eight years of a life sentence after he and Robert Thompson were jailed for the murder of two-year-old Bulger, whom they led away from a Merseyside shopping centre and fatally assaulted in February 1993.

The two men were given new identities when they were freed.

The latest charges against Venables relate to 57 indecent images of children, allegedly downloaded in the 12 months up to February this year.

He is also accused of making seven of these images available to others by sharing them through a peer-to-peer network, a common way for people to distribute film, music and software online. Because he has a new identity, believed to include drastic changes to his physical appearance, a jury would be considered unlikely to recognise him. Robin Makin, Ralph Bulger's solicitor, said: "We consider that the way this has been handled since news of Jon Venables being recalled to custody has been a disaster.

"The public authorities ought to behave quite differently and in due course further details are likely to emerge of the mistakes that were made. Ineptitude and incompetence spring to mind."

Bulger's mother, Denise Fergus, had previously insisted she has "a right to know" why Venables was back in prison, and urged legal authorities to publicly clarify the situation.

Jack Straw, the then Justice Secretary, confirmed in March that Venables had been recalled to prison the previous month, but said releasing details of the case would prevent a fair trial taking place.

It was only following an application by the media that Bean agreed to lift the restrictions. Gavin Millar QC, speaking for director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer, said in a statement: "A man known as Jon Venables has been charged with two offences."

Millar added: "The use and availability of peer-to-peer software on his computer to download made it possible for - in effect, exposed for acquisition for a finite period for - other internet users to search for photographs to download."





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