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NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- E-reading devices and ebooks continue to be popular with children, based on the results of a recent survey from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. In fact, e-readers and ebooks will be among the hot technology gifts for kids during the 2014 holiday season.

Digital Book World is an online educational and news platform, and PlayCollective is a global strategy, research and product group. See digitalbookworld.com and playcollective.com.

According to the survey, more than 45 percent of all parents with children between the ages of 2 and 13 plan to purchase a new device for their child to read ebooks this holiday season. Of those parents who already own a device, 50 percent are planning to purchase a new one this season, up 4 percent from last year, and more than half (58 percent) of these parents intend for the device to belong primarily to their child.

Findings from the Survey (all below are among families that already own a device and have children who e-read):

  • Although tablets have reigned for the past two years, the Kindle e-reader is the device parents most intend to purchase this year (26 percent), perhaps because the growing variety of tablets has splintered the competition.
  • The Kindle Fire was the top choice for 2013, but the percentage of parents choosing the Fire has decreased from 29 percent to 12 percent, likely due to the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD (12 percent) and the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition (17 percent).
  • Kindle products are followed by non-iPad tablet devices (14 percent), the iPad 4 (12 percent) and second-generation iPad Mini (12 percent), and a laptop or computer (12 percent). Purchase intent is lowest for older-version iPads and non-Kindle designated e-readers.
  • Three-quarters (75 percent) plan to purchase new ebooks for their children this holiday season, up 2 percent from last year. This increase in purchase intent indicates that digital gifts are becoming increasingly common.
  • Parents who intend to purchase new ebooks for their child this holiday season plan to spend an average of $26.14. This amount is up $1.03 from last year's average ($25.11). The increased planned expense for ebooks this year may be a reflection of parents reporting that they spent an increased amount per ebook this year compared to last year ($8.29 vs. $7.00).
  • Although parents are spending more on ebooks, they are not necessarily buying more books. Parents' spending habits and holiday budget allow for three books this year, which is the same number as last holiday season.

This data was collected by PlayCollective, in partnership with Digital Book World, through an online survey in October 2014 with parents of 2-13 year olds in the United States. An initial set of questions was asked of a national sample of 1,140 families, and then a subset of questions was asked of 752 e-reading families.

More on Kids and Ebooks
The future of the children's book publishing business will be explored during the 4th annual Launch Kids, a one-day symposium during the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, the largest gathering worldwide dedicated solely to the business of digital publishing. Launch Kids takes place on the first day of DBW (@DigiBookWorld - #DBW15), Jan. 13-15, 2015, New York. See conference.digitalbookworld.com.

Launch Kids – which will feature PlayCollective and other innovators – focuses on both print publishers moving into the digital space and digital players partnering with established publishers. The event also highlights new digital products, platforms and channels.

Conference delegates will discover what parents and teachers are looking for in new learning and literacy products, how mobile devices and new technology are transforming how kids interact with content, and what that means for the marketing and development of new digital products for home and school.

Topics and themes at Launch Kids include: Children's Tech, the Year in Review and Trends for 2015; Kids' eBooks and the Children's Entertainment and Educational Media Landscape; Traditional and Digital Kids' Book Marketing; Google for Education; Digital in the Classroom; eBook Subscriptions, from Home to School; What Kickstarter Is Doing for Children's Literature and Children's Lit Publishers; The Art and Business of Digital Storytelling; Fan Fiction and Engaging with Fan Communities; Personalization and the Story; and more.

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About F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company
F+W, the company behind Digital Book World and the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, is an enthusiast-focused Content and eCommerce company. F+W serves 20 Million consumers annually via the Company's print portfolio, ecommerce stores, extensive online education programs, trade and consumer events, popular consumer catalog brands, nationally-broadcast TV programs and more – all in service of passionate niche communities of professionals. (fwcommunity.com)

About Publishers Launch Conferences
Publishers Launch Conferences, the Digital Book World Conference + Expo partner, is a comprehensive conference/education business that addresses the urgent needs of book publishing professionals around the world. The organization was founded by two highly-respected trade publishing veterans, Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch and PublishersMarketplace.com and Mike Shatzkin of The Idea Logical Company. Publishers Launch works closely with established players and institutions throughout the publishing world, to transition to prosperity in the era of new technology, players and paradigms. (publisherslaunch.com).

About PlayCollective
PlayCollective is a global strategy, research and product group that works with organizations of all types that serve, engage and positively impact families and their communities. The company is currently innovating in the areas of: digital publishing, K-12 education and language learning; kids entertainment and digital; mobile, tablet and cross-platform app development; and more. (playcollective.com).

MIAMI, 24 de noviembre de 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- beIN SPORTS, la cadena del deporte internacional, ha anunciado los emparejamientos de la Copa América 2015 en vivo desde Viña del Mar, Chile. Cobertura exclusiva del sorteo en beIN SPORTS y beIN SPORTS en Español incluye los equipos que se enfrentarán en la fase inicial del torneo con 10 países Suramericanos de la  CONMEBOL, además de naciones invitadas México y Jamaica.

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 "Estamos encantados de ser el proveedor exclusivo del torneo de la Copa América 2015 en Inglés y Español en EE.UU y Canada, a través de todas las plataformas y dispositivos", dijo Yousef Al-Obaidliy, director general adjunto de beIN Media Group. "La Copa América es uno de los eventos de fútbol más vistos y populares para los aficionados de todo el mundo. En los EE.UU. Y Canada  vamos a ofrecer contenido original y la cobertura que muestra los mejores equipos seleccionados para los verdaderos aficionados al fútbol en su idioma preferido y en cualquier lugar que deseen verlo."

La primera ronda de la edición 44 de la competencia arranca con Chile contra Ecuador en Santiago de Chile el jueves 11 de junio 2015 y termina el 21 de junio. La ronda eliminatoria comienza el miércoles 24 de junio y termina con la final el sábado 4 de julio. Veteranos comentaristas ofrecerán sus comentarios juagada a jugada junto con análisis de jugadas y predicciones.

Los 12 países fueron divididos en tres grupos de cuatro para la fase inicial del torneo 2015 y a continuación encontrará los emocionantes duelos:

  • Grupo A: Chile, México, Ecuador, Bolivia
  • Grupo B: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Jamaica
  • Grupo C: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela

beIN SPORTS presentará noticias originales, análisis editorial y elementos multimedia acercándose a los días de juegos para complementar la cobertura de transmisión. Toda la programación en beIN SPORTS CONNECT se ofrece en HD y está disponible en las PC conectadas con banda ancha, tabletas y teléfonos inteligentes.

Para más información, visite  Copa América  en beIN SPORTS en Español. Síganos en Twitter en @beINSPORTSUSA y/o @ESbeINSPORTS y dele "me gusta" a nuestra página en Facebook, beIN SPORTS USA, para obtener las últimas noticias y actualizaciones en tiempo real.

Acerca de beIN SPORTS USA:

beIN SPORTS USA, la cadena deportiva internacional. Desde su lanzamiento en 2012, beIN SPORTS se ha convertido en la cadena deportiva de más rápido crecimiento en EE. UU., ofreciéndoles a sus televidentes contenido deportivo y entretenimiento de primera calidad a través de múltiples plataformas, incluidos los canales de TV beIN SPORTS y beIN SPORTS en español. Una de las bases principales de beIN SPORTS USA es su cobertura sin par y en vivo de partidos de fútbol y de noticias y análisis a fondo de las mayores ligas de todo el mundo, incluidos exclusivos partidos de La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Liga Premier Rusa, Football Premiership, Primeira Liga y los Clasificadores CONMEBOL/CONCACAF para la Copa Mundial. Con beIN SPORTS PLAY, los suscriptores autenticados también pueden disfrutar de toda la emocionante acción y hasta hacer streaming de partidos en vivo ofrecidos en HD en su computadora, tableta o teléfono inteligente. Además de fútbol, beIN SPORTS es como un paraíso para los fanáticos de los deportes de motor, tenis, rugby, vóleibol y golf, entre otros.  

LOS ANGELES, 25 de noviembre de 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- A raíz de un año extraordinario que contó con la interpretación del éxito arrollador "Let It Go" de Frozen de Disney en la 86ª edición anual de los Premios de la Academia, un regreso triunfal a Broadway en el musical If/Then, una nominación como Mejor Actriz al Premio Tony y el lanzamiento del imprescindible álbum navideño de esta temporada, Holiday Wishes, la superestrella Idina Menzel anunció hoy que iniciará una gira mundial en 2015. La etapa norteamericana de la gira, promovida por Live Nation, comenzará el 7 de julio en Richmond, Virginia, en el Teatro Altria, con paradas en ciudades como Nueva York, Filadelfia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Boston y Chicago antes de concluir en Los Angeles el 3 de octubre en el Hollywood Bowl. Las fechas internacionales de la gira se anunciarán pronto.

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Los titulares de tarjetas American Express® pueden comprar boletos antes que el público general a partir del lunes 1 de diciembre a las 10 a.m. hora local hasta el jueves 4 de diciembre a las 10 p.m. en mercados selectos.

Una preventa para titulares de la tarjeta de Citi® también comienza el lunes 1 de diciembre a las 10 a.m. hora local para sedes selectas a través del Programa Private Pass® de Citi. Para detalles completos de la preventa, visite www.citiprivatepass.comLos boletos para el público general salen a la venta a partir del 5 de diciembre en www.livenation.com y www.idinamenzel.com.

"[Menzel] canta más allá de la idea que pueda tener cualquiera de los límites razonables vocales o emocionales..." – New York Magazine 
"[Menzel tiene una] voz extraordinaria y una personalidad imponente..." – Variety

Menzel, llamada "la Streisand de su generación" por The Denver Post, ha cautivado a las audiencias en conciertos a teatro lleno en todo el mundo. Durante la gira, Menzel conducirá al público a través de un viaje especial de pop clásico, piezas favoritas de obras de teatro musicales y su propio catálogo personal. Los shows girarán en torno al encanto irresistible de Menzel, su talento y su habilidad vocal sin paralelo.

Además de engalanar la portada del número actual de diciembre/enero de Redbook y de Billboard en marzo, recientemente se anunció que Menzel será la primera persona en recibir el premio Artista Innovador del Año de Billboard. Será homenajeada con el premio en el evento anual  de los Premios Mujeres en la Música de Billboard el 12 de diciembre en Nueva York.

Su primer álbum navideño Holiday Wishes, estrenado en octubre de 2014 en Warner Bros. Records, debutó en el número 1 de la lista de Álbumes Navideños de Billboard y ya está recibiendo el elogio de la crítica.

Menzel, la voz de Elsa en Frozen de Disney, hizo historia como la primera ganadora del Premio Tony en actuación que tiene una canción en la lista de los  Top 10 de Billboard cuando la canción del filme "Let it Go", ganadora del Oscar y de varios discos de platino, subió a la cima de las listas de popularidad. Desde entonces Frozen se ha convertido en la película de dibujos animados más taquillera de todos los tiempos.

Menzel protagoniza actualmente como Elizabeth el musical  original de Broadway If/Then, que también está nominado para un Premio Tony por Mejor Canción Original. Su interpretación le ha ganado grandes elogios, y Entertainment Weekly comenta que "puede estremecer las vigas del techo y penetrar a la vez el corazón" del público y The Hollywood Reporter afirma que "no es un misterio por qué el público la adora".

 

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Take2 Publishing is proud to launch Alex Sheremet's Woody Allen: Reel to Real, its first published DigiDialogue, a product and a process where the author inspires a discourse between and amongst himself and his audience, which is then compiled and published.

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Everyone has an opinion of Woody Allen, whether those opinions come from a learned perspective, or from the tabloids ... and Sheremet's excitingly exhaustive analysis is the perfect fodder to generate and further this unique form of dialogue.

According to Dan Schneider, noted critic, author and founder of Cosmoetica, "Woody Allen: Reel To Real is a seminal book in film criticism that eschews the lowest common denominator thumbs up/thumbs down approach to film criticism."

The genesis of this DigiDialogue is the Woody Allen: Reel to Real website, established some months ago to have Sheremet and his readers further explore, expand and explain the theses he presents. On that site one can find a combination of faithful summaries of the key chapters of this book and one key chapter in its entirety ... all married to dedicated 'Comment Boxes' that serve to propagate the dialogue.

This first version of the book contains Sheremet's complete and original text in its entirety plus the initial dialogue that ensued from the DigiDialogue website.

The dialogue between Sheremet and noted writers and critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum and the aforementioned Dan Schneider, highlight much of Sheremet's unique perspective on Woody Allen and Sheremet's view of the debates that accompany him.

Updated versions of this book will be released in the future, containing the continuing dialogue, as well as Sheremet's essay-length responses to his own critics and will be made available to all official purchasers free of charge. (The details can be found in the Publisher's Note inside the book.)

About DigiDialogues
A DigiDialogue is a process and a product that results with a published eBook where the dialogue between the author and the audience becomes part of the final published 'copy.'

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar CO., Ltd. in provisional liquidation ("LDK Solar") and its Joint Provisional Liquidators, Tammy Fu and Eleanor Fisher, both of Zolfo Cooper (Cayman) Limited, announced today that, on November 21, 2014, Judge Peter J. Walsh of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "U.S. Bankruptcy Court") entered an order (the "Confirmation Order") confirming the prepackaged plan of reorganization (the "Chapter 11 Plan") for the three U.S. subsidiaries of LDK Solar ― LDK Solar Systems, Inc., LDK Solar USA, Inc. and LDK Solar Tech USA, Inc. (collectively, the "U.S. Debtors").  The U.S. Debtors previously filed voluntary petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on October 21, 2014 to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. 

In addition to entry of the Confirmation Order, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court also entered an order (the "Recognition Order") recognizing LDK Solar's provisional liquidation proceeding in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands as a foreign main proceeding under Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, and an additional order (the "Enforcement Order") recognizing and giving full force and effect in the jurisdiction of the United States to LDK Solar's Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement.

"We are very pleased that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court has confirmed our prepack plan for our U.S. subsidiaries and has recognized our Cayman Islands scheme of arrangement. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court's rulings, which follow favorable rulings from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the High Court of Hong Kong, are the final court approvals necessary for us to execute the various documents with our creditors to consummate the international restructuring of our offshore liabilities," stated Xingxue Tong, Interim Chairman, President and CEO of LDK Solar. "Now with more than US$700 million in our offshore claims judicially approved for restructuring, we can focus our attention on rebuilding LDK Solar's position in the marketplace," concluded Mr. Tong. 

Copies of the Chapter 11 Plan, Confirmation Order, Recognition Order and Enforcement Order are available on the website of the U.S. Debtors' agent, Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions, LLC, at (http://dm.epiq11.com/LDK).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties disclosed in LDK Solar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on information available to LDK Solar's management as of the date such information was prepared and on its expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections as of such date. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of such and other risks and uncertainties. LDK Solar undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections except as may be required by law.

About LDK Solar in provisional liquidation

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. in provisional liquidation is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products. LDK Solar, through its operating subsidiaries, manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, modules, systems, power projects and solutions. LDK Solar's principal manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's subsidiary office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about LDK Solar and its products, please visit www.ldksolar.com.

SOURCE LDK Solar Co., Ltd.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by majority vote commends President Obama on his issuance of the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which focuses on repairing some of the fundamental flaws in our current immigration system.

The Commission stated, "We understand the outlined actions are not comprehensive, and in order to fully modernize our system of immigration, Congress will need to act. Nevertheless, the actions taken by the President today allow immigrants to come out of the shadows, expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to protect more DREAMers (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), allow families to remain together as they forge ahead toward the American Dream, and protect victims of human trafficking.

"The Commission has shown a historic interest in the issue of immigration to our great nation. In 1980, the Commission issued a systemic examination of U.S. 'immigration law, practice and procedure.'[1] The Tarnished Golden Door: Civil Rights Issues in Immigration identified numerous problems with the laws as they were and the manner in which the then-chief immigration agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, administered and enforced those laws. The Commission and several of its state advisory committees have periodically held briefings and issued reports concerning discrete issues related to immigration.[2] In April 2003, the Commission issued Summary of Migrant Civil Rights Issues Along the Southwest Border.[3] More recently, we held a briefing in Alabama on the civil rights implications of state immigration enforcement laws, and in January of 2015 we will hold a briefing on the civil rights conditions at immigration detentions facilities, as well as the civil rights of the recently arrived unaccompanied minor refugees.

"With today's Executive Action, President Obama has taken important steps to make the system more fair and just, and to protect the rights of immigrants and citizens alike.  However, until the system is completely repaired, this Commission will continue to examine how the civil rights of individuals are affected by our immigration system."

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing an annual federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about Commission's reports and meetings, visit http://www.usccr.gov.

[1] The Tarnished Golden Door: Civil Rights Issues in Immigration (Sept. 1980), at 3.

[2] See, e.g., Briefing to the Commission on San Diego Border Issues, The Results of Operation Gatekeeper (Nov. 14, 2002); Briefing on Immigration Issues: Proposition 187, Immigration Reform, and Civil Rights (Dec. 16, 1994); Federal Immigration Law Enforcement in the Southwest: Civil Rights Impacts on Border Communities (Mar. 1997) (Joint report of the AZ, CA, NM & TX SACs). Overcoming the Barriers Faced by Immigrants (Sept. 2010) (NJ SAC) Civil Rights Implications of Michigan House Bill No. 6256, "Immigration Law Enforcement Act" (Sept. 2011) (MI SAC).

[3] Available at http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/migrant/summary.htm.

Media contact: Marlene Sallo
Staff Director
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BOSTON, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Flu season has begun, and national telehealth leader American Well® is among the first healthcare providers to see an uptick in online visits associated with influenza-like-symptoms (ILI).

According to company data, the first cases of flu have been diagnosed in Minnesota, Ohio and New York. These ILI cases are scattered and intermittent; however, there is a notable upward trend, including a 10% increase so far in November.

As a first response for consumers with flu symptoms, telehealth doctor visits can assist in early detection, treatment of symptoms and can help with prevention keeping those that are contagious home while also seeking care.

"With flu season kicking off and a higher likelihood of contagion due to holiday travel and colder weather, early detection and preventative measures are key," said Peter Antall, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer for the Online Care Group – the nation's first and largest online physician network, which contracts exclusively with American Well. "The convenience of seeing a doctor online or through our mobile app can be a first line defense for detection and treatment."

Dr. Antall recommends three ways to fight the flu:

  1. Seize the sneeze. The flu is an airborne virus that can be contracted from sneezes and coughs. Cover your mouth to prevent transmission of airborne germs and bacteria.
  2. Take a Shot. A flu shot is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the flu and is often available at local pharmacies and in many workplaces.
  3. Rinse and Repeat. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, rinsing them for 15-20 seconds each time.

When patients do get sick, it's important to stay home from work and school to prevent spreading the virus. "The flu is contagious one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after getting ill, so stay home," Dr. Antall advises. "See a doctor on Amwell to describe your symptoms, receive a diagnosis and get the necessary prescriptions to get well, without spreading the virus to coworkers and family members."

To stay informed on flu outbreaks in your region, follow the Centers for Disease Control Flu Map, which tracks the seasonal development of Influenza (also known as flu) across the country.  For those feeling sick, the Amwell App is the easiest way for patients to connect with a board-certified doctor in less than 2 minutes.

Download the Amwell app for free from the App Store or Google Play stores.

About American Well
American Well is a telehealth services company that brings healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients. The Company's web and mobile telehealth platform connects patients and clinicians for live, clinically meaningful visits through video, supplemented by secure text chat and phone. American Well, Amwell, and Amwell Therapy Associates are trademarks of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners. For more information, visit www.americanwell.com.

SANTA YSABEL, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cruz Bustamante, spokesman for Santa Ysabel Interactive, an enterprise of the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation issued the following statement responding to the State of California's lawsuit that attempts to severely undermine the inherent sovereign rights of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and its Class II gaming rights under federal law pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).

"The complaint filed last week by the State of California against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel lacks both substance and merit and attacks tribal sovereignty. We look forward to having the opportunity to demonstrate the legality, regulatory veracity and consumer safety of the Tribe's interactive Class II bingo enterprise.

"With this lawsuit, the State of California is attacking the sovereignty of all tribes.  The suit is intent on obstructing the rights and economic vitality afforded to federally-recognized Indian tribes under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). The State's misguided attack completely ignores existing federal regulations and guidelines encompassed in the Cabazon Decision of the United States Supreme Court, which remains the law of the land.  It is a thinly veiled attempt to weaken tribal governments as the State prepares to negotiate compacts with many of the California Tribes. This action by the State should be of great concern to all Tribes in California and elsewhere because it reflects a tactic that if successful would set a dangerous legal precedent that could be used in other jurisdictions to undermine and attack tribal sovereignty."

"Santa Ysabel Interactive and the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission (SYGC) have constructed a business model and regulatory structure that is completely transparent and compliant with all applicable SYGC and NIGC regulations. The transparency is such that the SYGC regulations are and have been available to the public for months on the SYGC website. The Tribe has invited various California state and federal officials to review operations on a government-to-government basis. As of today, no representative from the office of the California Governor has accepted the invitation to visit the reservation to discuss Santa Ysabel Interactive."

Santa Ysabel Interactive and the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission (sycommission.net) are committed to offering a safe, exciting and secure, quality real-money interactive gaming experience for legal California residents.

Always Gamble Responsibly. If you need help please call 1.800.GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Or text the word "support" to 53342.

About the Iipay Nation: The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is a federally recognized tribe in Southern California. More information is available at www.iipaynation-nsn.com.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, YoYo.com, and their family of sites launched a full lineup of deals today, one week before Cyber Monday (click here for all site deals).  Starting today and running through December 9th, the 10 sites are offering hundreds of offers on holiday gifts for the whole family (including pets) as well as savings on everyday household and grocery essentials.

Two waves of deals will be revealed over 16 days, with offers of 30% off and ranging up to 70% off on notable mass and specialty brands across toys, baby gear, children's clothing, and home and kitchen items as well as children's sports and activities gear.  Additionally, customers can shop big name brands on household, personal care, baby care, and pet items and receive fast, free shipping on orders of $49 or more.

"Our sites are here year-round to make shopping super easy for mom, especially during the holiday season," said Emilie Arel Scott, SVP of Retail at Quidsi. "Last year, Cyber Monday was our busiest day of the year with customers buying gifts for their children, family, friends, teachers – as well as stocking up on their favorite everyday items. To show them a little extra love this year, we're offering more deals than ever before on mom's favorite brands and running them for twice as long."

The following are a few examples of the many standout deals that will be available over the next 16 days, from November 24th through December 9th:

  • Baby Gear and Children's Clothing from Diapers.com (click here for all Diapers.com deals):
    • 30% off Diono, Baby Bjorn and select Britax
    • 50% off Carter's Clothing and Shoes
    • 30% off Burt's Bees Clothing, Zutano, Splendid, JoJo Maman Bebe
  • Everyday Household and Grocery Essentials from Soap.com (click here for all Soap.com deals)
    • 30% off Method, Seventh Generation, Gillette, Dove
    • 30% off KIND, Annie's Homegrown, Vita Coco, Fiji Water
  • Pet Products from Wag.com (click here for all Wag.com deals):
    • 30% off Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Fresh Step, K9 Advantix, Pet Dreams
  • Toys from YoYo.com (click here for all YoYo.com deals): 
    • 30% off Fisher-Price, Melissa & Doug, Barbie
    • 30% off LEGO City and LEGO Friends - Cyber Monday only (12/1)
  • Home & Kitchen from Casa.com (click here for all Casa.com deals):
    • Up to 50% off Cuisinart kitchen appliances
    • Up to 70% off Circulon cookware
    • Up to 40% off Black & Decker kitchen electrics
    • Up to 60% off Faux-fur blankets and throws
  • Prestige Beauty from BeautyBar.com (click here for all BeautyBar.com deals):
    • $15 off $75 orders*
    • $35 off $150 orders*
    • $65 off $250 orders*

 *Some brand exclusions apply, see site for details.

On top of the deals, customers will experience the ultimate convenience of fast, free shipping on orders of $49 or more. The sites' great deals and shared shopping cart make it easy to reach the $49 free shipping minimum as they shop for their families, themselves, and their pets.

For a full list of all Cyber Deals, click here.

About Quidsi, Inc.
Quidsi owns and operates Diapers.com (baby care), Soap.com (health, beauty, and household essentials), Wag.com (pet supplies), BeautyBar.com (luxury beauty), YoYo.com (toys), Casa.com (housewares and decor), VineMarket.com (natural and organic groceries), AfterSchool.com (kids' sports/activity gear), Bookworm.com (children's books), and Look.com (kids' clothing). Its customers enjoy a broad selection, free 1-2 day delivery on orders of $49 or more, easy-to-navigate sites, a shared cart, and award-winning service.

CONTACT
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COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent survey from Experian's ProtectMyID® reveals that retail data breaches have raised consumer awareness of identity protection during the busy holiday shopping season. In fact, more than 70 percent of respondents shopping in stores noted they plan to stay aware of their surroundings when shopping. Consumers also expect retailers to keep their information safe: 79 percent would like to hear from retailers as to how those retailers plan to protect personal and credit card information – before the holiday shopping starts. However, the survey demonstrates that consumers could do a little more to protect their own information. For example, of those planning to shop online, nearly 40 percent still don't check to see if the site is secure. In-store, only 41 percent of respondents cover the PIN pad at registers when entering that information, leaving them exposed to "shoulder surfers."

"Many of this season's holiday shoppers received retail data breach notifications during the past few years and they feel that their identities are at risk more than ever before, whether shopping online or in-store," said Becky Frost, senior manager of consumer education for Experian's ProtectMyID. "However, consumers should understand that it's not just about retailers keeping their information secure; often an identity thief only needs a shopper's momentary lapse in focus to walk away with an unintended 'holiday gift' of personal information."

More survey results:

Shoppers' game plan

  • Ninety-five percent of survey respondents anticipate shopping at a physical store, while 86 percent believe they will shop online via a computer and 41 percent will make purchases online via a mobile device. (However, 30 percent of consumers believe their identities are more at risk when shopping online.)
  • Forty percent of surveyed consumers plan to shop with cash more often due to the recent retail data breaches.

Retail breach victims* take action

  • Retail breach victims plan to step up safety measures with in-store shopping. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of in-store shoppers said they would not leave a purse or a wallet in an unattended car while shopping, 75 percent plan to carry a closed wallet or purse while shopping and fifty percent plan to use a credit card or cash instead of a debit card.
  • Retail breach victims also demonstrate greater awareness and caution when shopping online, with 67 percent checking to see if a site is secure before making purchases and 61 percent logging out of personal accounts after shopping.

Tips to protect your identity while holiday shopping

  • Minimize wallet contents – Unnecessary items, like extra credit cards or a checkbook, can raise identity theft risks in the event that the wallet is lost or stolen.
  • Keep it covered – Protect your PIN when paying with a debit card by using your free hand or your body to obscure the keypad from the view of others around you.
  • Connect with caution – Do Internet shopping from a secure connection. It is easier for identity thieves to steal information over public Wi-Fi networks.
  • Stay secure – Shop only on websites that protect customer information; look for an "s" after "http" in the web address (https://) and the image of a secured padlock.
  • Be informed – Review credit reports and bank and credit card statements during and after the holidays to watch for potentially fraudulent transactions.  
  • Have a partner – Consider enrolling in an identity protection membership, such as Experian's ProtectMyID.

* Survey respondents who acknowledged having received a breach notification.

Survey methodology
The online survey was conducted by Edelman Berland on behalf of Experian from Oct. 29, 2014, through Nov. 3, 2014, among 1,005 adults ages 18 and older residing in the United States. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Esta dirección de correo electrónico está protegida contra spambots. Necesita activar JavaScript para visualizarla. .

About Experian's ProtectMyID
ProtectMyID is a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and resolution. ProtectMyID offers identity theft protection supported by experienced identity theft resolution professionals who deliver personal attention that customers can rely on. ProtectMyID.com® is a Website owned by ConsumerInfo.com Inc., an Experian company. For more information about how ProtectMyID helps consumers protect themselves against identity theft, please visit http://www.protectmyid.com.

This press release is provided for general guidance and information. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial adviser to discuss any legal issues or financial issues involved with credit decisions.

About Experian
Experian® is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2014, was US$4.8 billion. Experian employs approximately 16,000 people in 39 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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