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ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED (ADBE)
Adobe Systems Incorporated offers a line of software and services for public and private sectors worldwide. It operates through four segments: Creative Professional, Digital Imaging and Video, Intelligent Documents, and OEM PostScript and Other. The Creative Professional segment provides software tools for professional publishing, Web design, business document publishing, and printing information. Its tools are also used to create printed and online information, including newspapers, magazines, Web sites, catalogs, advertisements, brochures, product documentation, technical manuals, books, memos, reports, and banners. The Digital Imaging and Video segment offers solutions to create and enhance digital images and photographs, digital video, audio, and animations. The Intelligent Documents segment provides desktop and server-based software, which creates documents that can be viewed, interacted with, and integrated into existing business processes. The OEM PostScript and Other segment offers production printing technology for graphics professionals and professional publishers; and also licenses its technology to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that manufacture printers and other output devices. The company also provides professional services, technical support, and customer services. In addition, it owns limited partnership interests in venture capital limited partnerships that invest in early stage companies. The company's customers include graphic designers, Web designers, videographers, photographers, and professional publishers; enterprise users, such as knowledge workers, information technology managers, business managers, and executives; and digital imaging and digital video hobbyists. It offers its products through distributors and dealers, value-added resellers, systems integrators, independent software vendors, and OEMs, as well as through its Web site. Adobe Systems Incorporated was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
VeriSign, Inc. provides intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to find, connect, secure, and transact across Internet, telecommunications, and converged networks. The company operates through two segments, the Internet Services Group and the Communications Services Group. The Internet Services Group segment consists of the Security Services business and the Naming and Directory Services business. The Security Services business provides products and services that enable enterprises and service providers to establish and deliver Internet-based services to customers. The Naming and Directory Services business acts as the registry of domain names in the .com and .net generic top-level domains, and certain country code top-level domains. The Communications Services Group segment offers network connectivity and interoperability services, intelligent data base services, mobile content and application services, and billing and payment services to telecommunications carriers and other users. VeriSign markets its products and services through its direct sales force, telesales operations, member organizations in its global affiliate network, value-added resellers, service providers, and its Web sites. The company's operations are located in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Japan, and Asia Pacific. VeriSign has a strategic alliance with Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. The company was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
NETWORK APPLIANCE INC (NTAP)
Network Appliance, Inc. provides enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services. Its storage systems include fabric-attached storage enterprise systems designed for network-centric enterprise information technology infrastructures and support network-attached storage, storage area network, and Internet small computer system interface environments with unified solutions; V-Series family of network-based, storage virtualization solutions, which offer data management software for sharing, consolidating, protecting, and recovering data across various heterogeneous storage systems; NearStore Systems to enhance data backup and recovery architectures, store reference and regulated data, and archive infrequently accessed files on ATA drives; and a suite of secure content and application delivery appliances for Internet security, Web content and application acceleration, and video delivery. In addition, the company provides an integrated storage appliance that uses software for storage administration and data availability, together with hardware; and NetCache Web delivery and security appliances that support various applications, including proxy, Web caching, content filtering, virus scanning, Web application management, streaming media delivery, content distribution, and usage analysis applications. Further, Network Appliance offers support, consulting, and training services. The company markets and distributes its products worldwide through a direct sales force, value-added resellers, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
TIBCO SOFTWARE INC (TIBX)
TIBCO Software, Inc. engages in the development and marketing of software solutions for the integration of business information, processes, and applications in various industries. Its products enable businesses to connect and coordinate their applications, employees, partners, and customers, as well as automate their business processes from within the enterprise. TIBCO's solutions are comprised of four categories of software: Business Process Management Software (BPM), Business Optimization Software (BOS), Business Integration Software (BIS), and Enterprise Backbone Software (EBS). BPMS enables the automation and coordination of the assets and tasks that make up a business process. These products coordinate the human and electronic resources inside a business and their network of customers and partners. BOS routes information to appropriate recipients, lets user access information, and provides users with the ability to analyze and act on information. BIS enables companies to connect several endpoints, coordinate processes, and streamline activities across technological, organizational, and geographical boundaries. EBS enables businesses establish and manage a flow of event-driven information across their enterprise, enabling the delivery of information to various recipients, or the ability to add or modify senders and receivers of data. The company licenses its products to companies operating in various industries worldwide, such as telecommunications, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, transportation, logistics, financial services, government, and insurance. It sells its products through direct sales force, and through alliances with software vendors and systems integrators. TIBCO also offers consulting services, such as systems planning and design, installation, and systems integration, as well as software support and maintenance options, and global training programs. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
MONSTER WORLDWIDE INC (MNST)
Monster Worldwide, Inc. provides online recruitment services in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. It operates in three segments: Monster, Advertising and Communications, and Directional Marketing. Monster segment operates an online career Web site, which connects companies with individuals and offers technology and services that give employers control over the recruiting process. Its solutions include searchable job postings, a resume database, and career management content and advice. As of February 18, 2005, the Monster global network consisted of 26 local content and language sites. Advertising and Communications segment designs global, national, or local recruitment advertising campaigns for clients in high growth industries and government agencies. Directional Marketing segment helps its clients build, enhance, and protect their brand images using approximately 8,000 Yellow Pages directories. The company's customers consist of individuals, small and medium-sized organizations, enterprise organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Monster Worldwide was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in New York City.
Yahoo! Inc. provides Internet services to users and businesses through the Yahoo! Network; and a range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses in the Unites States and internationally. It offers an array of communications services, including mail, messenger, calendar, chat, greetings, clubs, and photos; and various commerce services, such as shopping, auctions, finance, and travel; as well as content and media programming services in various areas, including sports, music, movies, news, and games through partnerships with various content providers. In addition, the company provides a range of personalized information on wireless devices, including wireless phones, two-way pagers, and personal digital assistants. Yahoo! also offers a range of services for businesses and enterprises, including Corporate Yahoo!, an information portal solution that enables companies to communicate and interact directly with their employees, customers, and shareholders; Yahoo! Broadcast Services that provides Internet audio and video streaming solutions for corporate and consumer communications; and Yahoo!'s Small Business services that enable small businesses and professionals to establish and grow a business presence with various Yahoo! services, as well as Yahoo! Fusion Marketing that unites its media, e-commerce, direct marketing, broadcast, and communication tools. It has strategic alliances with SBC Communications, Inc.; BT Group plc; Rogers Cable, Inc.; Alibaba.com Corporation; Seven Network, Ltd.; and Verizon Communications, Inc. The company was founded by David Filo and Jerry Yang in 1994. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Dell, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sale, and support of a range of computer systems and services worldwide. The company provides products and services that enable customers to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. It offers a range of products, including enterprise systems, which include servers, storage, workstations, and networking products; client systems, such as notebook and desktop computer systems; printing and imaging systems; and software and peripherals, including titles, monitors, plasma and LCD televisions, MP3 players, handhelds, and notebook accessories. The company also offers various services, including information technology management services; professional services in technology consulting, application development, solutions integration, and infrastructure design; deployment services; support services; and training and certification services. In addition, it offers a range of financing alternatives, asset management services, and other customer financial services for its business and consumer customers in the United States. The company's customers include large corporate, government, healthcare, and education accounts, as well as small-to-medium businesses and individual customers. Dell markets and sells its products and services directly to its customers. The company was founded by Michael S. Dell in 1984 under the name Dell Computer Corporation. Later, it changed its name to Dell, Inc. in 2003. Dell is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.
COMCAST CORPORATION (CMCSA)
Comcast Corporation engages in the development, management, and operation of broadband cable networks, as well as provision of programming content in the United States. The company operates in two segments Cable and Content. The Cable segment develops, manages, and operates broadband communications networks, including video, Internet, and phone services, and regional sports and news networks. The Content segment offers various video services, which includes programming provided by national television networks, local broadcast television stations, limited satellite-delivered programming, and locally-originated programming, including governmental and public access. It also offers feature motion pictures, live and taped sporting events, concerts, and other special features. In addition, the Content segment provides other services, such as digital cable, video on demand, high-definition television, and digital video recorder (DVR) services, which enables digital subscribers to select, record, and store programs and play them. Its DVR service also provides the ability to pause and rewind live television. The company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4techTV, International Channel Networks, TV One, and four Comcast SportsNets. In addition, the company performs live sporting events; own or manage facilities for sporting events, concerts, and other special events; and offers Internet protocol enabled phone service in Maryland and northern Virginia. Comcast Corporation is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
RealNetworks, Inc. provides network-delivered digital media content and services worldwide. It also develops and markets software products and services that enable the creation, distribution, and consumption of digital media. The company primarily offers its products under two categories, Consumer Products and Services (CPS), and Business Products and Services (BPS). The CPS category offers digital music products and services, including Rhapsody, an ondemand digital music subscription service; RadioPass, an Internet radio subscription service; and the RealPlayer Music Store, which enables consumers to purchase and download individual digital music tracks. RealNetworks also owns and operates a digital games service that includes downloadable games products and subscription services. Its products and services include: RealArcade, an Internet game download service and manager; GamePass, an Internet games subscription service; and GameHouse, a game development studio. The BPS category develops and provides software products, which enable media content creators, Web site owners, and wireline and wireless network operators to create, secure, and distribute digital media content to personal computers (PC) and nonPC devices. These software products include: Helix Server, a server software that enables broadcasters and content providers to broadcast live and ondemand audio, video, and other multimedia programming to a numbers of simultaneous users; RealProducer, a multimedia creation and publishing tool that content owners use to convert audio and video content into the company's RealAudio and RealVideo formats; and Helix DRM, a set of products for the licensing, delivery, and rights management of digital media. The company offers its services and software for finding, playing, purchasing, and managing free and premium digital content, including music, video, and games. RealNetworks was founded by Robert Glaser in 1994. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
eBay, Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops an Internet-based marketplace for the sale of goods and services by individuals and small businesses. The company offers an online platform through which buyers and sellers browse, buy, and sell various items, including trading cards, antiques, dolls, and housewares, as well as used cars, clothing, books and compact disks, and electronics. The eBay online service permits sellers to list items for sale, buyers to bid on items of interest, and all eBay users to browse through listed items in an automated, topically-arranged service that is available online. It also offers online payment services. The company has Web sites directed toward the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, India, Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea. eBay was founded by Pierre M. Omidyar in 1995. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC (UPS)
United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It offers a range of supply chain solutions, such as freight forwarding, customs brokerage, fulfillment, returns, financial transactions, and repairs. The company's domestic operations include delivery of letters, documents, and packages in the United States; and international package operations include delivery of goods to approximately 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS also offers various supply chain services, including logistics and distribution services, such as supply chain management, order fulfillment, inventory management, receiving and shipping, service parts logistics, reverse logistics, and cross docking, as well as distribution center design, planning, and management; and international trade management services, including freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and international trade consulting. It also provides transportation and freight forwarding, and consulting services, as well as electronic services, such as UPS CampusShip, Consignee Billing, Quantum View Manage, Delivery Confirmation, and UPS Returns to support automated shipping and tracking. In addition, it offers financial services that provide customers with short- and long-term financing, secured lending, working capital, government guaranteed lending, letters of credit, global trade financing, credit cards, and equipment leasing. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated a fleet of 268 aircraft, as well as a ground fleet of approximately 88,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles. United Parcel Service was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
AT&T, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides telecommunication services in the United States and internationally. It provides Internet protocol (IP)-based communications services for businesses, including a portfolio of virtual private network, voice over IP, and other offerings. The company also provides hosting solutions and supporting services for small, medium, and enterprise businesses, including shared, managed and server collocation, and enhanced services. Its services also include Web services, Web site acceleration, caching, content distribution, streaming, enterprise messaging, and uninterrupted access to critical data and applications. In addition, the company provides broadband DSL, and long distance and local voice services; network integration and consulting; contact management services; directory publishing and advertising services; data and managed data services; wireless voice and data services; and a range of conferencing solutions for businesses, including audio conferencing, videoconferencing, and Web conferencing. The company was founded in 1983. It was formerly known as Southwestern Bell Corp. and changed its name to SBC Communications, Inc. in 1995. Further, the company changed its name to AT&T, Inc. in November 2005, subsequent to the acquisition of AT&T Corp. The company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
ORACLE CORPORATION (ORCL)
Oracle Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, distribution, and servicing of computer software that enables organizations manage their businesses worldwide. It offers database and middleware software, and applications software. Database software and middle ware software is used for developing and deploying applications on the Internet and on corporate Intranets, and includes database management software, application server software, development tools, data hubs, and collaboration software. Applications software is used to automate business processes and to provide business intelligence for financials, projects, marketing, sales, order management, procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, service, and human resources. The company also offers software license updates and product support, and other services, including consulting, advanced product services, and education. The company's consulting services provide the design, implementation, deployment, upgrade, and migration services for its database technology and applications software. Its advanced product services consist of Oracle On Demand and advanced product support services. Its Oracle On Demand offers various services, including hosting, monitoring, administration, up gradation, and maintenance of database, middleware, and applications software. Its advanced product support services assist customers in configuration and performance analysis, personalized support, and annual on-site technical services. In addition, the company provides training to customers and partners. In the United States, the company markets its products and services primarily through its own direct sales and service organization, and internationally through the companies that are members of the Oracle Partner Network. The company was founded by Lawrence J. Ellison in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (QCOM)
QUALCOMM Incorporated engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of digital wireless telecommunications products and services based on its Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. It develops and supplies CDMA-based integrated circuits and system software for wireless voice and data communications, multimedia functions, and global positioning system products to wireless device and infrastructure manufacturers. The company grants licenses to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which includes patent rights essential to or used in the manufacture and sale of CDMA products. It provides satellite and terrestrial-based two-way data messaging and position reporting services for transportation companies, private fleets, construction equipment fleets, and other enterprise companies. The company provides the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless product and services to wireless network operators, handset manufacturers, and application developers and support for developing and delivering over-the-air wireless applications and services. It also makes strategic investments to provide worldwide adoption of CDMA products and services for wireless voice and Internet data communications. The company markets its products through direct sales force, partnerships, and distributors in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. QUALCOMM was incorporated in 1985 and is based in San Diego, California.
CITRIX SYSTEMS INC (CTXS)
Citrix Systems, Inc. engages in the design, development, and marketing of access infrastructure software, services, and appliances in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. It offers the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite (CMAS) products, online services, and gateway appliances. The CMAS centralizes access to applications and information and enables information technology (IT) staffs to deliver, manage, monitor, and measure enterprise resources on demand. The CMAS includes a presentation server for centrally managing heterogeneous applications and delivering their functionality as a service to workers; a server for UNIX users, which enable user in heterogeneous environments to access UNIX and Java applications from any device and over any connection; and an access control center that provides, protects, and manages access to business information across public networks. The CMAS also offers MetaFrame Password Manager, which provides password security and enterprise single sign-on access to Windows, Web, and host-based applications; MetaFrame Conferencing Manager, which adds intuitive application conferencing to MetaFrame Presentation Server and enables teams to share application sessions, work together on document editing, and conduct online training; and Subscription Advantage, a software that provides subscribers with automatic delivery of software upgrades, enhancements, and maintenance releases. Citrix online services provide Web-based desktop access, training, and customer assistance products. Its access gateway products include the Citrix Access Gateway, which enables end-users to access IT resources, and Citrix Application Gateway, which delivers applications to end-users of Internet protocol telephones and mobile devices. In addition, the company offers customers consulting services, technical support services, and product training and certification services. Citrix was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD (CHKP)
Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. engages in the development, marketing, and support of Internet security and virtual private networking solutions for enterprise and networks, service providers, small and medium businesses, and consumers. The company offers solutions that enable secure communications over Internet protocol networks, including the Internet, Intranets, and extranets. Check Point's Internet security solutions include various technologies that enable its customers to define their network and application security policies, enforce these policies across their networks, collect and correlate information, monitor the security and traffic flow, and analyze and update configurations to reflect changes in the Internet security policies. It also provides related software subscriptions, support, training, and consulting services. In addition the company offers endpoint security solutions that protect personal computers from hackers, spyware, and data theft. It sells its software products worldwide through multiple distribution channels, including distributors, resellers, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and managed security service providers. Check Point has a strategic partnership with D-Link to develop unified threat management solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Ramat-Gan, Israel.
S1 Corporation provides enterprise software solutions for banks, credit unions, investment firms, and insurance companies. It operates in two segments, Financial Institutions and Edify. The Financial Institutions segment develops, markets, and implements integrated, transactional, and brandable enterprise applications available as inhouse or hosted solutions. The Edify segment provides various voice and speech recognition applications, which help companies automate their customer service facilities. Its voice and speech solutions combine speech recognition, speaker verification, text-to-speech, fax, and touch-tone automation. The segment sells its products in various markets, including financial services, travel, retail, and telecommunications. The company's principal product groups include banking solutions, insurance solutions, customer relationship management solutions, Web site solutions, financial reporting solutions, and account aggregation. In addition, it offers hosting services; and professional services, such as project management, custom software development, technical services, educational services, and Web design services. The company offers its solutions to small, mid-sized, and large financial organizations in the Americas region; and the International region, consisting of Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan. S1 Corporation was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) operates as an information technology (IT) company worldwide. Its Global Services segment provides consulting services for application and systems integration, client relationship management, financial management, human capital, business strategy and change, supply chain management, and transformation of business processes. The company's Systems and Technology Group segment provides system and component design services, outsourcing of clients' design teams, and technology and manufacturing consulting services. It also offers data storage products, including disk, tape, and storage area networks. In addition, this segment provides semiconductor technology and products, packaging solutions, and engineering technology services to original equipment manufacturer clients. IBM's Personal Systems Group segment offers desktop and notebook computers, production print solutions, on demand print-related solutions, enterprise workgroup print technologies, and print management software and services. Its Software segment provides middleware and operating systems software. Middleware software enables clients to integrate systems, processes, and applications across their enterprises. It also offers collaboration and messaging software to engage in asynchronous communication and knowledge management. The company's Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal customers. IBM's Enterprise Investments segment develops and provides industry-specific IT solutions supporting the hardware, software, and global services segments of the company. Its product lines include product life cycle management software and document processing technologies. The company was founded in 1910. It was formerly known as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM is based in Armonk, New York.
SYMANTEC CORPORATION (SYMC)
Symantec Corporation provides software, appliances, and services to secure and manage information technology (IT) infrastructure for individuals, businesses, and enterprises worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Consumer Products, Enterprise Security, Enterprise Administration, Services, and Other. The Consumer Products segment offers Internet security and problem-solving products to individual users, home offices, and small businesses. Its products include Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton SystemWorks, which provide protection from viruses, intrusion attempts, and piracy threats. The Enterprise Security segment provides security solutions for all tiers of a network: at the server tier behind the gateway and at the client tier, including desktop personal computers, laptops, and handhelds. It offers antivirus and antispam technologies, early warning solutions, firewall and virtual private network (VPN) solutions, intrusion detection products, and managed security services, as well as integrated solutions. The Enterprise Administration segment offers open and modular products that enable companies to manage their IT infrastructures. Its products include Symantec Client Migration, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, pcAnywhere, the ON iCommand product family, the LiveState Recovery product family, PartitionMagic Pro, VolumeManager, ServerMagic for NetWare, and OEM Factory Solutions. The Services segment provides information security solutions that include managed security services, consulting services, and education services. The Other segment offers sunset products and products nearing the end of their life cycle. The company offers its products primarily through distributors, retailers, direct marketers, Internet-based resellers, original equipment manufacturers, educational institutions, and Internet service provides. Symantec Corp. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.
EMC Corporation offers systems, softwares, and services for information lifecycle management worldwide. It operates in four segments: Information Storage Products, Software Group Products and Services, Information Storage and Management Services, and VMware Software Products and Services. The Information Storage Products segment offers networked information storage systems used in a storage area network, networked attached storage, content addressed storage, or direct attached storage environment, as well as platform-based software that controls and enables functions that take place within the networked storage system. The Software Group Products and Services segment develops storage management software that automates, protects, and manages multivendor storage infrastructures; and content management software that enable users to create, manage, deliver, and archive unstructured content, including documents, Web pages, and media. The Information Storage and Management Services segment offers technology solutions, and customer service and education to enable its customers build and manage information technology infrastructures. It also provides consulting, assessments, implementations, integration, operations management, support, and maintenance. The VMware Software Products and Services segment offers software that provides a layer of abstraction between the computing, storage, and networking hardware, as well as the software that runs on it. The company's products and services are used in various computing platforms, storage systems, and software applications, including transaction processing, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, data warehousing, e-commerce, content management, business intelligence, email, and Web hosting. EMC was founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino. The company is headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (TXN)
Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the manufacture, design, and sale of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. It operates in three segments: Semiconductor, Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. The Semiconductor segment designs, manufactures, and sells integrated circuits. Its core products include analog semiconductors and digital signal processors. The Semiconductor segment also designs and manufactures other types of semiconductors, such as digital light processing devices, reduced instruction-set computing microprocessors, microcontrollers, and logic devices. The Sensors & Controls segment designs and manufactures sensors, electrical and electronic controls, and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. Its sensor products include pressure sensing for the heating/ventilation/air conditioning, automotive, and industrial markets. The Sensors & Controls segment's control products include controls, motor protectors, circuit breakers, arc-fault circuit protectors, and thermostats, which prevent damage from overheating and fires in various applications, including aircraft, commercial heating and air-conditioning systems, refrigerators, cars, lighting, and industrial applications. Its RFID systems consist of a transponder, receiver, and other components, such as antennas. RFID technology is used in a range of applications, including access control to buildings, pay-at-the-pump gasoline sales, vehicle security, document tracking, livestock tracking and identification, product authentication, retail, sports timing, supply chain, ticketing, and wireless payment. The Educational & Productivity Solutions supplies graphing handheld calculators. It also provides business and scientific calculators; and a range of advanced classroom tools and professional development resources. The company operates in Asia, Europe, the United States, and Japan. Texas Instruments is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
Intuit, Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small business, consumer and professional tax, and accountants in the United States, Canada, and Internationally. It offers QuickBooks-Related products include QuickBooks accounting and business management software for small businesses, as well as the products and services that can be added on to QuickBooks. These include financial supplies, QuickBooks Payroll, merchant services, and technical support. The company's Intuit-Branded Small Business products include outsourced payroll and solutions designed to meet the needs of businesses in the property management, wholesale durable goods distribution, and construction industries. The Tax portfolio consists of two segments, Consumer Tax and Professional Tax. Consumer Tax includes TurboTax consumer tax products and services. Professional Tax includes Lacerte and ProSeries professional tax products and services. Its other portfolio includes Quicken personal finance products and services. Intuit markets its products and services directly to its customers through its Web sites, call centers, and direct sales force, as well as through office supply superstores, warehouse clubs, consumer electronics retailers, food and drug retailers, catalogers, and general mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (MSFT)
Microsoft Corporation provides software products for computing devices worldwide. Its Client segment engages in technical architecture, engineering, and product delivery of Windows product family comprising Windows Vista; Windows XP Professional and Home; Media Center Edition; Tablet PC Edition; and other Windows operating systems. The Server and Tools segment offers integrated server infrastructure and middleware software that support software applications and tools built on the Windows Server operating system. Its products include Windows Server operating system; Microsoft SQL Server; Microsoft Enterprise Services; product support services; Visual Studio; System Center products; Forefront Security products; Biz Talk Server; MSDN; and TechNet. The Online Services Business segment offers personal communications services, such as email and instant messaging, and online information through MSN Search; MapPoint; MSN Internet Access; MSN Premium Web Services; Windows Live; and MSN Mobile Services. The Microsoft Business Division offers Microsoft office product set comprising enterprise content management, collaboration, unified communications, and business intelligence products; and Microsoft Dynamics products that offer business solutions for financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications. The Entertainment and Devices Division develops, produces, and markets the Xbox video game system, such as consoles and accessories, third-party games, games published under the Microsoft brand, and Xbox Live operations. It also offers Zune digital music and entertainment device; PC software games; online games; Mediaroom, an Internet protocol television software; and other devices. Further, Microsoft offers online advertising and publishing solutions. It has an alliance with Siemens VDO Automotive AG; and strategic relationship with LogicaCMG plc. Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC (VZ)
Verizon Communications, Inc. provides broadband and other communication services to wireline and wireless customers in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, and Information Services. The Domestic Telecom segment provides local telephone services, including voice and data transport, enhanced and custom calling features, network access, directory assistance, private lines, public telephones, digital channel service, and integrated services digital network. It also provides long distance services, customer premises equipment distribution, data solutions and systems integration, Internet access services, and inventory management services. The Domestic Wireless segment offers wireless voice and data services, as well as sells related equipment. The Information Services segment engages in print and online directory publishing, as well as provision of content for electronic communications products and services, and Web site creation services. The company also provides voice switching/processing services, end-user networking services, personal computer-based conferencing, internetworking, data transmission, network integration services, and network monitoring services. Verizon provides communication services to approximately 49.3 million voice and data customers in 28 states. Its international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. In addition, Verizon has teamed up with Yahoo! Inc. to launch a high-speed Internet service. The company was incorporated in 1983 under the name Bell Atlantic Corporation. It changed its name to Verizon Communications, Inc. in 2000. Verizon is based in New York City.
EarthLink, Inc. provides Internet access and related services to individual and business customers in the United States. It offers narrowband Internet access, including dial-up access over traditional telephone lines and wireless access through various handheld and laptop devices; broadband access via digital subscriber line, cable modem, satellite, and dedicated circuits; Web hosting; and advertising and related services. The company also sells equipment and devices used by subscribers to access its services. In addition, EarthLink provides technical support via telephone for technical matters. The company has strategic alliances with Sprint Corporation, which provides that EarthLink would be the preferred high-speed Internet service provider for Sprint's local residential and small business customers. It also has marketing relationship with Dell, Inc. In addition, EarthLink has an agreement with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to offer its broadband Internet services over their systems. The company also offers Internet access software and tools to prevent advertising windows from appearing above or under a customer's main browser window; block spams; protect against spyware and phisher site scams; and block virus. EarthLink was founded by Sky Dayton in 1994. The company is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Intel Corporation operates as a semiconductor chip maker that supplies technology solutions for the computing and communications industries. The company's products include microprocessors; chipsets; motherboards; flash memory; communications infrastructure components, including network and embedded processors; wired and wireless connectivity products; products for networked storage; application processors; and cellular baseband chipsets. It sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers who manufacture computer systems, cellular handsets and handheld computing devices, and telecommunications and networking communications equipment. Intel's customers also include personal computer and network communications products users, including individuals, large and small businesses, and service providers, as well as manufacturers of a range of industrial and communications equipment. It markets its products primarily in Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company has a strategic alliance with Alcatel to develop mobile WiMAX solutions. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.
KNIGHT CAPITAL GROUP INC (NITE)
Knight Capital Group, Inc. provides trade execution services in cash equities to institutions and broker dealers, as well as asset management services for institutions and high net worth individuals in the United States. It operates in two segments, Asset Management and Equity Markets. The Asset Management segment operates as the investment manager and sponsor of certain hedge funds. It offers its services to institutions, funds-of-funds, pension plan sponsors, trusts, endowments, and high-net-worth individuals. The Equity Markets segment provides various products and services to broker-dealers and institutions. It offers market-making and trade execution services to broker-dealer clients. Its institutional product offerings include trade execution services, listed block trading, program trading, international equities, special situations/risk arbitrage, soft dollar and commission recapture programs, and corporate services. Its offers its products and services to mutual funds, pension plans, plan sponsors, hedge funds, trusts, and endowments, as well as online brokers. The company was founded in 1995 under the name Knight/Trimark Group, Inc. It changed its name to Knight Trading Group, Inc. in May 2000 and to Knight Capital Group, Inc. in May 2005. Knight Capital Group is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.
BROADCOM CORPORATION (BRCM)
Broadcom Corporation provides wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductor products that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video, and data services. The company designs, develops, and supplies system-on-a-chip solutions incorporating digital, analog, and radio frequency technologies, as well as related hardware and software system level applications. It offers solutions for digital cable, satellite, and Internet protocol set-top boxes; high definition television; cable and digital subscriber line modems, and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan, wide area, and storage networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; voice over Internet protocol gateway and telephony systems; broadband network and security processors; and SystemI/O server solutions. The company markets and sells its products in the United States through a direct sales force, distributors, and manufacturers' representatives. It also markets and sells its products primarily through independent distributors and representatives internationally. Broadcom Corporation was founded by Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli in 1991. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California.
JUNIPER NETWORKS INC (JNPR)
Juniper Networks, Inc. engages in the design and sale of products and services that provide customers with Internet Protocol network solutions primarily in the United States. Its solutions are incorporated into the worldwide Web of interconnected public and private networks across which, various media, including voice, video, and data travel to and from end-users throughout the world. The company also provides security solutions for protecting the network and data on the network. It sells its products and services through direct sales force, distributors, and resellers primarily to government organizations, and research and education institutions, as well as to wireline, wireless, and cable operators. The company operates principally in the United States and Canada, as well as in South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. Juniper Networks was co-founded by Pradeep Sindhu in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Amazon.com, Inc. operates Web sites that sell various products and services, which primarily include apparel, shoes, and accessories; health and personal care; baby care products; books; camera and photography; and consumer electronics. The company and other sellers also offer various new, refurbished, and used items in categories, such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, digital versatile discs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden. These products are purchased from distributors, publishers, and manufacturers. The company and its affiliates operate seven retail Web sites: www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com. It also operates www.a9.com and www.alexa.com that enable search and navigation, and www.imdb.com, a movie database Web site. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with an additional office in Coffeyville, United States.
Cisco Systems, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of networking and communications products worldwide. The company provides products for transporting data, voice, and video within buildings and across campuses. It offers routers, which interconnect computer networks by moving data, voice, and video from one network to another; and switching systems that are used to build local-area networks (LAN), metropolitan-area networks, and wide-area networks. Cisco's technology products comprise home networking products, which enable users to share Internet access, printers, music, movies, and games; Internet protocol telephony products for transmitting voice communications; optical networking products, which provide a path for telecommunications carriers, as well as for carriers and enterprises; and security products, which protect information systems from unauthorized use. It also offers storage networking products that deliver connectivity between servers and storage systems. In addition, the company offers wireless LAN and outdoor wireless bridging products. These products include access points; an integrated wireless and wireline switching system; wireless LAN client adapters; bridges; antennas; and accessories. Cisco offers its products and services primarily through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors and retail partners. The company has strategic alliances with AT&T Corp.; BearingPoint, Inc.; Bell South Corporation; Cap Gemini S.A.; Electronic Data Systems Corporation; Fujitsu, Ltd.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Intel Corporation; International Business Machines Corporation; Italtel SpA; Microsoft Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; SBC Communications, Inc.; and Sprint Corporation. Cisco was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
Tellabs, Inc. engages in the design and marketing of communications equipment to telecommunications service providers worldwide. The company's products are classified into transport, managed access, voice quality, broadband data, and access products. Transport systems include digital-cross connect systems, transport products, transport switches, and optical transport systems. Managed access systems include mobile transmission systems, which are used for cell site aggregation and backhaul; cable telephony distribution systems, which enable cable television providers, alternate access carriers, and competitive access providers to build communication networks that support the integrated delivery of video and circuit-switched voice and data services; and edge nodes, core nodes, switch nodes, and transport switches. Voice-quality systems primarily consists broadband and narrowband echo cancellers, integrated echo cancellation, and other voice-quality solutions to manage voice quality in wireless, long distance, and private communications networks. Broadband data systems include multiservice routers, which enable carriers to integrate frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode network services, Ethernet, and Internet protocol (IP) data networks onto a converged multiprotocol label switching infrastructure (MPLS). It also includes managed edge systems, which are IP/MPLS-based platforms with service management tools. Access Products include optical networking terminals for fiber to the premise access systems. Tellabs products and services provide solutions for wireline services to business and residential customers, wireless services, and broadband data networking. The company also provides installation and professional services, such as network deployment, traffic management, support services, and training. It sells its products through its field sales force and distributors. Tellabs was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Naperville, Illinois.
BEA Systems, Inc. provides application infrastructure software worldwide. The company's WebLogic Enterprise Platform automates customers' processes, eases their new service launches, and automates their supplier and distributor relationships. This platform consists of BEA WebLogic Server, which includes security, management, development, and deployment features, as well as support for Web services protocols; BEA WebLogic Integration, a solution for application integration, business process management, business-to-business integration, and Web services; BEA WebLogic Portal, which builds and deploys personalized enterprise portals; BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic, a solution for providing information integration and data aggregation from various sources in distributed computer systems; BEA WebLogic Workshop, a services-oriented development environment primarily for Web applications, Web services, data and application integration, business processes, and portals; BEA Web logic JRockit, a server centric Java Virtual Machine; BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security, an application security infrastructure solution; and BEA Tuxedo, a transaction processing platform for distributed enterprise applications. The company sells its products through distributors, value added resellers, and partnerships with independent software vendors, application service providers, hardware original equipment manufacturers, and systems integrators, as well as directly through a network of sales offices and Web site at www.bea.com. It serves telecommunications, commercial and investment banking, securities trading, government, manufacturing, retail, airlines, pharmaceuticals, package delivery, and insurance industries. The company was founded by Alfred S. Chuang in 1995 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.
IAC/InterActiveCorp operates a portfolio of brands in the travel, retailing, ticketing, personals, media, financial services, real estate, and teleservices industries worldwide. Its Travel segment makes travel products and services available from various commercial and charter airlines, lodging properties, car rental companies, and cruise lines and in-destination service providers. The company's Electronic Retailing segment sells consumer products primarily through the HSN and America's Store television networks, and HSN.com, as well as through consumer catalog services and infomercials. IAC/InterActiveCorp's Ticketing segment provides online and offline ticketing services through Ticketmaster-owned Web sites. It also offers operator-staffed call centers and independent retail outlets serving various venues, entertainment facilities, promoters, and professional sports franchises. Its Personals segment provides single adults with an environment for meeting other singles through their respective Web sites, as well as through Match.com's affiliated networks. The company's Local and Media Services segment offers local content for major cities in the United States and abroad, as well as practical transactional tools; markets coupon books, discounts, merchant promotions, and sally foster gift wrap; and offers free online invitation services, and online travel search engine and directory. Its Financial Services and Real Estate segment provides online exchanges that connect consumers and service providers in the lending and real estate industries. IAC/InterActiveCorp's Teleservices segment provides outsourced customer lifecycle management solutions. The company was incorporated as Silver King Broadcasting Company, Inc. in 1986 and changed its name to HSN, Inc. in 1996. It further changed its name to USA Networks, Inc. in 1998; to USA Interactive in 2002; to InterActiveCorp in 2003; and to IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2004. The company is based in New York City.