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Merger of cell phone titans takes glow off BrightpointRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some analysts say investors overreacted to the risk Brightpoint would lose T-Mobile as a customer. Merriman Capital's Scott Searle estimates the earnings impact from losing that client would be “dramatically less than investors originally feared” and “is more than adequately reflected in the stock price.”
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Klipsch steps down as speaker maker CEO

June 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Longtime Klipsch Group executive Paul Jacobs will take the helm, giving the Indianapolis company its first leader not named Klipsch.
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Sony plans Blu-ray disc boost at Indiana factory

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Sony officials plan to spend $72 million on new and upgraded equipment at its western Indiana factory, with most of that going toward Blu-ray disc manufacturing.
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Brightpoint CFO leaves with $2.75M pay package

May 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Anthony Boor, who joined Brightpoint in 1998 and served as the company's chief financial officer since 2005, left the company on Tuesday. He received separation pay totaling $2.75 million.
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Verizon retirees coming to city to protest executive pay

May 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Association of BellTel Retirees Inc. will press the board of Verizon Communications Inc. to tighten standards for executive pay when the New York company holds its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week.
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One-third in Indianapolis use cellphones only

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Estimates released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 33.5 percent of adults in Indianapolis, which encompasses Marion County, use cellphones and lack traditional wired telephones.
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High-end home audio gear will be made in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A team of former Klipsch Group engineers has spent the two years trying to infuse high-end home audio equipment with the all-in-one sophistication of a smartphone.
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Brightpoint stock sinks on proposed AT&T deal

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Brightpoint Inc. stock slumped more than 15 percent Monday after AT&T Inc. announced a $39 billion agreement to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG. It continued to slip Tuesday morning.
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Brightpoint invests in Latin American operations

March 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Locally based wireless phone distributor plans to spend more than $15 million for a stake in a Miami-based company focused on Latin America.
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Want to confess your sins? There's an app for that

February 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
A South Bend firm has a bishop's go-ahead to publish a $1.99 iPhone application to help Catholics through the process of confession.
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Klipsch selling for $166M, Audiovox says

February 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Klipsch will become a subsidiary of Audiovox and operate as a stand-alone operation in Indianapolis under the leadership of the current management team, Audiovox said.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Audiovox agrees to buy local speaker maker Klipsch

January 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Audiovox said in a statement, though, that the deal is "subject to a number of contingencies." Indianapolis-based Klipsch was founded in 1945 and has 130 local employees.
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ChaCha may drop T-Mobile over planned fee

September 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Wireless carrier plans to begin charging a new one-quarter of 1 cent fee on text messages. In response, ChaCha CEO Scott Jones says his company will drop the wireless carrier from its answer service.
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Enforcement lax on teen-driver mobile-phone ban

August 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Police report ticketing only one driver for violating the cell phone ban, and a state agency that tracks infractions for 160 police departments could find just two other citations.
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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis releases iPhone app for virtual front seat

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The app will feature news, past laureate recordings, videos and access to the 2010 schedule, IVCI officials said.
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Local racing-simulator firm declares bankruptcy

March 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Interactive Motorsports and Entertainment Corp., which went public in 2002, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.
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High-end audio firm Indy Audio Labs powers up with new hires

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An upstart audio products company with offices at Purdue Research Park at AmeriPlex has brought in big guns to launch sales.
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Brightpoint quarterly estimate below expectations

January 4, 2010
Associated Press
Cell phone distributor predicts fourth-quarter results below analyst estimates, sending shares down in aftermarket activity.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Video surveillance legal in Hoosier state, but beware lawsuitsRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Norm Heikens
Most states--Indiana included--have no law on the books banning video surveillance in homes or businesses. However, anyone considering using a hidden camera should consider the potential to be sued under the state's well-developed privacy law.
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Speaker-maker Klipsch making noise in earphone niche

November 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Making money in earphones will require higher sales volumes, but Klipsch CEO Fred Klipsch thinks there are plenty more consumers left for his company to tap.
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Carmel man's coupon app for iPhone grabbing Yowza responseRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Marc D. Allan
A Carmel software developer's app has gotten a lift from a Hollywood actor's unrelenting promotion.
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Whirlpool agrees to maintain Evansville operations

September 30, 2009
Whirlpool Corp. has notified state officials that it will continue to operate its refrigeration product development center in Evansville that employs nearly 300 people.
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London hedge fund sues Brightpoint over failed acquisition

September 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
A London-based hedge fund has sued Brightpoint Inc. over a $10 million loan it alleges the Indianapolis-based cell phone distributor fraudulently brokered in anticipation of an acquisition in France that never materialized.
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