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Electrolux, together with its brands AEG-Electrolux and Zanussi, has been ranked by the Brand Emissions Leadership project as emission leader in its sector in the first annual ranking of brands sold in the UK and their ambitions to cut carbon.

Freesat launched the BBC iPlayer beta on Freesat in December 2009. This is first time that viewers will be able to receive a full version of the  BBC catch-up via subscription-free TV direct to their television sets. It was also confirmed that ITV Player will launch onto Freesat in the first half of 2010.

Freeview has announced that it has passed a key benchmark to become the main-set TV service in 10 million UK homes.

Retail training firm, Beyond The Box has been appointed by Hoover to roll out a nationwide training programme to Homebase stores. The initiative is to support the launch of new Candy and Hoover built-in product ranges – including cookers, refrigeration and laundry goods.

Indesit Company has launched a new electronic appointment card system, to help remind customers about their engineer appointment in advance via email. The email service, the first of its kind in the UK, has been developed in conjunction with the company’s text message appointment scheme, released in spring 2009.

Lenco, the Swiss originated consumer electronics brand is now available in the UK. This is the result of a distribution agreement between Lenco and IT Industries Europe in Hampshire. Lenco has been synonymous with Swiss precision in the field of Hi-Fi and electronics.

Linn Products has become the first manufacturer to give up on CDs from 2010. Instead, the niche company will focus on producing digital streaming equipment. Yet it will continue to make turntables for vinyl records.

Sony Corporation and FIFA have announced an agreement for selected media rights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 3D. FIFA is to produce the world’s first World Cup in 3D. Up to 25 of the 2010 tournament’s matches in South Africa will be produced using Sony’s 3D professional cameras.

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