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Communications Network launches “The Real Corner”

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Chicago Communications Network LLC, a partnership between The Peer Forum and Pine Tree Commercial Realty, has announced the soft launch of The Real Corner (RealCorner.com), a social network designed for commercial real estate professionals.

The new social site aggregates elements of the commercial real estate landscape important to brokers, developers, tenants, construction companies, bankers, trade associations, investors, lawyers, insurance agents, asset managers, the media and more.

Members can interact via central forum, blog or chat, through separate member-created industry group forums, or through job postings.

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Barnes & Noble launches app for Apple

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NEW YORK Barnes & Noble has launched the Barnes & Noble Bookstore application on the Apple App Store.

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore app also allows customers to browse betsellers, recommended lists, new releases and watch video interviews with authors. In addition, users can find information on book signings, readings and performances, as well as the location of the nearest Barnes & Noble store.

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore app is available for free from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at  www.itunes.com/appstore/ .

“We designed the B&N Bookstore app based on the tremendous growth we’ve seen over the past 12 months in our mobile traffic and customer adoption,” said William Lynch, president of Barnes & Noble.com. “Now, with the Barnes & Noble app, iPhone and iPod touch users can interact with America’s number one bookstore anywhere and anytime, providing them access to exclusive content and customer reviews, as well as information about the more than 50,000 events in our stores.”

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Office Depot, Sharpie launch backpack design contest

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NEW YORK Office Depot and Sharpie have teamed up for Project Backpack, a contest that gives customers the chance to have their backback produced during the 2010 school season.

Customers can enter the contest by creating a design on one of four Office Depot canvas backpacks that can be purchased ($14.99 each; available in blue, pink, olive and green khaki, that will include two free individual Sharpie markers of your choice) from a participating Office Depot store, or by downloading an official contest template from www.myprojectbackpack.com .After designing the backpack using Sharpie markers, participants can upload a photo or scanned image of their backpack to www.myprojectbackpack.com along with their official entry form.

Apanel of judges will select the top ten finalists whose designs will be posted back to www.myprojectbackpack.com where the public will vote on the official winner. The grand prize winner will receive $5000 and will have their backpack produced during the 2010 school season, the first runner up will receive $3000 and the second runner up will receive $2000.

“Students rely on Office Depot for their back-to-school products and solutions during the entire school year,” said Wade Eveleth, senior director of merchandising for Office Depot. “We are excited to launch this contest with Sharpie and provide everyone with a really fun way to show off their creativity by designing a backpack that will be on store shelves for the 2010 back to school season.”

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