Monthly Archives: June 2010
Jun 30 2010
Sony Vaio Notebook Recall
 

Sony just issued a recall on some Vaio computers.

VPCF11 and VPCCW2

Sony’s notification reads:

Dear Sony customers,

Sony takes pride in the quality of its products. Recently, we became aware of a potential issue affecting certain units within the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series of notebook PCs.
In rare instances, these notebook computers may overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system, resulting in deformation of the product’s keyboard or external casing, and a potential burn hazard to consumers.

If you have one of the VPCF11 or VPCCW2 series models, Sony recommends that you download and install a firmware update specifically designed to prevent the potential overheating symptom.
If you have any questions or need additional assistance with the firmware update installation, call Sony technical support at (866) 496-7669 for assistance.

The satisfaction of our customers is our number one priority, and we will work diligently to ensure that your VAIO notebook is in top working order. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support in this matter.

Sincerely,

Mike Lucas,
Senior Vice President, VAIO
Sony Electronics Inc.

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Jun 30 2010
Jeff Pulver 140 Events Sponsors, etc..
 

Just received this email from Jeff Culver. Lets show him some support.

#140conf Events: Looking for your input and support

As someone who is a member of the #140conf community, I would appreciate your input as I work on the schedules of following upcoming #140conf events:

– Aug 19th: #140conf San Francisco
– Sep 14th: #140conf Boston
– Oct 5/6: #140conf Los Angeles
– Oct 20th: #140conf Detroit

Specifically I am looking for “Characters” to join the #140conf stage and share their story at these events. If you or someone you know would be interested in speaking, please submit your speaking proposal over at: http://140conf.com/call-for-speakers

I am also looking for sponsors for these upcoming conference. I made the conscious decision at the end of last year to offer tickets to the 2010 #140conf events for $140 each. The economics related to this decision have made me dependent on finding sponsors to support these events. #140conf offer a great platform for sponsors which wish to connect with the influential #140conf demographic. If you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for your support.

Best regards, Jeff

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Jun 30 2010
AT&T iPhone Service Problems Solution: Verizon
 

Rumors are running on overload as we are hearing that Verizon may be picking up the iPhone as early as January 2011. Yes you have what could be the solution to all the dropped calls and poor service plaguing the iPhone on the AT&T network.

I would venture to say that Apple and AT&T have come to some sort of agreement allowing them to break their contract probably having something to do with all the problems on the AT&T network, that AT&T can’t keep up with the demands on their network.

We will have to wait and see, but Verizon should be able to handle the load much better as it has been rolling out infrastructure for years of it’s 3G network and is probably one of the most robust and advanced networks out there.

Chances this will mean a new improved iPhone 4 or iPhone 4G could be in the works and would be announced in 2011 or 2012.

Anyone have any comments?

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Jun 30 2010
Is Apple doing something about the iPhone Antenna Problems
 

Looks like Apple is stepping up the activity with what is being done to resolve and “improve” antenna problems/issues/defects on the iPhone, which with the latest iPhone 4 has become even more ridiculous.

Here’s a posting from the Apple Jobs site for an Antenna Engineer.   AT&T points the finger at Apple and Apple points the finger at AT&T.  They are both to blame for all the dropped calls and poor reception issues.

Job description

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Jun 29 2010
Bluehost Malware Attack and Denial by BlueHost
 

So for the past couple of hours I have been dealing with the “friendly” support staff at BlueHost, one of the largest hosting companies in the US.

Apparently this past weekend many of their servers had been hacked.

You can read some user accounts here:

Also, for some reason this site is being blocked by filters at the BlueHost support locations.

http://blog.sucuri.net/2010/05/simple-cleanup-solution-for-the-latest-wordpress-hack.html

So here’s the text from the site:

If your site got hacked on the last mass infection of WordPress sites out there, we have a simple solution to clean it up.

For Network Solutions users:

If your site is at Network Solutions, and you have that “virtual-ad.org” malware, the solution is simple.

Login via FTP and remove the file cgi-bin/php.ini. That’s all you need to do to protect your users.

You will still have some “.nts” files in there (which you can remove later), but they will not be executed without the php.ini.

Via SSH:

If you have SSH access to your server, run the following commands on your web root:

$ find ./ -name "*.php" -type f |   xargs sed -i 's###g' 2>&1$ find ./ -name "*.php" -type f |    xargs sed -i '/./,$!d' 2>&1

Via web:

If you don’t have SSH access, download this file to your desktop:
http://sucuri.net/malware/helpers/wordpress-fix_php.txt and rename it to wordpress-fix.php.

After that, upload it to your site via FTP, and run it (using your browser) as: http://yoursite.com/wordpress-fix.php

This script will take a few minutes to complete, but will scan your whole site and remove the malware entries.

Once you are done, go back to your site and remove this file.

That’s it and you should be clean again.

UPDATE: If your site is not getting cleanup after you run it (or you are getting extra empty lines on the top of your files), it means that the script didn’t finish to run properly. Try running it again. It it doesn’t help, upload it to some sub directories (like wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes) and run directly from there. For example:
http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/wordpress-fix.php , http://yoursite.com/wp-content/wordpress-fix.php , etc.
That should fix it!

Here’s what the script returned:

Site clean up by http://sucuri.net
This script will clean the malware from this attack: http://sucuri.net/malware/entry/MW:MROBH:1

If you need help, contact dd@sucuri.net or visit us at http://sucuri.net/index.php?page=nbi

Malware removed.
Empty lines removed.

Completed.


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Jun 29 2010
Acapulco $2.99 BOGO Dinner
 

Acapulco Restaurants $2.99 Coupon valid until July 27, 2010.

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Jun 29 2010
Top ECigs on the Internet- Smoking the healthy way!
 

Pleasure knows no bounds. Your cravings to experience the pleasure of smoking has been proven deadly by scientists thanks to the adverse health effects of tobacco. But what if there is an alternative option which satisfies your cravings for smoking and is also safer on your health and environment?  The answer to the question is straightforward and it is Electronic cigarettes. These are gaining popularity because of the odourless and eco-friendly features they offer to the smokers of modern age. The technology behind these revolutionary smoking devices uses batteries to charge and consists of cartridges and detectors to give the smoker a very sensational smoking experience with amazing flavours. While many brands are being launched in the market, you cannot simply buy E Cigs of any brand. These are a few of my personal favourite brands of ECigs available online. These are laboratory tested and not unsafe to use.

  • Direct ECig This website offers state-of-the art electronic cigarettes which are laboratory manufactured. After its mention in the news channels like CNN, CNet, Abc , Fox news etc, it has gained name and fame. The special features of the Direct ECigs are stainless steel atomizer, single and double cartomizer, USB and wall charger etc. Exclusive trial kits and special offers need a special mention here.
  • Yet another worthwhile collection of electronic cigarettes with numerous flavours and money saving schemes can be found at Smoke Stik. This USA based ECigs dealer gives the advantage of using them anywhere and claims its products to be used by many celebrities. The Smoke Stik sale is the special feature of the site.
  • LUCI has caught much attention for its superb quality of electronic cigarettes and the customer services it provides. The website offers shipping and delivery services for their overseas customers and offers flexible payment options. There are also starter kits available and are simply great to try!
  • If you are planning to get rid the habit of smoking once for all, you might give a try to the products at CigArrest. This website has a collection of patented drugs and medicines which are absolutely risk-free. The medicinal supplements are available in forms of tablets, chewing gums, vitamin capsules, a handbook and an Audio CD. This is a very effective program brought to smokers who aspire to become non-smokers at the earliest.
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Jun 29 2010
3TB yes 3 Terabyte drive released by Seagate
 

Here’s the release from Seagate!

Seagate Makes History with the World's First 3 Terabyte  High-capacity External Drive (Photo: Business Wire)
Seagate Makes History with the World’s First 3 Terabyte High-capacity External Drive (Photo: Business Wire)

SEAGATE BREAKS CAPACITY CEILING WITH WORLD’S
FIRST 3 TERABYTE EXTERNAL DESKTOP DRIVE

New FreeAgent™ GoFlex™ Desk Packs Unprecedented Amount of Storage for both Mac and PC

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — June 29, 2010 — Putting more terabytes in the hands of consumers worldwide, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced the world’s first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive. Available immediately, the 3TB FreeAgent™ GoFlex™ Desk external hard drive helps to meet the explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. With 3TB of capacity people can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

A key addition to the company’s recently introduced GoFlex family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive’s USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can easily create, store and access content from either a Windows® or Mac OS X computer on the GoFlex Desk, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

“Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. “Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3TB GoFlex™ Desk is no exception–delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today.”

A recent report by Parks Associates indicates the average consumer household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900GB by year-end 2014, driven in large part by video downloads, managed copies of Blu-ray
discs, and increasing use of DVR recording capabilities[1]. The GoFlex Desk drive delivers unconstrained[2], high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with software file encryption to keep all data safe and secure[3]. The standard USB 2.0 interface can be upgraded to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 by coupling the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade adapter to increase file transfer performance by up to 10x for easier copying or sharing of files.

“As the definition quality of digital cameras increases, playback devices such as digital photo frames and MP3 players proliferate and the use of the Internet for downloading music and video continues to grow, more files accumulate in the home,” said Kurt Scherf. “Consumers who are active in digital media creation and consumption will witness their digital media storage needs grow nine-fold by 2014, driving the demand for higher capacity, easy-to-use storage solutions.”

GoFlex Desk is also compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer, allowing it to read and write files on a Windows formatted[4] drive. Its sleek black, 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.

The 3TB GoFlex Desk drive with USB 2.0 adapter can be purchased on Seagate.com and through select retailers for $249.99.

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Jun 29 2010
New MapQuest Maps Updated
 

MapQuest an AOL company has released a new version of the MapQuest maps site.

The look is much improved and should raise the number of visitors who visit the site.  Many users have become to using Google Maps as the default.

AOL MapQuest is improved and worth a try.

MapQuest Logo

The new MapQuest is here – check out the new site! Use the new MapQuest now »

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Jun 29 2010
WeReward Get Paid for Various activities
 

WeReward is a site for the iPhone that you can check in and take pictures of items and get paid, earn points and once you collect $10 of points you are paid.

Download the app for your iphone.

WeReward is an IZEA company product.

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Jun 29 2010
Local Flavor Festival Pasadena July 31st 10am-6pm FREE
 

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LA’s hottest Food Trucks at Local Flavor Festival

Saturday, July 31 – 10am – 6pm
Pasadena City Hall & Centennial Square

Local Flavor Festival 2010 – Free Admission!
Get ready to enjoy as much as foodie fun as you can handle! Pasadena’s Local Flavor Festival is a celebration of Food, Music & Art that brings the surrounding Los Angeles community together for a fun-filled day of festivity!
Truly a testimony to independent art and food, bask in the sun as you enjoy your favorite Food Truck. Check out original art, paintings and photography as the sounds of music fill your ears!

Tired of Paying for Expensive Festivals?
Bring your friends, children and dogs to enjoy Local Flavor’s alcohol-free, family-oriented day of enjoyment! No more being barricaded in: show up when you want, leave when you want!
Skip the long entry lines and high prices of admission; Local Flavor is FREE TO EVERYBODY!

Pasadena City Hall

Sat July 31st 10am-6pm NO ADMISSION!!!!!

Just booked Komodo!!!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/localflavorfest

http://www.localflavorfestival.com/

Questions? Concerns? Thoughts? Prayers?
Hit us up and let us know what you think will make Local Flavor a smashing success. Interested in getting involved as a volunteer?
Contact Us
Phone: 626.638.7955 x122

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Jun 29 2010
Coupon Codes for Books at Booksamillion.com
 

Great deals on bestsellers, movies, TV on DVD, music, magazine subscriptions, audio books, and much more. Bargain section of Booksamillion.com; it’s become increasingly popular as of late since it offers books, including a large selection of Juvenile Fiction, at up to 80% off.

$20 off $100 purchase
Coupon Code: AFCPN672W
Coupon expires 7/31/10, and may be used only once. Coupon may not be combined with any other offer or coupon. Coupon is not valid in Books-A-Million retail stores and may not be redeemed for cash. Coupon may not be used toward the purchase of gift cards, magazine subscriptions or eBooks. Coupon cannot be applied to previous orders. Coupon may be used with your Millionaire’s Club Card.

$10 off $50 purchase
Coupon Code: AFCPN67TN
Coupon expires 7/31/10, and may be used only once. Coupon may not be combined with any other offer or coupon. Coupon is not valid in Books-A-Million retail stores and may not be redeemed for cash. Coupon may not be used toward the purchase of gift cards, magazine subscriptions or eBooks. Coupon cannot be applied to previous orders. Coupon may be used with your Millionaire’s Club Card.

Click here and use your codes:


Free shipping offer

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Jun 29 2010
Skimlinks a new affiliate marketing model to monetize your site
 

Do you own a WordPress site and are looking to generate revenue?

Skimlinks helps you easily monetize content by converting product links in your post into their equivalent affiliate links on-the-fly. Install the plugin and add a new revenue stream to your blog, including monetising the links in your RSS feed, without affecting your users’ experience.

Check out and get started, it is easy Skimlinks

To install Skimlinks on your site(s) you first need to log in using your username (which is the email address you registered with).

Once logged in, you’ll be guided through the process of installing Skimlinks on your site(s). If you don’t want to add the code yourself, we’ll show you how to send all the relevant details to your tech team. If you’d like to use our WordPress plugin, please see details here.

Your Skimlinks account also allows you to :

* Run detailed revenue and activity reports
* Check your balance
* Search for suitable merchants
* Create new accounts
* Apply to use Skimlinks on additional sites

And to help you earn even more revenue through Skimlinks, try out: * Skimkit, the essential tool for researching and monetizing content (download it now).

*NEW* – The Skimlinks Referral Program. Sign-up to the program today from your Skimlinks account, and find out how you can collect up to 12% (Offer available until 30 June, 2010) of what we earn from every publisher you refer to Skimlinks.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on support@skimlinks.com.

Thank you for choosing Skimlinks to help you earn more money from your content.

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Jun 29 2010
Free Lunch at Noir Food & Wine Pasadena
 

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DOWNLOAD COUPON HERE

Who said there’s no *free lunch?

June 29 through July 8
* coupon expires July 8, 2010 (*There is a limit one Free Plate per two customers, any additional plates are at regular price)

NOIR FOOD & WINE
40 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Reservations Recommended 626.795.7199
or sign up online at: www.noirfoodandwine.com
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Jun 29 2010
Jessica Fichot @ Memorial Park Bandshell
 
http://www.jessicasongs.com/

http://www.myspace.com/jessicafichot

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Hi,

I know this is very last minute, but I just wanted to let you know that my band and I will be playing a free outdoor show tomorrow in Pasadena, at the beautiful Memorial Park bandshell. Here are the details:

Jessica Fichot @ Memorial Park Bandshell

Tuesday June 29th – 6Pm to 7Pm

85 E. Holly St., Pasadena CA 91103

outdoors and free!

Sorry this is so last minute: I only found out yesterday that this concert was open to the public (I had thought previously this was a private event.) So for those of you who:

– like to go out early

– like to make last minute plans

– like free oudoor concerts

– missed my show last week at Make Music Pasadena

this is the perfect event for you 🙂 Kids are welcome too!

The band and I will be performing in Arizona (Phoenix and Flagstaff) this weekend, and around San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Reno next month. Our next show in L.A. will be July 24th. You can check my calendar for more details.

Hope to see you soon!

Jessica

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Jun 29 2010
iPhone 4 the most successful Apple product launch despite multiple issues
 

We have been hearing all over the internet with tweets and status updates all around about the issues that iPhone 4 customers are facing. But this does not affect the number of iPhone 4’s that the company sold in the 1st 3 days of its launch.

Apple today gave some insight into sales figures for its new iPhone 4 device. The company says it has sold 1.7-million iPhone 4 devices in only three days after it started selling the phones on June 24, making the iPhone 4 the most successful product launch in the firms history. When the pre-orders of this device opened on the 15th June, the very first day, 600k units were reported to be booked which also led to Apple and AT&T systems to crash.

The iPhone launched in the United States, among select European nations, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on June 24. The iPhone 4 is set to launch in Canada some time in July, as confirmed by Apple, where the phone is also hugely anticipated and also expected to top previous sales records.

The preceding iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, thought to be hugely successful, sold 1-million devices in seven days.

The new iPhone 4 features a high quality 5mp camera, including new video conferencing between other iPhone 4 users (although that functionality will be expanded as developers utilize APIs to add camera support in their applications) via FaceTime, 720p HD video recording, 1GHz Apple A4 processor, 512MB RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, an improved iOS 4, among other features.

Despite the strong demand, early reports indicate the new iPhone 4 is having minor connectivity issues, as it is very sensitive as to where users can hold the phone during a call. Apparently, for some, holding the phone by the lower ends results in very poor signal causing the phone to lose connectivity due to attenuation.

It is unclear if Apple will make any changes to address the issue by releasing a software update. A recall is not expected, although the company could slightly alter the internal design of future production models. We will have to wait for any announcement on that. Till then, stay tuned…

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Jun 28 2010
Sprouts Farmers Market Pasadena
 

Sprouts Farmers Market Pasadena coming August 4, 2010.

Mark your calendar as we anticipate that this will be a big event for the City of Pasadena as they welcome a new business to revitalize the Eastern Side of Pasadena south of the 210 freeway.

Many of you have already seen the signs.

What are your thoughts on the addition of Sprouts Farmer’s Market Pasadena?

Pasadena, CA Sprouts Farmers Market opening Wednesday August 4, 2010.

Here’s a video update from the location.

Prepare for a celebration.

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Jun 28 2010
A boon for heavy smokers – Switch to fake tobaccoless cigarrete
 

They say, Smoking is injurious to health. Even the manufacturers have to write it on the pack of cigarretes as a norm. But do you follow it? Even reading this message on the pach you tend to ignore it and continue enjoy the activity. Almost everyone knows the bad effects of smoking cigarettes. Bad breath, stained teeth, dreaded lung cancer, and not to mention the amount of money you have to spend on them each day.

Also, smoking hurts people around you because passive smoking is more dangerous than active smoking, second hand smoking can also cause cancer and trigger asthma attacks. But what if there were another way? What if smoking had no bad effects at all? What if you could smoke in buildings, cars, or any place where smoking is prohibited?

With technology advancing in every field of life, you will not at all be surprised that technology advancement has done good to  the high time smokers. The company called MyLuci is the innovation that I am referring to here. Luci is a tobaccoless cigarette or as users like to call it, fake cigarette. These fake cigarettes look and work just like the real thing. This is how it works.

Luci emits a water vapor instead of real smoke, so you do not have to worry about damaging your lungs with it. One of the worse things about smoking real cigarettes is the smoke damage done, but with these fake cigarettes you do not have to worry about this in the least bit.

Below are the various mind blowing features of this cigarrete, which makes it worth trying:

  • LUCI has no actual smoke and a pleasant odor. LUCI is not regulated by traditional smoking bans.
  • As already mentioned, LUCI uses pure water-based vapor that looks just like smoke, so there’s no harsh odors.
  • It gives you the choice of chosing a flavor and nicotine to satisfy your cravings. LUCI has multiple varieties to choose from.
  • LUCI is dentist recommended to smokers to not stain teeth or cause bad breath like cigarettes.
  • And the main thing, If you smoke a pack a day or more, you can save over $1,500 a year by switching to LUCI, which is a lot of money.

One more important feature worth mentioning is that Luci’s fake cigarette also has a smart chip in it which will turn the product off if too much nicotine is inhaled in a very short time. This function can help you to not “smoke” too much. Luci is a rechargeable unit so there is no worrying about batteries or lighters.

See the video below which gives you more information about this great product:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHXIy5yVmbs

Click on this link to try LUCI for 30-days

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Jun 28 2010
The iPhone 4 Recall Tweet Is totally Fake?
 

There has been a tweet (Twitter update) from what is said to Steve Jobs, that a possible iPhone 4 recall is on the way. Here’s the tweet that is creating the iPhone 4 recall buzz:

“We may have to recall the new iPhone. This I did not expect.”

Now, the question arises here that is this for real or just another fake on the internet.

Some people are claiming that this tweet originated from Steve Jobs himself, but these rumors started late last night (Saturday night). But by Sunday afternoon, the tweet that was supposedly from Steve Jobs is now being speculated that it the tweet is actually from a fake Steve Jobs’ Twitter account.

Below is the tweet that is causing all the buzz:

The fake Steve Jobs Tweet

What’s causing the iPhone 4 recall rumors?

No sooner did Apple release the iPhone 4 on June 24th when the web started buzzing about iPhone 4 problems. One of the main iPhone 4 complaints has been related to signal dropping after you hold the iPhone 4 (or grip it) along the metal bands on both sides of the device.

So, we will have to wait till the real Steve finds solution to the issues that the iPhone users are facing and if this recall thing is for real or just a rumour. What do you think?

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Jun 28 2010
Hollywood Safflower Mayonnaise
 

Safflower Mayonnaise

Hollywood Safflower Mayonnaise is made with our naturally expeller pressed safflower oil. Expeller pressed oils are extracted by pressing the seed without the use of chemical solvents used by most other oil manufacturers. Hollywood Safflower Mayonnaise is also enriched with Vitamin E, an antioxidant.

Ingredients: Expeller pressed safflower oil, soybean oil, whole eggs, distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, salt, dehydrated cane juice, spice, lemon juice concentrate, honey, dl-beta-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), natural flavors, paprika extractives (for color).

Hollywood has been bringing you great cooking oils and other products since 1958. Our Safflower Oil is expeller pressed which means we don’t use the potentially harmful chemical solvents that many other manufacturers use to extract the oil. In addition, our cooking oils and mayonnaise are enriched with Vitamin E, an important antioxidant. Our Carrot Juice packs the juice from two pounds of carrots, along with plenty of beta carotene and potassium, into a single 12 ounce serving. Look for these great Hollywood products in your local grocery store.

You may also write or call us.

Hollywood Consumer Relations
The Hain Celestial Group
4600 Sleepytime Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301

Or call 1-800-434-4246, Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Mountain Time

If you would like more information about The Hain Celestial Group, please visit our site at www.hain-celestial.com

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