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The first three confirmed speakers for the 2013 TEDxLiverpool are Jason Bradbury, Pam Warhurst and Graham Thomas. This year's event, the third TEDxLiverpool, will take place on Thursday 7 February 2013 at the Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design Academy.

Mobile app developer Attido Mobile has launched an updated version of its PassWallet app, the first cross-platform app to fully support Apple's Passbook ticketing format. The app now supports push notifications, using Google Cloud Messaging, meaning passes can be updated remotely by the provider, bringing the app in line with Apple's Passbook.

Cheshire B2B consultancy BDB has won a new marketing communications brief from textiles manufacturer Milliken. The company, based in Hale, is tasked with targeting traditional and digital media across the UK, France and Germany, as well as event management, and will work with both Milliken's design and manufacturing centre in Wigan and its Clerkenwell design studio.

Liverpool creative agency Uniform has been nominated for a prestigious Designs of the Year award, held by the Design Museum. The awards, considered by many to be the 'Oscars' of the design world, showcase the most innovative and progressive designs in the world across digital, architecture, fashion and other categories.

A writer from Manchester has won a trip to Hollywood and a production budget of £25,000 after winning international film competition The Pitch. Simon Cookson's short film idea "The Light" was considered the best by a top industry panel which included Preston-born Oscar-winning animator Nick Park.

The Manchester Evening News has risked a backlash from its online readership with the announcement that only Facebook users will soon be able to comment on its stories. The MEN revealed today that its website will be getting a "cleaner and less cluttered" website later this month, with a new, bigger typeface and a greater emphasis on latest stories and mobile optimisation.

North West PR specialist Dave Sanders has been awarded a Fellowship by The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Sanders, who has been an active member of the CIPR’s North West Regional Group for over a decade, chairing from 2007 to 2011, has also been re-elected unopposed to serve a second year as the Institute's Treasurer.

Motion design studio Mighty Giant will be providing all the graphics for CBBC's new series Fierce Earth, which starts this Thursday. Based at Manchester's Sharp Project, Mighty Giant won a four-way competitive pitch back in September to produce bespoke 3D graphics for every episode. Two 10-part series were commissioned and the resulting workload meant the studio had to double its team from two to four to cope.

MediaCityUK owner Peel Media has reported a dramatic rise in revenues as the impact of the BBC's move to Salford begins to kick in. The latest filed accounts reveal that revenues grew by almost 100%, from £9m to £17.1m in the year to March 31. The accounts cover the period when most of the BBC's move to the 36-acre site actually took place, including departments such as CBBC, Sport, 5 Live and the North West news.

Beattie Communications has recruited consumer PR expert Lyndsey Evans to lead its Manchester team. Evans has over 14 years’ experience in delivering PR and marketing communications strategies for B2B, corporate and internal communications campaigns and offers a particular specialism in consumer PR.

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