From the American Idol experts over at TVLine comes a dossier on the press tour the show's judges and higher-ups held. That doesn't sound too interesting, does it? Let's rephrase that: TVLine has a lot of quotes where the Idol names get snippy about NBC's surprisingly successful rival, The Voice. They do a bit of rumor management as well (no, Ryan Seacrest's not in trouble; no, there's no conspiracy to only ever let dudes win), but the real highlights are the sniping. Click the pink up there to bask in all the bitterness, but three quotes beg for note:

Randy Jackson on how Voice Season 1 champ Javier Colon entered competition having already once been on contract at Capitol Records: ”It was almost like second chance people; it wasn’t some new artist.”

Close your eyes, close your ears, and focus real hard; you'll hear a vague rumbling coming up from somewhere behind you. That, my friend, is the sound of Vote for the Worst's denizens collectively fuming about everyone they've called a "plant" or worse. And anyway, isn't the point of these shows to judge on talent, not on resume? (Critical bias: I was Team Carly and Team Joanna; I was also Team Frenchie and Team Dia, and if The X Factor's Stacy Francis had made her vocals a little more solid, I'd have been Team Stacy too.)

Ken Warwick on Idol‘s unarguable point of difference vs rivals: “This is the show that produces the stars.”

Can't you just picture this? In the same cadence as "THIS... is American Idol"? We'll grant Idol Kelly and Carrie and Fantasia, maybe Scotty in a few years, and we'll credit them with making talent competitions a credible-in-theory model for launching stars, but how are Ruben, Taylor and Lee doing?

Judge Randy Jackson on The Voice‘s trademark red swivel chairs: “We will never, ever rip off Star Trek like The Voice did with the chairs.”

Of course Idol's not ripping off Star Trek. That's for The X Factor and their Vulcan host.

Xerox to Acquire Affiliated Computer Services. web site affiliated computer services

Computer Weekly News October 15, 2009 Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS) announced a definitive agreement for Xerox to acquire ACS in a cash and stock transaction valued at $63.11 per share or $6.4 billion as of the closing price of Xerox stock on Sept. 25. This acquisition will transform Xerox into the leading global enterprise for document and business process management, and will accelerate its growth in an expanding market.

The world's largest diversified business process outsourcing (BPO) firm, ACS is a $6.5 billion company with revenue growth of 6 percent and new business signings of $1 billion in annual recurring revenue during its fiscal 2009.

"By combining Xerox's strengths in document technology with ACS's expertise in managing and automating work processes, we're creating a new class of solution provider," said Ursula M. Burns, Xerox chief executive officer. "A game-changer for Xerox, acquiring ACS helps us expand our business and benefit from stronger revenue and earnings growth.

"Xerox becomes a $22 billion global company, of which $17 billion is recurring revenue - a significant boost to our profitable annuity stream," she added. "The revenue we generate from services will triple from $3.5 billion in 2008 to an estimated $10 billion next year." Under the terms of the agreement, ACS shareholders will receive a total of $18.60 per share in cash plus 4.935 Xerox shares for each ACS share they own. In addition, Xerox will assume ACS's debt of $2 billion and issue $300 million of convertible preferred stock to ACS's Class B shareholder. On an adjusted earnings basis, the transaction is expected to be accretive in the first year.

"We're proud of our significant profitable growth over the past 20 years and our ability to manage our clients' operations with a global infrastructure and workforce," said Lynn Blodgett, president and chief executive officer, ACS. "We also know that for ACS to expand globally and differentiate our offerings through technology, we need a partner with tremendous brand strength and leading innovation. Xerox offers that and more to bring our business to the next level while strengthening theirs." ACS's expertise is in managing paper-based work processes and providing specialized BPO and information technology services for industries that range from telecommunications, retail and financial services to healthcare, education and transportation. Business process outsourcing is estimated to be a $150 billion market, growing at a rate of 5 percent per year. Through its multi-year contracts with more than 1,700 federal, state, county and local governments, ACS is the largest provider of managed services to government entities in the United States.

"When ACS was founded, we had a vision of becoming a best-in-class company by working harder than our competitors. More than 20 years and 74,000 employees later, as the world's top BPO company, we have now found a partner to help us reach even greater heights," said Darwin Deason, founder and chairman of ACS. "This is a tremendous outcome for our shareholders driven by the commitment of a strong management team and incredibly dedicated employees. At closing, I will become one of the combined company's largest individual shareholders, and I intend to remain a long-term investor because I could not be more optimistic about the future of the combined company." With this acquisition, Xerox is confident it will achieve significant incremental revenue growth by leveraging Xerox's strong global brand and established client relationships to scale ACS's business in Europe, Asia and South America. In addition, Xerox will integrate its intellectual property with ACS's services to create new solutions for end-to-end support of customers' work processes. affiliated computer services

Xerox expects to achieve annualized cost synergies that will increase to the range of $300 million to $400 million in the first three years following the close of the transaction. The synergies are primarily based on expense reductions related to public company costs, procurement and using ACS's expertise in back-office operations to handle some of Xerox's internal functions.

The transaction, which has been approved by the Xerox and ACS boards of directors and ACS special committee, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010. ACS will operate as an independent organization and initially will be branded ACS, a Xerox Company. It will be led by Lynn Blodgett, who will report to Ursula Burns.