Smart Kids Group Announces the Acquisition of Paragon GPS
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. and EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart Kids Group, Inc. (OTCBB: SKGP) announced today the acquisition of Paragon GPS, Inc., a leading developer of personal tracking devices designed specifically for children and parents concerned about child safety.
Richard Shergold, CEO of Smart Kids, states that the acquisition of Paragon brings Smart Kids one step closer to becoming a market leader in the burgeoning child safety market. This acquisition clearly reflects the synergy between both companies and their common goal to keep children safe.
About Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids Group develops, distributes and licenses quality safety programs and children's character based Edutainment products through a variety of media including television, DVD, retail, direct marketing, and the Internet. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.smartkidsgroup.com.
About Paragon GPS, Inc.
Paragon GPS is a consumer products technology company engaged in the research and development of location tracking devices that use global positioning satellites to conveniently and accurately track the location of children, parents, relatives and loved ones. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.paragongps.com.
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Attunity and CloudShare Form Alliance to Help SharePoint Users Accelerate SharePoint Cloud-Loading
Joint Solution Will Speed Time-to-Market of Critical Applications and Development Initiatives Throughout on-Premise and Cloud-Based SharePoint Environments
BURLINGTON, Massachusetts and SAN MATEO, California, October 18, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Attunity Ltd. (OTC BB: ATTUF.OB), a leading provider of real-time data
integration software and lifecycle management solutions, and CloudShare
Inc., a leading provider in cloud computing systems announced today an
alliance to accelerate time-to-market of deploying business critical
applications built on Microsoft SharePoint to the cloud.
The alliance couples Attunity's lifecycle management software for
SharePoint ("RepliWeb ROSS") with CloudShare's virtualized SharePoint Server
platform and templates. This solution will enable agile-minded application
development teams to quickly deploy CloudShare's pre-configured virtualized
SharePoint farms, and then utilize RepliWeb ROSS to rapidly "cloud load"
relevant SharePoint Solutions, Site Collections and incremental updates from
on-premise environments to the cloud-based environments. This solution will
allow organizations to shorten testing, QA and release cycles while invoking
best practices for Lifecycle management across on-premise and cloud-based
"We are pleased to offer an instant deployment bridge across on-premise
and cloud environments, allowing organizations to speed development efforts,
achieve an immediate return on cloud initiatives, and create a distinct
competitive advantage," commented Garrick Herrmann, Vice President of Sales
Attunity. "The rapid uptake of the Cloud makes this alliance a natural
extension of Attunity's core capabilities following the RepliWeb
acquisition. We are committed to providing our customers with solutions to
integrate their IT Infrastructure with leaders in cloud services."
"CloudShare cloud-enablement solutions have been helping SharePoint
professionals and enterprise users be more effective. Our SharePoint
Automation and Enablement solutions have become very popular within the
SharePoint community for quick and easy development, testing,
proof-of-concept and training solutions that are pain free, simple to
install and low cost," said Guri Stark, CEO of CloudShare. "Our partnership
with Attunity is another step in offering our SharePoint customers a more
robust solution that is based on providing automation and
SharePoint-specific content layers on top of the virtualized cloud stack to
make our customers lives easier and directly impact their productivity and
Attunity has supplied innovative software solutions to its
enterprise-class customers for nearly 20 years and has successful
deployments at thousands of organizations worldwide. Attunity provides
software directly and indirectly through a number of partners such as
Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and HP. Headquartered in Boston, Attunity serves its
customers via offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and through
a network of local partners. For more information, visit http://www.attunity.com and join our community on Twitter
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CloudShare Inc. is the fastest and easiest way to develop, test, demo
and train on enterprise applications in the cloud. With no capital
investment in hardware or supporting IT infrastructure, developers and IT
administrators can quickly and easily scale up (or down) and focus on the
core, most valuable, highly differentiated parts of their business.
Currently focused on the SharePoint market, CloudShare provides best in
class templates and best practices on top of its cloud platform as well as
collaboration features that empower professionals to achieve more with less.
Established in 2007, CloudShare's customers include Cisco, SAP, HP, Dell,
McAfee and Adobe. More information is available at http://www.cloudshare.com.
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"could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts.
For example, when we discuss the potential benefits of the joint alliance,
we are using a forward-looking statement. Because such statements deal with
future events, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and
actual results could differ materially from Attunity's current expectations.
Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but
are not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the acquisition of
RepliWeb, including costs and difficulties related to integration of
acquired businesses, the combined companies' financial results and
performance, and ability to repay debt and timing thereof; our liquidity
challenges and the need to raise additional capital in the future; market
acceptance of the Attunity Replicate and the development of a market for
such product; timely availability and customer acceptance of Attunity's new
and existing products; any unforeseen developmental or technological
difficulties with regard to Attunity's products; changes in the competitive
landscape, including new competitors or the impact of competitive pricing
and products; a shift in demand for products such as Attunity's products;
unknown factors affecting third parties with which Attunity has formed
business alliances; the impact on revenues of economic and political
uncertainties and weaknesses in various regions of the world, including the
commencement or escalation of hostilities or acts of terrorism; and other
factors and risks on which Attunity may have little or no control. This list
is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could
cause actual results to differ.
For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting
Attunity, reference is made to Attunity's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the
year ended December 31, 2010, which is on file with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) and the other risk factors discussed from time to
time by Attunity in reports filed or furnished to the SEC. Except as
otherwise required by law, Attunity undertakes no obligation to publicly
release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events
or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of
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VP of Marketing
When Catastrophe Strikes, Disaster Recovery Experts Rely on OnPage(TM)
Disaster recovery expert Agility Recovery Solutions replaces traditional pager technology with the OnPage(TM) smartphone pager application for emergency notifications
WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Onset Technology, creators of OnPage, a smartphone pager application today announced collaboration with North Carolina based Agility Recovery Solutions to provide emergency alert notifications for the company's disaster recovery operations.
Disaster recovery is serious business, requiring immediate response. But before Agility can respond to disaster, they need to be notified of it. Agility is eliminating the use of traditional notification pager devices and is replacing them with the OnPage smartphone pager application. OnPage is now the first response resource for priority messaging.
Agility Recovery Solutions (Agility), a former division of GE with 21 years of disaster recovery and business continuity experience, provides comprehensive, packaged recovery solutions, consulting services and testing options to businesses across the United States and Canada. Agility works with companies whose business continuity is essential; financial institutions, insurance, professional services, the public sector as well as small business and enterprise level companies. Agility keeps businesses connected to their customers, vendors, employees and community - no matter what.
"Agility is always looking to improve performance and efficiency during a disaster," says Paul Sullivan, VP & GM at Agility Recovery Solutions, "We used to use traditional pagers to receive customer alerts, but then we discovered the OnPage solution - a much more current and effective technology. We tried OnPage and quickly decided to move our entire first response team to the OnPage solution. It has been working extremely well for us and allows us to respond even quicker to our customers' needs."
The OnPage smartphone pager application integrates with the existing Agility communications system. Customers send a priority message via email or phone and it is received immediately so the team can respond. "This is the perfect application of our smartphone pager application OnPage" says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, Inc. "We've become the first line of defense for the disaster recovery experts. Our OnPage solution is robust, redundant and encrypted hence can be relied upon to replace any pager in any industry."
The OnPage smartphone pager application solved three key issues for Agility;
First, it provided a more cutting edge technology for the company to rely on for customer alerts. Traditional pager technology is becoming less reliable as narrow banding mandates are forcing some transmission towers to be decommissioned, leaving pager customers without service. OnPage operates over cellular data lines and wireless internet eliminating the need to rely on the pager infrastructure. Since Agility is a technology-forward company and depends on high-tech resources for their customers, it made sense to move to a communication solution that aligns with their corporate directives and culture.
The second key issue OnPage solved for Agility was operational expenses. Agility saw considerable cost savings by moving to the OnPage pager application technology. On average, the company was able to reduce per-person pager service expenses by a remarkable 75%.
Finally, OnPage supports Agility's mission to keep businesses connected to their customers, vendors, employees and community - no matter what. This is accomplished with the highly reliable, redundant and fully hosted pager service OnPage provides.
About Onset Technology
Onset Technology provides Mobile Messaging Management solutions that ensure communication continuity in emergency situations when everything else fails. Additional Onset solutions include Priority Mobile Messaging and Smartphone Paging, increasing the efficiency and value of corporate mobile communication resources. Onset's solutions are used by leading organizations in the financial, legal, and healthcare sectors as well as by major federal and local government agencies.
Founded in 1997, Onset Technology is backed by venture capital firms in the U.S. and in Israel. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with an R&D center in Israel. 781-916-0040.
About Agility Recovery
Agility Recovery, a former division of GE, is North America's premier provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to small and midsized businesses. Agility provides robust, sensible and easy-to-implement recovery solutions for an affordable monthly membership fee. For more than 21 years, Agility has ensured that businesses are there for their clients. Our 100% success rate at fulfilling this promise is why our clients and partners include over 7,000 businesses across North America. For more information, go to http://www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696.
Looking for a smile makeover that's right for you? Just ask Kim at http://www.smilecentral.com. SmileCentral.com is a new website that will help you find the right cosmetic dental solution for whatever it is you don't like about your teeth. You'll meet Kim, the interactive avatar who will be your personal smile assistant. She'll lead you through a series of dental conditions, including crooked, uneven, stained, worn or even missing teeth, and help you to determine what's the right choice for you.
She'll tell you about Snap-On Smile®, a removable option that literally "snaps" into place and gives you a beautiful new smile; Cerinate One-hour(TM) Permanent Veneers, for affordable and beautiful porcelain thin veneers, often in just one dental appointment; and, LUMINEERS®, the ultimate in porcelain veneer technology and esthetics.
Once you've found the perfect choice, you can immediately sign up for an appointment with a dentist near you on the "Find a Dentist" page. It's that easy!
If you're not happy with your smile, now's the best time ever to change it! SmileCentral.com tells you what you need to know to make an informed decision and find a trained dentist who'll give you the smile you deserve.
Now that's really something to smile about!
About DenMat Holdings, LLC
DenMat Holdings, LLC, manufactures a broad range of cosmetic, restorative and clinical product solutions, available in the U.S. and over 68 countries worldwide. Ongoing partnerships continue to position DenMat in the forefront of the dental industry. LUMINEERS, the contact-lens thin veneers placed without the need for anesthetic, extensive prepping or temporaries, is the cornerstone of DenMat's Smile Continuum, and the LUMINEERS Smile Design Studio is recognized as a leading laboratory for both minimally invasive and traditional-preparation restorations. DenMat also offers continuing education programs internationally, including Destination Education events held at resort locations across the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.denmat.com or call 800-433-6628.
Businesses Breaking Free from Limitations of Sage Select NetSuite Cloud to Enable Growth
LONDON,Oct. 18, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading vendor of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced the availability of the Sage Switch Guide, which explores why more than 500 businesses have already switched from Sage to the NetSuite cloud, and provides details and insights from a selection of companies that have made the switch. For decades, Sage customers have struggled to grow and scale with CRM and Ecommerce applications that do not seamlessly integrate with Sage financials. They have endured profits eroded by a total cost of ownership more than double that of the NetSuite cloud. (Source: SMB Group: The Compelling TCO Case for Cloud Computing in SMB and Mid-Market Enterprises)
The Sage Switch Guide highlights that demand for cloud computing solutions is expected to grow four times faster than the worldwide IT market as a whole over the next four years, according to IDC (source: IDC, Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2011-2015 Forecast, June 2011, http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS22897311.) The guide also includes eight experiences from former Sage customers that have benefited from switching to an integrated cloud-based application. To download the Sage Switch Guide please visit: http://www.sageswitch.co.uk.
"NetSuite continues to build momentum over Sage as businesses grow in sophistication and ambition," said Craig Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, International for NetSuite. "Over a decade of experience in building our product portfolio on the most modern business cloud architecture puts us in a leading position for organisations looking to increase efficiency, grow profit margins and power through a rapidly changing economic climate."
NetSuite, the UK's leading cloud-based business management suite, frees companies from the sometimes seemingly endless treadmill of ongoing and expensive software upgrades that characterise most legacy, on-premise business computing systems. Businesses run on Sage often find themselves running too many applications which can lead to data duplication, errors and wasted effort. They must invest valuable time and money in software upgrades, only too often to be rewarded with outdated information and a lack of real-time visibility. Switching to the NetSuite cloud can enable Sage customers to lower costs, streamline key business processes, and boost productivity and competitiveness.
Today, more than 10,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP solutions for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organisations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. As the leading provider of cloud-based business solution suites, NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations. As demonstrated by its receipt of the 2011 CODiE Award for Best Financial Management Solution, as well as a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management systems vendor in the world for the third consecutive year, NetSuite has continued its success in delivering the best cloud business solutions to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud is accelerating.
The Arboricultural Association Ltd., Emarket.com, I-nexus, CoAxis Inc., and Mariner Supply, Inc. are among more than 500 former Sage customers that are reaping the benefits of the NetSuite cloud:
-- The Arboricultural Association Ltd (http://www.trees.org.uk) is a charity
focused on advancing the study of Arboriculture, the study of trees;
specifically it aims to raise the standards of its practice, to foster
interest in trees through publications, exhibitions and the stimulation
of research or experiment, to assist in the training of students in
disciplines where arboriculture is a major subject and to co-operate
with other bodies having similar aims. It was founded in 1964 and draws
funding from a number of sources, including its 2,000 members. "With
Sage 50 we ended up running many different databases, meaning we spent a
great deal of time transferring data while risking introducing errors
into the system," said Nick Eden, CEO, Arboricultural Association.
"Having switched to NetSuite we now have one single database, making us
much more efficient. In addition, the fact that it's in the cloud means
that we can access the system remotely, and we require far less on-site
-- I-nexus (http://www.i-nexus.com ) is a UK-based provider of web-based software
and related services for enabling improved performance in global
enterprises, with customers including the likes of Pfizer, Royal Bank of
Scotland, Vodafone and Toshiba. I-nexus had been using Sage and a number
of bespoke systems to manage its ERP, but it was a frustrating approach.
"We were duplicating, triplicating and in some cases even
quadruplicating data entry! Worse than that, the data wasn't always
consistent," said Rex Harrison, CFO, i-nexus. "Since switching, NetSuite
has helped us to grow revenue by 800 percent."
-- Emarket.com (http://emarket.com) is an online exchange for companies in
the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sector. Headquartered in Portugal,
it provides a platform from which members can transact securely across
all of Europe, using a range of supply chain solutions including
delivery, inspection of goods, pricing, payment, foreign exchange and
credit. "NetSuite not only replaced Sage, it has revolutionised the way
we do business," said Suraj Sharma, CEO, emarket.com. "By allowing us to
automate key business processes, NetSuite increased the efficiency of
our operations, logistics and finance teams by 20%."
-- CoAxis Inc (http://www.coaxis.net/) is a vertical-market, software development
and management company focused on the construction market based in
Portland, Oregon. A 30 year veteran of its space, the business has
expanded to support over 1,000 customer sites around the world. CoAxis
implemented NetSuite and its Financial Planning module, providing
advanced financial planning capabilities as well as ERP, supporting
sophisticated scenario planning. "We switched because Mas 90 had limited
flexibility and reporting capabilities and it was not an integrated
solution. In the past our employees had to manually enter expense
reports, keep and track hard copy receipts and attach that along with
the requests for signatures they had to source. With NetSuite everything
is so much easier: employees enter their expense reports and it goes
through an automated approval chain. It saves us a lot of time and has
definitely made our process more efficient," said Ben Ertischek, CFO of
-- Mariner Supply, Inc. (http://www.marinersupply.com/) is a worldwide supplier of
marine parts and products. A pioneer in the online sales and
merchandising of marine products through its Go2marine Division and its
online store http://www.go2marine.com, it is a ten year veteran of e-commerce,
delivering an online shopping experience with more than 160,000 unique
marine products and parts. "We switched from Sage ACCPAC because our
accounting team found the modular set-up was very difficult to use,"
said Keith Fetterman, CTO of Mariner Supply Inc. "Sage ACCPAC lacked the
functionality of integrated systems. NetSuite is a lot easier to use,
and the flexibility of the customisations were outstanding."
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations, plans, and prospects including expectations relating to future demand for cloud computing solutions. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of NetSuite's management as of the date of this release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, the risk of continued adverse and unpredictable macro-economic conditions or reduced investments in on-demand applications and information technology spending. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and NetSuite disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
ID Watchdog Services Available Free to Consumers Through Avira SearchFree Toolbar
Avira Toolbar Now Provides Credit Alerts from ID Watchdog for US users; Adds Extra Layer of Protection and Delivers New Early Warning System For Identity Theft
DENVER, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Watchdog Inc. (TSX.V: IDW, OTC: IDWAF), provider of identity monitoring and preservation tools, today announced that its free credit monitoring and alert services, as well as the ID Watchdog resolution services are available as part of Avira's SearchFree Toolbar.
The Avira SearchFree Toolbar protects free users against malicious websites by scanning the contents of pages as they are visited and then detecting and blocking malware before any damage occurs. ID Watchdog's free identity monitoring services are being distributed as a service through the SearchFree Toolbar. Now, in addition to protection against malicious websites, Avira customers will be able to monitor changes in records through ongoing credit alerts.
"Anyone can become a victim of a data breech, scam, or other security problem, and for most of the consumers this can be overwhelming," said Travis Witteveen, COO Markets & Operations at Avira. "That is exactly why we are working with ID Watchdog; so that we can provide people with the tools and information to remain a step ahead."
According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, a privacy research firm, 85 percent of Internet users said they worry about becoming a victim of fraud: consumer credit card scams, identity theft, spam, phishing and social engineering attacks that seek to obtain personal information account details under false pretext. This statistic, of many available, demonstrates the ongoing problem for consumers.
"We wanted to make sure we were delivering a meaningful package of services that would provide value to consumers," said Michael Greene, CEO, ID Watchdog. "So, we went to the stakeholders: attorneys general, postmasters, the FBI, privacy advocates, banks, police, and asked them how they see the problem. Then we incorporated their feedback into our patented process that we are delivering as a free service through partners like Avira."
ID Watchdog is working with several industry-leading companies in the online security space as a new way to combat the overarching problem of personal security. By adding new services and features to existing security software products, like the Avira SearchFree Toolbar, and delivering an added line of defense beyond just the desktop, ID Watchdog and its partners are helping consumers play a more active role in preserving their online identities.
Avira stands for extreme reliability and Internet freedom around the globe. The company was founded 25 years ago on Tjark Auerbach's promise to "make software that does good things for my friends and family". Because of Avira's security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, today more than 100 million consumers and small businesses live free of spyware, phishing, worms and other internet based threats. The company delivers IT-security protection to computers, servers and networks both directly and in the cloud. In addition to protecting the online world, Avira's CEO promotes well being in the offline world through the Auerbach Foundation, which supports charitable and social projects. The philosophy of the foundation is to help people to help themselves. For more information, join the community at http://www.facebook.com/avira.
About ID Watchdog
ID Watchdog and its partners provide consumers with identity monitoring and preservation tools that provide the only real protection against identity theft: active knowledge about your online identity. Using these tools, consumers watch their credit reports and receive warnings about significant changes as first alerts to possible identity theft. ID Watchdog and its partners empower consumers to play a role in defending their online identity by remaining vigilant about changes to and inaccuracies in their credit reports and resolving any issues that do arise with the help of personal information agents.
ID Watchdog (TSX.V: IDW, OTC: IDWAF) was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. All of the Company's services have been developed with input from industry experts; national consumer advocacy groups; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; consumer protection agencies; and adhere to guidelines published by the Consumer Federation of America. For more information, please visit http://www.IDWatchdog.com.
This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which address future events and conditions which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, some of which may be beyond the Company's control. Although the Company believes that its expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements are disclosed in the Company's filings with Canadian regulators at http://www.sedar.com. ID Watchdog assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of management beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors should they change.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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Lockheed Martin Completes MEADS Intra-Fire Unit Communications Hardware Ahead of Schedule
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently completed early delivery of intra-fire unit communications kits designed for use with the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
This tactical hardware for the MEADS Internal Communications Subsystem (MICS) will support integration, test and qualification of MEADS elements.
MICS provides secure communications between the MEADS sensors, launchers and battle managers across a high-speed internet protocol network. Through a capability called "plug-and-fight," sensors, shooters or other battle managers act as nodes on the network. From the MEADS battle manager, a commander can add or subtract nodes as the situation dictates without shutting down the system. With MICS, these MEADS elements can be positioned for maximum lethality and survivability while maintaining clear, rapid and efficient communication.
"Our technology helps the warfighter maintain situational awareness and combat superiority," said Rich Russell, director of sensors, data links and advanced programs in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "With MICS, ground units can exchange command, control and status data over a secure network."
MICS provides plug-and-fight technology for streamlined data exchange. MICS software minimizes the need for an individual to manage the network because it dynamically reconfigures as weapon system end items enter and exit. It also autonomously routes network traffic past anything that might slow it down or stop it.
The MEADS system combines superior battlefield protection with new flexibility to protect forces and critical assets against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft. It improves capability to defend troops and critical assets through improvements in range, interoperability, mobility and full 360-degree defense capability against the evolving threat. MEADS defends up to eight times the coverage area of current sectored systems with far fewer system assets and significantly reduces demand for deployed personnel and equipment, which reduces demand for airlift.
MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy, LFK in Germany and Lockheed Martin in the United States. MEADS International awarded Lockheed Martin the MICS design and development contract in December 2006.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
ICAP Patent Brokerage to Auction More Than 140 Lots at Upcoming Fall 2011 Live IP Auction November 17th in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, the global leader in intellectual property brokerage and a division of ICAP plc, the world's premier interdealer broker, will auction more than 140 lots covering technology across multiple industries at the upcoming Summit on Patent Monetization and Live IP Auction November 16th & 17th in San Francisco.
Electronics -- Multimedia
--Composite --Online & Mobile
--Computer Systems & --RFID & Barcode
Encryption -- Search
-- Display Systems -- Smart Cards
-- Drug Delivery -- Smartphones
--eCommerce & Web --Transportation
--Insurance & --
Financial Services Telecommunications
--Integrated --User Interface
Circuits & & Streaming
Semiconductors --Video Compression
-- Life Sciences Technology
--Location Based Network
-- Medical Devices -- And More
Summit on Patent Monetization
ICAP Patent Brokerage's Summit on Patent Monetization, the annual gathering of the leading participants in the patent monetization ecosystem, will take place before the Live Auction at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco.
Join the leading voices in the patent community as we discuss monetization and enforcement, and debate the legal, legislative, and economic influences shaping the patent industry. The Conference includes a planned collaboration session focusing on standardization of patent sale agreements, as well as smaller group sessions built around some of the key challenges facing the partners in the ecosystem: enforcement and litigation, patent quality, patent protection, pooling and other blocking strategies, among others.
The Conference provides unparalleled network opportunities and access for established industry players and newcomers alike. Get to know your partners, peers, and competition. Join ICAP Patent Brokerage for this engaging, enlightening, and innovative two-day session. Register today for only $395.
Please contact Dean Becker, CEO of ICAP Patent Brokerage, at Dean.Becker@us.icap.com for more information.
About ICAP Patent Brokerage
ICAP Patent Brokerage is a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm.
ICAP is the world's premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, equities and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100 Index on 30 June 2006. For more information, go to http://www.icap.com.
Estudiaahora.com - Online Resource Created to Help Students Explore Educational Programs and Request a Class Visit
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Instituto de Banca y Comercio, National University College and Ponce Paramedical College, all educational institutions and members of the EduK Group, have created Estudiaahora.com, an online resource intended to encourage students to consider their educational choices from among professional certificate, associates, bachelor's and master's degree programs, all in one convenient online location. Additionally, the new site provides visitors with the opportunity to request a no-obligation class or laboratory visit to any one of its 31 Puerto Rico member locations.
"Educational attainment is so important for us as Latinos and helping our students consider a program of study that fits their aspirations is why we are here. These students and adult learners are our future and encouraging them to visit a class may be the catalyst they need to get started on a rewarding career," said Fedelina Madrid, corporate vice president for marketing at EduK Group, one of the largest providers of private postsecondary career education in Puerto Rico.
"Every doctor, lawyer, scientist, inventor and amazing citizen started somewhere. We would like to be that starting point for our students and community," she added.
EduK Group has 31 locations between Instituto de Banca y Comercio, National University College and Ponce Paramedical College, along with National University College Online. EduK's educational institutions offer specialized training, associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in such fields as allied health services, nursing, business, information technology, education, culinary arts, cosmetology and industrial trades.
By clicking on Estudiaahora.com, visitors can explore the educational programs by school, and even request a one-day visit to sit in on a day or night class, experience a lab session or call any of the schools toll free to speak to a representative.
The website also provides toll-free numbers for phone inquiries as well as an online form to contact an admissions representative.
About EduK Group
EduK Group, one of the leading postsecondary education companies focused on career-oriented programs, offers certificates, associate, bachelor and master degrees on-campus and online in such fields as healthcare, business, information technology, education, culinary arts, cosmetology, drafting and industrial trades. Founded and headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, EduK Group's institutions include Instituto de Banca y Comercio (IBC), National University College (NUC) and Ponce Paramedical College (POPAC) in Puerto Rico and Florida Technical College (FTC), the Digital Animation and Visual Effects (DAVE) School and LaSalle Computer Learning Center in Florida. For more information visit http://www.edukgroup.com.
SOURCE EduK Group
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Vertical Search Works Puts Targeted Search in Users' Pockets with Launch of VS4Food
Android-compatible search app allows for targeted search for food, recipes, restaurants, specialty food stores and other related queries
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertical Search Works(TM) (http://www.verticalsearchworks.com, VSW), a leading provider of semantic search and advertising solutions, has announced that it has launched its VS4Food(TM) search app for mobile phones running on the Android(TM) operating system. VS4Food(TM) is a mobile, vertical search engine for all things food related. Users enter a search query and generate results specific to food, food products, recipes, restaurants and specialty food retailers. Searches can be launched by voice activation or through the phone's touch screen or keyboard.
VS4Food(TM) is a powerful extension of VSW's semantic search and ad matching technologies to a mobile platform. "As mobile becomes a more important part of the search landscape, it is our mission to provide the most relevant search experience to users regardless of the device they are on - computer, smart phone or tablet," said Colin Jeavons, President and CEO of Vertical Search Works. According to a recent report from eMarketer, global mobile advertising spend is estimated to reach $1.2 billion in 2011, a 66 percent increase from 2010, and will top $4.4 billion by 2015.
VSW's semantic indexing technology organizes approximately 500,000 concepts and 2.5 million expressions into more than 80 distinct content verticals. This technology allows VSW to serve the most relevant search results and highly targeted ads for advertisers and publishers in key content arenas. Following the launch of VS4Food(TM), VSW anticipates rolling out mobile VS4 apps across all of its verticals--entertainment, home and garden, weddings and family - and expanding into other leading smart phone operating systems.
Vertical Search Works' mission is to provide better, more accurate search to people seeking information, knowledge, products or services within their area of interest. VSW leverages proprietary semantic search technology which understands user intent better than traditional keyword-based search. Users can experience VSW Search(TM), a targeted vertical search engine, on the Web sites of major online content producers in the Food, Home & Garden, Weddings, Family and Entertainment industries. The company also offers VSW FeatureLink(TM), which allows marketers to feature their products with an image and a 140-character call to action next to relevant content from VSW's online publishing partners. Marketers pay a fixed price cost-per-click and generate additional sales without the complexity of keyword bidding. VSW FeatureLink(TM) is complementary to all paid search and advertising models currently used by its publishers.
Vertical Search Works was formed from the February 2010 merger of Convera Corporation, a leading developer of search technology for the U.S. intelligence community, and Firstlight ERA, a leader in advertising sales technology. VSW is headquartered in New York. For more information, visit http://www.verticalsearchworks.com.
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Vertical Search Works
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New Marine Products Splash Into Sony's Mobile Lineup
New CD Receiver offers high-quality sound and SiriusXM connectivity at an affordable price
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony is adding a new CD Receiver and two speaker packages to its Marine audio lineup, providing more premium sound options for boat owners. The CDX-M20 Marine CD Receiver offers users easy connectivity to SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as MP3 players and MP3/WMA song file playback from a recorded CD while out on the water. The XS-MP1611 and XS-MP1621 speakers are both ruggedized and optimized for marine applications.
The new CDX-M20 Marine CD Receiver features SiriusXM compatibility, using the new SXV100 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, XM subscription required). The compact SiriusXM vehicle tuner has a simple connection, providing integration of SiriusXM in an inexpensive and easy-to-install package.
The CDX-M20 also includes a built-in equalizer and powerful 52Wx4 high power amplifier, providing superior sound quality. The easy-to-read single line LCD display shows clock, station ID and track data while the front auxiliary input allows users to connect almost any portable audio device to the sound system. The UV resistant front panel coating protects the faceplate, helping to prevent discoloration from the sun. The unit's conformal circuit board coating protects it from damage resulting from contamination, salt spray, moisture, fungus and dust associated with harsh or extreme environments it is expected to be used in. Blue key illumination helps users locate buttons quickly during evening playback.
Both the XS-MP1611 and XS-MP1621 speakers are UV coated and salt water resistant to provide great sound and durability in harsh marine applications. The XS-MP1611 dual cone speakers feature a removable grille and boast 65 Watts CEA2031 RMS power and 140 Watts maximum power. The XS-MP1621 2-way speakers provide additional power handling and increased sound output, featuring 70 Watts CEA2031 RMS power and 160 Watts maximum power.
The CDX-M20 Marine CD Receiver will be available in January 2012 and both speakers will be available in December 2011, at the following suggested retail prices:
Alchemy Solutions Launches NeoKicks and CICS on Windows Azure
BEND, Ore., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alchemy Solutions, Inc. announced at The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo today that NeoKicks(TM), their CICS modernization tool, can push CICS applications to Windows Azure(TM). NeoKicks V3.1 runs on Windows servers and is the first CICS migration framework to run natively on Windows Azure without the use of virtual machines.
"We're committed to giving businesses a clear route to the cloud and all the benefits it offers," said Alchemy Solutions President Jim Harrer. "We've worked hard to ensure our solutions are fully integrated with Windows Server, and now our clients can take advantage of all the benefits of Windows Azure."
Alchemy Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has worked with Microsoft to fully integrate its products into the .NET Framework and Windows Azure. NeoKicks takes full advantage of Windows Azure without relying on virtual machines or emulation.
"The latest version of NeoKicks lets mainframe customers take advantage of the elasticity, scale, availability and economics of Windows Azure while retaining their unique business logic," said Microsoft's worldwide Director of Platform Modernization Bob Ellsworth. "Solutions like NeoKicks continue to demonstrate that Windows Azure is an excellent platform for enterprise workloads."
Full Windows Azure Compatibility
NeoKicks uses the Windows Azure web and worker roles to enable true cloud computing. "NeoKicks is based on .NET and so is Windows Azure," said Kelly Hollis, Vice President of Engineering at Alchemy Solutions. "It can take full advantage of the platform without compromise."
NeoKicks now includes a Windows Azure Wizard in Microsoft Visual Studio® that makes launching CICS applications to the cloud simple and fast, said Hollis. "It's just a matter of publishing your NeoKicks application with Visual Studio by clicking a button. Because NeoKicks already runs in ASP.NET, there are only a few configuration steps."
Premier Cloud Platform
Windows Azure is Microsoft's premiere public and private cloud computing platform. It features full scalability, automatic backup and disaster recovery and includes professional IT services. The platform offers nearly unlimited performance and storage space at a fraction of the cost of mainframes. Windows Azure automatically scales up to meet computing demands and scales down when demands decrease. Businesses only pay for what they use, drastically reducing costs versus mainframes or even distributed systems.
"We are beginning to see inquiries from our mainframe clients who are considering moving workload to the cloud," said Dale Vecchio, Research VP at Gartner, Inc. "Many clients have already moved mainframe workload to a distributed environment and cloud implementations that mirror the same technology approach may be appropriate for some systems."
Moving CICS Online Workload to Windows Azure Enables True Modernization
This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Alchemy Solutions is demonstrating a retail video store application written in COBOL, running in a web role in Windows Azure talking to a Windows 8 Tablet utilizing the Metro UI. The demonstration will be held in Booth 628.
"It's extremely exciting to see this in action," says Harrer. "It's a completely modernized COBOL application using the latest Microsoft technology that exists. Using different technologies like this will allow our clients to truly modernize their applications--with limited effort. I encourage everyone at the symposium to stop by and experience the demo."
Alchemy Solutions will also be demonstrating this technology next month at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Las Vegas.
The Future of Cloud
Alchemy Solutions configured its COBOL compiler, NetCOBOL® for .NET, to run on Windows Azure earlier this year. The modernization firm plans to add Windows Azure support to the rest of its product line, including NeoBatch® and NeoData(TM), in the coming months.
"Windows Azure is the future of distributed computing and we want to give our clients the best tools to get there," said Harrer. "It's part of our overall commitment to providing our clients with the most powerful and cost effective IT solutions."
Interested early adopters can receive NeoKicks V3.1 for evaluation now. Contact the Alchemy Solutions sales staff to reserve your copy now.
The final release of NeoKicks V3.1 will be available for purchase November 2011.
About Alchemy Solutions
Alchemy Solutions modernizes business IT through software developed for the Microsoft® application platform. NetCOBOL® for .NET runs COBOL on the Microsoft .NET(TM) Framework. NeoKicks(TM) translates CICS to ASP.NET web pages. NeoData(TM) converts indexed data files to SQL. NeoBatch® executes JCL in Windows. The mainframe modernization tools can also launch COBOL and CICS into the cloud via Windows Azure(TM). Alchemy Solutions, Inc. is a privately held company with its headquarter in Bend, Oregon, USA.
S&T Bank Introduces Mobile Banking for Anytime, Anywhere Access
- Customers Now Able to Bank Via Mobile Phone Through Text, Web and S&T App -
INDIANA, Pa., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- S&T Bank (NASDAQ: STBA), a full-service financial institution with branch locations in 10 Pennsylvania counties, is pleased to announce the launch of S&T Mobile Banking, a mobile phone-based platform that enables customers to access their accounts via text message, mobile web or with the new S&T app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. With mobile banking, S&T customers are able to check balances, transfer funds, review transactions, pay bills and more right from their phone.
"These days, people rely heavily on their wireless devices to accomplish more and more of those all-important daily tasks, and that includes banking transactions. The launch of our mobile application is the latest example of how we respond to customer demands," said Todd Brice, president and CEO of S&T Bank. "The heart and soul of S&T Bank will always be the personal relationships we develop with customers when they visit our neighborhood locations, but we also strive to offer the convenience of secure banking technology so they can live life on the go."
No matter how customers choose to access their S&T Bank account - mobile, online or in person - they are protected by the same advanced encryption and security technology. S&T's new mobile banking features three new ways to connect:
-- App - S&T's downloadable app provides a simple-to-navigate interface for
customers to control their finances at the touch of a button.
-- Web - Any phone with access to the web can link to S&T online and
perform banking functions through the phone's browser.
-- Text - Customers with an online account can simply text S&T a command
such as "B" to review their "balance" and S&T will perform the task
S&T Mobile Banking is free for all S&T Bank customers. The app is now available for download in the iPhone App Store and Android Market (for Blackberry users, the app will be sent in a message following enrollment). To enroll in S&T Mobile Banking, please visit us at http://www.stbank.com.
About S&T Bancorp, Inc.
Headquartered in Indiana, PA, S&T Bancorp, Inc. operates 51 offices within Allegheny, Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson and Westmoreland counties. With assets of $4.1 billion, S&T Bancorp, Inc. stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol STBA. For more information, visit http://www.stbancorp.com.
Boots Treat Street Launch New Trolley Dash App on Android and iPhone OS
NOTTINGHAM, England, October 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Boots Treat Street shoppers can now download the new fun, free Trolley
Dash app game, available to download from Apple Store and the Android
Dave Robinson, Head of Partnership Marketing at Boots UK, commented:
"We're delighted to launch Boots first web app and provide Advantage Card
holders with a fun way to find out more about the Boots Treat Street
shopping portal. We know our customers enjoy shopping and we're sure they'll
enjoying playing with our app too."
Users can take a stroll down the pretty pastel coloured street, passing
favourite retailers like eBay, New Look and Play.com as they collect prizes
and avoid hazards. Gamers try to get as high a score as possible before the
time runs out and then share their scores with friends and family on Twitter
Once they've shopped till their heart's content, gamers can visit Boots
Treat Street where they can really shop the high street online. With every
GBP1 spent on purchases through Boots Treat Street at other retailers such
as French Connection, lastminute.com and Office Shoes, customers collect at
least 1 Boots Advantage Card point, and can quickly rack up more points to
spend in Boots stores and treat themselves with.
At Boots Treat Street, customers collect at least one point for every
GBP1 they spend, as well as getting exclusive offers vouchers, and discount
codes from the high-street's biggest retailers including Comet, Currys and
the Apple Store and also online retailers, such as eBay, Lovefilm and
Play.com. Customers just log in to Boots Treat Street and click through to
the retailers site via a special link which means that their purchase can be
tracked and their Advantage Card points awarded.
Boots Treat Street also offers vouchers, discount codes
[http://www.treatstreet.boots.com ] and products from the high-street's
biggest retailers including Comet, Currys and the Apple Store and also
online retailers, such as eBay, Lovefilm and Play.com. Customers can also
collect insurance discount codes such as Aviva car insurance discount codes,
Sheilas Wheels offers, Legal & General home insurance codes and RAC discount
About Boots Treat Street:
Established in 2010, Boots Treat Street enables Advantage Card customers
to collect Boots Advantage Card points with every purchase they make online
through the website. Customers shopping through Boots Treat Street collect
at least one point for every GBP1 spent with selected online shops.
Adsit Weibo Manager: An Enabler for Enterprise Social Media Marketing in China
SHANGHAI, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On September 28, 2011, at TFM&A China (Technology for Marketing & Advertising) in Shanghai, Adsit Media, the leading digital technology company dedicated to providing digital marketing solutions, shared its unique insight on social media marketing and launched the epoch-making social marketing tool in the Chinese market- Weibo Manager. Weibo Manager offers a way to achieve social targeting and measurable social marketing in the market. This is the new milestone of social marketing for enterprises in China and indicates the upgraded recognition of social marketing from perceptual stage to rational stage.
Many companies and institutions are seeking an effective social marketing solution. How to adopt social marketing as a combination of capabilities, practices, processes, disciplines and technologies that allow an organization to communicate, interact and engage both internally and externally using social media platforms is a tough challenge. Many speakers who attended this event, including Brad Cleveland, founder of ICMI; Nick Gold, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Emailvision; and Shen Yin, founder of NTA Innovative Communication Institution, had a coincident in opinion from different observations and data findings "...All consumers and users are on social networks or on their way to social networks... This is exactly what is happening in China also."
Compared with TV, printed media and digital display advertising, social media marketing is emerging. Weibo, a Chinese-style "Twitter", has only developed for two years. There are over 40,000 official Weibo accounts on the SINA Weibo. Early adopters in China are facing some faulty issues, such as "zombie fans", "online water army", and "multiple IDs" and, therefore, require a tool to enhance visibility and achieve data transparency on their own performance, competition information and industry benchmarks. All these requirements can be fulfilled by Adsit Weibo Manager.
How Does Weibo Manager Drive Social Marketing?
COO of Adsit Media, Cindy Xue, introduced that Weibo Manager provides three types of data visibilities: Micro Diagnostic, Micro Insight, and Micro public opinion.
-- Micro Diagnostic - a comprehensive, consistent and continuous "health
check" tool to identify improvement opportunities and understand social
influence. The tool is based on Adsit Weibo Communication Model and
visualized data analysis to establish a healthy and data-driven KPI
system for official Weibo accounts.
-- Micro Insight - a visualized analysis on social marketing campaigns and
insights of communication path and size growth of followers to identify
trends and critical success factors.
-- Micro public opinion - a tool to listen to and monitor public opinions,
brand WOM, and customer sentiments in a comprehensive and real-time way.
The above three functions form the core capabilities of Weibo Manager and help social marketing professionals achieve predictable, measurable and targeting effectiveness. Weibo Manager is a right tool for organizations to identify opportunities, choose the best timing, make smart decisions, execute campaigns and applications, measure ROI, and form momentum on their way to social marketing success.
Adsit Media is always passionate and is establishing the leading 2.0 integrated digital marketing platform and providing people-oriented, data-driven, social marketing, local marketing, mobile marketing, intelligent and integrated service and technology solutions to branding advertisers, based on intelligent digital integrated marketing platforms - AdMan, Adsit Media constructed digital marketing solution matrix: digital display advertising (Baidu Hong Media & SINA YunTV), social media marketing (Weibopie/Weibo Manager), and mobile advertising. The solutions are aimed for best possible ROI and measurable marketing effectiveness and creating the best value in the dynamic digital world.
SiriusXM Introduces SiriusXM Edge, the First 2.0 Satellite Radio to Support the Expanded Channel Lineup, Including New Latin Channels
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today introduced the SiriusXM Edge Dock and Play Radio, the first satellite radio able to receive an expanded lineup of commercial-free music channels, sports, and comedy, as well as SiriusXM Latino, a new suite of Spanish-language channels.
The launch of SiriusXM Edge is part of the first phase of SiriusXM 2.0, a major upgrade and evolution of SiriusXM's satellite and Internet delivered service that will ultimately span hardware, software, audio, and data services. By employing highly efficient modulation and compression techniques introduced as part of 2.0 technology that effectively delivers 25% more bandwidth capacity, SiriusXM will expand its audio and data services without affecting the broadcast quality of existing channels.
"We are excited to begin the SiriusXM 2.0 rollout with the new Edge radio," said Jim Meyer, President, Operations and Sales, SiriusXM. "Edge will be available at 2,500 retail locations by the holiday shopping season. Additional radios and features in upcoming phases of 2.0 will bring even more content and capabilities to our satellite and internet platforms, all providing exciting complements to our core radio services for subscribers."
The easy-to-use SiriusXM Edge receives all of the channels of previous satellite radios, allows customers to pause, rewind and replay live satellite radio programming, and boasts a large color graphic display to view artist name, song or show title, and channel information.
Edge also offers features for enjoying satellite radio, including:
-- Browse other channels while listening to the current one.
-- Store up to 10 favorite channels for one-touch access.
-- Lock and unlock channels with mature content using easy-to-use parental
-- One-Touch Jump(TM) to traffic and weather conditions to the most
congested cities, or back to the previous channel.
SiriusXM Edge comes with a complete PowerConnect vehicle kit plus its universal docking capability makes it easy to transfer between compatible docks and sound systems for the home, office, a second vehicle or portable use.
SiriusXM Edge receives the expanded channel lineup from SiriusXM, including new commercial-free music channels plus new sports and comedy channels including channels created with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ESPN SportsCenter, comedy legend George Carlin and Upright Citizens Brigade.
SiriusXM Edge receives the full SiriusXM Latino channel lineup. SiriusXM Latino is the most comprehensive Latin programming lineup available to radio listeners, including exclusive commercial-free music channels and a wide variety of music genres, including tropical, salsa, merengue, Latin pop hits, Latin hip-hop, Latin rock classics and more.
Listeners will also get 24/7 news and talk from RadioFormula Mexico, the leading radio broadcaster from Mexico; sexy, smart, refined and exclusive adult programming showcasing Latin talent on Playboy Radio en Espanol; and Spanish-language coverage of world-class professional sports on multiple Deportes en Vivo channels. SiriusXM Latino will also include Cristina Radio from Iconic talk show host Cristina Saralegui, and featuring lifestyle, health and family programming for Latinas. Cristina Radio, produced by National Latino Broadcasting, is launching in the coming months.
Sirius XM Radio is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 satellite radio channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to over 21 million subscribers. SiriusXM offers an array of content from many of the biggest names in entertainment, as well as from professional sports leagues, major colleges, and national news and talk providers.
SiriusXM programming is available on more than 800 devices, including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available at siriusxm.com, and on Apple, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices.
SiriusXM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available for sale at shop.siriusxm.com as well as retail locations nationwide.
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The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: our competitive position versus other forms of audio and video entertainment; our ability to retain subscribers and maintain our average monthly revenue per subscriber; our dependence upon automakers and other third parties; our substantial indebtedness; and the useful life of our satellites, which, in most cases, are not insured. Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.
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EarthLink Announces Network Expansion and Enhancements for Scalability and Growth
ATLANTA, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) a leading IP infrastructure and services company,today announced plans to expand and enhance its state-of-the-art network infrastructure. Additional network routes and equipment will be added to EarthLink's network to provide incremental growth capacity and scalability, support new nationwide leading edge product offerings, and ensure that EarthLink's strong, diverse network remains a significant differentiator.
The network expansion includes major transport network builds, new OC-192 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber rings, additional high-speed access points for private Voice over IP network traffic, nationwide IP MPLS and EVDO wireless network expansions, and bringing EarthLink's enterprise class data centers on-net with high-capacity fiber rings.
"We are proactively enhancing our robust network to help our customers stay ahead of the technology curve, to take advantage of the increasing demands for bandwidth, and to be at the forefront with cloud-based managed services and IT security solutions," said Rolla P. Huff, EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
With the addition of new OC-192 10 Gigabit Ethernet network routes, EarthLink is effectively increasing capacity across its nationwide IP MPLS network 16 fold, further extending its high performance, scalable and secure network. New OC-192 fiber rings in Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania, and a new high-speed route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, will add incremental capacity in the Northeast to support its customers future growth in that business-rich region of the country. EarthLink is also extending its EVDO wireless network to broaden its ability to offer secure, redundant wireless networks to businesses with remote locations, and to provide customers with a cost-effective back-up network solution.
Over the past five months, EarthLink has added three new data centers to its network and is making additional investments in network capacity, connectivity and redundancy. The data centers in Rochester, NY, Marlborough, MA and Columbia, SC will all have 10 Gigabit fiber rings connecting each location to both the IP backbone and each other. This amount of connectivity allows EarthLink to provide real time data replication and cloud services to enterprise cloud and managed services customers.
EarthLink expects the majority of these network enhancements to be completed by the end of 2011, with the entire project slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012. The company is not changing its 2011 capital expenditures guidance.
Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking" statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include (1) that we may not be able to execute our business strategy to transition to a leading IP infrastructure and managed services provider, which could adversely impact our results of operations and cash flows; (2) that we may be unsuccessful in making and integrating acquisitions into our business, which could result in operating difficulties, losses and other adverse consequences; (3) that the continuing effects of adverse economic conditions could harm our business; (4) that if we do not continue to innovate and provide products and services that are useful to individual subscribers and business customers, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer; (5) that our failure to implement cost reduction initiatives will adversely affect our results of operations; (6) that we will require a significant amount of cash, which may not be available to us, to service our debt and fund our other liquidity needs; (7) that we face significant competition in the Internet industry that could reduce our profitability; (8) that our consumer business is dependent on the availability of third-party network service providers; (9) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers, combined with the change in mix of our consumer access base from narrowband to broadband, will adversely affect our results of operations; (10) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (11) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services; (12) that changes in technology in the Internet access industry could cause a decline in our business; (13) that we face significant competition in the communications industry that could reduce our profitability; (14) that decisions by the Federal Communications Commission relieving ILECs of certain regulatory requirements, and possible further deregulation in the future, may restrict our ability to provide services and may increase the costs we incur to provide these services; (15) that our wholesale services, including our broadband transport services, will be adversely affected by pricing pressure, network overcapacity, service cancellations and other factors; (16) that our operating performance will suffer if we are not offered competitive rates for the access services we need to provide our long distance services; (17) that we may experience reductions in switched access and reciprocal compensation revenue; (18) that our inability to maintain our network infrastructure, portions of which we do not own, could adversely affect our operating results; (19) that if we are unable to interconnect with AT&T, Verizon and other incumbent carriers on acceptable terms, our ability to offer competitively priced local telephone services will be adversely affected; (20) that we may not be able to compete effectively if we are unable to install additional network equipment or convert our network to more advanced technology; (21) that failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits and rights-of-way could interfere with our network infrastructure and operations; (22) that we may be unable to retain sufficient qualified personnel, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us; (23) that interruption or failure of our network and information systems and other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results; (24) that our business depends on effective business support systems and processes; (25) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (26) that our business may suffer if third parties used for customer service and technical support and certain billing services are unable to provide these services or terminate their relationships with us; (27) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property; (28) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future; (29) that if we, or other industry participants, are unable to successfully defend against legal actions, we could face substantial liabilities or suffer harm to our financial and operational prospects; (30) that we may be required to recognize additional impairment charges on our goodwill and intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position; (31) that we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges, including incurring facility exit and restructuring charges; (32) that we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes could be limited in the future; (33) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly cash dividends; (34) that our stock price may be volatile; (35) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our industry; and (36) that provisions of our second restated certificate of incorporation, amended and restated bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of management. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management's expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website http://www.earthlink.net.
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CTIA-The Wireless Association®, Federal Communications Commission and Consumers Union Announce Free Alerts to Help Consumers Avoid Unexpected Overage Charges
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CTIA-The Wireless Association® today announced new commitments by providers that represent more than 97 percent of wireless consumers in the U.S. to send free alerts to help consumers avoid unexpected overage charges. The joint announcement was made by CTIA President & CEO Steve Largent, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski, and Consumers Union's Communications Policy Counsel Parul Desai. The plan - called the "Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines" - will provide free alerts both before and after subscribers they reach monthly limits on voice, data and text. In addition, the plan includes a notification to inform consumers of international roaming charges when traveling abroad. Subscribers will be covered by this plan unless they opt-out.
The CTIA "Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines" will become part of the broader CTIA "Consumer Code for Wireless Service" that provides disclosures and practices for wireless service to individual consumers. By October 17, 2012 participating carriers will provide customers with at least two out of the four notifications for data, voice, text and international roaming and all of the alerts by April 17, 2013.
President Barack Obama said, "Far too many Americans know what it's like to open up their cell-phone bill and be shocked by hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unexpected fees and charges. But we can put an end to that with a simple step: an alert warning consumers that they're about to hit their limit before fees and charges add up. Our phones shouldn't cost us more than the monthly rent or mortgage. So I appreciate the mobile phone companies' willingness to work with my Administration and join us in our overall and ongoing efforts to protect American consumers by making sure financial transactions are fair, honest and transparent."
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "Last year, the FCC identified a growing problem known as bill shock and took important steps toward a solution, which led to today's victory for more than 97 percent of wireless consumers. These alerts will give consumers the information they need to save money on their monthly wireless bills. Consistent with the FCC's ongoing efforts, these actions harness technology to empower consumers, and ensure consumers get a fair shake, not bill shock."
CTIA President & CEO Steve Largent said, "The 'Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines' are another step that CTIA and our members have taken to advance consumer interests while recognizing the U.S. wireless industry's incredible innovation and competition. We appreciate the interest and guidance of FCC Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners, the FCC's Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and Consumers Union in highlighting the need to harness technology to help empower consumers. Today's initiative is a perfect example of how government agencies and industries they regulate can work together under President Obama's recent executive order directing federal agencies to consider whether new rules are necessary or would unnecessarily burden businesses and the economy."
Parul P. Desai, Policy Counsel for Consumers Union, said, "Consumers have been telling us about 'bill shock' for a long time, and we've been pushing for reforms to crack down on the problem. We're encouraged that the industry is offering to provide free alerts to help customers avoid 'bill shock,' and we urge them to do it as quickly as possible. Some companies are already providing free alerts, while others are charging extra fees for them, and we think it's possible - and consumers deserve - to immediately receive free alerts to avoid overage charges. We're going to work closely with the FCC to make sure companies comply, and we're pleased the Commission is keeping this proceeding open to help ensure compliance. Ultimately, this is about helping people protect their pocketbooks, so we applaud the FCC and the industry for this effort to do right by consumers."
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (http://www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C. Visit http://www.ctia.org.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
About Consumers Union
Consumers Union is the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. Consumers Union works for telecommunications reform, health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues. Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications.
FunGoPlay Launches First Virtual World to Reward Kids for Active Play
Connected FunGoPlay Sports Gear To Track Real World Physical Activity And Give Kids Bonuses Online
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's an all-new ball game with today's launch of FunGoPlay, the first virtual world to bridge the gap between offline and online play. Targeted at 6-11 year old boys and girls, the online sports theme park uses connected FunGoPlay Sports Gear -- a soccer ball and flying disk at launch -- to track play periods and reward kids in the online world.
At its core, FunGoPlay is a humorous and light-hearted online sports world that offers kids fun games, funny characters and fully customizable avatars combined with ample rewards and achievements. When children come to the world, they can explore a huge theme park filled with sports ranging from football, baseball, basketball and soccer to extreme sports like snowboarding, skateboarding and even lumberjacking! Fun mini-games along with more elaborate single and multiplayer games will take kids on awesome adventures letting them do everything from hitting a grand slam, fighting a giant hot dog run amok or escaping a massive Yeti in a downhill snowboarding thrill ride.
What separates FunGoPlay from the pack is the use of its connected sports gear, which comes with monthly, 3-month and annual subscriptions. The flying disk and soccer ball use motion detection electronics to measure play periods and then reward gamers within the online world. Every seven minutes of play generates a code that translates into a slew of in-game bonuses, points and power-ups.
"FunGoPlay provides an active, fun and positive social experience in both the real and virtual worlds," said FunGoPlay President, David Jacobs. "We created FunGoPlay because there's no sports entertainment brand that speaks directly to kids and we thought it was important to incentivize active play. We're catering to an age group that is going to form much of its exercise habits now and we want to make physical activity a fun and completely different experience."
FunGoPlay is entering the digital space as online gaming grows along with obesity rates for kids across the country. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese*. This makes the need to introduce activities that use virtual avenues to encourage real world play all the more crucial.
Research shows that 91% of kids (approximately 64 million) 2-17 are gaming in the US** with a projection that 46 percent of all 3-11 year olds will play in virtual worlds in 2011***. This demographic will be one segment of a market that will hit 20 million during this same year+.
Online safety is of paramount importance to FunGoPlay. The company has partnered up with Metaverse Mod Squad, the industry-leading kids' online safety and community experts, to help manage and grow the site's online community while providing a safe and engaging environment for kids. The site will also soon expand into mobile platforms allowing kids to play anytime, anywhere.
FunGoPlay offers kids access at a variety of levels. The site is always open and free for all visitors, but to fully explore the world and take advantage of the FunGoPlay Sports Gear there are multiple subscription options. A monthly subscription of $6.95 will include the flying disk, while a 3-month subscription for $18.95 will include the soccer ball. For a $59.95 annual membership, kids will receive both the flying disk and soccer ball. All costs include shipping and handling. For more information on FunGoPlay, visit http://www.fungoplay.com.
FunGoPlay (http://www.fungoplay.com) is an online sports theme park and the first virtual world to bridge online and offline play through the use of 'connected' sports gear. Conceptualized by industry veterans and dads -- including music industry pioneer and start-up expert Steven Lerner, children's content development, TV distribution, merchandising and licensing veteran David Jacobs (Sesame Workshop/HIT Entertainment), and writer and franchise director of kids properties Fabian Nicieza (Batman, X-Men, Transformers.) -- the site caters to the online gaming needs of today's 6-11 year olds. FunGoPlay delivers customizable avatars, fun games, and a safe, social community while rewarding active offline play.
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Preparing for the Unexpected: AT&T Disaster Recovery Exercise Simulates Network Disaster in Washington, D.C. Region
AT&T Business Continuity Study Reveals Local Businesses Investing in Recovery Solutions, Including New Technologies like Cloud
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From damaging earthquakes to powerful hurricanes, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has been recently reminded that unexpected threats of disaster can arise at any time. The results of a 2011 study from AT&T* indicate that a vast majority (89%) of local companies already have a business continuity plan in place, helping them protect operations and maintain communications when unforeseen natural or manmade disasters happen to strike.
Recognizing the importance of crisis preparation, AT&T is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation - a Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercise - in National Harbor, Maryland, October 13-19. Held several times a year, these exercises simulate the loss of a network office due to disaster and are designed to test, refine and strengthen AT&T's business continuity and disaster recovery services in order to minimize network downtime.
"Now more than ever, communities need to be prepared for manmade and natural disasters, and have in place effective plans to respond," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. "Exercises like this help ensure AT&T is as prepared as possible in the event of disaster, and we're hopeful that businesses and organizations in the D.C. metro area continue to recognize the critical importance of ongoing investment in crisis preparation."
Business Continuity Study Key Findings
AT&T's 2011 Business Continuity Study found that businesses in the D.C. area are preparing for potential disasters and investing in additional technology, especially when compared to businesses in other regions within the United States:
-- Two-thirds (66%) indicate their companies implement specific protective
actions when the federal or state government issues an alert for an
-- A majority (61%) already uses or is considering using cloud services to
augment their business continuity/disaster recovery strategy.
-- Most (79%) executives indicate that they have special arrangements for
communicating with key executives in the event of a natural disaster.
This week's NDR exercise in National Harbor includes an extensive deployment of network recovery equipment. The exercise tests and refines the team's speed and efficiency in restoring wired and wireline network operations in the event of an actual disaster. Essential to AT&T's own comprehensive business continuity plan, the National Harbor NDR exercise features 25 disaster recovery trailers and vehicles, including technology trailers, emergency communications vehicles and a variety of smaller utility and support trailers, as well as a search-and-rescue dog team demonstration. This exercise marks AT&T's sixth exercise in the greater Washington, D.C. area; the last D.C. exercise was held in July 2009.
AT&T has invested more than $600 million in its NDR program, which includes specially trained managers, engineers and technicians, as well as a fleet of more than 320 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.
More information on AT&T's NDR program is available at AT&T Network Disaster Recovery.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
GroundLink Launches First Mobile App Providing Access to Global Network of Private Cars Through iOS and Android
GroundLink Rewards Those Who Ride in Style by Hiding More Than $15,000 in Cash & Prizes in Cars Throughout New York
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NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --GroundLink, the first global private car service, today announced the launch of the first mobile app that allows people around the world to order private cars with their smartphones. For the first time, consumers can access the world's biggest and highest quality network of ground transportation providers through both the Android and iOS smartphone platforms.
New York metro residents can now easily order private car service, whenever they want--either immediately or at a scheduled time - at extremely competitive prices. GroundLink can deliver a car within hours to passengers anywhere else in the world. GroundLink's transparent pricing structures and fleet size ensure that users are never caught off guard by hidden fees and long waits, as is the case with New York metro competitors. Unlike other transportation apps, GroundLink's flat rates are based on distance; there are no traffic surcharges. For example, New Yorkers can travel from Central Park to the Lower East Side in a private car for $27 including tax and tip - even if the President is in town.
To celebrate this launch, GroundLink is offering customers who book through the iPhone or Android apps the chance to win more than $15,000 in cash and other prizes. Starting today, GroundLink's fleet will be stacked with a variety of prizes for five days including two envelopes containing $1,000 in cash each day. Other prizes include iconic NYC experiences like tickets to Book of Mormon, Giants vs. Jets tickets, Momofuku and Peter Luger gift cards, Brooklyn Bowl, Barneys and Tiffany gift cards, and a trip to Atlantic City.
GroundLink's "Ride Now" location-based mobile technology allows registered users to order a car within minutes. GroundLink's "Ride Later" feature provides users with the opportunity to set a specific date, time and location for pickup. Either way, consumers can track the car's location or exact arrival time and communicate directly with the driver at all times. GroundLink's social sharing tool equips riders with the option to update friends and followers on their travel whereabouts. With more than 300 dedicated cars in GroundLink's New York fleet and more than 100,000 private cars, limos, and SUV's in all 50 states and 110 countries, GroundLink offers an unparalleled experience, ease of accessibility and unbeatable pricing at this level of service.
"Our mobile apps for the iPhone and Android platforms merge the immediacy of hailing a cab with the comfort of travelling via private car, while still offering the option for advanced booking," said S. Daniel Leon, General Manager of Mobile at GroundLink. "This combined with fully transparent pricing makes us the most convenient, most reliable private car service in the industry. We're excited to get New York City used to the future of ground transportation."
"GroundLink is much more than an app. We are the first company to deliver access to a global fleet of more than a hundred thousand cars through an app. Until now, business travelers had no way to find a reliable and competitively priced private car service around the country and the globe. GroundLink has selected the best partners, negotiated highly competitive rates, and built the technology that ensures reliability. " added GroundLink CEO, Charlie Fraas. "With the launch of our mobile apps on iPhone and Android, we're embracing a multi-platform business model that is unique in our industry."
Headquartered in New York, GroundLink (http://www.groundlink.com) is the first mobile and online global private car service, providing local, national and international travelers with access to a fleet of 300 luxury vehicles in New York city and more than 100,000 private cars, limos, and SUV's in all 50 states and 110 countries. The breadth of this network drives down costs, enabling GroundLink's extremely competitive pricing. GroundLink's new mobile application instantly connects smartphone users to nearby drivers using sophisticated location-based technologies, making it the easiest and most dependable private car service in the industry. GroundLink prides itself on transparent pricing so users always know the price before riding. The company guarantees on-time arrival or the next ride is free. For more information visit http://www.groundlink.com
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A10 Networks Climbs to 2nd Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley
Continues Technology Innovation, Accelerates Momentum and Increases Headcount
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A10 Networks(TM), the technology leader in Application Networking, today announced its rank as the 2nd fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and rapid expansion to its workforce amid accelerated momentum for its flagship line of AX Series appliances. To date the AX Series has garnered over 1,200 customers, with over 6,500 units shipped, since entering the market. To meet the increasing demands of Cloud Computing and constantly growing Internet traffic, the AX Series delivers a scalable platform architecture, ensuring flexible, high performance Application Delivery, Server Load Balancing, IPv6 Migration and Virtualization functions, increasing availability and efficiency, and producing the fastest end user experience.
"A10's momentum has grown rapidly over the past two years as a result of our innovative approach to Application Networking, and we are honored to be recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a fast growth company for the third year in a row," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "Enterprises and Service Providers of all sizes recognize A10 as a technology leader, and we will continue to innovate to provide the best user experience for our customers."
Rapid Growth & Increased Momentum
A10 has recently achieved the following significant milestones:
-- Ranked #2 within the fastest growing private companies in the Bay Area
according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and received this
prestigious award for three consecutive years.
-- Received an Inc. 500 award for the second consecutive year, ranking as
the #1 fastest growing Computer Hardware company and Top 10 Internet
company in North America for the 2011 award.
-- Expanded its headquarters in San Jose, CA with the addition of a third
adjacent office building to accommodate additional personnel. In tandem
preparation is underway to move to a new, centralized headquarters
location in San Jose that is double the size.
-- Opened a research and development (R&D) center in Taipei, Taiwan and
moved to a larger downtown office in Tokyo, Japan.
-- Hired strategically, taking total headcount to over 325 employees.
-- Received a Top Work Places award by San Jose Mercury News, ranking as a
Top 10 place to work in Silicon Valley for the second consecutive year.
-- Won a Best of Interop Tokyo award for the AX Series' innovative IPv6
Migration and IPv4 Preservation solutions.
-- Extended its core success in North America, Japan, Asia Pacific (APAC),
Europe and Latin America with new presences in South Asia.
AX Series Innovation
Earlier this month, A10 unveiled three new models within its 64-bit AX Series family, which showcased a number of industry innovations:
-- First to deliver over 4.5 million Layer 4 connections per second (CPS).
-- Industry's lowest cost per connection in compact 1 rack unit (RU) and 2
-- Superior energy efficiency with the highest Layer 4 CPS performance per
-- Increased adoption for 10-Gb connectivity with the industry's most
affordable entry-level 10-Gb port platform.
-- Raised the entry-level bar with reliable carrier class hardware (ECC
memory, processor class and SSD) not previously available at the
entry-level price point.
In addition to its core Application Delivery and Server Load Balancing functionality, the 64-bit AX Series platform continues to see rapid growth from investments in emerging technology, including IPv6 Migration and Cloud Computing & Virtualization. The AX Series platforms (hardware and software appliances) are the first 64-bit server load balancers to be certified by Microsoft to work with its latest 2010 enterprise applications, in addition to VMware's VM Ready certification.
About A10 Networks
A10 Networks was founded in Q4 2004 with a mission to provide innovative networking and security solutions. A10 Networks makes high-performance products that help organizations accelerate, optimize and secure their applications. A10 Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information, visit http://www.a10networks.com
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Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, EDUCAUSE 2011 Partner to Create Hybrid Annual Conference
Mediasite to webcast conference for the seventh consecutive year
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (EDUCAUSE booth #1219)-- Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc.(NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management, and EDUCAUSE Platinum Partner, will stream four concurrent session tracks plus the keynotes at EDUCAUSE 2011 to virtual audiences. The conference takes place this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
By way of their desktops, 350 remote attendees from 165 campuses and 8 countries around the world will connect to the in-person participants. These attendees participate in teams that range from 2 to 60, and the estimated exposure is around 2,000. Remote attendees will have access to sessions from the face-to-face meeting including all keynote sessions, and more than 50 featured and themed concurrent sessions streamed via Mediasite. They will also participate in exclusive interactive discussion sessions with experts on current topics; access a virtual convention center, which will house all online components; and guide their virtual experience with an Event Planning Kit to facilitate remote discussion.
"We are able to implement a lot of innovative ideas in our programming. We've got many members who register an entire department or campus site using one registration fee. They have everyone meet in a room and watch the sessions. They literally create their own off-site campus event," said Victoria Fanning, director, hybrid and online conferences and events at EDUCAUSE. "The biggest benefit we have with Mediasite is that they have high-quality, solid equipment, the technicians are reliable and responsive, and the product they develop and stream is amazing. Before Mediasite, we were focused and confined to physical spaces. Now we can reach the entire world more easily."
The online program is available on the EDUCAUSE conference website at http://www.educause.edu/E2011/Program/Online. EDUCAUSE is offering public access to select keynote, featured, and themed concurrent session streams throughout the conference. On-site attendees will also be able to see a demo of live video streaming from select conference sessions in HD and on iPads at the Mediasite booth #1219.
Sean Brown, vice president of education at Sonic Foundry will be presenting "The Future of Lecture Capture: What You'll Worry About When Your Pilot Goes Campus-Wide" on Thursday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m. in meeting room 204B.
An EDUCAUSE webcasting partner since 2005, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry is a leading webcasting platform for hybrid events, training and lecture capture. Trusted by more than 900 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, http://www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Event Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure(TM) Comes to Life as the Must Have Kids Entertainment Property of the Year
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Has Just One Holiday Hotlist Left to Top - Your Most Wanted
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Buoyed by glowing endorsements from the Toys"R"Us "Holiday Hot Toy List," the Toy Insider "Hot 20 List," and Time to Play's "Power Ups" holiday toy list, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is proud to announce that Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is available now at retailers worldwide. The Starter Pack includes the game, three Skylanders action figures, the Portal of Power(TM) peripheral, a poster and trading cards -- everything consumers need to experience the highly anticipated mingling of digital and physical play that only SkylandersSpyro's Adventure can deliver.
"Everyone at Activision and Toys for Bob has poured a tremendous amount of passion, imagination and love into creating Skylanders Spyro's Adventure," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "And while it's certainly gratifying to receive recognition from the likes of Toy Insider and Time to Play, we are most excited to share Skylanders Spyro's Adventure with the most important audience of all, young gamers everywhere."
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is the first game to deliver a cross-platform experience that allows kids to bring toys to life in a magical world via the Portal of Power. And because the toys remember their experiences, they can travel seamlessly -- from your house to a friend's and from one platform to another, including the Nintendo Wii(TM), Nintendo 3DS(TM), the Xbox 360(TM) game and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 Computer entertainment system, PCs and Macs, as well as on the web with Skylanders Spyro's Universe(SM). Skylanders Spyro's Adventure's boundless multi-modal, cross-platform play is a watershed for both the toy and videogame industries, and for young gamers seeking genuinely innovative and exciting digital adventure. Kids can collect more than 30 characters, each with their own powers and personality; and each expands the gameplay experience. The sinister Portal Master Kaos has cast them out of the Skylands and banished them to earth, where they are frozen and appear to look like toys. But they are very much alive on the inside and only young gamers can free them by placing them on the Portal of Power so they can return to the Skylands and defeat Kaos.
Activision united in-house talent with top Hollywood talent to create Skylanders Spyro's Adventure's unique world. The game and technology were developed by Activision's Novato, California studio, Toys for Bob, led by creative director and studio head Paul Reiche. The adventure-driven story was penned by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, two of the Academy Award-nominated writers of the original Toy Story movie, Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer, created the game's theme song and Lorne Balfe composed the score.
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure includes a vast single player adventure, co-op gameplay, battle modes, puzzle solving and treasure hunts. The result is a line of highly collectible characters, an engaging story and an unparalleled interactive entertainment experience. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB. For more information, visit http://www.skylanders.com/
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Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
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Asia's Leading Social Game Developer Happy Elements Raises $30 Million
Funds will be used to continue expansion in global social gaming market
BEIJING, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Top global social gaming developer Happy Elements today announced that it has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round. Led by Legend Capital with participation from existing investor DCM, the new funding will be used to expand more aggressively in global markets and to make an entry into the mobile entertainment market with the launch of several new smartphone games in 2012. The capital will also be used to aggressively recruit diverse talent from across the globe and to strengthen its leadership position as the social game developer with the strongest overall presence in Asia's principal markets.
Happy Elements is one of the fastest growing global developers in the social gaming industry. Since launching its first game in 2009, it has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 game developers on Facebook and as one of the top Asian social gaming developers on Facebook. It maintains a leading position on social networking services (SNS) in Japan, China and South Korea. In the two years since its founding, Happy Elements has grown from an eight person team to a staff of 300. By the end of 2012, Happy Elements is planning to launch over eight new games.
"In the last two years, social games have given players a fresh gaming experience and a new way to interact," said Haining Wang, CEO of Happy Elements. "At Happy Elements, we really know how users socialize and how games operate and spread. With this new investment, we will continue to recruit diverse talent from across the globe and we will continue to attract top-class producers and managers. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on providing innovative games with the most compelling gaming experience," said Haining Wang, CEO of Happy Elements.
Creativity and persistence
Happy Elements creates games based on the belief that "games are a service". In August 2009, Happy Elements launched its first social game My Fishbowl on Facebook. Today it continues to entertain 1,500,000 daily active users, one of the longest life cycles among the top 10 games on Facebook.
In addition, titles released on other platforms around the world have also become extremely popular. Lounge Bar, after only four weeks, became the #2 game by number of active users on Mixi, Japan's top social networking website, while My Kingdom, a casual social game, was ranked first among the fastest growing games on Facebook after its launch in October 2010. It is also the most successful game released by Happy Elements on Japanese, Chinese Mainland and South Korean social networking platforms.
"Social networking websites are one of the most important innovations of the Internet era," said Erhai Liu, managing director of Legend Capital. "Legend Capital pays close attention to social platforms and SNS applications. Happy Elements is a top 10 social game developer. The company is rich in experience with product research and development, operations, and international publishing. We believe that Happy Elements will continue to provide high quality social game services."
Global operations and publishing
Since its founding, Happy Elements strived to be a company with global reach. Two years after its start, Happy Elements has developed games on 15 platforms around the world. The Global Integration Platform developed by Happy Elements connects and continuously updates its products on social networking platforms around the world. Among these platforms are: Facebook, Tencent, Renren, Kaixin, Mixi, Hangames, Cyworld, Daum, Netlog, Hyves, StudiVZ and Orkut. In addition, Happy Elements has established a global operations team with members from 15 different countries to ensure that its games are adapted to fit the various markets' needs. With its Global Integration Platform, operational experience in Asia and loyal user base, Happy Elements began helping third party game developers publish their games as of June 2011.
"Having invested in the first funding round of Happy Elements, we've witnessed, first-hand, the painstaking importance Happy Element's product teams have placed on their users' demands," said Osuke Honda, a partner at DCM, who is a member of Board of Directors of Happy Elements. "We're pleased to continue supporting this leading game publisher with a steady product development pipeline and a continued dedication to excellence."
Moving towards mobile
Happy Elements has launched three mobile phone games in Japan, to strong reception from the market. Pocket Bar has won special recognition from GREE Mobile as one of the platforms top games. In October 2011, Happy Elements released Happy Fish Dream Aquarium for the iPhone. With this new round of funding, Happy Elements will push even more aggressively into the mobile entertainment market, by launching an exciting array of creative new games for mobile devices. For more information, please visit http://www.happyelements.com.
About Happy Elements
Happy Elements is leading the next wave of gaming, providing the best gaming experience for users of social networks and mobile devices. Happy Elements has released and operated PC and smartphone based social games on 15 platforms across the globe. It believes that what it runs is a service, not just a product. The first wave of Happy Elements games for Facebook, including "My Fishbowl" and "My Kingdom", has been widely recognized for its user loyalty and convenient social interaction. Founded in 2009, Happy Elements is headquartered in Beijing, China with an office in Japan. More information about Happy Elements can be found at http://www.happyelements.com.
About Legend Capital
Legend Capital, a subsidiary of Legend Holdings Ltd, is an independent venture capital firm. It was established in April 2001, headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai and Wuhan. Legend Capital's investment team includes over 40 professionals, of which 13 are partners. At present, it manages funds totaling over 13 billion RMB, principally investing in China related growth opportunities. Its investments mainly cover the spectrum of TMT, outsourcing and professional services, clean technologies, medical care, consumer products and services and advanced manufacturing industry. As of September 2011, Legend Capital had invested in more than 100 enterprises. 18 of which have been listed on New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd, Taiwan Stock Market or Shenzhen Stock Exchanges.
Legend Capital is an innovative, teamwork driven company that believes in the pursuit of profit with principles and respect for people. Its goal is to create mutually beneficial partnerships between investors and entrepreneurs based on mutual trust and respect, for the goal of promoting innovation and growth.
DCM is an early stage venture capital firm that has been helping entrepreneurs build world-class technology companies since 1996. The firm's partners manage six funds totaling US$2 billion, and have made investments in more than 140 technology companies across the United States and Asia. With offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo, DCM provides hands-on operational guidance and a vast network of business and financial resources to its portfolio companies globally. DCM has backed industry leading companies such as 51job, About.com (acquired by The New York Times Co.), Clearwire, eDreams (acquired by TA), Foundry Networks, Kabu.com, Sling Media (acquired by EchoStar), SMIC, and VanceInfo as well as upcoming startups such as Bridgelux, Happy Elements, mBaoBao, PapayaMobile, RenRen, RockYou, Sandforce, Trion Worlds, Ustream, and Vipshop. Recent exits include three new China-based IPOs: BitAuto Holdings, DangDang Inc., and Shanghai Luxin and two US-based exits: Fortinet and PGP (acquired by Symantec).
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Hughes Announces Major Enhancements to its HughesNet Service Delivering More Capacity and Improved Performance for all Satellite Internet Customers
GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced significant enhancements to its HughesNet® satellite Internet service to bring faster speeds and a richer Internet experience to customers.
This week Hughes will complete the rollout of network upgrades for HughesNet subscribers which began this past summer. These network upgrades boost browsing and download performance resulting in an improved online customer experience. Another important enhancement is an increase in daily download allowance for all service plans, which provides an addition download capacity per month of well over 1 GB.
Hughes also offers subscribers easy-to-use tools and services to help them take advantage of these improvements and maximize their online experience. To ensure uninterrupted performance, the HughesNet Status Meter application continuously monitors the customers' usage so they will always be aware of how much of their daily download capacity is available. Another tool is the HughesNet Download Manager which enables users to schedule large file downloads during off peak hours without affecting browsing speeds or their daily download allowance.
"Customers' best choice in satellite Internet is getting even better," said Mike Cook, senior vice president of the North American Division at Hughes. "Hughes will be continuously improving the HughesNet service over the coming months with optimization technologies, and further enhancements to service plans and customer support. Our vision is to take satellite Internet to the next level with the most advanced high-bandwidth satellites and services that will enable subscribers to experience the Internet at its fullest."
To help customers get the most from their HughesNet service, Hughes also has launched new online channels where customers can access the latest information about service improvements, new promotional offers, and post comments and questions. The newly launched HughesNet Community is an active social community where customers can gain direct access to Hughes company experts, as well as HughesNet "power users." On the Hughes Facebook page, customers can ask questions, get answers, share their favorite tips, and keep track of the latest enhancements to HughesNet's ever-improving service.
Today's announcement is the first in a series of performance, feature, and technology enhancements that Hughes will be rolling out in coming months, culminating with the 2012 launch of Jupiter(TM), its next-generation, high throughput Ka-band satellite designed to meet the bandwidth needs of the future. HughesNet subscribers will be able to enjoy a faster and more media-rich Internet experience for video, music, image download, and voice capabilities, among other performance benefits.
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Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit http://www.hughes.com.
Enterasys Announces OneFabric, First Network Fabric to Extend Beyond the Data Center for End-to-End Application Delivery
Innovative Approach Provides Simplicity, Scalability and Control from the Data Center to Mobile Edge
ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company, today announced its OneFabric architecture, the industry's first unified network fabric to span from the data center to the wired and wireless edge. OneFabric allows enterprises to provision the network end-to-end with consistent performance and enhanced security for business-critical applications, all managed from a single pane of glass. OneFabric is an open and standards-based architecture that provides simplicity, scalability and control for complex IT environments, delivering a platform for reducing network tiers, flattening data center networks, and creating a more intelligent network infrastructure.
Enterasys will offer customers flexible entry points to deploy OneFabric without requiring a rip-and-replace of existing network infrastructure. Customers are able to identify their immediate infrastructure needs and implement one or more OneFabric solutions, including: OneFabric Data Center, OneFabric Edge, or OneFabric Security. Unlike competing fabric solutions, OneFabric is able to coexist with existing infrastructure investments while providing incremental value.
"Virtualization and distributed appliances are transforming every part of IT and to maximize the potential of virtualization, the network must also transform. Our new OneFabric architecture brings simplicity and scalability to the delivery of business-critical applications, particularly in virtualized environments," said Chris Crowell, president and CEO at Enterasys Networks. "OneFabric redefines what constitutes a fabric by providing a single architecture that spans from the data center to the network edge, including wired, wireless, mobile and cloud. Furthermore, OneFabric provides one network environment, delivering one network experience, making predictable, reliable application delivery simple."
OneFabric Control Center Provides Unified Management
Key to the OneFabric vision, Enterasys is also introducing OneFabric Control Center, unique in the industry in delivering a single pane of glass for the unified management of an end-to-end fabric, including deep integration with virtual infrastructure from VMware, Citrix and Microsoft to dramatically improve network performance in virtualized data centers.
"Our OneFabric deployment from Enterasys provides us with a secure, highly available network spanning our unified wired/wireless edge to the data center," said Gaston Hebert, director of technical resources, St. Edwards University. "OneFabric Control Center provides us with 'single pane of glass' management enabling us to automate provisioning for users, devices and applications. This allows us to reduce the time it takes to deploy and support new systems and 21st Century learning tools. OneFabric is helping St. Edward's achieve its goal to deliver a secure, open and collaborative environment for our students, faculty and staff around the globe."
OneFabric Control Center, which is deployed as part of the initial customer implementation, becomes the unified management platform from which customers can manage both OneFabric and third-party network infrastructure. OneFabric Control Center also delivers key integration with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization platforms to deliver automation, visibility and control across the virtual data center environment.
OneFabric from Enterasys allows customers to evolve to fabric-based networking for application delivery, offering the following benefits:
Reduced Complexity and Cost: Tight integration into the workflows of virtualization and storage teams deliver simplicity without compromise. The Enterasys unified architecture edge-to-data center architecture also reduces complex and wasteful layers of management overhead, simplifies application delivery based on common technology components from the data center to the edge, and delivers radically improved total cost of ownership.
Guaranteed IT Service Level Agreements (SLAs): As organizations move towards public/private clouds, scale out their virtualization deployments, and unify LAN/SAN solutions, network predictability and visibility often deteriorates. OneFabric makes it possible for IT to guarantee application delivery to the business, with infrastructure and tools to enable end-to-end automation across the entire network for consistent service provisioning and QoS.
Improved Operational Efficiency: It is no longer acceptable for IT to exist as a cost center. IT must achieve cost savings transferrable to the bottom line, where operational efficiency is a key metric. Customers who have adopted OneFabric have achieved network management efficiency gains of up to 90 percent.
"Enterprises need to think beyond the traditional silos of networking, storage and servers and take a holistic approach to their enterprise and data center network," said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure, IDC. "With server virtualization and the issue of virtual machine (VM) sprawl, gone are the days when server teams didn't need to interact with the networking group. Instead, IT organizations have to work collaboratively to ensure optimized application delivery, all the way from the virtual server to the mobile edge. Architectures such as OneFabric from Enterasys provide customers with solutions to these problems with consistent policy management and automation that spans from the data center to the mobile edge."
Additional Supporting Quotes
"As we continued to virtualize our environment, while also becoming more highly mobile, we struggled to manage each virtual machine and device with its own set of provisioning and security requirements. Enterasys Data Center Manager, now integrated in OneFabric Control Center, provides us the automation necessary to appropriately provision and secure each device. Providing that level of automation and visibility across the entire network is imperative to manage the changing and ever-evolving nature of our network."
-- Michael Proft, IT director, University Hospital Leipzig
"Virtualization has redefined every part of IT over the past decade, except the network. For companies to fully leverage virtualization and maximize the ROI of this new era of IT, the network now must transform. The Enterasys OneFabric vision addresses not only the transformation of the data center network but addresses the needs of the end-to-end enterprise network. OneFabric will allow CIOs and IT managers to focus on optimizing user experience not just IT infrastructure."
-- Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research
-- Enterasys OneFabric webpage
-- Enterasys on Twitter
About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based unified communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications includes Cycos and Enterasys Networks. For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit http://www.siemens-enterprise.com or http://www.enterasys.com.
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Toronto-Based Company's Renowned Local Deals and Customer Service Now Available in 21 U.S. Markets
TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dealfind, Canada's most visited daily deal site, continued its expansion throughout North America, launching Monday in Denver. The group buying site allowing consumers to eat, play, shop and relax at 50 to 90 percent off is now available in 21 U.S. cities in addition to 28 cities across Canada.
Dealfind now offers Denver consumers carefully chosen deals on products and services worth buying from some of the most notable small and midsize businesses in the market, as well as Dealfind's distinguished customer service. Every voucher purchased through the site features a 30-day refund policy to ensure customers are treated fairly.
Area merchants serve to benefit from Dealfind's entry into the market by gaining a whole new customer-base though marketing to the site's database of registered users. There are no upfront costs in partnering with Dealfind, limiting the risk of business owners using this medium to gain clientele.
"Dealfind's growth has been spurred by our commitment to customer service and offering deals on products and services people actually want to purchase," said Dealfind Co-Founder and President Gary Lipovetsky. "As we continue our U.S. expansion out west, Denver is a key market for us to establish a significant presence. With all the skiing and beautiful resorts in the area, we plan on featuring deals to let locals experience these desirable spots without breaking their budgets."
Since the Toronto-based company's founding in 2009, Dealfind has saved North Americans more than $300 million through more than 1.3 million purchased vouchers. Featured deals have included discounts on restaurants, spas and salons. The Dealfind website receives between 12 and 16 million visitors per month.
"When I was approached by Dealfind about trying out their service, I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the sales team," said Dara Johnston, Owner of Body Kneads Massage in Denver. "I've used other services to promote my business in the past, but my interactions with the sales team made me excited about trying out Dealfind. They showed tremendous dedication in catering to my needs."
Body Kneads Massage will be one of first companies featuring a Denver deal, offering a 60-minute massage from a Licensed Massage Therapist for $29, which is valued at $75.
Dealfind is the largest Canadian-owned group buying website in North America, operating in 49 markets in Canada and the U.S. Dealfind is ranked as #3 on the North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings(1). It has sold more than 1.3 million vouchers since 2010, saving consumers more than $300 million. Privately held, Dealfind boasts refundable group buying vouchers, as well as full customer service support. The Toronto-based company provides small and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to cost-effectively gain new and repeat customers through smart online marketing and referral programs.
(1) The North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings is a proprietary ranking and verification system launched by Daily Deal Media in May 2011. Daily Deal Media is the authoritative source for news, data and resources for the Daily Deal industry.
Level 3 Works with 52Eighty to Develop 200 New Wireless Tower Sites Connected to Level 3's Advanced Fiber Backbone
Sites Will Enable Wireless Operators to Expand Service Coverage Capabilities, Optimize Network Performance and Reduce Operating Expenses.
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with 52Eighty, a wireless tower infrastructure company, to develop 200 new wireless tower access sites near Level 3's strategic Extended On-Net (EON) sites. The new sites, which will be located in rural, suburban and metropolitan markets, will provide wireless operators with key access points to expand geographic service capabilities, optimize network performance, reduce operational expenses and leverage Level 3's extensive portfolio of advanced network services.
Mainstream adoption of Internet-connected mobile devices has resulted in the explosive growth of wireless data traffic. As such, wireless operators require tower infrastructure solutions that enable them to meet the continuously growing demand for high-capacity wireless access. In order to ensure optimal network performance and mitigate the costs of transporting these high volumes of data, it is vital for wireless operators to leverage sites near advanced backbone networks that are capable of scaling to meet this demand.
"52Eighty is dedicated to providing mobile operators with the most reliable and cost-effective tower access solutions capable of handling large volumes of mobile-generated data traffic," said George Alex, CEO of 52Eighty. "Working with Level 3 on this project will enable us to offer customers a best-in-class solution for tower access and the provisioning of advanced wireless services."
Level 3's work with 52Eighty will result in 200 new wireless tower access sites, to be built on or near strategically selected Level 3 EON locations. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will grant 52Eighty access rights to develop the new tower sites near its facilities within a two-year period, while Level 3 will deploy the necessary optical transport equipment at the sites. Additionally, 52Eighty will cover the cost of the tower construction, and Level 3 will enable transport services to and from the compound structure.
"Wireless connectivity is a vital component for our increasingly mobile society, and Level 3's advanced optical networking capabilities are a crucial factor in delivering superior wireless services," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. "We are delighted to work with 52Eighty on this initiative and believe it will greatly enhance the ability of wireless service providers to continue improving their service area and performance."
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a premier international provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit http://www.level3.com.
Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to: the company's ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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Odyssey Software Posts Video Demonstrating iOS5 Support
Apple iOS5 Device Managed by Athena(TM) Product in Online Video
WEST HENRIETTA, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Odyssey Software, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-class mobile device management (MDM) products, today released a video that demonstrates management of an Apple iOS5 device with its award winning MDM software, Athena(TM).
Odyssey Software iOS5 Demonstration Video
"This video underscores Odyssey Software's recent announcement that Athena supports iOS5 at the October 12 launch date of the new Apple platform," said Mark Gentile, CEO of Odyssey Software. "While other companies talk about managing iOS5 devices, we simply deliver. With Athena, customers can manage their iOS5 devices today."
Earlier in October, Apple announced that over 250 million iOS devices have been sold. The majority of these devices can take advantage of the new iOS5 operating system and the rich new features that it enables. It is expected that millions of iOS device users will upgrade to iOS5 almost immediately, so enterprises can't wait for upgrades from MDM vendors to support this new platform.
The new video demonstrates enrolling and managing an iOS5 device with Athena from the perspective of the device user.
About Odyssey Software
Odyssey Software is a leading provider of enterprise-class mobile and embedded device management software products for today's most popular device platforms. Our mission is to provide industry leading software technology innovations that make it efficient and cost effective for IT organizations to remotely manage, support and control the complexity of enterprise deployments. More information is available at: http://www.odysseysoftware.com or by calling +1-585-214-2409.
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