LAS VEGAS, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadleaf Capital Partners, Inc. announced today that it will offer a new service to the oil and gas production community that will provide wireless monitoring of oil and gas wells using a breakthrough technology that allows producers to significantly lower the cost of operating wells from today's industry standards. The technology being utilized eliminates the necessity of daily "pumper duty" to check on production of oil at the wellhead, and wellhead data can easily be accessed by iPhone, iPad or other similar wireless device.
Damon Wagley, President of Broadleaf Capital, commented, "Our new wireless remote monitoring service is truly a game changer for the oil & gas production industry, in particular for the smaller independent operators. It is both time consuming and expensive to physically send crews out to check on producing wells every day. This new wireless remote monitoring system will allow immediate notification reports to be sent to oilfield operators concerning production problems needing attention, quantities of oil & gas produced daily, wellhead pressure, temperature, and a variety of other factors that can adversely affect oil and gas production on a 24/7 basis. It will even allow wireless remote adjustments to pumps and quantities produced, without needing a crew on site. Operators will only need to send crews out when needed, and routine tasks may be handled electronically instead of by a crew physically at the site. Most importantly, we should be able to offer this service at a significantly lower monthly cost than has previously been available to the oil and gas production community. We are currently designing the specifications for retrofitting wells currently serviced by our subsidiary, Texas Gulf Exploration and Production, and look forward to launching this wireless remote well monitoring service to other operators after installation and comprehensive testing is completed on those wells."
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Broadleaf Capital Partners, Inc. targets unique, promising technologies we believe can improve business growth and profitability, with a particular emphasis on energy markets. We apply those technologies by incubating promising companies with innovative business plans that can utilize these technologies to drive business growth and bottom line performance. We also support our companies in obtaining necessary working capital financing to finance their growth, and in select cases, we will make direct loans and/or equity investments in our own subsidiary companies as well as consider minority investments in non-wholly owned subsidiaries. In the future, we intend to monetize our investments in these companies either by outright sale, or spin off of the company's shares into the public markets.
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STAMFORD, Conn., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. today announced a new sweepstakes, "Power Your Business." In a recent survey, 90% of consumers said they would take their business elsewhere if a small business was using outdated technology.* The sweepstakes offers Charter Business customers the chance to win one of nine weekly $3,500 technology prize packages to upgrade and enhance the technology they depend upon, which when matched with Charter Business solutions will better drive their success. The prize packages may include the latest HDTV's, wireless printers, tablets, phones and laptop computers every week from April 21 to June 20, 2014. Businesses may also enter without making a purchase. See Official Rules for further details and restrictions.
Existing Charter Business customers upgrading their services or new Charter Business customers who order any or all of Charter Business services beginning April 21 will be automatically entered upon install to win. Sweepstakes winners will be posted online and through social media every week throughout the duration of the sweepstakes.
Charter Business, helps businesses achieve better results by delivering reliable Internet, Ethernet, Phone and Enhancement solutions. Charter Business offers a wide range of products - from high-quality broadband services to phone systems and top-tier digital TV and Music packages that are flexible and can meet the demands of growing businesses.
* "Outdated Technology Can Cost SMBs A Lot More Than A Slow Start Up", Microsoft Office Blogs, April 2, 2014 (citing a Microsoft survey of 1,405 general consumers between September 13-16, 2013).
About Charter Business
Charter Business, a division of Charter Communications, Inc., provides business organizations with scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions, including business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services and wireless backhaul. Catering to the unique broadband needs of business customers, Charter Business offers competitively priced bundled products over its state-of-the-art, fiber-based network, helping businesses in a variety of industries maximize efficiency while continuing to grow. Charter Business is Metro Ethernet Forum Certified. More information about Charter Business can be found at charter-business.com.
Charter is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV(R) video entertainment programming, Charter Internet(R) access, and Charter Phone(R). Charter Business(R) similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.
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LAKE MARY, Fla., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon will officially open its new $50 million, 220,000 square-foot Lake Mary Finance Center building with a coffee reception, ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the facility on Friday (April 25). Fran Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, will speak at the event, as will Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor and Bob Dallari, chairman, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners. Gov. Rick Scott has also been invited.
WHEN: April 25, 2014 10:30 a.m. - ribbon cutting ceremony and comments 11 a.m. - media interviews and building tours WHERE: 899 Heathrow Park Lane Lake Mary, Fla. 32746 WHO: Fran Shammo, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Verizon David Mealor, mayor -city of Lake Mary Bob Dallari, chairman - Seminole County Board of County Commissioners BACKGROUND: The location for Verizon's Lake Mary Finance Center was announced on Feb. 13, 2013. That same day, the company detailed its plans to employ 750 people in a new, $50 million, 220,000 square-foot building. Groundbreaking was March 26, 2013. The Verizon finance operation has been functioning in temporary offices located at 901 International Parkway. The company had employees transfer to these offices early last year and has been hiring and training new employees throughout The new building features advanced network capabilities, a 200-person conference center, fitness center, full-service cafeteria, plus many other features. It is LEED (Leadership in Energy Development & Design) certified from the U.S. Green Building Council and also features six electric vehicle charging stations as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge program.Verizon
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Tech, which serves design engineers and the electronics industry with essential business and technical information, today announced Patrick Mannion, VP/Brand Director, UBM Tech, Electronics and Rich Quinnell, Editor in Chief of IoT World, UBM Tech, Electronics, will present the 2014 Embedded Market Study webinar on Wednesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT.
Every year UBM Tech conducts a comprehensive survey of embedded system designers in order to learn more about their trials, tribulations, issues, objectives and other key elements of the design cycle. The webinar will showcase the study's findings. In particular, the research benchmarked three to five of years of change with a look toward the future in all aspects of the embedded development process.
Key study takeaways:
-- In the embedded design environment the trend is toward smaller teams will longer development cycles. -- In the embedded design process integrating new technology and managing code size are the top technology challenges. -- Software engineering staff and their managers are the decision makers on choosing an operating system and the current usage trending toward open source is up from 29 percent in 2010 to 36 percent in 2014. -- When it comes to Microprocessors, the decision to switch is driven by better features, speed/performance and future growth. -- FPGA usage is trending steadily downward and may indicate a bottoming or a pause in the trend downwards.
Webinar attendees will learn which vendors have the most brand and product awareness; developments in the embedded design process and embedded environment; key findings relating to the daily life of embedded design engineers; and what has changed, why and where the industry is headed.
"Each year we study the global embedded systems market to learn who is using embedded systems, what they are using them for and what types of embedded development is being used or considered by developers. It helps us and our community better understand the pulse of the global embedded design market," said Mannion.
The 2014 Embedded Market Study was conducted in conjunction with Wilson Research Group.
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UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology communities through live events, online properties and custom services. UBM Tech's community-focused approach provides its users and clients with expertly curated research, education, training, community advocacy, user-generated content and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities that serve the Electronics, Security, Enterprise IT and Communications, Network Infrastructure and Applications, Game and App Developers, and Tech Marketing communities. UBM Tech's brands include Black Hat, DesignCon, EE Times, Enterprise Connect, Game Developers Conference (GDC), HDI, InformationWeek, and Interop. Create, a UBM Tech full range marketing services division, includes custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs based on its content and technology market expertise. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. For more information, go to http://tech.ubm.com.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom inc. , a leading provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, today announced it is expanding its existing market reach in Louisville as well as Indiana. The expansion adds new fiber to extend the company's network footprint from the city's central business district and into the cities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany, IN.
The company will leverage this market expansion to further deploy its industry-leading portfolio of data and Internet services to more enterprises, including its innovative Business Ethernet and Intelligent Network capabilities.
"This is exciting news for our businesses in Clark and Floyd Counties," said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO, One Southern Indiana, the chamber of commerce and economic development organization serving Clark and Floyd counties in Southern Indiana. "tw telecom's expanded investment will improve the climate and speed of overall telecommunications and networking infrastructure for our area."
"Customer demand - both new and existing - is fueling growth in the Louisville metro area, as well as into Southern Indiana," said Joe Paulin, vice president and general manager, tw telecom Louisville. "Not only will this expansion add additional market reach for our customers in Louisville and surrounding communities, but we are excited to expand our network across the Ohio River into the fast growing areas of Southern Indiana."
The Louisville expansion is part of a national multi-market effort by the company to expand its metro fiber footprint across the country. As part of this effort, tw telecom plans to enter into five new high-demand markets - Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Richmond and Salt Lake City - and accelerate the density of its metro-fiber footprint in more than a third of its existing markets. The company also intends to expand its sales force, including sales and support employees as well as additional operations personnel to support this project.
tw telecom is the top ranked competitive provider of Business Ethernet and one of the top three providers of Ethernet throughout the U.S., according to leading industry analyst firm Vertical Systems Group.
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tw telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., is a leading national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally. tw telecom also delivers secure, scalable private connections for transport data networking, Internet access, voice, VPN, VoIP and security to large organizations and communications services companies. Employing a resilient fiber network infrastructure, robust product portfolio and its own Intelligent Network capabilities, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, an industry-leading quality service experience, and improved business productivity. Please visit www.twtelecom.com for more information.
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SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. , a leader in global electronic design automation, today announced ARM's integration of the Cadence(R) library characterization flow for advanced node foundation IP development, including standard cells and complex multi-bit cells. Comprised of Cadence Virtuoso(R) Liberate(TM) and natively integrated Cadence Spectre(R) Circuit Simulator, the solution provides increased performance improvement in the characterization or re-characterization of ARM(R) Artisan(R) physical IP libraries, while meeting ARM's stringent accuracy targets.
The implementation of the Cadence library characterization solution is a significant step in the partnership between ARM and Cadence in the development of systems on chip (SoCs) at the 16nm FinFET advanced process node and beyond.
By utilizing the Cadence solution, ARM can tackle the accuracy, modeling, and runtime challenges of designing high-performance, low-power SoCs at advanced geometries. ARM successfully tested the Cadence flow on advanced FinFET standard cell and I/O libraries. Key differentiators of the Cadence solution include the easy-to-use "Inside View" technology in the Virtuoso Liberate tool, which automatically identifies the functionality and all the conditions needed for worst-case coverage, and the native integration of Spectre Circuit Simulator, providing throughput and accuracy for advanced process nodes.
"ARM is focused on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of our development processes. The Cadence solution delivers the ease-of-use and performance we are seeking," said Brent Dichter, vice president of design automation, physical design group, ARM. "As a result of our evaluations, we have integrated the Cadence tools into our production library characterization development environment for advanced FinFET process technologies."
"In today's competitive landscape, leading technology companies are looking to seize upon every opportunity to get their top-tier products to market as fast as possible," said Tom Beckley, senior vice president of the Custom IC and PCB group at Cadence. "We're proud to work with ARM to deliver production-quality libraries to our mutual customers for advanced process node designs using the Cadence characterization solution."
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.
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EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Escalade, Incorporated announced that net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $2.3 million, or $0.16 diluted earnings per share compared to net income of $1.6 million or $0.12 diluted earnings per share for the same quarter in 2013. Consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2014 were 7% higher than the same quarter last year. Net sales for the Sporting Goods segment increased by 10% while quarterly net sales in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment declined 3% compared with the same period last year.
The increase in net income for the quarter was driven by cost cutting measures implemented last year in the Information Security and Print Finishing segment and sales increases in the Sporting Goods segment attributable to new product development, brand marketing and product expansion which have increased consumer demand for our products.
"We are pleased with achieving earnings per share growth of 33% for the first quarter of 2014," stated Robert J. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Escalade, Inc. "In spite of modest growth in the broader retail market, we experienced double digit sales growth in our Sporting Goods segment. Additionally, actions taken over the past year in our Information Security and Print Finishing segment have resulted in substantial improvements in the financial results for this business."
Escalade is a leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods and information security and print finishing products sold worldwide. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: www.EscaladeInc.com or contact Deborah Meinert, Vice President and CFO at 812/467-4449.
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Escalade, Incorporated and Subsidiaries Consolidated Condensed Statement of Operations (Unaudited, In Thousands Except Per Share Data) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended ------------------ ------------------- March 22, 2014 March 23, 2013 March 22, 2014 March 23, 2013 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- Net Sales $34,074 $31,838 $165,913 $148,862 Costs, Expenses and Other Income Cost of products sold 22,718 20,960 115,107 104,126 Selling, administrative and general expenses 7,251 7,273 33,430 31,366 Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges -- -- -- 13,362 Amortization 571 557 2,395 2,286 --- --- ----- ----- Operating Income (Loss) 3,534 3,048 14,981 (2,278) Interest expense 156 167 727 616 Other expense (income) (189) 38 (3,156) (2,820) Equity method investment impairment -- -- -- 382 --- --- --- --- Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes 3,567 2,843 17,410 (456) Provision for Income Taxes 1,316 1,219 6,981 4,426 ----- ----- ----- ----- Net Income (Loss) $2,251 $1,624 $10,430 $(4,882) ====== ====== ======= ======= Earnings Per Share Data Basic earnings (loss) per share $0.16 $0.12 $0.77 $(0.37) Diluted earnings (loss) per share $0.16 $0.12 $0.76 $(0.36) Average shares outstanding 13,686 13,447 13,561 13,371
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets (In Thousands) March 22, 2014 December 28, 2013 March 23, 2013 (Unaudited) (Audited) (Unaudited) ---------- -------- ---------- Assets Current assets $73,204 $81,216 $69,896 Property, plant & equipment, net 14,661 14,958 14,166 Other assets 32,641 32,687 29,915 Goodwill 13,113 13,113 12,017 ------ ------ ------ Total $133,619 $141,974 $125,994 ======== ======== ======== Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities $33,599 $43,679 $36,785 Other liabilities 9,944 10,340 8,082 Stockholders' equity 90,076 87,955 81,127 ------ ------ ------ Total $133,619 $141,974 $125,994 ======== ======== ========
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SAGINAW, Mich., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MiCTA, a national, non-profit group purchasing organization located in Saginaw, MI, has named Brocade of San Jose, CA as an approved national vendor for direct equipment purchases. The Master Service Agreement will enable MiCTA members to purchase Brocade network equipment directly at a discount until 2016.
"MiCTA is pleased to welcome Brocade as an approved national vendor for direct equipment purchases," says Tim von Hoff, Chief Operating Officer of MiCTA. "Many of our members manage large, complex networks. Brocade provides a variety of technology solutions that are specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of MiCTA's members."
"Organizations in government, healthcare and education have very specific IT challenges, and we are happy to support them with Brocade solutions, through our partnership with MiCTA. Our goal is to assist customers in simplifying their networks and manage related costs, while helping them maintain a high level of service to their constituents," said Regan McGrath, vice president sales, Brocade.
Brocade's selection as an approved national vendor is the result of MiCTA's highly competitive RFP process, which evaluates products and services on behalf of its nationwide membership. MiCTA's master service agreements deliver substantial cost savings to its members and eliminate the need for MiCTA members to conduct their own expensive and time-consuming individual RFP processes.
MiCTA, located at 4805 Towne Centre, Suite 100 in Saginaw, MI, represents thousands of higher education, K-12, healthcare, library, governmental and charitable entities. Nationally, MiCTA seeks to resolve common voice, video and data issues, provide helpful information, participate in legislative and regulatory telecommunications advocacy, and negotiate discounted purchase contracts for telecommunications and technology services for its members. Please visit the MiCTA Web site, http://www.mictatech.org.
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LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak Corporation today announced the Top-10 DVD & Blu-ray Disc sales and rentals according to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services which are based on estimated consumer spending per data collected for the week ending April 13, 2014.
RENTRAK TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY DISC SALES*:
RANK TITLE STUDIO WEEKS IN RELEASE ---- ----- ------ ---------------- 1 The Hobbit: The Warner Bros. 1 --- -------------------- -------------------- --- 2 Frozen Disney 4 --- ------ ----------------- --- 3 The Pirate Fairy Disney 2 --- ---------------- ----------------- --- 4 August: Osage County Anchor Bay 1 --- -------------------- -------------------- --- 5 Grudge Match Warner Bros. 1 --- ------------ -------------------- --- 6 47 Ronin Universal 2 --- -------- ------------------- --- 7 Anchorman 2: The Legend Paramount 2 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 8 Paranormal Activity: Paramount 1 --- --------------------- --------------------- --- 9 The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount 3 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 10 Walking With Dinosaurs FOX 3 --- ---------------------- ---------------- ---
*Week ended April 12, 2014
RENTRAK TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY DISC RENTALS:
RANK TITLE STUDIO WEEKS IN RELEASE ---- ----- ------ ---------------- 1 The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount 3 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 2 Anchorman 2: The Legend Paramount 2 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 3 Gravity (2013)** Warner Bros. 7 --- --------------- -------------------- --- 4 American Hustle (2013) Sony 4 --- --------------------- --------------- --- 5 12 Years A Slave** FOX 6 --- ----------------- ---------------- --- 6 Homefront (2013)** Universal 5 --- ----------------- ------------------- --- 7 Frozen (2013) Disney 4 --- ------------ ----------------- --- 8 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lions Gate 6 --- ------------------ ---------------------- --- 9 Out Of The Furnace** FOX 5 --- ------------------- ---------------- --- 10 Paranormal Activity: Paramount 1 --- --------------------- --------------------- ---
**Titles have delayed availability at certain rental outlets.
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NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, today published its cross-device video analysis, which shows that 48 percent of all U.S. adults and 67 percent of young adults watch streaming or downloaded video during a typical week. With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected home devices, consumers are watching more video when and where they want than ever before. Mobile is the first screen for watching, streaming or downloading video, with 24 percent of all U.S. adults and 42 percent of smartphone owners watching this type of video each week.
A complimentary copy of the full analysis is available on Experian Marketing Services' website: http://ex.pn/1gDnWT3.
The popularity of cross-device video streaming has led to a rise of "cord-cutting," where consumers are using high-speed Internet and not cable or satellite TV. An estimated 7.6 million U.S. homes today are considered cord-cutters, up from 5.1 million homes in 2010, a relative increase of 44 percent. Users of Netflix and Hulu are the most likely to be cord-cutters.
"While we are seeing the way we view video drastically changing, television is likely to remain the primary device for consumer video; we just are witnessing the transition of the definition of television," said John Fetto, senior analyst, marketing and research, Experian Marketing Services. "A third of Americans live in households with Internet-connected TVs, giving them the option to stream or download video to the television either directly or with devices such as Kindle Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast."
Other findings from the analysis include:
-- Video viewing on a smartphone jumps after the work day ends, with the most viewing occurring between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. -- While smartphone video viewing generally is lower during the day, there is clear evidence of a video "lunch" and a late-afternoon video "snack" break when smartphone video viewing spikes, especially among young adults -- The top three video properties across desktops and smartphones are: YouTube, Netflix and CNN -- Viewers of online video generally are more receptive to advertising, though only 27 percent of adults who watch video on a smartphone and 31 percent of those who view video on a tablet say that they find video ads on these devices useful
"While the growing trend in cord-cutting is understandably disturbing to cable and satellite companies and disruptive to the television advertising revenue model overall, the growth in online viewing creates opportunities for marketers," said Fetto. "That's because online video viewers can be targeted more easily and served up advertising that is more relevant, responsive and measureable. Marketers also can be more confident that their online ad actually was seen given that viewers typically are unable to skip ads."
For more insight from Experian Marketing Services, download our 2014 Digital Marketer: Trend and Benchmark Report: http://ex.pn/PpijOx.
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Experian Marketing Services is a global provider of integrated consumer insights and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing. We help organizations from around the world intelligently interact with today's dynamic, empowered and hyperconnected customers. By coordinating seamless interactions across all marketing channels, marketers are able to plan and execute superior brand experiences that deepen customer loyalty, strengthen brand advocacy and maximize profits. For more information, please visit http://ex.pn/1fSccNf.
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DALLAS, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse((R)) with GigaPower(SM) service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and AT&T's most advanced TV services, to consumers and businesses.
AT&T will work with local leaders in these markets to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities. Similar to previously announced metro area selections in Austin and Dallas and advanced discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, communities that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas. This initiative continues AT&T's ongoing commitment to economic development in these communities, bringing jobs, advanced technologies and infrastructure.
The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose. With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.
"We're delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development," said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. "We're interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies."
In addition to the previously announced Austin, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham, and Winston-Salem markets, the list of metros and municipalities identified as candidates include, but are not restricted to:
Metropolitan Area Municipalities ----------------- -------------- Atlanta Alpharetta, Atlanta, Decatur, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lithonia, McDonough, Marietta, Newnan, Norcross, and Woodstock ------- ------------------------------ Augusta Augusta ------- ------- Austin(1) -------- Charlotte Charlotte, Gastonia, and Huntersville --------- ------------------------- Chicago Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lombard, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Skokie, and Wheaton ------- ------------------------------- Cleveland Akron, Barberton, Bedford, Canton, Cleveland, and Massillon --------- --------------------------- Dallas(2) Dallas(2), Farmer's Branch, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, and University Park --------- ---------------------------- Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale --------------- --------------- Fort Worth Arlington, Euless, Fort Worth, and Haltom City ---------- ------------------------------- Greensboro Greensboro ---------- ---------- Jacksonville Jacksonville and St. Augustine ------------ ------------------------------ Houston Galveston, Houston, Katy, Pasadena, Pearland, and Spring ------- ------------------------------- Kansas City Independence, Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, and Shawnee ----------- --------------------------- Los Angeles Los Angeles ----------- ----------- Miami Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Miami, Opa-Locka and Pompano Beach ----- ------------------------------- Nashville Clarksville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Smyrna and Spring Hill --------- ------------------------- Oakland Oakland ------- ------- Orlando Melbourne, Oviedo, Orlando, Palm Coast, Rockledge, and Sanford ------- ---------------------------- Raleigh-Durham(2) Apex, Garner and Morrisville (Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh)(2) --- ------------------------------ St. Louis and metro area Chesterfield, Edwardsville, Florissant, Granite City, and St. Louis ------------------------ ------------------------------ San Antonio San Antonio ----------- ----------- San Diego San Diego --------- --------- San Francisco San Francisco ------------- ------------- San Jose Campbell, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose -------- ------------------------------ Winston-Salem(2) Winston-Salem(2) --------------- ---------------
(1) already servicing with fiber today 2 previously announced
AT&T U-verse uses advanced IP technology and a network that includes fiber-optic technology to go beyond what cable can offer. It transforms the user experience for consumers and business users and is an essential part of AT&T's commitment to fiber infrastructure.
The planned expanded availability of U-verse with GigaPower( )is part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services. This expanded fiber build is not expected to impact AT&T's capital investment plans for 2014. And AT&T continues to expect that its wired IP broadband network will reach 57 million customer locations in its 22-state wireline footprint by the end of 2015.
AT&T U-verse with GigaPower services are expected to include:
-- Internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit per second, faster than the fastest consumer Internet available in most communities today. With Gigabit speeds, you can download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds.** -- Access to cutting-edge TV services that include the most advanced AT&T Total Home DVR with more HD TV streams to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously, plus greater DVR storage capacity. -- Super-fast Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 varieties of smartphones and tablets, as well as your PC. -- Faster speeds that enable small businesses to more quickly and seamlessly: -- Upload, download and share large data files and images -- Back up data remotely in the cloud at one or multiple locations -- Videoconference with suppliers, business partners, and customers
AT&T U-verse with GigaPower services are available in Austin and some surrounding communities, and are expected to roll out in parts of Dallas this summer. AT&T first made the services available to tens of thousands of households in Austin and surrounding communities in December 2013 and recently announced it will expand the fiber network to double the households in the Austin area this year as a result of high demand that has exceeded expectations.
AT&T announced earlier this month that it is in discussions with North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to bring U-verse with GigaPower to parts of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Winston-Salem and Raleigh. The proposed plan for the North Carolina communities, which requires ratification from the six city councils, outlines fiber deployments in areas where there is demand for ultra-fast broadband and sound policies for investment.
For more information about AT&T U-verse with GigaPower, please visit www.att.com/gigapowercities
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**Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and device capabilities, and use of other U-verse services
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WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an increasingly digital and big data world, marketing and communications professionals are turning to visual and multimedia elements to stand out from the crowd and drive audience interaction, engagement and buying behavior.
Employing Visual Content for Compelling Storytelling, a live event fromPR Newswire on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 8:15AM EDT at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C., brings together a panel of industry leaders as they explore the various ways brands and thought-leaders are using visuals and taking advantage of multimedia platforms and products to achieve goals ranging from higher visibility and increased engagement, to lead generation and brand loyalty.
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ITASCA, Ill., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo Inc. , a leading aircraft communications service provider to the global aviation industry, announced today that it will release the results for its first quarter 2014 before the market open on May 12th, 2014. The company will host its quarterly earnings conference call the same day at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
Conference Call & Web Cast
The conference call will be held on May 12th, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (ET). A live web cast of the conference call, as well as a replay, will be available online on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://ir.gogoair.com. Participants can also access the call by dialing (855) 500-1988 (within the United States and Canada) or (832) 412-1830 (international dialers) and entering conference ID number 33329976. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call has ended and will be available until June 12th, 2014. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 (within the United States and Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (international dialers) and enter the conference ID number 33329976.
Gogo is the global leader of in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions. Using Gogo's exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include AeroMexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include AeroMexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline Business, Gogo has more than 6,300 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 700+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and various locations overseas are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with Gogo at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
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REDMOND, Wash., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android(TM)( )platform and Chrome OS(TM)( )operating system.
"Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs," said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation."
"Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents," said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions. "We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence."
Microsoft's commitment to licensing IP
The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that open Microsoft's IP portfolio for customers, partners and competitors. The program was developed to provide access to Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. Microsoft's specific patent licensing program for Android device-makers has resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies, including Samsung, ZTE, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble.
More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "MSI." To learn more, visit www.motorolasolutions.com. MOTOROLA, MOTO, MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC and are used under license. Android and Chrome OS are trademarks of Google, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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DES MOINES, Iowa, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Meredith Corporation , the leading media and marketing company reaching more than 100 million American women, will report fiscal 2014 third quarter and first nine months results on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
A conference call will be held that day at 11:00 EDT to discuss the results. To listen, visit Meredith Corporation's Investor Relations section at www.meredith.com prior to the start of the call. An archive version of the formal remarks and the audio portion of the webcast will be available later in the day on Meredith's website.
Meredith Corporation is the leading media and marketing company serving American women. Meredith reaches 100 million American women every month through multiple well-known national brands - including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle, Allrecipes, EveryDay with Rachael Ray and FamilyFun - and local television brands in fast-growing markets. Meredith is the industry leader in creating content in key consumer interest areas such as home, family, food, health and wellness and self-development. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms - including print, television, digital, mobile, tablets, and video - to give consumers content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Additionally, Meredith Xcelerated Marketing serves the nation's top brands and companies with deep expertise in digital, mobile, social, analytics and international marketing.
A hallmark of Meredith's business model and financial profile is its ability to consistently generate substantial free cash flow by leveraging the strength of its multi-platform portfolio. Meredith is committed to increasing Total Shareholder Return through dividend payments, share repurchases and strategic business investments. Meredith has paid a dividend for 67 straight years and increased its dividend for 21 consecutive years. Meredith currently pays an annual dividend of $1.73 per share that's currently yielding approximately 4 percent.
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SAN JOSE, Calif., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. and Open-Silicon, Inc., both founding developer members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC), today announced Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) controller IP for Xilinx Virtex(R)-7 FPGAs. The high-performance nature of Virtex-7 FPGAs enables system developers to take advantage of the ultra-high memory bandwidth of the Hybrid Memory Cube and utilize the host-side IP to decrease time to market while providing over 1 Tb/s of serial bandwidth.
Hybrid Memory Cube is a high performance memory solution that delivers unprecedented levels of bandwidth, power efficiency and reliability for networking and computing systems. The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium successfully defined an industry standard HMC interface in April 2013 and continues to work to build the ecosystem to enable its widespread adoption. Today's joint announcement of host-side controller IP availability for Xilinx FPGAs marks another key date in the evolution of this leading edge technology.
"The availability of new host-side HMC Controller IP furthers the widespread adoption of this revolutionary technology," said Tom Eby, vice president, Compute and Networking Business Unit at Micron. "We are pleased that Xilinx and Open-Silicon have provided a new solution for this growing market."
The Open-Silicon HMC Controller IP offers a seamless interface to HMC. The high-performance controller offers an ultra-low latency core coupled with a flexible user interface. Optimized for Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA implementation, the IP supports HMC links operating at 12.5 Gb/s per lane. The HMC controller has been tested on Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs and, along with the accompanying software stack, allows for the quick integration and evaluation of the HMC technology and performance testing of the HMC links.
"The industry's highest performance HMC interface at 12.5 Gb/s is now enabled by a combination of Xilinx's Virtex-7 FPGAs and Open-Silicon's HMC IP, allowing our mutual customers to achieve extremely high throughput for next generation designs," said Dave Myron, senior director of FPGA product management and marketing at Xilinx.
"We joined HMCC as one of the first developers with the intent to help bring this exciting technology to market with a level of quality that Open-Silicon is known for," said Taher Madraswala, COO, Open-Silicon. "Our networking, computing, and industrial customers are actively seeking ultra-high bandwidth memory solutions. The HMC Controller IP will allow customers to jumpstart their next-generation product development featuring this new high-performance memory solution."
The Open-Silicon HMC Controller IP is available now, for more information, visit http://www.open-silicon.com/open-silicon-ips/hmc/.
About Open-Silicon, Inc.
Open-Silicon, a leading supplier of advanced IP cores such as Interlaken, and developer of customer-specific products (CSPs), provides ASICs, platforms, concept-to-parts development, customized IP, low-effort derivative design, and state-of-the-art manufacturing solutions. With Open-Silicon, customers benefit from global engineering including an ARM(R) Technology Center of Excellence, advanced SerDes integration, 2.5D interposer-based package engineering, experienced architects, leading-edge physical design methodology, and embedded software development, all leveraging the industry's best technology from both Open-Silicon and the open market. For more information, visit Open-Silicon's website at www.open-silicon.com or call 408-240-5700.
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
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NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Intralinks(R) Holdings, Inc. , a leading, global SaaS provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions, today announced that it will broadcast a videocast in conjunction with its upcoming Investor Day Event via its website on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. All interested parties are invited to listen as Intralinks president and CEO Ron Hovsepian, CFO Derek Irwin and other Intralinks executives present a current and future view of the company and its prospects, including customer perspectives, product demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions. Intralinks will host a live videocast of this event at www.intralinks.com/ir. Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join us through that link live on June 4(th). For those who cannot make the live broadcast, this video cast will be archived on the Intralinks website. No passcode is required for the live video cast or the replay.
Intralinks Holdings, Inc. is a leading, global technology provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions. Through innovative Software-as-a-Service solutions, Intralinks solutions are designed to enable the secure and compliant exchange, control, and management of information between organizations when working through the firewall. More than 2.7 million professionals at 99% of the Fortune 1000 companies have depended on Intralinks' experience. With a track record of enabling high-stakes transactions and business collaborations valued at more than $23.5 trillion, Intralinks is a trusted provider of easy-to-use, enterprise strength, cloud-based collaboration solutions. For more information, visit www.intralinks.com.
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TEL AVIV, Israel, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RADCOM Ltd. , a leading innovative service assurance and customer experience provider, today announced it has changed the date on which it will announce its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. The Company will now report its Q1 results on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, rather than on April 29th.
RADCOM's management will hold an interactive conference call on the same day at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (16:00 Israel Time) to discuss the results and to answer participants' questions. To join the call, please call one of the following numbers approximately five minutes before the call is scheduled to begin:
From the US (toll-free): + 1-888-668-9141
From other locations: +972-3-918-0609
For those unable to listen to the call at the time, a replay will be available from April 24(th) on RADCOM's website.
RADCOM provides innovative service assurance and customer experience management solutions for leading telecom operators and communications service providers. RADCOM specializes in solutions for next-generation mobile and fixed networks, including LTE, VoLTE, IMS, VoIP, UMTS/GSM and mobile broadband. RADCOM's comprehensive, carrier- grade solutions are designed for big data analytics on terabit networks, and are used to prevent service provider revenue leakage and to enhance customer care management. RADCOM's products interact with policy management to provide self-optimizing network solutions. RADCOM's shares are listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol RDCM. For more information, please visit www.radcom.com
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, Kellogg Company is releasing a new Web-Slinging game App that provides superhero fans with an exclusive, interactive gaming experience and a way to become Spider-Man, themselves! If that's not enough, consumers can enter a giveaway and a new Kellogg sweepstakes with Sony for a chance to win more than 1,000 prizes, including a free trip for two to New York City.
"Spider-Man fans are gearing up for the film and we're casting a web of fun that everyone can enjoy," says Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of Integrated Promotions at Kellogg Company.
After downloading Kellogg's Spider-Man 2 game App, players can unlock game scenes on their phone by snapping a picture of the phone icon on specially marked Kellogg's packages. Each Kellogg's brand unlocks one of three different gaming scenes. Kellogg's snack products, for example, show a battle between Spider-Man and the villain Electro in Times Square. Cereals and Pop-Tarts(R) will unlock a cityscape scene, and Pringles(R) products reveal a battle at Oscorp Industries. Once all three scenes have been unlocked, a Spider-Man photo overlay will appear and consumers can take photos in the Spider-Man suit.
In addition to the new game app, consumers can earn prizes when collecting Kellogg's Family Rewards (KFR) codes from specially marked packages of Pop-Tarts(R) and Kellogg's cereals such as Krave(R), Frosted Mini-Wheats(R), Frosted Flakes(R), Apple Jacks(R) and Froot Loops(R). Consumers can redeem three codes for concession cash or six codes for free movie tickets valued at $12 each. Plus, each time consumers enter a code, they will earn points toward other KFR rewards.
The accompanying sweepstakes offers superhero fans more than 1,000 prizes, including a grand prize trip for two to New York City. To enter, consumers can collect and redeem KFR codes from an array of specially marked Kellogg's snack products, including Cheez-It(R), Keebler(R) and Rice Krispies Treats(R). Additional prizes include 10 Sony LED HDTVs, 100 Sony Xperia(R) Tablets and 100 Activision(R) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game. One thousand movie fans also will win free Movie Tickets.
For more information about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging game App, a list of specially marked products included in the Kellogg promotions, and official rules, visit www.Kelloggs.com/spiderman.
About Kellogg Company
At Kellogg Company , we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. With 2013 sales of $14.8 billion and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg is the world's leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company. Our brands--Kellogg's(R), Keebler(R), Special K(R), Pringles(R), Frosted Flakes(R), Pop-Tarts(R), Corn Flakes(R), Rice Krispies(R), Kashi(R), Cheez-It(R), Eggo(R), Mini-Wheats(R) and more--nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. Through our Breakfasts for Better Days(TM) initiative, we're providing 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks--more than half of which are breakfasts--to children and families in need around the world by the end of 2016. To learn more about Kellogg, visit www.kelloggcompany.com or follow us on Twitter @KelloggCompany.
About "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing, including licensing the Spider-Man universe to Sony Pictures. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com. (C)MARVEL
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HONG KONG, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shanda Games Limited , a leading online game developer, operator, and publisher in China, today announced that Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited ("Shanda Interactive"), the controlling shareholder of Shanda Games, has entered into a share purchase agreement with Perfect World Co., Ltd. , another leading online game developer and operator in China, for Perfect World to acquire a total of 30,326,005 class A ordinary shares of Shanda Games. Pursuant to the share purchase agreement, Perfect World will acquire these shares from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanda Interactive for a total consideration of US$100 million in cash. The purchase is expected to be consummated in 30 days, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
In addition, Perfect World has also entered into an adherence agreement to become a party to the consortium agreement dated as of January 27, 2014 between Shanda Interactive and Primavera Capital (Cayman) Fund I L.P., an affiliate of Primavera Capital Limited, and participate as a new member of the consortium (the "Consortium") in the proposed "going private" transaction with respect to Shanda Games. The Consortium has submitted a preliminary non-binding proposal letter dated January 27, 2014 (the "Proposal") to the board of directors of Shanda Games. According to the Proposal, the Consortium proposed to acquire Shanda Games in a "going private" transaction for US$3.45 per class A or class B ordinary share of Shanda Games, or US$6.90 per ADS. According to the Proposal, the proposed transaction is intended to be financed with a combination of equity capital funded by the Consortium members and third-party debt. The Proposal states that it constitutes only a preliminary indication of interest and is subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements relating to the proposed transaction.
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Shanda Games Limited is a leading online game developer, operator, and publisher in China. Shanda Games offers a diversified game portfolio, which includes some of the most popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) games and mobile games in China and in overseas markets, targeting a large and diverse community of users. Shanda Games manages and operates online games that are developed in-house, co-developed with world-leading game developers, acquired through investments or licensed from third parties. For more information about Shanda Games, please visit http://www.ShandaGames.com.
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HONG KONG, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UTStarcom , a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, today announced that the Company has filed its 2013 annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 18, 2014. The annual report on Form 20-F, which contains its audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013, can be accessed and downloaded from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov as well as through UTStarcom's investor relations website at http://utstarcom.investorroom.com/index.php?s=127.
The Company will provide a hard copy of its annual report containing the audited consolidated financial statements, free of charge, to its shareholders upon request. Requests should be directed to the Investor Relations Department, UTStarcom, Unit 7, Level 23, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road, Hong Kong.
About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
UTStarcom is a global telecom infrastructure provider dedicated to developing technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming and other applications. We work with carriers globally, from Asia to the Americas, to meet this demand through a range of innovative broadband packet optical transport and wireless/fixed-line access products and solutions. The company's end-to-end broadband product portfolio, enhanced through in-house Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based orchestration, enables mobile and fixed-line network operators and enterprises worldwide to build highly efficient and resilient future-proof networks for a range of applications, including mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access, and Wi-Fi data offload. Our strategic investments in media operational support service providers expand UTStarcom's capabilities in the field of next generation video platforms. UTStarcom was founded in 1991, started trading on NASDAQ in 2000, and has operating entities in Tokyo, Japan; Fremont, USA; Delhi and Bangalore, India; Hangzhou, China. For more information about UTStarcom, please visit http://www.utstar.com.UTStarcom, Inc.
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BETHESDA, Md., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to STEM education, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is pleased to announce it will feature an interactive space exploration panel for student attendees at the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival.
Visitors to Lockheed Martin's stage will have two opportunities to learn about spectacular experiences in space, ask questions and receive autographs from three U.S. astronauts and NASA's Chief Science Officer Saturday, April 26.
-- Rick Hieb: A veteran of three space flights, Hieb flew on STS-39 in 1991, STS-49 in 1992 and STS-65 in 1994. He has logged more than 750 hours in space, including more than 17 hours of space walk. Hieb was the payload commander for Space Shuttle Mission STS-65, which lasted from July 8 - July 23, 1994 and set a new flight duration record for the Space Shuttle program. Read more about Hieb's experience in space here. -- Tom Jones, PhD: Jones is a veteran astronaut with four shuttle flights: STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994, STS-80 in 1996 and STS-98 in 1998. He logged more than 52 days in space. During his 2001 space flight, Jones and his crew delivered the U.S. Destiny Laboratory Module to the Space Station, where he led three space walks to activate and outfit the Lab. Learn more about Jones here. -- Paul Richards: Richards flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery on STS-102 in 2001, the eighth shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. During his mission, he logged more than 307 hours in space, including 6.4 spacewalk hours. Richards is currently a manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-R Series), which are the next generation of weather satellites being developed by NASA for NOAA. Find out more about Richards' time in space here. -- Ellen Stofan: As NASA Chief Science Officer, Stofan serves as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Before her appointment in 2013, she was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of earth sciences at the University College London in England. Stofan's research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan and Earth.
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More than 500,000 people participated in the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival events. The two-day Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center draws students, parents, teachers, as well as organizations and companies interested in investing in STEM education. To learn more about Lockheed Martin's involvement in the festival, as well as details on the exhibits, click here.
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NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oi S.A. Brazil is in a unique position in the telecommunications industry with access to the considerable growth in mobile that has spread throughout the world as of late. Although Brazil is currently fourth in the number of mobile phones in the world, the country sports a relatively high 136 mobile phones per 100 citizens, which is higher than the three countries in front of Brazil (China, India, and the US). Further, mobile growth is only expected to increase as Brazil's middle class sees increasing wealth and therefore higher smartphone penetration. Presently, Brazil is the world's 7th largest economy with GDP of approximately $2.2 trillion annually. One of the companies that has and should continue to capitalize on the growth potential in Brazil is Oi S.A.
Oi S.A. (OIBR), through its subsidiaries, provides integrated telecommunication services for residential customers, companies, and government agencies in Brazil. The company operates in three segments: fixed-line and data transmission services (i.e. local and long distance services); mobile services (i.e. voice, text, and data applications); and other services (i.e. internet access services, online advertising, television services, etc.). The company is one of the principal telecom service providers in Brazil with approximately 75 million revenue generating units (RGUs). According to ANATEL, the Brazilian agency that regulates and supervises telecommunications in the country, OIBR most recently controlled approximately 41.4% of the Brazilian fixed-line market and 18.6% of the Brazilian mobile telecom market. Further, the company's mobile network covers areas in which roughly 88.5% of the Brazilian population lives and works.
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HANGZHOU, China, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire / -- Yosen Group, Inc. ("Yosen", or "the Company") today announced that it has signed an agreement (the "Agreement") with Yiwu China Commodity City Information Technology Ltd. (CCCIT), a subsidiary of China Commodity City Group Ltd (CCC Group). Yosen Group and CCCIT will cooperate exclusively in cross border trade, e-commerce, warehousing, and logistics in four major states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania).
According to the Agreement, Yosen will be CCCIT's exclusive partner in the NY-NJ-CT-PA area for the next five (5) years. Both parties will jointly develop an independent website to supplement China Commodity City's official e-commerce platform yiwugou.com. Yosen will be fully responsible for the U.S. online platform operation and order processing, while CCCIT will provide technical assistance, data support, online and offline marketing, website traffic referral, and free transit warehousing. The domain name yiwuny.com will become an intellectual property owned by Yosen. All profits from cross border trade and the U.S. e-commerce platform will belong to Yosen only. In addition, CCC Group plans to establish a central warehouse and products exhibition center in the Greater New York area to service its 70,000 merchants and 210,000 suppliers. Yosen will be involved for this plan's implementation in New York as well as the logistics and distribution management. For that, Yosen will enjoy sales profit sharing at a later stage of operation. When the five-year Agreement expires, Yosen has the first right to renew.
Yiwu China Commodity City Information Technology Ltd. is a subsidiary of China Commodity City Group Ltd. (CCC Group). Founded in 2002 with registered capital of RMB 52 million, it is mainly engaged in establishing and maintaining CCC Group's official e-commerce website yiwugou.com. The yiwugou.com platform connects each of the 70,000 China Commodity City merchants online and offline. By using its proprietary 360 degree virtual tour technology, yiwugou.com provides buyers with the experience of exploring the Yiwu Commodity City nearly in person. Through the yiwugou.com platform, merchants can demonstrate their products, manage online stores and complete transactions. Buyers, on the other hand, can easily view stores and products, place orders, and enjoy all the convenience and comfort that yiwugou.com can provide.
Located in Yiwu City, Central Zhejiang Province, China Commodity City is China's famous small commodity wholesale market established in 1982. Occupying a total operating area of over 50 million square feet with approximately 70,000 merchants of 1.7 million types of commodities, China Commodity City distributes almost every kind of daily essential products. For twenty-two (22) years consecutively, it has been ranked No. 1 among China's major wholesale markets. Further, it was honored by the United Nations, the World Bank and Morgan Stanley, among other world authorities, as the "largest small commodity wholesale market in the world." China Commodity City is also China's largest export base for small commodities with products exporting 570,000 containers annually to 219 countries and regions.
Yosen's CEO Mr. Zhenggang Wang commented, "We are very proud of being able to sign this exclusive partnership with CCC Group in the Greater New York area. CCC Group brings us priceless resources. Their investment in yiwugou.com alone has reached hundreds of millions RMB. Based on the Agreement, Yosen will benefit from CCC Group's voluminous information on hundreds of thousands merchants and suppliers, as well as their marketing support and traffic referral. Furthermore, Yosen will enjoy all the subsequent profits from the cooperation and the New York e-commerce platform. With the many favorable terms and free support from CCC Group, we are convinced that this cooperation will generate significant value for Yosen's shareholders."
"As the first company in Yiwu that went public in the United States, Yosen was privileged to have received much attention from the local government as well as state-owned companies. We decided to start international trade and wholesale business end of last year, and we have made breakthrough within a very short period of time in New York. This also raised a great deal of attention from CCC Group. The exclusive agreement has far exceeded our team's original plan and expectation," added Mr. Wang. "Yosen was honored to be invited to China's first national level e-commerce forum two weeks ago. We had the opportunity to discuss with many leading internet companies how to integrate efficiently offline resources and online platforms. We will take advantage of our yiwuny.com opportunity to cooperate with professional companies by leveraging cutting edge big data technology and operating model in building our platform. We will provide details on the progress over the next few months gradually."
About China Commodity City Group Ltd. (CCC Group)
China Commodity City Group Ltd. (China Commodity City Group, or CCC Group), established in 1993, is a state controlled enterprise. CCC Group became a listed company on Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2002. As of end of 2012, CCC Group had over 5000 employees, and total assets of RMB 18.281 billion.
About Yosen Group, Inc.
Yosen Group, Inc. ("Yosen Group", or "Yosen") was founded in Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, in 1997. Yosen is a leading retailer of 3C merchandise (Computers, Communication products and Consumer electronics) in Eastern China. The Company partners with China's three dominant telecommunication operators including China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom, and operates 3C specialty stores within mass merchandisers at prime locations. Yosen distributes the best-selling products of Apple, Samsung, among others. Yosen Group, though its corporate headquarters in China and its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, is committed to building cross-border sales channels for bringing the world's best consumer products to China and, simultaneously, introducing China's most competitive products to the overseas markets. Yosen Group is China Commodity City Group's exclusive partnerin the Greater New York area. The Company operates under the "Yosen" and "Yong Xin" brand names.
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BEIJING, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vimicro International Corporation ("Vimicro" or the "Company"), a leading video processing IC and surveillance solution provider, today announced that the Company signed an agreement regarding SVAC-compliant chips with the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security. The signing ceremony was held on April 18 in Beijing and was attended by: Party Secretary Mr. Wang Gang, Director Mr. Qiu Baoli, Deputy Director Ms. Chen Zhaowu, etc. of the First Research Institute of Ministry of Public Security; Vimicro's CEO, Dr. Zhonghan (John) Deng, and the President Mr. Zhaowei (Kevin) Jin.
The SVAC (Surveillance Video and Audio Coding) surveillance standard represents one of the most important achievements in the field of security and surveillance monitoring and it is the only codec specifically designed for security surveillance needs. SVAC was promulgated in 2011 as a national standard, and it was initiated and co-developed by the First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security and Vimicro, under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, with the goal of ensuring national safety and security. To-date, SVAC has been implemented in Shanxi and Hebei provinces and in other regions to provide public security, urban management, and in other large-scale industrial applications. Recently, the Ministry of Public Security selected Guangdong Province as the first province for a national SVAC standard demonstration running through October 2014, along with video collection points funded by Guangdong provincial government, which together will comprise a uniform implementation of the SVAC national standard.
With SVAC's mature technology and increasing recognition, the total surveillance market is at approximately 300 billion Yuan (approximately USD $50 million) in 2012 and is estimated to be growing at an annual growth rate of approximately 20%. The close cooperation between Vimicro and First Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security will continue to develop future SVAC national standards with the respect to core chips, safety programs, promotions, and other system features, which will benefit from both parties' common resources, common strengths, and the promotion of development of future SVAC-compliant products, as well as system applications and industrial processes using video surveillance. Moreover, SVAC sets an example for the cooperation between government and industry on the development of national standards, the promotion of domestic high-tech industries, and the achievement of major successes.
About Vimicro International Corporation
Vimicro International Corporation is a leading video processing IC and surveillance solution provider that designs, develops, and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions that enable multimedia capabilities in a variety of products for PC/notebook, consumer electronics, and surveillance applications. Vimicro has aggressively entered the surveillance market with system-level solutions and semiconductor products to capitalize on China's domestic demand. Vimicro's ADSs each represent four ordinary shares and are traded on the NASDAQ Global Market exchange under the ticker symbol "VIMC."
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WALLDORF, Germany, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With almost half of all imports coming into China attributed to processing trade,* the customs procedure under which certain goods can be brought into China for export, duty and value-added tax free, it is more important than ever for businesses to be able to efficiently and transparently work with China. SAP AG today announced the availability of a new application to help centralize processing trade activities, SAP(R) Global Trade Services, processing trade in China.
In the last 20 years, processing trade in China has increased dramatically. In 2010, 47 percent of exports and 30 percent of imports were attributed toward processing trade.* Companies face multiple challenges to comply with processing trade regulations, including performing reconciliation, managing customs bills of materials, tracking inventory and managing customs declarations with matching business transactions. SAP Global Trade Services, processing trade in China, helps companies minimize risk and reduce duties by centralizing processing trade activities. At the same time, it helps improve efficiency by automating imports, exports and e-manual management.
"Processing trade is a typical production model for manufactures in China. Besides the manpower, process and time consumed to deal with certain goods, companies today are seeing compliance risk when they define with customs if the goods are bonded or not," said Cao Yu Jie, research director, CCW Research. "SAP's first localized processing trade solution for China will help companies to obtain work orders and goods information directly by processing different codes and processes in the ERP system. Trading companies in China therefore are able to save time, lower cost and improve efficiency, which lies at the center of bonded processing. The China processing trade solution by SAP is a best practice on how IT can help with process optimization for Chinese enterprises. The market is confident and expects more localized solutions from SAP to solve business challenges in China."
In 2013, the first localization of SAP Global Trade Services in China was released to help companies to comply with general trade regulations. Companies are already using the solution to manage classifications including supervision codes, declaration elements, letter of credit management; legal control, generating export declaration forms and claiming VAT Refunds. With the new solution, SAP Global Trade Services is completely ready with both General Trade and Processing Trade.
"China has become the largest goods trading country in the world," said Mark Gibbs, president of SAP Greater China. "Processing trade is important for companies importing into China as well as companies based in China. SAP Global Trade Services, processing in China, helps companies to better manage customs e-manual and handbook, electronic customs clearance and bonded warehouse management; significantly improve the efficiency of customs clearance; and reduce trading compliance risks."
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BEIJING, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect World Co., Ltd. ("Perfect World" or the "Company"), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire a total of 30,326,005 class A ordinary shares of Shanda Games Limited ("Shanda Games"), a leading online game developer, operator, and publisher in China. Pursuant to the share purchase agreement, the Company will acquire these shares from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, the controlling shareholder of Shanda Games, for a total consideration of US$100 million in cash. The purchase is expected to be consummated in 30 days, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
In addition, Perfect World has also entered into an adherence agreement to become a party to the consortium agreement dated as of January 27, 2014 between Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited and Primavera Capital (Cayman) Fund I L.P., an affiliate of Primavera Capital Limited, and participate as a new member of the consortium (the "Consortium") in the proposed "going private" transaction with respect to Shanda Games. The Consortium has submitted a preliminary non-binding proposal letter dated January 27, 2014 (the "Proposal") to the board of directors of Shanda Games, whereby the Consortium proposed to acquire Shanda Games in a "going private" transaction for US$3.45 per class A or class B ordinary share of Shanda Games, or US$6.90 per ADS. The Proposal constitutes only a preliminary indication of the interest of the Consortium and is subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements relating to the proposed acquisition transaction.
About Perfect World Co., Ltd. (http://www.pwrd.com)
Perfect World Co., Ltd. is a leading online game developer, and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on proprietary game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World's strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater changing customer preferences and market trends. Perfect World's current portfolio of self-developed online games includes massively multiplayer online role playing games ("MMORPGs"): "Perfect World," "Legend of Martial Arts," "Perfect World II," "Zhu Xian," "Chi Bi," "Pocketpet Journey West," "Battle of the Immortals," "Fantasy Zhu Xian," "Forsaken World," "Dragon Excalibur," "Empire of the Immortals," "Return of the Condor Heroes," "Saint Seiya Online," "Swordsman Online" and "Holy King;" an online casual game: "Hot Dance Party;" and a number of web games and mobile games. While a majority of the revenues are generated in China, Perfect World operates its games in North America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia through its own subsidiaries. Perfect World's games have also been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions in Asia, Latin America, and the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories. Perfect World intends to continue to explore new and innovative business models and is committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.
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MADISON, N.J., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics , the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Summit Health, a leading provider of on-site prevention and wellness services. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Health and wellness is a large and fast growing segment within the healthcare industry. A report by RAND Corp based on 2012 data found that 85% of employers with over 1,000 employees offer a wellness program.
The combined business will be referred to as Quest Diagnostics Health and Wellness Services. Quest's Blueprint for Wellness wellness biometric screening offering will continue to represent the company's direct-to-employer services. Summit Health's offering will primarily represent private-label services that health plans and health-improvement companies can resell to employers and other clients. It is complementary to Quest's own wellness offering, whose customers tend to be large employers. Both businesses have been growing organically in the double digits.
Over time, the combined organization will add service extensions to both the direct-to-employer and private-label offerings. Blueprint for Wellness clients will have access to Summit's nurse network, flexible on-site event staffing, immunization services and educational seminars. Summit's clients will have access to Quest's 2,200 patient service centers, biometric analysis, nationwide network of mobile phlebotomists, and electronic personal and population health reports.
Summit Health's Novi, Mich. and Scottsdale, Ariz. facilities and Quest's Lenexa, Kan. facilities will play central roles in the combined organization.
"Summit solidifies our leadership position in the fast-growing wellness business," said Steve Rusckowski, President and CEO, Quest Diagnostics. "This acquisition is well aligned with our strategy to restore growth because it will extend the range of solutions we can offer in the growing health and wellness market."
The company's five-point strategy includes restoring growth and driving disciplined capital deployment, including through strategically aligned, accretive acquisitions that add one to two percent in annualized revenues.
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Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic information services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at QuestDiagnostics.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/QuestDiagnostics and Twitter.com/QuestDX.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gigamon((R)) Inc. , a leader in traffic visibility solutions with the innovative Unified Visibility Fabric(TM), today announced Ananda Rajagopal has joined the company as Vice President of Product Management, bringing more than 20 years of global software, hardware and engineering leadership. Ananda joins Gigamon from Brocade, where he was most recently VP Routing, Product Management & Strategy for their Data Center Switching and Routing business.
"Ananda is an accomplished technology industry leader, with technical and executive expertise across virtually every sector in which we operate, from cloud infrastructure to SDN and from NFV to network visibility," said Peter Finter, CMO of Gigamon. "With more than two decades of spearheading solutions and complex emerging technologies for large customers and service providers, Ananda brings a proven high-performance record that will extend Gigamon's leadership with our solutions for service providers and enterprises."
Prior to Gigamon, Rajagopal joined Brocade through the Foundry Networks acquisition where he helped the company achieve significant penetration in the service provider and high-end enterprise markets. Prior to Foundry Networks, Rajagopal was with Ascend Communications, subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies, where he led Software, Quality and Pre-Sales Engineering teams, and was responsible for the industry's first IP-DSLAM product that powered many of the early large-scale IPTV deployments in the world. He previously served as a software specialist for Wipro, one of the world's largest IT outsourcing/staffing consultancies, where he consulted for clients such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. At Cisco, Rajagopal was the software lead for the industry's first Inverse Multiplexing over ATM (IMA) product.
"I'm enthusiastic to join a world-class team with unprecedented vision for the industry," Rajagopal said. "Gigamon is empowering the next generation of pervasive, intelligent network visibility for service providers, enterprises and cloud data centers today. I look forward to building upon Gigamon's incredible product portfolio to drive the future course of network visibility."
Rajagopal holds an MBA in Technology Management from Santa Clara University, as well as a Masters of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT in Kanpur, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Mysore in India. Previously, he held positions on the Internet2 Research Advisory Board, Metro Ethernet Forum, and DSL Forum, as well as serving as a voting member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Gigamon provides an intelligent Visibility Fabric(TM) architecture for enterprises, data centers and service providers around the globe. Our technology empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with pervasive and dynamic intelligent visibility of traffic across both physical and virtual environments without affecting the performance or stability of the production network. Through patented technologies and centralized management, the Gigamon GigaVUE portfolio of high availability and high density products intelligently delivers the appropriate network traffic to management, analysis, compliance and security tools. With over eight years' experience designing and building traffic visibility products in the US, Gigamon solutions are deployed globally across vertical markets including over half of the Fortune 100 and many government and federal agencies. www.gigamon.com
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