Companies news of 2014-04-28 (page 1)

  • IBM Launches First "BlueMix Garage" in San Francisco to Speed Development of Cloud...
  • tw telecom Expands Network in Houston-Expansion south of Houston follows recent company...
  • IBM Debuts Enterprise Cloud Marketplace with Global Partner EcosystemLaunches Single...
  • IPOs and Transactions: April 21 - 25Last week's review of corporations, SEC form type and...
  • 2014 First-Quarter Sales of EUR56.2 Million, Up 12% on a Constant-Exchange-Rate Basis
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    IBM Launches First "BlueMix Garage" in San Francisco to Speed Development of Cloud ApplicationsNew Physical "Garages," Co-Located with Startups, to Spur BlueMix App Development

    LAS VEGAS, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today announced the launch of the first BlueMix Garage - a physical location where developers, product managers and designers can collaborate with IBM experts to rapidly innovate and deliver new cloud apps deployed onto BlueMix, IBM's open platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

    Located in San Francisco, the first IBM BlueMix Garage has begun initial projects and will become fully operational this June, transforming app development with modern cloud technologies and highly disciplined agile processes. Centered in dense startup communities, BlueMix Garages will help redefine how developers use the cloud to turn new ideas into initial products, evolve them based on market feedback, and deliver scale and integration with client systems as needed through the IBM BlueMix platform.

    Designed as a collaborative space for developers from companies of all sizes, the first BlueMix Garage will locate an IBM community and development lab in the heart of a thriving, entrepreneurial community: Galvanize. Located in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood - home to more startups per square foot than anywhere in the world - Galvanize attracts a strong network of entrepreneurs, developers, students, mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists in a physical space to learn, collaborate and create the next generation of high-tech and digital businesses. By the end of 2014, Galvanize will be home to approximately 200 San Francisco startups, which will sit next to the BlueMix Garage and spur co-innovation through events, technical talks and mentorship by IBM Fellows and senior business leaders.

    "Galvanize is a co-learning campus, providing digital startups with the industry-critical tools, mentoring and connections they need to learn, grow and launch," said Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Galvanize. "The inclusion of IBM's first BlueMix Garage within the Galvanize community will equip our strong network of developers with the ability to competitively innovate apps with speed, using the power of cloud and open standards."

    Working side-by-side with IBM experts, entrepreneurs from various companies will gain a core set of skills in agile practices focused on cloud integration, systems of record, scalability and security; they will be able to quickly build, deploy and iterate new Cloud apps and services on BlueMix. On an ongoing basis, IBM will identify products created in the Garage, as well as startup offerings, which would benefit IBM's clients, making them available as software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities in IBM's new Cloud marketplace.

    As part of the new partnership with IBM, Galvanize and IBM will be adding BlueMix content into existing gSchool courses, Galvanize's 24-week immersive developer training program. Galvanize is announcing a new gSchool course on Cloud Foundry in San Francisco commencing in Fall 2014 powered by IBM and Pivotal. This new curriculum will produce developers highly skilled in building apps on BlueMix, Pivotal Web Services, and other Cloud Foundry providers.

    With the launch of BlueMix Garages, IBM's developer platform will continue to strengthen the extensive ecosystem underpinning it. Reaching more than four million developers worldwide with its developerWorks community, IBM fuels a dev2dev support community, thousands of "how to" guides, developer discussion forums and deep technical documentation. Though the Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM also works closely with more than a thousand startups, helping them build their companies with venture capital investment, incubators, mentoring camps and startup villages throughout emerging markets such as India and Africa. Additionally, IBM provides mentoring and access to skill building in over 200 countries, sponsoring more than 3,000 technical events each year from enablement to testing and validation. This mentoring extends to academia, where IBM reaches more than 3,500 universities, helping to educate students about advances in Big Data, analytics, cloud and more.

    About IBM Cloud Computing
    IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Since its acquisition in 2013, IBM SoftLayer has served 4,500 new cloud clients. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more than 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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    tw telecom Expands Network in Houston-Expansion south of Houston follows recent company extension into The Woodlands

    HOUSTON, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom inc. , a leading provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, today announced it is expanding its existing market footprint in Houston by extending the company's network from the central business district down to South Shore Harbor in League City, and east to Deer Park.

    tw telecom 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 investment in the Houston metro area closely follows a previous market expansion by the company into The Woodlands, scheduled to be complete later this Spring.

    "This expansion is driven by customer demand," said Steve Frank, vice president and general manager, tw telecom Houston. "We are witnessing strong growth in the Houston market, and this network expansion helps extend our reach for our existing customers as well as new customers needing our network services and capabilities."

    The Houston 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. Learn how to become an IT Solutionist, powered by tw telecom, at

    About tw telecom
    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 for more information.

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    IBM Debuts Enterprise Cloud Marketplace with Global Partner EcosystemLaunches Single Online Destination for Cloud Innovation

    LAS VEGAS, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today launched a new cloud marketplace that brings together IBM's vast portfolio of cloud capabilities and new third-party services in a way that delivers a simple and easy experience for three key user groups within the enterprise - developers, IT managers and business leaders to learn, try, and buy software and services from IBM and its global partner ecosystem.

    The launch of IBM Cloud marketplace represents the next major step in IBM's cloud leadership. This single online destination will serve as the digital front door to cloud innovation bringing together IBM's capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third party vendors with the security and resiliency enterprises expect.

    The marketplace offers a gateway for IBM's vast global business partner ecosystem to tap into the growing $250B cloud market opportunity, with instant access to IBM's rich intellectual capital, array of services and software capabilities and access to IBM's vast enterprise client network. For partners, IBM's cloud marketplace provides a global path to the enterprise and new opportunities to collaborate with a network of channel partners in its ecosystem to generate new revenue streams driving cloud innovation.

    This marketplace will serve as a cloud innovation hub where technology meets business with hundreds of cloud services from IBM, partners and third party ecosystem. Clients can access a full suite of IBM-as-a-Service with 100 SaaS applications, IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service with composable services, the powerful SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service and third party cloud services.

    Today's news is the next significant step in IBM's continuing march toward building the most comprehensive cloud portfolio for the enterprise. This year alone IBM announced:

    --  $1.2 Billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint with
    --  $1 Billion in cloud development with the launch of Bluemix,
    Platform-as-a-Service enabling much of IBM middleware to the cloud.
    --  $1 Billion in the launch of a new business unit, the Watson Group for
    cloud-delivered cognitive innovation.
    --  Acquisition of Aspera and Cloudant, bringing the total to $7 Billion
    invested in 17 cloud acquisitions since 2010.

    "Increasingly cloud users from business, IT and development across the enterprise are looking for easy access to a wide range of services to address new business models and shifting market conditions," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Software & Cloud Solutions. "IBM Cloud marketplace puts Big Data and Analytics, mobile, social, commerce, integration ---- the full power of IBM-as-a-Service and our ecosystem --- at our clients' fingertips to help them quickly deliver innovative services to their constituents.

    Building a Best in Class Ecosystem of Cloud Service Providers
    IBM Cloud marketplace offers an ideal environment for business partners and independent software vendors to monetize their solutions as cloud services for the enterprise. Several IBM partners including SendGrid, Zend, Redis Labs, Sonian, Flow Search Corp, Deep DB, M2Mi and Ustream have featured a wide array of cloud services on IBM marketplace for enterprise clients.

    "IBM has brought together a full suite of enterprise class cloud services and software and made these solutions simple to consume and integrate, whether you are an enterprise developer or forward looking business exec," said Andi Gutmans, Zend CEO and Co-founder. "We will support the rapid delivery of our applications through the IBM Cloud marketplace, enabling millions of web and mobile developers, and many popular PHP applications to be consumed with enterprise services and service levels on the IBM Cloud."

    "Most cloud marketplaces are tied to one specific product offering. If you don't use the particular service for which the marketplace was built - even if you're a customer of other products by the same company, that marketplace is irrelevant for you," Jim Franklin, CEO of SendGrid. "But the IBM Cloud marketplace will be available to all IBM and non-IBM customers. Whether you're using BlueMix, or SoftLayer, or another IBM product, the IBM marketplace will be there to serve you. As a vendor, being able to reach all IBM customers from one place is very exciting."

    How the IBM Cloud Marketplace Works
    Clients can conveniently discover, test and experience hundreds of IBM and partner enterprise-grade cloud services online that are open, scalable and secure. Content is dynamically served up by job role and service pages offer easy, intuitive access for those interested in categories such as Start-ups, Mobile, Gaming and others. .For example, an enterprise DevOps team is looking for a better way to develop new technologies to meet fast-changing needs of the business. Until now, they would have searched across the Web, looking at vendor sites to piece together solutions. Today, they can consolidate their evaluation, immediate trial and purchasing of both IBM and third-party applications in the IBM Cloud marketplace and or contact IBM directly for a purchase.

    IBM's cloud marketplace has three key components:

    For Line of Business Professionals
    Busy business professionals from across the organization are looking for a fast, easy way to find user-friendly applications that are secure and scalable. IBM Cloud marketplace for business will serve as a single stop where business and IT professionals can learn about, deploy and consume over 100 SaaS applications ranging from Marketing, Procurement, Sales & Commerce, Supply Chain, Customer Service, Finance, Legal, and City Managers.

    For Developers
    IBM's Cloud marketplace -- Dev provides an integrated, get-started-now, cloud-based development environment where individual developers, development shops and enterprise development teams can quickly and effectively build enterprise applications via leading services and application protocol interfaces (APIs). These applications can be easily and securely integrated in hybrid on premise and off premise cloud environments. It is uniquely built on an open environment so developers can choose any open source or third party tools and integrate apps, as needed. Building on IBM's $1 billion investment in BlueMix, open platform-as-a-service, today IBM also announced the expansion of Bluemix with 30 cloud services, bringing advanced big data and analytics, mobile, security and devops services to developers and bringing enterprise developers into the cloud.

    For IT Departments
    IT managers want infrastructure they can configure and control to select their own suite of services, hardware and software; as well as reliable and scalable technology that is easy to access and implement. Cloud marketplace --- Ops provides a secure set of cloud services built on Softlayer that help clients deploy cloud services and support high performance businesses at enterprise scale. SoftLayer gives clients the ability to choose a cloud environment and location that best suits their business needs and provides visibility and transparency to where data reside, control of data security and placement with a choice of public, private or bare-metal server options. Services include Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid environments, Managed Security Services, Cloud Environments for Small and Medium Business among others.

    For instance, IT managers will be able to access two new IaaS offerings from IBM's Big Data and Analytics portfolio in the Cloud marketplace. InfoSphere Streams will allow organizations to analyze and share data in motion for real-time decision management, and InfoSphere BigInsights will make it easier for developers to use Hadoop to build secure big data apps. With the addition of these new solutions, IBM now offers more than 15 solutions from its Big Data and Analytics portfolio, Watson Foundations, for business users in the Cloud marketplace. IBM's Enterprise Content capabilities will also be available to help knowledge workers actively engage and manage content in a trusted cloud environment.

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    About IBM Cloud Computing
    IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Since its acquisition in 2013, IBM SoftLayer has served 4,500 new cloud clients. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more than 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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    IPOs and Transactions: April 21 - 25Last week's review of corporations, SEC form type and law firms

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    2014 First-Quarter Sales of EUR56.2 Million, Up 12% on a Constant-Exchange-Rate Basis

    PARIS, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

    Gameloft achieved consolidated sales of EUR56.2 million in the first quarter of 2014, up by 4%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, the first-quarter growth was 12%.

    EMEA represented 34% of first-quarter sales; North America, 29%; APAC, 20%; and LATAM, 18%.

    Sales (EUR million) 2014 2013 Variation 1st Quarter 56.2 54.2 +4%

    Gameloft's constant-exchange-rate growth remained particularly solid in the absence of major project launches since summer 2013. The groundwork completed over the past few months on game updates allows Gameloft's products to enjoy a significantly longer lifespan. Revenue generated in the first quarter of 2014 from back catalog titles such as World at Arms, Order & Chaos Online, Ice Age Village and UNO & Friends increased by over 30% compared with the last quarter of 2013. This strong sequential growth compared with the holiday season, traditionally a dynamic period, shows the progress made by the company in anticipating player expectations and implementing the free-to-play business model. This free-to-play ecosystem enables Gameloft to reach a very wide audience. In the past thirty days, no less than 160 million users played a Gameloft game on their smartphone or tablet.

    Gameloft recently launched The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is enjoying great success and was one of the most downloaded paid apps on the Apple App Store upon its release. With upcoming games such as Dungeon Gems, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Rival Knights, Ice AgeAdventures, Cars and Asphalt Overdrive, a spin-off of the successful Asphalt series, Gameloft is on track to launching several other potential blockbuster titles, which should drive the Group's sales in the coming quarters.

    The company targets a new year of growth in sales, profits and net cash in 2014. Second-quarter sales for 2014 will be published on July 28, 2014.

    About Gameloft

    A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms, including feature phones, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and connected TVs. Gameloft operates its own established franchises such as Asphalt(R), Real Football(R), Modern Combat and Order & Chaos(R), and also partners with major rights holders including Marvel(R), Hasbro(R), FOX(R), Mattel(R) and Disney(R). Gameloft is present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and employs over 5,200 developers.

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    Rentrak Announces Top DVD & Blu-ray Sales and Rentals for Week Ending April 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, April 28, 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 20, 2014.


    RANK TITLE STUDIO WEEKS IN RELEASE --- ------- 1 Frozen Disney 5 --- ------ ----------------- --- 2 Ride Along Universal 1 --- ---------- ------------------- --- 3 The Hobbit: The Warner Bros. 2 --- -------------------- -------------------- --- 4 The Nut Job Universal 1 --- ----------- ------------------- --- 5 The Pirate Fairy Disney 3 --- ---------------- ----------------- --- 6 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty FOX 1 --- ------------------- ---------------- --- 7 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lions Gate 7 --- ------------------ ---------------------- --- 8 Despicable Me 2 Universal 19 --- --------------- ------------------- --- 9 Anchorman 2: The Legend Paramount 3 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 10 The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount 4 --- ----------------------- --------------------- ---

    *Week ended April 19, 2014


    RANK TITLE STUDIO WEEKS IN RELEASE --- ------- 1 Frozen (2013)** Disney 5 --- -------------- ----------------- --- 2 The Wolf of Wall Street Paramount 4 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 3 American Hustle (2013) Sony 5 --- --------------------- --------------- --- 4 Gravity (2013)** Warner Bros. 8 --- --------------- -------------------- --- 5 Anchorman 2: The Legend Paramount 3 --- ----------------------- --------------------- --- 6 Homefront (2013)** Universal 6 --- ----------------- ------------------- --- 7 12 Years A Slave** FOX 7 --- ----------------- ---------------- --- 8 Grudge Match (2013)** Warner Bros. 2 --- -------------------- -------------------- --- 9 Out Of The Furnace** FOX 6 --- ------------------- ---------------- --- 10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lions Gate 7 --- ------------------ ---------------------- ---

    **Titles have delayed availability at certain rental outlets.

    (C) 2014 Rentrak Corporation - Content in this chart is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials data collection and analytical services, and are covered by provisions of the Copyright Act. The material presented herein is intended to be available for public use. You may reproduce the content of the chart in any format or medium without first obtaining permission, subject to the following requirements: (1) the material must be reproduced accurately and not in a misleading manner; (2) any publication or issuance of any part of the material to others must acknowledge Rentrak Corporation as the source of the material; and (3) you may not receive any monetary consideration for reproducing, displaying, disclosing or otherwise using any part of the material.

    About Retail Essentials((R))

    Rentrak's Retail Essentials is the home entertainment industry's leading service for weekly DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales insights from the brick-and-mortar market. Retail Essentials publishes estimated title-level national consumer spending and units sold within 72 hours after the close of each business week, giving users the ability to track industry performance and analyze the competitive landscape.Learn more.

    About Home Video Essentials((R))

    As the world's largest processor of DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental activity, Rentrak's Home Video Essentials is the only source for title-level, weekly home entertainment rental information from all sources: brick-and-mortar stores, by-mail/online subscription video and kiosks throughout the U.S. and Canadian markets. With Home Video Essentials, clients are able to quantify performance and benchmark findings against the industry, enabling them to make timely, informed business decisions and compete more effectively in the rental market.Learn more.

    About Rentrak Corporation

    Rentrak is the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with advanced demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for Video on Demand and movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit


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    IBM Announces New BlueMix Services to Help Developers Build Applications in the CloudMore than 30 Services, including Data and Analytics-as-a-Service for Real-Time Insights, New BlueMix Garages for Developers

    LAS VEGAS, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today announced that more than 30 additional cloud services are available in BlueMix, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to help developers quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services. Additionally, IBM is launching BlueMix Garages, collaborative locations where developers can create new apps on BlueMix, learn new development skills, and access IBM's developer ecosystem.

    With this announcement, IBM is accelerating the pace at which cloud computing will transform global industries.

    Built on open standards and leveraging Cloud Foundry, BlueMix has made major advancements since being announced in February, including:

    --  Cloud integration services to enable a secure connection between an
    organization's public applications and private data
    --  Swift, secure and fast connections, via the cloud, between Internet of
    Things and machine to machine device to store, query and visualize data
    --  Data and analytics-as-a-service to allow the rapid design and scale of
    applications that turn Big Data into competitive intelligence
    --  DevOps services that support the complete developer lifecycle

    IBM is leveraging BlueMix's foundation on SoftLayer for this expansion, combining the strength of IBM's middleware software with third-party and open technologies to create an integrated development experience in the cloud. Using an open cloud environment, BlueMix helps both born-on-the-web and enterprise developers build applications with their choice of tools. With the ability to easily combine a variety of services and APIs from across the industry to compose, test and scale custom applications, developers will be able to cut deployment time from months to minutes.

    "The adoption rate of BlueMix has been nothing short of phenomenal since being announced only a few short weeks ago," said Steve Robinson, General Manager of IBM Cloud Platform Services. "Rapidly growing numbers of beta participants are embracing our model of extending their existing assets and services into a cloud-based, open-source development platform, allowing our clients to bridge between the tools they are planning for the future and the workloads and services they use today to get them to market faster."

    In the first eight weeks of BlueMix's open beta launch, IBM has seen rapid adoption of the open platform with key clients and partners such as GameStop, Pitney Bowes, Continental Automotive and start-ups including EyeQ.

    "BlueMix has helped us grow and scale our resources at a rapid pace, assisting us in deploying a cost-effective solution to our clients that helps us get to market faster," said Michael Garel, CEO and Founder of EyeQ. "With BlueMix, we are able to reduce the amount of time spent on monthly server maintenance by 85 percent, and turn our attentions back to greater innovation."

    BlueMix Helps Build and Integrate Apps Quickly
    IBM's new BlueMix services are designed to help businesses rapidly transform using Big Data, mobile and social technologies in the cloud. Some of the new BlueMix services include:

    Cloud Integration services to securely connect and integrate an organization's applications and information in the cloud. Developers can use pre-defined connectors for accelerated integration, or develop custom APIs as needed to easily and securely tie back into systems of record behind their firewall. Integrated API management capabilities provide an easy mechanism to publish self-service APIs, that can be shared with the broader API economy. This allows developers to mix cloud-based PaaS, third party cloud applications, and on-premises systems behind security gateways, moving between cloud and on-premises systems in a hybrid, integrated environment.

    Internet of Things services allowing developers to register and connect networked devices such as microprocessors and embedded machine to machine sensors to the cloud, easily aggregating and reacting to data and events in real time. Organizations can build applications which efficiently manage, analyze, visualize, and interact with the massive quantities of temporal and spatial data generated by vehicles, wearables, mobile phones, cameras, computers, sensors and other intelligent devices.

    Data and Analytics services for developers to deliver data-centric mobile, web-scale applications. With these new services, including geospatial, time series, predictive scoring, and reporting, developers can easily create sophisticated applications that provide real-time actionable insight so that organizations can predict outcomes and make better business decisions. For example, a developer could create an application that integrates sensor data, location data, weather data and usage trends from a network of equipment to identify and avoid emerging maintenance issues. In addition, new data masking, discovery and audit capabilities help developers create applications with built-in data privacy and security.

    DevOps services enabling developers, IT departments and business teams with an open, integrated rapid development environment that scales from individual developers to enterprise teams. The DevOps Continuous Integration service will provide end-to-end "build" capabilities to speed changes through the development process, DevOps Mobile Quality Assurance (MQA) will help analyze user sentiment to spot problems before they go viral, and the Monitoring and Analytics service will identify application problems during development - leveraging analytics to help applications achieve availability and performance goals. In addition, DevOps will include a new RapidApp service that requires no coding, using visual tools to expand the scope of web and business applications developers can create.

    BlueMix Garage Speeds Development of Cloud Applications
    IBM also announced the launch of BlueMix Garages - physical, collaborative spaces for developers, product managers and designers to collaborate with IBM experts to rapidly innovate and deliver new cloud applications to be deployed onto BlueMix. The first IBM BlueMix Garage will be located in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood - home to more startups per square foot than anywhere in the world. The Garage will sit in Galvanize, a startup hub which will provide a shared home to approximately 200 San Francisco startups by the end of 2014. Working side-by-side with IBM consultants, partners and entrepreneurs, Garage users will transform application development with modern cloud technologies and highly disciplined agile processes.

    Underpinned by a strong ecosystem, IBM is accelerating the pace at which cloud computing will transform global industries. Currently, IBM's education, mentoring and innovation initiatives reach more than four million software developers worldwide, and more than 1,000 startups across retail, healthcare, finance, agriculture, automotive and more. The continued growth of the BlueMix community, as well as launches of additional BlueMix Garages, will help provide this network with the skills, innovation and tools needed to leverage the power of cloud to revolutionize the use of mobile, big data and more.

    Preview of BlueInsight for Business Users

    IBM also previewed a project codenamed BlueInsight, which provides a cloud-based, collaborative workspace experience for BlueMix designed to help knowledge workers solve business problems faster. Two core elements of BlueInsight include Data Refinery services that help users identify and integrate all types of data from a wide variety of enterprise, cloud and third party sources to create enriched, trusted information; and a service codenamed Catalyst Insight, an automated analytic discovery solution to give those without analytics expertise the ability to surface predictive intelligence from their data.

    About IBM Cloud Computing
    IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. Since its acquisition in 2013, IBM SoftLayer has served 4,500 new cloud clients. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more than 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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    LendingTree Announces Top Ten Customer-Rated Lenders for Q1 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingTree, the nation's leading online source for competitive loan offers, today announced the top ten customer-rated lenders on its network based on actual customer reviews for the first quarter of 2014. The 'Top Ten' list is based on a weighted average of review rating and volume of customer reviews. Lenders were rated on mortgage rates, fees and closing costs, responsiveness, customer service and overall experience.

    Top Ten LendingTree Network Lenders - Q1 2014
    (Based on LendingTree Lender Ratings and Reviews 1/1/2014 - 3/31/2014)

    1. Silver Fin Capital
    2. Americash
    3. First Choice Lending
    4. Encompass Lending Group, LP
    5. Capital Funding Mortgage Associates, Inc.
    6. Pacific Beneficial
    7. Midwest Mortgage Capital
    8. Proficio Bank
    9. Home Plus Mortgage
    10. Reliance First Capital

    LendingTree provides more than 300 lenders from across the country a source of interested borrowers looking for home loans such as new purchase mortgage, refinance and home equity, as well as personal and auto loans. To learn more about our lenders, visit For information about the joining the LendingTree network of lenders, please visit

    About LendingTree, LLC
    LendingTree, LLC is the nation's leading online source for competitive home loan offers, empowering consumers during the mortgage, refinance or auto loan process. LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 30 million loan requests and $214 billion in closed loan transactions. LendingTree provides access to lenders offering mortgages and refinance loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of, Inc. . For more information go to, dial 800-555-TREE, join our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

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    Spectra Systems Selected to Provide ICS Systems for iLottery Services in Michigan

    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectra Systems Corporation is pleased to announce that it has signed a lottery Internal Control System (ICS) services contract to benefit the Michigan Lottery, which is the first to include a dedicated Internal Control System with new service and software development capabilities for Internet and mobile lottery. The contract has an initial term of four years with provisions for extensions.

    The Michigan Lottery's iLottery services will allow Michigan residents to play their favorite existing lottery games through new distribution channels--over the Internet and on mobile devices. The ICS platform will provide the lottery an independent ability to monitor and validate the Internet and mobile sales and ensure player and system integrity and security.

    "Spectra Systems is excited to help bring iLottery services to the residents of Michigan," expressed Nabil Lawandy, chief executive officer at Spectra Systems. He continued, "Over the coming years, we hope to bring security and integrity of ICS services to the benefit of lotteries as they open new channels of digital distribution."

    About Spectra
    Spectra Systems, headquartered in Providence, RI, is a leading provider of machine-readable banknote authentication and gaming security technology with manufacturing and engineering facilities in East Providence, RI and Vancouver, BC Canada. Spectra Systems is a listed company on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) since July of 2011.

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    CONTACT: Nabil M. Lawandy, Chief Executive Officer, (401) 274-4700

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    QTS Joins VMware's Cloud Credits Purchasing ProgramCustomers Can Redeem VMware Cloud Credits to Access IaaS Solutions

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust , one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services, and a leader in security and compliance, has been approved as a redemption partner in the VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program. The program enables businesses to take advantage of cloud computing as a comprehensive IT strategy through the purchase of VMware Cloud Credits.

    The QTS suite of cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions are available through the program to customers who seek increased budget flexibility and control while maximizing the benefits of cloud services. QTS Enterprise Cloud and QTS Federal Cloud, which are based on the VMware vCloud Suite, were launched earlier this year.

    "We are pleased to have QTS join the Cloud Credits Purchasing Program," said Geoff Waters, vice president, Global Channel Partners, VMware. "As a VMware vCloud((R)) Service Provider, and by participating in the program, QTS can extend the full benefits of cloud computing to their end users."

    VMware Cloud Credits can be redeemed for QTS Cloud, based on VMware technology including: compute, storage, networking, operating system and support for shared infrastructure. VMware Cloud Credits enable customers to experience the security, compliance, and performance advantages of QTS Enterprise and Federal Clouds. The platforms, coupled with large-scale colocation and "white glove" managed service capabilities, create a framework for high-value hybrid clouds, addressing the top concerns for enterprises today.

    "VMware is a proven best-of-breed technology provider, and we are excited to provide our customers with the ability to more effectively utilize and manage cloud services across the entire enterprise through the Cloud Credits Program," said Frank Eagle, vice president, business development - QTS. "We look forward to sharing our expertise with more businesses who seek secure, compliant, and custom-tailored hybrid cloud solutions."

    About QTS
    QTS Realty Trust, Inc. is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3), providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. With 10 data centers in seven states, QTS owns, operates and manages approximately 3.8 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 875 customers. For more information about QTS, please visit or call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

    Marlena Reed, communications 21 for QTS

    VMware and VMware vCloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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    Just Energy Introduces Mobile App for Texas Residential Electricity Customers

    HOUSTON, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- North American energy retailer Just Energy is pleased to announce the release of a Just Energy mobile app for its residential electricity customers in Texas.

    Introduced for Android systems as well as Apple users, the new app for mobile devices is available for free through Google Play and Apple's iTunes store. The app provides Just Energy electricity customers with a suite of account management services that include the ability to:

    --  pay bills with their credit card;
    --  view bill, account and payment information to monitor usage and view
    their account profile;
    --  set up recurring auto payments to avoid late fees;
    --  receive alerts and notifications days before payment is due and when
    their payments are received, and more!

    "We're excited to extend this mobile capability and all its features to our Just Energy customers in Texas, " says Al Shulman, Vice President of Marketing for Just Energy. "The new app takes us to the next level of modern and expedient service delivery as we hit a key milestone in our ability to offer our customers a robust self-serve option to manage their account with ease and convenience."

    About Just Energy Group Inc.

    Established in 1997, Just Energy is primarily a competitive retailer of natural gas and electricity. With offices located across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, Just Energy serves close to two million residential and commercial customers through a wide range of energy programs and home comfort services, including fixed-price and price-protected energy programs, smart thermostats, water heater, furnace and air conditioner rentals, and solar panel installations. Just Energy Group Inc. is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Commerce Energy, Green Star Energy, Hudson Energy, Hudson Energy Solar, National Home Services, and Tara Energy. Visit to learn more. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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    Zillow Joins Real Estate Standards OrganizationZillow to help shape future standards of real estate data as a member of RESO

    SEATTLE, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zillow, Inc. , the leading real estate information marketplace, announced it has joined the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). As a member of RESO, Zillow will help inform the development of technology and data standards within the real estate industry.

    "Accurate and timely real estate data has always been a top priority for Zillow, and RESO has done a fantastic job spearheading an industry-wide effort to standardize data and improve collaboration," said Errol Samuelson, Zillow chief industry development officer. "Better and more widely adopted data standards mean increased data accuracy - and that benefits everyone from agents and brokers to buyers and sellers. We are proud to become a member and look forward to helping shape how the real estate industry handles data."

    RESO is a nonprofit group tasked with standardizing real estate data so that it can be used consistently by multiple listing services, vendors and third parties. Data standardization promotes data accuracy, consistency and availability across the industry, leading to reduced costs of real estate application development. Zillow has been actively working to create and implement real estate data standards since the company's inception.

    "I am thrilled to have Zillow join RESO and look forward to their support and participation in the important work that RESO is undertaking," said Rebecca Jensen, chair of RESO's Board of Directors. "Zillow's expertise and influence will be extremely valuable in ensuring that data standards continue to be adopted throughout the industry."


    About Zillow, Inc.
    Zillow, Inc. operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. Zillow's brands serve the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition, Zillow offers a suite of tools and services to help local real estate, mortgage, rental and home improvement professionals manage and market their businesses. Welcoming nearly 77 million unique users during its peak month in 2014, the Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs(R), Postlets(R), Diverse Solutions(R), Agentfolio(R), Mortech(R), HotPads(TM) and StreetEasy(R). The company is headquartered in Seattle., Zillow, Postlets, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, StreetEasy, Agentfolio and Digs are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. HotPads is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.

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    Cryoport Sponsors the 9th Annual World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress 2014 in LondonCryoport to showcase cryogenic logistics solutions with cloud-based logistics management platform, the Cryoportal(TM), at Booth #29

    LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cryoport, Inc. ("the Company") today announced that it is exhibiting its cryogenic logistics solutions, equipped with its cloud-based logistics management platform, the Cryoportal(TM), and its Cryoport Express((R)) Packaging Solutions at the 9(th) Annual World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress 2014 in London on May 20-22, 2014, at Booth #29.

    Cryoport's Chief Executive Officer, Jerrell Shelton; Chief Commercial Officer, Steven Leatherman; and Commercial Director of EMEA, Soren Knudsen, will be available for partnering and networking sessions during the conference.

    "We are experiencing significant interest and demand for our innovative cryogenic logistics solutions within this exciting and fast growing segment of the life science arena," stated Mr. Leatherman. "Our cryogenic logistics solutions assure both our clients and their end-users that the integrity of the commodities shipped are appropriately maintained by providing unmatched transparency, thus offering peace of mind throughout the entire documented logistics process."

    Mr. Shelton added, "As the application of stem cells to regenerative medicine grows, the very face of medicine changes. Stem cell applications are broad and reach into multiple medical practices. We understand the challenges life science companies face in the frozen shipping of biologics and virtually eliminate the risks through our reliable and innovative logistics solutions."

    About The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress
    The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress 2014 is now in its 9th year and is Europe's largest and most senior conference and business development event for the stem cell and cell therapy industry. The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress brings together biopharma leaders, stakeholders, influencers and end users looking for translational research, business development and commercialisation. It is a proven conference and exhibition that delivers the innovators, disruptors and influencers from across the complete value chain. For more information on the event, please visit

    About Cryoport, Inc.
    Cryoport provides leading-edge cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through the combination of purpose-built proprietary packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain logistics expertise. Its competencies range from skilled, total turnkey management of the entire life sciences cold chain logistics process to complex total management solutions for outsourced cold chain logistics.

    Its packaging, built around its Cryoport Express(R) liquid nitrogen dry vapor shippers, is validated to maintain a constant -150 C temperature for a 10-plus day dynamic shipment duration. Its information technology boast its Cryoportal(TM) Logistics Management Platform which manages the entire logistics process, including initial order input, document preparation, customs document preparation and clearance, integrator/courier management, shipment tracking, issue resolution, intervention, when necessary, and delivery. Cryoport uses recyclable and reusable components providing an environmentally friendly solution. Cryoport solutions can record the "chain of condition" and "chain of custody" for shipments thereby meeting the exacting requirements for scientific work and for regulatory purposes. For more information, visit

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    inContact Adds New Customers in Healthcare and Medical IndustryHealthcare Industry Adopting Cloud Contact Center Technology to Meet Dramatically Shifting Requirements for Service Efficiency

    SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- inContact , the leading provider of cloud contact center software and contact center agent optimization tools, today announced that twelve new healthcare and related medical industry organizations have selected inContact during the first quarter. inContact is gaining traction with its triple-threat combination of cloud technology, contact center expertise and health industry experience.

    Pressured to reduce operational costs and to radically improve service delivery, many healthcare organizations are recognizing the advantages of cloud technology to overcome the challenges associated with aging, disconnected premise software. Top reasons for choosing inContact's 100% cloud contact center solution include scalability, speed of deployment and flexibility to extend and integrate with other enterprise systems.

    "Cloud technology is helping reshape healthcare IT," noted Paul Jarman, inContact CEO. "Security, reliability and compliance are of utmost importance across the broad spectrum of companies in healthcare. inContact is able to satisfy those security needs and provides a world-class cloud solution that includes geographically redundant data centers and a carrier-grade telecom infrastructure which work together to provide a 99.99 percent uptime guarantee."

    The new inContact customers range from healthcare providers to insurance to pharmaceuticals and medical technology. In addition to the core contact center features--multichannel cloud ACD and IVR--many of the new customers will also be implementing inContact's integrated cloud solutions for workforce management (WFM), ECHO Customer Feedback, Quality Management or Analytics-Driven Quality (ADQ).

    Additional Information

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    About inContact

    inContact is the cloud contact center software leader, helping organizations around the globe create high quality customer experiences. inContact is 100% focused on the cloud and is the only provider to combine cloud software with an enterprise-class telecommunications network for a complete customer interaction solution. Winner of Frost & Sullivan 2012 North American Cloud Company of the Year in Cloud Contact Center Solutions, inContact has deployed over 1,300 cloud contact center instances. To learn more, visit

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    Domino's Pizza(R) Launches New iPad(R) Ordering AppDomino's unveils its most beautiful app yet on April 28

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza is taking the next step in technology innovation. Today, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery announced the release of its ordering app for iPad which will put pizza at the center of everything - including updated, mouthwatering food photography and a newly created, more realistic custom pizza builder.

    "We couldn't be more thrilled about bringing our Domino's Pizza ordering app to iPad," said Russell Weiner, Domino's Pizza chief marketing officer. "This new app enhances our commitment of offering convenience to our customers wherever they are - and it looks so good, customers will get hungrier just looking at it."

    Digital ordering now accounts for approximately 40 percent of Domino's sales in the U.S. Domino's new app will offer users access to the full national menu, coupon search and location-based store locator, like in its current iPhone((R)), Android((TM)), Windows Phone 8((R)) and Kindle Fire((TM)) ordering apps. It will also allow direct access to track an order using Domino's Tracker((R)), the company's innovative and industry-exclusive digital order tracker, and Pizza Profiles, which allows customers the ability to save information and reorder their favorite order in as little as five clicks, or about 30 seconds.

    "The new Domino's iPad app takes the experience of ordering pizza to a whole new level," said Kevin Vasconi, Domino's Pizza chief information officer. "This is the coolest technology we have launched since Domino's Tracker, and we are excited for customers to use the beautiful custom pizza builder that lets you visualize your order in a whole new way."

    The Domino's app is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at

    About Domino's Pizza((R) )

    Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with its global enterprise of more than 10,800 stores in over 70 international markets. Domino's had global retail sales of over $8.0 billion in 2013, comprised of nearly $3.8 billion in the U.S. and over $4.2 billion internationally. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Domino's had global retail sales of over $2.5 billion, comprised of over $1.1 billion in the U.S. and nearly $1.4 billion internationally. Its system is made up of franchise owner-operators who accounted for over 96% of the Domino's Pizza stores as of the fourth quarter of 2013. The emphasis on technology innovation has helped Domino's reach an estimated $3 billion annually in global digital sales. Domino's generated approximately 40% of sales in the U.S. from its digital channels in 2013, helped by the introduction of ordering apps for iPhone((R)), Android((TM)), Windows Phone 8((R)) and Kindle Fire((TM)). Domino's ordering apps now cover nearly 95% of the U.S. smartphone market. Continuing its focus on menu enhancement, Domino's established itself as a player in the pan pizza market with the launch of its Handmade Pan Pizza, featuring fresh, never-frozen dough, in October 2012.

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    Honeywell Declares Quarterly Dividend

    MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Honeywell has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share on the company's outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on June 10, 2014 to shareowners of record at the close of business on May 22, 2014.

    Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

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    Kimberly-Clark and Christina Milian Celebrate Family 'UNity' with New FUN ProgramNew FUN Song Web App Now Available For Families to Create Custom Family UNity Song

    DALLAS, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corp. today announced the launch of the new integrated Celebrate Family UNity ("FUN") program. Celebrate FUN is a platform created to motivate and inspire families to come closer together and give them fun ways to drive family pride and celebrate their unity. The program utilizes the universal and unifying power of music in the activation and to drive participation. An integral part of the program is the new and unique Family UNity ("FUN") Song web app where families can customize their own "FUN song" and both share socially and download as a ringtone. Kimberly-Clark, maker of Huggies, Pull-Ups, U by Kotex, Kleenex and Scott brands, created this program and web app to give families a creative way to express their unique family unity.

    Now through July 20, people can visit to get their own custom FUN song by answering some questions to share about their family and picking their favorite beat. The web app then instantly composes a custom MP3 song about them to a hip-hop, rock or Latin beat.

    "The Kimberly-Clark Celebrate Family UNity program is a great way for all families to celebrate the unique bonds that only they share," said Christina Milian, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and mother. "Music is a universal language that connects families across all cultures, including my own, and it's our goal to inspire more families to embrace their togetherness with the FUN program."

    In California, residents who participate in the program by creating their own custom Family UNity (FUN) song, will be entered for a chance to win a live recording session with Christina Milian where she will record her version of their family song. This gives families a unique opportunity to not only have a song about them, but also get a behind-the-scenes look at how music is made. California consumers will also receive coupons for Kimberly-Clark products -- Huggies, Pull-Ups, U by Kotex, Kleenex and Scott -- that will escalate in value as their FUN song is shared with others in social media: more shares mean more value on the coupons.

    The program is being activated in California at Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Food4Less and Safeway stores with special offers to help mom stock up on the essentials she needs for her family.

    "We're excited to partner with Christina Milian to help elevate the Family UNity message through this new integrated program," said Lizette Williams, Head of Kimberly-Clark's Multicultural Strategy Team and Program Lead. "The Celebrate FUN platform will truly allow Kimberly-Clark to be mom's partner in her quest to keep her family together in a fun and innovative way. Our product portfolio has something for every member of the family -- from Huggies diapers to Kleenex facial tissue."

    About Kimberly-Clark
    Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the Company's 142-year history of innovation, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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    Intertech Appoints Director as New President and C.E.O.

    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

    Intertech Solutions Inc. ("Intertech Solutions Inc.," "ITEC" or the "Company") The Company is very pleased to announce that director Robert McIntosh has assumed the role of president and C.E.O. of the Company. Mr. David Naylor assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Company.

    Mr. McIntosh, as previously announced is a geologist with a successful history of developing gold mines both domestically and internationally. Mr. McIntosh is a highly effective Consulting Geologist and Executive having a proven track record in private and publically trading mining companies. For over 30 years he has conducted explorations, established initial commercial production and managed ongoing operations for gold projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia.

    He offers expertise both in resource exploration and strengths in all areas of corporate development. Since 1983, he has been contributory in the design, start-up, execution and management of operations in the precious mineral resources sector which included lode gold, disseminated bulk mineable gold and alluvial placer gold deposits.

    Mr. McIntosh's skills encompass virtually every aspect of mineral exploration and resource extraction within many companies ranging from the junior circuit to major mining conglomerates. Additionally, he has diverse experience in project acquisition, negotiations, contracts, and project divestitures across the mining industry. He has accumulated significant technical and managerial knowledge and maintains numerous business contacts from his previous roles across the publicly traded market's resources sector.

    Mr. McIntosh's immediate role is to take on all aspects of the Company's WPE Project in Arizona and the Keen Placer project in Montana. Along with geological and engineering, Mr. McIntosh will be directing the Company to new potential acquisitions and be point on all financing opportunities with the Company.

    About Intertech Solutions Inc.

    Intertech Solutions is a fully integrated, gold project finance, management and services consulting Company that provides development capital, engineering, project supervision and technical management to gold projects. The Company operates from its offices in Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit us at:

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    This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, scope and type of consulting services provided by ITEC, use of proceeds, future acquisitions, success of projects, growth and strategic plans. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with petroleum exploration and development stage exploration companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Atmel Extends Industry Leading maXTouch T Series with the Market's Highest Performance Touchscreen ControllerNew T Series Devices Deliver Unparalleled Touch Performance for 7 - 8.9" Touchscreens

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel((R)) Corporation , a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced production of the mXT106xT2 family of devices, expanding the company's popular maXTouch((R)) T series of touchscreen controllers. The new touchscreen controllers incorporate all of the latest features flagship smartphones have with hover, stylus, superior noise immunity, but now are available in the larger format market for screen sizes of 7 - 8.9". Atmel's maXTouch is the only product available today to enable finger hover up to 20mm on devices larger than a smartphone. This capability allows the user to interact with their device without physically making contact with the screen through gestures, zoom, etc.

    The T Series incorporates Atmel's Adaptive Sensing technology to enable dynamic touch classification, a feature that automatically and intelligently switches between self- and mutual-capacitance sensing to provide users a seamless transition between a finger touch, hover, passive or active stylus or glove touch. It eliminates the need for users to manually enable 'glove mode' in the operating system to differentiate between hover and glove modes. Additionally, Adaptive Sensing dramatically reduces the power consumption in the device allowing for longer battery life. The mXT106xT2 offer these features required in today's tablet devices including 0.4mm thin cover lenses and multifinger glove support for users in cold weather climates. For users who seek the extensive benefits in going paperless, the mXT106xT2 also offers stylus capabilities in either active stylus through Atmel's maXStylus or passive stylus with a 1mm tip to facilitate more precise selection.

    This mid-size performance tablet space is the fastest growing market in the touchscreen world currently with CAGRs over 30 percent, expecting to top 160Mu in 2014. Atmel has already shown success in these screen sizes with design wins at ASUS, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba to name a few. This market growth stems from Intel's recent reference designs, Windows 8.1 adoption and improving general user experience for balancing convenience with a larger screen size to better view your content.

    The 106xT2 enables the same performance features of Atmel's T Series maXTouch controllers, while also enabling capacitive button, slider and wheel control through the embedded hardware module known as the Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC). This feature allows systems to integrate these capacitive buttons without tying up nodes from the touch controller, performing with improved noise immunity, no external components and lower power than when implemented in firmware.

    "We are excited to be releasing the highest performance touchscreen controller with this addition to our T Series product just as this market is exploding," said Patrick Hanley, Touch Marketing Manager, Atmel Corporation. "With the increasing demand for user functionality with hover, glove, PTC and stylus support, the extension of the T Series further prepares OEMs to be one step closer to making the consumer's dream a reality."

    The new devices in the maXTouch T Series are in production now and the 8.3" screen size evaluation kit will be available in May. These will show hover, stylus (both active and passive), and PTC support using the latest maXStudio tools. Please contact your local sales support to get your hands on one.

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    About Atmel
    Atmel Corporation is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel provides the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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    Augusta demonstrates committment to value-maximizing process

    TORONTO, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Augusta Resource Corporation ("Augusta" or the "Company") demonstrated today that it is committed to maximizing shareholder value by continuing to aggressively pursue strategic alternatives and ensuring its value-enhancing process is comprehensive and complete, even if the offer for Augusta shares by HudBay Minerals Inc. ("HudBay") expires or is terminated.

    Augusta's shareholder rights plan permits Augusta to continue to pursue strategic alternatives by preventing HudBay from acquiring a blocking position that would permit HudBay to veto any alternative transactions with other parties. Augusta has asked its shareholders to approve the continuance of the shareholder rights plan at the annual and special meeting on May 2, 2014.

    If shareholders, other than HudBay, do not approve the continuance of the rights plan at the shareholder meeting, the rights plan will be terminated prior to the expiry of HudBay's offer on May 5, 2014.

    If shareholders approve the continuation of the rights plan and the British Columbia Securities Commission determines to respect that approval, the Board of Directors of Augusta has determined that Augusta will not utilize the rights plan to prevent any unsolicited bidder, including HudBay, from acquiring Augusta shares if holders of a majority of the Augusta shares (other than the bidder) desire to accept the bid. Accordingly, the Board has determined that it will waive or terminate the rights plan to permit any bidder to take up Augusta shares tendered to its bid if (a) at the relevant time the bid, or any variations thereto, has been outstanding for at least 60 days (which is now the case with the HudBay offer), (b) more than 50% of the outstanding Augusta shares held by shareholders, excluding shares held by the bidder or its affiliates, associates or joint actors, are tendered to the bid and not withdrawn on the date of expiry of the bid, and (c) the bidder has made public announcement of this fact and extended the bid for not less than 10 business days from the date of such announcement in order to allow other shareholders to tender to the bid if they choose to do so.

    "We believe that the future of our Company should be decided by a fair process to both protect the rights and determine the wishes of our shareholders, whether through tenders to a bid or a vote at a meeting of shareholders," Gil Clausen, Augusta's President and CEO, stated. "Our shareholder rights plan is intended to facilitate this and was never intended to permit the Board to 'just say no' to HudBay or any other unsolicited bidder. We are fully committed to rigorously pursuing strategic options to provide our shareholders maximum value for their shares, even if HudBay's offer disappears."

    Vote For Continuation of Shareholder Rights Plan
    Shareholders are reminded to submit their proxies for the annual and special shareholders meeting on May 2, 2014 and to vote FOR the continuation of the shareholder rights plan prior to April 29, 2014, the date scheduled for the British Columbia Securities Commission hearing on the rights plan so that their proxy votes can be considered.

    For assistance in voting, shareholders can contact Laurel Hill Advisory Group toll-free at 1-877-452-7184 or by email at Shareholders are encouraged to review the management information circular of Augusta dated April 7, 2014, which provides a detailed discussion of the continuation of the shareholder rights plan, a copy of which is available on SEDAR at and on Augusta's website at

    Reject HudBay's Offer - No Action Required
    To REJECT HudBay's offer no action is required on the part of shareholders. The Board of Directors' recommendation that Augusta shareholders REJECT HudBay's unsolicited offer and NOT TENDER their Augusta shares thereto, as well as a more detailed discussion of the reasons for rejecting HudBay's offer is set forth in the Directors' Circular issued by the Board of Directors that was mailed to Augusta's shareholders and filed with securities regulatory authorities. Shareholders are advised to read the Directors' Circular carefully and in its entirety, as it contains important information regarding Augusta, HudBay and HudBay's offer. The Directors' Circular is available on SEDAR at and on Augusta's website at

    How to Withdraw
    If you have already tendered your Augusta shares to HudBay's offer, you can withdraw your shares by contacting your broker or Laurel Hill Advisory Group, the Information Agent retained by Augusta. Laurel Hill can be reached at 1-877-452-7184 (Toll Free within North America), or by bank and brokers and collect calls outside North America at 416-304-0211 or via email at

    About Augusta
    Augusta is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont Copper deposit near Tucson, Arizona. Rosemont hosts a large copper/molybdenum reserve that would account for about 10% of U.S. copper output once in production (for details refer to The exceptional experience and strength of Augusta's management team, combined with the developed infrastructure and robust economics of the Rosemont project, propels Augusta to becoming a solid mid-tier copper producer. Augusta's shares are listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE MKT under the symbol AZC.

    Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information
    Certain of the statements made and the information contained in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" under United States federal securities laws or "forward-looking information" under Canadian securities laws. These statements and information relate to future events and Augusta's future performance, business prospects or opportunities, including information concerning the unsolicited offer of HudBay and the strategic review process of Augusta, which are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but are not limited to statements concerning Augusta's plans at the Rosemont project, including the timing for obtaining final permits, construction and estimated production, expectations surrounding future financings and refinancings, capital and operating cash flow estimates, changes in market conditions, changes or disruptions in the securities markets and market fluctuations in the prices for Augusta's securities, the lack of any alternative transactions or the terms and conditions of any alternative transactions not being acceptable.

    Forward-looking statements or information is frequently, but not always, characterized by words such as "will", "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "budget", "forecast", "schedule", "estimate" and similar expressions, or statements that certain events or conditions "may", "should", "could", "might" or "will" occur. The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release is based on the reasonable expectations and beliefs of management and involves numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific to Augusta and the industry in which the Company operates. Such assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to Augusta's history of losses, requirements for additional capital, dilution, loss of material properties, interest rate increases, global economy, no history of production, speculative nature of exploration activities, periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities, environmental hazards and liability, industrial accidents, failure of processing and mining equipment, labour disputes, supply problems, commodity price fluctuations, uncertainty of production and cost estimates, the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions, title and tenure matters, regulatory restrictions, permitting and licensing, volatility of the market price of the Company's common shares, insurance, competition, hedging activities, currency fluctuations, loss of key employees, as well as those factors disclosed in Augusta's documents filed from time to time with the securities regulators in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, may vary materially from those described in this presentation. For further details, reference is made to the risk factors discussed or referred to in Augusta's annual and interim management's discussion and analyses and Annual Information Form on file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available under Augusta's issuer profile on SEDAR at

    Although Augusta has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events, results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release, there may be other factors that cause actions, events, results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Such forward-looking statements and information are made or given as at the date of this news release and Augusta disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

    Augusta Resource Corporation

    CONTACT: Investor Contact Information: Letitia Cornacchia, Augusta
    Resource Corporation, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate
    Communications, Tel: (416) 860-6310, Email:; Media Inquiries: Ian Hamilton, DFH Public
    Affairs, Tel: (416) 206-0118 x222 or (905) 399-6591, Email:

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    John Shalam, Chairman and Founder of VOXX International Corporation, To Be Honored at the 10th Annual Digital Patriots Dinner

    HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VOXX International Corporation today announced that its Chairman and Founder, John Shalam, will be honored tomorrow evening, April 29, 2014, by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) as one of the year's foremost industry and policy leaders behind cutting-edge technology. The event, which also honors Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

    Honorees are selected for their role in driving the U.S. economy through innovation and their dedication to ensuring that the U.S. remains a global technology leader. Additionally, all proceeds raised from the Digital Patriots Dinner will be donated to the CEA Foundation.

    Pat Lavelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of VOXX International stated, "This is yet another well-deserved honor for a man who has accomplished so much during his career in the consumer electronics industry. He's a well-known and trusted leader who has helped shape policy and drive technology adoption spanning close to five decades. He has been my mentor and a dear friend, and it continues to be my honor working with him every day."

    Mr. Shalam founded Audiovox Corporation, the predecessor of VOXX International, in 1965. Over the years, VOXX International has grown to become an international leader in the manufacturing and supply of a variety of mobile and consumer electronics and premium audio products. Mr. Shalam is also active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)(R), where he serves on the Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), and is chairman of CEA's Investment Committee, as well as chairman of CEA's Charitable Foundation. He was instrumental in helping CEA become an active participant in the wireless communications industry, establishing the Wireless Communications Division in 2001, and acting as its first and founding chairman. Mr. Shalam was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame in October 2009. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In November 2012, Mr. Shalam was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and received their Lifetime Achievement Award.

    About VOXX International Corporation:
    VOXX International Corporation is the new name for Audiovox Corporation, a company that was formed over 45 years ago as Audiovox that has grown into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, as well as premium high-end audio. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, VOXX International proudly is recognized as the #1 premium loudspeaker company in the world, and has #1 market positions in automotive video entertainment and remote starts, digital TV tuners and digital antennas. The Company's brands also hold #1 market share for TV remote controls and reception products and leading market positions across a wide-spectrum of other consumer and automotive segments.

    Today, VOXX International is a global company with an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and most of the world's leading automotive manufacturers. The company has an international footprint in Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America, and a growing portfolio, which now comprises over 30 trusted brands. Among the key domestic brands are Klipsch(R), RCA(R), Invision(R), Jensen(R), Audiovox(R), Terk(R), Acoustic Research(R), Advent(R), Code Alarm(R), CarLink(R), Excalibur(R) and Prestige(R). International brands include Hirschmann Car Communication(R), Klipsch(R), Jamo(R), Energy(R), Mirage(R), Mac Audio(R), Magnat(R), Heco(R), Schwaiger(R), Oehlbach(R) and Incaar(TM). The Company continues to drive innovation throughout all of its subsidiaries, and maintains its commitment to exceeding the needs of the consumers it serves. For additional information, please visit our Web site at

    About CEA
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry. Members tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry.

    Company Contact:
    Glenn Wiener
    GW Communications
    Tel: 212-786-6011

    VOXX International Corporation

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    Vimicro Appoints Industry Veteran Peter Li as Chief Financial Officer

    BEIJING, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vimicro International Corporation ("Vimicro" or the "Company"), a leading video surveillance technology and solution provider in China, today announced the appointment of Mr. Peter Li as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, effective April 30, 2014.

    Mr. Li is an experienced chief financial officer and management professional, with more than twenty years' experience working with NASDAQ-listed and other technology companies. Before joining Vimicro, he served as CFO of Hollysys Automation Technology, a NASDAQ-listed provider of automation and control applications in China. Before that, he was a director and partner of CS China Acquisition Corporation, an acquisition company that completed an initial public offering, also on the NASDAQ. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as CFO of Yucheng Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed IT service provider to the banking industry in China. He earned a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from Beijing's Foreign Studies University. He is also a Certified General Accountant (CGA) in Canada.

    "We are very excited to have Peter join Vimicro team, and we look forward to benefiting from his substantial experience as CFO at NASDAQ listed companies in the areas of corporate financial management and reporting, internal controls, M&A, capital markets, and maintaining strong relationships with investors as Vimicro continues to expand its presence in China's security and surveillance market at an accelerated pace. We believe Peter's strong track record of shareholder value creation will be a great asset for Vimicro's growth strategy going forward," commented Dr. John Deng, Chairman and CEO of Vimicro.

    Mr. Peter Li noted, "I am honored to be part of Vimicro team and excited by its growth prospects in China's fast-growing surveillance market. Dr. Deng and his team have demonstrated both vision and persistence in successfully transforming Vimicro into a surveillance-solution provider with proprietary technology and defining the national standard. I look forward to the challenge of leading Vimicro in communicating its story with investors, while growing the company and increasing long-term shareholder value."

    About Vimicro International Corporation

    Vimicro International Corporation is a leading video surveillance technology and solution provider that designs, develops and markets a full range of video surveillance products and solutions to governments, private enterprises, and consumers in China. Vimicro co-developed SVAC (Surveillance Video and Audio Coding), the national video surveillance technological standard, which demonstrates its unique strengths in proprietary multimedia IC technology, making it a leader in China's fast-growing security and surveillance market. Vimicro is headquartered in Beijing, China and has subsidiaries and offices throughout China and in Silicon Valley. Vimicro's ADSs each represent four ordinary shares and are traded on the NASDAQ Global Market exchange under the ticker symbol "VIMC."

    Investor Contact:
    Vimicro International Corporation
    Mr. John Harmon, CFA, VP of Finance
    Phone: +86 186 1151 1730 (Beijing)

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    Centaur Technology Deploys Synopsys' Formality Ultra to Shorten Design Schedules by WeeksEnables 2X Faster Implementation and Verification of Functional ECOs

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


    --  Formality Ultra accelerates functional ECO cycles leading to weeks of
    schedule savings
    --  Centaur Technology deploys Formality Ultra on its x86 compatible
    microprocessor designs

    Synopsys, Inc. , a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced that Centaur Technology, a subsidiary of VIA Technology, has deployed Synopsys' Formality((R)) Ultra tool for implementation and verification of engineering change orders (ECOs), accelerating the design of its high-performance, low-cost x86 compatible designs. With new microprocessors going from concept to completion in about nine months, schedule predictability and fast ECO cycles are a must for Centaur Technology. Utilizing Formality Ultra, Centaur Technology is now able to complete each functional ECO in hours versus the days or even weeks required with traditional manual methods, significantly shortening design schedules.

    "Having the fastest design cycle in the industry is one of our key competitive advantages and we continuously strive to accelerate it," said Mark Brazell, senior engineer at Centaur Technology. "With the adoption of Formality Ultra, we are able to implement functional ECOs much faster, shorten our schedule by weeks and increase our competitiveness in the marketplace. Formality Ultra is now an essential part of our design flow."

    Formality Ultra includes advanced matching techniques that visually highlight the mismatch between the RTL and netlist representations of a design, efficiently pointing designers to the changes required to implement an ECO. In addition, a multi-point verification technology quickly checks changes made to the design enabling designers to verify the correctness of their ECOs in a matter of minutes on multimillion-instance designs. These capabilities can significantly reduce the time designers spend in the ECO implementation cycle, resulting in shorter, more predictable design schedules.

    "Shorter design schedules are key to companies like Centaur Technology in the low-cost microprocessor markets, as well as other competitive markets," said Bijan Kiani, vice president of marketing, Design Group at Synopsys. "Formality Ultra enables designers to significantly reduce the time and effort required to implement functional ECOs, increase schedule predictability and shorten design time."

    About Synopsys

    Synopsys, Inc. accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, Synopsys delivers software, IP and services to help engineers address their design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions of chips and systems. Learn more at

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    NetSuite Announces New NetSuite Solution ProvidersAllunna, CuriousRubik, FMT Consultants and One Vision LLC Launch Cloud ERP Practices with NetSuite

    SAN MATEO, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NetSuite Inc. , the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that four new partners -- Allunna, CuriousRubik, FMT Consultants and One Vision LLC, have joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Program. The partnership with NetSuite enables these partners to establish an immediate presence in the cloud ERP and cloud business management space. For FMT Consultants and One Vision in particular, adding NetSuite to an existing Microsoft Dynamics GP practice allows them to meet the growing demand for a comprehensive suite of cloud-based solutions that is architected specifically for the cloud versus antiquated systems based on client-server technology that require ongoing maintenance, lack flexibility and create a hairball of integration challenges.

    "These new partners demonstrate the broad and growing attraction to NetSuite's true cloud solution and partnering model," said Craig West, Vice President of Americas Channel Sales at NetSuite. "We welcome the partnership opportunity to help these experienced firms meet their transformational business goals by delivering NetSuite success to our mutual customers."

    Launched in 2002, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program is the industry's leading cloud channel partner program, providing hundreds of channel partners with a cloud solution to offer prospective customers and grow their businesses as well as industry-leading margins and innovative incentive programs, like the NetSuite SP100, which pays partners 100 percent of first year NetSuite sales revenues. With cloud computing at the forefront of the hottest trends and cloud ERP leading the way, channel partners representing on-premise products like Microsoft Dynamics GP continue to build new practices based on NetSuite's superior cloud business management suite. Designed to help solution providers transform their business model to fully capitalize on the revenue growth opportunity of the NetSuite cloud, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program delivers unprecedented benefits that begin during recruitment and range from business planning, sales, marketing and professional services enablement, to training and education.

    Adding NetSuite to Meet the Growing Demand for a Cloud Business Management Suite

    FMT Consultants (, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based practice founded in 1995 serving more than 200 midsized clients, primarily in California, is expanding upon its Microsoft Dynamics practice with NetSuite after repeated inquiries from clients and prospects seeking a full business application suite in the cloud. FMT Consultants serves a wide range of industry sectors and with over 750 successful implementations, has deep experience in ERP. A team of consultants with a mix of accounting, manufacturing, and technical backgrounds allows the company to keep all custom development work in-house and deliver faster implementations. The company's experience in highly-regulated fields like health care and biological sciences allows it to meet specific customer requirements and provide a full spectrum of IT services. "We've seen a significant shift in the marketplace from on-premise to cloud-based solutions and NetSuite, with its integrated CRM, ERP, and ecommerce platform and strong partner resources and channel growth, provided a perfect opportunity to be a part of that," said FMT Consultants' CEO Eric Casazza. "We're looking forward to helping clients move to the cloud with NetSuite."

    One Vision LLC (, an Oklahoma-based company with locations in New England, and Texas, provides implementation services with a specialty in role-based business dashboards as well as operational field services solutions for the oil and gas, cellular, data center and HVAC industries. It is adding NetSuite to an existing Microsoft Dynamics ERP practice. NetSuite's cloud ERP solution with regular, automatic upgrades was a complementary solution to One Vision's ServiceMax field service application, sparing organizations the need to constantly train field service professionals on upgrades. With a team that counts 20 years of experience in the industry and boasts a deep understanding of field services processes and the impact on financial systems, One Vision chose NetSuite to build out its cloud practice. "We think it's an incredible time to help companies that have spent significantly on IT infrastructure and haven't seen the return they expected," said One Vision Managing Partner Kreg Decker. "NetSuite offers an agile, scalable alternative with a solution built for the cloud."

    Launching Cloud Practices with NetSuite

    Allunna (, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based firm that boasts a staff with over 25 years of experience in implementing ERP and CRM solutions, was created last year to leverage the growing demand for cloud computing and the NetSuite solution. NetSuite's comprehensive platform encompassing CRM, ERP and ecommerce, provided a foundation upon which Allunna can extend its vertical solutions for the consumer packaged goods, life sciences and public sector industries. "The NetSuite platform allows our fast-growing client base to scale," said Marilyn Oliva, VP of Marketing for Allunna. "Built for the cloud from the ground up, NetSuite's history of success and strong brand make it an ideal partner for Allunna. We're looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership."

    CuriousRubik (, a multidisciplinary team of logical and business problem solvers based in New York with offices in Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, Japan and San Francisco, focuses exclusively on NetSuite solutions and was founded to help its clients move to the cloud, either by migrating away from legacy on premise platforms or new businesses. Its four core services: strategy and consulting; cloud ERP and CRM; ecommerce; and mobile applications are served by a multidisciplinary team with more than 10 years of experience in their respective disciplines implementing Microsoft, SAP and NetSuite in previous positions. It services span across the full lifecycle of systems integration and business analysis projects for large enterprise to small and medium business clients, such as building custom applications, implementing off-the-shelf software or developing cloud-based solutions. It primarily serves customers in the wholesale distribution, retail & trading, event management, manufacturing and professional services industries. "We've seen organizations shift to the cloud after all the difficulties of the client-server based model and know the power of what's possible with NetSuite," said Reddy Pol, Director/Strategist of CuriousRubik. "We really appreciate NetSuite's speedy implementation times, scalability and the freedom from hardware maintenance and software upgrades it provides. This coupled with our unique mobile apps and ecommerce solutions built on NetSuite's platform provide the best of both worlds, cloud and mobility solutions to our customers. We're looking forward to bringing that power to clients around the world."

    Today, more than 20,000 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 suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organizations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations, as demonstrated by a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management systems vendor in the world. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financial suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.

    Follow NetSuite's Cloud blog, NetSuite's Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

    For more information about NetSuite, please visit

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    Ruckus Redefines the Wi-Fi Price/Performance Paradigm for the Small Business and Managed Service MarketsNew ZoneFlex R300 Combines High Capacity and High Performance Smart Wi-Fi to Give Organizations the Ideal Entry Point into Enterprise Class Wi-Fi Services

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of the new Ruckus ZoneFlex(TM) R300, one of the industry's highest performing and lowest cost dual-band, two-stream 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi indoor access points (APs) capable of delivering an aggregate data rate of up to 600 Mbps. Aimed at the price-sensitive small business market, the R300 is also ideally suited for small venues and enterprises with many branch locations.

    With Cloud computing and the proliferation of embedded Wi-Fi in all types of devices, Wi-Fi has become a mission-critical utility for small businesses. As a result, they are now replacing SOHO-class, standalone access points with more robust, enterprise-grade wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions that are simple to deploy and operate while meeting their budget requirements.

    Developed to directly address these issues, the Ruckus R300 redefines Wi-Fi for the low end of the WLAN market by combining cost-effectiveness with a rich collection of enterprise functionality and enterprise-class service and support options.

    "With the R300, we are enabling our channel partners and managed service providers to reach further into the 'S' part of the SMB market with a highly differentiated and compelling enterprise-grade solution at a disruptive price point," said Selina Lo, President and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.

    "Combined with SAMS, our Cloud controller service, the R300 provides a whole new economics model to customers and partners. They are the first in a comprehensive solution roadmap we've developed to expand our market reach," Lo concluded.

    U.S. Census data shows that there are more than 6 million businesses in operation today with less than 100 employees each in the U.S. alone, and according to the most recent report on the WLAN market from the Dell'Oro Group, WLAN revenues for the small business market in 2013 reached over $4.5 billion, with over 100 million APs shipped worldwide.

    The Ideal Component for Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Access

    The Ruckus ZoneFlex R300 is the only AP in its class to integrate patented adaptive antenna technology to extend the range, performance and reliability of Wi-Fi at one of the most attractive price points in the industry. Deployed as a standalone access point or part of a centrally managed Ruckus WLAN, the R300 is also an ideal access component for organizations looking to migrate to new Cloud-based Wi-Fi access services such as the recently announced Ruckus Smart Access Management Service (SAMS).

    Supported across the entire range of Ruckus management platforms including the ZoneDirector(TM) and SmartCell(TM) Gateway (SCG), the ZoneFlex R300 gives organizations a wide range of flexible deployment options that best suit their specific requirements.

    R300 Product Details

    The ZoneFlex R300 is a dual-band, two-stream 802.11n access point capable of supporting up to 256 active connections. Each R300 uniquely integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex(TM), a software-controlled, high gain directional antenna array system that continually forms and directs each packet over the best performing signal path, automatically adapting Wi-Fi signals to constant environmental changes to ensure the highest levels of range, reliability and client performance.

    Within a sleek, lightweight and low profile form factor that fits in the palm of your hand, the R300 is ideal for small business use. The R300 comes with a limited lifetime warranty and features a myriad of advanced capabilities not available in competitive alternatives, such as network address translation (NAT) and DHCP services, optimized video streaming, per-use rate limiting, band steering, client load balancing, standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) support and advanced quality of services support for automatic prioritization of delay sensitive traffic.

    Pricing and Availability

    Now shipping worldwide, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R300 access point is priced at USD $395.00 (MSRP).

    Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 33,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit

    BeamFlex, Ruckus, Ruckus Wireless, SmartCell, ZoneDirector, and ZoneFlex are trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    SMIC Reports 2014 First Quarter ResultsAll currency figures stated in this report are in US Dollars unless stated otherwise.The consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

    SHANGHAI, China, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC" or the "Company"), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

    First Quarter 2014 Highlights

    --  Revenue was $451.1 million in 1Q14, a decrease of 8.3% quarter over
    --  Non-GAAP revenue excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was $451.1
    million in 1Q14, a decrease of 6.7 % quarter over quarter.
    --  Gross margin was 21.3% in 1Q14, compared to 18.9% in 4Q13.
    --  Non-GAAP gross margin excluding wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin was
    21.3% in 1Q14, compared to 19.2% in 4Q13.
    --  Profit for the period attributable to SMIC was $20.3 million in 1Q14,
    compared to $14.7 million in 4Q13.

    Second Quarter 2014 Guidance:

    The following statements are forward looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are set forth under "Safe Harbor Statements" below.

    --  Revenue is expected to be up from 12% to 15% quarter over quarter.
    --  Gross margin is expected to range from 22% to 24%.
    --  Non-GAAP operating expenses excluding the effect of employee bonus
    accrual, funding of R&D contracts from the government and gain from the
    disposal of living quarters are expected to range from $89 million to
    $93 million.

    Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, SMIC's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, commented, "We are excited to see that our overall profitability has improved despite hitting a seasonal trough in the first quarter, which is our eighth consecutive profitable quarter. When comparing Q1 2014 to Q4 2013, gross margin increased 2.4 percentage points, profit from operations more than tripled, and profit attributable to SMIC grew 38%; meanwhile, our capital structure also improved as our debt to equity ratio decreased 6.7 percentage points.

    We are happy to announce that we received our first 28nm tape-out from one of our customers and we continue to target pilot production for 28nm by the end of 2014, and ramp-up and revenue generation in 2015.

    When looking at our differentiated products, we have made good progress in fingerprint sensor technology and CMOS-MEMS technology, which are both now in production.

    We are also excited to announce that we have secured some used equipment for our Shenzhen fab, and we target 10-thousand-wafers-per-month capacity installed in Shenzhen by the end of this year and production in 2015.

    We have improved our profitability and, as is reflected in our guidance, we believe we are positioned for a recovery in the second quarter, and we continue to be optimistic about the second half of this year."

    Conference Call / Webcast Announcement

    Date: April 29, 2014 Time: 8:30 a.m. Shanghai time Dial-in numbers and pass code: China 400-620-8038 (Pass code: SMIC) Hong Kong 852-2475-0994 (Pass code: SMIC) Taiwan 886-2-2650-7825 (Pass code: SMIC) United States, New York 1-845-675-0437 (Pass code: SMIC)

    The call will be webcast live with audio at or

    An archived version of the webcast, along with an electronic copy of this news release will be available on the SMIC website for a period of 12 months following the webcast.

    About SMIC

    Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in mainland China. SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 28-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai; a 300mm mega-fab in Beijing with a joint-venture 300mm fab that is currently under construction; a 200mm fab in Tianjin; and a 200mm fab project under development in Shenzhen. SMIC also has marketing and customer service offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong.

    For more information, please visit

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    (Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995)

    This press release contains, in addition to historical information, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including statements under "Second Quarter 2014 Guidance" and the statements regarding our targeted timing of pilot production, ramp-up and revenue generation for 28nm technology, our targeted 10-thousand-wafers-per-month capacity in Shenzhen and the timing of the instalment of such capacity, our expected recovery in the second quarter 2014 and our optimism about the second half of 2014 are based on SMIC's current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. SMIC uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project," "target" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause SMIC's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, risks associated with the global economic slowdown, orders or judgments from pending litigation and financial stability in end markets.

    Investors should consider the information contained in SMIC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its annual report on 20-F filed with the SEC on April 14, 2014, especially the consolidated financial statements, and such other documents that SMIC may file with the SEC or The Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited ("SEHK") from time to time, including current reports on Form 6-K. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on SMIC's future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as may be required by law, SMIC undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    About Non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Non-GAAP") Financial Measures

    To supplement SMIC's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with IFRS, SMIC uses in this press release measures of operating results that are adjusted to exclude wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation ("Wuhan Xinxin"), which SMIC began gradually phasing out in 3Q13. There were no wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin from 1Q14 onwards. This earnings release includes non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP cost of sales, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses, which consists of total operating expenses as adjusted to exclude the effect ofemployee bonus accrual, funding of R&D contracts from the government and gain from the disposal of living quarters. It also includes second quarter 2014 guidance for non-GAAP operating expenses. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS.

    SMIC believes that use of these non-GAAP financial measures facilitates investors' and management's comparisons to SMIC's historical performance. The Company's management regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures to understand, manage and evaluate the Company's business and make financial and operational decisions.

    The accompanying table has more information and reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis.

    Please visit SMIC's website at and for further details regarding the recent announcements.

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    Lockheed Martin And MBDA Germany Emphasize MEADS Technology Will Enable Germany To Build Its Future Air And Missile Defense System

    BERLIN, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) development results will enable Germany to build its future air and missile defense system. This was underscored by Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson and MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg in Berlin today.

    "The collaboration between Germany, Italy and the United States on the Medium Extended Air Defense System is a shining example of strength in the face of today's threats," said Hewson during a speech she gave at the German Council on Foreign Relations event. "MEADS delivers the absolute best capability to protect European air space from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft."

    "The risks from current and future threats can only be countered effectively and efficiently using leading-edge technologies, as the MEADS program delivers," said Homberg. "For Germany as well as its co-operation partners, the MEADS technology development results create the prerequisites for building sustainable air and missile defense tailored to current and future threats, and thus provide a substantial contribution to NATO missile defense."

    MEADS is a highly mobile and inter-operative air and missile defense system with an open, expandable plug and fight system architecture developed to replace the Patriot system in Germany. Following the start of development in 2004, the MEADS program successfully demonstrated an unprecedented 360-degree, dual intercept against a tactical ballistic missile and an air-breathing target approaching from opposite directions in November 2013.

    During her remarks, Hewson emphasized that Lockheed Martin has had a long-term strategic partnership with the Federal Armed Forces, as well as the German aviation and defense industries, going back more than 50 years. She added that, "Germany's contributions to MEADS have been tremendous, and our industry partners at MBDA and Airbus have played a critical role in the development of this system. This industry partnership is exemplary."

    Hewson also underscored that Lockheed Martin is absolutely committed to support planned national follow-on programs based on MEADS technologies in Germany and Italy. For the European partners, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile will be available. PAC-3 MSE is the world's most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defense missile.

    About Lockheed Martin and MBDA

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 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 net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

    With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).

    For additional information, visit our websites: or

    Follow us on Twitter @LockheedMartin and @MBDA_D_Press

    Lockheed Martin

    CONTACT: Lockheed Martin: Cheryl Amerine, +1 240 271 2836,; MBDA: Wolfram Lautner, +49 8252 99 2549,; Gunter Abel, +49 8252 99 3827;

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    Socket Mobile Focuses its SoMo 655 Mobile Handheld Computers on Emerging NFC MarketNew readers support ISO 14443 and ISO 15693 RFID tags

    NEWARK, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Socket Mobile, Inc. , an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced that commencing in June, its SoMo 655 handheld computer will be able to read and process information using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. NFC is an RFID technology enabling the wireless transfer of information at short range with extremely simple setup. With the NFC capability, Socket's SoMo655 handheld computer can be used in:

    --  healthcare for RFID patient identification;
    --  hospitality applications for loyalty cards or event tickets;
    --  retail applications for taking high-end inventories marked with RFID
    tags and linear barcodes.

    The SoMo 655 RFID Reader with NFC operates both as a reader and writer. The SoMo 655 will read NFC High Frequency 13.56MHz contactless smart tags including those that are ISO/IEC 14443A and B compliant including Mifare and Sony FeliCa. It will also read tags that are ISO 15693 compliant, EPC GEN 2 HF and ISO 18000-3 mode 3 compliant, and will read many other proprietary tags. The RFID NFC reader plugs into the SoMo 655 handheld computer and enables single handed operations. The model 6E2 RFID reader has a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $225.00. The model 6P2 is a combination RFID NFC reader and barcode scanner with a U.S. MSRP of $569.00. The RFID Readers will be in black and antimicrobial white to match the SoMo 655 and 655Rx, respectively.

    The Readers will be available in June through Socket's worldwide distribution channels. SKU numbers for the Model 6E2 are RF5407-1548 (black) and RF5409-1572 (white). SKU numbers for the Model 6P2 are RF5408-1549 (black) and RF5410-1573 (white).

    The SoMo 655 with NFC is also supported in Socket Mobile's SoMo developer Software Developers Kit (SDK), allowing developers to embed support for the SoMo 655 handheld computer with NFC into their applications. Developers can obtain an SDK at: SocketScan Keyboard Wedge and SocketCare support is also available.

    About Socket Mobile Founded in 1992, Socket Mobile is a leading innovator of mobile devices and productivity tools for retail point of sale, field service, healthcare, and other mobile markets. Our portfolio includes wireless handheld and hands-free barcode scanners for tablets and smartphones; durable handheld computers and accessories; and OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket Mobile is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at +1-510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

    Media Contacts:

    Dave Dunlap
    Chief Financial Officer

    Socket and the Socket logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Socket Mobile, Inc. Apple, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners

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    Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited Adds New Consortium Member

    HONG KONG, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shanda Games Limited , a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China, has been informed by Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited ("Shanda Interactive") that FV Investment Holdings, an affiliate of FountainVest Partners, entered into an adherence agreement on April 25, 2014 to become a party to the consortium agreement dated as of January 27, 2014 among Shanda Interactive, Primavera Capital (Cayman) Fund I L.P., an affiliate of Primavera Capital Limited, and Perfect World Co., Ltd. (which became a party on April 18, 2014 by entering into an adherence agreement), and participate as a new member of the consortium (the "Consortium") in the proposed "going private" transaction with respect to Shanda Games.

    The Consortium 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. The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that there can be no assurance that any definitive agreement will be executed relating to the proposed transaction, or that the proposed transaction or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.

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    This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts represent only the Company's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections and are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Important risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from expectations include, but are not limited to, the risks set forth in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

    This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. Any public offering of securities to be made in the United States will be made by means of a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer or selling security holder and that will contain detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.

    About Shanda Games

    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


    Shanda Games Limited:
    Ellen Chiu, Investor Relations Director
    Maggie Zhou, Investor Relations Associate Director
    Phone: +86-21-5050-4740 (Shanghai)

    Christian Arnell
    Phone: +86-10-5900-1548 (China)

    Linda Bergkamp
    Phone: +1-480-614-3004 (U.S.A.)

    Shanda Games Limited

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