Companies news of 2016-12-01 (page 1)

  • Information Services Group (ISG) To Host Webcast, Conference Call To Discuss Alsbridge...
  • Cognizant to Present at Investor Conferences
  • Acxiom Launches Facebook Partner Categories in JapanMarketers can integrate Acxiom's...
  • McRae Industries, Inc. Dividend Declared
  • Intersections Inc. to Cease Operations of Pet Health Monitoring Business to Concentrate...
  • Intouch Insight Inc. acquires assets comprising the RetailTrack division of the Belding...
  • Rafael Lizardi named next CFO of Texas Instruments; Current CFO, Kevin March, to retire in...
  • Quantum Purchases $5.4 Million of November 2017 Convertible Notes
  • AT&T to Donate $20,000 to Aid Communities Impacted by East Tennessee WildfiresAT&T...
  • Yippy (YIPI) Announces Mutual Termination of Merger with MC+A
  • Streamline Health Announces Sale Of Its Patient Engagement Solutions To Document Storage...
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    Information Services Group (ISG) To Host Webcast, Conference Call To Discuss Alsbridge Acquisition

    STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Services Group, Inc. (ISG) , a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company, confirmed it will host a webcast and conference call on December 2, 2016 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss details on its recently announced acquisition of Alsbridge Holdings, Inc. (Alsbridge) a U.S. based sourcing, automation and transformation advisory company.

    The call will also include a link to a live presentation on a server called iMeet Live. Dial in and link details are as follows:

    --Dial in number 1-877-604-9668 for participants in the United States
    --International participants call 001-719-325-4812
    --Security code to access the call is 1203896

    To stream today's complete presentation via your computer or mobile device, please register and join via the following link, https://pgi.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1127685

    NOTE: If you are streaming audio via your PC, please ensure that you mute the audio before asking your question.

    Participants are requested to dial in and access the link at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.

    A recording of the conference call and the presentation will be accessible on ISG's website www.isg-one.com for approximately four weeks following the call.

    About ISG

    ISG (Information Services Group) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including 75 of the top 100 enterprises in the world, ISG is committed to helping corporations and public sector organizations achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; technology strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and emerging technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 professionals operating in more than 20 countries--a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry's most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.

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    Information Services Group, Inc.

    CONTACT: Press Contact: Barry Holt, 203-517-3110, barry.holt@isg-one.com;
    Investor Contact: David Berger, 203-517-3104, david-berger@isg-one.com

    Web site: http://www.isg-one.com/




    Cognizant to Present at Investor Conferences

    TEANECK, N.J., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cognizant , a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, today announced presentations at the following investor conferences:

    Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference

    --  Presenter:        Gajen Kandiah, President, Cognizant Digital Business
    --  Date:               Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    --  Time:               1:00 PM ET
    

    A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available at Cognizant's website:

    http://investors.cognizant.com

    A replay of the webcasts will remain available on the company's website for 90 days.

    About Cognizant

    Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 255,800 employees as of September 30, 2016, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

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    CONTACT: David Nelson, VP, Investor Relations & Treasurer, (201) 498-8840,
    david.nelson@cognizant.com

    Web site: http://www.cognizant.com/




    Acxiom Launches Facebook Partner Categories in JapanMarketers can integrate Acxiom's offline consumer behavior data and lifestyle attribute datasets into Facebook campaigns targeting Japanese consumers

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Acxiom((R)) , the data foundation for the world's best marketers, today announced that it has launched Facebook Partner Categories in Japan. Marketers using Facebook's targeted advertising solution to reach Japanese consumers can now integrate Acxiom's offline consumer behavior data and lifestyle attribute datasets into their campaigns.

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    This solution is accessible from Facebook's Power Editor advertising tool. Partner Categories complement Facebook's targeting based on native user profiles and online behavior data. Using offline consumer behavior from Acxiom's data, marketers can target beyond Facebook behavior and demographic information to reach audiences in Japan with more relevant, effective ads.

    In an evaluation test conducted prior to the launch of Partner Categories in Japan, a large real estate services provider integrated Acxiom data into its campaign and recorded a 17 percent increase in ad recall lift compared to a control group. In addition, share of mind among users in Acxiom's audience segment was greater than in the control group, indicating that this solution is more effective at reaching prospects.

    Acxiom joined the Facebook Marketing Partners program in February 2015 as a Partner Categories audience data provider and has expanded to Australia, France, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. With its latest launch in Japan, Acxiom is Facebook's largest audience data partner by country coverage. Acxiom will continue to contribute to data-driven marketing in Japan and position marketers to succeed by providing the data foundation and deep insights from its long history in this market.

    About Acxiom

    Acxiom is a technology and services company that provides the data foundation for the world's best marketers. We enable people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. A leader in identity and the ethical use of data for more than 45 years, Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to create a world where all marketing is relevant. For more information about Acxiom, visit Acxiom.com.

    Media Contact

    Acxiom
    Sherry Hamilton, 501-252-6029
    Corporate Communications
    sherry.hamilton@acxiom.com
    GACXM

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    Web site: http://www.acxiom.com/




    McRae Industries, Inc. Dividend Declared

    MOUNT GILEAD, N.C., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- McRae Industries, Inc. declared a dividend of $.13 per share on the Company's Class A and Class B Common Stock payable on January 2, 2017 to shareholders of record on December 14, 2016.

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    McRae Industries, Inc.

    CONTACT: For Details Contact: D. Gary McRae, President, Phone 910-439-6147

    Web site: http://www.mcraeindustries.com/




    Intersections Inc. to Cease Operations of Pet Health Monitoring Business to Concentrate Resources on Identity and Privacy Protection Service Opportunities

    CHANTILLY, Va., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Intersections Inc. , a leading provider of identity risk management, privacy protection and other subscription based services for consumers, today announced that its Board of Directors approved the closure of its Pet Health Monitoring business, known as Voyce(R), effective immediately. The Company's subsidiary, i4c Innovations Inc. created Voyce(R), an innovative animal health monitoring device that was marketed to pet owners and veterinarians. The discontinuation of Voyce(R) commercial operations will enable the Company's strategy and capital to be directed toward identity and privacy protection services.

    Despite interest from leaders in the veterinary industry in the Voyce(R) pet health monitoring technology, enrollment in the veterinary monitoring program was slower than expected and therefore the Voyce(R) business was unable to achieve an acceptable level of revenue. The Company is in the process of identifying all of the potential costs and other charges associated with its shutdown of the Pet Health Monitoring business. Additional information will be provided in the forthcoming Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Michael Stanfield, Intersections Chairman and CEO, stated, "The Voyce(R) venture was formulated to diversify Intersections' opportunities. Efforts at Voyce(R) have taken longer than expected, and the time required to introduce such a breakthrough technology to the veterinary market was greater than anticipated. Today, Intersections' principal marketplace - identity and privacy protection - continues to expand and provide significant opportunities for growth. Intersections' new service, Privacy Now(TM) with Watson, will require intense focus to achieve its maximum potential."

    Intersections' lender, Crystal Financial LLC, has preliminarily agreed to amend certain provisions of its credit agreement to accommodate the discontinuation and winding down of the Voyce(R) operations, subject to completion of definitive documentation. The wind down may include the sale of assets and other opportunities to monetize the Voyce(R) technology. This process may include seeking partners to license the technology for purposes of developing products for the veterinary, pharmaceutical and research markets.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    Statements in this release relating to future plans, results, performance, expectations, achievements and the like, including estimates or projections of future costs and cash expenditures of shutting down the Company's Pet Health Monitoring business, are considered "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project,'' "plan," "intend," "believe," "may," "should," "can have," "likely" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. Those forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements, including the impact of shutting down our Pet Health Monitoring segment, including any impact on our outstanding debt; whether we will reach definitive agreement with our lender on mutually agreeable terms, or at all; the timing and success of new product launches and other growth initiatives; the continuing impact of the regulatory environment on our business; the continued dependence on a small number of financial institutions for a majority of our revenue and to service our U.S. financial institution customer base; our ability to execute our strategy and previously announced transformation plan; our incurring additional restructuring charges; our incurring additional impairment costs or charges on goodwill and/or assets; our ability to control costs; and our needs for additional capital to grow our business, including our ability to maintain compliance with the covenants under our new term loan or seek additional sources of debt and/or equity financing. Factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to the risks disclosed under "Forward-Looking Statements," "Item 1. Business--Government Regulation" and "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in its recent other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements unless required by applicable law.

    About Intersections Inc.:

    Intersections Inc. provides innovative, information based solutions that help consumers manage risks and make better informed life decisions. Under its IDENTITY GUARD(R) brand and other brands, the company helps consumers monitor, manage and protect against the risks associated with their identities and personal information. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, the company was founded in 1996. To learn more, visit www.intersections.com.

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    Intersections Inc.

    CONTACT: For more information: Ron Barden, Intersections Inc.,
    703.488.6810, IR@intersections.com

    Web site: http://www.intersections.com/




    Intouch Insight Inc. acquires assets comprising the RetailTrack division of the Belding Group

    OTTAWA, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Intouch Insight Ltd. announces that its operating company, Intouch Insight Inc. has acquired RetailTrack, the customer experience measurement division of The Belding Group of Companies. RetailTrack, from its Ottawa base, supports a strong list of customers which it has built over the last 25 years. RetailTrack provides the same or similar types of services in Canada and the United States as Intouch Insight Inc. provides.

    "We are very pleased to acquire these assets from such a long standing and respected company in the industry. In addition to the existing revenue, we expect the acquisition of RetailTrack to bring significant synergies and sales opportunities", said Cameron Watt, President & Chief Executive Officer of Intouch.

    "I am very proud of the strength of the RetailTrack team, the business we have built and the strong relationships we have developed with our customers. With Intouch being able to apply their additional resources and product lines to the business it will only serve to benefit both the RetailTrack team as well as the RetailTrack customers. I look forward to witnessing the future of RetailTrack under the larger Intouch umbrella while focusing on the core businesses of The Belding Group." said Shaun Belding, Founder & CEO of The Belding Group.

    "This acquisition is in line with the Intouch overall corporate strategy which includes strategic acquisitions which allow us to grow within our target product and industry segments. Intouch will continue to look for opportunities to grow our customer base and provide additional avenues for our full product suite." said Watt.

    Certain statements included in this news release contain forward looking statements, including the current acquisition of RetailTrack, anticipated increased annual revenue of the Company, which by their nature are necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events, and are based on information currently available to the Company and on hypotheses which it considers to be reasonable; however, management warns the reader that hypotheses relative to future events which are beyond the control of management could prove to be inaccurate given that they are subject to certain risks and uncertainties.

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    In-Touch Survey Systems Ltd.

    CONTACT: George Pretli, gpretli@intouchinsight.com, Chief Financial
    Officer and Corporate Secretary, 613-270-7916

    Web site: http://www.intouchsurvey.com//




    Rafael Lizardi named next CFO of Texas Instruments; Current CFO, Kevin March, to retire in October 2017

    DALLAS, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) today said that Rafael Lizardi will become the company's next chief financial officer, effective February 1, 2017. Lizardi follows current Chief Financial Officer Kevin March, who has been in the role for 13 years. March plans to retire in October 2017 and between now and then will oversee the transition of duties between himself and Lizardi.

    Lizardi, 44, joined TI in 2001 and was named vice president in 2010 followed by corporate controller in 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master's in business administration from Stanford University. Prior to joining TI, Lizardi was a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, Lizardi holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant.

    "Rafael brings discipline, integrity and skill to the role. His years in finance and controller positions for our manufacturing group and our Analog product lines have enabled him to develop in-depth knowledge of our semiconductor operations. As controller for the entire company over the last four years, he has done an excellent job managing financial planning, accounting and business planning at the highest level. Rafael and Kevin have worked together closely for a decade, and they share a commitment to ethical and transparent operations," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

    March, 58, joined TI in 1984 after completing his bachelor's degree in economics and master's in business administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He held a number of group controller positions before being named global financial planning manager and vice president in 1997, followed by corporate controller in 2002 and CFO in 2003. During Kevin's tenure as CFO, TI's free cash flow per share has grown an average 13 percent annually and its dividend has increased by a factor of 24.

    "Customers, shareholders and employees have all been beneficiaries of Kevin's disciplined financial management and his commitment to ensure that owners of TI shares get a good return on their investment. The company's financial systems and its balance sheet have never been stronger thanks to his oversight," Templeton said.

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

    TXN-G

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    CONTACT: Media Contacts: Whitney Jodry, 214-479-0952, wjodry@ti.com,
    Christine Rongone, 214-479-6868, c-rongone@ti.com, Investor Relations
    Contacts: Dave Pahl, 214-479-4629, dpahl@ti.com, Brandon Hodge,
    214-479-3515, brandonhodge@ti.com (Please do not publish these numbers or
    email addresses.)

    Web site: http://www.ti.com/




    Quantum Purchases $5.4 Million of November 2017 Convertible Notes

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Corp. today announced that, over the last month, it has purchased $5.4 million of its convertible notes due November 2017 at a discount in the open market. The discount on the notes, along with the associated interest savings, resulted in a 6.625 percent yield to the company. This represents a gain in excess of 350 basis points relative to Quantum's cost of capital under its $80 million revolving credit facility with PNC Bank.

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    "We saw this as a good opportunity to repay a portion of our convertible notes on favorable terms," said Fuad Ahmad, senior vice president and CFO of Quantum. "If the remaining $64.6 million of convertible notes does not convert prior to the November 2017 due date, we plan to repay them using a combination of cash, the PNC credit facility and the $20 million delayed draw term loan we have with TCW Direct Lending."

    About Quantum
    Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. Quantum's end-to-end, tiered storage foundation enables customers to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. See how at www.quantum.com/customerstories.

    Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    "Safe Harbor" Statement: This press release contains "forward-looking" statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, the statement that, if the remaining $64.6 million of convertible notes does not convert prior to the November 2017 due date, we plan to repay them using a combination of cash, the PNC credit facility and the $20 million delayed draw term loan we have with TCW Direct Lending, is a forward-looking statement within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in Quantum's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Risk Factors," in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 3, 2016 and in Quantum's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 4, 2016. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

    Contact:
    Brad Cohen
    Public Relations
    Quantum Corp.
    +1 (408) 944-4044
    brad.cohen@quantum.com

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    Investor Relations
    The Blueshirt Group
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    AT&T to Donate $20,000 to Aid Communities Impacted by East Tennessee WildfiresAT&T Contributes to Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Fire Relief Fund and Friends of the Smokies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is donating $20,000 to aid communities following the East Tennessee wildfires. The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Fire Relief Fund and Friends of the Smokies will receive $10,000 each to support aid where needs are the greatest.

    "Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are two of Tennessee's great treasures and we want to ensure they have the support they need as Tennesseans work to recover from these devastating wildfires," said Joelle Phillips, President, AT&T Tennessee.

    AT&T customers can support American Red Cross disaster relief by sending a text with 'REDCROSS' to 90999 to make a $10 donation.**

    Additionally, AT&T has deployed Satellite Cell on Light Trucks (COLT's), emergency communications equipment, portable charging stations and waived data overage charges for those in the affected area. To learn more about AT&T's wildfire response, visit http://about.att.com/inside_connections_blog/tennessee_wildfires.

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    **Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy:www.mGive.org/P

    About AT&T
    AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We're the world's largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

    Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

    (C) 2016 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

    *Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

    About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
    AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

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    CONTACT: Cathy Lewandowski, AT&T Corporate Communications, (615) 337-8510,
    Cl2580@att.com




    Yippy (YIPI) Announces Mutual Termination of Merger with MC+A

    ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Yippy, Inc. (OTCMKTS: YIPI) ("Yippy" or the "Company"), a unified enterprise search company, today announced that the Company and Michael Cizmar and Associates Ltd. ("MC+A") have mutually agreed to terminate the previously entered into merger agreement between the parties pursuant to which MC+A was to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yippy. The transaction was scheduled to close earlier this quarter.

    The goal of the merger was to enhance Yippy's sales efforts within its search appliance business segment, focusing on customers looking to transition away from the Google Search Appliance (GSA) in light of Google's planned exit from the market. The Yippy Search Appliance (YSA) is an out-of-the-box solution which substantially reduces upfront costs, particularly for front-end development and connectors. Those upfront development/connector costs are major revenue drivers for Google VARs creating unmanageable work flows and the need for third parties which substantial increase end user costs and time to production. During the merger due diligence process, the parties determined that various factors, including differences in sales methodologies, would not allow for the intended synergy benefit both parties anticipated when originally constructing the transaction.

    "We appreciated the learning experience and the knowledge we amassed during the due diligence process. Our team wishes MC+A great success in the future as they have a lot of experience in search," stated Richard Granville, CEO, Yippy, Inc. He continued, "Lastly, we had a great 2Q with cash and system deliveries at record levels, which we believe is the best indicator of staying on course to provide faster, better, cheaper solutions to our clients."

    To find out more about our services and products, please visit our website (www.yippyinc.com) and you can learn more about Yippy's search technologies at the following links.

    Yippy Search Technology Overview

    http://www.otcmarkets.com/companyPresentationViewer?cmdId=1628&symbol=YIPI

    History of Yippy and Google Product Comparison - Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG8Ag4BCu6E

    About Yippy, Inc.

    Yippy, Inc. (www.yippyinc.com) is a technology company that specializes in the development of search-based applications, data normalization and aggregation through enterprise application service environments (EASE). Yippy's proprietary appliance and cloud based product suites are deployed over private and/or public architecture providing all consumers secure, redundant and maintained data access services. Investors can find current financial disclosure for the company at http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/YIPI/filings.

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    Yippy, Inc.

    CONTACT: John Routhier, Investor Relations, Yippy, Inc., Tel.:
    1-877-YIPPY01, info@yippyinc.com

    Web site: http://www.yippyinc.com/




    Streamline Health Announces Sale Of Its Patient Engagement Solutions To Document Storage Systems, Inc.Company Sharpens Its Focus and Energy on Core Mission to Provide Revenue Cycle Optimization Technology and Services to Healthcare Providers

    ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. , provider of the Looking Glass((R)) platform of integrated solutions, technology-enabled services and analytics supporting revenue cycle optimization for healthcare enterprises in the new value-based world, today announced the sale of its Looking Glass((R)) Patient Engagement suite of solutions to Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), located in Juno Beach, Florida. DSS specializes in the integration, development and innovation of healthcare technology to promote interoperable information exchange throughout the industry.

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    Streamline Health's Looking Glass((R)) Patient Engagement suite consists primarily of Patient Scheduling and Surgery Management software. This suite of products is based upon the legacy ForSite2020 solution, which Streamline Health acquired in connection with its acquisition of Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (USA, Inc.), in February, 2014. The company plans to discuss specifics of the transaction and will update any potential impact during its Third Quarter earnings call on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

    "As we sharpen our focus on delivering integrated solutions and analytics services supporting revenue cycle optimization, we recognized a company like DSS could better leverage our patient engagement solutions when compared with our go forward strategy," stated David Sides, President and Chief Executive Officer, Streamline Health. "We've worked with DSS for a number of years and felt they were the right strategic buyer. These award-winning solutions are supported by a team of dedicated professionals we've been proud to call colleagues here at Streamline Health."

    Streamline Health received $2 million from DSS in the transaction.

    About Streamline Health

    Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. is a healthcare industry leader in capturing, aggregating, and translating enterprise data into knowledge --delivering actionable insights that support revenue cycle optimization for healthcare enterprises. Our Looking Glass platform delivers integrated solutions, technology-enabled services and analytics that enable providers to drive reimbursement in a value-based world. We share a common calling and commitment to advance the quality of life and the quality of healthcare--for society, our clients, the communities they serve, and the individual patient. For more information, please visit our website at www.streamlinehealth.net.

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    Company Contact:
    Randy Salisbury
    SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
    (404) 229-4242
    randy.salisbury@streamlinehealth.net

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    When Making a Holiday Gift List, Check it Twice for BatteriesNinety percent of Americans admit they have forgotten to buy batteries for holiday gifts, according to new Energizer(R) survey

    ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The phrase "batteries not included" can put a major damper on holiday gift-giving, forcing eager kids and techies alike to wait before testing out their newest toys and gadgets. In fact, it's likely this has happened to you, as ninety percent of Americans said they have forgotten the batteries for holiday gifts in the past.

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    That information comes from a new consumer poll* conducted by Energizer(R) with more than one thousand respondents, just in time for the approaching holiday season. While consumers reported concerns like forgetting to RSVP for parties, accidentally leaving someone off the holiday card list and burning the holiday meal, remembering batteries for holiday gifts poses the most common challenge to ensuring holiday bliss.

    "It seems like everyone has dealt with a holiday-related battery mishap," said Michelle Atkinson, Chief Consumer Officer at Energizer. "We want to make sure all gift-givers remember this year that Energizer can be your ticket to ensuring holiday cheer."

    Energizer recommends turning to Energizer MAX((R)) as the go-to battery for the gadgets on your friends' and family members' wish lists. Providing the combination of long-lasting power and leak protection, Energizer MAX((R)) AA batteries have recently been improved to last up to 30 percent longer than previous iterations in digital cameras, while also protecting devices from damaging leaks for up to two years after the battery is fully used and holding power for up to 10 years in storage.

    "Forgetting batteries for high-powered gadgets should no longer fall under the long list of holiday stresses," said Atkinson.

    Energizer lighting products also make ideal stocking stuffers for adventurers, DIY-ers and outdoor enthusiasts. Suited for a wide spectrum of activities such as bike riding, fixing a leaky sink or having that backyard campout with the family, Energizer headlights help the active people in your life stay safe and hands-free through all excursions.

    The Energizer Vision HD LED Headlight is just one example of the latest Energizer((R)) line of high performance headlights. Featuring a 180 lumen powerful beam with 3 light modes, the Energizer Vision HD headlight is water resistant and drop-tested according to ANSI/NEMA FL1 standards, and its innovative smart-dimming feature provides users with maximum run time.

    To ensure that your techies stay happy and your adventurers stay wild, remember Energizer this holiday season not only for gift ideas, but also as the source of power for those very gifts and many more.

    *Methodology
    The Energizer Holiday survey was conducted in October 2016 among 1,004 Americans representative of the U.S. household population 18+ on age, gender, geographic division, income, household size, household designation, and market size. The survey was fielded by ORC International as part of their Telephone CARAVAN(R) survey.

    About Energizer(
    )Energizer Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: ENR], headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of primary batteries, portable flashlights and lanterns. Energizer is a global leader in the dynamic business of providing power solutions with a full portfolio of products including Energizer(R) brand battery products such as Energizer(R) EcoAdvanced(R); Energizer MAX(R); Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium(TM); Energizer Recharge(R) batteries and charging systems; and portable flashlights and lanterns. Visit www.energizer.com for more information.

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    CONTACT: Jackie Janus, Office: (314) 982-1742, Cell: (573) 999 2832,
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    Web site: http://www.energizer.com/




    Jerrick Expresses Interest In Potential Acquisition Of Wizard World, Inc.Company sees many potential synergies in a possible business combination or merger

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc., (OTCQB: JMDA) (the "Company" or "Jerrick"), a digital media and technology company, announced today that the Company is interested in pursuing a potential acquisition of Wizard World, Inc.

    Jerrick has recently launched six digital media verticals on its new Vocal content distribution platform including Geeks, which dives into the storied worlds of comic cons, video games, movies, comic books and TV. The Company believes there are many synergies between its new Vocal platform and Wizard World's Comic Con convention business that can leverage the value of both companies. As part of its expression of interest management is seeking to begin formal discussions with Wizard World on a potential business combination.

    "After conducting a careful review of Wizard World and after having had extensive internal discussions with our management team and Board of Directors, we are excited to attempt to open substantive dialogue with Wizard World," said Jerrick Founder Jeremy Frommer. "We believe this could be a potential win-win scenario for both companies and we look forward to discussing our vision with Wizard World's management team in the near future."

    About Vocal
    Vocal is a digital media platform and publishing hub engineered for creation and discovery. Proprietary to Jerrick, Vocal aims to connect thoughtful and original article content with effective monetization. Vocal was born out of a desire to bring rich quality content of the past into a contemporary digital forum that is widely accessible. Vocal's growing digital ecosystem launches with 6 verticals, including sexuality, science, the workplace, pop culture, health/wellness, and cannabis.

    About Jerrick
    Jerrick is a digital media and technology company focused on the development and marketing of branded digital content and e-commerce properties, producing and distributing premium digital media across multiple platforms for targeted demographics. The portfolio of brands is delivered through Vocal, its proprietary technology and content distribution platform. All verticals are overseen by a dedicated team and ideology, focusing primarily on revenue conversion as the premise behind all published material. Vintage publications are contemporized for a new audience. All content is meant to challenge, inspire, and enlighten.

    For press inquiries contact jerrick@astrskpr.com

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    Any statements that are not historical facts and that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, indicated through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intends," "plans," "believes" and "projects") may be forward-looking and may involve estimates and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. We caution that the factors described herein could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements we make and that investors should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of such factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our results of operations or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. This press release is qualified in its entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factor disclosure contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication relates to an indication of interest that Jerrick has made for a business combination transaction with Wizard World. No tender offer for the shares of Wizard World has commenced at this time. In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Jerrick (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, Wizard World) may file one or more proxy statements, tender offer documents or other documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, tender offer document or other document Jerrick and/or Wizard World may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

    INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF WIZARD WORLD ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENTS, TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Any definitive proxy statement (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Wizard World. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

    This communication does not constitute a solicitation of a proxy from any stockholder. However, Jerrick and/or Wizard World and their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in any solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more proxy statements or other relevant documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available. You may obtain free copies of these documents using the sources indicated above

    Investor Contact:
    Vivian Cervantes, Managing Director
    PCG Advisory Group
    D: 212.554.5482
    vivian@pcgadvisory.com

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    Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc.

    Web site: https://jerrick.media/




    HomeAdvisor to Participate at UBS 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAdvisor, an operating business of IAC , will attend the UBS 44(th) Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York at the Grand Hyatt New York on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Chris Terrill, Chief Executive Officer of HomeAdvisor, will present at 10:45 am Eastern Time (ET). A live webcast of the presentation will be available to the public at https://cc.talkpoint.com/ubsx001/120516a_ae/?entity=27_28CF0U4 and the presentation and a replay of the webcast will be available at http://www.iac.com/Investors/. The replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

    About HomeAdvisor
    HomeAdvisor is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor's award-winning iOS and Android mobile app, Apple Watch, or Amazon Echo. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC .

    About IAC
    IAC is a leading media and Internet company comprised of widely known consumer brands such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com, The Daily Beast, Investopedia, and Match Group's online dating portfolio, which includes Match, OkCupid, Tinder and PlentyOfFish. The company is headquartered in New York City and has offices worldwide. To view a full list of IAC companies, please visit www.iac.com.

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    IAC

    CONTACT: Mark Schneider, IAC Investor Relations, (212) 314-7400, or
    Isabelle Weisman, IAC Corporate Communications, (212) 314-7361

    Web site: http://www.iac.com/




    SS&C Completes Acquisition of Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services Business

    WINDSOR, Conn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. , a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced it completed the acquisition of Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services ("GFS") business, a leading provider of comprehensive administration, middle-office, operations, and cash/collateral management services.

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    GFS administers more than $42 billion in alternative assets. As a result of the acquisition, SS&C will add more than 250 employees and 130 fund relationships in Hong Kong, London, New York, Minneapolis and Singapore. The acquired GFS group will fold into SS&C's Alternative Assets business group and will be managed by Chris Kundro, Head of Wells Fargo Global Fund Services.

    "GFS is an exceptional business and we welcome their clients and staff to SS&C. Today's announcement enables SS&C to further develop its servicing footprint and provide an expanded offering to our new and existing clients," said Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SS&C Technologies. "SS&C continues to enhance its position as the single source for our clients' entire middle and back office needs, bringing significant new hedge, private equity and real estate capabilities."

    "We are delighted to have found a good home for our customers and staff and look forward to bringing them even more products, services and value through the SS&C offering," said Chris Kundro, Managing Director, SS&C GlobeOp. "We plan to further accelerate our growth by leveraging SS&C's technology and global footprint to increase our capabilities and expand our market reach."

    About SS&C Technologies

    SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software for the global financial services industry. Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has offices around the world. Some 10,000 financial services organizations, from the world's largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services. These clients manage an aggregate of over $44 trillion in assets.

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    CONTACT: For more information, Patrick Pedonti, Chief Financial Officer,
    Tel: +1-860-298-4738, E-mail: InvestorRelations@sscinc.com; Justine Stone,
    Investor Relations, Tel: +1- 212-367-4705, E-mail:
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    Web site: http://www.ssctech.com/




    Microsoft offers grants to organizations working to improve affordable internet access

    REDMOND, Washington, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home] process is now open for a new set of partners.

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    "The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide," said Microsoft Affordable Access Initiatives Director Paul Garnett, writing in NextBillion [http://nextbillion.net/an-opportunity-for-small-businesses-expanding-affordable-internet-access-grant-applications-open-today/]. "It's a privilege to see these solutions take shape, and to play a role in helping local entrepreneurs spur job creation and economic growth."

    In the fund's first round of investments, Microsoft awarded grants to 12 businesses [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/winners] offering affordable internet access or cloud-based services in fields such as power generation, health, education, finance and agriculture.

    AirJaldi [https://airjaldi.com/], a 2016 grant recipient, provides high-quality Wi-Fi broadband connectivity at reasonable rates to more than 90,000 public- and private-sector clients in rural India. Vista Africa [http://vistaafrica.com/], another recipient from last year, is a cloud-based software platform that helps healthcare providers more easily screen, track and treat patients' health in areas where connectivity is limited.

    In addition to receiving funding and software to help power and develop their businesses, grant recipients will join a growing ecosystem of other grantees and funders to further increase their impact.

    This initiative is also connected to the work of Microsoft Philanthropies [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/philanthropies/], which is helping to bring technology's benefits to those who need them most. Microsoft Philanthropies is making its digital literacy, online safety and computer science education programs available to grant recipients and the communities they serve.

    "Too many people around the world lack internet connectivity and the educational, commercial and economic benefits of cloud-based services," said Mary Snapp, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Philanthropies. "Affordable Access Initiative grants, and the technology ecosystems they help support, empower entrepreneurs to provide connectivity, which then enables the creation of critical services for those who need it most."

    How to apply

    Applicants must be commercial organizations with two or more full-time employees and have a prototype of a working solution and preferably paying customers. Such products and business models might combine new cloud services and applications, low-cost forms of internet connectivity, and new payment mechanisms designed for consumers and smaller businesses in underserved markets. A list of criteria, and the application, can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home]. Applications will be accepted until midnight PST on Jan. 31, 2017.

    Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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    New Axon Signal Magazine Connects TASER Smart Weapons To Wearable CamerasThe Signal Performance Power Magazine Alerts Axon Cameras When TASER Smart Weapon Is Armed

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TASER International , the global leader in Smart Weapons and digital evidence management solutions for body-worn cameras, today announced the release of the Signal Performance Power Magazine (SPPM), the latest addition to an ever-expanding ecosystem of connected technologies. The SPPM is a smart battery that works with TASER's X2 and X26P Smart Weapon. The SPPM is designed to automatically inform Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, Axon Flex 2, and Axon Fleet compatible cameras that a TASER Smart Weapon within signal range is armed, the trigger is pulled, or its arc switch is activated. The cameras can sense the Smart Weapon status change and start recording. SPPM units have begun shipping and are available now.

    "Our whole mission revolves around making officers' lives and jobs easier and safer through technology," said TASER CEO and co-founder Rick Smith. "In that sense, the last thing we want is for an officer's focus to be drawn away from a critical situation by his or her devices. SPPM's ability to alert Axon cameras of CEW usage will go a long way toward helping users concentrate on what's important. It will be the easiest, most reliable way for officers to tell the full story without ever having to think about anything beyond managing the situation at hand. SPPM joins Axon Signal, which provides similar alerts from actions in a patrol car such as light bar activation, in allowing officers to focus on the environment around them, not their technology."

    Details:

    --  The SPPM battery pack in a X2 or X26P Smart Weapon alerts Axon cameras
    that are equipped with Axon Signal technology.
    --  The SPPM can detect when the safety switch is placed in the up (armed)
    position and sends a signal in a 30-foot radius for 30 seconds. (A Smart
    Weapon can only operate when the safety is switched up.)
    --  After the weapon is armed and the 30-second transmission is complete,
    the SPPM will resend a signal whenever the trigger is pulled and/or the
    arc switch is activated.
    --  Any Axon Signal compatible camera that comes within range will sense the
    status change and begin actively recording.
    --  Some older Axon Flex camera controllers are not Axon Signal compatible.
    Compatible Axon Flex controllers are marked with a logo as shown in the
    attached photograph.
    

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    TASER Social Media Links

    --  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TASER.International
    --  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/71228
    --  TASER Blog: http://blog.taser.com/
    --  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OfficialTASER
    --  YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/taserinternational1
    

    About TASER International, Inc.

    TASER International makes communities safer with innovative public safety technologies. Founded in 1993, TASER first transformed law enforcement with its electrical weapons. TASER continues to define smarter policing with its Axon brand which includes a growing suite of connected products and services from body cameras and digital evidence management tools to mobile apps. More than 175,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with TASER's products and services.

    Learn more at www.TASER.com and www.axon.io or by calling (800) 978-2737.

    TASER(R) is a registered trademark of TASER International, Inc., registered in the U.S. All rights reserved. TASER logo, TASER X2, X26P, Axon, Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, Axon Fleet, and Axon Signal are trademarks of TASER International, Inc.

    Note to Investors

    Please visit http://investor.taser.com, http://blog.taser.com, www.twitter.com/officialtaser and https://www.facebook.com/TASER.International where TASER discloses information from time to time about the company, its financial information, and its business.

    For investor relations information please contact Arvind Bobra via email at IR@taser.com.

    CONTACT: Steve Tuttle
    Vice President of Communications
    TASER International, Inc.
    Press@TASER.com

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    Austria's Raiffeisen Bank Enhances Consumer Experience with Advanced Bill Payment and Contactless Card Technology from Diebold Nixdorf

    VIENNA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raiffeisen Bank Group, Austria's largest financial institution, is enhancing the consumer experience with 1,200 new Diebold Nixdorf automated teller machines (ATMs) equipped with advanced bill payment and contactless functionalities such as quick response (QR) codes and near field communication (NFC) readers.

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    With these technical enhancements, the Raiffeisen Group is aligning its self-service delivery channel to the current and future demands of its customers. As soon as the ATMs are installed, consumers will be able to pay their bills quickly and easily using the system's QR code reader by simply scanning the QR code printed on the bill and making changes or confirming the information from the scanned bill using the ATM's touchscreen display.

    Customers who already have NFC-capable cards will no longer have to insert them into the card reader, but instead can utilize the ATM's contactless capabilities to maximize convenience and security.

    The enhancement of the ATMs through barcode and NFC readers will also enable the bank to deploy many other new applications that allow ATMs to interact with customers' smartphones in the future - such as a cardless cash function in which the smartphone replaces the bank card.

    "With our investment in this state-of-the-art technology, we are acquiring future-proof solutions for the self-service channel for the next decade, and can continue to develop our offers in line with the wishes and needs of our customers," said Stefan Sandberger, member of the board at Raiffeisen Bank Group.

    Raiffeisen Bank Group plans initial installations early next year, followed by a complete rollout.

    "We are excited to help drive connected commerce for the Raiffeisen Banking Group. With these technologies, the Raiffeisen Group will be able to bridge the digital and physical worlds and offer its customers new services," said Alexander Gradl-Noll, General Manager of Diebold Nixdorf in Austria. "This is one of the largest orders in the history of Diebold Nixdorf Austria and its predecessor companies."

    About the Raiffeisen Bankengruppe
    The Austrian Raiffeisen Bankengruppe is the largest banking group in the country, operates the country's most extensive network of branch banks and serves about 1.7 million customers

    --  in 436 independent Raiffeisenbank institutions with a total of 1,514
    branches,
    --  in eight regional headquarters,
    --  with Raiffeisen Zentralbank   sterreich AG (RZB) as the leading
    institute.
    

    About Diebold Nixdorf

    Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world's top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an 'always on' and changing consumer landscape.

    Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol 'DBD'. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

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    Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319, steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

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    LivePerson sees record-breaking 530 million visits over Cyber Weekend, up 11% over last yearMobile interactions were up 37 percent from 2015 and, for the first time, preferred by consumers over desktop interactions

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson, Inc. , the leading provider of cloud mobile and online business messaging solutions, handled a record-breaking number of visitors on its platform during Cyber Weekend, the five-day period including Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, with 530 million site visits to brands serviced by LivePerson messaging, 11% higher than last year.

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    Notably, over a third of Cyber Weekend interactions occurred on tablets and smartphones, versus just 24.8% last year. This represents a 37.5% gain in the use of mobile devices rather than desktop computers for messaging with brands, compared to a year ago. Despite mobile chat being a newer and less widely deployed feature than desktop chat, and present on around 25% of sites analyzed over the extended weekend, mobile chats represented a disproportionately high 33% of all interactions.

    This marks the first year that mobile interactions have been more popular than desktop on a per-visit basis. The shift to interactions on smartphones was even more significant, seeing an 83% increase over 2015.

    As well as internal platform data, LivePerson also conducted a consumer survey of 1000 Americans on the Cyber Weekend period. It showed that almost 47% of Millennials completed a purchase over Cyber Weekend on a smartphone, versus 36% of those 35 and older. The reverse was true on tablets, where 30% of consumers over the age of 35 completed a purchase, versus 19% of Millennials.

    The survey also uncovered that nearly three times as many women than men purchased 20+ items on Black Friday, and they were also more likely than men to make a purchase on a smartphone or tablet.

    Increasingly, the choice to message with customer care representatives is becoming more and more natural for consumers. Counter to popular belief, more Millennials contacted customer service than those over the age of 35: 29.3% of younger people reached out to ask questions, versus 22.2% of older demographics in the survey data.

    Overall, 6.5% of survey respondents said they shopped online while at the Thanksgiving table. 18-24 year olds were more likely than any other group to have hidden from family during Thanksgiving and shopped on their phones. Meanwhile, boomers 45-54 and young adults 25-34 were the most likely to eschew politeness and just do their shopping from the Thanksgiving table.

    "As Cyber Weekend continues to play a hugely important role for businesses and consumers, we are excited to see record-breaking visits powered by LivePerson, and especially for the huge growth in mobile," said Robert LoCascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson. "Savvy consumers have multiple channels to not only get the best deals, but also get in touch with brands and have their questions answered. Holidays can be stressful on consumers, but our technology makes it possible for them to get answers immediately and directly from a trusted source."

    As well as record-breaking overall visitors, the company's systems handled record-breaking concurrent visits with ease: 1.32 million visitors on Black Friday and 1.59 million visitors on Cyber Monday.

    "This extended weekend period is critically important for companies doing business online, and enterprise-class software needs to work flawlessly," said Eran Vanounou, LivePerson CTO. "The LiveEngage platform maintained 100% uptime throughout these key shopping days, underscoring its position as the premier business-to-consumer messaging platform for major brands."

    About LivePerson
    LivePerson is a leading provider of mobile and online messaging business solutions, enabling a meaningful connection between brands and consumers. LiveEngage, the Company's enterprise-class, cloud-based platform, empowers consumers to stop wasting time on hold with 1-800 numbers, and instead message their favorite brands, just as they do with friends and family. More than 18,000 businesses, including Adobe, Citibank, EE, IBM, Orbitz, PNC, and The Home Depot rely on the unparalleled intelligence, security, and scalability of LiveEngage to reduce costs, increase lifetime value, and create stronger, more intuitive relationships with consumers.

    Safe Harbor Provision
    Statements in this press release regarding LivePerson that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements. Any such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to financial guidance, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is routine for our internal projections and expectations to change as the quarter and year progress, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change. Although these expectations may change, we are under no obligation to inform you if they do. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation: potential fluctuations in our quarterly revenue and operating results; competition in the markets for digital engagement technology, and web and mobile based consumer-facing services, and online consumer services; our ability to retain existing clients and attract new clients; potential adverse impact due to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; privacy concerns relating to the Internet that could result in new legislation or negative public perception; risks related to new regulatory or other legal requirements that could materially impact our business; our ability to effectively operate on mobile devices; responding to rapid technological change and changing client preferences; additional regulatory requirements, tax liabilities, currency exchange rate fluctuations and other risks as we expand internationally and/or as we expand into direct-to-consumer services; impairments to goodwill that result in significant charges to earnings; the adverse effect that the global economic downturn may have on our business and results of operations; our ability to retain key personnel, attract new personnel and to manage staff attrition; risks related to the ability to successfully integrate past or potential future acquisitions; our ability to expand our operations internationally; failures or security breaches in our services, those of our third party providers, or in the websites of our customers; risks related to the regulation or possible misappropriation of personal information belonging to our customers' Internet users; potential failure to meeting service level commitments to certain customers; technology systems beyond our control and technology-related defects that could disrupt the LivePerson services; risks related to protecting our intellectual property rights or potential infringement of the intellectual property rights of third parties; legal liability and/or negative publicity for the services provided to consumers via our technology platforms; risks related to technological or other defects disrupting our services; errors, failures or "bugs" in our products may be difficult to correct; increased allowances for doubtful accounts as a result of an increasing amount of receivables due from customers with greater credit risk; payment-related risks; delays in our implementation cycles; risks associated with the recent volatility in the capital markets; our ability to secure additional financing to execute our business strategy; risks associated with our current or any future stock repurchase programs, including whether such programs will enhance long-term stockholder value, and whether such stock repurchases could increase the volatility of the price of our common stock and diminish our cash reserves; our ability to license necessary third party software for use in our products and services, and our ability to successfully integrate third party software; changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States; our ability to maintain our reputation; risks related to our recognition of revenue from subscriptions; our lengthy sales cycles; risks related to our operations in Israel, and the civil and political unrest in that region; natural catastrophic events and interruption to our business by man-made problems; the high volatility of our stock price; and risks related to our common stock being traded on more than one securities exchange. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Readers are referred to the reports and documents filed from time to time by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of these and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in forward-looking statements.

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    TASER Filing Invalidity Challenges to Digital Ally's Patents in U.S.P.T.O.Public Documents Show Digital Did Not Invent Auto-Activation Technology In Patent Dispute

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TASER International , the global leader in Smart Weapons and digital evidence management solutions for body-worn cameras, today announced it is challenging the validity of Digital Ally patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Public documents, including TASER's own presentations from as early as 2009, clearly establish that Digital Ally did not invent "auto-activation" camera technology. Under U.S. law, a patent is not valid if it claims technology publicly described by another before the patent's filing date. Digital's patents therefore cannot cover TASER's (and others') prior, public innovations in this area.

    Digital sued TASER earlier this year for alleged infringement of two patents with priority dates in 2013. TASER asserts the complaint is meritless, that its Axon Signal technology does not infringe, and that the asserted patents are invalid. Regarding invalidity, TASER previously filed counterclaims against Digital Ally alleging inequitable conduct in the patent office based on its nondisclosure of highly relevant prior art, including the ICOP 20/20-W system, an in-car video recorder system designed for law enforcement and initiated by a number of automatic triggers including light bar and speed triggers. In addition to its litigation defenses, TASER now affirmatively challenges the validity of Digital's patents directly in the patent office. A petition challenging Digital's second patent in suit will follow in December.

    "Normally, we do not comment on ongoing litigation," said Doug Klint, TASER's General Counsel. "However, because Digital Ally has repeatedly and falsely claimed that it invented the technology to wirelessly activate cameras, we felt it appropriate to share our recent filings on this matter to provide our customers and investors with an accurate invention timeline. We believe these public documents clearly demonstrate that Digital Ally did not invent the technology in question, and has attempted improperly to claim the inventions of TASER International and others."

    As disclosed in TASER's recent patent office petitions and in litigation discovery, TASER designed and disclosed its own "TACOM" (TASER Communications) wireless auto-activation technology at least as early as April 2009, years before Digital's 2013 patent applications. Public proof of TASER's prior design includes at least the following:

    --  The PowerPoint slide below was presented at TASER's April 28-29, 2009
    Evidence.Com Technology Summit, and clearly shows TACOM architecture
    with wireless activation from both weapons and vehicle light bar.
    

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    --  The TACOM wireless activation technology was also described in TASER's
    version 15 training program (Slide 52 below), which was mailed to all
    TASER instructors and shipped on DVDs with every weapon sold starting in
    July 2009: https://youtu.be/A54-Q73vOsQ
    

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    --  TASER's CEO Rick Smith further described this technology publicly at a
    2009 TASER User Conference, which was webcast live on July 27, 2009.
    Click this link to see the relevant video segment:
    https://youtu.be/Urxgh58OOJI
    

    --  TASER's website also disclosed its TACOM technology, which allows a
    TASER device to communicate wirelessly to Axon cameras for time
    synchronization, event triggering and logging. Click this link (then
    select the "technology" link under the photo of the X3) to visit the
    independent internet archive to see the original web page with the TACOM
    description below from March 27, 2010.
    

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    Links to Key Litigation and U.S.P.T.O. Filings

    TASER's U.S.P.T.O. petitions and litigation counterclaims listed below may be accessed at www.taser.com/legal. The current petitions address invalidity of Digital's U.S. Patent No. 8,781,292. An additional petition regarding the invalidity of Digital's second patent-in-suit, U.S. Patent No. 9,253,452, will be filed later in December.

    --  TASER's 7-20-16 Amended Answer and Counterclaims in Digital Ally patent
    litigation pending in the District of Kansas, No. 2:16-cv-02032-CM-TJJ
    --  TASER's 12-1-16 IPR Petition pending in U.S.P.T.O. No. IPR2017-00375
    (Pierce/ICOP prior art references)
    --  TASER's 12-1-16 IPR Petition pending in U.S.P.T.O. No. IPR2017-00376
    (Vasavada/Kashiwa prior art references)
    

    TASER Social Media Links

    --  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TASER.International
    --  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/71228
    --  TASER Blog: http://blog.taser.com/
    --  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OfficialTASER
    --  YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/taserinternational1
    

    About TASER International, Inc.

    TASER International makes communities safer with innovative public safety technologies. Founded in 1993, TASER first transformed law enforcement with its electrical weapons. TASER continues to define smarter policing with its Axon brand which includes a growing suite of connected products and services from body cameras and digital evidence management tools to mobile apps. More than 175,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with TASER's products and services.

    Learn more at www.TASER.com and www.axon.io or by calling (800) 978-2737.

    TASER(R) is a registered trademark of TASER International, Inc., registered in the U.S. All rights reserved. TASER logo, Axon, Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, and Axon Signal are trademarks of TASER International, Inc.

    Note to Investors

    Please visit http://investor.taser.com, http://blog.taser.com, www.twitter.com/officialtaser and https://www.facebook.com/TASER.International where TASER discloses information from time to time about the company, its financial information, and its business.

    Visit our Investor Relations Safe Harbor Statement at: http://investor.taser.com/safeHarbor.cfm

    For investor relations information please contact Arvind Bobra via email at IR@taser.com.

    CONTACT: Steve Tuttle
    Vice President of Communications
    TASER International, Inc.
    Press@TASER.com

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    Mobile Dominates eCommerce Holiday Sales, Demonstrates Shift in Brick-and-Mortar Black Friday Shopping TraditionsBlack Friday mobile sales reach an all-time high at 38% of all online transactions

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Criteo , the performance marketing technology company, today released analysis of shopping trends around this year's biggest holiday sales weekend. The insights reveal a shift in holiday shopping and eCommerce behavior. The findings are based on real-time analysis of over 350 retailers and 29.9 million online transactions from the 2016 Black Friday to Bounceback Tuesday period.

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    Bargain hunters across the nation were pushed to stay indoors this year, with hundreds of stores, including the largest mall in America, choosing to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in decades. Brick-and-mortar Black Friday sales dropped a whopping $1 Billion in 2015, and this year has followed suit with a further 5% decline. The diminishing brick-and-mortar Black Friday tradition is actually a tremendous boost for online retailers.

    Consumers set new records for online sales this year across Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Bounceback Tuesday, marking a 15.7% YoY increase in transactions compared to online holiday sales last year. On Black Friday, 53% of visitors browsed products on mobile devices; however, desktops still exceeded mobile in actual conversion with 62% of purchases occurring on desktop compared to 38% on mobile. Criteo's deep-dive into consumer browsing and buying activity found:

    The Rise of "e-Black Friday" Drives Digital Success

    Taking the reins from the brick-and-mortar market, online retailers shocked the industry with a new record of Black Friday digital transactions. The rise of this "e-Black Friday" even trumps the traditionally digital Cyber Monday holiday. Black Friday online shoppers accounted for 33.7% of sales in eCommerce transactions on the three major sales days.

    --  The tablet is tanking: Tablet transactions are down 25% YoY on Android
    and 12% YoY on iPads.
    --  Smartphones are soaring - and iPhones remain on top:
    --  iPhone user growth increased 59% vs. 18% for Android phone.
    --  iPhone transaction growth increased 58% vs. 27% for Android phone.
    --  The hunt for the best price: Consumers were 70% more likely to visit
    competing retailer websites on Black Friday.
    --  Desktop Continues to Stay Relevant: Mobile devices are winning when it
    comes to number of users, but desktop still converts browsers to buyers
    -- garnering an 11% conversion rate vs. 5-6% on smartphones.
    

    Cyber Monday Driven by Mobile Growth

    Cyber Monday sales this year did not disappoint, with transactions increasing 15.1% over 2015. And this digital holiday is increasingly going more mobile year after year. Consumers still take a complex path to purchase across all devices, and this year mobile expanded its reach with 31.1% of overall sales the Monday after Thanksgiving, a 156% increase from 2015. Though mobile growth is strong, it has yet to surpass desktop, which garnered 68.9% of online transactions this year.

    --  Different devices for different days: Mobile [outperforms desktop] on
    Black Friday, but desktop overtakes mobile on Cyber Monday with 68.9% of
    total transactions.
    

    Completing the path to purchase: Cyber Monday saw the highest cart propensity - the number of consumers adding items to their carts - with an index value of 154.3, surpassing both Black Friday at 147.2 and Bounceback Tuesday at 153.8.

    Bounceback Tuesday Helps Retailers Pass New Milestone

    Shoppers this 1year rode the bargain hype long past Black Friday, taking advantage of sales spreading further into the week. Criteo-defined "Bounceback Tuesday" (the day right after Cyber Monday where advertisers are actively re-engaging shoppers for additional sales) proved to be the golden ticket for many retailers.

    --  Maintaining momentum: Bounceback Tuesday saw steady growth in 2016 with
    a 14.8% YoY increase in transactions and a 10.1% YoY increase in
    shoppers.
    --  Smartphones drive mobile sales: While conversions on mobile increased
    5.8% year over year, tablet shopping saw the steepest decline on
    Bounceback Tuesday, decreasing 12.3% YoY.
    

    "Mastering smartphone e-commerce continues to be a top priority for online retailers," said Jaysen Gillespie, Head of Data Science and Analytics at Criteo. "Not only are record numbers of users now transacting directly on smartphones but these users are also leveraging the smartphone to research transactions that ultimately materialize later on other devices. Marketers and marketing vendors who can correctly connect users across devices, via their own cross-device identity or the use of a third-party open-system identity graph, will boost marketing efficiency and gain valuable insights on the path-to-purchase."

    To learn more visit http://www.criteo.com/resources/holidays/.

    Methodology

    These findings were pulled from original Criteo data and an analysis of over 350 retailers and 29.9 million online transactions during the 2016 Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Bounceback Tuesday shopping holidays. All indexes are measured against a baseline of Nov 1 - Nov 14 data.

    About Criteo

    Criteo delivers personalized performance marketing at an extensive scale. Measuring return on post-click sales, Criteo makes ROI transparent and easy to measure. Criteo has over 2,200 employees in 30 offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, serving 13,000 advertisers worldwide and with direct relationships with 17,500 publishers.

    Media Contact:
    Kenya Hayes
    k.hayes@criteo.com
    (703) 589-7595

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    HomeAdvisor to Participate at Barclays 44th Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAdvisor, an operating business of IAC , will attend the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco at The Palace Hotel on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Chris Terrill, Chief Executive Officer of HomeAdvisor, will present at 1:00 pm Pacific Time (PT). A live webcast of the presentation will be available to the public at https://cc.talkpoint.com/barc002/120716a_as/?entity=41_TM3RHWO and the presentation and a replay of the webcast will be available at http://www.iac.com/Investors/. The replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

    About HomeAdvisor
    HomeAdvisor is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor's award-winning iOS and Android mobile app, Apple Watch, or Amazon Echo. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC .

    About IAC
    IAC is a leading media and Internet company comprised of widely known consumer brands such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com, The Daily Beast, Investopedia, and Match Group's online dating portfolio, which includes Match, OkCupid, Tinder and PlentyOfFish. The company is headquartered in New York City and has offices worldwide. To view a full list of IAC companies, please visit www.iac.com.

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    IAC

    CONTACT: Mark Schneider, IAC Investor Relations, (212) 314-7400, or
    Isabelle Weisman, IAC Corporate Communications, (212) 314-7361

    Web site: http://www.iac.com/




    12/1/16: Verizon declares quarterly dividend

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 57.75 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter. The dividend is payable on Feb. 1, 2017, to Verizon shareowners of record at the close of business on Jan. 10, 2017.

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    Verizon has approximately 4.1 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The company made $6.9 billion in cash dividend payments in the first nine months of 2016.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 162,000 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 113.7 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

    Verizon's Online Media Center: News releases, media contacts and other resources are available at www.verizon.com/about/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.

    Media contact:
    Bob Varettoni
    908.559.6388
    robert.a.varettoni@verizon.com

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    Microsoft offers grants to organizations working to improve affordable internet access

    REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners.

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    "The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide," said Microsoft Affordable Access Initiatives Director Paul Garnett, writing in NextBillion. "It's a privilege to see these solutions take shape, and to play a role in helping local entrepreneurs spur job creation and economic growth."

    In the fund's first round of investments, Microsoft awarded grants to 12 businesses offering affordable internet access or cloud-based services in fields such as power generation, health, education, finance and agriculture.

    AirJaldi, a 2016 grant recipient, provides high-quality Wi-Fi broadband connectivity at reasonable rates to more than 90,000 public- and private-sector clients in rural India. Vista Africa, another recipient from last year, is a cloud-based software platform that helps healthcare providers more easily screen, track and treat patients' health in areas where connectivity is limited.

    In addition to receiving funding and software to help power and develop their businesses, grant recipients will join a growing ecosystem of other grantees and funders to further increase their impact.

    This initiative is also connected to the work of Microsoft Philanthropies, which is helping to bring technology's benefits to those who need them most. Microsoft Philanthropies is making its digital literacy, online safety and computer science education programs available to grant recipients and the communities they serve.

    "Too many people around the world lack internet connectivity and the educational, commercial and economic benefits of cloud-based services," said Mary Snapp, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Philanthropies. "Affordable Access Initiative grants, and the technology ecosystems they help support, empower entrepreneurs to provide connectivity, which then enables the creation of critical services for those who need it most."

    How to apply

    Applicants must be commercial organizations with two or more full-time employees and have a prototype of a working solution and preferably paying customers. Such products and business models might combine new cloud services and applications, low-cost forms of internet connectivity, and new payment mechanisms designed for consumers and smaller businesses in underserved markets. A list of criteria, and the application, can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/affordable-access-initiative/home. Applications will be accepted until midnight PST on Jan. 31, 2017.

    Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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    CONTACT: Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications, (425) 638-7777,
    rrt@we-worldwide.com

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Copart Announces Expansion of Newburgh, New York Location

    DALLAS, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Copart, Inc. , a global online vehicle auction company, is proud to announce the expansion of its Newburgh, New York location.

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    "Our recent expansions and openings of new locations across the country are a reflection of our vision to provide an unmatched experience, every day and everywhere that is driven by our people, process and technology," said Jay Adair, CEO of Copart.

    In addition to Newburgh, Copart also has New York locations in Albany, Long Island, Rochester and Syracuse. Copart is a leading online vehicle remarketer. Inventory is not limited to vehicles, but also includes a wide collection of boats, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles and more.

    Copart's patented VB3 technology links sellers to more than 750,000 Members across the globe through Copart's multi-channel online platform. Members can participate in multiple online auctions around the world simultaneously via mobile, tablet and desktop. Similarly, Copart's Mobile App provides Members with an easy way to stay connected with multiple live online auctions and allows Members to place bids and view vehicles.

    Copart practices good corporate citizenship. As a proud community partner, Copart offers law enforcement, fire departments and similar government agencies a safe training environment. Copart locations are also used by agencies as a controlled environment to train K-9s to track narcotics and explosive devices. Agencies are encouraged to contact their local Copart location to learn more about conducting training at Copart.

    In addition to supporting local agencies, Copart supports numerous local, regional and national charities. To learn more about Copart in your community and nationwide, please visit TeamCopart.com.

    ABOUT COPART

    Copart, founded in 1982, provides vehicle sellers with a full range of remarketing services to process and sell salvage and clean title vehicles to dealers, dismantlers, rebuilders, exporters and, in some states, to end users. Copart remarkets the vehicles through Internet sales using its VB3 technology. Copart sells vehicles on behalf of insurance companies, banks, finance companies, fleet operators, dealers, car dealerships and others as well as vehicles sourced from the general public. The company currently operates in the United States (www.copart.com), Canada (www.copart.ca), the United Kingdom (www.copart.co.uk), Brazil (www.copart.com.br), Germany (www.copart.de), the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and the Sultanate of Oman (www.copartmea.com), Spain (www.copart.es), the Republic of Ireland (www.copart.ie), and India (www.copart.in). Copart links sellers to more than 750,000 Members in more than 150 countries worldwide through its multi-channel platform. In 2015, Copart was ranked at the top of Deloitte's "The Exceptional 100" list of companies, which reviewed U.S. publicly traded companies based upon a multidimensional approach to measuring financial performance. For more information, or to become a Member, visit www.copart.com.

    Contact:
    Michelle Hoffman, VP of Marketing, Copart
    michelle.hoffman@copart.com

    Lindsay Williams, Internal/ External Communications Manager, Copart
    lindsayWilliams@copart.com / (972) 391-5112

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    Web site: https://www.copart.com/




    Verizon named 'Best Wireless Service' by Global Traveler readers in latest survey

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon was voted as the winner of the Best Wireless Service award in Global Traveler's 13(th) annual GT Tested Reader Survey. Each year, Global Traveler asks frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best of the best in a variety of traveler-related categories, and Verizon took top wireless honors for the ninth time.

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    "Whether you're on the road for business or pleasure, you want the security to know you've got the best wireless communications possible," said Rob Miller, vice president of marketing for Verizon. "The road warriors who are the readers of Global Traveler know from real-life experience: Verizon provides clear value."

    With extensive international service across the world, including access to 4G data speeds in 88 countries, Verizon keeps its customers connected with a variety of affordable and flexible plans for all international travelers.

    TravelPass allows customers to use their mobile device abroad just as they do at home. For just $2/day per line, customers can use their domestic talk, text and data allowances in Mexico and Canada and $10/day per line in more than 100 other countries worldwide. The new Verizon domestic plans with 12GB data or more offer free calling to, as well as while roaming in, Mexico and Canada. Verizon also offers attractive monthly international plans as well as pay-as-you-go pricing.

    This year, more than 20,000 Global Traveler readers responded in the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. GT readers are frequent premium travelers averaging nine international and 13 domestic round-trip flights a year. Global Traveler's readers spend an average 50 nights per year in hotels.

    For more information on the GT Tested Reader Survey, check out the December 2016 issue of Global Traveler or visit our website at globaltravelerusa.com.

    To learn more about Verizon's international offerings, visit vzw.com/international.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 162,000 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 113.7 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: News releases, feature stories, executive biographies and media contacts are available at Verizon's online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.

    Media contact:
    Andrew Testa
    973-224-2081
    andrew.testa@vzw.com
    Twitter: @andrewtesta

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    Timken Expands Product Lines, Updates Catalogs for Housed Units, Seals and Tapered Roller BearingsIntroduces new smart phone app for mobile access

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company , a global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmission products, released new catalogs for housed units, seals and tapered roller bearings. The catalogs feature expanded offerings, more technical information and the latest on the company's growing product offering.

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    What's New?

    Timken brings its customers quick access to its broader offering of products for housed units, seals and tapered roller bearings. Recent updates for each catalog include:

    --  Housed Units: Complete listing of Revolvo split cylindrical roller
    bearing housed units available in Canada, Mexico and the United States
    --  Seals: Expanded offering of 1,500 new small bore metric seals
    --  Tapered Roller Bearings: Updated with more metric tapered roller bearing
    part numbers
    

    "Timken catalogs combine the product information and industry knowledge our distributors and customers need every day," said Mike Connors, vice president, global marketing. "Our catalogs, along with our global network of expert field sales and service associates, provide technical product support to help our customers select the right part for their application."

    Going Mobile

    Bringing the latest to our customers includes how we deliver the information. Now Timken customers can access the company's catalogs through a new mobile app for smart phones. The Timken catalog app can be downloaded from a QR code or through www.timken.com/catalogs. Go to http://timkencatalogs.squawqr.com/ to access the app. A two-minute video tutorial that walks you through the many ways to use this tool also is available.

    "Our distributors and customers expect to find basic product information quickly, from any device," said Connors. "The ease of use offered by mobile devices makes them an obvious platform for providing access to our catalogs. This 'Timken catalogs' app provides an efficient, direct link to searchable data we've historically provided in our printed catalogs and online at timken.com."

    About The Timken Company

    The Timken Company engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, belts, chain, couplings, and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world. The company's growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken((R)), Fafnir((R)), Philadelphia Gear((R)), Carlisle((R)), Drives((R)), Lovejoy((R)) and Interlube(TM). Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $2.9 billion in sales in 2015. With more than 14,000 employees operating from 28 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

    Media Relations:
    Carol Titus
    234.262.3757
    carol.titus@timken.com

    Investor Relations:
    Jason Hershiser
    234.262.7101
    jason.hershiser@timken.com

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    TCS New York City Marathon App Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2016Tata Consultancy Services Recognized for Consumer App of the Year

    NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced that the TCS New York City Marathon App has been named a Gold Winner for the "Consumer App of the Year" in the Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

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    The sixth annual Best in Biz Awards in North America garnered more than 600 entries across an impressive array of public and private companies, off all sizes and across numerous industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada. The 2016 awards were presented in 60 categories, with TCS winning the Gold Award for developing the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon app that was downloaded a record 275,000 times from runners and fans, witnessed a 700% increase in popular feature usage from 2014 levels and was ranked as the 'Best New App' in the Apple store on race day on November 1, 2015.

    "TCS is proud of the TCS New York City Marathon and the official race app that set new records in terms of downloads and an overwhelming positive response from users not only in New York, but around the world as they cheered on their runners," said Surya Kant, President of North America, UK and Europe, TCS. "Together with New York Road Runners, we have delivered on our promise of making the TCS New York City Marathon the most technically advanced race in the world, and we plan on making more strides next year."

    Beyond being the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, TCS is the only year-round premier partner of New York Road Runners (NYRR), applying its technical excellence to other prominent five-borough races and being the principal supporter of all youth and community initiatives. The TCS New York City Marathon is the pinnacle of the partnership, and the 2015 race app included the ability to track up to 10 runners throughout the course in real-time, plan where to cheer on runners at different vantage points, public transportation map overlays, race predictors, and leaderboard results.

    "It was an honor to judge the Best in Biz Awards this year," said Joe Pettit, Tripwire, joining his first Best in Biz Awards judging panel. "The competition was extremely intense and I am delighted for all the winners."

    Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2016 were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of 50 judges from widely known media outlets and analyst firms. In addition to numerous judges returning from the 2011-2015 judging panels, this year's group included several notable additions, AdWeek, Associated Press, CNET, Computerworld, Consumer Affairs, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Information Week, MediaPost, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and ZDNet.

    For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2016, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2016-winners.

    About Best in Biz Awards
    Now in its sixth year, Best in Biz Awards recognizes companies for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are currently conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in more than 60 categories, including company, team, executive, product and PR and media. Entries for Best in Biz Awards 2017 International are currently being accepted until the final deadline on April 28, 2017. For more information, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com.

    About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)
    Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model(TM), recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India's largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 371,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 45 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com

    To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

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    CONTACT: Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com, Phone: +91 22 6778 9999;
    Europe: Email: abhinav.kumar@tcs.com, Phone: +32 2282 1927; UK:
    Email:ashish.babu@tcs.com, peter.devery@tcs.com; Phone: +44 078 418 92227,
    +447764 835 773; India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com, shamala.p@tcs.com,
    Phone: +91 22 6778 9078, +91 22 6778 9081; USA / Canada: Email:
    b.trounson@tcs.com, Phone: +1 646 313 4594; Asia Pacific: Email:
    sean.davidson@tcs.com, Phone: +65 9139 3668; Australia and New Zealand:
    Email: alex.goldrick@tcs.com, Phone: +61 (2) 8456 2800; Latin America:
    Email:martin.karich@tcs.com, Phone: +569 6170 9013; Nordics: Email:
    mattias.afgeijerstam@tcs.com, Phone : +46723989188; Japan: Email:
    douglas.foote@tcs.com, Phone: +81 080-2115-0989

    Web site: http://www.tcs.com/




    Tableau Study Reveals the State of Data Education in 2016Report highlights tremendous growth in analytics education nationwide

    SEATTLE, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tableau today released a report that reveals how American institutions of higher education are adapting to train the next generation of data workers required by industry. The report, titled "The State of Data Education in 2016," found that approximately 20 percent of four-year universities in the U.S. now offer analytics programs. That figure is driven largely by highly-ranked institutions, nearly all of which offer analytics-focused programs to their students. The report also found that just two percent of two-year institutions offer such programs, indicating a significant gap in the availability of analytics education.

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    Overall, institutions have begun offering more analytics programs with the goal of preparing more students to work with data in a diverse range of jobs. Programs focused on business analytics accounted for much of this growth in analytics education, as universities adapt to meet the needs of industry for data-literate talent. Tableau's research also suggests that universities are increasingly offering interdisciplinary education in analytics, embedding basic data literacy into other fields ranging from public health to the sciences to business schools.

    "Data literacy is now a baseline expectation in jobs of all kinds," said Christian Chabot, Co-founder and Chairman of Tableau. "Perhaps the greatest challenge we face as an industry is training and nurturing the next generation of data talent. These are the people who will go on to change schools, doctor's offices, businesses, governments, and more, thanks to data. Our hope is that this report will help spur further investment and interest from academia and industry to train the next generation of data workers."

    More than five years ago, global business consultancy McKinsey predicted a shortage of as many as 1.5 million managers and workers with analytics know-how by 2018, noting that data skills were becoming a pervasive need in all kinds of jobs. This trend has continued, as organizations in all industries clamor to hire more data-proficient talent.

    Administrators at American universities echoed this, and noted that they are moving to address this need.

    "We will continue to invest in analytics-focused programs, and expect that other universities will do the same," said Dr. Michael Hasler, Senior Lecturer and MS in Business Analytics Program Director at the University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business. "Students entering the workforce today are at a disadvantage if they do not possess at least basic data skills. Our investments in analytics programs are a direct response to the needs from industry to hire people with basic and advanced data skills alike."

    Other findings of the report include:

    --  Analytics programs tend to cluster geographically near the locations of
    analytics jobs. The top markets in the United States for analytics
    programs are New York City, NY; Seattle, Wash.; Pittsburgh, Penn.;
    Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; and Los Angeles, Calif.
    --  Statistics and informatics programs are the most commonly-offered
    analytics programs, making up about 65 percent of the total.
    --  More than half (52 percent) of all analytics programs were created after
    2010, with business analytics programs in particular growing the
    fastest.  Thirty-two percent of programs focused on business
    intelligence and business analytics were created after 2010.
    --  The majority of analytics programs are offered as majors, rather than
    minors or certificate programs. However, instructors indicated that
    analytics certificate diplomas have seen the largest growth in recent
    years.
    

    To read entire report, visit tableau.com/data-education-2016.

    About Tableau
    Tableau helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. More than 50,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. Over 250,000 people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableau.com/trial.

    Tableau and Tableau Software are trademarks of Tableau Software, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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    Web site: http://www.tableausoftware.com/

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