Companies news of 2017-03-14 (page 1)

  • Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm, ISS, Recommends that Cypress Semiconductor...
  • Air Force Association Recognizes Leidos RPA Operations Center for Outstanding...
  • Microsoft announces addition to board and quarterly dividendDividend of $0.39 per share...
  • Quantum and Interica Partner to Lower Cost and Increase Efficiency of Storing Oil and Gas...
  • Hill-Rom Raises Quarterly Dividend Rate; Elects Mary Garrett and Nancy M. Schlichting To...
  • E-Book Piracy Costs Publishers $315 Million in Lost SalesNew Digimarc and Nielsen Study...
  • E-Book Piracy Costs Publishers $315 Million in Lost Sales
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    Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm, ISS, Recommends that Cypress Semiconductor Stockholders Consent FOR Management's Proposal to Eliminate Cumulative VotingCypress Urges Stockholders to Vote the WHITE Consent Card

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cypress Semiconductor Corporation ("Cypress") today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS"), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, has recommended that Cypress stockholders consent FOR management's proposal to eliminate cumulative voting.

    The Company issued the following statement:

    "We are pleased that ISS recognizes the immediate need to eliminate cumulative voting to bring equality to the voting process and to protect the best interests of all stockholders. We are successfully executing our Cypress 3.0 strategy to position the Company for its next wave of growth and we cannot allow our former CEO to stop our momentum by regaining boardroom influence to promote his personal agenda."

    Cypress also noted that it began evaluating eliminating cumulative voting and adopting majority voting and proxy access prior to receiving the notice from Mr. Rodgers on February 3, 2017, that he was nominating two individuals for election at the Company's 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

    In making its recommendation, ISS notes the following(1):

    On Elimination of Cumulative Voting:

    --  "The number of companies with cumulative voting has markedly declined in
    recent years. According to ISS Analytics data, only 11 of the S&P500
    companies, and 106 of the Russell 3000 companies currently have
    cumulative voting. Given the distinct advantage cumulative voting
    provides to dissidents, its use appears to be most appropriate in
    situations where there is a large, or controlling, shareholder."
    --  "...the current voting structure provides a distinct advantage to the
    dissident--who would be able to cumulate votes for his two nominees,
    thus increasing his probability of success..."
    --  "...the proposed change also appears to level a playing field that was
    already skewed, rather than simply tilt it in the board's favor."
    

    (1) Source: Permission to quote from the ISS report was neither sought nor obtained.

    On Decision to Adopt Proxy Access and Majority Voting:

    --  "...most unaffiliated shareholders stand to benefit more from the
    implementation of majority voting and proxy access than cumulative
    voting, which could disproportionately benefit a dissident shareholder."
    

    Cypress urges stockholders to act promptly to sign and return the WHITE consent card today. Even if you return the GOLD consent card at any point, you can still vote using Cypress' WHITE consent card. If you have any questions about executing or delivering your WHITE consent card or require assistance, please contact our consent solicitor, Okapi Partners at (212) 297-0720 or toll-free at (877) 285-5990.

    About Cypress

    Founded in 1982, Cypress is a leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world's most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress' programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with support and engineering resources that enable innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com.

    IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

    The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the Company's 2017 annual meeting of stockholders (the "2017 Annual Meeting").

    The Company plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2017 Annual Meeting (the "2017 Proxy Statement"), together with a WHITE proxy card. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2017 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY WILL FILE WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Additional information regarding the identity of these potential participants and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the 2017 Proxy Statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting.

    Stockholders will be able to obtain, free of charge, copies of the 2017 Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and any other documents (including the WHITE proxy card) when filed by the Company with the SEC in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov), at the Company's website (https://www.cypress.com) or via the Company's Investor Relations portal (http://investors.cypress.com/contactus.cfm). In addition, copies of the proxy materials, when available, may be requested from the Company's proxy solicitor, Okapi Partners LLC, at (212) 297-0720 or toll-free at (877) 285-5990.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    Statements herein that are not historical facts and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries' plans and expectations for the future are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may use words such as "may," "should," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "future," "continue" or other wording indicating future results or expectations to identify such forward-looking statements that include, but are not limited to statements related to: our proposed governance changes, including changes regarding the removal of cumulative voting, the adoption of majority voting provisions and the adoption of proxy access provisions; our Cypress 3.0 strategy; the composition of our Board of Directors; our 2017 Annual Meeting; the Company's financial performance; our corporate governance policies and practices; our plans to file certain materials with the SEC; and the possible resolution of any pending legal proceedings. Such statements reflect our current expectations, which are based on information and data available to our management as of the date of this press release. Our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: our inability to obtain stockholder approval on our proposed governance changes; the uncertainty of litigation; our ability to execute on our Cypress 3.0 strategy; global economic and market conditions; business conditions and growth trends in the semiconductor market; our ability to compete effectively; the volatility in supply and demand conditions for our products, including but not limited to the impact of seasonality on supply and demand; our ability to develop, introduce and sell new products and technologies; potential problems relating to our manufacturing activities; the impact of acquisitions, including but not limited to the continuing integration of Spansion and the recent acquisition of Broadcom's wireless IoT business; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; and other risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.

    Contacts:

    For Media:
    Sard Verbinnen & Co
    Ron Low/John Christiansen
    (415) 618-8750
    cypress-svc@sardverb.com

    For Investors:
    Okapi Partners LLC
    Bruce Goldfarb/Pat McHugh/Tony Vecchio
    (877) 285-5990
    info@okapipartners.com

    (1) Permission to quote from the ISS report was neither sought nor obtained.

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    Air Force Association Recognizes Leidos RPA Operations Center for Outstanding Current/Future Armed UAV TechnologyCenter Designated as Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellow

    RESTON, Va., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos , a global science and technology company, today announced that its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Operations Center (ROC) was recognized by the Martin H. Harris Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) for outstanding current/future armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology at the Air Force gala banquet in Orlando, Fla. earlier this month.

    The operations center was designated as a Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellow by the AFA. The Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellows program honors the late General Jimmy Doolittle who actively promoted public understanding and support for aerospace power. Being named a Doolittle Fellow honors the many men and women who have supported the Air Force and the AFA from their inception.

    The Leidos ROC team completed installation and achieved the first three-year full operational capability for Air Force Special Operations Command's Next Generation RPA Operations Center at Cannon Air Force Base using the National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework. This ROC design is the first RPA operation center that validates United States Air Force (USAF) RPA requirements using industry standard tools, USAF RPA command and control standards, and commercial off-the-shelf/Government off-the-shelf equipment. The ROC is the most advanced RPA operations center in the USAF, and is the first fully virtualized ROC incorporating open standards that allows for future growth with multi-level security and cross domain capabilities.

    "Leidos has stood side-by-side with the 27th Special Operations Wing and Air Force Special Operations Command since conception of the design of the ROC, and we're incredibly proud to be recognized for our dedication and commitment to excellence," said Leidos Vice President and Division Manager, Mike Hile.

    About Leidos

    Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.

    Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 30, 2016, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

    Contact: Melissa Koskovich Jennifer Moffett (571) 526-6850 (571) 526-6852 Koskovichm@Leidos.com Jennifer.a.moffett@leidos.com

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    Microsoft announces addition to board and quarterly dividendDividend of $0.39 per share payable in June.

    REDMOND, Wash., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, to its board of directors effective immediately.

    Microsoft also announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share. The dividend is payable June 8, 2017, to shareholders of record on May 18, 2017. The ex-dividend date will be May 16, 2017.

    Hoffman, 49, has been with Greylock Partners, where he is currently a partner, for the past seven years. He co-founded LinkedIn in 2002, and before that he served as an executive vice president at PayPal. He currently serves on the boards of Edmodo, Convoy and Blockstream. In addition, he serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Wrapp and Kiva.org, and the chair of the West Coast advisory board for QuestBridge.

    "We continually evaluate opportunities to bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to our board, and Reid's appointment reflects that," said John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman. "His expertise will be a valuable addition."

    "I've long admired Reid's ability to identify disruptive technologies and the passion we share for how digital platforms can create new opportunity for people around the world," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "As a board member, Reid's leadership and strategic perspective will help chart the future of our company as we aim to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."

    Adding Hoffman to the board increases Microsoft's board to 12 members.

    Hoffman will be appointed to the Regulatory and Public Policy Committee.

    In addition to Hoffman, Microsoft's board of directors consists of John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chairman; William H. Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor; G. Mason Morfit, president, ValueAct Capital; Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft; Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Sandra E. Peterson, executive vice president, Group Worldwide Chairman for Johnson & Johnson; Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW AG; Charles W. Scharf, former chief executive officer of Visa Inc.; John W. Stanton, chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners and Trilogy International Partners; Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gap Inc.; and Padmasree Warrior, chief development officer of NextEV, and chief executive officer of U.S. for NextEV.

    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: For more information, financial analysts and investors only:
    Investor Relations, Microsoft, (425) 706-4400; For more information, press
    only: Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications, (425) 638-7777,
    rrt@we-worldwide.com

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




    Quantum and Interica Partner to Lower Cost and Increase Efficiency of Storing Oil and Gas Project DataQuantum Lattus Private Cloud Certified With Interica's PARS(R) Data Management System

    SAN JOSE, Calif. and LONDON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Corp. and Interica today announced a joint solution which enables oil and gas organizations to add cloud archive storage to their exploration workflows. Interica has certified Quantum Lattus((R)) private cloud object storage for use as an S3 storage target with Project Archive and Retrieval System (PARS((R))), Interica's advanced project data management solution. The combined solution lowers costs, improves data access and streamlines storage to achieve greater operational efficiency, helping companies confront data growth and tight budgets.

    [Click to tweet: Oil and gas exploration data is available and secure with Interica PARS((R)) and Lattus object #storage @QuantumCorp http://qntm.co/2mc3AXC]

    Preserving the Value of Data for the Oil and Gas Industry
    Effective exploration for oil and gas generates vast pools of extremely valuable data which must be managed properly. Exploration and production projects incorporate data characterized by a rich variety of sources, locations and file types. Preserving this data requires that it is organized, available, accurate, and enduring across time and technology changes.

    The Combined Advantages of Quantum and Interica
    In today's energy exploration and production environment, more companies are looking for ways to save cost, increase access to data, and streamline their operations. Quantum's Lattus private cloud object storage is designed to meet those objectives. It is a self-protecting, self-healing solution that uses 10TB low-power HDDs and cost-effectively scales from 100TB to hundreds of petabytes to deliver cost-efficient capacity, data protection and resiliency with a simple-to-operate, simple-to-scale private cloud architecture. Trusted by the oil and gas exploration industry for over 15 years, PARS((R)) enables companies to manage complex digital content for long-term knowledge retention, compliance, and storage.

    The combination of Lattus and PARS((R)) enables users to leverage the benefits of cloud technology to preserve this data without the uncertainty and vulnerability of public cloud services and also offers a number of other unique strengths:

    --  Scale: Seamlessly scales capacity to hundreds of petabytes and
    independently scales performance to match usage requirements.
    --  Durability: Provides continuous data integrity checking and
    self-healing, for resilience against device failure and site disaster.
    --  Safety and Security: Offers the scalability of public cloud, without the
    risks and unknowns.
    --  Cost-Effective: Results in low, predictable operating costs independent
    of data access patterns.
    --  Availability: Keeps all project data organized and accessible and clears
    out the clutter and duplicate storage to protect corporate assets and
    reduce risk.
    

    PARS((R)) Version 4.4 adds support for public and private S3 destinations such as Lattus to its existing support for tape and disk storage systems, which includes Quantum's high-density Scalar((R)) tape libraries and QXS(TM) disk storage. When paired with a Scalar tape library, PARS((R)) combines the newest, most operationally efficient tape automation with Lattus for more accessible long-term storage. Data already archived in Lattus may also be copied to tape to protect against online threats such as ransomware, or to provide off-line storage or sharing with business partners, all while containing storage costs.

    Availability
    The Quantum-Interica solution is currently available worldwide.

    Supporting Quotes
    Simon Kendall, CEO, Interica
    "With the massive changes being seen in the oil and gas industry, Quantum was the first storage provider to recognize the opportunity in working with Interica to deliver cost-effective, operationally efficient data retention and protection. In this rapidly developing market, Interica was pleased to collaborate with Quantum by developing an S3 destination to support Lattus object storage. Because Interica foresees almost all major international oil and gas companies testing or migrating to object storage, this relationship allows us to provide a certified and proven solution to the industry."

    Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, Products and Solutions, Quantum
    "Petroleum exploration and production data is an extremely valuable corporate asset requiring careful management. Many companies today in the oil and gas industry are actively seeking new ways to reduce operational costs associated with their existing storage infrastructure. Adding Quantum Lattus private cloud storage to Interica PARS((R)) data management can substantially streamline IT operations for managing large amounts of project data."

    Additional Resources

    --  Read how Quantum and Interica address oil and gas project challenges,
    and download a solution brief:
    www.quantum.com/applications/interica/index.aspx
    --  Register to attend a webinar -- "Leveraging Cloud for Seismic and
    Interpretation Data Retention and Protection," Wednesday, March 29, 1
    p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT: www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13139/251001
    

    About Interica
    Interica has provided sophisticated information management software and consultancy services to blue chip customers in Oil & Gas for over 20 years. Their range of expertly developed E&P technology solutions and services includes PARS((R)) for long-term compliance and knowledge retention through intelligent archiving and Project Resource Manager(TM) for discovery, analysis, and reporting on how E&P project files are used and stored. These products are currently installed in over 200 locations worldwide. Interica has offices in the UK, USA and Asia to support its international operations.

    About Quantum
    Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out tiered 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, the Quantum logo, Lattus, QXS and Scalar are either registered trademarks or 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, statements relating to: 1) benefits and value to customers from using Quantum and Interica joint solutions, including the combination of Lattus and PARS, and 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such solutions, are forward-looking statements 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 3, 2017 and in Quantum's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 3, 2016, as amended, especially those risks listed in this section under the headings "Our results of operations depend on a limited number of products and on new product introductions, which may not be successful, in which case our business, financial condition and results of operations may be materially and adversely affected." 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.

    Quantum Public Relations Contact:
    Bob Wientzen
    Quantum Corp.
    +1 (720) 201-8125
    bob.wientzen@quantum.com

    Interica Public Relations Contact:
    Joe Hardy
    Interica Ltd
    +44 1825 745100
    jhardy@interica.com

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    Hill-Rom Raises Quarterly Dividend Rate; Elects Mary Garrett and Nancy M. Schlichting To Its Board of Directors

    CHICAGO, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. announced today that its board of directors declared a 6 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend rate, from the previous rate of $0.17 per share to $0.18 per share. The fiscal 2017 quarterly dividend is payable on March 31, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 24, 2017. The indicated annual dividend rate is $0.72 per share.

    In addition, Hill-Rom shareholders elected Mary Garrett and Nancy M. Schlichting as new members of its board of directors, along with eight returning directors, at the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

    Ms. Garrett most recently led Global Marketing for IBM Corporation, until her retirement in December 2015. Ms. Schlichting is the retired president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, having served in that role until December 2016.

    At the company's Annual Meeting today, shareholders also approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of Hill-Rom's named executive officers; and ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm of Hill-Rom for fiscal year 2017.

    About Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
    Hill-Rom is a leading global medical technology company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. We partner with health care providers in more than 100 countries, across all care settings, by focusing on patient care solutions that improve clinical and economic outcomes in five core areas: Advancing Mobility, Wound Care and Prevention, Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics, Surgical Safety and Efficiency and Respiratory Health. Hill-Rom's people, products and programs work towards one mission: Every day, around the world, we enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers. Visit www.hill-rom.com for more information.

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    CONTACT: Investor Relations, Mary Kay Ladone, Vice President, Investor
    Relations, 312-819-9387, marykay.ladone@hill-rom.com; Media, Howard Karesh,
    Vice President, Corporate Communications, 312-819-7268,
    howard.karesh@hill-rom.com

    Web site: http://www.hill-rom.com/




    E-Book Piracy Costs Publishers $315 Million in Lost SalesNew Digimarc and Nielsen Study Unveiled at London Book Fair

    LONDON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation recently commissioned a Nielsen consumer survey on e-book piracy and the company will present their findings on March 15 at The London Book Fair. Digimarc commissioned the survey to better understand the nature of e-book piracy, how it impacts revenue, and what publishers can do to prevent it. The session, titled "Inside the Mind of a Book Pirate," takes place at 1:45 p.m. (UK Time) in the Tech Theatre.

    E-book piracy currently costs U.S. publishers $315 million each year in lost sales, and the Nielsen survey revealed that people who illegally download e-books are largely ordinary consumers, students and working professionals who access e-books from a wide range of digital sources, including online auction sites and via email from friends. The study highlighted the fact that 70% of illegal downloaders have either graduated from college or have a graduate degree. The most common age-range of an e-book pirate is between 30- and 44-years-old with a yearly household income between $60,000 and $99,000.

    "When it comes to book piracy, you can't prevent what you can't predict. This is the challenge for publishers as they grapple with preventing illegal piracy," said Devon Weston, director, market development, Digimarc Guardian. "Our new Nielsen data makes it clear these pirates don't fit a typical criminal profile. They access digital content from a vast universe of web pages, social platforms and file sharing portals. Our aim is to break down the problem for publishers and help them develop an effective prevention strategy."

    Digimarc's Guardian content protection service offers publishers an end-to-end digital piracy solution that discovers and verifies pirated content, de-lists the content on search engines and then reports actions-taken within a convenient customer portal. The solution helps enterprise-level rights holders, such as publishers, demonstrate their commitment to authors by providing detailed visibility into individual-work level piracy and protection, and by allowing the content creators to self-report suspected violations.

    The Digimarc Guardian team will be attending The London Book Fair, March 14-16 at Booth #3B100. To download a copy of the study, please visit www.digimarc.com/resources/ebook-piracy-study.

    Find out more about Guardian content protection solutions by visiting: https://www.digimarc.com/application/copyright.

    About Digimarc
    Digimarc Corporation , based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of Digimarc Discover(R) software and the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. Digimarc Discover software enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio, with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc.

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    CONTACT: Gary Grossman, Edelman PR, 503-471-6868, pr@digimarc.com

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




    E-Book Piracy Costs Publishers $315 Million in Lost Sales

    New Digimarc and Nielsen Study Unveiled at London Book Fair

    LONDON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digimarc Corporation recently commissioned a Nielsen consumer survey on e-book piracy and the company will present their findings on March 15 at The London Book Fair. Digimarc commissioned the survey to better understand the nature of e-book piracy, how it impacts revenue, and what publishers can do to prevent it. The session, titled "Inside the Mind of a Book Pirate," takes place at 1:45 p.m. (UK Time) in the Tech Theatre.

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    E-book piracy currently costs U.S. publishers $315 million each year in lost sales, and the Nielsen survey revealed that people who illegally download e-books are largely ordinary consumers, students and working professionals who access e-books from a wide range of digital sources, including online auction sites and via email from friends. The study highlighted the fact that 70% of illegal downloaders have either graduated from college or have a graduate degree. The most common age-range of an e-book pirate is between 30- and 44-years-old with a yearly household income between $60,000 and $99,000.

    "When it comes to book piracy, you can't prevent what you can't predict. This is the challenge for publishers as they grapple with preventing illegal piracy," said Devon Weston, director, market development, Digimarc Guardian. "Our new Nielsen data makes it clear these pirates don't fit a typical criminal profile. They access digital content from a vast universe of web pages, social platforms and file sharing portals. Our aim is to break down the problem for publishers and help them develop an effective prevention strategy."

    Digimarc's Guardian content protection service offers publishers an end-to-end digital piracy solution that discovers and verifies pirated content, de-lists the content on search engines and then reports actions-taken within a convenient customer portal. The solution helps enterprise-level rights holders, such as publishers, demonstrate their commitment to authors by providing detailed visibility into individual-work level piracy and protection, and by allowing the content creators to self-report suspected violations.

    The Digimarc Guardian team will be attending The London Book Fair, March 14-16 at Booth #3B100. To download a copy of the study, please visit www.digimarc.com/resources/ebook-piracy-study [http://www.digimarc.com/resources/ebook-piracy-study].

    Find out more about Guardian content protection solutions by visiting: https://www.digimarc.com/application/copyright [https://www.digimarc.com/application/copyright].

    About Digimarc
    Digimarc Corporation , based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the inventor of Digimarc Discover® software and the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode [https://www.digimarc.com/products/discover/barcode] for automatically identifying and interacting with virtually any media. Digimarc Discover software enables industrial scanners, smartphones, tablets and other computer interfaces to reliably, efficiently and economically identify traditional barcoded items, along with many other media objects. Digimarc Barcodes are imperceptible to people and do all that visible barcodes do, but perform better. These remarkable capabilities have allowed Digimarc and its business partners to supply a wide range of patented consumer engagement, media management and security solutions across multiple consumer and government industry sectors. Digimarc owns an extensive intellectual property portfolio [http://www.digimarc.com/patents], with patents in digital watermarking, content identification and management, media object discovery, and intuitive computing more generally. For more information and the latest news, please visit www.digimarc.com [http://www.digimarc.com/] and follow on Twitter at @Digimarc [http://twitter.com/Digimarc].

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    Kevin Harvick to Host "Happy Hours" on SiriusXM NASCAR RadioExclusive show debuts coast to coast March 28 on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app

    NEW YORK, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM today announced that 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing and one of the sport's most popular drivers, will host a new exclusive show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, available to listeners nationwide on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app.

    Happy Hours will debut on March 28 and air every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm ET, featuring Harvick's distinctive perspective on his sport and life outside the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will take calls from listeners and give NASCAR fans a unique view on the driver's life and interests when he is away from the race car. In June the show will begin airing every other week.

    "I'm excited to partner up with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and give the fans an inside look at what it's like to be a NASCAR driver in today's age," said Kevin Harvick. "It will be fun to give the listeners my opinion on things that are happening within our sport."

    "Kevin is one of the most exciting drivers on the track, and an extremely fun-loving person off the track," said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM's SVP of Sports Programming. "That combination of competitiveness and personality is perfect for SiriusXM. Kevin and Matt will create a show that is enlightening, entertaining and unlike anything else on the airwaves."

    Harvick has 35 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, including wins in such crown-jewel events as the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway (Fla.), the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Ind.) and the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (S.C.). In addition to his impressive performance in the Monster Energy Series, Harvick is a two-time NASCAR XFINITY Series champion with 46 series wins and 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories.

    SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and delivers in-depth racing coverage and inside access to NASCAR news, including live broadcasts of every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series(TM), NASCAR XFINITY Series(TM) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series(TM) event. Fans can call in to the channel to share their opinions and be a part of the daily discussion, and can also access SiriusXM NASCAR Radio programming when they want it on SiriusXM On Demand. The channel's roster of expert hosts features current and former drivers, crew chiefs, crew members and a host of NASCAR insiders. For more info on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's programming and personalities go to www.SiriusXM.com/NASCAR.

    About SiriusXM

    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. is the world's largest radio company measured by revenue and has approximately 31.3 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment, and a wide-range of Latin music, sports and talk programming. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers through SiriusXM Traffic(TM), SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic(R), NavWeather(TM). SiriusXM delivers weather, data and information services to aircraft and boats through SiriusXM Aviation(TM) and SiriusXM Marine(TM). In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has approximately 2.8 million subscribers. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

    To download SiriusXM logos and artwork, visit http://www.siriusxm.com/LogosAndPhotos.

    This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "believe," "intend," "plan," "projection," "outlook" or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

    The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: our substantial competition, which is likely to increase over time; our ability to attract and retain subscribers, which is uncertain; interference to our service from wireless operations; consumer protection laws and their enforcement; unfavorable outcomes of pending or future litigation; the market for music rights, which is changing and subject to uncertainties; our dependence upon the auto industry; general economic conditions; the security of the personal information about our customers; existing or future government laws and regulations could harm our business; failure of our satellites would significantly damage our business; the interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems; our failure to realize benefits of acquisitions or other strategic initiatives; rapid technological and industry changes; failure of third parties to perform; our failure to comply with FCC requirements; modifications to our business plan; our indebtedness; our principal stockholder has significant influence over our affairs and over actions requiring stockholder approval and its interests may differ from interests of other holders of our common stock; impairment of our business by third-party intellectual property rights; and changes to our dividend policies which could occur at any time. Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.

    Source: SiriusXM

    Media contacts:
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    SiriusXM
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    MGT Signs Letter of Intent to Develop Privacy Mobile PhoneCompany Will Partner with Nordic IT

    DURHAM, N.C., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MGT Capital Investments, Inc. announced today that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Nordic IT Sourcing Association to develop a truly secure mobile phone. The letter of intent is expected to lead to a definitive contract whereby MGT would be responsible for designing, testing and assembling a state of the art cell phone with privacy features that stay one step ahead of hackers and eavesdroppers. The base phone will be procured as an OEM model using the Android operating system, and then modified using the skills of MGT's cybersecurity team. The definitive agreement will be predicated on minimum initial and recurring quantities, currently anticipated at 160,000 units to begin, and 50,000 units monthly thereafter. Subject to final specifications, revenues to MGT are contemplated at $350 USD per unit.

    With today's announcement, MGT has joined forces with a leading influential think tank focused on mobile, security, and digital services. Nordic IT is involved in the research and development of disruptive technologies on behalf of its members and partners, which include senior executives from many of the world's largest corporations. The partners expect a definitive agreement within 60 days, with initial product shipments approximately a year later.

    John McAfee, Executive Chairman and CEO of MGT observed, "Smartphones have become the Achilles heel of cybersecurity. No matter how secure our applications become, they must still execute in an environment designed from ground up to be a spy device. It is like building a race car and having it powered by a rubber band."

    Alexander Reay, President of Nordic IT, stated, "We are honored to be working with cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee and his team. MGT's innovative ideas should result in a unique offering in mobile communications. We have been heavily involved in the research of security and privacy issues, both in the Nordics and with our partners worldwide. With the new GDPR regulations here in Europe set to take effect in 2018 and recent leaks, there is no end to the privacy issues facing enterprises and society as a whole. We strongly believe that such a device will be the center of attention for both privacy concerned consumers, and corporate leaders looking to develop a winning strategic cybersecurity and privacy program on behalf of their company."

    About MGT Capital Investments, Inc.
    MGT Capital Investments, Inc. is in the process of acquiring and developing a diverse portfolio of cyber security technologies. With industry pioneer John McAfee at its helm, MGT is positioned to address various cyber threats through advanced protection technologies for mobile and personal tech devices, as well as corporate networks.

    Also as part of its corporate efforts in secure technologies, MGT is growing its capacity in mining Bitcoin. Currently at 5.0 PH/s, the Company's facility in WA state produces about 100 Bitcoins per month, ranking it as one of the largest U.S. based Bitcoin miners. Further, MGT is in active discussions with financial partners to grow Bitcoin output materially.

    Lastly, MGT stockholders have voted to change the corporate name of MGT to "John McAfee Global Technologies, Inc." Following a dispute over ownership and permitted usage of the name McAfee, The Company and Intel have agreed to a mediation process to avoid unnecessary legal costs.

    For more information on the Company, please visit: http://ir.stockpr.com/mgtci.

    About the Nordic IT Association
    Nordic IT is a Member Organization and Disruption Think-tank in the Nordic region. As the only dedicated IT sourcing association covering the Nordic IT sourcing industry, its focus is on various aspects of IT sourcing and creating solutions for IT professionals throughout the Nordic region. Combining thought leadership forums and learning programs with a centric on-line knowledge pool, it covers all areas of IT and technology sourcing. The Association's core mission is to foster innovation, continuous improvement and better business outcomes on behalf of its members.

    Forward-looking Statements
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    Investor and Media Contact
    Tiffany Madison
    Director of Corporate Communications
    MGT Capital Investments, Inc.
    tmadison@mgtci.com
    469.730.6703

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    NextGenTel Holding ASA: Approval of Annual Accounts 2016

    OSLO, Norway, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of NextGenTel Holding ASA has 14 March 2017 approved the annual accounts for 2016. There were no changes in the profit for the year as presented in the Q4 2016 financial report on 15 February 2017.

    The annual general meeting (AGM) will take place Thursday 20 April 2017 at 15:00 at the company's premises at Harbitzalleen 2A, Skøyen, Oslo. A notice for the AGM will be sent to all shareholders and documents related to the AGM, including the annual report for 2016, will be available on the company's investor relations website (www.nextgentelholding.com [http://www.nextgentelholding.com/]).

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    DST Launches Analytics-Based Web Dashboard For Plan Sponsors And Advisors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DST , a leading global technology, strategic advisory, and operations outsourcing company today announced the launch of the Retirement Solutions Plan Health Dashboard. The new tool provides plan sponsors and advisors real-time, data-driven insights about the health of their retirement plan business while also helping plan sponsors better understand how their retirement plan is performing and provides targeted recommendations for improvement.

    The Plan Health Dashboard, part of DST's Retirement Intelligence suite of solutions, was developed to meet the needs of advisors and plan sponsors who are under increasing pressure to improve plan monitoring and participant outcomes. The Plan Health Dashboard analyzes and segments industry, plan, and participant data to deliver accurate plan health metrics in a user-friendly interface that identifies and tracks key drivers, insights, and recommendations to improve plan performance.

    The Plan Health Dashboard features include:

    --  Measurement of key plan health indicators
    --  Peer group benchmarking
    --  Analytics-based modeling and recommendations
    --  Interactive and intuitive tablet-friendly design
    --  Plan sponsor and advisor web access
    --  Ability to integrate data from any recordkeeping platform
    --  Print and share report capabilities
    --  Brand customization
    

    "With the Plan Health Dashboard, providers can add a dynamic, differentiating analytics component to their plan sponsor relationships," said John Geli, President of DST Retirement Solutions. "And plan sponsors will be more empowered in addressing their fiduciary responsibilities and supporting positive retirement plan outcomes."

    DST's repository of Retirement Intelligence analytics data is derived from an integrated network of retirement service providers. DST enhances the data to improve quality and analytics value which can be leveraged for development of user-centric solutions such as the Plan Health Dashboard.

    For more information about DST's Retirement Solutions Plan Health Dashboard, click here.

    About DST
    DST Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory, and business operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries. We enable clients to transform complexity into strategic advantage by helping them continually stay ahead of and capitalize on ever-changing customer, business and regulatory requirements in the world's most demanding industries. For more information, visit the DST website at www.dstsystems.com.

    Media Contact:
    Laura M. Parsons
    DST Global Public Relations
    +1 816 843 9087
    mediarelations@dstsystems.com

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    ISG Recognized for Role in Establishing ZF Tech CenterFirm Wins Praise from Client for Engineering Services Work

    BANGALORE, India, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Services Group (ISG) , a leading global technology research and advisory firm, said today its client, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a leading automotive supplier in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, has recognized ISG for its engineering services work in helping ZF establish a new India Technology Center in Hyderabad.

    ISG Engineering Services worked with ZF to conceptualize its technology center, helping the client develop a business case, analyze which engineering services could be offshored to India, design the center's organization and operating model, and select its sourcing partners (TCS and Tech Mahindra). ISG also established a program management office to ensure all aspects of the center's development and launch were delivered according to plan.

    Dr. Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, recognized ISG for its contribution to the ZF India Technology Center at a launch event earlier this month. ISG Engineering Services advisors Karan Kamal and Sriram Rangachary, who served as project leader, were on hand to accept a certificate and a plaque from Sommer on behalf of the firm. ZF project sponsors Mamatha Chamarthi, chief digital officer, and Dr. Eckart VonWesterholt, vice president of Research & Development, were also on hand to offer their thanks to ISG.

    "We congratulate ZF on the opening of its India Technology Center, and we are extremely honored to have played such an important part in the center's development," said Todd Lavieri, president of ISG Americas who oversees ISG Engineering Services.

    "This is a watershed moment for our Engineering Services practice," said Lavieri. "Since we established this specialized practice area, we have provided advice and support on all phases of engineering services outsourcing for our clients. However, this was the first time we put all of our expertise to work across the board to help a client develop a new engineering services center from the ground up, and to get the facility up and running in record time."

    The new ZF India Technology Center will be dedicated to electronics, embedded software and mechanical engineering. It will support ZF's global development teams while enabling the company to accelerate local product development supporting ZF customers in India. It currently employs more than 1,000 engineers, with plans to expand the work force to 2,500 by 2020.

    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, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers 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 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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    CONTACT: Press Contacts: Will Thoretz, ISG, +1 203 517 3119,
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    UrtheCast Receives C$17.6 million of Funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to Support Development of OptiSARTM Satellite Constellation

    VANCOUVER, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - UrtheCast Corp. ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces that it will receive approximately $17.6 million in funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's Industrial Technologies Office as part of its Strategic Aerospace & Defense Initiative (SADI) program. This funding will provide significant financial support for the ongoing development of UrtheCast's planned constellation of Earth Observation satellites, known as the OptiSAR(TM )Constellation.

    UrtheCast believes its OptiSAR(TM) Constellation program is leading a wave of disruptive geospatial and geoanalytics products and services that will ensure Canada remains a world leader in radar technologies, supported by thriving aerospace, space, defense and security (A&D) industries. The planned 16-satellite OptiSAR(TM) Constellation is expected to consist of eight X- and L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites and eight high-resolution optical satellites. The SADI funding will support the OptiSAR(TM) program during critical pre-commercial design and development work over the next four years.

    "We are deeply honored to have been selected as a SADI funding recipient and that the potential of the OptiSAR(TM) Constellation has been recognized by the Government of Canada," stated Wade Larson, UrtheCast's President and CEO. "This is a clear vote of confidence in UrtheCast and we believe it further validates the strategic and commercial opportunities of our SAR and optical satellite technologies. Today marks an important step forward for the OptiSAR Constellation, and we believe the technologies we are developing through this program will be beneficial, not only for UrtheCast, but for the rest of the A&D sector and high-tech ecosystem in Canada in general."

    UrtheCast's participation in SADI also aims to foster collaboration between research institutes, universities, colleges and the private sector. UrtheCast will be working with several academic institutions, such as the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, as well as several private sector partners, in the OptiSAR(TM) development program.

    The SADI funding is structured as a repayable contribution that will be disbursed in quarterly installments through March 31, 2021 or when the funding limit is reached, whenever is sooner, on a cost-reimbursement basis, and must be repaid by UrtheCast in annual installments over 15 years, beginning in 2023. UrtheCast expects to claim a reimbursement of approximately C$3.2 million for costs incurred between April 2016 and February 2017, as permitted by the funding agreement. Disbursement of funds is subject to customary conditions in agreements of this nature, including covenants to perform certain work and maintain ownership of intellectual property in Canada during the term of the agreement, which expires in 2037. The total amount to be repaid, including interest, is approximately C$29 million.

    About UrtheCast Corp.

    UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. The Company operates Earth Observation (EO) sensors in space, including two satellites, Deimos-1 and Deimos-2, to produce imagery data that is displayed on UrtheCast's cloud-based web platform and sold to partners and customers. Through its subsidiary Deimos Imaging, UrtheCast processes and distributes imagery data and value-added products on behalf of the PanGeo Alliance, a network of eight satellite operators with a combined 15 medium- and high-resolution EO sensors. UrtheCast is also developing and expects to launch two EO satellite constellations: the world's first fully-integrated constellation of sixteen multispectral optical and SAR satellites, called OptiSAR(TM), and an eight-satellite constellation designed to capture high-quality, medium-resolution optical imagery of the Earth's entire landmass (excluding Antarctica) every day, called UrtheDaily(TM). Together, the Company believes these constellations will revolutionize monitoring of our planet with medium- and high-resolution, high-coverage and high-revisit imagery in all weather conditions. Common shares of UrtheCast trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ticker 'UR'.

    For more information, visit UrtheCast's website at www.urthecast.com.

    About the Government of Canada's Industrial Technologies Office (ITO)

    The Industrial Technologies Office (ITO), a Special Operating Agency of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, advances leading edge research and development (R&D) by Canadian industries. The agency manages two programs: the Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) and the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI). SADI, launched in 2007, provides repayable contributions to successful applicants in order to support R&D projects in the aerospace, space, defense and security (A&D) sectors resulting in new or improved products, services or processes and to foster collaboration between universities, colleges, research institutes, and the private sector.

    Forward Looking Information
    This release contains certain information which, as presented, constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information involves statements that relate to future events and often addresses expected future business and financial performance, containing words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", and "expect", statements that an action or event "may", "might", "could" or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions and includes, but is not limited to; its receipt of the funding contribution from SADI; its ability to comply with the covenants and other obligations under the funding contribution agreement with SADI (the "SADI Agreement"); its future growth and operations plans, and . Such statements reflect UrtheCast's current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by UrtheCast, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause UrtheCast's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others: failing to comply with any obligation of UrtheCast pursuant to the SADI Agreement; failing to maintain certain financial solvency and similar requirements and access to revolving credit facilities required pursuant to the SADI Agreement; any changes in the funding of the SADI program by the Government of Canada or a change in applicable laws that affects UrtheCast's ability to obtain its funding under the SADI Agreement; any delays or failures in the design, development, construction, launch and operational commissioning of the proposed OptiSAR(TM) or UrtheDaily constellations; the Company being unable to convert the Memoranda of Understanding in respect of funding of the OptiSAR(TM) constellation into binding, definitive agreements; interruptions to or failures of UrtheCast's infrastructure; legal and regulatory changes, as well as those factors and assumptions discussed in UrtheCast's annual information form dated March 29, 2016, (the "AIF"), which is available under UrtheCast's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein, in the AIF, and as disclosed from time to time on UrtheCast's SEDAR profile. UrtheCast undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

    UrtheCast Corp.

    CONTACT: Jeff Rath, EVP, Corporate Finance and Strategy, +1 (604) 669-1788

    Web site: www.urthecast.com/




    Channel Optimization: The Secrets of Data-Driven HoteliersNew report from Sabre and Phocuswright shows the steps hoteliers can take to create and maintain the right channel strategy to reach and convert more customers

    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre Hospitality Solutions has collaborated with Phocuswright on a new research report that evaluates channel optimization in the hospitality industry, identifying the critical elements of an effective, future-ready channel strategy that will maximize the ROI of both direct and indirect channels.

    This new report, "Channel Optimization in Hospitality: Secrets of Data-Driven Hoteliers," will help hoteliers make well-informed, data-driven decisions about their channel strategies and offers insights on consumer trends, along with data analysis, infographics and clear recommendations that hoteliers can put into action right now.

    Challenges in Today's Distribution Landscape

    The fragmented nature of today's hospitality industry creates a complex distribution landscape and unique challenges that hoteliers must overcome in order to maximize revenue:

    --  Traditional segmentation isn't enough. Hoteliers need to identify the
    unique behaviors of shoppers and group those common behaviors together
    with a targeted approach. Regional variations in consumer behaviors as
    well as widespread adoption of consumer technologies and services drive
    additional complexity and must be addressed.
    --  OTAs and metasearch engines are investing heavily in advertising and
    sophisticated technology platforms to capture more traffic and hotel
    bookings.
    --  Many hotels continue to rely on legacy technology systems that are not
    equipped to handle today's diverse distribution strategies, which call
    for pricing and product strategies that can change rapidly and easily.
    

    Consumers & Technology Increase Complexity in Channel Strategy

    Advances in technology have dramatically changed how consumers shop, which in turn affects how hoteliers must market to them. Today's hotel guests command greater control over their personal travel decisions, thanks to the number of shopping and booking channels and the fact that travelers now use an array of devices to research, shop and book any given trip.

    What's more, research shows that there are wide variations in shopping and booking channel preferences based on geography. The report analyzes shopping and booking trends by channel in the US, the UK, China, Brazil, France and other countries, and finds that a customer's purchase channel does not always correlate with shopping channel preferences.

    "Mastering distribution is a bridge to transforming the guest experience and an opportunity to build familiarity and loyalty with the guest before they ever walk onto the property," said Alex Alt, president of Sabre Hospitality Solutions. "Today's distribution landscape is highly complex and that will only increase in the future. No matter the size or location of the property or chain, every hotel needs to have a well-defined distribution strategy - informed by data and analytics - for how they can successfully attract guests across all channels."

    Three Key Steps to Developing the Right Channel Mix

    The report discusses three critical takeaways for hoteliers who want to master distribution and overcome market complexities:

    1. Get Your Data House in Order - With the right analytics, hoteliers can
    better engage with guests as individuals based on explicit and implicit
    signals shoppers give during the shopping experience.
    2. Leverage Persona-Based Motivation to Understand Behavior - By combining
    traffic and conversion statistics with consumer trends and regional
    differences, hoteliers can take a strategic look at their target
    customers and develop a channel mix that fits their brand.
    3. Assess Channel Risk and Return - Channel optimization is not a "set it
    and forget it" proposition. Hoteliers must consistently monitor and
    evaluate their channel strategy to more efficiently acquire traffic, then
    convert that traffic into profitable transactions.
    

    "The investments that hotels make in their channel optimization and distribution strategies will define the next generation of winners in hospitality," Alt said. "With this report, we share insights and takeaways that will help hotels maximize revenue through distribution."

    About Sabre Corporation
    Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre's software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

    About Phocuswright
    Phocuswright is the travel industry research authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. Independent, rigorous and unbiased, Phocuswright fosters smart strategic planning, tactical decision-making and organization effectiveness. The company is headquartered in the United States with Asia Pacific operations based in India and local analysts on five continents. Phocuswright is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northstar Travel Media, LLC.

    Media Contact:
    Heidi Castle
    Sabre
    214-681-8169
    Heidi.castle@sabre.com

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    Cadence Achieves Certification for TSMC's 7nm Process TechnologyHighlights:-Cadence achieves v1.0 design and SPICE rule certification for custom/analog and digital tool suite for TSMC's 7nm process to advance mobile and high-performance computing designs-TSMC and Cadence deliver advanced methodologies and unique features for 7nm Custom Design Reference Flow to improve designer productivity-Cadence 7nm library characterization tool flow provides process variation signoff-Cadence has taped out flagship DDR4 PHY using the 7nm process node and continues development of a complete portfolio of design IP for the TSMC 7nm process

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced several new capabilities resulting from its close collaboration with TSMC to further 7nm FinFET design innovation for mobile and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms. The Cadence((R)) digital, signoff and custom/analog tools have achieved certification for v1.0 Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE certification for the TSMC 7nm process. Cadence has also delivered solutions for a new process design kit (PDK) enabling optimal power, performance and area (PPA) when designing with TSMC's 7nm process. In addition, the Cadence 7nm Custom Design Reference Flow (CDRF) and the library characterization flow have been enhanced, and its 7nm DDR4 PHY IP is in deployment with customers.

    To learn more about the Cadence full-flow digital and signoff advanced-node solutions, visit www.cadence.com/go/tsmc7nmdands. For information about the Cadence custom/analog advanced-node solutions, visit www.cadence.com/go/tsmc7nmcanda. For information about Cadence IP advanced-node solutions, visit www.cadence.com/go/tsmc7nmipadv.

    7nm Tool Certification
    Cadence provides a fully integrated digital flow from implementation to final signoff that has been certified by TSMC for the 7nm process. The digital flow includes the Innovus((TM)) Implementation System, Quantus((TM)) QRC Extraction Solution, Tempus((TM)) Timing Signoff Solution, Voltus((TM)) IC Power Integrity Solution, Voltus-Fi Custom Power Integrity Solution, Physical Verification System (PVS) and Layout-Dependent Effect (LDE) Electrical Analyzer.

    Support for TSMC's 7nm HPC platform includes via-pillar modeling in the Genus((TM)) Synthesis Solution and full via-pillar-capable implementation and signoff environments. Additionally, clock-mesh handling and bus-routing capabilities in the tools support the high-performance library to deliver better PPA and mitigated electromigration (EM). These capabilities enable customers to successfully design advanced-node systems while reducing iterations and achieving cost and performance objectives.

    The certified custom/analog tools include the Spectre((R)) Accelerated Parallel Simulator (APS), Spectre eXtensive Partitioning Simulator (XPS), Spectre Classic Simulator, Virtuoso((R)) Layout Suite, Virtuoso Schematic Editor, and Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (ADE). Enhancements made for the 7nm process include advanced device snapping and an accelerated custom placement and routing flow that enables customers to improve productivity and meet power, multiple patterning, density and EM requirements.

    7nm CDRF Delivery
    Cadence delivered an enhanced Custom Design Reference Flow (CDRF) to address 7nm custom and mixed-signal design challenges. The CDRF incorporates advanced methodologies and features that provide productivity improvements through a series of in-depth "how-to" circuit design, layout implementation, and signoff and verification modules. The circuit design module covers "how-to" topics, such as capturing schematics with device arrays using module generator (ModGen) constraints and the TSMC PDK, functional verification, yield estimation and optimization, and the latest reliability analyses. For signoff verification, the physical verification modules highlight design rule and layout-versus-schematic (LVS) checking, signoff parasitic extraction, and electromigration and IR drop (EM/IR) signoff checks.

    The layout implementation module includes connectivity and constraint-driven layout for FinFET device placement, enabling designers to avoid design rule violations and address layout-dependent effects (LDEs). The routing module offers a color-aware flow and an innovative track-pattern system that reduces design time, mitigates parasitics and helps designers avoid EM issues.

    7nm Library Characterization Tool Flow Delivery
    In addition to tool certification, the Cadence Virtuoso Liberate((TM)) Characterization Solution and the Virtuoso Variety((TM)) Statistical Characterization Solution have been validated to deliver Liberty libraries for the TSMC 7nm process including advanced timing, noise and power models. The solutions utilized innovative methods to characterize the Liberty Variation Format (LVF), enabling process variation signoff and the ability to create EM models enabling signal EM optimizations and signoff.

    7nm IP Collaboration
    As a leader in DDR controller and PHY IP, Cadence has deployed its DDR4 PHY and LPDDR4 PHY in multiple generations of TSMC process technologies, ranging from 28HPM/28HPC/28HPC+ to 16FF+/16FFC nodes. Through close collaborations with TSMC and customers, Cadence began developing IP on the 7nm process last year. Cadence has taped out its flagship DDR4 PHY using the 7nm process node in Q4 2016, and key customers have integrated the 7nm DDR PHYs into their enterprise-class SoCs.

    "TSMC's latest process advancements combined with enhancements to Cadence tools and IP offer our mutual customers optimal solutions for advanced-node designs," said Dr. Anirudh Devgan, executive vice president and general manager of the Digital & Signoff Group and the System & Verification Group at Cadence. "This certification and the v1.0 process maturity milestone represent our readiness to meet the production needs of our most innovative customers using the 7nm process."

    "The availability of new v1.0 design rules and PDK indicates that we've reached a new pinnacle with 7nm production designs," said Suk Lee, TSMC senior director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. "We've collaborated closely with Cadence to certify its tools and deliver IP innovations for 7nm designs, which enable our customers to achieve their PPA objectives with mobile and HPC designs."

    "ARM has collaborated closely with Cadence and TSMC to enable a 7nm design flow for our joint customers," said Monika Biddulph, general manager of the Systems and Software Group, ARM. "This flow is enabling the development of platforms for high-end mobile and high-performance computing applications."

    About Cadence
    Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work and play. Cadence's software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster--from semiconductors to printed circuit boards to whole systems. The company's System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market segments. Cadence is listed as one of FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at cadence.com.

    (C) 2017 Cadence Design Systems, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Cadence, the Cadence logo and the other Cadence marks found at www.cadence.com/go/trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    LendingTree Launches Insurance Comparison Platform Powered by Answer FinancialLendingTree consumers can now compare rates and coverages online or over the phone from top-rated insurance companies

    ENCINO, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingTree(R), the leading online loan marketplace, and Answer Financial(R), one of the largest auto and home insurance agencies in the U.S., announced a new partnership today that will bring Answer's insurance comparison platform to millions of LendingTree consumers nationwide.

    Powered by Answer's mobile-friendly comparison platform, people using LendingTree can now easily compare insurance rates, coverages and customer reviews for top-rated insurers and choose the plan that best fits their needs, all online. If customers need consultation during the process of purchasing insurance, they can call a US-based Answer insurance expert to evaluate their needs and guide them through their coverage and purchase options.

    "Consumers come to LendingTree because they want to make smart financial decisions by comparing products apples-to-apples," said Doug Lebda, LendingTree founder and CEO. "We partnered with Answer because their insurance shopping platform brings choice and convenience to consumers, and they have the breadth of geographic and product coverage to be able to help almost anyone find what they need. Now, when people are looking for home and auto loans on LendingTree.com, they can also compare prices and buy the necessary home and auto insurance products, all in one place."

    Nikul Patel, Chief Product and Strategy added, "Without comparison shopping platforms, the process of comparing loan and insurance options can be too time consuming and complex for many consumers. However, Answer and LendingTree are solving this problem through an integration with My LendingTree - a platform that makes it quick and easy to comparison shop a variety of financial products online."

    "LendingTree is an online pro when it comes to giving consumers what they need to easily research their options on products that impact their budgets," said Rob Slingerland, Answer Financial CEO. "Answer is an expert at helping people find the right coverage at the right price on the significant household expenses of auto and home insurance. The Answer and LendingTree offerings are complementary, and teaming up will allow us to help more families and young people get the protection they need."

    Answer has more experience than any insurance comparison platform in the industry, and is committed to helping businesses successfully roll out auto and home insurance offerings to their customers. The licensed agency works with more than 20 of the nation's top-rated insurance companies, including Progressive, Safeco, and Dairyland, to provide insurance solutions in all 50 states and for a broad range of risk profiles, both online and over the phone. LendingTree consumers who shop for insurance through the program will enjoy a seamless, co-branded experience from start to finish.

    To compare quotes now, visit https://www.lendingtree.com/home-insurance-index or call a helpful, US-based insurance agent at 1-866-529-5815.

    About LendingTree

    LendingTree is the nation's leading online loan marketplace, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loan and credit-based offerings. LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. LendingTree provides free monthly credit scores through My LendingTree along with access to its network of over 350 lenders offering home loans, personal loans, credit cards, student loans, business loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, auto loans and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. For more information go to www.lendingtree.com, dial 800-555-TREE, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @LendingTree.

    About Answer Financial((R)) Inc.

    Answer Financial, through its agencies Insurance Answer Center and Right Answer Insurance, is one of the largest independent personal lines agency operations in the nation, providing auto and home insurance policies directly to consumers and through a broad network of marketing partners. Answer Financial serves the growing segment of self-directed consumers searching for the best way to save money on insurance by providing one easy place to shop, compare, and buy insurance. By leveraging technology and partnerships with top-rated insurers including sister company, Esurance, Answer Financial can provide real-time comparison rates for virtually every consumer. Customers can purchase online or over the phone with the guidance of an insurance expert. Answer Financial is a member of the Allstate family of companies.
    www.AnswerFinancial.com

    Answer Financial((R)) Inc. offers insurance products and services through its insurance agency licensed affiliate Insurance Answer Center, LLC (California License # 0B99714); in New York as Insurance Answer Center, LLC, an Insurance Agency; in Michigan as Insurance Answer Center, LLC, an Insurance Agency; and in Missouri as Answer Financial. Answer Financial affiliated agencies are not insurance companies, but act as agents for certain insurance companies. Answer Financial's affiliate Right Answer Insurance Agency, LLC (CA License #0H52358) operates as an insurance broker in California and an agent in all other states. Answer Financial is paid commissions and may receive other performance-based compensation for its services. The compensation received by Answer Financial and its employees may vary by insurance company. Not all insurance products and services are available in all states. Rates are subject to change.

    CONTACT: Breanna Buhr Megan Greuling JMPR Public Relations for Answer Financial Director, Communications for LendingTree bbuhr@jmprpublicrelations.com Megan.greuling@lendingtree.com 818.992.4353 704.943.8208

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    Leading Japanese Electronics Manufacturer Orders Orbotech Direct Imaging Solutions Totaling $5 MillionLeading Japanese electronics manufacturer chooses Orbotech DI solutions to further advance their technological edge

    YAVNE, Israel, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ORBOTECH LTD. , a leading provider of process innovation technologies, solutions and equipment enabling the transformation of the global electronics manufacturing industry, today announced that a major Japanese electronics manufacturer with worldwide facilities, placed a $5 million order of multiple direct imaging (DI) solutions for solder mask and other solutions. The Orbotech solutions were adapted to meet the customer's specific manufacturing requirements for smart mobile devices.

    Following extensive testing in late 2016 and strong collaboration between Orbotech and its customer, Orbotech received an order for multiple direct imaging solutions to address the technological challenges involved in manufacturing next generation smart mobile devices. Orbotech installed the Paragon(TM) Ultra delivering superior imaging accuracy and yields for the industry's most complex IC substrates. In addition, the Nuvogo 1000R, Orbotech's large-format DI solution, was also installed enabling consistent high-quality DI for both patterning and solder mask at unmatched speed and yield.

    "Our customer had specific demands regarding production standards and specifications that presented unique challenges," stated Mr. Yair Alcobi, President of Orbotech Asia East. "In addition to our systems' high throughput and extreme accuracy, Orbotech succeeded in customizing features to satisfy the specific requirements of a number of advanced applications."

    About Paragon(TM) Ultra
    Featuring the leading-edge performance of Orbotech's Large Scan Optics (LSO) Technology(TM), Paragon(TM) Ultra Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) systems deliver the highest imaging accuracy and yields for today's most complex IC substrate applications including Flip-Chip BGA, Flip-Chip CSP, BGA/CSP and modules manufacturing. The Paragon(TM) Ultra line provides fast throughput using enhanced electronics and a powerful laser system and provides exceptional results on both conventional UV and LDI resists.

    About Nuvogo 1000R
    Nuvogo(TM) 1000R is a member of the Orbotech Nuvogo(TM) family of industry-leading Direct Imaging (DI) solutions. Utilizing a high-power laser and unique MultiWave Laser Technology(TM), the Nuvogo(TM) 1000R provides maximum flexibility on a wide range of materials and applications. Incorporating Orbotech's field-proven Large Scan Optics (LSO) Technology(TM) with its high depth-of-focus, the Nuvogo(TM) 1000R is a perfect match for flex patterning and solder mask applications that demand fine structures on variating topography. This powerful system is designed for fast throughput while maintaining optimal quality.

    About Orbotech Ltd.
    Orbotech Ltd. is a global innovator of enabling technologies used in the manufacture of the world's most sophisticated consumer and industrial products throughout the electronics and adjacent industries. The Company is a leading provider of yield enhancement, and production solutions for electronics reading, writing and connecting, used by manufacturers of printed circuit boards, flat panel displays, advanced packaging, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), LED, high speed RF on GaAs, power management device and other electronic components. Today, virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using Orbotech systems. For more information, visit www.orbotech.com

    Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
    Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to, among other things, future prospects, developments and business strategies and involve certain risks and uncertainties. The words "anticipate," "believe," "could," "will," "plan," "expect" and "would" and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, have been used in this press release to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting Orbotech and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to Orbotech's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Many factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected including, without limitation, cyclicality in the industries in which the Company operates, the Company's production capacity, timing and occurrence of product acceptance (the Company defines 'bookings' and 'backlog' as purchase arrangements with customers that are based on mutually agreed terms, which, in some cases for bookings and backlog, may still be subject to completion of written documentation and may be changed or cancelled by the customer, often without penalty), fluctuations in product mix, within and among divisions, worldwide economic conditions generally, especially in the industries in which the Company operates, the timing and strength of product and service offerings by the Company and its competitors, changes in business or pricing strategies, changes in the prevailing political and regulatory framework in which the relevant parties operate, including as a result of the Brexit process and administration change in the United States, or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including currency fluctuations, inflation and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis, the level of consumer demand for sophisticated devices such as smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices as well as automobiles, the Company's global operations and its ability to comply with varying legal, regulatory, exchange, tax and customs regimes, the timing and outcome of tax audits, including the ongoing audit in Israel (the amount of taxable income is subject to ongoing audit by the Israel tax authority and such audits often result in proposed assessments and any estimation of the potential outcome of an uncertain tax issue is a matter for judgment, which can be subjective and highly complex; however, the Company believes that it has provided adequately for any reasonably foreseeable outcomes related to the tax audit, but future results may include favorable or unfavorable material adjustments to estimated tax liabilities in the periods when the assessments are made or resolved or the audit is closed), the Company's ability to achieve strategic initiatives, including related to its acquisition strategy, the Company's debt and corporate financing activities; the final timing and outcome, and the impact, of the criminal matter and ongoing investigation in Korea, including any impact on existing or future business opportunities in Korea and elsewhere, any civil actions related to the Korean matter brought by third parties, including the Company's customers, which may result in monetary judgments or settlements, expenses associated with the Korean matter, ongoing or increased hostilities in Israel and the surrounding areas, and other risks detailed in the Company's SEC reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016, and subsequent SEC filings. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

    ORBOTECH COMPANY CONTACTS: Rami Rozen Tally Kaplan Porat Director of Investor Relations Director of Corporate Marketing Tel: +972-8-942-3582 Tel: +972-8-942-3603 Investor.relations@orbotech.com Tally- Ka@orbotech.com

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    Benefitfocus Outlines 10-Year Vision to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Employer-Sponsored Health Care, Delivers New Suite of Software-Enabled ServicesOngoing R&D investment in intelligent, scalable platform drives future of benefits management; new capabilities showcased at One Place 2017 user conference

    ORLANDO, Fla., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Benefitfocus, Inc. , a leading provider of cloud-based benefits management software, today shared its 10-year vision to accelerate its carrier and employer customers' ongoing digital transformation of benefits management. Driven by a significant continued investment in research and development, Benefitfocus unveiled its new suite of capabilities designed to accelerate system performance, lead the industry in data accuracy and provide unprecedented data visibility to employers, insurance carriers, brokers and consultants who rely on the BENEFITFOCUS(R) Platform.

    "With 833 large employers and 53 of the largest insurance carriers on the Benefitfocus Platform, we support a vibrant community that relies on Benefitfocus to support their employees' health and financial well-being every day," said Benefitfocus Co-founder and CEO Shawn Jenkins. "Our growing community is looking for more than a platform - they are looking for a partner to help them navigate and simplify the increasingly complex process of managing benefits. Our 10-year vision enables Benefitfocus to invest now in emerging technologies and services that will accelerate the digital transformation to a more personalized experience for the consumer, benefits leader and insurance plan executive."

    In the opening keynote, Jenkins shared how the company's extensive investment in research and development is accelerating the company's capability to both innovate and scale. During this past fall's open enrollment period, the Benefitfocus Platform supported over $47 billion in insurance premium across traditional health benefits, voluntary benefits and emerging benefits such as student loan consolidation. The platform supported a significant increase in file volume while delivering 99.9+ percent system uptime and sub-second system responsiveness. Looking ahead to 2017, the company will invest further in system performance, data accuracy and platform visibility.

    New product highlights from BENEFITFOCUS(R) One Place 2017 include:

    Access to enterprise-class reporting and analytics to accelerate plan performance

    Spanning the employer and insurance carrier ecosystem, the Benefitfocus Platform has a rich legacy of combining enrollment transaction and plan utilization data. New for 2017, Benefitfocus Business Intelligence provides employers, insurance carriers, brokers and consultants with a new enterprise class reporting framework built on the Benefitfocus Data Cloud. From a single interface, a user can unlock new insights from a combined data set that spans enrollment transaction history, plan utilization and third-party data available through the Benefitfocus Ecosystem. Designed with the benefits leader in mind, the new capabilities enable employers and insurance carriers to effectively manage plan costs, engage employees and prioritize investments.

    Unprecedented data visibility for employers, insurance carriers, brokers and consultants

    In an increasingly complex health care landscape where legacy systems rely on manual data exchanges and email confirmations, the Benefitfocus Platform provides end-to-end data visibility. New for 2017, the Data Dashboard provides a calendar view of scheduled data transmissions across both inbound and outbound file transmissions. Benefitfocus customers can confirm scheduled files, confirm submission, rate the quality of the file and also initiate a case in One Place 365--an enterprise-scale customer support platform.

    New capabilities to engage employees during the moments that matter
    During the course of open enrollment the Benefitfocus Platform enrolled employees in over 600,000 consumer-directed health accounts representing over $880 million in employee and employer contributions. These accounts were supported across a diverse set of partners spanning the Benefitfocus Ecosystem. New for 2017, Benefitfocus unveiled an all-new Health Savings Account (HSA) experience for employees, employers and carriers. The new experience provides increased flexibility to support a complex web of business rules and payroll calendars. More importantly, the consumer-driven design provides new ways for employers and carriers to educate employees on these increasingly important accounts.

    New software-enabled services for the benefits administrator
    Benefits leaders are focused on helping their employees remain happy, healthy and engaged. But sometimes they lack the time or the team to support their employee population. New for 2017, Benefitfocus unveiled a new suite of software-enabled services to engage employees and improve plan performance. The new Content Management Service allows benefits administrators to outsource their communication strategy to a team of Benefitfocus communication and design experts. And the new Dependent Eligibility and Verification Audit powered by the Benefitfocus Marketplace quickly and easily helps employers, brokers and consultants improve plan performance and meet plan requirements.

    New capabilities to streamline administrative tasks for health care plans and employers
    With Benefitfocus Account Services, benefits administrators can now turn to Benefitfocus for both Consolidated Billing and Invoice Reconciliation. This software-enabled service allows benefits leaders to focus on benefits strategy, while a team of highly trained benefits experts manage invoice reconciliation through their enrollment system of record, the Benefitfocus Marketplace.

    For insurance carriers, an increasing percentage of employers are looking to enroll employees electronically during open enrollment but also submit electronic files throughout the year for new groups of employees. Through the all-new File Based Enrollment feature, an employer or broker can now enroll hundreds of quickly and easily within Benefitfocus eEnrollment. The new feature combines web-based and file-based enrollment in one place.

    "At the end of the day, our technology is about helping people live better lives," said Jenkins. "We position our growing community of employers, carriers, brokers and partners for success by investing in a single code base and providing frequent software releases as they navigate our complex industry. We're thrilled with our progress in 2016 and excited to support the success of our community in 2017."

    The features outlined above along with numerous other enhancements will be generally available on the Benefitfocus Platform today and in subsequent quarterly software releases. To learn more, prospective Benefitfocus clients can schedule a personalized walk through of the platform. Current Benefitfocus clients can access an overview of the Spring Software Release and learn more about the platform's capabilities by visiting Benefitfocus' customer portal, One Place 365.

    About Benefitfocus
    Benefitfocus provides a leading cloud-based benefits management platform that simplifies how organizations and individuals shop for, enroll in, manage and exchange benefits. Every day leading employers, insurance companies and the consumers they serve rely on our platform to manage, scale and exchange benefits data seamlessly. In an increasingly complex benefits landscape, we bring order to chaos so our clients and their employees have access to better information, make better decisions and lead better lives. Learn more at www.benefitfocus.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

    Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results might differ materially from those explicit or implicit in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: the need to innovate and provide useful products and services; changes in government regulations; the immature and volatile nature of the market for our products and services and other factors that could impact our anticipated growth; management of growth; fluctuations in our financial results; general economic risks; reliance on key personnel; our ability to compete effectively; our ability to maintain our culture and recruit and retain qualified personnel; privacy, security and other risks associated with our business; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in our SEC filings, copies of which are available free of charge within the Investor Relations section of the Benefitfocus website at http://investor.benefitfocus.com/sec.cfm or upon request from our investor relations department. Benefitfocus assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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    Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 customers worldwideMany new features added after strong customer, partner support for the preview.

    REDMOND, Wash., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams, the company's new chat-based workspace in Office 365. The new tool for team collaboration is now available to Office 365 business customers in 181 markets and 19 languages.

    Customers worldwide choose Office 365 to enable collaboration within their organizations. Since Microsoft announced the preview in November, more than 50,000 organizations have started using Microsoft Teams, including Alaska Airlines, Cerner Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Expedia, J.B. Hunt, J. Walter Thompson, Hendrick Motorsports, Sage, Trek Bicycle and Three UK.

    "In a world where information is abundant and human time and attention remain scarce, we aspire to help people and groups of people be more productive, wherever they are," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "Office 365 is the broadest platform and universal toolkit for creation, collaboration and communication. Today we are adding a new tool to Office 365 with Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace designed to empower the art of teams."

    Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; SharePoint for intelligent content management; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; and now, Microsoft Teams.

    According to Laurie Koch, vice president of global customer service at Trek Bicycle, Microsoft Teams is already streamlining the company's work by providing assets and tasks in context: "Across Trek's global teams, the integrated collection of Office 365 apps serves up a common toolset to collaboratively drive the business forward. We see Microsoft Teams as the project hub of Office 365 where everybody knows where to find the latest documents, notes and tasks, all in line with team conversations for complete context. Teams is quickly becoming a key part of Trek's get-things-done-fast culture."

    Microsoft has introduced more than 100 new features to Teams since November, including an enhanced meeting experience, with scheduling capabilities; mobile audio calling, with video calling on Android now and coming soon to iOS and Windows Phone; email integration; and new security and compliance capabilities. The company has also delivered new features to make Microsoft Teams more accessible, such as support for screen readers, and high contrast and keyboard-only navigation. Guest access capabilities and deeper integration with Outlook, and a richer developer platform, are targeted for June of this year. For more details on the new features, go to the Office Blog.

    About Microsoft Teams
    Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations and content, along with the tools that teams need. It's integrated with familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on Office 365 and Microsoft's global, secured cloud. Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises:

    --  Chat for today's teams. Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversations
    experience, with threaded, persistent chat to keep everyone engaged.
    Team conversations can be either private or visible to the entire team,
    and users can access multiple teams, making it easy to switch between
    projects.
    --  A hub for teamwork. The Office applications and services that teams use
    every day -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and OneNote and Power
    BI-- are all built-in, so people have the information and tools they
    need.
    --  Customization for every team. Microsoft Teams offers the ability to
    customize work spaces with tabs, connectors and bots from third-party
    partners as well as familiar Microsoft tools like Microsoft Planner and
    Visual Studio Team Services. More than 150 integrations are available or
    coming soon, with companies like SAP, Trello, Hipmunk, Growbot and
    ModuleQ building on the platform.
    --  Security teams trust. Microsoft Teams is built on the hyper-scale,
    enterprise-grade Office 365 cloud, delivering the advanced security and
    compliance capabilities that customers expect. Teams supports global
    standards including SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA.
    

    Start using Teams today
    Organizations interested in the new chat-based workspace can start using Teams today. More information on the philosophy behind Microsoft Teams and how it works can be found at the Office Blog, the Microsoft Mechanics video and by joining the Ask Us Anything session on the Microsoft Tech Community next week.

    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/




    Oracle unveils Oracle US Tennis Awards for young professionalsGrants to assist former collegiate players in their pro careers

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oracle Corp. today announced the creation of the Oracle US Tennis Awards, player grants that are to be awarded annually at the BNP Paribas Open to assist young American players as they transition from college into the professional ranks.

    The two $100,000 grants are to be awarded each year at the BNP Paribas Open to a male and female professional who have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and an aptitude for success on the pro tour. They must have played collegiate tennis prior to turning professional.

    "Making the transition from college to the professional ranks is a real challenge,'' said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. "We hope these awards will provide young players with support to develop their games and improve their mental and physical fitness. Our goal is to grow the program and we invite input and support from other companies who are committed to U.S. athletics.''

    The awards will be administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of college tennis.

    "The ITA is proud of our partnership with Oracle," said ITA CEO Timothy Russell. "Together we are growing the brand of college tennis and enhancing student-athlete experiences, and in doing so helping to return the leaders of tomorrow in America and around the world."

    Recipients will be selected by the newly created Oracle US Tennis Awards Advisory Council, a six-member body that includes individuals committed to the growth and improvement of American tennis. The inaugural members of the Advisory Council are:

    Chris Evert: Former singles world No. 1; current ESPN tennis commentator; co-founder of Evert Tennis Academy.

    Ilana Kloss: Former singles world No. 19; commissioner of Mylan World Team Tennis.

    Peggy Michel: three-time grand slam doubles champion; played college tennis at Arizona State; current Assistant Tournament Director & Vice President of Sales at the BNP Paribas Open.

    Dr. Timothy Russell: CEO ITA; college educator for three decades.

    Martin Blackman: General Manager, USTA Player Development; played college tennis at Stanford.

    Todd Martin: former singles world #4; CEO International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tournament Director, Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open; played college tennis at Northwestern University.

    "The transition into professional tennis is a great challenge that I experienced myself. The grants will be a great help to these young athletes,'' said Todd Martin. "It's great to see a company like Oracle step up to support American tennis.''

    Added Chris Evert: "The people at Oracle understand that becoming a top player requires a strong support system. We are confident that these awards will help some young players through those daunting early years on the tour.''

    About Oracle
    Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle , visit www.oracle.com.

    About The ITA
    The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men's and women's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.

    Trademarks
    Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates

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    CONTACT: ITA, Dan Johnson, Director of Communications & Marketing,
    djohnson@itatennis.com, 303-579-4878; Oracle, Deborah Hellinger, Corporate
    Communications, deborah.hellinger@oracle.com, 212-508-7935

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




    ABB launches industry-leading digital solutions offering, ABB Ability(TM)ABB today commercially launched ABB Ability, its industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions, at ABB Customer World in Houston.

    ZURICH, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With the commercial launch of more than 180 solutions and services today, ABB is unlocking value for customers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. By combining ABB's deep domain expertise with network connectivity and the latest digital technologies and innovations, ABB Ability creates powerful solutions and services that solve real business problems and produce tangible business opportunities.

    ABB Ability helps customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimizing planning and controls for real-time operations. The results can then be fed into control systems to improve key metrics such as factory uptime, speed and yield.

    The offering builds on ABB's pioneering technology and more than four decades of industrial digital leadership. It will enhance customers' ability to innovate and compete in the emerging digital-industrial marketplace.

    "As a pioneering technology leader in digital solutions, with an installed base of more than 70 million connected devices and 70,000 control systems, ABB is uniquely positioned to support its customers' digital transformation," said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. "With ABB Ability, we are combining ABB's entire portfolio of digital solutions and services. We are creating additional customer value by bringing together ABB's domain expertise, advanced connectivity and the latest digital technologies. With this, our customers can achieve unprecedented improvements in operational performance and productivity."

    Digital offerings provided by ABB Ability include performance management solutions for asset-intensive industries; control systems for process industries; remote monitoring services for robots, motors and machinery; and control solutions for buildings, electric-vehicle charging networks and offshore platforms. Some of the more specialized offerings address energy management for data centers and navigation optimization for maritime shipping fleets, among many others.

    Customers who are already using the portfolio of digital solutions that are now part of ABB Ability include some of the world's leading utilities, manufacturers and service providers, among them Shell Oil, CenterPoint Energy, Con Edison, BASF, Royal Caribbean, Cargill, Volvo, BMW and many others.

    ABB Ability's next-generation digital solutions and services are being developed and built on Microsoft's leading Azure cloud platform, based on a strategic partnership with the software company.

    "Building our solutions on the Azure platform means we can take advantage of all of its capabilities and add value with our domain-specific offering," said ABB Chief Digital Officer Guido Jouret. "In effect, we are turning ABB's decades of industrial domain expertise into software offerings that our customers can access through the world's largest and most advanced digital platform. From being a hidden digital champion, we are becoming the partner of choice for customers embarking on a digital transformation. They can now know more, do more, do better, together. We can help them assess, automate, optimize and collaborate."

    Among the new ABB Ability innovations showcased in Houston are:

    --  ABB Ability System 800xA - One of the solutions provided by ABB Ability
    builds on the market-leading automation platform System 800xA. Select
    I/O, a new addition to System 800xA, is a redundant, Ethernet-based,
    single-channel I/O system. It supports ABB's next-generation project
    execution model, Intelligent Projects, which offers a range of
    efficiency improvements for automation projects. With Select I/O,
    customers can undertake major projects on a faster schedule with fewer
    cost overruns. It uses standardized cabinets that allow installers to
    digitally marshal signals instead of using labor-intensive marshalling
    panels. Loop checks can be done before the rest of the system is
    delivered, minimizing the impact of late changes and allowing for
    project tasks to be executed in parallel.
    --  ABB Ability Asset Health Center - Among the first ABB Ability solutions
    to be launched on Azure is ABB's next-generation asset performance
    management solution, Asset Health Center 3.0. Available since January
    2017, it uses predictive and prescriptive analytics and customized
    models to identify and prioritize emerging maintenance needs based on
    probability of failure and asset criticality.
    --  ABB Ability Collaborative Operations - This powerful solution, now being
    brought to scale across industries, helps customers collaborate more
    effectively. It allows experts to work together across organization
    boundaries, using the same data and analytics platforms. It focuses on
    such outcomes as improving productivity, reducing equipment failures,
    lowering the cost of asset maintenance and transforming overall business
    performance. This is done while maximizing security and protecting data,
    people and assets at every level of integration. The solution has been
    delivering sustainable, long-term results to early adopters.
    --  ABB Ability Digital Substation - ABB's digital substation provides
    customers in the utility sector with unmatched control and efficiency.
    The digital substation incorporates fiber optic current sensors and
    disconnecting circuit breakers to reduce maintenance requirements and
    the need for miles of conventional cabling. ABB Ability takes these
    advances several steps further by combining the latest electrical gear
    with digital sensors and cloud computing. The result is that grid
    operators can make decisions based on comprehensive, up-to-the-moment
    information, while predictive algorithms can improve maintenance
    practices and asset management.
    --  ABB Ability Smart Sensor - This smart sensor solution, unveiled last
    year, connects low-voltage electric motors to the Industrial Internet,
    allowing them to be monitored continuously. The solution, which can be
    easily affixed to a motor, transmits data on vibration, temperature,
    loads and power consumption to the cloud. Alerts are generated as soon
    as any of the parameters deviates from the norm, allowing the operator
    to take preventive action before the motor malfunctions. Early
    indications are that the smart sensor solution leads to a reduction in
    downtime of motors by up to 70 percent and extends their lifespan by up
    to 30 percent. Acting on the data to optimize the motor's performance
    reduces energy consumption by as much as 10 percent.
    

    The list of innovative and versatile solutions associated with ABB Ability continues, with such offerings as ABB Ability Asset Insight, ABB Ability Ellipse Enterprise Asset Management software, and the ABB Ability Data Center Automation infrastructure management software. With solutions like these and many more, ABB Ability will serve customers in utilities, industry, and transport and infrastructure. It will leverage the power of the digital revolution by enabling reduced maintenance costs, longer asset life, more efficient operations, reduced environmental impacts and improved worker safety.

    ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Media Relations
    Phone: +41 43 317 65 68
    Email: media.relations@ch.abb.com

    Investor Relations
    Phone: +41 43 317 71 11
    Email: investor.relations@ch.abb.com

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    ABB

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




    GoDaddy Launches Business Hosting for Fast-Growing Small BusinessesCombines easy-to-use cPanel with dedicated resources, power and performance of virtual private servers

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc. , the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced Business Hosting - a new, powerful, yet easy-to-manage hosting platform designed for high-traffic, e-commerce, and resource-intensive websites. GoDaddy Business Hosting includes a simple cPanel that gives customers with limited technical skills the ability to manage new and existing websites and manage their DNS in an easy to use control panel interface. GoDaddy Business Hosting is the latest in the company's efforts to expand its products for small businesses who need advanced solutions, but may not have deep technical expertise.

    "We've noticed fast-growing companies with resource-intensive websites upgrade to advanced hosting or VPS solutions for enhanced performance capabilities. The jump can be jarring, and there's typically a complex learning curve as well," said Demetrius Comes, vice president of Engineering at GoDaddy. "GoDaddy Business Hosting is a direct result of simplifying and enhancing the customer experience. By marrying our preconfigured cPanel offering and the performance of VPS, we're the first to provide an advanced hosting solution without the need for server management or server administrative skills."

    The process of moving from GoDaddy's shared hosting to GoDaddy Business Hosting is simple. Customers can upgrade with a single click, and file migration is handled automatically - eliminating the need to uninstall and reinstall files. From there, customers receive unmetered bandwidth, allowing their website to effectively handle increasing traffic without slow load times. Users can also monitor resource activity as they grow, ensuring they can make necessary upgrades before webpage load times decrease. Business Hosting provides dedicated resources like RAM and storage along with allocated CPUs giving additional processing power for resource-intensive websites.

    "GoDaddy Business Hosting eliminates the limitations of shared hosting by keeping websites in an isolated environment where customers get dedicated resources," said Raghu Murthi, senior vice president of Hosting at GoDaddy. "Growing businesses now have the option of more power and performance for their websites, without needing to worry about the technical complexities found in a VPS. With this, small businesses can continue to focus on what they do best."

    Pricing & Availability
    GoDaddy Business Hosting offers three different plan options, with prices starting as low as $19.99 per month:

    --  Prime - Perfect for fast-growing, high-traffic websites where
    performance and speed are key. Includes: 1GB memory, 60GB storage, 1
    CPU, unmetered bandwidth
    --  Premium - Made for data-heavy websites, community forums and light
    eCommerce sites. Includes: 2GB memory, 120GB storage, 2 CPUs, unmetered
    bandwidth
    --  Enterprise - Ideal for social media, business listings and advanced
    eCommerce sites. Includes: 4GB memory, 240GB storage, 2 CPUs, unmetered
    bandwidth, 1 free year SiteLock malware removal
    

    All Business Hosting plans also include 1 free year of Office 365 professional email and 1 year free SSL certificate.

    For more information, visit https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/business-hosting

    About GoDaddy
    GoDaddy powers the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

    Source: GoDaddy Inc.

    (C) 2016 GoDaddy Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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    CONTACT: Susie Penner, susie@godaddy.com

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




    AW North Carolina Looks to AT&T to Help Secure Business OperationsDecrease in Malware, Ransomware Keeps Production Up and Running

    DURHAM, N.C., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* provides AW North Carolina, a leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions, with security and mobility business services. The solutions will help connect employees and protect data across the AW North Carolina network.

    Today's businesses face growing cybersecurity threats. AT&T research published in October found that 90% of companies experienced a preventable cyberattack last year.

    To stay protected, businesses should consider a multilayered approach. However, many organizations don't have the resources to develop and manage a layered security approach on their own.

    AW North Carolina looked to AT&T after experiencing service disruptions from ransomware and viruses, harming day-to-day operations. This also halted production at times, creating a potential loss of revenue.

    AT&T and its Cybersecurity Consulting Division deployed an Incident Response and Forensics team who were able to identify and eradicate the ransomware and get AW North Carolina back online. The company now uses AT&T network, mobility and security solutions:

    --  AT&T AVPN. This provides a private and highly secure network connection
    for AW North Carolina so that their employees can transmit data more
    securely between various locations.
    --  Network-Based Firewall. This scans and detects potential threats. It
    filters out known and suspected attacks in near real-time. This creates
    agility to meet the ever-changing needs of an organization.
    --  AT&T Secure Email Gateway. This tailors email protection to specific
    infrastructure and business needs and requires no hardware or software
    to buy, manage or maintain.
    --  AT&T Cloud Web Security Service. This helps protect against viruses and
    malware. It also offers custom security policies and controls across the
    network so employees can benefit from maximum uptime and avoid downtime.
    --  Enterprise Mobility Management. This manages mobile devices and
    endpoints to help reduce security risks. Employees have virtually
    seamless access to their apps without interruptions.
    

    "It was essential to find a solution to these attacks as quickly as possible," said John Peterson, General Manager of Information Technology, AW North Carolina. "A highly secure network is key to our success. Now, it's no longer a matter of chasing a virus from one network connection to the next to identify compromised computers. Throughout the process, AT&T was a trusted advisor."

    "Today, an attack could mean a loss of reputation, revenue, and resources," said Todd Waskelis, Vice President of AT&T Security Consulting. "Reacting quickly and with the right tools is of the utmost importance. We worked with AW North Carolina to understand the root cause of this attack and how it happened using Incident Response and Forensics capabilities to not only protect their business, but to also improve their security protections to help prevent further security issues."

    AW North Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aisin AW of Japan, the world's number one automatic transmission manufacturer, builds fully assembled transmissions and components for Toyota's North America plants. AT&T services will help to prevent cyber threats across its 2 campuses with 2,200 employees.

    To learn more about AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting Services, visit https://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Family/cybersecurity/consulting/.

    For more information on AW North Carolina, visit http://www.aw-nc.com.

    *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.

    About Aisin AW
    Aisin AW Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions and car navigation systems. The company has the largest share of the global automatic transmission market as its products are used by 43 auto manufacturers. The company also promotes the development of eco-friendly technologies via hybrid systems and other products.

    In 1992, Aisin AW successfully developed the world's first voice navigation system. The company's car navigation systems have been adopted by major auto manufacturers and suppliers around the world, including Toyota, Audi, Volkswagen, General Motors, Fujitsu Ten, Panasonic, and more.

    Aisin AW Co., Ltd. was founded in 1969, and has its head office in Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.aisin-aw.co.jp/en/.

    About AT&T
    AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We offer entertainment your way on the nation's best data network.* We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. And we offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We also 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) 2017 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.

    (*)Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q2+Q3 2016 across 121 markets.

    (**)Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming 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.

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    CONTACT: For more information, contact: Name: Jeff Kobs, Phone: (214)
    236-0113, Email: jk4097@us.att.com

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




    Turtle Beach Wins "Best Peripherals And Accessories Brand" Honors Fourth Year In A Row At UK Video Game Industry AwardsLeading Gaming Headset Brand Receives Fourth Consecutive Win at the 2017 MCV Awards, with Five Wins Total Since 2012, in Recognition of Best Quality Peripherals by UK Retailers

    SAN DIEGO, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading gaming headset and audio accessory company Turtle Beach Corporation was recognized for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year in a row as the industry's "Best Peripherals and Accessories Brand" during last week's MCV Awards 2017 show held in London. Beyond receiving the award for the last four years, Turtle Beach previously received the same award in 2012, making it the fifth time in six years the company has been voted as best in class. MCV is a leading gaming news and community outlet for professionals working within the UK and international video games market.

    The award comes as Turtle Beach announced it held 47% of the total UK console gaming headset market share in 2016, and topped a nationwide poll of over 170 retailers to retain its position as the best quality peripherals manufacturer. Turtle Beach's roots stem back over 40 years, with the past decade-plus seeing the company pioneer and consistently be a leader in the console gaming headset category. In addition to this latest accolade from MCV UK, last week Turtle Beach announced its 2016 market share, which continues showing the company's dominance in the space with 42% of the console gaming headset market in the U.S. per the latest NPD data, making Turtle Beach the market share leader in this space for the past seven years running.

    "It's an astonishing achievement to win this honor from MCV and the industry for a fourth time in a row and fifth time overall, and we're extremely grateful," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "We've had an extremely productive 2016 with the launch of our acclaimed ELITE PRO line of eSports-focused products, and we continue to develop and innovate in all aspects of gaming audio to deliver products with features gamers want. With E3 2017 on the horizon, we're planning to unveil this year's all-new products, and we're confident our upcoming line-up will once again impress gamers."

    "Turtle Beach's four wins in a row is an incredible achievement - unsurpassed in recent years," said MCV Editor, Seth Barton. "Year-on-year senior buyers in gaming retail have voted overwhelmingly for the company as their preferred partner for peripherals and accessories. Turtle Beach is undoubtedly at the top of its game."

    For more information on the latest Turtle Beach products and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    About Turtle Beach Corporation
    Turtle Beach Corporation (http://corp.turtlebeach.com) designs innovative, market-leading audio products. Under its award-winning Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com), the Company is the clear market share leader with its wide selection of acclaimed gaming headsets for use with Xbox One and PlayStation((R))4, as well as personal computers and mobile/tablet devices. Under the HyperSound brand (www.hypersound.com), the Company markets pioneering directed audio solutions that have applications in digital signage and kiosks, consumer electronics and hearing healthcare. The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

    Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
    This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events. Statements containing the words "may", "could", "would", "should", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "target", "project", "intend" and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management.

    While the Company believes that its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that its goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, risks related to the Company's liquidity, the substantial uncertainties inherent in the acceptance of existing and future products, the difficulty of commercializing and protecting new technology, the impact of competitive products and pricing, general business and economic conditions, risks associated with the expansion of our business including the implementation of any businesses we acquire, our indebtedness, the outcome of our HyperSound strategic review process and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's other periodic reports. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement after the date of this release whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

    All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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    Turtle Beach Corporation

    CONTACT: Keith Hennessey, Director - EU PR/Communications, Turtle Beach
    Corp., +44 (0) 1254 517250, keith.hennessey@turtlebeach.com; Eric Nielsen,
    Step 3 PR, On behalf of Turtle Beach, 202.276.5357, eric@step-3.com

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




    Barracuda and Zscaler Jointly Deliver Comprehensive, Affordable Cloud-Delivered Web SecurityBarracuda Web Security Service Now Powered by Zscaler to Bring High-performance, Scalable, Cloud-delivered Web Security to Midmarket Customers

    CAMPBELL and SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

    Highlights:

    --  Barracuda and Zscaler partner to bring customers scalable,
    high-performance, and affordable cloud-delivered web security.
    --  Barracuda customers will benefit from the new Barracuda Web Security
    Service, which is powered by the Zscaler((TM)) cloud-delivered internet
    security platform and can be centrally managed regardless of the
    location or device.
    --  The Barracuda Web Security Service can be deployed as a standalone cloud
    service or with the Barracuda NextGen Firewall as part of a unified
    network and web security strategy.
    

    Barracuda Networks, Inc. and Zscaler, Inc. today announced that they are collaborating to bring customers comprehensive, scalable and high-performance cloud-based web security without the cost, complexity, or overhead associated with extensive on-premises equipment. Barracuda customers will now have access to Zscaler's award-winning cloud-delivered internet security service, and the relationship enables Zscaler to access Barracuda's proven go-to-market channels for the SME/midmarket.

    "Barracuda's powerful security solutions provide customers with a complete and affordable way to easily manage security across their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside -- on-premises, virtual, or in cloud environments," said Sanjay Ramnath, vice president of security products at Barracuda. "This collaboration extends our platform's cloud security functionality by utilizing Zscaler's highly scalable security service to protect users accessing the internet from anywhere, using any device."

    "Barracuda's success in servicing young companies and midmarket enterprises with a comprehensive platform of easy-to-use security and data protection solutions speaks for itself," said Punit Minocha, vice president of business development at Zscaler. "This joint effort brings together Zscaler's ability to provide high-performance, cloud-delivered internet security with Barracuda's experience in the small and midsize market to provide comprehensive security that is easy to deploy at an affordable price."

    Adoption of Cloud Services Requires Security in the Cloud
    As many midsize organizations expand their operations, they increasingly rely on cloud services and SaaS applications, like Office 365 and Salesforce, to improve productivity, reduce costs, and provide business-critical resources to an increasingly distributed workforce. For them, the internet is the new corporate network, and their IT departments need to secure all users from rapidly evolving attacks and enforce company policy regardless of where employees are located or what devices they are using. The Zscaler cloud-delivered protection that powers the Barracuda Web Security Service provides this capability.

    Barracuda Web Security Service Powered by Zscaler
    The Barracuda Web Security Service is a multi-tenant, cloud-delivered internet security service that includes the following key capabilities:

    --  Inline threat protection with multiple layers of security, providing
    comprehensive inbound and outbound content inspection of all traffic in
    order to prevent malware and botnet attacks.
    --  Inspection of encrypted SSL traffic.
    --  Signature-based anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware protection.
    --  Advanced protection against zero-day malware and advanced persistent
    threats.
    --  URL filtering to prevent users from accessing malicious sites and
    objectionable material.
    --  Application security and control for mobile and cloud applications.
    --  Real-time reporting that correlates activity for all users in an
    organization, even on a global level.
    

    Pricing and Availability
    Barracuda Web Security Service is available as a standalone cloud service or with a Barracuda NextGen Firewall. For more information, please visit cuda.co/wss.

    Resources
    Blog Post: Barracuda welcomes new partnership with Zscaler - cuda.co/18330
    Blog Post: Barracuda adding something significant to its product line with Zscaler - cuda.co/zscaler

    About Zscaler, Inc.
    Zscaler, Inc., a leading cloud security company, is revolutionizing internet security with the industry's first security-as-a-service platform. Zscaler is used by more than 5,000 leading organizations, including 50 of the Fortune 500, protecting more than 15 million users worldwide against cyberattacks and data breaches.

    Zscaler is a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader for Secure Web Gateways and delivers a safe and productive internet experience for every user, from any device or location -- 100% in the cloud. Zscaler delivers unified, carrier-grade internet security, next-generation firewall, web security, sandboxing/advanced persistent threat (APT) protection, data loss prevention, SSL inspection, traffic shaping, policy management and threat intelligence -- all without the need for on-premises hardware, appliances, or software. To learn more, visit www.zscaler.com.

    Zscaler((TM)), SHIFT((TM)), Direct-to-Cloud((TM)), and ZPA((TM)) are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zscaler, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    Additional Resources:

    --  Zscaler Security Research
    --  Zscaler Security as a Service
    --  Award-winning Web Security
    --  World's First Next Generation Cloud Firewall
    --  Sandboxing and Behavioral Analysis
    

    About Barracuda Networks, Inc.
    Barracuda simplifies IT with cloud-enabled solutions that empower customers to protect their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside. These powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide, and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud and hybrid configurations. Barracuda's customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data protection. For additional information, visit barracuda.com.

    Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the potential benefits, performance, and functionality of Barracuda's Web Security Service and its operation with Zscaler's cloud-delivered security platform. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could materially affect the Company's business and financial results include, but are not limited to customer response to the Company's products, as well as those factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update the forward-looking information to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date of this press release.

    Contacts

    Jonelle Elam Whitney Glockner Black Barracuda Networks, Inc. Zscaler, Inc. (408) 342-6415 (650) 260-4616 jelam@barracuda.com wblack@zscaler.com

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




    Lockheed Martin Canada Delivers High Fidelity Combat System Trainer to Royal New Zealand Navy

    OTTAWA, Ontario, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Completing the first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project, prime systems integrator Lockheed Martin Canada and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin have officially opened the New Zealand ANZAC combat system trainer.

    The combat system trainer was delivered ahead of schedule to the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the Royal New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017.

    Rear Admiral Martin stated, "It is wonderful to receive the trainer early which will allow our sailors to be properly prepared when the upgraded ships arrive. Lockheed Martin Canada's combat system trainer is a world class trainer that will revolutionize the way we train our crews."

    "The ANZAC combat system trainer provides a generational shift in training capability with a realistic synthetic environment capable of generating high fidelity simulations of real world conditions," said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. "We are proud of our Canadian-developed solution and thrilled to deliver this advanced capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy."

    This milestone marks the first international delivery of Lockheed Martin Canada's combat management system, CMS 330, product line, initially developed for Canada's Department of National Defence and then modified for the Royal New Zealand Navy with Canada's support.

    CMS 330 and Lockheed Martin Canada's combat system integration capability are proving performance everyday on Canada's modernized HALIFAX class frigates and the record of success continues to generate international attention as an attractive solution for both new ships and mid-life upgrades.

    Thanks to the expertise of its engineers, scientists and computer programmers, Lockheed Martin Canada was the only Canadian company to pre-qualify as a combat systems integrator for the upcoming Canadian Surface Combatant program. The company was also selected as the command and surveillance integrator for Canada's new fleet of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships.

    For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/ca.html

    About Lockheed Martin Canada:
    Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company employing 97,000 people worldwide. Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada's trusted defence partner for over 75 years specializing in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 900 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

    To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lockheed-martin-canada-delivers-high-fidelity-combat-system-trainer-to-royal-new-zealand-navy-300422855.html

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    CONTACT: Cindy Tessier, 613-762-5753, cindy.tessier@lmco.com

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




    Wind River Transforms Future of Industrial IoT with Breakthrough Software Platform for Control Systems

    NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

    --  Wind River introduces software platform that enables critical
    infrastructure companies to cost-effectively evolve aging legacy control
    systems not previously designed to support IoT.
    --  Based on open standards, Wind River Titanium Control on-premise
    cloud-scale infrastructure virtualizes traditional physical subsystems
    enabling control systems.
    --  With addition of platform to product portfolio, company drives new
    industrial era through virtualization, real-time performance and
    edge-to-cloud connectivity.
    

    ALAMEDA, California, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wind River((R)), a world leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), is advancing Industrial IoT (IIoT) with availability of a software virtualization platform enabling critical infrastructure companies to cost-effectively evolve aging legacy control systems not previously designed to support the connected nature of IoT. Wind River Titanium Control empowers the next generation of on-premise analytics to optimize industrial processes.

    "ARC believes the influx of new IIoT technologies now entering the automation market has the potential to be a major disruption to existing business models that have been relatively stable for decades," said Harry Forbes, research director at ARC Advisory Group, a leading technology research firm for industry and infrastructure. "An excellent example is Titanium Control, which combines Wind River's long experience in real-time operating systems with on-premise cloud computing technology. This combination enables the virtualization of real-time automation applications that until recently could only be implemented in embedded systems hardware. The implications of this capability for the manufacturing automation market are very far-reaching, and automation suppliers are noticing."

    Because traditional industrial control systems were not designed to support IoT, most are rigid, single purpose, and have a high cost to deploy, integrate, and maintain. Additionally, the obsolescence cycle is driving system updates that require new systems to keep pace with innovation while maintaining or lowering capital costs.

    Titanium Control is a commercially deployable on-premise cloud infrastructure that virtualizes traditional physical subsystems using a platform based on open standards. It delivers the high performance, high availability, flexibility, and low latency needed to reduce capital and operating expenses, as well as minimize unscheduled downtime for industrial applications and control services at any scale. Unlike enterprise IT virtualization platforms, it provides high reliability for applications and services deployed at the network edge, for example in fog deployments.

    Key features of Titanium Control include:

    --  De facto standard open source software for on-premise cloud and
    virtualization, including Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine
    (KVM) and OpenStack
    --  High performance and high availability with accelerated vSwitch and
    inter-VM communication, plus virtual infrastructure management
    --  Security features including isolation, secure boot and Trusted Platform
    Module enabled through Enhanced Platform Awareness
    --  Scalability from two to over 100 compute nodes
    --  Hitless software updates and patching with no interruption to services
    or applications
    

    "With the emergence of Industrial IoT, companies are looking to deploy next-generation open and secure control systems; Titanium Control addresses this need, and is in active trials with customers in industries ranging from manufacturing to energy to healthcare," said Jim Douglas, president of Wind River. "Our software has been providing these companies with powerful ways to increase efficiency and bolster safety, security, and reliability for the last 35 years. With the addition of Titanium Control to our product portfolio, Wind River is driving a new industrial era through virtualization, real-time performance and edge-to-cloud connectivity."

    Titanium Control is part of the Wind River Titanium Cloud(TM) portfolio of virtualization products for the deployment of critical services from operations to data center environments that require real-time performance and continuous service availability. It is optimized for Intel((R)) Xeon((R)) processors, and is pre-validated on hardware from the leading providers of Intel-based servers.

    Download Figure 1: http://download.publitek.com/WR138(Fig1).jpg

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    About Wind River

    Wind River, an Intel company , is a world leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry's most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.

    Wind River is a trademark or registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. and its affiliates. Other names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Jessica Miller
    Phone: +1-510-749-2727
    Email: jessica.miller@windriver.com

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




    Cypress Semiconductor Independent Stockholders Should Decide Whether or Not To Eliminate Cumulative VotingLeading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm ISS Supports Elimination of Cumulative Voting but Expresses Concern that Board has Made Positive Governance Changes Contingent upon This VotePreliminary Proxy Materials Filed Regarding Nomination of Dan McCranie and Camillo Martino to Cypress Board of Directors

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO, President and Director of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. ("Cypress" or "the Company"), and the Company's largest individual stockholder, and J. Daniel McCranie and Camillo Martino, nominees for election to the Cypress Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (collectively "CypressFirst") today provided the following statement on the recommendation by Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS"), a leading independent proxy advisory firm, that Cypress stockholders approve an amendment to the Company's charter to eliminate cumulative voting in the election of directors in the Company's ongoing consent solicitation ("Consent Solicitation"):

    "We are pleased that our actions have spurred the Cypress Board to promote majority voting and a form of proxy access, both corporate governance enhancements that should benefit Cypress stockholders. At the same time, we continue to be concerned that the Company has failed to provide stockholders with the context and analysis they need to make an informed decision in the Consent Solicitation. It is important to note that ISS recognized in its report that, 'the board's decision to remove cumulative voting (and make the positive governance changes contingent upon this vote) certainly raises some concern.'

    "As has previously been stated, CypressFirst is NOT making any recommendation with respect to the Consent Solicitation and intends to vote their shares in proportion with the Company's other stockholders who have executed valid consents. To provide the context and analysis needed to make an informed decision in the Cypress Semiconductor Consent Solicitation, the CypressFirst Consent Information Statement has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and can be accessed on the CypressFirst website (www.CypressFirst.com) or the SEC website (www.sec.gov). The definitive CypressFirst Consent Information Statement will be accompanied by a GOLD proxy card, which can be used by stockholders to vote their shares in connection with the Cypress Consent Solicitation."

    Preliminary Proxy Materials Filed

    CypressFirst also announced the filing today of preliminary proxy materials with the SEC for the nomination of two extraordinarily qualified candidates, semiconductor industry veterans Dan McCranie and Camillo Martino. Should Cypress stockholders follow ISS's recommendation and vote to eliminate cumulative voting, CypressFirst believes that all Cypress stockholders should decide at the Annual Meeting who are the best candidates in a direct contest that will in effect run Dan McCranie and Camillo Martino against the Company's conflicted executive chairman, Ray Bingham, and its lead independent director, Eric Benhamou, who needs to take responsibility for the Board's failures in governance and compensation.

    For additional information or assistance, please contact MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the firm assisting Mr. Rodgers in his solicitation of proxies:

    105 Madison Avenue
    New York, New York 10016
    CypressFirst@mackenziepartners.com
    Toll-Free (800) 322-2885

    Additional Information and Where to Find It

    T.J. Rodgers is the founding CEO of the Company. Rodgers, J. Daniel McCranie and Camillo Martino may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the "Annual Meeting") of the Company and in connection with the solicitation of proxies to vote a consent on the Company's solicitation of consents to remove cumulative voting and with respect to certain governance matters (the "Cypress Consent Solicitation"). Rodgers has filed a preliminary Consent Information Statement, stockholder letter and accompanying GOLD proxy card in connection with the Cypress Consent Solicitation (the "CypressFirst Consent Information Statement"). Rodgers, McCranie and Martino have also filed a preliminary proxy statement (the "CypressFirst Proxy Statement") and accompanying proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with his solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting.

    Rodgers owns or controls voting of 8,727,619 shares of the Company's common stock. McCranie and Martino own 25,000 and 10,000 shares, respectively of the Company's common stock. Additional information regarding such participants, including their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are included in the CypressFirst Proxy Statement and may be included in other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting or the CypressFirst Consent Information Statement filed with the SEC in connection with the Cypress Consent Solicitation.

    Promptly after filing the definitive CypressFirst Proxy Statement with the SEC, Rodgers, McCranie and Martino intend to mail the definitive CypressFirst Proxy Statement and a proxy card pursuant to applicable SEC rules. STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE CYPRESSFIRST PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT RODGERS, McCRANIE AND MARTINO HAVE FILED OR WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

    STOCKHOLDERS ARE ALSO URGED TO READ THE CYPRESSFIRST CONSENT INFORMATION STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT RODGERS HAS FILED OR MAY FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

    Stockholders may obtain, free of charge, copies of the definitive CypressFirst Proxy Statement, the CypressFirst Consent Information Statement and any other related documents filed by Rodgers with respect to the Company with the SEC in connection with the Annual Meeting or the Cypress Consent Solicitation at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition, copies of such materials, when available, may be requested free of charge from Rodgers's proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., 105 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or toll-free at (800) 322-2855 or by email: CypressFirst@mackenziepartners.com.

    About J. Daniel McCranie

    J. Daniel McCranie is currently Chairman at ON Semiconductor Corp. and previously served as Non-Executive Chairman at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors at Mentor Graphics Corp. since 2012. He served on the Board of Directors of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. from 2005 through 2014. He has served as Chairman of Actel Corporation, Chairman of Virage Logic, Inc, Chairman of Xicor Corporation, and Board Director of California Microdevices, Inc. McCranie was previously employed as Executive Vice President- Sales & Applications by Cypress Semiconductor Corp., President & Chief Executive Officer by Virage Logic Corp., Vice President-Sales & Marketing by Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer by SEEQ Technology, Inc.

    About Camillo Martino

    Camillo Martino has served as a member of the Board of Directors of MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. since August 2016. Martino has served as a member of the Board of Directors of VVDN Technologies, a private company, since March 2016 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAI Technology, Inc., a private company, since April 2015. Previously, he served as director and CEO of Silicon Image, Inc.; COO at SAI Technology Inc.; and President, CEO and Director of Cornice Inc. He also served as Executive Vice President and COO of chipmaker Zoran Corporation. His career began at National Semiconductor Corporation, where he held multiple positions over a nearly 14-year tenure at the Company.

    About T.J. Rodgers

    T.J. Rodgers co-founded Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in 1982 and served as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer until April 2016 and as a member of its Board of Directors until August 2016. He is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and SunPower Corp. and currently sits on the boards of directors of high-technology companies, including Bloom Energy (fuel cells), Enphase (solar energy electronics), WaterBit (precision agriculture) and Enovix (silicon lithium-ion batteries). He has been honored for his foundational support over a 20-year period of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the California Association of African American Educators. Rodgers received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, graduating as salutatorian with majors in chemistry and physics. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. While pursuing his Ph.D. degree, Rodgers invented the VMOS process technology, which he later licensed to American Microsystems, Inc.

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    T.J. Rodgers

    CONTACT: Media: Abernathy MacGregor, Jeremy Jacobs / Sheila Ennis,
    212-371-5999 / 415-926-7961, JRJ@abmac.com, SBE@abmac.com; Investors:
    MacKenzie Partners, Daniel Burch / Larry Dennedy, 212-929-5500,
    Dburch@mackenziepartners.com, ldennedy@mackenziepartners.com




    Aviat Networks To Showcase Advanced Microwave Capabilities at IWCENew High Capacity, SDN Solutions Further Enhance Industry Leading Mission Critical Portfolio

    MILPITAS, Calif., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviat Networks, Inc. , the leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced it will be demonstrating advanced microwave capabilities at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017 trade show, March 27-31, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. New high capacity and software defined networking (SDN) offerings augment Aviat's industry leading portfolio of highly reliable and secure solutions for mission critical applications.

    Demonstrations at the event will include:

    --  High Capacity Radio. 2.5Gbps uncompressed throughput per radio
    transceiver is the highest capacity ever delivered in a microwave radio.
    The ideal fiber alternative, high capacity microwave is less costly,
    more reliable, and faster to deploy making it the ideal choice for
    demanding public safety applications such as high definition video
    --  IP/MPLS Management. AviatCloud Manage Advanced simplifies management of
    integrated IP/MPLS microwave networks, lowering overall management and
    operations costs
    --  Software Defined Networking (SDN). AviatCloud VPN app and OpenDaylight
    controller simplifies setup and management of MPLS-based VPN services
    over microwave networks. Networks of the future will require new
    automation solutions to reduce operations complexity and lower total
    cost of ownership
    

    In addition to these new capabilities, Aviat will be displaying the highest power microwave on the market today which comes with advanced security capabilities and FIPS 140-2 level 2 validation.

    "Aviat is the microwave leader in mission critical applications," states Michael Pangia, president and CEO, Aviat Networks. "With these new capabilities we are building on our reliability and security credentials to dramatically increase capacity and lower total cost of ownership of the world's most critical networks."

    See Aviat in Booth 1265 of the Las Vegas Convention Center during show floor hours March 29-31. For more information, visit http://aviatnetworks.com/about-us/events/

    About IWCE

    Since 1977, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been the premier annual event for communications technology professionals. IWCE features over 380 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military, public safety, utility, transportation and business enterprise. IWCE 2017 will be held March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit www.iwceexpo.com

    About Aviat Networks

    Aviat Networks, Inc. works to provide dependable products, services and support to our customers. With more than one million systems sold into 170 countries worldwide, communications service providers and private network operators including state/local government, utility, federal government and defense organizations trust Aviat with their critical applications. Coupled with a long history of microwave innovations, Aviat provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to drastically simplify both their networks and their lives. For more than 70 years, the experts at Aviat have delivered high performance products, simplified operations, and the best overall customer experience. Aviat Networks is headquartered in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit www.aviatnetworks.com or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

    Media Contact: Gary Croke, Aviat Networks, Inc., gary.croke@aviatnet.com

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    Aviat Networks

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

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