PRN: AZADEH Couture to Launch EAzadeh.com

AZADEH Couture to Launch EAzadeh.com

Top Luxury Designer Offers a Unique Online Shopping Experience for Customers

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AZADEH Couture, a high-end luxury retailer and designer based out of San Francisco, is pleased to announce the launch of EAzadeh.com, the premier online fashion destination for the ultimate shopping experience. The website will benefit today’s modern woman with a fast-paced lifestyle, a demand for opulence and a wardrobe to match.

The online shopping website will allow customers to fulfill their wardrobe essentials from daytime looks and stunning ensembles, to exquisite jewelry and accessories with just the click of a mouse. The website features exclusive ready-to-wear pieces by AZADEH Couture, accompanied by select premier European designers who produce exclusive collections for Azadeh’s clientele.

AZADEH founder and designer, Azadeh Raiz, has over 30 years of design experience, having manufactured couture garments for the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and designing for retail powerhouse Bebe. “I have been fortunate to find my niche and have a successful business of my own in the Bay Area,” explains Raiz. “With the launch of EAzadeh.com, we have the opportunity to expand our clientele and reach those that we have not been able to work within the past due to geographical logistics. We are very excited about this new endeavor and for the chance to offer our designs on a much larger platform.”

Since 1996, AZADEH has been based in San Francisco with three retail locations in the Bay Area. With the launch of its website, Azadeh will be more accessible to distant clients, while still available to cater to its clients’ custom pieces.

For more information about AZADEH, please visit www.azadehcouture.com or www.EAzadeh.com call (415) 392-0106.

About AZADEH COUTURE LLC

AZADEH is a couture design company that specializes in high-end women’s ready-to-wear pieces. The designer, Azadeh Raiz, is an accomplished designer and couturier who is dedicated to indulging her clients in exclusive designs, luxurious fabrics, perfect fit and techniques of construction with one-of-a-kind service. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, AZADEH has been serving a sophisticated clientele since 1996, with three retail locations around the Bay Area. AZADEH’s ecommerce website, EAzadeh.com, offers select luxury online shopping, making the couture retailer accessible worldwide.

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PRN: Virgin America Marks Fifth Birthday With A Network-Wide Fare Sale, Enhanced Frequent Flyer Rewards And Some Major League Festivities

Virgin America Marks Fifth Birthday With A Network-Wide Fare Sale, Enhanced Frequent Flyer Rewards And Some Major League Festivities

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Declares it "Virgin America Day" in the City of San Francisco
Only Bay Area-Based Airline Celebrates Milestone at Special SF Giants Home Game – with First Pitch Thrown at 35,000 Feet
Nationwide "Book Like it’s Your Birthday" Fare Sale Launches Today

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin America, the airline that has been reinventing flying since its August 2007 launch, today marks its fifth anniversary with festivities that celebrate the airline’s continued job growth, network expansion and award-winning service. In honor of the young carrier’s milestone, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee proclaims today (August 8, 2012), “Virgin America Day” in the City of San Francisco. As a thank you to its loyal flyers, Virgin America today launches a “Book Like it’s Your Birthday” network-wide fare sale for travel between August 21, 2012-November 14, 2012. Main Cabin fares start as low as $55** from San Franciscoan> (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) and from $145* from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) (restrictions apply). Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CDT on August 9, 2012. Tickets are on sale today via www.virginamerica.com and 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).** For a list of all fares: http://www.virginamerica.com/vx/booking/fare-sale As of today the airline’s Elevate® frequent flyers will also be able to take advantage of a new suite of status benefits that promise to make travel even more rewarding – including bonus points earning via social check-in and the chance to earn*** a Virgin Galactic space flight.

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“Virgin America launched five years ago with a lofty mission – to make flying good again,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “Since that time, our teammates have worked tirelessly to build an airline that people love, as evidenced by a slew of prestigious travel awards and an Elevate loyalty program that now has over 2.4 million members. Our successes in just five short years are a credit to the work of all 2,600 members of our growing team, to our loyal guests who have embraced a better way of flying and to the support we’ve received from the San Francisco Bay Area community.”

“In addition to having built deep roots in this community through its charitable community partnerships, Virgin America has created thousands of jobs and is an anchor tenant at SFO’s world-class and sustainable Terminal 2,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Our City is proud that Virgin America calls San Francisco home, and I am pleased to proclaim today ‘Virgin America Day’ in San Francisco.”

This weekend, the airline continues the birthday celebration with sports fans at a special “Virgin America Day at AT&T Park,” as the San Francisco Giants host the Colorado Rockies on August 11th. The game will open with the first ceremonial pitch live broadcast from a flight at 35,000 feet. A lucky fan won the chance to join Giants mascot “Lou Seal” and throw the first pitch down the aisle of Virgin America commercial flight 753 as it enters Bay Area air space en route from Seattle. The first pitch will be transmitted live air-to-ground via Gogo® in-flight WiFi to AT&T Park, where more than 40,000 fans will be watching. As a birthday present to its hometown, Virgin America will offer all attendees at AT&T Park this Saturday a two-for-one flight voucher****on the airline that just last month captured Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Domestic Airline title for the fifth year in a row.

“I am thrilled that Virgin America decided five years ago to make San Francisco its national corporate headquarters,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “It’s been a great fit — San Francisco’s creative spirit meets its match. A marriage we hope lasts a lifetime.”

Virgin America has much to celebrate; in its first five years of operations, it has expanded to 18 new destinations, created more than 2,600 new jobs, welcomed 19.3 million flyers and swept the major travel industry best-in-class awards, including “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and “Best Domestic Airline” in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. On the fifth anniversary of its launch of operations, the airline is rolling out a number of enhancements including the launch of a new uniform for its frontline teammates and the introduction of status benefits within its Elevate frequent flyer program.

As of today, Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members will begin to enjoy the perks of status, including: priority check-in and boarding; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and the ultimate flight reward*** – a sub-orbital Virgin Galactic flight for the member who accrues the most status points between today and August 7, 2013. Virgin America was the first U.S. airline to award frequent flyer points for virtual “check-ins” via Topguest, a product of Switchfly, Inc – and the new status levels will take social rewards to the next level. Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members will now be able to share their digital status on social networks and earn points for ‘checking in’***** at the airline’s airport terminals, gates and other locations through applications like Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare. In addition, every day for the next five days, the carrier is giving a social media-savvy flyer the chance to upgrade their status to Elevate Silver – just by virtually checking in.****** For more on Elevate status, visit: www.topguest.com/elevate

In the past year, Virgin America has marked more than a few notable milestones:

Other notable milestones since the airline’s launch:

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD with DCA starting August 14th), Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, and Portland.

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

About Virgin America: Headquartered in California, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport (SFO)’s sleek new Terminal 2. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat. Virgin America offers Gogo™ WiFi on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the North American skies via the touch-screen Red™ platform. For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com

*Fare Sale Terms and Conditions: All Main Cabin fares are one-way and require a 10-day advance purchase. Travel must occur between August 21, 2012 and November 14, 2012. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CDT August 9, 2012. Lowest sale fares are available for travel only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same re servation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

**Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp

***Terms and Conditions Virgin Galactic Reward Flight: Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. including D.C., 18 years old or older who are Elevate members. Program ends 8/7/13. For complete Terms and Conditions and complete details, visit galacticcontest.virginamerica.com

****Terms and Conditions SF Giants Two for One Offer: This offer ends at 11:59pm CDT on September 7, 2012. This offer is valid only for nonstop or connecting travel; offer is not valid for any multi-city itineraries. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of 2 guests exactly. One time use promo code is valid for non-refundable Main Cabin tickets only. Travel must occur between August 22, 2012 and November 14, 2012. Blackout dates are August 31, 2012 and September 3, 2012. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Base fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.80 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For service to/from Mexico, base fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. Customs processing fee of $5.50, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $16.70 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is ch anged or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid.! Changes or cancellations can be made for up to a $100 fee per guest, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Tickets purchased through Virgin America’s reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary; this amount is non refundable if travel is changed or cancelled. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

*****Topguest Terms and Conditions: This offer is valid until December 31, 2012. To be eligible for this offer you must be both a member of Topguest and Virgin America Elevate rewards programs. No purchase necessary. Employees of Virgin America are not eligible for this promotion. Limited to one ‘check-in’ per day per guest. Points earned via Topguest will be posted to the guest’s account within 48-72 hours of the check-in taking place. Elevate Red members will earn 25 points for each eligible check-in. Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members will earn 50 points for each eligible check-in. Any attempt to deceive or perpetrate fraud related to this promotion or the Elevate program will result in the immediate termination, deactivation, and removal of all benefits, rights, and privileges associated with travel on Virgin America, its partners, and programs.

****** Topguest sweeps Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES & D.C. 18 AND OLDER WHO DID NOT PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENTERING THE CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Enter Contest by 8:29 a.m. PT on 8/13/12. For Official Rules, which govern, and complete details, visit http://vgn.am/silver.

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PRN: Influitive Closes $3.75 Million To Drive B2B Advocate Marketing Platform

Influitive Closes $3.75 Million To Drive B2B Advocate Marketing Platform

[08-August-2012]
TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Influitive, a pioneer in customer advocate management and mobilization, announced today it closed on $3.75 million in funding from First Round Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Relay Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, CommonAngels, Resolute.VC, Golden Venture Partners, Accelerator Ventures, 500Startups, and other renowned angels and firms. Additionally, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels, will be joining Influitive’s board of directors.

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“The size and breadth of this seed round of funding far exceeds our expectations,” said Mark Organ, co-founder and CEO, Influitive. “Not only did it include some of the most renowned venture capital firms and individual angel investors, but it also raised funds from both coasts of the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.”

“Influitive’s visionary approach to mobilizing and socializing customer advocates solves a significant problem for B2B companies – leveraging their advocates to increase sales velocity,” said Chris Fralic, partner, First Round Capital. “Mark Organ and his team have the experience to develop this exciting new market opportunity, as they have done previously when building Eloqua, a global market leader in B2B marketing automation. We believe that they have a great opportunity to build the next global marketing platform, that is advocate-based at its core.”

Influitive has created a new marketing platform, AdvocateHub, that helps companies leverage and mobilize their most valuable assets – their passionate customer advocates, evangelists and fans. Influitive’s vision is to provide a superior game-like experience for the advocates, resulting in a significant increase in the quality and quantity of advocate activity. At the same time, companies can scale their advocate operations into the hundreds or thousands of advocates with the unique self-service, always-on AdvocateHub approach, driving more tailored reference calls, referral leads, success stories, social media contributions and more.

“We are pleased to see Influitive raise this impressive round from some of the most highly regarded early-stage venture firms and angels, including one of our board members at Xactly,” said Chris Newton, vice president of marketing for Xactly Corporation. “Our AdvocateHub, Friends of Xactly, has driven a lot of measurable value for us and we look forward to seeing Influitive build out their inspiring vision in the years to come.”

About Influitive

Influitive, based in Toronto and San Francisco, is changing the face of B2B marketing through its innovative AdvocateHub platform for advocate marketing. Today’s buyers are leveraging knowledgeable peers at roughly twice the rate than they did even four years ago. Influitive’s AdvocateHub lets marketers capture the enthusiasm of their best customers, followers, and evangelists, turning that into direct support through all stages of the buying cycle, from social media reviews and customer referrals to case studies and references.

Influitive’s customers include some of most successful and fastest-growing business-to-business software firms in the world, who use their AdvocateHubs to massively shorten their customers’ buying processes while maximizing win rates against competitors.

To learn how to get your advocates working with you, please visit http://www.influitive.com.

Media Contact:
Pattie Mercier
Vigorous Communications for Influitive
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+ 1 (978) 807-2972

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PRN: Nevada’s First Wind Power Project Begins Generating Clean Energy

Nevada’s First Wind Power Project Begins Generating Clean Energy

Having Created Over 250 Jobs, Spring Valley Wind Will Now Power Up To 45,000 Nevada Homes with Zero Emissions

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced that its Spring Valley Wind project – the first wind power project in the state of Nevada – has completed construction and is fully operational. A ceremony is being held today to commence commercial operations at the 151.8 megawatt (MW) Spring Valley Wind project, which is located near the town of Ely.

“I couldn’t be happier that Nevada’s first commercial wind facility is located in Spring Valley,” said Senator Harry Reid. “Pattern has done a tremendous job working with White Pine County, the State of Nevada and other Federal agencies to bring clean, affordable power to more than 45,000 Nevada homes. We have just begun to tap into Nevada’s tremendous wind energy resources and more job-creating projects like this will be good for our economy and our environment. Renewable energy is the way of the future. There is no reason in the world, with all the renewable energy sources Nevada has, that we shouldn’t be energy independent.”

“Advancing smart renewable energy development on our nation’s public lands is a key component to President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Starting today, Nevada’s first wind energy project on public lands will begin powering the grid. This is a great milestone in the collaborative public-private partnership on clean energy that is creating jobs, generating power, strengthening our economy and making us more competitive globally.”

“Building Nevada’s first wind energy facility was a collaborative process that would not have been possible without the strong support and hard work of numerous groups and individuals across the state and around the country,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. “Spring Valley Wind had the benefit of receiving bi-partisan support from Senator Reid, Senator Heller, Secretary Salazar, and local government officials as well as the great people of Ely. We were also able to work constructively with many others, including the local Native American tribes and environmental groups. We thank them for their support and look forward to being a valued member of the community and providing significant benefits to the community and school system for decades to come.”

“Spring Valley was built with American-made products by many locally-hired workers, including our assistant facility manager, Tom Ashby, who is a local from Ely. All of the major turbine components were manufactured in Iowa and Kansas and the project’s advanced radar system was built by DeTect in Florida. Going forward, Spring Valley Wind will generate significant local tax revenues, alleviating the burden on local taxpayers and demonstrating that this successful clean energy project is also a meaningful long-term investment in the economic health of the community,” said Garland.

“Pattern was also proud to bring its environmental leadership to Spring Valley Wind with groundbreaking mitigation measures that minimize impacts on the environment,” added Garland. “These measures include the preservation of cultural resources, funding for sage grouse, curtailment standards, modified electrical lines to reduce risks to birds, and an advanced radar system designed to protect birds and bats.”

“Mortenson is delighted by the opportunity to partner with Pattern on such an important milestone for the state,” said Tom Wacker, SVP of Mortenson Renewable Energy Groups. “The construction of Spring Valley resulted in the creation of approximately 240 jobs. Over 40 businesses throughout the state were involved during construction and nearly $10 million has been spent with those businesses on construction goods and services. It’s gratifying to be part of a project that has contributed so significantly to the local and surrounding communities.”

“We are honored to once again work with Pattern as they make history in Nevada and continue to develop wind projects across the Americas,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Wind Power Americas. “This marks our 10th project completed, in development or under contract, totaling more than 800 wind turbine units capable of producing clean energy for more than 500,000 average homes. Because of customers like Pattern, Siemens has invested more than $100 million in factories and jobs to make its state-of-the-art wind turbine blades and nacelles right here in the U.S.”

Spring Valley Wind created approximately 240 jobs during construction and 13 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. The wind energy project is expected to generate more than $20 million in tax revenue for White Pine County and the state of Nevada’s Renewable Energy Fund over the next 20 years. Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy for the sale of energy produced by the project.

Mortenson Construction managed construction of the project, which utilizes 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and is connected to an existing 230 kilovolt transmission line for electricity distribution.

Spring Valley Wind will be Pattern’s fourth operating wind project in North America and is one of a number of wind power projects that Pattern expects to bring into operation over the next 12 months in North America, Puerto Rico and Latin America.

About Pattern

Pattern Energy Group LP is an independent, fully-integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates renewable energy and transmission assets in the United States, Canada and Latin America. With a long history in wind energy, Pattern’s highly-experienced team of scientists, engineers, construction experts, and legal and financial professionals has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 2,500 MW of wind power projects. A strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship drives the Company’s dedication to work closely with landowners and communities to create premier renewable energy projects. Pattern currently operates more than 670 MW of installed wind energy capacity in North America, with an additional 1300 MW of wind projects entering construction over the next 12 months. The Company’s full development pipeline exce eds 4,000 MW of renewable energy and transmission projects. Pattern has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.patternenergy.com.

Contact:

Matt Dallas
Pattern Energy
917-363-1333
matt.dallas

SOURCE Pattern Energy Group LP

PRN: NextAdvisor.com Announces Launch Of Mac Security Software Category

NextAdvisor.com Announces Launch Of Mac Security Software Category

In-depth reviews and comparisons of the leading Internet Security Software for Mac OS

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — NextAdvisor.com, a leading consumer and small business information website, announced today the launch of its new Mac Internet security software category, providing in-depth, independent reviews and comparisons of the best security software suites for Mac OS X. NextAdvisor’s editors downloaded and tested the top security software to determine which provided the best value and what users can expect from each. Norton Internet Security 5 For Mac came out on top for its ability to offer top-notch protection while at the same time not slowing users’ computers down.

Historically, Apple’s Mac has been known to be one of the safest and most secure operating systems when it comes to viruses and malware. But times have changed and Macs are becoming more and more susceptible to a wide range of malicious software. Apple even changed their marketing language recently to acknowledge that Macs are more vulnerable now to virus and malware attacks.

Luckily, the new threats to Macs have also spawned new security software specifically designed for the Mac.

“As Apple becomes more popular, their products are going to become a bigger target for hackers and cyber-criminals,” said NextAdvisor.com’s Director of Content, Jeff Hindenach. “It’s no longer a guarantee that your Mac will be safe from the malware and virus issues that plague PC users.”

NextAdvisor reviewed the top Mac security software suites based on protection, price, performance and ease of use. The reviewers downloaded and installed each of the software suites on their test Mac computer and did a series of virus and malware tests, both from PC-based and Mac-based viruses and malware. They also administered performance tests to see if the software suites slowed down their computers.

The Mac security software suites that NextAdvisor reviewed included Norton, Kaspersky, Eset, McAfee, BitDefender and Avast!.

“Many of these software suites for the Mac have technology that will help identify new viruses and malware that are specific to the Mac,” says Hindenach. “While these new threats to Macs increase, the top software suites will be the ones that lead the charge on developing the best protection for Mac computers while not slowing down overall system performance.”

You can read NextAdvisor’s full Mac Internet Security Software reviews here:
http://www.nextadvisor.com/internet_security_software/compare_mac.php

About NextAdvisor.com:
NextAdvisor.com provides independent reviews of online services for consumers and small businesses. The company’s mission is to help its visitors save money and make optimal buying decisions by presenting them with useful comparisons and reviews of service providers and a clear explanation of each service and how it works. The company currently reviews, compares and explains many different types of services including credit cards, credit report monitoring, identity theft protection, diet plans, VoIP (Voice over IP) services, online dating, online backup, Internet security software, Internet fax and web hosting.

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PRN: New InformationWeek Resource Helps Technology Professionals Harness Opportunities Around Big Data

New InformationWeek Resource Helps Technology Professionals Harness Opportunities Around Big Data

Ongoing editorial series aims to help IT decision makers leverage big data for their customers and their businesses

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Business technology professionals looking to unlock the tremendous business value that big data provides have a new resource: InformationWeek’s Big Data, Big Decisions.

Enterprises are grappling with the challenge of how to manage and leverage vast amounts of data from an ever-expanding array of sources, including mobile customers, location-aware applications, sensors and social media. Big data promises to improve the operational efficiency by as much as 26%, according to a recent report from Capgemini North America. Gleaning big insights from big data is a big business opportunity.

InformationWeek’s Big Data, Big Decisions examines the opportunities and technology choices companies have when it comes to analyzing, visualizing and extracting value from massive, sometimes unstructured data sets – often in real time.

“Big data isn’t just about the digital-marketing challenges you so often hear about – we’ll look at data volume, velocity, variety and complexity challenges in a range of industries, including manufacturing, health care, lending, insurance and government,” said Rob Preston, InformationWeek’s Editor In Chief.

Editorial coverage includes:

  • How the use of big data is changing analytical methods
    • High-powered in-memory approaches that are speeding data analysis
    • Fast-growing science of machine learning, wherein analysts are using the data itself, rather than analyst hunches, to uncover breakthrough discoveries and insights
    • Cloud-delivered analytic services that promise to close the talent gap that threatens to make big data analysis an expensive proposition
  • Software and hardware platforms for big data
    • Which technologies and infrastructure choices for big data are gaining adoption and why
    • Evolution of relational databases and the revolution in NoSQL platforms

Preston added, “The challenge of big data is real, but many organizations don’t differentiate big data from traditional data. Recent InformationWeek Reports research showed that 90% of respondents use conventional databases as the primary means of handling data. We’ll help technologists understand what constitutes big data (it’s not just size), and the numerous management challenges it poses.”

Paul Travis was named Editor of InformationWeek’s Big Data, Big Decisions special editorial series. Additional contributors include: Doug Henschen, Art Wittmann, Rob Preston, Fritz Nelson, Jeff Bertolucci, Kevin Fogarty and Nicole Lewis.

Access InformationWeek’s Big Data, Big Decisions at www.InformationWeek.com/big-data. The editorial series is currently sponsored by SAS.

About UBM TechWeb (www.ubmtechweb.com)

UBM TechWeb, the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses – media solutions, marketing services and paid content – UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb’s communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a UBM plc company, a glo bal provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

Contact: Winnie Ng-Schuchman, VP of Marketing; wng

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PRN: New DaCast Video Payment Platform for Facebook Helps Content Owners to Increase Audience Up to 10 Times

New DaCast Video Payment Platform for Facebook Helps Content Owners to Increase Audience Up to 10 Times

New payment platform is first to support all Facebook approved payment forms for video and live stream content

[08-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — DaCast, the leading Streaming as a Service™ video platform, today launches the first payment platform to accept all Facebook approved payment forms for video and live stream content. Content owners can now more easily monetize Facebook fans and tap into the one billion user marketplace to distribute and sell live concerts, sports and movies on a global scale.

The new DaCast payment platform is designed to make the sale and purchase of video and live stream content easy. Developed to work seamlessly with Facebook, DaCast’s video platform offers a media player fully equipped with a payment system capable of instantly processing payments for both Pay Per View (PPV) and subscription-based content. As a result, users no longer have to navigate out of Facebook to purchase and view content.

Commenting on the recent trial of DaCast’s new Facebook-ready payment platform, Mark Daubeney of Skyroomlive.com and DaCast customer said: “DaCast took the headache out of integrating monetized live streaming with social media. This in turn enabled us to extend our audience between 5 and 10 times, while more effectively monetizing our fan base through Facebook. By having the ability to stream to a dedicated platform and easily accept payments via Facebook, we are able to improve conversion and monetize an even wider fan base, while making the payment process even easier.”

DaCast’s payment platform is extremely flexible, enabling content owners to sell video and live stream content at varying rates. Viewers can then choose the price that best suits them. For example, a one-time PPV can be offered alongside a more comprehensive subscription. Other DaCast payment platform features include the ability to provide discounts, such as promo codes, which can be used over Facebook as well as other websites.

“Our original payment process filled a major gap in the online video market, enabling content owners to more effectively sell streaming content from within the media player. We have now taken that technology, adapted and enhanced it to improve the overall experience on Facebook. Consequently, content owners can now more easily sell video content through Facebook without fans navigating away to make a purchase, achieving up to 200% greater buy completion rate,” said Stephane Roulland, CEO of DaCast.

About DaCast

DaCast is a Streaming as a Service™ video platform, delivering affordable, professional streaming services for all. By leveraging the cloud, DaCast takes the headache out of video streaming, leaving content owners and broadcasters to focus on what they do best. Trusted by over 12,000 broadcasters, DaCast’s white label, all-in-one video streaming platform allows content owners and broadcasters to be in total control of their online video content. For additional information, visit www.dacast.com.

SOURCE DaCast