Context Labs Acquires IoT ImpactLABS

Business

Company will integrate IoT ImpactLABS expertise into its core blockchain-based offerings to accelerate the ‘Supply Chain of Everything’

 

Context Labs (CXL) announced today that it has acquired IoT ImpactLABS. The acquisition will further accelerate CXL’s blockchain-based Immutably™ platform in its movement upstream in the supply chain, enabling the “Supply Chain of Everything.” The acquisition will accelerate integration with IoT-connected devices, sensors and systems.

In practical terms, this means that supply chains for perishable goods such as food can be tracked from field to table, water from source to tap, device firmware from burn-in to upgrade and climate data from sensor to research to analytics. Context Labs has coined this physical/digital/virtual blockchain-enabled environment the “Supply Chain of Everything.”

“This key functionality will further provide what the industry has coined the ‘birth certificate’ or ‘passport’ of physical things to be cryptographically encoded and tracked, from the point of inception through its end of life,” stated Dan Harple, CEO of Context Labs. “The IoT ImpactLABS acquisition strengthens our ProofWorks™ and Immutably™ platform to deeply enhance IoT/Blockchain integration, providing proof of the ‘birth certificates’ of things and data. It creates a verifiable proof of existence for the data or physical thing pinned to a particular point in time, with a ‘context proof’ in the interconnected network graph of supply chain partners.”

The proofs and the signatures are registered on one or more public ledgers or published on widely available media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Context Labs’ Scrivener Ledger provides interoperability between multi-ledger registrations, insuring multi-layered secure veracity and provenance.

Commenting on the impact of the deal on the supply chain landscape, Bill McBeath, chief research officer at Chainlink Research, commented, “With the cost of sensors and connectivity continuing to plummet, IoT-enabled supply chains are poised for wide adoption across myriad applications such as traceability (for provenance assurance, anti-counterfeiting, regulatory, etc.), predictive maintenance, freshness/expiration, environmental monitoring, precise ETA, cargo security and much more. Combining blockchain and network graph analysis with IoT-enabled supply chains provides very high confidence in the transactions and highly granular tamper-proof visibility data. The addition of ImpactLabs to Context Labs’ already substantial portfolio makes them a leading player with a unique combination of capabilities in this area.”

In an era of fake data, fake news and counterfeit/copied products, CXL’s Immutably™ product line was designed to insure authenticity, provenance and reliability in the delivery of physical, digital and virtual goods. With this reality, customers increasingly seek to provide regulatory and legal certification specifying the provenance and authenticity of their products. The acquisition serves to drive authenticity and provenance further upstream into supply chains, making it even harder for fake data, fake news and counterfeit products to reach their targets.

Chris Rezendes, founder and managing director of IoT ImpactLABS, stated, “The combination of our market-making and thought leadership with the core platform innovation from Context Labs is what our stakeholders have sought.  The IoT ImpactLABS team has built significant, relevant experience with what works, and does not, in IoT specifically, and a related collection of digital tools more broadly. Through our focus on natural resources, smart cities, resilient infrastructure, food security and SMB Industry 4.0, we have developed a unique ability to identify and access a number of complex opportunities.”

“With this deal, Context Labs is accelerating its platform to provide a device-agnostic Internet of Things (IoT) API layer to deliver a seamless ‘plug and play’ for a wide range of IoT devices, sensors, embedded systems and instrumentation. This innovation in IoT interoperability is a key differentiator for our Immutably™, Proofworks™ and Impact Analytics™ product line, giving customers what they have requested – the ability to identify, track and trace upstream IoT and sensor data into our supply chain platform,” stated Gavin Nicol, CTO of Context Labs.

The world is in transition from centralized to decentralized structures. This relates to areas such as energy (e.g., distributed renewables), mobility (e.g., distributed ownership), land management (e.g., distributed finance) as well as currencies and markets in general. This trend affects all industries and it requires fundamentally new approaches (bottom-up rather than top-down) for industry and government. The private sector increasingly gets the message. The Context Labs product family has its core DNA in these transformative and disruptive technologies.

Commenting on the acquisition, Rob van Kranenburg, founder of the IOT Council and Chair of AC4, Hyper Connected Society, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things, stated, “The Context Labs combination with IoT ImpactLABS impacts the direction of a world in which every object will have a Digital Twin. As we build the ecosystem of digital twins, we best pay the utmost attention as we only get one chance of doing it in the most transparent and attested way. The Digital Twin may be a concept currently tied to Industrial IoT, but we are moving to a place that is more mainstream.  Context Labs is leading a major step in this direction.”

About Context Labs

Context Labs, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, provides enterprise-grade platform solutions that provide trust and transparency for all things digital and physical. We develop solutions that utilize blockchain technology to build confidence and trust with partners and consumers, transforming supply chain ecosystems. The company achieves this by delivering platform innovation integrating secure distributed and shared ledgers (Blockchain), network graph analytics and visualizations, machine learning, data interoperability and trusted identity management.  The platform consists of several core components – Chainplate Foundation™, Snapshackle Interoperability™ and VUEgraph Analytics™ and product solutions – Immutably™, Proofworks™, Impact Analytics™, along with blockchain ecosystem consulting. Enabling the Supply Chain of Everything.

Web: www.contextlabs.comwww.proofworks.iowww.contextlabs.com/overview

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E-mail: press@contextlabs.com

About IoT Impact Labs

ImpactLABS brings together early-stage IoT companies, tech and industry leaders, small and mid-sized enterprises and subject matter experts to instrument the physical world with intelligence and intention for profit and resilience. The company is a proof point production plant, providing live-pilot early-stage IoT solutions with Fortune 500 technology and industry partners in the field with real-world innovators in small and mid-sized enterprises.

9 Story Media Group Acquires Out of the Blue Enterprises

Business

9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises, a leader in children’s media across content creation, TV production, digital applications and consumer products. Founded in 2005 by Blue’s Clues co-creator Angela Santomero and former Nickelodeon executive Samantha Freeman, Out of the Blue is best known for the Emmy-nominated literacy series Super WHY; the Mister Rogers Neighborhood inspired Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood; and the interactive art adventure program Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios. Out of the Blue also owns the legacy toy brand Colorforms, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Toys of All-Time, and the company is in production on a new animated series based on the classic brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Out of the Blue, based in New York City, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of 9 Story Media Group with Managing Director Samantha Freeman staying on to lead the company and Co-Founder Angela Santomero continuing to serve as Creator and Executive Producer.

9 Story and Out of the Blue have previously worked together on the hit animated series Daniel Tiger’sNeighborhood, which 9 Story produces and distributes internationally with The Fred Rogers Company in association with Out of the Blue. The two companies have also worked together on Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios, which Out of the Blue produces and 9 Story is the animation partner. Both series are currently in production on new seasons.

Known for its full-scale production and international distribution capabilities, 9 Story Media Group employs almost 600 staff with facilities in TorontoDublin and Manchester. Its award winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for hit children’s series such as Doc McStuffinsDaniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodTop WingOctonauts and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. Out of the Blue is known for its in-house, award winning creative and full service management of licensing and merchandising.

Vince Commisso, President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, said: “Having worked with Angela and Samantha on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Creative Galaxy, we have tremendous respect for their creative capabilities. Out of the Blue has a proven track record in developing unique and beloved brands for a preschool audience. Joining forces broadens our development capabilities, increases our consumer products reach and extends our presence in the U.S. We look forward to working with the entire Out of the Blue team and are absolutely thrilled to welcome them into the 9 Story Media Group family.”

Angela Santomero said, “We have enjoyed working closely with 9 Story over the past decade, producing uniquely engaging entertainment offerings for preschoolers that also serve as valuable resources for parents, caregivers and teachers.”  Samantha Freeman added, “We are excited to join 9 Story’s expanding media platform and look forward to creating, producing and licensing current and new preschool properties together.”

About 9 Story Media Group
9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of kids and family focused intellectual property. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Doc McStuffinsDaniel Tiger’s NeighbourhoodOctonautsWild KrattsPeter Rabbit and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again.  The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International, represents 2,700 half-hours of animated and live-action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With facilities in TorontoDublinManchester, the 9 Story Media group of companies employ almost 600 creative and corporate staff.
www.9story.com

About Out of the Blue Enterprises
Out of the Blue Enterprises is a leader in children’s educational media, with a portfolio of breakthrough, interactive and multi-platform, educational entertainment for television, video, mobile apps and consumer products.  Out of the Blue creates and produces Super WHY, the Emmy-nominated literacy series on PBS Kids; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, for The Fred Rogers Co/PBS Kids; Wishenpoof and Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios; and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Room.  Out of the Blue also develops top-rated mobile educational game apps, including Super WHY and Colorforms, and handles all licensing and merchandising activity for Super WHYDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the Colorforms brand, which was acquired in 2014.  Led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, Creator of the hit preschool entertainment franchise, Blue’s Clues; and Samantha Freeman, a former Nickelodeon and toy industry executive, Out of the Blue aims to engage kids and families with age-appropriate, entertaining and engaging learning experiences. www.outoftheblueenterprises.com

Bitcoin Investment Trust Announces Stock Split

Business

Grayscale Investments, LLC, the sponsor (the “Sponsor”) of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (OTCQX: GBTC) (the “Trust”), announced that it has today declared a 91-for-1 stock split of the Trust’s issued and outstanding shares. With the split, shareholders of record on January 22, 2018 will receive 90 additional shares of the Trust for each share held.

The stock split will be effected on January 26, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 22, 2018. Following the stock split, the Trust’s shares will continue to be quoted on the OTCQX under the symbol “GBTC.”

Based on 1,916,600 shares of the Trust issued and outstanding as of the date of this press release, immediately after effectiveness of the stock split on January 26, 2018, the Trust would have 174,410,600 shares outstanding. The Trust may create new shares after the date of this press release and up through the record date. After the close of business on the record date, the Trust will announce the total number of shares that will be issued and outstanding immediately after effectiveness of the stock split on January 26, 2018, which will give effect to any such new shares created after the date of this press release and up through the record date.

Shareholders are not required to take any action to receive the shares in connection with the stock split and they will not be required to surrender or exchange their shares in the Trust. The transfer agent will automatically issue the new shares in the stock split.

The transfer agent for shares of the Trust is Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company. For questions relating to the transfer or mechanics of the stock split, stockholders may contact Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, 1 State Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004-1561, or by phone at: 800-509-5586 (Domestic callers) or 212-509-4000 (International callers). If shares are held by a bank, broker or other nominee, stockholders should contact that institution directly.

Shareholders contemplating a transaction in the Trust’s shares between the record date and payment date should consult a broker regarding their entitlement to the split shares.

About Grayscale Investments, LLC

Founded in 2013, Grayscale Investments, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, Inc., which builds and supports bitcoin and blockchain companies by leveraging its insights, network, and access to capital. A trusted authority on digital currency investing, Grayscale provides market insight and investment exposure to the developing digital currency asset class. Grayscale is the sponsor of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, the Ethereum Classic Investment Trust, and the Zcash Investment Trust.

Grayscale Investments, LLC is headquartered in New York Citywww.grayscale.co

Application of Blockchain Technology Continues to Rage for Future Transaction Management

Technology, Telecom & Internet

 

Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt many industries in the future by changing the way companies process business transactions. Originally developed to facilitate the exchange of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, blockchain will provide access to financial services for people all over the globe, especially those who don’t have access to traditional banking. Future Thinkers outlines several industries that are likely to benefit from blockchain technology for their business transactions (http://nnw.fm/MjaO8), including supply chain management, forecasting, the Internet of Things (IoT), insurance, ride sharing, cloud storage, voting, government services, energy management, online retail, real estate and healthcare. Businesses in these industries will adapt their processes to accommodate the number of people concluding transactions online, which is growing exponentially. Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE: VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FWB: 6F6) (VSQTF Profile) is one of the leading companies taking advantage of the growth potential of blockchain technology by investing in and incubating entrepreneurial ventures in this sector. Other companies investing in business opportunities in online payment and blockchain technologies include Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) (NETE Profile)Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT), Longfin Corp. (NASDAQ: LFIN) and Overstock.com, Inc.(NASDAQ: OSTK).

Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE: VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FWB: 6F6) incubates and invests in entrepreneurs to create partnerships and joint ventures in various fields, including blockchain technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, personalized health, gaming and film. The company’s business model enables these entrepreneurs to access its creative workspaces, education programs, distribution partners and global mentorship networks. It also offers operational support to help these emerging companies scale their operations internationally.

Though most people are now familiar with blockchain, Victory Square’s involvement in the technology started before it went ‘mainstream’. Over three years ago, the company invested in the BTL Group, using its business model to grow the company to a $215 million organization recognized as the first public blockchain technology company. BTL’s core product is called Interbit, a blockchain platform used by some of the world’s largest companies and institutions to explore new business opportunities using private blockchains. BTL has developed blockchain solutions for companies in the energy, finance and gaming sectors.

As it continues to gain traction and pace alongside broader market growth, Victory Square is enhancing its networking efforts and exposure within the blockchain realm. The company recently partnered with the North American Bitcoin Conference, a part of the World Blockchain Forum, which will allow the company to be among the presenters at a major conference in Miami on January 18-19 (http://nnw.fm/0at7R). Organized by Keynote Events, the conference will be attended by more than 1,500 leading shareholders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors and will cover a wide range of related topics such as blockchain, bitcoin and Ethereum, regulations in the field, initial coin offerings and more. The partnership will allow Victory Square the opportunity “to engage with some of the most promising startups and respected blockchain thought-leaders in the world,” according to CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani. A focal point for the company will be participation in the “Pitch Your ICO” sessions, where over 30 leading blockchain companies will present to some of the most notable investors in the industry.

On the topic of ICOs (initial coin offerings), Victory Square has its hand in the game with plans to purchase $500,000 of cryptocurrency tokens in Bluzelle Platform Pte. Ltd.’s token sale (http://nnw.fm/8lSb8) coming up later this month.  Bluzelle is a leading decentralized database service recognized as a “technology pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. Backed by experience building enterprise-grade blockchain technology for reputable businesses such as KPMG, Microsoft, HSBC and others, Bluzelle is poised to gain considerable traction at its ICO. As an early contributor to the ICO, Victory Square is privy to an additional 25 percent of bonus Bluzelle tokens.

Another recent endeavor is Victory Square’s interest in the game-changing role of blockchain technology in the creation of a global decentralized Internet via software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN). The company has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 20 percent stake in SD-WAN company Multapplied Networks Inc. (http://nnw.fm/Rq3a2) – an organization focused on supporting service providers to incorporate SD-WAN technology into their existing services to develop a decentralized Internet. Multapplied Networks is already serving a considerable portfolio of global partners across North AmericaEuropeAfricaAsia and Australia.

A promising industry with regard to blockchain implementation for secure transactions is the fast-growing sports betting industry – another sector Victory Square is already exploring. The global online gambling market is expected to reach $59.79 billion in 2020 from $37.91 billion in 2017, according to Statista. Of this, the esports segment is responsible for over $696 million in revenue for 2017, a figure expected to increase to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to a Newzoo report (http://nnw.fm/X1llW). While traditional payment services such as digital wallets and banks have been typically wary of supporting the online gambling sector, blockchain technology has the potential to significantly transform the industry by enabling easier payments, a more transparent betting process and overall more positive experiences for the users.

Recognizing the market opportunity within this burgeoning sector, Victory Square’s FansUnite Media Inc. subsidiary has already integrated blockchain technology into its development of a social sports betting platform that enables community members to collaborate, discuss and predict the winners of sporting events using free virtual currency. FansUnite recently introduced FAN tokens for gaming, purchased with cryptocurrency to enable consumers to place bets and earn more tokens by participating in the company’s Bounty program. FansUnite co-founder and CEO Darius Eghdami has expressed confidence that its dynamic and responsive betting platform will enable the company to develop into the gold standard for sports betting sites worldwide.

The success of this blockchain application has encouraged Victory Square to incorporate this technology in its other subsidiaries and divisions. On December 11, 2017, Victory Square announced that its subsidiary, VS Blockchain Assembly Inc., has been developed to provide blockchain and cryptographic services to the other enterprises within its portfolio (http://nnw.fm/7lvQv). It will provide guidance on blockchain technology architecture and development, and facilitate banking, legal and commercialization services. Blockchain Assembly will also assist these companies to raise capital, either through private funding, public markets or token generation events.

Victory Square’s investment strategy also includes a range of endeavors that demonstrate its expertise outside blockchain technology.  Victory Square Health Inc., which focuses on developing solutions in personalized health technologies. Victory Square Health has in turn invested in Personalized Biomarkers Inc. (“PBI”), a company that develops test kits to predict the response to therapies prior to prescription. PBI is initially focusing on diabetes, identifying five potential biomarkers and enabling the company to enter a $4 billion market opportunity. In partnership with Insight Diagnostics Inc., Victory Square Health is developing a personalized diagnostic solution for the prevention and management of Type II diabetes.

Victory Square has also been instrumental in the incubation of V2 Games, a studio for the development and publishing of high-quality mobile games. V2 Games is best known for its launch of PAC-MAN Bounce and Beast Brawlers, which has resulted in millions of downloads globally.

Victory Square CEO Tejani has stated his confidence that all these companies within its portfolio will have an influential role to play in the evolution and growth of the company to maximize returns for its investors.

A player new to blockchain but well-versed in payment innovations is Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE), a technology-driven company that specializes in mobile payments and value-added transactional services. It owns Unified Payments, a provider of bankcard payment processing services and value-added solutions in the U.S., as well as owns Aptito, a next generation cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) payments platform, and Restoactive, a digital add-on for POS legacy systems. The company’s stable also includes Payonline, a fully integrated, processor agnostic ecommerce platform. On December 20, 2017, Net Element recently announced that it is launching a blockchain-focused business unit to develop a cryptocurrency-based ecosystem to enable merchants to connect with consumers (http://nnw.fm/0lB6b). This announcement resulted in its shares rocketing more than four-fold to a 16-month high.

Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) targets investments in blockchain technology by identifying unique projects in decentralized markets, with its primary focus on the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. The company’s portfolio includes Verady, which provides cryptocurrency accounting and audit technology services through VeraNet. This application enables companies and individuals to account, audit and report on blockchain assets, while providing a bridge between cryptocurrencies and traditional financial accounting. Riot Blockchain also owns Coinsquare, a leading Canadian digital currency exchange, which provides a user-friendly, secure, cost-efficient and trustworthy way to purchase digital assets. Tesspay also falls within Riot Blockchain’s portfolio, and plans to develop a blockchain-based escrow service for wholesale telecom carriers. The company has also launched a Bitcoin mining operation.

A U.S.-based financial technology company, Longfin (NASDAQ: LFIN), provides finance and foreign exchange hedging solutions for importers, exporters and SMEs worldwide. The company uses blockchain technology to enable trade finance solutions globally for SMEs, manufacturers, processors, importers and exporters using cryptocurrencies. It also provides financing for companies and lower credit rated banks using insurance wrap. Longfin’s vision is to securitize and finance carry trade and asset backed solutions for companies, while aiming to connect with 70 forex and spot exchanges, and over 300 banks across the world. On December 18, 2017, Longfin stock rose almost five-fold on the news that it had bought Ziddu, a blockchain technology provider for micro lending, warehouse finance, trade finance, bullion trading and real-time derivative settlements.

Another company long in support of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is Overstock.com(NASDAQ: OSTK). Overstock founder Patrick Byrne recently announced the company’s Medici Ventures has signed a memorandum of understanding to create DeSoto, a company built to work on blockchain. According to a December 27, 2017, the goal of the new company is to develop a blockchain-based system to develop a global property registry system focused on the property rights of people in the developing world. Overstock’s portfolio company “Bitt” also recently launched its new mMoney digital payment product in Barbados. Under the mMoney brand, Bitt is bringing a blockchain-based mobile wallet that allows users to participate in digital transactions on their smart phones from a secure account, a company press release states (http://nnw.fm/3nnAW).

Blockchain technology has generated a large amount of interest and excitement in many industrial sectors for its potential to facilitate faster and more secure business transactions. These companies are some of the leading enterprises well-positioned to capitalize on the future development and adoption of this technology.

For more information on Victory Square, visit Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE: VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FWB: 6F6).

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InMobi Acquires Los Angeles Based AerServ for $90 Million to Create World’s Largest Programmatic Video Platform for Mobile Publishers

Business

Deliver next-generation mediation capabilities and offer high impact mobile video, at scale, while providing the greatest level of transparency & control

InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile advertising platform, today announced the acquisition of AerServ for $90 million in cash and stock to create the industry’s first mediation platform with a unified programmatic auction for mobile in-app publishers. This acquisition will enhance monetization for publishers globally and further enhance the InMobi Exchange, a premium mobile programmatic platform.

Globally, mobile premium publishers seek greater control over advertising revenue and deeper transparency into both the buyer landscape and pricing than what supply-side platforms offer today. These publishers are looking to further scale their advertising revenue using a best-in-class programmatic exchange, which will bring header bidding into mobile in-app for the first time. Together, InMobi and AerServ’s technology will deliver a next-generation platform that goes beyond traditional ad mediation and provides high-quality brand demand, marking the industry’s first platform to deliver this combination to publishers worldwide.

On the demand side, brand advertisers are in need of transparent programmatic platforms of high-quality ad inventory that can be independently verified. It is expected that two-thirds of the world’s digital display advertising will be traded programmatically by 2019 and advertising sold programmatically will increase from US $57.5 billion to US $84.9 billion over the next two years, growing at an average rate of 21 percent a year. Together, InMobi and AerServ boast over 90 percent viewability and over 70 percent video completion rate, more than double the industry benchmark for mobile – helping better meet the demands of today’s brand advertisers when it comes to programmatic spend. AerServ has integrations with over 75 DSP’s, exchanges and agencies around the world, enhancing InMobi’s global footprint and together cover a large majority of the Fortune 500 brand buyers.

With this investment, InMobi’s video and programmatic business will account for 35 percent of the overall company revenue and will solidify InMobi’s leadership position in the mobile video advertising industry in the U.S. InMobi Exchange scale will increase as AerServ runs more than 90 billion ad opportunities each month and provides access to brand programmatic demand to over 2,000 mobile apps.

“This acquisition fits in perfectly with our global strategy to bring best-in-class technology for premium publishers and driving mobile programmatic video revenues to them. Our combined entities will double our headcount in the U.S. while establishing a product and tech hub for InMobi in Los Angeles, a hotspot of innovation for media and video content,” said Abhay Singhal, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at InMobi. “We are two profitable companies combining forces in North America and this will further cement our leadership position in video advertising, enabling us to continue investing heavily.”

“We’re excited to join forces with InMobi and grow the mobile advertising and programmatic industry together,” said Josh Speyer, Chief Executive Officer at AerServ. “Our decision to embark on this new adventure was made easy by the great partner we have in InMobi, their expertise in the industry and global scale. This will allow us to scale our platforms together across the globe and build a strong business in previously untapped markets such as China and broader APAC.”

About InMobi
InMobi is a global mobile advertising platform that specializes in delivering the best ROI for mobile marketers. A mobile-first and mobile-only platform, InMobi has been pioneering the next generation of ad experiences, including video advertising, on the back of deep learning based optimization engines.

InMobi’s platform help brands, performance marketers and app publishers engage mobile users across different stages of their lifecycle, converting each mobile moment into an opportunity to drive engagement and revenue. Recognized by Fast Company as one of The Most Innovative Companies in 2016, InMobi reaches over 1.5 billion unique mobile devices worldwide and is redefining business models for the mobile ecosystem. For more information, visit www.inmobi.com

About AerServ
AerServ is the leading inventory and audience monetization technology for mobile publishers. AerServ helps thousands of mobile publishers increase revenue through AerServ’s ad mediation platform, and increase yield by delivering brand-based ads from the aerMarket ad exchange. AerServ’s mediation layer is powered by OpenAuction technology, the industry’s first true, comprehensive unified and simultaneous auction. AerServ’s entire platform and infrastructure is built with a publisher-first objective and provides best in class support from account managers and software engineers. The company was founded in 2013 and has offices in Irvine, California. Visit AerServ at www.aerserv.com or follow us on Twitter at @AerServ

Getty Images acquires world leader in cycling photography TDWsport

Business

Cycling’s top photographer, Tim de Waele joins Getty Images as company commits to premier cycling coverage with new dedicated Velo Collection

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announces it has acquired TDWsport, the world’s leading cycling photography business and archive. As part of the deal, Tim de Waele – owner of TDWsport and a 27-year veteran in the industry – has joined Getty Images as a staff photographer to lead the company’s cycling coverage.

During his illustrious career, Tim de Waele has captured every major cycling event globally including 25 Grand Tours – Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta of Spain – as well as various Olympic Games cycling events and World Championships, building up an unparalleled archive of over 375,000 images.

The acquisition of TDWsport’s archive will form the basis for a new Velo Collection on gettyimages.com – a dedicated, high-quality collection featuring comprehensive coverage of men’s and women’s cycling. The company will also significantly increase its coverage of global cycling events under de Waele’s leadership.

“Sport imagery lies at the very foundation of Getty Images and we work hard to lead the industry in the creation and delivery of world-class sports content for media as well as sports governing bodies, teams and the vital ecosystem of partners and licensees that support them,” said Ken Mainardis, Senior Vice President of Editorial, Getty Images. “Tim is a leader in cycling photography – a huge talent with deep institutional knowledge of the cycling industry so we could not be more excited to have him join the team and lead our coverage of this sport.”

Awarded numerous honours throughout his career for his industry-leading coverage of the sport, de Waele is now on staff, shooting for Getty Images alongside its roster of award-winning sports photographers, all specialists in their field.

“It is an honour to join forces with the talented photographers at Getty Images, as many of them have been friends and colleagues for many years,” said Tim de Waele. “It is also an incredibly exciting moment for cycling – with the support of Getty Images’ unparalleled global distribution and event technology, we will be able deliver premium imagery faster than ever to the sports’ business and fan communities around the world.”

The Velo Collection, including the TDWsport archive will be available on gettyimages.com from February 2018.

Getty Images partners with many of the most significant sports leagues and governing bodies in the world. Today, Getty Images is the official photographer or photographic partner to over 80 of the world’s leading sports governing bodies, leagues, and clubs, including the PGA, FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, International Cricket Council, Major League Baseball, UEFA, National Hockey League, NASCAR, PGA of America, NBA, Manchester United and FC Bayern Munich.

TRENCH BY THE CHOCOLATE ROOM VENTURES INTO CURATING A CUSTOMIZED MEAL FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION

Food

 ~DESIGN YOUR OWN MENU WITH TRENCH BY THE CHOCOLATE ROOM~

 

Renowned for being a specialist chocolate indulgence café, The Chocolate Room ventures into curating customized menu for various special occasions such as birthday parties, kitty parties and other private eventsFor over 10 years India’s most famous chain of chocolate café is delighting its customers with irresistible treats and has been creating a new wave of chocolate culture worldwide.

The Chocolate Room recently expanded the brand by launching TRENCH, a Resto-Café which incorporates modern design and the very best of Pan Asian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian and Indian cuisine. With the success of 250 plus distinctive cafes pan India by The Chocolate Room India group, TRENCH also aims to redefine the city’s restro cafe experience.

The Chocolate Room represents the art of bringing a unique chocolate and food concept to the table for their customers. They have become very experimental with the food choices that they promise to offer, coupled with innovative presentations that speak volume of their expertise in chocolate and food business. By venturing into curating a customized meal for the private parties, The Chocolate Room has added another feather to their hat.

With the most delicious and aesthetic food, complete with the prettiest interior and the best ambience, TRENCH is here to make your birthday even more special with their customized party menus with packages starting from the price of Rupees 699 per person!

Textile Stocks’ Research Reports Released on Canada Goose, Lululemon Athletica, Under Armour, and V.F. Corp.

Business

WallStEquities.com strives to bring the best free research to the investment community.  Today we are offering reports on GOOS, LULU, UAA, and VFC which can be accessed for free by signing up to www.wallstequities.com/registration. Pre-market today, WallStEquities.com monitors Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GOOS), Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU), Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA), and V.F. Corp. (NYSE: VFC). These stocks are part of the Textile Apparel Clothing space, which is engaged in the design, development, and production of apparel and accessories. They sometimes also retail this apparel under many different brand names. All you have to do is sign up today for this free limited time offer by clicking the link below.

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Canada Goose Holdings

Last Friday, shares in Toronto, Canada headquartered Canada Goose Holdings Inc. ended the session 0.51% lower at $33.43. The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.38 million shares, which was above its three months average volume of 802,750 shares. The Company’s shares have surged 21.12% in the last month and 62.68% in the previous three months. The stock is trading 27.35% and 61.57% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Canada Goose, which designs, manufactures, and sells premium outdoor apparel for men, women, youth, children, and babies in Canada, the US, and internationally, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 80.04. Get the full research report on GOOS for free by clicking below at:

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Lululemon Athletica

Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock declined slightly by 0.53%, to close the day at $79.43 with a total trading volume of 1.59 million shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 19.70% in the past month, 28.61% over the previous three months, and 15.57% over the past year. The stock is trading 14.90% and 32.39% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of Lululemon Athletica, which together with its subsidiaries, designs, distributes, and retails athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth, have an RSI of 73.20.

On December 19th, 2017, Lululemon Athletica announced that Stuart Haselden, COO, will be presenting at the ICR Conference 2018 on January 08th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET at The Grand Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

On January 02nd, 2018, research firm Telsey Advisory Group reiterated its ‘Outperform’ rating on the Company’s stock with an increase of the target price from $84 a share to $92 a share. Gain free access to the research report on LULU at:

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Under Armour

Shares in Baltimore, Maryland headquartered Under Armour Inc. recorded a trading volume of 9.09 million shares at the close of the last trading session, which was above their three months average volume of 6.83 million shares. The stock ended the day 0.31% lower at $15.87. The Company’s shares have surged 21.98% in the last one month. The stock is trading above its 50-day moving average by 14.81%. Furthermore, shares of Under Armour, which together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, EMEA region, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America, have an RSI of 64.99.

On December 11th, 2017, Under Armour announced two new additions to its senior management team. Massimo Baratto will join as Vice President and Managing Director of the Company’s European business, reporting to Chief Revenue Officer, Charlie Maurath. Additionally, Kelley McCormick will join in a newly created position as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, directly reporting to Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank.

On December 15th, 2017, research firm Stifel upgraded the Company’s stock rating from ‘Hold’ to ‘Buy’ while revising its previous target price from $12 a share to $17 a share. Signing up today Wall St. Equities give you access to the latest report on UAA at:

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V.F. Corp.

Greensboro, North Carolina headquartered V.F. Corp.’s shares finished Friday’s session 0.32% higher at $75.70. A total volume of 2.00 million shares was traded. The stock has advanced 7.54% in the last month, 16.95% in the previous three months, and 42.19% over the past year. The Company’s shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 5.04% and 22.17%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of V.F. Corp. and Asia/Pacific, have an RSI of 66.19.

On December 12th, 2017, V.F. Corp. announced that it was named one of the Most JUST Companies by Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks US largest publicly traded corporations on the issues of what Americans care about most. This second annual JUST 100 ranking compares US companies head-to-head, based on the priorities of the American people. Register now for today’s free coverage on VFC at:

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Clearbridge BioMedics’ ClearCell(R) FX1 system achieves U.S. FDA listing

Food, Governance

Clearbridge BioMedics today announced that it has successfully registered its target cell enrichment device, the ClearCell® FX1 system, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class I Medical Device, for in vitro diagnostic use. This registration marks a significant milestone in providing a reliable liquid biopsy solution for clinical research in the United States. The ClearCell® FX1 system has also previously attained CE marking to be used as an in-vitro diagnostic medical device in Europe and China Food and Drug Administration-approved Class I Medical Device status via the company’s MGI partnership.

The ClearCell® FX1 System is a leading, automated, label-free liquid biopsy device for the enrichment of target cells from blood. The system incorporates the innovative microfluidics CTChip® to isolate and retrieve intact, viable target cells from a patient’s blood sample.

Commercially launched in 2015, the ClearCell® FX1 System has since been installed in laboratories worldwide and empowered numerous liquid biopsy studies. In 2017, it was chosen to be part of the prestigious CANCER-ID consortium, where leading cancer institutes and researchers use the technology to better understand the underlying biology of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The objective of such efforts is to generate new insights into the disease, to develop innovative cancer therapies and improve patient management protocols. The technology enables seamless processing of both CTCs and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) from the same patient sample for subsequent analysis, allowing comprehensive cancer profiling.

“We believe, the ClearCell® FX1 System will play a critical role in the development of new therapies by providing label-free, intact and viable cells for analysis. Successfully listing the unit with the U.S. FDA for in vitro diagnostic purposes will accelerate research and the adoption of diagnostics from the tumor cells obtained. We will continue to work with our partners and the authorities to further validate the system, for use in cancer diagnostics, personalized therapy management and patient monitoring,” said Michael Paumen, CEO of Clearbridge BioMedics.

In the U.S. the ClearCell® FX1 system is sold directly through Clearbridge BioMedics Inc. In EMEA and Asia, the platform is currently available in more than 22 countries through distribution partnerships. In China, it is available through a strategic partnership with MGI, an associate of BGI.

About Clearbridge BioMedics

Clearbridge BioMedics Pte Ltd specializes in developing innovative systems with applications in oncology research and diagnostics. Clearbridge BioMedics has won numerous awards and garnered global recognition for its novel Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) detection platform technology, the ClearCell® FX1 System. The ClearCell® FX1 system, when used in conjunction with its biochip and associated accessories, utilize state-of-the-art, non-invasive liquid biopsy to process blood samples for enrichment of CTCs. This enables the real-time analysis of disease before, during, and after treatment, which has become increasingly critical in the new era of targeted cancer therapies. www.ClearbridgeBioMedics.com

This Morning’s Technical Outlook on Asset Management Stocks — Central Fund of Canada, T. Rowe Price, Northern Trust, and Janus Henderson

Business

WallStEquities.com strives to bring the best free research to the investment community.  Today we are offering reports on CEF, TROW, NTRS, and JHG which can be accessed for free by signing up to www.wallstequities.com/registration. In today’s pre-market research, WallStEquities.com scans the recent performance of Central Fund of Canada Ltd (NYSE AMER: CEF), T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW), Northern Trust Corp. (NASDAQ: NTRS), and Janus Henderson Group PLC (NYSE: JHG). These companies are part of the Asset Management space, which manages the financial assets of corporate, institutional, and individual clients. All you have to do is sign up today for this free limited time offer by clicking the link below.

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Central Fund of Canada

Canada-domiciled Central Fund of Canada Ltd’s stock saw a slight drop of 0.37%, finishing last Friday’s trading session at $13.52. A total volume of 625,484 shares was traded. The Company’s shares have gained 4.40% in the last month, 3.68% over the previous three months, and 13.61% over the past year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 2.84% and 5.55%, respectively. Additionally, shares of the Company, which invests in the commodity markets, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 67.08. Get the full research report on CEF for free by clicking below at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=CEF

T. Rowe Price Group

Shares in Baltimore, Maryland-based T. Rowe Price Group Inc. ended at $107.23, up 1.82% from the last trading session. The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.04 million shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 5.50% in the past month, 16.87% over the previous three months, and 40.41% over the past year. The stock is trading 8.09% and 28.28% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of the Company, which provides its services to individuals, institutional investors, retirement plans, financial intermediaries, and institutions, have an RSI of 70.54.

On December 12th, 2017, T. Rowe Price reported preliminary month-end assets under management of $991 billion as of November 30th, 2017.  There were no client transfers from mutual funds to other portfolios for the month-ended November 30th, 2017. Client transfers in October 2017 were $2.5 billion. TROW’s complimentary research coverage is a few simple steps away at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=TROW

Northern Trust

On Friday, shares in Chicago, Illinois-based Northern Trust Corp. recorded a trading volume of 1.01 million shares. The stock rose slightly by 0.44%, closing the day at $102.00. The Company’s shares have gained 5.21% in the last month, 9.71% over the previous three months, and 2.11% over the past year. The stock is trading 5.99% above its 50-day moving average and 11.17% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Northern Trust, which provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide, have an RSI of 67.67.

On December 20th, 2017, Northern Trust announced that that it will webcast its Q4 2017 earnings conference call on January 24th, 2018. The call will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. CT, following the earnings release that morning. The live webcast, the earnings press release, and related presentation materials will be accessible under the investor page of the Company’s website.

On January 02nd, 2018, research firm Barclays reiterated its ‘Equal Weight’ rating on the Company’s stock with an increase of the target price from $102 a share to $114 a share. Register for your free research report on NTRS at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=NTRS

Janus Henderson Group

At the close of trading on Friday, shares in London, UK-based Janus Henderson Group PLC recorded a trading volume of 1.54 million shares, which was above their three months average volume of 640,010 shares. The stock finished the session 1.87% higher at $39.69. The Company’s shares have gained 10.71% in the past month and 13.43% in the previous three months. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 8.65% and 14.27%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Janus Henderson have an RSI of 76.82.

On December 12th, 2017, VelocityShares, a Janus Henderson brand, announced the launch of a suite of ten series of currency-related exchange traded notes (ETNs), to be traded on the NYSE Arca exchange. Each series of the currency ETNs is linked to a Velocity Shares Daily 4X leveraged long currency index. The ETNs are designed to offer four times leveraged exposure, reset daily, to changes in the exchange rate between the US Dollar and any one of the following five currencies: Japanese Yen, Euro, British Pound, Swiss Franc, and Australian Dollar. Wall St. Equities’ downloadable research report on JHG available at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=JHG