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Hi All, I attended Cisco live! this week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. This is the 20th year of the company’s annual customer event that combines a trade show including Cisco and partner company presentations, with an extensive education program for network engineers, IT management, and service providers. Perhaps I should modify my opening statement somewhat: I attended in person on Tuesday, and in the virtual auditorium on Wednesday. With Cisco’s tele-presence capabilities, that probably comes as no surprise. There was an emphasis on the benefits of tele-presence and virtual meetings in CEO John Chambers’ keynote address, to the point of suggesting that in the future “every employee of every company” will work this way. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, so it will be interesting to see how much this prediction holds true. I am h... (more)

MySQL Creator Wants War with Oracle

MySQL Session at Cloud Expo Oracle’s reaching out to customers to defend its acquisition of Sun and its MySQL open source database has spooked alienated MySQL creator Monty Widenius and his spokesman Florian Mueller, both of them enriched by Sun’s billion dollar purchase of MySQL last year, into calling for “open war” between the MySQL community and Oracle. Oracle has accused the European Commission, which is blocking its acquisition of Sun because of MySQL, of twisting the results of its antitrust investigation to suit its own MySQL bias by misrepresenting, cherry-picking or ignoring what users said about the market and the competitive scene and so Oracle brought a string of large accounts to its closed-door hearing before the regulator on Thursday and Friday to support its contention that the “great majority of customers” do not oppose the deal. According to the W... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Asia Special Situation Acquisition Corp. Signs Agreement to Acquire Technology-Enabled Clean Coal Producer

GEORGE TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/09 -- Asia Special Situation Acquisition Corp. ("ASSAC"), a Cayman Islands-based special purpose acquisition corporation (NYSE Alternext US: CIO.U) (NYSE Alternext US: CIO) (NYSE Alternext US: CIO.WS), announced here today that it has entered into a Share Exchange Agreement (the "Agreement") with White Energy Company Limited ("White Energy") and White Energy Technology Company Limited ("WET"). Based in Sydney, Australia, White Energy is a public company traded on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: WEC). WET is a wholly owned subsidiary of White Energy. Under the terms of the Agreement, ASSAC has agreed to acquire from White Energy, through an exchange of shares, 100% of the share capital of WET and the equity shares of the direct and indirect subsidiaries of WET. The resulting entity will be listed on the NYSE Al... (more)

Tony Greenberg Launches Up Ventures

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Greenberg, known for his career immersed in some of New York City's largest real estate development projects, today announced the launch of his new company Up Ventures. Stemming from a prominent New York real estate family, Greenberg's real estate development and investment company will have a near term focus on retail properties in Manhattan that will be developed to outperform during a period marked by slow growth and the risk of increasing inflation. (Photo: (Logo: "The economic landscaped has changed. By properly positioning properties to survive a period of higher inflation Up Ventures is positioning its investors for superior real rates of return," stated Tony Greenberg, President and CEO of Up Ventures.... (more)

Titan Medical Inc. Completes Private Placement Offering

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/23/09 -- Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE: TMD) is pleased to announce that it has completed its private placement offering resulting in the issue of 5,822,000 units for gross proceeds of $2,328,800. Each unit was issued at $0.40 and comprises one common share of Titan and a 1/2 warrant. Each whole warrant entitles its holder to purchase one additional common share of Titan for $0.48 and will expire June 23, 2011. The offering remains subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange. Union Securities Ltd. acted as agent in connection with the offering. At closing, Titan paid the agent and members of the selling group aggregate cash commission of 7% of the gross proceeds from the offering. In addition, Titan issued to the agent and members of the selling group a number of non-assignable compensation options equal to 7% of all u... (more)

Digital Realty Announces Initial 2012 Guidance

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, today announced guidance information for the year ending December 31, 2012. FFO per diluted share and unit for the year ending December 31, 2012 is projected to be between $4.34 and $4.48. This guidance represents expected FFO growth of 7.2% to 11.4% over the 2011 revised FFO range of $4.02 to $4.05 per diluted share and unit.  A reconciliation of the range of 2012 projected net income to projected FFO follows:    Low - High Net income available to common stockholders per diluted share  $1.51 – 1.65             Add:   Real estate depreciation and amortization as adjusted for noncontrolling interests $3.10             Less:   Dilutive impact of convertible stock and exchangeable debentures $(0.27)     Projected FFO per diluted... (more)

Frontier Utilities, a Full Scale Retail Electricity Provider, Represented by M&A Team of AEG Affiliated Energy Group

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/09/12 -- The M&A Team of AEG Affiliated Energy Group ( served as Frontier Utilities' sole investment bankers in its sale to a group of independent Texas-based investors led by Quintana Infrastructure & Development LLC ("QID") and industry veteran Jay D. Hellums. Having closed three merger and acquisition deals specifically in the retail electricity space in the past nine months alone, the team of AEG Affiliated Energy Group specializes in mergers and acquisitions involving Retail Electricity Providers (a/k/a, "ESCO's") and gas suppliers in the deregulated energy markets. The terms of the acquisition are being kept confidential. "AEG's M&A Team has an active pipeline of M&A deals in progress and anticipates more M&A deals being closed within the next two quarters," noted AEG's Chad Price. With clients rangin... (more)

Eagle Energy Trust Provides 2012 Revised Guidance After Closing Permian Basin Acquisition

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/25/12 -- Eagle Energy Trust (the "Trust") (TSX:EGL.UN) is pleased to provide a guidance update for its subsidiary Eagle Energy Acquisitions LP ("Eagle"), following the closing on May 18, 2012 of Eagle's asset acquisition in Martin County, Texas. This press release contains statements that are forward looking. Investors should read the "Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" at the end of this press release. Figures within this press release are presented in Canadian dollars unless referring to West Texas Intermediate oil pricing ("WTI"), NYMEX natural gas pricing, or otherwise indicated. Revised Guidance -- Average working interest production for the second half of 2012 of 3,600 barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") per day (consisting of 98% oil and liquids and 2% natural gas). This includes previous Salt Flat production guidan... (more)

AkzoNobel publishes Q2 results

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 07/19/12 -- * Revenue up 8 percent to EUR4.41 billion, mainly driven by pricing actions and by favorable currency effects * Volumes declined 2 percent, primarily due to the economic slowdown in Europe * EBITDA margin 13.5 percent (2011: 13.4 percent) * Net income from continuing operations EUR197 million (2011: EUR251 million), due to higher incidental charges * Adjusted EPS EUR1.12 (2011: EUR1.09) * Performance improvement program on track * The economic environment remains the principal sensitivity in 2012 Q2 2012 in EUR million Q2 2011 Q2 2012 D% Revenue 4,097 4,406 8 EBITDA 551 593 8 EBITDA margin (in %) 13.4 13.5 Net income continuing operations 251 197 H1 2012 in EUR million H1 2011 H1 2012 D% Revenue 7,859 8,378 7 EBITDA 988 1,016 3 EBITDA margin (in %) 12.6 12.1 Net income continuing operations 383 267 Akzo Nobel N.... (more)

Hertz Global Holdings Announces Pricing of $1.2 Billion Private Offering of Senior Notes

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) (the "Company") announced today that a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, HDTFS, Inc. (the "Escrow Issuer"), has entered into an agreement to sell $700,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 5.875% Senior Notes due 2020 (the "2020 Notes") and $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 6.250% Senior Notes due 2022 (the "2022 Notes" and, together with the 2020 Notes, the "Notes") in a private offering (the "Offering") exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").  The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about October 16, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions.  Each series of Notes will pay interest semi-annually in arrears. (Logo: (more)