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Blackboard Launches Blackboard Analytics, a New Solution for Data Analytics in Education

WASHINGTON Feb. 8, 2011

Blackboard Analytics

In contrast to typical data warehousing projects which can be expensive, time consuming and risky, Blackboard Analytics can be implemented in a matter of weeks to help institutions quickly and cost-effectively turn complex data into actionable information. As a result, leaders can better understand and improve performance in areas including student enrollment and retention, financial aid, institutional financial performance and fundraising and human resources.

The new platform is available to all institutions regardless of whether they already work with Blackboard. The effort, which builds upon work that the Company had already begun in education analytics, was strengthened by the acquisition of new technology and a development team from iStrategy, LLC.

Ray Henderson

A growing number of clients already rely on the platform to improve student recruiting, retention and completion, optimize class schedules and faculty resources and grow new programs. The platform is also used to help campuses get the most out of student aid programs, better understand spending across the institution and inform fundraising and development efforts.

Karl E. Burgher Indiana State University

In addition to giving institutional leaders access to accurate information to better measure and improve institutional performance, the Blackboard Analytics platform also puts current and reliable information into the hands of administrative and departmental leaders throughout the organization to help them better measure performance and

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MMA Publishes Expanded Mobile Advertising Guidelines

NEW YORK LONDON SINGAPORE SAO PAULO Feb. 8, 2011 MMA www.mmaglobal.com Mobile Advertising Guidelines,

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First published in 2005, the "Mobile Advertising Guidelines" provide recommendations for the global ad units used in mobile advertising across the following mobile media channels: mobile web, messaging, applications and mobile video and TV.  The fifth edition of the MMA "Mobile Advertising Guidelines" features several major additions and updates, including:

  • Additional ad-unit sizes
  • Elimination of aspect-ratio requirements for banner ads
  • More considerations for Mobile Rich Media Advertising

The Rich Media Draft Guidelines provide a high-level overview of Rich Media mobile ad units, criteria for creating and executing successful campaigns as well as proposals for how the MMA will continue to provide guidance to the market going forward. Mobile Rich Media is an emerging category that goes beyond text, static and animated graphics or video. It enables multimedia applications to be encapsulated in virtually any context that displays on a mobile device and provides consumers with a more compelling, immersive brand experience.

The Universal Mobile Ad Package is a subset of the MMA'

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Detroit Lions and WXYZ-TV Announce New Partnership for 2011 Season

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Feb. 8, 2011 WXYZ-TV Detroit Lions

The agreement, which incorporates unique, year-round programming and marketing initiatives, includes the following programming content on WXYZ various platforms:

  • Telecast of all four preseason games and pregame shows in High-Definition TV
  • An exclusive one-hour weekly "live" pre-game show from Ford Field and all away games
  • Special Detroit Lions Training Camp updates
  • An April NFL Draft special
  • Jim Schwartz
  • A regular season Thursday night Detroit Lions player interview segment
  • Special Detroit Lions-oriented digital elements on wxyz.com and detroitlions.com

Detroit Ed Fernandez

Additional programming initiatives will highlight the rich history of the Detroit Lions organization and its commitment to serve the community through numerous outreach efforts, as well as the team's non-profit charitable foundation, Detroit Lions Charities.

Tom Lewand

As part of this agreement, WXYZ and the Detroit Lions have formed a unique collaborative sales and marketing effort that allows both parties to provide advertising clients an array of media and in-stadium experiences to reach avid football fans.

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SOURCE WXYZ-TV

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Astera Announces Centerprise Connector for Intuit QuickBooks

ENCINO, Calif. Feb. 8, 2011

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Ibrahim Surani

The Centerprise Connector for Intuit QuickBooks enables rapid integration and synchronization of QuickBooks data with internal and external applications and databases, easily and affordably. Centerprise is especially suited for companies that do not have dedicated IT resources available for building custom integration programs. Many companies turn to Astera's Professional Services team to ensure their project meets business requirements, and is delivered on time.

Centerprise Connectors enable the Centerprise Integration engine to communicate quickly and easily with specific enterprise business applications, like Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, QuickBooks and more, as well as with industry leading databases, data warehouses, and technologies such as EDI and web services. Some Connectors include pre-configured workflows as well as dataflows.

Companies that specialize in accounting, ERP and CRM consulting have found Centerprise and its library of Connectors deliver incremental business value enabling them to deliver projects more quickly, efficiently, and reuse their learning on multiple client projects. Selecting Centerprise as their primary integration and migration tool delivers numerous business benefits.

Centerprise's parallel processing engine delivers the performance and scalability to efficiently process large data volumes. Its open architecture and 100 percent .NET 4.0 APIs make it both customizable and extensible. Centerprise works in native 64-bit mode providing performance and s

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Former Kentucky Chief Information Officer, Aldona Valicenti, Joins CGI

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FAIRFAX, VA, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CGI Group, Inc. (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services announced today the hiring of former Kentucky Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Public Official of the Year, Aldona Valicenti, as CGI Vice-President for State and Local markets.

At CGI, Ms. Valicenti will work directly with Governors, State CIOs and other officials to help them address critical IT needs as states struggle to balance delivery of citizen services with ongoing budget challenges. Her unprecedented knowledge of state government operations, coupled with the CGI team's deep domain knowledge, will accelerate CGI's approach to identifying and deploying built-for-government solutions for state and local entities. 

Ms. Valicenti has previously served as the President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Most recently, she worked as a Vice-President of Business Development and Strategy for Oracle, where she led a team of business development executives and program managers to identify and nationally deploy solutions to state and local government customers.

Prior to her tenure at Oracle, Ms. Valicenti served as Kentucky's Chief Information Officer under Gov. Paul E. Patton. Ms. Valicenti was the first appointed CIO for the state—a position which Gov. Patton established through legislation as part of the Executive Cabinet. As state CIO, Ms. Valicenti managed information technology for the Exec

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Bodog to Phase Out Poker Info Scraping Sites

LONDON February 8, 2011

- ...New User-Friendly Lobby Also Now Live...

As part of the ongoing process to bring the fun back into playing poker and being more attractive to the leisure player, Bodog's poker product is implementing a series of blocking systems to stop the likes of Poker Site Scout, PokerDB and Shark Scope from garnering information that (once again) mainly serve professional players.

Patrik Selin

Bodog have also recently released a new lobby with a much more user-friendly interface making navigation easier, again keeping the player new to the game or playing for fun, firmly at the forefront of everything they do.

For more information please call:

Ed Pownall London

SOURCE BodogNetwork.com

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IBA Offers Federal Employees Free Use of its Frederick Telework Center During the Month of February

Try Telework Free In February!

FREDERICK, Md. Feb. 8, 2011

National Telework Week is a week-long, nationwide effort that encourages agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework. It is hosted by the Telework Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework.

Tonita Hickey Frederick, Maryland Frederick

Frederick, MD

There are many great benefits to teleworking. It is not only a viable alternative to commuting but is also a win-win-win opportunity for agencies/organizations, employees, and the environment.

The many benefits include:

  • Convenient location – located close to home
  • Commuter cost savings – saves on fuel costs
  • Commuter time savings – reduces time spent in stressful and hazardous highway driving
  • Decreases fuel consumption and other environmental impacts of driving
  • Enhances employee work/life balance – provides for improved quality of life
  • Increases morale and personal commitment
  • Increases workforce productivity and continuity

Monday, February 28, 2011 Tonita Hickey http://telework.ibacorp.us/february-free-trial.aspx

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Allot MobileTrends Report Shows Significant 73% Growth in Global Mobile Data Bandwidth Usage in H2, 2010

BOSTON Feb. 8, 2011 Allot Communications Ltd. Allot MobileTrends Report

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The H2 2010 MobileTrends Report reveals that YouTube is responsible for a tremendous 17% of mobile data bandwidth usage and continues as the single most significant website for video streaming, accounting for 45% of total video streaming traffic. The report also shows the continued exponential growth experienced by social networking applications such as Twitter and Facebook, which grew by 378% and 267%, respectively, underlining the natural synergy that exists between social media and the mobile Internet.  The use of VoIP and IM applications also continued to grow rapidly with an 87% increase, demonstrating their ongoing appeal for subscribers.

App Store

Rami Hadar

Findings from the Allot MobileTrends Report also include:

  • YouTube remains one of the single most popular mobile Internet destinations, accounting for 17% of mobile data bandwidth.
  • File sharing represents a significant 30% of mobile bandwidth.
  • App Store
  • Skype continues as the undisputed VoIP market leader, accounting for 87% of mobile VoIP bandwidth.

July 1 to December 31, 2010 <a href="http://www.allot.com/NetXp

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Microsoft Announces New Low-Cost Turnkey State Health Insurance Exchange Technology Solutions

REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 8, 2011

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Nevada

State HIX solutions from Microsoft and its partners offer a clear, simple choice for building a successful insurance exchange and helping achieve compliance with health reform legislation's insurance exchange provisions. This offering can provide a state with a single solution that integrates the multiple aspects of health insurance delivery, including consumer portals, eligibility determinations, financial services, plan enrollment, enhanced privacy features and program administration.

Jack Hersey

Microsoft's technologies, including Windows Azure, Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server, serve as the foundation for the HIX solutions and provide a framework made up of well-known, interoperable technology products. Partner technologies, such as Extend Health's premium administration, plan comparisons, and enrollment and call center operations solutions, layer additional functionality to the robust platform.

Bryce Williams

Microsoft's HIX offering also gives states access to the extensive Microsoft partner network for solid expertise in crucial areas such as systems integration, Medicaid Management Information Systems and Medicaid Information Technology Architecture requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/hhs

About Microsoft in Health

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Zipcar Expands Its University Network With the Launch of Eight New Campuses This Winter

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Feb. 8, 2011 North America

November 2010 University of Texas at Austin Michigan State University North Carolina State University University of Richmond Christopher Newport University Hampshire College Meredith College Seton Hall University

Scott Griffith

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University of Texas at Austin Blanca Juarez University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Battle Michiga

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Aeromexico Recruits CyberSource to Tackle Online Fraud

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. MEXICO CITY Feb. 8, 2011

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/19990513/CYBRSOURCELOGO)

Ricardo Sanchez Baker

Michael Orlando

CyberSource services to be employed by Aeromexico

-- Decision Manager :  

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About CyberSource

CyberSource Authorize.Net Mountain View, California Tokyo Europe www.cybersource.com

About Grupo Aeromexico

McDonnell Douglas Mexico City Mexico United States South America Europe Asia www.skyteam.com

© 2011 CyberSource Corporation, a Visa company. All rights reserved.

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Aviat Networks Announces Smaller, Faster, ‘Smarter’ Indoor Unit for Mobile Backhaul Applications

Feb. 8, 2011 Barcelona, Spain Feb 14-17, 2011

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The Eclipse IDU GE3 enables the deployment of cost-effective wireless tail-end cell-site connections and standalone point-to-point links. In conjunction with the nodal site capabilities of the Eclipse Packet Node, the IDU GE3 optimized backhaul cost and performance. The IDU GE3 shares the very latest in Ethernet Switch technology that is at the core of the recently announced Eclipse DAC GE3 nodal Gigabit Ethernet card: to provide seamless extension of Carrier Ethernet features from the node to the cell site. This new embedded switch provides the most advanced Carrier Ethernet features available in a microwave platform—for hybrid or all-packet microwave transport. Available in a space-saving one-half rack unit (RU) package, IDU GE3 offers features that include:

  • Full 256QAM Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) support—enabling up to a fourfold increase in spectral efficiency over non-ACM systems;
  • High port density with six Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 16 native TDM (E1/T1) ports;
  • The latest Carrier Ethernet features, such as VLANs, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) traffic priority assignment and Ethernet OAM (Operations, Administration and Management); and
  • Packet synchronization options—SyncE, IEEE 1588v2 and Eclipse Distributed Sync (EDS)

Shaun McFall

The new IDU GE3 is fully compatible with the Eclipse Packet Node nodal indoor units and the complete line

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ComScore Releases ‘The 2010 U.S. Digital Year in Review’

RESTON, Va. Feb. 8, 2011 The comScore 2010 U.S. Digital Year in Review

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Gian Fulgoni

The comScore 2010 U.S. Digital Year in Review http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Presentations_Whitepapers/2011/2010_US_Digital_Year_in_Review

2010 Marked Resurgence for Digital Media Industry in the Wake of the Recession

As the economic environment showed signs of improvement in 2010, the digital media industry responded with significant growth across various media platforms. Industry innovations brought an unprecedented number of options to consumers as digital media continued to weave itself even tighter into the fabric of Americans' daily lives.

The report provides a comprehensive view across the fixed Internet and mobile sectors to uncover this past year's important consumer trends. Key findings highlighted in the report include:

  • $227.6 billion $85.2 billion $142.5 billion
  • Social networking continued to gain momentum throughout 2010, with 9 out of every 10 U.S. Internet users now visiting a social networking site in a month, and the average Internet user spending more than 4 hours on these sites each month. Nearly 1 out of every 8 minutes online is spent on Faceb
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McClatchy Reports Fourth Quarter 2010 Earnings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Feb. 8, 2011 The McClatchy Company $15.8 million 18 cents $32.4 million 38 cents $33.6 million 39 cents $49.6 million 59 cents $14.9 million 17 cents $25.8 million 30 cents

$21.4 million Miami

$369.9 million $287.4 million $69.0 million

$4.3 million $120.9 million

Full Year Results:

$33.2 million 39 cents $58.0 million 68 cents $36.3 million 43 cents

$60.3 million 72 cents $60.6 million 72 cents $54.1 million 65 cents

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