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The9 Limited Announces Sale of Certain Businesses

SHANGHAI, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) ("The9"), an online game developer and operator, announced today that Shanghai The9 Information Technology Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned consolidated variable interest entity ...

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The9 Limited Announces the Joint Venture with Qihoo 360 Obtained the Publishing and Operating License of Firefall in China

SHANGHAI, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) ("The9"), an online game developer and operator, announced that Red 5 Singapore Pte. Ltd. ("Red 5 Singapore"), a subsidiary of The9, has entered into a license a...

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New MT4 WebTrader Platform Available with FxPro

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FxPro Group Ltd (FxPro) has just launched its own proprietary browser-based trading platform that allows clients to trade using their MT4 accounts. By logging into FxPro WebTrader with only their FxPro Direct login details, clients can access all their MT4 accounts, real and demo and easily switch between them without re-authenticating or reloading the page.

Built in the latest HTML5 technology, the new FxPro WebTrader is easier to use and faster than most other browser-based platforms. This means that latency is exceptionally low, affording clients the best possible trading experience from anywhere in the world.

In terms of functionality, an all-new charting platform has been built with powerful drawing tools and an abundance of indicators. The expansive charting package also allows clients the ability to trade and manage orders directly from the chart.

"By listening to our clients and using their feedback we have delivered a product that offers all the benefits of the MT4 platform, but with extra added functionality and the fast execution you would expect from a desktop platform. With the majority of our clients using MT4 for forex trading, this new browser-based platform gives them the ability to trade as securely and reliably as they would do normally from any device enabled with a web browser." Charalambos Psimolophitis, CEO at FxPro.

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About FxPro

FxPro is an award-winning, 100% FX Agency Model broker that has its interests totally aligned with its clients. FxPro serves clients in over 150 countries with advanced trading tools and aims to be the leading provider of FX solutions for algorithmic trading.

FxPro UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registration no. 509956). FxPro Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (licence no. 078/07).

http://www.fxpro.co.uk

Risk Warning
Trading CFDs involves a high risk of loss.

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Mobile Games Power MNC Media Investment’s Turnover Surges to US$27m in 1H2014

- Mobile games sales in China soared more than four-fold to US$18.3million in 1H2014 from US$4.0 million in 1H2013 - Parenting portal "Fumubang" in China reaches 400,000 targeted users within f...

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SEA-US: Global Consortium to Build Cable System Connecting Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A consortium of seven global telecommunications companies agreed today to cooperate in the construction and operation of a new submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The Southeast Asia - United States "SEA-US" consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.

"The SEA-US project is connected seamlessly with Telkom's Domestic Backbone, and the cable will provide unmatched latency from Indonesia to the United States," said Syarif Syarial Ahmad, President Director of Telin. "The project will also support Indonesia's strong economic growth and its government's Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI). We began pursuing SEA-US in 2013 and are very proud to be a part of this historic project that marks the first gateway from the east part of Indonesia to the world."

In addition, Gil Genio, Chief Operating Officer for International and Business Markets of Globe Telecom, stated, "Our country has become the preferred destination for the outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major call centers, business process outsourcing providers, global financial institutions and a host of other multinationals that require very large bandwidth. We have also seen the explosion of the mobile Internet, enabling a new lifestyle for our mobile customers and businesses. The SEA-US project will enable Globe to meet tomorrow's bandwidth needs, and is part of our effort to provide a great customer experience on their mobile and other devices, as well as add even more diverse options for companies to connect to the U.S."

Russ Matulich, Chief Executive Officer of RTI, continued, "The SEA-US Cable will provide much needed Asia-US connectivity and will be the fastest cable connecting Southeast Asia with the United States. It provides essential route diversity from the North Pacific and taps into to the strong economic growth of more than 1.5 billion businesses and consumers who are internet savvy and data hungry."

"Guam is a strategic location in the Pacific which allows GTA to successfully connect the Asia Pacific region to the United States. GTA's expansive and redundant network enables secure interconnectivity to other cables, increasing Guam's importance to future cable builds," said Robert Haulbrook, CEO and President of GTA.

Eric Yeaman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom, said that "Hawaiian Telcom's participation in the SEA-US project strengthens Hawaii's role as a key strategic hub for traffic diversity and redundancy between the US and Asia. Additionally, investing in the SEA-US system will allow Hawaiian Telcom to efficiently meet its internal long-term Trans-Pacific capacity needs, as our customers increasing demand for bandwidth continues to grow."

The SEA-US submarine cable system links the five areas and territories of Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States). The system will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia, and thereby helping to ensure stable connectivity.

When completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 at an approximate cost of US $250 million, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tb/s capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the United States with state-of-the-art 100G technology. This capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth demand between both continents.

"Backed by more than 40 years of experience in constructing over 200,000 kilometers of submarine cable infrastructure, NEC is one of the world's top vendors of submarine cable systems," said Mr. Naoki Yoshida, General Manager at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "The construction of this advanced system enables NEC to capitalize on its experience and contribute to worldwide communications by expanding connectivity and capacity to this increasingly important Trans-Pacific route."

About Telin

PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) is a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, tbk, a state-owned telecommunication and network provider. Telin focuses as an international carrier services and strategic investment in international telecommunication business as well as serves as Telkom's business arms in managing and developing its business lines abroad. With mission The World's Hub for Telecommunication, Information, Media, Edutainment and Services (TIMES), currently Telin owns 8 subsidiaries namely Telin Singapore, Telin Hong-Kong, Telin Timor-Leste with its product called Telkomcel, Telkom Australia, Telin Malaysia, Telkom Macau, Telkom Taiwan, Telkom USA, and a branch in Myanmar. With the synergy of TelkomGroup compiled with reliable networks and infrastructures, enable Telin to provide high quality services that reaches all parts of the world.

For more information, please go to www.telin.co.id.

About Globe Telecom:

Globe Telecom, Inc. is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and SingTel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region.

For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/talk2Globe and Facebook: http://facebook.com/GlobePH.

About RTI:

RAM Telecom International, Inc. (RTI) develops global telecom infrastructure and large-scale data connectivity in selected markets. RTI offers neutral services to telecommunications carrier, large multi-national enterprises, content providers, and government entities. RTI is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

For more information, please visit us at www.rticable.com.

About Hawaiian Telecom:

Hawaiian Telcom, headquartered in Honolulu, is Hawai'i's leading provider of integrated communications, data center and entertainment solutions for business and residential customers. With roots in Hawai'i beginning in 1883, the Company offers a full range of services including voice, video, Internet, data solutions, managed services, data center services including colocation and virtual private cloud, and other cloud-based services, and wireless supported by the reach and reliability of its network and Hawai'i's only 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. With employees statewide sharing a commitment to innovation and a passion for delivering superior service, Hawaiian Telcom provides an Always OnSM customer experience.

For more information, visit www.hawaiiantel.com.

About GTA:

GTA provides complete communications services in Guam. These include local and long-distance telephone service, wireless, DSL internet access, advanced digital television, or IPTV, and carrier-class data circuits. The company also operates a data center in Guam for offering business data storage and managed wide-area networking. Based in Tamuning, Guam, GTA is privately owned and locally managed.

About GTI Corporation:

GTI Corporation is doing business as GTI Telecom in the State of California. GTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTI Business Holdings, Inc., who in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, Inc. GTI was granted a 214 license by the US Federal Communications Commission on February 2010 that authorizes GTI to engage in both wireless resale and facilities-based carrier services in the USA.

For more information, visit www.globemobile.us.

About Telkom USA:

Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (USA), Inc. (Telkom USA) was established on 11thDecember 2013. Located in California and becomes subsidiary with 100% of its shares owned by PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin). Telkom USA performs telecommunications products, telecommunications services, Information Technology (IT), Information technology products and information technology services business.

About NEC Corporation:

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.

For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

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Spark New Zealand Selects OTT Platform Provider, Xstream

COPENHAGEN, Denmark and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ), a New Zealand- wide communications and internet service provider, has selected Xstream's award winning professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker™, for delivery of their new OTT video service, Lightbox - aiming at offering the best service internet TV service in New Zealand. 

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Lightbox is the new OTT video services by Spark New Zealand. At launch the service will be available as a subscription based video on demand service (SVOD) with more than 5000 hours of insanely good TV available to all New Zealanders. The service can be used across multiple devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV. With Xstream MediaMaker™ and a set of RestFul API's, Xstream has had a leading role in creating the OTT service.

"Xstream comes with a proven technical strength, an impressive track record of managing high-end, customized OTT and TV Everywhere services and a software that truly sets the company apart from others, enabling us to take our service to the next level today and tomorrow," said Mike McMahon, CTO at Spark New Zealand's OTT service, Lightbox. "Xstream has met all our rigorous demands for high-quality and flexibility. Their cloud based video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, is one of the most complete and flexible OTT platforms we've seen in the market, including everything one need to create and manage a complete OTT solution."

"We're thrilled to be working with one of the worlds most innovative Telcos on creating and deploying their OTT solution," said Frank Thorup, CEO at Xstream. "Xstream MediaMaker™ is designed to work in parallel with legacy TV systems, leveraging existing infrastructure investments while, at the same time, be flexible to integrate with any other third party solution and to enable customers to deploy complete end-to-end OTT solutions like Lightbox."  

Some core features in the OTT solution powered by Xstream MediaMaker™ includes advanced voucher integration and functionality, advanced parental control where the entire frontend has a dimension that's controlled by parental guidelines enabling parents to filter out content playback according to rating. Xstream MediaMaker™ also provides an easy and transparent workflow management for content ingest including a OTT loading dock service with screener application, which is integrated with Gracenote and Technicolor, assets management, automated and scheduled publishing across devices, subscriber management, Shop and Payment module enabling Lightbox to create and manage multiple business models. The in built device management allows Lightbox to set up rules on number of devices registered to each Lightbox account as well as control concurrent streams, a service that enables Lightbox customers to use one account to watch different content on different devices.

"We're delighted to partner up with a company like Xstream who truly understands the complicated OTT/TV Everywhere ecosystem," said Simon Hoegsbro. "Xstream offers more than just an online video platform/video CMS, they offer a cloud based platform with a wide palette of capabilities and features that we see as cost-effective and flexible. Importantly, Xstream MediaMaker™ is proven and future-proof, enabling us to build a platform we can grow and develop with as we move forward in a rapidly evolving market place. We need to stay ahead of the game and are relying on Xstream to help us do exactly that."

Other partners involved and integrated into Xstream MediaMaker™ for the Lightbox service include IPPayments, Mandril for e-mails, Amazon for hosting, Akamai for CDN, Gracenote and Technicolor and Accedo for frontend apps.

Meet Xstream at IBC
Xstream will be present at IBC and welcomes visitors to drop by their stands #14.F15 and get a demo of the video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, the engine behind services like Lightbox.

At IBC, Xstream and Lightbox will have a presentation, showcasing the solution and where you'll get answers to why, how, what questions. The presentation takes place on Sunday September 14th at 2:00pm in Hall 3, stand 3.A19

About Lightbox
Lightbox is a New Zealand-made subscription video on demand service (SVOD) that gives you the freedom to choose from thousands of hours of great TV shows, all ready to watch when you are, with no ads to interrupt. With award-winning drama and crime shows, popular comedy and sci-fi series, and an impressive line-up of kids' programmes, Lightbox has something for the entire family to enjoy. The service can be used by anyone with a broadband connection and is compatible with desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and on Apple TV with Airplay. The first 30 days are free, so new subscribers can try out Lightbox. After that, it's only $15 per 30 days for all you can eat TV. There are no contracts, no set-top boxes required and no installation costs – it's TV, online, anytime.  See www.lightbox.co.nz for more details. #LightboxNZ.

About Xstream (www.xstream.net)
Xstream has been a pioneer in OTT and TV Everywhere since 1999. Drawing on their extensive experience, Xstream works with world-leading Telco's, cable operators and MSOs. Xstream deliver simpler, smarter OTT TV solutions characterized by superior flexibility, usability, scalability and cost-efficiency. Xstream's comprehensive and scalable online end-to-end video management solution, Xstream MediaMaker™, offers numerous key modules such as Shop and Payment module, domain control, assets management and analytics. Xstream also offer a suite of outstanding individual services, including: Apps for Connected devices, Ingest, DRM, Transcoding and Encoding.

Xstream works with a wide range of customers like Fuhu/ nabi tablet, Pathe, Canal Digital, SBS Belgium, SBS Discovery, Telenor & Altibox.

Xstream is headquartered from Copenhagen, Denmark and has offices in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Warsaw and Sydney.

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Analytics, Personalization and Monetization Differentiates Global Online Video Platforms

-- In order to remain competitive, vendors must create tighter technology partnerships to provide customers with value-added services, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The global online video platform (OVP) market is set to double by 2019 as video rapidly becomes a critical means of stakeholder communication and collaboration for enterprises globally. Due to content proliferation and the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, OVP's are becoming an essential fixture as media and entertainment (M&E) companies are urged to economically deliver video to fast-growing, fragmented video-enabled consumer devices. 

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Online Video Platforms Market, finds that the market earned revenue of $369.4 million in 2013 and is estimated to reach $800.2 million by 2019.

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"As more niche content finds its way online and intense competition causes customers to differentiate on content selection, time to market, and quality of experience, OVPs will be critical to ensure business success for M&E firms," said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Analyst Anisha Vinny. "The inability of M&E organizations to handle the complexity of publishing video online is particularly fuelling the demand for OVPs that can manage and monetize video assets."

Where budgets are constrained and in regions where the economy has yet to pick up, OVP deployments are slower, which in turn makes home-grown solutions or YouTube popular substitutes. Security concerns around handling branded Intellectual Property (IP) in the cloud and the lack of enterprise-wide video strategies also present challenges.

In addition, there is also confusion around what constitutes an OVP owing to the number of features, including transcoding, DRM, analytics and multi-platform delivery. From a customer's perspective, comparing various product features, pricing and deployment options is complicated. This lack of market awareness around exact capabilities of an OVP makes consumer education and the right messaging critical.

"Investing in tighter technology partnerships to provide customers with value-added services and critically analyzing product portfolios to make partner versus acquire decisions will be key to maintaining a competitive edge in this market," noted Vinny. "Even if they do not cultivate a strong local presence, OVP vendors must at least invest in building relationships with reseller channels in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific to widen their market scope."

As a result, offering analytics, metrics and personalization that enable companies to derive value from their video assets will help OVP vendors differentiate themselves in the evolving market.

Analysis of the Global Online Video Platforms Market is part of the Digital Media (http://www.digitalmedia.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Global Big Data Analytics Market, Global Lecture Capture Solutions (LCS) Market, Global Video and Ad Insertion Server Market, Global Media and Entertainment Solutions for the Cloud, and Global Enterprise Video Webcasting Solutions. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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