Leigh Terry Appointed CEO of IPG Mediabrands APAC

 IPG Mediabrands’ Global CEO Henry Tajer has announced the appointment of Leigh Terry as CEO of IPG Mediabrands in Asia Pacific. Terry is a highly regarded media innovator and leader whose career has spanned Europe and the Pacific.

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“Asia Pacific is a key priority for regional investment over the next five years,” said Tajer. “The region continues to hold enormous potential for our clients and our business and Leigh possesses the talent, experience and vision to deliver on the plans we have in place.”

He added, “Leigh is a very highly respected and effective executive who has been on our most-wanted list for quite some time and I am very excited he has chosen to join us.”

Leigh Terry was the CEO of the Omnicom Media Group across Australia and New Zealand. He oversaw a network that has 900 people across 16 offices in seven international media businesses. Leigh has been a digital innovator for 16 years, having launched digital capabilities for OMD in London in 2000, later moving to Australia to launch the agency’s digital, data and direct operations.

Terry said: “After an amazing 18 years at Omnicom it was not an easy decision as I leave many friends, not just colleagues. However, with the broader international opportunities, energy, vision and leadership at IPG Mediabrands, I am excited to be entering a new chapter in my career. I am really looking forward to working with Henry and the team to deliver the vision and in doing so help take IPG Mediabrands to new heights.”

Leigh will start his new assignment with IPG Mediabrands at the end of 2016, and will partner with Reg Davidson, who was named chief financial officer of Mediabrands Asia Pacific earlier this year. Davidson is formerly CFO of IPG Mediabrands Australia.

About IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands was founded by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) in 2007 to manage all of its global media related assets. Today, we manage over $37 billion in marketing investment on behalf of our clients, employing over 8,500 marketing communication specialists in more than 130 countries.

IPG Mediabrands is a new world agency group designed with dynamic marketing at its core. Our speed, agility and data smarts ensure we continue to create growth for many of the world’s biggest brands. IPG Mediabrands’ network of agencies includes UM, Initiative, BPN and Orion Holdings as well specialty business units including Magna Global, Cadreon, Ansible, Mediabrands Publishing, Reprise, Rapport and the IPG Media Lab.

IPG Mediabrands. Dynamic by Design.

Media Partners Asia: Asia Pacific Pay-TV Industry Faces Slowing Growth

         HONG KONG & SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 15, 2016

         The Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry will grow at a 5.8% average annual rate from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report, Asia Pacific Pay-TV & Broadband Markets, published by leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA). 

         MPA projects pay-TV industry sales across 18 major markets in Asia Pacific to climb from US$54 billion in 2016 to US$72 billion by 2021, rising thereafter to US$81 billion by 2025. The pace of pay-TV subscriber and revenue growth is slowing however, weakened by an economic slowdown and increasing competition from both legal and illegal alternatives. Pay-TV subscriber growth declined or substantially decelerated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in particular. 

         At the same time however, India and Korea remain two of the region’s largest and most scalable pay-TV opportunities. Revenue growth will also accelerate in Australia and the Philippines, largely thanks to subscriber growth. 

         However, MPA analysts have lowered subscriber growth forecasts across much of Southeast Asia, especially for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, although ARPU (average revenue per user) should remain resilient in both Malaysia and Singapore. 

         The pay-TV industry in China, meanwhile, remains the largest in the region and is becoming increasingly digitalized. Pay-TV growth opportunities for broadcasters are limited however, due to increasing regulation as well as competition from free and paid online video services. 

         Elsewhere in the region, subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) services have had a negligible impact on pay-TV so far, despite the global launch of Netflix earlier this year, in addition to increasing competition among lower-priced regional and local SVOD services. 

         Most pay-TV subscribers downgrading or canceling pay-TV services are moving to illegal services, and to free, ad-supported options across both TV and online video. 

         At the same time, more pay-TV operators are rolling out connected set-top boxes that can incorporate OTT video services. In addition, some operators (telcos in particular) are aggressively hard-bundling video content, including pay-TV channels, with high-speed broadband. This is helping drive subscriber growth, especially in some Southeast Asian markets. 

         Commenting on the report, MPA executive director Vivek Couto said: 

         “Pay-TV providers are increasingly focused on repackaging and repricing both linear and on-demand services. Local and regional Asian programming is also becoming increasingly important. Sports, kids, infotainment and Hollywood movies will remain mainstays of the pay-TV bundle, although channels offering Hollywood TV series are being disrupted by both legal and illegal OTT. Few pay-TV operators have been able to capture or monetize large-scale online video viewing so far, although early results in Hong Kong and Korea are encouraging. The goal is driving the next cycle of customer growth and consumer spend. Pay-TV user interfaces and data analytics are improving, although often too slowly to effectively compete with legal and illegal OTT rivals. Viable pay-TV operators will become drivers and targets for M&A and consolidation, as the worlds of pay-TV, broadband and OTT collide and converge in the wider context of media and telecoms.” 

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         Media Partners Asia
         Lavina Bhojwani

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA BLAZING Distribution Starts in Japan Today on July 14 with Worldwide Distribution Planned for This Summer!


– Smartphone Game Based on “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN”~The first smartphone game based on the popular console game software “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series.

GREE, Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman & CEO: Yoshikazu Tanaka) and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Satoshi Oshita) have begun distribution of the smartphone game “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing” based on “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN” today on July 14 in Japan. It is available on the App Store and Google PlayTM. Its worldwide distribution is scheduled for this summer. GREE, Inc. is in charge of distribution in Japan and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. is in charge of content planning/development/management and overseas distribution.

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The first smartphone game based on the “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series, the popular console game software!
This is the first smartphone game based on the popular console game “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” series, the cumulative shipment of which has exceeded 15 million copies. Starting with distribution in Japan on July 14, its worldwide distribution is scheduled for this summer. The worldwide release intends to spread the fun of playing “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN” all over the world.

The new “Shinobi formation battle” lets players enjoy strategic multiplayer battles in which up to 3 people can take part
This application offers a new smartphone gaming experience, while also inserting familiar cut-ins from the “NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja” console game series during battles. Players can connect online and enjoy cooperative battles against enemies. By forming a team of up to 3 players, players can enjoy battles requiring a strategic use of positioning.
[Game Info]

Name of Application “NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing” Genre Shinobi formation battle 
Scheduled date of
official distribution Japan: July 14, 2016 Overseas: Summer 2016  Usage fees Free to Play In-App Purchases Available
Official Website URL http://naruto-blazing.net/ (Japan) http://naruto-blazing.net/en/ (Overseas) https://www.facebook.com/narutoblazing/ Distribution (Overseas Facebook Page) Platforms App Store, Google Play
Distributors Japan: GREE, Inc. Overseas: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Languages Japanese and English
Regions for distribution Worldwide including North America, Europe and Asia (except China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong)
Copyright Information ©2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO/2007 SHIPPUDEN NARUTO artwork and elements ©2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO/2007 SHIPPUDEN All Rights Reserved. ©GREE, Inc. ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

* All other company and product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
* The information in this press release is the latest information available at the time of release. Please note that the contents may change without prior notice.
* Please use a © drawn in a circle for the copyright notification “(C)”.
* Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
* Google Play is trademark of Google Inc.
* Separate data fees may apply when using this application.

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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

Toshiba Launches New ICs for Bluetooth® Smart Devices with Industry-Leading-Class Low Current Consumption


         TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 14, 2016

– Promoting Adoption of Communication Functions for Coin Battery Drive Devices.

Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company today announced the launch of three new ICs “TC35678FSG”, “TC35678FXG” and “TC35679FSG” as additions to its line-up of ICs that support Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE)[1] ver.4.1 communications. At 3V supply voltage, the new ICs consume just under half the power of Toshiba’s previous products[2], and realize current consumption on par with the lowest in the industry[3]. Sample shipments start today, with mass production scheduled to start by the end of 2016 for “TC35678FXG” and in early 2017 for the other two ICs.

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Toshiba: New IC “TC35678FSG” for Bluetooth(R) Smart devices with industry-leading-class low current consumption (Photo: Business Wire)

Adoption of a highly efficient DC-DC converter introduced in earlier products and an original low-power circuit design secures a nearly 46% current reduction and peak current consumption of 3.6 mA at 3V supply voltage in transmitting mode.

Both “TC35678FXG” and “TC35678FSG” incorporate built-in Flash ROM to store user programs and various data in stand-alone operations. Although memory capacity for user programs was only 64 KB in previous products, it is now extended to 100 KB in both ICs, contributing to the expandability of application programs.

The built-in Flash ROM eliminates any need for external EEPROM, previously required for stand-alone operations. This contributes to cost and mounting-area reduction by reducing external parts count.

“TC35678FXG” is a repackaged “TC35678FSG” in a QFN60 package that extends the number of general purpose IO from 16 to 32. It is suitable for equipment that requires a large number of control pins such as keyboards and remote-controllers.

“TC35679FSG” has no built-in Flash ROM and can achieve extremely low current operation by reducing current consumption for access to Flash ROM. It accordingly achieves long operating times for applications powered by small coin batteries. For example, using a CR2032 type coin battery, the new IC can carry out beacon operation for over a year[4].

The new ICs will facilitate adoption of Bluetooth® LE communications for wearable devices for healthcare applications and for high grade small devices that use coin batteries such as sensors and toys, and will support set makers in optimizing product value.

Key Features
– Low power consumption:
3.6 mA (Transmitter operation @3.0 V, Output power: 0 dBm)
3.3 mA (Receiver operation @3.0 V)
Less than 100nA in deep sleep (@3.0V)
– Receiver sensitivity: -93 dBm
– Supports Bluetooth® LE ver.4.1 central and peripheral devices
– Built-in GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
– Supports servers and client functions defined by GATT
– Built-in 256 KB Flash ROM (TC35678FSG/FXG)

Bluetooth® Smart devices[5], such as wearable devices, healthcare devices, smart phone accessories, remote controllers and toys.

Main Specifications

            Part Number 				TC35678FSG/FXG 		TC35679FSG             Operating voltage range 		1.8V to 3.6V             Current consumption in            TX operation 			3.6 mA (@3.0 V, Output power : 0 dBm )             Current consumption in            RX operation 			3.3 mA (@3.0V)             Current consumption in            deep sleep 				Less than 100nA (@3.0V)             Operating temperature            range 					-40°C to 85 °C             Package 				QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm  				           pitch (TC35678FSG)  								           QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm  								           pitch 					  				           QFN60 7 mm x 7 mm 0.4 mm  				           pitch (TC35678FXG) 		            Wireless            communication 			Bluetooth® Low Energy ver.4.1   				           Including central and peripheral functions             CPU 					ARM® Cortex®-M0             Transmitter output            power 					0 dBm to -20 dBm (4 dB steps)             Receiver sensitivity 		-93.0dBm             Profiles 				HCI, GATT (Generic Attribute Profile), including server and client functions             Interfaces 				UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO             Flash ROM 				256 KB 					-             Other features 			DC-DC Converter   				           Low drop regulator   				           General purpose ADC   				           User program function   				           Wake up signal for host device   				           PWM function

         [1]: Low-power-consumption communication technology defined in Bluetooth® ver. 4.1.
         [2]: Compared to Toshiba’s “TC35667FTG”.
         [3]: Products with the same ratings (current consumption of 3.6 milliamps (mA) at 3V in transmitting mode with 0dBm) are the lowest in the industry as of July 14, 2016, Toshiba survey.
         [4]: Calculated with a 220mAh battery and 2-second beacon interval time.
         [5]: Devices that adopt Bluetooth core specification ver.4.1 or higher with low-energy core configuration, and that use GATT-based architecture specified in Bluetooth ver.4.0. * The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Toshiba is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. * ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. 

         For more information about the new products, please visit: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/wireless-communication/bluetooth/con-app.html#tc35678 

         For more information about Toshiba Bluetooth® wireless technology ICs, please visit: http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/wireless-communication/bluetooth.html 

         Customer Inquiries:
         Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department Tel: +81-44-548-2821

         *Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice. 

         About Toshiba 
         Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives. 

         Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)

         To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm 
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Celebrity Chinese Designer Grace Chen Presents her Debut London Collection with a Star-Studded Fashion Show at Lancaster House

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Media OutReach – Jul 4, 2016 – Shanghai-based fashion designer Grace Chen — whose haute couture styles are favoured by an A-List celebrity clientele, including Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan — celebrated her London debut with a star-studded fashion show and gala reception at the palatial Lancaster House on 11 June 2016.

Grace Chen Couture London debut at Lancaster House

Grace Chen Couture London debut finale at Lancaster House

HRH Princess Olga Romanoff closing the Grace Chen Couture runway show

Lady Ella Mountbatten and Celebrity Designer Grace Chen

Upon royal invitation, Grace Chen presented her new season collection as part of the 90th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The fashion show celebrated a number of world firsts: It was the first time an haute couture collection from Asia has been showcased as part of British royal celebrations. It was also the first fashion show ever presented at Lancaster House, which is rarely open to the public, and was once part of the royal palace grounds.

The show, titled Simply Divine, was styled as an homage to the Queen and the British royal court. A curated collection of 50 dresses sashayed down the runway, modelled by both professional models and aristocratic beauties of all ages.

The show opened with Lady Ella Mountbatten making her runway debut in an embroidered China-red dress. The gown's extravagant silhouette set a regal tone, while Grace Chen's signature exquisite draping added a feminine softness. Closing the show was Princess Olga Romanoff, descendant of the Russian Tsars, wearing an ethereal soft-green gown custom created for her by Grace Chen.

Grace Chen's designs seamlessly marry time-honoured traditions of Chinese tailoring and embroidery with whimsical global detailing to create one-of-a-kind dresses that are elegant, sophisticated and personal. Among the regal designs showcased, one couture gown featured a Chinese high collar and flowing Waltz skirt. Other gowns were handcrafted in luxurious silk with fine eastern embroidery. The models' hair and make-up was elegant and understated to match the elite, modern style.

"Every woman can feel like a queen and enjoy a 'regal moment' when they respect and indulge themselves in beauty," said designer Grace Chen. Reflecting the powerful and sophisticated women that she designs for, many notable British and Chinese celebrities and VIPs attended the show.

Immediately following the Grace Chen fashion show and reception, Lancaster House hosted the 21st Russian Summer Ball, an important fixture on the London social scene since 1996, with guests of honour including members of the famous Romanoff dynasty (the Imperial Russian Royal Family) plus European royal families and world-famous celebrities.

"The Power Dresser …who China's top achieving women turn to"

Regarded as one of the most influential couture designers in China, Grace Chen was hailed by South China Morning Post in 2015 as "the power dresser…who China's top achieving women turn to".

Chen graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked as a fashion designer in New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years. She returned to Shanghai in 2009 and established her own couture brand, Grace Chen, attracting an elite fashion following with her unique style of Oriental beauty.

Appealing to style-setters in China and around the world who are now looking beyond established luxury labels to more unique and self-defining designs, Grace Chen's exclusive made-to-order designs range from elegant evening gowns and cocktail dresses, to chic day and business wear.

The brand celebrated the opening of its first boutique, Grace Chen's Garden, in May 2016. Located in Shanghai's former French Concession, the boutique is crafted as an international fashion destination integrating a boutique, gallery, library, movie theatre and fashion lounge. As well as showcasing her latest designs and facilitating private fittings, Grace Chen's Garden will host elite fashion, lifestyle and social events.

Grace Chen's London fashion show debut in June 2016 follows the brand's recent showcases in Europe, as it continues to attract a global clientele of elite women. In early 2016, Grace Chen was invited to attend Paris Fashion Week, and she also presented a runway show in Brussels in 2015 as part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of China-European Union relations.


Grace Chen is a Shanghai based Chinese-American fashion designer. Grace graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked as a fashion designer in New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years.

Her designs were seen on many notable celebrities in the U.S., such as Oprah Winfery and Helen Mirren. Grace returned to Shanghai in 2009 and established her own couture brand, Grace Chen. Her unique style of oriental beauty was soon embraced by the female elites in Shanghai and Beijing. Grace is now regarded as one of the most influential couture designers in China.

For more information, kindly visit: www.gracechenstyle.com



NTT Communications Launches Digi-Path Premier Internet Service for Enterprises in Yangon, Myanmar


– Obtains communication service license to deliver one-stop ICT solutions

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE: NTT) Group, announced today that it has received a network service license from Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications and has begun offering reliable, high-speed internet connections for enterprises throughout the Yangon area as a first phase, effective immediately.

The service, Digi-Path Premier, provides dedicated circuits from 1Mbps to connect enterprises with NTT Com’s global internet network. Optional services include global IP address, web hosting, mail hosting, rental routers, managed firewalls, internet VPN and file transfers.

New connection service in Yangon, Myanmar

Benefits of NTT Com’s new connection service include the following:
– Highly reliable communication environment.
– Digi-Path Premier ensures reliable high-speed communication environments that connect offices with NTT Com’s global internet network via dedicated optical-fiber circuits and a redundant backbone network.
– Prompt delivery.
– NTT Com fully manages the delivery of circuits from the customer’s office to the global internet network.
– Delivery can require as little as one month, compared with six months in conventional cases. Around-the-clock network monitoring.
– Digi-Path Premier includes 24/7 monitoring of circuits. In the case of any trouble, the service will minimize the influence on enterprise’s business by promptly fixing the circuit.

For more information about Digi-Path Premier, including application procedure, optional services and initial/monthly costs, please contact NTT Communications Yangon (in English, Japanese or Burmese) as follows:

NTT Communications Yangon
#1504, 15th Floor, Sakura Tower
339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95-1-255-032 / ygn-all

NTT Com is now providing internet connections to enterprises globally as well as in seven Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Myanmar.

Myanmar has been strengthening its presence in the Mekong regional economy since beginning its transition from military to democratic rule in March 2011. An increasing number of multinational enterprises are entering the market and creating demand for reliable high-quality internet connection services. NTT Communications Yangon was opened in October 2012 to provide ICT solutions that combine global networks, system integration and security throughout Myanmar. The internet connection service, which is now available nationwide, previously had been restricted to tenants in Yangon’s Sakura Tower, a high-rise office building serving multinational companies.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

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Media Contacts
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Mekong Business Department
NTT Communications Yangon Office
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BroadSoft Announces Connections 2016 — One of the World's Largest UCaaS Conferences

BroadSoft Connections 2016 Theme "Let’s Change the Game" Focused on Empowering Global Service Providers, Industry Leaders to Capture Larger Share of Cloud Unified Communications Market

GAITHERSBURG, MD–(Marketwired – Jul 12, 2016) – BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT) has announced that its annual user conference, BroadSoft Connections 2016, will be held November 13th-16th, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. The event will welcome hundreds of BroadSoft’s service provider customers, as well as industry leaders and market influencers. At last year’s Connections event, 62% of attendees were senior decision makers within their organizations.

Now in its 14th year and once again on track for record attendance, the theme of BroadSoft Connections 2016 is ‘Let’s Change the Game.’ By assembling top innovators and experts, attendees to this year’s event will not only gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience to use, sell and deploy cloud unified communications, but collectively help shape the future of business communications.

"At last year’s event, we unveiled Project Tempo, our vision for the future of work that enables more effective team collaboration by integrating popular enterprise cloud applications with contextual intelligence and real-time unified communications services provided by BroadSoft UC-One®," said Taher Behbehani, chief digital and marketing officer, BroadSoft. "Attendees of Connections 2016 will walk away with invaluable knowledge on how to meet enterprise demand for these innovative communications and collaboration solutions with game changing go-to-market strategies to rapidly grow their market share and unlock new revenue streams."

In addition to informative and real-life best practice keynote addresses from BroadSoft executives and industry experts, at Connections 2016, BroadSoft will inspire smarter working with provocative insights from thought leaders on market trends, go-to-market strategies and best practices for obtaining stronger business results in terms of time-to-market, wins, market share, revenue and margins. There will be extensive opportunities to connect one-on-one with peers from around the world, and collaborate on ways to expand UCaaS market share, as well as gaining a competitive advantage through differentiated market offers with live demonstrations of BroadSoft’s full solutions stack that includes PBX, UC, team collaboration and contact center offerings.

About BroadSoft:
BroadSoft is the leading provider of software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer Unified Communications over their Internet Protocol networks. The Company’s core communications platform enables the delivery of a range of enterprise and consumer calling, messaging and collaboration communication services, including private branch exchanges, video calling, text messaging and converged mobile and fixed-line services.

For additional information, visit www.BroadSoft.com.

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Acquiro Opens Singapore Office to Enhance Its Presence Across the Asia-Pacific Region


– New Location Represents Additional Investment by Selling Simplified Group to Capitalize on Growing Opportunity in Marketing Data Quality Segment.

With its charter and focus of improving marketing data quality for today’s sales and marketing teams, Acquiro, a marketing technology solutions vendor launched earlier this year, announced today the opening of its Singapore office. Acquiro – part of the Selling Simplified Group (SSG) – was formed with the mission of bringing to market data quality solutions engineered to dramatically increase a company’s revenue by validating and enriching lead contact data.

This global expansion by SSG is in response to the increasing need for more complete and accurate marketing data required by companies across the Asia-Pacific Region. Although SSG has an established presence and regional sales team in support of its Selling Simplified content syndication business, the addition of the recently launched Acquiro brand is in recognition of the expanded opportunity for its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) data solutions product, LeadFUSION.

“We believe companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region have a tremendous need to address the poor data quality problem which can greatly inhibit their revenue growth,” says Michael Whife, CEO, Acquiro. “Our Acquiro LeadFUSION Suite is the only sales data quality solution available on the market which is proven to be as effective in these global regions as it is in the U.S.”

About Acquiro

Launched in May of 2016, Acquiro is part of the Selling Simplified Group (SSG) founded in 2012, an organization of sales and marketing technologists who are dedicated to helping companies fill sales funnels and grow revenue – fast! Our mission is to simplify selling so sales teams can focus on closing and growing revenue by keeping pipelines full of high quality, nurtured, sales-ready leads. In keeping with this mission, Acquiro was formed to focus on the development of cutting-edge technologies to bring to market advanced SaaS solutions engineered to improve sales data quality that can dramatically increase clients’ revenue streams. With headquarters in Greenwood Village, Colorado, Acquiro is a global organization with regional offices in California, London, Singapore, and Pune, India.


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Toshiba Launches Photorelays for Semiconductor Testers in Industry's Smallest Package

– For 1.5A large current control and 110 degrees Celsius operation.

Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO:6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company today announced the launch of photorelays in the industry’s smallest[1] package. Shipments start from today.

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Toshiba: Photorelays for semiconductor testers in industry’s smallest package (Photo: Business Wire)

The new product, "TLP3406S", utilizes the industry’s smallest package for photorelays, the Toshiba-developed S-VSON4 package. Compared to Toshiba’s previous products in a VSON4 package, the new photorelay has an approximately 22.5%[2] smaller assembly area, which can contribute to the development of smaller test boards and also make it possible to increase the number of photorelays on a board to increase density. Since the new photorelay can drive large currents of up to 1.5A, in spite of its small package, it can be used in device power supplies (DPS) that make up the power supply circuits in various testers. As a further positive, the operating temperature range has been enhanced from 85 degrees Celsius (max.) to 110 degrees Celsius (max.).

Main Applications
ATE (Automatic Test Equipment), memory testers, SoC/LSI testers and probe cards

Main Specifications

Part Number: TLP3406S
(min.)(max.)(typ.)	(max.) (typ.) pF・Ω (typ.) (max.) (max.) (max.) (min.)
30V 1.5A 0.1Ω 0.2Ω 120pF 7.2 1nA@20V 2ms 1ms 500Vrms 

[1] For photorelay products, as of July 11, 2016. Toshiba survey.
[2] S-VSON4 package: 2.00mm×1.45mm (typ.)
VSON4 package : 2.45mm×1.45mm (typ.)

Follow the links below for more on Toshiba photorelays. http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/product/opto/photocoupler/photorelay.html

Customer Inquiries:
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Foley Hoag Wins Historic Victory for the Philippines in the South China Sea


– Arbitral Tribunal Condemns China’s “9-Dash Line” And Upholds the Philippines’ Maritime Rights An international arbitral tribunal today unanimously upheld the Philippines’ claims in a much-watched arbitration against China. The Tribunal rejected China’s claim to “historic rights” in the maritime areas encompassed by its so-called “nine-dashed line” as inconsistent with the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The case had captured global attention because it involves critical issues relating to China’s expansive claims over some 90% of the South China Sea, an area of major strategic importance through which over 50% of the world’s commercial shipping passes each year.

Foley Hoag LLP partners Paul Reichler, Lawrence Martin and Andrew Loewenstein led the Philippines’ legal team.

“This historic decision not only vindicates the Philippines’ claims, it provides much-needed clarity concerning the Parties’ legal rights and obligations under the Law of the Sea Convention to which they and more than 180 other States are signatories,” said Reichler.

“The Tribunal’s ruling not only benefits the Philippines, it also benefits other States bordering the South China Sea like Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam,” Reichler added. “If China’s nine-dash line is invalid as to the Philippines, it is equally invalid to those States and, indeed, the rest of the international community.”

The five-member arbitral tribunal was convened in 2013 pursuant to the terms of Annex VII to the Law of the Sea Convention. It was comprised of some of the world’s leading authorities on the law of the sea and presided over by Mr. Thomas Mensah of Ghana, a former President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany. It also included three of the sitting judges on that court (from France, Germany and Poland), and the former director of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea.

“This was, beyond doubt, the most pre-eminent and well respected panel of arbitrators to sit in a Law of the Sea case,” said Reichler, “and we (Foley Hoag) have been involved in almost all of them.”

The Philippines initiated the arbitration In January 2013, after China claimed exclusive rights over 90% of the South China Sea’s waters and seabed, and all of its resources, and refused to allow the Philippines to fish or explore for oil even in areas close to the Philippine coast. China claimed exclusive rights and jurisdiction within its so-called nine-dash line, which all neighboring States have protested, and no State besides China recognizes.

The Philippines also sought determinations that China had unlawfully interfered with the Philippines’ sovereign rights and jurisdiction in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf within 200 nautical miles of its coasts; that no features in the South China Sea generate maritime entitlements beyond a 12 nautical mile territorial sea; and that China’s island building activities in the area have caused massive environmental harm in violation of the provisions of the Convention on protection of the marine environment.

China refused to formally participate in the proceedings. The Tribunal nevertheless moved forward with the case. The relevant provisions of the Law of the Sea Convention—to which China agreed when it ratified the Convention in 1996—expressly state that all Parties consent to binding arbitration of disputes arising under the Convention, and that proceedings may continue even when one party fails to appear.

The Tribunal’s ruling upheld the Philippines’ claims in all critical respects. Specifically, it determined that China’s maritime entitlements in South China Sea, like those of the Philippines and other States, cannot extend beyond the clear limits stated in the Law of the Sea Convention. It also determined that China’s claim to “historic rights” in the areas of the South China Sea encompassed by its nine-dash line is contrary to the Convention and therefore unlawful.

“The Tribunal’s decision on China’s nine-dash line is truly historic. Equally important is the Tribunal’s ruling on the marine environment. This is the first time that an international court or tribunal has put teeth in the Convention’s provisions relating to environmental protection,” said Foley Hoag’s Lawrence Martin. “States should be on notice that they can expect to be held to their obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment in the world’s oceans and seas.”

The Philippines’ victory owes much to former President Begnino Aquino III and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Albert del Rosario, under whose leadership the case was brought and successfully prosecuted. In addition to Foley Hoag LLP, the Philippines was represented by Professor Bernard Oxman of the University of Miami, Professor Philippe Sands QC of University College London and Professor Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh. View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160712005801/en/

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