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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Integrated Cannabis Solutions Inc. (IGPK) Spammed Aggressively

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We have observed emails spamming Integrated Cannabis Solutions. Investors should be wary of these emails, as they are completely anonymous and violate the CAN-SPAM Act established by the FTC. As of this time, the company has not provided a public comment on the issue.

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GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV) Secures Financing Deals, Expands Sales and Marketing Strategies

Monday, July 21st, 2014

GlobalWise Investments today announced that a series of steps have been completed to strengthen its balance sheet as well as expand its sales and marketing program for IntelliCloud™.

The company secured a $500,000 convertible notes financing with a cash coupon of 10% and a principle that can be converted into common stock at a price of $0.08. Also, existing notes for $670,000 and accrued interest expiring this month were replaced by new convertible notes in the amount of $701,068.50 due in December 2015 with the same terms as the canceled notes.

According to the press release issued today, the financing proceeds are being used to support greater sales and marketing efforts for the cloud-based imaging and data management technologies and services offered by Intellinetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of GlobalWise.

President and CEO of GlobalWise and Intellinetics, Matthew L. Chretien, stated, “As the number of active IntelliCloud sales partners increases, as we expect it will over both the near- and long-term, the Company will generate a growing and recurring revenue stream. New partner-centric messaging, sales tools and resources are key milestones in the execution of our growth strategy. When coupled with recent operating expense reductions, these are all critical aspects of positioning the Company for long-term growth and profitability.”

GlobalWise is using a channel sales partner growth model to deliver the IntelliCloud solution to existing customers as a turnkey solution to reduce operational costs and increase document accessibility and security for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Features and benefits include:

• Find, Share, Email, and Route documents to authorized users
• Simple, Affordable, and Secure
• Improve Productivity & Reduce Costs
• Intuitive Interface (view in action: http://www.intellinetics.com/video)

The press release also said GlobalWise shareholders will be asked to vote at the August 6, 2014 annual meeting of shareholders on a proposal to change the name of the company from “GlobalWise Investments, Inc.” to “Intellinetics, Inc.” in order to more accurately reflect the Company’s current business, which is providing imaging and data management technologies and services, and to align its corporate name with the company’s sole operating subsidiary, Intellinetics, Inc.

For more information on GlobalWise and Intellinetics, visit www.globalwiseinvestments.com

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Clean Enviro Tech (CETC) at a Glance – Dropping Anchors in Clean Energy, Cannabis Markets

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Founded in 2004, Las Vegas-based Clean Enviro Tech has a scope of focus that branches into two key segments of the clean energy space. Through the acquisition of Red Apple Pharm Corp., the company recently entered the cannabis market as well.

Clean Enviro’s first line of interest in the clean energy market is on the development and marketing of a wide range of lithium-powered applications such as vehicles, products and commercial and residential real estate.

While more costly than alkaline batteries, lithium-ion batteries are valued for their light-weight and long-lasting characteristics, among others. Ranked as one of the most energetic rechargeable batteries available, lithium batteries are often used in critical devices such as implantable electronic medical devices and wireless alarm systems, as well as a range of non-critical devices such as portable consumer electronics, alarm clocks, cameras and toys.

The company also has its hand in photovoltaic (PV) solar initiatives with its residential solar power parabolic dish, which looks like a cross between a solar panel and satellite dish, albeit more aesthetically pleasing than either of the two. The system has the capacity to reduce the average user’s monthly electric power consumption by up to 30-40% with zero emissions.

Clean Enviro in June entered the marijuana industry by acquiring Red Apple Pharm, a provider of a wide range of solutions for the regulated cannabis industry. Phoenix-based Red Apple is an eight-year-old company that operates as a cannabis education and news service (www.RedAppleEmpire.info), exploring the merits of the cannabis plant as a medicine, industrial resource, agricultural crop, and more.

The subsidiary also provides support services for Colorado cannabis dispensaries in need of solutions relating to banking, debit cards, casualty insurance, and licensing requirements. Future plans include reloadable, pre-paid patient debit cards and medical marijuana phone apps.

Red Apple Pharm earlier this week inked a deal with IMD Companies (ICBU) in which IMD will be a preferred vendor to supply equipment to build-out medical marijuana grow facilities throughout the Western United States. The first grow facility is currently being developed in Pueblo, Colorado, estimated to cost more than $10 million and include $5 million of equipment such as lights, ballasts, environmental controllers, oxygenation systems, fans, meters, nutrients and other features.

For more information, visit www.cleanenvirotech.com

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Music of Your Life, Inc. (MYLI) Has Huge Demographic Traction with Boomers, Growing/Established Audience Online via iRadio

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Music of Your Life is actually the longest running syndicated music radio network anywhere in the world, founded back in 1978 by Columbia Records producer and jingle writer Al Ham, and it has been in continuous operation ever since that time. The technology has changed a lot since then, but the basic game of putting together syndicated programming packages for broadcast hasn’t. MYIL is focused mainly in the U.S. and Canada, deriving revenues from commercial spots, as well as digital sales and live radio programming subscriptions from their vast network of radio station affiliates. Currently, MYLI is advancing a broader than ever multi-media entertainment business platform and has even decided to bring back music themed cruises, with multiple acts as the entertainment on voyages around the world.

Music of Your Life has considerable end-market traction through its huge network of AM, FM and HD stations across the country, as well as a very well developed and growing internet radio footprint, streaming radio out via the web to listeners under the iRadio® trademark. While the upper end of their core demographic, the senior market, is not typically internet savvy, the company’s established presence on terrestrial radio and a mix of prevailing ease-of-use factors have produced surprisingly good results. A sizeable influx of baby boomers into the market (bolstered by a growing audience of younger listeners who love the work in this genre) has made the internet a remarkably healthy channel for MYLI. Notably, the company’s CEO is a tech savvy pioneer, and he is making internet a bigger and bigger slice of the pie. These days people use the internet for everything, from buying groceries to listening to music and the growing ubiquity of smartphones, particularly among baby boomers, is indeed telling when it comes to the potential growth parameters for MYLI.

Music of Your Life continues to maintain a strong presence within the adult standards radio market (also known as the nostalgia format and geared towards people over 50). The company’s “Where the Stars play the Stars” approach is an audience engagement marvel, using well-known Superstar hosts like Gary Owens, Johnny Magnus, Peter Marshall and Wink Martindale to spin classics like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, as well as some big band stuff and more modern equivalents. This is an extremely hot market to have a hold on the way MYLI does, considering the spending metrics that go along with it. Music of Your Life is in an enviable position from an advertising/marketing standpoint, with the ability to bend the ear of the nation’s 50 and up population.

In particular, 65 and up retirees with the most discretionary income are a choice demographic that is typically harder to get a handle on than most. However, MYLI has established a solid track record as an ideal in-road for this demographic and Music of Your Life is practically synonymous among this age group with listening to their favorite, unforgettable melodies over the radio. Little wonder then at the recently announced success of the 10-cd Music of Your Life Collection box set of classic love songs, produced by and released under the well-known StarVista Entertainment / Time Life brand. With over 1M CD sales since release two years prior, strong target market engagement metrics continue to deliver top-end results for the product and a considerable degree of the marked success of this release can be attributed to the ingenious marketing.

Chief among the marketing efforts has been an infomercial starring Music of Your Life radio host and Emmy Award winner, Peter Marshall, who is widely known even among 30-something audiences as the former host of The Hollywood Squares game show (ranked #7 by TV Guide last year in its list of the top 60 game shows of all time), in which he is accompanied by Grammy Award-winning singer Debby Boone. A match made in heaven really and we don’t just mean Peter Marshall and Debby Boone; we mean MYLI and StarVista / Time Life. MYLI has the choice demographic traction and StarVista / Time Life has the branding reach, as well as the slick production talent needed to close the deal with shoppers. MYLI’s control of the Music of Your Life branded assets, including any potential future products through StarVista / Time Life, makes the company an extremely attractive proposition for investors.

Further playing off their successful marketing thematics, Music of Your Life is also moving to take full advantage of the resurgent cruise industry with a re-launch of their tailored cruise business, featuring an initial Music of Your Life Sock-Hop Cruise offering. The Sock-Hop Cruise dovetails perfectly with the company’s debut of a 50′s channel on iRadio, creating a cross-promotional feedback loop. With high-class cruise line Celebrity Cruises (founded in 1988 and part of Royal Caribbean since the 1997 merger) providing the venue and premier group/group travel package company Paradise Travel tapped to work with MYLI in putting the cruise together, great success is anticipated as a Sock-Hop theme is paired up with an entertainment menu of famous singers/musical groups appropriate to the theme. MYLI plans to roll out additional channels via their iRadio trademark as well, with genres like country, jazz and rock, in a multi-pronged campaign to expand their audience even further. Online, Music of Your Life is way ahead of internet jukeboxes like Pandora, offering an interactive listening experience backed up by celebrity disc jockeys.

By matching a considerable and growing internet footprint that opens up new audiences rapidly with traditional terrestrial radio, Music of Your Life has fleshed-out a wider demographic capture equation for their content library and sees a sweet spot in the 45-55 (emphasis on women 50 and older) age range. With a library of over 10k songs stretching across nine decades of timeless top hits, Music of Your Life listeners can hear a Bruno Mars back to back with a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley, a warehouse of content which services the company’s growth ambitions handily.

Learn more about online at: www.MusicOfYourLife.com

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Chilean Metals Inc. (CMETF) Positioned Well Above Most Minerals Exploration Companies

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Chilean Metals, a Toronto-based minerals exploration company, holds 100% ownership in 6 properties in northern Chile, totaling roughly 80 square miles, in a region known primarily for iron, copper, and gold deposits. The company is currently focused on opportunities in gold and silver, as well as copper and molybdenum, and has already identified multiple high-impact IOCG (Iron Oxide, Copper, Gold) porphyry type rock targets that are drill ready.

All six IOCG properties are listed below. Management intends to initiate drilling on at least two of these projects in 2014, and feel they can achieve maximum leverage on every investment dollar with minimal risk.

Zulema: IOCG
1,000 Hectares, 100% owned

Palo Negro: Cu-Au-Fe (IOCG)
6,500 Hectares, 100% owned

Hornitos: Cu-Au-Fe (IOCG)
3,200 Hectares, 100% owned

Tierra de Oro: Cu-Au-Fe-Ag (IOCG)
6,000 Hectares, 100% owned

Sierra Pintada: Cu-Au
4,700 Hectares, 100% owned

Tabaco: Cu-Au
725 Hectares, 100% owned

A major step for Chilean Metals is their recent move to OTCQX, the highest trading tier in the OTC market. This market has strict financial standards that its trading companies must meet. International companies use what is called a PAL (Principal American Liaison) to facilitate communication with the U.S. investment community. A PAL must be a FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) member investment bank or ADR bank. For Chilean Metals, this role will be filled by Merriman Capital, a subsidiary of Merriman Holdings.

For additional information, visit www.ChileanMetals.com

Puradyn Filter Technologies, Inc. (PFTI) is “One to Watch”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Over the course of 25 years, Puradyn Filter Technologies has transitioned from a small local business into a company with global distribution of its patented and proprietary puraDYN® oil filtration system for internal combustion engines, transmissions and hydraulic applications. The technology is designed to save money and conserve oil by continuously cleaning and lubricating oil while maintaining oil viscosity, thereby significantly extending oil change intervals and engine life. Sure, there are numerous bypass filtration methods on the market today. Where these competing products fall short is in failing to incorporate three key factors that Puradyn has identified and blended for impressive results:

• Filtering solid contaminants to below one micron, including enhanced soot retention through the use of a patented and proprietary process for chemical grafting;
• Effectively removing harmful gaseous and liquid contaminants through a heated evaporation chamber; and
• Replenishing the base additives so as to maintain proper oil total base number (TBN) and viscosity

Puradyn’s equipment was selected as the manufacturer used by the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate the performance, benefits and cost analysis of bypass oil filtration technology. In correlation, Puradyn in April was selected by a large military contractor and producer of military generators to provide puraDYN® for use on generator sets. The contract calls for Puradyn to provide roughly 750 units beginning in late 2014; if the military carries out the contract in full, the company estimates the project will generate $300,000 in revenues over three years, the duration of the contract. This deal is one of several points in Puradyn’s history, beginning with the year 2006, where the company’s technology has been used for military application.

The company has approximately 100 active distributors worldwide, and has established a strategic agreement with Nabors Drilling International Ltd., which evaluated the benefits of bypass oil filtration in 2009 on CAT 3512 generators used to power oil rigs. Nabors Drilling’s oil analysis results showed that drain intervals on equipment were “safely” extended from 500 hours to 2,500 hours regardless of sulfur fuel content and “decided to outfit all rig generators throughout the field.” The following year, Nabors Drilling USA installed more than 700 of the bypass systems, extending oil drain intervals from 1,000 hours to more than 3,000-plus hours, as reported by Drilling Contractor.

In the first quarter of 2014, Puradyn reported a year-over-year sales increase of 56% to approximately $894,300, which the company attributes to increased activity from several of its accounts beginning in the third quarter. Puradyn also managed to trim its net loss to $218,086, or (0.00) per share, compared to a net loss of $416,685, or ($0.01) per share, for the same period in 2013. Based on the company’s strengthening financials, plans to expand its distribution network, and aggressive sales and marketing strategies, Puradyn appears to be in a solid position to achieve its goal to “target industries open to innovative methods to reduce oil maintenance operating costs and overhaul cycles.”

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Cynking Ship? Cynk Technology Corp. (CYNK) Halted After Gargantuan Run-up

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Shares of Cynk Technology, formerly Introbuzz, Inc., are halted at $13.90 (quite hefty for an OTC stock) following what the SEC is calling Potentially Manipulative Transactions regarding unusual trading activity that sent shares 25,000% higher in a matter of days. Over the course of the month, shares of the social media technology development company have increased 100-fold and the company has achieved market capitalization of more than $4.5 billion. With moves like that it was only a matter of time before regulators took notice.

In a press release this morning, the SEC said it halted trade because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNKs common stock.

Whats driving the trading activity? Its not financial performance when it comes to revenues, the Belize-based company has zero. Its not assets unless youre impressed by $39. Superhuman management team? Not likely reports are that the company only has one employee. Ironically, the company does have public filings, and in a 10-K from November 2013 said it has yet to launch.

So what does the company actually plan to do? According to its skeleton website, www.introbiz.com, Cynk provides a market place through which you may both buy and sell the ability to socially connect to individuals such as celebrities, business owners, and talented IT professionals.

The site dons the faces of Hollywoods A-list, touting the opportunity to build high-caliber social connections with the socialites. Whatever/whoever the company is, Ghost Ship vs. Cynking Ship might be a more fitting title.

Trading is suspended until July 24.

Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (SBOTF) Reports Q3 2014 Financial Results and Corporate Update

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Stellar Biotechnologies, a leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), today reported its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended May 31, 2014. It also provided a few operational highlights from that time frame as well.

Financial Results:

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of May 31, 2014 were $14.8 million, compared to $ 7.9 million at year-end August 31, 2013. The Company believes current cash will be sufficient to meet estimated working capital requirements and fund planned program development through 2015. During the nine months ended May 31, 2014, the Company received $7 million gross proceeds under private placements (with $5 million of the September 2013 private placement subscribed and received prior to August 31, 2013) and $4.2 million gross proceeds from the exercise of warrants and options.

Shareholder Statistics: As of May 31, 2014, Stellar had shareholders equity of $11.1 million and approximately 78 million shares outstanding.

Revenues: Revenues were $102,581 in the third quarter and $252,848 for the nine months ended May 31, 2014 compared to $73,214 and $250,422 in the comparable periods in 2013. Stellar completed the NSF Phase IIB grant during the first quarter of 2014 and generated additional contract and commercial sales revenue during the second and third quarter.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $462,129 in the third quarter of 2014 and $1.37 million in the nine months ended May 31, 2014, compared to $178,202 and $684,662 in the comparable periods in 2013. The increase in R&D expense was largely due to an increase in method development activities for vaccine manufacturing during the period related to the C. diff active immunotherapy research program.

Other Operating Expenses: Other operating expenses totaled $864,485 in the third quarter of 2014 and $2.98 million in the nine months ended May 31, 2014, compared to $582,152 and $1.74 million in the comparable periods in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to a higher level of activity, addition of key personnel, vesting and timing of stock options, and discontinuation of the temporary voluntary salary reduction that were initiated in the prior comparison period.

Net Income (Loss): Net income was $1.81 million for the third quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $3.8 million for the nine months ended May 31, 2014, compared to net loss of $1.17 million and $5.58 million for the comparable periods in 2013. The decrease of $2.98 million in net loss for the third quarter of 2014, and cumulative decrease of $1.78 million net loss for the nine months ended May 31, 2014 were substantially affected by fluctuations in noncash change in fair value of warrant liability. During the three months ended May 31, 2014, there was a gain on fair value of warrant liability of $3.02 million (2013 – loss of $353,119) for a net fluctuation of $3.38 million additional gain than the prior period. The gains and losses in these periods are a reflection of the Company’s share price fluctuations with increases in share prices causing greater warrant liability and a loss on fair value of warrant liability, while decreases in share prices cause a gain on fair value of warrant liability. Changes in fair value of warrant liability have no impact on cash flow. If the warrants are exercised, the warrant liability is reclassified to share capital. If the warrants expire, the decrease in warrant liability offsets the changes in fair value.

Operational Updates:

Collaborations and KLH Supply Agreements: Stellar KLH(TM) is currently used by the Company’s biopharma partners as the carrier in certain new immunotherapies in clinical development for cancer, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory disease. Those programs continued to progress in 2014 and Stellar met all contract requirements related to supply and/or development of KLH protein for those product candidates. In addition, Stellar continues to strengthen its collaboration expansion with biopharma companies as their immunotherapy programs advance in the clinic to later stages of development and potential regulatory submissions. These strategic collaborations represent multiple commercial pathways for Stellar including future growth of core business sales and close involvement in the development of new KLH-based immunotherapies.

C. diff Active Immunotherapy Program: During the first half of 2014, Stellar successfully advanced its C. diff active immunotherapy program in key preclinical areas including early process development and the scale-up and transfer of essential manufacturing methods to a contract manufacturing organization (CMO). The goal of this stage of product development is to establish scalable processes necessary to support GMP production of a PS-KLH conjugate vaccine candidate. In the second half of 2014, the Company will focus on completing certain IND-enabling milestones such as identification of appropriate PS-KLH formulation, demonstration of dose ranging and safety, intermediary scale-up and manufacturing of test material in preparation for clinical production.

“This has been an important strategic year for Stellar and we are pleased to report positive momentum in key facets of our KLH business,” said Frank Oakes, President and CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies. “Our corporate collaborations, where Stellar KLH is used as the critical carrier molecule in new therapeutic vaccines, are strong and poised for clinical advancement. And we are on track in the preclinical development of our own C. diff immunotherapy program. We are confident that these initiatives will enhance valuation for our shareholders as well as expand Stellar’s long-term commercial potential.”

For more information about Stellar Biotechnologies, please visit: www.stellarbiotech.com

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Adds Content Management to Service Portfolio

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

With clients repeatedly calling for content management support, Infinite Group, Inc. (IGI) is banking on a future in this arena. A budding Rochester-based information technology services firm, IGI is expanding its suite of services to include content management, a rising tech segment that covers the management of digital content (e.g. text, images and multimedia) from conception and sharing to storage and deletion.

IGI announced in July 2014 that the company had tasked Laila Benarab, its new vice president of sales, to lead its content management practice, which will focus on every business segment including government, small-to-medium sized business, and enterprise clients. She will be in charge of building IGI’s customer base in content management services, cultivating relationships with existing and potential tech partners, and offering the latest best practices to IGI’s clients. Ms. Benarab, who has more than 15 years of high-tech, business-to-business sales experience, has worked within the employ of several government agencies and companies, including Oracle and Motorola. With her leadership, IGI anticipates its content management business will develop significantly.

Early in July 2014, IGI also announced that it had become an exclusive channel partner for ThirtySix Software, creator of SmartDocs, an innovative software product for government projects. ThirtySix Software, an industry leader and trusted resource, allows global organizations to unite their writers working in Microsoft Word. The company’s flagship product, SmartDocs, turns Word and SharePoint into a comprehensive content management and reuse solution. It makes content reusable anywhere and anytime, allowing writers to share Word documents easily and efficiently.

By adding ThirtySix Software’s core product to its list of offerings, IGI is now able to offer clients even more tools and techniques to improve the quality of the visual and content components of their proposals, documentation, and other business communications. Having this capability is particularly important to IGI as it takes prides in providing customers with the leading tools available in the marketplace today.

For more information, visit www.igius.com

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Gamzio Mobile, Inc. (GAMZ) Slots-O-Luck Adventure Experiences 291% Jump in User Growth, Bolstered by Facebook

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Today, Gamzio Mobile, an innovative mobile and social casino gaming company, reported its social casino game “Slots-O-Luck Adventure” has seen a 291% increase in user growth over the past 30 days. Gamio Mobile attributes much of that growth to Facebook’s Mobile Install Ads and its use of them for rapidly growing consumer awareness of its social casino game.

CEO Jason Deiboldt stated: “Gamzio maintains a development cycle of Design, Build, Test, Iterate. Over the past year we’ve been optimizing the game to reach certain Key Performance Indicators before deploying our growth strategy. We now feel the game is ready for scale, and will aim to continue our recent growth trend moving forward.”

Gamzio Mobile has been leveraging this Facebook advertising platform to aggressively drive new users to its game, in order to build up its user base and generate new insights into user profiles. It utilizes an advertising model called a cost per install model, or one in which an advertiser only plays for new game users or installers. With this scaling tool at hand, Gamzio Mobile is aiming to grow Slots-O-Luck Adventure’s player base to 700,000 daily active users.

Currently Slots-O-Luck Adventure is available for free download on the Apple iTunes App Store. In the game, players are granted a “social casino” experience in which they can play on 11 “Vegas-style” slot machines. At present, the game has a 4.5 star user rating. Its integration adds more player value by enabling users to save all unlocked content and in-game currency without losing any progress within the game. As it derives data from user feedback, Gamzio Mobile is constantly optimizing Slots-O-Luck Adventure for enhanced user experience, user retention, and monetization.

In time, through its flagship game and others, Gamzio Mobile hopes to emerge as a strong force within social casino gaming, using real-time data and analytics technology to deliver exciting gaming options to the mobile gaming market.

For more information, visit: www.gamzio.com

5BARz International Inc. (BARZ) Letter to Shareholders

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Daniel Bland, CEO of 5BARz International Inc., recently issued the following letter to shareholders corresponding to the filing of the company’s Q1 financials. 5BARz International is a San Diego based producer of patented cellular network technology that strengthens weak cellular signals to deliver high quality signals for voice, data, and video reception on cell phones and other cellular equipped devices.

Dear Shareholders,

In conjunction with the recent filing of our 1st quarter financials I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on our progress as we begin commercialization of our 5Barz Network Extender device. As most of you know we officially launched the 5Barz Network Extender on February 25th in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress. The response by the wireless industry was extremely positive and confirmed our belief that the industry is looking for a solution to improve coverage in poor coverage areas within their networks. The following details the steps we are taking to commercialize the 5Barz Network Extender.

January / February = Pre-Barcelona / Mobile World Congress

We spent the first two months of the quarter largely focused on finalizing the technology development in preparation for our official product launch during Mobile World Congress, the largest conference in all of Telecom annually. On February 25th, we held an invitation only event at the Majestic Hotel in Barcelona, Spain which was well attended by industry luminaries, executives, investors and the press from around the world. Our presentation, which was mc’ed by a top executive from Telecom Italia, started with Gil Amelio, our Chairman, giving a wonderful opening speech about 5Barz potential to “change the world of telecom and mobile,” what we now refer to as the “I believe” speech. I had the privilege to follow Gil and unveiled the 5Barz Network Extender then introduced Naresh Soni, our CTO, who highlighted the incredible leaps forward made by the company in its technology and product development. You can visit our website at www.5barz.com to watch a video of the presentation in its entirety. Since Barcelona we have been preparing to deliver 5Barz Network Extender devices to our collaboration partner for testing and qualification on their network. We expect to complete delivery within the next couple of weeks. We will issue a press release upon shipping devices to our collaboration partner.

March / April / May = Post Barcelona

While Barcelona proved to be a watershed moment for 5Barz, the ten weeks that have followed have proven to be as equally, if not more, important to the growth and success of our company. Due to the overwhelming response from the Barcelona event, many market opportunities have become available to us in various regions around the world. As such, during the next quarter we intend to begin shipping 5Barz Network Extender devices, for initial testing, to multiple network carriers, in four different market regions. Our focus since Barcelona has been working in each of the four regions simultaneously. They include Latin America (LATAM), India, Africa and here in the United States. Some further detail is provided below:

  • LATAM, for the moment, is our most mature regional opportunity. We have been working directly with the carriers in the region for several years and have built a deep knowledge base and strong contacts all of which will be necessary for us to execute our business plan in the LATAM region. We look forward to the delivery of devices to the network carriers in the immediate future;
  • India is the second largest, by population, market in the world. Naresh and I recently visited Bangalore, Mumbai as well as Delhi to set up our local business development team as well as meet with many of the carriers, key executives, and begin the process of building our Indian market business plan. In short we found India’s mobile market is still growing and maturing though the network infrastructure has seemingly not caught up to the growing demand, hence, increasing congestion significantly as well as poor coverage in many areas of India. These are ideal market conditions for the 5Barz Network Extender.
  • Africa is yet another incredible opportunity for us. We have initiated our business development efforts in Africa and have met with all of the major carriers. Africa is currently the fastest growing mobile market in the world and given the similar infrastructure conditions as India is a market greatly in need of our solution.
  • The United States. The US is our home market where we have the most intimate understanding of the nuances and issues the industry faces. We have met with key executives at the two largest carriers, and both are eager to begin testing the 5Barz Network Extender on their networks. Given our contacts, access and current management team the US market opportunity is relatively easy for us to penetrate but requires that the 4G version of our technology be ready for adoption which we expect to deliver in the third quarter of this year.

As you can see we have a lot going on in many different time zones. Since our product launch in Barcelona I am very pleased with the speed at which we are executing on our business plan and strategy. To that end, we recently announced a manufacturing partnership with Flextronics, whom we consider to be the number one manufacturer of consumer electronic products in the world. The Flextronics deal along with the many carriers around the world who are eagerly awaiting the 5Barz Network Extender to begin testing and qualification on their respective networks shows undoubtedly, that our product and technology solution has the potential to be the answer the industry has been looking for in the last mile of wireless connectivity.

While we have initiated business development activities in the four market regions detailed above, we continue to attract interest from telco’s in virtually every market region in the world. And over the next several months we will begin our business development efforts in those markets as we expand operations. In fact, the focus for the next quarter is about setting up our infrastructure in the four markets detailed above and delivering the 5Barz Network extender devices for testing and qualification to the network engineers. This will include hiring executives with regional knowledge that will work with our telco partners in designing and implementing product rollout strategies and ultimately securing purchase orders. In our opinion it is crucial that we establish the necessary infrastructure in our market regions so that we can fully develop and support our customers as our product is deployed and implemented by the telco networks around the world. Only until we have successfully set up our infrastructure and delivered devices for testing to the network engineers can we begin to accurately forecast sales volumes.

Regarding our shipment of 1,000 devices to Mexico we experienced unforeseen delays in the importation process as well as incurring substantial costs in handling and import duties. We are working with our customer to complete the sale and expect a successful resolution in the immediate future. Lastly, now that we are entering into commercialization we anticipate we will have a more steady flow of business development that will enable us to communicate to our shareholders on a more frequent basis. In closing I want to thank you all for your continued support and interest in our company.

Sincerely,

Daniel Bland
CEO

For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.5barz.com

Roll-Out of New OTC Markets Group Eligibility Requirements is Underway

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Several new requirements are now or will soon be in effect as OTC Markets Group takes measures to strengthen the venture-stage marketplace for companies and investors. The new standards are important to note, as companies that do not comply with the new procedures and eligibility requirements will be downgraded to OTC Pink.

In short, the new standards are applicable to SEC, bank and international reporting companies, requiring that each security: has a minimum bid test of $0.01; not be in bankruptcy or reorganization proceedings; submit an application and pay required fees; and keep an updated annual OTCQB certification.

OTC Groups in May initiated the requirement that all current OTCQB companies meet the minimum bid test for at least one of the previous 30 consecutive calendar days, in addition to the other new standards. These companies will have 120 days after their fiscal year end (FYE) to comply with the new procedures, which will be rolled out over the course of a year. Again, those companies that do not comply with the new procedures within the required timeframe will be downgraded to OTC Pink.

Current OTCQB companies that apply for the exchange in 2014 can take advantage of a 25% “introductory discount” for each of the first two years, saving up to $5,000.

Companies that weren’t traded on OTCQB as of April 30, 2014, are required to submit an application, pay required fees ($2,500 application, $10,000 annual), and follow the new procedures. Securities will no longer be automatically put on OTCQB when a new Form 211 is cleared by FINRA, or when an OTC Pink company becomes current in its reporting.

Companies with a March 31 FYE will be the first to notice the change, and will be required to comply with the new OTCQB standards by July 31, 2014, while securities with an FYE of March 30 have until July 30, 2015, to comply with the new standards. During 2014, any company that chooses to apply to OTCQB prior to its required compliance date is offered discounted pricing for the application.

Furthermore, international reporting companies on a qualified foreign stock exchange are now able to trade on OTCQB upon meeting the aforementioned ongoing requirements for minimum bid test and other new requirements.

For more information, visit www.otcmarkets.com

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Mobile Lads Corp. (MOBO) Board Names Michael Paul as President, Alpha Pang as Secretary

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Mobile Lads, a provider of wide-area wireless transaction software solutions for the consumer finance and payment processing sectors, is adding breadth to its executive team and board of directors with the appointment of Michael Paul as the company’s new president, and Alpha Pang as secretary of the corporation.

Paul is a C.E.T. civil engineering graduate with more than 30 years of experience as a management executive in land acquisition and development. Most recently, he has been working with a number of companies in the information technology (IT) sector.

In his role as Mobile Lads’ secretary, Pang will contribute expertise from his more than 25 years of various business ventures, which includes real estate brokerage/investment, business consulting, and assuming multiple board roles for technology and mineral resources companies in both Canada and the United States. Pang is the current director and president of Gold Cap Resources, Inc. He founded his consulting business in 1991 by providing services for early stage start-up companies.

As part of the Mobile Lads management team, Paul and Pang join a team of leaders with expertise in wireless channel communications, business strategy and consumer analysis. The company’s vision is to grow as a leading-edge wireless solution by providing innovative, wide-are communication solutions on a global scale.

For more information visit www.mobilelads.com

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Britannia Mining, Inc. (BMIN) Establishes Strategy to Capitalize on the Golden Curve

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Britannia Mining is a U.S.-based company engaged in the identification and commercialization of natural resources with projects in Asia, Africa and Canada. While the primary focus is on iron ore, Britannia is defining a strategy to advance its gold initiatives and create value at every stage of the mining value curve – from exploration and extractive operations to end-trading activities.

Through a previous merger with Micron Enviro Systems, Britannia acquired gold exploration rights to six separate claims covering 300 acres in the Canadian Yukon, located near the infamous Kinross white gold discovery. Management recently renewed the gold claims and is currently in talks with potential partners to discuss development of the properties.

Britannia earlier this week said it is scouring the global market for ready-to-mine gold projects of at least 100,000 oz., and recapped its recent meetings in the United Arab Emirates to discuss trading gold sourced from current operational gold mines that fall within the company’s business development pipeline.

Company initiatives are spearheaded by CEO Kenneth Roberts, a founding director of Britannia Mining and a British entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in mining, commodities and logistics. Supported by additional members of the company’s qualified management team, Roberts is leading the Britannia’s continual pursuit to acquire low-cost properties with the potential for high-yield returns.

“We have already shown that we can secure trading opportunities for commodities,” Roberts stated in a recent news release, referencing the company’s ability to secure 1.2 million metric tons of “ready mined” iron ore in Malaysia. “The next natural step is for us to develop our gold division.”

For more information, visit www.britanniamining.com

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Snap Interactive, Inc. (STVI): Growing Population of Singles Explodes the Online Dating Market

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Snap Interactive, Inc. develops, owns and operates a social dating application for social networking websites and mobile platforms. The company’s flagship brand, AYI.com, which stands for “Are You Interested?”, has become one of the largest social dating applications on the Internet with over 70 million installs, including over 25 million Facebook connected singles.

Snap Interactive is benefiting from a number of demographic and social trends. The key demographic trend is the rising number of singles in the United States and Western society in general. Especially in the United States, the total number of adult singles in the U.S. population totaled 37.7% at the start of 1977, and as marriage continuously declined, the adult single population is now 49.7% of the population. For the first time in United States history, the number of single people equals the number of married people.

The number of single-person households and couples that cohabitate have seen nearly a straight line increase over the past three decades. Although some argue that there has been an ongoing decline in marriages due to a rejection of religious values, there is no evidence of that. Over 78% of the U.S. population identifies as a member of some denomination of Christianity, and those that identify as agnostics or atheist are in the low single digits. Complex structural economic and social factors have shaped these changes in our society. As women have entered the workforce, the role of stay-at-home wives that focus raising children is now a rarity. Over the same three decades, the income of the middle class has stagnated or declined while the share of the country’s income to the top 1% aggressively grows. One can recall a period of time in the past when the working husband was able to afford a mortgage, a car for himself and one for his housewife, and health insurance for the entire family. That shifted in a matter of a few decades to households where both husband and wife have to work to maintain the same benefits as the prior generation. Marriage simply doesn’t play the role it had in the past.

The economic reasons also play a role in increasing divorce rates which range anywhere from 41% to 50% depending on how the divorce rates are measured. There are many social factors which play a role in the increasing number of singles as well. The negative stigma associated with someone that was never married has significantly declined. The emphasis on individualism in America to enhance consumer activity has further atomized society and decreased a sense of community which also cuts into the value of extended nuclear families. All the evidence indicates that the demographic trend of increasing singles will continue.

With the increasing population of singles, comes the increase of online dating which has grown into a $2.1 billon industry. Revenue from mobile dating is in the neighborhood of $400 million. This industry continued to expand at a rate of 3.5% a year till now and wasn’t slowed by the Great Recession, and continues to attract investors. Currently, about 38% of Americans that describe themselves as single and looking have used a mobile dating app or an online dating Web site, which is a huge increase from 2005, when about 11% in that same category used online dating. About 23% that use online dating find a successful relationship, and since 2005, nearly a third of the couples that have married initially met online.

There are 4,900 companies that run online dating sites, and the online dating industry is expected to add 100 new companies a year for the next 4 years. A key driver of growth has been the introduction of systems that match users of mutual interest according to content-based algorithms, which are based on factors that include a user’s age, education and income, and collaborative filtering-style algorithms, which is based on prior communications between users of similar interests.

Snap Interactive’s AYI online dating app matches users of shared interests and friends and allows the user quick and easy creation of a rich authentic profile so they can begin meeting other singles locally right away. Their app is integrated across Facebook, iPhone, Android, and the World Wide Web. The company has over 2 million monthly active users, and captures over 10,000 new users every single day. Snap Interactive recently reported their sixth consecutive month of subscriber growth, with an increase in their active subscriber base of 24% during the first five months of 2014, and this was while cutting marketing and advertising costs by 25% since January 2014. Snap Interactive has clearly gained growth momentum which should continue for years.

Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) Demonstrates Resilience on Cusp of New Acquisition

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Oriens Travel & Hotel Management is a next-generation international hotel brand operator with offices in British Columbia and Las Vegas. The company’s focus is on helping its network of partner hotels increase their occupancy levels and subsequent bottom-line profits.

Synergistic with its proprietary online booking/payment processing engine, the company has developed five unique brands under the Hotel PURE flag to help identify and categorize hotel properties according to star ratings and amenities: Hotel PURE Signature, Hotel PURE Select, Hotel PURE Green, Hotel PURE Express, and Hotel PURE B+B.

Oriens generates revenues from a fee structure based on reservations delivered through its Hotel PURE System. To help increase occupancy for its hotel clients, Oriens offers a suite of marketing solutions to help its clients secure a Top 10 web presence on searches through leading travel booking websites such as Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, US Airways and more.

Entering the third quarter of 2014, Oriens demonstrated its resilience to adverse circumstances that unfolded at the beginning of the year when the company’s planned merger fell through due to third-party mishaps. Oriens surmised, however, that the botched merger was a positive event, enabling the company to establish a new business model while acquiring and branding its own properties under the new brand.

To that accord, Oriens today reported that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with BW Point Condominium Trust, LLC in which Oriens will acquire BW Point’s beach front property in Costa Rica. The LOI made a cash payment of approximately 4.5% to secure the deal, which Obriens says will “dramatically adjust the actual worth and value” of the company.

“Once the acquisition is complete, Oriens would book immediate asset values, boasting estimated revenues close to $9 million,” Ken Chua, president of Oriens, stated in the news release. “By focusing on our development in Costa Rica, we have been able to structure real financial opportunities, those which will almost immediately reflect in our financials. We are confident that shareholders will soon receive a substantial boost in confidence within the next 20 business days.”

The 15 story, 42-unit beach front condo/hotel building will serve as the company’s foundation to launching and developing its condo/hotel brand management, property ownership and online booking business model.

For more information, visit www.orienscorp.com

Following Recent Trading Suspensions, SEC Warns that Some Marijuana-Related Stocks may be Blowing Smoke

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

If you’re paying any attention to emerging markets, it goes without saying that the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use has triggered a stampede of medical marijuana-related stocks. And along with it, fraud in the microcap space. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a warning to investors about possible scams involving marijuana-related investments after a handful of companies came into question.

In the past two months alone, the agency says it has suspended trading on five cannabis industry microcaps flagged for potential fraud.

“For marijuana-related companies that are not required to report with the SEC, investors may have limited information about the company’s management, products, services, and finances,” the SEC’s alert says. “When publicly available information is scarce, fraudsters can more easily spread false information about a company, making profits for themselves while creating losses for unsuspecting investors.”

The SEC’s Microcap Fraud Task Force is responsible for sharking the microcap market to identify inadequate or potentially misleading/inaccurate news disseminated by public companies. The SEC is authorized to suspend trading on questionable companies for up to 10 days while the alleged activity is further investigated.

“Recent changes in state laws concerning medical and recreational marijuana have created new opportunities for penny stock fraud,” Elisha Frank, co-chair of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Microcap Fraud Task Force, stated in the SEC’s news release. “Wherever we see incomplete or misleading disclosures, we act quickly to protect investors.”

The SEC recently suspended trading on FusionPharm, Inc.; Cannabusiness Group, Inc.; GrowLife, Inc.; Advanced Cannabis Solutions, Inc.; and Petrotech Oil and Gas, Inc.

“We know from experience that fraudsters follow the headlines,” said Lori J. Schock, director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, which prepared the investor alert. “Given the attention that marijuana-related companies have attracted recently, we urge investors to exercise caution when looking at investments in this space. Always thoroughly research the company – and the person selling the investment – before making a decision.”

For more information visit www.sec.gov

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Banjo & Matilda (BANJ) Appoints Leading U.S. Fashion Sales Agency To Grow Distribution

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Banjo & Matilda, an emerging high growth Australian lifestyle brand announced today that it has appointed leading US based fashion sales agency HATCH to assist in selling the label to US and Canadian retailers. The appointment should significantly grow the number of US retail outlets the label is stocked in over the next 12 months and will help the company penetrate the Canadian market.

The number of retail outlet “doors” Banjo & Matilda is now stocked in has been increasing rapidly with more than 100 retail outlets now stocking the label including leading department and speciality stores such as Neiman Marcus, Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols, ShopBop, Revolve, Stanley Korshaks, David Jones, Intermix and leading department and speciality stores in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

“The appointment of a good US sales agency is critical early on when growing a brand in the US market. In addition to assisting with securing key major retailers, sales agency’s help drive distribution into the very large independent market. The appointment of HATCH will help us secure additional retail partners including major department stores and key independents. HATCH is well regarded, and represent a number of other iconic and highly successful brands such as James Perse, Soludos, and VPL among others. We look forward to working closely with the HATCH team to grow the business here in the United States.” said Ben Macpherson, CEO Banjo & Matilda.

“Hatch endeavors to find the most authentic and unique designers in contemporary fashion and we are delighted to welcome Banjo & Matilda to the Hatch family. We look forward to continued international success.” said Kay Sides, CEO HATCH, Inc.

Gamzio Mobile, Inc. (GAMZ) Social Casino Gaming Model a Serious Contender in Red Hot Sector

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Gamzio Mobile is carving off a slice of the growing social casino gaming space with a social slots game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as a new real money slots game for the U.K. market.

Armed with a keen eye for strategic growth and organic player-base development, which helped the company land the recent acquisition of 147k-plus liked Facebook social casino app, Go-Go Casino, Gamzio is an aggressive mobile social casino gaming experience developer committed to capturing a sizeable chunk of this lucrative market, where Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) pulled down $237M in revenues for just Q1 this year, largely from gaming payments and fees. Gamzio’s games have top-notch graphics and an artistic style that is somewhat reminiscent of top titles from Zynga, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), including their viral Candy Crush game, which has over 100M MAU (monthly Active Users) and FarmVille 2 (10M plus MAU), as well as their new slots simulation game, Hit it Rich! Casino Slots.

Gamzio’s Slots-O-Luck Adventure HD (iOS 4.3 and up, compatible with iPad) and Slots-O-Luck Adventure (compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), now released to players in 58 countries around the world, are designed like an adventure game with an open, progression-based world (Slots City) to explore. Experience points are awarded to the player for winning games played using a set amount of free coins which are given away every four hours and used as in-game currency. Coins get spent relatively fast when the player is losing and thus the opportunity to buy more coins for cash at the in-game currency store continually asserts itself, as there is no other option when the player runs out other than to wait till more are available after four hours. Slots-O-Luck maintains a 4.5 star rating on the Apple App Store and was featured twice by Apple in both the Casino and Simulation categories.

This same game design approach of generating revenue off multiple smaller transactions via a free-to-play, attractive/engaging social media-enabled environment has proven extremely successful for Zynga and it should be noted by investors that Gamzio has considerably less overhead or corporate bloat to contend with by comparison. The social casino gaming market has really been heating up in recent years, with major titles from top industry names like famous maker of real-world slot machines, International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), now going fully digital with their own online casino games. In fact, IGT’s Double Down Casino ($500M acquisition of Double Down Interactive in 2012) ranked alongsideCaesars Entertainment’s (NASDAQ: CZR) Slotomania ($80M Playtika acquisition)in last year’s list of top Facebook titles. Social casino gaming currently dominates the top app leaderboards according to a recent report based on data extracted from Distimo AppIQ and the sector itself represents something like 20% of the footprint of the top grossing 100 leaderboards on Apple App Store and Google Play.

Leveling up in Slots-O-Luck Adventure through accumulating experience and completing other single player or multiplayer progression tasks (including social sharing) orients the players to an evolving game world, with new levels granting the player access to new casinos and new machines, the game world gradually expanding as the player levels. The ability for players to connect with Facebook and participate in rich multiplayer that is fully integrated with social media via the company’s proprietary Social Integration Systems, further enhances audience building and user retention dynamics. Frequent players will generally want to buy into different tiers of the Slots-O-Luck Adventure Slots Syndicate for a fee (generating considerable return revenues), with membership in various ranks of the syndicate doling out more free coins and spins with each tier, as well as granting bonus multipliers that speed up leveling.The background sound design is alternately exciting and/or relaxing Vegas-style music and there are tons of bonus and mini-games to keep players entertained. All-in-all Slots-O-Luck Adventure is an extremely impressive offering from a smaller company than is typical in the space, giving GAMZ plenty of upside room to move and a highly competitive product.

The company’s newest game, Casino Island Adventure – Real Money Slots! (iOS 6.0 and up, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), focuses on Vegas-style slots and the real money gaming side of the market, while still using the adventure framework. A big part of making the real money model work for GAMZ will be to keep up the same reliable customer service reputation they have already established and really cater to the serious gamers who will be wagering their hard earned cash and expect service to be accurate, as well as prompt. The expanded in-game feature set available thanks to Gamzio’s tight Facebook integration will continue to set the company’s products apart from their bigger rivals while broadly opening the browser-based gaming vector for further development and growth of the user-base.

With spending on mobile gaming apps nearly tripling last year to around $14.5B (SuperData Research, AppAnnie) and projections for this year of over 45% growth to some $21.5B, the roughly 173M potential MAU target market for social casino games alone is a gold mine, especially for a smaller company like GAMZ. The company understands game design and has established a track-record for creating compelling, feature-rich content that is highly engaging, innovative, and looks absolutely stunning. Given the relative newness of mobile social gambling and the on-average double revenue per user of these types of games compared to typical social games, as well as the relatively poor monetization methods and low overall retention rates of competitors, GAMZ is poised to hit the target demographic sweet spot and gobble up a larger portion of this much sought after market. Morgan Stanley has pegged a figure of around $7B by 2015 for the social casinos market alone and Juniper Research recently estimated that mobile casino wagers could hit $62B globally in the next four years.

One of the company’s big success secrets thus far has been their collaborative approach to working with other top online gaming companies and a veteran team of experienced casino game designers. This is a particular aspect of the company to keep an eye on, as the market is characterized by a lack of affiliate relations and typically rising costs per install that make it necessary to employ a diverse user acquisition strategy like the one GAMZ has developed. GAMZ comes to the table with a proven affiliate management model and the kind of ingenious monetization techniques needed maximize revenues, especially on the Facebook integration end of things. Bundle in best-of-breed predictive mobile analytics, including GAMZ’s proprietary backend player-tracking system, as well as fully player-optimized ads and real-time optimization that bypasses Apples Updates, and you have a featherweight contender in Gamzio that can easily punch above its weight class.

More info on Gamzio Mobile is available at www.Gamzio.com

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BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO): A Revolution in the Cleaning of Contaminated Water

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

BioLargo, Inc. is a company whose technology platforms are all involved in the harnessing and delivery of iodine as a broad spectrum disinfectant, oxidizer, and nutrient. The company has structured itself as a science-oriented business with three primary market segments, a water filtration through its BioLargo Water business, medical technology through its Clyra Technology division, and consumer products marketed under the brand names Odor-No-More, Nature’s Best Solution, Deodorall, and NBS.

The company expects to tap a huge market with its patented AOS (Advanced Oxidation System) Filter, which is a new invention that was recently validated in proof-of-concept testing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The validation showed the technology of the AOS Filter was highly effective at dismantling and removing hard to manage contaminants from water.

What they have done is taken an oxidizer and then combined it with well understood technologies like carbon filter media, ceramics, and membrane technologies to extract contaminants from the water flow. Carbon filtering uses activated carbon, which is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption. In other words, the pollutant molecules become trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrates. Ceramic filters also use small pore size of ceramic material to filter dirt, debris, and bacteria out of water. Membrane technology based filtering has water pressured through semi-permeable membranes that trap the polluting molecules on one side of the membrane while allowing the water to pass through. This traditional filter media is used simultaneously with an oxidizing technology and electricity, which then allows the device to provide an oxidation potential across the surface area of the filter media.

In oxidation, a chemical reaction occurs in which electrons are effectively removed from the molecules of a substance and that substance is effectively dismantled. For example, when iron in moist air oxidizes, electrons are being removed from the iron which degrades and rust. Likewise, advanced oxidation processes (AOP) can be used to dismantle and clean biologically toxic or non-degradable materials such as hydrocarbons like benzene, pesticides, petroleum constituents, and volatile organic compounds in waste water.

So essentially, the AOS Filter is a filter converted to a chemical reactor, which operates at very high rates of oxidation, low-power, high-speed and a continuous flow. BioLargo’s proof-of-claim work showed that their AOS Fitler performed at greater than 10 times faster and at about one twentieth the power consumption of the closest competitor to dismantle and remove very hard to get contaminants in a continuous flow of water.

The size of the global water market is massive and estimated to be a $375 billion industry. Environmentalist have become more concerned with the contamination of water from a huge range of industries, such as agricultural, chemical manufacturers, power plant, fracking, and so forth. With the growth of industrial pollution and increasing droughts due to climate change/global warming, a number of economist from Wall Street even have argued for having water supplies controlled primarily by private corporations, which is certainly not an idea that that has a universal acceptance. With the concerns over water contamination, BioLargo’s technology has a tremendous sized market to tap into.

CEO Dennis Calvert certainly has decided to move in a highly ambitious direction. The company is working on a pilot project with the University of Alberta to decontaminate the waste water that results from the tar sands industry. Tar sands consists of a mixture of clay, sand, water, and bitumen, which is a very thick viscous high weight oil. The tar sands extraction being done in the northwest-central part of Alberta, Canada involves very heavy open strip mining as it requires about two tons of tar sands to produce one barrel of oil. To extract the bitumen oil requires heavy usage of water through steam injection as well as various solvents, and ultimately it takes about 3.5 barrels of water to produce one barrel of oil.

Currently the waste water already produced from tar sands oil extraction sits in vast open lakes called tailing ponds with contaminants including naphthenic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenolic compounds, ammonia, mercury and other trace metals. These open lakes cover an area that is 50% larger than the city of Vancouver which is about 176 square kilometers (67.95 square miles), and contains about 830 million cubic meters (219.26 billion gallons) of waste water. It is estimated that these tailing ponds contain: 305,905 kilograms of Arsenic, 178,200 kilograms of benzene, 756,793 kilograms of lead, 824 kilograms of mercury, 1,169,000 kilograms of toluene, and the list of toxins just continues. The water is so deadly that flocks of geese that land in the water simply die, and it has been estimated by environmentalist that thousands to tens of thousands of ducks among other animals have died on these tailing ponds.

Currently tar sands oil accounts for 40% of Canada’s oil production, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government’s goal is to double that over the next 15 years. Setting aside the fact that tar sands oil is four times more carbon intensive than other common crude oils, they lack the water resources to achieve that goal. Hence there are a number of stakeholders who would certainly like to see BioLargo’s AOS Filter technology succeed.

The water treatment industry is a massive commercial opportunity, and the AOS Filter is a significant advancement in the way water can be treated.

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Rainbow International Corp. (RNBI) Spammed Aggressively

Friday, June 20th, 2014

We have observed an influx of emails spamming Rainbow International. Investors should be wary of these emails, as they are completely anonymous and violate the CAN-SPAM Act established by the FTC. As of this time, the company has not provided a public comment on the issue.

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Canyon Gold Corp. (CGCC) on Course through Exploration and Diversification

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Canyon Gold Corp., a US public company with executive offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, is focused on gold exploration. It owns 30 mineral lease claims and has optioned 280 mineral lease claims for a total of approximately 6,613 acres. The area is positioned on the northeast to southwest ‘Long Canyon Trend’ on the range directly west of the Pequop Mountains in the Spruce Ridge area of Nevada – an area experiencing extensive new discoveries of gold.

Canyon Gold plans to explore its claims for a large tonnage Carlin-type of gold deposit. The Carlin–type deposits have come to be known as some of the largest hydrothermal gold deposits in the world. The invisible nature of the gold in the deposit makes it difficult to find deposits of that kind. The class of deposit was defined after the Carlin mine became a mass producer of gold in the 1960s. It was recognized that other deposits of that type should exist. Most of the mines in the Great Basin in the United States belong to the Carlin type. Carlin type deposits have also been found in China and Macedonia.

In a strategic move aimed at diversification to increase shareholder value, the company announced last month the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Marshall Thomsen Ltd., a British Columbia corporation entering the cannabis industry as a producer of cannabis products for distribution to the medical community, thereby becoming part of a promising future world trend.

“Joining the Team of Canyon Gold provides the opportunity to build and operate a superior production center for cannabis with a view to a very bright future for the Company and value to its shareholders,” commented Tom Thomsen, President of the newly acquired subsidiary.

A newcomer to the mineral exploration field, Canyon Gold has assembled an experienced management team supported by qualified professionals on its Board of Advisors. The company plans to continue to seek out experienced professionals to join its Board and Advisory Committee.

Canyon Gold is poised for success with its claims in an area of expanding gold discoveries and the potential for growth through acquisition of further claims in the same areas. Going forward, CGCC continues to seek funding for its Gold Subsidiary to implement its planned Phase Two exploration program on its mineral claims in Elko County of Nevada.

For more information on the company visit www.canyongoldexploration.com

Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (SBOTF) Adds Two New Members to Scientific Advisory Board

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Stellar Biotechnologies, the leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), announced today the appointment of Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D. and Charles V. Olson, D.Sc. to the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). They will join Daniel C. Adelman, M.D., Malcolm Gefter, Ph.D., Daniel Morse, Ph.D. and Andrew Saxon, M.D. on the SAB. An ongoing resource to provide Stellar’s management with counsel and guidance, the SAB is comprised of prominent scientists and physicians representing a range of disciplines including immunology, molecular biology and biochemistry.

Dr. Gregory Baxter, a member of Stellar’s Board of Directors since August 2012, is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Clinical Drug Development for CCS Associates, Inc. He also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University in the College of Chemical Engineering and on the Founders Board of Stanford University’s StartX Med Program. Dr. Baxter’s background spans both science and business arenas including Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships; Founder and CSO of Hurel Corporation; Founder and CEO of Aegen Biosciences; and Research Scientists for Molecular Devices Corporation. Dr. Baxter received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“It’s been gratifying to be a part of Stellar’s corporate achievements this past year and I look forward to contributing on the Company’s research front and in the advancement of its C. diff immunotherapy program,” said Dr. Baxter.

Dr. Charles Olson is a biotechnology industry professional with broad scientific and operational experience, and specialization in manufacturing operations and process development. Dr. Olson currently serves as Vice President of CMC and Technical Operations for NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Vice President of Protein Sciences for Anthera Pharmacetuicals. His background includes the positions of Senior VP of Product Development and Operations for Nexbio Inc.; VP of Hayward Operations for Cell Genesys; Senior Director of Manufacturing, Facilities and Process Development for Biomarin Pharmaceuticals; and Director of Manufacturing Sciences for Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Olson received his D.Sc. in Biochemistry from Hawthorne University.

“This is an exciting time for Stellar with its many promising commercial opportunities that the Company has in its sights,” said Dr. Olson. “I am excited to join a team with such a strong technology position, and I look forward to being a part of their success.”

Frank Oakes, Stellar’s president and CEO, said, “We are delighted to have both of these biotechnology experts available to our internal teams and to advise our Board of Directors as we advance corporate objectives and deliver on key research and operational goals.”

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