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Banjo & Matilda, Inc. (BANJ) Sweater Exchange Initiative Passionate About Giving Back

July 18th, 2014

Banjo & Matilda, a premium fashion lifestyle brand, has announced its annual Australian Sweater Exchange with intentions to roll the initiative out on a global scale. Info about the exchange can be found at

The Sweater Exchange, established in 2011 and founded by Banjo & Matilda Co-Founders Belynda & Ben Macpherson, helps homeless and displaced women and children across Australia through the re-distribution of their sweaters during winter months. The initiative has helped thousands since its inception.

The Sweater Exchange started with after Co-Founder and Creative Director Belynda Macpherson read an article that every night across Australia over 50,000 women, many with children, are homeless. The impact on her was profound. It was at this point where the idea of providing luxury sweaters and knitwear for those more fortunate than these displaced and homeless women was conceived. Belynda could see how her business could make a positive difference in the lives of these people.

Belynda Macpherson notes, “We launched the Sweater Exchange in 2011 wanting to fuse philanthropy and fashion in a benevolent way. I wanted to make the initiative more inclusive than most charity projects however by having a call-to-action that didn’t involve donating money. The idea of donating your pre-loved sweaters – or literally the clothes off your back – resonated with our brand and also our community at large. Anyone able to afford a new sweater, would have to have an older one in their cupboard, thus the charity was born. It has been so successful to date, I think because no exchange of money is involved and it’s a genuine kindness that is the motivating factor, and we make it easy by providing a $50 gift voucher to spend in our online store. We plan to roll it out in other major cities like New York, London and Germany over the coming years.”

Since its beginning, The Sweater Exchange has been supported by many who are passionate about the cause and the initiative that addresses it. Celebrities such as Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie and Miranda Kerr and others have donated to the exchange and helped promote the initiative over the years.

Banjo & Matilda, Inc. is a rising Australian premium lifestyle brand, best known as a designer, producer and marketer of premium contemporary woman’s knitwear. Inspired by the iconic Bondi Beach surroundings of its creative studios, Banjo& Matilda launched its first knitwear collection in 2008.

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Delivers Full Range of IT Solutions to Organizations of All Sizes

July 18th, 2014

Rochester, New York-based Infinite Group has been in the IT business for over 25 years. The company works closely with organizations of all sizes, from small businesses with a few computers to large-scale enterprises with tens of thousands. Over the years, Infinite Group has honed a reputation as a premier IT service and support supplier, as it has deployed value-laden IT solutions tailored to each client’s unique requirements.

With the advent of new technological developments in recent years, the business landscape has changed at all levels. Organizations of all sizes have grown to understand the value of outsourcing their IT needs to a capable provider. Ahead of the technological curve, Infinite Group has adopted a more comprehensive approach to client needs. Now it utilizes a full-coverage client service model, in which it leverages the talents of over 80 highly-experienced, certified professionals to deliver a full range of IT service and support solutions. Among the solutions offered by the capable team at Infinite Group are:

• Managed Services
• Business Process Optimization and Management
• Cloud Computing
• Capacity Planning Analysis
• Mobility
• Program & Project Management
• Unified Communications
• Systems Engineering
• Information Security
• Staff Augmentation
• Business Continuity Planning
• Consulting

With its proven, reliable solutions covering the entire IT chain, Infinite Group has built up a robust client base. Infinite Group’s current roster includes PepsiCo, the State of Mississippi, Home Depot, NASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Florida Department of Financial Services, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Marine Corps. On top of its respected service and support models, Infinite Group has partnered with industry leaders for ensuring its clients derive the greatest value. These partners include VMware, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, and Veeam.

In 2014, Infinite Group has attained a number of new partnerships, signifying its intention to continue its momentum as a growing, established IT service and support provider. One group of prospects that Infinite Group has been beefing up offerings for is small businesses and medium-sized enterprises. Company developments such as Infinite Group’s new partnership with Unitrends show Infinite Group is positioning itself to service the needs of this growing market space. Other company developments, such as Infinite Group’s naming of cybersecurity expert Frank McIntire as Vice President of Sales, reflect Infinite Group’s ability to perceive increasingly relevant IT markets and adapt and to respond to the new demand.

As more organizations outsource their IT needs to third party providers, Infinite Group hopes to capitalize on the demand and bolster its industry reputation further. With a respected team of capable personnel, a forward-thinking leadership team, and an industry reputation for proven performance, the company appears well-positioned for new market gains.

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LD Holdings, Inc. (LDHL) Targets Boomer Businesses for Acquisition

July 17th, 2014

LD Holdings, Inc., located in Perrysburg in Northwest Ohio, is a financial and management holding company that has identified a significant business opportunity. LD Holdings intends to fill a void in the small business world regarding the sale and transfer of businesses from baby boomer owners to the next generation.

Baby boomers are the largest demographic group in America. 78 million boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, 10,000 will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years, and a boomer turns 50 every 7 seconds. Baby boomers also control approximately 70% of the total wealth in the United States and 50% of the discretionary spending power. Before 2030, over $40 trillion will be transferred to their descendants. LD Holdings believes it has a scalable business plan for this largely untapped market, and will play the role of facilitator for the generational transfer of profitable baby boomer businesses with revenues up to $25 million.

Considering today’s financial environment, there have been difficulties involved with borrowing acquisition money. Historically, business sellers have not sought to provide financing to the prospective buyer and, unfortunately, these types of transactions are normally too large for most individuals, too risky for banks who now have new regulations and too small for most institutional-type investors to finance.

LD Holdings’ business model seeks to capitalize on the massive transfer of generational assets, particularly where boomers are looking to transition from the ownership of small businesses into retirement and are facing pressure to accept values below their true market value just to get the business sold. The company will look to create venture capital returns without venture capital risks by acquiring profitable baby boomer companies and incentivizing the younger management who will take over running the companies. The firm’s leadership is especially focused on business acquisitions that are successful and have a history of profits and cash flow.

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Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY) Always-On Military-Strength Email Encryption Solution Perfectly Timed As Concerns Mount

July 17th, 2014

Ecrypt Technologies, the rapidly emerging data security and encryption technology company focused on the enterprise, government, and military market’s sweet spot (providing smart, simple security solutions backed up by military-strength capabilities), is rolling out their “always on” encryption email system, Ecrypt One, at what seems like the height of panic over how unsecured our data is.

Witness the report just out from Gmail’s security transparency project indicating Apple has apparently implemented transit encryption for iCloud email recently, with 95% of traffic from iCloud now appearing to be encrypted using Transport Layer Security. Or the even more recent move by Switzerland-headquartered Confidesk AG to help users manage public key encryption more safely and easily, with the release of a suite of multi-platform tools designed to try and improve client side encryption functionality. Of course, most of this is like plugging holes in a dike with your finger while rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic when compared with the military-strength, feature-rich, Ecrypt One platform.

Ecrypt One creates an environment that safeguards exchange and storage ubiquitously, while also allowing for comprehensive audit integrity of all emails and attachments. A full back-end suite of regulatory compliance capabilities via Ecrypt One’s Compliance Officer console and the ability to easily do on-demand reporting, paired up with inherent security situational awareness that automatically captures, prevents and logs attempted security breaches (malicious or unintentional), is a godsend for protocol remediation and finding out where the holes are. Such granular overwatch reporting capabilities make full-spectrum micromanagement painless and the Ecrypt One platform further ensures, via robust role-based access controls, multi-factor authentication, and server rule-based policies, that a strict access hierarchy is maintained. Designed to easily integrate with a host of other security solutions and productivity tools, this powerful new secure collaboration offering from ECRY was built from the ground up to play nice with other tech, while maintaining a hard security edge.

One of the reasons Ecrypt One is so elegantly powerful as a platform is the vast experience its developers have in devising comprehensive security solutions. ECRY understands that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and when it comes to network security, this maxim rings truer than ever. Furthermore, ECRY is omnipresently aware of how crucial working out the kinks associated with compliance (to avoid fines) are while going over the nuances of a company’s security envelope, helping them to mold a more complete and perfect solution and then educating staff on procedure. This in-depth understanding of how to achieve a balance between compliance and tight security makes the company’s consulting services particularly attractive to organizations which feel overburdened by a complex network security reform process which they cannot get a handle on themselves.

Ecrypt Technologies is able to go through a customer’s entire network food chain, analyzing and overhauling both practices, as well as the associated technologies, in order to create a more perfect network where management can rest easy, secure in the knowledge that their critical information won’t end up in the wrong hands (which often represents as much as, or even more than half of the value of the entire organization). The loss of trust and impact to share price that goes hand-in-hand with a serious security breach, like what happened recently to Target, with over 70M customers having their data personal information and credit card numbers stolen, speaks for itself (just look at Target’s recent financials).

A report released earlier this week by New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, indicates that 1.8M of those hacked in the Target debacle were among the 19.5M resident of that state. The same report also estimated the total cost last year of investigation and rectification for some 900 or more security breaches (over 7.3M records compromised) cost institutions a staggering $1.37B. A quarter of all stolen data from network security breaches ends up being used in fraud and the impact from identify theft in 2012 alone was around $25B in direct/indirect losses. Thankfully, more and more enterprises, as well as government agencies, are taking note and beefing up their network security.

ECRY is poised to capture much of this burgeoning network security market, with offerings like their Ecrypt One being a bold first showing for a smaller company like this, which nevertheless has heavy-hitters on board like former Congressman, Curt Weldon (Chairman) and the likes of retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and former Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology at DHS, Jay Cohen (Director).

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Well Power Inc. (WPWR) to Highlight Proprietary Technology for Processing Waste Natural Gas

July 17th, 2014

Following extensive interest from oil and gas industry professionals at Well Power’s earlier webinar on its proprietary Micro-Refinery Unit, the company has announced an additional presentation that will be open to the public. The new webinar will take place during the week of July 28th, 2014, with final date, time, and log-in details to be given to participants upon signup.

Well Power, based in Houston, has acquired an exclusive distribution license from ME Resource Corp., Vancouver-based developer of a technology that can process waste natural gas into useable clean fuels, such as no-sulfur diesel. Waste natural gas is a major energy industry problem, representing significant losses as excess natural gas generated during oil production is vented, burned off in flares, or simply left stranded, due to an inability to cost effectively process it.

It is estimated that global gas flaring amounts to approximately 150 billion cubic meters every year, an energy equivalent to nearly 30% of the European Union’s annual gas requirements. The Micro-Refinery Unit (MRU) technology offers an easily deployable high-yield way of turning all this wasted gas into Green FuelTM and clean power, even electrical power. Well Power’s licensing agreement gives them exclusive rights to Texas, with the first right of refusal for all other U.S. states.

The webinar will be led by Professor Gregory Patience, Director and Chief Technology Officer of MEC, and will be joined by Dr. Christian Neagoe, Director and CEO of Well Power. Professor Patience, a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal since 2004, has gained an international reputation collaborating with researchers across North America and Europe. Dr. Neagoe, with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry, has been a Research Associate at École Polytechnique de Montréal since 2011.

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WordLogic Corporation (WLGC) Claims TouchType Ltd. in Patent Infringement Suit

July 17th, 2014

WordLogic, a worldwide leader in predictive intelligence text input technology for mobile devices, tablets and desktops, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit on July 14, 2014 against TouchType Ltd. d/b/a SwiftKey. WLGC’s lawsuit claims SwiftKey infringes WordLogic’s US patent 8552984 entitled “Method, System, Apparatus and Computer-Readable Media for Directing Input Associated with Keyboard-Type Device.”

WordLogic holds multiple patents in the area of transforming ordinary touch screens devices into environments that offer an infinite number of opportunities to create revenue. The company has numerous foundational patents in predictive text keyboard technologies that can be applied to a multitude of platforms and mobiles devices. Its current technologies are viewed as unique strengths which enable it to differentiate itself from its competitors.

“WordLogic has been the pioneer in developing some of the most groundbreaking intuitive keyboard technologies on the market and has been acknowledged as a leader in predictive technologies,” said Frank Evanshen, CEO WordLogic. “We have made significant investments in developing WordLogic’s technologies and patent portfolio and will work vigorously to protect our patent rights against infringement by others.”

One of many sectors in which WordLogic is excelling in is healthcare. WordLogic for Healthcare delivers the company’s patented predictive input technology to the electronic health record process (EHR). For clinicians who spend significant amounts of time filling in reports and repetitiously enter thousands of medical words and phrases, its technology saves significant amounts of time.

WordLogic develops, markets, licenses and sells advanced predictive platform software designed to accelerate information discovery and text input. Innovations by the company operate on a multitude of devices including smartphones, PCs, cell phones, Smart TV, media players, automotive navigational systems, infotainment and game consoles. WLGC’s portfolio of intellectual property includes U.S. and European patents. The company also has numerous patents pending.

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Mobile Lads Corp. (MOBO) – Wireless Security

July 17th, 2014

Because of low cost and ease of use, wireless networks have achieved global ubiquity for communication and the transmission of data. By utilizing radio signals, wireless networks eliminate the expense of using wires or cables for communication within homes, between various equipment locations, for telecommunications networks, and for business communications and data transfer.

Wireless networks of all sizes deliver data in the form of telephone calls, web pages, and streaming video, but a wireless wide area network (WWAN) requires different technology than a local area network. Because radio communications systems don’t provide a secure connection path, wireless wide area networks need special encryption and authentication methods to make them secure. This is especially true since so much important and sensitive financial data and information is transmitted regularly across WWANs.

Billions of consumer finance and payment processing transactions are transmitted across WWANs every day. These transactions remain vulnerable without state-of-the-art encryption and authentication systems, jeopardizing businesses and consumers alike. Mobile Lads (MOBO) delivers a variety of technologies that make these wireless transactions secure and convenient.

Mobile Lads designs and delivers secure wide-area wireless transaction software solutions tailored to the consumer finance and payment processing industries and provides seamless access to time-sensitive information and data on multiple network standards through its Xtreme Mobility division which owns the patent on a system to verify mobile transactions via a secure two-way verification process. Xtreme Mobility’s current technologies include xmVerify, xmBilling, and xmOne.

Compatible with almost all mobile platforms, xmVerify operates in real-time to combat credit card fraud. The technology employs one of the highest cryptographic standards available, while the security algorithm and application are designed to operate on the limited battery and computational power of mobile devices.

xmBilling is a mobile platform that provides customers with a convenient and secure way to review and authorize automatic billing transactions. The state-of-the-art system sends the user a text message with a URL leading to an online e-bill where they can review details of the bill and authorize the payment via credit card with the use of their PIN number.

The xmOne mobile platform provides multiple encrypted mobile services, including top-up, payment processing, emergency notification and marketing, ideal for students and higher education facilities.

The Mobile Lads management team has decades of in-depth technical expertise in wireless channel communications plus a solid background in business strategy and consumer analysis. With their penchant for wide-area wireless security solutions and a suite of proprietary and patented products, Mobile Lads could fast become the leader in a burgeoning global market.

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Seeks to Develop Solar Ecommerce Marketplace

July 17th, 2014

Nevada-based Pan Global Corp. constantly investigates opportunities where it can develop electric power generation projects from renewable energy sources, such as solar, mini-hydro, geothermal and wind power.

These days, Pan Global’s main focus is on potential projects in India. At this time, many commercial and industrial energy consumers face high electricity prices which often surpass the price of electricity generated from solar photovaltic (PV) power.

Pan Global is in discussions with companies and subsidiaries of well-known international companies operating in India about undertaking the development of solar power generation projects on customer sites or undertaking the supply of power directly to these private customers. The ability to initiate these discussions is directly related to solar PV having achieved “grid parity,” wherein unsubsidized solar PV costs are less than grid electricity prices.

In addition, Pan Global recently announced that it will develop an ecommerce marketplace site for solar installation and services in India. The Pan Solar Marketplace is intended to bring buyers and sellers of solar equipment and services together in one place. Initially, the focus will be on rooftop solar paneling systems and, eventually, the company will consider extending and providing large, ground-based solar installations and other services.

Years ago, Pan Global’s managers recognized the promise in the green energy market in India and, now, they believe they have identified several opportunities for the company to enter the solar market. Backing this decision are industry reports that estimate that India’s solar market could be worth billions of dollars over the next decade. Add to that the perception that India’s new government is highly supportive of accelerating the country’s renewable growth plans and Pan Global’s managers have added confidence in their future initiatives.

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Luxury Mega-Trend a Perfect Fit for Australian Fashion Brand Banjo & Matilda (BANJ)

July 17th, 2014

Whether intentional or not, writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery delved the core of modern consumerism when he said, “There is only one true luxury, and that is the luxury of human relations.”

What successful brand is without a base of consumers that believes the brand is aligned with or meets their personal perception of luxury? Whether it’s the product itself, the purchase, or the item’s value as a means to something else, the luxury consumer is looking for a satisfying relationship with their purchase.

An interesting shift in consumerism is subtly demanding a change in the retail industry’s definition of luxury, however. There was a time when “old luxury” was displayed by ownership of products of stature such as mansions, visible branding, expensive cars and extravagant jewelry. Now, a new class of consumers increasingly shows a preference for individuality and self-expression rather than status symbol.

This “new luxury” encompasses products and services with higher levels of quality and taste than conventional goods in the category, but ones are not so expensive as to be out of reach.

Scott Keogh, CMO of Aui America defines the paradigm as follows: “Old Luxury is traditionally grounded in Europe. A Swiss watch, high quality, a traditional definition of prestige. New Luxury is evoking a ‘West Coast’ sensibility a more casual attitude … a sense of Zen and spirit.”

The Luiss Business School, Italy, describes new luxury as one that “means taking care of yourself, loving yourself, in order to improve your quality of life and personal satisfaction. It is a more personal experience than a social one, more and more available for a huge amount of people.”

An emerging beacon of this shift is the Australian fashion brand Banjo & Matilda, whose collection displays an eclectic blend of city and sand, mega-fashion and individuality. Founded in Bondi Beach, Australia, the brand launched its first knitwear collection in 2008, featuring cashmere sweaters designed as discreetly luxurious but that captured the freedom of a beach lifestyle.

Today, Banjo & Matilda’s collection maintains the brand’s initial focus, spun from premium natural yarns such as fine cashmere, silk and organic cotton, distanced from the concept of “fast-fashion” by demonstrating sustainability, longevity and endurance.

Banjo & Matilda’s target demographic is the consumer population seeking “new luxury,” showing an interest in quality of life and purpose rather than bold social stature. Founders Belynda and Ben Machpherson flagged and acted on the massive shifts from consumptive luxury branded goods (Gucci, Louise Vuitton, Prada) and disposable imitation fashion toward authentic, well-priced products with prices below old luxury but above fast-fashion.

The label is rapidly growing a loyal global following, available at more than 100 retail outlets, leading department and specialty stores such as Neiman Marcus, Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols, ShopBop, Revolve, Stanley Korshaks, David Jones, Intermix, and in additional department and specialty stores in the U.S., UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

The MacPhersons have not only recognized the shift in consumer perception of luxury, they have demonstrated their ability to steer a luxury brand through the changing waters of mega-fashion to the shore of success and consumer acceptance.

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

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.

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

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.

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Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Focuses on Acquiring Privately-Held US Companies

July 15th, 2014

When LILM, Inc. changed its name to Great Plains Holdings, Inc. in December 2013, the firm did so to reflect its new direction—a shift from its retail beginnings to investing through subsidiary acquisition. Until then, Great Plains’ business operations were run through LiL Marc, Inc., a subsidiary which produces and sells toilet-training devices for young boys. Once Great Plains added Ashland Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary which develops, invests, owns, and manages commercial real estate properties, to its portfolio, it diversified its business model, achieving more than one revenue stream and adding to its collection of hard assets.

Now Great Plains’ is firmly focused on rapid growth and concentrates on gaining controlling stakes and ownership interests in small to middle market companies. The company looks to invest in a range of industries from manufacturing and distribution to business services and consumer products. The company is especially interested in acquiring profitable businesses privately-owned by baby boomers approaching retirement age or looking to retire.

Great Plains has found that the owners of privately-held companies often have trouble finding suitable buyers when they wish to sell or reduce the holdings of their company. Should they sell directly to a private party, they rarely get top dollar. When Great Plains makes an acquisition, however, it is usually in the form of common stock and this allows the owner to sell the stock in the open market for much higher return.

As Great Plains continues to implement its expansion strategy and add additional subsidiaries to its holdings, its management will thoroughly review all potential purchases to ensure they meet the company’s stringent requirements. Ideally, an acquisition candidate will:

• Be an established company based in the US;
• Have a significant share of the market in a niche industry;
• Have a solid, tested management team;
• Have low technology or product obsolescence risk; and
• Have substantial growth potential.

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Big Tree Group, Inc. (BIGG) Punches Above Own Weight in an Inexorably Growing Chinese Toy Market

July 15th, 2014

Big Tree Group, which is headquartered in what is regarded by many in the industry as the toy manufacturing capital of China, had a pretty solid year last year on the strength of robust export customer base growth from their subsidiary in Brunei, up 30.5% YoY, even as the company’s wholly-owned Shantou Big Tree Toys Co., Ltd. saw a $5.8M jump in sales, leading to a 17% rise in total revenues for FY13 compared to 2012. The success of the company’s one-stop-shop model for distributing, manufacturing and sourcing toys has produced considerable growth that runs straight on into this year, with a big push into Latin American markets in recent months underscored by robust performance in the company’s core Asian markets like China and Hong Kong, as well as continued performance strength in the U.S and Europe.

Tipped off by a $400k order in June for various dolls, electronic learning games, instruments and play sets from a retail chain in Costa Rica that offers its customers a variety of home and family goods, as well as hardware, BIGG’s push into Latin America is being bolstered by the company’s established reputation for quality control and customer service. BIGG sees a bright future in the Latin American market and anticipates more deals with this particular customer after they have wrapped the current deal sometime in late Q3 this year.

Emphasis by BIGG on value pricing has allowed the company to tap markets like Latin America with noteworthy alacrity and this initial $400k deal with one of the premier retailers in Costa Rica should pan out nicely for Big Tree, which sources its massive array of over 300k toy products from more than 8k different manufacturers in China. Of course, the burgeoning toy market in China itself is a healthy backdrop for BIGG’s international growth (70% or more of all toys on earth are manufactured in China), with business intelligence firm Euromonitor International indicating the domestic toy market grew at some 21% per year on average from 2007 to 2011, topping out around $8.3B just three years ago.

According to a 2013 report from top producer of broad-spectrum, multi-industry analytics, IBISWorld, China’s toy manufacturing sector was on track to generate $29.21B in 2013, up 8.5% for the year, as growing Chinese household incomes continue to result in more and more consumer spending on children (domestic demand up 16.8% annually over the last five years). China’s fourth baby boom, expected to last till around 2015, even accentuates extant one-child policy metrics that have been bullish for the toy industry due to the lavishing of many gifts upon an only child by parents. The benefits to BIGG of the fourth baby boom are also reinforced by strong demand in the domestic market for local toy brands. It is worth pointing out that the slowing growth in China and elsewhere has actually accelerated BIGG’s model, as more consumers have begun purchasing value-priced toys.

Extending their already successful one-stop-shop model with a sleek new domestic e-commerce store,, Big Tree Group is doubling down on their domestic customer base/supply chain with improved online ordering, as well as product distribution support. The new site does it all, from enabling bulk purchasing and review of extensive toy catalogues, to services like online trading, custom/personalized product manufacturing, quality testing/assurance and reputation assessment. Big Tree Group even added a third-party payment guarantee service to via a deal with the only domestic bank card organization in the PRC, China Union Pay.

Asia has edged out Europe to become the second largest toy market globally (just behind the U.S.) and Big Tree Group is well positioned to access international markets from their base in Shantou. Solid domestic consumption and future growth rates, optimum market focus that plays well into the prevailing global economic picture, and an extremely tight-knit relationship with a vast network of supply chain partners and customers puts BIGG right up there at the forefront of the sector for its size.

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Millions in Grant Funding Provide Foundation of Opportunity for VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA)

July 15th, 2014

The National Institute of Health aims to supports biomedical science and behavioral research through the pursuit of knowledge of the biology and behavior of living systems and to then apply that knowledge to “extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.” NIH’s own role in this mission includes the provision of funding grants and/or cooperative agreements. To ensure that funds are allocated to organizations aligned with this goal, NIH first determines whether or not the applying company’s project will yield a “sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved.”

Obtaining a grant is much more than a simple petition and business plan. In order for a company to receive a grant from NIH, an applying company’s project must undergo peer review and demonstrate, in addition to other considerations, the following five criteria:

• Significance – address an important problem or critical barrier to progress in the field; Investigators – doctors, collaborators and other researchers must be well-suited, experienced and trained for the project;
• Innovation – the application must challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice by utilizing novel concepts, approaches, instrumentation or intervention;
• Approach – appropriately strategized to accomplish the specific aim of the project; and
• Environment – will scientific environment in which the work will be conducted contribute to the probability of success?

The rewards of meeting these criteria are often invaluable. Case in point: VistaGen, Inc., a San Francisco-based stem cell company focused on drug rescue and regenerative medicine backed by a team of stem cell research and development teams and collaborators that for 15 years have focused on controlling the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to produce multiple types of mature, functional, adult human cells for drug rescue applications.

Since its inception in 1998, the company has received a total of $8.8 million in grant funding from the NIH for phase 1 clinical development of its AV-101 lead small molecule drug candidate.

This funding enabled the company to complete phase 1 development of AV-101, an orally available small molecule prodrug candidate designed to address needs in the multi-billion dollar neurological disease disorders market, such as neuropathic pain, epilepsy and depression. VistaGen has submitted an AV-101 IND application with the U.S. FDA to cover clinical development for neuropathic pain, though the company believes that completed phase 1 AV-101 safety studies will also support development of AV-101 for multiple indications, including epilepsy and depression.

VistaGen’s plan, contingent upon completion of this offering, is to pursue potential opportunities for further development and commercialization of AV-101 on a stand-alone or corporate partnership basis. If successful, the company says it intends to use the net proceeds from such an arrangement to expand its drug rescue and regenerative medicine programs, which are based on its stem cell technology platform, Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™.

Receiving NIH funding marked a pivotal moment in VistaGen’s history, providing the company with a monetary avenue to pursue its broader mission to commercialize therapeutically and commercially promising regenerative medicine programs.

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Capitalizing on Scrap Steel Processing Opportunities for Growth

July 15th, 2014

Armco Metals Holdings was pleased to see its subsidiary, Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals, Inc., on a list of 131 companies published by China’s Ministry of Industry & IT as a company that is eligible to enter China’s scrap steel processing industry. Following the company’s recent announcement of this news, one may be interested in taking a look into how its involvement here is driving growth.

Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. is dedicated to providing efficient options for steel production. They know that the companies that choose to use recycled scrap in their steel production realize several benefits as a result. Most notable is that a company winds up using up to 60% less energy and reducing air and water pollution by 86% and 76%, respectively. This reduction in energy results in significant savings for steel producers annually. To address customer demand for responsible material choices and staying in sync with Chinese Government Green initiatives, Armco has created its own recycling facility, capable of producing environmentally friendly, cost-effective solutions for the country’s steel production needs.

Since early 2007, Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals, Inc. has become Armco Metals’ primary asset by being focused on recycling and processing scrap steel or use in China’s steel production industry. Operating on 32 acres in the Banqiao Industrial Park in Jiangsu province, this facility has one of the most advanced recycling systems in the world. The advanced system automatically shreds, sorts, and separates the recycled scrap steel processing the highest-quality material for its customer base.

Armco Renewable Metals can process up to one million metric tons of scrap metal each year. In addition, the company is in an early research and development phase for Armet (Lianyungang) Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Armco Metals focusing on automotive scrap steel recycling. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, Armco Metals sees the automotive industry as being one of the largest sources of scrap steel and further recognizes the potential this market has for meeting China’s steel production needs.

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

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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5BARz International, Inc. (BARZ) is “One to Watch”

July 15th, 2014

5BARz International is engaged in the design, development and global commercialization of new technologies that enable cellular network carriers to improve the connectivity performance endemic on their networks and provide clear, high-quality signal for their subscribers. Cellular industry data shows that more than 3% of mobile subscribers leave one network for a competing network specifically because of poor signal quality, dropped calls and weak data. By addressing the global demand for high-quality service, 5Barz seeks to capitalize on the minimum market opportunity of approximately $27 billion created by subpar cellular infrastructure.

At the core of this mission is the company’s patented product technology, 5BARz™, a cellular network infrastructure device for use in the small office, home or for when users are mobile. 5BARz has incorporated this patented technology to create a highly engineered, single-piece, plug ‘n play unit that strengthens weak cellular signals and delivers high-quality signals for voice, data and video reception on cell phones and other cellular-equipped devices.

Current cellular network infrastructure is comprised of cell towers, cellular base stations, macro repeaters, micro cells, and many other “carrier grade” technologies and categories. 5BARz aims to revolutionize this network infrastructure with its one-of-a-kind and industry first 5Barz Network Extender™ product. This entirely new category will allow network operators the ability to position or “extend” a new and critical piece of their network infrastructure directly into the homes and offices of its subscribers to deliver a stronger, more reliable cellular single.

5Barz Network Extender was launched in February, 2014, in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress, and garnered widespread and extremely positive feedback that confirmed the company’s belief that the industry is looking for a solution to improve coverage in poor coverage areas within their networks. 5Barz™ represents a critical solution with the potential to fundamentally change the way cellular carrier network infrastructure is designed and deployed to their billions of subscribers worldwide.

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Raptor Resources Holdings, Inc. (RRHI) Stone Quarry Acquisition Aligns with Broader Gov’t Initiatives

July 15th, 2014

Raptor Resources Holdings operates through its strategic mineral and metal resources subsidiaries and a network of key partnerships to achieve growth organically and through the acquisition of seasoned mining and mineral assets.

Most recently, Raptor’s Zimbabwe affiliate, TAG Minerals Zimbabwe Ltd., acquired the largest indigenous sand and stone quarry in the Harare area. The Derbyshire Stone Quarry is located in a prime residential growth zone within close proximity to major road projects, bringing considerable value to Raptor’s project portfolio.

Derbyshire is an established mining company managed by mining operator and Raptor’s strategic partner, WGB Kinsey & Company. Production products include 10mm stone, 20mm stone, quarry dust, crusher run, river sand (washed), pit sand, and decomposed granite, which the company will deliver anywhere in the Harare area.

Under WGB Kinsey’s management, which has 59 years of experience in the construction and mining sectors, Derbyshire is armed with improved inventory management and says it is aggressively seeking corporate clients to prepare for an expected uptick in road construction demand over the course of the next year.

“Zimbabwe’s location in southern Africa makes it an important transit point in regional transport systems making it even more important for the country to maintain reliable transport networks. Thus Zimbabwe being land locked, it is important that we put in place policies that promote investment in transport infrastructure and services across the main modes of transport that include road, air, rail and inland, water and pipeline to guarantee the smooth movement of goods, services and people,” says Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development website.

Roads in Zimbabwe are either classified as earth, gravel or surface. Surface roads account for the majority of total kilometers, and as the country moves forward in its mission to construct and maintain world class standard road infrastructure, Derbyshire is positioned as a supplier of needed resources.

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Poised to Deliver Barite Supply for Mounting Oil Drilling in Southern Africa

July 15th, 2014

Mabwe Minerals, the majority-owned subsidiary of Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: RRHI), has assembled a land package in northeastern Zimbabwe at their recently expanded Dodge Mine site (just northeast of Harare) which will satisfy rapidly mounting regional demand for barite, the critical weighting agent for drilling mud used throughout the oil and gas industry. With upwards of 80% of API-grade barite going directly into the oil and gas sector, accelerating regional (as well as global) drilling activity provides a strong future for MBMI’s Dodge Mine and the company has stitched up the logistics to boot.

Over 160k tons of annual capacity have been secured via strategic partner and the biggest grain importer in all of Harare, PHI Commodities, whose fleet of National Railways of Zimbabwe non-stop express train-supported rail wagons are provided to MBMI with exclusive rights on outbound loads from the Shamva Rail Depot. Adding engagements with local Zimbabwean trucking companies, Mabwe has lined everything up for maximum offtake from mine to market, with a dual land transport equation for getting product directly to the Port of Beira, southeast across the border in Mozambique.

Angola, Tanzania and neighboring Mozambique are huge oil development markets with a variety of factors that make them highly appealing to foreign investment from some of the sector’s biggest players. The Pande and Temane gas field areas in Mozambique are of particular interest, with a spate of onshore targets now being developed that add significantly to the already impressive offshore gas discoveries, with Anadarko and its partners surpassing 100 trillion cubic feet of gas discoveries since 2010. The underlying Rovuma basin, that stretches out into the water (where Anadarko-operated Offshore Area 1 is located) from the borderlands between Tanzania and Mozambique, holds a great deal of potential for future oil discoveries. With limited oil exploration thus far, the upside for MBMI and barite market dynamics in general from this one area alone should be apparent to most investors.

Wentworth Resources, Ltd. (LON:WRL), part of a larger consortium focused on Mozambique and in which Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:APC) is a major player (as well as the operator), announced last month that they have begun drilling an onshore concession (initial estimates in the neighborhood of 1.2B bbls of oil and 2.4 Tcf of gas) in the northern Cabo Delgado province (Rovuma basin). This drilling is just the latest signal flare to markets regarding the extensive onshore and offshore potential in the still largely unexplored sedimentary basins of Mozambique.

Mozambique becoming a fast-growing oil producer with plenty of upside potential still to be tapped is big news for MBMI and the now over 1.1k-acre Dodge Mine complex, which stretches across four mountains, also hosts high-grade barites. These premium barites are much sought after and fetch top dollar for various automotive, medical, and paint additive applications, as well as being used in specialty robust concretes, giving MBMI access to lucrative niche markets in addition to the larger oil and gas demand for their regular grade barite.

Secondary limestone production at Dodge Mine can feed local agricultural/construction markets as well and with widespread gossan deposits (a solid pathfinder for gold and silver) alongside surface sampling that indicates the presence of gold, as well as copper, nickel, lead and zinc, Mabwe Minerals is sitting on some really nice dirt. With the JCI core drilling/ADIT tunnel program data from the late 60′s having indicated a 15-year supply of barite at the Dodge Mine roundly backed-up by the ASCON Africa validation study data, which shows approximately 441k tons of barite and 531k tons of limestone reserves on just 7% of the now expanded property, there are a lot of reasons to like MBMI and its parent company.

In the U.S., where fracking has led to the country becoming top dog in terms of global oil production as of this year, we import upwards of 75% of what need and only 15% of that imported barite doesn’t come straight from China. The broader market for barite remains healthy for the foreseeable future and whether we are talking regional or global, Mabwe Minerals has the digs and the throughput to help satisfy drilling demand.

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Innocent Inc. (INCT) Places Denis Clement in Advisory Council Seat

July 14th, 2014

Innocent Inc., a development stage oil and gas exploration and production company, announced today that it has made Denis Clement a member of the Company’s newly formed advisory council. Mr. Clement has been involved in finance, law, M&A, management and entrepreneurship within a variety of industries for over 30 years. Other areas of expertise are in the areas of oil and gas, mining and technology.

At present, Mr. Clement provides advisory services for different companies around the world and serves on the Board of Directors of multiple private and public companies.

Following his graduate studies, Mr. Clement began his career as an attorney in the areas of international trade, corporate reorganizations, banking, finance and corporate law with Canadian law firm, Smith Lyons, Torrance, Stevenson and Mayer, in Toronto.

Mr. Clement co-founded a technology and equipment finance company in the mid 1980’s that grew to over $800 Million in assets at the time of his departure. Over this nine year assignment, Mr. Clement was actively immersed in the business with everything from senior management to marketing and sales, M&A, and finance. He also played a pivotal role in helping the Company raise approximately $1 Billion in equity and debt.

Since the late 1990’s, Mr. Clements’ financial expertise has been used to help create numerous companies, including CGX Energy Inc. CGX was the largest independent oil and gas offshore concession holder in South America (Guyana). There he held the post as founding president.

Commenting on the news of the appointment was CEO Patrick Johnson. He stated, “We are very excited to have Denis as a part of our team. His experiences over the past 30 years will strengthen our company, and his insight will greatly enhance our strategy as we move forward.”

Innocent Inc. works daily to minimize the risk of exploration through development of existing petroleum reserves. Its overarching expectation is to maximize profit through strategic acquisition and liquidation of selected oil and gas properties.

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

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,, 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.

NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) Gaining Foothold in Burgeoning Nutritional Supplements Market

July 11th, 2014

Founded in 1995, NutraNomics focuses on empowering health-minded consumers with its diverse product line of high-quality, whole-food based vitamins and nutritional supplements. NutraNomics offers many health-related products including but not limited to, joint health, digestive enzymes, whole-food multivitamins, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, immune support, hormone balance, stress/sleep, detox/cleanse, and vitamin C.

Far from just a health products manufacturer, NutraNomics also has an educational arm, Health Education Corporation, through which it promotes the merits of healthy, active living and what it can do for human health and longevity. On the manufacturer side, NutraNomics is responsible for the research and development of its health product line, as well as for production of formulas for hundreds of other companies.

Consumer interest in healthy living has been on the rise. In terms of market statistics, one facet of this can be observed in the fast-growing nutritional supplements industry. According to the Nutritional Business Journal, the nutritional supplements market is projected to balloon to $60 billion by 2021. The NBJ also reports sales of nutritional supplements reached $32 billion in 2012. As consumer interest in healthy living has been climbing, NutraNomics has been benefiting from the growing demand. The company recently reported a 27-percent increase in wholesale and retail sales through its first to third quarters as a public entity. One way in which NutraNomics has stood out from others is in its products composition.

According to NutraNomics, many health products on the market today do not deliver the nutritional value that consumers need. Take multi-vitamins for instance. Around 95 percent of these products are isolated and/or synthetic, making them unnatural products or making them lack key nutritional components. The human body does not fully absorb them as a result.

NutraNomics supplements, on the other hand, are blended with whole-food and whole-plant based products, giving them high bioavailability. The body recognizes these products and then absorbs them fully. As a result, the products confer renewed vitality and energy. NutraNomics products are also free of the most common, manmade additives, such as genetically modified organisms or gluten. Therefore, they offer appeal to health-minded consumers who desire all-natural, safe health products for enhanced living.

Aside from availability in chain stores and health product shops, NutraNomics offers its products through multiple online channels as well. In recent headlines, the company announced its products are available on the online retail giant,, as well as the respected source, an online retailer of 3,000+ product offerings and 170+ major brands. NutraNomics also has an established sales presence in 8 countries across the globe.

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Mobile Lads Corp. (MOBO) Inks LOI for Xtreme Mobility Software Acquisition

July 11th, 2014

Mobile Lads, a provider of wireless transaction software solutions, has entered into a letter of intent for the exclusive acquisition of the Xtreme Mobility Assets from 7611544 Canada Corp. for $9 million.

“We’re very pleased to be moving into one of the final stages of completing this important acquisition after performing extensive due diligence,” Michael Paul, president of Mobile Lads, stated in the news release. “The technology and intellectual property assets solidify our position as a leading provider of wireless transaction software solutions, while also accelerating our business plan to enable innovative, wide-area communication solutions on a global scale.”

Mobile Lads’ current products and services, offered through its Xtreme Mobility division, centers on three core technologies designed to simplify and secure wireless communications: xmVerify, xmBilling, and xmOne.

The Xtreme Mobility assets include software and associated patent(s) related to mobile payment authentication and processing. The flagship product, xmVerify, is a real-time mobile transaction security service that prevents credit card fraud by giving users control over the authorization process when making purchases. The product uses one of the leading cryptographic services and is in compliance with all available platforms.

The impending asset purchase also includes the Xtreme Mobility patent, which covers “a methodology to verify a transaction via a secure two-way verification process on a mobile device.” Mobile Lads believes that utilization of this methodology will create significant licensing opportunities due to its increasingly widespread acceptance and application in the industry.

Lastly, the acquisition covers the xmBilling and xmOne products. xmBilling is a mobile platform that provides customers with a convenient and secure way to review and authorize automatic billing transactions, easing the challenges of automated and volume-based billing. xmOne mobile platform provides an array of encrypted mobile services, including top-up, payment processing, emergency notification and marketing, and is an ideal solution for students and higher education facilities as the platform can interface with a school’s existing campus card account system to enable students to perform a variety of banking transactions from their cell phones.

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Co-Develops a Super-Bug Detector

July 11th, 2014

Zenosense is a detection device development company based in Valencia, Spain. The company is focused on emerging healthcare technology, specifically, on a device that detects Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Founded in 2008, Zenosense was previously known as Braeden Valley Mines and adopted its present name in November of 2013. From the start, the companys sole aim has been to co-develop an operational MRSA detector (by way of licensed technology) that could be sold to healthcare providers for use in clinical environments.

Zenosense believes there is a huge underlying demand for a cost-effective MRSA detector and that it has identified a lucrative new market segment for a wearable detection device. The costs of MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections to both patients and healthcare providers amount to tens of thousands of invasive infections and deaths as well as billions of dollars in treatments costs, and have spurred Zenosenses MRSA detection device initiative.

Over the years, MRSA has placed a high financial toll on private and public health care systems, creating a critical issue for healthcare providers and authorities. Early detection of the bug is imperative so that protective actions, such as deep cleaning and ward/patient isolation, can be performed.

Zenosense has an outsourced development model; it has contracted out the development of the device to the Sgenia Group, a known sensor developer with the ability to produce such a sophisticated device. The development of the device started in December 2013 and, should Zenosense successfully co-develop a cost-effective MRSA detector to address the multibillion dollar, and often lethal, MRSA problem, it will likely be extremely attractive to potential distribution partners and end users.

To develop the MRSA device for Zenosense, Sgenia has set up a dedicated subsidiary, Zenon Biosystem. Sgenia already supplies the sensors used in the Tokamak device for important, global nuclear fusion research project. The company also produces an algal contamination detector for use in water supply applications. This detector speedily and successfully scans for unstable organic compounds released by the target algae; a distinctive chemical signature that ascertains the presence or absence of the algae. The Sgenia detector is effectively an electronic nose that can smell this signature, and Zenon will be using essential elements of this technology platform to develop the MRSA device for Zenosense.

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

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.”

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