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Artprice Accelerates its Art Market Standardisation

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PARIS, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — As already announced in our press release on 14 May 2012, Artprice has now started the progressive transfer to internet freeware of a large part of its database structure and of its Art market standardisation (owner licenses distributed freely with certain usage restrictions). All of the industrial processes forming Artprice’s databases are patent protected, notably by the A.P.P. (Agence de Protection des Programmes – French Software Protection Agency).

Since 1 June 2012, the Art world, particularly Institutions, Universities, Museums, Foundations, Libraries, Legal & Customs Services, Copywriters (like ADAGP), Insurers, Encyclopaedic databases (like Wikipedia), Internet Directories and, of course, Auction Houses, Galleries, and Associations of Valuers and Appraisers, now have free access to Artprice’s Artist-index.com. This standardised database, Artist-id.com, is considered by far the most comprehensive artists index in the world by the art market, historians and researchers alike. In addition to English, it is 5 other languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. To get your free access to this database, visit: http://web.artprice.com/artists/directory/A

All of the above-mentioned users and market palyers will soon also be able to enjoy Artprice’s B2B development on open APIs using REST (Representational State Transfer) architecture, an innovative way of constructing an application for fixed and mobile systems using the Web’s original architecture. An Artists database of this dimension, updated daily, is the fruit of dozens of acquisitions worldwide by Artprice and nearly a million hours of work by its Historians, Writers and IT Developers from 1997 to 2012 (see details and background in Artprice’s Reference Document, certified by and available on the AMF’s website).

According to thierry Ehrmann, the Founder and CEO of Artprice, this strategy of making integral information freely available to the Art world will allow Artprice to strengthen its art market standardisation so that it can accelerate the development of its fixed-price and auction-brokerage activities and ensure its position as an unavoidable global player in a deregulated art auction environment by becoming a standardised infrastructure allowing, as of 2012, the processing of online auction brokerage operations (as described in Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011).

These industrial processes, which standardise the Art Market (artist ID, artwork ID, catalogue raisonne ID, Bibliography ID, etc.) with millions of proprietary data entries, are currently being deployed on the art market, notably in the framework of the partnership signed with Google in 2003 and without any impact on Artprice’s revenue or earnings for 2012, but also via the development of the open APIs created in REST architecture, in order to generate a very strong acceleration of the client database. In addition, a mobile application is currently being developed, both for Ipad / Iphone and for Google’s Android.

Via these new vectors of standardisation, originating from its fixed-price and auction brokerage Standardised Art Marketplace, Artprice is now able to transfer vast amounts of information to freeware mode with the goal of raising its client database (with accompanying behavioural logs – purchases, sales, searches, art portfolios, etc.) from 1.4 million to 2 million before the end of the year.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (C)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Artprices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 495,000 artists. Artprice Images(R) offers unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice’s art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 4,500 international auction houses and auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace(R) for buying and selling works of art by private contract or at auctions (regulated by French law alineas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce).

Artprice is listed on Eurolist B by Euronext Paris (SRD long only): Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF

Artprice releases: http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleaseen.htm

Discover the Alchemy and the universe of Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/, which headquarters are the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, the Abode of Chaos

Follow all of the art market’s news with Artprice on Twitter: http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom

Contact:

Josette Mey
tel: +33(0)478-220-000
email: ir@artprice.com( mailto:ir@artprice.com )

SOURCE﹛Artprice.com

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June 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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Digital Realty Announces Next Generation Turn-Key Flex(SM) Solution

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New Turn-Key Flex solution offers greater flexibility with economies of scale – meets growing demand by enterprise customers for outsourced data center solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, announced today the launch of its next generation Turn-Key Flex(SM) solution, a highly flexible data center solution that enables customers to select from a catalogue of components during the design and construction process to meet their unique data center technical and performance specifications.

“Our traditional Turn-Key Datacenters(R) design has been evolving over the years to meet customer requirements around efficiency, flexibility and reliability. With the launch of our next generation Turn-Key Flex solution, we are able to provide customers with even more options, giving them a high degree of control over how their data center is configured during the design and construction phases,” said Jim Smith, Chief Technology Officer for Digital Realty. “We have found this to be particularly important for enterprise customers who have traditionally built their own data centers and are now migrating towards an outsourced solution with a proven data center provider.”

“Our data center experts have designed, developed and currently manage over 3.6 million square feet of enterprise-quality data center space throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 500,000 square feet of additional, fully improved data center space under construction,” added Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty. “Our team’s experience goes into every data center we build and has ultimately resulted in this next generation Turn-Key Flex solution. Whether you are a regionally focused organization or a multinational corporation, we believe that our flexible, customer-driven design approach provides an ideal solution that can meet even the most complex, sophisticated specification.”

“By optimizing our global supply chain and modular design approach, Digital Realty’s Turn-Key Flex solution provides the optimum level and balance of customization, time to deliver, and cost that our customers are telling us they need,” said Steve Kundich, Vice President, Design & Construction for Digital Realty. “During the design phase, we can offer customers a wide variety of options ranging from N+1, 2N and 2N+1 configurations for their electrical systems and efficient mechanical cooling options utilizing airside or waterside economizations optimized for the project’s climate zone. On a kilowatt basis, our Turn-Key Flex solution offers IT capacity ranging from 240 kW to multiples of 1125 kW in the U.S. and from 240 kW to multiples of 1440 kW in Europe and Asia Pacific.”

Digital Realty’s Turn-Key Flex data center solution is a modular approach to delivering secure, enterprise quality data center space to meet customers’ just-in-time requirements. Designed to provide maximum flexibility, reliability and efficiency, each Turn-Key Flex facility comes fully commissioned with its own dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure. Utilizing Digital Realty’s proprietary POD Architecture(R) and extensive supply chain, Digital Realty’s next generation Turn-Key Flex data center solution is designed for the future and ready today.

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data center needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty’s 102 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 19.1 million square feet as of April 26, 2012, including 2.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty’s portfolio is located in 31 markets throughout Europe, North America, Singapore and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty’s website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to our TURN-KEY FLEX(SM) solution. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of the recent deterioration in global economic, credit and market conditions, including the downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating; current local economic conditions in our geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in our industry or the industry sectors that we sell to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); our dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; our failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; increased interest rates and operating costs; risks associated with using debt to fund our business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, our failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in our credit ratings or our breach of covenants or other terms contained in our loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; our inability to manage our growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; our failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or redeveloped properties or businesses; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of our lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development or redevelopment of properties; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; our inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for redevelopment; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; our inability to acquire off-market properties; our inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; our failure to maintain our status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on our ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of our insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For Additional Information:

A. William Stein
Chief Financial Officer and
Chief Investment Officer
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
+1 (415) 738-6500

Pamela M. Garibaldi
Vice President, Investor Relations and
Corporate Marketing
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
+1 (415) 738-6500

SOURCE﹛Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

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June 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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ChinaScope Appoints Rajah Chaudhry Executive Chairman

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SHANGHAI, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — ChinaScope Financial (www.chinascopefinancial.com), an integrated provider of China-focused analytics and business intelligence, is delighted to announce that Rajah Chaudhry, an experienced investment banker, will be joining the firm as Executive Chairman. Given ChinaScope’s recent growth and expansion plans, Mr. Chaudhry will be joining to spearhead the Company’s front office expansion and oversee its strategic growth in the coming years. Mr. Chaudhry spent the last 10 years working as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Sydney and London, with Deutsche Bank and Renaissance Capital and holds an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from UNSW.

“We are in the business of not just selling data, but delivering knowledge and insight, and having people who are well versed in the language of the client is crucial to being successful in this endeavor. We are very excited to have Mr. Chaudhry onboard, as he will not only bring experience and a vast network of potential clients, but continue to build a business and culture that revolves around delivering relevant and intelligent products to our clients,” said Tom Liu, CEO of ChinaScope.

About ChinaScope Financial

Founded in 2009, ChinaScope is the premier financial data and analytics platform for global financial professionals seeking critical quantitative and qualitative information on China. ChinaScope’s platform covers raw and processed data and information on companies, industries and the macro economy. ChinaScope helps clients gather and analyze information on China so they can work better, smarter and faster.

Media Contact
Wendy Chiang
ChinaScope Public Relations
+852-3182-7149
pr@chinascopefinancial.com

SOURCE﹛ChinaScope Financial

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June 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Come Meet the Bollywood Superstar Collection at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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HONG KONG, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Counting Down 6 More Weeks Only!

An exclusive offer for Indian visitors available until June 15!

Don’t miss the last six weeks to meet the superstar collection of Bollywood A-Lister – Aishawarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong as their wax figures are exhibited until July 19, 2012.

(Photo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2012/06/05/20120605151719121279.html )

Moreover, starting now until June 15, Indian visitors booking tickets to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will also receive a complimentary phone strap simply by showing their passports at the admission counter. In addition to the admissions office, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong tickets are also available via the official web-site, travel agents, as well as the lower peak tram kiosk. This special offer is redeemable until July 18, 2012 so hurry and act fast!

Described as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Aishwarya Rai has starred in over 40 Bollywood films and won numerous prestigious awards. In 2004, she has also been selected by TIME magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.

Kareena Kapoor, one of the most sought-after Bollywood actresses, has been awarded numerous prestigious accolades, making her a leading actress in Hindi films.

Another superstar in the Bollywood collection – heartthrob Hrithik Roshan is the youngest male actor from India to be honoured by Madame Tussauds.

Often referred to as “The King of Bollywood”, Shah Rukh Khan is an acclaimed Indian actor with over 70 Hindi films and shares the record for receiving the highest number of Best Actor awards with Dilip Kumar.

These four Bollywood icons have already arrived and are waiting to meet their fans in Hong Kong, along with Amitabh Bachchan, the very first permanent Bollywood wax figure exhibited at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, said, “We are very excited to see some of the greatest Bollywood stars take the stage here in Hong Kong. Since they arrived in Hong Kong, we have already seen so many fans coming up to visit their idols. It always warms our heart to see our wax figures provide so much enjoyment, smile and laughter for our guests.”

Contact:

Justina Wong Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide +852-2884-8185 justina.wong@ogilvy.com

Ami Lo Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide +852-2884-8529 ami.lo@ogilvy.com

SOURCE  Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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June 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

Column Technologies Launches Column Case Management 3.0 for Improved Case Handling

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Column Technologies,( http://www.columnit.com ) a global technology solutions and software provider, announced today the launch of Column Case Management 3.0. Column Case Management( http://www.columnit.com/case-management/records-management/case-management.html )is a workflow-driven, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) web-based case management software solution. Column Case Management addresses specific business process management such as 311, vendor management, and licensing and regulations to name a few. Its multi-tenancy capability allows for a global shared services model, expansion into other organizational departments, and multi-agency extendibility to leverage financial investment. Two focused applications derived from Column Case Management address HR service delivery through Column Case HR( http://www.columncasehr.com ) and investigation handling for public safety and private organizations through Column Case Investigative( http://www.columncaseinvestigative.com ).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111121/CG05254LOGO)

This new release integrates Column Core to give organizations the flexibility of plug-and-play modules. Built on the proven foundation of the BMC Remedy AR System, Column Core solutions include Column Search, Column Data Visualization, Column Mobility, and business intelligence. “Case 3.0 represents a major milestone since the release provides our customers the same Column Case Management solution while offering easier flexibility to adjust the application to suit security, process, data, and reporting needs,” said Matt Moore VP of Product Development.

Column Case Management 3.0 improved features and capabilities also include data and relationship management, approvals, service level agreement and performance management, a notification and e-mail engine, documentation and file management, knowledge management, task management, a configuration and customization layer, self-service portal, user configurable dashboards, and additional out-of-the-box reports.

In addition to these enhancements, Column Case Management 3.0 has been given an overhaul to the ‘look and feel’ making the user view simplified and configurable. With the flexibility of the solution’s unique administrator empowerment, organizations are able to quickly make changes and adjustments to realize faster return on investment.

About Column Technologies
Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions and software provider with success across the public and private sectors. Headquartered in the United States, Column Technologies employs over 350 employees around the world, as well as offices in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. For additional information about Column Technologies, please visit http://www.columnIT.com or call 1-866-265-8665. You can also find us on Facebook( http://www.facebook.com/columntechnologies ) and follow us on Twitter( https://twitter.com/#%21/columnit ).

Press contact:
Nori De Jesus
Column Technologies, Inc.
Tel: +1-(630) 515-6650
Fax: +1-(630) 271-1524
ndejesus@columnit.com
http://www.columnIT.com

SOURCE Column Technologies, Inc.

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June 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

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Column Technologies Launches Column Case Management 3.0 for Improved Case Handling

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Column Technologies,( http://www.columnit.com ) a global technology solutions and software provider, announced today the launch of Column Case Management 3.0. Column Case Management( http://www.columnit.com/case-management/records-management/case-management.html )is a workflow-driven, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) web-based case management software solution. Column Case Management addresses specific business process management such as 311, vendor management, and licensing and regulations to name a few. Its multi-tenancy capability allows for a global shared services model, expansion into other organizational departments, and multi-agency extendibility to leverage financial investment. Two focused applications derived from Column Case Management address HR service delivery through Column Case HR( http://www.columncasehr.com ) and investigation handling for public safety and private organizations through Column Case Investigative( http://www.columncaseinvestigative.com ).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111121/CG05254LOGO)

This new release integrates Column Core to give organizations the flexibility of plug-and-play modules. Built on the proven foundation of the BMC Remedy AR System, Column Core solutions include Column Search, Column Data Visualization, Column Mobility, and business intelligence. “Case 3.0 represents a major milestone since the release provides our customers the same Column Case Management solution while offering easier flexibility to adjust the application to suit security, process, data, and reporting needs,” said Matt Moore VP of Product Development.

Column Case Management 3.0 improved features and capabilities also include data and relationship management, approvals, service level agreement and performance management, a notification and e-mail engine, documentation and file management, knowledge management, task management, a configuration and customization layer, self-service portal, user configurable dashboards, and additional out-of-the-box reports.

In addition to these enhancements, Column Case Management 3.0 has been given an overhaul to the ‘look and feel’ making the user view simplified and configurable. With the flexibility of the solution’s unique administrator empowerment, organizations are able to quickly make changes and adjustments to realize faster return on investment.

About Column Technologies
Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions and software provider with success across the public and private sectors. Headquartered in the United States, Column Technologies employs over 350 employees around the world, as well as offices in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. For additional information about Column Technologies, please visit http://www.columnIT.com or call 1-866-265-8665. You can also find us on Facebook( http://www.facebook.com/columntechnologies ) and follow us on Twitter( https://twitter.com/#%21/columnit ).

Press contact:
Nori De Jesus
Column Technologies, Inc.
Tel: +1-(630) 515-6650
Fax: +1-(630) 271-1524
ndejesus@columnit.com
http://www.columnIT.com

SOURCE Column Technologies, Inc.

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June 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

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