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Blackboard Announces Updates for Web Conferencing Platform

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Blackboard Collaborate 12 Adds Mobile Support, User Improvements and LMS Integrations

NEW ORLEANS, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Blackboard Inc.( http://www.blackboard.com ) today announced updates to its Web conferencing platform with the release of Blackboard Collaborate( http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx )(TM) 12. With the new version, Blackboard Collaborate adds enhanced integrations for leading learning management systems( http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx ) (LMS), user experience improvements that make the system easier to use and more accessible, and plans to add support for mobile access.

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The release plans to support an interactive mobile application, Blackboard Collaborate Mobile,scheduled to be available later this summer. The app would allow students to join live sessions from an iPad(TM) or iPhone(R) through a link in the LMS, an email or calendar invite that recognizes their device and credentials automatically. Through the app, students would view presentations and whiteboard activity, communicate through chat and audio, and even raise a hand to request attention from the instructor. Instructors would be able to see who is attending the session on mobile devices and assign grades for attending live sessions or viewing recorded ones.

“Everything in our society is going mobile and we believe that education needs to do the same,” said Mark Gensimore, vice president of business and professional development at blendedschools.net. “Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is an essential piece of that puzzle for us.”

A number of user experience improvements also come with the release, many of which were driven by feedback from clients. In a significant update, echo cancellation eliminates the need for the use of specific headsets, making it easier for anyone to join sessions and saving users and their institutions the expense of procuring and distributing headsets. The release also improves chat capabilities and enhances closed captioning to offer more viewing options for users with disabilities.

“Technology should make education simpler and more accessible, and that’s the focus of this new release,” said Maurice Heiblum, president of Blackboard Collaborate. “We are continually focused on bringing innovation that helps users interact more easily, whether it’s online, through an LMS or on a mobile device.”

The release also updates an integration with Blackboard Learn(TM) 9.1 and brings a newly certified integration with joule, the Moodle-based LMS offering from Moodlerooms. With the Blackboard Learn integration, grades assigned to sessions are automatically updated in the LMS gradebook, and users can join sessions directly from their calendars with one click. Institutional hierarchy support also allows multiple administrators to be named across enterprise-wide deployments.

“The development of the latest version of Blackboard Collaborate was a true partnership in interface design between the institutions in the product advisory council and Blackboard,” said Robin M. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of eLearning at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “Our ideas and requests became visible before our eyes, week by week, as the product unfolded. We were able to prioritize needs for the product based on a wide variety of user experiences from many institutions.”

The announcement was made at Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit being held this week in New Orleans as part of BbWorld(R), Blackboard’s annual user conference.

Blackboard Collaborate platform’s Web conferencing, mobile collaboration, enterprise instant messaging, and voice authoring technologies are used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations worldwide.

Blackboard Collaborate 12 and the integration for Blackboard Learn are available today. Current customers can upgrade at no extra cost. Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is planned to be available later this summer to enterprise customers using Blackboard Collaborate 12. Initial applications for the iPad(R) and iPhone(R)will be free for users to download.

To learn more aboutBlackboard Collaborate, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/collaborate.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. Statements regarding Blackboard’s product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard’s current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.

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SOURCE﹛Blackboard Inc.

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July 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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Michael Sengol Ends Term as Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts

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SINGAPORE, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Dr Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of Singapore Exchange-listed Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) Limited, announced the stepping down of Michael Sengol from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of OUE.

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“Michael has delivered the business objectives I set for him, and I am grateful for his contribution that led to greater awareness for our heritage hospitality brand and the unprecedented financial results he achieved for the division since taking helm at Meritus,” said Dr Riady.

In 2010, Michael returned to Singapore after many years of being overseas to take on the challenge of turning around the Meritus brand. Under his leadership, the brand received numerous recognition in the industry for productivity and excellence.

Added Dr Riady, “As an organisation focused on driving growth, we intend to build on the successes that Michael has started for the hospitality division. Meanwhile, I wish Michael every success as he pursues his personal interests.”

Notes to Editors

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is the hospitality division of Singapore Exchange-listed Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (OUE) which is amongst the key property players in Asia, and one of the few integrated developers in Singapore boasting a complete portfolio of prime assets across the retail, commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus is synonymous with Asian hospitality and heritage, with luxury properties strategically located in key cities and idyllic resort destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Mainland China. Its current portfolio includes the flagship Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Meritus Surabaya City Centre, Meritus Mandarin Haikou, and Meritus Shantou China.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts was recently awarded the Most Popular Heritage Brand by Singapore Prestige Brand Awards 2011.

For more information and to enjoy Best Rates by Meritus, visit http://www.meritushotels.com.

For further press information, please contact:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6385
janice.azupardo@meritushotels.com

Grace Ho
Branding & Communications Manager
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6054
grace.ho@meritushotels.com

SOURCE﹛Meritus Hotels & Resorts

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July 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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Air China Offers Online Check-in in Seoul, South Korea

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Air China began offering the new service in Seoul, South Korea on July 2, 2012.

BEIJING, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Passengers can visit http://www.airchina.com or http://www.airchina.kr to check-in onto Air China’s flights from Seoul’s Incheon and Gimpo airports to Beijing from after midnight until three hours before fight departure on the flight day. With valid ID and e-ticket, they can select seat, collect Air China kilometers and print the boarding pass. After they finish check-in, they can print the boarding pass on a piece of A4 paper. At the airport, they can get the official boarding pass and check in their baggage at specified counters. The online check-in service spares the passengers the trouble of waiting in a queue and can tremendously cut back on the time passengers have to spend at the airport. The end result is an enhanced experience.

(Logo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2008/12/26/200812261146.jpg )

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country’s state leaders on official visit to other countries.

By a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes, in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.airchina.com.

SOURCE﹛Air China

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July 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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Air China Offers Online Check-in in Seoul, South Korea

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Air China began offering the new service in Seoul, South Korea on July 2, 2012.

BEIJING, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Passengers can visit http://www.airchina.com or http://www.airchina.kr to check-in onto Air China’s flights from Seoul’s Incheon and Gimpo airports to Beijing from after midnight until three hours before fight departure on the flight day. With valid ID and e-ticket, they can select seat, collect Air China kilometers and print the boarding pass. After they finish check-in, they can print the boarding pass on a piece of A4 paper. At the airport, they can get the official boarding pass and check in their baggage at specified counters. The online check-in service spares the passengers the trouble of waiting in a queue and can tremendously cut back on the time passengers have to spend at the airport. The end result is an enhanced experience.

(Logo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2008/12/26/200812261146.jpg )

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country’s state leaders on official visit to other countries.

By a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes, in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.airchina.com.

SOURCE﹛Air China

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July 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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Air China Offers Online Check-in in Seoul, South Korea

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Air China began offering the new service in Seoul, South Korea on July 2, 2012.

BEIJING, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Passengers can visit http://www.airchina.com or http://www.airchina.kr to check-in onto Air China’s flights from Seoul’s Incheon and Gimpo airports to Beijing from after midnight until three hours before fight departure on the flight day. With valid ID and e-ticket, they can select seat, collect Air China kilometers and print the boarding pass. After they finish check-in, they can print the boarding pass on a piece of A4 paper. At the airport, they can get the official boarding pass and check in their baggage at specified counters. The online check-in service spares the passengers the trouble of waiting in a queue and can tremendously cut back on the time passengers have to spend at the airport. The end result is an enhanced experience.

(Logo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2008/12/26/200812261146.jpg )

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country’s state leaders on official visit to other countries.

By a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes, in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.airchina.com.

SOURCE﹛Air China

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July 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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