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    LibertyID, a leader in identity theft restoration services for both individual and businesses, has announced the recent hiring of Colonel Keith Tresh (retired) as its Director of Government & Veterans Affairs.

    DENVER (PRWEB) December 03, 2018

    LibertyID, a leader in identity theft restoration services for both individuals and businesses, has announced the recent hiring of Colonel Keith Tresh (retired) as its Director of Government & Veterans Affairs.

    Colonel Tresh has had a strong presence in cybersecurity including serving as commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Col. Tresh was appointed to the rank of Commander by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.

    Colonel Tresh will lead LibertyID’s efforts in covering all active military, veterans, and their families with identity theft restoration services.

    “LibertyID came up with a program that nobody else is doing. They are actually restoring people’s identities for them, not just telling affected people how recover on their own from [a stolen identity]”, says Colonel Tresh.

    LibertyID (http://www.LibertyID.com) is the only independent fully managed identity theft restoration service with a 100% success rate in restoring subscribers’ identities. LibertyID offers plans that cover individuals, couples, and entire families. LibertyID is included as a benefit by many financial, hospitality, and medical providers across the country. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Northern Virginia Mobile Network Enablement Industry Leader Recognized for its Platform Supporting the Largest Cable Companies

    HERNDON, Va. (PRWEB) December 03, 2018

    Arterra Mobility, the industry leader for mobile network and service enablement for the cable industry, has been named to the 2018 NVTC Tech 100 list by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia and Greater Washington.

    The NVTC Tech 100 are the companies and individuals who are driving tech innovation, implementing new solutions for their customers, and leading growth in the Greater Washington region.

    Arterra Mobility, a division of Kajeet®, Inc., helps the country’s largest cable companies develop, launch, and optimize their wireless services and embedded devices faster and more cost-effectively than anyone else. Its highly-scalable, carrier-grade service platform provides multi-carrier network services, OSS, BSS, e-commerce, logistics support, customer care, patented proprietary mobile policy controls and mobile wallets, and marketing support. Arterra Mobility began in 2011 as a new line of business to Kajeet Inc., the successful company providing innovative mobile solutions for schools and students. As wireless veterans, the executive team recognized a growing wireless gap for customers in the telecommunication, Internet service, and television sectors. The Arterra Mobility value proposition is centered on its capability to provide companies of all sizes with a differentiated portfolio of wireless service offerings on the same robust and flexible platform, and seamlessly utilizing multiple national wireless networks.

    “Our greatest differentiator is our unparalleled ability to leverage our mature, agile development capabilities, our deep wireless experience, and our long-standing relationships with the nation’s largest wireless carriers to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and their clients,” said CEO and Founder Daniel Neal. “The Arterra team built and operates the platform for the retail wireless services of 75 percent of the U.S. cable market. In addition, the platform supports mobility solutions, including IoT for customers and our enterprise client employees in government, public safety, healthcare, agriculture and connected vehicles with clients.”

    Sentinel ®, the core of many of the Arterra solutions, provides real-time usage reporting across six North American wireless networks, managing how much and what type of data is consumed by devices seamlessly across multiple networks. Deep analysis and reporting capabilities empower customers to visualize trends, enable complete oversight into all connected devices across multiple networks, and increase customer satisfaction by proactively addressing connectivity issues. Customers have access to a broad set of pre-configured usage policies to manage what content can be accessed and how much data can be used by each device. Sentinel has a powerful collection of advanced malware defense tools that correlate threat indicators to stop known, unknown, and evasive malware threats.

    Nominations received were reviewed and Tech 100 companies and executives were selected by a judging committee. The Tech 100 will be celebrated at an exclusive party at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner on December 3, 2018.

    As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC is the regional voice of technology, serving about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

    Click here to learn more about the NVTC Tech 100, and here to learn more about the NVTC Tech 100 party.

    About Arterra Mobility®
    Arterra Mobility, a division of Kajeet®, Inc., helps companies to develop, launch, and optimize their wireless services and embedded devices faster and more cost-effectively than anyone else. Its highly-scalable, carrier-grade service platform that provides multi-carrier network services, OSS, BSS, e-commerce, logistics support, customer care, patented proprietary mobile policy controls and mobile wallets, and marketing support. Operating since 2003, Kajeet Inc., innovatively support more than 775 clients including school districts, libraries, government agencies, cable companies, MVNOs, and other businesses. Kajeet, Inc., products and services, which operate on six North American wireless carriers, are protected by the following issued U.S. patents: 10,057,300; 10,009,480; 9,237,433; 9,137,389; 9,137,386; 9,125,057; 8,995,952; 8,929,857; 8,918,080; 8,774,755; 8,774,754; 8,755,768; 8,731,517; 8,725,109; 8,712,371; 8,706,079; 8,667,559; 8,644,796; 8,639,216; 8,634,803; 8,634,802; 8,634,801; 8,630,612; 8,611,885; 8,600,348; 8,594,619; 8,588,735; 8,285,249; 8,078,140; 7,945,238; 7,899,438; 7,881,697. Other patents are pending. For more information, please visit us at arterramobility.com.

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    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NMI Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMIH) today announced that National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), its wholly owned insurance subsidiary, has elected a 20% cession rate for its 2019 new insurance written (NIW) in accordance with the terms of its existing quota share reinsurance treaty (QSR).  Under the terms of its QSR, the company has ceded 25% of its 2018 NIW to a highly rated panel of third-party reinsurers.  The QSR provides National MI the option, at its sole discretion, to change the cession rate on its 2019 NIW from 25% to a level between 20% and 30%, subject to certain customary limitations, exclusions and conditions.  All other terms of the QSR, including the ceding commission and profit commission paid to National MI, will remain in effect as before this election.Adam Pollitzer, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, said, “We continue to grow our high-quality book of insurance-in-force at an industry-leading rate and value our ongoing engagement with our reinsurance partners.  Our election to reduce the 2019 cession rate under the QSR reflects the strength of our capital position, the success we have had in accessing a broad range of alternative funding and risk transfer markets, and the expected performance of business we are writing.  Going forward, we expect to remain active in our use of traditional reinsurance solutions and alternative risk transfer structures, such as insurance-linked notes, to provide both low-cost growth capital and significant credit risk management benefits.”

    *About National MI*
    National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a subsidiary of NMI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMIH), is a U.S.-based, private mortgage insurance company enabling low down payment borrowers to realize home ownership while protecting lenders and investors against losses related to a borrower's default. To learn more, please visit www.nationalmi.com.

    *Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
    *Certain statements contained in this press release or any other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company in connection therewith may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act), and the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA).  The PSLRA provides a "safe harbor" for any forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in or incorporated by reference in this release are forward-looking statements, including any statements about our expectations, outlook, beliefs, plans, predictions, forecasts, objectives, assumptions, future events, profitability or performance.  These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipate,""believe,""can,""could,""may,""predict,""assume,""potential,""should,""will,""estimate,""plan,""project,""continuing,""ongoing,""expect,""intend" and similar words or phrases.  All forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may turn out to be inaccurate and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in them.  Many risks and uncertainties are inherent in our industry and markets. Others are more specific to our business and operations. Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated in such statements include, but are not limited to: changes in the business practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the GSEs), including decisions that have the impact of decreasing or discontinuing the use of mortgage insurance as credit enhancement; our ability to remain an eligible mortgage insurer under the private mortgage insurer eligibility requirements (PMIERs) and other requirements imposed by the GSEs, which they may change at any time; retention of our existing certificates of authority in each state and the District of Columbia (D.C.) and our ability to remain a mortgage insurer in good standing in each state and D.C.; our future profitability, liquidity and capital resources; actions of existing competitors, including public mortgage insurers such as the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration and potential market entry by new competitors or consolidation of existing competitors; developments in the world's financial and capital markets and our access to such markets, including reinsurance; adoption of new or changes to existing laws and regulations that impact our business or financial condition directly or the mortgage insurance industry generally or their enforcement and implementation by regulators; changes to the GSEs' role in the secondary mortgage market or other changes that could affect the residential mortgage industry generally or mortgage insurance industry in particular; potential future lawsuits, investigations or inquiries or resolution of current lawsuits or inquiries; changes in general economic, market and political conditions and policies, interest rates, inflation and investment results or other conditions that affect the housing market or the markets for home mortgages or mortgage insurance; our ability to successfully execute and implement our capital plans, including our ability to access the capital, credit and reinsurance markets and to enter into, and receive approval of reinsurance arrangements on terms and conditions that are acceptable to us, the GSEs and our regulators; our ability to implement our business strategy, including our ability to write mortgage insurance on high quality low-down payment residential mortgage loans, implement successfully and on a timely basis, complex infrastructure, systems, procedures, and internal controls to support our business and regulatory and reporting requirements of the insurance industry; our ability to attract and retain a diverse customer base, including the largest mortgage originators; failure of risk management or pricing or investment strategies; emergence of unexpected claim and coverage issues, including claims exceeding our reserves or amounts we had expected to experience; potential adverse impacts arising from recent natural disasters, including, with respect to the affected areas, a decline in new business, adverse effects on home prices, and an increase in notices of default on insured mortgages; the inability of our counter-parties, including third party reinsurers, to meet their obligations to us; our ability to utilize our net operating loss carryforwards, which could be limited or eliminated in various ways, including if we experience an ownership change as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code; failure to maintain, improve and continue to develop necessary information technology systems or the failure of technology providers to perform as expected; and, our ability to recruit, train and retain key personnel. These risks and uncertainties also include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" detailed in Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in Item IA of Part II of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, as subsequently updated through other reports we file with the SEC. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, future events or circumstances that occur after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except as required by law.

    CONTACT: Investor Contact
    John M. Swenson
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasury
    john.swenson@nationalmi.com
    (510) 788-8417 Reported by GlobeNewswire 40 minutes ago.

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    The Seventh Annual Storytelling Festival, featuring stories and songs of Life in the Mitten, kicks off at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum with the city's monthly Art Hop event on February 1.

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (PRWEB) December 03, 2018

    News Release
    November 30, 2018

    Media Contact
    Bill McElhone
    Kalamazoo Valley Museum Director
    269-373-7990, wgouldmcelh@kvcc.edu

    Museum’s Seventh Annual Storytelling Festival kicks off on February 1

    The Seventh Annual Storytelling Festival, featuring stories and songs of Life in the Mitten, kicks off at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum with the city's monthly Art Hop event on February 1.

    At 6 p.m., Robin Nott will share stories and songs from Michigan’s lumbering and Great Lakes lore. Nott, a retired theater director from Gull Lake Community Schools, has been sharing stories and songs throughout Michigan for years. Hear the Lumberman’s Alphabet, the Great Lakes Fishing Trade, and Pea Soup Shorty.

    At 7 p.m., storyteller, singer-songwriter, actress, writer, and educator Allison Downey blends the world of music, storytelling, and theater into a one-woman performance piece. She will share her songs about Michigan and stories of family and life in the Mitten. Frequently featured at The Moth in Ann Arbor, Downey joins the Storytelling Festival kickoff during Art Hop.

    The Festival continues on Saturday, February 2, with storytellers in the morning and afternoon, a lunchtime concert, and literacy-related vendors and authors throughout the day.

    Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told shares her program Michigan, My Michigan. Her collection of Great Lakes stories includes lumber-era legends, mining stories, shipwreck and lighthouse tales, mysteries, ghost stories, traditional how and why tales, and personal narratives based on a lifelong love affair with the Mitten State.

    The 11:15 a.m. performer is Adam Mellema, storyteller, actor, and producer, presenting Remembering World War II, stories of Michigan veterans who were there in their own words. Their stories come alive with familiar tunes as the audience watches Mellema age on stage from 18 to 75.

    At noon, singer-songwriter and author Carl “Bearfoot” Behrend performs. He is a fourth-generation resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, an area rich in stories. He has produced five CDs on the legends of the Great Lakes and has written two books. Bring a lunch or purchase one on site.

    At 1:30 p.m., Willie W. Payne uses music, song, and photos of Michigan Underground Railroad stops to narrate stories and struggles of southern fugitive slaves to escape captivity. Hear how Michigan abolitionists and free blacks assisted slaves on the Underground Railroad.

    Discover the voyage from Montreal to Michigan at 2:45 p.m. with Genot “Winter Elk” Picor. Picor is a professional storyteller, musician, and feature writer for The Great Lakes Pilot and The Mackinac Journal. Go back in time and join the journey.

    Benjamin Thompson, the 4 p.m. performer, becomes Sheepshank Sam, an old-time Michigan lumberjack sharing stories of how trees were felled, cut into logs, skidded out of the woods, decked on sleds, stacked along rivers, and floated to saw mills throughout Michigan during the late 1800s.

    A full lineup of Michigan authors and books on Michigan for all ages will be available for purchase from Kazoo Books during Author Breaks between the storyteller presentations on Saturday. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s history gallery, Kalamazoo Direct to You where they can discover the history of Southwest Michigan through the Community We Created, the Places We Built, and the Dreams We Shared.

    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees. Reported by PRWeb 26 minutes ago.

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    Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Deacom, Inc., an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provider for manufacturers and distributors, has officially launched its DEACOM DISCOVER website and opened registration for all customers. This year, the annual user conference will be held at Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing from April 2-4, 2019. Each year, the event exceeds expectations as DEACOM veterans and newcomers take advantage of the unique opportunity to collaborate on strategies and learn how to best apply DEACOM ERP’s capabilities to drive business success.

     

    The venue selection is not the only new thing that Deacom has in store for its attendees. This year’s event will also offer customers:

    · *Shorter, Detailed Sessions* – Deacom is now offering 90-minute sessions that will dive deep into more specific topics. By providing a wider, more detailed range of topics to choose from, attendees will gain more value from their entire experience.
    · *Topic-Focused TechLabs* – Every TechLab will have a specific focus and be offered during each of the session timeslots. No matter your interest, be it Accounting, Warehousing, Reporting, or Production, there is a designated TechLab session where Deacom experts will help you navigate critical business scenarios within the DEACOM environment.
    · *A Taste of Philadelphia* – Take in the beautiful Philly skyline while sailing down the Delaware River for a chartered dinner river cruise. Conference attendees, along with Deacom team members, will come together for a can’t-miss tour of the city while expanding their network and growing relationships within the DEACOM user community.

    We’re excited to shake things up this year and offer a new DEACOM DISCOVER experience for customers that come year-after-year,” said Scott Deakins, COO of Deacom. “By introducing shorter sessions and topic-led TechLabs, we are able to offer more than 70 different sessions over the course of three days. This allows us to tackle the specific challenges of each industry, DEACOM experience level, business focus, and management level and deliver a higher level of value for all attendees.”

    Deacom customers can register now for DEACOM DISCOVER 2019 and save with Early Bird pricing. For more information about Deacom, visit www.deacom.com or call 1-877-4-DEACOM.

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    *About Deacom, Inc.*

    Deacom, Inc. is the producer of DEACOM ERP, a comprehensive ERP platform with the industry’s largest functional foundation. As the artisans of ERP software, Deacom builds functionality that specifically resolves the complex challenges of manufacturers and distributors. With a focus on constantly evolving the software, critical business functionality is developed by Deacom into the core platform. This provides a unique opportunity for customers to increase operational efficiency and decrease the total costs of ERP ownership. Deacom’s competitors include other Tier 1 ERP providers like SAP and Infor. To learn more, visit deacom.com, follow on Twitter or call 1-877-4-DEACOM.

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    CONTACT: Kelly Peters
    Deacom, Inc.
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    kpeters@deacom.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    Marijuana producer Tilray is sinking after a short seller announces he's targeting the company· Marijuana producer Tilray sank 2.7% after a hedge fund pitched its short position in the company on Monday. 
    · Chris Brown, a partner at the long-short firm Aristides Capital, said marijuana is a "commodity business" and that the price of marijuana will "come down aggressively," at the Kase Learning Short-Selling Conference.
    · Tilray wasn't the only marijuana producer discussed as a short target at the conference. Aphria sank close to 30% after a short seller called the marijuana producer a "black hole" on Monday. 

    Marijuana producer Tilray sank on Monday after a hedge fund announced it opened up a short position in the company.

    Chris Brown, a partner at the long-short firm Aristides Capital, said his firm is targeting Tilray at the Kase Learning Short-Selling Conference in New York on Monday.

    "This is definitely commodity business," Brown said, referring to the nascent marijuana industry. Brown said the price of raw marijuana will come down over time, and "come down aggressively."

    The Nanaimo, British Columbia-based producer sank 2.7% following Brown's presentation. 

    Tilray did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

    Aphria, another Canadian marijuana producer, sank as much as 30% before recovering slightly on Monday after short seller Gabriel Grego, the founder of Quintessential Capital Management, said the company was a "black hole" earlier at the conference.

    *Read more*: Famous short seller Andrew Left is creating a cannabis fund. He explains why the market's not in a bubble, but does need to 'chill out'

    Tilray and other marijuana producers have been the target of short-sellers before. 

    Andrew Left, who gained notoriety for shorting the pharmaceutical company Valeant, opened a short position in both Tilray and the marijuana producer Cronos Group in August through his firm, Citron Research.

    Left is building out a fund to focus on long and short plays in the cannabis sector.

    In October, TD Ameritrade warned retail investors to steer clear of the often volatile sector.

    "The marijuana and cannabis industry — sometimes referred to as the Wild West of investing — is littered with high-flyers, potentially over-valued companies, and even scams," the stock brokerage firm said in a three-minute video posted on its Youtube account.

    Bradley Saacks contributed reporting. 

    · Read more:
    · 'My lips are wet, my mouth is watering to get a piece of that': A war is brewing between US and Canadian marijuana companies to claim a $75 billion market
    · The CEO of the first marijuana company to IPO in the US reveals why this was the right time to go public
    · A marijuana-focused investment firm started by a pair of Wall Street veterans just closed a $55 million fund

    *SEE ALSO: Big law firms are building out specialized pot practices to chase down a red-hot market for weed deals*

    Join the conversation about this story »

    NOW WATCH: The first woman in space almost didn't make it back to Earth and she had to keep it a secret for 30 years Reported by Business Insider 5 hours ago.

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    Mobile beauty commerce platform, SalonHQ, has announced the closing of their $2 million first seed round

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) December 03, 2018

    Mobile beauty commerce platform, SalonHQ, has announced the closing of their $2 million first seed round. Furthermore, it is announced that notable industry leaders, Jeff Cohen, CEO of The Stars Companies, and Pat Parenty, former President of L’Oreal US Professional Products Division, have acquired a substantial equity stake in SalonHQ. As strategic partners, Cohen and Parenty will be actively engaging other industry executives and leaders to help expand and scale the company. Panache Ventures, Canada’s most active seed stage venture capital find, has also joined the company’s group of investors. Given their success and experience with technology start-ups, paired with Cohen and Parenty’s experience, SalonHQ is set to expand quickly in the market.

    The SalonHQ platform is uniquely targeted for beauty products distributors. The mobile app/front-end seamlessly connects sales teams and salon customers directly to distributors’ ERP systems for order processing. This enables distributors, brands and salons to improve productivity and increase product revenue dramatically. Additional tools will continue to be introduced for salon owners and stylists to assist in managing their businesses more effectively. The platform is currently processing orders for more than 10,000 salons.

    “We have been working with Jeff Cohen and The Stars Companies, as a customer, for the past eighteen months, and are excited they are standardizing their distribution business on the SalonHQ platform.

    We are thrilled that both Jeff and Pat have joined us in a meaningful way, as we move into our next stage of growth,” said Anthony Civitano, Co-Founder, SalonHQ. Cohen added, “I have been watching, mentoring, and nurturing this promising start-up for close to two years. In seeing and experiencing the value this platform has created in my own businesses, and the promise I see for our entire industry, I wanted to be an active and strategic part of it moving forward.”

    “We see a significant amount of white space and opportunity, particularly within the current distribution landscape, for a leading-edge, cost-effective technology solution like SalonHQ. I’m delighted to join the team and contribute whatever I can to help accelerate the company’s presence and expansion in the market,” commented Pat Parenty.

    About SalonHQ: SalonHQ has offices in San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Miami. SalonHQ is a StepLadder Holdings company, founded by Mark Porter and David Grohol to incubate, service and invest in (primarily) technology-focused start-ups.

    For more information please visit http://www.SalonHQ.co or contact Kevin Porter at kevin(at)salonhqapp.com.

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    MEDIA ONLY: For more information contact Dina Elliot, Exit One Solutions at dina.elliot(at)exitonesolutions.com or call 239-598-0246. Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.

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    The holiday season is known to be a time of giving, but in reality, it's the season of stealing. According to the FBI, many states see an increase in burglaries throughout the month of December, when people's homes are filled with expensive gifts sitting out in the open. 

    This holiday season, let's make sure that Kris Kringle is the only stranger who's secretly sneaking into your home. Ten times stronger than a deadbolt and designed by U.S. Special Ops veterans, the HAVEN Mech Lock will keep your house safe and secure whenever you're there.

    Check it out:

    The HAVEN is a foot-activated, wedge-shaped door lock made from military-grade materials that mounts at the base of your door — its strongest point — and absorbs the force of an attempted break-in. It's remarkably easy to install, and once it's in place, all you need to do is walk into your abode and step on its pedal to set the lock. You don't have to worry about your little ones accidentally activating it, either — it's calibrated so that only adults can engage it. Read more...

    More about Home, Safety, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Tech Reported by Mashable 5 hours ago.

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    The legendary quarterback recorded a shoutout to what he thought was a veterans organization. When he learned who they really were, it "sickened" him Reported by CBS News 53 minutes ago.

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    MassGenie's innovative and fast growing social e-commerce marketplace will fundamentally change the way consumers shop online in the US, similar to what Pinduoduo did in China

    COSTA MESA, Calif. (PRWEB) December 03, 2018

    MassGenie continues to achieve exponential growth and announced today that its gross merchant volume (GMV) increased 1000% over the last seven months from May through November 2018 after its launch in April with the Power Circle versus the seven months of May through November 2017 during its soft launch. GMV for May through November 2018 was $3.065 million vs $279K over the same period in 2017 with website visitors increasing by 209%. The site now has over 5 million products from over 45,000 brands and over 500K visitors on a monthly basis.

    MassGenie soft launched in mid-2017 with a vision of introducing a new way to shop online. By utilizing MassGenie’s patent pending Power Deal technology, buyers are able to leverage the power of social shopping and sharing to drive the prices down. Power Deals are short term, volume-based offers where buyers can leverage their social media presence to crowdsource demand.

    “It is exciting to see the rapid growth we have had since our launch in April which included the redesigned Power Deal featuring the Power Circle,” said Dan DeVries, COO of MassGenie. “We believe that our innovative and fast growing social e-commerce marketplace will fundamentally change the way consumers shop online in the US, similar to what Pinduoduo did in China. In Q4 we expect to continue our brisk growth quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.”

    Due to the exponential growth that MassGenie has been achieving since May 2018, the company was also able to secure an additional $1.5 million in funding bringing its total funding to $3.7 million, in order to continue growth as a leading social shopping e-commerce platform. The latest round, from Kohei Terada, will help accelerate the company’s growth and set the company up for their Series A round which is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

    About MassGenie
    MassGenie is a unique online social shopping marketplace site, which combines the power of crowdsourcing and e-commerce. MassGenie is based in Costa Mesa, CA. Follow MassGenie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. MassGenie was founded and is led by veterans in the ecommerce and software industries. To learn more about MassGenie, visit https://www.massgenie.com/.

    For any investor relation inquiries or questions, please contact ir@massgenie.com for more information. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    Marlboro-maker Altria is reportedly in talks to buy marijuana producer Cronos Group· Altria, the tobacco giant behind well-known brands like Marlboro, is reportedly in talks to acquire Canadian marijuana producer Cronos Group, according to Reuters. 
    · The two companies have not yet agreed to a deal, and neither confirmed a deal was in the works. 
    · If the deal goes through, it would represent the largest tie-up between the tobacco and marijuana sectors. 

    The tobacco behemoth behind one of the US's most popular cigarette brands is in talks to buy a Canadian marijuana producer.

    Marlboro-maker Altria is in early talks to acquire Cronos Group, a Canadian marijuana producer, according to a Reuters report. 

    Cronos has not yet agreed to a deal, and the talks are expected to continue for several weeks, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Shares in the company rose as much as 23% on the news, pushing Cronos Group's market cap close to $2 billion.

    Altria is also reportedly in talks to purchase a minority stake in the vape startup Juul in an effort to diversify its business as cigarette smoking declines in the US.

    Cronos isn't the first marijuana producer that Altria has considered acquiring. The Globe and Mail reported in October that the company was considering purchasing a minority stake in Aphria. 

    *Read more*: Coca-Cola is eyeing a deal in the marijuana industry, and insiders say it's a sign that other beverage giants may soon dive in

    Short sellers, however, have targeted Aphria. Gabriel Grego, the founder of Quintessential Capital Management, said the company was a "black hole" on Monday at the Kase Learning Short-Selling Conference in New York.

    Altria did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a representative from Cronos declined to comment on "market rumors." 

    If a deal is reached, it would represent the largest tie-up between the tobacco and marijuana sectors. In June, UK-based Imperial Brands invested through its venture arm in Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies a biotech company working on research into cannabinoids, the active compounds in the cannabis plant.

    Tobacco giants are the latest in a line of consumer companies evaluating the burgeoning, but volatile, marijuana industry.

    Constellation Brands, the beverage maker behind Corona and Modelo, paid $4 billion in August for a 38% stake of Canopy Growth. And Coca-Cola is reportedly eyeing a deal to produce beverages infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, for the Canadian market.

    Canada legalized marijuana for all adults in October.

    · Read more:
    · A short-seller is attacking cannabis company Tilray, saying the price of raw marijuana will 'come down aggressively'
    · Big law firms are building out specialized pot practices to chase down a red-hot market for weed deals
    · A marijuana-focused investment firm started by a pair of Wall Street veterans just closed a $55 million fund

    *SEE ALSO: Here's why the maker of Marlboro cigarettes is reportedly looking to make a bet on Silicon Valley's favorite e-cig company*

    Join the conversation about this story » Reported by Business Insider 3 hours ago.

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    Just in time for holiday shopping, Apple announced the launch of an online store offering a 10 percent discount of all products for active military and veterans. “At Apple we are deeply grateful to the men and women of our armed forces,” the company said in statement offered to TechCrunch. “We’re proud to offer active […] Reported by TechCrunch 3 hours ago.

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    Apple has today opened up a new online store for active military personnel and veterans to make purchasing its products at a discount more accessible. Different from its education pricing, eligible military customers will receive 10% off Apple products, and the new discounted pricing even includes iPhones, Apple Watch, accessories, and more.

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    Apple is giving 10 percent discounts on most of the products in its new dedicated online store for military members, veterans and their families.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Apple today launched a new online store in the U.S. that's designed to provide a 10 percent discount on select products for both activity military and veterans, along with members of their households.

    With the discount, the iPhone XS is available priced starting at $899, while the iPhone XR is available priced starting at $674. These devices are priced at $999 and $749, respectively, in Apple's standard online store.
    Discounted prices are available on iPhones, Macs, Apple Watch models, iPads, the Apple TV, HomePod, AirPods, and accessories like cases, Apple Watch bands, and even third-party items that include speakers, drones, and more.

    Apple told TechCrunch that it is "proud" to offer the discount to active military and veterans.

    We're proud to offer active military and veterans a new dedicated online store with special pricing as an expression of our gratitude for their brave service.

    Apple has offered educational discounts to students, teachers, and faculty members for quite some time, along with discounted pricing for military and federal government employees.

    The 10 percent discount being provided to active military and veterans exceeds the discounts that Apple offers via its educational store.
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    President George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, guarded his casket on Sunday. His mission of serving the former president is complete, so he is now moving on to another important job – helping other veterans. Reported by CBS News 2 hours ago.

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    Apple has extended the online Apple Store dedicated to those in the armed forces, with the Veterans and Military Purchase Program offering more discounts to present and past soldiers and sailors. Reported by AppleInsider 1 hour ago.

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    DALLAS, Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via OTC PR WIRE--On Friday Evening, Laura Hightower and Bill & Lezlie Noble will host Horses for Healing Holiday Soiree for Equest (http://www.equest.org) , the charity dedicated to equine therapy to enhance quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs.Equest’s Horses for Healing Holiday Bash hosts welcomes all interested in horses, hope and human growth.

    The fun filled fund-raiser is on this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 FROM 6:30 PM TO 10:00 PM and held at Laura Hightower's beautiful *Summer Hill Farms *estate located at Summer Hill Farms, 1757 Bridle Bit Road, Flower Mound, TX 75022.

    The festivities will begin at 6:30 PM and will continue until 10:00 PM. Guests will meet Equest’s therapy horses, clients whom have benefitted from equestrian therapy and other donors whom have made miracles possible since 1981. Enjoy holiday beverages, incredible wines from Craig Hall Vineyards, delicious bites from Lombardi Family Concepts, yummy BBQ from Rudy's Real Texas Bar-B-Que and delightful entertainment from DJ Geo at Heavy G Productions.

    RSVP- Please RSVP to Christine Volkmer: 214-794-5498.

    Dress- Dress is casual as we are moving about the farm and meeting wonderful horses and people and training grounds.

    Travel- Valet parking is available on-site. Uber and other ride-sharing services are recommended. **Luxury shuttle from Highland Park available with RSVP to Christine Volkmer: 214-794-5498.*

    Founded in 1981, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first therapeutic riding center in Texas. Equest provides equine facilitated activities, therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, social, and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship, and competition. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas, and remains one of the largest in the country.

    Laura Hightower of Summer Hill Farms in Flower Mound, has opened her estate to the event.  A renowned horse trainer, Ms. Hightower is known for working with horses throughout their careers from beginning levels to their competitive peak.  In addition, she has a decorated resume of developing and coaching horses and riders that have earned national accreditation to compete on the international stage.  Ms. Hightower is *also *known for enjoying work with horses with behavioral problems and her success with retraining horses of traumatic events.

    Bill & Lezlie Noble of William Noble Rare Jewels in Highland Park Village, support causes that improve people’s lives and health, such as Crystal Charity Ball, the Salvation Army and many more organizations who care about our community. But the cause closest to our hearts is *Equest*. Bill and Lezlie Noble have been supporters of Equest for many years. Lezlie volunteers at Equest on a weekly basis and Bill is the Founding President of Equest Men’s Auxiliary, a group of gentlemen who have made a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Equest.

    Jordan Gilchrist, daughter and partner of Laura Hightower and top trainer at Summer Hill Farms.

    Dr. David Gilchrist MVB, DVM of Lone Star Park Equine Hospital, Son-in-law to Laura Hightower.

    Thank you to our wonderful hosts and extraordinary contributors Rachel Chahal and Calloway's Nursery in Flower Mound for sharing this Horses for Healing Holiday Bash with the Dallas area society. You make dreams come true!

    *Can't come but want to support Equest? Support our wonderful healing work by donating at www.equest.org/donate. Thank you for making the world a better place during the holiday season! Happy Holidays from Laura Hightower at Summer Hill Farms, Bill Noble at William Noble Rare Jewels, Lezlie Noble, and all of us at Equest! *

    Press Contact: Lankford Media Group. Contact: Josh Lankford 405-404-3184. josh@Lankfordmedia.com

    Photos accompanying this announcement are available at

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