ClearEdge Power to Acquire UTC Power

clearedge-logoHILLSBORO, OR – December 22, 2012 – ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, continuous onsite power systems, today has reached agreement to acquire UTC Power.

“We are excited about the strategic combination of ClearEdge Power and UTC Power to address the demand for clean, continuous, distributed power solutions”, said ClearEdge Power President and CEO, David B. Wright. “The wealth of talent, intellectual capital, and technology platforms enables us to provide highly innovative product and service solutions to our customers.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions; closing is expected early in 2013.

Florida Technical Colleges Adopt Virtual Bookstores as Cost-Effective Alternative to On-Campus Bookstores

 Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced at the Association of Florida Colleges convention that Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center and Withlacoochee Technical Institute have signed on as new clients.

Joining the growing list of Florida-based technical colleges that are embracing turnkey virtual bookstores, both schools cited reducing textbook costs for students as a key driver for the change. Additional benefits sought in the transition from brick-and-mortar to online bookstore include increased flexibility, improved efficiency, and reduced overhead costs, especially those costs associated with managing a physical, on-campus bookstore. 

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Thank you James, Caitlin, Katie, Shaw, Vanessa(s), Liz, Michelle

A few days after the Webster Street roaster opened, sweatpants-wearing, then not-even-gubernatorial-candidate Jerry Brown, stepped into the line for morning coffee along with a pair of policemen, a well-known chef, and few people that I can only imagine were likely to become the core cadre of Occupy Oakland.  I don’t recall what Governor Brown ordered, but I’m sure James does, as well as everyone else’s order.  Sure, the coffee’s superb, the surroundings feel like “a Japanese lawyer’s office” or the “pass-though window at the Milan train station” and the olive oil shortbread cookies are, for my waistline, mercifully sold only in pairs and not fistfuls. Blue Bottle’s essence is careful attention — to customers, to coffee technique — but mostly, to one another.    We’ve been honored to take our place in line and look forward to toasting, and tasting, your continued success.  Fare well.

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Akademos Launches Textbook Adoption Tool, an Online Portal for Selecting the Best Textbooks Based on Quality and Value

Easy Discovery of Textbooks with Faculty Peer Reviews from a Comprehensive Library of Learning Materials

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) April 18, 2012

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that it has launched the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool, which is the most comprehensive online portal for faculty to choose textbooks based on quality and value.

With the cost of textbooks skyrocketing and many students choosing to forgo their book purchases, the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool aims to reduce textbook costs by allowing faculty to access and compare textbooks across 3,600 subjects and 2 million books.



London Book Fair 2012: Open Road Launches International Program with Mondadori

Open Road Integrated Media has teamed with Italian publishing giant Mondadori to digitize, distribute and market English-language e-book versions of titles from Mondadori’s catalogue. Mondadori is Open Road’s first foreign publishing  partner and kicks off the company’s international publishing partner program. “Open Road is committed to working with international publishers to bring works from foreign countries to a wider audience than they have ever had before,” said Open Road cofounder Jane Friedman. “We are excited to build on the success we have enjoyed with our American partners and to start our international publishing program with Mondadori.” The announcement was made today at the London Book Fair.

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Scripps Networks Interactive acquires RealGravity Inc.


January 31, 2012. 

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI), seeking to enhance the digital video capabilities of its growing lifestyle media businesses, has acquired RealGravity Inc., a California-based company that specializes in online video publishing technologies.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, RealGravity has developed an innovative platform that manages and publishes video content. The company’s cofounders and its 10 employees in Los Angeles and San Francisco will join the Scripps Networks Interactive digital team.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.

Author of her own destiny


By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

The solitary bookcase in Jane Friedman’s SoHo office is half empty. Her home library has 10,000 volumes, she says, but after a 40-year publishing career that saw her rise from being a Dictaphone typist at Random House to chief executive of HarperCollins, she rarely picks up a hardback nowadays.

Three years after her abrupt exit from Rupert Murdoch’s books division, Ms Friedman now reads on an Amazon Kindle. It is one of many changes since setting up Open Road Integrated Media in 2009 to crack the challenging market created by the Kindle and rival e-reading devices, such as Barnes & Noble’s Nook and the Sony Reader, and Apple’s iPad.

At the helm of HarperCollins, Ms Friedman oversaw a staff of 3,000, from New York to New Delhi. Now her employees number about 25 and she is not ready to disclose her start-up’s revenues and targets.

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