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Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao, asked today whether John Malones Liberty Global Plc (LBTYA) might be a good fit for the U.K. wireless carrier, said he would consider it for the right price.

Colao made the comments in a brief interview with Bloomberg News after making a presentation to investors at a conference organized by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York. Goldman analyst Tim Boddy, citing the closed-door presentation, said in a note that Vodafone may consider a transformational M&A deal in the longer term.

Vodafone, the second-largest mobile-phone carrier by subscribers, spent the past two years acquiring cable and broadband providers in Germany and Spain to help stem declining wireless service revenue. That has put more pressure on Liberty Global, which owns cable assets in Vodafones European markets including Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

Liberty Global jumped 4.2 percent to $43.86 at the close today in New York, the biggest gain since February. The London-based company ended the day with a market value of $33.2 billion. Including debt, the cable companys enterprise value is almost $74 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Vodafone, based in Newbury, England, fell as much as 2.7 percent. It closed 0.8 percent lower at 203.45 pence in London, valuing the carrier at 53.9 billion pounds ($87.5 billion).

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Vodafone Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao.


Vodafone Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao.

Marcus Smith, a Liberty Global spokesman, declined to comment.

As more consumers download and watch videos on smartphones and tablets, putting strain on carriers networks, Vodafone is adding faster mobile technology and broadband Internet lines — spending a total of 19 billion pounds through March 2016 — in a network-improvement plan called Project Spring. The investment is funded with cash from the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion.

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BioTime, Inc. , a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Michael D.

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Bitcoin Shop, Inc. , the virtual currency ecommerce marketplace, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Charles Allen will be a panelist at the 3rd Annual Credit Suisse Future …

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A center that focuses on heroes of freedom said Tuesday that two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Lech Walesa of Poland and the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa, will be honored with awards.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center said the two have been named International Freedom Conductors, with their awards to be presented Aug. 23 in Cincinnati.

The center said Mandela’s great-grandson and representatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation will accept the award for the anti-apartheid leader and South African president, who died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Walesa, the leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement that challenged communism in the 1980s before he became the country’s president, plans to attend the celebration that will be part of the center’s 10th anniversary.

The award is “a great honor for an electrician and revolutionary from Gdansk,” Walesa said in a statement. “This honor, however, also awards all those who joined in the non-violent revolution over 30 years ago.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s chief executive, Sello Hatang, said it is pleased to accept on behalf of Mandela, “whose legacy for freedom and social justice inspires us to continue his long walk.”

Previous winners have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

The center focuses on heroes of freedom including those who helped 19th century escaping slaves.

“The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is humbled to honor two revolutionary freedom fighters who truly changed the faces of their nations,” center president Clarence Newsome said in a statement. “And much like the freedom conductors of the Underground Railroad, the legacy of their lives’ work continues to inspire us today.”

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Histogenics Corporation, a regenerative medicine company focused on developing and commercializing products in the musculoskeletal space, today announced the appointment of Adam Gridley to President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Companys Board of Directors.

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Liberty Media Corp. said Thursday it plans to spinoff its cable-business holdings into a new publicly traded company, called Liberty Broadband.

The new entity will be spun off to Liberty Media shareholders by the end of the year and be comprised of Liberty Media’s roughly 26 percent stake in Charter Communications Inc., a minority investment in Time Warner Cable Inc. and a mobile subsidiary called TruePosition.

Greg Maffei, Liberty Media’s chief executive, said the company believes making the split will create greater choice and transparency for investors and is timed in part to Charter’s recent agreement with Comcast Corp., which will result in Charter gaining millions of new video subscribers.

Douglas County-based Liberty Media, which is controlled by cable pioneer John Malone, also reported its first-quarter results Thursday, posting higher operating profit for the period.

Liberty Media posted an operating profit of $155 million, versus $151 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue improved 28 percent to $1.01 billion, compared with analysts” expectations of $1.05 billion.

Liberty Interactive Corp., another company controlled by Malone, said its quarterly revenue edged up, driven by its QVC home-shopping network.

Liberty Interactive has sharpened its focus on QVC, as well as its e-commerce businesses. The company said in October that it would reorganize its tracking stocks to create new holdings called QVC Group and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

Liberty Interactive posted an operating profit for the quarter of $244 million, down from $260 million in the prior-year period. Revenue rose 0.5 percent to $2.45 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters projected $2.52 billion.

QVC-Liberty Interactive’s largest business-posted 0.6 percent higher revenue. Revenue at Liberty Interactive’s e-commerce business edged up 0.2 percent.

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Such interest in bitcoin shows how Wall Street could seek to reap benefits touted by bitcoins backers without using the virtual currency itself.

While Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett express doubts about bitcoin, executives running the financial industrys back offices are looking at mimicking the virtual currencys methods of moving money quickly and cheaply.

FIS, a provider of systems used by banks to handle payments, is examining whether a public ledger like bitcoins could help securely move funds on existing networks, Fred Brothers, the firms chief innovation officer, said in an interview. Fiserv Inc. (FISV), a provider of technology for payments and accounts, is examining bitcoins use of encryption to ensure transfers are secure, said Marc West, a senior vice president.

Such interest shows how Wall Street could seek to reap benefits touted by bitcoins backers without using the virtual currency itself. Bitcoin, proposed by an anonymous programmer or programmers in 2008, has drawn entrepreneurs and retailers looking to popularize it as a low-cost alternative to established payment systems, supplanting credit cards to international wire transfers. Instead, a variety of financial firms might copy its underlying design to hone their own systems or services sold to clients.

Its safe to say that every bank is looking at whats going on with bitcoin and those types of technologies, said Steve Kenneally, a vice president at the American Bankers Association. Most of the larger banks are investigating it. The larger the banks, the further along they are.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts wrote in a March report that while bitcoins may not make a viable currency, the technology could hold promise. The software relies on a public record of transactions. When someone spends all or part of a bitcoin, the change in ownership is recorded by a global network of computers and posted to the register, ensuring individual units cant be simultaneously held or spent by multiple people. Operators of computers solving and verifying transactions are rewarded with new bitcoins for their work.

Bitcoins are valued at about $435 today, compared with prices of more than $1,100 in December and about $13 at the start of last year, according to CoinDesk, which tracks prices across key exchanges.

Bankers including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chief Executive Officer Dimon, 58, have predicted bitcoins probably wont last after governments subject them to rules and standards akin to those for other payment systems.

I wouldnt be surprised if its not around in 10 or 20 years, Buffett, the 83-year-old billionaire chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), told CNBC in March. It does not meet the test of a currency.

Buffetts long-time business partner, Charles Munger, was less charitable this week, telling Fox Business Network that calling bitcoins rat poison would understate his disdain.

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Cryoport to showcase cryogenic logistics solutions with cloud-based logistics management platform, the Cryoportal, at Booth #29

LAKE FOREST, Calif. Cryoport, Inc. (OTCBB: CYRX) (“the Company”) today announced that it is exhibiting its cryogenic logistics solutions, equipped with its cloud-based logistics management platform, the Cryoportal, and its Cryoport Express Packaging Solutions at the 9(th) Annual World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress 2014 in London on May 20-22, 2014, at Booth #29.

Cryoport’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerrell Shelton; Chief Commercial Officer, Steven Leatherman; and Commercial Director of EMEA, Soren Knudsen, will be available for partnering and networking sessions during the conference.

“We are experiencing significant interest and demand for our innovative cryogenic logistics solutions within this exciting and fast growing segment of the life science arena,” stated Mr. Leatherman. “Our cryogenic logistics solutions assure both our clients and their end-users that the integrity of the commodities shipped are appropriately maintained by providing unmatched transparency, thus offering peace of mind throughout the entire documented logistics process.”

Mr. Shelton added, “As the application of stem cells to regenerative medicine grows, the very face of medicine changes. Stem cell applications are broad and reach into multiple medical practices. We understand the challenges life science companies face in the frozen shipping of biologics and virtually eliminate the risks through our reliable and innovative logistics solutions.”

About The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress 2014 is now in its 9th year and is Europe’s largest and most senior conference and business development event for the stem cell and cell therapy industry. The World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress brings together biopharma leaders, stakeholders, influencers and end users looking for translational research, business development and commercialisation. It is a proven conference and exhibition that delivers the innovators, disruptors and influencers from across the complete value chain. For more information on the event, please visit

About Cryoport, Inc. Cryoport provides leading-edge cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through the combination of purpose-built proprietary packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain logistics expertise. Its competencies range from skilled, total turnkey management of the entire life sciences cold chain logistics process to complex total management solutions for outsourced cold chain logistics.

Its packaging, built around its Cryoport Express liquid nitrogen dry vapor shippers, is validated to maintain a constant -150C temperature for a 10-plus day dynamic shipment duration. Its information technology boast its Cryoportal Logistics Management Platform which manages the entire logistics process, including initial order input, document preparation, customs document preparation and clearance, integrator/courier management, shipment tracking, issue resolution, intervention, when necessary, and delivery. Cryoport uses recyclable and reusable components providing an environmentally friendly solution. Cryoport solutions can record the “chain of condition” and “chain of custody” for shipments thereby meeting the exacting requirements for scientific work and for regulatory purposes. For more information, visit

Cryoport Contacts: Todd Fromer / Garth Russell / P: 01-212-682-6300

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BioTime, Inc. , a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Michael D.

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Since New Jersey legalized Internet gambling in November, offshore operators have intensified efforts to entice gamblers in the state to their unauthorized sites, according to an executive at one of the companies authorized to offer online gambling.

“There’s increased activity by offshore operators again into New Jersey, driving heavy promotions. There’s new companies coming now who are actually trying to capitalize on that opportunity,” Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive of Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment P.L.C., said in a March conference call with investors.

“It’s quite amazing how high the criminal energy can be, but we are quite confident that the [Division of Gaming Enforcement] will shut that down quite efficiently and soon,” said Teufelberger, whose Gibraltar firm is partnered with Borgata in New Jersey.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement confirmed it was “aware of this issue and is taking steps to coordinate an appropriate response to this illegal activity,” said Kerry Langan, a spokeswoman.

Asked for details, Langan said only that “the illegal activity is offshore companies offering online gaming to New Jersey residents without licensing or approval” by authorities.

John Shepherd, a spokesman for Bwin.Party, said Friday the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not stop all overseas companies from allowing people in the United States to gamble online.

“It’s only companies like ourselves that switched off,” Shepherd said.

The legalization of Internet gambling in New Jersey made people aware they could play poker and other casino games online, Shepherd said.

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The Yellow pages has gone the way of the dinosaur, yet many small business owners still rely on it to attract new business. A more effective strategy and one growing in popularity with businesses of all sizes is search engine optimization or SEO.

The idea behind SEO is to have your business show up high in the search results when people are doing an Internet query. Since most people use the Internet to research products and services before buying, having your business appear in the first page of the results can increase the chances of getting new business. Seems like a no brainer right? But the costs and complexity of launching a SEO strategy leaves many business owners sitting on the sidelines.

If you’re selling products or services and have an older demographic that may still use Yellow pages, or may be receptive to other traditional forms of marketing such as direct mailers, etc., then it’s still quite possible to thrive, says Sean Bolton, co-founder and Chief Executive of online marketing company Lead To Conversion. However, if you’re selling products and services and your target audience references online resources with great frequency, then the probability of thriving diminishes.

Not only will SEO get your business found by potential customers, but Julie Joyce, owner of Link Fish Media says it can help generate clicks to your website, which will hopefully turn into paid customers.

Many small businesses who want to launch an SEO strategy will hire a firm to handle it for them. According to Bolton, it can cost anywhere from $500 a month to more than $3,000 a month. While price will dictate which SEO firm a small business goes with, Bolton says business owners have to carefully choose the company they work with.

Bolton says hes consulted many small business owners who are on their second, third or even fourth SEO company, which means they are throwing away money in their quest to build their brand.

Its also a bad idea to shop on price alone.

It is important to remember you are looking for the best service and highest level of expertise to drive results, says Eric Schiffer, CEO of There are companies that promise cheap/quick fixes but they are usually black hat at best and only result in temporary results that can later get you penalized.A great SEO team will be bring top strategic counsel.

If you are going to do it on your own, experts say the first thing you want to do is set up Google Alerts to track how often you and your business are mentioned on the Internet. You also want to look at your current search results and, according to Schiffer, ask yourself if the titles and descriptions found in the search results are compelling enough to get someone to click on your link. Answer no and he says you have to update and rewrite them.

Its also a good idea to keep your Website fresh with new content and to embrace social media.

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NEW YORK and MELBOURNE, Australia — Regenerative medicine company Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB; USOTC:MBLTY) today announced that William M. Burns, former Chief Executive Officer of Roche Pharmaceuticals, …

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tengion, Inc. (OTCQB:TNGN), a leader in regenerative medicine, today announced that John L. Miclot, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tengion, will present at the upcoming …

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HONG KONGThousands of protesters joined the Free Speech, Free Hong Kong march held by the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) to challenge the unprecedented suppression of Hong Kongs freedom of press.

About 6000 people showed up for the march and rally outside the Chief Executive Office on Feb. 23. Well-known journalists gave speeches about the importance of Hong Kongs freedom of press, which is increasingly violated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in mainland China.

Some journalists said they have received phone calls from the HK government, consortium bosses, and mainland Chinas liaison office in Hong Kong, who exert pressure on the media to report the way they want.

Former radio host Li Wei-ling, who was recently fired without warning from her job at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, said this rally was not the end, but the beginning.

Many people have come here today, but we are only representing the first batch of awakened people, Li said. In reality many Hongkongers still have not woken up.

The protesters tied blue ribbons representing freedom of speech on the fence outside the office of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to express their demands. Li said she hopes the blue ribbons can blossom everywhere, awakening more people to stand up for freedom.

If we remain silent, we will be forced into silence, said Li. Therefore I hope everyone can join me in fighting this battle.

Senior journalist Ching Cheong, a representative of the newly founded Independent Commentators Association, challenged the idea that Lis dismissal and the recent replacement of the chief editor of the Ming Pao newspaper were purely commercial decisions.

If those were regular personnel changes, why did it only affect the outspoken journalists? Ching asked.

Another sacked Commercial Radio Hong Kong host, Albert Cheng Jing-han, was on stage with Li.

6,000 Rally for Hong Kongs Press Freedom

Both the Government and the public respect and treasure Hong Kong’s free speech and freedom of the press.

The Government made the statement today in response to the public procession held by some media groups.

It noted the Chief Executive publicly stated that both the Government and he himself has attached great importance to these freedoms and will continue to do so.

The Government will strive to safeguard these core values as they are the major elements to sustaining Hong Kong’s status as an international metropolis, and its continuous development.

On community concern expressed over staff changes in media organisations in recent years, the Government said it cannot interfere with the editorial freedom, independent operation and internal management of these organisations.

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Australia may be home to the world’s largest coral reef system, but our islands don’t rate on TripAdvisor.

Australia has failed to make a list of the world’s top 10 islands, based on reviews and opinions on the popular travel website.

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its 2014 Travellers’ Choice Islands Awards, with Ambergris Caye in Belize being voted the best.

In second place is Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, followed by Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

The awards are in their second year and recognise more than 100 islands globally. Along with the world’s best, the awards also rate the top 10 islands in the South Pacific, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the United States.

Australia fared better in the South Pacific list, taking seventh spot with Norfolk Island and ninth place with Kangaroo Island.

Bora Bora was rated the best, followed by Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and Moorea in French Polynesia.

Glen Buffett, General Manager of Norfolk Island Tourism, says it’s great to see travellers sharing their positive experiences about Norfolk online.

“It’s the diversity in nature, history and activities on Norfolk Island that makes it so unique,” Buffett said in a statement on Wednesday.

South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex says the award for Kangaroo Island is credit to the destination’s beauty, experiences and people.

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